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If you're looking for a new go-to guide for all your beauty and fashion needs, then look no further than The Fashionista Observer. The lovely Róisín, the face behind the fantastic site, was kind enough to give us a sneak peek into her make-up bag and shared some top tips with us too!

This is a girl who can make up her entire face with just three beauty essentials and knows what lipstick can withstand multiple glasses of wine, so we'd be mad not to listen to what this beauty and fashion-obsessed girl has to say, right?

1. What is your best budget buy?

My best budget buy has to be the age-old Vaseline. With the winter truly setting in, my lips have been living off this stuff. You really can't beat it. 

2. What is your top make-up tip?

It's not so much a make-up tip, but I'm a serious preacher of having the perfect brows. About a year ago, I started going to Elysian Brows on South William Street every six to eight weeks and ever since then my whole face has changed. There's not enough to be said for a good brow threading 

3. Most girls have a much loved lipstick – what's yours? 

For the daytime, mine has to be the simple but timeless Creme Cup by Mac. Then for the evening, you can't beat the Mac lip-pencil in Magenta. It's an incredible pink/purple shade that I use instead of lippy and it stays all night, no matter how many glasses of wine you drink!

4. What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing? 

When I was a young missy I was obsessed with Fantasy by Britney Spears. I smelt it recently and can't believe I managed to stick the sickly sweet scent, but I think I was ever so slightly sold by the hot pink diamanté bottle! Now I've traded up and can't seem to put down my Jo Malone Blush Suede and Peony. It costs a little bit more than Britney but it's definitely worth it. 

5. You’re only allowed to use three make-up products for the rest of your life…what are they?

This is a horribly cruel question, and definitely not something I want to experience, but I'd have to pick my Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze to keep me tanned and double as a foundation.

Mac Please Me lipstick which I'd also double as a cream blusher .

Mac False Flash Mascara in brunette which I would also use as a liquid eyeliner.

Not the best made up face in the world but I'd make it work!

See, what we mean? This is a girl who knows a thing or two, so why not check out her blog for more fantastic advice and reviews!



Our beauty blog of the week is the fantastic ChatterBox!

Anita and Gemma, the lovely ladies behind the blog, agreed to share some tips and advice with us so we were thrilled to get a sneak peek into the girl's make-up bags and chat about their current faves and essentials!

From the design of the blog to the honest reviews, from the amazing giveaways to the top tips, this is definitely a site you’ll revisit time and again. With experience in the fashion and beauty industry, these girls are honest, passionate and know what they’re talking about.

And did we mention they have a make-up brush as a curser? Need we say more?

What is your best budget beauty buy? 

We would definitely have to say Rimmel's Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation and Stay Matte Powder. Both work together to give a full coverage, flawless complexion that stays shine-free all day long. One of the best budget brands on the market in our eyes. 

What is your top make-up tip? 

For a specific make-up tip we would have to say apply your foundation a small bit at a time. It's better to apply it in light layers as it will look more natural and last longer. Also in general, a good tip is that there are no rules in make-up so be creative, have fun and experiment loads. We love to try out new products and create new looks. Even if something goes wrong and it doesn't look so good it's not the end of the world, it can always be washed off.

Most girls have a much-loved lipstick – what's yours?  

We both have very different taste when it comes to lippies. Gemma likes a bright lip and her favourite would have to be Girl about Town by Mac while Anita's favourite would have to be Charlotte Tilbury's Nude Kate K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick. Both of which have been reviewed on our blog in the past!

What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing? 

Back in the day we were both big fans of So….? perfumes, but we are currently trying out lots of lovely fragrances and change our scents regularly. One we are both smitten over at the minute is Liz Earle's Botanical Essence Eau De Parfum in No 100. This is such a sophisticated yet fun scent that we think can work for both day and night.

You're only allowed to use three make-up products for the rest of your life… what are they? 

We would have to say Mac's studio fix powder foundation as it gives extra coverage, sets make-up beautifully and keeps dreaded shine at bay throughout the day.

We also adore Mac Pro longwear concealer. This product lasts so well, a little bit goes a long way and it can be doubled up as a foundation, if we are only allowed three products we need multi-use ones to get the most out of them!

Our final product would have to be a mascara. Gemma's favourite is Max Factors False Lash Effect in the Waterproof version and Anita's would have to be Lancome Grandoise Mascara in Black. Both give extra volume and length to your lashes, while holding a curl in place all day long.

Are you sure we can only pick three? Our list is endless. We are beauty lovers after all! 

To hear more from these lovely ladies, why not check out ChatterBox now!




