Monday, September 1, 2014



WEEK 1/2;
Vichy ‘Aqualia Thermal’ Dynamic Serum
Catrice Nail Polish ‘Berry Potter & Plumbledore’ #46
Catrice Nail Polish ‘Must Have STEELetto’ #62
Catrice Nail Polish ‘Quick Dry,High Shine’ Top Coat
Bourjois ‘Shine Edition’ LipStick #24
Zoeva Luxe Cream LipStick ‘Floral Crown’

Inspector McLean Book Series by James Oswald
*Natural Causes
*Book of Souls
*Hangman’s Song

‘The Bridge’ Original TV Series (Newflix)

Romwe Cardigan…

WEEK 2/3;
Catrice Nail Polish ‘Must Have STEELetto’ #62
Zoeva Luxe Cream LipStick ‘Faith & Love’
Catrice ‘Velvet Matte’ EyeShadow | ‘Pink-up Girls’
Catrice ‘Nude Illusion’ Makeup
Soap & Glory ‘Brow Archery’ Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil
Maybelline ‘Brow Drama’

Vichy ‘Aqualia Thermal’ Dynamic Serum
Catrice Nail Polish ‘Genius in a bottle’ #840
Makeup Atelier Paris Blush ‘Beige Orange’ PR10
NYX ‘Black Liquid’ EyeLiner

‘Before I Go To Sleep’ by SJ Watson (iBooks)

‘OutLander’ TV Show 2014

‘The LeftOvers’ TV Show 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nicki Minaj - Anaconda Makeup Tutorial

Howdy Guys :)
I wasn't planning initially on doing another celebrity inspired makeup look this week but after the release of Nicki Minaj's new and highly controversial music video for 'Anaconda', I was inundated with requests to recreate the look she wore in the video, and figured I may as well do it while people are still interested in it! I was actually a little surprised that people noticed the makeup enough to request it considering everything else that's going on in the video!! Ha ha, anyhow, here's my take on it.
Hope you like it Guys!!


And of course, here's the original look on the woman herself....

Guilded lids and totally clean underneath the eye, has this woman no lower lashes??!


Makeup Atelier Paris ‘Waterproof Gel Foundation’ 
Makeup Atelier Paris’ Air Color Thinner’
NYX ‘HD Concealer’ 03
Catrice ‘Prime & Fine’ Waterproof Powder
MAC ’Sculpt’ Contouring Powder
Sleek Makeup ‘Glo Face & Body’ Highlighter Powder
ELF ‘Baked Highlighter’ | ‘MoonLight Pearl’

NYX Jumbo Pencil ‘Pure Gold’
Bourjois ‘Ombre á Paupiere’ 08
Essence ‘All About SunRise’ EyeShadow Palette
NYX ‘Love in Paris’ EyeShadow Palette | ‘Parisian Chic’ 05
NYX Liquid Black EyeLiner
MAC ‘InExtreme Dimension Lash’ Mascara
Rimmel ‘ScandalEys’ Kohl Pencil | Black
MAC ‘Lingering’ Brows

MAC ‘Prep & Prime Lip’
NYX ‘Dolly Pink’ LipLiner
Essence ‘Love Me’ LipStick #13

Body Shop LipGloss ‘Folie Pourpre’

Monday, August 25, 2014

Current Hair Care Routine!

C/o; Products sent as samples.
My hair care routine is usually pretty much the same all the time, I shampoo & condition every second day, use a treatment in between every second cleanse and then use my various leave-in treatments/styling products when needed. But the products I use do vary slightly from time to time. 
If you are interested in what I'm using at the moment, then you're about to find out!!
I am still using my Aussie shampoo and conditioner thanks to pr samples, and these are actually the exact same formula as the last ones I blogged about here, just with a different limited edition design on the bottles! The formula is super moisturising and perfect for my over-processed locks.

C/o; Products sent as samples.
Brand new to Aussie however is their ‘Miracle Dry Shampoo’, the brand’s first foray into the dry shampoo market. There are 3 available, Mega Instant, Aussome Volume and Colour Mate. These promise to do the usual ‘quick fix’ clean when you don’t have time for a proper water-wash, but each one also helps to reduce product build-up & residue on the hair and scalp as well as not depositing the tell-tale white powder that most dry shampoos usually leave behind. Of course being from Aussie, these small as delicious as anything I’ve come to expect from the brand!
The Mega Instant is your basic refreshing dry shampoo, nothing fancy, nothing exceptional, and this one I gave to my sister in the run-up to the Electric Picnic music festival this coming weekend as it came in the handy 65ml travel size, she’ll definitely be much more in need of it than I will :)
The Aussome Volume one is a thickening or volumising formula that does all the usual while plumping up your hair. I have used this one and it does indeed seem to add a tad more ‘bounce’ to the hair than your run-of-the-mill dry shampoo.
The Colour Mate is supposed to protect your hair colour through less washing… I haven’t tried this one but it would seem to me that all dry shampoos should do the same in theory!
Anyhoo, these are available for €5.85 for the bigger 180ml size or €2.59 for the smaller 65ml travel size.

