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!


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


Best Powder & Cream Face Products from 2014.

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


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!)


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!!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Best Primers, Foundations & Concealers from 2014.


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 :)

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

(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


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!)

(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!

Christmas Gift Guide for Her :)


Cheers Guys!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

November Favourites | Plus some duds 0_o


Eucerin ‘Aquaphor’
Rimmel ‘Match Perfection’ Skin tone adapting Concealer
Coastal Scents ‘Flat Buffer’ Brush (16pc Pearl Brush Set)
Maybelline ’Fit Me’ Concealer #10

MAC ‘Salon Rouge’ Matte LipStick (Heirloom Mix Collection)
L’Oréal ‘Corrector Crayon’
L’Oréal ‘Brow Artist Plumper’
Samson ‘GoMic’

John Frieda ‘Full Repair’ Touch up FlyAway Tamer
Max Factor ‘Skin Luminizer’ Foundation
Jingles ‘LED Cherry Tree’

Coastal Scents ‘Hot Pot’s EyeShadows
50 Shades of Grey


Max Factor 'Skin Luminizer Foundation' Review & Demo

A foundation I was sent a few months ago but that I've been using and loving, more & more lately is the Max Factor 'Skin Luminizer' Foundation. This is a 'radiance giving' foundation which contains pearlised pigments swirled throughout a matte base.
There are only 6 shades available sadly, which you can see swatched alongside MAC shades down below, but if you happen to match any of the shades that are available, I would highly recommend trying this one out!
Watch the video below for a full run-down of the foundation plus an application demo.

Blogger automatically blurs or 'beautifies' faces which I can't do anything about so apologies for the super diffused pictures but it'll still give you an idea of the coverage etc. Watch the video below for a more accurate view of my skin, before & after!

Hope this helps!!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

ThanksGiving Inspired Makeup Tutorial.

Hey Guys!
Tomorrow is ThanksGiving in the US and I wanted to do a video for my viewers who celebrate the holiday and hopefully offer some inspiration to anyone still unsure of what makeup to wear for the day. 
The eyes are inspired by candle light, thinking of the gorgeous dinner spreads I've seen on TV of Thanksgiving feasts, and all the products (listed below) are available in the US!!
Plus I kept the focus on the eyes so your lips wouldn't be ruined while stuffing yer faces :P
Hope you all like the look.


ELF ‘Mineral Infused Primer’
Revlon ‘ColorStay’ Foundation | Buff
MAC ‘Pro Palette Concealer’ | Light
Rimmel ‘Match Perfection’ Concealer | 030
L’Oréal ’Nude Magique’ BB Powder | Light
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush
MAC ‘Mineralize Blush’ | Warm Soul

Coastal Scents ‘Hot Pot’s’ EyeShadows
*Flesh Tone
*Reef Sand
*St Topaz
*Light Tangerine
*Midas Gold
*Deep Forest
Wet n’ Wild ‘Color Icon’ Pencil | Black
Maybelline ‘Lasting Drama Gel Liner’ | Brown
MAC ‘InExtreme Dimension Lash’ Mascara
Wet n’ Wild ‘Ultimate Brow Kit’ | Ash Brown
MAC ‘Prolongwear Waterproof Brow Set’ | Quiet Brunette

Revlon ‘ColorStay’ Lip Pencil | Nude

Inglot ‘Sleeks’ Gloss | #43

Happy ThanksGiving!!!


Exotic, Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial | Angelina Jolie Eyes.

Want sultry, almond shaped cat eyes but don't have them naturally? Follow the tips in this video to make your eyes look more like Angelina Jolie's cat eye shape.
This technique is great for people with a round eye shape who would like to make them appear more almond in shape, it's also perfect for people with down turned eyes who would like to make them appear more lifted.
No Liquid Eyeliner needed!!!


Max Factor ‘Skin Luminizer Foundation’ #40 Light Ivory

Coastal Scents ‘Hot Pot’s’ EyeShadows
*Powder Pink
*Elven Gold
Wet n’ Wild ‘Color Icon’ Pencil | Black
Max factor ‘2000 Calorie’ Mascara

Revlon ‘ColorStay’ Lip Pencil | Nude

Music by Amarante
Song; 'No Return'
(Used with full permission)

Hope it helps!


'Rusted Metal' Smokey Eyes Makeup Tutorial ft; Zoeva

I decided to put my new Zoeva 'Mixed Metal' palette to good use after being sent one as a sample before it's release earlier this week. I already own 2 of their other palettes which I love and wasn't disappointed by the quality of this new addition. The texture of the shadows is like butter and I didn't bother using a base/primer under the shadows for this look to show just how intense and strong the pigments are!!
As well as amazing colour pay-off straight off the bat, the makeup lasted the entire day without any creasing or fading on the lids.

Zoeva 'Mixed Metals' palette.
The colours are an earthy/jewel mix and perfect Autumnal shades. All the colours bar one have a high shine, metallic finish and the one matte is a much appreciated black called 'onyx'.
Zoeva also released a Smokey EyeShadow palette for anyone who prefers darker, duskier tones, though there are 4 light shades mixed in for contrast.
Both palettes are available now on the website for €17.50.


Max Factor ‘Skin Luminizer’ Foundation
Rimmel ‘Skin Perfection’ Concealer
MAC ‘Pro Palette Concealer’
Catrice ‘Prime & Fine’ Mattifying Setting Powder
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush
Physicians Formula ‘Mineral Glow Pearls’ | Translucent
Zoeva ‘Luxe Color Blush’ | ‘He Loves Me Maybe’
Catrice ‘Brow Stylist’ | Dark Brown
L’Oréal ‘Plumping Brow Gel’ | Medium/Dark
Zoeva ‘Mixed Metals’ EyeShadow Palette
Zoeva ‘Graphic Eyes +’ Kohl Pencil | ‘Opulence’
NYX ‘Collection Noir’ | Liquid Black Liner
Smash Box ‘Full Exposure Mascara’
Revlon ColorStay Lip Pencil | ‘Natural’
Zoeva ‘Lip Crayon’ | ’Tender Rose’

Chat soon,


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,