Sunday, 27 November 2016

Beverly Hills Formula Whitening toothpaste


Nowadays we all strive for that Hollywood smile. Its hard though, when you are a coffee and tea addict like myself. I am always on the look out for something that helps whiten my teeth but doesn't make them sensitive. 




The standout products from this range is the Perfect White Toothpaste with activated charcoal and the mouth wash. I am going to start by saying I love this product. 

Activated Charcoal naturally detoxifies. For years people have been using the activated charcoal powder to whiten their teeth. It actually really works as it draws toxins from the teeth and gums. The best thing about this is that it deeply cleans your teeth without damaging the enamel of your teeth. 

This toothpaste has the most fab foaming technology and you really get a good clean during each use. I hate when toothpastes don't really foam. The black colour of the toothpaste is scary but boy does it work and tastes minty fresh like any other toothpaste.


The charcoal mouth wash is amazing aswell. You have to shake to activate the product before each use and after using these products your mouth feels squeaky clean. 



I was sent all their toothpastes to try out and my other favourite was the Perfect White Gold. The same thing here, my mouth feels so so clean after using this product and honestly I could see my teeth whiter after just one use. 

They have a sensitive option for those of you who suffer from sensitive teeth. 

I have been using this tooth paste for a few months. I really wanted to try this out properly before reviewing. Honestly I can't say enough good things about this product. I don't think I would use another type of tooth paste now because the results are amazing.  

This toothpaste retails at €4.99 and you get this in Superdrug, Supervalu, local chemists and retailers nationwide. 




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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Top 10 Beauty Gifts this Christmas Season 2016, Affordable and Highend



Christmas is fast approaching. I am going to be so cliche and say 'oh my god I cant believe its November, where has the year gone?' but really though, where did that year go? If you have been reading my blog then you know I love all things beauty. I have compiled a list of gifts to give a beauty obsessed person in your life for Christmas.

1: Bellamianta Tan Gift Sets:
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This tan is amazing and by far the best I have ever used. In both the mousse and lotion. Check out my posts on both of them, click here for lotion and here for the mousse. These range from €27-€33 and can be found online at cloud10beauty or in chemists nationwide.

2: Cocoa Brown Goddess collection;


I am 100% buying this for myself and I will be gifting this to people aswell. I love the Golden Goddess Oil and have a review on it here. This is an amazing product and i'm so interested in trying out the Rose Gold and the and Ice shades. You will be glowing from the heavens with this. This will be avalable from November 11th for €14.95 in chemists.

3: Nima Brushes Eye Brush Set:

I literally just got this in the mail this morning and I am already in love. I LOVE the colour and I needed more eye brushes and not face brushes. Sometimes when buying sets you end up then with brushes I already have and don't really need. I was on the hunt for an affordable eye brush set and this was exactly what I was looking for. It had all the brushes I wanted and needed. They are so soft and well made and well the packaging is super pretty. This retails at €65 and you can purchase them here.

4: Anastasia Of Beverly Hills-Modern Renaissance Palette:


Seriously whoever you give this too will love you forever and ever. This is one of those palettes that delivers in every way. The colours are super pigmented and warm toned. You can do daytime soft looks or dramatic nighttime looks. You can purchase this on cultbeauty for £41. This is a perfect luxury gift for the one you love!x

5: Blank Canvas Master Series One Palette:
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Heaven in a palette? I think so. This is hands down one of my favourite palettes I own. The colour's are amazing and the pigmentation is as good as any highend palette on the market. This is €34.95 and is sooooo affordable for high quality this is. You can get this in most local chemists or online on blankcanvas.com.



6: Ailen by Thierry Mulger:
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This is hands down the nicest perfume I have ever had. Every time I wear it I get compliments. This has a Floral-Woody scent and is so luxurious. This retails at €68 for a 30ml bottle. Get your hands on it here.

7: Styl Pro makeup brush cleaner:

This is a must for the makeup junkie in your life. Or someone who always complains about having to clean their makeup brushes. This has made my life so much easier. This cleans and dries your brushes in seconds, instead of having to wait 24 hours for your brushes to dry. This is €65 and you can get it on Inishpharmacy.com online or in store.


