Sunday, 31 January 2016

January Favourites

It has already been a whole month since 2016 began - madness! This month for me was all about trialling new products since Christmas so expect an updated makeup routine soon. But first, all of the things that I have been loving in January.

Favourite Makeup Product



Tanya Burr Cosmetics 'Perfect Brows' Palette

This is the only palette I own from Tanya's makeup line which came out in August 2015, as every time I go shopping to get more, almost everything is sold out. I will be making an online order very soon though so that will change. I will admit that I am not the best when it comes to eyebrows, however as you may have seen from my other blogpost 'Lazy Guide To Eye Makeup', I've been trying to get better. Being blonde, finding the right shade of powder to apply is a struggle. They're either too dark, or too light, but I think that the shade 'Pebble' in this palette is a wonderful colour for my eyebrows. Even if you are not blonde however, this palette also contains two darker shades, a highlight shade, a tiny brush and tweezers so it really does cater for everybody - especially at £6.99. This has been on my brows almost every day!

Favourite Beauty Product


Hollister 'Laguna Beach' Body Mist

The weather where I live has been awful recently - windy and rainy - so I have been looking forward to Spring. This spray has quite a subtle scent and reminds me of warm weather so I have been  using it as a pick me up. I love that it is pale pink in colour too, so looks great as decoration. This product lasts a very long time and is only £11.

Favourite Fashion Item


Rings

I have been absolutely loving stacking these rings on top of each other on my ring finger. As they are all silver, it is not too overpowering and flashy, but because they are all slightly different, up close it looks very nice. They are all from Pandora, which again I love, and they are the 'Alluring Brilliant Princess Ring', the 'Circle Detail Ring' and the 'January Birthstone Ring'. 

Favourite Book


The Death's Head Chess Club

This book by John Donoghue is set in 1962, with flashbacks and memories from World War Two. It is based around chess, but you do not need to know the way chess is played (as I certainly don't), and it relates to Nazi Germany. A Jew named Emil Clement, a former resident of Auschwitz, played chess against Nazi guards as the Watchmaker. If he won, he could save a fellow prisoner's life; if he lost, he would lose his own. It is a book full of pain and suffering, but it is definitely worth a read. Every page kept me gripped. 

Favourite Item


This is a money box that I got a year ago. That's it. It sounds quite boring, but on the packaging it had the statement that if I only fill it with two pound coins, when its full it will contain one thousand pounds. Since then, whenever I have got a two pound coin, I have put it in the box without thinking. I have no way of knowing how much is in there, as the only way of getting to the money is to smash it. I wonder how long it will take me...

Favourite TV Show

I have still been getting through 90210 on Netflix. 

Favourite Youtuber

The SacconeJolys. I have been subscribed to this channel for ages - I even used to watch Anna's own channel when it was still called TheStyleDiet. Jonathan and Anna video their lives with their two beautiful children Emilia and Eduardo (and their six dogs!) They both have their own channels on the side too, but their commitment with their combined channel to Youtube is amazing. They both film, and then Jonathan edits and uploads a vlog every day at 6pm, without fail. You really should check them out as they are so lovely.

Favourite Songs

Eyes Shut by Years and Years, and Company by Justin Bieber.

What have you been loving in January?

Roisin <3



Friday, 29 January 2016

15 Problems Every Makeup Lover Will Recognise

So for today's post I thought I would do a more jokey post showing fifteen problems that all makeup lovers will probably have experienced. 
 (taken from Pinterest)

