Friday, 30 December 2016

Current Lipstick Favourites | Pale and Interesting


Today I thought I would share my current favourite lipsticks with you. Winter is the perfect time to experiment with lipstick and I love to try more bold shades.

Without further ado here are my favourite lipsticks at the moment.

Liar by Urban Decay
Liar is a neutral toned brown. It is very creamy in consistency and very pigmented. It applies evenly and lasts long on the lips. This shade suits so many skin tones and I always get compliments when I wear it.

Shade 11 by MUA
This is an orangey-red-nude shade. It's really hydrating and, for the price, it's a great deal. My favourite thing about it is the colour. It's more orange than any other lipstick I have and goes really well with an orangey eye look.

Red Dhalia by Burt's Bees
Technically, this isn't actually a lipstick but I had to include it in this post. In fact, it is a lip balm. Red Dhalia is a dark reddish purple shade. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to try the dark lip trend but doesn't want to commit to a full-blown purple lipstick. It is quite subtle and is so moisturising.

Russian Red by MAC
Russian Red is my idea of the perfect red lipstick. Every beauty lover, it seems, has one of these in their possession and I love it. It is undoubtedly my longest wearing lipstick and will stay put for hours.

Amorous by MAC
Amorous is a stunning dark plum shade. It's perfect for this season and can turn a basic look into something that looks more put together.

That's all for today. I hope you liked this post and please let me know what your favourite shades for winter are.

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

My Favourite Things About Christmas | Pale and Interesting


We're well into the festive season and I feel a little late to the party. I haven't uploaded any Christmas posts this year as I have been inundated with school work. However, today I am bringing you my first Christmas post of the year!

To kick things off, I will be giving you a list of my favourite things about the festive season.

  1. Christmas Movies
  2. Hot chocolate and hot drinks
  3. Decorating the Christmas tree
  4. Going for drives looking at the lights
  5. Christmas trees - the smell, everything
  6. Ice Skating
  7. Christmas songs and carols
  8. Christmas food - mince pies, Christmas dinner, you name it - I love it
  9. Christmas jumpers
  10. Winter Fashion
That's it!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.
Please let me know your favourite things about this time of year!

Clare xx

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Getting Back Into Reading

I've always been an avid reader. Since I first learnt to read I've had a book in my hand. From a young age, my parents encouraged me to read by bringing me to toddler library groups and reading to me every night as a small child. This installed a passion and love for reading within me.

In the last year I have noticed I have not been reading as much at all. Be it my hectic school life or the dreaded distraction of my phone - I simply do not read as much as I used to.

At first I told myself I was too busy to read but quite frankly, that is BS.

You can never be too busy to pick up a book. Surely there are, at the very least, 10 minutes in the day when you could pick up a book and read.
If you find it hard to get the motivation to read, here is my Top 10 Tips For Getting Back Into Reading.

1) Find a genre you like

As we age we grow and our preferences change. It is natural to not enjoy certain genres as much as you once did. Can you imagine if your favourite colour never changed from your birth to death.
Search around for the perfect genre for you and don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.

2) Find one book you like and use it to find recommendations 

By finding a book you really enjoy, you can use it to find similar books that you would also love. A great way to find similar books is by reading reviews and asking like-minded people who have also read the book. This way, one book leads to another, and another, and another!

3) Make time in your day to read

For me trying to get back into reading, it was important to set aside time in my day for reading. Ipersonally, love to read before I go to sleep as it calms me down and the no-screen time helps me switch off. Other people read in the morning or on the bus. Try different times and see which works best for you.

4) Carry A Book Around With You Everywhere

You never know when an opportunity to read will present itself. Whether that's when you're babysitting and have a few hours to kill or have an hours wait before your bus arrives. You never know when you could be grateful for a book's presence in your bag.

5) Know when to give up on a book

As a reader, it is important to be able to recognise a lost cause. Just because you're deciding to put a book down doesn't mean you're admitting defeat - it just means you need to focus your searches elsewhere. If you allow yourself to be bogged down that you don't enjoy, you can loose the will to read because you're taking the joy out of books.

