Tuesday, 30 December 2014


This time last year, I probably didn't even have half of the amount of makeup products I have now. From having older sisters, I've always been interested in makeup and beauty, but over the past year I have definitely came to love makeup a lot more and experiment with makeup looks that I would have never tried before. Now, I see makeup as my main hobby, and a way to express yourself. I have collected quite a lot of it over the past year (with my own money!). I love how you can completely transform how you look, and how it can make you feel so much more confident. 

There are so many products that I love, so I found it really difficult to choose my favourites. I have chosen my favourite thing from each type of makeup (mascara, foundation, etc.) 


Favourite foundation 
Loreal True Match in Rose Ivory

Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc

I couldn't choose between these two foundations so I had to show you both! I had always heard lots about the two of them so I decided to buy both this year and i'm really glad I did.
The Loreal foundation is good if you're on a budget, and it's just as nice as a high end foundation! It's the first foundation I've ever owned that matched my skin colour perfectly, and it lasts really well. It's not dewy but not matte either, so it looks really natural.
If you want to spend a little more, the Nars foundation is gorgeous. It gives a dewy finish, without making you look shiny, and it photographs really well! Its just an overal great foundation. 
They both have a medium/high coverage, and they cover things like acne scars and redness. If you have quite a lot of spots, you may need concealer, but they can both be built up to a high coverage.

Favourite concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection

This concealer is amazing for the price (only £4.19), and I would never even think of using any other one. It has really good coverage and doesn't look cakey. It is definitely worth all the hype it gets.

Favourite powder
Collection Sheer Loose Powder

This powder is also the same brand as the concealer. I had this in my drawer for ages and sort of forgot about until I finished my Rimmel Stay Matte powder and needed something else to use, and I actually like it better than the Rimmel powder now! The powder is really fine so it dosen't give your face that horrible powdery look, and it's great for setting concealer.

Favourite blush
Mac Mineralise Blush in Dainty

I could talk about this blush for ages, I absolutely love it. It's baby pink with tiny flecks of glitter, so it's really nice on pale skin and makes you look really healthy and glowy! I wear it so much because it goes with almost every eye look.

Favourite bronzer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer

There is so much hype around this bronzer, and i've always wanted to try it so when I got this set and saw that it was inside, I was really excited to try it. I also have a review of this on my blog already so here it is : http://orlaghmarie.blogspot.com/2014/09/benefit-bronze-of-champions-review.html

Favourite highlighter

Topshop Highlighter

This is my first makeup product I ever bought from Topshop, but after using this I will definitely go out and try some other things from their makeup range! This highlighter is so pretty and makes your skin look gorgeous and glowy, without looking too obvious. It also photographs really nicely


 Favourite mascara
Maybelline The Falsies in Black Drama

I cannot say enough good things about this mascara, it's amazing! I bought it after watching Tanya Burr say how good it was, and she was definitely right! It does everything you'd want a mascara to do; lengthens, separates, and thickens! It's amazing for the price and I would highly recommend it.

Favourite Eyebrow Product
Benefit Browzings in Light

This brow palette is really good if you're not exactly a pro at filling in your brows, as the brushes make it a lot easier. It comes with a waxy side, which I like to use to draw out the shape I want, and also a powder side which I use to fill them in. It is really handy to take if you are on the go/travelling because it also has tweezers. I love it because it's really hard to get the right shade because of my hair colour, but this is perfect!

Favourite palette
Mua Undressed Palette

I'm not going to say much about this palette because I already have a blog post on it, so here it is : http://orlaghmarie.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/mua-undressed-palette-3-looks.html , but it basically has every colour you'd ever need.

Favourite eye primer
Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Champagne

I only got this earlier in the month, but I am so obsessed with it already. As soon as I swatched it in the shop I fell in love with it. I had never even heard about it until Ingrid Nilsen (MissGlamourazzi on Youtube) showed it in a video, and I thought it was gorgeous. It's a gold/champagne colour and it's so shimmery. It's gorgeous on it's own but it works really well as a primer under eyeshadow.

