Monday, February 28, 2011

No 7 Eyeliner Review

My lovely sister was kind enough to buy something in Boots last week and keep her No 7 voucher for me!  I've been dying to try the new gel liners from No 7, even more so after seeing Tanya Burr's review of the black one on her youtube channel.  I picked up a different black gel liner in Belfast on Saturday, so yesterday I toddled along to Boots and picked up the blue one.

First of all, I love the packaging, it's too cute!  I'm not mad on the little brush that comes with it, the bristles are fine but the handle is too small.  I used my Mac 210 eyeliner brush when trying it out tonight.



When I first saw this colour on the Boots website, I was convinced that it was purple.  The same goes for when I saw it in person and it was until I tested it on the back of my hand that I saw it was actually navy.  The photo above shows how purple it looks in the pot.


 But as you can see, it's most definitely navy blue.  There's the tiniest hint of purple when I swatched it on my hand.  It's lovely and creamy and glides on so smoothly.


On the left is the eyeliner on a bare eyelid and on the right I applied it over Mac's Satin Taupe.  I saw someone applying Mac's Deep Truth as an eyeliner over Satin Taupe on a blog last year but can't remember for the life of me where I saw it. 


 No 7 eyeliner on bare eyelid.


 No 7 liner over Satin Taupe.  I love how it looks over this eyeshadow, it adds some definition to the eye without overpowering it.  This is my new love and will attempt to wear it to work tomorrow :)

 

I had to do a little shot of the liner on the waterline.  With one coat it gives a sheer layer but with two coats it's lovely and dark.

It cost €13.45 but with my trusty voucher for €7.50 off all No 7 products, it was only €5.95.  I have my eye on one of the lipsticks from the Spring range from No 7, Grace, looks gorgeous so I know what I'll be doing with my next voucher!
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

My new skincare products

I'm going to be brave and start a new skincare routine.  My current skincare products are from Aldi and I love them, I'm surprised I haven't done a blog post on them yet.  But in the name of research for my blog (tee hee that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!) I decided to try something new and see how I get on.  Enter Neutrogena's new Multi-Defence range. 


I was given the Daily Moisturiser by one of the girls at work, so I decided that to add more weight to the review, I'd buy something from the range myself.  I was in Sainsburys on Saturday and picked up the Night Moisturiser and the Gentle Purifying Scrub.  I've been using the Daily Moisturiser for a week now so the plan is to use these 3 products together for the next week or two and fill you in with a proper review.

Wish me luck !
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NOTD Pink and Blue

I tried my hand at nail art tonight and failed miserably!  So as not to have to go to work with unpainted nails, I brought out the big guns (and my current favourite nail varnishes) and I present to you my Sunday nails!

I used Rimmel's Pop Rose as the base and IsaDora's Graffiti Nails in Spraycan Blue.  I can't explain to you how much I love the brushes on both these polishes.  With the exception of my thumbs, I only need one swipe of them both for a perfectly applied coat.  The only problem I had with the Barry M Instant Nail Effects was that it took longer and I had to be more careful when applying it because it would take 2 to 3 dips into the bottle to do a nail and I'd end up overlapping the polish.  The wide brush that IsaDora's Graffiti Nails has is the business!  I also applied 2 coats of Seche Vite to give a shiny finish.  The IsaDora Graffiti Nails dries to a matte finish.

With flash

No flash

Up close and personal.  The wide brush ensures a nice, even crackle effect!
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Friday, February 25, 2011

February favourites - updated with King Tut photos!

Well ladies, February is nearly over and it has flown by for me.  I decided to change my favourites up a bit this month and fill you in on all of my favourite things, not just the beauty ones, so without further ado, I present to you my February Favourites!

