Monday, 1 October 2012

Best of Primark October 2012

October is now here! Primark has already started to get in the party season stock. I do love a bit of glitter so I am excited about this. Here is my top picks for October :)

Satin Sequin Platform In Stores mid October €22
Bow Front Glitter Paltform In Stores mid October €18
Stud Heel Shoe Boot In Stores mid October €22
Studded Toe Cap Ankle Boot In Stores mid October €18 
Low Heel Stud Ankle Boot In Stores end October €22
Two Tone Low Heel Ankle Boot In Stores early October €22

Glitter Clutch €9 in stores end of October
Metal Bow Clutch Bags In Stores end October €10
Gold Oversized Embellished Clutch In Stores mid October €10
Faux Fur Trim Wrap Coat In Stores end Sept €40

So what do you think? Will you buy anything?

Laura x

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Essence Haul!

While walking through Penneys on Mary Street the other day, I came across an amazing discovery. A FULL SIZED ESSENCE STAND! As you can probably tell by my excitement this is no ordinary Essence stand. This stand is like the magical one I heard so much about in Galway's Penneys. It's double the usual size and stocks the full nail polish range. Including magnetic polish, colour changing, false nails, nail savers, nail stamps the list is endless! Here is what I picked up on my first trip.

Nail art magnet - That creates a star effect
Stampy polish- This is for a stamping set I bought previously. Essence also have this set for much cheaper. It's a cheap version of the Konad nail stamps.
Volumizing lash powder -  A powder that gives a false eyelash effect. I saw this on months ago. I have been dying to get my hands on it as it is a dupe for Model Co Fibre Lash that is €39! Essence version is less than €4!
Cherry Blossom Highlighter - I love a highlighter, bought to see if it is as good as High Beam.

So that's my haul! If you would like to see reviews of any of the products let me know.

Laura x

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

MUA Nail Constellation

It was with great excitement I discovered that MUA are bringing out a micro beads collection. I have been dying to try Micro beads for ages but with Ciate sets selling for crazy prices between €23 - €25, I have been put off by just how expensive they are. However MUA's version will only be £3! Yes the bargain price of £3! Below are some images of the new products from MUA's blog






What they look like in the bottle!

I'm hoping they will be in Superdrug in Omni Park, otherwise I will be begging my Mam to bring me some over from London. They look so AMAZING! I can't wait to get my paws on them.

Laura x

The Winner Is....

Thanks for all those who entered my Sure Linen Dry giveaway. I used to pick a winner, and it selected number 2 so the winner is.....
 Cuti-CLUE-les !
 Thanks to all those who entered, keep an eye out on my blog as I will have another giveaway soon :) 

Laura x

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Forgotten Finds 2

So Last week my very first 'Forgotten Finds' went up on my blog. The idea for this post is to make more use of your make up. Like many others I tend to forget about make up when I buy new 'shiny' products. Good products I loved in the past get forgotten about. By 'Shopping the Stash' you can give products a new life. It is a great way to feel like you have bought something without actually spending any money. I actually found it quite easy to stick to the products I picked for last week. It was great to use products I had forgotten about and to rediscover how good they actually were.

This week I have picked.....

M&S Bohemia Perfume- I'm awful at describing perfume so here is how M&S describe it 'An eclectic fragrant blend of lemon, blueberry and bergamot with floral heart notes of lily of the valley, mimosa and gardenia drying down to warm aromas of cedarwood, amber and vanilla.' M&S is a great place to pick up cheap perfume. I got this one half price when I bought another perfume. I find they are dupes for much more expensive perfume. 

Benefit Moon Beam - As a great lover of high beam (Or at least my cheap dupes of it!) I often forget I have Moon Beam. Compared to High Beam it is very subtle. I think this is why I always pick High Beam over it.

Barry M 272 Shocking Pink - I love just how pink this nail polish is. It's a very hot Barbie pink that looks amazing on.

Barry M Touch of Magic - I picked this up when I was in London at Easter. I adore this lipstick. It's a bit crazy looking as it is green when you open it, but when you put it on your lips it turns a colour unique to your lips. On me it is a dark pink colour. For a closer look and swatches click here!

