Sunday, 6 April 2014

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish


So I know it’s been a while since I have posted but that is because I’ve been putting off writing this post for quite some time now. As you might have guessed from the title (and hey to all the Douglas Adams fans!) this is going to be my last blog post.


Now I know a lot of people aren’t going to really take much notice but there might be some people who want to know why I just don’t want to do blogging anymore. The real reason is there is no one particular reason. I found in the last 6 months to a year of blogging it had become something that I found I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore. When I started my blog I really loved doing it. I enjoyed the writing, the testing of the products and the photography. However I found myself no longer liking any of that.


If I have any regular readers they might have noticed I took several long breaks over the last year or so from my blog. After each time I returned to give it another go and see could I get that same enthusiasm I felt when I started my blog. Unfortunately it just didn’t return. Then before Christmas I decided I would stop for a very long break. And that’s where I am now. And the overwhelming feeling is that I just don’t miss it.


So I just want to say thanks to everyone who has been a regular reader of my blog and for all the support people have given me with it. I really enjoyed meeting some of the nicest people through my blog and Twitter and Instagram. I have to say the Irish beauty blogging/vlogging community is one of the most supportive online (and sometimes offline) communities out there. I won’t be dropping off the edge of the world completely either. I’ll still be on Twitter if anyone wants to talk about pretty much anything including everything beauty related. I’ll also be posting regularly on my Instagram of FOTD’s or nails or hauls or whatever I feel like. So you can check out my Instagram here and my Twitter here.


Thanks again.


Bye,



Mars

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Christmas at Lush- Show and Tell Part 2


So yesterday you saw a few of the limited edition bits that Lush has to offer this Christmas. This post contains some more of those limited edition products and some gift sets. Let’s start with my two favourite products from this year.




This year Lush has two new products for the lips. And they are both excellent.




Santa’s Lip Scrub (€7.20) is this year’s take on their ever popular collection of lip scrubs. Lush lip scrubs have always been a favourite of mine and this is no different. It contains caster sugar and extra virgin coconut oil to help exfoliate dry chapped lips and leave them feeling soft. But the best part about it is the taste. It’s flavoured with cola. Yup, that’s right- it tastes like fizzy cola bottles!! This is my favourite lip scrub yet. Also how cute are the little love hearts on top when you open it. This is a winner for me.




Next is Santa Baby Lip Tint (€7.20). This tint is a classic red shade that packs a lot of punch. It is super pigmented and I am blown away by it. It contains fair trade butters for softening, cinnamon for plumping and cherries for a sweet taste. It goes onto the lips smoothly. This is a perfect way for the faint hearted to rock a red lip because you can use it like a lip stain for less colour.  Or if you like a bright red lip, layer it for a more full on look.


Next up we have some Lush Christmas gift sets. I really like how Lush has gone with a retro theme in their gift sets this year. The wrapping paper used would look in place under the tree in a 1980’s home.




Ho Ho Ho gift set (€12.50) contains a Father Christmas bath bomb and Snow Globe soap. The packaging is super cute and retro. 




Father Christmas bath bomb is a limited edition bath bomb that contains citrus scents like mandarin oil, bergamot oil and orange blossom absolute. When you dunk this in your bath it will dissolve into a pink and green fizz.

Snow Globe soap smells amazing! It contains gorgeous citrus fragrances like citrus oil, lemongrass and grapefruit oil. These are a few of my favourite scents so this is probably my favourite soap of all time. I think I’m going to have to stock up on this!




Home For Christmas gift set (€21.95) contains two of Lush’s bestselling products and two limited edition Christmas products. The packaging is inspired by the artist William Morris and looks very classic.




The Olive Branch shower gel is well loved and for a good reason. It contains olive oil to leave your skin feeling super soft and moisturised. It has a great Mediterranean scent with hints of vine leaves and bergamot oil.

Dream Cream  is Lush’s number one selling product. The cult hand and body lotion contains lots of amazing ingredients that help to sooth and nourish dry and sensitive skins. I have a few friends with Eczema that swears by this lotion.

I have already written about the Fun collection from Lush so check out that review here. The Gold Fun bar is no different but it has a gold lustre and is scented with the fragrance of Honey I Washed The Kids soap.  It’ll be a winner with kids for sure.

Snowcake soap is a Christmas bestseller for Lush and is another favourite of mine. It is super softening and smells exactly like marzipan. I mean, what’s not to like?



So that’s all I have to show you from the Lush Christmas collection this year. And my two last posts are just the tip of the iceberg. They have so many more products and gift sets on offer so check them out in store. I think Lush do some of the best Christmas gift sets. The packaging is always to die for, the products are great, the price point is reasonable and there is usually something for everyone.This year they even have some David Bowie gift sets. I want them all!



