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Nail Polish Collection

 

 

I’m not absolutely nail polish mad like some people, I don’t really do much nail art. However I do quite like it, I think it really adds to an outfit. I tend to keep my nails a different colour every week depending on the season/my mood.
I thought I’d do a little nail polish collection for all of you who have a bit of a weakness for nail colours! I’m going to categorize by colour family and just give the shade names. If you want any additional info on any of these colours or brands/my personal opinion, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments!

Top & Base Coats 

L-R: Clinique A Different Nail Enamel, Bourjois So Matt topcoat, Rimmel Lasting Finish Nail Polish in 245 Clearly Clear, No7 Polish in Clear

Blues

L-R: Kiko Nail Lacquer in 340, Essence Colour&Go in Absolutely Blue, E.L.F Nail Polish in Skinny Jeans, Natural Collection in Topaz, Topshop NAILS in Hocus Pocus

Greens & Teals

L-R: E.L.F Nail Polish in Mint Cream, Nail Paint by Barry M in Mint Green, Rimmel 60 Seconds in Sky High, Rimmel 60 Seconds Green with Envy, Topshop NAILS in Hunting, No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Totally Teal

Pinks

L-R: Natural Collection in Peach Manicure, Rimmel Salon Pro in 227 New Romantic, Nails Inc. in Elizabeth St., L’Oreal Colour Riche in Rose Paradis, Nail Paint by Barry M in Pink Silver Glitter, Natural Collection Champagne, Paese unnamed shade

Purples (and one purple-y taupe)

L-R: No7 Polish in 549 Wild, E.L.F Nail Polish in Lilac, Kiko Nail Lacquer in 243, Estee Lauder Pure Colour in C5 Molten Lava, No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Temptress, Revlon Nail Enamel in 790 No Shrinking Violet, Nail Paint by Barry M in Cappucino (This isn’t a purple, but it is a taupe with purple undertones so I included it here.)

Monochrome

L-R: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 219 Black Satin, My Face Cosmetics Lil’ Bling in Diamonds & Pearls, Paese Unamed Shade, Rimmel London Brit Manicure in Ivory Tower

Misc. Shades

Nail Paint by Barry M in Raspberry, Bourjois No Chips (I can’t find the shade name on this one but it’s a bright red!), Essie Polish in Fear & Desire, Models Own Scented Polish in Banana Split, Nail Paint by Barry M in Boots Xmas LE (Picked up in 2012), Catrice Polish in Genius in a Bottle
So that’s my nail polish collection! I was thinking of doing a Top 5 for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter series. What do you think? 🙂

Plus Size, Petite, Mainstream: Where Do We Draw the Line?

This is a bit of a different post today. In general, I want to keep this blog as light as possible. I know that personally, I read blogs to wind down and relax, which isn’t exactly when you want to sit down and read someone ranting. It is also important to talk about this sort of thing candidly.

What sparked this whole post in the first place is BooHoo.com‘s new Plus Size range. When I first heard about this I thought it was great, as I definitely do notice a lack of clothing on the high street for plus size women, and even as someone who fits easily in to “mainstream” sizing, not being able to find clothes that look nice and fit well can be an awful confidence drainer. So in theory, I was all for it.
Until I saw the pictures of the models. Examples below:

Photo Credit: www.plus-model-mag.com

 

This is where things get controversial. But in my opinion, this is not what comes to mind when I think “plus size”. They look very similar sized to me, a size 8-10. The “unrealistic body image of super skinny models” is a criticism of the fashion industry that has been so hotly and widely discussed over the years, you don’t need to hear me go on about that. But when it’s in plus size modelling, I feel there is something to be said.

Firstly, there is no shame in being plus size. As long as you’re happy with your body shape, that’s fantastic. However, there are still negative connotations that come with that idea. As a teenage girl that has grown up surrounded by “skinny culture”, I can’t help but see pictures of plus size models that look a similar size to me and start to obsess over what I look like, and whether people look at me and judge me for being big. I don’t think it’s a healthy message to put out to girls who are body conscious as it is that this is plus size. Associating images like this with plus size encourages girls to question where they fit in the scheme of body shapes, and could very well cause bigger women to lose confidence in themselves. It really is a double edged knife. But how do we distinguish between what is petite, mainstream, plus size, tall.. Would it be better if we just didn’t separate them at all?

I got in contact with plus size fashion & beauty bloggerFatbeautyx to ask for her opinion on this topic:

“When it comes down to plus size fashion, where do we draw the line between “normal” clothes and “plus size” clothes? I think last time I checked, size 14 is considered plus size now. So if a size 14 can be classed as plus size.. How can a size 24 be classed as plus size? It’s so hard to go clothes shopping as a, well, PLUS plus size woman because I don’t seem to see any size 20’s as models on websites. “Here is this gorgeous dress for you in sizes 18-32, please see it modeled on our size 14”, for me that just isn’t helpful. But of course, it might be for people who are is sizes 14-18, but this this is based on my personal opinion.  If a size 14 can be classed as plus size, how can a size 24 be classed as plus size too?  Why do sites use models that are size 14 – 16 when they are catering to the audience of say 22 – 32? It’s almost as if there needs to be another size label in between from normal to plus size to maybe plus plus size, but what woman wants to ask for the plus plus sizes! 

Calling it inaccurate seems unfair because my opinion is of a size 24 plus size woman, not a size 16 plus size woman or a size 32 plus size woman. So the models they use on catwalks in my eyes are borderline plus size. It’s as if the models on the catwalk are what society can just about accept as plus size and still fashionable. Any woman larger would deem unhealthy or ugly and no brand would want to start that sort of war.”

What is your take on all of this? Are the boohoo models an inaccurate representation of plus size women? Do you think that body image being distorted at all sizes is an issue, or that I’m just being over sensitive?

