Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Recent Beauty Empties!!




After re-organising my makeup room last week, I also ended up re-organising my entire makeup collection which was no easy feat! But an upside to this, apart from a lovely newly organised room, was that I got to really have a good look at my makeup and figure out what needed to be passed along to friends and what needed to be thrown out!
Because of this, I had a BUTT load of stuff to show you guys that I had decided to throw away, hence the 2 videos. So video one covers skin & hair care products, and video two covers all the makeup!!!
Get comfy :)

Shiv.
xx

Colour of the Year' talk through Makeup Tutorial. ft; Inglot Cosmetics.



Hey Guys! 
So just incase ye've all been hidden under a rock for over the past month, Pantone the 'Powers That Be' who control all things 'Colour' named Marsala as this year's colour of the year. This will basically influence what we see on the runways in regards to fashion as well as whet makeup brands release in terms of colour and shade selection.
Marsala, named after a wine & a somewhat browned red colour, is described as a 'subtly seductive shade'. It is one of those truly versatile colours that works both as a neutral or as a pop of contrasting colour depending on what it's paired with.


Stolen from here :)

Above are some suggestions on what other shades would match well with Marsala (taken from the Pantone website) and below is how I worked this versatile shade into a wearable makeup look using Inglot eyeshadows...







So what do you guys think of this years colour of the year??? Is it a shade you would wear?
Watch the video below see the full application of the look.
Shiv.
xx


PRODUCTS USED;

MAC ‘Prep & Prime’ Natural Radiance Primer
Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer
Catrice ‘Camouflage Cream’ Concealer
…with E220  brush
Dior ‘Star’ Foundation #010
…with F200 brush
NYX ‘Stay Matte but Not Flat’ Powder Foundation
Inglot ’Sculpting Powder’ #505
Inglot ‘Fusion Blush & Illuminate’ #204
…with F110 brush

MAC ‘Prep & Prime’ 24hr Extend Eye Base
Inglot EyeShadow #46 (Highlight)
Inglot EyeShadow #353 (Cream)
Inglot EyeShadow #450 (Red/Maroon)
Inglot EyeShadow #474 (Yellow)
…with E210 brush
Inglot EyeShadow #361 (Peach/Coral)
Inglot EyeShadow #452 (Dark Wine/Maroon)
…with E300 brush
Inglot EyeShadow #361 (Black)
…with E100 brush
MAC ‘Smoulder’ Kohl Pencil
Estée Lauder ‘Double Wear’ Mascara
Catrice ‘Brown-Eyed-Peas’ EyeBrow Stylist

MAC ‘Boldly Bare’ Lip Pencil

NYX ‘Butter’ Matte LipStick

Full Foundation Routine! (Glowing skin, dry/combination)


I don't know about you guys but my own skin can change drastically from how it is during the summer to the winter and I absolutely have to change up my skin and foundation routine to adapt to these changes and to try & have it look it's best despite various skin concerns. 
My no.1 skin concern at the moment is dehydration which not only can exaggerate fine lines and skin texture but can also leave your foundation looking patchy and powdery after a few hours.
In this video I share how I prep my skin and share what products I'm currently using to achieve a healthy and relative flawless looking base.
Hope this helps my fellow dehydrated beauties out there.
^_^

Shiv.
xx



PRODUCTS USED;

Indeed Labs ‘Hydraluron’ 
Vichy ‘Aqualia Thermal’ Serum
Vichy ‘Aqualia Thermal’ Dynamic Hydration Light Cream
Vichy ‘Idéalia Eyes’ Eye Contour Cream
Sleek Makeup ‘Control Shine & Prime’ Mattifying Primer
Glo-Minerals ‘Luxe Liquid’ Foundation | ‘Porcelain’
Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer #15
Amazing Cosmetics ‘Amazing Concealer’ | ‘Fair’
MAC ‘Mineralize SkinFinish Natural’ | ‘Light’
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush
Essence ’Silky Touch’ Blush | 10 ‘Adorable’
ELF ‘Baked Highlighter’ | ‘Moonlight Pearl’
Maybelline ‘Color Sensational’ Lip Pencil | 132 ‘Sweet Pink’
Maybelline ‘Color Sensational’ LipStick | 168 ‘Petal Pink’

MAC ‘ProLongWear Waterproof Brow Set’ | ‘Quiet Brunette’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Makeup Play; Makeup Tutorial ft. Real Techniques, Inglot, Chanel & More!


