Bia Beauty Orange & Grapefruit Exfoliant & Cleanser

Yet another Irish skin care brand, Bia Beauty. I’m telling ye I can’t keep up with all these great Irish businesses popping up :) It’s great!!

A little about Bia Beauty: Founded by Herbal Scientist Tracey Ryan in Cork all Bia Beauty products are 100% natural and any emulsifiers and preservatives used are plant-based. Tracey does not test anything on animals either.
The tagline for Bia Beauty is ”Feed your skin” isn’t that beautiful? Your skin absorbs a whopping 60% of what you put on your skin so it really is best that the ingredients are natural!

I was lucky enough to get to try out her Orange & Grapefruit Cleanser & Exfoliator.
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Human + Kind All in one Body Oil

Another Irish brand for ye today,  Human + Kind.  I have to say the Irish skin care industry are coming out with some amazing brands/products these days!

Anyway I love body oils, I find them more moisturizing for my skin as they absorb really easily into the skin.

Human + Kind’s Body oil is an all in one meaning it’s a multitasker you can use it everywhere even for your hair to keep  the ends healthy and conditioned.

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Glitz up trainers with Stickcons

Yes I know I’m back with another glittery post haha! But you know how I love to support Irish Businesses and Stickcons is just that. I was sent these to try out and I just love them!  I glitzed up mine and my daughters trainers.

stickcons trainers before afterI was worried these would be a bit fiddly tricky to put on but nope, they were really easy and took me like 5 minutes to do. They are also really sticky! :)

kids stickonsWhat do you think? I live these and think they are a really fun activity for kids to customise their shoes (I found it quite fun too) and I like how happy my shoes look when I catch a glimpse of them :p

Stickcons cost €12 and come in a range of colours, you can buy them online or in Heatons stores. Also find them on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with them

Yaz x

 

Glam up your iPhone with Popin Charms

Yay I found another Irish Business that I love. I got this gorgeous iPhone charm from Popin Charms, based in Swords, Dublin launched in July 2012 and run by Sarah.

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GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment – Review

Have you all  heard of GlamGlow yet? I have been hearing a lot of rave reviews about this face mask for months now. Believe it or not this mud mask was first used all over backstage Hollywood so actors they would be camera ready instantly! Then in 2011 it was available for retail. Fans of GlamGlow include Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and most recently even Michael Bublé loves this mask

Glam Glow Packaging

                            I love the packaging, it said I was looking sexy hehe!

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Irish Beauty Show 2013! – My Buys

The Irish Beauty Show is held every year in the RDS Dublin and boy do I  love this show so much!! It’s  every beauty lovers dream place to shop ;) Lots of great brands and businesses and of corse discounts/bargains and pampering  to be had too! I also love finding new brands to try out at this show too.
I met some other lovely Irish beauty bloggers there too, Karen & Joanne from LovelyGirlieBits, Sue from CherrySueDointheDo & Nina from NinasBeautyBargains. So it was nice to have a catch up with them over a coffee.

Well I just wanted to show you what I bought and I’ll be doing reviews on them all which I’m looking forward to over the next few weeks :D

Irish Beauty Show 2013 Bargains & Buys
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Free Keelings Diary -Tesco

Ok getting a bit obsessed with the diaries….last one I promise haha!  Just had to show you what I got in Tescos today. When you buy 2 packs of  Keelings strawberries (€5 for 2) you get this super cute diary free. It has loads of great healthy recipes too. I’m thinking of just pulling them pages out and making a little book with them and other recipes I like

Keelings Strawberries, free diary

keelings diary and recipe book

Glitter Mama x

Pixy Natural Irish Skincare Company

As you know by now I love to buy Irish when I can. I bought lots from Irish business for Christmas presents some of them being from Pixy Natural who are most definitely Ireland’s own Lush located in Co.Cork :)

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Pixy Natural are a skincare brand that do all sorts from glittery bath bombs, face and body scrubs, bath oils, soaps and lotions. All their products are handmade with natural, yet effective, and nourishing ingredients.

I bought some stuff for my friend as she’s pregnant and no there’s certainly no time like when your pregnant to have an excuse to pamper yourself :) I also bought stuff for me………how could I resist now really!

Pixy Natural Haul

Pixy Natural Haul

Solid Foot Scrub: €8.95
Isn’t the foot shape just the cutest! Wee little toes and all hehe!  This has a loofah at the other side with softening cocoa butter and almond oil. It also contains some lovely smelling essential oils and tea tree and neem oil which have antibacterial properties!
I really enjoyed using this, though I do have super ticklish feet haha! My feet are so much softer and smoother, great to have after long winter months stick in boots.

Solid Foot Scrub

Solid Foot Scrub

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Cocoa Brown The 1 hour Tan by Marissa Carter

The fabulous Marissa Carter (she’s Irish too by the way;) ) owner of Carter Beauty in Blackrock is now also the proud owner and developer of the new 1 Hour Tan Cocoa Brown. Out only a month I can see this tan being HUGE next year!

Cocoa Brown Tan Pink Bottle

I met Marissa at the Christmas Beauty Bloggers Event last Saturday, she was so sweet and gave a speech on her tan and how she developed it. I was very impressed by her hands on approach throughout the development of Cocoa Brown Tan, like she said ‘‘I wanted a tan that I would be proud to stand over”  And that she can!

Marissa Carter

Marissa Carter with her tan on, lovely!

Marissa also explained how she has Psorisosis so she wanted a tan that would be gentle which is why it has half the alcohol (needed for drying so your not standing there freezing your butt off waiting for it to dry!) that most other tans use.  Therefore, Cocoa Brown is more gentle than other tans :)

The reason why Cocoa Brown  has no dog biscuit smell (yes really, not eve a hint!!) and develops so quick is because of a special ingredient Marissa chose. This special ingredient pulls the DHA (this is what makes the melanin in your skin activate) down into the layers of the skin quickly leaving it no chance to oxidize (this causes that horrible smell) and gets to work faster on those lovely melanin cells to make us golden brown. Now there is a smell…….but it’s lovely fresh floral scent Tahitian Gardenia to be exact. I can’t tell you how gorgeous it smells, I couldn’t stop sniffing it haha, I wish you could get a perfume with this scent…next product in the Carter Beauty Range maybe!?? ;)

Cocoa Brown Mouse and Tan Mitt

OK so my verdict….I love this stuff! Especially for busy mums this is a life saver for when your rushing to go somehwere or want a quick fix to feel good! I usually have my shower in the evening so when I’ve used this I’ve put it on in the afternoon and then it’s ready to wash off in the evening, how handy is that!
You can leave it on for 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for medium and 3 hours for a deep bronzed glow. I go with the 3 hours ;) I’m quite tanned already but deffo need a top up in the winter as I tend to look quite pale and pasty without the sun! I also applied this to my face, and I looked less pale without any make up on :)
It’s also a mouse so is very easy to apply and it glides on like silk. Cocoa brown has a mitt too and I’D always recommend a mitt with tanning, it just means your less likely to get streaks and it goes on even too

The final result of my tan was a very natural sun kissed tan so I’m very pleased. Best part is that Cocoa Brown is only €7.99 and is in most pharmacies, believe it or not but this has only been on shelves the past 3 weeks and it’s doing very well from what I hear. I will definitely be buying this tan again because it’s quick, suits me and certainly won’t make you feel guilty at such a great price.

Cocoa Brown Tan Pic

It’s even better in real life, can never get my camera to show the true colour of things! But I love the natural holiday looking tan it gave me. Great confidence booster :)

Have you tried this new 1 Hour Tan yet? Or will you try it? Let me know if you do, would love to hear what other people think

Also want to know why the tan is in a pink bottle? Well, Marissa didn’t go for the mainstream brown bottle commonly associated with tan, she wanted something different and pretty for a womans dresser. Marissa told us she would line up all her mothers empty cosmetic bottle and jars on her dresses. And even as we all get older I think girls love to have their room nice so why not have a cool pink bottle of tan on your dresses! Here’s mine hehe!

dresser with cocoa brown

Find Cocoa Brown Tan on Twitter and Facebook

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Glitter Mama x

Stocking Fillers for kids from Irish businesses

Well as you know by now I love to buy Irish and support big and small Irish businesses. I was looking for some unusual stocking fillers for the kids and I found these 2 small Irish businesses. Their service was brilliant, so quick with exceptional quality and prices.

Crayon Roll and purses from Ashgate Crafts

Crayon Roll and purses from Ashgate Crafts

The crayon roll is a lovely stocking filler for kids who love colouring, also very handy for long car drives. Brilliant value for only €3.50 I think!! Rachel from Ashgate Crafts based in Arklow, Co.Wicklow also makes babies bandana bibs and booties, baby changing mats and bags and make up bags, best part is you choose what material/pattern you want from a huge selection!

Bandana Bib, Kids Bag, Baby CHanging Bag, Make up Bag from Ashgate Crafts

Bandana Bib, Kids Bag, Baby Changing Bag, Make-up Bag all from Ashgate Crafts

You can find all Ashgate Crafts details and more lovely items on her Facebook Page or Etsy Shop

Next I bought personalised Chocolate bars from Marias Little Wrappers because what child doesn’t love waking up to chocolate in their Christmas Stocking rather than an Orange like me and my friend were only laughing about the other day haha! ;)

Personalised Chocolate Bars-Maria's Little Wrappers

Personalised Chocolate Bars-Maria’s Little Wrappers

These are so cute and I can’t wait to give them to the kids and as little presents to people. Maria also does wrappers for all occasions and has recently added tins with personalised wrappers which can then be filled with goodies

Self seal tins from marias Little Wrappers

Personalised Self seal tins – Maria’s Little Wrappers

You can see more  personalised goodies from Maria’s Website or Facebook page. Unfortunately Maria is not taking any more orders for Christmas but will still take orders which will be processed the 7th Jan 2012!

Have you bought any nice stocking fillers from any Irish businesses this year? Let me know in the comments?! :)

Glitter Mama x

TanOrganic and OilArganic Review

I won a set of  Tanorganic from Mumstown last month. I was delighted as I’d heard great reviews about TanOrganic and they certainly live up to the hype.

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€19.99 plus free mitt and free shipping in Ireland

A little bit about TanOrganic

  • It all natural so suitable for pregnancy too (I’d advise a patch test 1st tho as tan can go funny with pregnancy hormones)
  • Loaded with Aloe Vera juice (main ingredient)
  • Contains no alcohol, synthetic ingredients, parabens, colours or fragrances
  • No nasty dog biscuit smell
  • It’s Irish, made by Noelle O’Connor as seen on Dragons Den :)

I definitely give this tan 10/10.  I was sceptical it wouldn’t work as well as others because it was natural but it didn’t leave any streaks, no dry patches which I usually get with other tans and it fades nicely. I was left with a lovely glow to my skin and it made my stretch marks less noticeable. I even dared to put some on my face and you wouldn’t even notice, it just covered the redness I get on my cheeks so didn’t need foundation for a few days :)) I’ve used it about 5 times all over my whole body and the bottle is not even half gone yet! So a little goes a long way.

Tanorganic

TanOrganic

They have a very good video here on applying false tan, great tips so I’d recommend everyone watch it

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€24.99

The OilArganic is also a lovely moisturizer, it’s a dry oil so not greasy like you would think,  again this is made with 100% natural ingredients and its main ingredient is argan oil so I even used it on the ends of my hair and eyelashes lol It’s a bit pricey for me now being honest as I go through a lot of moisturizer on my body and this is almost gone :(

But I would recommend them both highly, both great products esp the tan and they are so good for your skin. Havve any of you tried TanOrganic before? What did you think of it??

Glitter Mama x

Gift Ideas from Irish Businesses

I love to buy Irish and support Irish businesses, it’s all we can do in this economy, help each other out! :) So here is part one, please take a look and consider them when you are buying for any occasion, help support your country

Tiny Treasures

A new little Irish business based in Leitrim. They make beautiful handmade keepsakes all of which can be personalised.
My fave has to be the frames where you can choose your own design and colour combos (even glitter!!) and she can even add photos for you.
Like Tiny Treasure on Facebook or follow on Twitter to see more of Gaynor’s lovely creations.

Funky Goddess

You may have seen Samantha with her brilliant idea on Dragons Den. Launched in October 2011 Funky Goddess has gone from strength to strength. The name represents a strong and powerful woman, I love that! They make gift boxes their main one being ”The Welcome to Womanhood gift box” It’s a lovely way to prepare your daughter/niece etc for that big milestone and give her a gift and make her feel special.

The box comes with:

Teen Pads
Pretty journal
Eye mask
Bubble Bath
Discreet case
Information Booklet
Hot Water Bottle
Lip balm

Funky Goddess also do other lovely gift boxes as you can see in the picture below. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter also                                                              

Jessie’s Headbands

For anyone with a little girl or even big girl, you’ll love Jessie’s headbands based in Wexford. I’ve bought some for my daughter and they are great quality and so adorable. Jessie’s is very creative and can make anything you want for any occasion. She also makes clips, alicebands and hats. From shabby chic to cartoon characters, glitter and bows, Jessie’s has a wide range of hair accessories. Gift boxes are available too. Follow Jessie’s headbands on Facebook for special offers she does from time to time

Curragh Cuties

Known for their quirky little salt dough sheep (I have a little piggy of theirs in my Kitchen hehe) Curragh Cuties are based in Kildare and as they say they are the epitome of handmade and unique gifts, founded in 2011 by two lovely women Lynda and Celine I can vouch for them personally that they are both very crafty women ;) Again I love that they will personalise your gift making them a great present for a new baby or house-warming gift. I think their gift baskets are great value too, they each come with something handmade and a few other goodies (see below). You can see more of their work and products on their website or you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Wooden Gifts Ireland

Located in Westmeath, Wooden Ireland Gifts are all for supporting local, local jobs and nothing is imported from abroad! Great pieces of work as you can see that can all be customised and personalised. These guys could make you anything you want out of wood, just ask!
My fave is the little coat stands, they do them for creches etc, but I think they would be very cute in a little boy or girls bedroom. I know my little girl have more coats and cardigans than the queen at this stage haha! Check out Wooden Gifts Ireland on Facebook

Ruth’s Nappy Cakes

Based in Limerick, Ruth makes such cute nappy cakes suitable for any budget. She can make one for any occasion with almost anything you want in it, from teddy’s and cutlery to scrapbooks and picture frames with of course the all important nappies :) Check out her Facebook page where you’ll see 100’s of different nappy cakes!!

I really hope you all go and check out these great Irish businesses and keep them in mind when you have gift to buy. There are some little gems out there and I’ve discovered we are a very crafty country ;) Tell them i sent you if you decide to visit them :)

I will be doing more posts on Irish Businesses, my next one will have more on beauty and skincare stuff :)) So if you know or are an Irish business that would like to be considered drop me an email at glittermamawishes@gmail.com with some details of the business and products.

Thanks for reading, Glitter Mama x