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Hair Extensions: The Frequently Asked Questions

Hey ladies

Just before Christmas I had my previous set of hair extensions removed and a new set applied. The last set I had in lasted me 5 months, now… I will say found in the last 2 or 3 weeks or so they badly needed to be done and had reached the end of the road, but mostly mine last 5 months. It all depends on 1) how you look after them and 2) how fast your own hair grows. Some people will get longer and some will get shorter time.

I have only ever had Gold Fever Hair Extensions so when I talk about hair extensions in this blog post I am ONLY referring to that brand, I can’t comment on other brands as I just don’t know what they are like. This is the only brand I have tried, I love them and don’t intend to change that now.

I get asked a lot of the same questions when it comes to hair extensions so I thought an updated blog post of FAQ’s was the best way to approach this blog, and the most informative I think.

Choosing to get hair extensions is a big decision and a big investment so you need to do your research. I have always wanted hair extensions and have been wearing them now for almost 3 years now, and I am totally hooked, but don’t get them in a whim, you need to know the brand and know the person applying them and their experience.

I regularly hear horror stories when it comes to hair extensions, I think we all have, my number one advice is;

  1. choose a reputable brand (my personal recommendation from my own experience has to 100% Gold Fever but you need to do your own research)
  2. Choose a reputable salon and go to someone with specific experience in hair extensions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

1. What type of hair extensions do you have?

I have Gold Fever Hair Extensions. I have been getting them for 3 years and are the only brand I would recommend as they are the only brand I have experience with.

2. Where did you have them done?

I had my new set applied by Edel Hunter. Edel is a hair extensions specialist. She has 11 years experience with Hair Extensions and is a Gold Fever educator and trainer so this lady knows her stuff! She did my hair extensions once before and they were excellent. She has since launched her own business and salon and is based in Greystones in Wicklow. She is really hard to get in to and you need to book far in advance but she is the business! So knowledgable about extensions and so fast. I can’t recommend her enough. I was thrilled to support Edel in her new venture and get my new set applied with her this time. I recommend you have at look at her awesome Instagram page and se for yourself.

3. How much are they?

Ok so this is a hard one to answer because there are a lot of factors; 1) the salon you go to 2) how many extensions you want (i.e. is it for volume only or length too) 3) it depends your own hair. I think 99% of places do free consultations, so you you should always get a consultation first. See the Gold Fever website to see a list of accredited salons.

As a guiding point, for some volume only, (so only a few extensions on the sides only) prices would start from €250/ €300, and prices go all the way up to €600 + Everyone is going be different, and depends really on how many you need so use this price as a guide figure only.

I have a full head applied (circa 5 packets), again this is very specific to my own hair.

4. Why do you get them done?

My own hair is just above shoulder length, I get extensions mainly to add body and volume and a small bit of length. I had 14 inch Gold Fever extensions applied. My own hair is desperately lank and straight and impossible to style, where as the extensions hold a curl or a wave so well, my own hair I could never curl!

I tried for years to grow my hair and could never get past shoulder length, it always just looked bitty and broken past that. I have to say though, hair extensions are addictive, once you start and get used to having lots of hair, it’s so hard to go back to your own hair!!!

5. How long do they last?

Again, everyone is going to be slightly different, and some people may get longer out of theirs than others, It depends on how well you look after them plus other factors like your own hair condition, how fast your own hair grows etc. On average a full set would last 5 months for me.

6. What shampoo/ conditioner do you use?

You need to use a sulphate free shampoo. I use one from Kerastase. Sulphates can damage, loosen and weaken the bonds which could result in some extensions falling out. As long as you only condition the ends you don’t need a sulphate free conditioner, I use a Kerastase one also. I also use a hair mask (maybe once a month), just ensure you don’t put it close to the bonds. Lastly, I use an Argan oil to tame and smooth the ends of the hair and it also gives it a lovely shine. (A little goes a long way!!)

7. Do you need a special brush?

I use a soft bristle brush so it does not pull on the bonds. Be gently when brushing through your hair, particularly around the scalp!

8. Are they hard to manage and style?

They can be. It takes time to get used to them! But even the task of washing your hair is a big job with extensions because they take so long to dry! You need to be prepared to dedicate some time to caring for and maintaining them.  If you are someone who has to wash your hair every day, then you need to forget that idea, it is too time consuming and not good for the extensions, dry shampoo and a pony tail will be now part of your hair ritual 😉

How I style mine? I tend to blast them dry first, just occasionally brushing through, if i want them straight i will then sectionals and blow-dry properly or use a straighteners. If I want them curly, I use a wand and pin the curls while warm. if I want a loose, natural wave, which is the style i wear most, then I use the Instyler.

9. Do they matt?

If you don’t look after them and brush through regularly, yes they will matt. In the numerous sets I have had over the past few years, I only ever had matting once and it was on the side of the my head I slept on. If you brush through them a lot and wear in a very loose pint in bed they will not matt.

10. Do they suit every hair colour?

Yes, if you go to the right person, they will match your hair 100%. Mine is crated using a blend of 3 different shades. This is why your consultation is so important.

11. Are the bonds big?

No, they are small. When you get them in the first time, it will feel weird. But you get used to that very quickly, and to be honest, I am so used to the bonds now I don’t even notice. As for my hubby, he can never tell whether I have extensions in or not, I always try and trick me, and have realised, he actually doesn’t see the difference! Men!!

The bond is so small you don’t see it when you tie your hair up in a pony tail or wearing an up style.

12. Are they sore?

You may find your first application a little sore, marginally tender the first night but that should pass. A good hair extensions specialist WILL NOT leave you with a sore head, in fact, this time around when Edel done my extension, I didn’t feel ANY tenderness whatsoever. Edel told me you should never feel sore or uncomfortable, if you do say it to your hairdresser ASAP.

13. Do you recommend the Instyler?

I get asked this question all the time! There is a knack to using the Instyler, once you get that, you are flying! I had it for ages and was using it wrong but once you learn the correct way to do it, you will love it as much as me. I will be doing a video tutorial on how I use it very soon so stay tuned for that.

14. Do they fall out? 

Towards the very end, say after 4 or so months yes, the odd one may fall put while you are blow drying it or brushing it, that is normal. But they won’t just randomly fall out, unless they are really being pulled at.

15. Can you have extensions in during pregnancy? 

Yes, 100% you can wear Gold Fever Hair extensions during pregnancy. I am pregnant for the 2nd time around and wearing extensions again this time.

16. How long does application take? 

Again, this will depend on your stylist, but on average allow at least 3 hours.

If you have any other questions on Gold Fever Hair Extensions that I haven’t covered here, please leave me a comment below and I will come back to you ASAP 😉

‘Til next time

Naomi xxx

 

**Please note: This is NOT an ad, I was not paid to write this blog post and the opinions expressed are my own personal views and experience. Edel Hunter applied my hair extensions complementary.

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Black Friday: Full Discount Code List

We’ve rounded up all the codes of our favourite shops to help make your shopping a little easier and throughout the week and over the weekend.

If you’ve had your eye on some pieces we’ve been sharing on the blog lately then this weekend is definitely time to buy it! Also, check out our Black Friday Wish List for all our top buys 🙂