Hey Guys :)
I picked some of my favourite bits from my latest 'Shiv's Stash' collective haul and created this pretty, warm makeup look, as a way of distancing myself a little from the bolder, darker looks I had been knocking out over the Christmas period.
I love a gold eye but they can often look very same-y same-y, which is where this beautiful Inglot #68 Body Sparkle comes into play to add a little interest and uniqueness!
It doesn't show up well in the photos but it's a gorgeous orangey gold pigment with a pink reflection that looks stunning when it catches the light!
Check it out in the video below and scroll on down to the end of the post for a full list of products used. 
Shiv
xxx









PRODUCTS USED;

MAC Prep & Prime ‘Natural Radiance’ Primer
Chanel ‘Perfection Lumiere’ Foundation #10 Beige
NYX Cosmetics ‘HD Concealer’ CW10
Amazing Cosmetics ‘Amazing Concealer’
MAC ‘Mineralize SkinFinish’ Natural | ‘Light’
Inglot ‘Sculpting Powder’ #505
Inglot Fusion Blush & Highlight #204

Inglot #68 Body Sparkle
Inglot EyeShadows;
*605 (Copper)
*606 (Gold)
*46 (Highlight)
*383 (Orange)
*612 (Light Peach)
*63 (Black)
Bourjois Kohl Pencil ’Shadow & Light’
Fuschia ’SuperLash’ Mascara
Max Factor 2000 Calories Mascara
Fuschia ‘Brow Wax Kit’ | ‘Taupe’

Maybelline ‘Color Sensational’ Lip Liner |  #132 'Sweet Pink'
NYX ‘Meringue’ Butter Gloss


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Real Techniques; Bold Metals Collection Brushes Review!


Real Techniques recently released a brand new set of brushes in the guise of their 'Bold Metals' Collection. 7 brushes that are described as premium brushes aimed at professional makeup artists and makeup fanatics. The brushes come in three colours, GOLD, SILVER & ROSE GOLD.

The new collection includes;
(GOLD)
100 Arched Powder €32.00
101 Triangle Foundation €28.00
(SILVER)
200 Oval Shadow €20.00
201 Pointed Crease €16.00
202 Angled Liner €13.00
(ROSE GOLD)
300 Tapered Blush €31.00
301 Flat Contour €28.00

I bought 4 of the 7 brushes as I was budgeting myself to about €100, and even then I went over by nearly €10.
Definitely much more expensive than most other brushes available in Boots (where these are exclusive to) that don't belong to a brand with it's own counter.
When queried about this and the price point, the Pixiwoo girls reiterated that these are premium brushes being sold at the pharmacy / drug store for accessibility!
What I also discovered thanks to the release of these brushes is that Real Techniques is in fact an American brand and not British as I had previously assumed. Also it was not co-founded by the Pixiwoo girls, but rather it was a pre-existing brand that hired Sam & Nic Chapman to be 'co-creators' and basically the faces of the brand. Good call for Real Techniques! 
The point of this however is that means that the brushes have to be imported into the UK & Ireland from the US which again adds to the prices, explaining why they are much more affordable over that side of the pond.
Anyhow, I digress... 
The brushes themselves are quite beautiful to look at and feel lovely in the hand thanks to them being weighted at the ferrule and tapered towards the tip of the handles. 
A couple of the brushes are also quite unique in design, particularly the triangle foundation brush and the flat contour brush, though this doesn't necessarily mean great things for the actual application of product with the brushes. I cover all this in the video below so scroll on down to the end of this post to see the brushes & hear about my thoughts on them. 
One thing I hadn't noticed until after filming the video however is that while the ferrules are made of some form of metal, probably aluminium, the handles are actually plastic which was a bit disappointing considering them being sold as premium products. 
I also forgot to mention that these are shed-proof brushes thanks to the fibres being 'hand glued' into the ferrules.

