Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NOTD: Nars Schiap

A nice hot pink, for this supposedly hot summer we're getting!
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some Light Reading

Here is some light reading that I am about to enjoy - lets start with Nars Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself, this is an updated version of the original book using real people instead of models. One page shows the model (or real person ) with no makeup and the opposite side shows the face made up, in between there is an acetate with instructions of colours used. I will delve into the book and review it in detail later. This is a coffee table book that you would dip in and out of .

Kardashian Konfidential is a beauty and life guide by the Kardashian sisters, I borrowed this from the library, when it was released in the USA it revealed that Orly Confetti was Kim's favourite nail polish. Mania ensued and Confetti sold out.

True Whit is another beauty and life guide, this time by Whitney Port. I actually picked this up for himself (for a giggle) as Whitney is his TV girlfriend, he loves her.

If you want more information or full reviews on these books let me know.
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Slane NOTD! Orly Oh Cabana Boy

Myself, Mags (Actionmags) and Orla (Redser) are off to Slane today! We're very excited... it's our 7th time seeing Kings of Leon (correct me if I'm wrong girls), so it's fair to say we're pretty big fans. I even have one of Nathan Followill's drumsticks, which I got by rugby tackling and wrestling several people when he threw it into the crowd at the o2 a couple of years ago. Yeah, classy.

This is the nail polish I picked for today. I wanted something bright as will probably spend the day hidden under my massive navy Penney's rain poncho (although the weather forecast isn't too bad, touch wood).

This is Orly's 'Oh Cabana Boy'. It's a Barbie pink with a kind of purple iridescence to it. Isn't it the most amazing colour? I found it hard to get a photo to do it justice & funnily enough my iPhone camera did the best job. I bought this at the Orly stand in Boots in Liffey Valley which only sells minis but I'll definitely be getting a full size version.

Love it.

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Summer what Summer? My feet are freezing.

I got these bad boys a few weeks ago in Oasis for €65 they are the perfect multi strap brown wedges and just the right height. They don't pinch or hurt my feet. So what have I been wearing for the past few weeks?mmmm my Converse.... because my feet have been freezing... where has Spring gone?

I got these sparkly black ones in the US... ahh they are the dressiest Converse.

These were a special anniversary edition.

So I love my Converse and as you can see I love colourful Converse (I also have a Hawaiian print pair that seem to be hiding). What have you been wearing to keep your toes warm?
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

NOTD In Style Magazine free Nails Inc. Candy Orange.

As many of you know this months In Style Magazine is giving away a free Nails Inc. nail varnish. Here is a little NOTD featuring Candy Orange. It is fully opaque with two coats and it was really easy and a joy to apply. This colour became a real talking point and while I was wearing it tons of people commented on it (including an electrician weirdly enough). So If you would like something bright but more importantly FREE pick up In Style Magazine.

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Moroccanoil Rocks!

Ladies if your hectic lifestyle does not give you enough time to get a much needed hair cut, and when I say much needed I mean about 6 months overdue (hey I have been busy). Well I may have the answer, Moroccanoil. One of my dearest friends gave me a lovely big bottle of it (obviously saw the state of me and took pity). So after washing I applied a tiny amount through my wet hair and styled as usual = a quick blast with the hairdryer. What can I say I am a low maintenance girl, and this product suits me.

I have long, kind of curly (fuzzy if left to its own devices) hair but the Moroccanoil made my hair very soft and silky and gave it a lovely healthy sheen, even more so when i gave it a bit of straightening with my beloved ghd. Unlike some hair serums I have tried over the years, this one is very light and it didn’t feel like it left any residue. Plus you can use it a couple of times a week and it still doesn’t feel too heavy on your hair.

