Bourjois Air Mat Foundation Review

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I’ve been using this foundation for a little over 4 months so I’ve had a lot of time to test this out!  All my oily skinned guurls get ready to be amazed!  Obviously my new favourite, this is such a beautiful foundation.  Lets get into it.

So, as Bourjois describe it, it has a matte and smooth finish, 24hr hold…it’s non-drying, lightweight formula lets skin breathe throughout the day and provides high coverage for a flawless finish.  It’s enriched with mattifying micronized powders which eliminate shine with no mask effect.  I agree with 90% of these statements so that’s pretty damn good for a brand’s description.

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Priced at €13.99, you get 30mls per product so that’s pretty standard. The colour is definitely yellow-toned, but for me it goes perfectly with tan that i’ve been wearing most of the time lately so it’s all good (the colour I’m using at the moment is 02 Vanilla).  I find it does tend to go a bit darker, slightly oxidising on the skin, so beware of that and keep an eye out before you set/put on bronzer/contour, etc.  I’m definitely going to purchase a lighter shade to see how well that works.  The best part of this foundation however is how amazing it feels on the skin for the coverage that it gives.  I would say it’s a medium-high coverage as it doesn’t cover my acne scars so this girl still be using concealer but it’s pretty darn good. Within seconds of applying it feels so so light, and like ACTUAL SKIN.  Which is something I’m never used to because most that i’ve used in the past, because of how much acne/scarring I have to cover, usually feel very heavy.  Sooo I’m super happy with that.

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More great things! It’s definitely buildable and doesn’t go cakey if you want to apply a second layer.  When it does dry it gives a healthy matte finish, rather than a powdery one which is so lovely.  I find my skin takes a bit longer to get oily compared to other foundations, and when I do reapply powder if needed, it reacts well to that too.

I love that because you squeeze out the product and it’s not a pump, you can really control how much of it you use which is so good, you’re not wasting any product and constantly finding yourself repurchasing it.  Which I have done …. but not because I’m wasting it because I’m actually using it everyday!  The rest of the packaging is ok, looks fairly cheap but it’s functional which is more important right? I mean it is only €13.99, this aint no mac product yo.

Overall, it’s been a godsend, totally great for oily skin and affordable.  If you’re from Ireland, you can find it in Boots/Superdrug, or anywhere else with a Bourjois Makeup stand.

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Namaste,

Amy xx

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Palette Review

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First off, what a beautiful Palette. I was so excited to get this for Christmas, I mean….just look at it.
Just like a magpie I am drawn to anything shiny or sparkly…  and this packaging just screams glamour and luxury…with a hint of Gwen Stefani Punk, mixed with antique gold accents and of course, the classic black and white retro style she does so well. Everything about this reminds me of her…obviously, she made it!  But i’m glad she stuck to her own personal style.

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After trying this out every single day for about the last month I’ve had plenty of time to test each shade and make up my mind about them.  All of them have great staying power and have been tested in drunken, sweaty nights out …so Gwen has your back ladies. It has a huge gorgeous mirror big enough to please anyone, and a golden quote in it – “Magic’s in the Makeup” – from her No Doubt days. There are 15 1.4g shades, an amazing 12 of these are new to Urban Decay, and 3 come from UD’s Shadow Collection. Priced at €46, and Limited Edition, this is one of my most prized possessions already! I’ll go through each shade down below and I hope this helps anyone who may be in two minds about picking this up before it’s off the shelves. HOLLA AT ME GWEN!

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BLONDE

An absolutely gorgeous highlight colour and the brightest shade in the palette, a pale beige with a very fine shimmer to it.

BATHWATER

A beautiful pale beige again, with fine shimmer in golden pearl, perfect for a wash over the lids for ‘No Makeup’ Makeup days.

SKIMP

In my opinion the second highlight colour in the palette, a pale nude with a very fine shimmer, with a slight pink undertone.

STEADY

A gorgeous copper/rose shimmery shade with a metallic gold pigment. Perfect for blue eyes.