6) Keep a list of all the books you read

For me, nothing is more motivating than keeping a record of my own progress. I love to look back on what I've done as it pushes me to achieve more.
By making a list of books you have read, you can look back on your little achievements and give yourself a sense of accomplishment.

7) Talk to people who have read the same books as you.

By discussing the books you have read with people who have read the book you feel as though you are part of a little community. There, you can discuss your views on the book and everyone can give recommendations. You are also introduced to new ideas that you might not have otherwise thought off.

8) Make your reading experience fun

You may have the perfect book but without the following components  your reading experience still has room for improvement.  For me, I love to make a little reading nook. I deck out a corner of my room with cushions and blankets. I treat myself to a cup of tea or a hot chocolate and sit back and relax. I would recommend a quiet space for optimum reading.

There you have it!
These are my tips for getting back into reading. I hope you successfully become addicted to reading. 
All the best,

Sunday, 27 November 2016

The Beauty Blog Tag | Pale and Interesting


It's been an age since I last posted a tag on my blog so today that is exactly what I am doing.
I will be giving my response to Elleanor Wears' post, The Beauty Blog Tag. I decided to do this post as I love the questions and had a few responses at the ready.

Without further ado, here are the questions.

1. Do you have any fashion or beauty icons? Who?!

When it comes to beauty Kylie Jenner never fails to impress me. I adore her naturally radiant look and ability to rock a smokey eye look. I've bought something she's recommended more than once and I'd love to try out her makeup line. 

2. Beauty pet peeve?

It gets under my skin when people wear a foundation shade that's the wrong shade for them. As a person who spent the last few years wearing an orange foundation, I understand it can be difficult to match it correctly but having left those days of my life behind me nothing annoys me worse now.

3. Would you rather wear no makeup for the rest of your life or makeup everyday (but you can take it off when going to bed)

I wouldn't be opposed to wearing makeup every day. I know it might become a bit of a chore but the question doesn't specify how much makeup I'd have to wear. I love makeup and life without it would be quite dull.

4. Do you have any tips or tricks makeup/cosmetic wise?

I have so many tips that I've been accumulating over my time wearing makeup. I'd love to write a whole blogpost about it. My number one is to apply my eyeshadow before my face makeup. This prevents any fallout under my eyes as it can be easily wiped away before you put on foundation.

5. Kim K or Kendall Jenner makeup?

I love both Kim and Kendall but Kim takes the bacon when it comes to makeup. I think Kim has brought so much to the table in the makeup industry. She has so many tips and tricks under her sleeve and one can only admire the masterpiece that frequents her face.

6. Do you only buy cruelty-free makeup and if so why?

I haven't completely transitioned to only buying cruelty-free makeup, only because I haven't educated myself enough on. Recently I've become much more aware of these issues and hopefully, someday soon I'll leave the brands that test on furries behind me.

7. Share a photo of what you consider to be your worst moment beauty-wise.

No thanks. After searching through my phone for a suitable candidate, I found a picture of 12-year old Clare. It's too embarassing to share with you because I'd be afraid that it would fall into the wrong hands. However, try to picture this : Blue shimmery eyeshadow with some questionable eyeliner. Bright pink lipstick, shade 101 from Rimmel to be exact. The worst part is my expression. I have a placid smile on my face - one similar of that to a person lying in a coffin. Stunreal.

8. Skincare or Makeup?

I am not great when it comes to skincare. In fact, my skincare routine is very minimal. My makeup routine, however, is an evolved, complex routine that I give a lot of time and love. I would happily spend an hour doing my makeup, even if I have nowhere to go. I hope to improve my skincare routine and I have a list as long as my arm with skincare products I want to try.

That's all for today!
I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to enter my giveaway while it's still open!

Thanks for reading,
Clare xx

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Autumnal Eyeshadow Palette ft. MAC and Inglot | Pale and Interesting


It's November and I am embracing the Autumn/Winter spirit. While I'm not quite ready for Christmas, I'm fully enjoying all that Autumn has to offer.