My new favourite program is Bondi Beach Rescue, gorgeous tanned Aussie lifeguards saving lives? What more could a girl ask for (less gross injuries on the show would be nice thanks, squeamish person here)

Calendar girls - I went to see this play last Saturday for mam's birthday and loved it.  It's a shame the run here in Dublin was so short, so if you get the chance to go see it, do!  We laughed and cried throughout the whole thing and I think we found it hit close to home for us.  Words of wisdom - wear waterproof mascara :)

The Beaut.ie meetup - the girls at beaut.ie hosted a fantastic meetup in Market Bar last Saturday so it was with much fear and rumblies in the tumblies that I headed in to meet everyone.  I had a great time, met some lovely girls and came away with a fantastic goodie bag! I don't mind going for coffee or somewhere like that on my own, but I don't like going to meet friends in a pub on my own, I prefer to meet them first somewhere hehe  So I was so proud of myself and the rest of the girls for going to meet people that we didn't know, but know via the fantastic beaut.ie.  I'm not a confident person at all at all with strangers and I was delighted with myself for going (even if I did stop for a split second outside the Market Bar and think "what am I doing?!")  Thanks Kirstie and Aisling for helping us all feel at ease, roll on the next one :)  It's those little things that helps my confidence grow and I'm working towards posting more full face photos here :)

Isadora Graffiti Nails - I just got these last week and love them, full review is here!

TheBalm eyeshadow in the shade Just This Once Jamie - full review here :)

Vaseline Rosy Lip Therapy - I got this in my goodie bag from the Beaut.ie meetup and lovvvvve it!  A full review will be coming shortly :)

Lakme Hair Treatment - Full review is here.

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Biggest let down of the month: The Tutankhamun exhibition in the RDS in Dublin.  Let me set the scene for you.  I love anything to do with Egypt, the Pyramids and anything about that time in history.  A few years ago, we went to see the Spice Girls in London (was brilliant concert!) and I'd heard that this exhibition was going to be in the O2 in London.  I thought "this is perfect, cant wait!"  When we got there, we found out the exhibition was closed for the whole week we were there, so I was raging.  Last year, I went to New York with my mam and sister, and what do you know, the exhibition was over there!  The girls didn't want to go and I didn't think it'd be much fun on my Tobler, so I left it.

One morning in January, I saw an ad for it on the DART.  Can you imagine my excitement when I heard it was coming here and not only that, I got preview tickets for a bargain!  I dragged my sister along, we got our little headsets and off we went.  I'd even charged my camera and made sure I'd plenty of space for all the photos I'd wanted to take.  I was taking photos of some gorgeous golden door and The Lady told me not to use the flash, I was mortified, I didn't want to damange Tutankhamun's tomb on him.  I took so many photos of the beautiful treasures and I was so excited that I hadn't read the placards properly.  Every single thing was a shaggin' replica!  Here I was touching the mummy case thinking "Wow, I'm actually touching a part of ancient history" and yes, yes I was touching history, from only a few bloody years ago!

It was then my sister told me that she knew they were replicas, assumed I'd known because it even said it on the ads on the train, and sure if they were real, wouldn't they be in a museum instead of out in the open.  I hadn't thought of that.  Of course on the Dart on the way home, the ad mocked me and in big, bold, golden letters had the word "reconstruction" clear for everyone to see (except me)... Ah well, that's what I get for trying to be all cultured...

*Update* I thought I had deleted the photos of the exhibition in my anger but no, I have found some.  Tell me these dont look real!
The door the the tomb - I was told not to use the flash here, obviously so I wouldn't damage what I thought was an ancient tomb.

 This is King Tut's symbols, I thought this would be good to know if I was ever reading a book in Egyptian, I could pick it out.... It could happen!

 More Hieroglyphics, incase I was ever lost in a tomb in Egypt or in the movie The Mummy.  Good to know these things.


 The two mummy tombs.  Looks real to me!

The gold death mask of Tutankhamun.  Now, this was on a pedastal high up where nobody could touch it, why bother for a fake?! :)

Beautiful gold mummy case.

Now, I saw this inscription (yes, have watched Indiana Jones too many times) and thought, hmm what could this be.  So I took a photo so I could do my investigations when I got home.  Some bloke saw me taking a photo of it and after having a look, took his own photo.  I knew I was on to something.  After some googling, this was not found to be some message from the afterlife of Tutankhamun, nope, this is the name of the man who made this replica.  Am a gobshite hehe
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Battle of the brown eyeliners

You know I look a good comparison post, so I decided to find my cheapest and most expensive brown eyeliners and see what I came up with.  I'll be comparing my Catrice Stay on eyeliner with my Urban Decay liner in Whiskey that was part of the Naked palette.  The two liners are different shades but I thought I'd make do with what I have and also find out if there are any good brown pencil liners out there that you'd recommend?


