Monday, 10 April 2017

Benefit-Dallas





I have one word for this product. Hybrid! This is marketed as a blush for benefit. This can also be a bronzer. Its one of those universal products that can be used for both. 


Like all Benefit Blushes, it comes with a soft natural brush inside that I actually love for contouring. 


It is like a rosy bronze shade and I love it in the summer. It has a sheen to it, Its not fully matte but it's not shimmery either. It gives a lovely radiance to the skin. This is one of those products that is perfect if you don't want to contour but you want a bronzy tone to the face and if you cant decide on a blusher because you cant decide what colour would match your look, this is it. The colour goes with any look. 

Benefit dallas swatched. 

This is fab quality as most products from Benefit are. It is not chalky and is super easy to blend on the skin. This has been in my collection a long time.This flatters all skin tones. Here it is on the cheeks.



Benefit Dallas is available at Debenhams for €34 and on Sephora for $29. 

Alanna x





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Sunday, 9 April 2017

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick


This has been on my makeup/beauty wishlist for a loooooong time. I was gifted this product and I was so happy when I received it.  This lipstick claims to be hydrating, voluptuous and high shine. It is infused with hylauronic acid and 6 sensorial oils to keep your lips hydrated for up to 8 hours. 

Here is the product on the lips: 


In the shade Beige Blouse no.47. 

This isn't the longest lasting lipstick you will wear but it doesn't claim to be. I love how this looks on the lips. It is super shiny but very comfortable. More comfortable than a lip gloss. I like the look of lip glosses but I hate the sticky feel.  You do have to apply this often but who cares. Whipping out that lipstick in the cutest packaging makes it worth it. This is a cult classic and I can see why.  There are 30 shades to choose from, so there is a colour for everyone. 

Obviously this is a YSL product so it does run steep in price. €33. This is a luxury Item and isn't something I would purchase three or 4 of.  


Debenhams carry this line YSL Rouge Volupte Shine

Thanks for reading, Alanna x

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Essence I love Stage eyeshadow primer


Are eyeshadow primers/bases worth it? Do you need it? Does concealer not do the same thing? I touched on this on my review on the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I love this step for when you need your eyeshadow to last all night or all day. I have had this product for a long time and for the price of €3 you cannot beat it. 


This has a doe foot applicator and has the consistency of a thick concealer but it is very creamy and super bendable.  The finish of this product is matte, which I love but I will still set it with a translucent powder. 

Here is the product swatched. 


All in all I would say this will help your eyeshadow last about 6 hours which is better than if you put on your eyeshadow without a base. This also makes your eyeshadow colours pop and vibrant. 

This is great product for the price. €3 is a steal. If you wanted to try an eyeshadow primer then this is a great wee place to start. You get Essence products in local chemists and Penneys. 

Thanks for reading, Alanna xxx

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Alfaparf Precious nature Oil


Is your hair dry? Frizzy? Tangled? This is the product for you. Infused with Grape serum and lavender. This has all natural ingredients. The grape serum, tames frizz and detangles hair. Keeps moisture locked in the hair. Lavender helps with the definition of curls without weighing down the hair. 


This oil comes with a pump to help the product from getting messy and for ease of use. 

The product smells unreal. I would put it in my hair for the smell only! The lavender and grape go so well together. This really works though. My hair, at the ends is super dry from bleaching the crap out of it. This literally helps get a brush through your hair and does not leave it greasy like other oils do. Although other oils like coconut oil are great for hair treatments. This oil is great for when your hair is damp and dry. It can help style your hair and really helps defining curls or keeping the hair sleek and shiny.  Simply apply a pump in you hand and rub both hands together. Starting at the ends of the hair, apply the product evenly. If you have any product left over apply to the rest of the hair, leaving the roots alone. 



I purchased my precious oil in Vixen Hair and Beauty Carndonagh for €19.90. 
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Monday, 6 March 2017

Lacura Caviar Day and Night cream-Aldi


These creams have been on the go for about a year and a half. I have heard and seen great reviews on them. Even though they are aimed at 40+ I was so intrigued that they were supposed to be a dupe for the La Pairie cream, which runs at €367.. When anything says hydrating and illuminating I just get sucked in and need it!


The day cream has an SPF of 15. In any daily moisturiser having an SPF is a must. Both these creams contains Caviar extract. Rich in vitamins and minerals that plump and firm the skin. This also has snow algae that stimulates collagen synthesis. This cream is heavier than what I am used to but boy do I love it. My skin feels so hydrated and soft all day with this. You only need a small bit of this to moisturise the entire face. I have found that the day cream is an amazing makeup primer also.  I put it on and after a minute I knew that this would make an amazing prep step for foundation.  This on its own or under foundation leaves your skin dewy and illuminated all day. 


Day cream on my finger. 
Day cream in the tub. 