Let me know what you think of the new offerings from Real Techniques.
Do you plan on picking any of them up? Or have you gotten any of them already??
Hope this proves helpful!

Shiv.
xx


Prices from left to right; 
€28.00, €20.00, €28.00, €31.00


The three brushes I didn't buy...

€32.00  
€16.00
€13.00
Available in Ireland from Boots.ie
Available in UK from Boots.com
Available in U.S from Ulta.com


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Shiv's Stash; Massive Collective Beauty Haul!!!


Guys... 
Ye are going to have to get comfortable for this one! I had a tonne of products to share with ye in this 'Shiv's Stash' video (a.k.a; Collective Haul) and after cutting it down, it still ended up being about 35 minutes long, 
Oopsy 0_o
If you have the time to spare though and are ready to add to the ol' wishlist, grab a cup of something hot, plonk yerselves down on the couch and enjoy sharing in my recent spoils 
^_^



PRODUCTS;

Glo-Minerals ‘Luxe Mineral Foundation’ | ‘Porcelain’ & ‘Naturelle’
Chanel ‘Perfection Lumiere Foundation’ | 10 ‘Beige’

Inglot ‘Brush Cleanser’
Inglot ’Sparkling Dust” Eyes, Body & Face | 001
Inglot Blush Palette
*37 Blush
*204 Fusion Blush & Illuminator
*201 Fusion Blush & Illuminator
*505 Sculpting Powder
Inglot EyeShadows
*463 (Highlight)
*612 (Light Gold)
*606 (Gold)
*605 (Copper)
*383 (Orange)
*46 (Pinky Highlight)
*397 (Beige Pink)
*399 (Light Pink)
*152 (Silver)
*63 (Black)
Inglot ‘Duraline’
Inglot ‘Body Sparkles’ | 68 & 62
Inglot LipStick | 293

NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush
NYX ‘Pinky/Rose’ Blush
NYX ‘Butter Gloss’ | ‘Meringue’
NYX ‘Matte Lipsticks’ |’Tea Rose’ & ‘Butter’
NYX ‘HD Concealer’ | CW10 (Light Yellow)
Sleek Makeup ‘Brow Stylist’ 
Sleek Makeup ‘Tru Color LipStick’ | ‘Exxxaggerate’
Sleek Makeup ‘Brow Perfecters’ 

Primark ‘PS Love You’ Nail Varnishes
Primark ‘i-Envy by Kiss’ | Premiere Lashes
*Natural 01
*Juicy Volume 2
Primark ‘PS Love’ Party Lashes & ’Sultry Lashes’
Primark ‘PS Love’ Fashion Lashes
Primark ‘PS Love’ Nail Art

Real Techniques ‘Bold Metals Collection’ Makeup Brushes
*’Triangle Foundation Brush’ 101
*’Tapered Blush’ 300

Irish Beauty Bible by Exposé

Mikasa 10 piece Brush Set

MAC ‘Relentlessly Red’ Matte LipStick
Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer | #15
Amazing Cosmetics ‘Amazing Concealer’
MAC ‘Uninterrupted’ ProlongWear EyeShadow
Roger & Gallet ‘Fragrant Water Spray’ | ‘Rose Water’
Polar White Pro ‘Dental Teeth Whitening Pens’
Fuchsia Makeup ‘Brow Wax Splitz’ | ’Taupe

L’Oréal ‘Skin Perfection’ | ‘Misceller Water’
Vichy ’NormaDerm Night Detox’
Paula’s Choice ‘Clinical Retinol 1% Treatment’
Olay Anti Wrinkle Nature Fusion’ Night Cream
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Eye Transforming Cream

Indeed Labs ‘Hydraluron’ Moisture Booster

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Glam with a touch of Drama; Chit Chat Makeup Tutorial.



