January Favorites

It has been a while since i’ve done a Favorites Round-up, i always enjoy reading or watching monthly faves yet somehow i always seem to miss the momentum and actually do one of my own. Hence my January Favorites are published on the 9th of February. Better late than never, right?
B E A U T Y
I spent most of my January indoors, mainly because we were all sick taking turns who can cough the most and going trough some nasty stomach bugs. Hey, i lost almost all the baby weight because of it, so every cloud….

Clarins Love Skin Illusion Blush | Review

PR Sample
Just in time for Valentines Day, Clarins have launched a limited edition of three Skin Illusion Blushes €20 with mineral and plant extracts. Three luminous, sheer shades that promise a glow from within finish: Luminous Pink (a cool tone baby pink – my favorite!), Luminous Coral (a lovely peach shade) and Golden Havana (ideal for deeper skin tones, a rich warm brown).
The packaging is a bit different from what Clarins had us accustomed too: the blushes come in a cute circular pot with a dense sponge fitted in the lid, that gets in contact with the color every time you close it….

HerClutterBox Makeup Storage Review | How I Styled My HerClutterBox Nail Polish Wall Rack

PR Sample.
 
There is no surprise that since we moved in the new house, i am absolutely and utterly obsessed with everything home decor and organization/storage related. I suppose its the years of buildup, of saving and dreaming of our perfect little home that are just enabling me now to actually create our very own ‘pinterest inspired’ bubble.
Last week, Gemma from HerClutterBox reached out and asked if i would like to review and style one of the Nail Polish Wall Racks and it couldn’t have come to a better time. There is nothing like a house move that would highlight the amount of stuff –…

IKEA SUNNERSTA Bar Cart Hack | DIY

I always wanted a bar cart. Countless of hours were spent online looking up trolleys and pinning cute models that one day would reside in my own home. Unfortunately, becoming a home owner meant we are currently faced with very tight budgets so the lavish gold, mirrored trolleys i would see in stores would be too expensive for our newly reduced pocket. Having notions can be very expensive!
So this particular notion was parked indefinitely, to an one day status. Until one evening, i was browsing Instagram and ive seen a fab cart model – copper frame with marble trays –…

New Clarins SS17 Makeup Collection #ContourWithClarins

PR Sample.
Launching in February, the new Clarins Spring Collection 2017 Look is based on a flawless skin with a natural contour and subtle shimmer eyes. A contouring perfection, yet achievable and most of all, wearable. I was surprised to see grey icy tones for the eyes, the limited edition five color palette will probably create a quite impressive smokey eye more suitable for parties than fresh spring mornings. But i suppose that’s my own personal opinion, im so indoctrinated in my warm neutral eye shadows that anything deviating from the norm looks scary.
The star of the collection is obviously the new limited edition Clarins Face Contouring Palette and Brush €45….

Sophia’s 1st Birthday! | Budget Friendly Things That You Will Need During Baby’s First Year

21st of January at 6.48 am we finally met our baby girl Sophia, two weeks overdue and weighting a mere 7 pounds despite my impressive bump. Seriously it was ridiculously big.
I don’t think i will ever forget those two days of labor and delivery – the emotion, the nerves and the excitement. When it was all over, i remember me and my husband cuddled in bed with this tiny little person just starring in silence, our heart bursting with love and feeling so excited to start our new life in three. Im still chuckling when i reminiscence –…

Bravura London Chemical Exfoliators and Skincare Review

I suppose it is kinda late now for a Happy New Year, but here you have it – my first post of 2017. Starting off confessional style, its been almost three months since my last post. Three months of house renovation, baby sickness, long retail working hours and countless moving boxes, we finally made it to the other end in one piece.
During all this hectic time, one thing remained a constant: my new skincare routine. Since i got sent the Bravura chemical exfoliators and skincare range i remained diligent to the system. One must have something to hold on in stressful times and for me it was my chemical exfoliators….

Crystal Clear Oxygen Facial with 4th Avenue Salon Ballsbridge Review

You might be surprised to hear that i have never had a facial before. Like ever! I always thought that if im doing my research, i use good cosmetics and i am diligent with my routine, i just don’t need that one hour appointment with a facialist. Boy was i wrong!
I was invited to try a Crystal Clear Dermabrasion and Oxygen Facial with 4th Avenue Salon in Ballsbridge, an hour long treatment that buffs the skin, polishes and gets rid of signs of aging, fatigue and pigmentation.
Firstly, what is Dermabrasion, you might ask?…

The Zara Haul | Skinny Jeans, Leather Jacket and Studded Backpack

No clothing store in the world has the power to lift my spirit and make me want every single garment like Zara can do. My husband is still surprised i haven’t insisted on naming the baby after them, as my love is so strong.
I didn’t plan on buying anything, every week or so i go in and stroke the pretty clothes like a weirdo and make mental notes of what to get when ill be skinnier/ richer/ have somewhere to go. Except this weekend i caught a glimpse of the way i looked in the mirror –…

The French Pharmacy Skincare Haul

There is no secret that i am a big fan of french skincare, most of my favorite brands have been created and developed by french scientists and oh boy, they seem to know what they are doing.
In the recent years we seen more and more french products being available in Ireland – like Bioderma and Uriage just to name two, but with limited lines. I mean did you know that Bioderma has a very vaste line of anti pigmentation, anti aging or hydration products? Or that Vichy does one of the best anti cellulite products that i have ever tried….