January 29, 2011

Midnight Sky Eye Look

I don't know what came over me with this eye look as it is not something I would normally instinctively do! Yet here I found myself with an urge to put blue eyeshadow all over my lid and smoke it out...odd! I quite like how it turned out and, while I would never wear it during the day, as a night look it's lovely. I paired it with a neutral lip (MAC Honeylove lipstick with Girl's Delight Dazzleglass!).

January 28, 2011

Sinéad's January Favourites

I cannot believe it is coming up to the end of January! In some ways I am glad because I have been so broke and stressed with college this month but, in other ways I want the year to slow down so I don't have to finish college and go out into the big bad world!! Because I have been so busy with college I have not had much need/time for make-up. That being said, there are still a few products I have been loving this month!

January 26, 2011

Dee's Favourite Foundations

I've raved before about how obsessed I am with foundation. As someone with less-than-perfect skin, a good base is essential for me. I look for foundations that suit my oily/combination skin and last as long as humanly possible, while still looking as natural and glowy as possible. This is definitely a tall order but I have a few that I really love and will continue to repurchase - while also looking out for new favourites, of course!

TAG: Products I am using right now!

TAG: Products I am using right now!

January 21, 2011

Sinéad's Favorite Nail Polishes

My nail polish collection has really grown over the last year to give me some great, go-to favourites that I thought I would share with you!

  1. Chanel Particuliére: This is a gorgeous creamy, taupe that has one of the nicest formulas I have ever come across. It it suitable for all year round and any occasion.
  2. OPI Rising Star: A new addition but a quick and firm favourite. This is like a metallic amber that is the closest I have ever seen a nail polish coming to a Minx manicure.
  3. Barry M Navy: Such a stunningly rich navy blue. It has a goregous sheen whilst still looking super sophisticated. It's really pigmented for being so cheap!
  4. OPI Bring on the Bling: We're crazy about gaudy, glittery nails here at Viva Adonis and this gold offering from OPI's Burlesque collection is right up my street!
  5. Models Own Juicy Jules: Again, another glittery polish! This time its a silver and it is the most amazing addition to even the most boring nail polish.
  6. Chanel Vendetta: This is a really beautiful rich purple with a lovely duochrome. The staying power isn't great but, for a special occasion, it is so lovely.

Blue Steel Simple Smokey Eye

I called this look Blue Steel because while it is just a simple silver/grey/black smokey eye, I used a royal blue eye shadow all over the crease area so, when the light catches it, it shines blue. The effect is really lovely and makes a standard smokey eye a little bit different! The blue is really evident in the pictures with no flash after the jump.

With Flash

January 20, 2011

Eyebrows: What to use?

Despite my strong penchant, obsession, whatever you want to call it, with all things beauty, I have never gotten into filling in my eyebrows. I am lucky enough to have a good natural shape to my brows but, unlucky in that they are quite fair.

For years and years I never bothered to fill them in, they weren't that fair and I never knew what to use.

January 19, 2011

Dee's Hair Routine

I have no camera at the moment because my daddy is off to Boston tomorrow and apparently needs it more that I do! So in lieu of a post that requires a lot of photography I thought I would self-indulge and talk about me, myself and my hair.

January 18, 2011

Skin Woes: Eczema

For anyone who suffers with it, eczema can be really debilitating. Not only does it look unsightly but, it can hurt and itch like no tomorrow. When I was a baby I had standard juvenile eczema in the creases of my arms and legs but, that eventually went away. However, about three years ago, my eczema came back with a vengeance as random splotches all over my lower legs. After much trial and error, I have found a few unconventional methods that really seem to help reduce the dryness, itching, peeling and scarring and, while I am aware this doesn't affect everyone, I thought I would share them in case some of you are fellow sufferers!

January 17, 2011

Sinéad's NOTD: GOSH Sweet Rose and Models Own Juicy Jules

I am currently in the midst of studying for an exam and, in an effort to cheer myself up, I painted my nails an obnoxiously brilliant pink with silver glitter. It makes me happy to look at and distracts me from the boringness that is European Integration!! The pink is GOSH Cosmetics Sweet Rose and the glitter is Models Own Juicy Jules!

January 13, 2011

Review: Nails Inc A+E Advanced Treatment

As you can probably tell, we are a bit nail-crazy here at Viva Adonis! Seems like every second post is a Nail of the Day or a haul containing nail varnish. However, I, unlike my lucky co-editor Dee, have crappy nails. They are really weak and split and peel like no tomorrow. I have literally tried everything going; OPI Nail Envy, Nail Tek stuff, Pro Strong Nail Accelerator. I even went through a phase of eating raw (uncooked?) jelly because someone told me that's how their nails were so nice.

Another GOSH Haul

We both seem to have GOSH on the brain at the moment. I also got a few bits from the GOSH stand in A-wear on Henry Street yesterday...

Birthday Party Eye Look

So, tomorrow night I am going to my boyfriend's brother's Surprise 30th Birthday Party. I probably won't have time to take pictures of my make-up then so I thought I would do up one of my eyes now to show you what my eyeshadow will be like!

