Friday, March 29, 2013

Emilyx0 is one (With International Giveaway!)- (Now Closed!)

Hey lovelies,
So I never thought I would be writing this post. Last March I created this blog after many years of reading blogs and watching Youtube videos. I decided I would set up my own blog to ramble about beauty and such. 

I never thought I would get this far, so thank you to all who have supported me on my journey and who read my blog, I appreciate every single one of you!

As a massive thank you I will be having a little giveaway. I will be giving away one MAC lipstick of your choice (excluding limited edition and Mineralize Rich lipsticks). 

To enter you must be a follower of my blog through Google Friend Connect or via Bloglovin'.
Leave your email address below, so I can contact you if you win! :)
This giveaway will run for 1 week, so will end on April 5th 2013.
This giveaway will also be international.

Best of luck to you all!

Emily x

Monday, March 25, 2013

High-Street/ Drugstore Favourites

I have seen a tonne of similar posts and Youtube videos of people talking about some of their Drugstore Favourites, so I thought I would share some of mine with you.

I do have a couple of products that may not be available here in Ireland, but I will be sure to leave links to where you can get them.
Foundation- Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum: I came across this foundation last Summer and completely fell in love. I love the consistency of this foundation, it's light and leaves my skin looking fresh and dewy (but not oily!). I wear the lightest shade (51 Light Vanilla) and find it's the perfect match for me and blends effortlessly. I believe this foundation retails for around €13, which is great for those looking for a fantastic, budget-friendly foundation. This is available from both Boots and Superdrug.

Powder- Rimmel Stay Matte: This powder I came across after hearing Tanya Burr rave about it. I use this for days when I need my makeup to last that little bit longer. I was a little weary about this at first when I saw it was called stay matte, but this doesn't look cakey on me whatsoever. I use the shade transparent so it doesn't add any colour to the face, it just helps to set your makeup. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an affordable powder that performs well. This retails for about €6 approx and is available from Boots and Superdrug and wherever Rimmel cosmetics are sold.

Concealer- Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection: This is one of those hyped up products in the beauty community, and rightly so! This concealer is great for covering any pesky blemishes and any redness I may have and isn't too drying, although I wouldn't recommend it for under the eyes. I use shade 1- Fair, which is definitely a great choice for pale-skinned gals. This concealer is pretty affordable coming in at around €6 and is available from both Boots and Superdrug.

Contour- Sleek Contour Kit (Light): I had seen a tonne of people rave about this contour kit, so I thought I would try it out for myself. Now, I have only gotten into contouring over the last 7 months, but I found this really helped me, as it was so simple and easy to use. I line to use a duo fibre brush for contouring as it doesn't end up caking my face in product. It also comes with a handy wee peach-toned highlight. This contour can also double up as a bronzer as it isn't too orange. You can check out my review of it here Sleek isn't widely available here in Ireland, but you can pick if up from the Sleek website for €7.99 or from Cloud 10 Beauty for €9.95 or from Superdrug is you're in the UK.
L-R: Sleek Contour Kit, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection, Rimmel Stay Matte

Blush- Revlon Photoready Cream blush & NYX Powder blush: I have two favourite blushes for you. First off, Revlon Photoready cream blushes which were released early last year. These are some of my favourite cream blushes from the drugstore. I love the consistency, they almost go from a cream to powder finish which I quite like. My only problem with these would be the colour range, they're only available in three shades, a coral, a peach and a magenta pink. I think it would be nice to see some lighter pinks in there or even a red, as the current range may not suit darker skintones. These retail for around €10. You can read my review on them here.

My other favourite drugstore blush has to be the NYX Powder blushes. These come in a wide variety of shades to suit all skintones. These are super pigmented without being too powdery and blend really nicely into the skin. These blushes are priced at around £5/€6. Unfortunately, NYX is a tricky brand to get a hold of here in Ireland, but you can buy from their UK Site or from Cherry Culture.
L-R: NYX Powder Blush, Revlon Photoready Cream Blush

Lips- Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, L'Oreal Rouge Caresse lipstick & Revlon Lip Butters: I am a massive lover of lip products, so of course I have a few to talk about. Last year saw the launch of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, the buzz surrounding these was unreal. These were hailed as the drugstore dupe for the Clinique Chubby Sticks (which I wasn't a massive fan of). The colour pay-off of these was fantastic, opaque in one sweep and gradually fade to a stain on the lips. These aren't drying on my lips at all, which I love. My only gripe about these would have to be the scent, they have an odd mint smell to them. These retail for around €11 and are available from Boots and Superdrug.

