29 October 2011

Whizzer Whitening Strips

 Dia daoibh.

Today I'm going to review Whizzer Whitening Strips.


 I bought mine from Beauty Emporium for €24.75. In the box you get 56 strips (28 for upper teeth and 28 for lower teeth). The strips can be used once a day for 28 days or for a more rapid whitening action twice a day during 14 days. I done a bit of both. Here's a bit from the back of the box.




I have tried the Crest strips. Now Whizzers are different in that they dissolve on the teeth. They contain dissolving film technology. It says they will dissolve within 5-10 minutes but I found it to be more. I thought the dissolving thing was a brilliant idea - compared to other plastic strips that can move about on the teeth slightly. A great idea, but does it pay off....... I'm not so sure. 

The strips do dissolve, but to a sticky gooey mess. The thing about it is, that both sides of the strip are the same so this means that both sides dissolve (obviously) but when it dissolves it sticks to the inner lip and can lift away from the teeth if you were to talk or even slightly move. I found this incredibly annoying! So therefore their statement of "whitening on the go, whiten, anywhere at anytime" I would say is 
 false! Of course you could, but not discreetly! 

They do not dissolve evenly, more so in some places and in other places you're left with little bumpy gooey bits. Yock. All of this bugged me so much so that I actually wanted to stop using them!! I pushed through and kept going though and found a slight solution. When I apply the strips to my teeth I immediately need to moisten (yes.... I mean let spit fall down) onto the strip so that there is a little barrier between the strip and my inner mouth/lip. It still does stick slightly, but not as bad. 

The strips have a minty flavour....VERY minty; hot minty!! I didn't experience any sensitivity at all (which I did with the crest ones). I suppose what matters the most though, are the results, and here they are.

BEFORE
AFTER
(natural light in both photos)

I didn't even think my teeth were that yellowish beforehand but the difference is clear to be seen. The strips definitely whitened my teeth. It's great that these are an Irish product, not to mention Europe’s first and only dissolving teeth whitening strip.

As an extra, Whizzer strips offer instantly fresh breath due to their minty flavour and also kill the oral bacteria that causes gingivitis and bleeding gums, giving you triple dental action in one single product.

Here is a list of the Ingredients (although they are strangely enough not listed on the website.: 
Pectin, PVP, Glycerol, Flavor, Hydrogen peroxide, Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, Modified starch, Polsorbate 80, Sucralous.

Overall I am still a bit 50/50 with these, but at the end of the day they did work so I guess it's a thumbs up from me if you can get over the consistency of them!

The strips are available to buy from the  Whizzer WebsiteBeauty Emporium, or from the following stores:
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Slán

25 October 2011

Dolledup.ie - New Online Irish Beauty Store

Dia daoibh!

Just a quick post to let those of you who don't already know about a new Irish Online Beauty Store. They go by the name of Dolledup.ie 

Their main aim is to be
 " a one stop shop for everything you need to get Dolled-Up!"

For sale, they have Skincare & Bodycare Products, Makeup, Tanning Products, Fragrances for Men & Women, Jewellery, Handbags & Accessories and Quirky Gifts & Ideas. On top of all of this they have included a few unique features to their website including offering free advice through the online 'Ask the Stylist' service and 'Beauty Banter' which is their online beauty forum. The website it just recently up and running so things are still being put together. They are also in the process of getting together a DolledUp Directory of beauty and hair salon services so if you are interested to advertise your business, email info@dolledup.ie

One thing I noticed about the website is that they sell a lot of not so known brands (to me anyway) such as 'Payot' Skincare, 'Royal Effem' Make Up and 'Vita Liberata' Tanning products. So if you're on the hunt for some new brands or products this site might interest you. 

In saying that, they're are plenty of well known brands too, a lot of them being more on the high end such as Clarins,  Lancome and Decleor skin and body care along with make up brands like Benefit, Elizabeth Arden, YSL and Essie nail varnishes.


There are a lot more skin and body care products on the website at the moment than makeup, so if you're interested in that it looks good.  They also have a good range of perfumes and mens fragrances also.

They accept the following methods of payment: 


Yay..... Irish Laser!! Shipping is a flat charge of €3.49 regardless of value and will be delivered withing 3-5 working days.

