My MAC Makeup Haul Pt 1


Hello ladies,

So I ventured up to Dublin 2 weeks ago with my Sister to stock up on my makeup kit and for some serious shopping therapy mostly window shopping I might add, but still thoroughly enjoying! 

I usually do my makeup hauls over on my snap chat @makeupbylisa but decided to just put into a blog and write a little about the products just if anyone wanted extra info.  I have spilt this post into two parts as I think you’d have eyes of gee by the time you finish reading it!!

First up are one of my favourite bridal foundations to use Mac Face & Body.  I purchased C2, C3, N1 & N2.  I will do another blog post next week going through what these shade numbers mean!

These foundations are extremely liquidity and probably best suited for dry to combination skin type in my opinion. It photographs beautifully hense why us makeup artists love them so much.  You can also apply onto the body or make those pins look super dewy, that’s why these make a popular choice for makeup artists that work backstage on fashion shows!  

The coverage is sheer to medium but very buildable!  So just apply extra on the area that needs more coverage usually the chin and nose area.  I have been using these foundations for almost 5 years and still love them as much as I did back then!  

Little goes a long way with Face & Body so less is definitely more with this product! 

This foundation is priced at €39.00 for a 120ml bottle which is a fair size foundation and can be purchased at MAC Cosmetics in Brown Thomas on Grafton Street, Dublin.

Mac Pro Longwear concelears are definitely a must-have for any Makeup Artists kit! They are my all time favourites for concealing those dark circles while highlighting the under eye area!  

These are the Pro-Longwear Concelears I have always used these and get it hard to breakaway, I have tried different brands but I always end up staying true to Mac!    

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer NW15, NW20, NW25, NW 35

There are numerous shades to choose from so you will be guaranteed to get the perfect shade for you!  These retail at €23.00 which is pricey but worth the investment!  

The one thing I would say is that you have to be work with them quickly when applying onto the under eye area as they set quite quickly.  I apply mine with either my Cailyn Cosmetics ‘O WOW’ Brush or a damp beauty blender (I will leave links below).  

Either one is great, using patting motions which helps the product blend into the skin!  If you don’t have either try using ur ring finger with the same patting technique.  I then set this in place with my setting powder!  

Cailyn Cosmetics O’WOW Brush €29.99 or Real Rechniques Miracle Complexion Sponage €6.95

To purchase the O’WOW brush just click Cailyn Ireland 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge can be purchased in Boots or Cloud10beauty which currently have a 16% discount on products until Sunday.

That’s all for now and I will update with part 2 before the weekend!  Any questions on these foundations or concealer just leave a comment below.  

Until then. 

Live pretty lovely ladies x

Lisa D x


The Steampod – Our New Hair Hero


Hi Everyone

Lisa M here. Now it’s no secret I don’t have a clue when it comes to hair, how to style it……or in my case tame it!! Lisa D on the other hand is a total hair maestro , she can whip up the most beautiful style in no time and is always rocking lovely waves or braids. But me, I’m just lucky if I manage to drag a brush through mine. All through my teens I battled with naturally curly, unruly tresses and when the GHD came on the scene, it was a gift from god himself!! Finally something that could give me the sleek poker-straight hair I so desperately wanted in the early noughties!!


Fast forward 15 years and I’m still at war with my hair. It’s not as curly or frizzy as it used to be but still needs some TLC before it will behave itself. So I was intrigued when I started to hear a few people raving about the L’Oréal Steampod. Better than the GHD?? Impossible!! I had to check it out. After reading lots of reviews and chatting to a few hairdresser friends who had only postitive things to say, I decided to bite the bullet (the €180 bullet!!) and get one.

So basically it is a straightener, but not as we know it. Along the plates there’s a steam output so as you run the straightener over your hair it’s being injected with steam as you go. When I heard this first alarm bells started ringing because my hair + steam or any kind of moisture = frizz central!! But the whole point of the Steampod is you inject your hair with moisture as you style it. So that means then it doesn’t try to soak up moisture from the atmosphere, that’s how we usually end up with a frizzy floppy mess. I know a lot of salons use Steampods and it’s that good some even charge extra to have it as an “add-on” to your blowdry!!