Blog Organisation & Inspiration

Notebook: Cath Kidston Panda Highlighters: Paperchase Phone case: Ebay Sticky notes: Lidl
I started this blog at the beginning of January after months of thinking about it, just to see how much I enjoyed it. I am now kicking myself for not starting one sooner, I love every aspect of blogging! I thought I would share how I organise my blogging schedule as well as come up with post ideas. with you. Even though I haven’t been at it very long, this system is really working for me, and I love reading these kind of posts. You don’t have to do all of this, I’m just sharing what I do and what works for me.
Stick to a schedule 
When I told a friend that I’d got 4 blog posts scheduled and ready in one weekend, she reminded me “blogging is supposed to be fun!”. Thing is, for me this is fun. I enjoy blogging a lot more knowing I have posts ready and waiting to be put up for the next 3 weeks or so, because then I don’t get stressed about not being able to write a post due to being busy or writers block, so if I need to take a week off, there will still be updates ready to go. I like to post 2 times a week, Wednesdays and Sundays, however I may post more if I feel like it.
Keep a “blog notebook” 
I keep a notebook where I have every post idea written out, even if I won’t write the actual post for a few months, it’s there. I also keep a page each month for my “monthly favorites” posts to write down what I’m using as I go. I also plan out posts such as what products I’ll use in a FOTD/Tutorial, What my answers will be to tags etc. I also write down what posts I plan to put up for the next 2 months and cross them off as they’re scheduled. Once I’ve written a post and scheduled it, I cross it off and plan which one I will write next. I’m one of those people who loves lists and planning, and to some of you this may sound like hell, but much like blogging itself, it’s a personal thing.
Random moments of inspiration 
I don’t bring my blog notebook everywhere with me, because I’m not quite that obsessive. Yet. But sometimes I’ll be out and about or staying away from home and a random burst of inspiration will happen, so I have a list app handy in my phone to take down these things so I don’t forget them later on. I use Wunderlist, as it is a really simple interface which can be synced across all your devices, and you can share lists with other people which can be handy.
Other Bloggers 
Reading other blogs can be really helpful for inspiration. I often find myself reading through my bloglovin’ feed thinking “ohhh, I might do something similar!”. Of course, there is a fine line between copying and taking inspiration. Make it your own, with your own style and opinions, nobody needs to read the same post twice!
I hope this was helpful to anyone struggling to post on a regular basis!

Rimmel London Goody Bag

 

Rimmel Ireland were holding a giveaway on their twitter (@rimmelireland), where they asked users to send them a picture of a makeup look they’d done using Rimmel, and their 5 favourites won a goody bag. I was lucky enough to be one of the winners! Giveaways help my spending ban (nearly 2 months strong) along massively. I thought some of you might be interested in what they sent me!

Stay Glossy in Pop Your Pink: I’ve never tried any gloss offerings from Rimmel, and it’s only recently I’ve been getting in to a glossier lip so I’m excited to give this a try. It claims up to 6 hours last and shine, which I’ve never had with a gloss, so we’ll see if it lives up to this!
Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107: I already own this and it is one of my all time favourite lipsticks! I’ll either keep this as a backup for when I run out of my current tube, or gift it to one of my friends.

Glam’Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in Live Show: Not typically a colour I’d go for, but it’s pretty and I’ll find a way of making this work for spring! More than anything, I’m excited to try it to see how I like the formulation of Rimmel shadows.
Scandaleyes Waterproof Liner in Silver: I was veeerrryyy excited about this little baby! I’ve been wanting to try the Scandaleyes liner for ages (particularly the nude), but have just never actually got round to just buying it, despite the great price tag. I’ve been getting really in to cool toned eye looks lately, so this is a welcome addition to my collection! All the hype about these liners are true, it’s ridiculously pigmented and when swatched looks like silver foil. I can’t wait to incorporate this in to some grey smokey eyes!

Wake Me Up Concealer in Soft Beige: This is another product I was more than excited to try, as I have been meaning to pick it up for ages! I will test run it under the eyes mixed with my beloved lasting perfection, as this is half a shade too dark for me, so if I really like it I can pick it up in a lighter colour and save this for summer if  when my skin is a little browner.
Sun Shimmer Instant Tan in Light Matte: They sent me two of Rimmels latest launch, the Sun Shimmer Instant Tan. From a little research, it’s a gel face & body product that gives you an instant fake tan that lasts up to 24 hours. I am absolutely not someone who uses fake tan, so I plan on giving one bottle to a friend, and including the other in a future giveaway I plan on holding closer to summer!

Thank you very much to the girls over at Rimmel Ireland HQ!

Spring Grunge

Dress: Primark Coat: Dunnes Stores Hat: H&M
Following up from my Spring Pastels post, I thought I’d do a darker, more grunge-y look. This is what I’d personally be more likely to wear, I’m a firm believer in the “if it’s not black, put it back on the rack” ethos. I’ve updated this for spring by adding a few more feminine, light touches that I usually wouldn’t. This is my first proper fashion post on this blog, so let me know what you think and if you’d like to see more!
Dat frizz though.
Shoes: New Look
Satchel: Yoshi
Necklace*: Teanga Na mBlath (Link for info/to purchase here)
I kept the makeup quite light – nude lip, really subtle contour and a taupe smokey eye, perfect for daytime but adds to the outfit.

 

Nail Colour: E.L.F Nail Polish in Lilac
Products used: 
Benefit Porefessional Primer
Catrice Prime and Fine Primer
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation 
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
E.L.F Tone Correcting Powder
Benefit Rockateur Blush
Maybelline Colour Tattoo (Permanent Taupe) 
E.L.F Shimmer Pencil in Ivory
Clinique High Impact Mascara
MAC Creme Cup Lipstick  
 
Photos were by my lovely friend Karis, you should definitely all check out her blog!

February 2014 Favourites

 

So, it’s that time of month again already. I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup this month as I’ve been quite ill, but when I have, these have been the bits I’ve used/enjoyed the most. I’m keeping the same format as last time: 3 high end, 3 drugstore, 3 random, as well as this months Spotify playlist of the music I’ve been loving!

E.L.F Little Black Beauty Book: Festive Everyday*

E.L.F’s Black Beauty Books are compact palettes containing 48 small pans of eyeshadow. I was lucky enough to win this, along with loads of other palettes and brushes from a Beauty Crowd livestream back in December! This festive everyday was a limited edition for Christmas, but they have permanent editions to the line. At only £6 per palette, it’s amazing for travelling or someone new to makeup, as there is a big shade range available to experiment with. As someone with more neutral eyeshadow palettes than one could shake a stick at, I’ve found myself using this more than any other this month! The pigmentation is certainly no Urban Decay standard – but for the price, you really can’t go wrong.