8: GHD styler in Copper Luxe:

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This really is a no brainer and you cant go wrong. They are the best hair straighteners out there and they last for so long. These are a fab gift for a girlfriend who complains about her 'crap' hair straighteners or says she needs new ones, These are the Holiday edition ones and they are on trend in the copper colour. These retail at €165.00 and you can get these in Vixen Hair and Beauty, Carndonagh or online at GHD.IE.


9: Pixi Skintreats Holiday set:
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This wee set will transform your skin and is great for all skin types. If you are looking for stocking stuffers, this will be a great addition to your Christmas gifts. I done a review on the amazing Glow tonic here. This is €25.95 and is so affordable for really great skincare. Get it here on cloud10beauty.

10:Soap and Glory Girl O Whirl:
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Anything Soap and Glory smells divine and this is another amazing stocking stuffer or Secret santa gift. You get a body wash, hand cream, body polish and a body moisturiser. You cant go wrong here and right now Boots have a 3for2 offer on gift sets so this really is a winner. Snap this up online here or in store for €15.

Well that is my top 10 for now and there will be more Christmas posts coming soon! It's getting exciting now.
Alanna xx


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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Benefit Roller Lash Review


This wee mascara has been about for a while and I purchased this a while back. It's said to lift and curl lashes, for extreme curly lashes. This retails at €26 which is pretty steep for a mascara if you ask me. The most important thing about this post is 'does it live up to the hype?'


This mascara has a plastic wand which I LOVE. These are my fav types of mascara. The wand itself has a curve, which you can see from the picture above. It has different size hairs or spikes on the wand. I think this is what grabs on to the lashes and lifts them up. This mascara says that you don't need a lash curler with this mascara. I personally don''t use a lash curler as my own lashes are pretty curly and with mascara they get even curler. 

This made my lashes so curly and they lasted that way alllll day. I think one of my favourite parts about this mascara is that it doesn't smudge under the eye after a few hours of wear. This is a pet peeve of mine with mascara.  Here are 2 pics with one eye with  the roller lash and the other without. 

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Without flash

This mascara helps separate and lengthen your lashes aswell and it layers superb without getting clumpy! Win! Benefit Roller Lash mascara lives up to the hype completely It curls and lifts the lashes and it lasts all day. The only downside is the price. If the price doesn't bother you then you should try this mascara. 

Alanna xxx
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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Product empties and would I repurchase, Part 2



Here is my second installment of my product empties. Its long. Sorry. Grab a snack! lol.

Image result for benefit roller lashFirst we have the Benefit Roller lash. I was so excited to try this mascara as I had seen it used by many beauty bloggers and vloggers. I got this as a set so I felt it was great value for money. This mascara is steep at €26 for the tub. Usually I don't bother with highend mascaras as I find the drugstore versions just as good, if not better. I loved this mascara. It did curl my lashes and it was great in that it didn't smudge under my eyes throughout the day. I would repurchase this mascara, only if it was on offer though. Its just too expensive and the Max Factor Masterpiece is just as good for half the price.


Image result for loreal true matchL'oreal True Match is a staple in my collection of foundations. I love this and the Lumi version. I always have one going at all times. Maybe even two, in different shades. This is a great all round foundation that suits almost every skin type. This makes your skin look like your skin but better and its buildable without being cakey. I will always repurchase this unless I find a drugstore affordable foundation that is any better. This retails from €14-€16. You can get this in most local chemists.

Image result for caudalie beauty elixirCaudalie Beauty Elixir. YES, YES, YES. This product gives me all the feels. Its refreshing. Tones the skin. Refreshes the skin and can be used as a makeup setting spray. This is an all round product. It smells like a spa. I got a trio pack and i'm on my third bottle. This is £11 for 30ml and £32 for 100ml. I bought mine on a flight with Aer Lingus. You can get it here on CultBeauty.co.uk. 

Image result for nip and fab glycolic padsNip and Fab Glycolic Cleansing Pads. These retail from €8-€14. I purchased mine on cloud10beauty on an offer and right now boots have them on offer for €8.99 which is a steal. I done a blogpost on these wee gems here. These enriched with glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid, which gives a brighter, more moisturised and youthful appearance to the skin. I would most certainly repurchase these.

