Thursday, 20 August 2015

OPI Venice Collection - Fall 2015

Hey guys!

I have some pretty polishes from the OPI Venice Collection which was released last week to show you today. I was SO excited when I saw the ad campaign for this collection, the colours are perfect for transition from summer to autumn as there are some bright shades but also gorgeous dark rich colours. Personally I can't wait for Autumn, it's my favourite time of year! 


Overall there are 12 colours in the collection along with 3 limited edition shades. I bought 6 out of the core collection, the others I left behind I felt I either had something very similar or weren't my cup of tea. Although when you see the neutral shades I picked up you'll be thinking 'really, you didn't think these were similar enough?'. Yes I have problems when it comes to nail polish.....moving on.....!


First up is I Cannolli Wear OPI which is a very pale grey that at first glance looks like an off white. This is a great alternative to white for a more subtle look to the nails if your looking for a pale colour that isn't so stark and something a bit more exciting than a pink or beige. This was a bit streaky on the first application but fine with a second coat.

I Cannolli Wear OPI
Next we have I'll Be There In A Prosecco. This is creamy pale beige. The formula on this one I felt could have been a bit better, it was streaky on the first coat and I probably could have done another after the second coat but I refuse to wear 3 coats of polish on my nails! Having said that the colour is nice and great for everyday for a nice clean look.

I'll Be There In A Prosecco
Tiramisu For Two is another neutral from this collection. This is more of a pinky nude compared to I'll Be There In A Prosecco. This one had the best formula out of all the neutral colours I bought and you could nearly get away with one coat however I applied two for the photo below. 

Tiramisu For Two
Now onto the fun shades! My favourite out of this collection has to be Gelato On My Mind which is a gorgeous bright pastel blue. I know that sounds a bit strange but its a very unique polish. Its pastel but bright without being neon at the same time. Confused yet? Probably, but look how pretty! :)

Gelato On My Mind
Purple Palazzo Pants is a bright lilac. Again the formula on this one was pretty good. This would actually be quite nice as an accent colour with one of the other neutral shades in this collection. Cute, girly and purple, this ones ticks all boxes.

Purple Palazzo Pants
Finally I have My Gondola Or Yours? which is a smokey black. This one is a bit more interesting than a regular old black polish as it has a bit more dimension due to the fact it has a slight jelly finish rather than a creamy opaque formula. I feel this would look good paired with a matte black polish for some nail art.

My Gondola Or Yours?
I'm loving this collection. I purchased all polishes from Hennessy Hair & Beauty in store in Cork but they are all available on their website here. I didn't see any of the limited edition shades there but as I'm not a huge fan of shimmery polishes I wouldn't really have been looking out for them anyway so I might be wrong.


Are you excited for Fall? Or are you clinging desperately onto Summer? Either way nail polish will cheer you up :)

Bye beauties!

xXx


Monday, 10 August 2015

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette Review

Hey guys!

Today I'm FINALLY sharing the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette with you. I have actually had this palette for about six months now but to be perfectly honest I wanted to really take the time to review it properly before giving you the lowdown.

First off I will say that this palette retails at €68......eeek! I know this is a ridiculous amount to pay for a highlighter but you do get three different colours which can be used for different effects. Well, that's how I justify to myself anyway! :)


The packaging is quite sleek, however I would have thought it would have been slightly better quality considering how expensive it is. It is plastic and feels very lightweight (which some people will probably prefer) and I have found the longer I have it that it scratches quite easily. It probably doesn't help that I keep it in my handbag for applying it on the way to work each day....there is a mirror inside which is handy.



The palette comes with three different shades, Dim Light, Incandescent Light and Radiant Light.
Dim Light is a peachy beige shade and can be used as an all over face powder to blur out the complexion and give a slightly glowing look to the skin. I normally use it on the cheeks and forehead.

Incandescent Light is my favourite and most used colour. It is exclusive to this palette so you can't buy it separately unfortunately. This is a great highlighter for anybody who's on the paler end of the spectrum like myself. It gives a gorgeous ivory pearlescent glow and illuminates the skin beautifully. This is going to be far too pale for anybody with olive or darker skin tones so if you have darker skin you might want to skip this palette as they other two shades can be bought individually anyway.

