Friday, December 23, 2016

Last minute Christmas gift guide!

IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE!  The panic is on because you said you'd be organised this year and do all of your Christmas shopping early on and be one of those smug feckers with their presents bought and wrapped and everything.  Instead, the shit is going to hit the fan because the whole one for them and one for me thing ended up being one for me and another one for me.  Now you're knee deep in your own presents and need to get bits for everyone else!

Fear not, for I am here to show you some deadly Christmas beauty gifts that you can hopefully pick up today once you elbow your fellow last minute shoppers out of the way.  You can do this!  I was sent samples over the last few months and have picked out my favourites for this quick gift guide which will hopefully take some of the panic if you're a last minute shopper.  This isn't sponsored, paid for or anything (you'll always know if it is as I disclose errthang).  And I'm not going to include links because you're going to have to be brave and go into the actual physical shops to get these bad boys.  I wish you luck.  Have wine chilling in the fridge for your return.

Urban Decay Full Frontal Reloaded Vice Lipstick Stash
€75 - Debenhams & House of Fraser

Inside you get a primer pencil and five lippies.  See that coral one second from the right?  Yeah that's me in lipstick form.  And as for 1993, the gorgeous brown shade on the right, it's creamy and grunge-tastic.  The packaging is impressive and anyone who wouldn't like to get this under the tree this year, well, we can't be friends.

La Roche-Posay & Vichy skincare sets
Chemists nationwide & prices vary

If you can't face going into town, why not visit your local chemist?  They've so many gift sets, skincare and otherwise and can make life so much easier for you.  La Roche-Posay and Vichy skincare sets are always solid options when it comes to buying for someone else and if you don't see a set with the products you want, see if they'll make you up a gift box with products you've chosen.  Or just buy the products individually and plonk them in a gift bag, birra tissue paper on the top and wish bash bosh!

Pixi gift sets 
Marks and Spencer

Up until recently I'd only ever tried the Pixi Glow Tonic, not knowing that there was an entire range of products, skincare and makeup for me to try!  The Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen Set is €24 and there's a rose gold liner in the set that's worth the €24 itself.  It's a beaut.  The Pixi Best of Bright Holiday Travel Trio has a mini Glow Tonic along with a mini Glow Mud Cleanser and Glow Mud Mask and at €27, it's a decent little set where you can test out three products at once.  Finally the Pixi Palette Rosette is a fantastic eye and cheek kit and I love how they've put the shadows together in sections, like lid shades, contour shades, brows and highlights.  It's €30 and is nice and compact (and easily wrappable too!)

Eyeshadow palettes!

If in doubt, an eyeshadow palette is always a safe option.  The Clarins Essentials Eyeshadow palette is €43 and while it lacks enough pigmentation for me, Mam loves it.  I gave it a go a few times and found that the shadows needed a lot of work when used dry, but when used wet the colour payoff was much better.  I like my shadows with a bit more punch personally, but Mam enjoyed the lighter pigmentation and wasn't afraid to use it!

Urban Decay has two newer palettes out and they couldn't be more different!  The Naked Ultimate Basics palette is €47 and is very possibly my favourite eye palette of 2016.  It's a palette that would suit a lot of skin tones and those who are confident and not so confident with their makeup application will find it easy to work with.  It's a neutral eye makeup lover's dream and fans of matte shadows will be really impressed with the texture of these beauts.  Now, if you're buying for someone who likes to be a bit more adventurous with their eyeballs, then the Full Spectrum palette is worth checking out.  It's €49 and while the shadows look really intense in the palette, when swatched they're surprisingly wearable!

The Body Shop True Romance palette is €25.50 and this was love at first swatch.  They've three palettes in the range and this one is perfect for my green eyeballs, has shimmer, but not too much shimmer and is most definitely worth checking out.

