Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Review: MAC Plumful Lipstick

Hi everyone! Sorry it's been a while since I last posted anything. I've been having a hard few weeks and my head has been all over the place and I haven't wanted to do anything, my heart just wasn't in it and when my heart isn't in it there's no point in me just throwing a post together for the sake of doing it. I enjoy posting on my blog and don't want to do it half arsed. So now that you know why I have been quiet - let's get on with it! 

I met up with my friend from college that I haven't seen in ages and we went shopping in Dublin. After a whole day of shopping this is all I bought! Well, I didn't buy it my boyfriend did his usual sneaky throw money at the sales assistant before Mairead (that's me!) gets a chance to realise what I'm doing thing that he always does. Anyway, I've been dying to get a MAC lipstick and this is my first one! I have a few that I have liked the look of for a long time but for some reason this one was jumping out at me in the MAC shop and I just had to get it.

Top: Heavy swatch, Bottom: Light swatch

Plumful looks darker in the bullet than it does in swatches and on the lips. It looks down right scary in the bullet, but don't let that put you off, it's a really beautiful pinkish plum shade that can be used a few ways. In the MAC shop one of the make up artists there applied it to my lips using a lip brush and holy crap did it come out really dark! It wasn't for me, but if you like making a statement and are confident enough to pull of a deep lip colour it's a really nice way to do it. Personally I just use a really light hand with this one. When used lightly the colour isn't that far away from my own natural lip colour so it gives me a 'my lips but better look'. This is also a really great shade for putting on your lips and blending in with a finger ever so slightly to give a subtle berry stain.

This is a Lustre finish lipstick from MAC, and though its not the worst it can be a little drying so if your lips are chapped make sure you use an exfoliator or a balm before hand. Also MAC lipsticks smell like vanilla, not like a fake vanilla but like you are actually smelling vanilla out of a vanilla extract bottle. Personally I love the smell, but if you don't like scented products its something to bear in mind when deciding if you should shell out €18 for a MAC lipstick.

I really love this lipstick and next time I'm in Dublin I'll be picking up a few more because they are now my new obsession! Tell me your favourite MAC lipsticks and link any posts you may have on them, there's so many colours that I cant make up my mind what to get next so any and all suggestions are welcome! :)

Friday, 4 January 2013

EOTD: Amped Up Everyday Neutrals

Hello! Hope you're all well : )

This is just a quick EOTD post. I was going to to a FOTD but I have psoriasis on my hands and face and my face is pretty bad with it at the moment so the rest of my make up isn't sitting right, so here's a quick EOTD :)

Sorry that the photos aren't overly clear guys, the weather is crappy today and there isn't a lot of light to play with!

I used Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette, I got this for Christmas and have been enjoying it so far, I think I actually like it more than the original Naked palette!
So I used Suspect as an all over lid colour, then I mixed Snake bite with a very small amount of Pistol my crease and outer corner to deepen it up a little. Then I used Bootycall on my tear duct area as a highlight, and lined my lower lash line with a mixture of Snakebite and Pistol again.

I then applied a line of NYC's Liquid Liner on my upper lash line and then applied Eyelure's Katy Perry line of fake lashes in Sweetie Pie, which are a lovely natural looking lash that still gives a bit of impact. I then blended my own lashes with the fake ones using Benefit's They're Real! Mascara

This is pretty much the kind of eye look I do everyday, but my boyfriend is coming home from hospital today (But this will be scheduled to post tomorrow) after being in for two weeks over Christmas and new year, so I wanted to look nice without looking too overdone because we're only in the house, so the Katy Perry lashes did a good job of giving the look a little something extra without going overboard.

I think that sometimes the best eye looks when you want to look your best are the simplest ones, do you agree? 

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Liebster Award

Hey everyone!

So this morning when I woke up and checked my email, I had one saying I had a comment from Porcelain Glam from Haute Dare, saying that she has nominated me for the Liebster Award!

The word "Leibster" means dearest in german. The award is and award for bloggers who have less than 200 followers, but are still dedicated none the less and put effort into their blogs. 

