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No, You’re NOT The One….. I’m The One! #GirlPower

I love Valentines Day’s! There, I’ve admitted it. I love the whole Romancing Fairytale feel to it. However, as a Makeup Artist, I also love it for a different reason. Cosmetic Brands always bring out the most gorgeous Valentines Edition sets. One brand who never fails us is Illamasqua.

I'm the One by Illamasqua Valentines CollectionAptly named ‘I’m the One’ – The name drew me in as well as I am very much on the understanding that you are the most important person in your life and it should always be that way. If you don’t love yourself, you cannot fully love anyone else. So when this collection was named ‘I’m the One’ as opposed your ‘You’re the One’ – I was sold!


I want to show you the Illamasqua image for this collection. I love it, its so edgy, pretty and dramatic. It’s very typical in the amazing and unique images Illamasqua continue to produce for each of their collections.

I'm the One by Illamasqua Valentines Collection

I love that they have not only used the red pencil on the lips, but also the brows. I think they look amazing!

I'm the One by Illamasqua Valentines Collection

There are four items included in this collection:

I'm the One by Illamasqua Valentines Collection1. Intense Lipgloss in ‘Touch‘ – (RRP £14.50)

2. Lip Colouring Pencil in ‘Feisty’– (RRP £14.00)

 3. Nail Varnish – ‘Throb’ – (RRP £14.50)

 4. Lipstick – ‘Maneater’ – (RRP £16.50)

If you were to buy these items separately it would cost you £59.50. However for a limited period, Illamasqua are offering these together as the ‘I’m the One’ collection for only £50.00 so you get a very please £9.50 off and you get to look sexy, sultry and generally AMAZING!

Have you got the collection? or maybe even some of the individual items? What are your thoughts, leave us a comment below.

Stay Gorgeous!

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Limited-Edition Gift sets AND a new Luxury Boutique?? Benefit Cosmetics are SPOILING us this Christmas!

I love Benefit Cosmetics, as a company, as a brand, as a whole! So to be invited to the special VIP Grand Opening of their first Boutique in Ireland, I was perhaps a little too excited!

New Benefit Cosmetics Boutique, 17 south william street, Dublin

This is not only our first stand alone store in  the whole of Ireland but it is also now the new base for their regional office and training academy!

Nestled in the heart of Dublin, Benefit Cosmetics have created a one stop shop for all your beauty needs. Now there is no need to run from the beauty salon for your waxing… then over to your hairdresser and then to your trusty store to have your makeup done. Now you can have it all done in the one place. The new Benefit Boutique hosts a Beauty Bar to have your makeup done, a Blowout bar to have your hair styled to perfection, a Nail artist to perfect those lovely tips and then to top it all off they have a tanning booth and two cosy beauty rooms for all your waxing needs! Save yourself hours of running around and have everything done in the one place!

New Benefit Cosmetics Boutique, 17 south william street, Dublin

The boutique itself is set in a gorgeous listed building, converted into a bright and beautiful haven packed full of everything girls love! One of the main things I look at when I am at a beauty salon or off having my own make up done for a change, is the light in which you are being worked on with. A big problem with popping into department store makeup counters is that you are having your makeup done in totally artificial light, so as soon as you step outside into the natural light, BAM! Your makeup is no longer that perfect, flawless face you seen in the department store. But the light throughout the Benefit Boutique is like nothing I have ever seen before. It is flooded with such bright natural looking light, so you will have no nasty shocks when you walk outside, what you see is what you get.

New Benefit Cosmetics Boutique, 17 south william street, Dublin

While I was there on Friday night, I took advantage of the opportunity to play with all the new gift sets which are launched for Christmas every year. They make the perfect gift for any female so you need not be stuck for picking gifts this year!

You can view all the new limited edition Christmas sets available here on their website.

New Benefit Cosmetics Boutique, 17 south william street, DublinMy favourite, definitely has to be ‘Little Love Potions’ – It’s very similar to last years ‘Sexy Little Stowaways’. Which speaking from experience, sells out LIGHTENING FAST! This set is perfect for a gift for that girlfriend who hasn’t been able to try out Benefit Cosmetics Makeup, perhaps for financial reasons, this set is perfect because you get mini’s of all their best selling products. It is also amazing for the girl who travels a lot and can’t take all her full size products with her.

No VIP bash is complete without an awesome goodie bag, and boy oh boy my goodie bags was just that! I was treated to a super cool Gimme some lovin’ Gift box with lots of their best selling products.Gimme Some Lovin, Christmas Gift Sets, Benefit Cosmetics

But not only that, I was given the new ‘Bathina – Body Oil Mist’, oh my goodness I am in love! I have to say, I am a cult follower of the original ‘Bathina – Body Balm’, but I think it may be possible to convert me to the mist. It is scrumptious! Here is what Benefit Cosmetics have to say about the mist:

“Silky, sexy skin is impossible to resist. This super-fine body oil mist absorbs instantly for immediate hydration. It includes sweet almond, olive and avocado oils to leave skin feeling soft & moisturized…and vitamin E known to help keep it firm. With a seductive sheen and a hint of tempting fragrance, it’s lust at first touch!”