Sleek Makeup Diamonds in the Rough i-Lust palette is the cheapest of the group at €10.49 and you can get Sleek in Boots.  I'm not sure if it's available in selected Boots or all, but a quick check of Store Availability online will set you right.  I absolutely love this palette and wore it out on my birthday last week.  If you like your shimmer, then you have to give this one an aul swatch because dry, they give off tonnes of colour, wet, they're insanely pigmented.  Two cream shades and four sparkly shades make up the palette and I'm getting great use out of it already!

Smashbox Light It Up Glossed to Go set - €23 - Arnotts or Boots

Smashbox do some of my favourite glosses and at a mere €23 for this set, not only do you get five full sized glosses, but they come in this psychedelic plastic container that you can totally reuse and keep it for potential makeup storage.  They do great little gift sets so if your gift receiver doesn't do glosses, they've lots of different sets so hopefully you'll be able to find something.

Inglot Blackout set - €60 but at the time of this post going live, it's €50

You know I'm partial to a smokey eye all year long, but come Christmas, I like to go big or go home. The Blackout set from Inglot has an angled brush which I've used with the gel liner and also on my brows, a black kohl liner, the famous Duraline and a pair of lashes.  Jaclyn Hill, eat your heart out as I'm going to be the queen of the smokey eye over Christmas!

The Body Shop Gift Sets

You can't go wrong with a gift set from The Body Shop and if you're on a budget or want to splurge, they'll have something in your price range.  See that little body butter set? You could totally pick something like that up and then split it up into stocking stuffers!  They've millions (ok not millions) of Christmas gifts so if you go in and come out empty handed, then I don't know what we can do with you at all at all.

L'Occitane Arlesienne collection

L'Occitane's Cherry Blossom fragrance is my all time favourite scent from the brand, followed closely by this range.  Arlesienne is floral, slightly sweet and needs to smelled, trust me.  You can either buy the products separately and the L'Occitane team will gift wrap it for you, or there's a set that comes in a gift box for €68.  Again, they've sets for every price range and you won't have to do any wrapping, result!

L'Occitane Cologne Cedrat Collection

This one's for the boys and I'd 100% wear this myself!  The Cologne Cedrat range is bright, citrusy, marine-y and I absolutely love it.  They've a set for €68 or you can buy the products separately, but mark my words, you buy this for the man in your life and he'll be delighted with life as he'll smell divine and you'll be delighted with life because you'll get to keep smelling him!

Liz Earle Botanical Essence No 9 - €65.50 Arnotts

I haven't met a Liz Earle Botanical Essence I haven't liked and No 9 is warm, sweet and I'll never get to see it again because Mam has claimed ownership.  It's a soft, wearable scent, that isn't overpowering and stays for ages.  It's one of the safer scents from Liz Earle so if you know someone likes the brand but isn't sure of their perfume tastes, this should be a good option.

Michael Kors Wonderlust

I know it's only December but I've found my summer fragrance lads.  This one is fab.u.lous darling and any time I wear this, I always have people asking what it is.  Michael Kors (or Mickey Kors to me) knows how to make wearable scents and again, this would make a safe gift if you're buying for someone and you aren't sure of their perfume tastes.  As you'll be in the shops giving this a whiff, you'll know what I mean when you give it a try.  You can buy the bottle separately and 30ml is €59, or Arnotts have a gift set on sale for €77.40.

And that's all I got folks!  Good luck and happy shopping!

**This post includes samples lads**

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

18 Christmas beauty baubles for 2016!

It is my absolute dream to have a Christmas tree in my office with just beauty decorations on it, but as I've a teeny weeny office, all I can fit is a desk sized tree.  So obviously my mission is to win the Lotto, build an extension, get a bigger office, just so I can have a beauty Christmas tree.  Pretty solid goal right there eh?

The beauty world is awash with advent calendars, Christmas crackers and tree decorations this year.  And I don't know if it's just me and my love of all things cute, miniature and beauty related, but the beauty baubles are getting me all excited, especially now that it's November and we're totally allowed to talk about Christmas and festive stuff.  And you don't have to put them on your tree mind you.  They'd make a deadly Secret Santa gift or stocking stuffer too!

