Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Howiya Liebster Awards!

What a lovely little surprise! 

I am so fecking DELIGHTED to be nominated for a Liebster Award by the lovely Sarah over at Beauty With Brushes. I am so happy I was even considered by Sarah, and wasn't even aware she knew of my blog until now! This little blog started as a hobby but has grown considerably since it began in August. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to put a lot of time into it recently as I'v been working a lot but I will get into a routine and post more frequently. 

For now, I will get onto the whole reason behind this post. The Liebster Awards is all about sharing new blogs and helping them get discovered. The rule is to nominate blogs with below 200 followers, and I am waaaay below 200 so Sarah, again, thank you for this nomination! 

There are a few little fun rules of this competition which I have learned from reading Sarah's post;

- Thank and link your nominator, which I have already done. ;)

- Post 11 facts about yourself.

- Reply to the 11 questions your nominator has come up with.

- Make up your own 11 questions to set to your own nominees. 

- And finally, link 5 or 11 blogs that you wish to nominate.

So, I better get cracking with it!

11 facts about myself; 
(apologies in advance if these are extremely boring)

1. I have 5 sisters, which nearly everyone finds fascinating and hard to believe!

2. I rarely wear any coloured clothes. My mam calls me her "mono-chrome daughter".

3. This has led to my obsession with white t shirts  I have over 30 and still haven't found the perfect one. Sad, I know.

4. I have OCD of some kind. 

5. I have a few strange phobias; a fear of dust and er, bathrooms. I wish I was kidding.

6. I am sarcastic a lot of the time. So much so that people generally never know when I am being serious or not.

7. I have 4 pets; 2 ginger cats called BamBam and Carl and 2 dogs called Charlie and Dougal. If you think those names are strange, we have called previous cats Kevin, Fatass, Chelsea and Ruby. We had reasons, I swear.

8. I have wanted to be an architect since I was about 7 when my mam told me what a person who designs houses was.

9. I am obsessed with the program Grand Designs. And yes, I do fancy the arse of the presenter Kevin McCloud. Go on, judge me!  I am also obsessed with The US Office. My friend Ailbhe and I would proper cry laughing at that show. It never gets old.

10. I am a Coeliac, someone who is allergic to gluten. So I can't eat bread and cakes and all those lovely things. I expect lots of pity...

11. I love rugby. And not just because the players wear tiny shorts. 

Now onto Sarah's questions;

1. When did you start your blog and why? I started my blog in August 2013 because I was bored and needed to focus my energy on something I enjoyed and knew a lot (probably only a little bit) about.

2. What is your most expensive piece of makeup? The soon-to-be-mine Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. That stuff is seriously pricey! 

3. What brand of brushes do you use? All brands raging from cheap to fairly expensive. If it works, I don't care where its from. I have a great little blending brush from H&M! At the moment, the Real Techniques brushes are a favourite!

4. What would you describe your style as? Most would describe it as boring! haha, as mentioned I mainly stick to a plain colour palette. I am fairly simple. My usual outfit is a pair of black skinnies, white top and leather jacket/blazer with cons. Or even more usually, a pair of Cantos and  a comfy hoody. 

5. What is your favourite type/pair of shoes? Without a doubt, My Christian Louboutins. Yes, I have to squeeze my feet into them but the pain is so worth it. 

6. How & where do you store your makeup and brushes? I usually chuck everything into a big box I have in my room. It's handier to keep everything together so on a busy morning, I can grab the box and I know everything is there. As for my brushes, I keep them in my favourite mug on top of my dresser. Not much more will fit into it though.

7. What one item is always in your handbag? Asides from the obvious- wallet, passport, glasses and a bit of make-up... Probably chewing gum. 

8. Do you own more high end or drugstore makeup? Honestly, I think this one is 50/50. I really enjoy to slurge and treat myself to high end stuff. I will save and save for just one item! I also equally love purchasing drugstore make-up. Howiya, Rimmel!

9. What is your favourite TV show & why? Close call between Grand Designs and The US Office. I'l go with The Office because it will always remind me of one of my best friends, Ailbhe. And it will always make me laugh. Genius writing.

