Saturday, 14 March 2015

CINDERELLA COLLECTION BY ESSENCE



Hey loves,

Well everyone has been talking about the Cinderella movie coming out soon and the MAC Cindderella collection that has pretty much sold out I believe. I stopped by my local chemist and saw that Essence had their own Disney Cinderella collection. 



I had heard nothing about this, nothing. I heard about the NUDE collection but not this one. There is a palette that I might go back and get before I return to the UK but I'm not sure. There were two on display but they were opened and no way would I buy opened makeup.



The highlight powder is so pretty. The rose embossed on the product is quite deep and so so pretty. As you can see it is a pink/lilac tone (depending on skin tone). It's not sheer but it's not too much on the face. It's a little powdery but nothing to go crazy over. I applied it and loved that I could build it up should I want to. I think this is my new favourite highlight, sorry Physicians Formula. 



Look at the packaging for this blush. Just too darn cute. It is heavy duty cardboard packaging that isn't ideal but for the price and novelty factor it's ok. I really worried about how vibrant this blush was when I got home but it is quite sheer on the cheeks. I have cool under-toned skin so something like this pink/coral shade can make my skin look sickly. Thankfully, it does not. It looks glowy and pretty. 

I think things are amazing products for under €5 each. Go get them before they sell out. 

Let me know if you buy anything. Have a great evening and do not forget to smile :D 

V xox 

Thursday, 12 March 2015

REVIEW: INGLOT 4 PAN FREEDOM SYSTEM




Hey guys,

I was going through my draft posts the other day looking for the post I did about this quad. I couldn't find it anywhere so here I am. I had a whole different type of post planned for today but that can wait until Sat.

I bought this freedom system palette last Oct. I mean why have I not blogged about it sooner? I'll get to that in a moment. I have wanted to try something from Inglot for what seems like the longest time. They have various pop up shops in shopping centres here in Ireland. The nearest one to me is Dundrum but I bought this in their store just off Grafton St., Dublin.


I am a huge fan of matte eyeshadows. When I was younger (I'm 31, not too old :P) I loved shimmer and metallic but that's kind of changed. I still love shimmer and metallics but I don't always wear them.

Let me tell you the numbers of these shades and then tell you how they perform etc.


  • Taupe Brown Shade is number 363
  • Grey Shade is number 376
  • Forest Green Shade is number 331
  • Lilac Pink Shade is number 334 

They swatch lovely but these are heavier than normal swatches. The best shade pigmentation wise for me is the green. I have slightly oily lids but nothing too crazy. I typically use MAC Pro Longwear Concealer as a primer for my eyes or use my KIKO Eye Base with a matte Urban Decay shadow on top of that to set it and I always wait 5 minutes to do my eyes after so I know things are set and ready to go. 

Unfortunately these shadows crease on me, fade away and take forever to build up. I am literally in disbelief over them. The pans are €6 each and the Freedom System palette was €8. That's €32 which is a great price. I even asked an Inglot MUA about the issues, was it normal or was I doing something wrong and there was no right answer really. It is a mystery.  

I used the purple shade this week in a video and I had to use 3, yes THREE, bases to ensure it stayed put for at least 8 hours. It did but there was noticeable fading. WHY OH WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

I've thought about selling this quad or just giving it to my friend Sarah. Check out her blog here.

Have you guys had this issue with these shadows? It hasn't put me off the brand but it is disappointing considering everything else works on my eyes no problem, even Urban Decay stays on for 12 hours without a primer. DANG IT!

Let me know. Have a great day and do not forget to smile :D 

V xx

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

GRWM Spring Look & First Impressions


Hey guys, 

Well, today I have a Get Ready With Me and First Impressions video to share. I recently picked up the new L'oreal Infallible Matte foundation. I got the shade Vanilla and it seems ok on my skin. It's the second lightest shade. I bought this for €11.99 so about £9.99 in the UK. 











Have a wonderful day/evening and don't forget to smile :D 

V xxxx

WHO IS A TAG! - PRETTY LITTLE LIARS




Hey guys, 

I created a PLL tag so please hop on and do it too. Tag me on twitter when you have done it and don't forget to credit me for the questions. I love the show too more than an obsession point haha. I asked the gorgeous Kate from SugarFixx Beauty to do this tag as I know she's obsessed with everything PLL too. 
Enjoy. 





