Thursday, May 21, 2015

MAC Philip Treacy Eye makeup look ft Genuine Treasure Royal Wink

MAC recently had a Philip Treacy collection on counters and while it might be gone from stores now, it's still available online at time of writing this here post.  I've been obsessed with two of the eye products from the collection and had to show them to you on the off chance you might be able to get your hands on them because they're pretty special.

First up is MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Genuine Treasure (€19).  This shimmery bronze cream can be used as an eyeshadow base or on it's own.  I've been wearing this so much on it's own as a wash of sparkly beauty all over the eyelids and have found that even without a primer, it lasts a good 6-7 hours before the slight hint of creasing happens.  That's not too shabby for an oily lidded person sure it's not?  I've been wearing it to work, out after work and I find it's best to apply it with my finger to the lid and then blend out the edges with a brush.  Applying it with your finger will give a wash of colour and using a brush will help up the intensity of the shade big time.


What I've found myself doing a lot over the past month is wearing the most gorgeous blue liner on the waterline and smudged slightly under the lower lashes.  People, sit down because you're going to need the MAC's Fluidline in the shaw Royal Wink (€19).

This is why.



To say I can't cope with how gorgeous it is would be an understatement and wearing colour on the waterline is one of my favourite things to do, especially in the summer when it's a bright shade like Royal Wink.  In some light it looks like a true royal blue and in others it looks like a periwinkle blue, either way, I blahddy love it and after posting photos on Instagram and Snapchat wearing it and filmed a video wearing it, I'd so many comments saying how gorgeous it looked.  

I might not be able to achieve a nice clean winged line on the upper lash line, especially if I'm pushed for time, but I'll always be able to do this on the lower waterline!  There's a stunning turquoise shade in the collection too that I want and need because it's too gorgeous not to have.  Simple as.  And if you're looking for more justifications, having a coloured liner like this in your stash is always handy because it can be used on the eyelids as an eyeshadow base under eyeshadow and will not only help your shadow stay put for longer, but it'll help it look even more intense!


The Philip Treacy collection is available online at the moment, so if it's gone from stores, do yourself a favour and check these out.  Ooh, it's still on the Brown Thomas website too right now.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua review, photos, swatches

After my not so fun times with Chanel's Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation last year, I wasn't ready to throw in the Chanel-ular foundation towel altogether.  I've been wanting to get the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation for years now and finally bit the bullet in duty free on the way to Spain a couple of weeks ago.  I picked up the lightest shade and was raging it was so hot and humid in Spain at night because I had to wait until I got home to test it out.  Me and foundation when I'm sweating is not fun times.


I've heard many people describing Vitalumiere Aqua as being very skin like and that couldn't be a more perfect description.  Buffed into the skin, it gives sheer coverage and is easily buildable if you need a bit more coverage.  Usually for me that's on my cheeks and nose.  Let the record show that the first time I applied it, I used my Beauty Blender which sucked up so much product that I was left with hardly any coverage on my face.  So I use my Nima round topped kabuki brush and all is well in the world.


It's a water based foundation so it's important to shake the bottle well before getting stuck in.  Speaking of the bottle, it's a grand one for travel as it's lightweight and compact.  This means we'll have lots of room to take away more makeup with us.  If you're not a fan of scented products then you might want to give this a miss, but let me tell you that it smells quite strongly of watermelon or some other fruit that I can't put my finger on.  I absolutely love the fresh scent and am a little bit sad when it's gone by the time I've finished buffing it in.


I'm shade 10 Beige, the lightest shade and it's a perfect match.  It's definitely one for days when I want to look effortlessly fresh faced and the subtle glow it gives adds light and radiance to my skin.  It gives a really soft, natural looking finish to my skin and while I haven't tested it out on hot days yet (hello May and your hailstones and cold wind), it stays put for a good 7-8 hours once set in place with a powder.  Without powder, I'm shiny a couple of hours after application.

