Tuesday, 28 February 2017

How To Style The Ikea Hemnes Vanity Table

How to style Ikea Hemnes Vanity Table

| How To Style The Ikea Hemnes Vanity Table! | 

We've been renting for around 7 years and at times, it can be quite difficult not having your own space. The majority of the houses on the Irish renting market are already furnished, often leaving us with furniture and decor that isn't to our taste. I had always dreamed of owning a pretty vanity table, like the lavish ones they had in old Hollywood films. After a few years of renting, I decided to finally purchase one so that I could make my bedroom space feel like my own. It made such an impact on my mental health as this simple table made my house feel like a home for the first time in years. 

No matter where I move to, I'll always have this piece that's my own and I always ensure it stands out using little trinkets to make it the main feature of the bedroom, detracting attention away from the details in the room I can't change. Styling the piece correctly plays a vital role in making it the focal point of the bedroom, so for today's post I'm going to share how I style my vanity table....

1) Copper Hardware //
To me, copper hardware has the ability to make a piece of furniture look more expensive than it is. I couldn't afford a fancy dressing table but I knew the addition of a few copper or brass pieces would provide a luxe element to the budget Ikea table. Copper and brass trinkets are very affordable and widely available these days. The copper lights draped around the mirror were around €3 from Penneys/Primark a few years ago and the little copper tumblers from a shop in Dublin called Article were also affordable.  

2) A Minimalistic Approach Is Key //
My main aim was to achieve a space that had lots of intricate details whilst still maintaining a minimal and uncluttered look.

Keeping the space fairly minimal whilst still having lots of detail was quite tricky, but I've managed to find the perfect balance between the two. To maintain a minimalistic look I moved my acrylic storage from the vanity to my chest of drawers, as the area looked too busy and cluttered with them. In the space where my acrylic storage used to be, I added two of my favourite palettes that I use quite frequently. Not only is it handy to have these palettes in a place where I can access them easily, but it also leaves the part where the table and mirror connect visible, creating a spacious minimal feel. 

Another way to keep the space minimal is by adding lots of white and clear trinkets like the small Ikea vase, the clear perfume bottle and The White Company Winter Candle {10% off - Whoop!} that are located on the left drawer. The aforementioned items fill the blank space on the drawer with interesting detail whilst maintaining an airy and minimal feel.

3) Create Atmosphere //
The type of atmosphere to create depends on what function your vanity will serve. I don't have an office or any other desk to sit at, so my vanity table has to double up as a workspace for studying and blog work as well as being suitable for makeup application. For blogging and makeup application, I like to create a cosy and relaxing atmosphere and I achieve this through the fairy lights and the candle. For studying, the fresh invigorating scent in my reed diffuser wakes me up and tells my body it's time to work. 

4) Display Dreamy Products //
I regularly refresh my vanity space by alternating what products I have on display. At the moment, I have my Pippa Palette {Review} on the table and my Hourglass Palette {Review} is stacked on top of it. The pink shade of the Pippa Palette suits the pink scarf I have draped on my chair and it compliments the copper hues, whilst the marble packaging of the HG palette fits well with the light and airy feel of the space. Other swoon-worthy products that complement the vanity include my Charlotte Tilbury lipstick {review}, pretty perfume bottles and my rose gold Zoeva makeup brushes.

Have you got a dressing table/ vanity table?

How do you style it?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

10 Things To Do This Spring

March To Do List

| 10 Things To Do This Spring! |

Another month is drawing to a close, but a new season is just beginning. Spring is one of my favourite seasons as everything is fresh and to me, it represents a new beginning. There are lots of things I'm excited to do this Spring so I thought I'd share them in today's post....

1) Continue to find time to read - It's easy to read lots during the Winter but I'd like to continue having cosy evenings, reading my book this Spring

2) Go for lots of beach walks - I haven't been to the beach since September!

3)  Treat myself to a huge Lush Easter haul.

4) Embrace bright makeup picks from blush to eyeshadow, to lipstick.

5) Splurge on some new high-end Spring makeup.

6) Bake sweet treats - I don't bake as much as I used to, so my Spring goal is to bake lots of yummy treats as well as some healthy treats too.

7) Take more photos - It's so hard to take photos in the Winter as a result of the abysmal weather. This Spring I'm making it my mission to bring my camera out for walks with me as well as trying to take more family photos now that my new niece has arrived.

