I attended breakfast with Stila at Harvey Nichols in Cookes restaurant in Dundrum Town centre to preview their Christmas range.

I’ve always loved the Stila Gerbera for a pop of blush on brides and of course the stay all day eyeliner so I loved being able to play with all the new Christmas offerings.

Sascha Jackson Stila UK’s lead artist and trainer demoed all of the gorgeous products including the iconic 3D Dazzle Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set, Shimmering Heights Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set, Nouveau Nude – Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick Set, Aqua Glow Serum Foundation & One Step Illuminator.

Here’s some swatches of the glitters and liquid lipsticks I got to try out. Please excuse my hands, they were extremely dry at the time.

Stila cosmetics is available in Harvey Nichols Dundrum

Last year I was privileged to be invited to so many product launches and one stands out because it was a new brand to me!

It Cosmetics!

I had read about their CC cream foundation and had been meaning to try it when bam I got an invitation to preview their products and see their Christmas Collection.

This It Girl Beauty Book Vol.2 is in the Arnotts winter sale reduced from €56 to €37.52 on Arnotts.ie

Your exclusive must-have super palette is back and better than ever in this new version! The IT Girl Beauty Book Vol. 2 Your Life-Changing Super Palette All-in-One Essential For Complexion, Eyes and Lips includes all your IT Girl makeup must-haves for the holidays—and beyond. Available for a limited time only, it truly has everything you need to look and feel your most beautiful. Developed with plastic surgeons, each product is created with high-performance anti-aging ingredients to deliver your most youthful, flawless-looking results. You’re an IT Girl the moment you try IT!

Sitting in a boardroom setting surrounded by beauty bloggers and journalists I was like a magpie drawn to the sparkly new make up range and listened intently to the fabulous voices of Caolan Kelly and Mixed Gem Beauty AKA Rose Gallagher demos and play time with the products! I couldn’t wait until I got to try the foundation and I have been wearing it everyday since.

The bye bye under eye full coverage anti-aging waterproof concealer is also a revelation. And the consistency is thick to you only need a tiny amount to cover those dark circles.

Basically the brand is a women’s dream as it makes make up quicker as you are treating as well as applying make up in one step. Here’s the product information for the CC + Cream I have been using in shade Medium.

Discover your #1 best-selling,* award-winning beauty miracle—now oil-free with a poreless, natural-looking matte finish that lasts! Developed with plastic surgeons, CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF40 Poreless Finish Full Coverage Cream is your color-correcting Full-coverage, anti-aging skincare and SPF 40 UVA/UVBbroad-spectrum physical sunscreen—in one simple step.

Created to improve the look of skin texture, this complexion-perfecting breakthroughs provides long-wear coverage and camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots and discoloration without creasing or cracking. It’s also infused with charcoal, tea tree extract, colloidal clay and Moroccan lava clay—plus, oil-absorbing, pore-minimizing technology and an advanced anti-aging serum. You’ll see powerful results instantly and more dramatic results over time. Finally, a full-coverage CC cream that airbrushes the look of your pores while providing natural-looking matte complexion perfection that lasts!

The CC+ Cream is €39 Shop at Arnotts.ie

I’ve been applying mine with the Heavenly Luxe™ Complexion Perfection Brush #7 €39 available at Arnotts.ie it gives a flawless base without make up brush stroke marks being left behind and the small end is perfect for blending around nose and eyes ❤️

Here’s the official product description

Discover your most flawless complexion with this #1 bestselling,2-in-1 foundation and concealer brush. Featuringultra-plush, award-winning Heavenly Luxe™ cruelty-free hair,a soft-touch handle and precision-cut brush heads, it givesyou all-over, streak-free coverage and a perfectly poreless,optical-blurring finish. While the large, fluffy end allowseffortlessly flawless application of your favourite foundationsand concealers, the micro-end easily blends awayimperfections in hard-to-reach areas around your eyes andnose. A makeup bag must-have, this dual-ended tool trulydoes the work for you to deliver your most natural-looking,airbrushed results every time!

The Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara €25 Buy has made my lashes appear thicker and longer and the brush is designed to cling to even the shortest of lashes making the most of the lashes you have without the need for fake lashes which again saves time and money.

New to it Cosmetics comes Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream €32. At Arnotts.ie

Say “bye bye” to redness and hello to your most flawless complexion in just one step! Developed with plastic surgeons, Bye Bye Redness™ is your color-infused skincare that starts its life as a hydrating, skin-calming cream and cancels redness from view—all while delivering long-wearing, color-correcting full coverage. Rich in anti-aging peptides, colloidal oatmeal, hydrolyzed collagen, aloe and avocado, it helps camouflage any red-toned skin discolorations including rosacea, broken capillaries, blemishes, skin irritations, sun damage, scars, age spots and more. This soothing, cutting-edge, super-blendable, hydrating cream truly provides perfect coverage that won’t crease or crack, and makes your skin appear supple, even and youthfully radiant!

Images courtesy of it Cosmetics and Arnotts.ie all products available in Arnotts and online at Arnotts.ie

Kisses 😘

It’s 2019!!! Sounds futuristic doesn’t it! I thought we’d all be in flying cars (like Bruce Willis in 5th Element ) and hovering around the world by 2019!

Anyway my diary is open for weddings and I still have some limited dates available in 2019 & 2020 so get in touch if you’d like to check availability or book a trial.

Looking forward to a year full of new fresh faces to paint.

Kisses 😘

I’m trying to be more active on Instagram for 2019!

I also have a Facebook page but it doesn’t seem to be the thing anymore so I update my Instagram more.

I am on Snapchat too!

If you follow me on these leave a flag from your country in comments so I know who you are and I’ll follow you back 😘

I don’t do resolutions as I never stick to them.

But I do like these quotes I found online.

I just want to be a better me!

Saw this on Paddy Mc Gurgan insta and wanted to share it

So here’s to 2019 whatever it may bring.

I’m so sorry I wasn’t active much of last year but LIFE just took over body,mind and soul.

There were family dramas and some losses and blogging became too hard, writing in a happy tone became impossible.

I tried to concentrate more on my instagram as pictures do the talking and I just had to caption them with hashtags, much easier.

We lost our beloved Luna, our black beauty cat, she caught a nasty virus and couldn’t fight it. We were there with her right up to her last breath and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Myself and my daughter were devastated, she was part of our family for seven years and we miss her everyday.

We also said goodbye to little Cami our Syrian hamster, we didn’t have her very long, she fell off the sofa and passed away very quickly. Another sad day.

My daughter changed schools which was a massive adjustment in both our lives, but the best decision, I only wish we’d done it sooner. Walking away from negativity and bullies felt so refreshing and empowering.

We adopted two little kittens in August Poppy and Lilly and they are the cutest little furry babies. They have certainly woken our house up, they are crazy and very funny!

Anyway that’s just a brief summary for 2018, I could go on but I’d fear I’d bore you all.

My next blog will also be up today.

Until then kisses and Happy New Year xxx

The daughter of one of the original Supermodels Cindy Crawford and Randy Gerber, A rising star with supermodel genes who inspires and excites. A young beauty that incarnates an entire generation. Introducing Kaia Gerber, as the new Makeup Ambassador for YSL Beauté.

“To be the new face of YSL Beauté is an opportunity to write a new story full of fun, colour and makeup. I love the DNA of a brand that is so subversive while being so luxurious and cool!”, underlines Kaia.


Long brown hair and deep dark eyes, striking cheekbones and a big, heartfelt smile: Kaia is definitely a supermodel in the making. Only 17 years old, Kaia has a natural confidence and self-assured sense of style that has enabled her to create an impact on the global fashion community.

Now with notable campaigns and catwalks under her belt, the much sought-after model has earned a name for herself in her own right, with covers for trend-setting publications like i-D, Love and Pop as well as well-established magazines like Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, and Teen Vogue already achieved.

