It was my first time trying anything from the Bryt skincare range and I had received this Calm Serum to try out for myself.
On first impressions I thought the packaging was really different and brightly coloured which I loved with a chrome lid looking quite expensive! The pump applicator was of the sturdy kind and not cheap and flimsy. The product inside (The most important part) was on the thicker end of consistency when pumped out and when spread on the face , 1 pump went quite far! When applicated it feels so smooth and sleek almost a mixture of a silicone based primer and a face moisturiser which I really liked. As it dries in it doesn’t make you feel sticky or clammy, it feels, again like a primer in the way it doesn’t make your face wet but givestgat perfect canvas for applying your make up.
The product details
You can purchase your Calm Serum Here for €24.50 which gives you 30g size bottle. The product is 98% natural and vegan which is a great plus while also being cruelty free 🙂 The benefits are that your skin is balanced and natural equilibrium rediscovered. It’s suitable for combination and oily skin.
I personally used mine on myself and my clients as a primer before applying make up 🙂
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I’m sure you’ve all noticed that these sort of sheet masks seem to be the newest product to hit all the skincare brands around! Image Skincare seems to be blowing up the beauty community in Ireland right now and is gaining more and more popularity each day! This sheet mask from Image Skincare claims to have
- A unique, anti-aging hydrogel which infuses the skin with a fusion of volcanic water, brightening botanicals, peptides and antioxidants for the ultimate youthful appearance and radiance.
- Increases hydration
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Brightens and rejuvenates skin
You receive 5x 17g individually packaged masks for €52. From trying out masks from other brands I definitely found that this one from Image Skincare seemed to be better quality and more luxurious for sure! First off I think the actual packaging looks really professional and classy so its perfect for home use or stocking in a beauty business. When I opened the package and took the mask out it was literally dripping with product so it is completely soaked! The mask itself felt different also to others that I’ve tried as the side you place on your face is more of a gel consistency and feels like a really good quality!
Yes you will look like (Jason) from that horror movie as my boyfirend told me lol! I applied it to my face and followed the instructions to leave it on for 25 minutes and once you remove it, to gently massage the remaining product on your face in with your fingers. My face definitely looked glowy and felt extremely hydrated so I loved it but I think if your skin was anyway on the oily side that this mask may not be best for you as once you remove the mask the product left on your skin feels quite heavy since its gel based. I would recommend to use this mask before bed so the heaviness of the product doesn’t bother you and you will also reap the most benefits of leaving it soak into the skin while sleeping. The next day I could really feel that my skin was a lot softer to touch and looked brighter!
You can purchase this set of 5x Image Skincare Masks HERE at Skinshop.ie. My overall view and recommendation on this product would be, if your looking for a sheet mask with a better quality and for a more intense treatment then I would go for this one. When you use it I would make sure you have a half hour free to lay down and leave it applied for the 30mins and to do it just before bed so the product remaining after you remove the mask can soak into the skin throughout the night!
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I must say, when I first heard the combination of cucumber and mint for ziaja’s new skincare range I was wondering how it would work. I would have never even thought of putting these two ingredients together other than to make a detox water! Wow was I pleasantly surprised when I received these three products. First off I was dying to stick my nose into them to see what they would actually smell like… one word…. AMAZING! They smell so fresh, clean and very refreshing which is always a great sign for any skincare products! This winning combination moisturizes, protects and soothes the skin of any irritations!
Cucumber Mint Body Lotion 200ml €5.99
The body lotion has a spray nozzle which makes for super easy application! I personally like to spray a few areas and then rub it all in at once which makes the process a lot faster and so it saves time as it sinks straight into the skin! It would also be a great product to bring along with you on holidays as it immediately moisturizes the skin and reduces roughness so you can have some smooth skin while you wear your holiday shorts and dresses…something we don’t get the pleasure of wearing much in Ireland unfortunately due to our unpredictable weather!
Cucumber Mint Face Cream 50ml €3.99
This is an ultra-light face cream which nourishes the skin and gives a beautiful refreshing fragrance that isn’t over powering by any means. In my opinion it’s quite like Goldie Locks in the tale of the three bears ‘Its just right’ lol. It doesn’t feel anyway greasy on the skin like some other heavier moisturizers , it’s so light once you’ve rubbed it into your skin it feels automatically hydrated but as if you’ve got nothing on which makes this product a great one for men also as we know it can be tough work to get them to take care of their skin.
