Monday, 23 May 2016

W7 COSMETICS BEAUTY HAUL


Happy Monday! I'm starting this week off on BecBoop with a mini makeup haul from W7 Cosmetics. I was recently sent these four products to try out and you may have had a little preview already if you are following my Snapchat Bec_Boop. This is not the first time you will have seen W7 Makeup featured on BecBoop as I have reviewed some of their lovely products before. As such I was dying to get stuck into these products too!

W7 Cosmetics is a budget beauty brand available here in the UK and Ireland and is quite well-known for their fantastic eyeshadow palettes. Along with introducing you to each of the products I'll share my first impressions.

Camouflage Kit

w7 makeup camouflage kit review
w7 makeup camouflage kit

The W7 Camouflage Kit is a multi-purpose concealer kit designed to suit many skin types for just £5.95. I do think this is quite convenient although wasn't so lucky with the shades. Being quite pale only two of the shades worked with my colouring. These worked quite fine though so no complaints. I tend to be more of a liquid concealer fan so I have enjoyed adding a cream concealer into the mix.

Contour Stick

W7 Cosmetics Contour Stick review
W7 Cosmetics Contour Stick

This should come with a label - the foolproof guide to contouring. No joke, this little contour stick makes the grand artistry of countouring easy. I'm a fan! My only complaint - I received the medium/dark toned version of the W7 Contour Stick which is far too dark for my skin. The highlighter end was perfect though and this added a nice, gold shimmer. It does however also come in natural and fair so I would love to try one of those next! You apply both ends of the stick to highlight and contour and then I used my Real Techniques Expert Face brush to blend blend blend.

Lip Legend

w7 cosmetics lip legend review
w7 cosmetics lip legend

This is a nifty little thing which I am still undecided over. I have yet to see a similar product on the beauty market (please let me know in the comments if you have come across one). The idea is - you apply the W7 Lip Legend on top of your regular lipstick for perfect matte lips. It certainly worked quite well as a top-coat adding longevity to my lipstick 

Prime and Glow

w7 cosmetics prime glow review

W7 Cosmetics Prime and Glow illuminating primer would be another low cost, welcome addition to your beauty collection. I compared this to Erborian Pink Perfect Creme which I featured as part of my Sephora Paris Spring Beauty Haul. The W7 offering is a similar product - a primer with an added illuminating effect which can be worn under your everyday makeup. Aside from being ever so slightly on the oily side I quite liked it. As with the majority of W7 makeup products which are no frills, it is super easy to apply and I just used my fingers to dot the primer on my face in the areas I would like to catch the light.

 I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Have you tried any of these products, let me know what you think!

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

WHAT TO SEE IN PARIS FOR A WEEKEND | TRAVEL

Ah Paris. I recently visited Paris for my second time. Both of my trips were quite the contrast. The first was a romantic break many years ago where I was thrilled to be exploring the city of love with my partner at the time. More recently I found myself in Paris on an extended work trip. With only a couple of days in Paris I set about seeing as much as possible in one weekend. You might recall my Paris trip got off to a rocky start when I was pick-pocketed, if not read about in this post where I share 5 tips to avoid awkward travel situations.

Now if you are in Paris for only one weekend I advise you plan exactly you want to do and see. You won't want to be wasting time staring aimlessly at a map when you could be exploring one of the world's prettiest cities. We had a plan. On the first day we booked a hop-on, hop-off style tour bus which allowed us to see a lot in the central Paris district. The next day we took things a little slower. Shopping fitted in naturally around the different attractions we visited.

Trocadero

Paris one weekend travel tips

We first went to see the Eiffel Tower on the Saturday, day 1. Arriving at the Trocadero was literally one of the most breathtaking moments of the trip as I caught my first sight of the Eiffel Tower. This is an area built on a hill opposite the Eiffel Tower with fantastic city views and lots of street entertainers. After a couple of tourist-style photographs and of course a Periscope broadcast (follow me Boop.live) we made our way down to the base of the tower.

Eiffel Tower

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BecBoop Eiffel Tower Paris blog post

Of course being a Saturday it was absolutely packed and we decided to head off on one of the tour buses for the rest of the day and instead arrive back early the following day to go up the tower.

