Top Products 2018

Happy New Year to all my readers, I am currently beached on the couch after afternoon tea in Adare Manor, it was delicious! My husband volunteered to do the groceries, possibly in an attempt to stop me clothes shopping in Dunnes as I buy food. One of my 2019 resolutions is to buy less, and buy more quality items. I’ve definitely become more conscious of slow fashion and wearing what I have already more. Did you make any resolutions this January?

Anyway, onto some products that really worked for me in 2018 and will be repurchased in 2019.

The famous IT Cosmetics CC cream, I bought this on honeymoon over the summer, hence the dark colour. I’m going to pick up a more suitable shade for my winter, paler skin. It’s available in Arnotts now and BT online. I like it because it doesn’t cause my skin to breakout, it’s good coverage and it’s buildable if you want a more full coverage look.


Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic, if you follow along on my Instagram page – Womenwhowearblack_blog, you’ll know I’m not a massive Charlotte Tilbury fan, I find it a bit hit and miss. However, I really like this. It’s a bronzer and blush in one, so the convenience alone is a winner for me. I find the colour of this particular one suits my skin type. There are a few to pick from.


I think I’ve spoken about this setting powder before. It’s translucent so won’t change your foundation colour, it doesn’t settle in your fine lines and it helps your makeup stay put. Buy the travel size if you’re unsure of it.


In my quest to find the perfect tan, that DOESN’T SMELL, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly. This is AMAZING. When I sprayed it on first, it was like summer in a bottle, you know the way a smell can bring you back, this brought me right back to holiday mode. It drys almost instantly, which is a perk for me, I don’t apply tan every week so if I’ve forgotten an occasion, I can put this on and head out the door.


My holy grail product when I breakout. This is really great, it dries out the spot (and surrounding skin, so apply with a cotton bud to be more precise) and I’m never without it.


Last but not least is this Chanel lip balm. With all the air conditioning, heat, drink over Christmas, my lips were dry and chapped and would generally be dry anyway. I’ve tried everything and this is the one I’ve found to be the most soothing and nourishing.


Thanks for reading and following,

Any questions/comments, leave below and I’ll answer,

Fashionably yours,


(Cover Image from Pinterest)



If there’s one thing I’ve learned from following beauty bloggers and makeup artists, it’s that the most important part of your makeup application starts with your skin prep beforehand.

Now I’ve written a whole piece on my skincare journey which I’ll link here for you, and I feel that side of things is finally under control.

So then, I set about finding the perfect primer to add that iridescent glow to my skin as my skin is dry I suppose. Finding the perfect primer didn’t happen overnight for me, as;

  1. There’s SO many to pick from
  2. They are expensive
  3. I’m buying these myself
  4. You need time to really test a product

Anyway, I’ve narrowed it down to the four I’ve used the most over the last year, which are mostly meant to prime and add highlight.

You can see three of them are a golden shade/tone and one is a more pearly colour but does actually come in a rose gold tone too.


Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow €49

I was drawn to this because Charlotte used it on Amal Clooney for her wedding day look, say no more, SOLD.

Charlotte said you can use this as a primer, or wear it on it’s own. Well I most certainly could not use this on it’s own as it does nothing for my skin. It leaves a kind of half a**** glow and that’s about it. Not the first time I’ve been underwhelmed by her products. Swipe up HERE if you’re dying to try it.


Penney’s PS Range Strobing Cream €4

(Available in rose gold too)

Said to be a dupe for Mac’s Strobe Cream, I was dubious, am I the only one who thinks a dupe never lives up to the original? Anyway, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I love this product for it’s price point and also for the nice glow it adds to my face. I wouldn’t say this does much to my skin other than gives me a dewy look but that’s all it proclaims to do I suppose! I use this mixed in with foundation every day for work. Available in most Penney’s stores.


Laura Mercier Radiance Primer €36

(Available in other formulas also such as hydrating etc)

As you can see, this has been well used and there’s a reason why, it is AMAZING. A little goes a long way, and it comes out of the tube quite quickly, well mine did anyway, so be careful. It gives such a healthy glow to your skin, and primes too!

If you’ve got oily skin, try a different consistency of this primer. Go into the Laura Mercier counter and ask the girls to try one of them out on you. I find Laura Mercier and Nars to be my main brands to buy from in the last few years. They’re not greasy and they don’t make my skin break out. Swipe up HERE to buy.


Becca Backlight Primer about €38

Last, but by no means least is Becca back light primer which I got in New York or France in Sephora.

I think I tried this because there was a lot of hype on YouTube from the American bloggers about it.

I do like it a lot, but it doesn’t fully blow me away like the Laura one. If you’re in Sephora, ask the girls to pop some on, maybe it will work better on your skin than mine, and it smells divine. Swipe up HERE to buy.

So there you have it, any questions, leave them below 👇 I’d love to be a real beauty blogger and get some comments or questions on this blogpost.

Thanks for reading,

Fashionably yours,



Images used are my own except for top two – Pinterest