Monday, 8 April 2013

Hair we go again- the Revlon Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment- tried and tested!

Hi everybody,

I picked this Revlon Uniq One All in One Hair Treatment at the Irish Beauty Show at the RDS last month, and I have been using it pretty much every day since to try it out. I heard many great things about this product before I purchased it, and had spent a while eyeballing it in my local Terrisales, but never quite committed. All it took was a very persuasive man with a twinkle in his eye to assess that this would keep my unruly mane somewhat tame and I was sold. 


The product itself is a thick cream that comes out of a spray nozzle. I remember thinking when I got this and tried to give it a good shake that I got a bad one that formed into a solid mass, but no, it's actually just the formulation of the product. I use about six or seven squirts of this on my thick mane everytime I wash it, just before I comb it through with a Tangle Teezer. I do not notice any residue or buildup, it doesn't change the colour of my hair like some treatments can do, and it does not weigh down my hair and make it look greasy.

As you can see from the packaging itself, it promises to work 10 miracles on your hair. I'll go through each one by one remarking on whether I noticed a corresponding change in my hair in the last month. Be warned however if it sounds a little repetitious, one of the peeves I have is that half of the benefits and promises of this product are duplicated!!

Repair for dry and damaged hair
My hair is very dry and damaged but I have actually noticed that it looks less damaged in recent weeks than it usually does. The ends of my hair do not look as tatty (I get an inch taken off my hair every four weeks because it turns to tatt!) and I am noticing less breakage overall and less hairs snapping on my clothes.

Shine and Frizz Control
Unfortunately, bleached hair does not tend to shine and I have highlighted every strand on my head so I didn't hold out much hope for this, and it would be unfair to dock it marks on this basis. I have noticed that it is less frizzy, particularly after I blowdry it.

Heat Protection
Again, I use a lot of heat products on my hair and I have noticed way less damage and snapping than usual.

Silkiness and Smoothness
I definitely think I get a smoother finish when I use this after straightening my hair.

Hair Color Protection
I use purple shampoos all the time to combat brassiness so I cannot really comment on how this helped the colour in my hair. My hair hasn't turned brassy but I don't think I can give this product all the credit!

Easier Brushing and Ironing
Definitely noticed this- I can get the Tangle Teezer through my hair quite easily compared to the struggles I used to have. Also, I don't have to go over each individual section of hair as much as I used to either.

Incredible Detangling
Again, to avoid repetition, definitely less tangles and knots in my hair when I spray this post shower.

Long Lasting Hairstyle 
My hair always holds a curl well but doesn't stay straight well- this has helped me enormously, my hair is as straight in the evenings coming home from work as it was in the mornings going to work!

Split Ends Prevention
Definitely noticed the ends of my hair are less frazzled and I am trying to grow my layers down and they look far less damaged than they normally would one month after getting a cut.

Adds Body
Honestly, I cannot really vouch for this because my hair has quite a bit of body all by itself anyway!

So there you have it. I am a haircare snob through and through, but this has definitely impressed me, and I would repurchase. I think it's a real gem of a product, I like that it is quite thick, but I have very dry, thick hair that has been colour treated and is constantly heat styled- I feel like Revlon was just waiting to pounce on a hair twit like me- so if your hair is not in particularly bad nick, I'm not sure you'll feel the full benefits of this.

Overall, I like it and I would recommend it, and if anybody else has tried this, I would love to hear how you got on!

Thanks for reading
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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Oops I did it again...more MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots! Review w/Swatches

Hi everybody!

So you might remember a few months back, I conveyed my absolute love for MAC Paint Pots (if you missed it or can't remember, here it is!) and the only criticism I had for these gems was that there was not enough colour choice. Can you imagine my delight when I discovered the powers that be in MAC were releasing a bunch of new colours in the Pro Longwear Paint Pot range? Hell to the yes, it tickled my pickle from the get go, and I picked up four delicious new colours.


