Thursday, 31 July 2014

Paese Cosmetics Summertime Nail Color Collection

Hey guys!

I know I've been bombarding you with nail posts the past few days but I cant help it! It's summer and those nails need to be painted pretty colours :) Today I have three polishes from Paese Cosmetics Summertime Nail Colour Collection* to share with you. If you are unfamiliar with Paese Cosmetics they are a Polish brand which have been around for a few years. To be honest I had never heard of them but when I saw the packaging I was hooked straight away. Paese are a very affordable brand which are very comparable to Inglot but not as expensive if you can imagine that. There are ten polishes in total for this collection, all of which are bright, vibrant and would remind you of high gloss rainbow! When I saw these three colours I knew straight away that I had to do a Ruffian style manicure with them.

For the little half moon at the top I used number 350 Golden Sun Shimmer which is a gorgeous orangey yellow gold glitter. The glitter in this polish is very finely milled so it isn't chunky in any way and sits very smoothly on the nails. This colour would be gorgeous with a very dark purple or navy in a Ruffian style also. For the main colour I used number 349 Blue Bell which is stunning cream blue. This is my favourite out of the three. As an accent nail I used number 344 Just Orange which is a bright orange cream with a hint of coral about it. I love this kind of shade for the summer as it's really fun and flattering with a tan. The consistency of all three polishes was great and all were opaque in two coats. If I was careful with the cream polishes I probably could have got away with only one coat but I was so excited to try them out I was too impatient to be careful! :)

These polishes along with all the other products are available online or at selected stockists. If you have tried Paese before and have any recommendations for me please let me know.

Bye beauties!


*Products sent by PR for sample under no obligation to review. All reviews are honest and my own! :)

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

OPI Coca Cola Collection

Hey guys!

I have yet another OPI mini haul for you! :) 
Today I have three polishes from the Coca Cola Collection which was released a few weeks ago. I have to say when I saw that this collection was to be released I was pretty excited. I am OBSESSED with vanilla Coke which is so hard to find here in Ireland. So whenever I see it I stock up! The collection is inspired by different flavours of Coke, Sprite and Fanta as well as the one and only Coke original. I didn't actually pick up the Coca Cola Red as I have similar colours in my collection already. 

First up I have You're So Vain-illa which of course is inspired by my beloved Vanilla Coke. This is a gorgeous pale cream nude which would suit everybody. This is obviously my favourite out of the collection, not only because of the name but because the polish is amazing. I have to say out of the three polishes I picked up, the formula was consistently good on all of them. This colour would be great for everyday or even for a bride or special occasion if you were looking to wear a colour but nothing too obvious.

The next polish I picked up is Sorry I'm Fizzy Today which is a creamy pale pink. It kind of reminds me of pink lemonade. It is quite strange that this is inspired by Vanilla Coke as the packaging here is red and cream but hey, it's a nice colour so I don't mind! This as an accent nail paired with You're So Vain-illa is actually a gorgeous combination. The picture below is with two coats of polish.

Finally I have A Grape Affair which is a deep, dark vampy creamy purple. It is quite dark and from far away looks black on the nail but up close you can definitely tell that it's purple. This shade is actually inspired by Fanta Grape which I have never heard of or seen before so this might just be available in the USA. Let me know if you've ever come across it! There is a lovely shine to this polish without a top coat. The picture below shows two coats of polish without a top coat.

The other colours in the collection either didn't appeal to me or I had something similar already so couldn't justify buying them. If you are looking for that perfect red Coca Cola Red may just be what your looking for. I'll link the others colours below if you are interested. As always I bought my OPI polish at Hennessy Hair and Beauty

Which colour stands out to you the most from this collection and will you be buying any?

Bye beauties!


Get Cherried Away - inspired by Cherry Coke
Green On The Runway - inspired by Sprite
Orange You Stylish - inspired by Fanta Orange
Today I Accomplished Zero - inspired by Coke Zero
Turn On The Haute Light - inspired by Diet Coke

Saturday, 26 July 2014

OPI Summer Neons 2014

Hey guys! 