All in all, it's a decent foundation.  I don't think I'll repurchase it though because it doesn't have the wow factor for me at the moment.  It's €40, so very very spendy and it hasn't made me stop wanting to try Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk or Charlotte Tilbury's Light Wonder foundation!  And also, there are so many more affordable foundations that perform on par with this one.  I'd save the €40, go into Boots and buy a full face of makeup with your cashola.

Have you tried this yet?  What foundation do I need to try next?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MAC Wash and Dry Collection - on counters now!

Bronzey hues, bright lips, coral highlighters and all with gorgeous packaging?  Yep, MAC's Wash and Dry collection is one worth checking out lads.  It's limited edition so come payday, get yourself to a counter so you can swatch everything!


Can we just talk about the packaging for a second?  Turquoise, coral and yellow ombre with a metallic sheen makes me happy and screams summer time.  It also screams "You're going to be able to find me in your makeup back quickly rather than rooting around a load of products with black packaging."

I got to see some of the products up close recently and got a couple of bits to test out too.  Starting with the Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trios, these soft, buttery and oh so shimmery shadows are new to me and after swatching Hot Wash below with it's peachy bronzey goodness, I think it'll make a lovely easy to wear summer eye.  I do like a shimmery metallic eye in the summer and the fact that there isn't a huge amount of waste when it comes to packaging means it'll take up minimal room in my makeup bag.  See how I'm already using the future tense when talking about this?  There are two other trios in the collection but I only have eyes for this one.



Now, regular readers of the blog or viewers of my videos will know I have a bit of a soft spot for all things peachy and coral.  There's no point in trying to hide it because when I see things like the High Light Powder in Freshen Up, all coolness goes out the window because this one made me squeak when I saw it.  It made me go "Ooh" when I held it and it made me go silent when I swatched it.  It had to have been a bit uncomfortable for the other girls at the table, but just look at it....


The powder is made up of three shades, a pale neutral shade, a soft peach shade and finally, a gorgeous coral shade.  There's a golden overspray which disappears after first use and what you're left with is a wonderful, wearable peachy blush.  But what makes this even more justifiable (apart from the packaging and sheer beauty of it obviously) is that you can mix and match the different shades in the pan to customise your blush.  I know this is marketed as a highlight, but I'd wear this as a blush and look only fabaliss.


Another product that made me make weird noises (weird for others, normal for me) is MAC's lipstick in Morange.  I will make this mine come pay day.  It's pigmented, it's orange, it's bright and if summer was a lipstick, it'd be Morange.  There are three other lippies in the collection, Creme D'Nude, one that I used to think would be too nude for me but I'm coming around to the idea, Tumble Dry, a light peachy coral which sounds right up my street and Steam Heat, a bright pinky red that's pictured below.  Morange, I'll be seeing you shortly ok?


There are four lipglasses in the collection too.  Domestic Diva, pictured below is described as a frosty pink and immediately I wondered whether I could pull off a frosty lip.  I needn't have worried because it's completely wearable and has taken up residence at my desk at work.  I have my eye on Laundry List too because if anything is described as a vivid orange, I'm going to need to investigate.


Domestic Diva has a medium level of opacity, feels light and comfortable on the lips, is slightly on the sticky side, but is one I've been reaching for time and time again.


There are two bronzers in the collection along with two Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powders.  I have the more neutral shade Delicates to play with and there's a more red toned shade, Golden Rinse, that Orla talks about here.


Delicates is the perfect name for this bronzing powder because it gives a delicate, bronzed hue to the skin and for fair skinned ladies like myself, there's no fear of going overboard with it because it's got a light to medium level of pigmentation, so bronzing newbies, this is a good one to try out.


The effect on the skin is soft, contoured and you can see in the photos that there are no warm or red undertones to it meaning one can sculpt some cheekbones easily.  Because it has the finest shimmer running through it, and I do mean fine, it gives off the softest sheen on the skin and I've been loving focusing it on the hollows of my cheeks, but also bringing it up a bit onto the apples too.  If you're so inclined, you can totally dust this all over your face to give your complexion a bit more bronziness.


