Saturday, September 19, 2015


The Irish Cancer Society is a cause very close to our hearts here at Emerald Eyeliner, and Cloud 10 Beauty is our favourite online beauty store, so we were delighted to hear that are once again joining forces with the Irish Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer. €1 from every order placed in October, no matter what the amount spent, will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society to support them in their campaign to improve the lives of those affected by cancer. 

My #cloud10PaintItPink purchase from last year!

Once again plan to paint the town pink to support this initiative. Every order sent out in October will be packaged in a beautiful pink box reminding customers to be breast cancer aware and to thank them for their contribution. Last year Cloud 10 Beauty customers all over Ireland got involved with the campaign posting pictures of their striking pink boxes to social media raising awareness of this great cause. is Ireland’s definitive one-stop-shop for online beauty. They stock a huge range of emerging niche brands, cult classics and celebrity favourites, such as Bioderma, Alpha-H, The Balm and GlamGlow, under one roof, the Cloud 10 team search the globe to bring the best in beauty direct to their customers. They also offer free delivery on orders over €15, free returns, free samples, a great range of special offers and expert advice via their live chat function. They also do impressively fast delivery! So, if you've any beauty shopping planned for October, please do it on Need some enabling inspiration? Here's what's on our wishlist!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Jimmy Choo Blossom

When I first saw the advertisement for Jimmy Choo Blossom* I was immediately reminded of New York.  I not sure if its the thoughts of shoes and sophistication or that the image makes me think of Sex and the City and Eternal Spring which the programmed inhabited (Oh to live in eternal spring).  The image is full of glamour and possibility much like the city of New York itself (although any visitor from Ireland will have usually walked the feet of themselves and couldn't fit their foot in a Jimmy Choo shoe by the end of a day of wonder and excitement).

Jimmy Choo Blossom is a floral and fruity fragrance with a delicate kick of musk at the end. Its not as sweet as the original Jimmy Choo fragrance. The bottle is the same as Jimmy Choo Flash (which my nose never liked) except pink.  Its apologetically feminine in both the packaging and the fragrance. 

Top Notes: Italian Citrus, Red Berries, Raspberry
Heart Notes:  Sweet Peas, Bulgarian Roses,
Base Notes: Pink Musk, Sandalwood.

Jimmy Choo Fragrances are interesting as they are adored by the masses but my friends who are perfume aficionados (including the beautiful and talented Artdonatella)  are not fans of the scents.  Perhaps its because the original fragrance is really sweet and some could consider it quite a young fragrance. 

The fruity notes in Jimmy Choo Blossom make it a young and fresh scent but the musk and sandalwood give it a little more dept.  I am not usually a fan of traditional floral fragrances but I adore this scent.

Fragrances are very personal as scents can evoke a particular time, place and memory.  I have a very big place in my heart from Jimmy Choo Blossom because it came into my life just after the birth of my son so the sweet floral scent will forever be linked with a happy and loving time.

While its not Spring (eternal or otherwise) Jimmy Choo Blossom is a beautiful feminine scent.
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Current Favourite Blush (Smashox, Bourjois, Max Factor and of course Stila)

Is it just me or have recent blush releases been amazing?  I'm not generally a blush girl but so far this year blushes have been the products to get me most excited.  I have been meaning to do a post on each of these -sorry blame the baby being adorable - I have found blushes invaluable in helping bring life to my tired and zombie like face.

As I have a bit of redness in my cheeks I used to avoid blush and during the summer I have a bad habit of relying on bronzer to give colour to my face as we move into Autumn (sob) I rely on bronzer more and more.  I have discovered in old age (ill get my zimmer frame) that it is essential to use blush, it gives life and youth to the face.  If you only use bronzer or only use contour your face can look very flat.  Good blush will enhance your face without drawing attention to any redness or discolouration.
Smashbox LA LIGHTS Blendable Lip and Cheek Colour (€34.00) I picked up Beverly Hills Blush (and Venice Beach Bronze) a couple of months ago.  I love how easy LA Lights are to use, you simple draw on your face and blend.  I have a smilier (but more expensive) product from Charlotte Tilbury which I also love.  If your heavy handed these blend out like a dream.  I use my finger to blend but there is a handy sponge applicator in the other end of the product.  There are 5 shades ranging from a beautiful highlighter (you will be mine next) to a fab bronze.  You can pick up Smashbox in larger Boots shops (hello loyalty points) and also in Arnotts.

Bourjois Aqua Blush* (€10.49) I Love Bourjois it has such a rich history (over 150 years old) but it still manages to launch up to date products.  Aqua Blushes claim to be 12 hour - lets face it our Summer hasn't really put any products to the sweat resistance test.  I love the gel/cream consistency of Aqua Blush and you need the tiniest amount of product (half a pump will do both cheeks) which gives a wonderful sheen to your cheeks.

