Blue Sky Tag- 11 Questions!!!!

So I’m really excited to be nominated to complete the Blue Sky Tag by the very lovely Nicole from Beauty and the Least. This is a great way of discovering more about the bloggers who’s blogs you follow and read all of the time and it’s also a little bit of fun.
I’m going to pop a link to Nicole’s answers here so you can learn more about her too and thank you so much for the nomination.

THE RULES!!

Thank the person who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions

Tag 11 people

Give them 11 questions to answer

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And so here are my answers to the questions she asked;

Q1. How long have you been blogging and what made you start?

Well my blog turns one on the 3rd of May which I’m very excited about. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. I’ve made so many new friends and have had so many incredible experiences in that year. I originally started the blog because for the previous three years I had been a SAHM to my twin girls and they were heading to pre-school that September so I was going to have a lot more time to myself  and so the blog was born. I had worked in the beauty industry for many years before that and still had such passion for it that I wanted an outlet to share it.

Q2. If you could start your own line, what would you sell?

Oh I love this question so much because when I day dream I’ve dreamt about being able to do this. It would have to be lipstick, I’m a makeup fanatic but lipstick is my absolute weakness. I’ve no idea how many lipsticks I own but I never get fed up of them and I know each and every one of them. Quite often when I’m doing my makeup I decide what lipstick I’m wearing first and incorporate the rest of my makeup look around that….Obsessed isn’t even the word!!

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Q3. What is your favourite Make up brand and why??

This is a tough one because I really am an equal opportunities consumer when it comes to buying make up, I love high end brands of course but I’m every bit as excited to buy high street if I’m honest. I think I’m going to say Urban Decay, I love this brand so much, I love their eyeshadow palettes, in fact I think they’re iconic when it comes to eyeshadow palettes. Their Naked Skin concealer is one of the best on the market, their collaborations are incredible, they launched 100 lipstick shades all at once, they’re cruelty free, they’re edgy and Ruby Rose is their brand ambassador. In short they tick all of my boxes and with the launch of their new skincare line imminent, I’m excited to see what the future holds for Urban Decay.

Q4. What is your dream job?

Currently I stay at home with my beautiful little girls until the time comes for them to go to school but if I was to get my dream job after that it would be working for a very makeup orientated beauty counter. I have worked as a Beauty Consultant most of my adult life but mostly for very skincare orientated companies, this time a company like Urban Decay or Benefit would be a dream come true.

Q5. Who is a woman who inspires you?

I would have to say Karen Geraghty. She is a fellow blogger over on Yankee Doodle Paddy she blogs about food, cooking and travelling mostly but everything she does is motivated by love. She is probably the most positive person I’ve ever encountered and not because she’s had an easy life or has no worries, she spreads her positive message regardless of the things she’s been through in her life. I came to know of her through her Snapchat blissbakery and then had the pleasure of meeting her at an event in Cork last year. She is so genuine, caring and has encouraged me at every turn. I will be forever grateful to her for the inspiration she has given me.

Q6. What is your all time favourite movie?

I’m not much of a movie person if I’m honest, it takes a lot to get me to the cinema in fact and usually what does that are Disney movies. Now that I have children of my own I have a “legitimate” reason to go to the cinema to see them lol!! I think because of this I’m going to pick a Disney movie as one of my all time favourites and that movie is Beauty and the Beast, it is just perfection.

Q7. Which celebrity would you say your style is most similar to?

I adore Gwen Stefani and I adore her style, she’s edgy and quirky and she loves print….as I do!! I’d like to think that my style is even remotely similar to hers but in fact I think the only similarity is is that we both wear a lot of Leopard Print lol!!!

Q8. What magazine(s) do you love?

Again I’m not much of a magazine reader if I’m honest but if I was to choose one it would either be Glamour or Look magazine.

Q9. Where is your favourite place you’ve ever traveled to?

I have been lucky to travel to many places all over the world but my most favourite place of all is actually one that’s quite a common holiday destination for sun worshipers. Lanzarote is my home away from home. I fell in love immediately with the island when I visited first in 2007, there was so much more to it than I had ever expected. A volcanic island with the most incredible landscape and stunning architecture and artwork dotted around it courtesy of the artist Cesar Manrique it honestly has something for everybody. For many years I used to travel to the island 2-3 times a year but unfortunately I’ve only been back there once since my children were born in 2013 but I know I’ll be there many times with them as they grow older, it truly has a piece of my heart.

Q10. What is your favourite part about blogging?

Hands down the people I’ve met. It has been so amazing meeting so many lovely, like minded people some of which I can genuinely now call friends. Being a stay at home Mum is brilliant but can be quite isolating especially if none of your friends are having the same experience at that time but blogging has made me feel relevant, it has helped me find my confidence and gives me an outlet to be Jo and not just Mum. I will be eternally grateful for all of the wonderful people it has brought into my life.

Q11. What is a brand that’s not really talked about a ton, that you love and wish your readers paid more attention to?

