Monday, 15 December 2014

Collection 2000 Cream Puff an NYX dupe?

Been looking everyone for those NYX lip creams that are utterly to die for but cant seem to get your hands on them? Been searching everyone for that perfect velvety matte lippie and you just cant afford it?Then take a trip down to your local Boots or Superdrug and find yourself a glorious dupe from COLLECTION 2000!!
These little tubes of dupe goodness are available in 4 different colours at the moment, and want to know something else?
They smell EXACTLY  like the NYX ones!!
So yes, you will most definitely want to eat these up too! 

These retail and a very affordable 3.99Euro each! So you can buy the whole collection if you wanted to!
The collection comes inn 4 different neutral shades , Cotton Candy (pink) Fairy Cake (coral) Powder Puff (nude) & Angel Delight (beige) and whats even better they're super moisturising AND long lasting! 

fair play Collection 2000 , well done!

The Parma Violet

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Slimming world Christmas party 2014

Good evening everyone, I hope everyone is nursing their Christmas party hangovers this morning, cause I know I certainly am!
Yesterday seen the very first Christmas party I ever attended! And it was magical! It was with my Slimming World group (citywest), seeming as I am only new to the group I had no idea that a Christmas party was even on the cards! But I was so wrong!
Taking place at the extravagant Citywest Hotel,the theme was 'Charlie & the chocolate factory' , how fun is that?! The entrance was amazingly perfect, a full purple carpet and huge lollipops coming out of the ground they had the theme down to a T, when we entered the building there was a champagne reception complete with giant sweets hanging from the ceilings
We gathered and celebrated Christmas with multiple other companies for a night full of food, wine, dancing and eating competitions (dear lord the shame)
The dinner was a Starter of vegetable soup which was amazingly tasty, I couldn't get enough of it!And yes, shamefully I did stuff two white rolls lathered in butter into my face to accompany said soup!
The main was the quintessential Christmas dinner...And my good christ it was good! Mixed veg with a generous helping of turkey, ham and stuffing!! 
The desert was small (thank god) but absolutely delicious none the less! A selection of mini deserts which included a chocolate fudge cake, a blueberry cheesecake and a tirimssu cup! So simple yet effective! Adored these!
When I turned up i half didn't recognise everyone! Everyone from Slimming World looked SO beautiful and super stylish in their gorgeous Christmas outfits! Everyones hair and makeup looked immaculate! Super impressed with these wonder women! Everyone was laughing,dancing and catching the eye of some...shall me say 'romantic' men.
i recently bought a STUNNING dress from River Island and I got it at such a bargain too, this gorgeous,glitzy,christmassy dress was 51 euro and I got it for just 21 euro! And I've been looking for an excuse to wear it ever since I bought it! When I laid eyes on it I thought it looked like a sexy disco ball. And it does!
BUT unfortunately I was super self conscious in it all night as its skin tight! Still need to loose a good few pounds to wear it confidently but never the less, a stunning dress! You can also buy this dress in top and pencil skirt form or a floor length long sleeve gown!
My  makeup was Katy Perry inspired as I love playing my eyes up as much as she does! My lashes are the 'double trouble' lashes from Penneys/ Primark and my lipstick is MAC viva glam1 :) 
My nails die for, i adore them! I picked them up at a recent blog meet up! They're from House of Holland in Boots and usually retail at around 10 euro!!
Special thanks to Helena, our team leader for organising such an amazing night, I had a proper laugh and my legs and stomach are killing me! 

Until next time slinky ladies!

The Parma Violet

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Ted Baker Pout and Prejudice : Review

Hey everyone! Hope everyone is good and not dying with a phlegm covered flu due to that Baltic weather out there! 

Now, if you're looking for those pretty stocking fillers for the pretty girl in your life, weather it be a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend or even a grandmother, Ted Baker knows where its at this Christmas!
I recently picked up their lippies in Boots this month as all Ted Baker products are three for two. The packaging is too pretty for words! I adore it so much! So lets see what I thought?
This marvellous little metal tin, cleverly named 'Pout and Prejudice' contains three beautiful lipsticks ideal for any age! The tin has a gorgeous vintage design complete with teeny tiny pastel houses .
The packaging is super girly with Ted Bakers signature powder pink,rose gold tones and Peach ribbon.
And it just gets better, when you  remove the lid, you're blessed with these three gorgeously packaged lipsticks. Again, in a dusty pink colour with rose gold lettering. These lipsticks are almost too pretty to touch!
Excuse the terrible lighting!
Inside you should have a Nude, A Peach and A red shade! 
Very staple colours! Such a great idea! Again, I simply adore the rose gold lettering, its so insanely pretty!
just look at that detail. So flawless, go girly and so luxurious!
These swatches were taken with no flash in natural light.
From L to R
Nude, Peach, Red
Every single one of these colours are so perfect and would make an ideal present for someone this Christmas!
So why not pop down to the holy grail that is boots and pick some up ( and because its three for two why not treat yourself in the process)

Happy shopping!!

The Parma Violet

Christmas tag

Now I don't usually do these things but I'm sick and very bored so lets give it a whirl! :)

Whats your favourite Christmas movie/s?
OK well, my favourites change all the time! But I do love National Lampoons Christmas Vacation because c'mon lets face it, its the absolute best!
I also adore ELF & Die Hard, but who doesn't so I'm going to go for The Santa Clause!
This is one of the only films that actually makes me feel 'Christmassy'  at all! Tim Allen you're some man for one man!

Do you open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Most definately Christmas morning! 
Although we are allowed open one present on Christmas Eve! Which is always super exciting! 
But we all enter the living room Christmas morning (Arund 6 in the morning actually due to excited children in the house)

Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?