Cucumber Mint Micellar Gel 200ml €3.99
First things first, it makes my skin feel so so good I’m really enjoying using it! the fragrance is also refreshing but not as scented as the other two products! I love how fresh my skin feels after I’ve used this product especially if I’ve been wearing make up, I find it really helps to get off all the products I’ve applied! The only downside I would have about this also happens to be an upside… my usual routine for taking my make-up off is just using a soft facial cloth with some micellar water , were as with this product it just takes a bit more effort as I have to stay in the bathroom and apply and wash it off but as I said.. the upside to that is its making me get into a proper more dedicated skincare routine!
I have to say, I really loved all these products and Ziaja is such an affordable brand I would definitely recommend trying them for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!
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The photo above is us just a day or two before our 20 week mark taking in the scenery and documenting our pregnancy at Inchedonney beach ❤️
Today was the second time we got to see our little bundle of joy on the scan screen. Baby Rowe was ALOT more active at our 20 week then the 12 week scan… The doctor put on that cold jelly and started moving the thing around my tummy and straight away we both got to see our baby’s legs going mad lol kicking and moving and its hands and head 😍 it was such a relief because I was feeling so worried and really needed to see our baby to be reassured. Below is our 12 week scan ❤️
Basically between the hormones and just being in my own head over thinking everything (which sometimes I do) I just found it hard to switch off that feeling of “oh god will everything be okay” especially since being a first time mom I’m not 100% sure I’ve felt any movement yet even thou I’ve researched it so many times and knew it was normal not to feel anything for some moms till as late as 25 weeks … I was just thinking the worst because we really have been so so lucky with everything so far which we are so grateful for and definitely do not take for granted… You just hear so many scary stories of how couples hopes and dreams for there babies are smashed and destroyed before baby is even born and so I just wanted to be reassured that everything was 100% okay for us ❤️ Below is our 20 week scan.
Our appointment was at 9:50…. We waited and waited and finally got seen at 12 and we were out the door at 12:30 I’d say! To be fair the hospital was absolutely crazy and I think it’s fair to say there are a lot of new babies due for January & February 2017 😍 since I got to see our baby on that screen I cannot wipe this cheesy smile of my face😍 I actually feel so in love it’s crazy…. Our baby is wriggling mad in my tummy and I hope to feel it’s movements soon 🙌🏻 were going to be a Mammy and Daddy…. It’s beginning to feel more and more real… Our next appointment is on the 29th of December so by then we will only have two months left… Once Christmas is here the time is just going to fly by which it has been doing already! Also I’m literally documenting everything on my snapchat so if you’d like to add me my username is Colliiiee
Bottom line is Baby Rowe we CANNOT wait to meet you 😍💙💜
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I picked these both in Penny’s on one of my “Oh babe I just need to run in here and get socks that’s it” and come out with a bag full of goodies 😂! I literally should be barred from penny’s like I just can’t help myself, I get to the till and when the cashier says the total I’m like “ugh oh” 🙈!
Anyways I had read an article about this catrice highlighter a week or so before I bought it, claiming that it was amazing and sold out almost instantly so if you see it basically get it😂 that was enough telling for me… I had to pick it up and see for myself and you all if it was REALLY worth all the hype! So it cost €5.50 first of all which lets be fair, is an amazing price especially when it’s quite a big pan …. I was expecting it to be smaller so that was the first thumbs up! It’s so highly pigmented which is another big plus… For me the more pigment the better because I LOVE highlight on the face and you can use it in so many ways to give that gorgeous dewy look 😍 or become a disco ball lol whatever look your going for! The texture is so creamy it’s just perfect and glides so effortlessly onto the skin! It’s a perfect I between shade of white and champagne 😍 I swatched it below so you can see for yourself before you commit to the buy 😉 I would defiantly re purchase this product 👌🏻
Next I picked up two foundations from penny’s, one from the P.s Pro range and the other from the ordinary penny’s range. So today I tested out the P.s Pro foundation which was €6…. Now for a foundation that’s cheap but I don’t know wether it’s just in my head that everything is so much cheaper in penny’s or what but I was thinking “jeez €6 for their foundation”… I really wanted to try it tough so I said feck it I’ll go all out 😂! I am super pale so I picked up the shade “porcelain” more often then none the shade even when it’s the lightest available is still too dark for my actual “Porcelain skin” thanks to being an Irish Redhead🙈! To my Suprise when I applied the foundation I was like “wow it actually matches perfectly” now that’s a first! The coverage was medium…it blended so beautifully without being cakes or too light… You could see a few of my freckles but it covered all blemishes and the majority of those freckles on my face 🙂 My skin type is combination lol which I also refer to as goldie locks….not too dry…not too oily 😂 so I found it perfect on my skin type but I think if you had really dry skin I would definitely moisturise and add some liquid highlighter in with it so it didn’t go cakey! I wore it all day and went to the cinema that night with the girls to see the Blair Witch Project….which consists of my with my hands over my face and even after that it looked perfect so great staying power ! Again I would defiantly pick up this foundation again and maybe in a darker shade for wearing tan or going out that’s how much I like it ❤️
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Okay in general I would be quite flukey or poxy as we say in Ireland which basically means I’m quite lucky… For example we were in Killarney one weekend and there was this tiny hole in a tree trunk which Philip was trying to throw a stone into and couldn’t… The hole was so small it was nearly impossible so for the laugh I picked up a stone and said “I bet cha I’ll get it in” laughing… Threw it any which way and straight into the small hole it went 😂 myself and Philip just looked at each other in utter shock and thus I was called a “Poxy Bitch” 😂😂! I just tend to be quite lucky with stuff. So I’m guessing why would pregnancy be any different?
