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Mar. 20.

Face Friday: Before & After Face

ff-before-after-thIt’s the return of Face Friday, and today I am trying an experiment. This is my before and after face. Before you click close on your browser, it involves no makeup free pictures. Let me explain. On Wednesday, I got my hair done. It went from being a deep brown with some growing out gold highlights, to being a lot brighter, close to blonde. And I wanted to see, side by side, how the change in colour affected the makeup look.

So, today I recreated the same look I did on Wednesday, to try and compare side by side. There may be some slight differences, but I used the same products and brushes, and the same technique. You may ask why I just didn’t take the after photos on Wednesday too, but by the time I got home it was too dark. Trying to match up lighting and brightness would just be too much of a hassle!

Anyway, here we have a before and after, starting with my looking straight on to the camera:






And an angle view:







  • Foundation: Benefit – The Porefessional
  • Foundation: Make Up For Ever – HD Foundation, working from a potted sample (115)
  • Blush: No. 7 – Pop & Glow Cream Blush (Classic Rose)
  • Powder: Maybelline – Fit Me Powder (125 – Nude Beige)


  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (02 – Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Clinique – Chubby Stick for Eyes (10 – Big Blue)
  • Liner: Physicians Formula – Shimmer Strips Kohl Liner (Brown Eyes)
  • Mascara: Physicians Formula – Organic Wear Fakeout Mascara (The Pink One)


  • Lipstick: Makeup Revolution – Scandalous Lipstick (Crime)
  • Lipgloss: L’Oreal – Glmshine Miss Candy Gloss (703 – Tart Lollipop)


  • Blank Canvas – F23 – Foundation (application)
  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation (buffing)
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E23 – Shadow/liner blending
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lips

I’m not sure if it was lighting differences (I did try to equalise light levels), the change in hair colour, or the way my mood has been lifted and I’m smiling so much after getting my hair done, but I really do believe that my skin and my eyes look so much brighter in the after pictures. Sometimes, making a change is just what you need to do. What do you think?


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(top - bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner
Mar. 10.

Tried Tuesday: Paese Liquid Eyeliners

tt-paese-thI have a love/hate relationship with liquid eyeliners. I love what they can do, but hate applying them. It seems one slip, one unfortunate little shake and you have ruined a lot of hard work. That’s why I tend to avoid them. However, in the interest of finding the one that I can actually get along with, I have three to work with for Tried Tuesday, and they are all from Paese, in the form of their Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner and waterproof Penliner.

(l-r) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner & Penliner. Photo credit: Paese

(l-r) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner & Penliner. Photo credit: Paese

There are three different products to choose from here, depending on your own personal style of liner. You can go for the easy to use, go anywhere Penliner, which is exactly like a felt tip marker for liner. Or you can choose from one of two pot and brush style products, which offer contrasting brush styles for fine or bold lining. All come in sleek, minimalistic black and white packaging, which I believe looks quite stylish. It doesn’t need to shout at you.

(top - bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

(top – bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

Here you can see the difference between the brushes, particularly showing the difference between the Deepliner and Eyeliner. The Deepliner is a dense felt tip, kind of like a marker pen, while the Eyeliner is a finer, flexible bristle brush. The Penliner is of course, exactly that. All offer high pigmentation, in a kind to eyes, non flake formula, which avoids nasty additives like parabens and alcohol, which can irritate the eyes.

(top - bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

(top – bottom) Liquid Deepliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Penliner

And here are the swatches side by side, on the back of my hand, as unfortunately I only have two eyes, and three products. These are all just one pass, which shows the pigmentation. It helps, as I would never trust myself to follow the same line again on my eyes. Less attempts needed means less chances for mistakes, a big plus in my book. You can see the difference in lines between the two brush and pot options, while the pen is somewhere in between, though you can vary the width of the pen line by changing how much pressure is used.

Overall, I’m really liking these. They are giving me the confidence to work with liquid liners. While I am yet to really get the hang of the Deepliner, I am particularly liking the Eyeliner brush, and find myself popping the Penliner into my bag for to have with me when I am out and about. With three different options to choose from though, there should be an option to suit anyone.

All three liners cost €9.99 and are available from Paese stockists nationwide. A full list of stockists and an online shop is available at Paese.ie.


*Product was provided for review

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Nov. 08.

Something Else Saturday: Upcoming Reviews on Robyn Rants & Raves

SES-Upcoming-THI know things have been a bit sparse on the review front here on Robyn Rants and Raves over the past while due to hospitals taking up my time and energy. But that doesn’t mean I am not looking for great things for to share with you. So, today, for Something Else Saturday, I want to show you a selection of what you can expect to see soon!

