Monday, 30 January 2012

Book Review: Something From Tiffany's by Melissa Hill

So i'm going to do a different kind of post I love my books so I've decided to review one attempt to anyways!  I have read a few of Melissa Hill books before and I love them everytime you think you know how it gonna end and she always does a complete unexpected twist and she is well known for this.  She is an Irish author she has wrote 10 books in the last 9 years and she has another book due out this summer.  I bought 'Something From Tiffany's' just before Christmas in Tesco for €5.95 Tesco are great for books!  I loved this book it starts based at Christmas time over In New York at the start of this book Ethan is the main character in this book he buys an engagement ring for his girlfriend in Tiffany's but this goes missing in an accident and he ends up with a charm bracelet instead of the really expensive ring he bought!  Gary is the man who bought the charm bracelet for his girlfriend but she ends up with the ring, he never had any intention of proposing to her in the first place but goes along with it bad man!  Gary lives in Ireland and Ethan lives in UK so it's going to be a bit of a challenge to get his ring back.  They had both been in New York for Christmas but their bags somehow get mixed up.  This book ends totally not how you think it does as your reading it you think you know what might happen but its such a twist! I'm not going to give away anymore I hate reading reviews that contain pretty much everything that happens so I am going to keep it short and sweet. :)  This was a great book I love love love Melissa Hill's books and I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of them! I really recommend this book great read!!


Doesn't every girl dream of getting... something from Tiffany's?


On 5th Avenue in New York City, two very different men are shopping for gifts for the women they love.

Gary is buying his girlfriend Rachel a charm bracelet. Partly to thank her for paying for their holiday-of-a-lifetime to New York. But mainly because he's left his shopping far too late.

Whereas Ethan's looking for something a little more special - an engagement ring for the first woman to have made him happy since he lost the love of his life.

But when the two men's shopping bags get confused, and Rachel somehow ends up with Ethan's ring, the couples' lives become intertwined.

As Ethan tries to reunite the ring with the woman it was actually intended for, he discovers this isn't that easy. Does fate have other ideas for the couples? Or is there simply a bit of Tiffany's magic in the air...

Melissa Hill Books Facebook Page
Melissa Hill Official Page

Anyone one else read this book or any other Melissa Hill books?

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Make Up Price Lists

Hello!! I don't know if you are like me and you like to know the price of stuff before you plan on buying stuff especially with the higher end brands such as Mac, Benefit, Lancome etc.  but sometimes I can never find the prices when I am looking at them and most of these brands do not have Irish websites so this is where I need your help!  I would like to create price lists for as much brands as i can higher end and drugstore brands so if any of you know the Irish prices/euro prices pleas leave a comment and I will add them to this list once I have  enough on them I will create a page with the prices.  I wanna start with the Irish prices I will try put up the sterling an dollar prices at a later stage I can get these from most of the brands websites. If I have left any brands out let me know! :-)

Higher End Brands                                                                             Drugstore Brands
Mac                                                                                                      Rimmel
Benefit                                                                                                  Maybelline
Lancome                                                                                               Max Factor
Clinique                                                                                                 Soap & Glory
Nars                                                                                                      Bourjois
Bare Minerals                                                                                        Collection 2000
Chanel                                                                                                   Barry M
Estee Lauder                                                                                          Natural Collection
Make Up Forever                                                                                  17
No. 7                                                                                                     Revlon
Urban Decay                                                                                          NYC
Bobbi Brown                                                                                         L'oreal
Clarins                                                                                                   2True
Elizabeth Arden                                                                                      Me Me Me
Laura Mercier                                                                                        Mua
Inglot
Artdeco
YSL
Smashbox

If I have forgotton any let me know or if you think I have some brands in the wrong lists please let me know too.  I will try to create another page on my blog and put the price lists in there :)  http://stephsplace-steph.blogspot.com/p/make-up-price-lists.html

