Thursday, 22 November 2012

Inis the energy of the sea cologne review

In the summer I went to a blogger meet up which inspired me to really get into blogging we all received a goody bag each that contained fun bits and bobs. Among the items were two Inis perfume samples. 

So my opinion of Inis before the samples was that it was for older woman and wouldn't be for the 'younger consumer'. When I smelled the sample I was presently surprised it smelled amazing and would be exactly the type of smell I would go for. So when I received a 50ml bottle I got pretty excited. 

I didn't want to just try it for myself so I got my sister and Mum to try it and tell me what they thought of it.

My Mum quite liked it but I think she's still going to stick to her Dior perfume(the only perfume she's worn since before I can remember!) she loved the packaging the misty bottle has a really nice feel that Mum liked. She also told me to tell you all that if you're going to visit someone in a different country that it makes a great gift that is very Irish but different from your normal pick(like turf as I joked).

My sister loved it. She said it was like a men's cologne but for woman. Which makes sense as this is a uni-sex cologne that 'evokes the male and female sides of each individual, combining the secrets of nature and creating a feeling of sensuality.'

so the technical side of things so you know what you're going to smell like! 

Top Notes
Sparkling, diffusive citrus, notes of Sicilian lemon, bergamot, neroli and traces of marine notes.
Middle Notes
Muguet(Lily of the valley and geranium
Bottom Notes
Enrichening and deepening spice notes of cloves and nutmeg, combined with sandalwood, oakmoss and musk 

I would highly recommend this cologne and think it would make a great present this Christmas be it for a foreign friend or you sister I think most people would like the scent. I would say that if you're into really fruity light smells you probably won't like this one but do try and get in and give it a sniff for yourself. 

Click here to see the full range of the energy by the sea collection for prices and all of those details.

Until next time I hope you're all well and I'll talk to you all soon,
Alice x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Why I don't do many Makeup Tutorials

I'm sure most of my readers know I have a YouTube channel where I make beauty video's and the likes. Basically it's my blog in video form! You can click HERE to bring you to said channel.

Well as you may or may not know I am also a Theatrical & Media Makeup student. So I don't want to sound like I'm tooting my own horn but I feel I'm fairly okay at doing makeup. 
I think that I am better at doing makeup on other people  as apposed to myself so that is the first reason why I don't do as many makeup tutorial's as perhaps a (nearly) makeup artist should be doing.

The second and main reason I don't do many makeup tutorials is because honestly makeup just doesn't look as good on me! I don't have that much eye space for some awesome cool eye looks so as much I want to teach others it's hard to show on myself. I mean I could get someone to model occasionally but I'm pretty sure people watch YouTube tutorials to learn how to do makeup on themselves not others.

The third reason and the worst reason really is that I find it hard to think of looks people would like me to do! So by all means leave me suggestions. But specific ideas like a tutorial using orange and black or a bold lip... ideas are just... hard! ha ha

So those are the reason's I don't post many makeup tutorials that often on my YouTube channel.

There is my thought for the day!

Until next time, I hope you're all well and I'll talk to you soon, 
Alice x

Saturday, 17 November 2012

My Marilyn Monroe Collection

I'm not sure if I have clarified just how much I love Marilyn Monroe. I've had an 'obsession'(bit of a strong word but It describes it pretty well!) with her for a very long time. There fore I have built up a bit of a collection which is always expanding so I thought I would share it with you all today!
 (picture heavy, let it load the photo's are worth it ;) )

Firstly is my 'Hollywood Mirror' as I like to call it. All of the picture's are from my last years calender that was filled with beautiful pictures of Marilyn. They remind me of polaroids.
This picture was a gift from my little Brother(most of my collection have been gifts) years and years ago. It has 2 pictures of Marilyn and then her filmography is in the other box, beautifully framed of course.
This Pop Art style canvas picture was a present from my older Brother which I he got in France when he lived there as a Christmas present. It is a nice medium size that I hang in my room but can't wait to hang it in my living room when I move out(this is just where I imagine it even though I have no plans to leave home anytime soon..)
This alarm clock that doesn't work anymore from me constantly pushing is off my bedside table in the mornings it woke me up was a present from  my Mum. I still keep it beside my bed just as a decoration really!
This is a small black and white canvas print I bought in a discount shop for €2 in Toulouse a few years ago, bargain or what!? 
This is definitely my favourite item in my collection a gift from my sister which she got in 'The Book Stop' I believe. It's a huge coffee table book that is just amazing, the images are beautiful with different flaps that contain things like a copy of a scene from a script with Marilyn's notes, personal cheques... so many amazing things that makes you feel like you have a part of Marilyn.. in a non creepy way! 
This book I got in a discount book shop it's really small but still a coffee table type book with lots of black and white pictures with a small description of each photo.
I have every movie Marilyn was in; you can get sets of her DVD's in HMV and sometimes in Tesco. This is a must have in any collection! (not all in the picture, my younger Brother robbed a few to watch!)
Finally is my newest edition, This lipstick 'Scarlet Ibis' from the limited edition Marilyn Monroe collection is MAC cosmetics. I've used it twice but I keep it on display and don't plan on using it too much as I want to keep it forever. A little weird? It's a matte red and really nice. I bought a lip liner as well from the collection but it's nothing special to Marilyn. 