Image result for garnier fresh essentials tonerGarnier Fresh Essentials Soothing Toner.  This is cheap and cheerful and I would 100% buy this again. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Right now, I am trying out a few different toners but the best thing about this is there is no alcohol on the ingredients and it retails anywhere from €3-€5. You can get this in most local chemists.

Image result for sleek primerSleek Control Shine and Prime. €11. This didn't do it for me. I didn't really like the consistency of this primer and I found that it didn't do anything for tzone where I applied it for my oils coming through. I used it up and gave it a good chance but I wouldn't purchase this again. It just didn't work for me.

Image result for rimmel match perfection powder Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder. €9.69. This is a fab loose powder. I do really like it. It isn't drying on the skin and doesn't cake like other powders. If you have dry skin then this is a great affordable option for you. I done a blogpost on it here. I would repurchase this product.


Image result for garnier soft essentials moisturiser Garnier Essentials Hydrating Moisturiser. €7. In my opinion, Garnier is one of the best affordable skincare brands out there. They cater for all skin types and you will find something that will work for you no matter the skin issues. The only stickler with this is there is no SPF in it but it is very hydrating on the skin. I probably wouldn't repurchase this, only on the no SPF issue.

Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15, ${color} MAC Studio Fix foundation. €32. I have repurchased so many bottles of this throughout the years I couldn't even give you an estimate as to how many. This was my 'going out' foundation for years. It is a matte, full coverage foundation that doesn't budge. I am now 30 and matte foundations just seep into to those new fine lines on my face that seem to have appeared over night! boo hoo! I did a post on how to sheer out a matte foundation like this and give you are more glowing appearance here. Unfortunately for me I wouldn't repurchase this only because i'm passed the matte stage. This is a gem for youthful skin though.

Image result for rimmel match perfection foundationRimmel Match Perfection Foundation. €10. I wrote a blogpost on this here. This is a great wee foundation. It has a satin finish. Not matte or not dewy. Somewhere in between. I would repurchase this again if I couldn't get my hands on the L'oreal True Match.  

I know, wow,  way to long of a blogpost. I couldn't even add all my empties in as there was just to much and some products were repeats of my previous empties post.

Thanks for reading, Alanna xx


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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Nip and Fab Dragon Blood Cleansing Pads



Nip+Fab have quickly become one of my favourite skincare brands. They are loved by plenty of celebs, including Kylie Jenner.  I wrote a blog post on the glycolic pads and cleanser, here.

Just like the glycolic pads these are a cleansing pad that can be an amazing addition to your skincare routine. These particular pads are enriched with 'dragons blood'. So it's not really blood, it's a resin of the 'Croton Lechleri' tree, which is also called the 'Dragon Tree'. These pads, like the glycolic pads have 60 in the tub. The are designed to refresh and smooth the skin. These are also designed to create a plumper appearance to the skin. 

These pads have a strong scent to them but I actually really like the scent. It's not bad at all, just strong. 


These pads are just like the glycolic pads, they are ridged on one side and help to lightly exfoliate the skin.  They are more moist than the glycolic pads. I love using these in the morning as they really help my skin wake up and feel refreshed. These pads have helped with the texture of my skin. If you are prone to breakouts, I highly recommend these pads. 

These are my new favourite skincare item and I know I will be purchasing more.  I purchased these on cloud10beauty for €12.95. 

xx
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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Simple Oil Cleanser



Oil cleansers seem to be everywhere at the moment. I received a sample size of the Mac Cleansing oil with a Mac order and I fell in love with it. I immediately went on the hunt for a more affordable option but I wanted it to be just as effective.

Here is the mac sample I got:


I seen Garnier had released an oil infused micellar water but I didn't like the concept as in my opinion, that is not what they are for. I feel like this would need to be rinsed then after. Defeating the purpose of a Micellar water.

I found this Simple Oil Cleanser in Boots for €9.99 . I know this seems like just another product to be buying but if you wear long wearing foundation and makeup on a regular basis this is so kind to the skin. Oil cleansers are applied to dry skin and help breakdown the long wearing makeup gently and usually they add much needed hydration to the skin. All you have to do is apply a small amount in to your fingers and gently massage the face. You will be soooo surprised at how much this breaks down your makeup without having to tug at your skin and use 6 cotton pads. Then cleanse your face as normal and it will make cleaning your face so much easier.

