Thursday, 27 June 2013

MAC - Lady Danger

Hello Ladies,

 I'm just going to cut to the chase here, I got it!!! :) :) I have been lusting after Lady Danger for far too long to admit so imagine my sheer joy when the bestest friend in the whole wide world came back from London and presented it to me, I can tell you it sure beats a stick of rock!!! I am in love!



Its the most beautiful orange-toned, matte red shade. It's bold and bright and really makes you stand out in a crowd. I don't think I'd be brave enough to wear it down to the local shop because it does turn heads but it's definitely going out material! The pigmentation is unrivaled, once it's on it does not budge, after a night out of eating, drinking and dancing my lippy was still in place despite me not topping up! I find that most mattes can be quite drying but this actually has a really creamy texture and once the creaminess wears off the colour still remains intense on the lips however it does dry slightly so I'd recommend wearing a small bit of lip balm underneath or maybe a tiny bit of gloss over it once the creaminess wears off.


I'm absolutely smitten with this little beauty (and my best friend of course)! 
Have you tried this? Whats your favourite MAC Lipstick?

Zara
xx







Monday, 17 June 2013

Dainty Doll - Cream Blusher - Orange County Girl

Hello Ladies,

Hope you're all having a nice week! I'm missing the sun bigtime! Hope it's still shining wherever you are! I'm sure you've all heard of the Dainty Doll Makeup range for fair skinned ladies by Girls Aloud star Nicola Roberts, I was recently scavenging through my local pharmacy when I came across her cream blushers for just €2.50 which is a huge mark down from the rrp of €15!! It would have been rude not to pick one up so I chose to acquaint myself with her range by snapping up a cream blusher in Orange County Girl.  



It's a gorgeous pink-peach shade with a lovely gold shimmer, I find it perfect for summer as it gives my cheeks a lovely sheen and the fine gold flecks reflect the sunlight (what little we have of it) beautifully! The colours lovely and subtle so it doesn't look OTT on pale skin. Its got a lovely soft, creamy texture that just melts into the skin and blends really easily. It can be worn on bare skin or over foundation, I find it's best applied with clean fingertips.



The compact it comes in it is really heavy duty and would take a lot to break! It clicks close which means there's no fear of it opening in your handbag or makeup and going everywhere. It also has a lovely sized mirror which means its perfect for touch ups on the go. It's definitely travel friendly which is important this time of year for those of us lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere nice! 


Have you tried any of the much hyped about Dainty Doll range? If so are you a fan?

Zara
xx






Friday, 14 June 2013

Mini MUA Haul

Hello Ladies,

Be prepared for a long post!!
I've been reading loads of reviews of MUA products lately and everyone seems to be raving about them so I thought I'd better jump on board and see what all the hype is about. MUA (Makeup Academy) is an English cosmetics brand available at Superdrug or online here. It offers international shipping at very low prices and they always seem to have different offers on. The products themselves are extremely cheap and quite good quality. I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised when I recieved my little package and got swatching! So, here's what I got;

Heaven & Earth Eyeshadow Palette
This palette contains 12 neutral shimmery shades. I normally lean towards matte shadows but I do like a bit of shimmer in summer! To be honest despite reading great reviews of this palette I still wasn't convinced that I was going to like it, at a mere €4.68 (£4) I wasn't expecting much from it. When it arrived it looked great in the pan but I was still sceptical right up until I swatched it! I couldn't get over the highly pigmented colours! They're incredibly soft and fine and so easy to blend. The palette also comes with a double ended sponge applicator which I don't use, I prefer to use a brush instead. I do have to admit that there is a small amount of fall out, but nothing a fan brush won't sort out! The range of shades makes this palette great for both day and evening wear and its just amazing for doing a smokey eye! For £4 it's an absolute steal and if you haven't tried it already I urge you to get your mitts on it!

