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Bridal Beauty: Liz Earle Smoothing Line Serum

A high end skincare range that doesn’t pilfer your purse can be hard to find. Lately, I’ve turned my affections to ole Lizzy Earle after hearing some great things from family and friends. I am on a mission to have my skin perfect for the wedding and I am willing to put my face on the line for all you other brides and skincare enthusiasts alike.

Within my Liz Earle skincare set, I got the Smoothing Line serum too and I was thought “oh, hellllllllllllllllooo!” I’ve started to notice as I creep towards 30, that I’ve all kinds of lines that seem to have cropped up out of nowhere. Either that, or I am just staring in the mirror a little longer, oh the vanity! Now, ideally, I would like this lines to feck off, but it’s probably not going to happen but this little baby certainly reduces the appearance of them.

 

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Enriched with antioxidant grapeseed extract and soothing echinacea, this serum plumps and give elasticity to the skin. It’s oil free too, so it’s great for all us shiny sebum producing creatures. Simply apply at night under your Liz Earle Moisturiser to seal in an extra hydration boost. You can also use it as lightweight alternative to moisturiser for really oily or combination skin.

The serum worked really well on my decolletage and my nasolabial lines. You know those little shit ones that go from your nose to your mouth and in certain light looks like an old Tom Selleck? Yep, those ones. After I’ve cleansed, toned and moisturised, I gently pat this onto my face, paying extra attention to the eye area.

This serum will appeal to brides looking to get their skin in the best shape it possibly can be especially if you are worried about how oily your skin is.

The serum is €22.00 but you only need a small amount and it should last you. Check out http://ie.lizearle.com/smoothing-line-serum.html for some great deals or drop into Boots for a personalised consultation now.

Cheers Lizzie babes!

The Girl Pout Town x

 

 

 

 

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MAC’s Waterweight Foundation

So, as you may have gathered by now, I am quite the slut for MAC. There’s very few products within the range that I don’t like, they are my go to brand. They’ve recently added a new foundation to their range, waheeeeyyyyy… *does a little wee in the pantalons*. It’s the Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation and it’s an excellent addition to their foundation lineup. I love the Face & Body Foundation and if you like that, than you’ll really like this foundation too. The water-like formula sets to a satin finish that is neither matte nor moisturising—striking a balance that makes this an option for nearly any skin type, including the acne-prone. Woop! There’s also an SPF 30 + in this foundation too. Not only is it making your skin look sh*t hot, it’s also protecting it.

 

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Housed in a heavy glass bottle with a dropper applicator (there’s those bleeding droppers again, they are everywhere!!), Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation is a clever addition to the recent trend of serum foundations. This provides initially sheer coverage that can be layered to medium and looks incredibly natural on skin because let’s be honest, no one wants a cake face, except for X-Tina that is..

 

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Due to its fluid nature, you may be surprised by how little you need to cover your whole face, unless you’ve a face like the moon that is!!  A few drops were more than sufficient for a full face and it easily evened out a  my complexion.

This blends effortlessly onto skin—whether you use your fingers, a sponge or brush. Those with oily or combination skin will likely love how light this feels, while those on the dry side will find this layers well over a richer moisturiser and resists clinging to dry patches. This does not control shine well, nor does it claim to, so expect to powder and/or blot as usual.

Mac currently offers this in a stunning array of 23 shades that includes the most common shades between fair to deep skin tones. As this has a lighter degree of coverage, the shades are more forgiving!

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You can get your Waterweight foundation in Brown Thomas today. It’s €36.50 and if Santa was real sound, he’d bring this for you 😉

 

The Girl Pout Town x

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No7’s Airbrush Away Primer

Ah, primer! Everyone should be using primer, it’s one of my ultimate items in my makeup kit. Young and old alike, we can all benefit from using it. I am pretty sure I’d even like this primer for my funeral makeup! That’s how strong my love is for primer. I may be dead, but at least my skin looks sh&t hot! Having used it on myself, for a bridal party and a bridal trial, my conclusion is that this primer is a good ‘un! Once your base is perfected, it makes the rest of your makeup so much easier.

