Christmas Gift Guide – The Best Gift Of All


Hi Everyone.

And here we are it’s Christmas week, only a few more sleeps before the big man comes and we’re all tucking in to our turkey dinners!! We hope you have enjoyed our Christmas Gift Guide so far and we made your shopping even a little bit easier. As this is our last instalment of the gift guide we thought long and hard about what we wanted to recommend. We wanted something that would mean a lot to receive, that doesn’t cost a fortune and that’s easy to get now that we’re down to the last few shopping days…


….and then it dawned on us. The best present any of us can give to our loved ones is to be just that……be present. Christmas is such a magical time of the year. For many of us it might be the only time we have our families all together under one roof and we need to savour these times. These days time seems to be going so fast and life is flying by in a whirlwind of work, busy weekends, housework and other boring stuff. So while we have the chance we should spend as much time with loved ones as possible. One day the kids won’t be kids anymore or maybe some of our nearest and dearest won’t be here anymore and we’ll be wishing for these days again. Even if it’s just a Christmas movie on the couch with the kiddies, a nice walk with  Mam, a long catch-up with your bestie or a sneaky drink with Grandad, these moments make precious memories.


Christmas can be a tough time for some and while it’s all merriment and joy for lots of people it can be a lonely sad time for others who may be going through a difficult time or living away from home. If you think someone you know might not be having the best Christmas maybe drop them a text to see how they are or call in for a cuppa….you could make all the difference to that persons Christmas with the simple gift of a friendship.


While we’re feeling all soppy we just want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of you for making the first few months of Lisas’Livin’Pretty the success it was. When we started the blog all we hoped was for people to read it and we’ve been blown away by all your support. We’ve had a blast and are super excited to see what 2016 has in store.


And lastly we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, we hope Santy comes and it’s everything you wished for and more. After all it’s the most wonderful time of the year……..


Until next time,


Live Pretty xx


Christmas Stocking Fillers Under €20

Hello Everyone,

So this is my last gift guide before the big man himself comes and we get to have a nice relaxing break filled with food, drink and some family quality time!  But if you are still struggling for those last minute stocking fillers just to add to an already amazing gift well feast your eyes on these!

Let’s start with this amazing book my one of my favourite youtubers Sinead Caddy aka The Makeup Chair!  Sinead launched her beauty hand book, which is filled with fabulous looks with step by step guides, tips & tricks and lots of other beauty info!


So if you have a young daughter that loves all things makeup well this could be a nice little gift for her! It’s priced at €14.95 but currently Cloud10beauty have 20% off so you can pick it up for €11.96, so grab it quick!  

As per usually I have to mention Penneys, I just can’t escape their budget friendly items!!

Pendant Necklace €4, Pearl Bead Bangles €3, Beanie Hat €4, Scarf €9

Their accessories are second to none!  You can pick up fabulous pieces along with winter essentials, they have so many items to choose from and you will no doubt find something to bulk up that stocking!  But if you are still struggling to figure out what to buy, don’t forget that you can also pick a voucher in-store which is perfect, everyone loves a voucher!    

Now I suppose it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t through in a gift for him, so I was browsing through Cloud10beauty and found that they have a great range of skincare for men, which will save us from hiding ours!  Because let’s get real ladies, men secretly use our’s and think we don’t notice, who are they kidding, do they not realise how precious our skincare is to us, of course we are going to notice a big chunk gone out of our favourite moisturiser!   


This Nip + Man Power Skin Set is perfect for him it contains a scrubbing facial wash and daily Power Moisturiser, this will leave the man in your life with smooth and cleansed skin, which will take him away from using yours!  

Have a look at this amazing beauty website it is jam packed with beauty must-haves that it makes a one-stop shop for all your beauty essentials!  Definitely worth a visit! 
Last but not least, if you are super busy with work or just not getting the time to get around to all the shops why not pick up an All 4 One Voucher these are just perfect, you can use them in almost any store and saves you a mountain of time having to scope the shops for a stocking filler!  

You can purchase these in your local An Post office!  

That’s my last post done until after Christmas everyone, I hope I have given you a little help in the gift department the last couple of weeks!  I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks so much for your support since starting our blog it’s much appriciated, until Next Year ladies!

Live Pretty xx

Lisa D xx

Christmas Party Look!


Hello Ladies!!

Yeahhhh it’s Christmas Party season and we all know what that means, new festive styles, shops been hit hard looking for that special outfit that is going to make you look drop dead gorgeous, bank balance at an all time low, well fear not as I have found some nice little pieces for you to through your eye over and not only that I will show you a makeup inspo look to match! Tadahhh!! 

First up has to be from Penneys Christmas Party Look! Penneys is totally in the game when it comes to bang on trend style, there pieces would give the likes of other well known brands a run for their money!! 

Jacket €40, Top €10, Skirt €12, Shoes €23

This look is my favourite! Totally up my ally with the leather skirt which is such a statement piece in itself!  

Next up is a gorgeous Playsuit from Topshop, now I know these can be quite complicating when we get a few beverages into us, but hey that’s what friends are for right?!!   

Topshop Playsuit €98 , Heels €18 , Clutch €10 both Penneys

The Playsuit is quite expensive so this is why I choose the heels and clutch from Penneys, just to show that you can overindulge in one item but save in another!! 

Next up is from Dorethy Perkins !  Of course I had to feature a LBD but this one is with sequins!  Definitely a party show stopper that can be easily accessoried with just a simple black heel!  

Dress €45, Heels €29,

Now to choose a makeup look for your Christmas night!  Well to be honest you cannot go wrong with a classic red lip!  It’s classy, elegant and compliments any outfit! My favourite combo has to be Mac Cosmetics Cherry lip liner paired with Russian Red lipstick!  On the eyes I wore a nude/gold shade on the lid and smoked it out using shades of browns, underneath I applied a brown kohl pencil and smudged it out using a flat head brush with a soft brown shadow to help blend it out!  


That’s it from me ladies, hope you all have a fab weekend and have a ball at all the parties you get to attend!  

Until next time ladies! 

Live pretty x

Lisa D x

Christmas Gift Guide – Under €20


Hi Lovelies,

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and didn’t get blown away in all that wind and rain!! We’ve been keeping busy getting ready for Christmas and doing a little bit of shopping for gifts. And here we are, it’s that time of the week again,….time to look at this weeks Christmas gift idea.


Many of you will have heard of Chocolate Box jewellery before. With over 8,000 followers on Facebook this little jewellery business is really taking off and it’s easy to see why. This jewellery is absolutely beautiful with many of the pieces being victorian inspired. I have never seen such a choice of colours before , there is every colour and shade of gem stone you could imagine. This makes finding the right pieces of jewellery to compliment a special outfit a doddle. We think the massive selection of earrings are to die for but there’s also pendants, rings and bracelets in the collection. You will even find pocketwatches, tie pins and cufflinks for the man in your life……that’s pops sorted then! We also know one or two brides who wore stunning chocolate box pieces on their big day!!


From a small pair of stud earrings to the most elaborate statement neckpiece there is something at Chocolate Box to fit every budget, keeping in mind our €20 guide.


Angela Burns is the woman behind Chocolate Box and her showroom and studio is based in Rhode, Co.Offaly. When you walk into her showroom it’s definitely like Aladdins cave, with all the jewellery laid out prettily to browse. You could spend hours there admiring everything, especially if you’re a magpie like us.


One thing we love about Chocolate Box is their generosity, Angela really looks after her customers!! Every Chocolate Box customer gets to pick their very own pair of earrings to take away…..for free!! Now if that isn’t a reason to do some Christmas shopping there I don’t know what is. We know it’s tough out there these days for small businesses and freebies are few and far between so for Angela to gift all her customers with a pair of earrings really is lovely.


You will find Chocolate Box on Facebook where there is daily competitions for some fabulous prizes if you’re feeling lucky!! I will leave a link to the page below and you can also find the contact details here..Happy Shopping.

Until next time,


Live Pretty,


Lisa M xx




Step by Step – Cranberry Gold Smokey Eye


Hi Everyone ,

Son of a nutcracker can you believe it’s only 3 weeks to Christmas!!! We are just so excited. As we’ve said before it’s the perfect time of year to step out of your comfort zone and try new things with your makeup, add a little something extra!! Today we are going to show you how to create a gorgeous cranberry and gold toned smokey eye, perfect for party season.




First up, shape your brows!! It’s much easier to blend out your eyeshadow correctly if you have the brow shape framing the eye, it almost gives a shape to follow with your eyeshadow. Use an eyeshadow primer if you like, I used Inglot Under EyeMakeup Base. An eyeshadow primer will prevent creasing, holding your shadow in place and also intensify the colour pigment.

Now to create the cranberry tone I used Inglot shade 74 but any pink/wine/berry colour will work as long as it’s not too dark. Use a round fluffy blending brush to apply this colour in the socket line blending very slightly above the crease. This looks completely dodgy at this stage but stick with it, this is just your base to blend your darker clours onto.

Next up , use some matte brown shadow to darken the crease, blending the same way as before. I used a medium and a dark brown, keeping the dark brown to the outer corners of the socket line. There’s a smokey eye starting to take shape now !!

Now use a flat shader brush to pat a gold shadow on the lid. Start at the inner corner and pat across the lid as far as the other shadow already applied.



