Monday, September 29, 2014

Get Bigger Lips like Kylie Jenner. (With Makeup)

Over the past month or so, my most requested look or tutorial both in my retail job & on Youtube has been how to achieve the Kylie Jenner lip look. It's mad how something like his can just catch on and go beyond wild!!! While her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic claims that her fuller lips is down to plain ol' makeup and clever application with over lining, the fib is apparent when looking at pictures like the one at the bottom of the series of images here of Kylie.
Even though it's beyond obvious she's has filler injected to achieve her new lips, I'm actually glad they haven't admitted to it as she's still only 17 (was only 16 when she got her lips plumped the first time!!) , so at least her teenage fans are running out to buy the makeup they claim is doing the magic rather than running out to get their own lips artificially filled. (I'm surprised she was even legally able to get them done!)
Anyhow, below I show how to achieve a Kylie Jenner-esque lip using just 4 lip products!!
Hope it helps!!


MAC Prep & Prime Lip Primer
Revlon ColorStay Lip Pencil ‘Nude’
Bourjois ‘Rouge Edition Velvet’ Liquid LipStick ‘Nude-ist’
Estee Lauder ‘Brush on Glow’ BB Highlighter 1N

Friday, September 26, 2014

Used up Beauty Products; Love or Regret? | Empties #8


No.7 Makeup Brush Cleanser
MAC Brush Cleanser
Nivea 3-in-1 Miscellar Cleansing Water
Garnier Miscellar Cleansing Water
Garnier ‘2-in-1 Express Eye Makeup Remover’
Garnier ‘Simply Essentials’ Soothing Makeup Remover
Palmers ‘Coco Butter Moisturising Formula with Vitamin E’
Dove ‘Rich Nourishment’ Cream
Vichy ‘Lift Activ Serum 10’ Eyes & Lashes

Lee Stafford ‘Hair Growth Treatment’
Vo5 ‘Nourish My Shine’ Miracle Mist
Lee Stafford ‘Leave-in Treatment for Hair Growth’

No.7 ‘Exceptional Definition’ Mascara
MAC ‘Lingering’ Brows

Dior ‘Aqua Fahrenheit’ Eau de Toilette

Vichy ‘Aqualia Thermal’ Dynamic Serum

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Downton Abbey 'No Makeup' Makeup | Chit Chat Tutorial

The Crawley Sisters of ITV's Downton Abbey.
This was a request from my sister Eithne to celebrate the return of Downton Abbey to our tv's last Sunday night!! It's most definitely a 'no-makeup' makeup look inspired by the fictional Crawley sisters, very natural yet polished and would be perfect for school or work. Best of all, it would take very little time to apply.
Hope you like it!!


Catrice Lip Scrub (L.E; Makeup your own from oil & Sugar)
Olay Regenerist ’10 minute Miracle’ Primer
Tweezerman Eyelash Curlers
Makeup Atelier Paris ‘Waterproof Gel Foundation’ 1Y
Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ Concealer #15
MAC ‘Pro Concealer Palette’ Light
Catrice ‘All Matt’ Pressed Powder

MAC ‘Tailor Grey’ Paint Pot
Sleek Makeup ‘I am Conditional’ Mascara
Maybelline ‘Brow Drama’ Sculpting Brow Mascara
Inglot Cream Blush #84

Catrice ’Nude Religion’ Lip Liner

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Zombie Makeup Tutorial | Halloween 2014

This is actually my first ever proper Zombie look, not sure why I never did one before, anyhow it's easy to achieve, perfect for Halloween and I would give about 2 hours to apply in total at most!! (Mostly because of waiting for the latex to dry)

You will need;
Glue Stick (Non-toxic & washable!)
Liquid Latex
Wedge sponges
A hair dryer
A cheap paint brush (This will be useless after the latex)
Cotton wool balls
Tissue (Single ply)
Various coloured cream makeup
Makeup brushes/paint brushes
Black and white kohl pencil
Black gel eyeliner
Gel Blood (Thicker formula)
or Congealed Blood
Hair Conditioner