10. Describe your skin care regime. Oh jaysus, I barely have a regime! For someone with shite skin this is pretty bad, I know. I always cleanse and moisturize. Exfoliate when needed. That's pretty much it but I promise, I will make it better!

11. Daddy or chips? I'm not quite sure what this question is, but I will go with chips? Assuming its the food. I  do love food.

My 11 super interesting questions for you;

1. What has been the proudest moment in your life?

2. Your most beloved make-up product? Only one now ;)

3. If your friends described you in one sentence, what would it be?

4. Nights in or nights out?

5. Do you love an oul selfie? I will admit, I do. 

6. What is your wardrobe staple?

7. What was your blog inspiration? I know mine was Beaut.ie 

8. Your guilty pleasure? Mine is Kevin McCloud. 

9. Top beauty tip?

10. How do you like your eggs in the morning?

11. Are you bored yet? 

And finally, my nominees; 

Even Dougal is delighted.

Disclaimer: I took these photos from Google and I'm not sure if that is allowed. 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Going Blonde.

I have been bored with my hair for quite a while now. It's just so plain. I have a few natural ginger/auburn highlights running through it, which gives an alright effect but I have just been desperate to enhance it some more. For ages, I was considering getting some copper highlights, just to make it brighter but I have now decided I want to go full on blonde.

But I am absolutely bricking it. It can very easily mess up, especially because I have dark enough hair already. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. Do I just suck it up and chance it or do I just stick with my boring mane of hair? 

I'd love all of your feedback on the topic of going blonde. Did it work out for you or did it go disastrously wrong? Many people have told me that the upkeep can be extremely expensive, because the roots grow out so quickly.  Also, because bleach is often used it can dry the hair out and leave it very damaged. Which is not something anyone wants.

If you are from around the Dublin area, where did you go to get your hair done? I'v heard a few suggestions as to where do the best highlights but i'd really appreciate more opinions! I'd be willing to pay good money to get the best job done, as it is something i'v wanted for a long time now.  

Here are some pictures I found online, and are what I want my hair to turn out like. It may be impossible to achieve the same look (especially because all these women are absolutely stunning anyway and can pull it off) and because it looks like they have naturally light ashy toned hair already, whereas mine is more warm toned and red.

Do you reckon it would suit me? Or would it look kind of shite? All opinions are very much appreciated! 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

More Love For Urban Decay (24/7 Glide On Eyeliner)

So I have another Urban Decay review today. Is it obvious I am obsessed with the brand? Their products for eye make-up are especially fantastic and in my opinion are right up there at the top with the likes of MAC. They are known for their rich pigmented, long lasting shades and these eyeliner pencils are exactly that. 

These little babies are perfectly creamy and waterproof which is what every eyeliner should be, in my opinion. The colour selection is the best I have ever seen, with 40 different shades ranging from blacks and browns to shocking neon pinks and metallic. There is something to suit everyone and every eye look whether you want something subtle or something bright and colourful.

I have 2 of the eyeliners, along with one I stole from Mammy's make up bag (sorry). I would definitely use these every single day, depending on what look I am going for. I tend to be a bit boring with colour and opt for neutral shades all the time so the pinks, greens and blues wouldn't be for me however, I wouldn't say no to trying them! 

The packaging is completely true to the actual colour.

Zero, the perfect black. I mainly use this when I am doing a full on black smokey eye. It defines the eyes amazingly. I have light blue eyes so tend to stay away from this for daytime wear or when wearing a light smokey eye as it can be a bit too dark and intense and can really close up the eye. (Thank you to Karen for gifting it to me!)

Bourbon, this shade is absolutely stunning. Its a really nice medium brown with gold glitter running throughout. This would definitely be my go-to shade as the hint of gold really brings out the blue in my eyes. This goes perfectly with my everyday bronze smokey eye using the shades Half Baked, Smog and Darkhorse from the Urban Decay Naked Palette as they are all warm-toned.

Underground, another go-to shade. This is again, a medium brown but with (from what I can see) silver/taupe glitter running throughout. This colour would be more suited to people with brown or green eyes as the silver creates a great contrast, although, it doesn't stop me from wearing it. I usually pair it with my pinkish plum smokey eye, using the shades Sin, Sidecar, Hustle and Toasted from the Urban Decay Naked Palette as they are all slightly more cool-toned. 

