Saturday, 30 September 2017

Lip Products - My Makeup Collection

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I've never shown my complete makeup collection before, so I thought I could make it a little series as if I did it in all one post it would go on for days. Today I am going to show you my lip products as I have a large quantity of them. Some of these lip products you've heard you rave about them before and others I have really ever shown.

Pinks

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink In The Afternoon
This was one of the first lipsticks I ever bought. It's a nice nude pink lipstick that can be worn the whole year round, in the brighter months just by itself or in the colder months a nude lip liner. The staying power isn't great due to it not being a liquid lipstick but it is comfortable on the lips and doesn't dry them out.

Sleek Lip VIP in Backstage
A bright coral that has a hint of chocolate is the only way to describe this Lip VIP. It has better staying power than the majority of lipstick, so I think it's a lipstick-liquid lipstick hybrid that have the comfort of a lipstick and the staying power of a liquid lipstick. There is also a lip gloss in the bottom of the tube but I personally don't really like lip gloss.

Benefit Benebalm
I've had this for ages too and reminds me of a more moisturising Maybelline Baby Lips. It is the first high end lip product I got and this was before I decided to try to go cruelty-free with my makeup. It's a nice lip balm and does the trick to add a little colour to your lips on a natural makeup sort of day.


Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Raspberry
I don't know why I even still have this as I've grown out of this shade. When I first started getting into makeup I wore more pinks, baby and girly pinks which I wouldn't go near now. The packaging is awful to say the least but it only cost like €3.30 so I couldn't complain.

Flormar Watermelon Balm
Another tinted lip balm and I much prefer this over Benebalm as it smells like watermelon, it has a nicer tint and is much cheaper. It isn't very moisturising but it has SPF 15. I suppose you win some you lose some.

Seventeen Lip Lustre Pink
I'm not really a lip gloss gal and I sometimes like putting this over another lipstick to add something. It is a very pale pink and contains a little shimmer that's quite cute.

Nudes


Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Obsession
I like pairing this with my Revlon Pink in the Afternoon lipstick as it darkens it a little. I have noticed with these lip liners that you need to prep your lips before you use it as it makes your lips more dry looking. It is a whiny nude which goes with nearly every lipstick.


Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit
I talked about this in My Top 10 Under €10 post a couple weeks ago. This is a natural nude on me and has a great lasting power. Since it is a liquid lipstick it does go into the cracks of my lips.

Revlon Color Burst Balm Stain in Honey
This is another lipstick I have had since I started this blog. This is a pinky nude that contains a little shimmer which I like. I used to wear this the whole time when I purchased it but now I don't as often anymore.

Reds

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam
Another cult favourite, I feel nearly everyone has one from the range. It is a nice bright red, not very bold but can gradually become more intense if you layer it. This was also in my Top 10 Makeup Products Under €10.

Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in 117
This is not as bright as the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream but paired with the lip liner it looks very bright. I love the packaging as it is so luxe for a drugstore lipstick. This is a lipstick-liquid lipstick hybrid and the majority of the lipstick lasted while I had dinner recently which I was surprised about.

Seventeen Lip Lustre Red
Another lip gloss, I don't think I've ever used this, so I can't really tell you my opinion on it. It has a nice red pigmentation though.


Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Red Diva
This has some long-lasting power and I usually only put this under a lipstick if I know I won't get to touch up for a couple of hours. Same formula as Obsession and has a strong red-pink vibe to it.

Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in On Fire
This has a very glossy texture and look to it, that might explain why it's called Colour Rush Balm. It is very similar to the Seventeen Lip Lustre but isn't a lip gloss. This lipstick has a really nice subtle red but the staying power isn't there at all. It can't survive eating or drinking.

Kiko Creamy Colour Lip Liner in 306
This is the matching lip liner for my Kiko lipstick, and they both work so well together as I already said when I use this liner it lasts much longer than the lipstick by itself. I haven't used it with any other lipstick yet but I will definitely start experimenting.

Bolds

MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Kooky
My only bold lipstick, I was always afraid of bold lips but when I saw this in Edinburgh Airport for £3 I thought I might as well try it out. Firstly, the smell reminds me of Kool-Aid. I find that if I wear this and keep the rest of my look natural it washes me out but I feel that since it's nearing winter I might get a chance to wear this more often.


