Monday, September 4, 2017

SOSU HOT FIRE SIGNATURE EYESHADOW PALETTE

I am sure you have heard all about the stunning new smoky eyeshadow palette 'Hot Fire' by Suzanne Jackson... and if you haven't heard about it yet, keep reading.
This palette is now like gold dust to get your hands on, so unless your local pharmacy has some left in stock, you will not get your hands on one of those much-sought after eyeshadow palettes until November. I grabbed one in my work as soon as they arrived because I knew the demand for them would be unprecedented.
So, let's have a look why this palette is a 'most-wanted' palette for makeup artists and lovers alike.


Pic Credit: @SOSU_bySuzanneJackson Instagram

As you can see, the colours in the SOSU by SJ palette are warm, earthy and red-toned. These colours will suit just about anyone, I have seen looks done on different eye colours, but on blue in particular.. wow!
The palette consists of eight matte shades and four shimmer shades. The colours are super pigmented and yes, there is fall-out but in my opinion, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Each eyeshadow has an intense colour pay-off, just look at my swatches below. By the way, as I was swatching them, they literally felt like butter!

Pic Credit: @SOSU_bySuzanneJackson Instagram
Eight matte shades and the four shimmer shades at the bottom


The colours in the Hot Fire palette cover so many possible looks; from peaches to golden browns to warm, red-earthy tones. The stunning looks that I have seen MUAs, makeup bloggers and makeup lovers create all over Instagram are testament to this palette. As the website states: "You can create soft, neutral matte looks to take you right through from the office to day time glam and you can build up your tones and metallics for glam weekend looks."
See some looks below that I screenshotted from Instagram to show you the variety of looks that are possible with Hot Fire... (check out #SOSUbySJ on Insta if you want to see more!)


Pic Credit: @SOSU_bysuzannejackson Instagram
MUA Hayley Coleman @haylzcoleman Pic Credit: @SOSU_bySuzanneJackson Instagram
@lenalenaxx Pic Credit: @SOSU_bySuzanneJackson Instagram
Beauty Influencer Chloe Boucher @ChloeBoucher Pic Credit: @SOSU_bySuzanneJackson Instagram
MUA Grace Mongey @facesbygrace Pic Credit: @SOSU_bySuzanneJackson Instagram
Suzanne wearing 'Ignite' all over her lids Pic Credit: @SOSU_bySuzanneJackson Instagram
Carla Jackson Pic Credit: @SOSU_bySuzanneJackson Instagram


As Suzanne just said herself over the weekend, she created this palette "for the consumer, a girl that may not be super advanced in terms of blending... I just want to put on colours, smoke it up and just blend it super quick and that's what my colours do." Well said Sue! I don't know about you but this is exactly what I want in an eyeshadow.
Also, it is worth noting that the Hot Fire palette is paraben free and cruelty free, also vegan friendly.

Did you get your hands on a Hot Fire palette? I am no makeup artist but the next time I use it I will share with you the colours I like most!

I have always been a big supporter of Suzanne, and especially more so since she gave me the encouragement I needed when I met her last year to just go for it! Suzanne has outdone herself with this palette and I wish her all the success in the world with her ever-growing brand.

Thanks for reading!

Danielle x
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

WHAT'S ON MY HIGH-END BEAUTY WISHLIST

I have a long, long list of high-end and budget products that I really really really want.. I swear every day this list is getting longer. I narrowed down some of the higher-end (i.e. expensive) products that are on my wishlist right now for this post so here it goes:

(All numbered headings are clickable links, and are not affiliated links)



1. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette €47.50
If you haven't heard of this palette yet, then you must be living under a rock because there have been so many snaps and Instagram posts about it! This palette looks stunning and the warm colour range is right up my street. Karen from LovelyGirlieBits has gorgeous pics of this palette and of a look she created with it over on her Instagram.

2. Benefit Galifornia Blusher €39
I haven't used Benefit blushers in years, I used to love them and this one is going to have to be purchased. It is a warm golden pink shade and Benefit have called it 'California sunshine in a box'... that's a sign! Benefit blushers always last me a lifetime so it's an investment... right?

3. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick: Pillow Talk €32
One that has been on my list for a while! A lipstick that is worshipped by beauty lovers everywhere; this has become quite the cult product by Charlotte Tilbury. It was released as a Valentines limited edition but because people everywhere were going crazy over this particular shade of lippy, it became part of Charlotte's collection. I just haven't brought myself to spending that on a lipstick.. I mean, I loose lipsticks all the time, only to discover them buried at the bottom of a handbag! We'll see...

4. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation €43
A product that I have seen so much about and I am dying to get my hands on it! At €43 a bottle, I would want to make sure it is the exact match for my skin; so whenever I do decide to buy it I'll be taking my time over what colour to get. Denise from Holy Chic is a huge fan of this foundation and she has a full review on the foundation here; a review that makes me want this product in my collection, like yesterday.

5. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder €42
The setting powder of all setting powders! This is a best-selling product that I have been wanting for-everrr. This powder is so finely milled and light-weight that it doesn't settle into fine lines or wrinkles. I have read that it makes your skin look flawless and helps your makeup stay put all day. Win win!

6. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray €30
Say hello to my second Urban Decay product featured in this wish list, but my oh my, I do love a setting spray. I have had the Urban Decay Chill setting spray, and after repurchasing it last year, I went and left my brand new bottle behind me in a hotel room, never to be seen again *insert crying face emoji*. I have tried several other setting sprays (if you follow my Snapchat, you'll know!) including Mac's Fix+, which I wasn't impressed by and FYI, it contains NO fixing properties I have been told. I am definitely going to buy this one though as it claims to "give your makeup serious staying powder"... sold!

