Dainty Doll Make-Up Review

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Hello Everyone : D

So I am back with another review. I recently purchased quite a lot of Dainty Doll make-up from  For those of you who aren’t aware Dainty Doll is the make-up brand of Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts and it is aimed particularly at pale girls, you can view the site here for a full list of products and stockists. As a pale girl I’ve wanted to try some of this range ever since I first heard about it, for anyone  interested in trying something out I’ll be reviewing some of the range, particularly the blushers and lipsticks.

Mineral Powder, Eyebase and Concealer
I think with a make-up range aimed at the fair-skinned the products for your complexion should be a true teller of if the make-up is truly suited to the paler girls. I find that as I am incredibly pale most make-up brands don’t actually make a foundation that makes my skin tone and a lot of commercial concealers actually appear yellow under my eyes in comparison to my foundation.

The Mineral Powder in Shade 001 “Now That I’ve Found You” is a lovely matte powder and is definitely the palest powder I have seen and it went on perfectly over my own foundation and gave me the matte finish that I like. I have seen this product being described as a mineral foundation, I personally wouldn’t use it for this purpose but I would recommend it for those that would like some nice, light coverage without a dewy finish. I tend to prefer products that I can use my own make-up brushes for but that being said the fibres in the brush don’t irritate my skin and I found that I was still able to achieve builable coverage.

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The concealer, like the powder is as pale as described and does not provide me with the yellowish tinge under my eyes. The concealer can be applied with a brush or fingers and it has quite a thick consistency so you do need to work quickly with it otherwise you will have to tug on your skin to spread it out evenly but it does cover discoloration which is great as I have quite dark circles under my eyes.

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 As for the eyebase in 001 “Frankie Girl”, I still use my other eye primers like Urban Decay’s Primer Potion for all  of my heavy duty make-up and when I know I  need a look that will last for hours. This eye primer, like the concealer is quite a thick formulation, that being said After putting it on my eye I find that eyeshadows do stick to it very well and  the base’s off-white tone does mean that all of my shadows came up bright and very true to colour on my eyes which was a huge plus.

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Lipsticks 
I was incredibly excited to try all of the lipsticks as I am a  big fan of statement lips and I feel that no make-up look is completely without a lip product of some sort. Just to give a quick introduction, I got six lipsticks,
“Stripped” is a warm but still quite sheer golden honey kind of colour with some gold sparkle in it.
“In His Kiss” is a soft crystal pink colour, once again it goes on quite sheer.
“Baby Love” is a bit more opaque than the other two and is quite a peachy pink colour with a high shine.
“Storm in a Teacup”  a lovely brown based nude colour. It is a glossy opaque.
“Couture” is a beautiful, rich red. It  is quite berry based and does come out quite dark, more so than a normal deep red.
“Saucy Sailor” a lovely, bright cherry red.

I think that the lipsticks are all lovely colours. The lipstick go on easily, they do not have a drying formula and they do last quite a while. I am not the biggest fan of sheer lipsticks, however with a lipliner and precise application I think the first three lipsticks are lovely and a nice accompaniment for dramatic eyes or more subtle, everyday looks. I adore these two reds and since red is my go-to lipstick colour of choice these will definitely be joining the ranks with my other favourites. “Storm in a Teacup” is beautiful and I like it as it is a nude colour that doesn’t wash me out and doesn’t look out of place with my skintone, it is actually quite similar to “Vanilla Truffle” by Esteé Lauder which is one of my favourite nudes in general.

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Stripped

Stripped

Baby Love

Baby Love

In His Kiss

In His Kiss

Storm In a Teacup

Storm In a Teacup

Couture (without flash)

Couture (without flash)

Saucy Sailor

Saucy Sailor

Blushers

I got  three of the blushes in the collection, “My Girl”, “You are my Sunshine” and “Hippie Shakes.”

“My Girl” a lovely baby pink colour.
“You are my sunshine” a nice peachy-pink shade that has some gold shimmer in it.
“Hippie Shakes” a striking pale lilac colour blush.

The three of these blushes are beautiful. They are very powdery and swirling my blusher brush on these creates a lot of powder, a light hand goes a long way with these products. The colours are amazing and they have incredible  colour payoff, where other blushes fail to make any impact over my pressed powder these blushes give a bold and highly pigmented result.

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Overall, I think Dainty Doll is a really good make-up brand and there products are worth investing in for pale-skinned girls but the products like their lipsticks and blushers would be worth a look regardless of you skintone.

