SOSU by Suzanne Jackson Launch Night

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I’ve never been so excited about a nail varnish range until the day I got an email about the SOSU launch. So Sue Me is one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to blogging – she’s a normal Irish girl who has worked hard and achieved so much. With two books and a nail polish range of 25 colours under her Hermes belt, Suzanne Jackson knows a thing or two about blogging.

The launch party for the range was organised by Revolve PR and held in the amazing 10 Ormond Quay (although I may have gotten lost on the way and received many strange looks for having five-inch heels on).

Xpose, Rosanna Davidson and nearly every blogger in Ireland was there – it was an event to remember, for sure. I was so excited to get a picture with Suzanne herself, and vowed silently to focus 110% on my blog so maybe one day I could achieve what Suzanne has.

The nail varnish range itself is gorgeous, with a shade to suit everyone. The packaging is gorgeous, and the colour gives a gel finish without UV light. I got the shade Sunset Kiss in my goodie bag, which is a gorgeous orange shade, and I couldn’t resist picking up I Do and This Is Paradise when I spotted the range in Penneys last week.

Something tells me that this won’t be the last venture that Sue carries out…

 

April Favourites – YouTube Video!!

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I did my April favourites a little differently this month – in a YouTube video! Please like, subscribe and share! Let me know in the comments below what you think – I’d love to hear!

I’ve decided to finally start making YouTube videos because I’ve been watching them for so long and have finally (kind of) gotten the confidence to do them myself. I’m hoping to upload every Sunday, so stay tuned for makeup, beauty, fashion and beauty videos – as well as everything else!

I hope you enjoy! <3

The Girl Behind the Blog

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Seeming as WhatSheDoesNow is growing and getting older, I thought I’d share some facts about me with you guys so you can get to know the girl behind the blog a bit better! I just grabbed a few questions from Google, although some were a bit weird :’) I hope you enjoy!

  1. Full name - Amy Rose Morgan Mulvaney
  2. Date of birth – 6th June 1995
  3. From – Dublin, Ireland
  4. Height – 5 foot 7 (and a half)
  5. Siblings – Nope, I’m an only child!
  6. Studying – Journalism
  7. Dream job – WhatSheDoesNow as a full time career, magazine editor, writer, columnist
  8. Relationship status – I’ve a boyfriend of 3 and a half years :)
  9. Name 3 things that are physically close to you – Right now there’s my laptop, phone and camera
  10. What’s the weather like right now? It’s Ireland – it’s sunny, rainy, cloudy and windy all at once!
  11. Do you drive? Yep, I’m learning to drive with the hope of getting my full license soon!
  12. What time did you wake up this morning? 9 – that’s early for me :’)
  13. Have you ever been to a different country? Yes, quite a few!
  14. Do you like sushi? I’ve only tried it once, but I didn’t like it.
  15. Do you wear contacts or glasses? No, although I love how glasses look!
  16. Do you color your hair? I get blonde highlights every few months and Great Lengths extensions every six months. 
  17. When was the last time you cried? Yesterday, I’m such a crier!
  18. What is your eye color? Blue
  19. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke? Not at all
  20. What was favourite subject at school? English
  21. What is your favourite drink? Tea – I’m obsessed!
  22. What is your favourite song at the moment? See You Again, Wiz Khalifa and Hold Back the River, James Bay
  23. What is your favourite food? I’ve such a sweet tooth – I love anything with chocolate in it!
  24. What is the last thing you bought? Cosmo Body and U magazine, I’m a magazine fanatic.
  25. Favourite book of all time? I recently read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and it was amazing. 
  26. Do you have any pets? I’ve one dog, Bella. She’s a Cavalier King Charles and is currerntly snoozing behind me on the couch.
  27. Favourite Perfume? Thierry Mugler Alien
  28. Favourite Holiday? New York with my dad in 2012 or Lanzarote and London with my boyfriend, best friend and her boyfriend last year.
  29. Do you speak any other language? I can speak Irish and a bit of French.
  30. What is your favourite shop? I love Topshop, but Missguided is my favourite online store
  31. Favourite restaurant? Pacino’s on Suffolk Street in town, it’s like a piece of Italy in Dublin!
  32. Favourite Blog? I can’t just choose one! I love Hello October, Vivianna Does Makeup and Lily Pebbles.
  33. Favourite Movie? Any cartoon – Despicable Me, Finding Nemo and Up are some of my faves! 
  34. Favourite TV show? Modern Family – it’s the best thing on tv!
  35. What phone do you have? I’ve a gold iPhone 5s
  36. Can you cook? I’d like to say that I can, but my boyfriend tells me otherwise!
  37. What quote/phrase do you live your life by? Argh there are so many! I love “Storms make trees take deeper roots” and “what’s for you won’t pass you”, but I just have so many!
  38. What are you afraid of? I’m afraid of everything :’) I still hate the dark, and I think I always will.
  39. What did you want to be when you were little? I remember saying that I wanted to be a comedienne, but I’ve nearly always wanted to work in magazines
  40. What are your pet peeves? I have so many pet peeves :’) I hate when there are lights turned on and it’s bright outside, when people tap their foot or pick their nails, people who walk slowly… I’m very easily agitated haha!

