Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: For Her

Hello everyone...

Welcome to my Christmas Gift Guide! HO HO HO!

Credit: Hannah Maggs from hannahmaggs.com
With it being a little over three weeks away, Christmas is literally just around the corner. (Ohh, I just love it, EXCITED!)
If you have recovered from the Black Friday madness and Cyber Monday sales, but still have some gifts to buy and are stuck for inspiration... then look no further as I have compiled a list of gifts that will hopefully meet your gift-giving needs for her!

Keep reading to see which products any makeup, beauty, coffee and book lover would be delighted to get this Christmas and where to find them (in no particular order) . . .

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

OCTOBER FAVOURITES

Hi guys! Here we are again, my latest installment on my favourite products throughout October...

These monthly favourite posts seem to be coming round quicker each month and this one is a little later than usual but if you follow my social media platforms you will know why ~ a shoot with TV3's Xposé being one of the reasons (which was amazing!) 

I can't believe we have the first week of November over already. It will almost be our first wedding anniversary too, that is crazy. Thee fastest but most incredible year.

I have picked my top ten favourite products that I have been using over the last month you all to have a nosey at and as usual, if you have any questions on the products please ask away.
If you follow me on Snapchat, you may have seen me rave about several of these products already (UN: stardust_belle) 
So, in no particular order:


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

BRYT Skincare Calm Serum Review

It's time to introduce your skin to all things bright and beautiful...
I was so happy to be gifted this product recently from the wonderful breakthrough skincare range, BRYT Skincare. 

BRYT Skincare has been recently launched in Ireland and is suitable for all skin types. 
I had seen a lot about this product since it's launch in Ireland and I had been talking to fellow bloggers about the launch event, which looked like so lovely, when I was in Dublin at the Pro Beauty Show last month.
The packaging alone drew me in, I mean, look how gorgeous and colourful it is! I am an absolute sucker for packaging and BRYT have done it right.. Jo Malone designed the packaging actually.

So let's get down to the details and let me tell you about this multi-use product that has become a firm favourite of mine in the last few weeks . . . 
(Any of you who follow me on Snapchat will have seen it in my skincare and makeup routines alot, UN: stardust_belle)


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Thursday, October 13, 2016

My Cocoa Brown Collection

As you all know by now, I am a Cocoa Brown girl at heart. 

I have been an avid follower of Cocoa Brown's CEO Marissa since her days of owning her salon, Carter Beauty in Blackrock; through her initial stages of coming up with the concept of Cocoa Brown; until now, owner of the ever-expanding, best-selling tanning range in Ireland. 
I have been a major advocate for the Cocoa Brown range since day one, and working in a pharmacy has given me the opportunity to introduce so many customers to this wonderful, extensive tanning range. It is a brand that I hold close to my heart.
All the products in the range are very affordable and there is everything you need for a flawless, glowing tan. AND just look how beautiful the packaging is; pink is the colour theme throughout Cocoa Brown making the range unmistakable (I must have pink in my blood by this stage) and extremely pretty, making these products all absolute must-haves for any beauty/vanity stations.

Cocoa Brown is an award-winning tan (literally every product in the range has won awards!), which has stormed the tanning market worldwide. It now has a cult beauty status, with hero products if you will, among tanning lovers, beauty lovers and bloggers everywhere.  
Get this for a fact... Cocoa Brown is only turning 4 years old next month, and it currently sells FOUR products EVERY MINUTE worldwide. . . That is incredible! 

"I listened to what my customers wanted and worked really hard to create products they love. . . I began working on a fake tan formula which didn't need to develop overnight. Nine months later, I launched Cocoa Brown 1-Hour Tan on the Irish market. It's unique selling point is that it develops in as little as an hour." 
Marissa Carter, Independent.ie 13/06/2014

Marissa asked her clients in her own salon at the time what they wanted from a fake tan, and what they mostly wanted, and what all ladies want, was:
 > No Biscuity Smell
 > Quick and
 > Natural colour, not orange!

Me with my Cocoa Brown collection! I am wearing the Instant Tan Bronzing Gel in Matte here.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Professional Beauty Show with Powder 'n' Pout

*Warning: Picture Heavy Post* 

A couple of weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of joining the Powder 'n' Pout team at the Professional Beauty Show in the RDS, Dublin... and what an experience it was.
It was a Professional-only show, which made it all the more awesome to be part of it!

It was a super early start, and doing my hair (I had curled it the night before and thankfully I only had to fix it a little) and a full face of makeup at 3.30am was a strange feeling but thankfully the makeup I used lasted me alllll day and I was asked alot on Snapchat what I had used so read on for all the juicy details . . . (click on any of the descriptions for links on where to buy)


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mastering Your Makeup with Flormar

Sunday past was a really fun day spent with the Flormar team and Michelle Regazzoli-Stone, aka MRS Makeup, in the beautiful Solis Lough Eske Castle, Co. Donegal.


