Monday, 30 December 2013

Motivational Monday 30/12/13

Hey guys!!

It's the last Monday of 2013, how exciting is that?! With that in mind, I have a motivational quote for you to help kick start your transition into the New Year.

Always remember that no matter how bad your year, month, week or day has been, things wont be so bad tomorrow, they'll get better. In a years time you will look back, and you wont recognize yourself.

For this weeks song, I thought I would pick something that makes me think of closing one door and opening a new one. Closer to the Edge by 30 Seconds To Mars is taken from their "This Is War" album, and is an absolutely brilliant tune. "I will never forget, I will never regret, I will live my life"

Happy Monday,
See you in 2014!!

Amy xxx

Monday, 23 December 2013

Motivational Monday 23/12/13

Happy Monday, all!! 

I hope your weekend was wonderful, and here I am, back again to get your Monday off to a rip roaring start! 

This week my chosen song is The Bloody Beetroots absolutely awesome track "Butter".

Stick this on as loud as you dare, wait for the drop and prepare to blow the bejesus out of your Monday blues. I saw these guys live on the 2nd of March this year, and they were just fantastic. I never sat down for the whole night. 

If you like this song and you feel like adding to the Monday Motivation, check out Warp 1.9; I guarantee you will be dancing around your kitchen like a raving lunatic. 

This weeks inspirational quote is pretty simple. 

Have a wonderful week,

Saturday, 21 December 2013

2014 Bucket List

It's that time of the year again, where we all start to think and make plans about what we want to achieve next year.

New Years Resolutions have a tendency to stick for all of a month, before they die a horrible death.

Every year, instead of making a bunch of resolutions that I wont stick to, I make a list of goals, and one resolution.

This years bucket list-

  1. Get a piercing 
  2. Archery tattoo from Phil at Spilled Ink,
  3. Pass Semester 1,
  4. Pass semester 2,
  5. Get a job cooking professionally,
  6. Go on holiday with Chris,
  7. Get back to competition levels at Archery,
  8. Finish the Game of Thrones books,
  9. Go to a blogger/YouTuber meet-up,
  10. Celebrate my birthday in the Vintage Cocktail Club,
  11. Blog more seriously,
  12. Pass my driving test.
My resolution is to get a bikini body by summer. 

Have you any resolutions? Whats on your bucket list? 
Let me know in the comments! 


Getting a Head Start...

Every year I make a list of things I want to do the following year. This year I have created a board on my Pinterest where I pin the things I want to do.

I've been thinking a lot about piercings versus tattoos lately, and as someone with four tattoos, two of which account for quite large portions of my body, I have avoided getting pierced for well over five years. I find myself drawn to the opinion that although tattoos hurt more and take way longer, they are infinitely more permanent than piercings; which is why I like them. But there is something about piercings which appeals to me. Maybe it's the simplicity of them; definitely the aesthetic quality.

For the last 2 months or more I've been looking at all kinds of ear piercings. I can't have facial piercings because of archery, and I'm not ballsy enough for any other bodily adornment. Ears it was. The question was, what part of the ear? The whole world and her auntie has a Tragus, Helix and Industrial. A "Forward Helix" would only get bumped by the arms of my glasses, and a Rook is too fiddly.

I decided a Conch was the way to go. So, I pinned a bunch of conch piercings onto my "2014 Plans" board, and decided it was going to be the start of my 2014 Bucket List. I've also created a board where I will post my own pictures of the thing I plan to do, when they're done.

Then last week I decided to get a head start on my list, so after I did my Christmas shopping on Tuesday, I headed for Wildcat Ink on the top floor of St Stephens Green Shopping Centre, took a deep breath, filled up the paperwork (just as you would with a tattoo) and paid €36 to have my conch pierced.

The girl who pierced me was Sorcha and she was pretty sound about my being a bit nervous, having heard me say to the girl who served me behind the counter that I was "shitting it but gonna sack up and do it". She showed me the barbell, which was sealed up in a hygienic package and the single-use needle. I almost bottled it, right there, I wont lie!! Sorcha cleaned my ear with anti-bacterial wipes, marked the positioning with a marker-pen and I gave it a look-see. I decided I wanted it lower down and she adjusted it accordingly, and then it was time to get down to the business at hand. A few deep breaths, a quick push, and a yelp (yes I was a baby) and it was done! In all honesty, the worst part of it was having the needle give way to the barbell... that was sucky.

It's now almost a fortnight since I got it done and I'm in love with it! It will take 3-6 months for it to heal up fully but I'm absolutely thrilled I went through with it. My 2014 list is well and truly underway. I've been minding it like a child, washing it with saline solution twice a day, taking Arnica for the bruising and supplementing Zinc and Glucosamine Sulfate. Zinc and Arnica were listed as useful things to take on the aftercare sheet, and Glucosamine is used to keep cartilage healthy, so it cant hurt to take that. When I'm in the shower, I've been washing it with a tiny blob of antibacterial soap and rinsing it well. So far its healing great and doesn't hurt unless its bumped quite badly.

All in all, I'm glad I went to Wildcat and went through with it. If you wanna check them out, click HERE for their website, HERE for their Facebook and HERE for their Twitter. They have some very talented artists, I've had tattoos done by Kris, and one of their past artists, Mark. As for piercing, you wont find a cleaner or more friendly place in Dublin.

What do you make of my new Conch?
Let me know!!

Monday, 16 December 2013

Motivational Monday 16/12/13

Hey All!

Welcome to a new regular segment on the blog; Motivational Mondays! I find Monday to be a tedious day, that gets very hard to pick up speed. To combat this, I'm going to post a motivational quote, and a bangin' tune to help get Mondays off the ground and heading in the right direction!

First up, the motivational quote, from the recently deceased Nelson Mandela. This man had some serious wisdom to share with the world, so I thought I would share a nugget of it with you.

For this weeks song, I'm going to open strong with Britney Spears' Work Bitch. If this doesn't get you thundering along, well, I don't know what will. She is stating the facts, plain and simple, "Want a Lamborghini, sip Martinis, look hot in a bikini? You better work, bitch!" This song has seen me through plenty of coursework over the last semester, and that's why its my first pick. It's been tried and tested.

I hope this has made your Monday more bearable, and maybe you've been inspired to do something you've been putting off for a while. Whether its going for a walk, finishing the Christmas shopping or hitting the gym, go and kick some ass! I know you can do it!!


Saturday, 14 December 2013

Red Lips for Every Budget

Red Lips are timeless and classic. They can lift a woman's confidence to dizzying heights, bump up her sex appeal and embolden her to boot!

These days I feel I'm pretty qualified to give my opinion on rocking a red lip for every budget! 

Low Budget: 

I have no shame in saying that I find myself drawn to the low budget brands or "bargain" brands, because not only are you getting value for money, but these days you are getting brilliant quality too. 

Brands like Essence and Catrice have taken the beauty market by storm with their pocket-friendly offerings.

