Subtle Eyes with Clarins Iris Blossom Mineral Eyeshadow Palette

This evening I’m off to an event with the lovely people from Clarins, and it got me thinking about all the gorgeous Clarins products I have that I don’t use anywhere near enough. So given the day that’s in it, I decided to route out one of their mineral eyeshadow palettes to create a soft day eye look for the event.

The Iris Blossom mineral palette came out about three years ago now and has gorgeous earthy shades in both shimmer and matte. The shimmer shades are a sparkly white, a golden brown and bright purple, while the only matte shade in the palette is a deep charcoal. Because it’s a day look I’m going for, I opted to use only a very small amount of charcoal and purple, focussing on the brown for base and white to highlight.

Here’s how I applied it…

I coated my eyelid with brown all over and blended into the lid well before adding a touch of charcoal and purple into the crease. Once applied, I used a blending brush to buff out the shadow and give the eye an accent of colour at the crease. To finish, I added a small amount of white to the inner corner of each eye to highlight and brighten the area.

In order to keep the look soft, I opted not to wear eyeliner so I just finished it off by adding mascara to both my upper and lower lashes and, voila! A simple and very quick eye makeup look in less than five minutes.


For one last little Clarins touch, I applied some of my Raspberry lip oil to my lips which I am just totally obsessed with at the minute (if you missed my review you can catch it here). It gives the lips a lovely soft glossy look with no stickiness and smells divine too!

I’ll keep you all posted on how the event goes later in the week. In the meantime, I’ll just wish you all a happy hump day! Hope you’re having a good one.

Sorcha x

 

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.

Top: No mascara, Bottom: Mascara applied on one eyelash
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

 

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

 

Review: Lidl Beauty Collection Launch

I was recently sent some new products by the lovely people over at Lidl who this summer have launched a new Cien beauty range. I’m all for a good budget beauty buy so naturally I was excited to give these a try and see what they were like.

The range is quite expansive with products for the face, eyes, lips and nails, including a BB cream, four eyeshadows, two mascaras, six lipstick shades, six lip gloss shades and six nail polish shades, so there is literally something for everyone here, particularly if you don’t want to break the bank on your beauty purchases.

First up is the BB cream, which at €2.99 is definitely a bargain, but is it worth it? Well, it contains SPF 15 which is a great start, and also claims to conceal, smooth the complexion, reduce wrinkles and provide 24 hour hydration. Here’s what I think…


The cream is quite heavy and thick which made me very dubious when I first applied it, and because of that, you do need a good amount to enable you to blend evenly on the face. However, I was surprised to find that it does actually leave a nice smooth finish to the skin and the coverage doesn’t feel too cakey which I thought it would given the texture.

As you can see from the before and after below, the coverage is subtle, but it’s supposed to be with a BB cream, and I do like the finish it gave my face. I’m wearing shade Light which might be just slightly pale for me, but it also comes in a medium-dark shade.

Before
After

Word of warning here though, if you have dry skin, it may be problematic for you. My skin is on the dryer side, and I did find my face felt just slightly tight when wearing this so it may be better suited to those with normal to oily skin types.

Next up is the eyeshadow which has four shades in the range and costs only €1.99. The two shades I was sent to try were Rose Garden, a kind of blush pink, and Brilliant Brown, which is a lovely soft gold brown, but there is also a creamy nude and electric blue shade available.

The first thing I loved about these eyeshadows was the amazing oriental style print on top of them, I mean how gorge is that? So gorgeous I almost didn’t want to use them and ruin the look, but needs must and all that.


The pigment on these shadows is really brilliant, especially on the Rose Garden shade which has a gorgeous shimmer finish to it. This would be perfect to highlight the inner corner of the eye, or as a blending shade for a soft nude eye look. I’m also thinking this shade would work well as a highlight blush on the cheeks, which is another positive to add to the list. The brown was more of a gold colour once I swatched it, but I was still very impressed with the pigment.

Two mascaras were introduced in the range, a volume mascara, and a waterproof mascara, both of which cost €2.49. I tested out the waterproof mascara to see what it was like but it took me ages to get any of the mascara on to my lashes. I don’t know if the formula is very thick or whether the tube isn’t full, but it was almost as if the actual liquid only covered the tip of the application brush.

So in order to get any kind of colour or volume, I had to use the tip of the brush to apply the mascara on to the lashes a few times, then had to blend it in. The end look isn’t bad, it has very good staying power so if you’re in the market for a new waterproof mascara then this could be worth trying. The application was just a bit messy for me however.