That’s all for now, please comment, share and like this post 🙂

Róisín

My Hair Dye History, Hair Dye Recommendations and Tips

Hello Everyone :’)

So I was thinking about the kind of blogs I would like to post and what some people might find to be helpful, when it hit me, I have a head of pink, purple and blue hair and with brightly coloured hair becoming more and more popular and mainstream with artists such as Rihanna’s red hair or Katy Perry’s blue hair I thought I could share my hair dyeing history and give you some tips. So I will give you an abridged history of all of the colours I have dyed my hair because there has been many variation of colours and I have had the same colours multiple times and I will not include “natural” colours my hair has been such as brown and blonde streaks and highlights, etc, however, if anyone of you would like me to go more in depth about these hairstyles I will gladly add to this post or put up another blog.

Blue
So I dyed my hair properly for the first time when I was 14 years old, I went to the hairdressers and asked for them to dye my entire head blue but sadly the hairdresser told me that I would look silly so I settled for blue streaks instead. Although I liked the way it looked be warned, getting your hair coloured is incredibly pricey and blue is a hair colour that will run out of your hair incredibly fast so it will need constant maintenence if you don’t want greeny-yellow streaks in your hair.

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Green and Pink
My next major colour change was when I was 15 and it was the first time I had dyed my hair myself. I chose to go for a green fringe with a pink section underneath my hair. This hairstyle was a “love it or hate it” affair, I really liked it. Once again, green is a colour that will come out of your hair quite quickly without constant upkeep.

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Red
My next drastic change after a bout 0f blonde sections and red streaks was a full on D.I.Y. red head. Thankfully for those of you who are only starting to dye your hair now there is a vast range of commercial brands such as Nice and Easy and L’Oreal making red hair dye but unfortunately when I was dyeing my hair red there was not a great selection so I chose various brands and shades of semi-permanent red. Red is a colour that I found a lot easier to handle than the previous colours although I was quite vigilant with its upkeep, topping up the colour bit by bit maybe every two weeks. It is much easier to skip a dyeing session with red because although a lot of dye will come out when you wash your hair (my bathroom used to look like a murder scene) your hair will change to a lighter red and then a more orange toned colour before noticeable blonde and copper streaks appear. If you have light brown hair naturally like I do I found that I could get away for quite a while without touching up my roots when I had red hair because all though it’s bright and eyecatching colour it can still be quite dark in tone so brown roots do not create too stark a contrast.

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Purple
Next came purple.  Once again when I was dying my hair purple I did not have a huge  selection of  purples to choose from, however if I may dye my hair purple again but a different shade. With some shades of purple they will fade to a nice lilac, mine however was fine at first but because it was quite a blue based purple it tended to fade to a greyish if I didn’t dye it on an ongoing basis.

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Pink
This has been possibly my favourite hair colour I’ve had and I have had it the longest, about 2 and a half years on and off. I’ve experimented with various shades and brands and have found my preference. I think pink is quite a long lasting colour because depending on the shade you can get many washes out of it and it still looks decent as it fades to a nice baby pink. This colour does not look great when your roots begin to show but I do love this colour. I’ve also added a few variations, like a green streak and like I said earlier I currently had a purple and bubblegum blue layer underneath.

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Tips, Advice and Recommendations
So with that brief history out of the way, I have some advice and tips for people who might be interested in adding some colour to their hair.

1. Do your Research:  Before taking the plunge and dyeing your hair why not type in “blue hair” or whichever colour you like into Google Images. Whether you’re going to a hairdressers or doing your hair yourself it’s good to have a clear idea of what you’re doing. Do you want a streak, a fringe or your whole head your chosen colour?

2. Experiment: If you dye your hair one particular colour and feel another one may suit you better or another brand  may have a different formulation you should try it out. If it turns out that you  preferred the original colour, bright colours are semi-permanent so it only takes a few washes before you can put the other colour over it!

3. Wash your hair with Sulfate-free shampoo: For those of you who don’t know, a basic introduction to sulfates is that they are the stuff in your shampoo that makes it lather, they are also a big part of the reason your hair dye runs like there’s no tomorrow when you wash it. Sulfate-free shampoo reduces this drastically. Many professional hair brands such as Tigi make these kinds of shampoos, however they can be quite pricey but thankfully brands like L’Oreal have made their own more affordable versions. Personally, I tend to use the Naked brand shampoos, they are a  natural range of products, available in Boots stores and the best part is the shampoo is less than €6! They have a wide range to choose from and it really makes your hair colour last. It does take a while to get used to not instantly feeling a lather when washing your hair but you do feel a bit of one when you wash it the second time and it saves you the hassle of redyeing your hair  constantly. I’d also recommend using dry shampoo before you wash your hair as it makes it more manageable for styling and it postpones washing your hair for a day or two.

4. Look after your hair: Unless your hair is incredibly fair most times you will need to bleach your hair before you dye it a bright or unnatural colour. Bleach seriously dries out your hair so be sure to deep condition it as much as possible to make sure it remains in good shape. I don’t straighten my hair but I would suggest that you try to avoid using heat styling products and let your hair dry naturally as much as possible until your hair is in better condition. Your hair will thank you for all of this in the long run when you don’t hair dry, brittle hair that’s full of split ends.

