TUTORIAL || Storm [X-Men] Inspired Makeup Look - REDONE

Friday, 28 October 2016

Anyone remember the makeup tutorial that I did for Storm from X-Men as my 100th blog post? If not, you can check it out here

I was sitting on Tuesday wondering what I wanted to film. I had plenty of ideas but none were grabbing my attention. Besides, a number of them actually require a second person and some accessories. I found my notebook with some blank face charts for me to doodle on and I had written a list of looks that I wanted to do and a second go at Storm was one of them.

So here it is with all new products and a slightly different look. Plus, I'm a little bit obsessed with the very start of the intro. Just a little. She says... 

MY THOUGHTS || Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [FILM]

Saturday, 8 October 2016

After seeing Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children last Friday, I thought that I would sit down and share with you my thoughts on the movie. I have read the books, all three, by Ransom Riggs and loved every word from cover to cover. With the movie imminent, I started counting down the days until I would see my new favourite brought to life.

I'm not going to lie, I had a lot of thoughts regarding this movie. I spoke for well over an hour and managed to whittle it down to 33 minutes. Yes, it's lengthy but as I said, I loved the books very much and I naturally would have watched it under a microscope. I had also just finished reading the first book for the second time just before seeing the film and so it was fresh in my mind. 

Have you seen the movie? What did you think of it? I would love to hear your thoughts about it and how you felt it transitioned from book to film.

HALLOWE'EN || Black & White Jester

Next up in my Hallowe'en tutorials, is this black & white jester makeup look that was inspired by that headband hat that sits upon my head. I had thought that it would be a Mad Hatter type of look but it wasn't very Mad Hatter. It just so happened that the hat was Mad Hatter like. Ergo, Jester was hereby dubbed. 

I found the headband in my local Asda. It doesn't appear to be available online sadly. 


Friday, 30 September 2016

Hallowe'en has officially started over at my YouTube channel. Tomorrow is October 1st which is scary in itself because this year has flown in. Where has the time gone? But since tomorrow is October, I thought it would be fitting to start off with a Hallowe'en tutorial. 

This look was inspired by the raven and black roses headband that I found in my local Asda. It simply screamed this look at me. I stared into those beady red eyes and next thing I knew, I became a raven queen. I hope you guys like this look as much as I do. 

MY THOUGHTS || Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

Monday, 19 September 2016

If you have been following me on social media recently or have been around these parts lately, this video will not come as a surprise. Coming off of my Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children book high (and I'm still riding those coat tails because the film is just around the corner), I was looking forward to the release of Tales of the Peculiar.

This book is based on a book that is featured heavily within the Miss Peregrine universe. The amusing thing about this book is that Millard Nullings, a character from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, gets an authorship nod seemingly over Ransom Riggs. Millard gets to dedicate the book, introduce it, edit it and interject footnotes every now and then. You'll have to watch the video to find out the other thoughts that I had about the book.

As with my previous chatty videos, I'm still gaining confidence with speaking to the camera and with finding my voice. I know what I want to say. I simply struggle with connecting my brain to my mouth and getting everything to come together. 

Let me know what your thoughts are on Tales of the Peculiar? Don't forget, stay peculiar.

PALETTE REVISITED || W7 In The Buff Makeup Look

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

I did another Palette Revisited makeup look. In this one I unearthed W7's In The Buff eyeshadow palette. It has the reputation of being similar to an Urban Decay Naked palette. I'm not entirely sure which one it's a dupe for. It could be a combination of two of them. 

It's a largely unused palette as you will see in the video. One shadow has been well loved. I used this particular eyeshadow for a week when I was performing in Sunset Boulevard last October. 

Check out my previous palette revisited tutorial here.

TUTORIAL || Miss Peregrine [Eva Green] Inspired Makeup Look

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

You had to know that with being obsessed with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children that a makeup tutorial would be around the bend. 

As soon as I saw Eva Green's makeup for Miss Peregrine, I fell in love and knew that I wanted to recreate it.

Also, if you missed it, I uploaded a video on my thoughts about the books. Stay peculiar, everyone.

Why Haven't I Been Blogging?

I'm aware that I've become rather absent around these parts. The only time that I post seem to be the times when I cross-post a YouTube video. It's not that I've fallen out of love with blogging. It's simply that I haven't found anything that I've found worth blogging about. I have many ideas but nothing that has my sparked my interest into converting idea into action. 

TUTORIAL || Smokey Eye with a Metallic Winged Liner

Monday, 22 August 2016

I found a silver/grey liquid eyeliner from Maybelline in Poundland and I knew that I had to use it in a smokey eye. I love how this look turned out. I felt like such a rock chick. It made the blues of my eyes stand out like crazy. 

