Best of Beauty | Budget Bargain

Sleek Contour Kit Sorry I am so late with this post but things got in the way and I wasn't able to write it up until now. This week's Best of Beauty posts (a series created by the lovely Samantha from All The Buzz) are all about our favourite Budget Beauty Buy. Without further ado, here is mine!Without a doubt my best and most used Budget Beauty item is the Sleek Contour Kit in the shade Light. The compact consists of a matte contouring powder, illuminating highlighter and a large mirror. The contour powder is very smooth, silky and easy to blend. The highlighter is a gorgeous creamy colour, finely milled and not too glittery. I reach for this little kit pretty much every day to bring out the contours of my face.  I would also often use the contour powder with a larger brush as a bronzer to add a little bit of glow to my face, if I am not going for a contoured look. The pallet comes in three shades: Light, Medium and Dark. However, if you are very fair the Light shade might still  be a bit too orange, it's worth checking these out in store and swatching before you decide to buy.

The Sleek Contour Kit is an absolute staple in my makeup bag and for €7.99 it must be one of the cheaper contour palettes out there!

Sleek Contour Kit €7.99 from sleekmakeup.com or Boots in Liffey Valley, Dublin

If you would like to see some more posts on fantastic beauty bargains head to Twitter and look up the hashtag #BOBBlogChallenge.

A. xx

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: Hot Cloth Cleanser

Liz Earle Cleanse & PolishAs much as I love all things make-up related, the removal part I've always found to be a chore. Generally I use an oil based cleanser that works well with my dryish skin, that is until I was treated to this baby for my birthday a few months back (girls are the best). Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: Hot Cloth Cleanser lifts everything from waterproof mascara to dead skin cells leaving baby-soft skin.

This one is a two step process, firstly you massage the cleanser straight onto the face and neck, softening & stimulating circulation (& breathe deep the gorgeous natural eucalyptus oil!) The next step is to rinse your muslin cloth with hot water, wring out and use to polish the cleanser off. Finally splash with cold water and you're squeeky clean face is ready for bed. I love that there are all natural active ingredients used, including rosemary, chamomile and cocoa butter and can honestly say it's left me with the softest skin I've had in a long time. Also I love that the cleanser comes in a really handy little waterproof case with two muslin cloths- perfect if you're on the move. Well worth getting your paws on this one!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: Hot Cloth Cleanser is available from Wilde & Green in Milltown and also lizearle.com

B x

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Loving...

As the last of the long evenings draws to a close Im loving clinging to anything summer for dear life- did I mention Im writing this from a beach in San Sebastian! (more on that later) Right now I heart... 1. Mani Pedi's at Fifth Ave

Fifth Avenue nails is based a stones throw from Brown Thomas side enterance on Wicklow St (they also have a branch in Cork) and has become a favourite spot for an almost weekly manicure and sometimes pedicure. Its such a lovely girly date and prices are great with a mini-manicure setting you back a mere €10 with results always second to none. image

2. 777 Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Cocktail Bar

Finally after hearing so much about 777, and being turned away from a full house on a thumping Saturday night, I got to try a slightly more chilled Sunday lunch. 777 is a very cool, kitsch, Mexican hideaway based on George's St. No detail was spared with the authenticity and there's a definite hipster vibe but not in a 'we like bands that dont even exist yet' kind of way..!

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So nursing a sore head himself and myself worked our way through the Seventh Day €7.77 Sunday Menu- be warned, portions are delicious but small and we noticed alot of other tables taking our tapas style approach to ordering. image

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My very favourite was the Taco del Dia, which on this Sunday were pulled pork soft tacos- sweet Mother of God they're incredible. Washed down with a hair of the dog passionfruit daquiri that had a decent kick to get you back on your toes! 777 we'll be back... image

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3. GHD Air Hair Dryer

Finally I got my hands on my most recent object of lust, the GHD Air Hair Dryer and straight of the bat I'm a big fan. Complete with two nozzle attachments this dryer is a lightweight powerhouse when it comes to tackling my uncooperative mane. Armed with a truckload of features from 3m power cable- suprisingly handy, ergonomically sound (important for us lefties), ionic technology for a shinier, softer finish and 2100 watts to take on your lovely locks. Its available from select Peter Mark salons (make sure to ask about the €25 trade in offer). image

4. Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate

We both agree that Kiehl's have bottled some sort of fountain of youth magic in this little brown bottle. There's an intense focus on 'continuous delivery of 10.5% vitamin C' targeting the usual problem area's which show the mileage quickest, mostly around eyes and mouth. Close to scentless, it soaks into skin almost immediately and I've been using in the place of a moisturiser following a heavy oil cleanser so there's no chance of drying out but you can also opt to use in addition to your usual moisturizer- in a very short period there's been a definite improvement in texture & appearance of my skin. Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate is available from Kiehl's Wicklow St & Dundrum Towncentre.

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5. McCafe Macarons

I'll round up with a simple goodie...now it's no great secret that I have a macaron habit and would usually get my fix while taking a detour down Grafton St via the Ladurée counter at Brown Thomas BUT did anyone know that McDonalds McCafe do what's possibly the best chocolate macaron...no seriously, it's unreal! As mentioned I'm posting from San Sebastian just now so it wasn't an Irish McCafe but I'll definitely be checking this out once I'm home...yum! image