A Chatterbox Haul

Over the past couple of weeks I have picked up a few affordable makeup bits in between Christmas shopping for friends and family. I got some really nice goodies so I thought I would share them with you in case you need some shopping inspiration πŸ™‚

First up I went to Boots, one of my favourite places to be. The waft of perfume as you walk through the door just puts me in a good mood.

 

I picked up Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Nude foundation.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation

This is a new version of their normal Lasting Finish which is a firm fave here at Chatterbox. This is a lighter version of it. It has a good medium coverage and an SPF of 20 which is great for an everyday foundation.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Swatch

So far I have been loving this, it’s not cakey, the 100 Ivory shade is a good match for my pale skin and it has been lasting really well on my also oily skin. So far a good buy. This set me back €8.99 in Boots

 

I got one of Maybelline’s new Color Tattoo Leather Effect Cream shadows to give a go next.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Effect Vintage Plum 97

This is in the colour “Vintage Plum 97”.

I have so many of the Color Tattoos and love most of them. This one is nice, I really like the colour, it makes a great base for plum, brown or purple eye looks. It is matte with no shimmer in it at all. I cannot say it really looks like leather though.

Leather Effect Vintage Plum Swatch

The Color Tattoos are €7.49 in Boots.

Another cream shadow creeped its way into my Boots basket…ooops πŸ™‚

Max Factor Excess Shimmer 25 Bronze

This is the Max Factor Excess Shimmer in “25 Bronze”. I am in love with this, let me tell you that from the getgo.

 

Oh my god the pigment is amazing, a tiny bit of this goes such a long way. The texture is so cool, it’s soft and nearly whipped to the touch unlike the Color Tattoos. It is so easy to blend also.

Max Factor excess shimmer bronze swatch

I can wear this just on its own without a shadow on top. I love the colour too, it’s bronze but with a coppery feel, right up my street.Β  These cost €9.99 from Boots

Last thing I picked up in Boots was the Maybelline Instant Anti-Age, The Eraser Eye in “Nude”.

Maybelline The Eraser Eye

This is a sponge applicator under eye concealer for cancelling out under eye circles.

The Eraser Eye Swatch

I’m on the fence about this product so far, I think I need to keep using it before I give a true opinion. It costs €11.99

Soooo, then I did some damage over on Cloud 10 Beauty They had 20% off their whole site for black Friday, I could not resist!! I firstly picked up the cult product that is The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer.

The Balm Mary-Lou ManizerMary-Lou Manizer

So many of you told me I needed this over on social media, so thanks πŸ™‚ It is such a pretty gold toned highlighter. It is ridiculously shimmery but there is not lumpy sparkle in it which I think is what makes it so pretty and wearable.

Mary Lou-Manizer swatch

You don’t have to look like a disco ball to get a highlighted effect. You can pick this up from Cloud 10 for €19.00

I picked up a Blank Canvas Cosmetics brush.

Blank Canvas Cosmetics E30 Brush

This is the E30 eyebrow brush. I wanted an angled eyebrow brush with a spooly on the end and this fit the bill, also the ends are purple how cute πŸ™‚ This cost me €6.95

I got one of the Sleek Eye and Cheek Palette in “See You At Midnight 028”.

Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette See You At Midnight 028028 See You At Midnight

I have only gotten my hands on this today so I have yet to try it out properly, but on first look and swatch I really like it.

See You At Midnight Swatch

It is very winter appropriate. Plums, purple,cranberry and gold galore. There is two blush shades “Antique” in the top left corner and “Pomegranate” in the bottom right and then 4 eyeshadows from The Vintage Romance iDivine palette. Can’t wait to get stuck into it πŸ™‚ I think this is the best deal out of everything at €12.95

I got another Sleek product from Cloud 10 Beauty.

Eau La La Liner Cocoa 327Cocoa 327

Another Eau La La Liner to add to my collection. This is the shade “Cocoa 327”. Nothing much to say about it, it’s a matte chocolate brown eyeliner.

