Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Current Everyday Makeup Routine

For today's post, I thought that I would share with you the makeup products that I am currently using on a day to day basis for a quick and easy/hardly any effort makeup look. Most days, especially when my only plans are to go to the gym and university, I even skip foundation and just use concealer all over. The only thing that is currently changing is the amount of eyeshadow I put on and the shades I choose, as this really changes the overall look. Most days, it is just a light shimmer shade though to make me appear more awake than I am, especially for those 9am lectures.

Products:
* Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
* L'Oreal True Match Foundation
* The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops
* Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
* Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
* Benefit Brow Zings
* Benefit Gimme Brow
* Urban Decay Naked or Naked 2 Palettes
* Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara
* Benefit Hoola Bronzer
* Soap & Glory Love At First Blush
* The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter
* MAC Faux or L'Oreal 640 Erotique Lipsticks

What products are you currently using?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 26 March 2017

L'Oreal 'Infallible Total Cover Foundation' Review

Two of the foundations that I regularly use at the moment are from L'Oreal - True Match and Infallible 24 Hour Matte - so when I heard about L'Oreal's latest release, their Infallible Total Cover Foundation, I knew I had to try it. 


This foundation promises to give a high coverage, with a matte finish. It has seven shades, and I bought the lightest one, 9 Light Sand. It is still slightly too dark for me, but nothing my whitening drops can't fix. It retails at £9.99, which I think is such good value for money, as this foundation will last a long time.


Yesterday I tested the foundation for the first time, during a trip to the cinema to see Get Out (weird but good film). I only wore it for a total of about six hours, so I haven't managed to test its wearability over a long period of time out yet, but I imagine that it is pretty good. 

It definitely has a matte finish that is noticeable as soon as it is applied. You could probably even get away with not setting it, except I have oily skin so I always do anyway just for back up. Even though it is matte, it is easy to blend and it builds easily. It is definitely full coverage, but the texture is lightweight so it doesn't look cakey. It covers up redness and imperfections, but you can still see freckles and your skin underneath, giving it more of a slightly natural look, that isn't too much for a day to day basis. 

I did not see a need to touch it up, and it looked just as good at the end of the night as it did when I first applied it. I will definitely keep using it and I would recommend it to almost everyone - it might not work for people with very dry skin as it does have the matte effect, but it is perfect for people with oily, combination or normal skin.

Have you tried this foundation?

Roisin <3

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Beauty Wish List Three

I love all things makeup, except the price. Whenever I notice a product that I want to buy, either from online shopping, blog posts or youtube videos, I write it down in my notes section on my phone, under the title Wish List. Then, every time I have saved up enough money, I go through and choose an item to buy. I have written two previous posts (here) showing what is on my current wish list, and so I thought I would do an updated version today. 



1 - 'Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation' £30: This foundation claims to be full coverage, whilst still being lightweight, which sounds perfect. It also comes in twelve shades, and so it is quite likely that one will be light enough for me. 

2 - 'Tarte Highlighter in Sparkler' £23: This is a rose gold highlighter, which I would love to try as I usually use a light gold/champagne shade, and recently I have just been obsessed with all things rose gold.

3 - 'Morphe Eyeshadow Palette in 35T' £23.50: If you haven't heard of Morphe by now, you have seriously been missing out. Their eyeshadow palettes are being raved about by everyone, and they're seriously affordable - this palette comes with 35 shades, making it just 60p per eyeshadow. The 35T is filled with gorgeous taupe and golden shades, with a mixture of mattes and shimmers.

4 - 'NARS Laguna Bronzer' £29: This bronzer has been loved for many years, but I have just not gotten around to trying it yet. It is supposed to be perfect for contouring on a lighter skin tone as it has no orange undertones.

5 - 'Jouer Lip Cream in Penny' £15: I saw this lip colour on a recent video of Shaaanxo's on Youtube (here), and instantly fell in love. It is a light pink/rose gold metallic liquid lipstick. It reflects the light beautifully, and is a unique colour without being too bold - it can definitely still be an everyday colour.