Have you seen what Lush have to offer this Christmas? Anything catching your eye?


Bye for now,

Mars


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Christmas at Lush- Show and Tell Part 1



I hope everyone is well. Recently enough I was invited along to look at the new Christmas goodies Lush have to offer this year. I was really lucky to be sent home with a big bag of products to show all my readers. So that’s what I’m doing today. The post has been split into two just because you’d be here all day reading otherwise! Also just be clear- this isn’t a review but more so a show and tell of the products. Let’s get started!




First up are the Christmas themed bath ballistics and bubble bars. Every year Lush realise limited edition Christmas bath bombs and bubble bars and this year is no exception.




First up is the Luxury Lush Pud (€4.40). The colours in this bomb make me so happy. The pastels are super pretty and the holly leaves on top are so cute.  Its scent is based on the ever popular Twilight shower gel so expect soothing lavenders and ylang ylang. This bomb is perfect for a relaxing night time bath.




Next is the Snowman (€3.25). This cute little fella contains a little orange nose that is made from the Carrot bubble bar from last Easter. It contains lots of cocoa butter for some skin softening and smells exactly like the Butterball bath bomb. So if you like vanilla this one is for you!




Lastly is The Christmas Penguin (€3.85). This funny looking fella is based on Little Penguins, found in Philip Island, Australia. To be honest to me he just looks like a melted penguin! However he smells amazing. I love citrus scents so this is right down my street. He contains lemon oil, mandarin oil and orange flower absolute for a really uplifting scent. I do love the Lush bubble bars so I can’t wait to use this one!




Next up is some products that are returning from last year.




Ponche shower gel (€5.50/100g) contains fruits and cinnamon scents along with a shot of Tequila to give it a Mexican Christmas fruit punch feeling. As I probably said last year, I am not the biggest fan of this scent but I know it has some loyal followers that will be delighted it made a return.




Sikkim Girls body lotion (€32.95/100g) is based on Lush’s Sikkim Girls perfume and is one of their first preservative free body lotions. It contains cocoa butter, coconut oil and a lot of other oils to help soften the skin. It has a very musky, heady undertone to it thanks to ingredients like Darjeeling tea, vanilla pods and Jasmine flower infusion. Because of its scent, this is definitely not a lotion for everyone, but I quite like it and imagine most Mammies and Grannies would too.



So that’s it for part one of this show and tell! Next post up is part two and contains some gift sets and my two favourites from this year’s Christmas collection.


Bye for now,


Mars

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Pixy Soothing Body Balm



So it’s never been a hidden fact that I really love the Irish skincare brand Pixy. So when I’m sent a new package or product to try, I’m one happy lady. The most recent product I was sent for review is their Soothing Body Balm (€12.99).






So like most of their lotions and potions, the Soothing Body Balm is packaged in a circular tin container. Now the first thing I noticed is that for a 100ml tin, it felt like air. But when I opened it up, I figured out why. The Soothing Body Balm looked a whipped moose formula, hence the super lightness of it. When you take some of the product into your hands it has a lovely light, bubbly moose texture. However as soon as you start slathering it on, it melts into an oil which soaks very quickly into your skin.  A little really goes a long way with this balm, as the tiniest amount will cover your whole arm.


You might only need to use a tiny amount of this product at a go but you notice a big difference. The ingredients, which include Cocoa and Shea butter, Vitamin E and Calendula Natural Oil, leave your skin feeling super soft and moisturised. This would be the perfect body balm to help sooth dry skin conditions, especially coming into the winter. I used this all over my Keratosis Pilaris on my arms and legs and it made a noticeable difference to the dryness and texture of my skin.




So if all that wasn't enough for you, there is the scent of the Soothing Body Balm. The main ingredients that help to contribute to the overall fragrance of the balm are Ylang Ylang and lavender essential oils. I generally hate lavender scents but the combination with Ylang Ylang and all the other butters and oils gives it a soft, natural and not too overwhelming scent. In fact it’s the perfect kind of product to massage on after a hot shower or bath just before heading to bed. The fragrance is quite relaxing and the oils will do wonders for your skin overnight.


So that’s it for my review today. The Soothing Body Balm is yet another winner from Pixy. I feel like all I ever do is gush about how good Pixy products are, which I do. But that is because, having either been sent for review or bought by myself, I have not found a Pixy product I didn't like. That really is saying something!


Have you tried Pixy yet? Let me know if you have and what you thought in the comments below!


Bye for now,


Mars

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Pantene Pro-V 1 Minute Wonder Ampoules


So a little while back I was sent a package that contained these Pantene Pro-V 1 Minute Wonder Ampoules. Now I remember using Pantene products many years ago when they were relatively new and the be-all and end-all in hair care products. However it’s been many years since I have laid hands on any Pantene products and I was curious to see how I would get on with them.




