The Burren Perfumery & Tea Room

Handmade skin treats and delicious eats from the majestic green isle

After a four mile hike along the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren Perfumery was a welcome respite for all my senses.  This was the second day of my two week holiday in Ireland and turned out to be one of my favorites of the trip.  Beautiful scenery, good food, lovely scents and skincare products are all surefire ways to my heart…especially when all in one awesome package.

The Burren Perfumery is Ireland’s oldest working perfumery.  It’s a family run business that prides itself on local connections to the land and its customers.  They have no aspirations of becoming a mainstream brand as it would alter who they are at heart.  Along with perfume they also make soaps, creams, balms and candles.  All are handmade in small batches from organic and natural ingredients.  And all are unique as they are inspired by the natural landscape and diverse flora of the Burren.  The perfumes remind me of Bond no. 9 in a way, as they try to capture a season or locale like the NYC brand does. Continue reading

Everyday Beauty Product Heroes

Saviors for life’s daily beauty horrors, minus the ghosts

In honor of Halloween, here are 5 everyday beauty nightmares and the products I use to combat them.  All under $10, I always go back to these because they work.  No holy water required!

 

Beauty Nightmare #1- Dry, itchy skin!

Weapon- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter ($5.29 for 13.5oz)

An oldie but a goodie, I’ve been using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter since I was in grade school.  This was in my bathroom growing up, so when I got old enough to start buying my own body lotion I stuck to this one.  Even as a child, I loved the cocoa smell.  It’s always such a treat to put it on and  the scent lingers on the skin throughout the day.  What I love most though is that is absorbs quickly without feeling greasy.  It also never stings chapped hands during the winter.  No other brand compares, and I’ve tried a lot of cocoa butter formulas over the years to see if I could find a rival.  When I stray for too long, I find my skin looks a bit dull so I make sure to keep stocked up throughout the year.  Glowing, cocoa smelling skin for $5, what more could you ask for?

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Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter

Fun budget beauty buy for a moisture burst of spring color

With Mother Nature teasing with glimpses of 70 degree weather and sunshine, I have been jonesing for a pretty colored balm to get my lips ready for spring. I was eyeing up a few brands at Sephora, so I was primed when I saw the Revlon sale sign at my local Duane Reade. It was buy one get one 50% off, so I thought why not? Now I’m sitting here with a pretty pout the color of exotic fruit and a few extra dollars in my pocket for the next beauty buy…win win.

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