M.A.C, Reviews

My Favourite Eye Liner

I have quite a few eyeliners in my make-up collection. I have gel, liquid, cake and kohls. I go through phases of them and at the moment I’m using pencil liners to beat the band. One in particular has become a firm favourite, MAC Powerpoint in Engraved.

Engraved is a jet black. Powerpoints are easy to sharpen and are the perfect texture;  not too soft and not too hard, like baby bear’s porridge, it’s just right. I have loved Urban Decay 24/7 liners in the past but I find it annoying that I need to sharpen after every single use. The best thing about Engraved is that it’s waterproof.

Since it’s waterproof MAC cannot say it’s safe for the waterline but I used it on my waterline anyway. I have super sensitive eyes that water in response to many things, this liner is not one of those things. I have yet to find a liner that lasts all day on your waterline but this one has come close.

Engraved has become an old reliable for me. I think I’ll have a look to see what other shades MAC sell.

What’s your favourite eyeliner?

Fashion & Accessories

Outfit of the day… Sunny day in Dublin

It’s a sunny day in Dublin (this almost never happens) so I settles on a skirt today…

1. Accessorize 2. Zara 3.Zara 4. Penneys 5. Zara 6.Penneys

I picked up this skirt in Zara the other day. It was about €25 as far as a I can remember. The belt comes with it. I find it very hard to find a skirt that’s the right length for me. I’m small so most knee length skirts come half way down my shin, not a good look. This skirt may be more of a mini on someone taller. Ah, to be taller…

Both bracelets are from Penneys (Primark). I like Penneys for accessories, I have it on good authority that they have the same stockist as some big high street players.

I love this flats, they go with everything. My only regret is not buying a second pair. I will wear these until they fall apart!

What are you wearing today?

General

iia Net Visionary Award Win, thanks to you all!!!

I need to say a  huge thank you to all of you that took the time to vote, leave me lovely comments and tweet me. Thanks to your support I won an iia Net Visionary Award last night for Makeup & Beauty.

Left to right: Maeve Kneafsey, IIA Chair; me; Keith Mahon, Ireland.com – category sponsor; Ray Walsh, Enterprise Ireland – headline sponsor.

It was a great night and a huge honour. I met tonnes of lovely people, photos to follow :)

Congratulations to all the other finalists and winners!

Le grá,

Amy

 

Perfume / Fragrance

Body Mists: The new edge to White Musk

I have a new fondness for body spritzers. I have built myself a little collection of body sprays, mainly from Victoria Secret.  I tend to spritz them on my clothes even if I’m wearing perfume. I know that doesn’t make sense but I love nice smells. On occasion I have even used a body lotion version of a perfume with an edt and a body spray, all clashing but yummy!

I was sorting through my sprays this morning when I came across one that I love at the moment. We all have a nostalgic fragrance that trigger memories. As a child, like so many of you, I used to cover myself in The Body Shop white musk fragrance oil. I loved it. I was in there recently and picked up the tester to reminisce. Although I enjoyed a trip down memory lane it isn’t a fragrance I could wear now. Enter White Musk Breeze.

I have the Cooling Body Mist of White Musk Breeze. It’s a much more modern take on white musk. The musk is very subtle, it’s a much fresher, sparkley version of the cult fragrance. The notes feature lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, plum, peach, leafy green, elemi, rose, jasmine, lily of the valley, aquatic notes, ylang ylang, tagette, carnation, white musk, cedar wood, patchouli and touch of vanilla.

It scent doesn’t last  that long on my skin but I haven’t tried a body spray that does. The best part for me is the cooling effect on the skin. I look forward to using this on holiday this Summer. I think I might have a look at the edt next time I’m in there.

Do you use body sprays?

Fashion & Accessories, General

New coat – Roadtested in Howth

I have always had a variety of coats in my wardrobe but last year I had to do a major clear-out. Nothing in my press fit me anymore and as result every coat that was even a tiny bit too big went to the charity shop. Replacing my clothes was an expensive pleasure but basics took priority. When it reached Spring and my winter coat was too warm I realised that I had no Spring coat. As we in Ireland know, we often need a light coat in Summer. On Anna’s recommendation I wanted a navy mac. Every one I tried on was too wide on the shoulder or too long (the petite ranges out there are deplorable!). I finally found this one in Diesel.

I spent the afternoon in Howth and a coat is nearly always required in Howth thanks to the wind. The mac cost €80 and I picked mine up in the Blanchardstown centre. Ignore the walking boots, I was trudging through sludge.

 

Nail Polish/Care, Reviews, Swatches

Collection 2000 Lilac Ice

Collection 2000 Maxiflex large nail  polishes are on offer in Boots (buy 2 for €6). So of course whilst picking up a prescription I needed to get some. I have tried some of their smaller nail polishes and although I loved the colour range I wasn’t overly impressed with the consistency. I assumed that the larger and dearer ones would be better quality.

One of the shades I picked up was Lilac Ice. It looks exactly how it sounds, a frosty lilac shade. It’s a very pretty colour and the consistency of mine is a little better than the small bottles. It dries to a smooth finish which is good, I hate the feel of gritty nails.

 

It says on the bottle that it’s designed to last 5 days, too good to be true? Yes. This polish needs a top coat as it started to chip at the tips after a day or so. I applied two coats in this picture…

 

 

They are definitely not amazing quality but they’re cheap and I do love the colour. I would buy another shade just for the colour fun. When I pass the pretty colours I just can’t resist. Must…stay…strong.

Collection 2000 polishes are  a little hit and miss for me. The other shade I bought was also Maxiflex but was thicker and harder to apply. A little consistency would go a long way.