I managed to get one last makeup tutorial in on time for Christmas and of course it had to be dramatic yet glamorous! This was one of those looks that looks a bit crazy and, well... crap until it all comes to together in the end and then turns out fairly decent. 
Who says you can't do eyes and lips??!








PRODUCTS USED;

MAC ‘Prep & Prime’ Natural Radiance Primer
MAC ‘Studio Fix Fluid’ Foundation SPF15 | NC15
with MAC #188 Duo Fibre Brush
MAC ‘Pro Palette Concealer’ | Light
Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer | #15
with Sedona Lace EB13 Brush
MAC ‘Mineralize SkinFinish Natural’ | ‘Light’
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush
MAC ‘Warm Soul’ Mineralize Blush
ELF ‘Moonlight Pearl’ Baked Highlighter

MAC ‘Painterly’ Paint Pot
MAC ’Satin Taupe’ EyeShadow
MAC ‘Print’ EyeShadow
Wet ’n’ Wild ‘Color Icon’ Kohl Pencil | ‘Black’
Catrice ‘Vanillity Fair’ Velvet matte EyeShadow
MAC ‘Uninterrupted’ ProlongWear EyeShadow
MAC ‘Typographic’ EyeShadow
NYX ‘Collection Noir’ Black Liquid Liner
Primark ‘P.S. Love’ Sultry False Lashes
MAC ‘InExtreme Dimension Lash’ Mascara
Catrice ‘Brow Stylist’ Brow Pencil | Dark Brown
MAC ‘ProlongWear Waterproof Brow Set’ | ‘Quiet Brunette’

MAC ‘Fashion Boost’ ProlongWear Lip Pencil
MAC ’NightMoth’ Lip Pencil
Tom Ford ‘Violette Fatale’ Lip Stick
Sleek Makeup ‘Forbidden City’ Gloss Me Lip Gloss

Hope you all have a brilliant Christmas!!

Shiv.
xx

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Glitter Eyeliner Tutorial; 2 Ways!


Another glitter look, this time on the eyes. I love and hate glitter in near equal measure but the love wins out thanks to just how friggin' gorgeous it looks!
(The hate stems from how hard it is to remove & clean up!)
I filmed a tutorial showing how to apply glitter as eyeliner 2 ways, the first tutorial comes with a bit of fallout and but is probably the easiest one to do due to the products needed, the second one is very tidy and perfect for anyone who wears contacts or has very sensitive eyes!


PRODUCTS USED:

Look 1;
Physicians Formula '2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner & Serum'
Inglot 'Duraline'
MAC 'Purple' Glitter (Pro)
MAC #210 Eyeliner Brush






Look 2;
NYX 'Liquid Black Eyeliner'
MAC 'Eyeliner Mixing Medium'
Coastal Scents 'Starburst' Glitter








Have fun cleaning up all the glitter mess :P

Shiv.
xx

Best Powder & Cream Face Products from 2014.



Part 2 of my favourite products from over the past year!

Shiv.
xx

3D Gold Glitter Lips Tutorial!



I've been waiting for the Christmas Season to come around so I could finally try my hand at glitter lip art. This can be a tricky one to pull off, and by that I mean to have it look pretty and last for longer than just a few minutes!!

So here's how to apply glitter to your lips & make it last the night.
(Product list below!)





PRODUCTS USED;

MAC 'Prep & Prime Lip'
Wet 'n' Wild 'Color Icon' Lip Pencil | 'Berry Red'
MAC 'Viva Glam Rihanna 1' Lipstick
LipCote Lip Lacquer
MAC (Pro) 3D Gold Glitter
Concealer (matching your foundation)
Lip Brush
Concealer/Angle Brush


Have fun if you try it out!!

