Oct 1, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Maleficent for Blank Canvas Cosmetics

Maleficent for Blank Canvas Cosmetics

Last Sunday I turned my very lovely friend Laura into the Mistress of Evil, Malficent for a Blank Canvas Cosmetics demo at the Pro Beauty Show in the RDS.  Maleficent is such a fun character to create and to dress up as and would make a great Halloween costume.  There are two main forms of Maleficent: the green cartoon version and the more sculpted film version. Sunday’s Maleficent was a mix of the two.  I used vivid colours on the eyes to create a cartoon look and kept the skin less green and more sculpted.

All of the products and brushes for this look were cruelty free and or vegan.  All of the brushes were from Blank Canvas Cosmetics.  Blank Canvas just released the Dimension Series II range and the brushes are absolutely amazing. As far as I’m concerned, there are no better brushes on the market. The brand is so incredibly innovative and consistently produce high quality fantastic products.  I used a combination of the Dimension Series I and II and the original series for Maleficent.

Here’s how I created Maleficent:

Eyes

I always do eyes first and this look was no different.  I used eye shields (for the first time) from Penneys under the eyes to give a more defined and exaggerated shape to the shadows.  I used an eye primer from Essence before taking the brand new E45 duo fibre blending brush and took a light purple from the Blank Canvas 88 colour shadow palette and applied … Read the rest

Sep 12, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Princess Leia

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    Comments Off on Talk Disney to Me: Beauty and the Beast from Penneys

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    Comments Off on ELF Cosmetics

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

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