Monday, 8 December 2014

Talk





Conor Cusack is the inspiration behind this post. He has helped me and thousands of others with his brave and honest account of his battle with depression. That post was published last year and since then we have seen a huge difference in how our country is dealing with mental health. Conor is an amazing man, a role model and most definitely a hero.

I know this isn’t what I usually write about and I know it might be a little bit difficult to read but if I can help even one person by opening up and talking, then it will have made this worth it.






I am meant to be writing out stuff for college right now but my mind is so full of crap that it’s impossible to focus on anything. That “crap” is overbearing, deep, dark thoughts that will not leave me alone. 

That crap is depression.

Depression is so hard to put into words. It’s like a physical pain, but you don’t know where it’s coming from so you can’t go about fixing it. It’s like the worst headache you’ve ever had that you think your head will explode and an ache in your heart so immense that it feels like it’s breaking apart.

I was always a very anxious and worried child, growing up hadn’t been easy. I can remember as far back as being about 6 years old, I was constantly worrying about something, anything. I struggled throughout school; I compared myself to others and constantly felt inadequate, which led to years of self-hate and self-doubt. It wasn’t until I was around 11 or 12 when I actually realised how sad I had become. It was around that time when I started going to see a therapist.

It feels like the depression grew with me. When I felt like things couldn’t possibly get worse, something else would happen. Year after year it built up and it has taken me this long to learn how to control it, or so I thought. I never know when it’s going to become so strong that it takes over. I never know if I will be able to cope with it or if I will fall, again.

The last few years have been what can only be described as pure torture. I allowed depression to destroy everything for me. The help I was offered did not work. The multiple counsellors, doctors and anti-depressants did not work. I felt I was becoming a burden to everyone; my friends, family, even my teachers back when I was in school. Other people’s approval and happiness was so important to me, but I felt like I had let everyone down. Depression changed my perspective on life. It was like it took control over my affections and so isolated me from those who I loved. I went to sleep every night and hoped I just wouldn’t wake up. I genuinely thought - what was the point in going on?

The last year or more in particular hit me hard. I decided to take a year out after my leaving cert as I had “screwed it up”, or so I thought.  I don’t think it would have been possible for me to achieve my best at the time but it is still something I beat myself up over. I started working full time and eventually found two jobs that I absolutely adored and was able to feel almost proud of myself. I had never felt that before. If it wasn’t for those distractions and responsibilities, I’m not sure if I would have had the strength to keep going. However, those commitments and distractions naturally came to an end. It was then that I slipped into the darkest place I had ever reached.

When you’re so depressed and not thinking straight, you begin to contemplate the worst. I have seen what suicide has done to families, I know how absolutely horrendous it is for those left behind.  I genuinely thought I was doing more harm than good to my friends and family by being alive. To me, it was the only way of finding peace for myself, and for them. These thoughts weren’t my own; rather the ones depression had conjured up in my mind. I had thought about it for years, but they were only just that: thoughts. January 2014 was when I decided I wanted to take action. I eventually admitted everything to my Mam and she took me to hospital. I stayed for 7 hours and came home, exhausted from explaining to doctors how I was feeling and why. Leaving hospital that day was a mistake.

The end of June was when I took the biggest hit and fell into that “dark place”. I can usually feel a breakdown coming on; I can almost predict the day. I had had enough; I didn’t want to deal with it anymore. I wanted out and I was going to make sure I stuck by my decision this time. That day is so clear in my head, from the very beginning. It was as if I woke up and just knew that something was going to happen. I did so much thinking that day. I cried for hours on end because it felt so real. I cried writing a note, I cried thinking about my family and what I was going to do to them but I stupidly thought it was better than staying and causing them more pain. I cried so much I became numb. I cried when I heard my Mam going out to the shop and realised she had left my younger sisters in the house with me. I’m not sure if I was crying out of relief or out of disappointment then. I know for a fact if I had been left on my own I wouldn’t still be here. 

I was brought into hospital and stayed in a psychiatric ward for 5 days although it felt like 5 weeks. It was the worst few days of my life. I was in a state of shock. Everyone I knew was out enjoying their summer holidays while I was stuck in this place that depression had driven me to. I was numb and felt completely hollow inside. The staff were incredible but I couldn’t fully open up to them. I just smiled and pretended I was “definitely feeling better” so that they wouldn’t keep me in there any longer. Yet again, that was another mistake.