The powder is so finely milled that even a close up photo of my cheek below wearing it just looks like my skin.  Faking nice skin and cheekbones is one of my favourite things in life!


So my advice is to hit up your local MAC counter and go check out the Wash and Dry collection.  By all means you can freely purchase the bronzing powder and lip gloss, but do me a favour and leave a Morange lippie for me will you?   Oh and the highlight powder.   And that eyeshadow trio too...

See anything that takes your fancy?

Monday, May 18, 2015

New video! 10 under €10!

This week's video is chatty, hopefully informative and will highlight some really fantastic budget beauty products!  There's nothing like finding an affordable gem and have it work brilliantly.  I mean who doesn't love wandering around the chemist, swatching galore, before coming home with a handful of makeup?

I've gone through my stash and picked out ten of my favourite budget friendly beauty products which are all under a tenner in the hopes that if you're broke at the moment like me.  If you have any beauty products under a tenner that I need to check out, please do let me know in the comments below and enable me like a good child.

I hope you enjoy the video and stay tuned to the end for a sneak peek of what goes on behind the scenes when I'm making a beauty video like this!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Summer accessories from Penneys, Littlewoods, Stella & Dot

There's nothing like a bit of shopping to get yourself in the holiday mood sure there isn't?  A little handbag can make the world of difference when dressing up an outfit, and you'll know by now that Joanne's a huge jewellery fan and I'm partial to a grand pair of sunglasses.

We were away last week and decided to conduct our first photoshoot.  (Photoshoot = me grabbing Joanne and telling her to look towards the light, pulling her hand this way, telling her to hold the earring that way).  But we had a ball and we want to do more.  We've got some of our favourite pieces this summer that you're going to want to check out before they're gone!

Sunglasses


During the summer months, you'll rarely find me without a pair of shades on and yes, I'm one of those people who use them as hairbands too!  I knew I'd be picking up a couple of pairs in Spain but wanted to get some cheap and cheerful sunnies just in case I couldn't find anything in Alicante.  These two pairs from Penneys are not only cheap, both being under the €3 mark, but polarised lenses are very much on trend this year, so I couldn't help picking these ones out with it's turquoise lenses.  The tortoiseshell shades are gorgeous and make sure you pick up a little case to protect them in your handbag.



Jewellery


We love a bit of Stella and Dot here at Lovely Girlie Bits and we were delighted to get these two gorgeous pieces in the post recently.

The Tropicana Chandelier earrings are bladdy gorgeous dahling and even better to help the justification of a purchase, they can be worn four ways!  By unclasping each section and combining them in different ways, they are an over packer's dream because this one pair will do you for your whole holiday.  I don't know about you, but I like to bring options when I'm heading away, so this is perfect for me.


The Colourblock Cuff manages to be colourful and dainty while still packing a punch in the statement department.  The metal studs adds interest to this delicate bracelet and you can wear it on it's own like Joanne has here in the photo below, or stack it with other pieces.   And it totally goes with the earrings.  We like a bit of matchy matchy.  I have to admit, we're both loving yellow this season and Joanne bought a couple more yellow bits when she was away.



Joanne picked up these next three necklaces a few weeks ago in H&M and she's always been a massive fan of delicate pieces which she either layers together or wears on their own.  The first two are so dainty and were around the €5 mark and set off her tan (burnt chest) perfectly.



This white and gold number works well with a tan and is more suitable for chunky necked bridies like myself.


Both Joanne and I got this next necklace at a Littlewoods launch a few weeks ago and I'm obsessed with it.  Ok, so it's got just the right amount of chunkiness to make it a statement necklace, but isn't overly chunkalicious that I feel like I'm being weighed down.  It's blingy without blinding you in the eyeballs and is neutral enough to wear with lots of things.  Expect to see this a lot in videos and in outfit photos because it's fabulous and I'm glad we both have our own or else we'd have sisterly issues.