Because I may lose the actual will to live with the number of roadworks going on in town, traffic that never ends and the crowds, I'm going to try and do as much of my Christmas shopping online this year.  So I've searched the interwebs and picked out some gorgeous little Christmas beauty baubles to adorn your tree with or give to a loved one (or yourself.  It's v important to treat yo'self and as each of these things are nice and small, it's totally allowed ok?)

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If you see any beauty baubles on your travels in the shops, make sure to let me know because I love them so much!

**This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on them and buy something, I get a tiny percentage from the website, not from you.  You're not obliged to buy through my links at all at all, just have a Google for the product!**


Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Girl by Tommy Hilfiger review!

Ok, I've pretty much accepted the fact that I'll never look anything like Gigi Hadid unless I walk around with the outside of this perfume box using the face swap filter from Snapchat.  I'll never be able to wear teeny leather trousers like her.  No, I'd be Ross from Friends with the lotion and the powder, making myself a pair of paste pants.  But thanks to the launch of Tommy Hilfiger The Girl, I'll at least be able to smell like her!

Who remembers Tommy Girl from back in the day?  Did you know that launched 20 years ago?  So when I was like 5.... Ahem... Shhh.  Gigi Hadid was probably only a twinkle in her mammy's eye back then...  And now she's the inspiration behind and the face of The Girl by Tommy Hilfiger.  The bottle is the same shape as Tommy Girl (one of my first fancy perfumes way back when) and this time it has a blue logo and red anchor to go with the nautical vibes of the ad campaign.

Now when I smell this, I can see how it reflects her "optimistic attitude, confidence and effortlessly cool style" because it's a really uplifting, bright and easy to wear fragrance.  It isn't overpowering, hasn't caused the girls at work to ask me what in the jaysis am I wearing and is one I'll be wearing for months.  When I wear it, I feel cooler like Gigi but I will give you an elbow in the face if you try to lift me up on the street.  Boom.

The top notes of green pear, violet leaf and green fig leaves is fresh and crisp before the heart notes of jasmine petals and silky muguet take over when it settles on the skin.  Warm base notes of cedarwood and casherman finish off the fragrance and all I'm missing is a cosy off the shoulder jumper, tousled hair and my transformation to Gigi is fully complete.

This partnership is such a good fit and I look forward to seeing what else they come up with together.

The Girl by Tommy Hilfiger is on counters now and prices are really reasonable (Christmas gifts perhaps?!).  30ml is €25, 50ml is €35 and 100ml is €46.   Obsessed!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Inglot What A Spice collection eyeshadows review!

I think you'll probably know at this stage that I love autumn and everything about it.  We're talking weather, food, clothes and makeup.  Oh the makeup!  I can't get enough of warm toned shadows this time of year and Inglot's What A Spice collection is pure autumn perfection.  With a range of shadows, lipsticks, lip liners and nail polishes in the What A Spice collection, Inglot have killed it this season!

I was sent four of the ten eyeshadows from the collection and have my eye on one more, shade 300, which I think will make the perfect transition shade to work with these beauts.  The freedom eyeshadows are only €6 (you get the eyeshadow in the pan as shown in the photos below, not in a palette), the freedom palettes can be bought here and you can get as big or as small a palette as you'd like.  The Freedom system flexi palette in black is €22 and you can put whatever you want in it as the base is magnetic.

But let's talk eyeshadow shall we?

Shade 299 is a deep, rich mid toned brown shade with copper undertones to it and I'd be happy to go about my life with it all over my eyelid as a wash of colour, or under my lower lashes to add a bit of interest to a neutral eye.

Shade 303 is unlike anything else in my collection and things like that make me happy.  I've no deep dusky pink shades at all and I've been enjoying using it and trying something new.

