Saturday, 29 March 2014

An eye makeup look using MAC shadows! Sumptuous Olive, Smut and Nylon

Here is a look I tried using my new MAC eyeshadows. I am absolutely in love with this and I have been wearing it a lot!

I used Smut, Nylon and Sumptuous Olive. I think these three look amazing together!

I used Nylon in the inner corner, Sumptuous Olive all over the lid, Smut in the crease and lower lash line. 

Sumptuous Olive is I think my favourite MAC shade in my collection. I love how it has gold and green tones in it. It's just gorgeous! I think Nylon and Smut are also really great versatile colours.

I hope you like this look & I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

What's in my TRAVEL make up bag!

On a recent overnight stay in Dublin, I had the opportunity to use my new travel bag, which I got on Amazon for I think £8.00. I was heading to the Cocoa Brown cocktail night so I needed to bring some makeup to glam myself up! I probably brought more than was necessary. Here's the inside of the bag..

One compartment was for makeup, one for hair and make up wipes etc, and the little flap is perfect for brushes.

I won't go into too much detail here, I am sure you can see all the products well enough in the photo but here is a brief run-through..

  • Mac Prep & Prime Line Filler
  • Chanel Bronze Universal
  • Lancome Teint Idole Foundation
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Art Deco Camouflage Cream
  • YSL Touche Eclat
  • Sleek Eyebrow Kit
  • Essence Eyebrow Pencil
  • Art Deco Eyeshadow Primer
  • Clarins Splendours Eyeshadow Palette
  • Art Deco Dip Eyeliner
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara
  • Lancome Le Crayon Kohl
  • Illamasqua Cream Blush
  • Catrice Blush
  • Lancome Rouge in Love Lipstick
  • Burts Bees Lipbalm
  • Lush Lip Scrub

So in the other compartment, I have essential (sort of!) items. Deodorant,  makeup wipes, eye make up remover, moisturiser, hair powder, my tangle teezer hairbrush and I brought my Escada perfume because it is a small enough bottle and I can't get enough of this scent!

And these are the brushes I brought. Sorry they aren't clean, I took these pics when i just arrived back home. I brought my Elf kabuki brush, the Real Techniques eyeshadow brushes, and the Real Techniques buffing brush, blush brush and contour brush.

The travel bag was really handy, I can fit so much stuff into it & I can't wait to take it on holidays with me in July. It's terrible I brought this amount of stuff for just one night, but I "needed" all of it!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Tanya Burr Lips and Nails - review

I bought myself a few things to try from the Tanya Burr collection. I think they look really fun and perfect for Spring. I am not really much of a Tanya fan, I mean I do watch her videos on Youtube but I wanted to try these products for their own merits rather than just for the Tanya Burr handle.

Lets start with the nail polishes! These are the shades "Bright and Early" and "Little Duck". These colours are right up my street and I couldn't resist them.

I must admit the nail polishes were a little disappointing to me. I just couldn't get them to work for me, they either ended up streaky or a gloopy mess, which is a shame as I do so adore the colours and was planning on adding a couple more of the bright colours to my collection. I just kept thinking that you could get an Essence polish for less than half the price of these, and I do think that Essence ones are better quality. Still, I shall persevere with my Tanya Burr polishes, especially Bright and Early because it is too fabulous a colour not to wear! And actually I think Little Duck would make a great accent nail to go along with it!

The lip glosses on the other hand... oh my god! These are fantastic, and the most fun and fabulous lip product I have tried in a while. I got the shades "Exotic Island", "Picnic in the Park" and "Just Peachy".

These are absolutely fantastic, I have really been loving these glosses. I think that Just Peachy is too pale for me, though! I expected it to be more of a neutral everyday gloss, but it makes my lips too pale for my face so I don't think I could use this. The other two colours though are absolutely heavenly. I particularly love Picnic in the Park for everyday wear. Exotic Island is bursting with colour and I love wearing it when I am all dressed up and it's perfect with a smoky eye!

They smell like strawberry bon bons and they apply really nicely. I don't think they have the best longevity, but I don't really care about that! I couldn't rate these glosses highly enough.

Have you tried anything from the Tanya Burr collection? Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Lancome La Vie est Belle Eau de Toilette - Review

How beautiful is this? Lancome La Vie est Belle is, without a doubt, the nicest and most elegant scent. I received the eau de parfum as a birthday present and adore it.  Lancome have now released an eau de toilette version, which comes in 50ml and 100ml bottles.

