Thursday, December 26, 2013

Benefit's Agent Zero Shine Review

Today is finally the launch day for Benefit's newest product..... Agent Zero Shine.

The idea of Agent Zero Shine is to easily vanish pores and shine in a instant. This baby was designed to work with the famous Uk/Irelands best selling pore minimizing primer.... The "Porefessional" Agent Zero is a lightweight, translucent powder that mattifies the skin while smoothing and minimizing the look of open pores.
 Here are my thoughts......

As always the packaging is adorable and easy to use. You simply screw off the top, tap powder into the lid and apply using the built in brush. Easy right?!

The powder is translucent so it will suit most skin tones and feels very light on the skin. I personally don't have oily skin so I don't have any shine to cover so I can't rate it on it's mattifying effect however I do have alot of open pores on my cheeks and it covered them instantly. I wouldn't use this product as a replacement for powder... instead pop it into your handbag and use it for quick touch ups throughout the day.

Agent Zero retails at 33.50 and is definitely worth the price if you have problems with oil or open pores It's small enough to pop into your handbag and the built in brush is very soft and can also be used for bronzing or applying blush so that's another great way to lighten your more crushed powder or heavy brushes.

What do you think? Will you be picking up Agent Zero Shine? 

Love Always
Saz xXx

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gift Idea's For Her


Not sure what to get your loved one for Christmas, fear not.....Here's some of my favourite gifts this year.

Blank Canvas Cosmetics is a brand that every makeup lover will adore. They stock everything from Brush sets, single brushes to face and eye shadow palettes, with professional products at very reasonable prices what's not to love right?!

If your willing to splurge on your partner, relation or (a very lucky) friend this Professional Brush set is definitely for you. Everything from face brushes to eyes and brows in one set, it also includes the famous all in one F20 brush which is nearly always sold out. Once more you can choose if you want your stunning brushes to come in a cup holder or folio pictured above.

Blank Canvas Cosmetics 15 piece professional Brush Set: €126.50
Click here

If your looking for something a little more on the cheaper side you have a huge selection of eyeshadow, blush and contour palettes to choose from, you can't go wrong with this blush and eyeshadow palette which retails at a whopping €11
The fun doesn't end there you can get 10% off any orders over €15 just by popping in "SARAH" at the checkout.... Awesome right?!....

Not only is Benefit one of the best makeup brands on the market at the moment they also have some pretty awesome gift sets this Christmas for all ages and budgets....

This set "groovy kinda love" which retails at €39.50 or €35.55 if you buy from Debenhams stores this week only for the 10% off gift spectacular event.   Set Includes:

  • 4 Stunning, Neutral eye shadows that suit all skin tones and eye colours.
  • 2 blushes (1 matte, 1 shimmer)
  • benetint (a natural rose lip and cheek stain)
  • The worlds best selling mascara They're real
  • UK/Ireland best selling primer and pore minimizer
It's pretty much got everything a girl needs, everything is basic in the sense anyone who is a fan of makeup will need eye shadows, blush and mascara. Not only that but you also get to try two best selling products that are also small enough to pop into your handbag or travel with.

If your looking for something a little bigger this tin "primed for loving" retails at €65 this set includes 3 full sized products (high beam, they're real and porefessional) and 1 mini lipgloss, 
Not only do you save over €30 you also get this cute re-usable tin 
new coffee tins anyone??

If your looking for stocking fillers this skincare set from Benefit is a must.You get to try the whole skincare range which may I add is suitable for all skin types, free from harsh chemicals and includes a added formula of PA++ which means it protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays, This formula is exclusive to just Benefit Cosmetics all for just €16 
No one wants to invest in skincare without trying a few samples, this way you have already tried and tested the whole range. 

