Sunday, April 29, 2012

NOTD - Essie's Navigate Her & Catrice's New Top Coats

During my week off from work I've been experimenting alot with different nail polish looks. I'm not allowed wear polish in work so I always make the most of the time I have off. I've fallen in love with three new top coats from Catrice over the week. As well as being cheap as chips at €2.79, they can change any old plain nail polish instantly.

Holo Que Tal?! is a polish that is pictured above but I haven't used it much yet. In fairness, it's probably my least favourite of the three as it's nothing special, just pink shimmer really. 

All over the nail I used Essie's shade of the Summer Navigate Her which you can see in the top picture. It looks a very bright green here but in person I can assure that it's quite pale. I'm not 100% taken on this polish yet, sometimes I love it and other times I can't stand it. I think some of the other polishes in the collection are much nicer. Who knows maybe Navigate Her will grow on me after a while. As a topcoat I used, Shake It! Flake It! which is gorgeous I think it would look nice over any nail polish. On my ring finger I used Million Dollar Baby, which is made up of big chunks of silver and gold specks. I love how all these top coats can be used on there own, aswell as over polish.

Do you like this nail look?? Will you be trying any of Catrice's Million Styles Effect Top Coats?


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Human+Kind All in One Body Oil

Human+Kind is a Irish natural skincare brand, which has a range of four multi-tasking products. I don't see the point in spending heaps of money on a assortment of products, when just one will do the trick. I was recently asked if I wanted to try the All in One Body Oil* from their range, I wasn't too sure at first. To be honest, body oils aren't a big part of my daily beauty routine. When I think oils of any description, I just imagine a big mess. To my surprise, I was proven wrong with this product.

The product itself comes in a 75ml bottle which should last a while. However, it does depend on how much you use it. For the last few weeks, I've been using this on my legs post shave and on dry patches on my arms, so I still have quite a bit left. I apply a few drops to my legs and I find this is plenty, as the product spreads alot. As it's a oil I expected it to be super greasy but this wasn't the case in the slightest, my skin was left feeling smooth and moisturised. It absorbs quickly, leaving somewhat of a sheen which happens normally I hear if you use an oil. Not being perfumed, this will also be great for people that have sensitive skin.The only thing missing from this product for me would be a pump or a spray cap. I much prefer these as I can control the amount of product I use.

 Priced at €14.95, I will certainly be repurchasing this product as it's longlasting and for the price it's worth the money. I already have my eye on their All in One Family Remedy Cream. Human+Kind is available from selected stores and pharmacies throughout Ireland, you can check them out here.

Have you heard of Human+Kind? What body oils do you recommend I try?


Sunday, April 22, 2012

All-Made-Up-21's First Birthday!

This time last year I started my blog, which makes All-Made-Up-21 officially 1 today. This whole year has seriously flown by, I don't know where the time has gone. I can still remember writing my first blog post, a review on Simple's Eye Makeup Remover Pen. I don't think I knew what I was doing back then as you can see from my early posts. Before I started my All-Made-Up-21, I use to read tonnes of blogs which remain my favourites today, you can check them out in the "Blogs I Love" section. Since I've started blogging I've met so many lovely bloggers (too many to mention but you know who you are), who have been incredibly lovely. When I'm talking to people and they say they read my blog I get so surprised, it's so nice. I've also discovered lots of new products during the year, so my bank balance is considerably lower now. I may do a post soon on products I love that I've discovered through blogging.

My first blog post ever! (Excuse the dodgy photo)

I can't thank you all enough for the amazing support over the past year, it's been great. I've been enjoying every minute blogging and I'm glad you like the posts too.

What type of posts would you like to see more of on All-Made-Up-21?


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Move Over Revlon Lip butters

There's been so much hype over Revlon Lip Butters that the other releases from this brand have been left unnoticed. In the past month, this brand has released a vast amount of new products. Don't get me wrong, I loved the lip butters, I raved about them awhile ago, but these other products definitely deserve a mention too.

I don't usually lean towards lipglosses on a regular basis but these two have made their way into my handbag. They are two new shades from Revlon's Colorburst that I can see being popular. Bellini is a gorgeous peach shade which will be perfect over the Summer, while  Crystal Water is a clear gloss with purple, blue and pink shimmer.  Both shades are very wearable, Crystal Water looks great over lipsticks or on it's own. For those of you who don't like shimmer it's barely noticeable on the lips unless you look really close. I've been using both lipgloss continuously since I bought them. They are certainly long lasting on the lips without being ridiculously sticky. Did I forget to mention these lipgloss smell amazing? they have such a yummy sweet scent. I want to pick up some more of these soon, but I'm spoiled for choice as there are so many gorgeous shades to choose from.

