Category: review

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

I thought you might find it interesting to follow my Laser Hair Removal journey with the Pulse Light Clinic since I receive SO many questions whenever I post about it over on my Instagram account.

If you suffer from unwanted dark hair, coarse hair, ingrowing hairs, razor rash or post-shaving bumps then laser hair removal will change your life! No more full leg or intimate waxing required before holiday girls, and guys you can also have laser hair removal anywhere on your body, too!
There’s absolutely no reason to feel embarrassed about having the treatment done, after all, the technicians have seen it all before and do this day-in and day-out, so feel completely comfortable knowing that you’re not alone.
If you’re intrigued to hear about the pain aspect, the process, and how many sessions it takes to become hair-free then simply watch my video.
I take you along to two of my sessions at the clinic and show you how I’ve been getting on as well as answering all of your questions about the treatment. 

FYI – The treatment is much more affordable than you may think, but there is also the option to spread the cost should you wish. The Pulse Light Clinic offer a 0% finance option over a 12 month period for payments over £450.

  • For example; a package like Lower Legs, Bikini Brazilian & Underarms is only £60.72 per month, plus you get 20% off with my discount code which I think you’ll agree is very affordable to become completely hair free!
    It’s a bit like paying as you go since you only laser every 6 weeks so it’ll take you roughly 12 months to complete your lasering which is the same amount of time it would take to pay off the finance.
    Disclaimer – I wouldn’t encourage anyone to take out finance unless you are able to comfortably afford the repayments, I’m simply giving you all the information.

If you would like to book in for a free consultation or book a package of laser hair removal, you can do so by clicking ‘here’! Don’t forget to use my discount code ShonaghScott20 for 20% off packages. 

Shonagh x

BETTER THAN ROSES

This week Melt Cosmetics released their Better Than Roses collection and I received their limited edition Valentines Day packaging which is insanely pretty! Pink and White, an uplifting change from the dark and alternative style Melt as known for.

Pictured above are two Digital Dust Highlighters from the collection. This is are extremely pigmented and glide on intensely with one swipe. These are just as alluring on the skin as they are in the pressed form, with that exquisite script imprint.

  • Phoenix is a gorgeous rosy copper shade! It would work brilliantly as a highlighter on medium to deep skin tones but this doubles as a blush and therefore suitable for all skin tones. Anyone with a smooth skin texture will adore this shade across the cheeks as it adds both colour and lustre!
    *Not Vegan* 
  • Pink Moon is a Rosé Pink that adds a bubbly glow to the cheeks! Again, suitable for everyone and is a nice contrast to Phoenix. This is probably my favourite of the two as it’s more universal and can be worn alone without contour for that Glass-like skin!
    *Not Vegan*

There are 3 NEW Liquid Set Lipsticks in this collection and in very contrasting shades. The formula is a comfortable matte finish that doesn’t crack and lasts ALL day! They have a distinctive scent, as with all of Melts liquid lipsticks, I believe it may be Vanilla but it does remind me of playdough.

TIP – I’ve found the easiest and most efficient way to remove these long-lasting lipsticks is run soap (handsoap works best but don’t get it in your mouth, trust me, it doesn’t taste as good as it smells!) onto the lipstick and gently work it in circle motions until it starts to break-up. It may appear as though it’s not going anywhere but wipe over it with a tissue and almost all of it will go in one swipe!

  • Gwendolyn is a burn Coral shade, sitting within the nude spectrum it’s one for those of you that like to wear colour but nothing too bright! It’s still punchy and super pigmented but on the nude side – my favourite.
    *Vegan*
  • B Movie is a shocking Pink! You can’t not be noticed when wearing this on your lips, it draws your eyes straight to the lips. This would look fab with Black-winged liner and some fluffy cluster lashes!
    *Vegan*
  • Sequel is a deep Plum shade! Wear this with colour with confidence as it’s a statement lip that is dark & mysterious. It would be amazing for a night out paired with lashings of mascara!

Better Than Roses can be purchased as a collection but Melt also sell the products individually, so if a particular item takes your fancy you can save your pennies rather than splurging on the entire lot.
The collection value is worth $135/£104.76 but is at a steal of $80/£62.08 on the Melt Cosmetics website.

