Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July Favourites!!


Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I uploaded my First Favourites video. Basically I just let you guys know all the stuff I have been loving over the month.

Here are the products I mentioned -


  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Mark Hill Anti-Humidity Spray
  • OZ Botanics Heat Defence Spray
  • Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser
  • 17 BB Blemish Balm
  • Seventeen Instant Glow Cream Bronzer
  • Sleek Blush RoseGold
  • Essence Long-Lasting Lipstick - Cotton Candy
  • Barry M Copper Eyeliner 
  • Essence Liquid Eyeliner Pen
  • Tesco Marshmallows!!



If you would like to hear me talk about all the products mentioned then all you have to do is click on the video below! enjoy!!






Thank You For Reading
xox

Saturday, 26 July 2014

New Beauty Guru Tag!!





Hey Guys,

Today I uploaded my first tag video. I found this one on YouTube called the New Beauty Guru Tag. I really liked the questions and thought was perfect for me as a newbie YouTuber!! This would help you guys to get to know me a little better and it looked like fun. I apologise that is a bit of a long video but I enjoyed it so I didnt want to edit it too much. If you would like to check it out you can just click on the video below. Enjoy!




Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Haul Time! - Pennys/Primark & Drugstore Haul



Hey Guys and Dolls, 

I did a little bit of shopping and I thought I would share with you guys what I picked up!!



Lippie
I picked up 3 more of the Essence long lasting lipsticks €2.89 each .
I love these lipsticks I now have 6 of them & I honestly don’t think they get enough love on the internet. Their moisturising highly pigmented and have great shade selection. I highly recommend these lipsticks. If they are available near you should definitely pick them up.





Cotton buds   
Pennys €1 can’t beat it!



Sunkissed self-tanner €3.50
This baby is next on my list to try out for you guys! Great price so hopefully it will be a good self-tanner to recommend to you!


Let there be lashes €1.50 & €2.00
It’s always good to have extra pairs of lashes around. I personally think most looks look more polished with a good set of lashes. After all they do frame the windows to your soul haha! Anyway I have never tried these before so I will let you know how I get on!!



Aragon Night Repair Oil
I actually picked this up for my mam. I have been using it for a while now and I really love it. I was telling my mam about it and she was interested in trying it so when I saw it I had to pick it up. And it was so cheap!!  €1.50!! when I purchased it last time I think it was 5 or 6 euro. Which still isn’t expensive but €1.50 is a bargain!!





My senses Body Spray – Love €.99
I was actually looking for a body spray. I tend to go through perfumes quite quickly when using them on a daily basis so I was recently thinking about picking up a body for just day to day smelling fresh! So when I was in Tesco I spotted this one and thought why not. Worth a try and if I ended up hating it didn’t leave me too much out of pocket.












Tesco Refreshing Toner with cucmber Extract €.99
What drew to this was actually the smell. This might sound weird but I love the smell of cucumber. I’ve never tried any of the Tesco skincare range so again I thought why not. Besides you can’t go too wrong with a toner and again it was cheap so even if I ended up hating it, it’s not like I spent a fortune on it. 





So that’s pretty much it. I also picked up olive oil for cleaning my brushes. As you can see I didn’t spend too much money but I did pick up a few items that I cant wait to try out. As always I will report on how I got on with everything and if you would like see these products on camera or hear me talk about them then you can just click on the video below. 


Pennys/Primark & Drugatore Haul




Have you tried out any of the Tesco Skincare range?? What did you think?? Is there a reason their cheap?

Have you tried any of the other products I have mentioned?? How did you get on with them??

  


Thank You for Reading 
xox

Monday, 21 July 2014

Current Top 5 Drugstore/Highstreet Foundations







Hello Everyone,

I recorded a video which which is now up on my channel on YouTube. It’s about all my favorite drugstore foundations at the moment but during filming I realised with the lighting I had I couldn't show swatches so you guys couldn't accurately see the colours of them. Anyway I decided I would put up this post so that anyone who watched the video could venture over here to get a more in-depth review.



Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation (avg - €14)
This foundation is one I like to use when I’m tanning as it is much too dark for my natural skin tone. I’m very fair naturally.  I have it in the colour nude. I use this when I’m daily tanning (light natural tan). I would say its medium to full coverage. I don’t think you would really need concealer with this foundation. It’s very blendable. Its yellow under toned which I find helps to counteract the bit of redness I’ve got going on in the cheek area.  It contains SPF 20 but I have yet to notice any white-casting or flashback in photos. It claims instant even skin tone which I do agree with and better skin in 3 weeks. Now I can’t say I’ve noticed any significant changes in my skin but then again I don’t wear this on a daily basis. Please leave a comment below if you have notice any improvements in your skin since using this foundation. This foundation has good lasting power and will me all day long without needing any touch-ups. I have a dry skin type though so I don’t know if it would the same skin type for the oilier skin type.   



This is the foundation I am wearing in the photo & my video



  

Loreal Paris Infallible 24hr Stay Fresh Foundation (avg - €15)
This is another foundation I use when I’m daily tanning as it is slightly too dark for my natural skin tone (most foundations are). I have this foundation in the colour 120 vanilla. I would put this in the category of medium coverage foundation. I definitely still need concealer with this foundation for dark under eye circles and breakouts. This foundation doesn’t seem to contain SPF so if wearing during the day you may need to apply your SPF before this foundation. This foundation has good lasting power but it will not last you as long as the Super Stay.    









Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
This is a foundation I use on a daily basis (as you can probably tell by how little I have left of it). I find very natural looking. I do believe the name fits this foundation perfectly as do I do believe it makes you look more awake and fresh faced!! I personally have had no issues with the light reflecting pigments in the sunlight (No vampire side effects for me!! #edwardcullen) but I have heard this has been an issue for some girls. It may be because we don’t actually get that much sun in Ireland normally.  Either way this isn’t something ive had to deal with or combat. I Would highly recommend this foundation for normal to dry girls. I realise that this foundation looks quite orange in the swatch but I assure it is not.  









Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
This is a very light foundation in both colour and consistency. It is perfect for me when I am not tanning. It is light to medium coverage. So if you have any dark circles or breakouts then you will definately need to use concealer with this foundation.  I wear this on the days that I want to look more natural (but a bit more flawless).







Loreal True Match
This foundation I don’t have it on hand at the moment but it is my favourite drugstore/highstreet foundation. I just have so many foundations to get through that if I had a bottle on hand there is no way I would be giving the other foundations I have in my collection a fair chance. I do love all these other foundations that I mentioned but hands down the true match foundation is my favourite. Its natural, medium coverage that you can build up and sheer down. Super blendable and flawless. I highly recommend if you haven’t tried it yet then after you finish reading this post run out to your nearest drugstore and pick yourself up a bottle!!! Now!! Go!!





So there you have it all the drugstore foundations in my collection that I love. I might do a post soon to tell you guys about the BB and CC creams that I like.




What are your current favourite drugstore foundations??

Have you tried the Loreal True Match?? What did you think??



If you would like to watch me talk about all these products you can check on my YouTube video by clicking the video below -

  



Thank You for Reading
xox


Friday, 18 July 2014

Sleek Week!! #2nd Look Rose Gold





Hello lovelies,


I have another look for you!! To create this eye look I used the Sleek Storm Palate!! Its kind of a pinky rosegold eye look. I also think that this look goes with so many different shades of lipstick so at the end I have included photos of this look with different colour lips!! Also I just wanted to add that I LOVE that all the shades are all named after different types of storms!