For those of you who have maybe never heard of Flormar, it is an affordable range of luxury makeup products, with everything from nail polish to primers to gel eyeliners. The range was relaunched in Ireland last summer and has been more successful so far than what the CEO, Paul Mooney, ever thought it would be.
With over 300 Flormar stands in pharmacies throughout the country, and it's first retail store in Ireland opening soon, it is a cosmetic brand that is now a household name.
The products are high quality and there is such a variation of products available; you can have a full makeup kit from the Flormar range for extremely good value for money.

I met the wonderful Paul Mooney, CEO of Flormar and Creative Director of Flawless, when I walked in to Lough Eske. I first met Paul last weekend at the Professional Beauty Show I attended in the RDS and he is a true, genuine gent. It was a pleasant surprise that he remembered me from the RDS, I was delighted!

Solis Lough Eske is such an amazing location and the sun was shining, which showed it off to it's full potential!

iPhone 7 baby!
All the glamorous ladies were taking their seats in the function room where the Flormar team had everything set up; a stage for the demo, a screen to see the demo and products up close and a lush pop-up shop filled with Flormar and Flawless goodies!

The event kicked off with Paul introducing himself and telling us all his story of how he ended up where he is today. He is an inspiration and a legend in the beauty industry, after all he is the #CosmeticsKing!

Paul then introduced Michelle from MRSMakeup.ie, and Michelle told us a bit about herself. Michelle is an extremely talented MUA, with Rosanna Davidson, Suzanne Jackson and Pippa O'Connor as regular clients.

Michelle then got stuck in to her demo on the lovely Laura and talked about each of the Flormar products she was using for the look, including (product list and links below, just click on the product name):







Illuminating Primer Makeup Base > "This primer is the difference in your makeup lasting 3-4 hours to 8 hours!" Michelle advised to "really look at your face in the mirror before applying primer, only to the oily parts of your face and do not apply to dry patches because your skin will constantly be trying to breath through dry patches." I am a big fan of this primer and always recommend it!

Double Radiance Primer Highlighter . . . Amazing for that glow!

Perfect Coverage Foundation . . . Full coverage foundation, I love the coverage this gives.

CC Cream . . . Michelle used the peach coloured CC Cream on the model's forehead. She said too that she used this CC Cream as a primer on a bridal party last week and it worked a treat!

Perfect Coverage Liquid Concealer . . . Different shades to match with the different shades of Flormar Perfect Coverage foundation.

Eye Perfection Primer . . . New and available in four different shades. Gives your eye makeup lasting power and is amazing for any discolouration on the eyelids. I use this myself and I love it.

Make Up Fix Spray . . . This stuff is incredible!

Bronzing Powder . . . Michelle used this as the transition colour for the model's eye makeup and it made such a difference!

x10 Sculpting Mascara & Revolution Mascara Waterproof . . . Both these mascaras look incredible, the applicator on the Revolution mascara is what Michelle raved about!

SoSu Lashes Sue & Duo glue . . . SoSu lashes speak for themselves really! The Sue lashes were from the 3D Silk Luxury range.

Eyebrow Fixator Mascara . . . Excellent for grooming any wild eyebrow hairs.

Eyebrow Shadow . . . Available in different shades to suit you.

Eyeshadow Palettes . . . Michelle couldn't speak highly enough of the pigment of the mono shadows and palettes!

Flawless Contour Palette . . . A cream contour palette, I have one and it's super easy to use! A cream and powder set is going to be launched soon!

Terracotta Blush . . . This mineral powders are gorgeous! I use A Touch of Apricot when I am tanned and I always get asked what it is. The powders are baked and the colours are so beautiful.

Long-Wearing Lipstick L14 & Revolution Lipstick R05 . . . The R05 is one of Pippa's favourite lippies, a beautiful pink shade.

Loose Powder . . . Each of Flormar's loose powders have a slight colour in them, making them a perfect setting finish for your makeup.

Throughout the demo, Paul walked around the floor with the microphone, while Michelle answered all the questions and she gave some great tips and advice, including "eyebrows are sisters not twins!".

The finished look on the model was just beautiful. The more Michelle talked about and used these products the more I wanted each and every one of them!

We were given our goodie bags when the demo was finished, which contained several fab products ranging from ProperCorn popcorn (yum) to shampoo. (I'll show you the goodies on Snapchat this week, @stardust_belle)

The pop-up shop was then opened and all of the team members were on hand; Michelle Ross (NeedsNotWants), Jess Corbally (JessCorbsMakeup) included, to give anyone advice on the products they were interested in. The Flormar range is in my work, so I have a little (not so little!) list compiled of all the products I am planning to buy before the weekend *insert monkey with hands over eyes emoji*.

As well as having the pleasure of talking with Paul and meeting Michelle, I was delighted to meet fellow blogger Fiona from Little Miss Roux who I have been following for some time and is also an avid Flormar fan, and her friend Dee from Makeupartistrybydee.

It was a wonderful event and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
If you are a fan of Flormar and there is a masterclass on near you, I highly recommend you go!




