Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween and Day Of The Dead makeup!

Happy Halloween everybody! :D Besides Christmas, Halloween is my absolute favourite time of year! I just love it so much. I adore everything scary and gory, and of course, the dressing up. I love the paranormal annnnd scary movies are my absolute favourite. The food, especially monkey nuts, the colder weather, the shorter evenings, sparklers, bonfires, there's a certain magic in the air this time of year that puts me in such a fantastic mood! And I have my own little tradition  that the day after Halloween, I stay in my pajamas, watch tv and eat  the Halloween loot! However, this holiday is extra special for me, because on a Halloween evening, I met, and started going out with my absolutely amazing boyfriend, James, we're together four years now today, and we just so happen to have the coolest anniversary ever! He truly is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, so a big shout to him, I love you so much, James. :)
We aren't even a year together here, but it's my favourite photo.

My best friend and her girlfriend threw a great Halloween party at their house on Saturday, and I went as the Mayor of Townsville from The Powerpuff Girls, an old show that used to be Cartoon Network, damn, I really miss that show, I always wanted to be Buttercup. It was a great night, and I wandered up to bed at half five. The Friday before, I was still at their house, we had a Chinese and Cat and myself carved ourselves a nice little pumpkin. Then, we proceeded  to hang up some Halloween decorations, bare in mind I am only 4 11'' and Cat is just a little taller than myself. Do not underestimate the hilarity of two shortarses trying to hang up Halloween decorations! 

As neither myself or James were exactly overflowing with money, we've decided to keep our plans for today simple, but in my opinion, perfect. We're going to watch Tim Burton movies (my favourite director ever <3), get in dinner, and have a load of junk food, the perfect night in. :) as he loves Star Wars, I really can't wait to see his face when I give him his present. ;) As it is Halloween, I decided to do the gorgeous Day of the Dead make-up, I absolutely love it. For those of you that don't know, Day Of The Dead, or, Dia De Muertos, is a holiday celebrated on Halloween to the 2nd of November in Mexico. Family and friends all gather together to pray for and remember their loved ones who have passed on. This very popular make-up is inspired by the ornamental sugar skulls that would be left on their graves. It's such a beautiful tradition I think. It's only recently I've really gotten into the more theatrical and special effects side of make-up, it's so interesting, I will be experimenting alot more with it, especially as my best friend Aoife gave me a bottle of liquid latex to make fake skin with, yay! 
Dia De Muertos gathering at a Mexican graveyard. Beautiful.

Now, for this look, I've decided to leave out the white face paint, as there is not a huge selection of face paint in Tullamore, and the ones they have, would smear very easily! But not to worry... For this look, I used just a normal black pencil eyeliner to do the outlines, I tried to use the Essence 2 in 1 eyeliner pen for lines and filling in the areas to be blackened, and it was absolutely USELESS. It ran out too quickly, I had barely used it! So, I used the tried and loved Essence liquid eyeliner, and that worked grand. For the turquoise, I used Essence Long Lasting eye pencil, because a bit broke off, I would only click up a small bit at a time, otherwise, it worked perfectly. For the lips, I used Rimmel Lasting Finish in shade 01. The tips I got for this look, I got from this extremely helpful tutorial below.

And here is the finished result! I have never done this type of make-up ever and I only had one practice run, overall I'm happy with how it turned out! The one thing I really love about this look is you can be so creative with it, colour and design wise, there's not really any restrictions with it, just play around and have fun with it! 

That's all for today, I all hope you have an amazing and spooky Halloween! :)
Thank you all so much for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara review

Hi guys! I hope you are all having a wonderful day! I've had a really productive day, got alot done, aaaaand I baked some jam and cream buns and melted Oreo Dairy Milk bar buttercream buns, I wasn't too arsed piping like I usually do, but my god, they.are.delicious. Anyway, back to what I wanted to talk about, today I'll be reviewing the Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara for you guys. :)

The reviews I've heard about this mascara are fairy balanced, on the one hand, people loved how it didn't clump and added volume, but on the other hand I heard it was ''too wet'' and made their eyelashes fall out! Yikes! I decided to give it a go though, as I really wanted to invest in a decent, everyday mascara, I want to keep my mini tube of Benefit's ''They're Real'' for special occasions and going out. This cost me an okay price of €9.99, I've never been one to spend alot on mascara, I always just went with the Essence range, which I love, but I wanted to try something that bit more special ''I'll review it!'' is how I justified it, though compared to the price of other mascaras, it wasn't too bad at all. 
First, I absolutely adore the packaging. black and yellow together with holographic writing? I loved it! It's so gorgeous looking, I spent ages looking at it in the shop, I was so drawn to it. The wand is skinny, but it gets the job done, and quite well, I may add. 

I loved this mascara, I really did. It gave me really nice, noticeably longer lashes, and they separated really nicely and gave fantastic definition to my lashes. This mascara can be built up to two or three coats and they will look great - without that whole spider lashes look some mascaras can give you. I do see where other people are coming from when they say the formula is ''too wet'' it takes a while to dry, and my lashes didn't look all that thicker and voluminous, but that's not a bad thing for me. They look so nice, and natural, but also look like I could have eyelash extensions in. I really love this mascara alot. I've also noticed how easy the mascara is to get off. It's long wearing, and it doesn't flake or clump, that's a massive bonus! 

                                             (Before and after. I plan to invest in a decent camera that will actually upload photos to my laptop)

I love this mascara alot, it was exactly what I needed and was looking for in a mascara, I would repurchase this again and again, I would recommend it to anyone looking for really long and natural looking lashes that can be built up as much as you like. Keeping in mind it didn't volumise much for me, though it may volumise for you, but that wasn't such a big deal for me, I give this mascara an 9/10!
I am really sorry about the photo quality, I will try to work on it :( here, have an apology bun. ;)

Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

04/11/2013 Update: I forgot to mention in this post that this mascara has something in it called ''Lash grow complex'' and since using it for a few weeks, I have really noticed some proper growth in my natural lashes!

Friday, 18 October 2013

A/W 2013 trends that have caught my eye!

Hi guys! Today I will be talking about the trends that have caught my eye for the Autumn and Winter seasons for 2013! As much as I talk about make-up and review beauty products, I actually prefer clothes! I love them, I could spend all my money on clothes, if I had my way. I never, ever follow the ''trends'' though, I have my own specific style, which I love and took quite a while to get right,  hey, we've all had those fashion blunders *cough* baby pink ra-ra skirt with wooden wedges *cough*  but, nevertheless, I love some of the trends that have appeared for the season, and I thought I'd share my own thoughts! 

Oversized coats
This season seems to have ventured away from coats that cinch in at the waist, giving off a figure flattering silhouette, which was the thing last Autumn and Winter, this year, it seems they have taken a complete 360 from this style, with really oversized coats and capes. With the recent temperature drop,  I'm sure it's a welcome trend! I think the oversized coats suit the taller girls the best. At 4 11'', there's no way I could ever pull of this trend, as much as I would love to. I would look like a puppet, and bit ridiculous. But I do adore this trend. I personally would pair it with some skinny jeans or leather trousers and sky high heels. :)

Fairytale grunge
I absolutely adore this trend. Adore. It's my favourite A/W trend. It's so versatile. It mixes leather with softer, feminine clothes, usually soft pink dresses and skirts. Feminine with masculine. Soft with edgy. Perfect. Trends like this are so fun to experiment with. Put together nicely, I think it would look amazing on everyone! I hope to be rocking this style myself in the future. Black and pink seem to be the main colours for this particular trend. Leather jackets, army boots, feminine dresses, skirts, lace, black mesh crop tops, velvet, chiffon, dainty jewellery, some studs and spikes for good measure seem to the main staples for the trend, but honestly I'm a bit sick of studs and spikes as they were SO overdone last year, a bit of a shame since I love studs and spikes, but I absolutely adore this trend. 

