Sunday, 11 January 2015

Beauty || Starting out with Omorovicza

Omorovicza is one of those brands that I've wanted to try for quite some time now but I've always been put off by the price tag. 
So imagine my surprise when I opened the 6 piece introductory kit   on Christmas morning. 
Priced at £42 this is a great way of getting to know the brand and see if those well hyped products are worth the hype. 
In this little kit you get the 
- Thermal cleansing balm (5ml) full price £45
-Cleansing foam (30ml) full price £45
-Illuminating moisturiser (20ml) full price £85
-Queen of Hungary mist (30ml) full price £46
-Instant plumping cream (5ml) £105
-Deep Cleansing mask (15ml) £57 

Instead of going through each product in detail I thought it be easier to tell you which products stole the show for me and which one I felt was perhaps wasted on little old me. 
I really like the mist but personally I found it very similar to the Caudalie beauty elixir and the cleansing foam well just wasn't anything to write home about. Again the moisturiser is lovely but I think there are cheaper alternatives.
As for the cleansing balm that's a whole different ball game - this odd looking black balm relies on minerals from the Hungarian thermal waters and muds gently lifts impurities whilst keeping skin hydrated. 
What I really like is that it  gives my skin a nice healthy glow but doesn't leave a nasty film.
I'm also in love with the deep cleansing mask and I cannot wait to repurchase this bad boy.
This clay mask uses moor mud to purify and de-congest the skin to revel bright,fresh and beautiful skin. 
Word of warning when they say deep cleaning they mean deep cleaning and I'd recommend that if your wanting to use this before a big event do it at least a few days in advance. 
It really does bring all the yucky grime to the surface but within a few days all that is gone and your left with lovely skin. 
This along with the balm really helped take my dull cold ridden skin from grey to glowing. 
You can also use this as an overnight spot treatment. 

Now finally the product that for me just didn't really shine was the instant plumping cream I just found that  it was wasted on my skin especially when it retails at £105 for a full sized pot. 
It's a product that's aimed at reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and at 23 that just isn't a concern of mine. 
This is a rich moisturiser containing  hyaluronic acid is left on overnight to reveal plump and juicy skin however I found that the Origins drink up intensive mask left me with the same results. 
However if this is something your after I'm sure you'll love this product. 

I really love these little starter kits and travel packs because they are great for getting to know the brand and seeing if its worth splashing the cash and eating beans for the rest of the week. 
I know that come pay day I will defiantly be surviving off the latter. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Who's that stranger ...

Picture courtesy of Pinterest 

Oh hey there you probably wont remember me it's been rather a long time since I put pen to paper or rather finger tips to keypad. 
But I've been thinking that I really miss writing about the things I love so thought what's the worst that can happen. 
After spending four years in University I'd found that once I left that the desire to write was there but I simply couldn't be bothered. 
The passion had gone. 
However since having a break I've found that I actually crave having an outlet in which I can share my thoughts and feelings ... now before you go thinking that this is going to be a deep blog it's really not.
I'm just using it as a means to get back into writing. 

So what's it all about I hear you say? 
Instead of focusing solely on beauty I'm going to tell you about some other passions of mine. 
There's going to be fitness posts, cooking, lifestyle and beauty. 
I may also share a little bit of my wedding planning journey which will be commencing at the end of this month. 

Let's roll with this and see where we end up .
My name's Brigid nice to meet you and I hope you enjoy my little snippet of the internet. 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Lifestyle || Run like Ryan Gosling's at the end

For a while now I've been thinking about doing this post but then always decided not too because I'm certainly no expert and well I didn't want to sound a bit preachey. 
Never the less I have decided to share with you my running tips and why I love to run. 
Like I said I'm defiantly  not an expert it's just something I've always enjoyed doing, it's a great way to stay in shape and for me it's just perfect at clearing my head. 
Like I said before I've always enjoyed going for a run(this probably stems from my dad who's just done his 19th Great North run) and most the time I've been lucky enough to have amazing surroundings to take in on my runs be it the beautiful Lincoln Cathedral or the North East coastline.
I also find that going for a run is just so relaxing it's nice to just forget everything.