I will snap the products that I will buy this week from the Flormar range so be sure to add me on Snapchat, @stardust_belle

The Flormar range is available in pharmacies nationwide, including Brennans Life Pharmacy in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal,

[PS. I got lots of compliments and questions on Snapchat that evening about my hair! I swear by the Cocoa Brown Kind Shampoo & Conditioner and then I simply used the Got2B Gaurdian Angel Heat Protection Spray and then curled it with my curling wand... that was it. I used literally no other products because I only realised when I went to use it that I had run out of hairspray and although I have the volumising dust, I had no time to use it! 
Snapchat filters are life by the way...]
I am mid-talking here, and yes talking, I am now brave enough to talk on Snapchat!!


That's all for now!

Thanks for reading
Danielle x









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Sunday, October 2, 2016

SEPTEMBER FAVOURITES

September is out, October is in and with it comes Halloween, woolly jumpers, boots, open fires, darker nails/lips etc...

It was another very exciting month for me as I got to go to the Professional Beauty Show in the RDS, but that is a whole other post that I am putting together for you. 

Welcome to the latest post in my 'Monthly Favourites' series. I love sharing my favourite products with you all and hearing your thoughts. 

Read on for my top ten picks for my favourite products for the month of September, in no particular order . . .



1 ~ Cailyn Dizzolv' It Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm

I first tried this when I got a sample size in the goody bag at Suzanne Jackson's workshop. I loved it from the first time I used it and I just recently repurchased another jar. This stuff is amazing! I mentioned it before in "My Night-Time Routine" blog post. 
The balm-type texture responds to your body temperature and melts in to a silky liquid cleanser once you rub it into your skin. You can see it literally dissolving your makeup, even the most stubborn waterproof makeup (and yes, even waterproof mascara!). I apply it all over my face, including my eyes, and use a hot damp facecloth to remove every trace of makeup. My face feels so clean after using this, literally clean as a whistle. It still amazes me every time I use it. 
Containing aloe vera and calendula flower extract, the Cailyn balm is gentle and mild, making it suitable for all skin types and leaving your skin super hydrated. 

The full Cailyn range is available in selected pharmacies nationwide, online here, and Inish Pharmacy here.


2 ~ SoSu 100% Human Hair Lashes, GiGi

These lashes by Suzanne Jackson, a.k.a. SoSueMe, were highly-anticipated and super-hyped for their release, and if you have tried a pair you will know why. These lashes are A M A Z I N G. (and also sold out in alot of places, hence why I had no box in my photo to show you!)
The Gigi lashes are in the lower-priced bracket, the human hair lashes. There is also a luxury selection of silk lashes, which obviously I have my eye on a few pairs (pardon the pun!). 
The GiGi lashes are a full strip which start short in the inner corner and gradually get longer towards the outer corner. They are super-lightweight on the eyes, I have never had trouble or irritability with them and I wear contact lenses so that is saying something! 
I use the Duo Striplash Adhesive for these; the glue recommended to use with these lashes. *The SoSu lashes do not come with eyelash glue*
I have received so many compliments when I've been wearing these lashes, so I will be definitely wearing them more in the future. I am excited to try the luxury silk lashes!

The SoSu cosmetic range is available in pharmacies nationwide and online here.


3 ~ Lancomé Energie de Vie The Overnight Recovery Sleeping Mask

I have mentioned this product before in my June monthly favourites post, and yes I love it that much! The Energie De Vie range has been Lancome's biggest launch to date and it's easy to see why. This product is simply amazing. 
There are a couple of different ways you can use it. . . 
For every day use, apply a thin layer on clean skin and leave on overnight. 
For when your skin needs some TLC, apply a generous layer on clean skin and leave for ten minutes. After ten minutes, either remove the excess product or blend it in. 
This product transforms with the heat of your skin, and as it does so, it transforms into hydrating water droplets... So lush. This mask plumps your skin and leaves it looking hydrated, smoother and fresher. The difference I see in my skin the next morning after using this mask is remarkable. It is a wonder product! 

Lancomé Energie de Vie is available in Debenhams stores and online here.


4 ~ Botanics 100% Organic Rosewater Spritz

This is another product that I mentioned before, this time in "My Night-Time Routine"
I discovered this toner from the Botanics range when I was looking for a new toner in Boots one day (I'll admit, I only started using toner recently.. bold, I know!) I spray this generously on my face after cleansing and it is super refreshing, I love it! I then wipe it away with a cotton pad, taking with it all the last traces of makeup. My skin feels so clean and refreshed after using this. 

Available in Boots stores nationwide.


5 ~ Bellamianta Luxury Self Tinted Tanning Lotion 

I have been using the Bellamianta Rapid Mousse for a while now but when I was recently gifted a whole hamper full of Bellamianta goodies, I seized my chance to try out the Self Tinted Tanning Lotion. I was so pleasantly surprised by it! I had heard mixed reports about it from working in the pharmacy, but I just love it. I have a full review on the Bellamianta range right here. 

Bellamianta Luxury Tanning range is available in pharmacies and salons nationwide, and online here.


