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Hands up who's a busy bridie these days?  I feel like I don't know where the last six months have gone and can't believe we're halfway through the year already!  With having gone freelance at the start of the year, I feel like life is crazier than ever, and yet I'm loving it.  I work more than I did when I had a full time job and did all of this outside of it, but in recent months, I noticed that I've less of a work/life balance.

Over the last few weeks though, I've made a concerted effort to switch off more and to give myself boundaries.  I try to unplug from social media by 9.30, I turn off my emails and have some proper me time.  It's easier said than done!  But I'm trying, and spending less time scrolling aimlessly through social media is most definitely good for the mental health.

In the last couple of weeks, I've had the best excuse to have some me time thanks to No7 and their new Serum Boost Sheet Masks!  And if you're someone who can forget to unwind, having something physical like this is a good reminder.


Now, No7's Serum Boost Sheet Masks are brilliant on three counts.  They're actually brilliant on more, but these are my favourite bits.

1. They've a week's worth of serum in each masks, so if you're someone who isn't consistent with your skincare routine, this does the work for you (and you get to relax for 15 minutes...).
2. They promise results in just two weeks (and you get to relax for 15 minutes...).
3. They have hooks so you can attach them to your face and it'll stay put as you go about your business (and you get to relax for 15 minutes or multitask if you're incapable of relaxing!)


Each mask comes in packs of four and depending on your skincare goals, you have a choice of which set to pick up.


The No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask (€33/pack of 4) is powered by Matrixyl 3000 Plus, No7's most effective anti-wrinkle technology, alongside an advanced firming complex containing hyaluronic acid and hibiscus, not to mention the unique brightening complex containing vitamin C, all working away on your skin while you're taking it easy.


The No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask (€34/pack of 4) is my favourite of the three and is the one I've been trialling first.  How many times have you applied a sheet mask and squeezed out the extra serum to work into your neck?  This one fits over the face and neck, making life a bit easier!  It's packed full of No7's anti-wrinkle technology, the brightening complex along with calcium and amino acids and after two uses, the face and neck feels firmer (my chins agree), skin tone is even and skin texture is visibly improved.  And what I love about this is that after I've removed it, my skin drinks up the rest of the serum quickly leaving no residue.


Finally we have the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum Boost Sheet Mask (€32/ pack of 4) which again has the Matrixyl 3000 Plus technology along with hyaluronic acid which you probably know helps hydrate and re-plump the skin.  As I'm withered a lot of the time, I love anything that has HA in it.  It promises a visible reduction in the appearance of lines with the skin looking overall younger.  This is next on the list of masks to try.

Now it's time for Karen's Tips That You Can Choose Whether To Follow Or Not But You Really Should Because I Know What I'm Talking About.

1. This summer has been a hot one so far, so if you want to soothe your skin, give yourself a little wakeup call, or if you're just feeling a bit fruity, then put the masks in the fridge and let them cool you down while looking after your skin.

2. If you're going on holidays, you can bring them in place of your serum, freeing up valuable space and can pack them in your carry on too.  I dare you to wear it on the plane and scare the flight attendants.  Do it.  Take a selfie and send it to me and I will love you forever.

3. The hooks.  THE HOOKS!  They're brilliant because they attach the mask to your face and if putting your feet up isn't your thing, you can still have those 15 minutes to yourself and do something else.  It might be reading a magazine or a book, doing a bit of gardening (maybe do it out the back garden so as not to scare your neighbours).

4. When you remove the mask, I like to rub it over the backs of my hands and then pat whatever essence is left on my face into my skin.  I usually apply them in the evenings, so after removing them, I continue with my night time skincare routine (minus the serum) and go about my business.

Basically these are a way to pack your skin full of potent skincare, while taking 15 minutes to yourself a week, whittling down your skincare routine for the rest of the week, and walking away with results after two weeks.

I've listed the RRP for each pack above, but they're on introductory offer until July 3rd when you can get €6.50 off each pack, so no excuse not to stock up!  They're available exclusively in Boots Ireland and on Boots.ie.    I've loved using them so far and will be making my way through the rest of the masks over the summer.
Will you be trying them?
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If you're going on holidays this summer, actually, even if you're not, you're going to want to check out the new Clarins Water Lip Stains.  They've just launched, are €21, and are perfect for the warmer months!

