Review | Bare Minerals Precious Gems

                              
                          
                   
The last review of 2015 is here and oh boy it’s a good one. Santa, family and friends have been very good to me this Christmas and I received this as a present from a friend.  
     
                  

The three precious gems are called Pink Passion, Plumberry Pop and Nude Passion. The three are lip balms made of oil. Usually I’m not a fan of balms because although hydrating the colour is usually crap but I was pleasantly surprised at how pigmented the colour was.

                      
Plumberry Pop

Nude Passion

Pink Passion

  The Swatch

   

These are what the balms are like applied to skin. The Nude Passion is a great lip colour for an everyday look and the Plumberry Pop is my favourite colour because you can apply it lightly or heavily for a day or nighttime look.

Have you tried these oil lip balms? Let me know if you like them in the comments.
Until next week,
happy reading & tea drinking,

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Tutorial | Christmas Make Up featuring video


This weeks blog post is a Christmas make up tutorial I did for Róisín, TG4. To help get into the festive spirit I’ve created a party look that will see you through the festive season. The video is through  Irish ( my first language) so I’ve written the steps in English below!   
Step 1 
First things first apply a primer all of the face. I used Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer.

Step 2

                     

I applied the foundation Vichy Dermablend and concealed with L’Oreal Miracle Blur and blended with a beauty blender.

Step 3

                     

I contoured under Eilín’s jaw, her forehead and the bridge of the nose with NYX’s Wonder Stick.

Step 4

With the same Wonder Stick I highlighted under Eilín’s eyes in a upside down shape and blended the contour and highlight with a beauty blender.

Step 5

I patted Urban Decay’s eye primer potion before I applied the W.O.S from the Naked Basics Palette as a base.

Step 6

Using my current favorite eyeliner, Milani Eye Tech Perfection in black i drew a thick line of liner from the inner corner and stopped before the end of the brow.

Step 7

Using Barry M’s gel liner in silver I carefully drew a thin line above the original eyeliner to make it pop. I used a very thin brush doing this.

Step 8

I lined the lips using PS Love lip liner in a plum shade. Lip liner is great for making sure your lipstick doesn’t bleed and if you want to enhance your lips it certainly helps.

Step 9

I then applied a lip lacquer from New look all over the lips.

Step 10

Apply highlighter and translucent powder to finish off the look!

The final look



Video Tutorial 




You’ll look so fab you’ll want to do this <3

                        

Happy reading & tea drinking,

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Product List

Primer : Rimmel Fix & Perfect €8.99
Foundation: Vichy Dermablend €21.99
Concealer : L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Concealer Corrector €9.99
Contour  : NYX Wonderstick €14
Highlight: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator €10
Powder : ELF High Definition Powder €5.55
Urban Decay Primer Potion :€27
Black Eyeliner: L’oreal Super Liner €9.99
Silver eyeliner : Waterproof Gel Eyeliner by Barry M no.3 €7.99
Mascara: Urban Decay Perversion €22
Brows : NYX Tame & Frame 02 Chocolate €7.75
Lashes: Haute Couture €6.49
Lipliner : PS Love Lipliner €1.50

Lipstick : New Look €6

5 LIP PRODUCTS UNDER €5

                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

5 lip products that will make you want to do this. 

                   

1. Forever Aloe Lips 

Forever Aloe Lips |  €3.75 http://ireland.thealoe.co/aloe-lips/ 

2.  Penneys PS Love Lip Liner

 Penneys PS Love Lip Liner | €1.50

3. W7 Mega Matte Lips

W7 Mega Matte Lips | €2.79  http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/w7-mega-matte-lip-gloss

4. Lipcote

Courtesy of Boots.com

5. Seventeen All Out Pout Lip Palette Woo Me

Courtesy of Boots.com

 Seventeen All Out Pout Lip Palette Woo Me | €4.55 http://www.boots.ie/All-Out-Pout-Lip-Palette

                                   

Happy reading & tea drinking,

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5 Stocking Fillers Under €20!

Last week’s post was The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2015. So, this week I’ve decided to write about the perfect stocking fillers for different friends we all seem to have! 

The Party Animal

                          

We all have that one friend who is always ready to go. Coming into party season why not help her get into the season with a glam kit. I like this St. Tropez Express Party Cracker because it’s a thoughtful and a useful gift. The packaging is lovely and adds to the Christmas theme.

  

                       €14.50 |  http://www.boots.ie/en/St-Tropez-Express-Party-Cracker_1700722/

The Selfie Addict

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You’ll usually find this friend looking for some ‘good’ lighting or pulling a pout into the lens of a camera. We’re all guilty of taking selfies (I know I am) but for the friend who is addicted to Instagram this fish eye lens will make your everyday photo look interesting. 

The Friend who is ALWAYS cold

Constantly complaining about how cold it is but never seems to have a scarf or hat or gloves with them. Not only is it thoughtful but you’ll be seen as a hero.