Fashion

ASOS

20% Off EVERYTHING, CODE: WIN20 – SHOP HERE

Boohoo.com

30% off EVERYTHING, CODE: BOOM – SHOP HERE

River Island

20% Off when you spend €75 of more – SHOP HERE

Zara

50% off selected lines – Shop HERE

Kate Spade

30% off EVERYTHING, CODE: GIVEJOY – SHOP HERE

Topshop

Up to 50% of selected lines – SHOP HERE

Oasis

25% off EVERYTHING –  SHOP HERE

Warehouse

25% off EVERYTHING, CODE CYBER25 – SHOP HERE

New Look

25% off EVERYTHING  – SHOP HERE

Lipsy

Free Delivery, CODE: AW17DEL – Shop HERE

Pretty Little Thing

Up tp 50% off EVERYTHING – SHOP HERE

Mango

30% off EVERYTHING, CODE: BLACK17 – Shop HERE

Debenhams

10% off beauty, up to 30% off selected lines – Shop HERE

Ted Baker

30% off across the site, Shop HERE

Public Desire

30% off EVERYTHING, CODE: 30CYBER – SHOP HERE

Pull & Bear

20% off all clothes, 30% off all shoes – SHOP HERE

iClothing

Up to 70% off across the site – SHOP HERE

H&M

Up to 40% off selected lines + FREE delivery – SHOP HERE

French Connection

Up to 50% off EVERYTHING – SHOP HERE

Forever 21

Discounts across the site – SHOP HERE

Office

20% off EVERYTHING, CODE: SHINE – SHOP HERE

Chicwish

15% off orders over 60 euro, CODE: BLK15 – SHOP HERE

Missguided

50% off EVERYTHING, CODE: CYBER50 – SHOP HERE

Littlewoods

Discounts across multiple lines – Shop HERE

Carraig Donn

20% off “As Seen on Ireland AM” – SHOP HERE

SheIn

Buy 1 get 1 free, Extra 12% off orders over €75 – SHOP HERE

DUNE London

20% off EVERYTHING – SHOP HERE

Kurt Geiger

Up to 20% off – SHOP HERE

All Saints

30% off EVERYTHING – SHOP HERE

Urban Outfitters

Up to 50% off selected items – SHOP HERE

Marks and Spencer

3 for 2 on gifts – SHOP HERE

Nasty Gal

Up to 30% off EVERYTHING – SHOP HERE

Nike

Extra 30% off clearance – SHOP HERE

Nordstrom

Up to 40% off designer clearance, Extra 20% off sale items – SHOP HERE

Net-A-Porter

Discounts across the site – SHOP HERE

House of Fraser

10% off beauty, up to 40% off selected lines – SHOP HERE

Debenhams

Up to 30% off all departments – SHOP HERE

Buttons and Dote

20% off embellished collars and shoe clips, CODE: SPARKLE20 – Shop HERE

Beauty

Cloud 10 Beauty

20% off EVERYTHING, CODE: BLACK20 – SHOP HERE

Beauty Bay

30% off EVERYTHING – SHOP HERE

Blank Canvas

30% off EVERYTHING – SHOP HERE 

SOSU

25% off EVERYTHING, CODE: WARMUP25 – Shop HERE

The Body Shop

40% off multiple lines, CODE: 19806 – Shop HERE

Cailyn Cosmetics

Discounts across the site – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather & Naomi xxx*Please Note: The above included links are affiliate links and Naomi/Heather may receive commission based on sales via these links*

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Outfit Diaries: Black Tie Ball

Hey ladies

** Dress back in stock – see here **

In May we attended the Make a Wish Charity Ball in the Burlington Hotel. It was such a wonderful night and for an incredible cause. The work that this charity do for sick children is just outstanding and brings so much joy to these kids. See more of their work here.

The brilliant Deirdre O’Reilly did my make up, I love that girl, she is so talented and an absolute sweetheart too. It’s always a pleasure to be around Deirdre. I showed her the dress and asked for her for a really natural ‘dewy’ look, I wanted lots of highlight and a glowing look, with simple but defined eyes and a nude/ pink lip (She used MAC Velvet Teddy on my lips)

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I had my hair done by Sinead in Harpers Salon, I ask her for old Hollywood style curls and I loved how it turned out. She did exactly what I was looking for. The headpiece I wore I have a few years now (I bought it for my brothers wedding). It’s from Jules Bridal Jewellery , which is actually the same place I bought the head piece I wore the evening of my wedding 🙂

I was in love with my dress – The moment I saw it i just totally fell for it. It is from the Premium Occasion Wear Collection at River Island. The entire collection is stunning, perfect for any occasion and although it is pricer than the standard River Island collections, the quality is absolutely amazing.

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The dress felt amazing on, and the intricate beading detail throughout is simply divine. I LOVED the fact that it had long sleeves. Plus the v neck style is so flattering. It also has an open back (not totally backless). It would make a beautiful wedding dress for someone who was looking for something more simple than a traditional gown, or for a bride that wanted a second dress for her big day!

You can view the dress HERE 

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Or if you have a black tie ball coming up then I highly recommend choking out the River Island Occasion Wear section – It’s so fab!

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SHOP MY OUTFIT

Dress – River Island
Bag: Dune London
Headpiece: Jules Bridal Jewellery
Heels: Dune London

 

Hope you enjoyed the post

‘Til next time

Naomi xxx

 

**Please note: Some of the above included links are affiliate links and Naomi may earn a small percentage commission based on sales via these links. This will have no impact on the consumer and wilL not change the price they pay in any way.