This is something I would definitely recommend. There will be minimal waiting time if you arrive before the ticket offices open and then it's just through security and up you go. The view up there is incredible. We went to the 2nd floor and you don't need to go quite to the top if it's just a great view you're after. I adore the shot I captured below of the shadow of the Eiffel Tower set out against the amazing view. It's a real once in a lifetime experience for those of us not lucky enough to live in Paris.

Paris travel blog tips
Paris weekend eiffel tower
Paris weekend eiffel tower

Notre Dame de Paris

We made a couple of stops on the tour bus that allowed us to also see the Louvre, Opera de Paris and some more sights on our way to Notre Dame cathedral. This is really quite impressive and of course we took some more obligatory selfies and had a little look around. There was quite a big line to wait to go up to the viewing point so we decided to skip that this time. After that we took a fabulous walk along the river and took in the sights of the boats that went by.


Champs-Elysees and Arc de Troimphe 




Champs-Elysees is the famous shopping street in Paris which is host to many designer stores. I, of course, could not wait to make my way into Sephora where I spent up to 45 minutes browsing the huge store! You can see what I picked up in my Sephora Paris haul blog post. You are bound to see some impressive cars driving by while you shop. Next we took some more photos in front of Arc de Troimphe but again, decided against going up to the viewing point since it was starting to get late.

Sacre-Coeur & Montmartre

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After taking in the view at the top of the Eiffel Tower very early on our 2nd day we made our way towards Montmartre to visit the historic Basilica de Sacre-Coeur. Sacre-Coeur basilica contrasts greatly with the structure of the Notre Dame which we visited the previous day. This landmark basilica situated up many steps at the top of a hill is another sight to behold. I really enjoyed this area of Paris and was glad we took time to stop off here during our trip. There will usually be a lot going on around the steps and entrance to the Sacre-Coeur including street performers and musicians. We went inside the cathedral and I picked up some souvenir holy gifts for family from the store inside.

Sacre-Coeur dome view city

After that we decided to go up to the dome at the top of the white basilica. Take heed, this is tough! There are many steps to climb in what some may find to be a claustrophobic environment. For me, it was worth every step. The panoramic views from the top of the dome were incredible and I loved being able to see the Eiffel Tower as earlier that morning I had spotted the basilica from the top of the tower. 

After our adventure at the top of the dome we spent some time wandering the pretty streets of Montmartre. This is something I would definitely recommend if you are in the area. There are many cute boutiques, restaurants and street fairs and I truly enjoyed it. 


 I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Have you been to Paris? What is your favourite thing to do there?

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Monday, 9 May 2016

LUSH LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL | SKINCARE REVIEW

LUSH let the good times roll review

I regularly try to change up my skincare routine and was recently on the hunt for a new exfoliator to add to the mix. I had certain specifications - I wanted an exfoliator that was gentle enough to use every second day and which would not be too harsh on my skin. Of course my first stop was the skincare heaven that is LUSH Cosmetics on Oxford Street where Let the Good Times Roll was recommended to me within minutes. I began using it for about a week and loved it so much the tub made it's way into my wash-bag on my recent trip to India. Alas, I left it in the hotel room on departure. If you follow me on Snapchat (Bec_Boop) you will already have heard this story. I popped back into LUSH Cosmetics upon my return at the first chance I got and re-purchased the exfoliator.

LUSH let the good times roll blog review
LUSH let the good times roll exfoliator
LUSH cosmetics let the good times roll popcorn

Let the Good Times Roll

Let the Good Times Roll is a fresh, cleansing face and body scrub. Honesty this is the best smelling exfoliant I have ever come across with a very sweet fragrance. The ingredients include maize flour, corn oil, polenta, cinnamon and popcorn of all things! I couldn't believe it. You apply this by rubbing a small amount of the scrub between your hands, adding water and then gently applying to your face and neck in small, circular motions. After rinsing your skin will feel incredibly soft to the touch. This scrub really gets rid of any dead skin cells without drying out your skin. At £6.95 for 100g I can see this holding a regular place in my bathroom cabinet. 

LUSH let the good times roll skincare review

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. What is your favourite exfoliator? Have you tried LUSH let the good times roll?

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Thursday, 5 May 2016

MOJOCON 2016 | PERISCOPE PRESENTATION


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"I am not a journalist by profession however through my work on Periscope I somehow find myself in this mojo genre." 

