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Part of my Super Busy Week Of Awesome (Which Unfortunately Gave Me The Flu) was going to a a gig where a friend of mine was playing. Because I was going to a club, I decided to amp up the makeup a little and give the Rock Chick look from Charlotte Tilbury a try– smoky eyes, nude lips, etc. Here’s how it turned out:


I was pretty happy with it overall, although because I was over-nighting in a hotel, I only brought travel size foundation, and you can see by the comparison with my neck that it was just a tad too dark for my skin! You can also see the messy, un-made hotel beds behind me, oops. Mother would be so ashamed that I didn’t make my bed that morning, but I was just so ill that it was a struggle to dress and do makeup, much less anything else. I’m pulling such a weird face in this photo, too, mostly due to trying to look awake and like I wasn’t going to keel over and throw up at any minute. I can’t even blame having been on the town the night before (since I wasn’t; we did a spa evening instead). I can only attribute it to the oncoming sickness which has currently has me bed-bound.

Here’s what I was wearing:


Benefit Porefessional Primer
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in #100
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Benefit Brow Zings in Blonde
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Rock Chick
They’re Real mascara
Clinique Quick Blush in #05 Pronto Pink
Wet & Wild Balm Megaslicks Stain in E128
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Sparkling Shell

The eagle-eyed may also have spotted that I’m sporting some kind of glitter about the cheeks– couldn’t tell you what it was, since my friend applied it when she squeezed out too much for herself by mistake! I packed pretty light for this trip, and this was more or less all the makeup I brought, aside from a red lip gloss to give me an alternative look, if I should want one.

I do love the Tilbury palettes, but I can’t help feeling they’re not quite as versatile as the Naked ones. Obviously, the Nakeds are far larger and thus less easy to pack, but they’re also cheaper, despite being of similar quality. I’m planning to mess about with my Tilbury quads a bit in the future to see what can be achieved with them in terms of versatility, but I don’t know how far it’s possible to deviate from the “prescribed” look with them. Packing Rock Chick was perfect for me for this particular trip, as it was an overnight stay which involved wearing only no makeup (spa time) and heavy makeup (gig time), but I don’t think it would have been nearly as useful as one of my Naked palettes if I’d been staying longer and had a greater range of activities planned. Maybe I’ll change my mind after a bit of practice, though?

Have you tried the Rock Chick eye quad from Charlotte Tilbury? Are you a fan of the heavy eye/nude lip style? Do you have any suggestions for using this palette in other ways? Drop me a line and let me know!



As before, here’s the FOTD that goes with my most recent OOTD!



Holy eyebags. Batman! Should have tried harder with the concealer, I guess. Oh, well. Did manage to kill the raging hormonal explosion on my cheek, so it might have been worse! Back to my beloved Naked 3 for the eyes here, but I am trying out something new with the foundation. I’m looking for something different at the moment, and in the running are Dior Skin Star, Estee Lauder Double Wear, and MUFE HD foundation. The trouble is, I’m both pale and yellow/neutral toned. Getting foundation to match this shade is, as I’ve mentioned before, nothing short of nightmarish. Consequently, I’m hoping to get to trial a few before ultimately making a decision. The lovely Anna at the Dior counter in House of Fraser in Dundrum was kind enough to give me a trial pot of both #10 (light pink-toned) and #11 (light yellow-toned) to use at home to see how it worked out for me.

I’m wearing #11 here, and I think it worked out okay! I am LOVING this foundation. I’m not 100% sure on the shade (I will want to try out the #10 first for comparison), but the foundation itself is lovely. It’s very, very buildable (I only did a light and sheer application here) and not heavy or smothering at all. Compared to the Urban Decay Naked Skin I usually use, this oddly feels far more… Naked. Despite this, it gives pretty excellent coverage. (Although as you can tell from the picture above, you might want to apply a concealer in the eye area with it too, or at least more than one light layer if you have persistent dark circles.) The only complaint I had was that oddly, at the end of the day, I had mascara smears under my eyes. That usually never happens with this mascara, and I’m wondering if I just didn’t give it enough time to dry (I was in a bit of a rush this morning) or if there’s something about this foundation that encourages mascara to smear? More testing definitely required– perhaps if I try it with a powder…

Here’s what else I was wearing:


Kiehl’s MicroBlur Skin Perfector (not pictured, because oops)
Inglot Cream Concealer in #60
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Dior Skin Star in #11 Creme

Eylure Brow Palette in Blonde
Urban Decay Naked #3 (Strange, Buzz, Liar, Factory)
Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara in Black

Guerlain Gloss D’Enfer in #464

Benefit Dandelion Blush
Face and Body Illuminator in #61

Do you have any foundation recommendations for me? What do you think of DiorSkin Star? Do you have any tips for encouraging your mascara to stay in place? Drop me a line and let me know!



