Thursday, November 30, 2017

YSL All Hours primer, foundation & concealer review!

Now that the weather has turned, so has my love of a dewy glow all over my visage.  I've been reaching for the more matte foundations in my collection, happy out to save the highlight and dewy bits for the likes of my cheekbones.

I was sent the YSL All Hours foundation along with the matching concealer and primer to test out and I've been putting it through its paces over the last few weeks!

Starting off with the YSL All Hours Primer (€38).  Now, if truth be told, I don't reach for primers regularly, just when I'm going out for the night and want my makeup to stay in place.  But for reviewing purposes, I've been making the effort to use this with a whole heap of different foundations, just to see how it fared.  With its watery texture, a little goes a long way and while it doesn't fill in my pores too much, it helps reduce the appearance of them a bit.  Mainly it mattifies my skin nicely without leaving it feeling powdery or dry.  Despite promising to keep the shine at bay, my nose still glistens by about lunch time with this.  I've tried better mattifying primers in the past, so I'd get a sample of this before shelling out €38 if you're someone with oily bits on your mush.

Now, as you know, when I'm reviewing foundations, I try them with a couple of foundation brushes and my makeup sponge of choice, just so I can get a feel for the formula.  Because this has a thicker texture than a lot of foundations in my collection, I find that my sponge seems to absorb a lot of the product and the same goes for my brushes.  I end up having to go back for another pump or two and this is an expensive base at €42, so I've been using something to apply it that I haven't used in ages - my fingers!  One pump applied with my fingers gives me a light to medium level of coverage for the day and I definitely think the warmth of my fingers helps the product go even further.  Sometimes I'll go back in with a tiny bit more on my cheeks as I've a good bit of redness going on there and if there's anything left on my fingers, I'll pat it into my nose.  I find rubbing the foundation on dryer patches can help exaggerate the look of them.

Despite me having an oily t-zone, my nose can be a bit flaky from time to time.  It's not too obvious at all without any makeup on, but if I use a matte foundation like this one and the flakage is happening, it's a hot mess.  Actually, it's just a mess.  So if you've dry skin, this isn't the foundation for you because it will cling to any patches.  Once I press the product onto my skin, without dragging it too much, it applies flawlessly, looking just like skin.  Shade B20 is a perfect match for my skin tone once it dries down and I find that while it goes on initially looking a bit pale for me, it oxidises slightly on me, matching my complexion perfectly.

I can usually get to lunch time, so six hours after initial application, before the shiny schnoz makes an appearance and if I powder my face in the morning, I can get another couple of hours on top of that before the shine takes over.  So despite it's "All Hours" name, on me, I definitely need to touch up my face by home time if I'm heading out after work.  That being said, it's a gorgeous foundation for the normal to oily skinned!

The YSL All Hours Concealer (€34) is a beaut.  If you've watched any of my makeup demo videos on YouTube, you'll notice that I don't use concealers regularly because a) I forget, b) I don't worry too much about my under eyes and they're not that dark really and c) there are only two that I like and that don't dry out the skin under my eyes.  Now I have another one to add to the collection.  Shade 2 is quite yellow toned as you can see in the photos above and it does a great job of brightening my under eyes.  If you've dark circles, try a slightly warmer shade that will counteract the blueness.  I use my fingers to pat this into the skin and it's fab!

So tell me this, what's your current go to base this winter?  Will you be trying out these bits from YSL?

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Stila Eye For Elegance Liquid Eyeshadow set review, swatches, makeup look!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas  the time where we can wear all the glitter we want all the time and not be judged at all ok bye. And I'm not even waiting until December either, so there!  I love glitter.  I really do and if it's not on my nails, it's on my eyes and all bets are off when the festive season hits.  Or when it's a Tuesday evening and I'm in my fleece, hun bun and full glitter on the eyeballs.

I bought the Stila Eye For Elegance Liquid Eyeshadow Set when it was 20% off on the Stila website, thanks to my Stila loving pal Mags who gave me the heads up!

The set contains six liquid eyeshadows, three shimmery and three glittery.  The collection was made for those of us who want to shine bright like an absolute diamond and while the tubes themselves are teeny tiny at just 2.25ml, it's a nice way to try out a few shades from the whole range all at once.

I always have to prime my eyes no matter what I use and with primed lids, none of the shimmery shades crease, none of the glittery shades flake on me and they're mainly a joy to use.  I'd a couple of small issues but I'll go into them more below.  Let's look at the shades in more detail shall we?