For a while after I was doing all the right things to get better. I was going to see my amazing therapist, I was telling my Mam when I felt low, I was making sure I wasn’t on my own when I felt upset. I was being honest with my friends about what had happened. I was talking, I was opening up. It was when I stopped talking that I slipped. That and certain things at the time brought me right back to square one. I could have given up then but I reached out and took the help that was offered to me. I still feel scared, paranoid, so down that I don’t have the energy to get out of bed in the morning. I still cry every single day without fail but I try to talk to those around me. I am realistic with myself. Little steps in the right direction are better than great big leaps that you might not be able for.

In September I moved out and started college. That for me was a “big leap” and not something I thought I would be strong enough to do just yet. There are days when I think it was all a massive mistake and that I need more time to heal and build my strength back up, and then there are days when I actually feel proud of myself for getting this far. Take each day as it comes; be proud of the little things. Getting up, getting dressed and preparing yourself for whatever is in store instead of hiding in your room in fear. If you’re so exhausted the next day then allow yourself to rest. Don’t put pressure on yourself to “be okay” because eventually that will catch up on you and you will fall down. I did fall down and for the last few weeks I have been struggling to make it through each day. I know I’m going through a bad episode and certain things just aren’t in my control but I’m doing as much as I can to prevent myself from getting any worse.

Depression is a real thing. It needs to be talked about and it needs to be handled in the right way. I never again want to see the pain and heartache in my Mam’s eyes when I had to say goodbye to her as I was led down the hospital corridor to my room that night.  I never again want to have to try and explain that I was just feeling “a little bit sick” to my little sisters when they asked why I was away for those few days. By talking I know I won’t let those things happen again.



To anyone out there feeling the same way, or feeling in any way sad and alone, please just talk











Friday, 8 August 2014

The No.7 Nude Lipliner








These little things are probably my most repurchased product EVER over the last year or two. I currently have 5 of them hidden among handbags, make-up bags and even in my wallet with possibly more scattered around my room somewhere. They are one of the best products I have ever come across, thanks to Lisa Eldridge who helped to create them. So you know they are unreeeaal. 




I use these guys pretty much every single day, be it with my MAC nude lip look, my Rimmel alternative or just on it's own with a slick of vaseline. I would say the colour is pink, leaning more on the brown side but you can wear it blended out to tone it down a bit. For those that like to slightly overline their lips for a fuller look, the nib is a perfect size and the pencil has a built in sharpener which is always handy, just in case. The pencils go on fairly smoothly but I would suggest making sure your lips are exfoliated and moisturized before hand anyways, as the pay off of these are quite matte.




Thanks to Kylie Jenner, the world has gone absolutely crazy recently for the deep pink/brown lip look and in fairness to her, she does it well (although nobody will beat Bridgitte Bardot). Apparently, Kylie uses MAC's lipliner in Spice which is a stunning shade (and one I will pick up, just because.) but for a cheaper alternative, No7 is your best bet. However, if you want to go all out and treat yourself, check out Charlotte Tibury's lip "cheat" in the shade Pillow Talk which is just so damn beautiful and will be available at the end of this month in Brown Thomas.

I put off  writing this blog post for a while because there isn't really a whole lot to say about lip liners but when I realised just how many I had in my collection, I thought they were probably worth blabbering about.



Packaging is great, price is AMAZING (especially with a handy little Boots voucher) and the colour is, as I said,  absolutely perfect. Buy one (or 5), gowaaaaan.





Available in all Boots stores, or Boots.ie for €8.75 - currently part of the "buy one get one half price" offer online.




Wearing No7 lipliner & gloss






Saturday, 2 August 2014

NARS Sheer Glow - Mont Blanc







I have a massive love for foundation and have tried pretty much every single brand, and every single product they have to offer. I'v been testing different ones out for years at this stage and I will never tire of trying out new ones. I have written posts on foundations since the very start of this blog, (which is a year old today - WHAT!) and I try to give as much information as possible so as a result, they tend to be quite lengthy. If you are on the hunt for a new foundation, then try keep reading until the end (God bless those who do) because I can not recommend this product enough. 


For reference, I have VERY oily skin, with annoying dry patches chucked in for good measure, so it can be a pain in the arse to deal with (Damn it, why is life so cruel??). This foundation can work with both, just with a little bit of patience and effort. Trust me, it's worth it.

