Beauty Belle For A Beautiful You

Hello Everyone,

Beauty Belle is a brand that I recently discovered as I was in search of a mask that would help rejuvenate my skin as it has been pretty washed out and dull looking for the past couple of weeks (the joys of motherhood). Offering innovative beauty products that are both personally tested and selected from leading brands across the world, allowing you to access these products in your own home without needing to pay salon or spa prices.

One of my favourite masks that I have tried out is the Under Eye Mask With Collagen & Green Tea Extract which is an intensive under eye treatment to nourish and minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, under eye shadow and dryness while increasing elasticity and firmness for a youthful appearance. There are three in each pack and they are suitable for all skin types, these under eye patches are infused with collagen and energising ingredients, cut to the shape of the under eye and ready to use.

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Instructions: Gently cleanse the area, remove mask from packaging, peel of patch from clear sheet, apply under the eye and wear for 15-20 minutes.

As a new mom, early starts and late nights are part of my daily routine so come the end of the week I am not always looking my best. However this particular was great at cooling and reducing puffiness and managed to brightened my eye area, making both my eyes look renewed. Whats more after each use I looked as though I have had 10 hours sleep.

I was a little skeptical when it said it would reduce puffiness, but it actually did! The results didn’t last long, but it was great to have fresh-looking skin in the morning. Not forgetting to mention the packaging is pretty easy to open, the mask itself feels a little slimy but that’s typical for masks. Also, the mask itself does look a little creepy on your face but what mask isn’t!

Here is the link if you would like to have a little sneak peek. Happy Shopping Lovelies!

As Always Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

The Aurora Band Night Roller

Lets face it having perfect hair when you wake up is every girl’s dream. Sadly, if you want a good nights sleep the likelihood of waking up without a strand out of place is pretty slim… well, that is what I thought until I discovered The Aurora Band Night Roller!

I came across this product a few months back. I was on watching some hair tutorials on youtube and you know when you are recommended a video, then the following recommended video, so on and so forth. You end up somewhere that you haven’t really branched out to before but I happened to symbol across The Aurora Band Night Roller. 
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What is the Aurora Band Night Roller?

It is a velcro and foam roller that fit’s around the head in one whole piece. The concept is similar to that of Sleep In Rollers, however the Aurora Hair Roller is much easier (and quicker) to use. This night roller is ideally suited for use in long, layered hair.

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The band is designed to style your hair while you sleep. To use the Aurora Band, wash your hair as usual and remove moisture from hair until it is slightly damp. Brush thoroughly and choose your desired parting. Place the Aurora Band on your head and secure on your forehead.

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In the morning remove the band by unlooping the hair from the nape of the neck to the front (I have to admit I found it a little difficult to remove the band at the beginning but I am getting better at it). Shake out the hair and tease into style.

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All in all I found the Aurora Night Roller very easy to use. It’s quick, simple, painless, no messing around with pins and it was comfortable to sleep in. Such a simple concept, yet really effective! Also, if you’re like me and your hair is prone to break from the heat of straighteners and curling wands, then this is the way to go! No heat means no damage.

Charlotte Tillbury Dry Sheet Face Mask

Hello Lovelies,

I can’t say I’ve ever been confounded by a skin-care product, but that was before I met Charlotte Tillbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet mask. This unique sheet mask is like nothing you’ve tried before! It has an in-built technological 5 Skin Solution IQ which tailors to your skin, feeding it exactly what it needs.

Even skincare heroes have character flaws. While face masks are the ultimate quick fix for a number of pressing skin complexions issues from redness to dehydration, serum-soaked sheet masks can leave too much product behind and cream formulas can get really messy very quickly. Leave it to the legendary Charlotte Tilbury to use her magic to come up with a solution for face mask devotees everywhere: A dry face mask.

Best worn while holding a bowl of candy on Halloween. This thing is spooky-looking. You loop it over your ears and wear it for fifteen minutes. During those fifteen minutes I look like the fictional character Michael Myers. Therefore I chose to avoid human contact while wearing it.

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I used it after cleansing and toning my face. Putting on the dry mask with the pink side of the fabric facing the skin and massaging it on my face in order “to activate the ingredients” as the instructions state. Wearing the mask does feel comfortable enough while doing things around the house and it stays on well. The product only has a very faint, soft fragrance, nothing perfumey or lingering, which to me is a big positive. After 15 minutes I removed the mask and folded it back into the packaging because each mask can be used up to three times. I found that my skin is so much more hydrated and looks and feels great, it is a very different experience compared to a wet sheet mask.