This is the look I created!! -



To find out how I achieved this look just keep reading

  • I primed my face (Maybelline Baby Skin Primer)
  • I applied my foundation/BB Cream (17 BB Blemish Balm, light)
  • I applied my concealer in the shape of 2 Vs under the eyes and dotted it on my chin and forehead. I then blended this out into my base. I use this to cover dark circles and as a highlighter for the centre of my face. (Maybelline Dream Lumi /Essence Stay All Day 16hr Concealer)
  • I applied  cream bronzer using a stippling brush to carve out my contour and blended the edges. (Seventeen Instant Glow Cream Bronzer)
  • I primed my eyes  (Essence I Heart Stage Eyeshadow Base) 
  • I applied the shade Perfect Storm all over my lid and blended it up towards my crease.
  • I deeped up the outer V of my eyes using Firestorm.
  • I applied Sand Storm from the inner corner to the middle of my lids in order to give them more dimension.
  • Next I apply translucent powder to the centre of my face, where I have already applied concealer. (Catrice- Prime & Fine Translucent Loose Powder)
  • I applied bronzer over where I have already stared my contouring. (Sleek Face Contouring Kit - Light)
  • I applied my blush (Sleek – Rose Gold)
  • I applied my highlight to the tops of the cheekbones (Sleek Face Contouring Kit – Light)
  • I tight line the upper and lower waterlines with black eyeliner pencil (Avon – Colourtrend – Black).
  • I applied liquid liner to my upper lashline and winged it out at outer corners. 
  • Next I curl my lashes and apply my first mascara (Catrice – Lases to Kill, Ultra Black, Volume Mascara).
  • And on to the eyebrows. For this I use powder. (Catrice – Eyebrow set)
  • Next I applied my lipstick – Sleek Liqueur
  • Next my first coat of mascara has set so I curl them again and go back in with my second mascara that I use (Catrice – Lashes to Kill – Fibre Lash mascara)
  • I decided to wear lashes with this look just to make it a little bit more dramatic but I used natural looking lashes so it wouldn’t be over the top.
  • And finally I set my face using my Urban Decay – All Nighter finishing spray


Here is the same look with different lipstick shades








So that’s my 2nd look for you guys. I really like this look. I think it would be perfect for day time and night time! All you need is a quick lipstick change and you good to go! If you would like to see more from me you can check out my youtube channel




Let me know if you try out this look?

Which lipstick do you prefer with this look??





Thank you for reading
xox


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Sleek Week!! #1st Look - Bronze Smokey Eye Make-up Look



















Hey beauties,


Today I promised a sleek inspired make-up look so this is the first one I have created for you guys. To create this eye look I used the Au Naturel eye shadow Palate. 









If you want to know more about how to create this look just keep reading! - 







  • I primed my eyes  (Essence I Heart Stage Eyeshadow Base)  
  • I applied the shade Conker all over my lid and blended it up towards my crease.
  • I applied Moss along the crease as my transition shade.
  • I deeped up the outer V of my eyes using Mineral Earth.
  • I applied Taupe in the middle of my lids in order to give them more dimension. I also used this in the inner corners as a highlight.
  • I applied Nougat under my brow bone as a highlight
  • I primed my face (Maybelline Baby Skin Primer)
  • I applied my foundation/BB Cream (17 BB Blemish Balm, light)
  • I applied my concealer in the shape of 2 Vs under the eyes and dotted it my chin and forehead. I then blended this out into my base. I use this to cover dark circles and as a highlighter for the centre of my face. (Maybelline Dream Lumi /Essence Stay All Day 16hr Concealer)
  •  I applied  cream bronzer using a stippling brush to carve out my contour and blended the edges.
  • Next I apply translucent powder to the centre of my face, where I have already applied concealer. (Catrice- Prime & Fine Translucent Loose Powder)
  • I applied bronzer over where I have already stared my contouring. (Sleek Face Contouring Kit - Light)
  • I applied my blush (Sleek – Rose Gold)
  • I applied my highlight to the tops of the cheekbones (Sleek Face Contouring Kit – Light)
  • I tight line the upper and lower waterlines with black eyeliner pencil (Avon – Colourtrend – Black).
  • I applied liquid liner to my upper lashline and winged it out at outer corners.  
  • Next I curl my lashes and apply my first mascara (Catrice – Lases to Kill, Ultra Black, Volume Mascara).
  • And on to the eyebrows. For this I use powder. I have used pencil in the past but I prefer powder now to define and fill them in (Catrice – Eyebrow set)
  • Next I applied my lipstick – Sleek Liqueur
  • Next my first coat of mascara has set so I curl them again and go back in with my second mascara that I use (Catrice – Lashes to Kill – Fibre Lash mascara)
  • And finally I set my face using my Urban Decay – All Nighter finishing spray





If you would like to see my make-up on camera I have started doing youtube videos and in my videos today I am wearing this make-up, apart from the lipstick which I changed to a Maybelline Sultry Sand & Rosy Dream Combo. Please make sure to SUBSCRIBE if you like what you see.





