Browsing Category

Beauty

My Mac Eyeshadow Collection || MagpieMagpie.ie

11/02/2017

Mac cosmetics is one of my rid or die brands, but over the past few of years I’ve been all about drug store brands.

We move out in a couple of months and I’ve been going through all my stuff as much as possible.

I decided to go through all my mac eyeshadows and build the best possible palette. The fist step is to use up the ones I don’t love.

I’ll take you on my journey of rediscovery. I’m rather excited about this process actually.

MyMacEyeshadowCollection_MagpieMagpieEdit

MacEyeshadowSwatches_Edit

MacEyeshadows_Edit

MacX9_Edit

 

I tried my very best to get photos with a really good colour match, so sorry if you are a bit disappointed with that.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my collection and I’d Love Love Love some pointers or suggestions on some of the shades that might enhance my current collection.

Sarah xo 

 

 

Blush Powders || Sleek MakeUp

13/01/2017

Blush is something I was always told from a young age that a lady should always have. A slight flushed cheek, some lip gloss, mascara and you were set. Unfortunately I never quite got the whole less is more with blusher so I always ended up lashing it on and looking like bloody Rosie from Rosie and Jim. Long story short after getting a few too many hurtful comments about it I decided blush was only for old ladies.

Fast forward many year later and to a face full of adult acne, blusher became my trusted companion to help mask the fact that I had, well, caked my face in make- up, so it was just something I felt like I needed to help give my face dimension. I could just never get it right! Well actually most things to do with make-up I struggled with the first few years to be honest!

I’ve been thought sooo many colours and brands, but I think I’ve finally got the hang of it. Not only is less more, but after watching like 100 YouTube videos I have also realised that blushes can enhance or clash with a look.

I’d been trying out sleek products for a good while and came across an online exclusive on boots called “Sleek MakeUp Palette Gift Set“. The thing I was least bothered about was the blush. When it did arrive I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the blush! And after using it I invested in two other shades!

SleekBlushesCloseUp

SleekBlushesBack

The colour that arrived in the set was a colour I’d never associate with blush to be honest. It’s called antique and it was this amazing warm nude brown shade with a shimmer. I tend to use this is the winter time more and then in the summer as a contour shade! Two for the price of one!! 

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the shade Rose Gold, I don’t think I need to say why, you’ve seen my Pinterest account.

And I have no idea why, but I decided I needed Life’s a Peach… It’s this super peach colour that I can only wear very VERY sparingly and in the summer, any other time and it feels wrong. It does look good with a coral lip though, I went through a phase there in the summer of only wearing a coral lip so it was only right to have a matching cheek. Ha Ha!!

SleekBlushSwatchs 

Highlight & Contour Pro Palette || NYX

10/11/2016

How did we live without contouring?? I literally have no idea!! Thinking back I just must have looked like a right eejit with just my face caked in makeup and little or no definition. Oh the shame!!

Over the years I’ve tried many, but I think I’ve finally found my ride or die! I bought this NYX palette AAAAGGGGEEES ago, but for some reason didn’t start using it until last month. Ever since I’ve been asking myself how I’ve lived without it! Now let’s be honest, I’m no contouring expert. I’m just going on what I like the look of on my face.

NYXPaletteInstructions

 

NYXPaletteOpen

I’m not going to lie, I don’t love every single thing in this palette. I like em’, but I wouldn’t use everything daily! The four I have been using all day every day are, HCPS01 which is ice queen highlight, HCPs03 which is called cream, but it’s very similar to the banana powder which I love!! HCPS06 which is toffee and last but not least HCPS07 which is Sculpt. The others are great too I just don’t reach for them as much! They would be more an “evening” look and as I’m trying to save like a mad thing, which of course isn’t working out coz I’m a spendaholic, I’m not out that often any more.

I use Cream as a cream concealer “setter”, meaning after I use my concealers I lightly powder those ares with this shade. I use Toffee as an “overall” bronzer and then go in with Sculpt as my contour shade. These shades just really suit my skin tone and look great when I have tan on. I just love the effect, it can be as harsh or a subtle as I like depending on how much product I use and how much blending I do… and of course ice queen highlight, it doesn’t look like much in the palette, but on the skin, oh baby. It’s just so nice on the skin, it has got that subtle pearlescence. On a night out it’s stunning, I’d say it could be seen from space. I do wear it daily, I just tend to apply it very sparingly.

