Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Technical Difficulties | Skincare Tag

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Hey guys! I hope you are all well! As you can tell by my post title, I am experiencing some technical difficulties. :( I was hoping to put up a July favourites post, but my camera's SDHC card basically threw a fit (I think it's corrupted) and I can't reach the photos it took me ages to take. So for now, a tag may suffice. I will be getting a new card next week as I need it for Paris next month anyways. I was really looking forward to putting that post up. :( 

Describe your skincare routine in five words:
Meticulous, soothing, vegetarian, relaxing and refreshing.

What is your skin type?
Normal/combination. Summer brings out my oily t-zone and Winter brings out my dry patches. Overall though, it's pretty well behaved.

What is your favourite skincare product?
Ahh, that's a hard question! Probably Aqua Marina by Lush.

What's your top blemish zapper?
Lush's Grease Lightning.

Facewipes, yay or nay? 
Oh god no! They're horrible! 

Toners, yay or nay?
Definitely! I love them. 

High end or Drug store skincare products?

I like both, but I tend to go more towards the high end products for skincare, I like to invest in skincare. No amount of premium make-up will hide bad skin.

Top skincare tips? 
I have loads, but I'll condense it down. Horse the water and fruit into you. Always always always take off your make-up. Stay away from products with alcohol in them. Create a routine you can stick to twice a day- morning and night. Give yourself at least one day without make-up. Stick to skincare products that are made for your skin type.

Current skincare products?
Garnier micellar water, Aqua Marina cleanser, Eau Roma toner, Simple light moisturiser, Botanics hydrating eye cream, Grease Lightning for blemishes, Ocean Salt face scrub and Trilogy rosehip oil. (I don't use all of these everyday).

Have you ever used Pro-Activ?
Nope! I don't have acne prone skin. Even if I did, I wouldn't go near Pro-Activ! I've heard it's actually terrible for your skin. I don't trust its ingredients.

Products you want to try?
Trilogy. But today I finally bought Trilogy rosehip oil, I really hope it helps with past blemish scars!  I also want to try Clinique Dramatically Different moisturiser. I want to try Philosophy, Bioderma, Origins and Caudalie. 

Are there any skincare steps you skip?
As much as I love being pale and eager to avoid (more) freckles, I never bother with SPF, whoops.

How do you remove make-up?
Garnier micellar water on a cotton pad, swipe swipe swipe.

If you could change one thing about your skin, what would it be?
I would love to be able to get rid of all my freckles, I hate them.

I'm sorry again for the technical difficulties! I hope to get it sorted ASAP. I hope you enjoyed this tag anyway.
Feel free to steal it for your own blog,
What are your July favourites?
Thanks for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Friday, 25 July 2014

Eau Roma toner water

Hey guys! I hope you are all well, happy Friday! I have just been waiting for Friday to roll around this week! I am spending the weekend with my very special and most loved best friends, one of which I don't get to see so much. So I am beyond excited for today. Best friends, chats and Harry Potter movies? Sounds like my idea of an amazing time. :D Anyway, today I will be reviewing Lush's Eau Roma toner water. So, onwards to the review. :)

For ages now, I have been wanting to try this toner, so when I saw it in the Lush shop, I didn't hesitate in picking it up. Eau Roma toner water claims that it is suitable for sensitive skin, calms and reduces redness, to balance and soften the skin, hydrate and soothe. It also claims to remove any traces of cleanser and make-up. The main ingredients in Eau Roma are: Rosewater to calm and soothe the skin. Lavender water also to soothe and to hydrate the skin. I found that it has really softened my skin and hydrated my face. I cannot stress enough how amazingly refreshing this water is! So perfect for the Summer and post exercise. It really cools me down. It is my favourite thing about Eau Roma. It has become an essential for the Summer.
However, that being said, I found it disappointing when it came to removing any traces of cleanser or make-up. I wouldn't go for this if I was wearing heavier make-up. The mist is too light to wipe clean with a cotton pad, which I didn't like. Also, it takes too long for my liking to sink in.

Given how ineffective Eau Roma is with make-up and cleanser removing and the time it takes to sink in, I give it a 7/10. It costs €5.45 for 100g. I think that that's good value for money and cons aside, it is a great cleanser and I would repurchase this, especially around the Summer.