NATASHA DENONA TRANSFORMATTE FOUNDATION

If you’re on the hunt for the fully mattifying foundation that doesn’t look and feel cakey or heavy on the skin then this one might just be for you!

WHO’S IT FOR?
It says on the website that this is suitable for sensitive skin. It also says it’s ideal for all skin types but to use the appropriate primer underneath suited to you.
On first appearances, what makes this foundation different is the texture and the formula, it’s much more fluid than a regular matte finish foundation. Even though it has a runnier consistency this doesn’t compromise the coverage, which is a medium to full coverage that minimises the appearance of pores and blemishes. However, I am an oily skin-type by nature and rarely have dry patches, at the moment I have a few due to a new skincare regime and this product enhance and clung to those areas. So I would personally avoid this if you have dry skin. 

WHAT’S IN IT?
This is a silicone based foundation and is formulated without parabens. Natasha has made sure that the formula includes skin-loving botanical extracts that work to optimize hydration and minimise shine for photo-flawless skin.
Many makeup products, much like skincare, now include active ingredients aimed at shielding your skin from environmental damages as well as tackling anti-ageing. This foundation is armed with peptides and powerful antioxidants geared to towards doing just that! 

PACKAGING
The packaging is synonymous with the entire ND range, clean and professional looking. The tube has a removable white plastic lid that reveals a small pump-action dispenser. I have found that you really do have to continually pump this on your first go, so be cautious as it catches you off guard and squirts out with projection! A major plus to this packaging is that the tube itself is a squeezy tube, so when you get to the end of your foundation you can remove the dispenser and squeeze out the remnants, unlike many glass bottled foundations where you waste what could be another few days of wear! 

SHADES
There are a whopping 35 shades available in this range, from Fair to Deep and in a variety of undertones; neutral, warm, yellow and red. 

WEAR
A little goes a long way and upon trying this I found it goes on best with a buffing brush rather than a sponge. Although it’s quite fluid it doesn’t slip around easily without buffing and it sets quite quickly, once it’s in place it doesn’t move! It doesn’t leave a streaky finish when using a brush so there’s no need to finish off with a sponge to achieve that airbrushed finished.
It stayed put all day long and covered blemished without the need for a concealer.

WHICH UNDERTONE ARE YOU?
A quick way to tell which undertone you are is to look at the veins on your wrist, the colour they appear will give a good indication as to which undertone you are: 

  • Blue = warm/pink undertone
  • Green = cool/yellow undertone
  • both Blue & Green = neutral undertone

SWATCHES
I received 11 of the 35 shades in my PR package and I have swatched them below for you:

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PRICE
You get a good amount of product, each tube contains 0.94 FI Oz/ 28 mL. 
It’s quite a pricey foundation, it retails at £39.00/$45.00 
Makeup can be very much like buying shoes – you get what you pay for!
There are definitely a few gems on the high street that dupe for expensive brands but they are few and far between, if you find you’re an oily girl that is on the hunt for the holy grail matte foundation then save up your pennies and give this a whirl.

WHERE TO BUY
UK & WORLDWIDE: http://bit.ly/2S6asd4 
US: http://bit.ly/2S3WEQr

Shonagh xx

EMILE CORDON MIRACLE LIP BALMS

If you’ve followed my blog for a while now you may remember that I featured the exquisite brand, Emile Cordon, and 2 of their sumptuous lip balms last year! Well, I have my hands on 6 of their newest launches and I’m super excited to share them with you! (You can find my previous post ‘here’ for more info on Emile Cordon)

If like me you tend to opt for a balm over a lipstick then you’re going to fall in love with these splendid little pots, more so as 4 of the Miracle Lip Balms come as a 2-in-1! Read on… 

The beauty of the original Cashmere-On Lip Pots went far beyond their appearance, it was the texture, the formula AND their unique scent. The Miracle Lip Balms are equally sublime, and the notable difference between the collections is the new Black & Gold packaging. Still so elegant and attractive in appearance, one that makes you want to carry the box around as it looks too expensive to throw away. 

