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Official Make-up Breakdown: Estee Lauder at Fashion Week NY




Eyes: Silver (metallic finish) and Black (shimmer finish) shades – Two NEW Estée Lauder EyeShadows Tested Backstage – Shades Launching Autumn 2011 Highlight shade – NEW Estée Lauder Illuminating Powder Tested Backstage – Launching Autumn 2011

Eyebrows: Automatic Brow Pencil

Lips: NEW Estée Lauder Nude Matte Lipstick Tested Backstage – Launching Autumn 2011

Cheeks: Bronze Goddess Soft Duo Bronzer – below cheek

Face: Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10 Lucidity Translucent Loose Powder
NEW Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator – Launching Summer 2011

Skin: DayWear Plus Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15



  • Makeup by Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder
  • Nails by Jin Soon Choi for Estée Lauder
  • Spokesmodels – Liu Wen and Joan Smalls


What do you think of the look?

Pamper Day at The Body Shop ‘Brush with Fashion’ Launch

The Body Shop are launching their Brush With Fashion Spring 2011 make-up collection this Thursday in Dublin, and Friday in Cork and Galway. The launch is from 5 – 9pm.

To celebrate the launch The Body Shop have teamed up with other retailers to pamper you from head to toe this Valentines Day. Customers will receive 20% off all Body Shop products purchased on the evening.

The evening will be filled with facials, makeovers and hand & nail massages.

The make-up collection was designed in collaboration with the London College of Fashion. See my post on the collection.

I might see you there, I have been meaning to pick up some of their fragrance sprays.

Preview: Isa Dora ‘Fanciful’ Spring Collection

Here’s a little look at Isa Dora’s ‘Fanciful’ Spring Collection which will be on sale on the 7th of February. It looks so pretty.


Lilac Daydream – Eye Focus Eye Shadow €9.95



Glow Stick Blusher ‘Rose Bud’ €14.95


Jelly Kiss Lipstick €12.95

Personally, I’m looking forward to trying the blush stick, the lipstick, the blue polish, ooh and maybe some eyeshadows :) They look so pretty!

I found Isa Dora products in my local Unicare pharmacy. I used to buy the eyeshadow quads and lipglosess a few years ago from Roches Stores, ah Roches – we miss you.

What are your thoughts?

NEW! Yes to Blueberries: Anti-Aging Products Under €25!

You probably know by now that I’m a fan of Yes to Carrots. I was happy to hear that have launched an anti-ageing range called Yes to Blueberries, age-refresh.  The range has been created to fight the signs of ageing by improving skin firmness and diminishing fine lines.

“Yes to Blueberries is the ideal companion to the skins natural ageing process. It actively aids the skins own ability to regenerate, helps reduce signs of ageing while deeply moisturising”.


Overnight Hydrating Cream €19.99 (50ml)


Daily Repairing Moisturizer €19.99 (50ml)


Intensive Skin Repair Serum €24.99 (30ml)

Eye Firming Treatment €22.99 (15ml)

Yes to Blueberrries Daily Smoothing Cleaners €12.99

I’ve tried the cleanser myself and really liked it. It smells like honey and is very mild. I should point out that the product isn’t actually blue like you would expect (I suppose that makes sense since it’s the skin of a blueberry that’s blue).

These products are available at Sam McCauley Chemists, selected pharmacies around Ireland and also online at If you live in the US you can order directly from the Yes to Carrots website.

Do you like Yes to Carrots products?

OPI Catwalk Nails by Katy Perry

Katy Perry has produced  nail polish range with OPI. There are four colours in the collection which are said to reflect her love of street style.

OPI Teenage Dream


OPI The One that Got Away


OPI Last Friday night

OPI Not Like the Movies

Each colour can be worn as a colour on its own or layered with the Shatter Black top coat formula which is also part of the collection. The black creates a cracked pattern when worn over the dried bright layer.


What are your first impressions?

Hello Kitty at Sephora

This post is for all the Hello Kitty fans! Sephora have launched a Hello Kitty range. I know that some of my readers are from the US and have access to Sephora but for the rest of us we’ll have to wait until we visit or have some friends or relatives who love us enough to pick us up make-up :) I use by bundlebox address for the occasional Sephora order and ship to Ireland through them.

Anyway, here’s a little look.