Have you tried Eau Roma yet? What do you think of it?
Thank you for reading and have a great weekend! 
Stay fab xo 
Kim. :)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Botantics Hydrating eye cream

Hey guys, happy Wednesday! Welcome to my 60th blog! I hope you are all well. :) Today, I'll be reviewing the hydrating eye cream in the Boots Botanics range. I bought this eye cream around a month ago, and it is my first ever eye cream, as I never saw any reason to buy one before. However, I am a night owl and when I stay up incredibly late, I feel sleepless nights tend to show around my eye area. The skin around my eyes is quite thin and delicate, that I wanted to give it that extra bit of TLC. I have heard amazing things about the Boot's Botanic range, and I decided to pick up the eye cream from this range. As it's my first eye cream, I went with an eye cream that's cheaper than its other brand counterparts, to get a feel of what I like in an eye cream, so I would have no regrets about shelling out on a product I wouldn't like.

The Botanics hydrating eye cream claims to soften and smooth the eye contour. It claims to hydrate, reveal brighter skin. It also claims to reduce fine lines. It is 80% organic. Ingredients include: Olive oil, almond oil, rosehip oil and shea butter. These ingredients are known to smooth, nourish, soften, hydrate, protect and help with uneven skin tone. I apply this using my ring finger, over the bone, using a tiny bit, gently tapping it in, over my face moisturiser.

The result? The skin under my eyes looks alot brighter, which is the most noticeable change. I look more awake and alert. The skin looks and feels much more hydrated, softer and smoother. The make-up under my eyes looks better aswell! The packaging is so handy, it makes sure I won't accidentally squeeze out too much, and it's travel friendly! The consistency of Botanics eye cream would be thinner than your average eye cream, but by no means runny. It's 15ml, but a little will definitely go a long way. The texture is completely lightweight, sinks in quickly, and doesn't leave any oily or greasy feeling or residue. This eye cream costs €14.99, which is value for money if you consider the price of the other eye creams out there! I give this 10/10!

Do you use eye cream? Which one do you go for? Have you tried anything from the Botanics range?
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Friday, 18 July 2014

The Reading Habit Tag!

Hi guys! I hope you are all well! Today, I've made a last minute choice to change one of my pre planned reviews to a tag, because I found a fantastic and different tag that I really wanted to do! I found it on An Impatient Scottish girl's blog. Go check her out, her blog is great! Onwards to the tag. :)

1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

Not a place for certain. I do tend to get alot of my reading done on/in my bed, though.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I have the cutest bookmark that has the C.S Lewis quote ''You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me'' on it. It has a cup of tea on it too, and I relate alot to it. ;)

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?
If I am completely stuck in, I will keep reading and reading until my eyes droop or I have other things to do. I'll never finish a chapter mid way, I prefer to continue reading  on a new chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?
I usually have a cup of green tea beside me if I'm reading. Reading and tea is the perfect match.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst reading?
I don't I find it too distracting. I prefer to get stuck in and focus on the story. 

6. One book at a time or several at once?
One book at a time! 

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Everywhere. I read mostly at home. Though I will read anywhere so long as it's quiet.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently. Who reads out loud? O.o Though if people are annoying me while I try to read, I read aloud for a sentence or two, in the hopes that they'll catch the hint. :P

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
I won't skip pages. But I'll skim over the parts where it goes too much description over something trivial, like the description of a room or place.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I try to keep the spine in good knick. I don't break the spine, but it does get quite creased.

11. Do you write in your books?
No way! 

12. What are you currently reading?
The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe. It's bloody amazing. <3

I hope you enjoyed reading this tag as much as I enjoyed writing it! I tag all y'all to take the Reading Habit Tag. :)
Thank you all for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Veganese conditioner

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday! I am back with yet another Lush review! What can I say? I went a little overboard. ;) While in Lush, I picked up my second Lush conditioner, Veganese. If you've read my Project Lucius Malfoy post, you'll know that I have been on a continuing quest for longer and healthier hair, and I bought this in the hopes of adding more health into my growing hair. 

Veganese claims that it will make hair more manageable, without weighing the hair down, that it will leave hair feeling softer, silkier, shinier, and help soothe the scalp. The starring ingredients in Veganese are; lavender flower infusion for balancing and calming the scalp, lemon juice is added to refresh and rejuvenate and agar agar gel to soften and moisturise, agar agar gel is used in place of lanolin. Veganese is chemical free and 100% vegan as the name suggests, which is always a huge plus for me! Veganese has left my hair feeling lighter, softer, alot fresher than when I use an ordinary Joe conditioner. My hair has been shinier and has done a great job at calming down and soothing my scalp. Since using Veganese, it has looked and felt alot more moisturised and has an added boost of life in it, which feels fantastic! Also, it has become so much less dull. I really recommend this conditioner if you have dull, limp or lifeless hair. It's also fantastic for greasy hair. 

