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I’m like a broken record, I know, but I have pretty oily skin and as a result of this makeup, as much as I love it, doesn’t particularly love me. It sinks into my skin, oxidizes and just doesn’t hang around too long. So, as a result, over the years, I’ve tried and tested lots of different ways to make it last longer on my visage. I’ve done a post about this in the past, but I’ve updated and added some different steps, so I thought I would put together all of my Long Lasting Makeup Tips in video form and demo them on my mug πŸ™‚

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Before Makeup

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After Makeup

There is a lot of long lasting makeup steps in the video, I don’t expect anyone to do them all, unless of course you’re really oily like me. But if you struggle with your makeup slipping and sliding, or have a special occasion, some of them might help you a little. You can click on the video up above or go to my YouTube channel here to watch.

Long Lasting Makeup TipsJust in case something takes your fancy, I’ll link any reviews I have done in the past of the products I talk about in the video.

Waxperts Wonder Pads. Review here.

La Roche Posay Serozinc. Review here.

Vichy Normaderm Anti Blemish Care Moisturiser. Review here.

L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation. Review here.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation. Review here.

Nyx Micro Brow Pencil. Review here.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. Review here.

L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Spray. Review here.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette. Review here.

I really really hope you find something helpful within my waffling. These are by no means my personal long lasting makeup tips. I’ve just picked them up along the way on my makeup journey and tried and tested them on my skin.

As always, thanks for watching and if you have any other long lasting makeup tips to add to the pile, please do comment. I would love to try more πŸ™‚

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We all know St Moritz tan. The brand have been in Ireland since 2009 and are still going strong. It’s such an affordable range and is available nationwide in Penneys, Mc’Cabe’s Pharmacy,McCauley’s and Bradley’s. I was lucky enough to attend the launch of their new range this week and wanted to show you up close the St Moritz New Releases.

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They have repackaged, relaunched and launched some new products!

St Moritz New Releases

First up we have the Exfoliating Skin Primer.

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According to St Moritz this

  • Preps & primes
  • Exfoliates skin
  • Flattens & evens skin tone
  • Creates optimum base for tanning
  • Ideal for beginners or experienced tanners, but essential for all to create a beautiful streak free tan.

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It is a really fresh smelling gel with really fine exfoliating particles in it. A 200ml tube costs €6.95

Next up in the list of St Moritz new releases we have their Moisturising Tan Enhancer.

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According to St Moritz this:

  • Preps & maintains
  • Has a moisture rich formula
  • Is oil free
  • Prolongs tan with aloe vera
  • Ideal for beginners or experienced tanners, but essential for all to create and prolong the ultimate tan

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This, like the scrub is a gel like formula. It has a coconut scent to it. You can use it on any rough areas of skin like the elbows and knees before tanning too! A 200ml tube costs €6.95

The 5 in 1 Tanning Mousse is next.

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According to St Moritz this is:

  • Longer Lasting
  • Has a bb skin finish
  • Is moisture rich
  • Is skin smoothing
  • Has patented mood enhancing fragrance technology
  • Is available in medium and dark
  • Contains 100% naturally derived tanning agent
  • Has an instant guide colour

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In the bottle this to me smells really nice. I’ve yet to use it so cannot comment on how good it actually is…I’ll keep you posted πŸ™‚ It’s liquid in the bottle and then pump releases it in a mousse formula. This costs €10.95 for a 200ml bottle.

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Their Velvet Finishing Gel according to the creators is:

  • Moisture rich
  • Skin soothing hydrating
  • has a non greasy finish
  • Has even coverage
  • Has patented mood enhance fragrance technology
  • Available in medium & dark
  • 100% naturally derived tanning technology
  • It also controversially doesn’t have a guide colour. I think the reason for that is you can apply and let it develop without having to shower!

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It has the same clean smell in the tube as the others and will set you back €10.95 for 175mls

The last product from the St Moritz new releases I have is their Fast Response Tanning Mist.

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According to St Moritz this:

  • Has an guide colour
  • It is fast developing 1-3 hours depending on shade
  • Ultra light
  • Non greasy
  • Patented mood enhance fragrance technology
  • New actuator for a controlled spray
  • 100% naturally derived tanning agent

I have actually given this a go (if you follow me on snapchat, you would have seen πŸ™‚ )

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I applied it to my legs with a mitt, I wouldn’t suggest using your hands with this. It applied really easily, smelled nice going on and dried super quickly too. I am quite pasty and left it on for about 2 and half hours. It gave me a hint of colour, but I did have to go over with an instant tan to bulk it up a little. I would definitely have to keep it on for longer. This costs €10.95 for a 150ml can.

There is also a Insta-Grad Tanning Mousse in the St Moritz New Releases. I don’t have it in my possession though. According to them it:

  • Gives instant colour
  • Instant tan and gradual build up
  • No mess & no fuss
  • Tested on sensitive skin
  • 100% naturally derived tanning agent
  • Ideal for fair skin
  • Patented mood enhance fragrance technology.

For a 200ml bottle this costs €10.95.

You can check out their website here for more information.

So there you have it, all theΒ St Moritz new releases in a nutshell πŸ™‚ A product to suit every tanning mood. Any of them take your fancy?

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I bought the L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist because it was new and you don’t see many of the ‘drugstore’ brands doing these types of makeup setting sprays, at least at the moment.

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I did buy Penneys Makeup Setting Spray a while a go and can’t say I got along too well with it, maybe I am just too oily I don’t know but it doesn’t hold my makeup…and stings a little on application too which is a bit off putting.

Alot of the makeup setting sprays do have alcohol as probably their main ingredient (other than water) so if you have sensitive, be conscious of that fact. My skin rarely has reactions to things, so I don’t be too bothered taking one for the team πŸ™‚

L’Oreal say their Infallible Fixing Mist is anti-fade, anti-melt and anti-crack. That it gives a longlasting finish and extends the just applied makeup look. They are some pretty big claims, right?

I’ve been using the L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist everyday for a good month now and I have really oily skin, so I think I can give it an honest and well rounded opinion now.

Firstly, I like that the bottle is clear, you can see how much of the product you are using. You can also see that there is a white layer on the top of the liquid (I am assuming that is the presence of silica, I could be mistaken though). So, before every use you need to shake up the L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist really well. You need to do this with the majority of setting sprays so that’s not a big deal. The spray is pretty fine, but does come out of the nozzle quickly, it can give you a fright in the mornings πŸ™‚

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When I started using the Fixing Mist first, I just applied it after all of my makeup was done. I closed my eyes and sprayed in an x formation across my face a couple of times. The liquid has a nice subtle scent to it and it doesn’t sting or feel tight and uncomfortable, in fact it feel quite nice and refreshing. I did notice that it took a little longer for the shine start to show around my t-zone which was great.

irish beauty blogHowever, you can use the L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist before you apply your makeup and during the process. So, I started using it after I had applied foundation and concealer too. This for me, really made a difference. Using the mist twice on my skin really helps with keeping the natural oils from coming through my makeup.

I am no stranger to setting sprays. I have used more pricey ones from Urban Decay, Skindinavia and Mac. I can honestly say the L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist does the same job as it’s more expensive counterparts.Β  Like them, It helps your makeup last longer, and if you have been heavy handed with the powder like I always am, it takes away the chalky look from your skin.

Overall, I am a fan of the L’oreal Infallible Fixing Mist. It does the job well πŸ™‚ You can pick it up from Boots in store or online here and it will set you back €10.49 for a 100ml bottle.

 

 

If you don’t follow me on social media, firstly eh why? πŸ™‚ and secondly you won’t have seen that I took the chop with my hair this week. I decided to go to Lisa in Zinc Hair and Beauty because I had heard such great things about her. I can attest to that and say I had a really great experience there and I would definitely recommend them! I was happy to find out my hair is in pretty good shape too, so it sparked the idea to talk about my current hair care favourites in a blog post πŸ™‚

hair care favourites beauty blogI am by no means an expert on hair care, these are just the products I am using at the minute and seem to be working for me. I have alot of hair, although the hair itself is quite fine. I also get oily roots really quickly so products can weigh my hair down and make it look flat and greasy. I have to be careful.

First up is my shampoo and conditioner.

joico irelandirish makeup and beauty blogThese are from the Joico Body Luxe Range. I got sent these at Christmas and only got around to using them in the last few weeks. I have really been liking them. These are designed for fullness and volume. I usually wash my hair twice with the shampoo and then add a little conditioner to the ends while finishing off the rest of my shower routine. My hair feels lovely and soft after using them and not at all weighed down.

After washing and to add a bit more conditioning…because I can’t get enough of it πŸ™‚ I’ve been using the Mane n’ Tail Olive Oil Complex Spray Therapy.

mane n tail irelandbeauty blog irelandThis is for shine, detangling and it’s a heat protector, score!

My hair comes out by the bucket load, honestly I shed like a dog, so something like this is great. I apply a layer to my towel dried hair and then use my trusty Wet Brush (I actually have a full review of this here).

the wet brush irelandThis combo seems to give me the less amount of breakage, it doesn’t tug on any knots and I’ve definitely noticed less hair in the brush afterwards.

If I know I am going to be washing my hair early in the morning or early in the day, I love to do a conditioning treatment the night before. I call it a treatment, I literally mean put loads of conditioner into my hair and pin it up when I’m going to bed πŸ™‚

alfaparf irelandmakeup and beauty blogger irelandThe last few months, I have been using the Alfaparf Precious Nature Leave In Spray. I spoke about doing this on my Snapchat a while back. I love giving mini reviews over there. My username is ‘Beautynook’.

It’s a leave in conditioner so it doesn’t make my hair hard and unmoveable when going to sleep. You know when you put a conditioning treatment in and then your hair is like a rock so it’s super uncomfortable? If I’m super fancy, I’ll even apply some, then throw a towel into the microwave for a couple of seconds to heat it up and then put my hair into it, the heat helps the conditioner on it’s way and your hair feels extra awesome then when you wash it! The Precious Nature Leave In Spray is made specifically for coloured hair. It’s also sulphate and paraben free.

The last thing I wanted to mention is this Joico Hair Shaker.

joico hair shakerirish makeup and beauty bloggerThis is a liquid to powder texturising spray. Now I know texturising sprays don’t make your hair feel particularly nice, but if you’re looking for extra volume, they are a fab addition to your hair care collection. I don’t like backcombing my hair if I can help it, it’s so bad for the condition of it and it makes my hair fuzzy. The Hair Shaker is cool because it applies to your hair as a liquid, so you can move your hair freely into your desired style. For me that’s pretty much straight or wavy I’m low maintenance ha, and then the Hair Shaker dries to a powder finish to hold the volume you created in place. I’ve used hair powders in the past and they are just messy and leave your hair looking dull because the powder is white. Charles Worthington do a texturising spray that I love too and you can buy in Boots.

There you have it. All the hair care products I have been truly using and loving over the last couple of months. I would have included dry shampoo in this too, but the one I’m using has been discontinued…devo!

You can buy Joico from Shampoo.ie

Salon places like Xpert Professional sell Alfaparf

And Mane n Tail is available in pharmacies nationwide.

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I was lucky enough to the head of the launch of the newest Irish tan on the market a while ago. Simply named The Tan, It was created by the beauty powerhouse duo The Jenns who own the very gorgeous Vanity Rooms in Stepaside.

Let me start by saying…I bloody love this tan! I am down to the bare bones of this bottle of their Super Hydrating Liquid Gel Tan already.

Tanning if I’m honest is such a faff I don’t enjoy the process at all. The scrubbing, the application…the drying oh the drying. Standing on a towel naked with your arms and legs akimbo in the middle of your bedroom for 40 minutes waiting for tan to dry is one of the most annoying things to do in the world right?

Well I can honestly say you won’t have that problem with The Tan, it dries so quickly, I was astonished, five minutes and I was able to put clothes on without any transfer or sticky residue, hurrah!

So onto application.

My skin started out before showering with some left over tan on from the week before.

Here’s my lovely freckly Irish arm skin in all it’s glory πŸ™‚

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Before Using The Scrub Your Body Exfoliating Mitt

I used the Scrub Your Body Exfoliating Mitt from Glove Your Body, with the Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash which I reviewed here. I am loving this combo at the minute when I really want to scrub my skin. The mitt is is gritty but doesn’t pull the skin, and the body wash is lovely and foaming so together they do a great job of getting rid of all the dead skin cells and the remainder or tan or product you may have on your skin without stripping it completely. The Scrub Your Body will cost you €9.99 here

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It’s not the most photogenic product in your beauty arsenal, but it does its job very well πŸ™‚

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After Using the Scrub Your Body Exfoliating Mitt

So next step is applying The Tan. I have been using the Glove Your Body Tanning Mitt to apply my tan for the last few weeks and I have to say I am really enjoying it.

Glove Your Body

Glove Your Body is another Irish owned company which is fantastic. The Mitt itself is quite big as you can see. Inside, it has little elasticated rings to hold all your fingers in place…I know pretty nifty right? It means your fingers can still grip but you have the handiness of a flat surface on the outside on the mitt itself. The Glove Your Body is really soft and can be used on both sides without any products getting through and ruining your hands. It is also really durable, you can just pop it in the washing machine and it comes out like new! It will set you back €19.99 but it will last you a really long time so I for one think it’s worth the investment.

I am not a professional tanner, I just dive in and hope for the best πŸ™‚

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So, I apply some of The Tan Super Hydrating Liquid Tan Gel onto my glove.

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I find the Glove Your Body doesn’t soak up any of the product so you can do a little a time. I start from the bottom of my body up in small circular motions personally but whatever works for you is a ok πŸ™‚

The Tan gel is tinted so it’s really easy to see which I love, as I am forever missing spots! After application, your skin will already have a hint of colour which is handy if you have somewhere to be straight away. The Tan is a gel formula so it doesn’t slip and slide when you apply it, it soaks in really quickly and you are left with soft non sticky skin.

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After Applying The Tan

As you can see my pasty freckly arm already has a bit of colour, and that’s before development.

I tend to leave my tan on to develop overnight but you of course do whatever works for you skin.

The next day, my skin looks a bit like this.

The Tan By The Vanity Rooms

The Tan The Next Day Before Showering

 

The Tan develops into a night golden tan with no streaks. I’ve applied The Tan now on my skin probably about six times, and it didn’t streak any of those times. When applying it has a nice watermelon scent. It does smell slightly when developing, but honestly I have never ever used a tan that doesn’t yet!

The Tan by the two jenns

The Tan After Showering

After showering I am left with a nice golden colour much more pleasing to my eyes anyway then the pasty red toned skin after scrubbing πŸ™‚ Some people were blessed with lovely porcelain white skin…I was not πŸ™

The Tan Super Hydrating Liquid Gel Tan has lovely ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oil. The Jenns say this mix helps your tan fade evenly. I think it really does. I don’t find it goes patchy at all, if you stop using it and exfoliate it just disappears.

Overall, I am loving The Tan products. I use their Gradual Daily moisturiser too when I want to prolong my tan and like the Hydrating Liquid Gel it soaks in super quick and leaves you skin feeling soft.

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If you don’t like to tan yourself, The Vanity Rooms also offer professional spray tan using their products, so you don’t need to miss out πŸ™‚ Well done Jenns, you are a force to be reckoned with. The Hydrating Liquid Gel will cost you €19.99 and the Gradual Daily Bronzer is €14.99

Also, Glove Your Body is such a handy tanning tool as is the Scrub Your Body Exfoliating mitt, I am completely converted..

Take it from a tanning novice, these products combined do the job and do it well πŸ™‚

xxx

 

 

La Roche Posay Serozinc

La Roche Posay Serozinc has finally hit Irish shores! Thank the lord! I have been waiting very patiently to get my mitts on this stuff. When I saw McCabes pharmacy say they had stock in their store in Swords, I trekked out and got it no questions asked πŸ™‚ I’m a southsider!!! πŸ™‚

Serozinc is a zinc sulphate solution for oily, blemish prone skin. Its also suitable for acne prone skin too. You use it just like you would a toner. Spray it onto your skin after you cleanse,Β  leave it to soak in and you can pat any excess off, then moisturise as normal. These are the directions La Roche Posay give you.

I suffer with my skin. It goes into hormonal breakout every month and I already have oily skin to begin with. I find alot of products you can get for oily blemish prone skin can be great but really dry your skin out at the same time, which means you have to be careful with using them. I don’t find this with the Serozinc at all. I’ve been using it twice a day since I bought it and it has never dried my skin out. It has however calmed my spots and brought down their inflammation. I feel it has also helped with the texture of my skin. I have really seen a difference in the amount of comedones I suffer with i.e. whiteheads and blackheads…another lovely aspect of oily skin. I personally use it after I use the Pixi Glow Tonic in the evening which is an exfoliating toner, I adore this stuff too. I think the Serozinc adds a little moisture to my skin after using the more abrasive toner and they work really well together.

Serozinc Pixi Glow Tonic

The spray itself applies really easily, it has a nice steady flow that you can control when you spray, it doesn’t scare you in the morning when you apply it…that has happened me with some similarly packaged products :p

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In conclusion, I love the La Roche Posay Serozinc. It’s not going to save you from breakouts completely, but it will make them alot easier to handle. La Roche Posay really make fantastic skin care products. And the good news too is Serozinc will only set you back a tenner here in Ireland! It’s so worth it!!

Have you tried it? What do you use with it? I would love to know?

xxx