Sep 12, 2017 - Blog    No Comments

Princess Leia

The start of September saw Force Friday II.  This was the day when the official merchandise of the new Star Wars film was released.  To celebrate the event I decided to dress up as Princess Leia.  To be fair, it really doesn’t take much for me to indulge in fancy dress.  Whatever the day or event, if it involves a costume, I’m all for it.

The Princess Leia look was the ceremonial one from Episode IV A New Hope and it is a really easy look to do for Halloween.  I’ll give a step by step account of how I did my make-up and hair.  I did also throw a very last minute costume together but I felt gross in it on the day so I have decided not to share my outfit photos.   I recycled my Bride of Frankenstein’s Monster costume from a few years ago.  The outfit requires a long white dress and a white cape.  Accessories include a silver necklace with squares and a silver wrist cuff.  I had a cuff but didn’t have a suitable necklace so I made one.  I used a piece of silver chain, some card, tinfoil and a stapler.

The make-up for this look is very simple, natural and fresh; there isn’t much detail.  It takes about 10 or 15 minutes to create this look:

  1. I always do my eyes first.  I used two shades: a white – beige shadow all over my lids and under my brows and a taupe brown
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Sep 7, 2017 - Blog    No Comments

Talk Disney to Me: Beauty and the Beast from Penneys

It is no secret that I am obsessed with Beauty and the Beast and have been for about 25 years.  I can’t actually describe how happy I feel when I see Beauty and the Beast merchandise.  When the film was first released I could only dream of owning Chip cups and a yellow ballgown; those things simply didn’t exist back in the dark ages when I was 7 and they certainly weren’t available in Penneys.  I find it almost therapeutic to be able to purchase these items now.  As I write this post I’m using a Beauty and the Beast mug  and wearing a Chip tshirt.  I have a Beauty and the Beast notebook and pen beside me and there is an enchanted rose on my table.  I’m absolutely thrilled with myself!

Today I’m going to focus on some of the fantastic Beauty and the Beast items I bought in Penneys.   Penneys has become an absolute treasure trove for Beauty and the Beast fans over the last few months.  It has become a full-time obsession to see what they have in stock.  I should warn you that my photos are a bit all over the place purely because there is so much stuff to photograph.

T-shirts

I bought five t-shirts in total.  My favourite is the t-shirt with all of the characters.  It has the wardrobe and dog so it is really special and it was €8.  I also got a t-shirt with True Beauty is Found Within written on … Read the rest

Aug 28, 2017 - Blog    No Comments

ELF Cosmetics

I wanted to try ELF for a while so when I saw that it had landed in Superdrug I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  ELF is a cruelty free budget brand which is always appealing to me.  I tried four different products so here are my thoughts on them.

Illuminating Palette

This palette contains four highlighter shades.  They are not overly shimmery and are well pigmented and long lasting.  I really like the soft finish they provide.  Personally I only use the top two shades as the bottom powders are too dark for me.  My favourite is the first white /  silver highlighter and I have been using this most days.  It is very pretty and can be used to create a soft and pretty glow to the cheekbones or can be used under the brows or across the eyelids for a beautiful finish.  I would certainly buy this product again.

Under the Eye Concealer

The concealer consists of two products, a concealer and a highlighter.  Both have an individual applicator.  When I bought this product both ends were completely empty despite the concealer being sealed.  I was able to return it for a new one.  Whilst I’m very happy with the concealer, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of product in the tubes, particularly on the highlighter side.  The concealer is great for covering my dark circles and making me look more awake.  The highlighter is fine for patting on over the concealer but for … Read the rest

Aug 1, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Photofocus Foundation from Wet n Wild

Photofocus Foundation from Wet n Wild

It is a well established fact that I am completely in love with Wet n Wild.  It is a brand that I rave about to anyone willing to listen.  The brand is cruelty free and offers amazing quality at a fantastic price.

When I saw the new Photofocus foundation I had to try it.  The first thing I noticed was the extensive shade range.  I’m pale skinned and it can often be difficult to find a good colour match.  There were a number of shades for pale skin ranging from neturals to warms and cools.  I was surprised by the amount of options.

The foundation genuinely is incredible.  I’m on my second bottle.  The bottle has an applicator attached to the lid which I like for placing the foundation on my face before using a brush.   I really like this as it means I’m not pouring too much foundation out and wasting it.  The texture is gorgeous and it has great lasting power.  I apply my make-up at 6am and it lasts for the day.

Photofocus has medium coverage and is buildable.  It creates a lovely finish.  For me this foundation performs as well as its high end counterparts.  Unbelievably, it costs €6.99!  I absolutely adore this foundation.… Read the rest

Jul 26, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Wedding Wednesday: Mitchum Deodorant

Wedding Wednesday: Mitchum Deodorant

For today’s Wedding Wednesday installment I’m talking about deodorant. Mitchum very kindly sent me a selection of their products recently and I have been trying them out since I received them.  I was very excited to try these products as I’m always searching for a deodorant that works for me.

Deodorant may not seem that interesting to many people but to me it is something that I’m always on the look-out for.  I’m incredibly sensitive to heat. This means that I’m always warm.  My skin is sometimes hot to touch and people are often quite shocked by it.  Feeling anxious or nervous adds to feeling hot and when that happens I start to feel sweaty.   Even thinking about the wedding brings on panic over starting to flush and sweat so I really needed to feel confident in having a deodorant that works for me.

I’d read great things about Mitchum on various forums and I had high hopes for it.  I was not disappointed.  I received four deodorants, two roll ons and two sticks.  I received an unscented and pure fresh scented version of each. Both the roll on and stick offer 48 hour protection and they really did work.  I tried the deodorant over the recent very hot weather and I felt so incredibly comfortable.  There was no horrible sweaty feeling and I was completely dry for the day.  The deodorants are also quick drying so there is no waiting around for ages to get dressed and they didn’t … Read the rest

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