Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vlog! Car trouble, Image Blog Awards & Boots Christmas 2014

The vlogs have been few and far between recently because we've both been busy at work and I've cut back on events and launches for a few reasons, but I won't bore you with them now!  Last week we had a couple of exciting things going on so thought we'd give my new camera a go for the craic.  I need to learn how to use it properly but what I can tell you already is that it's more HD than in real life!  So either I need glasses or the camera is very amazing!

So sit back and take a look at me freaking the sh*t out while the car died on the way into town last week, followed by winning Best Beauty Blog at the Image Blog Awards, rounded out nicely by a little show and tell at the Boots Christmas 2014 launch!  Boots really is my favourite place at Christmas and I urge you to start making your wish list now!

 

We hope you enjoy!

Monday, September 29, 2014

L'Oreal Exclusive Collection Pure Reds is very amazing - photos, swatches galore!

Red lipstick.  You are the thing I want to be able to wear with confidence more than any other bit of makeup.  You make me nervous that I'll get you all over my teeth.  You make me wonder if I've picked one that suits me, but let me tell you red lipstick, I will conquer my fear of you and wear you outside the house some day!

Enough of the chats between me and red lipsticks.  On to what I want to show you today!  Following on from their successful Collection Privee - The Nudes launch last year, L'Oreal are back with the Collection Exclusive - Pure Reds.  Like the nude collection, Pure Reds is designed to help make picking a red lippie a bit easier and each of the four shades on offer have different undertones to coincide with the four L'Oreal ambassadors.  In Ireland we're getting Blake Lively, Liya Kebede, Julianne Moore and Eva Longoria.  There are six more shades in the whole collection and the US will probably get them all, but don't worry, we'll be just fine with the 4!


I was sent four to play with but got two of the Blake shades, so might give that away over on Instagram this week for a lucky follower, so make sure you're following me here.  The packaging is gorgeous with it's textured black tube, gold detailing and then once you twist up the red lipstick, well it's just a thing of beauty.


Each of the three shades apply like a dream onto the lips and I used a lip brush to make sure I got a nice even edge.  Despite their described matte finish, which is more like a satin finish really, they're smooth and creamy thanks to jojoba oil and my lips felt soft and moisturised wearing each of the shades.  In terms of pigmentation, all I can say is yowza - one swipe of these babies on the back of your hand and you'll see what I mean!

L'Oreal Exclusive Collection Pure Reds - Liya
Liya's red is a cherry red that will work on all skin tones.  It's a warm red that's super flattering on me and while I totally had to google who Liya Kebede is (she's a gorgeous model, figures), despite looking nothing like her, this shade totally works on my skin tone!

L'Oreal Exclusive Collection Pure Reds - Julianne
After loving Julianne's nude lippie last year, I knew I was going to love her red offering and it didn't disappoint.  Julianne's red definitely has pink undertones to it and gives a lift to my complexion, the likes of which I definitely need these days!

L'Oreal Exclusive Collection Pure Reds - Blake
I think Blake's red is going to be the one to sell out because who doesn't want to look like Blake Lively?  And even if you don't, as soon as you put this blue based red on your mush, you'll be flouncing around the place making people call you Serena Van Der Woodsen.  It's a beaut and you need to swatch it now.




I really like what L'Oreal are doing with these collections in having a load of women with different skin tones that most of us will be able to relate to in terms of eye colour and undertones.  Hopefully it'll make it a bit easier to make decisions when standing at the L'Oreal counter wondering what to pick!

These will be €11.99 and launch in October.  Which is your favourite?


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Best Beauty Blog in the Image Blog Awards!?!

Oh lads, talk about a day of ups and downs!  If you follow us on Twitter, you'll know of the car catastrophe that happened yesterday where basically my car died a small death on the way into town to meet up with Niamh Martin from Nima Brush before heading to the Image Blog Awards.  Vlogging was happening, panic ensued and I'm still not the better of it!  Some lovely people helped me get the car in off the road and I ended up having to abandon it before getting a taxi home to drop the key into my neighbour who's a mechanic, then headed back into town where we just managed to make the awards but missed Niamh.  Boo stupid car!

I got to meet some new faces, see some of my favourite ladies and had a cheeky glass of wine which helped settle my car panic!

Lads, this happened.... 


To say I was shocked would be an understatement!  I didn't even wear a shaggin' dress!  I wore an old pair of comfy jeans, a cardi I haven't worn in yonks and really should have washed and not a pick of jewellery on me at all at all.... This is why I don't blog about fashion!  I just wanted to go for the chats, see who won and mosey on home into my bed!

But seriously though, thank you so much to everyone who voted for the blog in the awards.  Your support means the world and it's fantastic having a great bunch of beauty loving bridies out there who love makeup and all things girlie as much as I do.  You make me feel normal when I tell you that I have 15 red polishes and for that, you are little stars!