5. Do your own thing: If someone says they don’t like your hair but you love it that’s all that should matter :’)

Recommendations

I’ve used many brands of hairdye over the years  I’ve used Stargazer which was good for my first time dyeing my hair, however every single one of my tops ended up covered in dye at the back and they washed out very quickly.

Directions is also a good brand and is easy to use and wash off of surfaces and it did seem to have better lasting power than Stargazer dyes it did still come off on some of my clothes.

Crazy Colour hair dyes are also very good and I still use them, they have a nice thick gel formula which I like as I can tell what exactly is a well coated section of hair and what isn’t. Crazy Colour dyes come in a huge selection of colours and they are relatively inexpensive. They wash well and don’t run as much as other dyes. One thing I will say is that the dyes do tend to go on darker than the finished product.

Fudge Paint Box dyes are possibly my favourites, they are a little  more pricey than the other dyes but they have an excellent formulation and wash incredibly well, they come in a good range of colours and show up true to colour.

Those are the main brands of hair dye that I have tried but I have also heard that Manic Panic and Special Fx make good hairdyes so if you have a particular colour in mind look up some reviews of the colour.

So I hope this post has been a help to your, sorry if it’s  a bit long but I hope you’ve picked up some tips.

As always I’m up for any post recommendations and please don’t forget to like, share and comment.

Róisín :’)

p.s. I think this song is only appropriate :’P

Hayley Williams M.A.C. Cosmetics Collection Review

Hello everyone :’)

As many of you may know, Hayley Williams, singer with the amazing band Paramore launched a collection with M.A.C. Cosmetics, which you can view here,

http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/whats_new/10925/New-Collections/Hayley-Williams/index.tmpl .

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The collection is all based around the colour orange, a signature look for the singer and it features a nail polish, a mineralize skin finish, an eyeshadow and a lipstick. Being a huge fan of the band and being a big  fan of Hayley’s personal style I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of the pieces. I chose to get the eyeshadow, lipstick and mineralize skin finish and after a few uses each I was ready to review them.

Orange Lipstick in “Sounds Like Noise”
 I have wanted a bright orange lipstick for quite a while now, however I’ve been quite conscious about which one to pick as I am very pale and did not want to pick a tone of orange which would look too garish next to my skin tone so when I heard Hayley’s collection included a lipstick I was excited to see what it was like as she is very fair skinned herself. This lipstick is described as “true orange” which it most definitely is but it still manages to flatter pale skin. The lipstick goes on easily and has quite a matte finish and it shows good lasting power. I also found that unlike some other statement lipsticks it gives a fabulous pop of colour to a make up look but I find that it is incredibly wearable and it can be paired with understated and bolder eyeshadow. I would highly recommend this lipstick for anyone looking to make a statement with their lips.

Lipstick with Flash

Lipstick with Flash

Lipstick without Flash

Lipstick without Flash

Eyeshadow in “Daydreaming”
The second item I bought was the eyeshadow in “Daydreaming”. Although I’ve never been afraid of wearing strongly coloured eyeshadow I know that some people would be turned off by the idea of an orange eyeshadow, however “Daydreaming” is a lovely coral orange with a lovely pearl finish, making it extremely wearable. After some experimentation I find that the eyeshadow can be worn on its own with liquid eyeliner, such as Hayley’s M.A.C. look above or with a wash of colour on the lid or by putting a brown into the crease for a more subtle look. Another look is to wear a shimmery eyeshadow such as a white or a silver like Hayley did at the MTV Movie Awards, as seen below, this this keeps the impact of the colour but adds a softer edge to the look. As with all M.A.C. eyeshadows it is very pigmented and it is a great choice for those who like unusual colours or for those who would like to make a statement while maintaining a nice subtlety.

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Mineralize Skin Finish in “Lightscapade”
I had always wanted a M.A.C. Mineralize Skin Finish and my mother actually has some but I feel that although some make lovely blushers other shades are too dark for my skin tone as I am very fair skin and I really don’t look good with too much bronze on but this skin finish is a gorgeous “candlelit beige” and the veining in the product appears silver, gold and even some light baby pink. I applied this product on the tops of my cheeks and other areas on my face as a highlight and I loved the finished look, it provided a lovely glow, yet still looked more natural than other liquid and powder highlighters I have used. Although this product works amazingly well for pale skin it could also make a lovely highlighter for any skintone. Overall, I really love this collection and I feel that it works well for those who love statement make up and those who prefer a more subtle look. All of the pieces are of great quality, show good lasting power and with these colours it is easy to create a multitude of looks. I’m including some swatches of the products and also some pictures of me wearing the products.

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So, that’s it for this review, please let me know if you enjoyed it. Don’t hesitate to send me requests and comments. I’ll leave you with Paramore’s new single “Still Into You”. Until next time,

Róisín