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So, within this Miracle Lip Balm range, Emile Cordon has produced a new line known as the ‘Haute Couture’ collection. There are four shades in this line, all of which have an alluring scent of Rose Champagne & Strawberry Leaves, very delectable!

As I mentioned above, what makes these 4 balms unique is that not only can you add a wash of colour to your lips, you can also pop them on to your cheeks for a matching flush! The 2-in-1 lip and cheek tints contain Kukui Nut Oil, Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Squalane to nourish, soften and protect your pout.
The colour payoff varies dependent upon the shade you choose and all four are buildable so you can decide on the intensity.
The formula is extremely comfortable wear and adds a lovely youthful glow to the cheeks, ideal for that no-makeup makeup look! When I wear minimal makeup I want the face to look fresh, dewy and glowy so I choice creamy based products and these 2-in-1 pots are a great addition to my makeup bag. 

  • Charlotte – This appears to be a vivid true Red shade within the pot but is much more subtle upon swatching – which pleases me. It is definitely buildable though and wouldn’t overwhelm the cheeks like you might expect.
  • Madison Queen – Much more of an Umber Orange shade, this one is the deepest colour and gave the most colour payoff. 
  • Chic Chic Boom – Inside the pot, this ones appears to be an intense Coral shade but actually more-so resembles the natural lip colour when applied, which I could see many people really enjoying! This would be my favourite pairing for both the lips and cheeks. 
  • Powdered Rose – A gorgeous rose pink shade that adds a healthy flush to your lips. I’m not usually a fan of Pink with my complexion, I’m more of a fan of peachy tones but I’ve found this is one I’m using the most! 
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Back row left to right: Madison Queen, Rosé Imperial, Chic Chic Boom
Front row left to right: St. Barts Soleil, Powdered Rose, Charlotte

The last two balms I selected were based on their mouth-watering scents!
Notes:

  • St Barts Soleil – Fresh Coconut, Pineapple, Vanilla Accord (this smells like a mix of the tropical Caribbean and a scrumptious cake! It’s my ultimate favourite balm and has no colour, just a high glossy shine)
  • Rosé Imperial – Sparkling Rose Champagne, Fresh Tea Rose, Charming Vanilla (very reminiscent of the chilled pink bubbly so many love!)

Attached below are some swatches of the 6 balms on my arm, please note that this image doesn’t do them justice as they sit much more vividly on the lips than they do on the arm. 

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Left to right: Charlotte, Powdered Rose, St. Barts Soleil, Chic Chic Boom, Rosé Imperial, Madison Queen.

Each pot contains a generous 0.42 .oz/ 12g, and are relatively expensive BUT you most certainly get what you pay for! Emile Cordon doesn’t just produce a ‘lip balm’, it’s an experience. Each pot contains active ingredients to not only add a shine to your lips but to care for them, nourish them and keep them comfortably hydrated all day every day!
The Haute Couture collection retails at $65 each, and the remaining Miracle Lip Balms retails for $54 each. Emile Cordon has kindly given my followers a 10% discount code to use at the checkout: SHONAGH

Enjoy!

Shonagh x

TOO FACED LIMITED EDITION CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 2018 – PART 2

Last week I shared with you swatches of The Dream Queen Christmas Collection by Too Faced, and as promised, today I’m sharing with you swatches of the Beauty Daydreamer collection, their incredible Melted Matte Gingerbread Girl Lipstick AND also what’s inside their Limited Edition Beauty Cracker! (Spoiler alert!)

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The Beauty Daydreamer Collection includes 16 eyeshadows, 4 face powders, a Dreamy Lips Lip Gloss, and the cutest exclusive makeup bag to carry everything in! Just imagine how glorious it would be to unwrap this on Christmas morning, it’s the ideal palette to get you picture-perfect for Christmas Day!
This bundle costs £35.00/$42.00 – which I think is a bargain!

