Friday, 30 December 2011

Coastal Scents Fall Festival Palette & More Review

Hey my beautiful's how are you all doing?  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and looking forward to the New Year.  This looks like it will be my last Review of 2011 :) :) I am so looking forward to plenty more in 2012 and maybe so Tutorials and Vlogs also we will see :) :) 
Any way i have a video review on my First ever Coastal Scents Haul i will post it below but as i stated on my video i am trying to work out lighting etc on my camera so the colours are not 100% this is why i have post up pictures on here so you can see more clearer.  I hope you enjoy my review :) 

My Little Haul 

Fall Festival Palette

Oh you guys when i first seen this on the sight I just knew i had to have it.  The colours looked amazing and i simply fell in love straight away.  The price of this palette is $21.95 each which is about €17/14.  It might sound a bit pricey for just 12 shades, I thought it too thats why i waited so long to get it and was lucky enough to get it on the 50% off sale but now that i have it, I can safely say its well worth the full price.  Plus if you didnt want all these shades but some of them catch your eye you can buy them on their own.  The cost $4.95 each on their own.  So happy day eh?

The Palette itself it super super sturdy.  Its a typical black Palette with Coastal Scents printed on the Front.  What amazed me was how heavy it is.  Much heavier than any other branded palettes i own.  I am super impressed with that. 

Taken in Normal Light 
Taken with Flash
Now as you can see the palette comes with a fairly large mirror which all of us love especially on travel.  The shade are amazing.  The Eyeshadows are quite large and will last quite a while.  These eyeshadows are also the same size as the Mac eyeshadows.  
What i love about these palettes is that you can remove any of them out of this palette.  Be it for changing colours or simply using this palette for other purposes be it for storing other single eyeshadows etc.  i have tried a Mac eyeshadow in this palette and it fits like a glove. 

When i stated on my video these colours are not named they have letters and numbers on them i actually noticed they are too named in the single section in which i will tell you them now as i know some of you might not like all these shades in the palette but i also know some of them might catch your eye and Coastal Scents do in Fact sell these shades separately just click here to see   So thats nice to know :) :) 

So starting from the top row:
M04, HP-ME03, HP-ME01 & HP-ME17
HP-ME09, HP-ME26, S14 & S17
S30, HP-ME15, HP-23 & M23

M04 (Chamois Nude) is a great Matte cream eyeshadow  
HP-ME03 (Bright Copper) this is a beautiful frosty copper 
HP-ME01 (Dark Golden Olive) is a dark metallic mossy green i love this shade a little of this goes a long way.
HP-ME17 (Light Apricot) this is a nice frosty champagne shade perfect for highlighting 
HP-ME09 (Kiwi Green) this is another frosty mint green with golden undertone 
HP-ME26 Deep Cantaloupe)  this is a beautiful orangey/golden shade 
S14 (Regalia Purple) this is a lovely purple with bluey undertone 
S17 (American Rose) this is a satin red with pinkish undertone 
S30 (Cherry Chocolate) this is also a satin shade its a brown with pinky micro-shimmers
HP-ME15 (Raisin Berry) this is another satin shade a beautiful Burgundy colour with a slight brown undertone so strong  
HP-23 (New Coin)This is a very strong orange shade beautiful in person   
M23 (Gunmetal)This of course is a Matte Black  Its not the Blackest of blacks but its buildable.  

4 Piece Empty Palette with 3 single shades 

In Normal Light 
with flash
This is an empty Magnetic palette which holds 26mm shadows now according to Coastal Scents even though Mac eyeshadows are the same size they will not fit into this palette they state they will not magnetize to their palettes due to the magnets polarity.  What ever that means but hey.  
The palette comes with a nice sized mirror and an eyeshadow applicator.  This is even handier for travel or day trips and the shadows can easily come out of the pan so you can swap and change from palette to palette (if you do have others from coastal scents). 
I also bought 3 single eyeshadow in which were on sale for only $1.99 now thats a steal for these shades especially.  The funny thing about these single eyeshadows is that they are named.  
I got "Nude Tan, Peachy Copper & Chocolate Berry"  They are all fantastic colours.  