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo: Light in Purple

I bought this in August knowing I wouldn’t use it that often, but it was so pretty I just had to have it. I know, thats when you know you have to stop shopping. I usually don’t wear cool toned eyeshadow, but I’ve been experimenting a little more and using this as a base. It’s a blue-purple duochrome with a silver undertone – adds an extra dimension to silver/grey eyeshadows without being too over the top. I’m looking forward to using this with pastel smokey eyes for spring to bring out the purple tones!

Sleek blush in Guipure (from Blush by 3 in Lace)

One of my all time favourite blushes, and all I’ve been wearing at all this month! It’s a beautiful rosy pink with gold shimmer which catches the light and acts as a highlight, it makes the skin look really healthy and glowy. It’s very similar to the Sleek Rose Gold blush (the ever hailed NARS Orgasm dupe), which I will be picking up as soon as I hit pan on this. This whole palette will be my go-to blush for summer, I’m sure.

Benefit’s They’re Real! Beyond Mascara

I have loads of mascaras, owing to the fact that I am a bit obsessive about having only one open at a time so none dry out without me getting the most out of them. I’ve been finishing up my Clinique High Impact Mascara, which meant it was time to move on to the next in the collection: this sample of They’re Real! I’ve had for quite a while. This is the second mascara with a plastic wand I’ve ever used – first was my beloved and super expensive *sob* Chanel Inimitable Volume Mascara. I am really loving this mascara already – my one complaint being that the wand is quite big, but it compares well to the Chanel in terms of the effect it gives the lashes.

Moogoo SPF15 Lip Balm

Moogoo is a brand that probably hasn’t been heard of by the masses, but I’ve seen around various pharmacies when looking for something to help my really sensitive skin. It’s a really gentle skincare brand, based on the formula used for cream to soothe dairy cows sore udders – similar concept to nipple balm, if it works it works! I’ve had a really bad case of tonsillitis this month, which means (without too much gross detail) my airways have been fairly blocked, resulting in me sleeping/breathing with my mouth open which makes lips really dry. This stuff has really helped and kept my lips hydrated. I really like that they use all edible ingredients too – I don’t want to be ingesting loads of nasty chemicals!

OFRA Cosmetics Acne Treatment Loose Mineral Powder in Sahara*

After I heard essiebutton talking about her love for mineral powder foundations, I thought they sounded like exactly what I was looking for. This OFRA one sits lightly on the skin, providing a medium coverage. Doesn’t cake throughout the day. It also acts as a wonderful setting powder for foundations if you like a little more coverage!

Macarons

Nope, photographing them was not just for blog prettiness. I’m super late to this trendy food bandwagon but damn, I am enjoying them! Definitely one of my new favourite dessert snacks. Want to try making some of my own at some point.. Although they’re renowned for being near impossible!

Fitness

As a bit of a stark contrast to the above dessert, I’ve been getting really in to fitness and exercise! I’ve had to calm down the routine to recover, plus it can be hard to get out in the hurricane central that Ireland has been, but I’ve been really enjoying getting out when I can.

So Long, See You Tomorrow

My favourite band, Bombay Bicycle Club, released their new album So Long, See You Tomorrow this month. It’s an absolute masterpiece of an album, combining indie-electronica with bollywood influences. I’ve loved this band for years and this is their first #1 album, I couldn’t be more proud. I’m sure this will be the soundtrack to my summer!

If you want to know what else I’ve been listening to, check out my February Spotify Playlist.

And Luna is always my favourite, not just this month, but she looked so cute curled up on my bed whilst I photographed this post that I couldn’t not share it. Crazy cat lady alert.

What have been your favourites this month? 🙂

High Street V. High End: Classic Look

I have decided to start a mini-series on my blog! I will create a series of similar/identical makeup looks, one using only high street or “drugstore” makeup, and one using only more expensive brands and seeing how they compare.
I am starting this off with a very simple, classic “winged liner and red lip” look, as I know this is a classic makeup look that many ladies (or gentlemen, no judging here!) like to wear.

High End 

 Products used: 
Benefit Porefessional Primer: €34.00
MAC Studio Fix Foundation NW10: €31.50 
OFRA Cosmetics Acne Treatment Loose Powder* €29.00
Benefit Rockateur Blush: €34.00 
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: €26.00
Benefit Lemon Aid Eyelid Primer: €24.00
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline: €18.50 
Clinique High Impact Mascara: €20.00
MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red: €19.00 
Total Cost: €236 
 
I don’t own any contour or concealer products that are high end, as I’ve never felt the need to stray from my beloved Collection Lasting Perfection or Sleek Contour Kit, so I used the shade Naked 2 from my Naked Basics as a contour and patted on a little extra foundation under my eyes to act as a concealer. Considering this, I think this is quite a lot of money for beauty products.
That being said, I think all of the products are easy to work with, blend well, and are relatively fool proof. I completed this look in just under 15 minutes because the ease of use and the blendability of the products means I don’t have to spend forever blending and buffing to ensure softness, flawlessness and no streaks or obvious rookie errors. I really love the Benefit Rockateur blush, it adds such a gorgeous glow for every day. And of course, my one true love, MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline. Gone are the days where I have to pretend to be calm around dodgy liquid liner brushes (they can smell your fear), I can confidently flick it on in the morning and look like I’ve made an effort without actually making an effort. Living the dream.

High Street 

Products Used:
Catrice Prime & Fine Illuminating Primer: €4 
Rimmel Match Perfection 010 Light Porcelain: €9.95
ELF Tone Correcting Powder: €4.51
Sleek Contour Kit in Light: €7.99
Sleek Blush By 3 in Lace (Middle shade, Guipure): €12.99
ELF Cover Everything Concealer in Corrective Yellow: €3.00
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Shade 01: €6.40
MUA Undressed Palette: €4.80
ELF Precision Liquid Liner: €4.50
Natural Collection Lash Build Mascara in Black: €3.09
Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107: €6.99
Total Cost: €68.22 
 
