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March Favourites 2018

I am way late on the March Favourites for 2018 bandwagon. We are well into April. But sure I thought, better late than never, right?

March Favourites

My March Favourites this year are a bit of a mixed bag of beauty (of course), fashion, (in inverted commas ha), and a Netflix recommendation.

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March has been a bit of a funny month for me. I have been job hunting, but in a different way from what I am used to. Blogging for the last four years has given me a love for digital media and I’ve realised it’s the industry I would love to work in. Don’t get me wrong, I would love nothing more than to write about beauty full time, but here in Ireland, as someone like me, that’s not really a reality right now.

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So March has been a been a whirl wind of interviews, beauty writing and life stuff. It’s been weirdly a month of clarity for me, so for that I am very grateful. Also, the weather was getting a teeny bit warmer through the month, so that helps everything. I wouldn’t be Irish if I didn’t bring the weather into this sum up somehow πŸ™‚

Ok, I digressed completely there, let’s get into my random bag of March Favourites.

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I talk more about them of course in the video, but I will link what I can here.

The Ella & Jo Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser is my first beauty fave. You can buy it directly from their website or Meaghers Pharmacy also stock it. (It’s currently 20% off from Meaghers.)

I chat about the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Colors all of the time but the shade, Lavender Out Loud, has been my go to shade through March.

The Nudestix Intense Lip + Cheek Pencils are available to us from Cult Beauty. I chat (and am wearing), the shade Kiss.beauty blog ireland

My Betty & Biddy necklace that I show isn’t on their website now, but I will link them here so you can check out what else they have on offer.top irish beauty blogger

The jeans are from Penneys and Littlewoods as I mention. I don’t have links to either, sorry.beauty blogger ireland

And then finally my honourable fave is Wild Wild Country on Netflix. I’ll link the Wikipedia page here so you can check it out. It’s a mind boggler πŸ™‚

And there you have my March favourites for this year. Thanks for clicking as always, I really appreciate it.

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Full Coverage Foundation Routine

 

Welcome to my Full Coverage Foundation Routine. Did I forget to take a decent thumbnail to put on the front of this video? You betcha, so this picture is pretty much as good as it’s going to get πŸ™‚Full Coverage Foundation Routine

My full coverage foundation routine doesn’t specifically rely on the foundation. As I explain more about in the video, I use a decent coverage foundation, but I rely onΒ  the concealer then to finish the job.

The two budget friendly foundations I use, (cos I am so extra). It’s completely unnecessary to use two, are the L’OrΓ©al Infallible 24 Hour Matte and the La Girl Pro Matte HD. I use two primers as well. Again, unnecessary, but I explain why as I go.

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I think when it comes to my full coverage foundation routine, skin prep is key. You need a good base for everything to sit on. Also sandwiching products really helps the longevity of your makeup.

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Usually, if I was going more full on with my base, it would be for a reason and I would go ham with the rest of my makeup too. However, my plans for the day I filmed this video fell through, so I ended up just going more simple with the rest of my face. As I have oily skin that’s prone to some dehydration, that is what I focus on more here. I think the technique and most of the products would work across the spectrum though.

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Disclaimer I say ‘tend to’ and ‘generally’, ALOT in the video, so please forgive me. I am always conscious when I am talking makeup techniques that I am not a makeup artist, that everything is up for interpretation and that I change up products and how I do things a fair amount. I am constantly learning πŸ™‚

Let me know what you think of my full coverage foundation routine, I’d love your feedback. And tell me, what’s your go to full coverage foundation?

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Job Interview Makeup Look GRWM

This was a pretty off the cuff video idea. I say that a lot, I know πŸ™‚ Currently I am on a job hunt and I was about to get ready for an interview. I thought I would pop the camera on and create a video on my job interview makeup look.

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Just a side note, this was not for a corporate position, so I didn’t have to be too formal. I would describe my job interview makeup look as my everyday makeup look, just a bit more polished. I kept everything pretty simple and neutral. A bit of shimmer on the eyes and a glossy mauve lip.

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I used eyeshadow for liner to give everything a softer look and used a neutral eye pencil in the water line to make me look more awake. Of course, typical timing, I have a cold at the minute so I tried to disguise that a bit too.top irish beauty blogger

I used some reliable products, but I did throw in some new ones too. As always, I will list everything, as I do go through them quite quickly πŸ™‚

Fenty Beauty Instant Retouch Primer.

Benefit The Porefessional Primer.

La Girl Pro Matte Foundation.

Zoeva Graphic Brows Pencil in Cinereous.

Freedom Brow Duo in Soft Brown.

Benefit Gimme Brow.

Benefit Ready, Set, Brow.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer.

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Fix.

Penneys PS Bronze Shade & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette, their Metallic cream eyeshadow in Heatwave and bronzer. There’s more info on these here.

theBalm Mr Write nude liner.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer.

Catrice Lashes To Kill Pro Mascara.