Essence Stay Matte Lip Cream in Silky Red is a fantastic red lip color for very little, retailing for €2.49 a tube. If you feel like treating yourself a little more, for €1.89 you can pick up the lipliner to match in the shade Femme Fatale, meaning for under €5, you can rock a beautiful, cool red lip, which wears beautifully and doesn't dry out your lips.

If Essence doesn't take your fancy, why not try some of the other budget offerings by the likes of Catrice, Collection or Natural Collection? I can verify that the Natural Collection lipstick in Crimson is a beautiful, well made lip product and is only 50c more expensive than Essence.

Mid-Range Budget:

The Mid-Range budget, by my reckoning would include the likes of Revlon and Maybelline.
One offering I particularly like is Revlon ColourStay Ultimate Suede in 095 "Finale".

One thing I will say about this lipstick is that upon first application it looks glossy, but as it dries it locks in, beautifully matte and pigmented.

This product is wonderful, I can attest to that. I wore this to lunch during the height of summer, with my mum and it never budged, and I wasn't using a liner with it. At €10.20, it's reasonable, but may be difficult to justify for some budgets.

Now that's a result!!

Top Tip: For extra opacity with this lipcolour, apply a first coat, blot, and then top up with a second coat before allowing to dry. Hello, Hollywood glamour!!


Credit to Miss Penny Dreadful
The only lipstick that I think deserves a place here, is the much beloved, insanely popular MAC Retro Matte lippie, Ruby Woo.

This lipstick doesn't come cheap, at €19 a tube, but it is absolutely unbelievable. I would recommend this to anyone who was out to treat themselves to a lovely red lipstick.

Have you a birthday coming up? Need something for the Christmas wishlist? This is the lippie for you!! It has a gorgeous matte finish, lasts for ages, and smells divine.

If you are passing a MAC store, on Henry St or a MAC counter, treat yourself to this baby, I promise you wont regret it. It truly is the best red lipstick I have tried, and trust me, I have tried a lot.

Top Tip: For the best wear time and appearance, be sure to give your lips a good scrub with a sugar-scrub such as Lush Bubblegum Lip-Scrub, and moisturize with a good quality lip-balm. This will avoid it showing up the imperfections we all invariably have on our lips.

Christmas is the time to rock a festive red lip, no matter your budget, there is a red lip for you.
Will you be rocking a festive lip this season?


Monday, 2 December 2013

November Favorites - Beauty Edition

Hidihi, Campers!!

This months favorites is going to take the form of a blog-post, because at the moment, I'm buried under a steadily growing mountain of college work, and I haven't got time to film, never mind edit a video and upload it. I am, however, sitting at the computer and that means that taking a break from assignments mean I can tap out a blog post in double quick time, and in my pajamas to boot!

First on the line up, I have my EOS Lipbalm in Tropical Fruits. This was sent to me when I did a make-up swap with my lovely friend Kayleigh, from all the way over in Florida. During the month of October, I haven't left my house without this little ball of magic! It smells divine and it makes my lips feel so smooth, especially after using my Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub.

Next up, another American gift (does it still count as a gift if you asked for it?) from Kayleigh. The Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in the shade 801 Ivory. This is the lightest shade, as far as I am aware. This foundation is everything I look for in a foundation. It's great coverage, pretty spot on with my skin tone, and light as a feather. It's got some shine control but I like to be sure of that ability by using my next make-up favorite.

Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Pro Primer. This stuff lay unloved for the longest time in a drawer, because it made my skin feel strange, but I tried it again a few months back, and I haven't regretted it for one moment since. Used alongside my Covergirl foundation, my foundation doesn't crease, slip or wear away in trouble spots. A+

My Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium is my new favorite thing. For a few uses I took um-bridge with the feeling of my brows setting, but now I love it, because it sets my brows tidily but still allows me to raise an eyebrow at people who annoy me!! :D

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan. This may be my last favorite of the month, but it's definitely not least. I had some trouble with this at first, as my skin didn't seem to react to the DHA after an hour (I was timid). The Cocoa Brown team on Twitter were quick to lend a hand and we figured out that I needed one layer left on for the full time of 3 hours to get a noticeable golden glow. If you are pale like myself, don't worry about leaving it on for the 3 hours maximum time, you wont come out Tangoed, I promise you. I am as pale as the driven snow, and yet, after using Cocoa Brown Tan, I had a natural golden glow.

Those are my beauty favorites for the month of October. What do you think? Is there anything I should try in the month of November?? Let me know! 

Keep an eye out for my Random Favorites!! 

Friday, 1 November 2013

This Or That TAG

I saw this tag on Girl Fridays blog and thought it might help to ease me back into blogging after a bit of a hiatus.

I tag:
Dani, The Glamour Nazi,
Audrey, The Nail Affair,
Kayliegh, Kayliegh Land,
Laura, My Little World,
Natasha, Natashas Wonderland.



Blush or Bronzer?
Blush, please! If I haven't put on tan, bronzer can look a bit wrong on me so I am opting for blush. It's one of those beauty products that can make you look more alive with NO effort whatsoever!

Lipgloss or Lipstick?
 Lipstick. Every time. I have a newfound love for lipstick, with my collection having grown exponentially since February.

Eyeliner or Mascara?
 Mascara. Without it, my lashes are invisible to the human eye!!

Foundation or Concealer?
 Foundation. I am having a good skin period so concealer wouldn't be a massive deal to me!

Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow?
 Neutral, without a doubt! I adore neutral shadows and own at least half a dozen neutral palettes from all price ranges!

Pressed or loose eyeshadow?
 Pressed, but only because I'm messy enough as it is without the risky business that comes with loose pigments!

OPI or China Glaze?
 I don't think I can chose, but OPI edge in front just a small bit for their Nail Envy offering!

Long or Short Nails?
 Long. Although my idea of long may not be your idea of it!

Acrylic or Natural?
Natural. Ever since I stopped biting them early this year, I am so proud of my natural nails!

Bright or Dark?
 Dark. The 16 year old rocker in me still lusts after glossy black talons!

Flower or no flower?
 No flower. Yes, I'm a boring aul fart! :P

Perfume or Body Spray?
 Perfume but bodyspray for freshening up!

Lotion or Body Butter?
 Lotion. I love E45 Intense Recovery at the minute, though I'm DYING to try out the Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip...

Body Wash or Soap?
 Body Wash for normal days, Dove Soap for tattoo healing.

LUSH or Other bath companies?
 Ohhhh LUSH!!

Jeans or Sweat Pants?
Jeans. Though I love a good pair of Canterbury Grey Uglies

Long or short sleeves?
Long sleeves, all the way.

Dresses or skirts?
 Either works for me...

Stripes or Plaid?
 Plaid. Especially Plaid flannel.

Flip Flops or Sandals?
 I'm partial to a pair of flippy floppies but only in the sauna...