Considering the fact that in this look I used contour and concealer, and the blush I used was in a palette and so this cost includes 2 extra blushes and a highlight that I haven’t used, the value is really great. When I go back to the UK, I will be totally raiding the Sleek and MUA counters as they’re both so affordable and such good quality, I could probably get about 5 palettes, 6 or so lipsticks and go crazy on some blush and highlighter without even breaking £40.
The foundation isn’t as high coverage, but I have pretty good skin and I think it really adds that glow, without being shiny. I hate overly dewy skin but I also don’t like things being too powdery and matte, and I think the combination of this foundation and the finely milled, tone correcting ELF powder strikes that balance perfectly. I love this blush by Sleek, it’s very similar to their famous hotly-tipped-Orgasm-dupe Rose Gold. It adds the most amazing pink cheek that shines a gorgeous subtle gold when it hits the light. And the matte shades from the MUA palette really shone in this look, I’m always skeptical of drugstore mattes and at the price of these palettes, it’s practically a steal.  I actually prefer the Kate Moss lipstick to Russian Red, as I think the texture is much nicer. I like this liquid liner, but gel liner is where my heart lies, so MAC Blacktrack Fluidline takes the biscuit this time.
And the winner is: High Street! 
Both looks felt so similar to apply and turned out almost identical. The only two things I really preferred from high end was the Porefessional and the Fluidline. Other than that, everything was the same, if not better, for a fraction of the price.
I’m going to continue this in future doing different sorts of looks: everyday, summer, dark and vampy, etc.. Anything particular you would like to see? 🙂

Top 5 From E.l.f Cosmetics

I am an absolutely huge fan of E.L.F Cosmetics. Over the past year I have tried out endless amounts of their products. E.L.F are known for their incredibly affordable prices, as well as their famous 50% off sales, meaning it’s an absolute steal to pick up quite a few great products. This is perfect for people who are new to the brand, to get an introduction, but also for people who have been looking to learn how to use a particular product (eg, contouring) and don’t want to splash out for high end yet. I’m often asked by E.L.F newbies what to buy, so I thought I’d put together a few of my favourite products from the brand!
E.L.F have three different ranges of products – Essential (the original range, the cheapest), Studio (mid-range), Mineral (their most expensive, but still great value.) I’ve tried a couple of bits from the mineral range, and I think the quality is comparable to the Studio line. In general, the quality of the packaging and product is much better in the Studio and Mineral ranges, the Essential can be hit and miss, but some products are still really great.

I didn’t include any brushes in this, as I wanted to keep this one strictly makeup, but I do highly recommend absolutely every brush from their studio range.

Essential Lipstick

Colour pictured: Gypsy
As you can see, the packaging of this lipstick isn’t stellar. It comes in a plastic tube with a dodgy twist up function and the bullet moves around a bit, it’s certainly no Chanel. However, in my opinion, packaging is a bonus, and product is what matters. Considering the price is €1.80 and I picked this up at 50% off, you really can’t complain! Gypsy is a really gorgeous berry pink colour which is great for the transition from winter to spring/summer to autumn, it’s one of those that works all year round. It’s got a really nice scent and is quite pigmented. Lasting power could be better, but once again, for the price, this is a really great lip product.

Studio Glossy Gloss

Colour pictured: Ballet Slippers
The Studio Glossy Gloss range comes in really sleek black packaging, reminiscent of NARS or Illamasqua. None of the glossy glosses have glitter or shimmer, but E.L.F does have a different range of glitter glosses available if you want that. The glosses are really quite pigmented, they look best paired with a lipstick in my opinion as they can look a little streaky on their own. They feel quite sticky on the lips, so if you don’t like that, these probably aren’t for you. They do last really well and have a great colour range, which can often be the downfall of some cheaper brands! The colour Ballet Slippers is a nude, brown toned pink. It looks absolutely gorgeous over any pink or nude lipstick, and adds a real pop to a smokey evening look.

Essential Shimmering Facial Whip

Colour Pictured: Lilac Petal
The Shimmering Facial Whip is described as a multi-purpose product – for eyes, lips, and cheeks. Personally, I’d only use this for highlighting, so I’m going to talk specifically about Lilac Petal.
This is a great Benefit High Beam dupe. I’ve swatched High Beam and the colour is identical. I love using this on my cheekbones as it gives the most gorgeous glow, and it’s also looks lovely mixed into foundation to brighten the complexion.

Studio Blush

Colour Pictured: Pink Passion
The Studio Blushes are some of my favourite products, I adore them. Really gorgeous, silky, and pigmented blushes. Once again, you can see the resemblance to NARS Packaging. Pink Passion, which is probably my favourite of all that I own, it’s a super blue toned matte pink that turns in to a gorgeous soft pink when applied to the cheeks, despite how terrifying it looks in the pan. The quality of this is comparable to that of a much higher end product, it’s an absolute bargain.

Studio Tone Correcting Powder

Colour Pictured: Cool
This is a really finely milled pressed powder with a really big mirror, it’s perfect for handbag touch-ups! The concept is each colour is for correcting something, so when swirled together, it creates a white HD-style powder that helps to even out imperfections such as redness and dark circles. I really do notice a difference when I use this powder, I think it really helps to brighten the complexion and makes a noticeable difference to the face. I haven’t swatched it below, as on the skin it becomes totally translucent, so that would be a little bit pointless 🙂
Swatches L-R Essentials Lipstick in Gypsy, Studio Glossy Gloss in Ballet Slippers, Essentials Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal, Studio Blush in Pink Passion

M.a.c Lipstick Collection

 

 I realize that 5 lipsticks barely constitutes a “collection”, considered laughable in the eyes of some beauty bloggers who have enough M.A.C lipsticks to reconstruct the eiffel tower with, but that’s not how we do things at zoewithumlauts. By which I mean, I’m a full time teenage student and M.A.C lipsticks are damn expensive. I have slowly built up this little collection over the past year or so, and whilst I do have a wishlist longer than my arm, it’s something I can’t justify buying regularly. So for now, have this humble little collection. 🙂

 

 Creme Cup (Cremesheen Finish)

This is my all time favorite nude lipstick. It’s an absolutely gorgeous muted light pink. It looks pretty and fresh with subtle everyday makeup, and is the ultimate lipstick to pair with a smokey eye. It swatches really true to colour and is great for paler girls like me who find most nudes give them that “concealer lips” look. It’s a cremesheen formulation that means it’s amazingly moisturising, it won’t dry out your lips but won’t slide off either. Amazingly long lasting.

Hot Gossip (Cremesheen Finish)

This is a lipstick that doesn’t get enough attention in my opinion. It’s a pink-mauve, really pretty for an evening makeup look. There was a long time where this was my go-to lip choice, it’s actually a your-lips-but-better colour for me. Like Creme Cup it’s not drying, and will last ages.

