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If you hadn’t seen all over my Instagram at the time, I went to Budapest a few weeks ago with the lovely sisters known online as @itscherrysue and @stonetravel Corrina is the absolute QUEEN of travel and had gotten this awesome weekend in Budapest for €200 including flights, accommodation and transfers. Not bad at all, right? So, you bet your ass, I jumped in on their little getaway and sure I even managed to fit a little travel vlog in while we were there πŸ™‚

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I’ve done a couple of travel vlogs now. There’s one of Brussels here and Malta here. I still find it weird to pull out the camera on people and myself so just be aware of that. There is a lot of musical montage going on πŸ™‚

We stayed in the Burg Hotel. It was pretty old fashioned, but it was clean and super cheap. It was easily accessible too and the view was lovely! As bad hotels go, I would recommend it for sure. We did a city tour bus and got to see a lot of the amazing architecture that way. It also meant we got a free trip on the Danube too, which was absolutely gorgeous and well worth doing.

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We ate some super tasty Japanese food the first day we were there. And then we sampled some of the local cuisine before we went home. You can see that in full in the travel vlog. I have to be honest, I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of Hungarian cuisine.

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We had a pretty chilled weekend to be fair. Had a drink or two, soaked in the views.

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And finished things off with a trip to the House Of Terror Museum. If you want to know the history of Budapest, it’s a must! The Baths were on the agenda, but as I explain in the vlog, it just wasn’t meant to be. Next time for sure!

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Thanks to the girls for letting me tag along on their trip, I appreciate it no end! Let me know what you think of the travel vlog. I’m a beauty blogger at heart, but it’s nice to mix it up every now and again.

Gemma

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Yep they’ve finally gone and done it! Cocoa Brown have released an instant tan! They’ve answered our tanning prayers πŸ™‚

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Us bloggers got all dolled up and headed to The Shelbourne this past Sunday where we were treated to a lovely and pink afternoon by Marissa and the Cocoa Brown girls. We were showered with gifts and the new Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronzing Gels were unleashed on us.

 

Marissa has created two different Instant Tan Bronzing Gels. One is matte.

Cocoa Brown Instan Tan Bronzing Gel Matte

And the other has shimmer running through it.

Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronze Gel Shimmer

Here’s the matte one Bronzing Gel on my hand.

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And here you can see the matte and the shimmer bronzing gel side by side.

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They both differ in consistency slightly, the matte one is more of a fluid gel, where as the one with the shimmer is, well more of a gel texture πŸ™‚

Both of the Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronzing Gel’s apply to the skin super easy, there’s not much faffing about and they dry really quickly too. You can apply as many layers of them as you need to build up the colour you want without the product going patchy as they are a thin gel and blend really well.Β  Added bonus they smell really nice too πŸ™‚

Obviously, I’ve only had these babies since Sunday so I haven’t given them a full road test yet, but first impressions are really good.

I applied them on both my legs to give you a better look at the finish you are left with. I applied with my hands, but of course you can use a mitt if you want too. (Cocoa Brown have just brought out a double sided one fyi πŸ™‚

Here’s my pasty leg with nothing on it.

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I applied a couple of coats of the matte instant tan.

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Then it’s time for the shimmer instant tan. Again, my other pasty leg :p

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Then a couple of coats of the shimmer tan.

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The shimmer is hard to pick up on my camera, but there’s alot of shimmer going on, I promise.

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It really is tanning in an instant, and the product is splash proof, thank god with unpredictable weather like ours πŸ™‚

 

I for one am so happy about these releases. I hold my hands up and admit I am such a lazy tanner, it’s one of my least favourite things to do, so I love a good instant tan, it just takes the effort out of it really. Also if you’re pale like me and your developing tan doesn’t always develop enough, it’s handy to have something like this in your beauty drawer for back up.

 

Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronzing Gel should be hitting the shelves in Penneys stores near you very soon or you can order from Cloud10beautyΒ  here. Β They will both be €6.99 for 150ml tube.

Will you be picking one or both of them up? Let me know what you think.

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I was invited onto Benefit’s Benebus on a cold windy and rainy evening this week. Where’s the pretty picture of the bus you ask? We would have taken our lives into our own hands trying to take a snap in that weather, apologies πŸ™‚

I do however have the down low on Benefit’s newest launch coming to stores near you at the end of February.

The evening itself was so much fun. Benefit sure know how to put on a soiree and show a gal a good time

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We were whisked into a 50’s salon wonderland on board the bus.

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Benefit goodies

It was the perfect surroundings for their newest product “Roller Lash” mascara.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

The idea behind Roller Lash is the Velcro roller…what? Well think about it we still to this day use Velcro rollers to give our hair some volume and curl why can’t they use a similar concept to create a mascara?

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Roller Lash Mascara

It is a curling mascara (obviously),Β  a lightweight formula so you can layer it up, it is also meant to last for 12 hours without clumping or transferring, but is still easy to get off. The plastic, curved wand has little hooks all over it to lift and curl your lashes as you coat them. You can hardly see them but they are there we promise πŸ™‚

Benefit mascara wand up closeHere it is in action on board the Benebus.

Roller Lash New Benefit Irish Launch 2013 (28)And after playing with it for a couple of days, I am so far impressed with this little tube, it has been living up to its expectations. For a mascara this is very difficult indeed.

Our goodie bags which were such a pretty Benefit makeup bag I had to show you.

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It also contained Benefit’s newest undereye de-puffer, “Puff Off”.

Benefit Puff OffPuff OffYes the applicator is a tiny iron!! This is meant to glide on, cool your undereye on contact and rid you of your morning eye puffiness. We shall test this out and report back to you.

There you have it, Benefit’s newest launch of 2015, we really think your going to like it.

Thanks for reading.

Gemma

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