Orange is the new Black

As we all know, Orange, and it’s various forms, is a hot colour for Spring and Summer. It always seems to make an appearance for this time of the year, but this year it’s brighter and sexier than before. It really is a great colour as it flatters all skintones and an orange lippie can do wonders for taking away the focus from tired-looking eyes. But it can be difficult to know how to wear it and what shades to wear to best suit you. Orange can be worn on the eyes, cheeks and lips, so you can just chose one area to concentrate on or totally go for it by using it on all three! Here is a breakdown of what suits the four main skin tones;

FAIR SKIN

Fair

Fair Skin

Fair skin can often looked washed out, so you’re best off choosing oranges that have a more pinky/coral colour to them as this will add warmth and brightness. This will also make the skin instantly pop.

Products for Fair Skin

Products for Fair Skin

Best Products for your Skin Tone:
Lips – Bobbi Brown Shimmer Finish Lip Colour in Calypso Shimmer
Cheeks – Nars Matte Multiple Stick in Exumas or Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Sunrise
Eyes – MAC Rule eyeshadow

MEDIUM SKIN

Medium Skin

The warm undertones in your skin work with pastels and will make your complexion look more even glowing.

Products for Medium Skin

Products for Medium Skin

Best Products for your Skin Tone:
Lips – Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Lip Colour in Incandescente or Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm in Audacious
Cheeks – Shu Uemura Bouncy Blusher in Orange Quartz
Eyes – Make Up Forever Matte Eyeshadow in Orange Coral

OLIVE SKIN

Olive Skin

Olive Skin

Yellowy undertones really work with a serious punch of bright neon orange, or any colour neon for that matter. Although, with lip products, avoid them if you’re worried about your teeth (they can make stained teeth appear more yellow).

Products for Olive Skin

Products for Olive Skin

Best Products for your Skin Tone:
Lips – Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love with Ginger or Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Malibu Punch
Cheeks – MAC Optimistic Orange Creme Blend
Eyes – Inglot Eyeshadow in 51

DARK SKIN

Dark Skin

Dark Skin

For those with dark skin, burnt oranges are the best match, a sort of red-orange hybrid. The zingy tinge will make your complexion look ultra fresh. The colour can be sheer or highly pigmented, both look fresh and modern.

Products for Dark Skin

Products for Dark Skin


Best Products for your Skin Tone:

Lips – Rouge Dior in Trafalgar or Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Maya
Cheeks – Sleek Makeup in Sunrise (it’s a great dupe for Nars Blush in Taj Mahal).
Eyes – Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Vapour, MAC Eye shadow in Orange or Make Up Forever Matte Eye Shadow in Tangerine

Hope this helps you take the steps to wearing this summer’s on trend colour.

Thanks for reading.

Sara.x

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

Top 4 Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Guys….is the Christmas panic setting in? Haven’t a clue what to get that special lady in your life? Whether it’s your wife, girlfriend, mother or just a friend, here’s my top 4 Christmas Gift Ideas;

1. PowderPocket

powderpocket

This is Ireland’s newest monthly subscription service and would totally suit any beauty junkies in your life. The service allows you to try out 5 sample sized products each month without having to commit to the full size versions before you try them out. Products can include premium brands across haircare, cosmetics and skincare and each month will include an Irish brand. Subscriptions to the monthly service comes in three options; €12 (+P&P) for a monthly plan, €60 (+P&P) for a six month subscription which includes one free box, or €120 (+P&P) for a 12 month subscription which includes a free box. To sign up log onto http://www.powderpocket.com.

2. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palettenaked3Never has a new palette created so much hype and I CANNOT wait to get my hands on mine. I’ve ordered mine because I’m basically too lazy to head into town and battle the Christmas shoppers. With much more rosier toned eyeshadows than both of it’s predecessors, Naked 1 and Naked 2, this palette will suit both make up fanatics and also those that don’t wear much make up but just want an all-in-one palette. As to be expected from Urban Decay, the quality is reported to be excellent and with 12 eyeshadows for €44, it’s great quality too. Naked 3 palette is now available to purchase in store and online at http://www.debenhams.ie.

3. Jo Malone Deluxe Gift Set 

Jo MaloneChristmas always brings out a gorgeous selection of gift sets and Jo Malone is no exception. This gift set combines Blackberry & Bay 100ml Cologne and Pomegranate Noir Home Candle. A girl can never have enough Jo Malone in her life. Available from Brown Thomas and now available online http://www.brownthomas.com.

4. Sara Duffy Make Up Gift Voucher – Whether it be a makeover for a special occasion, a night out or a make up lesson, the lady in your life always loves being pampered and this is a great stocking filler. Contact me on sara@saraduffymakeup.com.