8) Invest in some new Spring wardrobe pieces - I'm thinking about investing in a pair of POCO jeans and I have my eye on a couple of Zara tops *insert love-heart eye emoji*

9) Incorporate more lifestyle photos into my Instagram feed - With brighter weather and longer days, I'm hoping to take lots more lifestyle photos and share them on Instagram. 

10) Try new hairstyles and makeup routines - During the Winter I tend to get very lazy with my beauty routines and I'll just do the same thing day in day out, but this Spring I want to try new things from hairstyles to switching up my makeup routine often.


What do you want to do this Spring?

Love,
Cliona xx


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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The Best Products For Early Mornings

Makeup products for early mornings

| The Best Products For Early Mornings! | 

They say that "the early bird catches the worm" but I can barely make my way to the shower as I have one eye open and one shut on early starts, let alone start my day productively and full of motivation. However, one activity that helps me start my day with motivation and inspiration is applying makeup, because when I look fresh and awake, then I start to feel fresh and awake. 

1)Glowing Skin //
Consecutive 7 am starts usually lead to dull, lacklustre skin so for me, creating a dewy base is a fundamental step in my early morning makeup routine. To achieve this, I usually opt for strobe cream instead of a regular primer and my current favourite is a cheap but cheerful option from the Penneys/Primark beauty range. It adds luminosity to my skin as well as hydrating the skin. 

When I'm not wearing strobe cream, I like to add a boost of radiance to my complexion by mixing some of the NYX Liquid Illuminator with my foundation. This transforms a matte foundation so that it provides a healthy dewy finish and it instantly perks up tired looking skin.

Nars Sheer Glow has a satin finish so it provides a subtle glow that gives an overall healthy appearance to my complexion. The water-based formula is ideal for when my skin is quite dry and it's effortless to blend in so it's the perfect early morning pick.

2) Radiant Finish // 
Another way to ensure my complexion looks radiant is to finish off my base makeup with the light-reflecting powders in the Hourglass Surreal Light palette {review}. I begin by dusting the 'Surreal Light' finishing powder under my eyes and on my t-zone to set my makeup as well as providing an all-over subtle glow. To add some warmth to my face I apply 'Surreal Bronze Light' which is a radiant bronzing powder and I usually reach for the 'Surreal Effect' blush for my daily makeup, as the rosy pink shade with peachy undertones is the best shade for perking up my lacklustre skin.

Makeup products for early mornings
3) Cream Eyeshadows // 
Cream eyeshadows are the perfect fuss-free way to make it look like I've put a bit more effort into my makeup than I actually have. One swipe of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'On and On Bronze' onto the lids and my eyeshadow is complete. The bronzey shade is quite neutral so it works well for everyday makeup. 

Another quick and easy eye option is the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in the shade 'Jean'. The shimmery champagne shade looks pretty worn on its own to instantly make the eyes appear fresh and awake, but it also looks well paired with a matte brown shade to add depth to the look. Both looks are very quick and easy to achieve and they make such a difference to the overall appearance of my everyday makeup. 

4) Bright Eyes //
The appearance of bright, fresh looking eyes can hide a multitude of sins. The first step to achieve bright eyes is a nude eyeliner and you don't need anything fancy to obtain amazing results. The Rimmel Scandal Eyes Nude Liner is a cheap but cheerful option that does a great job of cancelling out redness in the waterline as well as making the eyes appear bigger.

To brighten under my eyes, I like to apply a highlighting concealer pen and my most beloved is the L'oreal Lumi Magique Concealer. This adds luminosity to the under eye area and the pink undertones help counteract the pigment of dark circles. 

Another miracle product for brightening under the eyes and concealing a bad night's sleep is the Seventeen Skin Wow concealer. This works similarly to Lumi Magique in terms of adding luminosity except this option is a yellow toned concealer. I tend to pair this with another concealer because it doesn't conceal the area as well as the L'oreal offering but it's a fraction of the price, so it's definitely worth picking up!

The final step to achieving bigger, awake looking eyes is a good mascara. The Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara* provides both volume and length which helps to enhance the eyes.

