January 10, 2015

5 Ways to Up Your Beauty Game in 2015

We're a little more settled into the New Year at this stage (though I, for one, am still fully resenting having to get up at a normal time every morning this week), and we've heard a lot of chat about resolutions. Sinead's already touched on the importance of self-care during the week, and I suppose this post is quite in keeping with that. 

This is not a piece strictly to do with resolutions; in looser terms, I'd say that there are things on our beauty to-do list that we've always been meaning to do, find or try in order to look that little bit more put-together - and now might be a good time to attempt one of them. Here's a checklist of sorts...  

1. Discover your ideal foundation. 

This kind of never ends, but finding a base that works well in multiple situations for your skin type is just invaluable, as is finding a perfect shade match. It's best to do your homework in order to find this; read blogs, Google swatches, watch YouTube videos, get samples on counter, make sure you're happy with the shade.

For me over the last few months and for the foreseeable future, this foundation is Dior Star. The shade is absolutely spot-on for me, probably the best match I've ever had. It has the most beautiful, skin-like coverage, it lasts well, and I can keep the coverage to medium for daytime or amp it up a little for going out in the evening. Read the full review here.

2. Pick a reliable, do-it-all mascara. 

Again, this isn't easy, because different formulations of mascara do different things, and everyone person's lashes are different. I always like to have a good mascara on hand that I know will make me look properly put together without too much work - at the moment, this is L'Oréal Volume Million Lashes because it gives both length and considerable volume, and doesn't smudge or irritate my eyes. I can wear this alone and it looks well - that's always my test with mascaras, because clumps and smudges are always so much more obvious when you don't have a lot of slap on. My other all-time favourites? Maybelline Full 'n' Soft Waterproof (sadly only available in the States or on eBay), and I'll always have a soft spot for Benefit They're Real!

3. Hunt down a holy grail hairdresser. 

This can be so hard. I've heard plenty of nightmare hairdressing stories and I think the best advice I've been given (by a hairdresser!) is to avoid being vague at all costs. The devil is in the detail, and as long as you supply that, any hairdresser worth his or her salt should be able to give you your desired look. Detail need not just be about what you want, but what your hair is actually like - is it coarse? Thin? Frizzy? Explain your hair routine and issues - what annoys you about it? What would make it easier to style? - and allow the stylist to take these into consideration. In terms of styling, colour and cut, the same applies. Don't be afraid to ask explicitly for what you want!

If you're looking for a recommendation, I have been going to Style Club on North Earl Street for a few years now and can't get enough. All stylists receive the same training and they are genius at colour. They've helped me get to a point where I am extremely happy with both the appearance and health of my hair - isn't that what we all want?!

4. Get into red lips. 

There is a red out there to suit every woman, I know it. Once you find that red, it's hard to stop wearing it. Most of us are at our very palest this time of year, so if you can find a scarlet lipstick that you like now, you're absolutely set. There are arguments over what kind of red suits what kind of skintone - personally, I feel most people can rock either a blue or orange-toned red.

One colour that I do feel is definitely a people pleasing, suits-all shade is Giorgio Armani Rouge 500 (pictured above). It's not too warm or too cool - just a classic, basic red. For other 'starter reds', try Revlon Really Red or NARS Cruella.

5. Find a brow wizard. 

In my (non-professional) opinion, pretty much everybody's eyebrows need professional attention. They're on your face; therefore, you should take serious care of them, and that means seeing somebody who really knows what they're doing. Try to find a beautician who won't just thread or wax and leave it at that - with time, they'll get thinner and it can be hard (in some cases, impossible) to grow them back!

Ideally somebody should be trimming and tinting your brows if you're trying to get them to look a bit fuller, I never stop talking to people about where I get my brows done but I really do recommend the Brow Artist in Ranelagh, because they are absolute experts and use a combination of trimming, threading, plucking and tinting to achieve the perfect shape. I've never once left disappointed and it's the one thing (well, along with my hair), that I always shell out for!

Is there anything here that you'd like to concentrate on, or is there anything I've left out? Go ahead and confess in the comments!


  1. I definitely need a holy grail hairdresser and I've been meaning to go to the Brow Artist for so long!

  2. Ooh I like something a bit different like this I think I'll check it out as my lips are so dry

  3. i think i definitely need to pay more attention to my eyebrows! but as for wearing a red lip, that is definitely not going to happen for me :) i have finally realised that i am more of a sheer/glossy gal than lipstick.

  4. i am so dying to try these out! i am obsessed with clarins lip products but i have never heard of a lip oil before - interesting!

  5. I love these ideas! I definitely want to wear a red lip more often, plus I need to find a lighter foundation that suits my winter skintype too.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  6. I was so curious about this product. Good to know it's thick, and not "slippy".

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  7. I agree 100% with your hairdresser tip! I have been to the same hairdresser since I was 8 year old (with the exception of two or three times in the 16 years I have lived in my town) and I trust her to give me what I want. If you find a good hairdresser stick with them as they will know what you like and how far they can go with giving you a new style. There is no point trying out somewhere new and running the risk of them giving you a style you are not comfortable with. Great post!
    Kayliegh xoxo

  8. Definitely try them out - they're fantastic :)

  9. Have you tried a sheer red? I love The Body Shop's sheer Colour Crush lippies!

  10. There's nothing better than a perfect foundation match!

  11. Absolutely, once you've found 'The One' you never really look back :)


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