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Hey Everyone , Happy Thursday . I hope you are all having a lovely week. For those of you who don’t know I travelled to Bulgaria, with my partner at the start of June for a work holiday with Cosmetics Bulgaria whom I’m brand ambassador for.

The Trip had been planned since the start of the year and literally came around so quickly. We left on a Tuesday and had a full day of travelling, so we didn’t get to Varna until late Tuesday evening. Cosmetics Bulgaria have two shops one in Varna and one in Nessebar. First Stop was Varna for a few days.

On the Wednesday morning we headed of on a Spa morning with afternoon Tea, in the International Hotel Golden Sands which is an amazing tourist complex, compliments of Cosmetics Bulgaria. It was really nice to relax after a long day of travelling the day before.

We then headed back to the shop. This would be my first time to see the Varna store and it was just how I imagined. Big, spacious , shelves packed full of amazing skincare. I was literally in awe. We had a tour of the shop which you will be able to see in the video underneath this post.

I got to meet some of the team members I hadn’t met before and see how everything is done in the store.

We got to see the process of orders and the break down of all the shipping costs.

Shipping costs

I am going to break down how the shipping costs work, so it’s a little easier to understand.

So each order placed with Cosmetic Bulgaria is shipped fully trackable with UPS.  So Ups Give Cosmetics Bulgaria a discount based on the amount of packages and the weight of each parcel taken on board. After the discounted rate is applied there is also a charge for fuel with Ups. There is also charges for deliveries outside of city, there is also fees for having someone sign for a parcel, insurance , tax  etc. For example A 2kg package too be shipped with UPS without the discount is €80. With Cosmetics Bulgaria’s Discount it comes to €17.

I  like to look at it like this, here in ireland I would pay for a competion prize weighing 2/3kg €12.00 in and around. So for €15 your getting a fully tracked parcel , which you can track every step of the way. Travelling all the way from Bulgaria. If you’ve ordered from Cosmetics Bulgaria before you’ll know how well the packages are prepared for travelling.

Authenticity Of Products

One thing I was asked about on my social media before I went was to show different places that stock the Biofresh Bulgaria Products. From the minute we arrived it was clear that you could get the products in literally every second shop. I checked in 6 different cities and these products are widely available all over the country, for the same prices you’ll see on the Cosmetics Bulgaria website.

There was a lot of official Biofresh Bulgaria shops located around the towns too. Below are just a few images of different shops we spotted along our journey offering the products.

We also spoke to some of the people in the shops and they could confirm that the owners of Biofresh Bulgaria are two Bulgarian gentlemen. They could also confirm that the products are manufactured and made in the heart of Bulgaria and have been around for over 17 years.

We also spotted a lot of the Biotrade products, but these products where mainly sold in pharmacies and some shops. These products again can be bought in these pharmacies for the same price as the Cosmetics Bulgaria Website.

We also had a lovely opportunity to view the Biotrade offices, speak with some of the staff and purchase some of the Biotrade products directly from the offices. We even purchased some products that where apparently only available to purchase in Ireland.

One question I always get asked and Cosmetics Bulgaria is about the Biotrade Hydromask. Cosmetics Bulgaria don’t stock this product. Neither does any other Pharmacy or shop in Bulgaria. But as a better alternative Would highly recommend the Dr. Derm Collagen Hydrogel. It’s amazing has twice as many benefits as the HydroMask.

The Knowledge behind the Rose Products.

Whilst over in Bulgaria, we got to learn a lot about the story of Rose oil in the products themselves. How the rose oil is taken from the rose plant at a certain time of year and all about the Rose farms. Rose water can be found in skincare, medicine, perfumery, aromatherapy and food.

Whilst we were there we also got to spend the day down in Nessebar. Which is where Cosmetics Bulgaria have their second shop, for the summer months April – September.

If anyone has been to Nessebar you’ll know the old town is just an incredible tourist destination and if you’ve never been, it’s definitely a must. I have been many times and it’s a place you’ll always love visiting.

Cosmetics Bulgaria Nessebar.

The shop itself is located just outside the old town of Nessebar. We got to spend the entire day in there. We got to see how the shop was and the customers that came into the shop. There was such an amazing atmosphere in the Nessebar shop. People traveled from far and wide. They shopped by the basket and it was so nice to see.

On Sunday we travelled up to Plovdiv , as we would return to sofia on monday morning for training with Dr. Derm. We got to enjoy the day travelling around Plovdiv, site seeing and taking in all the markets they had on that day.

The trip literally flew by. Before we knew it, it was our last day and we headed back to Sofia for our training with Dr. Derm. On the way we stoped of at the Biotrade offices and we also got to Visit the Biofresh factory which you would have seen from my stories. This was really nice as we got to see them in real life.

We had training with Dr. Derm for the entire day. I got to learn so much more about the brand. You know at this stage how much I am obsessed with the Dr. Derm brand. My heart skips a little beat when I see pictures of peoples orders and they are all Dr. Derm products, as I hand on my heart love this brand so much.

I will have a more updated blog post on the Dr. Derm range coming very soon. With a few other exciting things to come aswell.

Myself and Husband had an amazing time. We where there for work reasons but we also got to relax, take in some amazing places  and catch up with some amazing people. I cannot thank Cosmetics Bulgaria for enough.