Kitten is a bright champagne shade with ever so slight pink undertones in the tube, but it translates as more of a gold champagne on me.  It's a great shade for the wash of colour all over the lid on days when I want to look alive!  Way back in the day, Kitten was the first ever Stila eyeshadow I bought and I still have it in its cardboard packaging.  It's lovely to have a liquid version of it now and this is a breeze to use.  It's opaque despite it's thin consistency and blends easily too.

Grace is a beautiful mid toned bronze that I can see myself finishing first out of all six shades and it's one I'd buy the full size of too.  I found it applied easily and evenly, giving me time to blend the edges.  This is my perfect shade for every day use, makes a fab base for two of the glittery shades and I just love it, the end.
Twig is a stunning deep red toned brown that I'm still getting to grips with.  I like to use it on the outer half of my lids to add a bit of drama to my eye look.  I found that this was the hardest to blend and I struggled to make the edges look softened without blending it away.  That being said, I'll keep working at it because look at that swatch, it's too beautiful to just leave!  Maybe this is a shade I need to not blend, and just let it set the way it is.  I don't know. Sure we'll give it a go!

Peachy Sheen is the sheerest of all six shades and while I wouldn't wear it on its own, it makes for a nice glittery topcoat or an inner corner highlight.  It looks beautiful over Kitten and Grace because of its sheer base and the glitter just enhances those shades.  If you want twinkles on your eyeballs, this is the one for you!

Smouldering Satin is my favourite of the glitter shades.  I'd wear this on its own or layered over Kitten or Grace.  With it's bronze base and silver glitter, it's the perfect balance of a warm and cool shadow.  Obsessed.  It's the most opaque of the three glitters and I was happy it didn't flake on me at all.

Next to Notte is a green eyeballed person's dream!  It's the only shade I didn't use in the look below but I know I'll have it in rotation come December.  It's got a semi sheer red/pink base packed full of pink glitter that just fills my heart with twinkly happiness!  Stand by for a look featuring this shade people.
I filmed this look and will have it on YouTube soon, but it's the look I've worn a few times in videos and online and have had people ask what I used.  As you'll see in the video, I applied a bronzer into the crease, used Grace on the inner half of the eyelid and Twig on the outer half and into the crease.  I applied Smouldering Satin over Grace, applied Twig under the outer half under the lower lashes, Kitten to the inner half under the lower lashes, covering it with Peachy Sheen.

Right now, this set is out of stock everywhere but keep your eyes peeled on the likes of Asos and the Stila website because this is a little gem of a gift set!


Monday, November 20, 2017

10 under €10! Budget beauty finds!

I am on a spending ban.  Again.  I know!  Christmas is coming and I really have to cut back on buying stiff I don't need, but yet I still want to try out new products!  And if you're in the same boat, how about some beauty finds that won't break the bank, that completely outperform beyond their price point and are just plain deadly.

And yes, I do use the phrase bum hole in this video, along with acting out what a bum hole looks like.  I also talk about jumbo holes and how we all need one.  What is wrong with me?

Anyway, I have some budget skincare, some really affordable makeup and if you'd like a video on the eye makeup I'm wearing, just let me know!  And make sure to subscribe to my channel as I'm going to have lots of videos coming up in the next few weeks!


Friday, November 17, 2017

My TK Maxx haul! AD

I went, I shopped, I found some treasures!  After giving you the heads up last week about the Big Brand Flash Events happening all month in TK Maxx, I decided to go treasure hunting myself to see what I could find.  With a €100 gift card to spend, I took my time, and got some beautiful things.  Wait and see what I picked up!

Last week TK Maxx had bargains for the bedroom and bathroom, including cosy bed linen and towels, beautiful crockery, knitwear for everyone and designer activewear for kids.  And like I always advise you, be quick lads because things move fast in TK Maxx as I'm sure you well know!  FOMO is never a good thing, but I'm still going to show you what I got!  With the big brand flash events ending next week make sure you head to store so you don't miss out!

Now the day I went shopping was quite a day for me because for the first time ever, I got excited over soap dispensers - I know!  The had the cutest, most festive soap dispensers ever and after much deliberation, I decided on this Christmas tree one (€9.99).  I'll share the photos of the other ones on my social media, but who doesn't want soap coming out of a tree?!  And because our bathroom is quite neutral, I went for red hand towels to add a pop of colour.  They had so many sparkly towels, embroidered towels, plain towels, jazzed up towels and don't even get me started on their tea towels... I was in heaven!

For years I've wanted to get some festive tableware and fell in love with these plates (€5.99 each) and bowls (€3.99 each).  I'm going for either a red and gold or red and white theme for my table this year and these will go perfectly with whichever I choose.  Imagine the bowls heaped with roast potatoes and veggie (not sprouts though, ugh).  Christmas dinner is my favourite meal ever and now it's going to be even better!