Up The Amp (Amplified Finish) 

For some reason this photographs much more cool-toned than it actually is, although the swatch is fairly accurate. It’s a true purple, if not leaning slightly on the pink side. I absolutely love wearing loud lipsticks (purple lipsticks are a weakness of mine), and some of you may shy away from this colour completely, but if you’re looking for something a little more statement, this is a good way to go. This is an Amplified finish, meaning that it’s insanely pigmented and applies totally opaque.

Rebel (Satin Finish)

And now we come on to probably my least favorite. I bought this after seeing it swatch much darker online, hoping it would be a really dark berry. It actually swatches quite bright, it’s certainly not true to the colour in the tube. And while I do like the colour, it applies very streaky and is difficult to apply evenly all over the lips, although I feel like it’s because of the formulation more than anything else. I’m going to pick up Cyber at some point, as I feel like this will live up to the expectations where rebel has let me down.

Russian Red (Matte Finish)

Russian Red is a really pigmented, blue toned red. I absolutely love this colour and this finish, a statement matte red is classic and a necessity in all makeup bags. I find it lasts really well and doesn’t dry out the lips, which is a common theme with matte lipsticks. I find it glides on really easily as well, while some mattes can drag and pull a little.
What are your favorite M.A.C lipsticks? Any recommendations? 🙂

Simple Valentines Day Makeup

 

I am unashamedly single and bitter. No denying it. I spend Valentines day hissing at couples like an angry cat. But for all of you loved up folk, you’re probably planning what to wear on your cute dates or whatever it is you couples do. Ugh. So I’ll step in and help you out with makeup ideas.
If I were in this position, I wouldn’t take it over the top, so I’ve gone for a really soft, pretty look. This is also in keeping with the S/S trend of focusing more on a radiant, perfected base than the features themselves.

Note: I am fully aware my hair looks absolutely dreadful, but due to it’s bleached nature I am giving it a break from all heat-based styling. So lets just not focus on that, eh? 🙂 
 

 

Base 
I’ve kept the whole thing really simple. I started with the Catrice Prime & Fine, which is an illuminating primer so it just makes your skin look really fresh and glowy. This is super cheap and I absolutely love it. I then applied my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and on any areas of discoloration and blended it out. To set this all in place, I used my OFRA Acne Treatment Loose Powder*. I don’t suffer with acne, I barely get spots, but this powder is gorgeous for coverage without putting on a heavy face of foundation, so your skin still looks like skin. It’s a really great dupe of the BareMinerals powder foundation. This just creates a bright, radiant base, however if you have more to cover, add a foundation to this step.
Eyes 
The photos don’t capture the eyes makeup very well, it’s a soft pink/taupe look. I started with my M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Bare Study. This is a really pretty, pearl-y iridescent colour that acts great as a base, and adds a new dimension to shadows. Over this I used Dust (all over lid), Nooner (crease), Liar(Outer V) and Strange (inner corner) from my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I then used Darkside from my Urban Decay Naked 3 Double-Ended 24hr Glide-On Pencil, which is a pretty taupe shade, on my lashline and blended it out. I finished this look with my Clinique High Impact Mascara. This look is really subtle, but it’s still really pretty and opens up the eyes.
Cheeks
All I did for my cheeks was apply E.L.F’s Studio Blush in Pink Passion, which looks terrifyingly bright in the pan but applies as this gorgeous matte pink. I kept this really subtle and didn’t add any contour or highlight, as I wanted this look to be really natural.
Lips
I applied my NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait. This adds a really gorgeous wash of colour, and I think there’s something about gloss that just makes the face look really fresh.
What look are you going with for Valentines Day? 🙂

I ♥ Drugstore Makeup Tag

I’m fairly new to this whole blogging shebang, so I’m not cool enough to actually be tagged in anything yet. But because I’m a rebel who plays by my own rules, I’m gonna do the I ♥ Drugstore Makeup Tag anyway. Don’t tell the Blogging Police.
I really love looking at other peoples answers to this tag game and I absolutely love “drugstore” makeup, so thought I’d give it a go myself.
1. Favorite Brand 
 I’m cheating and having two answers. Remember what I said about me being a rebellious menace to society?
Firstly, if we’re talking pure quality for peanuts, my favorite is hands down Wet N Wild. Their shadows are uh-mazing, and when you can buy an 8 shadow palette for half the price of one MAC eyeshadow pan at a very similar quality.. It’s a no brainer.
Second answer would be Revlon. They’re on the pricier end of the drugstore scale, but their packaging and products are great and are comparable to the likes of Bobbi Brown but at a much less purse-lightening price.
2. Fave Product for face, lips and cheeks? 
   For face, it’s gotta be my beloved Collection Lasting Perfection concealer. Every beauty blogger, their aunt and their dog raves about this product, and with good reason. Full coverage, creamy, never cake-y or heavy feeling, all for less than the price of a pizza? What more could you want? As someone who isn’t a big foundation wearer (only ever if I’m going out somewhere special), I love this to cover any dark circles, blemishes, or blue veins that show through my basically translucent Irish skin.
Cheeks goes to Sleek blushes. I frackin’ love their blushes, I’ve never found any brand drugstore or high end that compares to the quality. They’re pigmented, silky, and glide on like an absolute dream. Since I live in Ireland chances to find them are few and far between (although a little birdie over at Sleek PR tells me this won’t be the case for long!), so I often hoard them along with MUA products when I’m in the UK, or I sneakily pick them up on cloud10beauty.com for an excellent price. Pictured is the Blush by 3 palette in Lace.
Lips, it’s gotta be the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipsticks. I like the regular line too, but these two mattes have been in regular rotation since I bought them in October. One is 107, a dark berry red, and the other is 101, a pretty pink nude. I need to pick up the entire matte line as well as the regular one as I absolutely love them.
3. Product you regret buying? 
 I never really regret buying a product as such, but their are products I certainly use less than others. I haven’t really found myself using this Sleek Pout Paint in Milkshake, as although it is wonderfully pigmented, it’s consistency makes it really difficult to apply without streaks. However I am going to try is as a cream blush and give it a new purpose instead of leaving it untouched.
4. Best Bargain?
 Without a doubt Wet N Wild eyeshadows. I raved about these in my January Favorites post! They could literally double the price and I’d still happily pay, these are an absolute steal. I got all the shadows you see above from America, but now their makeup is readily available to Irish girls I shall be buying them like they’re the last ones on earth.
 
5. Favorite Underdog Product?
Natural Collection Lash Build Mascara. The only times I’ve ever been complemented on my eyelashes is when I’m wearing this. I have super sensitive eyes and it doesn’t irritate them at all either, and for about 3 euro with “3 for 6.50” deals never ending in boots, it’s a total bargain.
6. Most Overpriced Product? 
Ohhhhh, controversial! It’s the Revlon Lip Butters. Don’t get me wrong, I do really like them, but I don’t find myself reaching for them enough to justify the 11.50 price tag, I’d rather buy 2 good drugstore products or invest a little more for a high end product I’ll really appreciate.
7. Show us your best drugstore dupes! 
 This is one I haven’t heard anyone else talking about! The ELF Cover Everything Concealer in Corrective Yellow is an exact dupe of Benefits Lemon Aid. Consistency, colour, lasting power, all identical. The only thing is the packaging, Lemon Aid looks nicer with a mirror and sleek black packaging but with a 21 euro price difference for an identical product, I know which one I’ll be repurchasing.
8. Product not worth the hype? 
 I love the Baby Lips, I’ve talked about them a few times now. They’re an alright lip balm that add a nice pop of colour and make you look more put together for a simple everyday makeup look. However even though I love them, I don’t think they live up to the insane hype that was created around them by US beauty bloggers.
So! That’s my drugstore makeup tag done. I think I’m meant to tag people here, but I think most already have so I’ll use the cop out answer of anyone who wants to do it! 🙂

Spring Pastels

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Spring is fast approaching, which means the yearly pastel obsession is back. I personally love pastel colours and wear pastel hair all year round, so I’m a happy bunny! I usually never step out of my neutral comfort zone with makeup, but for the sake of this post I did and I’m in love with the result!

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Lets all just ignore that pesky black mascara mark that I only noticed after I’d taken this makeup off.
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There’s washing in the background. I’m still in my pyjamas, I just put on a fancy shirt to make you guys think I had my life together.
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Shirt: H&M Necklace*: daisymaejewellery.com 

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Products Used: 

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation 010 Light Porcelain

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Shade 1

Ofra Cosmetics Loose Powder in Sahara*

Ofra Cosmetics Gel Eye Primer*

Sleek Ultra Mattes Brights Palette

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Clinique High Impact mascara 

ELF Shimmer Eye Pencil in Ivory

Sleek Contour Kit in Light

Natural Collection Blush in Pink Cloud 

MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Creme Cup

NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches & Cream

Room Tour 2014

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Hello! I have finally had a couple of days to put together a few blog posts so I can actually get a proper schedule together! Lovely. I was toying with the idea of doing my makeup collection and storage post, but as I am waiting on some online beauty orders and I am a freak, I don’t want to do it until they’ve arrived. Don’t laugh at me. So I thought I’d post a room tour instead. This has been requested so much on Instagram over the past year, and I adore posts like this to get inspiration for my own space! I totally redecorated it in 2011, then changed it around for more makeup storage in 2013 and I’m really happy with it! Please don’t be fooled by apparent tidiness. I just moved stuff out of the way for the sake of photos.

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I call this my “I don’t have any other place for you so you’ll sit here” shelf. Built for me by my dad so not available elsewhere, sorry! Earring holder made by me. This will be a common theme. 🙂

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I really love candles. Fabric flowers made for me by my mum, tea lights from Debenhams, Yankee Candle from Hallmark, floral plate was a gift from my best friend.

 

 

Candles are basically everywhere in my room, it really does smell like there was an explosion in a scented candle factory. Basket is from a local boutique, Cath Kidston tin had a mug in it, Cath Kidston store Norwich. Oil burner was a gift.

 

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Mirror: B&Q, but painted by me. Nail polish rack: TK Maxx Floral Bunting: Tesco.
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Jewellery Rack: Next Home
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My dressing & vanity makeup table is my favorite part of my room definitely. Will talk about where everything is from in more detail in my Makeup Collection & Storage post!
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Fairy lights: I have no idea, but fairy lights are pretty easy to find! Watermelon bunting: Handmade by me Notice board: Also handmade by me!

 

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Bitch, Please embroidery was made for me by my mum. I really love adding handmade touches to my room as it makes it much more personal.

 

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If you have a room tour up, please comment below as I’d love to see it!

 

January 2014 Favourites

So, after my first 3 weeks of blogging, it’s time for me to upload my first monthly favorites post! I really love reading favorites posts, as seeing what other bloggers have been really loving always
gives me new stuff to add to my wishlist. I decided on a rough format for my monthly favorites posts: 3 high end, 3 drugstore, and 3 random whatever-not-beauty-related things I’ve been loving. Enjoy!

  Wet N Wild “Comfort Zone” 8-pan ColourIcon Palette

To the rejoicing of many Irish girls, Wet N Wild has finally landed on our shores, in Dunnes of all places! I actually picked this up online a few months ago, but I’m sure a sneaky haul of their other products I’ve been dying to try will be up soon. I absolutely love this palette, it’s ridiculously pigmented and the texture is so buttery, it almost feels like a cream to powder formula. This palette is their most neutral one, with gorgeous earthy greens and browns, it’s great for everyday or for a pretty green smokey look. I really hope they add more neutral palettes to the permanent line up they have soon!

 Natural Collection Blush Pot in “Pink Cloud”

I haven’t been wearing much blush this month, as my skin has been quite dry and I find it can highlight that a little. However if I have worn it at all, I’ve found myself reaching for this. It’s a very pretty matte pastel-y pink that just adds a really pretty, subtle pop of colour to your face.

              E.L.F Cover Everything Concealer in Corrective Yellow

I’ve owned this concealer for a while but this month is the first time it’s got a lot of use. It’s great applied before foundation or concealer to cover and correct dark circles, and it’s an excellent eye primer for cancelling out redness and brightening your eyes. The consistency is great, it’s creamy without being oily or plastic-y feeling. I picked this up on one of ELF’s famous 50% off sales for 0.90c, so giving it a go isn’t gonna break the bank!

