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Make-up artist and blogger AJ Fitzsimons is our Beauty Blogger of the Week, and for good reason!

AJ's blog offers a great mix of beauty, style, health and fitness posts, all written in AJ's signature friendly style.

So whether you're looking for cosmetics reviews, clean-eating recipes or want to know what shop to head to for the best jeans for your shape, you'll find it all there.

We caught up with AJ to find out some of her beauty secrets… and to take a peek inside her make-up bag! Have a look at what she had to say…

1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
It has to be Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I use the shade Fair and have about 2 or 3 of these on the go at all times – one in my handbag, makeup bag, and my beauty area! It has great coverage without being too heavy and it’s nice and creamy – and so cheap too at less than €6.

2. What's your top make-up tip?
Invest in your brows! You could have applied the most amazing face of makeup with the best of products but if your eyebrows don’t frame your face correctly or aren’t taken care of properly then it can really take away from the overall look. It's so important to maintain your brows, whether that means investing in products, getting long-term or regular treatments, or just spedning time reading blogs and YouTube tutorials! I’ve recently invested in Embrowdery which is a semi-permanent treatment. I posted about it on my blog and everyone loves it.

3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
Coconut Oil for sure. Not only for its endless multi-functional beauty uses (make-up remover, teeth whitener, hair treatment) but also to cook and bake with! My blog isn’t just fashion and beauty, but also clean eating tips and weight management. Coconut oil is a key ingredient and eating clean along with a regular intake of water has a very positive impact on your skin – making makeup application and all round beauty maintenance easier! 

4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
I used to wash my hair every morning in the shower before school, until my Nanny told me it would wash away all the natural oils from my hair. I don’t exactly know how true that is, but I get complimented a lot on the length, condition and thickness of my hair and I’m pretty sure it’s down to the changes I made following her advice. Even hair professionals think I wear hair extensions!

5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I wear Alien by Thierry Mugler for day wear, and Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf in the evenings if I’m headed anywhere.

6. What's in your make-up bag right now?
I recently posted a full listing of this on my blog – I have a huge make up bag that I drag around with me because I travel a lot so it takes me from a day to a night look for any situation. But some key products for my every day look at the moment would be:

– Stila One Step Illuminate
– IsaDora Nude Sensation Fluid Foundation
– Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
– Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
– Elf Cosmetics Undereye Setting Powder
– Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Alluring Rose
– The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
– Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner
– LipGlam Lip Balm
– The Balm Lipstick in shade Mai Bills Be Paid
– The Balm Lipgloss in the shade Snap

For more beauty, health, fashion and lifestyle advice, check our AJ's blog or follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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This week's beauty blogger pick is the lovely Amy McLoughlin, the brains behind Red Lips Red Hair.

We love her blog's great mix of personal chat, product reviews and tutorials – and we have SERIOUS hair envy, too!

We caught up with Amy to find out her expert beauty tips and tricks and to get the lowdown on her favourite products…

1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
One thing about me is that I adore budget beauty, so I’ve agonised over the answer for this. I have to admit that I’m a huge buyer of budget brands, and a lot of the time I favour them over high-end. Right now, my top budget beauty buy would have to be my Rimmel Brow This Way Gel in the Medium Brown shade. I don’t mind going bare-faced a lot of the time, but brows are so important that I can’t leave the house without them done.

2. What's your top make-up tip?
Get a skincare routine that works for you and stick to it like glue!! I cleanse and tone every morning and evening, and it’s helped my skin so much. Even when I get out of the shower, I still take my Nivea Cleanser quickly over my face on a cotton pad to make sure I’ve got squeaky clean skin. Then I moisturise in the morning and use a night repair serum before bed. It’s done me wonders!!

3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
I’m really digging the Rimmel 8 in 1 Radiance BB Cream right now, when I’m too lazy to put energy into a full face of make-up. Its light, makes your skin look fantastic and has a whole slew of benefits for your skin, making it the perfect all-rounder. And for under a tenner? You couldn’t beat that with a stick!

4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
Because my sisters are so much older than me, I used to be caught raiding their make-up when I was a kid. I used to nick their foundations, cream shadows and lipsticks and doll myself up. Of course, I thought I was gorgeous, but I’d say it was pretty dire! To this day I still won’t go next, nigh or near pan-stick!!