Scarves or hats?
Scarves. I love a light scarf, but am partial to the odd woolly effort too.

Studs or dangly earrings?
 Studs. Not that my lobe piercings ever get either.

Necklaces or Bracelets?
 Both! Especially the bracelet Chris gave me that he had blessed in Calcutta, and my grandmothers Amethyst sphere in an eagle claw.

Jackets or Hoodies?
 Hoodies every time. I put them with everything.

Curly or Straight?
 Either looks decent on me though curls are more fun!

Bun or ponytail?
 Ask me in a year! My hair is not long enough for either really...

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips?
Bobby pins – though I lose them all within a week...

Hair Spray or Hair Gel?
 Hair spray.

Long or Short hair?
Long. I'm currently growing out a super short hair cut and growing more impatient by the day...

Light or dark?

Side sweep or Full on bangs (fringe)?
 Side swept...

Up or Down?
 Either, or. I'm not pushed.

Rain or Shine?
Shine. I love rain but sunny weather is so much better for the soul.

Summer or Winter?
Winter, all everything that goes with it.

Autumn or Spring?
 Spring, though Autumn does mean sweater weather...

Chocolate or Vanilla?
 Vanilla... YUM!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Neals Yard Remedies Geranium and Orange Hand Cream

A few weeks back I was chosen as one of the lucky winners of a Neals Yard Remedies Hand Cream on Twitter.

I had never really heard about them, until I saw fellow blogger, Audrey retweet them on my feed. I figured entering their Friday Freebie wouldn't hurt, so I gave them a retweet and late that day they told myself and Audrey that we had been chosen as the winners. I mailed off my address and a week later the postman rang my doorbell and presented me with a padded envelope all the way from London!

I couldn't wait to get into it, so I ripped it open immediately, and found a lovely hand written note and a really generously sized tube of Geranium and Orange Hand Cream.

Now, not many people know this about me but I adore Geraniums, because they remind me of the summers I spent with my Auntie and all the afternoons whiled away as a kid with my late Granny. Funnily enough, Geraniums smell more like lemons, than anything, so it may be easier to just tell the not-so green-fingered among you guys that is smells amazingly of lemon and orange...

What It Says On The Tube: 

"Deeply NOURISHES and uplifts. Moisturises and softens with the uplifting sunny scent of rose geranium and vibrant sweet orange oil."

It also states that the ingredients are 92% organic, with a long list of the things it doesn't contain:

No EDTA (a substance used to stabilize products interaction with air)
No Mineral Oils,
No Synthetic Fragrances or Colours,
No Parabens,
No Silicones,
No Phthalates (emulsifiers used in the cosmetics industry)

What I Thought Of It:

I have to say this cream was wonderful. It's so thick, it keeps the shape of the dispensing hole until you rub it into your hands. A little also goes a very long way. I squeezed out a blob the first couple of times and I was able to cover both of my hands and half way up my forearms.

The formula sunk into my hands rapidly, and is that wasn't enough, my mother tried it out, and although she is allergic to pretty much any and all lotions, this didn't upset her skin at all. What a great result!!

Add to that the gorgeous, nostalgia inducing scent, and this cream is one of my favorite things in a long time! When this runs out (which wont be for a while because it's so economical) I will definitely be getting another tube!

Things To Consider:

NYR are a pretty awesome bunch of people, creating natural products because they are of the belief that beauty should be natural rather than synthetic. That sits really well with me but a huge selling point is their Cruely Free ethos, whereby they are also supporting FRAME, which is a British NGO dedicated to finding an alternative to animal testing. If you want to read more about their Cruelty Free beliefs, then you can click HERE.

Neals Yard Geranium and Orange Hand Cream is £10.00 per 50ml and can be bought HERE

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Soap And Glory: Glow All Out

Soap & Glory are a brand synonymous with all thing sweet smelling and girly.

You only have to look at the packaging to see that. Pin-Up girls, pink, stars, and clever word-play are all part and parcel of their aesthetic. And, as most of us know, their bath and shower range are to die for. I, for one, would be lost without their Sugar Scrub and The Righteous Butter!

Today however, I took the plunge and picked up one of their make-up range in Boots. There is currently an offer on (3 for 2 on all S&G cosmetics) but since I didn't want to part with too much money, and since I am a highlight powder addict at the moment, I picked up their "Glow All Out", which is packaged as a "Luminizing Radiance Face Powder".

What It Says On The Back:

"Sweep a brush lightly across powder surface, then dust lightly onto your face, neck and shoulders (because that's the way it glows).

First, let me talk about the packaging. I am a sucker for a nicely packaged product and this is no different. It comes in a lovely white compact, adorned with a retro-style, black-and-white pin-up girl, emblazoned with "Glow All Out" in gold type, and festooned with stars. I adore it. The compact itself is made of heavy card, and has a magnetic closure.

Inside, you'll find a dinky mirror just the right size for touch ups on the go, and the pan of product.

The powder itself is pink-toned with a lovely sheen. It's buttery soft; We're talking Urban Decay levels of blendable, here! I am very impressed with it. It highlights nicely, without looking too stark, or being noticeably pink. Definitely one for my girls with a pink undertone.

I think that this is a gorgeous product, and well worth the money. I don't think it can be touched by budget brands like Catrice though, not when the quality is up there with high end labels like Urban Decay. It simply cannot be done.

€14 is quite reasonable for the size, and the quality, and hey, supermodel cheekbones for that price is pretty good by my standards!

What do you make of Glow All Out?
Do you think it's all its cracked up to be?
Let me know if you would like to see a comparison post of all my highlighting powders together.


Thursday, 10 October 2013

September Favorites

Hello, Hello!!

In a break from my usual video blog detailing my favorites, I have decided to embrace the old ways and blog about them instead. Whether or not that has to do with the fact that I look like Pippi Longstocking, and am currently waiting for a tan to develop, is entirely up to your own judgement... (It has quite a lot, in fact its entirely the reason!! :P)

Lets just jump right into things, shall we?

1. E45 Intense Recovery Lotion.

Stay with me on this one!

I used this while I was healing my newest tattoo, and it was amazing. It helped so much in the speedy recovery of the fresh wound (it is what it is) and as a result, it didn't scab and hardly peeled at all! Woohoo!!

€4.99-ish in Tesco or Pharmacies.

2. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

This sponge has retired both of my foundation brushes... Just let that one sink in there for a minute. I have not used my foundation brushes since I bought this amazing sponge! It makes your face look airbrushed and beautiful with minimal effort. It's so squishy too, which is nice. The best bit about it is that you wet it and its grows, exactly like a beauty blender!

For just shy of €6, you cannot beat this beauty!

3. Cien Nail Polish Remover - Classic

This stuff is better than any high-priced polish remover I've used in the last 2 or 3 years. It's so cheap, but that only makes it better. I am going to repurchase this to death.

