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Dec. 05.

Face Friday: Magazine Inspired Red & Gold Christmas Look

ff-redgold-thLast week, while reading through a magazine, I saw two looks that combined elements of red & gold. It stuck with me, and I wondered if I could create something of a Christmas party look inspired by it. Well, I gave it a go, and the results are here for you today for Face Friday.


Here are the looks that I drew inspiration from, which come from the December issue of Cosmopolitan. I was particularly taken by two elements, the gold eyes from the left, and the gold cupids bow and red lips on the right. It’s these elements that I wanted to combine into one look, so after scrubbing, cleansing, toning, moisturising and putting on a ton of lip balm, I went through my collection and took out the following to be used in creating the look:


  • Primer: Benefit – The Porefessional
  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (40 – Light Ivory)
  • Blush: Benefit – Benetint
  • Blush: Benefit – Hervana
  • Highlighter: MeMeMe – Beat The Blues (Pearl Pink)
  • Contour: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Bronzer (E740 – Bikini Contest)
  • Powder: Benefit – Hello Flawless (Ivory)
  • Concealer: Benefit – FakeUp (01 – Light)


  • Brows: NYX – Eyebrow Cake Powder (04 – Auburn/Red)
  • Primer: Makeup Revolution – Focus + Fix Primer (Brighten)
  • Pigment: Barry M – Fine Glitter Dust (10 – Yellow Gold)
  • Shadow: Makeup Revolution – Awesome Eyeshadow Collection (Various Golds & Silver)
  • Liner: Paese – Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
  • Mascara: Physicians Formula – Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara (Fakeout)


  • Lipliner: Revlon – Colorstay Liner (Red)
  • Lipstick: L’Oreal – Color Riche Lipstick (297 – Red Passion)
  • Gold Lip Line: Essence – Effect Eyeliner (02 – Gold Digger) topped with Barry M – Fine Glitter Dust (10 – Yellow Gold)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F16 – Powder
  • Real Techniques – Setting Brush – Blush (Apply/Blend)
  • Real Techniques – Pointed Foundation Brush – Apply Contour
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Blend together blush/highlighter/contour
  • Blank Canvas – E24, E25, E32 – Shadows
  • Blank Canvas – E30 – Undereye shadow/comb lashes
  • Ecotools – Angled Liner Brush – Brows
  • Blank Canvas – L29 – Lipstick
  • Emite Make Up – L312 – Pigment on upper lip line

That is quite a list of products and brushes to work through, but Christmas is a time for going all out. And to answer the question of what all of this gets you in the end, here it is:






Now, I’ll freely admit I was a little forgetful, and forgot to do photos using flash, which is a pity, as it would really show off the eyes. The glitter pigment used will really make your eyes sparkle, and the combination of red and gold is a classic. The addition of silver in the corner of the eyes added another dimension to them, giving a bit more colour depth, while the mascara created great lashes without resorting to potentially over the top falsies. The only thing I am slightly concerned about is the gold along the top lip, which may have benefited from a liquid gold. I felt that in the minute amount I used, it was just slightly lacking. Not awful looking, but not stand out. I think that once I have somewhere to go that isn’t a hospital, I will be redoing this look and actually showing it off. In fact, I may just have the perfect matching manicure to show off for you on Monday.

What do you think of this look? Would you go for a gold lined lip, or should it be left to editorial makeup? And am I using enough glitter? The comments await!


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Sep. 05.

Face Friday: Barely There

face-barelythere-thWhen I received Max Factor’s new Skin Luminizer Foundation, I wanted to create a look that minimised how many layers I was using on my face, to try and allow the foundation and my own skin to speak for themselves. Here is how it turned out.



  • Foundation: Max Factor – Skin Luminizer Foundation (40 – Light Ivory)
  • Blush: Wet n Wild – Coloricon Blush (E832E – Heather Silk)


  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Primer: MUA – Pro Base Eye Primer
  • Shadow: MUA – Undressed Palette (Shades 3 & 4)
  • Mascara: Wet n Wild – XXL Lash Mascara (Black)


  • Lipstick: Revlon – Colorburst Matte Balm (225 – Sultry)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Real Techniques – Buffing Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E25 – Shadow

Keeping the look very minimalist on the skin and eyes allowed the lips to stand out, but I am really impressed by the finish of the skin, despite using so few products on it. It looks exceptionally well polished, without looking like there is a heavy coating on it. I’m impressed!


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Sep. 02.

Tried Tuesday: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm

tt-revlon-thI think I am getting into the swing of autumn colours now (yes, I know it’s only been September two days) as yesterday I put a lovely berry shade on my nails, and today for Tried Tuesday, I have a lovely berry shade for my lips to look at, in the form of one of the Colorburst Matte Balms from Revlon.


I have a number of these now, which started with one of the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, but this shade hasn’t seen much love. I liked the shade (otherwise I wouldn’t have bought it) but as it has been summer, I have been avoiding darker shades for a while. But it is time for me to embrace richer darker shades for the next 6-9 months (the typical duration of an Irish winter) and so I am happy to introduce you to shade 225 – Sultry.


