Saturday 31 December 2011

A Little Splurge!

When I say little I do actually mean it little I spent less then 50 euro. Why?? Well 1. I was only in Wexford, not the greatest selection of shops. 2. Superdrug did not have the makeup I wanted and 3. I waiting to go on my big makeup haul in Inglot and Brown Thomas next week. So here's what I got:

This picture does not do this jumper justice. Unfortunately not on sale but I did manage to get it down to €24.30 with my student discount(which runs out in feb :( ) This monochrome jumper is so cosy and perfect over jeans and leggings for a casual chic look. Pair it with a heeled boot and your ready for drinks with the girlies on a Friday night. Oh I got it in New Look in the AX Paris section.

Next I got a few little bargains in Penneys/Primark. I picked up this gorg red satchel for €6 reduced from 13. I know their going out of fashion, frankly I do not car and I think their perfect for nights out. Clutches are well too annoying for me I can not dance hold my drink and socialise holding a clutch and the whole under the arm thing I can not do. See I talk with my hands as well as my wrists and my whole arms and so I have to have one arm free to chat with so satchels are my thing. Also I can fit my shoes in here as well as other night out necessities. I may be a city girl but I have some culchie habits!

Next I got this emerald and gold ring for €1, it looks black in the picture but it is emerald green. I am not a huge fan of jewellery I had tattoos before I had my ears pierced at 19, but I do like costumy jewellery when I am dressing up. I do agree jewellery can make an outfit! And it's also great to put in my
Kit for shoots.

I also got this cute peacock feathered clip for €1 also again great to have in my kit and I think it would make a cute broach on a black dress. I did have a fab pair of feather peacock earrings during the summer but I pulled them apart and used them for eyebrows in one of my shoots. Check it out HERE!

I also got two string tops in Penneys for €3 I usually pay €7 for one black one. So this was a great buy! I usually wear these under my chiffon tops if it's cold or cardigans.

Finally I got some black flats for €2, I get new black flats every month it does not matter where I buy them and how much I spend them I just over wear them because of work and I wear them in all weather also that they just fall apart. So I get Penneys ones now their cheap and they go with everything. What more could I want.

I will be doing a few haul blogs this week because of a few online deliveries so hope you do not mind and you like them as much as my other posts!

Friday 30 December 2011

Favourite Things

Breaking News!!! Just as I was about to post this I got an email off Sigma Brushes, their giving you 10% off until the 31st of January. These are high quality brushes and do not cost a fortune , I will be doing a blog post soon as soon as my new set arrive!! Click on link below and use the code 0112XJML
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Here's a list of a few of my favourite things I could not live with out (beauty related)

1: Crown B8 angle liner brush. I love my gel liner but I love my brush I apply it with more! I picked this brush up at the Beauty Show in RDS in October for 3 euro. Best 3 euro ever spent , it gives smooth lines, creates perfect flicks and it has not lost it shape even though sometimes I admit I have mistreated it and let liner build and build up on it. I will defiantly be picking up another 6 of these in March.

2: My first blog was on Kate Moss Rimmel Lipstick, where I raved about shade number 1 . I am still raving, it's my favourite red shade next to M.A.C Russian Red. It is highly pigmented and longevity is amazing. As long as I do not eat or kiss boys I do not need to top it up!

3: Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Ivory. I have finally admitted to myself that I am pale and according to Mac I am a C1/NC15. It has been hard since I admitted it to find a foundation that suits my skin tone and does not burn a hole in my pocket. I am still waiting for my Mac pro card until I get it I am refusing to pay full price. I saw other bloggers raving about Colorstay and how it was a M.A.C dupe. I decided to give it a try and I have not looked back since. It gives me great coverage and suits my skin tone perfectly and is perfect for my combination skin.