Thank you!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

IsaDora Flashing Volume Instant Effect Mascara review, before & after photos

Yes, so I've found my new favourite going out mascara.  What's a going out mascara I hear you ask?  It's one you wear when you're going out at night and have lots of eye makeup on and are allergic to the effort of applying false lashes because you know they'll mess up your makeup, so need a mascara that can hold it's own against your smokey eye.  Phew.  Say all that in one breath!


IsaDora is a brand I've overlooked in the past to be honest and I think I've only tried their nail polishes and that's about tit.  So when the team, who know I love me some lashes, sent the Flashing Volume Instant Effect mascara to try, it was the perfect way to dip my toe into the IsaDora waters.


The packaging is simple, but it's the wand where the magic happens.  Shorter than my thumb nail, this is the smallest brush I've seen on a mascara since Clinique's Bottom lash mascara and I've not seen anything like it before.  For it's dinky size, it picks up a lot of product, hence why it's one for night time for me.  I'm in the more is more camp when it comes to mascara and even more so when it comes to night time.


Now, because it picks up so much product, you need to take your time applying it and the plastic bristles make combing the lashes easy enough to prevent clumping.  All of the photos in the blog show just one coat of the mascara, that's how powerful it is.


It gives me really thick, blacker than black lashes and it's definitely a mascara for volume over length for me which is what I generally go for when I'm wearing a strong eye at night.  During the day, I do prefer longer wispy lashes.  But these are fat bold lashes the likes of with can hold their own against any Charlotte Tilbury makeup I pile on!

For €16.95, it's definitely one to try out next time you're wondering what to try from IsaDora!  Have you tried anything from the brand?  What do I need to try next?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Disappointing products!

With limited time during the week and on weekends to blog, I end up talking a lot about the products that I love because when I find great things, I can't wait to share them with you and they're much easier to write.  I've tried to blog about disappointing products in the past and they're boring for me to write and I always feel guilty about the fact that they're taking the place of good stuff on the blog!

So from now on, I'll be doing Disappointing Products videos every so often.  They're much easier to do, I can be a bit funnier and I really enjoyed doing this one over the weekend.  It's important for me to try and keep things a bit more balanced on the blog and on the YouTubes when it comes to product reviews and as you'll see, not everything works for me!

So have a squizz and see what products have disappointed me recently!  And do leave a comment either here or over on the YouTube channel and tell me what products left you feeling meh....

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rimmel Provocalips - photos, swatches, review!

Oooh this is a good one today folks!  Launching October 6th are the Rimmel Provocalips Transfer Proof lipsticks and I've got 7 of the 8 shades available to show you up close and personal.   And they're good...  Really good...  So good, they were allowed to have their photo taken on my lips cushion!  


This 2 step lip system promises to be kiss proof, transfer proof and fool proof.  That's a lot of proof.  But let's talk details.  On one end of the tube is the lip colour part which is a thin yet incredibly pigmented runny lip lacquer more so than a lipstick and on the other is a silicon feeling topcoat that seals the lip colour without changing the colour or finish of it at all.   I think the top coat is supposed to make the colour more glossy, but I can't see a difference and I like that to be honest.  It shows off the lip colour in it's true form.


For the most part, these were an absolute dream to apply.  As I mentioned above, the coloured part is quite runny, but still densely pigmented, so I'd advise removing some of the extra product by scraping it off the side of the tube before getting to work on your lips.  The doe foot applicator means you can get a nice crisp line and when it goes on, it feels like a lip lacquer.  It's important to work quickly with this because it sets in under a minute or so.  So while you can, press your lips together to disperse the colour and make sure you've a nice clean edge before you set it with the topcoat.  Before you apply that, you'll feel that your lips are really tacky, but once a layer of the topcoat goes on, all is well and you'll have smooth lips and it'll feel like you're wearing a regular lipstick.

But you're not.  You're wearing something fantastic and for me, these are a game changer and you'll see why below all these here swatches!

Rimmel Provocalips - Play With Fire
Play With Fire is a deep red shade that's perfect for autumn with it's deep reddy wine-y goodness.  This was one of my favourites.

Rimmel Provocalips - Dare To Pink
Dare to Pink was my least favourite in terms of shade and finish. I found that this congealed along my bottom lip where it met my top lip and the colour just washed me out big time.

Rimmel Provocalips - Make Your Move
Make Your Move is stunning!  Even more so in person than in these photos.  It's the most fabulous peachy neutral lip that I'll be getting so much wear out of and it's smack bang in my comfort zone.  Yes.  Love it!

Rimmel Provocalips - I'll Call You
I'll Call you is a really pretty pinky mauve-y purple-y shade that's totally wearable and makes me feel very sophisticated and grown up altogether when I wear it.

Rimmel Provocalips - Little Minx
Little Minx is for fans of bright fuchsia lips and Mags, if you're reading this, it's you in lipstick form!  I actually loved this more than I thought I would, so might venture out with this on soon!

