Zelens The Balm

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Zelens The Balm

I don't know what has come over me, I can't stop stockpiling lip balm!  I'm really happy with  my current skincare routine and make up picks so when I found myself in Space NK with N.dulge points about to expire and did not know what to purchase - the answer was lip balm! Apparently... You know when you want to buy something but don't know what and don't exactly need anything?  The latest lip balm added to my collection comes from Zelens, a recent lunch-time dash to Space NK resulted in the purchase of Zelens The Balm.

 would have told anyone who asked and even several people who hadn't asked, that for me, the By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Balm was holy grail.  As much as neutral peachy/pink toned lipsticks have a special place in my heart, more often than not, especially during the colder months, I find myself slathering on lip balm so sort out dry, chapped, Winter parched lips.  Zelens' offering has been a saviour.  Goodbye dry lips!  It is a thinner consistency compared to others I have tried yet still  manages to provide instant relief while also delivering long lasting hydration.  I use these throughout the day but also at night, I pop some on before bed as a nourishing treatment and come morning my lips feel hydrated and like velvet.  It does leave a slight white cast but it is nothing too obvious and can be rubbed in to impart a nice sheen.  The Balm also works well as a base for lipstick.  

My only teeny tiny gripe is the packaging.  The lightweight, plastic tin feels very cheap for the price you're paying but I suppose it makes it easy to pop in your bag and for travelling.  It is marketing that this multi purpose balm can be used on cuticles or any other dry patches but as it's not exactly a budget buy, I save this one for my lips.

Charlotte Simone Popsicle

Monday, 2 March 2015

Charlotte Simone Popsicle

Apologies for this break in beauty blog posts!  I don't know what has come over me, two style posts in a row?  I use that term very loosely.  I'm the first to admit, I know nothing about about fashion but I thought that I would put down the make up and skincare for once and talk about the latest style piece added to my stash.  I was very late joining the bandwagon but finally I'm finally on it, I bought a Charlotte Simone Popsicle scarf.

Yes, that's right a scarf.  It's a scarf but not as you know it.  I have and love my ever so practical Acne Canada scarf to keep me warm but wanted something eye catching and slightly dressier.  Can you describe a scarf of all things as dressy? You know what I mean, this is more of a statement accessory. The faux fur scarf not only keeps me toasty but adds a little something something to my outfits.  Of course I went for the classic black and white version in keeping with my neutral mostly white, black, grey (and sometimes beige!) wardrobe.  

Keeping warm and looking somewhat less ridiculous when bundled up!  Hey if it's good enough for Millie...

Paige Denim Jeans

Friday, 27 February 2015

Paige Denim Hoxton Jeans

Paige Hoxton Ultra Skinny Jeans

It's no coincidence that this blog is primarily beauty based.  Driven by my eternal quest for perfect skin, my heart lies with skincare (and then make up to conceal and camouflage, when the skincare doesn't work!)  This post is just another fine example of why I could never ever be a fashion blogger, there's only so many variations of boots, skinny jeans and an oversized top (usually from COS) that I could come up with!  That and my inability to pose any way other than awkward!  I literally live in skinny jeans.  So today I thought I'd show you the latest addition to the collection.  The Paige Denim Hoxton Ultra Skinny High Rise jean.

For years, I have lived in Topshop jeans.  First the Jamie and then the Leigh styles.  Both are styles that I love but remember that little resolution of mine whereby I try to buy less but buy better? Well, that's how this purchase came about.  I digress, onto the jeans.  These remind me of Topshop's Leigh jeans.  They are slightly higher waisted, super skinny and that same lighter material so they are really comfortable to wear.  I bought them in black (of course I did) but I wear black jeans year round and think that these are a classic addition to my denim drawer. Yes, it has become a whole drawer!  They have the standard zip and button fastening with pockets at the sides and back.  The placement of the pockets mean that these are super flattering on.  What I love about these is that they have retained their shape so haven't stretched!  No baggy knees here! More importantly, they haven't faded as with some high street brands I felt like they would fade to grey after a few washes so I would have to keep repurchasing.

I'm not too sure how my resolution is going, I think I'm just rattling off the the whole buy less but buy better thing to myself to try and justify more expensive purchases!  But these are now a wardrobe staple that I'll get lots of wear out of and I'm glad I finally took the plunge and invested.

Space NK Splurge

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Space NK Haul 2015
Space NK opening a stand alone store on Dublin's Grafton Street was probably the best thing to happen to my skincare stash.  We won't talk about it's effect on my bank balance...  I didn't want to call this post a haul but the word splurge in the title makes it sound worse than it is. I did a spot of shopping there recently and here's what I picked up.  Would you believe I actually desperately needed shampoo and conditioner...

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner I actually really needed these two products.  By needing these, I suppose I could have gone to Boots but I love, love, love all things Oribe and in particular the Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil which has transformed the condition of my hair, so I wanted to try these.  Sorry, that's all I have. That's my excuse...

The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser was a repurchase.  Repurchase #3 perhaps? I bloomin' love this stuff.  This is my go-to cleanser for when my skin is feeling a little oily or just not behaving itself.  It leaves it feeling clean without leaving it feeling stripped or dry.

Lastly because for all of my lipsticks, more often than not I leave the house in the morning with nothing more than lip balm on my lips and because I can suffer with incredibly dry lips I have to have one (or several) with me at all times.  I picked up Zelens The Balm.  I have only used it a few times but I think this might be one for swiping slathering on before bed.