To get the steam you have to fill up the little pod attached to the straightener with water and when you turn it on you can hear it heating up and the steam in action. I blast dry my hair and once it’s dry I go over my whole head with the Steampod and it takes me 10 minutes max!! Before I had to blast dry my hair, then section it and smooth dry it and then use the GHD and the whole process was taking me 30 minutes or more. So needless to say the Steampod is saving me loads of time!

FYI this is what my hair looks like after a quick blast dry…crazy wiry frizzy mess!!


I have been using the steampod once or twice a week now for about a month and I have to say my hair has never felt better!! It’s smooth and silky and that lasts right through until I wash my hair again a few days later. I notice the ends of my hair aren’t as dry and even my hairdresser commented on what good condition my hair is in.



There’s 5 different heat settings so it’s suitable for all hair types and I know there are Steampod serums and cream treatments for use with the straightener but I haven’t tried any of them yet. The only downside for me was it’s a small bit bigger than a GHD so it took a little bit of getting used to, it just felt a bit awkward the first couple of times I used it. But once I got the hang of it I flew it. There’s a comb attachment on the plate also and that makes it really easy to glide through the hair. So first impressions are a massive thumbs up from me, my poor GHD hasn’t seen the light of day since Christmas and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. Below are some links to where you find the Steampod if you’re tempted…..


L'Oreal Steampod White


Until next time,

Live Pretty xx

The TMI TAG – Lisa M

Hi Everyone.

Lisa M here. So by now I’m sure you’ve all come across the TMI Tag doing the rounds on social media, mainly Snapchat. I thought I might have escaped being tagged but Lisa D nabbed me earlier this week when she posted hers. So now it’s my turn to answer the 50 intimate questions….Too Much Information!! Most people are answering theirs on Snapchat but as I’m still adamant I won’t talk on Snapchat I’ll be posting mine here. Also saving my story from being 1746378263746 seconds long!! So let’s get crackin’…..


1 – What are you wearing?

Right now I’m in old leggings and and old loose jumper cos I just put on some tan.


2 – Have you ever been in love?

Yes and still am, just got engaged at Christmas so feeling very loved up.


3 – Have you ever had a terrible break-up?

Thankfully no.


4 – How tall are you?

5′ 7ish I think.


5 – How much do you weigh?

Too much……that’s all I’m sayin………


6 – Any tattoos?

No. I’m way too indecisive to pick something that will be inked on my body forever and ever!!


7- Any piercings?

I have a few different ones in my ears , lobes x 3, tragus and forward helix and I have the back of my neck done aswell.


8 – OTP?

Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders


9 – Favourite show?

The Walking Dead, Peaky Blinders and Sons of Anarchy


10 – Favourite band?

The XX, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA, Kasabian, Foals, Alt-J, Interpol, Blur, Nirvana, Royal Blood, Stone Roses, White Stripes……the list goes on and on and on…….


11 – Favourite song?

Toughest question ever and I don’t think I could pick one.


12 – Something you miss?

This one is really hard. There’s lots of people that I miss, places I miss and times in my life that I miss. But right now I suppose I miss my friends in Canada and Australia the most.


13 – How old are you?



14 – Starsign?

Gemini…and I am very much a typical gemini!!


15 – Quality you look for in a partner?

Sense of humour and kindness.


16 – Favourite quote?

“What’s for you won’t pass you” and ” What’s meant to be will always find it’s way”.


17 – Favourite actor?

Christian Bale and Christopher Walken.


18 – Favourite colour?

All shades of pink and gold.


19 – Loud or soft music?



20 – Where do you go when your sad?

To my sister, mam or boyfriend.


21 – How long does it take you to have a shower?

10-15 minutes if I’m washing my hair, 5 minutes if not.


22 – How long does it take you to get ready in the mornings?

Depends on what I have on that day. Anywhere between 10 minutes and half an hour.


23 – Ever been in a physical fight?

Nope I’m a lover not a fighter…..and I wouldn’t fight my way out of a paper bag!!


24 – Turn on?


Making me laugh!!


25 – Turn Off?



26 – The reason I joined Snapchat?

Curiosity to see what all the fuss was about. And I’m addicted now


27 – Fears?

Heights and I have totally irrational fear of my house being broken into while I’m there.


28 – The last thing that made you cry?

A particularly bad bout of PMS…..EVERYTHING made me cry!!


29 – The last time you said you loved someone?



30 – Meaning behind your blog name?

LisasLivinPretty is a joint effort and the other half is Lisa D. We’re both Lisas and wanted to bring that into the blog name ♡


31 – Last book you read?

The Girl On The Train, loved it.


32 – Current Book?

Not reading anything at present but I do have the Joe Wicks LeanIn15 cookbook on the go the past couple of weeks if that counts.


33 – Last show you watched?

Making A Murderer.


34 – Last person you spoke to?

Jamie my boyfriend.


35 – The relationship between you and the last person you texted?

An old school friend who is organising a hen party for another friend!!


36 – Favourite food?

Pizza, all day everyday!! And chocolate……chocolate pizza!!


37 – Places you want to visit?

Space!! I’d love to do a driving trip across America, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle and seeing all the “off the beaten track” towns.


38 – Last place you were?

London with my mam and sister.


39 – Do you have a crush?

Yes, lots of them.


40 – Last time you kissed someone?



41 – Last time I was insulted?

A few minutes ago with my boyfriend making up smart answers for these questions for me…


42 – Favourite flavour of sweet?

I always go for the red and purple ones first!!


43 – What instruments do you play?

I learned the keyboard when I was younger and Jamie taught me a few chords on guitar/bass but I’m useless at them all. I went for Piano lessons a couple of years ago but gave up too quickly 😦


44 – Favourite piece of jewellery?

My brand spanking new engagement ring…


45 – Last sport you played?

That’s funny…..


46 – Last song you sang?

A song my nieces made up that they sing all the time about their daddy turning 40.


47 – Favourite chat-up line?

Do you come here often?


48 – Have you ever used it?



49 – Last person you hung out with?



50 – Who should be next to answer these 50 questions?

I think everyone I would nominate has done it already so I’m happy to leave it at that. But maybe I could ask if you don’t already follow us on Snapchat you could pop over and give us some love. You’ll find us at @lisabeth-86 and @makeupbylisa.


I hope you enjoyed my TMI , it was tougher than I thought and I might have learned one or two things about myself.


Until next time,

Live Pretty xx

Snapchat TMI Tag

So if your on snapchat you will probably be aware of the TMI Tag (too much information) that has been doing the rounds, if not, well basically it’s a 50 question tag of personal questions about yourself, hence the TMI!  I was tagged on snapchat by @Jenniferdevitt from ‘The Life and Style of Jen’.  Now I know I’m supposed to do this tag on snapchat but to be honest I just don’t have the time to answer 50 questions without been interupted about 50 million times by the kiddios.  So a blog post is the best I can do!

So lets get started on the questions…

1.  What am I wearing?

Currently, my PJ’s and dressing gown.

2.  Ever been in love?

Yes and I still am.

3.  Ever had a terrible breakup?

I’ve had breakups but not terrible.

4.  How tall are you?

I think 5″4 approx.

5.  How much to you weigh?

Not a hope of me declaring that!!

6.  Any tatoos?


7.  Any piercings?

Just my earlobes.

8.  OTP (One True Pairing/Favourite Couples)

Elena & Damien from The Vampire Diaries

9.  Favourite Show

The Vampire Diaries

10.  Favourite Band?

The Coronas seen them so many times!

