Monday, 29 June 2015

Jason and the Argan Oil shampoo bar

Hey guys! How are you all doing? I'm heading to Amsterdam this Friday and I'll be back Tuesday night, SO EXCITED! :D I'll definitely write up a post and tell all you lovelies how I got on and what I saw! :) Today, I am reviewing one of Lush's shampoo bars- Jason and the Argan Oil. Here's what I thought of it. :) 
Jason and the Argan Oil is one of Lush's newer shampoo bars, along with Montalbano, Lullaby, Brazilliant and Honey I Washed My Hair. I was immediately drawn to the scent of this bar. I don't usually like floral scents, preferring clean, crisp, fresh and citrus scents, but I loved the scent of this bar and it's very floral and smells of Rose Jam. Jason and the Argan Oil promises stronger, shinier and softer hair. 
The key ingredient in Jason and the Argan Oil is Argan Oil Which has been coined as a ''miracle oil'' for hair care. It makes hair softer, silkier and shinier. It treats split ends and tames frizz. It also includes Rose Oil, organic Rose Absolute and Sicilian lemon oil for a gorgeous scent that will linger in your locks. When I first went to use it, I noticed that it felt alot drier than any other shampoo bar I've used from Lush. It doesn't quite lather up in the shower either, but that wasn't a big deal for me.
Jason and the Argan Oil made my hair feel slightly dry at times, but this could be because of other factors, I'm not too sure. It made my hair feel softer, and alot shinier. It left a gorgeous floral smell in my hair that stayed for a good while. I think Jason and the Argan Oil would work the best on dull hair. However, I was so disappointed in this bar. After having it for less than a month, it broke in half! Those halves broke into quarters. Upon reading other reviews, many others had the same problem with it crumbling. If you've used Lush shampoo bars before, you know they stay in tact until they're very thin. One of the halves crumbled into mush. So not Raven. After I finish this shampoo bar, I'll return to using Seanik or New.


All Lush shampoo bars cost €7.90 and I give Jason and the Argan Oil 5/10. Disappointing. I sadly won't be repurchasing Jason and the Argan Oil. 
Have you tried Jason and the Argan Oil? What did you think? What is your favourite shampoo bar? Let me know below!
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Serial Killer Saturday: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold- part two

Hey guys! Welcome to part two of Serial Killer Saturday. Like I said in part one, I thought one post would be way too much for one post. Part two deals with the shooting, rationale and aftermath. Let's get right to it because it will be a lengthy post!

Shooting Begins: At 11;19am, students Rachel Scott and Richard Castaldo were having lunch on a grassy knoll at the West Entrance of the school. The two gunmen, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold pulled guns under their trenchcoats. Scott was shot four times and killed instantly. Castaldo was shot 8 times in the chest, arm and abdomen, which left him paralysed. Harris aimed his Carbine down the West staircase at Daniel Rohrbough, Sean Graves and Lance Kirklin, killing Rohrbough. The two began shooting at five students, one was hit in the arm, face and leg, one feigned death and the other three managed to escape. Harris shot down the steps at several students, seriously wounding and paralysing Anne Marie Hochhalter as she tried to flee. Klebold left the cafeteria and joined Harris up the stairs. They both shot towards the soccer field, but didn't hit anyone. Harris and Klebold shot out the windows, hitting art teacher Patti Nielson with shrapnel. Nielson ran into the library and told students to get under the desks and be silent and called 911.

West entrance of Columbine High School, where shooting began.
Police Response:  At 11:22, Neil Gardner, resource officer to Columbine high school heard on his radio that a female was down, referring to Rachel Scott. He received another call at 11:24, saying a shooter was in the school. Harris shot at Gardner from the West Entrance. Two minutes after the first call, Gardner was involved in a gun fight with both Harris and Klebold. Two were already dead and 10 were wounded. After the gun fight, Harris and Klebold turned their attention towards the library.

