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A bit about me….

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Hello everyone,

I thought I would introduce myself and let you know a bit about me through my first post.

I can’t quite put my finger on when exactly I became makeup OBSESSED. Growing up, my big sister taught me all I knew about applying makeup and what top products she felt were essential. I remember her having to almost restrain me to get makeup on my face as I was more into the likes of football, getting dirty and basically anything other than makeup and “girly” things. She wore me down over the years (thankfully) and by around the age of 12 it became a daily neccesity. I can’t say I was a natural and I was most definitely victim to bad colour matches, a streaky face and that dreaded orange line around my jaw. I began to use makeup as a mask to cover the freckles on my face as I hated them.

When I was 15 my makeup was taken from me as a punishment (we won’t get into why 😈) but it was the best thing that could have happened to me. As I said I used it as a mask and couldn’t be seen without it. Having my makeup taken from me forced me to accept and become comfortable with who I was, mask free.

When I finished college I decided I wanted to take a course to help me improve how I apply makeup and to learn about the best products for my skin type. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it left me wanting to know more. That’s when my love for YouTube tutorials began. I would sit for hours watching videos, writing down products I wanted to try and taking in tips and tricks to improve. My passion for all things makeup led me to pluck up the courage and start my own blog.

So here goes……. 😁

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London IMAT’s Haul

Hi guys,

I’m back today with my London IMAT’s haul (as I’m sure you can tell by the title 😜) My first IMAT’s London experience was last June. I went with a friend and absolutely loved it. Here in Ireland we have a makeup trade show, however to be honest, it’s terrible. The best you can really get there is crown brush. I have been watching IMAT’s hauls from American beauty bloggers for years and just knew I had to get myself there one day.

 Last year I purchased more affordable products, but this year I decided to go for more high end that I wouldn’t necessarily have the money to splurge on over here that often. I’m really happy with my purchases and the experience has reignited my passion for makeup and trying out new things and posting some looks for you guys using new products. 


As you can see I didn’t go too crazy (I had to keep some money for the after party as of course myself and my friends had to make a weekend of it while in London 💃🏼💃🏼) I also made a trip to Harrod’s where I picked up the Marc Jacobs Remarcable foundation as well as the HudaBeauty liquid lipstick. My goal for next year is to start saving from September so that I can go wild at next years IMAT’s. 

Below are some more in depth pictures and swatches of the products I purchased.


I played around with a couple of the items I purchased, but will be creating looks with everything and sharing my opinions with you guys in the next couple of posts. The Makeup Forever brow liner however,I can tell you right now 👌🏻If there is something you would like to see first, leave a comment below and I will be sure to get to it.

Until next time….

I’m back…

To begin, I can’t believe it’s been two years since I posted on my page. I find myself being somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to things I’m passionate about and feel that I started off strong by posting several times a week and having all my posts ready to go. It got to a stage where I couldn’t keep up with the expectations I had set for myself so I stopped writing. It’s taken me two years to come back, and im really happy to be here again. 

For my first post back I’m going to update everyone on a few changes that have happened and then it will be back to the makeup from here on. 

I have moved….again! I’m in a new place that I am so happy in. I have a really big room with an ensuite and yes…. I will be doing a post featuring my new room and setup. With the help of my sister, my room is so much closer to how I have always wanted it to be. 

I’m going to begin my journey towards a new career path in September. I have finally made the decision to become a primary school teacher as it has always been a dream of mine. I’m nervous for what is ahead but I know the hard work will pay off in the end. 

It’s not really news, but I got two more tattoos 🙌🏻 I got three swallows on my back as I came across a picture on Pinterest of them and have just wanted them ever since. I also came across the feather on Pinterest which I have on my left forearm. I have no other tattoos in mind for now but I’m sure I will get some more in the future. 


The biggest news I have to share is that I BECAME AN AUNTY!! I now have a beautiful nephew called Mars who is so unbelievably handsome. My sister is doing great and is the amazing mother I knew she would be. He is growing up so fast. I threw a baby shower for my sister and I’m pretty proud of the outcome. I’ve realised I really enjoy planning parties. I will share below a couple of pictures. 