It also has a pump dispenser which I have yet to find on any polish remover from the likes of Sally Hansen or OPI. Swish!

You can find this in Lidl for less than €2. Go, go, go!!!

4. Loreal Skin Perfection Purifying Micellar Solution. 

I have to bow down to this product. All my good skin days are down to this. I cannot get over how good it is, and how little of it you need to go over your whole face.

It also dissolves your make-up, if you're that way inclined.

I got this for €4.99 in Tesco on special offer.

5. Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick in 270 Matt-erial Girl

This lipstick has been a staple in my make-up bag for weeks and weeks now. It's so integral to my makeup kit, that I have bought a back up to keep in case I ever lost it, or God forbid, it got discontinued!

I love the formula, the colour, the wear time, everything! It's matte but not drying, so pigmented and once its on it doesn't move or slide. Fantabulous stuff!!

Catrice Lippies are €4.49 in Penneys and in selected chemists.

So there you have it! My September Favorites, done and dusted! What do you think of my choices? Drop me a line down below!


Monday, 23 September 2013

#SBBC Filler Post Day 23: It's Finally Autumn!!

Today I wasn't really feeling either topic for the September Beauty Blog challenge, so I decided to use a filler post I had sitting around! Hopefully nobody decides to lynch me for my choice!

How many of you would say your favorite time of year is Spring/Summer? My guess is a lot. I however, fall into that minority of people who love Autumn and Winter. I adore this time of year. While I don't care terribly for Hallowe'en or Christmas, I cant get enough of the weather, the atmosphere in the run up to Christmas, the weather and the wardrobe.

Before I get into this, it's important to mention that bold lip colours look better on smooth lips, so I recommend you invest in a lip scrub, like my Bubblegum Lip Scrub from Lush (€6/7.99) and a good lip balm, like Carmx or Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner. These will give you the best base possible for your bold Autumn shades!

I have been stocking up on Autumn lip products in the last few weeks, so I'm going to give you a run down of what I will be rocking until at least next January!!


Revlons Kissable Balm Stains are perfect for Autumn and Winter wear as they are hydrating and have a decent wear time. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to rock an Autumnal lip but would also like the options of going sheer or building up the color intensity.
  • Crush 005 has been a faithful companion of mine during the last year, and it's so fall appropriate!

    It's a beautiful reddish-purple berry color that can be worn sheer, or built up to a more opaque, full coverage.
  • Romantic 045 is a very new purchase, but I bought it because its a sheer red tone that makes your lips look as though you have just bitten them! Again you can build the intensity up to suit your needs, be it for daytime or nighttime wear.

    This one will easily be a Festive Favorite come December!
  • Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet 040. I am in love with this Lip Butter.
    Red Velvet

    It couldn't be more Autumnal but it is also festive so will see me through to Christmas with ease! As with the Kissable Balm Stains, the Colorburst Lip Butters are pigmented and hydrating, providing beautiful color with ultimate comfort.

€11.20 in Boots, currently Buy One Get One Half Price

24hr Absolute Plum
  • Super Stay 24hr Lip Colors are my "Go To" for when I'm visiting Chris, because they do exactly what they say on the tube. The staying power on these babies is in-credible!! I don't know why I don't have more of these guys knocking about in my lipstick basket, to be quite honest! My Autumn shade is 340 Absolute Plum. It's a gorgeous purple with a red undertone. It pretty much looks like the inside of a ripe plum. Yummy! 
€13.99 (approx) in Boots, currently Buy One Get One Half Price
Midnight Plum

  • Color Sensational in 338 Midnight Plum is a gorgeous shimmering purple shade, that goes on quite sheer. This would be good if you were nervous about rocking an opaque purple lip as you ease yourself into Autumn and Winter. I like!
 €9.99 (approx) in Boots, currently Buy One Get One Half Price

Love's Di-Wine
  • Ultimate Shine Gel Lip Colour in 010 Love's Di-Wine is a beautiful, high gloss lipstick in a sheer red berry shade.

     If you were trying to rock a Lily Collins-esque, glam red carpet look, then look no further! Catrice Lipsticks have fabulous staying power and this is no exception! This particular shade is heralded as a dupe for Nars Flamenco, if that tickles your pickle!
  • Ultimate Colour in 160 Tell Me A Berry-Tale (discontinued).

    I feel like a right tease for including this but I picked this up at the end of spring, before The Great Gatsby was released, and I think its a perfect Autumnal, deep purple berry colour. I can't get over it. It's so bold but somehow muted, suiting a glam, understated night look perfectly. 
  • Ultimate Colour in 270 Matt-Erial Girl. I have received so many compliments on this shade that it makes my head spin.

    This is probably the brightest of all the lipsticks featured, but its beautiful and fun for the coming season. I've actually fallen so hard for this I've bought extra tubes for when Catrice inevitable discontinue it. 
  • Ultimate Colour in 220 Step Red Up. Finally we have a red lip! Finally!!
    This lipstick is a very vampy red, so tread lightly. As with all of the Ultimate Colour range, it's seriously pigmented and opaque, so not for the faint of heart. This would be stunning at a Christmas party with a simple eye look and your classic LBD. 
All Catrice lipsticks are €4.49 in Penneys and Chemists nationwide.

My personal favorites of all of these picks, would have to be the Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet, and the Catrice Ultimate Colour in Matt-Erial Girl. With that said though, I adore the whole list from top to bottom!

What do you think? Have you any recommendations for other brands I've missed out on? Drop me a comment down below! 

xxx Amy

Sunday, 22 September 2013

#SBBC Day 22: A Quote

I've been wracking my brains for a quote that I like, and suddenly it occurred to me!

"There are few who can foresee where their path will lead them, until they reach its end..."

Legolas Greenleaf  actually says "Few can foresee whither their road will lead them, till they come to its end." (Lord of The Rings, The Two Towers)

I can't believe that it took me so long to think of a quote when this one has been tattooed on my ribs (in Elvish, no less) for 3 years!!

I love this quote becuase it reminds me not to get too bogged down about where I am in life, and to stay focused on the journey. I don't know where I'm going, but I can see where I came from. 

Whats your favorite quote? Leave it in a comment below telling me why you like it... 

xxx Amy

Saturday, 21 September 2013

#SBBC Day 21: Advice to Others About Blogging

If I could advise anyone about blogging it would be to blog about what makes you happy.

I absolutely adore make-up, shopping, and all things beauty related, but I still blog about the little things that make me happy. Being able to be there for people who struggle with anxiety, depression, food and body issues, etc makes me just as happy as Beauty Blogging which is partly the reason for Mental Gealth Monday, and the entire reason I still talk about MH on this blog. My struggles don't define me but in some ways I am proud of them. They made me the version of myself that you guys get to interact with. 

I blog about the things I think I am good at, the things I know about - and so that makes me a reasonably good blogger too.

Always do what makes you happy, both in the blogging world, and beyond!


