Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The Official Launch of Innocent Illusion's New Blog

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So on Monday 25th of November I was invited to attend a blog launch for Innocent Illusion blog by a really good friend and work colleague of mine Emily Maree you can read her amazing fashion blog here. The beautiful girl behind the Innocent Illusion blog was of course Séana Curly who looked catwalk worthy in her fantastic sequence number from Pia boutique in Galway.


Séana Curly Photo Courtesy of Jewel Studded Grunge


As it was the first blog launch I had ever attended I was extremely nervous as I'm really only a newbie to all this. After quite a long debate on what to wear and trying to fix my face and hair into some sort of put together look I finally grew a pair and went.

Myself and fellow blogger  Emily Fashion Fiend 

It was held in the ever so elegant Sheridan’s wine bar who supplied us with wine and food for the night. The night was a great success with the friendly atmosphere, pop up stalls from Irish Rain, Pia Boutique Galway and Meemaw Bags. There were lots of other bloggers there showing their support for Séana on her big night.

The pop up stands at the launch really had some amazing things to offer and were so friendly to talk to. You could really see the pride they took in their products, firstly it was Pia boutique that I visited and even got a piece for myself :) They are a new boutique in galway with some fabulous statement pieces of jewellery and clothing. The ladies on the night were so friendly and helpful I cant wait to visit the shop.


Pia Boutique's display at the launch you can find their website here for some really unique pieces



Secondly was the Irish Rain Natural skin care products stand where they had a huge variety of skin care products to suit all types of skin, They gave us a quick talk about what the brand represents and whats used in their products. The packaging alone was enough to draw me in with all the different colour's for each type of product. I will be doing a review on regenerating serum I got on the night so keep an eye out for that. 


Variety of skin care products available on the night 


The body Oil I loved they all smelled so good 


Finally then was the Meemaw Bags stand hosted by Eimear on the night, she had an amazing collection of some gorgeous handbags and clutches . Each one of them different to the other at really affordable prices from between €20 to €50 . I will be doing a full article on these gorgeous handbags in the next few days so stay tuned for some great christmas gift ideas. 




Meemaw bag selection at the launch 





Overall it was an amazing night where I met some lovely people and made some great friends who have been helping me along this whole daunting process of blogging. I look forward to the next one and I wish Séana all the best with Innocent Illusion.



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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Tutorials on Contouring

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I’m a self-confessed procrastinator, and seeing as its exam time for me at the moment I’ve been spending a lot of my study time taking breaks to watch you tube videos. I follow quite a lot of amazing video bloggers, some of my favourites would be Carli belleSMLx0 , So Sue Me to mention a few. However my go to video blogger has got to be Jaclyn Hill, she is a makeup artist who previously worked for Mac and has amazing videos on how to do almost everything with makeup. I will link some of her videos below but I would definitely recommend spending some time on her page as she gives amazing advice. Her videos on contouring and highlighting really changed how I apply my makeup, her eye makeup tutorials and fashion hauls are also brilliant. I know she’s not in Ireland but she’s uses a lot of well-known products that you can easily get. 

After I bought my concealer palettes and contour palette I wanted to make sure I knew how to use them properly so I watched some videos like any girl would do and here were some of my favourites 

Jaclyn Hill "How to contour , highlight and Blush"







"How to cream contour" Jacyln Hill



That's only a taster of some of her videos , Ill be adding some more in a few days.She really is a fantastic person and so friendly, I find it so easy to listen to her and follow her tips. I hope ye find her as useful as I do I think shes worth a watch. 
Her you tube channel can be found here , her website has some great style advice and makeup looks to try out also. 

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Sleek Haul

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I recently went on a spending splurge for an amazing makeup site called Sleek Makeup  I had watched some you tube makeup tutorials featuring some of their palettes and decided to bite the bullet and give them a try. I was quite worried as I've always liked to see the makeup in front of me before I buy it as I'm quite pale and sometimes the shades don't suit me. Yet thankfully I couldn’t have been happier with my purchases, I bought the sleek face form contour palette €12.99, the blush by 3 palette €12.99 and the eyebrow set €9.99. 





As you can see they have had quite a bit of use , I wanted to try them out properly before I did a review as I find sometimes after the initial excitement has worn off you start to notice things you don’t like about the products. However with these 3 items which I now use every day and couldn’t dream of living without, this most certainly didn’t happen. The first one I really put to the test was the face form contour set, its available in 4 different shades, I opted for the light shade as I thought the fair would be too light for when I had tan on. It has a matte effect bronzer for contouring, a shimmery powder for highlighting and a blusher called "rose gold" that I found gave my nars "Orgasm" blusher a run for its money. Each of the three has amazing pigmentation and lasting power. Since I’ve started using them a lot of people have asked me what products I use and can’t get over the fact that there so cheap.





Sleek Face Form Palette €12.99


The Bush by 3 palettes had the same amazing consistency as the contour palette, only with 3 gorgeous blushers to choose from. I love them all individually but found when mixed you can get some great combinations. I just love the packaging as it’s so slim and compact with its own mirror it seriously cuts down on the amount of makeup I have to cart around with me. I will say I did find the 3rd blusher a little too red (doesn’t quite show up in the photo) for my liking as it didn’t suit my skin tone but have started using as it as a lip gloss now instead sometimes.


