My most wanted beauty items this month

I thought I’d give you a look at the items I have been wanting lately. Wanting and buying are two separate things so we’ll see what products I cannot resist. You understand right?! :)

Topshop Lip Polish in Melba

I was very excited when I heard that Topshop were launching a make-up range. I headed right in on the launch date and swatched everything.

For the most part I was very underwhelmed. I think the price in Ireland may have contributed to my general lack of enthusiasm. The mark-up in Ireland is much greater than in the UK, combine this factor with the euro rate and you end up with a drugstore type make-up range at prices that don’t suit the brand or quality.

One product that did appeal to me was Polish in Melba. The image makes it look very orange. In the store it looks more like a peach. I tried it on and really liked the shade and finish. I will be purchasing.

Have you tried any of Topshop’s make-up?

 

Stella Eau de Parfum

Yes, again. Stella my old friend is back on the list. I have just finished my fifth bottle. I don’t know why I don’t get bored of it. It has become the Amy scent over the last few years with my friends and family noting that anyone who passes wearing it ‘She smells like Amy’.

One would think I would need a change. The truth is I do think I need a change. I try lots of perfumes and end up buying new ones but not loving them as much as Stella.

What’s your current fragrance favourite?

 

 

MAC Prolongwear Foundation

Ok so I don’t have a good record with MAC foundations. Studio Finish Powder? Cystic acne breakout. Studio Fix foundation? Cystic acne breakout. Studio Sculpt? Ok, you get the idea.

And yet I find myself tempted to try MAC’s new foundation, Prolongwear. I still searching for that stay-put foundation.

That and I’m addicted to buying foundation. Ironically I wear very little foundation. Some days I don’t wear any and rely on concealer only.

What foundation are you wearing at the moment? I’m looking for inspiration.

 

What are you coveting at the moment?

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Make-up for Glasses Wearers

This is one of most commonly requested posts/videos. Here are some make-up tips for glasses wearers. The video tutorial will be up soon.

If you’re long sighted:

Eyes appear bigger through the lenses. It’s best to use darker shades on the lid to give the illusion of smaller eyes through the glasses. This doesn’t mean choosing dramatic black or similar dark colours, it just means choosing a shade that’s darker rather than lighter. For example, if you want to wear neutral shades go for  medium brown instead of a light brown. Avoid highlighting the inner corner of the eye which only makes eyes appear bigger.  For a night time look use darker shades on lid and smudge a little under the eye. You could even add some dark kohl pencil to the inner rim of the eye.

If you’re short sighted:

You eyes appear smaller behind the glasses. It’s best to line along the top lashes and use a lighter or brighter shade on the lip to give the illusion that they eye is bigger through the lenses. Highlight the inner corner of the eye. You could try wearing some taupe or white liner on the inner rim of the eye.

Some other considerations:

  • Don’t overcompensate for glasses by piling on loads of make-up
  • Glasses can cast a shadow under the eyes so a little concealer can go along way. A light reflecting concealer would be perfect (assuming you don’t need colour correction)
  • Consider your frames when choosing your make-up. If you wearing heavy frames a natural look will look great. If your frames are lighter or frameless you could experiment with a more dramatic look.
  • Glasses emphasise your brows so focus on grooming and shaping brows.
  • Curl your lashes before applying mascara to prevent your lashes catching in your glasses.

The video tutorial will be up in the nest few days.

I hope this was helpful!

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Amy x

Acne help – EMC2

I was sent a tub of acne cream called EMC2 a few months back. It sat in my skincare drawer for a number of weeks. To be honest I had forgotten about it.

Then the breakout from hell hit. Sore, cystic acne under my jaw (thank you hormones!) and on my chin. It was so painful. My usual approach – germoline and skin clearing wash completely failed me this time round. It was probably too much to expect from an over the counter antiseptic cream anyway.

So I searched the drawer for any potential acne solutions. I picked up the tub of EMC2 for sensitive skin (they also sell a stronger one for skin that is not sensitive) and start applying every night. I was afraid to apply it in the morning and evening in case my skin over reacted to the ingredients, which it usually does.

Here are a few things I noted:

  • The packaging is very simple
  • It’s aloe vera based so it’s soothes irritated skin and I have to say it brought down redness and swelling over night
  • It smells mildly of essential oils
  • A little goes a really long way
  • It didn’t clog my pores
  • It cleared my skin in 4 days
  • It didn’t cause any dryness or irritation
  • It feels like a light cream with Jojoba oil. It has a trademarked EMC oil listed in the ingredients but I suspect that Jojoba is involved somehow. It’s great for acne sufferers since it mimics the skins natural oils and helps reduce oil production.

This has worked a charm for me. So much so that I am using it every second night for maintenance. I’m afraid to try the full strength but I shall happily stick to the sensitive skin version. My skin looks clear and calm so basically my friggin’ delighted with myself.

It costs €12 from their website. They ship worldwide as far as I know. I heard that they recently changed the formula and I have the new version. I hope they don’t reformulate again.

Remember that there are many different causes of acne and breakouts. What works for one might not work for another. Sure that’s why I’ve tried every acne cream out there. Often when I find one that works it clears my skin for a while and then I seem to become resistant to it. Fingers crossed that this one works for life! I’ll keep you posted on any changes.

What do you use for treating acne or breakouts?

Preview – Isa Dora Wigwham Heavy Lashes Mascara

I love trying new mascaras. Even when I find a mascara that I like I tend not to repurchase, which is a little pointless. It just proves that as a make-up addict when I find a product I like, I can’t stop there. I need to try new products. God forbid I miss something. Ha!

I heard through the grapevine that IsaDora are releasing a  new mascara called Wigwham Heavy Lashes. Ok so the name isn’t exactly glamorous. Judging from the image I found the name must be inspired by the brush. I am intrigued by the “heavy lashes” reference.

The reason this mascara has grabbed my attention is that the sales spiel promises dramatic, smudge proof lashes and clumping. Clumping? It’s said to thicken the lashes and clumps them together – I’m not sure what to think considering we run around trying to find clump free mascara’s.

This is one that I will have to try. The idea that it is designed to clump scares me a little. I would imagine the idea is to create thick, heavy lashes that are grouped together. It could be one of those weird products that I end up loving. We’ll see.

I’ll buy it, try it and get back to you!

Isa Dora was my favourite make-up brand in my late teens. I still have a few of their eyeshadow quads, which I loved. My favourite was Crystal Mauve Eye Shadow Quartet – beautiful! I also repurchased their 3-D Glitter Gloss is Sparkling Crystals about 5 times. Other than gloss and eyeshadow I have never tried any of their other products.

The mascara will be available in pharmacies that stock Isa Dora products for €9.95 from mid September.

Have you tried any Isa Dora products?

Dazzledust as Gaeilge – Cainéal Nua!!!

Bhíos ag smaoineamh cúpla mhí ó shin faoi cainéal a thosnú as Gaeilge ar YouTube. Mar sin thosaigh mé ‘Dazzledust as Gaeilge‘ (clicéal chun pháirt a ghlacadh). Táim chun fís esiach a chuir ar fáil do Gaeilgeoirí.

Beidh an téama céanna ag an cainéal nua – smideadh, earraí áillithe, léirmheasanna, comhairle, comórtaisí agus vlogs.

Ar dtús bhí mé chun na fís a chuir ar mo cainéal Bearla ach ní beidh alán daoine in ann mé a thuiscint. Tar éis beagáinín smaoineamh shocraigh mé ar cainéal nua le físeanna trí Gaeilge amháin.

Má tá aon tuairimí nó iarrataais agaibh fág iad ag deireadh an phost seo.

Ná déan dearmaid an scéal  a scaipeadh do do chairde ar scoil nó ag an ollscoil! :)

Bá bhreá liom do thuairimí a léamh!

Dianna Agron’s Lady Gaga Inspired Lashes

Dianna Agron Glee Lady Gaga Style outfit and makeupThe Theatricality Lady Gaga inspired episode of Glee Season 2 was one of my favourites. I loved, well, the theatricality of it! The costumes and make-up were fantastic. No matter what I watch I’m always looking at an actors make-up, not usually a conscious thing, comes with the job.

But when I saw Quinn Fabray (Dianna Argon) step out with full on pink lashes I actually paused the tv to get a close look.

Immediately it occurred to me that I must get my hands on those lashes. As a make-up artist there is often a need for theatrical pieces in your bag.

The lashes in question are by Frends and are in number 4135. The artist brushed some Covergirl Lashblast through the pink to tone them down a little.

The lashes looked so great on the Show but I have to wonder if they drove her mad during filming. Ah the joys of show biz!

 

 

Some other products that were used by the artist:

Nars The Multiple in Orgasm

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

Mac Sushi Flower over black shadow

MAC Fun’n Sexy for lips – Fafi collection

 

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Sally Hansen Hard as Nails

I picked up Sally Hansen Hard as Nails in Boots a few weeks ago. I hear there are more shades to choose from in the US. In my local Boots my only option was clear – which is exactly what I was looking for.

The instructions recommend applying a few coats before applying your nail polish.

Consistency wise it’s a little runnier than nail polish but it’s a treatment so this didn’t make any difference.

The first later dried in a few seconds so I swiftly applied another 2 layers. The final layer took a few more minutes to set.  It doesn’t have a shiny finish which doesn’t really matter since it’s a base nail hardener and not a top coat.

I followed with one coat of Eyeko Vampira. My polish went on without a hitch but it did take a little longer to dry. Even when it dried it was prone to dinting for another 10 minutes or so. This is definitely one I would apply whilst watching tv in the evening when I have time to let it dry properly.

My nail polish didn’t chip for 2 days, without a top coat. My nails are prone to chipping and peeling. The hardener did in fact harden my nails and protected them from splitting and peeling but only for 48 hours or so.

I bought mine for €9.95 in Boots but it was on offer – Buy one get one free. I also bought Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat, which I prefer. Click here to see the review.

Do you use nail hardener? What Sally Hansen products have you tried?

 

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Make-up Trend A/W 2010 – Red Lips

Red lips is a regular Autumn/Winter trend. It’s a true classic! This season the red lip trend is much more contemporary and a lot less retro.

Instead of vintage fire engine, Reds injected with berry and raspberry were seen on the A/W catwalk at Dolce & Gabbanna (left).

A few tips for re-creating this look:

Keep the rest of your make-up neutral. Be careful though, neutral does not mean bare. Your skin, eyes and cheeks should look polished.

Use a sharp lip pencil for precision (if you have trouble getting the point sharp place the liner in the fridge for a while before paring).

The Cupid’s bow is the focus – draw on deep to re-create the D&G look.

Experiment with the shape, tone and texture until you find what works for you.

If you look at closeups taken backstage at Dolce and Gabbanna you can see that the lips are drawn very slightly beyond the natural lip line. A word of caution, unless you’re experienced at this, practice.

D & G went for a moist-matte look but hyper-glossy raspberry red lips would also hit the spot.

I think this seasons red lip trend will be easier to wear than the 50′s red look. It’s more forgiving and it’s also more contemporary. Don’t be afraid to try it – you might love it!

Enjoy experimenting!

What are your thoughts on this trend?

 

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Carmex Strawberry

Carmex is a cult favourite. I remember the first time I tried it – I was 14 and visiting my dad’s salon. My lips were so chapped that they were cracking and bleeding (ick! I know). A colleague of my dads, James Mooney, produced a tube of Carmex from his pocket, informing that he bought it in the US. Well, it worked a treat. My lips healed in no time but I was disgusted to find out that Carmex wasn’t available in Ireland at the time.

Well as we know that changed quite some years ago. Since then I always keep a pot in my handbag. I’m not entirely sure why I like the pot so much, I have never purchased the tube.

The one negative thing I have to say about Carmex is that it smells a little off-putting. I have gotten used to the smell. But for those of you who like sweet lip balms here’s something new.

I was sent a sample of Carmex Strawberry the other day and have been testing it for a few days now.

Conclusions:

  • Contains SPF15. UV protection in a lip product can only be a good thing.
  • Smells like strawberry milkshake
  • Still has the same menthol tingle which kicks in a few seconds after application. Overall the menthol dominates the strawberry flavour.
  • Feels sheerer than my usual pot of Carmex. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I like the thickness of the product in the pot.
  • Very moisturising.
  • Heals cracked, sore lips
  • It doesn’t contains salicylic acid like the original. Major downside to this one. The salicylic acid provides the exfoliation.
  • It doesn’t tint the lips

As much as I like the strawberry flavour I don’t think it will replace my love for the original in pot form. The sweet scent of the strawberry is a little much for my nostrils. If you like sweet scents and fruity lipbalms in general then you’ll love this.

Let me know what your favourite lip balm is?

 

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Tips for Hooded Eyelids

You have a hooded eyelid if the lid is mostly hidden by a fold of skin that comes from above the socket. In terms of make-up application here are a few tips to help.

When you look forward into the mirror you probably don’t see a lot of eyelid space. You may think that there is no point to applying shadow to this area but don’t avoid it. Others will see it when you blink.

Apply a light shade on the inner corner of the lid. This will open the eye up and help make the area look larger. If dark shadow is applied here on hooded eyes it makes the eyes appear smaller and only accentuates the hoodedness.

Open your eye and mark about half a centimetre above the point that your eyelid masks. Blend eyeshadow up to that point. This is the area that is visible once your eyes are open.

Soften the shadow and blend upwards towards the brow bone. Get rid of any harsh lines.

You aren’t of course limited to this method but it’s a great way to make the best out of hooded eyes.

I hope this was useful. Thanks for the request.

What eye shape have you?

 

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*Image thanks for eyestune.com

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