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Best Powder Highlighters for Glowing Skin!

I should just own up to problems, I’m Amy and I’m a highlighting product addict. How many is too many?! It would appear that I have no self control when it comes to glowing skin :-) I have tried mountains of them and here are my favourites of the powdered variety. I’ll record another on liquid and cream options and application tips since I use them in a different way.


Soap & Glory All Out Luminiser – a warm peach glow. It’s natural and really pretty. Love it! This one is the cheapest of the bunch at €14 / £11. I bought mine in Boots. Link

MAC MSF Perfect Topping – a subtle pink toned sheen. There’s no glitter in sight and the powder is finely milled. It’s very natural and subtle. It has been discontinued but I included it as it’s not very unique and is similar to a lot of cheaper pinky highlighters on the market.

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer – a champagne highlight. It works really well in conjunction with a matte bronzer as a contour. It’s warm toned and is the most intensely pigmented of the five. It’s important to add a little at a time of you’ll look like you have a stairway to heaven on your cheekbone!

Urban Decay Flushed – I absolutely love this bronzer, blush, highlighter trio. This is one of my top products of 2013. The highlighter shade is  a rosy, warm pink. You can swirl all the shades together if you like (€26) Link

Too Faced Pink Leopard Highlighting Bronzer – a warm bronzy highlighter.  It’s light in tone so works on fair skin without looking dirty. I have hit pan and I will definitely re-purhcase.


If you are looking for another affordable option I recommend Prestige Sun Baked Mineral Bronzer in Pure Shimmer. It may be called a bronzer but its a highlighter. Mine is finished up which is the only reason I didn’t include it. A little goes a really long way so tread carefully.  

New Camera


I recorded today using the new Canon Legria Mini which is designed for vloggers and youtube video makers. Its really quick and handy to use. It was sent to me to see if I liked recording with it, so far I likes. Obviously not being compensated, just me and my own opinions as per usual :)

I hope you enjoyed the video! I’ll be uploading another one tomorrow :)

Giveaways / Competitions, M.A.C, Make-up, YouTube Videos

MAC Starter Kit Recommendations & Giveaway

I have had so many requests over the past year or so to record a MAC Starter Kit Video. If I was to go back in time to my first mac shopping trip what would I buy knowing what I know now sort of a video. Here are my recommendations! I’m also giving away all of these products – not mine obviously, new ones :) That makes 4 eyeshadows, 1 blush, 1 eyeliner, one lipstick and one lipgloss.

Best of luck if you’re entering! Thanks for watching.

Amy x


M.A.C, Make-up, Make-up Brushes / Tools, Perfume / Fragrance, Urban Decay, YouTube Videos

April Favourites Video

Here is my April Favourites video. I have changed my make-up routine a lot in the last month or two so it was fun to record this one. All of the products I mentioned are listed below, as are any links to swatches I mentioned. Thanks for watching! :)

Links to Swatches/Reviews mentioned:

YSL Nail Lacquer Swatches Link!
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Full Review Link!
Benefit Some-Kinda-Gorgeous Review Link!

Products I mentioned:

Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer – Nude
Daniel Sandler Mascara
Maybelline Gel Liner
Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip
Laura Mercier Powder
YSL Lacquer 22 Beige
YSL Lacquer Coral
HD Brows
MAC Peaches
Sigma Tapered Blending Brush
Jemma Kidd All over Radiance Cream in Iced Gold
Avon Lip Liner
NYX Whipped Lip Gloss
Fendi edt

Think that’s everything!

Any favourites??

Amy x

Hauls, M.A.C, Make-up, Swatches

A MAC haul to start off the New Year…

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the festivities over the past few weeks. Like most of I’m sure, my house is still chocker with boxes of sweets and yummies. Mine will be swiftly dealt out amongst my family before I savage through them. Santa treated me to a few new make-up bits so I’ll post about them over the next few days. I am also thinking about my beauty resolutions so when I have committed I’ll share. Anyone get any new make-up?

Back to business…what better way to start a new year of blogging than with a MAC haul :) I haven’t been in MAC for quite a while so I was expecting to feel overcome with greed. Instead I left underwhelmed but with a bag containing a few items that had been on my list for a while.

Clockwise from top left – Trax, Rice Paper, Well Dressed Blush, Fillament, Shale.


Well Dressed Blush – it’s predecessor smashed into a million pieces. I popped all the remnants I could salvage back into the pan and attempted to use it as normal. I ended up with blobs of pink all over my face. This is a smooth true soft pink. It is just beautiful. If you’re after a natural soft pink flush, buy it. It’s perfect.