One of my favourite things about this product is the ingredients:


It has pure grapeseed oil and is free from perfume and colour. It is infused with Vitamins A&E and doesn't leave a greasy residue. It does what it says on the tin. Don't be afraid even if you have oily skin. This doesn't cause breakouts and my skin felt amazing after. 

I did find this so helpful on gel liner and waterproof mascara removal. 

If you are avid user of Estee Lauder Double Wear or Mac Studio Fix. You will love this, I promise and it is so affordable. You cant go wrong. 


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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Do we have to use a facial toner?

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I get asked this question quite a bit and I also hear people saying that they don't notice anything beneficial if they use toner or if they don't.

Skincare has come a long long way in the last 20 years. Toners years ago were filled with alcohol and astringents like witch hazel. These can be irritable to the skin. Toners with alcohol are said to be a great addition to your skincare regime if you have oily skin. If you have dry or mature skin then this is probably drying your skin even further.

I feel that if you get the correct toner for your skin type, then yes this can be a really beneficial to your skin.

When we cleanse our faces we are removing the dirt and oils on our skin. Our pores are open and can be prone to dirt and oil getting back in there and causing breakouts. Using a toner and help tighten those pores down, making it harder for the pores to get clogged by dirt.

If you have dry or mature skin then look for toners that are alcohol free. Toners that help bring moisture back to the skin after cleansing strips them. these toners should contain revitalising ingredients.

If you have oily skin then look for something like witch hazel and or salicylic acid to help reduce the production of oil and help combat acne.

If you have normal skin then I would opt for a toner similar to that of people with dry skin.

All in all I really do feel that toning the skin, after it is cleansed helps your skin. It can really help revitalise the skin, help tighten pores and give you that glowing complexion you long for.

My fav toner at the minute is the Pixi Glow tonic. I did a post on it here.

Thanks for reading, Alanna xxx
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Cocoa Brown Instant Bronzing Gel + Pink Velvet Mitt


Cocoa Brown is a household name at this stage and I see this product everywhere. They have the prettiest, eye-catching packaging and its sooo girly. I have been dying to try this tan for ages. I think we all need to have an instant tan on hand for emergency nights out or when we are too lazy to tan the night before, 

I have a strong love affair with the Golden Goddess Oil. I did a review on this here

Their are 2 options for this. Matte or Shimmer. I opted for the matte version of this, as I figured I could use the golden goddess oil if I wanted any shimmer, for nights out, etc. This is a big hit in my opinion and gives that natural glow. Nothing too crazy and isn't orange at all. It gives a nice tan effect to the skin. 

On top is my skin before the bronzing gel and below is it right after application. 


I applied this with their Cocoa Brown velvet mitt. 

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I am in LOVE with this. It pairs so well with the gel and makes your tan go on so easily. This really helps with a streak free tan.  This is also machine washable. That is super handy and helps with the hygiene of the mitt. 

The gel is €6.99 and the Mitt is €4.95. I got the tan on cloud10beauty and the mitt in Pennys. If you are on the look out for an instant tan then give this a go. It is well worth it and so affordable.  My next purchases from this brand will be the Kind shampoo and conditioner as my Psoriasis have flared up again and they are supposed to be kind to the scalp.  What is your favourite Cocoa Brown product? 

Alanna xxx



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Saturday, 1 October 2016

TheBalm Schwing, liquid liner


Liquid liner is something everyone should have. Its one of those things that can make a look. I used to be ride or die the L'oreal Liquid Liner and went through at least 6 tubes in my time, 

I love the brand TheBalm and I am a fan of alot of their products.  This was something I was excited about. The wand was exactly what I like to apply my liner. Its nice and thin with a tiny point. 


This product can really help achieve that crisp line on your eyelid and it dries matte. Its nice and black and looks great on the lid. 

Here comes the bad part. This is in no way waterproof. When I laugh I cry. I mean tripping in tears. So this is not so great. This liner smudges like crazy. If your eyes water even a bit, It just goes everywhere and that is not a pretty look. 

Below I had the teeniest we wing and there was a funny show on TV and this was the outcome: 



haha!

I do love waterproof gel liner but that can be hard to use if you are not used to it. 