Weather you’ve been to Bulgaria before or are thinking of heading have an amazing time. The country is a little gem and we’ll definitely be back again soon .

Let me know if you have any questions.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

Amy.

Disclaimer: (SP) I am brand ambassador for Cosmetics Bulgaria.

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Hey Everyone ,

I hope you are all well and everyone is taking advantage of the lovely eather we are having at the minute. Long may it Last. Todays blog post we are going to be talking all things lip fillers. If your a long time follower you’ll know and have read my last two blog posts on lip fillers and my experience. I have had them done three times over the last three years.

I was due a top up as it’s just been a year since I had them last topped up and was invited into The Wicklow Street Clinic in Dublin City Centre, to have my lips topped up with Dr Roberto Viel. I was so excited to be asked in, as I had seen a lot of Dr. Robertos work and heard so much about him.

But that still didn’t stop me from doing my research because this is something visible on my face so of course I’m going to make sure I’m making the right choice. Dr. Roberto Viel is a very experienced plastic surgeon who obtained his medical degree at the University of Milan and finished his studies in aesthetic plastic surgery in London. He has been practicing as a plastic surgeon on Harley Street in London since 1990. He is one of the world’s most recognised plastic surgeons and beauty specialist. He has been attending The Wicklow Street clinic for over 20 years now , running his booked out clinic once month, with The Wicklow Street Clinic.

The Treatment
On arrival you fill out your consultation card disclosing all info regarding yourself and your medical history. I was then greeted by Mr Viel. We spoke about my previous fillers, the look I was going for and any questions I may have. The first Question I had for Mr. Viel was ” Are any of the products Diluted Forms at all ? ” . He reassured me that non of the products he was using was diluted in any way at all and continued by showing me all of the products in sealed boxes. Which is so important that the products are in sealed packaging and are regulated by the EU. Otherwise we wouldn’t know what we where putting into our bodies.
Dr. Viel checked my lips and had feel for any product and suprisingly he said there was no product left in my lips. This really surprised me as I was under the impression that you build the filler upper time. But he opted to go with the filler Juvaderm Ultra 3 and explained why. But I had already done some research on Juvaderm and was happy to go ahead with Juvaderm.  I was then given some numbing cream which you apply all over your lips. The cream was only on about 2/3 minutes and my lips where completely numb. I have had creams applied before and you had to wait for 20 minutes. So it was good that this one was fast acting.

This time around I knew what to expect and we just chatted through the whole process. The treatment itself lasted for about 3 – 4 minutes. Pain wise its really nothing to worry about, only a tiny pinch.

I certainly would say there is little if no pain at all.
After Treatment

The day of the treatment my lips where a little tender, but the following morning it was completely gone. Swelling wise they where swollen for about about 5 days after the treatment and no bruising at all, which was brilliant. I had one or two little needle marks but nothing a bit of foundation wouldn’t cover.

People always ask me can you feel the filler in your lips ? and the one thing I noticed this time around was that I couldn’t feel the product in my lips, whereas before I could feel product for a couple of days after treatment.

This is the days after the treatment

Final Thought
Over all I am so happy. It’s been a month since I had them done. I wanted to give them time like I always do, to give an honest review.
If you would like to have a look at Dr Viel’s work you can follow him on Instagram here.
For bookings please contact The Wicklow Street Clinic.

I know this post isn’t going to be for everyone, but I like to be completely honest with my readers and want reviews of this kind of treatment available. I am in no way at all telling people they should go have this treatment, but just giving my opinion on how I got on and hopefully those who are unsure will benefit from this post.

If you are thinking of having Lip Filler, please do your research before hand. Make sure you are not going to the cheapest just because it’s cheaper. Iv seen some horrendous jobs. Remember this is something that will last for months and is on a very visible part of your body. Research the Clinic/ Person carrying out the procedure and their Qualifications. There is certain criteria a person has to meet before even training in these procedures, and even at that its takes years to perfect the perfect Lip.

Any Questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
Until next time,
Amy.
Disclaimer : This post was a Collaboration with The Wicklow street Clinic.

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Hey all,

UPDATED BLOG POST IM NOW PROVIDING DOCUMENTATION TO SHOW COSMETICS BULGARIA ARE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO RETAIL THESE PRODUCTS.

So this week we are back with a post all about Cosmetics Bulgaria and the products they stock. You all know at this stage I absolutely love the Yoghurt of Bulgaria , Rose of Bulgaria , Acne out and Biotrade products , they have worked wonders for me and my skin and I always go back to this line of skin care products, no matter what I try. After much anticipation and nerves about ordering from Cosmetics Bulgaria because of what I had read on a Facebook group, I decided to contact the company and ask a couple of questions for myself, before placing my order.

I had a thorough look on their website at all the products they stocked. They stock everything from skin care , hair care , makeup , products for men , women and kids. Their shop was established in 2010 and their online shop started two years ago. It was set up to distribute the best of Bulgarian, natural and organic cosmetics for face, body and hair. The products from Cosmetics Bulgaria are 100% Bulgarian products, which are all made in Bulgaria.

I then decided to email Cosmetics Bulgaria, where I had a little chat with them through email about the authenticity of the products and the company for that matter. I then scrolled through some of their reviews on their facebook page , reviews in particular from Irish customers. The reviews spoke for themselves and I had also seen some followers names pop up so that was a great sign and a lot of returning customers.