1) Trying to explain your obsession with makeup to people who don't get it and they think you're insane.
2) Storage. You constantly run out of storage to contain your horde of makeup.
3) Even though you already have seven (basically identical) eyeshadow palettes from different brands, you still NEED the newest one out.
4) When your makeup doesn't go 100% correct but nobody else notices and thinks that you're over reacting.
5) The difference between the left and the right eyebrow - why is one always better than the other?
6) Taking your makeup off at the end of the day and seeing your perfectly blended eyeshadow and contour wipe away.
7) Having a makeup free day - avoid cameras!
8) When someone else's makeup looks better than yours.
9) When your makeup is so good one day, and so the next day you try and recreate it but it doesn't resemble it at all.
10) Products that you want being out of stock.
11) Your skin being too light or too dark so you never find your perfect foundation match.
12) Having oily skin and constantly having to reapply powder to avoid being shiny.
13) Having dry skin causing your foundation and concealer to crack.
14) When you want to do a full makeup look but you haven't got the time.
15) The pain and length of time it takes to wash brushes.

Which problems can you relate to most?

Roisin <3

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Lazy Guide To Eye Makeup

I think that we all know the struggle of over sleeping. At least one day in your life, it is inevitable that you will probably over sleep and miss your alarm or you simply can't face spending a long time on your makeup everyday. There is a simple solution to these problems - quick and easy makeup. In this post I will be concentrating on eye shadow and brows. 

Eyebrows


These products are three simple ways of filling in your brows quickly and effectively at different price ranges. The cheapest and most basic product featured is the Maybelline 'Master Shape' Brow Pencil which is £2.99. This is just a pencil which fills in the sparse areas of your brows and shows the shape more. The middle priced product featured is the Soap and Glory 'Archery' Pencil which is £10. This product is double ended, with one side more like a pen for tinting the brows and the other side more like a pencil for getting the shape. This product is slightly better than the simple brow pencil as it does give you two options. The most expensive product featured is the Benefit 'Gimme Brow' which is £18.50. The only way I can describe this to you visually is a tiny mascara wand for your brows. Sounds weird but it is such a good idea and works so well. It tints the brows but it doesn't line them which is so good for on the go. 

These products will not give you the trend of strong brows. These are just for on the go to make your brows look slightly fuller quickly.

Eyeshadow



Most people have probably heard of cream eyeshadows. These are such an easy way to do quick eyeshadow. You just swipe some product out of the pot and glide it over and then blend it out quickly with a different finger to the one you applied it with and bang, you're done. I have quite a collection, and most of these are probably classed as drugstore, because honestly, I don't see how the higher end brands can improve on them so much. The most expensive one is the MAC 'Painterly' Paint Pot at £16 which I use as a primer under other eyeshadows, but it could be left on its own to cancel out redness. I have two Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows in the shades 'RSVP' and 'No Pressure' at £15.50. I have one Max Factor Excess Shimmer in 'Bronze' at £7.99 but I have to say that this is my least favourite as the formula is more wet and takes a lot longer to dry so is harder to work with. My favourite cream eyeshadows however, are the Maybelline Color Tattoos. I have four shades; On and On Bronze (my ultimate fave), Pink Gold, Metallic Pomegranate and Vintage Plum. The best part is that they are only £4.99.

Another good thing about cream eyeshadows is that that they are an easy way to play around with colours as they are usually not as vibrant as powder eyeshadow.

Please comment your own reviews about easy and quick eye makeup.

Roisin <3

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Luxury Makeup Haul

For Christmas I asked for money from my relatives as I knew that I wanted to buy makeup. After much deliberation, I spent it all yesterday on four items. Four beautiful items.


This is my selection. I was careful on not buying the entirely same products as I do have a long list on my phone of my wish list of makeup that I will buy in time, so I wasn't going to buy three foundations all at once as makeup does unfortunately go off.


My first purchase was the Nars 'Sheer Glow' Foundation. I have heard so many good reviews about this foundation. It has more of a natural coverage which is easily buildable if you are more into a heavier coverage. It is oil free so is good for combination/oily skin too. It is quite pricey at £31 and I bought the pump too for an extra £3 so as not to waste any product. I am the shade Mont Blanc. 