Makeup products for early mornings

5) Fuss-Free Lipsticks //
A simple nude lip is essential to complement this soft, effortless, radiant look and my current favourite offerings are the Rimmel Kate 15 Year Collection lipsticks in 'Rock N Roll Nude' & 'Boho Nude'. 'Rock N Roll Nude' is a pink-toned nude shade whilst 'Boho Nude' is a brown-toned nude option. Both lipsticks have a creamy texture, feel lightweight and comfortable to wear and they have a beautiful satin finish. 


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What are your early morning makeup essentials?

Love,
Cliona xx


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Sunday, 19 February 2017

My Mindful Sunday Morning Routine

Cosy Sunday Routine

| My Mindful Sunday Morning Routine! | 

At the end of each week, I like to have a mindful morning to switch off and take some time out for myself to reflect back on the week with a grateful heart. I like to acknowledge my accomplishments and allow myself to feel proud of what I've succeeded that week, no matter how big or small those achievements are. This routine has become a fundamental part of my week and it has played a major role in allowing my lifestyle to become more mindful.

The key to my mindful morning routine is a steaming hot Lush bubble bath. A pamper session is the most effective way to switch off and embrace mindfulness, and you can't have a pamper session without a bubble bath. I'm still making my way through my Lush Valentine's stash so today I'll be opting for a small bit of the Unicorn Horn bubble bar as well as the Think Pink bath bomb

After I've relaxed and reflected on the previous week in the bath, I'll continue my pamper session by exfoliating my body using the Soap & Glory Flake Away body scrub. I find exfoliating is one of the best ways to embrace self-care and in my opinion, it's a rejuvenating experience for both the mind and the body. You're scrubbing away old dead skin cells and preparing for a fresh cycle of growth, thus bracing the mind for a fresh start. 

Mindful morning routine

On a day-to-day basis, I use a spray on moisturiser like the Aveeno Daily Moisturising After Shower Mist, because my bathroom is always freezing and it's the quickest way to moisturise so I can get into a cosy outfit asap. But during my mindful morning routine, I like to take extra time to massage my body with the Soap & Glory Righteous Butter

The final step of my pamper routine involves a quick manicure to ensure my nails look pretty so I'm not tempted to bite them during the week. I recently bought a new Essie nail polish in the shade 'In Stitches' which is a beautiful reddish brown shade. I then coat my hands in a thick layer of Soap & Glory Hand Food hand cream so my hands are as soft as a baby's skin.

Once I've completed my self-care rituals, I'll move onto to some enriching activities like meditation, reading a novel {I'm hooked on Sarah J Maas' Throne Of Glass series} and turning my phone off while I watch an hour of my current favourite TV series: Scandal.


How do you like to spend your Sundays?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Trialling Aesop Skincare

Aesop skincare review

| Trialling Aesop Skincare! | 

I vowed that 2017 was going to be the year of investing in skincare and I'm pleased to say that I've been sticking to my goal. In January, I decided to use my Christmas money to treat myself to some luxury skincare items and Aesop was a brand that had been on my radar for quite some time. I didn't have a hard time choosing what products to go for as my skin was in dire straits in terms of both breakouts and dry skin. It can be relatively difficult to find products that both decongest skin and also aid nourishment at the same time but I had heard good things about the following two products. I've noticed a significant difference in the overall condition of my skin and so it would be rude not to share a report of the current skincare heroes in my routine...

1) Aesop Fabulous Face Oil //
The fabulous face oil is a renowned product in the skin care industry for its blend of nine botanical ingredients that detoxify, soothe and nourish the skin. The first thing that wowed me about the oil is the sweet floral-esque scent that smells like unusual flowers you'd find in the Botanic Gardens. I get a strong whiff of Jasmine along with a small trace of almond oil. The scent is quite sweet at first but it tones down to a herbaceous scent after a while, and as I usually apply this at night, the scent lingers until after I've fallen asleep. When I lie down on my pillow I can smell this quite strongly, but I actually find that it's helped me sleep better these past few weeks!

The oil is lightweight and a little bit goes a long way. Aesop suggests using three to five drops, but I tend to only need two to three drops to cover my whole face and neck. It has a pipette dispenser which makes it easy to dispense the right amount of product and plus, it pleases my inner biology nerd *wink wink*

The results the oil provide are also impeccable. My skin is quite sensitive so it's often prone to redness, but this oil soothes my skin and calms down any redness. It also nourishes the skin and when I wake up in the morning my skin is soft and areas with dry flaky patches tend to become smooth. I also noticed that it helped reduce acne scarring and aided my breakouts to heal much quicker.

2) Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque //
Similarly to the oil, the mask's primary function is to decongest the skin without compromising on nourishment. Many clay-based masks strip the skin of its moisture but this mask contains Vitamin E to maintain the skin's hydration levels. I leave it on for 10 minutes as it's quite strong so my skin can feel tight or a little bit dry if I leave it on any longer. Once I've washed it off, my skin is left feeling deeply cleansed and I find that it's the most effective mask for drawing out impurities that I've ever tried. The scent is fresh and much more herbaceous than the oil, with the primrose being the dominant scent. 

The brand has a unique approach to products as they're not natural but they believe in combing the finest of plant-based ingredients with laboratory-made ingredients. And it's clearly evident that they carry out extensive research to create high-quality products and I love their minimalistic approach to packaging. The fresh scent of both products and the luxurious texture confirms that the products contain the utmost quality ingredients. 


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Cliona xx

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Style Staples To See You Through The End Of Winter

Winter style staples
Winter style staples
Winter style staples

| Style Staples To See You Through The End Of Winter! |

We're heading into the final weeks of Winter and before we prepare to store our beloved cosy coats away for the milder months, it's time to start curating the last few show-stopping Winter looks. So for today's post, I'll be sharing my crucial outfit components for these final Winter days.

1) A Show-Stopping Coat // 
I couldn't survive the Winter months without a cosy coat - or ten *wink wink* - and one that I've been reaching for a lot recently is, what I like to call my 'Blair Waldorf coat'. To me, this coat emanates luxury and elegance which is what BW is renowned for. During the reign of Gossip Girl, she wore a lot of structured coats like this and they made each of her Winter outfits show-stopping. If I had to guess, I'd say that all of the coats she donned came with a hefty price tag but my coat, of course, is an affordable high street pick. I bought it in Zara a few years ago for around €50 but there's a good selection of sophisticated Blair Waldorf-esque coats available on the high street at present. Take this Asos coat, for example, the formal fit of the coat, the slightly flared out bottom half and the faux fur neckline detail all combine to form an elegant lady-like coat that makes a statement like Blair's style. 

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Winter style staples
Winter Style Staples
Winter Style Staples

2) Faux Fur //
As the cold weather is starting to ease off a bit, I've decided to swap my chunky oversized scarves for a faux fur stole. Something like this adds an extra layer to keep you cosy but it gives you a bit more breathing room than the chunky scarves we're used to wearing in the depths of Winter. Choosing a white piece like this one will create a light aura within your outfit whilst the fur detail maintains a Wintery element, so you're representing both seasons in your look. 

3) Block Heel Boots //
Block heel boots are a very versatile piece that can be brought forward to each season bar Summer. Some of our Spring days are still quite chilly so a good pair of block heel boots will keep you cosy without causing your feet to sweat buckets, the way a fleece-lined pair of boots or over-the-knee boots would. Again, opting for soft hues will prepare your look for the Spring months. This Asos embroidered pair would also be ideal for adding a Spring statement to any Winter look. 

4) White or Cream Jeans //
At this stage of the year, I like to start incorporating some Spring touches into my outfits and an effective way to do this is by sporting a pair of white jeans with your Winter ensemble. White jeans can be worn in Winter also but as we head into this transitioning period I'll be sporting them more than ever! 


Winter style staples
Winter style staples
Winter style staples

What are your style staples to see you through the end of Winter?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

My Blogging Process

My Blogging Process

| My Blogging Process! |

I've been blogging for over three years now and as the industry advances my blogging process evolves with it. My approach to blogging has certainly changed over the years and for the first time, I'm starting to feel organised with my blog. In January I decided to refrain from posting as much as I was during previous months to refresh myself for the new year ahead, and I feel as though this has improved my productivity levels and my inspiration. My blogging process is much more effective now than it ever was so for today's post, I thought I'd share what my blogging process involves....

1) Ideas & Planning // On the last day of each month I like to set aside an hour or two to reflect on the previous month's content and social media growth to see how I can improve the following month. I keep a written record of each month's stats so that I can look back on my achievements at the end of the year. 