6 ~ Paese Long Cover Foundation

I had never heard of this makeup brand until recently, and I am wondering how I never knew of it! 
I received some samples to try out and I am amazed at this brand. The foundation, in particular, is awesome. It has a spatula to dispense the product, instead of a pump. When I put this on the back of my hand, the texture feels really thick but as soon as I apply it, it feels so light on the skin and blends so well. The coverage is medium to full. 
I always apply this foundation with my Powder 'n' Pout P230 HD Buffer Brush, making the foundation blend like a dream and what a flawless finish it gives! It lasts on my skin all day without any need for touch ups. It also contains SPF6; it is an added bonus for your skin if your foundation has SPF! This makeup is also formulated with vitamins A, C, E and Shea Butter to moisturise and protect your skin, along with pro-vitamin B5 to soothe any irritation. 

Paese Cosmetics are available online hereDolledUp.ie and see a full list of stockists here. 


7 ~ Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette

This palette contains 12 glorious, long-wear, shades, a mix of matte and lustre shades, and I love each one as much as the last. This palette was made for me; the nudes, taupes, browns and aubergine shades are the colours I love to wear on my eyes. The colours are so versatile so you can create any look you wish, day or night. 
The colours are super-pigmented due to the Amazonian-clay formula. And just look at the packaging, I mean, how could anyone resist that! 
The palette comes with a step-by-step guide illustrating two different looks you can create using these colours; it's a great help if you are unsure where to put what colours!

Tarte cosmetics are available (and get a closer look at the shades) here, and in Sephora stores and online here.


8 ~ Powder 'n' Pout The Bullet P325

My brush of choice for my monthly favourites is this little superstar, the P325. I have a review on more Powder 'n' Pout brushes here including this one. The Bullet is amazing for smudging shadows, building depth and for under-eye shadowing. The short bristles on the brush means there is minimal fall-down of product under the eyes on to your cheeks, win win!

The Powder 'n' Pout makeup brush range is available in the Powder 'n' Pout salon in Carndonagh, selected pharmacies nationwide and online here.


9 ~ Seventeen Nail Polish, shade Mocha-tini

This one is a little late to the game because I only tried it recently but it is a gem. 
I very rarely wear ordinary nail polish. I love to have Shellac or Gellux nails done, because the nature of my work, regular nail polish usually chips off after the first day and does not last. I picked this up to wear for the Professional Beauty Show last weekend as I ran out of time to get my nails done. 
This nail polish is a bargain and I can't get over how many days it lasted before it needed re-done. It is nude colour, but I'm definitely going to pick up some darker colours of this nail polish to try out.

Seventeen cosmetics are available in Boots stores nationwide and online here.


10 ~ iPhone 7 Plus 

This had to make an appearance.. look how pretty it is!
I am an Apple geek, I own lots of Apply products and I am a sucker for the launch of a new iPhone. Like the true Apple nerd that I am, I was so excited for the keynote a few weeks ago which announced iOS10 and the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. I owned the 6 Plus so I would never downsize and the fancy camera with two lenses on the 7 Plus was a must! 
So, after much deliberation and research (because I was changing providers) I pre-ordered the 128GB 7 Plus in Rose Gold. The bigger memory wasn't even a question because seeing "Storage is almost full" everyday on my 6 Plus was wearing thin! My new provider told me my new iPhone would arrive between September 23rd and October 14th, and low and behold on September 23rd it arrived! To say I was excited is an understatement. It's so fast, and so pretty, and no worries of storage YAY. It feels very delicate; I am still waiting on a cover I ordered from Amazon, but that's not going to stop me using it... Like the quote I had on my Facebook page, "I've come to realise my right hand is basically an iPhone"!


What products were you loving throughout September? I would love to see them!

Thanks for reading
Danielle x
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Monday, September 26, 2016

NEW WET N WILD COLLECTION

Introducing Wet n Wild's new collection . . . 

Wet n Wild is a go-to beauty destination for on-trend cosmetics at an extremely attractive price point.. all the products in this range are such a bargain! 
The products here include the Mega Glo contour stick, a Kohl eyeliner, the coverall concealer, an eyeshadow palette and a lip gloss. 
Read on to find out more about these products. . . 



~ The Mega Glo Contour Stick

This is a dual-ended contour stick that makes contouring super easy! The stick enables precise application making contouring easy and portable; it's a pocket-sized stick so it is very handy to take anywhere with you. One end of the stick is contour and the other end is highlight. The consistency of the two ends is creamy making application smooth and allowing you to define, shade and chisel with the contour and also using the highlighter to illuminate and make your best features pop!
The colour pay-off from the two ends is great, as you can see in my photo below.
Retails at €5.99



~ Colour Icon Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

Wet n Wild have added two new shades to their collection of eight that are already available. This is the shade Pros and Bronze. This is a colour of eyeliner I would never buy but this is gorgeous, the photo below does not do it justice. Wet n Wild boast that these eyeliners are 12-hour long-wearing and I would firmly believe that as it took several attempts to remove it from the back of my hand. The colour from the pencil applies so smoothly and is a 'rich hyper-pigmented' colour, unreal for the cheap price! Going by the quality of this eyeliner pencil, the black eyeliner is on my shopping list!
Retails at €2.00