But the great test was when I met up with some friends for dinner, they said my hair looked lovely and no one noticed the fact that it hadn’t been cut in months – although some of them hadn’t seen me in a while so maybe they were just being polite hmmmm. So all in all I am loving this product, and the best part is the bottle is huge so will last ages. It also comes with a pump dispenser so you don’t have to fiddle with the bottle cap with messy oily hands and are less likely to spill any of the precious contents (which is good for a klutz like me). I still need a hair cut ( as I pause to look at my split ends) but at least it is disguised for a little while and when I do get my haircut think how extra shiny and nice my hair will be. I'll be like a shampoo ad.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing Cream

Bliss is a brand that always reminds me of New York, I always think if I lived in New York I would go to the Bliss Spa then maybe a spot of brunch somewhere fabulous. At Christmas, Bliss were offering some wonderful sets - the one I picked up was the Triple Oxygen Set. The set included Triple Oxygen Energizing Mask, Triple Oxygen Energizing Cream and one of the Triple Oxygen Instant Energising Eye Masks, all for €58. The face mask alone is €58 so you basically got the cream and eye mask for free. Karen over at Everything Girlie has a review of the face mask with some rather brilliant pictures. I agree that it not a miracle worker, its a nice treat for your face (and you can pretend you're Santa). My skin is normal enough but it can become dehydrated at times (even though I drink tons of water). I am the Goldilocks of face products as I often find that creams can be too heavy and lotions can be too light. If I use creams thinking they will hydrate my skin, my pores can become blocked and whiteheads form on my cheeks. Not a good look. Lotions on the other hand can be too light and my skin feels tight. The Oxygen Energizing Cream "is just right". The cream has a wonderful consistency that is like a mix of a cream and a gel.

Above is a picture of the cream in its jar and below it is on the left. You can see that it is more like a gel/cream than a liquid (on the right is Bliss Best of Skintentions). I find the cream wonderfully hydrating and it creates a great base when applying foundation. It is not too shiny or oily looking on the skin.

Although the set was expensive I would definitely repurchase as it offered good value. The sets were going for half price during the sale which is fantastic value and probably why they sold out before I got my grubby hands on them (they were on Blissworld.co.uk and also on A.S.O.S as well as being in Debenhams Henry Street). I would love to know if there is a less expensive alternative that I can pick up so let me know.
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Monday, May 23, 2011

Review: Real Techniques Brushes (Pixiwoo Brushes)

Like many bloggers I am obsessed with YouTube and one of my favourite YouTube Channels is the Pixiwoo channel. When I heard that Sam Chapman was involved in the development of a brush line I was so excited because I am a makeup brush freak. I don't know if it's because I like the choice of brushes and I always think that this new brush will help me apply products like a pro, part of me knows it's because I am lazy and I will always have a clean brush somewhere. The line is called Real Techniques and it is made by the same company that produce Eco Tools. The brushes are "plush taklon synthetic bristles, which are hand cut and 100% cruelty free".

I purchased the brushes from Love Makeup.co.uk and I was impressed with this website, it was my first time ordering from them and the package came very quickly. I am also impressed with the selection of brands that they have in stock, from Ardell Lashes to Z Palettes. I initially thought that these brushes would be quite expensive but I was happily surprised to find that they were actually really affordable. What did I buy? I purchased the Core Collection which is your base/face brushes which cost £18.99 for four brushes and the Blush Brush which cost £8.99. I think you will agree these are a brilliant price point.

The Core Collection comes with a case which and be used to carry/store your brushes or can be folded down into a stand for your counter top. Although I probably will not be using this it is a nice added touch. The collection consists of (from the left) a Contour Brush that you can use for highlighter (although I would use this for blush) a Detailer Brush which is a concealer brush or can be used as a lip brush, a Pointed Foundation Brush and a Buffing Brush.

I was really excited and impressed by the Buffing and Contour Brushes but the brushes that I have been loving are the Foundation brush and the Detailer Brush. I am not usually a fan of traditional foundation brushes. I feel they usually do not blend my makeup well and you can see track marks in the foundation from the brush. I usually use a stippling brush or a fluffy brush. I don't know if it is the fact that the brush is pointed or the taklon bristles but this brush blends my foundation beautifully - not many lines and it does not absorb foundation so you do not use a lot. The Detailer Brush is so good it can get right in and cover up the tiniest of spots or my impressive large dark circles. The design of the brushes, although simple, is bright and the brushes feel comfortable in your hand.