Everything I said about the MAC Paint Pots in my previous review stands true. I adore these and I use one every single day. The great thing about these new Paint Pots is that they are amazing lazy eyeshadows- if I am rushing or not feeling like I want to spend minutes blending out my crease lines and all, I just whack a bit of these on my lids and I am good to go. Dangerous Cuvée is particularly spectacular in this regard. They are also amazing base for powder eyeshadows and again, I have never experienced any creasing or bleeding with these. They are simply marvellous.


Of the most recent batch of colours I picked out, I cannot actually pick out a clear favourite. I love them all so much and I use them interchangeably. I think Paint Pots might possibly be my favourite MAC products, they are outstanding. For €19 a pop, considering the amount of product and use you get out of these, I would consider them to be extremely good value. They are phenomenally pigmented, beautifully blendable, they have the lasting power that cannot be rivalled. I just cannot think up enough good things to say about these. The colour payoff of these either on their own or as a base is amazing.

As for the colours that I selected:

Antique Diamond- a frosty silver that leans a little bit green/olive
Vintage Selection- a frosty pinky/peach, when swatched very lightly, it's almost a champagne colour.
Frozen Violet- a frosty purple silver, amazing as a base for an alternative smokey eye.
Dangerous Cuvée- frosty silver grey with strong blue and subtle violet undertones.

Have any of you tried the new MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots? If you have, are you as gaga for them as I am?

Thanks for reading
-x-

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Saturday, 6 April 2013

Snog, Marry, Avoid- the Lip Edition (Lips Hit and Miss List)

Hi everybody!

Today I have a bit of a collective overview post for you all of my favourite lip saviours that I have found in the last few weeks. For the last few months, my lips have been very dry and chapped for ages now and I've been on the hunt high and low to restore them to their former glory. I have tried so many but these are the cream of the crop for me and they've made the hits list.


1. Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm- I picked this up in France last November because I forgot to pack a lip balm and my lips were not braced for the icy cold temperatures. I knew this was highly raved about but I was a little on the fence about it to be honest- I absolutely hate honey (for all you non French speakers, miel = honey) and I hate honey flavoured things and I was nervous that this would be like smearing honey over my lips. However, it's not too bad. What I love about it is that it is a really thick, matte cream that dries matte on the lips. I love to put plenty of this on at nighttime. For in and about €12, it's not too expensive and it lasts an age. I would definitely repurchase.
2. Nivea SOS Lip Relief- This is a repurchase for me. I like it because it is quite light but it tingles my lips and has a lovely cooling effect when I put it on. I often put this on first thing in the morning and let it sink into my lips before I apply any lip products ever. I think this is in and around the €4 mark so it's a great budget option.
3. La Roche Posay Ceralip Lip Repair Cream- I've been using this since I lived in France a few years ago, and I've repurchased it since. This is a lovely, flavourless, odourless, tasteless lip cream, far creamier than your average balm, and I can almost feel this nourishing my lips as I put it on. It takes a while for it to sink in but it's an absolute godsend. I've had this one a while but I think it would set you back €8.
4. Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm- Now this one might be a bit of a cheat because it's a tinted lip balm, but this is like no other tinted lip balm that I have tried. The colour is meant to be 'Sheer Peach' but I think it leans a little towards the pink side. This is so handy- I often wear this in the place of lipstick, and it is nice and cooling. I love the colour, I think it's really natural, and because this isn't a little pot like the others, it's easier to put on on the go and more hygenic. This is circa €5 from Boots and there is also a pink version available.
5. Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm- This is an old one but a good 'un, and I could never do a fave lip balm post without including this. I picked this one up for a euro in Dunnes a few months back, and I keep this one in my car as a little lip treat in traffic in town. It's smooth, it feels nice on the lips, and it helps to ward off any chapping. A real classic!

Miss list

In my quest for the HG lip balm, I came across some misses, so for the sake of completeness, I will just include these. These are just my opinions on products that did not quite hit the mark.


