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

 

Foundation Mistakes to AVOID!

Hello Lovelies,

So don’t deny it’s happened to the best of us where we do a quick rush job on the face and we are gone like a bat out of hell, huffing and puffing, when your 8 year old turns and asks “whats wrong with your face”?!! Eh ‘nothing’ is the response until you look in the mirror and frighten the bejeesus out of yourself!  Yep we have done it and not ashamed to say it, but I bet you learned something from it, am I right? foundation should match your skin not someone else’s!

Today’s post is a quick guide on what mistakes to avoid when applying foundation. So grab a cuppa and take note!

Picking Your Foundation Shade:

This can be the most frustrating part of makeup.  Countless shades to choose from yellow, pink, olive tones, sheer to medium, full coverage, it can be so complicated to pick the perfect one to suit you.  So my advise would be to always ask for a tester first, makeup counters such as Mac, Estee Lauder, etc… always have them so take advantage of this.  Ask for a light, medium and dark shade to be sure you have selected one that will match you.

Never test their and then because I can guarantee by the time you get home it will look completely different.  The lighting in these stores are completely different to the natural everyday light, this is when and where you should be testing your foundation.  I know a lot of the drugstores/pharmacies don’t offer samples but they have testers, try them on, bring a little compact mirror, go outside and see if it blends into the neck.  This is the only way you are going to get a perfect shade match.

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To test you simply apply three strokes of the different shade samples and place from the jawline to the neck, the one that blends into the neck, is the one you should be purchasing. Obviously if you are going to be purchasing a shade for nighttime wear take into consideration that you will be possibly wearing tan.

Foundation Type:

So we have our shade, but does it suit our skin type.  Just because we like the sound of a dewy finish to a foundation doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to suit your skin type.  If you have oily skin you should be avoiding foundations with illuminating ingredients in them, as these will only have you looking like a shiny hot sweaty mess!


Look for oil free or Matte foundations that are suitable for oily/combination skin type.

The Same applies to dry skin, don’t choose matte shades or powder foundations, as these will only make your skin look dull and cakey.


You need the dewy/illuminating or hydrating ingredients in foundation formulas to give you that natural glow and dewiness to the skin.

Foundation Flashback

Have you ever wondered why your face shows up white even though it looks perfect in person? Or better yet when when ur sitting with your pals on a night out and there is a fab group photo and in the back ground is this white pasty face, well my friend this is down to the SPF in your foundation or moisturiser plus the flash on the camera!  Yes SPF is important in both products, but I would recommend only for day time wear and change it up for nights out, the sun isn’t going to harm us in a dark club but a fricken flash from a camera can!! Yikes!!! Personally I find anything above SPF 15 will tend to flashback so I would refrain from using anything higher then this at an event where you know there will be flash photography

Another common error is the white powder flashback ooh good lord many celebrities have been caught with this major boo boo on the red carpet!  This is due to, again the flash from a camera picking up the light-reflecting particles in your makeup and giving your skin this white chalky appearance.

So how do we prevent this?  So besides sorting out the SPF issue, I am always aware of using to much illuminating products such as concealers, highlighters or HD powder as the light-reflection particles in these products can cause the (above pic) dreaded reaction from a flash, so I like to use them in moderation.  Only highlighting with either or, such as, if i’m using a concealer to highlight, I won’t set it with a lighter powder i’ll opt for a more translucent shade, and only focus my highlighting on the cheekbones, bridge of nose etc… less is always more.

If you are still in doubt take a sly selfie with a flash to check before you leave the house that everything is perfect. #shamelessselfie has it’s importance!!

Not using primer underneath your foundation

I get asked so many times about “why isn’t my foundation staying put” or “my foundation gets patchy”  and the question I always ask “do you wear a primer”?  Primers can make your skin look 100 times better then without.  It helps to smooth and even skin tone while also giving you a longer lasting effect on your foundation!

Like foundation choose one to suit your skin type e.g matifying primers for oliy skin, illuminating primers for dry skin.  All these essential products will make a perfect canvas for foundation application. 

Put the Hands Down Ladies!

We have all done this, applying the foundation with our hands and slapping it all over the mush, but ladies let me tell you this, for a flawless finish you need to invest in some foundation tools, they don’t have to be expensive, just practical!  

Applying your foundation with your hands can leave streaks and patchiness on the skin, nevermind the amount of product that is wasted!  Go get some brushes, work the foundation in using buffing, circular motions and you can thank me later for the results!  

These are the foundation brushes that I tend to use to achieve a perfect flawless foundation!   

