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From one Mammy to another

Dear Mammy to be, Congratulations on your pregnancy! It really is such a special time for you and your family. It may not be the easiest time in your life, but every morning spent clinging to the toilet bowl, or night spent gulping Gaviscon is worth it for those little kicks that surprise you every single day. Your first pregnancy really is so special and at the same time, terrifying. Everything is so new. Everything is so unknown and yet every second should be savoured. I have tried to write this post about 20 times! Each time I get half way through, I end up pressing the delete button as…

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Hit, Miss and Maybe : Foundations

The hunt for the holy grail foundation is an on going battle for many women. With so many different foundations on the market it is hard knowing what will and won’t suit your skin. More so than with any other beauty product, what foundation works for one person, might be a nightmare for another. Which makes the hunt even harder, as recommendations don’t always work out! With that in mind, I think it is important to say that the misses that I have included in this post, while I really didn’t like them, they may be holy grail for others and vice versa for my hits.  I personally have combination…

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Oral-B 3D White Luxe 2-Step System

*sponsored post As a blogger I have to put my hands up and admit that I was partial to using a filter to whiten my teeth. While I look after my teeth, everyday life has left them stained and not looking very bright. The worst of the staining is around the cap on my top front tooth! The place where the old and new tooth joins is so obvious, as this is where most of the staining gathers. I feel that tooth in particular is like a neon flashing light! With my face being used so often to show products that I am trying out, I did use apps on…

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Current Favourites

It is a long time since I posted a favourites video! I am not sure why because they are my favourite types videos to watch!! The past few months have been a whirlwind of new products releases and different events in my own blog life. So I thought to go along side the favourites video, I would give you all a little up date on things that have gone on with the blog. March saw me head on an amazing trip to Barcelona with Flormar for the launch of their new extreme Matte lipsticks. These lipsticks are really beautiful. There are 8 shades to pick from and while they are…

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Cancer Wellness at The Ice House Ballina

In 2013, as many of you know, I was diagnosed with cancer. It isn’t something I mention all that often on the blog. The Beautiful Truth was started as a distraction from being sick. My blog has always been my escape. My cancer free space. It was and still is my place to talk about stuff that is frivolous and a bit of fun.  Yet, when the Ice House in Ballina contacted me to review their cancer wellness centre, my interest was pipped. This was something I could talk about on the blog and hopefully help someone! When you’ve cancer, it is a time in your life that your energy levels…

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Blogger mail: The good, the bad and the ugly

As a blogger, I am fortunate enough to try out a lot of new products every month. Somethings I love, some a bit meh and others are just not great at all. With so much product coming through the door, I don’t always find the time to write individual blog posts reviewing everything I get. In fact at the moment I am finding it hard to get more than one post a week up! So to try and tell you about as much new makeup bits as possible, I have decided to write a new monthly series. Each month, I am going to write a post telling you about a number…

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The Capsule Maternity Wardrobe

Finding clothes to wear while pregnant can be tough. Your body is constantly changing shape and size. Throw in the fact that in Ireland we can experience 4 seasons in one day, it is hard knowing what to actually buy. How much you want to spend on maternity clothes comes down to personal preference and budget. Personally, I bought a number of cheap and cheerful items, as I knew I would be sick of looking at them come the end of my pregnancy. With that in mind, I have picked out a number of items which I found useful and helped me through my pregnancy in comfort. Jeans There are…

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Pestle and Mortar Erase and Renew Double cleansing system

They say not all products are created equal and when it comes to cleaners this is definitely true. I have been through my fair share of cleansers since starting The Beautiful Truth, some were awful and some great. However, nothing has blown me away the way the Pestle and Mortar Erase and renew Double cleansing system has. I am very lazy when it comes to taking my makeup off and when I saw a double cleanse system coming through the door, I was doubtful if I would actually use it, as it seemed like a lot of effort. I honestly thought, who has the time for cleaning their face twice? However,…

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Nude Lipstick for every budget