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Make Up Favourites

So these are just a few things i have been using recently that I really love

Primer:  Benefit The POREfessional this is really really good!! and Urban Decay Eye Potion Primer on my eyelids never have to reapply eyeshadow throughout the day!
Foundation:  MAC Studio Fix NW25 I use this quite often prob my all time favourite, Lancome Teint Idole 24 Hour No 03 this is Lancomes new foundation I got a sample of it is quite good!
Concealer:  Benefit Erase Paste i don't normally use concealer but recently the bags under my eyes are very bad and this does the trick!
Blusher:  Benefit Sugarbomb why have I not found this before!
Powder:  Collection 2000 Loose Powder I prefer loose powders quite like this one
Eyeshadow:  From the Urban Decay Sustainable Palette I have been using Midnight Cowboy Rides Again and YDK.  Also got a No. 7 palette in a No. 7 hatbox I got in the 75% off sale recently I have been using the white pink and brown from it.
Eyeliner:  Inglot Gel Eyeliner No. 77 does not budge!
Mascara:  Collection 2000 Longer Lash Mascara does exactly that it gives you longer lashes literally! This was quite cheap too!
Lipgloss:  e.l.f Liquid Lipstick in Baby Pink Love this smells minty too and its very cheap!

Anyone used any of these?


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Monday, 16 January 2012

The Book Depository Great Prices!!

Hey just a quick post I have been searching for the cheapest places for a few books I wanted I just happened to come across this website last night The Book Depository  and I  found the books I wanted much cheaper plus they do free delivery worldwide which is an absolute winner!!  So I ordered 2 books beaut.ie guide to gorgeous €13.68 i have the new book from beaut.ie and I love it so ive ordered the first one now.  I also ordered Lauren Conrad Style which was €7.73!! I thought this was very good for these books so I can't wait to get them now!! They have nearly every book under the sun!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

REVIEW: LUSH Big Hair Shampoo





So I had been hearing so much great things about this shampoo so when I was up in Dublin before Christmas I finally got to go into Lush for the very first time I went to the Henry Street Store.  I wanted to buy this but I thought it was expensive costing €14.95 I think it was around that anyways but i said sure I'll buy it anyways.  Now I realise that it is not that expensive as you do not need to use as much as any other shampoo you only need a very small amount first shampoo won't lather up as well however I have this problem with every shampoo but the second shampoo is suds galore!! At first it feels like you are putting a facial scrub in your hair cos their is seas salt in it and it kinda has a scrub like texture, it smells really nice and fresh.  You definitely do get a bit of oomph from this shampoo I will definitely re purchase this.  Also if you have 5 empty containers of any Lush product in the black packing like the big shampoo and you clean them and return them they will give you a free fresh face mask!  I also found this shampoo did not make my hair greasy I often get an extra day out of my hair with this I would normally wash my hair every second day so this really does clean your hair really well as in squeaky clean no joke their is a squeak off my hair after washing it!


9/10  only deducting it a point because of the price



The ingredients in this are as follows: 
Coarse Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion,Fresh Sea Water, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion,Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Neroli Oil,Mandarin Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, *Limonene,Methyl Ionone, Perfume
*occurs naturally in essential oils

The ingredients listed in Green are Natural and the black are Synthetic.

What Lush Say
We love salt on the hair because it’s great for giving volume. We experimented with it for a very long time before coming up with this, our ultimate salt shampoo.
We’ve created a rich shampoo base, then crammed in as much sea salt as we could. But we have carefully partnered it with seaweed and coconut to give softness to the hair and fresh lemons and limes to give shine.  We then added a lovely bright and uplifting fragrance of neroli, mandarin, orange flower absolute and vanilla.
So what you get is hair that has lift and volume, but is still easy to get a comb through and smells great for hours.  A big achievement, we felt.
Salt has a second bonus;  because it is a natural preservative, this shampoo requires no added synthetic preservatives. 

