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....


No.7 ‘AirBrush Away’ Primer
Gosh ‘Prime & Refresh’ Illuminating Eye Roll-on Primer
Illamasqua ‘Skin Base’ Foundation SB03
MAC ‘ProlongWear’ Concealer NW20
Catrice ‘Camouflage Creme’ Concealer
MAC ‘Radiant Rose’ Prep & Prime Highlighter Pen
MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural / Light
MAC ‘Sculpt’ Shading Powder

Zoeva ‘Naturally Yours’ Story Palette
> ’First Love’
> ’Pure’
> ’Soft & Sexy’
Physicians Formula ‘2-in-1 Lash Boosting’ Eyeliner & Serum / Ultra Black
Urban Decay ‘The Black Palette’ 
> ‘Sabbath’
ELF ‘Transformer Palette’ / Blue Shade
Rimmel ‘ScandalEyes’ Kohl Pencil / Black
No.7 ‘Exceptional Definition’ Mascara
MAC ‘Lingering’ Brow Pencil

MAC Prep & Prime Lip
MAC ‘Cherry’ Lip Pencil

Revlon LipStick ‘Revlon Red’

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

Garnier ‘Miscellar Cleansing Water’
Garnier ‘Simply Essentials’ 2-in-1 Soothing Makeup Remover
Garnier ‘Express 2-in-1 EyeMakeup Remover’
L’Oreal ‘Triple Active ReNourish Velvety Toner’
Origins ‘A Perfect World SPF25’ Moisturiser
MAC ‘Lightful’ Marine Bright Essence Serum
La Roche-Posay ‘Thermal Water Spray’
La Roche-Posay ‘Redermic R’ Retinol Treatment

HASK ‘Argan Oil Repairing’ Shampoo & Conditioner
Lee Stafford ‘Hair Growth Treatment’ 
Lee Stafford ‘My Big Fat Healthy Hair’ Shampoo & Conditioner

MAC ‘Brush Cleanser’


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'.
The palette doesn't seem to be on the website quite yet but hopefully it'll be available to purchase soon, but I bought it in store from Cara Pharmacy in Galway City last week. 
I also bought a second palette to giveaway to one of my Youtube Subscribers so watch this video to see how to enter and find out what the palette is like!

...and the real deal, Urban Decay's 'Naked 3' for comparison!!!
Hope this helps!

Chat soon

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.
I like that the shampoo bottle contains an extra 50ml at 300ml compared to the conditioners 250ml. Gives me more of a chance to finish them at the same time!
The 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Treatment is meant for dull/tired hair. This contains Australian Ginseng extract and Pearl Powder which revitalizes and nourishes the hair adding high gloss and shine to the hair. I love these 3 Minute Miracle Treatments, they really give the hair the softest, silkiest feel!
...and they don't break the bank either. 
The shampoo & conditioner cost €5.79 and the treatment costs €6.39.
I have also recently started using the Aussie 'Dual Personality' Volume + Gloss HairSpray which pretty much does what it says. The stand-out ingredient in this one is Australian Sea Kelp Extract which is softening, and the formula adds shine while giving ultra strong hold. I quite like this one as it's non sticky and does 'hold' the hair without making it stiff... but it's a hairspray so I find it kinda hard to get over excited about it!
Anyhu, the hairspray costs €4.99 and all four products are available now nationwide!


Monday, June 30, 2014

June Favourites!


Vichy ‘Capitol Soleil’ SPF50 Dry Touch
Catrice BB All Round Foundation 010 ‘Light Beige’
NYX ‘Stay Matte but not Flat’ Powder Foundation ‘Ivory’
Catrice ‘Prime & Fine’ Mattifying/Waterproof Powder
Gosh ‘Prime & Refresh’ Eye Illuminating Roll-on Eye Primer
NYX ‘Matte Finish’ Setting Spray
W7 ‘Catwalk Face Shaper’ Cream Highlight/Contour
W7 ‘In the Nude’ EyeShadow Palette
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush
Wet n’ Wild ‘Ultimate Brow Kit’ (Ash Brown)
Catrice ‘Brow Filler’ Gel
Coastal Scents ‘Hot Pots’ 
V05 ‘Nourish My Shine’ Miracle Mist


Wrigleys ‘Extra Mint’ BubbleMint Chewing Gums
HomeStore & More;
Mini Mirrors
Silk Pillows


Friday, June 27, 2014

NYX Macaron LipSticks; Application, Swatches & Review!