Another new release Revlon product is the Photoready Perfecting Primer. I'm all about the primers, there a essential for me as my makeup always slides off my face halfway through the day. I guess it's just one of the joys of having oily skin ( I joke). This particular one was quite expensive at €18, I got mine on offer for about €12 in McCabes pharmacy. It has to be said I've been loving this primer, one pump covers my whole face leaving it feeling so smooth. I wouldn't say it works miracles and makes my pores disappear, but they certainly look less noticeable after applying. Unlike some so called matte primers, this actually delivers, it leaves a nice base for makeup application. Both of Revlon's new primers (one available here) are said to contain non of the following: talc, oil, paraben and fragrance. I do get a scent of this but I can't put my finger on what it smells like. As drugstore primers go, this in my opinion is one of the best I've tried.

What's your favourite Revlon product? Will you be trying any of the new additions to the brand?


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jean Paul Gaultier Night & Day Collection for Diet Coke

Diet Coke's latest collaboration is with Jean Paul Gaultier. The result is the Day and Night collection which features two beautiful bottles with Night and Day designs. This release coincides with the launch of Jean Paul Gaultier Summer fragrances, some would call that perfect timing. Each individual bottle costs €2.45 but me being me I purchased the gift box, which contains two bottles and a limiter edition Diet Coke glass. It cost €23.95, which in my opinion was pretty pricey but I have bought other Diet Coke collaborations in the past. In other words I needed this for my collection. I love the cylinder shaped box everything comes in as it has little coke bottle windows where you can see what's inside. The design is also really pretty so this will certainly be staying on my book shelf so everyone can see it. These lovely bottles are exclusive to Harvey Nichols, so pop down to your local store if you want to have a look at them. When purchasing these I was told that Harvey Nichols Dundrum is having a launch night tomorrow (Thursday 19th of April) for this collection. It's on from 6pm to 9pm so I may see some of you there.

What do you think of Diet Coke's latest collaboration??

Laura  <3

Monday, April 16, 2012

MAC & Chanel Haul

After Easter I had a bit of money to spend so I treated myself to a few new beauty products. During the week I saw them online and decided that I must have them.

First of all, I went to MAC where I picked up two products from their latest collections. Extra Dimension Skinfinishes seem to be taking over the blogosphere as of late. After swatching all three, I decided Superb was the one for me. I like the design on this product as it's very pretty. Another plus for me is that you can use it as an eyeshadow too. There is actually a shadow in this collection that looks identical to Superb so with €8 in the difference I'd definitely buy a skinfinish instead.

I don't usually have much interest in MAC limited edition collections, some products they bring out don't appeal to me. I was surprised when I fell in love with two products from seperate collections this month. I spotted this blush from the Tres Cheek in store, it's a gorgeous everyday shade. The other blushes in the collection are beautiful, so I was spoiled for choice. I went for the shade, Pink Tea as it's the one I could see myself using all the time and I've been using it everyday since I bought it. I only wish MAC's limited edition blushes came in pan form, I'm useless at depotting eyeshadows and blushes.

I'm a big fan of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua liquid foundation, so when I saw it was being released I popped it on my wish list. With €10 on my Debenhams beauty card I decided to splurge out and treat myself. The foundation was applied instore, I love the coverage and finish it gave to my skin. That €10 reward was much needed as it turned out the compact was €48.50, a whopping €10 more than the liquid foundation. I haven't used this since I bought it, as I'm trying to use up my foundations but I'll certainly let you know my thoughts soon.

Would you like to see a review for any of these products?


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Inglot Eyeshadow Palettes

My blog posts have been far and between lately as I'm still in the process of getting my laptop fixed. I brought it to a laptop shop that told me everything would have to be wiped to fix it, so annoyingly, I have to backup everything. I have no idea how to do this, so it will be quite a while before I send it away to be mended. In this post I thought I'd show you my Inglot eyeshadow palettes. I've been using them quite a bit lately.

As you can see I have three in total, the round eyeshadow palette was my first purchase from the brand. The second shadow from the left I use occasionally as an all over the lid colour but not alot. The two other palettes have shades that I use pretty much all the time, I bet you can guess the shadow I love the most.Yes it's the brown sparkly shadow that I've hit pan on, I use this in the crease all the time and it blends so easily. You may have spotted it in one of my monthly favourites posts too. The palette containing this shadow is also my favourite palette out the three I own. All the shades are very wearable, I love the purples for nights out while the top shade (Pearl 397) is gorgeous all over the lid and a fantastic brow highlight.

Pearl 397, Pearl 452, D.S. 465, D.S.493, D.S. 491

Matte 378, Pearl 434, Pearl 420, Pearl 421, AMC Shine 12

Matte 390, Pearl 402, AMC Shine 37, AMC Shine 42, AMC 53

Another thing I love about the square palettes is the packaging. I can see whats inside each one if I was in a hurry looking for a particular shade. I wouldn't be scared of putting these in my bag either as they are magnetic and sturdy. The only thing they don't have is a mirror which isn't something that would put me off them at all. I know some people find it hard to take the shadows out of the square palettes, but I just use the magnet from the lid and they come off with no problems. I heard Inglot sell a magnet thing to remove the shadows, it's not really essential in my opinion.

 I'm considering purchasing a new Inglot palette soon maybe a 10 pan one as they're so affordable and the qualities amazing. All their eyeshadows are so pigmented, I think they could give some MAC ones a run for their money. I do own a MAC eyeshadow palette but I'd be more inclined to purchase other one of these as they aren't as expensive and there quicker to fill. Size wise your getting a 2.7g  eyeshadow with Inglot while MAC's are 1.5g. All three Inglot palette from what I can remember are around the €20 mark which is a bargain, don't you think? One thing about these shadows that is constantly mentioned are the names (numbers). Have you seen the amount of Inglot eyeshadows there is, like hundreds so it's understandable why they don't do names. Alot of the eyeshadows tend to look alike also so this is probably why they do numbers instead.

If your starting a makeup artist course or want your own eyeshadow palette, I'd certainly recommend investing in one of these. It's easy to choose eyeshadows you want on the counter as they are colour coordinated together which makes for much easier shopping, for me anyway.

What's your favourite products from Inglot? Have you tried their eyeshadows?


Friday, April 6, 2012

New Storage for my Everyday Makeup Essentials

Early mornings for me means rummaging through my makeup bag, half asleep looking for something to make me look presentable. Not being able to locate certain products results in me dumping the entire contents of  my makeup bag everywhere. When I was in Tesco the other say I saw this office organiser for pens and the like, but immediately I had another idea for this. I emptied out my makeup bag when I got home, and started arranging all my products that I've been using quite a bit recently. My foundations, powders and blushes can change from time to time. At the moment I'm using Rimmel's Wake Me Up foundation, to be honest I can't say that it's blown me away. I've read alot of posts were it's been described as having too much glitter in it. I work in a clothes shop under artificial lighting on a daily basis and I can't say I resemble a disco ball when I use this. When I finished organising all my products this was the result.

It's a perfect everyday makeup organiser that everything fits into except my eyeshadows which is no big deal. The thing I like most about this is that it rotates so I can spin it around to find products I want to use. I don't think it contains enough makeup to warrant doing this all the time but it's fun! I certainly think this is a quick and easy way to store my everyday essentials. At only €4.90, it was worth every penny. I'm in the process of  sorting out the mess that is my room, I got some much needed storage bits recently so I'm hoping to get everything out of the way over the weekend. If these are posts you like to see, I'll definitely pop some more up when I finish my room.

How do you store your everyday makeup??


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

March Favourites

A big thing that stood out for me during the month of March was the fantastic weather. Even though it was only here for a couple of days it definitely made me happier. Yesterday, (less than a week later) it was snowing, which was extremely odd. This may be my last post for a while as my computer broke yesterday, so I had to send it away to get fixed. It really bugs me as I only have my Sony VAIO for less than six months. Surely they shouldn't break that quickly. Product wise, I've fallen in love with lots this month. Most of them are new to me and I've only come across them throughout March.

I usually apply my makeup in a rush in the mornings so I do tend to make mistakes (lack of sleep) here and there, so these have been brilliant. They are cottonbuds, (does anyone call them swabs?) filled with makeup remover. Nothing annoys me more than when I make a tiny mistake with mascara which ends up with me removing lots of perfectly applied makeup with a wipe. With one of these they don't make a mess of your makeup at all. A pack of  these cost €7.99 for 24 so they didn't come cheap, but I'm sure I'll be buying them  again as they save time for me in the mornings.

When I want to remove all my makeup at night, I've been using this lovely Vichy product. For ages, when people mentioned micellar solutions I had literally no clue what they were talking about, which for me was pretty embarassing. Now that I know what it is I don't know where I'd be without it. This particular one is from Vichy's Normaderm range which is great for imperfection prone skin. I soak four cotton pads with this and it removes all my makeup. I do use up alot of product fast this way, but it doesn't really bother me too much. I know you can buy a bigger bottle with a pump for €14 so I think I may purchase that next time.  Just a small word of warning, do not get this in your eyes as it can sting a bit.

I love this stuff!! I saw this featured in one of Meg's post lately. If you haven't checked out her blog you should it's brilliant. This powder isn't too expensive at €7 so it wouldn't be too hard to replace if you lost it on a night out. Rimmel Stay Matte gives such a lovely finish to my makeup without being too powdery. I've been using it over the past two weeks and I'll be certainly repurchasing it when I run out.

I've tried alot of Catrice mascaras and have never liked any of them, that is until I used this one. I have nothing but good things to say about this. It doesn't leave my lashes looking like a clumpy mess like alot of their mascara have done in the past. One of the best things about this mascara is the price, it's only €4.49 which is a bargain. You can find a my mini review for this mascara here and the effect it gives on my lashes.

I was given three Revlon lip butters as a Christmas Gift from Chie before they were launched in Ireland. I really enjoyed using them as they are great if your not in the mood for lipsticks. When they were released here during the month, I bought a couple straight away. Strawberry Shortcake is my favourite, it's a gorgeous pale pink shade that is really wearable. If you would like to see my Revlon lip butter review you can check it out here.

If you've already read my March Empties post, you will know that I had such bad problems with my hair this month. Half way through March, I started getting a itchy scalp which led to full on dandruff. I think it may of been caused by a hair product I was using, I'm going through a process of elimination trying to find the culprit. In the meantime, I had to get the problem sorted, I work in retail so I didn't like the idea of hundreds of customers walking in the door seeing my dandruff (yes it was that bad!) I went to The Body Shop and their lovely sales assistant recommended their Ginger Anti Dandruff Shampoo. She was so nice and gave me a sample to see how I got on with it. This stuff is brilliant, the problem is still there but it has definitely lessened since I started using this.  As you know I was so impressed with this product, I decided to buy the full sized bottle because I got on so well with it. This shampoo is available in two sizes, I bought the larger of the two which cost €14.50.

I've been reaching for this hand cream alot lately. It's from a brand called True Blue which you can find at Bath and Body Works in the States. This is another gift that Chie sent to me, so if you can get your hands on it I'd definitely recommend it. The scent reminds me of Bliss's Triple Oxygen Energizing Mask, it's so nice and fresh. My hands have been very dry as of late, so this hand cream has been great and it leaves my hands feeling so soft.

What has made it into your favourites in March??


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Little Gifts from my Mom's Trip to Belfast

My Mom headed to Belfast over the weekend with work. While there she picked me up two MAC products I was lusting after for a while now. I find makeup in general pretty expensive so when my Mom was heading to Belfast I asked her to pick  me up these two things in particular. At the end of the day I think making a small saving is good. Both the product choices on my part were influenced by some amazing blog posts I read lately.

I've heard so much lovely things about this eyeshadow. Ricepaper apparently looks really nice with another MAC shadow called Soba but unfortunately my Mom said they didn't have any left in stock. I've heard such good things about Ricepaper so hopefully it looks nice on me. I purchased this in pan form to put in my palette, which is filling up really quickly! I have only five spaces left in it. What eyeshadows should I get next?

I've read tonnes about the Mineralize Skinfinish, Soft and Gentle on so many blogs so it was certainly something I wanted to try. This product is used alot as a highlighter but I guess you could use it as a eyeshadow too. The only thing that stops me from buying more Mineralize Skinfinishes in the future is the fact they are so horribly expensive. One of these cost like €26.50, which is ridiculous so I'll be definitely making this one last that's for sure

Once I've used both of these products for a while I'm going to do a review and possibly a face of the day post. I really don't think I do enough of the latter to be honest. The issue preventing me from doing these posts is the dreadful light in my room, I think it may be one of the darkest rooms in my whole house.

Are FOTDs something you'd like to see more of?