Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shiv's Stash: What's New?? (A.K.A; Beauty Haul)

After a bit of a dry spell, I was recently sent a good few bits from various beauty brands as well as picking up a few items myself locally and definitely had more than enough to throw together in a 'Haul Video', though I quite hate that term so I'm giving 'Shiv's Stash; What's New?' a go to see how I get on with that. 
I'm in Makeup Brush/Eye Shadow Heaven with this lot so watch the video below to find out more about what has been added to the stash, and scroll on further below for any extra information.


Zoeva ‘Mixed Metals’ Palette 01:35
Zoeva ‘Rose Gold’ Complete Eye Set 02:53
The Zoeva products will be released on Nov 24th

Catrice ‘Mattifying Setting Powder’ 04:58
NYX ‘Natural’ Matte LipStick 05:33
Wet ’n’ Wild ’Spot Light Red’ LipStick 06:01
Cara Professional Brush Set 06:43
L’Oréal Professional ‘Christmas Must-Haves’ 09:36
Olay ‘Anti-Wrinkle’ Firm & Lift Day Cream SPF15 10:34
Olay ’Total Effects’ 7-in-1 Anti Aging Day Moisturiser SPF15 11:40
Coastal Scents ‘Hot Pots’ 13:14

Coming soon from Zoeva...
(PR Samples)

This gorgeous 10 shadow palette called 'Mixed Metals' is mostly made up of highly reflective metallic earthy tones. There is also a matte black shade to add depth to any eye look you might come up with using the shimmery shades. 
The texture of the shadows is like butter and there is absolutely no need to use a base under these guys to get a gorgeous opaque coating. 
Also launching alongside this palette on the 24th of this month online will be the 'Smokey Eye' palette made up of dark 'Midnight' shades.
Both palettes will be available for €17.50.

Adding to the already existing 'Rose Gold' Brush Collection is the 'Rose Gold' Complete Eye Set which will launch on November the 24th, just in time for Christmas!!!
Zoeva recently gave a preview of the set on their Instagram page... which is well worth following if you'd like to know about upcoming products and collections before release.
The set will be priced at €65 for the 12 brushes and pouch but check the website on the 24th for all other information!

Pharmacy Bites from NYX, Wet 'n' Wild & Catrice...

I seem to have a serious & growing weakness for stocking up on lipsticks lately, and 2 of my most recent purchases include;
1. NYX 'Natural' Matte LipStick, a beautiful mauve toned vintage pink shade.
2. Wet 'n' Wild 'Spot Light Red' Long Lasting LipStick, a striking satin-finish tomato red shade.
I purchased the NYX lippy from Care Pharmacy in Salthill, Galway and Wet 'n' Wild can be purchased from Penney's or Dunnes Stores throughout Ireland. 

...and I also very happily came upon my much loved Catrice 'Mattifying Setting Powder' which is also waterproof and is seriously the best budget translucent setting powder out there!!
I am nearly finished my first one, and I rarely finish powders apart from MAC's Mineralize SkinFinish Powder.

L'Oréal Professional 'Christmas Must-Haves'...
(PR Sample)

I was sent the 'Christmas Cracker' from L'Oréal's 'Christmas Must-Have's' range of gift sets for the holiday season. It contains travel size's of the Série Expert's (That's the Expert Series to you & me) range of hair products. The one I got is the 'Repair Lipidium' retailing for €8.49.
It contains a shampoo & Intensive hair mask for dry, damaged hair 'wrapped' in a cardboard cracker designed to be perfect as a gift for under the Christmas Tree!
There is also a 'Vitamino Colour' available.
Below are the ingredients for the shampoo & hair mask.

Shampoo Ingredients.
Hair Treatment Ingredients.

Cara Professional Brush Set...

This 12 piece brush set is made up of 5 face brushes, 6 eye brushes and a lip brush.
They are a mix of natural and synthetic fibres and for the most part are lovely brushes... except for the stipple brush (duo-fibre brush) which is horrible. 
At just €29.50 it's a very fairly priced set and thankfully the other 11 brushes are quite nice, especially the Kabuki Foundation/Powder Brush. (4th from the left below)
I bought this from Cara Pharmacy but the set no longer seems to be available from their online store.

