Pai Geranium and Thistle Combination Skin Cream

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Pai Geranium and Thistle Combination Skin Cream
Hey Lovelies,
Hope you're all well! Today's post is going to be all about the Pai Geranium and Thistle Combination Skin Cream which I was recently sent and have been trying out for the past 2 weeks. 
First of all let me tell you a little about my skin type. I have combination skin and tend to get oily around my T-Zone. The rest of my face however feels very dry, and it can be quite tricky finding products that control my oily T-Zone without drying out the rest of my face. 
Enter the Pai Geranium and Thistle Combination Skin Cream. As the name suggests, this product contains geranium which helps sooth the skin and thistle oil, which not only reduces the appearance of pores but also mattifies the skin. I love the fact that this cream comes in a cute glass bottle and has a pump. To me, products which have pumps are always more hygienic. A pump makes it easier to control how much you are using and results in less product being wasted. I only need one pump of the Pai Geranium and Thistle Combination Skin Cream to moisturise my entire face. 
This cream is very light and feels more like a lotion. It absorbs quickly into my skin and leaves a smooth, almost matte finish, making it the perfect base for my make up. Since using this cream, I've not even had to bother with primer and now that's saying something!
I have to admit though I'm not too keen on the scent of the Pai Geranium and Thistle Combination Skin Cream. It's slightly too floral for my liking, but I can imagine other people liking the scent, particularly if you're a fan of geranium. Sadly I'm not, but on the plus side the smell of this cream does not linger at all so it doesn't bother me too much. 
What I do really love about this cream is the effect it's having on my skin. I have not had any breakouts since using it, and my combination skin is under control. Hurray! My skin feels moisturised, my pores appear smaller and my T-Zone is less oily, meaning I don't have to powder as much during the day. So if you have combination skin and are looking for an organic, paraben free moisturiser that's going to hydrate and mattify your skin and minimise your pores, I would recommed giving the Pai Geranium and Thistle Combination Skin Cream a go. This retails for £24.00 (30ml), and is available from the Pai website with free delivery!
What moisturiser do you use?
Nuala xxx
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Back to MAC

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Empty MAC products
Hey Lovelies,
So if you read my blog you may have noticed that I do quite a lot of back to MAC posts. I've got a lot of MAC products, so I've been making a conscious effort to downsize my collection by using up as many products as possible. For every 6 MAC products you use up, you get a free  MAC lipstick, which is obviously a great incentive!
Here are the 6 MAC products I've managed to use up over the last few months. As you can see, I've gone through quite a lot of foundations so lets get started so I can tell you a little bit more about the products.
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation
This is a gel based foundation that gives medium to full coverage and looks great in pictures! I wouldn't recommend this product if you prefer foundations that feel really light on this skin, but if you're like me you don't mind something a bit more heavy do check out MAC Studio Sculpt.  I apply this foundation using a flat topped foundation brush such as the MAC 190. It lasts all day on my skin and when I've got this on I usually use MAC Strobe Cream as my primer. Those 2 products work great together! 
MAC Brush Cleanser
I don't know why more make up companies don't bring out brush cleansers. I've been using the MAC brush cleanser for years and I love it! It works great for spot cleaning my brushes. I've done a whole post on this which you can read by clicking here.
MAC Prep and Prime Skin
This is a really nice foundation primer that works a lot better than the Laura Mercier one which costs about twice as much. MAC Prep and Prime Skin contains silicones that smooth out the skin, making your foundation go on a lot smoother.
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation 
Another fab MAC foundation with medium to full buildable coverage. This foundation has more of a satin finish and lasts all day. As it contains an SPF it's perhaps not the best foundation to use for pictures. If you fancy something with a less matte finish than Estee Lauder Double Wear, MAC Pro Longwear could be quite a good option for you. 
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer 
I've done a separate review on this product which you can read by clicking here. In a nutshell, this is my favourite concealer to cover up under eye circles. It's long wearing and does not crease. I will definitely repurchase this concealer! 
MAC Full Coverage Foundation 
This foundation is exactly what it says: Full Coverage. It's a wax based foundation that photographs really well. I did find though that it does feel very heavy on my skin, so I actually used this as a concealer rather than a foundation. This product works great at covering up all the rubbish on my face and lasts all day!
MAC Patisserie Lipstick
After a bit of dithering about at the MAC counter, I decided for Vegas Volt, but as it was out of stock I went for my second choice: MAC Patisserie. 
MAC Patisserie is a nude lipstick described by MAC as a sheer creamy neutral pink, which is pretty spot on. I would say this is another one of those your lips but better colours. Some nudes can be too pale for me and make me look slightly dead, but that's not the case with MAC Patisserie. The formula is very moistuising on the lips which I like but it's not the most long wearing of MAC lipsticks.  This lipstick has a lustre finish which means it has a slight sheen to it.
MAC Patisserie lipstick on lips
I don't think Patisserie is a must have lipstick, and you could probably find plenty of dupes for it at the drugstore, but it is definitely a very wearable shade and I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of it.
What's your favourite MAC lipstick?
Nuala xxx
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Maybelline Baby Lips - Worth the Hype?