Dusty pink
Dusty pink seems to be the celebrated color of the season. And it is a welcome change for those who still want to wear brighter colours during Autumn and Winter, so it's definitely something different! I absolutely hate pink though, but dusty pink and pink suede are the only shades of pink I seem to really like. I love my dark colors though, so I'll be living in three of my favouite colors this Winter, midnight blue, black and burgundy! I'll it in dusty pink in somewhere as it has really grown on me! Watching Xpose yesterday, I saw a gorgeous dusty pink coat you can get in Penny's/Primark for a really reasonable €45! Also, the absolutely fantastic Irish designer Simone Rocha has designed a gorgeous dusty pink coat aswell, which I adore! It costs a very pricey €1'020! It's something different for the usual black and red coats. 
Primark coat.

Simone Rocha coat.

Leather love
Leather is everywhere, especially this season, it cannot be avoided, And I love love love it! Leather is timeless, a classic. The leather jacket especially has been around for decades, and shows no signs of stopping! It's the one piece every girl should have in their wardrobe, I know I do, my beloved. Be it trousers, tops, dresses especially this season, jackets and skirts (have you seen Burberry Prorsum's red leather skirt?!) it's here to stay! The ways you can style it is endless. Some of my favourite ways are with heels, black skinny jeans, a white top and a leather jacket, or over a nice feminine dress, I just love mixing masculine clothes and feminine clothes together!
Burburry prorsum's red leather skirt.

Tartan Fantastic
Tartan is back in a huge way this season. Make no mistake. It's not just skinny tartan trousers and tartan skirts, tartan dresses are HUGE at the moment! It's a very brave thing to be able to pull off tartan, very edgy, and has it's own associations with the punk subculture. What may be even braver however, is what tartan is being paired with, leopard print (yikes) leather, so it's a very loud statement piece. Not for the faint hearted ;) I am on the lookout for a nice tartan blazer, so if anyone has seen one for a good price, do let me know. I love this trend, but I would pair it with something a little calmer. I have a gorgeous tartan miniskirt which I would pair with spikey black block heels, a band t-shirt and a beanie (which I am living in at the moment). 

Overall, I love the trends for Autumn/Winter 2013. It's something different and less boring than previous seasons, the above trends are just my own favourites, and what stood to me. Again, I have my own style, and am in no way a slave to any trends, I usually end up ignoring what's in style and wear what I like, and if that happens to be in style, grand. :)
Thank you for reading, 
stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Friday, 11 October 2013

Benefit Groovy Kind-A-Love make-up kit!

Hi guys! I promised this blog a while ago but I haven't been in a writing mood lately, but it was promised and here it is, I hope you like. :) in my previous blog I mentioned that at the Benefit Christmas Countdown event, I won the Groovy Kind-A-Love make-up set, one of Benefit's amazing Christmas sets, and I thought I'd do a review on it because I loved it so much!

The POREfesional
In the set, this is my absolute favourite product! I love is so so much, and it is, by far, the best primer I have ever used. I don't really have a pore problem, but it makes your skin look so smooth and perfected, even when you have no foundation on yet! It adds a professional looking touch to your foundation, almost airbrushed, and the foundation wears alot slower. I wore this on a night out last week, and my foundation and blush looked the same before I went out, I would definitely repurchase! 10/10. 

This is a lovely lip and cheekstain, I don't really use it n my lips, because I'm not a fan of subtle lip colour, but I d use it on my cheeks. It gives a gorgeous rosy colour and it is very long lasting, which I love. However. I found that when you put this on your cheeks and rub it in, it looks a little like it has an actual outline, so it doesn't blend very easily, I fix this using a little fixing powder, and that does the job. Nonetheless, I do love it alot, it would work best for a subtle look or if you were going to a family event. 8/10.

Dandelion/Bella Bamba blush duo
In this set, Benefit have put together the Bella Bamba blush, and the Dandelion face brightening powder as one face powder, these blended together are fantastic! The Dandelion really brightens up your complexion and Bella Bamba gives a gorgeous rosy glow with a golden undertone. It is a very sweet blush, and I do prefer this on the cheeks than Benetint, very subtle aswell. Truly a brilliant combination. 9/10.

Benefit eyeshadow palette
I never thought of myself as an eyeshadow person, and I wanted to be, but I always thought no matter what colour I put on my eyes, it looked a bit stupid and garish, however, this month I have found the perfect colour that suits my blue eyes, browns and coppers! I tried Party All Night by Essence  and I loved it so much! So when I saw that this set had a brown eyeshadow palette, I was happy. Like most Benefit products I've tried, they are long lasting, and they personally suit me. I hope when my confidence in eyeshadow application goes up, I can combine this to do a nice smokey eye, seeing as I've only used one colour at a time on top of the base. 8/10.

They're Real! mascara
I have heard SO much hype about this product off so many bloggers and some girls that I know, and it sounds like the holy grail product and one of Benefits best concoctions. With all the hype surrounding it, I really couldn't wait to try it out! Now, I did love this product, and it made my lashes look really long, and they almost looked fake they were that good. However, I did find it to be more drying than other brand, and  can clump quite easily if you put on more than one coat. As good as I found They're Real, they really were not worth the hype, sorry They're real enthusiasts! I want to try Maybelline's Falsies mascara soon, I can imagine it does the same job, for over more than half the price! 7/10.

I adored this set so much, and I was so happy I actually won it! My favourite products in the set was The POREfessional, the Dandelion/Bella Bamba duo and the They're Real! mascara. As they were miniature versions, I save them for events, going out, or if I'm staying in someone else's house and I want to save some space in my bag. The packaging is gorgeous, like all Benefit products, and the set was €39.50, which is an okay price to treat someone for a Christmas set, and my own personal favourite in their Christmas collection! 
I hoped you all liked this post, and thank you all for reading :)
stay fab xo
Kim :)

Monday, 7 October 2013

Benefit Christmas Countdown and Benefit Christmas sets 2013

Hi guys! I hope you are all having a great day! Today I am going to be talking about the Benefit Christmas Countdown event, and the absolutely gorgeous make-up sets they have for sale as Christmas gifts, I want them all! In sort of a second part of this blog, I'll also be reviewing the Groovy Kind-a-Love make-up kit, so stay tuned!

Last Friday, the Benefit counter in Menary's in Tullamore, held a Christmas countdown event to launch their gorgeous Christmas gifts they have for sale, which I adored. I hope to treat myself to another set for Christmas! They had some lovely sets for sale such as: Cresent Row Limited edition set, which came with four of Benefits own perfumes, which are amazing! It came with the perfumes: Laugh With Me LeeLee, Ring My Bella, My Place Or Yours Gina, and my favourite, Under My Spell, Noelle. This costs €44.

Love At First Shine is a set of Benefit's mini lipglosses, it's had shades from berry to a pink coral colour, and that costs €29.50. 

It's A Love Fest is a box set of some of Benefit's best products in the normal sizes, and it included: POREfessional primer, Sun Beam, They're Real! and Coralista, and that costs €55.

 Luv It Up is another gorgeous set and included: three eyeshadows, a mini creaseless cream eyeshadow and ultra plush mini lipgloss and Dandelion face powder and this costs €29.50.

 Gimme Some Lovin' came with: They're real, Hoola, They're Real, and the mini versions of High Beam and POREfessional, and that costs €44. 

The next set is Little Love Potions, and I am dying to get my hands on this one! It comes with all mini versions of: POREfessional, It's Potent eye cream, High Beam, Posie Tint, Watts up, Stay Don't Stray, Bad Gal Lash, That Gal, Hoola and an Ultra Plush lip gloss and this amazing little set comes up to €39.50. 

Groovy-Kind-A-Love (Which I am loving) came with: four eyeshadows, mini POREfessional, Benetint, They're Real! and a combo of Bella Bamba and Dandelion blushes. This costs €39.50. 

Love Me B.bright is a set of their skincare stuff, and it came with: It's Potent eye cream, Triple Performing Face Emulsion, Total Moisture Facial Cream mini and a mini POREfessional, and I have my eye on this set too, as I love investing in skincare, and this came up to €55. 

Badrageous Love is a smaller set and it's BadGal lash with a mini version of BadGal, and this costs €24. 

Now lastly, Primed For Lovin' includes: POREfessional, They're Real, High Beam, an Ultra Plush lip gloss and a mini Sugar bomb, and this set comes up to €65. 

I have to say, I absolutely love all of the Benefit Christmas sets, the packaging and tins are undoubtedly beautiful. Though, in my own personal opinion, Benefit is a very expensive brand, and I can rarely afford to buy much from them, unfortunately, I would if I could. It's hard to justify the price to be quite honest. Christmas may be the only exception, though, maybe. These sets would make amazing sets for your friends, mother, aunt, sister, or girlfriend. They won't be a gift that goes unappreciated at all!
Now, on to the event. The two Benebabes holding the event, Kathleen and Eimear, were absolutely lovely! They were friendly, enthusiastic, and really knew their stuff! They used two people as models to demonstrate how to use loads of Benefit products to do a daytime and nighttime look. They used all Benefit products, but I was completely impressed with the Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, it made the models skin so flawless and perfect looking, it's been added to my ever growing Benefit wishlist! They had some nice food and sparkling water and sparkling wine also which hey, who doesn't love food? ;) then we got to have a look around of all the Benefit products and sets for sale. At the start, we all got free raffle tickets to win the Groovy-Kind-A-Love Christmas set, which I won! :D I was absolutely delighted! Especially as I was eye it up before the raffle! I will be reviewing the set in the next few days, so stay tuned! 
Thank you all for reading,
Kim :)

Christmas sets display.

My lovely prize!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Tattoo And Piercing Prejudice.

Hey guys. I hope you are all having a wonderful day. Today, I wanted to talk about something a little different, this is an issue that is personal to me, close to my heart, and something I wanted to talk about since I started my blog. Even in 2013 tattoo and piercing prejudice is cropping up everywhere, and it is infuriating. As someone who has encountered this type of prejudice, I really felt I should write about it. 

It took me three years to beg my parents into allowing me to get a nose piercing, finally, after great Junior Cert results, they relented, and at 15 years old, I got my first body modification, and from that point, I developed a huge love for piercings and tattoos. Today at 20 years old, I have seven piercings: my right ear stretched at 20mm, scaffold piercing, lip, smiley, tongue web and my nose piercing. I have 4 tattoos and saving for my fifth, which you'll see below. They are so important to me and I love them to bits.

Time after time, if my tattoos are showing, I have had snide comments thrown my way, people ''Wondering what my mother thinks of them'' thinking I'll regret them, saying I'm making myself ugly or ''What about work?''. My piercings are constantly on show, I've actually had worse comments on those, from ''Ewwwwwww!'' ''You're ruining your face'' ''Freak'' ''You have to be so insecure deep down'' and being flat out told that they are disgusting. If I'm honest, these comments don't really hurt, and I usually laugh it off or ignore it, and stand up for myself. Truth be told, it's exhausting having to defend yourself and your choices, to defend the things you love, it's tiring, and aggravating. When I was in secondary school I had my nose pierced, and had jewellery in it to hide the piercing so it would heal, a teacher I had, decided to humiliate me in front of the entire class and forced me to take out that piercing, which closed in a matter of hours. However, I had the same teacher for another subject two classes on, when a guy in my class, did not hide his ear piercing, that teacher told him he saw the piercing and went back to teaching, not forcing him to take it out, I was livid, and so embarrassed. 

Don't get me wrong, I do get people coming up to me telling me how much they love my piercings and tattoos, so it's not all negative comments, but the thing that irks me, the thing that irks alot of people with body mods, is the repetitive questions that get asked again and again like ''I wonder what your parents think?'' ''Won't you regret them?'' ''How will you look when you're eighty?'' ''Aren't you too young for tattoos?'' ''What does that tattoo mean?'' ''How will you get a job?'' I wouldn't mind answering MOST of these, but the annoying thing is, they are usually asked by complete strangers.
I got into body modification when I was thirteen, they are beautiful to me, my parents believed it to be a phase that I would grow out of eventually, but here I am at 20, loving them more and more each day. Initially, my parents hated the idea of me having loads of piercings and tattoos, especially my father, but when they realised it was more than a phase, they eased up a little. To the people who wonders what my mother thinks of my tattoos? She absolutely loves them, thanks for asking. 
Body modification practices are almost as old as time, so I fail to understand why some people out there struggle to realise that yes, some people choose to have piercings and have tattoos. 
Tattoos especially are the best form of self expression, creativity, and to me, it's my favourite art form. It's the one thing we will take to the grave with us. They illustrate our lives, our defining moments, they show what's important to us as individuals, they show our life lessons, our successes, our passions, maybe even the people close to us and our most important life events. Life is too short to let the prejudice that comes with body mods affect us, be who you want to be, the worst thing we can do is let those with smaller minds get to us and leave us with regret. 

Those with a closed mind especially when it comes to body modification are so quick in my opinion to judge those with tattoos and piercings in a harsh light, they assume they know this person and think they fit the persona of ''aggressive biker'' ''deadbeat'' 'loser'' ''never had a job'' ''in and out of prison''. This is simply not the case. For example, those with brilliant jobs I found on the ''Tattoo Acceptance In The Workplace'' Facebook page, have fantastic jobs, such as paramedics, lawyers, EMT, doctors, soldiers, mothers, vets, chefs, artists, musicians, writers, stockbrokers, the list goes on and on. Even the 26th president of the United States Teddy Roosevelt was tattooed! We have no right to judge others plainly on their looks alone, we need to focus on the character within. Focus on our own lives, and not someone elses. ''Never judge a book by the cover''. I wouldn't come up to someone and say something rude about their appearance or say something to them on why they stand out, I'd expect the same, but those days are well and truly gone. I knew when I got into body mods I would have rude people sharing their opinions with me, opinions I never asked for, so I did expect that, but I'm not ''asking for it''. Strangers opinions really mean zilch to me, I got them for me, and their opinion was the last thing I actually thought about, to be quite honest. 

No one person is the same, we all lead our lives in different ways, but at the same time we are the same. We all have feelings, and those feelings can be hurt, so anytime you want to go up to someone and give your rude opinion on how they choose to look, please do yourself, and them a favour and just don't. Think before you speak. I'm sure if they came over to you and made comments on your looks, height, weight, clothes, make-up, whatever it may be, you'd be pretty pissed off. Someday, you could go up to the completely wrong person to be rude to, and they could hit you a slap, or they could be a potential future employer or colleague, and you would have noone to blame except yourself. 

Beauty is not the same thing to every single person, what some people may hate, they might love. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You may hate tattoos and piercings, but to others, they adore them, it's part of who they are. Your opinion is not the worldwide opinion, so please remember that. Treat others how you would want to be treated. Negativity never did anyone any favours. 

Thank you all for reading :) I feel it was important I write about this, and I wrote it from the heart, so I may have gone off in a slight tangent once or twice and as this was so personal to me, the writing style could have been better, but sure. :)
Thanks again for reading, comment below and let me know your opinion.
Kim. :)