Each eyeshadow pan is 0.17 oz, and although they are small they are very pigmented so a little goes a long way.
Here are the colours up close – swatched left to right:

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  • Let it Snow (matte cream)
  • Star on Top (sparkling champagne)
  • Don’t You Wish! (gilded orchid)
  • That’s the Spirit! (pink silk)
  • Chill Pill (matte dusty rose)
  • Sleigh Girl, Sleigh (shimmering pink)
  • Sealed With a Wish (gilded brown)
  • Well Lit (shimmering golden copper)
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  • You Wish (matte mauve taupe)
  • Naughty Navidad (pink champagne)
  • On the Rooftop (matte brown)
  • Resting Grinch Face (teal maroon shift)
  • Baby, It’s Cold (iridescent light blue)
  • Twas The Night (metallic taupe)
  • I <3 Presents (blackened plum)
  • North Pole Dancer (gilded pink)

As mentioned above, there is 1 highlight shade, 1 bronze contour shade and 2 blushers in the palette:

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  • Snowshizzle (gold pearl highlighter)
  • Christmas Vacation (warm bronze highlighter)
  • Flurry Flush (shimmering golden peach blush)
  • Resting Wish Face (matte tea rose blush)

Much like the Dream Queen collection, this palette also has a fun Christmas twist to the names of each eyeshadow and face powder. 

The lip gloss that accompanies this collection is called Bunny Kisses, aptly named to match the adorable Bunny theme seen across the entire range.

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This gloss adds a subtle colour to the lips with a high shine finish and a hint of gold fleck.

My favourite lipstick from the Too Faced Christmas collection has to be the Melted Matte Gingerbread Girl lipstick – Mmmmm! When I first smelt this it evoked a warm fuzzy feeling that enveloped me in everything that is Christmas!!
The gingerbread-scent of this particular lippy cannot be justified by text, you HAVE to smell it for yourself to completely understand the immersive effect it has. 

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I adore the Too Faced Melted Matte lipsticks as the pay-off and staying power is second to none! 
Gingerbread GIRL is a deeper shade of red than the iconic Melted Gingerbread Man lipstick. If you’re familiar with the Too Faced Melted Matte formula then you’ll know and love how well this glides over lips, much like a gloss but dries to an ultra-matte opaque finish. This retails at £19.00/$21.00

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Lastly, why not celebrate around your table this Christmas with the Too Faced Limited Edition Beauty Cracker?! If you’re after an affordable Secret-Santa gift or a stocking filler then look no further. It contains two of their best selling products; a deluxe-sized Better Than Sex Mascara, as well as a deluxe-sized Melted Matte-tallic Lipstick in the shade ‘You Better Work’.
This beauty cracker retails for only £14.00/$15.00

I shall be featuring more of my favourite gift ideas for the festive season over the next few weeks!

Shonagh x 

TOO FACED LIMITED EDITION CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 2018


Too Faced have brought out a fair few new limited edition products within their Holiday collection this year and I have a few of them to show you. 

For this post, I’ll start with the Dream Queen makeup collection! This would be a gorgeous gift for any makeup lover this Christmas, and the box contains a lot for only £55/$58 and worth £271/$357!

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Included:

  • Palette with 24 eyeshadows and 4 face products
  • Deluxe ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara (mini)
  • Dreamy Lips Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in shade Pink Swan
  • Travel-size Hangover 3-in-1 Spray
  • Large limited edition makeup bag
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This is the Dream Queen face palette and it’s jam-packed with a generous 24 eyeshadows and 4 face products! I absolutely adore the Swan & Bow print seen across this collection. The palette itself is very thin which makes it portable if you plan to visit family this holiday season and you want to travel light!

Here are my eyeshadow swatches from the palette –

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Left to right:

  • Twinkle – Pearl with Gold shift
  • Wrap It Up – shimmering Peach with Gold sparkle
  • Secret Santa – matte dusty Rose
  • Polar Bear Hug – pearl White
  • Unwrapped – matte warm Brown
  • Christmas Cookie – gilded Brown
  • Let’s Kringle – matte orange Brown
  • All The Jingle Ladies – metallic Bronze
  • Here For The ‘Hos – deep espresso with Gold sparkle
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  • Snowball Effect – matte Cream
  • Pink Flurries – peachy Pink
  • Cozy Up – metallic Scarlet
  • Son Of A Knut-Cracker – chestnut Brown
  • Kiss Miss – matte bubblegum Pink
  • S’Elfies – shimmering silvered Mauve
  • Keep Your Hands To Your Elf – iced soft Pink
  • Holly Grail – shimmering Teal with Maroon shift
  • Santa’s Bakeshop – matte Mauve Taupe
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  • Let’s Roll – warm Plum
  • Christmas Cheer – metallic rosewood
  • Christmas FOMO – electric Violet
  • Special Delivery – matte deep Black
  • Silver Bells – iced Silver
  • Holly Daze – Teal with Silver Sparkle

You can see that pretty much all of these are eyeshadows are highly pigmented and that the palette offers a vast colour range, I also love the fun names of the shades, each one has a little Christmas twist!
My personal favourites are the metallics, they have such an alluring reflective glow that they would be amazing on the eyes this festive season. 

Lastly, in the palette, we have the 4 pans specifically for the face;

  • A bronzer, aptly named ‘Chestnuts Roasting’ which is a warm bronze
  • ‘Winterberry’, a cool toned blush of a dusty Rose shade with a Gold Sparkle
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  • A warm-toned blush named ‘Sweet On Santa’ which is a Peach pearl shade – my favourite!
  • Last but not least, we have a highlighter called ‘Snow Extra’ in a Champagne Pearl shade

I also thought I’d do my best to swatch this incredible ‘Pink Swan’ lipgloss for you – which doesn’t do it justice!

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It has a fascinating, almost duo-chrome finish to it. Here it just appears to be an icy Pink shade, but it has a flip to it that really can only be appreciated when in motion and it catches the light! I will most definitely be using this within a tutorial over the holidays.

In my next post I’ll be featuring the rest of the products – so keep your eyes peeled!

To purchase this collection you can click ‘here’!

Shonagh x

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THE MAKEUP BAG MUST HAVE

I am LOVING my new makeup bag, and as it’s SUPER affordable I just had to share it with you. (By the way, this is not a sponsored post, just worth sharing). 

My twin sister, who is an eyelash technician (for those confused as to what that is, she does individual lash extensions) purchased a beautiful mint bag with the slogan ‘Put On Your Lashes And Hustle’ which contains some of her equipment essentials – pictured here:

She told me it was ONLY £6 on Etsy!! and that there were some cool makeup-orientated slogans available also. As soon as I saw them I just had to get the one pictured at the top of this post.
NOTE: At the moment these bags are on sale with 20% off which is ridiculously cheap at just £4.80! (as of 18.06.18)

I really love that this bag is quite large, bigger than my current MAC one and as I was off to Ibiza on a makeup job I wanted something with more space for my personal kit, so I ordered one and it came just 2 days later!

The dimensions are 28x19cm and would easily fit in all of your makeup essentials. The bags are available in 3 colours; White, Black and Mint, and the White one has a Black zipper which matches the Black vinyl print  – pictured below.
I believe there are 18 varying slogans for the bags on the Resilience Streetwear shop, and they also offer over 1000 different slogan shirts.

The material is 100% polyester and although it doesn’t have a wipeable lining on the inside like some makeup bags, it is water resistant and would contain any spillages should it occur, due to the tightly weaved material. You can also shove it in the wash if it becomes grubby. 

Grab yourself a bargain! 

Shonagh x

EGYPTIAN MAGIC CREAM – YOUR SKIN WILL THANK YOU

A few years ago I purchased this product on a flight from the UK to Cyprus after reading that this was an ‘all-purpose, all natural’ based cream. I suffer from eczema on my legs and the cream I had packed had been confiscated at customs as the 5 bottles of 100ml liquids that I was taking didn’t all fit into the clear plastic bag that they provided, so it was a toss-up between binning my cream or my expensive DKNY perfume. Need I ask which you would have chosen? 

