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Monday, October 24, 2011

MAC Eyeshadow Combos...

Hi everyone,
I've decided I"m gonna do a series of blog posts going through different MAC eyeshadow combinations. That is one of the main things I struggled with when starting off. I had such a wide variety of shades and didn't have a clue how to use them or what to use them with. I really am a die hard MAC eye shadow fan, I tend to have a mix of different brands for blush, lips, foundation etc. but I generally only buy MAC eye shadows (bar my Urban Decay Naked Palette). MAC really works for me and I just love em....
This is going to be a learning process for me too and it will help me start using some of my neglected shades....I'm gonna start researching different combos from the web and then try them out on myself...

The first one I'm going to do is Patina Eyeshadow:

This is one of my favorite go-to eyeshadows. When I don't know what to do with my eyes, I use this all over with a darker brown in the crease and it's perfect. To look at it in the pan is does look like one of those "blah" colours but don't be fooled. Its a colour that goes with so many colours and suits every eye colour. It can be worn as a light wash over the eye during the day and then just smoke it out in the evening and really build it up for a more dramatic look. Even just this eyeshadow with black liner and lashes is a fab party look.

Here are a few of my favourite ways to wear this shadow.

Look 1:

Patina all over the lid.
Mulch in the crease.
Vanilla as a highlight.

Look 2:

All that glitters on the inner corner.
Patina all over the lid.
Twinks in the crease.
Vanilla as a highlight.

Look 3:

Retrospeck on inner corner.
Patina all over the lid.
Bronze in the crease.
Vanilla as a highlight.

Look 4:

Patina all over the lid.
Smut in the crease.
Shroom as a highlight.

Look 5:

Naked Lunch on the inner corner.
Patina on outer corner.
Satin Taupe in crease.
Vanilla as a highlight.

Look 6:

Patina on the lid, below crease
Cranberry in the crease.
Vanilla as a highlight.

Look 7:

All that Glitters on inner part of lid.
Patina on outer part of lid.
Texture in the crease.
Vanilla as a highlight.

Look 8:

Patina all over the lid.
Black Tied and Sable in crease (really smoke these colours out).
Vanilla as a highlight.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Debs/ Prom Makeup

I recently did a photo shoot for Debs/Prom makeup. All of the models were from aged 14 to 20. Everyone of them wanted the same look, a timeless elegant look, full coverage and lashes.

One of the first tips I'd recommend for young skin for a special occasion would be to cleanse and tone first and then use a primer. Young skin produces alot of oils so once you have removed them I would then use a primer instead of a moisturiser. For very oily young skin I would recommend only using a moisturiser if you have dry patches - only on the dry patches. For a primer I love Smashbox Hydrating Primer and use this on most of my clients. This can be a bit pricey for younger people so for a second less expensive option I'd definitely recommend Gosh primers.Your skin feels like silk with these and makes your makeup last all day.
For foundation for a big occasion like a Debs I think its really important to use a long lasting foundation and to invest in a good one. I'm loving Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, it doesn't budge all night and gives really good coverage especially if your conscious of spots or acne marks. It also photographs brilliant.
Lastly I think everyone should wear a nice set of falsies....They really finish the look. Alot of girls will bring the Cheryl or Sarah from Girls Aloud lashes but these would look really tacky for a debs. The Nicola or Kimberly are fab lashes and add drama without looking too freaky...
Have a look below at a few of the pictures taken....
The hair is by a friend of mine Louise Byrne, she is a mobile hair stylist who is amazing at up styles. She is also mobile which is brilliant for brides as alot of salons now wont send people out on the day of your wedding. She has just launched her new website . Check her out. Here's a look at a few of the photos..x

Also the photographs are done by a local photographer Bernard Dilger who has an amazing set up in Ennis in Roslevan shopping centre. He does individual or family portraits from just 30euros. He caters for every occasion at his studio or alternatively he is also mobile and can bring his mobile studio to you at a location of your choice at no extra cost. Here's a link to his website
 It was great fun working with them.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Barry M Products of the week

                                       I recently took a trip to Limerick to hit MAC and also to grab a few goodies from Superdrug. Out of the pile of makeup I bought these 2 products really stood out for me in terms of value and price.
The first of these is Barry M Bold Black Waterproof Eyeliner. For those of you who haven't heard of Barry M, they are an English company that you can get in Boots and Superdrug. They are really good quality and I find I'm repurchasing some of their products over and over. I especially love their nail polishes, I will get a full week out of them without chipping. Now back to the eyeliner....This pencil doesn't disappoint. The texture is smooth, almost liquid in it's application and the pay-off is blacker than black. This little sucker lasts so well on the waterline and blends out beautifully. It is so like the Avon Supershock Pencil but better. I find with the Avon pencil, its so soft that you use it up so quickly. With this pencil it still has the gorgeous smoothness of the Avon without having to sharpen it every 2 seconds. Also you cannot wear the Avon pencil on your eyes if your wear contacts, whereas this one is perfect, it doesn't stick to your contacts. Its only 5.95euro and worth every cent.

Now product No. 2 is The Barry M lipgloss in No. 11 Coral. This little tube of yumminess tastes and feels divine. It gives a lovely subtle hint of light pink. Its great for everyday wear or for a bride that just wants a natural hint of colour for her big day. This was only 6.95usd and I have one of these in my kit and also one in my handbag.

For any girls in Ennis looking for this brand, unfortunately you have to go to Boots in Limerick or Galway.

Monday, October 3, 2011

X Factor Makeovers

Has everyone seen the x factor makeovers...poor Janet...they're ruined our innocent looking colleen...have a look at the few of the pictures I found online....

She looks nothing like she did at the beginning of the show...not liking it..

I love this makeover...she looks amazing...xx

She stills looks crazy

He used to be he looks like a right tit

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Photoshoot - The Old Creamery..Moy Lahinch...

Here's a few pictures of a photoshoot I did with the lovely Orla Sexton, the amazingly talented David Olsthoorn and the fab Lisa Stakes who worked her magic with the hair...

We had a fab long day and I love love love the finished pics...This is the first of two shoots I have done with Orla. The concept behind this shoot was putting something colorful and stunning in the ugliest of places.

Model: Olra Sexton Modeling -

Hair: Lisa Stakes - HairBoutique Lahinch

Makeup: Me -

David Olsthoorn Photography

Lighting Assistant: Luke Reidy


Review - Maybelline Cream Liner

Howdy... I have meant to do a review on this pot of lovliness for a while. It's one of the newest addition to my steadily growing collection of gel liners.

I absolutely love this eyeliner. I have been using it for about three months. I have it in Blackest Black, and Brown. You also get a free brush for applying it but it kinda sucks as an eyeliner brush. I use the brush with the brown shade for me lovely non-existent eyebrows. The texture is creamy & dries fast, to me this goes on like a dream and best of all its long lasting. I've also tried this on my water line and I get a good 2 or 3 hours out of it..
When I bought it it was on offer for 11 euros in Boots...It's definitely worth the money and for someone that isn't that confident with putting on eyeliner I find this one is smooth and one of the easier liners to work with....xx