This is the Urban Decay 'Naked 3' Palette. As I love the original Naked palette so much, I decided to buy another one of their palettes. I already own the Gwen Stefani one, so I bought Naked 3 as it has more pink toned eyeshadows which I haven't really got. I still love though that it is more on the gold side rather than silver, as I prefer the warmer colours for my skin tone. It was £38.


Next are some lip choices.

I had a £20 Boots voucher, and so I really wanted to use it for a more high end makeup choice, and I thought that there is nothing more classic than a Chanel lipstick. This is the Chanel 'Rouge Allure 165' Lipstick which is a beautiful vibrant pink lipstick with slight undertones of red. I asked the lady at the counter if I could try it on and she spent so much time on me prepping my lips, applying it and she was so lovely. I'm always so nervous to have my makeup done but she made me feel so at home and was complimenting the way it looked on me loads so that by the time I left I was just strutting my stuff feeling fabulous. Loved it! This was £26, but I only paid £6 (bargain!).

My next and last purchase was a MAC 'Oh Lady' Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour. Ever since these came out I have wanted one of each shade. I thought that I would start with one and slowly build up, so my first choice was this dark purple shade as I have been obsessed with purple lipstick recently. I have heard mixed reviews about these, so am also excited to see how comparable they are to other matte lipsticks. This was £21.

Have you bought any luxury makeup recently?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Maybelline 'The Nudes' Review

Eyeshadow is by far my favourite type of makeup. All the colours and finishes and different brands - I could honestly spend all day blending my eyeshadow and adding more shades. My favourite eyeshadow look is a bronze/gold brown smokey eye. Maybelline came out with an eyeshadow palette quite a long time ago, as I bought it back in July for my holiday to Kos as it looked to me like a palette that could cater to any situation. I was very right. However, after my holiday I then proceeded to forget about it and used other palettes in my collection, as I am a bit of an eyeshadow junkie and have many. Between Christmas and New Year, I decided to sort out my makeup collection as I had many new goodies for Christmas, and found it again. I have since been using it and testing it out so that I could post an honest review about it here, on my blog. So here goes.



This is the palette. It comes with 12 shades, and has quite a unique lay out. You might think that it is odd as it doesn't go in order from lightest to darkest as most palettes do. This is because Maybelline have arranged it so that it is easier to use. Inside this palette, it has been split into quads, trios and duos. 

Quads:

Trios:

Duos:

That means that this eye palette also suggests which shades to use together, which would be helpful for someone who is only just starting to get into eyeshadow. At only £9.99, it is also definitely affordable. The colour pay off is quite good, however particularly with the lighter shades, you might have to pack on quite a lot to get the colour you imagined as they need to be built up. There is a good variety of glittery shades and matte shades. My favourite shade is the fourth shade along on the top row - the dark gold shade. The eyeshadow formula is quite powdery, so expect fall out to happen and blending will take you longer too. I feel like this could be slightly comparable to the original Naked palette, but only in the colours, not in quality. 


Going from bottom to top of the swatches on my arm is the first row.


Again, going from bottom to top is the second row.

I like the fact that there is a mixture of cool toned browns and warm toned browns, suiting every complexion. 

Have you tried out this palette?

Roisin <3

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Holiday Makeup Bag

Recently I went on a short holiday to visit some of my family in Ireland, and so I thought that I would show you what I brought with me in my makeup bag. These are also the products that I am either testing out or have been loving recently. As there is limited space when travelling, I only chose one product from each category. 


It all fits in this handy Zoeva makeup bag too - brushes and all!

BASE:


I love to moisturise my face with No 7 'Advanced Day Cream' before applying the Benefit 'The POREfessional Primer' Mini which I have been trying out and I am loving this pairing as it makes my foundation apply effortlessly and set quickly. The Revlon 'Colourstay Foundation' has such good coverage and paired with the Collection 'Lasting Perfection Concealer', it will cover any flaws.

