Sunday, 11 December 2016

Winter Nail Varnishes

I am ready for Christmas as soon as Bonfire Day is over. It is my favourite holiday, so I am forever in the mood. This includes painting my nails in festive colours ready for Christmas. Typically, the colour red springs to mind, but I like to save this for the week of Christmas, so I have put together a list of my favourite nail varnishes (that I own) that would be perfect for December, or just winter in general, with links where possible. Apologies in advance for the pictures - my lighting at university is terrible.



This is a gift set that I recently picked up from Boots of Essie nail colours that are perfect for winter. It comes in packaging that is designed to look like a Christmas cracker, so it could either make a perfect gift for someone who loves nail varnishes, or a great treat for yourself as part of Boots' three for two offer. Included in this set, are the shades; a cut above (a sparkly pink top coat), fiji (a pale pink), smokin hot (a purple with undertones of grey) and bordeaux (a red with undertones of purple). I would happily wear any of these shades, and with this set they are technically only £5 each, which is a good deal. Link here.

Reds


On the left, is a red shade, with very slight undertones of pink, from Ted Baker. This shade is always in season in my opinion, but is just extra on point around Christmas. Link here. In the middle, is a dark pink/almost red shade, with slight red glitter, from Essie called thigh high. This is my go-to shade during winter, I absolutely love it. Link here. On the right, is a new one I picked up recently from Barry M, called enchanted. This one is a good alternative, as it is not a traditional red colour. I would describe it more as a copper/burnt orange with slight red glitter, that has a duo-chrome effect where it looks gold/green in some light. Haven't tried it on my nails yet but I will soon. Link here.

Metallics


On the left, is a classic glittery gold shade from Revlon, called gold coin. Gold is another colour that I instantly think of whenever Christmas is mentioned and will never not be festive. Link unavailable as it was from their last collection. On the right, is a classic glittery silver shade from Rimmel, called shooting star. Silver is again, perfect for winter time as it reminds me of ice. Link here.


These metallics are a bit alternative. On the left, is a glittery pink shade from Mac, called girl trouble. This is a good colour for the people who prefer more girly colours all year round, as the glitter still adds a festive vibe. Link unavailable as it was from their last collection. On the right, is my current favourite colour. It is a rose gold shade from Maybelline, called rose veil. It has a matte, metallic look to it and is just so on trend right now. I cannot find a link for it on the boots website, but it was purchased recently in my Maybelline Haul

Top Coats


These two are shades that are slightly transparent, so I would suggest putting over another colour. On the left, it is a Tanya Burr nail varnish from her advent calendar last year, called carnival night. It is a purple, with big multicolour pieces of glitter. Perfect for someone who likes every colour. Link unavailable as it was from her last collection. On the right, is a confetti style polish with red and white glitter from Revlon, called daring graffiti. This is a cooler look that still features the red shades that are perfect for Christmas. Link here.

What are your favourite winter nail varnishes?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Wish List Inspiration

By now you have probably had the classic text or phone call from your parents asking you what you want for Christmas. Or, like my mum, asking for a whole list. I have compiled a list of products that I either have or want, to give you inspiration on what you could ask for, or for you to just buy yourself.

Makeup


1 - Charlotte Tilbury 'Bond Girl' Lipstick - This lipstick has been on my wish list for about a year and a half now. It is a beautiful brown shade with red undertones, in a matte formula in the prettiest gold packaging. It is £23.

2 - Zoeva Brushes - The set pictured is the set I got last christmas and these brushes are just perfect, but I would honestly recommend any of their sets, or just single brushes. They have the softest bristles, with chic black and gold handles. They are easy to clean and apply makeup brilliantly. The sets range from £35 to £200.

3 - NYX Contour Kit - Contouring has been a big trend for a while now, but I have been wary of trying it as I'm pale, so finding a shade that is natural is a problem. This kit does have the potential to be too dark, but it has at least one shade that could act as a contour for me, and the other three brown shades could be good bronzer shades. This is £18. 

4 - Zoeva 'Nude Spectrum' Palette - This palette has the perfect selection of nude, gold and bronze shades. They are very wearable colours for all skin shades, with a mixture of shimmer and matte finishes. I know I don't really need any more eyeshadow palettes, but a girl can never have too many, right? This is £28.50.

5 - NARS 'Laguna' Bronzer - I'm pretty sure almost everyone has heard of this product by now as it is one of NARS' best sellers. The shade looks suitable for paler skin, as it has more of a grey tone rather than an orange tone, so could work as a contour shade or a bronzer. This is £28.

6 - NARS 'Sheer Glow' Foundation - Christmas is the perfect time to ask for a refill of your favourite foundation, if it is on the pricey side. I love this foundation, and went through a whole bottle earlier on in the year, but I haven't been able to repurchase it yet as it is in the more expensive price range. This is £31.

