Benefit Galifornia

If I had wanted to this could have been the shortest blog post I’ve ever written because four words sum up my feelings on this product…..I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!
So yah there you go, see you later…on to the next post, but no seriously let me tell you why I love it so you can decide for yourself whether it’s something you might like to try.

On Thursday the 9th of March I bought a ticket for a Benefit Masterclass in Brown Thomas Cork. The Masterclass was with the wonderful Benefit Makeup artist Mike Standen and it was to help show us exactly how gorgeous and versatile Galifornia actually is.

After that I was hooked, Mike created such a stunning Summertime look, using Galifornia on both the eyes and the cheeks. Now I’m no stranger to the concept of using Benefit cheek products on my eyes and in case you don’t know this, Hoola Bronzer makes the most gorgeous transition colour ever so go and try it ASAP!! So unsurprisingly on the night I bought myself a Galifornia of my own.

Used Galifornia along with the Shaaanxo palette on my eyes

On top of being the most gorgeous coral pink shade it has a gold iridescent overlay which adds the tiniest amount of highlight to the product, not so much that you look like a disco ball but a gentle amount that makes your skin look healthy and fresh. This blusher also smells absolutely incredible, I know that that might sound funny but from the moment you open the box it smells like sunshine, it’s so uplifting.

Galifornia is the most beautiful shade of blusher

At the risk of sounding ridiculously cheesy here, this product just makes me happy!! It is so much fun, it’s a stunning colour, it smells beautiful, the packaging is to die for, I think it’s my most favourite Benefit boxed blusher release since Dandelion.

On the left Galifornia swatched no flash, on the right Galifornia swatched with flash

Priced at €34 it’s an excellent investment in my opinion, it’s a very versatile product and I know from having Benefit boxed blushers over the years they last for yonks…happy days!!

Will you be purchasing Galifornia? Do you have any other favourite Benefit blushers?

Just because it’s nearly Valentine’s Day here are my top 5 favourite red lippies! 

Valentine’s Day is coming and this holiday always makes me want to wear red lips. Hardly original I know but I think there’s nothing more classic than an eyeliner flick teamed with a red lip!! In celebration I thought I’d share with you my favourite red lipsticks.

1. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick- Spiderweb

Now this colour was first released as part of the Limited Edition collaboration with Gwen Stefani back in January of 2016 but thankfully it was then released later the same year as one of the 100 Vice Lipsticks so happy days that it’s now available without any restriction.

UD Spiderweb with UD Wonderland lip pencil

2. The Balm Meet Matte Hughes- Loyal

I have a miniature one of these liquid lipsticks, I got it as part of the Meet Matte Hughes miniatures set and I have to say that out of all of the different types of matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried these are right up there at the top of my list of favourites. Incredibly long lasting and not one bit drying….big huge thumbs up!!!

Meet Matte Hughes liquid lipstick in Loyal with UD Wonderland lip pencil

3. Wet n Wild Megalast lip colour in Red Velvet

One of the very best budget lipsticks on the market by far. If you don’t have one of these beauties in your collection then you need to fix that…..quickly. The Megalast range is a long lasting lipstick but isn’t one bit drying on the lips. I absolutely love them but I love this colour in particular, it’s so comfortable!!

Red Velvet lipstick with UD Wonderland lip pencil

4. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Mightiest Maraschino

An absolute handbag staple the Chubby Stick has been a long time favourite of mine but when it came to pick up one of these in a red shade I went for the Intense version. This still isn’t a full on lipstick as such but the colour isn’t as opaque as the regular Chubby Sticks, Mightiest Maraschino is a divine shade, so moisturising and comfortable on the lips and even though it’s a cream finish it still has very decent lasting power. 

Chubby Stick in Mightiest Maraschino

5. Benefit They’re Real Double the Lip in Revved up Red. 

So last and most certainly not least is my most recent addition to my red lipstick collection. This colour is so beautiful and I love the idea of having the lip pencil shade on one side and the lipstick on the other, it’s absolutely genius. So comfortable to wear and I’ve been so impressed with the lasting power when it’s on. Another big thumbs up for me can’t wait to try some more shades!! 

