The Ulti-Matte Lipstick

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First things first *sings: I’m the realest*, can we just take a moment to admire the beauty of this Charlotte Tilbury lipstick? I can genuinely say that a lipstick is more beautiful than me – it’s stunning.

If you’ve been around these parts a while, you’ll know that creamy, moisturising lipsticks are my thing. The words creamy and moisturising usually don’t go hand in hand with the word matte, but Charlotte Tilbury has changed the game. Her Matte Revolution lipsticks are literally a revolution.

My fab friend Jen (hey gal!) got me this lipstick for Christmas, and straight away she said “I know you’re not mad on matte lipsticks, but I think you’ll like this”. And boy was she right – I love it. The formula is a magical combination of creamy, moisturising, non-drying and matte. Saying that a matte is non-drying is like saying snow isn’t wet, but this formula defies all odds. It doesn’t crack on the lips, or fade off unevenly. It’s smooth, long-lasting and simply amazing.

As for the colour? Sexy Sienna is a beautiful coral-pink, that has sneaked its way into my everyday makeup routine. I thought I could never be converted into loving matte lipsticks, but I can guarantee this won’t be the only Matte Revolution lipstick in my collection for long. If you’re looking to treat yourself on payday, pick this up – you won’t regret it.

The 3 Minute Face

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When my driving instructor arrived at my door 20 minutes early yesterday (20 minutes is a lot of time for someone who always gets ready last minute), I had approximately 3 minutes to make my face look like I was wide awake, although it was the last thing I felt.

There was no time for blending, contouring or filling in my brows, I had to do with the bare essentials. I used NARS Tinted Moisturiser to add hydration and colour to my skin, and concealed my dark circles and blemishes with Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I ran a very grubby clear gel through my brows so they looked a bit more full, and a sweep of L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara to my lashes. A dab of Vaseline on my lips and I was ready to go.

Who knew getting ready could be so easy? It was a huge step away from my usual leisurely 30 minute routine for sure. I can see myself using this a lot next week when I go back to college for my 9am starts – sleep is the only thing that I’ll sacrifice makeup for.

Making An Inspiration Wall

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I’ve a library of quotes in my head on demand for any occasion whatsoever, and blurt them out daily during conversation to bemused family and friends. It’s no surprise then that I’ve (nearly) more photos of quotes printed out than I do photos of important occasions. After staring at a blank wall in my study every time I sat at the my desk for the past few months, I thought that an inspiration wall was in order.

I put this photo up on Instagram and it went down really well with everyone, so I thought I’d fill you in on how I did it. I searched on Pinterest for quotes that I liked and saved them as a file. I then went online to vistaprint.ie and ordered them for printing. It’s usually cheaper to order photos online than printing them in a shop. I picked up washi tape in Tiger, stuck them up and bam – an inspiration wall!

I spend a lot of time in my study doing college work and planning blog posts etc, so it’s nice to have something pretty to look at, and to get inspired along the way. Although, inspiration doesn’t always hit when I’m trying to learn about the Censorship of Publications Act 1929 – sigh.

And that’s it – cheap, cheerful and easy on the eye! I can see this little gallery expanding very soon…

 

Recap The Week – Beds, Bikes & Blues

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It’s pretty worrying that I have to write down what I do as it happens during the week in order to be able to write this post, because otherwise I’d forget everything. My posts would revolve around what I ate for breakfast and my latest cookie-indulgence, and totally skip major events if I didn’t.

This week in the ever-so-exciting-life-of-Amy (sarcasm), I got way too excited when I took a trip to Penneys and picked up a whole new set of bedding – it literally made my week. I stepped away from the pinks and florals for the first time in 19 years and went for a white, grey and blue theme and I love it. The homeware range in Penneys is just amazing at the minute, definitely go in and have a look if you’re looking to add a few updates at home. I got fairy lights for around my bed frame,  and a blanket so soft that getting out of bed in the morning physically hurts inside. I put a picture up on my Instagram of everything I got if you’re interested. Contradicting all of that, I haven’t been sleeping well at all this week – from the day I got my new bedding I haven’t slept a full night, how ironic?! Camomile tea is my new best friend for relaxation.