Radiant Light is a warm bronzey highlighter which is quite golden in colour. I don't tend to reach for this colour often as it is very warm and can look a bit orange on my skin tone.  It does however look quite nice applied over my regular bronzer to give a subtle glow. If I use this shade I will normally use it on its own and not highlight any other part of my face, nobody wants their face to look like a disco ball after all!

From left to right: Dim Light, Incandescent Light & Radiant Light
All in all this is a beautiful palette. It would be perfect for brides as all the shades are noticeable without being over the top and really make the skin look amazing. The price tag is steep but considering the individual highlighters are around €45 each its a good way to try out three shades for less than the price of two individual ones. You are getting less product at 0.35 oz. for one vs 0.35 oz. (around 0.12 oz.) for three in the palette but I've been using mine nearly everyday since I bought it and there's hardly a dent so far. I purchased mine at Space NK in Grafton Street, Dublin.


Have any of you tried this palette? If so what were your thoughts? Is it worth the hype? Also leave your recommendations for the permanent Hourglass shades worth trying out below.

Bye beauties!

xXx


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Pippa For Blank Canvas Cosmetics Palette Review

Hey guys!

Today I have a review on the long awaited Pippa For Blank Canvas Palette which is the collaboration between Pippa O'Connor and Blank Canvas Cosmetics. For those of you who aren't familiar with Pippa, she is an Irish model and business woman who also runs a popular lifestyle and fashion blog over at pippa.ie.



The palette is a fairly neutral and contains 6 eyeshadows, a blush, bronzer and a highlighter. The eyeshadows remind me of the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette with slightly warmer and a better variety of colours.



Lets start with the eyeshadows, they are all on the warm side and all have a matte finish with the exception of one shade. The colours that Pippa has chosen are all neutral and range from a very pale ivory all the way to a carbon black. I will try to give you a comparison or dupe to a MAC Cosmetics eyeshadow for reference.

Lilly is a soft ivory vanilla shade with a very slight sheen. This is a great colour for a brow or inner corner highlight or as a base for the rest of your eyeshadow. Lilly would be the shadow child of MAC's Vanilla and Gesso as its slightly lighter than vanilla but darker than gesso.


Lily
Ollie is a soft matte light brown. This is like a lighter version of MAC's Kid eyeshadow. This is a great transition colour for the crease or as a base for the lid.


Ollie
Tobi is my favourite shade of the palette. It's a quite unusual colour as its like a mix between a warm medium brown with a hint of a pink undertone. Tobi would be comparable to MAC's Soft Brown. I like to use this shade all over the lid and under the waterline for a daytime smokey look.


Tobi
Susu is a soft matte beigey brown taupe colour. Its darker than Ollie and is great to deepen the crease for a more hollowed look. I feel like MAC's Wedge would be very close to this shade.


Susu

Dodo is a very dark matte brown. This is great for along the lash line or to smoke out the eyes for a nightime look. MAC's Brun would be a good dupe for this shade.


Dodo
Finally K.D is your basic carbon black. It's great to include a black in a palette like this, especially one that is matte as you can create so many different looks with it. A lot of the time matte black shadows aren't very pigmented but this one is insane, its more pigmented than my MAC Carbon!


K.D.
So now onto the face powders. I'll start with the bronzer/contour shade which is Amour. For me this is the perfect contour shade. Its warm without being orange and light enough to still contour my face and look natural, well, as natural as you can make your contour look! :)


Amour
Pipsy is a pinky coral matte blush. This is absolutely gorgeous on the skin. It gives a lovely flush to the cheeks and really suits my skin tone. This type of colour would look great on every skin tone so well done Pippa for making such a beautiful blush!

Pipsy
Lulu is the much talked about highlighter in the palette. It is a shimmery champagne gold and catches the light beautifully. I've been using this pretty much everywhere to highlight...inner corner of the eye, under the brows, cheekbones, cupids bow....! Its a stunning shade.