Mobile journalists from all over the world gathered in Dublin this past weekend to attend the 2nd annual MojoCon event as hosted by RTE. I was over the moon to have been asked by organiser Glen Mulcahy to speak on the live-streaming panel on the first day of the conference and share my passion for Periscope and live-streaming. Moderator Krishna De introduced our panel Mobile Live-Streaming: The shift to live and social in news coverage. I was honoured to join the other speakers on the panel from Twitter UK, BBC and ABC Australia. Of course I was a little nervous before getting up there but I enjoyed every second of sharing how live-streaming has changed my life, how I built my community and how I used live-streaming to help others. After I finished speaking my phone was hopping. I can safely say I have never had so many notifications in my life and it took such a long time to read through everyones comments and tweets. This was such a thrill and I've picked some of the tweets to share in this blog post further down the page. 

I was then surprised to find out that @RuthKennedy1 who had been at MojoCon had live-streamed my presentation on Periscope! Thank you Ruth! I have uploaded it to my YouTube channel and although the first few seconds of the presentation are missing you can enjoy the majority it and hopefully find it as useful as everyone at MojoCon did. Please do feel free to comment on the video if you have any questions at all that I can help with!

The feedback after the presentation was so positive and it was so great to hear from everyone who had listened to what I had to say. I enjoyed the rest of the conference learning about mobile-journalism kits, disrupting modern media, mobile photography and much more. I have since even begun to build my mojo kit and invested in my first audio mic for my mobile. Here's to even better sound on my Periscope channel! I have to thank RTE and Glen Mulcahy for having me involved and I look forward to the next MojoCon!

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Watch my Presentation via @RuthKennedy1 on Periscope


 I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. What are your thoughts on mojo?

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Monday, 18 April 2016

ONE YEAR PERISCOPE ANNIVERSARY

BoopFashionista London Periscope

This day one year ago I pushed 'Start broadcast' on Periscope and the mobile app has been a part of my everyday life since that moment. Today I celebrate one year of live streaming on my Periscope channel @BoopFashionista and I thought a fun way to commemorate this moment was to share my favourite 10 broadcasts of my first year on Periscope.

My first broadcast was entitled 'Working on tha blog' and you can see the tweet here. I love using Periscope to connect with the world through watching my favourite scopers on the app and also sharing my own little part of the world with my viewers. My Periscope channel is a mix of daily live-vlogging, event coverage, travel, blogging and fashion. This day last year when I did my first live broadcast on Periscope I can safely say I could never have predicted that I would be writing this post today with almost 35,000 followers and having been a featured broadcaster on the app for International Women's Day 2015 as an inspiring woman on Periscope. My viewers have travelled around the world with me. Along with daily scopes in London I have also shown my viewers the beauty of my home country, Ireland. We also travelled to France, Germany, Holland, India and New York City during the year. I am beyond grateful to my amazing viewers for entertaining me on a daily basis through the fun we have in the chat-room. You guys make me smile and giggle so much! Periscope has opened my blog BecBoop up to a whole new, wonderful audience and I have loved hearing your input on my blog posts every week. Thank you to the BoopTroop for everything over the last year. I can't thank you enough for supporting my charity initiative where we raised over £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust through my Periscope channel. Thank you also for supporting my involvement in UK National Internet Safety Day, a cause I feel very strongly about. Being able to use my channel for these good causes means everything. Now, let's get into my favourite broadcasts, let me know in the comments if I missed your favourite Boop Scope!

BoopFashionista London Periscope
BoopFashionista London Periscope


Prince William & Prince Harry at the Cheesegrater Building official opening


Periscoping British Royalty was without a doubt my 'OMG' Periscope moment of the year. I was invited to live stream the official opening of the Cheesegrater Building in London, which is one of the iconic London buildings that I show you guys regularaly on Periscope. On my live stream we caught the arrival of Prince William and Prince Harry at the Cheesegrater building and later that morning I Periscoped them unveiling the plaque and declaring the building officially open. You can re-watch all the scopes from the day in my Cheesegrater London opening blog post.

