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Dec 1, 2017 - Blog    No Comments

Kat Von D Beauty

I absolutely adore Kat Von D and I have done since her Miami Ink days that eventually lead to the start of LA Ink.  I loved the stories, the art and most of all Kat’s personality.  For years I have wanted to try Kat Von D’s make-up line and I was so excited when Debenhams announced its arrival.  I have tried a couple of products from the line so here are my thoughts:

Shade and Light Palette (€46)

The palette consists of three quads of neutral, warm and cool shadows.  A range of looks can be created with these shades from barely there natural make-up to a full on smokey eye.  I use a primer with these shadows.  My favourite combination of shadows is Lucius on the lid, Samuel over my crease, Solas to define my outer corners and Liberatus on the inner corner of my eye and across my brow bone.  The shadows are long lasting and well pigmented.  I’d 100% buy this pallete again.

Shade and Light Palette Glimmer (€47)

I had a voucher and decided to purchase this palette when it was released in September or October.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it as it is so pretty.  The colours are beautiful and like the original palette, they are well pigmented and long lasting.  Quartz is my  favourite shade.  There is a mixture of shimmer, glitter and matte shadows.  I think the Glimmer palette would make a great Christmas gift.

Tattoo Liner (€20)

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Oct 25, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Halloween Collections

Halloween Collections

Continuing with all things Halloween, today I’m going to give my views on some of the latest Halloween collections available.

Makeup Revolution

Makeup Revolution have launched a whole range of great Halloween goodies this year including liquid latex, fake blood, ghost whitener, special fx kit, lipsticks and highlighters.  Everything looks great and is really affordable.  I’m very impressed with the special fx kit which essentially contains all of the same pigments as a bruise wheel but at a fraction of the cost.  I haven’t yet tried out the kit, however, I have tried the Ghost Highlighter and Kiss of Death lip kit.  Starting with the highlighter, it is just gorgeous.  I love that there is a skull in the pan.  I hadn’t tried a lip kit before but picked this one up because it was black.  There are lots of black lipsticks that emerge in shops at Halloween but I’ve never found a good one.  I was also intrigued by the black lip liner.  I absolutely adore this kit.  It is so easy to create a hassle and mess free black lip.  The highlighter is €4 and the lip kit is €8.

Penneys

Again, there are a plenty of Halloween beauties from Penneys this year.  There are amazing kits that cost €10 each and contain everything you’ll need to create certain looks.  The vampire one for example contains blood as well as the necessary make-up.  I decided to try the contour stick.  One side is black and one side is … Read the rest

Oct 18, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Halloween Hygge

Halloween Hygge

I plan to do some Halloween hauls but at the moment I have so much stuff that I don’t even know where to start.  I thought it would be nice to apply Hygge to Halloween.  Hygge is something that I have started to introduce to my life about a year ago.  Halloween is my absolute favourite time of year.  I live for it.  This year, however, it hasn’t been as easy to celebrate Halloween as we have suffered the loss of our beautiful baby, Pumpkin.  I won’t get into that now because it is too painful and sad, instead I’ll discuss some self-caring and fun things to do at Halloween other than eating lots of sweet and scaring the bejaysus out of people (both of which are very great activities). Here are a few Halloween things that I think lend themselves well to the concept.

Pumpkin Soup

I’m not one for being overly warm or cosy.  I hate the idea of fleece socks or pjs as I’m constantly boiling.  Those kind of things make me feel claustrophobic so for me candles and soup is about as toasty as I’m willing to go.  This pumpkin soup is lovely; it is healthy and low in fat.

You will need a pumpkin, a red pepper, an onion and some stock, chicken or vegetable, whichever works for you.

  1. Cut the pumpkin into segments like you would with a melon and roast it in the oven for about 15 minutes.  This will make it easier
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Oct 5, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Jessie from Toy Story

Jessie from Toy Story

A while ago we bought Finch a little Woody costume which prompted some dressing up in matching costumes.

I realise not everyone dresses up with their pets but I love it.  Last year Gatsby and I did a few costumes together but my favourite was our Wednesday and Pugsley Addams outfits.

To match Finch I decided to dress up as Jessie.  This is a super simple look to do.  The costume requires very few items but the main pieces are jeans, a white shirt, a cowboy hat and a red wool wig.  I had cowboy boots (as one does) so I added those too.

To do the make-up I used plenty of cruelty free make-up and completed the following steps:

  1. I used the Light and Shadow palette from Kat Von D Beauty for my eyes using Lucius (beige) shade along the lid and under my brow bone.  In my crease I used Samuel (taupe).  I used Tattoo Liner to create a winged look.  Milk from NYX was added to my waterline to make my eyes look bigger and more doll like.  Finally, I added Wet n Wild’s Lash Renegade mascara.
  2. I primed my skin with Wet n Wild’s primer.
  3. I applied plenty of under eye concealer from ELF.
  4. My foundation of choice for this look was Lock It from Kat Von D Beauty.
  5. I used Wet n Wild’s red lip liner on my brows.
  6. I used Urban Decay’s Flushed contour palette and Angel blush from NYX.
  7. Finally I lined my
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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

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