It feels like it’s been a long time since I did a face of the day post and since I’ve made some changes in the products I use regularly I figured now is a good time to do an update. Since I’m doing this the day after a night out, I am trying to reduce the appearance of blotchiness and discolouration without packing on loads of slap. Here are the products used:

Max Factor Colour Correctors, yellow for under the eyes and green for redness on the tops of my cheeks and sides of my nose.
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Foundation
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural, setting powder
Isa Dora Face Sculptor in Warm Peach, contour, blush and highlight
MAC Omega eye shadow to fill in brows


Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Stick in Taupe as eye lid primer
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette (1. crease, 2. lid, 3. outer corner, 4 over liner and 5. inner corner)
Kiko Sport Proof Liner in Taupe
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Max Factor Colour Elixir in Luxurious Berry


Max Factor Colour Elixir Gloss in Luxurious Berry

Do you use any of these products?




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.

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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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


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


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



I hope you are not getting bored of this palette yet because I haven’t even gotten to the mattes yet; so far I have only been using them to as a contour in the crease. I do love a bit of shimmer. Anyway I have been working my way down the palette from the subtle nudes and browns to the dark metallic charcoal grey on the end. I more often than not play safe with eye shadows and try to stick to shades of brown. I find black to be far too harsh for my colouring but this dark grey was far more complementary than I expected. The green of my eyes really stands out against this dark metallic colour. So here are the pictures so you can see for yourself:


1. Lid
2. Crease
3. Highlight (inner corner, under outer brow bone)

I also used Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Black Violet and Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.

Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner Black Violet

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara



Here is a quick eye look post for Monday to ease us into the week. As you may already know I recently reviewed Smashbox Full Exposure Palette so here is another look I did on Sunday with the metallic olive shade. This eye look is subtle enough for daytime but with the metallic shimmer it would be good for a night out as well.

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1. Crease
2. Outer Corner and Liner
3. Lid and under bottom liner at outer corner
4. Highlighter (inner corner and under outer brow bone)

The olive is coming out a bit more bronze in the pictures and that is probably because I am out of MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, which I usually use as a Primer. I used MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque instead but in hindsight I should have used Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Taupe. The mascara is the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara that came with the palette. I am working my way toward that metallic gunmetal grey on the end, that will be a bold night out look.

Have you tired the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette? What are your favourite colours?


Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Last week I told you about the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara that came with this palette and now I am giving you a closer look at the palette itself. So many bloggers have been singing the praises of this palette that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. It is a limited edition so you would need to act fast if you want to get your hands on one. My brother sent this to me as a belated birthday pressie from the U.S.

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Along with the trial size mascara the palette also comes with a large mirror and a double ended full size brush which is actually pretty good. This palette has 14 neutral toned eye shadows, which graduate from light to dark. There are 7 shimmers and 7 mattes so everything you need to create a whole range of looks. There is also good mix of warm and cool tones so it is very versatile. The shimmers are not disco ball glitter but more a subtle satin shimmer. The mattes are not chalky so they are beautifully buttery. All the shades are soft, creamy and easy to blend. I had no issue with fall out with any of the shadows.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
The only problem I have is that the shadows are difficult to photograph with a normal camera, unless I heavily pack on the shadow. I don’t have a DSLR but I usually get by with the macro setting on my camera or phone. The shimmer isn’t apparent in a photo without a flash but a flash cuts right through the colour in the same way it would with bronzer.
Below is a soft bronze smoky eye that would work for day or night. Here is how I used the colours:

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
1. All over lid
2. Inner corner highlight
3. Crease and liner
4. Outer corner
5. To blend from crease to brow to remove any harsh lines
6. Highlight under outer brow

24056e32-3fce-4e21-8d67-2d59f9582dac_jpeg Next time I will show an all out nigh time look. Did  you get your hands on this Palette?