ALPHA-H Liquid Gold

I recently ordered The Cult Beauty Box by Caroline Hirons (see post here: https://irishallure.com/2015/09/01/the-cult-beauty-box-by-caroline-hirons/) and while I was on the Cult Beauty website I picked up ALPHA-H Liquid Gold.

I have heard so many good things about this product and I have been dying to try it out myself.

This product is an award-winning treatment that targets wrinkles, sun damage and pigmentation by using low pH delivery system. Basically, it works overnight to “brighten and revitalise” both tired and ageing skin and improves your complexion.

The key ingredients include glycolic acid, licorice extract and silk proteins and it is recommended for mature skin.

It is advised that you cleanse your skin as normal and apply the Liquid Gold to your face, neck and décolletage using a cotton pad every second night. Once dry, apply your usual moisturiser or serum as normal. If you would rather an intense treatment then do not follow with anything after the Liquid Gold.
I got my bottle at http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk for £33.50

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The Cult Beauty Box by Caroline Hirons

Hi guys,

So, I was lucky enough to get my hands on The Cult Beauty Box by Caroline Hirons. First of all, if you don’t know about the Cult Beauty website you can find it here – http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/ . They have a range of products from make up to skincare. It’s a great site for finding some of the world’s best beauty products that you might not easily find elsewhere.

Secondly, if you don’t know who Caroline Hirons is… then where have you been?? You can find her blog here http://www.carolinehirons.com/ and her youtube channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/dixierae25 . Caroline is a genius, look her up, listen to her… laugh with her. She’s just fab.

The box was £100 but was worth a total of £171.13 – full details below.

So I unboxed these goodies last night. See below for some pics and more info on the products inside ❤

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Benefit Cosmetics Event With Beaut.ie Dublin

I love makeup. I love Benefit. I love events. So as you can see, this evening was right up my ally.

Benefit and Beaut.ie held an event for all us Irish beauty lovers in the Residence Members Bar in Dublin. It was totes amazing.

We experienced makeovers, master classes, a question and answers session, goodie bags, food and plenty of bubbly.

There was a room full of goodies to try and buy with discounts. I decided to top up with The Porefessional and Gimme Brow. Both great products.

All in all, it was a beautiful fun evening xxx

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Fifth Avenue Dublin (Negative Review)

It had been through a tough week for me personally and I decided to get my nails done at Fifth Avenue Dublin to give myself a well needed boost.

I arrived at the salon at 4.25. My appointment was for 4.30 and I did not want to be late so I assumed 5 minutes would be time enough. For some reason this was seen as a negative by the girl at reception and I was scolded for being early and asked to wait. I can’t understand how being 5 minutes early resulted in a rude response from the receptionist but given what followed I feel this may be common practice in this establishment.

At 4.35 pm I met my nail artist and she asked me what I had on my nails. I said it was not shellac or gel, but that it was a 2 week nail polish that stays on longer. (See 2 week manicure post). She stated I should have mentioned when booking that I had nails to take off as it takes 10 – 15 minutes on top of my 45 minute manicure and will cost me 10 euro extra and she did not have time for this. I’d like to point out that this was done in a very blunt and rude manner. I understand the need for clarity but surely this does not grant a staff member permission to be obnoxious to a paying customer before they have even started the process?

She left me and proceeded to go to reception to check if she could fit me in for my 45 minute appointment and told me to sit down and wait. She came back and sat down and said nothing to me. I had to ask if she could fit me in. She said she had no choice, which were her words not mine, and began to berate me again for not informing the staff in advance that I had polish on, and that I was taking up her time and she had another client after me.

I said that I understood this and that I was a new customer and had never been there before so I had no idea, but I would do so in future.

This went on for the duration of the appointment. I sat there while she continued to scold me for my wrong doings like I was a bold child. It got to a point where I had to ask her to stop as she was actually upsetting me. Her attitude was very intimidating and I have never experienced such negativity in any customer situation in my life.

I tried to make small talk after this point saying “it’s very busy here” highlighting something positive about the store, as people kept walking in and out and she stated “yes so you see why every minute counts for me” in a horrible tone. I felt like I had come in to this person’s workplace and completely ruined her day. And she was not short of highlighting this. It had now gotten to a point where I was ready to walk out. This woman upset me to a point where I felt bullied. They had a chip on their shoulders that day and let loose on me.

In the end, ironically, the appointment took 35 minutes. I was meant to have a 45 minute manicure plus the time to take of my nail varnish. I was still informed that I had to pay extra for the removal and was sent on my way as just another nameless, faceless passerby. I by no means wanted to become best friends with my nail artist, but she certainly wanted to make me feel very badly.

I was so shaken leaving the store that it left me seething. No one deserves to be treated like this, under any circumstances, especially over something so menial and tedious that amounted to absolutely nothing in the end for the nail artist. She was completely out of order.

I would like to express also that as a new customer, I had no idea about any policy to inform the receptionist/booking agent that I had nail varnish on beforehand. I had not seen any warning of this on their website when making the booking. In fact, I have since looked at the website and there is absolutely no message anywhere that says I should have informed the salon before coming in. Considering the lecture I was given by the salon I think they should have this stated on their website before giving out to excited new clients.