11.  Something you miss?

My Grandparents.

12.  Favourite Song?

This is hard because I’m always loving something one minute then something else the next, but I’m currently hooked on Justin Biebers ‘love yourself’

13.  How old are you?


14.  Star Sign?


15.  Quality you look for in a partner?

Kind, caring, funny, confident

16.  Favourtie quote?

17.  Favourite Actor?

Denzel Washington

18.  Favourite Colour?


19.  Loud/Soft Music?

Loud all the way!

20.  Where do you go when your sad?

Probably to my hubby, mam or sister

21.  How long does it take for you to shower?

Depends, usually 5 min but if I’m washing hair probably 15 min.

22.  How long does it take you to get ready in the mornings?

Not very long, I’d say 5 min, have to get 4 kids ready first so there is never enough time for me!!

23.  Ever been in a physical fight?

Nope unless you count the time when me and my brother used to kill each other when we were kids!  That used to get quite rough!!!! 

24.  Turn on?

A genuine person

25.  Turn Off?

Ingorance, someone the belittles someone else because they think its funny and rudeness.

26.  The reason I joined snap chat?

It’s was a new social media platform for me but everyone was on it so I thought I’d give it a go and been a makeup artist it was great for sharing product info!

27.  Fears?

The sea, I seriously cannot look at it without thinking of Tsunami’s its terrifying!! 

28.  The last thing that made me cry?

Watching ‘The Fault in our Stars’

29.  The last time you said you loved someone?

The kids just putting them to bed.

30.  Meaning behind your blog name?

Well myself and my blogger half are both Lisa’s and we love pretty things so hence the name ‘lisaslivinpretty’!

31.  Last book you read?

50 Shades of Grey

32.  Current book?

Nothing the last book scarred me for life!

33.  Last show you watched?

The Good Wife

34.  Last person you spoke to?

Alan my husband.

35.  The relationship between you and the last person you texted?

The last person I texted was Lisa Lisaslivinpretty other half!

36.  Favourite food?

Chinese food.

37.  Places you want to visit?

San Fransisco, Paris and Las Vegas

38.  Last place you were?

London with the girls.

 39.  Do you have a crush?

Besides my husband I’d have to say Jamie Doran ( The Fall & 50 Shades)

40.  Last time you kissed someone?

The kids putting them to bed.


41.  Last time I was insulted?

Don’t think I have been, that I know of!

42.  Favourite flavour of sweet?


43.  What instruments do you play?

Well I have guitar, I can’t play it though, so I don’t think that counts!  So no I don’t play an instrument.

44.  Favourite piece of jewellery?

My engagement and wedding ring.

45.  Last sport you played?

GAA Football for Mothers N Others. Great craic!!

46.  Last song you sang?

JB ‘Love Yourself’

47.  Favourite chat up line?

48.  Have you ever used it?

Haha NO!!

49.  Last person you hung out with?

Probably Alan watching the TV.

50.  Who should answer these questions next?

Ill have to nominate my blogger half Lisa Moore 

@siobhanpop (snapchat name)

@aoifemcdonnelll (snapchat) from Aoifes Antics

My Top 2015 Beauty Buys

Hello Ladies,

Happy New year to you all!  I’m sure there were lots of resolutions made and goals set for 2016, I’m not great at resolutions to be honest but have made plenty of goals to aim towards!  So let’s start this year in positive mode!!

So this is my first post of 2016 and of course I’ll have to start it with some reflection on 2015 so I have put together ‘My Top 2015 Beauty Buys’ that I think are a must-have and would most definitely purchase again.

Let’s start off with the most sought after product of 2015 the ‘Pippa Palette’ by one of my favourite Bloggers and Fashionista’s Pippa O’Connor for Blank Canvas Cosmetics .