I think I’m going to say The Balm, in Ireland The Balm is really well known amongst Beauty Bloggers and Influencers but I still think people don’t know too much about it. It has become a little bit more mainstream this year with the introduction of counters in Debenhams stores across the country but they are stand alone counters, they don’t have consultants so I don’t people get to understand the full awesomeness of their products. Although it is a popular brand I do think it deserves more attention.

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QUESTIONS FOR THE BLOGGERS THAT I AM NOMINATING

Tell me your three desert island beauty products?

Tea or coffee?

Favourite current song?

What have you learned from blogging?

What’s one quote you live your life by?

Favourite budget brand?

What’s your favourite flower?

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you chose?

How would you spend your most perfect day?

What’s your favourite perfume?

Tell us one of your bad habits?

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 I NOMINATE

Putting It Out There

MamaVoom

Yankee Doodle Paddy

Rouge Writing Hood

Highstreet Beauty

SoSo Dempo

The Style Guide Blog

Passions and Preening

A Paler Shade of Beauty

Frilly Flossy

You Are My Sunshine

Love Me Beauty Subscription

So I’ve recently signed up to a 3 month subscription with Love Me Beauty. I would never have known about this brand of subscription boxes only for Little Miss Beauty Box Twitter account. 
They are different to most of the other brands simply because you chose the items that you receive yourself. Every month you get 60 credits to spend on products in The Edit although you also have the option of adding on extra credits for an additional charge.

The thing that really appealed to me about this one first and foremost was the brands that were involved. All I saw were Kat Von D Beauty miniatures and I was sold if I’m honest!! They also have Charlotte Tilbury kiss pockets included in the options which are one use only but still a great way of trying colours before you buy. 

Other brands I’ve seen included so far are Nuxe, Make up Forever and Aromatherapy Associates. As I said I signed up to a 3 month subscription which costs £9 a month plus £3.95 for postage. Herein lies the only catch I can see, Love Me Beauty currently don’t offer their service outside of the UK so if you are signing up then you need to do it with a Parcel Motel or equivalent address. 

I really wanted to try the subscription out so I opted to do it through my Parcel Motel account so that adds an extra €3.95 to each month’s delivery so just be aware of this. 

Now onto the products!! Out of my 60 credits I chose the following;

KVD Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red

Back in the summer of last year I invested in the Kat Von D Limited Edition “London Calling” set in Debenhams. Included in the set was another one of these Studded Lipsticks in “Lolita”. Now to be honest I wasn’t blown away by that particular lipstick but I absolutely loved the look of this colour so I decided to give them another try. 

The beautiful make up bag in the background was also included in my order

KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw

I love, love, love the texture of these lipsticks. They’re not one bit drying considering that they dry matte. They also last for ages. The Holy Grail when it comes to matte liquid lipsticks, long lasting and non drying… What’s not to love and this is the ultimate Hollywood Red shade. I would buy one of these lipsticks in every shade if I could afford them!! 

KVD Ink Liner in Trooper 

Having not had the greatest experience in the world with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner I decided to try this one instead. I’m not going to lie, I’m still not overly impressed with this one either but I do think it’s slightly better than the Tattoo Liner. Maybe I’m expecting too much from both of these liners but I just thought considering they’re made by Kat Von D that A- they’d be super pigmented and B-they’d glide on!! Not the worst liner I’ve used but I definitely won’t be purchasing the full size product because you can get so much better for a fraction of the price!! 

Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream 

Probably the item I was the least interested in to be honest, I chose it simply because I had 5 credits left to spend and that was one of the few 5 credit products available. Nuxe is a lovely brand if not a little bit on the boring side but you can never go wrong with a miniature hand cream for your bag!! 

Make Up Forever HD Deluxe Compact Powder

I love this idea, a teeny tiny translucent pressed powder to pop into your handbag. It has a little mirror inside the compact too so it’s just ideal. This is the first product I’ve used from Make up Forever and I hope they’ll have more options from this brand available over the next few months. 

So after my first months subscription I have to say that I’m relatively impressed so far. I think as Beauty Subscription boxes go this one is a very unique one, I’m interested to see what other brands come on board in the coming months. 
UPDATE: So just as I was about to post this blog post my 2nd months credits were due to be added to my account. There were big problems with this. The credits were due to be updated on the 1st of March, that’s the day that all of the new products were added to The Edit. I waited all day for my credits to be added, it never happened, they landed in my account at about 10.30am the next day instead after LOTS of interaction on Twitter and by email with their customer service department. Unfortunately by the time I had my credits a few of the products that I wanted to choose were sold out and there really wasn’t a great selection of products left to chose from at all. 

At that point I did place an order because I was afraid that nothing at all would be left by the time I heard anything back from their customer service team so I’ve now ended up with an order that I’m far from enthusiastic about and unfortunately they added beautiful Laura Mercier products after my order was placed that I would have loved instead so that was an even bigger pity. 

Customer service did reply to me and “as a gesture of goodwill” they have added an extra product to my order. Better than nothing but not ideal obviously. 