Can't say thank you enough to Porcelain Glam for nominating me for this, it's so sweet and it feels amazing to have support for my little blog, which takes a lot of time to put together. So thank you again Porcelain Glam! And you should all check out her great blog Haute Darehere


- Nominees must link back to the blogger that nominated them

- If you are nominated write "11 random facts" about yourself and answer the 11 questions the awarder wrote for you. 

- Make up 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.

- Inform your nominees that you nominated them

11 Random Facts About Me

I'm not actually Irish, Im english but my parents are Irish and I have been living in Ireland since the age of 9.
I have two older sisters and a younger brother.
I love make up a little too much!
I have been with my boyfriend for 4 and a half years
I have a very active imagination, maybe sometimes too active! 
I can't go to sleep without my teddy who is a big yellow bunny named honey bunny 
I am constantly reading other people's blogs
I love cooking
I have to smell every candle that I see
I studied Nursing in college
My favourite colour is Purple

Questions From Porcelain Glam 

1. How can I improve my blog? 
Not sure if you mean your blog or mine porcelain! But if it's your's I love your blog but would love to see you take more of your own photos :) For mine, there's lots I want to do! At the minute I'm working on a giveaway that's coming up in the next few weeks, I want to do a few series type posts, FOTD posts if I can summon the courage from somewhere to put my face in my blog regularly! I also want to start taking better photos and am trying to lay my posts out better.

2. If you had to live with one Mascara forever, which one would you pick?
I haven't really found one yet that is an absolute must for me, but the one i've liked best so far is Maybelline's One by One mascara.

3. New Year's Resolution?
Haven't really made any solid ones this year. Maybe just to try and be lessed stressed out and to be happier.

4. Polar bears or Penguins? Choose wisely *evil glare*
This question made me laugh so much! Hmm...probably penguins because I love them, but I also love Polar bears too! It's too hard to choose! But Penguins! Lol

5.Why did you start blogging?
I have always loved make up and beauty, but I started watching people on You Tube, and reading blogs and I realised these are just normal people who love this stuff as much as I do. I was also getting annoyed living in a house with only my dad and brother and obviously my boyfriend didnt want to hear me talking about how I wanted that eyeshadow palette or that I really like this lipstick, so I decided that I'd start my own blog and here I am! 

6. What is your favourite store? 
I have a few, clothes wise, it would be Penneys (for you British girls that's the same as Primark but just a different name) For make up, I love Boots because the bigger ones have every drugstore brand you can get, and for high end stuff and my all round favourite its Debenhams! I dont buy a lot in there, but I love to look! 

7. What is your dream job?
This has changed so much. I studied Nursing in college, but then decided it wasnt for me. Then I went back to my original plan of being a Veterinary Nurse because Im crazy about animals, when I started that I had to stop because of finances being low and also because I remembered my school guidance councillor telling me im not smart enough for veterinary and it made me not want to try. Now I know that I want to be a successful make up artist and blogger. Im trying to save money up for the make up artistry course I want to do and then i'll be able to do my dream job!

8. Favourite lip combos? (liner, gloss, lipstick)
As for lip liners, I don't own a single one! Lipstick, I love dusty pinks and also peach lipsticks, favourites being a 17 lipstick I have in barely blush and Revlon's Peach Parfait Lip butter. Gloss wise I just like sheer ones, I love Benefit's Dandelion.

9. Which best describes your eyeshadow? Daring-Darla, Calm Callie, Neutral-Nadia
Im a neutural nadia, definatley!

10. What is your favourite candy?
I love the fruity Mentos sweets but at the minute im more of a crips person, Skips being my favourite!

11. Cookies or cake?

My questions for you!

1. When you are not blogging, what is your favourite thing to do?

2. What is your current favourite Make up item?

3. Describe yourself in one word only

4. Why did you start blogging?

5. If you had to choose between only ever being able to use Mascara or Lipstick for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

6. Favourite type of food?

7. What is your favourite blog post that you have written?

8. New Year's Resolutions?

9. What is your biggest ambition?

10. What is your favourite brand?

11. What should I post about next?

My Nominees: 

1. Seana @ Make Up By Seana
2. Emily @ The Beauty Mist
3. Maxi @ Bella Belle
4. Emily Y @ Blog me beautiful
5. Manda @ A Little Powder, A Little Paint

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