The name Fifth Avenue, in the New York sense, epitomizes prestige, luxury and class. Nothing could have been further from the above, from what I experienced.

This is not the place to go to feel at ease, relaxed, pampered etc. If I could give no stars at all I would.

After seeing other people’s review on this place (on yelp) I really hope they change their attitude and treat clients better. I wish I had known all of this before stepping foot inside this salon………

Here is to a better week I hope xxx

GLAMGLOW Eye Treatment

Well HELLO GLAMGLOW!! I do love a good eye treatment. GlamGlow Brightmud eye treatment is a little pricey but worth the hype. I have tried the original GlamGlow but I really wanted to try this eye treatment as I have missed a few beauty sleeps lately and work long hours.

As with all the GlamGlow packaging… it’s big, it’s flashy but I like it.

photo 1photo 2photo 3photo 4You get 12 little packs with a left and right eye slot which contains the product. This is great because it tells you how much to use per eye. You tap on, wait 3 minutes and then wipe off. So simple and so good. However, given the cost I would suggest using just one slot of product for both eyes as there really is enough for both. This means you will get 22 uses out of the box instead of 12.

See my results from just 1 use below and let me know if you have tried it xxx

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URBAN DECAY – Glinda Palette Review

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This beautiful unique palette from Urban Decay comes with a selection of 8 colours in 6 pans. It is was designed by Urban Decay to help you create looks like that of the Glinda character in the Disney movie. First off, I am a big fan of Urban Decay since before the Naked palettes, naked foundation, eyeliners and more. I have always found that their shadows are so pigmented and easy to use in many different ways. I wear the colour Sin to work everyday.. it’s just me in a shadow pan..!

Anyways, gushing aside, this palette I was late on the bandwagon with. I picked it up in Paris on my birthday. Luckily it was 50% off – bargain!!

Along with the beautiful shades above you get the 24/7 glide-on eye pencil in the colour “Rockstar” AND a super-saturated high gloss lip colour in “Glinda”.

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Tornado: A deep purple with a slight shimmer. This applies with such ease and blends out for a smoked out look. The colour is very build able so you can control the intensity of your look.

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Aura: A split-pan with different duochrome whites shadows. The first has a violet iridescence. and is so beautiful once your eyes hit the light. The second has a rose iridescence. Both so unique. There is some fallout when using these so be mindful of that but they are so worth it!

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Magic: A soft rose pink shadow with some slight gold micro shimmer. I find it hard to use pinks sometimes but this is subtle enough to blend in with other complimentary colours without being ‘too pink’ all over.

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Illusion: A flesh-toned peach with a hint of pearl.  This shadow is perfect as a lid colour to open up your eyes and make them seem bigger and brighter instantly.

Oz

Oz: A split-pan shadow with a chrome silver and a beautiful gold. These shades contain so much glitter – perfect if that’s what you are going for but beware of the fallout and I suggest using sparingly! … still beautiful shades *sigh*

South

South: This is my favourite colour from the collection. A beautiful metallic taupe brown that works with so many looks and on so many areas of your eyes. The perfect thing about this palette is that all the shadows pop out of the tin and can be used in other Urban Decay palettes if you want to make your own collection.

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As you can see, I put my fingers on them for a few seconds and they come out so pigmented. They are all eye catching colours and so versatile. I can see myself using these colours with other palettes as they compliment many looks.

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The Super-saturated high gloss lip colour in “Glinda” is an opaque neutral pink. The texture is creamy on your lips and does not dry up. This is a great day colour and I wear it to work a lot because it fades off naturally and can then be reapplied.

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The 24/7 glide-on eye pencil in the colour “Rockstar” has an incredible formula. Like all the 24/7 eye pencils from Urban Decay. It is a purple/brown colour which again is great for a softer look during the day.

Eugh, did I mention I LOVE URBAN DECAY???? For those of you who have tried their products, you get me!

Let me know what you think and lots of love x

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Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics #12 Palette

While I was in Paris I picked up the Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics #12 Palette – A gorgeous, easy to use smoky eye palette.

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The first colour is a beautiful light silver (top right) which I like to use on the centre of my lid to brighten up a smokey look. It can be used on your inner corner if you prefer that look.

Next on the top left is matte grey. Perfect to enhance a smokey look without more and more glitter being piled on.This shade isn’t too intense so it’s perfect to blend on on the crease and add some definition to your look.

The bottom right is another shimmer charcoal shade which can be used on your outer corner to intensify the smokey eye. It could also be used to smoke out your lash line instead of a liner.

Finally the last colour is such a beautiful grey taupe which could be used on the lid or wherever you like as it’s just so gorgeous!

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I love to wear this look on a night out as it complements any outfit and instantly glams up my look. There is something so sexy about a smokey grey eye. The shadows can be used dry or wet. By using the colours wet they come alive and become more dramatic and intense. Definitely perfect for a night out! I would do a more subtle smokey look using the shadows dry for a day look.

This is my first Yves Saint Laurent product and given the quality, it won’t be my last!