The Overnight Makeup Bag

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A trip to my friend’s house a few nights ago led to me being faced with the *tough* decision of what to pack in my makeup bag. For a girl who has a dresser full of makeup, deciding what to bring with me was actually pretty easy. When staying somewhere overnight, you want to make sure that you bring products with you that you can depend on and that you know work well. These are the ones I chose…

For foundation, the choice was pretty easy. NARS Sheer Glow is a foolproof foundation for me. It gives good coverage and a dewy finish. This applied with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush provides a flawless base. Concealer, of course, had to be NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It doubles up as an under eye concealer, as well as covering blemishes. I use a fluffy brush by Jessup to apply this. MAC Lip and Cheek Colour is the perfect cream blush, that gives a gorgeous pop of colour and dewy finish for spring.  Bronzer has snuck into my daytime routine to give my otherwise pale face a bit of tan and contour, and I’ve been absolutely loving Benefit Hoola since discovering it a few weeks ago. Real Techniques Blush Brush is the perfect size and shape for contouring and warming the face. As usual, MAC Mineralise SkinFinish is my go-to powder to keep shine at bay, without totally mattifying the face. MAC Paint Pot in Vintage Selection and L’Oreal Superliner are all I use on my eyes. They’re quick and easy to use and look great too. L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara has been my favourite mascara lately, but sadly it’s nearly run out and not available in Ireland! A trip to Boots is needed then… I’ve currently been obsessed with using Anastasia Brow Wiz on my brows lately, it gives the perfect shape and definition without looking fake. Filling in my brows has never been so easy! As usual, I love a nude lip, so MAC Shy Girl has gotten plenty of use. It’s the perfect peachy nude, which I love for spring! 

What are your overnight makeup bag essentials? 

*Stop watering the weeds in your life and start watering the flowers*

 

Super Quick Post!

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I’ve been super busy all day, so I haven’t gotten a chance to write out the blog post I had planned! I was going to just leave it and not post today then I remembered that I said I’d post five good things about my day everyday this week, so here you go!

Quite a different post, and much much shorter than usual, but I hope you enjoy! Full beauty and fashion posts to resume tomorrow :)

1. I’m off work tomorrow – woo!
2. I’d a lovely walk with my boyfriend this evening
3. We saw a gorgeous cherry blossom tree that made me smile
4. I watched the new Modern Family tonight and nearly wet myself many times
5. I got loads of compliments on wearing my hair in halo braids today.

What are five good things about your day?

SASS #15 – If You Do One Thing…

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Happy Easter everybody! I hope you’re all having a great day and are loaded up on chocolate like I am, even if you don’t celebrate! 

I’m going to set out a challenge in this week’s post – to write down 5 good things about your day every single day for the next week.

If someone was to ask you now five bad things about your life, you probably could list six. But if someone asked you to write five good things down, you’d probably find it a bit harder. Even if it’s just on the notes on your phone, on a piece of paper or using the Gratitude app, try to write down five good things about your life every day. You can do it in the morning to put you in a good mood for the day, or at night to make you feel better going to sleep. Do it whenever suits you. It could be something as small as someone making you a cup of tea, or just having a warm bed to sleep in. No matter how big or small, write them down. Even on the worst days, there’s always at least five things to be happy about and grateful for, even if you don’t realise it. Writing down good things about your day/life is proven to improve your mood over time, so let’s get started. 

Post your five things for today below if you want, this week I’ll be writing my five at the end of each post every day. 

Here’s mine for today:

1. I was off work today – woo! 

2. There’s a giant Mini Egg Easter egg waiting to be eaten upstairs – and a penguin Easter egg – NOM.

3. My dad bought me Frozen as a surprise, I watched it once and loved it, so I’m going to watch it again tonight. 

4. I had a gorgeous dinner with my family today.

5. I’ve the best friend ever – you know who you are ;) 

 

 

Five Photo Week #2

Another week has gone by, so here’s five photos that I’ve taken over the past seven days. Happy Easter everyone!

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Going to a 1920′s ball on Monday night was definitely a good start to the week!

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I had my first light caramel frap from Starbucks on Sunday, and oh my… I can see many more of these in future posts!

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I wrote a whole post about purchasing this palette during the week, and safe to say I’m still in love.

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Finding a giant conjoined strawberry in the pack made me more excited than it should have – I just love strawberries, okay?

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I watched Frozen with my best friend for the first time last night - such a great movie! “Hi my name’s Olaf and I like warm hugs” – love it!

Bin Or Buy #1

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I know empties posts are on everyone-and-their-granny’s blogs, but they’re one of my favourite to read and I love seeing the products people have used up. It takes a lot for me to repurchase the exact same product as there are so many options on the market, so I thought I’d start a Bin Or Buy series to share my thoughts on the products I’ve used up and whether I’d buy them again. Plus, seeing that I’ve fully used products makes me feel less guilty about buying some new ones – which is always good.

Crest 3D White toothpaste – BIN

Sorry to start it off on a negative note, but I really wasn’t impressed with this toothpaste. I had high expectations but didn’t notice any difference in the colour of my teeth. Although my teeth are relatively white to start with, I saw no improvement at all. Plus, the tube emptied out really quickly, which I’m confused about as I used no more toothpaste than usual! I wouldn’t repurchase it, and know that there are better products available.

Batiste Blush Dry Shampoo x3 – BUY

If you can’t tell already, I totally love this dry shampoo. I go through it so quickly as I use it to give volume, texture and to make my hair feel fresh.

Savlon – BUY

I’ve spoken about my love for this antiseptic cream before to heal and treat spots. I’ve repurchased this many times, and will keeping doing so as it helps my skin like no other product.

Kerastase Bain Satin shampoo for dry, sensitised hair - BUY

Kerastase are my favourite high-end hair brand, and I’m always happy with their products. This shampoo lasted ages as I just used it once a week as a treat, but even then I could see the difference in my hair. It was softer and visibly less damaged. I’d repurchase this product, but wouldn’t mind trying a new one just to mix things up.

Nivea Rich Moisturising Day Cream – BUY

I love this moisturiser as it’s light but still hydrates the skin without feeling sticky or leaving a residue. It’s handy to throw on on no makeup days, and is pretty affordable. Again, I’d repurchase this product but would probably buy a new moisturiser just to try it out.

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan – BUY

I will and have repurchased this tan. It gives a gorgeous glow in just one hour, isn’t sticky and doesn’t leave a ‘fake tan’ smell.

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover – BUY

I just wrote a whole post on this yesterday, so needless to say I’d definitely buy this again.

Soap & Glory Heel Genius – BIN

 I liked this product, but wasn’t totally impressed. Results were best when I used this every single night, and it wasn’t hydrating enough to just use once. I’d probably look for something more intense instead of repurchasing this, but I must say I loved the cooling effect it gave.

L’Oreal Professional Mythic Oil – BUY

This one bottle lasted me over a year and a half, and I used it every single second day. It almost goes without saying that I’ve repurchased this, and that I know it was worth every penny.

I hope you enjoyed this new series, let me know what you think in the comments. I know that most products were BUY, but hey, at least I know I didn’t waste my money on loads of bad things!

The Best Eye Makeup Remover

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When it comes to removing makeup, taking off mascara and eyeshadow is the easiest part of my routine thanks to Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover. I have never tried an eye makeup remover that has worked so well, and I’ve tried a lot. My friend recommended this to me a few months ago and I’ve loved it ever since.

I don’t like spending a lot of money on eye makeup removers as I tend to go through them quite quickly, so the fact that this is less than €5 makes it a total winner for me. While removing foundation, powders and any base makeup takes so long, no matter how much or how little eye makeup I have on it’s always gone in less than a minute when I use this remover. It’s an oil and water based product, so makeup literally slides off the eye, even with waterproof mascara. Just one good shake of the bottle and a squirt on a cotton bud, hold on the lid for 15-20 seconds and bam you’re done.

The duo-phase formula works like no other to get every scrap of makeup off, and it’s so powerful that a little really goes a long way. No rubbing or tugging at the eye is needed, which I love as the skin around the eye is so sensitive. One of the best things about this product is that it doesn’t sting or irritate the eye whatsoever. You could nearly pour the bottle of this stuff in your eye and it wouldn’t sting at all. I haven’t tried that and wouldn’t recommend it, but you catch my drift.

So if you’re on the lookout for a new eye makeup remover, I’d put this one at the top of your list. It’s gentle yet removes everything with ease and is affordable – could it get any better?!

1920′s Ball Outfit & Makeup

On Monday night I went to a 1920′s style ball with my friends – and I had such a great night. Although my hair, makeup and outfit aren’t strictly 1920′s themed, I wanted to feel comfortable and not feel like I was in a costume. It was so much fun getting into a full-length dress and getting totally done up, I’m so sad it’s over! We had been looking forward to it for weeks, but it was definitely worth the wait! I thought I’d share with you the look I went for, as well as a few snaps from the night. I hope you enjoy!

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Apologies for the not-so-great photos, I was in such a rush to leave that I didn’t get a chance to take a proper outfit picture!

Dress – ASOS

Clutch – New Look

Shoes – Kurt Geiger

Bracelet – Penneys

Necklace – Newbridge Silver 

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I got my makeup done in MAC for the occasion as there was a few bits I wanted to purchase anyway. *Cough cough eyeshadow palette* I was so happy with how my makeup turned out. I was looking for something Kim K inspired and it turned out exactly how I wanted it to. My lips are MAC Red, but I’m not too sure about the rest of the makeup as I was just relaxing as she did it and switched off beauty-blogger mode. I filled in my eyebrows using Anastasia Brow Wiz as they weren’t as defined as I would have liked, but that’s the only thing I had to fix. If you’re looking to get your makeup done in MAC I would recommend it 100%. I’ve gotten my makeup done there so many times and have always been happy with the result. It’s €40 to get done, but that value is redeemable against products. So if there’s something that you have your eye on in MAC, book in for an appointment and you’ll basically get your makeup done for free. I love looking at the products they use, and usually pick out one or two of them to buy if they stand out to me. Make sure you book a few weeks in advance though, as they book out quickly!