7 - Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers - I have poker straight eye lashes, so curling them can be a struggle sometimes. These eyelash curlers are supposed to be amazing, and I have heard great reviews on youtube about them, so would of course like to try them on myself! This is £20.

8 - Charlotte Tilbury 'The Golden Goddess' Eyeshadow Quad - These shades are the type of shades that I could wear everyday of my life and not get bored. I have a different palette, 'The Dolce Vita', and the quality of those eyeshadows are very high. They have good pigmentation and shimmer, which I also expect of this palette. This is £38.

Miscellaneous


1 - Daniel Wellington 'Bristol' Watch - Not only do I love this watch as it is named after where I live, but it is also a beautiful watch, with a brown strap and rose gold around the clock face. What's not to love? This is £139.

2 - Casetify 'Emerald Doodle' Case - A way to keep pretending you got a new phone, is by updating the case. This phone case has a beautiful design of a flower, in greens and blues. This is £31.

3 - Michael Kors 'Selma' Handbag in Cinder - I just love the look of Michael Kors handbags, especially in this design. They look so chic, especially in this taupe colour. It is simple enough to go with any outfit, yet classy enough to be a statement bag. This is £310.

4 - Anna Saccone 'Capricorn' Necklace in Rose Gold - Anna Saccone is one of my favourite Youtubers. If you are not familiar, she is part of the Saccone-Joly's on Youtube (you should definitely check them out!). She has her own collection of necklaces, with a beautiful story behind them about her father, and the idea is that you get your star sign. I, obviously, love the look of it in rose gold. This is £64.

5 - Pandora 'Dazzling Daisy Band' Ring in Rose Gold - I'm clearly following a trend of rose gold at the moment. This ring is beautiful - either alone or stacked. Pandora jewellery is such high quality, for quite affordable prices (for a premium product). This is £75.

6 - Adidas 'Gazelles' Trainers in Pink - These trainers are beautiful. They are girly and cute, without being impractical. They are still comfortable and can go with jeans for an everyday look. This is £75.

7 - ASOS Mermaid Blanket in Pink - I mean, why has this not been a thing before? Of course I want to look like I'm a mermaid, whilst staying warm. Living in university accommodation, I am almost always on the cold side, so I feel like I need this now. There are many different versions of these blankets, but these ones on ASOS are £32.

8 - LUSH Bath Bombs - The bath bomb pictured is 'Intergalactic' which is a solid favourite, but I honestly recommend any bath bombs from LUSH. Bath bombs are such a great product, as they colour your bath and make beautiful patterns, but also relaxes you and nourishes your skin at the same time.

What is on your Christmas list?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Maybelline Haul

The age-old, classic story happened once again. I went into Boots for concealer, and left with some new products from Maybelline, but no concealer. There was a deal at Boots, where if you bought three products from Maybelline, you got a free bottle of their setting spray, so I succumbed and bought three products. I feel like I got a bargain though as I got four products for only £12.98!


'Super Stay 24 Makeup-Locking Setting Spray' - This is the spray that kicked it all off. I have oily skin, so anything I can try to prolong my makeup's staying power without having to touch it up, I will. This one sounds interesting as it claims that it is oil-free and makes your makeup last 24 hours, which I probably will never try, but I guess it is a bonus for a long day at university. I will get back to you on how I think it works. This was free.

'Super Stay 7 Days Gel Nail Varnish' in 882 Rose Veil - This nail varnish immediately caught my eye, even before I saw the deal. Recently, I have been loving anything the colour of rose gold, specifically jewellery and clothes. When I saw this nail varnish in the perfect shade, and with a metallic glitter finish, I knew I was going to buy it. It is also a festive colour without being too over the top for the beginning of December. This was £4.49.

'Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick' in 01 Light - I have not had much luck with finding 'acceptably priced' cream contour products, as they have all been too dark for my skin tone. However, I keep searching in hope of the perfect match. I picked up this stick which has a side for a matte contour shade and a side for a matte highlight shade, because I have seen it advertised and it looks quite creamy and easy to blend. Again, I will try it and review it for you soon. This was £6.99.

'Brow Satin' in Dark Blonde - I have once again been loving filling in my eyebrows, as I think that, with help from my roommate Becs, I have finally shaped my eyebrows to a good shape after a horrific encounter with a lady who basically waxed them into thin tiny little worms - not a good look for anyone. I picked this up as the powder that I usually use is running out, so I thought that I would try something different. One side is a pencil, which you would use to shape the eyebrows, and the other side is a filling powder for the rest of the brow. This was £5.99.

Have you got any of these products?

