If you want a blogger who snaps up new products as soon as they are released, for testing and subsequent follow up review, I ain't her. I can't afford to do that. ***Some day Julie, some day.*** I like to consider my purchases carefully. Read up on them, decide if it actually appeals to me … Continue reading Bare Minerals BarePro Foundation: The Review
So here's the thing, we don't live in a perfect world. We know that we, as humans, as individuals, are not perfect. Whoever we are, wherever we're from, whatever our role, our title, our job, our passions, our downfalls- we are flawed. Unmistakably, intrinsically flawed. We all know it, if we are questioned we admit … Continue reading So Here’s The Thing
If you saw my Instagram stories on Saturday evening, you'll already know what I'm about to say. You may still be trying to come to terms with my shocking revelation. I understand if the wound is too fresh and you need to click away right now. If you didn't see my post, you're most likely … Continue reading Prepare Yourself
For the past few months I have revealed my monthly favourites over on the old Insta Stories but, technology consistently worked against me and the result was out of sync. All the way through. Rage. Hence this blog post! I have so many favourite products from last year that I want to include, but for … Continue reading Skincare Favourites of 2017
Being selective with make up, for your reading pleasure, was nightmarish. However, with rigorous qualifying criteria, I've somehow managed to compile a list of my most used products of 2017. Those little gems that I reached for on the regular. Surprisingly, no Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in here, but I don't tend to use … Continue reading Make Up Favourites of 2017
Well, how was your Christmas? Hope it was full of food, fun and family and that many happy memories were made! We had a quiet one as usual, but it was lovely all the same, and Oscar wore a bow tie. This pleased me immensely, as he won't let me dress him up! If it … Continue reading Bye Bye 2017
Hope Santa is good to you all this Christmas! Be good and, if you can't be good, be safe! 2018 is almost upon us. The year of the big 3-0 for me! Sure, it's only a number! J x Current Thoughts Cleaning. Desserts. What have I forgotten?
So I spent an hour planning, writing and editing this post the other day. Then WordPress managed to delete all but a picture. Ragin'! Anyway, here we go again... This little quad of shadows had been on my wishlist for quite some time but I had no real intention of buying it. Enter kind and … Continue reading Quick Critique: Dolce Vita Palette (Take 2!)
I am well aware that I own an abnormal amount of make up. I'm also aware I don't need even a twentieth of it. I was thinking not too long ago, about the little bag of make up I started out with and how little I knew about it all! So, that gave my thinker … Continue reading Beginner’s Guide
We all have things we struggle with. If you're up to date with all of my posts, you'll be well aware of my biggest "struggle". If not, click here. They say (who are 'they' by the way, anyone know?) that struggle is part of the story. The things that we fight with in our lives … Continue reading The Struggle is Real
I have had several requests to do another post for my 'Do's and Don'ts' series and I couldn't decide which "topic" to focus on! So, I have written a mixture! Hope you enjoy and find something useful! The Don'ts 👎 #1 Do NOT take everything you see on Instagram and YouTube as gospel. Don't feel … Continue reading 5 Do’s and Don’ts: Miscellaneous
A while back I posted on my Instagram that I thought I had found a combination of foundations and setting powders that actually lasted on my oily skin. I've always had oily skin but over the last year my hooter, in particular, has thrown all caution to the wind and just seems to produce enough … Continue reading It Really Works!
Sometimes the inspiration for a new post comes from a suggestion or request, sometimes it's something new that I have tried and feel it could be beneficial for you to know my thoughts. Then there are those times that something has been on my mind and I toy with the idea of writing about it. … Continue reading Support
E.L.F cosmetics recently launched a stand in my local Superdrug. Yes American readers, we know that's a ridiculous name! I was delighted at the prospect of trying a few products as I had never bothered ordering from their website. Sometimes I just like to see and feel the product for myself. This was one item … Continue reading Quick Critique: E.L.F Lip Exfoliator
So you may or may not have noticed that I am much more into my winged liner of late. It really has been a recent development over the last few months and I feel so much more confident now than I ever did before. So, I figured I would share a few tips and tricks … Continue reading Just Wing It!
I would venture a guess that even if you aren't all that into your make up you wouldn't be too opposed to making the most of your peepers. I know so many people who skip the whole foundation routine altogether, big up their lashes, slick a lippy on and look fabulous. I wish I could … Continue reading Quick Critique: Maybelline ‘The Big Shot’ Mascara
You may remember that for the month of August, I pledged to wear only mineral foundation. I love liquid foundation that gives me full but fast coverage. I always have. However, the wonder that is Jennifer Rock (aka The Skin Nerd and creator of the Cleanse Off Mitt), is a huge advocate for mineral make … Continue reading Mineral Foundation
A while back I asked for some advice on a new hobby...hand-painted pallet signs. Thank you to those of you who messaged me with advice and suggestions. It was much appreciated! I love to have a creative project on the go and whilst I'll always love my make up and skincare, I have to say...I … Continue reading Love In The Detail
So we've covered foundation and the eyes (by the way, any other questions do ask, I love hearing from you!) and I wanted to cover contour, highlight and blush under the umbrella of powders. As an oily skinned gal, (I haven't mentioned that before, have I?) I don't use cream contouring and highlighting cosmetics. They … Continue reading 5 Do’s and Don’ts: Powders
With the popularity of the Beauty Blender and various lines of brushes- Morphe, Zoeva, Real Techniques and Sigma, to name a few, there certain tools and random items that I, personally, couldn't do without as part of my little make up family. Such as... 1. Pencil sharpener- a good one. Not one you would have … Continue reading Seemingly Insignificant
Thank you so much for the lovely messages about my last 5 Do's and Don'ts. It means so much to me to know that people are reading my blog and actually enjoying it and finding it useful! With that in mind, here comes the next in the series. It was difficult to keep these limited … Continue reading 5 Do’s and Don’ts: Eyes
A few months ago my husband arrived home with some pallet wood and announced that he thought I could do something with it. His suggestions ended there! Over the past few weeks I have been pottering about with them and so far have made three hand painted signs, with more in the works. I mentioned … Continue reading Advice Please!
We're all well aware that cosmetic and skin care brands are constantly trying to catch our attention and take our dosh with fancy advertising campaigns, celebrity endorsements and snazzy editorial shoots. The easily swayed among us, myself included, find it challenging to resist. A habit that I've got myself into is heading on to Cult … Continue reading Ten Items on my Wish List
Lately, my Facebook and Instagram feeds have been crammed with video snippets, images and links to various articles on mental health. I've also been having discussions with others on their stories and even read blog posts on the same topic. I've felt their pain but marvelled at their strength and bravery to share their experience. … Continue reading Anxious Much?
Let's cut to the chase. I own enough foundations and have been laying it on thick for long enough to have picked up a thing or two. Bearing in mind, my oily skin dictates certain steps of my foundation routine and therefore may not apply to you so much, let's get started. The … Continue reading 5 Do’s and Dont’s: Foundation
It seems to me that there are three attitudes to make up... Obsessed, love it, own everything, can't live without it. (That's me) Like it, own some but can do without it. Couldn't care less, never wear it. No matter what your view, there's a general consensus, from the majority, that you should just do you. … Continue reading You Shouldn’t Wear Make Up
I don't think there's a family left on the planet that hasn't been touched or affected by cancer in some shape or form. Ours is no different. We're told that scientists are edging, ever closer, to finding a cure. I'm normally a cynical soul and would dismiss such sentiments as cheer mongering but, in this … Continue reading Cancer Research
I've previously written about the importance of using your cleanser to actually cleanse the skin, and ideally pre-cleansing in some way to remove your make up, thus making your cleansing product last that wee bit longer. Prior to discovering the benefits of a pre-cleanse for my skin, I used my beloved Cleanse and Polish from … Continue reading Cleanse Off Mitt…The Review
I didn't own any products from Kiko and hadn't stepped foot inside the store in Belfast until very recently. I'm still testing the other products I purchased but this one, I wanted to report back on now. I love shadow sticks. They're quick and easy, provide a great base for other shadows but are equally … Continue reading Quick Critique: Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Stick
Grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up, relax and enjoy! Back in June, I was having a chat about skin care, as you do. I had commented on how beautiful and healthy a friend's skin looked, being interested in that kind of thing. She said that she used an exfoliant every day but … Continue reading Neal’s Yard Remedies…The Review