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Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel; My thoughts

13 Aug

Billion Dollar brows brow gel

Brows are my favourite part of my make-up routine and I am a firm believer that they really do make or break a look. With the big eyebrow trend getting bigger and bigger, we are all in need of something to keep those bad boys in line!

*Enters brow gel*

I will admit, that for years, I used to shun brow gel as an unnecessary/ time consuming step in my already exhaustive routine. HOWEVER, having being the victim of dishevelled eyebrows once or twice is enough to have you bowing down to the stuff in no time!

Billion Dollar Brows brow gel review

Recently, I was very lucky to be sent Billion Dollar Brow’s new brow gel to try out and let’s just say I was aalll over this like a bad rash! The brow gel is clear, doesn’t flake and dries instantly which is great as I’m not a huge fan of that wet brow feeling. *ick*  Crispy brows is also not good look, but this gel leaves yours looking and feeling on the right side of set. The brush is precise and makes it easy to glide across your brows in one easy swipe. The gel itself is very effective and your brow hairs will not budge until you remove your make-up later on!

Billion Dollar Brow Brow Gel review

Overall, I could find no fault in this product. While it didn’t exactly make me look like Cara Delevinge, I’ll settle for just having great brows like her for now! ;)

If I’ve tempted you, this product retails at  23.95 and can be found online and at leading beauty salons nationwide.

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Maxfactor Face Finity All Day Primer; Yay or Nay?

2 Aug

 

....with glittery flying pigs... just because

….with glittery flying pigs… just because

I don’t know about you, but as a beauty blogger, I am so sick and tired of products not living up to their promises. I’ve used so many primers in the past that have just been “meh” and with their effects lasting only a couple of hours. On the verge of giving up, I decided to try one last time when I picked up the new Maxfactor primer. Even though my expectations have been crushed so many times, with this bad boy, they were met at last!

I would describe this little’ un as a primer for all. It’s not too matte, nor is it dewy so I feel it’s suitable for any skin type. There’s also no scent so perfect for anyone with sensitivity. The product itself sinks in straight away and acts almost like a glue under your foundation without the yucky stickiness.

Maxfactor Face Finity All Day Primer swatch

It has a lovely smoothing effect on your skin but if you are looking for a pore minimiser, you’ll need to look elsewhere. I found that this primer worked with nearly all foundation types but I preferred it best under my liquid foundations. You literally only need the smallest amount, which I apply using my fingers.

This product by no means will blow you away, but its a good honest working primer which will keep your foundation on all day.. and that’s the least a girl could ask for eh?

Bravo Maxfactor, Bravo!

Ps: The primer retails for around 13 yo yos and can be found in most good pharmacies and Maxfactor stockists nationwide. G’wan and treat yourself! ;)

 

The Pixi Glow Tonic; My thoughts!

1 Aug

I know I’m not the only one, who, after strenuously double cleansing (I blame you Caroline Hirons), lazily “forgets” the toner stage of their skin care regime. Not only does it involve effort but toners are pretty much boring in general and I often feel as if they really aren’t really doing anything at all for my skin!

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This year however, we’ve heard a lot about ex-foliating toners and their benefits for our skin. Desperate to finally jump on the toner bandwagon, I began my research on the best toners out there. The Pixi glow tonic is a best selling product ranted and raved about in the blogosphere but the only downside is that it’s still pretty hard to get your hands on due to such a high demand. SO, on a recent trip to London, I hunted down the Pixi HQ and got my paws on my very own bottle and the experimenting began…

The packaging has changed recently from the pump to a more travel friendly bottle but the formula is still the same. Made from lovely stuff like aloe vera, ginseng and witch hazel … the ingredients are natural and kind to even my fickle sensitive skin. While there is a scent, the product hasn’t irritated my skin one bit and I find its gentle enough for me to use both morning and evening. Just a quick swipe using a cotton pad, all over your face, and you’re done! Ex-foliated and toned in one simple step!

Unfortunately its still quite hard to get your hands on it in Ireland so I’m afraid its internet shopping all the way. This magical formula retails for about  20 yo yos and then p&p depending on where you live.

If I have intrigued you about toners, the skincare QUEEN Caroline Hirons has written a fabulously informative blog post all about the shizz!  Which I will link you to, because I’m lovely like that :

http://www.carolinehirons.com/2012/11/pixi-glow-tonic-p50-dupe.html and http://www.carolinehirons.com/2010/08/beauty-mouth-basics-toner.html

The verdict?  My complexion is still a far cry from perfect but I have noticed that the pigmentation in my skin has reduced and its’ definitely smoother in appearance and to touch. The excitement revolved around this product is well and truly justified in this case and my only problem is trying to restrain myself from ordering more already!

…Oh the satisfaction a beauty blogger feels when a product lives up to its hype.

L’oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighting Pen

5 May L'oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighter Pen

*Phew, well if anything it certainly wins top points for the longest name*

I can thank copious amounts of late night episodes of Modern Family lately for some rather unwelcome dark circles and bags under my eyes. While my good ol’ reliable Soap & Glory Trick or Treatment under-eye concealer usually does the job itself on a daily basis, lately it just hasn’t been cutting it! I’d heard great things in the blogging world about L’oreal’s newest highlighting tool and the beauty addict in me just couldn’t hold back.

L'oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighter Pen

Very similar to the cult classic, the infamous YSL Touche Eclat but with a slightly more friendly price-tag the highlighter comes in a “clicky pen” which I’m usually not a massive fan of,  as I find that I never get just the right amount of product. I will turn a blind eye however as the brush is soft and gentle on my sensitive skin and the small nib-end proves competent for getting  into even the weeniest corners of your eye area.

L'oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlight Pen

 

To use, apply in a v-shape underneath the eye (see above) and blend in, with either a small tapered blending brush or lightly with your ring finger. I also like to use a small dab of this on my brow bone and in the corner of my tear-duct to brighten the eyes further.

L'oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlight Pen

What makes this product really impressive is that the formula is creamy and non-drying so it won’t stick to any dry patches or become flaky throughout the day. It blends beautifully into the skin and never looks cakey.

Something to bare in mind though is that this product is a highlighter, not a concealer. The coverage is average, so if your dark circles are bad, you may need to use this in conjunction with your own concealer.

Swatch of L'oreal Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlight pen

Blended in

Blended in

The only downside I can really find, is that like most drug-store products unfortunately, the shade range is very poor, coming in only three; light, medium and dark. I use light which seems to work quite well for me once blended in carefully on top of my foundation. Take some time testing out the shades before you buy, as buying a shade too dark will end up worsening your dark circles rather than vanishing them.

Lumi Magique Touch of Light Highlighter Pen

Overall, this product is best for those looking to brighten up the eye area and giving you that much coveted “refreshed and awake” look that we all want but rarely have. Thanks a lot Netflix!

Still not sure if this bad boy is for you? Well, to top it all off, the rose gold packaging is pretty and looks swish in your make-up bag..when it comes to make-up, lets face it, appearance does matter ;)

This little golden wonder retails for just under €13 in most good pharmacies and selected L’oreal stockists worldwide. Now what are you waiting for….?

http://www.boots.ie/en/LOreal-Lumi-Magique-Concealer_1247628/

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Collection’s “Work the colour” Eyebrow Kit

4 May

I don’t care what anybody says, eyebrows are by far one of the most important steps in any make-up routine and with statement brows still dominating the catwalks this season, everyone needs an eyebrow kit in their lives. This bargain beauty find has been a staple throughout my daily primping & preening and I just had to tell y’all about it!

Collection Work the collection Eyebrow kit

Collection has really up’d their game since their recent re-branding and their new “Work the Colour” eyebrow kit is no exception. I’ve used everything from MAC, Bobbi Brown and Benefit products on my brows and while they all do a lovely job they also come with a not so lovely price-tag. On a recent Boots trip, this kit caught my eye and at only €5.99, how could I say no?!

Collection's Work the Colour Eyebrow kit

Along with a built-in mirror, the palette comes with three super pigmented powders; light, medium and dark brown; which can all be easily blended to create a perfect match for your brows. The powders stay on all day without smudging or fading, which is a tall order for a budget brand and you won’t find the usual chalkiness that sometimes comes with cheaper brands.