Library Massacre 11:29am-11:36am: As the shooting was happening, Nielson called emergency services at 11:25am. Before entering the library, the shooters threw two bombs, one in the cafeteria and one in the library hallway, both exploded. At 11:29, they entered the library where 1 teacher and 52 students were hiding. Harris and Klebold ordered all jocks to stand up. When noone stood up, they started shooting anyway. Kyle Velasquez was sitting at the north row of computers when Klebold shot and killed him, hitting him in the head and the back. As they reloaded their guns, they noticed cops evacuating the school. Harris said ''Let's go kill some cops'' and opened fire on police. Noone was killed. Klebold fired his shotgun at a nearby table, injuring three. Harris grabbed the shotgun and shot it under a desk without looking, killing Steven Curnow with a shot to the neck. Harris went to the lower computer row, knelt down to Cassie Bernall, who was silently praying, he said ''peek a boo!'' before shooting her in the head, killing her instantly. Klebold turned to the next table, and saw Craig Scott (Rachel's Scott's brother), Matthew Ketcher and Isaiah Shoels, three popular athletes hiding under one table. Harris joined Klebold, who racially taunted Shoels before killing him with a shot to the chest. Harris then opened fire, killing Ketcher. Scott was uninjured, but feigned death as he lay in a pool of his friend's blood. 
Harris threw a Co2 bomb where Makai Hall, Daniel Steepleton and Patrick Ireland were, but when it landed on Steepelton's thigh, Hall quickly threw it away. Harris and Klebold began to shoot between bookcases, injuring three and killing Lauren Townsend. Harris moved to another table, injuring two. John Tomlin attempted to move, Klebold shot at him repeatedly, killing him. Harris shot at 16 year old Kelly Fleming in the back, instantly killing her. Harris and Klebold ran into an acquaintance John Savage, who was studying for a history test. Savage asked them what they were doing, Klebold replied ''Oh you know, just killing people''. Savage asked if they were going to kill him, they hesitated and told him to leave. After Savage left, Harris shot at Daniel Mauser, but only managed to graze his ear. Mauser fought back and Harris shot him at close range in the face, killing him. The shooters started firing randomly, injuring two and fatally wounding Corey DePooter, who was the last to die. He is credited with keeping his friends calm throughout the library massacre. At 11:35. there were no further injuries. The massacre in the library killed 10 and injured 12. Out of 56 hostages, 34 were left unharmed. It was later found that Harris and Klebold had enough ammunition to kill everyone in the library. They walked out of the library at 11:36am, and survivors started to evacuate.

After the Shooting, the library was completely demolished. The Hope Columbine Memorial Library was built in its place.
Suicide of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold 12:08pm: At 12:02pm, Harris and Klebold returned to the library. 10 of the 12 victims were still lying on the floor. They went to the window and opened fire on police. Six minutes later, the went over to where Patrick Ireland laid. 12:08pm, Patti Nielson locked herself in the library break room with a student and library staff. Nielson recalled Harris and Klebold shout together ''one, two, three!'', followed by the sound of gunfire. Harris killed himself with a single shot to the head, and Klebold killed himself with a single shout in the mouth. The total count of deaths were 12 students and one teacher. 23 students and one teacher were injured. The suicide of the two perpetrators.

Rationale: Many different motives were given for why the massacre happened, though it truly remains unknown. A few different motives were suggested.
Bullying: Both Harris and Klebold were classified as gifted students, but bullied for four years. Two out of every 3 attacks are related to bullying. Both were bullied by jocks in the class above. One such incident is recalled by friend Brooks Brown, where ketchup covered tampons were thrown at Klebold, who described it as ''the worst day of his life''. Columbine High School had long condoned bullying, Brown says that teachers looked the other way when confronted with the issue of bullying. Letting the bullying continue, intimidation, could have festered, and homophobic remarks, could have been a catalyst for the massacre.
Psychopathy and Depression: FBI lead investigator for Columbine found Dylan Klebold to be depressive and driven by revenge. Eric Harris is considered to be the mastermind behind the massacre. He was a clinical psychopath, driven by sadism and a superiority complex. He lacked remorse or empathy. It is said that Dylan Klebold wanted to burn, while Eric Harris wanted to burn the world.
Goth subculture: In the weeks after the shooting, the media portrayed Harris and Klebold to be part of the Gothic subculture. They were part of a small, informal club in Columbine, known as the Trenchcoat Mafia. Later on, these characteristics were considered to be untrue.
Music: Unjust blame was placed towards dark metal bands, such as Rammstein, KMFDM, but mostly, Marilyn Manson was a scapegoat. Many believed Manson to be the sole motivation, despite reports that they weren't fans. Manson chastised the media for creating a moral panic and finger pointing. KMFDM said their music denounced war, oppression, fascism and violence.


Changes in school policy: Following Columbine, schools in the U.S added new security measures, such as transparent bag packs, metal detectors, uniforms and security guards. Anti bullying policies have been renewed or adopted a Zero Tolerance approach in bullying. However, Zero Tolerance has been implemented too harshly in some schools, which creates other problems, such as punishing the victim also.

