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*

Five Photo Week #1

Welcome to a new series on my blog – Five Photo Week! Each Saturday I’m going to post five photos from my week – warning: large amounts of food and dog pictures will feature. I love these kind of lifestyle posts, so I thought I’d start adding more to WhatSheDoesNow.  I hope you enjoy!

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1. Rita Ora x Rimmel polish – Breakfast In Bed

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2. A Cult Beauty delivery that made Monday a whole lot better

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3. Drinking tea and catching up on my favourite blogs = perfection. All I needed was some chocolate.

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4. Making the most of the bright evenings by going for a run

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5. Cookies and Stellar after being in college 9-6. I only ate one, I swear…

*Every heartache will fade away. Just like a storm runs, runs out of rain*

 

 

100th Post! | Looking Back

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I can’t believe that this is my 100th post on WhatSheDoesNow!

When I started my blog back in November, I had no idea that I’d love it this much. Blogging everyday has become part of my routine – my mind is constantly full of ideas for new blog posts and pictures. But the best thing about blogging has been meeting other beauty bloggers and seeing everyone support each other. Getting a new comment or like on a blog post still feels as good as it first did five months ago, and I can’t see that feeling going away anytime soon.

So thank you to everyone who’s been here since the start, and welcome to anybody who’s new! I thought I’d compile 10 of my favourite blog posts since I started, some of them I’d even forgotten I’d written! I hope you enjoy reading, happy Friday everybody! X

1. My first beauty post – On Cloud Nine: Favourite MAC Lipsticks

2. Everyday Makeup Kit

3. 10 Minute Makeup

4. My first OOTN post – Night Out Makeup Look & OOTN

5. Bargain Buy | Jessup Makeup Brushes

6. SASS #14 – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

7. Finally Purchased | Acrylic Makeup Storage

8. If I Had To Choose One…

9. Skincare SOS

10. SASS #5 – The Little Things

Currently Obsessed With | Anastasia Brow Wiz

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If you asked me two years ago what I used to fill in my brows, chances are I’d look at you totally confused and bewildered. Filling in/ shaping my eyebrows just wasn’t part of my makeup routine back then. But thanks to Cara D., eyebrows have become big business in the beauty world. Their shape and colour can totally change the look of your face, so it’s important that you do them right.

I’ve tried waxes, powders and pencils to fill in my brows, but always found it hard to achieve the look I wanted. They either were too dark, too light, too thick or even orange looking at times. After dreading filling in my eyebrows for too long, I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz from Cult Beauty. And, even after using it just the first time, I knew it was worth every single penny.

The thing that I love about this brow product is the really thin wind-up pencil. It makes it really easy to create the look of brow hairs and fill out the brow. You can shape out your brow with the pencil before filling it in, and can apply it as heavy or light as you like. My hair is blonde and I’m quite fair so I went for the shade Ash Blonde and it’s a perfect match. It’s so simple to create a nice arch and add definition to the brow – I’m totally in love with this product!

It also has great lasting power and doesn’t slip off the face during the day, although I always apply a brow gel on top to finish the process off.

If you’re looking for the perfect brow product, I would 100% recommend giving this one a try. It’s not cheap at £15.50, but I can confidently say that I will repurchase this product again and again as it achieves what no other brow product has for me! My brows are quite thin and sparse but this pencil fills them in and gives them a really natural finish. Think of “your brows, but better!”

*Be so good they can’t ignore you*

Late Night Makeup Removal

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We all know the feeling – you’ve just come home from a night out and all you want to do is get into bed. But, chances are, you’ve a full face of makeup to remove. And we all know how bad it is to leave makeup on when we’re asleep. So, after many late nights I have perfected a speedy makeup removal routine, that gets rid of a heavy face of makeup in less than five minutes. Not going to lie, I might use this routine sometimes during the week when it’s been an especially long day. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? 

