Friday, 31 May 2013

Monthly Favourites | May

Hey there, another month, another bunch of beauty favourites. Along with my beauty favourites at the end of the post I'm also going to do a favourite you tuber off the month. I really am a bit obsessed with watching you tube videos and there really are some great ones out there. Anyway here is my monthly beauty faves first.

Rimmel Match Perfection
I have been using this foundation alot recently. I have the shade 200 soft beige. I usually keep this foundation for wear in the evening, nights out etc. For me its just to heavy and a more darker shade than I usually use for day wear and work, so when I'm all bronzed up I use this. It blends real easily and gives great coverage. I just bought the real techniques expert face brush so am super excited to pair these two together.

Opi Nail Envy
This is by far the best nail strengthener I've ever used. I try to apply it every other day. I have noticed a great improvement in the length and strength of my nails. I also use it as a base coat before polish. Holy grail product.

Tresemme 24 hr Root Booster Spray
I haven't gone without a bottle of this for the last two years. I have naturally curly hair so I spritz this on the roots of my hair before blow drying. It gives my hair great volume, the bigger the better. Me and flat hair don't get on=)

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick
One of my most used lipsticks this month. I have it in the shade 931 pink pleasure.  This lipstick is a gorgeous muted pink, there creamy and pigmented only downside for me is the staying power isn't great, nevertheless I still really like it.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer
This apocalips is in the colour celestial. Like the lipstick above this is a pink colour, but is a lot more pigmented and has longer staying power. I have been reaching for this for nights out as it stays on for most off the night with one or two touch ups.

Essence  100% Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
I got this product when it was on offer and since then haven't put it down. I think I paid €2 for it which is ridiculous considering how good it is. It has a felt tip, great for flicks and is carbon black.

MUA Undress Me Too Palette
I have done a full review on this palette last month. This has been the only palette I have used this month, with a variety of shades including shimmer and matte eyeshadows, the looks you can create are endless.

I nearly forgot to include the You Tube channel. It is called Melmphs. Her name is Melissa she has a brilliant channel,full of product reviews and tutorials. My all time favourite videos of hers are Friday favourites and a possible poo.Whew. Go check it out you'll see what I mean, she will have you in stitches laughing. Have you done a monthly favourites this month?  Let me know=)

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Statement Necklaces

Hey there, how's everyone? When I started this blog about two months ago I had great aspirations for it to be a style and beauty blog, but it seems I still have to get to grips with the style end of it. I was going to do outfit posts,hauls because god knows I do have a bit of a shopping habit but I just haven't got the confidence to do them yet. So today I thought I would dabble a bit into the style department and tell you about a trend that I have loved wearing these past few months and these are statement necklaces.

The above picture just shows a few of my favourites. The top line of necklaces are from New Look and the bottom two from Penney's/Primark. 

This one from New Look is by far my favourite, I think it retails for €7.99 and as far as I still know its still in stores. I love the spikes, the detailing and simple silver and black element too it. I usually like to style it with a basic white or black tee but also looks great tucked underneath shirt collars for that real statement look. I will definitely be on the hunt for some more for the summer months, and have been eyeing up some neon designs. Any recommendations on what other shops sell great statement prices,let me know in the comments, thanks=)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Oh My Gosh 555 Silver

Hey there=) So just wanted to do a quick post on this gosh nail polish in the colour 555 silver. I received this as a birthday gift from a good friend of mine,and boy did she pick a good one=)

First of all what I like so much about this polish is the colour. I would describe it as a metallic silver with shimmer,it has great shine and looks amazing when the light hits it.  

The consistency is quite thick so it does take a while to dry so just be careful as it can smudge quite easily. On the other hand the reason why I like the thick consistencey of this is that it only takes one coat of polish and its opaque, far better in my opinion than faffing around waiting for one coat to dry to put on another then going streaky grrr...

I really like this polish and can't wait to get experimenting with a black nail art pen on all different designs and ideas. I'm thinking black polka pots or zig zags? Let me know what you think=) Oh sorry about the different lighting effects was just trying to get a good swatch of the colour=)

Monday, 27 May 2013

Garnier Moisture Match

Hey guys,just wanted to give you a little update. If you are following my blog you will see I have given it a little makeover, I was feeling a bit uninspired lately and my blog design was a bit mehhh..if that makes sense=) So I hope you prefer the little overhaul, let me know what you think. Like I said in my last post my next review was going to be on garniers new moisture match moisturisers so here it is.