I was sent the four shades to play with and as well as being super cute to photograph, they're bloody brilliant!  If you're someone who likes the no makeup makeup look, a sheer layer will do the trick, if you want something budge proof, look no further and if you want something that doesn't have any upkeep, keep on reading.


I had the swatches on the back of my hand for a maximum of 90 seconds and they stayed put for ages!   Right to left we have Rose Water, Orange Water, Red Water and Violet Water.  In the photos below, I applied two thin coats, FYI.  I wanted you to be able to distinguish the shades, but note that a lighter layer will give a lighter finish and a thicker layer... you get the jist!


The very first time I tried these out, I used Orange Water and I didn't remove some of the product from the brush, so was left with a killer orange lip as a really thick opaque coat went on.  It never occurred to me to wipe the brush off the side, but I loved it!  For these photos though, I made sure not to make a mess and applied two thin coats.  Obviously one coat will give a sheer finish, but you can build them up easily and that's what I love about them.  You can keep them in your handbag, apply a light layer for work and if you're heading out afterwards, apply a couple of layers and boom, job done!

Once they dry, they set, but it feels like you've nothing on your lips.  They don't dry out my lips, but for times where I want a bit of slip, I apply one of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors or a lip balm over the top.  These don't transfer and really are budge proof.  I get about 3 hours with them before I see them starting to fade and I haven't had any issues with them bleeding past the lip line.

Want to see them in action?


Rose Water is a light pink that would make a really lovely spring shade.  I don't usually go for pinks, but this one has just enough duskiness to it to stop it from being too bright or too bubblegum.  Totally wearable.


I love an orange lip in the summer and Orange Water is a whopper shade!  It doesn't make my teeth look yellow which is tres important and it goes on evenly, which they all do to be fair.


Now Red Water is a red I can get on board with because I don't have to worry about it moving, transferring to my teeth or up my face (it's been known to happen, shut up).


Violet Water is almost a dark pinky plum on me, not quite violet and I love it!  It's one I'll get lots of wear out of in the autumn when lips get darker.

These contain aloe vera extract which helps prevent lips from drying along with organic raspberry water which helps soften the lips.  I've tried stains in the past which have been grand, nothing special, but these are the best ones I've tried to date.  My lips have been in great condition recently, so I don't know if these would cling to dry patches, but if I have an issue with that in the future, I'll be sure to let you know.

Go on the Clarins ye little beaut!  Will you be trying these?  Let me know which shade speaks to you!
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Question 1.  Who knew about No7's Matte Liquid Lips??  Question 2.  If you knew about them, why didn't you tell me about them?!  I really do feel like No7 is underrated as a brand and thanks to this trio that were sent to me a couple of weeks ago, I'm going to make it my mission to try out more of their products. But let's start with these shall we?

No7 have added three new shades to their collection, making a total of nine shades altogether.  These promise moisturised, matte lips with unrivalled staying power with a demi matte finish and as someone with dry lips, I was excited to try them out.


All three new shades are pretty neutral, easy to wear and have serious colour payoff.  As far as the claims go, the demi-matte finish really does keep my lips feeling moisturised and has almost a satin finish, but they don't set at all.  Now this is a good thing and a bad thing.  The good thing is that they don't dry out the lips because they don't set, and the bad thing is that there's transfer like with a normal lipstick.  So if you're on the hunt for something that will stay put all day, you'll probably have to look elsewhere.  But if like me you want something comfortable to wear and don't mind reapplying, then these are definitely worth checking out.

No 7 Matte Liquid Lips left-right: Faith, Victory, Freedom

No 7 Matte Liquid Lips - Faith
Faith is for the true nude lovers out there and on its own, it's very pale for me.  I like using it layered on top of Victory, patted in the middle of my lips, helping to add a bit of fullness.  But solo, it's fierce nude altogether!

No 7 Matte Liquid Lips - Victory
Victory is a warm caramel terracotta shade and is my favourite of the three.  It's a real summery shade that would work well in autumn too and I can only imagine how good it will look with a tan!

