Thursday, April 24, 2014

Video Catch-up & Donegal Scenes!!

Hey Folks :)

We just had a long weekend here in Ireland thanks to Easter, which I spent up in the beautiful county of Donegal with my boyfriend and his family. Being away from my computer and the internet for 4 days though means I have fallen behind on updating all my stuff on here, so scroll down to see all the videos ye may have missed over the past week or so.
...But before that, here are a couple of pictures I took of the breath-taking scenery up in Donegal!
I have posted more over on my Shiv In The Box blog (personal) here.

View from Sliabh League.
Beautiful Maghera Beach.

And now for the video round-up...

#1  My most recent video showcases some W7 products that were sent to me by their Irish PR people to have a play with and share my thought!
W7 Cosmetics have been around for a good few years now, but had a revamp a couple of years ago which has brought them a little more to the forefront in regards to budget cosmetics. They are available in Ireland, UK, Mainland Europe & Australia mainly.
This video is not sponsored. The products were sent for consideration except for the 'In the Buff' palette which I bought myself. Just figured some of ye might be interested in hearing my thoughts on the bits that were sent to me!

Some are lovely and some are a bit of a letdown... watch the video to find out more!!!

#2 This Haul video comprises of some recently acquired fashion bits; clothing & accessories from SheInside, Romwe, Choies & Primark. 
*The SheInside & Romwe Items were sent as PR samples.

(Click the links below to go to the web shop pages)
SheInside Items;

Choies Items;

Romwe Items;

Primark Necklace; Instore only.

#3 This next video is my latest 'Empties' video where I share what products in hair, makeup & skincare I have used up and what I think about them. The big question is whether I will repurchase or not... Just because I finish something up doesn't always necessarily mean I want to revisit it :)

#4 And in the final video I missed out on, I share with the world one of my latest makeup mishaps which totally ruined my makeup for the day! Watch the video to discover how I messed it up...

And that me all caught up!!! There will be a new makeup tutorial up on my channel later tonight so keep an eye out for that.

Laters :)


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Super Exciting Video Collaboration!!!!!

Good Morning my Lovelies :)

Today I get to share with you all a VERY exciting collaboration I am partaking in along side 7 ridiculously amazing other Youtubers;

Here are the fabulous people who will be part of the collab alongside myself!

and of course...

So Sharon is the brainchild behind this collaboration and has just posted the announcement video to her channel where she reveals what video each of us will be making...
Intrigued yet???

So the theme of the collab will be 'Beauty throughout the Ages' spanning from the 1920's up to the 1990's and if you would like to see which decade each of us was given, check out Sharon's video where she randomly chose the decade for each of us...

The actual videos, all 8 of them, will all go live at the same time next month most likely on Friday16th of next month (May).

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!!!!
So in the meantime, check out all the people above and if you aren't subscribed to some of them, get to it. 

Hope you guys are as excited as we are :)

Chat soon!!!


Romwe Easter Sale & Grab the White Lace 3D Shirt, 64% off!

As all the retailers are reminding us lately, it'd be hard not to know that Easter is nearly upon us. I personally don't tend to get particularly any more dressed up than usual over the Easter weekend but I'm sure plenty of ye will take the opportunity to use it as an excuse to pick up a lovely new dress... or two :)
So of course Romwe are at it again with their Easter sale, running for a full week, having started on Tuesday 15th and lasting until and including next Tuesday 22nd of april.
They have up to 75% off 1000+ pieces and there are some gorgeous bits up for grabs at the reduced prices.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces...

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And this white lace shirt is available for only $11.99 today down from it's usual $32.99!!!
I have the black version, which I love, but the white one is on my wish list for the summer.

And that's it for now :)

Happy Shopping!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dramatic, Winged Liner, Prom Makeup. (All Drugstore Makeup!!)

Hey Peeps :)
I was informed about upcoming Prom season in the US by a few viewers who also requested a Prom look, so this year I will create at least a couple of looks to help inspire people for their big night!
This first one is quite a dramatic yet super pretty look using all drugstore / inexpensive products, makeup & brushes, as I know that high-school students are rarely rolling in dough enough to use the high-end stuff.


