Friday, April 29, 2011

This Weeks Fashion & Beauty Best Buys

Make earrings your Fashion Buy this weekend

Sunny days for me equal cutting back on jewellery when accessorising my day wear. I’m lucky to have sallow skin and tan easily so I keep my arms and neck free from accessories avoiding dreaded tan lines. And because I love my jewellery and need to wear at least one piece wherever I’m going, it means for the summer months, earrings become my favourite accessory.

You can enhance your face by correctly choosing the right style of earring for your facial shape. Take a long look in the mirror with your hair tied back and assess your face honestly deciding which of these facial shapes best describes you:

The oval shape is said to be the perfect shape, if you fall into this category then be adventurous and try lots of different styles. The square and rectangular shapes have angular features and should avoid earrings that mimic your features such as square or rectangular cut earrings.  Instead choose rounded styles and the rectangular shape in particular should avoid long earrings as they will only make your face seem even longer.  The round face shapes have curvy features so again avoid styles that mimic your facial shape.  You should choose angular cuts and long styles which are great for lengthening your face.

Below are some online bargains I found just for you

Mood by Jon Richard multi chain and feather drop earrings, Was €15 Now €12,

Pilgrim gold coloured flower stud earrings, Was €28 Now €8.40,

Mood by Jon Richard Marrakesh beaded chandelier earring, Was €18 Now €14.40,

Mood by Jon Richard aqua crystal stud earrings, Was €9 Now €7.20,

Have a fab long weekend!!!
Elaine xx

Densifying Mascara is your must have Beauty Buy this weekend

My beauty buy of the week is La Roche-Posay Respectissime Densifying Mascara (€17)  It’s a densifying and volumising mascara that contains Lash-Activating Serum, a powerful concentrate of stimulating active ingredients stemming from research into hair-loss prevention. Respectissime Densifying Mascara provides instant and spectacular volume to lashes. It contains ceramides to coat lashes with intense colour and volume and has an innovative curved brush for lash-shaping volume. Respectissime Densifying Mascara strengthens, replenishes and prolongs lash structure. Lashes are visibly thickened and fortified in 2 weeks.

Shauna xx

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dressing Curves for a Wedding

Shauna and I hosted a Style and Beauty Party last weekend and as promised we want to share with you some of the tips that we passed on to the lovely ladies on the night. Shape wise most of our guests were top heavy or hourglass and each of them blessed with curvacious boobs. With an upcoming family wedding, dress styles were the main topic of the night, so here are some gorgeous dresses perfect for special occasions and most importantly flattering for a curvy sillhouette.

Star by Julien MacDonald, €83, Debenhams
For a top heavy figure this low cut neckline flatters larger boobs, the dark block colour will slim your upper half and the vivid print on the skirt will draw all attention to your lower slimmer half while showcasing your legs.

Plain Wrap Dress, €39, Warehouse
The wrap dress is the ultimate style for a curvy hourglass silhouette, the last thing you want to do is hide those amazingly proportioned curves. The neckline on this dress cuts across your boobs giving a slimming effect and the tie detail draws the eye to your small waist. One all-over colour or an all-over print will encourage admirers to take in all of your feminine bod. If you have large boobs, avoid wearing sleeves that end at your bustline as this will draw the eye outwards giving your chest an even wider larger look. Instead choose short or 3/4 length sleeves.

Maxi Dress, €50, Next
The deep v-neckline on this maxi dress from Next will compliment and highlight large boobs at the same it will narrow broad shoulders by drawing the eye downwards. The gathering detail at the waist will slim your shape while hiding any lumps and bumps around the tummy area. If you are small in height the block colour will elongate your figure and wearing shoes in the same colour as the dress will give the illusion of an even longer frame.

Malibu Saffron Stripe Dress, €93, Fever
 Again the wrap style neckline loves larger boobs and the waist band highlights your slim waist. Everyone is very wary of wearing stripes but vertical stripes are terrific for drawing the eye downwards having a slimming and elongating effect. For a shape that has broader shoulders than hips, the soft volume on the skirt of this dress will create an hourglass silhouette without adding bulk and will also showcase your slim legs.

Now over to Shauna for her makeup tips from our party night.

Elaine xx

I found one of the main questions people wanted answered at the party night was, how to apply eye makeup? Here are just a few basic steps for eye shadow application. You can adapt these steps for any colour, enhance them for a more smoky look or use lighter colours for a more natural look.

Catrice Absolute Eye Colour Quattro Eye Shadow €5.49 (Colour 010)
Catrice Absolute Eye Colour Quattro Eye Shadow €5.49 (Colour 040)

Step 1 - first apply foundation lightly over the whole eyelid to act as a base and even out skin tone and cover any discolouration. Apply a nude/beige matt eye shadow over the whole lid area, this forms a barrier against natural oils that can cause eye shadow to crease. It also acts as a blending base for the other colours applied on top.