What lipsticks do you have?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 23 September 2017

My Life Hacks

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Where would I be without my life hacks? Definitely unorganised and forgetful! Over the years I have found and adapted a few life hacks for myself if that's for at home or in school.

Boost Charge Your Phone

We've all experienced when you need to go somewhere for the day and your phone is less than 20% and you know you won't have time to charge it up until you get home. I have used this trick so many times to get me out of a dead phone, this cuts down time and charges up your phone fully in about 40 minutes. I'm not to sure can you do this on an Android phone but I presume there is a variation. Firstly turn off everything Mobile Data, Bluetooth, Wifi etc, activate Airplane mode and put your brightness to the lowest. Next head into Settings - General - Accessibility - Greyscale. Once all that's been done, plug your phone in and get charging.

Fresher Hair 

Nothing worse than waking up with not so fresh hair and I hate the feeling of it too. The night before I normally put in some dry shampoo and during the night while I move around in my sleep the dry shampoo absorbs the oil and the white cast disappears. Also, it's one less thing to do in the morning.

Locker Essentials

Another school related one! If you have a locker then there's a few things you might need. I always have magnets to put my timetable to the inside of the door which is great as I don't have to take out my journal. Also, try to keep your locker tidy as it's harder to find books when it's messy and you can end up damaging books. Keep a spare durable shopping bag in your locker just in case a. your bag is too heavy for all your books or b. your books can't all hit into your bag.

Handy Reminder

If you are like me and sometimes forgets to bring something home from school, write it on your hand. I know this isn't really a hack but if you put a memo on your hand you will definitely see it. I use this constantly for getting homework from my locker at the end of the day, so I can spend the least time and get going home. If you are afraid it may rub off, write it near to your wrist as it is less likely to rub off there.

Log Off

I don't mean log off your phone for the rest of your life to be more productive but instead delete the app you spend most time scrolling through to procrastinate and only let yourself log in on your browser. My procrastination app of choice is Facebook as you can scroll for days and it will never end. I find using a browser to use Facebook makes me spend less time as the website isn't as polished as the app and can lag. If you want to take it a little further, log out each time you use your app of choice so you have to enter your password to go into it again. You won't feel like using it as you have to enter your password or figure out what your password is.

Pomodoro Technique

Hands up who likes to procrastinate? Me! The pomodoro technique is a time management method that helps you focus on a task for 25 minutes and then get a 5 minute break. I find this great for doing a couple of those little 5 minute to dos, editing photos, scheduling tweets and studying. I use it for an array of things. There are 2 good apps to help stick to this technique, Tide (free) and Forest (€2.30). I prefer Tide as if you have to cancel the session for whatever reason they don't mind while if you do it in Forest you get a dead tree.

Emergency Kit 

An emergency kit is perfect for emergencies, if you cut yourself, need to tie up your hair or it the red sea comes to town, a kit with everything you might need is important. In my emergency kit, I have a body spray, blister plasters, mints, money, pads, tampons, plasters, tissues, money, lip balm, hand cream and some painkillers. There are some things I use more than others but it's nice to have something for any problem.

Schedule EVERYTHING!

I don't mean schedule your whole life, if you are into that then do it but me personally I can't stick to a strict schedule. If you are a blogger, YouTuber, Instagramer or like to tweet a lot, I would recommend to schedule. I schedule everything when it comes to online, my blog posts, YouTube videos, tweets and Instagram pictures and it means I don't have to worry about not tweeting in the past few days or forgetting to publish a blog post. It means that I don't have to worry when I mightn't be near a laptop.

Armour For Your Charger

Apple chargers are the worst, they don't last very long and always end up breaking really easily. I hate paying €25 for a charger that doesn't last very long, so I took to the internet to find a way to protect it. You take a spring from a pen and stretch it out a little and wrap it around the wire and place it at both ends. Be careful when doing this as you might get stabbed by the spring. This protects your charger from exposing wires near the ends and have another level of re-enforcements. Also, you'll know which charger is yours as it has springs on it.

Do you have any interesting life hacks?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Top 10 Makeup Products Under €10

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We all like a good bargain and me being a student I don't like to splurge too much on makeup as money doesn't grow on trees and higher end makeup is expensive. Drugstore makeup is amazing now, there are many dupes for their more expensive counterparts. I thought I would share with you my favourite products under €10 For any of my international gals, €10 is the same as $11.50 and £9.10.

