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
 

 

 

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Understanding Colour Correcting!


Hello Everyone!

Colour correcting the skin can be quite mind boggling for anyone that doesn’t understand the concept of colour theory!  So I’m hoping this post will provide you with a better understanding of why we have greens, pinks & peach concealers which are great for counteracting pigmentation, blemishes etc…

Just a note though before I move on, colour correcting can be done after you have cleansed, toned and moisturized the skin, after this you can go ahead and prime and conceal.

First though I want to explain what colour theory is. Below is a picture of a colour wheel which might be familiar from your first Art lesson at school. Do you remember your art teacher explaining the colour wheel to you? primary, secondary and tertiary colours? how to blend primary colours to create secondary and tertiary colours? this trick works exactly the same for makeup.

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Makeup artists use this wheel on regular basis they may not physically have this image planted on there desks etc.. but believe me this wheel is implanted in our heads, we refer back to this everytime we stand in front of a client to determine her skin type and what foundation we pick, types of concealers and certain eyeshadows that will complement her eyes!

How to work the colour wheel:  For me, I have naturally dark under eyes that are a deep blueish colour so to correct this, I take a look at a colour wheel and I can then see that the opposite colour to blue is orange. I then apply the orange pigment as this will neutralise the deep blue colour of my under eyes.

For anyone that might suffer with ‘Rosacea’ which tends to affect the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose, and is characterised by redness, if you look at the wheel and go to the red, the opposite of red is green hence why the green is a colour that you will find in a corrector palette.  By simply dabbing the green colour to cover the area will neutralise the red.  I hope this is making sense!!

I want to simplify this as much as I can and break it down so that you can understand as much as possible.  So what I want you to do when you are ready to apply your concealer is, have a look in the mirror and take note of what you want to conceal and the colour of the problamatic area!

For example is it the undereye area? is it blue or purple? or around the nose which maybe reddish or redness on the cheeks which can be sometimes refered to as ‘Rosacea’ as described above.  These are all common skin areas that clients want to cover.  Don’t be afraid to use these concealers to cover these areas.  The colours are there to counteract/cancel out against the redness or blueish tones on the skin.  Using darker foundations to apply on these areas will not cover but only enhance the area.  Embrace your colour corrector and play around with the shades and I promise you, your skin will appear flawless once you apply the concept of the colour theory.  Refer to the colour wheel if you are not 100% sure on what concealer to use.  Colour wheels are accessible on google pics or pinterest!

This is a great colour guide that I found on Musingsofamakeupjunkie.  It explains the theory of each colour that you might find in a concealer palette.

We have so many brands available to us that cater for correcting and concealing.  We have primers that are also there to not only prime but to even out skin tone or to correct the redness.

Below is what I carry in my kit for use on clients.

This Concealer palette from Catrice is great.  You have your green and peach/orange tones to help counteract against red and blue.  Retails at €5.00.

 

 

These are the Prime & Fine by Catrice that also work as a colour corrector.  The pink one is used to even out skin tone, the green one is used to cancel out redness.  The only thing that I would recommend is to use the green one sparingly, do not rub all over the skin, just dab on where needed as sometimes I feel its to much and can show through your foundation.

 

Catrice can be purchased from most pharmacies or Penneys.

OK!  Brace yourselves for this mugshot of Moi!  I’m baring it all just for you guys so that you can understand exactly where to apply your correcting concealers so excuse the head on me.  No filters here ladies/gents lol!!

The Left picture gives you a clear indication of what I need to correct, my nose area, cheeks, to lip, forehead, are all slightly red.  My undereye and inner eye area are dark with a blueish hue.

The Right picture is what I used to correct these areas.  The green counteracting against the red, the peachy/orange tone will cancel out the dark tones under my eyes and the pink tone will give me a slight highlight down the bridge of my nose!

 

The Left picture is the correcting concealers blended in.  I used a beauty blender which I find works best for me.  I have no foundation on and already you can see a difference.

The Right picture is the completed look with my usual face routine apart from eyeshadow as I wanted the focus to be on the skin.