So those are the nicest red lipsticks I own, what do you think? Which one is your favourite? Do you have any of these already in your collection or do you have any others that you’d recommend to me? Let me know!! 

Please note that all of these products have been bought by myself and all opinions expressed are my own. 

Timeless Truth Bee Venom &Royal Jelly Miracle Mask

A few weeks ago I saw a company that I follow on social media, Beauty Belle were looking for bloggers over the age of 35 who were concerned about aging to review a course of one of their anti aging sheet masks. I contacted them and they thought that I would be a good fit so they sent me out three of the Bio Cellulose Bee Venom & Royal Jelly Miracle Masks to try. I was to use one a week for three weeks and report back after the course had finished.

The details of the company I worked with Beauty Belle

If I’m 100% honest I was a little bit nervous trying these masks out at first as they aren’t suitable for anybody who is allergic to bee stings and even though I was sure I was stung by a bee as a child I kept fretting in case I was wrong (mind you it didn’t stop me going ahead!!) 
Apparently Bee Venom is now hailed as “Nature’s alternative to Botox” which I didn’t know and coupled with Royal Jelly they help to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which help the skin to become plumper and less saggy.

Now I have used sheet masks in the past but when I opened this one for the first time I immediately noticed a few differences.  Firstly this one was a lot wetter than any other sheet mask I had ever used before and secondly it was protected with gauze on both sides which threw me a little at first trying to figure out what way to actually put it on!! The second I applied it to my face though any niggling worries that I had about it being harsh went straight out the window. In fact it turned out to be quite the opposite, my skin felt instantly cooled and soothed. I found the mask itself a lot easier to apply to the skin than others I’ve tried and most importantly once you applied it it stayed adhered to the face, there was no fiddling around with it.

The mask in action

After the 20 minutes were up I removed the mask and rubbed the excess product into my face and neck area and went to have a look in the mirror. I was so pleasantly surprised that I could actually see a visible difference. My skin looked really refreshed and less red than it did, in fact I think my after picture looks like I’ve had a full nights peaceful sleep instead of 20 minutes with a face mask on. I was genuinely impressed. I had used the mask “live” on my Snapchat that day and showed the viewers step by step what I had been doing and I got several messages afterwards from followers saying how much they thought it had improved the overall look of my skin.

The before and after

After using it twice more since I think I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a really ideal mask to use if you have an event or a special occasion coming up. It really lifts and brightens the skin, I would even go so far as to say that you should do it the morning of an event (once you had already tried it and had no adverse effects) because your skin will be glowing and radiant and will be a perfect base for any make up that you put on it.
All in all I’ve had a really positive experience with this mask and I would definitely recommend it to anybody who is concerned about dullness or slackness in their skin or if your skin is tired looking and in need of a pick me up. You can purchase them singly or in a box of 5 and are available on the Beauty Belle website here.

Have you tried sheet masks before? What are your thoughts?

 

These products were sent to me to try but all opinions are my own.

 

 

My top Makeup Revolution/TAM Beauty products from Mattetometallic.com

OK so unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year you’ll have heard of the brand Makeup Revolution. Makeup Revolution is part of the TAM Beauty line owned by Australian “Mr Make-up” Adam Minto, the range also includes the I 💜 Makeup range, Freedom Makeup, LL Makeup Obsession amongst others. 

At the start of this year it was really difficult to get your hands on these products anywhere in Ireland other than from the Makeup Revolution app but slowly throughout the year Revolution and I 💜Makeup stands began to spring up in selected pharmacies throughout the country. Although this is brilliant it doesn’t solve the problems for those who don’t have access to a stand nearby but now Matte to Metallic have a solution for you!! 

Jen & Ciara owners of the Matte to Metallic Studio in Glasnevin both Qualified Makeup Artists that also run their own Makeup Academy have branched out and have introduced their own online store here. The girls stock an extensive range of Makeup Revolution, Freedom Makeup and I 💜 Makeup products in their store with free delivery on all orders over €40. 

