Three New Haircare Favourites

Monday, 28 May 2018

| Three New Haircare Favourites! |

I've always been lazy with my haircare routine, as long as it was washed, brushed, a quick blast of the blow-dryer and maybe the odd hair mask then I was happy enough. However, recently I felt the urge to up my haircare game and I wanted to develop a proper styling routine, so I treated myself to some new haircare products from Umberto Giannini.

An Easy Statement Makeup Look

Saturday, 26 May 2018

| An Easy Statement Makeup Look! |

You all know by now that my favourite type of makeup looks are quick and easy ones. And seeing as it's the weekend I thought I'd share one of my favourite quick and easy statement makeup looks that's perfect for the weekend! 

1) The Base:
My hormonal acne usually flares up when my anxiety is bad and I'm currently suffering from the worst acne I've ever had *insert crying emoji* Normally I wear light to medium bases regardless of whether I have a breakout or not but for a look like this I prefer to wear a fuller coverage base. I opted for the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation as it feels lightweight on the skin but I can build up the coverage and it's one of the best foundations in my collection for smoothing over any texture from my acne.

2) The Complexion:
I always wear subtle bronzers and blushers because I think the 'barely-there' look suits me. I applied the Luminous Bronze Light Bronzer from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 Palette. This adds a subtle luminous bronzey glow to the skin and it's a great shade for fair skin.

Another complexion favourite that I used in this makeup routine was the Nars Luster Blush. The peachy apricot shade adds a subtle wash of colour and radiance to the cheeks.

My highlighter of choice was the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand and this has become my favourite highlighter in recent months. The product melts into the skin, providing a luminous dewy glow that looks natural and makes my complexion look healthy.

Kat Von D Hexagram review

3) The Eyes:
For my statement eyeshadow looks, I usually opt for sparkly and shimmery offerings and for this look I was inspired by one of Estée Lalonde's recent videos where Katie Jane Hughes did her makeup. In the video, she used a bronze cream eyeshadow all over the lid and applied a silver glittery shadow on the centre of the lid. To create my version of the look, I applied the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On And On Bronze all over the lid, followed by the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Diamond Dust on the centre of the lids. And lastly, I used a little bit of Mac Cork eyeshadow in the outer corners because I felt that the Maybelline eyeshadow needed a matte shadow to help blend it out a bit better. 

4) The Lips:
The easiest way to add a statement to any makeup look is by adding a bright, colourful lipstick shade and I opted for a new favourite, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick in Hexagram*. The rich red hue complements the silver glitter and whilst the formula of the lipstick is matte, it still feels comfortable on the lips, it applies smoothly, without tugging the lips and it doesn't transfer as much as some of my other coloured lipsticks.

What are your favourite products for creating a quick and easy statement makeup look?

Cliona xx

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Books I've Read Recently

Friday, 18 May 2018

books I've read recently

| The Books I've Read Recently! |

It's no secret that reading is one of my favourite hobbies, however, I don't know what's happened to my reading mojo this year. I read two books in January and then after that, I ended up in a reading slump so I haven't read as much as I'd like at this stage of the year. I had my Goodreads reading goal set to 25 but I've lowered it to 20 so I'm not pressured and overwhelmed to finish the challenge. And it seems to have worked because I'm slowly but surely starting to fall back in love with reading. But here's a look at the books that I've read so far this year and hopefully I'll get to read more soon!

Summer Lipsticks & Nail Polishes

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Summer lipsticks & nail polishes

| Summer Lipsticks & Nail Polishes! |

I'm officially in Summer mode after the mini heatwave over the bank holiday weekend recently and I'm gathering my shorts, denim skirts, straw hats as well as some colourful makeup and nail polish favourites for the imminent arrival of Summer.

I usually opt for a classic nude lipstick hue on an everyday basis and one of my favourite hydrating options is the YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 70. This will be the perfect effortless lipstick to apply on those hot sunny days when I don't want to worry about lipstick smudging and I can just quickly reapply it with a little mirror or even just the camera on my phone if I'm carrying a small bag. 

Pink is another lipstick hue I'm fond of sporting during the sunny weather in Summer. Recently, I wore my Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Torres Del Paine for the first time in awhile and I forgot how pretty it looks on the lips! Normally the little ring of colour on the end of the pencils are a good depiction of what the colour of the lipstick looks like but in this case, it's a little misleading. The colour on the packaging looks like a peachy, apricot shade but in the bullet and when swatched it looks like a rosy pink shade. However, on my lips I can see the peachiness they were trying to convey but it's definitely more of a pink coral than an apricot shade though.

Another pink favourite is the Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour and Primer in Peony Pop. A nude pink shade with a comfortable, creamy matte formula - I love the formula of this lipstick so much and I definitely need to add more shades to my collection (they always reduce this lipstick range on Feel Unique so I'll have to keep an eye on their website!).

I'm pretty sure that my last lipstick favourite features in nearly every Spring/Summer makeup roundup post I write but it's just the perfect shade for the two warmer seasons of the year. I am of course talking about Mac Tropic Tonic, a vivid coral with red and orange undertones and a long-lasting matte formula.

Summer lipsticks swatches

Essie is my favourite nail polish brand as they last really well on my nails, the application is easy and they never look streaky. My favourite shade for Summer is Tart Deco, a bright orange-toned coral that complements a glowing Summer complexion and a floaty dress.

If I want to wear something more neutral during the warmer months then I'll usually opt for Muchi, Muchi which is a pale pink hue. Due to it being such a light colour, it needs three coats rather than just two but it's definitely worth the extra effort as the colour is light and airy - it would be a beautiful shade for a bridal party!

My last nail polish top pick for Summer is Peach Daiquiri, a hot pink shade with strong red undertones. In bright light, it looks pinker and in low light, it leans more on the red side - It's certainly a statement shade!

What are your favourite lipsticks and nail polishes for Summer?

Cliona xx

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5 Products I'm Adding To My Summer Makeup Bag

Saturday, 12 May 2018

| 5 Products I'm Adding To My Summer Makeup Bag! |

The recent mini-heatwave has got me thinking about my Summer wardrobe and makeup bag and I've decided to add five heatwave essentials to my everyday makeup stash. From a melt-proof tinted moisturiser to a sunkissed skin essential to a glossy eyeshadow here are my top 5 Summer makeup bag essentials.

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