My 2013 Clarins Favourites

Hey Lovelies,
I am having an incredibly hard time narrowing down my favourites for 2013. There are simply too many products I have loved this year. Some of the stand out brands for me throughout the year have been Clarins, Origins and Benefit Cosmetics. Rather than putting all products into one massive blog post, I have decided to split my favourites into brands. My first post was all about my Benefit Cosmetics favourites which you can read by clicking here. Today I'm going to be sharing with you the Clarins products I have been loving in 2013. I've been a huge fan of Clarins products since my mid 20s, so you could say I am pretty familiar with the brand. Clarins is who I credit when people ask me what my secret is for looking so young. I turned 33 this month, but people always assume I'm about 25 which is obviously a massive ego boost for me haha.
Clarins Multi Active Day Cream
Clarins Multi Active Day Cream, 50ml, RRP £40.00 (Link)
I love this day cream and have been using it for many years. It's available in different formulas depending on your skin type. Unlike many day creams I have tried this year, the Clarins Multi Active Day Cream is one of the few moisturisers I have in my collection which contain an SPF. The texture of the Clarins Multi Active Day Cream is very rich and thick, however the product isn't greasy at all and absorbs beautifully into my skin when I apply it. Clarins claim that this cream will not only prevent, but also correct the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Judging by my complexion and the fact that I have used this product religiously over the past 5 years or so, their claim is definitely true and if you are in your late 20s or early 30s, I cannot recommend this product enough. 
Clarins Multi Active Night Youth Recovery Cream
Clarins Multi Active Night Cream, 50ml RRP £43.00 (Link)
This is by far the best ever night cream I have used. It is formulated to restore the elasticity and radiance of your skin while you sleep. It's basically the night version of the Clarins Multi Active Day Cream. Unlike the Day Cream, the Clarins Multi Active Night Cream does not contain an SPF. It is a rich moisturiser which absorbs really well into my skin. I apply this product at bed time and when I wake up in the morning my skin feels smooth and refreshed. I know Clarins skincare is expensive but as it delivers results I am more than happy to spend my money on their products. After all, premium beauty skincare is still cheaper than a face lift haha and one of these jars lasts me a good 6 months or so.
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser 
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser, 100ml, RRP £18.00 (Link)
I have tried a lot of lovely facial cleansers this year, but my favourite has to be the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. This facial wash is water based and has a mousse like texture which leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft when I rinse it off. It is formulated for Normal to Combination skin. The texture of this product is very thick, and I only need about a pea sized amount to work up a rich lather. I love how this cleanser removes dirt as well as make up really well. It even dissolves Benefit's They're Real mascara off my lashes which is well know for being a bit of a nightmare to get off!   
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Clarins Beauty Balm Flash, 50ml, RRP £29.00 (Link)
This is one of Clarins best known and most iconic products and I can easily see why. Clarins Beauty Balm Flash contains olive and witch hazel extracts. These ingredients are designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I apply this product in the morning after my moisturiser but before my primer and I really feel that it brightens and tightens my complexion. Since introducing the Clarins Beauty Balm Flash to my skincare and make up routine, I have had quite a few compliments on how well I look!
Well that's it for my favourite Clarins products of 2013. Which Clarins products have you been loving in 2013?
Nuala xxx

My 2013 Benefit Cosmetics Favourites

Hey Lovelies,
Some of you might already know that I started working for Benefit Cosmetics this year. The job is so much fun, I get to meet lots of different people every day and do make up which is something I love! Since I started working for Benefit, I have discovered more and more of their amazing products, so I thought I'd do a little blog post for you all sharing with you my favourite Benefit products of 2013. These are products I wear every day and they aren't just loved by me but by our customers as well!
Benefit Porefessional is the best selling primer in the UK, and I have raved about it before on my blog so it's no surprise it's made it into my Benefit 2013 Favourites. Porefessional is a silicone based primer that smooths out your skin and leaves it feeling incredibly silky. You can wear it on its own or underneath your make up. If you are wearing it underneath your make up like I do, it will help keep your make up on for longer. Porefessional contains Vitamin E, so it's also good for your skin. I love it so much I've even bought my mum a tube of it for Christmas!  
Benefit Brow Zings is a product I loved even before I started working on a Benefit counter. Brow Zings consists of a water resistant wax that keeps eyebrow hairs in place, as well as a powder to colour them in. I mix a bit of the wax and the powder together on an angled brow brush so they form a paste, dab off the excess and fill in my brows. Once you have filled in your brows with Brow Zings, they will stay on the whole day. I even have Brow Zings on my brows when I go down the gym! I used to use pencil to fill in my eyebrows, but now that I've discovered Brow Zings, I don't think I will go back to brow pencils ever again!
Rockateur was released earlier this year and it's the perfect rose gold blush. I love how the colour is buildable. It has a gorgeous sheen to it that and suits just about every skin tone! Out of all of Benefit's Boxo Powders, Rockateur is probably my favourite. I apply it all over my face in a 3 motion and then build up the colour on the cheeks for a natural yet bronzed look.
Benetint is a lip and cheek stain. It's one of the first products Benefit ever bought out was originally used by an exotic dancer in a San Fransisco club as a nipple stain. When she noticed that all the other dancers in the club with more, erm, rosey nipples were making more money than her, she started applying Benetint to her nipples. Needless to say the men loved it and her takings went up! Personally I love Benetint because I have really pale lips, and as soon as my lipstick begins to fade I start resembling a ghost. I use Benetint underneath my lipstick or lipgloss. It stains the lips, so the colour lasts all day. Benetint also has a lovely rose scent, and even though the colour appears to be very deep and dark in the bottle, it looks a lot more natural when you apply it to your lips. You can also wear Benetint on the cheeks, but I prefer it on my lips as I like using powder products on my cheeks. My Benetint is only the small sample size, but as soon as it runs out I will be investing in a full size bottle!
So that's it for my Benefit 2013 favourites. Benefit are always releasing new products, so I am really excited what they have in store for us in 2014! I know Gimme Brow and Lollitint are due for release early in the year which I'm already so excited about. What are your favourite Benefit products?
Nuala xxx

My Primer Collection


Hey Lovelies,
Today's post is going up be on my primer collection. Earlier in the year I decided that using primer wasn't essential but more of a luxury and started skipping that step in my make up routine, but it wasn't long before I realised what a big mistake I was making. My foundation wasn't staying on as long as I need it to, my make up was sitting in my pores and I was getting a lot of shine in my t-zone. Needless to say I went back to using foundation primers, and here are my thoughts on all the ones which I currently have in my collection.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, 30ml, RRP £25.00 (link)
I work next to a Smashbox counter and am constantly eyeing up their amazing products. Primers is perhaps the product they are most famous for, and I can easily see why. Smashbox have a primer for pretty much every skin type and skincare concern, from oil free to hydrating to blemish control and more! The one I own is their regular Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This primer is clear and contains Vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea. When I  apply it to my skin, it leaves it feeling smooth and creates a prefect base for my foundation. My make up lasts longer when I have this on, and my T-zone is less shiny. 
Benefit Porefessional, 22ml, RRP £24.50 (link)
I can't believe it took me so long to try out Benefit's Porefessional primer, especially considering it's the number one selling primer in the UK. I think what was putting my off was the packaging. I don't really like the lady pictured on the tube haha. However, now that I have tried Porefessional, I am well and truly converted and can finally understand what all the hype is about.  This is by far the best foundation primer I have ever come across. It's oil free and contains silica which absorbs excess oils. If that isn't enough, Porefessional also contains the antioxidant Vitamin E to help protect your skin against environmental damage. I apply about a pea sized amount of it on my face after my moisturiser but before my foundation. My make up goes on a lot smoother when I use Porefessional, the size of my pores is visibly reduced. It also helps to prevent my T-zone from getting shiny. This primer is amazing and I can't recommend it enough. All our customers on the Benefit counter love it too, and if you haven't tried it yet, you are really missing out! 
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, 15ml, RRP £26.00 (link)
The consistency of this primer is quite thick and it looks like a pink toned paste. I find this too thick to apply all over my face so I only use it on problem areas where I have fine lines or visible pores. I love the packaging of the Clarins primer, it comes in a cute little glass jar, however as for the product itself I prefer Benefit's Porefessional. Basically the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch does the same thing as Porefessional. Only Porefessional does it better.  
Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer, 50ml, RRP £28.00 (link)
I usually love Laura Mercier products, but their oil free foundation primer is a waste of money in my opinion. It just doesn't do anything for my skin. Apparently it's supposed to create an invisible layer between your face and your foundation, but to me there's no difference if I use this primer or not. The only reason I have not parted with this is because it was pretty expensive, so I am keeping hold of it and letting it clutter my make up collection. Maybe it's just not suitable for my skin type, but if I ever manage to use this up I know I won't be repurchasing it. 
So as you can see, Porefessional is clearly my all time favourite foundation primer and the one I reach for the most. Smashbox come in as a close second. 
Do you use foundation primer? Which ones are your favourites?
Nuala xxx

How I Spend My Christmas Tag

Hey Lovelies,
Hope you're all having a good week and keeping nice and warm in this freezing weather. Can you believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away? Before we know it it's gonna be 2014! A few weeks back Hannah who runs a blog called Beginners Beauty tagged me in her How I Spend My Christmas post. I'm really enjoying reading everyone's Christmas posts this month, so I thought it's time I do this tag to! Here are my answers to all the questions, hope you enjoy reading them!
1. What are you usually up to on Christmas Eve?
My Christmas eve is probably a little different to most other people because my family celebrates Christmas German style, which means getting your presents on Christmas eve. My mum is German, and even though my dad is the catholic in the family she always insists we celebrate Christmas the German way, so on Christmas eve I'll be tucking into some German Christmas cookies and getting my presents!
2. Who do you spend your Christmas day with?
I will be spending this Christmas with my cat Billie (pictured), my mum ze German, my dad and my lil bro. My parents always invite their friends round for Christmas dinner (turkey and all that), so I'm pretty sure I'll be seeing them on Christmas day too.
3. Do you enjoy giving or receiving gifts?
Well, obviously my favourite part of Christmas is receiving gifts. I'd be lying if I claimed otherwise. 
4. What does your outfit consist of on Christmas day?
Something smart with and elasticated waist (maybe leggings and a dress), so I can stuff my face with Christmas dinner as much as possible without being sick.
5. Do you enjoy shopping for your loved ones gifts?
Well that depends. I like buying stuff for my mum because I always get her perfume, make up or skincare which is fun to buy. My dad and my brother are a nightmare because they never tell me what they want. I've bought my dad a Dior fragrance this year as well as a Garfield calendar. If my brother doesn't let me know what he wants soon he will be getting a lump of coal.
6. Have you ever received a gift you disliked and pretended you liked it?
Yes, like when I get given make up that's not to my taste I'm like wow that's amazing when I know full well I'll be taking it down to the charity shop on boxing day. I'm a bit more honest with my mum though. One year she bought me a book on birds, so I could see what birds are in the garden. I was like literally WTF, especially as I have never ever expressed an interest in birds in my whole life. But my mum does the same to me. If she doesn't like what I got her she asks me for the receipt. It's a German thing.
7. What would your ideal Christmas be?
One where I get a staffie. If you follow me on Twitter you will know all about my obsession with staffies.
8. What is your least favourite thing about Christmas?
I work on a make up counter and I really love my job, however we are not allowed any holiday or weekends off in December or November. It's seems like forever ago I had a whole weekend off, so even though I am loving how busy it is at work at the moment, I am looking forward to hopefully having a weekend off in January!
9. What is the best gift you ever received? 
There's no particular gift that sticks out. Next question. 
10. If you could choose one person to spend Christmas with who would it be and why? (Other than family)
I would chose my cat Jessie who sadly passed away over 2 years ago. I know she's not a person but she was my best friends and I still miss her every day so that's who I'd pick.
Well these are all my answers. These are the bloggers I'm tagging to do this post:
Kirsty from The Style Khalessi
Seraphina from Lil Miss Lifestyle
Shree from Porcelain Shree
Let me know if you put up the post, I'd love to read your answers!
Nuala xxx

NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo
Hey Lovelies,
Last week my local department store had 10% off all cosmetics, and of course I couldn't resist popping down to the NARS counter and making a cheeky little purchase!
I treated myself to their Kalahari eyeshadow duo which consists of these two gorgeous neutral shades. The first shade is a lovely bronze colour, the second one a taupe that reminds me a lot of MAC's Satin Taupe eyeshadow.
NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo Swatches
Both shades in the NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo are very pigmented and blend really well. The formula of both shades is very creamy, however the bronze shade is slightly more shimmery than the taupe shade. I've found a nice way to wear this eyeshadow duo is by applying the bronze shade on the lid and blending the taupe shade through the crease. As both of the colours are on the shimmery side, I prefer using a separate matte white eyeshadow to highlight my browbone and inner corner. MAC Gesso works well for this.
I've been priming my lids with the Urban Decay Primer Potion and I've not had a problems with the eyeshadows creasing or fading throughout the day.  
I'm sure I'm not the first or the last person to say this, but the one thing that I wish NARS would change about their products is the packaging! Those rubbery plastic cases are impossible to keep clean and begin to look grubby really quickly. However other than that I am still a massive fan of the brand and there are quite a few more of their eyeshadow duos I have my eye on, so I can definitely see myself investing in a few more of these in the new year!
If you're a fan of neutral easy to wear eyeshadow colours like me, I'd definitely recommend checking out the NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo! It retails for £25.00 and is available online as well as at your nearest NARS counter.
Do you have any NARS eyeshadow duos in your collection? Which ones are your favourite?
I hope you've enjoyed this post and thanks for reading!
Nuala xxx