1. Vaseline- now I know that this might be controversial, but I have come to believe that Vaseline is more of a preventative measure not to get chapped lips than it is a cure or treatment when your lips are actually chapped. I love Vaseline for other reasons and I could never be without a little pot of it but until I get my lips restored to full health, I won't be using these on my lips again.
2. Bobbi Brown Lip Balm- I had such high hopes for this but it turned out to be a terribly expensive waste of money. I mean it's fine, it doesn't particularly taste of anything, but it's not the wonder product that I thought it would be for the price that it was. I can think of at least 10 cheaper products that would do a better job than this, it's just a bit disappointing.
3. EOS Tangerine Medicated Lip Balm Sphere- This is probably the only lip balm that I have ever tried that actually leaves my lips in worse condition then when I actually put it on in the first place. This completely parches my lips and it is such a pity. I love the packaging, it's simple and smart and hygenic, but the product itself is terrible in my opinion. There is nothing calming or nourishing about the balm itself, and it smells nice enough and the taste doesn't bother me, it just does my auld kissmakers no favours.

So that's it for this instalment, I hope you found it useful! My lips are so chapped at the moment- I think it might be residual effect from the snow that we experienced last week, but I'm open to lip balm suggestions if there is a wonder product that I have been missing out on. 

Thanks for reading
-x-
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Friday, 5 April 2013

Maybelline 'The Rocket Volum' Express' Mascara (or should I say 'Meh-scara'?)

Hi everybody, 

I don't like to be very critical on this blog. I like to talk about how products change my life for the better, and make such an impact that I feel like I would be deprived of something great if I would never have tried it. Whilst I love being enthusiastic about products, I think it is important to be honest, I almost feel like I have a duty to be 100% honest on this blog.

I have had this mascara for about 6 weeks now, and tried to use it numerous times, and I am at not at all impressed to be frank.

I heard so many amazing reviews of this before I purchased it that I was almost certain that this was going to be a dead cert winner in my collection. I have the Maybelline Falsies and Colossal Volume mascaras, both of which I quite enjoy. I had such high hopes....


I like the packaging of this, nice and vibrant from the outside, and when I did catch my first glimpse of the huge brush, I was pleasantly surprised, I don't have any other mascaras that have a brush quite like this one.

I have two fundamental flaws with this product.

Firstly, the brush is so huge and pointy that it actually hurts the roots of my eyelashes and my lash line when I apply this. I have quite sensitive eyes anyway but this completely aggravates my eyes like no other product I have tried. I mean red, streaming eyes. No matter what I do with this brush or how much I want it to work, the stabbing and stinging of my eyes is actually so painful that I actually cringe a bit when I open the tube and take the wand out. I have to take a deep breath and brace myself. Now I know I have sensitive eyes but this mascara wand aggravates my eyes like no other applicator I have tried.


Secondly, I hate the formula, I feel like it's too shiny and wet for my liking. I don't like how it looks on my lashes, almost like my lashes are wet instead of freshly applied mascara. If I didn't despise the wand on this, I would probably leave the top off it for a few hours to try to dry out the product a bit so it's not so shiny and watery looking on my eyes.

Overall, this mascara was a huge fail for me, and in my eyes (geddit!?), it really does not have any redeeming features. I won't use this anymore and I certain would never repurchase. I truly wanted to love this but this one is not for me, no matter how much anybody else loves it, I don't want to be blinded by a mascara. 

Does anybody else feel like this mascara doesn't quite live up to the hype or am I the only one who is not impressed?!

Thanks for reading
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Thursday, 4 April 2013

New L'Oreal Lip Lovelies- GlamShine Stain Splash- review w/ swatches!

