The Cork Rose Centre is like Carlsberg- Probably the best in the world.

I never really told anyone the real reason I entered the Cork Rose of Tralee, while of course I have always wanted to enter and I really did want to make new friends coming from an all male Engineering class, that wasn’t the whole story. So let’s put this image in your head, it was late March, hair was greased to my head, eyes were red and puffy from 72 hours of straight ugly crying as my disastrous relationship had ended for the final time and I was curled in a mess attempting to recover fragments of my sanity.

And then like a sign from some greater power the Cork Rose of Tralee ad appeared on my Facebook and I swear all it took was 20 seconds of courage mixed with pure Irish thickness in a very mature “I’ll show him” manner when I downloaded the form and entered it. I might add that the photo I attached to my application form was an earlier more flattering representation of myself. I pressed send and forgot all about it.

Until suddenly hours before my final exam, I was contacted by Denis Griffin, the coordinator and everything became real and the panic set in. It seems funny to remember the fear of meeting most of the girls for the first time back in Silversprings, I couldn’t even catch my breath. I don’t do well in social situations so this was me living way outside my comfort zone, practically paralyzed in an anxious incoherent bubble.

And yet this was single-handedly the best experience of my life and I was skeptical, when referred to as the Cork Rose family I felt pessimistic, how could 51 girls in competition ever resemble a family? And yet that was exactly what we were.

I felt people had this perception that the Cork Rose of Tralee was a “lovely girls competition” and yet when I reflect on the people I met in this competition I am so humbled by the strong, intelligent women that I got a chance to know, I was among PhD students, engineers, nurses, teachers and a few not-so-boring accountants with a few girl trained in martial arts. Girls so confident and self-assured that they could put themselves out there and allow themselves to be judged, to get up on stage and take on a crowd and do it high heels and a dress!

It was the loveliest experience from getting to meet the Cork Rose centre team and Denis’ Facebook videos and Will’s snapchats, to getting a bit too used to being helped off the bus by an escort in a suit. I had to hold back tears for the final selection night as I was so overcome by pride for the girls and how far we came together on this crazy adventure.

Ladies and gents you will never realise how much of an honour it has been to meet each and every one of you and Despacito will forever remind us of the summer we all became roses and escorts. To Aishling, our 2017 Cork Rose, you are an absolute lady and I can’t wait to cheer you on in Tralee….

Oh to oh to be, oh to be a CORK ROSE!

 

Monday Makeup Madness- All about the base!

I’m struggling today, this Monday lunchtime, I’m currently tucked behind my desk gazing out at the blue skies and stunning weather as I attempt to motivate myself to begin trekking through the mountain of Masters work in my path, and sure enough, both the creative and procrastination juices have started flowing and I found my long lost urge to blog….FINALLY!

I decided I wanted to introduce a new segment into my blog, Monday Makeup Madness, where I create a wish-list, or a review on a specific product or range I have been loving. This weeks blog is all about bases and the ones I have been using for a while!

First things first a ‘lil skin back story, I suffer from acne so anything I do tend to use is full coverage and my skin is super sensitive as well as dry/combination, so the sheer hint at something heavy and scented and my skin breaks out! So anything I do use should also be perfect for my sensitive skinned sisters out there!

My main foundation of choice is under €15 and it is one of the best foundations I have every used, and trust me there’s been a lot! NOTE Cosmetics was recently launched in Ireland late last year, with Tara O’Farrell of TARA Makeup representing the brand. I was first introduced to it when I luckily won a competition to be a model for one of her makeup masterclasses.

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#takeNOTE

NOTE cosmetics have a few different foundations in their range from compacts to mineral foundations, but this one is my favourite! The Detox & Protect foundation contains an SPF15, which is vital and it is full coverage. Similar to MAC Studio Fix Fluid and Studio Sculpt, for only €13.95 it is an absolute must-have for everyday wear, I am quite pale but I wear the shade 02 Natural Beige and it matches perfectly. In Cork I picked this up in Sam McCauley Chemists, but it can be bought online here

My second favourite was the very first high-end foundation I have ever owned and I return to it time and again, MAC Studio Fix Fluid has a cult following and it is worth every penny! At €32 (excluding pump) it is a long-lasting, oil free foundation with the fullest coverage MAC offers. Some people love it and some people hate, it is not suitable for those with very dry skin but suits those with normal/combination as it clings to the skin for an all day flawless finish. It has a matte finish to it, but this can be mixed with MAC strobe cream for a dewy glow or you can just use it as an excuse to overload on the highlight!

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MAC Studio Fix Fluid

Again I wear one of the lightest shades in this, NC15, the C stands for cool tone, meaning it’s yellow based to dispel any redness originally in your skin tone, which I would have from acne. I would recommend getting a professional colour match for this as there is a MASSIVE colour range and it’s totally skintone dependent. Once you know your colour you can buy online here P.S there’s a free gift with purchase RIGHT NOW!!

Last but not least is from YSL, now before anyone gasps with shock at the price range for YSL, this foundation was €35 from Cork Duty Free, it retails at approx. €42 in store but it lasts a really long time and the packaging is as beautiful as the product inside. Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation replaced its iconic, dewy light to medium foundation previously released by YSL. And I was so happy they did!

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YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint

Their new formula is a medium to full coverage foundation that STILL gives a dewy all-round glow! This foundation would suit a multitude of skin types, obviously if you have incredibly dry skin then you do need to be careful, but it incorporates to longevity of a full coverage foundation with the brightness and demi-matte (dewy glow) appearance of a lighter coverage base. It ticks all the boxes for me! I wear Bd10 in the summer when I’m slightly darker but generally I wear the palest shade B10 and I bought from Brown Thomas Cork and it’s also available on their site here

But the most important thing about choosing your foundation, after assessing your skin type, is to choose the correct colour, firstly it’s best if you can identify what tone your skin has…

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Skin Tone Matching for Foundation

By checking the back of your wrist you can check what colour your veins appear to your skin, blue veins are cool-toned (which is the colour category I’m in), a greeny-blue colour is warm-toned, usually with a pinky-golden tone to your skin and a purple-green colour is neutral. C on a foundation usually signals cool-toned, with W meaning warm-toned and N being for neutral, there is also a lot of drugstore brands that range their foundation shades this way.

The best place to check a foundation colour is by checking it on your jawline and you should test the best out of three shades, just like below:

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Foundation matching is best on your jawline.

The colour that disappears on your face and neck is your perfect colour, you may not find your exact colour but the idea is to choose the closest shade. The foundation should only be darker than normal if you are planning to wear tan- it is not to give your face some colour, that’s what bronzer and blusher are for!

Now that I’ve wasted enough time away from my coursework I better get back to it!

Have a Fab Monday X