~ CoverAll Coverstick

The formula of this concealer coverstick is lightweight, meaning it blends easy to cover any blemishes, lines or discolourations. It's a buildable concealer so you can achieve whatever coverage you need while leaving a soft, matte finish to your skin. Shade is medium.
Retails at €2.99



~ Colour Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet n Wild have added another two universal shades to their eyeshadow palette collection. This shade is She Fancies Floral. These palettes allow you to create the perfect look you need for any occasion. The palettes have been designed to create either a soft or bold look, day or night. Again, these colours are super-pigmented and each palettes' shades perfectly compliment each other. They allow ease of application and long lasting looks, for a bargain price!
Retails at €5.50



~ MegaSlicks Lip Gloss
Wet n Wild's lip gloss collection consists of 17 different shades to suit all sorts of looks. This one I received is Crushed Grapes. These lip glosses are ultra-glossy and with a non-sticky formula with a fruity fragrance. The MegaSlicks lip glosses makes lips bright, colourful and hydrated with a long-lasting formula.. win win. They can be worn alone or over lipstick.
Retails at €2.95

The Wet n Wild collection consists of a full range of cosmetics and is available in select Penneys, Dunnes Stores, pharmacies and independent stockists nationwide.
For a full stockist list, visit www.wetnwildcosmeticsireland.com

Thanks for reading

Danielle x

Thanks to Wet n Wild for gifting me these products to review.


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Be a #BellaBabe with Bellamianta

Warning: This is a long one and picture heavy, so grab a cuppa and get comfy . . .

I was SO excited to have been sent a gorgeous package from Annette at Bellamianta recently.
The package was full of Bellamianta goodies along with the loveliest note from Annette, who I met several months ago and she is just a star.
The package I was sent included the original Bellamianta product; the Self Tinted Tanning Lotion in Medium, their newest Rapid Mousse in Dark, the luxury tanning mitt, the newly-launched exfoliating mitt and one of their heavenly spa candles. The candles are from the Sass and Boho range, you can find them right here.





The market out there is saturated with all kinds of fake tans promising the sun, moon and the stars, so let me tell you a little about Bellamianta. . . 

Bellamianta is a new and exciting brand that is manufactured and based right here in Ireland. It has been brewing up a storm in the blogging world lately and appearing on many bloggers' Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Bellamianta is a 'clean' tan, which means the luxury products in the range are all formulated using the cleanest ingredients without compromising the performance of the tan. Linda and Lisa, founders and creators of Bellamianta Tanning, say their aim is "to provide a luxury tanning experience every time, while ensuring our formulas are the cleanest possible formulas...contain nutritious skin benefiting ingredients and give a taste of luxury to everyone at affordable prices."

Bellamianta prides themselves on their 'clean' products and their tans contain NO:
~ parabens
~ harsh chemicals
~ genetically modified ingredients 
~ parfume
~ alcohol
~ animal derivatives 
~ sulphates
~ silicones
The tans are also packed tight with natural fruit extracts which have amazing firming, toning, anti-aging and rejuvenating benefits! 

And get this. . . Odour Neutralising Technology! No smell, zilch, nada, except for their heavenly signature Bergamot scent.

Bellamianta is a brand I am very familiar with, as I'm sure most of you reading this are as well. It was relatively unheard of, until Suzanne Jackson a.k.a SoSueMe wore it on a recent holiday to Thailand. Suzanne could not speak highly enough of it, and let's' face it, the tan was absolutely gorgeous on her and the brand just exploded! The range actually sold out as a result of Suzanne Snapchatting and Instagramming about it (Trust me, I work in a pharmacy and we were trying to get stock and it was gone!)

Suzanne Jackson wearing the Bellamianta Dark Rapid Mousse
Another big blogger who is a fan of the range is Tara O'Farrell a.k.a. TaraMakeup. A Bellamianta spray tan was Tara's tan of choice for her wedding day recently, she actually got a double spray and again absolutely stunning. 

Tara O'Farrell wearing a double spray of the Bellamianta tan
You all know my main love is Cocoa Brown but working in a pharmacy, I just simply have to try all these new things that come in... Don't I? 
Bellamianta arrived in a few months ago, just in time for our honeymoon. I always prefer to support Irish business where I can and I couldn't bare my pale pasty Irish skin in the Californian sunshine so I decided to go with the Bellamianta Rapid Mousse for our trip, to help me blend in with all the bronzed babes in Beverly Hills... I can dream! 
I was so impressed with the Rapid Mousse then and I still am. My bottle was left behind in a hotel on the Golden Coast so to be gifted more from Bellamianta was super!

  


One of my oldest friend's got married recently (FYI, she also got a Bellamianta spray tan done for the wedding and she was just gorgeous) so it was the perfect time to prep and tan with the goodies gifted to me.


