MAC Rebel dupe alert!

I adore MAC lipsticks but sometimes they can be expensive, especially if you want to experiment with different colours. I love finding purse friendly dupes of my beloved MAC lippies.

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Recently, I picked up Wet’n’Wild ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ for only €2.95. I confess, I did want to invest in the whole range because of the amazing shade selection, but I showed some self-control 😀 . I was shocked to see how similar this was to the renowned MAC ‘Rebel’.

Both shades are vibrant and extremely long-wearing. I would suggest popping on a lip balm prior to using ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ as it is extremely matte. The Wet’n’Wild packaging is not as attractive compared to the chicness of MAC bullets, but the amazing affordability forgives this one drawback. The two lipstick shades are wearable and will compliment an abundance of skin-tones. Either lipstick is a staple in any makeup bag!

Even if you are a MAC fanatic this lipstick steal will be hard to refuse <3

Here you can see how identical both lipsticks are on my lips. (Left – Wet’NWild ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’. Right – Mac ‘Rebel’)

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My Skincare Routine

I am constantly on the lookout for new skincare products. I believe good skin sets the base for a flawless makeup application. My morning and evening cleansing routine is like a solemn ceremony that I am devoted to.

My skin is combination to oily. I don’t have any major skin conditions, but hormones can create havoc on my beloved skin at certain times of the month *questions gender* 🙁 ! There’s not a great deal that can be done to prevent this besides remaining stress free and drinking copious amounts of water.

Morning skincare regime

As I am usually in a rush to leave the house in the morning I try to make my morning routine speedy.

  • I cleanse with Soap & Glory ‘Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk’. Honestly, I could spoon this into my mouth it smells so divine. It is designed to melt away makeup but personally I don’t like using it for that. The creamy texture is easy to work with and leaves skin looking radiant. DO NOT get this in your eyes, it feels like Satan is burning you for all your sins!  This is for all skin types and is a steal at €8.49.
  • I then spray Shu Uemura ‘Depsea Water’ in mint mist on my face to tone it after cleansing. It enriches the skin with amazing minerals. This product looks suspiciously useless but it is the furthermost thing from! It is definitely a cult product with an abundance of uses.
  • I then moisturize my skin with Shiseido ‘Ibuki Enriched Refining Moisturizer’. I use this both morning and evening. It doesn’t make my skin oily, it just provides a nice level of moisture to my skin. This is a well-rounded moisturizer.

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Nighttime skincare regime

  • Each night I use Garnier ‘Micellar Water’ to remove my makeup. I have tried various brands of micellar water but this is my ultimate fave. It doesn’t leave any residue on my skin or leave my skin feeling tight which I found with the majority of other brands.
  • I then cleanse using my Clarisonic paired with Lush ‘Dark Angels Cleanser’. These two products paired together are an amazing duo. Since investing in the Clarisonic I am amazed at how much my skin has improved. This cleanser leaves skin feeling extremely soft. It is especially good if you are prone to those nasty hormonal spots. The only downside is that it’s very messy and I look like I’ve been sleeping in a coal bunker, but hey all in the name of beauty :P.
  • In the evening I use a different toner. I use Shiseido ‘Ibuki Softening Concentrate’. I love the hydration it adds back into my skin after cleansing.
  • Sometimes if my skin is playing up I will use Nip + Fab ‘Glycolic Fix Nightpads’ as a gentle exfoliation. I love this range for problematic skin.
  • I then apply a serum. As I’m putting mileage on my clock I have started using an anti-aging serum. I switch between Clarins ‘Double Serum’ and Estee Lauder ‘Advanced Night Reapir’. Both serums are fab!
  • I only apply eye cream at night as I feel it makes my makeup slide when I use it in the morning. I feel it is important to look after those peepers so investing in a good eye cream is essential. Currently, I am using Emma Hardie ‘Age Support Eye Cream’. It is imperative not to apply eye cream too close to the actual eyeball as milia could form.
  • I then apply my moisturizer (the same cream as used in my morning regime).

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Masks, Scrubs and Peels.

  • Two nights a week I will use Glamglow ‘Supermud’. This is definitely an investment, I am getting everyone hooked on this cult product!
  • Once a week I will use a chemical peel. This clears my pores and prevents scarring from any recent, nasty spots.
  • If I’ve had a late night I will use Glamglow ‘Brightmud Eye Treatment’. I find that these little gems hydrate around my eyes and leave me looking revived in just three minutes.image

I believe by taking care of your skin and using good products it will definitely pay off.

A hidden gem – Beauty at the Lodge

I adore eyelashes. I honestly believe lushes lashes totally transform a person. I like to experiment with all the varieties that are on the market and try different salons that offer the treatment.

