Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Hello everyone! 

I'm sure most of you have heard about the famous Real Techniques brushes by Samantha Chapman. I have a few of these brushes including the Blush brush, the Expert Face brush and the Core Collection face set. I was super excited when I heard Real Techniques were bringing out a makeup sponge. 

I have heard so many  great things about the Beauty Blender. I always wanted to try it but I couldn't pay $20-30 for a sponge! The price was just madness. The RT Miracle Complexion retails at €5.99 in Ireland, which is a more reasonable price. If you live in Ireland, you can get this from Cloud 10 Beauty or in Boots/Boots Website. Alternatively you can get the sponge from the Real Techniques website or from iherb

Right, let's get onto the review!



The product comes in a professional, plastic box. It displays the sponge very clearly and gives details on the product. Samantha Chapman says:

"Great looks start with a flawless base. Redefine your skin with our miracle complexion sponge. Its versatile design evenly blends makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish."

Samantha also has a tutorial on how to use her sponge on the Real Techniques website

My Thoughts

The RT version of the Beauty Blender is not the standard eye shaped sponge. It's sculpted for all facial contours and features. The sponge is a small and convenient size that fits into your hand perfectly. It has a flat angled side for getting around the nose and eyes. The rounded side covers large areas of the face and can spread foundation evenly. The precision tip at the tip is perfect for concealing blemishes and blending under eye concealer. 

How do you use the sponge?

To use the sponge, you simply soak the sponge in water and let the sponge expand as it soaks up the water. Squeeze out the excess water and squeeze with a hand towel and it's ready to use. You now can put some foundation on the back of your hand and pick some of your foundation up with the flat side of the sponge. You can now blend the foundation into your face with swiping motions for a light coverage look or dab the foundation into your skin using patting motions. You are almost bouncing it over the face. You will be left with a flawless base

You can use the pointed end of the sponge to conceal blemishes or to pat concealer under the eye and into the hard to reach places around the eye. 
The rounded side of the sponge can be used to apply a setting powder. I use the rounded side for applying cream blush or cream highlighter. This sponge is very versatile and easy to use.   

Cleaning the sponge

To be completely honest, I thought cleaning the sponge was more difficult than expected. I cleaned the product with shampoo and water, foaming up the sponge and rinsing it with warm water. I did this several times and I could see the foundation washing out. However there were still some stains from the foundation on the sponge which didn't wash off. So my miracle complexion sponge is more foundation coloured now than orange. It still works perfectly for me. Perhaps I am not washing it with the right cleaning product. Or is the problem with the foundation I'm using? Any suggestions?

The Bottom line...

I really like this product and I will continue to use it in my everyday foundation routine. If you are someone who is not fond of using makeup brushes or you want something that is super easy to use and gives flawless results, then this is the product for you.  


  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Widely available worldwide
  • Multifunctional
  • Convenient size 
  • Travel friendly
  • Versatile for all facial contours
  • Video tutorial available from Samantha Chapman


  • Does not wash easily

My Rating:


I hope you found this review useful. Have you tried this product? 
Let me know in the comments below!
Till next time,

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Monday, 14 October 2013

Wicked Witch Makeup Tutorial

Hey Guys!

So a lot of you may have seen this Halloween look I posted on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook recently and I have gotten a lot of questions on this look, so I decided to post a step by step pictorial for you!
When Halloween comes along, it can be exciting to dress up! But some of us find it difficult to choose a costume. Okay so I know witches are supposed to be ugly but this one isn't! Sometimes girls don't want to look ugly on Halloween. Most of us want to look half decent when we dress up! Am I right?
 I based this look on the witch from ‘Wicked’ the musical. It’s quite easy to create this look. I had most of the materials already, I just needed to buy the face paints.  I hope you find this tutorial/pictorial helpful! 

You will Need:

  • Green Face paint
  • White Face paint
  • Plate
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • 2 or 3 different shades of green eye shadow
  • Black Eyeshadow
  • Eyeshadow brushes
  • Black Eyeliner pencil
  • Black Gel eyeliner
  • False Eyelashes (optional)
  • Eyelash Glue (optional)
  • Blush Brush
  • Highlighting powder (optional)

Step 1: The Base

  • First things first. Scrape off some of the white and green face paint from the pan. Mix these two colours together on the plate. (I’m using white face paint because the green colour on its own was too bright and too ‘Green’ if that makes sense).
  • With a damp sponge mix the paint further and dab all over your face. Apply to your neck, chest, hands and ears. You can also apply this to your arms if they are exposed under your dress/cloak.Wait for the face paint to dry. If the colour isn't strong enough, you can apply a second layer.

Step 2: Eyes

  • Eyebrows – Using the gel liner, draw in the outline of your brows, creating a high arch (higher than your natural eyebrow). Draw a second line (see Picture)and shade in the rest of the eyebrow with the black eyeshadow.