So that’s all I have to catch you up on and now, its back to the makeup 💃🏼

London IMATS haul to come next……

Review: Beauty Blender

If you’re an avid YouTube follower when it comes to beauty like me, you are sure to have heard of the Beauty Blender. I purchased mine while away in the States on holidays as I just had to see what all the fuss was about. Flawless skin? Easy application? Easy to clean? What more could you want for the perfect base. As the result of many trips to Sephora, I picked up the Beauty Blender which is available for $20. (About €22)

I first tried the much talked about magical sponge when I got home. I had seen a few videos of people using it so had a fair idea of how to go about it. I squeezed the sponge several times under the tap and then gave it a quick squeeze with a towel to take off any excess water. I returned to my beauty area excited to finally have that airbrush complexion without running over to Instagram to find the perfect filter, however this was not the case. I found the dampness to be really strange and felt the coverage was nowhere near what I wanted. I always use a sponge to apply foundation as brush strokes left on the face when using foundation brushes are one of my pet hates. I vowed never to use the Beauty Blender again and go back to my wedged sponges from Sally’s salon.

A couple of weeks later I decided to give the sponge another go. After all I did only give it one try and who is good at using a new product the first time they try it? I repeated the same steps as before, squeezing the sponge under water a couple of times and once with a towel and returned to my beauty area with little confidence in the end result. Was I wrong!! I used the same foundation (Estee Lauder Doublewear) as my previous attempt and for some reason, this time the coverage built beautifully. It didn’t look heavy on the skin and blended the foundation and later concealer flawlessly, a lot better than the usual wedge sponges. I have seen a lot of people set their face with the beauty blender also using powder, but I found this caused my makeup to crack on areas and my face felt really tight and uncomfortable so I continue to use a large powder puff to apply my powder.

I did however make the rookie mistake of over using it without cleaning it at the start therefore have an annoying build up at the bottom of my sponge. I’ve been using baby shampoo to clean it but the stains are still there. I plan on purchasing a new beauty blender and the solid cleanser which I feel will clean the sponge thoroughly. This would be the only con in my opinion, that it’s difficult to clean without the proper cleaner. I have heard dish soap and olive oil work well to clean the sponge so I will have to give that a go. I feel it is definitely necessary to clean this sponge before or after every use as it could increase breakouts if not kept sanitary.

What are your thoughts on the beauty blender? Do you think it’s worth the hype and money?

Review: Face time one-step cleansing pore strips

I am unfortunately one of those people who suffer from blackheads. I am almost certain this stems from having no skincare routine until about two years ago. I used one item to take off my makeup which of course was makeup wipes and to me that was all I needed. I had obviously never taken a cotton pad and cleanser to my face after using wipes and seen the amount of makeup residue left on the pad. I don’t have problematic skin and rarely ever have breakouts even during that dreaded time of the month. As a result of this, I feel I never felt the need to take care of my skin as I wasn’t trying to prevent anything. I have mainly noticed blackheads forming around my nose and on my chin and picked up these nose strips in Penneys (Primark) to try them out. These are from the brand Ps love your skin and are a steal at 1.50 and you get four strips in each pack.

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Application:

You’re face should be completely free of makeup and product before applying these strips. You then wet your nose as this is how the strip sticks to the problem area. You peel off the plastic cover and place the strip over your nose. After a couple of minutes it begins to harden. It is advised to leave it on for 10-15minutes. I chose the later to really give the strip a chance to work.

Result:

When removing the strip it is important to peel both sides up towards the centre of your nose. I definitely saw a difference in the visibility of the blackheads. I feel that at least half of them were removed and evident on the pore strip. I feel that if you don’t suffer badly from blackheads but do have some these strips would be perfect for you. I am happy with the results because as I said I can notice a significant decrease. My nose felt extremely dry after peeling off the strip and slightly tingly which I think is from the Aloe Vera. I think after a couple of uses I could be well on my way to eliminating the problem. I will continue to use these and keep you updated on the results.

I have heard alot about charcoal masks for the nose and the great results people experience from using them. Do you have any products you recommend for eliminating or significantly reducing blackheads? If so leave a comment below.

Until next time 🙂

Contouring tips for five of the most common shape

It is important to know what face shape you have when contouring. Contouring can be described as using the art of makeup to give shape to an area of the face and enhance the structure and definition. We highlight areas we want to be prominent such as the top of our cheek bones, cupid’s bow, chin, under the eyes and the bridge of the nose. For highlighting fairer skin tones cream and powder highlights are the best products to use. If you have a darker skin tone you can use a foundation that is two shades lighter than your skin tone.