You can buy this in Lush stores or at www.lush.com
330G £10.95/€14.95 I think if anyone knows the euro price please let me know I think that is it though 

Anyone used this product before or any other Lush Shampoos?

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Mini Haul

Went shopping Sunday for a small while bought a few things.


In Penneys I bought these brown lace boots they were €21 reduced to €10!

                                      





Also picked up these Pearl Drops teeth whitening polish 2 packs for €4.00 I have not used this before. Has anyone ever used these?


I went to Brown Thomas to pick up a free 7 day sample of the new Lancome Teint Idole Foundation.  I blogged about this yesterday in my last post.  



I also purchased this Benefit Set of their new skincare products in sample sizes for €12 and I was also asked if I would like a complimentary make up lesson on eyes or complexion I couldn't decide which yet but i'm booked in to go next week anyone been to one of these before?


Oh and I also bought Johnsons Eye make up remover think it was around €4-€5.  Forgot to take a pic of this.
Pic sourced from boots.com




Monday, 9 January 2012

FOTD: 7 Day Trial of the new Lancome Teint Idole Foundation

Hello! Lancome are giving a free 7-day trial of their new foundation Teint Idole 24hour I have never used Lancome foundation before so I'm not really familiar with it the girl on the counter said it come in 14hour but the new one 24 hour.  I spotted this on their Facebook site Lancome Facebook as far as I know its just in Ireland and the UK however I could be wrong!  So I went into Boots yesterday and they had signs up about it so I asked but the girl there said the ancome lady wasn't working and she wasn't too sure about this offer so I headed in to Brown Thomas and I was able to get the sample the girl simply just asked me what type of coverage I like, what kind of skin I have and whether I like my foundation dark if I wear tan which I do always wear tan so she gave me No 03 in the Teint Idole Foundation in a little container and explained to me about the foundation it is not out yet it should be out in Feb, she wasn't sure on the price but the other one is €40.50 so it could be around that price but she said the bottle should last up to 10 months.  So I tried out this foundation today I'm gonna use it for the week see how I get on.  It smells beautiful nicest smelling foundation ever smells like their hydra zen moisturiser really nice.  Its so soft and easy to work with it just glides on.  So far day 1 with this foundation I do love it. :)  



e.l.f Mineral Infused Primer
Lancome Teint Idole - No 03
Collection 2000 Sheer Loose Powder -Translucent
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush - Pink Love
Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer - Sunblushed
Clinique Colour Surge Eye shadow Trio - Come Heather used the Pale Peach in this all over
Urban Decay Sustainable Eye shadow Box - Used Midnight Cowboy Rides Again on eyelid and YDK in the crease and blended it in
Inglot Liquid Eyeliner - No 26
e.l.f Eye Brightening Eyeliner - Black
Benefit BADgal Lash - Black
e.l.f Mineral Lip Gloss - Sorority Girl
e.l.f Studio Makeup Mist & Set Spray





Anyone else tried the Lancome 7 day Trial or is anyone going to go out and try it?  If anyone would like me to do a review on any of these items do not hesitate to ask I woud be more than happy to. :)

Steph xx

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Get To Know Me Tag

Found this over at http://bebrokebestylishbeslightlyboho.blogspot.com have a visit :)


Vital Statistics:
Me: Stephanie
Nicknames: Steph, Stefi
Birthday: 20/03/90
Place of Birth: Limerick, Ireland
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Male or Female: Female
Occupation: Unemployed :(

Appearance:
Hair Colour: Blonde Highlights
Hair Length: Medium, just past my shoulders.
Eye colour: Blue
Best Feature: I like my eyes
Height: 5ft 2ins aprox just below that I think im teeny
Braces?: I had them before
Glasses?: Yes, for watching tv and driving can't see things far away
Piercing: Just 2 in each ear
Tattoos: None.
Righty or Lefty: Righty