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What’s in my Make Up Bag

Hey ladies

A slightly more different post than usual, we get lots of requests for more beauty posts so I’m kicking off with  “What’s in my Make Up Bag” which is mainly just a round up of my personal ‘must haves’

*Make Up Bag pictures above is from Not on The Hughstreet (see here)

1. Charlotte Tilbury “Eye Cheat” – Shop HERE 

This stuff is INCREDIBLE. I wouldn’t be without it now. If you have never tried a nude liner, I highly recommend you do. I tried a few brands before getting this one and it’s a winner by miles and lasts really well. Nude liner really opens the eyes and gives the look of wider, brighter, more awake eyes. I love it.

2. Stila Stay all Day Foundation – Shop HERE 

I bought this foundation about 3 months ago and love it. I tend to only wear this for nights out or for occasions as it gives quite a full coverage, It is really gorgeous though (a little goes a long way!!), and yes it does ‘stay all day’ 🙂 I wear shade 4- Beige.


3. Stila “One Step Correct” Primer & Brightener – Shop HERE

When I was buying the Stila Foundation the girl on the counter suggested a try this too, one application and I was sold. I wear it under all my foundations or sometimes just on it’s own – it is a real all rounder; it acts as a primer, brightener and evens the skin tone.

4. Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – Shop HERE 

This is a foundation that really lives up to the hype. I alternate between this and the Stila one I mentioned above. This is a much more lightweight, dewy foundation that gives a lighter coverage. I wear this more on a daily basis and it gives really natural, light and “glowy”  coverage. Occasionally I tend to mix a bit of this with my Stila foundation, if, for example, I want fuller coverage but not as much as the Stila on its own.. if that makes sense?!  I wear shade 6.0


5. Brow Zings from Benefit – Shop HERE

My ‘go to’ product for my brows, easy to use, lasts so well plus ills in gaps so really well. I use shade Medium. I use a Benfit eyebrow brush for application.

 

6. Iconic London Highlighter Drops – Shop HERE 

Let me start by saying, I am highlighter OBSESSED, I love a really nice glow look and love lots of highlighter on my cheekbones, brow bones, and tip of my nose. I am always trying out new highlighters, and this Iconic London one is the newest to my makeup bag family 🙂 A wee bit on the pricey side, BUT a little goes a long way so the bottle will last you ages. It gives a stunning glow – really pigmented, goes on so easy and lasts so well. i’m hooked! I often add a couple of drops to my foundation for an overall glow look – it works very well mixed with the Armani Luminous Silk (remember though a little goes a looong way). Other, less expensive highlighters that I love and often use are Topshop ‘GLOW’ highlighter in shade ‘Gleam’ (see here) and the ‘SEVENTEEN’ Instant Glow Shimmer Brick (available from Boots)

7. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder – Shop HERE

A setting powder is so important for lasting coverage and for touch ups, especially around more oily parts. This Laura Mercier is fantastic. This was first recommend to me by a make up artist. It really sets your foundation and ensures long lasting flawless look. Another setting powder (and A MUCH cheaper one) I have tried lately is ‘Banana Powder’ from Penneys, it has become an overnight cult product for them and retails at only €4, so if you don’t fancy investing in a more expensive setting powder right now, then I highly recombined trying the Banana Powder!

8. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish (Bronzer) – Shop HERE

My ‘go to’ bronzer, I wear in shade ‘Give me Sun’. Comes in a fab compact and lasts ages.

9. Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara – Shop HERE

I’m a mascara fanatic!!! I’ve tried countless mascaras over the years and have several favourites. My current favourite is this Volume Reveal from Bourjois, I love it. Creates goursgous full lashes with no clumping and no messiness or smudging under the eye. The wand is simple and easy to apply. Other favourites are ‘They’re Real’ from Benefit (Shop HERE) and YSL’S Faux Cils Mascara. I love all these 3, but definitely using the Bourjois the most lately.

10. NARS Blush – Shop HERE 

Nothing like a bit of blush to make you look healthy and fresh looking. I love a nice pinky/ coral blush and my favourite is NARS blush in shade ‘Orgasm’ – I think its the perfect shade. It last wells and I love the compact – handy little mirror. If you are looking for a good dupe try the Bourjois Blush in  shade 33 – Lilas d’Or , it’s really fab too and v similar to the NARS one, a lot cheaper though and as a results probably doesn’t last as well but still very nice (see it here)

 

So there you have it ladies, I limited it to my top ten favourites right now 🙂 Let me know if there are any other beauty posts you would like me to do?? Perhaps one on a tan? Anyway, as always, I am open to all your suggestions.

*Make up bag from Not on The Hightstreet*

Hope you enjoyed the post

Naomi xx

 

 

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The Style Fairy’s Beauty Gift Guide

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Looking for some beauty gift ideas? Look no further, I’ve rounded up some of my beauty buys – Perfect for Christmas Gufts. Now if you can just subtly leave it open in front of your better half…. Hahaha.. Nothing catches your eye here? Don’t worry, we will be bringing you lots of gift ideas all the way to Christmas eve! Happy Shopping xx

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  1. ‘Sculpted’ by Aimee Connolly All in One Shader & Highlighter, €24.95 Shop HERE 

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2. Sanctuary ‘Brimming Full of Happiness’ Gift Set, €18.95 Shop HERE (Also available in in this option here)

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3. Charlotte Tilbury “Filmstar Killer Cheek Bones Gift Set”, €65 Shop HERE 

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4. Spectrum 12 piece brush set, €80 Shop HERE 

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5. Blank Canvas 26 Shadow Blush Palette, €16.95, Shop HERE

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6. Vita Liberata “Fabulous” Glow Luxury Tan Gift Set, €37.50 Shop HERE 

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7. Charlotte Tilbury “Legendary Party Eyes” Eyeliner & Mascara Set, €25 Shop HERE

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8. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Magic Foundation Kit’, €105 Shop HERE 

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9. Blank Canvas Master Series Palette, €34.95 Shop HERE 

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Beauty: Makeup Product List

Last weekend the super talented make up artist Deirdre O’Reilly did my make up or our friends wedding and I was thrilled with the result.

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Deirdre has now kindly done a full product list on everything she used on me. I asked Deirdre to go for a strong eye, but not too dark and simple lips, I also wanted lots of contouring and highlight and I think she nailed it.

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Hope you enjoy

Naomi xx

 

PRODUCT LIST 

Deirdre here, I had the pleasure of doing Naomi’s make up for her friends wedding last weekend. With a last minute outfit change, Naomi and I decided to opt for a warm, sultry eye (we used rose gold blend on her eyes) with played down lips and cheeks. I used Armani Luminous Silk on Naomi as she is such a fan of this foundation and is the same one I have used on her before. Here is a full list of the product’s I used to create Naomi’s look:

  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (5.5)
  • MAC Mineralise Concealer (NW20)
  • MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Spiked
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
  • MAC Mineralize Skin finish Bronzing Powder in Medium Deep
  • NARS Orgasm Blush
  • MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush
  • MAC Paint Pot in Quite Natural
  • MAC Eyeliner Pencil in Coffee
  • MAC Eyeshadows in Vanilla, A Natural Flirt, Kid & Folie
  • MAC Powder Blush in Film Noir (as an eyeshadow)
  • COLOUR POP Super Shock Shadow in Sequin
  • NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes
  • MAC Lip Liner Pencil in Spice
  • MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Peach Blossom

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Hope you enjoyed 🙂

Deirdre x

You can find Deirdre on Facebook here and on Instagram here or you can get in touch with Deirdre directly by emailing her on: deirdreoreilly1@gmail.com

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Gift Ideas: Top 10 Ultimate Palettes

We all know a beauty addict or maybe you are in need of makeup treat. Makeup palettes are the perfect gift for that special someone.

What we love most about palettes is that it offers you a range of colours that you might not usually go for.

Check out our selection of our favourite palettes below 🙂

No. 1

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Makeup Geek Manny MUA Palette, €66.90 – Shop HERE

No. 2

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Stila Star Light Star Bright Highlighting Palette, €36 – Shop HERE

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Urban Decay ‘Naked Ultimate Basics’ Palette, €52.47 – Shop HERE

No. 4

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Cream Kit, €48 – Shop HERE

No. 5

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Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette, €31.60 – Shop HERE

No. 6

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Makeup Geek Kathleen Lights Palette, €52.60 – Shop HERE

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Sigma Beauty ‘Warm Neutrals’ Eyeshadow Palette, €37.89 – Shop HERE

No. 8 

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Stila ‘correct & perfect’ all-in-one colour correcting palette, €43.72 – Shop HERE

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Surreal, €79.28 – Shop HERE

No. 10

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Blank Canvas Master Series Palette One, €34.95 – Shop HERE

 

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

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Top Tips for the Perfect Smokey Eye

Heading out for after work cocktails on a Friday evening and no time to dash home beforehand to spruce yourself up? Here are my top 5 simple tips to creating that subtle to sophisticated smoky eye taking you from office chair to cocktail bar in minutes!

