For Pete’s Sake Fashion Show

For Petes Sake Logo

I was fortunate enough to be asked to be part of the ‘For Pete’s Sake’ mini fashion show last Thursday. The event was hosted by PIA Galway and was to raise funds for a trust that hopes to provide much needed cancer treatment for Pete, an Oranmore man, aged 40, husband and father of 3, who was suddenly struck with an aggressive cancer last year. Following months of extensive chemotherapy it is now apparent that the only option remaining, is to travel to New York for life saving treatment and medication that is not available here in Ireland.

Hosted by the lovely Denise Manning, the owner of PIA, and Sophie Small, the evening started off with complimentary wine and canapés provided by Delicious Catering and J&C KennyGuests got a chance to mingle, meet people and browse all the gorgeous clothes throughout the boutique before a short introduction from Claire Gannon from the trust and Denise and Sophie from PIA.

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Claire Gannon from For Pete's Sake with Sophie Small and Denise Manning from PIA Boutique

Claire Gannon from For Pete’s Sake with Sophie Small and Denise Manning from PIA Boutique

Giving some hints and tips

Giving some hints and tips

Following that, I got the chance to give my top 3 hints and tips before the fashion show, which featured past and present Miss Galway’s, got underway. We were lucky enough for Leah Tiernan (current Miss Galway), Laura Fox (2013 Miss Galway), Nicola Corcoran (the current Galway Rose), previous Miss Galway Sophie Small and a special guest appearance from Pete’s daughter Molly, to give up their time and model for the show.

Some of the gorgeous looks from the Fashion Show

Some of the gorgeous looks from the Fashion Show

Some of the gorgeous looks from the Fashion Show

Some of the gorgeous looks from the Fashion Show

Nicola Corcoran, Sophie Small, Leah Tiernan and Laura Fox

Nicola Corcoran, Sophie Small, Leah Tiernan and Laura Fox

Following the fashion show, Sene Naoupu from Sene Naoupu Health & Lifestyle Coaching was on hand to provide some hints and tips, which we all found extremely useful! Especially if it’s going to help us look as fab as she does!

Sene Naoupu from Sene Naoupu Health & Lifestyle Coaching giving her top tips

Sene Naoupu from Sene Naoupu Health & Lifestyle Coaching giving her top tips

Chatting to Sinead Carroll from Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Chatting to Sinead Carroll from Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Chatting to Sinead Carroll from Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Chatting to Sinead Carroll from Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Overall it was a lovely evening and I was delighted to be a part of it – I even managed to come away with one of the spot prizes!. I loved providing tips to all the guests on techniques and products for their skin types and how to apply different types of make up. I also got the chance to meet Sinead Caroll from ‘Yummy Mummy Fashion & Lifestyle Blog’ and talk about the blogging community here in the West of Ireland.

If you’re looking for a special outfit for a Communion, Christening, or the Galway Races, it’s definitely worth popping into see Denise as she will be only too happy to help you and choose outfits that will suit your body shape and style….she’s absolutely fab!

I hope that the evening managed to raise a good bit of money for the trust.

Thanks for reading.

Sara.x

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April Favourites

All the chocolate eggs have been eaten and another month has passed and that means another lot of products that I have discovered (or rediscovered in some cases), that I thought I’d tell you about. Here;’s what I have been loving throughout the month of April;

REN Serum

REN Serum

REN SKINCARE – ‘Keep Young and Beautiful Firming and Smoothing Serum’ – I figured it was time to grow up and stop relying on serum samples that I get everytime I order something online! So I did a bit of research and found Ren Skincare very helpful on Twitter and decided on this particular serum. It is a bit of a minefield choosing skincare products, so definitely worth looking into what’s right for your skin. So far, I’m really happy with this one. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and apply it both morning and evening time after I’ve toned my skin and before I apply my moisturiser. It’s not cheap at €54, but claims to keep your skin looking younger for longer by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which is always a winner in my eyes. I also think that it will last me a few months so it’s not too bad. There is one thing I really don’t like about this product and it’s the smell. When you really rub it into the skin it just doesn’t have a pleasant smell which really annoys me!! (silly I know). My skin definitely feels smoother and softer to touch so I’m going to keep with it and hopefully reap the benefits.
Available from http://www.cloud10beauty.com for €54