Nude Tan S37:  Is self explanatory its a matte tan eyeshadow but i found it contains a slight silverish micro-glitter 
Peachy-Copper S39:  A soft coral peach with a slight shimmer this is a fantastic shade works brilliantly with browns :) 
Chocolate Berry:  This is a Dark Brown with Purple shimmer to it.  I found this a little on the powdery side but a fantastic shade Its colour pay off is incredible 

Along with the Palettes i purchased 3 eye brushes.  i did want to buy more but the ones i wanted were already out of stock.  I got 
Destiny Blender .......$2.49
Small Pencil Crease.....$3.29 
Angle Brow Define...$1.79

Destiny Blender 
This Brush is certainly one for everyones collection i love it.  I have to admit i did look up review about this before i bought it even though its cheap you still gotta check eh? Well put it this way its one of the favourite brushes bought on the site so that says alot and i have to agree its incredible and for so cheap its also been compared to the Mac 224 brush only its small but does the same thing.  I love it and fits brilliantly into the crease Girls if you are looking for a great blending brush this baby is the one for you.  With its pointed end it also is brilliant for applying shadow perfectly in the inner corner of your eyes. 

Small Pencil Crease Brush
The length of this brush is unreal not that it bothers me but it might bother some people it is 8cm long.  The Bristles on this brush are well tapered and it washes well without shedding.  This is a multitasking brush for sure.  It can be used in the crease, under the brow, inner corner, outer corner etc so you will definitely find alot of use with this.  Its so cheap and works really well im very pleased with this brush 

Angled Brow Define 
This brush is so small but i have to say it does its job so very well.  I have more even and defined brows now since using this.  You can also use this as a liner brush which is even better.  i have found it does not pick up as much colour as some brushes but its still a great brush especially for people who are trying to get used to filling in their brows etc. 

This is is what i paid for the whole lot including shipping with 50% off not bad eh?

 My overall opinion 

 I am very pleased with my purchases and i will definitely purchase again.  I know i was complaining abit in the video about waiting so long for the package to arrive but it was Black Friday and even ordering it took me so long to get into the site so i can imagine how busy they were.  Putting that aside i have no complaints with my purchases nor the packaging now the prices.  A very happy gal here 

I hope this was helpful to you all and if you have any questions at all please ask i will be more than happy to answer as best i can 
Hope you enjoyed my review and i hope you have a Wonderful weekend bringing in the New Year whatever way you are doing it.  Be careful Be Wise and be friendly lol 
all the best for  2011 and best wishes in 2012 
Thank you all so much for all the support in 2011 i really appreciate it and am looking forward to doing lots more reviews etc in 2012 and of course meeting even more wonderful people like yourselves :) 
Lots of Love Luck and Laughter 

Friday, 23 December 2011

Irish Vloggers & Bloggers Meet up in Dublin 2011

Well hello there :) 
I hope you are all doing well.  Looking forward to Santa coming.  I know i am.  Well today I am finally getting to tell you all about my experience going to the Irish Vloggers & Bloggers Meet up in Dublin.  I was super super excited about this from the moment i heard it was happening.  Like the excitement of meeting the people you love watching and visiting their blogs everyday.  Wouldnt you???
Well with the excitement came the nerves believe me I was nervous!!!!!! 
Even though I felt I already knew them by following them for so long (stalker much lol) You know what i mean but yes even though i felt like i knew them i was meeting them for the first time arriving on my own and was nervous about clothes, makeup etc.  So anyways along with nerves and excitement I couldnt wait for the day to arrive.  
Well of course with having 5 kiddies 3 of them was sick so of course i was late to meet them and ended up missing out on lunch at the  Salamanca Tapas Bar and Restaurant on Dame Street :(, but i made sure to fill up before i arrived so at least i didnt miss out on food altogether eh?  

When i Arrived i Knew where to go straight away it was hard to miss all the fabulous woman sitting together and as i sat it was like as if we were all the best of mates IT FELT SO RIGHT.  I sat beside Leslie & Millie  and we got chatting straight away.  I asked them how they got on with lunch and they shared with me of how rude their waiter was but that the food was delish.  Just as they were telling me this it was time for everyone to have their tea which came with the lunch.  I was actually dying for a cuppa as i love my tea and Millie suggest i have hers as she wasnt going to have it, when she asked the waiter when was the tea coming around he answered with "sure you didnt order it" with a sarcastic tone on him.  Eh its with the Lunch special HELLO!!!! Anyways here is some photos of us all in the Restraunt :) 

So After about 10 minutes of arriving it was time to head to the Jervis Shopping Centre To Inglot  in which i was oh so excited about as ive never tried their products before :) Where Sarah had arranged with them for us to receive a goody bag in which i want to say a huge thanks to Inglot and Sarah for making this happen :) :) I was delighted with what i got.  I received a Complimentary Makeover voucher an pigment eyeshadow and a lovely compact mirror :) :) 

I just want to show you some of the beautiful decorations around Jervis Shopping Centre before i move on Its just fantastic that was also one of the things i was looking forward to that day......Seeing all the Christmas lights and decorations especially at night :) 

Beautiful eh?  Anyways we decided to take a little trip to Forever 21 while we were there.  I have not been in their in like Forever so i had a good little mozy but to be honest it was so crowded and warm we didnt spend too long there.  I did grab a couple of items while i was there i just couldnt resist i got some costume jewellery :)  Lovely 

So from there we took a little walk over to the Famous Brown Thomas store on Grafton Street where again it was overly packed with crowds so some of us including myself stood outside while some stayed in to browse.  Looking around Grafton street in the evening is beautiful and of course there was some lovely music playing on the street it was great.  I couldnt help but take a couple of photos while i was waiting 2 are of the Window Display of The Brown Thomas Store

At 5 o clock the streets were still crazy packed with people.  So we all decided to go somewhere to sit down and relax for a little while.  Then julie and the girls suggested going for cocktails, well as soon as that was said everyone raced to out destination which as Dandelions beside St Stevens Green shopping centre a beautiful Bar/Bisto so warm and cosy from the moment you walk in the door.  So while the girlies decided what cocktails to go for i was deciding between tea and coffee lol as i was driving (i know for a fact i will be taking the bus the next time lol) because when the cocktails arrived they looked amazing and they were cheap too at €5 each.  It was lovely to sit with the girls and chat about the day and other bits and bobs.  

So as we letf Dandelions the Group got quite small as everyone had to catch buses and trains.  So all there was left was mise, Laura, Sarah and the lovely Paula.  I was loving the scent of the Butlers coffee shop across the way so I just HAD to go over and grap a lovely Latte from there Laura decided she would have an Iced Frappe (bbrrrrrrrr) she put the chills on me even by ordering it lol.  The funniest thing was her face when she came out as she was left standing at the counter for ages and the woman came back to her saying "Sorry we have no straws left"  Like seriously how in the name of god were you suppose to drink an Iced Frappe without the straw lol Laura your cracked me up hahaha.  Anyways we headed into St Stevens green shopping centre for a browse and Sarah decided she wanted an Ice-cream cone with sprinkles of course again it made me wriggle with a chill lol but she was so happy with her ice-cream hahahahahaha.  
Im going on here i will have a book written if i dont stop.  So anyways it was time for me to go as i didnt want the roads getting to icey and said my goodbyes and headed on my 20 minute walk to the car park until a FANTASTIC Scent hit my nose and i couldnt help but follow it.  Yes i ended up walking into LUSH mmmmmmmmm.  Hard as it might be for you to believe but this was my first ever time stepping foot into LUSH.  So i had to buy something lol so IM NO LONGER A LUSH VIRGIN YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

They Smell sooooo goooood :) especially the Lip scrub mmmmmmmmmm.  After saying goodbye to Sarah and Paula before that i ended up bumming into them again in Lush and Paula was in a high because she loves Lush lol she was so funny.  
Do that ended the Day brilliantly with my first purchase from Lush.  :) 

Take a look at Leannes Vlog of our meet up 

& Of course Leslie's Vlog :) 

In all i had a fab day.  I really enjoyed the break and meeting all the girls in person.  I am actually looking forward to meeting them again.  I want to say an extra special thank you to Sarah Kent and of course the lovely Sinead Cady for organising this great day only for them the day wouldnt have been such a hit but unfortunately Sinead nor her sister couldnt make the day as they fell sick :( but hopefully at our next meet up i will have the privilege along with everyone else who couldnt make it.  

Here is a list of the Girls Blogs & Channels for you to enjoy as much as i do!!

Leslie Annemarie:  Her Youtube 
Paula: Her blog
Caoimhe: Her Youtube
Aoife: Her blog & Her Youtube
Milli: Her Youtube 
Holly: Her blog 
Leanne: Her blog & Her Youtube 
Sarah Kent: Her blog .
Vicki: Her Youtube 
Elaine: Her blog 
Sarah (May): Her blog  & Her Youtube 
Laura:  Her blog 
Julie: Her blog & her Youtube .

So finishing up with the last photos of the Day :) :) Hope you enjoyed reading this :) :) and i hope you are all well.  
Until Next time 
Lots of Love, Luck & Laughter 
Nina C 


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