Mac Extended Play Mascara.

Nyx Contour Palette.

Milani Luminoso Blush.

Isa Dora Blotting Powder.

Wet n Wild Megaglo highlighter.

Mac Whirl Lip Liner.

Essence Colour Up Shine On Lipstick in 10 Rosey Glitz.

LOV Fix Spray.

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A lot of product I know, but I kept it pretty simple I think? Let me know sure πŸ™‚ If you want to see my Job Interview get ready with me video in full, just click on it above, or here.

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Day Time Makeup To Night Time Makeup

This was very much an off the cuff makeup video. I had just come back from a PR event with Primark/Penneys which was soooooo nice but ended up being way longer than I thought. I had decided before I went I was going to go toΒ  Alltech with John that evening too, which is a food and drink fair. It’s on every year here in Dublin in the Convention Centre. And if you know John you know how obsessed he is with craft beer. It was literally like Christmas Day for him, so no way was he letting me make him late πŸ™‚

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I had to high tail it home. Luckily Penneys very kindly fed me, so I just had to ‘zhush’ myself up. I say that a lot in this video ha!

I have oily skin, which I’m sure you know if you’ve been around these parts before. So my skin looked a bit like this when I sat down to sort my face out.

 

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I had this makeup on for about five hours, it had definitely started to deteriorate. I didn’t have time to re-do my makeup completely, so this was the easiest option. Just go over what I already had on. I do this quite a lot and it seems to work quite well for me. I thought I would turn the camera on last minute and show you how I do it.

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The products I used aren’t really the main focus in this video, although I do talk you through some of them. The Pixi Cosmetics Mixed Metals Palette is a real winner for me at the moment. As is the I Heart Makeup Blush in Peachy Pink Kiss.

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I did edit out my ’ems and cut down some of the processes, but for the most part the video is pretty accurate time wise. All in all, it took me about 20 minutes, hair zhushing and top changing included πŸ™‚

Let me know what you think and if you like these types of more real life scenario videos. Thank you as always for clicking.

Gemma

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February Favourites 2018

 

This is a bit of an all over the place February Favourites!

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The cabin fever has gotten to me and the tangents are mighty. Hope you don’t mind a bit of rambling πŸ™‚

february favouritesAs I write this, the snow is still coming down strong and after three days indoors, I miss civilisation. Ok, I am being totes dramatic and I hope everyone who stumbles across this post in real time is safe and warm. Oh and has enough bread and milk to keep you going. πŸ™‚

In my cabin fevered state, I managed to add in a favourite that I spoke about already in my January favourites. I could have edited it out, but then I thought, I loved it enough to talk about it twice, so I must really like it!

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It’s all beauty related chatter for February favourites 2018. I did try to see if I had anything else to add into the pot, but I want it to be genuine. Beauty is the thing I am consistently trying, hence the monthly turn around.irish beauty blogger

As always I’ll list and link everything below, just in case anything takes your fancy and you want a closer look.

EstΓ©e Lauder Double Wear Nude Foundation.

Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer.

Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer.

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette.

KΓ©rastase Balancing Shampoo.

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And I think that’s it. It felt like so much more when I was talking to camera about them ha! I really hope everyone had a lovely February. March is off to a bit of a miserable snowy start, so surely it has to be all up from here?

Oh here is my Edinburgh haul in case you want to check it out!

As always thanks for clicking, I really appreciate it. Let me know if there was anything you were loving through the month of February.

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Mauve Eye Makeup Look

I actually really enjoyed making this video. I haven’t done a makeup ‘tutorial’ type one in a while. They take a lot of work and to be honest not many people watch them. I always have to tell myself though, I make videos more because I enjoy creating them. If people watch them, great, if not, I’ve hopefully learned something from the experience. This is very much a mauve eye makeup look. Actually the lips are mauve too. So, it’s just a mauve look πŸ™‚

Mauve Eye Makeup LookI used the very talked about Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions palette to create my mauve eye. I’ve utilised this palette a hell of a lot since I picked it up! I have a blogpost on it here and I do give you a quick review in the video, so I won’t go in to major details quality wise in this post.

Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Palette

I think it’s fair to say if you’re not a mauve, or pink toned shadow fan, stay well clear. For me, these shades ( I think), work well, so I’ve been enjoying experimenting with it. The last few times I’ve used it, I’ve shared pics on Instagram, and I’ve always gottenΒ  such lovely feedback. So, this video is for your lovely selves who ended up picking it up, or might have it in a drawer needing an outing πŸ™‚

Mauve Eye Makeup Look Huda BeautyI went full on and finished the mauve eye look off with a mauve lip too. I have so many mauve lippies in slightly different shades and finishes, it’s definitely my go to colour. Everything else is pretty simple and if you want to know any of the other products I used, head over to my latest Get Ready With Me YouTube video here.

Let me know what you think and let me know if you picked up the Mauve Obsessions Palette, I know it’s kind of a marmite one πŸ™‚

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