PUNK

One of my favourite shades in this palette, it’s a dark, ‘punky’ reddish brown shade that is completely matte and blends deliciously.

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BABY

This is such a beautiful metallic rose shade, that has a chunkier shimmer than shades mentioned above.

ANAHEIM

This shade is definitely going to be the most used! The perfect crease or base colour, a matte light brown/taupe, which is incredibly soft and easy to blend.

STARK

One of my least used shades of the palette so far, I think my light skin tone means it doesn’t really show up at all, as you can see in the swatch, but it’s a soft matte nude eyeshadow with a pink undertone. Perfect as a primer for other colours to be used on top, or for a ‘no-colour’ look.

ZONE

Very like Anaheim but slightly darker, it’s a medium matte brown colour perfect for the crease, and extremely blendable.

SERIOUS

A great smokey eye colour, it’s a dark grey with pearl shimmer, the swatch doesn’t do it justice!

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POP

Such a fun shade! A coral with chunky/sparkly gold and pink shimmer perfect for sprucing up any matte eye look. I don’t think the swatch is as ‘real-to-life’ as it should be.

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Surprisingly I’ve used this a lot, even though I don’t typically use pink on my eyes that much. It’s a blue-toned pink with fine shimmer, but I was a bit disappointed with the colour payoff as i felt it wasn’t as ‘pink’ as it should have been!

DANGER

Not the biggest fan of blue eyeshadow, because of my blue eyes I usually find it to be a bit much, but this actually works really well. Definitely for a heavier eye look because it is so dark, it’s a metallic royal blue-pink with fine shimmer.

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A bright yellow gold metallic shade that I love so much, it’s so buttery and blends fantastically!

BLACKOUT

A colour every palette should have! Definitely one of my most used. The ULTIMATELY perfect matte black, jet black eyeshadow. Perfect for dark smokey eyes. I like to spray a bit of fix plus from Mac Cosmetics on an angled brush, and it acts as the perfect black eyeliner.

 

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this,

Namaste,

Amy xx

13 Uses for Coconut Oil

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To say that coconut oil has changed my life forever is an understatement! I originally started experimenting with it for my skin to see if it helped with my acne, scarring and redness issues.  I would use it as a makeup remover and an all-over oil and noticed results straight away.  It hasn’t gotten rid of my acne or reduced my scars dramatically, but I have noticed that it feels more nourished and soft, evens my skin tone, and with the anti-bacterial properties it has, it definitely helps with the ‘spread’ of active acne.  Following this,  I was overwhelmed with the amount of other ways it can be used…. And let’s just say, it’s nothing short of AMAZING.  

Coconut oil is a stable substance, and is solid at room temperature meaning it doesn’t react with the air and can last in a jar on your shelf forever and not get mouldy. It’s antibacterial as I said before, antimicrobial, an antioxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-everything-nasty. It’s also not made from any animal products meaning it’s vegan and you can feel good about using and buying as much of it as you can! So below is a breakdown of some of the things you can use coconut oil for…

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1. After-Shave Oil

I have very sensitive skin that does not normally react well to shaving, but for the moment, it’s my chosen method for hair removal.  Even with a brand-new razor, three blades, and all that fancy good stuff, my skin still hates it.  So covering those shaved areas with coconut oil after I get out of the bath significantly helps with irritation, bumps, razor burns, cuts etc.  I also use it as a shaving oil when in the bath too, because I know my skin likes it and won’t react badly. :

2. Sunburn/Heat Rash

When I was on holiday in Turkey a few months ago I was very careful with my skin in terms of getting burnt. I had a high factor on for the whole two weeks but every now and again I’d get a little patch of burnt skin, to which I applied coconut oil. The irritation, for one, was reduced so quickly, and it healed faster than it normally would. After leaving it on all night, it would be pretty much gone the next morning. The intense moisturising properties of coconut oil meant my skin never got dry and flaky.  It also helped with heat rash I got sometimes, reducing redness and itchiness, and I find it helps with any other sort of rash as well.