It’s a 30ml tube and it goes on to a peachy silk effect. Both my Mac and Vichy foundations glided nicely over it with minimum effort. That’s what you want in the morning, easy makeup routines! I used this primer on all skin types, young and old, dry and oily and it really worked well across each one. Which can be rare! This primer is also fantastic when paired with it’s No7 counterpart – Airbrush Away Foundation! You’ll be quite the matte Mary if you use these two together.

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The primer is long-lasting too and really gives a nice base for you to apply your foundation on. It’ll even out the skin-tone and act as a protective barrier for you skin. This primer contains silicon and light diffusing particles that puts wrinkles, pores and uneven skin tone into soft focus, reducing the appearance of all the signs of ageing instantly!! Pores and fine lines appear to disappear and wrinkles are put in to soft focus leaving your skin perfectly smooth and even all day.

It contains that all important hyaluronic acid, which are moisture locking spheres to help soften the appearance of fine lines and smooth the skin. I will gladly be off my head on this kind of acid all the live long day!!!

The primer is available in store and online from Boots and it’s €22.00. There’s a 3 for 2 offer on at the moment too! You only need a pea sized amount and spread evenly over moisturised skin.

The Girl Pout Town x

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Pestle & Mortar – Drops of Beauty!

My skin can be bi-polar, it can go from having really oily patches to being dry like the Sahara. Neither are a good look. Dehydration is just one of the ailments us makeup whores have to battle each day, and it can be a tough one. This serum promises to smooth fine lines and return elasticity to skin.

Now, I know drinking tonnes of water every day will help us all with the battle against dehydration, but I tend to be a pissy pants all the live long day when I try to drink the recommended amount, I own the bladder of a small kitten. So, if something can help me with restoring some hydration to the skin and make me look youthful at the same time, then I am downing that shiz!!

I received this serum from Pestle & Mortar and was looking forward to using it. I love the packaging, do you know little ointment droppy things are in? Yep, there’s a sentence I never thought I’d be pompous enough to buy into 😉 But they do make sure you only use the right amount. The packaging reminds me of Jo Malone feel and errrrr’body loves Jo.

Pestle-Mortar-058-layeredI have decided I am going to be much nicer to my skin now and get it in tip-top shape for the wedding and I think this is perfect product to help me get there or for any brides looking to give their skin that boost on the run up to their wedding.

The main ingredients of this serum are: (I am about to sound like Harry Potter on Ketamine!)

  • Sodium Hyaluronate – this can hold more water than any other natural substance and so it helps the skin absorb water more effectively and reduces trans-epidermal water loss.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Gel – aloe soothes, calms and tackles any dry patches.
  • Padina Pavonica Extract – a microscopic alga that’s proven to promote the skin’s youthful appearance.
  • Vitamin E – protects the skin from some UV light and reduces water loss from skin.
  • Acytyl Hexapeptide-8 – synthetically derived peptide with water-binding properties.

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I’ve been using two drops in the morning and two again in the evening under my moisturiser. It leaves the skin feeling velvety soft, I forgot it while I was away last week and could see where my skin had gone dry from not using it.

It’ll set you back €42.99 for 30ml but the bottle will last for ages and this has left my skin in great condition and sometimes it’s just time to look after the skin and only certain products will achieve that. This beauty is one of them, my skin looks more awake and radiant! And who doesn’t want to be a radiant bride?

Pestle & Mortar is available on their website: http://www.pestleandmortarcosmetics.com/ and it’s now available in Arnotts too.

The Girl Pout Town x

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Strobing – It’s nothing new!!!

If you are a social media whore like myself, you’ve probably noticed a bit of buzz around the word ”Strobing”? What the fook is strobing though? It kind of sounds like something you might do while on E. Well, apparently, it’s the new contouring darling. Except, it’s not really new. I’ve been strobing for years… I didn’t even know I was so on-trend. Sad face.