For the past couple of months I've been accumulating eyeshadows to make my ultimate Autumn/Winter palette. I haven't entirely filled it, but I wanted to show it to you before Autumn ends. The shades in this palette are shades that I use every day and would wear in any season

This palette contains eyeshadows in their pan form from MAC and Inglot. The palette itself, which resembles a Z Palette is called the Freedom System Flexi Palette from Inglot.

So,first let's look at the MAC shadows in the palette.
Jest - Soft peach with icy shimmer
Kid - light warm toned matte
Cork - Muted Golden Brown
Soft Brown - Soft golden peachy-brown
Cranberry - Red plum with pink shimmer
Embark - Intense reddish brown

The Inglot shades in the palette are:
397 - a warm, peachy beige with a pearl finish
337 - a soft, medium brown with red undertones and a matte finish.
335 - a bright burnt orange with a matte finish
299 - a dark burnt orange with a matte finish
301 - a dark warm cranberry shade with a matte finish
373 - a white shade with a matte finish

As you can see, the pigmentation of all of these eyeshadows is of the highest quality. These shades are very versatile and can each be used for different uses.

Each one of the shades is extremely pigmented, creamy and longwearing.

I love all of these shades equally and honestly cannot pick a favourite.

If you have tried any other MAC or Inglot shades let me know as I always want to build my collection.

Thanks for reading,
Clare xx

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

2 Year Anniversary Giveaway | Pale and Interesting

You may have noticed that I've been quite MIA in the past few months on my blog. I am, however, back here and you can expect consistent posting in the future.

Today I am bringing you Pale and Interesting's first giveaway!
I decided to start of relatively small and hopefully, giveaways in the future will be bigger. I already have plans for a Christmas giveaway. I'll tell you more about that soon but first let me tell you about my current giveaway.

One person will win the prizes I am about to show you. I originally said that this would be open for people just in the UK and Ireland but I've changed my mind.
This giveaway is open worldwide!

Now to the prizes...

The first product I will be the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I have the waterproof version of this product and absolutely adore it. It is my all-time favourite mascara and so wanted to put it in the giveaway.

In the prize will be an Inglot eyeshadow in the shade 337. I also have this shade and use it on a daily basis. It is a beautiful bright, burnt orange that can easily be incorporated into many Autumnal looks.

Finally, I will be giving away the Hairspray Matte Candy Oval Makeup Brush. I've seen these circulating on the internet and was excited when I saw them in Hairspray. I decided to get one for you and you can try it out.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you like this giveaway and will all enter it.
It will be running for the next three weeks and the only rules are to
  • Leave a comment on a past blogpost
  • Follow my Twitter @paleninterestin
  • Follow my Instagram @paleandinterestingblog
  • For an extra entry you can tweet about this giveaway

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 6 November 2016

My Eyebrow Routine | Pale and Interesting


I'm the kind of person that loves to put time and effort into my eyebrows. I would say it's one of my favourite parts of my makeup routine. Although my brow routine is not very extensive, I want to share it with you today.

I often start my routine by taking a tweezers to clean up the stray hairs. I don't recommend plucking your eyebrows if you're a beginner. I only pluck the hairs that grow between my eyebrows (basically I have a unibrow if I don't pluck it) and the stray hairs that grow on my browbone.

I then use a spoolie brush to comb through my brows. This ensures that all the hairs are pointed in the same direction an it gives me a better idea of where I need to draw on.

Taking an angled eye brush, I dip it into the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade making sure to remove excess from the brush. The brush I use is the It Cosmetics 217 Angled Liner/Brow Brush which I adore.

I make a sharp line with the brush along the bottom of my eyebrow. It changes shape slightly at the arch of my brow and then follows the same shape of my brow as it tapers out.

I then repeat the same process along the top of my brow but the only difference is that I start half a centimeter into my eyebrow.

I then take the brush and place it's hairs horizontally along the base of my brow. I gently push the brush upwards to fill in the middle.

Once the shape is completed, I take a concealer and apply it carefully to the base of my brow. This line should be very sharp and precise as it is defining the shape of your brow. Blend it downwards to avoid losing the sharp line.

