Saturday, August 17, 2019

I Can See Your Halo

A couple of weeks ago I saw this look by makeup artist Isabel Y Rosado and straight away saved it knowing I wanted to try recreate it. I loved the simplicity, yet it's still quite a statement. I also love the combination of a pale silver shimmer with a peachy nude lip colour, there's something a little bit retro about it to me. 

After applying the Clarins Skin Illusion foundation, I used the bronzer end of the Clarins Duo Stick to give a bit more of a Summer glow. The main component of this look is the Bodyography Glitter Pigment in the shade Halo. I find these pigments work best applied with your fingers as it gives the most colour impact. Sometimes I use a more dense synthetic brush just to blend the edges a little. I then applied lots of the Hourglass Caution mascara which is my new favourite mascara, however I don't know that I'd repurchase it for €30, I've tried mascaras that are just as good for half that price. 

I used my new favourite brow technique which is taking either Glossier Boy Brow or Soapbrows and brushing up my brows and then adding in some extra faux hairs with Glossier Brow Flick only where needed. That way they look natural and full but not too done which is my preferred brow look. 

I wanted my cheeks and lips to match as much as possible so I mixed a little of Puff Cloud Paint in with Dusk just to keep the shade neutral with a hint of pink. I did the same kind of thing on my lips mixing Bite Beauty Meringue in with Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect, I didn't want the colour to be too opaque so I applied a little of each over well moisturised lips and patted it in. 

I wanted the highlighter to mirror the rest of the look so I used Moonstone Haloscope which is a more cool toned shade and then a little Platinum Rose Niteshine over the top just to get that hint of warmth in there too. 

I really love how this whole look turned out, I definitely could have done more of the pigment on my lids but this is a more pared back version of Isabels look which also had a bit of a gloss finish on the lips too. I think this eye look would look amazing with liner and with a darker lip colour too. I'm looking forward to playing around with it some more. 


*Press Sample

What do you think? Do you like cool toned eye looks?

Emma x

Monday, August 5, 2019

YSL Vernis À Lèvres Water Stains

A few weeks ago I was sent some of the new YSL Vernis À Lèvres Water Stains. I was very intrigued when I read the press release which describes them as "a long lasting lip colour like no other. Glossy but not sticky. Long-lasting but comfortable. Intense colour but light as air." There are 14 shades with water inspired names ranging from nude to coral, red, pink and berry. I was sent 602 Vague De Rouge, 617 Dive in the Nude and 618 Wet Vermilion. 

YSL Beauté wanted to create a lip stain that had an intense gloss and colour pay-off but that didn't feel heavy or sticky. The question is have they succeeded? I honestly didn't think I'd like these that much when I fist saw them. I figured it would be another sticky, messy gloss that fades and bleeds everywhere. How wrong I was.

Firstly, they smell amazing as do all YSL lip products, not for everyone but I love it! The clever wave shaped applicator has a little well of product when you take it out that's just enough for one layer. You could definitely leave it there and you'd have a subtle stain and a shiny finish. However as you can see from the photos below, you can build it up another layer or two and achieve intense colour and a super glossy finish. 

If you've been following me for a while you'll know I'm a big fan of glossy lips. I'm not totally over mattes and I definitely think they look great especially with brighter shades, but I love how fresh and flattering a glossy finish is on my lips. The only negative for me is how your hair gets stuck in a gloss when it's windy out. I've been wearing a lot of glosses recently because it's been quite warm in Dublin so I've been wearing my hair up.

Something else that surprised me about the Water Stains is how long lasting they are compared to most other glossy finish products. When I first tried them I expected them to bleed and wear off after a couple of hours and not last through a meal. Somehow, they don't do any of these things. I've been wearing them all day in work (2-3 layers) and only topping up once or twice. They don't feather outside my lips and for a gloss, they last surprisingly well throughout a meal. 

Vague De Rouge, Dive in the Nude, Wet Vermilion

Wet Vermilion, Dive in the Nude, Vague De Rouge
Vague De Rouge
Dive in the Nude
Wet Vermilion

I'm completely taken with these, so much more than I thought I would be. I want to have a look at the other shades in store and possibly get another one (I have my eye on 613 Cascade Bordeaux) or in a pink or a paler nude. I like how versatile they are, one layer gives a light stain and a couple more layers gives such incredible impact.

Day to day in work I like to wear a bright lip colour because the rest of my makeup is usually very basic, I've found it hard to get such a bright shade with a high shine finish that's fuss free and long lasting, but in the Vernis À Lèvres Water Stains, I've found that product. The only similar product I've tried is the Vinyl Cream Liquid Lipstick but I think these are easier to wear and more lightweight.

Available to buy now from Brown Thomas, Arnotts or any YSL Beauty counter priced €34.

What do you think? Do you like a glossy finish?

Emma x

*Press Samples

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Still Shot

I've worn this look a few times since getting the Urban Decay Born to Run palette (from the lovely Sharon Leavy who kindly sent it to me). I was immediately excited to wear this shade when I first got the palette, it's a coral/orange that's such a great shade to bring out green or blue eyes. Always a fan of a single eyeshadow look I applied just this shade on my lids and under my eyes, blended it out and added a touch of the shade Stranded (a warm gold) on the inner corner. A small wing with some gel liner and lots of mascara and I was done with the eyes. 