So today I have two polishes from OPI's summer neon collection to share with you. I'm giving away the complete mini set as part of my July giveaway so click here to enter! :) 

I only picked up two polishes as they were the ones that stood out to me the most. They are SO much brighter in real life but it doesn't translate in the pictures. There are six shades in the collection altogether.

First up I have Life Gave Me Lemons which is a yellowy lime green. The formula was great, nice and creamy and easy to work with. The picture below is with two coats of polish and nothing underneath. This is SUPER bright but unfortunately the camera doesn't pick it up. Bummer!

You Are SO Outta Lime! is a nice bright creme green. I liked that the colours in this collection weren't highlighter neon colours as they can be hard to wear sometimes. Again the formula was brilliant and opaque after two coats. 

There are shimmer neons in the collection also but I'm not a huge fan of shimmery polishes to begin with but they would be nice if you were looking for a change. I'll have the Coca Cola collection for OPI in a few days for you if your looking for colours that aren't so bright! I purchase all my OPI polishes at Hennessy Hair and Beauty in Cork. 

Bye beauties! 


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

July Giveaway! *CLOSED*

*Well done to Nicole Vardon who entered via Twitter!*

Hey guys!

So as promised I'm going to do my first ever giveaway here on Cooking Up Beauty! I'm so excited to do this and I hope you all get involved on Twitter and Facebook :)

So whats up for grabs? Summer makeup goodies of course! I've picked out some of my favourite products over the last few weeks and have been buying here and there for you guys. I think it's important to mention that I did purchase everything below out of my own money and was not sent any products from companies. The OPI Mini Neons Collection for 2014 is probably my favourite thing in this giveaway, the colours are SO bright and perfect for a summer manicure. I ended up buying two of the full sized ones myself, pretty! Next we have three E.L.F blushes in Candid Coral, Giddy Gold and Twinkle Pink. These are gorgeous summer shades with a lovely shimmer so they can also be used as a highlight if you prefer. I have two E.L.F Lip Balm Tints in Peach and Nude and also two E.L.F. Moisturising Lipsticks in Pink Minx and Party In The Buff. Lastly from E.L.F I have a Mineral Lip Liner in Peachy which is like a coral/nude colour. As you can tell I love E.L.F products!

I also have two Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palettes in The Naked Truth and Silent Treatment. The Naked Truth contains three colours which would be very suitable to achieve a daytime look and Silent Treatment contains five neutral to night time colours. Many looks can be created from these two palettes and the quality is pretty amazing!

So what do you have to do to win? Well there are several options to enter or you can enter all three if you like. The first way to enter is to simply leave a comment below and share this post on Google Plus. The next is to 'like' my Facebook page and share the giveaway post. Finally you can follow me on Twitter and retweet the giveaway tweet or tweet me using the hashtag #CUBGIVEAWAY. The giveaway will be open until Friday 1st August 12pm GMT. You can enter as many times as you want so don't be shy!

Happy entering beauties!


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Cork Beauty Blogger Meetup Part 3 - Shiseido, Gosh And MeMeMe

Hey guys!

So this is the final installment of the Cork beauty blogger meetup. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 click on the links to catch up! After Debenhams we all headed up to Costigans bar on Washington Street for our last few surprises. First we were treated to a skincare demo from Emma at Shiseido. She explained Shiseidos new products and we played with a few testers ourselves. The new IBUKI range are now available at Brown Thomas and they have a special offer running until Saturday 26th July where if you spend over €75 on Shiseido products you receive a full size cleanser which is pretty good. Shiseidos products are quite luxurious and feel amazing on the skin. I never knew that they are the oldest cosmetic house in the world, quite impressive! We were given a goodie bag packed full of lovely products to test out so I will be doing a review in the next few weeks and let you know what I think :) 

The lovely Emma during the demonstration

Next the lovely Geraldine and Gráinne from GOSH Cosmetics talked us through some of the new products for the summer and showed us how to get a bronzed summer makeup look. They have excellent primers for different skin types and a new CC Cream which has a nice coverage. We were lucky enough to be able to pick out a product each to take home. I made a beeline for the Velvet Touch Anti Wrinkle Primer
 as I'd used it before and it's amazing! The new Lip Lacquers also look great. I'll need to pick up some and give them a go!

