May 18, 2015

Perfecting Powders

Gone are the days when I look for a powder to give me an added layer of coverage or colour. Today my preferences lean more towards a product that sets but, crucially, perfects the skin, working in tandem with my base instead of fighting against it. The result is a less cakey, more refined finish which is the type of make-up I feel suits me and my skin best. Let me quickly take you through three of my favourites (and the only powder brush you will ever need!).

May 14, 2015

Sophie's at The Dean

Ever since I moved out, my mam and I have made it our mission to have a girlie brunch once a month. April's destination was the much-lauded Sophie's at The Dean; an industrial style, sickeningly cool spot that, despite everything you would expect, doesn't make you feel uncool.

May 13, 2015

Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation

I’ve been on the hunt for ages for a lighter formula of foundation that will still work for oily skin. Because my skin is so changeable, I like to have something on hand that is buildable but works well as a light base – I’d been considering this one for ages and finally bit the bullet with the help of a voucher.

May 12, 2015

Makeup Nostalgia

I’ve been meaning to sit down and bash this post out for ages, since reading this over on Laura’s blog. I absolutely love reminiscing with friends about the godawful makeup and beauty mistakes we made over the years, so it’s high time I brought them to the blog, too. If this post stirs up memories of your own, don’t forget to share them down below…

May 11, 2015

Most Used: Make-Up

Despite having a rather extensive make-up collection, I still have those products that sit on my dressing table, in a special little box, that I reach for every single day. Most are repurchases, some are soon-to-be-repurchased, and all are products that just work really well for me.

May 07, 2015

One-Pan Meatballs

I don't know what I ever did without a cast iron pan in my kitchen. We use this at least once a week and, as such, I'm adapting all of our favourite recipes to be one pan wonders.

These meatballs are nothing special - most families have a similar recipe but, they are so hearty; meaty, cheesey and full of flavour, they take 20 minutes max to prepare and cook and are a perfect dinner for busy evenings.

May 05, 2015

My MAC Nudes

Over the past year, nudes have been dominating my make-up bag. Reds will always be my all-time favourite, but I've loved finally getting on board with neutrals and playing around with what suits me. If you're pale like me, a modern mauvey-nude is a safe bet, as is anything pink-toned.

Patisserie is a brilliant 'starter nude'; it's not too opaque, blends well with your natural lip colour and essentially, is a fantastic suits-all shade. This was my first MAC nude and remains part of my favourite lip combo - read about that here.

Faux is a colour I picked up when Velvet Teddy was out of stock for what seemed like forever (#firstworldproblems, I know). It's pinker and less matte than Velvet Teddy, but still a decidedly mauve shade. 

Brave is the newest addition to my collection. Pinker than the rest of my nudes, it seems to pull differently depending on your skintone. On me, it's a nice pinky mauve that gives me plenty of definition and flatters my natural lip colour without being too bold. 

    Patisserie, Faux, Brave, Velvet Teddy

And finally - Velvet Teddy. This is a shade I hunted for months after hearing that it was one of Kylie Jenner's favourites (no shame, people). It is matte but not unworkable, and I love how long it lasts. 

Velvet Teddy is the most brown of all the colours I'm mentioning today, but it still manages to be super-flattering. It's one of those colours that will look good on an array of people - if you're afraid of it coming up too brown, don't worry. I find that the pink in this always shows up and can even be accentuated with a pink toned lipliner. 

So that's enough MAC nudes for anyone, right?! Or do you have a favourite you don't see here? Go on, enable me!

May 04, 2015

Summer Face

Rediscovering the beauty that is Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation has led me to build my go-to summer make-up around it.

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