Lulu
Overall this is a brilliant palette. Its perfect for everyday looks but also has colours to take you from day to night. All of the colours work very well together and are very pigmented. The texture of these powders are so soft and buttery and easy to blend, what more could you want in a palette? For €34.99 I think this is a great buy. I also really like how personal she has made this collaboration. All of the colours are inspired by people (and puppies!) in her life which is a nice touch. It shows that she really put a lot of work into choosing the right shades to reflect her life and the people in it.

Soft look using Tobi on the lid and lower lashline, K.D as a liner, Susu and Dodo in the crease and Lulu as an inner corner highlight with Lily on the brow bone.
Natural look using the face powders for contour, blush and highlight. I look so cranky in this photo! :)
I purchased mine from Cloud 10 and it is also available from Blank Canvas Cosmetics and both sites offer free shipping to Ireland when buying this palette.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the Pippa Palette, will you be purchasing or have you already bought one and if so what do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.

Bye beauties!

xXx

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Eyebrow Threading & Tinting At The Body Shop & Giveaway!

Hey guys!

Last Saturday I had my eyebrows threaded and tinted at The Body Shop in Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork. I had been neglecting my eyebrows (which I NEVER do) for over two weeks in preparation of the visit so I hope you appreciate the before and after pictures! :) I wanted to test firstly how painful threading is and secondly how much of a difference does it really make? 


For those of you who aren't familiar with threading, it is an ancient method of hair removal using a piece of twisted cotton thread. Pretty simple! Eyebrow tinting is basically dying the hairs a darker colour. Many people tint their eyelashes and eyebrows to define their face and it also reduces the amount the time you have to spend on your makeup in the morning. Its particularly effective for people with blonde or red hair as they tend to have very fair hairs on their lashes and brows. Its also great for anybody with sensitive skin as there are no products or heat applied to the skin to cause irritation.


I did have a patch test 24 hours prior to the appointment to make sure I wasn't allergic or sensitive to the tint used. Everything was perfect so I was good to go! 

My appointment was with a lovely lady named Prajaya. I wasn't nervous beforehand but Prajaya had such a gentle and friendly manner she would put anyone at ease. She told me she has been threading for 11 years so she is definitely an expert in the field. We talked about how I normally do my brows and what I would like to achieve from the appointment. She showed me in the mirror what she was planning to do and what colour tint she thought would suit me best. Here's my before picture, don't judge!


Prajaya started off my cleansing the skin, I didn't wear any brow products beforehand to make things a bit easier. Then it was time for the threading! She got me to stretch my brows, its best to have the skin as taught as possible as the more you stretch the more comfortable it is. To be honest I didn't find it painful at all and it was over before I knew it. Next she applied the tint and left it on for around 5 minutes. After she removed it she gave me a lovely pressure point massage along the temples and forehead, it was bliss! The whole treatment was about 15-20 minutes so perfect for anybody on the go or as a quick treat on your lunch break.

So here is the end result :)



 I have to say I absolutely LOVE the way they turned out. They are so much more defined and the tinting made a big difference on the baby hairs along the tail of the brows and my skin is so smooth. So it's pretty safe to say that I am hooked on threading. I've even made another appointment to go back in 4 weeks time. I also had a quick peak at the the Body Shop makeup while I was there, sure it would've been rude not to!


I ended up buying one of their Brow & Liner Kits in shade 02. I have to say the packaging on these is pretty sleek and I like the fact it comes with two shades. They can also be used as eye liner which is pretty cool and it comes with a retractable brow and liner brush.





So now for the exciting part of this post, GIVEAWAY TIME! The Body Shop were very generous and have given me two vouchers for threading to give away to my followers! They can be used in any of their Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Athlone stores. Head over to my Facebook or Twitter pages to find out how to win or just leave a comment here telling me about your favourite Body Shop products! If you are interested in trying tinting for yourself you can book an appointment on thebodyshop.ie where you can also see the full price list of all treatments on offer. Threading is available in the Body Shop Cork Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Bye beauties!

xXx

Makeup Geek Blush Review

Hey guys!