I just feel I’ve been so so lucky so far in my pregnancy… I am thoroughly enjoying every single minute of carrying our little baby and I’m now 19 weeks today ❤️ Now not saying it’s all smooth sailings so far either because I’ve been feeling queasy quite a lot no matter the time it could be day or night.. I’ve also been feeling super tired the whole time… Funny enough I’m fine when I’m working but once I get home I just totally chill out and enjoy relaxing. Also really weird and I’m not sure if this happens to everyone or if it’s just me and it maybe a bit TMI but since I’m pregnant I’ve been needing to burp a lot… Like I never used to burp really but now if I eat I feel a bit sticky if I’m lying down and when I sit up or get up its like I need to burp and there loud 😂🙈 Philip at the start was like wtf but he’s used to it now 😂 it’s weird so I don’t know if it’s just me or what …. More recently I’ve been feeling quite weak and drained but I’ve also been really stressed which I’m guessing is why I’ve been feeling like this.. just down to family s**t which I shouldn’t be having to deal with when I’m in my 5th month of pregnancy like but I’m trying my hardest to just keep those people at arms length as of now and as long as needs be so I don’t have to deal with all there negativity.. That’s all I can do right now as I need to look after my baby now and our little family including Trixie (my dog I’ve had since I’m 12 years old) … There my number 1 priority.
As should you if you find yourself in a similar position… Before I would get worked up and argue but I actually can’t afford to while trying to protect my baby… I’ve learned to just bite my tongue and avoid drama at all cost while speaking the truth and what you feel… No need for lying or sorry for my language but bulshitting…there fooling nobody but themselves and if they want to be fake and hurt you or your little family then totally remove that negativity from your life… Your now protecting that growing little baby in your tummy… Karma will always come back to bite them. Jeez this has turned into a bit of a rant lol sorry about that.. Wasn’t intentional I just find writing everything down so therapeutic that it all just comes out.
Ahem…. anyway I’ve had ladies message me saying they’ve been for 14 scans already and only 18 weeks pregnant because there having complications, or another few had messaged me saying they have been constantly just vomiting the whole pregnancy which sounds so horrific and draining :(… More that have lost there baby in the first trimester which I can’t even begin to imagine to hurt and pain this would cause 😦 which is why I feel so grateful for my pregnancy so far.. Yes I’ve been down a bit here and there with queasiness and I’ve been feeling anxious but all in all I’ve been so very lucky.. The only thing I can’t really eat is hot stuff or taytos like meanies because they give me heartburn but I keep trying to overcome it 😂 while failing but I love them! I’ve now started slimming world just to try get the fruit and veg into me because I’m after getting an awful turn off them since pregnant so on day two today and happy to say so far so good 🙂 I’ll keep you all updated with that also and do a blog post after a week or two ❤️
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Yup I’m 17 weeks closer to meeting my baby 😍…. How bizarre is that? I Nichole Corcoran, will soon have a little baby in my arms, and my own little family like jeez it’s just crazy!