Thank you for reading
xox






Announcement!! – I’ve started YouTube!!!



Hey guys!



I have so very exciting news to share I have decided to start doing videos on YouTube!! It was something I always wanted to do but didn’t really have the courage to. Today I decided to bite the bullet and get the ball rolling so I filmed my first 2 videos!! The first one is an introduction video welcoming you all to my channel & the next one is the products I used currently as my base products for my face… so foundation, concealer, bronzer… that sorta thing. So I just wanted to make a little announcement on my blog so you can go and check it out!! I’m learning all about videoing and editing. It’s all very new and alien to me but I’m having fun and that’s the main thing!

   

So yeah if you would like to check it out that would be great!! I have big plans for my channel and I look forward to chatting with you guys!!






Thank you for reading

xox

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sleek Week!!


Hello girlies,


This week I am going to make it SLEEK WEEK!! Sleek Cosmetics has just come to Boots here in Ireland (well the one near me anyway) so in order to celebrate I  thought why not make each blog post I create this week about a make-up look I created using SLEEK make-up. A few months ago I discovered that a pharmacy near my family actually carried the Sleek Cosmetic line, so since then i have purchased a few of their products. However since they are becoming more widely available I thought I would dedicate this week to them. So for this post Im just going to show you the items I have in my collection & I will upload my first make-up look for you guys tommorrow.  

I currently own 2 eye shadow palates – Au Naturel 601 & Storm 578. 


Au Naturel Palate



Storm Palate





I’m hoping to pick up the new ultra mattes V 1 Bright Palate so hopefully I will be able to pick it up and do a look before the week is out. 

I also own 2 blushes – Rose Gold & Swede. 



I have 2 of the true colour lipsticks – Liqueur & Stiletto. 








Finally I also have the   contour kit in light. 




I thought I could incorporate all these products and come with a few different looks for different occasions. 



Have you tried Sleek Cosmetics??
What did you think??





Thank you for reading
xox     



Friday, 11 July 2014

Review – Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil








Hey hey,

So today I thought I would review for you guys the Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil.  I have to say I am very impressed with garnier skin care lately and honestly this product was no exception.

I bought this a couple of months ago, kind of on a whim. I really liked the look and the idea of it.

On the front of the packaging it claims to illuminate, nourish and perfect. It contains Argan, Macadamia, Almond and Rose. It reads weightless and non-transfer. It contains 150ml of product and will cost you between 6 & 10 Euro.

I applied this instead of my body moisturiser after the shower. Alternatively when I was tanning I applied my Vaseline spray & go and applied this when that had completely set in to my skin.


Positives
I do find this product really moisturising. I find when I wake up the next day my skin is really soft. I do actually think my skin does look better aswell. I also like the smell of this product too.


Negatives
I completely disagree with the claim that it is non-transfer and non-greasy. Your skin does tend to feel quite slick (for want of a better word) after it which is why I tend to apply this product at night. Then by the morning it has all sunk into my skin. I have mentioned in a previous blog post that my biggest issue with body product is the feeling of stickiness on your skin but as this was an oily feeling I was actually ok with it. If you are planning on purchasing this product just be aware of it.    



In conclusion I actually would recommend this product and think I would re-purchase it as I feel like the benefits outweigh the negatives. I would also recommend applying this product at night only after a shower or bath just because of the greasiness and how long it takes to sink into the skin.  




Have you tried this product??
What did you think??