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The new product is also a “smart” mask in that it finds your problems and fixes them. It’s revolutionary in many ways. First of all, it is a dry sheet mask, so there won’t be any serum on your face during the treatment. Instead, it feels like a balmy, soothing cloth that you hook over your ears to hold it in place. Its mission is to leave you with a dewy, hydrated glow. As soon as the skin gets in contact with these nourishing ingredients, it grabs onto them and basically feeds on them. So if there is a dry patch, it heals it; or if there are fine lines, it plumps them. “It acts like a bespoke mask.

If you are in the market and are in search of a mask that is supplies a hydrating glow this is the mask for you. Retailing at €24.00, it is a little steep but in my opinion well worth the price tag!

As Always Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

 

 

Voesh Spa Treatment

Hello Lovelies,

Though winter hibernation is nice for a few reasons there are certain parts of our body that do tend to suffer after months of not seeing the sun. Namely, our feet. Wrapped in fuzzy socks and shielded from the elements, they typically emerge for the summer season looking pasty, cracked, and worse for the wear. In other words, not exactly the ideal platform for showing off our new Aquazzurra sandals. With that in mind, Voesh has created some pretty innovative products: the Premium Pedicure Foot Mask Socks and the Premium Manicure Hand Mask Gloves.

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For any of you that follow me on Instagram you will know that my home away from home is 5th Avenue on Clarendon Street here in Dublin. I recently had the pleasure of trying the Voesh Collagen Gloves when I went in for a manicure and pedicure. These masks are designed to combat both areas. The generous amount of collagen and vitamin E inside the gloves and socks do an amazing job moisturizing the skin. The UV protection repels 99% of the harmful rays. The smart design includes precut fingertips and toes so that the treatment can continue even while the nails are being painted.

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The tips of both masks are removable, so that you can receive your manicure while your skin is getting an awesome moisturizing treatment. The Voesh treatment for the foot mask firstly entailed first a foot scrub to remove dead skin (and remove old polish). Then a hot towel was used to warm my feet and to wipe off any excess residue. After putting on the foot mask, the Collagen/Vitamin E was massaged and began to absorb into my skin. The pre-cut lines on the gloves made it so easy to remove the tips to put polish on.

Once my nails were dry it was just a case of pulling off the gloves which left a slight residue on my skin.  This was then massaged in (or can be rinsed off) leaving a light floral scent behind. Both the foot and treatment works the same way, except the toe pieces pull off as one instead of individually making it easier to use a toe separator when it is time to apply polish.

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Once we had completed the treatment I cannot highlight how much the Voesh had truly brought life back into my skin! The gloves and socks helped my skin absorb and retain both the collagen and vitamin E. My hands and feet looked younger and softer the instant I removed the gloves and socks.  The soft floral scent is so calming and nice. I love it! I really wished I had a bottle of the product that was inside the gloves and socks. I would love to be able to put it on all of my skin. Not to mention that 5th Avenue have a special offer for the Voesh Pedicure for €40.00 so it is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to beat those January blues! Here is the link for any of you lovelies who would like to book yourself in https://www.fifthavenuedublin.ie

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Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

Powder ‘N’ Pout

Good Morning Lovelies,

Happy Thursday! How is your week going?

I have something amazing that I want to share with you today. Powder ‘N’ Pout Brushes are a brand new brush company and best of all they are Irish! They are affordable, the range is massive and the quality is right up there with the most expensive tools in my collection. These beauty brushes are on par with MAC but at a much more reasonable price point, and needless to say have become an essential part of my daily routine.

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There is no better time to support Irish businesses, than around Christmas. In my opinion, one of the greatest gifts you can receive, is a set of makeup brushes. Whether you wear layers upon layers of makeup, or opt for foundation – a set of basic makeup brushes is a must have. Time again, I see friends spend a huge amount of money on makeup, to only apply it incorrectly with the wrong or age-old tools.

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Personally I cant say one negative thing about them. they are beautiful, practical, and affordable. What girl wouldn’t want to add these to their collection? They are incredible.