Blusher - Shade 5
This is a gorgeous peachy-coral blush with a very subtle gold shimmer. I love my coral blushes and this one is no different! Its a soft, finely milled powder blush which blends easily to give a beautiful warm glow to the cheeks leaving a lovely healthy sheen. It looks slightly orangey in the pan and I was a bit nervous about putting it on my face but I can honestly say that once applied the colour is gorgeous! It's quite well pigmented , one swipe of the my brush across the palette does the job for me but it can be easily built up to give more of a pop of colour to the cheeks too. At only €1.17/ £1 (!!!) I think I'm going to have to pick up the other 5 shades too!!

Lipsticks - Shade 3 & Shade 14
Shade 3 is a fab hot pink colour with blue undertones and an extremely slight silver shimmer and Shade 14 is a natural, nude colour perfect for daywear. First and foremost the thing I love most about these lipsticks is the fact that theres a little pot of lipstick that can be unscrewed from the end to be used with a lip brush, that way you don't mess your lipstick up! I love it! The formula of the lipsticks is gorgeously smooth, buttery, they  apply really easily without dragging or bleeding. I find that the longevity of shade 3 is greater than that of shade 14 as it sort of stains yours lips but both are good! The best part is yet to come, these too only cost €1.17/ £1 each!!! MUA where have you been all my life?!!

Sheer Finish Lipgloss - Happy Days
I'm not usually a gloss kinda girl as I hate my hair sticking to my lips when it's windy but thats not a problem when we get our 2 weeks of summer in Ireland!! This gloss is a lovely sheer pinky-coral shade with a hint of shimmer. When applied the colour is very subtle but it gives a high gloss finish which I like. It has a fruity scent and flavour which personally I like although some may not. I find that its slightly sticky on my lips but I'm yet to find a gloss that's not and saying that it's not nearly as bad as some others I've had! I really like it and it's also part of their £1/ €1.17 range!

Extreme Felt Eyeliner - Black
I have quite mixed feelings about this, the applicator is fantastic, its the perfect shape and size and has a lovely thin point so application is really easy however it's not quite as black as it could be. I find in order to get it opaque jet black I have to go over the line twice, maybe even 3 times but once that's done is does stay in place. I cant really complain because it only cost €1.17/£1 but I don't think I'll be buying it again.

MUA Nail Polish
Just by looking at these polishes it's clear that they're meant to be Essie dupes so at €1.17/£1 each I had to pick up not one but four! I got them in Pistachio Ice Cream, Natural Days, Ameretto Crush and Bright Coral. Pistachio Ice Cream is a lovely pastel green shade, Natural Days is a soft pastel baby pink, Ameretto Crush is a dusky deep pink, and well Bright Coral is a bright coral (they weren't too imaginative with that one!). Now, I wasn't expecting Essie quality with these but they're not too far behind! After 2 coats the polish is fully opaque and with a top coat is lasts me 4 days chip free (which is very good for me). They've also gotten new brushes, I was reading before that some people has problems with streaking but these apply really evenly for me. I'm impressed with them and will definitely be buying more!

So there you have it! My little haul and I have to say I'm very impressed! Considering the price the majority of these products are great quality and I will definitely be trying more of the range! Are you a fan of MUA?

Zara
xx

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Revlon CustomEyes - 005 Gold Spun


Hello Ladies,

Hope you're all well, sorry for my lack of posting but did you see the weather?! I've accepted the fact that that is our summer over, the joys of living in Ireland! Hope you're all making the most of your summer and lapping up the sun! So, now that the rains back prepare to be bombarded with posts that have been building up for the past couple of weeks!

The first thing that I just have to share with you is this Revlon CustomEyes Eyeshadow & Liner in 005 Gold Spun, which is available here for a mere €2.50 from the ever-amazing Cara Pharmacy! They have a RRP of roughly €9 so this really is a bargain and a half! While on there you should check out all their other great bargains!

The palette consists of 4 eyeshadows and a cake eyeliner, and is available in 4 different shades, I chose Gold Spun as I thought it was the most wearable, I go for a neutral eye most days so this has gotten quite a lot of use! It consists of one satin finish base shadow in a light brown shade and 3 shimmer shadows in gold, white and dark brown along with a matte black cake eyeliner. It comes with a double ended sponge applicator, one end is narrower for applying the eyeliner. If you're familiar with my blog you'll know how I feel about sponge applicators so I prefer to use brushes to apply it and I like to use a damp, thin angled brush to apply the liner.