Friday, 20 September 2013

#SBBC Day 20: 10 Things Under €10

Hi all!!

So, ten things under a tenner each. This I can do!

1. Catrice Lipsticks.

Most Catrice Lipstick retail at €4.99 in any good Penneys, or chemist. The quality far surpasses the price, that's for sure! If you can get them on a half price deal in a chemist (between seasons) you can stock up on a good few basics for very little.

2. Essence Colour and Go Nail Polish.

At €1.89 on any Essence stand, these polishes pretty much mean there is no excuse for you not to have a lovely set of nails at any given time! Nobody has any excuse not to be able to keep up with the latest colour trends, even if they are a broke student!

3. Lush Bubblegum Lip-Scrub

This stuff retails for somewhere around €7.49 and boy is it worth every penny. I've had a jar since I started blogging and I'm not even halfway through it yet. That's value.

4. New Look Socks.

New Look offer a deal of 3 for €9 on their socks. This is an offer worth taking up, ladies, because their socks never get rough in the wash. They stay as soft as the day they were bought. So much better than Penneys, that's for sure!!

5. Sally Hansen Acrylic Top-Coat.

This stuff is amazing! I've been trialling it for the last 2 week and let me just state for the record that it is the best top coat I have ever used! It's €6.99 in Tesco. It dries twice as fast as SH's Double Duty, and waaay glossier, too!

6. Penneys Body-Con Dresses.

I have bought two of these dresses within a week of each other, they are that brilliant. I have a black and a deep berry purple one. They have 3/4 length sleeves and are great for wearing a number of ways! Look out for some OOTD posts, featuring them!! They're €6.00 each, by the way!!

7. Patterned Tights.

Patterned and boldly coloured tights are some of my favourite things to wear, especially with a simple outfit. You can find them anywhere really, and mostly under a tenner, too! If you want to keep with two Autumn trends at once, then you need to get hold of some dark green tartan print tights!

8. Catrice Prime and Fine Translucent Loose Powder

Tis stuff is the best powder I have ever used. It has rendered my Natural Collection Pressed Powder void, since I discovered it. It's untinted, meaning it will match any foundation, by setting it invisibly... €5.99 in Penneys and Chemists nationwide.

9. Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express

Is this cheating? This amazing stuff is on offer at the moment in Tesco for €7.99 so I re invested. It's the best mascara I have ever used...

10. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clarke

I got this book in Tesco as well, for €9.95. There is a movie being made of this series so I want to be ahead of the curve! This is the first book in a large series, as far as I'm aware!

Those are my 10 under €10! What do you think? Please recommend anything you think I might like, or anything I've missed out on! 


Thursday, 19 September 2013

#SBBC Day 19: Spending, Spending, Spending!!

Today, the topic is "€250 to Spend; How Do You Spend It??"

Oh Lord!!

If I was handed €250 and told to go shopping, the first thing I think I would buy is MAC Ruby Woo and Cherry Lipliner. Then I would go to a Catrice stand, and pick up a few of their lovely lipsticks and liners for good measure.

After that, I would drop into Penney's and get a few nice sets of underwear. Sure, why not, right? I'd pick up a bunch of basics, skirts, tops, leggings, jeans, jumpers and cardigans, and a few accessories like bags and stuff.

So lets say I have €50 left to spend. I would go for lunch to a Sushi Bar with Himself, and then swing by Hodges & Figgis on the way home.

How would you spend €250??


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

#SBBC Day 18: Inspiration

Hi guys! Today the topic is Who or What Inspires Me.

Music takes the top spot. Certain tracks evoke certain feelings. For example, AC/DC's Back in Black evokes a feeling of "badassery" in me. I have been known to strut around my room in a towel after a shower to that song. I have no shame!!

I'm inspired by my friends and by Chris too. You can bounce an idea around with my friends and suddenly it becomes a tangible, real thing! It's so wonderful. The last time I was inspired by Chris, I applied for college, and suddenly here I am, in DIT! Cray-cray!!

Would it be totally cheesy to say my readers and viewers inspire me?? Because you guys have no idea how much you guys have spurred me on to keep blogging! I wouldn't be in the shortlist for the Blog Awards if it wasn't for you guys!! Thank you so much!!

What inspires you? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!!


Monday, 16 September 2013

#SBBC Day 16: Things I Love

Hey Guys!

Today is "Things I Love" so lets get started! I happen to love a lot of things...

I love being in love. That is my favourite thing. I am so content and safe in my relationship and I love it. Chris keeps me safe and helps me remember to be brave. I wouldn't be going back to college without his gentle nudging to at least apply and see what came of it.

Archery. The most infuriating sport to even come along. When its great its unparalleled, but when its awful it makes me want to slit my wrists. I love it though. 80% of the people I call friends are archers! While the sport itself may be infuriating, and I may be finding it hard to get back to my peak, the down-time, the jokes and the general mischief involved in being an archer is hard to beat.

My Naked Basics palette. It's been the best €26 that I have spent in a long while. I can do so much with it, from day to night, it makes creating a beautiful look so easy! I would recommend it to anyone.

Other things I love include:

DVD Boxsets,
Lyons Tea,
Vanilla Alpro Yogurt,
Brown Sauce on Bacon sambos,
Black Skinny-Jeans,
My childhood Teddy-Bear,
My iPhone,
Penneys Scarves,

What do you love??


Sunday, 15 September 2013

#SBBC Day 17: A Photo From My Day

Hi all!! 

Today I get to share a picture from my day! This is basically my "Start of College Selfie"!! I'm so excited to start in DIT, it's going to be an adventure! 

What do you think? 


#SBBC Day 15: Beauty Things I Suck At

Hi all!!

Today, we have the Beauty Things I Suck At tag. Oh boy!!

I absolutely suck at matching my liner wings. It's impossible. Like, I cannot do it. It wont happen no matter how hard I try... To be honest, it's quite infuriating. Maybe some day, but today is not that day.

Lipliner. I cant get my lipliner to go on nicely the first time round, or else it takes me longer to line my lips than any other makeup task on my face. It's a nightmare.

What do you suck at?


Saturday, 14 September 2013

#SBBC Day 14: Post You Are Proudest Of

I am finally up to date on the SBBC!! Woohoo!

The post I am prodest of would have to be my "This Time, It's Personal" post, because it was so hard to write and open up about such a personal time in my life. I am so proud of it though because I helped so many people after that post went live. Aware, the charity even advocated my post and spread the word.

That post makes me so proud because by doing such a scary thing, I was able to help all these people who maybe needed the push in the right direction.

Another reason I'm so proud of it is because it inspired Mental Health Mondays, and that has helped loads of people too.

Dumbledores words have always stayed with me since then; "Soon we must all face a choice, between what is right and what is easy..."


#SBBC Day 13: DIY Beauty

Everyone knows to look good on the outside, you have to treat your insides right.

So, my DIY is a Smoothie!!


Credit: Google
A Banana,
Apple Juice,
Lemon Juice.
A  Blender.

Chop up the leafy kale and put a handful or two in a blender.
Chuck in a stalk of celery ( if you want to chop it, do!)
Same with the banana (chop if you want, I don't mind)
Splash in half a cups worth of apple juice.
And a tablespoon of lemon juice (stops it going brown. Bleagh, brown!!)
Lash in some ice, to keep it cold.

Whizz it up, pour and enjoy!


#SBBC Day 12: Life Advice to a Young Person

You're young, you're carefree, you have your whole life ahead of you.

So I'm here to give you some advice on how to make it easier.

Don't take people for granted. You may think your best friend will always be there, up the road but they wont always be there, nor will you.

Remember to say "I Love You" to the people that matter. You will probably be embarrassed, but tell your mum and dad you love them, because they love you so much, more than you will ever know. You are their world. Three words from you, will make their whole day.

Don't let people manipulate you, if it feels wrong, then it probably is. Do not stay with that guy who makes you feel like shit, for fear of being alone. Better alone and happy than in an awful relationship. You're worth so much more than an asshole who mistreats you.

Study. Please for the love of god, study. It is necessary. You can't coast by on the bare minimum your whole life. Hard work and dedication make dreams come true in the long run.

Talk about your problems. Reach out. Take it from me, bottling it up will be the undoing of you.


#SBBC Day 11: How Did "Red Lips, Red Hair"Get Its Name?

Red Lips, Red Hair is the second name my blog has had. When I first started this blog, I was under the moniker of "The Power Of Bilocation", whereby I felt that I could be in two places at once, because of my online space.

Most of you know I struggled badly with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and generally a bad few years (and to be fair sometimes I still do). Something changed in me when I felt myself getting better. I was always afraid of red lipstick, for some reason I felt too shy to wear it. Yet, as I felt myself getting stronger and more confident, I found myself wanting to rock a red lip.

"Damn it, I am a strong, confident woman and I have had my share of shit hit the fan, so why shouldn't I wear whatever I want to!!", was the thought process for the most part. So I went out, got a red lipstick and liner, and rocked it. Ever since then, my blog has had its Red Lips.

The red hair part:

I was in a pretty bad relationship a few years back. I had been wanting to go back to my ginger roots for a while, and when I would voice it to him he always said that I would be unattractive and ugly with red hair. I listened, like a fool. When I got out of that relationship I believed that the best thing was to stay dark-haired. While I was staying dark haired, I was also growing out my roots up top. Then one day I went into the hair dressers a purple haired emo kid, and came out with a pixie cut that was ginger and joyful. I loved it. I did have to go back for another chop to get the last of the damage off, though. It was a great experience. I'm a redhead and I am proud.

Red Lips, Red Hair is the reminder that I can do whatever the eff I want to, because I am strong and I surround myself with people who love me for the Ginger nut that I am.


#SBBC Day 10: Beauty Pet Peeves


One of the worst things I see young girls doing these days is caking on their makeup. They have probably heard that "less is more" but do they listen? No.

The second thing, is people who don't blend their foundation down into their neck. It's an unforgivable misdemeanour in my eyes. Why would you put on a whole face of beautiful makeup, only for it to be ruined by the obvious line at your jaw?? Grr!!!

There are plenty more, but I risk being in a bad mood for the entire day if I continue!!


#SBBC Day 9: Incorporating Colour

One way I like to incorporate colour into an outfit, is by adding one bright pop in the form of shoes.

Bear with me here, I'm not completely mental!

 I have been known to wear a whole dark outfit, and then pick up a bright touch of colour with a pair of converse. You can then accent that colour in your nails or a scarf.

See, I'm not so crazy!!


Sunday, 8 September 2013

#SBBC Day 8: A Letter to Someone From Your Past

Dear "Someone From My Past",

Thank you for everything. Seriously. I mean it. thank you for teaching me everything that you've taught me. I'm actually grateful for the way you did what you did, too! You lied, and led me astray, led me on, you probably would have lead me off a cliff if I hadn't got out when I did. You destroyed me, and you made me bitter.

I spent a lot of time hating you. Even longer than I ever loved you. I suppose there are days when I still look back and hate your guts, but I spend my days looking forward, looking to my side to see all the wonderful people I have and nearly lost because of you. For that, though, I cannot and will not forgive you.

But, I am grateful for your lies and deceit, in some sick, masochistic way. I'm even grateful that you hurt me. I'm grateful for every single teardrop that I cried over you. Do you know why? It's because I will never let anyone treat me the way you did ever again. You broke me but I got built up 100% better. Because of you, I learned that I hate being made feel small, I hate being lied to. You were the straw that broke the camels back.

You led me on, and ruined me. But, I'm better now.

I am the person you never wanted me to be.

And damn, does it feel good to be rid of you.

Thanks Again,

Saturday, 7 September 2013

#SBBC Day 7: Fantasy Dinner Party

Hey Guys!!

So today, I get to talk about my fantasy dinner party. I am not going to focus just on the guests, but also on the menu and the location, too. For the purposes of this post, I am going to allow myself to pick from people both living and dead.

Assuming I could invite four guests;

  • The first would be Ville Valo, the frontman of HIM, my favourite band. I would love to have a nice conversation with him about music and books and love and life.
  • The second guest would be John Green, the fantastic writer of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I would be delighted to just break bread with him, never mind the topic of dinner conversation!
  • Third on the line up would be JRR Tolkien. I would love to show him my LotR tattoo and see what he would think of it. I would hope that he would like it!
  • Finally, my fourth pick would be Beatrice Hill Lowe. She was an Irish Archer (though she represented Britain) in the 1908 Olympic Games. She took Bronze, by the way!
For food I would be inclined towards simple, wholesome food. Smoked salmon to start, and chicken arrabiata for a main, followed by lemon merengue pie for dessert, which would all be served at a large round table. I would sit between Beatrice and Ville, with John Green and J.R.R taking up the two other seats.

What do you make of my fantasy dinner party? Do you like my guest list?


Friday, 6 September 2013

June BBC Day 6: Travel Dreams

Most of the time, travelling (at least for me) means a long drive to somewhere in Ireland. Very rarely do I get to go any further than the UK.

I would LOVE to go touring around Scandinavia, because in my opinion, a lot of the best music comes from there. I also love the cold, snow, huddling up in layers, the whole kit and caboodle!

The picture above is of the port in Helsinki. Ain't she mighty pretty?

What would be your dream travel destination? Do you like mine?


Thursday, 5 September 2013

#SBBC Day 5: A Recipe

Morning, All!

You guys probably don't know this about me but I love to bake! My specialty are my caramel slices, but I'm having to amend most recipes for my new Lactose-Free diet. As such, here's a great recipe, totally vegan, gluten and dairy free!!

All of the ingredients can be found in Tesco while you're doing your shopping, then you prepare it and freeze it at a time convenient to you, and you cook it in the dish(es) you serve it in, so it's handy and it's mess free to boot!!

Without further ado, I give you my (amended) version of a Berry Crumble I saw on Nigella once!


  • 100g of Gluten Free Flour (you can get it at any Tesco)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 50g COLD Soy Butter (diced up) (again, you can get this in Tesco, dirt cheap)
  • 3 tbsp Demerara Sugar (the light brown one)


  • Frozen Berries (from the freezer aisle in Tesco)
  • 1 tsp Cornflour (thickening agent for those not in the know)
  • A sprinkle of Vanilla Sugar (You can substitute regular sugar and a couple of drops of Vanilla Essence)

  1. First, you'll wanna decide whether you're making this in one big ovenproof dish, or in personal serving sized ramekins. When you've sorted that out, pop them onto a baking tray and leave them to one side. 
  2. Pop the Gluten Free Flour, Baking Powder and the Soy Butter in a bowl, and rub together until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Nigella said "coarse sand" in her TV programme, but ewww, sand!
  3. Stir in the sugar, or mix it around with your fingers, and then pop it all into a freezer bag and bung it in the freezer til you need it. For this recipe, we can retrieve it in a "Here's one I made earlier" style move!
  4. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 7/ 220 degrees and while its heating up, pop your summer berries into either an oven proof dish (Pyrex or the like) or evenly distribute them between 4 ramekins. Throw in some of the vanilla sugar and cornflour, and stir it up a bit. 
  5. Spread the frozen crumble mix over the tops of the frozen berries, bake for 20 minutes and enjoy!
Even though this is Dairy and Gluten Free, this crumble is awesome and appropriate for this time of year! 

Happy Baking, 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

#SBBC Day 4: Positives About Blogging

I have found a lot of positives have come to me from blogging. Not only beauty blogging, but also Mental Health Monday has been amazing and I wouldn't trade any of it for the world.

I learned to cope better, first off. When I started blogging, I felt lost, drifting around in a sea of darkness and I didn't know how to be strong. Through blogging I learned to cope somehow, and I found a comfortableness in myself that I never knew about before. I've never felt more strong or happy, and I owe that all to my decision to open a blogger account! Best decision I've made in a very long time...

Second, I feel like I belong somewhere, truly and unerringly. I never fit in as a kid, I mean, I always had friends and I love them to bits, but I always felt wrong somehow. I never felt like my weirdness was completely accepted, I couldn't say the random things I thought, and I have to say that blogging about random stuff has given me an outlet for my very strange, eclectic persona. I can be thoughtful, funny, say silly things an somehow it's always understood here. 

Blogging has also educated me majorly, and by that I mean almost exclusively in regards to beauty! My makeup collection used to consist of one eye palette, a mascara, an eyeliner, one or two lipsticks, and a blush. I have now got more products than I ever need but I know how to use every one of them properly. I can contour and highlight, rock a bold lip, create a smoky eye, and most of all, I can make myself feel amazing, rather than just doing makeup to "fit in". 

Friendships are something I never thought I would garner from blogging, let me tell you. I thought it was a "write for a reader" effort, not a community where people bounce off each other creatively and socially. I am beyond honoured to be counted among the Irish Beauty Blogger community. It's made me feel all warm and fuzzy, and I am so grateful to count people I used to admire from afar among my blogging peers. It's surreal but amazing. 

Blogging has been an intensely positive, educational experience for me and I have been able not only to help myself, but also others. I have been able to review products for those of you interested in that side of my writing, and I have opened up in a deeply personal level for those of you who struggle with the same things I dealt with. 

I love blogging, and once I have one person who likes what I do, be it Beauty or Mental Health related, that will always be enough. 


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

#SBBC Day 3: What You Bring Travelling

I'm not one to travel far, mostly just to Dundalk to spend weekends with Chris, the odd shoot down the country, that kind of thing! I have gotten the art of packing down to a fine art, but instead of boring you with the necessities, I'll just list 5 things I couldn't travel without.

1. Make Up 

I wouldn't ever leave for Dundalk without my makeup and brushes. I always pack up the essentials, and I seem to have gotten good at minimizing the weight of my makeup bag. I will always bring my foundation and powder, then my Look Cheeky Trio, and an eye palette. Lately I've been obsessed with my Urban Decay Naked Basics. I also bring an eyeliner pen, a white eye pencil and a couple of lipsticks. That way, I can create any kind of look, with minimal products!

2. Brush Kit

Wherever my make-up goes, my brushes follow. I have to have my brushes, at least that way I can create any look, for any possible outing. I bring my brushes in a pencil case, that way they are kept clean and safe. I also bring a mini bottle of baby shampoo to clean my foundation brush when I'm not at home. I am a self confessed germophobe, and well... foundation brushes are known for their germ collecting abilities. Enough said!

3. A Book/My Kindle

Chris and I love to read and more often than not, we will sit together and read. So when I go to Dundalk, I always bring whatever I'm currently reading. I'm still trooping through Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy at the moment... It's what I can only describe as a tome.

4. Lacto-Free Milk

Anytime I travel I will bring either my little Lacto-Free pyramids (one cup of tea per portion) or a mini carton of Alpro Soya. Being lactose-intolerant means that I have to remember things that most people don't have to, like milk, yogurt and soy butter. Ho-hum, that's life!

5. My Tablet and Hard Drive

The one problem with having a semi long-distance relationship is the travelling to see each other. Usually before I go anywhere I load up my tablet, charge it fully and them pop it in my handbag for the commute. I also bring my hard drive because I have a bunch of movies on it, and sometimes Chris's brother slows the internet so we can't use Netflix, so it's a handy back up, just in case.

Those are some of the things I bring travelling. What do you bring? Comment down below, I'd love to hear!


Monday, 2 September 2013

#SBBC Day 2: Favorite Eye Palette

Hey guys! Today's topic is one of my favorites of the month, so lets jump in!

My favorite eye-palette, by far has got to be the Naked Basics palette. It is however, closely rivaled by the Accessorize Exposed Palette. I am a complete sucker for neutral shadow palettes, though...I own about 6 of them!

The Naked Basics may only have six shadows, five of which are matte, but you can do so much with it, I can't even explain. From understated day-time to dramatic night time, it can do it all! It also has a huge mirror built into it, which helps a lot when your touching up your look on the go.

The Exposed Palette, on the other hand, has 32 shadows, ranging from matte to shimmer to metallic, and are all amazingly pigmented. It does, however have a lot of fallout, a problem that I have never had with the Naked Basics.

There is a bit of a price difference between the two though, Urban Decays offering is €26.00, whereas the Exposed palette is £7.99 in Superdrug. I did check in Accessorize on Henry Street, but I couldn't find it.

Whats your favorite Eye Palette? Let me know, I'd be delighted to have some products to research!! 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

#SBBC Day 1: Intro

Hi All!!

