Review: Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara

A few months back I was sent the Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes mascara to try out and I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get this review up because I am absolutely loving this mascara, and I mean Loving with a capital ‘L’.

In general I’m a big fan of Catrice makeup products. They are very affordable, and much higher quality than I expected them to be when I first started using them. If you’ve read any of my previous Catrice reviews, you’ll know I love their Ultimate Stay lipstick range, and I have a little soft spot for their eyeshadow palettes too. And this mascara is no different, in fact, I think it might just be my favourite of all the Catrice products I’ve tried.

The first thing I noticed when I started using it was its curved rubber brush head. It has very short, fine rubber needles which at first I thought would be too short to give good volume to the lashes, but how wrong I was.


After just one light coat my lashes were instantly longer and thicker, and the fine needles on the brush head allows the formula to glide on very smoothly and evenly. The brush head is also flexible and bends slightly on application meaning it is incredibly easy to use on both my upper and lower lashes. I dont always wear mascara on my lower lashes because they are quite long anyway, but I love the effect this mascara gives them.

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Top: Mascara applied on upper lashes, Bottom: Mascara applied on both upper and lower lashes

All major positives so far, but now I have to get to my absolute favourite thing about this and that is, you don’t get any mascara on your eyelid even when applying at the very root of the lashes. Hallelujah!

My pet hate with any mascara is when it goes on my eyelids and I don’t mean the upper lid where the tips of the lashes hit, I mean on the lower lid right above where the root of the lashes grow. This tends to happen to me if a mascara is very wet in consistency, or if the applicator brush is quite thick, and it instantly puts me off a product. Maybe it’s how I apply my mascara, but I was so happy to discover it didn’t happen with this (queue inner squeal of excitement!).

If all these positives aren’t enough to make you run out and buy this immediately, then maybe this will! This mascara costs only €4.50. Yes, that is FOUR EURO AND FIFTY CENTS! If ever there was a budget beauty bargain people then this is it.


I really love this mascara, and am a little raging I havn’t started using it before now. I’m about a week in to wearing it and so far it’s getting a major thumbs up from me.

Have any of you tried this? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

Sorcha x

 

Goodbye Week, Hello Weekend

This week was one of those weeks, you know the ones where no matter how positive you are, things keep going wrong? I find myself laughing today but it was a tough struggle to get to Friday let me tell you.

On Monday I had a rather dangerous encounter with a wasp of all things. It flew in my window as I was minding my own business driving along the road, and gave me the fright of my life. So much so, I had a complete freak out and had to try compose myself enough to pull over and get the damn thing out of my car. Now I laugh, but it’s really not a good thing to happy while you’re driving. God knows what could have happened.

Anyway, all’s well that ends well as the saying goes…
Just when I had started to recover from wasp-gate, I was home making dinner when bang. OUCH, OH MY F**KING GOD. I stubbed my toe. Yes, that. You know when out of the blue your toe catches in the corner of something and it’s literally the most painful foot experience in the world?! It wasn’t long before my poor little toe swelled up like a balloon and started to turn that blueish, black colour. Needless to say I was feeling very sorry for myself by the end of the day.

Fast forward a day and we arrive at strike three. Shopping bag-gate. There I am coming out of the supermarket, I was sent on an errand to find a very specific thing, which I couldn’t find so decided to pick up a few bits for the house. Strolling back to my car, I was beginning to plan out the rest of my day when, crash. Hello concrete, goodbye shopping! My plastic shopping bag burst at the seams and the entire contents of my grocery shop fell to their death. Why universe, WHY?!

So yeah, that was my week. Someone pass me a glass of wine quick…


Goodbye week, hello weekend. Things can only get better from here!

Sorcha x

Daytime Lipstick

I know you all know by now what a lipstick lover I am so there’s no need for me to go over it again… Well maybe there is. Just for a second!

For me, a good lipstick can change your whole makeup look whether it be going from day to night, soft to dramatic, neutral to sultry; there are so many ways a lipstick shade can enhance the look you are trying to achieve. I’ve always been a lipstick fan, and I’m not afraid to play around with colour, as some of my embarrassing teenage photos will attest to! But I’ve got better at using and wearing colour as I’ve gotten older, and now playing around with lipstick shades is one of my favourite things to do.

While perusing some of my favourite magazines and blogs recently, I discovered that the big lipstick trends for this season (AW16) are soft nudes and very deep reds and browns, even black in some cases. Now, while I don’t think I’m adventurous enough to try out black just yet, it occurred to me that I don’t have a good nude shade daytime lipstick. How has this happened?!