   


NARS sheer glow is one of the most talked about foundations over the last 2 years, possibly most talked about make-up item in general. It is hugely popular and very rarely gets a bad review. Go on, just try and find one, you'll be searching for a while. With most people, it is love at first sight, or first application. However, that was definitely not the case for myself. In fact if I had reviewed this back in January when I purchased it, it wouldn't have been great at all. My love for this foundation has been like a little journey but I can safely say I have now found my absolute holy grail. 


Over the course of the last few months I have had to learn how to make this product work with my skin. It definitely falls into the "less is more" category. I started applying heaps of it trying to cover all the redness and other problems with my skin when really all I needed was a drop. The reason being, this product isn't thick, it just has a huge amount of pigments in it so therefore it hides without having to layer up, so no caking. Or as NARS say; coverage by pigment, not weight. That is definitely one of the most important things to remember when applying. Another thing, using your fingers to apply this works wonders as the warmth of your hands helps to blend this seamlessly. I tend to apply it with my fingers and then at the end I go in with my Zoeva brush to further blend. 




The name of this would suggest it is a glowing, dewy, sheer foundation. Well, not really. Glowing? Yes, but not in a disco ball kind of way. More in the "are you an actual angel?" way, or y'know, something like that... Now, NARS claim this foundation will actually benefit your skin and improve its general brightness overtime with its fancy-arse Complexion Brightening Formula. I don't really think that is true but sure look, I'll let them away with it. It definitely does give the skin a certain brightness or "radiance" while it's on the face but when I take it off, my skin is back to its normal shite self. However, it doesn't make it anymore shite, it just doesn't help it... Am I making any sense? 



As for the sheerness, not at all. It is buildable but I'd definitely market this as more of a medium to full coverage foundation although, not in a scary Double Wear/mask way. This stuff still feels transparent and weightless on the skin, there's no doubt about that. It gives a natural satin-finished look, while still covering everything. So basically, what everyone wants out of a foundation, right? It hides pigmentation, scarring, acne and redness in general with only a few drops. It honestly is stunning and my skin certainly looked better with it on than every other foundation I have tried. 




How it works with different skin types? Well firstly, as with all foundations you need to moisturize quite well and even more so if you have dry skin. Without that, you won't get along with this product at all. Another thing that I think is important, no matter what your skin type is to prime the skin. I am currently LOVING the Pease mattifying primer (would anyone like a review?) as it smooths out the skin so well and really does give the perfect base. It glides over dry patches and mattifies my oily t-zone. Another thing, which is one of the main reasons why my oily skin works with this foundation is setting sprays. I have reviewed the extremely popular Urban Decay ones over on Blondes Love Cupcakes if anyone would like to pop over and have a read. Before using a setting spray this foundation did not last on my skin at all, despite almost every review I read saying it lasts for hours. I pondered switching to the matte version of NARS sheer glow , however I have read that it is nowhere near as nice or natural looking as the original so I didn't want to go down that route.  As I mentioned above, I do have very very oily skin. No foundation ever lasts long on my face so don't let that put you off testing this guy out. Just definitely set it with powder and spray, skipping the powder if you have dry skin.




I was matched to the shade Mont Blanc, which is the second lightest shade NARS have to offer. You can see above that its very similar to MAC NC15 and Vichy Opal15 but I could probably even get away with the shade Siberia, which is the lightest and is slightly less yellow. One last thing to note with this foundation is that it does not contain any SPF, which means it obviously wont protect you from the sun but it does make it bloody brilliant for photography. This foundation has come up tops in use for weddings and other special occasions, for all the reasons above and for the fact that it looks absolutely beautiful in photos. 



NARS Sheer Glow retails at €40 and can be found at Brown Thomas or through the NARS website.















Friday, 18 July 2014

My Inglot Collection







Oh Inglot, what did I do without you? 


I was pretty late to the Inglot party when they first launched in Ireland. I had always heard of them, and heard great things but it wasn't until last year that I took a huge interest. Their products are absolutely fantastic and definitely match up with the likes of MAC or Urban Decay. So far I only have eye products but having completed a make-up course with Inglot, I can confirm their foundations, concealers and pretty much everything else is also top notch. The eye-shadow colour selection is beautiful, with all shadows being highly pigmented and lasting for pretty much the entire day and night. The huge difference between them and MAC/Urban Decay? The price. A single eye shadow costs 6euro. You'd spend that on a sandwich. Compare that to the 12euro you'd spend on a single MAC shadow, with the same amount of quality and you're laughing. Not to say I wouldn't purchase MAC shadows at all, because as a make-up lover I can't get enough of anything. But I do lean more towards Inglot, and have yet to be let down. 

My only little gripe would be that Inglot number their shadows instead of naming them. Which as you will see below, makes it really tricky to reference them. The numbers are printed on the bottom of the pan, and the pans are fairly well secured in the palette, which is great because you can rest assured they aren't going to fall out. However, after many attempts, I can't get these fellas to move. If you are interested in any of the stunning shades below, bring a copy of the photos into any of the stores and the girls will probably be able to distinguish them better than myself. Other than that, I can't fault them at all and really do recommend checking out their range, if you haven't already. (Highly unlikely). The following palettes have been made using the "Freedom system" so you can mix and match with whatever shades you like.

There are 5 different finishes in the Inglot range; Matte, Pearl, DS (double sparkle), AMC and AMC Shine. To be totally honest, I'm not quite sure what the below are until I whip out the pans, apart from the obvious matte ones. I will update this post as soon as I can with all the correct information.




The warm golden smokey eye palette -  

Usually the most requested look, simple but gorgeous.




Pearly white - My inner corner highlight and brow bone shade. Also sometimes use it as a cheekbone and cupids bow highlight.

Yellow Gold - One of the most used shadows in this palette, it goes with just about everything and perfect for enhancing blue eyes.  I also use a pop of it with the palette below to complete the "sunset" vibe.

Matte light brown - My new go-to contour shade for pale skin as it almost has a grey undertone. Absolutely amazing, I use it as a both an eye and a cheek contour. Creates a "natural" contour shadow.

Bronze/Gold brown - This compliments the gold so well, or I also sometimes wear this on its own blended all over the eye for a kind of grungey dark look. It's very richly pigmented and a little goes a long way.

Matte deep brown - I use this as a soft eye liner, a blending colour and also when I want to create a defined socket look.





The sunset eyes palette

A little more daring and the look I'v been wearing every chance I can get.




Pale matte orange - Not something I would usually have gone for but I am so glad I did. The most perfect blending colour, or if you want to go all out, pop it all over the lid. This is a blue eyed girls best friend. 

Dark plum - I'm going to struggle in describing these next 3 shades. I use this for deepening up the corners of a smokey eye. Gorgeous shade with a bit of shimmer.

Light bronze - This is one of those colours that can also work amazingly on  its own applied all over the lid. 

Darker bronze - Yep, I am shite at describing these colours, they are just that amazing. I use a little bit of this on the outer edges of the eye, with the purple, to add more depth. Both this and the light bronze have an almost cranberry/red undertone to add warmth. 





The AMC pure pigment




One of the most amazing products I have ever purchased. Just look at it! I have yet to actually use it with an eye look but judging on the swatches, I know it will be absolutely amazing. This is No. 63, a bronze/orange glitter. Again, blue eyed girls take note. This is to die for. 15euro per pot.




Duraline - 

Inglot describe this as a "waterless clear liquid that transforms any powder into an easy to apply liquid". This would be used to create an eye liner out of any shadow or pared with a pigment, like in the above photo. Genius product for only 10euro.






I'v been wanting to write this post for a while now but felt a bit useless considering I couldn't tell you all what the actual colours were (and how absolutely shite I am at describing said colours...). My apologies and again, I will update this post ASAP. 




Check out the Inglot Ireland team on facebook, twitter, instagram and so on. The pictures will not disappoint!







Friday, 11 July 2014

Brush Time - The Zoeva Collection








I think I love make-up brushes more than I love make-up itself. Which hopefully explains why I have over 50 brushes at this stage and will definitely buy more in the near future.  Or maybe I have an actual problem here but to be fair, it IS the best kind of problem to have. In my opinion anyway. My bank account doesn't really agree but feck it right...? 

