Sunday, 28 February 2016

February Favourites

February has been such a blur for me and so busy! I have mostly been sticking to old favourites this month. Let's just get right to it, shall we?

Favourite Makeup Product

MAC 'Brave'

Oh I do love MAC lipsticks. As you can see, I have almost finished this which is quite exciting for my inner beauty nerd. This is such a lovely nude with undertones of pink. MAC describe it as a pink - beige. This is such a lovely everyday shade, and it has been permanently attached to my lips. It is also a great alternative if you don't like brown nudes. When I do finish, I will definitely be repurchasing!

Favourite Beauty Product

LUSH 'Grease Lightning'

This month I have had so many spots, so this has been my best friend this month. I put it on overnight  and it just does its magic and reduces my spots. It's ingredients include witch hazel and tea tree which are known to be great at calming down angry spots. For the most effective use, you should apply it when the spot is only just forming. Now enough talk about spots.

Favourite Fashion Item

I have done a more detailed post here on these gorgeous shoes from Just Fab, but these have been my go to shoes for any evening occasion. They are so comfy and go with absolutely anything!

Favourite Book

The Book Thief

This book by Markus Zusak is narrated by death, and follows a young girl named Leisel through her life during the Rise of the Nazis. Leisel gets adopted by Rosa and Hans Hubermann who love her in very different ways. They are below the poverty line and already struggling, when they take in a Jewish housemate illegally. This is a story all about death, pain, politics and underlying love. Yet again, I have been following the theme of Nazi Germany, much like my favourite book of January. It is not an easy read, but it is enjoyable.

Favourite Item

I have been loving this dot to dot book. Each picture takes so long to complete but the satisfaction you get when you complete one is so good. In this book, each picture is of a famous face, for example Elvis and Mona Lisa. I have only done three so far, but I will definitely be finishing this book. 

Favourite Film

The Impossible - this is a beautiful film telling the true story of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami on Boxing Day. It is such a sad story, but the attention to detail I think is quite good. If you like The Titanic, you'll love this film. It is a heartbreaking story with a good family message.

Favourite Youtuber

ThatcherJoe. On his main channel he does a variety of challenge videos. My particular favourites are his prank videos on his roommate Caspar Lee and the shock videos. He also has a vlog channel where he uploads almost daily. He is such a funny individual and he is such a joy to watch. 

Favourite Songs

Pillowtalk by Zayn, 7 Years by Lukas Graham and Here by Alessia Cara

What have you been loving in February?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

My Three Favourite Small Eye Palettes

I got a lot of positive feedback from my previous favourites post about my top five brushes, which you can read here, and so I thought that I would continue and do a sort of series. This post will be about my top three small eyeshadow palettes, which I consider to be around two to four shades. I have so many eyeshadow palettes that I needed to categorise them into size! *hoarder alert*

MAC 'Pro Palette X 4'

I love MAC palettes, as they cater for everyone because you can choose the shades that you want. The shades I chose are; All That Glitters (a beige/gold), Blanc Type (a creamy pale beige), Quarry (a cool toned brown) and Folie (a warm toned brown). These are such lovely shades that work amazingly well together. In the daytime I use All That Glitters on my lid, Blanc Type under my brow bone and Quarry in my crease, and in the evening I add Folie in the outer crease to darken it. MAC is not the cheapest as each individual eyeshadow is £13 and the case is £5. However, they do last a long time and are of a beautiful quality.

Charlotte Tilbury 'The Dolce Vita' Luxury Palette

I got this eyeshadow palette for Christmas and I instantly knew that I would love it as the shades are perfect for me. They are also slightly  different to what I would usually use, especially the red and khaki shades. The gold shade is also quite hard to use but it is only because it is almost like pure glitter, but once it's on the lid it's not going anywhere. This palette is £38 which is very expensive but I think totally worth it. However, there are no mattes.

Wet n Wild 'Sweet As Candy' Palette

This is a way more affordable option, and perfect for beginners as it even spells out where to put the eyeshadow. This is just such an easy palette and for £4.95, you can't really go wrong. The colour payoff is quite good, but there is some slight fallout. The pink shade is not too over the top and is very wearable, and I love the brown shade! However, there are no mattes.

What are your top three small eyeshadow palettes? Have you got any that I mentioned?

P.S. It is so hard to photograph mirrored products - does anybody have any tips?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 21 February 2016

L'oreal 'Infallible 24H - Matte Foundation' Review

As you may have seen in my Boots makeup haul post a few days ago, here, I picked up a new foundation. The L'oreal Infallible 24H - Matte Foundation in the shade 10 Porcelain, which is the lightest shade. 