Step 2 - apply a lighter eye shadow blending well under the arch of the eyebrow and on the inner corner of the eye.

Step 3 - with a smaller brush apply a matt taupe eye shadow on the outer third of the eyelid from the lash line, blending inwards and upwards into the crease of the eyelid.

Step 4 - with the eye open take the taupe eye shadow slightly above the crease and blend the edges well. For a natural look you can stop here finishing with mascara.

Step 5 - to build on this and make the eye smokier, brush the taupe eye shadow inwards so it covers two thirds of the eyelid. Blend a dark matt brown over the outer third of the eyelid from the lashes into the crease.

Step 6 - with your eye open as before blend the darker colour slightly above the crease smudging the edges so the fade seamlessly.

Step 7 - with a fine detail eye shadow brush apply matt black eye shadow along the top and bottom lash lines close to the root of the lashes. To finish curl the lashes and apply mascara.

Eye Brushes

Medium head eye shadow brush
Medium head eye shadow brush - this brush should be made of real hair that is densely packed so it feels firm. It’s flat with rounded edges so that it can easily blend eye shadow over the rounded shape of the eye.

Large head eye shadow brush

Large head eye shadow brush – it’s the same as the medium brush but used for covering larger areas. And is ideal for the application of base eye shadow colours or a wash of colour.

Eye shadow blending brush

Eye shadow blending brush - this is made of real hair and has a dome shaped head with longer bristles than the other eye shadow brushes. It should be soft and fluffy to touch and is used for blending eye shadows together and softening edges. It can also be used for applying powder under the eyes to set concealer.

Eye detail brush

Eye detail brush - this brush is the same shape as the medium and large eye shadow brushes and is made of real hair but is much smaller and has many uses. It can be used to smudge powder eye shadow into eyeliner, apply loose pigments with precision or apply eye shadow under the bottom lashes close to the root of the lashes.

Slanted eyebrow brush

Slanted eyebrow brush - made of synthetic bristles and flat with a slanted edge. It’s used to fill and enhance the eyebrows with eyebrow powder.

Flat liner brush

Flat liner brush - this is made of synthetic bristles and flat with square edge. It’s used for precision and easy application of cake or gel eyeliner close to the lash line.

Cream eye shadow brush

Cream eye shadow brush - used for application of cream eye shadow products, its flat with a rounded head. It can also be used to touch up foundation and concealer.

Shauna xx

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

AND THE WINNER IS...............

The winner of a fabulous NYC Cosmetics Goody bag worth €50 is ANNA OLLIFFE.  Congratulations Anna and a big thank you to NYC Cosmetics and especially to all of our readers who entered.

We held a Style and Beauty Party at the weekend and it was another great success and brilliant fun. Later this week myself and Shauna will be filling you in on the most popular tips that we gave at the party so pop back to our blog at the weekend for some amazing style and makeup tips.

Elaine & Shauna xx

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Recreate Rodarte’s Blue Print - Plus - NYC Cosmetics Giveaway



We are soooo excited here at Lipstick Shoes and Parties to be running our first giveaway - NYC Cosmetics would love to give one of our readers a Goody Bag full of NYC products to the value of €50!!!

Visit NYC Cosmetics on Facebook!
That’s right girls FREE MAKEUP. To be in with a chance of grabbing this fab prize, all you have to do is email your name to

Best of luck!!! 

Recreate Rodarte’s Blue Print

Blue is one of the key colour trends for spring/summer 2011 as seen on the catwalks of all major designers and we all love a summery floral print. Designer sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte combined both this season’s blue hue with fresh garden florals to create The Blue Print.

Here’s how you can get this refreshing designer look on a highstreet budget.

Add curves to a straight figure or show off your hourglass silhouette in a Petal print playsuit, €85,


Balance out broad shoulders with this Fearne Cotton printed double peplum dress, €92,

Littlewoods Ireland

Compliment a small cleavage with this high neckline China blue tiered dress, €62,


Maximise florals fun with Irregular Choice lady passion floral wedges, €115,


Rodarte Makeup Look – Bronzed Goddess

Essential Tools

NYC’s Skin Matching Foundation, €3.99
NYC’s Mineral Bronzer Sun- Sational in Deep Sun Tan 716A, €3.49
NYC’s Colour Wheel Mosaic Eye Powder in Pink Cadillac 822B, €2.99
NYC’s City Mono Eye Shadow in Bazaar 907, €1.99
NYC’s Volumizing Mascara Show Time in Black 844, €3.49
NYC’s Sparkle Eye Dust in Champagne 893A, €2.99
NYC’s Ultra Last Lip Wear in Mauve Gold, €2.29
NYC’s Lippin Large Plumping Lip Gloss in Very Clear i471A, €2.49

