Friday, 15 February 2013

Garnier Olia 6.0 Light Brown Review

It's ages since I coloured my hair so I decided to buy a hair colour. Having seen the ads for Garnier Olia, I was intrigued and last week while I was up North, I picked up the Light Brown Shade in Tesco for £5.99 (around €7). It retails down here for at least €10.99, in some places up to €15. So I think a bargain was definitely had.

What is Olia?

Olia is the first oil powered home colour. Olia offers permanent hair colour and even coverage of grey hair without the need for ammonia. The applicator bottle is a snazzy drop bottle designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. the hair colour is a velvety cream texture and features a gorgeous fragrance. Which I am greatful for, because the smell of hair colours can make me feel a bit queasy.

Like with any hair colour, a patch test 48 hours before hand is recommended to help avoid any nasty reactions. Also apply to unwashed dry hair. Pour the developed cream into the bottle followed by the colour, then shake well to make sure it is mixed well. Then section of your hair and apply evenly throughout. If like me you haven't coloured your hair in a while, leave it on for 30 minutes. If it's just to re do your roots, leave the colour on for 20 minutes.

Once the 30 minutes are up, put your CSI gloves back on and massage the colour into your hair and then add a little water to allow the colour to foam. Once this is down, keep rinsing until the water runs clear. then apply the conditioner, leave for a few minutes and rinse again.

How It Turned Out

 I found the application easy enough,taking just 10 minutes to get my hair. After waiting the 30 minutes, I was left with a gorgeous colour in my hair and a definite shine. In the days since colouring my hair, my hair feels softer and more nourished. I think I will definitely keep my eye out for promotions on this and

xxx Have you tried Olia? xxx

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Lytess Shapewear: A New Revolution

I'm all about shapewear, anything that sucks in my tummy is an uncomfy welcome. However, a new revolution is upon us- Shapewear that not only shapes but can also help slimming. Hmm... I hear you say. I was doubtful too but I'm trying to get back on the weight loss wagon and  loved the sound of Lytess Corrective Belt Panties and was lucky enough to get sent a pair to try out.

Before I tell you how I got on with these, I'll share some background information on the Lytess range. Lytess are a french brand that are the only brand worldwide that shapes, slims and sculpts. A bold claim but they have a scientific study to back them up. In independent studies, women using Lytess Sculpt and Slim garments lost as much as 2.1 inches off their hips and 1.2 inches off their thighs in just 21 days. 
These smart garments are infused with caffeine and shea butter, their garments
work continuously to remove fat and condition skin, leaving you slimmer and smoother.

Enough science, let me tell you how I got on with them. I really liked them, out of all the shapewear I have tried, I definitely found these the best for sucking in my my tummy. As for losing inches, I lost just over two inches on my belly. That was wearing them almost everyday. (With recent events, there were days I didnt wear them ) I am going to continue wearing them for the next month or so while I am in work to see if I lose any more inches. 

I requested the L/XL size but in reality I should have tried S/M. There were no major downfalls to wearing the panties as they are very comfortably, the only thing I didnt like is that the top of the garment keeps rolling down from under my bust.

The Sculpt and Slim panties retail at €42.90 and are available in Black or Nude.There are also Sculpt and Slim Shorts which retail at €49.90. I think if I was going to purchase I would go with the shorts as they also work on your bum and thighs. 

The Lytess range is available in McCabes Pharmacy, Sam McCauley Pharmacies and on

xxx Would you give these a try? xxx

Monday, 11 February 2013

Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Can you believe it's almost Valentine's Day already? Hope you have something nice planned. Myself and Himself are both working Valentine's Day so we'll be celebrating on Saturday instead.

 While I'm not overly pushed on getting a gift, I have to admit there is some beautiful gifts available. So if you're other half is asking you what you would like, have a look at these lovelies to see if something grabs your eye.

Yankee Candle Red Velvet Medium Jar €18.95

Pixy Love Red Giftset €29.95  This gorgeous gift box contains wonderfully absorbing softening body oil in a beautiful heart-shaped bottle, a gently cleansing heart-shaped scented soap, creamy strawberry lip balm, conditioning cuticle balm in a cute heart-shaped tin, adorable heart-shaped lime body scrubs and a fizzing tutti fruity bath bomb.

Bia Beauty Feed Your Body Giftset €34.99 This gorgeous gift box contains the refreshing Detox body Scrub and deliciously scented Apple Blossom Body Butter.
Voya Hair Giftset €40 contains Voya's Cult products Silky By Nature Shampoo and  Forget Me Knot Conditioner
xxx Have a wonderful Valentine's day xxx

My Picks from Essence and Catrice for Spring/Summer 2013

Essence and Catrice are going from strength to strength and Spring/Summer 2013 is bound to be a good season for them. Not only because of the ever gorgeous limited editions but also with the arrival of new products. Instead of showing you everything that's coming (a girl's got to keep some surprises for you), I thought I'd share my favs from all the lovelies heading our way.


  • Gel Tint (€2.49) is an innovative water based jelly formula that lightly tints your lips for hours. The colours are intense and long lasting with a reddish brown, hot pink, gorgeous read and luscious apricot.
  • All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder (€3.79) is a new generation of the matt powders out there. Why? because of its compact form. Say goodbye to your matt powder flying all over the place when you dip your powder brush into the pot.
  • I Love Punk Jumbo eyeliner (€3.09) is a felt tip eyeliner sure to make your eyes stand out. I can't wait to get my hands on this lovely.
  • Makeup sponge (€4.99), which is sure to be the perfect dupe for a Beauty Blender.This beauty is also multi functional as you can use the rounded edge for foundation and blusher.


  • Camouflage Cream (€3.49) is sure to be a holy grail product offering high coverage and waterproof (when sealed with powder)
  • BB All Round Foundation Multi Benefit Makeup (€6.49) is a 6 in 1 product offering flawless coverage, moisturises,reduces shine, minimises pores, protecting thanks to UV filters and illuminating with light reflecting pigments. This beauty also features SPF 30 and offers medium coverage.
  • Absolute Nude Eyeshadow Palette (€5.49) features six nude shades in the one palette. These soft eyeshadows offer high pigmentation and can be used day or night depending on what you want for your eyeshadow look.

xxx These lovelies are available on Essence and Catrice counters soon so keep your eyes out for them and the other lovelies that are on their way xxx