Finally, set the concealer with a powder matching your skin tone. I also like to use a white powder just on my brow bone to make it pop.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what products you use for your eyebrows by leaving a comment.

I have a giveaway very soon, I'm still waiting for some of the products to arrive in the post! Stick around so you don't miss it!

Talk to you soon,
Clare xx

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Duraline Review, Uses & Demo | Pale and Interesting

Recently I've been exploring the makeup brand Inglot and I love it!
I fully intend to write more about the brand in the near future as  it has so many products that have wiggled their way into my daily makeup routine. I have yet to find a product from Inglot that I do not like or do not use on a regular basis.
This post will find you in the near future but I simply couldn't stop myself from posting this today! Today I want to do a demonstration, review and explanation of Inglot's Duraline.

Duraline is, in my opinion, the beauty industry's best kept secret. I've only heard a handful of bloggers speak about this gem. Inglot is not a well-known brand but has gained popularity in the past year or so. In Ireland, Inglot stores have been popping up everywhere and I couldn't be happier.

Duraline is a product I discovered a few months ago and since then it has revolutionized the way I apply makeup.


Duraline is a liquid solution that comes in a small glass bottle with a suction functioning dropper. 
The bottle contains 8ml but this enough to last you a lifetime.

The best thing about Duraline is its ability to multitask. I use Duraline for many different things.
I apply a drop or two to the back of my hand and coat the brush I'm using with it.
Be careful, if your brush isn't entirely clean after its last use, you will risk applying the last product used with that brush to your face. Tragic.

I personally use Duraline to intensify gel eyeliners. If you have an old, dried out gel eyeliner collecting dust in your collection, you can make it good as new by adding a couple of drops of this magic.  I equally love using it for gel eyeliners that aren't dried out. I like how it gives me more preciseness and a sharper edge to a flick. It also intensifies the product being used.

I love to use Duraline when applying loose pigments. I'm a big fan of pigments but the amount of fallout associated with using them is enough to turn anyone off them. I apply a drop of Duraline to the back of my hand and cover the brush with the solution before dipping it into the pigment. I then pack the pigment all over my lid. 

My final use for Duraline is when using powder eyeshadows. I love to use eyeshadows as eyeliner as I like to use alternative bright shades to add an interesting twist to an ordinary look.
Duraline makes any eyeshadow a whole lot more pigmented and easier to work with.

The one reservation some people may have about Duraline is that once it sets it will not budge. It makes products waterproof and smudge-proof. I see this as a benefit but acknowledge that it can be very unforgiving. If you make a mistake it can be difficult to correct it.

Other than this, Duraline is a fantastic product that I would recommend to all beauty lovers.
Thanks for reading,

Monday, 24 October 2016

My New Pet! Meet Pablo D

I've never had a pet before.
For some of you, that will be a startling statement. For others, it will remind you of a struggle close to your own hearts.
Either way, it's a sad reality to live with. Most children grow up with animals. I didn't! I've pleaded with my parents for any sort of pet; a fish, a tarantula, anything with a pulse, but to no avail.
For the past three years or so, I've really wanted a hamster I think they're adorable and so playful. I was never allowed to get one... Until recently.
I know hamsters aren't everyone's cupán tae as they can resemble less preferred rodents.
I don't mind if my hamster makes you squeam - I think she's unreal.
So, without further ado, here is my hamster, Pablo.
Her full name is (wait for it) Pablo Dante Juan Hamlette Patrice Kevinne Harambe Hannigan. I like the extravagance of her name.
You may be wondering why I named a girl Pablo D (etc etc). The reason is, I had already chosen the name before I picked her out. I was expecting to get a boy but at the till I was informed that my bundle of joy was a 'she'.
I got her in Shauna's Pet Shop on Capel St. It is apparently the most ethical place to buy small animals. Also, they have a huge selection of supplies and the staff were so helpful.
I have no doubt that you all think I'm bonkers now...
Thanks for reading!
Clare and Pablo xx

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Fun Things To Do In Autumn | Pale and Interesting

I'm back, just in time for my favourite season! I've taken a while to settle back into school but I'm ready to start blogging again. My main source of inspiration is that Halloween is just around the corner. I love Halloween and could fill an entire notebook with blogposts ideas for this holiday.

