Category: Beauty

Notes on make-up

Notes on make-up

Is make-up feminist? No. Is make-up unfeminist? No. Can you be a feminist if you wear make-up? Yes. Can you be a feminist if you don’t wear make-up? Yes. One thing does not negate the other. There are plenty of make-up loving feminists, myself included.

This blog started out as a beauty blog and evolved as my relationship with make-up changed because, well, it’s complicated. For me, the act of applying make-up is as much fun as going out in said make-up. It’s an enjoyable process, despite my inability to blend a decent smoky eye. It was never something I wanted to become a chore. Yet, for a while, it did. I went from wearing it when I wanted, to feeling like I couldn’t leave the house bare-faced. Why? Because that’s what women do, we put on our faces in order to face the world.

Sometimes this is an act of self-care, sometimes it’s what helps you through caring for a loved one with an illness, but sometimes it feeds into a pressure to conform. It was the latter for me, which annoyed me no end because I couldn’t work out when the shift happened. When did it become another stick to hold over women’s heads in an effort to control what’s seen as “acceptable beauty”?

Eh, it was always this way. Of course it was and I knew that. Would not wearing make-up make that any less true? No. But the world wasn’t going to end if I was wearing it, was it? Nope. Overthinking, on my part, much? Probably, but here we are. I told you my relationship with make-up was complicated.

So, yes, I am a feminist with a weakness for red lipstick. Has living in a society that is centred on patriarchal beauty standards played a part in that? Of course it has and owning that is important. But sometimes red lipstick is just red lipstick.

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask Review

Nip + Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask, €14.95 for 50ml. No press samples included. No affiliate links used. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

I love kale, but find the current obsession with it hilarious. Contrary to what the wellness movement would have you think, kale isn’t a recent discovery. Like most other vegetables it has been around for years.

Packed full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, folate and magnesium, to name just a few nutrients, it’s easy to see why people put it in smoothies. I prefer to eat it. It has been a regular part of my diet since I was a child.

But how do I feel about putting it on my skin?


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The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil Review

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, €17.50 for 200ml. No press samples included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Skincare is my thing. I enjoy researching and trying out new products, but as a result my stash is outgrowing my storage space so I’m on a mission to use up as much of it as I can. Enter stage left; The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil which has been my oil cleanser of choice over the last few months.

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

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LUSH Rosy Cheeks Review

LUSH Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask, €9.95 75g. No press samples included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Face masks are great way of experimenting with your skincare routine. They don’t have to cost a fortune and the right one can improve your skin after the first use.


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La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Review

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Serum, €22.99 for 40ml. No press samples included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

The launch of the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac line in 2011 coincided with my Rosacea diagnosis. In a previous incarnation of the this blog I reviewed three products from the range complete with horribly blurry photographs that even then I shouldn’t have thought acceptable to share. Five years later and the Rosaliac AR Intense still has a place in my skincare routine, so I thought it time to give it a proper review.


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Alpha H Liquid Gold Review

Alpha H Liquid Gold, €39.95 for 100ml. No press samples included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Over the last three years I’ve dipping my toe further and further into the chemical exfoliation pool. I was building up to trying the much lauded Alpha H Liquid Gold, which I’ve now been using for five months.

Alpha H Liquid Gold

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Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum Review

Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, €42.95 for 30ml. No press samples included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

Hyaluronic acid is one of my favourite skincare ingredients. My skin drinks the stuff up, so I’m always on the lookout for new hyaluronic acid serums to try. Enter stage left: Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum.

Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum

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Lush Cosmetic Warrior Review

Lush Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask (75g), €9.50. No press samples included.

I bought Cosmetic Warrior during a recent trip to Lush. I usually use Catastrophe Cosmetic but (a) it was out of stock and (b) my hormonal acne was flaring up big time so I decided to give Cosmetic Warrior a try.

Lush Cosmetic Warrior

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Trilogy Rosehip Oil Review

Trilogy Rosehip Oil (20ml), €19.95. Trilogy Rosehip Oil (45ml), €34.95. No press samples included.

When I first started blogging Trilogy Rosehip Oil was my go-to facial oil. In a previous incarnation of this blog I even said it was a product I could never be without.

My skincare routine has changed a lot since 2011 and Trilogy Rosehip Oil fell out of favour as I explored other brands. But when my skin was feeling the effects of the cold winter months I decided to repurchase the Trilogy Rosehip Oil to see how it held up.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil

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Waxperts Wonder Pads Review

Waxperts Wonder Pads (40s), €7.95. No press samples included.

Waxperts Wonder Pads were created to treat ingrown hairs, but they quickly made a name for themselves as a multi-purpose product. They help reduce blemishes, beard/stubble spots and Keratois Pilaris (bumps on the upper arm).

Ingrown hairs aren’t something I suffer from and what I spent years thinking was Keratois Pilaris turned out to be a symptom of a grass allergy, so the Waxperts Wonder Pads are firmly a spot treatment for me.

Waxperts Wonder Pads

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