NYXContourHighlightProPalette

NYXHighlightContourProPaletteSwatches

I find the powders a small bit heavy, I actually like a finer formula, BUT I’m an oily mess so it tends to work out better if its a bit heavier. I can get away with a finer formula on nights out or events, but for all day work wear I need it to last so a heavier powder works best for that. As always, less is more! No one wants cake face… Unless your going for that “look”?? 

I can’t recommend these products enough! I just think they are so well priced, great quality and fun. The thing I like best is that the products can be swapped about. Once I use one section up I can replace it or double up or even get a blush to add in, the options are endless! I haven’t tried the new NYX blush so I think once I use up one of these sections, one of those is next on the aul hit list! I can’t wait to mix it up and make myself a highligh, contour and blush palette.

Any advice on what blush to try?? Leave me a comment down below xo

Don’t forget to check out my YouTube Channel and I’m always on Twitter so pop over and say HEEEEYYYY!! 

 

EYE eye shadow singles || Seventeen

20/10/2016

Eyeshadow oh how I love them. I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for, but like everything, there are always exception to the rule. 

I’d tried a few Seventeen products before and thought they weren’t bad so when I saw the shade Walnut Pearl ( a Copper Colour) I talked myself into needing to try these. For the blog of course. I ended up with four, Walnut Pearl, Statuesque, Black and Funfair. I got them to use as more of an all over the lid colour. Something I can lash on when I’m in a rushing out the door and still look I made an effort. You know my usual lazy girl shit!

SeventeenEyeshadow

  Continue Reading

Gelly Hi Shine Lip Crayon || Barry M

13/10/2016

Since 2014 I’ve become obsessed with lippie, so much so that some might even say it’s my signature look, and that I have a problem…

As you probably know over Christmas last year I loved the Barry M Lip Crayon, but really wasn’t impressed with the packaging. I’m terrible like that, I could love a product and if the packaging is crap I just can’t get past it.

I’d been eyeing up the Gelly Hi Shine crayons for a while, but for some reason never took the plunge. In January the plunge was taken and I was not disappointed.

BarryMGellyHiShineCloseUp

From the first application I was in love! The scent… we need to talk about the scent. It’s like sweets and chocolate and all the good stuff!! As a sugar monster I couldn’t resist. Currently I only have two shades I’m not going to lie I have no idea which ones they are coz it’s not written on them. Continue Reading

Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour || Revlon

24/09/2016

So it’s official, I’m obsessed with lip colour! Today is yet another lip product review. I was wandering about Boots as I usually do on my lunch and told myself I could treat myself to one new product. I’ve been playing it quite safe with all my staple products so I seem to be buying up a shit load of lip products, like a stupid amount!

One of the brands I come back to for foundation for all the time is Revlon. It never lets me down. So I thought to myself, why not try a few other products. Well obviously there is LOADS to choose from, but I was drawn to the Untra HD Matte Lipcolours. I really liked the shape of the packaging if I’m being honest, I also am all about the matte lip products and it was a number of months ago when EVERYONE and thier mother was talking about liquid lip colours. So of course the sheep that I am bought one! As I was restricting myself to only getting one I wanted to get one that I could wear with any make-up look, I ended up going for this nude ish colour. 

RevlonUltraHDMatteLipcolour Continue Reading

YSL Palette Collector Kiss And Love Edition

17/06/2016

Ok so I know what I’m reviewing today is soooo old now, but I was just in my local boots and they still had them so I wanted to give my two cents. 

I’m not hugly into high end makeup. I love the idea of it of course, but I just can never justify spending that much money on them. As always I’m sure this will change of course, especially now that I’ve dipped my toe in.

So… at Christmas YSL brought out a limited eddition Palette Collector Kiss And Love Edition range. I lost my shit over it! It was so beautiful I decided I had to have it! I thought I was quite clear in letting everyone know (meaning Jarek) that I’d love love love it for Christmas, but of course he never got the hint. We do however have to bear in mind that I was rather demanding this Christmas so I’d asked for a lot. Anywho, I felt rather hard done by for like a min and then actually forgot all about the collection.  Continue Reading