Eau La La Liner Cocoa

I love these liners, I have them in so many colours, but not in dark brown so I picked one up. This will set you back €5.99

I also got a couple of other random things so I thought I would throw them into the list too for good measure.

I got this when IΒ  was buying the other bits on Cloud 10.

Daniel Galvin Junior Hangover Hair

This is the Daniel Galvin Junior Hangover Hair. My hair needs a bit of TLC and this was cheap and organic so I thought I would give it a go, no real thought process there. I will report back if it is any good. It is €4.49

Lastly, these are definitely not beauty based, but they are beautiful πŸ™‚

New Look Teach ShoesNew Look Asos Shoes

These are New Look heels that I ordered from Asos when they were having 20% off for black Friday. I just thought they were so festive and sparkly and also the heel is thick and respectable not a look I go for very often πŸ™‚ Full price, these are €39.99, so not bad at all, I am sure I will get alot of use out of them over the festive season.

I think that’s it, if you have made it to the end of this let me know, I know it’s a rambly one πŸ™‚ Did you get any amazing bargains in the sales yet?

Thanks so much for reading and for the support.

Gemma

xxx

Sleek iDivine Snapshots Palette

This Sleek’s iDivine Snaphot Eyeshadow Palette looks scary and amazing all at the same time doesn’t it?

I know everyone is not a fan of bright coloured shadows, neutral girls I’m a-talkin’ to you πŸ™‚

I love a brown smokey eye don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a bit, and this little beauty from Sleek lets you do this, afford-ably and beautifully.

I love Sleek, it is such a well put together brand. It’s so handy to get your hands on in Ireland now with places like Boots and McCabes Pharmacy stocking it in store.

The Snapshot Palette has a beautiful mixture of colours in it, mostly shimmery but there are a couple ofΒ  brown shades including a matte one to help you blend out your colour combinations too which I think is brilliant. Alot of times when you buy a brightly coloured palette you just get all bright colours and no transitional colours at all.

So onto to the swatches…

The top line of colours looks a little bit like this:

Snapshot swatches

The first shade on the top left of the palette is a matte duck egg blue colour, I will probably never get any use out of it if I am honest, it has the least colour pay off out of all the shadows and is a bit wishy washy, but other than that I have tried and tested all ofΒ  the other shades here and I love them, how bright is that orange?

The second line of colours looks a bit like this:

idivine snapshot swatches

As you can see the first matte taupe shade nearly blends into my pale skin, it’s a great blending colour, and comes in very handy. The copper and turqoise metallic shades in the middle I think are my favourite and most used shadows out of the whole palette. They are really pigmented and easy to work with.

Overall, The Snapshot iDivine Palette from Sleek is a little gem to have in your collection. I know you will probably not get use out of every shade in it, but there are some great bright and fun colours to play with and jazz up your looks with. It’s great to have fun with colour even just to smudge some under your lash line for that added pop of interest πŸ™‚

The Snapshot Palette is limited edition. You can find it for €9.99 on Cloud 10 Beauty.

 

What do you think? Would you buy it? Let me know.

Gemma

xxx

 

Urban Decay Ten 24 7 Glide On Pencil Set

I bought this set completely on a whim when I was late night “window” shopping on Debenhams. They had 10% off and I had a fiver on my store card burning a hole in my purse…how could I resist? πŸ™‚

This is the Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set, it’s a bit of a mouthful I know. I am a big fan of Urban Decay I went through a phase of collecting their palettes, I have kinda put a stop to that…for now. Their eye pencils are some of the best I have used to date so when I saw this and the colour range, I just knew it had to be mine.

This is just fresh from the couriers hands and I have already fallen in love with it, so I just had to swatch them and show you the loveliness the box contains.

First up, you get a full sizedΒ  “Perversion” pencil.

Urban Decay PerversionPerversion

This is a gorgeous soft matte black pencil.

Then the set contains 9 smaller pencils (they are more than half the size of Perversion though so don’t let the size put you off, it’s pretty decent).

The second pencil is “Voodoo”.