Shiv.
xx

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Best Primers, Foundations & Concealers from 2014.


Shiv.
xx

GRWM; My Work Christmas Party Makeup!


I had my work Christmas party last week where we went for a few drinks and dinner. (I bowed out before the nightclub, Nanna central here, lol ).
I decided to go for a very typical Christmas makeup look with the true red lips and warm brown smokey eyes. Hey, if it works!...
I was so surprised that my lips stayed on the whole evening despite the dinner and I only touched them up once, and even then I could have skipped the touch-up!
Scroll on down to see the full product list plus watch the video to see me applying said makeup :)
xx

(My necklace was from Penneys / Primark, from last year)




PRODUCTS USED;
(In order of use)

Sleek Makeup ‘Control Shine & Prime’ Mattifying Primer
Estee Lauder ‘Double Wear’ Foundation 1N
Rimmel ‘Match Perfection’ Concealer 030
MAC ‘Pro Palette Concealer’ | Light Palette
Sleek Makeup ‘Highlight Brick’ (Not available)
Coastal Scents ‘Chocolatier’ Hot Pot 
Wet ’n’ Wild ‘Color Icon’ Pencil | ‘Black’
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush
Physicians Formula ‘2-in-1 lash boosting eyeliner & Serum’ | ‘Ultra Black’
Coastal Scents ‘Incognito’ Hot Pot 
MAC ‘InExtraDimension Lash’ Mascara
MAC ‘Mineralize SkinFinish Natural’ Powder | ‘Light’
Catrice ‘Brow Stylist’ Pencil
MAC ‘A Quiet Brunette’ Waterproof ProlongWear Brow Set
Sally Hansen Lip Primer (Discontinued)
MAC ‘Warm Soul’ Blush
MAC ‘Cherry’ Lip Pencil
MAC ‘Viva Glam Rihanna 1’ LipStick

Enjoy your Christmas parties :D

Shiv.
xx

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Inspired High-Shine Makeup Tutorial. ft. Sleek Makeup


Helloooo Lovelies ^_^
I have been really enjoying knocking out the makeup tutorials lately, particularly the more festive ones on the run up to Christmas. When I was sent a few Sleek Makeup products a couple of weeks ago, the new 'Precious Metals' Highlighting palette in particular totally inspired me to create a super high-shine look, like the warm glow from candlelight or the reflected light from tinsel or Christmas tree baubles! 
And here is the result... An overtly highlighted yet very wearable makeup.
(Scroll on down to below the pictures to watch the video tutorial!)









PRODUCTS USED:
(In order of use)

Sleek Makeup ‘Control Shine & Prime’ Mattifying Primer
Sleek makeup ‘Bare Skin’ Foundation | ’Shell’
Catrice ‘Camouflage Cream’ Concealer | #10 Ivory
Rimmel ‘Match Perfection’ Concealer | #030
Sleek Makeup ‘Precious Metals’ Highlighting Palette
Sleek Makeup ‘Face Form Kit’ | Light
Sleek Makeup ‘Blush by 3’ Palette | ‘Pumpkin’
Coastal Scents ’Deep Roast’ Hot Pot
Wet ’n’ Wild ‘Color Icon’ Pencil | ‘Taupe’
NYX ‘Collection Noir’ Liquid Black Liner
Sleek Makeup ‘I am Conditional’ Mascara
Sleek Makeup ‘Luminous Pressed Powder’ SPF15
Sleek Makeup ‘Brow Kit’ | ‘Light’
Revlon ColorStay ‘Nude’ Lip Liner
MAC ‘Viva Glam Rihanna 2’ LipStick



There will be plenty of more makeup tutorials coming up over Christmas & New Years
so make sure ye keep an eye out for those :)

Chat soon!
Shiv.
xx