Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Things I'm Trialling ft Aveda, Charlotte Tilbury, Clarins, Gucci, Nails Inc, Paul Costello, Urban Decay & Vichy

It would seem ye're slightly partial to the oul Things I'm Trialling posts. Honestly as a blogger, it's very hard knowing what's going to work and what isn't - seems these posts are so they're goin' NOWHERE. (that's a long winded way of saying thanks very kindly for the support, every one of ye). 

My self taken photos are lacking this week but an overload of work, family, events and freelance features is being blemt. I'm jiggered! We'll be back to normal photography service for next weeks post, ja? 

Without further ado, here's Things I'm Trialling of the week past: 

1. Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish: €18.20 Here

It's not often I'll advocate spending the guts of 20 Eurobux on a polish and, while Nails Inc Gel Effect have been a fave of mine for a while, I still can't do it for these. 

Yep, the opaque in two swipes and shiny for five days formulation is fabulous but so are many, many polishes nowadays for 1/3 of that price. Think Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, or Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer, you'll be hard pressed not to find the shade you're after with them. 

2. Paul Costelloe Living Fresh Fig Candle: €12 Here

I'm a firm believer that Mr Costelloe is a man that should never be given a microphone, nor a platform to speak publicly again (I'm good with grudges like that) but were he to spend the years of his dotage making candles like these? I'd be AOK with that. 

I was genuinely, out loud WTF, shocked when I saw the weenchy price point on these candles as they are, hand on heart, the most beautiful I've ever owned. I'm a fiend for fig scents at the best of times but these heavy tumbler style candles with their luxurious scent have fast become my favourites. Should the others in his collection be of a similar quality, I'll be buying 'em. Every. Single. One. 

3.Gucci Premiere Shower Gel: €35.77 Here

Woody, musky and unmistakably Gucci, this Premiere shower gel is a little touch of luxury that I'd happily indulge in all day long. Not overly lathering, nor overly moisturising on the skin, the ablution shortfalls are more than made up for with the lingering scent. Should you know a lass that likes a masculine scent or should you be that lass, you need to check this one out. 

4. Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Heavy Metal Liner: €19 Here

No, Mia Wallace wasn't wearing sparkle in Pulp Fiction but you know what? She wasn't wearing Urban Decay either. While the rest of the collection didn't quite blow me away, I knew when I saw the newest Heavy Metal glitter liner it would have to be mine. 

I've only managed to wear it once this week but when I tell you that, once on the lash line, this densely packed black/silver glitter isn't going anywhere, you best believe me. The ideal pocket rocket to glam up an office to event look, I can see this little beaut getting hella lot of wear this coming season. 

5. Clarins Brow Palette: €41 On Counter

Should Mr Bond, James Bond ever be in need of a brow palette, I can categorically say that Clarins is the one he'd be packing. A redesign of the cult favourite, this handy little kit has everything you could ever want, bar a Thumbelina threader.  

Housed in signature Clarins heavyweight packaging, there's nothing about this brow palette that wouldn't make the most beautiful present you could gift to a brow savvy friend. I've been sailing on the crest of eyebrow heaven following a recent thread & tint but the miniature spooley for wax and tweezers for strays have been put to the test and passed with flying colours. It's just a gorgeous piece of kit. (Also, the word brow now means nothing to me.. brow..brow..brow.. NOTHING) 

6. Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink: €30 Here

It's true I'm a lover of coffee coloured lippies, so my initial thoughts on beige leaning Penelope Pink were that we'd be friends. I was right. Very right. This soft toned neutral is as flattering a nude as I've worn, mostly due its warm undertones. 

There's something very special about the formulations of these K.I.S.S.I.N.G lippies and I'd tell you what that were, if it weren't a secret ingredient or if, yaknow, I knew. Suffice to say my lips were hydrated and comfortable for the 90 minutes it took for this soft, neutral tone to wear away. I was very afraid that I'd love these lipsticks, again I was very right. Bye bye budget. 

7. Vichy Normaderm Night: €14.24 Here

As with all skincare products on Things I'm Trialling, I can only give you an initial impression of Vichy Normaderm Night Detox but chungfella, Adam, will be giving me his review to join with my own in a couple of weeks. 

Designed to target the overnight production of sebum and purify the skin while we sleep, we've been fighting over using Normaderm night since we both used it once. So much so that it's now kept on the landing window sill, halfway between our rooms for use at night. In just a week my pores seems reduced, and my skin fresher on waking. Adam reports that the 'tightness' on his jawline (his troublesome area) is gone and his face feels 'softer'. Sounds seriously promising, right? 

8. Aveda Shampure Body Lotion: €29.95 Here

Lovers of Aveda's signature Shampure scent will know exactly what to look forward to with this lightweight, beautifully fragranced lotion. 25 flower and plant essences make this body cream a boon for nourishing the skin and relaxing the senses. Though skin is left peachy soft post application, it truly is the fragrance that sets Shampure apart. A little touch of luxe that I'll definitely be buying for loved ones to enjoy. That's how much I've enjoyed just one week using it. 

And that's the end of that chapter *flicks scarf over shoulder*. Be sure to check out this weeks sneak Insta peek at Things I'm Trialling This Week  and lemme know if you're loving any of the above? Sharing is Ult caring, right? 

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