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STEP 1: BUILD YOUR PRODUCT
STEP 2: LINE THOSE LASHES
STEP 3: CHOOSE YOUR EYESHADOWS WISELY
STEP 4: LAYER SHADOWS SIMPLY
STEP 5: FINAL TOUCHES

Eyes are the one feature I feel that as a professional makeup artist you can really play on and transform. Smoky eyes in particular are probably the most requested technique asked of makeup artists today so I want to share my simple tips that absolutely everyone can achieve. To those of you who fear eyeliner or dark coloured eyeshadows fear no more! Let me take you through my five simple techniques for creating that office to ‘out time eye’ in minutes!

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1) BUILD YOUR PRODUCT 

  • The key to creating but also sustaining a day to night time eye is all about the build and the layering of your product! Just like you prime, conceal and powder the skin to ensure your foundation lasts all day it is very important to do likewise for the eyes.
  • Begin by applying a primer or personally I like to use a paint pot to the eye. Paint pots are soft creamy pigmented eyeshadow that blend very easily over the eyes. You can simply smooth the paint over with your fingers or for a more intense finish I like to apply this using a Mac #217 Blending Brush.
  • Start this from the eyelids up towards the brow bone. Paint Pots come in lots of colours but for that “no makeup makeup” look go for MAC Groundwork Paint Pot. A relatively good dupe is Maybelline Colour Tattoo.

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2)  LINE THOSE LASHES

  • So this is normally the part most people fear! Remember it is only makeup and it is removable! Don’t just reach for the black liner and instead opt for a softer eye kohl/wax based liner that will help enhance those beautiful eyes whether that be a rich brown or a mauve toned pencil to play against a hazel, blue, green or brown eye.
  • My all-time favourite liner pencil ever has got to be MAC Eye Kohl pencil Teddy. This soft waxed based pencil glides so easily over the eye and really complements a blue, green and hazel eye. Other alternatives I would recommend are the NYX pencils, they come in a variety of shades and are super long lasting.  It is so important you do not skip this stage. This is what really defines and enhances the eye.
  • Leave the waterline clean if you are a little hesitant but do not be afraid to go slightly thicker at the outer corners of the eye making sure to just soften off the edges of the pencil afterwards. I like to use a soft haired pointed smudge brush for this like MAC #219 Pencil Brush. Alternatively run a clean Q- tip over the pencil to soften your edges top and bottom.

3) CHOOSE YOUR EYESHADOWS WISELY

  • Ok by this stage you have a really solid base. Keep your eyeshadow choices simple but effective for now.
  • For a smoky eye you just need a base/light tone, a medium/blending tone and a dark/smoky tone. Choose matte or semi matte textures only (remember you can always throw your glitter pigment or a bright colourful metallic shadow on your eyelids just before you leave the office)
  • If I was to pick my three staple shadows for a day into night time eye it would have to be Blanc Type, Swiss Chocolate and Handwritten MAC shadows. There are many other amazing palettes out there like the NYX Shadow Palettes, Blank Canvas and Urban Decay

4) LAYER SHADOWS SIMPLY

  • Taking a flat eyeshadow brush like MAC #239 Eye Shader Brush and a generous amount of your base tone eyeshadow apply this under the brow bone and into your tear duct to really brighten and enhance the eye.
  • You can skip the eyelid stage as you have your paint pot and liner smudged into the lash lines already, perfect for a soft shadow effect.
  • Next taking your fluffy blending brush as before apply the mid tone matte colour to the crease of your eye. This is without doubt the most important of all your eyeshadow colours. Remember the key to any style of smoky eye is all about the blend/fade!
  • Finally curl your lashes and apply a generous amount of black mascara to both top and bottom lashes. I recently came across Rimmel Day to Night black mascara and find it be a really affordable and buildable mascara on the market at the moment. A good tip that is to curl your lashes prior to mascara application.