First of all I start with peeling off my false lashes and trying to put them somewhere safe but 99% of the time end up losing them. I then get a scoop of Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and massage it all over my face. I rub it all over my eyes, into my lashes and massage it all over my face. The result usually ends up with me looking like a panda, but it works. This cleansing balm is great as it removes every trace of makeup, including eyeliner and mascara. I then squeeze some Bioderma onto a cotton pad and rub that over my face and right into the hairline to make sure I’ve gotten rid of every smidge of makeup. The cleansing balm works so well that usually there’s hardly anything left to remove, but I do it just incase. After wearing heavy makeup my skin can feel quite dehydrated, so I slather Nivea Regenerating Night Cream on my face and neck, leaving my skin soft and plump when I wake up. Although my head might not be feeling so great the next morning, there are no traces on my face that I’d been out the night before. Before I discovered this routine I used to find loads of makeup residue on cotton pads (and on my pillow) the next morning but I can safely say that doesn’t happen anymore since using these products. 

What are your favourite products for removing makeup quickly?

*The people who want to stay in your life will always find a way*

Flat to Fabulous Hair

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Although I have extensions which thicken my hair, my natural hair usually lies flat at the root and I find it impossible to add volume no matter what I do. I’ve tried blow drying it upside down, volumising powders, volumising shampoos, but nothing has worked as well as this VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray .

I picked this up on a trip to Boots a few months ago, but only discovered its true greatness recently. Dry shampoo had been my go-to product for instant volume, even when my hair was freshly washed, but always left a white powdery residue in my hair. Not exactly what I was looking for.

This spray is really fine and light, I hardly know that it’s in my hair after spraying. Apart from the amount of volume it gives, that is. I separate my hair into seconds and spritz at the root, leave for a few seconds and then rustle my hair to achieve gorgeous volume. It doesn’t leave the hair dry or crispy, and doesn’t leave tell-tale white powder residue, so it works well for dark hair as well. Sometimes I spray it in the lengths of my hair to refresh it or to give it texture when it’s looking limp.

There are plenty of texturising sprays on the market at the minute, but I’d really recommend giving this one ago as it’s affordable and it works.

So, fine-haired and flat-haired gals rejoice – voluminous hair can be yours!

*What Suzie says of Sally says more of Suzie than it does of Sally

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Once A Week Treats

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Whether it be on a Sunday to start the week, Friday to end the week or just on a Wednesday as a pick-me-up, we all need a once a week treat to pamper ourselves. As much as I’d love to use these products everyday, time just doesn’t allow it. I don’t always use all of these products on the one day, usually I spread them out over the week so there’s something nice to look forward to each day.

Even if you just have five minutes to paint your nails, or two hours to fully pamper yourself – finding the time to do these little things can make all the difference in how you feel during the week. So, find a day you’re free and treat yourself – you deserve it!

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter - A body butter is so much more luxurious than a plain moisturiser, and this one leaves skin feeling silky soft and smells amazing too!

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque - Using a hair masque makes me feel less guilty about curling/blow drying/straightening my hair during the week, and makes my hair smooth and repaired for the week to come!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan - One coat of tan gives me such confidence, especially for a night out. This is my favourite once a week treat!

Soap & Glory Heel Genius - Slathering this on before I hop into bed feels so luxurious and when I wake up my feet are smooth and soft. Can you see a recurring theme in these products? :’)

Penneys Instant Nail Polish Remover - This makes painting my nails so quick and easy – one dip and nail polish is gone from each finger. Choosing what nail polish to pick is the toughest thing to do then!

Rituals Rice Scrub - A good scrub removes all of the previous week’s tan, and leaves a smooth base for a new layer to go on.

Clarisonic - I use my Clarisonic just once a week or fortnight to deep cleanse my skin and remove impurities. Anything more than that is too much for my sensitive skin, I find.

Super Facialist Pore Purifying Clay Mask by Una Brennan - Using a face mask has made such a difference in the condition of my skin. It exfoliates the skin as well as drawing out any impurities, plus it looks pretty cool as it dries like a clay.

Boots Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo (not pictured) – The newest addition to my once a week treat products, this shampoo removes product build up. Residue from hair sprays, dry shampoo, hair masks etc can lead to hair becoming lifeless and greasy quickly. This shampoo purifies the hair and leaves a fresh base.

I hope everyone had a great weekend, I can’t believe it’s Monday again!

*She believed she could so she did*