Our beauty blogger of the week is the stunning Orla McConnon. Orla’s blog, TheOrlacle.com, is right up our street so we were thrilled to catch up with her for a quick chat! Orla’s funny, honest and relatable approach to all things beauty based makes her a stand-out in the world of Irish beauty blogs. We value Orla’s opinion, we appreciate her puns and we adore her down-to-earth attitude. Ladies, this girl is one to watch.

1. What is your best budget beauty buy?

My best beauty budget buy is the Essence Liquid Ink Waterproof liquid eyeliner in black. This is the truest black eyeliner I have ever used. It stays all day too which is great because when you're putting the effort in to do a cat eye, you want that stuff to stay put!

 2. What is your top make-up tip?

My top make-up tip is to always ask for a sample of a foundation when you can before you purchase. It's so annoying when you spend a lot of money on a foundation, to find out it really doesn't suit your skin at all. So don't be afraid to ask, it could save you a lot of money. 

3. Most girls have a much-loved lipstick – what's yours?

I'm a lipstick fiend and I'd say two thirds of my collection are nudes, so this is really hard! But, I'd have to say MAC Viva Glam II is my favourite. 

4. What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?

My first perfume was SJP 'Lovely' and I still wear it today! I absolutely love it! And then I also alternate between Roberto Cavalli 'Serpentine' and Bulgari Omnia in 'Amethyste'.

5. You're only allowed to use three make-up products for the rest of your life… what are they?

This is a cruel question but if I had to pick I would say:

Essence Liquid Ink eyeliner in Black- I think liquid liner just opens up your eyes and makes you look awake. I would rarely go out without it. A few times I've forgotten to bring mascara and I've literally painted my lashes with this and it worked a treat!

MAC Studio Sculpt foundation- This started as my 'going out' foundation and sneakily fell into my everyday routine. I love how this is a gel formula. It's got a great medium to full coverage, with a slight dewy finish. I have quite dry and dehydrated skin, and this works perfectly for me. 

MAC Bronzer in 'Refined Golden'- I think I've been using this since I was 14! If I don't wear bronzer, I feel so washed out and flat. Whether it's for a heavy contour at night or a quick flush of colour, I always have a bronzer in my makeup bag!

To hear more from the lovely Orla, be sure to check out TheOrlacle and the blog's Facebook page!



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!




This week’s Beauty Blogger(s) of the Week are Kat and Rachelle from DollyRouge, a gorgeous Irish beauty and lifestyle blog with a little bit of a difference. Not only do they find products that give you the best bang for your buck, they understand the science behind the beauty and not the fluffy marketing stuff that is put there to make you buy things.

Not your typical beauty bloggers, Kat has a Degree in genetics from UCC and Rachelle is a sales executive, their mutual love for all things beauty was discovered one day at work.

SHEmazing! caught up with the girls to uncover their beauty secrets and tips:

What is your best budget beauty buy?
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. It outperforms even high-end brands and costs less than a tenner!

What is your top make-up tip?
Less is more. Instead of using a heavy coverage foundation, try a light base and use a concealer where it’s needed. Letting your skin show through looks much more natural and youthful. Heavy foundation settles into fine lines and wrinkles making you look much older.

Most girls have much-loved lipstick – what’s yours?
It has to be a classic red like MAC Russian Red. You can wear this colour no matter what your skin tone is and look incredible. Forget eyeshadow and blush, it’s all you need to dress up.

What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
The first perfume that I bought out of my own pocket money was Exclamation! Gosh that brings back memories of teen discos and awkward crushes! I’m currently wearing Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge – a fabulous fresh, exotic summer scent.

You’re only allowed to use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
Concealer, lipstick and mascara. I can try sheer out the concealer a bit with moisturiser for a light foundation effect… is that cheating?? A pinky-rose lipstick will work on lips and on cheeks as a cream blush. And mascara is a MUST for wide awake eyes.

Check out DollyRouge and don’t forget  to follow the girls on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube.



Emily Parker was diagnosed with leukaemia back in June of last year. However, the 21-year-old wanted to help other sufferers to “bring normality back” by setting up her inspirational beauty blog, Emily Eva Alice.

The student set up her site after she searched the internet for tips for cancer sufferers and found none.

Talking to the Huffington Post, she said: “I decided to set up my blog as I found different brands worked better when going through chemo. I found some shampoos and hair growth treatment worked far better than others and I wanted to share that.”

Emily documents losing her hair, its re-growth and her decision to wear a wig, saying: “I have my trusty wig for those days when I don’t want to think about what’s happened”

The newly qualified make-up artist does not simply write about the best skincare products to use during treatment or shampoos and conditioners to use while your hair grows back, she also talks about brush techniques, make-up inspirations and offers other handy tips.


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