So today is the first day of the September Beauty Blog Challenge, or #SBBC as its known on Twitter!

I'm so glad to be taking part in this challenge, because I had a lot of fun during the June Beauty Blog Challenge. I really want to round out my blog with some lifestyle posts, since I'm afraid that I may be losing potential readership because of being so beauty-centric! A bit of lifestyle, and some personal posts may help to start evening things out.

Here's to a great month, girls!


Saturday, 31 August 2013

Tattoo Time!!

***What follows in this post, is all my own opinion. I am not in the business of lying to people, especially when it concerns something as serious and permanent as a tattoo. I am grateful to the whole gang down at Spilled Ink for being so cool, and I definitely wont be forgetting them for this!***

The basic design...
Fotor wouldn't let me
 do any better!
On Friday 30th of August, I was lucky enough to be able to go to Spilled Ink Tattoos, and get a tattoo for free. The agreement was that I would pimp the studio in a blog post, on my Facebook page, etc. So I'm going to review the whole experience from the start to end, because I can, and I want to!

I will say though, before we get into this post, that I never actually intended to get a free tattoo. I was pricing work with various studios in Dublin, and I got talking to Mario (Spilled Inks lovely owner, and yes, he really is lovely) who offered me a pretty sound price. Being broke has its pitfalls though, and I was prepared to pay for this piece fully, when and idea hit me...

Phil! Spilled Ink has an apprentice, and if you have seen his portfolio (HERE) you'll know he's a cut above most apprentices, for sure! I thought it would be worth an ask, if nothing else and Mario informed me that if I wanted to get my work done by the apprentice, it would be free, but of course, I would have to accept the risk of him being an apprentice, you know, slight inconsistencies and the like. No bother to me at all, as you will see further on, the tattoo I was getting is all line work, so my worry levels were pretty much nil.

So, I hashed it out with Mario and we agreed on a bit of pimping and the like (I wont get into that because I doubt he wants to be hounded for free ink morning noon and night), to which I duly agreed and we sorted the day for Friday at 11am. I e-mailed Phil with the design, and then double checked both on t'internet and with Mario himself about the aftercare lotion I would need so I could buy it ahead of time!

Apprentice tattoo artists are only going to be let tattoo willing clients if the fully qualified artists training them think they are up to it. I can't imagine how much pressure there is in this job, its nothing like painting a canvas, since the client can feel pain, will breathe, cough, you name it-- and they have to allow for that. I always said I'd love to be able to tattoo people, but I think I'll stick to blogging as my creative outlet! I have the utmost respect for tattoo artists, they do a difficult job when you think about it!

The studio is located at 18 Great Denmark St, Dublin 1, which is right in the heart of the city. It's actually quite near to the Hugh Lane Gallery, The Gardens of Remembrance, and if you need a landmark walking from Parnell/O'Connell St, hang a right at the Candy Cafe and it's on the right hand side! (Check me out with all my bases covered!) Here's the map for those of you who may need it!

The studio itself is absolutely beautiful!! It's all glossy floors, and you can smell the lovely scent of the disinfectant stuff they use. It's a smell that makes my heart beat fast, how sad is that?! They have a comfy seating area with leather chairs and a leather sofa, and a table absolutely covered in books about tattoos, art, music and movies. I indulged in my love of Banksy, and satisfied my curiosity in regards to Russian Criminal Tattoos.

Phil showed me the printed design and we both concurred that it was a bit too big so he shrunk it down a bit and we sized it against my leg. Perfect!! Then we went back into the actual room, where I stood on a chair (I'm a short arse!!) to have the transfer applied. After 3 attempts (because he' a perfectionist and I stand like a goon thanks to hyper-extension in my knees), the transfer was perfectly straight down my leg. Once it was totally straight and perfect, it was needle time! Phil had set out a single and a shading needle, a fresh pot of black ink, a massive hunk of Petroleum Jelly, and a bunch of paper towels. Everything that Phil was going to be touching was barrier wrapped, and that includes the plinth I was going to be laying on. He put his disposable gloves on in front of me and then we got down to the sore bit...

Phil worked from the bottom (nearest my foot), upwards. The outlining was pretty tough to sit through, I won't lie! I swear, poor Phil, and Chris had to listen to me bitching about the pain. You'd have sworn I was never tattooed before. Once the "Doom" emblem was outlined, Phil said he would fill it in and then that would be one done. The lines were so close together, though, that he had to shade it with the single needle. It wasn't actually as bad as the outline, but when the needle got closer to a bone or tendon it would suck a bit more.

A quick glove change, and then it was time to outline the Heartagram. I decided I needed to get up when the outline was done so I could go to the bathroom and walk around (my hips like to cease up). Phil wiped my leg down, and wrapped me up so I could venture out to the reception area, the bathroom and walk around a bit. I had the chats with Mario and Paul, and Pauls client who was in for the first session of a Lego Superhero sleeve. My phone rang before we were due to go back in to finish the rest of my leg, and by the time I got off the phone, I was dancing my way back down to Phil to finish my sitting.

More fresh gloves, more anti-bac squirty stuff. Onward with the shading we went! I have never sat under a shading needle before, so it was all new to me. I have to admit that it was sore in places but not as bad as outlining by a long shot. Once the Heartagram was all filled in, it was on to the "Venus" emblem. This one sucked. Its only saving grace was the short lines on the outline. Phil was great though, he let me have a minute here and there when I needed it, and distracted me with the chats. Life was good.

When it was all done, all filled in and little bits of touching up attended to, my leg was fully wiped down with anti-bac stuff (I dunno, it jut smelled good to me), snapped a few pictures for his portfolio, and wrapped me up really well, because he knew I was going to be out and about for the rest of the day. When I was all sorted, I went back out to Mario and Phil, got my amazingly detailed and customised aftercare sheet (customised by the day you get your work done, rather than the client, but still!), some healing advice, and gave Phil a well deserved tip. The lads all had muffins I baked them too, which definitely softened them up a bit! Everyone likes Double Chocolate Devils Food Cupcakes!

All in all, I was treated so well, and got the best tattoo in my collection in Spilled Ink. I waited 5 years to get this piece, thinking and rethinking and thinking some more about the placement and the sizing, about whether it was a good idea etc. I am 100% sure I got the right man for the job, and I had the best morning/afternoon having a laugh, and a really clean, safe experience. I would recommend them in a heartbeat.

I wouldn't be writing this if I wasn't insanely happy.

Thanks Phil for his amazing work and infinite patience, and thanks to Mario for hooking me up.
You're both  on the Christmas Card list! :D

If you want some good tattoo work done, swing by Spilled Ink, I promise you wont be disappointed!

If you want to get in contact with Spilled Ink, you can find them on Facebook, or you can give the studio a call on 01-8741111 or 086-3973636 OR you can email them at   
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed my experience!
Amy xxx