The pigmentation of this product really surprised me considering how cheaply I picked it up! It's got great colour pay off and doesn't fade or crease. The shadows are extremely soft and blend really easily. The cake eye liner when applied with a damp brush is jet black and stays in place all day without crumbling.


I really can't recommend this highly enough, given the price tag there's no reason why you shouldn't buy it (I'm a bit of an enabler aren't I?) !! 

Have your tried any of the CustomEyes Palettes? What do you think of them?

Zara
xx





Saturday, 18 May 2013

Eye Found My Holy Grails!!

Hello Ladies,
Hope you're all keeping well! You'll have to excuse my awful pun! I'm a little bit of an eyeliner junkie but saying that I'm quite fussy about it! I hate  when you look in the mirror at the end of the day to be greeted with smudged panda eyes and black flecks all over your face, totally not the look we were going for! In the past few months I've been lucky enough to come across not 1 but 3 amazing eyeliners that do exactly what I want them to do and stay exactly where I tell them to! It would be selfish of me to keep them a secret so I thought I'd better share! So, without further ado,  here they are!! Apologies for the picture heavy post!

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24Hr

This gel eyeliner is simply amazing! It's got such a silky smooth gel formula that it just glides on effortlessly. A lot of gel liners can tend to be a tad dry and drag on they eyelid a bit when being applied but the consistency of this is flawless. It comes with a brush too which is great quality and gives great application, It dries quite quickly which means it doesn't transfer when you blink which is always a huge bonus with gels. It claims to stay put for 24 hours and while I haven't put this to the test it has lasted all day and into the early hours of the morning without budging! I absolutely love this and I'd strongly recommend it to any gel liner virgins out there as it's just so easy to apply!

No.7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner

This has become my daily go to eyeliner, it's just so handy to apply and lasts all day. I find that a lot of felt tip products such as eyeliners and lip stains tend to dry out quite fast and I always end up feeling hard done by but I've been using this for months and it's still just as good as the day I got it! I wouldn't usually go for No.7 products (don't ask me why) but they had this on offer in Boot's and I took a chance on it and picked it up and I'm so glad that I did! I love liquid eyeliners but find that a lot of the applicators that come with them are to be honest a bit rubbish so for me this eyeliner is in a league of its own! One sweep and wallah it's done! The shape of the pen makes it so easy to do flicks too, something that quite a lot of people struggle with!

 Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner

Now where to start with this little beauty?! It really is a miracle! Eyeliner that doesn't run down your face if you have a cry or get caught in the rain! I was a bit sceptical at first because I always find that if I apply eyeliner to my tear shelf it always seems to run away and end up under my lashline and I thought that this one would probably be the same. I was elated when it lasted me a whole day without moving so much as a millimeter! Its the 1st pencil eyeliner I've ever had that has stayed in place on my lower lashline for an entire day and without the need to reapply too might I add!! Hat's off to you Rimmel! :)

Here are some pic's of these amazing products in action!! Please excuse the dodgy photo editing, I'm still coming to terms with all this technological stuff! haha!


                                                                                
                         

Have you tried any of these? What's your holy grail eyeliner?

Zara
xx









Thursday, 16 May 2013

Would You Rather?


Hello Ladies,

I've seen this tag floating around a lot lately and thought I'd join in! I stole this from TheImperfectBeautyQueen! I've loved reading other peoples answers so here are mine! :)

Would You Rather? Beauty Edition

Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lipglosses or lose all of your palettes and eyeshadows?
If it was a life or death situation and I really had to choose then I'd have to say goodbye to my palettes and eyeshadows, even the thought upsets me! I look really strange without mascara, It would be a struggle to live without it!

Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?
Definitely never be able to cut it again! I'm terrified of getting a trim let alone having it all cut off! I've met too many scissor happy hairdressers in my life!

Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
I like both but I do prefer coral, I love the way it looks with a tan. 