How to re-create the look

For the perfect complexion use NYC’s skin matching foundation & set with powder.
Apply NYC’s Mineral Bronzer Sun- Sational Deep Sun Tan high on the cheekbones towards the temples, down the nose and across the forehead for that sun kissed glow.
Using NYC’s Mineral Eye Colour Wheel apply the gold colour all over the lid and blend to just above the socket line, then apply the brown colour to the socket line.
Next step take NYC’s Sparkle Eye Dust in Champagne and sweep it over the lid for that golden glow.
Use a flat liner brush to then apply NYC’s City Mono Eye Shadow in Bazaar to line the top lash making sure you go as close to the roots as possible.
Use NYC’s Eye Sparkle Dust to line the bottom lash line. This will define the eyes.
Apply two coats of NYC’s Volumizing Mascara Show Time in Black to the top and bottom lashes.
Finish the look off with NYC’s Ultra last lip wear in Mauve Gold to the lips. Lastly apply NYC’s Lippin Large Plumping Lip Gloss in Very Clear and you’re ready to go.

Elaine & Shauna xx

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Buys of the Week...........Palazzo Pants & Skin Care

For my buy of the week I was searching for something that was firstly on-trend and secondly boasting an amazing price tag meaning everyone could grab themselves a piece from this seasons catwalks. A visit to Penneys (Carlow) last weekend lead me to discover amazing Palazzo pants at only €15 fitting the bill perfectly and also tapping into another trend - sheer - but cleverly these pants have a built in lining covering your bum and the top of your thighs.

How to wear Spring/Summer 2011 Palazzo Pants
They couldn’t be easier to wear; tuck a simple t-shirt into your palazzo’s and pair with wedges – I really feel wedges were made for palazzo pants so I suggest that they be your essential footwear choice whatever way you choose to style your wide legged pants.

The highstreet is experiencing a radical (sorry couldn’t help it J) trip back to the seventies one which shouldn’t be ignored. So give your wardrobe a 70s inspired update with the addition of a waist coat, there are lots of styles to choose from but denim and crochet are the hottest contenders ideal for your new palazzo’s and your floaty maxi.

Here are some of my favourite palazzo pants to walk down the spring/summer 2011 catwalks

Dries Van Noten (

John Galliano (

MaxMara (
Elaine xx


Hi there my buy of the week is a skincare product from Simple suitable for your skin type. It has come to my attention from talking to family and friends some people don’t have a skincare routine. I feel it is so important to look after your skin with a good diet, drink plenty of water and have a regular skincare regime. There are four skin types; normal, dry, oily and combination - this is the most common skin type. There are also skin conditions which are; dehydrated skin, mature skin & sensitive skin. You need to use products that are specifically formulated for your skin type. I feel very strongly about people investing some time and effort into a skincare routine, this will help give you glowing skin that will stay youthful for as long as possible and let’s face it that’s what everyone wants. Unfortunately this is something that you need to work at constantly as there is no quick fix.

Here’s an example of a daily routine for skincare using Simple’s products.

Your Routine

Some skin types may just need a splash of cold water to wake up the skin, others like oily skin should use a gentle face wash such as Simple’s Kind to skin Refreshing Face Wash Gel. This will keep skin cleansed and revived, perfect for even sensitive skin. Then apply a day time moisturiser cream or lotion with an SPF of at least 15 for example Simple’s Regeneration Age Resisting day cream SPF 15. (The sun is the skins worst enemy because the UV rays damage the collagen and elastin fibres of the skin causing premature ageing)

You need to clean your face in order to remove makeup or any impurities that have built up during the day. For example; Simple’s Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion. To remove eye makeup use Simple’s eye makeup remover it will remove even water proof mascara, use this instead of an ordinary cleanser as this may contain fragrances or ingredients that are not suitable to use on the delicate eye area. Follow that with a toner - Simple’s Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Toner. This will help remove any traces of the cleanser, it restores ph balance of the skin and closes and refines pores.

Next you need a night moisturiser like Simple’s Vital Vitamin Night Cream it will help restore and replenish the skin throughout the night. You should also consider using an eye cream.

You should exfoliate at least once a week. Simple’s Kind to skin Smoothing Facial Scrub will remove any dead skin cells and keep your skin brighter and more even textured. Face masks are also great to help improve the health and appearance of the skin. There are many different masks available to treat specific problems.

Simple’s products are fantastic because they don’t contain any perfume, colours or any unnecessary ingredients so they won’t upset the skin. I’ve tried these products and they really are worth checking out for yourself.  They have a wide range of products to suit all skin types so why not go online to and have a look. Their products are widely available in your local supermarkets, chemists etc. reasonably priced.

Shauna xx

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