Review | Bare Minerals Precious Gems

                              
                          
                   
The last review of 2015 is here and oh boy it’s a good one. Santa, family and friends have been very good to me this Christmas and I received this as a present from a friend.  
     
                  

The three precious gems are called Pink Passion, Plumberry Pop and Nude Passion. The three are lip balms made of oil. Usually I’m not a fan of balms because although hydrating the colour is usually crap but I was pleasantly surprised at how pigmented the colour was.

                      
Plumberry Pop

Nude Passion

Pink Passion

  The Swatch

   

These are what the balms are like applied to skin. The Nude Passion is a great lip colour for an everyday look and the Plumberry Pop is my favourite colour because you can apply it lightly or heavily for a day or nighttime look.

Have you tried these oil lip balms? Let me know if you like them in the comments.
Until next week,
happy reading & tea drinking,

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5 LIP PRODUCTS UNDER €5

                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

5 lip products that will make you want to do this. 

                   

1. Forever Aloe Lips 

Forever Aloe Lips |  €3.75 http://ireland.thealoe.co/aloe-lips/ 

2.  Penneys PS Love Lip Liner

 Penneys PS Love Lip Liner | €1.50

3. W7 Mega Matte Lips

W7 Mega Matte Lips | €2.79  http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/w7-mega-matte-lip-gloss

4. Lipcote

Courtesy of Boots.com

5. Seventeen All Out Pout Lip Palette Woo Me

Courtesy of Boots.com

 Seventeen All Out Pout Lip Palette Woo Me | €4.55 http://www.boots.ie/All-Out-Pout-Lip-Palette

                                   

Happy reading & tea drinking,

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5 Stocking Fillers Under €20!

Last week’s post was The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2015. So, this week I’ve decided to write about the perfect stocking fillers for different friends we all seem to have! 

The Party Animal

                          

We all have that one friend who is always ready to go. Coming into party season why not help her get into the season with a glam kit. I like this St. Tropez Express Party Cracker because it’s a thoughtful and a useful gift. The packaging is lovely and adds to the Christmas theme.

  

                       €14.50 |  http://www.boots.ie/en/St-Tropez-Express-Party-Cracker_1700722/

The Selfie Addict

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You’ll usually find this friend looking for some ‘good’ lighting or pulling a pout into the lens of a camera. We’re all guilty of taking selfies (I know I am) but for the friend who is addicted to Instagram this fish eye lens will make your everyday photo look interesting. 

The Friend who is ALWAYS cold

Constantly complaining about how cold it is but never seems to have a scarf or hat or gloves with them. Not only is it thoughtful but you’ll be seen as a hero.

The Beauty Babe

Always on top of the next beauty trend and is full of endless beauty hacks. This friend is always on hand with beauty advice so why not buy her something for her collection. She’ll thank you for it!


€19 | Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss http://www.debenhams.ie/lipgloss

Nail Art Junkie

#notd or #nailartjunkie are one of the many hashtags you’ll see on this gals Instagram posts. 

Breaking a nail is a disaster not to mention if she can’t get her usual nail appointment! So pop this present in and she’ll be bang on trend!

Models Own Nail Art Tool Kit | €11.75 http://www.asos.com/Models-Own-Nail-Art-Tool-Kit

I hope you liked this post! Let me know in the comments if you’ve bought any of these stocking fillers or if you found them useful!

Happy reading & tea drinking,

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Skint or Minted?

I will forever scroll through online boutiques or stroll through shops for a bargain. There are many items of clothing or accessories which if copied look cheap. However, I’m a firm believer that you can take inspiration from certain styles and those styles can be incorporated into affordable prices.

So you’ve spotted these amazing boots and they’ll look great at the Christmas party but wait, you’re so far away from pay day.
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So you’re like …

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 but then you read this post and you realise all is well in the world 
and maybe just maybe you can buy those boots after all.

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1. Over The Knee Boot

Over the knee boots are everywhere these days and I love them. Like most trends the over the knee boot faze won’t last forever.