Gráinne achieving a sun kissed look

Last but certainly not least we headed upstairs to MeMeMe Cosmetics who had put a lot of effort into making the room look incredible! All the products looked so inviting, a beauty bloggers paradise! I had never tried anything from their range so I was excited to play and test out a few products. The Flawless Finish Cream Foundation really caught my eye so I will definitely be getting one as soon as my current foundation runs out. The Shimmer Stacks looked like great dupes for the Bobbi Brown ones and they also had Light Me Up Lip Gloss which are identical to the Color Your Smile Gloss. We also got a goodie bag with a highlighter and brow product inside! MeMeMe have lots of stockists in pharmacies nationwide so if you want to know if they are in your area let me know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter

Lovely MeMeMe goodies!!

As we were leaving, Sarah and Fiona gave us one last surprise with yet ANOTHER two bags filled with all sorts of beauty products! It was like Christmas! 

I had SUCH a great time and want to thank Sarah and Fiona again for everything. Ye really did go above and behind for us! :) 

Hopefully there will be another meetup after Christmas. I think everybody would be up for that! I will be doing reviews for the products we received and I will list in the post that it was from the meetup. I only ever do honest reviews so if I don't like something you will hear about it! 

Hope you enjoyed reading and I'll be back with some nail polish reviews in a few days.

Bye beauties! 


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Cork Beauty Blogger Meetup Part 2 - Debenhams

Hey guys!

So this is part two of the Cork beauty blogger meetup, click here to see part one if you missed it. So after a great start at Lush we headed over to Debenhams on Patrick Street for more fun. There we were greeted by Paul, Alma and Emma who brought us upstairs to a private room for some yummy cupcakes, prosecco and a talk about the activities they had planned for us. 

We were put into groups, I was part of the Brow Beauties (they had cute beauty names for all the groups!) along with Stephanie from Polished and Primed and Lara from Letters By Lara. We had a demo from Clarins to start us off with an introduction to their new products and a goodie bag, can't wait to try them out! Then it was off downstairs to the beauty hall for a beauty treasure hunt! :) We had a chance to win a HUGE hamper full of beauty goodies and we had to tweet pictures of certain products using the hashtags #corkmeetup and #beautifix so if you saw those hashtags floating around on Saturday now you know what it was about! 

So we set out to the Benefit counter which was our first stop. There we were given a demo of the new 'They're Real! Push Up Liner' by Lynn. She also showed us the mascara and remover to go with it. This stuff is like concrete! It does not budge so it is essential to get the remover if you are going to purchase either of them. The remover is like a cream that you massage onto the eyes to break the product down. You can then wipe it away with a damp cotton pad.

Next we were off to Urban Decay to test out the new 'Flushed' palettes. Three more colours were launched due to the success of the first palette so now there are four to choose from. They consist of a bronzer, a blush and a highlighter. My favourite was the shade 'Native' as it is the palest option for us ghosties. I also tried out the Chill setting spray. I have just run out of my All Nighter and wanted to try out Chill before I purchase another to see if I preferred it. I think I'm going to go with the All Nighter....if it ain't broke don't fix it! :)

Then it was Elizabeth Arden's turn to demo their new 'Flawless Future Collection' skin care products. This was an exclusive as we got to try and test out the products before they were released which was awesome. There are three new products in the range which are the Flawless Future Powered By Ceramide Caplet Serum, Flawless Future Powered By Ceramide Moisture Cream SPF 30 and Flawless Future Powered By Ceramide Eye Gel. I will do a separate post on this collection as I'm sure you'll want to hear more about it.

