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Oct 18, 2017 - Blog    No Comments

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    No Comments

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    No Comments

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

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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