I thought I would write a small post on items I am loving at the moment. I am, in no shape or form a beauty blogger, but I’m always curious to know what other girls like/or are using so whilst the weather is yukky and the outfit posts are limited I thought I’d give this a whirl.
Lush Bath Bombs
Iv never really used bath bombs before, I knew there was a big hype over Lush and their products, especially their bath bombs but the smell in the shop gives me a head ache so I often avoid it. How ever over Christmas when my family were visiting they popped in and picked me up a lovely pink ball of bath bomb’ness. I am now hooked!! Now, when I need a little me time, I pop into lush, pick up a bomb, return home and soak. I now understand the hype, not only do they turn your bath into a beautiful array of colour, smell absolutely amazing but they leave your skin so soft and moisturised.
Wood, Sage and Sea Salt
For Christmas I received my first Jo Malone perfume. When I read the name of the fragrance I automatically scrunched up my face, how wrong I was. I’m in love, I have since visited the Jo Malone stand and picked out a few other fragrance’s and wrote them firmly on my ‘I want’ list.
Laura Mercier Foundation
I watch/read beauty bloggers all the time, I always like to know what products they like to use ect. I have purchased a few foundations over the years and have never been 100% happy, wether it’s the shade, consistency or the coverage. For a long while I have mixed two mac foundations together, one being the studio sculpt in shade nw30 and the other being pro long wear in shade nw25. I have found that these two mixed together make for the perfect shade and consistency. This being said, I am always on the look out for the ‘perfect one’ this Christmas I got the Laura Mercier foundation in shade hazelnut beige, I love the shade…but it is quite thick. I think that I will save this for evenings and nights out when I have a little more time to get ready. What foundation does everybody else use?!
Fast Play and Twig
Unfortunately the ‘Kylie Jenner’ lip just doesn’t work for me. I really wish it did, so I could follow suit, but it doesn’t. My lips are naturally quite dark so wearing such a nude tone looks like I have caked my lips in foundation. I have found two Mac lipsticks that are the perfect ‘nude’ for me. They are far from nude for fair skinned girls but they are the perfect match for me, they leave my lips looking fuller and more defined. I use either ‘Twig’ or ‘Fast Play’ by Mac, outlined with an Essence lip liner.
Collection Lip Butter
I must admit I’m a sucker for Mac lipsticks, when ever I feel I deserve a treat it’s normally a trip to Mac to pick out a lipstick. I have so many now though and Mac hardly ever bring out anything new, so what happens when you have them all? Recently I noticed a fabulous colour on a girl I work with, she showed me what she was wearing and I was so shocked, it was by a brand called Collection, they sell this brand in most boots. This particular product was there lip butter, it’s almost like a crayon. Another friend bought it for me and I can not get over the quality. If it wasn’t for her wearing it I wouldn’t of looked twice. I very rarely shop in boots for make up. This crayon is so pigmented, the colour lasts ages, even after food, drink and non stop talking. It’s also so moisturising, I find a few of my Mac lipsticks quite drying and I would only ever apply them over a lip balm. This however, glided on and didn’t need any form of balm before or after use. I’m so impressed and I’m now curios to find other hidden gems lurking in the world of drug store products.
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Protection
Following on with lip products I suffer with really dry lips. Being an air hostess and working in such dry conditions doesn’t help, therefore your average Blistex or Carmex just don’t cut it for me. We sell this Elizabeth Arden product onboard and I was put off for a while as it was in a tin, I’m not really a fan of using my fingers to apply products. I gave in and I have never looked back, at first it feels slightly greasy, almost like Vaseline, although unlike Vaseline this product soaks in rather than sits on your lips. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it lasts 8 hours but it’s still pretty dam good. I have since found it in a lipstick tube. Perfect for application.
New Balance and Puma
Moving away from beauty products, I recently purchased a pair of New Balance trainers and received a pair of all white Puma classics. I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of trainers, I mean I own a few pairs of converse and a few pairs of slip on sneaks but sporty looking trainers not so much. I was getting tired of wearing winter boots and just felt I needed an alternative to casual’ise my outfits. I bought the grey New Balance as I thought this colour was more neutral and not so in your face as some of the other pairs. I have worn them so much that I wouldn’t mind a more daring colour now. My white Puma Classics I received for Christmas, they are perfect. I love the all white look, there so simple but there is just something about them that makes them stand out. These two pairs of trainers, in turn, haven’t left the soles of my feet. I actually feel a small bit sorry for everything else sat in my shoe cupboard waiting to be worn.
I literally fell in love at first sight. I have blogged this coat in my most recent post, (read here) The colours, the quality, the size…everything. I’m in love. I just wish it would stop raining now so I would wear it again.
Iv said this before and I’ll say it again. I know this coat is far from glamorous, I umed and ahhed about buying one of these coats for the four years I have been living in Cork. They come out winter after winter and every other woman is wearing one. This year when I took my career break I finally bought one and well, now I know why everyone has one. It is THE warmest coat I have ever worn and trust me the weather isn’t getting any warmer any time soon here. I have worn it every single day since the day I purchased it so I’m very happy that my money was well spent!
I received this as a gift for Christmas. It truly is a god send. With blogging on the go, taking snaps and browsing social media my battery dwindles rapidly. This is a power bank that you charge like a phone, it holds its charge and when your phone battery starts to die you plug it into the bank. It’s so handy. I love that it’s far from bulky so having it in your handbag isn’t a problem. I’m not a gadget person but this is one I won’t be living without.