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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