So why is running so good? 

Of course any exercise is good and running is just another form of getting the heart pumping, it's good for your knees, weight loss and toning. 
Anyone can run - you don't need to much equipment and it's especially good if the thought of going to the gym makes you feel a little sick inside. 
And like I said it might even take away the stresses of your day. 

My top six running tips

1.   Buy a decent good quality pair of trainers. 
You want something that's comfortable,durable and has a bit of bounce to them.  
I wear Nike Flex TR2 trainers and honestly they were worth every penny. but on this note a lot of 'professionals' recommend spending at least £45 however if your savvy you can usually find a good deal at sports direct or outlet stores.

2. Be realistic.
On your first run your probably not going to manage a half marathon but so anything is an acheivement instead take it easy at first and then build yourself towards going a little bit further.  
And if your struggling take a breather and have some water.

3.Set goals!!!
I find that if I set myself a goal I work a bit harder and push myself to go for a bit longer. 
So at the moment I want to tone up as I'm getting married in 2016 and going to America next year. 
Other goals have included the Manchester 10Km run or the Great North run. 

4. Playlist & app's .
Get yourself a good playlist that will motivate you and make you feel good. 
There are so many good apps on the app store that can track your progress - my personal favourite is the Nike running app. 

5. Alone or in a group? 
The choice is yours some people prefer to run alone and some like to be in a group - this can be friends or a local running group. 
If you are looking for one in your area this website is really great

6. Safety!!!
Most importantly be safe running alone can be a little dangerous especially in the winter months or in an area you don't know so I advise getting to know a route. 
In winter wear florescent or reflective clothing and try not to run too late in the evening. 
If your worried run in a group. 
I'd also recommend that if your running alone to leave one ear phone out so you can hear traffic and pedestrians too and carry a phone.

So there we have it my top tips, sorry it's a little bit of a long un.
Hope you enjoyed this post do any of you enjoy running? if you do what are your tips I'd love to hear them :)

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Beauty || Revlon Colorstay moisture stain

My make-up weak spot is without a doubt lip products and I love a new(ish) release. 
I was a little excited by these Revlon Colorstay moisture stains so when I saw them on 2 for £10 I just had to pick some up. 
What are they? 
These lip stains have drawn comparisons to the YSL glossy stains and the premise is generally the same. 
A long lasting lip product that gives a bold hint of colour with a glossy almost wet look to them. 
The Verdict 
I picked up the shades Parisian passion which is a deep purple shade, perfect for Autumn Winter. And Miami fever, a bright orange coral shade. 
I  love the classic sleek packaging and the spongey doe foot applicator but I was really taken aback by how much the two formula's differed. 
Parisian passion applied beautifully and really did leave an impact. 
The glossy finish is just perfect and looks classic. 
It also lasts pretty well however I would advise two coats for maximum impact. 
However for me I found Miami fever was just a little bit too streaky and it really required you to take the time and re-apply. 
I also found that when I put on Miami fever it just wasn't the same colour on the lips as the packaging. 
Despite this I think I'll try and pick up another darker shade ... perhaps India Intrigue. 

 If these sound up your street there available now for £7.99

Monday, 1 September 2014

Fashion || A perfect heel?

River Island £35.00 Similar here 

There's a stereotype that girls love shoes but I think I may be a little exception to that and I prefer to spend my money on clothes and beauty products.
When I do find a perfect pair of heels I tend to stick with what I know and these little beauties have been my best friend for about a year now.
I picked these up last year for my graduation and they are honestly the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn.
Bear in mind for my graduation I had to walk through a huge Cathedral and on cobbles and these didn't even cause a tingle of pain.
I'm often still wearing these whilst everyone popped their flats on.
The simple sleek design means that these heels go with everything and can be dressed up or down.
Perfect to dress up jeans, for work wear or for dancing the night away.
The ankle strap with gold hardware gives some extra support and a bit of interest to what could be a boring old black shoe.
The heel itself is only about 8cm so it's not too high which is perfect for me as I'm pretty tall anyway .
I'm planning on stocking up on another similar pair of these.