Howdy Guys!
Finally got around to swatching these bad boys for ye.
Sad the Macaron range hasn't yet made it to the Irish shores so I am still without the purple shades #5 Violet and #9 Lavender but I'll get my grubby little mitts on them eventually! ha ha
I bought them directly from the NYX Cosmetics website  and used the coupon code WELCOME25 which gave me 25% off. This may only be for new customers though, not 100% sure about that. No harm in trying it out anyhow if any of you do decide to buy from the site.
I had to set up an account with but this was free and that is how you can buy from the website outside of the US but all that info is on the website anyhow.
Now back to the lipsticks, like I said, I have 10 out of the 12 below.

...and painstakingly swatched all of them for this video/post. My poor lips were red-raw after wiping off the lipsticks after each swatch by the end! Over all I think the macaron lippies are really fun and pretty good quality. My only issues were the slightly flimsy packaging and how slick the formula is. But watch the video to get a full run down of my thoughts on the lipsticks as well as application tips and tutorial.
They retail for $6 each (before using my coupon code) and the delivery to Ireland was about 20€ from

What do ye guys think?? Fun or just plain daft?
I personally think that they are great and are a happy addition to my makeup collection.
(Bye bye crayon lipsticks, ha ha)

Hope this helps!!

Chat soon,

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Thank you Giveaway; 2 Million+ Youtube Views & 155,000+ Subscribers!

Hey Guys :)
As ye will probably have guessed from the title, I recently passed 2 milestones on my Youtube channel.
I passed the 150,000 subscriber mark a couple of weeks ago and surpassed 20 MILLION views at the weekend. INSANE!!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Colour Pop Festival Makeup & Coastal Scents Hot Pot Review.

Hey Guys!
Since we are firmly in the throws of summer here I was inspired to do a summer inspired look and what's more summery that a music festival!
Since my last festival makeup was a tad more paired back and with only one colour, I wanted this one to be a little more dramatic and bright.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Favourite Makeup Brushes!!!


Powder & Foundation;
Real Techniques ‘Blush Brush’
Real Techniques ‘ Expert Face Brush’
Real Techniques ’Stippling Brush’
Real Techniques ‘Buffing Brush’
Zoeva ‘Defined Buffer’ 103

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HUGE NYX Cosmetics haul!! Reviews & First Impressions.

Hey Guys!!
If ye follow me on Twitter you will know that NYX Cosmetics recently (and finally) launched in Ireland which is very exciting news for us on the Island as there are still so many brilliant brands that we don't have access to here. I have posted the list of Irish stockists further on down this post if ye want to check where your nearest location is.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Foundation Routine | LetzMakeup

Here's how I'm currently applying foundation!!


MAC ‘Marine Bright Formula’ Softening Lotion
Garnier ‘Moisture Match’ Moisturiser SPF20
La Roche-Posay ‘Redermic C’ Eye Cream
Catrice Blotting Papers

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Try-on Style Summer Fashion Haul | Primark, Romwe, SheInside & Persunmall.

Howdy Guys,
It's been ages since I did a fashion post so here's a haul for ye showcasing items from,, and Primark!
It's quite a summery haul but it wouldn't be a 'Shiv's Style' video without a couple of cardigans! Ha ha, I am obsessed with them after all.
The video is a try-on style video inspired by Cora of Vintage Or Tacky rather than an impersonal lookbook so I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Rihanna Makeup Tutorial (CFDA Awards)

Last Weeks CFDA Awards had everyone talking about one thing, a dress, worn by Rihanna of course.
It was a beautiful dress (designed by Adam Selman), no-one can deny that, but it was also very very see through, and bould ol' Rihanna decided not to wear anything underneath! The dress was covered in hand-applied Swarovski crystals, but while it was super blingin', it was really quite stunning!
Thankfully she wore knickers, a flesh coloured thong, but her boobs were on show for the world to see... not that we all haven't seen them before so no biggy, right!?

Coastal Scents 'Revealed 2' EyeShadow Palette.

Last week Coastal Scents released their 'Revealed 2' eyeshadow palette, the follow up to the original,  hugely popular 'Revealed' palette. It is a 20 colour palette with a mixture of mattes and shimmers with a predominantly pink undertone running throughout, so lovers of the Urban Decay 'Naked 3' palette will be impressed. I have been told that the original 'Revealed' is a mix of both the first and second Naked palettes. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Beauty Favourites & Fails | May '14.


Nip & Fab ‘Glycolic Fix’ Treatment Exfoliating Pads
La Roche Posay ‘Redermic C’ Face Cream
La Roche Posay ‘Redermic C’ Eye Cream

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Colourful MAC 'Playland' Inspired Makeup Look :)

Hey Guys :)
One of my favourite collections to hit MAC counters in a long time is here and called 'Playland'.
It's a fun and kooky themed collection with a great product line-up!!
Check out this Musings of a Muse post to get a good look at all the products.
 I went and designed a facechart with some of the colours in mind keeping the look relatively wearable but still bright and fun!

Monday, June 2, 2014