5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I love Prada Candy, it’s sweet and girly and makes me think of good times, with good friends. A lot of memories are attached to it, that’s for sure. Sometimes when I’m feeling a bit more badass I’ll go for Killer Queen by Katy Perry. Prada Candy is a long standing love though.

6. What's in your make-up bag right now? 
-Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Shell
-Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
-Natural Collection Pressed Powder in Cool
-Wet N Wild blush in Pearlescent Pink
-W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara
-Catrice Liquid Liner
-Urban Decay Naked 2
-Rimmel Brow Gel in Medium
-A few lippies: MAC Faux, Rimmel 01, and Urban Decay in Shame.
-A few brushes: BCC F20, RT Powder, Blush and a handful of eye brushes!

Thanks Amy! For more great beauty tips like those, check out Red Lips Red Hair or follow the blog on Facebook and Twitter!

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The gorgeous Niamh is the brains behind Little Miss Me XO, a lifestyle, beauty and fashion blog full of fab product reviews and advice.

We caught up with Niamh to get the lowdown on her beauty secrets, must-have products and make-up tips!

Check out what she had to say…

1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
I would have to say the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I couldn't pick just one as both of these products are amazing! The concealer gives great coverage while also brightening your under eye area, and it’s so cheap at just €6.99. The sponge is similar to a beauty blender and can be used to apply concealer or foundation – it’s a must-have for me!

2. What's your top make-up tip?
My top make-up tip is to always use a primer. Whether it is a face primer or eye primer they really are an important step which is commonly left out. I have only recently started using an eye primer and it makes such a difference to your eye make-up, giving you a great base to work from and helps to keep your eyeshadow in place for longer.

3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
I would say the Benefit They're Real Mascara is my favourite product at the moment. It really helps to define your eyes by adding length and volume to your lashes. 

4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
My earliest beauty memory is getting a little make-up set from Claire's Accessories, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. Little did I know make-up would become such a big part of my life… We all have to start somewhere!

5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I love Live by Jennifer Lopez. It's a fruity and floral fragrance which smells amazing on the skin.

 6. What's in your make-up bag right now?
– Mini Benefit Porefessional
– Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Desert Beige
– No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder in Fair
– No7 Instant Radiance Concealer in 10
– Mini Benefit Stay Don't Stray in Light/Medium
– No7 eyeshadows
– Benefit They're Real Mascara
– No7 Lip Crayon in Delicate Pink
– A mix of Real Techniques Brushes

To get more updates from Niamh, check out Little Miss Me XO or follow her on Twitter and Instagram!

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Dubliner Edel Cox is the brains behind The Beauty Dial, a beauty, health and style blog which has received both national and international acclaim since it was launched in 2012. 

The Beauty Dial was nominated at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards in both 2013 and 2014, and Edel is also now the beauty expert on RTÉ's Today Show, as well as working full time in the world of PR and Marketing. Could we love this girl any more?!

Edel took some time out of her hectic day to school us on her beauty secrets and tips….

1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
I think Cocoa Brown Tan from Marissa Carter would be my best budget buy.  It leaves a gorgeous deep tan that never looks orange no matter how many layers you apply. Its only €7.99 and develops in just one hour, meaning not only is it extremely good value, it’s also very handy and you never have an excuse to be milky white. I think a tan always makes you look and feel that little bit better.

2. What's your top make-up tip?
It would have to be applying concealer in a downward triangle under your eye, as this completely brightens up your eye area and gets rid of any dark circles. Many people just apply concealer in a semi-circle under the eye but this actually tends to draw attention to bags under the eye rather than disguising them. By applying the concealer in a downward triangle you create an illusion of natural brightness and distract away from darker areas.

3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
It's so hard to pick just one, but if I had to I'd pick Roger & Gallet Dry Oil. It is literally luxury in a bottle. Its a multi-purpose product as it can be used as a body oil and a hair oil. It also smells divine making your hair and skin smell gorgeous. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and unlike other oils it doesn't remove your tan.  I always apply it to my legs before a night out for a lovely sheen.  Its one product I make sure that I never run out of. 

4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
My earliest beauty memory is from when I was younger – I went to a sleep over in my friend’s house for her birthday and we all brought our mothers’ make-up to do makeovers. We hadn't a clue what to use or how to apply any of the make-up. The photos of us are hilarious as we all have orange skin that is not blended in anyway, blue eye shadows with red lipstick… beautiful!