Hi everybody, 

A few months ago, I blogged about the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipsticks, and I didn't have enough nice things to say about those babies (click here for a reminder). Well when I first spied L'Oreal's latest offerings, the Glam Shine Stain Splash, I just knew that they had to be mine. I picked up three of these- from L-R in the pics, Romy, Marilyn and Juliet- and I honestly did not think L'Oreal could surpass themselves, but I was (happily) mistaken! These are the much revered, long awaited dupes of the YSL Glossy Stains.


These glosses look like they are going to be super sheer, but you would be alarmed at how opaque they actually look on the lips, and you can build them up to full opacity with a few coats. For maximum opacity, I usually apply four coats, it might sound like alot, but it's such a thin formula and the doe foot applicator is so huge, that it really doesn't feel like very much effort at all, especially considering the colour payoff.

I love the packaging of these, I think they are very sleek and look more expensive than the mere €12 I paid for each one. I love that you get a little flash of colour in the packaging, this is a real, erm, turn on in my eyes, because I find that makeup that I cannot differentiate from other things at a glance gets lost in my collection. I think it's because I'm always in a rush applying makeup.

The one quibble I have about these is that I am not really hugely impressed by the selection of colours available. In one Boots that I visited, there were only four colours available, but in another larger Boots, there were about 6 colours- 2 reds, 2 light pinks (IMO Lolita and Romy swatched pretty much identically), a fuchsia and a purple. I hope L'Oreal introduce some more colours shortly for more colour variety.

The colours I did pick up were lovely, and I spent a long time deliberating over which ones to get:


Romy is quite a nice day time pink, a dusty rose colour. Marilyn actually swatches better on my lips and looks more fucshia on the lips, and Juliet is a lovely blue toned red that really makes your smile look instantly brighter. 

Like I said, the formula in these is quite thin so you really have to build up opacity but these guys have amazing staying power- I'm talking at least six hours of chatting, eating, drinking etc. They tend to lose glossiness as they fade, which is nice because they still stain the lips. They are *extremely* drying on the lips though so make sure to care for your lips both before and after wearing these.

Overall, I love these and they are another HIT in my eyes. I am not really inclined to purchase the other shades the way I was with the Rouge Caresses but I'll very happily use the three that I have, and I would definitely repurchase Juliet if it ran out tomorrow.

Have you tried these yet? What did you think?

Thanks for reading
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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

HUGE Dainty Doll by Nicola Roberts Review (w/ swatches!)

Hi everybody!


Hi everybody!

I'm back today with a merged review of several products from the Dainty Doll range. The blogosphere has been set alight recently with recessionista fashionistas picking up these products for mere pennies from websites like Fragrance DirectCara Pharmacy and Amazon, but I found it quite different to find many reviews and swatches of particular products. I had a quick check today and many of these products are still available, so if you are interested in purchasing, this is my experience of the products so far.


I am not ashamed to admit that I can recall watching a TV show a few years back where Nicola Roberts, after ditching fake tan, set out on a quest to develop and put into production a line of cosmetics specifically geared towards the most alabaster, porcelain and fairest folk to enable others to embrace their pale. I didn't really think too much more of it, I don't generally buy into crazes heavily endorsed by celebrities, and even though I am ghastly pale at the best of times, I thought that these products (which were sold in Harrods amongst other places) were a little on the steep side, and I feared I would be paying for a mediocre product with a celebrity endorsement.

However, the lovely Rachel (known on the blogosphere as A Pretty Obsession) directed me towards Fragrance Direct a few weeks back and Dainty Doll products were going for a ridiculously cheap price, no single product was more than £3. Not one to pass on a bargain, I picked up a few bits to give them a whirl. I have already included links to websites that I know of that are selling DD for similarly ridiculously cheap prices, so if you're feeling like, err, splashing out (?!), go and have a gander for yourselves. 

The following are my own selection and I have a few general comments that apply to all the products. 