Contouring is used in the areas we want to create a shadow causing the area to appear smaller such as the temples if we want the appearance of a smaller forehead, under your cheekbones giving the illusion of a slimmer face and in some cases the sides and tip of our nose allowing it to appear slimmer or even straighter by creating a shadow. For contouring you can use a bronzing powder two shades darker than your skin tone or a foundation that is two shades darker also. Be careful with bronzers as some contain shimmer and are not suited to contouring.

The six common face shapes I am going to discuss are long, round, oval, square, heart and diamond.

Long

This face shape is defined by a powerful jaw. It is also known as oblong as it has a long and narrow bone structure. For this particular face shape you would contour the sides of the jaw and the temples. To highlight you would apply product to the chin, temples and above the cheekbones. Blusher should be applied on the cheekbones.

Round

This face shape is wider than the typical oval or long face. The widest point is across the cheekbones, narrowing some at the forehead and jawline. To contour you would apply product to the sides of the jaw, the temples and the neck. Areas to highlight would be the centre of the nose, the centre of the cheeks, the chin and the forehead. Blusher should be applied just under the cheekbones.

Oval

The features of this face shape are evenly spaced and balanced. It is widest at the cheeks but not by a lot. It narrows slightly at the jawline and the forehead. Contour along the hairline, the lower cheeks and the chin. Highlight the cheekbones and the temples. Blusher should be applied on the cheekbones.

Square 

The square face shape does not narrow much from the cheekbone to the forehead, nor from the cheekbone to the jawline. The jawline may appear sharp and even the forehead may be squared off. Contour the temples and jawline. Highlighting is not essential for this face shape but highlight in the areas you like.

Heart:

This face shape is defined by wide cheekbones and a pointy chin. This is one of the more uncommon face shapes. Contour the temples and chin and highlight the lower cheeks and jawline. Apply blusher on the cheekbones.

Diamond:

This face shape is characterised by a narrow forehead and jawline with the cheekbones being the widest point on the face. The cheekbones are often high and defined. Contour the chin and highlight the temples and jaw.

The above information is given as a guide for contouring and highlighting based on your face shape, however feel free to contour and highlight whichever way you desire. At the end of the day makeup is all down to personal preference and whatever we feel most comfortable with. I have an oval face shape however don’t’ feel the need to contour my chin therefore I skip that step.

What face shape do you have? Do you use these contouring techniques?

I hope you found this post to be informative and feel free to leave any questions down below.

Until next time 🐵

Make up of the day

Today I decided to create my first fall makeup look. When you think of fall makeup the first thing that comes to mind is warm tones on the eyes, a matte complexion and of course deep, berry toned vampy lips. I feel that these warm tones and dark lips suit my skin tone and eye colour so with it being Fall it gives me the perfect excuse to incorporate all my favourite makeup styles together in one look.

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For the complexion:

As I have said, when it comes to Fall makeup a more matte complexion is usually chosen over the dewy finish we have all spent our summer’s trying to achieve. This doesn’t mean that we can’t use a highlighter or create a dewy finish to our complexion, as I feel it comes down to personal preference. For this look I chose to skip out on using a highlighter and keep as matte as possible. (Easier said than done with my oily skin) For primer I used the Hourglass Mineral Veil. For me personally, this primer works best at keeping my oils at bay throughout the day. It is most definitely a pricier product but I feel primer is so important for creating a smooth and matte (or dewy if that is what you prefer) canvas to apply foundation. For foundation I of course used my Estee Lauder Doublewear in the colour Ivory Nude. I was revisiting this product as I have been leaning more towards my L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation as of late. I used my beauty blender to apply as I love the coverage it gives while still not causing the foundation to look cakey. I decided to cream contour using my Mac Studio Finish concealer in NW45 around the perimeter of my face as well as to carve out my cheekbones. To highlight under my eyes I used Urban Decay’s Naked Skin in the shade Fair Neutral. This concealer is so lightweight and doesn’t crease under my eyes therefore is perfect for when I want my makeup to last all day looking good. To set all that in place I used my Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder. Setting my face did cause my cream contour to fade slightly so I applied Benefit’s Hula bronzer on the areas I cream contoured to bring some warmth and definition back into my face. For blush I used Colourpop in the shade Cheerio.

