This is by no means a new tip in the world of makeup. But it’s handy to know if you’ve taken a chance and picked up a pencil eyeliner or lipliner that is just crap! It happens to the best of us, we think’ oh that looks nice, or that’s cheap’, but there’s no way of testing it out in the shop or you buy it online. You bring it home and it just doesn’t give any pay off, or it’s dry and it drags on your skin.

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So my tip is, grab a lighter, or a match whatever you have to hand. And of course grab that stupid liner.

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Run the pencil under the flame for a couple of seconds. Don’t leave it for too long, it will melt the product and you may end up with a fire on your hands too, noone wants that!

What this does is warm up the product and makes it softer so it’s easier to apply. Apply it to the back of your hand first to make sure its not too hot and of course that the heat has actually worked on it.

You will hopefully see the product applies a bit more easily on the skin and the colour pay off should be a bit better too.

Give it a go and let me know. I know it’s a bit more effort than using a decent pencil, but it’s also better than throwing out the unused ones you may have lying around 🙂

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I am on a bit of shopping go slow since I have two holidays lined up for this year. But the summer is nearly at an end already, can you believe it? So I had to make a pitt stop into Penneys, I wouldn’t be Irish if I didn’t would I really? And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t grab a little bit of makeup while I was having a nosey.

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It’s nothing too crazy, but thought I would share in case you are in the market for some affordable bits 🙂

First up, I got the other two Penneys PS Love lip liners that I don’t own. I have the brow shade 06 already and d’ya know what? They’re bloody good! And for €1.50 they’re even better!!

05 is the red and 07 is the pink

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Here they are swatched on my hand.

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From the Penneys range, I also got one of their Matte Lipstick Crayon’s to try aswell. This was €2.50.

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It’s in the shade 03, which is pretty much a blue toned hot pink.

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I also grabbed two things from the Catrice stand, I think I was very restrained, things could have gone alot worse for my bank balance 🙂

First up is their new (I think) Deluxe Trio Eyeshadow in 030 Rose Vintouch.

catrice deluxe trio eyeshadow 030

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It has three baked shades for creating a purple smoky eye.

Here they are swatched from left to right.

swatch catrice deluxe trio

I got one of their illuminating blushes in 030 ‘Kiss Me Ken’ too. I was eyeing up these blushes online the other day.

catrice illuminating blush

This one is pink but with a darker pink gradient on the top and bottom which I thought looked interesting. It has a gold sparkle running through it too.

catrice blush 030

Here it is swatched on the back of my hand.

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I also picked up lots of clothes bits and pieces which I snapped about over the weekend, so if you want to see more about them, come say hello over there. My user-name is Beautynook.

I will show you these shoes though. These are from the Penneys limited edition range, and they are the cutest pair of heels I own!!

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There you have it, a closer inspection of my Penneys and Catrice bits and bobs. I think I was pretty good what do you think?

As always thanks for reading, really appreciate it 🙂

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I bought the Rimmel Good To Glow on a bit of a whim when I was checking out the Kate Nude range they’ve just released. They were doing buy one product get another half price, so after searching the stand I settled on the Good To Glow Highlighter in 003 Soho Glow.

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This is actually the darker of the three shades they have, there is also 001 Notting Hill Glow and 002 Piccadilly Glow. Now if you know me you know I am as pale as anything, but I thought the more bronzed shade would be good for warming up makeup looks and making me look less dead and the likes 🙂

The Good To Glow is a liquid highlighter.

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Off the bat it smells really good, not relevant but still needs to be addressed. I think it smells a bit like Dior Hypnotic Poison, which is good in my books but if you don’t like that scent which I know alot don’t, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

The 003 Soho Glow comes out a nice warmish bronze colour at first, then when you start to blend it in, it fades to a really lovely radiant glow which just the slightest hint of colour.

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It doesn’t look too crazy on my skin, in fact it just warms it up a nice amount exactly what I wanted from the product.

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The formula is really lightweight and blends well with your fingers or a brush, it dries really quickly too with a non sticky residue, which is brilliant, particularly if you are more oily like me so you’re not left with unwanted oiliness on your skin.