Laura x

Thursday, 6 September 2012

H&M Autumn 2012

My favourite Autumn colours have to be mustard yellow and turquoise green. I adore these two colours and love to buy items in these two colours to wear during Autumn. H&M have a good selection of Autumn clothes this year, and so many in my favourite Autumn colours!

1. Dress € 19.95
Fine-knit, gently flared dress with long sleeves and a seam at the waist. Rib-knit top section and skirt in stocking stitch.

2. Jacket € 49.95
Jacket with a fake fur collar, zip and buttons at the front, and two front pockets. Lined.

3. Blazer € 24.95
Straight-cut, unlined jacket with buttons and a pocket at the front.

4. Tights € 7.95
Cable-knit tights with an elasticated waist.

5. Ballet pumps € 9.95
Imitation leather ballet pumps with a grosgrain trim and a bow on the front. Rubber soles.

6. Shoes €29.95
Platform court shoes. Platform 2 cm, heel 9 cm. Rubber soles.

7. Gloves € 9.95
Fine-knit gloves in a wool blend with imitation leather details.

8 & 9 Scarf € 7.95
Chunky-knit scarf in soft yarn with fringes on the short sides.

What are your favourite colours for the Autumn?

Laura x

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Win Sure Linen Dry + Review!

With the lovely weather we are having here in Ireland, it is the perfect chance to test out the new Sure Linen Dry. The lovely people at sure sent me out two deodorants to try. Not only that but they also are going to send some out to a lucky reader of my blog. As a huge fan of Sure's Maximum Protection I was very eager to test out Linen Dry to see if it was as good.

Sure Women Linen Dry in an Ultra Dry 48h Anti-Perspirant. It is also alcohol free. What is really interesting about this Deodorant is that it contains Microcapsules. When I first heard this I was thinking 'what the hell are they?!' Microcapsules sit on the skin. Friction in the under am causes the mircrocapsules to break, releasing little bursts of fragrance throughout the day as you move! Pretty niffty eh?

So what did I think? Unusually for Ireland the weather has been fab this week, with temperatures reaching 21 Degrees. Did the deodorant beat the heat? I was very impressed with the Linen Dry Roll on Deodorant. Despite the heat I didn't sweat much more than I did when wearing Sure's Maximum Protection which is AMAZING. Unfortunately I didn't find the spray version to be as good. The heat beat this one I'm afraid. I would definitely recommend the roll on version however, it smells great and worked so well!

If you would like to try these out for yourself, comment below for your chance to win a set! Sorry this giveaway is for Irish residencies only.

Have you tried Linen Dry yet?

Laura x

Monday, 3 September 2012

Forgotten Finds!

Shopping the Stash posts are becoming so popular across the beauty blogger world. I have been inspired to join in and do my own post. The Sunday Girl always does a great post on this every week. You guys should check her out. Click here!

The idea for this post is to make more use of your make up. Like many others I tend to forget about make up when I buy new 'shiny' products. Good products I loved in the past get forgotten about. By 'Shopping the Stash' you can give products a new life. It is a great way to feel like you have bought something without actually spending any money.

Here is the products I have picked to wear for this week.

Eyeko 'Line and Shine Duo Colour Pencil' for the Eyes' - I picked this up in TK Maxx about a year ago. It came in a pack with two other Eyeko products for €9.99. This eye pencil is double ended, one end is 'Electric Blue' and the other is 'Teal'. hey are both super pigmented and last on the eyes. I don't know why I haven't been using them more as I love the colours.

Avon's Ultra Colour Rich White Gold Lipstick in ‘Platinum Pink’- This is quite a nice lipstick. It has pieces of gold in it which makes it quite sparkly but not in a scary twilight way. It is a light pink,  It gives your lips a lovely sparkle without a very noticeable strong colour. This is good if you want a more neutral looking lipstick. This lipstick smells lovely but doesn't last that long on the lips. It fades naturally though so you don't have to worry about your lips looking patchy. 

17 magnetic nail polish in the colour black - I love this nail polish. The magnetic effect works really well with this colour. It gives your nails an almost marble effect.