During this time I also have a massive brainstorm session where I jot down an extensive list of possible post ideas for the month. The first thing I do is write down what holidays or special days there are in that month, and I come up with 3 or 4 post ideas that I can create around them. I think it's important to make the most out of these days when it comes to blogging as you could easily hit an inspiration slump. Luckily finding inspiration for ideas is never a problem for me so sitting down to think of ideas in one sitting works well for me. I try not to think of blog post ideas in my daily life as I used to do this and it started to consume me. I'm living a more mindful lifestyle now so thankfully I've learned to switch off my blogging thinking cap when I'm not working on the blog. But the odd time a post idea will come to me as I'm out and about or watching the tv so if that happens I'll put a reminder on my phone to add it to my list when I can. 

On my February list, there are over 40 ideas so I always have backups if an idea doesn't work out. Once I have all of my ideas on paper, I'll then roughly mindmap the post ideas that appeal me to the most. I jot down what products I could talk about, the style of photography I think would suit the post and plan out a few points to talk about or headings that I could include in the post. After I've completed that, I usually open up the monthly spread in my Kikki K planner and I'll make a plan of what posts I'll publish each day. I try to stick to the plan but sometimes life gets in the way - like when I got sick last week or the weather inhibits outfit photography - so I might have to make a few changes throughout the month. 

In addition to my planner, I have a notebook that I also use to organise the tasks that I have to complete for each post. Then every Monday I'll confer with that notebook to write out my weekly tasks in my planner. I also outline my posts for the week every Monday by uploading images to each post as well as adding my social media links to the end of the post and other little bits that go into every post.

My Blogging Process

2) Photography & Editing // I usually set aside two mornings of the week to bulk photograph, one day for blog photography and one day for Instagram. Sometimes if the lighting is particularly nice then I'll spend an additional time taking photos for both the blog and IG. When setting up my photography layout, I'll reference back to my notebook with the plan of each post and I'll see what style of photo I had in mind for each post. The key to bulk photography for me is to ensure that there are no distractions as I find this interrupts my creative mode. I turn on one of my Spotify playlists that inspires me and I ensure that I have some snacks handy in case I get hungry and start to lose motivation. 

I like to get the photos edited shortly after I've taken them so I can get the task out of the way. I do enjoy editing photos but it's not my favourite part of blogging so I like to get it completed asap. I transfer the photos from my DSLR to my Macbook and then using ICloud I send them to my phone. There I'll carry out the first edit using VSCO cam and I'll then send the photos back to my Mac where I'll further edit them using PicMonkey. I've tried an abundance of different editing software, including Lightroom and Photoshop, but I find this system is quick and easy to do so I have more time to focus on writing the posts.

My Blogging Process

3) Writing // One of my favourite quotes states that "Words can inspire. And words can destroy. Choose yours well." Words are without a shadow of a doubt the most sacred thing to me. From reading them to writing them, they inspire me more than anything else in the world. I've always loved writing and the main reason why I started blogging was so I could have a public forum to share my writing. As writing is the part of blogging that I'm most passionate about I tend to dedicate a lot of time to curating a well-written piece.

I'm a visual learner and worker so I work better with aesthetically pleasing visuals. This means that I must have the photos and the headings already laid out in a draft before I can begin writing. I couldn't even contemplate writing my posts in an exterior outlet and then pasting the post into blogger, as that would overwhelm me. As you can imagine, it makes it difficult to write on the go but fortunately, at the moment, I have no need for doing so as I have plenty of free time to write at home.

If I'm suffering from writer's block, then I'll always just force myself to write. I find that the only way to get over it is to write, write and write some more. I usually just force myself to write an introduction to the post and then by the time I get stuck in, my inspiration is flowing. I then go back to the introduction because it's usually a load of rubbish {haha!} and I'll re-write the paragraph once my inspiration has returned. I also make sure that I read every day and write something every week to avoid writer's block. 

4) Fine-Tuning // Once I've finished writing the post, I'll have a quick skim through it to make sure it's legible and that all of my points are clear and concise. I then leave it for a day or two and then come back to edit it. I read each post twice, once out loud and once in my head to ensure everything is correct. Obviously, a few mistakes slip through the cracks but they're usually minor like missing small words, so overall the sentence still makes sense. I also have Grammarly installed on my Mac so I don't really have that much to fix when the time comes to edit the post, as the app does most of it for me. 