Set Includes: 
Foamingly clean facial wash 
Refined finish facial polish (exfoliater) 
Moisture prep toning lotion
Triple performing facial emulsion SPF 15 PA++
Total moisture facial cream 
It's potent! eye cream 

As you know I love love love using natural products, being a beauty therapist and understanding how the skin works I believe it's super important to use natural products to bring out the best in your skin. Not only do natural products smell good they also leave you feeling happy and energized.
This set from Irish brand "Bia Beauty" is just to die for I will definitely be adding this to my wishlist :)

This gift set contains: Mellow Mandarin Moisturiser, Orange & Grapefruit Facial Exfoliant and Cleanser , Stop the Clock Eye Gel and Lime Pie Lip Balm. All products suit ALL SKIN TYPES!!! €50 for more info click here free delivery over €30 within Ireland.

Us girls LOVE our nails but don't always love the effort of painting them after a long day at work. Why not treat her to a gel nail gift set starter pack. Set includes everything you need for a 2 week manicure at home with no drying time and enough for 20 manicures, More polishes are available at any boots store.

Set includes:

  • SensatioNail Pro 3060 LED lamp with mains adaptor
  • 2 full size colour polishes - Taupe Tulips & Sugar Plum (7.39ml each)
  • Full size base/top coat (7.39ml)
  • Full size Cleanser (27.2ml)
  • Primer (3.54 ml)
  • Pack of 12 Lint-free wipes & buffer
  • SensatioNail Removal Tool

Click Here for more info... €126 reduced to €55 for limited time only

If you willing to go all out Karmin Professional have a fab range of straighteners, curlers and driers all professional quality, the perfect treat for your partner, Mother, daughter or even friend.
Check out my video for a more detailed review and lastly if all else fails enter the giveaway by simply subscribing/commenting and it could be yours for FREE!!!! 

Hope you enjoyed this post and found it even a little helpful.
Have a Wonderful Christmas
Love always,
Saz xXx

Thursday, September 26, 2013


                Hey everyone,

If have a fab giveaway for you today.
The lovely people at have supplied me with a 40 pound voucher to giveaway to one of my lovely subscribers/followers.

Feel Unique is a cosmetics/ frangrance/skincare website selling everything from Dior to Benefit to thebalm
Check them out here:
1) Be Subscribed or subscribe to me or If you enter on my blog you must be following me.
2) Follow me on any of my social networking sites for a extra entry (optional)

Other places to find me:
* Blog:
* Facebook:
* Twitter: @makeupbysaz
* Instagram: Makeupbysaz1

2) Leave a comment below letting me know you entered and if you follow me anywhere else
3) You can only enter once here and once on my blog to avoid confusion
4) Competition is open worldwide, also deliver worldwide so there's no need to check the delivery info :)

Good Luck
Love always
Saz xXx

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A/W 2013 My Favourite Trends

I can't tell you how excited I am for A/W this year, Not only is it my favourite time of year as we have halloween and christmas to look forward too, but It's also my favourite time of year for fashion,
from floral to animal print, monochrome, berry shades and punk there's some amazing trends on the runway and high street this season.

My Favourie trend this season has to be Punk, This trend took me by surprise, I'm no rock or punk chick by any means but I'm totally in love with this trend.
Tartan and Plaid can be a little scary and if it's not styled right, you may tend to look like a little school girl. Here's some tasteful idea's on how to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. 
If tartan and plaid are a little bit too scary for you think rock chick...studs, spikes, maxi skirts, ankle boots printed tee's, fashion tights and beenie hats are all ways to add a touch of this trend into your wardrobe.

Aminal print is taking over yet again. You have seen this trend coming in and out over the last 5 years or more.
I'm loving this jumpsuit from Oasis, I styled it with a leather jacket and ankle boots to add a bit of edge and interest to this look perfect for a night out on the town, however if this look is too daunting for you,add a subtle touch of leopard print in accessories to any outfit like a collar (see below), scarf or even a hair piece.

 My favourite trend last year was the berry shades and I'm soooo excited it has returned again this year.
Berry shades are so versatile and you can even add other trends to this look like Aminal, floral, and even leather. You can also inject a bit of berry into your makeup look.... Cranberry cheek tints or burgundy lips oh this trend is to die for!!! 

