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Oct. 05.

Something Else Saturday: Top Ten Tag

top10-thYes I know it’s Sunday, but I was lazy and sore yesterday so you’ll just have to live with my slightly delayed Something Else Saturday post, as requested by Nicholle Bartlett, who two weeks ago tagged me to do the Top Ten Tag. If I have this right, there are 10 makeup categories, and I pick my top product from each. Seems simple enough, so lets get into the products!

Foundation – Max Factor Skin Luminizer


Since arriving on my desk this has become a firm favourite of mine. It is a great light shade, isn’t too sheer or too heavy, and lasts really well!

Concealer – Benefit Fake Up


This is great for use where there are spots or dark circles on my face (read: everywhere). It is hydrating, creamy, and works really well in connection with my foundation to even things up.

Powder – Benefit Hello Flawless


This could nearly be considered as another foundation, but I love layering it on top of foundations or BB creams as a setting powder. It has a little colour in it, mattifies and keeps my face in place FOREVER!

Blush – NYC Cheek Glow


Perfect for a sheer, buildable pop of colour, these really do add a glow to your cheeks.

Bronzer – Physicians formula Season to Season


It’s 4 shades of bronzer in one, all of which are lovely on their own or mixed. What more do you want?

Highlighter – MeMeMe Beat The Blues


Bigger, cheaper and possibly better than High Beam. Enough said!

Mascara – Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes


I got this during the Debenhams €10 offer and it is genuinely lovely. Maybe I don’t use it often enough though, as I am always looking for new products to slather on my face!

Eyeshadow – Sleek iDivine Palette Range


I have the limited edition Celestial palette here, but generally, just get your hands on as many of these babies as you can and be happy!

Brows – Maybelline Brow Drama


With this my *sigh* brows become WOWS in seconds. The medium brown shade I use is perfect for daytime wear, when I don’t want my brows to be over the top. Just brush it in and be done!

Lips – Wet n Wild Megalast Range


Specifically here I have Cherry Bomb and Sugar Plum Fairy, which I got before I knew they were dupes for MAC. Either way they are intensely pigmented and last so well. Cheap as chips too. Result :-)

And that’s my top 10. I think there is a good mix of budget and higher end products there, which shows that sometimes budget can be better.

Of course, this is a tag, so I tag:

What do you think of my choices? Agree or disagree or just think I am an idiot? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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May. 05.

Let’s Talk Blog Challenge: Summer Essentials

ltbc-thWelcome to week 2 of the Let’s Talk Blog Challenge, which is arranged and orchestrated by the wonderful Sarah from At The Beauty Desk. Last week as an introduction to the challenge we saw what a day in my life was (and got numerous adoption requests for Rascal and Patch), while this week we are talking about Summer Essentials.

Let’s be honest. We love summer, whatever little we get of it in this country. That means we need to make he most of it. These bits are my suggestions for to get prepared for summer.



Everyone looks good with a tan. That sunkissed glow just seems  to make people happy. Yet we need to be careful, as we all know what the sun does to our great Irish skin. I recently got sunburn on my arms, in not very warm conditions in mid April. It’s not pleasant. So why not give yourself the perfect tan with something like Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan’s new dark shade. It gives you a gorgeous tan without risking sunburn. Without having to worry about the tan, you can then choose something with a higher SPF, like this Sun Care Oil Spray from Clarins, which has SPF30 and is water ans sweat resistant. It can also be used on hair, and leaves the skin looking radiant and smooth.



Obviously water can not be under sold in summer, but I’m also going to recommend something like this facial rehydrating mist from the Benefit B-Right range. Super light and usable over makeup, it also has a delicate fragrance, and I find my skin drinks it up!



Light, floaty dresses are lovely in summer, as heavy clothes will just lead to sweating and sticking to you. Everyone should have a couple of maxi dresses available in their wardrobe. I’m currently loving this one from Moi & Toi on Talbot St in Dublin.



In summer I don’t like wearing much makeup during the daytime. I want something light on my face and bright on my lips. I think I’ll be making good use of this combination of MeMeMe Flawless Tinted Moisturiser and Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Olé Flamingo.

These are what will get me through summer. What are your summer essentials. Please do let me know below!


Part of the Let’s Talk Blog Challenge series:

  • Week 1: Day in the Life
  • Week 2: Summer Essentials
  • Week 3: Birthday Box (12th May)
  • Week 4: Survival Guide (19th May)
  • Week 5: Magazine v Blogging (26th May)
  • Week 6: Recommend to a Friend (2nd June)

Want to join in the Let’s Talk Blog Challenge? Please do! Join in and discover more bloggers in the challenge on Twitter #LetsTalkBlogChallenge

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