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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Naked 3 Dupe! W7 'In the Nude' Palette... only €7.50

W7 Cosmetics are old pro's now at copying well loved high-end makeup items and offering affordable dupes. They have blushers and bronzers just like Benefits, a contour kit the same as the Tom Ford one and of course their 'In the Buff' palette which is a dupe for Urban Decay's 'Naked' 2 palette. 
Now they have released a dupe for the 'Naked 3' palette in the shape of 'In the Nude'.

Latest Aussie Hair Goodies :)

Products sent for consideration*
It only took me forever but I finally finished off the 2 shampoos and 2 conditioners that I've been using for the past few months, which means I finally get to make a start on these guys. (They've been sitting on a shelf for over a month) 
The shampoo and conditioner are part of the Miracle Moist range which are designed for dry/damaged hair. They both contain Australian Macadamia Nut Oil which infuses the hair shaft with essential moisture. It also smooths out the hair helping to minimize frizz. They have the usual delicious floral scent which the Aussie products are known for.