Friday, 16 November 2012

Christmas With Pixy Natural

If you haven't heard of Pixy Natural ,they are a relatively new Irish natural skincare range that offer everything from bath bombs to body oils. They have a fantasic range of products which can be seen on their website  *Be warned, you could spend ages over there looking at all the lovely goodies*
I am a huge supporter of Irish business so I was delighted to be given the chance to feature Pixy in my "Christmas With" series. There is a great selection available catering for all budgets.

These are perfect for bathing beauties and stocking fillers. Pixy have combined individual sets of four bath bombs (also available in three bath muffins) These would be perfect for a relaxing bath. There is also a set of three soaps. Each soap contains sweet almond oil, Vitamin E oil to keep skin soft. There are gorgeous smelling essential oils including citrus and mango.
Pixy Cheer (€14.95) contains a wonderfully absorbing body oil, a creamy bath muffin and a gently cleansing soap slice.

Pixy Pedi (€16.95) contains gloriously cocoa-butter-drenched solid foot scrub which reveals a loofah for really good exfoliation, and our refreshingly zingy peppermint foot cream
Pixy Heart contains  a beautiful heart shaped bottle of sensual bath oil, a gently cleansing soap slice, a creamy bath muffin and plenty of bath bombs

Pixy Fun contains a luxury shower mousse, a gently cleansing soap slice, a rich bath muffin and plenty of bath bombs
€24.95 - €49.95
Pixy Delight (€24.95) contains a luxury shower mousse, our softening cuticle balm, a gently cleansing soap slice, a rich bath muffin and a couple of bath bombs.
Pixy Enchant (€39.95) contains a luxurious shower mousse, a rich bath muffin, a wonderfully absorbing body oil, a creamy lip balm, a deeply moisturising face cleanser, a deliciously soft massage bar and a fizzing bath bomb.
Pixy Dazzle (€39.96) contains  a luxurious shower mousse, a deliciously soft massage bar, a creamy bath muffin, our softening cuticle balm, a gently cleansing soap slice, indulgent bath oil, a conditioning hand cream and a fizzing bath bomb.

xxx This is just a small selection of what Pixy have to offer, to see what other lovelies are available head over to You could also pop over and say hi on Facebook and Twitter xxx

Kiehls Spread The Joy

There's one thing I really love about Kiehl's and thats how generous they are with donating to charities here in Ireland and across the world. They are doing it again this year by donating €2.50 plus VAT from every purchase of Crème de Corps 250ml; 500ml and Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter sold to the very worthy Temple Street University Children’s Hospital.
Kiehls chosen designer for their 4th Annual Creme Du Corps  Holiday Collection is Kenny Scharf, who is an iconic pop surrealist.

This four piece Creme de Corps Holiday Collection with the limited edition Kenny Scharf designed label includes:

  • Creme de Corps (classic formula) - Considered the most hydrating body moisturiser in the Kiehls line, this super enriched nurturing body treatment is formulated with Beta Carotene, Squalane and nurturing oils; ideal for extremely dry skin. Leaves skin soft,smooth and elegantly hydrated.Prices range from €19-€88. Scharf has created the first ever fully wrapped Kiehls product, the 16,8 oz Creme de Corps classic body moisturiser.
  • Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter- luxuuriously scented cream - light on skin, yet rich in 24 hour hydration. Decadently air whipped for instant penetration to restore, protect, and soften skin. Quickly absorbed to deliver deep moisturisation and leave a light, addictive  scent on skin. Theres no parabens, glycols or silicones. €42

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Dove Creme Body Wash

This colde weather is something else,isn't it? Not only am I freezing constantly but my poor skin is not reacting well to it at all.It's dry and dull so when I was sent the new Dove Creme Body Wash, it came in very handy.It is available is two varients- deep nourishing and brightening.
The body wash is a thick creamy mousse that glides effortlessy onto your skin. 