FACE:


The Soap and Glory 'One Heck Of A Blot Powder' is such a good powder as just a light layer will last a good few hours but you don't look too matte and unnatural. The Sleek 'Contouring and Blush Palette' in Light is good to bring travelling as it is all in one space. Ideally however, I would have preferred to bring a different bronzer as this one is slightly too dark for me, but the highlighter in this palette is excellent.

EYES:


I brought my beloved Urban Decay 'Naked Palette' as you can honestly do any sort of eye look with this palette and its beautiful shades and the MAC 'Painterly Paint Pot' to prime my eyelids. For my brows I used Benefit 'Brow Zings' in Light which is good and compact. I paired two mascaras together - Maybelline 'Lash Sensational Mascara' and Benefit 'Rollerlash Mascara' Mini which I loved!

LIPS:


I only brought two options for lips - a day time and a night time. My daytime option was MAC 'Brave' which is a pink with brown undertones and is quite nude so will go with any eyeshadow. My night time option was my go to red shade MAC 'Ruby Woo'. I also brought Maybelline 'Baby Lips' Lip Balm.

What makeup would you choose to bring on holiday?

Roisin <3


Saturday, 9 January 2016

Lush Haul

Lush is one of my favourite shops so of course I had to buy the Christmas collection one more time before it leaves shops for another year! *tear* I unfortunately didn't go mad and buy a lot as it is just after Christmas which is a tender time for my bank account, but I did buy six products. I'm not sure if these are still in store so sorry if this is too late for you, but you can always come back and read this again next year if not.


'Snow Fairy' Shower Gel

This is a shower gel with a candy floss scent. It is a very sweet and quite obvious scent, so if you prefer a more subtle shower gel that will last the whole day, unfortunately this is not for you. However, I love all things sweet so I picked it up, but only the 100g bottle as this is my first time trying it. This was £3.95, which is quite pricey compared to supermarket shower gels but as it is quite strong I probably will not use it everyday so it should last me a while, and it is limited edition.


'Candy Mountain' Bubble Bar

This is almost the same scent as Snow Fairy, but with more vanilla. I bought this bar last year and trust me, if you hold it under the tap as you run your bath the amount of bubbles you will get is crazy! You could even use this two or three times if like me you don't like your baths to be super bubbly, making it more cost efficient too. This was £2.95, the cheapest of the haul today.


'Snow Angel' Bath Melt

This bath melt smells delicious! I personally haven't seen this one before, but it may have been released before. Half of it is white and half of it is gold and glittery. The white side smells of rose and the gold side smells of cocoa butter, which is an amazing combination. This bath melt isn't one for making your bath water look cool and technicolour, instead it leaves it moisturising so that when you leave the bath your skin feels so soft. This is a real pamper product! This was £3.95.


'Golden Wonder' Bath Bomb

I have had this bath bomb previously too, and I love how it looks like a cute little present (although quite a big bath bomb!) This bath bomb to me smells like a fruity mix of orange and lime. There is also a surprise colour in the middle, but I won't ruin it for you. This was also £3.95.

These next two products are not part of the Christmas collection, but their permanent collection I believe.


'Yoga Bomb' Bath Bomb

When I have baths, I really take advantage and use it as my time to relax, unwind and de-stress with candles and music, so this bath bomb sounded perfect to me. I haven't tried it yet but apparently it turns the bath water shades of oranges and purples. This would be a good bath bomb for those of you who prefer more subtle scents as this one smells of sandalwood oil which is hard to explain, so I'll just tell you to go and smell it in store - you won't regret it. Even if you are not going to buy anything, just smelling Lush is time well spent. This was also £3.95.


'Intergalactic' Bath Bomb

For the past couple of weeks all I have seen are pictures and videos of people raving about this particular bath bomb as apparently it leaves the craziest colours and patterns - representative of outer space. Each person smells differently, but to me this smells like grapefruit, so it seems like it would be quite subtle in the bath. This was £3.95 too.

What are your favourite Lush products?

