Thursday, 21 May 2015

An evening with The Publicity Loft!

Hello everyone!

On Tuesday night just gone, myself and a few other Northern Irish bloggers got together at The Malmaison, Belfast to meet with the lovely girls from The Publicity Loft! They do the PR for a bunch of cool beauty brands and we got the chance to get a feel for their ranges & products.

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Yon-Ka & Image Skincare were the two main brands on focus, both of which have a really luxurious, spa-like sense to them. The oil from Yon-Ka in particular was absolutely gorgeous and definitely one to try if you're in the market to treat yourself! Other items on show were the CND Vinylux polishes which claim to last 7 days without chipping when you apply the topcoat, some Sleek palettes and the P20 Sun protection spray.

As well as the beauty browsing, it was so good to get to know some fellow local bloggers. We were all saying how it's funny you don't instantly recognise someone in real life from only seeing their profile picture beforehand but when they introduce themselves it clicks and of course you know them! The lovely Rebecca (Flails and Nails) and I got chatting about everything from nail art to blog commenting systems and everything inbetween!

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We also got to take away some goodies to try so keep an eye out for some reviews on the way! 


Overall it was a really lovely evening and it was so nice to be able to get to know some fab ladies! Get involved in the comments below tell me what your first bloggers event was like!

What would you like to see reviewed first?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Instagram Roundup! // #IrishBlogCollab

Hello everyone!

I go through phases with Instagram. I'm a serial scroller but sometimes I don't really bother with my account, others I'm snapping everything in sight! 

For this week's #IrishBlogCollab theme we're all sharing an Instagram roundup - here are some of my recent photos as well as some old faves!



Evie, my little ginger stray that likes to visit from time to time // Selfie ft. my new hair // Banana bread I made using Essie Button's recipe!

Trying to get into having healthier breakfasts // Mia likes to take selfies too! // Watermelon nail art

Bedroom details // The fruit of a blackberry picking adventure // My friends painting in the art classroom!


Well I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my Instagram account, as you can see I love cats, art & food! If you want to keep up with my photos you can find me @maeve.g_ 

Get involved in the comments below and share your usernames so I can go have a wee nosy!

Do you like Instagram?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
x

Monday, 18 May 2015

The Best Palette for Pale Skin! // Makeup Revolution

Hello everyone!

Fellow pale skinned girls, you'll know that the practicalities of contouring for us isn't the easiest. We struggle to find a foundation light enough for us and many contour shades are way too muddy & red-toned for us. *sighs*

When I spotted the Protection palette on the Makeup Revolution website it was like a prayer answered, finally an option pale enough for us in a handy do it all palette!

makeup revolution protection palette pale skin contour concealer blush highlighter powder guide to contouring affordable budget friendly review swatches

The DETAILS

The Protection palette contains 3 creamy concealers, a pressed powder, a contouring matte bronzer, a blusher and a highlight.

It contains a full size mirror in the lid.

It comes in 4 different shades; light, light medium, medium & medium dark.

It costs just £6!

makeup revolution protection palette pale skin contour concealer blush highlighter powder guide to contouring affordable budget friendly review swatches





My THOUGHTS & SWATCHES

I was looking for something to up my base makeup & contouring game and when I came across this I knew I had to try it!

The three concealers don't have the highest of coverage but I don't shun them for that. They have a very creamy consistency and blend out to a matte finish. All three shades come in handy - the top one is a great match for my pale skin, I like the middle one for very subtle cream contouring on my nose and as the bottom one is yellow toned I find it great for colour correcting & brightening those undereyes and inner corners that can be quite blue/dull!

makeup revolution protection palette pale skin contour concealer blush highlighter powder guide to contouring affordable budget friendly review swatches

makeup revolution protection palette pale skin contour concealer blush highlighter powder guide to contouring affordable budget friendly review swatches

The pressed powder is a fantastic addition to the palette! I didn't bother swatching it as it doesn't give any colour. It simply mattes excess shine but still allows radiance to come through without clinging to any dryness - vital criteria I look for in a powder! I do find it requires topping up after a number of hours but I don't find that to be a major problem.

makeup revolution protection palette pale skin contour concealer blush highlighter powder guide to contouring affordable budget friendly review swatches

makeup revolution protection palette pale skin contour concealer blush highlighter powder guide to contouring affordable budget friendly review swatches

The true stars in this palette are the bronzer, blusher and highlighter. Now, I'm pale and I don't try to cover that up with fake tan so bronzers are something I've always stayed away from. That was until I found this one! As you can see on the right, it blends beautifully and I love using it to warm up my complexion so I don't look quite so ghostly! I've also been experimenting with getting my contour on! My tip is to take some on your brush then dab away any excess on your hand as it's always easier to build up the colour rather than take it away if you're heavy handed. Just make sure you remember to wash your hands after!

makeup revolution protection palette pale skin contour concealer blush highlighter powder guide to contouring affordable budget friendly review swatches

This blush! It doesn't look all that exciting in the pan but once on the cheeks, it gives an incredibly natural perk up in the complexion department. I've been using this alternately with the Makeup Revolution Vivid Blush Lacquer I reviewed last week. I love them both and can't pick a favourite! I'd compare this to a pair of comfy sweatpants - not the fanciest but never lets you down. There's a very fine shimmer that helps with the look of glowiness that I adore. Ideal for pale skin!

makeup revolution protection palette pale skin contour concealer blush highlighter powder guide to contouring affordable budget friendly review swatches

Highlight has become an essential for me. This one is definitely my new fave - it's that gorgeous pinky champagne colour that flatters us pale girls so well. The powder has just the right amount of pigmentation and blends like a dream!

The Makeup Revolution Protection palette is available to buy here on the MUR website.


Overall, the Protection palette has become a truly invaluable part of my makeup routine and I can't recommend it highly enough! Get involved in the comments below and let me know what you think!

What are your favourite products for pale skin?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Weekly Reflect // #36

Hello everyone!

Looking back on it I had quite a lovely week! It was actually ME Awareness week so I wrote a post for the occasion!

This week:

  • . . . I filmed a video for my Youtube channel! I wasn't planning on it whatsoever but I just felt like filming so I got ready and went for it! It's 25 random facts about me and you can watch it here if you'd like to.
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    • . . . I've been getting back into Instagram! I kinda left my account bare for a while but I'm loving sharing my photos again!

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    • . . . the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish I ordered arrived! I'm absolutely loving it so far, it's seriously revolutionary. I can't wait to review it for you and maybe even do an updated skincare routine for you?

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    • . . . I wrote a guest post for the Wear Eponymous blog! It's all about the 70's trend that had come back into fashion - go show it some love here!


    So that's what I got up to this week! 

    How was your week?

    Thanks for reading,
    Maeve
    x

    Friday, 15 May 2015

    25 Random Facts About Me // VIDEO

    Hello everyone!

    I filmed another Youtube video! I thought you, my fabulous readers might want to get to know me as a person a bit better so I shared 25 random facts about me. Enjoy!

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    P.S. There's a wee appearance from my cat, Mia!



    Well I hope you liked this video! Get involved in the comments below and let me know if you have any video suggestions for my channel!

    What's a random fact about you?

    Thanks for reading,
    Maeve
    x
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