Collection work the colour eyebrow kit

The kit also comes with a double-ended brush which is nothing to write home about but perfectly fine to use when you are on the go. (I use my Real Techniques angled eye-liner brush instead) The clear mascara that’s included however is a great addition as it helps to keep your newly defined brows in place without making them crispy or sticky *shudders*

Collection Work the colour eyebrow kit

I’ve liked the kit so much that I haven’t used anything else on them since I purchased it, now how a’BROWt that?! (Geddit?, heehee)

The kit was released last month and can be found in most pharmacies, supermarkets, drugstores worldwide!

http://www.collectioncosmetics.co.uk/eyes/eyebrow/work-the-colour-eyebrow-kit.aspx

http://www.boots.ie/en/Collection-Work-the-Colour-Eyebrow-Kit_1459316/

Sleepingbootay Reviews: Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer

26 Apr

 

Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer

Gosh, it’s been donkey’s years since I’ve tried a Bourjois base product and I’m kicking myself for it now! On a whim recently in my local Boots, I picked up this primer in the hope it would solve my mid-day shiny face issue. I didn’t have a huge amount of faith as I have tried a handful of mattifying primers with not a whole amount of success. However, I’ve been testing this primer for about 2 weeks now and I can confirm that it works fabulously!

Pros:

  • Applies very smoothly to the face and sinks in instantly
  • Has quite a strong scent yet it didn’t break my ever so sensitive face out. Miracle?
  • Kept my face shine free for pretty much the entire day
  • Even though it has a matte formula it has a nice glowy effect on my skin.
  • Made my pores look significantly smaller
  • Has made my foundation last much longer as I need to use about half the amount that I was previously using!
  • Doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight or dehydrated as with a lot of primers
  • One shade suits all- hurrah!
  • Product is colour-free so it can be worn on its’ own or under foundation.
  • Love the packaging: small to keep in your make-up bag and has a pump so is economical and hygienic.

Cons:

  • This primer cost me just under €16 which is a little on the expensive side for a drugstore item. However, you do only use the teeniest bit so it will last you quite a while.
  • Unfortunatley, I don’t think this primer is stocked in every Boots store yet BUT it can be bought on their online store: http://www.boots.ie/en/Bourjois-Paris-Happy-Light-Matte-Serum-Primer_1388139/. Keep your peepers peeled for it in all major pharmacies, drugstores and department stores.

Thanks to this little tube of joy, I think I just might be…maybe… falling in love with Bourjois again. <3 Hmmm now what to try next?!

Have you tried this primer yet? What’s your favourite Bourjois product?

 

Why you need: Flaxseed

6 Apr

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Unless you’ve  been living under a rock, you’ll know that the world has been obsessed with seeds lately. Chocolate chips have been replaced with pumpkin seeds in our morning muffins and chia seeds are fastly becoming just as popular as fruit when it comes to what to put in our smoothies. One particular seed that I’ve been using a lot of lately is the Flaxseed. Flaxseed also known as linseed is a great source of soluble fibre that has a multitude of health benefits. Here are just a few for you to ponder on:

  • Lowering unhealthy cholesterol in the blood.
  • Prevention against cancer; prostate,colon and breast.
  • Decreases the risk of hot flushes in post-menopausal women.
  • Helps balance blood sugar levels
  •  Acts as a hunger suppressant.
  •  High in omega-3 fatty acids which can lower undesirable fats in the blood which in turn reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease.
  • Very beneficial to the eyes, joints and brain health.
  • Brilliant source of omega-3 for vegetarians like myself :)

Now that we’ve established that you definitely need these chaps in your life, we should probably address the question of how? Well, no worries because flaxseeds are easily incorporated in your daily diet! When ground up, its very tasty sprinkled in yoghurt, porridge, cereals, smoothies, stews, casseroles and baked goods.

I use flaxseeds every day in my porridge or my granola. I’ve also tried it sprinkled in my salads and even in chunky veg & bean soup. All was delicious!

If I haven’t convinced you, here are some nifty links to a few sites where you’ll find some very tempting recipes using (yes, you’ve guessed it!) our new friend flaxseed!

http://www.healthyflax.com/flax-recipes/

http://www.pinterest.com/omegafieldss/recipes-with-flaxseed/

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/article/flaxseeds/

Nowadays, flaxseeds are much more easily attainable. You can buy them on their own or mixed with other ingredients relatively cheaply from most supermarkets and health food shops.

At the risk of sounding just like your Mammy, EAT THEM! They’re good for ya!

Have you tried flaxseeds yet? If so, how do you incorporate them in your meals?

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My current favourites :)

2 Apr

Yikes! I’ve been poor at keeping up with the whole monthly favourites jazz that other blogs seem to do so effortlessly. The reality is that sometimes I just don’t have enough interesting favourites to share, so why bore you with the same products over and over again?

Recently however, I have been trying and testing a few new bad boys and thought I’d show y’all a few of my top picks.

