Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My Eyebrow(s) Routine


Eyebrows are important. Very important. It can make or break a face structure, can add or take from its symmetry, can build or destroy everything, it's a serious business and should be treated accordingly! *breathes*

That being said, great eyebrows are so bloody hard to achieve, especially when your 15 year old self has taken the liberty to pluck them in a crazy fashion during your teens. (If you're a teen and you're reading this, stop what you're doing right now! )

Based on this and being always on the look out for the perfect eyebrow shape, I finally arrived to the conclusion that your natural shape is the best, not 'Cara Delevigne natural' in my opinion, but slightly polished and natural. I've been growing mine out (brows that is!) for some time now, I like to say because I wanted to change their shape. And it's true to some extent, I was planning on booking an appointment with The Brow Artist  - these girls have mad skills when it comes to eyebrows, however I decided on plucking them last weekend as I'm planning a hair colour change soon and of course I want my eyebrows to match my colouring and that includes my hair. So, I have to make the hair colour change before getting my eyebrows done professionally.

So shape change and general laziness (and the fact that I sneeze like a mu'fucka every time I pluck them), led me to growing out my eyebrows to the stage where I became a 'hairy eyed beast'. More hairy, less beast I want to believe :).




It looks less scary in the photos, but in real life, I had mad eyebrows I tell you.  

Now I am no eyebrow expert, but I know what I want and like with utter precision, so here's what I did to fix mine:

TheSavvyShopper.ie Flash Sale


Back in the days before I even started blogging, I had two major online crushes, the fab and brilliant beaut.ie and the always fantastic thesavvyshopper.ie. The latter I used to check out every single day for discount codes, special offers on beauty and fashion, and your regular savvy person frills. I usually kept my eyes peeled for the 'Bonus Time' and gifts with purchases, as I used to run to the counters to buy as soon as the offers hit the stores, and the reliable savvyshopper.ie was always there to guide me. 

Which brings me to this evening's main subject: Thesavvyshopper.ie is having a ***Flash Sale*** tomorrow and something tells me it's gonna be a good one, with exclusive sales directly from the website, a first in the website's history.   







Think everything from discounted designer goodies (bring it!) to insider prices to Ireland's top restaurants. So yeah, put a reminder in your phone calendar for this one, it starts tomorrow (Wed. 29th) at 8 a.m. with industry insider & celebrity make-up artist extraordinaire Ken Boylan offering readers a one hour private make-up lesson with the team at his Drury Street Studio for €40, a discount of 33%.  

Thesavvyshopper.ie Flash Sale will run for 4 days or until they sell out.

Not one to keep a secret like this for myself, I thought I'll give this a shout and I'm sure I'll see you all there tomorrow!













Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Isadora Sugar Crush Nails

Yet another nail polish post from me today, but this time it's a bling-y one. I love the look of sparkly nail polish on someone else, but when it comes for me to actually wear it, I somehow feel too 'overly done' if you know what I mean. Yes I would wear such a nail polish on a night out or at a fancy event (very rarely), but on a day to day basis, the classic one colour satin finish nail polish does me just fine. 

And still, I could not have given these a miss on my blog since they're very pretty and it's practically my duty (more or less) to keep you all informed with news. 'Sugar Crush' is the new nail polish line from Isadora, a Swedish brand which also happens to have been the make-up sponsor for this year's Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Malmö, also the home town of IsaDora. On this note, I voted for Sweden's entry this year and coincidentally the year before, but I was also happy with Denmark winning the contest :).  End of note.



*Press Samples*  RRP: 9.75 Euro

The Isadora Sugar Crush range is free from toxic ingredients like formaldehyde, camphor, toluene and DBP, and is not tested on animals. In fact, Isadora does not test any of its products on animals. 

Below are the two coats swatches of each of the shades above for your kind attention, 
which I'm sure they will no doubt grab. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Here's my goody bag"....NO!



Long have I sat on my hands and long have I bit my tongue, but I now feel I must somehow give my two cents on the ugly side of blogging, and the beast that it has become. 

I shall start by saying that I am not 16 years old anymore, and that in this stage in my life and time, I know better than to 'point & judge' and get myself into debates and arguments about stuff that indeed, don't have a direct impact on me...however, this 'business' has become awfully unappealing and unattractive lately, all via the 'magic crystal ball' that is Twitter. I am talking press samples and goody bags.










Yes, some bloggers receive press samples and attend press events. That being said, in my opinion, press samples are not a 'privilege' or a 'reward' of some sort, but instead is something that just happens. It is a result more than anything else, of luck, hard work and TALENT.  I personally think I fall into the 'luck' category more so than the latter. I however choose my events and press samples carefully, since my time is quite precious (to me!).   

So, my beef this evening is: Why in God's name would you attend a press event or receive press samples, and then put the contents of your goody bags across the entire surface of the Internet? Why??????

I consider myself to be a reasonable person that lives by the saying 'Don't do to others what you wouldn't want others to do to you', so...

When a beauty blogger (in particular) receives a goody bag, by disclosing its contents online, it can only (in my humble/naive opinion) give birth to two reactions:

A) Other women will not care and think that you are silly for showing off

OR

B) Other women will be quite jealous and envious of your so called 'success'.