Now needing something to make sure my eczema stayed under control I saw this and immediately thought ‘what harm could it do?’ after all, it’s made up of a combination of 6 natural products; Honey, Beeswax, Olive Oil, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis, meaning it’s free from fragrance, additives, preservatives, chemicals and parabens. It was a godsend during my two-week break in the Sun. What with applying sun lotion day after day, showering twice a day to remove said Sun lotion and drying my skin out in the Sun sent my eczema into overdrive. The Egyptian Magic Cream really helped to sooth the skin and keep it hydrated! I applied the cream at night rather than in the day as it’s emollient and I didn’t want to burn in the Sun, and this was all I needed to prevent my eczema escalating.
I’ll be honest, for my eczema, nothing has been quite as good as the cream I have found made by a nurse who makes her own in London, also all natural, but I will do a post on that another time. 

I recommended this to a friend of mine (during another flight just last year as they sell this cream on the aircraft) and she’s been hooked ever since! We shot a tutorial together just last week and after commenting on how amazing her skin looked she told me she was still religiously using Egyptian Magic Cream on her face. I never really thought about the other purposes for this cream until recently when I acquired a new pot and I did more research into this amazing product and its uses – which by the way are endless. 

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Here are some of its uses;

  • Face Cream/Moisturiser
  • Lip Balm
  • Eye Cream 
  • Makeup Remover
  • Makeup Primer
  • Eczema & Psoriasis Relief
  • Shaving Balm (for both men and women) 
  • Hair Masque/Conditioner
  • First Aid – Burn & Wound Relief
  • Nappy/Diaper Rash
  • After Sun Lotion
  • Hand & Cuticle Cream
  • Lubricant (Yep! All natural means it’s deemed safe)  
  • Massage Balm
  • Help Prevent Stretch Marks (during & after pregnancy)
  • Cracked Heels and Elbows (love this for my heels!)

Its purpose really is inexhaustible! 

Featured in Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Vanity Fair it’s a firm favourite amongst bloggers and celebrities alike! Cameron Diaz, Rhianna, and Kate Hudson have all raved about their love for this product.  

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I’ve been using it on my face after cleansing, toning and serums. I utilise the back of my nail to dispense a moderate amount of the cream, it’s quite solid so you can’t just dip your finger into it like a conventional cream, and then I rub it between my palms so that the heat from my skin warms the cream and it becomes an oil almost instantly, then I rub into my face, legs and anywhere that needs some hydration. I have oily skin naturally and automatically you assume that applying anything oily to your skin would be a no-no, but I’ve not suffered any breakouts while using this cream, instead I’m left with super soft skin in the mornings and the area on my cheeks that have been a little dehydrated no longer appear so. Now, it’s not classed as non-comedogenic (a word to describe products that won’t clog your pores/cause acne) but according to the EMC website, two of the principal ingredients are olive oil and beeswax; olive oil is rated as a 2 on the scale of comedogenicity; beeswax falls between 0-2, so the risk of EMC causing you to breakout is slim to none. All of the other ingredients are at 0.
You’ll see from the above image that it’s not too dissimilar in appearance to vaseline but they are very different in their abilities to heal and hydrate the skin due to their ingredients. 

At the beginning of Spring, I had been complaining about how dry my legs had become, so much so that I could rub my legs down and they would appear dusty! My actual Eczema was under control thanks to my special cream, but the dryness was something new to me. I tried using vaseline in addition to my eczema cream but my legs remained oily when using it and that in-turn made my legs itch. So I got myself a new pot of the Egyptian Magic Cream and the dryness really has completely disappeared! I can’t recommend this product enough. 

It’s available in 2 sizes; 4oz/118ml and a 1oz/30ml travel size.
The 4oz is around £29.00, and you can also buy a 3ml sample size for £10, which I think is expensive! You may as well purchase one of the actual pots if you’re going to shell out £10 for 3ml.

Get yours here 
US & CA: http://bit.ly/2KKR5P0
UK & EU: http://bit.ly/2KPiu2F

Shonagh x

THE MAKEUP BAG MUST HAVE

I am LOVING my new makeup bag, and as it’s SUPER affordable I just had to share it with you. (By the way, this is not a sponsored post, just worth sharing). 