Kiko Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick

I featured this in a first impressions recently, click HERE to check it out, and I knew from the first application that I loved it. For €6.95 the quality is amazing and the packaging looks like something from a spy movie which I adore. This lipstick is very buttery but lasts like a liquid lipstick and doesn't dry out my lips. It is so pigmented and doesn't go into the grooves in my lips like some liquid lipsticks I own.

Flormar Watermelon Balm

I am obsessed with watermelon, the fruit, the scent, everything! When I saw this in a pharmacy I knew I needed to get it. I love the watermelon scent, it's sweet and is as if you have just cut into a fresh juicy watermelon. I love the pink tint that it gives your lips, it reminds me a lot of Maybelline Baby Lips and Benefit's Benebalm. It is not overly moisturising which is the only problem I have with it. Besides that with a price of €4.95 and an SPF of 15 what more would you want.


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Is it weird to say that I like the smell of the NYX Lip Cream? Yeah, I thought so. This was the first liquid lipstick I bought and I still love it. I feel that NYX is a relatively good brand that doesn't set you back a whole pile. These cost €7.20 and it's perfect if you want to try out a colour that you aren't too sure you'll like. I loved the pigment and formula of this lipstick. It doesn't dry out my lips and lasts quite well except for when eating but I have never found a lipstick that doesn't budge while eating. It doesn't sink into the creases of my lips, that's a bonus, as I hate when that happens.

Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream

Birthday Suit is my perfect nude and I love it to pieces but there are 2 things that aren't so desirable. Firstly the applicator is wonky, I find it far too long and it applies too much product and if I don't prep my lips it can go a little crusty and go into the creases of my lips. This thing does not budge no matter how hard you try to it is one of the worst lipsticks to swatch as it takes ages to come off but that's not always a bad thing. The packaging is pretty too and for €7 they aren't too bad.

PS Pro Longwear Mineralized Foundation

I was a little skeptical getting this foundation as it was only €6 in Primark but boy it went beyond my expectations. I wrote a post on it if you want to see my full opinion on it, click HERE. It is pale enough for me and lasts all day, I think it is as good as my holy grail Rimmel Match Perfection foundation, actually it's much better as it's cruelty free.

Kiko Glow Fusion Powder Highlighter

This is the most expensive product on this list at €9.95. Yet again, Kiko slays at the packaging game. I got this in 01 Brilliant Champagne and it is a subtle highlight for the paler people. I don't like a too intense highlight and this does the job, it is also buildable if I want a more bold highlight.

Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer

This is a high coverage concealer that hides any of my spots and dark under eye circles. I love the doe foot applicator which helps to do the upside down triangle under my eyes. I know I am not the first blogger to talk about how wonderful this concealer is. They have added a lighter shade to the already pale Porcellian. It lasts all day and I have no problem with it oxidising and at €3.95, it's as cheap as chips.

Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel

I have ranted and raved about how good this eyebrow gel everywhere, here, Instagram and Snapchat. Even though I haven't tried Benefit's Gimme Brow, I think it is a dupe as it is a coloured gel that contains fibres to make your eyebrows look fabulous. You can get 6 Essence Make Me Brows for the price of 1 Gimme Brow. It never gets crispy and adds definition and a third dimension to flat brows.
Unfortunately, they have discontinued one of their brunette shade but there's a blonde and a darker brown one.

NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade

My brows have upped their game since I got this brow product. For the days that I want a full face of makeup or an intense brow I go for this. It is simple and easy to use just make sure to have a thin angled brush. It is easy to blend out and make the brows look like brows instead of harsh blocks of colour.


Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette

This is a dupe of the Naked 3 palette that's 1/10th the price. The pigmentation is good and lasts well on my eyes if I have primed my eyes correctly. Packaging wise, it is very plasticey but hasn't fallen apart yet. The only thing is I find it hard to make eye looks from this palette alone, I normally use this palette with the others in my collection to make a look. I don't know is it me or is it the palette but I think it's down to the fact that I prefer matte shades and there's only 5 in this palette. 

What are some of your favourite makeup products under €10?

Thanks for being awesome,


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Netflix Obsessed

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Since I got Netflix I have become a little obsessed, I use it nearly every day watching the next episode of my new-found favourite show. Today I thought I would share with you the shows that I have been loving the past few months. I am an avid TV show person, I watch movies from time to time but I never feel like I have the time to sit down and watch one.