If you had €1000 to spend, Would you rather buy clothes or makeup?
This is not a fair question!! I'd probably have to pick makeup though, fashion changes so much that I'd probably get more use from makeup than clothes.

Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?
Yeeesh!! I'd rather do neither but if I had to I'd pick lipstick as eyeliner, you can get black & brown lipstick so it wouldn't be as bad as walking around with black lips!

Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?
As I live in Ireland I can't order from Sephora but if I could I would!! There's more to choose from!

Would you rather only use one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?
One eyeshadow, I usually wear pretty neutral eyeshadow and I could live with that but I like to experiment with different colour lipsticks quite a bit.

Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?
Winter clothes in summer, I wouldn't dare wear summer clothes in winter, it's freezing over here in winter and I don't like the sound of pneumonia too much!

Would you rather dark nails or bright nails all year round?
I love bright nails! I love how they add a little pop of colour to an outfit.


Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?
Probably my favourite lip product.. maybe..hmmm..

Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a pony tail or a messy bun?
Messy buns all the way! You can have a messy bun simple looking or glam it up a bit so it'd suit more occasions!

Would your rather never being able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?
Never use lipgloss, I could still use lipstick right? I hate my nails being bare!

Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all? or sharpie them in everyday?
Oh gawwd!! I'd have to try and sharpie them in.. dear god! 

Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
I'd have to go without nail polish, as much as I'd miss it I'd miss my makeup a whole lot more!


I'll admit that was a painful thought process! 

Zara
xx

Benefit - Fine One One



Hello Ladies,

I have to say I'm very excited today. My local Benefit stand is celebrating it's 2nd Birthday today. They're throwing a party to celebrate and they're treating their customers to mini facials, make up demos, discounts, goodie bags, prizes and bubbly and nibbles!! :) I'm going along to that tonight with the lovely Danielle from The Imperfect Beauty Queen. So you can expect a post on how that went in the next few days! So in keeping with that I thought why not review Fine One One!

Fine One One is a relatively new product from Benefit, It's a cream based blusher, highlighter and lip colour in one. It combines 3 shades, pink champagne, sheer watermelon and soft coral to give a beautifully sheer, glowy pop of colour. It's so easy to apply, you just swipe it from the apple of your cheek up towards your temple and blend. It gives a lovely dewy natural finish and can be layered up for a brighter look. I think its the perfect summer blush, it looks so pretty when the sun catches it and you can see the subtle shimmer. I'm a lover of a nice coral blush and this definitely serves to impress!  

It's applied on a bare face or over foundation (before powder). I always use powder to set my makeup and I was a bit apprehensive when applying powder over this as I thought it might take away from the lovely sheen but it didn't at all. I've been using the highlighter on my brow bones as well and it does a wonderful job of enhancing them. When used as a lip colour it gives a gorgeous rosy tint that lasts for hours and I was surprised by how moisturising it felt on my lips. It has such a lovely creamy formula, it just glides onto the skin and blends effortlessly.

One swipe.
Blended.

I initially considered Fine One One quite pricey at €34 for 0.28oz's but a little really goes a long way and and with the twist-up applicator you only really use what you need to so overall I think it's a good value product and it will last me a long time. 

I couldn't possibly review this product without mentioning the insanely fabulous packaging!  Even the box it came in was so pretty that it nearly killed me to open it! The rose gold packaging alone had me sold before I'd even tried the product! I don't think I'll be able to throw this out even after I finish the product! I think I may have problems! 

Have you tried this yet? What did you think? 

Zara
xx 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Top 3 Argan Hair Oils




Hello Ladies,

I think it's fair to say that we've all been well and truly taken by the Argan Oil trend that recently hit our shores. The miracle oil sourced from Morocco claims to be everything we could possibly want for our hair and more. I for one had been trying to grow my hair for years but due to my straightening addiction it would always break off at the ends and hence grow no more! I jumped straight onto the Argan Oil bandwagon in the hope of finding my hair saviour and I have to say that since I've been using it my hair has grown loads! A lot of people seem to have the idea that a good hair oil containing Argan Oil will cost a fortune, not the case at all! All 3 of these oils cost under €15 each and are absolutely amazeballs!