The Pantene Pro-V Dry Shampoo, which is the one I am using the most at the minute, does indeed also clean greasy hair in between washes and I am glad to see it written in the instructions that it takes 10 minutes to see results… many other dry-shampoos often omit this nugget of information, but of course the formula has to actually absorb the excess oil in order to work, and this doesn’t happen straight away. I like to stray my roots and leave it sit and do it’s job for a few minutes before massaging it in with my finger tips. I personally find that all formulas leave a hint of white on my very dark hair, but the ones mentioned in this post are not too bad. Any ‘white’ disappears once massaged in! The Pantene one costs €5.85 for 180ml and also comes in a travel size, €2.59 for 65ml.

I bought another of the leave-in hair growth treatment sprays by Lee Stafford from boots, this costs a few €’s more than the cream treatment that I usually use, at around €16.00 but feels lovely on the hair. This encourages hair growth by conditioning the hair as well as the scalp. I do notice a bigger improvement immediately when using the wash-out cream treatment in the same range but I like to use the spray, focusing on the roots, on the days I haven’t used a treatment between my shampoo and conditioner. 

The V05 Miracle Mist is a God send since highlighting the ends of my hair, and I am on my second bottle in as many months! This is a very light-weight hair spritz that does contain oils but is absolutely light enough to be used on fine hair like my own. This takes away any frizziness and tames poofed out hair, and best of all it seems to put back my natural curly waves that sometimes disappear when it’s at it’s frizziest. 

The Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask is new to me, I picked it up when attempting for a third time in two weeks to repurchase a pot of the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment which was still out of stock. I don’t like to go so long without some treatment so I decided to give this one a go!  The price of this one was what really attracted me to it at just €7.69, a good bit less expensive that most of the other treatments I had looked at. Again, there doesn’t seem to be anything exceptional about this formula, it “Penetrates deeply into damaged hair, repairs and replenishes lost moisture for enhanced softness”… or at least that’s what it claims to do! So far so good, I have used this a couple of times now and my hair is noticeably softer afterwards, though not without a little frizziness (which is when I turn to the V05 Miracle Mist).


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LookBook 08/14 & Giveaway!

Hey Guys ^_^
I'm well overdue for a 'Shiv's Style' fashion post by now, it's been several months since my last one, and I'd almost forgotten how much work goes into these type of videos/posts!! This will be my last summery one for the year as it's really starting to cool down here, I even had a fire lit last night and it's not even September yet! Gotta love Irish weather...
It's basically a collective haul dressed up as a lookbook (see what I did there :P)
I have been sent items from Romwe, SheInside & Persunmall which I have styled here along side loads of my own bought pieces from Primark, Newlook, TopShop & more!
So feel free to watch the video to see the outfits in action and scroll on down below to get more information about the giveaway!!

Click on any of the links below the pictures to get to web store!

Dress; C/o Romwe

Dress; C/o SheInside
Kimono; C/o Sheinside
SunGlasses; C/o Romwe
Blouse; C/o Romwe
Cardigan; C/o Romwe
Dress; C/o PersunMall
Dress: C/o PersunMall
Dress; C/o SheInside
Cardigan; Sold Out
Similar here... 
Skirt; Sold Out
Similar Here...


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this link in the facebook forum at the bottom of the page selling the dress...
 ...then head on over to my Youtube Video and leave me a message telling me that you've entered!!
There will be one winner who will be announced in next Wednesday's video.
Anyone entering must be subscribed to my Youtube channel for their entry to count.

The Dress is available in 3 sizes; Small, Medium & Large!

If you would like to purchase this dress regardless of the giveaway, it will be available for $14.99 down from it's usual price of $34.99 for one day only!! Tomorrow, 21/08/14. Available here...

Chat soon Lovelies :)


Monday, August 18, 2014

EYESHADOW FOR BEGINNERS! Tips, Tricks & Application.

Hey hey! 
One of the most asked-for lessons I get from both clients in work and subscribers on YouTube is how to apply eyeshadow (and it's usually the elusive 'smokey eye').
It can absolutely seem daunting at first but with just a few tips it can be much less intimidating, and definitely with a bit of practice you'll be flying with it in no time!! 

Hope the video helps you!
Feel free to share any of your own tips in the comments below :)

Chat soon,

Used up Beauty Products; Empties #7!

My latest 'Empties' video :)


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FIRST IMPRESSIONS TUTORIAL | NYX, Catrice & Physicians Formula.