Roisin <3

Friday, 2 December 2016

November Favourites


Soap & Glory 'Mist You Madly' Spray - Now that it is once again winter, I have gone back to using more subtle perfumes, with a lighter scent. This is a floral based scent, that is quite girly, but I think that it would suit anyone of any age. I have had many compliments on how I smell, even ten hours after putting it on, which is always a great feeling, and so it clearly lasts a long time.

L'Oreal Paris 'True Match' Foundation in Rose Ivory- This is a relatively new purchase for me. I picked it up completely randomly one day, after looking at the extensive shade selection and seeing that they had a shade that looked light enough for my skin colour, which is quite rare amongst cheaper foundations. It is a medium coverage, but it is easily buildable. It surprisingly lasts quite well on my oily skin, as it isn't matte, but once powdered stays matte for around four hours before I feel like I need a retouch.   

MaxFactor 'Excess Shimmer' in 25 Bronze - This is a cream eyeshadow, and it is beautiful. It is quite a dark bronze colour - in comparison, much darker than 'On and On Bronze' by Maybelline. A little goes a long way as it is has a very smooth texture and applies quite wet. I love this eyeshadow all over my lid, quickly blended out before it sets for a more smokey look. The colour payoff is excellent, and the shimmer is definitely in excess.

MAC 'Taupe' Lipstick - Of course I have a MAC lipstick in my favourites. I bought this lipstick in the summer time, and purposely left it for October/November as it is such a perfect Autumnal colour. This time around it is the shade 'Taupe', which is a brown shade with red undertones, in a matte finish. I have pictures of me wearing it in this post if you want a visual. It is quite a bold colour, but is definitely still wearable.

Essie Nail Varnish in 'Master Plan' - Yes, this is once again in a favourites post as I am still loving it. I had acrylics on for most of October and November in a light purple colour, so when I got them off I really wanted a nice, neutral colour. 'Master Plan' is a grey shade with brown undertones, and it honestly goes with everything I wear. Essie is one of my favourite nail varnish brands too as they're good quality, pigmented colours.

What have you been loving in November?

Roisin <3

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Autumn Makeup Look

Autumn colours are my favourite. Reds, browns and golds are always my go to look. I think they really suit my complexion, as the gold highlights my blue eyes, and a red/brown lip suits my pale skin. I think this look would suit anyone though and it is quite easy to recreate. It is a slightly heavier eye look, perfect for a day or a night out.



I have been loving creating a really sharp line with my eyeshadow, to fake an eyeliner effect.



 Products Used:
* Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
* L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Matte Foundation
* Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
* Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder
* Tanya Burr Perfect Brows Palette
* Carli Bybel & BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette
* Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
* Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
* Benefit Hoola Bronzer
* Soap & Glory Love At First Blush
* Carli Bybel & BH Cosmetics Highlighter Palette
 * MAC Taupe Lipstick

 What is your go to Autumn look?

Roisin <3

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Nivea Men 'Sensitive Post Shave Balm' Review

I got this product back in July, and since then I have used it every time I do my makeup, without fail. I kept seeing this product being used as a primer on Youtube, and being raved about, so I wanted to see what it was like for myself. Fast forward four months, and I can't believe I ever doubted them. 


The primer starts off as a white liquid, which quickly sets clear and tacky. It does have the typical smell of male products, but that soon goes and doesn't linger all day. You only need the tiniest amount to cover your face, so the 100ml of product you get will definitely last a long time. 

I love the finish it gives my makeup. This primer really does set my makeup all day, with a sort of dewy glow. I have oily skin, so no matter what primer I use, I always have to re-powder at least once during the day if I want my makeup to look nice and fresh, but this post shave balm keeps my foundation looking natural, and I don't have to worry about fading. 

The only drawback I have of this product, is that it doesn't have a pump, so every time I use it I have to pour it out, which does mean that I waste some product occasionally. For £4.83 though, it is still a bargain! 

Have you tried this product out yet?

Roisin <3

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Current Cheek Combination

Wow. I have not blogged for a whole month. Oops. I have been very busy as I have been shipped off to University, which is exciting but has unfortunately taken my attention away from blogging. Let's start off easy again - my favourite combination for cheeks right now.


I have been using these three products together in combination since May whenever I want a quick, easy and simple makeup look, that still looks really put together and lovely. 

'Hoola' Bronzer by Benefit - This bronzer is honestly amazing. I'd be really surprised if you hadn't heard of it. It is so long lasting and pigmented, and has a natural finish as it is matte.  However, it is slightly too orange toned for me to be used as a contour shade, but if you can get away with it I would totally recommend doing that as it comes with a perfectly sized brush.

