Makeup Revolution – Review

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Hi Lovelies, Happy Monday!!

You might remember a few weeks ago we headed off to the Irish Beauty Show to pick up a few bits and pieces and we were very excited about stopping by the Makeup Revolution stand. Makeup Revolution is a drugstore brand that’s fairly new to Irish shores and up to now has only been available in Superdrug. Any time I was in London I could easily lose a few hours in the Superdrug at the top of Oxford Street browsing the makeup aisles and they always had a huge Makeup Revolution range. So you can imagine our excitement when we heard Makeup Revolution was coming to Ireland. Our friends at Matte To Metallic are brand ambassadors for Makeup Revolution so we have been keeping a close eye on all their social media (Facebook, Instagram : Matte To Metallic, Snapchat : @jennydonohoe283, @ciciclinton, @siobhanscanlon9 ) to see the products in use and we had picked out a few we really liked the look of.

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So off we headed to the beauty show with our list of products like 2 women on a mission!! Well it turned out we weren’t the only ones on a mission to stock up on Makeup Revolution….the stand was absolutely jammed!! There was barely room to move and people were grabbing products left right and centre! We took that as a good sign though, this stuff must be good! It turned out a lot of the products we had on our wishlists were already sold out but we did manage to pick up a couple of bits and pieces…

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The two products I managed to get my mitts on were the New-trals vs Neutrals eyeshadow palette and the Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights and oh my…..I think it’s love!! I knew these products would be decent but I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by them like I was.

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The eyeshadow palette has a whopping 16 shades. There’s a nice mixture of matte and shimmers in both warm and cool tones which makes this palette so versatile. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and have been able to create soft subtle day looks and dramatic colourful looks. The pigmentation is incredible, especially on the matte shades. The texture of the shadows is very soft and really easy to blend which is fantastic but that can mean they’re a little bit powdery so you just have to be careful to tap off the excess on the brush to prevent fallout on the cheeks.

 
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The colours in the palette are named and there’s a little removable insert with the names on it. I think my favourites are Neutral and Adapt which I have been using as transition colours or Trend and New-tral which are the gorgeous bright warm shades I have on in the pictures here. There’s also a handy little brush included, which as they go isn’t the worst. This palette retails at €11.79. That’s 16 really fab eyeshadows for under €12, I can’t get over the value.

 
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Now the highlighter…..swoon!! It’s just beautiful. We do have a bit of a soft spot for highlighters here, they’re just so sparkley and gorgeous. And this one is divine. The colour is called Peach Lights but I do think it’s more of a lovely cool-toned pinky hue as opposed to the warm-toned peachy-golden Soft & Gentle or Mary Lou Manizer. So when I swatched it I wasn’t sure how the cool tone would look but it blends in really nice and gives a gorgeous glow. I use it mostly on top of the cheekbone and in the inner corner of the eye to make the eyes really pop. This is in around €3, again unbelievable quality for that price.

 
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This isn’t the first time we have reviewed drugstore or budget beauty brands here but I do have to say I think Makeup Revolution really has something special, they just have that edge over other brands. Their products and packaging look and feel like higher-end brands, and the quality is spot-on. And their range of products is huge, from strobe creams to contour palettes to lippies, we want it all!! So far I have just been using these on myself, not because they’re not good enough for my pro kit….it’s just I’m not sure if I want to share them….I think I’ll keep them all to myself!!!! I’ll definitely be purchasing a LOT more Make Revolution now it’s available in Ireland.

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So as you can  tell I’m VERRRYYYY impressed with my Makeup Revolution buys from the beauty show and  don’t forget to keep an eye out for Lisa D’s review on her Makeup Revolution purchases , she’s busy having fun trialling hers at he moment and will report back soon. If these are anything to go by I’m sure it’ll be another glowing review.

 

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Makeup Revolution is available from pharmacies nationwide. For a full list of stockists keep an eye on the Matte to Metallic website but closest to us here in Edenderry is :

Dolans Pharmacy, Bridge Centre, Tullamore, Co.Offaly.