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Hey Lovelies,
I hope you're all well! Those of you who follow me on Twitter might already know that I recently started working for Benefit Cosmetics as a Beauty Advisor. The counter I work on is in Boots, and last week on my lunch break I did a bit of shopping and picked up 3 of the Maybelline Baby Lips which have finally been released in the UK. There is a lot of hype surrounding this product which always tends to make me a little sceptical. Quite a often when a new beauty product comes out, everyone jumps on the bandwagon (me included). What I have found though is that such products can often be overrated and are sometimes average at best.
Maybelline Baby Lips come in 6 different variants. A lot of the more popular ones such as Pink Punch and Peach Kiss were sold out at the Boots where I work, so I bought the ones which were left over. Those were the Hydrating one (blue with pink writing), the Mint Fresh one (green with purple writing) and the Intense Care one (pictured). All Maybelline Baby Lips contain SPF 20 and supposedly keep your lips moisturised for 8 hours.
I think the fact that they contain an SPF is great, but I'm not so sure that they do keep my lips moisturised for 8 hours as claimed. When I first apply the Intense Care lip balm, my lips feel really smooth and soft, but that feeling lasts about 3 to 4 hours, and certainly not for 8 hours! Still, around 4 hours is still a pretty good time and nothing to complain about.
If I'm completely honest, I think this is a nice lip balm, but I don't quite understand why everyone is going so crazy about it. The packaging is really cute, and the product does moisturise my lips, but it's no different to any other lip balm I've tried before. Infact, I don't even see a big difference between the Baby Lips and the Vaseline Lip Therapy Sticks which have been available in the UK for years. Both products contain petroleum jelly which is what keeps your lips feeling soft and moisturised.
 Having tried the Baby Lips in the Intense Care formula, I've decided that I'm not going to open the other 2 which I bought because I'm just not that amazed that I need 3 of them in my life. One Maybelline Baby Lips product is more than enough for me. I will be giving the other 2 I have away to friends and family. Though I am glad we finally do have Baby Lips available in the UK, my favourite Maybelline product will for now remain their Falsies mascara, which is worth the hype, especially if you like thick and dramatic looking lashes like me! Maybelline Baby Lips to me are a nice lip balm, but nothing extra special and they are certainly not going to revolutionise my lip care routine like some of the hype would have you believe.
You can purchase Maybelline Baby Lips from Boots for a very affordable £2.99. 
Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts on it?
Nuala xxx
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July Empties

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Hey Lovelies,
I hope you are all well! I know I usually always post my empties at the beginning of every month, but this month I somehow how managed to misplace the bag in which I was keeping all of my empties. I thought I'd thrown it out but then I found it again amongst the recycling, so here are my very late July empties! I've not used up a massive amount in July as you can see, but there is still a good selection of products so read on to find out what I think of them all.