The last item in the range I have to show you are the lip glosses which let me tell you, are an absolute steal at €1.99. Now, if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I love all things lips, and these lip glosses are a winner for me.

The two shades I have are 10 Glitter Pink and 11 Frozen Ice, both of which are quite nude on the lips. They both have a glitter / shimmer finish to them, which normally wouldn’t be my thing at all, and the Frozen Ice shade is probably too glittery for my taste.

The photo below shows the slight difference, the top photo is Frozen Ice which has much more glitter:

But the sheen that the Glitter Pink shade gives your lips is to die for, it has less glitter and is not sticky at all. Because let’s be honest, there is nothing worse in this life than sticky lip gloss that your hair catches to every five seconds!

I think Glitter Pink could become one of my new go-to nude gloss products from now on, especially given its amazing price point. The other shades in the range are darker plum and red tones and if Glitter Pink is anything to go by, could be lovely on the lips too.

So there you go – some yays, some nays, but pretty good overall for a first collection. All the Cien beauty products are available in store now at Lidl.

Sorcha x

 

 

Review: Bourjois City Radiance Brightening Foundation

Last week if you read my Budget Beauty Makeup post, you will have seen me writing about the Bourjois City Radiance foundation. As I mentioned in that post, I’ve seen lots of my favourite beauty bloggers talking about this lately and giving it lots of high praise, so I’ve been dying to see what all the fuss is about.

A few weeks back when in Boots, I picked up my own tube to try it out. There are six shades in the range and I opted for shade 03 (light beige). Although I have a lot of freckles on my face (if you follow me on snapchat you’ll have heard me ranting about that!), my skin is quite sallow with a gold/olive complexion to it so I tend to go for shades that have a slightly gold or yellow undertone rather than pink undertone.

I applied a pea size amount to my hand to get an idea of the texture and the first thing I noticed was that it is very light weight. Not watery, but thin, meaning you only need a very small amount as it is super blendable. I found the pea size amount was plenty to give me a light, even coverage – exactly what I was looking for.

Now, I’ve read on other reviews that the staying power varied on people but I have to say, the five or six times I’ve worn it now, it’s lasting pretty much all day long. I’ve worn it with and without primer, and yes without primer it does tend to leave the face a bit quicker, but not quick enough that it would stop me wearing it.

Before
After

I love a light coverage in warmer months, in Summer I tend to only wear liquid foundation if I’m going out at night, but this foundation seems to be a nice happy medium as you really don’t feel like you’re wearing a heavy liquid foundation when it’s on your face. Plus, it contains SPF 30 which is always a bonus and it really lives up to its claims of being a brightening foundation too as it leaves my skin looking quite dewy. And we all know I love a nice dewy glow!

I’m not sure I would wear this as much in Winter, but overall I’m very impressed and will definitely keep using it for light coverage days.

The even better news about this foundation is the €13.99 price tag which to me really is a bargain. You can pick it up from Boots or any other Bourjois stockists.

Sorcha x

 

Budget Beauty MakeUp Look

It’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup look or makeup tutorial so I thought it was about time I revisited them again. I like my makeup, I like good brands, I like good packaging as most beauty lovers do, but sometimes I feel that the more budget friendly brands get overlooked for their more expensive counterparts.

Yes I like my luxury products, but I do also have some favourites from the less expensive pharmacy stocked brands, and what’s more, there seems to be new products coming out from these brands all the time now that have me intrigued.

So today I’ve decided to put a makeup look together using only pharmacy bought products. Some are new to me, others I’ve used before, but most importantly, each product costs less than €15 so is very affordable.

I’ve been doing a few individual product reviews of late and therefore, I’m very conscious of trying to keep my posts interesting for all you lovely readers. I’m by no means a makeup artist, there of lots of amazing beauty bloggers out there who know a helluva lot more than I do. But I love playing around with makeup and trying new looks, so that’s what I’ve done.

Before I start, here’s a list of all the products I used and their price points:

  • L’Oreal Infallibile Mattifying Primer – €11.99
  • Bourjois City Radiance Skin Protecting Brightening Foundation – €13.99
  • NYX Contour Wonder Stick – €14.00
  • Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil – €4.79
  • Catrice Sand Nudes Eyeshadow Palette – €5.50
  • NYX Vinyl Liquid Eyeliner – €7.99
  • L’Oreal Miss Hippy Mega Volume Mascara – €11.99
  • L’Oreal True Match Powder – €10.49
  • Bourjois Rose De Jaspe Blusher – €10.00
  • Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Sheer Matte Lipgloss – €12.49

I started this look off as I always do with applying a thin coat of primer to my face. I hadn’t used this primer before but have heard quite a lot about it so I really wanted to give it a try. It has a gel like consistency, but is also quite wet, and therefore needs a good few minutes drying time before applying foundation.