Gun Control:  After Columbine, there were many cries for more gun control measures. In 2000, federal and state legislation introduced a required safety lock on firearms and a ban on the importation of high capacity magazines. Laws were passed which made it a crime to buy guns for criminals and minors. K-mart, an American supermarket that sold ammunition to the shooters, announced they would no longer sell handgun ammunition.

In my opinion, the Columbine Massacre could, and should have been, completely avoided. What happened on the 20th April 1999, was such an awful tragedy, made worse by the fact that it didn't have to happen at all. I think that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, were also victims. They were failed in so many different ways. Though bullying wasn't the main reason for the massacre, had staff not turned a blind eye to previous bullying, to any student, it might not have sent the two down such a dark path. The introduction of Zero Tolerance policies should not be implemented as harshly as it has been. Laying blame with the victim of bullying, is completely counter-productive. My main gripe with any shooting I hear about, will always be with America's lack of stricter gun control laws. I feel they should be banned completely, especially as race riots seem to be happening more and more in recent times. How easy it was for a 17 and 18 year old to amass the amount of ammunition, is shocking. Previous convictions should have been enough to point out that they were in such an unhealthy state of mind. Anti-depressants were found in the system of Harris and Klebold after the shooting. I feel that they shouldn't have been moved around from anti-depressant to anti-depressant. This is not to say that it excuses their actions in anyway, many people live with mental illness and bullying, and don't go to such extremes. A friendship with two such people as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold in their state of mind, being failed at every turn, created a deadly massacre that America will never forget.


I hope you all enjoyed my second installment of Serial Killer Saturday, featuring Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Kudos if you've read it this far!
Thank you all for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Dr.Pawpaw original multi-purpose balm*


Hi guys! How are you all doing? The Dr.Pawpaw multi-purpose balm has been something I have wanted to try since it came out. But you know yourself, you never get around to actually trying it, given all the other pretty things that come out, many products get left untried. Nonetheless, Dr.Pawpaw never left my list. Last week, it was kindly sent out to me to trial, so I thought I would let you all know my thoughts on it! 
Dr.Pawpaw multi-purpose balm is British made, and has loads of different ways it can be used. It's going to be so handy to pop in my bag for Amsterdam in less than two weeks- ahhh! :D In fact, it's a fantastic product to have year round. Some of it's uses include: lip balm, cuticle softener, dry, irritated skin, moisturiser, primer, and as a burn cream. 


The ingredients in the Dr.Pawpaw balm are- Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice- Soothes skin, effective anti-inflammatory, burn healing effects, protects against UV damage, moisturising. Olive Fruit Oil- Antioxidant, fantastic moisturising properties. Potassium Sorbate- Used as a preservative. The star ingredient in the Dr.Pawpaw balm is Carica Papaya (Pawpaw)- Known for its natural healing properties, packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Removes dead skin cells, hydrates skin, helps skin discolouration and adds shine. 
I use it on dry skin, on sunburn, I've used it as a lip balm, a cuticle softener and I've used it on my hair. I have found it so effective on dry skin and it soothed and cleared up sunburn on my hand quickly. It's effective as a lipbalm (though doesn't last as long as my Nivea lip butter). It softened my cuticles. It tamed flyaways and added shine to my hair. But I suggest only using a tiny amount on your hair. I think it might be a bit too thick in texture for me to use as a primer.


Dr.Pawpaw balm is fragrance free. The texture is quite thick, but melts onto the skin quickly. Because I have a number of different uses for this balm, it's going to be the handiest thing I can bring along on my holidays, and I can see I will be using it alot! I am loving this balm so much! When this tube runs out, I will absolutely be going out to buy it in the future. For a 25ml tube, it costs €8.99. It is available in most chemists in Ireland and the UK. I give the Dr.Pawpaw multi-purpose balm 9/10. 


Have you tried the Dr.Pawpaw multi-purpose balm yet? What did you think? Let me know below! :)
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

*pr sample or sponsored post.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Physicians Formula Super BB Beauty Balm Concealer


Hey guys! How are you all? I've really missed doing make-up reviews in the past while, so I'll be leaving part two of Serial Killer Saturday post until next Saturday. Today I will be talking about Physicians Formula Super BB Beauty Balm Concealer. I heard great things about the Physicians Formula brand, so I was delighted when I saw their concealer in my goody bag from the Irish Blogger Conference! The Physicians Formula concealer claims to: diminish dark circles, reduce puffiness, hide redness, blemishes and correct uneven skin tone. It is hypo-allergenic, fragrance free, paraben free, gluten free, non-comedogenic (won't block your pores) and is dermologically tested.


