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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

Debenhams Ireland #Glamoween event in The Morgan Hotel 

YSL Beauty were there showing the new All Hours Foundations which I have been trailing and I love it! Also, the All Hours Primer and Tatouage lip colours and lip liners. I couldn’t resist a swatch. 

Urban Decay team were there also showing off the new Heavy Metals Metallic eyeshadow palette, the perfect Christmas present for UD lovers and of course their glitter liners and metallic eyeshadow creams which are so dreamy,creamy and easy to apply for party nights. 

Kat Von D cosmetics were there too! I just love the packaging and these lipsticks were so cute, perfect for nights out! 

Nude by Nature cosmetics. 

This is Y by YSL, men’s fragrance but I loved it! Perfect gift for the men in your life. 

Penthouse in The Morgan Hotel

NYX cosmetics is now available in Debenhams 

Make up For Ever were there too doing a demonstration and talking through upcoming events and new products. 

Thanks for having me Debenhams I had a great night and looking forward to going through my goodie bag and trick or treats 

Happy #GLAMOWEEN @DebenhamsIRE


Christmas Gift guide (2)

Girls Getaway Trio from theBalm €24

This fab trio of blushers  and bronzer

 In full swing= a dark peach/coral blush  

Warm it up = a lighter peach/coral blush 


Take a dip= A bronzer/contour shade to slim and contour your face giving gorgeous definition and dimension. 

It’s compact, perfect for any make up bag. Just the right shades to add warmth and definition to any complexion. And at €24 it’s a gorgeous little stocking filler ❤️

In the Balm of your Hand by theBalm €32

This to me is the next “Pippa Palette” It has eyeshadows and Frosted/shimmer, blusher,bronzer, contour and highlighters, the perfect travelling companion.

Matt Reed from the Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette= A gorgeous warm chocolate brown matte eyeshadow.

Firm from the Nude Dude palette= a shimmery gorgeous gold/champagne shade. 

Alice Copper from the Rockstar Palette= A rich burgundy frosted shimmer eyeshadow. 

Matt Russo from the Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette= A peachy warm matte shadow.

Mary Lou Manizer= My favourite highlighter ever!

Bahama Mama a perfect bronzer, also good for contouring.

Down Boy can be used as a pink eyeshadow and gorgeous on English rose/fair complexions.

Frat Boy a coral blusher to warm up even the most tired complexions.

Instain a deep coral/pink blush perfect for deeper skin tones. 

Handy for after work impromptu nights out to get glam for a few drinks. This should be a staple in everyone’s make up bag/kit. The pigments are great and easy to blend for the beginner. 


theBalm is available in pharmacies and department stores everywhere and also available here: 

Make Up For Ever Ireland
Weir’s Pharmacy Mullingar

Two cute Christmas Gift ideas from theBalm

Yes I just said the C word! 

Christmas 😂

These little cuties just arrived in the blogger mail and I had to share. 

Every year I promise myself I will be more organised for Christmas and this year is no different. 

So with that in mind I plan to get one present a week and avoid stress during the holiday season. 

These offerings from theBalm are fabulous and the packaging as you all know is my favourite. 

First up is “Smoke Balm”

Trio eyeshadow palette featuring Striking,Luminous & Smoking a beautiful mix of Warm sexy tones and a highlighter to make your eyes pop at your Christmas party! And the best part is it’s just €14.50!!!

Second up is Meet Matt(e) Hughes – 6 Mini long-lasting liquid lipsticks.

 I’ve shared these before as I love them. They’ve introduced 3 new shades into the mix, Loving,Captivating & Passionate. 

These liquid lipsticks don’t dry out your lips and your lips don’t feel like you’ve painted them with nail varnish. They allow your lips to breath and you can eat,drink and dance with these on and kiss under the mistletoe 🎄😘 €29.00 for six gorgeous lipsticks! Bargain! 

theBalm is available from MakeUpForEver

Selected Pharmacies or find your local stockist for theBalm

More gift ideas coming soon 🎁🎄🎅🏼😘

Christmas Gift Guide for her.

If like me you leave it to the very last minute to start your Christmas shopping I hope this post helps someone out. I’ve compiled a few gifts for the women in your life.

Pandora shimmering ocean ring €119.00 buy Here

ALEX AND ANI Claddagh II EWB Bangle Silver €36.00 get it Here

Clarins Sweet refresh collection €42.00

It is comprised of a shower gel 30ml, a body lotion 30ml and 50ml body spray all packaged beautifully with a good sized toiletry bag and gift boxed. 