PLEASE look online for your nearest suppliers and in Halloween stores etc. I am purposely not putting down the exact products I used as some of what I used are no longer available/are old. USE WHAT YOU HAVE!
Cheers Guys :)

Music is Royalty Free & Provided by Kevin McLeod via
Song; 'Harmful or Fatal' 
Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0""

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Demi Lovato Makeup Tutorial | OOTD | Shoe Haul

Howdy my Lovelies :)
I was inspired to recreate a look I came across online worn by the beautiful Demi Lovato (below) as it's a perfect one for this time of year transitioning into the cooler winter period. (My favourite!!!)
...Plus silver is a colour I don't often reach for so always good to go a little outside of the ol' comfort zone in the name of beauty!
I had also been intending on doing an outfit post that was getting put off more and more ft., which I added in as well as a mini show haul at the end!!!
I have been putting a real effort into shortening my videos recently and this is a nice & comfortable 8+ minutes long, woo hoo!
Hope ye enjoy it!!

The look I was working off...


Max Factor ‘Skin Luminizer’ Foundation 
*ELF ‘Small Stipple Brush’
Estee Lauder ‘Double Wear, Stay in Place’ All Day Flawless Concealer
MAC ‘Pro Conceal’ Palette
*Sedona Lace EB13 ’Synthetic Blending Brush’
Chanel ‘Universal Powder’ Loose
Bobbi Brown ‘Golden Light’ Bronzing Powder
Makeup Atelier Paris ‘Beige Orange’ Blush
*Real Techniques ‘Blush Brush’

Catrice ‘Velvet Matte’ EyeShadow 010 ‘Vanillaty Fair’
*BH Cosmetics Small EyeShadow Brush
MAC ‘Mineralize EyeShadow Quad’ | ‘A Waft of Grey’
*BH Cosmetics Small EyeShadow Brush
*Zoeva 231 ‘Petite Crease’ Brush
*NYX ’Smudge Brush’
* Sigma E25 ‘Blending Brush’
Bourjois ‘Shadow & Light, Kohl & Contour’ Pencil (Black)
NYX ‘Black Liquid EyeLiner’
Ardell ‘Glamor’ False Lashes (Cut in half!)
Sleek Makeup ‘I am Conditional’ Mascara
Catrice ‘EyeBrow Stylist’ Pencil
Maybelline ‘Brow Drama’ Sculpting EyeBrow Gel

Rimmel ‘Apocalips Matte Lip Velvet’ | ‘Atomic Rose’

The dress is from 
(and in my favourite colour for this time of the year!)
I went with the Medium size dress which would be roughly a size 8 IRL/UK.

The first pair of shoes are from 
The rest are from Primark (Not available online)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

3D SPIDER; Halloween Makeup

Yay! It's my favourite time of year again... the run up to Halloween. (I think I actually prefer the run up to the actual day!)
I was planning on starting my videos last week but wasn't feeling the greatest, so started with an easy enough design for people to re-create, and an easy one for me to do :)
This is a fun makeup to try out to scare the pants off of people, especially since most people seem to be terrified of spiders. 
I suggest looking up pictures of spiders online (or spider tattoo flash or tattoos) to work off of as it would be pretty tricky to get the shadows in the correct place by just guessing.
If anyone does try it out, I'd love for ye to send pictures to my facebook page and I will add them to the re-creations album :)
And good luck if ye do!


Catrice ‘EyeBrow Stylist’ Pencil | 030 Brow-n-eyed Peas
Gosh ‘Long-lasting Brow Pen | 004 ‘Wheat
Physicians ‘Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner & Serum’ | Ultra Black
Rimmel ‘ScandalEyes’ Kohl Pencil | 001 Black
Zoeva ‘Graphic Eyes’ Kohl Pencil
Bourjois ‘Kohl & Contour, Shadow & Light’ Pencil
NYX ‘Black Liquid EyeLiner’

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to look Healthy! ...when you feel like Poo :(


Vichy ‘Aqualia Thermal’ Dynamic Serum
Vichy ‘Idealia Eyes’ Eye Contour Idealizer
Nivea ‘Q10 Dark Spot Day Cream’ SPF30
Essence ‘All About Matt!’ Oil Control Paper
Tweezerman EyeLash Curlers

