My Beauty Routine For Special Occasions

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Valentine's beauty routine

| Special Occasion Beauty Routine! |

Valentine's Day has come and gone for another year and the day of love got me thinking of my special occasion makeup routine. I thought I'd share my 'going somewhere nice' makeup routine in today's post!

If I'm having a good skin day then I'll reach for my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. This lightweight base has a light coverage and a radiant, glowy finish that makes my complexion look fresh and healthy, which is a life-saver for my haggard, stressed skin. 

If I need a bit more coverage then I'll opt for the Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation. The formula of this is a bit thicker than the foundations I would normally use on a daily basis and as a result, it can settle into dehydrated lines and clings to dry patches so I wouldn't recommend this for mature skin or dry skin types. I have combination skin that becomes quite dry sometimes so I can only use this foundation occasionally but whenever I can use it the finish is just beautiful (there's a photo of me wearing it in this blog post).

My favourite concealer of all-time is without a doubt, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. The formula is very creamy, it's long-lasting, and has medium buildable coverage so it's great for dark circles as well as blemishes.

My Becca Sunlit bronzer in Bali Sands never lets me down so I can always rely on it to be long-lasting for any special occasions. I like to use bronzers that aren't too cool-toned or too warm-toned, similarly to the bronze shade in the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette, so they work well for adding a little bit of definition as well as warmth to my complexion. 

The most luxurious blush in my collection that's perfect for any special occasion makeup routine is Hourglass Diffused Heat and paired with my new Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand I'm left with the radiant complexion that I've always dreamed of.

Normally, I'd reach for my Urban Decay Naked Heat palette if I'm going somewhere nice, however, since I've welcomed the Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions palette into my life I've been opting for it instead. 

To add a statement to my makeup look I'll apply one of the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows. I have the shades Kitten Karma, Diamond Dust, and Smoky Storm. Kitten Karma is the most wearable shade so I tend to reach for it most often, but I prefer to save Diamond Dust and Smoky Storm for evening events or birthdays etc. 

I usually wear a nude lip because they're low maintenance and my favourites for daytime wear are Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour in Angel and Nars Satin lip pencil in Descanso. Occasionally, I'll sport a statement lip shade such as Nars Cruella, Mac Tropic Tonic or Mac Aim For Gorgeous {Review}

I'm a firm believer in using my 'special' or luxe products on a daily basis because life is too short not to enjoy my favourite products every single day. However, my Jo Malone Red Roses perfume is the one exception to the rule as I save this luxe offering for special weekend use only.

What are your favourite products for special occasions?

Cliona xx


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Pink Picks For Valentine's Day

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Valentine's pink makeup picks

| Pink Picks For Valentine's Day! |

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and whether you love it or hate it, it's an excuse to wear pink and red makeup products. For today's beauty roundup post, I'll be focusing on my top pretty pink picks that are ideal for the day of love.

Five New Favourites

Friday, 9 February 2018

New beauty products on trial

| Five New Favourites! |

As a beauty lover, I'm always trying new products and recently I've discovered five new favourites. From a sweet-smelling cleanser to a natural, effortless highlighter to an everyday Spring palette, here are a few new beauty products I've been loving recently!

The Burt's Bees Orange Essence facial cleanser was in my stocking on Christmas morning and I've been loving it throughout January. It's a gel cleanser that turns into an oily consistency when massaged onto wet skin. I tend to use it as my first cleanse because as a second cleanse it can leave a little oily residue behind. The gentle hydrating cleanser has been a welcomed addition to my winter skincare routine as it leaves my skin feeling soft. 

I picked up the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder last month as it was reduced to €2.50 in Boots! This powder has been on my wishlist for some time as I've heard nothing but rave reviews of it so it was great to nab it a bargain price! It isn't detectable at all on the skin, it's great for setting the oily parts of my skin {my chin and around the nose} and it doesn't cling to any dry patches. However, it's not the best powder I've used because it doesn't provide me with that airbrushed, flawless finish that other powders in my collection provide, but for €2.50, it's an excellent powder!

I'm all about glowy, healthy skin and my latest highlighter discovery has been helping me achieve my glowing skin dreams. The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand is a liquid highlighter that provides a natural dewy finish - My skin has never looked so healthy and radiant before!