New Bathina Body Oil Mist by Benefit Cosmetics

What is not to love about that! It’s not only for the skin though, you can also massage into cuticles to instantly soften them and to leave nails with a subtle sheen.

So there we have it, not only have Benefit Cosmetics brought you yet another year of hassle free, guaranteed-to-please Christmas gifts, but they have also brought you all a brand spanking new Luxury and super cute Boutique in the heart of Dublin City!

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If you are in the Dublin area, pop in to see the lovely team at 17 South William Street.

The way to a woman’s heart….

With Valentine’s day approaching, everyone is claiming to sell the ‘Perfect Gift’ so I have decided to share some of my favourite gifts available for your loved one and also what to wear on the day of amour!

Rare Skater Dress In Red Rose Print £26.00

Rare Skater Dress In Red Rose Print

This dress is such a flattering shape, especially for women with some curves on their hips. Not only is the Floral Rose Print perfect for a romantic Valentine’s date, but it is also right on-trend for this season! So feel free to wear this little number until your heart is content!

Rare Lace Skater Dress With Heart Cut Out Back £19.50

Rare Lace Skater Dress With Heart Cut Out Back

This is a stunning flirty little dress in the colour of Love! This dress features a cute cut out back in the shape of a heart. Could it be any more perfect? Pair this with some Colour-Block heels to achieve a striking on-trend look.

Long Sleeve Heart Flippy Dress £40.00

Long Sleeve Heart Flippy Dress

With its long sleeves and playful heart print, this is the perfect dress for a sophisticated dinner date. Wear this with some black tights and black shoes for a covered up yet very feminine look. A simple red bag would complement the look perfectly.

Heart Print T-Shirt £3.99

Heart Print T-Shirt

 If you’re more of a comfort kind of girl, fear not! This very cute tee will show everyone how happy you are with the love of your life!

Love Pendant £22.00 Love Charm Bracelet £30

Love Pendant £22.00
Love Charm Bracelet £30

Why not keep your shopping local and support designers with in your community.  Grainné Maher, the very talented designer behind Pluck and Devour is always coming up with great quirky trends.  She had so much of success last valentines with her very adorable love heart necklace that she decided to create a matching charm bracelet!

I Love Frame £20.00

I Love Frame

 This simple frame speaks volumes and would make a fantastic Valentine’s present to give to friends, your one true Love or even a family member!  Insert a image of you guys together and it will show how much you really care about them.  Simple yet effective.

Pandora Red Faceted Murano Glass Charm - £35.00 Pandora silver heart and lock key charm bead - £30 Red Pave heart pendant charm - £35.00

Pandora Red Faceted Murano Glass Charm – £35.00
Pandora silver heart and lock key charm bead – £30
Red Pave heart pendant charm – £35.00

 As per usual, I have saved the best to last.  Pandora have created a very unique special valentines collection which includes luxurious red’s, hearts and a general loved theme.  Above are my favourite’s but they have many more special pieces on their website so get looking and get busy dropping hints. I know what I’m hoping for! ♥ 

Put the sparkle into any Woman’s eye with these great Stocking Fillers!

Sometimes our men get it so right…. but let’s face it, most of the time they get it wrong. So here are a few stocking fillers which are sure to put the sparkle back into your woman’s eye this Christmas. To buy any of the following products, simply click on the pictures to be whisked directly over to the product on the House of Fraser website, it really couldn’t be any easier.

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Set.
Only £40.00

This features an incredible lineup of eight full-size pencils in a rainbow of intoxicating shades. With eight amazing shades, you can create whatever look you`re in the mood for-from nakedly neutral to boldly bright to smoldering and sultry. In fact, the color range is so insane that they just had to dub this set Ocho Loco-which is Spanish for crazy eight. With their amazing staying power and unmatched colour payout, Urban Decay`s 24/7 Eye Pencils are one of the things they`re known for. Creamy and waterproof, this highly saturated formula glides on and stays put no matter what you put it through. This totally giftable set comes in a clear outer box to showcase the insane color range inside-just slap a bow on it and you`re done!

Application hint: Some people think that pencils are just for lining your eyes, but you can create beautiful highly pigmented smokey looks with these pencils. Roughly pencil in the area you want the colour in, stopping a little short of where you want the product to reach too. Then using a firm eye-shadow brush, blend the pencil out in circular motions to create an even show stopping look.

Estee Lauder Art Of Gloss Gift Set
Was £36 Now £32.40

Be a Modern Artist. Master the art of gloss with these 6 fun shades, Praline Paradise, Cherry Fever, Plum Divine, Frivolous Pink, Sugar Rush and Wild Sugarcane. This gift collection includes a modern, colour-block case with Pure Colour Gloss – the perfect stocking filler.

This collection is right on trend and perfect for the Christmas season. No matter what colour you are strutting your stuff in this holiday season, you will surely find a colour in this set to match and finish off your look. This set is perfect for day or night with a mix of natural and dramatic colours.

M·A·C Guilty Passions
Only £25.50!

With so many Christmas parties coming up, create a show stopping look with any of these beautiful Warm Crushed Metallic  Pigments. This is great value to get 4 very versatile colours from MAC. This set will help you create a range of different looks from Simplistic Sophistication to Mysteriously Smokey. The Guilty Passions Crushed Metallic Pigment kits feature four stackable jars of Pigment in rich molten metallic colour. Includes tempting shades in Ever Elegant, Silk Stocking, Dreamy Little Thing and Darling Coquette.

Application hint: Loose pigments can get messy so make sure to use plenty of eye primer and using a medium Eye-Shadow brush, firmly press the pigment onto your eyelid to make sure it stay’s put.

Benefit She`s So Jetset!
Was £29.50 Now £26.55

I have shared this product with you before, but now it is on special offer, helping you fill those stockings while saving some pennies. Upgrade your look in an instant.  This posh and polished makeup kit brings out the jetsetter in you. Follow the in flight makeup manual for an effortless glamorous look on eyes, lips and cheeks. Lift off to lovely! Kit includes: 4 shade eye shadow palette, the Porefessional, They`re real, first-class face powder with brush, lip gloss in life on the A list and double ended sponge applicator.

Dior Diorshow New Look Set.
Only £23!

I am so excited to feature this amazing set by Dior. The brand itself always portrays the highest level of luxury in their products and most of their palettes and sets start around £50. So grab yourself this great bargain for only £23! Inspired by catwalks and backstage make-up tips, the prodigious New Look Mascara with volume enhancer action thickens, separates and extends the lashes for an infinitely multiple lash effect. The set also contains a mini 5-Colour Couture Eyeshadow palette to reveal and enhance the intensity of your eyes.

Bobbi Brown Spring Picks.

If your woman has been extra good to you this year – Show her how much you appreciate her by splashing  the cash on this fantastic kit by Bobbi Brown.  Inspired by Bobbi`s love of Rose Gold, this limited edition set is the epitome of pretty. Luminosity and definition come together for an eye look that`s equally classic and fresh.

This set features the much-loved cream shadow and gel liner formulas; a super lengthening mascara; and the skincare you need to pamper the delicate eye area. It includes: Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner 3g, Rose Gold Long-Wear Cream Shadow 3.5g, Black Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara 6ml, Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover 30ml, EXTRA Repair Eye Cream 7ml, Mini Dual Ended Ultra Fine Eyeliner/Cream Shadow Brush.

 Now you have no reason not to impress her this year! Pop down to your nearest House of Fraser or go online to to pick up any of these perfect pressies!


Much Love  Nuala C.

Nor Lisa’s Christmas Wish List

Every year I wish and wish for that something special, I suppose every girl does. If you are anything  like me and you would like to leave a few hints this Christmas then you may want to check out some of  my favourite Christmas gift ideas.
Black skull print Devore scarf

When my eye caught a glimpse of this gorgeous Black skull printed Devore scarf, I immediately fell in love with Devore again. This scarf is soft, silky and quite warm. I know this because I’ve already tested this luxurious scarf out in store! This is a bargain buy and would make anyone very happy this Christmas!
Disney Couture Exclusive To ASOS ‘Have Faith In Your Dreams’ Black Enamel Bangle

This little piece is beautiful and very charming. It is Disney Couture Exclusive to and reads ‘Have faith in your dreams’ in black enamel. This Disney bangle adds a little magic into your life and reminds you to believe in yourself every time you look at it!

Mouth Pendant

What can I say – this is lovely! It has to be Vivienne Westwood of course, who else would create something so delicate and edgy at the same time? This Mouth pendant is part of the new collection which is based upon a mouth pendant design from 1993, Vivienne Westwood has produced this playful love token. Accompanied with a heart-shaped medal with the slogan ‘don’t you ever kiss me once, kiss me twice’ an ode to the famous Elvis Presley song, give the new love in your life a daring and unique gift with this decadent enameled Valentine Pendant. Vivienne Westwood is a genius and has included one of the most amazing rock and roll legends of all time into her piece, this will definitely be under the tree for me this year, one can only hope I suppose.
Melissa Black Ultra Girl Peep Toe Flats

Melissa plastic shoes always makes my feet all comfy and sweet, so when I saw these new Melissa shoes I just couldn’t resist! I love these flat Ultra Girl peep toe pumps featuring an almond toe with a shimmering glitter effect throughout for added sparkle! These flats are subtle with an explosion of glitter and are just divine. I hope that Santa will hear me when I beg for these bad boys this Christmas!

This Deep red handbag from Zara is just so lovable with its black handle and its long black strap with a metal clasp at the front. This handbag is compact and would look great with a little black dress and a pair of wedges! At a very affordable price why wait till Christmas?  Treat yourself now to this cutie!