I then decided to go a little further and be a bit cheeky and message a few customers from Ireland, from the review section just to make sure they weren’t fake accounts etc and lets just say these customers couldn’t recommend Cosmetics Bulgaria enough, some of who are dealing with the company for several years now.

So let’s get down to the order itself , what did I order ? For the purpose of the post I ordered and payed for the products myself. I placed my order online on Thursday the 22nd of July and I received the parcel on the 2nd of august so just 6 days to get to me from Bulgaria which is amazing service. You also get a tracking number as the package is shipped with UPS. So you can track your parcel’s every move.

Click here , to read a step by step on how I use these products.

Now I must be honest even though I had a lot of clarification on the business and service. But for my last bit of peace of mind , I knew I would have to match them up with my other products that I had at home and that’s exactly what I did.

Here’s an image of the products I ordered from Cosmetics Bulgaria side by side with my original products. I have also included a screenshot of my invoice , just for clarification to show I payed for the products myself.

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Cosmetics Bulgaria Vs My Original products

 From the pictures you can see they are identical by packaging , writing , codes , dates etc. I have been using the products from Cosmetics Bulgaria for nearly a month now and I can 100% say there is nothing fake about these products. The products are identical to the products, which I had been using for 5 months prior to ordering from Cosmetics Bulgaria.

If you would like to read up on how I use these products step by step you can do here.

Why would I recommend ordering from Cosmetics Bulgaria ?

  • Cosmetics Bulgaria offer a wide range of the best Bulgarian products. Suited for all skin types , men , women and children.
  • The price comparison is second to none, have a look at the prices for yourself its unbelievable. I have been to Bulgaria several times in the past 10 years and I don’t know how I didn’t spot the products before.
  • The Cosmetics Bulgaria team couldn’t do enough for you. They are so helpful and nothing is too much for them.
  • The website is easy to use and delivery is super quick from Bulgaria.

So to clear a few things lip before I finish up. Cosmetics Bulgaria is not a fake company , their products are 100% authentic and I can give you my word on that.

I really hope you enjoyed this post. I absolutely loved getting to know the ins and outs of Cosmetics Bulgaria and what the company is all about. If you’ve ordered from them before , please comment below and let us know how you found them.

Amy

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Disclaimer : This post was not paid nor sponsored . I bought the products myself.

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Hey all ,

So last september myself, my mam and my three sisters headed on a spa day to The Heritage Hotel , Killenard , Co Laois. We had been talking about booking a spa day for ages and we finally got around to it. I had been researching online places that we hadn’t been to before and found some amazing reviews on The Heritage. If you would like to read all about our day and how we got on you can do so here.

If you read my last review on The Heritage you’ll understand why I wanted to go back, but this time for an overnight stay. So we booked in for the weekend after Valentines. Just myself and himself, kid free wahhhoooo. It was our first time away, just us since our wedding in 2015. So we where really looking forward to just winding down and relaxing as it’s mental in our house with the two kids.

We arrived on the Friday to the lovely staff at reception and taken to our room, which was really like a house. The room was amazing we had a lounge area, offside bedroom , two bathrooms , bath , shower , tv , balcony and the views where just incredible.

We booked into the bar for bar food that evening and the food was just incredible. We had wings to start , steaks for main and I had desert – scones which I knew where amazing from the afternoon tea before. The staff where incredible and so helpful. We then headed into the bar for some live music with two local singers, who were just so talented. The evening was just amazing, so relaxing and we really enjoyed it.

The next morning I booked myself into the spa for a full body massage.  It was just what I needed on the run up to the Big Beauty Bash, to unwind before the madness. It was absolutely incredible and so relaxing. After my massage, I headed to the relaxation room for 30 minutes to unwind. This is a completely dark room with beds and soft music playing in the back with refreshment drinks. So cosy and relaxing.

After this I headed down to the spa experience to use the  sauna and pool before getting ready to head for lunch before we left. It was just so nice to completely switch off on my own and really relax and unwind. I knew what the treatments and spa was like from our first trip, so I couldn’t wait to book back in.

I honestly couldn’t recommend The Heritage Killenard enough. The staffs are so nice, grounds are amazing and spa is so nice. The place is super clean and well-kept.

I will definitely be booking again with the girls soon. The Heritage always have offers on for getaways and afternoon tea and the deals are incredible. So keep and eye on there social media.

Until next time ,

Amy.

Disclaimer : The overnight stay and spa treatments where complimentary from the hotel. ( sp )

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Hey all ,

I hope everyone is well. Todays topic we are talking all things micro needling at home. If your following me a while now you’ll know I had three sessions of micro needling in Havana Skin Clinic Last year, and got amazing results. So now that I knew how I felt about the clinic treatments I wanted to compare it to the at home treatments too, as I know this is a more affordable option for those who cannot afford salon treatments.

So What is Mirconeedling ??

What is Micro needling – Micro needling is a Collagen induction therapy. Where it targets the upper dermis of the skin which produces Collagen and Elastin. Micro needling will awaken the dermis to produce the Collagen and Elastin. With ageing the Collagen and Elastin production slows down. They are natural factors in the body but we just need help to stimulate them to produce more.