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Nothing like a champagne reception!

I hope you enjoyed this kind of post. I know it’s prom season in some places now so maybe this is some inspiration!

*There’s a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets in*

Midweek Splurge

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Although it’s not really the middle of the week, I couldn’t think of a better title. I was in MAC yesterday getting my makeup done and was succumbed to the temptation of buying one of the premade 15 eyeshadow palettes.

After realizing that €75 for the palette including 15 eyeshadows was an absolute bargain as they usually cost over €200 to create one yourself, I couldn’t resist buying one. Actually, make that investing.

I went for the cool neutrals palette, and already I’m in love. It’s so beautiful that I’m even afraid to dip my brush in one of the colours, but I don’t think that will last long.

Full review to come!

Benefit – The Porefessional Primer

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Primers were never really a crucial part of my makeup routine. I’d throw one on if I remembered, and only for special occasions. But after hearing all of the hype surrounding Benefit’s Porefessional Primer, I had to give it a try. 

First of all, I was surprised by the size of the tube. I thought it would be much bigger for what you’re paying. Saying that though, a little goes a long way with this stuff so I can see it lasting a long time. The primer is said to minimise the appearance of pores, give skin a smooth base for applying makeup and make your makeup last longer. While I was quite skeptical at first, I must say that I agree with these claims.

The primer comes out a nude colour, but blends into the skin so it virtually disappears. I don’t apply this all over my face, just on the areas I need it most – my nose, chin, the bottom of my cheeks and centre of my forehead. That’s nearly everywhere, but hey. As soon as I apply this my skin feels so smooth and silky, but not slippery. It smooths over any bumps and although I don’t have that many visible pores, it reduces the appearance of the few that I do have.

You don’t have to wait for the product to dry in before applying foundation, which I love. Foundation blends into the skin with ease after applying this, and overall the appearance of makeup on the skin improves. The formula is so lightweight that it doesn’t feel like anything is on the skin at all, and I haven’t experienced any problems with this irritating my skin or causing breakouts.

My skin isn’t very oily, so makeup usually lasts well throughout the day without primer, but when I use this for nights out or days that I’m really busy I notice a positive difference in the appearance of my makeup.

If you’re looking at giving the Porefessional Primer a go, I would definitely recommend giving it a try. I have only good things to say about it, and I don’t think you can go wrong with it! 

*The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why*

 

SASS #15 – 5 Steps To A Good Day

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I like to believe that every day can be a good day if you start it right. Every morning we wake up with a brand new day full of opportunities ahead of us, so we might as well make sure we make the most of it. There are a few things that I do everyday to make sure it’s a good one and that I’m happy throughout, so I thought I’d share them with you. Although some things may happen during the day that make it not so good, at least you know that you can try your best to make tomorrow better or even make that day better. Enjoy!

1. Wake up with a positive attitude

This is the most important step. If you wake up and tell yourself “today is going to be terrible, I’m in such a bad mood”, chances are, it will be! By starting the day off positively, you’re getting into the mentality that the day is going to be great, and therefore you’ll be able to handle any challenges that come your way better. Even if you have to tell yourself every morning before you get up, “Today is going to be fantastic!”, do it! It’ll make all the difference. In short, treat everyday like it’s your birthday. 

2. Eat a good breakfast

I can’t stress how important this is. I’m sure everyone has heard by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s crucial that you eat it! Even if you’re rushing out the door, always grab something to eat. Starting the day with a good, healthy breakfast will give you energy for the day ahead. Make the time to have a good breakfast, I love porridge with strawberries and a slice of brown toast. I’m  a very hungry person, ok? Even if you can only stomach an apple, try your best to eat it to prevent a slump in your energy (and your mood) later in the day.

3. Have a chat

Talking to my best friend is one of my favourite things to do each day. It puts me in a great mood and always makes me laugh. Even if you only have five minutes to send a quick text, try to keep in contact with the people close to you as 9 times out of 10 you’ll feel better after. 

4. Take time for yourself

I mention this in nearly every post I write, but it is just so important. Even amongst assignments and work I always find the time to sit down and have a cup of tea while reading a magazine. Taking a few minutes out from your day to re-energize will make the world of difference, and will make you more prepared to face the rest of the day without burning out.

5. Do something you enjoy

Again, I mention this is nearly every post but doing what we enjoy is what life is all about. Having a laugh with friends, painting your nails or rewatching Friends for the 100th time are the little things that make for a great day. Whatever makes you feel good, do it. Be it having a bath or ticking things off your to-do list.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

*Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for the great*