5) THE FINAL TOUCHES

The final touches when you are heading out:

  • Take your darkest eyeshadow colour with a fine tipped eyeliner brush like MAC #266 Angled Brush and just apply this neatly again to the lash lines top and bottom. Take the shadow into the outer eye corner also to really lift the edge of the eye for a more intense smoky eye effect.
  • After a quick outfit change and with five minutes to return to your makeup bag take either your brown or a black eyeliner pencil and return to those lash lines again. This time work your liner pencil into the waterlines top and bottom quite generously. Smudge the pencil into the root of the lashes again and blend it out with your smudge brush or a Q- tip. This instantly transforms the look in seconds and most importantly it means you do not have to waste time on that dreaded liquid liner stage, hallelujah!
  • For that final touch take your flat eyeshadow brush (or your finger tip) and whatever vibrant metallic shadow or pigment of your choice apply this from your eyelid to the socket (but not above the socket) for that VA VA Voom party eye. Check out MAC Tan Pigment which is a classic warm copper toned metallic shadow or Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow #88 for a deeper blackened smoky eye finish.
  • Re coat the lashes this time using the volumizing mascara wand and there you are ladies, you and your smoky eyes are good to go!

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SHOPPING LIST

  1. MAC Groundwork Paint Pot (available in all Brown Thomas/ BT2 stores nationwide/online)
  2. MAC Eye Kohl pencil Teddy
  3. NYX products (selected Boots stores nationwide)
  4. MAC Eyeshadow colours (Blanc Type, Wedge, Cork, Kid, Texture, Handwritten)
  5. MAC Tan Pigment
  6. Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eye Shadow #88 (Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Dundalk , Belfast)

BRUSH LIST

  1. Mac #217 Blending Brush
  2. MAC #219 Pencil Brush
  3. MAC #239 Eye Shader Brush
  4. MAC #266 Angled Brush

As well as these MAC brushes, I also reccommend Blank Canvas brushes , Morphe brushes and Crown Brushes .

Hope your enjoyed the post 🙂

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Deirdre x

About Deirdre O’Reilly 

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With over 10 years’ experience in the makeup industry, 8 ½ of which were gained working for leading brand Mac cosmetics, Deirdre O’Reilly is a highly trained professional makeup artist with a wealth of knowledge when working with her clients.

Deirdre specialises in bridal/beauty makeup and travels nationwide on request. She is extremely passionate about her profession and also teaches makeup artistry at Sallynoggin College of Further Education.

She is fast becoming a much sought after freelance makeup artist and is widely recognised for her creative flair and her ability to tailor that perfect look for each individual bride.

How To Book Deirdre

You can email Deirdre here deirdreoreilly1@gmail.com Don’t forget to check out her most recent work on Facebook

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Best Eyeshadow For Your Eye Colour

We at The Style Fairy are all about enhancing your natural beauty and wearing what suits your own style and shape. When it comes to beauty products the principles are the same.

Finding a shade of eyeshadow that best compliments your eye colour can be something that we might sometimes overlook. However, if you chose a complimentary shade you will find that it will really make your eyes pop.

So enhance the eyes you have been given by following our tips below.

Blue Eyes

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All you blue-eyed beauties will look best when wearing earth tones, browns with a slight purple base, taupe, and slate grey. Those colors are the best compliments to your baby blues, yet if you want a brighter look you can also wear rose colored or pink shadows. Blue is part of the cool tone family which means that warm colors are the best contrast with your eyes—making the color of your eyes pop. A few things to note – blue eyeshadow is an absolute NO no. It will end up dulling out the color of your eyes, for the same reason you also always want to wear a color darker than your eyes. When it comes to eyeliner and mascara, your best bet is to stick to shades of browns.

Best Buys for Blue Eyes

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Illamasqua Complement Palette, €37.60 – Shop HERE
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Natasha Denona Mono Eyeshadow, €26.20 – Shop HERE
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ARTDECO Most Wanted Eyeshadow Palette, €20 – Shop HERE

Brown Eyes

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Brown eyed girls are lucky because they can get away with almost anything when it comes to eye makeup. If you really want your eyes to pop, wear green or pink shadows. Shadows with a gold undertone or gold flecks will bring out any gold that you have in your eyes. You can also wear various shades of brown, but be careful with what shade you choose as it could make your eyes look muddy. The absolute best color to wear with brown eyes is anything with blue, which is a strong contrast to brown eyes. Dark shades produce a very dramatic and sexy effect on brown eyed ladies, while lighter shades make for a great natural look. Black mascara and eyeliner will really make your brown eyes stand out. White eyeliner on the inside of the lid also is great for brown eyes because it makes them look bigger.