Above is a MAC travel brush the Real Techniques Blush Brush and a Mac full size brush 150. as you can see the Real Techniques falls in between these two sizes.

Top MAC 109, RT Blush Brush, RT Foundation Brush, RT Detailer Brush, MAC Travel Brush. As you can see the Detailer Brush is narrower and it really helps you get more accurate coverage.

MAC 109 and Real Techniques Contour Brush. The brushes are incredibly soft, in fact words can not describe how soft they are, you just want to rub them on your face (all day). They are much softer than MAC brushes and are the softest brushes that I own (Too Faced Kabuki Brush is the only one that comes close). I was initially a little worried that they were too soft.

I find that sometimes soft brushes don't work very well and they do not pick up enough product, they feel nice but do not work well. This is not the case with RT. I find the blush brush is actually working wonders. I love intensely pigmented blushes from NARS and Illamasqua but I tend to have a heavy hand. When I was buying blush from Illamasqua I was warned go easy or you will look like David Bowie. The blush brush picks up a little product (more than enough of the pigmented blushes) and the blush goes on perfectly, the same swipe on a MAC brush leaves me looking tangoed (and David Bowie like... but not in a good way). You can see below how densely packed the brush is, so the blush applies product and also blends out at the same time.

I cannot say enough good things about these brushes, I have reached for them constantly since I got them. There is something about the design that makes them a pleasure to have in your hands. The bristles themselves are so soft and the foundation brush has even converted me. I will definitely be trying out the other brushes in this range (and may have to get a brush for the 50 followers giveaway). Real Techniques also have a YouTube channel with tutorials on how to use the brushes. I also love the fact that Sam isn't flogging the brushes at every opportunity. They really do stand on their own. So you're getting brilliant quality at an amazing price - what more could you want?
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dupe Alert! The Duchess of Cambridge's Nail Polish

So, like a lot of other nail polish freaks, when I heard that Kate Middleton wore a Bourjois polish on her wedding day, of course I had to buy it. She wore Bourjois So Lacque in 'Rose Lounge' blended with Essie 'Allure'. I didn't bother with the Essie, and just got the Bourjois as it was much more accessible to me - and the colour of it looks pretty much like the finished colour on Kate's nails that day anyway. It's a lovely, very pale pink that looks great with just one coat (like a shiny wash), or you can build it up with a few more coats. It costs €7.99 wherever Bourjois is sold. However... I was looking through some nail polishes that were very kindly sent to us by Fiona at New York Color and came across a really good dupe for it. Now, I know €7.99 isn't exactly mad expensive for a nail polish but if you can get the same thing for at least a fiver less, why not?!

NYC's Expert Last Nail Polish in 165 'Carrie'd Away' (love the names of these) is pretty much exactly the same as Rose Lounge. The RRP of these NYC polishes is €1.99, but I have seen them on sale at €2.99, but even at that they're an excellent price. I did test both of these polishes, and I took photos, but they were too awful to be published here. Unfortunately my bad habit of rarely using a base coat has left me with nails as yellow as a 40-a-day smoker, so they are not fit to be seen on t'internet without at least two layers of opaque polish. But trust me, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between these two polishes!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

What's in my bag

Like a lot of people, 'What's in my bag/purse' blog posts and YouTube videos are amongst my favourites... seriously, what is it that is so fascinating about them?

Anyhoo, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and show you all what I lug around with me all day.

The bag I'm using at the moment is a Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Groovee in black and I love it even though it's a ton weight even when there's nothing in it. I got it for my birthday about eighteen months ago and it looks the same now as the day I got it, even though it gets a good bit of bashing.