I love this for how straight a line you get and how great the applicator is but this will go everywhere if your eyes are watery at all. 

Alanna xxx




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Friday, 30 September 2016

Cailyn Cosmetics Glitter review

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Ok so who remembers being 13 going into Claire's accessories and wanted all the glitter. Glitter everywhere, all day everyday! lol. I do. Just putting glitter on the lids to go to the 'disco'! 

Well glitter is everywhere right now and looks amazing if applied correctly with the right tools. We are not going to wear glitter to work or to school but on a special occasion this can look amazing.

Festival season has come and gone but I was so happy to do glitter when asked. lol. Cailyn glitters are some of the best glitters I have used.


The glitters go hand in hand with Stick It glue. 


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This is a glue primer and makes the glue stick to the lid and creates and even flow of the glitter rather than it being patchy and sticking in some places.

I have only used 2 shades in this and I plan to use more. Christmas is coming and new years so I know I want to get the red and gold.

Here is a look I created using the glitter.  This was in the shade Cotton Rose. 

Makeup by Vixen hair and beauty Carndonagh. 

I apply the glue on the back of my hand and use my concelaer brush to apply to the lid. Put some of the glitter in the lid and dip my brush in that way. I dab the glitter on the lid and don't use a swiping  motion. 

Cailyn cosmetics have really impressed me and I cant wait to try more of their products. 

You can get these glitters on InishPharmacy.com and the glitters are €15 and the glue is €14. 


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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Flormar, Illuminatng Primer






Every now and then we get products that don't work for us. What works for one person might not be so good for you.

I was excited to try this product because I love illumnating primers.  I love the glow they give to skin and the hydrating feel they are supposed to have. I seen alot of bloggers rave about this product and and how it felt great on the skin.

I tried this product on a good few occasions and each time I had the exact same reaction. It just didn't do anything for my skin or on other people I used it on



It felt greasy when applied and actually broke down foundation quicker than it normally would. Especially around the nose area and cheeks. I thought maybe I didn't work it into the skin enough before the application. Alas, this was not the problem. I waited until it dried fully and worked it into the skin. This product just didn't work. The foundation slipped across the skin and did not adhere to the skin to help create that flawless finish.

On the regular my skin would be dry but as you all know my skin when through changes and became more oily. I think if your skin is in anyway oily this is a no go for you. If you have extreme dry skin and I mean extreme this might work for you. ⁠⁠⁠⁠I'ts just too greasy.

 Here it is on the back of my hand.

This primer is €9.95 and you can get better for cheaper in my opinion.
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Let me know if this was different for you. Or if you love it. 
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Friday, 23 September 2016

Pixi Glow Tonic



I love facial toners and have been using them for years. I first started out with the Simple range as a teenager and have tried many since then. I had seen this Pixi Glow Tonic about for ages and always wanted to try it. Cloud10Beauty where having a 20% off skincare and I was out of toner so I wanted to try it and let you guys know how it went.



Toner is used after cleansing to close down pores after cleansing opens them. For me its a very important part of skincare. 

The Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner. Its clears the pores of impurities and helps lightly exfoliate the skin. It has the ingredients Witch Hazel, Ginseng and Glycolic Acid which helps with the exfoliating and the Aloe Vera smooths the skin. This product is alcohol free! Yipee!  I use a lot of glycolic acid products which can make your skin very sensitive to sunlight. Thank god I live in Ireland but an SPF is recommended in your daily moisturiser. 

My skin feels very very clean after using it. I feel like I have done something good for my skin after using this. You know, after using some products or harsh cleansing products the skin can feel tight. This does not do that to me. My skin feels very soft after using this. 

The only draw back I have with this cleanser is the smell. Its not bad at all but it is strong. It does go away after massaged onto the skin but initially the scent is strong.  I think its the Ginseng. 



The best way to apply this is with a cotton pad. Saturate the cotton pad and wipe across the face after cleansing. My fav cotton pads are the pennys brand. They are amazing and you get 100 for €2. 

I got mine on Cloud10Beauty  for €23.50 for 250ml. Yes this is on the expensive side of skincare but I feel this really helps my skin looks smooth and clear. 

Have you tried this yet? What are your thoughts?

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