Friday, 29 November 2013

Christmas Gift Guide: Gift Hamper

Hey Everyone,
as you get older it becomes harder and harder to think of new gift ideas to get people, or even think of something you haven't already got them (or that they don't already have). This is where the 'Gift Hamper' comes in, A gift hamper is a great way of creating a unique present for a loved one and you can make it fit in with any budget. It could be filled with bits and pieces you know they love, and it doesn't even have to be food. It could be a beauty/pamper hamper, or a mixture of things like the one I created below:
1. Gift Basket/Hamper:
I would start off by deciding your budget and what you want to include, so you know the size of basket you need. Ikea, Tiger, HomeStore and More, and even Penneys have little storage baskets that could easily be turned into a base for your hamper.

2. Favourite Foods:
If you want to include food I would just be aware of use by dates obviously jams, chutneys, biscuits etc are more than likely going to fine for a while but anything homemade or perishable probably shouldn't be brought until nearer the time your exchanging gifts otherwise you could be handing over a moldy basket! Not nice!

3. Candle:
Candles are always lovely to include if your hamper is for someone of the age that they appreciate that sort of gift. There are so many on the market, whether its a smelly one or a christmassy one like this advent candle I found in Tiger Stores.

4. Napkins:
Napkins, both paper and cloth can bulk out your hamper if you're on a lower budget. They are cheap and you can find so many festive ones at the moment, they can make a nice addition.

5. Candle holder:
Decorative bits and pieces for the festive season make lovely gifts whether its an ornament for the tree or a candle holder like this one from Ikea.

6. Festive Table Decorations:
I thought these where so cute, I found them in Tiger Stores and I thought they were perfect. You could even attach pictures or name cards for the people that will be around their table.

7. Selection of Favourite Beauty treats:
Last but not least a beauty treat to pamper and treat yourself this Christmas. The Body Shop and Boots have lovely affordable sets that would make a lovely addition to any hamper. Alternatively Boots have the little mini's of beauty products which can be cheaper and gives you the more unique option of being able to pick. I found this Sanctuary set in Boots which I think is a lovely gift whether included in the hamper or on its own.

What would you include in a hamper?

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Dressing For The Party Season

Hey Everyone,
with the festive party season nearly upon us I thought I would share with you a few outfit ideas. Whether it's a work Christmas party or just a night out with friends there's something to suit everyone!

1. Tradition Red Dress:
Outfit number one is probably the most traditional festive party outfit. This pretty red Oasis dress will flatter due to the draping fabric but the lace adds an extra feminine touch to take a traditional option and create an on trend look. These shoes from Zara are so amazing! I wish I could walk in a heel that tall because these are a perfect accompaniment to any outfit. 

2. Jumpsuit with a pop of colour:
If dresses aren't your thing a jumpsuit is a great alternative. I love this one from Warehouse because its fitted and will therefore give you a great silhouette. It is a bit more covered up and structured than wearing a dress, but you can add in the fun element with a pop of colour. I teamed it with these red shoes. These shoes are seriously cool and will definitely make a statement, the strap whilst very popular this A/W will also provide a bit more stability. 

3. My Favourite:
I am so in love with this dress, it is something a little bit different and if you are into the rebel punky look this season this Zara dress is definitely for you. I LOVEEEE IT! I teamed in with these belt and chain boots from Aldo. A good pair of going out boots are essential, ankle boots have risen in popularity this year meaning a wider variety are out there on the high street. 

4. Collared Playsuit:
Last but not least is this Playsuit from Zara. This is probably my second favourite outfit from my picks, I think its cool and wearable. Collared pieces aren't usually my cup of tea but with the combination between the sheer fabric I think it is a lot more wearable. I couldn't not re-use the Aldo boots again they go with everything, and when wearing a playsuit its hard to know what shoes to wear with it...(high heels sometimes feels like there's too much leg and flats to casual) Boots are great and give the outfit a punk vibe. 

What will you be wearing this party season?

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Lipstick Loves: Flormar Long Wearing Lipstick L18

Hey Everyone,
I recently found this Flormar Long Wearing Lipstick in the shade L18 whilst looking through my makeup collection. Having never even heard of the brand before I presume I must have gotten it in a goodie bag or been given it by a friend. In any case I thought I would give it a try...
I never normally go for a lipstick this bright (tomato red), but I actually really liked it. The formulas a bit strange the only way I can describe it is as a creamy matte. The packaging is not the nicest, it's just black plastic and the shade isn't named but the product is so good I like it anyway. It lives up to its name of 'Long Wearing', only having to re-apply after eating. All in all it's a fun red lipstick that is great for this time of year.