I recently attended the official Irish launch of Makeup Revolution in Ireland and finally got to meet these amazing ladies in the flesh. I find them both so inspirational, they’ve achieved so much so quickly and the fact that you can now buy these products online from a store that’s 100% Irish owned and run makes me incredibly happy!! 

So in celebration of these wonderful ladies and this fantastic brand I wanted to show you my top picks from their website. 

I’ve picked a variety of products starting from €10 right up to €100 with lots in between…. Have you seen one of your favourite products in amongst my picks? 

1. Freedom Pro Artist Pad-Studio To Go €22.50

No that’s not a mistake, that actually does say €22.50!!! Can you imagine? For your money you get 32 beautiful eyeshadows in a mixture of matte and shimmer finishes, a blusher, a bronzer and a highlighter all packaged together in this perfect palette ideal for on the go. 

2. Makeup Revolution- The Palette Edit €35.00

So this is my absolute favourite I think, such INCREDIBLE value for money, for €35.00 you get three stunning eyeshadow palettes, a blush palette and a bronze palette. What a truly gorgeous gift for any makeup lover. 

3. Revolution Handbag Hacks- Brow Kit €10.00

What a really fantastic stocking present or even a Kris Kindle present for a friend or colleague. For €10 you get a mesh makeup bag,  a mini trio brow kit and an angled brush. Bargain!! 

4. Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm €12.00

This was the very first product I ever used from Makeup Revolution and I cannot recommend this highly enough. Basically if you want your skin to look more glowy and radiant then this is the product for you. It can be applied over your moisturiser and under your foundation to give your skin a dewy finish or added on top of your foundation on the cheekbones as a highlight. Either way it’s beautiful and it smells absolutely dreamy… A must have IMO!!! 

5. Revolution Highlight & Radiance Palettes €10.99

These two do exactly what they say on the tin. Two separate palettes each contain either three Highlighting Powders or three Radiant Lights Highlighters. I have the Radiance set and it is so beautiful, extremely pigmented and perfect for a fairer complexion like mine. 

6. Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters €3.99 each

If the trio isn’t your thing you also have the option of buying individual highlighters. These Vivid Baked Highlighters are absolutely stunning and are a complete steal for the price. These come in Peach Lights, Golden Lights and Pink Lights. 

7. Freedom Lipstick Collections €7.50

So anybody who frequently reads my blog or follows me on social media knows how OBSESSED I am with lipstick, it is honestly my one big vice so imagine how excited I was to come across these!! A set of 5 Freedom lipsticks for only €7.50, these sets come in six different varieties and lets just say Santa may have gotten an order to deliver some of them here for me on Christmas Eve!!! 

8. I Heart Makeup Death by Chocolate palette €12.00This is just one option from the I Heart Makeup Chocolate Palettes collection, this is the one I have myself, it’s called Death by Chocolate. I cannot say enough about this palette, I’ve used it pretty much every single day since I bought it its so versatile. Really pigmented with a mixture of both shimmer and matte shades included. I’m 100% going to buy more palettes from this range as I think they’re incredible value for money!! 

9. Revolution 12 days of Christmas Storage Set €100.00

OK so obviously this is quite a pricey item BUT if you were to buy this for any makeup lover you’d definitely score major brownie points with them!! 

Included in the box is;

An eye primer,  Aqua Priming Base, Ultra Strobe Cream, Lip Gloss Nude Edit Gift Set, Pro Go Brush Set,  Pro Fix Fixing Spray,  Blush Palette, Pro HD Strobe Palette, Pro HD Brow Palette, Matte Forecast 2017, New New-trals 2017, New Night Shimmers palette. 

Yah I know….. Actual Christmas present goals right there!!!! 

10. Lip Ultra Nude 2017 €10.00

Ok I’m going to end on a bargain…. I have these,  you need them, three absolutely gorgeous Nude lipglosses in three different finishes, One Intense, One Cream and One Shine. They also come in a Vamp collection but these are absolutely DIVINE. Ideal stocking filler or something to pop into the basket for yourself when you’re doing the rest of your shopping. 

Well those are my top picks from the website but trust me these are just the tip of the iceberg. You definitely need to head on over to Matte to Metallic and have a nose and support this amazing Irish Christmas. 

