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When I went shopping on Beauty Bay, I bought my first ever Milani products. I spoke about the one of them here, and now I am going to give my first impressions and a demo of the Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation.

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I do disclaim it in the video, but the shade I have, 01 Creamy Vanilla is definitely not the right colour match for me which is a bit annoying, as it’s the lightest shade. I did throw on some tan in hopes that it doesn’t look too odd on my skin.

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The Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation claims to be:

  • Medium to full coverage.

  • Lightweight, oil-free formula.

  • Long wearing, water resistant and sweat proof.

That is a hefty amount of claims! I thought my oily skin would give a good indication if any of this rings true.

I mention this in the video too, but I really like the packaging. It’s a 30ml glass bottle and it has a pump too which is always appreciated.

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Not really a pro or a con because it depends on what you like personally, but it smells nicely. Kind of clean but does dissipate when the product is applied.

The texture is thick and it gives a good medium coverage to the skin.

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You can see more in the video here, but I wore the foundation for about seven hours and then checked back in. I actually really liked how it performed. Here is my skin before, after and then seven hours later.

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I would say I have a particularly oily t zone, so the shine doesn’t bother me majorly after seven hours wear. Overall, my first impressions are good. I like the finish, the coverage and how it wears. If they did a lighter colour, I would definitely stock up on another bottle!

You can find the Milani Conceal & Perfect Foundation on Beauty Bay here. It costs €13.50.

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The Maybelline Bricks Bronzer is a new addition to the Maybelline stand. They are on fire at the minute with releases and are constantly updating which is really brilliant! So here are all the deets on this new release and my honest first impressions too!

Maybelline Bricks BronzerThe Maybelline Bricks Bronzer seems to only come is one shade 01 Blondes. You get 7 grams of product within the palette.

irish beauty blogMaybelline describe is as their ‘all in one bronzing palette’ as it has a matte bronzer on one side. And then a shimmery more colourful side on the other.

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The packaging on this palette is a bit pants in my opinion. It’s really old school hollow plastic with a clear lid and just doesn’t do anything for me really.

So let’s give both sides a swatch and see how they far on the skin, shall we? πŸ™‚

I’m going to dig into the matte shade first.

top irish beauty bloggerHere it is swatched with my finger on one side and then blended into the skin with a brush on the other.

It’s a warm and not very pigmented bronzer. You really have to build it up.

top blogger irelandThen here’s the shimmery part of the Maybelline Bricks Bronzer.

beauty blog IrelandAnd again swatched with my finger on one side and blended with a brush on the other.

The shimmery side is kind of underwhelming too. It’s more pink than bronze which is not surprising really looking at it in the pan. Once it’s blended out on the skin, it gives very little pay off.

beauty blogger irelandBoth sides are a little powdery too. This is the pan, after I finished swatching.

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Overall, I just think it’s ok, nothing to be too excited about!

I picked up the Maybelline Bricks Bronzer in Boots, but it doesn’t seem to be listed on the website yet which is a bit of a pain! It cost me €11.49 which isn’t particularly cheap I know! Here’s a link to it on the Superdrug site in case you want to see any more information on it.

Would it float your bronzing boat? Let me know πŸ™‚

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Clarins Instant Concealer

I picked up the Clarins Instant Concealer after seeing so much positive feedback on it in the blogging community.

There may not be many of us around but I am definitely one of the few people who did not get the hype about the Nars Creamy Concealer. I found it hard to blend and kind of drying to be honest. So I did buy the Clarins Instant Concealer hesitantly as it seemed to be the next big thing in under eye concealers since the Nars offering.

I can report…I bloomin’ love it!! I picked up the shade 01, which was hard to get a hold of actually so there must be lots of pale gals like me throwing it into their baskets.

Clarins Instant Concealer 01I find this a very good shade match for my skintone. The concealer itself I would describe as dense but very workable. You can slap it on both eyes and will have plenty of time to blend it in without worrying about it setting too quickly. It does set though, you are not left with shiny under eyes that need an abundance of powder.

Clarins Instant ConcealerThe coverage of the Instant Concealer is really great. I can even bring it down around my nose and find it covers flaws and large pores. It has really great staying power too. This concealer highlights even paler skin like mine. As you can see below, it does brighten my under eye area as well as conceal.

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Before Application

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After Application

I know I don’t suffer with huge under circles, but I do have some darkness as well as pigmentation and freckles. A small amount of the Instant Concealer gets to grips with this very easily.

I am really impressed overall with this product. Clarins is not a brand I find myself reaching for much when I am in the market for new makeup, but I think I will be making more time for it in the future.

A 15ml tube of the Clarins Instant Concealer will set you back 25 euro in Brown Thomas, Boots or alot of leading pharmacies.

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