How am I feeling… Well the huge plus is that I haven’t vomited like at all which I am so happy with… I have been feeling queasy and sick but haven’t actually gotten sick… A few girls contacted me through Snapchat, Facebook & Instagram who have similar due dates to ours and a few of them have said they’ve been none stop vomiting and can’t even eat 😳 the poor things, even reading it I was in bits imagining trying to work and carry on your daily routine while non stop throwing up! Some women are just troopers and I applaud you all ❤️🙌🏻
My tummy is growing and it’s so strange to see a bump and even feeling it… I can only imagine when it starts getting bigger and gets really hard! Before I got pregnant I was actually at the heaviest weight I’ve ever been… I just really could not loose it I had no motivation what so ever and I even got stretch marks because let me be real… I’ve been gaining and loosing weight since I’m younger… Constantly yo yo dieting… But never got to the size I was before pregnancy so my skin just had enough and couldn’t deal with the gaining and loosing so quickly! I was really down because of it and my weight but I’ve out all that begins me now and I’m happy with my body like hello it’s growing a human being right now and I know I will get back to being healthy when this little cutie comes along and loose it in a healthy way this time no fast fad diets! I’ve found I need to keep snacks with me to pick on throughout the day and a bottle of water because I get super thirsty so I try to have rice cakes in my bag at all times lol. I rest a lot more then i used to but when I’m working I don’t feel tired until I finish up which is great… So when I get home I just totally relax 😍
At 17 weeks I’ve read that baby can recognise your voice how cute is that 😍 and that between 17-22 is when mom feels babies first kicks… I’ve never been so excited to be kicked 😂😂😂
My 20 week scan is coming up and were looking forward to that because it’s just another milestone Yano? All these things make it more real because I don’t know if it’s just me or is it everyone but it still doesn’t feel completely real? I don’t think it will sink in until we have our baby in our arms in 23 weeks time…. Jeez that even sounds like very little time… Honestly before I was even pregnant I always had this fear of when i would give birth in the future… I’m soooo scared 😓 right now I just haven’t been thinking about it but God Im gonna have to think about it soon so I can prepare!
Until next time,
Lots of Peace, Love & Happiness
Well, what a crazy experience that was for us both! Myself and my Boyfriend Philip are together since June 17th 2014, he’s currently 27 since May and I’m 24 since June and on February 22nd 2017 we are both expecting our first baby together 👨👩👧! Words cannot even describe how excited we both are to start this amazing journey together and become one with our little loving family 💏.
So on the weekend of June 18th I was away in Waterford overnight for one of my best friends Hen Parties (Niamh) and so yes as you can imagine we were drinking since 12 that morning before we set off on the bus and then we went for a dance class… A meal and then all out to party the night away but for some reason I just couldn’t eat! Like I have a good appetite and I love food and I had a roll that morning and couldn’t manage anything else since… Even my meal I didn’t touch it and niamh had my desert lol my other bestie Kathleen was like wtf is wrong with you like why aren’t you hungry? I just laughed I really didn’t no why i wasn’t feeling hungry but at the same time I was pretty happy with myself that I hadn’t been eating all around me all day as usual 😂! Even the next morning I was just in such a wierd mood which I just put down to a hangover which I don’t really get usually but the fry I filled my plate at the buffet and made a sandwhich and could only manage like 3 bites! Then came the dreaded bus journey home which just felt like a lifetime! A lot of us died a death on the bus and snoozed but there was still a few drinking and dancing lol I just couldn’t cope 🙈 I got so bad I felt like I would just vomit everywhere I couldn’t even talk to people I had to keep my head by the window and focus on the road passing! I even made a plan in my head that worst case scenario I would get off the bus and ring Philip and he would collect me because being in the car with him would be a lot better lol and he would calm me down and mind me but thankfully I got back in one piece and survived the journey 😂!
So I’d say it was 4 days later the 23rd of June and my period hadn’t come yet and it was a few days late so I was worrying… I’ve had it be late before but never this late, so I rang Philip and was telling him and what if I’m pregnant and so on and he was like ‘Look just chill out you now for the evening and relax and I’ll go to the chemist on the way home and pick up a pregnancy test to prove to you that your not pregnant’ I was like okay perfect because I couldn’t even go buy one I felt so wierd like no it couldnt be like!
So he came home anyways went in and read the instructions ‘pee on the indicator and wait 2mins for line or two lines to show’ right so I peed on it put the stick on the bath rim next to me and the two of us just stared… Literally 2 seconds and the two lines came up showing I was pregnant 😦 Two of us just looked at eachother in shock 😂 That can’t be right sure it didn’t even take the 2 minutes to show up so id say I done it wrong! Right lets go get another one cuz that’s surely not right!! Off out to wilton we went to boots to get a digital pregnancy test to be more accurate! Also got a mint ice cream each on the way lol so at the counter Philip is asking the lady about the test we already did at home while I’m standing there just licking my ice cream… Not a care in the world because I knew it couldnt be real! The two women behind the counter stopped serving other people because they were getting such a kick out of Philip asking was the test 100% accurate 😂 I’d say they were saying those poor creatures don’t have a clue 😂🙈!