Roisin <3

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

December Favourites

December was a month of new products for me what with Christmas and all, so I thought that I would show you what I have been loving.

Favourite Make-Up Product


Collection 'Speedy Highlighter' in Pearl Sheen

This is a cream highlighter and it applies so easily. You just apply it on your face (cheekbones, brow bone and cupids bow) and then blend it out with your finger tips so it is quick too. A good product especially if you often do your makeup in a rush before school or work. It was only around £4 I think too, and clearly it will last a long time as I have used it almost every day in December and it still looks brand new.

Favourite Beauty Product


The Body Shop 'Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask'

This month I have broken out with spots quite a lot, which is unfortunate but common so I can't complain too much, but I have been trying to get rid of them so I have been doing face masks. This one from The Body Shop is for combination and oily skin (which I have) and it helps to control any excess oils which usually is why I get spots if its not hormonal. I have been noticing a difference and as you can see, I have almost finished the product and will be repurchasing.

Favourite Fashion Item


Scarves

Recently I have been pairing scarves with most of my outfits especially in this cold weather. I find that you can wear quite a plain outfit, i.e. all black and then add a pop of colour with a scarf. 

Favourite Book


I Am Malala

This book is a biography from an inspirational girl called Malala who was and still is fighting for children's right to education. She is from Swat in Pakistan, where it is quite common for most girls to not go to school which she does not agree with. When the Taliban came to her valley, her circumstance got even worse as they made it 'illegal', but she defied them and continued going. It unfortunately ended up with her getting shot and now she lives in Birmingham in England, where she has started up the Malala Fund. Reading this book was so eye opening and I felt that I was just taking education for granted, and it has really changed my outlook on education and I suggest you read it as Malala has such a way with words and she is only 18 (my age!).

Favourite Item


I got this plaque/sign a couple of months ago but I found a place to put it where I can see it every day and it really does motivate me to do better, and I really like the message as I often doubt myself.

Favourite TV Show

I have been rewatching 90210 as the last season just came out on UK Netflix. It is quite a dramatic show about teenagers living in Beverley Hills. Even though they are all rich and beautiful, it shows that that doesn't always equal a good life. 

Favourite YouTuber

Zoella. I know that she hasn't exactly got the smallest of fan bases (9.8 million subscribers) but this month she has really outdone herself with two videos a day up until Christmas Eve. One main channel video and one vlog. The amount of work especially leading up to the Christmas period when all you want to do is relax is amazing, so you should definitely check all of those videos out! Also, she is just so beautiful and easy to watch you will not regret it.

Favourite Songs

Every song on One Direction's Made In The AM CD. Can't get enough!

What were you loving in December?

Roisin <3

P.S. I am hopefully going to get a camera soon so that the quality of my blog improves! I am saving up as at the moment I can only take photos on my phone so just bear with me please!









Saturday, 2 January 2016

2016 Resolutions

So 2016 is now upon us! I say it every year but I am honestly so shocked at how fast the year goes by. 2015 was not the greatest year for me, and so I am determined to make 2016 great so I have set myself some resolutions.

1) I'm not going to go crazy and try out specialist diets, but I do want to lose weight by eating healthier and exercising more. 
2) This sort of ties in to the first resolution, but I need to drink more water.
3) This might be out of my control, but I would like to get in to university and become more self sufficient and responsible.
4) I would like to be more consistent with this blog and post more content as I do love all things makeup and beauty, it's just hard trying to find the time.
5) Try and save money. I don't know what I will be saving for, but it will be reassuring to know that it is there for later on, as let's be honest, I am quite lucky in the fact that my mum buys all my food, I don't have to pay rent and if I am struggling she will help me, and unfortunately it won't stay this way forever.

I know that these seem like quite general resolutions, but these are things that I want to try and change this year. I'd like to think that I won't fail, but who knows! We shall see...

What are your resolutions for 2016?

Roisin <3