3. Oil Pulling

This is  something I never fully got into, but I want to be persistent and keep it up.  Oil pulling is where you take a teaspoon of coconut oil in the morning, put it in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes, then spit it out.  It’s supposed to pull all toxins out of your mouth, including bad bacteria, and not only improve your dental health, but also your health overall.  Be sure not to swallow the oil afterwards, because that kinda defeats the purpose of the whole process!

4. Moisturiser/Lip Balm

It’s incredible moisturising properties help with chapped lips, which I am prone to all year round, but especially in winter.  The vitamins C and E present in coconut oil are great for regeneration and renewing your skin cells. I also apply it all over my body after I get out of the shower, and once it’s all soaked in your skin feels delicious!

5. Exfoliator

When you mix some coconut oil with some salt it makes a fantastic exfoliator.  I use it all over my body just before I get into the shower.  The salt has enough grit to get rid of the dead skin cells but it also dissolves as you go, so it’s not too harsh, and is great for sensitive skin.

6. Leave-in Conditioner/Hair Mask

If your hair is feeling a bit on the dry side, maybe after getting it dyed, coconut oil can be used as a great hair mask or leave-in conditioner for dry ends.  Naturally your hair will look like an oil slick so I do this once a month at night, leave it to soak in and then wash it out in the morning.  It leaves my hair feeling soft, shiny and healthy.

7. Natural Sweetener

One great tip, if you want to start cutting down on refined sugar or unnatural sweeteners, is to substitute it for coconut oil.  One teaspoon in coffee or any hot drink adds a sweet taste and a guilt-free, sweet kick, although it’s not for everyone, it’s worth a try!

8. Cooking oil

I’ve been completely converted to using coconut oil instead of butter or olive oil when cooking.  You can barely notice the taste and can assure that the type of fat you’re ingesting is in fact a healthy one!

9. Stretch marks/Lady Parts

If it’s that time of the month the boobies can become sensitive and sore, and sometimes a bit dry.  Coconut oil is a great treatment for this uncomfortable problem. On top of this, everyone gets stretch marks, and I find it really helps with moisturising the skin in those areas to make it tactile and less prone to this problem because the skin isn’t dehydrated.  Because my skin is so sensitive, and I have a lot of allergies, using pads at that time of the month it can get very sore and irritated down there for me as well.  I’ve never found something that has reduced the irritation so fast and so easily. A must have solution for an awkward problem!

10. Skincare treatment

About 4 days a week, after my skincare routine, I’ll cover my face in coconut oil and leave it to soak in overnight.  The next morning my skin tone is more even, redness reduced, and my acne isn’t as dry and sore.  I don’t do this every night simply because I want my skin to breathe a bit and as great as coconut oil is, I think anyone’s skin can use a break from any products so it can reboot and restore itself – trust your body’s natural process!

11. Nails

THE single best oil for your nails. Hands down! After polish or just every morning and night, coconut oil does wonders for your nails.  No more dry hang nails or splitting nails…you have to try this!

12. Makeup Remover

The best makeup remover I have ever tried.  At the end of the day I lather my face in coconut oil and rub gently all around.  It doesn’t irritate my eyes, and it breaks down all makeup so easily, so it also makes it a very fast process, which we all hate doing when it’s the end of the day and all you want to do is lie in bed and watch Netflix.  It even dissolves waterproof mascara, which most other makeup removers have a lot of trouble with, in my experience!

13. Massage oil

If you’re lucky enough to have someone to give you a massage at home it works as a great massage oil.  And better yet, at the end, your skin is so thankful for how nourishing it is!

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This is a rather long post, I could literally go on and on about coconut oil and its endless benefits! I think you get the idea 😉 Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this, and I hope you learned something new!