Thank you for reading

xox


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Review – St Moritz Tanning Range


Hello Everyone,

So in keeping with the self-tanners, I have another review of a self-tanning range.  In a haul a little while back I bought the St Moritz Tanning mousse in the colour medium. I wanted to try a tanning product that developed over a few hours and could be showered off before going out on the town or to bed so there’s none of that sleeping in stickiness. A couple of days later I spotted the rest of the range so I purchased the spray Tan and the lotion. I purchased all of these products for €4 each.  I decided I could try them all out and give you a proper review on the range and maybe recommend which formula I think is the best.







Originally I was going to go through each item individually under the list of headings but after using all three of the products I realised that they are so similar and have a similar result under each heading.




St Moritz Tannning Mousse, Lotion & Spray


Original Colour – They are all coloured for application. This is something I like in a self-tanning product. I like to be able to see where I am applying the product to my body. It looks green/brown on application. It can look a bit muddy but what I have found about the product is that I does not really matter what it looks like when it is applied. Don’t worry too much about streaks just make sure that all your skin is covered. It will all even itself out in the shower.


Ease of application – they truly are some of the easiest self-tanners I have ever applied, mainly because as ive already said you don’t have to pay too much attention to steaks.


Time to dry – I would leave it at least 10 mins but preferably closer to 20mins just to make sure it is completely dry before putting clothing back on.  


Smell – This was actually what I was most worried about but I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t have a problem with it or find it in anyway over-powering. In all honesty I didn’t really notice it at all. I think the lotion and the spray smelled the strongest but like I said it wasn’t over-powering.


Time to develop – 4-6hours is instructed on the bottle. The first time I left the mousse on 4 hours before I washed it off and went to bed. I found that it continued to develop slightly over night. But It wasn’t anything really dramatic. The second time I left it for 6 hours and the tan was stronger. I much preferred it that way as it still looked natural…. Like a healthy glow. I then left the spray and the lotion on for 6 hours as well in order to get a good comparison.


Colour Payoff – I was very impressed with all of them. It looked very natural, not orange at all. It is a tan you could wear every day. I don’t think it would be dark enough for me for a night out but for an everyday natural tan it was perfect! I think the spray was marginally the lightest but overall they gave similar colour.


Which one would I re-purchase first
Honestly I think they all work similarly and giving similar colour payoff so which ever one you would choose you cant really go wrong. I think if I was re-purchase one again I personally would go for the mousse im not sure why but it is the one I would be drawn to first. I think it is just because I prefer mousse texure.


My recommendation
If you what a natural looking tan on a budget I highly recommend you give the St Moritz tanning range a go.



I was very impressed with this range. St Mortiz has completely opened up my opened up my mind. I will no longer be judging a self-tanner by its price tag. Just because its cheap does not mean it cant be an excellent self-tanner.



Have you tried this range??
What did you think??







Thank you for reading
xox












Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Boots Haul!!

Hey girlies,


So today I headed in to boots (Irish Drugstore) with the sole intention of only picking up the Maybelline forever strong super stay 7 days gel nail colour (such a long name) in Pink in the Park. I spotted it on the nails of a few bloggers and thought it looked like the perfect pink shade. 

However, of course Boots were having an offer of 3 for 2 on all Maybelline so I just had to avail of the offer (It would be rude not to… haha) . Then I noticed they had just put up a Sleek Cosmetics stand and then with a bit more browsing I ended up purchasing from the brand Seventeen also. 

I didn’t actually purchase the essence lipstick in Boots that was in a new pharmacy that opened up in my home town. Could not resist… I did try to purchase this lipstick before but they were all opened and used on the stand so I was excited when I found it today.  





If you want to know more just keep reading - 






Maybelline forever strong super stay 7 days gel nail colour

















So this is the item I planned on purchasing today and im so glad I did! It is the perfect baby pink colour!! Very opac and perfect with 2 coats.  I am actually seriously considering buying a back up just incase because I am after falling in love with it already!! Check out my instagram for pics of the nails! This polish would have cost me €6.79 but as I used 3 for 2 it was free. However I would gladly pay double the retail price for this colour!






