Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Beauty Edit

Spring Beauty Edit

Spring Beauty Edit

Praise the lord the weather is finally getting brighter although as I type this I am freezing, however the spring is here and things are getting brighter including our beauty picks. Spring is the time of year to dust off the heavy clothing and add a little colour to our skin. I love spring as it means bright nail polishes and sweet scented perfume. I have gathered up some new and some old favourites to get you ready for Spring time.

Starting off with adding some dewiness to the skin, I am loving Botanics Radiance Balm All Bright, this is a liquid highlighter but something that can be worn all over the face and not just applied to certain areas of the face. I usually apply a light layer under my foundation to give my overall look a dewy, healthy glowy finish . Such a nice product that is also meant to be a great dupe for Mac Strobe Cream for me I find myself comparing it to Origins Vita Zing in the way it leaves the skin looking without the tint release of course. 

Sticking with complexion adding a new blush into your routine is a great way to step it up this spring my choice is Maxfactor Creme Puff Blushes these are lightweight blushes that add a dewy look to the cheek but add a nice pop of colour. These blushes are finely milled to give you a super natural radiant look. My fave colours are Alluring Rose & Nude Mauve.

Cream eye bases are my favourite thing when it comes to spring time. I love the Kiko Eyeshadow sticks. There are so easy to apply, last all day and the pigmentation is amazing. These have been compared to ByTerry Ombre Blackstar pencils, only a lot more affordable. If you are checking these out be sure to pick up shade 05, an amazing rosy gold bronze shade. 

Lips are another thing I like to inject a little of colour into come Spring. I love a good pink lipstick at the best of times but come Spring I am pink and coral all the way. My top picks are Mac Viva Glam Miley Cyrus, Urban Decay Sheer Streak and if your on a budget Primark PS Love lipsticks, super affordable and really great quality. 

Lastly the finishing touches. I love bringing some bright and pastel shades to my nails. I have chosen to include Essie Tart Deco a pastel peachy, orange shade and Barry Speedy Dry Polish In A Heartbeat. Of course then we need to smell good this spring. I usually reach for my more sweeter perfumes come spring and summer time and I love Marc Jacobs Honey, plus the bottle is so pretty.

So there are my Spring Beauty picks. What do you reach for in the Spring? Have you tried any of these products? 

Some of the products mentioned in this post have been mentioned as dupes for some famous highend products check out my video. 






Continue Reading

Monday, March 23, 2015

Get Your Feet Ready For Spring & Summer


Get Your Feet Ready For Spring & Summer

Now the cold weather is behind us....kind of , its time to get our feet out of our boots and get them ready for the hotter months. Lets face it no one is blessed with pretty feet, in fact feet are gross. However there is no need why we cant get them looking top notch in time for Spring & Summer. 

My biggest gripe when it comes to feet after a long winter is dry hard skin especially on the heel. This sometimes leads to uncomfortable walking and gross looking heels ( cue the scholl advert)  so my cure for that is to exfoliate them or sand them down in less fancier terms. I love the Micro Pedi Emoji* tool for this. Its quick and easy and does not hurt one bit. You can also buy different head attachments for them depending on how bad your feet are and it will give you smoother feeling and looking feet within 5 minutes. You can use this tool once daily for over a week and it will guarantee you softer feet. Now if you don't want to fork out for one of those opt for a foot treatment. This one from Sanctuary Spa is amazing it literally just soothes the skin on the feet and gives them a softer texture over several uses. 

Another little trick I like to do is to soak my feet in a warm foot spa, this softens the skin on the feet and you can go in then with a pumice stone, or you can apply a deep nourishing lotion onto your feet and pop on your socks and leave them soak away over night. Simples. 

Once you have your feet back to their original softness its time to make them prettier. I love going for vibrant nail polishes on my toes in the spring and summer but before I paint them I like to get them into shape. I never used to shape my toe nails with a nail file it was usually just a nail clipper job and that's that, but after I broke two toes the nails never looked even so shaping them with a nail file is the only option for me. You be surprised how much more polished they look just from a simple file. When the nails are short and even its time to paint them whatever colour you fancy. 

So there are my tips on how to get your feet ready for Spring & Summer. I know not everyone likes to talk about feet but its important to look after them after all we do put a lot of pressure on them walking around everyday. 

How do you get your feet looking good? Have you tried any of these products?
Continue Reading

Sunday, March 22, 2015

VIDEO: Kiko Haul

Kiko Haul

Kiko Haul

So I went online shopping again. I know I have serious issues. Well in my defence Kiko had 20% off everything so technically it would have been foolish not to. I do love a bit of Kiko, probably one of my favourite things of going on holiday is when you see a fully stocked Kiko with super affordable makeup products that are amazing quality. I didn't go too crazy this time as I didn't see much I liked. To be honest I much prefer being in the store than being on their online store simply because there are very limited reviews of products online so shade selecting is hard. You see in the haul video I made some major errors, never the less I have learned my lesson. So feel free to watch the video. 


