Sunday, May 19, 2013

Monochrome wins at Cannes 2013.

 Not everything is Black&White they say, well they clearly aren't watching the Cannes 2013 red carpet are they?! Because if they were they would see that just about everything there is black and white. From the gowns on the big red carpets, to the more dressed down press conferences, monochrome is king of Cannes!

Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence,  and Noomi Rapace to name a few have been working the two colours this week and with interesting results. Some looks have been fantastic, Lawrence's Dior for example and some fell almost flat - Rooney Mara and her Dior pick teamed with harsh hair felt too over done for her - but I loved her makeup, go figure.

Noomi shows us how to work a tux trou with tude!

Emma Watson in Custom Chanel

 The go-to makeup looks for Monochrome seem to be very much working with a neutral base, soft smokey eyes and a variation of a red lip. A look that can easily be achieved using @illamasqua
skinbase foundation, @Dior and +MACMAKEUP MAC  in one of their cult faves, Ruby Woo. For a softer nude lip, I would go with the delish Dior Rouge Dior Lip Color in Angelique Beige

The  thing that I adore most about this trend is that it's timeless, it suits every skin tone, and every figure and height. Unlike the animal print trends or the likes, this one is one that can carry you from one season to the next, from now, to fifty years from now. I  love it, and I look forward to keeping an eye on the rest of the festival to see if anyone else breaks out in black and white.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Peek at Chanel Cruise 2014 - Singapore

If there is such a thing as whimsical punk, I think Chanel Cruise 2014 is just that. I love the fabrics and the intricate patterns this collection offers, and I'm ashamed no one snapped up the 1st look for the recent MET Gala, that and a Mohawk with some seriously smokey eyes would have been punk perfection!

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Get the Keira Knightley Wedding Look!

English actress Keira Knightley got married this weekend and she did so in a 'recycled' Rodarte 2008 number. It was short! (gasp) it was strapless (less gaspy) and it was something she wore before with an ex- boyfriend (gasp!) but I think I love her for it all the more because it just shows how chilled she was about the whole affair and how casual and relaxed it was for her - as it should be for all brides in my humble opinion.
She teamed the short and sweet dress with a timeless @Chanel bouclé in white and flats! Flats ladies! She really is a girl after my own heart with this vibe, I love it all. I do wonder though if she had a more 'evening' look for night, but that's just me being curious.

How to get the Keira Look : 

Go for the cropped boucle with either of these little numbers from Mango.

As for the all important dress you couldn't go wrong with any of these looks! 


From Designer to Budget!


millybridal -budget buy!

Classic Chanel Flats! 
Repetto flats

Soft, angelic and comfortable all the while being chic and timeless. Bravo Keira. Bravo! 

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Spring / Summer blush edit!

Spring has sprung... at least for the rest of the world I hear it has, for Ireland, as per usual, not so much springing as pouring! But at least one thing springs eternal and that's hope, hope that someday soon the sun remembers our tiny little isle and comes for a visit. In the vain of hope we shop! We  shop for spring dresses and shoes, and of course as a beauty blogger, we shop for makeup all with that lovely fresh, new, lively spring feeling. Gone are the dark shades we embraced in winter, the deep berry tones, the vixen reds, and in with the corals, pinks and highlights.
Oh, and bronzer too. Can't forget the bronzer after months in the dark, can we? We don't want to scare small children when the sun does start to shine again and people can see our face more clearly, so bronzer is a must! My Spring/Summer edit is as follows!

MUA Cream Blush Perfection in the shade  - Bonne Mine
MAC powder blush in the shade - Dame
Bourjois Délice de Poudre 
MUA Undress Your Skin - Shimmer Highlighter
Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in the shade 06

 If you guys follow me on Instagram you'll have already seen the MUA purchases and the Bourjois too I think, when I picked them up a couple of weeks back. I have to say I really do love MUA, for such a cheap as chips price range the actual range of products and how they work is amazing. Usually it's one of those things with makeup, you get what you pay for and the cheaper end products are usually a bit... you know... meh? But so far with the MUA bits I've tried, I'm pleasantly surprised.

 I'm a little guilty of never really straying that far from the spring edit all year around. Mainly because shades like this really do bring the face to life - that forever youthful, walk-in-fresh-air look we're all after all the time is usually just a blend away if you choose the right shade for your skin tone. Being pale it's easy for me to gravitate towards the lighter shades of pink and coral to get that colour back in my cheeks while still appearing natural. I love Spring and Summer for those excuses alone, that and the 'all natural' look in makeup becomes the way of life because we just want to make the most of the good weather and our plans don't really fit into spending more than ten minutes painting our faces, right?

The MAC - Dame is one of the few powder blushes I own, and I've had it for about a year now (can you tell by how ever-so-slightly grubby it looks? Sorry!) and it's definitely one of the ones I go to for that 'flush' of life on the apples of my cheeks with minimal face and eye makeup, it works wonders for a powder - even on my dry / dehydrated skin! 

The full review on the Dream Touch Blush can be found here.

+BourjoisUK Blush and Bronzer I picked up from @BootsUK a couple of weeks ago now, on a whim as you do and for me this is the first coral shade I've gone for in a long time - with the Bonne Mine - and I have to say I really do love it. The little pots that have been around since the 1800s really do deserve their longevity in terms of great pigment, great application (complete with tiny little oval shaped application brush) and just a great price point in general. The bronzer is very pigmented too for a highstreet brand which I found surprising. I have to go a little easier on this one than I might do with say my Urban Decay baked bronzer, as I said it's mostly because of how pale I am and I don't want to look too 'over done' on a daily basis. It does however make a fantastic contour colour for me, and I've been taking advantage of that a lot in the past couple of weeks. Be careful with contouring though, if it's just minimal every day makeup you're used to doing, with that you can escalate quickly from subtle contour to ... Kim Kardasian with just a sweep of a brush. So pay attention when doing that! 

 The two MUA products I picked up ( I also picked up a contour eyebrow pencil too which I might do a full review on if you guys are interested?) I picked up the cream blush because, well, I'm a sucker for creme / cream blushes in general and for the price points (I think it was less than a fiver for each product, which I mean, come on! How could you not?) and I fancied giving them a go. So far I find the creme/ cream blush to be super blendable, however it doesn't really have very much staying power throughout the day. I guess that's to be expected, there has to be some drawbacks to it being such an affordable product, but for the price really, would you mind reapplying once or twice through the work day for what you've paid for your wee blush? I know I don't mind! I wear it, and then dot the highlighter over the top. 

Now, the @MUA highlighter is the first time in a long time that I've deviated from my usual (Benefit - Highbeam) mostly because nothing really lived up to that - and it was a creme/creamy texture too. But! This caught my eye and I'm so glad it did. For £2 I think it was? It's a really great product I've gotten so many compliments on my new glow and my healthy look since wearing this on a daily basis and I was so pleased because it literally took two seconds to apply and that - unlike the blush- really did I found have good staying power throughout the day.

Big thumbs up on all my new buys - and some old ones too! What's your Spring / Summer Blush edit? Sound off below or follow me : 

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See you soon peeps!