So that’s a bit about me! Please let me know in the comments what you thought of this post, and if there are any other questions you’d like me to answer!

Recent Topshop Purchases & Wish List

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Although it has always been my favourite store, Topshop is killing it lately. Every time I step inside it’s guaranteed that I won’t be leaving empty handed, much to my bank account’s despair.

I went into the Topshop off Grafton Street last Saturday and my hands were full with stuff before I’d barely gotten inside. I picked up a few summery tops and a pair of jeans, as well as adding 101 things to my to-buy list. I have them sitting in my basket waiting for payday – Thursday can’t come quick enough.

Black tie-strap top  - Giving a nod to the current 70s trend, this bardot-style cold shoulder top will be perfect for dressing up with heels or wearing with denim shorts during the summer.

Lilac split back top  - My wardrobe mainly consists of black, white, grey and navy, so this lilac top is a bit outside my comfort zone. It has a really nice split back, which adds something extra to a simple outfit. Again, this will be ideal for dressing up or down.

White longline top - White is always a safe bet for the summer. It looks great against a tan (real or not) and this top is really simple but really gorgeous. Plus, it might just be long enough to throw on over a bikini if you’re heading to the beach.

Navy cami top - I vowed to myself not to buy another cami top this summer, but I’ve already bought three. This navy one was only €20 – what a bargain!

Ripped Jamie jeans - I haven’t stopped wearing these ripped jeans since I picked them up last week – they’re so comfortable and go with everything!

Wish List

Denim shirt - It’s not so much your traditional summer piece, but I just love the look of this denim shirt. It would be great for when the weather (hopefully) gets a bit warmer but you still want to wear something incase it gets cold again. Oh, the joys of living in Ireland…

Lace crop top - The only time I ever wear anything cropped is with high waisted jeans/shorts/skirts. Burgers are just too good to have abs. This lace top is so dainty and pretty and would definitely get you through the summer months with shorts and maxi skirts.

Denim shorts - I’m definitely feeling the love for denim in this post, amn’t I?! It’s so hard to find a nice pair of shorts that don’t show 80% of your behind, but I think this pair might be a game-changer.

Lace up sandals - Lace up shoes are having a big moment this spring/summer, from heels to sandals to regular flats. I can see myself getting major value for money out of this tan pair, that also come in gold too. Decisions, decisions…

Shout out to my dad for holding my tops for me while I was trying to photograph them :’)

Let me know in the comments what you think of these pieces, and what’s on your summer wish list!

The Makeup Brush Starter Kit

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No matter how much makeup you have, it’ll never look right if you don’t have the correct tools to apply it with. A good brush can make all the difference to how your makeup looks, and some can even multi-task for different products.

Gone are the days when high end stores were the only place you could buy good makeup brushes. Thanks to Real Techniques you can sort yourself out with a good brush kit for a fraction of the price of a high-end one. Even better, I actually prefer Real Techniques brushes over MAC brushes.

Whether you’re just getting into makeup and are wondering what brushes you need in your kit or if you’ve a dresser bursting to the brim with products, these 8 brushes would definitely be a beneficial addition to your makeup bag.

From top of The Glam Guide:

Real Techniques Blush Brush - My MAC 168 brush has taken a back seat since I picked this baby up. It’s the perfect tapered shape to apply blush, and can double as a bronzing brush too.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush - i.e. the best foundation brush of all time. Dense and with a slightly flat-top, this is the ultimate base brush. It blends the product seamlessly into the skin, and is super soft so it doesn’t scratch or irritate your face.

Real Techniques Powder Brush - This might just be the biggest, fluffiest brush of all time. It picks up and distributes just the right amount of powder, and doesn’t leave you looking like you’ve dipped your face in talc.

Real Techniques Contour Brush - This little brush is the perfect shape to fit right under the cheekbone for contouring, and is small enough that you can apply the product only where you want it without getting it all over your face.

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Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush - It does exactly what it says on the tin. This little fluffy brush is just the right size for applying eyeshadow all over the lid, but is slightly tapered at the ends so you can work product into the outer-v of the eye too.

MAC 217 - I’ve to give MAC credit for this one, it’s the famous 217 blending brush. Super fluffy and tapered, it’s the ultimate crease brush. This is one MAC brush worth the splurge.

Jessup fluffy brush - This brush doesn’t actually have a name and came as part of a set, but any dense fluffy brush will do. I use this for concealer as it’s small enough to use under the eye and has a slightly flat top so you can press product onto a blemish easily.

Real Techniques Eyeliner Brush - Use it for gel eyeliner, for a smokey eye, to add colour under the eye, to fill in your eyebrows – whatever. This small angled brush can do so many different things and can really change up an eye makeup look.

Eight brushes is really all you need when it comes to the basic makeup kit – who knew?! Real Techniques really is the best brand for brushes – they’re affordable, don’t shed and there’s a brush for everything you need.

Let me know in the comments what your essential makeup brushes are, I’d love to hear!

Shout out to my dog Bella who loves to jump in on blog photos :’)

 

Topshop Jeans – Leigh vs. Jamie

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There’s no denying it, I’m a Topshop jeans kinda gal. Actually, I’m pretty much a Topshop everything kinda gal. Over the years I’ve gone back and forth between two different kinds of Topshop jeans – Leigh and Jamie. While they’re both similar, they’re also quite different. If you’re looking to buy a new pair of skinny jeans, have a read to see which pair would suit you most.

Leigh - Leighs were the first pair of Topshop jeans that I bought, so they hold a special place in my wardrobe. They’re super skinny and soft, and have a medium-high rise, coming up around the belly button. They material is quite light and stretchy, making them uber comfortable to wear. In my opinion, they’re as comfortable as leggings. They don’t have much structure to them, so they don’t really hold anything in. I’ve had a few pairs of Leigh jeans, and after wearing them for about a year two pairs ripped on the inside of the thigh, slightly turning me off them. However, I did get loads of wear out of them so I don’t mind too much. As the material is quite thin it can be prone to ripping after a long period of time.

They’re pretty true to size, I’m a size 10 and buy a 28 waist and a 30 leg. Make sure you look at the description before you buy them as some Leighs are cropped, meaning they’re a little shorter on the leg, and some come rolled up at the ends. If you like wearing your jeans rolled up, try a longer leg length so you’ve extra material to roll with.

Jamie - Jamie jeans are like a step up from Leighs. They have a higher waist, are more structured and are more of a traditional denim material. They’re not as comfortable, but are quite good at holding everything in and are super skinny, so they’re good for nights out and when you want to get dressed up.

It took me three pairs of Jamie jeans to learn that I need to buy a size smaller in the waist because they stretch so much. While they feel fine when you try them on, after a couple of wears it becomes impossible to wear them without a belt. Again, check the description to see what the finish is like on the leg. If it’s a regular length (not cropped or rolled up) I buy a size longer so I can roll them up twice because I like that look. I get a 26 waist and 32 leg in these.

Both jeans are around the £40 mark, depending on which exact pair you’re buying. I always try the jeans on in Topshop and then buy them online in Pound with my Unidays student discount because it works out much cheaper than buying them in Euro in store. The perks of being a student, right?

So, it really depends on what you’re looking for in a jean to see which pair would suit you most. If comfort is key, I’d say go for the Leighs. But if you’re looking for something with a bit more structure, Jamie’s the one for you.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve any questions!

My friend Debbie has an amazing blog all about jeans – so definitely check it out for more detailed information and advice!

The Full Coverage Face

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Some days (ie. most days for me) a BB cream or tinted moisturiser just doesn’t cut it. Whether you want to hide blemishes, dark circles or are just looking for a full-coverage base, these three products will do the job.

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is a new addition to my makeup collection, but as soon as I started using it I wondered how I had gone so long without it. The sales assistant was so lovely and helpful, and matched me to the shade 1N2 Ecru, which I’m really happy with.

The bottle doesn’t come with a pump and Estee Lauder don’t sell any to go with it (v. annoying!) but apparently the MAC pumps fit perfectly. I haven’t gotten a chance to pick one up yet so I’ve been pouring the product onto my hand, which is quite tricky as a lot comes out at once. But the struggle to get the right amount of product out is totally worth it. The coverage that this foundation gives is amazing. It’s non-cakey and sits really well on the skin.

This stuff doesn’t budge. Heat, water, sweat, tears – it stays in place through it all. However, it’s surprisingly easy to remove with cleanser. I use about a 10 cent coin-sized blob to cover my entire face with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush , and then stipple just a little bit more onto blemishes.

To brighten under the eyes, Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer is my new favourite. It brightens and lightens under the eyes, giving a really nice glow that’s non-shimmery. I use the shade 010 Ivory.

Finally, for redness and scarring that still shows through, Vichy Dermablend Corrector Stick (I use the shade 15) conceals like no other. It’s made specifically to cover blemishes and does the job so well. I apply it straight from the stick onto my skin and press it in with a small fluffy brush.

A light dusting of powder on top to seal and set everything into place and you’re good to go! I use MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in light, but Rimmel Stay Matte is an amazing dupe for a fraction of the price.