All items are available from these websites now:

Which trend is your favourite? What is your go to piece this season?..... leave your comments below :)
Love always
Saz xXx

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Creative Tuesdays Collaboration: Summer Obsession

Hey Everyone, 

So as much as we hate to admitt it, Unfortunately summer is coming to a end.....Tear!
For today's post I'm doing a collaboration with some of my favourite bloggers/youtubers, links will be at the end of this post.
So for this weeks  #creativetuesday the theme was "SummerObsession" 
I wasn't so creative this week due to a busy week. Here's a few snaps of some of my Summer loves for 2013

  1)   Evian Water Spray:

First up is this handy little water spray from Evian, I've been raving about this product ALL SUMMER!!!
After running out of my favourite setting spray "fix + from MAC, I picked up this bottle, I had laying around the house and was instantly blow away.
During the hot summer weather we got here in Ireland. This was my life saver, not only does it cool you down, It also refreshes your makeup and nourishes your skin.... not bad eh? and only a quarter of the price!!

2) Seventeen lip crayon:
I bought this baby for a PLL tutorial and it has become my favourite day to day, go to lipstick
It's as pigmented as a lipstick, glides on like a lip butter and lasts as long as a lip stain. Perfect all in one for my hard working ladies.

3) Pastel Nail polishes

Yup! It wouldn't be summer without out some pastel in our lives
This summer I was loving these Essence Nail polishes, for only 1.49 they are pretty FAN-TASTIC!
(hello marshmellow,wanna be your sunshine)

For my everyday job, I need strong polishes as my poor hands are always overworked, Nail polishes don't last the hour... But China Glaze polishes are super strong and last a few days depending on your top coat.
This shade "tantalize me" is my favourite, It appears lilac but in certain lights it looks pink.

4) Apocalips
Need I say more, These babies have taken the world by storm.
Is it a lipgloss? Is it a lipstick? Who knows but the are pretty damn pigmented and long lasting!
Defo a must have this Summer and for A/W 2013.


      5) Blank Canvas Cosmetics

We all know I'm pretty obsessed with this brand, Not only is it a Irish brand and extremely affordable 
but It's also the best freaking brand in the world, Beating MAC with their incredible brush range and quality!!
Now they are moving onto palettes....
This is the best highlighting/contouring palette for any makeup fan or makeup artist.
You have everything you need in one palette.
Don't forgot to use SARAH at checkout for 10% off.

6) Blush Cosmetics

Blush cosmetics is a new high-end Irish Brand.
Used in salons all over the country, they have now decided to sell their products to the public.
I was blow away by this foundation. It is pale enough for the Irish skin, feels nourishing on the skin and gives a airbrushed matte powder finish <3
Email with your order and mention "makeupbysaz" for 25% off

Check out these fab ladies to see what their loving this Summer.....

Wardrobe Resurrection:


Love Always,
Saz xXx

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Pretty Little Liars Series: Hanna Marin

Hey Guys,

I'm back with another Liar...
Today's video is Inspired by the gorgeous Hanna Marin aka Ashley Benson
Like the rest of the girls, Hanna sports about 3 signature looks. 
Today I will be showing you how to create her signature smokey eye. I just love everything about this girl, she's definately my favourite!!!!
Who's your favourite?? 

Products Used:
MUA undressed palette
Sephora Eye liner
NYX black eyeshadow
Benefit Bad gal Mascara (Same as hanna)
Foundation: Rimmel 25hour
Catrice Concealer Palette
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Hush: Available at
Revlon Nude Lip gloss
Blush/Powder: Blank canvas cosmetics

Most Brushes used/shown are Blank Canvas Cosmetics
Discount Code: SARAH

Blouse: Primark
Jeans: Oasis
Heels: Faith
Bracelet: H&M

Don't forget to check out the other videos in my PLL series:

Love Always,
Saz xXx

Saturday, August 17, 2013

First Date Makeup & Fashion Advice

Hey Guys, 

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!
Today's video is a look that I think would be perfect for a first date or even for everyday wear.
I kept the eyes simple and really focused on the skin. 
Stay tuned to the end for some fashion Advice, Outfit details will be listed below.
I hope you enjoy my video and your feedback is always welcome.
Are you still loving the long in depth videos or should I go back to short and sweet tutorials??