Rubenesque Paint Pot – Golden Peach with gold pearl. This one has been on my list for ages. I use Painterly Paint Pot almost every day but wanted one that is pretty enough to be worn alone. This is it! Pure class.

Shale Eyeshadow -Satin finish. Mauve-plum with subtle shimmer.This is a beautiful looking shade of plum with greyish tones. It’s not as pigmented as many of MAC’s other satin finish shadows. I applied it in the crease over a pink. The result was amazing unfortunately it made my eyes look sore. This is one for brown, green or hazel eyes – would make a great alternative smokey eye shade.

Trax Eyeshadow – Velvet Finish. Burgundy plum with gold shimmer. So far, quite a bit of fallout, even over primer and it’s not that pigmented. There is no intensity to this shade despite it’s beauty in the pan. However it does reflect nicely in the light. Once again, made for green eyes. I regret this one.

Fillament Eyeshadow – Lustre finish. This is described as a platinum silver, I don’t think that is an accurate description. It’s gorgeous in the pan! It’s even gorgeous when you swatch it under the store lights. Unfortunately, the fall-out is ridiculous. There is also very little colour pay-off and far too much shimmer chunks! If you’re looking for silver check out Silver Ring or Electra.

Rice Paper Eyeshadow – Frost finish. This is a peachy gold with shimmer. I Love it! This shadow is almost buttery and very blendable. Much better than a stark white for highlighting the inner eye.


Here are a few swatches I took in natural light…

Left to Right: Fillament, Rice Paper, Shale, Trax, Well Dressed.


Rubenesque Paint Pot


Thoughts on any of these? Combinations?

Dying to know if anyone got a any new make-up!! Off to work on my beauty resolutions. Catch you ladies later.

M.A.C, Make-up, Swatches

My MAC Neutral Palette… (Video, Review, Swatches, Favourites, Combos)

I promised a video on my my mac neutral palette months ago. I’m only just getting around to it now. I know, I’m a disgrace.

I’ll start with some swatches and leave the video at the bottom of the post….

Row 1: Phloof, Shroom, All That Glitters, Omega Patina, Mythology

Row 2: Woodwinked, Tempting, Mulch, Sable, Satin Taupe, Tempting

Row 3: Antiqued, Beautyburst, Coppering, Fashion Groupie, Twinks, Embark, 100 Strokes

Row 4: Coppering, Sketch, Beautymarked, Cemetry, Club

Left to Right: Phloof, Shroom, All That Glitters, Omega Patina, Mythology


Left to Right: Woodwinked, Tempting, Mulch, Sable, Satin Taupe, Tempting


Left to Right: Antiqued, Beautyburst, Coppering, Fashion Groupie, Twinks, Embark, 100 Strokes


Left to Right: Coppering, Sketch, Beautymarked, Mystery, Club


And for the video….


General, Lips, M.A.C, Make-up

Using just about anything to store lipsticks!

There are lots of fancy ideas out there for storing lipsticks and lip glosses. Personally, I like to use things I have lying around the house. I had two watch boxes that were going to go in the bin after Christmas so I decided to salvage them and use them for lipstick organisation – man, I love make-up organisation :)

I keep my favourite MAC lipsticks in one box – the ones I reach for regularly – and my favourite glosses in the other.


And the glosses – a tad messier!


The rest of my lipsticks are stored in a Body Shop Gift box – yes, I literally keep everything for organisation ideas :)

I also used to keep the odd take-away boxes (the plastic ones) and store lotions in them.

How do you store your lip products?

M.A.C, Previews/Launches

Bye, bye MAC Blush Creme – Hello Cremeblend!

I am obsessed with cream blushes at the moment – I sense a video coming :) I know lots of you are cream fans too.

Those of you who had horrible allergic reactions to MAC’s Blush Creme’s  can rejoice! MAC have replaced them with Cremeblends. They are an entirely new formulation so maybe those of you who hated them before might enjoy them now.


They are available in 6 shades, all of which have been added to the permanent collection.

  • Posey  (original blush creme) Warm peach
  • Brit Wit (original blush creme) Dusty, rose mauve
  • So sweet, So easy – (new colour) Bright yellowy pink
  • Something Special – (new colour) Light peachy coral
  • Tea Petal – (new colour) Mid reddish brown
  • Ladyblush – original blush creme – warm neutral coral

The difference

The texture is a little different. Creme blends are a little tackier than the old blush cremes but the colour is practically the same on.


I use the stippling technique to apply cream blushes, be it with a brush, sponge or my fingers. You could use the MAC 188, which is  smaller than the 187, it’s duo fibre stippling brush and it’s made for application of products like this. You can also use your fingers of stipple, to be honest that’s how I usually apply them to my own skin.