Tanya Burr - Champagne Toast Lip Gloss

Tanya Burr – Champagne Toast Lip Gloss

Tanya Burr – Champagne Toast – Whilst I do try to make an attempt to wear more colour on my lips, I just can’t help myself by going back to the neutrals and this lip gloss to me is just perfect. Worn on it’s own it’s a gorgeous glassy effect that is a sort of clear, golden colour. It’s also the perfect gloss to put over lipstick and I’ve been wearing it over my Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter and my Charlotte Tilbury ‘Penelope Pink’ lipstick. Every time I wear it, I always get compliments (which is always nice). Plus it smells divine!
Available from http://www.feelunique.com or http://www.cloud10beauty.com for €8.50

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream – This has to be my stand out product from all my PowderPocket boxes so far. I had previously been using the L’Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream if I didn’t want to go for a fuller coverage and was having a ‘less make up’ day. But I did find that it gives my skin a bit of an orangey colour and if I’m not tanned or just looking a bit pale, it’s really noticeable. The Ginvera BB Cream does everything you want from a BB Cream. The Ginvera Green Tea Skin Care range hails from Singapore and is much loved through out South-East Asia. It’s enriched with premium Green Tea, Ginseng, Chinese Angelica and Hyaluronic Acid. This BB cream provides the benefits of blemish free concealing, sun block effects (SPF 30), moisturising and reduction of lines, providing a long lasting smooth and ultra light feel to nourish and perfect your skin. It says it’s suitable for all skin tones, but I’m not sure how it would look on a really dark skin. I love how this goes on the skin and it really does give the skin a flawless look. If you had any really red blemishes then you probably would need to add some concealer. I’ve just repurchased this as I will be included in my hospital bag when I have the baby, as it’s the perfect skincare product to make me look more human. A total winner all round and it gets a big thumbs up from me!
Available from http://www.janiro.co.uk for £18 + P&P

Sleek Make Up Eyebrow Stylist

Sleek Make Up Eyebrow Stylist

Sleek Make Up EyeBrow Stylist – I purchased the medium in this and was intrigued to see if it would be a good alternative to the Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift pencils, as I can only lust after these. I have been pleasantly surprised by the cheaper Sleek option. At first I wasn’t too taken with it, but after giving it another try, it’s now my everyday brow product. I find that the waxy pencil gives a really nice look to the brows that is quite natural which is due to the rich creamy formula which is matte and velvety. I also love the fact that at the other end of the pencil there is a brush to groom the brows into place. The tip is thicker than most normal eyebrow pencils which means that you can make both thin and thick strokes for outlining and filling.
Available on http://www.cloud10beauty.com or http://www.sleekmakeup.com for €7.49

Blank Canvas E10 Brush

Blank Canvas E10 Brush

Blank Canvas E10 (Small Socket Blending Brush) – This little beauty was a free gift with my last order from Blank Canvas and had been rather neglected until recently. It’s turned out to be an absolutely fantastic brush. As someone that doesn’t have huge space between my eyelids and my brow, some blending brushes can sometimes be a little too large and you don’t tend to get the exact look you are looking to achieve. Thanks to the fine bundle of fluffy bristles, it really just concentrates product into the crease whilst still blending it. It’s also great for getting a really defined shade into the crease if that’s the look you’re going for. I will definitely be purchasing another one for my kit.
Available from http://www.blankcanvascoosmetics.com for €6.99

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – I had forgotten that I had this foundation tucked away in my make up collection as hadn’t used it for a couple of months and had therefore forgotten how good it is. Nars Sheer Glow will always be my outright favourite foundation, but this comes very close to it. It is essentially almost a perfect match for it. The coverage is medium, but can be built to a fuller coverage when buffed into the skin. The finish leaves a slight illuminating, fresh glow, without being too much, which is exactly like the Nars one. It claims it lasts all day, but I’m not sure it would on combination skins. If you have a normal or slightly dry skin type then I’d say you’d have no bother with this. Overall a fantastic dupe for the Sheer Glow given it is a third of the price.
Available from Boots and pharmacies nationwide for €9.95

So that’s what I’ve been loving for the month of April. What’s you’re stand out products of April been?