On the left is the Catrice liner and on the right is Urban Decay.  I look like I've no eyelashes so mascara was called upon to help remedy this!  Catrice's liner looks almost black whereas Urban Decay's liner is more subtle and personally would be more wearable for work. 


 Rimmel's Lash Accelerator has been my mascara of choice this week, so on it went.  Love this stuff.


Above is Catrice's liner.  It's darker than the Urban Decay one and harder in formulation.  I found it dragged along the eyelid a bit when applying it, but it means you can apply a nice thin line.


Urban Decay's Whisker liner is softer and creamier than the Catrice one.  It glides along the upper lash line but because it's softer, it makes it harder to get a nice precise flick at the end. 


 I decided to tightline each eye and apply the liners to the waterline too.  I don't like the Urban Decay one on the waterline.  It has a red undertone to it and makes it look like I've been crying!  Catrice's liner is lovely on the waterline, it's really dark and does stay put.


So basically I'm torn.  I prefer Urban Decay's Whiskey liner on the upper lash line but prefer Catrice's eyeliner on the waterline.  Can anyone recommend one brown pencil liner for me to try?  One that won't break the bank please :)
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lakme Deep Care Treatment review

Earlier this month I received some Lakme products from Hair Crazy in the Omni Centre in Santry to try out.  When it comes to hair products, I always try them out a few times before reviewing, so here goes!

The full name is Lakme Deep Care Treatment - restructuring treatment for dry or damaged hair.  For €12 you get 250 mls of product.  Whenever I'm using a hair treatment, I'm always overly generous with the amount I'd use, so personally, I think I'll get about 7 or 8 treatments out of it.  The ends of my hair are dry at the moment so I apply the product to everywhere except my roots, but that's just me, I have really greasy hair and never apply conditioners to the roots.



Lakme says "Restructuring treatment restructures and nourishes hair fibre from the inside out.  Fortifies hair and leaves it silky and extremely soft.  Restores manageability and adds a luminous shine."

It smells gorgeous (smells like being in a hairdressers :) ) and is nice and thick.  I followed the instructions and shampooed my hair, towel dried it and applied the treatment.  I went about the rest of my business in the shower and rinsed it out.  I knew I was on to a good product because I barely needed to comb my hair at all before drying it.  After drying my hair, it felt gorgeous and soft and the ends of my hair felt properly conditioned, no flyaways.  I'm left with shiny soft hair, which as we know, makes me happy :)

Has anyone tried products from the Lakme range?  If so, leave a comment below!
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Monday, February 21, 2011

IsaDora Graffiti Nails!

First I tried Barry M's Instant Nail Effects and yesterday I was cajoled by my sister into trying the IsaDora Graffiti Nail varnishes!  They have them in so many colours and at €7.50 each, we decided to get one each.  I've been wanting a white one for yonks and so that was the first choice.  The second choice was a bit harder but we settled on 805 Spraycan blue.  It's an amazing navy/electric blue colour and we thought it would look gorgeous over a pink base.



What I decided to do is to use 5 different nail varnishes on both hands and show what the two Graffiti Nail varnishes would look like over the top of them.  Starting from the thumb and working towards the baby finger, we have Rimmel's Pop Rose, Sephora's Curacao, Barry M's Dusky Mauve, China Glaze's Cheers to You and Barry M's Turquoise.

It has a wide brush like the Rimmel Pro nail varnishes and you know how much I love these brushes.  This makes applying the nail varnish so much easier than the Barry M Instant Nail Effects.  It has a thinner formulation than the Barry M one which means it's so much easier to get an even coat.














Above is the IsaDora Graffiti Nails in the colour 802 White Art with and without flash.  I love it over the pink, the silver and the turquoise.













Above is the IsaDora Graffiti Nails in the colour 805 Spraycan Blue without and wish flash.  It's gorgeous over the pink, silver and turquoise and Sephora's curacao on my index finger.  I don't think Dusky Mauve was a good colour to mess around with here, I should've used a brighter colour.

If I had to pick just one out of the white and blue Graffiti nail, I think I'd pick the blue one.  It's so different and it makes me happy, I don't know why!  I love how if you look at the same nail on both hands, the top coat makes the base coat look so different.  At one point I had to look at my index finger properly after I'd applied the Graffiti Nails because I thought I'd painted them with different base coats!