If you are interested in reading all about my treatments and how I got on with Havana Skin clinic you can do so here.

Reasons why you’d have Micro needling ?
  • Acne Scaring
  • Chicken Pox Scaring
  • Open Pores
  • Mild Rosacea
  • Surface Pigment
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles

These are some of the reason why you would have Micro needling and as you can see, it really Is for all skin types.

So from having my consultation with Havana I know I am health wise ok to go ahead and use the at Home needling system from Derma Plump.

But do check before hand to make sure you are okay to do so, as there are some reasons why you couldn’t treat yourself like :

Blood Pressure issues

Active acne / Excema / Dermatitis

Diabetes

Irritated or infected skin.

Always best to consult before using.

Use for over the age of 21.

So I absolutely love micro needling and find it amazing for my skin. Yes you can be red and tender after but it’s all worth it.

So With the Derma Plump Products They offer the Roller itself followed with the masks, but you can use your normal skincare products at home to.

How To Use??
  • Cleanse your face , ensuring all dirt and makeup is removed.
  • Taking the Derma Plump Micro needling roller , which has 540 teeny tiny needling at a depth of 0.5mm which is perfect for beginners , you are going to roll  vertical , horizontal and diagonal around the face. Applying gradual pressure with the roller, avoiding the eye area.
  • You will begin to see your face go red, but this is a good response and is what we would like to see. Blood can be drawn but again this is normal. I find the nose and forehead the nippiest for me, but nothing on the pain scale that would make me stop.
  • Rolling on the face for 8/10 minutes changing areas after a couple of minutes. You can roll up to three times a week for 8 weeks and then you’ll need to dispose of the roller.
  • To clean your roller just run it under hot water after use and pop it back into the container it comes in.
  • What I would advise doing would be to roll for the 8 weeks, three times a week take a break for 2/3 months and then go again and so on.

After your 8/10 minutes of rolling you can then either go in with you normal skincare mask or moisturiser.

Once a week I will use the Derma Plump Masks, I find these are amazing for my overall skin tone and blemishes on my skin. With the Masks there is a choice from face masks , lip masks and eye masks.  All contain Hyaluronic Acid and Retinol A, which are going to hydrate , refresh and give moisture to the skin.

Using these active masks straight after needling allows the product to travel deeper into the layers of the skin, hence getting better results. I would highly recommend the masks.

The Face masks you get a pack of 3 and I apply one for 30- 60 minutes after needling. I use one mask every two weeks. The eye mask you get a pack of 5 using one a week and the same with the lip masks. You can needle over the lips slightly to get them a little plumper and then apply your mask , but again being cautious of cracked lips etc.

People always ask me about the pain and honestly it’s not sore at all. I just find it a little uncomfortable around the forehead, nose and jaw line. It’s like tiny little scratches. I always say to people the needle depth is not 0.5mm which is teeny tiny , so that’s all it will go into the skin.

Downtime!!

One question I always get asked is about downtime and the redness after.  So I always do my treatment at night. I would be red , but nothing major going to bed. But by the next morning the redness will have completely cooled off. You can of course apply makeup an hour after treatment and mineral makeup is advised.

Straight After Needling The Next Morning

One week Later So Which do I prefer clinic Mirconeedling or at home ??

To be honest I find both the very same , but as I’v only had it done in Havana a couple of months ago, I couldn’t say if my results would be the same if I hadn’t. I absolutely love the at home needling and just find my skin is always in good condition. I have been using the Derma Plump products for 8 weeks now and absolutely find the appearance of my skin and open pores are  amazing.

I’ll be taking a break now for a couple of months and will start another needle in the summer. I love that it’s at home use and you can do it at your own pressure , comfort and the cost is great and maintainable.

I would love to hear from you guys who haven’t had micro needling in a salon or clinic and have been using the Derma Plump products at home.

Here’s some feedback I have received so far :

Veronica aged 24 – ” I absolutely love using the roller at home , 5 weeks in and a huge difference in may skins apperence already”.

Cathy aged 25 – ” Week four and the difference in my acne scarring already in insane. I dint it so easy to use but uncomfortable”.

Ann aged 42 ” My skin has never felt so good. Got the all clear from me doctor ands therapist to go ahead with the derma Plump product. I can see a huge difference in my fine lines after 4 weeks of use”.

You can shop the Derma Plump products from Roches Pharmacy .

I really hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful.

Until next time ,

Amy .

Disclaimer : This products where sent to me from @rochespharmacy. But with no obligation for social media coverage.

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Hey Everyone ,

So I for one never looked after the skin on my body up until about 6 months, when I started seeing a lot of dry patches on my arms and legs. My skin felt so bad and dry, I knew I needed to start paying it more attention. Today I am going to talk you through my Top Tips on caring for the skin on your body and the products I am currently using.

10 pieces of advice on caring for the skin on your body !!!
  1. Protect the skin on your body from the sun and if you’re a regular reader you know I’m always talking about the use of SPF. This is very important for the body especially in the summer months.
  2. Use delicate products on the skin in the shower. If your finding your skin dry and irritated after a shower, then the products you’ve used to wash, are more than likely to harsh and full of chemicals.
  3. Shower over bath. Try to take more showers than baths, as baths will dehydrate the skin. Baths are ok from time to time but not on a continuous basis. Also make sure the water is lukewarm and not too hot.
  4. Pat yourself dry – don’t rub.
  5. Moisturise daily. I never moisturised never ever. Now after my skin becoming so bad I include it with night-time skincare routine every night.

