Sunday, 28 February 2016

Ciara Daly Makeup Brushes Review

Hello Again
A couple of weeks ago I was very kindly sent out some amazing products from Ciara Daly Makeup to try out and review. Ciara is based on the Lisburn road in Belfast so I was thrilled to be able to try some products made locally in Northern Ireland.
On opening the parcel I was left opened mouthed and surprised, I had been sent out the full makeup brush range with 4 different brush sets and the AMAZING hero brush. Not only was I kindly sent out the brushes but also the purifying brush cleaner and the Brush Egg.
I was like a kid on Christmas day!
On opening all of the various sets I could not wait to try them out and oh my goodness I was not let down. There is a brush for every little thing from your foundation to your lips, Ciara Daly's Brush sets cover it all!
The 4 different sets are the Diva Brow Collection, Goddess Collection, Phoenix Collection and the Desire Duo Collection. Then there is the beautiful Hero Brush which is sold seperately. The brush sets all have there own colour on the front of the packaging which I thought was a brilliant idea as it is easier to remember the colour than all the collection names :)
Diva Brow Collection
The Diva Brow Collection as the name suggests is for your brows and the set comes with 1 dual ended eyebrow brush which has a spoolie at one end and an angled brow brush at the other end, and 1 slanted sable brush which is perfect for doing your eyebrow liner or eyeliner.
The packaging colour for the Diva Brow Collection is an orange/peach colour and shows the products included.  Also inside is a leaflet with directions on how to use each product.
The brushes are lovely and soft, yet sturdy when using to apply product. I love the dual ended brush as its so easy to brush your brow hairs and then apply product without looking for another brush.
Diva Brow Collection - £16.00
Goddess Collection
The Goddess Collection is designed to give you "great cheeks every time" with the set including 1 ultimate contouring brush, 1 cheek bone blush brush and 1 highlighting blending brush. Perfect to give you a nice sculpted look.
The packaging colour for the Goddess collection is a lovely hot pink colour and again includes the same little detailed leaflet on how to use the products.
The blusher brush in this set is soo soft it is like silk on your skin, and it gives such a lovely finish to your blusher. The contouring brush is made from goat hair which makes it so easy to get a nice clean line when sculpting your face. Finally the highlighting blending brush is just the perfect size for applying powder to the top of the cheek bones, it is rather dense so its easy to get the correct amount of product you want without overdoing it.
Goddess Collection - £32.00
Phoenix Collection
The Phoenix collection is all about the eyes and what an amazing set this is. There are 4 different brushes in this collection and they are a shadow accent brush, an under eye smudge brush, a socket blending brush and lastly a base blending brush. Perfect for any eye look!
The Phoenix collection packaging colour is a lovely blue colour and the brushes came in a luxurious velvet pouch.
These 4 brushes range in size and density which is perfect for blending and packing shadows. The base blending brush is great for your transition shade. The shadow accent brush is brilliant for all over the eye lid and if you want a smokey eye this is the ideal size for doing it. The socket blending brush is good for the inside corners or for blending out any flicks/wings. If you like to apply shadow/liner to the lower lash line this brush is tiny and ideal for giving you a detailed flawless look.
Phoenix Collection - £32.00
Desire Duo Collection
The Desire Duo collection is the last set in the brush collection but by no means least. The set consists of 1 flat lip brush and 1 rounded lip brush, perfect for giving you the perfect pout :)
The packaging of the Desire Duo collection brushes is a vibrant green colour.
I love these brushes as they are perfect in size and the rounded lip brush is nice and dense to make applying product so easy, while the flat lip brush is more soft and gentle it can be used for outlining the lips but can also be used for under the eyes or covering any blemishes!
Desire Duo - £16.00
We then have the best foundation brush I have EVER tried...
Hero Brush
On opening this little beauty I could not believe just how soft the bristles were! It literally feels like a little fluffy chick its beautiful. When I took the Hero Brush out of its net covering I was surprised at how dense the bristles were and just how many there were.
On applying my foundation onto the top of the brush I started to buff it into my skin in circular motions and woahh, my foundation went on so easily and flawlessly I was left open mouthed by how good the brush actually is. I used hardly any product and the coverage the brush gave was astonishing. Even my partner came in and asked had I used a new foundation!!
I adore this brush and reach for it every time I apply my foundation now. 
Hero Brush - £25.00
After using all the brushes in the Collection it came to cleaning them, which is a job I HATE doing however I gave the Purifying Brush Cleaner a go and have to admit it did make cleaning my brushes a lot easier.
I simply poured some of the brush cleaner into a small bowl, dipped my brushes in and then rubbed them up and down the Brush Egg, which took a lot of the product out quickly and effectively. The only down side is cleaning the brush egg a lot as the make up sticks in the ridges.
Purifying Brush Cleaner - £7.00 
Egg Brush - £3.00
All of the products featured in my review can by found online at 
I would just like to say a massive thank you to the lovely girls at Ciara Daly Makeup for sending me such amazing products.
I hope you enjoyed this review and if you want to know anymore please contact me on my facebook or on here :)
Victoria xx

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

My first ever review... and its on nía products

Hello Everyone...

I have decided to write my first ever review on Nía products.

A little bit about Nía

Nía is a range of skincare and beauty products which are all created in Ireland. Nía is the Irish word for 'Radiance' and that is definitely how your skin feels after using their products. Celia O'Grady is an expert in skincare and has over 30 years experience, this is what inspired her to create her own range of face and body care.

All Nía products are made using natural superfood ingredients making them beautiful for the skin and body.

The Products

I was very kindly sent out two different products to try... Just Balm and also the Intensive Restoring Facial Hydrating Cream. I had researched both items and could not wait to try them. I suffer from very itchy dry skin on my legs so was really excited about the 'Just Balm'.

Just Balm

When this product arrived the first thing I noticed was the beautiful design of the tub, silver and blue with a very simply and delicate design. I was expecting the balm to be a creamy runny consistency, however was surprised to find it more of a yogurt mouse like consistency. I was having an 'itchy day' with my legs and within 5 minutes of applying this product my legs had stopped itching... yayyy.

The product was very easily applied and I didn't need to use much to cover a large area. Just Balm is soft and silky on application and dries within a couple of minutes, which is great if you are in a rush!

Just Balm is free from all additives and preservatives and is simply made from a blend of skin oils and butters which makes it suitable for treating a range of problems such as irritation, skin rashes, shaving rash, dermatitis, eczema, flaky skin and psoriasis. The product can also be used on babies and young children, making it a great product for the whole family!

Intensive Restoring Facial Hydrating Cream

My face is very temperimental and a lot of creams and lotions turn my face into a red raw mess, so I was delighted to be able to try this facial cream. 

The facial cream is a "soothing aloe and oat facial cream to calm and hydrate" and states that it is used to "Hydrate and comfort dry thirsty skin"... A lot to live up to and on trying the product out for over 3 weeks I can safely say that it does EXACTLY as it states. My skin had no irritation at all. My skin felt smooth, refreshed and renewed after use.

Again the packaging is beautiful with a simple nude peach coloured label and silver top and bottom. It is a pump applicator which makes it easy to use the correct amount of product without wasting any! On application the facial cream is rather heavily scented, however its a fresh soft apricot scent, but if you like your products to be fragrance free then this one isn't for you.

Overall I was really impressed with this brand and will be repurchasing the 'Just Balm' as its such a good all rounder and can be used on everyone!

Just Balm - 150ml - 12.95 / £10.24
Intensive Restoring Hydrating Facial Cream - 50 ml - 24.95 / £19.74

For more information or to buy any of the products go to 

Hope you all enjoyed my first review post and I will have some more up soon ... I would love it if you could all give my other social media sites a little look and like :) 


Victoria xx

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Background Info on me

Hi Everyone

So I thought now that I have my facebook, instagram and other social media pages set up I should let everyone know more about the person behind Dotty Diamond.

About me...

Name - Victoria Murray
D.O.B - 01-04-90
Location - Ballymoney
Pets - 1 cat called Doris
Relationship - Been with my partner Christopher for 2 years
Favorite colour - Pink
Favorite place in the world - New York
Family - Mum, Dad and Brother
Favorite food - Chicken or Salmon
Shoe size - 7 or 8
Occupation - Volunteer coordinator
Tattoo's - 8
Allergies - Penicillin

And that's pretty much all about me... but why chose the name Dotty Diamond.. well I drive a DS3 which I call Dotty, and my birthstone is Diamond. So I combined the two and boom Dotty Diamond became a reality.

My blog will be mostly beauty, lifestyle, plus-size fashion and some photography. That's enough from me for now but i will chat soon.


Victoria xx

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Dotty Diamond Blog is born

Hello everyone

I suppose I should start by introducing myself. (I never know what to say!)

I'm Victoria, 25 and live in Ballymoney. I work as a volunteer coordinator for a community radio station called fuse fm, which runs 9am-11pm daily.

So I suppose I should explain why I started blogging... Well it's something I had thought about since I was about 20, but never had the courage to start. I always worried about the what if's and the negative's until this last couple of months.

My health has never been great but recently it has got worse, I am due to start new treatment for a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa which will mean I have to inject myself and attend lots of hospital appointments, so this blog will be my little escape to take my mind of it.

As well as written blog posts, I will also be doing a radio show once a month where I will talk about new products I have tried, some of my favourite products and any other wee bits and bobs.

I hope I haven't bored you all too much... and I will check back in soon.


Victoria xx