Urban Decay VodooVoodoo

This is a bright purple with some shimmer running through it.

Third up we have “Stargazer”.

Urban Decay StargazerStargazer

This a very yellow shimmery gold pencil. I have never owned a colour quite like it.

Fourth, is “Mugshot”Urban Decay Mugshot

Mugshot

This is a very wearable shimmery bronzed colour.

Fifth up we have “Smokeout”

Urban Decay SmokeoutSmokeout

This is a blackened brown shade. I think it will be perfect for creating a dark smokey eye, probably why they named it Smokeout :).

Sixth in the line up is “Gonzo”.

Urban Decay GonzoGonzo

I think this is going to be one of my favourites of the set. I already own “Electric” from Urban Decay which is a very similar colour, bit “Gonzo” is so much brighter.

Seventh is “Faint”.

Urban Decay FaintFaint

This is a classic matte taupe colour, it will be a fab base for a brown look.

Eighth is “Vacancy”.

Urban Decay VacancyVacancy

This a greener version of “Gonzo”. This will be a waterline colour for me I’m sure.

Ninth is “Moonspoon”.

Urban Decay MoonspoonMoonspoon

This is a grey shimmery colour with so many uses. Liner,lid and waterline alike I think.

And then finally number ten “Glitter Rock”.

Urban Decay Glitter RockGlitter Rock

A lovely shimmery warm toned brown, you cannot go wrong with a colour like this in your collection.

As well as the liners, you also get a pencil sharpener in this set, very handy indeed!

Urban Decay SharpenerUrban Decay

On a side note, this sharpener fits NYX Jumbo pencils in it…just a bit of added information for you πŸ™‚

I am so happy I bought this set. The colours are all super pigmented creamy,blendable and once set long lasting. I am a huge makeup fan so these are being added to an already pretty full collection of eye liner pencils, but I can see myself getting alot of use out of them.

If you are only getting into makeup and starting a collection, these would be a great investment too as this sets contains all the colours you would need to get you going. Overall a great buy and a great one to add to the Christmas list πŸ™‚ It will set you back €40, but keep an eye out for discounts and discount codes, you might get a bargain, I did!

As always, thanks for reading, it means the absolute world.

Gemma

xxx

 

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We were so fortunate to be invited to the very swanky Merrion Hotel for a breakfast preview of the Liz Earle Christmas launch, but also the unveiling of the Liz Earle Rose Pelargonium Necklace created by Boodles.

I have been a fan for a long time now.Β  I think IΒ  have gone through all of the skincare products in the brand over the years, and although we switch and change we still come back to Liz Earle one way or another.

So firstly, in the beautiful surroundings of The Merrion Hotel we got to see what Liz Earle has in store for Christmas 2014. The room was filled with flowers and white rose petals adorned the tables presenting their Christmas treats.

Botanicals in the snow

The theme this Christmas is “Botanicals In The Snow”, very fitting indeed.

Every year they bring out a slightly different formulated version of their Cleanse and Polish.

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This year it is infused with Sweet Orange and Mint (it smells amazing) and how beautiful is the packaging? This is priced at 23.50euro.

They also do the normal Cleanse & Polish in a gorgeous drum so if you are buying it for a loved one…it is already presented perfectly for gifting πŸ™‚ This 50 ml is 10.75euro.

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They have these really cute “Christmas Star Beauty Treats”, one contains a nail polish (9.00euro)

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And the other a signature Lip Colour (priced at 16.75euro)

Christmas Star Beauty liz Earle

Really cute stocking fillers in really pretty packaging πŸ™‚

On a side note, the room smelled amazing when we walked in the Merrion and it was all thanks to their candle in Eucalyptus and Rosemary, I think this will be on both of our Christmas lists this year, the scent is just so warm and welcoming.

Liz Earle Candle

 

They also have gift sets to suit everyone and all budgets too. You can get Liz Earle in Boots, Liffey Valley and in Wilde and Green in Milltown.