4: Inglot Contour Palette , Inglot is my favourite makeup, I have not really blogged about it much because I am waiting to do a big haul in a few weeks. Anyway this is amazing I have this one since August and use it everyday and have only just reached the pan of my powder this week. For 25 euro these are a steel you get your all over face powder as well as your contouring powder or your can just get two face powders. The great staff will help you pick the right shades if your not to sure and once your finished just bring back in your palette and they will refill it with the same shades.

5: Water, not a beauty product you say but to me it is I do not think my skin would be half as good as it is if I did not drink half as much water as I do. Maybe it's because I am a pieces and were supposedly water loving, well I can not swim and not a huge fan of sailing or fishing but I do love water. I know it's hard for some people to drink 8 glasses a day and I have heard people say when I drink lots of water my skin breaks out , well this is true but your body is just flushing out it's excess oils. Once this is done your skin will love you and you will love your skin!

Thursday 29 December 2011

A Resolution I Can Keep!

New year resolutions we all make them , we all give up on them too! I have spent many a year vowing to get fit in January or go on a detox or save more money. By day two I am pigging out on the left over roses tin and spending all my money in the sales! So I decided this year to make a resolution about something I already do but can be a bit lazy about.

My skin care regime, I do really try to look after my skin as best I can as I feel having good skin makes you feel better because I know if I wake up in the morning with a blemish I am already annoyed over my face before I even put makeup on and that dampens your mood for the rest of the day. The problem I have though is laziness , by the time I am going to bed I am wrecked from a long day of work or if I am on a rare night out the skincare regime goes out the window by the time I hit my bed. So my plan is not to change anything just to continue what I am doing just make sure I do it every night and morning even when I am feeling lazy.

So my regime:
Morning: I first wash my face with Soap and Glory's Face Soap and Clarity 3 in 1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash. This a great foaming facial wash that has tiny exfoliating beads . It is a non drying formula, so it's good for dry skin and combination.
I follow this up by using Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. This contains Vit B5 that softens and smooths the skin while Vit E moisturises to improve skin conditions. It also contains Glycerin and Borage Seed Oil. Light moisturisers are great for the day as they dry easily and do not leave a residue on the skin which can change the way foundations go on. I leave this to dry while I brush my teeth and by the time I am finished it has absorbed into my skin and I am ready to apply my makeup.

Morning Regime
I begin by taking off my makeup with Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion. I apply a small amount on a cleansing pad and spread it on another pad and use the two on my face removing all my makeup apart from my eyes.
I then apply Simple Kind To Skin Eye Makeup Remover to cleansing pad and remove my eye makeup. Mascara and eyeliner can be very hard to remove so it's good to have an eye makeup remover so you do not wake up with panda eyes!
I move onto Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner, this helps to even out skin tone as well as closing pores that have been open from cleansing.
I finally finish with the Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser. I have combination skin which has its dry days and oily days so I prefer to use a light moisturiser all the time as heavy moisturiser can trigger my oiliness to increase. But if you have dry skin defiantly use a heavy moisturiser on the night like Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser.
Night-time Regime 

Skincare does not just stop with the face your body is also included. Before I get dressed I use Soap and Glory's The Righteous Butter with Shea butter and aloe vera. This is an all over body moisturiser for dry skin. It leaves you with velvet feeling skin. I also use Soap and Glory's Heel Genius Foot Cream and Hand Food which help keep my hands and feet smooth and stop them from drying out. Which happens a lot from been on my feet all day and using hand sanitizer.

Body Regime
There are a few other products that I use though out the week. I use Soap and Glory's Pulp Fiction Body Scrub. Exfoliation should be part of every one's regime. Normal skin or oily should exfoliate once a week and dry skin twice a week. No more exfoliation is need and over exfoliation can damage skin as after you remove the dead skin layer your then removing new skin.

When I need to remove makeup during the day if I am applying more for the evening. I remove my makeup with Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes apart from on my eyes ,never use wipes on eyes your skin is very sensitive here and wipes can be very harsh on them.

