2013 - LC's Beauty

Saturday, 21 December 2013

My Year In Pictures 2013!

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My Year In Pictures 2013!
Hey lovelies,
I upload a new video onto my YouTube channel, it is a video of all the pictures I could find of me and those close to me in 2013.
I really wanted to make it as a memory thing really, so I will always have it and I can look back on it in years to come. I also wanted to show all my friends and family how much they really mean to me by including them in it. I have such amazing people in my life right now who support me and love me and I honestly couldn't ask for more! 

As you  can probably tell the Christmas spirit is making me really happy! 4 MORE DAYS!!! 
I hope the new year brings you all the joy and happiness that you all deserve! 

Merry Christmas and here is to a wonderful 2014!!

Click here to watch the video!
Louise xo.

Monday, 9 December 2013

5 Christmas Gifts for Beauty Lovers

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5 Christmas Gifts for Beauty Lovers
Hello there, How are you all on this lovely winter day?
I decided to make a list of gifts that you can buy for your beauty loving friends or even as a gift to yourself. (Hey we all need to treat ourselves every now and then ;) )
Okay enough of my blabbering on lets jump into the gifts..

1. Urban Decay -Naked Basics Pallet 

I think this would make a brilliant gift for any make-up lover as it is very versatile, it can be used to create a natural day look or a smokey eye night look. It retails cheap too at only €26.00. You can purchase it from here: Beauty Bay.

2. Essie Nail Polish Set

If you have a friend who is obsessed with painting their nails then you can never go wrong with a nail polish set. Essie have some really cute ones out for the holidays. They retail from €19.99 can you can purchase them from your local pharmacy/drugstore.

3. Beauty Blender

Everyone wants flawless make up right? If you just can bring yourself together to spend the money on make-up brushes you could try the beauty blender which retails for €20.00. You can purchase it here Beauty Bay.

4. Macadamia Natural Oil Luxe Repair Set

I'm sure you have all heard the craze over the Macadamia brand, everyone and their mother is using it. Which must mean something right? This set includes Rejuvenating Shampoo 100ml ,  Deep Repair Hair Masque 100ml , Healing Oil Treatment 125ml , No Tangle Pre-Styler 100ml and Oil Infused Comb all for just €48.80 from Beauty Bay

5. Stila Color Me Glossy Lip Glaze Collection

With these gorgeous nine colours you will have no problem finding a lip colour to match your outfit anymore. This set includes the colours 
Cranberry 1.5ml.Dazzleberry 1.5ml.Passion Fruit 1.5ml.Persimmon 1.5ml.Wildberry 1.5ml.Kaleidoscope 1.5ml.Melon 1.5ml.Strawberry Cream 1.5ml.Amaretto 1.5ml. for just €21.70 from Beauty Bay

Thank you for reading and happy Christmas shopping!! xo, Louise.

This post is in no way sponsored by Beauty Bay or any of the above brands mentioned. I choose Beauty Bay to source the items simply because it has free shipping worldwide which I thought you might appreciate :) 

Blog Blabber #1: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!

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Blog Blabber #1: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!

GUYS!!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE ITS ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!!! I've never been so excited for Christmas as I am this year!! Just the thought of not having work or college and just being able to relax with my family and eat all the food I could possibly imagine and drink hot chocolate until my hearts content. Ah I just cannot wait...
Do you guys know what you're getting off Santa this year? I haven't asked anyone for anything in particular so it's going to be so much fun Christmas morning opening random prezzies!  
I might actually do a video on what I got for Christmas? I've been so stuck for video ideas because I'm really limited due to not having a tri-pod stand yet.

Anywho, it is freezing here in Galway. But for some silly reason it hasn't snowed.. It never ever seems to snow in Ireland which is so disappointing because I want to make a snow man and throw snow balls at my boyfriend (hehe I'm evil ) Has it snowed where you're from yet? I've seen so many pictures on Twitter of snow in America and I'm so jealous! 