Rimmel Provocalips - Kiss Fatal
Kiss Fatal is a daring shade in that it's a berry colour, but has a slight metallic finish to it.

Rimmel Provocalips - Kiss Me You Fool
Finally we have Kiss Me You Fool, my absolute favourite...  You know how I always say I'm too scared to go outside the house wearing red lips?  Well folks, this is one I'll be wearing out 100% and already think I know when I will too, so stay tuned for that.

The reason I know I'll be wearing it out is because on Saturday I tested this out properly.  I applied it for this post in the morning, wore it while filming my Disappointing Products video and it didn't budge.  I had lunch about 4 hours after applying it and after eating and drinking, there was no transfer on my glass, no movement, no nothing!  It looked exactly the same as when I applied it and it was only about 6 hours after the initial application that my lips started feeling a bit tacky, but still looked flawless, so I applied more of the topcoat and it felt perfect again.

8 hours after applying it, I had to have a shower, so off it came, but not easily I tell you!  It didn't budge with micellar water nor with my La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleanser or a WaterWipe.  I had to root out my Garnier Biphase eye makeup remover and that was the only thing that worked and that's most likely down to the oil that breaks down the lipstick.  This is seriously heavy duty stuff people!

Top row left to right : Rimmel Provocalips Play With Fire, Rimmel Provocalips Dare To Pink
Second row left to right: Rimmel Provocalips Make Your Move, Rimmel Provocalips I'll Call You
Third row left to right: Rimmel Provocalips Fatal Kiss, Rimmel Provocalips Little Minx
Bottom row: Rimmel Provocalips Kiss Me You Fool, swatchfest on the arm!
So I think it's safe to say that these are an absolute winner in my book.  They'll set you back only €8.49 which is for nothing and chances are they'll be on special offer when they launch, so no excuse!

If you're looking for a truly long lasting product, then you'll need to check these out.  Knowing that it's going to stay in place all night makes for a happy Karen and a Karen that will wear bright shades outside of the house!  Those red shades will be on constant rotation during December I tell you!

So are you intrigued?  Will you be checking them out when they launch?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation review, before & after photos

After my horror with the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation, I've been keeping fancy schmancy foundations at arm's length until I get over shelling out €40 for something that made me look rubbish.  So I'm back in my comfort zone today with a great little drug store foundation - L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation.


Before we go anywhere, I have to address the 24 hour thing.  If you wear foundation for 24 hours, what are you doing where you need a full face of makeup for that long and second of all, you'll wake up the next day with a big scaldy face on you for having makeup on for that long!  But seriously, let me know if you've ever worn foundation for that long and not removing it before going to bed doesn't count!

Back to the Infallible 24H foundation.  It promises to hide the appearance of fatigue and blemishes and since I've been working 50 hours a week for the past 2 months while trying to keep the blog and YouTube going, I need all the help I can get in the fatigue department!

Out of the 8 shades on offer, I was sent the 4th lightest (140 Golden Beige), so it was way too dark for me as you might imagine.  But I still tried it out to see what it was like in terms of coverage and finish.  After the first use, I knew I'd be buying a lighter shade because the finish was fabulous.  Medium coverage with a radiant finish while still feeling lightweight on the face.  I'm all about that coming into the colder months.  You can see the finish in the photo below and while it looks warm on my skin there, in real life it was way too orange for me.

L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation - 140 Golden Beige
So off I went to search for a lighter shade and found that the lighter shades still ran very warm.  So I did a proper swatchfest and ended up going with the lightest shade, Porcelain.  At the moment, it's slightly too light for me, so I've been mixing the two shades, using a pump of each to make my own personal shade.  (In reality I could've just bought the second lightest shade and saved myself the hassle, but shhh, I feel very makeup artist-y when I'm mixing).

L'Oreal Infallible 24H foundation - 015 Porceline
One of my favourite things about this foundation is the finish.  I've mentioned the glow it gives, but even better is that you can't see it on the skin at all, as shown by the photo below, carefully cropped so that one cannot see my ronnie.  Now, I have an oily t-zone, the likes of which puts a foundation like this to the test, especially one that claims 24 hours of wear.  And I have to admit that without a primer or setting powder, this slides off my schnoz in about 4 hours.  But am I going to let my big ole honker ruin things for the rest of my face?  No way Jose.  A quick layer of primer and a dusting of powder and I get to look airbrushed, slightly more awake (even if I've learned that I can type really well with my eyes closed at work) and ready if my day takes a different turn and I'm out for the next 24 hours... A bridie can dream...


I'm very impressed with this little star from L'Oreal and not to sound too YouTube-y, but it looks amazing on camera.   So my advice?  If you're an oily bridie, then prepare to use a primer with this, but if you've dry skin, then your face will love this.

€14.99 is the damage and it's well worth checking out.  Now, the next thing is, how can I make myself stay up and really test out the 24 hour claims?!
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