~ Luxury Double Sided Exfoliating Mitt

I used the new Bellamianta exfoliating mitt a few days prior to applying the tan.
It is so important to prep your skin for tanning application, it makes your tan apply so much easier, look much better and last longer. 
And ladies, if you need a good exfoliation, you NEED the Bellamianta exfoliating mitt in your life!! It does an awesome job at scrubbing off old tan and dry skin. The mitt is double-sided and is so rough, exactly what you need to prepare your skin for applying your fake tan.
I used a good moisturising body lotion each time after using the mitt so my skin was soft and supple, ready for applying the tan. 
*Remember to never exfoliate or moisturise on the day you are tanning!*

~ Luxury Double Sided Tanning Mitt

I decided to go with the Rapid Mousse for the wedding because I had tried it before and trusted it. 
I applied the mousse with the Bellamianta luxury tanning mitt.
The mitt is double sided velvet with a space for your thumb ensuring ease of application! The mitt is lined with a water resistant barrier inside, which means your hands won't get stained! With the mitt being lined, you can throw it in your washing machine and it won't get damaged. 

~ Rapid Mousse Dark


This mousse has a foamy consistency and you can see just how much colour is in the foam with just one pump on to your mitt.
As soon as I had applied it, I remembered just how much I loved it before.

So why use the Bellamianta Rapid Mousse I hear you ask. . .
~ It dries in 60 seconds! Yes after one minute, you are good to go with getting dressed again, win!
~ It is a RAPID dark tan, it develops in 2-4+ hours! Shower it off after 2 hours for a light tan, 3 hours for medium tan or after 4+ hours for a dark golden tan.
~ It gives you a gorgeous golden olive tone instantly
~ It is so easy to apply and streak-free
~ It is transfer and water-resistant
~ It is O D O U R L E S S!

Aren't these facts everything you want in a tan? 
Just two more things: it lasts days, I mean I get up to 7 days out of this tan (I only had to re-apply once on our two-week honeymoon) and 
the wear-off is brilliant! No snakeskin, dry patches, white elbow creases, etc. etc. I could go on! The tan literally just fades away; it's remarkable.

~ Self Tanning Tinted Lotion Medium


I eventually got round to trying out the original Bellamianta product this weekend, the baby of the range; the Self Tanning Tinted Lotion. 
To be honest, I was a little bit apprehensive about this tan, because I had heard mixed reports about it. BUT, anymore, I am going to try a product myself before I listen to anyone else because I just love it!! The lotion has a really creamy consistency and it just glides on your skin. 
It is essential to blend these tans quickly on application because of the quick drying time.

Why choose the Bellamianta Self Tanning Tinted Lotion?

~ Packed with natural ingredients and with an ultra-smart hydration system, which means it keeps on hydrating the skin = no snakeskin on wear-off
~ Easy application 
~ Dries in 60 seconds
~ Instant golden olive colour
~ Transfer and water resistant
~ Even wear-off
~ Odour neutralising technology

One of the best things about Bellamianta is their signature colour guide (the instant colour you see on application), and this combined with the 60-second fast dry system means that their tans are ready to wear and develop over a few hours with no transfer on to your clothes, win win! 

Does Bellamianta deliver? ABSOLUTELY!
(Sorry for poorly lit photos, tan was applied at night-time. Left: Before Right: After application)

         


My final verdict is: I love this range, and the fact that it's an Irish brand is incredible. 
This range is fantastic. Both the lotion and the mousse give you the ultimate glow, with the mousse giving you a deeper glow.

Oh, and before you wonder or ask, yes I always tan my face. I use whatever is left on the mitt after tanning my body and it is just enough for my face.

The full range is available in pharmacies nationwide, including Brennans Life Pharmacies in Donegal, Inish Pharmacy online, Cara Pharmacy online or you can get it on Bellamianta's site here

If you are after a Bellamianta spray tan, you will find it in beauty salons across the country, including Indulge Beauty & Relaxation Salon, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.

Have you tried Bellamianta yet? 



Sending a massive thanks to Bellamianta for gifting me their range.

Thanks for reading!
Danielle x
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

AUGUST FAVOURITES

Here we are again, the latest instalment in my monthly favourites series.
The summer is over and everyone is back to school; I can practically smell the pumpkin spiced lattes, mmmm.

August has been an exciting month for stardustbelle! I was invited to my first event, a wonderful morning spent with the Cocoa Brown team and some of Ireland's top bloggers. I wrote a post all about that event here.

As usual, I had a lot of favourite products this month (!!), so read on for my top 10 picks for the month of August in no particular order . . .


1 ~ Cocoa Brown Kind Shampoo & Conditioner
I am a big fan of this new range from #girlboss herself, Marissa Carter and Cocoa Brown. Read my review of the range here and see why I love this shampoo and conditioner. I originally had the travel sizes a while back but I have been using the range now since I was at the Bloggers Breakfast to launch the range (link is up above) and it has certainly lived up to what it claims to do. My hair has been so healthy and full of volume, I've even had people compliment me on my hair.
Available in Penneys stores, pharmacies nationwide and Brennans Pharmacy.