This year I'm more excited than ever and have a ton of related blogposts coming your way. I can't wait to get started.

Today I've decided to collect a list of all my favourite things to do around Autumn time. I should have a Halloween version of this post up in a couple of weeks time. I decided it was socially unacceptable to do one now though.

Without further ado, here is my list of Fun Things To Do During Autumn. 

1. Take artsy, Autumnal pictures
2. Drink hot chocolate
3. Wear wooly jumpers
4. Read a book from the warmth of your home
5. Have a pamper night
6. Give your room an autumnal theme
7. Perfect your gingerbread recipe
8. Make a den out of blankets
9. Start a new series on Netflix
10. Make an Autumn playlist
11. Go for a walk and appreciate nature
12. Invite a friend over for tea and a chat
13. Have a lovely smelling bath
14. Get a Pinterest -y Autumn hairstyle
15. Embrace the spirit of Halloween
16. Buy a non-reusable film camera
17. Take loads of pictures and get them developed
18. Decorate your room with these pictures
19. Try a bold Autumn makeup trend
20. Stamp around in crunchy leaves
21. Have an indoor picnic
22. Light the fire and get cosy
23. Get caught in the rain (it's only fun if you make it fun)
24. Go to a firework display
25.Roast marshmallows

That's all for today.
I'll be back soon with more Autumnal posts and some Halloween ones too.

Thanks for reading,
Clare xx

Sunday, 7 August 2016

The Beauty Blogger Tag | Pale and Interesting


Today I've decided to post my response to the Beauty Blogger Tag. I really enjoy reading peoples' responses to this tag so if any of you are interested, I'd love if you'd write one!

Without further ado, here's the Beauty Blogger Tag!

1. Is your hair naturally straight or curly?
Up until about a few months ago, I had perfectly straight hair but recently it has been more wavy. 
2. What is your natural hair colour?
My natural hair colour is light brown with streaks of blonde and red.
3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I don't dye my hair, so neither.
4. How often do you wash you hair?
I wash it every two or three days. I'm quite lazy in that I always let my hair dry naturally. For this reason my second day hair is the my favourite. I always have to wash it on the third day though.
5. Do you wear it in the same style every day?
I try to wear my hair is different styles as often as possible but I usually wear it down or in a ponytail.
6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I almost always do it myself but I love going to have a pedicure at a salon.
7. How often do you change up your nail polish?
I change my nail polish every week or so.
8. How long does it take you to put on your make-up?
I alter my makeup routine depending on how much time I have. I might take 10 minutes or 30 minutes.
9.What do you do first, face or eyes?
I always do my face before my eyes. I do this out of habit despite my distaste for fallout that I struggle to remove!
10. Do you collect make-up or just buy what you need when you need it?
I collect makeup! I certainly have a bit of a problem when it comes to makeup shopping... 
11. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
I very rarely wear eyelashes. I haven't yet got the knack of applying them so I only ever wear them to practice.
12. Do you do a full face of make-up every day?
I struggle to apply minimal makeup so when I put on makeup I tend to go all out. Although I don't wear makeup every day, when I do, I wear a full face.
13. Will you leave the house without make-up on?
I go to school everyday without makeup on and it doesn't phase me. Makeup is something I really enjoy but I can live without it.
14. How many high end products do you have?
I would say half of the products I own are high end and half are drugstore. I am a strong believer that the quality of a product is not decided by the price tag. 
15. How often do you wash your make-up brushes?
I don't have a schedule on which I wash my brushes but rather, wash them whenever they need to be. This is usually every two weeks or so.
16. How often do you change your handbag?
I alternate between two handbags and switch between the two every month or so. I buy a new bag every eight or nine months.
17. What time do you get up at and go to sleep?
It depends on whether it's a weekend or a weekday. On the weekdays I get up at around twenty to seven and on the weekends I get up about 20 minutes later because I have orchestra at eight. I go to bed at eleven or so each night.
18. How often do you workout?
Well.... I've been told by my physiotherapist that I'm not allowed do any exercise at the moment because of my knees but recently I've been really missing it. I have a set of exercises for my knees that I do twice everyday though...
19. Left handed or right handed?
I am right handed.
20. How tall are you?
I'm not entirely sure but a little bit taller than 5'4
21. Do you speak a foreign language?
This doesn't really count as a foreign language but Irish. I really love the language and love to speak it. I also learn German in school.
22. How many pets do you have?
A grand total of zero.
23. How often do you blog?
I don't have a set schedule but I generally post once or twice a week.
24. Do you read the comments posted on blogs?
Yes! I find it very interesting to hear other peoples'  opinions and this is a great way to hear diverse points of view.
25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you read about them on other blogs?
I am constantly adding products to a mental list when I read about them on other blogs.
26. How did you come up with your blog name?
I've said this before, but when I was younger, my mum used to describe me as being "pale and interesting" when I'd complain about my light skin tone.
27. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
I usually use my phone (a Vodafone Smart 6) or else a digital camera I own.
28. What is your favourite beauty/fashion magazine?
I'll admit I'm not a big magazine reader. I have yet to find one that I really love. If you know of one that you want to recommend, please leave a comment letting me know.
29. Favourite Make-up brand?
MAC has been a firm favourite of mine since I first tried it. Although it is quite pricey, I believe the quality is well worth it. I also love Inglot which is a high quality brand but is a lot cheaper.
30. Why did you start blogging?
I've always loved writing and blogging seemed like a perfect opportunity to write for fun. I thought blogging about beauty would be a good way to incorporate my new-found love for makeup.