The ampoules are part of a new range for Pantene called the Pro-V Strength and Shine Collection for Coloured Hair (they really need to work on catchier names!). The line includes a new shampoo, conditioner, serum and these ampoules. Pantene did the research and found that because of the chemical treatment it has been subjected to, coloured hair can have more ‘rough surfaces and lifted cuticles’. Essentially it can look very frizzy and dull. This Strength and Shine collection was introduced to combat that.




These 1 Minute Ampoules are supposed to contain ‘the highest level of conditioning actives from Pantene’. They contain Behenyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride which helps to ‘neutralise any negative charge on the hair after shampooing’. This helps to contain the frizz and give you shiny, healthier looking hair. All this science sounds great, but do they work?




Well, yes, actually they do! And it’s very simple. All you have to do is wash your hair as normal, slather the entire tube work of product onto your hair and leave for a minute.  Then simply rinse off and style as usual. After trying these I found I was pleasantly surprised at how good they did work! My hair was super soft and noticeably shinier for many days after.  Plus, even happier still, it looked shiny without looking greasy, which is what  a lot of hair products end up doing to my hair. Also, when my hair dries naturally, the frizz causes it to look like a poodle/lion mix on crack. While this didn’t completely eliminate all my frizziness (one can dream!), it definitely helped to eliminate quite a lot of it. Anything that can help at all is worth a shot in my opinion.


So that’s it for this review. I think these 1 Minute Wonder Ampoules are actually quite wonderful. And at €5.69 for a box of three, they aren’t too bad on the purse either.


Have you tried any Pantene products before? What did you like or not like?


Bye for now,


Mars

Monday, 11 November 2013

The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose






Ah The Body Shop White Musk. It really is a classic isn’t it? I first remember it been the scent of my older sister when she was a teenager.  Anytime I could get my hands on the bottle I’d spritz myself all over and feel like quite the sophisticated adult. Well now The Body Shop has released another scent to add to the classic line of White Musk and that is White Musk Smoky Rose.


While the original White musk can be described as a heady scent, the White Musk Smoky Rose is a scent that is very unique and something I haven’t experienced too often before. Its list of ingredients begins with bergamot, blackcurrant and pink pepper which give it a sweet yet spicy scent. Then it moves into tobacco flower and black smoky rose for an underlying floral note. Finally it adds a heady musky feel with immortelle flower and olibanum. The combination of all these ingredients leads to a scent that isn’t for the fainthearted by any means. 




The scent to me is definitely an evening scent. When I first got hold of it, I found it strong and overpowering. However after the initial blast of perfume I found it calmed down to a complicated sweet, spicy and floral aroma that really did appeal to my nose. It reminds me of heading out on the town on a cold Christmas night. I’d be wrapped up in a big furry coat and warm scarf but underneath there will be a party dress and a seductive smokey eye makeup.  There is just something about the scent of White Musk Smoky Rose that I love.  




The range comes in an Eau De Parfum (€20.95), a Body Wash (€15.95) and a Body Lotion (€13.95), all pictured here. They also have an Eau de Toilette and a Fragrance Mist if you like the scent but want something a bit softer.  I love when companies bring out a range of products for layering. By using the shower gel, body lotion and Eau De Parfum, you will be left with a scent that will last all day. I also like that the body lotion has a handy pump. It really is the little things sometimes!





Ultimately I think White Musk Smoky Rose is a scent that will appeal to many for different reasons and is definitely worth a visit to your nearest The Body Shop for a whiff!


Have you tried any of the White Musk range? What did you think?


Bye for now,

Mars

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Cork Christmas Beauty Blogger Meetup




So it's getting closer to Christmas so I have decided to arrange a meet up for any Irish beauty bloggers that want to some along!! It’s gonna be a day of fun, food and drinks. We will be stopping in to one or two shops to look at some Christmas launches, maybe have a chat with a beauty business owner about her products and then onto dinner and drinks. I’ll also be organising some goodie bags for people to bring home with them on the day. So what are the details?


Where: Cork City
When: Dec 7th
What time: Starting at 2pm and then on into the night for some drinks.  


If this sounds like something you’d like to come along to then let me know. You can comment below, send me a tweet or email me. My Twitter is @MarianMcCarthy and my email is mccarthy.marian@gmail.com.


I need to know by the 15th November if you are going to come along just because I have to confirm numbers for goodie bags. If you are travelling down and want to stay, just let me know. I can suggest some hotels for you to stay in.


I look forward to hearing from you all J


Bye for now,

Mars