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Hauls, Make-up, Swatches

Glamour Doll Eyes Eyeshadows Arrival & Swatches

I have been dying to try Glamour Doll Eyes eyeshadows. I mentioned that I ordered a big batch of samples so I could try them – more on that in a few days time. In the meantime, six pots arrived from the lovely ladies so I could try out the brand. The shades are gorgeous!


Swatches… (all taken in natural light over foundation)


Typical Girl A light purple with some pink hues. I love how reflective this shade is. It’s so pretty yet still elegant.

Love Affair A pinky, goldish color. It’s very easy to wear and doesn’t emphasise redness. It’s soft and delicate.

Tattooed A very unique blend of matte and shimmer. This color includes a bright blue mixed with a gorgeous shimmery purple. The finish on this is amazing! It’s so smooth and soft yet incredibly intense.

Ahoy Sailor! A gorgeous matte dark blue. Another intense one. Love it!

Royal Assasin This is a dark matte purple that also has a gold and green sparkle. It’s pretty unique in my eyes and looks gorgeous blended into the crease of the eye.

Undead A black with red undertones/sheen, however, some have said that it as a maroonish color to it. This is the perfect smoking out shade. I love the finish.


I think it’s safe to say that I’m a fan :)

I have a tutorial planned, can’t wait! In the meantime I will be bringing these and all of the samples I bought on holiday with me so I can experiment with colour combinations. It will also give my MAC neutrals a rest for a while, enough already.

You can buy them here Link! Full size 5g shadows for $6 each. Sample jar $2.50 (1g), sample baggie $1.25 (.5g).

Have you any experience with mineral eyeshadows? Tried GDE?

Hauls, Make-up Brushes / Tools

Review: Vortex Professional Brush Kit by Ren Ren for Sedona Lace

I have been dabbling with the Vortex Professional brush kit by Ren Ren for Sedona Lace. Thought it was time to share my thoughts. I’m sure you have all heard of Ren Ren! She is an amazing self-taught make-up artist come beauty blogger.

Let me start by saying that this isn’t one of those collaborations where a blogger/vlogger puts their name to a product that has no thought put into it. It’s clear Ren chose good quality, practical brushes. They are soft and supple yet sturdy. The bottom line is that this kit is great value. It comes with a brush belt for $79.95 or without for $69.95 – I say go for the one with the belt. It’s really soft and doesn’t feel at all cheap.


A closer look….

Left to Right:

Synthetic Blender – EB 13 : Use it for eyeshadow, eye base or concealer. Great for blending out the crease of the eye.

Pointed Crease – EB 15 : The tapered top makes this brush ideal for crease work and small eyes.

Universal Blender – EB 09 : This is a blender brush for eyes. I prefer to use it for crease blending but sometimes use it for all over application.

Detailed Shader – EB 21 : A small shader for more precise work. Good for smudging the lash line and packing on colour.

Flat Synthetic – EB 11 : Great for concealer and liquid eyeshadows.


From bottom:

Bent Liner – EB 19 : Great for those who have difficulty applying liquid liner. Gives a clean edge.

Brow Spoolie Duo – EB 17 : The angled brow side has more stiff bristles to help get the shadow into the brow naturally. The spoolie side is to blend out harsh lines.

Capped Lip Brush – LB 23: Comes with a lid that balances the brush for application when popped on the back.


Left to right:

Jumbo Fan – FB 01: This brush is designed for even distribution of powder based products- from catching eyeshadow fallout to applying bronzer.

Tulip Contour – FB 03: This one is a contour brush but also doubles as a cream foundation blender.

Flat Top Buffer – FB 07: This flat top buffer is designed for foundation application.  The top helps buff in powder, liquid, or cream foundation and gives an airbrushed finish. I like to use this damp.

Dome Contour – FB 05: Great for contouring. This is a dense brush which buffs in contour shades.  I also like to use this for liquid foundation when I want a bit more coverage.

The set comes with a brush belt which is a good deal. It’s soft and supple. My favourite thing about it is that it can be worn around your waist and zipped up. No other brush belt I have is that convenient.

You can have a closer look at the brushes on Sedona Lace’s website.  Link!

What is your favourite brush set?

Hauls, Skin Care

Valentine’s Glossy Box…

I always get exited about the arrival of Glossy Box each month but when I saw the Valentines box I squeeled with delight (yes, I’m that easily pleased!)

Pink, pink, pink….

The contents did not disappoint!

This month includes:

  • Davines Authentic Formulas Moisturizing Balm – full size 150ml. (worth £17.40)
  • Davines Authentic Formulas Cleansing Nectar
  • Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner – full size (worth £9.50)
  • Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer – Dewy (5ml)
  • First Aid Beauty Gentle Body Wash (56.7g)

… oh and a yummy Glossy box sweetie, which of course made me smile.




The star of this months box for me has to be the full size Moisturising balm (this couldn’t have come at a better time)…

All of this is a beautiful special edition bright pink box. I’m a happy woman!

You can subscribe to Glossy Box here if you’re interested – Link!


This couldn’t have come at a better time of year

Fashion & Accessories, Hauls

Bargain of the week! Shoes glorious shoes…

I picked up these shoes yesterday and had to share. They were an absolute bargain!

I bought them in a shop in the Ilac Centre (Dublin). Before I get to the shop I have to admit that I haven’t been in the Ilac Centre for years. Not since  my Nannie used to leave me sitting on the rocks around the fake waterfall with a  bar of Dairy Milk (back in the good aul days when it was safe leaving your child somewhere public) while she did her shopping. Anyway, I used their car park yesterday and had a wander.

I digress…

The shop is called Cans and sells only Coverse style and Vans style shoes – not the real thing mind you, nor are the supposed to be copies They’re just in-the-style-of.

I saw eight pairs that I really liked but eventually settled on this khaki pair. The best part is that they only cost €15!! They’re lovely on and I am positively delighted with myself.I  should mention that if it’s necessary to try them on before you buy as there is not a whole lot of consistency with sizing.

Outfit of the Day posts featuring these cuties to follow.

Any bargains this week?

Hauls, Make-up, YouTube Videos

Haul Video…

Time for a little haul :) I picked up some Laura Mercier, Benefit and some Make Up For Ever products with a few other Sephora goodies.

Thanks for watching! x

Glitz & Glam Swatches Link!



Too Faced Pink Leopard Brightening Bronzer
The Best of Make For Ever kit
Sephora Glitz & Glam
Benefit mini kit
Make Up For Ever Matt Velvet Foundation
Snag Free Hair Bands


*Disclaimer: All of the opinions expressed in this video are entirely my own. I have not been sponsored by any of the brands mentioned in this video.

Hauls, Make-up Brushes / Tools

Beauty tool shopping…

How many brushes and sponges does one face need? Quite a lot apparently :)

That being said, I was quite good in Chicago and came home with only three this time.


1. Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Flat Top Multi-Purpose brush

This bush received 4.7 out of 5 on Make Up Alley and has been raved out by many a beauty guru. Of course, I had to have it. I picked it up for $14 in Target. Although you can use it for powder and blush I plan to use it for foundation application. I am envisaging a flawless application… fingers crossed this one delivers.

2. Sonia Kashuk Bent Eye Liner Brush

This one was also raved about on Make Up Alley (4.6/5). This is my first experience with a bent brush. I have quite a few eye liner brushes in my possession, Bobbi Brown being my favourite. All of my favourite gel liners have dried out so I look forward to testing this brush properly when I pick up another one. Bobbi Brown gel or MAC Fluidline?


3. Make Up For Ever Elipse Sponge

I have purchased this little guy quite a number of times. It’s my favourite sponge. I like the shape for getting in to all the little nooks and crannies of the face. I also love the texture. I use it damp and use it to stipple on my foundation. It gives a gorgeous no make-up sort of a look. Of course you could use it dry for more coverage. I remember these sponges being more porous than this one, I wonder if they have changed it. This one reminds me of the Laura Mercier sponge whereas my old one was more akin to a beauty blender. I bought mine for $11 from Sephora but there is a Make Up For Ever on Clarendon Street, Dublin, which I often use.

On another note, this is the only type of communication I have had today – no, I haven’t become a hermit. I have just had braces applied to my lower teeth. I also had the top tightened which has left me with a face that hurts when I talk. Boo. Think I’ll just go to  bed and try to sleep through it…. although One Born Every Minute is on…

What are your favourite sponges or brushes?