Thursday, April 16, 2015

Penneys Summer 2015 is comin' atcha!

We're heading away on holidays next month for a week and so the Penneys summer 2015 launch couldn't have come at a better time!  The panic is over for me because I need new things for sunny Spain but also don't want to spend a fortune.  (Side note, Alicante has a Kiko and a Sephora, so girlfriend wants to keep her money for that too).

This summer, there's a definite Woodstock vibe from the collection with a mixture of prints and textures and lots of light, floaty fabrics that'll keep you nice and cool when the weather heats up.  There was lots of lace and crochet on show, whether it be the star of the show or as an embellishment to a piece and I'm not going to lie, it kind of made me want to be at Coachella....

Let's take a look at some of my favourite pieces shall we?

Kimonos are still on trend this season and I'll be picking up a couple to throw on over jeans and a tank top because sometimes I like to keep my arms covered and sometimes (it's Ireland we're talking about), it's a bit chilly.   Aztec inspiration is still big this season whether it be in the clothes or the accessories.

 I love white and blue in the summer and it instantly transports me to sunnier climates.  Anything that's floaty and lightweight is always welcome in Spain but that white and blue gauze top below wouldn't go amiss here in Ireland.

For those who like the monochrome look, there's plenty to choose from!

I'm telling you, Penneys are on point when it comes to accessories and many the time Joanne and I have come out of the shop with jewellery, shoes, bags and that's just to start with.  See that fringed bag below?  Yeah, that's going to be mine.  A love a tan bag in the summer and I can already see myself sitting there plaiting the fringing!  Printed shoes are always a winner for me and see those bright orange and green ones below?  Love them!

Now you might be disappointed to know that Penneys won't be selling pineapple hats this season, but sure feel free to make your own and swan around the place smelling like a tropical drink.  Along with the oversized sunnies which is a staple for me for most of the year, they'd a load of aviator style sunglasses with the mirrored lenses which I need.  

If you want to add a few summery accessories to your home, then where better to start with some cute cushions.  Affordable and an easy way to add a little somethin' somethin' to your couch or bed without going overboard.

Last year I bought a load of plimsoles and sandals from Penneys and this year will be no different.  Get a load of the sparkly embellishments on those sandals below and even better is they're flat!

The summer collection will be hitting shops in the coming weeks but you know the score by now with Penneys - go in often because they get new stock all the time and you'll be raging if you miss out on something you love!

Stay tuned for an upcoming Penneys haul video (we haven't even gone shopping but I know we'll be stocking up for our holiday!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara review, before & after photos

Of all the things that a brand can send me, mascara is always one of my favourites because I need to look like I have lashes or else my eyes look like dots.  When MAC sent over some of their mascaras to try out, I'm not going to lie, I did a happy dance because I love writing these posts!  The photos do the talking but I'll do a bit of talking today too.

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara is one I've been wanting to try for ages after seeing Jaclyn Hill using it on her bottom lashes in most of her videos.  Well, I've been using it on both top and bottom lashes and can safely say that no other mascara has gotten a look in since I started using it.

The long and slender wand makes sure I can reach every single solitary lash without poking myself in the eyeball which is always a good thing.  I'm not going to lie, I found lashes I didn't know I had (and maybe found a hair the length of an eyelash on my actual eyelid, but shhh or I'll sound like a hairy molly).  The bristles on the wand grab on to each lash and as I comb through the lashes, it packs on the product without any clumping.

You know those mascaras that gives you the feels when the formula is perfect - not too wet and not too dry?  This is one of those and despite only having one coat here in the photos as is the norm with my mascara posts, two coats of this and there's still no sight of clumping.

What it gives me is lift, curl, separation, volume and length.  Pretty much all I want in a mascara.  And best of all is I can really get into the roots on both top and bottom to give the illusion of thicker lashes.  I used to love Clinique's bottom lash mascara for, well, the bottom lashes because the wand was so dinky and this gives me the same effect as that.  But rather than having to use different mascaras for top and bottom lashes, I can do them all in one go with this baby.

