Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Liberty London Christmas Beauty Advent Calender


As I am currently job-hunting having just completed my Masters, I am able to spend all day browsing the internet to uncover the creme de la creme of Christmas presents. I am putting together a Christmas wish-list (read shopping guide) for The Boy and have noticed a concurrent theme that runs through everything I have picked. Beauty! 

Liberty London Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar
Beauty products feature heavily on my list, especially luxury ones. My love affair with luxurious beauty gifts is something that I have really notice develop over the past two or three years and seem to be a staple within the Christmas gifts that I receive. Beauty gifts are just the best as A) you will probably receive an item that may not necessarily be in your typical price category and B) beauty gifts generally last you nearly a full year and are something that you will use again and again. 

My wishlist is long and expensive and fluctuates between luxurious bath oils and face balms to unusual perfumes and high end candles. There is no way that I would ever expect The Boy to buy everything on my beauty wish list (not alone because it would no doubt run into the thousands). Enter the Beauty Advent Calender! This is a new phenomenon that has really started to pick up momentum within the past two years and is an absolute genius idea to target beauty junkies like myself. It is based on the traditional Advent Calender but instead of getting a piece of chocolate everyday you get a beauty gift everyday. EVERYDAY!! Can you imagine!

My absolute favourite Beauty Calender and the most coveted one has to be Liberty London's Beauty Advent Calender which includes some of my personal favourites like Escentric Molecules Molecule 01, Eve Lom Cleanser, a Diptyque Mini Candle, mini Kiehls Creme de la Corps and a mini Nars blusher. It includes a mix between full and mini sized products, but if like me you travel a lot with just carry-on luggage, the mini sizes are ideal for travelling.


I dropped the hint to The Boy last night so lets hope he picked up on it. Lets be honest, this is the only gift that he would need to get this Christmas as it really is the gift that keeps on giving! If only he would think to give it to me before December 1st!

Liberty London Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar

Liberty's Beauty Advent calender is available in-store and online now retailing at £149 and can be shipped internationally.


Full contents of Liberty's Beauty Advent Calender:
Aromatherapy Associates Rose Renewing Cleanser 30ml | C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve 22g | Deborah Lippmann Nail Varnish 15ml | Decléor Aroma Comfort 50ml | Dermalogica Precleanse 50ml | Diptyque Mini Baies Candle 70g | Dr Sebagh 20ml Serum Repair | Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 30ml | ESPA ProCleanser 30ml | Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser 50ml | Hourglass Mini Femme Rouge in Grace | Josh Wood £25 Voucher | Kai Body Lotion 50ml | Kiehl’s Crème de Corps 30ml | Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glace | Liberty Lavender Soap 200g | Malin & Goetz Rum Body Wash 30ml | Margaret Dabbs Nail & Cuticle Serum 15ml | NARS Mini Blush | Omorovicza Lip Balm 10ml | REN Express Make-Up Remover 50ml | Surratt Smokey Eye Baton | Trish McEvoy Line Refiner | Weleda Skin Food 30ml | Sisley 30 Minute Facial

Image Credits: www.liberty.co.uk

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Product Review: Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat and 45 Second Top Coat...

 I have been meaning to do a product review on these guys for ages. I received them as a Christmas gift from the boy. He got me the Caviar gift collection (available with free delivery at Debenhams.ie or at Sephora.com) which consists of:

  • Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat
  • Kensington Caviar Base Coat
  • 4 way buffer
  • Vitamin E cuticle oil pen
  • Express remover wipe
 I'm not going to lie it was the words Kensington and Caviar that attracted me to these products. They sounded kinda fancy and luxurious. Nicely done guys! I was in the market for a really good quality top and base coat and done a little research. Nails Inc Kensington Caviar products got a lot of rave reviews. I was already a big Nails Inc fan, Elizabeth Street and Victoria & Albert are two of my staple shades. I love their consistency, their pigmentation and the fact that they actually last - so I was very excited to try the Kensington products. So I dropped some subtle (read emailing him a product link) to the boy and voila, they magically appeared under my Christmas tree.
 The Kensington collection is for dry to normal nails. I had found that my nails had become dry after trying out Shellac last year. 

Kensington Caviar Base Coat

Apply one layer of base coat to clean, dry nails. The caviar extract in the base coat is supposed to help nourish the nail. It definitely feels luxurious when you apply it. I have been using it weekly since Christmas and I have definitely noticed that my nails have become stronger. It is a great quality product, which prevents staining when worn under nail polish. Even if I am not applying polish to my nails I wear this on its own to keep my nails strong.

Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat

I have to admit initially I was quite sceptical of their 45 second claim as we have all had a manicure ruined by touching something when it should be dry but this really works. I apply the base coat, apply 2 coats of Nails Inc/OPI polish and then apply this top coat. My nails are dry within minutes and it means I can now have my nails done in 5-10 minutes and they last for a week. The finish on this product is incredible, it gives a shellac like shine and a professional look. I am constantly getting compliments on how great my nails look since I've started using these products. I am sure people now think that I spend my days getting manicures. I have found my hero nail products and I will not be changing from them. I have recommended them to everyone I know!


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hero Product - Bio Oil...


Oh Bio-Oil, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...from the top...


  • Eye make-up remover. Removes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara, and is moisturising.
  • Eye Cream/Oil- Thank you Kim K for this tip. Massage Bio-Oil into your orbital bone to keep wrinkles and lines at bay. I have been trying this morning, noon and night since Kim announced that this is how she stays line free and I have definitely noticed an improvement  (FYI-I am only 26 so I don't really have any wrinkles but I have noticed 'laughter lines' starting to appear around my eye area and really want to nip them in the bud - I feel it definitely helps minimise them)
  • Eye Lash Moisturiser-I have started to coat my eyelashes in Bio-Oil every night with just whatever is left on my finger after using it around my eye area. They definitely feel softer and I like how my mascara applies the following morning. Keep an eye (see what I did there) on the amount you actually use on your eyelashes. Less is definitely more here as too much could clog your tear ducts and you will wake up looking like you have gone 20 rounds with Mike Tyson.
  • Lip Moisturiser- Rub a little into your lips before you go to bed and you will definitely notice a difference after a few days. Lips will be softer and this is a great treat for your lips when it is so freaking cold outside. Dry, chapped lips be gone.
  • Cuticle Oil-I use it on my cuticles every morning and night, and if I could carry it in my handbag (I always buy the biggest bottle) I would be constantly applying it in the office and on my commute. My cuticles get so dry and banged up looking in winter with the cold air and central heating that this is actually a miracle oil. I layer it on my cuticles (don't forget your tootsies girls and boys) last thing at night and rub a smaller amount in after my morning shower. The difference in my cuticles is ri-DIC-ulous. This is pretty much an instant cuticle healer. Within two days your cuticles will be back looking in great shape and you will no longer have to hide them. I like to rub it over the whole nail and I have started to get so many compliments on my nails since I started doing this that I can only imagine there is some magic nail ingredient in each bottle. ( Don't quote me on this)
  • Shaving Oil - I have only recently started using Bio Oil as a shaving oil but is is freaking brilliant. Lightly dampen your legs, rub a small bit of Bio-Oil on them (you will be surprised how little you need to cover your whole leg), throw a little more water on there and away you go. You may find that you have to rinse your razor more often as you are using an oil and it could clog a bit more. This is such a great moisturising way to shave your legs. I personally get really dry skin on my shins from shaving my legs and in-grown hairs on my calf muscles, I found that this really helps combat both. I do recommend incorporating it with my next point though.
  • Leg Oil- The original reason I bought Bio-Oil was for my legs, but I am so glad I got creative with it and found all these different uses. Who doesn't love a multi use product eh? As I said above I used to get really bad dry, flaking skin on my shins and in grown hairs on my calf's from shaving. Using Bio-Oil really helped eliminate both of these problems. I was also self conscious of stretch marks that I have on my calf's, thighs, hips and my boo-tae. A friend initially recommended it to me to help smooth out my skin and it sooooo works. It does not get rid of them but it definitely helps to make them less noticeable.  It also works wonders on scars and helps to reduce the pigmentation if you have some bad scars.
I cannot recommend Bio-Oil enough which is why is it my Hero product (dat-da-da-dahhhhhhhhh). This year I am all about de-cluttering my life which includes my beauty cabinet, I love that this product has so many uses. I am sure you all have other uses for it, which I would love to hear.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

RiRi & Victoria Secret Love...

So I love the Victoria Secret's show. Every year I tune in to see these fabulous goddesses strut their stuff down the runway. I also love how much effort they put into looking that good and how they are all gym bunnies coming up to the show. I loved seeing Rihanna, another Amazonian beauty join the angels this year to perform. I especially loved her pink booties! Does anyone know who they are by? I can't seem to find out anywhere and I am crazy about them. I am so into that shade of pink for next season!

Image:CocoPerez.com

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Equipment Love

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