Shade 304 is a cool toned brown and is one of those staple colours to have in your collection if you're fond of a smoky eye.  Shades like this one are great for adding definition in the outer corner and along the lash line if you don't want to tackle a winged liner.  There is not one single time in life where I can get an eyeliner flick to work when I'm under any kind of time constraint, so it's smudgy smoky eyes all the way.

Shade 305 is a warm mid toned brown with light golden undertones to it.  Any time I've used this, I've watched my eyes change colour!  Ok, not literally, but warm shades like this one make my eyes so much greener and who doesn't want their eyes to pop?

It goes without saying that Inglot do some of the best eyeshadows on the market.  I've spoken in detail about their colour payoff, lack of fall out and their fantastic quality in general so I won't repeat myself.  Even though I kind of just did.  Yes, going into an Inglot shop can be daunting when you're trying to pick out shades because the selection is massive, but having collections like this one makes it a bit easier to whittle it down and the staff are always really helpful if the shadows all start to look the same!

Stay tuned to my Instagram (@lovelygirlybits) for looks using the shades but until then, if you're on the hunt for some gorgeously warm toned eyeshadows to get your smoky eye on, then check out the What A Spice collection online or in stores now.

Time for me to pick up shade 300... And maybe 301...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation review, before & after photos

It's been a while since I've tried a foundation from Maybelline and the new Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation was totally worth waiting for.  I think by now, regular readers will see that I tend to have a soft spot for the more budget friendly foundations over the higher end ones.  What can I say?  I love what makes my face look nice!.  This one is under a tenner and has been my go to base for the last two weeks.  If you're following me on Snapchat, you'll know I'm staying with Mam this month so could only bring a few makeup bits with me.  For foundations I brought my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, Lancome's Teint Idole Cushion Foundation and Maybelline's one and it's the one I've been reaching for every morning.  I'm up earlier so need something I can literally slap on and look alive!

Squeezy tubes make me so happy.  I know.  Shut up.  But it means I don't have to worry about dropping it.  I'm supremely clumsy so this is a factor I need to consider...  Aimed at normal to oily skin, it has blurring micro powders which help refine the appearance of pores while keeping shine at bay.  It definitely does a good job at blurring the massive pores on my nose and gives a medium yet natural coverage on the skin which you can see in the before and after photos below.  Now while it does a great job of giving me a naturally flawless finish to my mush, if I want it to stay put all day, I still need to powder my nose and centre of my forehead in order to stay matte past lunch time.  That doesn't bother me because I love everything else about it, but it's worth noting if you're prone to oiliness.

I was sent shade 115 and it's definitely more yellow toned meaning it covers the redness on my nose and cheeks and once I blend it down my neck a bit, it's a great match for me.  The matte finish which is initially there after I first apply it doesn't look flat or cakey and even when I top it with a bit of powder, it looks perfect.  Cream and powder blushes go on easily over the top and with the slight issue with my oily schnoz post lunch, I can't fault this base at all at all.

Maybelline's Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation is on stands now, is well worth the €8.99 and for the normal to oily skinned of us, is definitely worth checking out.  It only comes in six shades which seems to be the norm now when it comes to budget foundations, so go forth and swatch before ordering it online!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hits and misses! 6 plum lipsticks for autumn

For ages now I've been harping on about how excited I am for autumn and all that comes with it, but how is it October already?!  Where did September go?  I'm so happy to be back in all my scarves and cosy jumpers and I'm also happy to be getting stuck into makeup outside of my comfort zone.

Autumn means I can amp up the makeup and when I say amp up, I mean pile it on.  Yes, forget the dewy glow and coral lips and cheeks.  I'm all about the smoky eyes, matte skin and darker lip these days and in a recent play about with makeup, I picked out six plum shades from my collection and am reporting back on which ones to check out and which one to miss.

I'm trying to be braver in my lipstick choices (you know me, I'm a nude lover) and I think a nice plum is a good transition into the darker vampier shades that I'm going to try and wear this autumn and winter. And something I've noticed is that I can wear shades like these without having to wear anything on my eyes other than mascara.  I look put together and while my inner dialogue is along the lines of "Oh please please please don't let my lipstick be up my face, on my teeth, please let me look sophisticated and ladylike!"  