Ron Waxman


I could not do a Boop Year on Periscope blog post without including my favourite scoper Ron Waxman from New York City. Ron is someone I enjoyed watching as he streamed some amazing sights from New York and soon enough we became very good friends. I am so lucky to have found a friend for life through Periscope and we have both had a lot of laughs together. Along with taking me to my first soccer game we have scoped in both London and New York together during the year, Ron is a friend who has been there for me no matter what and I look forward to many more of our Periscope adventures together. I have included our very first Periscope together at Big Ben in London and also one of my favourite places that Ron took me to in New York - the Cloisters museum.

New Years Eve in Galway


My New Year's Eve scope in O'Connors bar, Galway city, Ireland was an extra special one. I deliberated going back to London in order to Periscope the fireworks display but thought it was more important I share with my viewers how I traditionally ring in the New Year and how we do it in Ireland. The short Periscope broadcast was one of 3 broadcasts featured on the app that night and received over 118,000 views in 24 hours. It was so special to be able to share my wonderful home town with the world.

Teenage Cancer Trust


I saw many periscopers set up gofundme accounts where their viewers donated funds to them. Without a second thought I knew I would donate my tip jar to charity and of course the Teenage Cancer Trust were my first choice. I have worked closely with the Teenage Cancer Trust previously along with being to see their clinic in London and meet some of the patients. We raised over £1,000 for the charity in one week and I could not have been prouder of what we were able to do together on Periscope.


London Fashion Week


During my first year on Periscope I was invited to cover London Fashion Week twice on Periscope. The highlight of course was live streaming the Jasper Conran AW16 show, more details about the collection and show here.

Bird Cage at Kings Cross, London


I love to have fun on Periscope. Probably my true favourite Periscope broadcast has been my daily coffee scope which has become such an integral part of my everyday routine now. Trust me, starting my day with the Boop Troop every morning is the best! It was not possible to pick a favourite coffee scope however, there are too many of them. So I thought this Periscope I did outside London's Kings Cross station was a lot of fun. I started by showing the art installation and by the end of the broadcast we had been swinging inside the cage together :) Enjoy!

Ireland 2016


The centenary of the 1916 Rising took place this year with many events around the country. My hometown of Athenry in Co. Galway was one of the locations selected for the memorial events and I was thrilled to be able to share this icononic commemoration on Periscope.

Speaking about Periscope


I took up public speaking this year as I learned how much I love to talk about Periscope, live streaming, how I use it for blogging and the benefits I have found of this form of social media. My first speaking event was at the Online Marketing in Galway September event where I spoke to digital marketers about the perks of Periscope. I followed this up by presenting at the Irish Bloggers Association in Cork shortly afterwards and also as a keynote speaker at Periscope Rally in Germany. I truly enjoy speaking about something I am so passionate about and am looking forward to more speaking opportunities in the future. Coming up later this month I will be on the live streaming panel at RTE MojoCon mobile technology conference in Dublin.


Paris


Periscoping in Paris was another highlight for me. I started the day by sharing my view from the Eiffel Tower where we could see the Basilica de Sacre-Coeur in the distance and later that day I periscoped the reverse; the view of the Eiffel Tower as seen from the dome at the top of the Sacre-Coeur. 

Rolling Stones Photography Exhibition


Recently I shared this incredible Rolling Stones photography exhibition by Gered Mankowitz at Snap Galleries in London. What made this periscope extra special was the fact that I was joined by Gered who shared the intimate stories behind the photographs of the band which he took during the 1960's. I was truly in awe listening and was so pleased to be able to share this with my viewers on Periscope, many of which are big fans of the Rolling Stones!

BoopFashionista London Periscope

P.S. for a little laugh check out this video from 26 April 2015 where I talk about an amazing new app I discovered - Periscope. 


 I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Which of my Periscope broadcasts have you enjoyed the most in the last year? Thank you for an amazing year together on Periscope!



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Thursday, 14 April 2016

JIVESSE MARINE COLLAGEN SKINCARE REVIEW

jivesse marine collagen skincare review
Jivesse marine skincare review
Jivesse marine collagen cream blog review
Jivesse marine collagen capsules

I was recently invited to the iconic London pharmacy John Bell & Croyden to celebrate the arrival of Jivesse marine collagen skincare range in-store. This coincided with the recent announcement ofTV presenter Anna Williamson as Jivesse brand ambassador. I must say John Bell & Croydon is one impressive pharmacy! Located close to Oxford Circus it is one of the oldest and renowned pharmacies in England, holding the royal warrant as pharmacist to Her Majesty The Queen no less! After hearing more about Jivesse skincare from both Anna Williamson and the Jivesse team I left eager to try out the marine collagen skincare regime which it is famed for.