So there you have it – my 5 tips on caring for the skin on your body, I’m now going to tell you about the products Iv been using on my skin for the last 4 months.

Natural Cosmetic – Relax 24.

The cosmetic line Relax 24 offers a range of natural products to provide delicate care for the whole body. Developed by a Bulgarian company Natural Cosmetic, the products consist of organic bioactive substances and essential oils certified by IFRA. All oils are extracted in the best way in order to keep their valuable substances and properties. Conductive to maintaining healthy, supple and nourished skin. The products are completely natural, without parabens, silicone, harmful chemicals and GMOs. Not tested on animals so cruelty free.

There are many different products in the range of Relax 24 to suit everyone, but today I am going to talk about my favourites and the ones I absolutely love.

Shower Gel & Body Cream with Jasmine Oil

 This is the range I started with as my skin was horrific at the time. I absolutely love  Jasmine oil, it helps with the skin tone, skin elasticity and nourishes the skin. Jasmine oil has antiseptic and anti-depressant action.

  • Suitable for all skin types particularly dry / sensitive skin.
  • Light and delicate on the skin.
  • Amazing for dry red skin , excema , itchy skin.
  • No GMO products, parabens, silicones, harmful chemicals. 100% natural organic Jasmine Oil

I absolutely loved the Jasmine range and my skin cleared up pretty quickly with these two products and one thing I would say it they last for ages, a little definitely goes a long way.

Shower Gel & Body Cream with Patchouli Oil

So now that the skin had cleared up I wanted to go in with something that would nourish, and rejuvenate the skin and I have used products with Patchouli oil in them before and I loved how it left my skin feeling, so I knew this was the next range I needed to use.

  • Gentle on the skin with a soothing effect.
  • The patchouli oil rejuvenates and regenerates skin.
  • Aids acne and eczema.
  • Keeps skin firm and tight.
  • Free of sulfates, silicones, parabens and GMOs.

Patchouli oil is also amazing for fungal and bacterial infections on the skin. It also helps with fat cellulite. I loved how cooling this was on my skin especially after how raw my skin had got over the months previous.

Shower Gel & Body Cream Wheat Germ Oil

So If I am prepping to apply tan, these next two product ranges are amazing for hydrating the skin before and after tan. Wheat Germ is an amazing oil for moisturising the skin. Wheat germ oil contains substances, such as vitamins A , B, D, F, folic acid, omega fatty acids and beta-glucans which stimulate skin’s natural defenses against microorganisms, pollution, and ultraviolet light.

  • Gentle shower gel and cream with strong moisturising action.
  • Contains wheat germ oil, which has a regenerating effect.
  • Particularly suitable for very dry skin dehydrated skin.
  • Contributes to the production of collagen and elastin.
  • Contains no sulfates, silicones, parabens and GMOs.

Shower Gel & Body Cream with Argan Oil

So if you suffer with Oily skin then I find this one amazing. Its soothes and softens the skin , helps oily skin and has anti ageing effects. Rich in Vitamins A, E, F. Will also fight against stretch marks, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and cellulite.

  • Calming body cream with antioxidant effects.
  • With argan oil, which enhances skin elasticity.
  • Hydrates dry and sensitive skin.
  • Prevents premature aging.
  • Without silicones, parabens, sulfates.

There are plenty of ranges to suit all skin types and skin needs and these ranges are super affordable and cruelty free.

If you  have tried any of the products please let me know which ones you would recommend.

Until next time,

Amy.

Disclaimer : I am Brand Ambassador for Cosmetic Bulgaria and this post is a Collaboration.

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Hey Everyone ,

My first blog post in 6 weeks. It’s been a hectic few weeks with the planning for The Big Beauty Bash, which honestly couldn’t have gone any better. I will have a blog post and video going up on the day later this week.

With Mothers Day Looming and Cabin fever well and truly set in after storm Emma, it’s time to drop some mothers day hints ladies.

I have teamed up with Roches Pharmacy to give you my top picks for Mother’s Day Presents. These presents would be suited for all mammy’s and all ages. I also have a discount code for 15% off and free delivery with the code MAM18. But ensure your orders are in before Thursday morning to guarantee delivery on Friday.

Heres the Products I would recommend.

Shiseido Everbloom €35

Who doesn’t love perfume as a present. I go through perfume like there’s no tomorrow and always love when I get new perfumes to try. The Shiseido Everbloom is the perfect musky, white floral fragrance. It has the faintest hint of floral scents with notes of Cyclamen and Lotus to give that real fresh smell. If your not a huge perfume lover, then this is perfect for you as it is light and dainty.

Gucci Guilty Absolute 30ml €64

If your following me a while now you’ll know I absolutely love my Gucci Perfumes. My favourites being Gucci Bloom and Bamboo. This time around I got to try the new Gucci Guilty Absolute. If you’re a fan of oud smells then this one is for you. Filled with scents like blackberry , golden wood and rich Bulgarian rose. I have to say out of all the Gucci perfumes I have tried this definitely has to be my favourite of them all.