What I have discovered down through the years of wearing make-up is no matter how expensive or good it is, without a decent brush you might as well just be slapping it on with a shovel. I got my very first proper make-up brush when I was 13/14 from Clinique. Mammy took my older sisters and I into Debenhams and basically spoiled us rotten. One of the items I got was a flat foundation brush and I still have it, and it is still perfect. That just shows if you take good care of a brush, it will and should last you a long long time. It wasn't until a few years later that I actually had the funds to buy more decent brushes but my collection was starting to build nicely. In January I purchased these Zoeva brushes after lusting for them for weeks, if not months, after featuring them in my Wish List. They were one of the best purchases I ever made.

The quality of these brushes is absolutely amazing for the price. In fact, I would have paid a hell of a lot more than I did. They feel luxurious on the skin and work extremely well. Every single brush in this set is fantastic and I use a good few of them every day. I also use them on clients, which is another reason why i'l be buying more of them. I bought the a set of 15 and then another 2 flat shader brushes and I think it all came to about 110euro including postage. Which in my opinion, is ridiculously good. The brushes arrived on time and were packaged really well, inside little Zoeva pouches that come in so handy when transporting them.


Apologies for the ton of pictures. When I was trying to decide to buy these or not seeing images up close really helped so I hope it does the same for you all! Here is a run through of the brushes; 





127 Luxe sheer cheek - This is an angled brush which is most often used to contour. I use this to apply my highlighter but it can be used for just about anything on the face, even buffing in foundation. 


110 Face shape - This is like a medium shaped foundation brush which again, can be used for pretty much everything. It probably is most often used to create a contour however, I use a RT brush for that. Instead I use this to apply fine powder right underneath my eye area as the size is perfect. 



106 Powder - The giant of the collection is this amazingly soft powder brush. This could probably be used to apply a dusting of bronzer too but I use it just for translucent powder as I don't need to be precise with the application. I bring this brush with me everywhere. 



102 Silk Finish - The next size up from the 110, this is a basic foundation brush which I use to really buff the product into the skin. Its extremely soft and applies foundation like a dream. Could also be used to apply powder or creams. Another everyday brush. 



104 Buffer - This is one of the brushes I wouldn't reach for everyday as it tends to be way too big to apply foundation to the face. However, as is intended, it does a great job of buffing in a product, it just might be a bit tricky to get into the nose/eye area.


142 Concealer buffer - The baby sized 102 and 110. I use this for buffing in concealer around my eye area and onto any blemishes. Could probably be used to create a strong contoured cheek, or even to contour the nose as it is small enough to be precise. 

228 Crease - This brush is definitely another favourite. I use it to contour my nose and sometimes my cheeks if I want a more defined look, or if I want a sweep of colour on the eye. This is an excellent blending brush and I can't fault it at all. An ever so slightly smaller version of this would be brilliant too. 



227 Soft definer - I can't get enough of this brush and will probably buy them in bulk next time. SO soft but still strong enough to blend the product really well. Perfect size too, this is definitely one of my favourites. 



234 Smoky shader - As I mentioned, I bought an extra 2 of these as its always good to have a few flat shader brushes. Does exactly what it says on the tin basically, picks up product really well and helps to blend out the product into the eye socket, or the lower lash line.



230 Luxe pencil - Not one I'd reach for on a daily basis but excellent for precision when doing a defined socket look, or blending out a shadow on the lower lash line.

231 Petit crease - Again, wouldn't use it every day but a must have when doing a smokey eye, or along with the pencil brush, a defined socket. 


321 Brow comb - Can't say a whole lot about a brow comb other than it does its job well. This is another brush I'd bring everywhere with me, even on days when i'm not wearing make-up, tidy brows are a must. 

317 Wing liner - As stated, this brush is meant to be used to apply liner but I actually prefer it for my brows. The bristles are quite firm which means this is so fecking good to apply powder to the brows and making a precise line. Best brow brush I have found so far.


315 Fine liner - The crooked handle makes this really easy to apply a fine line, and a wing. The size is excellent for when you only want the tinest of lines. I especially love this for when i'm applying liner right into the inner corner or when I tightline. 

238 Precise shader - I haven't actually used this brush yet, which is a bit bizarre. It's lovely and soft but still small and firm enough to apply shadow right on the lower lash line, or even a bit of highlight to the inner corner. 






15 brushes in a collection (not counting the extra 2 I bought) for 88euro, working out at about 6euro per brush? Amazing, just amazing. I highly recommend you check out this brand who are celebrating their 5th birthday today! 




Zoeva
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A Skincare Post: Eucerin DermoPurifyer Cleanser










So as you all probably know by now, I have awful skin. Awful being the nice "non cursing" word to describe it. It's been awful for about 8 years and doesn't show any sign of clearing up, any time soon. Although my Mammy assures me I'l have great skin when I'm older because she does (I know you're reading this) but to be quite honest, I'd rather have the good skin now. My skin is oily, "blemish" prone, extremely sensitive, prone to redness and on top of all that, there are pigmentation and scarring issues... I can sense all your jealousy from here. Obviously the one product won't solve all my problems but one by one I'm trying to break them down so I can feel a tiny bit more confident without my usual slap of make-up. 

As you can imagine, I trial a huge amount of different products, from different brands in the search for my holy grail items. I also spend a huge amount of time and money doing so, but I don't mind as it means I'm one step closer to finding the one. I do have a few products that I will always repurchase but they all have different purposes. For example, my Clinique cleansing balm. I use it to remove all my make-up but I always like to double cleanse after which is where the Eucerin DermoPurifyer* came out to play.  

Escentual kindly sent me the cleanser, along with about 12 generously sized samples. It did feel like Christmas had come again. The fact that the cleanser was aimed at skin identical to mine was an added bonus so I genuinely couldn't wait to try it out. I had of course heard of the brand before but had never seen it in the shops anywhere. However, recently Escentual have added it to their huge list of brands so I was curious even before the sample arrived. Have I found the one cleanser? I'm not sure. It didn't knock my socks off, but I would repurchase which is always a good sign. 

Firstly, the amount of product you get for your money is ridiculously good. A container with 200ml for £9 is excellent for those like me who can't always afford to splash out on the latest offering that costs more than a weekly food shop. The packaging is also quite sturdy which for me was essential, does anyone else always end up dropping every single container in the shower and having its contents go everywhere?






As for the product itself, it's a clear fragrance free gel that goes a hell of a long way so you really only need to use a pea sized amount. Eucerin suggest it can be used to cleanse away make-up, which I haven't tried because as I mentioned above, it's my "second" cleanser. It does definitely remove any left over trace of dirt and whatever other stuff would be lurking on my face, I'm not sure does it entirely eliminate the access sebum though. It helped dry up any of the blemishes I had which then helped towards them healing quicker, and mattified the skin slightly. I also got along really well with one of the samples I was given, which was the "sister" product - the DermoPurifyer Hydrating Care. After using the cleanser, I go straight in with my regular mosituriser, and then the Hydrating Care. It doesn't fully "hydrate" but it does mattify the skin and give me a really good base for my make-up which was a pleasant surprise. 

I definitely just confused myself with those last few sentences.

All in all, it's a great product for those with oily and acne prone skin. I'l use up my container and probably buy another as I enjoy using it on my face and shoulders. My skin felt very clean afterwards and it didn't aggravate my seriously sensitive skin. The only gripe I have would be it can be very drying but to be fair, that is what it aimed to do. It contains salicylic acid which dries the hell out skin because it is a spot treatment, that does its job well. Just exfoliate every so often, moisturise well and you'll be graaaand. 


Escentual are currently having one of their amazing 1/3 off French pharmacy brands sales. So the usual price of the cleanser of £9 is down to £6. As are the toner and hydrating care which I definitely want to pick up as a full size. 


Find the Derm0PURIFYER cleanser over here




*sent for consideration, to be reviewed. 











































Monday, 26 May 2014

My Rimmel Lip






This is a follow up post to My Nude Lip, which features a lipgloss and lipstick from MAC. As mentioned in that post, "what are you wearing on your lips?" is something I'm asked quite a bit so I thought I'd write up a post on a few products that are way easier on the pocket but can look just as good. If you can stretch your pennies and splash out on MAC, then go ahead but a lot of us (me included) can't always justify spending the guts of 40euro on two products. Slightly more important things, like food, have to be bought. Sadly. 


I absolutely love Rimmel. I would use at least two of their products on my face, on a daily basis. (Today - Match Perfection foundation and one of their amazing little eyebrow pencils). The prices are ridiculously good for the quality of their products and when I'm asked what high-street brand I'd recommend, usually Rimmel would be up there at the top. I can do a separate post on all things Rimmel if anyone is interested, but for now I'l stick with these four lip products, in fear of boring you all with my nattering.