Inside I have
  1. My purse - this is really old & from Oasis.
  2. My diary & phone. The phone is an iPhone 4 and I LOVE it - I honestly don't know how I did with out it. The Hello Kitty cover is from one of those cheap Chinese phone places.
  3. Assortment of pens! My favourites are from Muji - the ones with the really thin nib.
  4. Penney's make-up bag - separate pic of contents below.
  5. River Island sunglasses that are just rattling around in my bag getting scratched to bits. Must find their case!
  6. Small see-though folder that I use to hold things like coupons, vouchers and parking discs & a Cath Kidston card holder that holds loyalty cards and other assorted cards that won't all fit in my purse.
  7. H&M little pouch thing in which I keep my drugs! (By drugs, I mean Neurofen, Imigran, anti-histamines, that kinda thing ;-))
  8. Perfume atomiser from The Perfume Shop. This is similar to the Travalo, cost me €9 and I love it. So handy. It has Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess (favourite summer fragrance for eva!) in it at the moment.
  9. Atrixo hand cream - got this free with something - it's grand, handy size for the bag.
  10. Tissues, of course.
  11. Assorted keys
  12. Biofreeze - I'm a bit addicted to this stuff. I fell flat on the ice last year and whacked my head off the ground, yes, kinda like the guy off the RTE news - scarleh. Ever since, I've had shoulder and neck pain that flares up every so often. Biofreeze is great for easing it without having to resort to painkillers or anti-inflammatories. It's also great to rub a bit on if you're a bit hot and you want to cool down, but eh, you're probably not supposed to use it for that.
  13. Hand Sanitiser - also a bit addicted to this, ever since the whole swine flu thing.
  14. Butter London nail polish in 'HRH'. Was wearing this this week, quite appropriate with the Queen's visit and all ;-)
  15. Cherry Carmex
  16. Red iPod Nano
I don't carry around much make-up with me because invariably, unless I'm going somewhere after work, I never bother touching up during the day. Having said that, I'd feel a bit nervous having no make-up whatsoever with me so always bring at least concealer, mascara and a lip product of some sort. This is what I was carrying last Wednesday but the contents probably change daily. From L-R we have:
  • Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera (I think, the label has worn off)
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 'Boy' - this is lovely.
  • a well loved MAC eyeliner in 'Teddy'
  • Revlon Just Bitten lipstain in 'Passion' (just bought this this week - not loving it so far)
  • Liz McEvoy Correct and Brighten pen - for my under eye black bags.
  • Maybelline Pulse Perfection mascara (Mags got me this off Ebay aaaages ago when it was launched in America but I've only been using it recently & OMG I love it. And guess what? Maybelline have discontinued it! WAH! Have ordered some more off Ebay to keep me going until my next holy grail mascara comes along.)
  • MAC Studio Finish concealer - for my seemingly never ending cycle of spots....grrr
And that's the lot! Hope you enjoyed. If you've done a 'What's in my Bag' post/video yourself, hook me up with some links please :-) Pin It

Friday, May 20, 2011

MAC Candy Yum Yum Dupe: Barry M Lip Paint

I am a huge fan of bright lips, when I saw MAC's Candy Yum Yum I knew I had to have it, I also knew that it would sell out FAST. Its a in your face matte neon pink lipstick. It is absolutely beautiful but it can be quite unforgiving. When I wear it I put a tiny bit of clear gloss on my lips to make it a little more flattering.

I had a Boots voucher (100 extra points when you buy a lipstick) that had to be used by the weekend so I thought I would try out a Barry M Lip Paint. Unfortunately the Boots I went to didn't have testers so I took a chance and went for "Shocking Pink" No. 52. When I opened it I thought "hmm this looks familiar" and as you can see it makes a perfect dupe for MAC Candy Yum Yum.

Left:Barry M 52. Right:Mac Candy Yum Yum

Like Candy Yum Yum it is a Matte colour that will be slightly more flattering with a touch of clear gloss but it is a beautiful colour and it is actually more pigmented than the MAC Lipstick. I also love the packaging of the Barry M Lip Paints it is reminiscent of Nars Lipstick. So if you missed out on MAC's sold out Candy Yum Yum check out Barry M.