You can use the Rimmel Good To Glow as a base for your makeup or as a subtle highlight on the high points of your face and chest. What I like to do with it, is mix a little into my foundation for a just a touch of glow rather than a completely matte base.

I really like this products, it’s a nice subtle addition to your summer makeup routine for a touch of added glow. At €6.49 from Boots, it definitely won’t break the bank either. 🙂

 

Last night I attended the Irish press launch of the brand Flormar. Now I know Flormar is a brand that has been around a while now. It originated in Milan in the 70’s and is now based in Turkey. It was available in Ireland for a short time too a couple of years ago, but now it is being relaunched into pharmacies around the country aswell as The Cosmetic Outlet in Dublin 8 and online too.

I myself had never tried Flormar, so I was very excited to bring home a goodie bag at the end of a lovely evening in The Residence.

I thought I would show you the products us bloggers got just to give you a little impartial look at some of what the brand has to offer.

Flormar itself has a whole range of cosmetics, including over 1000 different nail polishes, holy crap, so there is plenty of choice for us and everything is priced below €12.95!

First up we have the product their Bronzing Powder.

flormar bronzing powder

Flormar First Impression (6)

flormar ireland bronzer

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This bronzer is huge, you get 33grams of product for €9.95.

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After swatching the bronzer I can say it’s really pigmented and soft to the touch aswell. You can see it on my arm above, swatched and then beside it a swatch more blended into the skin. It has sparkles in the pan but applies matte.

Next up is their Illuminating Primer Make-up Base.

flormar illuminating primer

This comes in a 30ml bottle with a pump and will cost you €9.95. Flormar say it’s infused with green tea and acacia to soothe and nourish the skin.

It comes out white on the skin initially.

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But then when it blends and dries it leave a nice sheeny (but not greasy base).

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I wonder how this will fare on my oily skin?

We also got an eyeshadow palette in our bags.

flormar colour palette eyeshadow

flormar eyeshadow

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This is called ‘Nude Dudes’ and will set you back €9.95. It contains 5 matte brown shades including a warmer brown colour which is pretty rare to find in your local chemist. I for one am happy about this.

I’ve only swatched them on my arm so far, but like the bronzer, they were very soft and easy to blend.

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The lightest shade is the exact same colour as my pale ass skin so it doesn’t show up too well on camera. It will make the perfect base colour for my lids though 🙂

We got two lip products to try out aswell.

First up the Flormar Longwearing lipgloss in ‘Backstage’.

flormar longwearing lipgloss Backstage

flormar beautynookI actually wore this today, the hot magenta colour lured me in. It’s not sticky on the lips at all and the colour pay off is pretty impressive. It has little reflective sparkles throughout it aswell. The lipglosses cost €5.95 each.

flormar backstage lipgloss

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The other lip product is one of their Revolution lipsticks in the shade ‘Provocative Orange’.

flormar revoloution lipstick

I love the packaging of these 🙂

flormar revolution lipstick provocative orange

And the pay off isn’t bad either, in fact it’s pretty bloody good.

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This has a really soft texture to it and went on no problems at all. The colour is also pretty gorge too right? The Flormar Revolution Lipsticks will cost us €6.95.

Finally in our goodie bag, there was Jelly Look nail enamel.

flormar jelly look nail polish

flormar nail polishThis is in the colour Turquoise Green, I love it. There’s plenty of colours in the nail polish range to choose from though so don’t worry 🙂

I just swatched it quickly on one of my nails. This is two coats and no top coat applied.

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It applied easy enough and I love the long handle on it, I think it helps with the application. Not sure of a definite price on these but I will add it in as soon as I know.

Overall, I’m actually pretty impressed with what I have seen of the Flormar brand. I think it will be a welcome addition to our ‘drugstore’ makeup brand selection.

What do you think? Have you used the brand before? Let me know.

xxx

 

 

Makeup Revolution is pretty new to Irish shores. We could buy it online but never in store. Now we have a couple of stands, just in the Superdrug’s we have here in Dublin. So still not the easiest to get if you don’t live in the county 🙁

I picked up a few bits which I documented here in a blogpost a while ago.

One of them was their Radiance Palette.

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This is a trio of their highlighters. If you are a makeup fiend you may be thinking these look familiar? Well you would be right there.

This palette has a remarkable resemblance to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which I also have in my possession.

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These are being compared alot online. The Makeup Revolution Palette is being deemed a dupe for the Hourglass. They look really similar in the pan but of course the Makeup Revolution one is a hell of alot cheaper than the Hourglass palette. So do they compare?

Beautynook Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette V Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

irish beauty blog close up makeup revolution radiance palette                                                            Close up shots of both palettes

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Here is the Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette swatched on my arm from left to right.

makeup revolution radiance palette swatch

Then, here is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette swatched in the same way. Radiance Light first, Incandescent Light in the middle and then Dim Light.

Hourglass ambient lighting palette swatch

I think the Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette fares ok. The palette itself is grand. It had a good sized mirror within a plastic casing and the powders are housed pretty firmly inside. The product is a little powdery and takes alot of building up in my humble opinion. It disappears as you blend it into the skin, but you can eventually get there and build up a glow with them. They have quite a sparkly finish.

As I reiterate in most of my posts I have oily skin, and I find the Radiance Palette doesn’t last very long on me. After a couple of hours of applying any of them, I can’t really see the product anymore, it’s like it just sinks in, not great 🙁 It may work better on drier skin? I don’t know.

So what about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette?

I have this palette a long time now and really love it. I love the sleek packaging (even though it’s plastic) and then the powders inside are just so soft and buttery to the touch. They blend into the skin without much effort at all. They glide onto the skin much easier and they last much longer on me personally then the Makeup Revolution ones. They look more soft focus than the Radiance Palette, which I prefer too.

There is a pretty substantial price difference between these two. The Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette will set you back €10.35 and the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is a whopping €68!

On comparing the palettes, it really comes down to brass tax, you get what you pay for. There is often amazing similar products (I find the word ‘dupe’ hard so I’ll go with similar ha)  to be found in the ‘drugstore’, of course, and I love to hunt them out and shout them from the rooftop, but I personally don’t think I have found one this time. They definitely look similar, but they do not perform the same at all.

In conclusion, I think the Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette is OK as a shimmery highlighter palette, I don’t think I would repurchase it, whereas I think the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is a gorgeous face powder/ soft focus highlighting palette and I would splurge on it all over again. That is my over analytic summation anyways 🙂

Do you have either? Or both? Let me know what you think.

xxx

Ok, I’ll hold my hands up I’ve never actually used the Benefit Gimme Brow so I can’t really compare. But seeing it in action online and on other people I reckon the Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel is a really good…alternative to it 🙂 And the best part is, it will only set you back 3 quid!!

Essence Makeup Me Brow Brow GelI picked mine up in Penneys/Primark but I am sure you can get this in any place that stocks Essence. I got the darker shade but there is a light one, which I might get aswell, to have, just in case 🙂

Essence Make Me Brow reviewThe packaging itself is tiny and so is the brush which is awesome because you can really use it to catch onto every eyebrow hair. The gel itself is coloured and has tiny fibres on it to help bulk up the brows you already have. So you can use it on it’s own for a naturally enhanced look. Great for days when you just don’t feel like doing much but you want to look somewhat put together.

It doesn’t go hard or flakey which is a really important element. That is one of my pet peeves with brow gel. Your caterpillars still feel soft and…hair like when the gel has dried.

I personally have a hate relationship with my damn brows so I would usually use the Make Me Brow over powder or pencil or even both depending on my brow mood. But I have used it below on a clean brow to show you the subtle but definite difference it gives.

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Before Make Me Brow Application

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After Make Me Brow Application

 

Can you see it? Don’t judge my brow it’s the best one I have 🙂

Honestly, I cannot say anything bad about the Essence Make Me Brow. Its such a great little product with a great little price to boot. If you’ve been toying with getting the Benefit Gimme Brow, give the Make Me Brow a go first, you’ve nothing to loose sure 🙂

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