I love a good nude lipstick. Something easy to wear, yet a lipstick that gives a wow finish. I have picked out my 10 most used nude lipsticks from the past few months for today’s post. One thing I will add is that for the most part I wear a lip liner with these lipstick. If you want a versatile lipliner, I can’t recommend Mac Whirl lipstick enough. It goes with almost every one of these lipsticks. Mac Faux There isn’t much lipstick left in my tube of Faux . I have worn this colour to death!!! Faux is a warm pink satin finish lipstick. This colour is so incredibly…

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Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette Tutorial and review

If you follow any of my social media, you will have heard me talk about this palette again and again. The Violet Voss Holy Grail palette, is one of those palettes that has taken the hearts of many a beauty lover. When you look at it, it is not hard to see why. The Violet Voss palette is a warm tone lovers dream palette. It has 20 warm toned shadows that are a mix of both matte and shimmers. Often with eyeshadow palettes, there are either too many of the same type of colour, or not enough shades to create several different looks. This is most certainly not the case…

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Brand Spotlight: Cocoa Brown

For this month’s brand spotlight, I decided to focus on a brand that almost everyone has heard of and one that I absolutely love. Cocoa Brown! Cocoa Brown have a considerable amount of products in their range, so I thought I would pick out a few of my favourites to feature in my brand spotlight series. 1 hour tan I suppose I should start with the obvious one. Cocoa Brown 1 hour tan is the original product from Marissa Carter. Originally launched in November 2012, Cocoa Brown now sells at a rate of 3 bottles a minute! No matter what line of business you’re in, that is seriously impressive. Before I…

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Current Makeup Favourites

It is a very long time since I have recorded a monthly favourites. In fact I would nearly go as far as to say it has been two years!! With life getting in the way, YouTube fell to the wayside. However, 2017 is the year I am getting back on the YouTube horse and bringing you more video. I’ve tried more new makeup than ever before and I have so many bits that I want to share with you. So expect even more favourites ! I have also grown a pair and started to record some makeup tutorials. I always felt my lack of makeup qualification held me back. I’ve…

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Spring time makeup

Chill Insurance asked me “Do you prefer to stay in or go out during the winter months?” During the winter I barely budge from the couch. My routine consists of pyjamas, fluffy slippers and face masks! However, as soon as March hits, I begin to get an itch to become somewhat of a social butterfly again. I don’t know if it is the new brighter clothes hitting the shops or the new makeup releases that have me dying for a night out. Spring time means a change in makeup, so for this collaboration I have picked out a few of my favourite item that are both new and old to…

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Hit, miss and maybe : Eyeshadow palettes

When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, I have a serious problem. When I see a new palette release, there is like a switch goes off inside me and I am not right until I buy it! It is actually an illness! As a result, I am very picky as to what I want from a palette. For me, if a palette is to be a hit, it must have a good selection of colours that you can create a number of looks from. There is nothing worse than having a palette where the shadows just don’t work all that well together. Secondly, the shadows must be easy to work with.…

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Blank Canvas Master Series One Palette Tutorial

I am not normally one for tutorials. In fact, I tend to avoid them like the plague. I often feel that my lack of qualifications in makeup, makes me hold back in showing how I apply my makeup. However, I’ve come to the realisation, that qualifications are not a big deal for things like youtube. So I have decided to give tutorials another go. As I tend to flash the other products that I use quite quickly, I thought I would tell you a little about them here. Push Rudy Nudy You may have heard me talk about this product before, but this is honestly one of the best, if not…

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L’Oreal Infallible 24hour Matte foundation review

The L’Oreal Infallible Matte 24 hour foundation has been on my radar for quite a while now and if I am honest. I actually avoided buying it. I think the fact that the word matte was in the name turned me off, as I was afraid it was going to be very drying on my skin. It was Lustre Lux 2016 favourites that gave me the kick to buy this foundation. Since buying it, each time I use it I fall more and more in love with it! Shade Range: The shade range from the Infallible Matte 24 hour foundation, is nothing short of dismal. There are 6 shades available in…

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Under the radar products

The beauty world is a fickle place. Often there are products that receive a lot of attention and hype. Sometimes this attention and hype is justified and other times not so much. Then you have products, that perform like a dream and yet get little to no attention from the online beauty gurus and makeup fans. Under the radar products! Under the radar products, does not mean under the radar brands. Very often there are popular brands that have hidden gems that people just don’t know about. For todays post, I have picked out a number of my favourite products that I use on a regular basis, that tend to go under…

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Jane Iredale So Bronze Bronzing powder 01

As a beauty blogger, there are a lot of products that land on my makeup table to try. Some I love, some  are ok and some I wouldn’t be overly fond of. However, it is very rare that a product that I have heard absolutely nothing about before, comes and completely blows me away. Yet that is exactly what happened with the Jane Iredale So bronze bronzer. Over the years, I have come across many bronzers that I have really loved. They were perfect colours,  blended well into my skin and overall worked very well for me. I thought I had my bronzer stash worked out. That was until I…

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Cocoa Brown Tanning wipes

As a beauty lover, it pains me to admit, that when it comes to developing tan, I am an absolute disaster. No matter how careful I am, I always make an absolute mess of it. It is either patchy, too dark, streaky and don’t even get me started on the hands! I know I have a tendency to over exaggerate in my life, but trust me, I don’t get on well with developing tan. This probably explains why I go through bottles and bottle of the Cocoa brown tanning gels!!! Early last summer, Marissa Carter announced, that due to popular demand, she was bringing out the much loved Cocoa brown tan…

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Brand Spotlight : Benefit Cosmetics

I’ve decided that it is about time I started a new blog series on The Beautiful Truth. For the next few weeks/months, I am going to focus on my favourite products from different brands. I will also throw in a clanger or two if there are items I am not overly fond of by a particular brand. For my first brand spotlight, I have decided to take a look at some products from Benefit cosmetics. Benefit is a brand that I have actually never featured on the blog. If I am honest, for a very long time, I thought Benefit was extremely over priced for what it was. I think this sentiment…

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The Thyroid, The Cervix and The Lovely Baby

It has taken me a long time to sit down and try to put this story into words. There are so many reason why I have avoided writing this post. Firstly I have absolutely zero medical experience just my own journey.Which made me a little nervous about sharing medical information. Secondly this story, while a part of my life and something the made me stronger, I kinda want to forget some of it. Finally, I actually didn’t know how I was going to document this story. How was I going to detail what happened and not over complicate things? There is just so much to tell! However, overtime even though…

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Hit, Miss, Maybe : Highlighters

It seems that every week there is a new highlighter hitting the market. A new must have the product to achieve the glow you’ve longed for. A highlighter that will give you enough glow to be seen from space. If you’re like me and a little obsessed with highlighters, then it is very easy to get caught up in the hype that surrounds every new release. To make your decision a little easier when it comes to picking a new highlighter, I have put together my hits, misses and maybes. I know there are some obvious choices included, but there are a few controversial ones too!! Hits Becca Champagne Pop…

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2016 Budget favourites

2016 budget favourites

What a year 2016 was! For so many, 2016 will be chalked down as one to forget. It was the year that saw a multitude of celebrity deaths. World politics went a little of track and there seemed like there was a lot of personal heartache on my timeline.  However, for me, 2016 was one of the best yet. As 2016 was the year I became a mammy! I am sure you’ve heard it again and again, but there really is nothing that can prepare you for the love you feel for a tiny human. Even the sleepless nights are manageable, as you’re getting up to feed the tiny person you made and love!…

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My Favourite Hair Tools

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Without a shadow of a doubt, your hair is your crowning glory. On the days that our hair cooperates, we tend to feel good about ourselves. However, on days that our hair just won’t do what we want, those are usually the days that start off with a bad mood! How you hair works out in the morning, can really make or break your day! With so many  tools on the market, it is hard knowing what is worth splashing your cash on. For so long, we stuck to the tried and tested GHD for most of our hair needs. In recent times, a number of new tools have hit the market, that…