Makeup Atelier Paris ‘AirBrush HD Foundation’
with ELF ‘Stipple Brush’
Estée Lauder ‘Double Wear Stay in Place Flawless Wear’ Concealer
with Sedona Lace EB13 Brush
Chanel Loose Powder 020
with Real Techniques ‘Blush Brush’
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder 01 ‘Golden Light’
with Sonia Kashuk Small Powder Brush
MAC ‘Dainty’ Mineralize Blush

NYX ‘Love in Paris’ EyeShadow Palette #5 ‘Parisien Chic’
with BH Cosmetics Shadow Brush, Sigma E25 Blending Brush & Zoeva Angled Brush
Gosh Long Lasting Brow Pen 004 ‘Wheat’
Maybelline ‘Brow Drama’ Brow Sculpting Mascara
Sleek Makeup ‘I am Conditional’ Mascara

Lip Smacker ’Twister’ Flavoured Chap Stick

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cat Eye Liner; Sophia Loren Inspired Tutorial.

Hey lovelies,
We are pretty much all eyeliner obsessed here I think it's safe to say, and thanks to icons like the beautiful Sofia Loren who turns 80 later this month on Sept 20 we have loads of inspiration to draw from when in a rut. That's what happened here, I was kind of bored with my usual liner look and when I came across a picture of Sofia I immediately wanted to recreate her iconic look and share it with you Guys :)
This is perfect for rounder eye shapes or for anyone who wants to enhance their already almond shaped eyes!


Olay Essentials 'Glow Perfectors'.

I can't say I get overly excited by limited edition packaging when it comes to my beauty products, I either like & use them, or I don't. Olay is a brand I've used quite frequently since my teens as my mom used it back in the day, (still does!) and I of course stole hers :)
The 3 stars of today's post by Olay have been repackaged for a limited edition release and the new look designed by Jewellery designer Daisy Knights... I'll admit, I've never heard of her before this.
Basically she was inspired by a trip to the Caribbean and used that inspiration to create the packaging. 
Anyhu, now on to the products themselves which do belong to the permanent range in their usual bottles and boxes. 

They all contain a SPF of 15 (this blocks 93% of UVB rays) which is the absolute minimum I would wear most days, not enough for my own skin on sunnier days. They all also contain Broad Spectrum protection which also protects against cancer-causing UVA rays.
The 'EveryDay SunShine' Moisturising Cream with a touch of sunless tanner is good for people who don't want to commit to the full on fake tan (this is the only type of tanner I've ever tried!) but not something I personally use. My Mam & older sister however are mad for these type of tanners! I've been told it is indeed nice and moisturising and the colour it gives the skin is very natural. 
It's a thick enough consistency that is white, rubs into the skin clear and of course gradually warms up to a tan colour. 
'EveryDay SunShine' Moisturising Cream with a touch of sunless tanner
The 'BB Cream Complete Care' with a touch of foundation contains what is described as "Olay's unique Vitamin Complex" and a mix of Max Factor foundation pigments to add colour. Again the formula is quite thick in texture as you would expect from a BB Cream, and gives decent coverage. It is moisturising but I always wear at least a light serum under BB Creams as I don't like to rely on makeup products for my skincare needs. The 'Light' colour is quite warm in tone and would definitely not be light enough for very pale people, this is a little to dark on my own skin. (This always makes my sister happy :P)
 'BB Cream Complete Care' with a touch of foundation

The 'Multi Radiance' Moisturising Cream with light reflecting particles again contains this Vitamin & Mineral Complex and offers intense hydration while giving the skin a glow. It's formulated for normal to dry skins, the added glow probably isn't something an oily skinned person would be looking for anyhow. This is what I've gotten the most use out of so far and it's just a nice basic enough moisturiser. I like this under a matte foundation but not with anything dewy on top as my T-Zone would not approve!

'Multi Radiance' Moisturising Cream with light reflecting particles

The Limited Edition design has been available since July but as I've mentioned above, you will be able to get them in their usual attire once those sell out. The Irish RRR is €12.89.

And sin é for now!


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!!

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.

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!!

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!!

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.


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!!

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!