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I was delighted to be asked to do a guest review and post on Johnson’s Bodycare Dreamy Skin Relaxing Body Cream for Cornflakegirl’s Musings – check it out here and let me know what you think.

I love to read Paula’s blog as she always give a frank, honest review of products and includes lots of images.

A huge thanks to Paula 🙂

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On Friday, I was delighted to receive my Sleek Nude Collection from new Irish company, Cloud10Beauty as I’d only placed my order the day before  – now that’s service for you!

I gave the Au Naturel i-Divine eye shadow palette and the pout polish a go over the weekend and was delighted with both.

The eyeshadow palette consists of 12 colours and a double ended sponge applicator – I’m not a fan of those applicators so usually throw them away as soon as I’ve opened a palette! The majority of the shades, 8 out of 12 are matt while the remaining 4 are shimmer. The shadows are powdery in their formula however, I did not find fallout a problem and the pigmentation is pretty good too. What I really like about this palette is that the softer colours are very suitable for day wear but this look can then easily be transformed into a smokey eye by adding another darker shade from the second row of the palette.

Top Row L-R: Nougat, Nubuck, Cappucino, Honeycomb, Toast, Taupe
Bottom Row L-R: Conker, Moss, Bark, Mineral Earth, Regal, Noir

As you can see, some of the shades are quite soft and sheer

Some have compared this palette to Urban Decay’s Naked palette and yes, most certainly there are similarities but Sleek Au Naturel i-Divine contains more soft, subtle matt shades and at a fraction of the price (€9.00), Sleek Au Naturel i-Divine is certainly a welcome addition to any makeup bag!

The other two items that make up this permanent collection are the Suede blush and Bare Minimum pout polish. I’ve yet to try out the blush but love the pout polish – it is quite sheer so gives a nice shine to bare lips and can also be used over lipstick as a gloss.

The Au Naturel i-Divine palette is currently sold out on Cloud10Beauty but should be back in stock by the end of the week, the pout polish and blusher are both in stock however.


Last week I was thrilled to find the Essence Ballerina Backstage Collection in a local pharmacy and even more thrilled to discover that that nothing was over €4.00. I mentioned that I picked up both a blush and eye souffle – I will post my thoughts on the eye souffle later in the week.
On Saturday, I was meeting my buddy Judith for lunch and a spot of window shopping so thought it was the perfect opportunity to give the collection a whirl.
The blush souffle is light and velvety in consistency and feels silky soft on the skin. As you can see from the swatch below, it is quite sheer – apologies for the quality of the image but as it is quite sheer, it is difficult to photograph. I first applied it using my fingers, it went only easily and blended well. I used a small stipling brush to apply it to my other cheek and it went on similarly so it is quite straightforward to apply and work with. I applied two layers to build up colour and the results were still very subtle so I reckon this would work well on fairer skin types too.

Blush Souffle on the right – no flash

Blush Souffle on the right – with flash

I usually like to set all cream blushes to help them last longer, so I set this with a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Semi Precious – Rose Quartz)

It lasted well for the day so is great value for money. Overall, I do like this product and will definitely use it a lot for daytime but I will have to add a little powder over it as it’s just a little too sheer for my NC30 skin.