No 7 Matte Liquid Lips - Freedom
I love Freedom as an autumn shade in that it's a mix of a dusky pink and a plum.  It's very flattering on, is probably the most wearable of the three on me and I love it!

The Matte Liquid Lips are €11.75 and if you buy two or more No7 cosmetics products before June 5th, you'll get a No7 summer gift set worth €32 for free!   Sure it'd be a sin not to pick up a couple of bits for your holidays and then get the free gift eh?!
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You might've heard me mention once or twice my pure love for my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and when I recently finished my bottle, I put it on my list of things to buy on my holidays.  It came to holiday time and when I was in the duty free, what did I do?  Did I repurchase the Luminous Silk?  No.  No I did not.  I knowwwwww!  Shurrup yew.

I took a notion and went rogue, buying the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation.  And to make things even wilder, I bought it without researching, without swatching, without any kind of googling or review reading.  I'd not heard much about it at all really and don't know what came over me but I when a notion takes you, you have to go with it.  I've bought things before without researching and it hasn't worked out, but I'm so relieved that this did!


The formula is thicker than the Luminous Silk Foundation and where I've been known to use two pumps of Luminous Silk on days where I want a bit more coverage for my giant mush, two pumps of Power Fabric is way too much.  One and a bit pumps does me just grand and you'll be able to seen the photos below the kind of coverage it gives.  Also, it's worth noting that in Luminous Silk, I'm shade 5 and in Power Fabric, I'm 3.5, so if you're buying online, don't automatically buy the same shade.


On to the nitty gritty now.  We're talking medium coverage and it's buildable too to a higher coverage.  But like with most of the foundations I use, I generally leave it at the first layer, and if I do need something extra, I tend to just apply it to my cheeks and chin, but for the photos in the post, I've used a pump and a bit of product for one even layer.

It gives a really natural finish despite the coverage, and it has a soft luminosity to it, which takes the edge off the matte factor.  It also feels really lightweight on the skin, but there is a slight tackiness to it that I have to set with powder, just for my own sanity.  As an oily skinned person, I can't feel comfortable if I can feel any kind of moisture on my face.  I love when my skin feels matte, but doesn't look flat or cakey.  That's not too much to ask is it?


I've applied it with a couple of foundation brushes but have found that the best thing to give a flawless application is the Beauty Blender.  I had the same thing with my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation and my Estee Lauder Double Wear.  Using brushes is grand with them but a sponge is where the magic happens and it just gives the illusion of beautiful skin.

I find that about 4-5 hours after I apply it, it seems to look even better on my skin and about 6 hours after initial application, it starts to break down slightly on my nose, and I mean slightly.  I'm being really picky just because of the price!  But by the end of the day, it still looks gorgeous on and a little dab of powder helps it stay longer if I'm heading out after work.

When I first used this, bits of my skin were a bit dry and it did cling to those bits, wrecking my head altogether.  But now it sits perfectly on me.  So if you've normal/oily skin, this will work better for you than if you'd dry skin.


Now, it's €49, but I got mine in The Loop for €34.  So if you're off on holidays anytime soon and want to save a few bob, that's where you get it.  I'm going to continue using it this summer as I think it's such a beautiful foundation and when I finish the bottle, because I will absolutely finish it, I'd be happy to pay €49 for it, just because it's a truly gorgeous base for me and my skin.
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In the summer, I LOVE wearing colour on my eyes, but as a bridie of a certain age, I have to limit myself or else I'll look demented.  I can't get away with a block of colour on the lids... Ok, maybe I could, but I don't have the confidence, but what I absolutely love doing during the sunnier months is to have a bit of craic with coloured liner and mascaras, especially on the lower lashes.  There's nothing like a neutral eye, or a bronze one teamed up with a pop of colour on the lower lashes!

Urban Decay have launched their Double Team Mascaras (which can be used on the brows too, but I can tell you now, I really don't think I can pull off turquoise brows!). I think these would be brilliant for festivals (again, I am too old for them) or if you like wearing colour when you're on holidays (I am not too old for holidays), then they're definitely worth checking out!


