Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Favourites!

So this is my first ever favourites post!
I Thought I'd have a lot more than I do but there's still quite a few bits and bobs.
First up is this lovely foundation from Catrice

Now it doesn't last 18 hours as it claims but oh, its just beautiful. it has a demi-matte finish which I feel is perfect for my dry skin in this clammy weather and I love it.
Full review will be up soon as it needs its.
Priced at 6.99 euro 

Catrice Ultimate Shine lipstick in Read the Nudes- Paper
This is such a lovely nude for pale skins. it has a lovely amount of colour and the shine is incredible.
it's not as glittery as it looks here.. i swear.
This shade is actually being discontinued at some stage next week so do try get your hands on it and maybe stockpile them..I bought six of them. That's how much I love it. They retail for less than 5 Euro.

Next up is MAC Magenta lip liner

This is my go-to lipstick if I'm going out for the night. I always get at least one person asking what it is as well as it is a colour you don't see around that often.
It's just gorgeous and in some lights it has a purple/blue iridescence to it. This was 15.00
Top: Catrice Read the Nudes-Paper
Bottom : MAC Magenta lip liner

Catrice The Giant Mascara
I've blogged about this already here  but if I'm wearing mascara it's usually this.
Silly Catrice is also discontinuing this so pick a few up if you get a chance.

This is my third tube of this. I had a horrible reaction the the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish so I thought I'd give this one a go instead. Now i did get rid of the muslin cloth but that's only because flannels retain the heat much better. I pick this up whenever Boots are doing the vouchers and it's around 7 euro when I use one.
It does what it says and my skin loves it.

This candle is probably my favourite candle I've ever purchased and unfortunatly they are only available in Donegal at the minute.
You can usually find them in gift shops around the county and the range from 6.50 to 9.00 Euro.
They are hand made and scented using only essential oils so are natural.
The scent fills the entire room within 10 minutes and are one of the few candles that doesn't give me a headache.
If your ever in Donegal keep an eye out for them.
They do loads of different scents so I'm sure you'll find one you like.

I borrowed this of a friend and I'm devouring it.
It's just Tina Fey being her usual hilarious self and it's well worth a read.

Songs I've been loving this month is SIA's album 1000 forms of fear and a brilliant Irish band called Walking on Cars. It's something for me to find a band that i love every single song of but these guys are amazing.
The video's that they put with the songs really just add to them and I'm pretty obsessed with everything they do.

So there's my July favourites! Hope you liked them!
Is there anything on this list you've been loving too?

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

My Leibster Award Post

So I woke up this morning and checked twitter only to see that Clare from sparkleblossombeauty had nominated me for a Leibster Award! So huge thanks to her and be sure to check out her blog along with the others she has nominated.
I love the idea of this as you find so many new wonderful blogs to read that you may not have found before so kudos to whoever came up with it!

So the rules for this is:
Thank the blogger who nominated you (Thanks Clare!)
Write eleven random facts about yourself.
Answer the questions you have been set.
Nominate eleven blogger with under 200 followers.
Write your own set of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.

My eleven random facts

1-I don't hate anything as much as I hate bellybuttons. I can't look at them or talk about them, even now I'm squirming writing about them. I don't know why but, ugh, I can't strand them.
2-I love ducks. I want to have a few of my own some day once I get the man friend convinced. They're just so cute!
3-I went off pizza for a full year. Never again. Ever.
4-I am a qualified chef, and i can't really cook. Desserts are my speciality though.
5-I love reading books set in the Second World War. There's just something about them.
6-I don't know how to drive or swim.
7-I hate ironing. I would rather clean the whole house than iron.
8- White peanut butter cups are my favourite chocolate.
9-I own all the Batman movies. Even the 80's ones and I can watch them over and over again.
10-I love playing Call of Duty Zombies.
11-When i was younger i wanted to be a Forensic Anthropologist.

Clare's Questions :
What is your favourite season?
Winter definitely. I love everything that goes with it-hot chocolate, layers of clothes, Christmas...
Name one thing on your bucket list.
Get a VW camper van and road trip all over America and Canada
What is your favourite book?
Any of the Harry Potter books. I read them over and over.
Cats or Dogs?
 Dogs- unlimited affection.
What is your favourite part about being a blogger?
Seeing someone has actually read something that I've worked hard on, and the fact that any blogger I've talked to on Twitter has been more than lovely.
What is your holy grail beauty product?
My No. 7 Instant Radiance foundation. I haven't found one that beats it yet.
How do you get inspired for your posts?
Reading other established blogs makes me want to be at their level. Finding really good products that are affordable makes me want to blog all about them as well. 
What fictional character from a movie/book would you like to be?
If you were a superhero which one would you be?
I'd like to think I'd be the black widow but I've more in common with the hulk so..
Who is your beauty icon?
Rosie Huntington-Whitely. just classic beauty
If you could have dinner with any famous person living/dead who would it be?
Probably Slash from Guns and Roses.
I still don't know how he's still alive if he was telling the truth in his autobiography about the madness he used to get up to.