For those of you familiar with the Smashbox Photo Finish primer, this has exactly the same feel and texture. Although it doesn’t have the quick drying time that the Smashbox option does, it comes very close to it. As I’ve only used this once, I can’t give a proper review, but first impressions are definitely positive.


Next, I applied a thin layer of the City Radiance foundation in shade 03 (light beige) using a small stippling brush and the first thing that hit me was the gorgeous scent. It smells amazing! The formula is extremely light weight, meaning it’s super blendable, and it also lived up to its claims of brightening the skin.

Another thing I really noticed about this foundation was how well it lasted all day long. It really has great staying power, and leaves your skin looking quite dewy. And we all know I love a nice dewy glow! I have seen so many bloggers raving about this recently which is why I decided to try it out and so far I have to say I’m liking the results. Again, I can’t give a proper review until I’ve used this for a few weeks but I promise to do a full blog post once I have.


As I was using the NYX contour stick, I decided not to use a concealer and instead use the brighter end of this stick to both conceal and highlight. I found the stick very easy to use, just a few quick wipes and you’re ready to go.

Using a small angled contour brush, I blended into the foundation and loved the highlight look it gave the skin under my eyes.


I then used the darker side of the stick to contour my cheek bones, my nose and the outer frame of my face to give some definition and structure. Again the pigment was very good, and overall very easy to apply.

The next step for me was applying brow pencil to my brows. I love a strong brow and the MAC brow pencil is literally my holy grail for brows. But I’ve used this pencil before and I have to say, it’s not bad at all. The only downside for today’s look is that this shade is just a fraction too dark for me, I used 04 Black Brown, but next time I think I’d be better going one shade lighter.

I do however love the brow brush head that comes with the pencil, it helps to blend the colour evenly and give a natural look to the brows.


Following on from my brows, I began blending my eyeshadows using my Catrice nude palette.. This palette has really gorgeous shades, I just love the peach shade, and the others are all definitely the kind of colours I like to wear on my eyes. I’ve had this for a while now but only got to test it out today for the first time. To be honest I have to say I was a little disappointed with the pigment on the shadows, for such lovely colours in the palette, it really took a lot to actually achieve the same colour on the eye.

I used four shades on my eyes, starting with the matte nude, then building the matte peach into the nude and blending over the entire eye. I then applied the dark shimmer brown to the outer eyelids and used the lighter matte brown shade to blend.


I followed the eyeshadow application by using the NYX vinyl liquid liner to create a very fine line and flick on the top eyelid. I’ve used this a couple of times now and just about starting to get the hang of it. I’m not great at applying brush liquid liners, but because the brush head is so thin on this, it’s much easier to apply and  to achieve the line thickness that you want.

To finish off my eyes I took the L’Oreal Miss Hippie mascara and applied light layers to my eyelashes. One word – love! I absolutely loved the application on this mascara as well as the formulation and I think this could very quickly become a new favourite of mine. The bristles on the brush head were very soft and applied exactly the right amount of liquid to the lashes.

The drying time was also very good and it really lifted my eyelashes to give them a full finish with great volume. It was one of those moments you don’t expect to happen, but you almost whisper ‘yes’ to yourself at the joy of having come across a great new product! Am I the only one who does that?!

After my eyes had set, I finished off my face with L’Oreal True Match powder and Bourjois Jasper rose blush. The True Match powder is super blendable, very easy to apply, and left a nice finish on my skin. I’ll have to try this out a little more, and with a few different foundations however, before I can give a proper opinion on it.

The Bourjois blush however I have used many times, and have loved many times. It never gets old, it does exactly what it claims to do, it is pigmented, it is long lasting, and it gives a wonderful shimmer to the cheek bones. I’ve used this blusher quite a few times before and the colour is just fab. An oldie but a goodie as the saying goes!


Finally, to complete my look, I decided to try out the Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Sheer Matte Lipgloss in shade 04, Ravie en Rose. Again, I’ve seen a few reviews on these lip glosses and they’ve been on my list to try so today was a perfect excuse. But unfortunately this gloss didn’t quite live up to the expectations I had for it.