Sinéad's NOTD: GOSH Holographic

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! I am absolutely mesmerised by this nail varnish, no wonder it is so hard to find! I have a couple of pictures included because none of them fully do it justice! It was a bit hard to work with at first as it kept separating on my nails but, then I realised it was my base coat and so removed that and hey presto. No top coat either, ruins the holographic-effect!

Dee's NOTD: Models Own Nude Beige

Finally I have a nice neutral NOTD to show you. I love this colour so much, it is a simple nude beige with a hint of a pink undertone which makes it really flattering for my skintone. I used my usual top and base coats with this: Sally Hansen Double Duty and Mirror Shine. 


Clothing Haul!

Finally got my hands on some new items of clothing today, and I'm really pleased :) Read on to see what I got!

Dee's NOTD: Barry M Navy and GOSH Magic Star

Yep, another ridiculously bling NOTD. I'm on a roll here! I also love this colour on its own, so I've included that as well. :)

January 12, 2011

3-Minute Night Time Eye

Basically, this eye look came about one night when I forgot I was supposed to be going out for dinner at had literally 15 minutes to get ready. I usually love to faff about with my eye make-up as I really enjoy doing it but, obviously I didn't have time this particular night. And so, the 3-Minute Night Time Eye was born! It can be done with any mix of colours just using the same technique.

January 11, 2011

Everyday Eye Look

So I should be writing an essay but here I am, taking pictures of my eyes and almost blinding myself with the flash in the process. Normal behaviour, I'm sure you'll agree.

Please ignore the STATE of my eyebrows...

Review: MAC False Lashes Mascara

MAC False Lashes Mascara (Limited ed. Marcel Wanders tube)
I'm a sucker for mascara- it's the one make-up item I could never live without. So, when I saw MAC had a new one out with the Marcel Wanders collection, it was top of my list to pick up in London (I got it in Harrods).

I have been using it since I got it and, I can honestly say, I love it!

Before- No mascara
As you can see, because I am quite fair, my lashes aren't anything special without mascara. They are average length and not terribly dark (I will be tinting them myself á la Nic from Pixiwoo soon!).

After- False Lashes mascara

I think it is pretty obvious the different this mascara makes. My eyes look bigger and more awake and my lashes look totally different. I really like the formulation. It is pretty dry which I find means it is harder to clump (Good thing!) and it definitely thickens the lashes at the base whilst lengthening and separating them at the tips.  Win all round I think!

January 10, 2011

Dee's NOTD: GOSH Flamingo and Magic Star

My second NOTD is another ridiculously glittery pink, which I am making no apologies for! This may be way too tacky for some, but personally I love it! The camera doesn't even do justice to the fuschia glitteryness of this in real life. I applied three thin coats of Flamingo followed by two of Magic Star. I really like GOSH polishes, this is wearing well (the picture was taken after one day's wear). 

Magic Star and Flamingo

Shopping My Stash!

So it's January and we're all broke. I'm trying to avoid buying too many cosmetics at the moment especially because I am in dire need of some new clothes! So I thought I'd show you two products that I've had for a while but have been loving this week.

January 09, 2011

Project 6 (MAC) Pan

Just a quick update to let you all know that I am going to be starting my own variation of Project 10 Pan- Project 6 Pan but, with all MAC products. I have way too much MAC at the moment and, while I don't apologise for that, I am aware that some stuff gets pushed to the wayside in favour of new finds. So, in the interest of showing my older products some love before they go past their use-by dates and, also in the interest of clearing out a bit, I will be using up the following products with the aim of Back to MAC-ing and getting a new lippie...makes sense right?! ;)
  1. Opulash Mascara
  2. MSFN Light
  3. Prrr Lipglass
  4. Cherry Blossom Lipglass
  5. Pearl Cream Colour Base
  6. Prep+Prime Face
I'll keep you updated on my progress but I imagine it will take some time to accomplish this! Wish me luck!



January 08, 2011

Dee's NOTD: Model's Own Lili's Pink

Spotted this yesterday in Boots and just HAD to buy it seeing as it is so pretty plus it was the only one left! The colour really speaks for itself - an amazing shimmery pink that I can't stop admiring. I used my usual base and top coats: Sally Hansen Double Duty and Mirror Shine.



January 07, 2011

Dee's Best of Beauty 2010

This was really fun to research and I was torn a good few times! Enjoy...

January 06, 2011

Some recent acquisitions...

I've managed to rack up a good few purchases over the Christmas holidays without realising here they are!

Sinéad's NOTD: OPI Rising Star and OPI Bring on the Bling

Today's nails are courtesy of the OPI's I mentioned in my London haul. On my nails is two coats of Rising Star and on my thumb is the super glittery Bring on the Bling! Really love Rising Star :)


Rising Star and Bring on the Bling

Rising Star

Bring on the Bling

January 05, 2011

Dee's Favourite Christmas Presents

Sorry for the lack of posting, I've been sick over Christmas and also desperately trying to get my hands on a camera for the blog! I have a few lovely things that I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas which I'm finally able to share.

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