MUA Professional Heaven and Earth Palette - When I first got this palette I adored it. I used it every day. I used it so much I even broke the cover. oops :( In the last few months however I bought a neutral sleek palette and the undressed palette by MUA. My poor heaven and earth palette was forgotten about. This week I will rediscover its charm.

NYC Blush - Mosaic style blush. Gives a nice pink glow to the cheeks. Super cheap too!

So that is the make up I'm rediscovering this week!

Laura x

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Best of Primark/Penneys September 2012

With the days starting to get shorter it means that winter is fast approaching. I love to be nice and cosy in the winter months so I'm loving the cushions that Primark has this September. Below are my top Primark picks for September. 

Check Applique Cushion €6 and Herringbone Cushion €6 
Tweed Ballerina €8 
Ltd Edition Quilted Tote Bag €20 
Retro Cushions €6 In Stores 
Faux Mongolian Fur Cushion and Scribble Cushion €6
Limited Edition Studded Weekender Bag €22

So what do you think? Will you be buying any of these items?

Laura x

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Essence Cherry Blossom Girl!

It's time for a new limited edition from Essence. The new edition is called 'Cherry Blossom Girl' inspired by Japanese beauty. I'm really excited about this one as it looks gorgeous! There are so many products I would love to get my paws on. It is due to hit shelves this September.

First up is an eye shadow quattro in the colour '01 dreaming under a cherry tree'. It has four colours that can be used together to make a number of different eye looks. They are nice colours but I already have a million eye shadows so I don't think I will buy this item.

The next product is a great idea. It is a 2 in 1 eyeliner. This lets you create 'beautiful, accurate lines – from fine to broad'. They come in two colours, classic black or natural dark brown. (01 big in japan and 02 my little kimono.) I definitely think they will find their way into my basket!

Next up we have paper lashes, they are not really your everyday lashes. They are very dainty looking. I'm not sure if I could find somewhere to wear them to however. They are available in 01 hidden in sakura garden.

A product I'm very excited about is the lipstick pencils,. Essence a few years ago used to do lipstick pencils that I loved. Unfortunately they were discontinued. I'm hoping these new pencils will help me get over the loss of the old ones. They come in two gorgeous colours 1 cherry cherry girl and 02 it’s peach not cherry. 

The highlighter pen in this collection has really caught my eye. I can't wait to see if it is a dupe for Benefit's High Beam. The highlighter pen comes with a twist mechanism for easy application and comes in the colour 01 konnichiwa girls!

The blusher in the limited edition is also very pretty. It is a 'multi-color blush creates 'a fresh and rosy complexion'. The colour looks lovely. It will be available in 01 asian sensation.

As always in limited editions there are nail polish. The polish are very warm colours inspired by Tokyo in Summer. They are available in 01 fortune cookie, 02 my little kimono, 03 cherry cherry girl and 04 it’s peach not cherry.

Finally we have a shimmering body powder.This is a 'subtly fragrant body powder with a decorative powder puff offers your face, neck and décolleté a fine shimmer for a radiant look' available in 01 hello glitty. I love the packaging of this product but not sure if I would use it so I'm not sure if I would by it.

So what do you think of this limited edition? I love the look of it so far and adore the Japanese inspired names for the products. So far I have my eye on the blush, the lipsticks, the eyeliners and the high lighter pen. I can't wait to get my paws on them!

Laura x

August Favourites

With September only a few days away I'm starting to feel quite wintery. Where did the summer go? Here are my August favourites.

Jemma Kidd Make Up School I-Glamour Volume Mascara - My Mam got this free in the July issue of Red Magazine, she didn't want it so she gave it to me. I LOVE this mascara! I will do a full review on it soon. One of my favourite mascaras I have ever tried.

Avon's Naturals Key Lime & Passion Flower Volumising Shampoo - I was loving this shampoo this month. It really gave my hair a nice lift. Unfortunately I used it all up. I'm devastated as it's been discontinued. Wail. :( For a full review click here.

Beauty UK blush in 08 Dolly Pink - A gorgeous bright pink blush. It might look shocking pink but it looks great on my pale skin. 