This event as already mentioned was also to unveil the “Liz Earle Rose Pelargonium Necklace by Boodles”. Boodles is a fine jewellery brand. The Director Jody Wainwright,

Boodles

collaborated with the gorgeous Liz Earle herself,

Liz Earle

for the charity “Shining Faces” an orphanage in India. It is a cause close to both of their hearts. This necklace will be released in Boodles and Liz Earle stores on the 17th of November with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity.

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When your purchase the necklace, the Liz Earle beauty company also gift you with a beautiful botanical hamper full of goodies.

Liz Earle Pelargonium Necklace by Boodles

The necklace is priced at 1,950euro. It is definitely a splurge item, made of ethically sourced sapphires, rose and white gold. If you are in the market for an investment piece of jewellery, be sure to check it out though. It is for such a lovely cause.

 

We had a really lovely time at the event and got a little star struck at meeting Liz herself πŸ™‚

Chatterbox and Liz Earle

 

As always thanks for reading,

Gemma

xxx

 

 

 

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

My Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

The Makeup Geek brand is slowly and surely starting to become a more recognized brand around the world. As a makeup junkie I have known of Marlena (owner and creator of the brand) for a few years now as she started out as a blogger and YouTube makeup guru. I have already reviewed some of the pigments that she has created here and given some info on the brand so I won’t bore you with that again. But I will say I LOVE the pigments and would really recommend them if you are in the market.

So… onto the shadows. You can avail of them in pan form. They are priced $5.99 which is very reasonable and then the tax and delivery is pretty reasonable too. I keep all of mine together in Z Palettes. Mise Beauty in Dundalk have Z Palettes available from the store or online as do Makeup Geek themselves. These are magnetic palettes that you can place your pans in any way you wish. They come with magnets too if the item you want to put in them is not magnetic, so handy πŸ™‚

I’ve made a few purchases off the Makeup Geek site and have gathered eye shadows from all ends of the colour and finish spectrum, so read on to see my collection (so far) swatched and named. I did not use a primer purposely to show the pigment and texture of the shadows on their own.

Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini

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Makeup Geek Dirty Martini

Makeup Geek Dirty Martini

Envy

Envy

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Makeup Geek Envy

Makeup Geek Envy

Appletini

Appletini

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Makeup Geek Appletini

Makeup Geek Appletini

Mermaid

Mermaid

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Makeup Geek Mermaid

Makeup Geek Mermaid

Neptune

Neptune

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Makeup Geek Neptune

Makeup Geek Neptune

Boo Berry

Boo Berry

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Makeup Geek Boo Berry

Makeup Geek Boo Berry

Stealth

Stealth

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Makeup Geek Stealth

Makeup Geek Stealth

Graphite

Graphite

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Makeup Geek Graphite

Makeup Geek Graphite

Unicorn

Unicorn

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Makeup Geek Unicorn

Makeup Geek Unicorn

Drama Queen

Drama Queen

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Moondust

Moondust

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Makeup Geek Moondust

Makeup Geek Moondust

Burlesque

Burlesque

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Makeup Geek Burlesque

Makeup Geek Burlesque

Latte

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Makeup Geek Latte

Makeup Geek Latte

Cocoa Bear

Cocoa Bear

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Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear

Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear

Glamorous

Glamorous

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Makeup Geek Glamorous

Makeup Geek Glamorous

Peach Smoothie

Peach Smoothie

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Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie

Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie

Bling

Bling

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Makeup Geek Bling

Makeup Geek Bling

Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Bean

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Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean

Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean

Phew….are you still with me? πŸ˜› That’s alot of scrolling I know. I wanted to show them individually though because sometimes when things are swatched together the camera doesn’t capture them enough.

As with all eyeshadow brands texture and finish vary from shadow to shadow. I can whole heartedly say Makeup Geek are doing a fantastic job though and for the price and amount of product you get in the pan these are absolutely brilliant and dare I say comparable to the almighty MAC! I use these shadows most days to make looks with just them or in corporation with bases and other shadows. They blend well, have great colour pay off and last on oily lidded me (with a primer of course). I think my fave so far if I had to pick would be Mermaid, Peach Smoothie, Bling and Burlesque.

Be sure to let me know if you have tried any Makeup Geek products. Aswell as shadows and pigments, they offer liners,blush brushes and lipsticks galore so they are building up quite the brand! I need to get my hands on more I know that for sure πŸ™‚

Thanks for sticking with me and if you buy anything after reading this post please let me know, it warms the cockles of my heart!

Gemma

xxx

 

 

Gem's Spring Nails 2014

I am a nailpolishaholic. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you will know I like to post obnoxious pictures of my painted nails on a regular basis…I do apologise πŸ™‚

So I trifled through my collection to talk about the nail polish colours that represent Spring in a nail polish bottle for me. By all means you can switch and change brands and shades, these are just what I own.I am a firm believer that if you have and use a good base coat and top coat, you can use any brand of coloured polish and it should last pretty well on your talons!

I have very recently downsized my collection in order to fit them onto myΒ  new acrylic wall rack. So I threw out all the polishes I was hoarding in boxes and only kept the ones I know I would actually use:

Nail Polish Acrylic Rack

So onto my picks for Spring:

My Spring Nail Polish Picks

Firstly I had to pick a hot pink. A hot pink is essential in Spring for me, it looks fab on your fingernails and your toenails and goes with everything, and helps accentuate a tan whether it be natural or from a bottle πŸ™‚

Nail Polish

I chose a BarryM colour. These polishes are so readily available in Boots and Superdrug, they are cheap and they have such a wide range of colours. I love them.

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Barry M Limited Edition 029

Barry M in Limited Edition 029

Next up I chose Peach. Peach is a colour that screams warmer weather to me. It’s the colour of icepops and sweets πŸ™‚ It’s a good colour to have for those, who do not want to go crazy with their nail colour as it can look quite subtle and clean on the nails. I chose another Barry M polish, shock horror, this was a cult buy for last summer within the blogosphere!

Spring Colours

 

 

Barry M Peach Melba

Barry M Peach Melba

Barry M Peach Melba 318

 

 

 

 

Next I chose… another Barry M pastel tone! I’m sorry but they’re lovely πŸ™‚ I have a good cross section of brands in my collection but Barry M are really good and the pastels are lovely and creamy. Two coats and you’re good to go! So I chose a pastel lilac tone.

Spring Nails

I love this colour and lilac is very on trend at the minute. Again, if you are afraid of colour, even use something like this on your accent nail for a touch of something different.

Barry M 308

Barry M 308 Barry I/C

Barry M 308 Barry I/C

I have a sky blue shade chosen for my next spring nail polish. I think this sort of shade looks great on all skin tones and looks really interesting on long and short nails alike. It can really jazz up a look without going too over board.

Spring Nail Colours

This is an Essie shade, I love Essie polish from the point of view that their colour selection is amazing and the polishes themselves are easy to apply and do not need much working with. However, I will say they don’t last aswell as some other brands of polishes and they cost a small fortune here in Ireland, if other brands do the same shade for cheaper I say get it!

Essie Polish

 

Essie Mint Candy Apple

Essie Mint Candy Apple

Lastly, I chose a shade that is not for the faint hearted. This shade of nearly apple green sums up Spring in a colour to me. If you’re someone like me who loves bright colours on their nails, rock the hell out of it, if not this would be a great accent colour on the ring finger or whichever finger you choose to be brave with:

Spring polish

This particular polish is a Revlon polish. Revlon do a great formula of polishes, I have a few of them and they are some of my firm favourites. I can’t wait to give their new perfumed range a go πŸ™‚

Revlon Polish

 

Revlon 510 Sassy

Revlon 510 Sassy

 

So there you have it, my spring nail wardrobe. I am rarely without nail polish, I don’t feel put together without it. Whether it is to compliment your look with a similar hue to your clothes or makeup or for it to contrast it, it all looks good in my book πŸ™‚

Thanks letting me ramble on,

Gemma

xxx