Maybelline 24 hr Colour tatoos in the shades – 65 – Pink Gold & 35 – On and on Bronze 







I know im late to the party with these, everyone and their mother has these. I honestly don’t know why its taken me so long to get them. I swatched them and they were beautiful.  I really cant wait to play with them and see if the hype that surrounds them is really worth it. I picked up these for €7.49 each.



Sleek Cosmetics Blush – 926 Rose Gold


















When I saw this blush I just could not pass it up! I am loving rose gold at the moment and this was just so beautiful. When I swatched it there was actually a lot of gold in their so it might be good as a highlight as well so I will just have to see and report back to you guys. This product was €5.49



Seventeen – Instant Glow Cream Bronzer  







Lately I have been on the hunt for a cream bronzer just because I have never tried one and wanted to experiment. I might be able to get a more natural glow as I have been on a serious fake tanning kick at the moment. I don’t know what it is, I see the sun (even in pictures) and I want to be tanned!! I have no doubt I am not alone. Anyway I thought this product might help me in my quest to be glowing and tanned. I will keep you updated! I paid €6.29

Essence – Longlasting Lipstick – 10 Cotton Candy










And last but certainly not least this beautiful tube of pinkness!! Love it! Very vibrant and the perfect shade for July!! It is very pigmented and these lipsticks are longlasting, I don’t find them too drying and for €2.89 what more could you ask for!



So there you have it!! All the items I bought when I was only supposed to be getting ONE nail varnish!! Haha oh well I cant say im too upset. The offer with Maybelline is still on in Boots if you want run in and grab these or any other products for yourself. I'm not sure for how long the offer is running but they are always having offers every time I visit, on different brands.






Thank you for reading
xox









Monday, 7 July 2014

Getting Duped! Naked 2 & Naked 3


Hey there beauties,


Today I have a very exciting post. So for a while now ive been hearing W7 cosmetics but could now seem to find them anywhere! Then I randomly walked into a pharmacy…not looking for anything in particular and I spot these babys on the shelf!! I just had to purchase them on the spot. These were the only cosmetics from the brand in the store. So Excited!!
As soon as I could I open them and compared them to the urban decay palette’s and they were so similar










Naked 2 & W7 In The Buff




Swatches




I decided to really put them to test and do a look using both palettes in order to get a true comparison





On my right eye - Suspect, Verve, Foxy and YDK
On my left eye -  Earth, Silk, Buff  and Wave




Naked 3 & In The Nude






Swatches









On my right eye -  Nooner, Darkside, Black Heart, Dust, Strange
On my left eye –  Alice, Tokyo, Fashionista, Angel, Latte


Colours
Pretty much all the colours are exact dupes. The only one I think is not a dupe is Liar in the Naked 3 & Bad Manners from the in the buff Palette.


Pigmentation
I think the pigmentation is very good. The Urban Decay palettes are more pigmented but I guess that’s what you are paying 40 euro more for. However the shades are buildable to reach the desired intensity. There was also minimal fall-out which I was very impressed with.


Packaging
Like the Naked 2 & 3 these palettes are in tin packaging. I love palettes to be packaged like this. However you do feel a real difference in the weigh and texture when holding these at the same time. Just by holding them you would know which one is cheaper.
Price difference
Naked palettes – Between 40 and 50 euro
W7 Palettes – Between 5 – 10 euro

I think these definitely are dupes for one another. You will be able to achieve all your desired Naked looks using these palettes.  if you are on a budget or starting out with make-up and do not want to spend that much money on make-up yet I definitely recommend you give these a go. However I personally love Urban Decay shadows and think if you can fit them into your budget go for the real thing. Honestly you need a Naked Palette in your life!! Maybe get the Naked Original and then the dupes for 2 & 3.   Or another idea is have them as back ups. So on a day to day basis you cud wear W7 and save your Urban Decay for special occasions or nights out saving you from hitting pan for a lot longer.


Have you tried these Palettes yet??
What did you think??



Thank you for reading
xox