7. Kiehls's Midnight Recovery Concentrate €44
A little skincare hero that apparently makes your skin smoother, fuller and younger looking over night! Described as a 'luxurious night-time serum', it is ideal for dull and tired skin. Kiehl's recommends to apply 2-3 drops at night on cleansed skin at night so a little goes a long way, meaning the bottle would last for a long time... right?

8. Kevin Murphy Shimmer Me Blonde €26
I spied this on Charlene Flanagan's Snapchat recently and she was absolutely raving about it. This spray by Kevin Murphy is a repairing spray for blonde hair and helps restore and refresh blonde and grey hair. It counteracts the yellow and gold tones in blonde/grey hairs. I use Touch of Silver purple shampoo every other time I wash my hair to do this so I'm really interested in trying this spray. Plus it's meant to smell delicious!

9. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc EDP 50ml €188
Yes, you read that right. One hundred and eighty eight euro for a 50ml bottle of perfume. I first seen this perfume on Ellen from Waxperts' Snapchat. I am a big fan of Tom Ford perfumes; I wore one as my wedding perfume which is an extremely special perfume and scent to me now. The last time I was in Brown Thomas I was testing perfumes, spotted this range and tried a squirt. Oh. MY. God. It is absolutely beautiful! I adore this scent but at this price, I would literally spray this perfume maybe once a year.

So there are just some of the products on my beauty wishlist! What products are on your wishlist?

I'll share my budget-brand beauty wishlist with you soon.

Thanks for reading
Danielle x








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Monday, July 31, 2017

PRODUCT(S) OF THE WEEK: COCOA BROWN TOUGH STUFF AND CHOCOLATE WHIP

Welcome to my latest 'Product of the Week' post. This post is about not one, but two of my holy grail products:
Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff & Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip

COCOA BROWN TOUGH STUF COCOA BROWN CHOCOLATE WHIP FAKE TAN


I love fake tanning (I'm super pale so a bit of tan works wonders!) but it's essential to make sure my skin is fake tan-ready.
In order to ensure your fake tan looks tip-top, you MUST exfoliate and moisturise your skin! You need to do this for a couple of days before applying your tan of choice. If I was applying tan on the Friday night for the weekend I would start to exfoliate and moisturise on the Wednesday morning.

These two products are key to flawless skin for even fake tan application. If you haven't tried either of this, I highly recommend them!

Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff
This is thee best body scrub I ever used. It is so gritty, making it ideal to exfoliate your skin and to remove any old stubborn tan from your last application! It works brilliantly on the rough areas of your skin such as elbows, knees, feet etc. It has quite a runny consistency so if you prefer, you can use it on dry skin for an even deeper exfoliation. It's gritty, pink and has Cocoa Brown's signature Tahitian Gardenia scent.. what more could you ask for in a no-nonsense body scrub.
(Always moisturise after exfoliating. Never exfoliate on the day you are applying fake tan.)

Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip
A yummy moisturiser that prepares your skin, prolongs your tan AND smells like chocolate... yes please! This is an oil-free moisturiser that makes your skin feel silky smooth. Most body lotions out there contain oil which break down your fake tan resulting in it fading unevenly. Marissa knew what was needed when she created Chocolate Whip! I slather this on after I exfoliate, but do not apply on the day of fake tan application. I would apply my fake tan, then the following day, shower it off and continue with applying Chocolate Whip as it prolongs the tan and helps it fade evenly.
This moisturiser also contains Vitamin E which helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and age spots.

Cocoa Brown range is available in pharmacies and Penneys stores nationwide.

Thanks for reading
Danielle x

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

HOW I CLEAN MY MAKEUP BRUSHES

If you have followed me for quite some time now you may remember that last year I bought one of the most sought after makeup gadgets of 2016; the Stylpro Makeup Brush Cleaner. As amazed and all as I was by it (the whole three times I used it), the batteries died and I ran out of the cleaning solution and I just haven't used it since... 
I can see now that I was blinded by the innovation and it is expensive for what it is, nonetheless it makes a great gadget for spot-cleaning several brushes for MUAs while they are working as it both washes and dries your brushes.

HOWEVER, I spied a little device in my work not so long and it was as cheap as chips. It was this pink Brush Cleaning Mat by Danielle Creations *I wish I could say I owned my own range but purely coincidence... for now ;)* for just €3.95. (Mat is also available in black)
The mat has suckers on the bottom of it so you place it in your sink and it doesn't budge. Each grooved section of the mat is designed specifically for different brushes. I use the old faithful Johnson's Baby Shampoo along with this mat; basically I squeeze some shampoo on to the mat, wiggle the brush through it and through the grooves on the mat, rinse under the tap and repeat until the brush rinses clean. Simples!



Pic Credit: www.danielle-ltd.co.uk

I can't fault this method whatsoever as it leaves my brushes clean as a whistle. I have a lot of brushes so it takes a bit of time but throw on some singalong music (Shania Twain was my choice this time!). It's so satisfying having them all washed and lined up to dry, isn't it?
If you can't get your hands on one of these cleaning mats, I know Primark/Penneys have their own version in their PS range. (I have seen a 'brush drying rack' too in their range on Snapchat so I must pick that up the next time I'm in Primark. And if you're really stuck, I know some people that use an old ribbed hot water bottle to clean their brushes and it works a treat.

How do you clean your makeup brushes? Comment below!

Thanks for reading
Danielle x
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