Thursday, 24 July 2014

Things That Rustle My Jimmies

I'm trying super hard to be upbeat this week. The sun is splitting the stones, the lads are working and I'm off on my hollibops to London at the weekend - what's not to be thrilled about? 

Oh yeah - THESE: 

1. Sneaky App Pop Up Ads That Appear 
in Place of the Select Button

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3. Heave Inducing Sweaty Mo' Fo's on the Bus

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4. Impenetrable HORDES of Spanish Students

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5. The Majority of the Media Coverage on the 
Gaza Bombings

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And that's all I needed to be zen once more. 

Tell me, what's been rustling your jimmies this week?

The Thursday Chattery - Would You Pay £175 For an IV Hangover Cure?

It would seem we have a new celebrity led craze sweeping the UK, if tabloids are to be believed (and they rarely are). That craze is the IV Doctor, I'm pretty sure the term 'doctor' is a loose one here but cynicism aside, the IV Doctor's specialty is curing hangovers 
through £175 IVs... 

My question is this, would you pay €220 to be hooked up to a bag of water if it meant your hangover was gone in 30 minutes? That question would probably get a different reaction if you were actually hungover, wouldn't it? 

Personally a Big Mac, a can of ice cold coke and a Twister ice pop fixes me right up for less than a tenner so I'm not going to be applying for a membership - to call - to be swindled any time soon - how about you? 

And while we're chatting, what IS your go to hangover cure? For science...

Let's Chat!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

New Lancôme GRANDIÔSE Mascara - First Look & Application

I've been at this beauty blogging malarkey for coming up on 3 years now and still not many launches excite me as much as a new high end mascara. Yes, for the most part, what brands are telling me isn't really true and if it is, it really isn't applicable in every day life but sell me slippers and call me Dorothy if I don't fall for it every time. Lancôme's Grandiôse and its swan necked applicator are case in point here but still, I'm sold. 

Shehla Shaikh, Head of Lancôme's Elite Team
shows us the perfect application technique at the product launch. 
The problem identified by Lancôme is that many women struggle to apply mascara evenly to both eyes, without reaching across the bridge of the nose and smudging product in the process. Their solution? The patented swan neck applicator. (That twisted doohickey above). 

In their studies of make up application, eye experts at the brand have broken the eye down into six zones to ensure expert application every time. There are nine steps for both eyes combined with a further four should you be feeling dedicated. I won't copy & paste or relay them verbatim but you can see them here

What I will say is that taking my time, concentrating on my lashes as outer, middle and inner and applying Grandiôse with care has given me the most amazing false lash effect that I've ever achieved from a mascara. Like ever. 

The Grandiôse tube itself is beautiful with the signature Lancôme rose outstretched from the black bell shaped end and suspended in clear resin. While I'm still hesitant to twist and pump the wand from the tube - it goes against all my mascara bacteria fighting inclinations - there is no doubting the finished result is a sight to behold. 

My lashes are separated, elongated and volumised without feeling heavy or overly made up. I'm not one to smudge my mascara on application normally but there are definite benefits to the swan necked wand. The bend reaches over the bridge of my nose easily and I just seem to get a better job done faster. That's a win, right? 

Whether it's the formulation, the wand, the technique or a combination of all three, Lancôme's Grandiôse is definitely worth your attention. You'll find it on counters exclusively in Brown Thomas until August 1st for €30 and nationwide thereafter. I'm definitely a fan. 

If the eye experts are watching though, could we have some research into why I can't keep my mouth closed when applying mascara? The struggle is real!

The Wednesday Chattery - Should You Ditch Certain Beauty Products in Your 30s?!

Happy Hump Day, All, how are we holding up? 

We haven't lost anyone in that creepy ass mist have we? 

This morning I wanted to touch on a subject, raised in a post that Lauren Conrad shared yesterday titled: 

'10 Beauty Products You Should Definitely Ditch By Age 30'

In this tosh filled feature, Byrdie wax lyrical about what we should leave in 'the learning period of your 20s'. Things such as:

Fruity Body Sprays - Eh, HELLO Fleur de Figuier is one of my favourite scents of ALL time!

Coloured Mascara - You best believe I couldn't afford my favourite Guerlain coloured mascara in my 20s.

And Shimmery Bronzer because, apparently:

'A little shimmer may have made you look sun-kissed back in your 20’s, but it’ll just draw unwanted attention to areas you’d rather not highlight now.'

Areas I'd rather not highlight now?! What are we - destined for the glue factory and barely in our third decade?! Christ, give me patience for this ageist internet white noise bullshit. 

Look, I know it can be tough to come up with original content day in and day out but there's a healthy dose of COP ON needed over in camp Byrdie. STAT. 

For the record my comment (because I had to comment) read: 'Sorry, Byrdie but this is complete tosh. I'm 36 & the urge to wear every one of these things simultaneously just because I 'shouldn't' is quite overwhelming. That's the thing about being in your 30s as opposed to your 20s - you do what makes you feel good and not what's expected of you. Vive la resistance!

Tell me though, do you agree, even in part, with Byrdie's advice? Are there things we should be leaving in our 20s? 

If you're in your 20s, what do you think? 

Let's Chat!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

New Cocoa Brown Ultimate Travel Set - Only €10!

Earlier this year, tanning brand du jour, Cocoa Brown, released a very handy travel size version of their, now cult product, 1 Hour Tan. Coming with an even handier mitt and being only 100ml in size, travelling tan fans the world over rejoiced. Well Marissa Carter (the brains & beauty behind the brand) et al have gone one step further and shrunk their top selling products to accompany the 1 Hour Tan and produced the Ultimate Travel Set. 

Packaged in the nifty resealable plastic pouch you'll find: 

  • 100ml Cocoa Brown 1 HOUR TAN
  • 75ml Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturiser
  • 75ml Cocoa Brown TOUGH STUFF Body Scrub
Everything you need to not only top up your tan while away but to maintain it for the duration too. 

I'm a particular fan of this new set as I'm forever, FOREVER, leaving packing to the last second. I've been known to defuzz and tan hours before an early morning flight & spend the first day of holidays bleary-eyed as a result. Not no more. Chuck this in your carry on and do it when you get there. Genius. 

You'll find The Ultimate Travel Set in Penney's stores nationwide for a staggeringly affordable €10, chuck in a mitt for €2 and you're set. 

Fear not though, should you have forgotten all about it, Cocoa Brown's 1 Hour Tan travel size WITH mitt is available on all Aer Lingus flights for just €6.99 or, as I like to call it 'the change of €20 for a snipe of Prosecco'. You're a clever one Mrs C, no doubt about it!

Are you a Cocoa Brown fan? Care to sicken us with your holiday plans?