Tuesday, 5 May 2015

April Faves ft EcoTools, Isa Dora, Clinique, L'occitane, L'oreal, Image, NYX, Origins, Roger & Gallet & TopShop!

Eco Tools Sculpting Brush, Isa Dora Bronzer, Clinique Turnaround, Loccitane Velvet Balm, Iluma, NYX Pore Filler, Origins Clean Energy, Glowstick Play Up

Hello, May! It's a seriously exciting month ahead, beauty blog wise with upcoming trips, conferences & campaigns but before we say goodbye to April how's about we chat beauty favourites? Hmmmm?


1. Eco Tools Face & Body Sculpting Brush: $11.99 HERE  ($6.99 with code RLL469)
2. Isa Dora Bronzing Powder: €25.95 HERE


This pair are a match made in sculpting heaven. The Eco Tools Body Sculpting brush is densely packed, staggeringly soft, seriously affordable & one of my ultimate faves. It literally feels like brushing your face (& bod) with the softest fur. Cruelty free and adept at any manner of sculpting you might need, I can't recommend it enough. 

Hand in hand with that bamboo beauty goes Isa Dora's Ha-YOOGE Brozing Powder. That pic doesn't go this Goliath of a product justice. We're talking a pan the size of a roundy face.. or a small hub cap. Finely milled but richly pigmented, this bronzer hasn't been far from reach for the entire month. The ginormous mirror really doesn't hurt either. 

3. Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial: €43.01 HERE


I'm all about instant skincare, especially when it can deliver results. This revitalizing facial cream from Clinique does just that. 100% fragrance free, this pale blue mask is gritty to the touch thanks to the inclusion of "Diatomaceous Earth" (powdered sedimentary rock) for a manual exfoliant effect. 

Applied all over your visage, you leave for 5 minutes (it'll dry to a clay) and let the ingredients do their bizz. Salicylic acid - which provides the chemical exfoliant leads the ingredient list, alongside rice bran, clary, caffeine and chestnut, all designed to rev up skin cell turnover and soothe your new skin surface. It's recommended to use 2-3 times a week, though it's a little spendy for me to use in that way - I am LOVING it for a skin pick me up before a night on the tiles or a big event. 

4. L'Occitane's Amande Velvet Balm: €49 HERE



I simply can't say enough good things about this newest Amande addition to the L'Occitane line. You can see my full review of the Youthful Duo HERE but, even without the silky skin precursor of the serum, this Velvet Balm is an absolute beaut. More powdery & feminine in scent than it's Almond predecessor, this has rightfully toppled Kiehls Creme de Corps from my body skincare HG list. You gotta try it. 

5. L'Oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Crystal Sparkling Shampoo & Conditioner: €5.09 Pharmacies


We got the press pack for these new Elvive lovelies two weeks ago, you see that line on the bottom of the bottle? That's how much is left. All three of us have taken a literal shine to this affordable tress newbie. It promises 48 hour sealed in shine and boy does it deliver. Aaron is sporting a purple undercut, I'm blonde and Adam is mousey brown, all three mops are in better condition than they've been in the longest time. I had mad love for Elvive's Fibrology, still do, but this salon perfect shine enabler may just have beaten it to the top of my recommended list! 

6. Image Skincare's Iluma Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder: €38 HERE


This luxurious polishing powder gently cleanses and exfoliates and reminds me more than a little of its Dermalogica counterpart. The difference here is the immediacy with which you see results. I mean IMMEDIATELY. The ultrasoft micro-exfoliating blend removes debris and oil from pores while providing long-term hydration and anti-aging benefits. 

The ingredients contain a new generation of natural botanicals (which smell AMAZE by the by), enzymes and antioxidants to help skin reach a new level of radiance. To up your face mask game you can combine this powder with your mask of choice, following the instructions on the mask. Light aircraft will be drawn to the beacon that is your visage having used this. In the very best possible way. It's LOVE. 

7. NYX Pore Filler: €15.99 HERE


If you're a Porefessional fan but not so much of its pricetag then you're gonna wanna listen up. NYX have pretty much blown it out of the water with their new Pore Filler. Talc free, oil free, and chock full of vitamin E to smoothe & enhance your skin, this makes your kisser the ideal canvas for painting. I've been so impressed with this tinted primer that I've even worn it solo and forgone the slap altogether. It doesn't block pores like the name might suggest but instead gives a beautifully dewy finish to the skin, with or without your full face on. It's a win. 

8. Origins Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil: 


Even the most cursory of CherrySue searches will reveal my love for high end skincare brand Origins and not without cause. I have yet to be led astray or overpromised on products that didn't deliver. The Clean Energy Gentle Cleansing Oil is no different. 

Bereft at the end of my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel last month I returned to an old favourite that had been wrongly set aside and my skin has been thanking me profusely for it. Olive Oil, Sunflower, Sesame and Safflower Oils remove every scrap of makeup & the build up of the days grime. Kukui Nut Oil and Macadamia Oil help retain moisture. Vitamin E soothes the skin as the oils do their work and the delicate scents of grapefruit, orange & lemon make this oil an absolute joy to use. If you're considering an oil cleanser (and you really should) I can't recommend this one more. 

9. Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Eau de Parfum: €49.50 M&S & Large Pharmacies Nationwide


If THIS POST last year about the Fleur de Figuier Nourishing Oil wasn't enough to tell you about my fig feelz then the audible squeal when I opened the press pack containing the first R&G EDP of the same scent would be! Dogs cowered for miles around, truly. 

The fig here is more candied than previous edits so your initial hit is sweetness, almost immediately though it dries down. Patchouli, woody notes, fig leaf & musk round out the scent to be one of the most intense, all encompassing fig fragrances that I've ever adored. If fig is your bag, and quite frankly, why wouldn't it be? You need to smell this, yesterday. 

10. TopShop GlowStick in Play Up: £10 HERE 


As soon as I saw this Duracellalike GlowStick peeping out from the edge of the minimalist TopShop beauty stand I knew I'd have to have it. You see I've been loving their Prism highlighting stick for nigh on four years now - REALLY and only now is it coming to an end. Not only is Play Up the ideal replacement but a recent Smashbox event tells me it's the highlighting way to go - bearing an uncanny likeness to their upcoming LA Lights Lip & Cheek multiples SEE HERE

So far it's been absolute love, the sturdy packaging means I can chuck Play Up in my mála & add a little highlight to bring me from desk to event with ease of an eve. Just one swipe gives a creamy peachy brightening effect that has garnered more than a few compliments. Oh, TopShop, if you would just lower your comparison prices for Irish lasses & maybe stock our shelves a little more we could be the very best of besties. I know we could! 

Tell us, what was floating your beauty boat in the month of April? #bbloggers do of course pop in a link to your roundups should you have one in the comments. 

Happy May one & all!


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