With the formula being so lightweight on the lashes, it holds the curl for the day, doesn't flake or smudge on me unless I cry tears of laughter, then we have a situation!  I love how it makes my lashes look wispy and fluttery, while still packing a punch in the drama department and it's the mascara I've been reaching for pretty much every day.

Apparently it can be removed with warm water and I can attest it removes with warm tears!  But I've been using my usual Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which makes fast work of getting rid of it.

It'll set you back €18.50 and I know I'll be purchasing this myself when it runs out.  I'm thinking a backup might need to be bought in the airport and I'll make Joanne buy it too.  Yes, am loving this beaut!

Have you tried this one yet?  What's your favourite MAC mascara?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sally Hansen collection with Natalie B Coleman, photos, swatches, review!

Ah Sally Hansen, you have my heart with this six strong collection of spring hues and darker shades for those of us who aren't quite ready to don brighter nails.  They've teamed up with designer Natalie B Coleman to create this collection to go alongside her Spring Summer 2015 collection.  So last weekend when it was lovely and sunny, I took myself out the back garden to take some photos!

Peach of Cake

I don't need to tell you that I love anything peach or coral when it comes to makeup and nails.  So Peach of Cake was my immediate favourite and the one I reached for first.  This shade teeters on the edge of being neon and I know I'll get lots of wear out of it, especially when I have a bit of a tan and when I'm brave enough to wear something white without the fear I'll spill something on it.  Two coats will do you for real life but for the purpose of these photos, it shows three because I could see a little bit of my nails with two coats.


Enchante is one of those dusky pink shades that's perfect for everyday wear.  It's one of those polishes that has a brown undertone to it, so if you're over the Kylie Jenner 70s inspired lip, then take a bit of inspiration from her and give the 70s nail a go!

SGT Preppy

SGT Preppy is one of those must have spring shades, a bright pink with purple undertones to it.  Of all the shades in the collection, it was the one that was the most dupable and I have a few like this in my stash.  Then again, I have a lot of polishes, so if you're looking for something spring appropriate that'll add some colour to your ensemble, then check it out!  Again, this was a three coater for the photos, but I'd be happy with two.


Moheato was the polish that knocked me upside the head when I applied it on the nails.  In the bottle, it just looks like an unassuming green polish, but on the nails it's almost neon and is as tropical as it comes!  This with a coral handbag and a glass of sangria in my hand is what my holiday will be about I tell you!

Belle of the Ball

Belle of the ball immediately reminded me of Bourjois' Violine Hypnotique and I am obsessed with it.  The first coat is pretty uninspiring and the blue tones are the most prevalent, but that second coat... Oh that's when it becomes this rich burgundy, purpley shade that I'll be wearing all year round.  The really fine shimmer running through it adds a depth and dimension that will have you staring at your nails.  Fact.


Fans of a deep inky midnight blue polish will love Nightwatch.  The glossy finish on these polishes are gorgeous, but with this one, it makes it look like my nails are wet!  For the sophisticated folks out there, this is one worth checking out, but make sure to apply a base coat because this puppy will stain your nails.  I feel like Nightwatch is this year's Essie's Boy Blazer.

The collection is in shops now and will set you back at €8.99 a bottle.  Once again, Sally Hansen have come up trumps with a beautiful collection!

Which one is your favourite?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Video! You know you're a beauty addict when...

Last year and the year before, I wrote a few posts on what it's like being a beauty addict.  The struggle is real people!   Normal people don't know what we go through on a weekly basis and so in order to shed some light on things for them, and to help makeup addicts feel a bit better, I filmed a wee video giving some insight.  Please do leave a comment if you can relate to any of these so that we can all feel normal!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Whisper Challenge!

It's been a while since Joanne and I filmed a video and we thought it was high time we sat down and did one!  Of course, it had to be a stupid one while we ease our way back into filming together.  So I present to you The Whisper Challenge!

So far the response from everyone has been great with almost everyone telling us they cried actual tears of laughter and that's always a good thing!  So remove one's mascara before watching it!

