Friday, May 1, 2015

My Everyday Makeup | GRWM | Makeup Tutorial


Hey Lovelies ^_^
After a short 2 week hiatus from doing makeup tutorials (that actually felt like forever in Youtube land), I am back with a 'Get Ready With Me' or GRWM video where I talk ye all through my makeup application of my current everyday go-to makeup look.
It's pretty non-fuss, especially as there is no time-consuming eyeliner application involved but still does the job at making me look somewhat decent when I need to show my face in public!





Watch the full talk-through tutorial here...


PRODUCTS USED;

VICHY ‘Idéalia’ Eye Cream
MAC ‘Moisture Infusion Serum’
SIMPLE ‘Kind to Skin’ Moisturising Cream SPF30
LABELLO ‘Classic Care’ Lip Balm
BOTANICS ‘Radiance Balm’

NYX ‘HD Photogenic’ Concealer CW02 & CW10
RIMMEL ‘Lasting Finish’ Concealer 010
SLEEK MAKEUP ‘Bare Skin’ Foundation | ’Shell’
CATRICE ‘Camouflage Concealer’ 010
ILLAMASQUA ‘Hollow’ Cream Pigment (For good skin days)
MAC ‘Mineralize SkinFinish Natural’ Powder | ‘Light’
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush
MAX FACTOR ‘Creme Puff Blush’ | ’Seductive Pink’

ESSENCE ‘I Love Nude’ EyeShadow | 03 ’Creme Brúlee’
MAC EyeShadows
*Kid
*BrownDown
ISADORA ‘Volume Lash Styler’ Mascara
MAC ‘ProlongWear Brow Set’ | ‘Quiet Brunette’

RIMMEL ‘Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet’ | ‘Meteoric Matte’

Brushes used included;
ZOEVA 'Bamboo Vol. II'
https://www.zoeva-shop.de/

BLANK CANVAS COSMETICS 'Total Pro Deluxe Complete 21 piece Brush Set'
http://www.blankcanvascosmetics.com/categories/complete-brush-sets.html

REAL TECHNIQUES 'Bold Metals' Collection Brushes
http://realtechniques.com/bold-metals-collection



Chat soon,
Shiv.
xx

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NEW! Urban Decay; Summer '15 Collection.

Urban Decay Summer '15 Collection releases. Sent as PR samples.


Urban Decay's Summer '15 Collection is launching on May 1st here in Ireland and I was very lucky to be sent some of the gorgeous products being released with the Collection. There are totally new products, shade extensions to existing ranges and new textures/finishes.
Keep reading to find out about the new releases and what I think about them, and if you missed the video I posted on my Youtube Channel showing all the products, catch it at the bottom of this post.
These were sent to me as Press samples but as always, all opinions are my own. 


I'll start off with the 'Ultimate Ozone' Multipurpose Primer Pencil which is the evolution of the 24/7 Glide on (slim) Pencil 'Ozone'.  It is a multi-use primer in pencil form (though fatter than the original Glide on Pencils) that promises to hold onto & prolong any lip colour, prevent feathering & fill in any fine lines as well as correct minor makeup mistakes like smudged mascara etc.
The formula is completely transparent and glides onto the lips or skin smoothly, but turns tacky after a short wait and grabs onto any product you apply over the top keeping it in place until you want to remove it!
It contains jojoba oil to nourish and smooth over the skin.
This comes in at RRP€19.00 and is available from the 1st of MAY from Debenhams nationwide and House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin.




Next up are the new 'AfterGlow 8-Hour Powder Blushes'  that include 12 completely new single blushes. These are the first single blushes for the brand who have previously had their blush shades in their cheek-trio's, the 'Naked Flushed' palettes. These new blushes are long-lasting (8 hour wear), silky smooth powders that come in both matte and shimmer formulas.
There is an impressive selection of 12 shades available from nudes like 'Video' and 'Fetish' to the brightest pinks and reds like 'Quickie' and 'Bang' to the intense bright purple shade 'Bittersweet'. There should definitely be something there to appeal to every taste!
The packaging of these in particular is spectacular with the gunmetal mirrored plastic, the 'UD' cut-out on the lid that shows a fish-net layer through-which you can see the actual powder/shade of the blush. The shades are also clearly visible on the reverse of the product thanks to the corresponding coloured sticker which shows all the relevant text.
These babies are the most expensive of the products being released but also easily some of the most impressive. They are coming in at RRP€28.00.