Extreme discount stores like Poundland are amazing for finding bargains. The liquid liner I used was from Maybelline. Typically, these items have an incredible discount because there is something wrong with the packaging. In the past, the makeup items that I've purchased from Poundland have been missing the product name/shade. They have the brand name but they are missing the product shade name. I have a Rimmel Matte Apocalips liquid lipstick and bought it for a Pound simply because it didn't have the shade name on it. WIN! 

TUTORIAL || Rio de Janeiro & Olympics 2016 Inspired Makeup Look

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Has anyone else been staying up to the wee hours of the morning watching coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil? Has anyone else been loving all of the colours that have been shown everywhere you look? I may be alone on that one but I have been loving all of the colours from the propaganda films to the items that the athletes sport. Pun intended. 

I couldn't help but be inspired to create a makeup look inspired by Brazil and Rio itself. Taking the iconic colours of the Olympics and the Brazil flag, I came up with this colourful look that would be perfect for Olympic viewing parties. Plus, it'll get compliments down in the supermarket. I should know. At filming this, my mother wanted to go grocery shopping and I wasn't about it to take it all off. 

TUTORIAL || Makeup Geek 'Venom'

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Ever since I laid eyes on a swatch of Makeup Geek's eyeshadow 'Venom', I knew I had to have it. I bought it last month and finally got around to using it. I love how this look turned out.

The Prettiest Perfume Pot

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

While on holiday, I naturally picked up a few souvenirs. When in Greece, my family and I took an excursion to the ancient ruins at Corinth and a cruise along the Corinth Canal. On the way from Corinth to the Canal, we made a brief stop at a family run pottery and ceramics company. I wish I could remember the name of the place but alas, I cannot. 

The family handmade and hand-painted everything. They make museum authorised and endorsed replicas of Ancient Greek pots and vases. They also make souvenirs pieces where they can paint whatever they fancy and can make minute mistakes without worrying. These are naturally cheaper than the museum replicas.

Additionally, they make the cutest little cream perfume pots with the most exquisite paint work. The best part is, is that when the perfume is used up, it's the ideal thing to put little pieces of jewellery in. I'm forever losing rings and earrings so I'll be using mine for that. My Mum and I bought a pot each. They were only €5. A bargain or what?

TUTORIAL || Smokey Dark Gold Makeup Look

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

I had no idea what I wanted to call this makeup look when I filmed it. I simply sat down in front of my camera and filmed a makeup look whilst being surrounded by my eyeshadow palettes, et voilà, this look was born.

It is golden-ish and dark-ish on the gold side and smokey-ish. Not the most eloquent of names but I may come up with something better at some point.

TUTORIAL || Rust Orange [Bajoran Militia Inspired] Makeup Look

Saturday, 30 July 2016

I can related anything back to Star Trek it would seem. What can I say? It's a gift. That, and I'm obsessed. With watching DS9 every day for the past month, I wanted to create a look around the uniform of the Bajoran Militia - the burnt orange and orange-red tones. 

I've never been one to sway towards warm tones when it comes to eyeshadows so this was definitely something new for me and you know, I love how it turned out. I can now channel my own inner Bajoran without anyone else knowing. It's such a wearable look and on trend too. 

TUTORIAL || Smokey Blue Eye Makeup Look

Thursday, 28 July 2016

It's been a while since I've posted a proper makeup tutorial that wasn't inspired by someone or something and I just played around with makeup. That's what this tutorial is about. I picked an eyeshadow that I wanted to use in some manner and created a look around it. 

I'm absolutely in love with how this look turned out. 

Just look at that blue! Isn't it just gorgeous?! I'm in love!

TUTORIAL || Major Kira Nerys [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine] Inspired Makeup Look

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

With Star Trek Beyond having been released last Friday, I wanted to do another Star Trek inspired makeup look. Instead of picking a character from or being inspired by Star Trek Beyond, I was inspired by Major Kira Nerys from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I've been watching it on Netflix and have been loving it!!

I did attempt to make a Bajoran nose four times but it just did not work out for one reason or another. I eventually said to pot with it and just concentrated on the makeup. Now, I want to stress that my face and eye shapes are completely different to that of Nana Visitor, the actress who brought Kira to life. Naturally, the makeup will look different on me. I wish I had her bone structure and eye shape. Alas, I do not. 

I hope that you like it. Remember, colour match what you can. You do not have to use exactly what I do. 

Where The Mountains Of Mourne Sweep Down To The Sea

Monday, 25 July 2016

I love to share pictures of my home. I absolutely adore living in Ireland because there is beauty everywhere and that beauty is even more spectacular when the sun is shining. Last weekend, I went to the Mournes armed with my DSLR with a shiny new lens and went a little snap happy. What can I say? It's beautiful up there and I wanted to take photographs and really get to grips with my camera.  

Palettes Revisited || The Balm 'Nude'Tude' Palette

Thursday, 21 July 2016

For a new series on my YouTube channel I thought it would be an interesting concept to go through all of the eyeshadow palettes that I have and use them for a look. I don't use every single eyeshadow palette that I have in my collection on a regular basis. A lot of them require some much needed attention.

First up is the Nude'Tude eyeshadow palette from The Balm. A couple of years ago, one of my early blog posts was a review about the palette - here. Since then I go back and forth with this palette. Sometimes I really like it and sometimes I don't like it. It depends on the eye look that I want to do. Naturally, I wanted it to be the first palette in this series.

GOMO - Getting Out More Often

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Check Twitter. Check Facebook. Check Instagram. Check SnapChat. Check Twitter again. Check Facebook again. Check Instagram again. Check SnapChat again. Check Twitter ag- Sound familiar? Do you ever spend the vast majority of your day checking your social media accounts over and over again for an update no matter how insignificant? Do you ever sit there and watch TV and just channel surf trying to find something to watch and end up watching something completely ridiculous but end up lifting your phone to see what everyone else is doing? 

Well that is the fear of missing out talking. FOMO has become such an integral part of our lives that we have to know what everyone is doing and letting them know what we're doing. It's taking over our lives and potentially ruining what could probably be the best days of our lives, especially with summer now in full swing. So put down that phone or tablet and close that laptop (after reading this blog post) and get out more often - GOMO.

Brilliance of the Seas || The Ship I Was On

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

With my Travel Diary video (here), I didn't have a lot of space for footage of the ship, Brilliance of the Seas, because it was getting very long. If I had have included more footage of the ship, it probably would have been half an hour long. With that in mind, I thought that it would be fun to do a video solely on the ship to show how good it was, what was available on board and the craic therein. I didn't include everrrryyyything available because I was, honestly, too busy having fun. 

I had an absolute blast on Brilliance of the Seas. The staff and crew were more than welcoming. I do think that the entertainment suffered because everyone was more interested in EURO2016 than what they were doing. Other than that, amazing time.

TRAVEL DIARY || Royal Caribbean Cruise 2016

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Hello, everyone. I know that I've been rather quiet on the blogging front. The truth is I was on vacation with my family and I bought a new camera that I wanted to get the grips with before doing anything. A holiday was the perfect opportunity to test out what I learnt about my camera and photography. I've always loved photography and after watching countless tutorials, it has turned into something that I appreciate all the more. I would stop at nothing to get the perfect shots on my holiday. Within reason. 

While I was away, I decided that I would try to make a travel diary style video. My family and I went on a twelve night cruise on Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas. We stopped at seven destinations (excluding the setting off point of Barcelona) and I wanted to document them all. For that number of destinations, I think I did well for making a 19 minute video. Grab a cup of tea/coffee and a snack.

I have also included a number of my favourite photographs from each destination underneath the cut. I hope you like them.

Why I Wear Makeup

Monday, 27 June 2016

Why do I wear makeup? For twenty-five years I did really well without it. I was never interested in makeup before. I didn't see an allure to it. Friends had gifted me cheap makeup eyeshadow palettes and utensils before for secret Santa presents for a last minute birthday idea - they clearly didn't know me. I had no clue how to use any of it. The brushes felt like I was brushing a Brillo Pad on my face and foam eyeshadow applicators were the most annoying things to exist. So why did I suddenly become interested in makeup at 25 years of age?

My Favourite Makeup Removers At The Moment

Monday, 20 June 2016

With my beloved Deliplus Demaquillador (that's makeup remover in Spanish) on its final dregs - I probably have one more big use in it or three or four teeny tiny uses. As a result, I've had to forage for a makeup remover that can do the job that it can without making my skin look like it's been left out in the sun, i.e. red as a lobster. I've been using the Garnier Miceller Water for Sensitive skin and it has done wonders. But that was until I spotted these babies; Garnier Oil-Infused Micellar Water and BioDerma.

I was in Asda one day and I spied that there was a new Garnier Micellar Water on offer. What caught my eye was that it was in a yellow-gold packaging. '*Gaaaaaaaaasp* That's new!' Cue the magpie in me becoming very interested. Very interested, indeed. I then noticed that it was a combination micellar water. Shaken not stirred.

I read the label and saw that it was geared toward those skin types that were dry and sensitive. Well if that wasn't an invitation to buy it, I don't know what was. I picked it up and tested it out.

I was not disappointed. It felt very moisturising against my skin. I didn't feel as if the cotton pad was pulling at my skin. It simply glided over it and picked up whatever makeup was there. What's more is that I let it soak into my lashes and it took off whatever mascara I had on pretty easily. Usually I use both sides of a cotton pad to get my mascara off because my eye area can be quite sensitive. But this works a charm. Just to note, I don't wear waterproof mascara.

As you can see from the photograph below, I have used quite a bit.

My only nit pick is that the liquids do separate very quickly. By the time I've finished using one cotton pad, I have to shake it up again. It's a minor nuisance but worth it nonetheless.

The next makeup remover that I've been loving was a shock spot in Boots a lough of weeks back. I was in Belfast and popped into Boots to get something else and spied the only-familiar-through-YouTube bottle of BioDerma. My bestie has never seen me move so fast towards something in the 12 years we've been friends. I snatched it up and tested it out that night.

Like the Garnier micellar water, it glides over my skin and I don't feel as if it's pulling at my skin or stripping it of any vital moisture. When you have dry skin, that's a pretty big deal. It takes my makeup off nicely and it doesn't irritate my eyes when I'm using it to take my eye makeup off.

I use the BioDerma and Garnier micellar water interchangeably. Some nights I'll take my face makeup off with BioDerma and then my eye makeup off with the Garnier one. Or vice versa. Or sometimes, I take all of my makeup off with one and leave the other one.

Needless to say that I love both. Have you tried either of these? Let me know what you think.

Meet My Dogs

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

I'm not sure if I have ever truly talked about my dogs on my blog before so now I'm sitting down and doing just that. My dogs are everything to me. They are my babies. I love them with all my heart and I worry about them when they aren't acting like their usual buoyant and cheeky selves. I talk about them constantly and they're often featured on all of my social media platforms. 

My SIgnature Scent || Love Story by Chloe

Monday, 13 June 2016

I know next to nothing about perfume. I don't know the first thing about notes. I don't even know that tops notes existed until I found out about them as I peeked through the doors of the world of beauty. I simply knew what I liked the smell of. Whether it was floral or musk, I didn't have the foggiest. 

When I was in Duty Free in Barcelona airport, I found an adorable collection of itty bitty Chloe perfumes. They were basically my handling fee for what my parents asked me to bring back, HAHA. Within that collection was the Eau de ParfumLove Story. And thus began my love story...

For those that understand the language of perfume, here is what Boots.com had to say on the matter. 

Chloé Love Story is an unforgettable essence of seduction. The freshness of neroli illuminates her. The sensuality of orange blossom attracts him powerfully. The stirring femininity of jasmine stephanotis, the flower of happiness, makes her more irresistable than ever. On her skin, cedar vibrates with flair. A floral love story, fresh and sexy. 
The Fragrance
Love Story is the marriage of luminous and sensual orange blossom with stephanotis jasmine, the flower of happiness. A sexy, clean floral fragrance. Love Story is a memorable fragrance with true personality. 
Fragrance Notes:
- Top notes: Orange blossom
- Heart notes: Stephanotis Jasmine
- Base notes: Cedar wood

If anyone can translate any of that into normal English that a dope like me can understand ,please leave it in a comment below.

I don't necessarily notice a top note of orange blossom. It doesn't smell particularly orange-y to me. I don't feel like I smell orange-y. You know the lingering smell of orange that you have after you've peeled one and you get the juice all over you? I don't feel like that.

What the heck is stephanotis jasmine? I don't even think I know what jasmine actually smells like.

All I know is that I love how this smells. It makes me feel very chic if a fragrance can do such a thing. I feel very Parisian and like I'm worth a million bucks. Basically, in my head I feel like I'm one of those models in a black trouser suit, kick-ass pointed heels with an ankle strap, with the tortoise shell sunglasses and the hair flowing in the breeze as I strut my stuff. Wishful thinking.

All with the help of a perfume. 

I don't know what it is about this perfume but I just love it. I love it so much that I had to pick up a little roller ball of it when in a Sephora in Monte Carlo last year (the aisle of doom is real). I've barely made a dent in it and it goes wherever I go. 

Also, how freaking adorable is the tiny bottle? My mother even borrowed it for our holiday last year. What a liberty! (If you get the PG version of that quote, you're awesome!)

What is your favourite perfume or your signature scent?

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