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

 

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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

A Night at Fashion District

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Hi Lovelies

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Until next time

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx

Budget Beauty – Top 5 under €5

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Hi Lovelies,

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

 

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Essence Make Me Brow €3.10

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

 
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Catrice Camouflage Cream €3.50

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

 

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Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipstick Velvet Matte €2.90

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

 
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Catrice Blush Artist €4.95

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

 

 

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Essence All Eyes On Me Waterproof Mascara €2.50

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

 

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

 

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

 

Until next time,

Live Pretty,

Lisa M xx

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Happy Wednesday everyone!

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

Happy Mother’s Day Ladies xx

 

Until next time lovelies!

 

Live Pretty

 

Lisa D xx

 

 

Bridal Beauty – Our Essential Products

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Hi Lovelies

As makeup artists the arrival of Spring means one thing……WEDDING SEASON!! We’re busy prepping our kits for the busiest time of the year. We’ve been working as bridal makeup artists for a long time now and inevitably we have found some favourite products along the way. As you probably know by now, we are the ultimate makeup junkies and when new products come on the market we are always first in the queue. No matter how many newbies we try though, there are old reliable’s that we always come back to. It’s the most important day of the brides life and probably the most important makeup of her life too….working on a bride the morning of her wedding is not the time to be trying a new product for the first time to see how it fares. We’ll always go back to the tried and tested products that never fail and we thought you guys might like to know what we swear by….

 

Estee Lauder DoubleWear Light Foundation

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It really is all about that base and when it comes to bridal makeup and this foundation never lets me down. It has all the coverage that the original DoubleWear has but with a much lighter formula that looks flawless on the skin. I find it works lovely on all skin types and only needs to be powdered if the skin is very oily. Without powder it has a nice fresh finish that stays put all day. It’s available in shades 0.5 (lightest) to 6 (darkest) and I find I use shades 2 and 3 the most. At around €38 it’s not cheap, but it sure is worth it for our beautiful brides.

 
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Mac Paintpot
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One of the things we get asked most is how we get the makeup to last so long. We’ve had reports of perfect makeup well into the early hours and even the next day (not that we would ever recommend going to bed with your makeup on!!) And part of the answer is using long-lasting products as a base for every step. With eyemakeup this comes in the form of Macs ProLongwear Paintpots. These are cream eyeshadows with serious staying power. Buffed on to the eyelid and into the crease they create the perfect base for any eye look just apply your powder eyeshadows on top, although they can also be worn alone. They come in lots of colours but the most used for bridal makeup would probably be Painterly (beige matte), Bare Study (cream pearl),  Rubenesque (light gold pearl) or Groundwork (light brown matte). Again not the cheapest at €21 each but definitely worth every penny.

 
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Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner
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Now I’m fairly sure we’ve mentioned this eyeliner on here before because it really is the best gel liner out there. On the brides big day she’s going to want peace of mind that her makeup is not going anywhere….even if there’s a few happy tears. So waterproof liner and mascara are an absolute must. This liner is the only one I’ve found to be truly waterproof, this stuff does not budge unless cleansed off with an oil-based makeup remover. I use shade 77 and it’s the blackest black and not that wishywashy greyish black you can get with other gel liners. Strong eyeliner is not everyone’s choice for their wedding day but this liner also works lovely blended softly into the lash line to create a more subtle definition. This is a bit of a bargain at €15 and even if it was double the price, I’d still buy it!!

This list could go on and on, we didn’t even mention skincare or fixing sprays, brow products or lippies but maybe we’ll leave them for another blog post. Next weekend we are off to a Bridal Makeup Masterclass with the AMAZING Amber Dean (look her up if you haven’t already!!) so no doubt we’ll come home with a list of new products we’ll be adding to the bridal kit.

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If you have any bridal makeup queries you can contact either of us through Facebook and we’ll be happy to help, we can be booked individually or together for larger groups 🙂

 

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

Mac Cosmetics

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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