Tuesday, 7 March 2017

💜Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation Review💜

Hey guys! 

Happy Tuesday, hope your week is going well so far!! I've been testing out some new beauty products over the last few weeks and today I'm sharing my thoughts on the new Power Fabric liquid foundation by Giorgio Armani.

I had never tried anything from the Armani cosmetics range and was intrigued a few months ago when I passed the counter in Brown Thomas. I had heard so much about the Luminous Silk foundation but was a bit unsure on spending €46 on a foundation aimed towards people with dry skin so I went for the power fabric instead.

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation
Power Fabric is described as a full coverage foundation with a matte velvety finish. As I have combination skin I like my liquid foundation to have a more matte finish rather than dewy. There's nothing worse than thinking your foundation is holding up well only to discover halfway through the day that your looking like a disco ball! For me, I like how it applies with a beauty blender the most. I tried various brushes but the beauty blender is definitely the winner. It gives a lovely smooth even finish and makes it very easy to layer the foundation if you want a super high coverage look. One layer with the beauty blender gives a medium to full coverage look whereas one layer with a flat top brush will give you full coverage without the second layer but it's not as smooth a finish. 

Shade 02 swatched up REAL close - bottom half is blended :)
I find I still need to set my face, especially in my oily areas but if you were normal to dry you would get away without having to use powder. Now for the €49 price tag is it worth it? Yes and no. For me I do like how this looks but I find even after setting with powder it still transfers. I do touch my face a lot during the day and rest my chin in my hands but if you want something bullet proof this won't be for you. Having said that I love the colour on me (I wear shade 02) and that's important as I find it so hard to match my weirdo skin tone! Everything is either too yellow or pink toned but this is just right. Goldilocks moment! :)

Power Fabric foundation in natural light, excuse my fluffy hair!
If your interested in trying this out I'd head to your nearest Armani counter and get a sample to take home. I always find it's better to take a sample and decide wether you like it after a few days rather than making a snap decision on the day :)

Have you tried out this foundation or any of the other Armani cosmetics range? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!

Bye beauties!

xXx

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The Best Of London Fashion Week 2017

Hey guys!

Have you been glued to LFW as I have the past week? I've mostly been watching the shows through Snapchat which is great as you get little snippets from all your favourites.

I was HOOKED to Eimear Varian Barry's Snapchat for Julien McDonald. If your not following Eimear you really need to! Her Intsagram is just beautiful and she's a fellow Corkonian :) She's very refreshing and honest too which is rare for bloggers these days. She was chosen to work with the brand so she took her followers along for the day backstage. The show took place at Goldsmiths' Hall at the junction of Foster Lane and Gresham Street which looked out of this world.

Here are some of the beautiful looks during the show:

Picture courtesy of FILIPPO L'ASTORINA
Picture courtesy of FILIPPO L'ASTORINA
 Picture courtesy of FILIPPO L'ASTORINA
Another show which I really enjoyed was by Bora Aksu, a Turkish designer based in London. The style was a bit quirky with lots of patterns, high necks and collars (my favourite!). 

Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk 
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Manuel Facchini's clothes were TO DIE FOR! 

Look at the beauty:

Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionweek.co.uk
Picture courtesy of www.londonfashionwweek.co.uk

So what were your favourite designers this year? Paris fashion week is just around the corner, I can't wait!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Bye beauties!

xXx

Monday, 6 February 2017

2016 Beauty Favourites & Fails

Hey beauties!

 I'm rounding up my favourite products that I swore by in 2016 just for you. I'm also throwing in a few fails that I had the misfortune of wasting my money on so you don't have to :)

I'll get straight to it and start with my holy grail concealers of the year. I have a high end and a budget option that are both FAB. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer was a definite favourite of mine, so much so that mine has run out and I need to purchase another pronto. It's ok though because I'm currently using my second favourite which is the  Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and it's only €5.99! Sure where would you be going for that price? Straight down to Boots to buy a few more :)

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair. Picture from www.boots.ie
Foundation last year was a tricky one for me. I fell back into a routine of using my Chanel Perfection Lumiere which is really nice. It has medium to full coverage with SPF 10. 

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Liquid Foundation. Picture from www.chanel.com
 The only thing I don't like is the smell! It's like it was thrown in a pile of old roses and then bottled.....so I ended up falling back on an oldie but a goodie, the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation. Always a winner really.

I did have an unpleasant experience with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. What's magic about it I hear you ask? Well, it's a disaster on oily/combination skin which is who it is targeted for. TA DAH! Magic huh?! I really hated this and was so disappointed when I tried it. Now I did use this until it was gone, so I gave it a fair trial but it was everything I hate in a foundation. It became shiny in parts after a few hours wear and broke down on certain parts of the face even when set with powder....no, just no. A definite foundation fail and it wasn't cheap.  Sorry Charlotte! :(

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. Picture from www.charlottetilbury.com

A saving grace after that awful experience was that I found THE BEST eyeshadow palette in 2016. I'm not even exaggerating, this is no joke people! The Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette was my favourite thing of 2016 by far. To be honest it's my favourite eyeshadow palette of all time and you can see why here

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
On the negative side my least liked palette was the Morphe 35O. When it first arrived I was delighted. Warm browns, coppers, oranges, what's not to like? Well most of them fell out of the palette and broke the first time I used it so there was that. So I ended up taking the palette apart and transferring all the shadows into a Z palette.

Morphe Brushes 35O Nature Glow Palette before the incident!

 I think if you were starting out in makeup the 35O would be ideal. It's cheap and cheerful and you get a lot of shadows for the price. HOWEVER they are hard to blend, there's a lot of fall out, they're patchy and they disappear from the eyes even with a primer after a few hours wear unless you really pack them on. Also there is the whole Morphe private labelling topic which you can decide for yourself on but I'm not going to get into that. That's a story for another day my friends! Going from using the Modern Renaissance to the 35O, there's just no comparison. 

Lastly are some of my favourite nail polishes and stamping plates.  I think OPI will always be my go to polish. As you can see here I have one or two....

 

I did discover another brand that I totally fell in love with which was ILNP which stands for I Love Nail Polish. Cute right? They do the most amazing holographic polishes that are mesmerising! 

 

The best stamping plates and polish I tried were from Moyou London. They have so many plates to choose from and a lot of colour varieties for their stamping polish. A great company to check out if your a nail fanatic like myself.

Moyou London stamping polishes. Picture from www.mouyou.co.uk

Well that's it. What were your favourite products of 2016? Anything you regret buying? Let me know in the comments! 

Bye beauties!

xXX