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush (€26.00) Be -Stila my beating heart.  I know you will think I am totally biased because of my love for Stila but Aqua Glow Watercolor Blushes have been my favourite makeup launch of the year.  I love that Stila continue to develop and release new and innovative products and while the Stila girl may have been shelved (sob) the new packaging is sleek, sophisticated and feminine.  AGWB (Long name) release product through a mesh like surface, I have been taking the product from the lid (as shown below) so you dont use the mesh.  The blush itself has delicate shimmer which softly highlights the cheeks - perfect for those who want a gleam on the skin but not a specific highlight. You can use a flat foundation blush to apply the product or use your finger.  I have so much love for these little pots, Stila you have done me proud. 

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush* (€11.49).  Max Factor for me is a brand that can be very hit and miss, its a brand with huge history and indeed for me huge personal history because I remember going into Roches Stores with my Nana to buy their powder in the shade Candle Glow.  I feel its a brand that can be somewhat overlooked but they still create some brilliant products like the Creme Puff Blush which are said to be a dupe of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush.  While I cant say if they are an Hourglass dupe I can say they are fantastic blushes which give a lovely colour and glow to the skin.  These definitely give a more natural look to the cheeks and they have beautiful selection of 6 shades which range from a delicate whisper of pink to beautiful and bold (but still very wearable) berry.
The blushes have a marbleized finish - honestly I cant pick a favourite shade.  Don't they look like cakes and they are a delightful as cakes.
Creme Puff Blush - not over the top, not in your face but they give beautiful colour to the face. 
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Back in the early noughties (when the 90ies finally arrived in Ireland) Urban Decay were my go to eye shadows, Hard Candy (with the cute plastic rings) were my go to nail polish and everything else was Stila.  Back then Urban Decay one of the only brands to have bright and vibrant shades and they always injected life and colour into your makeup.  I have always loved the quality of Urban Decay shadows and over the years they have continued to improve the quality.

When I heard Urban Decay had a new Palette I got a little excited, I have been collecting Urban Decay palettes for many years.  Urban Decay Smoky Palette* is the new addition to the collection and like most Urban Decay palettes it has sent makeup lovers into a frenzy.

When a makeup lover hears about a big new release they go through a number of stages:

First I felt surprise "Smoky palette in Summer, smoky screams winter to me- sure they are only Mad"
and then the excitement hit me "AHHHH I HAVE TO HAVE IT"
then the guilt hit me "I don't need more eye shadows I have a ton"
then curiosity "Ill just have a look at it and see what its like"
a bit of indifference "Sure they are browns and I have browns"
when I got my hands on it "oh sweet mother of makeup gods"

Finally acceptance "I'm going to have to get it".

When the first Naked Palette was launched I was a little surprised - I associated Urban Decay with bright and vibrant shades (specifically purple) but as X factor judges would say they took neutral shades and made them their own by adding a bit of glitter and excitement. 

I picked up the first Naked Palette and loved it - after a while the velvet packaging got covered in dust and makeup so I had to depot it, unfortunately after I depotted it I forgot about a lot of the beautiful shades.  I got Naked 2 thinking the packaging was an improvement but the bulky metal case wasn't easy to open or use and the mirror fell out of it after a couple of uses which put me off using the palette.  I kinda went off buying Urban Decay palettes for a while then.  I felt like I was over the whole "Naked" branding so I ignored Naked 3 and the Naked Basics.

When I first saw images of the slick Naked Smoky palette my interest was sparked.  Urban Decay have truly perfected the their packaging.  The case is a sturdy plastic which has a smoked design running through it.

Naked Smoky has 12 shades (one of them is cheekily named Thirteen which quite hilariously had a group of beauty bloggers counting across the shades with puzzled expressions like we were learning to count and not quite managing it)  

  • High (cream shimmer w/micro-glitter)
  • Dirtysweet (medium bronze)
  • Radar (metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter)
  • Armor (metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle)
  • Slanted (light metallic gray)
  • Dagger (medium charcoal w/micro-shimmer)
  • Black Market (jet-black satin)
  • Smolder (deep plum-taupe)
  • Password (cool taupe matte)
  • Whiskey (rich brown matte)
  • Combust (soft pink-taupe)
  • Thirteen (light beige satin)
As well as a kick ass selection of shadows the palette also contains a double ended brush, often the makeup brushes in palettes are a little underwhelming (honestly they can be a bit crappy).  The smaller side is a pencil brush which allows you to apply shadow along the lashes, the fluffy side fits perfectly in my crease and is brilliant for buffing out shadow. The first rule of a smoky eye is to buff the shiz out of the shadow. This is a good brush which helps create your eye look.

With Naked Smoky your almost getting three palettes in one.  To the left you have shimmery and satin brown shades, to the middle you have silver/gray tones and to the right you have a matt selection.  With the original Naked Palette I found myself overwhelmed by the selection of browns and not know which shades to use (so much choice I didn't know where to start) where as this palette there is a lovely selection of shades (shimmery browns, grey and matts) but most important all the shades are wearable.