Peppermint & Grove Lemongrass & Lime Candle €22

So once we are all smelling nice, I think we all love to have our homes smelling nice. I first got introduced to the Peppermint Grove Australia Candles when I visited Roches pharmacy. The shop smelt so good and you could smell the scent through the entire shop. The handmade Australian candles smell amazing and look incredible too.

The Lemongrass and Lime is definitely my favourite with top notes like lime, bergamot and melon. Do you ever walk into a beauty salon and wonder what the smell is, well this is what it smells like. Fresh Breezy but relaxed.

This Works Products

So after all the smells, i’m sure we all like to feel relaxed calm and get a good nights sleep. For me I have been using the This Works Products on myself and the kids for the last two years. The two products I am going to speak about today are for adult use only.

I don’t know about you, but after a long and busy day I sometimes find it hard to wind down and fall to sleep easy. These two products are literally lifesavers for me. Being a mammy to two very active hyper kids, I definitely find it hard to wind down and go to sleep.

The This Works Stress Check Breathe -€16

I use this twice a day. I use it to help calm the mind before the day begins and again to relax before bed. It’s also small and compact to bring in your bag. So great for stressful encounters during the day.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – €19.50

This is a must have in our house for myself and also the one for the kids. On the nights where I absolutely cannot fall asleep, I Spritz three sprays of this onto my pillow and my mind instantly relaxes. I also find I wake up more refreshed after using this too.

Derma Plump

Next up we are talking skin and at home micro needling with Derma Plump ,  suitable for those with :

Ance scaring

Dull Skin

Mild Rosacea

Wrinkles

Fine Line

and you don’t suffer with any high blood pressure , dermatitis , diabetes etc then you definitely need to try the at home needling and yes people are very nervous to try these products on themselves but you will honestly thank me for it. By the time you do order any of these products, I will have a full blog post up giving you all the details you need to know.

Bronx Cosmetics 

Another new makeup brand to hit the Irish Market is Bronx Cosmetics and the idea behind this brand is different people , different backgrounds , different classes. I love this idea, it is so unique and you can see that through the products. I have been testing out these products over the last two weeks and hands down I absolutely love them. So affordable but amazing quality. You will find me using these products in tutorials over the next few weeks.

These are just some if my favourites from Roches Pharmacy at the Minute but in saying that they have something for everyone and From Sunday To Thursdays this week you can avail of 15% off and free shipping with the code MAM18 at the checkout.

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Hey all,

So for those that follow me on snapchat – shapesndshadow , will know I headed away on holidays to Lanzarote the second week in January. We decided back in August 2017,  we wanted to head away after Christmas with kids and also wanted to take my mam away, treat her for all her help that year and let her relax. So we had been researching places for weeks and weeks. We wanted somewhere that wasn’t going to be too cold or too hot for the kids and not to far to travel. Out of all of the reviews Lanzarote was coming up as the best place to go, at that time of year. We knew whether wouldn’t be guaranteed but we where just happy to be getting away with the kids.

*Just before I begin. We paid for the holidays ourselves.

Travelling!!! 

Package holidays were a lot more expensive, so we booked everything separate and saved over €500. Flights we booked through Aer Lingus Costing us €800 inc bags for 3 adults two kids (3) , one child free as my youngest had only tuned 1, for ten days. Which I thought was really good.

When booking with Aer Lingus we had a couple of choices for flight times for flying out and returning home. I wanted the Journey for the kids to be as easy as possible, so we opted for the early morning flight 7.05am from Dublin – Lanzarote. Which ment we where up super early and the kids were exhausted by the time we boarded the flight and they slept for three hours out of the 3 hour 40 minute flight, which was brilliant. On the way home we choose the 5.50pm fight and again both slept for the entire flight. The staff on both flights travelling over where so helpful and couldn’t do enough to ensure the kids where okay with bottles etc.

I did pack the hand luggage with the Ipad , snap cards , colouring books etc. My husband also picked up the Trunki Trixie from Halfords for my three-year old for her hand luggage and something for her to ride on in the airport. It’s the best thing we ever bought she absolutely loved it and it kept her occupied . While all of her holiday clothes sat perfectly into the suitcase , it was still so light weight for her to use around the airports. It also contains a strap so you can keep hold of the little ones.

Buggies!!

Travelling with small ones can be daunting especially when they are still in buggies. Lacey who is three has been out of her stroller since she was around 16 months old, but I kept her buggy as spare just incase. For my son who has just turned 1 in december, I have the I candy Peach Royal and while I absolutely love it, I just knew it was too bulky to bring with us and knew Lacey might need her stroller incase she got tired. Just as well I kept her buggy, because she did get tired from walking and wanted to be in her buggy. Anyway I started to research some of the new pockitt strollers for Jordan and came across the Mothercare XSS Stroller.

It only arrived the week we travelled and it was only then I realised it didn’t recline back. I went back to check on the site and again it didn’t mention it. But it worked out in the end as we had the spare buggy. I bought The XSS Stroller on offer on Mothercare for €109. Even though it didn’t recline, it was the handiest little buggy ever. It sat perfectly into the overhead compartment on the plane. Suitable for 6months – 15kg so my two sat perfectly into it and the buggy was still so light.

Rent a Car!!!