I’m thinking of picking up Posey, So Sweet, So Easy and maybe Something Special. Oh and possibly Ladyblush. Well, I do really love cream blushes :)

Uh oh!

They are available in the US already but we have to wait another few weeks here in Ireland.

Which shade appeals to you? Do you like cream blushes?

M.A.C, Make-up, Previews/Launches

MAC Wonder Woman Collection – Are you biting?

A few of you have asked me what I will be buying from MAC’s Wonder Woman Collection when it launches in Dublin on Thursday. It got me thinking…

First, let me say that I’m not a Wonder Woman fan. In fact, I’ve never seen the show, although I’m familiar with the outfit :) I pretty much hate the packaging, it reminds me of those rolls of chewing gum my parents used to bring back from Spain in the 80’s. It won’t look pretty in my handbag so the products need to be amazing for me to splurge.

I have read countless reviews and have formed an impression on the collection before I have even seen it, which isn’t good. I hear the quads aren’t great quality, the penultimate eyeliner is awkward and Golden Lariat MSF is hard to wear.

The blush duos seem to be the highlight of the collection. Amazon Princess and Mighty Aphrodite Blush Duo really appeal to me but it remains to be seen whether the packaging puts me off.

I will pay my MAC counter a visit but I suspect the packaging will put me off.

What do you think of the collection? Have you any purchases planned?


General, M.A.C, Perfume / Fragrance

A Friday Waffle!

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m feeling quite crappy today thanks to a chest infection so I decided a ‘Friday Waffle’ was in order since I can’t seem to focus, or string sentences together for that matter.

So here are some shallow things that are belting around my bunged up head:

1. Packaging – No, you do not need this!

I am an absolute sucker for packaging. I know it’s ridiculous, I know it’s fickle but I just can’t help it. These days I tend to refrain from buying something for such a stupid reason but hey, that won’t stop be admiring beautiful things. I came across this image of L de Lolita Lempicka this morning whilst perusing perfume reviews online.

This has my name all over it! A few thoughts ran through my head – wouldn’t it look gorgeous on my dresser, I need a new perfume (LIAR!), this bottle was made for me… you get the idea. It occurred to me several minutes later that I hadn’t even considered the fragrance itself. Put your credit card down Amy!


2. Kitch Kitchen items – I just can’t stop

My kitchen looks like Cath Kidson threw up all over it.

I do love kitch items for my kitchen. They make me smile. They also make my tea taste nicer :) I have to keep myself out of shops like Avoca and Cath Kidson at this stage, I have enough and I need to stop.

3. MAC’s  Peacocky Collection

I got all excited on the Irish launch date, headed in to Brown Thomas, swatched everything, left with nothing. Tweet Me was the Mega Metal shadow that caught my eye but it looked too similar to shadows I already own. All of the colours are gorgeous but they are very similar to existing and previously released shades. 

4. A spoof video that sums up Ireland right now – gene for alcoholism, illegal activity masked by the term ‘the craic’, mass immigration… couldn’t be more true!


The Eleventh Hour 19th Minute RTE

and finally for something less shallow…

5. It’s election day – woo hoo!

Now I need to bundle up in this fine Spring weather, pack some tissues and head out to vote. Ah, the things we do for our country :P


Being sick sucks! I hope you all have lovely Friday plans, let me know so I can sulk.


MAC Painterly Paintpot – A Necesity!

Why oh why did I wait so long to buy Painterly Paintpot by MAC?! I finally picked it up in Chicago in December and have used it every day since.

I have a few paintpots in my collection and to be honest this is the only one I own that I would recommend. I once had Delft and Girl Friendly which are gorgeous but not very practical. I prefer Painterly as it can be used every single day, regardless of the shade of eyeshadow you choose.



And some swatches…



Bear in mind that I swatched Painterly on my inner arm and hand, both are a few shades lighter than the skin on my face. When applied to my lids it’s pretty much the same shade as my skin, it may be a little lighter actually which is ever better.

It keeps your eyeshadow on all day, it doesn’t crease and it ensures the shadow you apply looks true to the pan colour when it’s applied to your eyes.

In my opinion, discoloration on eyelids is something that always needs to be corrected before you apply eye shadow. Many people have a purple or blue hue tot heir lid that makes them look tired and older. If you prepare the area and  get rid of the discolouration your make-up will look a hundred times better.

I used to apply concealer and powder to my lid before eyeshadow and that’s really the reason I never bought Painterly. I wondered why I would need it that technique worked fine. I was very wrong. Painterly is much thinner and easier to apply than concealers and setting powders. Most days I don’t even look in the mirror when I apply it.

Bottom line – do you need this? Yes, yes and hell yes!!

What are your thoughts on paint pots?