Hey, my name is Brianna and I’m new to the EF Creative Blog!
I’ve just started work experience here at the Emma Farrell Creative Studios, and another thing that I’ve just started is, you’ve guessed it, school. I know what you’re thinking, I know so many of you can probably relate: School equals early mornings, long, boring classes, too much homework, misunderstanding teachers and in the majority of cases in Irish schools, NO MAKE UP. Read More
Some girls love a heavily made up eye. Some love a strong lip. I love skin…..Like really love it. I get really excited about a makeup that makes the skin glow and the light bounces of naturally and…..I just love it ok. So flawless skin is kind of a recent obsession of mine. I have or always would have said I have very oily skin so that combined with crows feet that shockingly appeared out of the blue one morning six months ago has led me on my quest for beautiful skin. I’m not sure if it’s the three litres of water a day, change in diet, giving up smoking or my skin care regime but something is working and for the first time I’m actually happy with my skin. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been that bothered that I wouldn’t leave the house without makeup but that fresh dewy look was always something I yearned for as opposed to a forehead as oiled up as a chipendales abs.
It was time to stock up on some of my skincare products so I thought I should share them with you for this weekly winner feature. So here we are…
1.The sea is a big passion and love in my life, it’s definitely my happy place so when I was introduced to the VOYA Organic Seaweed Range I was straight on board. They are an Irish husband and wife partnership with some really beautiful products. I use the Cleanse and Mend morning and evening with a hot facecloth, at €26 it’s a reasonable investment in your skin. No clogged pores and has some great ingredients for soothing skin plus it can actually also use as a light anti-aging moisturiser. What’s not to love? My skin feels so soft and clean afterwards, not to mention the calming chamomile and lavender aroma. I really feel if your regime/products feel slightly luxurious then you are far more likely to stick to it and I have to say this definitely ticks that box. Well worth an investment
2.Dermalogica Multi Active Toner spritz is a super hydrating and balancing toner. My skin always looks glowing and fresh afterwards without the tight feeling. The Lavender Extract is a natural antiseptic which soothes and purifies the skin. Balm Mint and Aloe Vera cool and soften the skin. Extracts of Arnica and Cucumber are natural skin fresheners and help condition skin allowing it to take in even more moisture. A really great product and at €29 on Beautyskincare.ie worth every penny (If you find it anywhere cheaper again please let me know!!)
3. Anyone who knows me knows I wax lyrical about Rimmel’s ‘Wake me Up’ Foundation. I can’t say enough about this and if I could use it on everyones skin I would…but I can’t sob sob. Coverage is fab, I really like the smell, there is loads in the bottle, most can find the right shade for them and it’s such a beautiful and dewy finish. It looks natural, glowing and leaves your skin feeling moisturised and healthy Only thing though….. for the oiler out there it’s not ideal. Even with a primer staying power isn’t anything past a few hours. But if you can manage to deal with the payoff for a beautiful finish then excellent. Just suck it up and have yer blot powder at the ready….it’s worth it. Retailing at €10.99 with a SPF 15
4. MUD Loose Powder. As with any sebaceously challenged lady I tend to have more of a problem with makeup staying below the eye. It just does not stay. However I have a secret weapon. This finely milled powder sets my makeup perfectly. If anyone has ever used the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish powder you’ll definitely like this! MUD Cosmetics Loose Powder features an ultra-light texture that evenly covers the your skin without settling into fine lines for a really gorgeous smooth finish. You can use it as a setting powder of alone to mattify and give a photoshop finish!
5. Finally we have a few spring colour additions to the Colour Crush Sheer lipstick €12.95 range from the Body Shop. I like these a lot, particularly the packaging. To top off a natural look just lash a little on the lips and cheeks for a lovely natural pink cheek with a little shimmer.The lipstick itself is extremely soft to apply with a non sticky formulation which feels lovely and light and moisturising on the lips, this is down to the Marula oil it contains. I will say the staying power of the colour is pretty average with a three hour max window but there are some gorgeous sheer spring shades and with something that feels so nice on your lips there has to be a little give somewhere.
That is all for this weeks installment. If you have any questions or comments whatsoever please do so below and I’ll get straight back to you!
Happy Easter everyone 🙂
Rimmel have announced an exciting collaboration with none other than Rita Ora! I have to say I am a huge fan of her style, she can flit between rocky edged to glamour with ease, always on the right side of edgy, never trashy. I can’t wait to see what they come out with. They will be designing a nail and lip colour collection, which if it is anything like the Kate Moss range is sure to delight Rimmel London fans.