Products Mentioned:

Kiko Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation In 06 Warm Beige: http://bit.ly/1LHop7J

Kiko Smart Lip Liners in 713, 708, 701: http://bit.ly/1Cbm3I2

Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush In 03 & 08:  http://bit.ly/1GFbAnQ

Kiko Longlasting Stick In 38: http://bit.ly/19Hlrzi

Kiko Gel Look Ultra Glossy Effect Top Coat:  http://bit.ly/1EA4Epz

Kiko Polishes in 282, 510, 202, 211: http://bit.ly/1HjuK6l
Continue Reading

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Best Of Netflix Tv Shows #2


Every now and then I like to take a break from talking about makeup and all things beauty and talk about the other things I enjoy in and life and that is Tv Shows. I am a sucker for a new TV series and I thought I would gather up some more Netflix faves and maybe you will discover your next obsession. So without further a do lets get down to it. 

The Best Of Netflix Tv Shows #2

The Blacklist: Ok so this is basically about a man aka James Spader who is caught by the FBI and they make a deal with him to put criminals away who are on his 'list' but he only wants to work with Liz Keen. I don't want to spoil it for you so I will keep the description at that. However its very fast paced and exciting. The show has a different storyline every episode but it all connects and of course you get to know the characters within it. I really like this show even if James Spader sometimes annoy the crap out of me. 

The Best Of Netflix Tv Shows #2


Parks & Recreation: OH MY GOD. I have recently discovered this show and I have gone through 4 seasons in under 2 months. I am obsessed. Its so funny. The show is basically about a local government department who are in charge of public parks. I don't think there is one character in this show I don't like but I swear to god its one of those shows that will have you stitches every episode. It is similar to the Office US so if you loved that you will like this.  Also I now adore Amy Poehler. 

The Best Of Netflix Tv Shows #2

House Of Cards: This is an Netflix original programme and in one word it is the bomb. It is a political drama but don't let that put you off if that doesn't sound like your thing as this really is a top notch show. Kevin Spacey plays a  ruthless character so well its actually breathtaking. He is like the Walter White of the political world. Each episode will have you glued to the tv and wanting more. If you already watch this and want to steal Claire Underwoods Style I did a post on it.

The Best Of Netflix Tv Shows #2

The Walking Dead: Ok so when my cousin convinced me to start watching this I wasn't convinced. I have never liked Zombie movies so instantly thought this would not be for me but how I was wrong. The show is basically a fight for survival and it is so good. You get to know the characters and learn to love or hate them and the best thing, no one is safe. So its best not to have faves in this show. Also who can resist a southern american accent...spoiler alert this show has a lot of them (fave accent ever).

The Best Of Netflix Tv Shows #2

Better Call Saul: This is new to Netflix and is from the maker of Breaking Bad. As you may know if you watched Breaking Bad, the main character of the show Jimmy McGill aka Saul Goodman was in Breaking Bad as Walter White's lawyer well this show is based a few years before he meets WW. Its a show about his struggle to become an established lawyer. It is kind of funny even if its not meant to be but it does have a serious side to it. I won't say much about it as I don't want to give anything away but its a good watch. This is actually only on the UK netflix and is on a week to weeks basics. So you can't binge haha.

The Best Of Netflix Tv Shows #2

American Horror Story: I love this show, its so strange but that's what makes it good. The show so far has 4 seasons each season is a total different storyline with different characters but recurring actors . I think there are 3 seasons so far on Netflix the first one is good, the second season is probably my favourite and the third is just ok ( heads up the forth season is kinda meh) Best thing about this show you can pick what season you want to watch. Also the show is full of some amazing actors, Jessica Lange is like the Queen of this show and Evan Peters is a complete cutie and if your a Fleetwood Mac fan then you will love season 3 as the soundtrack is very Fleetwood heavy.  If your scared of horrors this isn't scary its just strange. So don't avoid it.

The Best Of Netflix Tv Shows #2

Bates Motel: I don't know what it is about this show but its very addictive. Its basically about a very psychotic young boy Norman Bates. You see his strange obsessive obsession of his mother and see how he became the psycho he is. Its a must watch and if you love the film Psycho you will love this. Plus I feel it needs to be said Freddie Highmore who plays Norman acting is just on point. Who else remembers him from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Also Vera Farmiga is amazing in this. 

So there are my second round of picks of Netflix tv shows. What do you watch and have you seen of these?

Check out my previous post of some Netflix Must Watch


Continue Reading

Thursday, March 19, 2015

VIDEO: Beauty Dupes & Drugstore Alternatives


So I have been gathering up some beauty dupes again and here there are. Hope you enjoy this video and if you have an alternatives to some well loved higher end products leave a comment below.