Your 'Firsts':
First best friend: Honestly can't remember!
First Award: Think it was write a book or something in primary school
First Sport You Joined: Played camogie for a year in primary school only cos i was the only one that didnt play im not a sporty person at all!
First Real Vacation: 3 months old went to Scotland
First Concert: Haven't been to a proper big concert :(
First Love: Ian my boyfriend :)

Favourites:
Movie: Honey and Love Actually
TV Show: So many am Sex and The City, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Jersey Shore, The Only Way Is Essex, Gossip Girl, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons
Colours: Pink
Song: No idea but my fave at the moment is Jay-z & Kanye West - Why I love You and Sean Paul - She Doesn't Mind
Candy: Percy Pigs and chocolate.
Restaurant: Oh so many love my local chinese great offers
Store: Pennys!!
School: None haha
Book: Oh ive so many love Melissa Hill's books love chic lits.
Magazine: Stellar, Star
Shoes: My uggs and beige pennys boots

Currently:
Feeling: Hungry
Single or Taken: Taken :)
Eating: Nothing gonna make some pasta I think
Typing: This
Online: I'm on facebook and blogger
Listening To: Gossip Girl i'm watching it
Thinking About: food
Wanting: food haha
Watching: Gossip Girl
Wearing: Grey sequined long jumper from pennys, black shorts from tally weijl, black leggings and brown heel ankle boots i bought today in pennys just trying them out changing back into my uggs in a bit.

Future:
Want Children?: Yes in the future
Want to be Married: Yes in the future as well
Where do you want to live?:
 In a nice house I would hope1

Have you ever:
Had Alcohol: Yes
Broken a bone: Broke a bit of  bone in my finger that I got caught in a steel door a few years ago
Got an X-ray: Yes of my finger
Broken Someone's Heart: I hope I haven't.
Broke Up With Someone: Yes
Cried When Someone Died: Yes
Cried At School: I'm sure I did when I was a child haha


I took out a few bits :)

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Liquorice Boutique 2012 New Stock

Liquorice Boutique is based in the UK, i discovered them on Facebook not sure how I may have been searching for Lipsy or something anyways you can also buy online i have not bought anything from them yet but I must say i am absolutely loving their new stock the dresses are absolutely fab!! So I decided I would do a blog post on them and post a few pics of their new stock! They do deliver to Ireland I think its aprox €6.00 I hate paying for postage for anything put it has to be done!

You can visit them here
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Liquorice-Boutique/102412206464083
http://www.liquoriceboutique.co.uk/
http://stores.ebay.ie/Liquorice-Boutique?_trksid=p4340.l2563


Here are a few of my favourites

£55

£55

£45

£55

£55

£55

£55

£50


£55

There is so much more on their facebook page, ebay and website but they are just some of my faves!
They stock items from:
Glamorous
Lipsy
Liquorice
Mina
Never Fully Dressed
O.O.C.H.I Boutique
Quontum
Siobhan
The Couture Bandage Dress Collection
Wow Couture

Has anyone ever bought from Liqourice Boutique before?






These pics are taken from Liquorice Boutique's Facebook page with their permission, I  was not asked to do this review, I simply saw these dresses and fell in love and wanted to share them with you.



Thursday, 5 January 2012

REVIEW: Some e.l.f products

So i'm sure alot of you know about e.l.f cosmetics i only discovered them a few months back but I love them!  Majority of e.l.f stuff i have is great however i have been dissapointed with a few things so I have 2 good for you and 2 bad, lets start with the good!

e.l.f Mineral Infused Face Primer €6.80 however I got this during a 50% promo offer so it was only €3.40!
http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/product~prodID~176.htm


I love love love this stuff this is the best primer I have ever use lovely base for foundation its slightly oily same texture as the Gosh Primer.  Packaging makes it look more expensive than what it is, however I have one problem I dunno if its the bottle I got or if it always happens the pump stopped working i dunno if this is because it is too short to reach the bottom or not but this happened me a couple of months ago and there is still loads left. I just have to scrape it out everytime anyone else had this problem?  Well its not gonna stop me using it even if it does happen again cos I love it so much!

