If there’s one thing I’ve learned from following beauty bloggers and makeup artists, it’s that the most important part of your makeup application starts with your skin prep beforehand.

Now I’ve written a whole piece on my skincare journey which I’ll link here for you, and I feel that side of things is finally under control.

So then, I set about finding the perfect primer to add that iridescent glow to my skin as my skin is dry I suppose. Finding the perfect primer didn’t happen overnight for me, as;

  1. There’s SO many to pick from
  2. They are expensive
  3. I’m buying these myself
  4. You need time to really test a product

Anyway, I’ve narrowed it down to the four I’ve used the most over the last year, which are mostly meant to prime and add highlight.

You can see three of them are a golden shade/tone and one is a more pearly colour but does actually come in a rose gold tone too.


Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow €49

I was drawn to this because Charlotte used it on Amal Clooney for her wedding day look, say no more, SOLD.

Charlotte said you can use this as a primer, or wear it on it’s own. Well I most certainly could not use this on it’s own as it does nothing for my skin. It leaves a kind of half a**** glow and that’s about it. Not the first time I’ve been underwhelmed by her products. Swipe up HERE if you’re dying to try it.


Penney’s PS Range Strobing Cream €4

(Available in rose gold too)

Said to be a dupe for Mac’s Strobe Cream, I was dubious, am I the only one who thinks a dupe never lives up to the original? Anyway, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I love this product for it’s price point and also for the nice glow it adds to my face. I wouldn’t say this does much to my skin other than gives me a dewy look but that’s all it proclaims to do I suppose! I use this mixed in with foundation every day for work. Available in most Penney’s stores.


Laura Mercier Radiance Primer €36

(Available in other formulas also such as hydrating etc)

As you can see, this has been well used and there’s a reason why, it is AMAZING. A little goes a long way, and it comes out of the tube quite quickly, well mine did anyway, so be careful. It gives such a healthy glow to your skin, and primes too!

If you’ve got oily skin, try a different consistency of this primer. Go into the Laura Mercier counter and ask the girls to try one of them out on you. I find Laura Mercier and Nars to be my main brands to buy from in the last few years. They’re not greasy and they don’t make my skin break out. Swipe up HERE to buy.


Becca Backlight Primer about €38

Last, but by no means least is Becca back light primer which I got in New York or France in Sephora.

I think I tried this because there was a lot of hype on YouTube from the American bloggers about it.

I do like it a lot, but it doesn’t fully blow me away like the Laura one. If you’re in Sephora, ask the girls to pop some on, maybe it will work better on your skin than mine, and it smells divine. Swipe up HERE to buy.

So there you have it, any questions, leave them below 👇 I’d love to be a real beauty blogger and get some comments or questions on this blogpost.

Thanks for reading,

Fashionably yours,



Images used are my own except for top two – Pinterest


Russian Lashes

Hey ladies,

Long time no post so I decided to come back with a good one. I’ve gotten so many questions from friends and colleagues since I got my semi permanent Russian lashes done a few days ago and I figured it might be something you all would like to hear about. Maybe a handy gift voucher idea for a friend!

In the interest of transparency, I just want to let you know I paid for this service myself and booked with the salon based on recommendations from my friends. Details of salon and prices listed below!

One main reason I decided to get them done is because I just don’t like mascara. It makes my eyes weep and also makes them feel really heavy. I could possibly be allergic to ALL the ones I’ve tried thus far. The only one I’ve found that doesn’t aggravate them is this one by Too Faced linked HERE.

Anyway, back to details on the lashes. The salon I went to is called Enchant, which is owned by local Limerick business woman, Miriam Costello. Enchant Salon 061 337333. And I’ll just link their Facebook page HERE. The process took roughly an hour and a half, and was pain and hassle free. Miriam herself did mine. She was so professional and really nice too. The service costs €70 with top ups costing €50. You should get a month out of them but this depends on your aftercare. Make sure you use oil free eye makeup remover such as this inexpensive one HERE

My verdict; for the first few hours I definitely found it a tad strange to have these individual eyelashes on, however, they are featherweight and after that initial few hours was over, I didn’t and don’t notice them at all. They look amazingly natural, (depending on what ones you choose in consultation with Miriam) and I don’t need feel the need to use eyeliner or eyeshadow for day to day wear with them on. Only problem is, they could become addictive!

I hope this post helps anyone who’s thinking of getting Russian eyelashes and if you’re in the Limerick area, I 100% recommend Enchant Salon. My whole experience with them was so positive-my next appointment is already booked in.

Any questions, leave them below and I’ll do my best to answer.

Fashionably yours,


***You need to get a patch test done beforehand to make sure you’re not allergic to the glue they use. If you’re interested in these lashes for the festive season, I’d suggest ringing first thing tomorrow morning as they’re an incredibly popular salon. Their number is; 061 337333.

Pictures of their work;

Some pics used are from Pinterest