Lee Stafford Argan Oil Nourishing Miracle Oil


I picked this up a while ago in Boots. I wasn't particularly looking for a new hair oil but I had a voucher that needed to be used so I thought why not?! I've used Lee Stafford hair masks in the past and was always impressed with them. This oil is just fabulous, it smells gorgeous and the smell stays on my hair for ages, the thing that impressed me the most was how shiny and healthy my hair looked after using it. It can be used on both wet and dry hair and it's applied just to the lengths and ends so it doesn't leave your hair looking greasy. I have quite frizzy hair naturally and this made a huge difference to it. This is the pricier of the 3 at €14.20 (£11.99) for a 50ml bottle but you only need to use a couple of drops so it will last a long time.

Got2b Oil-licious Tame & Shine Styling Oil


I've talked about this before in my April Favourites, so I won't rant on for too long about it  but I will say that I'm still using it and still loving it! My hair has stopped breaking and grown loads since I added this to my hair routine, the elasticity of my hair has improved no end! It's a great product and at €4.95 (£4.18) for 50ml it's great value too!

HASK Argan Oil Healing Shine Hair Treatment


At only €2.50 (£2.50) for 18ml this has got to be the cheapest Argan Oil available! It can be bought in Penneys (Primark). I can't sing it's praises enough! It was the 1st ever hair oil I ever tried and I instantly fell head over heels in love! My hair was so dry and damaged when I started using it and within a couple of weeks it had been totally transformed by this oil! It has added Keratin for smoothness and strength too. It's also multi-use and can be used on both wet and dry hair. I like to use it on wet hair to help protect it from heat and then again on dry hair for shine and to help tame fly aways. I don't live anywhere near a Penney's which is why I had to look elsewhere for hair oil in the 1st place but whenever I do get near one I always stock up on this! 

I'll admit I've never tried any of the really expensive Argan Oils so maybe there is a difference in quality but when I can get these products so reasonably and they do a great job I don't see the point! 
Are you a fan of Argan Oil? What products are your favourites? 

Zara
xx





Monday, 13 May 2013

L’Oréal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash


Hello Ladies!

Hope you all had a nice weekend! I went to my dads for the weekend for some family time and thoroughly enjoyed it! But Monday always has to come back around and ruin it all again! Anyway back to normality now! 
So just thought I'd stop by to let you all know about a new firm favourite of mine! This has literally not left my handbag since I got it! Its L’Oréal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash in Lolita. As the long-winded name suggests it's a lip gloss and lip stain in one. Out of the 8 different shades available I picked up Lolita as it looked like a nice wearable pink-nude, I have sooo many bright colours already I just wanted something simple. Lolita is a pinkish nude with a very subtle gold shimmer that layers easily for a more opaque colour, it's perfect for day wear and doesn't need to be constantly re applied!

What's different about these little beauties is that they're 30% water based so they hydrate your lips as well as feeling light weight and non-sticky. The formula provides a 6 hour non-drying stain even after the gloss fades. These stains have been endlessly compared to the YSL Glossy Stains and as both are made by the same company it's no surprise! The quality of the L’Oréal Paris Glam Shine Stain Splash is phenomenal and I just can't wait to get my hands on more shades!

The classy gold packaging is fabulous and looks so up market, and the clear plastic section of the tube allows you to see the colour clearly. It features a tear drop shaped wand for ease of application, the narrower end of the wand is perfect for out lining your lips and there's a dimple in the wand to ensure that just the right amount of product goes on, it's pretty fool proof! They cost €11.99/£7.99 which is about 1/3 of the price of the YSL Glossy Stains!! And if all that doesn't have you running to the shops (if you haven't already) they smell really nice too!

Have you tried these out yet? Are there any other shades you'd recommend?

Zara
xx

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Battle Of The Tans


Hello Ladies,

Hope you're all well, I for one am loving the fact that the weather is starting to pick up and the sun is starting to shine! I've started going for bright lips, bright nails, bright clothes and of course fake tan!! I love the confidence that a tan gives me but this year I have vowed to stay away from the sun beds! So in a bid to be a beautiful bronzed goddess (yeah I know it's going to take more than a bit of fake tan) I've recently being trying out lots of tans, some where not so good and on occasion I did look like an oopma loopma, If' you'd like me to do a post on the tans that I had bad experiences with let me know but for this post I'm going to share my favourites. Enough blabbing on, I'll get down to business!