My question is, WHY would you want to provoke any of these two reactions to other people? 

If by all means you are a person that enjoys seeing what other people get for free on Twitter, then please do enlighten me as to why. Or else, if you are a blogger that does this regularly, do feel free to again advise me as to why would you choose to show it online? Transparency you might say??? Fair enough then, but be more transparent in your blog reviews and less on Twitter and Instagram. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy seeing photos of new stuff (I am guilty of this myself), beauty launches and genuine comments accompanying it, but dislike seeing photos of one's mail and the contents of their goody bags. 

I shall end this by saying that the foregoing is not a rant, nor am I particularly being judgemental (maybe just a teeny bit!), but instead I genuinely would like to know why some Bloggers choose to disclose the contents of their goody bags online. In fairness.



*This was a different post from me today, it was my first ever 'debate' post and it will most probably be my last one too. Please feel free to comment in a civilized manner, and note that any nasties shall be removed and neatly placed into my 'deleted comments' folder*  






Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sally Hansen Exotica Collection - Swatches


Available starting this month and retailing at the usual price of 8.95 Euro each, the new Sally Hansen Exotica Collection was inspired by "retro tropical prints, mixed patterns and baroque ornamental designs" and comprises of seven new delicious shades in the Complete Salon Manicure family. I shall leave you now in the company of some photos and swatches, but please note that while I *do* indeed have five fingers on my left hand, somehow I decided to photograph 'four fingered' swatches for some reason, just trying to mix things up a little and stand out from the crowd I guess. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!   


*Press Samples*








Saturday, May 11, 2013

Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Gelee Blush in 'Tease'

Phew, its name is quite a mouthful but at this stage I can say it in my sleep even. Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Gelee Blush in 'Tease' *breathes* has been the subject of many of my tweets and instagram-ing lately, and if you follow me on any of these two social media sites, then you'll probably see the title of this post, roll your eyes and move on without even clicking my link. Which is a big mistake.

Look, here's the deal, I've been literally hunting this down for a week and I finally found it and bought it in Arnotts (a place of Angels - Suzie at the Estee Lauder counter, I'm looking at you!), part of the Spring 2013 collection, this was a limited edition product and the fact is, it's really hard to get a hold of at this stage in time, with the new Summer collection just hitting the stores. It retails at 39Euro but I got it with a 10% discount in Arnotts, for 35 Euro instead. So the following ladies and gents, was/is/will be the subject of my obsession:

   










It is both a blusher and illuminating powder in one, it is the sheer definition of 'perfection' and as I was telling my good friend Mags the other day, I have never been this impressed with a 
make-up product before, let alone a blusher. Cause you see, I'm not really a blusher aficionado, 
I need it to put some colour back into my cheeks after base, and that's 
about it. 

But oh my God this is stuff that Make-up Fairies create!  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Top Budget Powder Eyeshadows



Hello my lovelies, hope you are all keeping well, happy and healthy :).

I decided to write about my favourite budget eyeshadows this evening mainly because:

1. they're really worth the mention
2. they're easy on the pocket
                  and
3. because they're bleedin' fabulous that's why!



FEATURING:

Bourjois Paris Intense Extrait '08'
Essence Creamylicious in '01 Wild Berry Sorbet'
Catrice Absolute Eye Colour in '400 My First Copperware Party'
Essence Metallic Effect in '35 Party All Night'





SWATCHES:



Top to Bottom:
Bourjois Paris Intense Extrait '08'
Catrice Absolute Eye Colour in '400 My First Copperware Party'
Essence Creamylicious in '01 Wild Berry Sorbet'


Essence Metallic Effect in '35 Party All Night'


Friday, May 3, 2013

April Favourites



It’s been a while since I last did a monthly favourites post, but I love to read these on other blogs so I thought I’ll  go ahead and show off some of my recent favourites in terms of beauty.

I must admit that for the past few months, I’ve been wearing 'minimal make-up' due to lack of time in the morning and extra added minutes of sleep, and ‘minimal’ to me means: foundation, concealer, mascara, blusher, bronzer, brow product and  a lip balm generally. Not that ‘minimal’ I hear you say? Yeah, I agree, basically me removing the eyeshadow application from my daily routine means I’m now wearing less makeup during weekdays. 





Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Guess 'Girl'

I remember while attending the Spring/Summer '13 Coty press event a good while back, this particular perfume and its introduction sounded beautiful, I specifically remember the significance behind the bottle and its cap, which has a hard plastic contour and a soft fabric detail on the inner part symbolizing both the strength and delicacy of a woman, and the curvy bottle which symbolizes the womanly curves of course.

'Girl' was inspired by Guess's 30th anniversary, and Perfumer Laurent Le Guernec of IFF states:

"I wanted to bring a youthful, flirty and ultra-sexy facet to this Guess fragrance, 
inspired by women such as Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe"



GUESS 'Girl' Eau De Toilette 30ml  RRP: 25.95 

*Press Sample*




The bottle reminds me of a tulip, which is why I included a tulip as props ;)

TOP NOTES:
Raspberry Nectar, Melon, Bergamot Mist

MIDDLE NOTES:
Brazilian Paradise Orchid, Provence Acacia Flower and Lily

BASE NOTES:
Australian Sandalwood, Madagascar Vanilla


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