I was sent three of them to play with and I know I'll be reaching for them over the next few months.  I've tried coloured mascaras over the years that haven't impressed me with the colour pay off but these are amazing!  They're intense, are not for the faint hearted and are perfect for this time of the year!  When playing with them, I tried them with and without a base coat of black mascara underneath and there wasn't much difference.  I just did it to see what the story was.

Look at the colours!!


Deep End is my favourite as I'm partial to all things turquoise, teal and bright when it comes to mascaras!  The metallic and cream ends are equally as impressive as each other and I can't pick a favourite side.  I think this is the mascara I'll get the most use out of, followed closely by the next one.  In the photos below, I applied Deep End over black mascara, just for a bit more oomph.  Can you cope?  The answer is no.


If you have green eyes, you're going to love Vice with it's purple hues that make my eyes pop!  With this mascara, the metallic end isn't as glittery as the teal above, but maybe it would be if I applied it over black mascara.  I applied this mascara over bare bottom lashes to see how it looked.  The cream end (the bottom photo) is one of the most beautiful purples I've ever used and I'm obsessed.  Any other purple mascaras I've tried over the years have been too dark and I love how bright these two shades are.  I mean if you're going to go for colour, you might as well really go for it!


Dime/Goldmine is for the magpies among us with it's silver end and bright yellow gold on the other end.  I absolutely love these and while I lashed (har har!) them on over black mascara, I think a more subtle look could be achieved.  Imagine them just on the tips of the upper lashes... Yeah I'll have to play with them some more and also, wouldn't these be gorgeous for Christmas?!  Again, this is them applied over black mascara for a killer look and yes, this one is for the glitter lovers of us...


There's a pink version (Junkshow) in the collection too, and a blue version that has my name all over it (Gonzo).  I love blue on the eyes... So it shall be mine I think, for the blog and all don't ya know!

They're out now and at €23.50, they're pretty reasonably priced, considering you technically get two mascaras in one!  Which one is your favourite?
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I've spoken at length over the years how much I love the Joli Rouge range from Clarins and now.... Now they've brought out a matte version of some of their existing Joli Rouge shades and I am obsessed.  See I do like a matte lip, but I don't always like the faff that comes with it and as someone with perpetually dry lips, I'm really picky about what kind of mattes I like.  The Joli Rouge Velvet Lipsticks are out now and I was sent four of the ten shades available to test out.  Wanna see?


Of the four I've tried, the colour payoff is seriously intense and the formula... well that's every dry lipped person's dream because it feels like butter on the lips!  Organic marsh samphire extract gives 6 hour hydration and the formula is enriched with apricot oil to help them feel comfortable on.

When applied, there's no pulling or tugging on the lips and it takes no time at all to get a gorgeous, even, opaque finish like in the photos below.  They don't give the typical flat finish you'd expect from a traditional matte lipstick, but there's a hint of satin luminosity to them, which I love.  There's movement and slip with them when I press my lips together and they do transfer on glasses and move when you eat, so if longevity is what you're after, maybe apply after you've had a nosh.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Grenadine
Grenadine is a lovely rosy pink shade that's still quite neutral and wearable, despite being a slightly darker shade.  It's the type of colour that makes me look and feel like a lady, adding warmth to my complexion but still giving impact.  It's beautiful altogether.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Pink Cranberry
Pink Cranberry was the surprise of the bunch!  If you know me, you'll know I don't usually go for brighter pinks when it comes to lipsticks, but this one wowed me loads!  It's totally in your face, but is perfect for summer and for bringing away on holidays.  This is one for the brave bridies!

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Soft Berry
Soft Berry is one of those everyday shades that's easy to wear and is a great spring/summer shade.  This is one I've been keeping in my handbag, ready to be whipped out at a moment's notice.  It's a great colour for the no makeup makeup days and is smack bang in my comfort zone!

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet Joli Rouge
I. Can't. Cope!  The matte version of Clarin's famous Joli Rouge is just beautiful...  What I will say though is that it's a shade I'd use a lip liner with, just because it's so intense and any mistakes along the lip line are more obvious.  But in the photo above, I just used the lipstick from the bullet and took my time.  There's nowt like stripes and a red lip!