Products Mentioned: 

Dupe 1:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes: €35
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blushes: €11.49

Dupe 2:
Essie Watermelon Polish: €9.99
Kiko 361: €3.90

Dupe 3:
Mac Patisserie Lipstick: €19.00
Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker Gloss Stick In Nudist: €9.36

Dupe 4:
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Liner: €22.00
Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob: €5.49

Dupe 5:
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: €30
Botanics Iconic Clay Mask Shine Away: €9.99

Dupe 6:
Origins Vita Zing: €37.00
Botanics Radiance Balm All Bright: €7.99

Dupe 7:
Trilogy Rosehip Oil: €19.95
Botanics Facial Oil 100% Organic with Rosehip: €14.99
Continue Reading

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Pop Of Pink Spring Makeup Tutorial

A Pop Of Pink Spring Makeup TutorialA Pop Of Pink Spring Makeup Tutorial
A Pop Of Pink Spring Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone so Spring is finally here and so I am ditching the dark lip shades and opting to add a pop of colour to brighten up the day. Now the main reason I filmed this tutorial is because of my new obsession with Mac Viva Glam Miley Lipstick. I just love this lipstick. Its vibrant, easy to wear and gives my makeup a bright pop of colour. I created an eye look that an be worn in the day and brought into the night. Its quite classic, nothing too over the top as I wanted the lips to be the main focus however I popped in a new mac shade I recently got called Shale and I think it gives the look a really girly feel. So if you want to see how I created this look watch the video below. 

Products Used: 

Face
Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm
Revlon Colourstay Foundation
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush In Alluring Rose (review here) 
Nars Laguna Bronzer

Eyes:
Mac All That Glitters
Mac Blanc Type
Mac Shale
Mac Cork
Maxfactor False Lash Effect Mascara
Soap & Glory Brow Archery

Lips:
Mac Viva Glam Miley Cyrus


Continue Reading

Friday, March 13, 2015

Bedroom Makeover- Plus Video

Bedroom Makeover- Before & After

bedroom decor
So I have finally redecorated my bedroom. It was a long time coming. I said last year I was going to do it but couldn't decide on a colour. Then as soon as we rang in 2015 I made it my mission to stick to my decision of giving the room a makeover. 

The colour I choose is called Spotlight from Crown, I would say the colour is a soft grey with a slight blue/lilac undertone. When the sun shines through it looks very lilac. I do really like the colour even thought It wasn't how I imagined it. It did however take 3 coats to cover the pink and 3 days to dry between each coat as the weather is so cold at the moment that made painting impossible...not that I painted, I owe all that to my amazing mother, who simply said I am too clumsy to paint..Thanks Mum.
bedroom decor

bedroom decor

Bedroom Makeover- Before & After

Primark Room Decor


Most of my décor is from Primark/ Pennys, their homeware is on point at the moment and the shades I wanted were actually this seasons style so it all worked out perfect. I tried to keep a tiny amount of pink in the room as I do love the girly look but I tried to go for a more grown up elegant look. Enough rambling I will get started on where things are from etc and I will link the makeover video down below so you can see it up close etc. 
bedroom decor

bedroom decor

Bedroom Makeover- Before & After

bedroom decor

bedroom decor

Ok so the main thing I wanted in the room was a striking lamp shade on the ceiling. I picked this one up from Next and I love it. I did have to put it together myself but it literally took 10 minutes tops and just looking at it makes it worth it. Next I wanted to add some artwork to my room, as you might know I have set up an Esty  shop selling handmade typography prints. I made some for my new room one is Fleetwood Mac lyric that hangs over my bed in an Ikea frame and the other is a Michael Scott Quote from the Office US in a frame from Dunnes. I also picked up this friends quotes from a designer on Red Bubble which isn't matching with colour theme but I love it so much. 

I went a little candle crazy when I was in Primark picking up pink and grey candles and these cute little tin candles that have a funky design, I have two more stored away for further lighting. I also picked up this cute little owl candle which I plan on using more for décor rather than lighting. I went on a trip to Ikea and picked up this huge candle tray which I am using to store my perfumes and jewellery dish on and I picked up a small pretty candle holder in which I store my favourite Essie polishes. 

As for bedding it is from Heatons, which I got in the sale for €13..bargain and all the pillows are from Primark/ Pennys. I also want to pick up a fluffy snuggly throw for the bottom of the bed so I can snuggle and watch telly in the cold evenings but I still haven't picked it up. Not sure if I want a grey one or a pink one, let me know what you think.
Bedroom Makeover- Before & After

Bedroom Makeover- Before & After

Lastly I bought new wooden blinds from Argos as the previous PVC ones I had had broken as the dogs like to dive in them. So I opted for strong wooden ones. I love them as they add warmth to the room. Everything else is just stuff from my old design as I wanted to keep a strict budget on the design and overall I spent €235.75 the most expensive thing was the blinds and the paint. I think that is pretty good for a bedroom makeover. I mean I would have loved a new bed but my budget wouldn't allow it.

cocker spaniels

cocker spaniel

cocker spaniel


Let me know what you think in the comments below. 

Continue Reading