And that my friends is my collection! I'm not bragging everyone has a hobby, a love, obesession if you will and mine is Marilyn Monroe, I admire her beauty, her talent and wish I could have been alive when she was.

Until next time, I hope you're all well and I'll talk to you soon,
Alice x

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Beauty Blogger Tag

I felt like doing a tag post as I feel the need to blog but don't have anything in particular to blog about! So google showed me this this one, it's quite long but maybe you'll learn something about moi! 

SO here it is!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
Naturally very very curly... frizzy. 

2. What is your natural hair colour?

3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I don't dye it I am au natural! But in the past if I were dying it darker I'd do it myself but if I were going lighter I'd go to a salon(except both times I went bleach blonde cause I knew no hairdresser would do it!)

4. How often do you wash your hair?
Every other day.. sometimes longer depending on how 'icky' it is

5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it?
I'm trying not to put heat on my hair or at least not straighten it but I slip up so mostly I wear it curly but sometimes straight

6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I do my own, don't like people at my feet.. can't afford it anyway! As a treat sometimes I get my nails done but that's very rare

7. How often to you change your nail polish?
I can't wear polish to college so once or twice a week

8. Do you polish your toes in the winter, too or just in the summer?
I do when I feel like it but usually I just do it super quick

9. How long does it take to put on your makeup?
I can do it in 5 minutes and I can do it 5 hours but on average 20 minutes- half an hour

10. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
Face, Eyes, Lips

11. Do you "collect" makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
Of course I collect! I'm a makeup/beauty youtuber/blogger and I'm a student makeup artist. I'm also a girl! haha

12. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Every single time I'm going out out like to a club or whatever.

13. Do you do a full face of makeup every day?
Nope! If I know I'll be taking it off in college I won't; I mean hello! Waste much!? And if I'm lounging around the house, doing odd jobs, going to a late movie or something I won't bother either.

14. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone (or with family)?
haha NOPE, unless it was a family event where photo's are being taken!

15. Will you leave the house without makeup?
All the time!

16. How many high end products do you have?
Emm I'd say my makeup collection is 50/50 if you count things like mac, urban decay, inglot etc as high end?

17. How often do you wash your makeup brushes?
The brushes I use in college every single time I use them. My own ones I'm not so good at I'll spot clean if I'm using a different colour eye shadow then usual but I would deep clean once a week or once a forthnight... I know so bad!

18. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?
I wouldn't really plan it unless it was going to something I wanted to look really snazzy for normally I just see what i feel like wearing that day when I'm getting dressed

19. How often do you change your handbag?
Not very often, I don't like any of mine so I use my sisters..

20. What time do you get up & go to sleep?
I get up between 7.30 and 9.00(depending on what time I'm in college that day) and on weekends between 9.00 and 11.00 usually. The bed during college between 10 and 11 and on weekends between 11 and 1.00.. sometimes later!

21. How often & when do you workout?
I used to work out 5 days a week but I've fallen off the wagon, My (crappy)cross trainer has been fixed so hopefully I'll start using it more 

22. Left-handed or Right-handed?
Right handed!

23. How tall are you?
Too short 5'5... okay that's what I tell people but it's more like 5'4 ish

24. Do you speak a foreign language?
Ich sprache klein Deutsch, es war mein liebligsfach in der schule aber ich bin nicht so gut! 

25. How many pets do you have?
My baby doll doggie Lucy Lou and an evil cat Poppy..

26. How often are you on Blogger?
Everyday usually but I need to be in the right mood to actually read through blogs and not just look at picture's...

27. Do you read the comments posted blogs?
All the time, especially on the Irish bloggers to find more irish bloggers! 

28. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
In my head mostly and sometimes yes on my phone if I've seen it pop up on a few people's blogs.

29. How did you come up with your blog name?
It's my youtube name.

30. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
Canon s90 or my Dad's Nikon DSLR(I'm getting my own for Crimbo hopefully!!)

31. How often do you clean your house? (Daily, weekly, other)
Let's chance that to room! I clean it weekly usually but try to keep it clean all the time.

32. What is your favorite colour?

33. What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine?
I'm really getting into Vogue! I never thought I'd say that but I've bought it for the last 2 months and have really enjoyed them! 

34. Do you swear?
I'm trying not to and every time I do I sort of scold myself in my mind, I say Bi*ch and Sh*t though and don't see much of a problem with those 2 words..

35. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
It's 9pm right now so I'll hopefully finish cleaning my room and then have a bath! 

So that's the tag, please do it yourself and link me to it either in the comments or on twitter.

Until next time I hope you're all well and I'll talk to you soon,
Alice x

Benefit Blogger Challenge: My Dad Does My Makeup!

Us bloggers were challenged to a rather fun competition with a rather great prize so naturally I accepted right away!

The Challenge 
Have a man in your life(be it your Brother, Boyfriend, Son, Dad or a man you grab off the street!) do your makeup have him do a full face makeup to include but not limited to foundation, concealer, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara

Well I thought doing this with my Dad would be fun as he is the most unfeminine person I know and doesn't know a scrap about makeup. Perfect.

I filmed the whole thing which is on my YouTube channel but here are some photo's I took. I was very surprised with the result, I honestly thought I'd look a mess but with a few more goes I think he'd be pretty good! Weirdly the foundation looked far more 'yellow-y orange' but normally it matches so I don't know what happened there ha ha! He was also very enthusiastic and quite the little performer!
The Products Dad used(purple eye shadow in palette)

 Until next time I hope you're all well and I'll talk to you all soon,
Wish me luck!

Alice x

products used
-Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW foundation in 'Cheers to Me' Champagne 
-Boi-ing concealor in 01
-Inglot loose powder
-Mac 'Pink Swoon' Blush
-Inglot purple eye shadow in 439
-MUD eyeliner pencil
-Rimmel scandaleyes mascara
-Mac eyebrow pencil 'Brunette'
-Mac Viva Glam lipstick 'Nicki'
-Benefit Hoola bronzer

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Eldora Handmade Lashes Review

I had never heard of Eldora lashes before but when I was given the chance to try them after doing some research I was really excited to give them a go! Then weirdly enough one of my Teacher's in college was raving about them a few days ago!

The lashes I was given to try are the H121 Human Hair 'light and curvy natural lashes with shorter width'
 I held on to them until the right time so when I was doing a look in college that they fit into I got super excited! The lashes aren't on me but they they look fab on my gorgeous friend Kate!
 The lashes are really easy to apply, I can't say anything about the glue that comes with them as I always use my Duo glue as it's never failed me before but I'm sure it does the job!

My favourite thing about the lashes is that the band is really thin so you don't have to have a really thick eyeliner to hide the fact that their fake in fact I didn't apply any liner to the lash line!

All lashes are hand made which is kinda cool really! 

The company sell a huge variety of lashes from day to theatrical to feathers to individuals in both synthetic and real human hair. 

The lashes start at £3.90 I believe. The pair I am reviewing sells for £4.50

Ultimately I am really pleased with the lashes and would encourage you all to check out their website to find out a bit more and the shop if you want a sneaky purchase! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this review, let me know if you've ever tried these lashes or if you will now ha ha!

Until next time,
I hope you're all well and I'll talk to you soon,
Alice x

Saturday, 3 November 2012

My portfolio/Makeup course update

If you're new to my blog then you might not know that I am currently attending college studying Theatrical and Media Makeup so I thought I'd do an update on the course!

Well firstly let me just say.. it is HARD! I honestly thought it was going to be really easy but there is so much work to be done it's crazy!

We have 19 fashion looks to be examined in and to be honest I don't know how many theatrical/special effects we have and then there are a few more on top to include a few body paints... yeah I know. Crazy.

The work behind each look is quite difficult and time consuming. For each look you must have a cover page, written research/introduction, mood board, step by step guide, consultation form, face chart and before & after pictures which you must style accordingly.

If anyone would like me to go into more detail as to what each step entails just drop me a comment or a tweet and will do!

So that's a quick update I may do little things like this in the future but for now I'll just show you a few picture's that I will be including in my portfolio and that I have completed.

Until Next Time I Hope You're All Well and I'll Talk To You Soon,
Alice x