'Love At First Blush' by Soap & Glory - This blush is a combination of dark pink, light pink and white shimmer, that when you swirl together becomes a natural pink with a highlight that reflects light perfectly, but is not enough to be your only highlighter. It is an amazing 'my natural cheek but better'. 

'Mary-Lou Manizer' by The Balm - This highlighter I have already raved about loads of times, but it is the most perfect champagne gold shimmer. I have done a more in depth post recently, which you can see here

What's your current cheek combination?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August Favourites


Urban Decay 'Naked' Eyeshadow Palette - I have gone back, once again, to using my favourite palette on a daily basis. The twelve shades are just ideal for me, and suit any outfit, occasion or effort. The eye shadows are amazing quality, long lasting and really pigmented. I have done a more in depth blog post including more pictures if you are interested, here

L'Oreal Paris 'Infallible 24H Matte' Foundation - I have been using this foundation on and off for around six months, but throughout August I have been using it almost daily. I have been preferring to use it with a more dewy primer, as otherwise the foundation can be quite drying, but I don't mind this too much as it just means that the matte effect of the product is working. It lasts a long time (I still haven't tested it for a full 24 hours) and after quite a while, maybe four hours, it does turn slightly dewy but it still is beautiful.

Chanel 'Correcteur Perfection' Concealer  - On me, this concealer also seems to have a matte finish, which is perfect as it helps to stay on all my spots longer, meaning that I don't need to top up throughout the day. It is unfortunately quite an expensive concealer, and if I do have enough money when it inevitably runs out, I will definitely repurchase. 

MAC 'Velvet Teddy' - I'm sure by now that everyone has heard of this infamous lipstick. This is a light brown toned nude which I have been loving for so long. I am obsessed with matte lipsticks, and this one falls perfectly into that category. Again, this shade matches anything I wear and I gravitate towards putting it on every morning as I'm doing my makeup.

Essie 'Master Plan' - I know its summer and most people are loving bright colours on their nails, but I have been loving this grey shade with brown undertones. I'm really in a neutrals mood at the moment for some reason. I think this nail varnish is elegant and chic, and Essie just make such good quality nail varnishes. It does need two coats, but I don't mind spending slightly more time on my nails.

What have you been loving in August?

Roisin <3

Friday, 26 August 2016

University Clothes Wishlist

I am starting University in September, so a new start calls for some new clothes - am I right? These are my current lusts on ASOS and Missguided that suit any occasion from classroom to nightclub.


1 - White Lace Crop Top - This beautiful top can be dressed up with a skirt and heels, or dressed down with jeans and trainers. It could also be worn out in any season as it does have long sleeves, although they aren't very protective. White is a very versatile colour, and so will suit almost anything it is paired with, making it a much needed item in my opinion. This is from Missguided and is £25.

2 - Black T-Shirt Dress - Again, this dress can be dressed up or down, depending on the footwear and accessories. I love being comfortable, but still looking good, so this is perfect. It is satin, so it has a more luxurious feel to it, and it would suit anyone. A little black dress is also a staple piece. This is from Missguided and is £25.

3 - Pink T-Shirt - This top is my favourite style of t-shirt - comfy and cute. The extra details of the two straps crossing over makes it more unique, and I love the blush pink colour. I can see myself wearing this top a lot! This is from Missguided and is £10. 

4 - Striped Top - This top is another casual t-shirt that can be worn with absolutely anything. The cold shoulders gives it an edgier look, and the striped pattern is classic and a favourite of mine. This is from Missguided and is £15.

5 - Black Choker T-Shirt - I have never seen this style of t-shirt before. It looks like a simple black t-shirt, but it has an extra detail of a strap around the neck to look like a choker. This is quite unique to me anyway, and as soon as I saw it I wanted it. This is from Missguided and is £15.

6 - Pink Midi Skirt - This skirt would be perfect for going out as you wouldn't have to spend the entire evening/night worrying that your skirt is too short and your bum is accidentally showing. Again, it is also in that blush pink shade that I am obsessed with recently. This is from ASOS and is £30.

7 - Black Vest Top - I can imagine that this top would be perfect for impromptu nights out where you want to be slightly more casual, but still dressed up. This top, jeans and nice black heels/flats can get you anywhere! This is from ASOS and is £30.

8 - Navy Shirt - This shirt and top combo gives me such preppy vibes - exactly what I can imagine wearing to lectures and classes. This looks so comfy, yet again perfectly stylish. The blue is a pop of colour, whilst still being slightly neutral and subtle. This is from ASOS and is £22.

Would you wear any of these items of clothing?