Who I'm Nominating:

My Questions
1. What did you want to be when you grew up?
2.What country have you always wanted to visit?
3. What makeup item could you not go without?
4.Bright or nude lipstick?
5.What's your favourite part of blogging?
6.What's your favourite beauty brand?
7. What's your favourite part of yourself?
8.How would you describe your go-to makeup?
9.What would your superpower be?
10.Who is your role model?
11.What is the biggest beauty mistake you've made?

If everyone I've nominated could link me to their leibster award post that would be lovely.

Monday, 28 July 2014

NYX Butter Gloss- Peach Cobbler

Hey guys, hope your well.
Today's post is about this lovely butter gloss from NYX:

I have it in the shade Peach cobbler and it's a lovely peachy coral shade that's perfect for summer.

I love everything about this gloss and will definitely be picking up a few more shades when I next can.
It has such a nice amount of pigment in it. Not too sheer but not too in your face either. The packaging is a good concept as well, as the colour of the packaging corresponds with the colour of the butter gloss. This will come in very handy if you have a few too many lip products as it's easily recognisable.

The dough-foot applicator picks up the perfect amount of product and it's easily controlled.
 The only thing I would maybe change is the stickyness. If it's windy and you have long loose hair it could have a tendancy to get stuck in it but that happens with the majority of glosses so it's not too big of a deal.
It retails at 5.49 Euro which is a nice price for the quality. Lasting time is around the 2 hour mark but I lose the glossyness at around an hour. the colour does stay though so I do like that about it. 
I already have my eye on 4 other shades so do try them if you ever see them, just be prepared to want more.
Have you tried these? What did you think?

Saturday, 26 July 2014

L'Oreal Paris Extra-Volume Collagene mascara

Hey guys, hope you are well.
In a recent splurge in a chemist i came across a box of L'Oreal products reduced down to 2 Euro, there wasn't much left but i did manage to get my hands on this:
L'Oreal Extra-Collagene mascara

I had actually never heard of this particular mascara. Usually ads for L'Oreal are on all the time showcasing their products but I don't remember seeing this one. Maybe it's been out for a few years?
I picked it up anyway thinking that if it was good I'd got a bargain and it if wasn't then well, it was only two euro.
It has a wand with bristles that grabs every lash and is in an hourglass shape.

I am glad I picked it up. While it definitely isn't my new favourite mascara it's still very decent.
It's very black and it applies nicely- as long as your not in a rush.
The first time I applied this I really didn't like it as it clumped together so badly. It gave me about six lashes as it was so clumpy.
I don't have anything against spidery ashes but it did look ridiculous.
I didn't want to write it off so i gave it a few more go's over a couple of days and I've found a way to use it that I like.
When I open it I scrape off as much of the mascara as I can and then wave it around for a few seconds to dry it a little bit. I then do two to three very light coats going in with a lash brush if there are any clumps.
This leaves me with voluminous and fanned out lashes with no clumps.
If I was in in a rush I would probably skip this mascara but when I have time I do like to use as I really like the effect it gives.
No mascara
Lovely fanned out lashes 
It doesn't give me an awful lot of volume but I'm not really one for it anyway, but just keep that in mind if you're looking for a mascara with volumising properties.
All in all it is a nice mascara, doesn't really do what it says it will but its very black and will fan out your lashes beautifully.

Friday, 25 July 2014

NYX Matte Lipstick-Summer Breeze

Hey Guys, hope you're well.
So recently I got a few things from NYX and this matte lipstick was one of them.

I got it in the shade Summer Breeze and it's a beautiful candy pink.

It's a little bit lighter than the pinks I would normally go for but for summer I can just about pull it off with m slightly darker skin tone.
In the winter I might mix it a little bit with a deeper pink shade.
For a lipstick that is marketed as being matte I find it very creamy to apply and its beautifully opaque and doesn't dry out my lips at all.
The finish isn't as matte as I was hoping for though and lasting time is around the two hour mark- not one the longest lasting mattes in my collection but it doesn't leave that horrible line around the outline of my lips as it wears away, which is definitely something I appreciate
I do love the finish even if it's not matte and I'll definitely be picking up a few more of the shades as soon as i can.
Have you tried these lipsticks?What are your thoughts on them?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Beauty Haul!

Hi guys and welcome back.
So yesterday i found out that NYX finally had a stand in an area that wasn't to far away from me.
I hotfooted it over and had my money at the ready.
The stand had just been put in that day and not all the products were there yet so I'll have to make another trip in a week or two I think.
This is what I got altogether:

I picked up a few L'Oreal bits as the were all reduced to two Euro.
This was because they got rid of the stand to make way for the NYX stand.

These were the 3 NYX products i picked up.
The HD Photogenic concealer in the very yellow shade which was 6.99 Euro
a Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler (6.49) and a matte lipstick in the shade Summer Breeze.(5.49)

I picked up 4 products from L'oreal as they were on such a good deal. I would've got more but this was the only things left that I liked the look of.
I got a Perfect Match concealer in the shade 3 Cream,
a Glam Shine Miss Candy lip gloss in 703 Tart Lollipop,
a Colour Infallible pressed pigment 14 eternal Black and an Extra Volume Collagene mascara in Smoky Black.

From the Catrice stand I picked up two of their BB Allround Foundations in 010 Light Beige , half price at 3.53 Euro
These were half price as they are getting discontinued soon and i may pick up another few as they are one of my favourite bases. Review here
I also picked up their Photo Finish foundation in the shade 010 Sand Beige. This was 6.99 Euro.
No doubt you'll see these products being reviewed in the coming weeks when i have properly got a feel for them.
What do you think of the items i got? Are there any i should of left behind or stocked up more on?
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Essence Liquid Eyeliner- Waterproof

Hey guys and welcome back.
Today I have one of my favourite eyeliners to review for you.
 Essence Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
This was one of the first liquid eyeliners that I bought when I was switching from kohl to something a bit more black. I've repurchased this more times than I can count and I use this one over my more 'high-end' eyeliners the majority of the time.
It was with this eyeliner that I learnt how to do a cat eye and actually get a nice straight line.
The tip just made it so easy.

The tip  is a flock applicator- basically a spongy material, and it's also slightly curved so it hugs the lash line-
no annoying gap between the lashes with this one.
Its also very highly pigmented, not a very dark grey colour like others I've tried, and it sets matte.

Drying time is also very quick as well so you won't have to keep your eye's closed for ages to stop it transferring. 
I haven't noticed any flaking with this eyeliner either but that's not usually a problem i would have anyway.
For less than 4 Euro your getting an amazing product.
I would definitely recommend this eyeliner, the price and the results are just unbeatable.
Have you tried this eyeliner? What did you think? 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Everyday unicorn dresses up with Fanny Crown

Hey guys and welcome back.
So, so far everything on the blog has been beauty related but I'm going to try a fashion post.
Now I'm not by any means fashionable at all.
I live in leggings and hoodies, although I have been getting out of my comfort zone with dresses when the
weathers nice, but that's about it really.
So I was emailed about a week ago by Fanny Crown ,to enter a competition which I think runs every
month on their website.I was a bit hesitant a first but I thought I'd give it a go and break up the routine a little
on my blog. I checked out their website and was a bit overwhelmed really. They had such an array of styles to choose from that i didn't really know where to start. I made my way over to the Cocktail dresses and fell in love with so many.
I prefer my dresses to have sleeves of some sort as I don't like to show off my arms and they had so many styles with sleeves here, I was delighted.
This is the dress I chose:

 I have a wedding coming up and if i had the money I would actually buy this dress.
It's priced at 159 Euro, but I don't think this style would go out of fashion as it's just so elegant so it would
be one I could wear quite a few times.
It's just so different to anything I would find on the high street so I would know for sure that someone at the
wedding wouldn't have the same dress as me. This has happened on more than one ocassion.
I love the way that it's fitted at the waist and then flares out a little. This is just so flattering on any shape.
the embellishment is just so pretty as well. It's quite delicate but interesting at the same time.

I would pair it with nude peep-toe shoes from Primark:
These are so comfortable and that's always important for weddings as you spend so much time on your feet
dancing. Well I do anyway.
They are also quite summery as the have the peep toe and I would do my toes with the same colour as my fingernails.

My makeup would be a gold smoky eye:
Using MUA's Undress Me Too palette and Essence's liquid eyeliner.
It's my go-to understated smoky eye and the gold makes blue eyes blue-er.
I would probably wear a pair of fake eyelashes to up the drama just a little bit.

MAC Magenta lipliner on the lips. 
This will give me a nice pop of colour as the dress is black and silver
Jewelery would be low key as the dress is so embellished so maybe a small pair of silver drop earrings like
 these ones:
Designed by Solvar for Raglan Road

Nails would be this Catrice colour in Holi Hai

So thats my attempt at putting an outfit together.
Do you think these items would go well together? Have you had any experience with Fanny crown?

