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|
|Notebook: Cath Kidston Panda Highlighters: Paperchase Phone case: Ebay Sticky notes: Lidl|
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!
|Dress: Primark Coat: Dunnes Stores Hat: H&M|
|Dat frizz though.|
|Shoes: New Look|
|Necklace*: Teanga Na mBlath (Link for info/to purchase here)|
|Nail Colour: E.L.F Nail Polish in Lilac|
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’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.
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.
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? 🙂
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.
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.
|Colour pictured: Gypsy|
|Colour pictured: Ballet Slippers|
|Colour Pictured: Lilac Petal|
|Colour Pictured: Pink Passion|
|Colour Pictured: Cool|
|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|
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!
|Lets all just ignore that pesky black mascara mark that I only noticed after I’d taken this makeup off.|
|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.|
Shirt: H&M Necklace*: daisymaejewellery.com
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
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.
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. 🙂
|If you have a room tour up, please comment below as I’d love to see it!|
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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? 🙂
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.
All swatches over Ofra Cosmetics Gel Eye Primer.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.