Viva Adonis is written by two Dublin girls, Deirdre Foley and Sinéad Smith who admit to having a pretty unhealthy passion for beauty. Their blog is a mix of skincare tips, fake tan hacks, make-up reviews, beauty tips, fashion and lifestyle.
SHEmazing! caught up with the girls to get the low down on their beauty secrets and tips:
What is your best budget beauty buy?
D: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is probably my most repurchased budget item. It’s an incredible concealer for the price so I always have a few – in my handbag and at home! It’s also one of the only concealers I can use both on blemishes and under the eyes – fantastic stuff.
S: Most definitely the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. After years of forking out for high-end micellar solutions to take my slap off before cleansing, I’m so glad that a budget version is available. It doesn’t cost much more than a fiver and is often on offer in Boots so, I stock up!
What is your top make-up tip?
D: Don’t cake on the foundation. Use a light hand and then go in with concealer on the areas where you need it. It took me years to learn this one!
S: Put some time into your brows. Whether that means growing them out, filling them in or seeing a professional to get them looking their best, the brows frame the face and instantly make any make-up look you do look sharp and polished.
Most girls have much-loved lipstick – what’s yours?
D: Probably MAC Lady Danger. It’s a real power red and the orangey undertone gives it a retro feel, which I love as I enjoy looking back to the fifties and sixties for make-up inspiration.
S: Oh God, do I really have to choose?! Probably MAC Violetta – an incredibly vibrant true purple. I’ve been stopped numerous times while wearing this by people wanting to know the shade and it goes equally well with a basic daytime look as it does with a smokey eye. It’s probably the most striking lipstick in my collection.
What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
D: I think my first perfume that I bought myself was CK One – predictable but it’s still a scent I like! Right now I am loving Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess for day and Tom Ford Black Orchid for night.
S: I think my very first perfume was Burberry, the original one. Now I wear Estée Lauder Modern Muse during the day and something heavier like Tom Ford Violet Blonde for evenings.
You’re only allowed use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
D: Foundation, liquid eyeliner and red lipstick! So Laura Mercier Silk Creme, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner and MAC Lady Danger. Don’t ask me again or I’ll change my mind!
S: I always maintain that all I need is my eyebrows on, some mascara and a flash of colour on the lips and I’d be happy out. Right now, that would mean Anastasia Brow Duo in Medium Brown, Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara and something versatile like MAC Morange lipstick that can be worn as an in-your-face orange lip or blotted down to a lovely, light coral-orange stain.