Thanks to Benefit Ireland, I have a huge hamper full of Ben-essentials to give away to one lucky reader! The hamper worth over €200 includes all of Benefit's best-sellers; POREfessional Primer, High Beam highlighter, BeneTint, They're Real Eyeliner, They're Real Mascara, They're Real Remover and Gimme Brow! All you need to get you through the college year and more.
The giveaway is open worldwide and it will be live until Wednesday 24th September. All entries must be entered via Rafflecopter below:
I'm thrilled to announce the launch of Ireland's newest innovative website on the market, OPSH's, latest release: the #FearlessFour bloggers photoshoot and interview for their downloadable e-zine. I was part of this amazing campaign, along with three of my fellow-Irish blogger friends (from left-right, above: Erika, Anouska and Tara). We shot at the beautiful Grand Canal Dock with an amazing and inspiring team. The full photoshoot and interview can be downloaded here and I can honestly say it's one of the nicest write-ups I've had yet - and I'm sure the girls would agree.
It's tough-going in the blogging world in Ireland, especially if you're a full-time blogger trying to earn a living. Thanks to the OPSH team we're finally being recognised as business women and not just faces behind a screen. Thanks to everyone who was involved on the day and I hope you all enjoy the piece!
Courtney Love is by far one of my biggest inspirations; she revolutionised music, fashion and paved the way for women worldwide to kick ass and pick up a guitar. Her style remains undoubtably sexy, glamorous yet grungy and raw. Her style during the 1990's in particular inspired girls to not be afraid to mix and match your girlie dresses with a pair of biker boots. You can be tough but still look and feel beautiful.
Courtney will remain an icon in many ways for generations to come; her style is simple to recreate and not intimidating in the slightest. Comfort is key and don't be afraid to mix the feminine with the masculine; your key pieces are babydoll and skater dresses (floral, tartan and denim), boyish knits and flannel shirts. Go to the high street and scour charity shops for grungy finds or wear clothing you already own - the key to nabbing her look is to not overdo it and look like each piece is brand new! Show a little skin in light dresses and lace lingerie but toughen it back up with chunky boots and oversized knitwear. Accessorise with long pendant necklaces, a tacky headpiece and a swab of blood-red lippy and you're ready to rock!
This is my second instalment of my interview with Sam and Nicola from Pixiwoo earlier this month. You can read this first interview here, where we talk about all things makeup for fair skin! This final segment is based around makeup overall, Youtube, working in the industry and general tips and advice. Enjoy!
What is your favourite makeup tutorial you've ever filmed?
Sam: "One of my favourite videos that I've ever done was the Christina Hendrix one. I love it and that was all about pale skin and freckles and pretty much natural beauty. I also love my Angelina Jolie one."
Nic: "My drag makeup - and Frankenstein, I had so much fun doing it. It was hilarious! I really enjoyed doing the witch one I did last year too. I absolutely love doing the Halloween ones!"
How do you still get inspired by makeup?
Nic: "We're lucky 'cause there's two of us so if one of us isn't feeling it at the moment, the other one is on their game. Everything inspires us! The other day I got home and nothing was on tv so I thought I'd watch catch-up. Dolly Parton was on playing at Glastonbury and I knew that was going to be my next look." (Watch the tutorial here, it's amazing!)
What is your favourite Autumn/ Winter catwalk beauty trend for 2014?
Nic: "Winged-out black eyes."
Sam: "I quite like the silver liner. I think it's gonna be pretty big this season. If you wear it as an accent rather than a full-on silver eye, I think it looks beautiful."
Nic: "Great for when Christmas comes around!"
Sam: "It'd look great on pale skin too - if you do a brown smokey eye but then use an accent of silver, it'd look amazing. I think it's gonna be killer! I love to mix the cool and the warms."
What brands do really great metallic eyeliners?
Nic: "Urban Decay do one at the minute. Illasmasqua too!"
Sam: "You can get some great drugstore ones. Collection is a great brand for them.
Favourite era and stand-out person from that time?
Sam: "1930's and Marlene Dietrich."
Nic: "90's and Linda Evangelista."
Your biggest makeup mistakes?
Sam: "When I was really, really fair I used to wear 'Paramount' lipstick, I don't know if MAC still make it. It was sort of the colour of the floor (dark brown) and it was so 90s - I was about 15 at the time."
Nic: "I wore far too dark foundation, it was orange! Then I went far too light with foundation so I was always white. I used to also wear 'Nylon' eyeshadow by MAC on my brow-bone - but not a little bit, a lot, you could see me from so far-away. It was awful!"
Reader question: If you had to stick to one makeup brand high-end and high-street for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?
Nic: "Sleek - it just offers so much. I love Collection too! My high-end would be Bobbi Brown - part of me wants to say MAC but if I look at my makeup bag, it's mostly Bobbi Brown."
Sam: "My high-end one would Becca. I know I have a lot of makeup up on now but generally day-to-day I wouldn't wear that much and I really love natural skin that you can see. Overall, I think the Becca range offers me the most! My low-end would be Bourjois and I do like Collection - they do a really nice eyeshadow pencil."
Nic: "Collection's lipliners and eyeliners are great. Their colours are great!"
Your Top 3 Real Techniques brushes?
Sam: "Expert Face Brush because anybody can use it. It works with creams, powders, liquids - you can get a light pay-off or a really full coverage from it. I also love the Contour Brush.
Nic: "Deluxe Crease Brush. I also love the Multitask Brush and the Blush Brush."
Tell us a little bit about the upcoming 'Nic's Picks' limited edition brush range..
Nic: "There's a duo-fibre brush, which we relaunched because it's great because it doesn't apply too much product. It's ideal for people who are slightly heavy-handed with their makeup. We've put in a new cheek brush - it's great for everything; foundation, blush etc. Two eyeshadow brushes; a new angled one which is great for in the socket line and then a base shadow brush because you just need two eyeshadow brushes in a set. The final new one is a little angled brush, perfect for brows and gel liner.
The 'Nic's Picks' kit is great as a starter kit because it's got something for everyone! It's out this October in Boots and there's only so many many boxes going on sale so stock up and buy quick - they'll make perfect Christmas presents.
Today I bring you one of the greatest (in my humble opinion) giveaways I've held on my blog yet! Courtesy of Penguin Books UK, I was sent a signed copy of Alexa Chung's 'It' on the new paperback edition, along with a limited edition tote bag that you can't buy in any shop - fact. Most of you know, Alexa is one of my biggest idols and has been since I was a young'un. To say I was excited opening this parcel would be an understatement.
But guess what? I have 4 signed copies of 'It' on paperback and this fab limited edition canvas tote bag to give away to you guys too! There'll be 2 bundles up for grabs here on my blog and another 2 to win on my Instagram this weekend. Pretty amazing, right? Just enter via the giveaway box below - good luck!