Clinique & Estée Lauder Concealer

Two products I’ve been trying out lately are both concealers one from Clinique and the other from Estée Lauder.

The Clinique Airbrush Concealer is one I’ve spotted on Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube video’s a couple of times and really wanted to give it a go. I’m a big fan or the YSL cult product Touche Eclat and this claims to have the same brightening qualities but unlike the Touche this is a concealer as well. I really like this product and have been using it quite a lot. It’s nice and light with a lovely texture and does a great job of hiding those dark circles under the eye’s. It also has the same handy brush applicator as Touche.clinique_estee_lauder

The second product which I got a sample of from the lovely girls in Boots is the Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer. I actually had this a couple of weeks before I remembered I had it and decided to give it a try. I hadn’t heard anything about it or read any reviews but I really love it. It’s creamy with really good coverage yet not cakey and it lasts really well. It’s great for those days you don’t fancy wearing a full face of foundation but still need some help hiding redness, blemishes or dark circles. I was really impressed.

Have any of you tired either product? What did you think?



Spring 2013 Collections

It might not feel like Spring yet with the cold temperatures but the days are slowly getting brighter and Spring has certainly hit the make-up counters in the form of gorgeous pastel and earthy shades to flatter everyone.

Two of my favourites are from Chanel and Dior.

I’ve always been a sucker for Chanel’s classic black packaging but the colours in their Spring collection really have me wanting more. Browns, taupes, plums all colours that flatter us all and the most gorgeous lip colours that will really work for you all year round. I especially love the Illuminating powder… so gorgeous!


Dior have gone with more pinks and greys which are so beautiful and I love the bow shaped palette (below) with cute little brushes. Perfect for your handbag and a lust have for palette obsessed girls like me!




Christmas Gift Idea’s

So, you’re a little stumped on what to get the woman in your life for Christmas? Well here are a few gift idea’s she’s sure to love!

1. First off (and it’s no surprise really that this is on my list) is the try me kit from Liz Earle. Well in fact any or her gift sets make the ideal gift for any of the women in your life from your mum to your sister, wife or best friend. They will LOVE these! The only stockist of Liz Earle in the country at the moment is Wild & Green in Milltown in Dublin so ordering online is the next best option. I have always found the delivery very fast and the packaging is beautiful, you might even get a free gift thrown in! There’s a set to suit everyone and the ‘Try Me’ kits are a great way to test whether you like the products before you buy them full size and are perfect travel size. They’re very reasonably priced and look beautiful too.

2. Next is the quartet eye palette from the Clarins Odyssey collection for Winter 2012. This eye palette has the most fabulous colours including a stunning gold that will suit pretty much anyone and I have to say the packaging makes it even more gorgeous.

3. I don’t know about anyone else but my nails are always in terrible shape this time of year, chipping and weak so I tend to wear my nails quite short which is the ideal opportunity to wear all the dark, gorgeously rich nail colours on the market. Opi are one of my favourite brands and they brought out a limited edition Skyfall range to celebrate the Bond films. There are some beautiful colours in the range perfect for the festive season and would make great stocking fillers!

4. Sigma Beauty do amazing individual brushes and travel sets perfect for the make-up lover in your life. These sets come with gorgeous holders and are available in a range of styles and colours.

5. I’m a big Cath Kidston fan and these sets of towels and face clothes not only feel super soft and gorgeous they look so pretty and would looks fabulous in any bathroom. You’ll find them in House of Fraser or the Cath Kidston store in Dundrum Town Centre.

6. I try to buy Irish when I can, especially in todays climate, so if the woman in your life likes gorgeous body products, packaged beautifully and you want to support Irish businesses then Voya is a great option. This company, based in Sligo, produce gorgeous products from moisturiers to hair treatments and all made from seaweed farmed off the Irish coast. They smell divine too… what more could you want!

christmas_gift_ideas_17. If you’re really not sure what products your special someone would like or maybe she’s just very fussy, then why not get her a years subscription to her favourite magazine. There is such a great selection of Irish magazines to choose from such as Tatler or Image and it’s something she’ll enjoy for the whole year!

8. I am obsessed with hand cream and I carry one with me at all times, especially during the winter months. One of my all time favourites is the L’Occitane hand cream for dry skin. It’s super moisturising and smells gorgeous. They do beautiful sets which include a Foot Cream or they have smaller tubes with different scents which are perfect for your handbag. The ideal gift if you’re on a tight budget and she’ll love it! See their website for stockists.

9. I received one of these Laura Mercier Soufflé sets for my birthday a few years ago and I fell in love! They are so beautiful and luxurious and a real treat for someone special. They’re not cheap but they will last for ages and once you try them you’ll see why – heavenly!

10. Another Irish product that I always have at home are the scented candles from Max Benjamin. These candles, produced in Wicklow make a beautiful gift and are perfect to have in the house for a special evening or when you like to unwind. There’s a wide range of scents perfect for every taste but my favourite is the Lemongrass & Ginger!

11. Lastly, another product which I haven’t managed to get my hands on yet but lust after every time I pass the counter in Brown Thomas is the limited edition Caviar & Oyster Palette from the Bobbi Brown Winter collection. To be honest, I do have similar colours to those in this set but I just love the presentation and packaging and combination of colours. A really pretty collection of shimmer and matt eye shadows together with a gorgeous pink highlighter. Again, not the cheapest item on my list but gorgeous all the same.


So that’s just a few of my idea’s that might help you with your gift shopping this Christmas.

Enjoy the build up to the big day and wishing you all a very safe and Happy Christmas!




Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

Karl Lagerfeld has just launched a 17 piece makeup collection with Japanese beauty brand Shu Uemura.

The collection features “Mon Shu Girl” which Lagerfeld sketched using Shu Uemura products. The colour selection, package design and photography behind the visual campaign was entirely directed by Mr Lagerfeld himself and the title ‘mon shu uemura’ means ‘my darling Shu Uemura’. The special edition packaging is featured on the key Shu products – cleansing oil, uv under base, and the eyelash curler, along with limited edition eye shadow palettes, lipstick, brush set, and 2 pairs of eye lashes.

This is one of my favourite holiday collections so far this year. I love the illustration and packaging and I can’t wait to get my hands on the eye palette… my palette obsession continues 🙂

The entire collection is available on Shu Uemera’s site from today or you can find it in Brown Thomas




Flora by Gucci & Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.15

I was never a huge perfume person when I was younger, I wore it every once in a while, but in recent years I now feel a little naked without a spray of something. I’ve worn a few over the years that I really liked and stuck to them but over the last couple of months I’ve discovered two new fragrances I love!

The first is Flora by Gucci. There are three different fragrances in the Flora range but my favourite is Gorgeous Gardenia (pink bottle). It’s just a beautiful light scent that reminds me of summer and flowers and I ADORE the bottle and packaging. It was what originally caught my eye and I just think it’s gorgeous. Very girly! It would be a lovely fragrance for any brides looking for something fresh for their big day.

The second is Liz Earles new fragrance, Botanical Essence No.15. I got a sample of this with my order last week and it’s nearly gone. It’s a slightly stronger scent but gorgeous and spicy. I’d wear this going out maybe when I want something a little more but not too over powering. It settles really nicely after a few minutes and they say it’s “over 90% directly derived from natural ingredients” which gives it that lovely fresh, earthy scent. Will definitely be buying a bottle when my sample is gone!




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