Sunday, May 31, 2015

London vlog & Smashbox masterclass!

Last weekend I went to London with Smashbox to check out their Boxpark shop in Shorteditch and go to a masterclass with one of my favourite makeup artists Janine Bird.  Any time Janine does my makeup, I wonder if it's ok to sleep in it because she always does a stellar job and knows I love my dramatic eyes!

I decided to do two videos because otherwise I'd have had a video that was an hour and a half long!  So this first one is a vlog of the trip and because I'm so obsessed with Snapchat (follow me at LovelyGirlyBits), some parts of the trip aren't on the video, so you missed out on loooooooads if you don't follow me on Snapchat!


We had an absolute ball, eating at the Hoxton Grill, staying at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, and learning all about what's new from Smashbox this summer.  You can't get any better than that!


This trip made me realise how much I love London and want to go back later in the year with Mam and Joanne to do a bit of exploring and shopping, so if you have any tips for London life, leave me a comment!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kiko Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation review, before & after photos

It was the Lily Pebbles effect through and through.  I was in Kiko in Alicante earlier this month, completely overwhelmed with the sheer number of products available and while I slowly made my way around the shop, swatching everything in my path, I came across the Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation and remembered I'd wanted to check it out.

Nekked face
After choosing shade 15, I looked for an unopened box, but the girl told me in broken English that shade 05 was the same as 15.  I nodded along, waited for her to go away and then swatched the two shades.  They weren't identical but were close enough to warrant me shelling out the massive €5.90 on a tube.  In all honesty, I'd have paid triple or quadruple that for it, so it was an aul bargain.

Now my skin, despite being oily combination, can tend to go through dehydrated patches from time to time.  Either way, I wanted to try this and nothing was going to stop me.

Kiko Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation - 05 Light Beige
The formula is thick, creamy and is highly pigmented.  I learned this the hard way the first time I applied it because I literally caked my face in it like I was spreading butter all over myself.  Not the way I'd planned things.  I've applied it with both a beauty blender and my Nima Round Topped Kabuki Brush and both work perfectly.  You can see from the before and after photos that it gives a medium level of coverage, leaves me looking matte but not flat.

By lunch time, a good 5-6 hours after first application, it starts to break down on my nose ever so slightly.  But if I use a primer, it stays put all day.

Kiko Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation - 05 Light Beige
It completely evens out my complexion, makes my skin look smooth and almost plump and despite it's slightly thicker texture, feels lightweight on the skin.  I think this will be a good one for the winter when my skin is dryer, but during the summer, I'll be rocking it with a primer, but those with dryer skins won't need to prime.

You can buy it online or if you're in the vicinity of a Kiko shop, then go and check it out.  It's €5.90 and it'd be a sin not to investigate it further.

Have you tried anything from Kiko yet?  I bought a couple of the eyeshadow sticks so stay tuned for a review on them next week!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer - Luminous Bronze review, photos

After Hourglass brought out their Ambient Lighting Powders, then blushes, it was only a matter of time before they brought out bronzers.  Now I'm wondering if they're working on highlighters because I can't get enough from them!

A couple of weeks ago I picked up the lighter of the two Ambient Lighting Bronzers, Luminous Bronze, in Space NK Grafton Street.  It was €48, crazy price altogether, but Hourglass have never let me down and I knew this would be the last thing I'd be buying in a while as I'm back on the spending ban.


She is only gorgeous.  This is a bronzer that will make you glow, so if you're on the market for something matte, you'll have to look elsewhere.  I've been embracing the healthy bronzed glow this year and Luminous Bronze is a huge contender for the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow I tell you!  Like the blushes, this is a marbleised powder filled with "Photoluminescent technology" which sounds very fancy schmancy.  In normal words, it'll give your skin radiance while giving a bronzed glow.  I'm giving J Lo a run for her money in the glowy department!


The swatch on the back of my hand below looks scary.  I wanted to show you what a proper thick swatch looks like, but when you see it on my face, you'll see that there's nothing to worry about.  I didn't want you to go into the shop, swatch it, think it was too orange and put it back.  And you'd think that if you saw this initially.  Be not afraid lads.


This bronzer is seriously pigmented.  The first time I used it, I did a bit of swirly action with my brush, lashed it on and then nearly had heart failure!  So what I've learned that works for me is to get a brush like the Real Techniques Blush Brush and lightly press each side into the powder before having at it on the cheeks.  That's all you'll need but if you feel you want more, then add more.  It's easier to apply another layer than to remove too much.


Luminous Bronze warms up my complexion beautifully and I like to take it under the cheekbone, along the top of the forehead, along the temples and the nose and basically colour in my entire face with it.  It leaves me looking sun kissed, healthy and glowing while giving life to my skin.  This is the amount I'd use during the day, but if I'm heading out at night, I lash on a bit more because the soft focus finish it gives is beautiful in photos.


The powder is so finely milled that it doesn't look like I'm wearing make up, unless I lose the run of myself and apply too much.  This is definitely one to check out if you're looking to treat yourself because it's pure luxury, in price and in performance and I can't get enough of it....


It's available on the Space NK website and in stores now and I'm wondering if I need the darker one...



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Monday, May 25, 2015

Chanel Rouge Coco - Adrienne & Coco, photos, review!

Ever since seeing Lily talking about the new Rouge Coco lipsticks from Chanel a couple of months ago, it was only a matter of time before I picked them up.  I've tried a few Chanel lip products in the past and loved them all, so I didn't have to spend too much time justifying the purchase of these two.  To help lessen the realisation that I was going to be dropping over €60 for the two of them, one was bought on my way to Spain and one was bought on the way home!


Chanel has brought out 29 new shades, all named after special people in Coco Chanel's life and each shade has a story.  I bought Adrienne first and knew it was going to be a lovely nude lip option in life and everyone should have a special nude lipstick to whip out of their bag when you need a little touch up.  I bought Coco on the way home from Spain and cursed myself for not getting it on the way out so I could snap some pretty photos!  

The formula is smooth, glossy, feels hydrating on the lips and is really comfortable to wear.

Chanel Rouge Coco Adrienne (L) and Coco (R)
Chanel Rouge Coco Adrienne (L) and Coco (R)
I've worn both of these shades so much since getting them so I've already justified the price tag (€32.50, I know, shhh, it's Chanel....)


Adrienne is the perfect peachy nude.  It's got enough warmth in it to safely avoid the concealer lip situation and has just the right balance of creaminess and opacity where it doesn't look thick on the lips or sit in the lip lines.  It is beautiful and works well with a smokey eye or on a day where you want to take it easy on the makeup front.  In the swatch photos above, you can see the glossy finish on both shades which means they don't last too long, about two to three hours before you need to apply again.

Chanel Rouge Coco - Adrienne
Coco.... Oh Coco... What did I do before you came into my life?  This has fast become one of my favourite lippies of the year and is a coral orangey red hybrid that's super flattering on and is a shade I've worn outside in real life too!  I know!  This is huge for me because we all know I'm a bit scared of bright lips.  Not anymore!

Chanel Rouge Coco - Coco
The Rouge Coco range is on counters now and these two shades have definitely made me want to investigate more shades.  I think I'll pick up a darker colour when autumn hits, but for now, Adrienne, Coco and I are going to be best friends!

Have you tried any of the Rouge Coco lippies?  What do I need to try next?
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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!


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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!

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