Worth The Fuss? Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser

Worth The Fuss? Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser

I’m a sucker for being influenced – YouTubers, bloggers, Snapchat stars, you name it. However, there are so many people that I don’t believe, who are pushing products to make themselves a bit of cash. When I saw one of the Geordie Shore stars talking about Bondi Sands’ new Self Tan Eraser, I thought “Jog on, that’s a gimmick.” But then I saw a YouTuber who I follow and trust talk about it, which of course changed my mind. I hadn’t seen anyone use it yet, so I picked up a bottle of the Self Tan Eraser from Boots for €19.49 and hoped I wasn’t wasting money on something that didn’t work.

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I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that it actually WORKED. I couldn’t believe it, I had tried everything under the sun to remove tan – exfoliators, lemon juice, oil, you name it I’ve tried it. Most of my home tricks did remove a slight bit of tan, but Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser removed 99% of my tan.

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Before

My Bellamianta tan was about five days old. Fortunately with Bellamianta, you don’t have to worry about it fading in patches. But me being the cleanliness freak that I am, the tan had completely come off my hands leaving them their natural shade of shocking white. Luckily this was a good guide to go by for how well the Tan Eraser worked.

The application and removal was so easy. I just shook the bottle up, pumped out generous amounts of foam into my hand and rubbed it all over my old tan. It was quite tacky on my sign while I waited for it to dry. But after a ten minutes (they say you only needed to wait five but I don’t take chances) I jumped into the shower. With a face cloth, I rubbed off the eraser and with it came off my tan. Seriously – it just went. Gone. POOF.

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After

It had all completely come off and my freckles are now more visible than they have been in years. I was not expecting this to work and to work so well. I had some really stubborn tan on my elbows that came off with ease. They say for those kind of patches to use their exfoliator but all I did was just give them a good rub with the cloth.

So is it worth the fuss? Definitely!

Worth The Fuss? Benefit’s Blushin Babe

Worth The Fuss? Benefit’s Blushin Babe

Christmas season is fast approaching and everyone is brainstorming ideas of what to get their friends, families, dogs and even themselves – it is the season to treat yourself. If you know a beauty nerd or you’re looking for something new to add to your collection, Benefit has a huge range of gift sets on sale right now. The coveted beauty brand is hugely popular for not only their amazing quality of make-up but also their whimsical packaging. This season, I am loving their cutesy illustrations on the gift sets. I was tempted to pick up a set myself, but it definitely wasn’t an easy task.

For Christmas, Benefit have seven darling gift sets not including their gorgeous advent calendar. It was tough but I narrowed my choice down to three – the Dolly Darling gift set, the Girl A Rama gift set and the Blushin Babe gift set. As is obvious from the title, I splurged and went with Blushin Babe.

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Blushin Babe even comes with They’re Real mascara and eyeliner / Arnotts

For just €43 and available from Arnotts, you get €140.19 worth of products. It’s an absolute steal not only for the handy travel size They’re Real mascara AND push-up liner but for the blushers and bronzer. The set has my must-have bronzer, Hoola, and four of their best-selling blushers – Dandelion (a personal favourite), Sugarbomb, Rockateur, and Coralista. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s even a sample of my number one highlighter, Watt’s Up. Honestly, I can’t go anywhere without a lick of Watt’s Up on my cheeks before heading out.

If you’re familiar with Benefit, you know how well-wearing their products are. This kit is so handy because for the price of not even two of their blushers, you get the choice of all four of their blushers. I am an avid fan of fake tan but I have started embracing my pale skin a lot more, so the option to float between cool toned blushers like Dandelion and warmer shades like Coralista, this is perfect. I’m not even a massive fan of using blush on my cheeks – but because of this kit, I’m far more inclined and almost every time I wear make-up, I’m wearing blush.