The one thing I will say about Veganese is that the texture feels so runny and lightweight, which is a great thing, but it also doesn't feel like you're applying enough conditioner to your hair, so you may tend to use more than you actually need, and it can lead for unnecessary waste, so you might not get alot of stretch out of Veganese if you use it all the time. 

I love the smell of Veganese, it smells quite lemony and refreshing. I adore the packaging of this conditioner so much! I was sold at ''I'm turning Veganese. I think I'm turning Veganese. I really think so''! Ah, it's the simple things. ;) Overall, I am delighted with this conditioner and I will definitely repurchase Veganese! Considering the tendency for waste, I give Veganese a well deserved 9/10! A 250ml bottle (medium sized) of Veganese costs €10.95.
Have you tried any of the Lush conditioners? What did you think of them?
Thanks for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Friday, 11 July 2014

Revlon Colourburst matte balm

Hi guys! I hope you are all doing well! Today, I will be reviewing the Revlon Colourburst matte balm. After the mysterious disappearance of my beloved Kate Moss coral lipstick in shade 110, I decided to try out the new range of lip crayons over at Revlon. I was pretty excited to try out the range since it had come out! I picked up two for €12.50 over at Boots, and bought the Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick aswell. I decided to go with the shade ''Audacious'' to replace my Kate Moss lipstick as it was the closest shade in the range to it. 

I love pretty packaging, so I was happy with the look of the Colourburst crayon. As per the matte finish the crayon gives off, the packaging also feels matte and quite sleek. It's similar to most lip crayons out there, it is a twist up and down crayon. I was very surprised with the smell of this particular crayon, they smell amazing! It smells like peppermint and give a slight tingle to your lips, which some mightn't like, but I personally love it! It glides on easily and evenly and it also fades evenly, which is fantastic as you won't feel the need to constantly reapply it. There are two different types of formulations with the Revlon Colourburst range, which give off very different finishes. The shade ''Audacious'' as I mentioned, is a matte finish. As much as I love a matte finish, it can be quite unforgiving on chapped lips! It highlights any dry skin around your lips. I counteract this with my Lush lip sugar scrub. Also, the formulation is drying and it's not something you would get if you wanted to hydrate your lips. An effective lip balm applied for a while before you use this crayon, should do the trick though. 

My favourite thing about the Revlon Colourburst, is the amazing colour payoff! It is highly pigmented on the lips, and Audacious is a stand out shade, so it's become one of my regular go to lip products lately. Its staying power is also fantastic, lasting a few hours without reapplying. The longevity can be extended even further by using the Urban Decay All Nighter make-up setting spray
On its own, a crayon from the Revlon Colourburst range costs €10.99, which really is worth it. Given the drying formula of the Revlon Colourburst crayon, I will give it an 8/10.

Have you tried the Revlon Colourburst range yet? What do you think of them?
Thank you all for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Urban Decay All Nighter make-up setting spray

Hi guys! I hope you are all well. Today, I will be reviewing the make-up setting spray from Urban Decay! This has been a product on my wishlist for ages, so when I was in Dublin, I picked it up. I have heard nothing but amazing reviews on this setting spray. It claims that make-up will look just applied after 16 hours, without melting, cracking, fading or setting in fine lines. This setting spray is oil free and paraben free, and it has temperature control, which is especially great in hot weather. I bought the travel sized bottle in 30ml, to try it out and see if it lived up to all its wonderful reviews.

 And the verdict? I absolutely love it! It is one the most amazing beauty buys I have bought in a long time! It is fantastic, especially with the warm weather we have been having here. At the end of the day, my make-up does look just applied. I have been getting compliments on my make-up at the evening time, that it looks so well, when it was hot out a few weeks ago, which I was delighted with. I have put the spray through its tests, it has proven to be heat proof, exercise proof and running about the town all day proof. Though it held up well on a night out dancing in a nightclub, packed full of people, with no air conditioning, it wasn't completely dance proof, but I wasn't expecting it to be, as it the place was full with people.

It makes me feel that more confident in my make-up, when the weather is really warm out and if I go somewhere like a wedding or christening, where everyone has a camera, so I don't have to worry if my make-up is all over the place and gives me the confidence and peace of mind. I won't use this spray everyday as I want to save it for going out, warm weather or a special occasion. To apply this over your make-up, you shake the bottle well, hold it 8-10 inches away from your face and spray it across your face in an X and a T shape. I found it daunting to spray a spray over my just applied make-up, but the mist is so fine, I quickly got over that! It also takes away a powdery look, if you tend to apply too much powder, making your make-up look more dewy. I love the bottle too. It's so pretty and compact, which is fantastic for travel and taking with you on the go! 
I would repurchase this again and again, I just love it so much! It costs a very reasonable €12. I give this make-up setting spray a well deserved 10/10!