As promised today I'm doing an in depth review of the blushes I ordered from Makeup Geek a few weeks ago. When I got these I was SO excited to use them as I'd heard so much about them online, mostly from Jaclyn Hill's YouTube videos and of course Marlena's own videos for Makeup Geek.


All of the swatches shown below are with one swipe in the pan so literally what you see is what you get with all of the colours I bought. There are another four in the collection but were out of stock when I went to purchase them. They are SmittenRomanceRendezvous and Hanky Panky

I'm going to start with my favourite and most used shade Spellbound. It's a gorgeous light salmon toned colour with a hint of tan. It has a matte finish with no chalkiness, which is hard to find in matte finish blushes. This is my go to colour for everyday, it goes with almost every look and isn't overbearing in the slightest. LOVE!

Spellbound

Spellbound swatch
Spellbound up close and personal!
My next most used shade is Head Over Heels which is a satin light bubblegum pink colour. I'm quiet pale and its hard to find lighter shades to actually show up on my skin so this is a great staple colour for me. As its a satin finish it gives a lovely glow to the cheeks without being in your face. Another great everyday blush for your collection.

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels swatch
Head Over Heels up close and personal!
Bliss is a light toned peach shade with a slight hint of coral. This to me is the perfect spring shade. Its bright enough to give a lovely sheen without looking like a clown, always a good thing!

Bliss

Bliss swatch
Bliss up close and personal!
Secret Admirer is probably the most unique colour of the lot Its a light lavendery purple with a matte finish. It is a cool toned shade so it is gorgeous on paler skin tones. However you will need to be careful with application with this one, too heavy handed will leave you looking like your skin is bruised so less is definitely more. It kind of reminds me a little of Illamasqua's Katie blush but not as pink and slightly darker. An unusual but flattering shade to add to your blush collection if used correctly!

Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer swatch
Secret Admirer up close and personal!
Love Affair is a super deep bright red/coral shade. This looks pretty scary in the pan I have to admit. It is really pigmented so if you get too much of this on your brush your going to look a hot mess! If used sparingly the colour payoff is absolutely gorgeous. Colours like this are normally recommended for darker skin tones but I think this would be amazing on a very pale skin tone, kind of like a Snow White look!

Love Affair

Love Affair swatch
Love Affair up close and personal!
Now this next blush could be used as a bronzer/contour shade for those of you with medium skin tones. Infatuation is a medium terracotta shade which has a matte finish. This is too warm for me to use as a contour shade but I can use this as a bronzer if I use it lightly. I prefer to use it as a blush for days when I don't really want a huge pop of colour but just want a bit of warmth.

Infatuation

Infatuation swatch
Infatuation up close and personal!
First Love is a lovely baby pink. It has a slight sheen, not a full on shimmer or glitter and leaves a pretty glow on the cheeks. Even though this is a very light pastel colour it is very noticeable on the skin. A very girly blush for your collection!

First Love


First Love swatch
First Love up close and personal!
Summer Fling is orange. Yes you read that correctly! :) Not a scary 'too much Sunny D' orange but a gorgeous soft burnt orange. This one is perfect for Autumn! Another favourite of mine.

Summer Fling

Summer Fling swatch
Summer Fling up close and personal!
Last up I have Hoonymoon which is a pinky mauve with flecks of silver shimmer. I actually use this as more of a highlighter rather than a blush and apply it to the top of the cheek bones. This applied with Spellbound underneath is a gorgeous combo!

Hoonymoon

Hoonymoon swatch
Hoonymoon up close and personal!
All of the Makeup Geek blushes are available in pan form if you have the Z Pallette for $9.99 each or in a compact for $12.99 each. I would highly recommend all of these blushes. They are all so buttery and soft and apply like a dream. The pigment is amazing and for the price point I don't think you can go wrong! MAC who?! 

I will be doing a review on the Vegas Lights palette soon, gorgeous eyeshadows for this time of year! Let me know if you have tried any Makeup Geek products before and what you got below in the comments! Or maybe you have a wish list? ;) 

Bye beauties! 

xXx