Firstly, all of the products have names, but the names are not printed on the products themselves. This drives me crazy. Everything instead just has a number on the packaging, and it's up to you to remember. Why oh why do companies do this, I cannot think of a logical explanation. Why go to the bother of naming products only not to include them on the sticker that goes on the bottom of the product anyway? I don't know if 'the' mind boggles but I am certainly baffled by this.

Secondly, I do quite like the sleek black packaging that everything comes in but I wish that there was some indication of the colours on the outside of the packaging without actually having to open everything individually to check. This might just be my own personal preference but I have found that anything which does not have a colour somewhere on it tends to get lost in my makeup drawers.

Now onto the review:

Powder Blushers

"Go from cheek to chic with my soft blushers that lift your features and add definition to your face. The super smooth formula is perfect for building and contouring, making your cheeks centre stage. Comes complete with a cute compact mirror for on-the-go touch-ups."


I picked up the four of these for £1.99 each, which was delectably cheap for the very decent 4.5g pans. Each compact came with a mirror. From left to right, the colours are You Are My Sunshine, My Girl, Money Talks and Happy Shake. These are very soft and a little powdery but I would say that these are a great dupe in texture to Inglot blushes so if you like a more powdery, blendable blush, try these. I would also say the lasting power is pretty decent and the colours are very easily blendable. I really like these and I think they are one of the standout products.

Concealer

"Some things are best kept secret, so hide away imperfections whilst helping them with my new full-coverage concealer with anti-inflammatory ingredients. This luxuriously creamy concealer camouflages blemishes and dark circles and is enriched with shea butter to help condition and protect the skin."


I picked up the concealer in the lightest shade 001 Abracadabra. I find it a little stiff- ok it gives great coverage but it feels very cakey and I don't like that much in a concealer. I thought it would be creamier in consistency and I was hoping to use this to conceal the bags and dark circles under my eyes but it would just sink into the teeny tine fine lines I have and draw attention to instead of concealing anything. I'll keep trying to make this work though, because it's a pretty generous sized concealer and the colour is very light. This set me back just £1.99.

Cream Blushers

Go from cheek to chic with my soft blushers that lift your features and add definition to your face. The super smooth creamy formula provides long lasting medium coverage, making your cheeks centre stage. Comes complete with a cute compact mirror for on-the-go touch-ups.


These cream blushes were just £1.99 each also, and there were only two shades left in stock by the time I got around to ordering them. I picked up Orange County Girl and Billion Dollar Babies. Admittedly, I am not a huge cream blusher fan, I prefer powder blushes, but these are quite nice, a bit on the sheer side but easy to build up pigmentation, and I don't think these makes my cheeks look oily unlike some other cream blushes I have tried. I apply these with my fingers and spread using a stippling brush, and I have also used Billion Dollar Babies as a cream contour and I like it for that. 

Lipsticks

Capture the ladylike magnetism of your favourite 40's screen sirens with Dainty Doll's ultra 
feminine, long-lasting lipsticks. Classic vintage beauty has never been so easy.


These are definitely another stand out product in my eyes. The packaging might not be the most glamorous but it is definitely sturdy and the lipstick winds the whole way down into it's tube so there is no chance of taking a chunk off the top of it. Again, the lipsticks do not have the colour names on them and instead just have stickers with a number on. The colours (from L-R in all of the pictures above are: Couture, Saucy Sailor, It's my Party and Baby Love) are not exclusively pale girl oriented I would say, and the pigmentation, lasting power and quality of these lipsticks is commendable given their £1.99 price point. I know these are available from Cara Pharmacy for €1.50 each which is quite simply too good to pass by for these.

Eyeliner Pencils

Define, line and shine with this soft kohl eyeliner. Perfect for adding strong definition to eyes or creating a sexy smoky-eye effect.


