26 March 2015

Max Factor Beauty Favourites

Max Factor Favourite Beauty Products

Max Factor is 80 years old this year, with its roots in the Hollywood film industry. And, starting with the announcement in January of Marilyn Monroe as their Global Ambassador, the brand is making sure it’s a year to remember. We’ve seen a string of gorgeous beauty launches from them in recent months, so I’ve rounded up my favourites to pay suitable homage.

23 March 2015

A Surprising New Nail Favourite

Essie Tuck It In My Tux Nail Polish Swatches

Tuck It In My Tux is an ivory creme polish released with Essie’s winter collection last year. It’s semi-sheer with a high shine finish that goes on smoothly and streak free, but takes three thin coats to build up the colour.

19 March 2015

Galgorm Resort & Spa Review

Galgorm Resort and Spa Ballymena Ireland

Situated in Ballymena, just a half-hour’s drive from Belfast, the Galgorm management team clearly know that it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference. It’s been almost a decade since my last trip to this converted 18th century manor house, and it’s seen a lot of changes – but thankfully, all are for the better. And it was pretty damn good the first time round

18 March 2015

Super Simple St Patrick’s Day Lamb Dinner!

Herb Crusted Roast Lamb Recipe

New season spring lamb is not only delicious, but traditional in Ireland around St Patrick’s Day - so I thought I’d give it a bash. Now, my love of eating far surpasses my love of cooking and, when I do get busy in the kitchen, I want something that will deliver big results with little stress; I like to let the ingredients do the talking (and most of the hard work) for me.

This dish hits the sweet spot in the results to effort ratio – in just 45 minutes and with very little prep, you’re looking at a pretty fancy-pants meal. The recipe, plus all ingredients, came from Marks and Spencer; with an M&S Food shop right across the road from my work, a lot of our meals end up coming from here. I did a double take at the nutritional info because for something so tasty, it’s surprisingly low in calories, rendering the rioja we washed it down with pretty much guilt-free!

16 March 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco Relaunch; Roussy Review, Pics, Swatches

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick Roussy

Did ya miss me? Last week was the first without any scheduled content in the four and a bit years I've been beauty blogging; real life got in the way but to make it up to you, I'm back with the most glorious of tidings - about lipstick! And not just any old lipstick: we're talking the loveliest, most luxurious and most effortless of formulas; the stuff that makes you smile when you spot it in your handbag. Mmhmm, that's right friends - we're talking Chanel.

04 March 2015

Top 5 Brow Products For Every Budget

Best Brow Products For Every Budget

She’s writing about brows again? Why yes, yes I am, because not only am I borderline obsessed but I have reason to believe that you are too, if the amount of conversations I have about eyebrows on a weekly – nay daily – basis is anything to go by. And no they’re not instigated by me. Not all of ‘em, anyway. Today's topic? My current favourite brow bits. 

03 March 2015

Philosophy Fresh Cream eau de toilette review

Philosophy Fresh Cream Fragrance Review

Love sweet, gourmand scents? You’ll want to add this one to your collection…Allsun shares her thoughts. 

There is a lovely caption on the simple, clean label of this sophisticated glass bottle, saying “every day brings joy”; without a doubt, this Fresh Cream fragrance brings me lots of joy.

02 March 2015

Currently Loving: Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Oil & Ying Yu Roller

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Oill; Ying Yu Rose Quartz Facial Roller

Facial massage is a great habit to get into; it stimulates the circulation, drains fluid from the lymphatic system and helps skin to appear more glowing, fresh and toned. It also feels lovely as it relieves tension from the muscles in the face - and if you suffer from hormonal water retention (which I do), regular facial massage helps to keep that puffiness at bay.  

While you can do it with your fingers as part of your cleansing routine (I've got a step-by-step guide here), I find it a lot easier - not to mention more pleasurable - to use this dynamic duo.