As you can see the shades to the left of the palette are shimmery browns

The middle of the palette goes gray and properly smoky

The final four shades Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen are all matt shades.  Historically I have never been a fan of matt shadows but that is because for many years they have been very difficult to work with but over the last number of years the formulas have changed making them much easier to work with and matt shadows can be very flattering on small hooded eyes (hands up who has small, hooded eyes).  The shade combust is a beautiful transition colour.

And the final shades are beautiful matt shades.

I love that Naked Smoky has a wonderful selection of wearable shades, it gives you the opportunity to create those dramatic makeup looks (if your lucky enough to have large lids where you get to see the dramatic makeup) or also just pick one or two shades for a simple quick look.   I would love to tell you I have a "go to" look when using the Smoky palette but honestly I have been having a bit of fun using all the different shades.  Since I don't have that much time at the moment (tiny hands love to grab at makeup it seems) I have been sticking to simple looks and I love that Smoky allows you to to do this or go for a big dramatic look.

Historically Urban Decay have always have shadows with chunky glitter and they have included a glittery shade Armor into the Smoky palette.  Urban Decay get quite a bit of flack for these shadows as the glitter tends to migrate and fall down as the day goes on, you would think an old woman with a new baby would be totally against this kinda shade but in my opinion it absolutely has its place.  I have always loved using these glittery shadows in the evening and as the night goes on it looks like you have subtle glitter on your cheekbones. 

There is a look book with the palette if you need a bit of inspiration but I started off with a classic smoky eye by keeping the lash line very dark and the shadow gradually getting lighter.  Pretty much every day I have tried something new - the beauty of a palette like this. 

As I have very small eyes I love to tight line them because I don't have a lot of lid space and its perfect with the Smoky Palette just make sure you use a water poof liner (Like Urban Decay 24/7) and not one that will smudge and run down your want to look like Sexy Rock Chick not "Dirty Stop Out".

Urban Decay - You've come a long way baby.  Anybody remember The Book of Shadows ?  As you can see while the shadows have always been amazing the packaging has come a long way.  I have always been a fan of the shadows but I am really impressed by the new packaging, I think all the Naked Palettes should be revamped in similar sturdy yet stylish cases.

So should you buy the Urban Decay Smoky Palette?  In my opinion this is a great palette, not overloaded with so much brown that you get chocolate blind (like snow blind but with browns), as I said its almost 3 palettes in 1.  I think the Smoky Palette would suit any age group, an amazing gift for teens but not so loud and young that it would be off putting to more mature ladies.  I also think its one of those palettes that's going be popular for years.  I can see a lot of Smoky palettes as gifts this Christmas presents.  I am finding new shades to use every time I used it and while the glittery Armor might not be every ones cup of tea its still a very pretty shade (and whenever I wear Urban Decay Glittery shades people think that I have applied the fall out glitter on purpose).  Urban Decay Smoky is such a hardworking and versatile palette with such pretty colours I think its going to become a classic in makeup collections.

Urban Decay Smoky Palette is out now and costs €46 (that's €3.80 per shadow which is excellent value).  You can pick it up (or put it on your wish list) from Debenhams or House of Fraser.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Warehouse AW15 - Our Picks

As the Dublin Fashion Festival kicked off yesterday, this week seems like an appropriate time to preview some of the new clothes that will be hitting some of our favourite shops this Autumn/Winter. It's getting a bit cooler, which I have to confess I love, and winter clothes just excite me so much more than summer ones. New boots, opaque tights, cosy knits and (faux) fur? Yes please. Last week we were lucky enough to get a little sneak peek at what Warehouse has in store for us for the next few months. 

The collection definitely has a seventies bohemian feel to it, with lots of suede, fur and prints. Warehouse do classics so so well though, and there is still room for them in this collection, with staple knits, investment coats and work-friendly dresses. Leather, black and victoriana vibes feature heavily, as well as plenty of glitzy pieces for the party season. If Sarah Lund style jumpers are your thing, Warehouse can also sort you out!

The leather jacket above was my absolute favourite item in the collection. A leather jacket should be a staple in anyone's wardrobe (IMHO!), and that mongolian fur trim at the bottom is removable which makes it even more versatile. It's so gorgeous and feels super luxurious. Definitely on my AW wishlist.  Here's a closer look at it: 

As I mentioned, there's a heavy seventies influence in the collection and Mags fell in love with this fabulous suede coat. This is from the premium range, costs a not-insignificant £350stg (about €480) and will be available later this month. Imagine the heads you'd turn walking down Grafton Street in this ;-)

We also loved this ombré fur gilet, £75stg, available this month.

On the more practical end of things is this gorgeous navy wool peacoat. 

Some of the other things that caught our eye: 

This gorge feather trim leather skirt is just one of many leather skirts in the collection.

This feather dress is £75stg and will be in stores in October. It's also available as a top. 

Shoes, glorious shoes

The campaign images make me want it to be cold - now! 

The collection is already arriving into Warehouse stores and online.  See anything you like?

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