It is due out in January 2014 and I will check them out then and let you know what I think. What is your opinion on celeb collaborations? Do you think they are all fluff or do they get you excited?
Let me know your thoughts. Lots of love,
Hello Beauty Babes,
I love my nails…a lot 🙂 so when this bargain buy from Rimmel came onto my radar I had to give it a shot. I used this Salon Pro colour in 237 Soul Sesson with a layer of Butter London’s Tart with a Heart RRP €15 on top.
It was touted as a 10 day chip resistant nail colour with gel shine finish, which includes a precision maxi brush for salon perfection. I was slightly sceptical as have heard so many of these claims before (shockproof, fade proof, chip proof and everything under the sun resistant) and as you know I’m a devout shellac-er 🙂
I just received this press release, so I thought I would share it with you in my Beauty News section this week. Katie Perry was rocking the Rimmel London Look at the Grammy Awards.
Jake Bailey is Katy’s go to make-up artist and gave her a gorgeous and elegant make-up look. Known for her outlandish hair and make-up experiments, Katy went for a much more subdued demure look. Focusing on the eyes mainly, Jake began by using Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Black to define her lashline.
He then used Rimmel Glameyes Trio Eye Shadow in Orion to give them subtle definition and completed the eyes with some false eyelashes and a generous coat of Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara in Black.
Jake then perfected Katy Perry’s skin by mixing Rimmel BB Cream in Light with Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory.
The BB cream helps to sheer out the foundation and gives it a gorgeous glow perfect for the red carpet or any event. I like to do this for photoshoots when I am trying to give the appearance of dewy fresh skin, when the model has good skin themselves and I don’t need too much coverage. To warm up Katy’s face he then added the finishing touch of Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush in Pink Rose on the apple of her cheeks which gives a very subtle pinch of colour to her face.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in #003 was the lipstick used. This is a fantastic nude, which is perfect when you are trying to keep the focus on someones eyes. All Rimmel products are really easy to find all over Ireland from local chemists to Boots.
Her hair was blow dried straight, with an emphasis on volume. I love this GHD Root Lift spray when I am trying to create a fuller style. You can get it at Terence Paul a site in the UK.
What do you think of this look?
Lots of love,
So a couple of years ago I had started to do a “What’s in my Kit” series, but got distracted by something sparkly and never finished it. Needless to say my kit has grown substantially since then, so I guess I should probably start again. So I was thinking I would finish off where I left off and then do a current post about the ones that I had already done. Not sure if that makes any sense!
Anyway, here is goes. This is one of my make-up bags dedicated to EYES! There are three in total. I currently use a Zuca Bag and have done so for years. I love the way that it is so easy to roll around. Mine is extremely heavy though because I have so many products, so I have decanted alot of products to try and reduce the weight. More on that later….
Lancome Hypnose Mascara Waterproof Black
Lancome Hypnose Dolls Eyes Black
L’Oreal Power Volume Collagen Waterproof Black
Rimmel Day2Night Waterproof Black Mascara
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Mascara Black
Georgio Armani Eyes to Kill Black
The Body Shop Define & Lengthen Mascara Black
YSL Volume Effect Waterproof Blue
Clarins Mascara Intense Plum
Becca The Ultimate Mascara Black
DUO Glue Clear
Duo Glue Black
Salon System Individual Eyelash Glue
Make-up Forever Disposable Mascara Wands
Gosh Eyebrow Palette
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Fling
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Lingering
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Brunette
MAC Eyebrow Pencil – Spiked
MAC Blacktrack Gel Liner
MAC Brown Gel Liner
MAC NC15 Concealer Pencil
Rimmel Sable Brown Pencil
Estee Lauder Softsmudge Black
Becca Cabrera Double Pencil
Clarins 3 Dot Liner Black
Estee Lauder Newport Blue
Rimmel Stormy Grey
Loreal Kohl Blue Denim
Make-up Forever Double Cream Liner
Urban Decay Lucky
Urban Decay Flipside
Urban Decay Electric
Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner Black
MAC Turquoise Liquid Liner
MAC Paint Pot
Make-up Forever Shimmer
Make-up Forever 12 Flash Colours
2 Nail Scissors
Sephora Eyelash Applicator
Pennys Eyelash Curler
Sephora Mini Eyelash Curler
Tini Eyelash Curler
Mini Magnifying Glass
Illamasqua Eyeliner Fluid
I know I have alot of mascaras right? I am kinda on the search for the holy grail of mascaras and have been trying nearly every single one on the market. I still feel like there could be a better one out there. Any suggestions do let me know.
So what do you have in your kit? Is it similar? I would love to hear from you.
Lots of Love,
So last week I did a post about what skincare I brought with me on my holidays. Well this is just a little update to that post. Here is what make-up I brought with me. I didn’t actually bring that much as I knew I would be buying heaps of make-up in Sephora and Rickys. You will have to come back later this week for more on that, think I went a little overboard!!
MAC Brule – A great neutral base for any eye look
MAC Taupe – I love this colour to as a base on the socket
MAC Mulch – I use this on the outer corners of my eye, it has a little shimmer, so is really easy to blend
MAC Brun – I use this for more intensity when I want it really smokey, also use in underneath the bottom lash line
Georgio Armani Eyes to Kill No.24 – This is a FANTASTIC eyeshadow that can be used on its own. It creates a gorgeous intense smokey eye, with gold shimmer, really easy to blend and just does not budge! I wore it for a themed 1920s night, when we went to a Speak Easy in San Francisco called Bourbon & Branch, you should check it out if you are ever in San Fran!
Bodyshop Cubes – These are my everyday go to staple, great used dry, but can be used wet too, for a more intense finish.
Bodyshop Navy Blue Eyeliner Pencil – Great for day or night and can be smudged out with the handy blender.
MAC Blacktrack – This is a fail safe, I can’t live without my black gel liner, perfect for flicks that wont budge.
Mabelline Falsies Mascara – Busy trialing this mascara for a blog post, its actually really good.
MAC Painterly Paint Pot – This is the only thing that stops my eyeshadow creasing.
Active Cosmetics False Eyelashes – For when I am really dressing up.
BECCA Vendela Lipstick – I love wearing this during the day time as it is a lovely sheer rose colour, also it hydrates my lips and smells like cocoa butter, seriously good enough to eat!
Rouge d’Armani Lipstick 400 – The most beautiful velvet creamy demi matt red lipstick. I wore this for my 1920s look pared with the smokey eye.
Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Be Famous – Fantastic when you want a pop of colour during the day time, really freshens up your whole look
YSL Touche Eclat Foundation – The gel formula means that it blends really well, also gives me a radiant finish without making me shiny looking, although I do need to powder it during the day.
MAC Pro Studio Finish Concealer in Orange and NW15 – I have quite dark circle, used in conjunction with each other, they work miracles!
MAC Blot Powder – Perfect for mattifying my skin on a hot day.
MAC Mineralise Skin Finish – If you find you need a little extra coverage this is great on top of your foundation.
Clarins Colour Accents – I do light contouring with this silky powder, can be used as a blusher too.
Benefit Coralista – I love the colour of this blusher, but it really doesn’t last! I just brought it with to try and finish it, seems to last forever.
Royal & Langnickel Silk Pro Foundation Brush – Nice and big, so can be used for body make-up too
No.7 Eyeshadow Blending Brush – The short handles are great for popping in my handbag, soft anf fluffy for blending
Crown Brush Eyeliner Brush – Use this for filling in my eyebrows with eyeshadow
Bodyshop Eyeshadow Brush – To apply the eyeshadow
Art & Hobby Shop Paint Brush – For applying gel liner, find they are alot more longwearing than make-up brushes
So I think that was quite a restrained amount of make-up to bring on holidays. What do you think? Would you bring as much, the same or alot more? Love to hear from you.
Lots of love,
I have long been a fan of Rimmel’s Recover foundation. So when I heard that there was a new offering in the range I thought I would check it out. The Wake Me Up Foundation had a lot to live up to if it was going to beat my cult classic.
I am delighted to report that it knocked its socks off! I couldn’t believe the great price at €6.95 in my local pharmacy! Such good value, but I think that this might have been an introductory price. It is a beautiful lightweight foundation with buildable coverage and where the Recover foundation had quite large reflective particles, Wake me Up is much more of a natural glow. This is the perfect foundation for this time of year as our skin can look a little fatigued after the long winter.
I would normally be Ivory, but I thought that it looked quite pink on me, so I opted for the True Ivory which is more of a neutral tone. It matches my face perfectly, but because my neck is a little paler, I do have to blend between the two with a bit of bronzer.