Tuesday, February 4, 2014

YSL Gloss Volupté



I have gotten really into YSL lately and their latest offering is no disappointment. The Gloss Volupté is a intensely pigmented non sticky gloss. 

They come in 4 different categories Pure which is intense colour with no sparkle, Golden which has more prominent glitter particle and Iredecent which has a more subtle shimmer. A bit strange but they also have smoking which is a black top coat that transfers a lighter day lip into a deep night colour (the jury is still out on this one)  


Of course the packaging is gorgeous..no shock there but it's what's inside that's truly amazing! The colours I got were 30 which I believe is a Golden and 207 which is a Pure

30 is a really easy to wear gloss for day time. My favourite thing with this gloss is teaming it up with nudes for the perfect glossy pout at night time.

My Perfect Lip Mix 
Laura Mercier Lip Liner-Naked 
Lancôme Rouge in Love-200b
YSL Rouge Volupté Gloss-30 

207 is crazy pigmented for a gloss and it really helps create that pillar box red lip. This does bleed a little bit but over all is an absolutely fab gloss for short term wear. 

My Perfect Lip Mix 
Mac Lip Liner-Cherry 
Mac Lipstick-Ruby Woo 
YSL Rouge Volupté-207


When I first saw the applicator I thought it looked a little bit mental but it is great for an easy application. The curve fits the bottom lip and then has a more pointed tip for more definition in certain areas or smaller lips.

I really love these glosses they have a lovely scent and aren't sticky at all they aren't the longest lasting glosses in the world but they look so beautiful when applied. I will definitely be buying more. Get yours for just €29 at debenhams now. 

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Jen 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How I got Loxsed

Most of us ladies are privvy to a bit of hair envy. I mean ever look at your favourite celebrity and wonder where does this thick luscious flowing Maine come from. Well as the saying goes maybe she's born with it.....maybe it's extensions. 


I have worn clip in extensions since I was around 16 so I have seen the good the bad and the UGGGLY

Let's just say I've improved with age!!

My first set of extensions were synthetic and cost me €8. I think you can gather that they were the ugly!! I think with clip ins spending the money is definitely worth it! I loved the way my hair looked feeled and styled with extensions. 

There and many different types of hair extensions from woven to micro bead and clip ins....the list goes on. Well recently I decided to take the plunge and go for something more permanent and treat myself to Prebonded Keratin extensions. 

Through all of my research I found that these were the least damaging to your hair (provided you take care of them). They are bonded to your hair using the same protein as is already in your hair.

I searched around and found Envy Hair salon in Waterford. I messaged them on their facebook page and they were able to answer all of my questions so thoroughly the next day I went in for a colour patch test and a consultation about the extensions. This is were the excitement began!!

I decided to go for a 3/4 head of extensions which is around 5 packs or 150 bonds. Envy Hair carry Hotloxs extensions which are 100% remy vietnamise hair. Each bond weighs around 1 gram and is 22 inches in length with a keratin bond at the top that is attached to your hair with heat. 


I don't believe this is hotloxs hair in the picture but it is the only image I could find online. All of the hair is unmixed (i.e. Mixed with synthetic strands to bulk them up). All the hair is aligned in the same direction so that the root is at the root and the end is at the end giving a silky and smooth finish.

I went from a balayage that I loved when I got it done first but had gone brassy to a gorgeous warm brown. My hair stylist was Jessica, from start to finish she really helped me make decissions because I am the most indecisive person in all history. Jessica put in some highlights through my own hair. She used two tones of brown in my extensions one of which was custom dyed for me to give me a more multi tonal colour. 

The whole process too about 4 hours from start to finish. The bulk of the time was spent on colouring my hair the extensions themselves only took about an hour. Jessica used the full 5 packs on me I may have fine hair but I have a MASSIVE HEAD ha after that she cut and styled them. I didn't get much off the length I wanted to keep it flowing. I thought I would be able to feel them in my hair but I couldn't at all. The first nights sleep I was very aware of them but now I don't feel them at all. 

I absolutely love my new look. I have them about a week now I have washed and styled them myself and I must say that they are so easy to look after using the care tips I was given which I will cover in another post.