Favourite eye product
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Brown Perfection

This is a little pricey, but it is so worth it. It's so easy to use because it's in a stick form, and I use it for so many different things. You can use it as an all over eyeshadow, on your waterline and its great to use as eyeliner too. It's a really easy way of making a smokey eye.


Mac Lipstick in Hot Gossip

I love this lipstick sooo much. I had a few MAC lipsticks already, but they were all very bold and I wanted an everyday one, so I thought this one was perfect. It's a 'your lips but better colour' so it's really versatile and I love wearing it if my eyes are more dramatic because it is quite natural.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you all have a happy New Year!
xo, Orlagh

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Saturday, 27 December 2014


I understand how hard and stressful it is choosing what to wear, especially when you're off on holidays, so here are some outfit ideas that might make your life a little easier!

Look 1: Christmas shopping 

Shorts: Topshop

Top: River Island

Look 2: Christmas party

(excuse how ridiculously pale I am and the bad quality)
Dress: Oasis
Shoes: Office

Look 3: Christmas day

Top: River Island

Look 4: Casual

Top: Next

Thanks for reading!
xo, Orlagh

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Friday, 12 December 2014


After reading reviews about this palette - and there are a lot, I finally decided to buy it and give it a go, to see if it deserves all the hype it gets.

(L-R: Puff, Rose Ash, Fawn, Gild, Hazel, Lion, Bronze Ore, Burnished Brown, Tawny, Henna, Fuel, Coal Grey.)

This is so often compared to the Naked Palette, and I do see why. All the colours are basically the same as the colours in the Naked Palette, even in the same order and everything! Some of the shadows in this MUA palette aren't quite as pigmented as the shadows in the Naked Palette, but how could you complain when it's only £4?! If you on a budget, it's £33 cheaper than the Naked Palette, it's a no-brainer which one to choose. Here's some swatches:

(Without flash)

(With flash)

For only £4 they are great quality, and if I want a little bit more pigment, i'll just spray my brush with Mac Fix+ spray! This palette is so versatile as it has shimmery and matte shadows, so you can create  loads of different looks for whatever you prefer. Here are a few looks you can with the eyeshadows:

1) Bronze/Gold
Step 1: Apply lion all over the eye, and also in the inner corner.
Step 2: Apply bronze ore on the outer half of the eye and all round the lower lashline.
Step 3: Using a small, tapered brush, apply burnished brown on the outer 'v' and on the outer part of the lower lashline.
Step 4: using an angled brush, put henna on the upper lash line and blend it out to make it smokey.
Step 5: Use hazel in the crease to blend everything together, and finally tightline with a black/brown eyeliner (personal preference) and apply mascara.

(Tip - this look is best for blue eyes!)

2) Pretty & Polished
Step 1: Apply Puff in the inner corner and all over the eyelid.
Step 2: Lightly dust Rose Ash over the eyelid, on top on the other eyeshadow
Step 3: Using a fluffy crease brush, apply Fawn in the crease in wind-wiper motions with a light hand so the eyeshadow looks natural, but still gives definition.
Step 4: Finally, draw a thin line with your eyeliner very close to the lashline, making a small flick at the end. Then apply mascara!

(Tip - this is a great look for school/work as it is easy, quick, natural and makes you look more awake and put together!)

3) Navy smokey eye
Step 1: using a fluffy brush and a light hand, apply fawn in the crease as a transition colour.
Step 2: With a flat eyeshadow brush, pat the colour fuel on the inner and outer corner of the eye, leaving the middle without any.
Step 3: Apply coal grey in the middle part of the eye, and also apply to the lower lash line.
Step 4: Blend all the colours together so there are no harsh lines.
Step 5: Highlight the brow bone and inner corner with puff, and place over the coal grey to lighten it a little.
Step 6: Apply your favourite eyeliner and apply lots of mascara to give your eyelashes lots of volume.

(Tip - if you have wide-set eyes, this will suit you best!)

Thanks so much for reading!
xo, Orlagh

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