That's all for today! I hope you liked this post.

Have a great day,
Clare xx

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

In The Know | The Best Apps for Bloggers | Pale and Interesting


Over the last year I have learnt how to utilise certain apps to benefit my blog. Apps like these ones are the kind that my blog wouldn't exist without. If manipulated correctly, these apps can help your blog out a lot.

These are the apps that I would recommend to all bloggers. They will boost your readership and lead to a significant growth in your statistics.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops - THE PALE GIRL'S SAVIOR | Pale and Interesting


Am I excited to write this post or what? 
First an introduction...
Hi, I'm Clare and I'm the creator of this blog, Pale and Interesting. I can very honestly say I am one of those things and I doubt anyone would contradict me. Yes, I am paler than milk, paper, bed linen and the paint on the walls in my bedroom all put together. That's a very slight exaggeration, but only very slight. Since I started wearing makeup I've noticed one big problem; there are no foundation shades for us pale gals! Until now I've gone out settling for two or three shades darker than my complexion, but I've had enough!

The Body Shop, a wonderful shop that I love to visit when my purse is full, have released what can only be described as a god-send. They have released a solution that, when added to your foundation, lightens it. Obviously you can alter the amount you use according to the amount you wish to lighten the foundation by. 

It sounds strange but I never realised how dark my foundations were until I saw my correct shade. I use about 3-4 drops but apparently that's a lot. As I say, adapt the dosage according to your needs.

The scent is pleasant but quite strong and mightn't be to everyone's taste. The packaging is very pretty and sleek. I can only imagine it will be the subject of more than one Instagram post. As you well know, I'm very conscious of weight at the moment as I'm heading away to the USA. The glass packaging is quite heavy so I'll probably need to transfer it into a travel bottle.

There's no such thing as a tan with my complexion!

This is a brilliant product as it only alters the shade of your foundation. I found that the consistency and finish remain the same.

The 15ml bottle should last you a lifetime and if not it isn't too expensive. My logic is that thanks to this miracle worker, I'm getting use out of foundations that would have been thrown away otherwise.

I hear that it can be used for highlighting which is very exciting as matte highlighters have always been to dark for my complexion. I am willing to argue that this is the best thing since sliced bread!

If you wish to purchase this product you can do so by following this link.

