Beautynook officially turns one year old today! Happy blog birthday to me πŸ™‚ I just wanted to say thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time to read my words, for interacting with me and social media and for just generally being sound people. To say I enjoy doing this blogging malarkey would be an understatement. I know there is so many people in the community now, so for you to still take the time out and pop over to Beautynook makes my day…my year in fact πŸ™‚

Ok, enough of the soppy stuff, I put together some goodies to give-away as a little thank you.

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Here are some close ups too, just in case πŸ™‚

beauty bloggertop irish beauty blogbeauty blog irelandbeauty blogger irelandIf you fancy winning Beautynook blog birthday giveaway, there’s goodies from Catrice, L’Occitane,Penneys,Cocoa Brown,L’Oreal,Organic Surge, Revlon,Tarte and Essence, all you have to do is:

Comment on this post, you can say whatever you want…once it’s not mean πŸ™‚

Follow me on any social media you have. I am going to put all the entries together so if you enter on them all, it will give you extra chances to win:

Facebook

On Facebook, obviously like my page, like the post I put up about the competition, share and tag some friends in the comments.

Instagram

Twitter

If you want to enter on Instagram on Twitter, just screen grab a picture of the giveaway and tag me in it using the hastag #beautynookturns1

Snapchat ‘Beautynook’ (my code is on the right side of this page too)

If you want to enter on Snapchat, send me a message saying you want to enter.

For another extra chance, subscribe to my Youtube channel here aswell.

Sure, if you’re not in, you can’t win πŸ™‚

Just wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to enter!

Thanks so much for everything I really appreciate it.

Now, get entering and good luck πŸ™‚

Gemma

xxx

 

I am on a bit of a budget roll at the minute, I don’t know what has gotten into me…maybe the post Christmas poorness πŸ™‚ This post is going to be about budget contour palettes, that I have and use in my makeup collection. Contouring has come such a long way in the makeup world, it used to be a drag industry secret and now most of us do some form of it on a daily basis. I know it’s not for everyone, but personally I love a bit of chiselling, anything to make my chubby chops look more defined πŸ™‚

I chose 3 contour palettes to showcase in this post:

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First up is the newest of the bunch, the Catrice Prime And Fine Professional Contouring palette.

catrice prime and fine contour paletteThis comes in different shades which is very handy, I have the colour 010 Ashy Radiance.

irish beauty bloggerbeauty blog irelandAshy is the important word here, especially for paler skin. A powder with a grey undertone, creates more of a shadow so in theory looks more natural. I really like this palette. The highlighter is more on the subtle side, so good if you just want to add a hint of a glow to the cheekbones. The contour side is soft, pigmented and blends well in the skin.

irish makeup and beauty bloggerThis will set you back €4.50.

 

Next up is the Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit

seventeen define & conquerThis is a little different as both of the shades in this contour palette are matte.

makeup blog irelandI like this take on it because the ‘highlight’ shade can double up as a setting powder for lighter skinned gals and then works as a subtle more brightening shade maybe under the eyes for darker skinned lovelies.

The contour shade is a little more on the warm side, so this would double up as an all over matte bronzer shade as well as getting away with being a contouring colour.

makeup and beauty blog irelandYou can buy the Seventeen Define & Conquer palette in Boots and it costs €8.49, but they are always on special.

 

My last choice I think is my favourite and is the most pocket friendly of them all. The W7 Hollywood Bronze & Glow.

w7 hollywood bronze & glowIt bares a bit of a resemblance to a much more expensive contour palette, right? πŸ™‚

top irish beauty blogThis little duo resides in my handbag and it gets so much use. The contour shade does have a sheen and a warm undertone to it, but it’s soft and blends out really well on the skin so you can still get away with it for contouring. I adore the highlight shade. It’s a really pretty golden shimmer, not at all bitty or glittery. I use it on my cheekbones, on my lids even and it’s a lovely inner corner highlight too.

top irish beauty bloggerAnd the best part? It’s €3.75. Cara Pharmacy sell them online here

Three contour palettes for three decent prices. What do you think? Are you a contouring queen or not really into it? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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Sleek Makeup products have donned my makeup collection before we could even get our mitts on them easily here in Ireland. I am a big fan so it’s great to see the brand in so many pharmacies around the country now.