The Dove Creme Body Wash  contains NutrimMoisture,which is a unique blend of mild cleansers and skin natural nutrients, adressing lipid and protein damage, which can be caused by regular shower gels, leaving skin with deep nourishment. I really like the body wash, the texture is very comforting and I have noticed that my skin isn't as dry as it was. You can find the new Dove Creme Body Wash is available nationwide and is priced at €4.06 but keep you eye out in supermarkets and Boots for special offers
xxx Have you tried this lovely yet? xxx

Xmas Makeup: Lancome Happy Holidays

It's no secret that Lancome is one of my favourite brands.I always get a thrill from stopping by one of their counters.So when I had the chance to try some of the lovelies from their Happy Holidays collection,I jumped up and down like a child.

Happy Holidays features precious gold whch completely sets the tone for festive makeup.

 Ombre Hypnose Mono (shade: Fild'Argent S207) €25 is packaged in a gorgeous gold glitter case and features an eyeshadow that has a fine texture and blends easuily when applied. The shade is a gorgeous brown with pure golden pigments. You can use this lovely either wet or dry.

Vernis In Love (shade: Ginger Swing no.532) € 18 is a gorgeous sparkly gold shade,that I am in completely in love with. My inner magpie is quite happy with this baby and its defintiely going to be part of my Christmas nails this year.

Le Crayon Kohl (shade: Jazzy Taupe no.015) €17.28 is a gorgeous metallic brown that is a really creamy texture.
There are also a gorgeous lose shimmering eyshadow available called Ombre Les Pailettes aux Yeaux (shade: A La Belle Etoile no.10) €24.50 and a very festive L'Absolu Rouge (shade: Rubis Exquis no.182) €25.41

This beautiful collection is available at Lancome counters now, be sure to pop along and pick up a few bits because a collection like this won't be here for long.
xxx What do you like the look of from Lancome Happy Holidays? xxx

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

INGLOT Have Christmas Nailed

I adore nail polish, not really a secret considering I've lots of nail polishes. While Summer colours are lovely, I prefer the warmth of winter colours. I also have a penchant for metallic nail polishes,so I was thrilled to hear INGLOT have launched a new collection of metallic nail polishes.

These lovelies retail at €10 and promise high shine and long wear.
xxx Have you tried INGLOT Nail enamels? xxx

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Anyone for Chamomile?

I love Chamomile tea, not only does it help relax me when I can’t sleep but it also works wonders for when I have a sore throat. I got thinking whether there was any beauty uses for Chamomile tea and discovered the following.
  • Suffering from Skin or Eye problems? Chamomile has also been found to be a great treatment to skin disorders, sunburns, and eye problems. It can relieve tired or puffy eyes, just soak a wash cloth or cotton wool in a cool cup of chamomile tea and place over your eyes a few times a day.
  • I sometimes use chamomile as a facial steamer. Simply boil water and add a chammile teabag. Once your water has boiled let it sit for a minute or two and grab a towel. Make sure your hair is out of the way and your eyes are closed. Keep an ideal distance between you and the pot and place the towel over your head. You want to stay under the towel enjoying the steam for about five minutes.
  • Want to bring out your natural highlights without uing a hair dye? Meet your new best beauty friend! Steep 2 chamomile tea bags in 2 cups of hot water for 5-10 minutes. Then add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the mixture. Use this as a final rinse on your hair after your normal shampoo routine, but do not rinse it out. This will help to bring out the natural blond and red tones in your hair and help to slightly lighten your hair all over, without being drastic or looking fake.
xxxHave you tried Chamomile Tea for its beauty uses?xxx

The Latest Trend:Coloured Lash Extensions

Has anyone noticed the latest beauty trend that celebs are embracing? I'm talking coloured eyelash extensions. The trend is currently being loved by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry and has also been featured at Dior and Stella Mc Cartney shoes. I think I'm liking the trend, after all a bit of colour on the eyes is always welcome and it's nice to see it doesn't have to be eyeshadow.

