Sunday, 15 December 2013

Review | Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Hello Everyone!

Apologies for the lack of posts I have been so busy coming up to Christmas. 

So today I have decided to review the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer.

I bought this about 3 weeks ago when I was last in Boots. I have the shade 'fair' which is quite a good shade for me if slightly too yellow (but I'm super fair!)

I feel the packaging really lets this concealer down. The writing wipes off the front in the first week and makes it look really shabby.
Also even if the writing stayed on it's rather an uninspiring design that gets really messy - really quickly!

This applicator is very messy and also quite unhygienic and germy! 

I do find that the concealer is good at covering those dark circles under the eyes but definitely does not live up to the supposed '16 hour' lasting power! 

The formula is reasonably runny, a little goes a long way. 

I find it a little drying and think it would be more suitable for those with oily skin. This concealer works well on small spots and clear areas of redness. It tends to be quite patchy on dry uneven more challenging areas of skin.

I would recommend this concealer especially to those just starting up their make-up collection as it is a reasonable price and suits most skin types.

I will be repurchasing this but my hunt to find the perfect concealer will continue!

I hope you've enjoyed this post , let me know what you thought of the concealer in the comments!

Until the next post,

Niamh :) x

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Babylips Review

Hi Everyone!

I thought I'd do a little review on Maybelline Babylips today so here goes!

 My preconceived idea of Babylips was that they had really nice packaging and were really popular on Instagram. I didn't really think that they were going to be much more than just an average lip balm.

I was in Boots one day and I saw them on offer and couldn't resist! I purchased pink punch, hydrate and later, cherry me.

I have tried quite a few lip balms and I am really impressed with Babylips.

In my opinion they are worth the hype as they do really moisturise your lips.

The tinted ones have an amazing colour pigment on your lips that lasts quite a long time.

 I was really surprised, because most tinted lip balms that I have tried show very little colour. You see a slight difference for about 2 minutes before it wears off - but not with Babylips!

They also smell good enough to eat. (please don't though!) Pink punch would have to be my favourite fragrance- it smells so fruity and tropical!

You can wear Babylips on its own or with lipstick. I like to do both!

I hope you've enjoyed this little review. I would definitely recommend getting your hands on some Babylips, especially for they winter months.

Let me know what you think of Babylips in the comments below!

Until the next  post,

Niamh x
The sweet smelling Pink Punch!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Mini shopping spree in Topshop, Boots, River Island and New Look!

Hello lovelies!

Apologies for not posting for the last month, I have been so busy with holidays, etc.

Yesterday I had my haircut in the city and had a mini shopping spree and I thought it would be appropriate to share my day with you :) 

The first place I went after my haircut was Boots .headed straight to the Soap and Glory section ( oh dear) where they had cunningly put a 3 for 2 offer that I couldn't resist! 

I have only had one Soap and Glory  product which I got for Christmas, the Clean on Me body wash. As I  loved it so much, I finally decided I needed to invest in more Soap and Glory. 

The first thing I picked up was the Sugar Crush body wash which smelled like lemon bonbons (so obviously it had it be bought). The next was the Hand Food mini, which smelled like strawberry marshmallows and meadows,(maybe I should stop telling you) and I was, in fact, in need of a new hand cream. And lastly I bought the Girligo moisturising body spray , which simply smelled so fantabulous it had to come with me ( also it was the cheapest item, therefore free! ) 

Next I headed to the nail polishes and after much thought, decided on the BarryM nail paint in the pretty shade 'Blue Moon'. 

Lastly I found a gorgeous deep pinky coloured lipstick, by Kate Moss for Rimmel London ( shade 107 ) 

I also bought a pink lucozade (it was like 30 degrees and I thought I was going to faint) 

After Boots I headed over to Topshop and after no luck in the sale rails, I went to the accessories stand where I picked up this cute ditsy blue bow hair clip reduced to €3.50.

Next was River Island where the whole shop was reduced and brimming with crazy bargain spotters. I managed to grab a onesie reduced from €40 to €18! I wanted one all winter and was so happy to find this one in the sale. It was also a nice beige marl with Aztec detailing and zip fastening - perfect for when it gets chillier! 

Lastly was New Look where I found a lovely blue collared sleeveless blouse with little bows on it - BUT - not in my size - then in the corner of my eye I saw this very similar blouse but in pale denim with white polka dots - bingo! 

Afterwards, I struggled back down to Boots with my many bags to meet my mum who had been getting her hair coloured during this time.

Not a bad little haul for 45mins, in the blaring heat, on my own, with a funny purse that had a broken zip. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post - even if it was, almost a diary entry! if you did, please let me know here or via Facebook or Instagram, linked at the top of the page. 

(P.S I realised I never sign off at the end of my posts and I really should so -> ) 

Love N xx 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

How to handle thick|frizzy hair!

If you have thick hair like mine, you'll envy those with easy to manage hair and search every aisle in the shop for products that will make yours just as manageable! To help you out a bit I thought I'd show you some products and tips that help with my hair! 

Aussie 3 minute miracle - frizz remedy conditioner.

 Now I usually avoid conditioners because they make my hair look greasy but this one is really good! It smells divine too!

I find all Aussie products great, not just for my hair - they have products for thin, limp hair as well.

 I would recommend using the conditioner from just above your ear to your ends because I find it unnecessary at the roots! 

After shampooing squeeze a blob onto your palms rub into the hair working up a lather. Leave for 1-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

 Try and leave your hair to dry a bit naturally before blow drying. 