I think mattes like these are fantastic for those with dry lips, those with smaller lips and for those who enjoy a really comfortable lipstick, while wanting to carry on with the matte lip trend.  The Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet lipsticks are €24 each and are available now.  Will you be picking any up?
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When I first saw photos of the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat palette, my first thought was "Ah it's fierce similar to the Naked Heat, and yet I must have it" and added it to my wish list of things I was going to buy in the airport when I go away because the terms and conditions of a spending ban is that you're allowed to buy things in duty free.  I don't make the rules.  Then they very generously sent it to me and I have a free space on my list now so any duty free recommendations are greatly appreciated!

I wanted this post to be a review/comparison of the Petite Heat and the Naked Heat and show you exactly what you're getting for your €32.  This is the palette in all its glory.  Isn't she cute?



It houses six new shades inspired by the Naked Heat and a grand sized mirror with no wasted space on a brush I'd most likely lose.  There are five mattes and one demi-matte, and shade wise, there's not a dud in the bunch.  There's minimal fall out when I stick a fluffy brush into the shades and on application itself, there's not a speck of fall out.  The shades are buttery soft, they blend easily and as you'll see in the swatches below, pack a punch in terms of colour pay off.

But how does it compare to its Mammy, the Naked Heat?


I swatched each shade in the Petite Heat palette and picked out the closest shade I could find in the Naked Heat, so you can decide for yourself as to whether its different enough or not.


On the left we have Inhale (Petite Heat) vs Ounce (Naked Heat) and you can see they're pretty close, but not identical.  Inhale is ever so slightly peachier and warmer compared to Ounce, but if truth be told, if nobody told me they were different swatches I don't think I'd be able to tell the difference.


Next up is Vibrate (Petite Heat) vs Chaser (Naked Heat).  These are slightly different and you should be able to see that Vibrate is warmer and peachier than Chaser, can you see a theme developing?  Vibrate also seems to be a bit more pigmented too.


Third on the hit list is Hot Spell (Petite Heat) vs Sauced (Naked Heat) and while they're identical in colour payoff, Hot Spell is warmer and peachier, but only slightly. Both are buttery soft and make a lovely transition shade in the crease, but I'd be hard pressed to see an obvious difference between them to be honest.


On to my favourite shade of the Petite Heat palette, Wild Thing and the closest shade to it in the Naked Heat Palette is He Devil, but you can see that the colours are completely different.  Wild thing is bright and in your face and I love it!


Next up is Heist (Petite Heat) vs Cayenne and once again, you'll see that Heist is warmer and peachier than Cayenne, but only slightly.   They've the same colour payoff and the same formula and I love them both.  Probably because they're so similar!


And finally we're comparing Strike (Petite Heat) to Ashes (Naked Heat).  Ashes is definitely cooler than Strike but has a near identical formula.  I prefer Strike as I'm fond of all things warm.

Next I wanted to see if I could use some of the colours in each palette to create a similar look on both of my eyes, so in the photos below, I used the Petite Heat on the left and the Naked Heat on the right.  I think the only obvious difference is the use of the orange shade Wild Thing on the left, but everything else is pretty similar!  Which is your favourite look, the right or the left?


Finally I wanted to try out a smokier look using only the Petite Heat palette and if you have a look at the step by step tutorial in my blog post on the Naked Heat palette, you'll see the finished look is pretty similar again!  This is what I was wearing on Instastories on Saturday and I love how green it makes my eyes look.


These are my finally thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat palette and I really do feel like I've written an absolute thesis!

1. I prefer it to the Naked Heat palette.  I know I'll use every single shade in the palette and because it's so small but still has full sized shadows, I can pop it in my bag easily.

2. It really is very similar to the Naked Heat palette, with the exception of Wild Thing.

3. If you already have the Naked Heat palette, I don't think you need this.  Unless you want slightly warmer shades and Wild Thing.  That shade is just beautiful.

4. If you owned neither and were being forced to choose between Petite Heat and Naked Heat, I'd go with Petite Heat.  You don't need both.  Unless you wanted to have shimmers too, then you'd have to go with Naked Heat.  I'm not really helping your decision am I?

The Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat palette is out now, is €32 and is coming on holidays with me because I love it a lot.  It's me in palette form and my green eyes are very happy with it!
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You know the old saying "glitters aren't just for Christmas"?  No?  Just me?  Well if you're someone who keeps the glitter and the glam to those festive months, you're missing out lads!  I was sent the Luna by Lisa Liquid Eyeshadows recently and my inner magpie did a little squeal!  I'd seen people using them online, but I wanted to get my paws on them myself and like the non MUA that I am, see how us normal folk would get on with them!


These two liquid eyeshadows make up the Party Edition, one light, one dark, both fierce sparkly.  You can see from the tube the amount of glitter that's packed into them and I was hoping that would translate onto the swatches and they did.  Oooooh they did!  I'd seen Lisa mentioning before that she likes to layer them on top of shadows, so for the purpose of swatches, the top row shows them on my bare hand with nowt underneath it and the bottom row shows the shades applied over shadows.


Midnight Onyx has a semi sheer black base with loads of gold glitter running through it.  Rose Quartz has a slightly more opaque warm peachy base with gold glitter.  Both feel cool on the skin when applied, go on easily without patchiness and they dry quickly.  What I've found is that when applied on my eyes, there's zero fall out, not a single bit.  But applied to the back of my hand, if I rub the product when dried, there's some fall out.  But I don't rub my eyes when I've makeup on, so it's not a problem.  I just wanted to highlight that if you were going to make a decision on whether to buy them or not based on a hand swatch.  I had Rose Quartz on for 10 hours the other day and it stayed put the whole time and came off easily with my usual makeup remover.

Now as I've been laying low and haven't had a night out on the town in a while, I've not been able to test out Midnight Onyx properly yet, but Rose Quartz.... Well she's absolutely gorgeous....


I used my Huda Beauty Warm Obsessions palette to create a soft warm look and applied a brown liner on the waterline and packed on some mascara too.  Then using the applicator which helped apply the product and create a sharp edge too, I lashed on Rose Quartz and used my finger to pat where it faded into the outer corner, just to soften the edges.  I absolutely love it!


The Luna by Lisa Liquid Eyeshadows Party Edition are €25 for the set of two and are available online!  I hope she brings out more of these because they're gorgeous!
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Things that I love: When products do extra bits without me even asking them.  Enter Lancome's Skin Feels Good - a skincare makeup hybrid.  And not only does it have skincare in the makeup itself, that skincare promises to benefit the skin the more you use it.  Fans of a lightweight, light to medium coverage foundation and those who love a natural glow are going to want to check this out!


Containing vegetable glycerine which replumps the skin, hyaluronic acid to help keep the skin's moisture levels high and moringa, an antioxidant which helps protect the skin, topped off with SPF23, Lancome say that after just five days of continuous use, you'll achieve a radiant healthy glow with skin 50% more moisturised.  In the interest of full disclosure, I haven't tried it out for five days straight thanks to the long weekend and a couple of makeup free days, but I'll keep you updated!

The lightweight texture blends into my skin in seconds and even when I applied it to the back of my hand after first being sent it, I could tell it was going to look amazing on my skin.  It had that glow without feeling wet or sticky.

The finish is beautiful.  If you're a fan of foundations that looks like skin, you're going to love this.  It gives me a light to medium coverage and I can build it to a fuller coverage on my more troublesome bits, but for the purpose of the photos below, they all show what one layer looks like, buffed into the skin with a buffing brush.  They haven't been set with powder or have any other product on top of them.  I was sent two shades, so thought I'd show them both to you, sure why not?

Lancome Skin Feels Good Shade 010C Cool Porcelaine
Cool Porcelaine is one of the lightest of the eight shades available and while I haven't tried out all the other shades, it's a really close match to my super pale neck.

Lancome Skin Feels Good Shade 010C Cool Porcelaine
With both of these shades, I find that they sit like a second skin on me and don't gather in my fine lines and wrinkles.  You can see the natural radiance they give and as I've been embracing my skin over the past few years and am loving looking like I'm not wearing makeup, this foundation was made for me!

Lancome Skin Feels Good Shade 02C Natural Blonde
Shade 02C Natural Blonde is slightly darker than Cool Porcelaine and despite it not being a match for my neck, I think it looks better on me, giving me a bit of warmth.  So once I blend it down the neck and into the hairline, it looks fabulous!