8/10 it would be 10 only for the flaw with the pump



e.l.f Kabuki Face Brush €4.00 but I also got this for 50% off so it was only €2.00
http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/product~prodID~88.htm


Not a great pic sorry.  Love this brush I prefer the Kabuki brush to the powder brushs with a long handle I just find you have more control.  Great Little brush lovely and soft on your face have this a good few months now and its still perfect!

10/10

Now onto the not so great products

e.l.f Liquid Eyeliner €1.70 yes also 50% off  so 85c 



I really did not like this I prefer the brush type but this is a hard kinda brush dunno what you would call it I found it very hard to apply and you couldn't go back over it seem to take off what you just put on I just couldn't get a nice line with it now I will attempt this again in the future maybe with a different eyeliner brush but no I won't be buying this again.

2/10 only giving it 2 for the price


e.l.f Studio High Definition Powder €6.80 got it 50% off so €3.40





I've seen quite a few good reviews on this so maybe its just me i'm very picky when it comes to powder and I only use Loose Powder.  I did not like this because I found it took off my make up making it look patchy and made me look pale.  Just not for me.  Again I will try this again someday.  I will say one good thing about this is that I love the packaging this also feels and looks quite expensive when really its not.

3/10 cos I do like the packaging


So has anyone used any of these? Anyone like what I don't like or hate what I like?  I'll have more e.l.f reviews in the near future.  :)


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

FOTD: New make up

Hello this is my first FOTD and i'm still not feeling better yet its taking its time, so basically im as pale been in no humour for putting on tan and my make up i normally use is darker than what i am so doesn't look right when I have no tan so I decided to try out my Benefit Some Kinda Gorgeous Foundation and Hoola Bronzer.  I have never been able to use bronzer properly so I never use it but tried it out today and it didnt turn out too bad.  Excuse the bags under the eyes its from my flu sleeping pattern all over the place!



No 7. Colour Calming Primer
Benefit Some Kinda Gorgeous in Medium
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Clinique Blushing Blush Powder in Pink Love
e.l.f  Eye shadows from Smoky Eye Edition Beauty Book
Inglot Liquid Eye liner No. 26
e.l.f Brightening Eye liner in Black
Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara
e.l.f  Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15 in Malt Shake
e.l.f  Studio Make Up Mist & Set


First order from Feel Unique

I'm sure most of you have hear about Feel Unique from their beauty boxes i cannot subscribe to these as they do not send them to Ireland yet, however you can order stuff from their site so I placed my first order with them just after christmas and it came today. :) Also standard delivery is free! I bought Schwarzkopf Professional Essensity Volume Shampoo I can't wait to try this out.  Essensity is an organic brand from Schwarzkopf they have a whole range of Colours, Bleach, Shampoos, Conditioners, Treatments etc.. This will be my first time using one of their products.  Anyone ever used anything from the brand before?
http://www.feelunique.com/p/Schwarzkopf-Professional-ESSENSITY-Volume-Shampoo-250ml
http://www.schwarzkopf-professional.com/products/care/essensity/


I also bought Australian Body Care Spot Stick I used to suffer terrible from spots but I was able to solve this, however I do get a nasty one every now and again and  its usually a nice big one in an awkward place at the moment i have one between my eyebrow and my nose so I am using this now hopefully it will take it away for me I have never used this before until today I think I may have already seen an improvement once I have got a chance to  use these products enough I shall review them.
http://www.feelunique.com/p/Australian-Bodycare-Spot-Stick-10ml
http://www.australianbodycare.com/

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy New Year!

Just  a quick post to say happy new year to everyone hope ye all had a great night! Unfortunately for me I have the flu the last few days. :(  Hope 2012 a great year for everyone!! :) xxx