Hello again Lovelies,
I recently picked up some products from a local pharmacy that stocks NYX Cosmetics and now Physicians Formula, as well as a few Catrice items, and very patiently waited to use them all together in a First Impressions video! I personally love watching these types of videos from other people so hopefully you guys will enjoy this one :)
Full list of products below.


This and the top 2 photos taken without flash!
(But with plenty of directional light)
Taken WITH Flash to show how the highlighter photographs!

I bought the Catrice Makeup from Penneys/Primark (Ireland only)
I bought the Physicians Formula & NYX products in Care Pharmacy, Salthill, Galway.


Catrice ’Nude Illusion’ Foundation ‘Nude Ivory’ 010
…applied with Real Techniques ’Stippling Brush’
NYX ‘HD Photogenic Concealer’ CW03
NYX ‘Love in Paris’ EyeShadow Palette | LIP05
NYX ‘Liquid Black EyeLiner’
Catrice ‘The Ultimate Lash Multimizer’ Volume Mascara
Catrice ‘Liquid Highlighter’ (Limited Edition)
Physicians Formula ‘Powder Palette’ Mineral Glow Pearls | Translucent 

NYX ‘Bloody Mary’ Matte LipStick

Maximize your Lashes!! (No Clumps)

Some of my easy to follow tips on how to achieve big, voluminous lashes without false lashes!!
Hope it helps :)


Sunday, August 10, 2014

NEW! Vichy 'Aqualia Thermal' Serum & Light Cream.

Oh Vichy, you do know how to woo a girl!!
...and this time they have done it with the help of their 2 newest hydrating skin saviours from the 'Aqualia Thermal' range, the 'Dynamic Hydration Serum' and the 'Dynamic Hydration Light Cream'.
I already briefly showed and mentioned these in a recent 'Unboxing' video on Youtube but they definitely deserve their very own blog post. I had said in that video how I was going to wait to finish off another serum I had been using before breaking out the Vichy one, but that didn't exactly happen. I tried the Vichy one just to get a feel for it and was hooked! My skin felt soooo lovely and super hydrated and best of all it's extremely fluid and 'soaks' in to the skin in no time. So when my boyfriend's mother mentioned how she wasn't currently using any serums, I selflessly offered the other serum I was supposed to finish off. Problem solved!!
Both these products are here to help us tackle dehydration thanks to the new 'Dynamic hydration technology' which comprises of the usual Vichy Thermal Spa Water, an increased concentration of the uber hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, new ingredient; Carrageenans which are red algae derived sugars that smooth the top most levels of the skin and Aquabioryl which sounds very hydrating all together... this last ingredient comforts and soothes the skin.  This 'Dynamic Hydration' focuses heavily on the distribution of moisture throughout the face as well as water retention.

The serum comes in an attractive looking 30ml glass bottle with a pump and will set you back €24.00 or there abouts!
It claims to be 3x more concentrated in sugars than the creams from the same range and boosts the circulation of water to really plump out the skin, keeping it hydrated for up to 48hrs.
As I mentioned above, it's very fluid and totally absorbs into the skin but instantly takes away any thirst your skin might be suffering from. It has a slight fragrance to it but nothing at all overwhelming and is formulated for sensitive skin types.

The light cream comes in a 40ml soft plastic tube and is retailing for €15.50. There is also a fancier pot option available where you get 50ml of the same lotion in a glass jar for €23.00.
This has a gel/cream texture and is suggested for daily use offering 24hr hydration. My only gripe with this otherwise lovely moisturising cream is that there is no SPF within the formula meaning I would need to add another product to my skin to get essential sun protection. It being a gel consistancy, it gives a relatively shine free finish and is suitable for sensitive/normal to combination skin types.
For those of you with dry to very dry skin, there is also a richer version of the cream available called the Aqualia Thermal Rich which my mother is a huge fan of and is available in the same packaging and for the same price points as the light cream.

Available now from the usual stockists! 

That's it from me for now! 

Later :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

My Tattoos & their Stories!

This video has been a long time coming, about 5 years to be precise, but I decided to finally bite the bullet and upload my Tattoo Story. I've been so reluctant to do this as I'm quite a shy/private person who definitely doesn't show excess skin in my daily life but it's up now and out there so please enjoy and make sure to like the video if you would like to see future updated tattoo videos on my Youtube channel!
Oh and I won't be rehashing the meaning behind my tattoos for the blog post as honestly the thought of that exhausts me, just watch the video below to see the different tattoos and find out the story behind them!