I also tried a spin class in the gym on Thursday night in an effort to shake up my (slightly non-existent) exercise regime. I tried a spin class about a year ago and hated it – the music, the lights, the shouting, it was all very traumatic. But I actually quite enjoyed it this time, and I could definitely feel the effects of the endorphins afterwards, although my bum was in tatters after from the uncomfortable seat. (TMI? Maybe…) I don’t think I’ll be joining the Tour de France anytime soon.

A much needed catch up with my two best friends was had at the beginning of the week, in the company of infinite bowls of Pad Thai and Ramen in Kanoodle in Clontarf. I never laugh as much as I do when I’m with my two gals, I’m convinced the amount of laughing I did on Tuesday counted as an ab workout, especially when we were trying to shout our McFlurry order at the electronic McDonald’s drive-thru.

Friday marked the four year anniversary since my mam passed away, so myself and my dad headed to Howth for some lunch and a walk along the pier. Something about being by the sea is so relaxing, and while losing someone never gets easier, life has a way of making it okay. I watched 10 episodes of Sex and the City that night (my new obsession), with tea, chocolate and fairy lights in tow and everything felt just a little bit more manageable.

Please let me know in the comments what you got up to this week, I’d love to hear!

I also made a Facebook page this week for WhatSheDoesNow, so click on the Facebook symbol to the right of the screen for even more ramblings and updates!

Products I’ve Used Up

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Boy am I glad to write this post. The bag of empty products under my dresser was starting to overflow, and it’s made me realise I need to make a major trip to Boots soon. I’ve said it before, but I love writing empties posts because it shows that I actually am using up the products I buy, and it makes me feel a lot less guilty for going over board on a 3for2 deal in the aisles of Boots.

Let’s start with haircare – I go through Batiste Dry Shampoo like no other product. I genuinely can’t stop using this stuff and have started to stock up on back-up supplies in fear of running out unexpectedly one day. V05 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray is mentioned around these parts a lot, and for good reason. It gives my flat, lacklustre hair volume and movement like no other, and has put an end to my temptation to splurge on the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray as I have no faults with it at all. I’m not a huge fan of hairspray as I hate how it makes my hair crunchy *shudders*, but I love L’Oreal Playball Antifizz Spray. I’ve had this bottle for years but just a spritz holds my hair in place and stops any frizziness or fly-aways.  I’ve been buying Tresemme Heat Defence Styling Spray for as long as I can remember, and don’t plan on stopping soon. It’s lightweight, non-sticky, non-drying and protects my hair from curling/straightening/blow drying on a near-daily basis.

Garnier Micellar Water, E45 and Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover (pictured at the very bottom) are my ol’ reliables when it comes to skincare. The micellar water and duo-phase eye makeup remover have revolutionised my skincare routine, and E45 is the perfect all-over face and body moisturiser. This was my first time buying Nip and Fab Glycolic Pads, and I fell in love with them. They kept my skin smooth and sloughed away any dead skin cells, as well as helping with pigmentation and brightness. They’re already in my FeelUnique basket ready to be repurchased.

Kiehl’s Micro Blur Ultra Skin Perfecter was a welcome addition to my makeup routine, and has been sadly missed since I’ve used it all up. I removed the lid to scrape every last bit out that I can get, as you can see. I went through not one, but two, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealers in recent weeks, with another two on the go at the same time. It’s the one product does all concealer for blemishes, dark circles, scarring – you name it.

Is it just me or does every beauty product always run out at the same time? Boots, I’m coming for you.