A couple of months ago I bought the SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defense SPF 50. I had spent a while researching facial SPFs looking for a good one. Especially for during the Summer months as I ended up getting some pigmentation last year when I was on holiday and I really wanted to prevent any further damage. I try and avoid being in the sun for a prolonged time (especially now that I regularly use acids in my skincare routine) but when I am in the sun I want to make sure I'm using really good quality sun protection on my face. The SkinCeuticals one came quite highly recommended. It wasn't easy to find, there didn't seem to be many stockists in Dublin but I ended up finding it in the South William Spa on South William Street. It was €41, so not cheap, but you get 50ml of product and I tend to save it for days when I'm going to be outside for a while. There's not much point in me wearing it if I'm going to be in work all day.  It's a lightweight formula that blends in easily and I actually really like that it's tinted. It's enough coverage for me if I'm having a good skin day, I can just add concealer and I'm good to go. 

The only thing to consider is that the tint could be too dark if you're skin is any lighter than mine. Other than that I really like how it looks and feels on my skin, I've worn it alone and with foundation over it and it works great either way. As it's mineral sun protection it's less likely to make you break out and the tint means you don't get that white cast on your skin that you can quite often get from physical sunscreens. 

I used the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick on a few areas where I wanted some extra coverage. I've had this for a while now and I prefer it to the liquid version of Teint Idole. I love how easy it is to use, it's not what I had imagined from a stick foundation which I always assumed would be thick and dry. It almost heats up on contact with your skin so it glides on and blends out easily with your fingers or a brush which I prefer. I almost use it as a concealer because it's got great coverage. If you prep your skin right, it can be blended out to a more sheer finish or built up if you want more coverage. I used the Pixi Glow Mist before I applied the foundation (which I've been doing a lot lately) and it really helped to prime my skin and could be good if you have more dry skin and want to use this foundation. However it's an ideal foundation for oily/combination skin types as it's oil-free and long wearing. 

I used Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam on my cheeks as it's almost exactly the same shade as the eyeshadow and finished the look with the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in the shade Fu$$y. The weather has been quite warm here so I've been making sure to powder my t-zone but then I use Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to both set everything and make it more long lasting in the hot weather and it also takes away that powdery look. It just means you get extra longevity but you don't have to compromise on your skin looking glowy. All Nighter could also be great if you have more dry skin and don't like using powder but still want a way of setting your makeup. It's honestly a makeup wearers best friend in the Summer!


Pixi Beauty Glow Mist
SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defence SPF 50 (Universal Tint)
*Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick (010 Beige Porcelaine)
Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler
Glossier Brow Flick
Glossier Boy Brow (Get the Brow Duo here)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
Urban Decay Born to Run palette (Still Shot and Stranded)
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
L'Oréal Paris Paradise Extatic Waterproof Mascara
bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
*Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (Beam)
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (1 Fair)
*Glossier Play Niteshine Highlighter Concentrate (Platinum Rose)
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer (Fu$$y)
*L'Oréal Infaillible Magic Loose Powder

*Press Samples

Have you tried any of these products? Would you wear this look?

Emma x

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Lisa Eldridge Summer Pinks Lipstick Collection

I'm going to start off by warning that this post has a lot of photos, but I don't think anyone could blame me since these are some of the most beautiful lipsticks ever created! 

For the past few months now Lisa Eldridge has been hinting at her new lipstick collection. She had posted a few photos on her Instagram, including some of the gorgeous Eva Green wearing a beautiful fuchsia pink that had me eagerly awaiting the release of the new shades. 

Last week they went on sale and I bought three of the four shades in the collection, Skyscraper Rose, Rainbow Spill and Go Lightly. This post isn't so much a review (because the collection is now sold out and I don't think anyone needs a review to know how gorgeous these lipsticks are), it's more an appreciation for such a beautiful collection that has clearly been such a passion project and  incredibly well thought out with such gorgeous shades and textures. 

Lisa has said that she has completely funded the lipstick production herself which is why the batches are limited but her Reds collection will be coming back into stock at the end of this month. You can see my post on Velvet Ribbon here


Pixi Beauty Glow Mist
SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defence SPF 50 (Universal Tint)
*bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20 (Fair)
bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Glossier Brow Flick (Brown)
Glossier Boy Brow (Brown) Get the Brow Duo here
Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (*Beam and Haze)
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (1 Fair)
*Glossier Play Niteshine Highlighter Concentrate (Platinum Rose)
*L'Oréal Paris Infallible Magic Loose Powder
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Travel Size (Dim Light)
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

*Press Sample

Did anyone else manage to get any of the lipsticks? Is anyone going to be ordering one of the reds?

