Monday, 30 January 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #15

This is the last make up shake up of January! People always seem glad to see the end of January for some reason, whereas it just scares me that we're a month in to 2012 already. I have my last 2 days at my current job tomorrow and Tuesday, then 3 days off! Wahoo!

Skin79 Super+ Triple Function BB Cream - Back to the BB Cream this week, due to sheer laziness. I am so fed up with washing make up brushes, especially foundation brushes, that I am going with this BB cream as I whack it on with my fingers and that's it. No muss, no fuss.

NYC Blushable Creme Stick Big Apple Blush - Still sticking with this! I need to expand my cream blush choice, really! Perfect as a base for powder blush and makes it last longer.

Avon Arabian Glow Multistylo - I have had this for yonks and never bothered with it as I didn't know what the heck to do with it! I got it as part of a present and it's meant to be a '3 in 1' product for eyes, lips and cheeks. It looked ridiculous on my eyes and lips so it got thrown in the make up box and forgotten about. I then found it again the other day and realised "Cream bronzer, duh!" so it will get a try!

Sleek Blush Rose Gold - My favourite! Need I say more?!

Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust Rose Gold - An item I received in the December Joliebox and haven't yet used as I'm not sure what to do with it! It's a bit shimmery and sparkly for using as a blush, so I will see how it goes with this.... maybe try it on a day I don't have work!

No. 7 Eye shadow Duo - This was part of a Christmas present gift set and I've not used it yet, so best change that. The shades look nice; a neutral pinky colour and a blue/indigo.

Inglot Freedom Palette Matte 360 and Pearl 423 - I won this in Rachel's giveaway a while ago and need to make more use of it. I love the shades and the shadows themselves and really want to get more Inglot shadows. I think a trip to Dublin for this purpose alone is in order!

Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara - Can you believe I bought this in Florida in September and have only just opened it?! I wish I'd opened it sooner now - love!

Natural Collection Lip Liner - I think this shade is Almond but don't quote me on it. My make up course is teaching me the value of lip liner! This is definitely a bargain at £1.99 in Boots.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick Shy Girl - A peachy nude lipstick that should work well with the lip liner. I love the formula of Cremesheen lipsticks, very smooth and not at all drying.

New CID i-gloss Baby Doll - Another item from the December Joliebox. The colour is really nice and the formula is lovely and smooth, however, it lights up when you open it. Argh! It is immensely annoying. The light is blueish white and blinding. It washes the colour out of your face so you can't tell what the gloss looks like when applying it either. Daft, gimmicky feature. The mirror on the side is handy though.

Have a great week everyone! Don't forget to check out my last post to enter my Giveaway!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

300 Follower Giveaway! (NOW CLOSED)


I know this has been a long time coming, as I hit 300 just before Christmas, however there were so many Christmas giveaways on the go, I thought I would wait and gather up some nice items for it.

So, here we go!
Up for grabs are Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers, MUA Immaculate Collection Palette, VO5 Miracle Concentrate, Superdrug Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream, MeMeMe Moonbeam Highlighter and Accessorize Aztec Nail Polish.

Here we have a closer look at the items...

The MeMeMe Moonbeam Highlighter is a bit of a dupe for Benefit's Highbeam, and I love it! It gives a healthy, dewy glow to the skin and a little goes a long way, so it lasts for ages. The Accessorize Aztec Nail Polish is such a difficult shade to describe... it gleams from purple to green to gold. It is really stunning.
You have no doubt heard me profess my love for VO5 Miracle Concentrate on here before. It is a fabulous hair oil that keeps hair healthy, shiny and soft. I also love this Superdrug Illuminating Moisture Cream as it gives skin a beautiful glow either when worn alone or under foundation, or even as a highlight. Again, a little goes a long way otherwise you can look like a discoball!

The MUA Immaculate Collection palette has a great selection of shades, and even an Urban Decay Dupe or two! You can see my review of this palette here.
I'm sure you have seen a blog post or two on these beauties! The infamous Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers. They are used in nearly every YouTube make up tutorial I've ever watched, and frequently referred to as the best that there are. I bought two pairs at my make up course; one for me and one for you! These are brand new, so please excuse the dent in the box, they got a bump or two in my bag on the way home.
So now the basics...

The Rules:
-  This giveaway is open internationally (please note that if the winner lives in the UK the prize will be sent recorded delivery, however if the winner lives outside the UK, this will not be possible)
-  You must be a follower of my blog using GFC.
-  Leave a comment on this post telling me what you're looking forward to this year!

- Please state your name on GFC and an email address so I can contact you. (1 entry)

Additional Entries:
+1 entry: Follow me on Twitter AND tweet about this giveaway - 

I entered the @gottaloveatrier 300 Follower Giveaway! #gottaloveagiveaway 

+2 entries: Put my giveaway picture (above) in your blog side bar and link it to this giveway.
+3 entries: Write a blog post about this giveaway including the above picture and a link.

So if you do all of the above options, you will have 7 entries!  If you do any of the additional entry methods please state which in your comment and leave any relevant links.  

I cannot stand unfairness and cheating so I will check that you have followed the rules. If your blog/twitter account was created purely for entering giveaways, your entry will not be counted.

This giveaway ends at noon UK time on Thursday 16th February 2012.  The winner will be selected using  My decision is final.

Happy entering :)

NB: I had originally put the wrong clsoing date above, this is now rectified. Gieveaway open from 3 weeks as of date of this post.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Royal Lip Brush

I have really been enjoying make up brushes recently, in case you can't tell! It is very true that the tools you use to apply make up can make all the difference to the final result, and so different brushes can help you vary application and how a product looks on you.
To be honest, on a daily basis, do I faff about with lip brushes? No. I slick lipstick on straight out of the bullet, like 99% of people do.  However now that I am learning about applying make up on others and how to achieve different looks, a lip brush is a necessity. Would you apply a lipstick not knowing whose mouth it had been on previously? Of course not! Brushes are more hygenic for your clients as they can be washed after every use.
You might not always want a thick layer of lippie, which is also when a lip brush comes in handy. You can apply a light stain or build it up to your desired intensity. They can also be used for applying gloss too, of course.
Call it redundant, but I like it when a brush states its function 'on the tin'! Makes life simpler sometimes.
I received this Royal lip brush from and I really like it. The fine, tapered tip of the brush makes applying lipstick accurately such a breeze. It applies it precisely and lightly, almost like adding a stain to your lips, but of course this can be built up too.
I used it to apply my Miners Fashion Matte Lipstick in Starlet, which as you can see, is a vivd hot pink. It gave a lovely result, bright but not too crazy looking, which this colour can sometimes be!
It also looked beautiful with a slick of gloss over the top and didn't go gloopy at all, thanks to the application. I haven't even told you the price yet - £1.99! Yep. A worthy little investment I think!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

New Make Up Brushes!

On my first day on my make up course I ended up spending £70 I hadn't been expecting to part with. I felt a bit guilty at first, as I always do after a big purchase. However, I figured that I would have to get some brushes for my kit sooner or later, and so this set was a good place to start. 

Oooh look at my fancy roll!

This set has 14 brushes, which works out at £5 per brush. I also think, honestly, that these brushes are fantastic quality. I prefer them over my Lauren Luke brushes (although I do still like my LL ones, and use them daily, as I am trying to only use these as my kit!).

(L-R): Eye Liner Brush / Concealer Brush / Flat Definer Brush / Lip Brush / Angled Brush
The handles are long and lightweight, matte black with the make up studio name printed on the handle. I know there are a few bristles sticking out at an angle from the Liner Brush, but this is because I put the guard on wonky; now rectified! I must admit here that the names I am giving these brushes are just my names for them, based on what I use them for! Obviously you can call them whatever you like and use them for whatever you prefer.

(L-R): Eye Definer Brush / Small Socket Brush / Socket Brush / Angled Shader / Fluffy Shadow Brush
I think that, if you were at a push, you could do a whole face of make up with only this kit. There are some synthetic brushes and some natural sable ones. They wash really well too; these photos were taken the day after their second wash and they still look brand new.

Double-ended Spoolie and Comb Brush
The metal end on this scared me a little - I have nightmares of poking my own or someone else's eye out with it! Handy if used with care though, for brushing through brows and lashes.

(L-R): Foundation Brush / Blush Brush / Powder Brush
The foundation brush is also great for cream blush and highlighter. The powder brushes are so soft, and I am so happy with finally having a decent blush brush. I wish I could use them on myself every day but as I said, I am trying to relegate these for 'kit only' usage... it is breaking my heart slightly!

These brushes are available to buy for £120 from the make up studio, while students get them at the discounted price of £70. I think it it £70 well spent, and think it is a great starter set. While they may not be up to the standards of MAC brushes or the like, I think they will serve me well for a long time, and more than be worth the money.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #14

I only have one repeat from last week's products in my selection today, other than that, it's all things I haven't used in a while...

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15 - I changed from my Healthy Mix this week as I had some issues with it clinging to a dry patch on my nose last week... I didn't have a dry patch until I used the foundation and it took a while to shift it even with extra exfoliating and moisturising. Annoying!

NYC Blushable Creme Stick Big Apple Blush - This is the only product I am using again this week, as my make up course so far has really showed that using a cream blush under powder blush really ensures that it lasts, which I need it to!

VIVO Blush with Highlighter Duo Pink Primrose - A brilliant budget blush! The pink looks so bright in the pan but just adds a natural warm glow to the cheeks. The highlighter is decent too, and used on its own works well on the browbone and on top of cheekbones. Or when feeling lazy just swirl the brush in both and you're sorted!

MAC eyeshadow quad Dazzlelight, Jest, Woodwinked, Handwritten - I am just going to be honest here; this MAC quad I got in September has barely been used as, frankly, I was really disappointed with the pigmentation and texture of the shadows. Sacriliege? Perhaps, but they were my first MAC shadows and I was expecting big things after seeing how crazy bloggers and YouTubers are about them, and then was totally let down. However, on my course we have actually used Jest in nearly every look so far, so I am going to persist with these.

Avon Supershock Mascara - This could be the old Supershock's swan song outing; it's a bit too dry now! *sob*

L'Oréal Infallible Lipstick Perpetual Peach - A warm orange toned peach that isn't too scary for everyday wear. It is rather long lasting, too, as the name would suggest.

NYC Liquid Lip Shine Brighton Beach Peach - It's peachy lip products all round this week! I really do like the NYC glosses; lovely colours and not sticky at all. Definitely going to stock up on them.

I hope you all have had a great weekend. This week is my last full week in work -YAY! No doubt it will drag as a result though, and I as of yet have no idea what my new job will entail.

I have been enjoying my make up course a lot, and am getting immensely excited to get started on a new venture! Next Saturday we are doing Brows and Contouring, and part of our homework was to draw or paint an apple... I think it's to make you look at light vs shade? Any other explanations welcome! I spent an hour this evening doing it, so I shall leave you with my picture!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Weakness for Wedges

Sarenza are offering one lucky blogger the amazing opportunity to become a Sarenza Ambassador. As a large footed lady, I often have shoe woes, and so thought this was too good an opportunity to ignore!

After much perusal of the awesome array of shoes on the Sarenza website, I was struggling to narrow it down.What should favourite shoes encapsulate? They should fit my humongous hooves, for a start. I thought about my most worn shoes. The words flat, comfortable and practical came to mind... uninspiring stuff.

I thus determined that favourite shoes are the ones I wish I could wear every day, but to do so would make them less special. They should be so captivatingly cool that to observe them for to long is to make your soul weep with longing....

They should also come in my size, lest we forget.

Enter the Gold Star Wedge

I have always lusted after Iron Fist shoes but have never tried them on, for fear that they do not fit. This would only leave me with cramp in my feet and tears in my eyes.

Do you know the woe of big feet?! Most shoes are off limits. Shops either don't stock them at all, or else they order very few which sell like hot cakes. I frequently find shops sell small fitting size 8s! Essentially, getting our hopes up, but breaking our hearts at the last minute. (The last minute usually involves an elevated pulse, a mild sweat and minor foot injuries.)

These wedges deliver - impressive and versatile. They would work wonderfully with skirts, shorts, dresses, skinny jeans, tights... They are stunning but wouldn't kill my arches like stilettos They also appease my inner
rock chick. It's not regression to my teens; it's nostalgia in the form of fantastic footwear.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Finished Product! Nivea SOS Hand Balm

2.  Nivea Hand Balm 50ml
18th January 

I received this hand balm as part of my prize from Hazel's giveaway. I had never tried this type before, but I definitely would again. I kept this tube in work as the water there makes my hands very dry, and this stuff was brilliant! Really thick and moisturising. If you have very dry hands, susceptible to bring chapped or sore, I think this would be really good for you. I loved the smell to. As you can see, I chopped it open once I was unable to squeeze any more product out, and after cutting the top off I got about another two weeks' use out of it! 

In other news, I have finished the first book of 2012, wayhey! So I have updated my Reading Challenge page above as well as my Project Pan page! It's a good start, folks!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

2012 Project Pan

Oh what a cliché! I see these Project Pan posts and wonder how folk can be bothered picking out certain products to finish up, or determining a certain number of items they want to use. I have so many at the minute, I would have no idea where to begin!

However, I did say in my 2012 Resolutions that I needed to do some sort of make up challenge, due to my ever increasing stash. This stash will increase even more this year, once I finish my make up course and start building up my kit, however my kit will be separate from my own products.

I have simply settled on a Project Pan with no specific number in the title, for fear that I let it down! This Project Pan includes all make up items, plus products like body scrubs and lotions as I now have so many they are threatening to take over my bedroom. I have created a new Project Pan page above, where I will note down what products I finish and when, then I can see what I achieved at the end of the year! I do have an estimated aim of twelve products though, as that would be roughly one item per month which should be plausible.

Obviously some products I will get through faster than others, especially those that I use everyday (eg: cleanser, moisturiser, hand cream etc) but every product counts in my battle against product overload.

So let me begin with item numéro uno- this innocuous little lad:

Product used up:
1. Soap & Glory Flake Away 50ml

You can track my progress herein on the 2012 Project Pan page. Let the challenge commence!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #13

I cannot believe it's Sunday already; I am so tired! After such a busy weekend last week, I have barely rested again this week! Work during the week, and then on Saturday I started a make up course, which is extremely exciting!! I enjoyed it immensely, and cannot wait to go again this Saturday, even if it means 1 day weekends until mid-February! I am one step closer to having a brand new career path!

I will have to recycle some of last weeks items this week, for various reasons...

MeMeMe Seventh Heaven Moisturising Facebase - I really like this facebase, it has a creamy yet gel like consistency, and smells divine! It is perfect for everyday use and a little goes a long way. For the time being, this will now replace my Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer, as I feel the HC one is best suited for nights out or 'heavy duty' make up occasions.

Bourjois Healthy Mix 51 Light Vanilla - I am using this foundation again this week as, basically, I really like it! The shade is a great match for my natural skin tone and it is fine when I don't have to many blemishes, like now (touch wood).

NYC Blushable Cream Stick Big Apple Blush - I am back to using this cream blush again. We were using cream blushes at the course on Saturday and it has inspired me to crack this one out. It is a lovely everyday shade.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush - Another everyday shade, this pink blush provides just the right amount of colour which can be built up for more intensity. Plus it is just lovely to look at!

Avon Super Magnify Mascara - Same as last week! I like the brush of this as it separates the lashes nicely. It can be hard to do a second coat with this but for work I really don't mind.

No.7 Palette - The same as last week too. I barely used it so must make more of an effort!

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick Creme D'Nude - One of my favourite lipsticks ever! Look how little I have left of this! Major sad face. I will definitely replace this when it runs out; I don't think it is my perfect nude, but almost!

No. 7 Moisturising Balm - I was surprised to see that this was called a balm, as I assumed it was a gloss. I suppose it feels quite balm-like on the lips, but I wouldn't replace my Blistex with it! It is very sheer and so just gives lips more shine than colour.

Those are this weeks items! Now if you'll excuse me, I am off to be a major geek by writing out my notes from Saturday's class in a tidy fashion and do my homework! (It involves watching Youtube videos and making local rumour mongers think I am getting married due to the purchasing of Bridal Magazines) Have a great week everyone!

Friday, 13 January 2012

Clarisonic Mia on BuyPowa for £90!

I thought some of you ladies might be interested in the fact that today the Clarisonic Mia is back on BuyPowa!! Once 80 people enter the co-buy, everyone gets the Mia for £90! This is a total bargain considering it normally retails at £120!

Grab a bargain! I would if it were payday!!

NARS Night Series Palette

Lady Luck has been on my side again lately! To top off getting a new job last week, this little beauty then arrived in the post for me! I won it in the Christmas Giveaway by the lovely Aoife, whose blog is Fashion Turn to the Right.

I know many people dislike NARS packaging, with its rubberised cases, but I have to say I like it. The case is sturdy and looks chic; definitely one to show off when taking it out of your make up bag. I do agree though that it is hard to keep the buggers clean; I am oft spied wiping down this type of packing with a face wipe to remove smudges and marks.

JUST LOOK at those colours!! It was love at first sight. I truly love them all, even the green, and I never wear green eyeshadow. This really is a gorgeous 'night out' eyeshadow palette; beautiful, smoky, dark, sparkly and attention seeking. Yus.

The shades would look great in many combinations, and their texture is wonderful. Creamy and soft, with plenty of pigmentation in one swipe. The palest shades look the least impressive in the photos, but in real life I thought they were fine; perfect pale shades for blending out the other deep, smoky shadows.
Night Rider / Night Flight / Night Breed
Night Star / Night Clubbing / Night Porter
Huge thanks to Aoife for this amazing prize; it has pride of place on my palette rack! It will be well loved!

P.S.: In other, rather exciting news, the Blogs We Love page on the Sugahfix website has now been updated with photos and information about Northern Ireland bloggers! I am so chuffed about this, so a huge thank you to Katrina and the Sugahfix team for this lovely gesture! Wee old me, on a proper website and everything! Shucks!