Roisin <3

P.S - If you follow this link, you will be able to get £5 off from Missguided when you spend £25! 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Highlighter Collection

My newest beauty addiction has been highlighter. I apply so much I'm probably going to be compared to a disco ball soon. As I have been loving highlighter recently, I've started investing in buying different types and colours, from different brands and price ranges, and I now have a sort of 'mini' collection of four products. It's not a very big collection, and I will definitely be expanding it in the future, but for now it is enough for me. 


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Soft & Gentle' - This product really is a cult classic, and for a good reason. This highlighter has a slight marbled effect to it, which swirls together a light bronze shade and light pink shade, to create an overall champagne shade. It has incredible pigmentation, without being too glittery and in your face, and will suit any skin tone. It is the most expensive of my collection, at £24, but it is also the biggest at 10g. I would 100% recommend this highlighter to anyone as you can reach any desired effect with it, as it blends easily and layers nicely to allow you to reach the perfect amount of highlighter for your look.

The Balm 'Mary-Lou Manizer' - This product is also incredibly popular, for obvious reasons. This highlighter is more of a white gold shade, so it may not work for darker skin tones, but it could always be used as an eyeshadow. It does have incredible pigmentation, but it is a very shimmery highlighter, so if you dislike the really highlighted look (I clearly don't!), you may not like this highlighter. It is £17.50, and is still quite big at 8.5g. I would definitely recommend this highlighter to people who love a very glowy look - it doesn't really suit more natural makeup, but I would buy it even for occasional nights out when you want the shimmer as it is that good and worth the money.

Sleek Highlighting Palette in 'Solstice' - I have done a separate blog post about this palette, where I go into more detail and swatch the four shades, if you would like to read it here. It has four beautiful shades, that I would describe as being quite out there - for example, it has a purple shade! At £10, you really should try it out as it is really good quality, especially as it's from the drug store. 

Collection Speedy Highlighter in 'Pearl Sheen' - This product is a cream highlighter, and is so quick to apply, as the name suggests. This was my first highlighter, and I still go back to it occasionally, even with more high end options. It is a light pink/cream shade, and is also really pigmented. It does look slightly more natural as you apply it before powder products (for the best application), so after powder it is slightly less obvious, but if this is an issue for you, you can always layer another highlighter on top. It is incredibly long lasting, and a steal at £3.99. 

What is your favourite highlighter?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 31 July 2016

July Favourites

For my July Favourites, I am switching things up and will only be talking about makeup that I have either re-discovered or started using this month and have been loving. Usually I include other lifestyle categories, but I couldn't pick just one makeup favourite, so I decided to dedicate this post to just makeup products. I definitely recommend all of these products. Also let me know if you prefer this type of post to my usual monthly favourites set up.


Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm - I have been seeing this product being raved about as a primer on so many different blogs and youtube channels that I had to see what it was like. I have been using it every time I wear makeup for about three weeks and I really do think that it makes my makeup last longer. It is a liquid texture, but it is easy to apply and sets quite quickly, and the scent fades too. Also, it is such good value as its cheaper and bigger than most primers, so I mean, it's just logical to use it really.  

L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation - This foundation does have a light coverage, which usually I am not a fan of, but recently I have been consistently reaching for it. It is classed as a dewy foundation, but once set with powder, looks very natural and doesn't make you look oily, which is what I try and avoid. You will have to use concealer to cover up spots and under eyes, but usually I do anyway. It is so quick to apply to, and the applicator really allows you to not waste any product.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly - I apply this before my eyeshadow every time I wear makeup and it is such a good eye primer. It covers up my veins, and evens out the skin tone of my eye lids, to allow the eyeshadow to look even. It also prevents creasing, and my eyeshadow lasts a long time on top of it. The product itself lasts ages - I have had mine since Christmas and it is hardly dented! It is slightly darker than my skin tone, so it suits all eyeshadow shades too.

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow in 208 - Recently I have been reaching for gold eyeshadows, and this shade is just beautiful. It is a true gold shade. It is super shimmery, and light reflecting, and looks amazing. Once you see it and swatch it, you will need it in your life.

Benefit Gimme Brow - I use this product after I fill my eyebrows in with powder. This brow mascara really sets my brows in place, and applies just enough colour to allow me to even wear it alone on lazy days. The applicator is so small and fits my brows perfectly to allow product to be precisely placed. I'm pretty sure it's waterproof too, so you're covered for all occasions and situations.

L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Lipstick in 640 - This lipstick has been on my lips basically every day of July. It is a muted pink, with slight undertones of brown, and is matte, so you know I love it. Think of MAC Brave, but more pink. It is like the summer version - it is beautiful! To see the colour in action, you can see a recent post of my typical summer makeup look - here

What have you been loving in July?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Stila 'Eyes Are The Window Palette in Soul' Review

As you all may have gathered by now, eyeshadow palettes are one of my weaknesses. Recently, I spent an M&S voucher from Christmas, and part of it went on purchasing an eyeshadow palette from Stila that I have wanted for the longest time - the 'Eyes Are The Window' Palette in Soul. 