We wanted the whole trip and travelling to be as easy as possible for the kids, so we booked a rent a car through Cabrera Medina .

We booked a family car, for 10 days, fully comprehensive including two car seats for €180.

Hotel & All inclusive !!!

The Hotel itself was Four Star, and that it definitely was. The Hotel and the grounds were spotless and constantly been cleaned. The staff were incredibly helpful and so friendly. We book the H1o Suites Lanzarote Gardens through Hotels.com.

We went with the Bungalow when booking. It had an upstairs and downstairs with kitchen, sitting room , large bathroom , bedroom , safe , cot , hairdryer etc.

Rooms where so clean and freshly cleaned every morning inc fresh sheets.

All Inclusive 

We booked all-inclusive, for the offer we got we really couldn’t have turned it down. All inclusive for everyone included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, dining hall full of food and drinks for guests. I have attached some videos for you too see. There is something for everyone even the fussiest of eaters like me.

You also had the pool side bar which also had a snack menu which is also included in all-inclusive. You could also order all your drinks , ice creams , cocktails here too.

Another great thing included was the bottled water and cocktails as these can set you back a good chunk on holidays.

So we payed €1800 for 3 adults two kids – one child free, all-inclusive which works out at €200 a day for everyone €50 per person.€50 per person for breakfast , lunch , dinner , all the drinks inc , room , etc absolute bargain!!!!

Entertainment

The days passed so quickly , with so much to do. There was kids clubs for all..

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Hi All ,

My First official blog post of 2018 and Big Celebrations on my side as I could finally announce I am now the Brand Ambassador  for Cosmetics Bulgaria and I honestly couldn’t be any prouder to say those words and I’m delighted everyone is so happy for me too.

Todays post we are talking all things skincare , haircare and a new brand of skincare and hair products I have been introduced to by Cosmetics Bulgaria. This range which I have been trying for the last 6 weeks is the Bulgarian Rose Karlovo, Rose & Joghurt range.

This Company was established in 1948, a company with a lot of Bulgarian tradition which I love. This year they will Celebrate 70 years of Successful business , that in itself says something about this company.

The Rose & Joghurt cosmetic line by Bulgarian Rose Karlovo is one of the most popular and loved cosmetic lines in Bulgaria, not only because it takes the best from the Bulgarian-made beauty ingredients – the natural rose oil and rose water, but has also perfected them by adding an extract of Bulgarian yoghurt and the beneficial bacteria lactobacillus bulgaricus.The rose oil and rose water are natural moisturizing agents that hydrate, soften and soothe skin and slow the aging processes. The probiotic in the yogurt perfectly nourishes, increases the oxygen flow to the skin cells, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and rejuvenates.

The Rose and Joghurt cosmetic line includes a range of products for everyone including a gentle cleansing milk for face, soothing cream, nourishing cream, milk concentrate for the area around the eyes, rejuvenating face cream, nourishing body cream, shower gels, nourishing body milk, softening foot cream, moisturizing handcream, gentle shampoo, conditioner and a nourishing mask for damaged hair.

So lets move onto the products I have been throughly trying for the last 6 weeks.

First up we are talking shower gels –

Gentle Care  shower gel.

A gentle cleansing shower gel that :

  • Contains 100% natural Bulgarian rose oil, rose water and probiotic of Bulgarian yoghurt.
  • Enriched with olive oil.
  • Cleanses, refreshes and hydrates the skin.
  • Suitable for all skin types, especially dry and sensitive.

 

I absolutely love how light and nourishing this is on the skin. Its smells amazing and a little definitely goes a long way. €3.89 for 250ml.

Gentle Care Hair Shampoo 

So as most of you will know I had my second set of Gold Fever Hair Extensions Applied back in September and since having my first set applied back in June 2017, I have really started to look after my hair. The Gentle care hair Shampoo :

  • Contains 100% natural Bulgarian rose oil, rose water and probiotic of Bulgarian yoghurt.
  • Softens, nourishes and revitalizes the hair. Restores its natural glow.
  • Suitable for all hair types, especially dry and treated.

I have been using this shampoo for the last 5 weeks and I am honestly so so impressed. The bottle is completely empty and I will be definitely be picking up some more. Over the last couple of weeks I had been getting a lot of compliments on how healthy my hair was looking and I 100% believe its improved so much since I started to use this shampoo along with some other hair care products.€3.30 for 250ml.

Gentle Care Hair Mask 

So because this Hair Mask Contains Sulphates , which isn’t suitable to use with hair extensions , I let my sister be the verdict on this one.

  • Delicate moisturizing hair mask.
  • Contains 100% natural Bulgarian rose oil, rose water and probiotic of Bulgarian yoghurt.
  • Softens, nourishes and revitalizes the hair. Restores its natural glow.
  • Helps with styling.
  • Suitable for all hair types, especially dry and treated.

So my sister a hair straightening addict put the Mask to the test and absolutely loved it. She used it once or twice a week for the last 5 weeks. She said it instantly left her hair feeling super soft and shiny. It didn’t leave any residue in her hair and the big thing for her was the improvement in her split ends. €7.26 for 220ml. Ill be having my extensions removed soon for a few weeks, so I  cannot wait to try it for myself.

Delicate Hand Cream.