Have you tried the Urban Decay All Nighter make-up setting spray yet? What has been your most exciting beauty buy lately?
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask

Hey guys! Happy Saturday! Hope you guys are all having a great weekend, have you got any exciting plans for the weekend? Today, I will be reviewing the great Lush's face mask- Catastrophe Cosmetic. I went into Lush a few weeks ago with four out of the five tubs you need to get a free face mask with Lush, and they recycle them. I am not in Dublin alot, I decided to leave in the tubs anyway. The helpful chap behind the counter was so lovely and gave me a free one regardless! Which was so lovely. :)

As much as I love Lush stuff and their face masks, most of the Lush face masks smells leaves alot to be desired! So I based my choice of face mask on which smelled the nicest and what I thought might calm down my skin when it isn't feeling so great, one that would soothe and calm it down.

As you all know, my favourite thing about Lush is their lack of chemicals and the fact that 100% is vegetarian and at least 80% being vegan, so you know what you're putting on your face and you don't run the risk of skin outbreak due to some weird, unseen chemical. The main ingredients in the Catastrophe Cosmetic face mask are: Blueberries: These are used to protect and soothe the skin. Full of antioxidants. Calamine powder: Used to calm the skin and deal with irritated skin, particularly great if you have any skin conditions. Chamomile Blue Oil: Included to calm and soothe the skin. Irish Moss Gel: This is included to gently soften the skin. 
I found the texture of this face mask to be quite dry and have a clay like formula, which I loved. It made it that much easier to take off and it's great if you have oily skin. I have normal/combination skin, and can get quite oily around my t-zone, especially my nose and chin, and the face mask has helped with that, without drying out my skin. However, it was slightly difficult to apply, as the blueberries can fall out (and into my top). I usually apply this and leave it on for 10 minutes, then wash it off with cold water and a facecloth.
 Catastrophe Cosmetic left my skin feeling softer, soothed, fresher and made my skin look brighter. I loved the smell of this face mask, being one of the main reasons I picked this one up, I love the smell of chamomile lotion on its own, there's something nostalgic bout it, ahhh, chickenpox... Along with Love Lettuce, this has to be one of my favourite Lush face masks that I've used! If you have sensitive, combination skin, or skin that is prone to breakouts, you might find Catastrophe Cosmetic useful. The one thing that might put you off the smaller Lush face masks tubs is the sell by dates. The small tubs have to be all used up in three weeks, with some may find difficult. You can opt for the bigger tubs that last 4 months though. 
I give Catastrophe Cosmetic a well deserved 9/10, the only problems being the fallout and the sell by date. This costs €8.95.

Have you guys tried Lush's face masks? What do you think of them and which are your favourite ones? :)
Have a great weekend and thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Revlon Super Lustrous lipsick

Hi all! Happy Tuesday, I hope you all had a good weekend. As you may know, I have a certain penchant for lipsticks, so when I was in Dublin with money I had saved for some shopping, of course one of the first things I bought was a lipstick or two. I bought two for €12.50, so I picked up this lipstick and a Revlon Colour Burst crayon.

I got this lipstick in the shade Berry Couture. For ages now, I have been looking for the perfect purple shade. Alas, this is not it. I was looking for something with more of a blue undertone and a bit more vibrant. This shade, looks like the colour I would love on, but it does not transfer onto my lips that way, which is disappointing. It has more of a red undertone and fades to red/pink. I might mix this lipstick with my Rimmel lipstick in shade 04, for a more vibrant result. However, I still really like this colour. It is a gorgeous shade, especially with pale skin. It glides on easily and evenly and it is very hydrating and has a sheer and glossy finish. For someone who isn't a fan of a glossy finish, I really like the lipstick on me. The formula is lightweight and is not sticky, and it fades evenly. It does have a great colour payoff, however, I do wish tat it was more pigmented. The Super Lustrous lipstick doesn't last all day, but it does last for a few hours. I do love the packaging, it is classical and a simple black and gold, what can I say? I am a sucker for pretty packaging!
If you want to an experiment with purple lipstick, but are daunted by the taught and want to try a shade that isn't so ''out there'', I think you will like this lipstick very much! On its own, this Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick costs €10.69, which is a decent price to pay for a nice lipstick. Given the shade wasn't what I imagined and its pigment, I give this an 8/10!

Have you tried any of the Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks? Let me know below. :)
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)