Check out another Mac Candy Yum Yum dupe in this post.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Aww Poop Product RIP.

Last Christmas I gave this eyeshadow my heart & a couple of months later it was gone. It was Nars, it was limited edition, it was beautiful and it was mine. The gray/silver was perfect and the blue/navy shade was very flattering on my eyes, we were going to have a long and happy life together. Picture a very messy makeup station later and Nars Okinawa hit the ground and when I opened it it was shattered, broken, kaput, in a heap.

I pushed the eyeshadow back into the pan and I prayed that it was about to made a resurrection last seen by the big man himself. I opened my terrace door to blow the excess dust away..... and you guessed it, the whole feckin thing blew away. I.WAS.GUTTED.

I know, I know there are millions of videos on YouTube and probably a good few blog posts telling me what I should have done (the wonders of the interweb or wha) I was lazy and now I am paying for it.

Has anybody every had a beauty loss? Have you ever sat on your favourite lip gloss and it squeezed out onto your jeans (yep me again).

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Product Fail

I picked up this Mac Strobeblossom Tinted Lip Conditioner when I was at the CCO in Junction One. I had forgotten my lip balm and bought this and a tendertone. I have quite dry lips that need a bit of TLC and this does nothing.

The colour is pretty enough and leaves a light sheen of colour on the lips which is pretty similar to the colour pictured... and there ends anything positive I have to say about the product.

The packaging, like with most MAC packaging is uninspired and a bit boring (the exception being some MAC limited edition packaging). The texture feels like you're rubbing candle wax on your lips. It is not pleasant and does not feel like it adds any moisture or is of any benefit to your lips, in fact it almost feels like it drys my lips a little as the product just sits on top. It also smells a little waxy. So it smells waxy, it tastes waxy and it looks a little waxy. The only reason I still use this product is so I can back to MAC the empty container. Save your money and buy Carmex.
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Laura Mercier Masterclass

I have a secret confession, although I love brash and in-your-face cosmetics I have a secret love for Laura Mercier. The products are good quality and the packaging is sleek and sophisticated. Last weekend they had a master class with an international Makeup artist (his name escapes me but he works with "Laura" as he called her) to promote the new Rivera Collection so I booked myself in and here is what happened.
I love when counters have guest make up artists in (I am still kicking myself for missing the Nars masterclass) - usually there is a fee which is redeemable against products (€20). The makeup artists who work on the counters are usually quite excited too because they also get tips and tricks from the visiting makeup artist who works with the brand's main makeup artist or are involved with the product development. I try to take advantage of these and have enjoyed many from Stila and other brands (sniff sniff I miss Stila). I have really picked up some brilliant tips and its where I learned most of my knowledge about makeup and skincare (before YouTube and Blogs of course). I was told that the makeover would last for 45 minutes, 30 min with their own artist and 15 mins with the international make up artist, however they took their time and didn't rush and I was there for about an hour and 15 minutes.
Below is image from the Rivera Collection and some of the products that I purchased.
The very lovely Sarah started on me and removed my makeup, we had a bit of a chat about my dark circles (she asked me did I smoke, I don't... morto, my dark circles are literally that impressive) and she told me I should be using a good eye cream. She discussed the primer which of course is a stand out Laura Mercier product, I told her that I had it but don't use it cause I don't always have time to let it set. Ignore makeup rules was the response (who would of thought the classy Laura Mercier would be a rebel?), put a bit on your fingers and rub between your hands and then all over your face, this saves on product and also as it doesn't set it gives more of a slip to foundation so you use less. She also told me that redness around the nose is hormonal.
On my eyes the girl used Wheat Eye Basics, this is an eye primer which I think may become a new Holy Grail product for me (I will test it out more and get back to you) and then she lined my eyes including tight lining my eye. I commented that she was doing this before eyeshadow and once again she said not to follow rules. As she used the products she discussed them and explained how to use them.
The international makeup artist was there to finish off the look and as the new range concentrates on eyes, he gave me great tips about the shape of my eyes and really made my eyes pop. He was a real pro and made me comfortable and made me feel glamorous and pretty, which is how we all want to feel isn't it.
Laura Mercier products are very expensive, for example, the eye serum is €95. I told Sarah I would be back for that when I won the lottery. However every so often they have different promotional kits for approximately €75. These are generally worth a lot more and are filled with products including Laura Mercier brushes (which are brilliant). I would really recommend using these offers to check out Laura Mercier products.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Hair Inspiration