The new 'AfterGlow 8 Hour Powder Blush' shades being released.





'Obsessed' and 'Indecent' Blushes.

The 8 new eyeshadow shades will be joining the existing & already strong range of single shadows.
These include 2 matte brown neutrals (though 'Riff' contains 'micro-sparkles') and 6 duo-chromes which are called 'shifty duotones'... (stifles an Irish giggle).
There is amazing colour pay-off with these guys and the shimmery shades in particular are very buttery and blendable. 
I was sent 'Riff' which is a matte midtone orange/brown with 'micro-sparkles' and 'Sideline' which is a gold/green duochrome, and both applied beautifully to the eyes without the need for any primer. I did find that 'Riff' was a little crumbly when I dipped my blending brush into it but there was no fall-out to speak of once I tapped-off excess product from my brush before applying to the eyes.
These are RRP€18.00 per single eyeshadow and can also be popped out from the base packaging & applied to a palette if you feel inclined to do so!

The 8 new eyeshadow shades.




'Riff' and 'Sideline'

'Riff' and 'Sideline'

'Riff' and 'Sideline' swatched dry & without any primer.


'Riff' in my crease and 'Sideline' on the mobile lid with no primer underneath.

Left; Urban Decay 'Sideline',
Right; MAC 'Old Gold' Pigment


The last of the newly released products that I was sent were 3 of the new 'Revolution' High Colour Lip Glosses.
These are 14 gorgeous, high coverage, highly pigmented lip glosses that come in both cream and sparkle textures.
Like the blushes, there is an impressive selection of shades available; nudes like 'Kinky' and 'Failbait' (the latter I have and love!), punchy brights like 'Savage' (see the picture below of me wearing it, the name speaks for itself) and 'Punch Drunk', and again just like the blush, that insane bright purple shade 'BitterSweet' pops up again, but now in it's gloss incarnation.

All 14 of the 'Revolution' High Colour Lip Glosses available.

'Savage' Lip Gloss with 'Obsessed' Blush on the cheeks.
Watch the tutorial for this look here....

A few of the lip gloss colours already exist within the range like '69', 'Big Bang', 'Punch Drunk' and 'Apocalypse', but most of the rest are brand new shades.
Again, the packaging is just gorgeous and the doe-foot applicator is brilliant for precise application of the product. 
The gloss formula contains Hilurlip™ which "defines and hydrates (the) lips while making them look plumper and fuller" and as I guessed in the video below before looking at the actual ingredients, this is based on Hyaluronic acid which is a super hydrating, skin and moisture-loving ingredient.
The glosses will be available for RRP€19.00 along with the rest of the new releases from tomorrow (as I'm writing this) in Debenhams Nation-wide and House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre.

From Top to Bottom;
'69', 'Savage' & 'FailBait'

From Top to Bottom;
'69', 'Savage' & 'FailBait'

From Left to Right;
'FailBait', 'Savage' & '69'


Watch my first impression of the products in the video below...



I definitely intend on picking up more of these new bits in the future, and happily they will all be joining the rest of Urban Decay's permanent range of products...
(i.e; I can comfortably wait until I'm no longer broke to get them!)

Let me know if ye plan on nabbing any of the new collection releases.
Hope this helps!!

Shiv.

x

Monday, April 20, 2015

My Top 5 EyeShadow Primers.

Find out what my current favourite and most used eyeshadow primers and bases are!!


Shiv.
xx

MAC Mascaras; Reviews & Swatches... and how to Remove Mascara like a PRO!!

I was recently sent a really cool MAC Mascara Roll containing 6 of MAC's current mascaras. Along with the MAC Mascara's I already have in my kit, I have all of them with several multiples (Well there's only 1 I don't have). So in this video I review, show and swatch all of the mascaras so you can see how they look on and what each different one does!