5) Promotion & Social Media // After I've scheduled the post to go live, I then schedule promotion tweets and Facebook posts for each blog post. I don't really spend that much time on social media anymore as it started to overwhelm me. Since I've started living more mindfully I've essentially cut out social media from my life apart from scheduled posts, a few live tweets here and there, and I spend a little bit of time on Instagram because, despite the many faults it now has, it's still my favourite platform. 


How do you stay organised with your blog?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Highlighter Palette Every Makeup Lover Should Own

Sosu highlighter kit review

| The Highlighter Palette Every Makeup Lover Should Own! |

I've never met a woman that doesn't want healthy, glowing skin, and I think that the rise of glow-inducing products available has enabled women to achieve this look so effortlessly. These radiance-boosting products are available in all parts of the world, in different forms such as skincare products, dewy foundations, strobe creams etc. and cater to every budget and skin type so there's something to suit every woman's glowing skin desires. But the main product that has the ability to transform the appearance of our skin and provide us with an ethereal glow is highlighter. I have a vast array of highlighters in my makeup collection but recently I've introduced a new highlighting palette into my selection, and it has stolen the show.....

The SoSu Highlighter Kit houses six iridescent shimmer highlighters with a broad range of shades to choose from, so there's something to suit every skin tone. Each powder is highly pigmented and they all pack a punch to the skin. Some of the powders provide a soft radiant lit-from-within glow whilst others offer a more intense glow that would look stunning in photos. 

Considering the palette cost around the €30 mark for six powders I wasn't expecting the quality to be that good. However, I was absolutely floored by the quality of the palette as the powders have a smooth velvety texture that is of high-end quality! Three of the shades are regular pressed powders and the other three options are baked powders, so again everyone's needs and preferences are catered for. 

The staying power is also remarkable as they last all day. On New Year's Eve, my sister asked me to do her makeup before work as she was going out that evening. I applied two layers of the 'Shooting Star' powder as she works in a nursing home and the job is fast-paced and involves manual handling so I was sure that the powder would fade slightly throughout the day. Unfortunately, she ended up having to come back home due to a family emergency but I noticed that her highlight still was still as strong as when I first applied it. Amazing!

Sosu highlighter swatches

The Shades {From L To R}:

  • Melted Gold: Is a deep warm bronze shade with golden shimmer running through it. The rich shade of this one doesn't suit my skin but would look lovely on darker skin tones or equally, it would work well with a bit of tan. However, the powder doesn't go to waste as it doubles up as a beautiful bronze eyeshadow.

  • Moon Sparkle: A soft pink shade that provides a pearlescent shimmer to the skin. This one is a little bit more subtle than the other powders so it's ideal for everyday use.

  • Shooting Star: A golden yellow shade with flecks of champagne shimmer in it. It provides a similar soft radiant finish like The Balm Mary-Lou highlighter. This is my favourite shade in the palette as it provides a warm healthy glow to my pale skin.

  • Unicorn Dust: Is a white shade that provides a frosted finish. The baked powders look quite scary in the pan but instead of looking like a big chunk of glitter sitting on the skin, they blend onto the skin beautifully and reflect the light. 

  • Peach Smoothie: A warm peach shade with flecks of golden shimmer that are noticeable once it's applied. This doesn't suit my pale skin to use as a highlighter but on a daily basis, I use it as a blush and the results are quite similar to my Nars Luster blush. It also works well as an eyeshadow paired with the burnt orange shades in the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette as well as the orange shades in the Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance palette

  • Candy Crush: A deep mauve shade which provides a beautiful rose gold glow on my pale complexion. The rich undertones of this shade make it easy to go overboard with it on pale skin tones but used light-handed it looks gorgeous and suitable for everyday wear. 
SoSu highlighter kit review

The combination that beats Becca Champagne Pop:
My all-time favourite highlighter was Becca Champagne Pop until I discovered this breathtaking combination: Shooting Star paired with Unicorn Dust. The shade is completely different to Champagne Pop but in terms of pigmentation and the intense glow that it provides, it trumps the Becca highlighter for me. In the photo above I'm wearing this combination on the tops of my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose and on my brow bone. I'm also wearing Peach Smoothie on the eyes paired with Extra Bitter from the Urban Decay Ultimate Basics palette.

