My Online Healthy Eating and Fitness Plan with That’s So Shelly Fitness


Hello ladies/gents!

Sorry about the lack of posts lately but life just get’s in the way at times and at the end of the day our blog is an enjoyable hobby that myself and Lisa M love to do, but we have been both up to our eyeballs with work, so something had to give.  But having said that I’m back with something a little personal and not my usual form or layout of a typical beauty blog post.  So go easy on me as I’m not usually one to show full body shots in not the most flattering attire!! So I’m a bit morto over it!!

Firstly some background on moi!  I’m a mother of 4, so you can imagine how consumed your day can be together with the added pressure of two jobs to hold down! My daily food intake would consist of a somewhat reasonable breakfast, substantial lunch, and that’s where it ended!  After lunch I’d be snacking on crap food, tea, biscuits, bars or toast that was my dinner!  I’d make dinner for everyone else of course but dinner would never bother me!

So as you can imagine eating like this with no exercise was always only going to lead one way!  The weight was gained the fitness level dropped to an all time low, my confidence became dented and I lost the motivational battle! My head was all over the place!  And this is when I knew I had to change!


As some of you maybe aware if you follow me on snapchat (@makeupbylisa) or Shelly (@thatssoshelly) I was kindly asked by the fabulous Michelle Malone of Thats So Shelly Fitness to participate in her 4 Week online healthy eating and fitness plan!  Shelly contacted me at the right time, I was ready and willing to get myself back on the fitness bandwagon and gain back what I had lost ‘my motivation’!  I was looking for something that would simply slip into my busy schedule and this was perfect for me.  I was 100% ready to commit to this plan, I’d simply had enough of eating unhealthy food and feeling low all the time.  No more excuses, no more whinging and wining about clothes not fitting,  I had to change my way and it was down to me alone to do it.  Like I said on my snapchat, your head has to be in the right place to follow a plan, mine finally was.

My goal was simple, to lose weight by eating healthy and regain the fitness that I once had!  Shelly was a complete rock throughout this whole experience, always on hand for advise with a little motivational pep talk!  Weekly email updates on food plan, prep work a receipe book with plenty of food choices!  I felt very comfortable to reach out to her when I needed some guidance!  So the ball got rolling and the measurements were taken!
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These are the first pics that I sent to Shelly ‘My starting point’.  When I looked at these first pictures I was gobsmacked, I knew I’d put on weight, but I never saw myself in the way that this picture portrays. So this for me was a complete game changer!

The withdrawals during week 1 were insane, OMG, I thought I’d never get through it, but I did, I pushed past it and knew if I got through that I’d sail through the rest of it.
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I went back to my local gym and signed up for every class I could fit in!  Like everyone, I needed something to challenge me and joining these classes was exactly what I needed!  As Shelly would say ‘If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you’.  I started exercising almost 5 days a week and making sure to incorporate the excercise plan that Shelly sets out for you.  I was delighted to feel that motivation again!


Third week in I could immediately see the physical change in me!  The cravings had stopped, I was eating food that I’d never heard of or wouldn’t dare try!   My food shopping was now consisting of healthy foods and less treats!  The shopping list that is provided by Shelly is literally pasted to my hand bag to make sure I’m missing nothing and staying on track!

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Excuse the hack of the above picture I was only home from the gym when it was taking (you can see the sweat) but like I said I’m baring it all! Lol!!

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This was my final result picture after 4 weeks!  I’d lost a total of 6 1/2 Ib and 9 1/2 inches!  To say I was thrilled is an understatement!  I feel brilliant and confident again!  I still have a bit to go, but I know I can keep it up!  This wasn’t meant to be a quick fix, this for me was to completely overhaul my body slowly and steadily so that I knew I stay on track and maintain it!  The inches and the toning up for me were what I physically wanted to see, my hard work was paying off and will continue to do so in the future!

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I have now signed up to do the 28 Day Body Blitz with Shelly and I’m thrilled to be feeling 110% better then when I started!

I honestly thought at the beginning that I wouldn’t be able for it, but when I look at these pictures I can honestly stand back and say why the hell did I let myself go that far! It is definately mind over matter when it comes to eating healthy and exercising!  If these are the results within 5 weeks I can’t wait to see them in another 5!

So ladies if this is something you are looking to do please just do it!  It’s a plan that can be done at home, you don’t have to do the gym this was just my preference!  Shelly’s  workout plan is catered to doing it at home, it’s 1/2 hour to 45 min out of your day to make time for you!

Click That’s So Shelly Fitness to see other success stories and maybe start today a fresh and new YOU!  Shelly is also on snapchat @thatssoshelly for those that might be on it and looking for some healthy tips!

That’s it lovelies, I hope I didn’t lose you half way, but really wanted you see and read my experience.  Even when I am finished with the plan I will still continue to take my weekly measurements and pics as I really found this helped me focus on my goals.

Until next time ladies/gents

 

Live pretty

Lisa D xx

 

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Laser Hair Removal at Therapie Clinic – Review

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Hi Lovelies.

Hope you are all well and ready for the weekend, hopefully Mr.Sunshine will stick around for a while!! We have something a bit different on the blog for you today. We are venturing away from the usual makeup related posts and we’re gonna chat laser hair removal. Now that spring has sprung, if you’re not diggin’ on the body hair it’s time for the annual harvest, you know the one…..time to defuzz!! We’ve been there…..Immac, Veet, Gillette, Venus, Wilkinson Sword, Nair all over the shop. But isn’t it such a chore?? I’ve never met anyone who said “Oooh Goody, it’s time for my bikini wax, I can’t wait!!”. Most of us dread the thoughts! And I always wished I never  had to do it again. So that’s when I began to look into laser hair removal.

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Now the procedure sounds a little scarier than it actually is. Basically a medical grade laser is used that is attracted to the dark pigments in our hair and hair follicles. The laser heats the hair and this heat is what destroys the hair AND the follicle, meaning no hair can grow from that follicle again. It sounds kinda horrific but it’s a really  quick and easy procedure.  As our hair growth cycle renews every 6 weeks, it is necessary to have at least 6 sessions 6 weeks apart. This makes sure we get all hairs through the cycle and our treatment will be effective.

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I initially started a course of laser hair removal a few years ago but it didn’t really work out for me. There was too long left between my sessions which effected the success of my treatment. I definitely noticed a difference but I wasn’t totally happy with my results. And then strolling around Whitewater one day I was handed a brochure for the new Therapie clinic opening in Newbridge…bingo. I booked a consultation there and then and decided to give it another go.

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Therapie clinic in Newbridge is gorgeous as I’m sure the rest of them are too. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the amazing smell, their signature Lemon and Tea Tree scent. The place was spotlessly clean and decorated really nicely, a perfect mix of clinic and spa I thought. It’s bright and airy with some funky chill-out tunes playing in the backround…a far cry from some of the grotty, dated places I’d been to before.

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I had a  seat in the waiting area and had a little peek at their retail section. They have lots of excellent brand products for sale including Dr.Murad and Image as well as their own brand products. While I was waiting I was also offered a green tea or lemon water which I thought was a lovely touch.

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The first visit is for a free consultation and patch test. All clients have to have a patch test before their first treatment to make sure they are a suitable candidate for the treatment won’t have a reaction or sensitivity. The therapist I had for my consultation was lovely and I felt comfortable straight away. I was having underarm and bikini done and she explained everything in detail and made sure I understood what was involved and what results I could expect. So all was well with my patch test and I booked in for session one.

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So at this stage you’re probably all just wondering does it hurt? Is it really pain-free? Well I’m not going to lie…..it’s not that bad!! It’s definitely not the most comfortable things I’ve ever had done but I wouldn’t say it’s painful. Or even anywhere near painful. It feels like a quick light snapping sensation on the skin that lasts for a just milisecond. Some areas are more sensitive than others depending on the stubborness of the hair but honestly it’s over so quick you barely feel it. Our own sensitivity can differ also, depending on factors such as tiredness, time of the month etc…And to be honest anything that means I never have to get waxed again is totally worth it in my book. A cooling aloe gel is applied straight after treatment which is a nice relief. The aloe is recommended for aftercare at home as well as a light exfoliator to be used on the areas after a few days.

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So I started my treatments last year and have had my 6 sessions, all either 6 or  8 weeks apart. My therapist advised me each time how long to leave between sessions and I took her advice and booked my next session each time before I left.  I’m pleased to report that after the 6 sessions the laser hair removal has been a total success. I won’t be posting before and after pics this time so you’ll just have to trust me!!  I have had one top-up session after my first 6 just because I had some very light regrowth, I mean very light and very fair which is totally normal!! I’m thrilled with the results and planning on having the legs done next.