Next are a few gift sets from theBalm. 

I have loved theBalm range for quite a few years. Ever since I purchased my first product which was Bahama Mama (bronzer) from Make Up For Ever on Clarendon Street. I fell in love with the packaging and once I used their products I knew they had to be part of my kit. 

TheBalm meet matt(e) Hughes mini’s €28.95. TheBalm is available from Make Up for ever Clarendon street Dublin 2, Cloud 10 Beauty and Debenhams 

Cocoa Brown The Goddess Collection by Marissa Carter €14.95 Get it here

TheBalm Manizer sisters €28.00

Bellapierre Starter Kit – MEDIUM Skin tones €87.50 available in store in Swords or Drogheda or online Here

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELAReplica Lazy SundayMorning 100ml €100.00 from Brown Thomas

“MY FACE AND EYE” PROFESSIONAL SET 12 Piece brush set with CUP HOLDER €99.99 from Here

JO MALONE LONDONPomegranate Noir Cologne 100ML Exclusive Bottle €114.00 at Brown Thomas

Nima brush THE STARTER SET: THE BASICS €45 from Nima Brush

Master Series, Palette one €34.99 from Blank Canvas Cosmetics

 I hope you enjoyed this post. 

My men’s & children’s gift guides will be posted soon.

Ann-Marie X 

How to fix broken Eyeshadows/ bronzers/powders 

It’s horrible when it happens to your favourite Eyeshadows/ bronzes/powders so let me show you how I fix mine! Unfortunately this gorgeous powder from The Balm arrived broken and I was so upset I put it aside until today and I decided to fix it using an old hack. 

Step 1 

What you will need:

some cling film or sandwich bag, a tea spoon or butter knife and some surgical spirits/rubbing alcohol. 

Step 2 

Step 3

Step 4

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Confetti Cover Shoot – Get the Look 

Teodora Sutra is one of Ireland’s top models with 1StOption model management and I had the pleasure of making up her beautiful face for the Cover of  Confetti Magazine.

​ The Balm Cosmetics sponsored me for this shoot and sent me lots of amazing products. ​

For Teo I wanted her skin to be glowing and give her that highlight that everyone asks me for with a light natural smoky eye, fine liner and lashes to give eyes definition without looking too heavy. Fresh cheeks and lips and an overall romantic feel to the make up. 

Here are a list of some key products which helped me achieve this look. 


I prepped Teo’s skin with Time Balm- Face Primer paying attention to the T-zone to help her foundation glide on and stay put under the studio lights. 

I then used Light Time Balm foundation to give her skin a flawless finish using a tiny amount of Time Balm concealer to cover dark circles under the eyes. 

Setting the foundation base with Sexy Mama anti-shine translucent powder.


I applied some Cider, Crisp & Candy from my How about them Apples cheek and lip Palette and then some Hot Mama – a gorgeous peachy blush to Teo’s cheeks giving her a fresh flush to her cheeks.

Highlighting the cheek bones with Mary Lou Manizer and 

Contouring with Bahama Mama.


I used my Nude Dude Volume 2 Palette to create the look and a mixture of Fabulous and Faithful to the eyelids and blended it out with Flawless and Feisty to give depth and definition. I then applied Funny and Fine to the socket line to intensify the eye and blended these under the lower lash line too to give the blown out smoky effect.

Schwing liner was applied to the upper lashline.


I curled Teo’s lashes and applied some Tall Dark and Handsome Black Mascara. 

I then applied gorgeous 711 Lashes from BABYDOLL cosmetics. 


I customised lipstick for Teo’s look mixing Mai Billsbepaid and Ima Goodkisser 

All Products used were from:
The Balm Cosmetics 

available from Meaghers Pharmacy Here

Make Up For Ever Dublin Here

and Cloud10Beauty Here

Brushes are available from Blank Canvas Cosmetics Here

BabyDollLashes available Here

Hair by the wonderful Glen Cullen

Nails by the amazing celebrity nail artist Michele Burke

Photography by Anita Sadowska

Styling by Carmel Ann Daly

My May Make up Favourites 

Sorry it’s late being posted, I’ve been busy with weddings and shoots. 

It’s hard to pick just a few items but these products have really stood out for me in the last month so are worthy of a mention. 

This little beauty came to my rescue on a few occasions as its staying power is brilliant. I recently had a shoot where the model had “leaky eye” and nothing would stay put under her lower lashes and as I was going for a smoky look I was determined to find something to stick. I pulled out this YSL pencil and blended it under the lower lashes and it worked and didn’t budge. The more poking and prodding you do to an already irritated eye can be a recipe for disaster but with this pencil there was no need to keep at it after I blended it. Would be amazing for people with sensitive eyes and anyone who wants their liner to stay put. 

Products from The Balm:

How about them apples palette: delicious creamy cheek and lip colours perfect for summer and just gorgeous for summer. 

Nude Dudes palette: A perfect selection of nude eye colours to create any smoky eye or natural pretty look you desire. Easy to blend and a mirror included, perfect for your handbag.

Time Balm Primer
: smoothes out skin and blurs fine lines to give skin a great base before applying foundation. I only apply this to the t-zone and its so light and easy to work with. 

Mary Lou Manizer
: because every girl should have this highlighter in their possession. It’s not famous for no reason, it is truly a beautiful highlighter and brightens up a flat make up and adds a glow to tired looking skin. 

Hot Mama
: this has fast become one of my go to blush products. The peachy/coral tones are beautiful and flattering on most skin colours and brighten up any make up application.

Mai Bills be Paid lipstick: my most recent favourite nude lipstick. Creamy and moisturising and gorgeous to accentuate gorgeous lips. 

Ima Goodkisser lipstick
: a lovely pink without blue pigment. A lovely shade that won’t look “too much” and pretty enough for brides. 

Penneys individual eyelashes
are so brilliant when you have limited time to apply lashes but your client doesn’t like strip lashes as they come in little clusters and so make application faster yet give the same amazing result. 

Bella Pierre BB cream

Bellapierre Derma Renew BB (Beauty Balm) Cream is a combination of advanced skincare and full skin coverage. This anti-aging formula acts as four products in one:

· Concealer

· Foundation

· SPF 15

· Moisturizer

Oil free, mineral-based formula will not clog pores and naturally covers imperfections.
Available in 5 shades to match all skin tones.

· Maximum coverage

· Smooth & Matte finish

· Highly pigmented, lasts for 14h

· Flawless appearance

· Silky satin texture

Squeeze a small amount onto fingertips and smooth evenly over face. Blend into neck. Allow to fully absorb.

Here’s some links for stockists:

Y.S.L. Brown Thomas
Y.S.L. Debenhams
The Balm @ Cloud10Beauty
Bella Pierre available at Biofresh

Confetti Annual Shoot 

I had such a great day making up some of Ireland’s top models for the cover of Confetti magazine,Annual. It’s out this Today and I can’t wait to see it in print.  I still get excited to see my work on a magazine shelf and even more when it’s a cover! Here’s a sneak peek at the shoot and behind the scenes.

Last week I was in studio shooting the cover of Confetti Wedding magazine for their Annual 25 weddings issue.

We had three beautiful models, Sarah Morrissey, Lynn Kelly and Aoife Walsh.

Photographer was Anita Sadowska.Anita’s Facebook page

Styling was by Carmel Daly.Carmel Ann’s Facebook Page

Nails were done by the amazing Michele Burke.Michele’s Facebook Page

Glen Cullen created beautiful hair.Glen’s Facebook page

Flowers were from A room in Bloom.Contact here

Jewellery was from Weir and Sons Jewellery

Make up by me Ann-Marie Carey

Using : 

Brushes, Pippa Palette, Master Series one Palette, Contour Palette from : Blank Canvas Cosmetics

Golden Goddess Oil, Cocoa Brown Tan

Lipsticks: Mai Billsbepaid & Ima Goodkisser from: The Balm Europe

Lashes : BABYDOLL Lashes

Liner #77 Gel liner from Inglot


The design, the girly animated packaging, formulations,colours,concepts, names of products and overall ethos of The Balm has always caught my eye.

I have had many products from The Balm and always purchased from Make Up For Ever on Clarendon Street.   

The very gorgeous people from The Balm have sent me some gorgeous products to use on my shoots and clients and I am in love with it all!    

 It’s safe to say the packaging is just so cute,quirky,girly and stands out from any other brand. 

 No matter how messy my kit is on a shoot day I can instantly identify The Balm products because of the distinctive packaging.    

 The products themselves are amazing quality too.     


I can’t wait to use these on exciting projects I have coming up and I will do a review too 💋💋💋

The Balm is available Here or from 

Make up For Ever

Check out my blogpost on doing make up for Michael Bolton Here 💋