What's your favourite thing about the holidays? Mine is spending time with my family and buying people presents! I pretty much have everyone's gift already got which is a record for me because I usually leave everything until the last minute.. oops..

Merry Christmas everyone :) I hope the holidays are wonderful for you and that you get everything you ask for! 

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Review: Wow Brown Ready to Glo Tanning Liquid

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Review:  Wow Brown Ready to Glo Tanning Liquid
A couple of months ago the lovely people at Wow Brown tan sent me a sample tan to try out and let them know what I thought about it so here's how I got on.

They sent me the Ready To Glo tanning liquid in Dark which is originally priced at €21.99. I was a bit worried at the fact that it was dark but when I actually applied it it seemed perfect! It comes out of a spray bottle and you just apply it to your mit and then onto your body. It dries super fast and as stated on the packaging the smell is 'boyfriend friendly' so it's not your typical self tanner smell. 

It made me feel like I had a perfect natural glow once I showered it off the next morning. The color didn't turn out patchy or streaky. and lasted me a week exactly which I was very impressed by. I really enjoyed using this product and I will definitely purchase it once I've used up this bottle.
Although I wouldn't be the biggest fan of the packaging as the girl on the box looks pretty orange which may turn some people off but overall it is a brilliant product!

If you want to try out the Wow Brown range you can purchase Wow Browns products on wowbrown.com or check out your nearest pharmacy as most places stock Wow Brown products now!

The above product was sent to me from the brands PR Team for reviewing purposes. All opinions above are completely my own, 100% honest thoughts on the product. 

If you have or decide to try out any of their products let me know what you think of them! :) 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Where have I been?!

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Where have I been?!
Hello there my lovelies, still remember me?
I know I know, you probably thought I was sucked into black hole or something because I've been gone for so long! It's a long story really..... Where do I begin?!

Well first of all I had my birthday, (woo finally 18!!) so I had so much planning to do for that but thankfully that went off nice and smoothly. Here's a picture of me on the night:  Dress is from Sara.

Soo, then when all the partying was over I got my first tattoo! (YAY!!)
I really really love and it means so much to me. It inspires me everyday to really believe in myself and know that I can achieve anything that I set my mind too. 

I've also got my first term in college over with, and I really love it. I enjoy doing something I love everyday and I have met so many great people!  
I'm hoping to get my YouTube channel up and running as soon as possible, the only problem is I'm having so much trouble trying to find a good editing software that will run on a net-book!! If you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments because I'm going crazy...

Anyways, I'm pretty sure I did have more news to tell you guys but I really can't remember.. so goodbye for now. I promise I'll be posting way more often!

Louise xo.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Beauty School Series: What's in my Nail Kit?

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Beauty School Series: What's in my Nail Kit?
Hey there lovelies :)
So I'm going to be starting  a new series about my beauty course, where I will showing you all my kits and what I use on clients. Today I will be showing you my nail kit. This post is not sponsored in anyway I just thought it would be cool to show you guys what I use!

For nail polishes we use the brand Jessica.
From left to right:
Top Priority top coat
Nail color Regal Red
Reward base coat

Solutions by Hive products:
Cuticle remover
Non-Acetone polish remover

Kaeso Manicure:
Velvet Touch Cuticle Massage Cream. (contains Aloe Vera & Cocoa Butter for extra moisture and hydration!)

Nail scissors
Orange wood sticks
3 nail files
Also, not included in the picture I got nippers and a hoof stick in my kit!

Thanks for reading! If you want me to do a review on anything mentioned in this post then leave a comment below!
Louise, xo

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Review: M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

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Review: M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
Hey girlies!
I'm going to be doing a review on my M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation as you've probably guessed by the title... (blonde moment..).
First off, I adore the smell of this foundation, it smells like paint and I'm one of those very few people who actually like that smell. But anyways, having spent €36.00 on this I expected it to be flawless on my face but actually it was the opposite.

I really wanted to love this product, the texture of it is great and it applies nice and smoothly. It gave me medium coverage most of the time which is what I was aiming for when I purchased it. My one and only problem with this is that once I applied it onto my face it immediately dried out my skin and left me looking blotchy and dry. My skin is pretty dry anyway so this product didn't really benefit me in anyway. Even when I applied a ton of moisturiser beforehand I would still end up with the same result.

I have to admit I'm pretty bummed about this because it overall seemed like a great product so I've decided to still get my moneys worth out of it by mixing it with M.A.C  Mineralize Moisture Foundation.

I feel like this combination really works together because M.A.C Mineralize was made for people with dry skin so it leaves my face feeling moisturised with super coverage!

Overall I would recommend this foundation if you don't have dry skin! And if you do and you're willing to spend an extra €2 I suggest you get the M.A.C Mineralize Moisture Foundation.

Thanks for reading, let me know what you think if you have tried out either of these foundations! Louise xo.

Monday, 2 September 2013

What's in my School/College Make-up bag!

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What's in my School/College Make-up bag!

Hello there lovelies!

As you can probably guess by the title of this post I'm going to be showing you what I will be bringing to college with me this year! Keep in mind these aren't the products I use in the morning, these are just the ones I will be using to top up during the day! 

Face products: 

  • Elf Shine Eraser Oil Blotting Sheets in Green Tea: I like to have some of these with me just because they are handy on warm days or if you have oily skin to remove the shine and keep you looking matte!
  • Natural Collection Loose Powder in Neutral Translucent: Again this does be pretty handy to have when you're looking shiny it helps keep you're skin matte looking.
Eye Products

  • NYC Sky Rise Mascara: Gotta top up the mascara ;)
  • Naked Basics Pallet: I love love love this little thing! I take it everywhere with me as its so small it can be popped right in your bag and takes up no space at all! Plus its great for school and college as it has all neutral colors.
Lip Products

  • Blistex Lip Balm: This is great to quick perk up your lips when they need some hydration.
  • Sleek Pout Paint in Minx: This little product is so handy! Its small and cute plus it lasts on your lips for hours.
Hair Products

  • Comb: Every girl needs a comb during school for those crazy windy days! Isn't this one cute? :)
Thanks for reading! Louise xo.

Monday, 26 August 2013

August Favorites!

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August Favorites!
Hey lovlies, I'm going to be sharing my August favourites with you, how crazy is it that summer is over already? But the most exciting season is yet to come: FALL!! Come on everyone loves fall and I'm super excited to start shopping for new fall clothing and make-up! Okay I'm rambling on, let get started on my favourites.

Make-up favourites first! 
Essence Soft Touch Mousse in matte ivory : I absolutely adore this foundation/mousse. I love the way it applies so nicely to my skin and how it lasts for hours. It's in a small glass pot which is handy of your make-up bag so its very travel friendly. It does exactly what it says and leaves my skin which a matte finish that doesn't look cakey or dried out. Honestly, where could you go wrong for €5? I will definitely be running out to get more when I finish this one.

NYC Sky Rise Lengthening Mascara: I've been on a mascara craze this month trying out all different kinds or drugstore mascara so I figured I'd give this one a shot seeing as it was really affordable and sounded good. And I'm glad I did, I love the way this mascara transforms my eyes and really holds a curl. It doesn't smudge like many other mascaras usually do. 

Urban Decay Naked Basics Pallet:  I know many of you have probably heard of this pallet multiple times which is one of the reason I bought it and I'm so glad I did. I absolutely love it, I love the colors and how they're so pigmented. It has definitely been my go to pallet over the past month. It makes creating a neutral eye or a smokey eye so much easier.

Sleek Pout Paint in the color Minx: I received this sample lip stain in my July Glossybox and I fell in love instantly when I used it. The color is so pretty, its a light neutral pink which is perfect for an everyday look. No doubt I will buy the full size version.

Nicka K lipstick in the color Glorious Pink: I sort of took a chance when buying this lipstick as I have never tried any of Nicka K cosmetics before but I'm happy I did. It is a light baby pink color that gives a light payoff on your lips. I purchased this off the website ikatehouse

Swatches of Nicka K lipstick and Sleek Pout Paint.

Left: Nicka K lipstick
Right: Sleek Pout Paint

Skin care favourites: 

Clean & Clear Morning Energy Facial Wash: I've only been using this for a short while but I can tell already that I love it. Its so refreshing and makes my skin feel great. It doesn't break me out and really does wake me up on early mornings. I love the little bubbles in it because it really feels like they thoroughly clean my skin and the smell of it is glorious.

Simple Facial Toner: I've been using this for quite some time now and I really can't see myself using anything else because this does the job so well. It removes any excess dirt and make-up on my skin leaving me fresh. It doesn't irritate my skin and leaves me oil free. What's not to love about it?

Simple Eye Make-up Remover: Because I'm such a mascara and eyeliner lover I need something to remove it and this does the job perfectly. Its strong enough to remove even waterproof mascara but gentle enough not to irritate my eyes. Its also fragrance free which I like about it because who really wants to be walking around with their eyes smelling weird?!

Johnson's 24hr Day Cream: I bought this as sort of an impulse buy a couple of weeks ago and as you can see from the picture I have it almost gone! I really like this moisturiser in this morning because it soothes my skin and gives it the hydration it needs for the day plus it has SPF 15 in it too which is awesome!

Nail Polish Favourites:

Essence Colour & Go - That's What I Mint
Nicka K Nail Enamel - Pink Sapphire
NYC Quick Dry - Water Street Blue

Hope you enjoyed reading and I'd love to know your August Favourites! 

Friday, 16 August 2013

Review: L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect

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 Review: L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect
Hey everyone!
This is a review of the L'Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. I hope it's helpful!

So, having gone from a natural blonde to jet black hair I'm always on the look out for hair products that protect my hair color and keep it alive for longer! So as you can imagine I was very excited when I found this shampoo and conditioner on sale in the supermarket for a reasonable price (€3.00 each) so I thought to myself, hey its affordable and it seems like it could be a good product. It being an impulse buy I didn't take time to read any reviews on it so I honestly had no idea what it would be like, all I knew is that it smelt so good, it had a real fruity smell I couldn't leave it behind, I knew I wanted my hair to smell like that so I went ahead and bought it!

The next day I decided to try my new shampoo and conditioner, to my misfortune the smell didn't last once I styled my hair so my hair was left odorless but on the plus side my hair felt super soft! I was having a love hate relationship with this product.

Finally after using it a few times, my love hate relationship quickly turned into just a hate relationship, I started to notice that it was striping the color from my hair as opposed to protecting it like it says on the bottle! The hair dye was running down the drain as I would rinse the shampoo from my hair and it started to leave my hair looking really dull but surprisingly still really soft. I guess this just wasn't the shampoo and conditioner for my hair type! That's what I get for impulse buying! 

Let me know in the comments if you've tried this product and what you've thought about it!

Thank you for reading!! Louise, xo

Monday, 12 August 2013

Get to know me!

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Get to know me!
Hey hey!

Right, time to tell all of you a little bit about me, I'm a beauty blogger and volgger on YouTube. I live in Ireland and I'm taking a course in Beauty Therapy. I've decided to set up a Blog account because I feel it's a good way for me to connect with other beauty lovers out there.

My blog will consist of mostly product reviews, tips and tricks, step by step tutorials and some other fun stuff! I am in no way a professional, I'm just here to share my love of beauty with all of you!

After years of wanting to do something beauty related I'm finally working towards those dreams!
Hope all of you enjoy my blog posts, and if you're not much of a reader, check out my YouTube channel. I haven't much videos up at the moment because I'm working on saving for a new camera! 
My YouTube channel!!

Thank you for reading! Louise, xo.