Love and Light always,

Namaste,

Amy xx

15 Beauty Favourites of 2014

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So many revolutionary makeup products were brought out this year that changed the way us ‘normal’ girls approached our makeup skills. I mean the ordinary folk who are not trained makeup artists and don’t have the cash to buy the products that are most raved about. For me, having a job for the most part of 2014 meant that instead of just saving the money to replenish my stock of go-to foundation, I had the opportunity to experiment alot more with the new offers out there. I still stayed drug-store 90% of the time – as I can’t quite justify spending money on high-end brands thus far. The majority of the products mentioned here are affordable for anyone, so to avoid blabbering too much, here are my favourite products of 2014.

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (01 Fair)

I still can’t quite get over how cheap this is for how amazing the product performs. For me, having quite a large amount of acne scars and blemishes, I need a concealer that is high coverage but also not too thick and easy to blend. This product is really pigmented and a great colour-match for me. Great for brightening the under-eye area as well, I mainly like to use this by applying it onto a blemish/scar, going on to do another part of my routine (eyebrows usually) leaving it to settle onto the skin, and then blending out with either a damp sponge or suitable soft brush.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (010 Ivory)

Another great concealer with a slightly higher price-point than the collection one, It’s name really does suggest a brightening formula and making you seem ‘more awake’, which is exactly what it does. I don’t find this too great for active blemishes in terms of covering up so I mainly would use this under the eye area on days when I’m feeling tired and looking like crap!

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Catrice Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder (030 Medium Bronze)

Before myself and this baby crossed paths in early 2014 I had given up on bronzer. All the ones I tried seemed to be too orange making quite a ‘cake-face’ look, or, too qlittery making me look sweaty, which really made me pissed off at bronzers in general. However, this is the perfect match for me. It’s matte which means it looks more natural and doesn’t give you that sweaty look – it’s more neutral toned than red toned which means that it matches the natural contours of your face and mimics a shadow. I love using this for contouring or for bronzing, what a great product.

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Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder (001 Transparent)

A product I will stand by for years to come! One of the only setting powders I have found that doesn’t make your foundation look cake-y, it always does exactly what I want it to do. The one I mainly use is transparent, though I have tried the coloured ones before and find they work just as well as long as you find the right shade. For people with oily skin, this product is a saviour. Holds my makeup in place all day and prevents extra oil build up on the t-zone.

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Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation (No54 Beige)

I was previously using the Rimmel London Lasting Finish foundation which I thought was okay and have used for the past 2 or so years, and I merely thought it was my oily skin type that would never allow foundation to look right on me. How wrong I was! I only just received this foundation at Christmas so I really haven’t been using it that long, it was bought on a whim and I hadn’t heard of it before, I just wanted to try something new. From the first stroke of my foundation brush I knew I was in love. It went onto my skin so easily and settled, so it didn’t ‘sit’ on my face, dried to a slightly silky matt finish and lasted all day once powdered lightly. I cannot praise it enough, and I am quite shocked it hasn’t been raved about yet by the beauty gurus online.

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Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer

Yet another product I will always stand by! I’ve heard it have mixed reviews in the media but I really feel it deserves a higher praise. With my skin type I have stayed well away from primers, as ones I’ve tried before have been so slippy on my skin making makeup look patchy and greasy. The second I put this on my skin it felt like silicone but dried into the skin making the perfect base for foundation. Even though it does soak up excess moisture it doesn’t leave my skin dehydrated either – it just makes it perfectly balanced. I found this best used in the summer when things get a bit more sticky – but haven’t used this at all this winter when my skin is naturally dehydrated anyway, so i’ve taken to not using a primer at all. Fantastic product.

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Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil  (Love is Blonde)

I have been wanting and dreaming about owning this for a long time. Just looking at it gets me excited! While not having a high-end price-point, it’s still a little too high for me. Until my sister got it for me for christmas. I am in love. It has two ends – one with more of a pencil feel which I use to fill in large gaps in the brows, and another end which has a really thin applicator that consists of tiny hairs rather than one hard nib. I use this end to ‘fake’ eyebrow hairs – using really small thin strokes to create hairs usually on the front of my brows. This product is so, so good for making them look natural, if you know how to use it. Great colour match for me too.

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Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara (Black)

I’ve had a hard year of finding a mascara without nickel in it so I can use it everyday. I will go into that skin problem in a later blogpost but for now, I praise this mascara to the last. I’ve tried everything, and it usually ends up in swollen and rash covered eyelids and an upset Amy. Going to the Clinique counter, I had no faith and wasn’t ready to listen – but she said this might be my last chance! And she was right. Does what I needed it to do. Jet black, no clumps, waterproof and no nickel. Great Product for me!

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Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette

I’ve never really owned an eyeshadow palette before, If I have it’s been a shitty one passed down to me. But I sneakily used my sister’s when she acquired it, and fell in love. I got my own for christmas and use this every single day no matter what makeup look I’m going for. Special mentions for the shades Naked, Buck and Half-Baked. Naked palette – I love you.

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Maxfactor Colour Elixir Lip Liner (Brown N’Nude)

Before you say the words ‘Kylie Jenner’ – I love brown, neutral-toned lip colours. Bring back the 90’s! It’s quite a soft pencil meaning it doesn’t leave your lips dehydrated but very pigmented and lasts all day. What more can i say! Would love to try more shades from this range.

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet (07- Nude-ist/05- Olé Flamingo)

Another product that has had mixed reviews, but I don’t think I could love this any more than I already do. Not dehydrating, a liquid lipstick that lasts literally all day and feels so, so creamy when applied. When first applied it looks very shiny but it dries matte. Only problem was that I was a bit disappointed with the colour (07-Nude-Ist). On the packaging it looked very brown/purple-y toned but when applied (even over a plain base) it came out very pinky/red toned which I really wasn’t pleased with. But have grown to like the colour and wear this almost every day. I picked up another colour from this range last week, 05-Olé Flamingo, which I love. Not for everyday for me as it is almost neon, but on night’s out, definitely.

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Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Velvet (Atomic Rose)

Another liquid lipstick! Does much the same thing as the rouge edition velvets but I feel isn’t as pigmented and doesn’t last as long. Still wear it most days but is an odd colour I chose! It’s very orange toned but I do like it. Would love to try some more neutral shades.

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Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish (specifically 120 Urban Turquoise)

Another thing I had money for, nail polish. I have a few shades in this range and although some are better than others – most are very pigmented and really long lasting. Only takes one coat and dries within 2 minutes, great colour payoff! My favourite is definitely Urban Turquoise with a special mention for 352 Downtown Red as-well.

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Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter 

I received this for christmas and fell in love. I don’t use it on my face as it is so sensitive but I use it as a body moisturiser after every shower. Leaves my skin feeling hydrated and the smell….oh….my…god. Delicious. Such a fresh scent and makes you feel clean and pampered.

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Lastly….but certainly not least I have to mention the RealTechniques Brushes. Before I bought these i had nothing, except for a shit foundation brush i bought in Penney’s. I went a bit mad when I saw the difference in price between Boots and online. I was working up the courage to buy the expert face brush in Boots which cost €20. A crazy amount for one brush. But….online it was €7.90. So boom! I have most of the collection now on my makeup desk bar the limited editions….but god they are so great. For people who love makeup but aren’t makeup artists – these are so amazing! Love the handles, they feel pro….easy to clean…when cleaned they keep their shape and are just such a joy to use. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Special mentions for the expert face brush, so so good for foundation, the deluxe crease brush, which i use either for blending concealer or for eyeshadow, and the Blush brush, which is just so soft. I will love them forever.

If you stuck around till the end, thank you so much. This is my first blogpost and It is very hard to decide what information to write, what would be helpful, and what might bore you….If you have any ideas or specifics you want to read about then hit me up, leave a comment and I will meet your needs to the best of my abilities!

Love and Light,

Namaste,

Amy xx