I have never done an empties post before, if its empty it goes in the bin. I don’t usually see the point in showing you a bunch of empty packages. However, I noticed that I have quite a few products right now that are either empty or really close to it. Since there are quite a few things on the last dregs at the same time, the question of whether or not to repurchase needs serious consideration. When you start using a products at first it’s all new and exciting and you wonder how you ever lived without this product and you will totally repurchase it over and over, however as time wears on and new similar products are released it ends up moving down deeper into the stash and by the time you actually finish it you could end up being a bit meh about it, maybe preferring to try new replacements. Then again some new products become firm favourites and you use them every day and end up repurchasing them over and over. So on to my empties:

First up is the Bobbi Brown Colour Corrector in Light Bisque. I have had this for ages despite the fact that I use it nearly every day. The thing is I don’t see any difference when I apply it over my dark lines under my eyes. Used under concealer those dark lines don’t show up in pictures and do appear concealed but I think the concealer alone gives much the same result. It is a lovely creamy formula that feels nice on the delicate under eye skin though. If I was to repurchase this I would try a different shade and get the sales assistant to apply it on me before I buy to make sure, but I’m in no rush, the Max Factor Colour Corrector pencil will be its replacement for now.

Next are two concealers; Nars Radiant Creamy concealer and Collection Lasting Perfection. I have been switching back and forth between them in an effort to make the Nars one last longer but what has ended up happening is that I am failing to see how the Nars at €27 is any better than the Collection one, which is a fiver. I have already repurchased a replacement Collection Lasting Perfection and the package seems to have been sexed up a bit so I hope the formula inside is the same. As for the Nars, maybe when I feel the need for a luxury purchase but for now I am happy with the Collection one. Before the Nars is completely gone I will do a post comparing the two and take pictures of before, after and at the end of the day to see if maybe it is worth €22 more.

Now on to two Foundations: MAC Mineralise Satinfinish and Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour. The MAC looks great when just applied but gets shiny on my oily skin as the day goes on so I won’t be picking this up again. I love the Lancôme but I have been using it for ages now and feel like a change but just don’t know what to try next.

MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Powder, I have already repurchased this. It’s one of the items that I buy over and over again, I wouldn’t be without it. I still want the Make Up Forever Super Matte Loose Powder but I will always have a MAC Mineralise Skinfinish on hand.

MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, which I use as an eyelid primer. I will pick up another one of these as it’s the best primer for my oily lids but I’m in no rush because I have been using the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows as primers and they are working really well. As for the MAC Omega Eyeshadow, that is what I use to fill in my brows. It’s the perfect ash shade for me so I will be picking up a new one stat.

What products are on your repurchase list? What doesn’t make the cut?


I am facing into the impossible task of trying to choose what products to bring with me on holidays to Portugal. I’m not a hand luggage only kinda gal and since I am going for ten days, I’ll need adequate supplies. We are staying in a five star (save your “ooh, no recession round here” because we got a good deal on alpharooms.com when we booked way back in January) so I expect the toiletries in the room will be decent but I still prefer to have my products with me. You never know how you might react to something when you factor in the extra heat of a sun holiday. So what’s making the cut?

Facial Skincare:

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Cleanser: La Roche Posey Physiological Foam Water, I reviewed the gel version of this here, I liked it so much I went to repurchase it but was tempted to try the foaming version for a change.
Serum & Moisturiser: L’Oreal Skin Perfection, I’ve only started using these so I will do a full review when I’ve given them a full trial, but initial impressions are very good.
Eye Cream: Sample size of Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Hair and Body:


Body Wash: Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla
Shampoo and Conditioner Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Moisturising range
Deodorant: Dove Invisible Dry Compressed


Sun Screens: Piz Buin Tan Accelerator, SPF 15 & 6, believe it or not I can tan

Obviously I wouldn’t go to a warm country without adequate primers:


MAC Prep & Prime for under foundation
MAC Prep & Prime BB Cream for occasional day use instead of foundation
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly for eyelid primer

The old reliables for a perfect base:


Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour
Colour Corrector: Bobbi Brown – under eyes
Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear
Finishing Powder: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Light
Contour: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Medium Deep