The They’re Real range that’s included in the set is also exceptional. Before I fell in love with Roller Lash, I was a huge fan of They’re Real – often on nights out I’ll double up and wear Roller Lash on top of a coat of They’re Real. But it was their gel eyeliner that really interested me. I had been wanting to try it for ages but unfortunately I’m not able to splurge on Benefit as much as I would like. So when I spotted the liner was also included, I knew I wanted it. Pro tip: If you’re struggling to get the gel out of the pen, just twist the base clockwise. A lovely gal in the South William store in Dublin told me that many of the pens have air bubbles in them so you just need to twist it fast for product to come out. And what do I think of it? Actually pretty disappointed. I thought it was be so quick and easy to use, like so many reviews have said, but I can never get that perfectly slick cat-eye that I’m able to create with my Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner. That said, it does an excellent job of hugging the lash line and doesn’t budge.

Overall, I would 100% buy it for any friend who is as obsessed with Benefit as I am or even just loves to sculpt their face. In Blushin Babe, you have all you need to contour, highlight and add colour to your look. Even though I was disappointed by the eyeliner, it was more than free from what I was given in the gift set. Now let’s just hope Santa brings me some more Benefit bits…

Is it worth the fuss? It’s totally worth the fuss.

Worth The Fuss? Penney’s Brush Cleaning Mitt

This product is blowing up EVERYWHERE online! I’ve seen beauty bloggers and all my friends raving about Penney’s Brush Cleaning Mitt. It’s cheap as chips at €1.50 but what’s the fuss about it?

As any make-up lover knows, cleaning your brushes is the biggest hassle – so when I heard there was something out there to make it easier, I jumped on the band wagon. We all have different techniques to clean them but I’ve my own special way – and I’m going to tell you what that is!

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Using baby shampoo for all my brushes (real and synthetic), I soak them in warm water before squeezing a little bit on my hand. Using a swirling motion, I swipe the brushes up and down the ridges of my finger applying slight pressure so that the bristles get a seriously good clean. When I’m happy enough with how clean they are, I run the brush under some warm water to wash out all the soap, squeeze any excess water out of the bristles and leave to dry flat. Now I know this is not the best way to wash your brushes but it’s my way!

How I use this new fantastic Penneys product is the exact same, but instead of my fingers I use the brush cleaner! It is definitely a life saver because I no longer get cramps in my hands or arms from vigorously cleaning and I don’t end up with awful prune fingers. Whiel most other brush cleaning mitts start at €20, Penney’s sell theirs for just €1.50Β –Β an absolute steal!

Worth The Fuss? Face Mask Sheets

Welcome to my first What’s The Fuss? blog post! I’ll be doing a few of these on products are trending in the Irish beauty scene.

The latest skincare craze these days is face mask sheets. The cotton masks originated in South Korea – a country known for it’s dedication to quality and innovative beauty and skincare products. In South Korea now, you can pick them up in almost every pharmacy and beauty store in an array of treatments, shapes and designs – the panda face masks sheets are a personal favourite.

I recently tried one a friend got me for my birthday. She gave me theΒ Oh K Coconut Water Fibre Face Masks from River Island which says it contains Korean ingredients. I was so excited to try this so I put it on the very next day.

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Oh K Coconut Water Fibre Face Masks : River Island

First, we’ve got to get some facts out there – this is not a typical face mask.Β Don’t put this mask on and think it’s going to help your pores or take away dead skin. Sheets masks are soaked in a serum-based formula and most are packed with vitamins, amino acids and minerals. The Oh K ones I used are their coconut water masks so are rich in hydrating the skin – perfect after a long week!

Another thing that makes sheet masks different to typical face masks is that all the ingredients are inΒ liquid form and stay in liquid form – they don’t dry on the skin. The ingredients are soaked into the mask in such a way that it’s not drying so you can be sure that the mask won’t dry out if you don’t use it for a couple of months. Sheet masks do have an expiration date on them so be aware of how long you hold onto them.

After using the mask, my skin was left feeling fresh and incredibly soft. I prefer using a sheet masks now for moisturising my skin than standard face masks. For my oily t-zone and sorting out stubborn spots, I will still be using my favourite clay masks.

 

If you know where to get the fun patterned face masks, let me know!