5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I have two – Paco Rabanne Lady Millon and Ralph Lauren Romance, I absolutely love them both.

6. What's in your make-up bag right now? Include a picture if you like!

My make-up bag grows by the day, right now it contains:

  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
  • Benefit That Gal Primer
  • Benefit High Beam Highlighter
  • MAC Bronzing Powder
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish
  • Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow
  • Roger & Gallet Dry Oil
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
  • MAC lipsticks
  • Max Factor Lip Gloss
  • Benefit Fake Up Concealer
  • NYX Bronzer/Blush
  • Beverly Hills 1 Minute Formula
  • Urban Decay Make-Up Setting Spray

For more updates, check out The Beauty Dial, or follow the site on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

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Lorna Jane Duffy is the mastermind behind Fashion Boss, an Irish site dedicated to all things fashion and beauty.

We're huge fans of LJ's blog, especially her beauty reviews, so we asked her to give us the lowdown on her favourite products, tips and tricks… as well as a sneaky peek into her make-up bag!

1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
Rimmel BB Cream 9 in 1 has to be one of my best budget buys. It’s affordable, it primes, moisturises, minimises pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens, and protects your skin from the sun.

If you like your products to work hard then this is 100% for you. I would wear BB cream mostly during the week; it’s great for casual days out, college or work. 

2. What's your top make-up tip?
Killer cheekbones are a must! To make round cheeks more chiselled, you’ll need a highlighting powder and a bronzer that is two shades darker than your skin. Make a fish face, and dust the bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks. Smile, then brush the highlighter from the apples of your cheeks to your temples. P.S… MAC and Benefit are two of my favourite brands for highlighting powder and bronzer.

3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
Absolutely! I think every girl has that one beauty product that they take anywhere and everywhere. Mine would have to be No.7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Sultry. I never leave the house without my lippy buried somewhere in my MK bag.  The colour is gorgeous and it lasts up to eight hours, while leaving your lips feeling comfortable and hydrated. Oh, and it’s only €12.95.

4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
Oh gosh! I have so many memories, it’s hard to pick one. When I was about five I found and emptied the contents of my mom’s makeup bag, I then “borrowed” her lipstick, hid under the kitchen table and decided to start drawing on my face. A girl is never too young to start playing with her mother’s makeup. 

5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I love to collect perfume, my dressing table is full of so many different types – Chanel, Paco Rabanne, Viktor & Rolf, Victoria’s Secret, Vera Wang, the list goes on…! My favourite perfume this season would have to be Dolce & Gabbana – The One!

6. What's in your make-up bag right now? Can we have a peek inside?

  • Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
  • Naked 2 – Urban Decay Eyeshadow
  • MAC Mascara
  • MAC Whirl Lip Pencil
  • MAC Cosmetics Mineralise Foundation Powder
  • MAC Faux Lipstick
  • No.7 Red Lipstick
  • Nivea Care Essential Lip Balm
  • Rimmel London BB Cream – Matte
  • Bourjois Eye Pencil
  • Bourjois Eye Liquid Eyeliner 

For more fab beauty and style advice, check out Fashion Boss, or follow Lorna on Twitter and Instagram!

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Pure Irish Sugar was set up over a year ago by Dublin native Kate Kelly. As a natural redhead (look at those gorgeous locks!), Kate's posts are a great resource for any one with fairer hair and skin who may find it difficult to find products to suit them. 

Kate says she wants "to show how makeup really can transform your face and enhance your features," no matter what your colouring.

We caught up with this up-and-coming beauty blogger to find out her beauty secrets and to get the lowdown on her favourite products!

1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
My best budget beauty buy would have to be Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan. At only €7.99 you really cannot go wrong with this tan. It is easy to apply, has no fake tan pong and makes you look like a bronzed goddess who just came back from the south of France! This is one product that I cannot live without.

2. What's your top make-up tip?
I use a cotton bud tip after applying my liquid liner to create a super-fierce flick. Just add some cleanser to the cotton bud tip and sweep under your eye and outwards to get a really clean straight line. A little practice always helps too.

3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
It has to be Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. This is the most amazing facial exfoliator which leaves your skin so soft after using but also reduces the appearance of pores – a huge problem of mine. It is a powder and all you have to do is mix with some water and apply. I also mix it with my cleanser for when I have a lot of makeup on.