I adore the gorgeous holographic packaging, it's just so pretty! However, I'm not mad on the application. I've never liked the click up brush application. But I really love this concealer, so I can let it go, let it goooooo! (I've never even watched Frozen, haha!) I would consider this concealer to be medium coverage. I assume it can be built up, but I haven't tried...yet. It has a really lovely and creamy texture, and it is super easy and a dream to blend in to the rest of your make-up. It's great at hiding dark circles and blemishes. It brightens under your eyes and has a dewy finish. 



Throughout the day, I only need to top up my concealer once. It sinks straight in instead of ''sitting'' on the skin, meaning it doesn't give off a cakey look. I really love this concealer and I love using it! The Physicians Formula Super BB Beauty Balm Concealer is available in pharmacies nationwide. I would absolutely buy it. It costs $12.95, which converts to €11.50. I give it a 9/10.
Have you tried this concealer yet or anything from the Physicians Formula brand yet? What did you think? Let me know below! 
Thank you for reading, 
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream


Hey guys! Welcome to my first make-up review in a while! Today, I will be talking about the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. I had heard a lot of great things about this CC cream. As someone who's never ventured into the world of BB or CC creams, and was unsure of which to pick up, due to it's great reviews, I picked this up. I needed to buy a BB or a CC cream for the Summer months, as an alternative to foundation, which can feel heavy on the face during the Summer. I thought I would finally give a CC cream a shot. I bought it in its lightest shade, Ivory. 
The 123 Perfect CC Cream claims to be anti fatigue, anti redness and anti dark spots. It claims to give a fresh and luminous complexion. 
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream also boasts 24 hour hydration and SPF 15, a perfect combination for the Summer! It's also oil free, great for anyone with combination/oily skin! The formulation is lightweight, which is what I was after in a CC cream. With most of the lightest shades of face products available, Ivory was slightly too dark for me. However, once I added concealer, powder, blush and highlighter, it starts to calm down after a few minutes. Still a slight bit dark, but not obviously so. Though the formulation is lightweight on the skin, you have to work quick with this CC cream, as it sits pretty fast and can be hard to spread around with a buffing brush.


I can't exactly comment on the 24 hour hydration claims, I always take ''24 hour'' claims with a pinch of salt, anyway. However, my face does look hydrated morning to night. Though this could also be down to good diet. Whichever, I'm happy that my face looks hydrated and healthy. I really do like this CC cream I have to say! It gives a healthy and luminous finish to my face. It feels lightweight and keeps my oily t-zone under control, which can go a bit haywire in the Summer. I love the fact that it has SPF 15 in it. Because I have freckles, during the Summer, they tend to get darker and multiply, which I really hate. My freckles have stayed the way they are. It has stood the test of multiple 35 minute jogs, some in really warm temperatures, making it both weather and sweat proof. It brightens and gives a fresh, awake look to my face. It is a fantastic alternative for foundation, especially during the summer when you want that ''no make-up feeling'' on your face. 


The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream is €10.49 for 30ml and I would definitely repurchase! 8/10. 
Have you tried the 123 Perfect CC Cream? What did you think? Let me know below!
Thank you for reading, 
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Serial Killer Saturday: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold- part one

Hey guys! Under the microscope this Serial Killer Saturday are the two perpetrators of the Columbine High School Massacre- 18 year old Eric Harris and 17 year old Dylan Klebold, from Denver, Colorado. I have been highly interested in the details of the Columbine Massacre ever since I heard about it. I really wanted to include it in my Serial Killer Saturday series. However, I feel that the background and the events leading up to the massacre are so important, and I think the massacre itself can't be understood without talking about these events. So I've decided to break this into a two part blog post. Part one will deal with the events leading to the massacre to the day of the massacre. Part two will deal with the shooting and the aftermath. So let's get into it.