At the end of last year I re-discovered my love for the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse lipsticks. Now, I see these more of a sheer balm rather than a full on lipstick. These apply so smoothly on the lips with a gloss finish and I find these leave a stain on my lips after a couple of hours of wear. These are about €11 each and are available from Boots and Superdrug and wherever L'Oreal cosmetics are sold. Check out my review of these here.

Last year also saw the release of the hugely hyped Revlon Lip Butters. These are the first of their kind- a hybrid between a lip butter and a sheer lipstick. Revlon has in the bag with these. They're very smooth to apply and are super pigmented, depending on the shades, some may be more pigmented than others. These are available in a tonne of colours too, so you are sure to find one to suit your tastes. These come in at around €10 and are available from Boots and Superdrug.
L-R: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, Revlon Lip Butter, L'Oreal Rouge Caresse lipstick

Eyeliner- Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal: Last year saw the release of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal liners. Again, there was so much hype surrounding these eyeliners, so I thought I'd give them a go. These have a gel-like consistency, quite similar to the NARS Larger Than Life eyeliners, once these are applied to the waterline they won't budge, which is a huge plus for me as I have quite watery eyes. I was also finding it quite difficult to find the perfect nude liner that was affordable, so I was delighted to see Rimmel launch these. These are so affordable coming in around the €5 mark. These are available from Boots and Superdrug and anywhere Rimmel products are sold.

Eyeshadow- L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow, Maybelline Colour Tattoo, Wet N' Wild eyeshadow trio: I discovered these eyeshadows while in America last year and fell in love. They're more of a pressed pigment than an eyeshadow and are gorgeous worn alone or with smudged liner. They last ages and come in a wide variety of colours. These are available in Ireland, but we are quite limited with the colours. These come in around the €10 mark approx. and are available from both Boots and Superdrug.

Last year saw Maybelline release they're hugely anticipated Colour Tattoo's. These are comparable to the MAC Paint Pots, which I love. I like to use these as eyeshadow bases or they can also be worn alone. Again, these come in a wide variety of colours, some of my favourites include, Bad to The Broze (or On and On Bronze in Ireland) and Permanent Taupe. These are quite affordable at €9 approx. These are available from Boots and Superdrug!

I was excited to try the Wet N' Wild trios when I went to America last year, as I had heard amazing things about them. I decided to opt for a more neutral one. I have to say the Wet N' Wild eyeshadows are some of the best (if not the best!) drugstore eyeshadows I've tried. Unfortuately, Wet N' Wild aren't available on this side of the pond, but can be bought online from Crush Cosmetics, which I have since bought more products from and are 100% reliable. 
L-R: Maybelline Color Tattoo, L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow, Wet N' Wild Trio, Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner

What are some of your drugstore favourites?

Emily x

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette | Review + Swatches

Hey lovelies,

First off, apologies for being absent for a little while. I have a lot on at the moment at college, but now I have two weeks off for Easter, so expect to see a lot more of me!

So over the February midterm I took a little shopping trip up to Belfast. Debenhams were having 10% off of beauty. I took the opportunity to pick up the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette for £16! So I caved..
I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about this palette, but I still wanted it nonetheless. I have always been impressed with the quality of Urban Decay eyeshadows, they are so smooth and easy to blend and these are certainly no exception.

I love the packaging, it is very lightweight and compact. The packaging is rubberised, which may get a little grubby, but I think it is still quite durable. This palette also boasts a full size mirror. I think this would be the perfect palette to bring travelling, as you have your highlight, two nude shades, a light brown, a dark brown and black. 
L-R- Venus, Foxy, W.O.S (Walk Of Shame), Naked 2, Faint, Crave

The palette contains five matte shades and one satin shade. All of the shadows are really pigmented and easy to apply. The matte shades are definitely some of the best that I've tried.

However, a couple of the shades in this palette are quite similar to previous shades from Urban Decay's Naked and Naked 2 palettes.

  • Venus, which is similar to Virgin from the Naked palette, but Venus is a little more yellow.
  • Foxy is a repeat from the Naked 2 palette.
  • W.O.S (Walk Of Shame) is quite a unique shade, similar to my own skintone. Neither palette has a colour like this.
  • Naked 2 is a little greyer than Tease (Naked 2), and a little more brown that Naked from the original Naked palette.
  • Faint is a little similar to Tease (Naked 2), but with more brown undertones.
  • Crave is definitely more black than Blackout (Naked 2). Blackout has more greyish undertones.
Overall, I think this palette would be a great addition to any beauty junkies collection. It's compact and great for travelling, you have all the colours you could need for day and night in one. However, the only unique shades in here would be Walk Of Shame and Faint, as there aren't really any dupes for these, unlike Venus, Foxy, Naked 2 and Crave, there were similar colours to these in the Naked and Naked 2 palettes. 

