Beauty On A Budget: Pre-Summer Look Tutorial

Hello again everyone and welcome to the latest Beauty On A Budget make-up tutorial. For this tutorial I am going to be creating a combination of a shiny and well not so shiny make-up tutorial. A kind of a make-up opposites attract look. The transition between the casual look of spring to the glitz and shine of summer.  Hope you all like it.🙂


So without further ado let’s get to this …


First off here is me before the tutorial:

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Step 1

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Using Miss Beauty London Perfect Face Primer and Make Up Gallery Make Up Sponges 24 Pack, cover your face and neck and rub the primer in. The smaller triangle sponges are great for any blending of the primer under your eyes. Using Manhattan Fresher Skin Foundation – Classic Ivory and Make Up Gallery Make Up Sponges 24 Pack, cover your face and neck and rub the foundation in. The smaller triangle sponges are great for any blending of the foundation under your eyes. Using the make-up pad provided, blend in Miss Beauty London powder around the face. Using Make-Up Gallery Hide & Seek Concealer Natural Coverage dot under the eyes, just in the middle of the forehead leading off from the nose area, lightly around the face and on any blemishes. Rub in well with Make Up Gallery Make Up Sponges 24 Pack. Again the little triangle is great for under eyes. To make the nose longer and thinner, draw lines down side of nose on both sides and in the middle of the nose without joining the lines and place a dot on top of the nose. Again blend in well with the little triangle.

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Step 2

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Using the brush above from Make Up Gallery Cosmetic Brushes, highlight your cheeks with the first colour indicated in the top of the Max & More Conceal, Highlight and Contour Cream Palette on the picture shown above by the direction of the brush and use the second colour indicated as blusher in the bottom picture.

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Step 3

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Using the Make Up Gallery Brown 4, cover each eyelid and do a mini wing by drawing upwards from the outside corner of your eye. Cover above eyelids with Miss Beauty London Eye Crayon Soft Creamy Eye Colour 2 Cappuccino. Also use the crayon to brighten up inner corners of eyes and dab under eyes too. Use Essence Kajal Pencil – White under eyes as well. Blend brown and white together. Use the black in Miss Beauty London Eye Brown Kit and with the brush provided use it as an eyeliner and on your eye brows. Using Max & More Mascara With Argan Oil – Black place on the top and bottom of your top lids and the tops of your bottom lids. When coating the under part of your top lids wriggle the brush through for extra volume and length.

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Step 4

Using Miss Beauty London Eye Crayon Soft Creamy Eye Colour 2 Cappuccino, coat your lips adding extra shine to the middle of the bottom lip.

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Step 5

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Using Make Up Gallery Time to Shine Nail colour – Deep Amethyst 28, paint nails.

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Hope that helps! 🙂

All products in this tutorial were purchased from three shops: Dealz, Euro Saver and Euro Giant with the exception of the Essence eye pencil:

  1. Miss Beauty London Perfect Face Primer: €1.50
  2. Make Up Gallery Make Up Sponges 24 Pack: €1.50
  3. Manhattan Fresher Skin Foundation – Classic Ivory: €1.50
  4. Make Up Gallery Cosmetic Brushes: €1.50
  5. Make-Up Gallery Hide & Seek Concealer Natural Coverage€1.50
  6. Miss Beauty London powder€1.50
  7. Max & More Conceal, Highlight and Contour Cream Palette: €3.00
  8. Make Up Gallery Brown 4: €1.50 
  9. Miss Beauty London Eye Brow Kit: €1.50
  10. Miss Beauty London Eye Crayon Soft Creamy Eye Colour 2 Cappuccino€1.50
  11. Essence Kajal Pencil – White: €2.00 (My sister got this in a charity shop but Essence make-up generally isn’t too expensive. A little bit more than the other products in the tutorial though).
  12. Max & More Mascara With Argan Oil – Black: €1.50
  13. Make Up Gallery Time to Shine Nail colour – Deep Amethyst 28€1.50


See you all next time! 🙂

Getting The Hair & Eyes Done By My Sister & At Glamour Bray!

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Yesterday I went to Glamour Hair & Beauty Salon in Bray and had a hair wash, blow dry and hair cut as well as an eyebrow wax. I was very pleased with the outcome. Everyone there was very friendly as usual and did everything as always with great attention to detail. I usually either get the eyes done or the hair cut (either as a dry cut or occasionally with the wash and blow dry) but yesterday it was the first time I did the three in the one day and I thought I would share the result of the three together. Recently I had my hair dyed with Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Black 2 by my wonderful sister Sharon who did a great job so everything I think beauty-wise has come together well for the moment.

