Thursday, March 29, 2012

Save -vs- Splurge

The following will be a general post on what I personally believe it's worth investing in when it comes to beauty. Yes I work full time and yes I have a regular income (and have had one ever since finishing school), but still...I have other responsibilities aside from purchasing expensive beauty products, so I try to save as much as possible, but still look my best while doing so. Obviously we all have different standards, while some people love lipsticks and invest in them, they might not give a rat's ass about skincare and use whatever, so without further ado, here are my standards, categorized :).

Post partly inspired by Lorrraine's piece on the fab

Monday, March 26, 2012

What's on my 'night stand' (Skincare)

This is going to be a random post showing you lovely lot what I use during my night time cleansing routine and my nocturnal moisturizers. First things first, I keep my products on a shelf next to my bed, that my very talented 'handyman' put up for me, a.k.a. my hubs :).

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Easy Leopard Print NOTD

If things are not obvious yet, let me begin by telling you: I suck at nail art! Yes, I have two left hands when it comes to artsy nails, therefore I always stick to my regular classic, boring one shade nail polish.

However, I thought I'll experiment a wee bit this evening, this is the easiest print I can achieve, so behold my attempt to get things a bit more spicier on the nail side of things. All the nail polishes used here are the new Nailwear Pro+ from Avon, but you can obviously use whatever is at your disposal :).

I first applied 'Pastel Pink' as a base 

Kiehl's Creme de Corps - Limited Edition

The beginning of March announced Kiehl's Since 1851 collaboration with Pearl and Daisy Lowe for a limited edition, newly designed Creme de Corps packaging, all in the name of charity. Kiehl's are famous for their support of children's charities over time, and this limited edition Creme de Corps will see a donation of €2.50 plus VAT for each bottle sold, to the Temple Street University Children's Hospital.

Pretty, eh?

The great thing about it is that the donation applies to both sizes of Creme de Corps, priced as follows:

250ml - RRP: € 31
500ml - RRP: €52  

(In stores now)

So if you're thinking of trying this or by all means you're an old fan of the product, now would be a perfect time to invest in it :).

Have you tried Kiehl's Creme de Corps yet?

Yours, ArtDonatella


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Metallic Cream Eyeshadows by Collection 2000

Ah Collection 2000, how I love thee!

I went to Boots today on a mission to find Maybelline's new Color Tattoos, but I was rather faced with a small collection of four disappointing shades, that weren't to my liking. Now I wasn't gonna leave Boots with nada (you agree?), so I wandered around the Collection 2000 stand, a really underrated cosmetic brand in my opinion.

And what did I find in there??? Well, I only found the most gorgeous metallic eyeshadows ever, that's what *inserts cheeky/cocky smile*. If you're a metallic fan like me, be prepared to be visually enchanted (a.k.a. be very envious)!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Avon Nailwear Pro+ Swatches

I was lucky enough to attend the launch of Avon's new Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel collection last week, with a reformulated version that promises even better nail care. It contains real diamond dust, calcium and keratin, and aims to strenghten the nails by 80%, with a long lasting effect of up to 12 days.

The collection contains 12 shades at the moment plus a clear one, and will be available to purchase in May, in 12ml, for 8 Euro each.

We also got 'Avon' biscuits in our goodie bags (made by Kaleidoscope Bakery), they were so yummy and pretty, I almost refused to eat them, almost ;)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!

Happy Paddy's Day, everyone!!!! I hope you're having an awesome day cellebrating Ireland, I love, love this country, and while I'm not Irish it's defo my 'adopting' country that I choose to live in :). Here's to you lovely and amazing Irish people!!

Here's my green F.O.T.D. for today:

On my nails I'm wearing Avon' s new Nailwear Pro+ in 'Sea Breeze'

Now go out and cellebrate, why are you not having a pint at this very minute, eh?

Yours, ArtDonatella


Friday, March 16, 2012

Portfolio Shoot

It was a very cold Saturday morning, and so early (9:45 - yeah, that's early for me on a Saturday) and all I wanted was to be in my warm bed, under my warm duvet. Plus, it was my first photoshoot and I was nervous as hell. I've organized everything: location, models, a fantastic photographer, and all I could think of was: what if something goes wrong, what if we can't get into the studio, what if? and so on and so forth.

At the end of it all, we had a great time, the team was wonderful, the photos came out amazing and I was overall happy with the results. I must admit I was rather slow in my make-up application and of course I could have done much better, but I'm sure these can be fixed in due course, I just need more practice ;).

Here are a few non-edited, non-photoshopped photos on the day.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Frank Courtney
MODELS: Alana Carroll & Aisling McCentee
MAKE-UP BY: Yours truly :)

At work :)

High Fashion Look

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5

This balm arrived with a boom two weeks ago, with the biggest La Roche- Posay launch in ten years no less. If you follow Irish bloggers on Twitter, you might have already seen a few tweets about this, but what is Cicaplast Baume B5?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sigma Mr. Bunny Brush Kit

I've been dreaming about getting a Sigma brush kit for ages now and I finally got around to purchasing one a few weeks ago, and let me tell you it's been a while since I've been this excited about a purchase.

I opted for the Mr. Bunny kit in black, which you can find here , on Cloud10 Beauty, a fantastic website with fast delivery that stocks brands like Sigma, Nuxe, Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman and many others. I highly recommend this website, excellent customer service I must add.

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