Walkers Pharmacy, Enfield, Co.Meath.

Bergins Pharmacy, Edward Street, Newbridge, Co.Kildare.

Hughes Pharmacy, Main Street, Portlaoise, Co.Laois.

Until next time,

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx

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Budget Beauty – Top 5 under €5

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Hi Lovelies,

Happy Saturday, hope you’re all having a nice weekend and are getting into the swing of Spring. Today we wanna talk about budget beauty. Now I know we talk about our high end products on here and recommend our Mac, Estee Lauder, Charlotte Tilbury……but girls we do love a good budget beauty buy. More often than not it’s the Penneys and pharmacy brands that have us going gaga. And we know you lot love yourselves a beauty bargain too. So with that in mind we’ve put together a few products we’ve been loving recently, all under €5.

 

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Essence Make Me Brow €3.10

This product arrived in a little hamper I was sent before Christmas from Ryans Pharmacy. I never used it before but was curious to see how it worked. It’s a gel product with little fibres that adhere to your brows instantly plumping them out a bit and adding definition. After using it on myself for a while I was really impressed and now it’s a  staple in my pro kit. It’s so easy to use all my students are hooked too.

 
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Catrice Camouflage Cream €3.50

I seen this concealer first on Lucy Bradleys snapchat (@lbmakeup) when she used it during a demo and I was blown away by how well it seemed to work. It’s a high coverage cream concealer perfect for covering blemishes or doing a little defining work. I gave these a whirl on my bridal trials and they were amazing, even covering a shoulder tattoo for a bride to be!! They’ve been compared to Mac Studio Finish Concealer and so far I’m loving them.

 

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Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipstick Velvet Matte €2.90

This is another recent purchase I am loving. With all the hype for liquid lipsticks and matte lip tints I thought I’d pick this up and see how it fares against some of the more expensive brands. The matte finish is so on-trend and the colour I chose is a warm browny peachy nudey (LOL) shade and it’s perfect for everyday.  This doesn’t dry out the lips which can be a problem with some other matte lip products. I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the colours.

 
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Catrice Blush Artist €4.95

This is a palette with 3 shades of blush and can be used to shape and highlight the face, using the darker shades on the apples of the cheeks and the lighter shades on the cheekbone to highlight. Although the packaging says Shader I don’t think there’s a shade dark enough to really use as a shader or contour in this one. But the colours are so gorgeous and they sit lovely on the skin. 3 blushes for under a fiver….yes please!!!

 

 

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Essence All Eyes On Me Waterproof Mascara €2.50

Waterproof mascara is an absolute must in my kit. Working on so many brides I can’t run the risk of using a mascara that could end up half down the face during the day. I’ve tried and tested a few and this is one of my favourites. It’s a nice intense black and won’t move once applied. Perfect for anyone that suffers from watery or irritated eyes.  Yesterday the fabulous Kate McCormack Makeup also featured this mascara on her Facebook so it seems to be proving popular with all the pro’s.

 

So there you have it, 5 fantastic affordable beauty buys that rival any of the higher end products in our makeup bags. You could pick up all these for under €17…FAB!!!! So Happy Shopping ladies, if you try any of these products be sure to let us know what you think.

 

Essence and Catrice are available from Penneys nationwide and Ryans Pharmacy in Edenderry.

 

Until next time,

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx

Snap Chat Favourites


Hello Everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and weren’t too down and out over the weather!  Today is looking mighty fine out there so hopefully we will see a nicer change in the next couple of weeks! (I won’t hold my breath though!).

So today’s post is an updated SnapChat of who to follow!  I did one of these probably around 6 months ago and boy have I added onto that!  I listed some of my favourite bloggers and girl bosses to date I still follow all these fab ladies and love their snaps, but some have grown huge and it comes to a stage where we all know who we are talking about!  So today’s post is going to be my list of who I have become snapchat buddies to and always having the lols with on snaps!  Some have inspired me to be more active on it, some have really brought me out of my shell and some have just cheered me up to no end with their gas shananigans!

Sometimes I think that us little snapchatters are like little fish in a big pond that sometimes get swallowed up by big sharks!    So this post is just to highlight who I follow and also who you might want to add just to change up your snapchat feeds!

So here we go it’s going to be a long one so brace yourself!!

 

@jenniferdevitt was one of my first to follow and I am still stalking her snaps! Jennifer’s blog The Life and Style of Jen is one of my favourites to read! Jen is as honest as they come and absolutely cracks me up with her witty sense of humor, her BF Dean also makes cameo appearances, which can be quiet entertaining stuff!  You will love her.

 

@sinead-makeup snaps absolutely amazing makeup tutorials, giving you clear direction and info on products!  Her makeup looks are honest to god brilliant! So good that AYU Makeup have asked her to Demo at this years Irish Beauty Show!  Huge congrats to you Sinead!  Myself and Sinead have become really good snapchat pals and it’s so nice to be able to share product knowledge and some lols with her and this exactly why I love snapchat!  Her page Sinaed Make Up Artist!

 

My Galway girl @siobhanpop was also one of my first to follow!  Siobhan is such a lovely lady and OMG her lashes are amazzzzing!  (Had to get that in!!). With some fab makeup demos to lots of products to share, her snaps are so good and full of makeup tips and tricks! With her two kiddies in tow we have so much in common so I guess this is why we clicked from the start!

 

@jennydonohoe283 is one half of the Matte to Mattelic makeup gurus duo!  Jen has been with me from the start and was on my first list of snapchatters to follow!  She is witty, smart, gorgeous and tells it as it is! With some amazing looks and makeup tutorials you will definately love following her!  And if your like me, the person that catches up on snapchatters in your dressing gown with a fab hun bun in tow, well Jen will definitely be your cup of tea!!

I started following @kimdempo or sosodempo as some of you may know her a couple of months ago, Kim has to be thee most honest snappers I know, not shy of telling her opinions on products, and the occasional rant!  She has come such a long way with her amazing weightloss and is always giving great food advice and receipes that look fantastic! I always get very motivational after watching her snaps!! Go Kim X

 

@seraemily from The Style Guide Blog is another lady that has been with me from the start!  Sera has always been supportive of me from day one and helped me get back onto the snapchat saddle when I wasn’t feeling my usual self, so with a little pep talk from Sera I was back on my snap chat journey!  Sera is one of the nicest ladies you could have on your snap chat lists!

 

This cork beauty Paula @paulasbeautyblog has amazing products to display and great makeup tips!  Loves her smoothies and puts me to shame when I see how well she looks after skin with all the fab skin care products she owns!  Her facebook page is at Paulas Beauty Blog for those that want to see what I’m talking about!

@ajmakeup has to be one of my most motivational snap chatters for me! Not only is she great at all things beauty related but kick started me to try and eat clean and make healthier choices!  Her blog AJMakeup is full of beauty & lifestyle tips along with clean eating advice and also recently created a Facebook group called ‘The Clean Kitchen’ which is full of recipes from other people and great advice on where to start!  Also her snaps also give you a glimpse of her amazing apartment!! #wow

 

@aoifemcdonnelll has been so supportive of our blog and snapchat!  Aoife is a fantastic young lady that I have had the pleasure of doing makeup for a couple of times!  Her blog Aoifes Antics like ours is only a baby but keep your eyes out for her because she is a little gem and is going to go far!  So much product knowledge and her makeup skills are so good! Super proud of Aoife and thank you for always been supportive of us!!


Charlene Flanagan is an unreal makeup artist her snaps @charlenefmakeup of her doing her makeup will have you wanting to climb out of bed at midnight to slap on some makeup!  Such a lady and fab at her job.  Very informative with her snaps and is also getting married this year so looking forward to seeing her build up snaps to her big day!