What products are on your wish list?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Body Shop 'Tea Tree' Range

At the beginning of the year, I bought a skincare gift set from The Body Shop, as one of my New Years Resolutions is to attempt to stick to a skincare routine and clear my skin. I have a couple of the face masks from this brand, and I think that they are really effective, so I wanted to look into more of their products. My favourite face mask at the moment is their Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask, so I looked for a set in the same range, which I found and bought, and am now going to share with you, in case you can still get it. I have only used some of the products a few times now, so I cannot really speak from experience yet, but who knows, if I like these products they might be featured in a favourites post soon.


This is the set all together. I got it for an amazing price - £25, when it is worth £38. It comes with five full size products, which are £5 each with this deal, which is such a bargain. The Tea Tree range combats oily skin and acne, as it has mattifying and skin clearing qualities, which is perfect for my skin type.


3-IN-1 Wash - Scrub - Mask (125ml)

This product can be used in three different ways, which intrigued me. To use it as a wash, daily, you wet your face with warm water, apply the wash and rub it in with circular motions until it foams up, and then rinse it off. To use it as a scrub, two to three times a week, you massage it gently onto damp skin, focusing on the t-zone, and then rinse it off. To use it as a mask, one to two times a week, you apply a thin layer onto a dry face and wait five to ten minutes for it to dry, and then rinse it off. I probably won't use it as a mask, as I already have the mask from the range, but it is good that this product is so diverse as then you don't have to spend extra money on different products. I like to use this in the morning.


Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser (150ml)

This product helps to remove make up, dirt and impurities from throughout the day, so I like to use this at night after I've taken my makeup off with either a wipe or micellar water, for an extra deep clean. You apply this onto your wet face and massage it in until it is lathered, and then rinse it off. This assures that my face is clean for the next few products.


Skin Clearing Mattifying Facial Toner (250ml)

This product is my favourite from this set so far. I use it after I have cleansed my face. I just pour it onto a cotton pad and sweep it over my face, focusing on my t-zone as that is where I get most oily. I can straight away feel it tingling, which is quite a nice sensation, and I think it does help to keep my face matte for longer. I use this at night and in the morning.


Mattifying Lotion (50ml)

This product is similar to a moisturiser. I apply it after I have toned my face, as it helps to control oil throughout the day. I use this only in the morning, before I start applying any makeup.


Night Lotion (30ml)

This product helps to prevent and treat acne overnight, so this is the last product I put on my face before bed, at night, to allow it the full time to sink in. I have noticed that this product really sinks into the skin quickly, which is different from other overnight treatments I've tried before which just sit on the skin, so I think this product will work for me.

Have you tried any products from this range?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

What I Got For Christmas

For my first blog post of 2017 I decided to share the presents that I received for Christmas. I have been seeing these posts everywhere recently and they seem to be very popular so I thought that I would jump on the bandwagon. I am very grateful for my presents, and I am not trying to show off - this is just a way that I can give you gift inspiration for upcoming birthdays and remember what I got.

Make Up




First of all, this eyeshadow palette is so hard to photograph because its all mirrored! It is beautiful though, so we'll forgive it. This is the Charlotte Tilbury 'Golden Goddess' Eyeshadow Quad and it is such a luxurious product. I haven't used this particular quad yet, but I have a different one that is beautiful, so I am expecting good things.






I also got this beautiful and quite 'out there' palette. This is 'Moondust' by Urban Decay and I was actually surprised about this present, which is rare as my mum usually asks for a pretty detailed description of what I would like for Christmas. It has eyeshadow shades that aren't exactly natural, but I want to play around with makeup and use new colours. Also, 'granite' and 'lithium' are beautiful shades that I would use quite a lot.


I bought this foundation in Dublin Airport with the money I got from one of my aunties. I have wanted to try this foundation since it came out pretty recently. It's 'All Nighter' by Urban Decay, as you may have guessed by its name, its supposed to be long lasting which sounds good for me as I have oily skin.


If you are familiar with my blog, you may know that I have been blessed with poker straight eyelashes (can you feel the sarcasm?), so my mum got me some new eyelash curlers. These are by Shu Uemura, which are the most recommended ones by the youtubers I watch. 



I got this lipstick from my brother and I had to take two pictures just so that you could see the shine reflecting from it. It is MAC 'Plum Dandy' and it is a beautiful purple/pink shade with gold glitter, making it look metallic. It is a really unusual shade, but I am excited to try it out.





This is a set of three mini lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury that are just so cute and small. They are all matte, and come in the shades 'Amazing Grace', 'Red Carpet Red' and 'Very Victoria'. They are all very wearable shades and I can't wait to try them, although part of me doesn't want to because they're so cute.


This is a full sized lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury called 'Glastonberry'. My cousin has it, and it is a bold dark berry purple shade that I tried on once and liked. Not the most wearable, but I wanted it anyway of course. 


My auntie got me this Charlotte Tilbury lipstick (sorry for the ongoing theme of CT) in 'Bond Girl' and I am obsessed. I have already worn it multiple times and it is a beautiful red shade with undertones of brown, so its more wearable than a bold red lip.

Miscellaneous


My mum saw this plaque in a cafe where we were eating on Christmas Eve Eve and just thought that it was perfect for me and then surprise, surprise, it turned up on Christmas Day under the tree. 


I got this R light from my auntie as my two cousins have one with their initial and I have always wanted one so that is pretty cool.


My mum got me this as a little jokey present - it is a rose wine with four coasters with funny slogans.


Also from my mum, I got a mermaid colouring book and, as per tradition, the People's Friend album which is a book with a selection of short stories.


Again from my mum, I got a really cute makeup bag and a pom pom keychain so that I can now always find my keys in my bag.

What did you get for Christmas?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Winter Nail Varnishes

I am ready for Christmas as soon as Bonfire Day is over. It is my favourite holiday, so I am forever in the mood. This includes painting my nails in festive colours ready for Christmas. Typically, the colour red springs to mind, but I like to save this for the week of Christmas, so I have put together a list of my favourite nail varnishes (that I own) that would be perfect for December, or just winter in general, with links where possible. Apologies in advance for the pictures - my lighting at university is terrible.



This is a gift set that I recently picked up from Boots of Essie nail colours that are perfect for winter. It comes in packaging that is designed to look like a Christmas cracker, so it could either make a perfect gift for someone who loves nail varnishes, or a great treat for yourself as part of Boots' three for two offer. Included in this set, are the shades; a cut above (a sparkly pink top coat), fiji (a pale pink), smokin hot (a purple with undertones of grey) and bordeaux (a red with undertones of purple). I would happily wear any of these shades, and with this set they are technically only £5 each, which is a good deal. Link here.

Reds


On the left, is a red shade, with very slight undertones of pink, from Ted Baker. This shade is always in season in my opinion, but is just extra on point around Christmas. Link here. In the middle, is a dark pink/almost red shade, with slight red glitter, from Essie called thigh high. This is my go-to shade during winter, I absolutely love it. Link here. On the right, is a new one I picked up recently from Barry M, called enchanted. This one is a good alternative, as it is not a traditional red colour. I would describe it more as a copper/burnt orange with slight red glitter, that has a duo-chrome effect where it looks gold/green in some light. Haven't tried it on my nails yet but I will soon. Link here.

Metallics


On the left, is a classic glittery gold shade from Revlon, called gold coin. Gold is another colour that I instantly think of whenever Christmas is mentioned and will never not be festive. Link unavailable as it was from their last collection. On the right, is a classic glittery silver shade from Rimmel, called shooting star. Silver is again, perfect for winter time as it reminds me of ice. Link here.


These metallics are a bit alternative. On the left, is a glittery pink shade from Mac, called girl trouble. This is a good colour for the people who prefer more girly colours all year round, as the glitter still adds a festive vibe. Link unavailable as it was from their last collection. On the right, is my current favourite colour. It is a rose gold shade from Maybelline, called rose veil. It has a matte, metallic look to it and is just so on trend right now. I cannot find a link for it on the boots website, but it was purchased recently in my Maybelline Haul

Top Coats


These two are shades that are slightly transparent, so I would suggest putting over another colour. On the left, it is a Tanya Burr nail varnish from her advent calendar last year, called carnival night. It is a purple, with big multicolour pieces of glitter. Perfect for someone who likes every colour. Link unavailable as it was from her last collection. On the right, is a confetti style polish with red and white glitter from Revlon, called daring graffiti. This is a cooler look that still features the red shades that are perfect for Christmas. Link here.

What are your favourite winter nail varnishes?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Wish List Inspiration

By now you have probably had the classic text or phone call from your parents asking you what you want for Christmas. Or, like my mum, asking for a whole list. I have compiled a list of products that I either have or want, to give you inspiration on what you could ask for, or for you to just buy yourself.

