No Fancy Make-Up for me Today!

This weekend I decided to set myself a drugstore make-up challenge. I only allowed myself wear products that I bought in Boots, Superdrug and CVS. I wanted to keep it quite natural. Here is the look I settled on:

and the look…

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  • No 17 Get Even Foundation in Natural
  • Beauty UK Palette No 2
  • Eco Tools Brushes
  • Rimmel Recovery Concealer
  • Maybelline Mousse Blush: Peach
  • Prestige Sun Minerals in St Tropez
  • Prestige Sun Minerals Highlight
  • Bourjois Blanc Diaphine
  • Natural Collection Lip Liner in Almond
  • Annabel Eye Liner
  • Revlon Sable Eye shadow
  • Wet n Wild Mega Shine
  • Essence Gloss
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I really enjoy using the Beauty UK Palette. I applied the orange shade to the lid and the aqua under my eye. I used Revlon Sable in the crease to blend out the orange and Bourjois No 40 on the inner corner of my eye. I think the No 17 foundation requires a post of it’s own.

My make-up lasted as long as it usually does with more expensive products. I’m converted. For today anyway!

How to wear Foundation with False Tan

I had a question from a reader which I decided to post since there are so many tan lovers out there.

And the question:

“I have blonde hair and fair skin but every foundation I wear on a night out always looks different compared to my tan in pictures what do I do? I see loads of girls with blonde hair and they look fine”

My answer:

The problem could be how the false tan photographs rather than the foundation. My suggestion is to bring whatever foundation you wear onto your neck, face and chest on a night out. That way you photograph evenly. MAC sell Face and Body Foundation for this purpose, Make Up For Ever sells one too.

If you use liquid be sure to powder the neck and chest so the make-up doesn’t transfer to your clothes.

Also check your powder make-up to see if it contains Titanium Dioxide as this would make your face photograph whiter.

It would also help to buy 2 different shades of the same foundation as your false tan won’t be the same colour as it fades each day.

Thank you for your questions :)


How to Make Your Own: Oatmeal Bath

This is a simple way to soothe sensitive skin. This bath is great for dry, itchy skin. It will also soothe a rash.

  • 10 Drops Chamomile Essential Oil (or Lavender Essential Oil)
  • 200g Rolled Oats Read more…

My Day at RTE’s Off the Rails

I spent the day with the Off the Rails crew today. I had the pleasure of meeting lots of Irish ladies who needed their make-up questions answered. Read more…

Make You Own Skincare: Yoghurt Hand Mask

This mask is my favourite for smooth and soft hands

  • 1 Tablespoon Rolled Oats
  • 1 Tablespoon Plain Full Fat Yoghurt
  • 1 Teaspoon Almond Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil

Use a blender or pestal and mortar to grind up the oats. Add all of the other ingredients  and mix well. Apply the mask to damp, freshly washed hands. Relax for 20 minutes. Wash it  off with warm water and finish with some moisturising cream.

I like to do this hand mask at the same time as a cuticle treatment. Click here to see the post in DIY Cuticle Treatment.

Taking Care of your Make-Up Brushes

I’m a perfectionist when it comes to brush cleanliness. Here’s how I do it:



Make Your Own: Warm Cuticle Oil

I am plagues by rough cuticles. I like to whip up my own oil on the weekends. Why spend money when you don’t have to!

  • 60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

Warm the olive oil gently until it’s warm (not hot or you’ll scald your fingers off!) Stir in the essential oils. Leave your finger tips to soak for a few minutes. If you cover the mixture when you’re finished you can reuse it a few times.

In Styles 100 Best Beauty Buys of 2010 – Snooze anyone?

I used to eagerly await In Styles Best Beauty Buys edition every year. Last year I was a little disappointed in it. This year? I feel like I’m reading last years, with new art work.

If you haven’t seen it it goes something like this: Sisley, Dermalogica, Lancome, Bobbi Brown.

The best night cream costs £454! Oh hold on and I’ll get out my purse. Are they serious? Give us something to work with.

I’m imagining thousands of women running out to buy Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation (In Styles Best Liquid Foundation) expecting good coverage and being sorely disappointed.

I expected to read a little about why each product was included in their top 100. Instead there is on average two sentences stating a named make-up artist,facialist etc  who uses the product. Not only do they not mention why, they also drop celebrity names with each product.

What a tacky read!

Their Best Buys should be voted by consumers, who actually buy the products.  Now that would be an interesting read!

What did you think of this years Best Buys?

Product Recommendations for Brides – What I use

This post has been requested quite a bit.

Here are a list of products I use for Bridal Make-up and that I recommend. This is not an exhaustive list, there are thousands of fantastic products. These are just what I use on brides.

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow, Make Up Forever HD Foundation. Estee Lauder Double wear for those who want mega coverage.

Powder: Make Up For Ever Loose Powder, Rimmel Silky Loose

Blush: MAC, Nars. Cream: MAC Lillicent looks fresh and suits most.

Concealer: Bobbi Brown (creamy)

Bronzer: Benefit Hoola, MAC Blunt

LipLiner: MAC, Estee Lauder, Gosh

Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline, MAC Engraved (waterproof)

Mascara: Loreal Telescopic Waterproof,  Loreal Double Extend Waterproof

Lipstick: MAC, Benefit

Lipgloss: MAC, Dior, Stila, Gosh

Eyeshadows: MAC, Nars (click here to see post on choosing eyeshadow for your eye colour)

More from the Bridal Series tomorrow.

Make-up, Make-up and Yes, More Make-up


Rimmel Silky Loose Powder

As you may already know, I am on a mission to find some affordable yet great products. Unfortunately that means I tend to waste a lot of money on rubbish. But occasionally, very occasionally, I come across something worth mentioning. One such product is Rimmel Silky Loose Face Powder. Read more…

Orglamix Mineral Make-up


Here are the Orglamix swatches as promised.

Cranberry – Pure Mineral Eyeshadow

Chamomile – Pure Mineral Eyeshadow

Hot Chocolate – Pure Mineral Eyeshadow

Citron – Pure Mineral Eyeshadow

Heliotrope – Pure Mineral Eyeshadow

Pink Pepper – Pure Mineral Blush

Sugar Loaf – Pure Mineral Blush

Tourmaline – Pure Mineral Glow

Bamboo – Pure Mineral Foundation

Click here to go to  Orglamix Shop

Photos copyright Orglamix, taken from

I shall be ordering some to suit my blue eyes soon!

Info for Irish Perfume & Body Shop Junkies

To all my fellow perfume junkies,

In the interest of keeping Irish ladies in the beauty loop, The Body Shop are hosting an event this weekend that might be of interest to you. Thought I’d share the info I received:

This Valentines Day, celebrate your love for all the special people in your life!

To release the force of the Love Etc…™ fragrance collection …, The Body Shop will host the ultimate ‘photo booth’ competition on Saturday, 6th of February 2010 in the Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin. The theme of the competition, ‘Celebrate your love for all the special people in your life’, aims to inspire everyone to capture their own signature photograph which will be posted on The Body Shop Facebook and Flickr. The winner will receive a dinner for 2 in Roly’s Bistro in Dundrum to the value of €200, together with a basket of The Body Shop goodies valued at €300. Furthermore, all those who enter on the day will receive a special discount code to redeem 20% off all products in The Body Shop (the offer will be valid from the 6th till the 14th of Feb).

The competition will be judged before February 14th by three of Ireland’s top photo bloggers.

Enjoy x

Clearing Out Your Closet

I hate clearing out my wardrobe. Hate it with a passion. I’d actually rather clean toilets for a day over a closet clear-out (I think that tells you how much I hate doing it!)

Today I decided to bite the bullet and get down to spring cleaning my closet. I find clutter makes my mind feel cluttered. Clearing out does wonders for the soul for some reason. Maybe it’s because it feels like a bit of a fresh start or  clean slate.

I thought it might be useful if  I share my clearing out method :) Read more…

What would you like to see?

Hi ladies,

You have all been so incredibly supportive since I started I want to thank you all for being the best make-up junkies on the planet!

My blog posts are mainly inspired, or sometimes requested, by readers. I would love to know what type of posts you like seeing or would like to see more of. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated, as always.

Amy x

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