Tangle Teezer.

 This has to be the best buy this month.

It really depends on your hair type but I find this is the only brush that doesn't make my hair go wild! It's a little more pricey than a regular brush but totally worth it. 

I have the neon pink but it comes in lots of other cute designs and there's a mini version too!

Nicky Clarke Desired hair straightener.

I think this is a great straightener, just as good as a GHD but much much cheaper.

I love the red colour and packaging, it looks really stylish.

It heats up really quick and also has an automatic turn off in case you leave it on by accident!

It comes with different heat settings from thin hair to extra thick and everything in between.

I have it on setting 'thick' and it works really well. 

With thick hair I would recommend pinning the part of the hair up and straightening small sections for the best result.

 Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Spray. 

It's really important when applying any heat to your hair that you use a protector!  

Whenever I straighten my hair I brush out the piece of hair about an inch thick and wide and hold the bottle about 15cm away from the hair give it a spritz of Frizz-Ease and then run my fingers through the hair to make sure it's evenly coated and straighten as normal!

Another thing I would recommend is to get your hair thinned and trimmed regularly so keep it at full health! 

All products work fine on non thick hair too, I just find they are great for difficult to manage hair!

I hope you've enjoyed this post and that it helped you find a product for your hair :) x

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Make up with me!

Hello Everyone!

I thought you might be interested in one of my favourite spring/summer make up looks :)

Step 1 : 

Apply your favourite foundation / BB cream mixed with moisturiser ( about 1/2 and 1/2)

I use No. 7 Stay Perfect in the lightest shade and L'oreal triple active
 glow moisturizer.

I would recommend them both highly, the moisturiser also has SPF 15, to help protect your skin from the sun.

When choosing a foundation, I would recommend investing in a reasonably good quality brand , not high end just good quality!

*The Most important thing about buying foundation is buy the same colour as your skin, to add colour use a flush of bronzer or blusher! I cannot stress how silly it looks to have an orange face!*                                                                         

Adding moisturiser creates a really dewy fresh faced look! A lot of people think you need to have a lot of foundation on to look flawless but you don't, quite the opposite!

Step 2:

Next onto the blusher. I have a lovely blush from The Natural Collection in 'Peach Melba' but today I want to show you something different!

Ever considered using your lippy as a cream blush?

For this look I am using Kate Moss Lasting Lipstick for Rimmel London in shade 01.

Dot the lipstick just above your cheek bone and dab a bit of moisturiser
onto your finger and blend in using circular motions.

Add more lipstick the stronger you want the colour.

This really adds to the fresh faced look I am trying to create, the single pop of colour lifts your whole face!

Step 3:

Next onto the eye shadow. For this look I am using the Smoky Eyes trio by Bourjois in pinks.

Using the an eyeshadow brush, sweep the palest colour all over the eyelid.

Next use the medium colour to define the eyelid crease.

Lastly take the darkest colour and use it on the outer part of the crease and around the area where the top and bottom lashline join.

Step 4:

Apply eyeliner and mascara. This step can be altered to your preferences but I like to use Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof eyeliner. I draw a thin line from the middle of my upper lid out to the end ending in a very small upward flick. I also draw a thin line under my eye keeping close to the waterline.

Then I apply one coat of Max Factor Masterpiece waterproof mascara on both my upper and lower lashes.

Step 5:

Apply the finishing touches! Dab some concealer on any blemishes, I use the No 7 under eye concealer for blemishes as well as dark under eye circles.

Tint your lips by dabbing lipstick along you lips and finish with a slick of lip gloss. I adore the Natural collection Juicy Lipglosses.

Twist your hair into a loose topknot and tah dah!

The finished product!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Spring Fashion

Hello everyone!

Here are my daytime and evening time spring outfits made on Polyvore!

I love the combinations because they are so cute and quirky - and rocking the pastel trend.

I wanted to create simple outfits in the theme of cute and floral.

Daytime outfit
The turquoise lace collar blouse and denim wash skinny jeans work perfectly together, pretty and understated - this allows for quirky accessories!

I adore the satchel in this picture  - It's so retro and cute at the same time!

The matching nail varnishes and heart earrings really marry all the colours together.

I have models own scented nail varnish and it is divine - but needs a protective top coat!

Its really important not to overdo the floral but to just keep it down to one or two items of clothing/ accessories when you're using pastels - in this case the cream floral print shoes make the look cute and floral without overdoing it!

I love the neckline on the evening dress in this outfit - it's so flattering without showing too much flesh.

The blazer really adds the formality needed for the evening and a pop of colour to the outfit.

The lace up heel boots in beige are a really cute , dressy addition to the outfit showing that its not yet the weather for pumps!

The pretty flower headband and rose lipstick complement the blazer and dress by adding colour and texture.

A spritz of Daisy by Marc Jacobs will make you smell as like a spring meadow!

The neutral dress and shoes allow plenty to be done with hair and makeup.

I hope you've liked my daytime and evening time spring outfits!

Comment any opinions, I'd love to hear from you! :)

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Little Introduction

Hi everyone! 

Welcome to The Perks of Being a Quirk.

I thought I might tell you a few little things about me!

- I love fashion and food very much

- Vintage and retro are amazing.

- I like to read.

- I like drawing and designing, singing, dancing and being creative.

- Period dramas are my life.

- 'Without music the world would be a very dull place.' 

This blog will consist of mainly the above and some other quirks :)
Me :)

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