The palette has twelve shades in a variation of formulas - mostly shimmer (my favourites) and mattes. The tone of the palette is not unique, as it falls into the same shade range as many similar palettes, with light champagne and gold shades to warm and cool toned browns. However, there are many options of different combinations of eye looks in this palette, ranging from natural to dramatic, cool toned or warm toned. 


T-B:
*Light - a matte cream
*Kitten - a shimmer champagne
*Thought - a shimmer dark brown
*Vitality - a shimmer gold


T-B:
*Individual - a matte warm brown
*Affection - a shimmer copper
*Heart - a matte cool brown
*Substance - a shimmer dark grey/silver


T-B:
*Being - a matte dark brown
*Character - a shimmer dark brown with red glitter
*Peace - a shimmer dark copper
*Essence - a matte black

The lighter matte shades are not as pigmented as the other shades, but the darker mattes are and all of the shimmers are incredibly pigmented, so overall, the pigmentation is good, and they last a long time on the lids. The packaging is nice and simple, with a big mirror inside and a magnetic close. It is also not too heavy or big, so it would be easy to travel with too. This palette costs £30, which I think is quite a good price for the quality of the eyeshadows. Overall, I would 100% recommend!

Have you got this palette?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Summer Makeup Look

Recently, I have been loving a lighter base, to show off my tan and freckles, and I have been playing around with some new products, so I thought that I would show you my current favourite look, and what products I'm using on a daily basis. It is more of a natural look, with more bronzer than usual.




Products Used:
* Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
* L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
* Chanel Concealer
* Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder
* Tanya Burr Perfect Brows Palette
* Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette
* Maybelline Lash Sensational
* Benefit Hoola
* Soap & Glory Love At First Blush
* The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
* L'Oreal Matte Lipstick in 640

Have you tried any of these products?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Current Skincare Routine

Recently, I have been really preferring a more natural makeup look - particularly with a lighter foundation. This may be because I managed to catch a tan and have more freckles on my face which I like, or because its summer and heavy makeup sometimes feels a bit too much. This means that I would prefer to have a clearer complexion and less spots, so I have been more focused on my skincare routine and what products I have been using. I thought I would share with you my current skincare that I am using, as I do think that it is working, and it is quite affordable too. Just a side note though, I am by no means an expert, and most of these products are quite popular.


I use these two products to take off my makeup in the evening. I know that face wipes are usually not seen in a good light, but for me they are quite useful. I use the Simple 'Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes', which are around £3.45 for a pack of 25. They are regularly cheap and do get off the bulk of my makeup, and are sometimes a great option for a lazy night when you are too tired. I occasionally even use one in the morning if I have overslept and am running late, or just to quickly refresh my skin. I have repurchased these wipes many times. However, I do almost daily use the Garnier 'Micellar Cleansing Water' on a cotton pad afterwards just to get the extra makeup off and do a slightly deeper cleanse. This one bottle costs around £3 and honestly lasts such a long time - I am on my second bottle I like it so much, and shows that I have used it for a while now. 


I usually use these two products in the mornings. Most days I have a morning shower, where I will use the Clean & Clear 'Blackhead Clearing Scrub'. It gently exfoliates the skin, and helps lift away dirt and extra oil, which not only prevents blackheads, but helps keep my oily skin at bay throughout the day too, which is always a bonus. This is £3.75, and again lasts quite a while as a little goes a long way. If I haven't had a morning shower, then I will use the Witch 'Oil Control Face Wash', which I have repurchased so many times - I have been using it since I was a young teenager. I usually use around two pumps, and then foam it up in my hands and apply it all over in circular motions all over my face, and then wash it off with a flannel. It is so quick and easy, and leaves my face really soft. This is £3.50 and again, helps to combat oily skin. I occasionally use this in the evening too, just be careful to avoid over washing.


These are products I usually use at night after I've taken my makeup off and washed my face. My most recent purchase and the one I have been loving recently is the Witch 'Overnight Clearing Serum'. I use one pump and apply a thin layer all over my face, but concentrating mostly on my breakout areas - my forehead, nose and chin. I then leave it on to soak in overnight, and I honestly think that it has been working to reduce my spots. This is around £3.99 - which for a serum is a bargain! Another overnight serum/mask I use is The Body Shop 'Drops of Youth Sleeping Mask', which is more expensive at £24, which explains why I use it less frequently. This is much heavier than the Witch serum, so I put it on quite a bit before I actually go to sleep too to help it soak in. If I have a particularly aggressive or new spot, I will put the Clean & Clear 'Spot Control Treatment Gel' on to hopefully reduce it overnight - it claims it reduces spots in four hours. This is perfect for one off spots, and it is £4.35. Another staple for me to dry out spots is plain and simple Sudocrem. My handy squeezy tube is around £1.70 and is just magic. 