March current favourites

1) The Body Shop Special Edition Blueberry Range: Okay, nobody can deny that pretty much EVERYTHING in The Body Shop smells bloody amazing, but there’s  just something about the Special Edition Blueberry range that has me smitten. Hovering between being both sweet and fruity, its the perfect spring scent. I’ve been applying the body butter every night and the shower gel has made my morning time so much better. All Hail The Body Shop.. they can really do no wrong!

The Body Shop Special Edition Body Butter

2) Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara in Black: Comparable to Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, this baby is amazing at giving you very false lash-looking lashes. Big on volume and big on length, it’s pretty much everything you’d need in a mascara. I love the ball-shaped bottom of the brush which is so handy at getting into those pesky inner lashes. The only downside is that it’s pretty stubborn to remove, so you will need a good quality make-up remover.

Clinique High Impact Extreme Mascara

3) The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in shade 01 Light Matte: For a long time, I’ve had my share of fair-skinned lassie’s woes! Bronzer is a very tricky thing to get right when you are pale and as much as I love my Nars Laguna… it just doesn’t work on a day to day basis. I actually read about this bronzer recently on my favourite blogger EssieButton’s blog and seeing as she’s fair skinned like moi, I knew I’d have to give it a go ..Boy am I glad I did! It’s perfect for contouring and it’s just the right shade to dust all over the face for a nice sun-kissed look.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer

4) Soap & Glory Trick and Treatment under eye concealer: One too many late nights watching re-runs of Girls  have left my under-eye area looking a little worse for wear. This concealer is not a newbie in my collection but rather something I’ve found myself gravitating back towards. My collection concealer is perfect for blemishes but it’s just a tad too heavy for under my eyes. This Soap & Glory offering however, is light but has enough coverage to banish my dark circles. It also lasts throughout the day and doesn’t cause any creasing issues!

Soap & Glory Trick or Treatment concealer

5) Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Backcomb in a Bottle: Since going for the chop, I’ve been avoiding my hair looking limp and lifeless like the plague. My hair is naturally fine and when straightened, it tends to just lie there looking meh. I’ve tried plumping powders in the past but nothing has worked as well as this dry spray. Just a tiny bit adds enough grit and texture that helps my hair look voluminous AND it smells great too!

Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Backcomb in a Bottle

6) Champneys Citrus Blossom Hand cream: I somehow feel as if I am cheating on my good ol’ reliable Soap & Glory Handfood, and while I still do carry some with me everywhere, I do have to admit that I have been loving another hand cream too. I bought this one on a whim during one of my regular trips to Boots. It smells almost too good and is the perfect size to keep beside my bed. It reminds me to apply it before bed so that my hands are all lovely in the morning. Ahh it’s the little things in life…

Champneys Citrus Blossom handcream

7)  OPI Nail Envy: Speaking of lovely hands… something else I’ve been trying to make lovely, are my nails. Recently, I’ve been quite negligent in my nail care and have been lazy with the base coat application…eeeek. My nails were stained and were weak so I needed something stat! Luckily I always have my trusty OPI Nail Envy not too far away and even after just one week of using it, I’ve seen a vast improvement. You use it just like a clear nail varnish but make sure you apply it once a day for a bout a fortnight to ensure a really thorough treatment. I’ve used this product for years and I’ve never been disappointed. It really is a wonder product!

OPI Nail Envy

 

 

What have your favourites been lately? The nosey gal in me would love to know!

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What I have learned from Sex and the City…

25 Mar

When life gets a little too much or takes an unexpected turn, most people pray to their God, others soul search, I… consult Sex and the City. Far from being just your typical girly show, Sex and the City has taught me so many practical life lessons that I feel almost an obligation to share them with my lovely readers…(Pssstt..that’s you by the way!) So grab a Cosmo and bow down to these infinite wisdoms!

keep calm and carrie on

1) Never underestimate the importance of a good ol’ reliable bag:

SATC quotes

2) Sometimes in life, things may not go the way you expected, but suck it up and make the best of what you have: The best any of us can do is not to quit, play the hand we’ve been dealt and accessorize what we’ve got” (My personal favourite!)

3) If a relationship doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t: A relationship is like couture, if it doesn’t fit right, its a disaster!

4) Even when you feel your most sad, you gotta get up and do something to make yourself happy: When life gets confusing, there is only one thing to do: attend a fabulous party.