Lancome Skin Feels Good Shade 02C Natural Blonde
Because I've the aul oily t-zone, I do like to set that part of my face no matter what foundation I'm using and my powder sits beautifully on top of it.   But if you've dryer skin, I think your skin will love it too.  Maybe even more so!

The Lancome Skin Feels Good Foundation comes in eight shades, will set you back €34 and will be available from this month.  I'm getting good juju from this foundation lads and unless something drastic happens, I'll be purchasing this again when I run out which will be soon!  It's truly gorgeous!
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You might've noticed that I don't do a lot of haircare on my blog and that's mainly because I'm crap at hair.  Actually, let me correct myself, I can do a mean hun bun and can burn plastic bobbins into my hair like nobody's business.  Proper hair profesh.

Let me start with a bit of background on hair before we get stuck in.  I have really silky hair that generally goes flat about an hour after washing.  It refuses to hold a style without a load of product and a lot of the time, when I do use all of the products, they weigh my hair down, and again, it ends up looking limp and blah.  I got sent the L'Oreal Professional Tecni.Art Rebel Push Up to try and if you've been following me on Instagram and Instastories, you'll probably know what this review is going to say, but I've got more thoughts which is why I didn't want to review it after using it once!


The Rebel Push-Up is a texturising powder-in-mousse and I love texturisers in my hair because it needs that grit to stop things from being too silky and shiny.  And the idea is that this gives the softness and manageability of a mousse and the texture and durability of a powder.  Those are their words and I'd have to agree!

What I've been doing is washing the hair and when I apply a medium sized baked potato amount (scientific measurement) into the roots of my hair.  And I have a method with that too.  I flip my hair over and start with the majority of the product at the back of my head at the roots and then apply approximately half of it there before applying the other half to the roots at the front and sides of my hair so I don't apply too much there.  If I've any extra left over, I apply it to the lengths of the hair and if not, I get a bit more because there's no point having bouncy roots and flat ends am I right?  I brush it all through and then with my hair still flipped upside down, I blow dry it.


Now, the more I've used this, I've found that it's important to brush or comb through the hair when drying because the lengths of my hair can get tangled as the texturising part gets to work.  So dry a bit and brush/comb and you'll thank me later.  I use my Dyson hairdryer which takes about two minutes to completely dry my hair and when I flip it back over, I'm left with fluffy, bouncy hair, ready to be tamed!


The photo above is from the first time I used the Rebel Push Up and you can see the root lift already after the first use!  And I've found that the lift stays all day and if I think it's starting to flatten slightly, I brush my hair upside down again and boom, the lift is back.  It doesn't weigh down my hair or make it greasy, but it's worth noting that I usually wash my hair every day anyway.  I don't find there to be any sticky residue or chalkiness, it just feels like I've a light powder in my hair, but it still looks shiny and I can run my fingers through it easily.  This is important if one needs to jujj the hair you know.

I wanted to try the Rebel Push-Up in dry hair as well after curling to see how it turned out so over the weekend I got busy.


This is me with freshly washed hair and a medium sized baked potato worth of product lashed in there.

I used my L'Oreal Steam Pod to do a few loose waves and then flipped the hair upside down again and you guessed it.  A medium sized baked potato worth of product went into the hair, this time focusing on the lengths and I brushed out the waves slightly.


Now, it gave me tousled wavy hair alright and I loved how it looked, but I think I used too much product in my hair this time.


It didn't seem to dry into my hair as invisibly as it does when I use it wet and you can see in the photo below that the ends of my hair look a bit damp, but they weren't.  It didn't seem to give my hair any extra oomph, so while I'll try it out again and see if I can make it work, for now, I'm going to stick to using it on wet hair!


I absolutely love this stuff and have been using it each and every time I wash my hair which is unheard of for me!  Usually I get bored with products but not so with this.  I just have to perfect using it with my curls!

The Rebel Push Up is €18 and is available now at L'Oreal Professional salons nationwide.  It's currently on sale on Look Fantastic (affiliate link) at €12.45!
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