The statement handbag


Joanne got this fantastic handbag at the Littlewoods launch and I spent my time in Spain trying to find something similar.  It's gone from their website but I've got my eyes peeled for it's return and I shall wait patiently.  Ok I won't be patient, but can you see why I love it so much?



It's structured, is the perfect shade of yellow without being too gaudy, has black trimming around the edges to give it that extra somethin' somethin' and the gold hardware is the cherry on the top.  We're big fans of cross body bags and this can be worn over the shoulder too.  Because it's a small enough bag, be sure to bring a little purse like this one from Penneys or else it'll be squash central trying to fit a big wallet, your phone and any makeup you'll need for the day.



Stay tuned for a post next week on what accessories we bought in Spain!

See anything you like?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sephora, Kiko & Duty Free haul!

So after five weeks of being on a spending ban, I went loco in Spain last week!  It started in the duty free before hitting Sephora and Kiko, before ending things at El Corte Ingles and the spanish duty free.  I love everything I bought and can't wait to get stuck in and start reviewing it all!  You'll be happy to hear we signed up for a spanish Sephora rewards card and I fully intend on making good use of it!  Joanne's back in Spain in September so no doubt I'll have a grand list for her, but for now, the spending ban is back on baby and after watching the video, you'll see why... It's 19 minutes of me talking about makeup and it's been a while since I did a big old haul video!


So take a load off and see how many coral things I picked up.  (A lot).  Joanne and I might film a clothing and accessories haul video this weekend because we got some lovely jewellery, scarves and clothes, so if it's something you'd be interested in, just let us know.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Essence The Gel Nail Polish collection - photos, swatches

As soon as these polishes arrived at the house a few weeks ago, I knew I'd be bringing them to Spain with me for photos because they're summer in nail polish form.  The Essence Gel Nail Polish collection is on stands now and with a massive 46 shades on offer and at only €1.79 each, you'd be hard pushed not to find a handful of shades you love!


The idea is to use the accompanying base coat and top coat (€3.09 each) to help give a high shine, gel like finish, but without the hassle of having to use lamps and curing.  And with the sheer number of shades available, I'll be changing my nail colour every few days as it is, so being able to remove it with normal nail polish remover suits me just grand.  Now this post is just a swatch fest, not a proper review because I rarely keep my polishes on for longer than a couple of days at a time and can't say if they last 60% longer than regular polishes, but I've given them to Joanne to give them a trial because I'm very hard on my nails as it is, am a polish picker-offer and all of these reasons are why I never talk about longevity when it comes to nail polishes!

Anyway, back to the photos!


Now, we took the swatch photos pool side on Saturday, the day we were flying home, so we're missing three shades, the lemon, pale pink and black, but I think swatches of eight shades will give you a grand indication of the pigmentation and opacity of each polish and a general feel for the range itself.  Each of the photos show two coats and the brushes on each polish were the same - nice and wide for a one swipe application.









Each time I applied a shade to Joanne's nails, she would say "Ooh this is my favourite" and after the first four, I knew it was going to be the running theme!  Each of the shades applied smoothly and evenly and while we didn't apply the topcoat for the photos as we were short on time, you can see that each shade has a high shine finish as it is.  That's in spanish sun, so who knows if you'll get any shine at all in this grey weather!

My favourites are Wonderfuel because look at that purple and blue duo chrome.... I'm obsessed with Play With My Mint, Indian Summer (of course, it's peach) and 4 Ever Young and at €1.79 each, I don't mind buying them myself having been so generous to Joanne!

Do yourself a favour and raid your purse for change because that's all you'll need to pick up some of these!  Which is your favourite shade here?  If you're looking for me, I'll be checking out the rest of the collection in my local chemist!

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