Have you tried any Collection 2000 polishes? What is you favourite polish at the moment?

Celebrity Style/Makeup, General

Celebrity Makeup of the week: Sienna Miller

I have always admired Sienna Miller’s style but I have never really noticed her makeup…til now. I saw this picture of her at the Met Gala with a nice bit of arm candy, Jude Law (despite his shenanigans Sienna, I approve wholeheartedly) haha

Her make-up is reminiscent of Bridget Bardot. I had to know what products the artist used to create this look. I will also list substitutes  that will work just as well.

Lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Mythic. MAC Creme de Nude is a good alternative or Boots Natural Collection Rose Petal (or Sorbet). Basically a nude lipstick with pink tones that is not lighter than your skintone.

Eyes: Chanel Intense Eye Pencil in Marine was drawn heavily on upper lash line. For eyeshadow, Chanel Quadra in Bleu Celeste Continue Reading

Reviews, Tanning Products

Academie Bronz’Express: The results

If you read my last post you know that I was doing some late night tanning with Academie Bronze’Express. You can have a read of that post to see what my initial thoughts were based on packaging, consistency and scent.

Now for the results:

  • The lovely scent that was there on application disappeared in the first hour. It was replaced by an extremely subtle scent of fake tan, probably undetectable by most.
  • It dried instantly. Now I know St Moriz and St Tropez mousse dry fast but this is unbelievable. This means you have to work fast which is fine for tan application pro’s but maybe not so great for beginners.
  • It added colour right away so you could apply it in the day time if the scent didn’t bother you and have a hint of tan right away.
  • As I mentioned in last nights post I exfoliated like a mad woman the night previous to application so I had no problems with the tan bonding to dry skin. There are some tans that are more forgiving if you have not exfoliated. This is not one of Continue Reading
General, Tanning Products

In the middle of some fake tanning…

I have just covered myself in a new tanning product, well new to me, and thought I would share. Tonight’s  weapon of choice is Academie bronz’express.

I got this in a gift bag from TV3 for being a guinea pig on their Celebrity Salon programme (Celia Holman Lee gave me a facial). I was delighted, I have never tried any of Academie’s products before.

I was expecting this to be rubbish to be honest. It looks watery and like it might sting skin. I know, I’m very judgemental. I decided to stop judging and start trying.

I scrubbed the bejaysus out of my skin last night in the bath so I am looking very pasty Continue Reading

General, Haircare / Styling, Reviews

Beach Hair: John Masters Organics Sea Mist

I was interested in the John Masters Sea Mist spray with lavender after seeing Laura aka Lollipop26 use it in a wavy hair tutorial. It’s hard to find a good texturising spray that doesn’t leave your hair crunchy or greasy. This range is certified USDA Organic.

I looked around and couldn’t find it on sale anywhere. I eventually bought it on Amazon for £14 (& £2.35 shipping). I bought the Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray for €22 six months previous to that so I decided that this was a good deal…ah the twisted reasoning of a beauty product junkie.

I love beach hair. Sexy, dishelleved locks is something I often lust after but it’s hard to achieve with poker straight hair. I have tried so many texturising and sea salt sprays but didn’t love any of them. Here’s my take on the John Masters spray:

The good

Bath & Body, Reviews, Skincare Reviews

Lush Almond & Coconut Smoothie

I have been testing Lush Almond & Coconut Smoothie and thought it was about time I shared my thoughts with you. Here we go…

The good:

  • It’s not drying on my skin
  • It doesn’t cause a kp reaction (the yuck bumps on the backs of my arms) although  it didn’t get rid of the bumps when they had flared up
  • Suitable for vegans
  • The creaminess feels luxurious in the bath
  • Can be used to shave cream

 

The bad:

  • The biggest disappointment for me is the scent. It’s pretty bland. When I saw Almond & Coconut on the label I was so excited but unfortunately they mean it’s made with Almond and Coconut oil (neither of which has much of a scent). In fairness it does say on the packaging that it makes your skin smell like vanilla and ylang ylang. To be honest it smells a little weird to me but some people love it.
  • Doesn’t leave any scent on my skin, this time that was a good thing
  • Although it didn’t dry out my skin it wasn’t any softer than usual.
  • If your a fan of lathering then this one might not be for you.
  • Although this is a delight to use the bath, it’s a little trickier in the shower. Water got in the tub and more of it plopped on the shower base then on my skin.

This one is definitely a try before you buy. Some of you will love it and some of your will be indifferent. If you have sensitive skin it’s worth a look, smell it first though. Would I get this again? If I didn’t make my own soap then I would.

Have you tried this? Have you come across a shower/bath product that doesn’t irritate your skin?

General

Make-up classes in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation

I don’t usually post press releases on Makeup & Beauty but this one is for a good cause and it’s also make-up related…

Attend the MakeupFabLicious Beauty in Pink Make-up Classes and Demos on Saturday 22nd & 29th May & Help Support The Marie Keating Foundation…

MakeupFabLicious is proud to announce the launch of their two day event in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation on Sat 22nd & Sat 29th.May. The MakeupFabLicious Beauty in Pink event will take place in the MakeupFabLicious Makeup academy in Dame Street from 10.00 am to 16.30 pm.

On both days MakeupFabLicious has invited top make-up artists to give make-up classes and demos allowing attendants to learn and try it out for themselves. Not just is the event to support a great cause, attendance is based on a minimum donation of €2.00 only per class, €10.00 for the full day. Attendants will also be in with a chance of winning fabulous goodie Continue Reading