In keeping with the rest of the range, it comes in the form of a crayon (thank you Clinque for introducing the world to this idea) which makes it very portable and easy to apply. It is really almost foolproof. I would say totally, but unfortunately someone would manage to prove me wrong. The case for it comes in a colour co-ordinated matte finish, which lets you know at a glance what colour and finish it is, brilliant for when you are rooting around a drawer of these and their sister lacquer balms. Then you just pop off the lid to reveal the product inside, which again tapers off to a rounded point like a crayon. I find the shape to be ideal for working around the curve of the lips without needing extensive time or correction after, a definite plus!


And of course, I need to show you how it looks in use. Isn’t it such a delightful colour? It is the ideal level of richness without being too dark, which would make it great for office to party looks. I can see this getting a lot of wear in the next few months!

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms are €10.99 and are available from Revlon Stands nationwide.


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May. 30.

Face Friday: Mary Kay & Lush Event

marykayface-thIt’s time for another Face Friday from a busy week here. On Wednesday I was at the Best in Beaut.ie awards, where I enjoyed drinks, nibbles and was handed two tickets to the Forbidden Fruit festival, while yesterday I went to have a look at some of the products from Mary Kay and the new arrivals from Lush. The face I’m showing you today is from yesterday’s events.



  • Foundation: Maybelline – Superstay 24 hour foundation (020 – Cameo)
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula – Bronze Booster Bronzer (Season to Season)
  • Blush: No.7 – Pop & Glow cream blush (Classic Rose)


  • Brows: Maybelline – Brow Drama (Medium Brown)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Creaseless Cream Shadow – Lid (Birthday Suit)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Longwear Powder Shadow – Browbone (Pinky Swear)
  • Shadow: Benefit – Longwear Powder Shadow – Crease (Quick, Look Busy)
  • Liner: Model Co – Liner pencil (01 – Black)
  • Mascara: Rimmel – Scandaleyes by Kate Mascara (05 – Sapphire Eye Rocks)


  • Lipstick: Revlon – Colorburst Lacquer Balm (150 – Enticing)


  • Blank Canvas – F20 – Foundation
  • Blank Canvas – F03 – Bronzer (dusted over whole face)
  • Real Techniques – Multi Task Brush – Blush
  • Blank Canvas – E24 – Eyeshadow (Lid)
  • Real Techniques – Essential crease brush – Eyeshadow (Crease & Browbone)
  • Royal & Langnickel – Silk C260 Taklon Shadow – Eyeshadow (Blend)


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May. 29.

Tested Thursday: Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm

colorburst-thI’m a firm believer in having a lipstick for every occasion, and then some for no occasion at all, except for you felt like wearing it. That’s why I have such a wide ranging collection. One I tend to have a few of on the go, though, is the Colorburst range from Revlon. This particular one is from their lacquer balm range, and is shade 150 – Enticing.


There are 10 shades in this particular range, running from browns to pinks, nudes, corals, berry and red. There really is a shade to suit everyone. The packaging is similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, or Revlon’s own Just Bitten Kissable balm stains. It’s very simple packaging. It’s a twisty crayon type product in a shiny tube, as are all the lacquer balms. The matte ones have a matte finish tube – great when rooting in a drawer for the right product.


The product itself is quite slippery, and feels very moisturising. This is due to what Revlon call their “Triple Butter Complex” of shea, coconut and mango butters. It feels light and nourishing when swatched on my hand. It doesn’t feel heavy or clogging and has really great pigmentation.


As for it on the lips? It really feels dreamy. It’s all cushony and velvety and is delightful to wear, with a sheen more so than a shine. I could really wear this kind of thing forever and be happy.


But, as it’s Tested Thursday, I can’t just leave it at that. I have to actually put the product through its paces and find out what it can do. Today I’m doing a wear test. Prior to writing this I had been out looking at products from Mary Kay and Lush. It meant getting dressed up and looking pretty for a few hours. Between going out and coming home, it was on for about 6 hours. And there was a lot of talking and hugs and trying to look good. And the good news is it held up remarkably well. It looked as good as when I first put it on. However, I had not been eating or drinking in that time, which I did when I got home.

This is where things took a disappointing turn. In between having a beer (it was cold, I was not) and eating the leftover Chinese food from everyone elses dinner, the lacquer balm kind of disappeared. By the time I was done, and I’m not (much) of a messy eater, there was nothing left. No stain, no patchy lipstick, nothing.

So, the results. The pigmentation, feel and colour are all amazing. Really difficult to beat. However, to get wear out of it, you need to be one of these strange people who can get through the day without eating or drinking. I’m certainly not one of these people, and for that reason I’ll be making sure that any time I wear this I have it close at hand for touch-ups in between meals.


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Apr. 11.