5) Don’t let a simple failure knock your confidence:

Satc quote two

6) Your friends are your most important asset: “they say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go,but friendships never go out of style.

7) Shopping is (very) good for you: “You can shop online”, “No! Shopping is my cardio.” “

8) Having a very very full wardrobe is nothing to be ashamed of:

satc quotes

9) Aim high and never settle: “Some people are settling down, some people are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies”.

10) Age is nothing but a number: “I am fifty f***ing two and I will ROCK this dress”…Oh Samantha!

11) Perfection is just a word:

satc quote four

 

Well folks, I better stop here before I get Carrie’d away… hehe…geddit?

What are some of your favourite and most loved quotes from SATC? I’d love to know!

 

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The Sunday Post: Putting a little Spring in my step :)

23 Mar
Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

While Spring in Ireland is rather a figure of speech rather than a certainty, it’s pretty hard to drag ourselves away from the cosy winter routine. I, for one, was getting far too comfortable in my onesies and snoods but I’ve finally decided to embrace Spring…even if it really has yet to “sprung”!

1) Beauty: First up I’ve been trying out some new Spring make-up trends, I’ve been bringing the 90’s blue eyeliner trend back in a big way for the past while, and I’ve been really diggin’ it (excuse the 90’s dodge slang). I already have blue eyes but I feel the blue liner just makes my eyes look more fresh and awake and it looks great with a bright lip ( try with MAC’s Lady Danger as in pic below!)  My blue eyeliner of choice has been Rimmel’s Scandeleyes Waterproof Khol Khaja in 014 Bright Blue which glides on very and lasts all day without smudging!  Hurrah!

Eyes: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bright Blue Lips: MAC Lady Danger Cheeks: MAC Peaches

Eyes: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bright Blue Lips: MAC Lady Danger Cheeks: MAC Peaches

Those who aren’t quite ready for the coloured eyeliner, I’ve also been reaching for brighter nail polish shades which is a much more subtle way to add spring into your wardrobe. In my last post, I went through some of my favourite shades so I won’t bore you again in this one, here’s the link instead:http://sleepingbootay.com/2014/03/04/springtime-nails/

Springtime nails colour wheel

2) Food: Secondly, I’ve been trying to prise my hands away from my ol’ winter favourite: The Hot Chocolate. You’d think after a solid 4 months of drinking them several (Ok, pretty much every second day) times a week, I’d be getting tired of them, but NOPE! While I won’t deprive myself of them for good, I am trying to switch things up and try some fresher lighter drinks. I recently bought myself a new blender, and I’ve found myself staying up quite late some nights trying to come up with new smoothie ideas. Smoothies are a great breakfast or snack that are insanely healthy and keep you full. My personal favourite at the moment has been my Berry & Banana combo. *drools at the thought*

Berry and Banana Smoothie Recipe

  • Handful of mixed frozen berries (much cheaper than fresh berries)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • Greek yogurt or any non-flavoured natural yogurt
  • Honey; I’ve chosen Manuka Honey for its’ extra health benefits
  • Flaxseed ( You can get so many different variations, I’ve chosen mine with added goji berries)
  • Spinach; frozen or fresh; just a handful of this in your smoothie will add iron and you won’t even know its there!
  • Half a cup of water, to stop it from getting too gloopy.

Blend all of these together and you are left with a glass of heaven. Now that I’m the depths of my smoothie-making frenzy,I’m looking for new ideas/recipes all the time.. so please share yours with me in the comments below!

3) Decor: My apartment over the winter had pretty much become my cave of cosiness. I spent 95% of my home-time, wrapped up in layers in my bed and paid little, if any attention to the decor. Now that I’ve embraced Spring however, I’ve decided to add a few little pieces to give the place a little pick me up. One of the easiest ways to do this I’ve found is to add some flowers… cause I mean, who doesn’t like flowers?! I’m usually a loyal Sunflower gal, but there’s an unwritten rule that Spring= Daffodils and I have to admit they are pretty lovely. I picked this wee bunch up very cheaply in my local Lidl…and I’m slowly counting down the days until I somehow manage to kill them! (ha!) Until then, they are doing a great job at keeping my apartment and myself chirpy!

Daffodils in Spring

Spring home decor

Wel that’s pretty much it for my recipe for Spring! I would love to hear what kind of things you do to get yourself ready for Spring! Leave your ideas and any inputs in a comment below! :)

Until then I leave you with this strange but true offering from Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/46795283600163551/

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