These are products I don't use daily, or sometimes even weekly. I am quite bad at remembering to put on eye cream, but when I do I do feel more refreshed. I have the bareMinerals 'Renew & Hydrate Eye Cream', which I got for Christmas one year - which I can't find online anymore, but I'm sure any will do.  As I have oily skin, exfoliating is a must every so often to ensure I have a smooth base to apply makeup on. I have the No 7 'Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator' which kind of feels like gentle sand, but it works really well. My tip is to wash it off with warm water, and then immediately wash your face with cold water. This is £11.50, but it is amazing. Another newer purchase for me is the Nivea 'Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream'. In the past, I have been rubbish at moisturising, as I either leave it or apply a primer and then makeup and forget about it. However, I have vowed to now try and get better, so I bought this one that one of my aunts recommended. It is £4.10.

What is your current skincare routine?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

L'Oreal 'Infallible Sculpt Contouring Palette' Review

Back in February, I purchased this contouring palette from L'Oreal, and I showed it in this blog post. I have to say, I have not really jumped on board of the cream contouring trend, either because I have not found a shade light enough for it to look somewhat natural on me, or because I don't have the time or motivation to constantly clean my brushes. However, I did try and my first step was purchasing this product.



I bought it in the shade 01 Light/Medium, but if you are in the category of 'light', this really is not the shade for you. The highlight shade is my actual skin shade, so it doesn't so much highlight anything as just add a layer of coverage, and the contouring shade is quite dark, with a slight orange undertone.  For these reasons, it doesn't quite work for me, but I am still trying and will keep you updated if anything changes and I suddenly become a master at cream contouring.

However, if you have darker skin than me, this could be a good option for you. The shades are easy to blend, and you do get a considerable amount of product - especially for £9.99, which is a very affordable price. The shades are both matte too, which allows a natural look as there is no unnecessary shine or glitter. I quite like the packaging too, it is simple yet slim and light. If you want to see this product used in action, this video by Amelia Liana made me interested enough to purchase it - here.

Have you tried this product?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Hot Holiday Makeup Bag

One of my most liked posts are where I show what makeup I'll be bringing on my holiday, so that is what I am going to be doing today. As you are reading this, I am on holiday in Spain with my family. As it is a family holiday, in a hot country, I will be taking quite simple makeup this time, as I will probably only wear makeup in the evening, if that.

Base


I am not bringing any moisturiser with me as I will be undoubtedly be using suncream before any makeup is applied. For primer, I have chosen the Body Shop 'Instablur', which I have been using for a while now. For foundation, I recently picked up the L'Oreal 'Nude Magique Cushion', and even though I have only used it once, it was a nice natural looking foundation, and super quick to apply! I am only bringing one concealer, my trusty Collection 'Lasting Perfection', which I'm sure I've talked enough already in previous posts. I am bringing two powders, as the Kiko powder has more coverage, so perfect for days I'm wearing less makeup, and the Soap & Glory powder is really mattifying, but translucent, so perfect when wearing foundation.

Face


This has been my favourite combination recently. The Benefit 'Hoola' for a really nice bronzed look, the Soap & Glory 'Love At First Blush' for a natural looking pink flush, and The Balm 'Mary Lou Manizer' which is just an amazing white golden highlight.

Eyes


For eyes and brows, I am keeping it quite easy. The Too Faced 'Natural Eyes' palette has nine beautiful shades to get me through any event, and the two individual eyeshadows from Kiko are perfect for a quick eye look (more detail in my last post). My mascara choices are obviously Maybelline 'Lash Sensational' and Benefit 'Roller Lash' - my current holy grail combo. For eyebrows, I am bringing Benefit 'Brow Zings' and Soap & Glory 'Archery'.

Lips


I may have gone a bit over the top with the lip choices, but I mean you can never have too many right? From left to right, I have got; MAC 'Brave', 'Velvet Teddy', 'On Hold', Revlon 'Honey' and a really sheer lipstick from Number 7 that I'm going to use as a lip balm. They range from nude to pinky red, which just screams summer to me.

What would you bring on a hot holiday?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Mini Haul

The other day I went shopping with one of my closest friends, Georgina, who actually recently started a blog! I would love it if you all went over to her blog and gave it some love - http://gcnorman.blogspot.co.uk. Anyway, I bought five products - two eyeshadows and three pairs of earrings and thought I'd show you.


Accessorise were having a 50% off sale, and so I snapped up these pairs of earrings that I thought would be perfect for my holiday!


