SMOKY TAUPE AND PINK OMBRE EYE LOOK

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Today’s eye look is a departure for the neutral toned browns and golds that I usually go for, I felt like having a bit of fun with one of my favourite eye shadows MAC Satin Taupe. Satin Taupe is a really great colour to have in your collection because it’s very versatile. You can use it on its own all over the lid and in the crease. You can use it in the crease for a contour or use it on the lid with a darker colour in the contour. Another way of using Satin Taupe is as a base under other colours; it can completely change the colour that you layer on top of it. It’s also a really great colour for lining your eyes because its dark enough to define the eyes but it’s not too dark so it’s great for a softer look or if you are like me and feel that black looks too harsh all around your eyes. If I use black on the top lashes then I can use Satin Taupe on the bottom lashes to neutralise the harshness of the black. So here is today’s taupe and pink ombre look:

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First I used Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe as a base all over the lid and crease.

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Then apply MAC Satin Taupe by loading it into the outer corner and blending it towards the middle of the lid and crease.

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Next I applied MAC Pink Freeze by loading it into the inner corner and blending it towards the centre of the lid.

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Then I dipped my brush into MAC Hepcat dabbed it right in the middle of the lid.

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To finish I just lined the top lashes with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, lined the bottom lashes with Satin Taupe and loaded on Lancôme Hypnose mascara.
What eye shadows do you think are really versatile?

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FRIDAY STYLE: COLOUR BLOCK DRESS

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Today I am showing you another Jaime La Vie dress from Carraig Donn. This is another brand, whose dresses I am very fond of and I can usually pick up any of their dresses in my size and feel confident that it will fit perfectly.

Jaime La Vie Colour Block Dress

The main reason I bought this dress is that I love the colours and style. Colour blocking almost always looks classy and I love orange and navy together. Let’s not forget the gold zips, we all know I love gold zips as a stand out detail on a garment. The panelling style is very flattering, which is always a plus. The other great thing about this dress is that it is really versatile. I have styled it here for a night out with heels, clutch and a statement necklace. It could easily be worn to work with simpler jewellery, a blazer and you could even put a blouse underneath to be extra professional.

Guess Bag Oasis nude courts

I also plan on wearing this dress out to Sunday lunch with the family by wearing it with my nude wedge heel courts from Oasis and this neutral toned Guess bag.

Nude Courts

My nude courts are Knightsbridge by Kate Appleby. These are really comfortable and comfortable nude courts, that you can actually walk in, should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe.

Gold Filigree Statement Necklace

I bought this necklace while on holiday in Portugal. I love picking up jewellery and accessories on holiday because it’s very unlikely that you will see it on anyone else when you get home.

Penneys Nude Clutch

The bag is a cross body bag from Penneys but I don’t really like cross body bags so I shortened the strap to use it as a clutch.

MAX FACTOR COLOUR ELIXIR GLOSSES: REVIEW AND PICTURES

Max Factor Colour Elixir Glosses

Warning this post contains lots of pictures of lip gloss!
Lipstick and lip balm hybrids have been around for a while now and most of them are in pencil form. I have purchased and reviewed a few of these as have many bloggers because we just went mad for them. Now thanks to Max Factor we have lip gloss and lip balm hybrids in the form of these beautiful Colour Elixir Glosses. What makes these Colour Elixir Glosses different from other glosses is that they have smoothing mineral oil and nourishing candelilla wax along with shine enhancers for a comfortable and glossy finish. I find that these are very comfortable to wear so much so that I have been wearing one every day since I got them. I usually only use lip balm during the day and the fact that I have swapped my usually heavy duty Avène Cold Cream lip balm for any of the Colour Elixir Glosses says a lot about how comfortable and hydrating they feel on my lips. I love that they don’t feel sticky like many glosses and it’s nice to have a glossy pop of colour on my lips. These can also be used over lipstick to give a full on shine to any lipstick.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Glosses
There are six Max Factor Colour Elixir Glosses, three nudes and three vibrant colours. I have five of them, two of the nudes and the three vibrant colours (I’m missing Pristine Nude). Bear in mind that my natural lip colour is quite dark so nudes don’t really show up on me as anything more than glossy shine but if your lip colour is paler then you might get more of a hit of colour from the nude shades so the swatches below might give you more of an indication than the pictures of the glosses on my lips.

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L-R: Radiant Rose, Lustrous Sand, Enchanting Coral, Luxurious Berry, & Polished Fuchsia
When I first looked at them laid out, I thought that Enchanting Coral would be my favourite, that beautiful coral colour was just calling to me. Them when I swatched them I thought that maybe Luxurious Berry might be my favourite because it looks like it might be a perfect “my lips but better” shade. After trying them on I think that it’s Polished Fuchsia that wins my vote, it’s so pretty and bright on. But I also love Radiant Rose and Lustrous Sand for a more subtle hit of shine when I am at work. Also the packaging of these is lovely and sleek and looks like it’s a far more expensive product than €9.99.

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Radiant Rose

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Lustrous Sand

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Enchanting Coral

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Luxurious Berry

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Polished Fuchsia
Have you tried any of these yet? Which is your favourite?

MAX FACTOR CLUMP DEFY EXTENSIONS MASCARA: REVIEW AND PICTURES

Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions Mascara

Let’s start this Monday with a new mascara. Mascara is probably most women’s desert island product; however I don’t actually wear mascara on a daily basis. I usually only wear mascara when I do full eye makeup at the weekend or for a night out. My week day makeup routine is more about creating perfect clear skin quickly rather than trying to emphasize any features. Instead of doing a full face of makeup every day, I reserve eye and lip makeup for when I am getting dressed up for a reason so I can feel like I made an extra effort and with that effort I look much prettier than every other day when I am just at work. Plus it would take forever to get ready because my morning routine takes long enough already and I am not a morning person.

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My preference for mascara is volume because my natural lashes are quite long already, however they are blond tipped so you don’t really see the length without mascara, but some extra length is always a plus. Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions mascara promises to give buildable volume and length without clumping. The colour of this mascara is priest socks black and the formula is that perfect not too wet, not too dry, easy to work with formula. I also really like the brush, I definitely prefer working with a curved brush, it makes it a lot easier to get into the corners. The small bristles brush through nicely to prevent any clumps. I found it really easy to go back and add another coat with this, sometimes the second coat can be a messy clumpy nightmare with some mascaras, especially when they are new. As for length and volume, you can see in the pictures below one coat is pretty good, and would be perfect for day time or a subtle look. The picture of the second coat shows that it is buildable for more fluttery lashes. It’s not the most amazing length or volume I have ever gotten from a mascara but it is pretty good, especially for the price tag of €13.99.

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What do you think, is this enough length and volume for you? What is your favourite mascara?

 

FRIDAY STYLE: DISTRESSED BLACK JEANS

 

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Well it’s been a scorcher this week and I have been loving it. Unfortunately the temperatures have eased off a bit for the weekend but at least it’s still nice enough out. This week’s outfit should provide some inspiration if you are heading out this weekend and want to keep cool while also hiding a bit of the lobster coloured skin. We all know many of you got totally burned this week. Yea the old “I was only out for a bit” without any sun cream. When will we learn?

Printed River Island Tank Top

This top is from River Island. I love the colours and print of this top but it is sheer so I wear it with a black vest top underneath.

Distressed Black River Island Jeans

The jeans are also from River Island and I am just loving almost everything in River Island at the moment. I am also big fan of distressed or ripped jeans and just can’t seem to have too many pairs. These are supposed to be ankle grazers but they are more or less normal length on me because I am, what my husband likes to call, a short arse.

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The blazer is from Swamp and here it is in another recent post. The light chiffon and crepe fabric makes it perfect for this warm summer weather. It’s a nice light cover up for when it gets cooler in the evenings or if you need to hide scalded shoulders.

Carraig Donn Statement Necklace

The necklace is from Carraig Donn and here is another look at it in a recent post.

Dune Pointed Toe Courts

These shoes are from Dune. I love them but they are total ankle breakers. One of these days I will get round to trying to get the heel shortened. I like the colour of them so much though and the colour ties in nicely with the top.

How will you be keeping cool this weekend? What are you going to wear if you head out?

MAC PEACHYKEEN BLUSH: REVIEW AND PICTURES

MAC Peachykeen

You may already know that Peaches is my all time favourite blush so I tend to keep it for nights out and special occasions, which means Peachykeen is my go to everyday blush. It just occurred to me that Peachykeen is the blush that I wear most days and yet I have never done a post of it on its own to give you a proper up close look at it, and what better to post about on a bright sunny day than blush. So Peachykeen is finally getting its own post.

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Peachykeen is a powder blush in MAC’s permanent line. As with all of MAC’s powder blushes this lasts all day without any need to touch up. I find that MAC’s powder blushes are the best that I have tried for staying put on my oily skin all day and the powder doesn’t settle into my pores. According to MAC, Peachykeen is a sheertone shimmer finish but I find that the fine gold shimmer is extremely subtle on the cheeks; it’s more of a glow than a shimmer. The colour is described as “very baby peach”, and I would say it’s a gives a pinkish gold glow to cheeks. It’s strongly pigmented so a light handed approach is advised but the colour is buildable from a sheer glow to a strong punch of colour, if that’s the look you are after. It works well with my fair complexion but it also looks great with a tan. I have had this for ages and there is still loads left, MAC blushes may seem pricey at €23 but I think they are great value because they last so long.
Here are the pictures:

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(no blush in 1st picture, with Peachykeen in the rest)

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 I have a real affinity for MAC blushes and have yet to try one that I don’t like. What are your favourite blushes?

FACE OF THE DAY

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Sorry but as much as I love blogging, when the sun is shining the last place I want to be is inside writing a post. It is such a rare treat in Ireland for us to have beautiful clear blue skies and warm sunshine especially two whole days of it at the weekend when I am off work so I feel it’s important to take full advantage and get out and enjoy it. With that in mind this will be a quick face of the day post using a BB cream for a lighter base. When the sun shines we are all about pared back more natural looking makeup so we go all BB mad.

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Although when I lay out all the products that I use for a “pared back natural look”, I have to wonder.

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Base:
Max Factor Facefinity Primer
Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combo Skin
Max Factor CC Colour Correctors yellow for under eyes and green for redness at sides of nose
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder
MAC Peaches blush

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Eyes:
MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque all over lid
MAC Omega for brows and crease
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline liner
MAC Coffee liner on lower lashes
Clarins Eyeliner in Gold on waterline
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

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So there we have lots of products for a “natural” bright eyed summery look.