Went home anyways peed on the digital one and it comes up saying please wait… Two off us just stared at that stick for a few seconds until PING ‘2-3 weeks’ comes up😳!!! I literally couldn’t even speak… It definetly hit Philip more then me at the start because I was in shock and not in a disappointed way but just in a oh my god I can’t believe This way lol… Philip was saying oh my god I can’t believe I’m going to be a dad while getting teary and that I don’t have to worry about anything he’s gonna be there at my side and to mind me through it all and so on… Still not many words from me… Until I clicked back to reality and though oh my god… Philip were having a baby 😦 We’re gonna be parents and have a family like omg! The both of us said we were just so so happy that it was with eachother we were having this experience with. I really couldn’t have picked a better partner to share a little life with and to be a daddy ❤️ And we both got a bit teary then but happy teary!
I went to the doctor a few days later and had to pee on yet another stick and get my bloods taken which I was dreading because I am terrified of needless and have never even had to have bloods taken before but my nurse was so nice and u see standing it was okay 🙂 she confirmed we were 5 weeks pregnant at the time and have me some stuff to read through and later I got a date for the hospital appointment for my 12 week scan! So from 5weeks to after we had our 12 week scan we kept it a secret and had only told philips sister Colette and his brother Paul just because we knew they wouldn’t tell anyone. We really wanted to go around to our families and tell them all face to face ourselfs and we waited until the scan because we wanted to make sure every bring was okay 🙂 which it was thank god🙌🏻! We’re going to keep it a suprise wether were having a girl or a boy, something to look forward to 😍
And that is how we found out we were pregnant 👌🏻
Lots of Peace, Love & Laugher ❤️
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Lidl Ireland are just excelling on every angle of the beauty range there banging out at the moment! I’m currently saving mad and so I have a budget every week but the prices they have for these new beauty products are just amazing and too hard to resist! I picked up all of the hair care Macadamia Oil range just to try out and review for you all before you part with your money 😉 I got the Shampoo, Conditioner, Bb Cream and Hair Oil Serum as you can see in the photo below 🙂
For the 4 products it all came to under €12! If that’s not a bargain then I don’t know what is! I’ve used them all twice a week for 5 weeks, the Shampoo and Conditioner are now gone (and I use ALOT OF PRODUCT) and it seems I haven’t even made a dent in the Bb cream & Hair Oil Serum! I find that because of the oil in each product my hair is a lot easier to tame and goes more curly now then frizzy which is a big thumbs up in my book! My hair feels really really nice as of I’ve been applying treatments when I haven’t so that must be down to the be cream and oil 😍 My hair is thick , a bit dry and quite unruly so I use 3 pumps of the Bb Cream and 4-5 of the oil depending and I massage it all over! I would Definetly recommend if you find your hair is already oily or quite thin, not to apply this much product and to just keep it to the ends of your hair to avoid any extra oiliness on top 🙂 I use them while my hair is damp right after my shower but I also use the oil before or after straightening my dry hair if I want a shine or some extra softness 🙂
Heres my hair right after using all of the products 🙂 It may still look fuzzy to some but my hair is so thick when it’s fuzzy I look like Mufasa from the lion king so my hair below is actually so tame compared😂!
Lots Of Peace, Love & Laughter,
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
So basically today I wanted to talk about Groupon Coupons and how they can help you get some amazing deals at such reduced prices for all sorts of stuff such as weekends away, to get your hair done or a beauty treatment, maybe some money off for a store! There just so handy and you’d never know what you’d find on the site, you will actually be amazed at the variety! There’s really something for everyone!
These are just some that I found for the Disney Store coupons and you all know how obsessed I am with Disney lol 😂🙈!! It’s like Christmas all over again 😍 I also found some for Footlocker which is another store I’m obsessed with! Although it’s expensive and takes up a lot of wardrobe space being obsessed with shoes🙈!
Again I just want to emphasise how handy these coupons are, and not just for personnel use either! How perfect would those Disney store coupons be for a kids birthday party you needed to get a gift for? Or as a Christmas gift, there getting an amazing present which they will love you for lol and your saving money while still getting the quality you want!
Myself and my boyfriend Philip have also used it so many times for hotel bookings and nights away, we always had a great experience with it! You also have the option of checking out there Groupon FB Page and there Groupon Twitter Page. So next time you need something go check out groupon before putting your hand in your pocket 😉
Lots of Love, Laughter & peace