Thursday, October 30, 2014

Favourite Five Halloween YouTube Makeup Tutorials that even I could do!

So tomorrow is Halloween and I don't know where the month of October has gone!  I love watching Halloween makeup tutorials on YouTube and despite having zero talent when it comes to doing that kind of thing myself, I still watch my favourites in the hopes that I'll be able to learn from them!

If you're heading to a party and are stuck for something to dress up as but want to make some effort, any of these 5 makeup looks will sort you out.  And the best thing is, you only need makeup to do them yourself, no latex or special effects which is what someone like me needs.  So let's get to it shall we?  I've been keeping tabs on my YouTube subscription box over the past few weeks so I could bring you my Favourite Five this spooky season!

Sharon Farrell

When I saw this thumbnail in my subscription box, I was convinced Sharon Farrell, Irish makeup artist extraordinaire, had posted a black and white photo.  But no, she's just used white, black and grey to achieve this gorgeous 20s inspired makeup look that I think I'd actually be able to do myself!  I'm a massive fan of Sharon as it is, so make sure you subscribe to this talented lady.

The Makeup Fairy

Ah Joanne Larby, you're a grand bridie who knows that even a gobshite like me could attempt this super easy skeleton makeup tutorial!  Granted, I would probably mess-up the itty bitty lines and would end up with things being a bit messier but I really think I'd be able to attempt this!  Of course, after a few drinks, who knows what state I'd be in but still, totally achievable.  Nice one Joanne!

Promise Phan

Promise Phan is one of my favourite non Irish makeup artists and girlfriend has mad skills when it comes to Halloween, so make sure to check out her channel for lots more tutorials, Halloween and otherwise.  I love this cartoon tutorial and again, totally doable!  Now I just need to find me a blue wig...


Irish makeup artist Siobhan McDonnell is the queen of Halloween and I always look forward to her tutorials year after year.  Except this year, she's fa-reeeeeaked me out with this amazing 3D spider tutorial and there's a scary clown one too that I haven't been able to watch due to post traumatic stress after watching Stephen King's "It" many years ago.  If you aren't a wimpazoid like me, then go and watch it and let me know if I'd have nightmares.  Otherwise, watch the 3D spider tutorial one but beware if you do this, then have a few drinks, you might frighten the actual shite out of yourself when you look in the mirror going to bed.  Don't say I didn't warn you!


If the tutorials above still seem like they might be too hard for you this Halloween, then watch Sam's tutorial where she shows face stickers from Claire's Accessories and uses ones from Face Lace .  I could totally stick stuff on my face!  Sam and Nic have lots of Halloween tutorials on their channel so you know what to do and let's be honest, you should already be subscribed to them as it is.

So those are my favourite five Halloween tutorials this year!  Maybe next year I'll suddenly have developed some talent and be able to do a few tutorials myself but that's highly doubtful, so I'll do this post again next year with five more talented makeup artists showing off their skills!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique - or the thing that gives me amazing hair all the time

There hasn't been one product that has prompted so many compliments about my hair in ages.  I haven't used it every day, but when I do, I've a 100% hit rate for people asking me if I'd had my hair done, cut or blow dried.   Even Joanne has said to me to tell her what I'm using on my hair because she's going to buy it.  The fact that she even noticed anything at all is huge!

It's down to this haircare hero.  Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique is a polishing nourishing milk that protects hair from heat while giving incredible shine, body and thickness to the hair, without weighing it down.  And it smells fab too.  Now it's definitely not a milk if we're going by texture alone.  It's a thick conditioning cream that you apply to the dry parts of your hair after towel drying it before you have at it with the blow dryer.  I always dry my hair upside down, brushing it as I go and after using this, my hair is the swishiest it's ever been, full of bounce, body, shine and no frizz.

I know that using heat on our hair is bad for it, but it's autumn now and that means I can't go to bed with damp hair anymore or I'll catch a cold in my kidneys.  And sure it's much nicer going to bed with dry hair isn't it?  So using this means I can use heat on my locks to my heart's content, knowing it'll protect my hair while reducing hair breakage and speeding up blow drying time.  I can't see any difference when it comes to hair breakage but I've definitely noticed that it takes less time to dry it and whether I use it in the morning or evening, being speedy is very important to moi as moi is always late/exhausted.

There are three variations of thermal protection depending on your hair type.  Dicipline Keratine Thermique helps unruly hair fight the frizz and humidity, Resistance Ciment Thermique helps strengthen weakened hair and this one, the Nutritive Nectar Thermique which helps prevents roughness and dullness with dry hair.  They're all €23.50 and if the other two are anything like this one, then you need to check 'em out.

Two massive Lovely Girlie thumbs up from me and while this was sent to me to test out, I'll be purchasing it myself when I run out which will be soon because I'm hoofing my way through it having perpetually lovely hair!  You can pick them up on the Kerastase site or in salons nationwide.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Win! A fabulous Sally Hansen Hamper! #LovelyGirlieGiveaways

Ah, what better way to start the short work week than with a fantastic new giveaway!  We've teamed up with Sally Hansen to give one lucky reader the chance to win a mahoosive hamper filled to the brim of goodies!

What are we giving away I hear you ask?  We have 9 shades of the recently launched Miracle Gel polishes that I reviewed here, a topcoat, an Airbrush Legs Lotion, an Airbrush Legs Spray, a Nail Rehab and a Cuticle Rehab!

You know the score by now, all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this hamper is enter your details in the Rafflecopter widget below!  This giveaway is open to residents of Ireland, north and south only.