@dianeeverttmua is a makeup artist from Waterford with the most amazing purple hair! Gosh would so love to be able to pull this look off!! Always showing how-to makeup demos and recently displayed some tan techniques with a paint roller!  See snapchat is super beneficial to us beauty junkies!  Go add her for great snaps or check out her page at Diane Everett Makeup 

 

Nicola is @sparkingbitch on snapchat but also is the owner of Buff & Blend, which is a makeup brush and lash brand!  Nicola is a makeup artist that took the plunge and went freelance then decided to create her own brush brand.  I think Nicola is going to be a #girlboss of 2016 her brand is on the rise and I can not wait to get my hands on some of her products at the Irish beauty show in March where Buff & Blend will have there own stand! So if you heading up there why not check her out!  Follow her snap chat to get loads of info on her lashes and brush collection!

 

Ah Tanya from @tany-rachel is a bubbly character that loves the chats on snap chat!  A great makeup artist and also has YouTube channel Tanya Rachel Makeup!  Such a lovely girl and her story about her little gold fish had me in a hoop! This just showed how caring this girl really is!

 

@sharonleavy from Behind Green Eyes is a character!  If your not on snap chat or you are and don’t know who Sharon Leavy is well your living in a bubble!  Sharon is my breakfast in the morning and tea at night!  Her stories are hilarious and her rants are even better! A stay at home mum of three gorgeous boys, she fills up my day with witty, funny and knowledgable stories!  You need to follow her!

Katrina from @katrinak2hair is the owner of said salon K2hair and mastermind behind Push-Makeup!  Her snaps are so funny and always full of positivity!  Her hair demos are amazing along with her makeup looks! I’ll be meeting Katrina in March when I’ll be attending her makeup and hair masterclass with the talented Amber Dean!  Super excited for this eeeek!!

 


Kayleigh from @kaylskreations is new to be but her nail art is so good!  So if you are looking for something a bit different from makeup well the Kayleigh is your girl for some fine nail inspiration! Her blog is KayleighsKreationblog.

 

Joyce from @makeumeupmua is another gorgeous lady that I love to watch!  Always gymming it and lots of beauty products to share!  Her latest makeup revolutions haul had me at hello! #makeupheaven!! Her facebook page is Make Me Up Mua

 

Lucy from @lbmakeup is recently new to me!  But the reason I’m sharing this is because this girl is only 16 and is a makeup maestro!  At 16 I hadn’t a clue what makeup even was nevermind applying it, but this young lady is unreal!  And Lucy will also be demoing at the Beauty Show for AYU Makeup!  Amazing!

@monstermakeupxx is so funny and always up for a laugh!  Her makeup is so good and flawless!  She has a great YouTube channel which is definitely worth checking out at Monstermakeupxx! And is currently lapping it up in Las Vegas not jealous at all!!

 

@fitznbitz is hilariously funny!  From rants about her sky dish to her fav lippy this girls stories will keep you on you toes! Also  youtuber check it out Fitznbitz!

 


Judi @judesmc OMG this girls hair is amazing and her lipstick collection, I want them all! A brow expert for Benefit Cosmetics hense brows always on fleek!! Love. her.snaps. Her facebook page is at Judes Law Blog

 


Laura from @laudempmakeup is a makeup artist from Waterford!  So talented and hard working, full of life on her snaps and genuinely comes across as a little gem!  Love her makeup and her banter on snap chat!  She makes me smile when I’m watching her chats! I sound like a weirdo but honestly she does! Also on YouTube at Laura Dempsey Makeup

 

Last but by no means least Jen from @toodollymakeup boy this girl has come a long way! This lady has gone from strength to strength within the last year!  Recently took part in a Rimmel competition, which she did exceptionally well!  Her snap chat makeup looks have caught the eye of many snapchatters and they are just getting better!  This girl needs a serious applause as she has built herself up to becoming one of Ireland’s best bloggers in my opinion, work hard play hard is my motto!! And not shy on the aul giveaways either!! Her blog Toodollymakeup and YouTube is here.
Okay so if you are still with me fair fecking play to you! Haha sorry for the long winded post but I really wanted to share with you my favourites and why!  I follow so many more but these are the ones that I prob tap on the most!