I am predicting their newest Sleek Makeup iDivine eyeshadow palette called ‘A New Day’ is going to be a resounding hit if I base it on all of you lovely people asking about in on social media πŸ™‚

irish beauty blogI have it in my possession less than a week and I committed a beauty blogging cardinal sin…I used it before taking pictures on my DSLR camera, the shame, oh the shame. I just couldn’t wait to dig in though, so will you forgive me? Ok now that confession is out of the way lets dig into the important bit, the swatching πŸ™‚

As with all iDivine eyeshadow palettes from Sleek Makeup, there are 12 eyeshadows within.

sleek makeup irelandThere is a great mix of mattes, shimmers and satin finish shadows, which is really appreciated. It means you don’t have to go from palette to palette when you’re creating a look. Handy for travelling too. I always use an eyeshadow primer. I have oily lids so it’s a complete necessity for me. With a primer added though the Sleek Shadows tend to stay put on me really well.

I’ve swatched them left right:

‘Sun is Shining’.

irish beauty blogger‘Brightside’.

irishbeautyblog‘Daydreamer’.

irish makeup and beauty blog‘Let It Go’.

makeup and beauty blog ireland‘Don’t Worry’. (my personal fave πŸ™‚ )

beauty blog ireland‘Be Happy’.

top irish beauty blog‘Feelin’ Good’.

top beauty blog ireland‘Silver Lining’.

sleek makeup a new day palette‘Shine On’.

irish beauty blog‘Carpe Diem’.

irish makeup and beauty blog‘Believer’.

irish makeup blog‘H-A-P-P-Y’.

irish makeup bloggerHow cute are the names by the way? All positive connotations. Love it πŸ™‚

The Sleek Makeup ‘A New Day’ palette will be available nationwide in stores from the 8th next Monday onwards. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, if you’re that way inclined πŸ™‚ And of course you can buy Sleek online too here from Boots and Cloud10Beauty here

The Sleek iDivine Palettes usually cost €9.99 not a bad price point at all!

Will it be on your shopping list?

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Β Sleek are such an awesome affordable brand. They do so many great eyeshadow palettes (amongst other things of course). The colour range and the choice of finishes are really second to none within the more ‘drugstore market’.

Today’s really easy (remember I’m not a makeup artist) look is courtesy of the Sleek Vintage Romance Palette. You can pick it up from Boots here.

Sleek Vintage Vamp Palette

I think this would make a great Christmas party makeup. The Vintage Romance palette offers great shades for bit of shimmer and a bit of smoke. This look would work well on a more hooded eye shape too as the concentration of colour is on the lash line.

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I started out as always by priming my lids and adding a matte skin colour shadow over top.

I took some of the shade ‘Propose in Prague’, the only matte shade in the Vintage Romance Palette.

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I applied a wash of this with a blending brush into my crease, just to add a little definition and give the lid colour something to blend into.

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I then used the colour ‘Lust In LA’, which is a shimmery taupe.

beauty blogger beautynookI patted this with a flat shader brush all over my lid.

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Then with a clean blending brush just did some window wiper motions to blend it into the crease colour πŸ™‚

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To smoke things up a little, I took some ‘Forever In Florence’. a dark purple shimmer.

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I patted this quite thickly along my lash line.

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This colour comes out much more purple over the ‘Lust In LA’ shade and I wanted it a little darker, so did the same thing again with the darkest shade in the palette ‘Love In London’.

top irish beauty blog vintage romance paletteI used a small more precise brush and kept the colour more to the lash line so ‘Forever In Florence’ is still visible.

top irish beauty bloggertop irish beauty blog beautynooktop irish beauty blogger beautynookIf you lose some colour intensity you can just go back in and apply more of the colour.

I added some lashes and a slick of liquid liner to the band, totally optional of course, you can just do mascara by all means.

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For the lower lash line I went a bit colourful, you can of course just add the darkest shade to smoke things out more and or just leave bare and add some mascara.