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The good news is, it’s a lot easier and takes less time than contouring and it’s also a lot more natural. Instead of shading ourselves to within an inch of our lives, we just highlight certain features with a glow. If you’ve been a client of mine before, lucky you(!), you’ll know I enjoy a good highlighter. You will allow your skin to breathe a bit more as you’ll have less layers on it.

Strobing focuses exclusively on highlighter, applied where light would naturally hit your face – your cheekbones, brow bones, the centre of your forehead, down your nose, on your chin and above your cupid’s bow.)It’s all about popping and less about hiding and totally changing your face… beyond recognition in some instances!

Here’s my top products for you to ”strobe” with:

1. Mac’s Strobe Cream

So, this baby is technically a base product and it’s a brilliant one too. But it can also be used as a highlighter thanks to it’s iridescent particles. It will enhance your complexion and take your skin from to dull to glowing in an instant. You can pick this up for €33.50 for a 50ml tube.

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2. Mac’s Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

One of my favourite highlighters of all time, Mac’s Soft and Gentle gives you a fabulous glow. If you wet your fingers a little, this will enhance your glow. It sweeps beautifully onto the apple of the cheeks. I have this product in Lightscapade too and it’s just as good. It’s €30.00 but it’s worth every pretty penny!

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3. Botanics Radiance Balm

Botanics Radiance Balm can be used all over the face for an even and perfected skin-tone. It can also be used to give you a ”wetter” looking glow. It will definitely look less matte than the powder highlighters but you will be getting a shimmer that will dazzle. It’s a very good dupe for Mac’s Strobe Cream and it’s only €3.99 from Boots.

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4. Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick

This Boots product is another great multi-tasker and it’ll help you achieve the look easily. It can be used as an eyeshadow too. The lightest colour in this shimmer brick will give you a nice gentle glow. This is perfect for anyone who might be a little afraid.  Oh, and it isn’t pink like the tube suggests either and the best part is that you can pick up this product for €3.99.

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5. Phloof! Eyeshadow from Mac

A great eyeshadow to have to hand as it doubles up as a highlighter too. Hoorah. You can get this as a refill for €10 or a stand alone shadow for €16.50. It has been favourite of mine for years and it looks fantastic under the brow area.

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I thought I’d write this piece to keep you all informed that you don’t have to rush out and buy a load of new products to be in with the Strobe crew, you probably already have it at home and you might even already be doing it, if you’ve been following my tips 🙂

May the Strobe be with you,

The Girl Pout Town x

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Botox Facial??!! – Juliette Armand Skin Boosters

”Your appointment with plastic surgery is postponed” is the tagline for these Juliette Armand Skin Booster facials. And you know what? They are right!

I jumped at the chance to try out the non-invasive treatment at Creative Spa as it’s a popular subject with my clients. People are so afraid of botox now after hearing a number of horror stories about the wrong stuff being injected or allergic reactions. So, a facial that offers similar results to botox was right up my street. Plus there’s not much I’d say no to except maybe a colonic irrigation off an enemy.

Now, I am not saying I am an old leather bag, yet(!), or anything but I am definitely starting to see the signs of aging. My eye area, around my lips and even my forehead. I definitely laugh way too much, and I kind of smile like the mask from the Saw movies.

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The one giveaway sign of way too much botox, I feel, is a big shiny forehead coupled with the lack of movement in said forehead or general facial expressions.

No, I am sad, really sad… Can’t you tell?

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The Skin Booster system is parabens free, propylene glycol free, mineral oil free and allergen free. It uses active ingredients to work deep down into your muscles in order to stop them contracting and causing wrinkles. Botox will just work on your muscle, where the Skin Boosters improve the appearance of your skin too.