  

Once I apply with my brush I go over with my damp beauty blender to pick up any excess foundation that sits in the fine lines!  This will help achieve a more smooth flawless appearance!  

So that’s it ladies, my take on how to avoid some major foundation disasters!  Hope it helps and don’t for forget we are always on hand to answer any makeup related questions you can catch us on our Facebook page Lisas’Livin’Pretty or our snap chat makeupbylisa or lisabeth-86.

Thanks for reading this far and hope you all have a fab weekend!  We are heading to one of our besties hen this weekend the excitement!! Enjoy ladies xx

Lisa D xx
 

 

 

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

Makeup & Hair Bridal Master Class with Amber Dean & Katrina Kelly from K2hair

Good Morning Ladies!

Happy Monday to you all! So yesterday myself and Lisa Moore took to the road and had a well deserved girls day out!  We both attended the fab Bridal Makeup & Hair master class hosted by Katrina Kelly for K2Har / Push Makeup and Amber Dean from facesbyamberdean.  Both of these ladies are among some of our favourite talented ladies that we both follow so when this masterclass was announced we were all over it!

As makeup artists already its great to always keep up-to-date with trends, this is why we love to attend such classes like these.  Even though we know an extreme amount about makeup etc… there is always something that you might pick up on whether it be a new technique or a new product.  No matter what you do or know there is always something else for you to learn.

Amber Dean is one of the best makeup artists out there and for me she has such a distinctive look to her makeup, I suppose its like a trade mark, you know when someone has been ‘Amberfied’!!  She is such a sweet lady and I was really inspired by her and motivated to really bring out my creative side.  What I like most about Amber is how down to earth she was and so approachable.  This class would be especially perfect for someone starting out in the makeup field as she runs through all her products, kit essentials and must-haves definitely keep any eye out for further classes as this is one not to be missed. Amber is also on snapchat @itsambermdean for those that want to see what she gets up to (bascically stalk)!!

When we entered K2Hair we were greeted by the gorgeous Katrina and Amber who both looked amazing might I add.  We have been following Katrina and Amber on snapchat forever @katrinaK2hair so to meet her in person was great as we felt like we have known her for so long through her tell all snaps which are lol!  She is a wonderful character to be around, very talented and extremely knowledgeable in her field.

Katrina is the owner of K2hair which is based in Cabra and Glasnavin she is also the creator of Push-Makeup which I have been adding to my makeup kit collection as some of you may have seen on my snap chat recently.  And I can honestly say that I am mad about, but anyway that’s another post.

We had a fab goody bag or OSCAR bag as Katrina calls them and my were we spoilt with some fab products inside!

  
The first of five demos to take place started with Katrina who showed us the very popular and most requested hair do ‘Vintage Waves’.  Katrina used Amber as her model and showed us step by step how to create this look using the Tondeo Cerion Curve to perfect the vintage waves.  This can be purchased for €120 and can be ordered by contacting K2hair directly!  Katrina swears by this hair tool for smooth curls without that dreaded pulling on the head when been used!  


We then moved onto Amber Deans first bridal demo. The look Amber wanted was a bronzed beachy bridal look and that she did!  The look was flawless due to the great skin prep that I always harp on about.  Skin prep is so important to a flawless makeup application and Amber really spoke so well about this and key products on how to perfect the skin.



I loved this look it was so simple but yet captured the exact bridal look that Amber wanted to achieve.  With Katrina adding her beachy wave hair style to complete the look!  To create this type of beachy wave you simply curl in different directions this way the curls will not marry into each other to form one big curl!  Using the Joico Hair Shake to give a little texture to the look .  I have this product and adore it, its exactly as Katrina said, “its kinda in between a styling product and a dry shampoo but not as white as a dry shampoo, it will expand the hair” which basically gives texture to the hair.

The next look came from Amber which was another bridal look with a bit more of a dramatic twist.  This look would be for more the funky bride that wants something a little edgier for her big day.  The dark smokey eye with the inner v liner and flick topped with a beautiful pigment from Inglot, this look was amazing and really pulled out Amber’s makeup artists talent.  The technique Amber uses in her makeup is definitely something that I will learn from and hope to practice with my own clients.  Like I said at the beginning you can always keep learning!

 

The fifth and final demo of the night was by Katrina who created this badass hair updo using padding to create this funky bun style with a twist.  At first we were like what the hell is going on but again Katrina pulled off a beautiful creative style in probably 5 minutes!

So that’s what we got up to yesterday.  It’s so nice to attend classes like these, you get to meet new people and discuss topics such as makeup, hair and more with girls that have the same passion as you.