Say Hello Palette $35

The palette contains four eyeshadows and four lip glosses; the eyeshadows are Raindrop (gray), Sugar Plum (pale lilac), Goodnight Dreams (black) and Sweet Plum (purple). The glosses include Snowflake (white), Strawberry Cookies (browny pink), Pink Confetti (pink) and Sweet Plum (purple).

Hello Kitty Brush Set $49

The set includes brushes for the face, eyeshadow, shader/blender, angled eyeliner, lip brush and collectable brush container.

Hello Kitty Edp 50ml $55

Sweet, sparkling and pretty with notes of Cassis Sorbet, Italian Mandarin, Magnolia Blossom, Freesia, Orange Flower, Tonka Bean, Vanilla and Musk. The fragrance is also available in different sizes, rollerball and solid perfume necklace.

Apple Balm $9

Rich, glossy balm.

Apple Cheeks $22

Comes in a variety of shades. Adds a subtle hint of color and can be layered for intensity. Adds radiance.

Charmmy Kohl Eyeliner Set $25

Includes: Goodnight Dreams (black), Grape Juice (purple), Chocolate Milk (brown), Happy Cloud (white), Blueberry (navy), Bicycle (teal), Blue Sky (bright light blue).

Sweet Gloss $16

Comes in a variety of shades. A moisturising lip gloss with long lasting hydration.

What do you think?

Preview! The Body Shop Spring Collection

Thought you might like a little look at The Body Shop’s Spring collection. Overall, I’m very impressed with the quality of the products. Reviews to follow!

Illuminating Face Base (€23.95)


Tailored Cheek Tint (€17)

High Shine Lip Treatments (€14.50 each)

Pink Cream-

Juicy Peach -


Limited Collection For Eyes (€24.95) – A La Mode

Limited Collection For Eyes (€24.95) – Boho Beauty


“Brush With Fashion’, a new cruelty-free, fashion-forward make-up and accessories collection. This limited-edition collection with built-in brushes, Community Fair Trade ingredients and covetable packaging was created in collaboration with the internationally-acclaimed London College of Fashion”

The Spring Collection will be available from early February.

I’m looking forward to experimenting with the eye palettes. I think I might record a tutorial if I create a look  I like.

What do you think? Do any of the products stand out to you?

NEW! Giorgio Armani Spring Collection

Giorgio Armani’s Spring collection introduces colours of nature. The collection is available at Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork from the 20th of Januray 2011.

Transluminence Face Palette (€35.50)

Sculpt the face with frost bitten Sheer Translucent Blush presented in the spring signature face palette
Illuminate and perfect the complexion with a veil of delicate Abelia Pink Fluid Sheer N°7 super light natural beauty enhancer. Its ultra fine pearly particles instantly impart a glow to the whole face.

Transluminence Eye Palette

Blend and layer the four full, rich, colour-intense translucent tones. Apply rich purple iris with an eye brush to the eyelid and add dewy forest green. These will fuse together into a vibrant blue turquoise. Render the effect even more luminous with a layer of frozen silver. Open up the eye with a touch of silver on the inside corner. Outline the under eye or the eyelid with soft black eye colour, applied wet or dry. The frosty, radiant effect of the four spring garden eye colour-palette tones is accentuated by their new shiny, signature pale purple compact case.


Rouge d’Armani (€26)
The Rouge d’Armani frost bitten pink lip shades accentuate the fresh luminescent spring colour story. Complete the picture by painting your lips with the new star shade of Dawn Pink (518), or Early Morning Rose (508), or Petal Pink (503).





Day-Proof Pencils (€20.50)

For more intensity outline the inner eye with the new black Day-Proof Color Pencil. High-tech compact colour morphs into a fluid substance, creating an eye pencil that is a cross between a liner and a crayon. A soft, day-proof colour that glides on perfectly.Day-Proof Pencil shades:  bark brown, leaf green and black.

The Spring Look:

This season the must-have look utilises a perfect harmony of diaphanous forest green and purple iris on eyes, contrasted with frozen pink light on skin and lips. The inspiration: fresh morning dew on a wild bunch of flowers.
Makeup artist Linda Cantello, who worked on the Armani spring/summer 2011 fashion show, says: “Imagine the richest purple and the deepest green both enlivened by a frozen silver. A soft black completes the palette, to be worn alone as liner or to add depth to smoky eyes. Freshened by the softest baby lips, a beautiful frosty blush completes this new way of facing spring in the depths of winter.”