As before, here’s the FOTD that goes with my most recent OOTD!


I’m breaking into my Naked 2 for the first time here. Oh, how I love the Naked palettes– let me count the ways…! One, two, three… Three and a half (Naked On The Run). Here’s what else I’m using:


Kiehl’s MicroBlur Skin Perfector
Inglot Cream Concealer in #60
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light
Urban Decay Naked Foundation in #0.5

Eylure Brow Palette in Blonde
Urban Decay Naked #2 (Foxy, Half Baked, Snakebite, Suspect)
Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara in Black

Chanel Brilliant Gloss in #66

Benefit Dandelion Blush
Face and Body Illuminator in #61

I’m happy enough how this turned out, even if it’s not quite perfect because there were many points where it tried to go horribly, horribly wrong. Firstly, my skin is throwing a minor wobbly right now. That’s all right; I just pasted on the concealer(s) and then foundation. Job done, sort of. Then my eye makeup went wrong. Twice. First, I messed up my eyelining, which had to be corrected. Not so big a deal, though you can still see where some mascara has made the liner darker looking on one eye, alas.

Then, inexplicably, I managed to smear mascara over both my eyelids and also ALL OVER MY FACE. In trying to fix the escaped mascara on my eye, I got it on my hands, and then got it on my cheeks, and then my nose… Cleaning that mess up took a while, as you can imagine, which is why the above photo is a bit rushed– by this point, I was running very short on time!

I do like how the eyes turned out despite all the problems, though. Naked 2 is every bit as brilliant as I was hoping it would be… So long as you don’t make a mess of yourself while using it, anyway.

What new additions to your makeup collection are you loving right now? What do you wish you’d tried earlier? How often do you make an utter mess of your face in the mornings (please say frequently, so I don’t feel so useless and alone)? Drop me a line and let me know!



The other day, I posted up my OOTD, but thought it might be fun to do a separate FOTD post for the makeup I had on at the time, because it actually turned out pretty well!


Here’s a rundown of the products I used:

Kiehl’s MicroBlur Skin Perfector
Inglot Cream Concealer in #60
Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer in #02 Light

Eylure Brow Palette in Blonde
Urban Decay Naked #1 (Virgin and Gunmetal)
Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara in Black

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Red Vixen

Estee Lauder Tender Blush in Rose Nuance


My skin is actually not acting up terribly at the moment, so I was able to get away with a little bit of primer and some concealer, applied very gently with my (freshly washed!) fingertips. I’d intended to have the focus on the lips, but the eyes turned out more intense than I’d intended, so instead of going overboard on the lips, I skipped the lipstick I was intending to use and went with gloss-only for a lighter look.

In addition to the products above, I used a selection of brushes for this, a mix of Real Techniques, Jemma Kidd, and Catrice:


Brush #1 is used for blusher, obviously, and despite the fact that I only used two shades on my eyes, I did use the other five brushes on those!

I used the Real Techniques “Deluxe Crease Brush” (#2) to apply Virgin as a base all over the lid and right up to the brow bone. This is a great brush because it’s huge and really soft, so it can do either blending or base application in a jiffy. That done, I then took #4 (the Jemma Kidd pencil brush) to apply Gunmetal to the crease, and blended it out with #3, the Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eye Brush. This brush is surprisingly useful; it doesn’t pick up a lot of product, so if you’ve blended too much, you can easily use it to add a little more colour to your look without having to worry about overdoing it in one stroke.

Then I took #6 (which is from Catrice and is actually a lip brush), dipped the pointy end in the Gunmetal, and applied it very gently along the lower lid, just outside the lash line. The tip of this brush is so fine that you can easily nudge individual lashes out of the way and get a really super precise line– almost like an eyeliner, but much softer. I then did the same on the upper lashes, and blended both out with #5, the Real Techniques Accent Brush.

I finished by curling my eyelashes, applying the mascara, and then letting my lashes dry before curling a second time. While they were drying, I filled in my brows with the Eylure powder, applied a light slick of the Charlotte Tilbury gloss to my lips, and added gentle sweep of the blush to finish up my look. I then gave my lashes another go of the curler just for extra hold (which lasted more or less all day). Overall, I was quite happy with how it worked out!

What products are you loving right now? Which brushes are your go-to godsends? What colours see the most use from your shadow palettes? Drop me a line and let me know!