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Hot Gossip

This is the first MAC lipstick I ever bought. For a long while I was too afraid to use it, and by the time I was less precious about it, I owned a lot of other lipsticks and had them in regular rotation. I made an effort to wear it more this month and fell in love with it again, it’s a satin mauve-y pink that is a gorgeous alternative to a nude when paired with a smokey eye. Lasts for ages on the lips and won’t dry them out at all.

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

I have officially joined the gel eyeliner tribe. If there is such a thing. I’m done with fiddling with liquidy messes of awkward brushes and ruining great eye makeup with a mistake. Applied with my Real Techniques Pixel Point Liner Brush, it creates the perfect cat eye with basically no effort. Glides on, lasts all day, definite repurchase!

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Repair Cream

My skin is really weird. I never get spots and it’s usually fine, if a little dry and really sensitive. However in winter I get random “breakouts” of really sore patches of dry skin, as well as really chapped lips. Sorry for the mental picture. This miracle working little baby here soothes the sore skin without irritating it more like other products, and clears up the issue of chapped lips or dry skin within a day or two. I use this wonder balm all year round for different things, it’s almost a given you will hear me rave about it until you’re bored senseless.

Blogging
For my first random favorite, blogging! I’ve absolutely loved every aspect of planning, writing and scheduling posts to put up, and I’m really excited to continue on. 🙂
Reading 
I got a load of new books for Christmas and have been tearing through them ridiculously fast. This year is a fairly laid back one before I go in to the hell of my Leaving Cert, so I’m trying to do all the leisure reading I know I’ll miss out on.
Spotify 
Since Spotify has been made free for mobile, I have not stopped using it. Making playlists galore and discovering loads of new artists through what friends are listening to and the ones I already love. I’m totally willing to put up with the annoying adverts for the free music! This will no doubt stay one of my favorites all year round. To see what my favorite tracks of this month have been, check out my January Playlist.
What have been your favorites this month?

Whats in My Travel Makeup Bag?

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I have a slightly ridiculous makeup collection. There. I said it. The amount of makeup overflowing from my cheap vanity makeup table is ungodly. My friends make fun of me, my family think I have a problem.

This year, with my new found sense of independence, ridiculous amounts of amazing opportunities to travel and experience new things, I’ve needed to accept that I can’t carry all of my makeup everywhere with me. I just pack a few essentials to get me through the night/weekend/week in my gorgeous Ted Baker makeup bag. What I bring tends to switch around based on what I’m using at the time, but these are my current go-to travel makeup items!

Essentials 

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Travel size Batiste Dry Shampoo, Dove Invisible Dry Roll-On Deoderant, Clinique Take The Day Off makeup remover travel size. All fairly self explanatory. A girls gotta feel fresh.

Eyes

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Usually I bring my MUA undressed palette with me, as it’s compact, pigmented, and cheap enough that I wouldn’t be too upset if it was lost or stolen, which is a general theme with my travel makeup. I sometimes bring my Naked Basics, as it’s really compact. I’ll throw in my two favorite MaybellineColour Tattoo’s (Pink Gold, On and On Bronze) as usually I’m on a fairly tight schedule and don’t have a long time to be focusing on precise eye make up. Whatever mascara I’m wearing at the time, which currently happens to be Clinique’s High Impact. And usually an eyeliner of some kind like my Bourjois Kohl and Contour in Brun. You know.. Just in case.

Cheeks

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I usually don’t bring much in the way of cheek product, depending on where I’m going and for how long. My Benefit Coralista sample and Natural Collection Pink Cloud would be my go-to, as they’re both compact, and it gives me the option between shimmer and matte. If I’m away for longer, I’ll often bring my Sleek contour kit and my MAC Soft and Gentle MSF as well.

Face

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I tend to have pretty good skin, so I don’t wear foundation unless I’m going on a night out/doing something formal and want to look my best. I’ll usually take a little sample pot of my MAC Studio Fix foundation, my ELF Tone Correcting Powder and my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (which has seen better days!). I love the ELF powder. Cheap, big mirror, doesn’t cake, and it really does correct and brighten your skin. Everyone and their aunt talks about the Lasting Perfection concealer, but with good reason. It’s the best thing that has ever happened ever.

Lips

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Okay, I know I’m nuts, but I like to have a lip colour from each ‘colour category’ as such.. Pink, red, purple and nude. So I have choices. Please don’t make fun of me. Right now these are Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch, MAC Matte Lipstick in Russian Red, MAC Amplified lipstick in Up the Amp, and Urban Decay Lip Junkie lipgloss in Naked 2.

So, those are my current travel makeup bag essentials. What are yours? 🙂

Mini-benefit Haul

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I’ve tried a few things from Benefit in the past, and in general found their products to be excellent. I decided to bite the bullet and pick up some full size items that I had previously used up samples of and loved, or that I had heard raved about and decided to try!
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Lemon Aid Colour Correcting Eye Primer 
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POREfessional Primer and pore minimizer
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Benetint Cheek & Lip Tint 
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They’re Real! Mascara 
Have you tried anything from Benefit worth checking out? 🙂

Naked 3 Palette Full Review + Swatches (+double Ended Glide-on Eyepencil)

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Hey guys! I’m sorry, this post is later than I intended it to be. I want to keep up a 2 posts per week schedule, however my ridiculous business over the past week or so has not allowed for this. So I am taking this Saturday evening off to sit in my pyjamas, catch up on some TV shows, and blog. Lovely. 🙂

So! On to the review. This is possibly the most hotly anticipated palette since.. Well, the Naked 2. I have all 3 palettes (and the Basics, full review coming soon), but this definitely has a special place in my heart. I think every beauty addict has those certain products that they just can’t resist buying.. For me, its pink-toned shadows, green shadows, and purple lipsticks. So when I saw that this was to be a pink toned palette I was emailing every Debenhams in the country to make sure I got my hands on it as soon as it was released.
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L-R: Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick  

This is definitely the less pigmented side of the palette, and the more glittery one. Having said that, they are gorgeous everyday colours, which is usually what I’m looking for. Strange is perfect for blending out smokey eye, and I’ve really been loving it all over the lid with Limit in the crease for a really simple, natural look. Dust looks gorgeous in the pan, but is very glittery, not a huge fan of the texture. Needs to be packed on with an awful lot of primer to achieve its full potential. Burnouts true prettiness doesn’t show up in this picture, I’d describe it as a slightly darker, satin-y version of Dust. Very pretty all over lid colour. Limit is a gorgeous lighter version of it’s sister Nooner, which is in the right half of the palette. Matte browns are a weakness of mine, and this has really gorgeous mauve undertones. Buzz is a mauve-y pink shimmer which looks gorgeous in the outer V or crease alongside buzz, or all over the lid with a darker colour for a gorgeous smokey eye. Trick looks beautiful in the pan, like a darker, pinker version of Urban Decay’s famous Half-Baked. However, I’ve found the colour doesn’t really transfer as nicely to the eye.