I would most heartily recommend these and suggest taking a look at the different shades :)  It's great that we now have the choice of more than just a black crackle nail varnish!
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to tightline!



Yesterday I was reading this post on the fandabbydozy beaut.ie about which eyeliner is good for the waterline and it inspired me to attempt to show you how I tightline.  I say "attempt" because it's bloody hard trying to take a photo of your eyeball up close with a brush in one hand, the camera in the other, and trying not to poke oneself in one's eyeball :)

First up is the method I use the most often.  I use an angled brush, in this case, a Ruby and Millie angled brush that I got with one of my Boots vouchers a while back.  My go to eyeliner is MAC's Fluidline in Blacktrack.  I've had it for ages and it's starting to dry out, so I must get another one soon.


I use the side of the brush when applying the liner to the tightline and waterline.  It gives a nice clean finish and is much easier than using the tip of the brush.





First of all, I work the product into the base of the lashes, using little wiggling motions.  When you're doing the inner part of your upper lashline, try to look in the opposite direction of the brush.  That way you won't be tempted to blink and poke yourself in the eye :)  I end up using the longest part of the angled brush to get to the inner half of my upper lashline.

Above you can see a nicely lined upper lash line and one without.

You can see the difference tightlined makes above.  It makes the base of your eyelashes look really thick and dark!  And this is without any mascara.

Above is the lower lash line lined with the Blacktrack Fluidline.





You might find it easier to use a flat brush like the one above.  It's a Nars Number 2 brush and it's perfect for lining the upper lash line.  Once again, I apply the product to the side of the brush, lay the brush on my upper lash line, and sweep outwards towards the lashes.




Above is my trusty Stila Kajal eyeliner pencil in Onyx.  This is a creamy liner that stays for ages on the lash lines.  The only thing about it being so creamy is you have to sharpen it quite often.  I was lazy tonight and didn't bother :)  When using this method, I usually open my eye really wide and start from the outside working my way in.  If it helps, use a brush and press lightly onto your eyelid.  This will make your upper lashline easier to get to. 


Another way to make this method easier is to use your finger to keep your eyelashes out of the way. 

 

Above on the left is Stila's Kajal in Onyx on the upper lash line.


See above how having a blunt eye pencil makes it messy!



This is what I was playing around with tonight :)  I wanted to show how having your eyes completely lined doesn't automatically mean you'll look like a racoon :) 

Ps I have blinded myself trying to take these photos hehe Note to self, must invest in a tripod or helper to take photos where 2 hands are needed

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

theBalm Just this once Jamie review

First of all, love the name of the eyeshadow!  Just this once Jamie hehe  I was given this eyeshadow from the team at Awear to play with and they couldn't have sent me a better eyeshadow, it's totally one that I would have picked out myself.


First of all, can we look at the packaging?  Anything that has animal print makes me happy, it brings out the tacky Jerseylicious side of me :)  The shadow comes in a lightweight cardboard box that's magnetized shut.


What makes me happier than animal print on a product?  One that has a mirror attched.  I'm easily pleased :)


Now, onto the colour.  It's so hard to describe, so here goes.  It's a taupe mushroomy colour with plum & brown undertones and a lovely light shimmer.  That is the best I can do hehe  It's a beautiful neutral eyeshadow that would suit many skintones.  Texture wise, it's really soft so make sure to tap the brush off before applying, otherwise you'll be wearing it as a blush too!


I decided to try it over a black base and on it's own.  Above we have it over NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean on the left and on the right it's on it's own.  I much prefer it over the black base, it shows the true colour of the eyeshadow as how it is in the pan.

 I know the eye on the right looks like there's nothing on it but I assure you it's the flash that's washing it out. 


 Below I lined my left eye with Urban Decay's liner in Zero and on the right I used Stila's Kajal in Topaz.  I'm still not sure about Topaz.  What do you think?



I love that by using the eyeshadow on it's own that you can have a neutral eye but by layering it over a darker base, you have a really quick and pretty smokey eye.













I would most definitely recommend this colour and will be going to get more eyeshadows by theBalm.  They're €11.50 but keep an eye out in your local pharmacies where I've seen theBalm products on sale,
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