4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
My earliest beauty memory is when my mum introduced me to eyebrows! As a redhead I have blonde eyebrows. My mum was a beauty therapist and the weekend before I started secondary school she decided it was time that I joined the real world and tinted my eyebrows- very lightly might I add. Now I cannot leave the house with out my brows on! It was a beauty moment I will never forget.

5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I actually only wear two perfumes and have for the past three years or so. During the day I am a Juicy Couture girl. I am so used to the scent that often someone might ask 'What perfume have you on?'. My night time scent is Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose which has bold blackcurrant notes with vivacious jasmine, peony and pink pepper to create a magical bouquet of floral notes.

6. What's in your make-up bag right now?
Right now I am loving Blank Canvas F20 brush. I got it recently and I don't think I could use another foundation brush. It blends your foundation to a flawless finish. My lips are really dry at the moment so NEUX Reve De Miel Lip Balm is coming to the rescue every time and tastes like honey too! I indulged at Christmas and bought myself Charlotte Tilbury's Face Sculpt & Highlight and all I can say is it's AMAZING (or SHEmazing)! I couldn't live without my brows or mascara and I just love Benefit's Brow Zings and They're Real Mascara!

For more beauty tips and reviews, check out Pure Irish Sugar, or follow Kate on Twitter or Instagram!

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Our Beauty Blogger of the Week is the lovely Sinéad Healy from This Life Diary. Sinéad, who hails from the west of Ireland, set up her blog as a way to kickstart her career in writing and journalism. This Life Diary offers great mix of beauty, style and life advice – we’re big fans!

We got chatting to Sinéad about some of her beauty secrets – read on!

1. What is your best budget beauty buy?
For me it would have to be ANY Catrice product. A very broad answer I know but their foundation is something I swear by and I am in love with their mascaras! The brand is affordable, great quality and perfect for young girls starting out a make-up collection as well as a favourite among those with a wide collection of high brand make up.

2. What is your top make-up tip?
It's a fairly boring answer and quite obvious: give your face a break from make up a few times a week. If that only means taking your make-up off several hours before going to bed every day, then let that be it, your skin needs a chance to breathe. Oh and water, drink ALL OF THE WATER!

3. Most girls have a much loved lipstick – what's yours?
Any of the Kate Moss Rimmel lipsticks. 01 and 107 are my all time favourites. 

4. What was your first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
Lacoste Pink was my first perfume if I remember correctly. Living in a house full of girls means there are no shortage of perfumes, but recently I have been taking to wearing the Paris brand from River Island, at just €17 a bottle it's a perfect everyday scent. For on-the-go, a roll-on version is perfect to pop in your hand bag at just €5.

5. You're only allowed to use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
A Catrice Eyebrow pencil – without one I would be expressionless as my eyebrows are extremely light. Secondly, Catrice Glamour Doll mascara which is hands down the best mascara I have used in a VERY long time. The last would be Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation. I had a love-hate relationship with this foundation for a very long time but I have grown to love it as it has great coverage and contains an SPF. 

Some great recommendations there!

Don't forget that as well as checking out Sinéád’s blog, you can also follow her for regular updates on Twitter and Instagram

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Our pick for top beauty blogger this week is the lovely Niamh Fitzsimons from LoveThis.ie. Self-proclaimed internet addict Niamh was born in Ireland but is currently living in Australia. Her blog originally started out as LovePR.ie and was a place to document her favourite marketing campaigns and PR stunts, but it has since blossomed into an amazing cross-continental beauty site!

We caught up with Niamh to find out her beauty secrets…

1. What is your best budget beauty buy? 
My best budget beauty buy would have to be Essence lip liner pencils! They're so pigmented and really easy to use as they just glide on. Cheaper than chips too at less than a couple of euro. 

2. What is your top make-up tip?
Blend, blend, blend. I cannot overestimate the importance of blending. Whether its blending your foundation into your neck so you don't have a tidal mark or blending your eyeshadow, it's just so important for a finished look. 

3. Most girls have much-loved lipstick – what's yours?
Oooh this is a hard one. I really love two – MAC's Ruby and L'Oreal's Caresse in Nude Ingenue. 

4. What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
My very first perfume ever was Davidoff Cool Water which still reminds me of when I was about 13 and hanging out all summer long on the beach doing absolutely nothing with my friends. I'm going through phases of wearing Burberry and See by Chloe. 