I have been really into my skincare lately, I don't know why as there's no specific reason but I just keep finding myself picking up bits. I saw these moisturisers being reviewed and I was intrigued to see how they work as the are designed to specific skin types. I picked up the pink one which is formulated for dry skin. I was really indecisive whether to choose this one or the illuminating one. There are five different types which cater for all kinds of skin.

The packaging of these are quite simple. They come in a coloured plastic tube and have 50ml of product. The cream itself is quite thick and creamy,which I really like. I hate nothing more than a cream with a really thin consistency. When I first applied the cream the first thing I noticed was the smell. It smells of quite a strong floral scent,which I really liked. Sometimes heavily scented products can break me out but this was fine and it says on the packaging that its suitable for sensitive skin also. It does take a while for the product to sink into my skin, but I expected this as its formulated towards dry skin. After application at night, in the morning I feel my skin is definitely more hydrated, feels smoother and softer. I have also noticed my make up doesn't get as patchy either in the places where my skin is dry. This product cost me €4.69 in my local Superdrug and I definitely will repurchase. Have you tried these let me know what you think =)

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer

Hey guys,how's everyone's week going? I was shopping last week and picked up a few bits and bobs. Super drug had a 3 for 2 offer on all cosmetics and lashes and as usual I couldn't resist. Along with picking up this concealer I also got the foundation to match,some new Barry m gellys, and a Garnier moisture match(which will probably be my next review). Anyway enough rambling onto the concealer.

Being a huge fan off the Rimmel wake me up foundation I had high expectations for this product and luckily enough I wasn't left disappointed. I have the shade 010 ivory which is the same shade as the foundation I have. I think when I repurchase this product again I would choose a shade darker as I thought this was just a little too fair. This concealer comes in a clear plastic tube and it is easy to see how much product your using. I apply this under my eyes to reduce the redness and it really brightens them up. The one thing I like about this concealer compared to the collection lasting perfection is that it didn't cake as much on my skin. With my skin being quite dry too I feel like it moisturises my skin and gives a nice radiant look compared to most of the concealers I own. Overall, I would repurchase this concealer again,but as I said previously in a darker shade. Rimmel have some brilliant products out at the moment,what are your favourites? Thanks for reading =)

Friday, 17 May 2013

Would You Rather - The Beauty Edition Tag

Hey there,am back again,but this time with something different... a tag!! I have been wanting to do one of these for a while now as I think there a fun way to tell people your thoughts, I know the questions are a bit silly but hey that's the whole fun of it. I got the idea off Jade on so definitely go check her out too. Now here goes...

Would you rather loose all of your mascaras,eyeliners,lipsticks and lip glosses or loose all of your palettes and eye shadows?
I think this is a pretty easy one to start off with,I would definitely rather loose all of my eye shadows and palettes. I am more off a lip junkie than anything so I don't think I would be able to sacrifice them. Generally I don't wear eyeshadow on a day to day basis,so I wouldn't miss it that much. I think you can create a great look with lashings of mascara,flick of eyeliner, and a statement lip.

Would you rather chop all off your hair off or never be able to cut it again?
As a hairdresser I know how important it is to get your hair cut regularly, but I have to admit I have quite a scissor phobia. Saying that I think I would rather chop it all off,as I have naturally curly hair I would be sporting somewhat of an Afro for a while but I'm sure I could manage to rock it some way haha..

Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
I would rather have a pink cheek. Its not that I don't like coral I just think there is a endless amount of pink shades so it would be more of a variety to choose from. Especially loving mua blushes at the mo, cheap and cheerful.

If you had a £1000 to spend,would you rather buy clothes or make up?
This is a real easy one for me......clothes. I know right where you shocked..But I literally just have an addiction to clothes shopping I love love love it and could spend all day everyday shopping for clothes. Imagine the damage I could do in New Look, Zara, River Island...I can keep dreaming.

Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner or eyeliner as lipstick? 
What kind of a question is this haha..I would rather apply eyeliner as lipstick, as you can get various shades of eyeliner now.

Would you rather only shop at Mac or Sephora?
Unfortunately I've never been to a sephora before so I would go with Mac on this one.

Would you rather only use one eyeshadow colour or one lip colour for the rest of your life?
Again, being the lip junkie, I would go with only using one eye shadow colour. I don't use anything too colourful on my eyes anyway and the lip colour I would choose would be Revlon 001 lilac.

Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?
Living in Ireland,unfortunately we don't get much off a summer here. It is generally always cold in the summer,so am saying I would rather my winter clothes in summer,just one or two less layers.

Would you rather dark nails or bright nails all year around?
Bright nails. This was a no brainer, I definitely prefer pastel,neon shades in polishes, although saying that I would definitely miss a black nail polish. My favourites at the minute are Barry m gelly hi shine in pomegranate and papaya.

Would you rather give up your favourite lip product or your favourite eye product?
I would rather give up my favourite lip product,don't think I could go without my maybelline colossal volume express mascara,love it!

Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?
Easy,messy bun. I love big messy hair so it really wouldn't bother me if I couldn't wear it in a ponytail.

Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?
I don't think it would bother me too loose the lip gloss as much as it does the polish. I love the look of painted nails and nail art,the looks you can create with nail art too is endless. So reluctantly I would never be able to use lip gloss,but I mostly use lipstick anyway.

Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?
Now this is a weird question?.I have to say I would be reaching for the sharpie every day though.

Would you rather live without make up or nail polish?
Easy....nail polish.

Hope you liked this post, I know its a bit different from my usual,and not to serious but since I haven't blogged in a week, I thought this was a fun way to ease back into it. If you do this tag let me know.=) Thanks for reading=)

Thursday, 9 May 2013

MUA | Undress me too palette

Hello everyone,today's review is on the undress me too palette. I have been using this palette for the past few weeks now and I friggin love it=)

 As you can see there are 12 colours in this palette. There is a mixture of matte and shimmery shades. This is supposed to be a dupe for the sought after naked 2 palette,but I don't own it (unfortunately) so I can't tell you how similar or not they are. The colours in this palette are highly pigmented,buildable and blendable. The shade range varies from a off white/beige colour,great for an inner highlight to a black matte shade which is great for giving a sharp smokey eye effect. Some of the swatches below don't do it great justice but gives a good indication of the colour pay off.

The colours shown are called from top to bottom left to right - naked, devotion, shy, fiery, lavish, dreamy, tranquil, exposed, reveal, wink, obsessed and corrupt. As you can see the shades are a great mixture of neutrals,greys and metallics. My favourites of the bunch are devotion, shy, exposed and reveal. Overall I am very impressed with this palette,I would definitely recommend it to anyone who's looking to achieve a day to night look with one palette. And for a bargainous £4, why not, go treat yourself =)

Have you purchased both the urban decay naked and mua undress me too palettes? Do you see any good dupes let me know=)

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Skincare | Nivea express hydration primer

Nivea Express Hydration Primer

Hey there,after a long weekend of working and partying,am back again with another review,this time on the Nivea express hydration primer for dry and sensitive skin.

Since I have been so impressed with my Nivea regenerating night cream,when I saw this little jar off magic I decided to give it a go. Also on the plus side it was reduced to 4 euro. This product is a primer and moisturiser combined. I would say its not the best moisturiser I've used,nor the the best primer,but for a quick fix it does the job. The consistency of it is quite watery so you only need a small amount on application. It is nice and lightweight on the skin. The packaging is also really 
 nice and it comes in a lovely little glass pot. I definitely think you get great value for money with this product as a little goes a long way. Overall I think this is a great quick fix on them days when your rushing out the door,and instead of looking for a few beauty products this is a great grab and go which preforms two functions in one.
Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts?=)

Friday, 3 May 2013

Disapointing Products

Beauty products I regret buying.

Hey everyone, I was trying to sort out my make up storage today(its verging on the ridiculous)when I realised I had a few products that I could do without.  As a beauty hoarder I'm always on the look out for the next best thing,or the"must haves", because of this I have accumulated some stuff that I really didn't need or didn't agree with me.

Probably the oldest of these products is the broadway impress press on manicure. I usually hate wearing false nails as they're just too high maintenance and if you loose one in the progress of a night out,wedding etc it looks dreadful unless you have your glue and extras in tow. So when I saw these I thought it would be the lazy way out,just press on and go. These nails didn't even stay on me for a few hours,they would get caught in my hair,clothing etc,another thing I noticed that if you got any soaps or hand wash underneath them they would lift right off. These were just terrible. On the plus side though I think the colour shades and designs are really varied and eye catching. I'm just after realising I have two Rimmel products in this post,but I am a very big fan of there products. The scandal eyes mascara has to be one of the worst,the brush is huge which disperses way to much product,hard to control and exceptionally clumpy. When I saw the lasting finish 1000 kisses lip stains I was so excited to try them out. I really was impressed with the colour pay off from the stains and they did just that stain. But these would tug on the lips when applied,very drying (even with the balm) and left a strange feeling on the lips. Last of all the gosh bb cream. I don't know why I got it,colour pay off isn't great and certainly doesn't act as a primer,moisturiser,foundation on my skin. Anyway rant over=) Is there any beauty products you have tried that you where left dissapointed by,let me know?