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I’m heading down the country back to my hometown in Meath this weekend which is an annual trip to the blessing of the graves where my father and other relations are buried in the graveyard. My little dog is buried close by too so I’m going to visit his resting place as well.

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Krzysztof Rudnicki, R.I.P.

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Today I placed a religious Guardian angel medal at the memorial site of a young man who sadly lost his life in tragic circumstances on May 9th in Bray. His name was Krzysztof Rudnicki and he was a 33-year-old homeless man originally from Poland. The medal was placed there to honour his memory from me, my mum and my sister. We didn’t know him well but we had met him quite a few times when giving change. I always remember that he would say ‘God bless you’ when you would give change to him. Even thought I didn’t know him well he seemed like a nice person. Mostly we used to meet him outside Supervalu where he used to sit a lot and sometimes sitting near where his memorial is situated.


It is very sad. Very surreal too. He was born in 1985. I’m only a few years younger and it is just so heartbreaking. These things just shouldn’t happen. There needs to be so much more did for homeless people by people with the power and the finances to do so. We shouldn’t leave people in situations where they are in all sorts of danger.


My condolences are with all his loved ones at this time. Krzysztof Rudnicki, rest in peace.

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Friday Fictioneers: Ellie & Pedro





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Every month Ellie would rush to the post box to see what was the latest news with her adopted donkey Pedro. Pedro lived in the donkey sanctuary a couple of miles away. He had been abandoned by his owner. He was disheveled, had painful pads on his feet and long nails that were causing him lots of pain. Pedro was back to his old self and little Ellie was sponsoring his progress for $10 a year. Each month the sanctuary would send how he was doing and little tokens such as this animated picture of Pedro by a fellow sponsor.


(When I seen this prompt, I instantly thought of my own little donkey Lorcan who I have sponsored/adopted and who lives down in The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork, Ireland. I have been a supporter of the sanctuary around ten years now and they do fantastic work so I’d just like to highlight their website here:  and if you wish to adopt/sponsor one of the donkeys which will ensure the continued health and wellbeing of your chosen donkey or well as the other donkeys you can go to: On this page you can see a photograph of my little Lorcan and all the other donkeys up for sponsorship/adoption.)


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1st to Die By James Patterson Review!

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1st to Die (2001) is the first in the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson. Having previously read books further on in this series it was interesting to see where it all started.


In the plot of this first outing we meet the protagonist Inspector Lindsay Boxer who has quite a lot on her plate in this first book. She has three main issues to deal with. Firstly she has just realized that she has a dangerous blood disease. Secondly she is falling for her partner Chris Raleigh and doesn’t know how to tell him that she is very ill. And thirdly there is a killer/s on the loose killing newly-wed brides and grooms. Clearly that’s enough to send anyone over the edge so it sets up a compelling plot. Thankfully Lindsay is not on her own dealing with all of this. She has her old friend Claire, ME and two new friends Cindy, Chronicle reporter and Jill, assistant D.A. Together the four women make up the Women’s Murder Club and offer each other support and help to solve the crime which is sweeping through America leaving no straight wedding party safe.


Patterson once again writes a complex case. I love how the couples are all so different from each other. It feels like he thought through their personalities and why they got together as opposed to just throwing down a few couples in order to have a plot line. That was great writing. You got a real sense of the victims and their individual personalities, relationships and journeys. The usual Patterson style of quick chapters and numerous cliffhangers at the end of many chapters keeps the reader turning the page. As always with Patterson’s books, they are quite addictive and when you say you’ll read three chapters or so, you’ll probably end up reading ten in that one sitting.


I very much enjoyed the book. I had actually seen a film version of this book prior to reading it so I did know the ending but that didn’t take away from how good a read it was at all. It gave me an opportunity to see how everything was pieced together to come to the conclusion and it was pieced together very well. Being a writer, my favourite character is Cindy. I think I just get a lot more where she is coming from in the books and there is always elements of humour with Cindy as she tries to get the big story which I enjoy reading. The twists and turns in the novel are as always great and everything is not always quite as it seems at any stage which is excellent for a murder mystery!


A great read.


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Kill Your Friends By John Niven Review!

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Kill Your Friends (2008) by John Niven is a very original read.

The book follows ambitious record producer Steven Stelfox. Stelfox is probably one of the most dislikable characters you could find in fiction and this book is very cleverly told from this complex character’s POV. The story takes place in the late nineties and 27-year-old Stelfox is chasing the money while pretending to be interested in the creative process. So far probably an authentic portrayal of many successful record producers (not all thankfully!) but there is even darker elements to Stelfox’s character such as murderous desires, a love of destroying people and countless prejudices. All round he’s just not a very nice guy and the type of person one loves to avoid in real life. But Stelfox is also charming and charismatic and all of this combined is a very dangerous combination. Be warned, do not look for any redeeming features in his character. They aren’t there. In short he is a sociopath. But told from his POV creates some very fresh, original writing. There is great satire in this book. Ultimately it is a well-written satire of people like Stelfox.


It is a well-written account of the darker side of the music industry too. Niven writes the concept of many artists filtering in and out of the business and their dreams falling to pieces. How Stelfox and co promise them the world only to forget all about them and consequently they returning to everyday life disillusioned and still dreaming about and regretting what never was. The detached way which Niven writes the responses, both inner and outer, from Stelfox and other industry big shots is spot-on of a ruthless and cold response that exists in the music business and in business in general. It was good to see this side being explored as opposed to the fluffy ‘I’ll make you a star’ and ‘Now you are a star’ storyline which is played out a lot. Niven doesn’t sweep this murkier side under the carpet which kudos to him for not doing. Nor does he sweep under the carpet the even murkier element of record producers using their power to gain sexual favours from the artists and those in awe of the business so double kudos to him for that.


This book definitely is like American Psycho which I haven’t read in full as of yet but I read a bit of it and it definitely reminded me of it. It’s an obvious comparison but it’s a true one so if you like that book, you will like this one most likely. My favourite character in this book was Parker-Hall. Sure he was business-orientated but you got the impression he was a decent guy and that his decentness was part of why he was so successful. He was everything Stelfox would do better in the business being but wasn’t. Stelfox’s jealousy, cruelty and ruthlessness go to extremes with Parker-Hall and I found that part very sad and hard to read. But at the same time very realistic.


It’s not the easiest read in the world and you will definitely want to read something more jolly or at least something with a more likable main character after but it is certainly worth a read. It’s very different from a lot of books and is very well done and well researched by the writer.


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Jamaica Inn By Daphne du Maurier Review!

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Jamaica Inn (1936) by Daphne du Maurier is a wonderful classic Gothic novel set in the 1820s in Cornwall.

The story follows protagonist Mary Yellan who sets out for Jamaica Inn to live with her Aunt Patience and her husband Joss Merlyn. It was her mother’s wishes before her death that Mary would go and stay with them but what lies ahead at Jamaica Inn ensures that this story is top class compelling. Soon a story of coming-of-age and setting out in the world to find your place becomes a tale of murder mystery and psychological drama. This is the first book by du Maurier which I have read and her writing style is simply gorgeous. There is a great balance she strikes between giving you all the descriptions you need to keep you engrossed in this story without overdoing it. Her portrayals of the characters and the internal workings of their minds adds a lot of spice and intrigue to the piece – and also sends the reader into many roundabouts which is always great in a mystery story.


Alongside the character portrayals, Jamaica Inn itself is a character in it’s own right. It sets the scene perfectly for a foreboding gloom to hang over so many aspects of the story. So many people are scared of Jamaica Inn and rarely – if ever with the exception of Mary – visit it unless they are usually up to no good. Or that is the image which is painted in any case. This adds to the overall intrigue in the setting. Mary’s relationship with Joss Merlyn is also a major element of this story. He is very mentally abusive towards Aunt Patience and Mary decides it is her duty to look after her aunt who has become a shadow of her previous self. The ongoing clashes between Mary and Joss are extremely well-written and leave the reader wondering where their confrontations will lead.


But there is an element of this book which shows that sometimes not everything is as it seems and without giving too much away du Maurier wrote this element to perfection like all mystery writers worth their salt. I was very fond of Mary. She is a very strong and determined woman who in many ways was very much ahead of her time. On the downside though she had a trusting nature which by itself is great but it was a trusting nature that bordered on too trusting. And her judgments often seemed to be made on who she liked as a person more than the facts in the case. This was a very clever character trait for du Maurier to put as one of Mary’s qualities however because she could use it to supply red herrings for the readers.


I loved it and it is a definite must-read.


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