It took several applications, I’m talking at least four or five, to get a good colour out of the gloss which is such a turn off, especially for a matte lip product. Usually matte lippies are highly pigmented, but this fell short for me I’m afraid. The matte finish was good once I achieved the colour, but I don’t anticipate this lasting me too long if I have to use so much of it every time I apply.

So there you go… TADA! My final budget beauty makeup look. What do you think?


It was great playing around with different products today, especially as I got to try out some great new ones. The specific ones to watch for me however, are the City Radiance foundation and the Miss Hippie mascara. I’ve a feeling my relationship with these two is going to be a long one. As always, I’ll keep you posted.

I hope you liked this post, it’s quite different from what I usually write about so I’d really love to hear your thoughts and get some feedback.

I haven’t mastered the world of YouTube yet, and actually for me blogging is so much about the writing, so I don’t think that’s a road I’m going to go down. For now anyway. But hopefully I still managed to explain these products in detail through this post, and let you all know how I achieved this look.

Sorcha x

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Clarins Lip Oil

A few weeks ago in my Airport Beauty Haul, I picked up one of the Clarins Lip Oils to try out. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers talking about these recently, and I’m a big fan of Clarins products so I decided to try it out for myself.

What I didn’t know at first was that the Lip Oil comes in three different flavours, 01 Honey, 02 Raspberry and 03 Cherry. When I initially went to the Clarins counter I was planning on getting what I thought was the only lip oil – the gold one. Don’t ask me why I thought it was just a ‘gold oil’, maybe because a lot of oils tend to be that colour. But obviously I was pleasantly surprised to find there was a choice of options.

Although initially I had planned on going for what turned out to be 01 Honey (gold in colour), I ended up choosing 02 Raspberry. I had wanted a clear oil, but the girl assured me that the oils didn’t really have any pigment and that the flavours were more about the scent than anything else. This always seems to happen to me – I go in to buy one thing, then get so excited by all the options, I end up buying something different!

Anyway, I had been so looking forward to giving this a go, especially after hearing Karen from Lovely Girlie Bits raving about it. Karen is one of my favourite beauty bloggers to read and follow, and always gives really honest reviews so I had a feeling I was going to be on to a winner here. And I was!

I’ve been using this for about two weeks now and I am absolutely loving it. Like, really loving it. My first concern with the oil based formula was that it might be too greasy or too sticky but it’s neither of those things. It has the most wonderfully soft formula that glides on to the lips so smoothly, leaving a gorgeous glossy but non-sticky finish.

Not only that, but once applied, it is lasting a good few hours on my lips which is always a bonus. I suffer from very dry lips; unfortunately about ten years ago I got my lips very badly burnt and I’ve have suffered with dry lips ever since. Because of that, I have to be very careful about the kind of products I use. Balms and lipsticks that wear off quickly or have no staying power, really don’t cut the mustard for me as I need to keep my lips constantly moisturised and hydrated throughout the day.

But none of that was an issue with the lip oil and Clarins has really lived up to the hype here for me. It has definitely become my product of the moment – we all know I love lip products – but this has just shot straight to the top of my lip list!

I picked mine up in Dublin Airport for €16 on special, but the regular retail price is €21. I’ve yet to discover how long the bottle will last, but so far it’s seeming like very good value for money. So much so, I’m contemplating buying the Honey version this weekend when I’m back in the airport.

Take a bow Clarins, you’ve done it again!

Sorcha x

Review: Benefit Dew The Hoola Liquid Matte Bronzer

When Benefit launched the new bronzing additions to their Dew The Hoola range back in March I was instantly intrigued and wanted to know more. While I’m not a big fake tan user anymore, I am very partial to a good bronzer and so was very excited by their new Liquid Matte Bronzer offering for the face.

When I was travelling to London a few weeks ago, I decided to do a beauty haul and stock up on some new products that have been on my list for a while now and this was at the top. Apart from reading some great reviews online, as with most Benefit products, I was totally obsessed with the packaging too and couldn’t wait to get it home and put it to the test.

The bronzer comes in the most gorgeous gold bottle which has a pump at the top for easy application. When I first used this I put about three pumps on to my hand but it ended up being far too much so you really only need one pump which equates to roughly a pea size amount. As the formula is so light, you wouldn’t expect the pigment to be as good as it is, but it really is brilliant.

It has a gorgeous brownish gold tone which is quite dark, another reason why you only need a small amount, plus it blends so easily into the face. For application, I used a small angled stippling contour brush and dabbed it lightly along my cheek bones and on the outer sides of my nose.

The best thing about the formula is that it is very build-able meaning you can wear it as light or as dark as you want – so whether you’re looking for a soft glow for daytime or a strong contour for a night out, either way this product is going to work for you.


It’s not only great for contouring, I’ve also used it in the same way as I would a cream blusher and lightly applying directly on to my cheek bones. Because it is matte based with no shimmer, it has that ability to give your cheeks a natural glow without making you look shiny which is a major plus for me.

The only slight, and I mean very slight, reservation would be the fact that the smell is very sweet, in a perfumed kind of way. It’s not a bad thing, the smell is nice, but I’m just not one for very sweet scents.

But really that doesn’t even matter because this is already a new favourite of mine. I’ve applied this first thing in the morning and by evening time it still looks as good as when I first applied it.


If bronzers aren’t your thing however, this may not be for you as the pigment is quite dark and it does need to be blended well. But if like me you can’t resist a nice bronze glow, then this is a winner. I was worried it might be tricky to use being liquid but its light formula means it really is so easy to apply. Just make sure you start with a small amount and build up, that way you can’t go wrong!

The €31 price tag seems quite reasonable to me given I needed such a small amount, so I’m pretty sure this is going to last me quite a while. But only time will tell so I will keep you posted on that.

All in all this gets a solid 9/10 for me.

Sorcha x

My Faves Part 10: Benefit That Gal Primer

Although I spoke a little bit about my love for Benefit’s That Gal Primer in my Airport Beauty Haul post yesterday, I love it so much that I felt it warranted its own dedicated post as part of the ‘My Faves’ series.

I’ve been using this highlighting primer for several years now, it was actually my sister who first told me about it, and she’s equally obsessed with it as I am. And what’s more, we both have very different skin types.

As I mentioned yesterday, the primer is pinkish in colour, and the formula contains light reflecting pigments meaning it has a very soft sheen when applied to the skin. But rather than make you look shiny, it gives the skin the most amazing dewy glow and really brightens up the whole face. I find it particularly great on days where my skin is looking tired and dull, or when the black circles have decided to come out in force!

You don’t need to apply it all over the face but I do. To apply, you just twist the nozzle at the bottom of the bottle to push up the formula and using your fingers, gently rub it into the skin. It blends quickly and easily, and has a very quick drying time which allows you to apply your makeup straight after. Not only that but it smells so frickin’ good too!

My skin is slightly on the dry side, my sister’s skin is probably more combination, but it looks, and lasts, equally well on both of us. I think the thing I love about it most however, is the staying power it gives your makeup. When I apply this primer in the morning, I really don’t have to top up my makeup at all during the day, and not only that, it leaves your skin feeling super soft as well as giving it a gorgeous glow.

I’ve taken pictures without makeup to try show you the difference. It’s subtle, but there’s definitely a difference between before and after. And I like that it’s subtle. It is light and creamy, has no stickiness, and is definitely my favourite of all the many primers I’ve tried. I do have others I really like, but That Gal takes first place for me.


The tube that I have costs €32 and I get about three to four weeks out of it. You would probably get more however if you are only using it around your T-Zone area, I just can’t help but put it all over my face.

Have you tried That Gal? If so let’s discuss our mutual love. Or if you had a bad experience then fill me in, I’m in the mood for a chat! 🙂

Sorcha x

Airport Beauty Haul

I don’t know about you, but when I’m travelling and going through airports, I find it so hard to resist all the gorgeous makeup and beauty products in Duty Free. My trip to London over the weekend was no different, especially as I arrived to the airport early meaning I had plenty of time to have a browse before my flight.

I needed to pick up some of my staples, including my favourite Benefit primer and my go-to brow pencil from MAC. But aside from that, I also wanted to pick up a few other bits to try out. So here’s a look at my airport beauty haul:

Benefit That Gal Primer


This brightening primer from Benefit is my favourite of all the primers on the market, simply because it does exactly what it claims to do. I’ve been wearing this for about three years now and it never fails to let me down.

The light creamy formula is pinkish in colour, and contains light reflecting pigments meaning it has a very soft sheen to it. But rather than make your face look shiny, it gives the skin the most amazing dewy glow whilst also really lifting the face. The brightening power on this is just so good, and I find it particularly great on days where my skin is looking tired and dull.

