Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Makeup MasterClass; March '15.

I started holding Makeup Classes along with my colleague and good friend Hayley Coleman last November, and on Sunday just past, we held our 3rd class to date in the very posh G-Hotel, Galway and we were both delighted with how it went, despite my running at about 30% with a bad migraine. Thankfully Hayley (the legend!) really saved the day, taking the reigns and helping me survive afternoon.
Despite my health issues though, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone!!! 

And we couldn't be more thankful to all our sponsors for the day, which included.....

Blank Canvas Cosmetics Myself and Hayley have totally fallen in love with the fab BCC brushes that we got to play with throughout the day, and I'll be featuring them in a video on my Youtube Channel in the next few days so keep an eye out for that! 

Buff Makeup We had a selection of products to demo from the Premium Irish Makeup Brand; the HD Foundation and Orgasmic Blush were the stand-out favourites and poor Hayley was devastated when the foundations were completely emptied by the girls taking samples of the foundations for themselves to try out! The foundation in C25 was her PERFECT match (MAC NC20/NC25) and looked amazing on her skin!

NYX UK Cosmetics Along with a couple of Blank Canvas brushes per goodie bag, we also had a couple of my own favourite products products from NYX, Jumbo Eye Pencil and Butter Gloss, to give to all the girls and as predicted they were a huge hit as well!

The gorgeous CupCakes are from Red Velvet Galway and lasted absolutely no time at all, I was so sad that my tummy was too sick from the migraine to have one... next time though!!!

Also thanks to Anna from The Beauty Suite Tuam and 

Enjoy these few pictures from the day and we will be announcing the information about out june class in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for that!

Our makeup brushes for the class, all from Blank Canvas Cosmetics...

Hayley's Makeup...

Siobhán's Makeup...

Chat soon,

Friday, March 20, 2015

Winged Smokey Eyes | MAC 15x Warm Neutral Palette

Hey Guys ^_^
I recently parted ways with MAC after more than 5 years working for them, to go solo! I just found that working for MAC as a retail artist as well as doing Youtube and my free-lance work was too much for me and one of them had to go! After much thought, I decided to leave MAC. 
But before I left, I made the most of my staff discount, of course :P
One of the items that I picked up was the 15x Warm Neutral Palette that I used a lot on customers on counter and knew I would miss!
It contains 15 warm or neutral eyeshadow shades, with a mix of various textures and intensities.
It's a gorgeous palette and very fairly priced at €75 here in Ireland. (It would cost you about €175 to make up your own palette).
Here is the look I created using some of the colours from the palette but honestly the options of what you could come up with using these palettes are endless!
There is also a 15x Cool Neutral Palette available from MAC if you are more drawn to cooler greys, silvers, mauves & Taupes etc.


DIOR ’Star Skin’ Foundation #11
MAYBELLINE ‘Fit Me’ Concealer #15
CATRICE ‘Concealer Stick’ 020 ‘Vanilla’
MAC ‘Mineralize SkinFinish Natural’ Powder | Light
NYX ‘Taupe’ Blush
CATRICE ‘Coral Me Maybe’ 020 Illuminating Blush
CATRICE ‘Pure Shimmer Highlighter’ Nude Purism Collection

MAC ‘Indianwood’ Paint Pot
CATRICE ‘Ice White Open’ 080
MAC 15x Warm Neutral Palette
CATRICE ‘Black Liquid Liner’ Collection Noir
MAC ‘InExtreme Dimension Lash’ 3D Black Mascara
RIMMEL ‘Brown’ Soft Kohl Pencil
MAC ‘Lingering’ Brow Perfecter’  | Light

MAX FACTOR ‘Color Elixir’ Lip Liner 02 ‘Pink Petal’
CATRICE ‘Nearly Nude’ Gentle Lip Color 02 Nude Purism Collection

Hope this inspires some of you!!
Chat soon,


Grow your Brows back with me!... And how I fill them in.

And the cycle begins again!!...
I've done it many times before and it's happened again, over-plucking my brows from stress. 
They say you won't seek change 'til you've hit 'rock-bottom' and the brows you see in the picture below are my 'rock-bottom'!
Not at all dramatic! ha ha :P
Anyhow, I am currently in the process of

Friday, March 13, 2015

Battle of the Blacks! What's the BLACKEST EyeShadow??

I decided to test/swatch 12 black eyeshadows to find out which one is the blackest black and which one is the crappiest!! 
These are the only black shadows I own (except for the Bourjois one I forgot to get from my kit &

Used up Beauty Products; Empties #12


LEE STAFFORD 'Hair Growth Treatment'
HERBAL ESSENCES ‘Clearly Naked’ Shampoo & Conditioner
RADOX ‘Moisturise’ Jojoba Oil & Camomile Shower Cream
GARNIER ‘Pure Active’ ExfoBrush Wash 
GARNIER ‘Simply Essentials’ 2-in-1 Makeup Remover
GARNIER ‘Micellar Water’ Cleansing Water
AVENE ‘Eau Thermale’ Water Spray
GARNIER ‘Express 2-in-1’ Eyes & Lips Makeup Remover
PRIMARK ‘PS. Love This’ Makeup Brush Cleanser
VICHY ‘Aqualia Thermal’ Dynamic Hydration Serum
SOAP & GLORY ‘You Won’t Believe Your Eyes’ Eye Gel
LA ROCHE POSAY ‘Nutritic Lips’ Lip Conditioner
NIVEA ‘Essential Care’ Lip Balm
ESSENCE ‘Studio Nails’ All-in-1 Complete Care Clear Nail Varnish
CATRICE ‘EyeBrow Stylist’ Brow Pencil | ‘Brown-Eyed-Peas’


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Affordable DIY Brush Cleanser | Shiv's Tricks.

Hey hey!!
In my latest 'Shiv's Tricks' video, I share what I've been using as an extremely inexpensive yet extremely effective brush cleanser (that isn't actually a brush cleanser!)

Hope it helps!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

REDKEN 'Color Rebel' Winners....

And the 5 winners from last Sunday's giveaway, who will each win a full set of the 5 'Color Rebel' hair makeups, are.....

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Depotting Zoeva EyeShadows & Palette Organisation.

I recently took a notion to de-pot all of my Zoeva Eyeshadows & organise my Z-Palettes & MAC palettes!
The Zoeva palettes are pretty much the easiest ones to de-pot since they are made of cardboard and no heat is needed to melt anything!!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Shiv's Stash; February 2015

February's collective makeup & beauty haul aka 'Shiv's Stash' contains tonnes of great new & repurchased products but because it was such a lucrative month in terms of receiving products as well as my bulking up my professional kit, I had to break the videos into two.
Grab a hot chocolate, get super comfy and check them out! 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

GIVEWAY! Redken 'Color Rebel' Hair Makeup

'Color Rebel' Hair Makeup by Redken is a temporary hair colour or more accurately a hair paint that washes out after 2-3 washes and is meant for occasional use rather than frequent dying!
It's a handy way of getting bright funky hair without the commitment of the usual longer lasting hair dyes.
There are 5 colours in the range which are...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Shiv's TOP 5 MAC Products... (Updated)

Hey Guys :)
I updated my favourite 5 MAC products to share with you all!
Let me know what you Guys think of these and what your favourite MAC products are!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fail Products!

A few makeup & beauty products that didn't work for me/float my boat 


AMAZING Concealer!!! Review & Demo.

Watch the video for an in-depth review and demonstration of the 'Amazing Concealer' by Amazing Cosmetics, to find out just how amazing it actually is!

Hope it helps!

First Impressions Full Face Makeup Tutorial ft; Zoeva, Youngblood & NYX Cosmetics.


ZOEVA ‘Rose Golden’ Vol.2 Brush Collection
ZOEVA ‘Rose Golden’ Eyeshadow Palette
(Being Released 23rd February)
Sent as press samples, not sponsored!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Anti-Valentines Makeup Tutorial: Collaboration with Hayley Colemen

To kick off the Valentine's looks for this year on my Youtube Channel, my friend Hayley Coleman & I decided to do a Valentines Collaboration. Her doing the classic, romantic yet sexy, date-friendly Valentines makeup and I doing the anti-Valentines look which is all heavy liner and full on lipstick, not the most kissable look in the world! ha ha.
I know a lot of the anti-Valentines looks out there are full on theatrical & sometimes SFX based creations, but I still wanted mine to be very much wearable, just not your typical and expected Valentines look.

So First up is Hayley's look;

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nivea Q10 Skin Care; Battling Wrinkles One Face Cream at a Time!

Nivea first released the Q10 range 17 long years ago and their scientists have been constantly developing and improving on the formula since then.
The formula revolves around an ingredient called Coenzyme Q10 which occurs naturally in our own skin, but like everything else, it's levels begins to decrease as we grow older. This Coenzyme Q10 works as a powerful antioxidant, fighting off all kinds of nasties that attack our skin's cells on a daily basis. This along with Hyaluronic Acid and Creatine, both of which also occur naturally in our skin (but also at lessening levels as we age), helps to lessen the appearance of existing fine lines and wrinkles while helping to prevent the formation of new ones.

Grunge Valentines Look | New Sleek Makeup First Impressions

I was extremely lucky enough to get a chance to choose my pick of some lovely Sleek Makeup products thanks to their latest blogger campaign, and below are the bits I got

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bright Blue Eyes | Makeup Tutorial ft. Sleek Makeup

Time for my next makeup tutorial and this may not be for the faint hearted!! 
It's an electric bright blue eye look using one of the new Sleek Makeup 'iQuads' which will be available from next month.
It's more of an editorial look though I'm sure that there's plenty of ye out there who would rock this on a night out and look amazing in it!!
Considering how intimidated I am by blue makeup shades in general, I was delighted with how this came out and I did want to purposely have this be really punchy and intense...
Go big or go home!! ha ha