My twin sister, who is an eyelash technician (for those confused as to what that is, she does individual lash extensions) purchased a beautiful mint bag with the slogan ‘Put On Your Lashes And Hustle’ which contains some of her equipment essentials – pictured here:

She told me it was ONLY £6 on Etsy!! and that there were some cool makeup-orientated slogans available also. As soon as I saw them I just had to get the one pictured at the top of this post.
NOTE: At the moment these bags are on sale with 20% off which is ridiculously cheap at just £4.80! (as of 18.06.18)

I really love that this bag is quite large, bigger than my current MAC one and as I was off to Ibiza on a makeup job I wanted something with more space for my personal kit, so I ordered one and it came just 2 days later!

The dimensions are 28x19cm and would easily fit in all of your makeup essentials. The bags are available in 3 colours; White, Black and Mint, and the White one has a Black zipper which matches the Black vinyl print  – pictured below.
I believe there are 18 varying slogans for the bags on the Resilience Streetwear shop, and they also offer over 1000 different slogan shirts.

The material is 100% polyester and although it doesn’t have a wipeable lining on the inside like some makeup bags, it is water resistant and would contain any spillages should it occur, due to the tightly weaved material. You can also shove it in the wash if it becomes grubby. 

Grab yourself a bargain! 

Shonagh x

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BAREMINERALS® CRYSTALLINE GLOW COLLECTION

This alluring selection of products was delivered to me recently and I just had to share them with you!

This is a limited edition collection and consists of a Crystalline Bronze & Glow Highlight Palette and three Crystalline Chrome Highlighter Sticks although I only have two here. The PR packaging also contains a bareMinerals Dual Finish Blush & Contour Brush, their new Good Hydrations Primer and a beautiful Rose Quartz Stone – a lovely touch! 

The Bronze & Glow Highlighting Palette has three universally-flattering shades, all of which have crushed rose quartz crystals within their formula to create a subtle glow to the skin – which is refreshing as many highlighter palettes now consist of heavily frosted-shimmer particles that can be seen from the Moon.

This palette will give you a lit-from-within glow, suited to all ages. It has a built-in mirror so you can carry it around to top-up your glow throughout the day, or just to check on your makeup. It’s relatively slender and wouldn’t take up too much space. 
The colours:
Pink Moonstone – a Rose Gold shade that can be applied to the back half of the cheek to add a flush of colour while adding a pretty glow at the same time.
Glistening Topaz – this will bronze your skin to give a sun-kissed healthy glow. Apply to the high points of the face where the Sun would naturally hit.
Rose Quartz – more of a Bronzy-Gold hue which can be applied to the top of the cheekbone for a golden glow. 

(See swatches below)

Here are two of the three Crystalline Glow Highlighter Sticks from the collection; Iridescent Quartz and Shimmering Crystal. What’s odd about these cream colours (and a little confusing when I was labelling the swatches) is that the Gold (pictured left) actually comes out as a Pinky hue with a subtle Gold finish when swatched, and the Pinky coloured stick (pictured right) comes out predominantly Gold when swatched! Bizzare, right? This is down to the iridescent shimmer within the sticks which becomes the predominant shade once swatched. 
The third stick is called Prismatic Pearl which has a light violet hue, and in my opinion, only really suits those of fairer skin tone. 

Let’s take a look at the swatches; the first has been taken on an iPhone 8 in natural daylight, both inside and outside.
From top to bottom we have: 
Shimmering Crystal – Glow Stick
Iridescent Quartz – Glow Stick 
Rose Quartz – Highlighter Palette
Glistening Topaz – Highlighter Palette
Pink Moonstone – Highlighter Palette

This bottom set of swatches have been taken on a professional camera; the Olympus Pen E-PL9, which softens the appearance of the swatches – hence why I like to show you both mobile AND pro camera shots:

Overall, I really like this collection, more so the Crystalline Glow Highlighter Sticks, I think they are so pretty!! If you are a fan of more subtle highlight and bronze products then I think you’ll really enjoy using the Bronze & Glow Highlighter Palette as it’s not too intense and the quality really is lovely. 

The Crystalline Glow Highlighter Sticks (7g) retail at £20.00 each, and the Crystalline Glow Bronzer & Highlighter Palette (7.5g) retails for £30.00.