Next we have the night cream. This is also infused with caviar extract and also snow algae. Snow algae helps repair and sooth the skin. From the website: 'Additional caring benefits include hyaluronic acid to help increase moisturisation and prevent water loss as well provitamin B5 to help soothe and repair damaged skin. Your skin looks recovered and relaxed in the morning.This is a thinner consistency than the day cream.  It feels so light weight on the skin at night and when you wake up your skin feels so hydrated and over time the skin will look plumper, firmer and more youthful.  They both are in glass containers and I love that. No plastic chemicals seeping through to the product. 


Night cream consistency.


I have read in other reviews that people have even used the night cream under the eyes and noticed a massive difference on their wrinkles and puffiness. I love my DIY eyecream and have not tried this yet. When I run out, I might just give this a go. All in all, I don't think you will look like you have had a face-lift. I do think that your skin will feel hydrated and glowy. Giving a youthful appearance to the skin.

Both of these creams are €9 each!!! Yes €9 is amazing. You can get these in Aldi and they fly off shelves for very good reason. 

Thanks for reading, Alanna xxx

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Kat Von D Studded Beloved Lip Trio

So Kat Von D cosmetics recently became available in Debehams Ireland. For years I have heard nothing but great reports from their line, which was exclusively sold in Sephora until recently.  I only only have 3 lipsticks from this cosmetics brand so I thought I would do a review on them.

First things first is the packaging. These will look fab and edgy on any vanity. The studded design is so unique.



The 3 shades I have are Cathederal, Hellbent and Sexer. Here they are below in the packaging and swatched on the back of my hand.




First is Hellbent- A matte crimson red. This is a beautiful deep red and is perfect for that classic 'Red Lip'. 

Second is Cathedral- A matte coco rose. This is a cult favorite and by all accounts has every reason to be.  

Third is Sexer- A iridescent florescent pink. This shade isn't for the nude lover but by all accounts is a beautiful pink shade for the more adventurous type. 


The quality of these lipsticks are what you would expect. Fab! The matte shades last super long and the consistency isn't that drying for a matte lipstick. 

You can purchase Kat Von D cosmetics on Debenhams.ie. These lipsticks will set you back €21.00 a piece. For the quality of these lipsticks though I don't mind the price.

Thanks for reading, Alanna xxx 

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Mini Colourpop Haul/Review




So by now you will have seen all the buzz about Colourpop. Colourpop is an affordable makeup brand from the US and is known for their quality products. I have wanted their liquid lips for a long time and when free international shipping came up I jumped at the chance. I have a few shadows and a highlighter from them, a friend gave me them as she received broken products and they resent them to her, so I got the damaged products. They seem to have a fab customer service. 



For the liquid lipsticks, I decided to go with a set, as I really liked all the colours in the Forever or Never set. Here are all the colours swatched on my arm. This was $25.00

Airplane mode, Bumble, L.A.X, Teeny Tiny and Clueless. 
 These shades are fabulous and they last so long on the lips. The only draw back is that the darker shades go patchy much quicker than the lighter shades. These lipsticks last though. Almost all day. They are slightly drying. With any liquid lipstick you will have to keep your lips hydrated.

Next we have the eyebrow pencil in the colour Black N Brown.  This is a fab wee eyebrow pencil and is super affordable. It has a spooly on one end and a tiny pencil on the other end. This was $5.00




The pencil end is very like the Anastasia of Beverly Hills eyebrow pencil. Small and precise. The shade I got was quite dark and really would only suit dark brunettes. All in all though, this is a great wee pencil for the price. 

 Next we have another eyebrow product. The Bangin' Brunette pomade.  This was $6.00.  So affordable and very comparable to the ABH pomade I love and use all the time.







This pomade lasts and I love the consistency of it. I mean for the price this is amazing. 

When I received the package, which took over a month to get here, there was a €14 customs charge. This made my wee cheap purchase not so cheap. With custom charges it is the luck of the draw and usually if you keep it below $50 you are in the clear but I have heard that almost every purchase with Colourpop ends up with a customs charge. Keep that in mind when shopping on the ColourPop website. 




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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Battle of the micellar water's





Right now every brand has or is releasing micellar water. I am going to be talking about four micellar waters in total. The Penney's micellar water, Simple, Garnier and Bioderma. 

First we have the Penney's micellar water. €2.50.
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This feels soapy on the skin and really leaves a residue after. The whole point in micellar waters is no rinse. With this I feel that I really need to rinse my face after each use.

Second we have the Simple Micellar water. €3.
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 Nope this was a big nope for me. This stings my eyes pretty bad. I didn't like the residue it left on my face and I don't like having to purchase an eye makeup remover separate to my micellar water.

