Notes on Nails: Essie Marshmallow

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Essie Marshmallow Review, Swatches and Photos
It's happened, it has finally happened.  I think that I may now own every nude/neutral/taupe/greige/beige nail polish colour that there is!  As recently while in Boots, I found myself yearning for a white nail polish.  My first port of call was Essie of course and I picked up Essie Marshmallow.

This is the perfect white shade.  It has an almost cream or jelly formula which gives a translucent sheer finish.  This isn't designed to be built up so it's not opaque.  A beautiful milky white.  This suits me, as true whites are not flattering on my pale skin.  Like all Essie polishes, this applies smooth and evenly and dries quickly and longevity is impressive too.

I use OPI Nail Envy as a base and Seche Vite top coat and apply two thin layers of this in between and go chip free for up to five days.  This gives me soft, natural, clean, white nails without the harshness. The ideal white to wear to work.  If you're looking for an opaque white OPI's Alpine Snow is great but unfortunately for me, they make it look like I've applied Tipp-Ex!

La Mer The Cleansing Oil

Thursday, 28 April 2016

La Mer The Cleansing Oil Review, Photos
Skincare is my thing.  While I love lipsticks, nude nail polishes and am partial to a subtle highlight. Nothing makes me quite as happy as buying new skincare.  A new discovery and addition to my skincare shelf (not that it all fits on a shelf!) is La Mer The Cleansing Oil.

I've tried and loved a lot of La Mer's products over the years but this was new to me.  It's now one of my go-tos for makeup removal.  I was drawn to this as it is described as a detoxifying cleanser.  With oily/acne prone skin, some cleansing oils can leave my skin feeling greasy, like there is a residue left behind but this feels more refined.  It removes makeup (even heavy duty Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation!) with ease.  I massage a few drops of this clear oil into dry skin, you only need one pump and it emulsifies once you add water.  Rinse and all traces of makeup are gone and my skin is left feeling clean, hydrated and soft.  While prone to breakouts, I haven't had an problems since introducing this into my routine.  

I love the packaging and this has a refreshing scent.  Expensive at *whispers* €95 (so thankful for loyalty points!) but it works and works well, so for me, it's worth the splurge.  

High End Beauty Buying

Monday, 25 April 2016

Luxury Beauty Haul
You know when everything runs out at once?  That!  I had to make a very spendy trip to Space NK recently.  Everything is a repurchase of things I had run out of and one new (to me) skincare product. Here's the beauty stuff I've been buyin'

To keep cystic acne under control, I love the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion. This sulfur and salicylic-acid based solution helps soothe and heal painful deep cystic acne. It cuts healing time in half and doesn't dry out the surrounding area.

I bought the Aromatherapy Associates Essential Bath & Shower Oils Set.  I love these for those evenings when it has been hectic and you just need a nice relaxing bath and wine bed. You literally only need half a capful for a bath.  They smell so good and leave your skin silky soft.

Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille is a warm, more musky, grown up vanilla fragrance.  It isn't headache inducing and doesn't remind me of cupcakes!  Longevity is impressive too as it is an eau de parfum.  I apply this in the morning and the scent lingers all day.  I always receive compliments when I wear this.  

I shudder to think how many times I've repurchased the Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm. This has transformed my lips from looking chapped to healthy and revived.  The texture of this is perfect. It appears to be solid but is a thick yet soft balm that melts into your lips.  Not sticky or oily in the slightest. 

Another repurchase is the Sunday Riley Good Genes Serum.  My second bottle of this. Expensive but one I'm so glad I discovered. One of it's main ingredients is lactic acid.  My skin looks brighter and more even toned after I have used this and feels silky smooth.  

New to my skincare shelf is La Mer The Cleansing Oil.  This removes makeup effortlessly leaving my skin soft, not dry or tight.  I massage this into dry skin and the oil transforms into a milk that dissolves even the most heavy duty makeup with ease.  Full review coming soon.

Tom Ford Lip Colour 04 Indian Rose

Monday, 18 April 2016


Tom Ford Lip Colour 04 Indian Rose Review, Swatches & Photos
Another beautiful Tom Ford lipstick added to the collection (14 and counting!  I'm not sure whether I'm proud or ashamed...) and one I'm enthralled with, Tom Ford Lip Colour 04 Indian Rose Lipstick.

On me, a medium pink, dusty rose colour that gives lips a polished, my lips but better look.  It has a slight, subtle shimmer that I'm not normally a fan of but it isn't detectable on the lips.  It's creamy and comfortable to wear.  As it's moisturising, it's not the most long lasting but I get a good few hours wear.  It sees me through moderate coffee drinking!  I like the hydrating formula as I can suffer with dry lips.  Texture is smooth and it glides on easily and doesn't cling to or emphasis any dry patches.  Opaque in one swipe, this is a gorgeous, natural shade.  At the counter, I was torn between this and Sable Smoke.  I'm really pale but I can imagine this suiting everyone.  It's such a gorgeous, effortlessly flattering shade.

Of course, we have to take a moment to appreciate the stunning packaging and the bullet closing with that oh so satisfying click.  €48 from Brown Thomas.