Best Buys for Brown Eyes

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Stila Magnificent Metals, €35.90 – Shop HERE
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GA-DE Highlights Day Lights, €19.40 – Shop HERE
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Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder, €6.80 – Shop HERE

Green Eyes

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Purples—violet and plum especially—are the best colors to wear when you have green eyes. Keep the color tones warm—think mauve’s, lilacs and medium pinks. Brown shadows with a bit of gold or bronze look great with green. Avoid cooler colors (blues and such) as they can make you green-eyed gals look washed out. The best combination for green eyes is a medium color for the lid, a dark color for the crease, and a lighter color for the brow bone as a highlighter—all blended together smoothly. Black eyeliner and mascara is a bit harsh for green eyes, so opt for a brown instead.

Best Buys for Green Eyes

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Stila Eyeshadow In Compact, €12.90 – Shop HERE
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ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Palette, €20.50 – Shop HERE
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PUR Cosmetics Mini Eyeshadow Palette, €13.60 – Shop HERE

Hazel Eyes

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Hazel eyes are best complimented by colors such as pale pink, light purple, and other sheer colors. Shimmer for the everyday use is great option for hazel eyes as well. To make the gold in your eyes really stand out, make sure to use shadows that have a bits of yellow in them with golden undertones. If you want to show off the blue in your eyes, then use purple shadows in different hues. With all of these looks, black mascara and eyeliner is a good choice for hazel eyes—yet you can also have fun with colored liners as well (blue and green).

Best Buys for Hazel Eyes

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Dose Of Colors Eyedeal Duo, €22.70 – Shop HERE
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PUR Cosmetics Sole Mattes Eye Shadow Palette, €15.10 – Shop HERE
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Paul & Joe Eye Gloss S, €17.30 – Shop HERE

Stylishly yours,

Heather x

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Beauty Review: Brows on Fleek

Hey ladies,

This post is all about them brows 😉  I am brow obsessed, I think most of us are. I just love how great brows can really frame your face. When I look back at old pics of my barely there over plucked brows I cringe…..If your brows are ‘on fleek’ then it makes such a difference to your face 🙂

I get HD brows done (I go to CC’s Nails & Beauty in Cavan) about once a month. But for filling in brows to create a fuller look and a great shape or when I am going out with full make up I have been using a new product lately I wanted to tell you about. The lovely people in BPerfect Cosmetics sent me this brow kit to try a few months ago.

 

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My Verdict

I really like to properly road test a product first before recommending it as i just don’t like to tell you about products I haven’t even tried myself! I have been using this religiously for the last few months and I am totally hooked. I love it!!!!

I’ll be honest when I first got it i was very dubious, the reason being is I have always used ‘Browzings’ by Benefit and was convinced nothing would compare to it. Well, I was wrong.

I have been using the shade ‘Irid Brown’ and it’s the perfect match for me.

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It is available in 4 different shades; Charcoal, Irid Brown, Dark Brown and Brown so there is the right shade for everyone:

Brown: Very subtle look. Best for those with very fair brows
Dark Brown: For medium blonde to dark brown hair
Irid Brown: This is what I use. It’s best for strong definition and dark brown to black brown hair
Charcoal: High definition brow for darker and thicker brows and for those wanting a very striking brow.

The kit comes with 3 different stencils so you get one for thick, natural and thin brows. To be honest, at first I used the stencils but I now I find I can apply it better without the use of the stencils myself. But everyone will vary, the stencils come in very handy if you haven’t got a well defined shape yet as it gives you a guideline. The kit also comes with a double ended brush, again I don’t personally use the brush as I find I can use my own brush better (I use a Benefit brow definer brush)

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So, what’s so good about it?

It is a ‘semi permanent’ brow kit so it means it is water resistant, smudge proof, sweat proof and promises to last 24 hours OR until you remove it yourself with make up remover or your usual cleansing routine. I really like the texture and consistency of the powder, it goes on great and yes, it really does last so so well. Plus the colour is just such a fantastic match.

Where to buy & how much?

It is available to purchase at http://www.bperfectcosmetics.com plus a select number of stockists across the country (see full list of stockists here)  and retails at £24.99 (please note that is the sterling price). Stockists prices may vary but it is circa €30.

(Any Cavan folk reading this you can purchase the kit in CC’s Nails & Beauty in Cavan town)

Hope you enjoyed the post

‘Til next time

Naomi xxx

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