Good evening guys
What a fabulous day it’s been. Sun is shining and it’s set to stay. I’m absolutely delighted but my poor Princess Fiona style feet are not so happy. Pregnancy is tough at this stage. Bump is big, boobs are big, feet are big………..let’s just say everything is just much larger than normal 😉 I’m 34 weeks now so not long left.
So basically I get asked everyday about different bits and bobs I use on a daily/weekly basis regarding beauty products. So I thought it would be good to do a blog post of everything I use. Let me point out this blog post is in no way sponsored and nobody mentioned in this has paid me money to have them included in this. This is merely me just sharing what I use with you.
So let’s get to it………
Shampoo & Conditioner: OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner
If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I ADORE anything with coconut. I initially tried another one from this range but then bought this one instead and have been used it for over two months now. It’s divine and is ok to use with hair extensions.
Hair Mask: Kevin Murphy Young Again Masque
This mask is great for damaged or brittle hair. It smells so so good and my hair is instantly sort after it. I leave it in my hair for 5mins while I shower and then wash out. It’s like a deep conditioning masque. It’s a little bit more expensive than normal but really worth it.
Dry Shampoo: CO LAB Dry Shampoo Fresh
This is super fresh and smells really good too. A little goes a long way. This is now sold in Penneys too.
Hand Cream: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
This doesn’t leave my hands greasy like some hand creams. Anything with almond, honey, and coconut oil I personally think just smell so luxurious. This really does nourish your hands and I especially love it when I am flying.
Shower Gel: Human and Kind Shower Mousse Coconut Dream
Another coconut product. Can you see the pattern? This I tried initially when it was sent to me but have since bought it twice and adore it. It lathers up so much and makes my skin feel so silky/soft.
Body Oil: Tan Organic Multi Use Dry Oil
I was recommended this at the beginning of my pregnancy and WOW this has done wonders for my skin. I have put it all over my bump, boobs, thighs and back nearly every night for the last 5 months. It has the most beautiful fresh citrus scent and dries in quite quickly.
Body Exfoliator: The Body Shop Spa of the World™ African Ximenia Scrub
A light exfoliator that doesn’t rip your skin off. Some exfoliators are so harsh on the skin and sometimes my skin can feel a bit sore after. This is brilliant. Very gentle and leaves your skin feeling SUPER soft.
Deodorant: Dove Soft Feel
I just love all Dove deodorant. I know that this is a very personal thing but it’s the one I can’t live without.
Fake Tan: Iconic Bronze Medium, LOTION, Penneys Instant Bronzing Gel Medium to Dark and Bellamianta DARK Spray at Kiwi Sun Swords.
I adore the MEDIUM Iconic Bronze. It gives me a nice dark natural glow. I then use the Penneys Instant Gel over it to deepen it slightly depending on the event. If I want a dark glow and want it to really last me, I go to Gwen in Kiwi Sun in Swords. Gwen has to be the best person I’ve ever had spray me She is amazing!
Fake Tan Eraser: Iconic Bronze Tan Eraser
I leave this on for ten mins before having a shower and washing it off. I swear it melts my tan away. Can’t fault it at all.
Cleanser: Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Cleanser
I’ve been using this now for a good few years. The smell is so beautiful and my skin always feels really hydrated afterwards. If you fancy trying any of the Image Skincare products, I recommend that you buy the travel sized packs first and give them a go. This way you can see what you like first before spending a fortune.
Face Mask: I have a few masks I love to go between. I love Image Skincare’s Biomolecular Antiageing Radiance Mask which is a sheet mask, Garnier’s Moisture Bomb which is also a sheet mask and Glam Glow’s is an intense hydrating cream mask.
All three are super hydrating on the skin and I use at least one after every transatlantic flight or on my trips. They are so handy. The Garnier one is a quick and easy mask that’s super cheap. This feels like you are putting a glass of water on your skin, it’s brilliant. The Glam Glow one does the same. The Image mask gives your skin the most amazing glow afterwards.
Face Exfoliator: Image Skincare Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque
This is a new addition to my drawer. The masque exfoliates the skin so gently leaving your skin feeling super soft, brighter and so refreshed. I had to stop using this during pregnancy as it contained Vitamin A. Can’t wait to start using it again.
Day/Night Cream: Image Skincare Vital C Repair Creme. Such a nourishing cream. I cannot live without this! The smell alone is fabulous. I also use the Image Skincare Water Burst on my skin which is literally like giving water to your skin. I’ve been using the Vital C range for a long time now.
Serum: Image Skincare Intense Brightening Illuma Serum
This serum will leave your skin GLOWING! There are no words for it. My friend is also hooked. It really leaves your skin feeling youthful and refreshed.
Primer: Botanics Radiance Balm All Bright from Boots.
Stunning glow when mixed with your foundation. Apply sparingly as a little goes a long way. I was intorduced to this a few years ago and re-buy it over and over.
Suncream: Yonka SPF 20 Body and Yonka SPF 50 Face
I used both of these whilst in Malta and didn’t burn once. It dries in fast, smells lovely and filters UVA and UVB to keep the skin hydrated. You can use the body on face also but I prefer to use a higher SPF on the face.
Brow: Benefit ka-BROW! Cream-Gel
So handy as it comes with a built in brush. Very easy to use and no mess. I find it keeps my brows in place perfectly and they don’t budge all day.
Foundation: Everyday – L’Oreal True Match and Evening – NARS All Day Luminous or Inglot HD
The L’Oreal True Match is light but still gives a nice flawless coverage. I think this is the perfect day foundation. The NARS All Day Luminous gives the most perfect finish on the skin and I wear this on long haul flights as it sits really nicely. The Inglot HD is a full coverage evening foundation. If I’m going to an event I love wearing this as it really lasts.
Brush: Nima Brush
I use a mixture of lots of Nima Brushes. I use some from their ‘Build it Up Eye Set’ and the rest from the ‘Elite Professional Set’. I have found that these brushes are really soft on my eyes and especially good for my sensitive eyes.
The best little pot ever!!!! I literally adore this. It’s such a good full coverage concealer. I sometimes would bring this out on nights out also as it can be perfect for topping up too. I get a lighter one and one to match my foundation too.
Powder: L’Oreal True Match Powder
I adore this powder. I used to use the MAC Stuiod Fix powder but found it so heavy with my makeup so changed. This is much lighter now but still keeps may makeup in place.
Blusher, Highlighter & Bronzer: Madison Makeup City Glam Palette. This has all of them in one and has a mirror so it’s handy for my makeup bag everyday.
Setting Spray: Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray
I only mainly use this if I am going out for an event really. It holds my makeup in place really well and I don’t go HALF as shiny when I use it.
Eyeshadow base: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Really holds your eyeshadow in place.
Eyeshadows: Huda Beauty Dessert Dusk Palette, Blank Canvas Master Series Palette One or a mixture of MAC eyeshadows.
Eyeliner: Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner.
Great product as I have quite leaky eyes sometimes
Curler: Remington Ultimate Silk Styler
This is the one I use to curl my hair everyday. I couldn’t use anything else, it’s amazing. You can buy it on Amazon HERE. ***This is not an AF link
Hairdryer: LaniBLO Professional Hairdryer
Best product I have ever ever owned! I literally swear by this. My hair takes about 8minutes to dry now thanks to LaniBLO. I have recommended this time and time again and people are blown away by it. It’s incredible and leaves my hair super silky and soft.
Mascara: Essence The False Lashes Mascara. Either one is brilliant! Tried both.
DEFINITELY the best mascara I have ever used!!! It’s brilliant and so cheap. I get them in Penneys every time I’m there just incase. It is so good!
Lipstick: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm for everyday and a mix of everything for evening which is mainly other NYX Lip creams or MAC lipsticks either.
Where I get my………
Brows: As I was going to get my hair done in Dry and Fly, I decided to go to the fabulous Rachel in LASHD which is in Dry and Fly in Dublin. The cool new lash and brow bar is gorgeous and just like the hairdressers there, Rachel is a perfectionist. I absolutely loved my brows and the colour was perfect. I only started doing my brows properly a few years ago so I am always conscious who I go to for them but I loved them.
Hair: My hair is Gold Fever Hair Extensions and I have been getting them in for years now. I absolutely love how full and thick they make my hair. They are so good. I recently changed salons and now go to the fabulous Sarah Ethel in Dry and Fly Dublin. Sarah is amazing and such a perfectionist which is exactly what you want from a hairdresser. You can check Sarah’s work out HERE too.
Nails: I get my nails/toes done in my favourite little beauty salon Mudpie Beauty Cottage. I love the girls there and the owner Sara is so lovely. I adore the little salon and have been going there for years. They give you a little cupcake and drink with every treatment and you just feeling like you are in your own little world when you are in there.
Lips/Botox: I get my lips done and my botox done with the INCREDIBLE Mr. Golchin in the Beacon Face and Dermatology Clinic in Sandyford. Getting my lips done with him was the best thing I have ever done. I had a horror story with my first set so I was delighted to get them back looking good again. They have completely changed my smile and I am so happy with them. Here is my before and after for my lips.
My botox wasn’t much when I got it done but it was lines above my eyebrows on both sides that was my problem. Thankfully Mr. Golchin rectified it. For anyone worried, it wasn’t sore at all and there is no down time either. Couldn’t recommend the Beacon Face and Dermatology enough. I know a lot of my followers have gone their since and were really happy with the service too so that’s great to hear.
Facials: I also go to the Beacon Face & Dermatology Clinic in Sandyford to get my Hydra Facials done. I get these done every 6-8 weeks. I haven’t had one now in a while as I have been pregnant but I just love them so much and can’t wait to get back when I have had the baby. It’s not a relaxing facial, it is a facial that works your skin and really leaves you glowing. You can check out my review HERE.
Hope you enjoyed this post and finding out what products I love. I don’t use all expensive products because let’s face it just because it’s expensive doesn’t necessarily mean its good
Love Aoibhe xxx
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