Me and my younger brother Niall have always been close, so when he said he was going travelling I was sad but delighted for him because thats something I know he really wants to do and its something that I love doing too (Wanderlust must run in my family) So we thought he wasnt coming home for Christmas, but he turned up on our doorstep without notice. It was amazing and I'll never forget it! But now he's living in Florida and wont be home this christmas but i know hes having and unreal time!

Favourite Christmas Food?
HANDS.DOWN my ma's Christmas sausage meat stuffing.
I legit wait ALL YEAR for this stuff! And it makes my mouth water even thinking about it. 

Favourite Christmas gift?
oh good god I have the memory of a goldfish. Thats a tough aul question alright! 
Well my boyfriend got me an amazing phone last year and I adore it!
I also remember I was about 12 and got my very first Bass guitar...legit nearly cried my eyes out with joy cause I was a big aul emo rocker and wanted nothign more than to be in a band! Thanks ma and da, yous are sound! 

Favourite Christmas scent?
Definately Christmas Dinner being cooked! Lord damn!!! Thats some smell I tells ya!
Nothing makes me happier than the smell of that!
And also Yankee Candle Christmas Eve / Snow in love 

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Damn right!
Ever since we were kids, me and my four youngest brothers used to always stay in my room on Christmas eve. And we STILL do that to this day, they all bring their matresses into my room and we all sleep in there together after opening one present! We will be minus one brther as he's in Florida this year but at least we can all skype him to make him a part of it all!

What tops your tree?
Since I was 10 a Christmas themed Tinkerbell doll tops my tree, we got her In Disney World Florida when we visited the first time! Shes so pretty!

As A kid, what is the one extravagant gift you asked for but never got?
Ah jaysus I can't even remember, something insanely stupid like a stage for my band or something! 

Whats the best part about Christmas for you?
Having everyone be lazy together!
We have a Pyjama Christmas so we've never got christmas clothes!
We all sit around in our PJ's together and chill and get drunk and eats loads of food!
I also love seeing my brothers faces when they open their presents, no matter how old they get, that will never get old to me.

And I tag everyone who hasn't done this to do it!!

The Parma Violet

Monday, 8 December 2014

My Christmas Wishlist

  1. Miles of Mac - Urban Outfitters 40
  2. Ted Baker Faked To Perfection Rose Gold Nails - Boots-  10
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow - Brown Thomas - 42.00
  4. The Blam-MAry Lou Manizer Highlighter - - 19.00
  5. MAC twig - MACstores - 19.50
  6. Ted Baker Petra small Crystal bow tote - 235.00
  7. Instyler (Pink) & Boots - 120
  8. MAC Warm Palette - MAC stores - 75.00 
  9. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar - 65.00
Seeming as its getting closer and closer to Christmas I decided to make a little wishlist! I'm not expecting to get any of these this Christmas (But a girl can dream right?)
Everythign here is a tad pricey but sure it's Christmas isnt it?
I think my number one want from this whole list has to be the instyler!It WILL be mine,oh yes, it will be mine!
Are any of my items on your list?

The Parma Violet 

The Balm : Review

Hello everyone and happy December! Christmas is edging that little bit closer and I just love all the Christmassyness surrounding me!
I recently attended a blogger meet up, and at that meetup I won a raffle!I got to pick what I won, and on that table was a plastic bag full of 'The Balm' products...Needless to say, I nearly died with excitement as I have never tried this brand before!
In the bundle I received: 
*Meet Matt(e) Nude eyeshadow palette 
*Whats Your Type? Black Mascara
*Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner
*Hot Mama Blush and Highlighter
*The Balm Girls Lipstick in ''Ima Goodkisser''
The packaging! 
I adore it! So 50's and in your face! 
Utter prettiness! I adore it so sooo much!
So what did I think of all these glorious goodies?

Meet Matt(e) Nude - I adore this palette, The nude colours are just stunning and will suit anyone with any colour eyes! I adore the play on words! All named after men, this palette cheekily matched their names with their skin tone, eg. Matt Molloy (a piercing white colour) how very naughty ;)
This has become my go to eyeshadow palette! And I urge anyone to go out and buy this highly pigmented fun palette, complete with huuuuge mirror!

Whats your type? Black Mascara - This mascara gave my lashes unbelievable length after a few coats! I love love love this!
Schwing - Black liquid eyeliner  - Again, another unbelievable product, I'm more of a fan of gel eyeliners to be honest, but for those fond of the liquid eye liners, this one is super black with a great brush!
 Hot Mama Blush and Highlighter - THIS.HAS.BECOME.MY ALL TIME.FAVOURITE BLUSH...EVER!!!!
And to make matters worse, I LOST IT AT A CHRISTMAS FAIR! It came flying out of my handbag and it was gone for eternity! I am beyond devastated as I'm pretty sure this HAS to be my favourite beauty product of ALL time!! If you're ever going to buy a blush, please buy this one! it gives you a healthy dewy glow which is so pretty I cant even put it into words!
The Balm Girls Lipstick in 'Ima Goodkisser' - Now I have to be honest I ain't the biggest fan of pink lipstick, but this one changed it all for me! This is a very natural looking colour!I wear this all the time now! Great staying power and amazing packaging,looks like it came right out of the early 60's! So so in love with this! 

I love love love all these amazing products!
They are a tad pricey but your really are getting your moneys worth.
Everything is a great size and amazing quality!

10/10 would buy again and would recommend this brand to anyone, and these would make very very beautiful Christmas gifts too! 
Here's a look a created with all these products:
(Excuse the wet hair, I thought I was Beyonce or something after my shower)

Don't be afraid to say hi! :)
The Parma Violet