First up, the Kate Moss lipsticks are an absolute dream. Hats off to both Kate and Rimmel for this one. A deadly selection of colours in different finishes, what more could you want? I bought "No.8" months ago and used it to death up until it ran out and I then decided to buy my MAC one. It's a really lovely rose colour (I am clearly fantastic at describing colours), a lot more pink than I had originally wanted but I obviously liked it so much that I didn't care. It suited my natural lip tone quite well and was enough to brighten my face up a bit on days when I looked like shite. (Everyday, basically). Paired with Apocalips lipgloss in the shade "Celestial" and it was enough to be deemed a sort of statement lip, in my opinion anyways. These glosses/lacquers are probably one of Rimmels greatest collections, seriously opaque and last for ages. If, a little drying. 








Now for the nude, which will resemble my MAC one the most. I'm hit and miss with this one as for me it's lacking just a little something. Don't get me wrong, both products are great but it's just not as nice as the MAC, maybe because "Love Nectar" lipgloss contains tiny bits of gold fleck that I am completely obsessed with. But for a "budget" nude lip, you can't go wrong. The "No.3" lipstick itself is gorgeous and I actually pop it into my bag on a nightout, as its not as expensive to replace if when I lose it. Why does that always happen? Always. The lipgloss, being Apocalips in "Nude Eclipse" is, as you can see in the swatch, a seriously nude/beige colour. I'v heard of many people not getting along with this product as admittedly, it can be far too pale and just not flattering. I think the key is to not use too much, a small dab in the centre of the lip and spread out is plenty, dodging the "concealer" lip look. 







All Rimmel products can be purchased just about anywhere; Boots, Pharmacies and even some supermarkets. 

Kate Moss Lipsticks - 6.99euro
Apocalips Lipglosses - 7.95euro










Monday, 21 April 2014

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle





MAC Soft and Gentle

  Apologies in advance to your bank accounts, because this is another product which you HAVE to buy. It's one of those make-up products that made me freak out and think about it for days/weeks on end until it was mine. Then when I did buy it, it took me about a week to use because it was so pretty. I didn't want to dig in and start using it because that would mean eventually it would all be gone. And I couldn't bare to think of that. Sad? Absolutely.

MAC Soft and Gentle Swatch

MAC Soft and Gentle

However, I did manage to get over myself and my pathetic ways because I haven't gone a day without wearing this. Well at least on the days when I do actually wear make-up which is probably about 4 days out of 7. I purchased this back in late Jan/early Feb, it featured in my haul post here. It's now almost May and as mentioned, I wear this all the time. I have also used it on every client I have had since so you'd expect it to have a nice little dent from over-use, but it hasn't. Its still very much in tact so for the cost of just under 30euro, you will get your moneys worth, and more. 

MAC Soft and Gentle

The reason it's lasted so long is because you only need the tiniest amount of this product. Just  dab/sweep your brush in gently and you have enough to highlight your cheekbones and cupids bow, which is what I use it for. MAC state that you can use this an an overall powder for a dewy effect but I personally wouldn't because as you will see in the picture below, it gives a serious amount of shine. Putting that all over my face would be a disaster considering I have oily/shiny skin already. Although, it would look quite nice with an even tinier* amount than before brushed down the center of your nose and forehead for a subtle glow. 


MAC Soft and Gentle vs Benefit Watts Up

Out of the 3 highlighting products I own and use, this has come out on top. I love Benefit's Watts Up, however it is slightly more golden so would suit darker complexions. I also sometimes use one of my inglot eyeshadows as a highlight, just for handiness because it's already in a quad with my other inglot shadows but I prefer this more as an inner eye highlight as its quite pale, almost white. A good one for the paler girls though. Soft and Gentle, colour wise is a tricky one. I'm sat on my bed writing this post having a good gawk at it while trying to decide what colour it actually is. I'd say pinky/almost bronzey but I'l let the swatches and the pictures in this post do the talking because you are probably bored of my blabbering at this point. 



MAC Soft and Gentle can be purchased at any MAC counter/website or over at Brown Thomas for 29.50euro


*Warning, you may resemble a disco ball so please for the love of God only use a tiny amount.



MAC Soft and Gentle


MAC Soft and Gentle