Don’t get me wrong, I do own a couple of nude shades, but they are very pale, and ones that really can only be worn with a good lipliner to give a bit of colour and definition. What I’m talking about here though, is a good all-rounder lipstick that I can wear with my soft everyday makeup while on the go.

Obviously I had to rectify this situation immediately, so while in town shopping yesterday, I ventured into Brown Thomas and started my search. I went to my old favourite YSL first, followed by NARS and Tom Ford, eventually finding myself at the Charlotte Tilbury counter. By the end of my search my hand looked like something from a pick’n’mix bag with all the swatches, but all in the name of research I say. You have to be sure on a shade before you buy, that’s my number one tip for buying a good lipstick!

Anyway, the shade I eventually decided on was Very Victoria by Charlotte Tilbury. It is part of their Matte Revolution range and I just love it. It’s light enough that I can wear it wherever, whenever, but strong enough that I don’t need to wear it with a lipliner. I’m super obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury’s rose gold packaging too, as I’ve mentioned many times before.


I wore the lipstick all day yesterday and I’ve got it on me again today which of course is always a good sign. There’s no better feeling than getting a new product you really love, and I really love this. Apart from the colour being perfect for what I wanted, the texture is very creamy even though it is a matte finish, and so far appears to be quite hydrating too.

The smell of it is also to die for, it’s a beautiful rich vanilla scent that seriously, almost makes you want to eat it! So all in all, suffice to say I’m very happy with my choice.


Do you have a favourite everyday lippy shade? If so then comment below and let me know, I always love hearing about lipsticks.

Sorcha x

 

Hey There, Tom Ford

I don’t usually share posts like this, but last week I finally got my hands on the most amazing pair of Tom Ford sunglasses which I have been lusting after for over six months now, and I’m just so excited that I’ve decided to tell you all about them.

I’ve wanted to buy a new pair of good sunglasses for a while now, my trusty RayBan’s as much as I love them, are a bit worse for wear, and before they give out on me I thought it best to buy some more.

The sunglasses I got are the Tom Ford Irina’s and they are literally to die for (squeal!) – I just love them. I don’t know about you but I have to try sunglasses on a million times before committing, you know, see how they look with my hair down, my hair tied up, how they feel, all the usual things you consider when buying a pair of sunglasses. And these babies were the first pair I came across that I liked every which way.

One sunny afternoon about two months ago I finally made the decision to splurge and buy them, so off I went into town super excited. But low and behold as I went to pick them up from the shelf they were gone. Gone, vanished, disappeared. I was devastated.

After a frantic conversation with the girl at the counter I discovered that they had only received a limited amount of stock so were sold out, and not only that, but also there was a waiting list for the next delivery, and they didn’t even know when the next delivery was going to arrive because Tom Ford also had a waiting list. Big. Fat. Disaster.

So all Summer I searched for another pair, none quite living up to the expectations I had, leaving me pining for my beautiful Tom Ford’s that got away. That was of course, until last week. Last week when I finally got the call from Brown Thomas to say delivery had been confirmed and they would be back in stock the following day, AND there was a pair available for me. FOR ME. Hallelujah! Thank you sunglasses gods!

Now I know some of you may think this is ridiculous nonsense, getting excited about a pair of sunglasses. And I understand. But I told you, I’m an accessories girl. And you want to know why? Because they fit, they always fit.

I’ve had a turbulent relationship with clothes and fashion all my life, I’ve a curvy shape, new season trends look completely ridiculous on me half the time, and therefore it’s not always easy for me to shop. But I love to shop, and that’s why I love accessories. They absolutely never make me feel bad about myself.

They are just so pretty that I’ve decided to keep them safe until we head off on our travels next month. The first item I can tick off my packing list!

Sorcha x

 

 

Trend Alert: The Backpack Revival

If you’re any way into fashion you may have noticed the biggest 90s fashion revival yet has begun to hit stores over the past few weeks. I never thought I’d see the day where I was thinking of purchasing one of these again but I should have really known better!

Everything in fashion comes back into vogue at one point or another, and thankfully this is one 90’s trend revival I think I can jump on board with. And no I’m not talking about the choker, I’m talking about the backpack!

Some of you may already know that in less than six weeks, Dave and I are jumping on a plane and beginning a two month trip around the world. Because of that, I need to get myself a good backpack so this trend has come back right on time for me.

I’ve been doing a lot of research on what style, size and colour backpack to get over the past couple of weeks, there are a lot to choose from let me tell you! And because of that, I decided to share my top finds with you all in case you’re on the lookout for a cute backpack for Autumn too.

Here are eight of my top choices currently available both in store and online:

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ASOS Mini Leather Drawstring Backpack €50.67
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River Island Black Laser Cut Backpack €35
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Mango White Zip Detail Backpack €37
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Whistles Mini Verity Leather Backpack €239.99
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Whistles Silver Metallic Mini Verity Leather Backpack €246.66
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ALDO Chevron Drawstring Backpack €66.67
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Love Moschino Quilted Leather Backpack €256
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ASOS Leather Boxy Backpack €73.33

I’m currently torn between the River Island laser cut mini backpack and the Whistles mini verity option. There obviously is a big price difference but I like the mini size of both. I think mini is definitely the best option for me because the last thing I want is to feel like a teenager again with my schoolbag on my back!

I think I’ll have to mull it over for another while but I’ll keep you posted on what option I go for. I have a thing for the silver metallic Whistles one too but in the interests of travelling practicality, I sadly think I’ll have to pass on that one.

What do you think of the backpack trend, are you going to embrace it this Autumn?

Sorcha x

 

Review: Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

A few months ago I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine about how much I love products that give my skin a dewy glow. I have naturally very dry skin so in order for my face to look fresh, I’m on a constant hunt for the best dewy and highlighting products to make my skin look glowing.

Anyway, while we were chatting she asked me if I had ever tried the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow primer, to which I replied ‘no, but tell me more immediately!’. It is one of her favourite products, she swears by it for giving her face a lovely glow, and it wasn’t long before she convinced me that it was the next beauty product I had to try out. So naturally I ran out the next day to buy it and see what all the fuss was about.


Now, the thing is, I have a weird relationship with Charlotte Tilbury products. I don’t know why but some of her products I’d live and die for, and others I find a bit ‘meh’. It’s really hit or miss for me. For example, her Retoucher Concealer Pen I literally couldn’t live without, I use it every day religiously and it’s a firm favourite of mine (if you want to know more you can read my review here). I’m also a fan of her lipsticks and eyeshadows.

But, when it comes to her Magic Cream, I am completely underwhelmed. I don’t dislike it, but I wouldn’t really consider it a moisturiser and therefore, if it’s a moisturiser you’re looking for, I don’t think it’s worth the hefty €90 price tag that accompanies it. I found it acted more like a primer than a moisturiser, and it was one of those products that just left me feeling a bit confused by really (you can read my full review on it here).

Anyway, needless to say I wanted to keep an open mind when testing out Wonderglow, but I did have my reservations. Here’s how I got on…

On first impressions I was totally in love with the packaging, as I am with all Charlotte Tilbury products. She knows good branding and packaging that’s for sure, and who doesn’t love a pop of rose gold? It’s all the rage these days! But now down to the product itself.

The smell is similar to that of the Magic Cream, almost floral and maybe a bit strong for those who don’t like scented face products. I don’t mind the scent though once a product works and I have to say, I was more impressed with this than I was with the Magic Cream.

I would describe it as a liquid and it is much wetter than other primers I’ve used, but it still has a creamy consistency and soaks well into the skin. It is quite shimmery, moreso than I had expected, but it does give your skin a nice glow. The first time I applied it I almost balked because I found it to be quite glittery which was definitely not the look I was going for, however, after putting my foundation over it, the glitter effect fades and you are left with a fresh faced look.



In terms of the effect it gives your skin texture, in all honesty it doesn’t give anything. It doesn’t smoothen my skin like other primers, and I’m not convinced it holds my makeup very well either. For me, I only really wear primers for the purpose of holding my makeup in place for as long as possible, so is it a great primer? I don’t think so.

BUT. And there is a big but here. It is a gorgeous brightening product. My skin definitely glows when I wear it, and also has a much fresher look about it. According to Charlotte Tilbury, the product contains a florescent core light diffuser which ‘steals UV light from its surroundings‘. Now whether that’s true or not I don’t know, but I certainly have noticed my skin looking brighter and more dewy each time I wear it. I’m sure you all know by now any product that brightens the skin gets a major thumbs up from me and this is certainly getting a thumbs up so far.

Before makeup
After makeup

Because I still use a separate primer, I tend to wear Wonderglow over my foundation on my cheeks and other areas of the face I want to brighten and highlight, and I’m really loving the effect it gives my face. I won’t use it as a primer, but I’ll definitely use it, in fact I could see this becoming a staple in my makeup bag. Plus you get a lot of product in the 40ml tube so this is going to last for ages.

The price tag on this is €49 so this is a luxury purchase. If you like the sound of it though, my advice would be to go to your local Charlotte Tilbury counter and ask for a tester pot, or get them to apply it on you in store to see if you like it first. If you have dull or dry skin like me that needs brightening then this could be for you.

Have you tried Wonderglow? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts. When researching the product I found very few reviews online so I’m very interested to hear what you all think!

Sorcha x