L'oreal describe this foundation as waterproof, a medium texture, a high coverage and a matte finish.

Yesterday I tested it out, and these are just my views. It is sort of a cross between a first impressions and a review.  I should tell you, although you probably know, that I have oily skin especially on my forehead, nose and sometimes chin, which is why this foundation intrigued me. First of all, I have never worn foundation for twenty four hours before, nor do I plan to, so I haven't tested it that far. Yesterday I wore this foundation for about thirteen hours, from twelve o'clock lunchtime to one am. This is what it looked like when I first applied it.

I wasn't sure how it was going to apply, so I started with a light layer which was hardly even seen it was so light. I then applied another layer of the same size, and it instantly went quite full coverage. I don't know if it is because I used a sponge to apply it, or if I simply used too much, but for me there was no in between. I will keep trying it though to see if I can get the right consistency for me. I will say that I have a lot of redness, especially near and on my nose, and this foundation did cover it really quite well. To truly test just the foundation, I didn't put any concealer on except under my eyes, and only a really light dusting of powder on my T Zone, as I was going out. I then carried on with the rest of my makeup.

I kept everything else quite simple so that I could truly see the foundation. I checked my foundation at three o'clock, when I came back from shopping, and I was quite impressed. Rather than looking oily, my foundation looked quite dewy. I then just stayed at home until half six, when I was going to a family friend's house for the evening. I checked my makeup and honestly it still looked quite good, but as I am quite paranoid and I was going out, I put another light dusting of powder on. I then left my makeup bag at home, confident that my foundation would last and it definitely did. As it is quite a full coverage, or for me it was, I think that this would be the perfection foundation for going out, as I honestly didn't worry about having a shiny or oily face for the majority of the day. 

The packaging I also like. It comes in a plastic, almost triangular shape, with an applicator that allows you to squeeze out exactly how much product you need. No wasted foundation left on your hand here! This is £7.99 so extremely affordable and honestly, it has really impressed me. I will be continuing to use this. I would say though that their shade range is quite poor, so definitely test them on your neck in store. If there was a lighter shade again, that would probably be perfect for me as this is quite a yellowy shade on me that can make me look quite orange. 

Have you tried this foundation? Also leave me comments on products that you'd like me to review in future.

Roisin <3

Friday, 19 February 2016

New Shoe Love

Back in December, I got a Just Fab account as the first pair of shoes you buy were half price, making them just £12.50. I then skipped January, and forgot to skip February, so £35 was automatically taken out of my account in exchange for a credit. I have to admit, I was a bit annoyed, but I decided to just see if anything took my fancy, and oh my goodness did it! I found these gorgeous shoes called 'Delphy' and was instantly hooked.

This shoe is made of faux suede, has a lace fastening, an open heel and a peep toe. The heel height is 3.5 inches. It is so comfy to walk in and is perfect for any occasion. I am quite tall, so don't need heels and actually can't usually walk very well in them, but these are perfect! They are definitely still heels, but they are easy to walk in and aren't too tall. I don't have particularly wide feet, but I imagine that these shoes can cater to wide feet as you can adjust all the lace so that it is a perfect fit to your feet. This shoe comes in black and brown, and honestly, I might get the brown pair next as I love them! 

Do these look like something you would wear?

Roisin <3

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Boots Makeup Haul

Throwing it back to my first post just under a year ago, which you can find here, by showing you what I bought in Boots yesterday. I only went in looking for one specific product, but of course came out with five. However, I did kind of get them for free as I used my Boots Advantage card points which is the best reward deal! 

L'oreal is a brand that I have not used very much, and so I wanted to test out some of their products. I have oily skin, as I'm sure you all know by now as I constantly go on about it, so I was really interested in one of their foundations. The 'Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation' is described as a high coverage, matte finish, with medium texture. I got it in the lightest shade which is 10 Porcelain and it was £7.99. The product that I initially went to Boots for was a new product that I saw Amelia Liana on Youtube do a tutorial for that I instantly wanted to try. The 'Infallible Sculpt Contouring Palette' in 01 Light / Medium is a cream to powder formula, which I have never used before. I use bronzer everyday but I have never actually contoured so I will see how I get on with this. It was £9.99.

Next I went to Soap and Glory to buy the 'Supercat Eyeliner' as that is the eyeliner that my cousin wears and she says it is really easy to use which is what I need as I want to conquer eyeliner. This was £6.

My current favourite mascara is Maybelline 'Lash Sensational' and recently they have come out with a new one, 'The Falsies Push Up Drama'. My first thought was that it must be amazing if it is going to try and outdo their last mascara, and so I picked one up to judge for myself. I instantly liked the sound of the name and got it in the shade Very Black. This was £7.99.

I then had to walk past the Bourjois counter to reach the tills and I failed at the last hurdle. I had to pick up another shade of their 'Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks' as I already own one and I love it. I finally decided on the shade 14 Plum Plum Girl as I am loving all things purple at the moment and this seemed like a nice mix between pink and purple. This was £8.99.

Have you bought any nice things recently?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 14 February 2016

My Five Favourite Brushes

Seeing as I washed all my brushes last night, I thought that today's post should be about my top five brushes since they're all clean and looking pretty again. I have included three face brushes and two eye brushes. I obviously own way more than five brushes, and maybe if this post gets a lot of love I will do another one in the future. Most of these brushes are quite pricey too, as I believe that good brushes are more important than high end products, as its all about how you apply it, and I'd rather spend my money on something that I can wash and reuse. I also got way too involved taking pictures so this will be quite a long post so get a cup of tea and enjoy! 

Bobbi Brown 'Full Coverage Face' Brush

I love to use this brush for concealer. It is meant for foundation and it also does a really good job at creating a flawless base too, but for me concealer is so much more important. I am quite pale, but also have quite a lot of redness that my foundation sometimes misses so I almost always need concealer too. I find that the bristles on this brush are quite dense, and so I can pack my concealer on really nicely. The top is also ever so slightly pointed so it can fit into the under eye area too. This brush is quite expensive at £31.

Zoeva 'Luxe Sheer Cheek' Brush - 127

I love this brush for bronzer. It was quite hard to picture but this brush has a slight diagonal top, so one end is higher than the other. I find that this perfectly fits in to my cheekbone, and is so easy to swipe back and forth. It is such a soft brush and can also be used to blend out the bronzer too. I got this brush in a set but it can be purchased on its own in a different colour (black) for £12.80.

Real Techniques 'Contour Brush'

I love to use this brush for either highlight or setting my under eye concealer. I love quite a strong highlight and this brush just gives me the whole package for that. This brush, even though it is quite small, it is sturdy so I can be quite precise about where my product is going. Again, I got this in a set and unfortunately you can't buy it separately but the set is on sale for £16.80.

MAC '217' Brush

I love this brush for either blending or in my crease. This is a cult Youtuber product, and everyone also seems to love it. It's so soft so it is perfect for blending, but because I have quite big eyes, it also fits perfectly for my crease, so I tend to reach for this brush quite a lot! This brush is £20.

Benefit 'Hard Angle Definer' Brush

I love to use this brush for my eyebrows. It is quite a solid brush so you can be really precise which is good when doing your eyebrows as you do not want to over draw. It is also really good for the inner part of the eyebrow to draw hairs upwards and make it look more natural. Since I got this brush I have not used any other for my eyebrows and haven't wanted to. It is also very similar to the Bobbi Brown version but cheaper so that is a plus. This brush is £16.50.

What are your favourite brushes? 

Roisin <3

Friday, 12 February 2016

50 Facts About Me

As I have been posting on my blog more consistently recently, I thought that it would be the perfect time to reveal a little bit more information about myself so that you can get to know me.

(found on google images)

1 - My hair on the left dries quicker than my hair on the right.
2 - I'm obsessed with stationary.
3 - I always order Diet Coke over Regular Coke even though I don't think there is much of a taste change.
4 - I find it really hard to go to sleep.
5 - I've never been drunk.
6 - I was a lifeguard for a year.
7 - My right ear sticks out more than my left ear.
8 - I used to do Irish Dancing when I was younger, and my team won the World Championships several times.
9 - Whenever I enter public changing rooms or toilets I always panic that I'm going in to the men's, even though I have checked.
10 - I am scared of the dark and the sea.
11 - Most of my socks have holes in.
12 - I have never been stung by a wasp or a bee.
13 - I repeated Year 12.
14 - My favourite colour is purple.
15 - I prefer my left eyebrow to my right eyebrow.
16 - I am rubbish at accents and impressions.
17 - I have one younger brother.
18 - My favourite fruit is all variations of oranges.
19 - I am a Capricorn.
20 - I hate spicy food.
21 - When I was younger, I wanted to be a farmer.
22 - I failed my driving theory test three times.
23 - I bruise very easily.
24 - I am half Irish and half English.
25 - I have never broken a bone.
26 - My favourite holiday is Christmas.
27 - I always cry at TV shows and films.
28 - I have fifteen cousins.
29 - My favourite animals are turtles and penguins.
30 - I am way too obsessed with Youtube.
31 - I love songs that tell a story.
32 - My house makes the creepiest noises.
33 - I want to move to America, Ireland, London or Brighton when I'm older.
34 - I love reading but I'm a very slow reader.
35 - I have never had a boyfriend.
36 - I prefer 7UP to Sprite.
37 - I am really thinking about going vegetarian.
38 - I have been a Belieber since the beginning.
39 - I want to be a Primary School Teacher when I'm older.
40 - I have to wear glasses or contact lenses all the time.
41 - My favourite form of social media is Instagram.
42 - My best friend lives in Ireland and always has.
43 - I love to play board games.
44 - When I was younger, my favourite toys were Sylvanian Families.
45 - I constantly click my fingers.
46 - I hate coffee, although I wish I liked it.
47 - I am 5 ft 7 inches tall.
48 - I had chicken pox twice.
49 - My biggest phobia is of spiders.
50 - I am most excited for when I am older and I buy my own apartment or house so I can decorate it.