Max Factor 'Face Finity' 3-in-1 Foundation / Light Ivory
*With ELF Small Stippling Brush
Rimmel 'Wake me up Concealer' / 003 Classic Beige
Seventeen 'Phwarr Paint' Concealer / Fair
Catrice 'Prime & Fine' Mattifying Powder / Waterproof
*Sonia Kashuk Tool No.29 / Powder Brush
Rimmel 'Sun Shimmer' Bronzer / Light Matte
*ELF Blush Brush
Physicians Formula 'Happy Booster' Glow & Mood Boosting Blush / Natural
*ELF Blush Brush
ELF 'Baked Highlighter' / Moonlight Pearl

Essence 'I love Stage' EyeShadow Base
ELF 'Neutral EyeShadow Palette' …
*QVS EyeShadow Brush
*NYX Blending Brush 
*NYX Smudging Brush
Bourjois '16hr Liquid Liner' 
Bourjois 'Kohl & Contour' Kohl Pencil / Shadow & Light
Max Factor 'Clump Defy' by False Lash Effect Mascara
False Lashes #48 (Brand unknown)
*Duo Lash Adhesive / Dark Tone
Soap & Glory 'Archery' Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil
Catrice Brow Set

L'Oreal 'Indefectible' LipLiner / Always Toasted 708
Bourjois 'Rouge Edition' LipStick / Rose Tweed 04
Maybelline 'The Elixir' Colour Sensation / Blush Essence #95

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Olay '10 Minute Miracle' Primer.

Olay Regenerist 10 Minute Miracle, formally known as Olay Wrinkle Relaxing Complex, is definitely an underrated gem among the sea of cosmetic skincare... Which is exactly why they changed the name! Calling it the Wrinkle Relaxing Complex limited it's potential to reach a wider consumer demographic, a 10 Minute Miracle is something though that sounds much more intriguing to me anyhow.
The idea behind the 10 minute part is that is how long the Olay scientists say it takes for the instant effects to take effect and for the product to sink in to the skin, allowing it to work it's magic towards the longer term effects.
These effects include;
Immediate optical line-blurring, smoothing of fine lines & wrinkles and softening of the skin.
Long term though it also promises to strengthen the skin, increase suppleness and improve skin's elasticity.
Some of the great ingredients that help to achieve these results are used again & again by Olay in their Regenerist range, and they definitely are proven to work. The formula contains Regenerist's "Bio-Peptide + B3 Complex" which is made up of these magical ingredients including Niacinamide, Vitamin E & various peptides. In fact, look up nearly any of the ingredients on the Cosmetic Cop website and they pretty much all get the 'BEST' rating.

Info on the box. 

Another change to the products is how it is applied, or rather in what order it is now recommended to be applied. Before it was thought of more as a straight-up skincare product, but now it is seen as a skincare/cosmetic hybrid product, meant to be used in the same way a primer is, and at the same stage. It is now seen as a last step in the skincare regime which is why they stuck the work 'PRIMER' on the box!
I have been using and loving this cream for well over a month now and highly recommend it to anyone who strives to perfect their skin and are seeing the first stages of fine lines up to more mature people who will benefit from the blurring effects.
It is available now nationwide from all usual stockists for the recommended retail price of €38.49.

What do you guys think of it? Is it something that appeals to you?
And let me know if you know of any similar products to this, I love these types of skincare/cosmetic hybrid products.