The palette has been the most popular buy of last year.  It was sold out within a number of days and given rave reviews by many of Ireland’s top beauty bloggers! It’s still going strong and I can see why, with so many fabulous shades to choose from, you can go from a day to night look using one palette to create a gorgeous makeup look.  This palette is ideal for travelling, it’s conveinently packaged for that lady that travels a lot, as it has all you need to complete your makeover!  This can be purchased on Blank Canvas Cosmetics

For a full review on The Pippa Palette just click here .

Nip + Fab Viber Venom Wrinkle Fix is a new and very interesting primer/serum that states will fix those fine lines that might be popping up on your face.  It’s to be used prior to moisturiser and before makeup.

It contains Liftonin-express + Syn-Ake which are basically two ingredients created by Nip + Fab.  Basically these ingredients apparently give you a mild-botox like effect on the skin.  It provides a tightening effect that lasts for hours. Does it work? To right it does!!

I’m amazed at this product it has completely changed how my foundation looks and feels on my skin.  At 37 I am unfortunately getting the dreaded lines but this has honestly helped!  I would probably only recommend this to anyone that has fine lines or on more mature skin but if you are blessed with perfect skin well then this is probably not for you!  This is a WOW product for me!
I purchased mine from Boots which is currently half price at €13.49 so pick it up quick because this is the next big thing for 2016. Click here to purchase.

My ultimate find of 2015 has to be the NYX Butter Glosses I cannot understand how these are not more readily available!  I love these glosses the payoff is fab and they smell amazing! If you would like to purchase any NYX products check out Meaghers Pharmacy retailing at €6.30, they are an online stockist of lots of makeup and skincare brands.

With so many shades to choose from you will most certainly find your perfect gloss for those pouty lips!

Next is this Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 foundation brush.  This brush has to be my favourite go to brush to use on clients.  I love trying out brushes and I have a lot to choose from as I am obsessed about trying out new brands, but this for me has been exceptionally popular for me.


The F20 Flat Brush is made of short, dense synthetic fibres ideal for liquid, cream or powder products.  Stipple or buff your foundation onto your face with this super soft brush and notice the difference to your application.   This brush will set you back €14.99 for the Hot Pink HD Collection.

Blank Canvas have an array of brushes that I love but this one is what I recommend when I’m asked what foundation brush to buy.  These are affordable and definitely gives the likes of higher brands a run for their money.  Click here if you wish to purchase.

Mary-Lou Manizer is a fabulous honey hued luminiser which is a very popular choice when choosing a highlighter to give you that perfect healthy glow.


I use this highlighter on almost all my clients and the payoff is fabulous you will be catching everybody’s eye with theBalm‘s Mary-Lou Manizer as ‘the shimmer powder adds a gorgeous subtle glow to your face. The best selling Mary-Lou Manizer can be used to add extra definition by highlighting your cheekbones & brow bones or as an all over finish for your makeup’.  Available on Cloud10Beauty retailing at €20.50.  This is definitely worth the purchase as you can see mine is fairly well used but I have this for quite some time and little goes a long way.


Saving the best until last but by no means least the #girlboss of 2015 Marissa Carter and her famous Cocoa Brown empire.  Myself and Lisa Moore the other half of Lisas’ Livin’ Pretty had the pleasure of attending the launch of two new Cocoa Brown products at the Passion Persistence Pink party where Marissa herself unveiled these products.  Click here for a full review of these products.

These Instant Bronzing Gels have been a life saver for me, with four kids in tow this is the only product that I get a chance to lash on to give me a bit of colour before I head out on a night out.  You can purchase these from almost all Penneys, pharmacies or online beauty shops.  Marissa has done a fantastic job in creating these products and look forward to see what new products she creates for 2016!

That’s it from me for this week and I hope you enjoyed my Top 2015 beauty favourties!  I could of added a lot more but this post would of taken forever. But I hope I have given you some necessary info in the above products that you might be thinking of purchasing.  Let us know if you do as we would love to hear your feed back.


Until next time ladies,

Live Pretty.


Lisa D xx