Nivea Hydration Express Body Lotion 
I love this body lotion! Not only does it smell great but it also absorbs into your skin in under a minute. I was using this about 3 times a week and it left my skin feeling soft for over 24 hours, so there's even no need to apply it every day. Will definitely be repurchasing! 
Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Wash
I really wish that Bath and Body Works would reopen again in the UK because every product I try from them is amazing, their Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Wash being no exception. This does not only smell absolutely lovely but it also contains shea and aloe vera which moisturise your skin, leaving it feeling soft even if you don't apply a moisturiser after your shower. 
Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff Ease Hair Treatment
Now I always feel like I'm the only person in the world who's not a fan of Lush. I dislike the smell of the products as well as the packaging. Having said that, this was still a really good hair mask that improved the condition of my hair and left it looking smooth and sleek. You apply this product to you hair when it's dry, leave it on for about 20 minutes then rinse it out and shampoo and condition as normal. I'm not sure if I would repurchase this product though, simply because I'm not really a fan of Lush and rarely ever go in there.
L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil 
Usually I'm a massive fan of L'Oreal products, but sadly I didn't like this hair oil as much as I like some of their other products. It just didn't absorb into my hair as nicely as I hoped it would and didn't really improve the condition of my hair either. Recently I've bought the Moroccan Oil Treatment (review) which I do prefer so I don't think I will be repurchasing the L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil any time soon. I know a lot of people rave about this product though, so perhaps my hair is just too damaged for this to really work on me. 
Bourjois Express Eye Makeup Remover 
Usually I buy the Garnier 2 in 1 Make Up Remover, but when I spotted this in Superdrug a while ago I decided to give it a try and I'm so glad that I did! This is one of those eye make up removers you shake up before using and it works really well at taking off heavy eye make up, stubborn mascara and gel eyeliner. It's not too expensive either so if you've not already tried this I can highly recommend it!
Origins Cheeks and Balances Frothy Face Wash 
This is one of Origins best selling products and I can easily see why. You only need a really small amount of this face wash to work up a rich larger which cleanses your face beautifully. Since running out of this product I have purchased a Nivea face wash gel, and even though it is nice the 2 just don't compare. The Origins foaming facial wash left my skin feeling squeaky clean the way no other face wash I have ever used before did. The next Origins face wash on my list which I want to try is  their A Perfect World face wash.
 Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara
I've done an entire review on this mascara which you can read by clicking here. I enjoyed using this product and it works really well at lengthening your lashes and adding volume to them. I got about 4 months use out of this which is pretty good and I would definitely repurchase it, though I have to admit with mascara I'm not very loyal and tend to change between brands quite regularly. 
Barry M Clear Mascara and Eye Brow Definer 
This is a very good, cheap and cheerful clear brow gel that keeps your eyebrows in place throughout the day and does not leave a white residue on your brows. Excuse how disgusting it looks in the picture though, I think that's what usually happened when brow powder and brow gel get mixed together.
Well that's it for my July Empties, and sorry again for the delay in posting them! What products have you recently used up?
 Nuala xxx
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Moroccan Oil Treatment

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Moroccan Oil Treatment
Hey lovelies,
Hope you're all well and having a good start to the week! Today's post is going to be all about the Moroccan Oil Treatment which I recently picked up after reading a lot of rave reviews about it. My hair has taken a severe battering over the years, and I was very curious to see if this product lived up to its hype of being one of the must-have hair oils out on the market.
Over the years I have tried various high street hair oils and treatments. Even though some of them were better than others, none of the products I used really gave me the results I have hoping for, so I decided to invest in the Moroccan Oil Treatment in the hope that it would make a visible difference to my heat damaged locks. 
Let me start by telling you a little bit about my hair. It's naturally very thick and curly, which I don't like at all. I've probably spent the past 15 years or so abusing my hair with hair straighteners and chemical straightening treatments. This has resulted in my hair becoming very dry and damaged, so I'm always on the lookout for products that will help repair my hair and fight the frizz. Though I have stopped using chemical straightening treatments on my hair, I still abuse it with my beloved GHDs on a daily basis. I know I really shouldn't do this and don't get me wrong, I think curls can look absolutely  stunning on other people, but they just don't suit me. I prefer for my hair to be sleek and straight.
Moroccan Oil Treatment
First things first, I'm a big fan of the Moroccan Oil Treatment packaging. The bottle reminds me a lot of old school cough medicine. Its made out of very thick glass, making it sturdy and shatterproof, and I'm sure it would look very pretty sat on anyones dressing table. I especially like the pump this product has because it lets you control  exactly how much you are using and results in no product being wasted.
You can either use the Moroccan Oil Treatment on your hair while its damp, or on dry hair. As my hair is very damaged, I tend to do both. One of the things I noticed when I applied this product for the first time is how quickly it absorbed into my hair! This hair oil isn't sticky at all and leaves no residue. My hair becomes instantly more manageable as soon as I apply it. I use about 3 pumps of this when my hair is damp and one more pump when it's dry. Now you would think using 4 pumps of hair oil would make your hair a greasy mess, but that's not the case at all with the Moroccan Oil Treatment. Once I have blow dried my hair and ran the straightners through it, it feels incredibly soft. Argan oil is the antioxidant ingredient in this product which conditions your hair, protects it against environmental damage and leaves it looking shiny and healthy.
I really like how my hair feels and looks every time I use this product, which is around 3 times a week. It's also got a really pleasant soft scent which leaves my hair smelling lovely. 
The Moroccan Oil Treatment is priced at £30.45 for 100ml and is available online from places like Look Fantastic. Now that is a pretty high end price tag for a hair oil, but so far I am loving using this product and hope to see long term improvements to the condition of my hair. I will keep you posted and let you know how I get on!
Have any of you tried the Moroccan Oil Treatment? What are your thoughts on it?
Thank you for reading!
Nuala xxx
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1st Blog Birthday Collab Giveaway with Glossy Boutique - CLOSED