Easy to say I am now hooked the whole treatment cut/colour/extensions and styling cost me €400 but it is definitely worth it. Thanks so much Jess :) 

I would highly recommend hotlox and envy hair to every one the service was top notch. It is definitely worth going to a reputable hairdressers to get these done because when they are wrong....oh boy they are wrong but mine are amazing I feel like Beyoncé wait a minute....I am beyonce right?? :) 

Envy Hair: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Envy-Hair/126686400744339?ref=ts&fref=ts
Hotloxs: 
http://www.hotloxshair.com/

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Jen 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Creme de Rose <3



Coming into winter I find that with central heating and harsh weather my lips CRYING OUT for moisture and damage control. I have finally found the perfect remedy. 

I am a huge fan of Dior and this is no exception. Creme de Rose is an absolute must have for this time of year. It is a smoothing plumping lip balm, now I don't know about plumping but this is literally the most moisturising repairing balm ever. I may be murdered for saying this but I think it's more effective than the absolutely iconic eight hour cream which is still a wonder cream to have in the makeup bag for any other skin issues, but for the lips Dior is king. 

Creme de Rose uses an essential oil extract from the rare Damask Rose mixed with Shea Butter. There is also an anti ageing complex contained within the beautiful Rose scented balm. 

The only downside of this is that once you start using this you literally can't stop... I find that this is so moisturising that it makes your own lips a little lazy and any stretch without using it they get a bit dry! I don't plan on going any length of time without using it so I don't mind that at all ha! 

**Tip**
When you first get it the top lair doesn't really give off much product so you really need to warm it up with your finger to get down to the good stuff!!

I apply this before I start doing my makeup so by the time I get to my lips they are moisturised and ready for colour!! 

This costs €27.50 for 7.2g and is available in Debenhams. I got mine from Laura in Debenhams Waterford I would highly recommend giving her a visit over Christmas!! 

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Jen 

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Santa Baby I've been an awful good girl..


Dearest Fat Boy, 

How's things it's been years since we've spoken so I decided to drop you a line! Now I know this year you are probably quite busy....I've been a really good girl and I have only a small list. It's actually only (technically) 3 things so here I go.....

Firstly I would like you to grant me the gift of time. Time so I can fit all my jobs into one day! Time to achieve my dreams! Time to do my makeup impeccably each day :) and I suppose it wouldn't hurt to have something I could tell the time with oh I don't know.....a Michael Korrs watch perhaps? 


Secondly with all that extra time I might need a Holiday. So maybe if you could pull some tickets to Bora Bora out of somewhere that would be great! You can come along if you want I mean it must be very tiring delivering all your presents. You can start working on your bikini body after all those cookies over Christmas and we can get our tan on!!
Finally give me the gift of beauty! Of course after my holiday in Bora Bora I'll feel very relaxed so my inner beauty will be at its peak. But just incase I need some help on the outside I would like the entire Tom Ford Makeup Line.....no big deal really I have a few bits already. 



So I'll see you on the 24th Santa, Ill wait up for you!!!

HoHoHo

Jen 

What's on your Christmas list???

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Jen 

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Top 5 MAC lipsticks

I make no secret of my lipstick addiction but when it comes to MAC I literally can't resist these little bullets. Everything about them from the vanilla scent to the wide range of colours I love. 

Well I have gone through my collection and I have picked the lippies I grab the most.So here we go in no particular order .... 

Viva Glam V (Lustre)

The MAC website describes this as "a heartfull rose charged with gold". I am in love with this lipstick it is so easy to wear you can just throw it on and it lifts any look day or night. It is quite sheer and glossy so flattering on the lips. 

Impassioned (Amplified) 

This is described as "a bright warm pink" Impassioned is one of my favourite summer shades it has a somewhat coral undertone and it is absolutely beautiful on especially with a Tan.

Girl About Town (Amplified)

Girl about town is "a bright blue fuscia". I first saw this in a Tanya Burr video she loves it (I must buy all items she reccomends) I have to say this goes with almost any look and is very flattering. The blue undertone to this also makes your teeth look really white which is a plus in my book. 

Ruby Woo (Matte)

The world and it's mother has this lippy or it's controversial counterpart RiRi Woo. This is a classic blue based matte red. It's a very dry formula when I first got it I was freaked by how much it dragged on the lips. Once I got past that it is actually such a long wearing beautiful colour. Again the blue base in this makes your teeth super white.It is a bit drying on the lips which is to be expected with a matte formula. I love it. 

Rebel (Satin) 

Finally last but not least is Rebel. This is a colour that I have been reaching for a lot over the last few months. It is literally the perfect A/W colour. Rebel is a lovely berry colour, it isn't too dark for everyone that is a bit afraid of the the full on vampy oxblood lip. If I ever want to darken this up I use nightmoth liner. 

So these are my top 5 picks for Mac Lipsticks. What are yours?? 

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Jen 

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Journey to the New Me....

I've been going through a little transformation lately and I thought I would share it with you. My entire life I was always the "Big Girl" but there comes a point everyone's life where you just know you deserve better. I decided to take my own health into my own hands and lose the weight!! 



Well imagine my delight when I found slimming world, I mean a diet plan where you don't have to weigh anything or measure anything and pretty much eat everything....COUNT ME IN! 

Slimming world is a diet plan that changes the way you look at and think about food. Foods fall into 5 categories.

Free foods are to make the majority of your diet and these are foods that you can eat in abundance to keep you full!! These fall into 2 categories: 

Super free 
These include Fruits and most Veg and pulses. These should make up the majority of your diet. 

Free 
These include starchy vegetables, lean meats, fish and pasta/rice/noodles.

Then you get your Healthy Extras. Which are designed to keep you health while you are slimming this has to be measured. 

Healthy Extra A Calcium
Healthy Extra B Fibre 

Finally your Syns because everyone needs a little treat. You can have 15 syns a day these can be little treats and you get syn values in your little starter pack!! 

What really appealed to me about this plan is that you can have your treats and you are never hungry!!



It has literally changed my life! Since I have started this plan I have noticed a huge difference not only in my physical appearance but my energy and general well being. It is so easy to stick to because literally you can eat whatever you want. I does take some time as all your food has to be prepared from scratch but it's a small price to pay.

I am so happy with my results because of Slimming World the Rest of my Life will be the best of my life!! 


I have lost 3.5 stone and a total of 14 inches since I started so all I have to say is.....what are you waiting for start you transformation now!!!

Go to: http://www.slimmingworld.ie

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Jen 

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tag....your it!!



I have been nominated to for a Liebster award by Anna (http://bit.ly/1bBedpU) over at The Anna Diaries this is a tag between bloggers to get to know each other and promote each other's blogs!! This is the first time I have been tagged so this is quite exciting!! 

1.) Each nominee must first list 10 random facts about their self.
2.) Then answer the 10 questions provided by the person who nominated them.
3.) Lastly, choose 10 bloggers and ask them them 10 questions.


1. I'm from Ireland.
2. I have a serious makeup addiction. 
3. I would love to work in fashion makeup. 
4. I currently work for Lancôme.
5. My absolutely favourite colour is mint green. 
6. I have two brothers. 
7. My idols are Kevin Aucoin, Charlotte Tilbury and Alex Box.
8. I'm 6 foot tall.
9. My Mam is my favourite person in the world. 
10. My favourite city in the world is Chicago. 

Now here are the questions Anna asked me: 

If you're stuck on an island, what three make-up items would you take with you? 
Sunscreen
Mascara 
Face Wash 

Why did you decide to start blogging?
I felt I had a lot to say about cosmetics and beauty. It always interested me so I said I'd just go for it. 

Who was the blogger that most inspired you to start your own?
Lollipop 26 who doesn't blog anymore and of course Tanya Burr. 

Who's blogs do you check out most often?
Temptalia, Fleur De Force, Tanya Burr, Lisa Eldridge. 

What are you favourite types of blogposts/videos to watch?
Empties, What's in my Bag, Makeup Collections.

Do you prefer watching youtube videos or reading blogposts?
For tutorials I like videos but for reviews I definitely prefer blog posts.

What's in your handbag at the moment?
Not much....my wallet, my keys, Carmex, Revlon Lipgloss.

What's your favourite hair product?
Revlon Equave detangling conditioner spray.

What's your favourite lip product for Winter?
Hands down winner....Carmex!!

How many times a week do you try to blog?
I was really bad but I have been trying to get better so I'm going to do at least 3 posts a week from now on! 

Finally My Questions Are: 
-Why did you start Blogging? 
-What is your wish for your blog for 2014? 
-What is your holy grail product?
-What is the worst product you ever bought?
-Who inspires you in the blogosphere?
-If you could have lunch with 1 person from the beauty industry who would it be? 
-What is your favourite Kind of post?
-What is your favourite brand of beauty?
-If money was no obstical what 3 products would you buy?
-Who are your favourite bloggers? 

I hope you enjoyed this post I'm going to tag some bloggers on Twitter Make sure to tweet me your response!! 

Thanks so much for Reading,

Jen 

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