Saturday, 22 June 2013

NOTW #1: Barry M Peach Melba

With the weather in Ireland still resembling some form of summer, I wanted to paint my nails a really bright, fresh, colour - enter Barry M Nail Paint in Peach Melba.
A bright peach shade perfect for summer, Barry M Nail Paints have a nice thick consistency, and only takes 2 coats to become fully opaque. Nail paints have a really nice smooth and glossy finish.
Do you have any suggestions for other bright summery polish shades?

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

FOTD #1 : Simple Date Look

The boyfriend and myself are going to the cinema later, and even though i'll be sat in the dark I still want to make an effort as he is being brave enough to take me out of the house! 
So here's a quick FOTD, which probably wont be my FOTD when this is eventually posted. Today is Sunday, so this may not be up for a few days yet as I have a few posts waiting in drafts ready to go. 
Anyway I waffled on a bit there!

Simple FOTD


1. Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer
2. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory
3. Mac Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Light
4. Mac In Extra Dimention Blush In At Dusk
5. Sleek Contour Palette In Light

Closer Look At Eyes


Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
2. Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold
3. Urban Decay Naked Palette, Sin all over lid, Toasted in crease, Virgin in inner corner, a mix of Toasted and Darkhorse on lower lashline.
4. L'oreal Perfect Slim liner on upper lashline
5. Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara
6. Eyeko Powder pink pencil liner in waterline


Mac Lipstick in Angel

A very quick and easy look that makes you look put together without over doing it, perfect for when you want to look like you have made an effort without actually making an effort!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

I mentioned in my Summer Essentials post that I had recently bought Urban Decay's latest edition to their Naked line, the Naked Basics Palette.
I may be a little late to the party with this one as it's been out for ages now and every beauty blog under the sun has a review on this palette. I wasn't going to do one for that reason when I got it, but I've ended up falling in love with it and feel the need to give it a post of it's own!

L-R: Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame, Naked 2, Faint, Crave

Swatches L-R: Venus, Foxy and Walk of Shame

Swatches L-R: Naked 2, Faint and Crave

So just in case you have been living under a rock and actually haven't heard about it, Naked Basics is a six pan eyeshadow palette that features all matte shades, with the exception of the first shade Venus, which is a slightly pearlecent shade, great for highlighting.
The other five shades in the palette are all thoroughly matte shades. I thought that as they are all matte that would mean chalky, badly pigmented shadows - I was completely wrong and very blown away by the buttery texture and great colour pay off of each shadow. 
naturally the darker shades are more pigmented but the lighter shades are nice too, personally I don't think there's a dud shade in the palette.
It's a nice sized palette too, not even a fraction of the size of the original Naked or the Naked 2 palette, so great for travel.

Comparison of palette sizes

Naked Basics really is a little beaut of a palette and has become the palette I automatically reach for daily. It's great to have a range of completely matte shades that still pack a punch pigmentation wise. I love my Naked and Naked 2 palettes, but this is what I would consider to be the best out of the three palettes in terms of the "Naked Look" that they're supposed to give. 
So definitely a must have palette for Neutral lovers like myself, do you own the Naked Basics palette, what are your thoughts on it? 

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Wish List #1

Just like every other beauty obsessed blogger I always have a list as long as my arm of new products that I want to buy. It seems that when I eventually do mark something off my wish list two other things that I'm lusting after take it's place!

1. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette
I've wanted this since the moment I clapped eyes on it! It's part of Too Faced's Spring collection this year which was pretty nice actually but for me this is the stand out product in the collection. It's a fairly neutral palette which is great as I'm a neutrals girl, but it's more purple based neutrals as opposed to browns so it'll shake my make up a little without being too crazy for me. 

2. The Balm Nude Tude Palette
Like I just said - I love neutrals! Still on the fence as to weather or not this palette is different enough to the ones I have to warrant getting it, I think I might hold off on this one for now seeing as I have Urban Decay's Naked, Naked 2 and Naked Basics palettes already.

3.OPI Couture De Minnie Collection
This collection is so cute! I didn't get any of the shades in the previous Minnie mouse OPI collection except the glitter shade, but I really love every colour in the collection this time around.

4. Sleek Blush By 3 in Sweet Cheeks
I'm hoping that Cloud 10 beauty get hold of Sleek's newest Blush by 3, I think it's limited edition, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can get my mitts on it at some stage.