Emma x

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Royal Blues

Earlier this week I saw everyone's favourite Instagram makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes showing a demo on the new Revlon So Fierce! Vinyl Eyeliners. They caught my attention straight away as I'm big into colourful eye liners at the moment (mostly thanks to the Glossier Colorslides). I went to have a look at them in person the next day in Boots and since they were Buy One Get One Half Price I ended up getting two of them. I went for Mightly Mocha and Royal Blues, there are four other shades- Midnight Mystery, Force of Steel, Powerful Plum and Righteous Rum (all of the shade names  are pretty self-explanatory). It worked out at just under €15 for both. The Glossier ones are €15 each so if you were interested in trying a bright eyeliner you could try the Revlon first as they're €5 less, but Glossier really win with their colour selection, they have 14 shades and so many unique and bright ones.

I really like this formula of eye pencil, very similar to the Glossier ones only these have a high shine, vinyl finish. It's similar to a gel formula, applies smoothly, is long lasting and fast setting so you have to work with it quite quickly. They are also smudge proof and waterproof which is great for the warmer weather we've been having recently.

I ordered the Brow Duo which includes both Brow Flick and Boy Brow and it means you save €4. I needed a new Boy Brow anyway so I picked up the two together. I really love that Glossier do these sets, I'll definitely be getting the Lash Slick + Colorslide Duo when I get paid. I've used the Brow Flick a few times now and I'm loving it. It's perfect for getting the super thin, hair-like strokes that you can't get from a pomade, gel, pencil or crayon. I've used a product like this before from a brand called K-Palette that my friend brought me back from Japan and I really liked it but the colour was just a little too light for me and you couldn't really see it as my brows are quite dark. It's been great for filling in any gaps and drawing on hairs where I need it (which thankfully isn't a lot). Boy Brow then adds volume, extra colour and hold them in place.

Obviously if you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know I love Boy Brow and having tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Gel recently, I can safely say I much prefer Boy Brow. I like that it's more of a pomade texture so it really pulls every hair up and holds it in place and it doesn't get on the skin around your brows like the ABH one. I am still loving my Brow Wiz for quick every day brows though.

I kept my skin quite natural with the Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation, which as you can see is really light and radiant. I then added a little of the Fenty Beauty Amber Match Stix to contour and some of the Clarins cream bronzer stick. I wanted to keep my cheeks and lips neutral but warm so I used the Glossier Cloud Paints in Dusk and Beam mixed on both. I just made sure my lips were really moisturised first so the Cloud Paint mixture didn't look dry. I actually love the shade that they made on my lips, it's such a great neutral. I'll definitely be trying this more in the future. It's also a handy hack for if you mix your Cloud Paints and have some leftover on the back of your hand (which I always do).


*Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation (101 Linen)
bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Glossier Brow Flick (Brown)
Glossier Boy Brow (Brown)
*Clarins Glow 2 Go Blush and Highlighter Stick (02 Golden Peach)
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
Revlon So Fierce Vinyl Eyeliner (Royal Blues)
L'Oréal Paris Paradise Extatic Mascara
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter (Moonstone)
Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (Dusk and *Beam)

*Press Sample

I've recently been asked to join the Glossier affiliate programme and I figured since I'm such a big fan of the brand and I use their products every single day, it makes perfect sense to me. Since I don't have swipe up link capabilities on Instagram, I can only really use affiliate links here on my blog. So I just wanted to be completely transparent and let you all know (the two people that read my blog!) that any Glossier links from now on will be affiliate links. All it means is that if you choose to click on one of the Glossier links and buy a product based on my recommendation, I will make a percentage of that sale. So it's basically the equivalent of a sales person getting commission. Nothing else will change, I'll still be posting as normal and buying my own products as a normal Glossier customer. Yes I have received press samples from them and I will always indicate those as above with an asterisk but I've also spent a lot of money on their products myself and have continuously repurchased the products that I really love. If you have any questions, ask away!

Emma x

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Orange Crush

The other evening I got home from work and felt like playing with makeup, so using what I had already applied on my face at 7am that morning I added a few more elements and this is the result.

I used 'Lit' from the BPerfect Cosmetics Stacey Marie Carnival Palette, a shade I don't think I'd worn properly yet. I ended up with this soft winged graphic shape. I then added some Glossier clear lip gloss to balance out the bright matte eyeshadow. 

The rest of of face makeup had stayed in place quite well considering it had been on for about ten hours at this stage. The only thing I did was brush away some bits of mascara from under my eyes and brushed out my eyebrows. I think the staying power is all down to the beautiful Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and that I set everything with a little powder and the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. 

Sometimes I think only photographing my makeup for a blog post when I've just applied it is a bit misleading. Obviously it's going to look well when it's only just been applied but I was so impressed with how it looked after wearing it all day, I think it goes to show that prepping your skin well and using light layers and setting sprays does actually work. It doesn't always turn out that way, but I like to take note of the products I use when it does. 


Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 30
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Shade 2)
bareMineral bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Power Duo (Brow Wiz and Dipbrow Gel in Medium Brown)
Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging
*BPerfect Cosmetics Stacey Marie Carnival Palette (Lit)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
*Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (Beam)
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (1 Fair)
*Glossier Play Niteshine Highlighter Concentrate (Platinum Rose)
*L'Oréal Paris Infaillible Magic Loose Powder
Glossier Lip Gloss

*Press Sample

This is definitely a love it or hate it look, what do you think?

Emma x

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