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My therapist for all my sessions was Sultanah. I found her brilliant, so friendly and knowledgeable and she made me feel so comfortable and relaxed at every session. I can’t remember exactly what offer was on when I booked my treatment but each session averaged around €65 bikini and €33 underarm but there was a combo deal making it cheaper. Therapie always have fantastic offers and the one at the minute is buy one area and get another for just 1 cent!! When you compare that to years of razors and waxing I know which one I prefer.

 

Below is a link to the Therapie website, all the pricing info is there as well as lots of before and after pics and the FAQ which covers everything you need to know if you’re thinking about going for it :

http://www.therapieclinic.com/laser-hair-removal-for-women/

 

So there you have it, that’s the low down on my laser hair removal experience. Be sure to let us know your laser experiences and if you go to Therapie Newbridge let us know too 🙂

 

Until next time,

Live Pretty (and fuzz-free!!),

Lisa M xx

 

A Night at Fashion District

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Hi Lovelies

Happy Easter, hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. On Thursday night myself and Lisa D hit the road again on another little adventure. This time our destination was Fashion District Pop-Up Shopping Outlet in Mullingar’s Bloomfield House Hotel. We were kindly invited to the event by the lovely Elaine Bradley-Ryan. Elaine is a total fashionista and a stylist for our fave jewellery Stella & Dot (check out her Facebook page “Elaine Bradley-Ryan, Stella & Dot Stylist”). When we heard what was involved for the night we were all over it and super excited to go…fashion, jewellery, vintage, hair & makeup demos, free bubbly!!!

The event ran from 7-11pm and when we got there shortly after 7 it was in full swing. We didn’t waste any time and started to browse the fashion rails straight away. There was some gorgeous pieces for sale from some fab boutiques, Cocoon, Nells Closet, BeYoux and Deja Vu to name a few. The bargains were unbelievable, one dress that caught our eye was reduced from €218 to just €50!! A boutique we particularly liked the look of was Deja Vu (Deja Vu Ranelagh on Facebook). They had the prettiest Louboutins for sale, second hand but in perfect condition. We also spotted some Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo while we were there.

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Being the magpies that we are we were totally besotted with all the Stella & Dot jewellery on show. I’m a big fan of Stella & Dot and hosted a trunk show last year. A stylist came to my house and all my friends came around and we could try on all the pieces and order anything we wanted to purchase. At the time I bought a gold charm bracelet with 4 charms and a delicate gold arrow necklace. I’ve worn both constantly since then and they’re still perfect. Our faves on display last night were these gorgeous stacking rings and the multiway earrings. Is it too early to start our 2016 Santy list??

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After we had our fill of shopping we took our seats for the part we always enjoy most…the makeup demo. The makeup artist in action last night was Angela Greene of Monroe.ie. We were delighted to see some of our favourite products ready for the demo, we spied the Penneys brush holder and brush and the Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess oil. Angela seemed to be a makeup artist after our own hearts!! The demo was a quick and easy everyday makeup look achievable for busy mammys. Her finished look was beautiful and fresh and she showed us then how to make a few tweeks to turn it into a glam night-time look using Ken Boylan products. When Angela was finished we seen Vaida from First Floor Hair & Beauty create some easy-peasy hair looks to complement the makeup. We were busy taking notes and we can’t wait to try them out for ourselves.

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The style on show rivalled any wedding or day at the races we’ve ever been to and it was no wonder with a prize for Best Dressed Lady up for grabs. Lisa McGowan from Lisas Lust List was judging the best dressed and her pick was gorgeous. The best dressed lady wore a beige ankle length jumpsuit with an Obi belt and tan boots, we had spotted her earlier and commented on how fab her outfit was!! To finish off the night we were treated to a style masterclass from stylist Julie Cobbe from Stylefish.ie. Julie talked us through how to detox our wardrobes….if you haven’t worn it in a year get rid, if it doesn’t fit you and hasn’t fitted you for a long time…get rid!! She also gave us great advice on dressing for our body shape and how to identify our body shape….as much as I would like to think I’m hourglass I’m afraid I’m more of an apple!! It was an eye opener and we came away with lots of new tips and learned lots.