Go follow these ladies, these are all hard working and honest chicks!  Myself and Lisa Moore also snap and are @makeupbylisa & @lisabeth-86 if you fancy giving us a follow!


Thank you so much for getting this far!
Hope you have a great day X

Live Pretty Ladies!
Lisa D

Mac Makeup Haul Pt 2

Hello Ladies,

Previously I posted what foundations and concealers I purchased for my makeup kit that are completely essential for any budding makeup artist or die hard beauty junkie.  If you haven’t read it you can here.

My second part of my mac must-haves are of course their eye shadows.  Mac eyeshadows are just the bomb, they are so easily blendable and pigmented that you just can’t resist diving into their collection when you hit the store.  With a wide range to choose from its easy to pick up your favourite colour to make those twinkly eyes pop!

These are the ones I purchased starting with the very popular Texture, which is actually new to me, haven’t tried it before but it looks like a great transition colour. I have seen lots of MUA use it and of course had to have.

 

Texture by Mac Cosmetics

Then I just repurchased my favourites Patina and Satin Taupe.

Patina has to be the perfect lid colour for that natural but sutble smokey eye.  This is one of my go to shades for brides that want that soft smokey eye using neutral shades.

 

Patina by Mac
Satin Taupe has been one of my must-haves since I first bought my first one 5 years ago.  This colour is the perfect mauve/purple lid colour it’s amazing, if you don’t have this and are a complete Mac head you will not be disappointed.

 

Satin Taupe by Mac Cosmetics
Next up is a product I haven’t used before which is the Extented Play Lash Mascara.


To be honest, to me mascara is mascara, but I was really curious to try this out as I have seen the likes of my fav youtuber Jaclyn Hill and other MUA use this and wanted to see what the hype was all about.

I will update you when I test it out.  Appartently its great for the lower lashes and the wand is super small, which makes it easier and alot less messer to apply.  We’ll see!!

Next up was a new lippy!  If you haven’t heard of the Back to Mac concept well listen up!  Any mac 6 empties that you have can be brought back to the store and you receive a free lipstick of your choice, now isn’t that a bonus!  My choice was this beautiful deep wine colour a very vampy choice but wanted to get something different then a nude, as this is always my go to colour.  I haven’t tried this out but the swatch will give you an indicator of how this looks.

 

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I then of course topped up my Strobe Cream and Fix Plus these two products are my holy grail products for prepping clients skin before makeup.  I have already expressed my love for these so Ill say no more! 
So that’s it a very quick round up of my latest visit to Mac and probably my last for a while!!

Any questions on the products mentioned above just leave a comment below or on our facebook page Lisas’Livin’Pretty.

Until next time lovelies!

Live pretty xx

Lisa D x

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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

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  Cloud10beauty.com 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

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

Makeup Geek Haul

Hello Ladies,

So 2/3 weeks ago all our social media sites were on fire when news broke that the most sought after makeup brand ‘Makeup Geek‘ was going to be a lot more easier to access!  Beauty Bay is a UK beauty site that supplies makeup brands that are not so easy to get your hands on without having to pay way to much on custom charges.   Needless to say when they tweeted their intentions, all us beauty junkies did a ridiculous yelp or dance, it was like Christmas had come early!!

Makeup Geek is a brand that supplies affordable eyeshadows that are just beautiful and so pigmented.  They have a huge selection of shades to choose from and I for one want them all!  So of course I had to purchase some. Having been my first time to order Makeup Geek, I wanted them all but I opted for just a few.  So below I will give you a run down on the shadows I purchased along with the Z Palette that is a total must!

 

The Z Palette is a total must have in my opinion.  It holds up to 27 eyeshadow pans and for €18.70 it is totally worth it you can buy it here .  I love using palette’s its an easy way for storing your eyeshadows while also having your favourite to hand!

The eyeshadows are just amazing, so much shades to choose from.  For me though I opted for brown/rustic colours as these are what I generally run low on all the time because they are so popular.  I will list all the shades I purchased below.  These pans are €6.90 and available here.

 

Top Row L to R:  Mirage, Beaches & Cream, Purely Naked, Frappe, Barcelona Beach, Latte

2nd Row L to R:  Sorbet, Cinderella, Roulette, Country Girl, Brown Sugar, Mocha

Bottom Row L to R:  Hipster, Bleached Blonde, Last Dance, Curfew

Another little note to consider is that Beauty Bay offer free delivery to Ireland on orders over €22, which I am sure won’t be a problem.  As its Black Friday they also have the above at discount prices, so if you are interested now is the time to invest!

Also have a look at the Makeup Geek website as it offers a selection of makeup tutorials using there shadows so you get to see them in action, Marlene who is the creator of this brand is amazing at makeup and offers terrific knowledge on how to apply makeup.  Go check her out here.

Happy shopping everyone and I hope you have a delightful weekend whatever your plans are!

Until next time,

 

Live Pretty xx

 

Lisa D x

 

 

A Little London Haul

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Hi Everyone,

My lovely Mam turned 60 this month and last weekend my sister and myself took her to London to celebrate. We are partial to a little poke around the shops and every year we head off for a weekend around this time. As this was a special birthday we thought a trip to London would be a nice treat. Now most people would get giddy thinking about hitting the shops. All the clothes, the shoes, the bags…. But for me it’s the makeup aisle that makes my heart flutter. All those pots and jars and tubes of magic, big shiny cosmetic halls in big shiny department stores, I just can’t get enough!! I had to have a little word with myself before I even got to the airport (hellooo Mac just past security!!). Like…….I do not NEED more makeup…but I want it. With this in mind I only bought a couple of things…

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First up was Primark Oxford St, one of the biggest Penneys I’ve ever seen. I was excited to see their beauty section but I have to say…. I was a bit disappointed. It was tiny compared to the Blanchardstown or Whitewater Penneys we’re used to here. I didn’t let that put me off though and I was ready to rummage for some beauty goodies. Their range of products was good with the PS Love range stealing the show. We’re big fans of the PS Love products and last week we posted our faves. They had all the lipliners, highlighters and lipsticks we know and love aswell as some eyeliners and liquid illuminators I hadn’t seen before and it was the illuminators that took my fancy.

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My first impressions of these are that they are along the lines of the Boots Botanics Radiance Balm we have all been going nuts for, or even Mac Strobe Cream. Used under or mixed into foundation these creams brighten up the skin and give a gorgeous glow. The Illuminate – Skin Brightening Cream is a white cream not unlike Strobe Cream and the Liquid Glow – Radiant Highlighter Cream is more peachy-pink. I’m looking forward to giving these a good test and will post a review soon with what I think. We haven’t seen these in Ireland yet but keeping the eyes peeled.

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Next up was the Mac store on Carnaby St. This is a pro-store and one of the only stores in London that you can get your discount if you are a Mac Pro member. My first purchase was a bottle of Prolongwear Nourishing Waterproof foundation. This foundation has been getting rave reviews with it’s big selling points being excellent coverage and longevity. It all sounds very promising so I thought I’d try it for my kit thinking ahead to some weddings I am booked for abroad next year.

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I also picked up a new Pro Palette with a 24 liquid insert. I’ve wanted one of these for ages , it’s the perfect solution for downsizing my lipstick collection as well as making them easier to see. As it is now, I spend so much time rooting around my lipsticks trying to find the one I want, not good in a hurry!! I will have to depot my lipsticks and melt them down into the palette. I will do a full blog post when I have it done to show you all.

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Lastly I picked up Viva Glam 2 lipstick and Everyone’s Darling eyeshadow from the Macnificent Me collection. Viva Glam 2 was a repurchase , it’s a perfect pinky/browny/mauvy colour that I always have on the go. Everyone’s Darling is a deep red burgundy in a matte, perfect for this time of year 🙂

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Not a bad little haul me thinks, a few necessities without breaking the bank 🙂

Until next time,

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx