Urban Decay, a well known and a well loved brand, has understood that makeup and skincare should go hand in hand as great makeup starts with even better skin!! They have now launched there very first skin care collection. On the night these were the ones that were used and talked about:
Hot Springs Hydrating Gel – This product will hydrate, balance and energize your complexion post cleansing. Also has intense moisture without feeling greasy! It has a lightweight formula with its main ingredient being water. This gel instantly hydrates your skin and it will not cause your foundation to smudge. €29
Melt down makeup remover – This product is a mighty makeup remover as it melts down the makeup and removes the longest lasting products that are so hard to budge, we all have that waterproof liner that is so hard to shift! Apply this all over and wipe away with a cloth. This creamy gel is non greasy so there is no need to wash off any residue afterwards. This is very good for removing fallout when you do your eyes first. €30
Pore Refining Gel – This product is a vacuum for pores!! Made up of 9 skin nourishing plant extracts. This peel off mask significantly reduces the appearance of pores and leaves you with glowing skin. This is only applied to your T- zone or any problem areas! €29
Lip Love – Your lips need love to so this product is on my list! This product hydrates, leaving them soft and smooth. With a blend of nourishing Shea butter and Coconut oil, this new lip moisturizer will keep lips from drying out. Great for you girls who wear long wear matte lipsticks!! Apply before going to bed to nourish those lips back up or apply a light coat before applying your makeup. €14
(picture credit – Urban Decay site)
Lisa Murphys Makeup Look:
First off B6 spray was used. Spray over the face and leave sit for 30 secs to refresh the face.
Lisa always uses a primer and really recommends them as they are necessary! Primers blend into the skin and into any fine lines and fills in any open pores. All products are sitting on it and acts as a barrier, great to apply where you find makeup comes off during the day! Works better when applied with hands.
Urban Decay has 4 different types of primers. Lisa used the optical illusion primer for this looks as it is used for all skin types.
The look lisa done was a day look so she popped on foundation first. Using the all nighter foundation and one pump usually does all thr face depending on what coverage you would like. The shade she used is 4.0 this colour is the most popular shade with tan. This tan oxidises 1 or 2 min than thats the shade it will be for the rest of day! Leaving undereye free from foundation as it would be to heavy! This foundation is so matte that it does need to be set.
Concealer used was shade “light warm” Applying to under eyes! €23. Also comes in your colour correction shades; green, lavender, pink, yellow and peach.
Next up is priming the eyes with Primer Potion “Eden” eye primer, this enhances any colour put on top of it. Set down with deslick powder, this is great for oily skin or if you find makeup slips off your face. This powder doesnt add any colour to face it keeps it the same colour as underneath. Using this to set eyes makes shadows blend so much easier.
Using the new palette “Nocturnal” which contains the first every shadow urban decay ever realised!! This palette is selling out so quick as it is a great palette and a really versatile one. Top part is natural colours and bottom is crazy looks!! creating a nice day time look started with e29 brush using a credit gum….next colour is baby and focusing more on the lid! Than midnight cowboy with an eyeliner smudger brush focusing on inner corner
Using 2 different bronzer, 1 as blush and 1 as bronzer! Sunkissed is lovely as blush with tan! Beached bronzer to use to bronze up the face using f107
Same brush to use for blush and using sunkissed. On pale skin it would be used as a bronzer but with tan gives a lovely blush
Using 2 products for brows. Lisas loving powders now as gel gives to much of a definite brow.. using brown sugar brow box, each brow box palette comes with 2 shades and a wax, brow brush and tweezers. €26.50 .. Than a gel is used which highlights natural hairs on brows but also sets them into place and stray hairs!
Mascara used is Perversion which is Blackest mascara they have! Subversion mascara is a white mascara but gives a great curl on the lashes. Leave sit for 10-15 seconds than apply perversion mascara on afterwards which gives an amazing end result!
Lip liner, do not use one without being topped!! Your asking for a disaster! Using liner and lipstick called “714” which is red and using a mega matte lipstick. Urban Decay has 5 different finishs lipstick.
Highlight using naked flushed palette.. €31 nooner lisas favourite one!
Using same palette outer corner “backfire” focusing on outer corner in a v shape to give a night time eye look.
Setting with all nighter spray, there is 3 different sprays; long lasting, oil control and cooling & hydrating. They can all be used throughout the day! Comes in mini which is ideal for nights out!
Stylist and Personal shopper in Debenhams Waterford, Elaine Douglas, showed us all the latest fashion trends. This is also a free service if you need a hand!
All jeans in Debenhams stores mould to your body shape.
If your legs are small and top is heavy, show off your legs by wearing print on your bottoms such as trousers, skirt and shorts as this draws less attention to your top part of your body.
Jumpsuits are on trend big time this season!
Have key items and mix and match your outfits!
Bra sized should be checked every 6 months! Wearing the wrong size can put pressure on areas such as your back and shoulders.
If I learned something from the fashion side is to get in as soon as possible and get fitted for a bra properly!!
This trend has quite the modern chic feeling to it. It’s quite a tricky piece to style as you could get it completely wrong! It’s not a trend for everyone but I love it! Here is a few images that will help you style them if you are like me and want to master this trend.
Seeing this on blogger Dominique Nugent (Love Fashion and Fros) instagram just set me off to love this style!
I kindly got invited to Collette Griffins Masterclass which was held in the Waterford Health Park Pharmacy by the lovely Sandra. I was delighted as I love Masterclasses as you always learn new tips and tricks! Collette is an amazing person to go to see in action, if you get the chance to see her – GO!! She is great for teaching, you will have such a laugh and made us all feel so relaxed! Collette is always doing tutorials on her snapchat (collettegriff) and she is so easy to follow. Her other social medias are Facebook (Makeup By Collette) and Instagram (MakeupByColletteGriffin).
If your from Waterford and have not been into this pharmacy I would be surprised, they stock lots of brands I love such as Catrice, Flormar, Sleek, Glam & Co, Sunkissed tan, Human + Kind, I could keep going but they also got a few BH palettes in!! Follow there Social Media to see some more new items they get in – Snapchat (whppslievekeale), Facebook (Waterford Health Park Pharmacy), Instagram (WaterfordHealthParkPharmacy).
Starts with brows, brush through with a spoolie and used Cailyn Brow Gellux in shade “Oak” and applied with a Mac 263. Also Inglot 31T is a very good brush. Small strokes for brows. Cailyn Gellux is waterproof and smudge proof.
Mix brow gel and duraline together on the back of hand and if it hardens up just add more duraline to make it easier to work with.
Used Cailyn bright on eye balm for carving, sharpening the brows and fixing any mistakes using Mac 252. We all need this brush it’s supposed to be amazing! Its one of Collettes most loved brush! The eye balm is creating a blank canvas to work on which removes things such as veins on the eye lid.
For the eyes The balm Meet Matte Trimony and The Nude’tude palettes were used. Collette starts with highlighting the brow bone and inner corner of eye with a matte white.
Blank Canvas E24 brush – highlighting brow bone and inner corner
Zoeva 221, 227 & 228 brushes. 228 for transition colour, 221 for building up colour and 227 for darker colour on outer V.
Nima “Jennie” for blending out the edges
Mac 212 brush to smudge out liner on bottom. Another brush like this is Blank Canvas E44.
Collette used Urban Decay Naked Concealer and Cailyn bright eye primer with a Mac 252 on each eye to create a half cut crease look to give us an example on each eye. The Cailyn bright eye primer came out as a better blank canvas as it was more of a white Base. To create the cut crease go over your original crease.
As she was using a gold glitter she settled the primer with a gold shimmer. Than blending previous colours together with the shimmer to take away the harsh line.
The glitter used was Cailyn glitter in shade “Blondie” but to stick this collette uses Too Faced shadow insurance as a Base. To stick pigments down she applies straight to the wet concealer/primer used on the eye.
Eye Rule : Eye colours used on top of to be used on the bottom.
Eye liner used was The balm Gel pencil liner in black “Mr Right Now” which dries matte. This was smoked out using a Mac 212 brush.
The balm “schwing” liquid liner was used for a wing liner. A liquid liner was used as it was easier to work with going over glitter and creates a nice smoother line than a gel would.
The lashes used for the look were Rebeluna lashes in style “kate”. To apply the eye lash glue, cut a cotton pad in half and you have 2 applicators for applying the lash glue to the lash band. Wait about 30 seconds for glue to get tacky before applying to eyes.
Primer used was The Balm Time balm primer.
Foundation used was Cailyn HD in shade 03 & 04, mixed together to give an exact shade to match client as she had tan applied. This foundation is super full coverage so never use under the eyes, use concealer. Collette used a beauty blender to press foundation into the skin.
Urban Decay concealer was used to highlight the face using a Morphe E8 brush to blend out.
Cailyn banana powder was used to set areas of concealer. If you are Pale do not use this, use a translucent powder.
To Contour she used The Balm Highlight N Con tour palette using a Mac 163 brush for bronzing but the Blank Canvas F04 is like this angled brush. And an Inglot 4ss brush for contouring with a darker shade and only bringing it out a small amount.
Using none other than The Balm Mary Lou highlighter using a Sigma F35 brush to highlight the Cheek bones and top of nose and using a smaller brush to highlight cupids bow.
The Balm Hot mama blush using a Morphe M509 brush.
Cailyn lip liner in shade “maple”. Collette favourite shade! Uses it for all her lips bar a red lip. Using a real techniques lip brush, Cailyn lipstick in no 18 was applied. Oh what a lovely combo!
Set everything with Mac Fix+! Also a good dupe someone said for that was Rose Water… hmm may try that out!
While some beauty trends can be ridiculous, this one I love. Faux freckles have been going around social media the last while but Freckles will be a huge trend this year! Don’t worry if you don’t have any they can always be drawn on! I think this trend will be lovely for summer and holidays. After years of woman hiding there natural freckles with foundation to cover them all up now its the trend and people without freckles are faking them with makeup.
How to achieve faux freckles:
After applying foundation, choose a light brown or chocolate brown eyeliner, depending on your skin tone.
Scatter the placement of the freckles across your nose and cheeks.
When you found the placement you want, press down and twist. Don’t make the spots to perfect as having them oddly shaped will make them more natural looking.
Lightly powder over or swipe with fingers to keep them natural looking.
What do you think of this trend or Have you tried it?
Let me know!
Another beauty trend for 2017 is saying bye bye to a heavy handed highlight (which we all love) and a dramatic contouring and welcoming back a natural look! We will be seeing more of a natural beautiful skin which will be teamed with a bold lip and eye. That will be a post for another day 🙂
Flormar has been one of my favourite drugstore brands since I came across it 2 years ago on holidays in Tenerife. In Tenerife, Flormar had its own store and I bought some stuff over there as it was so cheap and I knew the brand was not in Ireland. So after stocking up on a lot of makeup from this brand, used it, fell in love with it and than raging because we did not have it here, I very rarely used the items as I didn’t want to waste them.. I know I’m not the only one who would do this!!
About 2 months after the holiday Flormar had arrived in Ireland, which meant I could use my products every day!! Flormar ranges in prices from €2.95 – €12.95 and is such amazing quality! I attended Niamh Cleary (NCMakeup) masterclass in Waterford Health Park Pharmacy Waterfordand she used Flormar Anti-blemish foundation, when seeing it being applied and the end result I fell in love. For the price of it, it was so flawless looking! I picked this up in shade “Honey” and I also picked up the new age matte liquid lipstick in shade “Tender Terra” and I love the colour. The foundation and lipstick were both used in picture below:
Anti – Blemish Foundation
This is a buildable foundation with amazing coverage it also gives a radiant and natural finish.It hides blemishes but with its calming, soothing and anti – inflammatory ingredients it helps heal and prevent blemishes. This foundation is oil free and has a smooth texture. This is available in 6 shades and costs €11.95.
Radiant Touch Brush Concealer
This smooth concealer is soft and creamy textured. It gives a natural radiant finish and is ideal for all skin types. It gives instant cover to imperfections, hiding appearance of dark circles and fatigue. This is available in 5 shades and costs €7.95.
Push Up Definition Mascara
This is a creamy and soft textured mascara that lifts from the root to tips giving major volume to lashes with no clumps! Due to its formula, it allows multiple coats for extra wow!! It only comes in 1 shade which is jet black but is real intense. This costs €9.95.
New Age Matte Liquid Lipstick
This is a soft, smooth and velvety liquid lipstick that sets super matte but is non drying (which I love!). It gives a rich colour with a great staying power. It is easy to apply with the lip applicator it comes with and lipliner is not needed. This is available in 6 shades and costs €7.95.
Colour Stretch Eyeshadow
This is a light mousse shadow with a creamy texture. The colour is intense that is easy to blend and has a shimmery finish. This is available in 6 shades and cost €6.95.
Perfect Matte Nail Enamal
This nail polish has a velvet matte finish that has a fast drying formula. It has a high coverage with a shine free effect. This is available in 6 shades and cost €3.50.
The cold weather is now here and we know that brings out the dry lips! I suffer from this every year.. Here are a few steps to help prevent it:
A gentle exfoliation once a week to help shed off any dry skin on lips. Your lips cant stay healthy with all that dry skin on them. I bought a soft toothbrush just for this and I run it across my lips in circular motions or what else I love is LUSH bubblegum lip scrub. I heard of some home remedies for lip scrub such as honey & olive oil & brown sugar but have never tried it out.
Moisturise your lips every night before going to bed to hydrate the lips to make them soft and kissable!
This tip is the one I find hard not to do… when your lips feel dry we automatically tend to lick our lips in order to moisten them.. In fact when the saliva evaporates from the surface of the lips, it takes the skins moisture with it, causing the lips to become even drier! I tend to always lick my lips but will have to stop to help me prevent chapped lips.
Wearing a lipstick or lipglosswhen outside protects your lips from harsh weather. For days where I don’t wear lipstick/lipgloss I always use Dr.PawPaw balms!
Halloween is just around the corner and if your like me and Halloween is your favourite holiday than you tend to go all out on your costume!
Todays post is all about the best hair products for your Halloween look. Halloween hair can be the reason why your costume stands out! If you’re looking to temporarily colour your hair, add a frightening amount of volume, or keep your hair in place, then this post is just for you! Keep scrolling to see to see what needs to be achieved to perfect your Killer hairstyle!
Temporary Hair Colour: I know Crazy colours are quite a “no no” in some jobs but that’s why having temporary Hair colouring is great because when shampooed it washes out!
Hair chalk is the perfect way to add temporary colour to strands of your hair.If your hair is dark, wet your hair in the areas that you want to colour. If you have lighter strands (that’s you, blondies!), skip this step or else the colour will remain for a few more washes. Strand by strand run the calk up and down your hair until you’ve reached your desired colour.
Hair colour spray works perfectly on dry hair and comes in the prettiest of colours. It also washes out after one shampoo so don’t worry about scaring your coworkers when you return to work!
Wigs: For costumes that the hair plays the major part in, think Ariel, Cleopatra. Cruella De Vil, rather than changing the whole colour of your hair a wig is best off for those kind of looks. If you really wanting to keep the wig in place and make sure nothing goes away, a wig cap is the best for helping to style your look.
Accessories: Compared to years ago, there are so many fun ways to accessorize your hair using items like plastic spiders and spider webs. Hairbands or chains are another great way to dress up an outfit!
Extra hold Hairspray: If your costume requires amazing big hair, Extra hold hairspray will be your Best Friend! This will keep your hair in place for the whole day and night! Schwarzkopf Silhouette hairspray is the best!
Glitter: In my opinion all costumes can be made better with a hint of sparkle! If your looking to add that sparkle to your costume there is either loose glitter or hairspray glitter.
Hidden Props: Are you wanting to be a character that’s hair goes to a new level of height? First think of what you can use in your hair before backing coming your hair for dear life!! To achieve a Unicorn look you can use tin foil to shape the horn and than once sliped into place all that’s left is to wrap the hair around to cover the foil! .
A great site to buy off of is Party World. This shop is in Waterford but also delivers around Republic of Ireland. Here is some of the hair items:
Portrait of Glamorous Woman
So now I am curious, who are you planning to be for Halloween or what was your best costume ever?