The Beauty Babe

Always on top of the next beauty trend and is full of endless beauty hacks. This friend is always on hand with beauty advice so why not buy her something for her collection. She’ll thank you for it!


€19 | Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss http://www.debenhams.ie/lipgloss

Nail Art Junkie

#notd or #nailartjunkie are one of the many hashtags you’ll see on this gals Instagram posts. 

Breaking a nail is a disaster not to mention if she can’t get her usual nail appointment! So pop this present in and she’ll be bang on trend!

Models Own Nail Art Tool Kit | €11.75 http://www.asos.com/Models-Own-Nail-Art-Tool-Kit

I hope you liked this post! Let me know in the comments if you’ve bought any of these stocking fillers or if you found them useful!

Happy reading & tea drinking,

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Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2015.

Lots of these types of posts have been floating around the web and I’ve decided to join in. Yes, I know it’s still november and some of you are are like
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                                                                    or want to do this

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but if you’re anything like me, you’ll look like this at the mention of the C word.
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Men’s Gift Guide 

  1. Scratch Map | €22 http://www.internationalbooks.ie/scratchmap
  2. Manfrotto Tripod | €24.99 http://www.harveynorman.ie/manfrotto-pixi-white-tripod.html
  3. Daniel Wellington St Mawes Men’s Watch | €119 http://www.fields.ie/watches/daniel-wellington/
  4. Nespresso Coffee Machine | €119.96 http://www.harveynorman.ie/-nespresso-coffee-machine/
  5. Skydive | €299 http://skydive.ie/shop/training-assisted-free-fall/
  6. Parrot A.R Drone 2.0 Power Edition | €349  http://www.harveynorman.ie/drones/
  7. Recording Session | Varied http://www.apstudios.net/gift-vouchers/

Women’s Gift Guide 

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | €14.20 http://www.easons.com/p-626774-gone-girl.aspxi
  2. Once Upon A Time Series | €20 http://www.hmv.ie/Once-Upon-a-Time-
  3. iPhone 6 | €24 http://eu.riverisland.com/women/phonecases
  4. Benefit Advent Calendar |  https://www.benefitcosmetics.com/
  5. River Island Handbag | €55 http://eu.riverisland.com/women/bags–purses/
  6. Asos Penguin Onesie | €55.88 http://www.asos.com/asos-christmas-penguin-onesie
  7. Viktor Rolf Flower Bomb Perfume | €80.10 http://www.boots.ie/Viktor-Rolf-Flowerbomb-
I hope you enjoyed this post! A stocking filler post will be featured next week.
Happy reading and tea drinking,
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Skint or Minted?

I will forever scroll through online boutiques or stroll through shops for a bargain. There are many items of clothing or accessories which if copied look cheap. However, I’m a firm believer that you can take inspiration from certain styles and those styles can be incorporated into affordable prices.

So you’ve spotted these amazing boots and they’ll look great at the Christmas party but wait, you’re so far away from pay day.
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So you’re like …

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 but then you read this post and you realise all is well in the world 
and maybe just maybe you can buy those boots after all.

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1. Over The Knee Boot

Over the knee boots are everywhere these days and I love them. Like most trends the over the knee boot faze won’t last forever.

1. €80.88 http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-KICK-IT-OFF-Over-The-Knee-Boots/

2. €36.99 http://www.misspap.co.uk/kayleigh-black-suede-thigh-high-boots.aspx

2. Denim Mini Skirt

A trend that we has crossed over from the Summer is the denim skirt. I love that it has lasted different seasons because you know that when you purchase it, it won’t go out of style in a matter of weeks. I bought mine at the end of the summer and I love it!

1. €42.65 http://www.asos.com/Vero-Moda/Vero-Moda-A-Line-Denim-Skirt/

2. €24 http://www.boohoo.com/day-skirts/kelly-denim-button-front-mini-skirt/invt/azz00436

3. The Cape

I LOVE this trend. I bought this Penneys version on the right. Such a bargain and so wearable this time of year!

1.  €49  https://www.missguided.eu/plus-size-chunky-knitted-cape-grey

2. €19 from Penneys.

4. Hats

Another big trend we saw moving from one season to another was the floppy hat. I picked it up in Penneys a few weeks ago and I love it. This is a great way to add colour to an outfit and a colour that will always stay on trend!

1. €37 http://eu.riverisland.com/women/accessories/hats/dark-purple-black-trim-floppy-hat-670937
2. €10 in Penneys.

5. Ankle Grazers 

As a short gal these jeans are a godsend! Jeans always scrunch up at the bottom so I’m loving how these fit me to a T!

1. €52 http://eu.topshop.com/en/tseu/product/clothing-485092/jeans-485111/ankle-grazer-jeans-4346724/moto-vintage-rinse-leigh-jeans-4064900?bi=0&ps=200

2. €27 http://www.boohoo.com/skinny-jeans/abby-high-rise-skinny-blue-black-jeans/invt/azz21568

happy reading & tea drinking,
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