Plump It

I want lips like Kylie Jenner. Whether hers are real or not, is another matter. I do already have a fairly substantial pout but for the past few months, thoughts of fillers have come to mind. My bottom lip is much heavier than my top lip. However, being a bit adverse to needles, I thought I would try some non-injection options to plump up my lips.

Firstly, Plump Potion in Rose Cristal* is by the American brand Physician's Formula. The brand has just launched int the South of Ireland and is set to launch in Belfast soon (I'll be sure to keep you updated). The Plump Potion is a slightly pink tinted gloss. It makes the lips very glossy and the plumping element is strong when you first apply it. The "sting" is pleasant and wears off quickly. I have found that this has been a great solution for the weekend as the results are pretty substantial making for the perfect Kylie Jenner pout for your evening out. The gloss also still works on top of lipstick which is also great for transforming some of your favourite matte shades into a high gloss shine. 

Colour Bomb by Too Faced* is a really interesting concept- a Chubby-Stick hybrid of lip gloss/stick which also contains a plumping element. I have the colour Coral Pop which is a fairy bright coral which can be layered for stronger colour or patted in as a tint. The product also smells amazing because of the menthol plumping ingredients. The sting is light and leaves the lips looking smooth and nourished. This is my everyday option and I'm going to invest in some more of the colours including "Never Enough Nude" which looks like the perfect Bardot pout colour. 

I think the idea of fillers is truly out of my head now- these products do the trick!
*PR Sample

A little early festive glam

It may only be the end of October, but the Christmas events are rolling in thick and fast. In my recent Gordons Chemist haul, I picked up the Rimmel Scandal-Eyes set* which is out at the moment. The set is clearly designed to be the perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa present. Containing the Scandaleyes Mascara, Scandaleyes Black Liner and the Glam Eyes HD Eyeshadow in Brixton Brown, it contains everything you need for a fast, smoky eye look.

I have used the Scandaleyes Liners before- the nude one is a particular favourite for me to perk my tired eyes up! They are very creamy and remind me of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils which retail for a much higher price.I was impressed with the Scandaleyes Mascara which gave my lashes a good amount of lift and volume. It's a really intense black colour which I always look for in a mascara. I haven't worn Rimmel Eyeshadows in years so I was impressed to see the colours are pigmented but bailable. The Brixton Brown palette allowed me to create a smoky eye with no fuss. It also contains a cranberry red eyeshadow shade which I think I will use more in December time.

To finish off my look, I used a bit of Creme Brûlée eyeshadow from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette in the centre of my eyes. I used Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, George at Asda Super Boost Concealer, Michael Kors Bronzer in Flush and Maybelline Velvet Beige lip pencil with a clear gloss on top. 

What do you think of  my early festive glam look? Too much or just right?

*PR Sample from Gordons Chemist

My Favourite Places in Belfast: Garfield Street

Photos by Photography by Astrid
When I was asked about places I loved in Belfast, I knew I had to go to Garfield Street. Reportedly named after 20th President of the United States Andrew Garfield (history geek, I know), the street is home to Victorian Bar Aether & Echo. However, it's the amazing murals across the street from the bar that make me smile. I have no idea who did them or what they mean but the colours alone make it an amazing to visit. Murals are a big part of culture in Northern Ireland and to have something that is non-political, fun and cheerful on a wall is a change. 

The old Garfield Bar is now empty but I hope it years to come that this street is regenerated. I could see the bar being an amazing space for a small theatre or independent cinema. In the meantime, I'll always take a detour up this street just to see the murals. On another note, this post is really making me miss my longer hair!

This is the last in my series of "My Favourite Places in Belfast". A huge thank you to the beautiful Astrid from Photography by Astrid. We had such a fun afternoon taking pictures and she made me feel so at ease!

The all rounder foundation

I do have a penchant for expensive foundations. But at £30-£40 a tube for some of my favourites, I was looking for something medium coverage and dewy which wouldn't break the bank. I have watched many American YouTubers rave about L'Oreal True Match*. It comes in a slightly different bottle in the US (without a pump!) but for about £10, the amount of product you get is great value for money. The colour range is expansive and the coverage of the foundation is medium but very build-able. I have been testing this for the past few weeks. I put 2 pumps on the back of my hand and this is perfect for my whole face. The foundation applies nicely with a buffing brush as well as with a damp sponge. I find that it leaves the skin looking nourished, bright and covers any major redness. I still use concealer on any blemishes but I find True Match covers any light imperfections well. I feel like this last 6/7 hours before needing to re-powder or touch up which I feel is standard for my skin. 