Now, tell me if I'm crazy but do these plum lipsticks make my eyeballs look greener?

Let's start off with an oldie but a goodie.  While MAC's Rebel has a special place in my heart and I've owned it for years now and should probably Back To Mac it, I can't part with it just yet.  In saying that, some of the shades I have below are really similar to it so I could probably get rid of it and not miss it.  But not yet.  Maybe in January when I do an aul spring clean.  This is a cult classic for good reason.  It's pretty perfect for a plum lipstick and when I apply it, I'm sure it makes the leaves change colour a bit quicker.  It's €20, so the most expensive of the bunch, but in terms of colour payoff, comfort and longevity, it's definitely worth checking out the next time you're standing at a MAC lipstick counter feeling a bit overwhelmed!

I've been wearing Wet N Wild's Silk Finish Lipstick in Blind Date quite a bit in real life and on Snapchat and it's a shade that I'm asked about lots when I have it on.  This is one of my favourite finds of the year so far because the formula is right up my street being nice and opaque, is really moisturising and has a slight glossy finish, making it comfortable to wear.  It's not as dark as the other shades here, but that makes it more wearable for a scaredy cat like me and at a piddly €1.99, you'd be mad not to pick it up.  Mad I tell you!  This is what I had on when I went to Arnotts last week and I love it!

Over the course of my six years blogging, I've tried out my fair share of matte lipsticks and I can honestly say I've never come across anything like the Cailyn Pure Luxe Lipsticks (I have to change the caption in the photo above, doh!).  Lads, you know matte lipsticks that go on nicely but then set dry?  Yeah this doesn't do that.  This tugged and pulled at my lips like nothing else on this earth when I was applying it and ended up looking so patchy when I was finished trying to make it work.  It looks lovely and velvety on my lips in the photo above but I couldn't wait to take it off so I can't comment on how long it lasts.  I don't think it's worth shelling out €19.50 for, especially considering the more affordable options I've mentioned here today and sure an extra 50 cent will get you MAC's Rebel.  If you've dry lips, then they've probably shrivelled up just reading that paragraph.

Again, I'm back on the comfortable, glossy, pigmented bandwagon and Rimmel's The Only 1 Lipstick in Under My Spell is one of my all time favourite lipsticks.  It's a really flattering shade to wear and can be blotted down to give more of a stain effect.  It's the most fragranced of all the lipsticks I'm talking about today but I don't mind it at all because it only lasts a few seconds.  I'd recommend using a liner with this one just because the slanted shape of the bullet makes it hard to get a precise line at the edge of the lips, but it's a winner at €8.99 and good luck going into Boots and buying just one of these babies!

For fans of matte lipsticks, forget the Cailyn one and have a goo at Wet N Wild's MegaLast Lip Colour in Sugar Plum Fairy.  It's €2.99, is a near perfect dupe to MAC's Rebel and is what a matte lipstick should be.  It lasts for ages, doesn't dry out my lips and fades evenly.  The only downside is the packaging.  The lid doesn't click shut and so I can't put it in the front of my handbag, or anywhere out and about really because it gets everywhere!  But you can be safe in the knowledge that you can apply it in the morning and leave it at home because it stays put for ages, fading evenly to leave your lips stained.

Essence's Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in Purple Power isn't purple and is a newbie to the collection.  It's what I was wearing on Snapchat the other evening, tormenting you by not showing you which one it was!  It has less of the purple undertones that the others have and can be worn dabbed onto the lips as a stain or opaquely as above.  It's one of those mattes that has slip in it, so it has a tendency to move slightly when you're eating or drinking, but it won't dry the lips out.  I was sent this shade and a nude one too and at €2.90, they're fantastic budget lipsticks that are well worth checking out.

And that's my run down of plum lipsticks to check out and avoid.  I think the budget brands are kicking serious ass this year and hope they keep doing so because girlfriend here is on a budget at the moment and doesn't want to spend too much cashola on makeup but still wants to try lots out!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation review, before & after photos

There's a new budget foundation in town that I've been wearing loads, mentioning it almost every day on Snapchat and for good reason!  Catrice's HD Liquid Coverage foundation is possibly one of my favourite budget foundations I've tried so far and the fact that it's under a tenner is the icing on the cake.  Now I want cake.  And for the bake off to stay on BBC1.  Back to the foundation Karen!

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

I was sent the lightest shade, 010 which I still have to bring down the neck when I wear it as it's every so slightly too dark for me, so if you're paler than me, you're out of luck with this range.  There are only four shades available which boggles my brain.  Four?!  Hopefully they expand the range soon to cover more skin tones.

I've been applying it with my regular foundation brush, the round topped kabuki from Nima Brush and it goes on beautifully.  Ignoring the dropper applicator, which isn't my favourite method of dispensing product but that's just my personal preference, the foundation itself is packed full of pigment, so a little goes a long way.

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation Before and After

It doesn't cling to any dry patches, evens out my complexion beautifully and really does give a flawless finish to the skin.  I always use my fabulous red nose as an example of how much redness a foundation can cover and one layer does the job easily.  If you want uber perfect coverage, then this will work because it's easily buildable and doesn't look cakey.

Fans of a matte finish will love this because it has that balance of keeping shine at bay but doesn't make the skin look flat.  I'm talking subtle radiance, making my skin look healthy and in it's easier to see what I mean in the before and after photo below, especially on my cheek.

Without powdering my t-zone, the foundation usually starts to break down on my nose about 6-7 hours after applying it and if I powder my schnoz, I still look only massive by the time I get home after work.
Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation Before and After

It's €7.80, will last ages and if you've normal/oily/combination skin, it's definitely worth checking out.  But because there are only four shades, go swatch them in shops now instead of buying online.  I'm obsessed with this and for fans of selfies, this photographs beautifully!  Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation is available in Penneys and selected pharmacies nationwide.

What's your favourite budget foundation at the moment?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Giorgio Armani Si Le Parfum review!

I know I'm on to a good autumn fragrance if when I smell it, it makes me want to throw on a cosy jumper and wrap myself up in in a scarf.  Well, the first time I had a whiff of Giorgio Armani's Si Le Parfum, I wanted to autumn-ify everything.  My house, myself, my food, my everything!  I'm talking lash on all the twinkly lights, root out every candle I own, take out the slow cooker and make a comforting stew, colour coordinate my scarves for easy access every morning.  Yes, this perfume has made me go autumn mad and I am obsessed with it...

Si La Parfum

Si Le Parfum is everything I want and love in a scent for this time of the year.  Notes include blackcurrant, amber, bergamot, vanilla, incense and patchouli and before you think that this makes it sound very dense and heavy for a perfume, it isn't.  I know that's very vague but this is me trying to describe a perfume without making grunting noises!

It's a really rich, creamy, smooth scent that wraps you up and makes you want to find someone and snuggle into them.  It doesn't matter who.  I'm thinking Aidan Turner and am hoping that the more I wear this, he may come to me and we shall live happily ever after The End.   And you can look at our wedding photos and remember this day and think "Ah, I was there when their love affair happened".

Si La Parfum

I wore this a couple of weekends ago when the weather cooled off a bit, then Ireland became hotter than the sun and I couldn't wear it because I was confusing myself with it feeling like summer but actually being autumn, but now that it's back to normal, I'm hitting it big time and have brought it into work so everyone can give it a go and we all smell fabulous.  I also brought it to an event last week and had one of my fellow perfume obsessive blogger pals Andreea give it a go.  Needless to say, it passed her test and tweeted me later that night to say she smelled her arm the whole way home!

Si La Parfum

Now, it is spendy at €140 and I was sent it, but hand on heart, the scent lasts for hours and hours, so you won't have to ration it.  It's available now exclusively from Brown Thomas and I'm happy to let you all have a whiff if I'm out and about because I bring it everywhere with me.

I can't compare it to previous Si fragrances as I've never tried any of them, so my advice is to head to Brown Thomas, give this a whiff and then stop by Penneys on the way home to pick up twinkly lights and scarves.  You now know what I'll be smelling like between now and Christmas lads!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Urban Decay Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluids review!

Colour correctors are still having a moment in the beauty world and while they might be another step in our already in depth beauty routine, for those of us who want a flawless complexion, they're worth checking out.  This month, Urban Decay have released five Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluids (€22 each) and I have two to show you today!

The idea behind colour correctors is that they neutralise skin discolourations using colour theory.  What's colour theory when it's at home?  Remember the colour wheel from back in the day?  Well basically, colours on opposite sides of the wheel cancel each other out, and in terms of skin issues and makeup, the same idea stands.

There are five in Urban Decay's collection - green which counteracts redness, so if you've any red blemishes or broken veins, this will help hide them, lavender counteracts sallowness, pink hides dark circles, yellow balances any purple areas (for me that would be my delightful purple dark circles) and peach works on darker skin tones at hiding dark circles and discolouration.

I was sent the lavender and peach shade and have been putting them through their paces as best I can as they're not the ones I'd pick out for my skin tone.  The lavender shade is for those with a lot of yellow undertones in their skin and helps balance out any sallowness.  I'm going to give this one to Joanne as she definitely has a more yellow complexion than moi.  The peach shade helps hide dark circles or blemishes and it's the one I've been testing out the most.  Depending on your skin tone, it can be used on it's own as a colour correcting concealer itself, or layered under your favourite concealer to help completely mask the skin issue you have.  So for me, if I wear the peach shade on it's own under my eyes, it definitely does a great job at hiding my dark circles, but leaves an orange tinge to the rest of my non dark circled skin blend in with the rest of my makeup.  But when I apply my concealer over it, buh-bye dark circles!

The light, creamy formula blends easily into my skin and doesn't leave my under eye area looking dry and crepey, so that's already a bonus for me because girlfriend doesn't need to be worrying about the likes of crepey eyeballs.  As you can see from the swatch above, they're really pigmented so I'd advise using a light hand and building up the colour as necessary, otherwise you'll be starting a whole different makeup trend!

I'm definitely thinking about picking up the pink corrector next time I'm in town and would it be terrible if I wanted to try Urban Decay's Naked concealer too while I'm there?  No, didn't think so, thanks lads.

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluids are on counters now and are also available to buy from


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cosy twinkly lights from Penneys!

Long time followers on Snapchat and Instagram will know that I'm twinkly light obsessed!  Nothing makes a room cosier than having the main lights switched off and sticking some twinkly lights up somewhere.  Anywhere!  If you throw in fleecy pyjamas and socks, a cosy program like the Great British Bake Off and that's me sorted for the evening.  Good luck trying to shift me off the couch!

At the autumn press show in Penneys a while back, Joanne and I fell in love with a little copper lantern that they'd decorated with LED lights and knew we had to have them.  So we went into Penneys each and every week until we found them.  And before you think we sound mad altogether going in every week, you know how quickly things come and go from Penneys and you can't be waiting around!

We found the copper lantern for €10 and the battery operated LED lights for €6 and together they're perfection!  It took about ten minutes or so to feed the lights in and around the wire bits of the lantern and once I switched it on for the first time, the cosiness took over!

At the moment I have it in my office but it would look lovely in a bedroom or a living room.  Think of it on a side table or on a bookshelf or even on a floating shelf...  And what makes it even more gorgeous is that the wiring of the lights is copper too, so it blends in with the lantern itself, meaning it looks fabulous with the lights off too.

To amp up the cosiness even more, I bought these white paper garland lights with gold glittery accents which look beautiful during the day and all...  See?  White and gold, one of my favourite combinations ever and I'm a bit closer to having my Kate Spade inspired office.

But at night.... They give off the warmest, softest glow and there's something really calming about them that I can't explain.  They give off loads of light and I think I'm going to pick up a couple more sets next time I'm in Penneys.  I think they were either €8 or €10, but either way, they are beautiful and have amped up the cosy factor big time!

Are you a fan of all things cosy and twinkly or am I a bridie obsessed by myself?!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Catrice Contourious collection review, photos!

I can't read or write about the Contourious collection from Catrice without singing the "Notorious" song in my head which then leads in to visions of Conor McGregor strutting around the place.  Anyway, I've most likely put that song in your head so you're welcome!

I've said it so many times this year and I'll say it again, Catrice are kicking serious bootay this year and for the last few weeks I've been testing out these bits from their Contourious collection.  There are hits and misses and I'm here to report back on where I'd spend my sheckles and where I'd save a few bob and I do mean a few as these are tres affordable.

Catrice Contourious Sculpting Powder Palette - Pale Perfectionist - €5.50

Pale Perfectionist is a deadly little trio to keep in your makeup bag allowing you to sort your face out in a jiffy.  The contour shade is perfectly cool toned to help hollow out those cheekbones and give a bit of definition where needed.  The contouring brush is great for applying the product on the cheeks but not so much for blending it out.  I think because I'm usually in a mad rush in the morning, I haven't been reaching for it as I generally go for an angled brush that applies my contour and blends it out too.  If you're in the market for one of these contouring brushes though, one that you can really chisel out an aul cheekbone or two, then you could do worse than spending a fiver on one to see if  you actually use it.

In terms of the blush, you know I usually go for the peachier blushes but this one is gorgeous and I've been wearing it loads.  A little goes a long way... Totally found that out the hard way...  And as for the highlight, it is beautiful!  It leaves my cheekbones with a soft sheen and you know I like to glow baby glow!  This also comes in a peachier trio that I need to check out too because peach.  I love peach.  

Catrice Contourious Contouring Cream Palette - €4.95
Catrice Contourious Contouring Brush - €4.95

I'm not a huge cream contour lover and this duo were slightly off the mark for me in that while they looked great on initial application and blended into the skin easily, they ended up blending away to nothing.  The contouring brush is too big for this set but is perfect to use with the cheek trio above.  If you like a really subtle contour, and I mean reeeeeeally subtle, then go have a swatch, but I'd be more inclined to spend the extra 50 cent and get the trio above!

Catrice Contourious Highlighting Stick - €4.50

I think Catrice set the bar high with the High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder from a few months back and so now I'm really picky when it comes to highlights.  This cream highlighting stick is really handy in terms of packaging, making it easy to plop in your handbag for touch ups during the day, but I've used better stick highlights in the past as this disappears into nothing on my skin.   Get the Mineral Highlighting Powder instead lads!

Catrice Contourious lip contour & colour - €4.95

A lip liner and gloss in one convenient tube?  My multipurpose loving self thanks you Catrice.  The pointy end is a matte lipliner which I like to use all over the lips, and the other end houses the gloss which looks lovely on it's own or on top of the liner.  This is the shade Rosewood and there's a Nude shade that I need to try as well.  Despite being matte, the liner isn't drying and has a slight silicon feel to it, giving it slight slip and making it nice and comfortable to wear.  This has made it to The Front Pocket Of My Handbag (the place where the lip products I love and use the most) and for €4.95, it's a proper bargain altogether.

There's a brow shaper and a strobing duo highlighter that makes up the collection and yes, I'll be needing to check them out myself.  The Contourious collection is on stands right now so move quickly if you want to treat yourself to something from it!

My picks of the bunch?  Spend the tenner and get the lip contour & colour along with the sculpting powder palette.  Your face and lips will thank you and so will your wallet!  I'm in the process of testing out lots more products from Catrice at the moment, so stay tuned for more budget friendly reviews!
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