My favourite counter Dior was next. I crumble whenever I see a Dior stand, the products are gorgeous and I'm a sucker for the slick packaging. Brian, Dior's makeup artist talked us through the new Dior Addict range which is AMAZING by the way! They have three new Dior Addict It-Lash mascara and liner in purple, pink and blue, the black is already in the permanent collction. These babies are pigmented let me tell you! They also have the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer, Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and the Dior Addict Fluid Sticks. The Addict Fluid Stick in 575 Wonderland was definitely my favourite out of everything Brian showed us. I was so busy playing with all the products that I only took one photograph so apologies for that!

Lancome was calling us next so we popped over for more information on the new Génifique collection. These products have been fourteen years in the making (yes you read that correctly!) and is reflected in the price tag, ouch. The Advanced Génifque serum helps to restore skins youthfulness and improve the signs of ageing. The Génifique Yuex Light Pearl is a new eye illuminating serum with a roller massage ball applicator which helps to fight under eye bags and dark circles. The Génifiqure Eye Cream has a refreshing gel texture and is also very cooling on the eyes. After testing this on my hand you could really see a brightening effect on the skin. 

Finally our last stop was Clinique for a demo on their three step system. They have introduced a new product called the Clinque Smart Custom Serum which claims to understand your skins past and change it's appearance in the future. Five years of research have gone into the making of this and it targets lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, radiance and firming. It is available both a 30ml or 50ml bottle.

When we had finished with all the counters we headed back upstairs to find even more surprises! There were goodie bags for all of us filled with tons of products along with a €50 voucher to spend there and then on ANYTHING we wanted in the beauty hall! There were  screams of delight and shock all round! :) Obviously I headed straight back down to Dior to pick up the Amber 002 Nude Shimmer Instant Illuminating Power and the Dior Sailor Vernis Nail Polish. I will do a separate post on these beauties soon. 

Paul, Alma and Emma went above and beyond to make our experience at Debenhams so much fun so a big thank you is in order! :) Also thanks again to Sarah and Fiona for organising the event and for everybody at all the counters for being so helpful on the day. 

Part three of the meet up which is the final installment will be up in a few days so keep your eyes peeled to see what we got up to after visiting Debenhams! All products mentioned are listed below for more information.

Bye beauties!


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Cork Beauty Blogger Meet Up Part 1 - Lush Cosmetics

Hey guys! 

I'm so thrilled to say that I attended my very first Cork beauty blogger meet up last Saturday! Sarah from At The Beauty Desk and Fiona from Dolly Dowsie were so kind to organise the event and made a HUGE effort so a big thank you to them both! :) 

We had a jam packed day full of events so I'll jump straight in. Our first stop was Lush on Oliver Plunkett street. I'm going to concentrate just on Lush for today's post as there's so much stuff to get through and I want to make sure to give every brand enough time in the spotlight as they deserve it! :) 

Beauty bloggers posing!

As I'd never been to a meet up before I was quite nervous but everybody was so nice and welcoming. The staff at Lush were amazing and so helpful and great fun! 

We were broken down into groups of three and given demonstrations of the various products. My group consisted of myself, Susie from Spring Summer Susie and Sarah from Never Fully Dressed. Our first station was with Paul who taught us how to make bath bombs! This was so much fun and definitely the highlight of our stop at Lush for me. All of Lush's bath bombs are made fresh and shipped over to the store within 2-3 days of making them which is awesome! We made a Think Pink each and got to take it home with us afterwards. I'd say there were many baths running the next day in Cork as a result! Think Pink has a sweet vanilla, neroli and lavender  fragrance with pink rice paper confetti hearts that float in the bath once the bath bomb has dissolved.  It's probably the girliest bath bomb they make. 

Think Pink bath bombs

Next up was scrubs and body bars with Hilda. She showed us some of Lush's best selling body moisturisers and scrubs.....we were all smelling divine for the day. My favourite product she showed was the King of Skin body butter, it leaves your skin feeling like a baby! What I love about this product is that it's just so easy to use. You wet the body bar (you can do it at the end of your shower to make it even easier) and then you literally rub onto the skin and massage in. It has cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado, banana, oat milk, coconut oil and almond oil. 