All images courtesy of http://www.mattetometallic.com 

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Makeup Revolution Blush Goddess Blush Palette

So I spent most of October really, really sick, bad times but luckily for me my local Phelans pharmacy in Glanmire had just gotten a brand spanking new Makeup Revolution stand so it really helped to ease the pain!
On one of my many trips to the pharmacy that month I picked up this stunning Blush Goddess Blush Palette. Having never tried any of the Makeup Revolution blush palettes before I chose this one based on swatching the highlighters in it and nearly being blinded by the glow. The palette itself contains four powder blushers ranging from a pale peach to a deep reddish shade and four highlighters. 

Two of the highlighters are semi pearlised so give a very subtle lift and glow to the skin but the other two are full on turn off the lights and I’ll glow highlighters (I really, really love these). I love this palette, in fact I cannot recommend this palette more highly and what incredible value for money!! It cost me €7.79, yup I’m not joking €7.79!!! 

The blushers themselves are highly pigmented, they are so soft and easy to blend and are the type of shades that would suit most skin tones. The more matte highlighters are beautiful and a great alternative to a full on glow just in case that isn’t your thing!! 

The four blusher colours

For me though it’s the two full on highlighters that steal the show here. I absolutely love highlighters and the brighter the better so these do not disappoint. One is a gorgeous frosted baby pink shade and the other is probably one of the brightest golds I’ve ever seen,  this is the one I’ve worn the most since buying the palette and I’m in love!!

The four highlighting shades

As I’ve said already this is my first Makeup Revolution blush palette but it definitely won’t be my last. Makeup Revolution is fast becoming one of the most popular reasonably priced brands in the country and with every new product I try I can really see why. 

Some of the looks I created using the palette

I bought my palette in Phelans Pharmacy Glanmire but Makeup Revolution can be found in selected pharmacies throughout the country or online at Matte to Metallic

Have you tried any other Makeup Revolution products , do you have any recommendations on what to try next? 

 

 

Stand Out Product- Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation

The amount of product I need to use for my entire face

Foundation truly is the Holy Grail product for most of us. It is such a personal choice, what works for you may not work for another and we’re all looking for different things from our foundation too. 

Personally when it comes to foundation what I’m looking for firstly is coverage. I’ve always been quite self conscious about my red cheeks so I want these covered as much as possible. Second after coverage is longevity, I don’t agree with having to re-apply your foundation throughout the day. In my opinion when it’s on it should stay on!! 

Just primer, no filter (obviously!!)

I have Normal/Combination skin so I’m a little bit oily in my T-zone (not overly) and dry on my cheeks (again, not overly). Even though I love coverage I’m not looking for a foundation that feels like a mask on my face and I don’t like a very Matte finish either, my goodness I’m very fussy!! 

To be honest I’ve lost track of how many foundations I’ve tried over the years and I can’t remember one that I’ve been as instantly happy with as the Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation. It ticks ever box for me. From the first time that I used it I was in love, I couldn’t believe how much coverage you got from such a small amount of product and with a price tag of €10.95 I was even more impressed!! 

Just foundation, no concealer, no filter

I’ve been using the foundation now for about 5 weeks and I honestly haven’t used a different foundation since I bought it, I just love it. It feels lovely and lightweight on the skin, not at all cakey and you still have a nice glowy finish which I love. 

The finished product!!

The only negative I can think of with this product is its lack of availability (well certainly in Cork anyway). I really wish more pharmacies would stock it, I’ve tried one or two other bits from the range and I am very impressed with them all. I bought mine in Mellericks Pharmacy in Fermoy but that certainly isn’t close to wear I live so please Flormar expand your locations!! 
Alternatively it can be bought online at the following websites;

Meaghers Pharmacy 

Cara Pharmacy 

Foley’s Chemist

Simply Foxy

I know online shopping isn’t ideal when you want to know what colour you should choose but if it’s the only option what can you do!! 

I used shade 102 Soft Beige for reference if that helps. This is definitely a product I will be re-purchasing and it makes me so excited to keep on trying Flormar products and hopefully the more we do, the more easily available they will become.