Now the fun stuff, eyes:


MAC Mineralise Eyeshadows in Fireside, Twilight Falls, and Summer Haze
MAC Eyeshadows in Omega (for Brows) Satin Taupe, All That Glitters, and Nylon (to use as a highlighter)

Liners: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bronze & Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Black Violet
Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose Drama

Blush & Lips:


MAC Powder Blush in Peaches (my all-time favourite)
Dior Addict in Jet Set
Clarins Joli Rouge in Sweet Plum

I know it seems like a lot but I am sure I am forgetting something (I might leave out some of the eyeshadows). Any other suggestions, anything important that I am leaving out?


There has been a lot of talk this summer about what products to use to stop your makeup sliding off your face during the heat and humidity. I don’t know why it took me so long to realise that I should do a post on what I use since I wear my makeup during the ultimate sweat test; while working out. I’ve only got in the habit of leaving my makeup on while training in the last year or so. It was by accident that I realized the products I use are sweat proof. I forgot to bring a cleanser to the gym and decided to see what happens. As it turns out it was fine and I didn’t breakout in spots after so I continued leaving my makeup on. Now, if I am training in the morning I don’t put makeup on to train, I just don’t bother with removing what’s already there when I workout in the evenings.
Here are the products I use every morning. It only takes a few minutes and I keep it simple for daytime. I want to look natural, just not my natural. I don’t bring any products for touchups during the day because It’s not needed.


Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24hour
Colour Corrector (under eyes): Bobbi Brown
Concealer (under eyes, sides of nose, chin): Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Finishing Powder: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural, Light
Contour (under cheek bones, temples): MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural, Medium Plus
Blush: MAC Peachykeen
Eyebrows: (mostly) MAC Omega & a bit of Collection Brow Pencil in blond (to fill in a few gaps)
Highlighter (C under outer brows, top of outer cheek bones): ELF Bronzer Compact (the lightest shade)

The only thing I need to point out is that when I run so does my nose. It’s worse when I am running outside so it’s probably a combination of heavy breathing and pollen. Sorry I’m sure you don’t want to know that but I need to point out that I end up blowing my nose a fair bit while running so that is why there is little to no makeup left on my nose after a workout.

So here are the pictures:

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First 2 pictures are after application at 8:30am

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These 2 were taken at 5:00pm before heading to gym

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These 2 are after my gym workout about 6:30pm


This last one was taken after running in a local 10k back in May.


Yea that title is a total oxymoron. On Saturday I went along on my future niece –in-law’s hen party with a gang of girls in their early 20s. It wasn’t too bad as my older sisters (one of whom is mother of the groom) as well as the mother of the bride were there so the oldies were only slightly outnumbered.

The plan was to go to Carrick-on-Shannon for some fun activities, such as sumo wrestling, obstacle course, Velcro wall and a bucking rodeo bull thing along with some other bits and pieces and then a night out with dinner and drinks. With the wedding less than two weeks away I’m afraid Arnica has become my new best friend but it was some craic and we nearly busted our sides laughing. Anyway, wearing a tracksuit on my chunky butt in front of a bunch of young wans is bad enough, there was no way I was going without some makeup. Obviously this is one of those situations where a fully face of slap isn’t really appropriate so I needed to be careful to make it look like I wasn’t wearing any but still look like I am actually naturally fabulous.  So here is what was on my face:

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MAC Prep & Prime BB Cream (review here)

MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural

Clinique Blushwear Creamstick in Peachy Blush (review here)

Unfortunately the schedule got off track so there was very little time to shower and get properly glammed up for dinner and drinks. There was a mad dash to literally slap on some slap. For the night out this is how I did my makeup:



Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24h foundation
Bobbi Brown colour corrector
MAC Pro Long wear Concealer
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Light as finishing powder
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Dark for contouring
MAC Blush in Peaches


MAC Mineralise eye shadow in Fireside – crease
MAC All that Glitters- lid
Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner Black Violet
Loreal Virtuose Mascara

The finished look:

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What products do you use to look like you’re not wearing any makeup?
How do you do your makeup when you are pressed for time?