This palette retails for €26 and is available here in Ireland from Debenhams or from their website.

What are your thoughts on the Naked Basics palette?

Emily x

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St.Patricks Day

Hope you all have a great St.Patricks day if you are celebrating! If not, have a great Sunday :) 

I hope your day is fun-filled, let me know if you're planning on heading into any of the parades?

Normal posts are set to resume next week!

Emily x

Monday, March 11, 2013

MAC Archie's Girls Collection- My Picks!

Hey everyone,

So it has been quite some time since I have raved about a collection from MAC. Nothing has really caught my eye until their latest release.
Archie's Girls is based around the iconic comic of the same name. This collection features frenimies, Betty Cooper- the blonde girl-next-door and Veronica Lodge- a vivacious, spoiled rich-girl. 

The collection is split into both Veronica-themed products, including deep red and berry shades and Betty, which includes light corals and pink pastel shades.
Image taken from xsparkage
Image taken from xsparkage

First off, I adore the packaging. It isn't cheap or flimsy, with the images actually printed onto the packaging. I love the glossy white finish of the packaging, as it definitely stands out in my makeup bag. These products are a tiny bit more expensive than your usual products from MAC, to cover costs for the rights to use the images.

From this collection I picked up four items; two Pearlmatte face powders, one lipglass and a lipstick.
The Pearlmatte face powders are definitely the stand-out product from this collection in my opinion, and have already completely sold out online. The powder itself has cute little hearts embossed on it surrounded by a highlighter. Veronica's Blush is a great one for fairer skins, the highlighter is a light pink colour with bright fuchsia hearts. These products apply quite sheer, but can definitely be built up. Flatter Me is a great one for warmer skintones, the highlighter is a peachy colour with coral hearts. I think these could still suit other skintones, Flatter Me would be gorgeous with a light tan in warmer months. The packaging is very sturdy with a full size mirror, which we don't get with a lot of MAC products.
Veronica's Blush, Flatter Me

Next up I eyed up a Lipglass from the Betty range. I chose the colour Kiss & Don't Tell, a bright pinky coral colour similar to Viva Glam Nicki from MAC, but more pink. Again, the packaging is gorgeous with an image of Betty surrounded by hearts on the tube.

The last item I picked up was a lipstick from the Veronica line, I went with the colour Daddy's Little Girl. This lipstick is unlike anything I own. It's a violet with a hint of pink in there, I find it really wearable for daytime and is opaque in one application. The packaging is glossy, unlike usual MAC lipstick packaging with an image of Veronica with cute hearts surrounding the entire bullet.

Have you picked up anything from the collection?

Emily x

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Make-up Shake-up #8

Hey everyone,

This week (again) has been super busy in college. For busy days I like to be able to keep it quick and simple.

Here are my picks for this week.


For my eyeshadow base, as always, I am still loving my MAC Painterly Paint Pot.

For my eyeshadows this week I went with my NARS Kalahari eyeshadow duo. Now I bought this almost a year ago, loved it, then stopped using it. So I thought it was about time to take this back out. Both shades in this duo are wearable for daytime and can also be taken into night time. They're super pigmented when you swatch them at first, but apply quite sheer onto the eyes, which I actually quite like. Both shades are pretty neutral, one being a golden bronze colour, quite similar to Woodwinked from MAC. The other shade is a medium brown/ taupe shade, similar to Patina from MAC. I love the formulation of these shadows, no crumbling or fallout!
For mascara I am still loving my Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless mascara. I absolutely love this mascara for my bottom lashes as well as my top lashes. I find this doesn't smudge or flake on me- so thumbs up from me.

Lastly, for my brows I am still using my trusty Illamasqua Brow Cake in Thunder. I am actually pretty surprised at how much I use this and haven't hit pan, so definitely worth it!


For primer I have my Benefit POREfessional, I have spoken about my love for this primer a lot. It helps my makeup last throughout the day and isn't in any way oily on my skin.

This week for foundation I wanted a natural 'barely there' look. So I took out my Revlon Nearly Naked foundation. This is definitely a new favourite of mine, which I actually included in my February Favourites. This is a great dupe for the YSL Touche Éclat foundation, it's both lightweight and leaves the skin looking healthy and dewy. 

I have two concealers which I am using this week. My Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, which everyone raves about. I use this on any redness or blemishes. For my undereye area I like to use Rimmel's Wake Me Up concealer, this helps to brighten and isn't too thick or drying.

I am still loving my Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel this week. I use this for both contouring and for giving my skin that healthy colour, as I am quite pale. This can be used under foundation as a base or over foundation as a bronzer. 
(The lighting made it appear a little orange- apologies!)

For powder I am still loving my Rimmel Stay Matte powder, again this is extremely lightweight and doesn't look in any way cakey on my skin.


For my blush I wanted something a little more intense, as the rest of my makeup would be paired back. I went with Pink Tea by MAC. This was limited edition in their Tres Cheek collection last Spring. It is a gorgeous neutral pink shade with a satin finish. I find this applies a lot more pink than it actually looks in the pan. I use my Real Techniques stippling brush to apply this as it helps to disperse the colour better.


This week for lips I'm using my Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake. This is a beautiful neutral pink colour and is so smooth to apply. However, I forgot to photograph it, so I borrowed a wee image from Google.

Image taken from Temptalia

What are your go-to products in your makeup bag?

Emily x

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

February Favourites

I can't believe we're already into March, this year seems to be flying in!

Anyway, this month I discovered some new favourites and also rediscovered some old ones. 
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation & Nearly Naked Powder
I picked up these two products at the beginning of February, I have to say I'm in love! The consistency and finish of this foundation is really similar to the YSL Touche Éclat, it's incredibly lightweight and leaves a gorgeous dewy finish. Along with the foundation I purchased the powder, again this is really lightweight and doesn't feel in any way cakey on my skin. However, if you are looking for a powder for coverage, this may not be a good choice!
Soleil Tan De Chanel
I was delighted to pull this out of the drawer, after going unloved for months. I like to use this for a natural contour, I love how this looks on my skin. As a bronzer I only like to apply this to the high points of my face, as it can look a little orangey if applied liberally. The consistency is almost a cream to powder finish, but is so easy to blend out. This product definitely makes me feel like a million dollars!
NYX Blush- Peach
Now the last thing I need is another blush, but when I spotted this blush I knew it had to be mine! This has quickly become one of my favourite blushes in my collection. It looks quite pink in the pan and applies to more of a pinky/peach colour, but is beautiful regardless. I like to apply this blush using a stippling brush as it looks a lot more natural. I look forward to trying more NYX blushes in the future!
NARS Easy Lover lipgloss
I absolutely love the consistency of the NARS lipglosses. They are very sheer, but the colour is definitely buildable. I love how these aren't overly sticky and don't dry out the lips. I have a couple in my collection which I will definitely be using a hell of a lot more.
L-R- Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel, NYX Peach, NARS Easy Lover

Korres Lip Butter- Guava
Again, I have a teeny tiny obsession love for lip products, in any shape or form. These Korres lip butters are no exception. They're smooth and easy to apply and melt into the lips. I use the Guava one in particular for night time if my lips are feeling a little dry.

Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer
I tried to avoid the hype surrounding this product for ages. I thought I would give it a go as my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer was feeling a little dry under my eyes, don't get me wrong it's a fantastic concealer but just doesn't work for under my eyes. I thought this would be ideal as it also claims to brighten the eye area. I have to say I absolutely love this for under the eyes, it brightens, conceals as well as being long-lasting. 
Clinique Superdefense Moisturiser
This product was a rediscovery for me this past month. I used to use this all the time as a moisturiser years ago. I picked it up again and have been loving it. It also has an SPF 25, which is always fantastic. My skin feels so smooth and hydrated when I've applied this. Love love love!
YSL Youth Liberator Eye cream
At Christmas I treated myself to the YSL Youth Liberator Serum set, in it was a sample size of their eye cream. Now I don't have many wrinkles just yet, but I thought I would give it a go anyway. My eyes have never felt so hydrated, this really helps with any puffiness and glides on so smoothly. It doesn't come cheap at €55 for 50ml, but in my eyes (no pun intended) definitely worth it.

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne
I bought this perfume about two years ago and promised myself I would reserve this to use for special occasions. However, I ran out of my Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume at the beginning of the month, and needed something light to wear. I pulled this back out and received a lot of compliments on the scent. I am nearing the end of this bottle, but will definitely be repurchasing this in Liverpool next month.

What have you been loving this month?

Emily x
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