December Advertisers

Hey Lovelies,
Hope you're all well and having a good start to December. Last month I started offering advertising on my blog and I'd love some feedback from you all on this. Is advertising something you'd like to see more of on my blog? Also, if you are advertising with me do let me know what you think. Is this you'd like me to continue with in the new year? I don't mind doing these posts as long as you like reading them!
This month I have featured 5 advertisers than the usual 4, so have a look at their links and hopefully you will discover some amazing new blogs to read!

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My names Emma and I blog over on Glossy Boutique. I've been blogging for just over a year and I don't know where I'd be without my little blog and the lovely community that surrounds beauty and fashion blogging. I'm 23, planning a wedding, a graduate with a full time job and blogging is a little hobby I have on the side! Over on Glossy Boutique you can find me blogging hauls, outfits and any beauty products that I feel I need to share with my readers! If that sounds like something you'd love to read more about then I'd be super happy for you to head on over to my bloggy. Let me know what you think, I love a good natter!
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Well that's it for my December advertisers! I hope you've enjoyed this post and if you are interested in advertising with me in January all the details are in the Disclaimer/PR section of my blog!
Have a lovely weekend! Till next time, 
Nuala xxx

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors

Hey Lovelies,
Working in a beauty hall is very dangerous. I am constantly surrounded by amazing brands and products, and my wish list is ever growing. I was actually planning on investing in some YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks, seeing as everyone plus their dog seems to be raving about them. So I swatched a few shades at the YSL counter. Don't get me wrong they are lovely lipsticks, but they just didn't wow me as much as a I thought they would. Yes, the packaging is gorgeous, they are very pigmented and feel lovely on the lips, but I don't really wanna spend 24 pounds on a YSL lipstick if I can get a MAC one for 15. 
However, when I tried the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors for the first time, it was an entirely different story.  You could say even say it was love at first application haha. If you read my blog on a regular basis you will probably already know that Clarins is one of my favourite skincare brands, but I never thought of getting any make up products from Clarins. For my cosmetics I tend to stick to brands like MAC and Benefit. But the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors may well change all that. Not only do they have the most amazing sweet cookie scent, but they also don't dry your lips out or make them feel horrible and sticky like many lip gloss type products do. The scent isn't overpowering or sickly sweet, so even if you don't like cookies (and let's be honest who doesn't like cookies), it shouldn't put you off. 
The Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors are very long wearing for a lipgloss type product and I get about 2 hours out of them before I need to reapply. I love how the gel formula of this product leaves my lips feeling soft and moisturised whilst adding just the right amount of colour as well nice sheen to my lips. 
The Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors are available in 6 different shades. After trying out all the shades at the Clarins counter, I decided to treat myself to shade 3 (Nude Shimmer) and shade 6 (Rosewood Shimmer).  As they say picture tells a thousand words, so here are swatches of both shades for you to see what you think. 
Shade 3 Nude Shimmer is, as the name suggests, very nude and sheer and I thought it would look nice worn ontop of lipstick. 

Shade 6 Rosewood Shimmer is my favourite out of the range. It's my perfect everyday colour and I'm been wearing it all the time! Not even my MAC lipsticks are getting a look in now haha!
 Clarins Lip Perfector in Shade 6 Rosewood Shimmer
My only criticism of the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors is the applicator.
The product has a soft sponge applicator which applies the product nicely on the lips, however it's not exactly the most hygienic of type of applicator. I can always squeeze the product out of the tube and apply it using my fingers or a brush though so it's not exactly the end of the world and it certainly does not put me off because I love the formula and everything else about the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors
For me, this product is totally worth the hype and I can't believe it's taken me so long to get my hands on these! They retail for £17 and are available at your nearest Clarins counter as well as online. 
Have you tried  the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors? What are your thoughts?
Nuala xxx
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