Gosh, for someone who did so much bitching about Christmas coming, I feel surprisingly saddened about it being over! I actually had a really lovely, really quiet Christmas. I stayed home with mum, made dinner, and then watched three solid hours of soap nonsense on telly. All in all,  a good day…! My Christmas tree looks all sad and bare without its cache of pressies underneath, but I am so delighted by my gifts that I couldn’t possibly feel too badly about it. Here’s what I got:


Clinique Gift Bag
Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Dark Chocolate
Clinique All About Eyes Serum
Clinique Cream Shaper For Eyes in Black Diamond
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser Sample Size
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Grapefruit
Urban Decay Naked 2
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics
Chanel no.5 Loose Body Powder
Kiss Cuticle Remover
Kiss Cuticle Cream
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-Ray
Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-Ray
Elektra Blu-Ray
GAP Fingerless gloves
Hermes scarf

Not pictured: Navy UGG boots (yay!) and Paul Costello faux fur throw pillows and blanket. The latter was a surprise, and boy was I surprised! They’re so cozy and soft, though, so I might try to take photos of them– they make snuggling up on the couch extra comfy in these chilly times. (It will surprise nobody to say you’ll be seeing the UGGs regularly in upcoming OOTDs. Love UGGS. Love them.)

I should probably have asked for exercise gear, though– I’m going to have to be rolled out of the house come new year! Mum did most of the cooking (apart from my special potatoes) but I was in charge of setting the table, so I had a little fun coming up with something pretty and different:


The lights are old champagne bottles filled with battery-operated fairy lights, if you’re wondering. Super easy to do, and looks really interesting! The same lights are also draped over the floor lamp in the corner– I think I might keep those there year-round, actually; they’re really very fun.

Of course, no amount of cute table decoration is going to take away from Mum’s dinners:


If you’re thinking it’s basically the same as my birthday dinner except with brussel sprouts and garlic potato, you’d be right. Roast lamb is definitely my favourite dinner…! I’m just not that into turkey.

Or Christmas pudding, for that matter; for me, it wouldn’t be Christmas without cake:


We got white chocolate curls this time, and little fruit pieces, for some reason. Not complaining! They’re delicious. Definitely going to this bakery again; it’s aces.

I had such a lovely time this year that hopefully it will motivate me to not be such a Grinch in the run up to Christmas 2015. I just have to do what I did this year: get all my business done well and early so that the last couple of days before Christmas aren’t spent in frantic terror… And which, mostly importantly, will allow me to avoid all car parks for at least ten days before Christmas Day. (I’m pretty sure being able to do that was critical to my enjoyment of the festive season this year. Trying to find a space in a jam-packed car-park is my idea of hell; avoiding it definitely allows me to enhance my calm.)

Did you have a great Christmas? Are you gunning for the sales? Do you have any fun stories or tales of Christmas terror to share? Drop me a line and let me know… But I hope all your dinners went off beautifully, all your presents were delivered on time, and the day was everything you dreamed of.



Trying to decide on the perfect brown lipstick is surprisingly far harder than the perfect red or pink shade. Unlike those bolder colours, where I’m lucky if I can find one that suits me, with browns I can wear just about anything in that colour family without looking like I’m recovering from a bad bout of flu. (Or, in the case of one spectacularly terrible pink, recovering from death itself. And not recovering very well, at that.) Consequently, I’m going to cheat and toss up two colours for this, because really: there are so many browns that you should be allowed at least two, right?

Oddly enough, they’re both Clinique offerings: Blushing Nude and Sassy Spice.


Blushing nude is the kind of lipstick you can throw on daily without over-thinking things, and I have been wearing it for years. Long before the Naked palettes were a twinkle in a marketing man’s eye, back in the days when I thought I was the bee’s knees with my lashings of green eyeshadow, there was this, and still it endures today. A soft sort of taupey colour, it’s dark enough to be obvious that it is a lipstick, but gentle enough that it’s not a statement colour. I love this, and I wear it a lot of the time.

My other favourite brown goes in the complete direction. Although I’ve also been wearing this since the dawn of time and it also falls into the brown category, that’s where the similarities stop. I love this one just as much, although I wear it less: Sassy Spice is a much darker brown, pearlescent rather than matte, with hints of burgandy, and it’s definitely a statement colour. Although harder to wear, a little bit of pencil stops it from bleeding away, and I love the look I get with it– with really nude eye makeup, it’s monotone while still being wow.


Blushing Nude on the top and Sassy Spice underneath– alas: the photos make the Nude a lot darker and browner than it appears in real life.

I keep trying to buy other brown lipsticks, but given that these two do everything I need, I can’t really find an excuse for it!

Have you used either of these products? Do you cling to tried and tested reliables? Do you constantly search out new and better products? Drop me a line and let me know!