These are a complete fail in my eyes. I picked up two colours- I'm So Pretty and Night Train and they were only 99p each. As far as eyeliners go though, I'm afraid to say they are pretty shoddy. The packaging isn't hugely exciting- they are just pencils after all- but these tug at my skin when I swatch them, and I am too afraid to put them near my sensitive eyes. I don't think the colour payoff is good, and I could pretty much rub the colour off my hand with minimal effort. In fact, I think I must have gotten a bad batch because these were so dry. I know they were cheap but I don't like buying rubbish products. Avoid!

Eyeshadows

Dainty Doll Eyeshadows have already been dubbed as a ?makeup artist favourite? as these heavily-pigmented pots of colour have been created in hues to flatter and intensify every eye colour. These eyeshadows are perfect for smooth application, a long-lasting finish and contain Vitamin A and E to soothe tired eyes.





These remind me so much of MUA shadows in consistency, staying power and pigmentation. Now I know that MUA shadows cost just 1 but for an extra 99p you can get a sleek black compact and mirror. Actually, only three of my eyeshadows had mirrors!! You can see the size of the pan in the pictures above in comparison to a MAC eyeshadow. The colours above from L-R are: Purple Hills, Treat Her Like a Lady,Teach Me Tiger, I'm So Pretty and Jungle. These are fantastic shadows for the price, soft, blendable (I don't actually want to say buttery...but it slipped out!). Another DD hit for me!

Eyeshadow Base

Eyeshadow Base is perfect for camera-ready colour-correction and keeps your favourite Dainty Doll Eyeshadow crease-free and perfectly placed for hours. Dainty Doll Eyeshadow Base is designed especially to amplify the colour intensity of your eyeshadow.




At £2.99, this was the most expensive DD product I purchased. I wasn't sure how I felt about this until I swatched it, even when you swatch it on your hand, you kind of don't know what to make of the thick yellowish white powder, and when you put it on your eyelids, it stays equally opaque. However, all first impressions aside, I really like this as a base for eyeshadows. It's not in the same category as my beloved MAC Paint Pots but it's a pretty nifty little product all the same.  Eyeshadows just stick to it, and I have used this with the DD Eyeshadows reviewed above and they have lasted a whole day without creasing.

So that's it for my Dainty Doll haul and review, hope it was a help to you all! If you do bite the bullet and purchase, let me know how you got on! 

Thanks for reading 
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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

My picks from the MAC 'Archie's Girls' Collection

Hello all,

I am not usually one for MAC Limited Edition Collections, most of them don't really have too much that tickle my fancy. I am not sure if it was the shiny white packaging or the faces adorning the products but this collection caught my interest from the get-go and by the time I got into Brown Thomas, I had my heart set on two particular pieces.

Powder Blush in 'Prom Princess'

Those this blush looks mighty scary in the pan, when swatched with a light hand, it is the most loveliest rosiest glow that I have come across in quite a while. I don't own anything else like this and even though I did have a 'what have I done?' moment when I brought this home and took it out of the box for the first time, I am truly delighted that I did because this is a beaut!



Lipstick in 'Ronnie Red' (Matte)

Even though I love a nice red lip, I had yet to succumb to Ruby Woo because I heard such mixed reviews about the effect it would have on my already tattered lips, but when I saw this baby looking up at me, it was like a slow motion, love at first sight, stop the lights, cue romantic music type scenario. Why? Because this isn't just a red, it's a blue toned, dark cherry esque red that is matte which just a smidge of a shine and makes your smile instantly look brighter. It is extremely pigmented but, like Ruby Woo, it is very drying, so you would really need a lip rescue strategy in place. That said though, I think this has become one of my favourite reds!



Swatches


I'd love to hear what you guys think of the Archie's Girls collection? Is there anything else from the collection that I need in my life before it vanishes forever?

Thanks for reading x
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Monday, 1 April 2013

I'm back with a new look blog and a Beauty Blogger tag!


Hi everybody, 

Apologies again for lack of postage but I am now fresh as a daisy after recuperating from my last batch of brutal law exams and I am looking forward to striving ahead and working on my blog to make it the best it can possibly be. I marked this new chapter with a brand new look blog- please let me know what you think in the comments box below- and I must say, it feels nice to change things up a bit! 