Good luck!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My favourite autumn candles from Max Benjamin, La Bougie, This Works & Molten Brown

Ok, I know that what I'm about to say will make me sound like a total bridie but my favourite thing on a Sunday is to snuggle up on the couch in all my fleece (they need to invent fleece underwear), light a bunch of candles, turn off the lights and watch Love Hate.  I'm very into candles and cosiness right now and while I do light lots of candles, I generally only light one scented one, the rest are tea lights in cute candle holders.  If I was to light every candle I own, I'd give myself a touch of the vapours.

I went through a phase years ago of being afraid to light candles, wanting to keep them for "good use".  What that means, I don't know but now I've been using them up like there's no tomorrow and when I'm tucked up on the couch with Bailey snoring away, I want there to be no tomorrow because it's the business!

Some new candles have come into my life recently and I wanted to share them with you because we all need to start a candle, couch and fleece club, for reals.

Max Benjamin Tea Candles

Irish candle company Max Benjamin has released a new 5 strong collection of candles infused with tea fragrances, each one more gorgeous than the last.  It has Assam & Lemon, Lime Flower & Lavender, Raspberry & Ginseng, Serene Jasmine and Victorian Earl Grey.  Regular readers of the blog will know that I love all things jasmine so of course, Serene Jasmine is my favourite.  But only by a hair because the whole collection smells divine.  And will you check out the packaging!  They come with a lid to keep the dust away and make them look even prettier if that's possible.  They kick off so much scent and I find that lighting one in the living room fills the whole of the downstairs of the house with the light, delicate fragrance.  I can't wait to finish one so I can start the next one!  And at €15, they're such a bargain and will make a great little Secret Santa/Stocking Stuffer present.

This Works Lavender & Roman Chamomile Candle

As a massive fan of the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, it was a given that at some point I'd pick up one of their candles too.  The Lavender & Roman Chamomile candle is perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a long day and I've been burning this on my bedside table, creating an air of calm before bed time.  I found mine in TK Maxx but you can buy it online here.  I don't like candles that are too strong when it comes to bed time and this one is perfect for filling the air with it's scent, but not my schnoz.

Molten Brown Firefly Embers Candle

This is Joanne's candle but I "borrowed" it for the purpose of this blog post (and totally used it twice).  I smelled this during the summer in Arnotts and fell in love.  Deep in love.  If you don't have a proper fireplace in your home and want it to smell like burning logs, all autumnal and bonfire-y, then you need to smell Firefly Embers.  It's warm, cosy and will make you want to whip out the marshmallows!  It's expensive at €49, but holy moly it's gorgeous.  Totally one for snuggling up on the couch with!

La Bougie Mission Fig Candle

Lucy Hagerty, founder and perfumer at La Bougie Candles has expanded her collection to include Mission Fig.  Created in Tuscany, Lucy wanted to create a unique fig fragrance and Mission Fig is beautiful.  It's sweet, slightly floral and makes for the perfect scent to take us into autumn.  I'm a massive fan of La Bougie and have been alternating Mission Fig with Sage & Bitter Orange.  These candles are well worth the €20 and you can find a list of stockists here.

Are you mad into your candles too at the moment or is it just me?  Tell me what you're burning now so I can add it to my list because there are a lot of dark evenings ahead of us and we need to be all cosy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Win!! Roger & Gallet hamper worth €180! #LovelyGirlieBlogoversary

Ooh look what we have for you today!  If you're a fan of French brand Roger & Gallet, then you need to listen up because we have a hamper up for grabs for one lucky reader!  It's worth €180 smackaroonies and I'll make sure some of my favourites are in there, so that we can be twinsies.  Lovely smelling twinsies. 

You know how obsessed I am with the Gingembre scent which I discovered exactly two years ago.  And how do I know it was two years ago?  Because it was right before we went to New York and I loved it so much, I brought the shower gel and body lotion with me and now associate the scent with The Big Apple!  So I might have to do the same thing this year for old time's sake...

To be in with a chance to win, you need to be a resident of Ireland, north or south.  Just enter your details in the widget and the more steps you carry out, the more entries you get!

Good luck!

Monday, October 20, 2014

What's new in budget beauty, chat & demo!

So much has been arriving at Lovely Girlie Towers over the past few weeks and I can't get through it all!  So in an effort to tell you about more products at once, I've filmed a wee video showing you what's new in budget beauty land, complete with chat, demo and mini reviews along the way.  There are so many fantastic products out there at the moment that won't break the bank, so you have no excuse not to head to your local chemist and have a browse.  I give you my full blessing.  Go forth and shop for the both of us!

You can click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel and see a full list of products mentioned.  And do let me know if you like these kinds of videos so I know whether to do more or not.  I've so many video ideas and not enough time to film them, so you tell me what you want to see and that'll make life easier for everyone!

Thanks for watching!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Win! An NYX hamper worth €100! #LovelyGirlieBlogoversary

Today's blogoversary giveaway is courtesy of NYX, one of the brands we were so excited to get our grubby little swatch filled paws on earlier this year.  It's always the case that you covet the things you can't get isn't it?  We'd been stocking up any time we headed to the States and had to resort to Ebay when we were stuck in Ireland without the possibility of giving anyone a beauty shopping list if they were America bound!

I'm in the absolute love with the butter glosses, the blushes, the jumbo lip pencils and that's just the tip of the iceberg!  I'll slowly make my way through the entire contents of the NYX stand and report back to you.  I'm very good like that so I am.  #anyexcuse

Now it's available in pharmacies nationwide and each week there are more stands appearing which is great news!  This week I discovered a brand new stand in the chemist in the Merrion Centre, so I have no excuse when I want to pop in "for a look"... Famous last words eh!

We've got a hamper worth €100 for one lucky winner to celebrate the blog turning 4 and all you have to do is enter your details in the widget below and you're in with a chance!  This is open to residents of Ireland (North or South) and good luck!

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