Eric Harris

Dylan Klebold
When? Victim count? April 20th, 11:19am to 12:08pm. 13 victims. Rachel Scott- 17. Daniel Rohrbough- 15. William David Sanders- 47. Kyle Velasquez- 16. Steven Curnow- 14. Cassie Bernall- 17. Isaiah Shoels- 18. Matthew Kechter- 16. Lauren Townsend- 18. John Tomlin- 16. Kelly Fleming- 16. Daniel Mauser- 15. Corey DePooter- 17. Eric Harris- 18. Dylan Klebold- 17. 24 non fatal injured.

The 13 victims of the Columbine Massacre
Though the motives for the massacre remain somewhat unclear, personal documents and journals said that they wished to rival the Oklahoma bombing, which occurred April 19th, 1995. The Columbine Massacre is known as the ''deadliest high school shooting in U.S history''. The massacre sparked massive debate all over America over gun control, cliques, goth subculture, bullying, violence in video games, internet use, and anti-depressant use. According to early accounts, Eric and Dylan were very unpopular students, and were targets of bullying. However, reports of the two being outcasts were known to be false and exaggeration. 
In 1996, Eric Harris created a private website just for friends on website America Online. Its purpose was to host gaming levels of the video game Doom. On it, he began a blog and shared his thoughts on family, friends and his parents. He also created instructions on how to make explosives. In 1997, his thoughts showed signs of Harris' ever growing hatred towards society. 
Dylan Klebold gave the website address to friend Brooks Brown, whose mother filed numerous complaints about to Jefferson County police against Eric Harris, as she thought he was dangerous. This was following a fallout between Brooks Brown and Eric Harris, after he threw a lump of ice of Brown's car wind shield. The website contained numerous death threats to Brown. Dylan knew that Brown could inform the parents and the authorities of the website. After Brown's parents saw the death threats, they again contacted the authorities. Investigator Michael Guerra found numerous threats aimed at Columbine staff and students, and his hatred of society. It was noted that Harris could make pipe bombs. The website also revealed a gun count, an explosive count, and a hit list, on it was Brooks Brown. Guerra made a draft affidavit to search the Harris household. It was never filed. It was concealed by Jefferson County police, until it resurfaced in 2001, following an investigation of the massacre. 
In 1998, Harris and Klebold stole tools from a van in the nearby town of Littleton. Both were arrested and were required to attend a juvenile diversion programme and anger management classes. Harris also attended therapy. Klebold had a history of drinking and had failed a urine test. Neither were required to attend substance abuse classes.Following positive feedback, they were released early from the programme and were on probation. Harris' blog had vanished and the website was restored to its original purpose- to host gaming levels of Doom. He started to write his thoughts in a written journal. Harris dedicated a section of his website to record the progress of he and Klebold's growing gun and bomb collection. 

A page from Eric Harris' journal. Note the Swastika. Dylan Klebold was Jewish born, 
Harris complained of depression, anger and suicidal ideation and was prescribed Zoloft, but was switched to Luvox when he complained of restlessness and lack of concentration. Both kept journals after their arrest, and documented their gun and explosive collection with secret videotapes. Their journals documented plans to escape to Mexico after hijacking an aeroplane at Denver airport and crashing it into a building in New York City. They hoped to set explosives in the cafeteria and shoot fleeting survivors. then as emergency services and reporters would arrive, bombs planted in their cars would detonate. In the massacre, the bombs failed to detonate. They shot videos practising target shooting. On April 20th, 30 minutes before the attack, they made a final video, apologising and saying goodbye to friends and family.
In the months leading up to the attack, they acquired two 9mm firearms, two 12 gauge shotguns, which were bought from a private dealer, which meant no background search, no waiting period, no paper trail. They constructed 99 explosives on different shapes and sizes. On the 20th of April, Harris was armed with a 12 gauge pump action shotgun and a Hi Point 995 Carbine 9mm Carbine with 13 10 round magazines, which was fired 99 times. Klebold was armed with a 9x19mm Intratec TEC-9 semi automatic handgun and a 12 gauge Stevens 311D double barrelled sawed off shotgun. 
At 11:10am, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold arrived in separate cars at Columbine High School, ready to carry out the bloodiest high school shooting that the world had ever seen, and would shock a nation to its very core.

Ammunition used in the massacre.
And that is part one of my posts on The Columbine High School Massacre. Part two will be up next Saturday if you want to continue reading. :)
Thank you all for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The Make-Up Lust List

Hey everyone! You know, there's nothing I love more than an aul nose in someone else's make-up bag. I'm such a curious person in general, but it really interests me to see what others have in their make-up bag. What do they use to create that eye look I love on them, how they create their flawless looking base, and as a lipstick fiend, their lip make-up. I don't think it's so necessary to have heaps of slap, much as I think so from time to time. Key products for a flawless canvas, and a good arsenal of lip products and the perfect eyeshadow palette or two, seems to be what I've come to love in my own bag. I was cleaning my make-up last week, and came to realise I have some really great products in my kit, but here's a list of what I would love to have in my make-up bag in the coming months! 


A second foundation
You best believe I love L'Oreal True Match. It's long lasting, a perfect match for my pale, pale skin, and it gives decent coverage. However I would love a second foundation in my make-up bag, a fancy scmancy foundation, that I'll only break out for the likes of weddings, nights out and events. A foundation that lasts from morning into the wee hours, covers every little blemish and looks picture perfect. I won't be looking on the high street for this foundation. Some top contenders on my mind are Estee Lauder Double Wear, Chanel Aqualumiere, or NARS Sheer Glow.

POREfessional
I love this Benefit primer with all of my heart. It is my HG primer. It is the perfect base for me to start a flawless base, it minimises imperfections, and my make-up does not budge off my face once! As you can see in the above photo, I already have this primer in my bag. However, it's running out and I have been using it so sparingly for the past few months! When I'm back in work, this will be my first purchase!

Full sized Benetint
Again, I already have this in my make-up bag, and I am so surprised about how long it's lasting me, not even half empty yet! It's perfect for my pale skin, it lasts all day, and gives my face a healthy look. I also use it as a lip stain for a soft, pink look. I will be so sad when this runs out. I have to run out and buy it soon!

A new Kabuki brush
Admittedly, it will be a painful purchase. I have had my beloved 17 kabuki brush for 8 years now. It's been with me through ever disastrous make-up decision I thought was a great idea at the time. Though I have decided, no matter how perfectly it still works, 8 years is too long to hold on to a brush. No matter how well and clean I keep it. Sob. I've been eyeing up the Real Techniques retractable kabuki brush to replace old Rusty.


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tar in Technopagan
This has been on my lust list for way over a year now. I've loved it since I saw Jeffree Star absolutely rocking it. I am infatuated. The finish, the colour, the fact that it's cruelty free. I have been in lust with Technopagan. I have to say, it is reasonably priced, but as Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics isn't available in Ireland, shipping costs are crazy expensive! When the delivery outweighs the cost of the product, I draw the line there. I would snap it up in an instant if OCC was available in Ireland. -HINT HINT- Get a move on, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics! 


Anastasia DipBrow Pomade
The hype around DipBrow by Anastasia Beverly hills seems to be very justified, indeed! From reading blogs, watching Youtubers and scrolling through Instagram, there doesn't seem to be one person who doesn't adore it! In a gel like mousse, DipBrow seems to give perfectly clean, defined and arched brows, looking like you just came out of a salon. So far all I use on my brows is a dark eyeshadow, and I need to step my brow game up! The variety of shades it comes in is amazing, and when I have a few spare euros, I'll be purchasing this in Chocolate.


Hot Spice palette
Is there anyone who loves beauty and hasn't heard of Make-Up Revolution? I highly doubt it. Affordable and high quality, Make-Up Revolution has taken the make-up world by storm, and I am a huge fan. They're known to have fantastic dupes for expensive products. One palette I have had my eye on for a while is their Hot Spice palette, a gorgeous blush and contour palette. Ranging from mattes, shimmer and baked finishes, the shades all look so high quality and pigmented. They come in a beautiful sleek packaging. It must be mine. My pretty.


Lip Hugs
I'm a complete sucker for lip products, especially if they're completely beautiful in a stunning package. The variety of shades in the Lip Hug range is brilliant. From the moment I saw the swatches of these babies floating around Instagram, I knew I had to possess them! They seem to be brilliantly pigmented and so hydrating, perfect for Summer! Make-Up Revolution are doing a great deal on the Lip Hugs. If you buy five in a collection, you save £5, same works out when you convert it to Euro. I can't wait to avail of this offer and pick up the Lip Hug Faves collection! 


And that's my Make-Up Lust List! Tell me, what would you love to see in your make-up bag? Let me know below! 
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Irish Blogger Conference 2015!


Hey guys! Apologies all round for my almost two week absence from my blog! I was without Internet, but I'm back now, and I have some very exciting posts coming soon! :D Last Saturday, I attended the amazing Irish Blogger Conference at the Radisson Blu hotel up in Dublin. To say I had a fantastic time, would be an understatement! The blogging event of the year, was organised by the ever hard working, committed and all round fantastic Emma and Fiona from Cool Events. Seriously, I couldn't fathom when I went in, how much hard work must have gone into organising this blogger conference, amazing! 
I bought my ticket in late April and I was buzzing for it! I attend a blogger conference in November and I had a brilliant time and met great people, so I was excited to attend this conference. It was set in the very swanky setting of the Radisson Blu hotel on May 30th, which was such a beautiful setting for a blogger conference. Throughout the six hours of the conference, there was such a positive, supportive, happy, helpful and a excited atmosphere, which I loved. Everyone looked smashing, and as much as we all got to know each other, ipods, cameras, notepads, ipods, tablets were everywhere I looked, such is a life of a blogger! ;) 
The event was MC'ed by comedian Marcus O'Laoire, who was without a doubt an absolutely hilarious and an engaging MC. Some of the speakers for the day included, Rob Lipsett from Lipsett Fitness, who told us to make a name for ourselves, do things that make people talk, if you're passionate about something, just do it, how important it is to know what we're talking about, and also encouraged us all to quit our jobs! Conor Lynch from Media.ie, gave us some handy tips on how to monetize your blog and told us all about the Instagram awards around the corner- The Snappys! Sonya Lennon, who Irish readers may remember from RTE's Off The Rails and told us how she spotted a gap in the market, a network for independent boutiques and turned her passion into a business with Frock Advisor. Also among these speakers were Alison Canavan, Anita White, Barbara Scully, Timi Ogunyemi, Darragh Doyle, Pete Wedderburn and Orla McDonagh. 
My favourite speakers without a doubt were Alison Canavan, Barbara Scully, Darragh Doyle and Timi Ogunyemi. My number one favourite speaker was Alison. Alison talked about her battle with anxiety and depression and how she tried to 'fix' it in the past, and how she deals with it now, with a healthy lifestyle, the realisation that constant happiness and perfection isn't real, comparison is unhealthy, and loads of Matcha tea! She was so real, down to earth and inspiring.

Alison Canavan

Sonya Lennon

Darragh Doyle (Having us all in stitches!)
A live Twitter wall was up and running for the event, using the hashtags #IrishBloggerConference and #TeenLine, we could all tweet about the event as it was happening and our tweets were up for everyone to see (Apologies for those who I annoyed with my 16 tweets trying to win a €100 voucher... ahem). It was like the Late Late Toy Show with all of the prizes that were being given away, food vouchers, a year's membership for Flyfit, 2 €100 vouchers for Arnott's, a €200 hamper for Clarins, just to name a few! The goody bags were phenomenal! Worth €80 each, I got some very exciting loot, including Bewleys coffee, make up from Burt's Bees, Physician's Formula, Wet N Wild, a Fuschia eyeshadow palette, skincare from Declare, a voucher for Athlone Town Centre, and Bon pure tissue oil. I was a very happy girl!

Of course, when an event like this is going to be captured and talked out to the extent where it became one of the top trends in Ireland on Twitter, it does so much good to have a very, very worthy cause mentioned- Teen Line. Last year in Ireland, funding for Teen Line, and mental health in Ireland was slashed so considerably, that Teen Line couldn't take up to 60% of their calls. I find this so outrageous and sickening, because in Ireland, mental health issues and suicide, particularly amongst young people have skyrocketed, so much so that Ireland has the second highest suicide rate in Europe. Which is so scary and affects us all. If you want to make the smallest difference, text 'HEAR' to 50300, to donate €2. I'm also delighted to say, we got Teenline trending in Ireland on Saturday.


At the end, there was a wonderful Q & A panel featuring Joanne Larby, James Butler, Nuala Gorham, Holly White, David Cashman, Anita Whyte and Holly Shorthall. There was a €200 Clarins skincare hamper for the person who asked the best question to the panel. I tried to ask my question but I wasn't picked, and the lucky lady who won it asked the question I wanted to ask. My favourite skincare brand and all. But I digress...
What a day! I met some fantastic, interesting and like minded people. The main message of the day was Communication, Celebration and Collaboration. If we keep these in mind when blogging, we will succeed. It was an amazing and inspiring day. I returned full of excitement for my blog, returned with fresh blood and ideas. I am excited for the future!


Huge thanks again to Emma and Fiona from Cool Events for a mighty shindig, and I look forward to more!
Thank you all for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim.