Wednesday, 1 June 2016

May Beauty Favourites


I didn't do a favourites last month, partly because I was so busy and partly because I wasn't 100% dedicated to any particular products. So because of that, I skipped last month and decided to wait until I had enough bits to show you before doing another favourites post. So some of the bits included today I have been using for 6-8 weeks so they are definitely the stand out products to me at the moment. There are a few lip products included too, I have been obsessed with changing out my lip look lately so these two are polar opposites to each other but I love them both equally!

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
I already have a post dedicated to this palette, but I have to say that this would be my No.1 favourite of the past couple of weeks. If you had shown this palette to me last year I wouldn't have put it near my face. But I am all about the warmer toned eyeshadows now and this is right up my street. There is a nice mixture of mattes and shimmer, subtle and more vibrate shades. I have been using this everyday since getting this and there are so many different looks that you can create. The quality of the eyeshadows are just so ridiculously good. If you can still get your hands on this I definitely recommend you do! 

 MAC Give Me Sun Bronzer
This is not a new product to my collection but I have just been obsessed with this over the past couple of months. If you are very fair this bronzer is not for you. It is a very pigmented, very warm toned bronzer. I love the formula of this because it never looks cakey on my skin. It is a very "skin-like" finish and it just seems to last all day on me. I have been going a little mad with the tan this month so this has just been the perfect bronzer to use while I do have that little (ha) bit more tan on. 

Catrice To Be ContiNUDEd Lipgloss
First lip obsession this month has been this lipgloss from Catrice. I have not gone a day without having this in my handbag since getting it. It is a beautiful nude-pink shade that has a gorgeous gloss to it. This is a really long-lasting gloss, but it's not overly glossy. It goes with my everyday make-up that I have been wearing recently and it really has been one of my go-to lip colours! I had to re-purchase it because my original one randomly fell apart in my locker at work and I was lost without it for the few days that I didn't have it! 

Kat Von D Bow & Arrow
I was very lucky to get this as a present from America. Kat Von D isn't available in Ireland (sob) so I was delighted to finally get to try some of her range. The shade Bow & Arrow seemed to be one of the most popular shades in her liquid lipstick range, and after looking at swatches online it looked like something I would like. It is the perfect brown-nude for me. I can wear it both with or without tan and it doesn't wash me out or look ashen on my lips. The lasting power in this is just phenomenal, but it doesn't dry overly matte. It feels very comfortable on the lips and once it's on it stays put and looks gorgeous! 

Dr Pawpaw Ointment 
This product has been very hyped up over the past couple of weeks, and rightly so! I first tried Pawpaw ointment a couple of years a go but at the time it wasn't readily available in Ireland. I spotted it at the till when I was paying for items recently and snapped it up! I have been addicted to this ever since. I use it everyday on my lips and I have not had any problems with dryness since! It is one of those "do it all" miracle products that you can use for a number of different things!

 Bioderma Hydrabio Gel Cream*
This has been the moisturiser that I have been reaching for over the past couple of weeks and I have really been loving it. It is a light gel consistency which sinks in almost instantly to the skin. It moisturises my skin really well but doesn't leave it feeling greasy or overly heavy. I have been using this both during the day under my make-up and at night time. I have combination skin so this really has worked well for me by combating the dry patches but not making the oily zones worse! I also love the packaging!  



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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Sleek Contour Palette

 
Contouring has really blown up over the past couple of months again, with lots of different companies releasing their versions of a contour palette. Cream contouring seems to be one of the biggest versions of contouring at the moment but also one of the most difficult to master. Sleek have released an "all cream" contour palette and its gotten a lot of hype online. I picked it up because I thought it would be a good starter into the world of cream contouring. Cream contouring isn't something I have ever done too much in the past. I've always thought it was too messy and it was always a bit of a risk doing it when I was already happy with my base. But when I spotted this from Sleek I thought it looked really simple to use and everything needed was there.The kit comes in three shades, light, medium and dark. I went for the light one, because even though I wear a good bit of fake tan, I am naturally very fair and I wanted to be able to use it both ways.

First impression of the palette was that the creams were a lot softer than I expexted. They have a very liquid consistency which makes them very easy to apply and blend, without looking or feeling cakey on the skin. The way I have been using it has been to use the first shade on the top row which has a yellow tint to it, under my eyes to brighten and get rid of my dark circles. I then use the third shade on the top row to highlight any areas I want, such as the bridge of my nose, cheekbones and a bit on the centre of my forehead. I then use a mixture of the second and third shades on the bottom to contour. I put it on the tops of my forehead, under my cheekbones, jawline and  sometimes I put a little down the sides of my nose.


I have used both a brush and a make-up sponge to blend the product out and it works equally well with both. The brush gives a more dramatic look while a sponge gives a more sheer finish. Once set with a translucent powder the product doesn't budge. It makes such a difference and really comes across well in photos. It just gives your face a little bit of extra dimension and brightening to your face. If you are looking to start of in the cream contouring world, or would like a handy kit that has everything together this one is perfect.

It is available from Boots online here for €13.99.
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette


You may (or may not!) have noticed that it has been a while since my last blog post. So far I haven't posted anything this month and I didn't do a monthly favourites for April. Life just got a little busy and to be honest I wasn't putting as much time and effort into my blog or beauty things in general in the last few weeks. But I am back, I feel like I have my mojo back and I have a few new exciting products that I can't wait to review for you over the next few weeks! The first one is something I have been dying to get my hands on since the preview pictures started popping up on Instagram a few months ago. If you had shown me this palette a year or two a go, it would never have been one that I would jump for. I used to be all about the cooler tones in my eyeshadows and would never touch a warm toned palette. But ever since I started using Urban Decay's Riff, I have fallen in love with the warmer tones and have been using them pretty consistently since. So when I first seen this palette, it looked absolutely perfect for my new warm-toned obsession. 

This was available on Debenhams.ie which is where I purchased it from, and the delivery was pretty quick. It took about three working days to arrive via courier which isn't bad considering I thought it would be much longer to be fair. I was so excited when I finally got my hands on it, I had to be so restrained because I had to be a typical blogger and photograph it before swatching...which was so painful!First thing you notice about this palette is the smell...yes it smells like peaches! This is the first palette I have gotten from Too Faced and I think it's really cool that they have added fragrance to their products to match the names. I was a bit worried that this would irritate my eyes but so far so good, and I haven't had any problems! This palette is every warm eyeshadow lovers dream. It contains 18 shadows that all compliment each other and that could work together beautifully. There is a mix of matte, shimmer, and one slightly glittery shade along with a nice decent sized mirror. 


I was in love with these shadows at first swatch. I have never useed anything like these before, and they are totally worth the money. The shadows are so unbelievably soft and blend-able it is unreal. Along with being amazingly pigmented makes them one of my favourite eyeshadows ever. The quality of is palette is so high that I can see why so many people rave so much about Too Faced. They blend so easily together and the colour combinations that are included make it so easy to create any sort of eye look that you want. I have used this for both work and nights out and it really does make it so easy to go from one to the other. This has been the palette I have reached for the most so far this month and I can confidently say that it will make an appearance in my monthly favorites.

If you can get your hands on one of these palettes I would 100% recommend that you do. The shadows are amazing quality and the colours are so on trend and would suit so many people!
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Friday, 29 April 2016

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette


 When I seen Jaclyn Hill post this on her snapchat I went out the next day and bought it. Even though I would buy most things that she talks about, this just looked amazing. In her snapchat you could see how intense this highlighter was instantly and I knew I needed it in my life. After I found out it was from Sleek - one of the most affordable but high quality brands ever - I had to get it. There was actually only one left when I got to a Sleek stand so there must have been a big demand on it after Jaclyn posted about it. 

 There are three powders and one cream in this quad and they are all of different shades. There is a champagne cream and then a pink, gold and yellow powder. So there should be something to suit different looks and some different skintones. If you are very dark then this definitely would not be for you. It is so highly pigmented that it would show up too pale on your skintone. But if you are of the fairer complexion, you need this in your life! You barely need to touch your brush on the product to get some on it. I would advise to start off lighter on this and build up gradually because if you go in too heavy with it straight away it will be a little too in your face. 

The powders are amazing quality for the price. They don't come across as overly glittery on the skin - instead just giving a very intense sheen to the skin. Once you have your product on your brush, be sure to tap off the excess because the powders can be slightly chalky and to avoid the caked look. As you can see from the swatches they are incredibly intense and a little bit goes a long way. They do last very well throughout the day and remain as vivid as when you first apply them.


 It is called an "eye palette" by Sleek but I have been using this as a face highlighter and I really like how it has been looking. It is available at Sleek counters or online here for €14.49!

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Collection Lipliners | Nude Pink & Cappuccino


Collection is never a brand I usually tend to go for, apart from their concealer there was very little that I have tried. But I seen so many people mentioning these lip-liners that I decided to give them a go. I am a completely changed woman when it comes to lip-liner. I would never have reached for a lip-liner before last year, and now I would find it difficult to do my make up without it. I love a really creamy liner to out-line and fill in my lips. It really makes the difference to the longevity of my lipstick and the over all appearance.

I first seen these lip-liners popping up on people's Instagrams and Snapchats, but found them hard to get my hands on in store. The stands always seemed to be empty or only having used products on them. So when I eventually did spot a fully stocked stand, I snapped up two different shades. The two that I chose were "Nude Pink" and "Cappuccino". Both more neutral shades and lovely to wear on their own or under a lipstick.

I am absolutely blown away by these lip-liners, and for the price you really can't go wrong! For under €5, you need to pick some of these up! The formula of these lip-liners is so creamy and pigmented. A little goes a long way with these pencils. They last so well on me, and really do help my lipstick last longer on top. They go on so easily and you don't need to drag on your lips to get colour. These colours are absolutely gorgeous and would look fabulous on so many people. Nude Pink is almost like MAC "Brave" in lip-liner form, and Cappuccino is a gorgeous brown shade. These have become staples in my make-up bag, and have replaced the likes of my Charlotte Tilbury or MAC lip-liners. 


If you spot a Collection stand with these on them, I definitely recommend you pick one or two up. You really won't regret it! Let me know if you've tried these and if you have, what you think!
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Friday, 22 April 2016

W7 Banana Dreams Loose Powder


I have been eyeing up the Ben Nye banana powder ever since it exploded onto the beauty scene, but I couldn't justify it at that price when I wasn't sure if it would suit me or if I would even use it. Then I spotted W7 were doing a "dupe" for it. The first day I seen it in a shop I didn't pick it up, and by the time I went back to buy it, it had sold out...everywhere. How typical. About a month or so ago I spotted that it was back in stock in Cara Pharmacy so I ordered one. 

I have been using this mainly for setting under my eyes and brightening. I don't think I am brave enough to put this all over my face, although I'd imagine for counteracting redness this would help. I can only really use this when I have a decent bit of tan on as otherwise it is too dark for my pasty skin. But for under the eyes, with tan on- it does a decent job of keeping my concealer where it is meant to be and it offers brightening properties. 

As you can see from my swatch, it doesn't look overly yellow but has a vibrant vanilla undertone. If you are looking for something to brighten up under eye circles or even to brighten up your complexion I would recommend you give this a go. It is under €5 so you can't really go wrong! If you see it, snap it up because it always seems to be sold out!


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Monday, 18 April 2016

Seventeen Wow Concealer


I have been loving trying out different concealers lately, and have really been trying to get a highlighted look under my eyes the past while because they have been looking less than bright. So when the new concealers from Seventeen came through my door I was so excited to give them a go. I received two shades to try out and I have been flicking between the two, depending on how much tan I have on.

On first impression, the packaging of these concealers are very impressive. The gold packaging is very comparable to some higher end products. They look and feel lovely to use and to have in your make-up bag. So straight away I was really excited to use them. As you can see from the swatches below the medium shade has a slight pink undertone which makes it ideal for cancelling out the dark circles.

I found both of these concealers offered really nice coverage that lasted well though-out the day. They did a brilliant job at cancelling out the darkness that I have under my eyes but offering a decent amount of brightening too. I have been reaching for the medium one for under my eyes and the light one for more general highlighting on my face, forehead, nose etc.


I am so impressed with these concealers, they are amazing quality for the price. They are available to buy online here for €6.99!


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