First up is the Fluffy Blender P310 ideal for smooth and even blending and shading with eyeshadow. It’s chiseled for precise blending of eyeshadow on the outer “v” for a dramatic smokey eye. With fine bristles perfectly apply color to the eye fold.
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The Flat Contour P050 – This one is must for all the “Contour Queens” out there! This makeup brush is densely packed with ultra-fine synthetic hair, it’s structured flat shape is designed to tuck directly under the cheekbone, forehead, jawline and around the harder to reach edges of the face with minimal absorption of product on the brush. Ideal for use with liquids, creams, or pressed/loose bronzer powder. To create beautiful sculpting, suck in your cheeks, positioning the brush directly under the centre of the cheekbone focusing on the natural flat plane under your cheeks. Soften the pressure as you move the brush upwards to create a soft diffusion of colour up onto the cheekbone.
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The Oval Foundation P010 – This foundation brush has soft fibres ideal for the application of precise foundation or concealer placement. Again, perfect for cream and liquid products such as primers and foundations. This is the traditional “paint brush” style of foundation makeup brush.
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Now I have saved the best until last the Powder Dome P100 – The Powder Dome is a full and dense multi-purpose powder brush for dusting that loose or pressed powder on your face or body. Featuring super soft fibres that form a large fluffy rounded shape perfect for seamless blending and finishing your makeup look. For an extra tip, it’s also great for dusting shimmer on top of tanned legs or arms for that extra glow.
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The Pout ‘N’ Powder Range is now my official favourite make up brush collection of all time. I know I am talking Holy Grail status. Have you tried any brushes from Powder ‘N’ Pout?  What do I need to try next? You can have a look at their entire range on https://www.powdernpout.com.
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Jo Browne Natural Solid Perfume

Good Morning Lovelies,

Today, I am here to give you my latest review on something that I have never reviewed before, perfume! I was kindly sent three fragrances from Jo Browne Natural Solid Perfumes which consisted of Floral Note (Lemongrass&Wild Jasmine) Sweet Note (Citrus with Crushes Vanilla) and Oriental Note (Spice Tea & Honey). Each fragrance has a completely unique fresh scent that really awakes the senses. Initially I was drawn to Floral Note however as the time has pass I have begun to alternate them as I think they are all equally fresh each and every time you apply them. The lasting power of these perfumes are unbelievable, easily 8 hours without applying more throughout the day.

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All these fragrances are individually handmade using organic beeswax and essential oils, a process which takes up to 6 months. So what exactly is in these solid perfumes? Well ingredients wise none of the perfumes contain anything nasty. The likes of anything artificial or harsh on the skin are nowhere to be seen. They are 100% natural and all ingredients organically sourced where possible. The solid base of each perfume is made up of a mixture of organic beeswax, mango butter, jojoba oil, rice bran oil and vitamin e. All fantastic ingredients for the skin. The packaging itself consisting of bamboo is also natural and fits in perfectly with Joanne’s ethics and values.

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These Perfumes are packaged like a lip balm. To apply you simply take off the cap and twist the bottom, allowing the solid perfume to roll up. Due to the fact they are solid you can apply without marking clothes

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You can easily see that the passion and drive of Jo Browne and the consistent high quality of the ingredients are at the core of each product. Not to mention  that all products are travel friendly and approved to fly with.

These cost €18 each and I can guarantee they will last you forever as a little bit of these perfumes go a long way! They are so reasonable compared to perfume off the shelf. These perfumes give you a long lasting scent which is absolutely amazing. Check them out here.

Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

Catrice Highlighting Powder

Hello Lovelies,

Catrice, as you probably know is one of my favourite super affordable brands, so I am always stalking the stands in Penneys and my local chemists for the new releases.

Case in point is today’s quietly brilliant Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder. If there’s anything better than a really lusted after beauty item, it’s one that costs less than most magazines. So today is an example of that perfect storm in the beauty world, where a product manages to be blissfully cheap and blissfully good.

Now this highlighting powder only comes in one shade but hopefully they’ll bring out more because the formula is second to none.  We’re talking easy application and the most gorgeous glow ever to adorn your cheekbon. Since this powder is baked, you can see this beautiful ‘marble’ texture which I really love. It reminds me a lot of the Mac Mineralize Skinfinishes in a way.

If you’re debating on whether or not you should purchase this highlight, I would say go for it! It’s the perfect highlighting powder for beginners and even those of you who really enjoy the highlighting trend already. It’s perfect for everyday wear and can be build up to look more intense. The glow and dewiness that it adds to the cheeks is beautiful and besides the texture being a bit dry and powdery, I don’t have any other remarks.

In short, basically this is fantastic and in all likelihood, you absolutely need to buy it. This is not easy to find but I know Penneys have recently restocked their stands. So if you spot it anywhere, you need to pick it up! The Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder is now available for €5.50 (8 g).

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The Beauty Of Bio Oil

Now don’t get me wrong when it comes to stretch marks, there’s no reason not to celebrate them as part of the story that made you you – whether you gained them after having a baby, or growing two foot in one summer. But if yours are bothering you, there are ways to get hands-on and tackle them, should you want to.

Treating stretch marks has become much more easier in the last few years, especially with so many new treatments showing up for us to try. One of these treatments is Bio Oil. Bio-Oil is a product that I have been aware of for some time, mostly because it claims to tackle scars, stretch marks, and uneven skin tone, something many of us are dealing with.