Kim was my therapist for the day and she told me that my prescriptive treatment would be the Thavma facial. This facial is particularly good for Under 45’s. You can also opt into a Chronos or Opsis facial depending on your age and needs, there’s something for everyone. Thavma Therapy is based on the EFFECTOX ™(You know shiz is good when they trademark a name!!!) technology that inhibits the mechanism that is responsible for the creation of expression lines and wrinkles. But there’s more: it also offers protection from the main types of aging.

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The Thavma serum that is placed on your skin during the facial works deep down into the cells, it kind of feels like pins and needles all over your face. It’s not remotely uncomfortable though, in case you think I am signing you up for some sadistic acupuncture. As soon as this serum is placed onto your skin, it gets to work. It stimulates the blood flow to create new cells and to give your skin a more youthful appearance.

The cream that works on your lines and wrinkles specifically is in a syringe format but rest assured, it’s not a syringe. It’s a cream placed into the wrinkles of your skin to get to work.The Thavma cream smells lovely too, it smells like a Banana yogurt. Yes, the temptation to lick my own face was quite strong.

On top of all this, the hands that delivered the facial and the massage while the serum did it’s work were amazing. Kim is an exceptional masseuse as she even eased as out tension knot in my back. It helps too that’s she very funny and very clear about each step that she performs on you.

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When I got home, my other half commented that my eyes looked bigger or ”lifted” and this is huge, as he usually says I look like Lucy Liu’s paler blonde cousin. My skin looked plump, fresh and youthful. I could see the blood had rushed to my cheeks too as it worked to produce new cells and I rarely change colour on my face, I’m like something out of Twilight. My cheeks felt plumper too and my forehead was smooth. I looked like I’d just come out of the womb!

The facial lasts 45 minutes and it’s €80.00. While you might think this is a little pricey, when you see the results you’ll gladly pay the money. This would be fantastic for a bride or anyone who is half tempted by botox but is scared shitless of the risks. A course of 10 facials are recommended for maximum results, but you can see a massive difference after three.

There are at home products available to use too if you just wanted one facial and then to use the creams. I think it’s time for me to invest in my face, so I am thinking of doing the exact same myself.

You can check out the Juliette Armand Skin Boosters at Creative Spa today, they are running special offers on their products and facials until Saturday. Call Aoife on 01-4295122 or check them out here.

For more information on Juliette Armand, you can check out their website here.

The Girl Pout Town x

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Ógra Skincare Range

Peat on your face?? Ah sure load it on there Ted. I received the Ógra Face and Body Mask this week and I was more than happy to dive straight in and test it. As you know, I will pretty much try anything. But if you had of told me I’d be putting bog on my face.. well, I would have told you to go and shite!!

Ógra, meaning youth, are the first in Ireland to use peat as an integral ingredient in their range. The product is packed with vitamins, minerals and trace elements to treat, hydrate and restore the skin. ÓGRA harnesses all the goodness and preservative qualities of natural Irish peat to enhance and rejuvenate the skin. The rejuvenating benefits come from a mixture of essential oils, humic acids and lipoids in the peat. These penetrate the skin, re-establishing the Ph balance and encouraging blood flow. Their products have been recommended also to help with conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and acne, that’s some impressive stuff.

I put this on one evening after work and despite looking like an absolute creature after emerging from the depths of a swamp, I could feel it work instantly. It’s quite gloopy and I followed the instructions and began treating my problem areas. I did my chin, above my lips and my nose as a tester. I looked like a dodgy Ali G by the time I was finished but the tingling sensation let me know that it was working. I left this for ten minutes and then removed with warm water.

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My skin looked better afterwards and it felt really nice to touch too. My pesky pores reduced considerably too! Take that, you bastards. I tried this again for the next two evenings and I can see my chin is improving where there would usually be some hormonal spots. I am really selling myself here!!! I’d say I will really feel the benefits of this product when I return from my drink filled upcoming holiday!

The packaging is really nice too and it feels like a luxury product in hand and on your face too.

You can check out Ógra skincare here and this product is €59.95… it will last you though and you’re really treating yourself to some essential nourishment.

The Girl Pout Town x