5. You're only allowed to use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation so I always have dewy-looking skin, Prestige Cosmetics Sun Baked Mineral Bronzer so I can have a nice golden glow and Maybellines' Define a Lash Lengthening Mascara. 

You can follow Niamh's blog over at LoveThis, and she's also on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!

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La Belle Mama is an Award Winning Irish Beauty and Lifestyle Blog by Dee Doherty.  Having always been a fan of online Beauty Gurus, she decided to set up a blog of her own whilst on maternity leave.  What started as a way of keeping herself busy, turned into a passion which she says has taken her on a journey of learning, building self-confidence and making new friends…and that journey continues! We caught up with Dee to get all the best advice, check out what she had to tell us!

What is your best budget beauty buy?
Hands down, Collection Cosmetics' Lasting Perfection Concealer.  It's a cult classic at this stage, but if you do not have this already – you need it in your life!  My Mom uses it now too.  It doesn't matter your age or skin type – it's just PERFECTION…that lasts 😉

What is your top make-up tip?
Oh gosh! ONE top make-up tip?  That's a hard one!  I'm going to give my tip to create the illusion of fuller lips!  For the upper lip, dab a little bit of highlighter on your Cupid's Bow.  For the bottom lip, use a brown waterproof eyeliner and draw a tiny line just under the middle of the lip – this creates a "shadow" which immediately plumps the lip!  Then use gloss rather than a matte lippy!  Mmmwah!

Most girls have a much-loved lipstick – what's yours?
I actually DON'T love lipstick!  I prefer glosses, but my fave lip product is Soap & Glory's Mother Pucker in "Nudist".  I carry it with me everywhere.  It's a perfect nude and just makes my lips look pretty!

What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
My first perfume was "Les Belles de Ricci" by Nina Ricci!  (I'm really showing my age here, haha!)  As for what I'm wearing now, it's coming back into the colder weather, so I've switched back to my winter favourite, Paco Rabanne's "Lady Million".  This perfume also holds a sentimental value for me, but you'll have to read the blog to find that one out 😉

You're only allowed use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
Jeez!  How mean is this question? 

#1 Concealer – because you can use it to cover a multitude of sins – blemishes, redness and just create the most beautiful version of your natural self. 

#2 Mascara – because, well, we all love mascara!

#3 Blush – because it can just give your skin that "pick me up" that it needs.  You look happier, healthier and prettier!  (Even when you feel like poop)

Check out La Belle Mama for even more tips and tricks, or follow Dee on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter!

 

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Sara Chergui from The Crime of Fashion is a French beauty blogger living between France and Ireland, and she took some time from her busy schedule (she’s a French International Trades and Foreign Languages Master Degree student!) to let us in on her best beauty secrets – enjoy!

What is your best budget beauty buy?
My MUA Matte Palette. About €5, it's my best budget beauty buy. I use this palette every single day for my eye makeup as well as my eyebrows. I love how versatile it is, you can create so many looks!

What is your top make-up tip?
Never, ever go to bed without removing your makeup! I know how it is, you come home late, you're tired and you just want to sleep, but that step is the most important of the day. Your skin needs to breath and by keeping your makeup on, you do not allow it to. That's something you can actually feel the next morning. Once or twice I fell asleep forgetting to remove my makeup and the next day, my skin was so dry and tired, such a terrible feeling. I never joke with makeup removing. To do so, I use two products. First, L'Oréal Paris Skin Perfection Cleansing Oil. It's a great product to dissolve the makeup. Then, I use L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution to clean off the leftover product. I love this product, it's amazing on its own to remove the makeup and clean the skin. If I could recommend a single item, it would be this one.

Most girls have much-loved lipstick – what's yours?
Mac lipstick shade Dangerous. I have quite a big lipstick collection but my Mac are so far the best I own. I love Dangerous, the quality is amazing and I always feel so glamorous when I wear it.

What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
My mother has an amazing perfume collection she started at least 20 years ago. As a kid, I always loved to look at the beautiful bottles. In France, perfume means a lot to a woman. My first perfume was Coco Mademoiselle, she gave it to me when I was 18 and it is still my signature fragrance. I started my own perfume collection, I have fragrances from Jean Paul Gaultier, Cartier, Burberry but I always go back to Coco Mademoiselle.