I'm obsessed with these little small bowls (€3.99 each) for snacks and nuts and I know already that we'll be using them tomorrow night watching Strictly with a nice glass of wine.  They're all such good quality and I know I'll have them for years to come and will be able to add to them too.

I'm a candle fiend and can spend ages in TK Maxx giving them all a whiff.  And when I saw this one called "Lump of Coal" (€8.99), I hoped it would smell like a fire and it does!  We were always told as kids that if we were bold, Santa would only bring us a lump of coal and now I've gone out and bought one myself!

I bought this little "Santa please stop here" wooden decoration (€5.99) of Matthew as it's his first Christmas and we have to make sure Santa knows where to find him!

Give me anything gold and sparkly for the festive season and I'm all over it.  And to make it even better, this gold garland jingles (€9.99)!  I have actual jingle bells for the house this year!

Finally, I couldn't resist these battery operated wooden lights (€7.99).  I saw a more expensive set in a garden centre recently but they were out of my budget.  These were much more affordable and I already know where I want to put them!

Now, for my fellow techies, this week TK Maxx have a huge range of headphones and speakers which would make fantastic gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!). I really do need to get on board with the light up message board for the office, or maybe I could get one for baby Matthew's nursery?  Either way I'll be checking them out myself.  I'm dying for my friend Catherine to check our their drones as that's been on her wish list for ages and for those who still collect their vinyls, TK Maxx have turntables!  Are you able?!  And as Santa is coming in just over 5 weeks, there are going to be amazing bargains on toys, so Matthew is sorted for this year.  And maybe next year too!  Happy treasure hunting!

Stay tuned to the blog and my social channels for more insider updates throughout the month.

And on Snapchat, well, you never know what you're going to get on there with me!

Happy bargain hunting!!

**This is a paid collaboration with TK Maxx.  I'm living my dream working with brands I absolutely love thanks to all of your support!**

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Little Box Beauty & Lifestyle Subscription box review!

Over the last few months, I've been researching subscription boxes.  I've wanted one for ages!  It's like getting a present in the post each month - what's not to love about it!  I was hoping to get one that's under €20 and is just a little bit different to all of the beauty boxes out there.  I finally settled on My Little Box.

My Little Box is a monthly subscription service that contains beauty, fashion and lifestyle.  At £13.95 a month (€15.50 plus Parcel Motel cost as they don't ship to Ireland), it fits within my €20 budget.  This month however, My Little Box was more of a My Little Pouch!

October was a collaboration with Asos which is exciting!  When I opened the box that it was posted in, it had a little inspirational message and gorgeous packaging which I couldn't wait to tear open.

The first thing I saw was the pouch which was created by Asos and My Little Box.

To be honest, when I saw the pouch first, I was a little disappointed.  I wanted to have a box to open to see all my contents, but everything was in the bag.  But thinking about it, the pouch is so much more practical and will 100% be used as a toiletry bag, makeup bag, random bag of stuff, whereas the box would most likely go into the bin.

Next up is a sheet mask from Pureheals.

Pureheals masks have an added benefit of a three layer technology that locks in maximum levels of moisture into your skin.  The mask I got is a rose callus mask which calms the skin, leaving it glowing and gives intense moisture, which is basically everything my skin needs!  This will be going on my face this Saturday night when Strictly is on!

I've just run out of my No7 primer so I was very excited to see this Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer.

Nude by Nature is 100% natural and cruelty free.  The primer is untinted and claims to restore freshness and help fight visible signs of ageing.  The key ingredients are vitamins A and E, Green Tea and Papaya Leaf Extract.  This sounds gorgeous!  The sample size is pretty decent at 15mls and I can't wait to try it out over the next few weeks.

My Little Box also added one of their own branded hand creams.

It's described as "a trio of coconut oil, shea butter and cottonseed and helps to nourish, protect and soften without that icky-sticky texture".  In fairness, who hates that sticky feeling after using a hand cream!  I love how the packaging of the hand cream ties in with the design of the whole box.

The last beauty related item was an Asos Liquid Eyeliner from their new range of cosmetics.

Now in fairness, I'm not the best when it comes to doing eyeliner but I have no excused now not to practice with this!  As it has a fine nib, it claims to make lining your eyes a whole lot easier.  I'll be the judge of that!

Let's get on to the lifestyle part of the box.  The first item that stood out to me was the Thoughts notebook which is too cute.  Who doesn't like a good notebook!

It wasn't until I started looking at it that I realised one side says "Thoughts" with lined pages, and the back says "Scribbles" with blank pages.  Love it!