Makeup


1 - Charlotte Tilbury 'Bond Girl' Lipstick - This lipstick has been on my wish list for about a year and a half now. It is a beautiful brown shade with red undertones, in a matte formula in the prettiest gold packaging. It is £23.

2 - Zoeva Brushes - The set pictured is the set I got last christmas and these brushes are just perfect, but I would honestly recommend any of their sets, or just single brushes. They have the softest bristles, with chic black and gold handles. They are easy to clean and apply makeup brilliantly. The sets range from £35 to £200.

3 - NYX Contour Kit - Contouring has been a big trend for a while now, but I have been wary of trying it as I'm pale, so finding a shade that is natural is a problem. This kit does have the potential to be too dark, but it has at least one shade that could act as a contour for me, and the other three brown shades could be good bronzer shades. This is £18. 

4 - Zoeva 'Nude Spectrum' Palette - This palette has the perfect selection of nude, gold and bronze shades. They are very wearable colours for all skin shades, with a mixture of shimmer and matte finishes. I know I don't really need any more eyeshadow palettes, but a girl can never have too many, right? This is £28.50.

5 - NARS 'Laguna' Bronzer - I'm pretty sure almost everyone has heard of this product by now as it is one of NARS' best sellers. The shade looks suitable for paler skin, as it has more of a grey tone rather than an orange tone, so could work as a contour shade or a bronzer. This is £28.

6 - NARS 'Sheer Glow' Foundation - Christmas is the perfect time to ask for a refill of your favourite foundation, if it is on the pricey side. I love this foundation, and went through a whole bottle earlier on in the year, but I haven't been able to repurchase it yet as it is in the more expensive price range. This is £31.

7 - Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers - I have poker straight eye lashes, so curling them can be a struggle sometimes. These eyelash curlers are supposed to be amazing, and I have heard great reviews on youtube about them, so would of course like to try them on myself! This is £20.

8 - Charlotte Tilbury 'The Golden Goddess' Eyeshadow Quad - These shades are the type of shades that I could wear everyday of my life and not get bored. I have a different palette, 'The Dolce Vita', and the quality of those eyeshadows are very high. They have good pigmentation and shimmer, which I also expect of this palette. This is £38.

Miscellaneous


1 - Daniel Wellington 'Bristol' Watch - Not only do I love this watch as it is named after where I live, but it is also a beautiful watch, with a brown strap and rose gold around the clock face. What's not to love? This is £139.

2 - Casetify 'Emerald Doodle' Case - A way to keep pretending you got a new phone, is by updating the case. This phone case has a beautiful design of a flower, in greens and blues. This is £31.

3 - Michael Kors 'Selma' Handbag in Cinder - I just love the look of Michael Kors handbags, especially in this design. They look so chic, especially in this taupe colour. It is simple enough to go with any outfit, yet classy enough to be a statement bag. This is £310.

4 - Anna Saccone 'Capricorn' Necklace in Rose Gold - Anna Saccone is one of my favourite Youtubers. If you are not familiar, she is part of the Saccone-Joly's on Youtube (you should definitely check them out!). She has her own collection of necklaces, with a beautiful story behind them about her father, and the idea is that you get your star sign. I, obviously, love the look of it in rose gold. This is £64.

5 - Pandora 'Dazzling Daisy Band' Ring in Rose Gold - I'm clearly following a trend of rose gold at the moment. This ring is beautiful - either alone or stacked. Pandora jewellery is such high quality, for quite affordable prices (for a premium product). This is £75.

6 - Adidas 'Gazelles' Trainers in Pink - These trainers are beautiful. They are girly and cute, without being impractical. They are still comfortable and can go with jeans for an everyday look. This is £75.

7 - ASOS Mermaid Blanket in Pink - I mean, why has this not been a thing before? Of course I want to look like I'm a mermaid, whilst staying warm. Living in university accommodation, I am almost always on the cold side, so I feel like I need this now. There are many different versions of these blankets, but these ones on ASOS are £32.

8 - LUSH Bath Bombs - The bath bomb pictured is 'Intergalactic' which is a solid favourite, but I honestly recommend any bath bombs from LUSH. Bath bombs are such a great product, as they colour your bath and make beautiful patterns, but also relaxes you and nourishes your skin at the same time.

What is on your Christmas list?

Roisin <3