Monday, December 1, 2014
I'll be the first to admit that I hadn't really heard much about Youngblood cosmetics before the recent Into the west Blogger network Meet up, but when we received some lovely goodies I made it my business to find out what all the buzz was around the brand.
Well I found out that this company is already quite established in the U.S. and is now launching into the Emerald Isle!!
Youngblood is a brand created by a medical aesthetician, Pauline Youngblood. They are luxury mineral cosmetics, free of parabens, oil, talk and fragrance. This brand is perfect for all skin types and as such has become a favourite with celebrities and of course normal folk like me :)
The products we received were the "Liquid Mineral Foundation" (€35) and "Luminous Créme Blush" (€25)
The foundation contains a mineral complex and claims to hydrate the skin. It has a medium coverage, and from the minute I put it on my skin felt so hydrated. I will say that this is one of my favourite foundations of all time. I applied it with my Sigma f80 flat top kabuki brush, and set it with the Bare Minerals "Mineral Veil" . It was really glowy on the skin. I love it. It lasted all day on me so I was really impressed.
We also received the "Luminous Créme Blush" it's a gorgeous highlighter in "Champagne". I just applied it with my fingers and it added the the overall glow of the foundation.
I'm wearing them both here:
So this brand gets a huge thumbs up from me. I can't wait to try more from Youngblood Cosmetics.
What are your favourite mineral products??
Friday, November 21, 2014
Yes you read the title right.. this is my tanning Ritual, and what a ritual it is. As some of you may know I have been diagnosed with a serious condition known as Pale Irish-Girl-itis. The symptoms are pale freckley almost blue skin.
As a result of this I have been on the search for the perfect self tanner for years and trust me I have tried my fair share from high end to bargain basement. To my dismay I found that I was like the goldilocks of self tanners. This one is too orange, this one is too patchy, this one is too expensive. Well let me tell you I have found the one that is JUUUUST RIGHT, and that of course is Cocoa Brown.
Here is my fool proof tanning routine.
I use Cocoa Brown "TOUGH STUFF" to prep my skin for tan. I use this the night before all over my body focussing mainly on the knees heels and elbows as these areas CLING onto tan. I also use this to remove tan before applying a fresh coat. Tough Stuff retails for €5.99 and is available in Penneys and most good pharmacies.
When you exfoliate it is really important to use a moisturiser, as your skin can feel stripped. I love the Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea moisturiser. It contains vitamin E so it is really nourishing for your skin and it smells AMAZING.
For the longest time I saw people talking about this tan and all I thought was...
A. There is no way a tan this cheap can be good.
B. How can it work in an hour?
Even when I saw this amazing results pic from Millie Mackintosh rocking Cocoa Brown, I still doubted it but it definitely sparkled my curiosity!!
Well the sceptic has been proved wrong move aside St. Tropez there a new Queen in town and it is literally a third of the price.
I use the 1 hour tan from Cocoa Brown at €7.99 it is a serious bargain. The mousse is really easy to use and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin... Even on my face!!!
A lot of tans promise "no fake tan scent" but this one literally has no smell and it it brown not orange!! It contains tan accelerators so you get results quicker. I generally will leave it the full 3 hours for a deeper tan before showering and it lasts for me around 4 days.
I just apply the mousse with a mitt:
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Two weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of attending the "into the west Blogger Network" meetup in the Glenlo Abby in galway of you want to find out more about my day please check out my video here.
I had an amazing day thank you so much Sineád (http://goo.gl/bpwJ3Y) and everyone else involved in makeing the day so informative and fun!!
Here are some of the pictures from the goodie bag and swatches!
This is the "nude tude" palet swatches. Top image no primer and bottom image put a lid on it primer.. The difference is amazing!!
Cotton Face vintage
Stella and Dot
Little Pea Juices
Yummy Mummy aka Sineád
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
From head to toe Blue has been all over the catwalk for AW14. Obviously as a Makeup addict I was more concerned with what the models were wearing on their faces and not so much the clothes on their backs.
At Giles and Julien McDonald the blue was incorporated using shaddow which was heavily blended to give a softer look while still packing a punch.
These looks are obviously beautiful but my favourite use of blue had to be the strong graphic cobalt blue liner that Aaron de Mey created for Kenzo.
I loved this so much that for the recent ITWBN meetup I had to try my hand at it!
I used the Lancôme Art Liner in Sapphire. This liner literally does not budge on the eye and is so pigmented. I have used this liner for years (not this exact one...that's nasty ha). This was the first high end liner I ever used when I was 16 or 17 and even though I have other favourites now I know I can always go back and the Art liner will never fail to please.
I absolutely love this look and if you'd like to try it I would highly recommend the Art Liner to achieve this graphic FW Trend! Go to your nearest Lancôme counter to try it out.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014
At the recent Into the West blogger meetup we had the absolute pleasure of meeting Wendy and Colin from iNailz! They were there to show us the newest inovation in nail art.
Inailz distribute digital printers that can print any image onto your nails. Clearly I went for nails emblazoned with the Queen Bey....BEYONCÉ! After patiently waiting to wear them I finally got my oppotunity last Friday when I attended the On The Run tour in Paris.
I used the glue that came with them and they were so firm on my nails and lasted me for 3 days which is a plus as there is nothing worse than nails that just fall off. They also come with stickers that are pre glued I didn't try them so I can't really comment but I feel that generally they don't last as well as glue.
iNailz is available in select salons and also can be ordered by email. For more info go to www.inailz.ie I will definitely be getting some more in the very near future.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Last Sunday I had the absolute pleasure of attending the ITWBN meet-up in Galway. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sineád www.yummymummy.eu.com from for organising this amazing networking event!
The event was held in an ideal location in the centre of the city. the Gaslight bar and brasserie is open each day for coffees and scones from 10 and then Food served from 11am each day till 10 at night.
We were met with great little cocktails as we entered the venue. They were absolutely delicious I felt like Carrie sipping cocktails in SATC as I networked with all of these amazing bloggers.
Midway through our day we were given delicious gourmet sandwiches, wraps, cheeseboards and other delicious nibbles.
Just as I thought the amazing good was over....we were presented with this beauty.... can we just have a moment of silence for this DESERT PLATE!
I want these chocolate moose things in my belly now. Thank you so much for everything from the extremely friendly staff to the quick service and relaxed modern atmosphere. The Gaslight Bar and brasseries is definitely worth a visit ladies and gents!
Now onto the actual meet up its self I learned so much from all these bloggers. I really felt like a lot of things behind the blogs are really confusing so it was so nice to speak to like minded individuals and learn from them!!
Each lucky person left with a goodie bag from McSharry's pharmacy and the contents will be spoken about in much more detail in various posts I have planned for the future. Thank you so much for then generous gifts that we received.
That's not all though, I couldn't finish this post without mentioning the AMAZING surprise I got off the special guests at this event www.inailz.com They came from Dublin to show their revolutionary printers. These are like nothing I have ever seen before these lazer jet printer can apply any image to your nails.....and I mean anything this goes from Kim K Crying to my Queen Beyoncé!!!!!!!!
Thanks to Wendy, Colin & Treacy for giving me these amazing nails and at only €15 a set I will definitely be getting some more! Of you wanted to know what true joy looked loke you would have just had to take one look at me after I got them ❤️
Thanks to everyone who made the day as special as it was. Can't wait to meet ye all again!! A special thanks to Saibh Egan www.saibhegan.com who's photos I've used in this post thank you for making me feel like I was being papped like the celeb I am ha!!
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Saturday, August 2, 2014
I once saw a quote that was something along the lines of "I never knew as a child how important brows would be to me" I am definitely a strong believer in that saying!
I normally use Browzings by Benefit. I ran out recently and I just happened to be a bit low on the dolla dolla bills so I decided to try the sleek version of the Pallette and I am so glad that I did!!
The wax is much looser than the benefit version, I had to use a lot less of this to get the desired effect. Overall I absolutely love it and I'll be purchasing it again! Coming in a €9.99 this is a steal compared to Browzings which costs €34.
So tell me what your favourite brow products are!
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