I am currently lusting after the shades Smog (matches the eyeshadow), which is a brown but with copper glitter particles and Corrupt, another brown but with both reddish/copper and silver glitter. I really need to stop with the browns...

Available at Debenhams and Urban Decay counters at around 15-18euro per pencil.

Look out for the 24/7 Glide On gift-sets which I think are usually out around Christmas time at really decent prices. I know there is a complete collection of all the shades but that may have been a limited edition, like their 15th Anniversary gift-set. 

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay can do no wrong in my eyes.  Their Naked collection has been one of the most popular collections ever. It includes the famous Original Naked Palette, the Naked Palette 2, the Naked Basics Palette, the Naked Flushed Palette (bronzer, blusher, highlight), the Naked foundation and BB cream, lipglosses, powders and as far as I know, a few Naked nail varnishes with colours matching the Original Palette. Basically, it is the perfect collection for someone who leans towards the more natural or "naked" colour scheme. 

So far, I have two of the mentioned products; the Original Palette which I am head over heels in love with and the Naked Basics Palette both courtesy of Santa, (thank you). I will post a bit more of a lengthy post on the Original Palette if anyone wants but to be honest, there are already millions of reviews online and I don't want to bore you all. Although I will say, I use both these palettes every single day so that should prove how much I love them.

Anyway, onto the actual review.  The Naked Basics Palette comes with 6 shades, 5 being a matte finish and then the intended highlighter "Venus" being a slightly satin-y finish. At first glance, I was slightly disappointed there were only 6 shades on offer, with the Original palette containing 12. However, as the name suggests, this is only intended to cover the basic needs of an eye make-up look such as contouring, highlighting and lining the eye before you would go in with extra colour if wanted. 

Personally, I tend to reach for my Original palette to add a tiny pop of colour because most days I need to brighten up my eyes. However, I have created a look using just the Basics alone which is why I highly recommend this palette. It is perfect for creating a simple eye look, for those days when you just don't have the time to mess around or when you are wearing a dramatic lip colour and need only a slight contouring of the eye to add shape and dimension. 

The shades in the palette are;

Venus, a light creamy colour with a satin finish perfect for highlighting the inner corner of the eye and around the tear duct area. I also use the tiniest bit of it on the brow bone to softly highlight that area when wearing a more dramatic eye look.

Foxy, a yellow toned matte shade which I use as a base colour before I even begin to contour. I find putting a base colour on after primer helps all the other colours blend better. I also use this on the brow bone when I want a more natual highlight. 

W.O.S, a pink toned matte shade, used in the exact same way as Foxy but more suited to people with naturally pink under-toned skin. 

Naked 2, the most perfect contour colour. It has a slightly grey tone so creates a more natural contour (shadow). I wish they would release a blusher or face contour in a shade similar to this. It's quite light too so on pale skin like my own it blends in great. 

Faint, a darker contour colour, it's more brown than grey. I use it all along the crease line if i want a more dramatic effect, or just in the outer edges to help create that winged out "V" shape. This would be great on darker skin tones.

Crave, an extremely dark and pigmented black shade. It is so hard to get a pure black shadow, without any glitter and one that is pigmented enough to create the desired effect. I mainly use this as a liner when I don't want to overload the eye with gel liner. It gives a real smooth line and is great if you want to define the eye but in a subtle way. I also pop this into the outer corners of the crease to create a dramatic winged out effect. 

As I have already mentioned, I use this palette every single day and I would recommend it to anyone. It is so handy to have in your make-up bag as all the matte shades you could ever need are all together in a perfectly sized compact. Also, it's perfect to chuck in your handbag and use on the go. There's a mirror in the inside which is great however, it would have been even better if a travel sized blending brush was included as taking out extra brushes while on the go can be a pain in the arse. 

It is priced at 26euro (the other two eye palettes being 44euro) so I think it is great value for what you are getting. These things last FOREVER too.

Available at Debenhams and all Urban Decay counters. 

Have you tried it?
Have you got any of the Naked Collection yet?
And will I do a full review on the Original Palette?