But is this trend accessible for you to try? You bet it is,salons up and down the country will soon be offering it but at Up To My Eyes
they are available.

This party season be a little more adventurous and try out their new coloured eyelash extensions with a hint of green, burgundy, violet or blue, colour-tinted eyelash extensions. Elaine is a true eyelash guru so you're in safe hands getting these lovelies applied. A set cost €120 and lasts for up to 4 weeks. Want traditional lash extensions? Elaine can do these for you also.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Oxfam Unwrapped

This Christmas why not treat one of your loved ones to an Oxfam Unwrapped Gift in association with The Body Shop. These limited edition gift sets which include a luxurious beauty offering from The Body Shop range and a life changing Oxfam Unwrapped Gift offering so much to so many living in extreme poverty.
How does it work? First, choose and order a gift at You’ll be sent a lovely gift card for each initiative purchased and a free calendar with every order. Finally, and most importantly, your gift is then given to the people most in need and that’s when the real impact of generosity begins. Oxfam Unwrapped offers more than 20 different gift set combinations.
Here are just some of the different gift set combinations
Care for mums &Shea body butter €43 This gift set combines Oxfam’s Care for mums gift – helping thousands of mothers and their babies by training midwives and birth attendants and promoting the importance of a skilled delivery – and The Body Shop’s luxurious Shea body butter. It comes with a voucher from The Body Shop for a complimentary makeover or mini-facial and a 20% discount on all purchases there. The present mums everywhere will love.
School books & Earth Lovers Shower Gel €35 - This gift set pairs school books for children in Tanzania with Earth Lovers watermelon and eucalyptus shower gel from The Body Shop for your special someone. You will also receive a voucher from The Body Shop for a complimentary make over or mini facial and be entitled to 20% off Body Shop purchases.
Girl power & Wild Rose Hand Cream €28 - This gift set includes girl power from the Oxfam Unwrapped range which funds programmes that empower women to stand up for their rights, tackle domestic violence and enhance their skills. Also included is a beautifully scented Wild Rose hand cream and voucher from The Body Shop to spend in-store.

Top beauty tips with Riverdance starlet and Competiton

Recently lead Riverdance starlet Siobhan Manson did a photoshoot Anne Morrissey from The International Make Up Academy and the amazing Lili Forberg!
Siobhan talks about her top beauty tips and how constantly dancing and performing on stage takes its toll on her feet. Turns out she is a huge fan of Emjoi Micro Pedi, just like me. The very kind folks over at Micro Pedi have agreed to giveaway a Micro Pedi so that one of you lucky ladies can experience this nifty beauty tool for yourself.
Here's how to enter
1. Follow Blog By Email (2 entries)
2. Follow me on Facebook (1 entry)
3. Follow Me on Twitter (1 entry)
4. Tweet "I've entered Anita's Beauty Spot (@anitabeautyblog) competition to win an Emjoi Micro Pedi" (1 entry)
5. Leave me a comment with how you have entered and what beauty products you have tried for soft feet.
Competition will run from today 12th November to the 19th November. Winner will be chosen at random and be contacted to get theie postal address. This competition is open to reisdents of Ireland xxx

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser

Everytime I try something new from Liz Earle, I really like what I see. This is definitely true with their Skin Repair Moisturiser for Normal/Combination skin.
The moituriser claims to soften, smoothe and conditions skin for a naturally healthy-looking glow and is rich in some lovely ingredients including Bete Carotene and Vitamin E. It is recommended to use morning and night after cleansing with Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I have been using it for just over a month now and have noticed an improvment in my skin. The formula is creamy and on application it seems to cool my skin.
There is one slight downside as there is no SPF in it, so I use it as my night mosituriser. You could use it as a day moistuiriser along with some sunscreen if you wanted to but at the moment I am using another moisturiser with SPF for daytime.
Skin Repair Moisturiser is available on the Liz Earle website as well as Wilde and Green in Milltown. It is priced at €22.55 for a 50ml jar, which is a pretty decent price. I have had the jar for some time now and the only reason there is a biggish dent in it is because I have put some into a travel jar for my holliers. If you just wanted to try it for your hols a 15 ml size will cost €8.75.
xxx Have you tried this beauty or anything else from the Liz Earle range? xxx

Naturigin Hair Colour

I’ve been dying my hair for as long as I can remember, it first started out as blonde highlights but as I got older the blonde highlights were replaced with an all over colour of chocolate brown or something similar. When I was pregnant, I dreaded the thoughts of not being able to dye my hair but thankfully my hairdresser recommended a henna hair dye. I usually dye my hair with L’Orealr Creme Gloss but a few weeks ago I was offered the chance to try Naturigin Organic Hair Colour from the lovely folks over at Simply Natural.
This organic hair colour is available in 19 shades and retails at €10.95. I choose to try dark blonde, thinking it would make a change to my usual choice.What I really like aboout it is that the colours are 100% Ammonia and Parabens free. It’s also made with Natural Oils and Extracts. The development time is 30 mins but it being the first time using it,I opted for 20 minutes.
After following the instructions, I was left with a lovely colour in my hair. It’s a little darker than I expected the colour to turn out but I like it. At first it was a bit of a shock but that was more down to the fact, I haven’t had any colour in my hair since my trip to Hessions.
The hair dye doesn’t have any unpleasant smell and was easy enough to prepare. I think I would definitely buy this again instead of opting for something like the Casting Creme Gloss. I do think next time, I would try a different shade though.
xxx Have you tried Naturigin or any other natural hair dyes? xxx

Paese Matte Makeup Base

About a month ago, I got an email from the lovely people over at Cloud10Beauty to let me know that they were going to be stocking Paese Cosmetics. Paese is an award winning Polish Cosmetics brand whose name is derived from an italian word meaning ‘country’ (Pa’eze). Paese cosmetics offer a full range of products from Primers to Foundations, Nail Varnishes and everything in between at very affordable prices.
I was given the opportunity to test out a product so in need of a makeup primer, I asked if I could try the Matte Makeup Base (€8.95). This makeup base is silicon based and claims to effectively mattify and smoothes the skin preparing it for foundations and powders.
I really liked this makeup base, it has quite a velvety texture and glides onto the face really easily. I found that it helped my foundation stay on really well. Something I have been craving for so long. This lovely also contains vitamin E to help restore skin’s youthful appearance. If you have oily/combination skin this is ideal for you. However, if you have dry skin, you should try their Smoothing Makeup Base (€8.95) and don’t forget you get Beauty Points with every purchase in Cloud10Beauty

A Gorgeous Budget Friendly Foundation

A few weeks ago, I received a package from NYC containing their new Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer and Foundation Mousse. The primer is good but more about that in another post. Today, I want to talk to you about the Smooth Skin Mousse Foundation.
The shade I was sent to try was 702 Natural Rose
As you can see from the pics, it is a dark enough shade, way too dark for my pale skin but after applying my tan last night, I decided to see how the shade would match up to that. It matched perfectly,meaning that I have now found the foundation for my bridesmaid duties.
This baby promises to reduce shine, make your pores look smaller and give a matte look without drying out skin. Now, I’ve never been one for mousse foundations, usually finding they dry out my skin and look really false on. This is a mousse foundation with a difference – I fell in love. The mousse is soft and glides onto your skin. The overall finish was one of a flawless nature, it covered up a few blemishes I have at the moment, made my pores looked smaller and it looked like my foundation had been airbrushed on. Happy Days and at €3.99, I think I may have to pick up one for my normal pale skin.
xxx This beautie along with the Skin Smooth Perfecting Primer will be hitting NYC stands this month. Do you like the sound of it? xxx