Olay Skin Care...
(PR Samples)

1. Olay ‘Total Effects' 7-in-1 Anti Aging Day Moisturiser SPF15
This cream claims to fight the 7 signs of aging which are according to Olay;
*dull, dry skin
*uneven skintone
*rough texture
*noticeable pores
*general crappiness due to free radical damage (my own wording obvs :P )
*loss of firmness.

And seen as it's explained in the image below quite clearly how it helps to undo these signs, I'll save myself the unnecessary typing!

It's available at the RRP of €19.35 nationwide.

2. Olay ‘Anti-Wrinkle’ Firm & Lift Day Cream SPF15
This cream is packed with Vitamins, Ceramides and Niacinamide and is aimed at the 40+ age group.
It promised to intensely moisturise the skin while firming and fighting lines & wrinkles.
There are 3 other creams available in the range though all remain in the 'anti-aging' category.

Available for RRP €12.89 nationwide.

Coastal Scents 'Hot Pots'...

I really love the freedom of making up my own eyeshadow palettes which is what enamours me to the Coastal Scents 'Hot Pot's' or single eyeshadows to the layman. 
There are literally hundreds of eyeshadow's available from the web-store with different size palettes to choose from.
Shop the 'Hot Pot's' from the website here...

That's it for now!!!
Let me know if any of you Guys have any of these and what your thoughts on the are.

Chat soon,

Sparkling Purple Eyes Makeup Tutorial.

Who doesn't love a good purple smokey-ish eye for the Christmas Season, especially with a bit of sparkle thrown in?!
I flippin' well do, in fact its easily one of my favourite looks to do!
So I decided to bust out some of my old favourite purple MAC eyeshadows and create a purple-with-sparkle party eyes look to really kick off the Christmas inspired looks for this year.


Vichy Aera Teint Pure Foundation
Rimmel ‘Match Perfection Concealer
MAC ‘Pro Palette Concealer’ | Light
Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Setting Powder
Seventeen ‘Define & Conquer’ Contour Kit
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush

Catrice ‘Velvet Matt’ EyeShadow | ‘Vanillity Fair’
MAC EyeShadows…
*Satellite Dreams
*Stars & Rockets
*Seedy Pearl
*Shadowy Lady
Maybelline ‘Color Tattoo’ | ‘Endless Purple’
Inglot ‘Body Sparkles’ #56
Bourjois ‘Kohl & Contour, Shadow & Light’ Pencil | Blank Kohl
Physicians Formula ‘2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner & Serum’ | ‘Ultra Black’
Catrice ‘Brow Stylist’ | Dark Brown
Maybelline ‘Brow Drama’ Sculpting Brow Mascara
MAC ‘InExtreme Dimension Lash’ Mascara

Revlon ‘ColorBurst’ Matte Balm | ‘Complex’
Catrice ‘Nude Religion’ Lip Pencil (Discontinued)

If anyone has any Christmas inspired requests they's like to see me do, leave them in the comments below!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Used up Beauty Products: Love or Regret? | Empties #9

I personally love looking at other people's 'Empties' videos on Youtube. There's something about nosing into people's rubbish I just can't resist! ha ha.
I am on my 9th instalment of my own 'Empties' Series on my Youtube Channel and am genuinely always surprised about how many products that stack up after a few weeks!!

(In order shown)

Original Source ‘Lemons & Tea Tree’ Shower Gel 
Aussie ‘Beach Mate’ Shampoo & Conditioner 
Vichy ‘Eau Thermale’ Spray 
Garnier ‘Miscellar Cleansing Water’ 
Garnier ‘Express 2-in-1 Eye Makeup Remover’ 
La Roche Posay ‘Physiological Foaming Water’ 
Estee Lauder ‘Take it Away’ Gentle Eye & Lip Long Wear Makeup Remover 
John Frieda ‘Full Repair’ Deep Conditioning Mask 
Avene ‘Eau Thermale’ Spray 300ml 
MAC ‘Brush Cleanser’ 
Toni & Guy ‘Nourish’ Reconstruction Mask’ 
Soap & Glory ‘Daily Smooth Body Butter’ 
Clinique ‘Take the Day off’ Makeup Remover for Eyes, Lips & Lashes 
John Frieda ‘Frizz Ease’ Thermal Protect Serum
MAC ‘Mineralize SkinFinish Natural’ | ‘Medium’ 
MAC ‘Prolongwear’ Foundation NW30 
Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer 
Max Factor ‘Masterpiece’ Mascara Waterproof 
MAC ‘Prep & Prime Lip Primer’ 
MAC ‘Lingering’ Brows

Won't be long until #10!!