So ladies and gents you can see how correcting can give you that appearance of flawless skin.  I hope this post has been somewhat helpful to you and gives you a bit more confidence to try out this concealing technique.

The reason I didn’t list so much brands is because I have only ever used the Catrice products and I didn’t want this post to be focused solely on selling a product, but more to give you a better understanding of how to apply the products.  So no matter what brand you are using the technique is always the same.

I really do hope this helps any questions you can message us on facebook at Lisas’Livin’Pretty or snap us @makeupbylisa or @lisabeth-86 we will always reply.  We would love to hear any feedback from this post so let us know how you get on.

Thanks for reading guys.

Until next time

 

Lisa D 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

 

 

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

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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

My Top 2015 Beauty Buys

Hello Ladies,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Until next time ladies,

Live Pretty.

 

Lisa D xx

 

 

 

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

All About That Base – Part 1

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Hi lovelies 🙂

Can anyone remember what we did before primer? These days it’s definitely a must-have product in every girls makeup bag! Primers generally have two main functions- to smooth the skins texture before foundation and to make the foundation last longer. As well as this though there are lots of primers on the market for colour correction, hydration and even illuminating the skin. Today though we are going to give you our top picks of primers suitable for us girls with oily skin.

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Oily skin can be tricky when it comes to makeup. We want to mattify the skin without making it look dull and we want a healthy glow but not a shine. Finding that balance is hard. We have tried and tested 4 different primers specifically formulated for oily skins and here’s how we got on……

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First up..NO.7 Beautifully Matte Makeup Base

This has a strange texture almost like toothpaste. It’s thick and can be hard to spread across the skin, but once it’s on it’s not going anywhere!! You have to work quick though and get your foundation on before the primer starts to “set” underneath. I found this one to work well , my foundation lasted really well with very little shine.

€14.50 Boots Nationwide

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Next we tried NYX Shine Killer

We had high hopes for this one as we have have been really impressed with everything else we have tried from NYX recently. This has a clear gel-like consistency and it’s easy and quick to apply…but it didn’t really feel like it soaked in to the skin. Foundation was easy to apply on top but I’m afraid I didn’t notice any difference in shine or longevity using this one.

€15.50 Selected Pharmacies Nationwide or Boots.com

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Next up Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base

After using Inglots original Under Makeup Base and not getting on too well with it, I wasn’t sure how this one was going to work out. But being the devoted makeup obsessive I am, of course I was gonna have to buy it and see. This formula of this one is like a mix of the No7 and the NYX. It’s like a gel but when you apply it to the face you can feel it mattifying the skin straight away like a paste. It also seemed to blur out some imperfections and large pores…bonus!! My foundation lasted all day with this one with only minor touch ups on the cheeks, instead of my usual blotting sheets and powder every couple of hours. I was really impressed with this and it’s now my go-to everyday primer.

€22 Inglot Stores Nationwide

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Last up Catrice Pore Refining Anti-Shine Base

This primer is a total bargain at only €5.49 and Catrice always deliver when it comes to quality at an affordable price. This one is creamier than the others and felt like a moisturiser when applied. It settled in to the skin nicely and my foundation sat well on top. I did notice an improvement in the shine with this one but not as much as the Inglot or No7 ones. But for €5.49 it’s definitely worth having in my kit.

€5.49 Selected Pharmacies and Penneys Nationwide

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So after a few weeks of trying these the Inglot Mattifying Under Makeup Base has been my favourite,. Although it is more expensive, it’s worth it to get the base right. I loved No7 Beautiully Matte too but I will probably only wear this occasionally as it did feel quite thick and dry on the skin. The Catrice Pore Refining Anti-Shine Base comes in in 3rd place while the NYX Shine Killer is getting relegated to the “stuff I never use” drawer!! Sorry NYX we do love you but this just didn’t work out 😦

We will have our next installment of our All About That Base series coming soon, looking at the best primers for dry skin. In the meantime let us know any favourites you have that we might have missed….

Until next time,

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx