Saturday, 11 October 2014

Halloween Makeovers


Waddup love bugs! It's 'bout to get super Halloween-y on le blawwgg!

I'm probably one of the most festive people you'll ever meet in your whole entire life. My year basically revolves around getting overly excited for Halloween and Christmas (yes, I said the 'C' word). So once 1st of October came knockin' around I hit the shops for face paints and got down to business.

Not everybody enjoys the panic of trying to get a costume ready for Halloween, sometimes letting your makeup do the talkin' can be fun (and a lot less hassle. Haha). So I decided to pop together a few makeup looks that, if you just have a few paints/makeup and a little bit of patience, aren't too difficult to pull off but look super striking. You'll have heads turning all night lawwwngg!

The Black Swan
A tiara & a black dress / a tutu and you're ready to hit the town with this look!



Cartoon Wounds
I'm pretty sure you could put on any outfit and cover your neck & hands in fake blood and you'd be scary as hell.



Cats
You really can't go wrong with a cat. Haha. I don't know how many cats I seen strolling around on Halloween last year (and I'm not talkin' 'bout the animals), but if you're not up for guts and gore and still wanna look kinda cute, they're a great option.



Sugar Scull
This baby is what I opted for last Halloween. I didn't have time to put an entire costume together but I wanted to do something creative with my makeup. What's great about Sugar Sculls is that they can be as simple or as detailed as you want. When I was putting this look together last week I decided to add a petal design to the centre of my eye sockets and popped on some diamonds (which somehow make it look as if you've put tonnes of effort into your scull!).


Also... if you're not following me on social media you may have missed out on a few of these...





... I'll be posting lots more looks over the course of the month, so make sure you're following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you don't miss a thannngg!

Do you know what you're dressing up as for Halloween this year?
Are you more of a costume or a face paint person?

Let me know in the comments!!

XO, G.





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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September Favourites



Well would you look at that! It's the 1st of October and you know what that means... it's officially acceptable for me to pull out all my cosy cardigans and layer up like there's no tomorrow!

It also means that it's time for September favourites. I'm pretty sure this is the first time a 'favourites' post has appeared on the blawwwg and that's really only because there are usually very few products / things that I love enough for the entire month to feature them in a favourites post.

I think some of these will actually remain favourites over the month of October but what the hey, lets get into it!


1. 'Shwing' Liquid Liner - The Balm
I cannot physically explain how much I adore this liner. Seriously though guys, I'm the pickiest person in the world when it comes to liquid liners - I judge them like no other - and this is hands down one of the best that I've tried... ever. The formula is fantastic, it's super easy to apply (the little felt-tip pen is a godsend) and it's blacker than black! LOVE . LOVE . LOVE. 

2. Filmstar Bronze & Glow - Charlotte Tilbury
One word - stunning! This fabulously packaged gem holds two of my favourite face sculpting products for the month of September. The contour shade gives you cheekbones you never knew you had - winning - but the highlight is the real star of the show. I'm not quite sure I can tell you how gorgeous this stuff is but if you find yourself around a CT counter swatch it, you won't regret it!

3. YSM Foundation - Inglot
I chop and change between foundations like there's no tomorrow, so it's not often that you'll find me sticking to just one for an extended period of time. However, this month I've found myself gravitating towards Inglot's YSM foundation almost every day. I've worn it to graduations, birthdays and on holiday and it hasn't let me down. I think it's a really great foundation for most skin types and the coverage is fantastic.

4. 'Stone' Lipliner & 'Blankety' Lipstick - MAC
I thought I'd group these two babies together pretty much because they're the lip combo I've been loving recently. I haven't transitioned just yet into darker lips but this combo is a great in-between. I half fill in my lips with the liner and then go over them with Blankety and it creates a cool brown toned shade that I love.

5. major MAJOR lash mascara - Stila
Mother bear randomly landed home with this stuff for me a few weeks ago as a little treat and I ended up loving it. Just like foundations, I chop and change between mascaras like crazy. I honestly don't have a preference between higher end or drug store mascaras. This stuff does it's job and gives my lashes great length and volume!


1. Summer Scoop - Yankee Candle
First off, I'll just let you know I'm completely obsessed with Yankee Candles. Pretty much every room in the house has at least 1 but this is the candle I've been burning in my makeup room as of late. I was trying to burn out my Vanilla Cupcake candle before I started this one but I just couldn't help myself, it's just so freekin yummy. I think it smells exactly like raspberry ripple ice-cream so Yankee Candle have certainly got their naming spot on with this one! Regardless of the 'Summer' aspect, I expect I'll be burning this throughout October too. 