Orange is the New Black

OITNB was the main reason I wanted to get Netflix, everyone was watching it and I wanted to join in on the club. The first three seasons were amazing, I loved the plot, the character's backstories and the actors themselves. Season 4 and 5 were a little different for me as I didn't enjoy them as much, some characters who once were mains faded into the background and the plot felt like it was stretched too far and the episodes become boring with nothing really happening.

RuPaul's Drag Race

This show is the one I go to when I'm having a bad day or just want a little pick me up. I'm not the biggest reality TV show fan but I LOVE this show. It is a drag queen competition and of course, when there are a load of huge personalities there is bound to be conflict. I have watched season 2 and currently watching season 3. My favourite queens are Pandora Boxx and Raja. I love the fashion and the funny challenges the queens get thrown.

American Horror Story

I watched the first 4 seasons 2 years ago and I loved revisiting the same seasons again. I am now onto season 5 which gives so much creepier vibes than the previous 4 seasons. I love that the majority of the cast stay the same every season, hello Evan Peters! For anyone who hasn't watched AHS, it's not a horror show, it's creepy yes but it doesn't leave you restless at night thinking of one of the characters are going to come and get you.

How I Met Your Mother

This is one of those classic shows that you can watch over and over. I've never completed the whole of HIMYM but I am slowly making progress through it. I use this show as my buffer one, if I have nothing else I want to watch or don't have enough time to watch a different show I'll watch it.

Riverdale

I had no idea what to expect when I started watching Riverdale, which is the name of the town where the story is set. It reminds me a lot of High School Musical, there's a Troy Bolton who wants to play sport and do music, there's a Ryan and Sharpay Evans except Ryan gets murdered and Sharpay is still Sharpay. I haven't sussed out any of the other characters but Cole Sprouse is in it. The second season is out in October which will be interested to see what happens next.

Sherlock

Sherlock can't be described more than amazing. It is a modern take on Sherlock Holmes, the episodes are an unusual length, probably due to the main character being a little unusual, at 90 minutes. I love mystery and crime TV shows like the likes of CSI and Criminal Minds and Sherlock takes that and adds so much more. The only problem I have with it is the length it takes for one season to be released, approx 2 years which is heartbreaking when you are completely up to date and still need more of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

What shows have you been watching recently?

Thanks for being awesome,




Saturday, 2 September 2017

Ain't Nobody Got Time For That

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Everyone has things that they don't have time for and I am definitely one of them. I don't consider myself lazy but there are some things I would rather not do as I could be doing something much more important. So, here are a couple things I don't have time for.

Making My Bed

I don't see the point in making your bed when you are going to sleep in it that night and mess it up again. I like to move when I sleep so my bed normally looks like a bomb hit it the next morning. Since my duvet is upside down and my blanket was kicked to the bottom of the bed I just don't see the point in spending 10 minutes trying to put my bed back to perfect condition.

Shaving My Legs Regularly

I love having smooth legs but I couldn't be bothered shaving my legs every day or two. I find it takes too much time that I could spend it happily scrolling through Twitter and too much effort while you're trying to do yoga with razor blades and try not to cut yourself. Also, the razor burn is the worst, but there is nothing better afterwards then stroking your freshly shaven legs.

Drying My Hair

I have thick and long hair which doesn't really mix well when you blow dry your hair or let it naturally dry. It takes me 30 minutes to blow dry my hair from soaking wet and I just couldn't be bothered to do it twice a week. I sometimes blow dry my hair, on a rare occasion that it, and my arm always cramps up which is no fun.

Tan

Most of Ireland is obsessed with that sun kissed glow that you can't get here as the sun comes out for 5 minutes right before a huge shower of rain. I can't tan as I've been blessed with fair skin so my alternative is to fake tan which seems like a lot of effort. You have to shave and exfoliate a day beforehand, put on the tan, make sure it applies ok to your knees and elbows, don't use an oil based moisturiser. It seems like a lot of work for something that might turn out badly and I hate the smell.

Washing My Hair Daily

I was one of those people when I was 14 who would wash their hair every day. I know now that it's really bad for your hair to wash it every day as you are getting rid of its natural oil which causes it to produce more oil. This like with drying my hair. It takes so long for me to wash my hair, I have to shampoo twice and then conditioner. Also, you have to get yourself hyped up for it which is another 30 minutes added on to the clock.

I don't mean to sound like a whiny little bitch but I thought I would share with you what I don't have any time for.

Is there anything you don't have time for?