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Hey Lovlies,
I hope you are all well! Today's post is a very exciting one because I have teamed up with Emma from Glossy Boutique to bring you our 1st Blog Birthday Collab Giveaway!
Both of our blogs turn one this month, and we have chosen some fab prizes which one very lucky person will win!
I can't believe how far my blog has come in the past year, which would have never been possible without the amazing support from the Beauty Blogger community! I'd like the say a massive thanks to everyone that's supported me and my little blog, it really means the world to me! 
Emma's blog Glossy Boutique is one of my favourites, and I'm so proud of her for how well she's done over the past year. If you don't already follow her, make sure that you do! One of the things I discovered on my blogging journey is that I have a very similar taste to Emma in make up and beauty products, and quite often when she posts a haul, I'm like oh, I've just bought that too!
Well without further ado, here's the amazing prize that's up for grabs:
1x NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Isolde
1x MAC Vanilla Pigment
1x Clarins Lip Perfector
1 x Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturiser
1x Bath and Body Works hand cream  


This is a Rafflecopter Giveaway. Please remember, you have to follow both Glossy Boutique and Dolled Up London via GFC or Bloglovin to qualify, and entries from Giveaway Blogs and Twitter accounts will not be counted. There are lots of other ways to gain additional entries so make sure you check the Rafflecopter Widget below and enter as much as you can :) 
This giveaway is international and closes at midnight on the 15th of September. If you are under 16 please make sure you have permission from a parent or guardian before you enter.



Good luck everyone!
Nuala xxx
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Oriflame Wonder Lash Waterproof Mascara

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Hey Everyone,
Hope you're all well. As some of you might already know, I attended the London Bloggers Party in July, which was a lovely meet up organised by Scarlett from Scarlett London. It was a great event and one of the brands we got to meet that afternoon was Oriflame who are an international beauty company that sells directly to their customers, a bit like Avon do. I hadn't heard of Oriflame before the London Bloggers Party, but they are very big in Europe. At Scarlett's event, were lucky enough to try out some Oriflame products, and today's post is all about their Wonder Lash Waterproof Mascara which I was sent by Oriflame for review.
Oriflame Wonder Lash Waterproof Mascara
This mascara has a very thin wand which makes it very easy to apply to your lashes. The bristles are plastic and one side of them is longer than the other, as you can see from the picture. I find this mascara works well for lengthening my lashes and separating them, but it does not add as much volume as I usually like. I would say this mascara gives your lashes a natural, rather than a false lash effect. It wears well throughout the day and does not flake at all, which is always a good thing!
As with all waterproof mascaras, the Oriflame Wonder Lash mascara is very tricky to remove. It does not come off in the shower and I have to use quite lot of my Bioderma to get all the product off my lashes. Here you can see how this mascara looks on my lashes:
 Oriflame Wonder Lash Waterproof Mascara on Eyes
If you are looking for a lengthening mascara that's also waterproof and gives you natural looking lashes, I would recommend the Oriflame Wonder Lash Waterproof mascara. It is available from the Oriflame website for £8.95. 
Click here for the link. Have you ever tried any Oriflame products?
Nuala xxx
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