1. €80.88 http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-KICK-IT-OFF-Over-The-Knee-Boots/

2. €36.99 http://www.misspap.co.uk/kayleigh-black-suede-thigh-high-boots.aspx

2. Denim Mini Skirt

A trend that we has crossed over from the Summer is the denim skirt. I love that it has lasted different seasons because you know that when you purchase it, it won’t go out of style in a matter of weeks. I bought mine at the end of the summer and I love it!

1. €42.65 http://www.asos.com/Vero-Moda/Vero-Moda-A-Line-Denim-Skirt/

2. €24 http://www.boohoo.com/day-skirts/kelly-denim-button-front-mini-skirt/invt/azz00436

3. The Cape

I LOVE this trend. I bought this Penneys version on the right. Such a bargain and so wearable this time of year!

1.  €49  https://www.missguided.eu/plus-size-chunky-knitted-cape-grey

2. €19 from Penneys.

4. Hats

Another big trend we saw moving from one season to another was the floppy hat. I picked it up in Penneys a few weeks ago and I love it. This is a great way to add colour to an outfit and a colour that will always stay on trend!

1. €37 http://eu.riverisland.com/women/accessories/hats/dark-purple-black-trim-floppy-hat-670937
2. €10 in Penneys.

5. Ankle Grazers 

As a short gal these jeans are a godsend! Jeans always scrunch up at the bottom so I’m loving how these fit me to a T!

1. €52 http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/product/clothing-485092/jeans-485111/ankle-grazer-jeans-4346724/moto-vintage-rinse-leigh-jeans-4064900?bi=0&ps=200

2. €27 http://www.boohoo.com/skinny-jeans/abby-high-rise-skinny-blue-black-jeans/invt/azz21568

happy reading & tea drinking,
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Support Irish – The Best Irish Beauty Products

I’m always on the lookout for new and up and coming beauty products, especially Irish products. Ireland is a small country and so I think it’s important to support homegrown products. I’ve compiled a list of my favourite Irish Beauty Products. 

Cocoa Brown 

Courtesy cocoabrown.ie

Some of you may know I’m not a huge fake tan user. However, when I’m craving  that summer glow I opted for Cocoa Brown. Cocoa Brown was created in 2012 by Marissa Carter. CB started off with just one product, a 1 hour tan and now has 8 products. I really like the ‘Tough Stuff’ exfoliator and ‘1 hour tan mousse’.

I buy CB in Penneys/Primark but they are stocked in most pharmacies around the country.

Price €7.99

http://www.cocoabrown.ie/

Blank Canvas

Courtesy of Blank Canvas

Blank Canvas are an Irish based affordable cosmetic brand. They sell high quality brushes, contour palettes and much more. I really like the brand because of their brushes and to me they are on the same level as Sigma.  The brush pictured above is the F15 small contour brush, I love it for setting concealer under the eye. 

Price €14.99
http://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com/products/f15-small-contour-highlight-black-bristles.html

Nía

Courtesy of Nia.ie

Nía uses only natural products mainly aloe vera, coconut milk, acai berry & almond oil. One of my favourite products from Nía is their Intensive Restoring Facial Hydrating Mist. I have dry skin so I’m not particularly fond of toners, instead I use this mist.

Price €19.95

http://www.nia.ie/shop/intensive-restoring-facial-hydrating-mist/Pixy

Fuschia Make Up

Courtesy of Fuschia.ie
Fuschia have a great range of products. I like their Mineral Photo Touch Foundation usually I don’t spend over €20 on foundations unless it’s MAC or NARS however this is worth the money.
Price : €31.95
http://www.fuschia.ie/shop/face/photo-touch/

                                If you have any recommendations please comment below!

Until next week,
happy reading & tea drinking,
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When does your make up expire?

Did you know your make up can expire?  One thing I’ve noticed over the years of applying make up is I constantly forget to throw out old make up and instantly regret it. Make up like any food or drink goes off. So I’ve put together a list and tip and tricks to remember when to throw out that flaky mascara or that gooey foundation.

I can’t empathize how important it is to keep an eye on a date. Expired make up can cause breakouts, and can lead to inflammation aka redness, bumps , a rash, blisters and swelling!

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Another trick I have picked up is checking the little tub that you see on the back of most makeup products. The figure means the amount of months the product is ok to use from the time it is opened.

happy reading & tea drinking,
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