Showing posts with label Luxury. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Luxury. Show all posts

One of the worst things in the world -okay, it probably isn’t- is when you discover your favourite moisturiser or cleanser is on its last legs. Or when you’re getting ready for a night out and fighting with the pump on your primer to get the last of it out. First world problem, I know. However, there are some positives when it comes to finishing a product. I am a massive beauty junkie so for me, it's the perfect excuse to try a new skincare product out. 

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish // I love this product! I purchased it on Boxing Day last year and this product has been my saviour for when I’m too lazy and cold to take off my makeup or wash my face. This product can be put on directly to a dry face, covered in makeup or not, and you wipe it off with a warm muslin cloth. I’ll definitely be buying this again and I’ll write a full review so keep your eyes open for that. I also tried the special edition version with Lavender the other month. However, it caused my skin to break out all over my forehead so I had to donate it. 

Pixi Glow Tonic // This product is raved about all the time and personally, I’m on the fence. The only time I noticed a difference is when I stopped using it for about a week and my skin was totally different. One thing I will say is that the tonic contains a micro-exfoliator which with regular use, I find myself reaching for my exfoliating scrub less and less. Read my full review here.

Avéne Rich Hydrating Creme // Someone recommended this to me in passing about four years ago and I’ve only now just picked this up. This creme is super hydrating especially after I've washed my face and it's in need of a little boost. However, my skin is oily and as this creme is quite strong and rich in hydration, I tend to use this creme at night. 

Revlon Photoready pore reducing primer // I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this primer. There’s something about it I don’t like but it’s the best I’ve come across, so I kind of like it. Having a moisturised base is key with this primer otherwise it doesn’t sit properly. Other than that, it’s a great primer and is a great barrier between my skin and makeup. Read my full review here.

La Roche-Posay Effacular Face Wash // If you’re a long term reader, you know the deal with this. I buy this product on repeat and it’s great for my oily skin. I've had a lot of breakouts recently so I decided to go back to the basics. You can read my first impressions here and an updated review here.

What products have you finished recently? 

Love, Aoife xo 

I have never been one of those people who are obsessed with candles. I never understood the attraction or appeal to a pot of wax and a flame. However, my knowledge and understanding of candles completely flipped when I received a candle that -no exaggeration- has changed my life. This candle is not only a beautiful specimen to look at but once lit transforms a cold dreary space to a warm cosy sensual space. 

I have never experienced anything like a Jo Malone candle. And yes, I said candle and experience in the same sentence because it most definitely is one. There is always a lot of hype when it comes to Jo Malone products especially by influencers but I can 100% confirm, it’s worth the hype. In the same way, nothing compares to taking a designer bag out of its dustbag, nothing compares to lighting a Jo Malone candle.

I received the candle as a birthday present and as soon as I lifted the lid off the candle, the scent had already enveloped me. The candle is the Velvet Rose & Oud Home candle and comes in all-black packaging with matte black wax and wick with a silver lid. Everything about it screams luxury even down to the matte black matches.

I’m not good at describing the scent but according to the website it says, “transform the atmosphere with the scent of darkest Damask rose. Wrapped with smoky out wood. Spiked with clove, decadent praline.” The scent is incredible when the candle isn’t even lit. And when it is, it’s extraordinary. The whole room is soon smelling of the greatest things in life. The wood and cloves give it a warm comforting feeling. 

I’m convinced that Jo Malone is a scent extraordinaire. Everything about the candle exudes luxury and elegance. And, I’m here for it. 

Love, Aoife xo

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When it comes to make-up, I have three simple requests: it works on my pale skin, it’s hardly there and it doesn’t cause breakouts. 

When I first started wearing make-up, I used to slap it on, and all would be dandy. Then as I got older, my skin decided she didn’t want to participate in this activity anymore and I would breakout whenever I wore it. This issue was fixed by using a great primer. I wrote a review on my current primer which you can check out here. 

With the first step handled, I required a base that gave something back to my skin and let it breathe. I carry the opinion that spending a little more on things are worth it and are much better overall. And this is how I came to stand at the Estée Lauder counter in John Lewis. 

The lady introduced the Double Wear water fresh finish to me based on the fact I preferred lighter coverage and I didn’t like anything that would sit too heavy on my face. Ever since I picked it up, it’s become my new favourite go-to foundation.

The Water Fresh version gives a lighter coverage compared to the original Double Wear and is also buildable. The foundation has a water base and so will sit nicely on the skin. 

The foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle, has SPF 30 and is sold as 30ml. It’s a mid-range luxury foundation at £33.50 a bottle. However, I did get a student discount with my foundation which made it considerably cheaper. It’s quite runny so you have to be careful when you pour it. I wear the shade 1C2 Petal and is the perfect match for my skin tone.

I pour a pea-sized amount on the back of my hand and use my fingers to apply it. As I mentioned earlier, I prefer light coverage so I am only looking to cover my face with a thin layer. However, let the first layer dry a little to apply another for move coverage. With this foundation, you have to build it to get a better, smoother finish than putting it all on at once.

The only issue I have with the foundation is that you need a moist base. It doesn’t work that great with dry skin, and it can start to separate after the water dries. This can easily be corrected with setting spray; spray it all over to prevent it from drying out. With that said, I do need to make sure my base is as hydrated as possible. Which there is no harm in doing because your skin could probably do with the extra nutrients.

The foundation lasts all day giving me a flawless finish. It feels like a second skin and sits comfortably not sinking into my pores. I hardly ever break out anymore and my skin feels a lot better after as well.

Love, Aoife xo