Essence review

For eyeshadow, I've been testing the new Essence Wood You Love Me palette {€4.40}*. Essence always has the prettiest limited edition packaging and I think the design on this palette has been their best yet - It's getting me excited for Spring & Easter! Inside the pretty packaging, there are five shimmer shadows including a dark brown, a medium brown, an icy white highlight shade, an iridescent pale green and a forest green. The formula of the shadows is lovely, they feel quite silky and the two brown shades blended seamlessly. The two green shades were best packed onto the lid with my fingers, and there was a bit of fallout from the darker green so I just applied my foundation after doing my eye makeup when using that shade.

My two favourite looks using the palette were the light brown in the crease, the dark brown on the outer corners with the highlight shade on the lids, and the second look was my favourite; The light brown in the crease, the dark brown in the outer corner with the dark and light green on the lid - I got complimented on my eye makeup when I wore this look and it's made me want to experiment with some different colours! I've also been using the Smokey Eyes Duo brush* from the new collection. The fluffy round end is good for blending the dark brown in the outer corners of my eyes and I've been using the curved end for applying the highlight shade to the brow bone and inner corners of my eyes. 

I mentioned the Mac Lunar New Year lipstick in the shade Good Health in my January favourites post and I thought I'd feature it again because it's become a staple in my makeup bag in recent weeks. The peachy nude shade with deep rosy pink undertones is a wearable shade that complements the green and brown hues of the palette. Mac's satin lipsticks are one of my favourite formulas due to the longer staying power than the cremesheen formula but they're more nourishing than the matte lipsticks. 

Have you discovered any new products recently?

Cliona xx

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January's Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites

Sunday, 4 February 2018

January favourites
Bobbi Brown lipstick

| January's Beauty & Lifestyle Favourites! |

Another month has come to an end and despite the dreariness associated with January, I had a great beauty month! January is always a bit miserable but it's usually a great month in terms of beauty products for me because I like save some of the new products that I receive at Christmas to try out during the month. And today's post is all about my top picks from the month! 

New Lipstick Finds:
I received the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour in Angel for Christmas and I'm so glad I waited to use it until mid-January. It was a treat to open up the little box one dreary day last month and I've been using it a lot recently. I've been reaching for creamy, nourishing lipstick formulas as opposed to mattes recently and this formula feels smooth and hydrating on the lips and provides a satin finish. I've seen the shade Angel been described as a peachy shade but it looks more like a rosy pink shade on my skin tone.

Mac released their Lunar New Year collection during the month and I picked up one of the lipsticks. I opted for the shade Good Health from the satin range {one of my favourite Mac formulas!} and I'd describe it as a peachy nude shade with deep rosy undertones. But the real reason for the purchase was the packaging, of course! *insert winking emoji* I just couldn't resist the beautiful ombre packaging and Mac always have incredible limited edition packaging! 

A Dry Skin Saviour:
The winter months always take a toll on my skin, leaving it in a dry and flaky condition so last month I reached for the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask to rescue my parched skin. It feels lightweight and doesn't clog up my pores. I have combination skin that leans a little more on the dry side but I do have minor oily areas on my nose and chin so it can be hard to find a product that will deeply nourish the dry parts of my face without clogging up my pores or causing breakouts. However, I've never had any trouble with the Moisture Surge range! 

Perky Pink Blushers:
I change what blush I use quite frequently but my two most-used blushes last month were the Sleek Rose Gold blush as well as Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Yacht Life. They're both similar pink shades with golden shimmer but the former is a powder formula and the latter is a cream offering. 

Evening Entertainment:
Cosy evenings in watching an abundance of tv shows and films, or devouring a good book with a cuppa and a few biscuits are some of my favourite ways to pass the cold, dark January nights. And this month, I discovered some new evening entertainment. Firstly, I went to the cinema to see The Greatest Showman and I'm not normally into musicals {except Disney films!}, however, I thought TGS was one of the best films I've seen in recent years! 

A recent tv series discovery is The Crown and although I only started watching it in the last week of Jan, it's made it to my favourites list because it is incredible - The cast is amazing, the music complements the show perfectly, it's filmed beautifully and I don't know much about the royals or their history so it's very interesting to learn about it. 

What were your January favourites?

Cliona xx

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