Academie Bronz' Express


This tanning liquid is my all time favourite and I always go back to it no matter what other fancy bottles catch my eye. It gives such a natural looking golden brown tan, it's not too dark and not at all orangey which means its perfect for milk bottle ladies like myself! It definitely needs to be applied with a mitt as it dries incredibly fast so you have to be quick when applying it, I love the fact that it dries fast though as it means your don't have to sit around starkers waiting for it to dry. It has a nice smell to it, not biscuity like a lot of other tans and the smell fades in a matter of hours so you don't have that tell tale whiff! It has a gradual fade so it doesn't go patchy when its on a few days and it doesn't come off in the shower either, an application lasts me for about 5 days. It costs around €15 (£13) for 100ml and is available from boots and I get about 5 full body applications from a bottle so I think it's really good value for money!

bBold Tan Liquid


bBold Tan Liquid is a new tan to hit the markets so obvs I had to try it! It promises to give a natural colour, be non-streak, fade evenly, nourish your skin with Aloe Vera extracts, be anti-ageing with Vitamin E and to refresh with the scent of Calla Lily, Pink Peony and Vanilla Orchid. Thats a lot of promises from one little bottle that only costs €12.99 (£10.98) for 150ml! I got it in Medium/Dark as I wanted a really deep tan and I can honestly say it's lived up to all the promises it made! Like Bronz' Express it also dries really fast so is best applied with a mitt. It gives a really even deep gold tan and leaves skin smelling divine! It develops for upto 8 hours so it's best applied the night before. It says on the bottle that you should get 10 full body applications from one bottle which would be great value if thats true!

Marissa Carter Cocoa Brown


When I saw that this new tan promised to give beautifully bronzed skin in just one hour I had to try it! For those of you who aren't yet acquainted it's a mousse that you apply and leave on for between 1 - 3 hours and then wash off (don't use shower gel, I done this the 1st time and was so disappointed when I was still pale as a ghost, just plain old water). I've varied the time I've left it on for each time and with the 1 hour I find that it gives a very subtle tan, not a deep colour but just takes the paleness away and makes me look a bit more healthy. When I left it on for 3 hours it still wasn't as deep as others I've used but it was lovely and natural and would suit those who just want a hint of colour as opposed to a full on bronzed tan. I'd say this will become my winter tan. I'm not a fan of the smell when it's first applied but once it's rinsed off the smell fades considerable. At €7.99 (£6.76) for 150ml it's a bargain, I've already gotten 4 uses out of the bottle and theres still plenty left!

Tan Organic

I just got the tester bottle of this for €7.99 (£6.76) as the full size 100ml bottle cost €19.99 (£16.90) and I didn't want to spend that much money on a product when I'd never tried it before. The fact alone that they have tester bottles is fantastic! I got a full body application out of the tester bottle and still about 1/3 left over. I really like this tan, it gives a lovely sun-kissed look that lasts nearly a week and it smells fresh and citrusy.It dries fast and doesnt streak, as well as that it's completely 100% certified organic, no nasties!! If I was super-rich this would be the tan that I'd buy however right now I just can't justify spending that amount of money on a bottle of tan. 

What's your favourite tan? Have you tried any of these or do you have any recommendations for me? I'd love to hear from you!

Zara
xx

Friday, 10 May 2013

Liebster Award

Hello Ladies!

Thanks to the fab Roxanne from LollyLou for nominating me for the Liebster Award! After a bit of research I figured out what it's all about, It's an award for new bloggers with under 200 followers, once you receive a nomination you can then go on to nominate 11 other new bloggers. It's a great way for new blogs to get discovered and I really enjoyed doing it and reading other peoples, I think it lets you see the blogger a bit more personally. There are a few little rules that need to be followed.