I’m excited by the idea of forest green and purple iris – very original. I’m a hug fan of pink lipstick so I’m in trouble here!

What do you think?

YSL Spring Look 2011


Bohemian Chic
“After a rock and baroque themed winter, spring is back with a burst of fresh roses to flush the cheeks while enhancing the complexion with a seemingly innocent purity. Sensual full lips in bright pink or coral light up the face. A bold touch of eyeliner completes the look.” Lloyd Simmonds

Palette Pink Celebration used above: Crème de Blush N° 5 –Temptation Fuchsia, Ombres 5 Lumières N° 10 – Bohemian Chic, Mascara, Singulier N° 6 – Deep Plum, Rouge Pur Couture N° 26 – Rose Libertin, Manucure Couture N° 5 – Favorite Chic

PALETTE PINK CELEBRATION  – Highlighter Palette Harmony €53

Face Highlighter with a pearly finish (Limited Edition). A versatile complexion highlighter and the ultimate beauty enhancer, Palette Pink Celebration imparts a new radiance to the face for flawless skin.The powder pink shade diffuses light, producing a delicately satin-smooth glow that is 100% Couture. Suitable for all complexions, apply it to the face, eyes, on the neckline and shoulders, any time.


Cream Blush. For cheeks that sparkle with life, flush crimson with delight, and turn pink with pleasure.The blushes sculpt and highlight the cheekbones in an “ultra-natural” way. Easy to apply. On contact with the skin, the creamy texture turns into a light powdery film. Velvety soft, light and airy. It comes in 5 shades.
3 Ready-to-wear shades: Velvety Peach, Powdery Rose and Silky Praline
2 Couture shades: Temptation Fuchsia and Passion Red

ROUGE PUR COUTURE – “Pink Collection” €31

A range of satin lipsticks that leave the lips supple and smooth.The formula uses the “Coloreveal Technology”, which gives intense and vibrant color. SPF 15.

Comes in eight extremely Couture shades:
N° 23 – Corail Poétique
N° 24 – Blond Ingénu
N° 25 – Taupe Raphaël
N° 26 – Rose Liberti
N° 27 – Fuchsia Innocent
N° 28 – Rose Bohème
N° 29 – Rose Vénus*
N° 30 – Corail Fauviste*

*The Yves Saint Laurent Spring Summer Collection will be available from all Yves Saint Laurent Counters from 15th January 2011.

Lancome Spring 2011 Collection


The Ultra Lavande collection reignites the seventies spirit.



Aaron de Mey’s inspiration: the iconic, mirrored disco ball, reinterpreted in a blend of gold and silver. The result : a chic and trendy accessory, a handbag must-have.

Available in three shades inspired by the rose – 308 Lily Rose 310, Daisy Rose & 312 Berry Rose


A blush composed of 86% mineral powders adds a new twist to two 70’s emblems: the butterfly. Aaron De Mey has composed a unique colour harmony of pastel tones to blend together and use as a blush, or to apply individually: rose ballerine enhances cheekbones while the lavender shade, this season’s it-shade can be used in delicate touches to correct subtle complexion imperfections.


Use to brighten and illuminate the complexion, smooth fine lines or mist over foundation to create a glow. Formulated using 100% natural-origin ingredients, the Dewy Glow Base can be applied either before or after make-up.


De Mey interprets blue lavender in 2 harmonies: a warm monochrome enhanced with a flash of silver and a cold monochrome lifted by a golden nuance.

  • A60 Ultra-Lavande Cold Harmony
  • A70 Ultra-Lavande Warm Harmony


Ombre Magnétique eyeshadow boasts exceptional pigment and mother-of-pearl concentration. They have a creamy texture and are long lasting. Available in three shades.

  • 01 D Disco Gold
  • 04 G Disco Silver
  • 10 B Ultra-Lavande


A perfect duo of mini disco polishes. It comes in two shades.

  • 359 Lavande
  • 004 Disco Silver


High-shine textured gloss made from 96% natural-origin ingredients. It contains sweet almond oil, which leaves lips feeling soothed and hydrated.  It’s also fragranced with natural lavender. It’s available in three shades.

  • 383 Beige Ballerine
  • 384 Rose Ballerine
  • 385 Lavande Ballerine


Crayon Khôl is an eye liner suitable for sensitive eyes. This Spring it’s available in two eye brightening shades.

  • 01 Rose Ballerine
  • 03 Ultra-Lavande

Intensely pigmented mascara. Available in two shades.

  • 09 Ultra Lavande Mascara
  • 18 Ultra Lavande Top Coat

Available at Lancome  counters now.

L’Oréal Paris’ Regal Nail Collection

L’Oréal have launched a new winter range of nail polishes, Resist & Shine Regal Nail Collection.

I love jewel coloured polish. They looks opulent and rich. Sapphire, emerald and ruby are among my favourite jewel shades for nails.

This range has six winter shades from deep red to luxurious purples. There is a mix of shimmering and matte shades

Burgundy Black 502 An intense wine shade


Merlot Red 540 A glittering rouge

Navy Velvet 700 A royal dark blue hue


Matte Fuschia Red 501M A classic burgundy


Matte Scarlet Red 500M A classic burgundy


Burnt Aubergine 705 A deep purple – The image for this one hasn’t been released yet. I will update the post as soon as it’s available.


L’Oréal say one coat stays put for days. I will get back to you on this one.  They cost €9.29 / £5.99 a bottle so I sure hope so.

Navy Velvet appeals to me the most, closely followed by Burgundy Black. I’m generally quite scared of matte nail polishes. I’ll definitely pick up a few of these and post some swatches later this week.

Which colour appeals to you most? What are your thoughts on matte nail polish?

New 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils from Urban Decay in Spring?!

From bright blue at the top – Barracuda, Rehab, Delinquent, Wasteland, Clash, Clinic, Mercury, Midnight Cowboy, Lit, Sin, Narc and Morphine, Barracuda, Rehab, Delinquent, Wasteland, Clash,

I heard a whisper last week that Urban Decay were releasing Shadow Pencils in the Spring. The shades are based on their top selling Read more…

Bobbi Brown Christmas 2010

I know Bobbi Brown products are a little on the steep side but the quality in fantastic. Their creamy concealer and eyeshadows are divine. I decided to have a little look at the Christmas collection. The eyeshadow palettes look absolutely beautiful!





I hate when they crack eyeshadow for promo shots – it looks destroyed, it’s so sad. I’m so sad ha ha!







Day to Night Palette (Cool) Ivory, Flint, Charcoal, Pearl (Shimmer), Rockstar (Metallic), Gunmetal (Shimmer) Eyeshadows

Day to Night Palette  (Warm) – Ivory, Oat, Espresso, Burnt Sugar (Metallic), Velvet Bronze (Metallic), and Black Plum (Shimmer) Eyeshadows

Pink & Gold Lip Palette – Roseberry, Kir Metallic, Pretty Pink Metallic, Sunset Nude Creamy, Italian Rose Creamy, Brownie.

Sparkle Glamour Quad – From palest pink to deep slate, these glittering shades are made for New Year’s Eve.

Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette Eyeshadow – Ivory , Oyster Grey Metallic , Antique Pink Shimmer Wash , Quarry Shimmer Wash , Taffeta Metallic , Birch, Heather Rose, Shimmer Wash , Navy Charcoal, Gold Thread Metallic, Espresso. Lip Gloss – Grape Glitter, Pink Bouquet Glitter, Golden Topaz Glitter, Paisley Rose Shimmer.

Lip Gloss Trio - Bright Pink Lip Gloss, Gold Glitter Lip Gloss, Kir Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss

Crystal Eye Palette – Amethyst Metallic, Diamond Shimmer Wash, Star Sparkle, Marine Metallic.

Deluxe Travel Kit – This travel kit, which has compartments for every last beauty essential, makes the worst red-eye seem glam again.

Smouldering Eye Palette – Each palette features a base and an eyeliner color plus a bold metallic and a dramatic shade of Bobbi’s NEW Long Wear Eye Paint. Includes: White Eyeshadow, Tin Metallic Eyeshadow, Storm Eyeshadow, Onyx Long Wear Eye Paint

Sultry Eye Palette – Each palette features a base and an eyeliner color plus a bold metallic and a dramatic shade of Bobbi’s NEW Long Wear Eye Paint. Includes: Bone Eyeshadow, Antique Gold Metallic Eyeshadow, Caviar Eyeshadow, Brandy Long Wear Eye Paint

Smokey Eye Palette - Each palette features a base and an eyeliner color plus a bold metallic and a dramatic shade of Bobbi’s NEW Long Wear Eye Paint. Includes: Ivory Eyeshadow, Heather Lilac Metallic Eyeshadow, Charcoal Eyeshadow, Port Long Wear Eye Paint.


What are your thoughts on Bobbi Brown products? Do any of these products stand out to you?

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MAC Cham-Pale Collection – Will you be buying neutrals?

I remember the days when I used to get excited about MAC’s limited edition collections. Those days are pretty much gone – there is an overload of those collections. I am interested but I’m usually not excited.

The Cham-Pale Collection  however has triggered a bit more of a response in me. Maybe it’s the use of the word ‘pale’ and the reference to champagne. MAC neutrals always appeal to me. To many of you this collection may look boring and mundane but neutral addicts are likely to feel a little different.


Here is a little look at Cham-Pale



  • Flustered Frosted, pale bronze (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Quiet, Please Sheer frosty pale beige (Lustre) (Limited Edition)- Repromote from Red She Said
  • Tanarama Soft pale golden beige with gold metallic shimmer (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Gel Sheer pale gold (Frost) (Permanent)



Special Reserve Highlight Powder

  • Chez Chez Lame Soft gold with silver shimmer (Limited Edition)
  • Rose Ole Soft pink with gold shimmer (Limited Edition)



Eye Kohl

  • I Get No Kick Metallic nude (Limited Edition) – Repromote

Kohl Power

  • Feline Black (Limited Edition) – Repromote

Chromagraphic Pencil

  • NC15/NW20 Flesh tone NC15/NW20 shade (Permanent PRO)
  • NW25/NC30 Flesh tone NW25/NC30 shade (Permanent PRO)




  • Bubble Lounge Sparkly pink peach (Limited Edition)
  • Straight to the Head Sparkly brown bronze (Limited Edition)
  • Sin-tillation Sparkly pale icy pink (Limited Edition)
  • Luxure Off-white with pink pearl (Limited Edition)



Nail Lacquer

  • Soiree Sparkly light bronze gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Very Important Platinum Mid-tone platinum (Frost/Metallic) (Limited Edition)



Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad  (Limited Edition)

  • Brule Soft muted creamy beige (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Et Tu, Bouquet? Frosted pale pink gold (Frost) (Repromote from A Rose Romance, ’09)
  • Caviar Dreams Mid-tone frosted pewter (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Retrospeck Beached blonde (Lustre) (Permanent)




Paint Pot

  • Chilled on Ice Frosted white gold (Limited Edition)
  • Vintage Selection Frosted mid-tone peach (Limited Edition)
  • Dangerous Cuvee Frosted cool grey (Limited Edition)
  • Let Me Pop Frosted light copper (Limited Edition)

Some other limited edition products

  • Fix+ Lavender
  • Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Lavender in Calm Mode Light neutral beige
  • Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Lavender
  • Studio Fix Lash in Black Fix (Permanent)


I’m not a fan of the collection photography on this occasion. The lack of eyebrows is rather disturbing, even if it’s cool.

I like the simplicity and the sheer volume of nudes and neutrals. I hate to say it, but I’ll be  making some purchases from this collection. I even enjoy looking at the pictures… that’s a bad sign.

The collection launches in the US on the 26th of December and in January in Europe. I’m annoyed that I will miss the US launch by 4 days! Maybe I’ll get snowed in :)

What are your thoughts on Cham-Pale? Do any products stand out to you?

Giveaway!! The Body Shop’s New Perfume ‘Dreams’

The Body Shop are  launching a new fragrance on the 6th of December called ‘Dreams Unlimited’ . They have kindly offered a couple of bottles for two Make-up & Beauty readers.

“Believe in your dreams, we believe in ours – Dream Eau de Parfum is a captivating crisp green floral that radiates pure joy and energy. This exhilarating fragrance delivers a burst of feel-good factor that empowers us to believe that we can achieve our unlimited dreams. Anything and everything is possible”.

To enter, The Body Shop want you to tell them why you believe you should win a bottle of their gorgeous New Dreams Unlimited Fragrance. All you have to do is leave  your answer below.

*Giveaway ends 5th of December 2010.

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