Third we have the Garnier Micellar water. With the pink lid. €3-€5.
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I LOVE this. This does everything. Cleanses the face leaving it squeaky clean and no stinging of the eyes at all. It removes the eye makeup so easily. This gets a massive thumbs up because it does everything and is great for all skin types.

Fourth we have the Bioderma Micellar water. Pink. €15.

This is great but is quite expensive when I think that the Garnier does the exact same if not is better because the Bioderma does just slightly irritate my eyes but no where near as bad as the simple or the Penny's.

They all do a great job cleaning your face. The stand out product is the Garnier Micellar water. The price and the fact that it is an eye makeup remover and cleanser all in one. You really cant go wrong.

When micellar waters dont work for me I use them to spot clean my makeup brushes so they never are wasted.


Thanks for reading. Alanna xxx





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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette


Hello you beautiful palette. I have wanted this palette since June last year, when it was released. I have added it and removed it from cart since November. Now finally I bit the bullet and bought for myself for valentines day (I know, how sad)! lol  

With Flash

This palette consists of 14 shades. They are highly pigmented and oh so creamy. I know those words are thrown around when used to describe eyeshadow's but with this, It's the truth. These eyeshadow's blend like a dream


Without flash
Anastasia Of Beverly Hills(ABH) is a well known brand and anything I have from them or tried I have loved.  The theme of palette is warm toned reds and neutrals. As the name suggests it uses the colour's from the renaissance period and all of the shades can be paired to create beautiful eye looks.
Now for the swatches:

Top Row

First we have

Tempera: Is a velvety beige that is a matte shade.

Golden Ochre: Yellow matte finish

Vermeer: Iridesent Shell with a metallic finish

Buon Fresco: A light lavender matte

Antique Bronze: Metallic sable with satin finish

Love letter: Raspberry ultra matte finish

Cyprus umber: Dark coffee ultra matte


Bottom Row

Raw Sienna: Neutral amber with a matte finish

Burnt Orange: Deep orange, ultra matte finish

Primavera: Shimmery gold with metallic finish

Red Ochre: Sienna, ultra matte finish

Venetian Red: Crimson matte

Warm Taupe: Earthy Grey matte

Realgar: Brick colour, matte

The description of these shades were pulled from the website. 




In the palette we have a doubled ended brush with a fluffy end for blending and a flat end for eyeshadow application.  The quality of this brush is pretty darn good consider it comes with the palette. 

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Photo Cred: Manny MUA
Here are some looks using the plaette: 
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Photo cred: Kathleen Lights
I purchased this palette on BeautyBay.com for €51.90. Yes the price is pretty steep but honestly the quality of these shadows are amazing and considering an individual eyeshadow from ABH is $12 this is great value for money. 

If you have wanted this palette or considered purchasing this then it is definitely worth your money.  

Thanks for reading, Alanna xxx


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Monday, 13 February 2017

DIY: How to fix your broken makeup brush



So we have all been there. When the metal part (the ferrule) of your makeup brush detaches from the handle, leaving you with a stump of a makeup brush.

All you need to fix this is glue! I have done this a few times and it works. Now the only glue I had on hand was a PVC glue from your school days (mom life). You can use Gorilla glue or any super glue you have.


Obviously PVC glue isn't as strong as super glue and I have had to re-glue a brush once or twice but this doesn't bother me. 



Step 1: Clean out the inside of the ferrule with a tissue.




Step 2: Place the glue inside the ferrule and make sure not to use too much because when you place the handle in the ferrule product will come out the sides. If some glue does seep out the sides, simply wipe away the excess with tissue.




Step 3: Let it dry over night.


And that is that. Your brushes are like new!

Alanna xxx
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Monday, 23 January 2017

Nima Brushes Review.


Don't you just love the colours of these brushes? Well that's not the only reason I wanted these. I needed more eye brushes for myself as I like to keep my professional brushes and personal brushes separate. When I seen Nima Brushes had an eye set with basically all the eye brushes I wanted. I jumped at the chance to get them. Plus that folio they come in is pretty cute too!




This eye set has 8 eye brushes and they are perfect for perfecting any eye look you want to create. There are blending brushes, flat and pencil brushes. Small detail brushes and an angle brush which I love for powder for my eyebrows. 


Not only are these brushes pretty to look at with the colour but they are great quality brushes aswell. 


I also purchased 2 single brushes for myself that I needed. I wanted a small stipple brush to blend in my contour and I wanted a dome shaped brush to set my under eye area with powder. 

Stipple Brush 'Caroline'

Dome Shapped 'Wendy'

I use these brushes on a daily occasion on myself. They wash great and they really do exactly what I want. The handles can get dirty easy with the colour but they also are easily cleaned. 

These brushes all are named with names of people I presume are close friends or family of the owners of this company which I love because its so personal. 


The eye set costs €65 and the single brushes were €16 each.  

Thanks for reading, Alanna xx




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