Category Archives: Make up

Birthday splurges

So as a birthday present to myself I bought myself two treats in the airport. Yves Saint Laurent mascara & Chanel lipstick. Have come to the realisation that spending a little more on products is much better for my skin! 

The mascara is ‘Faux Cils’ in waterproof black and it is AMAZING!! The brush looks a bit shit, esp compared to some high street brands, but it gives me insanely long lashes! I have quite long lashes anyway, but this is unreal!!! No need for falsies at all! 

Proof!! 


(Please excuse the eyebrows – they are due a tidy in the beauticians – and the startled expression!)
I also bought this Chanel lippy. It’s a lovely subtle pink, and moisturises the lips with a lovely rose scent. The fact that it’s a stilo means that it is idiot proof for application which is also a win!! 

So there be my splurges!! 
‘Til next time……

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Dermalogica Facial

I went to my local beautician’s (Zinc Hair & Beauty) today for a Dermalogica facial today – all the poor food choice over the last few months were really showing on my skin.
Tanya worked her magic (and massaged the stress out of shoulders) and my skin already looks so much better! Determined to get one every six weeks (and eat healthily drinking lots of water) and am looking forward to seeing the improvements! 

I also invested in the take home kit to keep up the maintenance! 

‘Til next time……

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Art Deco Foundation trial 17/07/2016

So a friend of mine is lucky enough to be given some products to test & trial in her line of work. She got this foundation and it wasn’t the right shade for her, so I got to be the lucky guinea pig & test it for her! 


It has a fab old school dropper so you can’t take too much product out – something I am a divill for. I used a foundation brush to apply and it gave a really lovely light cover to my (never perfect) skin. To be honest I don’t feel like there’s actually anything on my face, which is prob good  in this heat. 
I’ll update this later this eve after its had a full days wear – and hopefully hasn’t melted off my face!! 
*** update!!! 

I didn’t put much powder on – in fact I only used whatever was loose in the lid. And my face is not anywhere near are oily as it should be (little bit around the nose) – esp on a melter of a day like it was today!! So this foundation is FAB!! Deffo a recommendation from me!! 
‘Til next time……

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Outfit of the day 25/10/15

My nephew was being christened, so that called for glamming up!!! 

  
(I had to brighten up the pic as the original was way too dark)

Grey short sleeve jumper (with black sequins on the shoulder) is from F&F (Tesco), midnight blue midi skirt from UFashion, black pointed toe heels from Penneys, white & black clutch from Onyx in Blackrock. 

 
Accessories consisted of gold drop earrings & bracelet from Stonechat in the Westbury Mall, and rose gold watch from DKNY. 

Also, I picked up this Rimmel eye liner & it is idiot proof – perfect feline flick the first try!!   

‘Til next time……

**edit 25/10/15**

See, idiot proof!! 

  
Mascara is wonder’ful by Rimmel 

‘Til next time……

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Outfit of the day 20/09/2015

Today I was on a quick fire round trip to London to meet my new nephew (& hopefully get a cuddle with his older brother & my sister in at the same time!) so comfy was high on priority list!!

   

(Excuse the airport bathroom mirror selfie, didn’t think himself would appreciate the light being put on at 5am for a mirror selfie!)

 
Blanket cape is from Oasis (Spring 2015 – but they’ve very similar ones in at the moment!), checked shirt is men’s from Tommy Hilfiger – love a mans shirt as they’re so much longer & better across the shoulders (& bust), long tanks (grey & dark purple) are both from Jack Wills, dark indigo jeans are from Levis Curve, ankle boots are from New Look, orange bag is Longchamp & my watch is DKNY.

  
And these are the amazing products that made me look human at 5am & stayed put until I got home at 1am -after a delayed flight! (The 17 blusher is actually one I use for eyeshadow as it doesn’t suit on my cheeks) 
‘Til next time……

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Today’s outfit (09/08/2015)

Was meeting the girls for manis, lunch & catch ups today so I knew I could go quite comfy, but since my work clothes consist mainly of stretchy gym gear I wanted to wear something a bit nicer.  

 
Outfit is: navy cardigan from Oasis (with odd buttons as there weren’t enough replacements after my lunatic dog chewed them off!! So a pink one was put on the collar instead), anchor print tee & grey tank are from H&M, dark green stretch skinnies are from Next – they’re not quite skinny enough at the ankle but didn’t have time to search the shops!, ankle boots are from New Look, lime green bag is from  Zatchels, and my watch is DKNY. 

Got my nails done in 5th Avenue Nails on Wicklow Street – girls there are really nice & they do a fab job. The colour is by Essie, but I don’t know what it’s called (looks like a greeny – white in the bottle) – excuse the sausage fingers please!! 

 

‘Til next time……
  

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Today’s outfit 23/05/2015

Sliiiiiightly delayed, but sure, here we are now!

Himself’s brother turned 30 over the weekend, so there was a big party in one of the local pubs for it, so a glammed up outfit was required!! 
  

Not the best picture, but the mirror is too close to my bed, and we fairly had to wedge it onto the nails so there was no chance of my taking it down for a better angle! 

White blazer – with black lapels, is from AWear, purple shift dress from New Look, black heels from Penneys, with a black & white clutch from Onyx in Blackrock Shopping Centre.  

For my hair I went for a slightly curly blow dry with lots of volume in the roots (my local salon Zinc Hair & Beauty did it perfectly!) so it stayed in shape all night.  

My make up consisted of a smokey brown eye, strong brows, (hopefully) dewy skin & a pale lip. 
Base: Mac – prep + prime “skin refined treatment soin”, Stila ” one step correct” & “stay all day” foundation & concealer, & Natural Collection pressed powder 

Cheeks: Nars blusher in “orgasm”, no7 blusher in “coral flush”, Bobbi Brown shimmer brick compact in “rose” & La Perla bronzer. 

Eyes & brows: Stila ‘in the know’ shadow palette – used wind, desert, clay & rain, Nars duo in “cordura”, Rimmel wonder’ful mascara (waterproof, black), Benefit ‘show offs!’ in “candi”, & Rimmel eyebrow pencil in “hazel” 

Lips – LancĂ´me juicy tube (not sure which colour, but it’s a pale shimmery pink)

‘Til next time 

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Today’s outfit (03/05/2015)

For himself’s birthday I took him to Carton House as part of his present, we aren’t going to get away this year – money pit of a house will do that, but totally worth it!, so I wanted to give him (& us) a wee treat. 

For his birthday dinner I wore this gorgeous blue print dress from U Fashion, I’d bought it before Christmas and couldn’t close it, so it was my goal to fit into it! Yay me! My nude high heel pumps are from Penneys, and my jewellery is a mixture of vintage and gifts. 

 
I also gave some new make up a go: foundation & ‘one step’ primer from Stila, and this Rimmel mascara which is amazing! One coat of the mascara is perfect for daytime, but for evening I like a bit more drama so two coats was perfect! The brush is perfect for getting right into the base of the lashes  

   

‘Til next time……

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Stila lippy test

So Santa brought me this gorgeous lippy from Stila – which was very exciting as I was always, always, a Stila girl until they pulled out of Ireland & the UK. They’ve reappeared recently into some shops, so that makes me very very happy!

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So I decided to test out the wearability of it on a day of constant chatting, with high levels of eating & drinking.

Firstly I found the wand to be a bit flimsy. On a paler colour where it wouldn’t be so obvious that you’d gone outside the lines a bit it probably wouldn’t have bothered me so much. But with red, where you have to have the lines absolutely perfect or else you end up like Miranda Sings, I wasn’t so impressed.

With some (very) careful application I was really impressed with the colour. And it smelled Ah-mazing. It felt really velvety and soft – so many lipsticks can dry out the lips.

Santa was told that the colour wouldn’t budge, and it didn’t. I had to reapply once as I accidentally wiped some off, but other than that initial wear the colour stayed strong.

One thing I did notice about it was that the colour really deepened as the day went on. It started off as a bright red, like a fire engine, and after six or so hours it had developed into a deep burgundy colour. Didn’t really bother me, as the colour was so consistent throughout the day, but just found it a bit strange.

So my verdict is:
– great colour
– great longevity
– great wear
– terrible wand for application
– strange deepening colour

I would recommend it, and wear it again as the positives definitely outweigh the teeny tiny negatives.

Santa bought me a different lippy & some gorgeous eyeshadows so I will be trying them out very soon.

‘Til next time……
**update** 27/05/2015

I gave this lippy another go over the weekend, figured maybe I hadn’t blotted properly last time or something, but the weird darkening happened again. The original layer was perfect but wore off from cups/glasses/cutlery so had to be reapplied, and that’s when the colour started to darken. Have used other red lipsticks with numerous re applications and this never happened. Odd. 
Again, ’til next time……

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