You don’t need to apply it all over the face but I do, I love the glow it gives my skin, plus it also smells A-MA-ZING! You could literally sit and smell the bottle for hours! To apply, I just twist the nozzle-y thing at the bottom of the bottle to push up the formula and using my fingers gently rub it into my skin. This blends quickly and easily, and dries well into the skin meaning you can apply your makeup straight after. I really hate when primers make your skin feel sticky or wet after application so the drying time on this another major plus for me.

The formula on this is so light I think it would be good for all skin types. My skin is slightly on the dry side, but I am prone to the odd oily breakout around my T-Zone and this primer works great regardless. I have a few friends who wear this too and they all love it so it’s definitely one I would recommend.

Price is €32 and the bottle will last about a month depending on how often you use it.

MAC Brow Pencil


Those of you reading my blog for a while now will already know that the MAC brow pencil is my go-to brow product. My eyebrows aren’t the worst, but due to a very bad scar on one of them, they are a lot thinner than I ideally would like to have them. Because hair doesn’t grow on the brow with the scar, I have to keep the other one thin to match so I don’t look completely ridiculous!

But that’s where the MAC brow pencil comes in. It is a very fine pencil that allows you to colour in your brows by following their natural lines of hair growth. Some brow products I’ve tried are either too thick in size or formula to allow a natural looking brow which means they can end up looking too dark or too big for the face.

The pencil is so easy to use however, again you just twist the nozzle at the bottom of the pencil to reveal the pencil and you’re on your way. This has been my brow product of choice for longer than I can even remember now and it would take something pretty miraculous for me to change. When it comes to brows I like to know what I’m getting!

I use shade Spiked which is a dark brown and the price is €18.

Clarins Lip Oil


I’ve read a lot of great reviews about the Clarins Lip Oil but have yet to try it. So when I spotted them at the Clarins counter I had to buy one and give it a go. I didn’t realise at the time that they were flavoured oils or that there were three different options in the range: 01 Honey, 02 Raspberry and 03 Cherry.

Because I love a bit of colour, I decided on shade 02 Raspberry, and although I’m yet to try it out, I can’t wait to see what it’s like. I had a quick smell and it is a little sweeter than I would normally like, but really it’s the formula and finish that I’m most excited about.

Clarins describe it as a non-sticky oil which plumps up the lips and leaves them feeling nourished. With a statement like that, how could I resist?!

The price on the lip oil is €21, but I got it for the bargain price of €16 in the airport. So if you’re travelling anytime soon then that’s the time to pick it up.

I’ll keep you all posted what I think so be sure to keep an eye on the blog if this is one you’re interested in trying out.

Benefit Dew The Hoola Matte Liquid Bronzer


There has been a lot of hype over the past few months on Benefit’s new Dew The Hoola bronzing and tanning range so it’s been on my list to try out for a while now.

I’m not a big fake tan wearer, I mean I’ll get the odd spray tan if I’m going to a wedding or event, but apart from that I don’t tend to use it much. So instead of choosing the tanning products, I opted for the matte liquid face bronzer instead.

I do love a good bronzer, particularly when contouring the face for a night out on the town. I have tried so many powder bronzers over the years but only a few liquid bronzers so I’m excited to give this a go. I’ve read some great reviews on other blogger’s sites, and the best thing about this product apart from the pigment, appears to be its blending power.

Again I haven’t had a chance to give this a try yet but as soon as I do, I’ll be posting a review to let you all know how I got on. The price on this is €31, so maybe slightly on the pricey side but I’ll know more once I put it to the test!

MAC Fine Eyeliner Brush 210


I love a good makeup brush, like most beauty lovers, I have way more than I use or even know what to do with. But I can’t seem to ever resist buying more! My current eyeliner brush has lasted me a good six or seven years at this stage but is finally on its last legs now so it was time to purchase another one.

The one I use is a MAC brush, code is 210, and it is a very fine brush meaning it’s great for applying thin lines of eyeliner to the eyes as well as creating a good wing. This brush makes eyeliner application so much easier particularly if using an eyeliner paint pot.

It costs €22 so is one of the more expensive options on the market, but it will definitely last a long time.

So there you go. I love when I have new products to try, don’t you?! I’m going to start trying out the lip oil and matte bronzer over the next few days so I will keep you posted. Also just because I love it so much, I’ll be doing a ‘My Faves’ post on the That Gal primer later this week so stay tuned…

Sorcha x