Well, this is a post I’ve been meaning to make for a while, but I never got around to it! Today we’re going to talk about skincare, and my skincare routine in particular. I’ve never had the best skin, with occasional acne breakouts that were minimal in my teens and as my twenties wore on, seemed to get worse and worse. Deciding to take the bull by the horns, I began experimenting with a combination of products to see if I could do anything to improve the condition of my skin.
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Having finally tracked down what I believe to be the perfect pink lipstick, I think it’s probably high time I talked about my perfect red lipstick. I’m a big fan of a bold red lip: when properly applied and combined with the right makeup look, I think it can make a bold style statement that’s dramatic without being too overpowering.

Finding the perfect red shade for you is always going to be a challenge, and I personally struggle with that whole warm-vs-cool colour notion. What the hell is a warm colour, anyway? Which shades of colours are cool? I can never work it out. (Similarly, I have no idea whether my colouring is warm or cool, either.) In any case, what I have discovered is that certainly some shades of red are more flattering on me than others. Bright, tomato reds do little for me in the way of clothing, and when it comes to lipstick: forget it. I’m also incredibly conscious of colours that make my teeth look anything less than whiter-than-white, so pinky reds aren’t always the easiest to pull off.

My previous go-to red lipstick (Clinique’s Vintage Red) has sadly been discontinued, I’ve discovered. In light of that extraordinarily depressing reality, I’ve come up with this replacement: Rimmel Moisture Renew in Diva Red.


At only €8, it’s a real steal, and it definitely does the business. It has the same kind of old-school, vintage flair as the Clinique version at a fraction of the price, and even more importantly, you can still purchase the damn thing. (The discontinuation of my preferred products is a long thorn in my side. Clinique, much as I love them, seem to be particularly terrible for it.)


Hopefully, Rimmel will keep this shade around for a long time! I love it.

Do you have a favourite red? Did you love Vintage Red and are you still sad about its discontinuation? Do you have a replacement product you’d like to mention? Drop me a line and let me know!


Let’s look at some more things Inside My Makeup Drawer! Today we’re delving into my bag of:


Lipsticks & Glosses

1 x Revlon Just Bitten Kissable (Lovesick)
1 x Wet & Wild Mega Slicks Balm Stain (E127)
1 x PS Love (Pink)
1 x Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (Sugar Plum)
1 x Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (Nude Pink)
1 x Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (To Nude Or Not To Nude?)
1 x Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick (Diva Red)
1 x Max Glaze (Frou)
1 x Inglot Lipstick (138)
1 x Max Factor Lasting Finish Lip Tint  (01)
1 x Max Factor Lasting Finish Lip Tint  (05)
1 x Max Factor Lasting Finish Lip Tint  (60)
1 x Clinique Different Lipstick (Raspberry Glaze)
1 x Clinique Different Lipstick (Blushing Nude Soft Shine)
1 x Clinique Long Last Lipstick (Pink Spice)
1 x Clinique Long Last Lipstick (Blushing Nude)
1 x Clinique Colour Surge Lipstick (Sassy Spice)
1 x Clinique Colour Surge Lipstick (Vintage Red)
1 x Clinique Colour Surge Lipstick (Delovely)
1 x Clinique Moisture Sheer Lipstick (Silver Pink)
2 x Smashbox O-Plump
1 x Chanel Lipgloss (66)
1 x Guerlain  Lipgloss (464)
1 x Technic Lipgloss (Gold)
1 x Estee Lauder Pure Colour Ultra Light Gloss (Sparkling Shell)
1 x Maybelline Super Stay 10H Tint Gloss (Forever Fuchsia)

Holy wow that’s a lot of lipsticks. I had no idea I’d accumulated so many over the years? Some of these are definitely from the Jurassic era! I should probably toss them out, but some of them are just too pretty and difficult to replace…

Do you have any lingering old favourites in your makeup drawer? Do you spy any of your preferred lip colours here? Drop me a line and let me know!


Next on Inside My Makeup Drawer, part eight:


Blushers & Highlighters

1 x Autograph Pure Colour Powder
1 x Inglot AMC Face & Body Illuminator 61
1 x Inglot AMC White Highlighting Powder
1 x Estee Lauder Tender Blush Rose Nuance

Not pictured: Benefit Danlion, Nyx Winter In Moscow Pink Blush, Clinque Quick Blush Pronto Pink

I just love blushers; they’re one of the few items of makeup that I wear more or less daily. My collection of these is pretty small, but when it comes to blush, I’m less interested in having several options and more interested in finding the one that most closely matches my natural flush.

Are you a blusher fan? Have you found your perfect blush? Drop me a line and let me know!