 

Payday Wishin’

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Ah payday, so close, yet so far away. I’ve been counting down the days until payday since the 1st of January – it’s been a looong month. And I know I’m not the only one who’s been dreaming of what to buy when the big day rolls around. Here’s a few of the beauty picks I’ve had my eye on for the whole month of January (and most of December). The countdown is on.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial - I don’t care if I’ve to eat beans for the whole duration of February, I will buy this product! Heck, I might get the Morning Facial too if I’m feeling spendy. My skincare routine has been seriously slacking lately, and judging on the reviews I’ve read this is exactly what I need.

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette – Another must-buy purchase, this palette literally was in my dreams last week – if that’s not a sign then I don’t know what is.

Becky Higgins Project Life Kit – I think anyone who watched Lily Pebbles’ video about her Project Life scrapbook instantly had one on their wish-list. I absolutely love the idea and think it would be an amazing hobby to keep up all year!

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - By no means do I need a new mascara, but this one looks too good to pass up on. The plastic bristles are right up my street, and it’s on promotion in Boots for €7.99 at the minute.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Serum - I’ve read one blog post too many on the Vitamin E range to pass it up any longer. The range is pretty affordable too, so it won’t break the bank.

Blank Canvas Neutral Eyeshadow Palette When will this palette ever come back in stock?! No wonder it keeps selling out – 28 neutral eyeshadows for €10.95 – now that’s value for money!

Marble Macbook Case - Okay, maybe I couldn’t wait ’til payday for this one – I may have ordered it this morning. Marble print is everywhere recently, and for good reason, it’s gorgeous! This is a hard clip on case, so it’ll protect your laptop as well as making it look stunning.

Laura Mercier Primer  - Since running out of my Kiehl’s primer my makeup just hasn’t been the same. My skin has been acting up because of my chocolate overdose during Christmas, so a primer is desperately needed to smooth things out and create a flawless base for foundation.

I think a haul will be in order after the trip I make to town when I get paid – stay tuned!

What’s on your payday wish list?

PS – I finally made a Facebook page for WhatSheDoesNow! Pop over and say hello! 

The Carry-Everywhere Lipsticks

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My name is Amy Mulvaney and I carry a ridiculous amount of lip products with me wherever I go. I actually couldn’t believe it when I rooted through my bag to find nine lip products in there. Nine! But, considering I’ve quite a selection of lip products in my stash, these few are the ones that I use the most and carry with me in case of emergency.

There’s two MAC Sheen Supreme Lipsticks in Bare Again, my all time favourite nude. MAC Brave is in there for when I need a nude lip that will stand out, and MAC Red for when I need to make a statement or take my makeup from day to night. Revlon ColourBurst Lacquer Balm in Demure is my everyday go-to nude – I adore it, and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey is the easiest lipstick to apply, with a gorgeous pink/berry colour. Then there’s MAC Gloss in Ample Pink, my favourite lipgloss of all time. Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea is so gorgeously pink and pigmented it’s almost like a liquid lipstick. And finally, for good measure, I’ve Maybelline Dr Rescue Baby Lips for when my lips just can’t take colour any more.

Sure that’s only a handful, right? No wonder my bag is always so heavy!

What are your handbag lipstick essentials?

Forgotten Favourites

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We all know too well that products we were once crazy about sometimes slip away from our everyday makeup bag and into makeup storage, only to be discovered and loved again months later.

Strangely enough, I love when this happens because I get excited about the product all over again. Over the past few weeks I’ve come across a few products that I don’t know how I lived without for so long!

I never really forgot the original Urban Decay Naked palette, but I think if I was to have only this palette for the rest of my life it would satisfy all of my eyeshadow needs. Matte, shimmer, light, dark – this palette has it all. I use every single shade in the palette, and haven’t gone a day without using at least one in weeks.

MAC Hue filled a nude-pink lipstick shape hole in my life. Is it pink? Is it nude? It’s both. It has the perfect amount of both shades in it, making it a noticeable lipstick that still could be your lips but better.

After a lot of chocolate was consumed during the Christmas period, my skin didn’t exactly react by glowing with health. I’d one breakout too many, and had to find something that would conceal my blemishes into non-existence. That’s when I dug out MAC Studio Finish concealer. I apply this with a really small lipstick brush for precision, and it does an amazing job at making spots disappear without being cakey or packed-on.

I picked up Rimmel Brow This Way months ago when it was launched, and wasn’t really sure how I felt about it for a while. Then one day when my brows were looking a bit meh and were in desperate need of a threading appointment, I tried it again and loved it. It added texture and colour to my brows, and really filled out all of the sparse bits. It can be a bit gloopy, so a little goes a long way.

Not going to lie, my mam bought me Benefit Hoola bronzer about six years ago.  Yep, six years. I know makeup has expiration dates, but surely a powder can last, right? Anyway, I fished this out of my makeup storage box a few weeks ago, and couldn’t believe how good it was. It’s very pigmented, so just a dab instantly creates killer cheekbones. Plus, it’s great for using as an eyeshadow crease colour too.

After rediscovering these gems, I’m going to make more Storage Wars-like trips into my old makeup storage more often!

Recap the Week – Essays, Tan & Cookies

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Hello and welcome to a new series on WhatSheDoesNow called ‘Recap the Week’!

I’ve wanted to add more lifestyle posts to this little space as they’re my favourite to read, so I figured a reflection/thoughts/ramblings/photos of the week would be perfect.

As I sit down to write this I’m really struggling to remember what happened this week – so bare with me. *flicks through photos on phone to jog memory*

Ah, yes. I spent the majority of this week stressing about a history essay I had due for college. I am in no way a night-before kinda gal – I always start around a week before it’s due and can’t fully relax until I have it printed and submitted, which I did this morning. I hate having assignments hanging over my head, and this is my last one of the semester so I’m really looking forward to being able to actually have days off next week which don’t involve me being surrounded by history books and papers. Phew.

I slacked a bit on the Bikini Body Guide front this week – not gonna lie. Making it to the gym was physically impossible for me on so many days (no excuses next week!), but I’m looking forward to picking up and starting again tomorrow. In no way at all do I regret the M&S cookies and Percy Pigs I ate – they were so worth it. In an attempt to keep my cookie addiction slightly healthy, I made Sally’s Baking Addiction Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast CookiesThey are incredible and so easy to make, you only need one bowl and they take a half an hour to make at the longest. In fact, the whole Healthy Choices section on Sally’s site is amazing, it’s been my favourite for years – definitely check it out.

Also, the lovely people at Tan Organic sent me out some products to review this week, including some organic chocolates. They didn’t last long – let’s just say they threw my Banana Breakfast Cookies out of the park. Expect a full review (of the tan) in a few weeks.

The picture above is of my inspiration wall that I created this week. Washi tape + quotes = life. I got some pink tulips to replace the roses too, so everything is looking pretty nice in my study, if I may say so myself.

I hope you enjoyed my first instalment of Recap the Week, please let me know what you think in the comments below! Also, I’m pretty fond of Instagram (i.e. I refresh my feed every 5 minutes) so follow @whatshedoesnow for almost-daily updates and ramblings :)

One Powder Brush Conquers All

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I don’t know about you, but powder is an absolute essential in my makeup routine. I don’t have oily skin, but powder just seals everything in place and sets it for the day. But what’s a good powder without a good brush?

I picked up the Real Techniques Powder Brush a while ago after hearing about how amazing it is one too many times. I love Real Techniques and I love powder, so my expectations were high. And oh my God did this brush surpass them.

The hairs are incredibly soft, and the brush itself is h.u.g.e. There’s nothing worse than a prickly brush stabbing you in the eye when you’re applying powder (I’m looking at you MAC 150) but the hairs on this couldn’t be softer. They’re really densely packed, making application a breeze. The size of the brush (look at it in comparison to the size of MAC Mineralise Skin Finish above) means you just need a few sweeps to cover your entire face, or just your T-zone if you prefer.

This is one brush that I know won’t ever need replacing in my ever-growing brush collection. Real Techniques are taking over every brush I have in my stash and because of the amazing quality and price, they’re one brand I can justify repurchasing again and again.