Monday, 21 July 2014

MUA Undress Me too and Heaven And Earth Palettes Review

Hey guys and welcome back.
Today I have another eye shadow palette review for you.
Top: Undress me too
Bottom: Heaven and Earth
These have been out now for a good while but I've only recently got them and I'm really enjoying them.
Undress Me Too is the one I've probably used most of.
It has a mixture of warm and cool tones which i like using together.

There are twelve shades in this palette, three of which are matte (Naked, Lavish and Corrupt) and these are the least pigmented. The shimmer shades are lovely though, not as buttery as some of my shadow palettes but still very nice. There isn't a lot of fallout with these shadows. 
Top row, swatched left to right
Bottom Row, swatched left to right

The heaven and earth palette contains all shimmery shades which i don't mind to much but a matte transition colour would be handy.They are all very pigmented and fall out is minimal.

Top row L-R
Bottom row L-R
I can't find any shade names for this palette.
 As you can see they are all quite shimmery but very pigmented.
The packaging for both these palettes is quite cheap feeling. I think if I dropped them it would just break apart. In saying that these palettes are priced at 6 Euro so even if they did break it wouldn't be a huge loss.
Wear time is around seven to eight hours. Without a primer they do crease slightly on me but with a primer underneath they're just fine and they blend really nicely. 
I would recommend these palettes but if you are a matte lover they're probably not the best option for you.
Have you tried these palettes?Have you any recommendations from the brand for me to try out next?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Wet 'n' Wild Megalast Lipsticks

Hey guys and welcome back.
So when Wet 'n' Wild launched here in Ireland recently, I knew I was going to have to check out the lipsticks. I am obsessed with lipsticks. I love them. I want them all.
I knew from watching American beauty vloggers on youtube that the Wet 'n' Wild lipsticks were pretty damn good, so I was very much looking forward to giving them a go myself.

Thees are the three shades that I have so far and I'm getting quite a bit of use out of them too.
Some of the shades on the stand looked a little frosty though and i don't go for frosty lipsticks at all.
But the three shades I did pick up I love.
Smokin' Hot Pink
I picked this up recently and it's fast becoming my favourite shade. It's a beautiful shade of pink that really pops.
Mauve Outta Here
A  muted purple shade. For everyday wear i just blot it on the lips but its very nice built up as well.

Red Velvet.
This is one of my favourite red lipsticks that I own.
Its a tomato red which I would usually stay away from as i prefer the blue toned reds, but this is gorgeous.
L-R Smokin' Hot Pink, Mauve Outta Here, Red Velvet
The packaging.
Well, it has it's pro's and cons really. It has the lovely 'click' sound when you close it, but no matter how careful i am I always seem to nick the lipstick with the lid. Its nothing major but the lipstick doesn't retract fully into the tube like the majority of them and I end up with a lipstick that's missing a few chunks.
Anyone else have this problem?
The pigmentation on these is very good. they are true to colour from the bullet.
They do go on quite dry however so i prep my lips before hand with olive oil and sugar or an old toothbrush.
They have a satin finish but i would usually get around three to four hours before I'd have to reapply.
The shape of these lipsticks don't give me a very precise application. They are very rounded with no real point so outlining the cupids bow takes a bit of patience, for me anyway. I usually just use a lip brush to outline my shape and just top up from the bullet.
I do, however, really like these lipsticks and will no doubt be picking up a few more.
Have you tried these? What did you think.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Catrice Nail Polish

Hey guys and welcome back.
Todays post is about these lovely nail polishes from one of my favourite brands.
L-R No Snow Petrol, King of Greens, Caught On The Red Carpet, Steel My Heart, Am I Blue Or Green? 
Am I Blue Or Green? On the nail wheel and bottle it kept coming up very washed out.Silly camera.
The rest are true to colour.
I have quite a few shades in these as you can see.
But then there are 46 different shades to chose from, as well as the limited edition ones so your spoiled for choice really.
These retail at 2.79 Euro in Penney's as well as some chemists and for the quality of them you really can't go wrong
Two thin coats is as I need for full opacity. You could do more but two is plenty for me.

The brush is thin and flat so applying them is a breeze. Drying time about is around 5 minutes. If the layers were quite thick it could take longer.
I would advise wearing a base coat under the darker shades as they do have a tendency to stain so just be aware of that.
Lasting power is ok, I would get around two to three days with minor tip wear and around five days before they started to chip properly. That's with no topcoat.
These are really good nail polishes, maybe not as good a formula as the Essence ones, but for the colour selection I don't really mind.
Have you tried these?What did you think?