This skincare product infuses skin with rich moisturizers to hydrate and nourish. Bio-Oil specialises in treating scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tones, aging or dehydrated skin which can also be used as an after-sun treatment and bath oil. It is formulated with PureCellin oil to make it easy for skin to absorb.

For me personally I have found it best to use throughout my pregnancy to prevent stretch marks from ever appearing which to date they have not. The company recommends starting use during the second trimester. Use it twice a day for best results in areas like the belly, lower back, breasts, hips and thighs.

Bio‑Oil has been used safely by pregnant women for over 20 years to prevent the formation of stretch marks by keeping the skin well-hydrated and supple. Its unique formulation works to maximize the skin’s elasticity, thereby reducing the possibility of pregnancy stretch marks forming. Not only does it help prevent the formation of stretch marks, it also provides a comprehensive skincare solution for use throughout pregnancy. When regularly applied, Bio-Oil can alleviate itchy and dehydrated skin as well as improve uneven skin tone that can result from hormonal fluctuations.

The Price of Bio Oil – One aspect that deserves special attention is the cost of Bio Oil, which runs at about €8.00 for over 4 ounces. At such a low price, this item is very affordable for most skin care budgets.

Where to Buy Bio Oil – Bio Oil can be purchased through virtually any major retailer in Ireland. Because it is so easily found, the product can be a good choice for a regular routine, because it can be easily replenished.

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Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water

Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water is an easy way to remove even waterproof make-up, and cleanse and nourish the feel of skin, in 1 step without rinsing. Now I am a big fan of Micellar Cleaning Water, although I’ll admit, I didn’t immediately jump on the band wagon hype to try it out.

As we all know micellar cleansers are certainly having a moment right now. They are everywhere you look….this non-rinse cleansing option that is fairly skin friendly, typically affordable and if you are really lucky – effective. The Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water is suitable for those with dry and sensitive skin which is my skin type in a nutshell, and it claims to remove all makeup including waterproof and longlasting makeup formulas. I’ve never tried an oil based micellar water so I was most intrigued to see how it would compare to a typical micellar water.

I do find, because oil naturally floats on top of water, to benefit from the argan oil in the product, you need to shake and pour the product onto your cotton pad as quickly as possible before it separates.

How To Use:

Simply apply the product to a cotton pad and wipe the face, eyes and lips. No rinsing required.

The bottle claims up to 200 uses. Now, I wear make-up nearly every day so I’m not sure how it will last me this long but a little really does go a long way. I was really surprised at just how easily the makeup is lifted from my face. I use no more than two cotton wool pads, the first to take off the worst of it, and the second just to give my face another once over to lift the remaining dirt and my eyes another wipe. The oil seeps perfectly into your skin to give you that soft feel with no remaining residue left and no need to rinse after use.

My skin instantly feels smooth and revitalized and more importantly there was no irritation towards my skin. Especially my dry patches. Which was what I was most worried about. There was no need to scrub my skin just simply sweeping the pad across my face was enough.

The Garnier Skin Active Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water is priced at €8.29. Have you tried it? I’d love to hear your opinions.

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Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

Benefit have been into brows for a long time. Since 1976 to be precise, when the brand was born. Their Brow Zings kits are a staple in many makeup bags, and the introduction of Gimme Brow a couple of years ago made some serious waves in the brow world.

However, it is now time to goof proof your brows! This latest product will instantly fill & define uneven, patchy brow. It features a custom, non-sharpen “goof proof” tip, soft colour & a glide-on formula for super easy brow filling. Not to mention it comes complete with built-in blending spoolie.

No sharpener needed as all you have to do is glide the eyebrow pencil along brow to fill & shape, using a couple of strokes to build colour. The you just blend with spoolie-brush for soft-natural-looking brows.

To lock in goof proof brow pencil’s soft colour for 24  I’ve always had the “bold brow” look, considering their natural shape and my dark features against my translucently fair skin. I’ve never had an issue with them, except for the inconsistent patches. This product helped to fill those patches in seamlessly. The pencil and the brush on its opposite end, is easy to hold and grip firmly, and glides, feathers, and strokes with ease.

Another fantastic bonus is its versatility to what look you’re going for. Going from a soft natural feel, to a fierce one is all up to how you style it.

I have never really used a brow filler before because I thought it would look incredibly unnatural. But this one is PERFECT and does NOT make my brows look overly thick or tattoo-like!! It gives just the right amount of color to make my brows look naturally full.

Ladies, you no longer have to  feel intimidated when doing my brows anymore!

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