Naked Ultimate Basics Palette | Urban Decay

I don’t usually write about events I go to, but I’m so excited about this product launch that I just can’t wait to talk about it. In fact, I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a product launch since MAC’s Marilyn Monroe collection, or maybe NARS’s Andy Warhol limited edition collection, eeek I don’t know. Let’s just say, I’m frickin’ excited!

When writing reviews or sharing product thoughts with you all, I always use, wear them and test them them for several weeks or months before writing about them so that I can give you all an honest, thorough review. But, this is different. I haven’t even done a full review yet and already I’m writing about it. Let me explain…

I’m very lucky that since starting my blog, I’ve been invited to some amazing events with brands I love, and occasionally receive press samples of new products. It’s something I’m very grateful for and while I’m not currently working full time, it’s an exciting part of the blogging world that I love being able to take part in. It gives me a chance to meet with fellow like-minded bloggers, some who I’ve known for a few years, and others who I’m just meeting for the first time. It’s the perfect excuse for us to chat all things blogging, beauty and lifestyle.

The reason why I’m writing this post is because Urban Decay is one of my all-time favourite brands ever, like ever! I love their ethos, I love their branding, but most of all I love their products. You’ll already know this about me if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, and unless you’ve been living under a beauty rock, you will know that last Thursday, Urban Decay launched their new Naked palette, Naked Ultimate Basics, in Ireland.

Naked Ultimate Basics is an all-matte, warm toned, twelve shade palette and in my opinion, is their best palette ever and the best thing to happen to palettes in ages. The shades are to die for, the pigments are intense and the packaging is divine. I’ve only used it for the first time this morning and let me tell you, it’s L.O.V.E, love!


At the event yesterday, the lovely Danielle Roberts, Urban Decay’s makeup artist extroadinaire, created this insanely gorgeous look using three shades from the palette, Faith, Extra Bitter and Lethal. Extra Bitter is a nod to the original Bitter shade from their Vice 4 palette, while Lethal is very similar to my favourite shade from their Gwen Stefani palette, Punk. I’ve a feeling these will become my new obsession.

I promise to share a proper review post in the coming days with some different looks from the palette as I always do, but for now, I will just leave you with the beauty that is quite possibly, my new favourite palette ever in life!

The palette costs €47 and is available from both Debenhams and House of Fraser.

Sorcha x

 

 

Subtle Eyes with Clarins Iris Blossom Mineral Eyeshadow Palette

This evening I’m off to an event with the lovely people from Clarins, and it got me thinking about all the gorgeous Clarins products I have that I don’t use anywhere near enough. So given the day that’s in it, I decided to route out one of their mineral eyeshadow palettes to create a soft day eye look for the event.

The Iris Blossom mineral palette came out about three years ago now and has gorgeous earthy shades in both shimmer and matte. The shimmer shades are a sparkly white, a golden brown and bright purple, while the only matte shade in the palette is a deep charcoal. Because it’s a day look I’m going for, I opted to use only a very small amount of charcoal and purple, focussing on the brown for base and white to highlight.

Here’s how I applied it…

I coated my eyelid with brown all over and blended into the lid well before adding a touch of charcoal and purple into the crease. Once applied, I used a blending brush to buff out the shadow and give the eye an accent of colour at the crease. To finish, I added a small amount of white to the inner corner of each eye to highlight and brighten the area.

In order to keep the look soft, I opted not to wear eyeliner so I just finished it off by adding mascara to both my upper and lower lashes and, voila! A simple and very quick eye makeup look in less than five minutes.


For one last little Clarins touch, I applied some of my Raspberry lip oil to my lips which I am just totally obsessed with at the minute (if you missed my review you can catch it here). It gives the lips a lovely soft glossy look with no stickiness and smells divine too!

I’ll keep you all posted on how the event goes later in the week. In the meantime, I’ll just wish you all a happy hump day! Hope you’re having a good one.

Sorcha x

 

Review: Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara

A few months back I was sent the Catrice Glam & Doll False Lashes mascara to try out and I don’t know why it has taken me so long to get this review up because I am absolutely loving this mascara, and I mean Loving with a capital ‘L’.

In general I’m a big fan of Catrice makeup products. They are very affordable, and much higher quality than I expected them to be when I first started using them. If you’ve read any of my previous Catrice reviews, you’ll know I love their Ultimate Stay lipstick range, and I have a little soft spot for their eyeshadow palettes too. And this mascara is no different, in fact, I think it might just be my favourite of all the Catrice products I’ve tried.