I would highly recommend any future classes that these duo hold.  A very down to earth chilled out evening with Katrina Kelly and Amber Dean is a must for all you hair and makeup enthusiasts out there.

  
This will more then likely not be the last that we will be seen these two ladies!

Thanks for reading and hope you felt like you were part of this class to!

Until next time xx

Live pretty

 

Lisa D xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS Love To Glow – Review

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Hi Lovelies 🙂

So this week people have been going crazy for Penneys new PS Love to Glow range. It landed midweek and has been flying off the shelves. The range includes a mask, a serum and a moisturiser. What really grabbed our attention though was the comparisons of the mask to Glamglow YouthMud, our favourite face mask ever!! We were lucky enough to manage to pick up a mask in Penneys Mullingar on Thursday and naturally only dying to see if the comparisons are justified…..Lisa M gave it a go……

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Looking at these side by side they are very, very alike. They both have a grey muddy appearance, the same scent and the 50g jars are similar. The Penneys one is slightly lighter in colour and doesn’t have the “bits” in it like the Glamglow has, that’s the only noticible difference at first glance. Time to put it to the test….

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On application the texture is less clay-like than Glamglow, it has more of a creamy or gel texture and it kind of disappears into my skin, I had to apply two layers. I get a tingle on my skin with the Glamglow which the PS Love To Glow doesn’t give. It still felt nice on the skin and I left it on for the recommended 10 minutes.

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To get the exfoliation benefits you have to wet it and massage it into the skin the same as Glamglow and at this stage I couldn’t find any difference between the two. What I love about the Glamglow is that it’s really gritty and gives a great exfoliation. I was a bit dubious about whether our Penneys bargain would live up to it but I needn’t have worried, It’s super gritty and worked a treat.

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I did a quick check on the the ingredients and they do have some of the same ingredients.  However the Glamglow has way more natural ingredients (volcanic minerals, green tea leaf, cucumber etc.) which are beneficial to the skin. Saying that though the Penneys one does have some aloe juice and shea butter so some great skin nourishment there.

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So how does my skin feel after using it? To be honest………..FANTASTIC!!  Soft? Check! Smooth? Check! Hydrated? Check! Seriously this stuff ticks all the boxes. Now we believe in honest reviews so we’re not going to lie, it’s not 100% the same as Glamglow YouthMud but it does seem to work just as good!! And girls……it’s only €3.50. Yes that’s right. Three euros and fifty cents!!! Unbelievable value! Now if you’re looking for us we’ll be in Penneys stocking up on the whole range…

 

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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Hang Up by Mac Cosmetics

  
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

Mac Cosmetics

Brown Thomas

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

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Hi ladies and HAPPY FEBRUARY 🙂

I for one am glad to see the back of January, it’s definitely not my favourite month. So how are all the resolutions going?? I’m sure there’s one or two we might have started to let slip already?! I know some of mine are long gone out the window. There’s one I’ve managed to stick with though and that’s looking after my skin a bit better. I have been guilty before of the old quick swipe of a face wipe at the end of the day but I realise this is a major skin care no-no.

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Ever since I seen the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm at Pippas Fashion Factory it has been on my wishlist, if it’s good enough for Pippa eh? So I was delighted when I got this cleansing balm at Christmas (thanks sis!!) It’s exactly what the doctor ordered for my tired, dull skin.

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With some seriously lush ingredients like Rose and Mimosa waxes, Starflower and Elderberry this balm smells and feels amazing on the skin, It’s like a spa experience in a little jar. It’s supercharged with algae properties as well which is what gives it the anti-ageing affect, something I need to really work on now I’m heading for the big Three Oh!

The balm is a lovely luxurious consistency on the skin. You just smooth it on dry skin and it melts off any makeup or grime. It feels like a mini facial and then you remove it with a warm, damp cleansing cloth and the skin is left squeaky clean and silky smooth!! There’s even a lovely cleansing cloth included in the box. You can also use the balm as a mask, just apply a generous layer and leave it to do it’s magic for 10 minutes….fresh glowy complexion how are ya?!

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It retails around the €60 mark which is a little bit spendy but the jar is 105grams and will last ages!! I’ve been using mine for over a month now and I’ve barely made a dent. It’s available to buy from any spa that carries the Elemis range or selected online stockists. Millies.com have it on sale at the minute for €48, perfect excuse to invest or maybe drop some hints for a Valentines treat……

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 105g

Until next time,

 

Live Pretty,

 

Lisa M xx

 

 

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