Thanks for reading.

Sara.x

Bridal Month – Look 4 – Vintage Make Up

Vintage Wedding imageWhen I meet with brides for their trial and discuss the look they want to achieve for their wedding day, they generally respond with one of two answers; ‘Natural Look’ or a ‘Vintage Look’. For the ‘Vintage Look’ it’s generally because the theme of the day is centred around this, so they will have their make up all tied in with the dress and the hair. I tend to find that this look is popular with brides that are used to wearing a strong lip on an every day basis and like quite a strong make up look. It’s certainly not something that I would recommend a bride try for the first time on her wedding day. Least of all the groom might be a bit surprised when he turns to watch you walking down the aisle. As with all these looks that I have posted this month, there are lots that you can change. I’ve gone for a strong eye and strong lip, but you can always tone either one of them down to what you are comfortable with. With the lip this can be changed to a tone of red lipstick that suits your skin tone or a completely different shade, such as a plum, or burgundy colour if that’s what you feel more comfortable with. However, if you are going for a strong colour on your lips, do be prepared that this takes a little more up keep than if you were simply wearing a gloss.

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Before – no make up

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After – Vintage Look

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After – Vintage Look

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After – Vintage Look

Products used for this look

Products used for this look

Below is a product list that I used to achieve this look and a little information on how it was applied:

FACE
Primer – Laura Mercier Primer – applied mainly to the T Zone of the face
BUFF Sheer Glow in Moviestar – this gives a really nice glow to the skin. A small amount applied all over the face with a foundation brush. As you can see from all the previous looks, I always use this on my brides
Foundation – MAC Full Coverage Foundation – This is another popular foundation with brides that like a fuller coverage from their foundations. It’s an emolient-based formular that provides opaque coverage. As it’s water-resistant and long-wearing it’s perfect for a wedding. It also doesn’t contain an SPF, so there is no risk of flashback in the photos. I used a Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply this
Concealer – MAC Pro Longwear Concealer – simply the best concealer on the market. It doesn’t crease, has great coverage and lasts all day. This was applied under the eyes, down the centre of the nose, through the brow bones, on the cupid’s bow and in the centre of the chin
Contour – NARS Laguna Bronzer – used to contour the hollows of the cheek, along the temples and under the jaw line
Blush – MAC Melba – applied to the apples of the cheeks with a MAC 168 brush and then blended up
Highlighter – MAC Soft &  Gentle – a very small amount applied to the top of the cheek bones and through the brow bone, as this look isn’t really about the highlighting. It’s more of a matte look
Powder – Rimmel Stay Matt Powder – my good old faithful translucent powder, applied to most of the face to create a matte finish

EYES
Brows
– Anastasia Brow Whizz in Ash Blonde Eye
Primer
– MAC Painterly – all over the lids

Eye Shadow – MAC Brule all over the lid, MAC Cork and Kid through the crease and a little bit of Espresso to give some more depth
Eyeliner – MaybellineEyestudio Lasting Drama Eyeliner in Black
Mascara – YSL Babydoll
Lashes – KISS Natural

LIPS
Pencil
– MAC Brick pencil to line the lips and fill them in – this will ensure that the lipstick lasts longer

Lipstick – M.A.C Red – apply, then blot with a tissue and re-apply. This will ensure that the lipstick lasts longer.

Thanks for reading. Leave a comment below letting me know if you would go for this look on your wedding day.

Sara.x