Whats your favourite red lipstick at the moment?

Thursday, 21 November 2013


Hey Everyone,
I recently joined Instagram (llandmakeup) and I am officially in love... I think it is an amazing way of sharing updates. So, I thought I would share a few of my most recent pic's with you:

Are you on Instagram?

Monday, 18 November 2013

Top 5 Styling Tools For The Party Season

Hey Everyone,
with December fast approaching I thought I would share with you my 'Top Five Styling tools' to keep your hair looking fabulous this party season!
1. Sleep In Roller:
I love rollers to create soft bouncy curls with loads of volume and texture. I use Velcro rollers while I'm getting ready, but lately I've heard rave reviews about these soft sleep in rollers. I'm now despret to try them. Whats great about these is you can put them in the night before, and wake up with the perfect hair. Due to the fact that are made of sponge they are more comfortable to sleep in than the regular rollers. The other option is to put them into dampened hair an hour before a night out and use the drying hood (that's also now for available) which attaches to your regular hair dryer. 

2. Babyliss Pro Rebel Conical Wand:
In the last couple of years the Conical Wand curlers have become increasingly popular. The barrel of the curler increases in size to make a cone like shape, this means the curls are more natural looking as it is not a uniform size. I really love Babyliss they make great styling tools, and my first ever straightener was Babyliss so I always have a nostalgic love of the brand.

3. GHD Ruby Gift Set:
GHD's are still my number one go to brand for hair straighteners, I have never found another tool I find as good for straightening my hair. This ruby set is especially cute for the festive period. If your really skilled with a GHD it can even double up as a curling tool.

4. Babyliss Pro Ceramic Tourmaline Crimping Iron:
With the 80's back in vogue this year why not try out a bit of crimping. I have to say I was a bit of a fan in my younger days. (Tip: don't team it with lots of multicoloured bows, that's a little bit too 80's!)

5. Babyliss Porcelain Triple Barrel Waver:
Another Babyliss product (I told you I loved them). This is something I've only recently discovered and I think it is amazing, it creates soft rolling curls super quickly and almost gives that 1920's vintage look. 

I have linked all the products above in case you are interested in them, and they are all available online at Pauls Hair World. Also something I didn't mention in my top five which is available if your a girl who likes big voluminous hair for the party season are fun and funky additional lengths hair extensions.

What would be in your 'Top Five'?
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Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Body Shop Christmas Launch Event

Hey Everyone,
last week the lovely Donna Marie from The Body Shop invited me to their Christmas Launch Event. It was a lovely evening and it was so amazing to see some of the #irishbbloggers ladies! On the night we heard about all the new products out for Christmas this year as well as a fantastic makeup tutorial, and some eyebrow threading.
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I can't complete this post without commenting on my revelation of the night...threading. Being a serial over plucker of my eyebrows I was just a little bit scared of the threading, but after a bit of convincing by the girls I was in the chair. I was seriously amazed by the results and spent the rest of the night raving about how good it was!
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The Body Shop really knows how to create beautiful gifts for the Christmas period, there really is something for everyone. Their new cranberry fragranced products are seriously festive and smell incredible.
There's a few bits and pieces I will definitely be going back to pick up for friends gifts.

Have you seen the Christmas sets yet? Have you tried threading before?

Friday, 15 November 2013

A Look For The Party Season: Lancome Hypnose Star Eyes Saphir Noir

Hey Everyone,
A couple of weeks ago I received this beautiful new product from Lancome... the Hypnose Star Eyes in the shade Saphir Noir. Its a beautiful deep navy, almost charcoal like colour. The consistency is really strange at first, its like half way between a pigment and a cream eye shadow. It is both a lovely eyeliner or smudged out for a smokey eye.
I thought I would show you a smokey eye look perfect for the coming party season:
1. I cleansed my face, and completed my usual skincare regime
2. I pressed the product through my crease and outer corner smoked it out, and then press some more down on the outer corner for a more dramatic effect.
3. Using the small brush that comes with the product I brought some of the shadow down under my eye
4. I used Miss Sporty Studio Lash Eye Liner in Extra Black to create a thin line just to add definition.
5. I next used my YSL Touche Eclat in 2.5 (My new favourite under eye concealer/highlight) in the inner corner and just under the eye to get rid of any fall out and to brighten up the eye area.
6. Lastly I added a quick sweep of my YSL Babydoll Mascara in the shade 4 Violet Indiscret (Such amazing packaging) just to the top lashes to add a bit of drama and open up the eye.
...and here is the finished look, I love it I think its pretty but not to overpowering. A perfect eye shadow look for the party season especially with the shimmer in the shadow which gives it the wow factor.

What do you think?
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

FOTD: How Much Is My Face Worth

Hey Everyone,
I've seen this tag floating around for some time and I thought it would be interesting to find out just how much my daily makeup costs. As well as what I actually use daily without even realizing.

Products Used:
-Urban Decay Naked Pallette (Virgin and Naked) = €30 (Approx)
-Mac Pro Longwear Concelar (NC15) = €15 (Approx)
- Loreal Caresse Lipstick (202 Impulsive Fushia) = €11.99
- Essence Eyebrow Pencil (02 Brown) = €1 (Approx)
-Mac Mineralize Skinfinish (Soft and Gentle) = €22 (Approx)
-Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (001 Transparent) = €5.99
-Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer = €8.99
-Catrice All Round Mascara (Black) = €3 (Approx)
Total =€97.97
That is a lot of money, but not as much as I expected. Spread over the time it takes for me to finish each product it is probably a reasonable amount. I had to work on mostly approximates, because I either couldn't find the exact price or the price might have changed since I brought the product.

How much is your face worth?

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Kiehl's "A Wonderland Of Giving" Event

Hey Everyone,
on Thursday I was invited to the Kiehl's "A Wonderland Of Giving" Event. The event was to celebrate the collaboration with New York Artist Eric Haze, and show off the new designs for the Christmas period. This is Kiehl’s 5th Limited Edition Holiday Collection, and the new limited-edition artwork by Haze is on Kiehl’s products, shopping bags and gift boxes.
The new packaging is bright, fun, and perfect for the festive season. It can be seen on the products Creme de Corps (I recently review this HERE!), Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, and Ultra Facial Cream. They are also doing festive gift sets where customers have the option of customizing the set, choosing the products they love... Pretty cool! 

Not only were we celebrating the new designs but also because proceeds from the sale of this collection will benefit a children's charity through Kiehl's Gives.

What do you think of the new limited edition packaging?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Guest Post: Scarlet Pout - The History of Red Lipstick

Hey Everyone,
Today I have a interesting guest post from Selina Torres  who writes on behalf of Glisten, a new skin care company. When Selina said she was looking to guest post about the history of the red lipstick I jumped at the chance, it is different to my usual style so I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

Vivid red lips send a strong message. It is a message of confidence, sophistication, charisma and sexuality. Always wanting to look a bit different from our peers, we decorate our faces hoping to be more distinguishable to the opposite sex and to express individuality or a political statement. The scarlet pout is no exception. Here I will examine the intriguing history of the phenomenon that prompted Shakespeare make the following point in Hamlet “God has given you one face and you make yourselves another.”

Ancient Mesopotamia, 2500 to 1000 BC
Women used crushed semi-precious jewels to decorate their lips and to accent their eyes. What pains they went to be beautiful! This is where the history of lipstick officially starts, but it is speculated that humans may have used berries to stain the skin since the beginning of our species. An interesting finding is pointed out in Skin: A Natural History, which is that people may have painted their bodies even before they started covering up with clothes based on archeological findings.

Egypt, 2000 BC to 100 AD
Cleopatra used crushed carmine beetles to color her lips red. Ancient Egyptians also used red clay, rust, henna, iodine, seaweed, and bromine mannite (a poisonous compound made from alcohol sugar and a halogen element). Cosmetics were a status symbol for both men and women, as well as used for medicinal purposes. The poisonous element in the lipstick wasn’t used for long, but it really adds a special something to the old saying, “beauty is pain”.

Medieval Europe
Lipstick was banned by the church because it was believed to be Satanic. Reserving lipstick for prostitutes, it was never worn by ladies with class. The pope ordered that all cosmetics be banned except for light pink colors as long as they looked natural. The light pink symbolized innocence for a woman, and was therefore acceptable.

England 1500’s
Red lips set perfectly in a pale white face gained popularity largely due to Queen Elizabeth I. She made a bold statement that influenced many women to wear red lipstick with pride.
Queen Elizabeth I sat for a portrait with her signature look
France, 1600s
Louis XIV, the king of France, as well as King Charles II of England, loved to wear blush and lipstick. Carmine and grease were common ingredients found in the lipstick of the 17th century.
King Louis XIV
Men and women everywhere were heavily wearing lipstick and taking inspiration from the theatre and the king. It was common to see a man with a full beard walking down the street sporting a cherry pucker.