Body Shop Beautifying Oil - I'm still LOVING this product. I have used it everyday since I got it in June and still have loads left. It is the first product I have found that finally keeps my dry skin away. For a full review click here! 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - This is the first time I have included a book in my monthly favourites. This book is a great read. From the first couple of pages I was hooked. Great characters and a great story line.

Until next month!

Laura x

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

First Ever NOTD ........

So it's with great courage I post my first ever NOTD post. I basically have crap nails. They are brittle, peal easily, break if you barely look at them and are really dry around my cuticles. This has really put me off posting NOTD posts in the past. Today is the day I however decide to post my attempts at nail art. 

While reading bloglovin last night I came across a  blog (Polish and Pearls) that had amazing marble nails bout without water. Click here! to see how they managed it! The technique is so simple all you need is a sandwich bag and a couple of nail polishes.You put a few drops of polish on each nail and simply place the sandwich bag on top. It's so easy, if I can do it anyone can!

So my first NOTD... I hope I didn't horrify you all at the state of my nails. They just refuse to grow sigh....

Laura x

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Product of the Week: Avon

Ever since a hairdresser made me look like a mushroom about 3 years ago I have been afraid to get my haircut. Since then I have only got about an inch or half an inch off when I get my hair cut. As a result my hair is now super long. Sometimes in between cuts it doesn't look the best as the style looses shape. For the last two weeks I have been using Avon's Naturals Key Lime & Passion Flower Volumising Shampoo and have been loving the results!

Unlike previous volumising shampoo I have tried it doesn't make my hair feel like wool or make it impossible to brush. It gives my hair a nice shape without being over the top volumised. (Although I wish it did as there can never be too much volume in my opinion!) Since I have been using it I have had four people tell me my hair looked lovely. Not bad for two weeks eh? The good news is I got this shampoo for the bargain price of €1.25. The bad news is that Avon have now discontinued it. :( 

They do currently have a different volumising shampoo 'Advance Techniques Volume Shampoo' on special for €2.50 for a 400ml bottle. I have just ordered some so I hope it will be as good as their last one. It's such a shame they got rid of such a good product. Sigh.

Have you any volumising shampoo that you love?

Laura x

Monday, 20 August 2012

Make-Up Haul!

I'm a lucky girl. Here is a make-up haul full of products I was given by my Mam and my boyfriends Mam. I was delighted to get my hands on them!

O.P.I in 'William tell me about it' - My very first O.P.I product! My Mam got this in a Beauty Box in the U.K. She is not a big fan of Nail polish so she gave me this and a few other goodies. This nail polish is a deep plum colour. It will be great during the winter months.

Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss- This also came in the Beauty Box. It is a pinky/plum colour. I don't usually wear lip gloss but I will test it out and will let you know what I think!

Mini Batiste in Cherry - I have a love/ hate relationship with Batiste. I love what it can do to your hair but I also find it way to powdery. I sometimes find I look like a granny after using it. I do find the mini bottles very handy though. I have never used the Cherry version before so I wonder if this will make me love Batisie again?
Jemma Kidd Make Up School I-Glamour Volume Mascara - My Mam got this free in the July issue of Red Magazine. I always love trying new mascara so I was delighted with this!

Rimmel Wake me up Foundation in Ivory - My boyfriends Mam won this foundation. It's too pale for her so she gave it to me. I have the opposite problem I find it's slightly too dark for me! In the Summer months I can get wear it though as my skin in a few shades darker. I will try and use it up before winter sets in and my skin goes back to being milk bottle pale.

If there is a product you would like to see a full review on let me know!

Laura x

Monday, 13 August 2012

This Weeks Bargains!

I haven't done a weekly bargains in aaaaaaages so here is one for all you bargain lovers!

  • Selected Dove Body Wash 1/2 price 
  • Selected Venus Products 1/2 price
  • Selected Herbal Essence 1/2 price
  • Selected Johnson Make Up Wipes 1/2 price

  • 17 Wild Curl Mascara only €1.50 (Click HERE! for voucher)
  • 2 for €18 on all Essie Nail Varnishes ( Click HERE! for voucher)

  • L'oreal Elnett  Hairspray 400 ml 1/2 price
  • Yankee Candle 20% off
  • Selected St. Tropez 25% off
I hope you grab a bargain!
Laura x
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