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theBalm Girls Lipstick Review: Anita Boytoy

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I have been eyeing up products from theBalm for such a long time, and at last I've gotten to try one of their lipsticks. Now the wrong colour was picked up by accident (ahem yes I do wear glasses), but I thought this is the year for trying things out of my comfort zone. So meet theBalm Girls Lipstick in the shade "Anita Boytoy" (€15.50).

First of the packaging is gorgeous, with the sleek silver bullet and outer packaging showing us pinup Anita Boytoy with James Balm (My name's Balm, James Balm haha, I'll get my coat) it's hard to resist the vintage feel of the products from theBalm.

Now onto the lipstick itself. It has a vanilla mint fragrance that once applied will leave that tingling minty sensation on your lips. The shade itself was a shocker for me, it's a frosty pink shade that has plenty of shimmer that Barbie would be proud of. The shade pulls purplish on my lips and I noticed unfortunately that this seems to ages my lips. This shade is not for me…

New from IsaDora: Nourishing Lip Oil

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Okay so we live in Ireland and the weather is crap and erratic, and thanks to that my lips have been in bits. I've been complaining a lot about it as they were getting really sore. I have some reliables in my stash for this, but here is one that really shone through and really made a difference. Meet the new IsaDora Nourishing Lip Oil that will be available nationwide from May. This was sent to me and I've been trying this out the last few weeks.

The new Nourishing Lip Oil from IsaDora is here to boost your lips with antioxidants, vitamins and omega 3. With a balmy texture this lasts on the lips and doesn't disappear in an instant. The gel like balmy formula is a little sticky, but really nice. It feels luxurious on the lips yet has all the benefits of an oil. It contains avocado oil to increase moisture and has the benefits of including Vitamin A, B, D and E. The oil penetrates further into the skin to increase collagen production. The sunflower oil is also moisturising,…

Urban Decay; Gwen Stefani Lipstick "Spiderweb"

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At the beginning of this year there was massive excitement about the Urban Decay collaboration with Gwen Stefani. The eyeshadow palette was the first to arrive before Christmas, then followed by the blush palette, lipsticks, lipliners and Brow Box. I love Gwen Stefani, not only for her music but her style and how it has evolved over the years. She rocks a bold lip, and it explains why there were so many reds in this collection of lipsticks. The lipsticks include a mix of bright reds, purple and nude, six shades in total to choose from. I was drawn to "Spiderweb" after seeing Claire by Reverie talking about it on her blog and loved how it looked on the fab Claire.

At €21 these aren't cheap so I wanted this to perform and I wasn't let down at all. This is a beautiful satin red that glides on with no fuss and the lasting power is one of the best. It started to wear away after around 5 hours on me but it left a stain that was just as nice on my lips. The formula was rea…

Lush: Luxury Bath Oil "MMMelting Marshmallow Moment"

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Cocoon yourself in the sweet smell of Lush Luxury Bath Oil "MMMelting Marshmallow Moment", a solid oil that melts in your bath to give the ultimate relaxing moment. I never knew that Lush did bath oils, but I was all over this when I spotted it recently in Lush on Henry Street. 

The MMMelting Marchmallow Moment is sweet smelling but not overpowering or sickly. I felt truly relaxed in the bath and the oils that dispersed out in the bath from this was not like a layer over my body like other oils I've tried. It didn't do much colour wise to my bath, it made it look murky but I laid back in the bath and just shut everything out for an hour and I was daydreaming away to myself. This contains marshmallow powder (yeah I didn't know it came in powder from, I learn something new everyday) and it is supposed to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Two ticks from me there; one for the help with my muscle aches and swelling from the Fibromyalgia and two, th…

Shiseido Masterclass with Danielle Mahon

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I was recently invited to a Shiseido masterclass with award winning makeup artist Danielle Mahon. The setting was perfect with it the venue being in Town and Country Mercantile New Ross. The masterclass was to help raise funding for the New Ross Pantomime society and they were great fun to be had which added to the great atmosphere. Just a little bit about MUA Danielle Mahon; she is now the brand ambassador for Shiseido, but before that worked for MAC with which she worked for over 5 years. She is in the industry for over 10 years now and has a very contemporary feel to her work which I love. She also worked for Giorgio Armani at Brown Thomas, so she really has a wealth of experience behind her. Danielle also won Makeup Artist Of the Year 2016 from Weddings Online.

I not only wanted to learn loads of new makeup tips and tricks but to also find out more about Shiseido, a brand that I noticed but never got to experience. I can tell you that I could easily fall in love with this brand a…

L'ORÉAL Elvive Extraordinary Clay: Clay to Spray Dry Shampoo

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I got really excited when I heard about L'Oreal's Extraordinary Clay range, especially the Clay-To-Spray Dry Shampoo (€5.99). With three refined clays to help combat the problem of oily roots and dry ends, I thought this is ideal for me and my hair. I do love a good dry shampoo, with Batiste and COLab usually being my go to's but they can make my ends even drier, so I'm thinking I could be onto a winner with L'Oreal.

The packaging stands out with it's sleek light green shade. Handy size of 150ml so easy for travelling with in the handbag. The nozzle was the first issue I ran into, it broke on the second go and had to go buy another, and I'm disappointed to say the second one broke on the fifth time of trying it. It smells fresh to begin with but I could also get that hint of aerosol that you get from these cans and this smell started to bug me after awhile. Now in fairness that could be just me; I'm not a huge fan of aerosol cans and only use dry shamp…