I have always heard amazing reviews about Beauty at the Lodge so I booked myself in for the semi-permanent mink eyelash treatment. The salon has a rural location which is perfect (especially if you are having an intimate treatment).

On arrival, the first thing I noticed was the tranquil ambiance. I was met with this gorgeous aroma.  It was like stepping into a dream as I glanced at the luxurious salon decor.

I opted to go for dramatic mink eye lashes, but the beautician will customize the lash to meet your individual requirements. I was cuddled in a warm blanket and the next thing I remember was drifting to dreamland. My beautician was amazing and extremely gentle. It can be claustrophobic to consciously have your eyes closed for two hours, but I was so relaxed I didn’t even notice. I came away with the most perfect, voluminous eyelashes. This salon was the best experience I have ever had with the mink eyelash treatment. It was pure luxury from beginning to end.

My overall result – STUNNING! Four weeks on from the treatment and my eyelashes were still fluttering like butterflies on a spring day!

Beauty at the Lodge have specialized treatments and use renowned brands such as Guinot. The salon offers an extensive range of treatments that would leave anyone feeling rejuvenated. If you want to step away feeling a princess, I couldn’t recommend this salon more.image

My Inglot Eye Shadows

I have quite a hefty eye shadow collection. My collection mainly focuses on MAC but lately I have been extremely tempted by Inglot eye shadows and their extensive range of colours and textures.

I was first exposed to this fabulous brand while holidaying in Poland. Needless to say I was like a deer exposed to headlights when I first entered the Inglot store! There is an abundance of products and vibrant colours groping you. I picked up a few products excluding eye shadows as I convinced myself I do not need anymore!

A few weeks ago while in Dundrum I gave into temptation and purchased my first Inglot eye shadow palette. How wrong was I telling myself I do not need more?! I opted for colours that I thought varied from my current collection. The empty palette, which will hold 10 eye shadows, is €14.00 and each individual eye shadow is €6.00. Personally I thought this was an amazing price for highly pigmented shadows.

The freedom palettes are empty so you can mix and match your own choice of colours. The palettes are also extremely versatile as any Inglot freedom product can be stored in them – this ranges from eye shadow, lipstick to  blush. The front cover of the freedom palettes are magnetized and extremely sturdy so there’s no fear of your beloved products getting exposed.

The Inglot eye shadow collection has various different finishes. I loved them all equally and thought each one had wonderful colour payoff.

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The selection of colours are amazing especially for the affordable price tag. I couldn’t recommend these shadows enough. Regrettably, I now think I am addicted to Inglot eye shadows 😀

My island survival beauty products

I am a self-confessed beauty vamp! I adore experimenting with different cosmetics and products – but there are a few holy grail products that made me stop playing the field. These are the products I’ve fallen eternally in love with (and I’ll gladly introduce to my mother!)

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle 

This is my signature scent. I wear this scent with pride everyday and have for years. I use every single product in this range from the body moisture to the hair mist. It is a timeless light scent that isn’t overpowering.

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Naked Eye-shadow Palette 1

I have the three naked eye-shadow palettes but my old reliable is the original. I use all these shades equally and the best thing is that they all compliment each other. Also, if you are an avid traveler you need this in your life. I pop it in my luggage and that’s my day and evening eye makeup looks sorted. This palette definitely adds intensity to neutral colours.

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Clarisonic 

There are no words that explain how much I love this. Each night I use it after I remove my makeup. My face feels like I’ve just had a facial. When I did start using this, I had a purging period which was all the toxins being removed from my skin. This is expensive, but definitely an investment.

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Mac 109 Brush

I possess three of these brushes and I am not even ashamed of how crazy that sounds. It is a complete multi-purpose tool. I apply mineral foundation with one. The next one does my contour. The other does my blush. Not one bit crazy! I think I just used this brush and totally fell in love. But if you’re looking for an all rounder, this is it.

Mac 109

Glamglow

I have tried to love other face masks but none made the cut. I use the supermud clearing option and it is just fabulous! After using this my skin feels incredibly soft and healthy. This face mask is worth the splurge.

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Mac Peaches Blush

This was my first Mac blush and it still remains a staple in my kit. It is a gorgeous sheer peach tone that looks super natural, especially when you have a tan. The buildable nature of this product won’t leave you looking like Bosco! It also holds the same name as my deceased, beloved ginger feline. So when I apply it daily, it reminds me of him <3.

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Carmex Lip Balm

I am addicted to matte lipsticks. This addiction is perfectly fine until the formula begins to dry out my pout. Due to this it is essential I use a good lip balm. I love trying different balms but admittedly the majority on the market just have nice packaging and that’s about the height of it! I adore the carmex with a hint of mint. It is extremely moisturizing and I adore the tingling sensation of the mint. It provides a sheer shine which makes me feel glam going to dreamland!

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