**Outfit Details**
Dress: Oasis
Boots: New Look
Shoulder Bag: Primark
Watch: Guess?!
**Outfit Details**
Blouse: Jane Norman (OLD)
Jeans: Forever21 (rolled up)
Kitten Heels: H&M
Bag: Primark

Love Always
Saz xXx

Battle of the High Street Tans

Hey Guys, 

Are you fed up of looking pale but afraid to use false tan and risk looking orange?!
Not to worry in my new video I go through all the top high-street affordable false tans, and not only giving my own personal review but also asking friends and co-workers for their reviews giving YOU the best review possible!!! 
I know right.......I'm the best :P

Hope you like this video 
Love Always 
Saz xXx

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lusting Over Stripes

Hey Guys, 
Stripes again???? Yes It's true I'm lusting over stripes.... 

Totally fell in LOVE with this oasis skirt even tho it's so similar to my midi skirt I just loved the lengh and the shape, looks so cute and feminine 
Of course I had to finish it off with a pop of colour.
Ankle boots add a bit of edge to this outfit and makes it a little more casual for work as I'm on my feet all day, but kitten heels would totally rock this outfit :) 

**Outfit Details**
Blouse: Oasis (old)
Skirt/Statement chain: Oasis (New)
Bag/Boots: Primark

Love Always
Saz xXx

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Hey Everyone,

Well i've been loving stripes lately and I've had this top for aaaaaages and haven't worn it so I decided to create a whole outfit around it. I chose Black paperbag shorts, These hug your waist making you look slimmer and anything High waisted will make you look taller, Ankle boots!!! funk it up and finished off with a floppy black hat just to be different :P A bowler hat also looks cute with this outfit :) 
Makeup is Pretty little liars Inspired and will be up on my youtube channel in a few days.
Hope you like the outfit :)

***Outfit Details****
Top/Boots: Primark
Hat/shorts: H&M
Watch: Guess?!
Bracelets: Mix of Topshop/Primark
Nail: Bourjois Paris Bleu Model #mintmanifortalia 
Makeup Tutorial coming soon...

Love Always 
Saz xXx

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

One dress.....Two ways

Hello My lovelys, 

Today's post is a little bit different to my usual Outfit of the day. 
I'm going to show you two different ways you can style one dress.
This brings me back to the fashion posts I used to do when I first starting Blogging.... Good times!!
20 ways to wear a black skirt is still my most viewed post and gosh it's so cringy now hehe but It's also so nice to see how my style how grown and how my pictures have Improved. <3
Hope you like this post and let me know what you think :) 
Makeup Tutorial coming soon.......

Style 1: 
Red Red Red!!!!
I always say If you have a boring old dress in your wardrobe add a pop colour, It instantly makes ANY dress look gorgeous.
Navy, White and Red will ALWAYS look fab together.
I toned the look down with a brown bag, Neutrals always work well with prints or patterns....
and some gold jewellery.
Gold is my favourite at the moment, I think depending on how it's worn, of course, It looks very classy.

Dress: Primark (love how it brings out my tan)
Shoes: Primark
Watch: Guess?!
LV Dupe Bag: New York

Style 2:
Statement jewellery ROCK MY WORLD!
They add style and completely transform a outfit.
I love blinging up dresses, changing up a boring old jumper in winter, popping one inside a blouse or even underneath a collar of a shirt LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE......
Since I have so much going on, on top I stayed clear of any other jewellery besides a small thumb ring.
I love to add a little bit of interest to my hands, and rings really suit me without being OTT.
Again I toned down the look with neutrals and added another pop of colour as I thought the pink worked really well with this look and warm colours also bring out your tan :)

Statement Chain: ASOS Gift from fellow Irish blogger Fitz n bitz
Clutch: Primark
Shoes: Faith
Ring: New Look

Love Always
Saz xXx