5.Mac Matte Lipstick in Please Me
I love Mac lipsticks. I only own two which are Plumful and Angel. I really want to expand my collection and this is going to be the next one I pick up for certain.

6.Sigma Dry'n'Shape
Since we moved into our new place, Ive hated washing brushes because I have to leave them out to dry and Ive amassed a huge collection of brushes so the place just looks messy and takes up nearly our whole dining table so this will save space when I'm drying brushes and will also help get them back to their original shape.

I did have pictures for this post but for some reason blogger wont let me put them in my post, I'm not sure if its blogger or my laptop acting up, so sorry for the lack of photos! 
I'm sure by the time this post has gone up ill think of lots of other things that I want to add to the list! If any of you have anything on my wish list let me know your thoughts on it, id love to hear them!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Where Have I Been? And My Summer Essentials

To say that I have had a busy few months since I posted last is an understatement! I actually didn't even realise I last posted in April, I thought it had only been a few weeks since I posted I've just been so flat out! 
Basically I've been so busy because my boyfriend and I have moved in together! We spent a few weeks looking at places online, and didn't like the look of any of them, but we eventually saw an apartment we liked the look of, arranged a viewing and we liked it so much when we went to view it that we decided that though its the only place we looked at we didn't want to look at anymore and we wanted this one, and I'm glad to say that I am now sat in that apartment typing this post :-)
As well as all the excitement of moving, we have actually been having somewhat of a summer here in Ireland for the past few weeks, the weather has been so hot here that I feel sorry for those who have booked holidays abroad, as they're seriously missing out on a miracle here weather wise! 
So with the temperature rising, my make up choices have swayed even more so to the natural side of things (I am a neutrals kind of girl) I have swapped heavy duty foundations and lipstick for BB cream and lip gloss, and in doing so I've discovered a few products that I don't think I'll be able to live without.

Maybelline Dream Pure BB cream

I hadn't fallen for the hype of BB creams, my skin has always been pretty bad and I thought there's no way that they'd cover up blemishes etc, but my skin has calmed down a ton lately and a few weeks back they had an offer on in boots cant remember exactly what the offer was but I ended up being able to grab Maybelline's Dream Pure BB cream for a fiver instead of nearly €12. I didn't expect much from this, but I fell in love with it. It gives a decent amount of coverage while still looking natural and looking and feeling like you have nothing on your skin. I even walked into the sitting room a few times after putting make up on and the boyfriend actually complimented me on my skin saying it looked really clear and I looked really nice, which is a huge deal as Noel doesn't ever notice anything that I put on my face! 

MAC In Extra Dimension Blush At Dusk

I went to Mac a while back and picked up a few things, this blush being one of them. Its a dusky pink shade that has the slightest hint of golden shimmer to it. I was worried it was going to make me look like a disco ball when applied, but I was pleasantly surprised. The shimmer doesn't seem to transfer at all and you're just left with a lovely soft and natural peachy pink flush to your cheeks. It's also nice built up for a more dramatic look.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Ive only had the Naked Basics Palette for a week or so, so I wont go in to too much detail as I want to do a separate post on it but - I 'effing adore the thing! A lot more than I actually thought I would in fact.

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Mist

Again, this is another one that got me compliments from the boyfriend! I was in the body shop messing around with some stuff, this being one of them but decided I wasn't going to get anything, went out of the shop to meet himself who didn't even say hello he said "did you spray something new on yourself? I really like it" so I turned on my heels and went and bought it! 
It's the perfect summer scent, and I'm so annoyed I hadn't found it sooner because I love it so much. It really does smell like strawberries too!

Soap and Glory Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream

My feet are so neglected! I wanted to show them some TLC, so i picked this up from boots. Ive never tried any soap and glory stuff before and have always been curious about it. I'm so glad I got this, it's made my feet super soft and sandal ready, so if you have trouble with dry skin on your feet, get this put a good layer on your feet and pop some socks over it and it'll leave your feet super smooth!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm

I seriously cant praise this enough! Its a thick, heavenly smelling heavy duty lip balm that leaves lips feeling so hydrated and soft. I also love using it as a base under lipsticks to help them glide on and to stop them drying out my lips. Its tricky to get hold of some chemists have it but if you cant find one that stocks Nuxe products, you can get it from Cloud 10 Beauty here.

So these are my recent discoveries that are now firm favourites, I can see myself using all of these products all year round but the majority of them are perfect for summer use, especially with this crazy heatwave we've been having.

So, what are your summer essentials? Leave a comment telling me below!

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