Overall, a great foundation for normal/dry skin types!

*PR Sample from Gordon's Chemist

Getting glam for the CIPR Pride Awards with M&S

I love getting glammed up so when my lovely friends at ASG asked would I like to sit at their table at the CIPR NI PRide Awards, I jumped at the chance. The PRide Awards celebrate excellence in PR campaigns from the past year. As a Master's PR student, it was really inspiring to hear about the amazing campaigns and see why the winners stood out. 

For the ceremony in the The Culloden Estate and Spa, the invite stated black tie. I would usually wear full length for an event like this but I felt like I wanted to try something a little different. Shorter lengths are fine for black tie as long as they pass the knee (actual black tie rules!). 

The lovely people at M&S offered to dress me for the night. They have some amazing dresses and jumpsuits in the Autumn/Winter collection so my decision was not an easy one. I opted for the Metallic Effect Lace Shift Dress* which features in a lot of the imagery for this season. It costs £59 and I feel like it is the perfect flattering shape for my figure. I opted for a size 14 which fits very true to size (Sidenote: M&S is one of the only stores that I will consistently be the same size in!). I paired this with the Limited Edition Court Shoes*. These are the perfect heel height with Insolia technology making them very comfortable to wear. These are a bargain £25 and I know I'll wear them a lot over the next few months. 

My earrings* are also M&S and cost £15 and my ring* was £8. My bag was borrowed from my mum and my clip in my hair was from Poundland! It's very rare I will wear my hair curly to an event but I felt it suited the style of the dress. 

There is a secret to why I look a bit thinner than usual but I will reveal that later this week!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Thank you so much to M&S for providing my beautiful outfit for the evening. 

*Outfit provided by M&S

The super-high coverage concealer

Sometimes a normal concealer just doesn't cut it. Recently, I broke my non-lactose ways and I have been paying for it in the form of hives on my cheeks. If you are like me and have the odd break-out or flare up, you NEED to invest in the Vichy Dermablend Corrector Stick*.

The stick formula concealer is easily one of the highest coverage concealers on the market. I applied it on top of my foundation on the areas which had broken out. This was mostly across my cheeks and a little bit on my chin. Very little of the product is required and it is very handy that you can apply it straight from the stick. I used the angled fluffy brush from the "Nic's Picks" Real Techniques brush set to blend it out. Although it is high coverage, it does't feel heavy or greasy. However, I wouldn't suggest this as a remedy to under-eye bags. The coverage might be a  little too heavy for that on a day to day basis but for the odd night out/dramatic Kim Kardashian under eye highlight, it would be great. The stick was designed to cover birth marks, scars, blemishes and burns so the high nature coverage is there for a reason! The makeup really does stay put but with powder, the staying power lasts from morning to night!

The colour range is also good and makes it very easy to choose which one you require. Overall, I'm really impressed with the the Vichy Dermablend corrector stick. It also comes in a  liquid foundation format which I am intrigued to try out. Let me know your thoughts on Dermablend below if you have also tried it.

*PR Sample

Nic's Picks from Gordon's Chemists

I am an avid Real Techniques brush fan. My makeup brush set largely consist of MAC and Real Techniques. They are great value for money, wash easily and apply makeup smoothly. I have bought a number of the individual brushes over the years along with the "Core Collection" brush set but this was my first larger set from Real Techniques that I have purchased. 2 bigger sets are available which would make great Christmas presents. There is a "Sam's Picks" which consists of a few of the main line brushes plus some bonuses. I would recommend this to anyone who was just starting out their brush collection as it contains all the brushes needed for applying a daily face of makeup. I opted to buy "Nic's Picks"* as I liked the look of the smaller fluffy brushes. 

The five brushes are all ridiculously soft. The bigger face brush is fantastic for applying mineral or setting powder. It applies it evenly and doesn't have much product fall out. It is the only duo-fibre brush in the set and I think that's what makes it great for powder.  The other face brush is suggested for cheeks and would be great for cream blush but I have been enjoying it for my heavier foundations. It makes them very easy to blend it. It is like a more dense version of the Expert Face Brush which I love, also by Real Techniques. The other 3 brushes are intended for eyes but the angled fluffy brush is PERFECT for concealer. I have been using it with my under eye concealer and it has worked beautifully. The other fluffy eye brush is very like a MAC 224 brush which is great for blending eyeshadow out. The smaller brush is an angled brush which is curved. This was created for eyeliner but it's also great for doing a crease cut with eyeshadow which can then be blended out. 

Overall, I think these brushes are great. They are a little lighter and softer to work with. The perfect gift for any makeup obsessed girl! Both sets are available in store at Gordons Chemist and online at

*PR Sample

October Days

It's been a long time since I did an outfit post but I am loving the colder weather! Call me strange but I always look forward to the winter months. I feel much more glam and classy covered up. I have been trying out the new Replay Hyperflex jeans*. Unlike the normal Replay jeans, these contain a considerable amount of elastic meaning they are perfect for curvy girls like me! I have mine rolled up at the bottom to create a more relaxed, boyfriend fit. They are really fantastic quality denim and are very thick in comparison to other jeans with a stretch element. I really like these and I can see me getting a lot of wear out of them over the next few months. 

Alongside my jeans, I am wearing a plain grey polo neck from Primark. These are great value for money and wash really well. I always seem to pick up a few at this time of year. My necklace was a gift from my mother from Spain and I think it really sits will with the polo neck. My cape is very old and from Accessorize. My friends always laughed at it but capes are a HUGE trend this season. They are a fabulous investment- so cosy and quick to throw on if like me, you are constantly in and out of your car. My boots are also new and are from Florence and Fred. I had been looking for ankle boots which looked good with both jeans and dress and think this pair is great. And the best bit- they are £20!

P.S. My hair has grown like wildfire since I cut it! Sometimes you need to go for a big chop in order to get super healthy hair!

I hope your October is going well so far. Hopefully I can get my winter coat out soon!

*Jeans provided by Replay

The perfect everyday nude-pink lip

For the month of October I have teamed up with Gordon's Chemists which is a fantastic Northern Irish company. All of the products I will feature this month are available in stores (all of my items were purchased in the Cornmarket Belfast store). They do some amazing discounts so be sure to check back to the blog regularly to see my reviews of all of my products.

I have managed not to try the Tanya Burr Cosmetics range since it launched sometime ago. I think this is largely attributed to the popularity of it and how quickly it often sells out! For those of you not in the know, Tanya Burr is a hugely successful YouTuber who makes makeup and style videos. Firstly, the colour range of the Tanya Burr Cosmetics lip glosses is vast. I opted for Aurora which is a nude-pink which I thought would make a great everyday colour. The glosses are quite pigmented and remind me of the NARS lip-glosses both in consistency, smell and packaging. The glosses smell very sweet but not too sickening. The applicator is slightly curved making application easy. I teamed this gloss with my everyday makeup and a bronze smoky eye and it made for perfect, simple and an almost Kim Kardashian inspired look. The gloss was not sticky and made my lips look very full. I did have to reapply after about three hours of wear but I think that is average for a gloss with no stain properties. I have to admit that I don't wear many glosses as my hair tends to always get stuck in it, but these have restored my faith in glosses because of the formula.

Overall, I'm highly impressed with my first Tanya Burr Cosmetics lipgloss and can see me investing in a few more colours, especially Chic which looks like the next shade down from this. Make sure to pop into Gordon's Chemist to see the full colour range of both the lip-glosses and nail polishes. 

Alpha H Liquid Gold- what's the hype?

I've never been the type of person to follow the crowd. As a pre-teen, I refused to read Harry Potter because everyone else was so I became an avid fan of A Series on Unfortunate Events instead. So much like my pre-teen years, I resisted Alpha H Liquid Gold until it was literally forced upon me by my blogging BFF Avril from School Gate Style.

The liquid feels like a toner and is applied by soaking a cotton pad and swiping it all over your face, post cleansing. Alpha H contains huge amounts of glycolic acid which acts as a chemical exfoliant. It can feel a little tingly when first applied but generally, after a few uses, I didn't feel it on my skin. It claims to do ample things for ageing skin but my interest was on its effect with acne scars and the general texture of skin. I have been using this for the past 8 weeks, 2 to 3 times a week. I cleanse then apply this and just go to bed. I feel like it works better that way. I have seen a huge reduction in scars which have been there for years. The overall texture of my skin is much better. I would have been prone to the odd white head around my nose or on my chin and these have rapidly disappeared. I have also noted that I don't seem to break out as much, especially around the pesky hormonal points of the month. 

Overall, I'm sold on Alpha H Liquid Gold. A little goes a long way so I could see me getting about 4 months out of a bottle. It definitely is a little luxury but if you are someone with problem skin, it is well worth the investment.