This tag is courtesy of the lovely Nina (check out hers here) and she tagged everybody to do it and I thought it would be a fun way to ease myself back into blogging after my leave of absence during exam season! I love tags, finding out things I have in common with people, and just giving people a little insight into how I go about my business, and I reckoned it was time for a bit of sharing and caring! 

Now Nina has already tagged everybody so you've all been tagged anyways but if this is something you would like to do and you're now sure whether you have been tagged or not, let me assure you, you have been DOUBLE tagged! :) :)

Here goes!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
Curly, wavy frizzy mess! When I get out of the shower, I can barely get a Tangle Teezer through my mane. My dad says I look like an 80s rocker when I don’t brush my hair out after a shower. I also have several cows licks and whatnots. My hair is abnormally thick- full head highlights take hours!

2. What is your natural hair colour?
Dark Brown (I KNOW!)

3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
Salon all the way- would never chance giving myself highlights at home. I get my highlights done and a cut once a month. My natural hair colour is very dark so it’s hard to maintain the blonde.

4. How often do you wash your hair?
Every day pretty much or every other day at the very least.

5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it?
I try to change it up as much as I can- for a casual day at home, I will just put some product in to make it less frizzy and leave it curly/wavy. For work, I either straighten, use heated rollers, Sleep In rollers for softer effect, take my hot styling brush to it, sometimes I plait it or tie it up depending on what suit I am wearing or how much work I have in the office (generally if I am in court that day, I like to have my hair up)

6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I have only gotten my nails done professionally maybe three times at a salon coming up to debs and balls etc, I had gel nails done, and they were lovely, but left my nails in bits. Also, the technician had to give me a French Manicure effect style because my natural nail beds were too small for the tips- I don’t bite my nails at all, I just have small hands and small nail beds.  I hate my feet, I never ever wear sandals or flip flops, so I would never ever have a pedicure.

7. How often to you change your nail polish?
Once/twice/three times a week- depends on if it chips (I personally cannot abide chipped nails, it would bug me to the death) and what outfits I want to wear.

8. Do you polish your toes in the winter, too or just in the summer?
I never ever paint my toenails!

9. How long does it take to put on your makeup?
For work, maybe 20 mins. Daytime- maybe 10 mins. Nights out involving false eyelashes…at least half an hour!

10. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
After toning and moisturising, I use undereye concealer, conceal any blemishes, foundation, contour, eye base, eye colour, eyeliner, false lashes, mascara. Then prime lips, lipliner, lipstick and/or gloss. Then blush and highlight and voila!

11. Do you "collect" makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
Oh I collect- I have a million different versions of the same thing but I cannot fight the seduction once something else catches my eye. I have more makeup than I know what to do with at this stage, and I try desperately (and inevitably fail abysmally) to shop my stash instead of succumbing to the voices in my head that tell me I really actually NEED the latest Urban Decay palette or MAC Limited Edition lipstick… I am weak goddammit, WEAK!

12. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I ADORE false lashes but I don’t get to try them half as much as I would like! I love a simple thick black lashes/ red lip look for a night out. I have gotten better at applying them over the years and I usually go for natural styles to supplement what I already have instead of any dramatic lashes (feathers and the like!). I have yet to master individual lashes but I have every intention of eventually getting around to it!

13. Do you do a full face of makeup every day?
I don’t ever really intend on wearing a full face of makeup everyday but many weeks it just kind of works out like that- I work Monday-Friday and often meet people and do things at the weekends. I don’t have a good relationship with BB creams but I do try to wear less makeup from time to time to give my skin a break. Also, if I am in for the night, I take off every bit of my makeup to let my skin breathe.

14. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone (or with family)?
Home alone- very rarely, unless I am going out. When I am with family, it just depends on the occasion- for a family party or whatever, I will obviously wear a full face of makeup, if I am hanging out with my boyfriend, I’ll wear makeup but if I am just hanging around my house with the dogs, I pretty much would just throw on a smidge of mascara and lipbalm and that would do the trick.

15. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Sure. I like to wear makeup, I like to instantly feel more presentable, but I don’t think I am that hideous a la Quasimodo that I have to hide away when my face is naked!

16. How many high end products do you have?
I have quite a bit actually- loads of MAC, Make Up for Ever, Urban Decay, Christian Dior, Lancome, Nars, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Benefit, Inglot, YSL, Chanel. I do love drugstore cosmetics and dupes but sometimes I firmly believe you have to shell out an extra few beans to get a really outstanding product.

17. How often do you wash your makeup brushes?
I wash my foundation brushes once or twice a week, and any other brush gets washed as I see fit. I am a clean freak when it comes to brushes, the thought of dirty clogged brushes makes me feel queasy. I have a monthly clean of all brushes, whether I use them or not, and I have a lot of brushes! There is something deeply satisfying about seeing a row of squeaky clean brushes laid out to dry!


18. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?
I plan my work outfit every night for the following day- only because it involves ironing. If I am going out, I will have an outfit picked, but if I am just hanging around at home or going shopping, I wouldn’t bother fishing anything out of my wardrobes until I am getting dressed that morning.

19. How often do you change your handbag?
Four/five times a week! I coordinate my bags with my outfits!


20. What time do you get up & go to sleep?
Even though I am a night owl most of the time, I’ve recently gotten myself into a very good habit of going to bed early and setting my alarm at a reasonable hour. The last few weeks, I’ve been tucked up in bed at 10.30 every night and I set my alarm for 7 every morning, so I get a mammoth 8.5 hours sleep every night!!

21. How often & when do you workout?
I don’t work out, I hardly ever have the time, actually I am too lazy to make the time! I would love to get into a routine so now with the summer around the corner and work normalising,  I will look into getting organised.

22. Left-handed or Right-handed?
I’m a righty!

23. How tall are you?
5ft on the dot. I used to be 4ft11.5 for years but I sprouted an extra half inch. I’m a midget.

24. Do you speak a foreign language?
If Irish is foreign, I pretty much achieved fluency in that. I spent several months working and living in France and I was pretty much fluent when I came back home, but I fear I have lost much of that now. I also learned German and Japanese for three years so I think I have a pretty good working knowledge of them!

25. How many pets do you have?
I don’t have any pets in Dublin unfortunately but at home in Cork, we have two dogs, a Jack Russell called Jack and a German Shepherd called Alfie.

26. How often are you on Blogger?
I love to read posts on the Luas on my way into work every morning, whenever I have a chance, I love catching up on my blogs, but shamefully, I might not get a chance for a few days depending on my workload.

27. Do you read the comments posted blogs?
Of course, if people go to the effort of commenting, I like to reply. It might take me a while but I will get around to it eventually!

28. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
Oh yes, most of the time, Youtube or blogs make me lust after something and I can’t rest or sleep until those items are in my possession!

29. How did you come up with your blog name?
I am addicted to makeup and I was so shocked that the name had not been taken already that I swiftly claimed it as my own!

30. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
A Canon Powershot SX150

31. How often do you clean your house? (Daily, weekly, other)
I keep my apartment clean so I don’t actually have to clean it very often, I have a hoovering/floor washing spree once every fortnight or so.

32. What is your favorite colour?
Pink

33. What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine?
Every month I religiously read U Magazine, Stellar, Tatler, Prudence, Cosmopolitan and Glamour. I love them all!

34. Do you swear?
I try not to and I strongly dislike swearing but from time to time a naughty word slips out.

35. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Well it’s almost bedtime for me so my nighttime skincare routine and bed beckons!

Thanks so much for reading and thanks again to Nina for coming up with such a fun tag!

Ciao for now!
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