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For the eyes:

I wanted to reach into some palettes I haven’t used in a while so decided to do a plum smokey eye. For my transition shade I used a browny plum shade from my Essence All About Nude palette. It is important to use a transition shade to allow darker colours to blend easier. I then applied Surrender by Sigma into the crease and outer third of my eyelid in a V shape. I continued to apply until I got the desired pigmentation I wanted. I also went back in with the browny plum shade from the Essence palette with a large fluffy brush to help the edges appear seamless. With a smokey eye it’s all about reapplying the colour and building it up until you’re happy with it.  I applied the shimmery white shade from the Essence palette to the inner two thirds of the eye and also to my inner corner to open the eyes. I used Benefit’s Bad Gal Liner in the shade black along my upper lash line as well as my waterline. I decided not to do a winged liner today and opted for a smudged liner instead to give a smokier appearance as well as to help cover the lash band on my fake lashes. I used a black eyeshadow and an angled eyeliner brush and applied that over my kohl liner to set it in place. I then applied Kara lashes in the style #213 to pull the look together. For my eyebrows I used Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow in the shade Taupe.

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For the lips:

To line my lips I used the colourpop lippy stick in the shade Bichette. For lipstick I used the Jordana lipstick in the shade Mystery. I had so many problems throughout the day with my lipstick bleeding and getting all around my lips which is really annoying as I love this lip combination but perhaps this formula is too creamy. I haven’t had this problem with any of Jordana’s more nude shades. I think this gives me an excuse to go on a shopping trip for new Fall lip shades, don’t you agree?

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What is your go to Fall makeup look?

I hope you enjoyed today’s look and look forward to many more.

Until next time…

Mini haul

Hi guys,

Apologies for the lack of posts last week, I have just returned back to work and have had little or no time. I aim to get back to my usual posting schedule of everyday and I look forward to going back and having a look at everyone’s posts that I have missed.

Today I am back with a mini haul of some products I got as gifts from my parents when they were away. I requested a couple of them as well as a new product I am dying to try.

Lets get into it…

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Estée Lauder day wear moisturiser:

When I was in Tenerife last, I picked up two of these moisturisers for €50 which is an amazing bargain. This is usually €54 for ONE. This time it was 2 for €38. I love this moisturiser and I am so happy I have it back in my life. The cream is luxurious and has a lovely fresh scent to it. This is a must have in my opinion.

Gucci Guilty:

I have spoken about the company Scent Bird on my blog before, if you haven’t seen it I will give you a little bit of information. It is a company that sends out 30 day samples of your chosen perfume for $15 a month. They also have a quiz on their website whereby you enter your favorite perfumes and they find others that you may like. Gucci Guilty was one on the list that was suggested to me based on my top 3 favourite perfumes. I absolutely love it and I’m delighted to add it to my small but growing perfume collection.

Chanel mascara:

I was delighted to receive this as I have been wanting to try a blue mascara for a long time. This colour is very unique in my opinion and I look forward to creating some looks for you guys using this shade. I have not yet tried it out so I will keep you updated.

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I hope you enjoyed my mini haul and I am looking forward to posting everyday again for you guys.

Until next time 🐵

Q&A

I saw this question and answer post on Lainey Loves Life and figured I would give it a go. I always find these type of posts interesting as I love to find out more about the person behind the blogs I read everyday.

Hope you enjoy 😁

  1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

My hair is naturally in between curly and wavy.

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?

When I had dark hair I would dye it myself but definitely wouldn’t do that with my blonde hair. I started off with a balyage and then kept building and building the blonde until I was pretty much a blonde.

3. Do you wear the same style everyday or do you change it?

I’m not too concerned with my outfits for work as its only really me that gets to see them but when it gets to the weekend I’m all about that dressy life. I love kimonos and wedge boots and dressy tops. I like the clean cut look.

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to the salon?

I do my own. I used to alway get acrylic nails done but haven’t for a long time. When I was away this summer my nails grew long and strong and now they have all broken 😭😭 so it may just be an excuse to pop to the salon.

5. How often do you change your nail polish?

Every 3 to 4 days.

6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?

All year round. I hate feet a toes look slightly better painted.

7. How long does it take you to put on make up?

It depends where I’m going or how long I need it to last. It can range between 10 minutes and an hour.

8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?

I do my eyes first unless I’m not planning on wearing eyeshadow.

9. Do you collect make up or just buy what you buy when you need it?

Definitely collect. No one needs as much makeup as I have but I like to collect and build on my collection. Who doesn’t like to have options? 😁

10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?

I used to only wear them when I was going out but now I tend to wear them with day looks aswell.

11. Do you do a full face of make up everyday?

I spoke about this briefly in my getting unready with me post, I never used to leave the house without make up when I was younger but now I only wear it at the weekends and at that, only when I’m going somewhere.