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Revolution 'Ultra Blush Palette' Review

One of my least favourite makeup products is blush. I think that if it isn't blended properly or is put on too heavily, it can ruin your whole face of makeup. This is why at the end of last year I bought a blush palette from Makeup Revolution London to practice with, but was pleasantly more surprised than I thought I would be. 

This is in the shade 'Sugar and Spice'. 

As you can see the packaging is very sleek and professional looking, and it comes with quite a big mirror which is always handy. Inside, it has eight shades - six matte, and two shimmery. Even though it says that it is just a blush palette, I think that you could use it for bronzer and highlighter too. The first two shades are a medium brown shade and a lighter golden brown shade, which would both be totally acceptable to use as bronzer. The third shade is a more natural pink and the fourth could be used as a cool toned light pink highlighter. Then the four on the lower row are all quite bright shades. These shades are so varied they could be used on all skin tones, which is a bonus.

Going from left to right is the top row.

Going from left to right is the bottom row.

As you can see the colours are quite pigmented, so apply it to your cheeks lightly and slowly build it up. They have a nice formula - they are very blendable and easy to apply, and they don't wear off throughout the day. At £6, you can't really go wrong. 

Have you tried out this palette?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Current Favourite Makeup Look

Recently I have been reaching for the same products and almost always creating the same makeup look. The only thing that changes regularly is my lipstick choice, but I am partial to a bold red lip. Usually I just write about it, but today I thought I would include pictures as I recently went to my cousin's house and she has an amazing camera as she is a new Youtuber and offered to take my picture. You should all check her out over on Hannah's Corner. I am not used to being photographed other than selfies, so my angles might not be correct, but it was all fun and games really.

Products used:
* Benefit Porefessional Primer
* NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
* Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
* Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder
* Sleek Bronzer and Highlighter
* Soap and Glory Love At First Blush
* Urban Decay Naked Palette
* Soap and Glory Supercat Eyeliner
* Tanya Burr Perfect Brows Palette
* Rimmel Kate Moss 107 Lipstick

Have you tried any of these products?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Beauty Wish List Two

Back in June, I did an original 'Beauty Wish List' where I put together a collage of the products I wanted most which were all high end and expensive, meaning that they are not easy and quick purchases. Since then, I have managed to save up and buy four out of the seven items featured. I now have a new list of beauty items I want to buy next.

1 - 'Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette' £59: This beautiful eyeshadow palette has nine shades that have a shade range from everyday to a full on smokey eye. The packaging also just looks top notch.

2 - 'Stila One Step Correct Colour Corrector' £24: This is a primer that also helps to colour correct your skin and as I have a problem with redness, I think that this might help me to use less foundation.

3 - 'MAC Pigment in Tan' £16: I love glittery bronze eyeshadow shades and I have heard such good reviews about MAC pigments so I combined the two and have found the perfect product.

4 - 'Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara' £21.50: I have been lusting after Tarte products since I first heard about them a couple of years ago, and now they ship to the UK via a website called QVC. This mascara is supposed to be so good for curling and holding your lashes which I need.

5 - 'Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Bond Girl Lipstick' £23: If you watch Meg Says on Youtube you will know about this lipstick. It is a deep pink with brown undertones which is a shade that I have been loving recently.

6 - 'MAC Diva Lipstick' £15.50: I have also been obsessed with purple lipstick at the moment and want to expand my collection.

7 - 'The Balm Mary Lou Manizer' £17.50: I love highlighters and this product just looks absolutely beautiful and has had mad reviews!

What products are on your wishlist?

Roisin <3