You're only allowed use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
No. 1: Miss Europe Bronzer shade Irisé. This bronzer is my all time favourite. I use it every single day, all year long. The colour is gorgeous, the pigmentation is amazing. I talk about it very often on the blog, couldn't recommend it more! It's also super cheap!

No. 2: Maybelline Brow Drama Brow Mascara. I've been using this product for almost a year. I love it and I can't imagine my eyebrow routine without it. I love how my eyebrows look thicker when I apply it, extremely natural and pretty!

No.3: Sleek Blush trio Palette shade Pumpkin. Sleek blushes are so pigmented and easy to use. I love how unique the shades are. In the Pumpkin trio palette, the orange colour is my favourite. I never thought a true orange blusher would be easy to wear on a daily basis, but Sleek made it happen!

Make sure to check out Sara’s blog The Crime of Fashion, and you can catch her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube too!

 

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This weeks’ beauty blogger is the lovely Rachael from Serene Siren, who is from Bangor in Northern Ireland where she lives with her husband, her step son and as she says herself: “our mini zoo of four cats, a tarantula, fish and underwater frogs!” So it’s safe to say she’s kept busy! Not too busy to tell us all about her favourite beauty products though – phew!

What is your best budget beauty buy?
This is an easy one for me. It has to be Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer. It is such a popular product and is so affordable; it only costs £4.19! It's a creamy consistency, blends beautifully and is medium to full coverage. Plus, it's often included in 3 for 2 deals, so there's no reason to say no!

What is your top make-up tip?
If, like me, you like the focus of any makeup look to be on your eyes but you struggle with blinking or getting your lines crisp and straight, I have the answer to your problems! When applying shadow and liner to your lid, always place your mirror lower than eye level. This means you're looking down, and you can see where you're placing your product (and how close to the lash line you are!) You also blink less! To get crisp lines for dramatic flicks, use some tape or sticky notes and gently place on your skin and use the edge as a guideline. It means your lines are straight and you have the sticky pad there to catch any fallout!

Most girls have much-loved lipstick – what's yours?
I actually had to pull out all my lip products to decide this – you'll probably be surprised to know I only own 6 lip products… *hides* I know it's a pitiful amount but don't worry, I'm working on adding to that! But, my favourite is definitely MAC Sunny Seoul – slightly more expensive as it's higher end but it's so worth it! It's a beautiful creamy pink/coral with yellow undertones.

What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
Perfume is something I have a love/hate relationship with. I go through phases of wearing it all the time and then not wearing it at all. I think my first perfume was a TommyGirl one but I honestly can't remember! My current favourite is Beyoncé's Heat.

You're only allowed use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
Eyeliner! I'm currently loving Eyeko's skinny liquid eyeliner as it dries instantly and stays put all day. Perfect for a winged look. Next would have to be powder. As someone with oily skin, I like to have a matte finish so I definitely need a good setting powder. I personally like Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. And last but certainly not least, is mascara. I think it's one thing everyone feels naked without! I'm using Cosmetic A La Carte Divine Lash mascara and it's to die for; perfect volume and thickness!

Be sure to check out Rachael’s blog over at Serene Siren, or you can catch her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!

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Anne Marie (AKA Girl Friday) is a trained make-up artist who loves to blog – which is great for us because we get to read all her top tips! She says she’ll review just about anything, with 100% honesty, so we decided to catch up with Anne Marie to get some of her 100% honest advice:

What is your best budget beauty buy?
For make-up I have repeatedly sung the praises of Essence I <3 stage eye primer as I think it is better than the Urban Decay Primer Potion but at a fraction of the price. For skincare I am a massive fan of Ziaja which can be purchased from Originalbeauty.ie as their products are all very good and very affordable!

What is your top make-up tip?
That less is more – being CAKED in foundation is not a good look and go for either bold eyes or bold lip but not both!

Most girls have much-loved lipstick – what's yours?
I'm a massive fan of a red lip so Urban Decays F-Bomb is a favourite for that but if I want to go for something more understated New C-id Damson is a firm favourite.

What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
I was the era of  'So..?' and Exclamation!!' perfumes. Currently I am loving Vanillary from Lush.co.uk or Beyonce Pulse

You're only allowed use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
Skin 79 BB cream, Inglot eyeshadow palette and NYX lip butters.

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