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We had a great night and we’re so looking forward to the next Fashion District but we might need a bus next time to bring all the girls (and our shopping!!) with us….

 

Until next time

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx

Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Happy Wednesday everyone!

Halfway through the week guys and with an exciting Sunday coming up for us Mothers its nice to assume we will have a day off and be spoilt rotten by our kiddies and other half’s. So if you are reading this and need some Mother’s Day Gift inspiration well then here are a few inexpensive ideas!

Aldi my friends are really upping their game when it comes to their great selection of gift ideas.  I found some cute little items that might just be worth picking up and will look pretty fabulous in your mums home or yours!


This Mini DAB & FM Radio is literally the cutest radio I have ever seen with this mini radio features DAB/FM technology in a stylish retro design.

  • LCD display
  • 20 preset stations
  • Alarm clock with snooze function
  • Mains or battery operated
  • Carry handle

I adore this so much that I will be queuing up on Aldi’s door step on Thursday morning! Just in case my other half isn’t reading this!  (which he better be!)  It is priced at €39.99


Also seen this cute almost shabby chic style Tea Time gifts which look adorable and would look awesome in the kitchen.  These are priced at €5.49 each.


Adli’s Candles are becoming a hot topic on the beauty bloggers feeds lately, haven’t managed to purchase one yet but I heard on the grapevine that the Freesia scent is amazing.  These are €4.99 each.


Now onto the beauty side of things.  I see Boots offering the Liz Earle Handpicked Daily Radiance Duo for €31.00.  This set includes the Cleanse & Polish – Hot Cloth Cleanser 100ml, Eyebright Soothing Lotion 150ml & 2 pure muslin cloths.  These are a real treat, I love the Liz Earle products and would definitely recommend picking this up.


The No7 Illuminated Makeup Mirror is amazing.  I have one of these and would be lost without it.  It gives you that perfect lighting when you are stuck in an unfriendly lighting situation.  #shamelessselfie!!  But seriously this is so handy for applying your makeup and with the built in ring light it makes life a little bit easier.  This retails at €34.99 click here to view.


Last on the beauty list is from Dolledup.ie,  it’s a 9 piece basic brush set by AYU Makeup for €55.  This set has everything you need to complete your makeup application from lip brush to powder brush this set will not disappoint. AYU Makeup are an amazing Irish brush brand that are catapulting onto the Irish beauty scene with a bang.  You will love them!

And lastly, son’s, daughters & husbands of course, the best pressie you can give your mother dearest is a well deserved day off, with her feet up and choco’s at the ready, no noise pollution just a relaxed Sunday with the family and of course waking up to breakfast in bed would be a great start to the day!

I hope this post has given you some insight as to what gift to buy and wish you all a fantastic weekend in whatever you do and whom ever you are with.

Happy Mother’s Day Ladies xx

 

Until next time lovelies!

 

Live Pretty

 

Lisa D 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

The Steampod – Our New Hair Hero

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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!!

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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!!

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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!

 
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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.

 

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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…..

 

http://www.petermark.ie/shop/products.php?291&sid=9tc4aupgk4mgsk7sk969ck7a52

 

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.

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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

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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?

29

 

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”.

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17 – Favourite actor?

Christian Bale and Christopher Walken.

 

18 – Favourite colour?

All shades of pink and gold.

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19 – Loud or soft music?

Both.

 

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?

Arrogance!!

 

26 – The reason I joined Snapchat?

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

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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?

Today.

 

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 ♡

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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.

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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?

Today.

 

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…

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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?

Nope!

 

49 – Last person you hung out with?

Jamie.

 

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

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

Our Christmas Gift Guide – Under €20

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Hi Everyone.

Welcome to the next instalment of our Christmas Gift Guide. We hope you’re loving it so far ♡ This week’s gift is something we’ve found under our tree once or twice other years and absolutely loved…….anything by Soap & Glory!!

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Soap & Glory are a British cosmetic company that started out with just a lip gloss, the now iconic Sexy Mother Pucker gloss. Shortly after that their gorgeous body butter The Righteous Butter and their skincare was winning awards and now they have a full range of makeup, skincare, bath and body products. And every single thing we have tried is divine!!

 

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The full-size bath and body products come in around €10-€15 euro but it’s the Christmas Gift Sets that we really love. These sets start as low as €7 and go all the way up to €60ish. The smaller sets contain mini or travel sized products which are perfect way to try a few different lotions and potions while the bigger sets have full-size products….swoon!! So we have picked out our favourite sets below the €20 mark.

 

For the Pamper Queen…..

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Sugar Crush is probably my favourite Soap & Glory product. It’s an exfoliator made from brown sugar and lime, seriously good enough to eat!! This Once Upon A Lime set looks yum with four Sugar Crush products and a shower puff 🙂

 

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Belle Of The Ball has to be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, a giant bauble filled with goodies!! There’s a nice mix of products in this set with a body wash, scrub, body butter, hand cream and shower puff. And we’d most definitely be keeping that giant bauble for super cute storage ♡

 

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Soaper Woman is a simple set with two of Soap & Glorys best selling products…full-size. This set might be less frills but it’s fantastic value and quality products.

 

 

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Gloss It Girl is a set of the iconic Sexy Mother Pucker lipgloss in 5 shades. If you haven’t heard of this gloss it’s a lip plumping formula that gives you a pout to rival Kylie Jenner!! The shades included range from light pink to nudes to deeper peach and pink, all very wearable. And with each gloss working out at €4 each, total bargain!!

 

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Crazy Sexy Kohl is a set of 5 kohl eyeliner pencils. Kohl is a really soft formula that goes on easy and can be used as a defined liner or blended easily into a smudgier look. The colours included in this set are black, brown, turquoise, navy and purple so there’s endless possibilities to the eye looks you could create. Another option if you have lots of stockings to fill, is to divide up the sets. If you bought one gloss set and one kohl set and divided them up, you could give 5 friends a gloss and a liner each, that’s 5 presents sorted for €40. And with Boots 3 for 2 you could even treat yourself to a little gift ♡

All these are available from Boots and I will leave a link below, Happy Shopping 🙂

 

Until Next Time,

 

Live Pretty,

 

Lisa M xx

 

http://www.boots.ie/en/Soap-Glory/Gift-Ideas/

 

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A Christmas Gift Guide – Under €20 Pt 2


Hey everyone!

Welcome back for part 2 of our Christmas Gift Guide!

So who has that mother, daughter, sister, niece or friend that hoards their makeup or has a stack of old Chinese takeaway containers that are cramped with eyeshadow pots, lipsticks or mascaras up on windowsills, if so, this post will be your Christmas present lifesaver!

Makeup storage has become a huge thing at the moment with the HerClutterBox storage system splashed all over the net, but let’s be real they are just way to expensive to purchase as a pressie!  So below are just simple inexpensive acrylic storage systems that might suit that person in your life that just needs a little organisation in the makeup department!

So let’s start off with this lip stick storage piece!

I purchased this a couple of weeks ago in our favourite bargain shop Dealz for €2.00!  How cute would this look on a makeup unit or desk? It stores 6 lippys as well as 6 lip liners that stand neatly along with there paired lipstick!

I also picked up this cute love heart shaped  container with lid.  This is from Dealz also for €2.00! (click on link to find your nearest store).

I use mine to store my cotton pads beside my bed side locker or could be used to place your earrings into, either way I think this is a very chic item to have!

Next up is this fab multi-functional makeup holder from Argos, which I’m sure you will forgive if I tell you is slightly over our under €20 budget, but only by €2.99, which is not going to break the bank!

It has plenty of room for everything from Lipsticks, Liners to Mascaras, I’m sure this would be put into great use! I bet, you would have one very happy lady receiving this.

Next up is this brush holder from Muji they have a store just off Grafton street, it’s a fab little shop stocked with great storage ideas, well worth a visit if your up browsing in the city with plenty of other items that would help with your over stock of makeup!!

I purchased two of these nearly two years ago and can’t quite remember the price but I’m certain they were less then €20 each.  A great little system to store your brushes and other makeup essentials!

Last up is this 2 drawer desk storage for practical storing of eyeshadows, jewellery etc… Whatever you use this for I am sure it won’t go to waste!


I use mine to store my paint pots and pigments which is very handy and tidy looking.  You can purchase this from Muji also for about €12.00.

Homestore and More also have acrylic storage systems that also might be worth taking a trip to!
We hope you found this weeks gift guide somewhat helpful and keep an eye out for next weeks post for other gift inspiration!
Remember only 6 weeks remaining so get your skates on and be organised!
Until next time ladies and gents!
Live pretty xx
Lisa D