I have not bought from the website myself (yet) as I am saving for my trip to Manchester this weekend (eeek) but I just wanted to let you all know about Dolledup.ie, as online beauty stores seem to be proving popular as of late. Happy Shopping!

Psssst.... they're having a giveaway on their Facebook page HERE for two €50 vouchers! 
They're also on Twitter if you want to give them a follow.

Have you bought from them yet? Thoughts?

Slán

All images sourced from (&edited by myself) from Dolledup.ie

24 October 2011

Giveaway Winners!


Dia daoibh!

So I'm back today with the winners of my giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who reads my blog and entered the giveaway. There were 55 entries with 185 chances including sharing through twitter/facebook etc. Here are the winners!

WINNER 1!!




WINNER 2!



Congrats to both BeautyBudgetQueen - Lauren - who gets first choice of each set HERE and MissGreenEyes - Sharon who will win the rest!

This was my first time holding a giveaway and it shocked me to see some people who obviously create twitter or facebook accounts just to enter giveaways! This is not just a presumption, it was blatantly obvious!! Annoying! Thank you again to all of my genuine readers :) I'm well on my way to 200 followers now and am really grateful. Speak soon!

Slán

22 October 2011

MAC NW15 V NW20 Colour Comparison

Dia daoibh.

So last year I was colour matched in MAC as NW20. Grand job, bought my first bottle of Studio Fix Fluid - which I love. Since then my skin has lightened due to the fabulous weather we have been having here in Ireland lately (not). NW20 isn't very dark on me but I do notice a bit of a difference between my face and body which annoyed me. I felt I wanted it a tad lighter but felt NW15 would be to pale. So when I heard about MAC selling NW18 I thought PERFECT!! Just what I needed.

I called into MAC a few weeks ago and enquired about it. She looked at me and said lets compare the three. We did so and she recommended me to go for NW15 and that I could use bronzer if I felt I wanted more colour. She mentioned something about NW18 have a slightly different undertone??? Wha!? I dono, so I just bout the NW15.

When I got home, obviously my first instinct was to compare my new NW15 to my NW20. I couldn't get over it. They were more a less the same!! I was expecting NW15 to be much lighter as it's the lightest shade they do, but no. Have a look. NW15 is on the left of ALL photos.

Photographic Flash - Left: NW15 Right NW20

 Natural Daylight - Left: NW15   Right NW20

 Left: NW15   Right NW20
Natural Light                                                           With flash

I decided to put it on a white background to thoroughly compare. To me the NW15 looks DARKER!!
 Left: NW15   Right NW20 on both pics.

What is going on here!!? Could it be that my NW20 has faded over the 6-7 months I have it or is my NW15 just dark!? Has anyone else had the same problem??

Slán

20 October 2011

My very 1st Spreecast!

Dia daoibh

So I have something a bit different to share with you lovelies and it's tech-y!! Something new has hit the web and it goes by the name of SPREECAST....... Ok enough of sounding like I'm on television or something!! Here's what it is.

"Spreecast is the social video platform that lets people broadcast together."
Basically I will be live on screen speaking to anyone who's watching. The beauty of it though, is that others can join me live on screen also. Four people can fit at once and people can come in and drop out as they please. There is a chat box below the screen for those who just want to watch the action rather than be on it so you can type rather than be on camera. You can ask questions if you like and I will do my best to answer them. Sounds cool eh!!?

As many of you know, You Tube is massive for beauty bloggers/vloggers to show products in person (kind of) and record reviews for people to actually see products. I think Spreecast could be a great platform for people reviewing and speaking about particular topics, as feedback can be given at that exact time and questions can be given and answered there and then. I love that it can be so much more instantly interactive than You Tube. It also seems like a great idea even for just a chit chat with friends!

Over time this is what I aim to do, so this Friday the 21st October at 7:30pm (GMT) I will be doing my very first one! You can RSVP HERE if you'd like to come and have a look. You will get an email reminding you when I'm about to go on air. Signing up is practically not an issue, as you can just sign in via Facebook or Twitter. Handy!

I hope this is of interest to you and that you come and say hi!! Don't forget to RSVP HERE so that you are reminded when I'm on! #spreewithme !
Some Spreecast Info - click for what you want WEBSITE FACEBOOK TWITTER

Slán


18 October 2011

Bio Oil & My Stretchmarks

Dia daoibh!

So today I'm going to speak about a dreaded word when it comes to body skincare.......STRETCHMARKS. There, I said it. I myself have stretchmarks. For those of you who don't know, I have a son. I was 18 when I had him and before I was pregnant I was very skinny. Of course my body changed and my skin stretched as my lil baba grew in my belly. I was concerned about stretchmarks.....to say the least!!! My sister who was pregnant also (6 weeks ahead of me which was lovely!!) introduced me to BIO-OIL.

16 October 2011

FitznBitz does Ombre!

Hi :)

So, if you follow me on TWITTER you might have noticed me tweeting about doing my hair last night. Well, I did. It involved bleach/peroxide..... scary words to a lot of people, so I decided to track my process with pics for you lot. I had an idea of what I wanted to do and that was go dark on top and light on the ends - otherwise known as Ombre. I like to DIY, so I did! Here's how it turned out. In real life it's not as red toned. The tips are more of a strawberry blonde.

Ok so here we go. This is what my hair looked like before. THIS is how I got my hair from dark to this colour. (very much faded since then though)

Here are the products I used (which I bought in boots):
  • Schwarzkopf LIVE Color XXL in the shade 89 Bitter Sweet Chocolate (€7.29)
  • Jerome Russell Bblonde Cream Peroxide (12% strength 40 vol) (€2.29)
  • Jerome Russell Bblonde Powder Bleach (€4.90)


 Out comes my old faithful Lidl hair dye top! I find it particularly handy because it's a zip top so it's handy to take off when product is in the hair and it also has a collar to shield the product from my skin. It's also fleecey and nice! :)
 I used my own latex gloves (well I robbed em from my mammy who's a nurse Thanks mam!). The ones that come with these box set are fairly ridiculous and I knew I would need some sort of specific placement - especially for the bleach.

First I went in with the brown dye and done the usual but just left the ends. I wanted to leave them as light as possible for the bleach to take to. I left it in for 30 minutes as I wanted to make sure it went completely dark so that I won't be getting roots! Here's how that turned out.



  • Next was the Bblonde-ing! 1 pack of bleach for one bottle of peroxide. I just mixed it in a chinese take away box - classy buurd I am! 
  • I applied this to my tips (about 2-3 inches) and covered it in tinfoil to enhance the heating and lifting process. I left this for about 20 minutes.
  • I then took off that foil and re-applied more and moved it further up to about midway length of my hair. I also applied a little to some front layers. I covered up in tinfoil again for another 20 mins.
  • I then diluted the rest of the mixture and streaked it though everything I had done. (not sure if this made a massive difference but it seemed like a good idea at the time!) I left that for about 10 minutes
  • I then rinsed it out. Shampooed my hair, used the conditioner from the brown hair dye and left it for about 10 minutes, rinsed and dried.





 And BAM, that was it! It's not very gradient looking though. I can't seem to photograph the difference between the tips and the middle bit. My hair is quite resistant to lightening so perhaps this is as far as it goes. It says you can leave it on for up to 90 minutes but I didn't want to go blonde or damage my hair any further. I may throw in a bit of toning shampoo and see what that does. Will keep you updated!


 You can kind of see the lighter colour to the left further side compared to the reddish tone at the from right. Also tried to show you below.


 For now I'm happy with the change. Not bad for under €15 eh!!? I hoping I won't have to touch it now for a while as my roots should be about the same colour as the dye I used. Fingers crossed it won't fade out like last time! What do you think? Yay, nay? Thanks for reading :)

Slán!

15 October 2011

Shorts!? In this weather!?

Hey you :)

Here's what I decided to wear today. I was in the mood to wear my new shorts. Shorts!!? Yes, shorts!! Don't worry I wore 60 Denier tights ;)

 Cardi is from Forever 21 (about €15) Plain black tshirt from Penneys (€3)

I got these denim shorts the other day in H&M. They were on sale for €10 down from €24.95 but I only ended up spending a fiver as the last time I bought something in there they gave me a €5 gift card.... for no reason! Noice!!

 Like ma new booots!!? Got them in Penneys last week for €21. They come in a few other colours also.

 Rings L-R: 1st ring same as the one I am including for my GIVEAWAY description of where this is from is there....kinda!! 2nd ring is from Ebay, 3rd ring is from ASOS and the final ring is also from ebay My bracelet which I LOVE is also from Ebay (fond of ebay aren't I!!?

Flower earrings are from Dorothy Perkins. Black studs and tragus ring are from Claires.

WHAT I SMELL LIKE TODAY?

This stuff is fab. FCUK Bodyspray. I got mine in Boots for about €3 I think it was.Wonder if this comes in perfume form??

MA FACE TODAY!

 I used one of my favourite eyeshadow from my INGLOT Palette. It's number 420 (I'm also giving this away in my giveaway HERE)
 I used another purple-navy colour (434) in my crease/outer corner
 I applied 420 on my lower lashline also.
This is and Isa Dora lipstick that I really like. It's called Sheer Amethyst.

Here's and overview of everything I used. A lot of it is the same as usual. Any specific questions, just ask :)

 Slán!

12 October 2011

Come into my life (for 5 mins!)

Hey All.

For the past while I have found myself snapping random pics on my phone and camera. I guess the blogger in me is taking over my normal self, as I have no idea really why I felt the need to take pictures of random things! But I have decided to share - why not!! I want to keep my blog as personal as possible, I don't want it to seem serious and full of facts and reviews of products - although that is what I like to focus on, as I myself love reading reviews and learning about other peoples thoughts on different items. Here's my life in pics for the last while.

Active
Lots of playing and walking with Cathal (my son) and Bulmer (my pug)




Smells
 My Yankee of choice for the past while has been one of my favs - Ocean Blossom. I have to say though, I wish it were a bit stronger. I love the scent but I'd prefer if it were a bit more noticeable as I love it so much! I myself have been smelling like Kim Kardashian! :)

Decoration
 I've had this pic of Ms. Marilyn Monroe for ages but never put it up. It's now proudly displayed in my bedroom. I'm not a fan of posters though. I might try to make some sort of frame to make it look less "postery"! 
I also added her to my laptop :)

 Organisation. 
I badly needed some of this in my bedroom! I got these earring holders on ebay for less than €2 each with free shipping! Bargain. I got them HERE if you're interested.
 This double sided yokey is from Penneys, not mad about it but it keeps everything together.



Exciting 
I was in the paper! The Corkman to be specific. The same pic was also featured in a local magazine. It was when I was at a beauty and fashion event with my sister. (This is where I met Breffny Morgan from last years Apprentice)
 

Winning!
Here are some bits I bought and won from fellow Beauty Bloggers! The earrings are custom made by Tara. Have a look HERE at more of her uniques bits!
The second pic is quite funny really. The postman was bold with my prize I won from Viva Adonis!! But my god did it smell great!! I won a handcream from The Handmade Soap Company and a No7 Lash Adapt Mascara.

Reading
This baby also arrived through my letterbox last week. Beaut.ie have launched their second book - Gorgeous To Go. It is FABULOUS! A really nice read if you're interested in beauty and it's such a cute handy size!! Loving it! It will be available nationwide from the 14th October for the RRP of €12.99

Food
I love taking pictures of my food!!

 Oh how I love Guacamole and salsa!!
I made this myself - pasta, chicken, cheesy.tomato sauce & some melted mozzarella 
My favourite food IN THE WORLD!
Does this even need a caption!!?


Family
 My sister graduated college recently so we went for a family meal at Vienna Woods Hotel in Cork.
 This picture doesn't do it justice but our table in a special reserved area in the hotel restaurant was gorgeous - called The Snug - red velvet sofa, lots of big soft cushions, really comfy, private and....snug!

Technology.
And last.... but probably the most exciting, is my new phone. I traded in my old love (HTC Desire - which I loved and definitely recommend) for my new Samsung GALAXY S II. I'm still fiddling around with it, but boy do I love it already!!

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And there we go. I might do some more of these if people are interested, let me know :) Speak soon. Oh!!! And don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY :)


Slán!