If you have any stupid video suggestions we can do in the future, let us know in the comments!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Leeeeedle white lies beauty addicts sometimes tell!

Last night on the Twitters, I was having the chats with some of my fellow bloggers and we got around to some of the little white lies we tell the people we love to prevent them from thinking we're absolute lunatics.  I'm not entirely sure if we're succeeding in that, but sure we can try and hide it for as long as possible.

I once told my family the cost of two MAC brushes (airport too, so it was even cheaper than it should've been) and they literally stopped in their tracks.  Big mistake.  They were how much for two?!  Then my survival instinct kicked in and I told them that they were made by blind nuns.  They didn't believe me but the laughter made them forget how much I'd paid for them.  Phew, that was a close one.

When I've had a particularly rampant spending spree in Boots and Joanne sees it and asks if it was sent to me, sometimes I say yeah.  The shame of being sent so much stuff and yet buying even more just gets to me!  But this is the thing, I'm a full blown beauty addict and will continue to buy all the things all the time.

What little white lies have you told to hide your beauty obsession from loved ones?  It's ok, we won't judge you here because chances are we've already told the same ones and listen, by telling us here, you might be helping out a fellow makeup addict in the future because I for one will be taking notes!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The lip products I have on my desk and in my bag

I've done posts like this before and love hearing what others have on their desk and in their bag!  I have the exact same circle of lippie life in that I wonder why I'm having shoulder pain, decide to go through my bag, find eleven million lip products in there, take them all out, put on bag, wonder why it feels so weird, feel like I've constantly left my wallet somewhere due to lightness of bag, start plopping more lip products in each day, usually one or two due to testing out and feeling bad for leaving them at home.

So this is what I currently have in my bag and what I keep on my desk in terms of lip products.  And if you think I'm weird, please note that in the past I've had a good 18-20 products in there, so make of that what you will.  (I agree, I'm a lunatic)

I'm a lip balm addict and panic if I only have one in my bag, so I have a good three to four on rotation at any given time.  I'm still in denial that Space NK have discontinued their Life lip balm because it was seriously brilliant.  So I'm squeezing every last drop out of this tube.  A similar lip balm is the Glam Balm Lip from Rodial which has the same gel texture but the packaging makes for messy application each time I use it.  I always squirt too much out, but it's really lovely and I'll finish the tube.  I always have a tube of Cicaplast Lips from La Roche-Posay on the go and it's melt on your lips texture gives a hit of hydration and nourishment.  Finally we have the Lanolips 101 Ointment which can be used as a lip balm or on cuticles.  I was only sent this the other day but already know it's love and I'll be purchasing it myself.  It doesn't matter that it's made of sheep juice.

My bag and desk is never without a bit of Clarins and the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is a winner, adding a lovely glossy finish to the lips while feeling like I'm giving them a treatment.  The Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in Rose feels so comfortable on the lips and gives a wash of milky pink colour which is perfect for spring.  Yes, when I go on my holidays I'm going to buy the coral and orange shade and possibly the rosewood one too.  Love these so much and I'm nearing the end of mine!

Shiseido sent me one of their Veiled Rouge lipsticks in shade PK304, or as I like to call it, the most gorgeous peach shade ever.  I'll be talking about this in more detail in an upcoming blog post, but this semi-sheer, glossy lipstick is absolutely beautiful and I want to check out more shades.  It glides over the lips like buttah and again, like every other lip product on this list, gives my lips moisture and nourishment.

Maybelline Color Whisper in Made it Mauve is the perfect "my lips but better" shade and at the time of writing this, I've also added Pin Up Peach into my bag.  I really hope Maybelline brings these here because they knock Revlon's Lip Butters out of the water in terms of formula and lasting power.  I'll do a full review on them in the hopes that Maybelline decide just on that review alone to bring them here!

Ah my beloved Burberry lipstick in Golden Peach.  I've done a full blog post on this and it's the brightest of the three I picked up and keep it handy for when I'm heading out after work and want to add a little somethin' somethin' to my exhausted mush!

So now it's over to you, what's in your bag or on your desk?

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