Thanks for reading!
Clare x

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks Review


The Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks are so hyped up at the moment! Everyone is talking about them and about how amazing they are. One shade in particular, Birthday Suit, never seems to be in stock because it's snapped up each time it's restocked. Recently Sleek added six new shades to the very successful range.

I picked up Birthday Suit a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. It's a gorgeous pinky brown nude shade. I brought it to the Gaeltacht last month and wore it to most of the ceilis. Each time I wore it I'd get at least one compliment! It's a beautiful nude shade. The applicator is inconvenient as it makes application slightly difficult and imprecise.

I picked up Bittersweet and Old Hollywood from the new release.
Bittersweet is a rosy toned pink shade. It's very similar to Birthday Suit but is lighter and has a pinkier tone. It is a perfect day-to-day shade. With the new collection, the only visible difference is that the old applicator has been replaced by a doe-foot applicator. This is very useful as it makes application a lot easier and more precise.

Old Hollywood is a deep, dark red shade. I bought it for the primary reason that it is soooo beautiful! I don't know how much use I'll get out of this shade but they are so inexpensive that I don't feel too guilty.  The one thing I have to say is that this shade is unforgiving when it comes to dry patches on your lips. It tends to accentuate dryness so be sure to exfoliate and moisturise your lips before applicable.

Overall this is a fantastic lip line and I would highly recommend it to everyone. These liquid lipsticks are do inexpensive and there's s shade for everyone.

My favourite of the three shades is Birthday Suit because the shade is so flattering on every skin tone.

If you try these out let me know!

Thanks for reading,
Clare x 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Try-It Tuesday - Stila Colour Correcting Primer


Today is my last day in Ireland for three weeks. That's right, for the first time in my life, I'm leaving Europe and venturing off to America. I'll be visiting New York, Washington and North Carolina. I've decided to vlog New York and probably Washington. In total, I'll be gone for 20 days but I hope to post frequently over that duration.

Today I wanted to give you a review of the Stila Colour Correcting Primer. I've been using it for a couple of months now and have developed somewhat of an opinion on the product. 

 As you all know, I get really bad redness on my face. I will do anything to try and soothe it so when I heard about this 'miracle worker' I knew I had to put it to the test. It was on the slightly pricier side ( priced at around €30). I put faith in the primer and was greatly impressed.

Firstly, I love this packaging! There's something strangely mesmerizing about the swirling loops. This product didn't completely anull my redness but it made a brilliant attempt. My skin is often irritated by primers but this particular one didn't irritate it.

I was genuinely shocked at how well it corrected the redness in my skin. Although it didn't entirely deplete the redness, I saw amazing changed and was very impressed.

Unlike many primers I've tried in the past, this one didn't leech all of the moisture from my skin. In fact, it hydrated it and made my skin plump and supple.

I noticed that when I applied it, it made my skin look bright and alive. This is due to the fact that there is a lavender pigment in the primer, and lavender tones counteract dullness in the skin.
This is also the reason it worked so well on my red patches (aka everywhere) - the green pigment in it counteracts the redness.

Makeup is a lot easier to apply when using this primer as it creates a perfect base. Foundation and concealer sit much better on the skin and also last longer. I was very impressed to see that my flawless base lasted through the day without creasing or gathering in patches.

Overall, I love this primer and I am prepared to say that it is my favourite primer in all-time history. After all, anything that can beat this redness is a force to be reckoned with and holds a special place in my heart.

If you suffer from redness, or are just looking for a great primer, I would 100% recommend this product to you.

Thanks for reading!
Clare x

Sunday, 3 July 2016

A Letter To My Younger Self | Pale and Interesting

How're you? I hope everyone's well!
Today, I've written a letter to my younger self. I want to keep the intro short so I'll start now.

Hi Clare,

How's life? I hope you're happy and having lots of fun. I'm writing to you from 2016!

How's the viola going? I know you're having a little trouble learning. Stick at it and it will get a lot easier and so much fun! Last year the orchestra went to Barcelona and the year before we went to Vienna. It's a time consuming hobby but you'll make so many friends.