The first thing I noticed when I started using it was its curved rubber brush head. It has very short, fine rubber needles which at first I thought would be too short to give good volume to the lashes, but how wrong I was.


After just one light coat my lashes were instantly longer and thicker, and the fine needles on the brush head allows the formula to glide on very smoothly and evenly. The brush head is also flexible and bends slightly on application meaning it is incredibly easy to use on both my upper and lower lashes. I dont always wear mascara on my lower lashes because they are quite long anyway, but I love the effect this mascara gives them.

Top: No mascara, Bottom: Mascara applied on one eyelash
Top: Mascara applied on upper lashes, Bottom: Mascara applied on both upper and lower lashes

All major positives so far, but now I have to get to my absolute favourite thing about this and that is, you don’t get any mascara on your eyelid even when applying at the very root of the lashes. Hallelujah!

My pet hate with any mascara is when it goes on my eyelids and I don’t mean the upper lid where the tips of the lashes hit, I mean on the lower lid right above where the root of the lashes grow. This tends to happen to me if a mascara is very wet in consistency, or if the applicator brush is quite thick, and it instantly puts me off a product. Maybe it’s how I apply my mascara, but I was so happy to discover it didn’t happen with this (queue inner squeal of excitement!).

If all these positives aren’t enough to make you run out and buy this immediately, then maybe this will! This mascara costs only €4.50. Yes, that is FOUR EURO AND FIFTY CENTS! If ever there was a budget beauty bargain people then this is it.


I really love this mascara, and am a little raging I havn’t started using it before now. I’m about a week in to wearing it and so far it’s getting a major thumbs up from me.

Have any of you tried this? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

Sorcha x

 

Quick & Easy Daytime Eyes

I don’t know about you, but when I’m going out during the day to an event and know it’s going to run into the night too, I always try to match my eye makeup to the occasion.

It’s not always easy to achieve a day-to-night eye look, there can be a fine line between just enough and overdoing it when it comes to daytime eyes, so I tend to go with deep shades applied very softly so that they are strong but not too dramatic.

On Saturday, we were out for a Christening, it was a sunny day so I wanted soft makeup, but I knew it had to last all day and night too.

Taking my new favourite eyeshadow palette, the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette, I decided to opt for a combination of cream and burgundy to give me just a hint of a smokey eye that would see me through until the early hours.

The two shades I chose were Blonde and Punk:


This look is so easy to achieve, especially if you’re pressed for time like I was. I began by applying Blonde all over my upper eyelid and crease to give a base coat to the eye. I then applied Punk to the inner crease, upper and lower eyelid, blending as I went. In order to ensure a strong, even blend, lastly I added just a touch of Zone to give a soft, warm feel to the eyes.

A quick swipe of eyeliner and mascara and I was ready to go.


This eyeshadow palette is absolutely amazing for pigment and longevity and hence why it’s my current favourite. My eyes lasted well all day and night, and as I opted for this look not to wear kohl liner on my waterline, I didn’t need to touch it up once!

Sorcha x

Going to the Dark Side

Last Saturday I went out with the girls for a late lunch / early dinner / cocktails kind of night. As we were meeting early I didn’t want to go too heavy with my makeup but I wanted it to be strong enough to last from day into night.  I love a dramatic lip so decided to pair a soft brown smokey eye with one of my favourite lip colours, Dark Side by MAC.

This lipstick is a really creamy shade of burgundy with a gloss finish, and is the perfect night time companion to help you pull off a dramatic makeup look.

Using a combination of my usual go-to products, Bobbi Brown eyeshadows and my Dark Side lippy, here’s a look at how I put it together…

 

After applying my brow pencil and shaping my eyebrows, I started off my covering my eye lids with Benefit’s Passion Pearl highlighter eyeshadow to give my eyes a good base. I then applied even amounts of Bobbi Brown’s Rose Gold and Fawn shimmer eyeshadows to give a soft golden brown colour. By blending these two shades together, it meant that the colour wasn’t too dark for day time.

The look was completed by applying a thin layer of eyeliner to my upper eyelid, then some kohl eyeliner pencil to the waterline of my lower eyelid for that added punch.

 

 

Once my eyes were finished, I dusted some powder over my entire face to brush away any eyeshadow residue, and applied Benefit’s Coralista Blusher to my cheekbones in upward movements, ensuring I highlighted as I went along.

To finish off the look, I took out the star of the show, my Dark Side lippy and applied onto my lips. This colour is just perfect in my view, I love rich shades and this shade of burgundy works in both winter and summer.

You can never underestimate the power that a dark or dramatic lip colour has to totally transform your makeup. I don’t tend to pair dark lips with dark eyes often as I think it’s always best to focus on one or the other. There is a happy medium however, and I hope I’ve found that here! I think I have, and hopefully you’ll all like it too!

Here’s a full list of all the products I used:

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NW25)
  • MAC Studio Fix Power (C35)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher Concealer Pen (Shade 2)
  • Benefit Blush (Coralista)
  • MAC Brow Pencil (Spiked)
  • Benefit Eyeshadow Highlighter (Passion Pearl)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow (Rose Gold)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow (Fawn)
  • MAC Fluidline Eyeliner Pot (Black)
  • MAC Kohl Pencil (Smoulder)
  • Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara
  • MAC Lipstick (Dark Side)

I love any excuse to play around with different makeup looks and what could be better than a girls night out. My makeup lasted well into the early hours and apart from touching up my lips after dinner, I didn’t need to touch up at all!

Do you like a dark lip? If so, then why not have a go at this look yourself?

Sorcha x

All About Neutral Eyes

If you love fashion and all things Hollywood, you’ve probably been stalking your Twitter feed or the online pages of your favourite glossy mags to get the low down on all things Golden Globes today.

I dip in and out of the celeb world to be honest, but I do love a good awards ceremony and all the style and glamour that comes with them. I couldn’t sleep last night with this flu I’ve been fighting but it did have one benefit – I was awake long enough to have a sneak peak at all the gorgeous gunas (or dresses for my non-Irish readers!). White, metallics, blue and mustard were the most popular colour choices of the night, with natural, soft makeup looks also taking centre stage.

Although accompanied by an even mix of both neutral nudes and deep reds and pink lips, it was clear that soft smokey tones were dominating the eyes of the ladies on the red carpet. Varying shades of golds and browns were sported by many, with just a hint of eyeliner to frame the eye. Rosie Huntington Whiteley, JLo, Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson were just some of the stars rocking this look:

Photos Getty / Jason Merritt (from Popsugar.com)

I love a good smokey eye and usually opt for dark browns and greys, but as I’m home in bed sick today feeling sorry for myself, I’ve decided to occupy my time by recreating the soft golden smokey eye look with some of my favorite products. We all have our go-to beauty products but here’s what I used to recreate my version of this popular look:

  1. Benefit Erase Paste Concealer in Medium
  2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  3. MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked
  4. MAC Fluidline Pot Eyeline in Blacktrack
  5. YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Black

Step 1: Brows – I’m just going to pause here. I have the worst brows ever, mostly due to scars I have from when I was younger meaning they don’t grow in certain places. So brow pencil is a must for me. Always. I never leave the house without it. Seriously! Anyway, after pencilling in my brows with my MAC brow pencil, I dotted some Benefit Erase Paste concealer under my eye and around the nose area to lift the dullness.

Step 2: I followed this by applying a thin base coat all over my eyes using ‘Bootycall’ from the Naked 2 palette.

Step 3: Once I had covered my entire eyelid with the base coat, I began to apply even amounts of ‘Chopper’ and ‘YDK’ on each eye, blending as I went along. These colours are light and shimmery, and so easy to use.

Step 4: To complete the eyeshadow application, I then added in a small amount of ‘Busted’ on the upper crease of my eyelids to add definition and enhance the colour.

Step 5: The next step was to add eyeliner. Taking my MAC brush 266, and using my MAC Fluidline pot, I applied a very thin line of liner to the bottom of my upper eyelid. Usually I would wear a thicker, longer line of eyeliner, but kept it minimal for this look.

Step 6: Finally, I finished off my eyes with my old reliable YSL Faux Cils black mascara.

Here’s a look at each stage of application:

Quick Six Step Application
Final Look

So there you go… My attempt at recreating a golden smokey eye. I’m no makeup artist but I do love playing around with colors and looks so hopefully you like it. Probably not the best application I’ve ever done, but not a bad effort from my sickbed!

Sorcha x