  • Eyeshadow: Mix the lime/yellow eyeshadow with the white eyeshadow and apply this on the browbone to highlight.
  • Using a bright green eyeshadow apply it to the crease of the eye and create a V shape at the outer eye. Shade in the area with a fluffy brush (See picture). Apply this under the eye too.

  • Using a dark green eyeshadow, define the outer eye even more. Repeat with black eyeshadow. Apply black to the outer lashline and also under the eye, again focusing on the outer part of the eye. 

  • Apply eyeliner to the top and bottom waterline and upper lashline. Apply false eyelashes (optional).

  • TIP! If you have any fallout under your eyes, just apply some more green facepaint under your eyes. You can also do this if you make any mistakes along the way.

Step 3: The Face

  • Using a blush brush, take the bright green shade and use this to contour under the cheekbones and at the sides of the forehead. 

  • Using an eyeshadow brush, contour the nose with the bright green eyeshadow. 
  • Shade in frown lines. You do this by frowning and use the lines on your face as a guideline.
  • Mix the lime green eyeshadow with a silver shimmery highlighter and apply this to the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and on the cuplids bow. 

Step 4: The Lips

  • Line the lips with black eyeliner.
  • Apply some more leftover face paint to the centre of the lips. With a small eyeshadow or brow brush, smudge the black eyeliner inwards and blend both colours together. This is almost an ombre lip.

Step 5: The Costume

  • For the rest of the costume, it’s really up to you. You will need a witch’s hat, obviously! You could wear a black dress with a black cape and a broom

Wow that was a long post!! So this is the finished look. Please subscribe if you like it! Let know what you think in the comments below!


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Friday, 11 October 2013

Batiste XXL Plumping Powder

I think it’s great when a company takes a step further and expands their product range. Batiste has released a new product which is XXL Plumping Powder. I am a huge fan of Batiste Dry Shampoo which can be a saviour when your hair needs a little refreshing! They have a great range out and I think this brand definitely does the best dry shampoo. I particularly like the dry shampoo for brunettes. I first came across this product in Pennys/Primark and I was only dying to try it.

Boots description of this product:

"Batiste XXL Plumping Powder is perfect for creating an instant amplified effect for roots and big styles. A light shake of this weightless powder works in texture and adds maximum volume to give your hair perfect body without back-combing! Hair looks catwalk ready in an instant and will last as long as you do!" 


This product has colourful and eye-catching packaging, typical for all Batiste products. It comes in a little tube with a sifter type opening; this is perfect for sprinkling directly on the roots. You don't get a white cast in the hair from this and there is no scent to it.


Simply sprinkle a little of the white powder into roots or style (a little goes a long way!) Gently work through with your fingertips and style as desired.

With Batiste XXL Plumping Powder, a small amount really is all you need! I applied too much the first time I tried this product and my hair was sticky and had an unpleasant texture.  So, bare in mind a little is really all you will need from this product to create volume.

My Honest Opinion

This product is great for creating volume and it really works. To be completely honest, I don’t like the sticky feeling in my hair after I used it. That would be the only reason I wouldn’t use it regularly. I feel like I want to wash my hair after I use it. When I run my fingers through my hair, it feels sticky rather than silky and smooth. I would only use it on day old hair when I know that I’ll be washing my hair that night. But that’s just me. It might bother other people. It’s a matter of opinion.
It’s inexpensive at only €4 and it will last ages. Backcombing can be really damaging on your hair so this is a great alternative! 

  •  Gives volume and texture
  •  Easy to apply
  •  The product will last a long time
  •  Good packaging
  •  Small and compact for travel
  •  Saves you backcombing your hair

  •  Feels sticky 
  •     You can’t brush this out; you have to wash it out.

My Overall Rating

Just because I really dislike the feeling of it in my hair.

I hope you found this post helpful! Please subscribe!

Shawna xoxo

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Collective Jewelry Haul

Hey guys! 

Here is some jewelry I've bought over the post few weeks. I hadn't bought any costume jewelry in a long time, so I went a bit crazy shopping recently! I purchased the majority of my haul in Pennys. Pennys/Primark have such great value when it comes to jewelry and they are always on trend so you can't go wrong there! I also bought a few things in New Look and in Miss Selfridge! 

Here is what I got from Pennys:

I got these two friendship bracelets to wear with a more casual outfit! The one on the left is from Miss Selfridge and the on the right is from Pennys/Primark.

I also got a few things from New Look. I saw the first necklace on my aunt and I loved it on her. I had to buy it! It's very colourful and versatile so it will go with so many outfits.

I love this bracelet! I have very small wrists so most bracelets are too big for me and they fall off. But this one is adjustable. It has a Grecian look and dresses up any outfit. I bought the necklace below to match this bracelet.

What do you think of my Jewelry Haul?

Till next time!!