As you know I try to follow a particular theme each day, be it a manicure, trying out products (new and old), waffling on about something, really testing a product, or showing you a face of makeup, along with what products and tools I used to create it. It has created some amazing opportunities for me, chances to work with awesome brands, learn more about makeup & beauty, and share my experiences. I do, of course, fully intend for that to continue! So, here is what I am looking forward to showing you!

CND Solar Oil

Picture 1 of 21

Of course, in addition to all of this, I will continue ranting, raving, and trying to make use of my massive nail polish collection to see what I can come up with. I already have my eyes on a number of ideas for the upcoming party season, but need to decide which looks to work on first!

But, you, my dear readers, are very important to me. While I write Robyn Rants & Raves, I am led by you! So, tell me, what do you really want to see? I wouldn’t be here without you, so let me know, and consider it done.


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Jun. 02.

Lets Talk Blog Challenge: Recommend to a Friend

It’s the 6th and final post in the Lets Talk Blog Challenge series today, so I must start by saying a HUGE thank you to At The Beauty Desk‘s Sarah. Without her help and organisation this whole challenge would never have gotten going. Kudos to you Sarah! The theme for this week is recommend to a friend, so lets get to it.


No need to go into detail here. H&M, New Look, Penneys etc, but you know all these already. Moving swiftly along to…



Okay, on a night out with the girls the cocktails will be flowing, and rightly so, but in summer I find one of two things is great on a hot day. The first is an ice cold Bulmers with lots of ice, which is just heavenly, or at home, provided I have one in the freezer, is one of the frozen cocktails from Parrot Bay or Smirnoff. An ideal way to cool down in the evenings (but you may want to add more booze)



I’ve already waxed lyrical about Copenhagen in my Birthday Box post, but if you’re looking for an actual holiday as opposed to just a city, I thoroughly recommend cruising. It is the ultimate in doing as much or as little as you want, and it is surprisingly affordable, as all your meals are included (and you could eat 24/7) and by adding on a drinks package too you would have to pay next to nothing. Even for those who say that boats don’t agree with them, I’d recommend giving it a try. My mum hates sailing with a passion, yet she loves being on a cruise ship.


I’m not going to recommend any one beauty product here, or even any one brand. I’m going to recommend a mantra:

Be yourself, and don’t be afraid to experiment

Never be afraid to try something new out, as you will find something amazing. Beauty is all about fun and confidence, so be confident and have fun with it.



I recommend you read all the wonderful blogs you see on Twitter, and every one taking part in the Lets Talk Blog Challenge, but to single out just one, I have to recommend you show some love to Amy from Red Lips; Red Hair. She is funny, intelligent, gorgeous, and a delight to read and be around.

And that is the end of the Lets Talk Blog Challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it a much as I’ve enjoyed writing for it, and I hope you’ll continue to read my ramblings in the future!



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Apr. 18.

Face Friday: U Magazine Box

FF-ThumbHello all! In case you haven’t seen this haul yet, I was fortunate enough to win all of these goodies from U Magazine for winning a quiz. And really, there is no better way to start trying them than to slap them on your face and hope for the best. For that reason the foundation, blush, eyeshadow and lipstick are all ones that I’ve never tried before, while a couple of items are tried and tested favourites.




  • Foundation: NYC – Natural Matte Foundation (001 – Ivory)
  • Bronzer: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (Ticket to Brazil)
  • Blush: NYC – Cheek Glow (649 – Prospect Park Rose)
  • Powder: Benefit – Hello Flawless (Ivory)


  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: NYC – IndividualEyes Palette (Smoky for Green Eyes)
  • Liner: ModelCo – Eye Liner Pencil (Black 01)
  • Mascara: NYC – High Definition Mascara (black)


  • Liner: Revlon – Colorstay liner (Red)
  • Lipstick: Rimmel – Lasting Finish by Kate (110)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Real Techniques – Setting Brush – Bronzer (contour)
  • Ecotools – Powder Brush – Powder
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Eyeshadow Primer
  • Blank Canvas – E24 – Highlight Shadow & Blend
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk C260 Taklon Shadow – Lid Shadow
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Crease Shadow & Contour Shadow
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – LipstickCouple of notes: I’m not a fan of the foundation. It was runny, applied quite unevenly, and if it weren’t for the Hello Flawless evening things up, it would have been a disaster. The blush was light, natural and buildable nicely. The shadow palette was nice to work with, though as I was in a hurry to get back outside to the sun I didn’t do a perfect job of it. I’m quite a fan of the lipstick. I can see myself wearing it again.


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Apr. 17.

Super Happy Bonus Haul Post WOW!

boxThe title kind of says it all for this one. It’s a bonus post. It’s Super. I’m super happy. It’s a haul post. And finally it will make you go WOW!, go green with envy, or call me a lucky bitch.

