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The balm have released brilliant palette with 12 eye shadows so there’s plenty of choice even for the fussiest of make up lovers.

So many combinations and endless looks can be created using the 6 matte and 6 frosted/shimmer highly pigmented, triple milled and velvety smooth shadows! I’m in love with it and It’s going straight into my kit.

Meet Matt(e) Shmaker Eyeshadow Palette is €29.50/£27.50 and is available from:



Make up For Ever

Weirs Pharmacy

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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

Highlite ‘N Con Tour from theBalm 

Look at this beauty! theBalm have come up with some incredible products and palettes and this is everything you need to shape, sculpt, contour, bronze and define those features all in one gorgeously packaged palette. 

The palette contains:

  • 2 Shimmer Highlighters 
  • 2 Matte Highlighters
  • 1 Bronzer
  • 2 Contour Powders
  • 1 Blush

Everything you need all in one palette. Perfect for condensing your make up bag, ideal for travelling & for doing your make up on your commute. 

theBalm is available Online here

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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

Highlighter Heaven 

I adore highlighter popped on the high points of the face as part of my make up applications. Some clients love the “see from space” highlighting whilst some go for the “gentle glow look” whatever the desired effect I have accumulated a lot of products to achieve any highlighting look. 

I have my all time favourite Mary Lou-Manizer from The Balm which I got in Make Up For Ever. This is just beautiful and so fine it can be used on mature skin as the particles are so fine it gives the skin a healthy glow without being too glittery and the packaging is so pretty.

MAC Soft N Gentle is my other favourite and has been for quite some time. I love this over eyelids to brighten up a dull eye or applied to inner corner of the eye to open eyes up. Gorgeous on cheekbones, down the nose or on Cupid’s bow to make lips appear fuller & it lasts ages too.(I’ve had this one a year & need to restock).

LULU from the Pippa Palette is just so pretty and applied with fingers will give you a subtle glow or built up with brush will give you a more defined effect.A gorgeous highlighter you can wear anywhere you want to draw attention to.

Glow from CATRICE is a brilliant budget buy and has sold out everywhere, stockists are finding it impossible to keep in stock as most highlighters are in big demand at the moment with everyone wanting to try it out themselves. 

Buff Sheer Glo Movie Star is a liquid highlighter which illuminates skin and when applied under foundation it gives the skin a glow. If applied over foundation the look is more striking and set with a loose powder to keep it in place and last for the day. 

Benefit Highbeam has been a staple in my kit since it was released and I still pull it out from time to time for a subtle look, it helps make dry/dull skin look luminous and glowing. I mix with foundation and apply with a brush.

MAC Shell cream eyeshadow is up there in my cream favourites as it has a gorgeous pinky hue and flattering shimmer. Gorgeous on cheekbones, down the nose and even on your décolletage. 

MAC Pearl cream eyeshadow is a whiter version and best suited to Ivory/paler complexions. Easy to blend and handy for travelling as it’s a cream, so it won’t shatter if you drop it. 

Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Oil from Cocoa Brown is a gorgeous highlighter for tanned sallow skin types. It can be used anywhere on face or body to accentuate your best features be they your legs, collar bones, slim arms or shoulders. 

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow, instant soft focus beauty flash is a gorgeous light liquid highlighter with a yellow/golden tone. Lovely under foundation for a subtle glow or over foundation for a more dramatic effect. 

Vita Liberata capture the light skin perfecting illuminisor Latte is amazing on dark tanned skin, better than a BB cream it gives soft focus for lines and wrinkles,whilst creating an optical illusion as it’s subtle shimmering particles “capture the light”.

Catrice Blush Artist shading palette shade: 010 BronzÉclat the highlighter included in this nifty palette is more of a peachy tone and perfect for anyone with dull skin needing a lift as it’s so subtle and forgiving, perfect for a first timer to highlighting. 

The Balm Meet Matt(E) Hughes Liquid Lipstick

I am loving the Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipsticks and can safely say you will be guaranteed at least 4-5 hours staying power from them. I have applied them before leaving home @7am worn them to weddings and when I get back in my car afterwards and check the mirror @12pm my lips are still good!! 


Unlike most liquid lipsticks I have tried out The Balm Liquid Lipsticks do not make your lips feel dry or tight. The have a satin feel to them and they feel softening to wear.



A mauve/Pink delicious flavour and smells gorgeous. A perfect day time lip colour and lasts 4+ hours. 


A dark/deep wine not too dissimilar to Kylie Jenner shade. Absolutely amazing for making a statement lip. Lovely to wear if you have downplayed your eye make up and need to perk yourself up. Smells amazing. again this lasted 4+hours.


A bright pink gorgeous for summer and would suit anyone. It is very similar to Candy Yum Yum from MAC. Smells delicious. Lasted 4+hours.

Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick RRP €16.50

The Balm is available from:

Make Up For Ever Ireland
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