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L-R: Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart 

This is definitely the smokier side, therefore the side I’ve used less. However, when I do use these colours, they are well loved. Nooner is probably my favorite eyeshadow out of my entire ridiculously large collection right now. It’s a gorgeous matte dark mauve-y brown that applies like a dream, pigmented, silky, blends well. Everything you want in an eyeshadow really, I’m a bit in love! Being honest, I haven’t used Liar all that much, but swatching it for this post made me realize its full potential. Nothing exciting in the pan, but a gorgeous shimmery taupe when applied. Factory is a dark, chocolate brown that looks gorgeous blended in to the crease with a bronze, golden shadow such as Trick. Mugshot is probably the shadow I’m least excited about, it’s quite similar to factory but more grey toned. All over the lid, I will get some use out of it. Darkside is a gorgeous dark mauve-y brown. A go-to eye look for me over the past few weeks has been Buzz all over the lid with Darkside in the outer V for a really simple smokey eye. Blackheart is a matte black with chunks of red glitter in it. Gorgeous and really interesting shade, unlike anything else in my collection.

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Like the Naked 2, the palette comes with a double ended Good Karma shadow brush. I personally prefer the one that came with the Naked 2, as I find this one is basically the same, except the shape is slightlymore awkward to work with. However, it is a good shadow brush, its soft and dense. I like that the ends are white so it’s an easy reminder for when they need washing.

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I also bought the matching Glide-On Eye Pencil, which I love. It’s amazingly soft but amazingly pigmented. The colours are ‘Darkside’, which is a matte taupe-y brown despite it’s shadow counterpart being shimmery, and Blackheart, which is black with red glitter, just like the shadow.

All in all, I really like this palette. It’s got a gorgeous range of colours. If you’re considering buying it, I will split my opinion for the two groups potentially reading this:

Beauty newbies looking to purchase one of their first products: Maybe not this one. It’s not versatile enough to be an only palette! You’re better off with the Naked 1 or 2 as a first, and if you get a lot of use out of that, maybe purchase this at a later date.

Beauty addicts who own more eyeshadow than they’ve had hot meals: You need this. It’s gorgeous, shimmery and.. Need I say more? Ignore that niggling voice at the back of your head saying you have too much makeup. 🙂

Top Products of 2013

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This is the first post of my new blog! Blogging is something I have been meaning to take up for about 6 months. And with the dawn of the new year, and a very laid-back year at that, I thought I might as well try my hand at it.

Since we are entering a new year, I thought a good way to kick off my blogging would be to talk about the products I loved throughout 2013. I included 2 things from each category, lips, cheeks, face, and my most worn scent.

Naked 3 palette 

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Although this was released at the very end of the year, it was definitely the make up item I’ve been the most excited about.. Possibly ever. I squealed a bit. The Urban Decay counter lady looked at me funny.

As someone who is addicted to eyeshadow palettes, neutrals and pinks, it’s like Urban Decay made this for me. It has a really gorgeous range of shades to create an everyday eye, or something smokier. Full review with swatches soon.

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo’s   

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These little glass pots of wonder have been talked about a lot throughout the beauty blog community, and it’s no surprise. They have the texture and pigment of a MAC paint pot with a fraction of the price tag. They last an age without creasing, work perfectly as a base for shadows, or to just throw on in the morning for a no-effort make up day. My only complaint? Not enough neutral colours or mattes. Hint hint, Maybelline?

Nyx Butter Gloss 

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Living in Ireland, I have sighed over many swatches and reviews of Nyx products, waiting for the day they’re available in this side of the pond.. Until I chanced across them in a department store in Germany
and spent 2 hours choosing what to buy. I picked up 2 Butter Glosses, Peaches and Cream and Strawberry Parfait. I really wish I’d bought more. They’re a gloss that feels like a balm, as the name suggests, buttery. They add a sheer wash of colour that is buildable, and their lasting power is excellent. As someone who previously found lipgloss more of a sticky effort than a beauty product, these have totally converted me!

Maybelline Baby Lips 

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This release could not have been more hyped up, and I think this perhaps let them down. There was such pressure on them to be this other worldly lip balm that hydrated, added a hint of colour and made you tea in the mornings. Despite this, I still found myself reaching for the tinted ones regularly, on the days I couldn’t really face the effort of wearing lipstick, but wanted to look a little more put together.

Sleek Contour Kit  

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I picked this up whilst on a bit of a feverish attempt to buy every raved about beauty product unavailable to Irish girls, and it does not disappoint. I have it in the shade light (I’m about as pale as it gets), and its perfect for creating a soft, natural contour. And with a face this chubby, I need all the cheekbone help I can get. I also really love the highlighter that comes with it. It’s not my go-to highlight, but it adds a very subtle glow to the face without the whole disco ball effect that can come with some highlights (I’m looking at you, MAC Soft & Gentle).

Benefit Rockateur Blush 

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A gorgeous, pigmented rose gold blush that’s basically universally flattering. Looks gorgeous on pale girls, but has a whole new dimension with a bit of a tan. My only issue is the packaging. I really don’t like the design, and I hate benefit box packaging. Too bulky, and for the price, I’d hope for a little better than cardboard.

Miss Dior Eau De Parfum 

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This was my signature scent of 2013. If I was wearing perfume, I was wearing this. It’s a very sweet, girly scent, so if that’s not your thing, you’ll hate this. The bottle is cute, simplistic and girly, with a cute bow on the cap and a frosted houndstooth base. It’s chic and feminine, but due to my taste in scents maturing a little, and the 80 euro price tag, I doubt I’ll be repurchasing this when it runs out.