2. Divergent
Yes, I caved. I fell into the Twilight trap and the Hunger Games trap and I thought I'd avoid this one but I failed. Haha. Before I hopped off to Italy last month I wanted to pick up a book to read by the pool, something that was super lighthearted - an easy read basically. Divergent seemed like a good option, I bought it, I liked it, it ended up in a favourites post - deal. Haha.

3. Kérastase Discipline Hair Mask
This stuff has been a life saver for me this month. Just before I went off on holidays I decided to go a little blonder (you may have noticed in my makeup posts) so obviously my hair was a tad drier than usual. This stuff seems to have got my locks into great condition again. I use it as a hair mask once a week and you can literally tell straight away (like as soon as you wash it out) that this is doing your hair the world of good. I love and I'll be buying more.

4. So...? Sexy*
And last but not least, a fragrance. I'm pretty sure that anybody born in the 90s has owned at least one of these little babies - I think my bedroom was well stocked from birthday presents and whatnot. However I had a little blast from the past when these landed at my doorstep at the start of the month and ended up falling back in love with one of them. I've been using So...? Sexy mostly at night. I think it's a perfect scent for evening meals with your other half or nights out - it's a little stronger than most things I'd go for during the day.

And that's a wrap for my September Favourties!
Let me know if you see anything you like!

XO, G.



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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

PINK | Makeup Look


Yup... I think that 'Pink' is the only way to describe this look. Haha.

This came about when I was messing around with my makeup stash trying to come up with 80s inspired makeup for some gals who were heading to an 80s themed hen / bachelorette party! I wanted to keep in line with the theme whilst still maintaining a polished look, so I decided to go with a bright pop of colour on the eye and a more neutral lip and flawless skin!

It's probably not the most everyday wearable look in the world but I think it's kinda cute!





And here's a product list as per!

Base
Foundation: Inglot YSM (49)
Concealer: MUFE Full Cover Concealer (5)
Loose Translucent Setting Powder
Contour & Highlight: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Eyes
Brow Kit: Benefit Browzings
Brow Bone: MAC 'Mylar'
Crease: UD 'Crave' & Inglot 63 blush & 351 shadow
Liquid Liner: The Balm 'Schwing'
Lashes: Eyelure 101's
Mascara: Stila 'major Major mascara'

Lips
Liner: MAC 'Stone'
Lipstick: MAC 'Blankety'


XO, G.



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Monday, 22 September 2014

NEUTRALS

I've said it once and I'll say it a million more times - I love A/W fashion - and now that we're finally transitioning into that glorious season I've cracked out a few of my faves!

Neutrals are just my thang, so throw me some black/grey/camel/beige/cream and I'm a happy gal! 

My top and jeans are kinda staples in my wardrobe. I mix and match them with just about everything - the leatherette panel on the sleeves of the top gives it something just a bit extra dontcha think?
You'll more than likely see my Jeffrey Campbell 'Lita's' making a few appearances over the A/W season. I've got them in like 3 different colours - but seriously guys, they're the comfiest boots on the planet... even if they don't look at all comfortable.

This coat from Zara really is the star of the show though, it's comfy and cosy but it literally dresses up  any outfit and makes me feel so fierce.

Hope you're all enjoying the personal style posts!
Let me know if I'm doing a decent job in the comments! :P

XO, G.




Top: River Island | Jeans: River Island | Coat: Zara | Boots: Jeffrey Campell | Sunglasses: Chanel | Rings: River Island & Pandora | Clutch: Vintage | Bracelet: Alexander McQueen





Friday, 19 September 2014

What's In My Graduation Clutch?


Happy Friday Lovebugs!

To finish off my mini Graduation series, I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek into the clutch that I took to the ceremony... and drinks afterwards. For the occasion, I turned to my trusty chain mail clutch from Biba (you'll find that in my outfit post HERE). That little baby is without a doubt my most used clutch bag - it makes a statement, can be paired with almost everything and is big enough to hold all of the essentials. Winning!

When strategically throwing things into your clutch before you leave you should think of 3 things - phone, money & touch-ups for photos.


Clearly nobody goes anywhere without their phone nowadays, it's always handier to have your phone and camera all in one on days like this so you can maximise space in your bag. Leave the heavy handling to someone else. Haha. You'll also have professional photographers there on the day to worry about your 'graduation pose' pics!

It's kinda a necessity to bring money with you wherever you go - I didn't have room for my larger MK wallet so I opted for my cute little Anya Hindmarch coin purse. It holds just enough!

After that, you've just gotta squeeze in enough products to touch up your makeup throughout the day! For me, that included MAC's 'Stone' Lipliner, 'Feline' Eyeliner & 'Blankety' Lipstick, Stila's 'major MAJOR' mascara and a fluffy brush. Sometimes the product that's already on the brush is just enough to keep the shine at bay!

And as an incase, bobby pins are always a good option - whether you've got your hair styled up or if you can't get your cap to stay in place (nobody wants their cap to fall off as they're going to collect their degree. And yes, that did happen to someone at my graduation!).

To sum it all up, you've basically just gotta remember the necessities and keep compact!

Can you think of anything I might have missed?
Let me know in the comments below!


XO, G.




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Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Ultimate Sculpt & Highlight Duo | Filmstar Bronze & Glow


There's nothing that I love more than a bit of illusion... especially when that illusion can give you cheekbones that you never knew you had! Hello Angelina Jolie! Haha. Filmstar Bronze & Glow may well be one of the most sought after products from makeup maven Charlotte Tilbury's line, which just hit the shelves at Brown Thomas, Dublin last month -  you MUST check it out.

Before I get into the nitty gritty of the product, I might as well bite the bullet and hit you the bad news first. It costs €65 - yes I treated myself.
But now that that's out of the way, I can tell you why it's worth it.


I was actually lucky enough to see this stuff in the flesh and watch it in action previous to it's launch last month. I'm not even going to lie, as soon as I held it I knew I needed to own it. With Charlotte's brand packaging is everything, if it's not luxurious it's not relevant. The compact itself is that exactly... compact. It isn't one of those bulky bricks that lurks around in your makeup bag leaving no space for those 4 lipsticks that are completely necessary to have with you at all times - it's slim and even has a great sized mirror for touch ups! Winning!

But what about the product itself? ...



Honestly, I've got nothing but positive things to report! The sculpting powder does exactly what it says on the tin - it takes what yo' mama gave ya and enhances it! But what really makes this duo special is it's highlight.
If you've read any other reviews on this stuff, you probably already know that by now - but dear God, that highlight! Now that's something to call home about! The same day that this stuff came into my hands, I Instagramed a makeup look that included this highlight and I can't tell you how many people asked about it! Sometimes I find that highlights can have a grainy consistency or be too shimmery but this is perfection. It's silky smooth and knows exactly how to reflect light and give you perfectly chiselled cheekbones!

I was kinda lucky that 1. I was in the market for a cool toned contouring powder and 2. I really wanted this miracle highlight - so it made sense for me to buy this compact instead of bagging 2 separates from MAC that would end up costing the same price anyhooos! For that reason, it was totally worth the mini-splurge!

But I'd love to know what you think!
Would you shell out the cash for this luxurious duo just to have the cheekbones of your dreams?
Let me know in the comments below!

You can find CT's Filmstar Bronze & Glow in stores and on Brown Thomas' Website.

XO, G.




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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

NAILED IT! | Acrylics by Shavata Nail Bar



Happy Hump Day Lovebugs!

One of my favourite things to do EVER is to get my claws did. I've been getting my acrylics done with Shavata, Dundrum for almost two years now - completely addicted if you can't already tell - but this is the first appearance they've made on the blawwgg as I've been giving my nails a chance to breath over the Summer!

You've probably heard me yap on about Shavata, Dundrum before - they're the only place I go for eyebrow threading (you can find a post on that here) and gel / acrylic nails! The girls are super friendly and I never leave the place not completely in love with my fresh new set of nails! You know when you just trust someone with your nails or your hair or your eyebrows - yeah that's the bond I've got with this place!


This post kind of ties in to my mini Graduation series - I found an excuse to get my nails did especially for the occasion. I opted for a nude-ish pink 3 week polish and went all out by bedazzling my ring finger with different sized stones & pearls - you can't beat a statement nail! (BTW, all those babies are still in tact 2 weeks on!)

I always tend to go for a slightly pointed almond shaped nail because it suits my nail bed / the length of my fingers best. I can't help but feelin' super sassy with these babies on! I always get asked if it's super hard to do anything with such long nails, but it's really not - I can apply makeup both to myself and other people, I can type, txt, cook... you name it really. They're not sore at all to apply or remove either!

I've had these on now for almost 2 weeks, so I'll more than likely get another week and a half out of them before I have to get refills with the rate that my nails grow - but I'm so excited to have my claws back!

Also, if you're looking for somewhere to get your nails done in the Dublin area that is totally professional but with super friendly staff and a really relaxed atmosphere - you should really check out Shavata in Harvey Nichols Dundrum!
You can find all their deets here - Harvey Nichols Website

I know they're not everyones taste but I'd love to know if you'd rock this style of nail?
Let me know in the comments below!

XO, G



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