Thursday, 1 September 2016

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation - *REVIEW*

When I was in Madrid in June I spent a considerable amount of time in Sephora, some would say TOO much time. Anyway, I had arrived with a list of what I wanted. I was seriously disappointed because this particular Sephora was tiny and had NOTHING on my list. Great.

One item on my list was the Makeup Forever HD Foundation. I LOVE a good coverage heavy foundation and I had heard great things, unfortunately this particular Sephora did not have a shade that was light enough for me. The sales assistant literally looked at me like I was crazy when I asked if they had anything lighter. Maybe she thought I was an actual ghost and she was terrified. Who knows. Long story short I had a browse of the Kat Von D stand and picked up the Lock It Foundation, Concealer and Primer because why not adopt the whole family right? In hindsight I'm glad they did not have the MUFE foundation because the Lock It Foundation is legit my new holy grail foundation. I picked up the second from lightest shade which matches my skin perfectly. It doesn't oxidise throughout the day which I've noticed from other HD Foundations.

The coverage?? AMAZING. I have gotten so many questions about my foundation since I started wearing it. I went to an Angel Card Reader/Psychic (that's a whole other story) and the first thing she asked what was makeup I had on and made me write down the name before we started! Yes I know the cliche joke you're all about to make 'Shouldn't she have already known ha ha ha ha ha!'.

Despite it being full coverage it doesn't feel heavy or thick on the skin. It is very blend-able and doesn't take much effort to buff it in. I use one pump to cover my entire face. Two if I feel like really building it up. Also, its worth noting it's very buildable. Sometimes I find when you try to add a second layer with other foundations it just doesn't work and ends up flaky looking but this one layers beautifully. Blogger is not letting me add a photo from my phone at the moment so I will come back later on my laptop and add one but for now you can see it in action on my Instagram here;

My only negative is the packaging. I find it very bulky and takes up a lot of room in my makeup bag. But tbh I got over that pretty quickly. 

At the moment Kat Von D is not available in Ireland BUT it is launching in Debenhams in the next few months so I cannot WAIT to purchase a slightly darker shade for night time wear.

What other Kat Von D products can you not wait to try when it launches??

EF xo 

Monday, 14 March 2016

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm As A Primer??

So for a while now I've seen a lot of makeup artists and beauty bloggers recommending the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm as a makeup primer. Of course I had to try it!

NikkieTutorials is a fan!

I had a little root through my dad and brothers Christmas gift sets and found a mini bottle of the original Replenishing Post Shave Balm to use for the trial. 

I used it for about 3 weeks on and off to give it a proper try. I tried it with different foundations also.
It is a very runny liquid, you only need the smallest amount. It does have quite a strong aftershave smell to it so that might be off putting to some people but I didn't mind too much!

The verdict? To be honest I noticed no difference between when I wore it and when I skipped it. Regardless my makeup was shiny and slipping off my face after a few hours. I was really disappointed because so many of my favourite bloggers rave about it.

Now it could just be that it doesn't suit my skin. I know it contains glycerine which is a humectant meaning it draws moisture to the skin. My skin could just be too oily (which is odd because I have very bad dry patches also) for it. Who knows! 
All I know is I am still on the hunt for the perfect primer! If you have any suggestions please feel free to leave them below! 


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Glossybox Unboxing - January

am so pleased with this months glossybox. It was all full sized items bar one which was a luxury sample but it was still a huge tube! 
Take a peak inside!...

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Hair Holy Grail - Mark Hill Perfect Blowdry Spray


This is my second time writing this post. The first time I finished it, opened another app on my iPad to double check the price and when I went back it was gone. Honestly the willpower it took to retype this was a struggle! I don't even remember how I started it the first time! 

Monday, 23 November 2015

The Perfect Winter Lip - Revlon Black Cherry

A dark lipstick is a winter essential. This beauty from Revlon is To. Die. For.
It applies beautifully, has intense pigmentation and isn't in the slightest bit drying. I also feel like it would look great on a range of different skin tones. You can purchase it for a bargain price of €10.69 here

EF xo

NARS Glossybox 2015!

You guuuyyyss it came! I've been waiting for this for days since getting my dispatch email. 
I do feel really bad for anyone who didn't manage to get one, I'm not going to get into that because it was a huge sh!tstorm and major drama over the issues people faced when trying to order the box. 
ANY HOO, I thought I'd do a post showing everyone what was included in the box in case you missed it.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Spray On Nail Polish??? Nails Inc The Paint Can

Before becoming a nail technician I remember the struggle of painting my nails. Polish everywhere, the shaky hand, realising I now have to paint the opposite hand, NIGHTMARE.
Fast forward a few years and technology has finally come through for us ladies in the form of Nail Inc's The Paint Can. Its nail polish, in a can. OH MY GOD WHY DID I NOT INVENT THIS MYSELF.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer (REVIEW)

This is one of those products that everyone seems to rave about. I've seen mentions of it circling around the blogging world for quite a while now but I always put off buying it because of the price tag (€42 on A few weeks ago I took the plunge and ordered it, I couldn't wait until it came and had visions of how amazing my skin was going to look. 

''Laura Mercier, the pioneer of Foundation Primer, introduces a breakthrough radiant formula to the collection. Creating the ultimate canvas for foundation and makeup, Foundation Primer - Radiance provides a sheer, healthy glow to the skin.'' -

Wednesday, 4 November 2015


So yesterday morning I ran into Boots before I headed home to grab some dry shampoo, I had ran out a week ago and I was dying a slow and oily death without it. They had signs up everyone that it was 3 for 2 on everything... 40 minutes later and I headed to the till with a basket full of stuff. Now in my brain I was thinking, ok well if I'm buying one thing I may as well buy another thing so I had get one thing free.. You keepin' up here??? Que Emma pacing the aisles like an absolute lunatic trying to find stuff to add to my basket to maximise the savings. I was close to asking the cashier if I could do 2 separate transactions so all the expensive things could go together and the cheaper together (anyone else watch Extreme Couponers, no? ok)

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

My Current Holy Grail Beauty Products

I'm a self confessed beauty product hoarder. I will literally try ANYTHING if I see even so much as one person raving about it. I'm constantly on the quest for a perfect product so I thought I would share with you all the products I currently consider my holy grail items. The products I repurchase and rave to everyone about! 

 This is closely followed by the L'oreal Micellar Water but I always get the Garnier version purely because its a larger bottle for a cheaper price. WHO DOESN'T LOVE A BARGAIN. I love their mini version also, its so handy to throw in a bag for travelling or staying at a friends house! It removes every trace of makeup in a matter of minutes without too much vigorous rubbing.