Face Friday: The Fast Face

fff-fastth“This is for the woman who only has four fifths of a second to get ready” – Homer Simpson.
Fortunately, I don’t have a Simpsons style makeup gun, but I, like others, have often ended up in situations where I have no time to get ready, but still have to. That’s why, for Face Friday today, I’m doing the Fast Face. The idea being to use products I have, to get myself looking presentable in as short a time as possible, and to show off the result. Scared? Me too…

The clock starts now…


Face: Three products used.

  • BB Cream: Osiris Avise BB Cream in light (I got this one in Dealz, but they’re usually available in Lidl) Applied with fingers.
  • Powder: Benefit Hello Flawless in Ivory. Applied with the included brush
  • Blush: Benefit Hervana. Applied with the included brush

Time taken: Approx 2:38, mostly on the BB cream.


Eyes: Three Products used.

  • Shadow: Accessorize baked shadow duo in Freya. Applied with an Ecotools Fluffy Shadow Brush
  • Brows: Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown. Applied with the included brush
  • Mascara: NYC High Definition Mascara. Applied with the included brush

Time taken: Approx 2:15


Lips: Two products used.

  • Base colour: Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain in Passion. Applied using marker tip from tube
  • Gloss: L’Oreal Glamshine in Tart Lollipop (from Miss Candy Collection). Applied with included applicator

Time taken: Approx 1:13

Total time taken: 6:06.63 start to finish

And the result looks like.


It’s definitely not the best I’ve done, but it is also definitely passable. I specifically chose products that were virtually foolproof, and for the most part could be applied with fingers or an included applicator. The only exception being the eyeshadow, which needed a brush. Having a plan to do a face in double quick time is always a plus, and can get you out of a few tight spots. Of course this can be trimmed down a bit further, if for example, you are willing to do your lips on the go.

What do you think? How fast can you do a fast face, and do you have any tips? I’d love to find out in the comments.


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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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Mar. 17.

Manicure Monday: St. Patrick’s Day Nails

MM-PaddyHappy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. Thanks for taking a quick break from whatever it is you do on a day like this to have a look at today’s manicure.

This is really just a quick one to throw on, and yet not quick at all, as the number of coats to make the green polish green, and white polish actually look half decent is unbelievable. I need to get a decent white polish. I also apologise for not taking the time to clean up a bit before taking the photo. It is, however, meant to be the Irish flag on my nails, in case you couldn’t tell.


Polishes used are Yes Love in Glitter 7 (NV03), LA Colours in Energy Source (NV20) and Revlon Nail Art Neon in High Voltage (NV88) all listed on my Nail Polish Stash Page

What are you up to today, and what are you sporting on your nails/eyes/clothes for this day where the whole world and their dog are Irish? Let me know in the comments!


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Feb. 05.

Recent Purchases: Boots and Dealz

colorburst-thumbWhile things have been pretty slim on the buying front I have been able to treat myself now and then. For example, today I went into Boots to buy razor blades. These are more of a necessity than a treat, so they’re not included here. The rest of what I walked out with is…

Nail Polish: Maybelline Color Show in 107 – Watery Waste:


Before I begin, let me point out 2 things. Firstly, it’s ColoUr, not color. Get it right. Secondly, what were you thinking with the name “Watery Waste”? You’re not selling it to me with that name. What did sell it to me, aside from the silvery colour itself, was the big clearance sticker on it that said €2! SOLD!

Lip Crayons: Revlon Colorburst (seriously, I’m getting annoyed with the lack of U here) Lacquer and Matte Balms in 150 – Enticing (Lacquer), 220 – Showy (Matte) & 250 – Standout (Matte):


I’ve been hearing so much love for these new crayons, and with Boots having another 3 for 2 offer on, it was wrong to leave them sitting on the shelf. Normally €11.20 each the offer meant that I got them for €7.47 each instead. Bargain! In the swatches below, I’ve included the original Just Bitten Balm Stain in 020 – Lovesick for comparison.


What I’m thinking is I have nearly matching pairs here, at least on paper. Lovesick seems to be a more glossy version of Showy, and Enticing is a close match for Standout. They’re very pigmented colours though. I’m loving them already, and I haven’t even tried them on my lips yet.

Dealz Purchase:

Nail Polish: Revlon Nail Art Neon in 100 – Atomic Pink, 110 – High Voltage, 120 – Neon Light, 130 – Laser Beam & 170 – Ultra Violet:

revlon-nail-artThese were €1.49 each. I love nail polish. Enough said 😉

What have you treated yourself to recently? What else should I be buying? Are you going to fund it for me (wishful thinking)? Let me know in the comments!


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Aug. 12.

My first, and possibly only FOTD

FOTD-ThumbFirst, a note: I am not that photogenic, specifically when it comes to self portraiture. I always find myself unhappy with how it looks, whether it’s the angle, lighting, or how many chins I appear to have. Therefore, make the most of this post, as it will be a while, if ever, before it’s repeated. So, if you want to continue, my first FOTD (Face Of The Day) is after the jump.


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