Hair can make us or break us, yeah it can make us feel wonderful but when good hair goes bad it can make us curl up in a sniveling heap. We all look at celebrities and think, God I would love hair like hers. It may sound a bit naff but we all do it. I have been brunette and red. I love the shine that you can only get from brunette hair. Red hair always makes an impact and it has a real wow factor but when I see it washing down the drain it breaks my heart. Most of the time I am blonde and during the summer I like to go a little lighter and brighter.

Here is some of my current hair inspiration. This is Ivy from 90210 (90210 happens to be a guilty pleasure of mine) she is a surfer girl with casual easy hair that never looks like much has been done to it. I love the lighter blonde at the front, it looks natural and easy. I might be a bit jealous of the lifestyle that this picture invokes.

Ah Blake Lively. What hair, swish swish. I want to know why hasn't a company got her to promote hair products yet? Her hair makes more of an impact than her banging figure...and that I am sure you will all agree is saying something.

I have to admit, I had one "A Rachel" that is. Jennifer Aniston has been my hair inspiration for a long time. I know she hasn't really shaken things up but the colors of her hair are beautiful and she always give the impression of simple and relaxed style. That is really what I want to look like, relaxed and easy and natural even if I am "ahem" less than natural.

Who is your hair inspiration and better yet what celebrity hair style have you had?
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

NOTD: American Apparel Summer Peach

Hey all - this is my first blog post for an absolute age and I'm going to be easing myself back into it with some nice n' easy NOTD posts. I'm a little bit obsessed with nail polish so you can expect these posts to be quite regular!

This polish is American Apparel's 'Summer Peach' and it's a lovely, very pale pastel peach . The colour in the photo above is fairly true to the colour in real life. It's a great one for summer as it would look lovely with a tan (speaking of which, please excuse the grubby fake tanned knuckles!). I added a bit of glitter to my ring finger with OPI's 'Bring on the Bling'.

I really like American Apparel's nail polishes in general. The formulation is great - thick but easy to apply. The darker shades I have tried tend to be opaque in one coat but I had to work a little harder with this one - it took three coats to get it completely opaque. Their staying power is also fairly good, despite my awful flaky nails.

American Apparel polishes are €9 or three for €21 from their Grafton Street store or online. I'll definitely be picking up one or two from their new neon collection. Neon red? Eh, yes please. I'm on the lookout for a new red polish for summer as all the reds I have are too deep, or sparkly - just generally too Christmassy, so I need something summery. I think this neon red could fit the bill. If you have any other recommendations, please let me know! Pin It

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New York Color

Many years ago when I was in drug store in New York I saw a brand called New York Color. I was in New York, there was a brand called New York... and it was inexpensive. Happy days. Like many American products we haven't been able to purchase them on our fair shores. Until recently that is. I have gotten my grubby hands on some NYC cosmetics (some items were sent to me and some were purchased). What I find interesting about this brand is the whole range is under €3.99. Yes ! THE WHOLE FREAKING RANGE is less than four quid. Many of the products are called after various parts of New York City or after things you would associate with New York. I love when the name of a product can put a smile on your face.

Here is a little look I wore today using the eyeshadow in High Street. The shadow is a bright sky blue, this colour like a selection of the eye shadows from the range are quite bright. Some people find bright colours intimidating to wear but what is nice about this colour is you can apply it very lightly and build up colour. I used a primer underneath the eyeshadow and it lasted all day without moving or fading.