Last but by no means least are 31 inspiring quotes.  31 days with 31 ideas.

This is such a lovely idea as some days you just need a little boost or a kick up the bum!

And that was my first My Little Box.  I loved it!  I really liked the variety of beauty and lifestyle and I can't wait for November's box already!

You can subscribe to My Little Box here and make sure to use a mail forwarding service like Parcel Motel or Address Pal if you're in Ireland as they don't deliver here yet.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand review, photos!

Charlotte Tilbury is the queen of the glow.  She really is.  Her Filmstar Bronze and Glow is my fancy "going out" highlighter and now she's only gone and done it again.  The Hollywood Beauty Light Wand launched recently and I took a notion to treat myself a few weeks ago.

I got a preview of this a few months ago and knew I'd be buying it and you'll see why later.  At first, I was a bit concerned by the spongey applicator and wondered would I waste a lot of product with it.  But see the brown plastic section between the sponge and the rest of the tube?  It has a locking mechanism so there's no wastage that way.   But when we're talking about a squeezy tube, always take a gentle approach or you'll squeeze too much out!  Now back to the sponge.  It's got more of a soft fleece texture and you know how I love me some fleece.  This makes application so smooth and seamless and while Charlotte says we can use the tip to both apply and blend the makeup, I know if I did that, I'd end up with a whole cheek full of highlight rather than just a subtle somethin' somethin'.  A little goes a long way with this!

The formula is everything I love in a liquid highlight. How many times have you tried a highlighter that blends away to nothing?  Well that's not going to happen here.  I dab on a few dots along the top of my cheekbone and have found that the best way to blend it out is with my finger.  That way if there's any left over, I can apply a bit extra where needed, usually on the brow bone or on my cupid's bow.   In terms of colour, it's described as being rose gold in tone, but it leans more champagne on my skin, making it more wearable for me. 

Blended out, I'm left with the softest sheen on the skin.  We're talking lit from within lads.  It manages to both catch the light and reflect it all in one go and instantly gives a lift to my complexion.  In the winter, I tend to go for a more matte base, so I need a highlight that's going to balance things out without going wild.  This is one of those highlighters that looks beautiful in both daylight and at night and photographs flawlessly. 

This is one of those foolproof highlighters that sets dry, looks wet and is easily buildable if you like the whole more is more thing.  
Now there's only 12ml in the tube and it's €35, but the amount I use each application is minimal so I ain't mad at it.  But when I'm squeezing it, it feels like the tube is only half full.  So we'll see how long it lasts. 

The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand is available now and if you're in the market for a really beautiful and easy to wear highlighter, definitely check this out.  It's in Arnotts and Brown Thomas now and is also available from the Charlotte Tilbury website.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Big Brand Flash Event with TK Maxx! AD

Things you should know about me:

1. I love buying presents for people.
2. I love a bargain.
3. The pressure of Black Friday scares me!

That build up to get all of my shopping done in one day because it'll have the bargains is too much!  Seems like TK Maxx know me too well, because they've just announced that for the whole of November, they're going to be unveiling some amazing big brand flash events in-store, with items at up to 60% less than the RRP.  Even though every day of the year is like Black Friday in TK Maxx, they're really upping their game this month!

You're going to need to move quickly though, because every day, thousands of unique treasures will be delivered to stores (I absolutely love how they call them "treasures" - I've found many a treasure myself in there!). The pop-up event will only last for a limited time, so my advice is to go in and go often this month!

This week, it's all about designer and branded shoes and with the party season coming up, what better time to pick up something a bit glitzy.  Ok, a lot glitzy.  'Tis the season to be fierce sparkly!  Along with the shoes, they've also got fantastic deals on big boxed toys, designer handbags and fragrance.  So, toys for my new nephew Matthew and the rest for me.  Sounds about right!  I went to the Blanchardstown store over the weekend to have a look and want everything.  I took some photos to give you an idea of what was in stock then, but you know yourself, things sell quickly in there and each TK Maxx has different stock.  All the more reason for me to head in often and make it a mission to get as much of my Christmas shopping done as possible this November!

This excites the shopper in me so much and I can't wait to see what bargains I can get my hands on.  I've had a sneaky peek at what will be in the flash events during the month and for now, I'll just tell you that they have everyone covered.  You'll still be able to treat yourself and treat your loved ones too!  Stay tuned to the blog and my social channels for more insider updates throughout the month.

And on Snapchat, well, you never know what you're going to get on there with me!

Happy bargain hunting!!

**This is a paid collaboration with TK Maxx.  I'm living my dream working with brands I absolutely love thanks to all of your support!**
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