Saturday, 31 March 2012

OOTD: Daisies and Converse

Another outfit post of what I wore to work recently! A casual dress with tights and trainers. It is a really comfortable dress yet it looks like I've made an effort!

Dress - Peacocks (RIP)
Cardigan - H&M
Tights - Primark
Converse - Journeys (Florida)
I have been laying off the blow drying and hair straightening recently, as you can tell from this photo. Trying to give my hair a break from too much heat styling!

Friday, 30 March 2012

OOTD: Teal Dress

On Wednesday the sun was shining so I thought I'd summerify (totally a real word that I just invented) this dress, which I had been wearing during the Winter with opaque black tights. So, bare legs, pumps and a cardigan it was!

Cardigan - Gift from Poland
Dress - Dorothy Perkins
Pumps - Asda
I really love this dress. The cut and fit is very flattering, and it the reason I bought a second one in purple when it was in the January sale! It is slightly more dressy than what I usually wear to work these days, but I liked it! It isn't so short that it's indecent, which is always a plus when you're 5'8! I was also complimented when I arrived in work and told I was looking 'very lovely' so I'm hoping it wasn't a cruel joke!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

OOTD - Black With Birdies

My first OOTD in approximately 40 years, I know!! When I worked in Belfast, with 6am starts, Winter and late nights in full swing, taking outfit photos was the last thing on my mind, to be honest. Now that I have a new job with slightly more sociable hours and the evenings are lighter, I can take some outfit photos again. This blog started off as a mixture of outfits and beauty, and I'm aware that it has been very much more beauty-based lately, and I don't want to let the OOTD posts fall by the wayside.

I can wear much more casual stuff to work now, which is great. Much easier to pick out an outfit that way, I think! Here is what I wore yesterday:

Cardigan & Trousers - H&M
Shirt & Vest Top - Primark
Converse - Journeys (Florida)
Comfy and cool enough for this random heatwave we are experiencing at the minute! The cardigan is rather necessary though, as the room I work in is quite cool.

Also, along with Laura from Fitz N Bitz, I have been thinking about doing a few videos every now and then - some products are just easier to review or talk about to a camera, rather than typing essay-like posts! I used to do them, then I struggled with time and got The Fear so I made them all private. However now a few friends know about my blog, so they'll only consider me slightly stranger for yapping in front of a camera ;) Let me know whether you think I should venture back in to the world of YT!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Maybelline Eye Studio Colour Tattoo 24Hr

Of course I had to go and track these down as soon as I was anywhere near a Superdrug! These are the new cream/gel shadows from Maybelline, which have been out in the USA and Canada for several months now, while the UK and Ireland have eagerly awaited their arrival! Finally they're here, although the shades have different names from their US/Can counterparts, and not all the shades have been released. Typical!

I have to say, the selection in my local shop was limited; the only shades left in stock were these, On and On Bronze and Eternal Gold, and the turquoise one which I wasn't too keen on.
I really like the simple packaging of these, however the little glass jars are quite heavy and bulky, with a thick, false bottom. Perhaps the thick bottom to the jar is for sturdiness' sake, but it does add extra weight and is deceiving as to how much product is inside!
Consistency wise, I would say that these are more on the gel side, although they are slightly creamy. They glide on to the eye effortlessly and blend easily - I use a brush for hygiene reasons, however if you're going to be the only one using it, a finger would probably suffice. Once these set, they're there for the long haul! They make brilliant eye shadow bases, and can be used on their own or as a liner too. I got about 8 hours' wear out of On And On Bronze before any creasing appeared (I hadn't used any primer under it or powder on top) which I found very impressive.

Eternal Gold
This is a very yellow based gold, with plenty of shimmer, which I think is a bit too stark on its own, for my eyes anyway! The shimmer is very fine, not chunky glitter, which is great. I like this as an eyeshadow base for some of the Naked and Naked2 palette shades, and I think it would look lovely used as an eyeliner. 

On And On Bronze
Out of the two shades, this is definitely my favourite! A rather taupe toned bronze, with a gorgeous shimmer. Again, it makes a great eyeshadow base, but is also gorgeous on its own. As mentioned above, I wore this on its own all day, from 8am - 7pm, with no primer, and slight creasing appeared around 4pm. I thought it was a flattering colour on my blue eyes, and it looked like I had made a proper effort with my make up, when all I'd done was put this all over the eyelid, slightly above the crease and blended! Easy peasy everyday smoky eye!
I don't know whether these would last 24 hours as they claim to, I wouldn't want to try it, personally! Perhaps it is more of a tag line to impress customers? However, here is the bronze shade on my eyelids after almost 11 hours of wear. You can see the slight creasing, but I think it's impressive nonetheless!


These retail at £4.99, which I think is an absolute bargain! They are comparable to MAC Paint Pots in that they make great eyeshadow bases, although the Paint Pots are, I think, creamier, while these are more gel-like. Hhowever I honestly can't compare them more extensively than that!

Price wise, I don't think there's any question though.... and seeing as these are currently on 3 for 2 offer in both Boots and Superdrug, well, let's just say I'll probably own the turquoise shade, and hopefully a few others, soon enough!

Have you had any luck tracking down the Colour Tattoos?! I believe they are quite the Scarlett Pimpernel!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #23

Apologies for the tardiness of this post; I have spent most of today incapable of movement, and was for a short while incapable of speech, due to the mass quantities of bubbly, whiskey and shots consumed last night! It is worth it for the brilliant hen night though!




Skin79 Super+ Triple Function BB Cream - I hardly used this last week as I just used my Murad Primer and it was enough coverage, so I am including this for another week.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 51 and 52 - I need 52 at the minute due to fake tannage, but as the weekend approaches I'll be needing the 51!

Catrice All Round Concealer Palette - I will be needing that wee pink corrector for my under eye circles following this weekend!!

Benefit Posie Tint - This is an item I rarely use, and it is a nice colour so there is no excuse for letting it get neglected.

Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush - I think this will work really well with the Posie Tint! One of my favourite blushes for every day, very natural.

Benefit Celebutante Palette - This got very little use last week so I am including it again too. You can read more about it in last Sunday's post.


Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner Powder Pink - A new product from my March Joliebox, I am gonna use it as an eyeshadow base, as I can't see myself wearing pale pink eyeliner otherwise!

Studio Makeup Line Styler Pen - A felt tip style liner that I got in a beauty box ages ago. I'll probably regret this choice as I remember it was very prone to smudging!

Benefit Eyeshadows in Leggy & Dandy Brandy - I really like these colours! Perfect for an everyday, wearable smoky eye.

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara - A mascara I neglect cos I don't like the big fat brush! I think it is on the way out!


Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo Eternal Gold & On And On Bronze - New toys! I adore these so far, post coming soon!

Urban Decay Complexion Brightening Primer Potion* - I have only used this twice and I am already in love with it. It is so lightweight and creates a smooth base for your foundation, plus it is quite hydrating too! Love.

I hope you all had a good weekend. I am counting down the days until Easter now, so I can get 2 days off work!

*Received from Urban Decay Masterclass. I paid to attend the event and all attendees received goodie bags.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Newry Style City

Fashion loving ladies in Northern Ireland would be well advised to visit Newry between March 24th and April 1st! Their Style City event is taking place, which means several days of enjoyable events for fashionistas and style lovers.


There are both free events and events that require booking tickets in advance. Over this weekend, the 24th and 25th March, events will be taking place at Buttercrane Shopping Centre, including Models in the Mall; between 11am - 4pm the latest spring and summer fashions from a range of shops will be showcased. Throughout the day fashion gurus will be looking out for the most stylish shoppers, who could be in with a chance of winning the Best Street Style title! So get your styling head on!


On Sunday 25th there is a Speed Styling event at the Canal Court Hotel. You can get personalised advice from styling, beauty and lifestyle experts to help you prepare for the latest trends and fashions. This sounds like such a fun evening! It would be fantastic for those who are unsure of what styles suit them or how to rock the latest trends.


Throughout the week there are many other catwalk, style spotting and modelling events taking place - all information can be found on the Newry Style City Facebook page, or at www.newrystylecity.com.

So why not get to Newry and check out some of these fabulous events!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

DIY: Glossy Box Drawers

I saw this idea a while back, originally on JanBan's blog post, and also on Char's blog. They both made fantastic sets of drawers, and because my collection of Glossy Boxes was getting out of control (8 at that point!) I thought this would be a great way to declutter my room, but still have them for storage.

I even bought a glue gun and everything.


So basically, take the lids of 2 glossy boxes - these become the sides of the drawers. Cut off one of the long side panels of each lid. Cut all the side panels off a third lid - this will be the base.

I found this bit very difficult to do, as the card was so tough. I tried three different pairs of scissors to get a tidy edge. I finally resorted to using a razor blade, as I couldn't find a mechanical knife. I do not recommend using razor blades. Just ask my wooden floor.

Then stand the lids upright, with the panel-less edges facing you, and stick on the base. I managed to be a total dunderhead and do this bit wrong at first! I tried to stick the very edges of the base to the bottom edge of the lids... When I realised my mistake, I pulled it apart, and proceeded to stick the base on to the bottom of the narrow panels, if that makes sense?...Yeh, I know. I should have stuck them on top, so that the rough base was on the top of the bottom panels. Oh well.

After that, you basically chop the side panels off another lid and stick it on as a back (again, I stuck it on the outside, it would have looked tidier if stuck on the inside, argh!) and stick on an upturned lid as the top, which also acts as a storage tray.

Then slot in three boxes as drawers, and you're pretty much done! I chopped up some ribbon and glued on loops as handles. It still looks unfinished as I didn't have enough ribbon to disguise the rough edges. I have yet to buy some pretty tape to tidy up the edges.

As you can see, I use it for nail polish storage. It looks nicer than just having loads of boxes stacked on top of each other.

I don't find it entirely functional though, as it is very difficult to pull the drawers out. The reasons for this are twofold; (1) mine are full of nail polish and so quite heavy, (2) the ribbon loops just come off when pulled (I think that's because my glue gun is crap).

I need spilt pins or something to keep the loops in place, or something else that can actually act as a handle. Obviously, the drawers don't have a runner mechanism, so the best way to operate is to remove one at a time starting from the top!

However, my useless glue gun skills aside, this is a great storage idea and looks nice in my bedroom! A really original way to recycle all those boxes! I will know better for when I make the next one (yes, I have another 4 boxes ready to go!).

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Sunday Night Make Up Shake Up #22

I have let laziness and a desire to use up certain items dictate this week's make up selection! Also, as I have a hen weekend this week, these products probably won't make it past Friday! I think I'm going to end up dragging my whole MUA kit with me!!


This week basically revolves around the Celebutante kit from Benefit, which I have had hanging around my collection for ages now. I want to use it up so I can move on with my life! (and clear a space in my palette collection...)



Skin79 Super+ Triple Function BB Cream - I haven't used this in a while, and it minimises the need for brushes, hence less brush washing. Win.

Benefit Benetint - The well-known cheek tint. I only have a small amount left in this mini size one, and although I prefer cream and powder blush, I might as well use this up.

Benefit Highbeam - Pearly liquid highlighter. This is a lovely product but it's hard to get to the last of it in this little tube!

Benefit Dallas - This is kind of multi-purpose, I think it can use used as a blush or a contour, and is a very flattering, matte shade.

Vivo Blush with Highlighter Duo - A very underrated blush, I think! I really like this compact; it provides a natural pink flush to the cheeks and the highlight shade is pretty on its own or swirled with the pink.


Benefit Eyeshadow Leggy and Dandy Brandy - These eyeshadows are a lovely combination. You can see how well-loved Leggy is! A gorgeous shimmery champagne pink which is a great highlight or all-over-lid colour. Dandy Brandy is a slightly shimmery brown, perfect for socket line or a smokier look. I feel a purchase of these in full size creeping up on me...

Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara - This bloody brilliant mascara is starting to dry up! *wail* I am not letting the last of this go to waste! Although it's already annoying me as I prefer wetter formula in a mascara.


Benefit Lipstick Lady's Choice and No Competition - These mini lipsticks are quite good, but I have overlooked them in the past as I just don't think they suit me that much. Lady's Choice is meant to be a nude shade, but I am too pale for it to be a nude on me! No Competition is a deep plum colour, which I just don't use that often.

Benefit Lipgloss I'm With The Band - I loooove this lipgloss! Gorgeous shade. In fact, I'll be surprised if there's much left in the mini tube!

Avon Rose Gold Lipstick Luxurious Blush - I thought I'd throw this in for good measure, as I miss it!

I hope you all have a great week! I am looking forward to a day off tomorrow - cheers, St. Patrick!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Smokey Green Eyes for St. Patrick's Day

I hope everyone has had a lovely St. Patrick's Day! I have had a fairly relaxed one; watched a Co. Antrim team win the All Ireland Hurling Championship, made dinner, and am now enjoying a glass of wine in front of the fire! Here is the green eye shadow look I went with for today:


Probably the only day of the year I will wear green eyeshadow! Here is a list of all the products used:

BASE:
Murad Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation #51 + #51 mixed
NYC Blushable Creme Stick Big Apple Blush
ELF HD Powder
Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush

EYES:
MAC Painterly Paintpot
MUA Intense Eyeliner Snow White
MUA Pearl Eyeshadow #2
120 Pro Palette unnamed green shade
Urban Decay Blackout
Urban Decay Supercurl Mascara
Maybelline Studio Gel Liner Intense Black
HD Brow Kit

LIPS:
MAC Lipstick Creme D'Nude

I hope you all had a lovely day!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Sleek Blush By 3 Palette - Lace

The other week I was in Belfast, and of course popped in to the Castlecourt Superdrug (a veritable makeup Mecca compared to my nearest one now). I was on the hun for the Sleek Blush by 3 palettes, and I wasn't disappointed.

I picked up Lace as the colours appealed to me the most, but I am hoping to pick up a few more before they vanish!



I like the packaging; simple and, well, sleek, I suppose! Sturdy enough, slim and compact.



Top - Bottom: CHANTILLY / GUIPURE / CROCHET
L-R: CROCHET / GUIPURE / CHANTILLY
The blushes are extremely soft and velvety to the touch, especially Guipure. You can see from the photos that in the pan they look extremely bright, and they are well pigmented, but when used lightly they work beautifully, and you won't look like a child who's gone crazy in their mum's make up!


The palette retails at £9.99 for 20g... my maths works that out as 6.67g per blush. Slightly less than the Sleek single pan blushes which are 8g each. You can see that size wise, the blush in the palette is slightly smaller. However, the single blushes are £4.50 each, so money wise the palettes work out better. I have used my Rose Gold above to compare and you've probably noticed how similar it is to Guipure. It was the first thing I noticed! Comparison swatch?

GUIPURE / ROSE GOLD

To my eyes, these look pretty much exactly the same! What do you reckon? In the photo, perhaps Guipure is slightly more coral toned, and Rose Gold a lighter, pinker shade, but when I was looking at these on my hand, I saw no difference at all!

I really hope to pick up more of these palettes! Great variety and quality from Sleek!