So, this is the fifth season finale. Marlene the head writer has said there is a huge A reveal. There will be no hoody and no mask. We will definitely know who it is.

Saying that, do you think this is the big A or one of the higher A's?
One of the higher A's - we deserve it!

Who do you think it is or who do you want it to be?
I think it's Aria, I've been convinced for a long time.

So many fans on Twitter think Aria is A, di you suspect any of the liars? If so, why?
100% suspect Aria! Just some of the dialogue with Mona previously where she's alluding to something darker. Nothing overly bad happens to Aria where as the other girls have been run over, ended up in Radley etc. The whole A thing started when Aria returned from Iceland and she had ample time to set everything into motion.

The ratings for PLL are still strong but there has been a decline, fans feel like we are nowhere nearer to finding out details and not just about A. Thoughts?
I think it's natural for ratings to decline - the same thing happens to a lot of shows so I don't dwell too much. It's a huge show so it's unlikely to get cancelled. I think fans are growing impatient though. 

After the big reveal, where can the show go? What else is there to figure out? Remember the show has been renewed for two more seasons.
I think there is a lot more to tell, especially when the big reveal has been done. There's going to be repercussions and back stories to delve into for sure. 

Now we all know there are some hotties on PLL, who are your faves?
Fitz is a bit of a dish isn't he?  I always fancied Wren too.

If you could go back and change a storyline or bring a character back, who and why?
I'd bring back Mona - she was such a loss.


don't forget to check out Kate's gorgeous blog. xxx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Say No To Lime Crime?


I decided to write this post after some serious consideration. I know some people will like it, some may not. I think it's important to be ALLOWED voice your opinion and especially on subjects of importance. 


For some time I have heard nothing but negative things about Lime Crime. Google it and the list and websites devoted to the problems are endless. I understand that someone as eccentric as Doe wants to have a makeup brand to reflect that character and for years I have been in love with the colours and ideas from their brand. Boy have I been brain washed haha. 

I have three makeup items from Lime Crime. A lipstick, Velvetine and a palette. I will not promote them any further on my blog or YouTube channel and I will not purchase anything else. There are many other brands who deserve the money. 

Customer service is very important and having worked in management and retail I can see why so many people are frustrated. With Lime Crime being mainly internet based and you're being called an asshole by the owner? That is just absurd. To go as far as to block followers, call them out and say you can't get in touch when they're tweeting to you? That is weird. 


I found this image on Instagram with the #BoycottLimeCrime hash tag and it makes me feel so sick. How rude and disrespectful is that?!

The latest drama for Lime Crime is the hacking/fraud cases. If you were unfortunate enough to have used a credit or debit card through Lime Crime's website then you may have had money taken from your acc. Several have said it was up to ten transactions of hundreds of dollars and some have had up to $10k taken. This has been met with ignorance from Lime Crime and they are already blocking, deleting and picking on those who are voicing their issues. Why is it so hard for them to say sorry and to rectify the issue?

A number of large YouTubers, bloggers and MUAs have voiced their decision to not shop or use Lime Crime again. 



I think everyone will appreciate the dupes above. 

Make your own opinion on this situation and do your research. Don't follow a trend. I would rather support indie brands that like to help customers and that appreciate their customers. I will not purchase anything more from Lime Crime but will finish up my products I have already. I will not post images of them on any of my social media. 

What are your thoughts?

V x

Sunday, 8 March 2015

NYX 'dolly pink' lip liner


My newest obsession over the last few months is lip liner. I have gone mad for them. 

This beauty from NYX is honest so nice. I have made a decision to step into the pink zone for Spring. I want to step out of my comfort zone just a little. NYX are sold in a lot of chemists here in Ireland which is awesome for me. Ha ha. 


This shade Dolly Pink is a bright blue based baby pink. It would definitely be a cross of Snob and St Germain from MAC. So bright and definitely not something I am use to. 

I was quite surprised at the strong wooden scent from these which sounds so odd. It was quite stiff to apply until I sharpened it down as well. The colour takes some building up but when that's done it is very pretty. 

They are matte and definitely need a gloss, lipstick or balm over it. For €4.99 these are wonderful. 


Just look at that colour :D Gorgeous gorgeous. 

Have you tried any of the NYX lip liners? What should I try next? 

Have a great day and do not forget to smile :D

V xxxx