River Island, Kurt Geiger ,New Look Whistles

Monday, 25 August 2014

Lifestyle || what's in my gym wash bag

This may seem like a bit of an odd boring post but I love to see what's in people's bags(mainly to check its not just me bringing everything but the kitchen sink) and their gym bags. 
It's probably just that I'm a bit nosy but isn't everyone to some extent? 
I tend to grab make up if it seems necessary but there are a few bits that I just leave in my gym bag because well I need them .... that sounded silly even as I typed it. 

At the moment I'm using the Emma Hardie wash bag that featured in this post, it's the perfect size for popping in all my gym goodies.
Firstly I always take along a deodorant because well nobody wants to be smelly all day after a good workout. I really love the Mitchum roll on deodorants because they just seem to do the job and smell lovely too.
Continuing on the smelly front I also have a shower gel handy and my favourite has to be Lush Happy Hippy shower gel . The fresh zesty scent is perfect for beating a gym slog and it can be used on your hair too.
But I do like to have a shampoo and conditioner just in case this just tends to be whatever mini's I have around they just so happen to be the Soap and Glory good hair day ones. To be honest I'm not 100% sold on these.
For my hair I also have the Bumble and Bumble surf spray , this is great because it helps hair look sexy and effortless without having to spend ages blow drying hair. Perfect for when your in a hurry.
I always like to have a face wash in my bag because after a tough work out my skin tends to feel a bit gross and tight. I  just have the Kiehl's Ultra facial cleanser mini because well it's just my favourite. With this it's also handy to have a facial and body moisturizer to keep everything hydrated.
Last but not least my trusty Tiger balm red ointment which i just perfect for any aches and pains.
I get a bit of a dodgy shoulder and I find that rubbing a bit of this on eases the pain.
 It smells a lot nicer than deep heat and only the smallest amount is needed.

So there we have it a few little bits that I take along to the gym with me

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Beauty|| Sephora travel brush set

It feels a little unfair showing you this little steal from Sephora because as you probably all know we don't have it in the UK. I simply can't understand this and if someone would shed some light I'd be grateful. 
However if you're heading to anywhere with a Sephora or if you're thinking of placing a cheeky American order then I urge you to check out this mini travel brush set.

I'm a huge fan of the Sephora own brand,especially the brushes-they tend to be soft and sturdy for an oh so reasonable price. 
What's really nice about this set is you've got all bases covered and I really love the pink and black theme. It just adds a nice touch. There also perfectly sized for chucking in your handbag,travel bag or car.

In the set you get ....

Powder brush - Loose/compact powder + blush 
This is a really nice big fluffy brush which will be just perfect for powder. 
However I think it will also be great for swirling in bronzer and applying to the face and body.
They do suggest using this for blush but personally I prefer something a little more smaller but hey that's cos I'm not a big blush fan.

Sponge tip shadow applicator 
 I'm not really going to dwell on this brush because for me I find them to be a little naff but if you like using sponge applicator it seems nice enough.

Medium shadow brush and small shadow brush 
 These are both really good quality brushes and will both be great for their intended use.
The medium one is a great size for packing on shadow all over the eye and is as good as some of the more expensive brushes I own. 
The smaller brush is still great as a liner brush but for me where it shines is as a concealer

Brow comb 
And finally is a brow comb- nothing too fancy pants just a nice simple brow comb and who doesn't need that. 

This might not be the most exciting brush set but it very simple and very effective. 
Unfortunately I can't find a link for this exact set but I don't think it was more than 20 euros or maybe a little less. 
You can find similar here