Jivesse Marine Collagen Cream*

This was my first introduction to Jivesse as I have not used the skincare products previously. Jivesse products contain a combination of ingredients designed to boost collagen production and reduce the formation of wrinkles. I am a believer in prevention is better than cure so I often incorporate anti-ageing products into my skincare regime regardless of the fact that I am still in my twenties. 

Jivesse marine collagen cream along with containing collagen and argierline (a cosmetic alternative to botox) is fortified with anti-oxidants like Vitamin C to keep the skin firm. The 50ml cream comes in an airless container to ensure purity, with an easy to dispense pump.

My Thoughts

Jivesse marine collagen cream has been such a welcome addition to my evening skincare routine. Although recommended for use both morning and night I have been enjoying using it as the last step in my skincare routine before bed. The cream is rich and svery moisturising on the skin. I have also found it to be great for sensitive skin. At £80 I would consider this on the higher end of my skincare budget but I also believe moisturising is key when it comes to retaining the skin's youth and so this is an area I would always invest in.

jivesse marine collagen skincare review

 I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Have you tried Jivesse skincare before? Let me know your thoughts.

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Monday, 11 April 2016

O BAG STORE NORTH LONDON & GIVEAWAY


O Bag Store North London is every fashionista's shopping dream where you can customise your perfect handbag! If you follow my Periscope channel (@BoopFashionista) you will have seen that I was back at the O Bag Store in Crouch End, London on Sunday morning. I was thrilled to show you guys around the store and was lucky enough to build my own handbag* with the assistance of my viewers on Periscope. If you missed the live broadcast you can watch on replay at the end of this blog post. O Bag London have kindly sponsored a giveaway here on BecBoop (see entry details below) where you can win your own O Bag, see entry details further down. 

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Bag London fashion handbag

O Bag Store North London is a different in-store fashion concept to anything I have previously come across. You do not simply walk in to the O Bag store, pick out a purchase and leave, rather you enjoy the full experience of building your own handbag from start to finish! The option is also there to make your choices and order online but I would strongly recommend popping in-store if you are in London. 

The starting point is selecting which style of O Bag you would like - classic, mini or chic. Each O Bag body comes in a variety of colours. I went for the longer, narrow O Bag Chic in shade azure blue which is a neutral, light blue. You then decide what style of insert and handles to add to your O Bag and believe me it is a lot of fun trying out each style until you finally settle on your perfect O Bag. You can always come add more handles and inserts to your O Bag collection at a later date should you decide to change things up.

BecBoop OBag store north london
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I was lucky enough that my viewers on Periscope helped with the process and you can see my finished O Bag creation below. I opted for the long, tan handles and a beige, canvas insert. I really like this colour combination and think it will be great for my Summer wardrobe. I am already a big fan of O Bag, the bags are super practical and perfect for carrying around my blogging kit in London. I love that O Bag allows you to express your individuality through style by changing up the handles, inserts and accessories to suit your mood. We finished my O Bag by adding a cute tassel. I honestly had such a fun morning at the O Bag Factory and I have to thank Marcia for inviting me in and allowing me to share the experience with you here on BecBoop.

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Bag north london shopping handbag
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WIN AN O BAG

To take part entrants must use the Rafflecopter widget below. All entrants must follow both @BoopFashionista and @OBagFactory on Twitter. Once you have completed these easy steps there are a number of ways to gain additional entries including following @Bec_Boop on Instagram or  adding Bec_Boop on Snapchat. If you want even more chances of winning you can also add a daily entry tweet. It's that simple!

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Entrants must be residents of the United Kingdom and the giveaway will remain open for one week starting on 11 April '16. One winner will be selected at random when the giveaway closes and contacted by email with further details on how to claim their prize of one O Bag classic or mini body plus an insert and strap/handles. London based winner will be required to redeem in-store to enjoy the full experience otherwise winner may select online. See here for the Rafflecopter privacy policy

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 I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. How would you build your dream handbag? Colour, style, material....tell me all!

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