I actually had to look up the difference between eau de parfum and eau de toilette, because I just didn't know! Eau de parfum is slightly more concentrated that eau de toilette, therefore eau de parfum are more expensive and last longer when you spray on your skin/clothes.

Although the scent is identical, I find the eau de toilette is much lighter and much more fresh. I think it is perfect for the Spring and Summer when you don't really want a heavy perfume. So lets talk about the scent...

Top notes - Blackcurrant, Pear

Heart notes - Iris, Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Magnolia

Base notes - Tonka Bean, Praline, Patchouli, Vanilla

I cannot express how much I love this scent. It is fruity, sugary, and just so pleasant. The bottle is truly elegant and feminine, with it's little scarf and everything! I would normally try to save this perfume for special occasions (since it is so fancy!) but I am completely addicted to the scent. It is fast becoming my everyday perfume, and I think now my signature scent. It is the most luxurious perfume I own, and I get loads of compliments when I wear it!

If you have this perfume, let me know how you like it! If you have never tried it, you should test it next time you're near a Lancome counter. I could guarantee you will fall in love with it, as I did!

**Product provided for review

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Cocoa Brown Cocktail Evening at the Vintage Cocktail Club

I was absolutely delighted to be invited to the latest Cocoa Brown event to celebrate the launch of their three latest products- a cocktail evening in the Vintage Cocktail Club in Dublin! Which was so exciting to me. The Vintage Cocktail club is a venue unlike anything I have ever been to, it seems very "exclusive" and was so atmospheric. I loved this fabulous Cocoa Brown sweetie display!

We were all presented with this menu featuring Cocoa Brown themed cocktails! How awesome is that?! Each one named after Cocoa Brown products. I had the "Lovely Legs"! 

...And after this I was very bad and neglected my camera so I have no more photos! I was too busy chatting away with fellow bloggers. It was so great! As was chatting to the Cocoa Brown team about their recent stint in Los Angeles, something which I was so excited about almost as if I was there too! It just shows you how fabulous Cocoa Brown is, that in just over a year it has come so far and I have a feeling that the success of Cocoa Brown can only expand and onto even bigger things! 

I tried to go for a more "vintage" look due to the venue I was attending. I used my favourite Lancome Teint Idole foundation as my base, my Clarins Splendours eyeshadow palette and Lancome Midnight Rose lipstick.

At the end we were all given fabulous goodie bags containing the three new products - Cocoa Brown1 Hour Dark, Lovely Legs Spray and Gentle Bronze Gradual Tan! I am super, super excited to try these out! I tested a teeny bit of the Gentle Bronze already and the scent of it is so divine!

A huge thank you to Marissa and the rest of the Cocoa Brown team for having me. I really appreciate it and I had such a brilliant evening. Cocoa Brown deserves every success, not only are their products absolutely amazing but the team behind it are so lovely and genuine. Many thanks!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Isadora Sugar Crush Nails - the nicest nail polishes ever! :)

I got my first Sugar Crush - "Coral Crush" last summer, and wore it almost constantly. Now I feel the Spring coming, I resurrected my summer favourite and while on a recent trip to Debenhams I decided to pick up 2 more.

This is Ocean Crush, a lovely turquoise blue with gold shimmer. This shade actually reminds me of the ocean! It is the most unusual and beautiful colour, and I think it looks incredible on.

This is Candy Crush! I think this one is my new favourite! I don't usually wear pinks but I thought this looked divine. It is the cutest, girliest shade of pink. This one actually has chunkier glitter particles too. It looks absolutely flawless on your nails, and it seems to have the best wear time out of these three polishes.

And here is my first love, Coral Crush! Beautiful orange with gold glitter. For me, when I first saw this last year, it just looked so different and unlike any polish I had ever seen. I adored this polish last year, and sadly I am almost finished my bottle. I will definitely repurchase if these are still available. This shade just epitomises summer for me.

I do not usually like "textured" nail polishes and at first I didn't like how they felt gritty on my nails, but nevertheless, the shades are so breathtaking and striking that I do not mind the texture. And for such glittery polishes, they are incredibly easy to remove which makes them a winner for me! I hate the struggle of removing glitter polishes!

So to sum up why do I love these polishes - amazing unusual colours, excellent wear time and easy to remove. What more could you want in a polish!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Favourite Urban Decay NAKED Combinations - part 2!

Hello everyone and happy Saturday! Here is another one of my favourite looks using the Naked palette. This is something quick that I do for wearing during the day, and I guess you could also "dress it up" with a bold lip if you wanted to wear this on a night out! This is the look that I wear most frequently using the Naked palette.