I also used the liquid eyeliner in black which is supposed to be what Megan Fox uses and if it's good enough for Megan it's good enough for me. The brush on the eyeliner is really thin which means that you can draw a really precise line close to your lid and then (if you choose) build it up.

On my face I used the Color Wheel in Rose Glow as an all over powder, this doesn't really show up on my face as a blush but created a nice glow on my skin without it looking heavy with powder.

I have saved my favourite for last, and that is the High Definition Mascara. This is just wonderful, it gave length and separated my lashes and held the curl all day. Most importantly though, it did not irritate my eyes. I have been having a few eye issues of late which can result in my eyes running and some mascaras have made my eyes more irritated. I removed this mascara at 11 pm and my eyes were perfect.

P.S. Just noticed that my eyebrow looks a bit mental...please ignore
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Awear / Facebook 20% Off

Awear are having a fantastic 20% off this weekend, if you're a fan on facebook you can print off this voucher or bring along your smart phone and get 20% off.

Here is what I got
This is a lovely light summer dress very casual and easy to throw over on the beach (if I ever get to see one again). I am wearing it today with leggings.

I love the colour of this top - it is fancy without being over the top. I also got a pair of cute shorts with a cherry design but I cant locate a picture at the moment.

I bought these sandals in Penneys they were €15.00 which is a bit expensive for Penneys in my opinion but they are really nice.

Let me know if you buy anything nice.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sole Therapy Fish Pedicure

Confession: I am a little obsessed with City Deals and Living Social. I check every morning to see what is on offer, of course the beauty offers grab me. Recently there was an offer for a Fish Pedicure on Living Social, it was a 30 minute pedicure for €9.00. How could I say no to that?

Off I went this morning to Sole Therapy to get my feet sucked on by some tiny fishes. We rang during the week and they said that we could just walk in, but when we arrived they said at the weekend your better off making an appointment. We came back at our allotted time and we were told that we had to take our nail polish off and they don't like you to have applied fake tan (think of the fishy) they have a small area where you can remove your nail polish. Before you put your feet into the tank they cleanse your feet quickly with spray.

When you put your feet into the tank the little fishes begin to swarm around your feet and start doing what they do. I am not going to lie .... it feels weird... they tickle and its quite an odd sensation, you can feel something around your feet. However after about two minutes your feet get used to the sensation and it just starts to feel like your feet are in a foot spa or Jacuzzi. It is a new fad and quite a busy little spot, a few people came in just for a nose (including one little boy who just wanted to see the fisheys). It is not painful or uncomfortable and the spa does not smell like fish. The fish look like they are hoovering your foot. My friend who was also getting it done is incredibly squeamish I thought she would freak out but she was grand and really enjoyed the pedicure.

When your finished you take your feet out and dry off and away you go. There is no cutting of nails or anything like that...the fish are the beauty therapists (I am just saying this because my mam was a bit confused by the term fish pedicure and thought you would be getting a regular pedicure as well).

Now I had been slightly worried about the fish after reading A Model Recommends experience but this was great, my feet felt lovely and soft afterwards the balls of my feet were really soft, I may need another trip to completely soften up the heels. For 30 minutes it is €18.oo which is not bad. I think I will def finitely give this treatment another go. Would you let fish such on your feet?
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Emeraldeyeliner is back


After a long absence and a bit of encouragement from some of the lovely Irish beauty bloggers including "The Mothership" I decided to give Emeraldeyeliner another go.

I have tons of things to talk about (my camera is out of action at the moment so keep with me) but for now just wanted to share a little video from Jen Blacklablover9 on You Tube she attended the QVC Beauty Bash in New York.... go on watch it and turn green. I am also jealous of the girls in the UK who can subscribe to GlossyBox which is a service that gives subscribers 5 luxury brand samples per month... is it available to us Irish ladies errrr no.

I shall be back soon with more *BIG WAVE* Pin It
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