12. Do you wear make up when you’re home alone or with family?

If it’s a family occasion like a party yes I would but home alone, definitely not. Taking make up off is really annoying for me so I only put it on when I have to lol.

13. Will you leave the house without make up?

Yes.

14. How many high end products do you have?

I mainly have high end products however, I do have a few gems from the more affordable brands.

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you get dressed?

For work I would lay out my clothes as I would rather the extra few minutes in bed instead of rummaging around my room for socks at 6.30am. At the weekends I usually just pick it out on the day.

16. How often do you change your handbag?

When it’s wrecked lol. Unless I’m wearing navy and have a black bag, then I will change it. I can’t stand mixing black and navy.

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?

Wake up time during the week is 6.30am and I try to sleep early but it’s usually after 12am. On Saturdays I get up at 8.15 as I teach music in the mornings and Sunday’s my plan is usually to sleep all day but of course my body clock won’t allow it and I’m usually awake about half 9.

18. How often or when do you work out?

I work out four days a week. I usually try to get it all done on the weekdays but if not il go up on a Saturday to make up my forth day.

19. Left handed or right handed?

Right handed. Completely useless with my left hand lol.

20. How tall are you? 

5’4

21.  Do you speak any foreign languages?

Nothing fluently, but of course I took French as a language in school and can understand a bit of that.

22. How many pets do you have?

I have one cat called Dutchess. I am most definitely a crazy cat lady already at the age of 25. Everyone knows how much I love my boo.

23. How often are you on blogger?

I am on WordPress everyday, several times.

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?

Yes, I find it interesting to see what people have thought of the post.

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?

Yes, I have had two lists for over a year now. One is high end and one is more affordable makeup. I have crossed many things off my list already and fully intend on getting them all 😁

26. How did you come up with your blog name?

It just came to me when I was trying to setup an account. I’m not 100% happy with it but until something pops into my head il be keeping it.

27.  What kind of camera do you use for your photos?

For now I use my IPhone 6 camera.

28. How often do you clean your house?

As often as I can, I share with three others so we all have our own jobs.

29. What’s your favorite colour?

Purple.

30. Do you swear?

Not really, only when I’m mad.

31. What are you doing for the rest of your day?

Going to the park and then on to the gym.

Hope you enjoyed getting to know me a bit more. You should give the post a go yourself, I’d love to know more about you guys.

Until next time 🐵

Make up of the day

Hi guys, sorry I haven’t posted this weekend I’ve been extremely busy but I’m back now and hope to get some posts pre written for you.

Today I felt like playing around with eyeliner for my make up of the day post. It’s not something I do often so as I had nowhere to go I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. I would wear this look on a night out as it makes the eyes look extremely dramatic and also makes them stand out.

Hope you enjoy today’s look. If you recreate this look post your results down below I would love to see them 😁 I am very casual in the pictures however if I was to wear this look out I would go for big bouncy curls to tie the look together.

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For the face:

For primer today I used Mac Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage to help my makeup last all day. (Even if I was just hanging around my house looking ridiculous to my roomies for being so done up on a chill day) I used Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour foundation in the shade Fair Sand. To conceal them pesky dark circles I used Mac Prolongwear concealer in NW15. I feel that when I have such a heavy eyeliner/eyeshadow look, I prefer my base to be full coverage as well as my concealer and of course Prolongwear does just that. This foundation didn’t do that for me but I really enjoyed the texture as it is quite moussey. For powder I reached for my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte. To bronze up the face I used Benefits Hoola bronzer and paired that with Mac Pinch Me blush.

 

For the eyes:

I wanted a really subtle contour to the eyes rather than creating and eyeshadow look to go with the liner. I felt this may be over kill but on a night out or special occasion I feel you could glam up the eyeshadow if you wanted to. I used Inglot #344 in the crease to give a subtle contour. I then used Rimmel scandal eyes Gel eyeliner to create my wing and line the upper lash line. For the lower lash line I used a black eyeshadow with an angled brush. I followed along my lower lash line and extended the line just below my inner tear duct. I continued this process until I got the colour pay off I wanted.I used Mac Nylon to fill in the inner tear duct and inner corner. For eyebrows I used a H&M Palette. (Please excuse them 😱)Finally for mascara I use Jordana Best Lash extreme. This look definitely requires lashes in my opinion but I decided not to apply them for sitting at home.😂

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For the lips:

I used YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in the shade number 9.

Would you wear this look to a special occasion?

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