The shades I use are Sidecar (all over lid), Smog (crease) and Darkhorse (outer corner).

What do you think? I love this so much, yes it is neutral but it also has a little glitter in there so it is most definitely not "boring"! As always, I finish the look off with my favourite ArtDeco liner and Lancome Hypnose mascara.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Remington Pearl Curling Wand - best hair tool EVER!

I'm sure you have all heard of this curling wand many many times before! I bought this a couple of years ago, from what I can recall it cost around £25.00 from Argos.  Previously, any time I wanted to curl my hair I had to use the only other hair tool I possess - the GHD. It curls well, but I find the curls are too "ringlety" looking and flat, and I was after a more natural look.

You can adjust the setting if you wish, but the default 180 degree setting works perfectly well for me. A heat protecting glove is provided, but I don't particularly think it is overly protective! I suppose it takes the edge off any burns you may get!

It is quite a lightweight tool, so easy to use (even for me!). I love the flower design on it! :)

So... here are my before and after photos! In my "before" pic, I had just washed my hair the night before. I used my Mane n' Tail Detangler but I let my hair dry naturally. I don't use any styling products before I curl my hair!



What do you all think?! My hair is quite long and thick, I don't really have any layers cut into my hair. It look me about 30 minutes to curl it like this. I could put a bit more time in and end up with tighter curls but I like to twist my hair around the wand in order to get a loose kind of wavy look like this.

If you have tried this wand, let me know if you love it as much as I do! If you don't have it - get it! It is absolutely brilliant and incredibly inexpensive!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Life's Little Saviours... Beauty Edition

I was thinking about what little essential products really just make life easier while at the same time being incredibly useful. So I went through my bathroom cabinet and make up drawer to see what I could come up with. Surprisingly there is only one "make up" product.

1. La Roche Posay Cicaplast Mains - I love a good hand cream and this is what I am currently using. I got this just before Christmas when I spotted it in my local chemist. I have read so many La Roche Posay reviews, so I couldn't resist. It is kind of a gel-like formula which acts as a barrier too. Great if you suffer from seriously dry hands. Mine aren't too bad but this hand cream is really brilliant.

2. Mane n' Tail Detangler - This is a fairly new product in my collection, but in those couple of weeks it has made life so much easier for me, you know, hair wise! My hair is so incredibly tatty. If I brush it through smooth, I will have knots in it after about 30 seconds flat! I spray this Detangler in my hair after I wash it, and it is incredible how I can brush my hair with ease. You can use the Detangler in dry hair too, but I find just using it in my wet hair is enough, and I can still brush my hair easily right up until I next wash my hair. Fantastic product.

3. Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan - I never used to wear fake tan apart from the odd special I wear it all the time. Ever since I discovered the fabulous Cocoa Brown a little over a year ago, I use it religiously at least once per week. It is the most lovliest tan, easy to apply, not a streak in sight and it gives me the most perfect colour. It looks so natural. I don't even remember what I look like un-tanned! Honestly, this is one product I could never be without.

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo - Another hair product! My hair gets greasy pretty quickly and if it wasn't for this dry shampoo, I would have to wash my hair every day and that is just not happening! Now I can wash my hair and get a good three days out of it. I have used other brands of dry shampoo but Batiste is by far the best. They have a huge range of scents but the original is my favourite, it smells quite citrusy and I actually think it is the most effective on my hair. It's also great for adding texture to your hair for styling.

5. Burts Bees Lip Balm - A good lip balm is essential every day and Burts bees is my favourite. They are so moisturising and last a long time on your lips before having to re-apply. The scents are just amazing too. The original honey is my favourite, but the chocolate and blueberry is gorgeous too! I have one of these in my handbag, on my dressing table and one at work as well. They are really good quality for the price. When you compare them to something like Baby Lips, you can really tell that the Baby Lips are a little waxy in comparison. Burts Bees are just so nourishing and beneficial.

6. YSL Touche Eclait - I got this for Christmas and I swear I have never looked back since. I am extremely conscious about my under eye area. I have spent years searching for concealers to cover my under eye bags, but nothing worked. I realised that I actually don't have bags or dark circles, just the natural contours of my eye. What I needed was a brightening product, and one which has a thin/light consistency. Enter Touche Eclait. This is every thing I had been searching for. A quick stroke of this and my eyes are transformed. It is a wonder product and one which I now could not be without.