To clarify. I recently took part in an online quiz on twitter called Twiznight. It happens Monday and Thursday evenings. The sponsor of the prize was U Magazine, and it was on the topic of celebrity and fashion. It came down to two of us on a perfect score after all 12 questions, and I got the tiebreak question first, winning, well, everything you see below. Now, shall we go discover what’s in the box?

Just to note first of all, that this is in no particular order, and some things are just put together to get through this in as few photos as possible.


Tanning: bBold tan legs spray in dark, and an applicator mitt.

inglot lashes

Inglot false lashes. I love how over the top these are. They’re not something that I would have bought for myself, but I’ll certainly give them a whirl on a night out somewhere, and leave my glasses at home too, because they’d never fit behind them!


Nails: Going from left to right we have:

  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (546 – Fiery Island)
  • NYC Color Quick Dry Polish (298 – High Line Green)
  • Wet n Wild Fast Dry (E222C –
  • Impress Manicure (Chick Flick)
  • Essie Nail Lacquer (289 – Ignite the Night)
  • Rimmel Salon Pro Kate (705 – Reggae Splash)
  • Wet n Wild Wild Shine (E435G – Sparkled)

NYC Eyes Cheeks

NYC IndividualEyes Smoky Greens & Blues and NYC Cheek Glow in 649 Prospect Park Rose

nyc mascara

NYC Big & Bold mascara (propped up by an earring – it kept rolling over on me)


Tubes of (left to right)

  • Nadúr Skincare Shea Butter Handcream
  • Inecto Pure Argan Hand & Nail Cream
  • L’Oreal Professionnel Wild Stylers by Techni.Art Depolish paste
  • Mitchell and Peach Body Cream
  • NYC Natural Matte Foundation (001 – Ivory)


Jars of (left top – clockwise):

  • Burts Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream
  • Lé Mara Face Cream
  • Schwarzkopf Got2b glued spiking wax
  • Episilk Hyaligic Lip Balm

inglot clarins eyes


  • Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadow (73 – a gorgeous purple colour)
  • Clarins Ombre Minerale Eyeshadow (10 – Slate Blue)

hair and perfume

Hair: Matrix Biolage VolumeBloom volumizer spray

Perfume: Celine Dion All For Love EdT

clarins schwarzkopf

Sun: Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF30

Hair: Schwarzkopf Blonde Ultime Lightening Spray (I’m actually interested to try this, as I have been wanting to go lighter for a while)

BL and Clinique

Top to bottom there are:

  • Two Butter London Wink Colour Mascaras in Inky Six
  • One Butter London Wink Cream Eyeshadow in Sun Kiss
  • One Clinique Chubby Stick Eye Shadow in 10 – Big Blue

bb cc dd

Finally, what is basically BB, CC & DD all in one pic. Left to Right:

  • MeMeMe Flawless Tinted Moisturiser (02 – Beige Blush)
  • Lacura CC Cream (All Skin Tones)
  • Decoderm Diva DD cream (Shade 02)

And that’s my little magic box of niceness. Once again special thanks to U Magazine for such an awesome prize, and I think I have just a few products to be getting on with now.


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Apr. 14.

Manicure Monday: Blue & Butterflies

MM-BlueThI don’t want to jinx it, but I think summer is on the way. And to make me start thinking summery thoughts, I’m wearing a summery polish, as I try to avoid dark colours more in brighter months. This little blue number on my fingers today is from Sinful Colors, and is shade 1100 – Blue By You.

I was lucky enough to find this one amongst lots of lovely polishes in Dealz recently (and at €1.49 per bottle, I bought a few) and couldn’t wait to try it out.


The Sinful Colors brush is not too wide or too thick, and it fans out on the nail really nicely. It’s not a 1 stroke per nail job like some brushes, but your standard three stroke application is perfect for this. It also comes out nicely opaque in 2 coats, but due to my being impatient and doing too many things at once, I of course smudged a couple of nails, and added an extra coat to even them out.


Now, this polish can only really be described one way. It is the Caribbean in a bottle. It is such a rich blue, but the addition of turquoise micro glitter to it makes me instantly think of azure seas, warm breezes, golden sands and drinks in coconuts, made with the finest local rum. And now I want to go on holiday there. Curse me and my travel agent marketing history!

Also, just to add something different to it, and because they just add to the summery feel of this mani, I added an accent nail using one of my iNailz butterflies, reviewed here.

Does this polish make you dream of summer holidays? Have you gone out to Dealz to hunt for  it yet? If you haven’t, why not? (Unless you already have it, in which case kudos to you)


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Mar. 28.

Face Friday: Night at the #HerParty

FF-HerTHLast night, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Her Party, organised to celebrate Her.ie doing so well and being so fabulous. I wasn’t directly invited, but I was invited by someone who was invited. Either way I was there, and had to look good for it, as there would be so many other lovely looking women (and quite a few good looking guys) there too.