Chat soon,

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Taylor Swift - Blank Space | Music Video Makeup Tutorial

Coming up to Christmas & Christmas Party Season, requests for tutorials involving red lips has increased 2 fold easily on my Youtube Channel.  And who am I to deny the masses?? :P
On Monday, Taylor Swift's new music video for 'Blank Space' was released on Youtube which sees her sporting a gorgeous bright red lipped makeup look and I figured I'd kill 2 birds with the one stone and use that as one of my red lip inspirations!!!
The makeup looks amazing on her and definitely suits her slightly hooded eye shape better than my bigger, rounder eye shape but if you follow the tutorial below you'll still get an idea of how to achieve the look!! 

Coastal Scents 16pc Brush Set…

Zoeva Pink Elements Brush Sets…


Soap & Glory ‘Show Good Face’ 2-in-1 Foundation & Primer
Makeup Atelier Paris ‘Moisturising Concealer’
Rimmel ‘Match Perfection’ Concealer
MAC ‘Pro-Palette Concealer’
Catrice ‘All Matt Plus’ Powder
Seventeen ‘Define & Conquer’ Contour Kit
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush

Urban Decay ‘Eden’ Primer Potion
MAC ‘Crystal’ EyeShadow
MAC ‘Mylar’ EyeShadow
MAC ‘Scene’EyeShadow
MAC ‘TypoGraphic’ EyeShadow
Bourjois ‘Kohl & Contour, Shadow & Light’ Kohl Pencil
Bourjois ‘16hr Liner Pinceau’ Liquid Eyeliner
Sleek Makeup ‘I am Conditional’ Mascara
L’Oreal ‘Brow Artist Plumper’

MAC ‘Cherry’ Lip Pencil

Revlon ‘Revlon Red’ Creme LipStick

And let the festive season begin!!!

Chat soon,

Monday, November 10, 2014

How to prevent Oily Lids! | Shiv's Tricks

A quick tip I recently picked up on how to prevent the dreaded oily lids eating your eyeshadow! 

Long Lasting Lipstick Routine | LetzMakeup

When I apply my makeup in the morning, my main aim is to have it last as long as possible without the need for touch-ups! Here I share my long lasting lipstick routine that always gets me through a long day at work or just when I am on the go.


Primark ’Sugar & Candy’ Lip Balm
Sally Hansen ‘Lip Plumping, Lip Primer’
Wet ’n’ Wild ‘Color Icon’ Pencil | ‘Fab Fuchsia’
NYX ‘Matte LipStick’ | ‘Bloody Mary’
Revlon Lip Brush

Hope it helps!


Cosy Winter Haul | Primark, NewLook, SheInside

Autumn/Winter Fashion Haul featuring Primark, NewLook & SheInside.
 Are you guys as bonkers about layering as I am? xx

SheInside Floral Dress; (Out of Stock)

NewLook Wide-Neck Top;

Music is Royalty Free & Provided by
Song; 'Matiere Noire Vibrante'
Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0""


Grungy Smokey Eye GRWM | First Impressions ft; Coastal Scents & Olay

Hey Guys! 
I was heading to the cinema to see 'Night Crawler' (which was class btw) and to a Halloween party afterwards, so decided to film a get ready with me makeup tutorial, plus it's a first impressions, trying out some new makeup goodies! 
The Brushes and Cream were sent as samples for consideration.


Coastal Scents ’16pc Pearl Brush Set’ (C/o)
Olay ‘CC Cream, Pore Minimizer’ | Light/Fair Skin (C/o)
Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer
Vichy Aera Teint Pure’ Foundation
MAC (Studio Fix) Pro Palette Concealer

Urban Decay EyeShadow ‘Primer Potion’
Catrice ‘Prime & Fine’ Waterproof Powder
Sleek Makeup ‘Face Form’ Contouring palette | Light
Inglot Matte EyeShadow #340
Wet ’n’ Wild Color Icon pencil | Black
Zoeva ‘Retro Future’ palette | ‘Space Out’
Inglot AMC EyeShadow #63
MAC ‘InExtreme Dimension Lash’ mascara
Wet n’n Wild ‘Ultimate Brow Set’
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush

Catrice Lip Liner (Discontinued)

Friday, October 31, 2014

October Favourites | Beauty & Random (plus a few duds!)