On the outer half of my eye, I used the true purple shade in the palette ‘Bliss In Barcelona’.

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Then to brighten things up a bit I used the light gold shimmery shade in the Vintage Romance palette ‘Meet In Madrid’.

irish makeup blogWith a pencil brush I applied this under the rest of my eye and on the inner corner.

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I finished off the eyes with some brown liner in the upper and lower waterline, some mascara to my lower lashes and a light shimmery brow highlight.

beautynook beauty blogger And then we’re dunzo!

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I hadn’t used this palette in so long and a few of you had told me it was your fave Sleek eyeshadow palette, so hopefully if you own it, this might give you some inspiration.

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Thanks as always for stopping by πŸ™‚

xxx

 

I get so many questions about the brand Flormar that has been unleashed once again here in Ireland. I spoke briefly about them here, when I first tried some of their products and did a review of their Perfect Coverage Liquid Concealer here. So far everything I have used from the brand has been really lovely, including the Flormar Color Palette Eyeshadows.

Flormar Color Palette EyeshadowI have two of the Flormar Color Palette Eyeshadow palettes in my possession, but there is plenty of colour choices to choose from in the range.

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All of the Flormar Color Palette Eyeshadows contain 5 shadows with a mixture of colours and textures that are all complimentary to each other.

The ‘Nude Dudes’ is a great neutral palette choice.

Flormar irish beauty blogirish makeup and beauty bloggerMatte shadows are not always easy to get a hold of in the more affordable makeup category so this is a great little find. The shadows are creamy, blendable and pigmented. Here they are swatched on my arm, the lightest shade in the palette is the exact shame shade as my skin (you can’t actually see it, but I promise it’s there πŸ™‚ ). So if you’re pale like me, this is a great blending shade to have in your collection.

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Dee from Viva Adonis totally enabled the other Flormar Color Palette Eyeshadow I own.

irish beauty blogirish beauty blog beautynookPink Desserts is such a gorgeous little shimmery palette. I know the colours look a little scary, but I really love a burgundy eye myself πŸ™‚Β  Again, the shadows are soft, blend-able and pigmented, really easy to work with. The two darkest shades are my faves from the palette and get alot of love from me!

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The Flormar Color Palette Eyeshadows will set you back €9.95, not bad at all, right?

If you are wondering about your local stockists, check out the Flormar facebook page about section here or Simplyfoxy sell the brand online too!

Have you tried any Flormar? Let me know what your favourites are, I want to get more πŸ™‚

xxx

This is a really random post, but I just wanted to spread the word in case you haven’t seen them yet. Glamour are giving away Clinique goodies with their December issue. You can get a mascara, a moisturiser or one of two lip colour choices.

I wouldn’t be one to usually buy into this stuff, but I have been eyeing up the Clinique Pop Lip Colours on the Brown Thomas website and was actually going to pick a couple of them up. You lovely ladies of Snapchat let me know they were giving mini samples away with Glamour though and I raced out and bought two copies as there is two shades up for grabs πŸ™‚

I am so happy I did. The lipsticks themselves are a really good size, they won’t be running out after a couple of uses. The packaging itself is the same as the normal Pop lips just in a smaller size too which I really appreciate…it’s the little things πŸ™‚

The two shades you can pick up with the magazine are ‘Nude Pop’.

Clinique Nude PopThis is a really lovely pink nude, with a little shimmer running through it.

irish beauty blogclinique nude pop swatchAnd there is also ‘Cherry Pop’.

Clinique Cherry PopThis is my favourite one out of the two. It is a pinky cherry red colour.

irish beauty bloggerclinique cherry pop swatch The formula of these Pop Lip Colours is really gorgeous too. They’re like a colour intense lip balm and are so comfortable on the lips. When the shine dies down, you are left with a nice stain which I really like.

Even if you don’t read the magazine, it’s worth picking up for these little gems. Here in Ireland Glamour will set you back just under €3.50. Considering the Pop Lip Colours are €19.50 a pop (see what I did there), ’tis not a bad deal!

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