The Rules:

1. Each blogger should answer the questions the tagger has set for you. 
2. Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award onto and link them in your post.
3. Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers. 
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award. 
5. Each blogger should post 11 Random facts about themselves. 
6. No tag-backs! 

Roxannes Questions:

 What is your best memory?

 Without a shadow of a doubt my best memory is meeting my little girl for the very first time. I’ll never forget how I felt the moment I first laid eyes on her, it was unconditional love at first sight. I was so proud of her and so proud of myself.

  What is your favourite makeup brand?
 This is a tough one! I love Benefit, the makeup is amazing quality and the packaging is gorgeous too, however saying that, I've been really impressed by Urban Decay lately too! I’d probably have to pick Benefit for foundations, concealers and mascaras but Urban Decay eyeshadow is hard beat and I’m absolutely head over heels in love with Naked Flushed… And for a budget brand Rimmel have been quite impressive lately, one word- Apocolips- nuff said!!

 Did someone inspire you to write a blog? If so who?
 Yes! My best friend Danielle, she has the loveliest blog ever, The Imperfect Beauty Queen. She eventually talked me into it and being the gem that she is even helped me set it up! Love this girl so much!

 What is your favourite film?
 It really depends on my mood...’ P.S I love you’ for a good cry and an ogle at Gerard Butler, ‘Pineapple Express’ or ‘Ted’ for a good laugh or ‘Cruel Intentions 1’ for a bit of drama, I don’t do scary! Haha!

 Where is your favourite place to shop?
 As I live in the middle of nowhere I do most of my shopping online, I love boohoo.com and asos.com.  If I do get the chance to do some ‘real life’ shopping though I’ll definitely hit Penny’s (Primark) and if I want something really nice I’ll usually go to River Island.

 Do you prefer pastel or neon? Why?
 I’m definitely more into pastels, I think they’re girlier and more feminine. That’s not to say that I never wear neon though!

Stripes or spots? Why?
 I like both but I’d probably have to choose spots.

Do you have one true wish? What is it?
 Yeah, that my daughter will live a long, happy, healthy and prosperous life, what more could I ask for?!

  What is your biggest fear?
 Loosing people that are close to me.

 Do you prefer beauty or fashion?
 Definitely beauty! Although they do sort of go hand in hand!

Who is your biggest idol/Role model? Why?
 My mum. She was always so strong and determined and always done things her own way despite what other people might have thought. She was true to herself and stood up for what she believed in. If I can be half the woman and half the mother she was I’ll be proud of myself!

11 Random Facts About Me:

1.       I’m extremely ditzy, I forget to do things the whole time, I’m constantly walking up the stairs to get things and by the time I get to the top I forget what I was going up for.

2.       I’ve recently become obsessed with baking cupcakes! Like baking them up to 3 times a week, my tummy loves me, the rest of my body not so much…

 3.       I steal my daughters stuff, cute hair bobbins, nice baby products, even her food sometimes when she’s not looking! Shameful I know, but she’ll be doing it to me in no time!

 4.       I’m a cheeseaholic! I’m yet to discover a cheese I don’t like! The smellier the better! I have a whole shelf in my fridge dedicated to cheese.

 5.       If my battery dies on my phone I freak out a little, I’ve become so reliant on it!

 6.       I’m allergic to red currants, no assassination attempts please!!!

 7.       I have a thing for cushions, I have loads of them in every room in my house.

 8.       I love the song ‘Tiny Dancer’ by Elton John, never fails to put me in a good mood!

 9.       I’m much more of a staying in then a going out gal, a bottle of vino, a roaring fire and some good company wins everytime!

 10.   I have the radio or tv on in my house 24/7, I hate silence.

 11.   When I was pregnant I was obsessed with Lemon Cheesecake, I easily ate a whole one every day, can’t even look at one now!


My Questions:

1.       What is your all-time favourite beauty product?
2.       If you were stranded on a desert island and could have 3 things with you what would you take and why?
3.       Handbags or shoes? Why?
4.       Why did you decide to start blogging?
5.       If you could go on a date with any celebrity who would it be and why?
6.       What do you like to do to relax?
7.       Fake tan, sunbeds or au naturel? What do you prefer/use?
8.       What 3 products are currently top of your beauty wish list?
9.       If you had to leave the house with only one makeup product on your face what would you chose?
10.   If you could go on an all-expenses paid holiday anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
11.   What is your dream job?