Next up, repeat what you have done on top along the lower lashline using a small pointed bullet/pencil brush. So start with your cranberry shadow blended all along the lashline from outer to inner corner. then darken it up with your matte browns, keeping the darker shade towards the outer corner. With the lower lashline, be careful to keep close to the lashes. If we blend to low down we might end up like we had a couple of rounds with Mike Tyson….not a good look!!

Eyeliner is next, I used a black gel liner for a really intense dark line that won’t budge. Apply along the lower waterline with a liner brush and smudge a black eyeshadow on top for a really smokey look. Then apply on upper lid along lashline. Gel eyeliner can be tricky so start with a short line and then extend it bit by bit, it’s much easier to get right doing it this way rather than trying to do it in one perfect line 🙂 Once you have your liner on you can use a black shadow to really smoke out the outer corners depending on how dark you want to go.

Now that the liner is done we are down to a couple of finishing touches. I like to use a highlight along the browbone to lift the brow and give that polished finish to your look. You can use any light coloured powder for this but avoid anything too glittery. Apply with a flat shader brush and then use your blending brush to blend the eges of the highlight and the cranberry together. Also adding a little dot of highlight in the inner corner will really open up the eyes and make them pop. Finish off with a couple of coats of mascara or your favourite false lashes. And there you have it, a super easy and quick eye look that’s festive as fa la la la la la la la laaaaa.

We hope you enjoyed this little step-by-step look and have fun recreating it, let us know what other looks you’d like to see and we’ll get them up asap.


Until next time,


Live Pretty,


Lisa M xx


Penneys Christmas Gift Guide – Under €20



Ho! Ho! Ho! Everyone!!

It is the 1st December so technically I’m allowed to be on the festive side without been stoned for been in the Christmas spirit!  

So a while back we had a Penneys Haul post which was a Pt1 series, so I thought why not kill two birds with 1 stone and make it a Christmas gift guide also.  

Now if your stuck for a Christmas stocking filler or that teenager that you just don’t know what to buy and have a budget that you have to stick too, well then, this post might just be what you need!

I have come bearing gifts that are all beauty related and surprisingly all added up to under €20, now do I have your attention!!!

Let’s start off with Penneys (Primark) masks.  I have been using these for a while now and let’s just say I’m quite impressed!  

We have the Rejuvenate Mask €1.50, which is a Brightening and Moisturising 3D Mask, hey anything that remotely feels like it will brighten up my skin is a definite winner!

Ahh my favourite Nose strips €1.50, I know not the most attractive way to be seen, but these One Step Cleansing Nose Pore Strips with Aloe, are worthy of your attention!  

And my all time essential Eye Patches €1.50, now stop me if you don’t agree that anything that says that it will reduce dark circles, is something that you just have to have!  I for one am in desperate need of some dark circle cure, so why not give these a go!! 

Not a bad pampering set to have, let’s continue…

Next up is some amazing Eyeshadow sticks that are smudge proof and let’s just say for €2.50, I want Penneys (Primark) to make a bigger selection as these bad boys are simply gorgeous!  

They are super pigmented and can be woring either alone or under other eye shadows, you should definitely pick yourself up some as these are a total must-have!  Simply apply from the stick onto the lid and blend out with a fluffy brush, they are that easy!

I used a flash on the above pic so that you could see how fab these are, very festive if I do say so myself!

Also on the beauty hit list are my oh so popular lip favourites! 

The No. 15 Liquid Lipstick €2.50, is a very popular choice for the Penney junkies and this beauty along with a lipstick €1.30 and liner €1.50, will no doubt give you extra brownie points in the friendship department!   

Now if I have already giving you some inspo on what to get that girl that loves to be beautified, well then we all know that no look is complete until you pop on some lashes, and one thing that Penneys does best is supply some fab lashes!!

These are the Natural lashes, now don’t get distracted by the length of them as these are favourably becoming my go to lashes! For €1.50 you cannot go wrong! The thin band makes it that much easier to apply, remember to always wait until the glue becomes tacky before you place the lashes on the lash line.

We are getting to the end of our budget but just to max it out why not pop in one of Penneys PS Love… Nail Polishes €1.50, with some fab colours in the range I think you will find the perfect colour to fill up that Christmas basket/hamper for your loved one!!

Pic Courtesy of Google

Now that is one beauty basket that I would love to receive!!  


 The box in case anyone wants to know is also from Penneys, I think it was €5, but don’t quote me as I have it a while now, but it makes a nice little hamper!  (Not included in €20 budget!)

Hope you all have a lovely week in whatever you might be doing!

Until next time!

Live pretty xx

Lisa D x