England, 1700s
Made from beeswax and red colored plants, only the upper class women (and male actors) wore it which made it quite the status symbol. A change came for the worse when a new law passed in 1770 that prohibited women to wear make-up before their wedding day, else the ceremony be annulled.

France, 1884
Perfume makers in Paris made and distributed the first commercial lipstick. The lipstick was made from deer fat, castor oil and beeswax and wrapped in silk paper. By the 1890’s lipstick was being used in the feminist rebellion as a symbol of non-conformity and control.

Connecticut, 1915
Maurice Levy invents the first modern lipstick in a metal case that resembled a bullet. Before this, application was messy and lipstick couldn’t be carried in the purse.

Tennessee, 1923
The first tube was made that swiveled up when you twisted the bottom. During the 20s lipstick was chiefly worn by flappers and symbolized independence.

USA, 1930s
Elizabeth Arden inspired companies to start making different shades of lipstick. At the same time, red lipstick came to be known as the symbol of being a woman in tune with her sexuality. Still not completely mainstream, a study in 1937 found that half of teenagers fought with their parents about wearing lipstick.
An original lipstick advertisement for Guerlain lipstick in 1937
USA, 1940s
Teen girls were pressured to refrain from wearing any make-up in the 40s. They were told that men preferred a natural look, and that lipstick is meant for prostitutes. Are you sensing a theme here?

Marilyn Monroe made her mark on the world of beauty as the blond bombshell with bold red lips. Deep red hues become more popular, and it was common to use a lip liner to extend the border of your lips. The goal was to create a soft and feminine look while accentuating voluptuous lips.

 After the 50s, red lipstick became accepted in mainstream culture (wavering slightly in the sixties as white and light pink lipsticks were all the rage).

1970s to today
The scarlet pout remains a symbol of confidence and adulthood. There is something about wearing a red lip that that is so natural and empowering. Each woman should have a shade that goes perfectly with her skin, and makes her feel feminine and beautiful. My favorite is Bali by Glo-minerals. It represents so many things, but the most important is the history behind it. Think about it, wearing red lipstick no longer says anything about your profession (whatever that may be).


Saturday, 2 November 2013

Face Of The Day: Halloween Dress Up

Hey Everyone, 
last night I was out and about for a Halloween party with some lovely people. So I thought I would share my FOTD with you.

I wanted to go as something cute but easy to do. I searched the internet and found Miss Budget Beauty's 'Easy Cat Tutorial' (which I have linked below).
I used eyeliner to create the cat flick eyes, as well as the black (wonky) nose, and lined my lips to give them the look of a cat pout. The rest of the outfit was pretty simple...I wore a dress from Vera Moda with my leather jacket, boots, and some cat ears I found in the kids section of Penneys. I had been searching for hours for cat ears but everywhere had sold out then I stumbled across these. They were bright pink but after a bit of fun with a sharpie I got them to a little less of a sparkly state.

What did you dress as this Halloween?

Friday, 1 November 2013

Jasper Jewellery: Swarovski Crystal Violet Solitaire Silver Ring

Hey Everyone,
I was recently approched by the lovely Peter and Ann from Jasper Jewellery (a recently opened on-line Swarovski Jewellery shop) who asked if I would be interested in trying out a piece of jewellery to review. I looked at their site and choose the Swarovski Crystal Violet Solitaire Silver Ring  because I thought it was simple and beautiful. I was a bit worried about ordering a ring online because my fingers are strangely hard to size and seem to be on the slightly larger side (sausage fingers Hannah!). Also you never really know ordering online what the quality of the piece will be like. I have been wearing this for around a month now and I have to say its still as perfect as it was when it arrived. Working for a jewellery designer myself I know how to look after jewellery by avoiding lotions and potions and wiping it with a soft cloth. I would definiately reccomend looking after pieces, especially costume jewellery to help it looking beautiful! 
It arrived really quickly, I was pleasantly surprised. It was very sweetly gift wrapped, which I thought was a lovely tough... as well as being great if you are thinking for ordering gifts online.
They offer free delivery worldwide which is obviously amazing, especially if your looking for the perfect Christmas gift. You can visit their website HERE!

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