Chat soon!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Lana Del Rey Obsession Makeup Tutorial

Before & After
While googling copper/red hair colour recently I came across loads of pictures of the lovely Lizzy Grant, AKA Lana Del Rey, who usually sports gorgeous fiery red locks. One picture that popped up though had her in darker hair and on the cover of Obsession Magazine, a French publication.
The makeup she is wearing in the picture is absolutely gorgeous and I was determined to recreate it... and I did :)


Revlon 'PhotoReady' Mousse Foundation / Vanilla
Korres 'Quercetin & Oak' Concealer / Light
L'Oreal 'Nude Magique' 5-in-1 BB Powder / Light Skintone
MAC Prep & Prime CC Loose Powder / Illuminate
Sephora Bronzer / Los Cabos
ELF Highlighter / Moonlight Pearl

Catrice Absolute Eye Colour EyeShadow's*
*660 Ice White Open
*340 Oops, Nude Did It Again!
*080 Go Charlie Brown!
MAC Mineralize EyeShadow / Golden Hours  (L.E)
Bourjois 'Kohl & Contour' Pencil / Shadow & Light
Bourjois 'Intense Extrait' / 10
Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner & Serum / Ultra Black
Max Factor '2000 Calorie' Mascara 

MAC Lip Pencil / Oak
MAC Mineralize Lip Stick / Luxe Naturale

Til next post...


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Crayon Lipstick!? How to make it & Is it safe???

I only just recently came across a video on 'How to make lipstick out of crayons' which led me onto other videos on the same subject and all of a sudden they are everywhere! ha ha. On Pinterest, Tumblr, Youtube. Where ever I've been hiding the past few months... I don't know how I hadn't noticed this earlier!
Anyhow, I decided that I wanted to give it a go, mostly just because it looks like fun and I love being crafty :)
I also decided that I wanted to delve a little deeper into the safety of wearing crayons on your lips/skin and luckily I got to pick a scientist's brain for his opinion... my brother!
Watch the video below to see how I went about making my Crayon Lipsticks, and what I found out about the safety risks.

Some of the 'ingredients' I used to make the lipsticks.
The palette of lipsticks that resulted after my experiment!

What do you guys think about these??
Would you wear them?

Chat soon,

Monday, April 7, 2014

Retro Future Makeup Tutorial.

I was struck with the urge to do something a little more creative than what I have been doing lately, and thought it would be the perfect time to use the Catrice 'Lace Patch Eyeliners' that had been sitting on my desk for the past couple of months.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

3 Easiest Eyeliner Looks; How to do them & what to use!!!

Hey Guys :)
I always get asked for tips on how to apply eyeliner and have people telling me that they still struggle with applying it. I have already done a few videos on perfecting liquid/gel eyeliner with the flick here...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Zoeva 'Story EyeShadow Palettes'...

Zoeva have only just gone and released 4 beautiful eyeshadow palettes they are calling the 'Story Palettes'.
Rodeo Bell; Inspired by the Old West.
Love is a Story; Inspired by Movie Stars of the early 60's.
Naturally Yours; Inspired by pure simplicity
Retro Future; Inspired by the 'Feminine Universe'

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Fashion Haul, Lookbook & Giveaway!!!

Now that it's not quite so baltic out, I finally got the chance to film a quick lookbook for ye outside to show off some lovely new pieces from,, RiverIsland & Primark...
Though don't be fooled, I was still feckin' freezin' when the sun was covered by clouds. Roll on the summer!!!!
Anyhu's, watch the video to see the bits I got in action and to hear about the giveaway :)

Naturally Yours... Fresh & Pretty Everyday Makeup Tutorial.

As it's decidedly more Spring-like here this week I decided to do a more paired-back, fresh & pretty makeup to match up with the lovely crisp but sunny weather. This would be perfect also for school or work, and also for a first date when you want to look good but not look like you've tried too hard! 
I've used one of the new Zoeva Story EyeShadow Palettes 'Naturally Yours' and it is lovely!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Aussie '3 Minute Miracle Light' Deep Treatment Mousse

I'll admit to being a wee bit confused when I went to try these babies out for the first time. I hadn't really looked very hard at the wording on the bottles apart from seeing that they were a mousse formula so when I first went to apply it to my hair it was after washing and towel drying... I just about stopped myself in the nick of time when the deep treatment part caught my eye. I was wrong in thinking that they are the type of mousse you apply & leave in to style, the only type of hair mousse I have ever encountered before. Rather these are hair treatments you apply after shampooing that are meant to be left in for 3 minutes (the title should have been a giveaway) and washed out as usual, only in a light whipped mousse formula... Emphasis on the LIGHT here!