Cheers Guys :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Bright Gold & Purple Eye Tutorial ft: Sleek Makeup 'Rio Rio' Palette

Hey Lovelies :)
Hope ye are all having a great week, and happy hump day!! I personally have always liked Wednesdays, I get to look back over what I've already done for the week and decide what needs to be done before the week's end. 
Today's tutorial is fun and bright and done using Sleek Makeup's 'Rio Rio' i-divine palette as promised!!


MAC ‘Soft Ochre’ Paint Pot
Sleek Makeup ‘Rio Rio’ Palette
‘City of God’
‘Sao Conrado’
Catrice ‘Prime & Fine’ Pressed Powder (As Brow Base)
Bourjois ‘Shadow & Light, Kohl & Contour’ Black Kohl Pencil
Physicians Formula ‘2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner & Serum’ | ‘Ultra Black’
MAC ‘InExtreme Dimension Lash’ Mascara
MAC ‘Fling’ Brow Pencil 
Maybelline ‘Brow Drama’ Gel | Dark Brown 

Chanel ‘Perfection Lumiere’ Foundation #10
Catrice ‘Prime & Fine’ Pressed Powder
MAC ’Accentuate Sculpt’ Sculpting Duo

MAC Mineralize LipStick ‘Luxe Naturale’ 

Inglot Nail Varnish #976

Send me any links to your looks if you created any using this palette too :)

Take care,

July Favourites!

Hey Guys!
Incase anyone missed my July favourites over on my Youtube Channel, here's the video :)
It's a little shorter than usual and shows some of my favourite pieces of jewellery as well as the usual makeup & beauty bits!
(The makeup I'm wearing in the video is from this tutorial)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New! Sleek Makeup 'Bare Skin' Foundation.

Sleek Makeup recently introduced us to their newest complexion base, 'Bare Skin' Foundation, which promises to provide "weightless coverage with a flawless 'no makeup' look and feel".
It's a light or sheer consistency formula that offers a natural skin-like finish.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

'Arabian Nights' Makeup Tutorial ft. Sleek Makeup

Hey Guys :)
Time for a new makeup tutorial, and it's another Arab inspired makeup look! I recently recreated a Rihanna look that was called 'Rihanna of Arabia' from a Harper's Bizaar Magazine Cover Shoot, and I also created a super dramatic Arab inspired look last month. It's easily one of my favourite makeup aesthetics to draw inspiration from!
Sleek Makeup just released today another limited i-Divine EyeShadow palette called 'Arabian Nights' which happens to co-inside with the end of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid Mubarak. Good timing Sleek!!

The Beauty Scenario TAG!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Cheryl Cole (Fernandez Versini) Signature Smokey Eye / Pink Lips Makeup Tutorial.

Hey Guys, 
The Gorgeous Cheryl Cole, now officially going by her new exotic (well exotic in the UK & Ireland anyhow!) married surname of Fernandez Versini, is very prolific in the press at the minute due to her recent surprise nuptials. And this has got everyone interested in her yet again, which of course prompted requests! I'm very happy to do one of her signature looks as it's super pretty yet easy to achieve and will suit just about everyone!!!

Catrice Products Discontinuing Fall '14...

Hey Guys :)
As I mention in todays video, Catrice are discontinuing a load of products to make way for the new season stuff!! (There's a tonne of new fab items coming ^_^)
Find out here exactly what's going.... Some of the bits are well loved by myself and many others so ye may want to pick a few bits up before they are gone!!
Watch the video for my run down of the products going...

Click on the charts below to enlarge!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

'Rihanna of Arabia' Makeup Tutorial

The real deal -v- my interpretation! 
When I saw the recent Harper's Bazaar Rihanna Cover shown above, I was totally compelled to recreate the beautiful makeup she wore. The look was beautifully applied by Rihanna's personal makeup artist Lora Arellano, (check out her instagram here) who I am a big fan of. 
I, of course, tweaked it a little as usual to suit myself and to personalise it, but it's more or less a direct copy of the original look!
Catch the full product list below....

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation; EVERYTHING you need to know!

Hey Guys :)

I was running through the videos I've already done in which I've reviewed foundations and surprised myself to see I hadn't solely covered MAC's Studio Fix Fluid yet. (I did touch on it in this video)
This is easily the one foundation that I am most familiar with... that's out of every foundation to ever exist people!
I have been using this both on myself and in my kit for 10+ years and decided I may as well share my knowledge on all things to do with it.
Watch the video to get the full run-down as well as application etc.

Hope it helps!

Chat soon,

Monday, July 7, 2014

Empties #6! Used up Beauty Products.


Benefit ‘Stay Don’t Stray’ Eye Primer
Barbara Daly ‘Face Lift’ Foundation
StarGazer ‘Eye Dust’ #26
MAC ‘Prep & Prime’ Lip
MAC ‘Fling’ EyeBrow Pencil
MAC ‘False Lashes’ #’s 33 & 36