  • Primer: GOSH – Velvet Touch Line Perfector
  • Primer: Benefit – The Porefessional (used on nose)
  • Foundation: Maybelline – Fit Me Foundation (125 – Nude Beige)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (Light)
  • Bronzer: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (Ticket to Brazil)
  • Blush: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Blusher (E832E – Heather Silk)
  • Powder: 17 – Loose Powder (translucent)


  • Brows: Benefit – Brow Zings (Medium)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Creaseless Cream Shadow (Foiled – From Eye Gotta palette – used as base)
  • Shadow: MAC – Eye Shadow (Trax – all over lid)
  • Shadow: Sleek – i-Divine Celestial Palette (Stargaze – to brow bone)
  • Liner: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Glitter Single (Binge)
  • Mascara: No. 7 – Fanomonal Lashes Mascara (black)
  • Lashes: Eyelure – Naturalites (Superfull 083)


  • Stain: Revlon – Colourburst Lacquer Balm (150 – Enticing)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Pointed Foundation Brush – Bronzer (contour)
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E32 – Cream Shadow
  • Blank Canvas – E24 – MAC Shadow
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk C260 Taklon Shadow – Sleek Shadow & blending like hell
  • Ecotools – Angled liner brush – Brow Zings Wax
  • Blank Canvas – E30 (brush end) – Brow Zings Powder 

Couple of notes: The lashes didn’t survive 5 minutes outside, so they were removed before I got there, and saved instead of losing them completely. Will have to superglue them on, or get proper extensions next time.

The WnW liner didn’t work too well, and didn’t really add anything to it. Will have to try it on it’s own next time, as I think the MAC shadow overpowered it.

Those minor issues aside, and aside from being in heels all night, it was an amazing evening and I hope my skills with the warpaint lived up to expectations. What do you think of my efforts, and if you were there, the night itself?


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Mar. 25.

Tried Tuesday: L’Oreal Glam Shine Lipgloss

tt-lipthHello from a rather wet and miserable Tried Tuesday, where today I’m talking about lips. We all have them, and we all have a drawer full of things for them, so today I’ve pulled out a former favourite of mine, a L’Oreal Glam Shine from the Miss Candy collection, in shade 703 – Tart Lollipop.

I used to wear this quite often, but sadly, in recent times it’s been neglected. How silly of me! It doesn’t have the greatest punch of colour, but it is nice and glossy (always good for a lipgloss) and doesn’t feel sticky, but rather smooth and slick on the lips.


The heart shaped applicator holds a generous amount of product, so it should do one lip at a time with ease.


Now, while L’Oreal say that these glosses have 6 hours of staying power, don’t hold your breath. If you’re going to be doing normal stuff like coffee and lunch (we all have to eat and drink)  it will wear off. If you need ore colour and staying power, I would wear it over a lip stain. If however, you are on a strict diet of nothing in public, then go right ahead and wear it on it’s own. It will give a subtle colour, and I find it does make the lips look a bit more plump and kissable. Now, where can I find someone to test that theory with?

What do you think of the Glam Shine range? Are lip glosses worth the money, or just a shiny, short lived distraction? The comment line is open!


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Mar. 21.

Face Friday: Out Shopping

FaceFriday-thSo, yesterday I went shopping. Not for anything in particular. More to get out and about for a bit. And seeing as I couldn’t go barefaced for fear of scaring small children, I wanted something that looked done, but not too overdone.



  • Primer: GOSH – Velvet Touch Line Perfector
  • Primer: Benefit – The Porefessional (used on nose)
  • Foundation: Maybelline – Superstay 24 Hour Foundation (020 – Cameo)
  • Bronzer: Wet ‘ Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (Ticket to Brazil)
  • Blush: Benefit – Hervana
  • Powder: 17 – Loose Powder (translucent)


  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Creaseless Cream Shadow (RSVP – from World Famous Neutrals (Easiest Nudes) palette)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Powder Shadow – crease (Thanks a Latte – from World Famous Neutrals (Easiest Nudes) palette)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Powder Shadow – on brow bone (Call my Buff  – from World Famous Neutrals (Easiest Nudes) palette)
  • Liner: Model Co – Eye liner pencil (01 – Black, free with April 2014 issue of Glamour)
  • Mascara: No. 7 – Fanomonal Lashes Mascara (black)


  • Stain: Revlon – Colourburst Matte Balm (220 – Showy)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Ecotools – Powder Brush – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Pointed Foundation Brush – Bronzer (contour)
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Bronzer & Blush
  • Real Techniques – Essential Crease Brush – Cream Eyeshadow
  • Blank Canvas – E24 – Powder Shadow 

I think this look was ideal for daytime shopping, as it didn’t look too overdone, even if it did take me 20 minutes to do!

I also notice my lips look a bit dry under the lip colour. Back to lots of lip scrub and balm it is.


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