My Nominations:

Francesca from The Francesca Diaries
Dellilah from Dellilahs Notebook
Tolmeia from Tolly Dolly Posh
Mez from Mez Made Up
Vanessa from Vanessa Chloe's World
Zahra from In a Makeup Minute
Kerrie from Odd Looks Makeup

Well that's me done! Hope you enjoyed the read and you a little more insight into me!
Really looking forward to reading more of these!

Zara
xx





Wednesday, 1 May 2013

April Favourites

Hello Ladies,

Happy Summer! The weather is lovely where I am today, hope you're all enjoying some sunshine too! I get so excited this time of year, it means it's time for the bright colours and the pretty scents! Anyway, onto the business of my April Favourites, these are all products that I've come across recently in the last couple of months that have impressed me and have been turned to a lot in the last month. Hope you enjoy! 

Boots Botanics Instantly Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner
These shampoos & conditioners are amazing! They contain white quinoa which moisturises and nourishes the hair as well as soy protein to repair and protect. And a big big bonus is that they're paraben and sulphate free! The thing I've noticed most with my own hair since starting to use these is the increased elasticity of it, it's become far less prone to breaking and also the shine! I tend to leave the conditioner in for a few minutes before rinsing as I think it gives it more time to work. I describe the smell as slightly citrus-y, it's fresh and pleasant but not overpowering. They're both in and around the €5 mark each which I think is brilliant value as I've used hair products that were far more expensive and didn't do the job half as well!

Got2b Oil-licious Styling Oil
I absolutely looove this styling oil! I've used it every single time I've washed my hair over the last few weeks and it hasn't done me wrong! It contains the much hyped about Argan Oil which I can tell you does work wonders but this comes at a fraction of the price, €4.95/50 ml and can be bought here. It's multi-use and can be used as a treatment pre-washing, for better manageability pre-drying, and for added shine and taming after styling. A little goes a long way and the bottle will last ages! It doesn't leave my hair looking greasy and it smells divine! Huge thumbs up from me!

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette
I won't bang on about this for too long as I've already reviewed it here, I'm still loving it and I couldn't possibly have left it out of my april favourites! You need this!! 

Bourjois Healthy Mix (41) Blusher
I picked this up a few weeks ago and its quickly become my day to day blusher, it's perfect for summer, it's a soft coral colour and it's suitable for all skin tones. It's got a very slight shimmer to it and it gives the skin a lovely healthy glow. It's also paraben free! It's super blendable and also buildable if you want more of a pop of colour on your cheeks, did I mention it smells gorgeous!!

Lady Gaga Fame
Definitely a summer perfume, it's sweet and fruity with notes of honey, apricot and vanilla along with muskier notes of belladonna, incense and jasmine. I don't particularly like Lady Gaga but I do however like her perfume, a lot! The bottle is fab and perches proudly on my dressing table, I also love the fact that the perfume itself is black (just in the bottle, not on the skin). It's a lovely, quirky, fresh fragrance and overall I'm impressed with it, I just wish the scent would last a bit longer on the skin as I find I have to reapply it. 

Revlon Beyond Natural Skin Matching Makeup
This is such a lovely light foundation and it truely does match the colour of your skin. It comes in light, light-medium, medium, medium-dark and dark so you can choose accordingly to your own skin tone. I opted for light-medium as I tend to wear tan quite a bit normally I'd be light though! The foundation starts out white but it contains spheres of pigment that burst when you start to blend it to match your skin colour. It looks so natural on and has a nice dewy finish. I prefer lighter foundations in the summer so I'll definitely be repurchasing this for the summer months, and as it's on offer in my local pharmacy for €4 I think I'll stock up for next summer too!! To make things even better the foundation has an SPF of 15 and is also oil-free!


Have you fallen for any of these products too?
Zara
xx