I suffer really bad with dry hands all year round not just the winter. I find ever since having kids , I’m constantly washing my hands when they don’t even need to be washed. Anyone else like this?

I have tried some really good hand creams over the years , but expensive ones. This little miracle hand cream for €2.20 is absolutely amazing for dry , irritated , sensitive hands. Packed full of nutrients to leave the hands feeling hydrated and soft.

Lastly we move onto Two Face products I have absolutely been loving, from the Rose Joghurt range.

Milk Concentrate Eye Cream.

I think we all forget about our eyes when it comes to skincare. When really the skin around the eyes is the most vunerable part of the face, as the skin is so thin. Therefore we should be paying extra attention to the eye area no matter what age you are.

When it comes to Eye Creams you ideally want a product thats Gentle but effective on the eyes. The Milk Concentrate from this range is honestly the lightest eye cream I have ever used. Its so lightweight almost fluffy in texture. Doesn’t leave a heavy residue the skin and leave the eye area feeling super hydrated and soft.

  • Contains 100% natural Bulgarian rose oil, rose water and probiotic of Bulgarian yoghurt.
  • Enriched with the certified ingredient Hygroplex and natural rosehip oil.
  • Rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Suitable for all skin types, especially dry and sensitive.

Anything too heavy around the eye area you’ll get a build up of oil , wrinkles , milia etc. You also want to apply the eye cream in a patting motion to stop further ageing and wrinkles.

Rejuvenating Face Cream.

So if your a long time follower you’ll know I’m super fussy when it comes to my moisturisers. I don’t like anything too heavy, that will leave a residue on the face. But yet something effective on the face . I absolutely love how lightweight and Gentle the Rejuvenating Face Cream is .  Suitable for all skin types.

It leaves my  skin feeling so plump and so hydrated , I love it.  Everyone has been asking me have a changed something with my skin lately and I 100% think this has made a huge difference.

  • Gentle and effective rejuvenating face cream.
  • Contains 100% natural Bulgarian rose oil, rose water and probiotic of Bulgarian yoghurt.
  • Enriched with macadamia oil and the certified moisturizing ingredient Pentavin.
  • Has an UV filter.
  • Suitable for all skin types, especially dry and sensitive.
Soothing Face Cream

Lastly we move onto the Soothing Face Cream, again another light weight, gentle face cream. I use this face cream when I come out of the shower or bath , as I find my skin can be very red after the shower. This cream is great for soothing the skin and keeping any redness at bay. I also gave some of this to my mam in a pot and for someone who suffers with Roscea she loved it.

  • Delicate and light soothing face cream.
  • Contains 100% natural Bulgarian rose oil, rose water and probiotic of Bulgarian yoghurt.
  • Enriched with argan oil and Lactacil.
  • Suitable for all skin types, especially dry and sensitive.

I have incorporated the face products into my normal face products I usually use. But Check out the rest of the Rose & Joghurt Range, they have loads of amazing , super affordable prodycts for all skin types.

Until next time ,

Amy.

Disclaimer : This post is a Collaboration with Cosmetics Bulgaria.

The post Updated Skincare Routine & Celebrations – Cosmetics Bulgaria appeared first on shapes and shadows.

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Hey all ,

Today I am back with an update all about my laser hair removal journey with Havana Skin Clinic . The last time I had a detailed update was back in November, which you can read all about here.

Today I am back with a more recent update. I am now on session 9 on my upper body and session 7 on my legs, as the legs are every 8 weeks rather than every 4 weeks on the upper body.  Last week I was back for my 9th session of upper body only.

Prior to having treatment , your therapist  always asks about your thoughts on the reduction. Which up until my last appointment I had been saying 60% , which is amazing after 8 sessions. Four weeks after my last appointment I can definitely see another 10% of reduction again. Now seeing a good 60-70% reduction of hair in most areas. You can of course shave in between your appointments if needed , but I actually never need to which is amazing, considering before I started laser, I would have shaved four times a week or more. I only shave the night prior to my appointment now. The hair that does grow back though, is very light and only grows back in certain areas. This is where the multiple treatments come into play with the hair growth cycles.

Between my last session in December and the 5th of January , I haven’t seen a major difference in results but in saying that this can happen as is all about catching the hair in the right cycle. I have also been on a couple of different tablets over the last couple of weeks and a little stressed too, which can all impact on your results. But Iv just had mt 9th session of upper body and will be back in 8 weeks with another update.

Pain wise , I have to admit the thinner the hair is getting the nippier the treatment is. Pain wise would be a 4/5 depending on the area . The hollywood and underarms are definitely a lot more sensitive than the forearms and legs. On the legs I always find the ankles much worse than the legs themselves.

Ingrown hairs , If you have been following my laser hair removal journey from the start , you’ll know I suffered really bad with ingrown hairs to the point where I needed antibiotics. They where causing me so much discomfort and left me with some horrible marks on my legs, which you can see from the pic below.

Since starting my laser hair removal journey. I have only had three ingrown hairs which is amazing. I am back next month for my 10th upper body session and 8th session on the legs , so stayed tuned for my next update .

If you do wish to have you laser hair removal consultation, you can contact Havana here.

If you also mention Shapes & Shadows blog if booking, you can also avail of a discount.

Until next time,

Amy.

Disclaimer: I am brand ambassador for Havana skin clinic.

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