Apple ‘iPhone’ 6+
Sleek Makeup ‘I am Conditional’ Mascara
Wet ’n’ Wild ‘Color Icon’  Pencils
* Fab Fuchsia
* Plum Berry
* Black

Nivea ‘Double Effects’ Eye Makeup Remover
Sleek Makeup ‘Flick it’ Eyeliner

Zoeva ‘Graphic Eyes +’ Pencils
* Regency
* Glance
* Opulence

Sleek Makeup ‘Control Shine & Prime’ Oil Free Mattifyng Primer.
MAC 'Prep & Prime' Natural Radiance Primer

Max Factor ‘Gel Shine Lacquers’
* Lacquered Violet 35
* Sparkling Berry 55
* Twinkling Pink 30
* Gleaming Teal 45
Catrice ‘Quick Dry, High Shine’ Top Coat
Essence ‘Studio Nails, All-in-1, Complete Care’

Zoeva Makeup Brushes
* 109 ‘Face Paint’ Brush
* 322 ‘Brow Line’

That's all for this month!


20 Halloween Makeup Ideas!!!

Mexican Sugar Skull Makeup; Día de los Muertos

My final look for this Halloween...
And instead of a Halloween Makeup, I chose to finish up with a Mexican Sugar Skull in honour of Day of the Dead.
Watch the video below to find out a little bit about the celebration if you are unfamiliar with it!


Illamasqua 'Skin Base' Foundation #2
MAC 'Studio Fix' Concealer W10
Wet 'n' Wild 'Color Icon' Pencil | Black
Fardel | Pigment #606
MAC 'Pressed Pigment' | 'Black Grape'
Inglot 'AMC' Shadows
MAC 'Chromaline' | 'Black, Black' (Pro Product)
Illamasqua 'Loose Pigment' | 'Breathe'
Kryolan Cream Pigment | 'Bronze'
Makeup Forever 'Flash Color' | 'Green'
Physicians Formula '2-in-1 Lash Boosting Serum and Liner' | 'Ultra Black'

Have a very happy Día de los Muertos Everyone!!!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Realistic CAT Makeup Tutorial | Halloween 2014

Hey Hey :)
 My next tutorial for this Halloween 2014, this one's slightly less scary than the others though. Keep watching to learn how to transform yourself into a cat =^_^=

Black, Brown & White Face Paints.
(Water Activated)
Black Eyeliner Pencil (Kohl)
Black Liquid/Pen EyeLiner
EyeShadow Primer (for under the shadows on the face)
Various Matte EyeShadow Colours.
*Browns, Oranges, tans etc
*Red & Pink for the nose.
Latex Glue (White)
Coarse White Paint Brush Bristles for the whiskers.

I used a selection of makeup & paint brushes.

Catch the rest of my Halloween videos here...


Zoeva 'Pink Elements' Brush Set Review.

The Zoeva lovely people at Zoeva HQ were good enough to send little ol' me one of their new 'Pink Elements' brush sets which were released on 27th of this month (yesterday!).

The two sets released are;
1. The 'Complete Eye Set'
This contains 12 makeup brushes designed for the eye area, and are a mix of natural and synthetic fibres.

2. The 'Classic Set'
This contains 8 makeup brushes for the face and eyes, and are a mix of natural and synthetic fibres.

The brushes already exist in the existing line up of brushes but with a black handle. The new pink design totally calls out to my inner Barbie though!! (Says the least girly girl ever!!!)
Both brush sets cost €65 on the Zoeva website!

Find out more about the set here in my recent review...

Zoeva; Pink Elements
‘The Complete Eye Set’
Brushes in order or appearance…

#142 Concealer Buffer
#227 Luxe Soft Definer
#224 Luxe Defined Crease
#228 Luxe Crease
#231 Luxe Petite Crease
#230 Luxe Pencil
#234 Luxe Smokey Shader
#226 Smudger
#237 Detail Shader
#317 Wing Liner
#315 Fine Liner
#322 Brow Line

The Brushes can be bought directly from the website here...

And now also from Love Makeup online!
(UK based)

Gets a major Thumbs Up from camp LetzMakeup!!