These three products work so well together and give coverage like nothing else I’ve ever tried – sorry MAC Studio Fix!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever tried any of these products or what you use for a full coverage finish!

The Everyday Makeup Routine

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I’ve dresser full of makeup yet I turn to nearly the same products everyday. Who’s with me on that one? When it comes to day-to-day, usually the only way I change up my makeup is my eyeshadow or lipstick, other than that it remains pretty much the same.

Coming into spring, I like to wear a lighter foundation that still gives really good coverage. The Isa Dora Nude Sensation Fluid Foundation has been my favourite over the past few weeks as it’s really light and weightless but still covers spots and blemishes. The Isa Dora Protect Face Primer has SPF 30 and is really moisturising, so I apply this underneath to save the extra step of SPF. For blemishes that need a bit more concealing, MAC Studio Finish Concealer always does the job. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer has taken over from Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer to cover dark circles as it conceals and brightens at the same time. I always put a bit of powder all over my face to keep the concealer in place and seal it all in. Whether that’s recommended or not, I don’t know – but it’s what I do.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Lovely Pink has been my favourite blush recently as it’s so pretty and pink and has a bit of shimmer in it too. I dust a bit of MAC Harmony under my cheekbones and along the temples to add a bit of colour to my otherwise very pale face. The Balm Mary Lou Manizer is my favourite step of applying makeup – it literally transforms your face! The shimmer it gives is gorgeous and catches the light really well, I always get asked about it whenever I wear it.

As per usual, Soap & Glory Archery brow pencil is my saviour for filling in my thin, fair brows. The original Urban Decay Naked palette has been the only palette I’ve been using over the past few weeks – it has every colour you need! I usually use the light matte brown in the crease and the champagne shimmer on the lid. A slick of L’Oreal Super Slim liner and a few coats of Maybelline Lash Sensational and that’s eyes done!

As for lips, liner has become an essential. Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob is the perfect pinky-nude, and looks really nice with MAC Hue on top. Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea has become a favourite too recently. It’s so pigmented and leaves my lips really moisturised and glossy.

If I take my time, this usually takes around a half an hour between regular Instagram checks and tea breaks, otherwise I can get it done in about fifteen minutes.

Let me know your everyday makeup routine in the comments below, I’d love to hear!

The Little Red Dress

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Forget the LBD, this season it’s all about the LRD –  the little red dress. I saw this beauty on Missguided (of course) and while it’s totally different to what I usually wear, I fell in love with it.

I wore this dress last Friday night to my friend’s 21st – any excuse to buy a new dress! The fit is really nice, and the satin material looks and feels so luxurious. Although, it was really creased when it came so I put a towel over it and ironed it out. The sides of the top of the dress were a bit big, so I taped them down with double sided tape (with the help of my two gals) so they wouldn’t stick out. I paired the dress with my new favourite heels from Office, and grabbed a leather jacket when I was running out the door.

I kept my hair and makeup simple, and just wore a few rings and Alex and Ani bracelets to add a little something extra. I love Broadway nails, and wore the “real short” version. They’re super easy to apply and lasted for around three days.

Apologies for the location and lighting (and slight blurriness) of the photos, we were in such a rush and I just wanted to snap a few photos before we left! Regardless of all that I thought I’d share the pictures with you anyway!

Let me know what you think of the outfit in the comments below or if you’ve any questions, I’ll be sure to get back to you!

A Night at the Oscars (kind of)

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Give me any excuse to wear a full length dress and I’m there. Last night there was a society ball on in college that had an Oscars theme. When it was announced, I was searching for full length dresses quicker than I’d like to admit.

I found this gorgeous dress on ASOS, and I never really wear white, so I decided that I’d step outside of my comfort zone and go for it (although I was terrified that something would be spilled all over me on the night).  I love the simplicity of the dress, and how the slit and sequins along the side added something extra to it.

I kept my hair really simple, just giving it a deeper side split than usual and loose waves that I did with a thick curling barrel.  I applied Cocoa Brown tan for two nights to get a really deep colour, so I wouldn’t look like Casper the Ghost against the dress. I went for simple accessories, with a sparkly clutch from New Look and a few rings from ASOS and Penneys. I wore my nude Kurt Geiger shoes, but you could hardly see them because of the length of the dress. They were so comfortable that I lasted in them all night, right up until I got home early this morning.

For my makeup I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita palette, Eyelure Cheryl lashes, MAC Brave lipstick and MAC Ample Pink lipgloss and about 10 other products for bronzing, highlighting, contouring etc. Let me know in the comments if you want a full makeup look!

I’m glad that I somehow survived the night without spilling anything on myself, although after a three course meal and a few drinks I don’t know how I didn’t! Cascada (remember her?!) played at the ball too, she was great! It was such a good night with my boyfriend and friends – I’m already looking for an excuse to get dressed up again!