I've got a little tip for school. When you've got a question, ask it! I know you're a little ball of nerves and you're afraid you'll look like an eejit but it's worth it! I started when I started secondary school and now I'm so comfortable doing it. I'd have little problem belting out a song in front of my class and thanks to my newfound confidence I wouldn't stop when the begging for mercy started.

I'm doing my very best not to scream out "TRY OUT FOR THE DEBATING TEAM!!!". Debating, Clare, will help you out so much. Your confidence levels will go through the roof. Soon you'll be the obnoxious Clare of 2016! Still not converted? Spoiler alert, Maeve gets a space on the team. Wouldn't it be awkward if Maeve got a space and you didn't?
The five other debaters and you will make an amazing team but also a very close knit family. Cherish those Tuesday and Thursday mornings when there was debating practice for the team before school. I often think of those mornings and miss them.

I have something to say about friends too.
I want to applaud you for making such good judgement on that first day of Junior Infants and choosing such a good best friend.
Even though you're not going to different secondary schools, you'll be closer than ever. Oh, and #triptotipps really do happen.
I know you're a bit worried because some people have been trying to steal that best friend of yours. Don't worry, they'll lose interest after a few weeks.
Finally, appreciate Maeve! She 's the best friend ever. Only recently did I realise that you have a very special friendship with her. So twins? You're very lucky to have her!

A girl posing as a friend is about to come into your life. She's actually very mean and will say some hurtful things. This wont be too much of a bother to you, though, because I know you have a thick skin. Take screenshots of the texts and then you can laugh it off with Maeve.

I'm going to leave it here. Have loads of fun and enjoy being a little one!
Write back!

Your favourite,
2016 Clare

Thanks for reading!
Clare x

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

L'Oreal True Match Foundation Review


If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you'll know that I face a constant struggle to find a foundation that matches my skintone. When I find a foundation that accurately matches me, I hold on to it, no matter what the quality is like. Recently, I've started to demand more from my foundation and I will no longer settle for mediocre when it comes to my base makeup.

This thought makes me immediately look to the high end foundations on the market but at the moment, I'm cutting down on my expenditure (so I can pop the big bucks in America - one of my brother's favourite sayings). This leaves me with only one option - drugstore foundation.

Drugstore foundations haven't served me very well in the past (mainly because they make me look like an oompa loompa that wandered off set) but desperate times call for desperate measures. I had run out of all foundations that match my skin so I needed something and I needed it fast.

I decided to go back to the L'Oreal True Match foundation as I know it matches my skin tone pretty well. In the past, I hated the formulation of this foundation but I recently heard that they had reformulated it and now everyone's head over heels in love with it.

L'Oreal True Match has a huge range of shades (21 in total) so there's bound to be one for you, unless you're paler than milk like me. 

Firstly, I love the new packaging - it's much sleeker and much more convenient as it is a lot easier to store. Before, the awkward shape made it bulky to fit into any storage container as it was a very irregular shape. Now it is more rectangular (or should I say, cuboid) and fits in perfectly to my foundation drawer.

The shade I wear is 1R-1C. It used to be R1-C1 which I much preferred, but that's irrelevant. 1R-1C is the lightest shade in the range but is slightly too dark for my skin tone. The slight difference between my skin tone and the foundation tone irks me, but then again, beggars can't be choosers.

This foundation applies easily and I use a Real Techniques Expert Face Sponge. Upon application it sits very well on the skin. It makes your skin look flawless but still look like skin! The consistency is very watery - probably the most watery I own. 

It gives a medium coverage and looks gorgeous on the skin. It gives a very naturally flawless effect which I adore!

I was disappointed at how long the foundation lasted on my skin. It wore away throughout the day and was looking a bit grubby by evening time. I can't entirely blame the foundation though, as on the day that I was testing this foundation out, I was also testing a new powder (a bit of a slip on my part, I know).

I've heard a broad spectrum of reviews - some love it, others detest it. I, personally really like it which is just as well because I'm stuck with it until I go to America and buy one there ( I have a very long list of things to get).

Thanks for reading!