Hopefully they’ll have the issue sorted by the time next months credits are due to be added to my account but I’ll come back and let you know how that goes, so for the moment I’m very much on the fence about the Love Me Beauty subscription box.  

Just because it’s nearly Valentine’s Day here are my top 5 favourite red lippies! 

Valentine’s Day is coming and this holiday always makes me want to wear red lips. Hardly original I know but I think there’s nothing more classic than an eyeliner flick teamed with a red lip!! In celebration I thought I’d share with you my favourite red lipsticks.

1. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick- Spiderweb

Now this colour was first released as part of the Limited Edition collaboration with Gwen Stefani back in January of 2016 but thankfully it was then released later the same year as one of the 100 Vice Lipsticks so happy days that it’s now available without any restriction.

UD Spiderweb with UD Wonderland lip pencil

2. The Balm Meet Matte Hughes- Loyal

I have a miniature one of these liquid lipsticks, I got it as part of the Meet Matte Hughes miniatures set and I have to say that out of all of the different types of matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried these are right up there at the top of my list of favourites. Incredibly long lasting and not one bit drying….big huge thumbs up!!!

Meet Matte Hughes liquid lipstick in Loyal with UD Wonderland lip pencil

3. Wet n Wild Megalast lip colour in Red Velvet

One of the very best budget lipsticks on the market by far. If you don’t have one of these beauties in your collection then you need to fix that…..quickly. The Megalast range is a long lasting lipstick but isn’t one bit drying on the lips. I absolutely love them but I love this colour in particular, it’s so comfortable!!

Red Velvet lipstick with UD Wonderland lip pencil

4. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Mightiest Maraschino

An absolute handbag staple the Chubby Stick has been a long time favourite of mine but when it came to pick up one of these in a red shade I went for the Intense version. This still isn’t a full on lipstick as such but the colour isn’t as opaque as the regular Chubby Sticks, Mightiest Maraschino is a divine shade, so moisturising and comfortable on the lips and even though it’s a cream finish it still has very decent lasting power. 

Chubby Stick in Mightiest Maraschino

5. Benefit They’re Real Double the Lip in Revved up Red. 

So last and most certainly not least is my most recent addition to my red lipstick collection. This colour is so beautiful and I love the idea of having the lip pencil shade on one side and the lipstick on the other, it’s absolutely genius. So comfortable to wear and I’ve been so impressed with the lasting power when it’s on. Another big thumbs up for me can’t wait to try some more shades!! 

So those are the nicest red lipsticks I own, what do you think? Which one is your favourite? Do you have any of these already in your collection or do you have any others that you’d recommend to me? Let me know!! 

Please note that all of these products have been bought by myself and all opinions expressed are my own. 

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

Woo hoo they’re finally here, it felt like the day would never come as I had known about this launch since early May and I was just beyond excited to see the new range in the flesh!! 100 new lipstick shades….Yup you read that right, 100 new shades, along with 50 new lip pencils, it would be almost impossible not to find at least one you liked amongst them but from my point of view it was always going to be narrowing my likes down to an “acceptable “amount that would be the biggest challenge!!!

So I headed into Debenhams in Patrick Street to spend some quality time with the gorgeous Kate as she walked me through the new range and very kindly gave me the opportunity to try on any of the lipsticks that took my fancy…..oooohhh don’t mind if I do!!

The lipsticks come in six different finishes, Mega Matte, Comfort Matte, Cream, Metallized, Sheer and Sheer Shimmer. They’re each matched to their own most suitable lip pencil so it makes picking a complete lip set beyond simple. So I searched through the shade chart and picked out 10 or 11 shades that I wanted to try, I had made a deal with myself before I went in there that I was to stay away from bright pink and coral shades as these are always my  “Go To”shades and I wanted to be adventurous and try colours I wouldn’t normally buy now I had the opportunity to. Below is a selection of some of what I tried.

Out of what I tried on I ended up buying Unicorn (Comfort Matte), Backtalk (Comfort Matte) and Conspiracy (Metallized) but I absolutely fell in love with Mrs Mia Wallace and it’s definitely on my must have list for Autumn/Winter, this is a re-released colour having proved to be incredibly popular when it was released as a limited edition shade in 2014. I was also brave enough to try Peversion which is black and although the texture of the lipstick was beautiful on I’m afraid the colour did nothing for me but loved having the opportunity to try it.

Since buying them I have to say I’m absolutely obsessed with Backtalk its by far the most unique colour I’ve ever owned and I would highly recommend the Comfort Matte finish, it feels beautiful on the lips, it moves so well and isn’t drying at all plus I’m very impressed with its lasting power, it has withstood cups of coffee and full meals so far without having to be topped up!!

Overall it’s another big thumbs up for these, as anybody who follows my blog or my social media pages will know I am a huge, huge fan of Urban Decay anyway but these did not disappoint. Be sure and head in to Patrick Street where the lovely girls will be only too happy to go through the full range with you and help you find your perfect match!!

Lipsticks are priced at €18 each and lip liners are €17.50 each

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