Once a week I also use Avon's Clearskin Blackhead Clearing Deep Treatment Mask. I suffer from blackheads around my nose and chin so I find using a mask once a week help keeps these to a minimum.

Weekly Regime
So this is my resolution to follow my skincare regime to a T weather I am tired or just lazy. So girls do not make crazy resolutions this year if you doubt you can keep them. Change something small or improve something you already do!

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Wednesday 28 December 2011

Sparkle for the New Year

This elegant atomiser has to be the best present I could have bought myself this Christmas. Selfish I know but before I had even bought any Christmas presents for family and friends I dashed into The Body Shop on Grafton Street to pick myself up some sparkle!

The Sparkler is part of the limited edition The Joy of Sparkle winter range. I got the boudoir pink but it also comes in enchanted gold which is great for tanned complexions. These little atomiser give you a multidimensional shimmer due to the clever combination of different size glitters and pearls. This mist can be used as a highlight or all over body shimmer. I have even sprayed it my hair and clothes for that extra bit of sparkle.

To use just hold the atomiser around 10cm away for the area and spray. That's it no rubbing or anything simples! The only bad thing about it is it is limited edition , I am already dreading it running out so I can only hope they will bring it back out. But if they do not one of the beautiful sales assistants advised me to fill it up wit perfume when it's empty. Great idea!

These retail around 19 euro(I am not to sure because I got a discount) get them while you can girls because unfortunately they will not be around forever!

Sunday 25 December 2011

Girls just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. And to apologise for not blogging lately I was doing some Christmas temp work for Benefit Cosmetics. I had a great time working for them and all the Benebabe girls in Dundrum House of Fraser were FAB!! Loads of new blog posts will be up from the 28th and I will be doing some giveaways in the new year swell. So keep reading and have an amazing Christmas and I hope sanity brings you some amazing beauty products! Xxxx

Wednesday 14 December 2011

I Can Not Live Without This!!

I first discovered Batiste when I was in Secondary School so a long time ago and forever since I have never been without a bottle. It is literally my best friend, I use it at least once a week and it has never let me down. If you do not know what Batiste is Where Have You Been???

Batiste is a dry shampoo spray, not only does it absorb the oil from your hair but it also give your hair a bit of a boost. Ever wash your  hair on Monday and you wake up Tuesday morning and its greasy. Your not the only one it happens I find my hair goes like that when  I play with my hair alot or I am in a smokey room or after a night out. I refuse to wash my hair everyday because

1. Its a vibrant color and washing it alot strips the color
2. My hair gets dry when its washed to much
3. I have not got the pennies to buy more shampoo and conditioner twice as much as I already do
4. I can not be bothered takes to long to wash dry and style it and I am a busy women!!!

So this is where Batiste comes in handy at only 3.50 a can and really available everywhere( even ALDI now!)
its a steal and last a good while too depending on how much you use it. Over the years its grown as a brand and now includes sprays especially designed for brunettes, blonde's and light browns which is great because sometimes if I was in a rush some of the white spray I missed would still b noticeable in my hair and with the brunette spray now I never have that problem.

They have just launched a gold shimmer spray here in Ireland which not only cleans your hair but gives it a gold shimmer which is great for Christmas. Truthfully I do not know weather this one is for me as I would only spray this is my roots and would rather not have people know I used Batiste so having some gold shopping around my roots would be a sure giveaway! But each to their own!

If you do not own a can of Batiste go get one now you can even buy a travel size for your handbag for €1.50!

Monday 12 December 2011

120 Eyeshadow Pallette - Do not get ripped off!

Most have you have probably seen these palettes before, they can vary in colors. I have one very similar to this and the truth is I could never live without it. It has all the mattes I could ever need and has some great colors that I would have never used before if I had not bought one. Its a palette I always have in my kit and I feel lost when I forget it.

So how much did I pay for mine, well I would have got it at the beauty show for €25 but I passed on it, I could buy the smaller 88 version from coastal scents for €15, I could get it from them sellers on Facebook who try to pass them off as real M.A.C for a ridiculous €45 upwards. I paid only €9 on Ebay and that included my p&p. Now I have heard what people say about the eye shadows from china and they contain this and that, but girls all these palettes come from the one place and are all made from the same ingredients. Ive had mine for six months and use it everyday, I have never had a problem with them and have used them on my clients and they have never had any reactions to them.

These are all manufactured in China and sold on to retailers or company's who print their own logo on them and sell them for a higher price. Their also sold to these fake dealers who are costing the cosmetics industries millions of $/£/€ a year. They are printed with the fake M.A.C logo and sold to these alleged  real M.A.C sellers on Facebook.

M.A.C never have and never will produce a palette like this, M.A.C never have and never will sell on Facebook. But I will come back to this on another blog post as its a much bigger issue then this palette.

Anyway this palette is great and you will not regret buying it, but do not pay for a logo!

Wednesday 7 December 2011

A Few Little Stocking Fillers- Part 3

This Isadora Holiday Gift Pack is only €15 great for your young daughters or nieces that you need to buy for or even us big girls that love having creative nails. The pack contains Wonder Nail in Gold Sparkles, a black graffiti top coat and also a 4ml clear base/top coat and all come in this cute leopard print clutch.

Isadora nail polishes usually retail at €7.50 so this is really good value for money. This set is available in Debenhams and chemists nationwide.

Tuesday 6 December 2011

A Few Little Stocking Fillers- Part 2

Front Cover have been doing Christmas sets for Boots for the last few years now and I have always made sure to pick one up for friends and myself, as their great value for money and highly pigmented with a wide selection on colors. This year they have released a wide range of Christmas sets ranging from nails to lips to this full everything in one kit as shown above.

This is defiantly the set I have on my list to Santa not only does it contain 13 eye shadows and 6 lip glosses it also has 2 loose pigments and 2 blushes as well as shadowline a liquid that turns eye shadows into eyeliners. It does not stop there it contains 6 makeup brushes, mini eyelash curler, mascara and a double pencil sharpener. All you could need in all the one place and all for €47 that's less then €1.50 an item. But you better be quick these are already sold out online and will easily sell out in stores the sooner it gets to Christmas !

A Few Little Stocking Fillers- Part 1

I will be posting a few Christmas sets that I consider good value for money and great little stocking fillers. My first set is Benefits I'm Glam Therefore I am Christmas set.

Benefit are doing two 39.50 Christmas sets this year this one above and Tattle Tell All which more concentrates on the lips. This set is great because it gives you everything you need to create an evening look. So what does it include, firstly it includes a mini Girl Meets Pearl, a great highlighter for the night. Pearl in color it has pink and gold undertones wear under foundation or over this will give you that illuminating glow that we love on a night out. Glamming face powder is a limited edition blusher similar to their sugarbomb blusher but with out the peach and soft plum colours. This is a great blusher as its buildable where you can go as subtle or pink as you like. It also has four eye shadows that you will need to create a great evening smokey eye or just use the first two for a subtle sexy day look. These limited edition colors are Icy Lilac, Posh Amethyst, Pink Fancy and Precious Pewter all are very pigmented! It also contains a mini Bad Lash mascara in black which is great for creating them sexy luscious lashes and Life On The A List ultra shine lip gloss for a full sexy pout!! It also contains your blusher brush and a double ended sponge applicator.

So you see this set is great for creating a full evening look and can be used also to create a subtle day look either. The set is small so its great for fitting into your handbag on a night out or in your suitcase for travel on one those weekend aways. All Benefit sets come with instruction manual on how to apply their makeup to create the ultimate Benefit look, so their also suited for teenagers just starting out in makeup and need a little guidance.

I'm Glam, Therefore I am sets are available from all Benefit counters and online at Benefit get them quick though as their selling out fast!!
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