Scrubs and body bars

Then it was onto the lovely Kaz who explained Lush's new suncare range. The range was launched a few weeks ago and are the first suncare products to be released from Lush. The Sesame Suntan Lotion was my pick from the range. It has an SPF of 10 and it literally smells like Reese's peanut butter cups. I was tempted to eat it! It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth with a nice glow. It has organic sesame seed oil to nourish tired skin, aloe vera extract to cool and rehydrate the skin, organic cocoa butter which conditions and moisturises and walnut leaf infusion which provides natural protection from the sun. 

Suncare Range

We were then treated to a great skin care demo from Andrea who showed us how to use the different cleansers and masks. The masks look good enough to eat, especially the Cupcake one! I really liked the Ultrabland cleanser and the BB Seaweed mask. You can see me trying out the masks on my hands below. The BB Seaweed mask is lovely and refreshing. It soothes and softens the skin, removes any excess dirt and oil and exfoliates. The Ultrabland cleanser is very effective for removing makeup as well as calming, soothing and hydrating the skin.

Cleansers and facial masks

Our last stop was over to Dee to play with Lush's makeup range. I had no idea that Lush also did makeup and was surprised at the colours on offer. I was drawn to their cream eyeshadows and we were lucky enough to pick out a product to take home with us. I choose the colour 'Sophisticated' which is a gorgeous taupey brown with shimmer. I will do a review over the next few weeks once I've had a chance to test it out properly for you guys. 


Lush also do parties which would be great for birthdays, hen parties or just a girly day out with your friends. They can cater for groups and parties can be held after store hours which means you get the whole place to yourselves! Prices start at €20 per person and includes €5 to spend on products in store.

Lush parties

Thanks again to Corner, Paul, Hilda, Kaz, Andrea and Dee for a fun experience and for making us all feel so welcome. No doubt I will be back in soon to feed my new Lush obsession!

Part two of the meet up will be up in a couple of days and will be all about our shenanigans at Debenhams on Patrick Street. Everything I have mentioned in this post is listed below along with Lush's Twitter and Facebook page if you'd like to be kept up to date with special offers and new products.

Bye beauties!


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

My Top Nail Polish Picks For Summer 2014

Hey guys!

Today I'm going to share my favourite nail polish colours that I've been loving so far this summer. I decided to show them off in one manicure which I actually wore out last Friday night. It kind of reminds me of Skittles! 

All of the polishes are by OPI and I purchased mine from Hennessy Hair and Beauty Supplies in Cork. I'll link their site below if you're interested in buying any of them :) 

'Cant Find My Czechbook' which is on my thumb is a vibrant cream blue. The formula is a little streaky on the first coat but evens out nicely after the second. I love blue polish for this time of year! This was part of the OPI Euro Centrale collection which came out last year. As far as I know it's still available in Hennessy Hair and Beauty. 

'Gargantuan Green Grape' is the milky mint green on my index finger. I have to say the formula on this one is pretty crap. It takes about three costs to get it opaque and it's very runny. If the colour wasn't so nice I'd never use this but it does look very pretty on. It is a part of the permanent collection so it should be easy enough to find.

'Toucan Do It If You Try' on my middle finger is a gorgeous deep cream coral. The formula is good, opaque after two coats and no streaking. This is part of the OPI Brazil collection which was released for the World Cup 2014. The last two polishes are also part of that collection, I got a bit carried away when I saw them in store but the colours are so fun and vibrant! 

'Where Did Suzi's Man-go?' is on my ring finger and is a lovely mango orange cream polish. Again the formula is great, no streaking and opaque after two coats. I know orange is a bit out there as far as nail polish colours go but for summer I think it's acceptable :) . 

Finally 'I Just Can't Cope-acabana' is the yellow on my little finger. Now this is loud! I think yellow polish tends to scare people a little when they see it in the bottle but if you take your time and do it right it looks great on the nails. This is a colour that would be gorgeous on tanned skin also. The formula is very streaky on the first coat but fine after the second. I find with yellow they do tend to be very streaky or take quite a few coats to get opacity. Thankfully this one took only two. 

So there you have it! What colours have you been loving this summer? Pop your recommendations in the comments below! 

Happy nail painting! :)