And all the swatches...




























And then this tip is for those days when your mascara looks a bit crap or clumpy (especially when you're using an old tube or rushing in the morning) and you wish you could remove it without ruining the rest of your eye makeup!



Hope it helps!!!
Shiv.
xx

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nivea Q10Plus 'In-Shower Body Moisturiser'... A moisturiser you wash off!?


Nivea Q10Plus Firming 'In-Shower Body Moisturiser' is an innovative new type of moisturiser that you apply in the shower under running water after you've washed yourself, and then you rinse off before getting out of the shower! Basically think of it as conditioner for the skin, so the same as hair conditioner which you apply after shampoo but wash off.
What adds to the uniqueness of this moisturiser however is that it also firms & soothes the skin.
Coenzyme Q10 occurs naturally in our skin, protecting it from oxidation or free radical damage,  but like everything else, lessens with age leading to sagging etc. This moisturiser contains Q10 beads that melt into the skin when massaged in under the hot shower water, and you will immediately feel a slight tightening of the skin along with a cooling sensation.

This'll be great for people (like me) who usually just couldn't be bothered with applying any moisturiser or lotion after their shower or for people who are in a rush and would like to speed up their 'get-ready' time, as you won't have to wait around for the moisturiser to dry in before dressing!

There is also a body lotion, body oil, rich body lotion and cellulite cream available in the Q10 Firming range.



The Firming Q10 Plus In-Shower Moisturiser is available now for the RRP of €7.38 for 250ml nationwide!

Shiv.
xx


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Body Mods & Alternative Style in the Beauty Industry; My Experience


My Experience with having piercings and tattoos while working in the Beauty Industry. When it's suitable to wear piercings etc and when it's not so suitable in my experience.

Cruelty Free Makeup Tutorial!


For easter just gone, instead of doing a makeup tutorial inspired by Easter colours etc, this year I decided to do a Cruelty Free makeup tutorial featuring products by NYX, ELF, Urban Decay, Wet n Wild, Zoeva, Barry M and SmashBox! Some of the products are Vegan also, and I let ye know throughout the video which products are vegan and what's not!
As I mentioned in the video, with the bit of research I did, these companies all claim to be cruelty free. Some do indeed belong to bigger 'umbrella' companies like Estee Lauder or L'Oréal who may test on animals, so the whole claim can be a tad unsteady sometimes. Also, a company can still claim to be cruelty free if their end products are not animal tested by THEMSELVES... This isn't to say that the ingredients or source materials weren't tested on animals somewhere down the line OR that a separate outside company did not test the products. Again, it's hard to tell if a company is indeed truly cruelty free. Anyhow, I digress... 
I strongly suggest you all do a little research yourselves if it bothers you and make your own decision on who to support as 'cruelty free' and who to skip. Luckily, animal testing is completely illegal here in the EU on cosmetics and this includes imported cosmetics etc. Policies vary worldwide though so check about your own region online!




PRODUCTS USED; 
ALL CRUELTY FREE!!
(In order of use)

NYX HD Photogenic Concealers (Vegan)
NYX Jumbo Pencil 'Yoghurt'
URBAN DECAY 'Solstice' MoonDust EyeShadow
ELF 'Moonlight Pearl' Baked Highlighter (Vegan)
SMASHBOX 'Full Exposure' EyeShadow Palette
URBAN DECAY 'Blackout' Matte EyeShadow
WET n WILD 'Mega Liner' Black Liquid Eyeliner
BARRY M 'Bold Black' Waterproof Eyeliner
SMASHBOX 'Full Exposure' Mascara
NYX 'Stay Matte But Not Flat' Powder Foundation
NYX 'Taupe' Blush (Vegan)
NYX 'Pinky/Rosé' Blush (Vegan)
ELF 'Moonlight Pearl' Baked Highlighter (Vegan)
WET n WILD 'Ultimate Brow Kit' | 'Ash Brown'
NYX 'Pale Pink' Lip Pencil
NYX 'Eclair' ButterGloss

All brushes are from the ZOEVA 'Bamboo Vol.2' Brush Collection (Vegan)



Shiv.
xx