These gold pineapple earrings are so cute and the tropical theme is perfect for a warm weather holiday. I bought them for £2.


Now these are surely a blogger's dream? They are half marble and half reflective silver metal. These were also £2.


These are a bit more dressy. They are gold circles, with a kind of Aztec print, and a light blue gem in the middle and light blue/green stones dangling at the bottom. I can imagine these would look perfect with a high bun. These were £3.

I then headed to Kiko and bought two single eyeshadows. Unfortunately, these were not in the sale.


This shade is a really light colour, which I liked for the purpose of wearing it on its own for a more natural look, but it still has slight shimmer that is really pretty. This is a single eyeshadow in the shade 33, which is £6.90.


This is so exciting. As you might have realised by now, gold shades are kinda my thing. However, I haven't ever found the perfect gold shade with super light reflecting shimmer. This eyeshadow though, looks to be a good contender. I have heard good things about these 'Water' Eyeshadows and it was £8.90.

Have you got any of these products?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

June Favourites

June has probably been one of the worst months this year for me, purely because of exams. However, they are over now and so are A Levels forever, meaning that I am now looking forward to July and my holiday! I have a couple of new favourites this month, so keep reading.

Favourite Makeup Product


Real Technique's Beauty Blender Sponge

I recently bought this, and have been loving applying my foundation with it for a more natural finish. I love the flat edge too, which I haven't seen on a sponge before. This is one of the oddest items I've taken a picture of too.

 Favourite Beauty Product


Nails

I recently got my nails done and I love them! I love having nails that look perfect as I bite my nails, which I have tried to stop many times, so acrylics are the only way forward. However, I still like them to look somewhat natural in length and the shape, and I went for purple purely because thats my favourite colour. 

Favourite Fashion Item


I have done a more in-depth post on these sandals here. They are from Clarks and they are not only the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, but they are also super cute too and go with so many different outfits.

Favourite Book


This series is seriously amazing. I am currently about to start book four. I have done a more in depth post on these books too here if you're interested too. This series is technically in the teen fiction category, but I think every age should read it as they talk about such an important issue - racism. In this series, Noughts and Crosses are two opposite races, with widespread segregation and serious consequences if disobeyed. I seriously recommend it to everyone.

Favourite TV Show

I have started rewatching Glee and I am currently halfway through Season 2. At times it is a bit cringe, but I love the music, the dancing and the characters. Fun fact - me and my nan used to watch it together as she's a Glee fan too! It is such a feel good tv programme, who could hate it?

Favourite Youtuber

Makeup by Annalee. She is such a good beauty youtuber and her makeup looks are just beautiful. I first watched her Cara Delevingne tutorial and was blown away by how accurate her looks are. She is still quite 'small' in the Youtube world with around 65 thousand subscribers, but she seriously deserves more, so go and subscribe!

Favourite Songs

Into You by Ariana Grande, Cake By The Ocean by DNCE and Sex by Cheat Codes.

What have you been loving in June?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Spring/Summer Pink Lipsticks

Recently, I have been loving the slightly, more muted pink tones. I think it's to do with summer being here, and England (occasionally) getting warmer, but I am all about the pink shades, especially on the lips. I think these lipsticks would look even better with a tan too, which I will hopefully get next week on my holiday to Spain. I have chosen four lipsticks, all in a similar shade range, with varying prices, to suit anybody's needs.


L-R:
*Ted Baker (annoyingly doesn't have a shade)
*MAC 'On Hold'
*Revlon 'Devotion'
*Chanel '165'


T-B:
*Revlon 'Devotion'
*MAC 'On Hold'
*Chanel '165'
*Ted Baker

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Devotion is more of a light pinky nude. This is a really nice option if you are a bit afraid of colour, as it is just on the edge of the nude spectrum. This is also the most wearable option, and it is only £8.99. I have done a more in depth review here of this shade, and two other shades.

MAC Cremesheen lipstick in On Hold is a perfect mix of pink with a bit of red, without being orange. It's formula means that it is slightly glossy, so it is not as statement as a matte, and it is really easy to apply. This is £15.50 and would honestly suit anyone with any skin shade. 

Chanel in 165 is my luxury lipstick option for a bright lipstick, without being too overpowering and neon. This lipstick is quite similar to the MAC lipstick, just with slightly less of a red tinge, so a truer pink. This is £26, but it is worth it for the luxury aspect.

The Ted Baker lipstick I got in a set, and I am unsure of where you can get it now other than eBay, but I have done a more in depth review of the set here, if you're interested. This is more of bright pink lipstick, for those of you who are braver with their makeup, but it is not quite to the neon point.

What's your favourite pink lipstick?

Roisin <3