The face of a new generation of fashion stars, Kaia forges her own path, and with a social media following of 3.8 million, is already at the vanguard of fashion’s new landscape.


“I think these days, everything you do has to be measured with a degree of responsibility. If there are people who view me as a role model, I really hope to be able to create positive images and messages that inspire others to feel confident about the way they look, to look after themselves, and basically to be kind to themselves”, declares Kaia.

She represents a new youthful image that is both playful and edgy. Her growing independence coupled with an innate confidence makes her aspirational as a modern-day girl, doing things her own way. Whether she’s photographed by paparazzi while on holiday with her family, or pounding the runways with the fashion elite, she’s her own person, a young woman shaping her destiny, and inspiring others to do the same.


With her own effortless style – a combination of teenage eclectic yet classic taste partly inspired by the legacy of growing up at the forefront of fashion – Kaia Gerber’s commitment to YSL Beauté’s makeup is an exciting new face and voice for the brand.

Starting with a campaign in January 2019 shot by renowned photographer David Sims, Kaia will star as the face of Rouge Volupté Shine, the iconic moisturizing lipstick, and will also be the muse for Touche Éclat and Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in forthcoming campaigns.

“The campaigns were so enjoyable to shoot – David (Sims) and I had both worked with Kaia before, so everything felt very easy, very connected, and we appreciated every moment”, says Tom Pecheux, Global Beauty Director for YSL Beauté.

She embodies the youthful spirit of YSL Beauté, an iconic value of the brand. These new campaigns enhance the natural beauty of this rising star, while allowing for self-expression and makeup creativity.


“Kaia is a blossoming talent with a unique sense of style and a stunning beauty. The perfect embodiment of her generation’s desire for authenticity and edginess, as a muse and ambassador she will convey these values which entirely resonate with what YSL Beauté stands for”, stated Stephan Bezy, International General Manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté.


Photographer Shane O’ Connor

Clothes Dresses.ie

Stylist Una O’Boyle

Model Cassia from Distinct Model Management

Hair Lynsey

Make up amcjmakeup

Available to buy on Dresses.ie

Make up product list used on Cassia:

  • Urban Decay b6 prep spray
  • Make up forever HD foundation
  • Mac studio fix powder foundation
  • Bella Pierre powder
  • The balm Mary Lou Manizer & Bonnie Lou Manizer highlighters
  • The balm hot mama blush
  • Eyeshadows from Flique desert sands palette
  • Eye liner and furocious brow from the balm
  • Lipstick Penney’s liner in no.2
  • Gloss catrice lip booster
  • Lashes Penney’s individual
  • Brushes: blank canvas

Another fab day in the studio with an amazing team!

Model: Teodora Sutra at 1st Options Model Management

Photographer: Shane O’Connor

Stylist: Una O’Boyle

Hair Stylist: Lynsey

Make up by me: amcjmakeupartist

All dresses available to order on My Kind Of Dress

Make up product list:

  • Primer: Urban Decay b6 spray
  • Flormar highlighting primer
  • Make Up For Ever HD foundation
  • Mac studio fix powder c4
  • Make up for ever full coverage concealer 7&8
  • Bella Pierre foundation in Nutmeg
  • Blusher Dainty MAC
  • Blusher Hot Mama from theBalm
  • Eyeshadows Charlotte Tilbury palette & Urban Decay Backtalk palette
  • Mascara Troublemaker from Urban Decay
  • Liner Coffee pencil Mac & feline from Mac
  • Lashes are “WILD” from Michelle Ross x Madison cosmetics at Penney’s
  • Duo Glue
  • Lipstick Backtalk from Urban Decay
  • Gloss Catrice lip booster
  • Beauty spot enhanced with Coffee eye pencil from MAC

I was privileged to see the preview of Penneys/Primarks Autumn Winter 2018 collection and I loved so many pieces my bank account is going to be very quickly emptied when it hits stores!

My love for animal print and anything sparkly was reignited when flicking through the rails.