Sleek Blush by 3 €12.99

Finally the brow set which I can’t really fault; as a previous lover of the benefit brow set I have most definitely been converted. At a fraction of the price with 5 shades to choose from I am in love with this little beauty. It has a wax style dark colour for outlining and shaping and a powder colour for filling in. They have great staying power and don’t leave me with that extreme eyebrow colour. I have found that if I leave it neat the radiator or my room is too warm the wax will become a little soft but that is more a fault on my part than the products but it’s definitely a tip.







They have a great selection of eye shadow palettes at great prices, when I get paid next I think I will invest in some of their lipsticks and powders so watch this space.

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

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So as I mentioned before my skin has changed for the better lately hence the need (not want) for new products. I've always suffered with spots and combination skin with very dry areas and equally as oily areas, however now my skin is much smoother and easier to apply makeup on to. My spots went away with the help of medication and duac once daily cream courtesy of my housemate who swears by it. Yet I still suffered with uneven skin, large pores and could never get my makeup to sit right or last. I don’t know it’s just me but I found that my makeup would cake around my nose and chin , and yet it would be sliding of my checks revealing my redness on my cheeks in all its Irish glory. 






That is until I found these 3 miracle products shown above, they helped keep my skin moist where needed but not leave it greasy, close off my pores and give me a smooth base to apply my makeup. The No7 Airbrush Away Primer was my first purchase its €25 in boots I have to say, I fell in love with it immediately. Don't let the boring packaging put you off this little miracle bottle does exactly what it says on the tin. You need the tiniest amount to cover your face or just certain areas and it really does give you that perfect airbrushed base. I have used many primers and found they left my face greasy which led to my makeup sliding off just as easy as I had put it on. Yet with this primer my makeup doesn’t move it blends effortlessly with no lines or pores to sink into, and on a side note a little goes a long long way.


 Airbrush Away €25 at Boots





The second one I bought was the mac mineralize charged water moisture gel which has completely changed how my skin feels. I have used some of the most highly praised moisturisers with no luck such as Clinique dramatically different. Yet this little pot of gold makes my skin feel smooth and soft without leaving it greasy and shiny giving it a smooth silk like feel. It itself almost feels like a primer when it’s dried in if you didn’t have time to apply both. It’s a little pricey at €38 in Brown Thomas but in my opinion it’s worth it for the difference it has made to my skin and how I feel about my skin without makeup which is much more important. 







Lastly in this very long review, my most recent skin care purchase was the Clinique "take the day off cleansing milk". I wanted a cleanser that wouldn't be too heavy on my newly softened skin but still be strong enough to remove my crazy amounts of eyeliner and contouring creams. Let me tell you ladies I got what I asked for this bad boy priced at only €24.50 for a 200ml bottle leaves no trace ...let me say it again no trace of makeup , eyeliner , mascara or red lipstick on your face. Say goodbye to your chemically and drying face wipes and welcome this purple god into your skin regime. 





So there you have it my three new favourite skin products at the moment I couldn’t give them high enough praise if I tried , however everyone’s skin is different, so I would recommend going in and talking to one of the lovely ladies at the counters to see if it will suit yours . Click on individual photos to bring you to websites where you can buy them x

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Website your going to Love


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Seeing as I spend a lot of my time on the internet between classes and when I'm relaxing in bed I have being buying online for quite a while now. I am all for finding the best bargains and if there's a way of getting something discounted or at a wholesale price you know I've researched it haha. I don't believe in those discounted M.A.C pages because most of them are as fake as my ray beri's and others are just very smart copies. If the price is too good to be true trust me ladies it is !! 

However that's where makeup brands and websites such as Sleek Makeup or ELF cosmetics come in, which have really good quality makeup that rivals some of the more high end brands but half the price !!  So below I'm going to make a list of websites and beauty brands that are amazing quality and much kinder on the purse. Ill be mentioning products from most of these websites through out the blog as many of my friends and even customers have asked me about them when I'm wearing them.Hopefully you find them as helpful as I did when I first found them and you can experiment with new things without starving in the process. Just click on the names and it will bring you to their websites .

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A New Beginning

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So here I am trying to build this page up again, right in time for exams (hello procrastination). Lately I have been on a serious spending splurge mostly consisting of beauty products, I felt like I had to build up my collection again as my skin had changed recently and my old reliable favourite's just weren't cutting it anymore. 




So armed with brand new foundations , primers ,eye shadows , eyeliners and what not I have been comparing the more expensive ones to the more affordable choices because lets be fair we can’t all afford to be forking out our weeks rent on a few bit of makeup. I have built up a new collection of products that I am currently in love with and have never been so happy with how my makeup has been looking and others have been noticing as well which let’s face it always puts a pep in your step.






Hopefully over the next few days you will see a surge in posts on my page as I have been working quite hard to have a decent amount of reviews ready in time for the party season that is upon us. Hopefully you find them helpful and I'd love to hear your opinions on the items I'm reviewing and talking about. Below there should be a picture of my current every day makeup stash most of the products I will be reviewing can be found there I'm sure you will recognise some of them.




So stay tuned ladies there's more to come to help get us all ready for Christmas 2013 which I am uber excited for !! 
                              
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