All in all, this is a high-quality palette that caters for all preferences and a variety of different skin tones. The shades also double up as blush and eyeshadow so you end up getting much more than a highlighter palette. I highly recommend it and it's certainly good value for money!

You can purchase the palette on the SoSu website

Have you tried any SoSu products?

What's your favourite highlighting palette?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

50 Shades Of Pink

Pink favourites

| 50 Shades Of Pink! | 

The day of love has arrived once again and although I don't celebrate it (I'm one of those 'it's just a hallmark holiday' sorta person), I do love embracing pink and red at this time of year. I'm the epitome of a "girly girl" and my room is filled to the brim with pink and rose gold hues, my makeup collection included. I often scroll through my old Instagram photos for inspiration for new blog posts and I came across a photo from a few years ago that was captioned - 50 shades of pink - and I was inspired to write today's post sharing my favourite pink beauty items....

I have a soft spot for pink lipsticks and my favourite nude pink is Mac Creme Cup. This is a classic in the beauty community and rightly so! The pale baby pink shade is ideal for everyday wear as it looks minimal and understated. The shade is perfect as it's not too pale and has just the right amount of pink in it to add a subtle wash of colour to the lips. To deepen the shade I love pairing it with a dark nude liner like Mac Soar or Rimmel East End Snob and the result of the two paired together gives fuller plumper looking lips. 

Another everyday wearable pink shade that I adore is Charlotte Tilbury's Kidman's Kiss {Review}. CT is the queen of lipsticks and she has nailed them down to a T from the luxe packaging to the creamy formula to the superb pigmentation. Kidman's Kiss is a peachy pink offering that's easy to pull off and works well for both the warmer and colder months. 

I couldn't go a day without lip balm and the pink offering that's soothing my shrivelled lips at the moment is the Nivea Pearly Shine Lip Balm. This instantly softens the lips and adds a subtle pink sheen to the lips.

Do you ever get those days when no matter what you do your makeup just won't turn out they way you want it to? Well, a bright lip works wonders for disguising a bad makeup day! A bright fuschia pink will detract people's attention away from the other areas of your face so hopefully, no one will notice the deep-seated dark circles on the days when no amount of concealer will cover them up *wink wink* My top picks are Mac Aim For Gorgeous {Review} and Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Yu

My last pink lip favourite is the NYX Butter Gloss in 'Apple Strudel'. I'm not normally a gloss fan but this peach shade looks beautiful worn over a peach lipstick in the Summertime to provide a high sheen finish that reflects the radiant sunlight.

Pink beauty favourites

Some of my favourite products are housed in pink packaging and a brand that's iconic for their pink packaging is Soap & Glory {My favourites}. Their hand food hand cream is a winter must-have for my poor desiccated hands and to prevent cracked heels I apply a generous layer of the heel genius foot cream twice a week. Another favourite product of mine that has pink packaging is the Too Faced Hangover Primer. This is ideal for all the dry skinned ladies of the world as it creates a smooth hydrated base for your foundation. 

Light pink blushes are my favourite as they provide a light flush of colour to the skin that appears natural and healthy. A long-time favourite is the Bourjois Little Round Pot in 'Rose d'Or' - a rosy pink shade with golden shimmer. Baked blushes are my favourite as they provide an ethereal glow to the skin and a recent addition to my collection is the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 'Seductive Pink'. Benefit Dandelion {review} was my first high-end blush and the soft pink shade is still a firm favourite in my collection.

I have quite the selection of pink eyeshadows and the palette that has the ultimate selection of pink and burgundy hues is the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette. This has earned the top spot in my makeup collection due to the incredible quality and the beautiful variety of shades. If pink or burgundy isn't your cup of tea then the palette also has a vast array of warm brown shades to choose from. My top two shades in my custom Mac palette are the pinky rose-gold options, of course! 'Mythology' is a rose gold shade with copper undertones and 'Expensive Pink' is a peachy pink offering with flecks of rose gold shimmer running through it.  
I love Essie nail polishes and one of my all-time favourite shades is 'Lovie Dovie' - a barbie pink that will have you reminiscing of the days when you used to dance around your room to the song Barbie Girl by Aqua *insert embarrassed emoji* 


What are your favourite pink beauty products?

Love,
Cliona xx


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