2 ~ Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation 
I bought this foundation in Sephora when we were away on honeymoon (mini Sephora haul post here) and I absolutely love it. I get asked a lot when I wear this makeup what it is. It's a splurge but totally worth it! It lasts on my face all day, very rarely needing a touch up. It is available in 40 shades so you will definitely find a shade that is perfect for you. It feels like a second skin but the coverage is medium, containing a 'light-diffusing' formula to make your makeup look natural and your skin look flawless... who doesn't want that! 
Make Up For Ever is available on Debenhams online and the Oxford Street store.

3 ~ Flormar Magical Effect Colour Correcting Cream
This is a little gem I tend to forget about but then when I re-use it again I remember how much I love it. This CC cream is available in four different shades; purple, green, pink and neutral, and all shades are colour correctors for various skin complaints. I have the green shade, which is to neutralise redness. It can be worn alone or under your foundation. Depending on how much time I have, I wear it some days on it's own but other days on the parts of my face that need neutralised under my foundation. It is very green coming out of the tube but the way it immediately adapts to suit your own skin tone is actually magic! 
Flormar is available in pharmacies nationwide, including Brennans Pharmacy, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.

4 ~ Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
My friend took me this liquid eyeliner home from America recently and it is brilliant. It has a superfine tip to make application sooo easy and it literally just glides on. I use this for a simple line above my upper lash line, and it is so effortless to put on. The colour does not budge all day and it is waterproof. 
Kat Von D is available in Sephora but the cosmetics range is coming to Debenhams soon.

5 ~ Eau Thermale Avéne Cleanance Cleansing Gel
This product is one of Avene's best sellers! The Cleanance range is ideal for oily and blemish-prone skin. If you suffer from blemishes, whiteheads or blackheads this is for you. I suffer with blemishes when I am stressed (my recent assignments have been a big factor!) and at certain times of the month (*eye roll*) and his cleansing gel works wonders. 
It is free from soap and alcohol so it is not drying whatsoever. It also contains an ingredient called monolaurin which helps regulate sebum (oil) production and mattifies the skin. It is a face wash that leaves my skin feeling so clean and fresh. I have been using this about most mornings, I would use the Nip + Fab Gylcolic Cleansing Fix a couple of times a week; I mentioned this product in my July monthly favourites post here.
The Avéne range is available in pharmacies nationwide, including Brennans Pharmacy, Carndonagh.

6 ~ Flormar Lipliner and Deluxe Cashmere Lipstick Stylo 
If you haven't already guessed, I am a big fan of this pharmacy/drugstore cosmetic brand and having it in my work is all the better! 
Flormar recently released the Deluxe Cashmere Lipstick range and oh em gee.. the casing of these lipsticks alone is what caught my eye first. Shiny, gold and beautiful and at only €5.95 each, brilliant value. This lipstick range is available in eleven different shades. I have two shades, DC28 Absolute Nude and DC36 Natural Rosewood, and I have been wearing them to death. I adore the colours of these two lipsticks and I have been wearing them with the Flormar lipliner in shade no.229, I just love the colour combination. Both the lipliner and lipsticks last on me for ages before I need to reapply. 

7 ~ Imperial Leather Shower Cream Sweets Collection
Everyone who knows me knows I  l o v e  sweets. And I love shower gels, I am buying different shower gels/creams all the time. So I was very pleasantly surprised when I was in my local Boots store recently and seen Imperial Leather's new range of shower creams, a Sweets collection and a Fruits collection. I took one of each of the Sweets collection, £1 each, cheap as chips! There is Marshmallow, Sherbet Lemon, Fruit Chew, Banana and Spearmint available ... Mmmm. The one I am currently obsessed with the marshmallow, it is soooo nice and good enough to eat!
I have only seen these shower creams in Boots stores, but I am sure they will be in most pharmacies and larger supermarkets.

8 ~ Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum
I mentioned in my night-time routine post that you can read here. I only got this last month and it is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. I only use it at night-time as it is then when your skin is doing all it's repairing. I apply 3-4 drops to my skin after toning, before moisturising, absorbs in seconds. The concentrated serum targets fine lines, dullness and dehydrated skin. This product can also be used as a velvety smooth makeup primer, I am yet to try it as a primer though. It's a pricey product but will last you forever and is worth every penny, especially if you want to invest in good skincare.
Pestle & Mortar is available in Cara Pharmacy online.

9 ~ Powder 'n' Pout The Powder Dome P100
Another monthly favourites post, another Powder 'n' Pout favourite! This time the brush of the month is the P100 Powder Dome, a fabulous large rounded and fluffy brush. I use this brush to dust loose powder all over my face to set my makeup and it is the best powder brush. It is made with super soft fibres and it feels so soft on your skin. It is a full and dense brush, making it a multi-purpose brush for loose or pressed powder on the face and body. Powder 'n' Pout makeup brushes are my favourite and you can read my review on other brushes in the range here.
The makeup brushes are available in the Powder 'n' Pout salon, pharmacies nationwide and online here.

10 ~ Snapchat!
Social media queen over here! Add me up on Snapchat (and the rest) -- @stardust_belle or by snapcode, my little ghost is on the right hand side of my blog. 
Snapchat is the hottest social media app right now. It's dynamic and innovative, constantly adding features to be better than the last update. 
I follow too many people but those whose stories I never fail to miss are:
@cartermarissa (Cocoa Brown CEO)      
@stephanieoq
@katekelly1
@sosueme_ie
@themakeupfairy
@jamespatrice
@jamesksnaps
@actionmags 
@facesbygrace23
@styleyourwayie       
@yazglitter
@wapertsellen 
@powdernpout
@rosieconxxx
@sindebutleir
@aislingmkeenan
@charlenefmakeup
@racheljfowler
@rosemarymaccabe 
@dmelc
@holychic_blog
@lovelygirlybits

That's all for this month's favourites!

Thanks for reading
Danielle x








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Sunday, August 28, 2016

#KindBloggerBoss Cocoa Brown Bloggers Breakfast

*Warning: Picture heavy post!!*

I was absolutely thrilled, a little overwhelmed, and very lucky, to be invited last week to a wonderful event organised by the Cocoa Brown team; Marissa, Stephanie and Kate, a Bloggers Breakfast in Penneys HQ to celebrate the launch of Cocoa Brown's new Kind haircare range.

It was a super early morning for me but I was determined to go to this event as opportunities like this don't come often.
It was my first event as a blogger and hosted by a big brand in none other than Penneys HQ on Parnell Street, Dublin. I have been an advocate for Marissa and Cocoa Brown since the very very beginning so it was an honour to be part of this event, and it felt right that a Cocoa Brown launch was my first event as a blogger.
I was nervous but as soon as I arrived and greeted by the CB ladies, they made me feel so welcome. It was a pleasure to meet Marissa in this setting, (I have met her at one of her workshops before) and to finally meet Stephanie and Kate after being in contact for so long and they have been a great help to me. I was very excited to be there and to be part of such a great morning. 

The event was to celebrate the launch of the new Cocoa Brown Kind Shampoo & Conditioner 200ml packs in Penneys' stores. To be at an event in Penneys HQ with some of Ireland's biggest bloggers, well, I was pinching myself to say the least. The Penneys/Primark international headquarters are incredible; so modern and on trend, as you'd expect them to be!

photo credit: buildingconstructiondesign.co.uk
photo credit: www.dezeen.com
The area set aside for the Cocoa Brown event was laid out beautifully with goody bags at every place setting filled with our own bottles of the shampoo and conditioner and our own #KindBloggerBoss bar of chocolate, mmmm! And the fashion breakfast spread that Penneys put on for us.. well, it was outstanding and so tasty, it looked too good to eat! Lots of healthy goodness was on offer; gluten free protein balls, green juices, avocado snacks, fruit skewers and much more so thank you to the fabulous ladies at Primark for arranging that.

After everyone got their teas and coffees, Marissa gave a little talk about her new Kind collection and introduced some of the Penneys team; the head of beauty & home, and the head of buying ~ lucky lucky ladies.
photo credit: Marissa Carter Snapchat @cartermarissa
photo credit: James Butler Instagram @James_Patrice
photo credit: Joanne Larby Instagram @makeupfairypro
photo credit: Stephanie O'Quigley Instagram @stephanieoquigley
photo credit: Cocoa Brown Instagram @cocoabrowntan
It was SO lovely to have the opportunity to meet, talk with and get acquainted with other bloggers, and add each other on Snapchat and the rest!
It was an incredible feeling to be mingling with some of Ireland's top bloggers whom I look up to and am inspired by, and bloggers like myself who were also at their first event. Everyone was so friendly and the time just vanished!

With Marissa Carter, CEO Cocoa Brown 
With Stephanie O'Quigley, Marketing Manager Cocoa Brown
With Kate Kelly, Marketing Executive Cocoa Brown
James & Joanne ~ the nicest and most beautiful people, I was in awe!
Suzanne Jackson ~ my second time to meet Suzanne, gorgeous girl inside and out
Grace ~ an absolute gem!
photo credit: Rita (left) & Yaz (right) ~ a pleasure to meet these two lovely ladies
I have reviewed the Cocoa Brown Kind range here ~ I am a big fan of this range.
I was waiting hard on the new 200ml sizes to be released so I have been using the shampoo and conditioner since the event and I just love it. I have said in my review that these products smell divine! The Kind range makes my hair so soft and volumised - I have even had people complimenting me on how healthy and volumised my hair looks.  


The Cocoa Brown Kind range is available in Penneys stores for just €3 each (bargain!!) and pharmacies nationwide!
Thank you Marissa, Stephanie and Kate for having me at the Bloggers Breakfast, you sure know how to throw an awesome event :)
photo credit: Primark Snapchat @Primarksnap (there I am at the back, it's Stephanie doing the peace sign lol!)

Thank you for reading
Danielle x




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