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I definitely didn’t do any favourites for the month of September. I was too busy sunning myself on holiday and completely forgot. So we’ll scrap that month and just go into October favourites here on Beautynook. Hope you don’t mind 🙂

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My October faves are all beauty related and 100% reflect the changing of the seasons. They are definitely skincare heavy with a touch of hair care and makeup talk thrown in for good measure.

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As always, here on Beautynook, I’ll list all the products and link what I can. Just in case anything takes your fancy and you want to explore it more. I use my favourites to just have a casual chat about what I’ve been enjoying. I don’t go too deep into reviewing. Sure it’s just a bit of fun 🙂

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First up is the Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Diamond Crystalli Liquidi. That I definitely wasn’t able to pronounce in the video. I referred to it as hair oil. It is lovely though.

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I’ve been testing out more than just two products from the Alex Steinherr X Primark range. But these are the two that have been standing out for me and I’ve been using religiously since picking up.

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I have been obsessed with the Ella & Jo 3 in 1 Hyaluronic Skin Mist since getting it too. The ladies behind the brand are going from strength to strength and sure jaysis, aren’t they Irish? 🙂 It’s such a lovely product.

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I picked up the Palmer’s Coconut Body Oil completely on a whim. I wanted something extra hydrating and it was on special. What more can a girl ask for? I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it too.

Lastly, I chat about the JCat Extreme Access Pocket Eyeshadow in Walk Of Stardom. This little €9.95 beauty caught me completely off guard and I totally need the whole collection now.

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And that is it for my October Favourites. You can catch up on all the ramblings over on my Beautynook YouTube channel here. Thanks for clicking.

Gemma

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As I am writing this, the sun is shining and it’s May. Which means it’s officially Spring, which means no constant rain and being miserable…just some of the time :). A new month also means a look back over the previous month. So, here is a run down of some of my April Favourites for 2018.

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How was your April? Mine wasn’t too bad all in all. I had some good times and made some good memories.

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My April Favourites consist of mostly skincare actually with a snippet of makeup, fashion and dare I say some political views as well. Definitely not something I talk about a lot. If I do it’s mostly on Twitter. I don’t shy away, don’t get me wrong, there’s just people out there doing a way better job at it than I ever could. But I think May, for me, for us as woman of Ireland is so very important. Please make sure you are registered to vote, do your research and make an informed decision.

Ok, let’s talk about some silly stuff now 🙂

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My April Favourites definitely reflect the changes in the seasons, I think. As always I talk much more in depth in the video above or here. But I’ll give you a quick run down and link to everything I can.

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  • I’ve reviewed the Catrice Lashes To Kill Pro Mascara here if you want to see it in action.

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  • Then finally my bag was a gift from my friend Ella of Siopaella. She sourced them in Morocco and sells them in store too.

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And that is it for another instalment of April Favourites. Let me know if you like these types of posts, it’s always good to get constructive feedback.

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Thanks for clicking as always.

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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?

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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 🙂

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 🙂

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

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Essence & The Lovely Little Things

My posts on the Essence Cosmetics collections seem to go down well, so I thought I would throw another one into the mix. The newest one on the block is the Essence & The Lovely Little Things Trend Edition.

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I have the majority of what will be available here. I am just missing the new nail polish shades.

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The Essence & The Lovely Little Things Trend Edition has the cutest of packaging. The illustrations on all of the palettes is adorable! You can read more about the story behind them, directly on the Essence Cosmetics website here.

First up we have the Face Palette (01 & My Crazy Family).

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It contains six powders. Two highlighters, two blushes and two contour shades.

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This retails for €7.50.

There’s three eyeshadow palettes within this trend edition collection. The illustrations capture each name which is very cute. There is seven eyeshadows inside each palettes and they range from shimmers to mattes.affordable makeup irish beauty blogWe have 01 & My BFF On The Phone. The more nude of the trio.

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02 & The Love Story With My Wardrobe. These shadows are more bronzed in tone. This one is probably my favourite of the three. The shadows seem the most pigmented in my humble opinion.

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03 & Our Secret Date At Midnight. This is deemed the smoky palette.

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All three of the eyeshadow palettes retail for €6.25 each.

There’s two flavoured clear lip balms in the collection too.

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01 & You Smile, is strawberry scented.

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01 & We Kissed, is mango scented.

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There is a mini nail file too which retails for €1.90.

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And then finally we have some nail and styling stickers. These can be used on your nails or to actually customise the products which is another cute touch! These cost €1.60.

The Essence & The Lovely Little Things Trend Edition is available in Penneys stores nationwide from the 14th of August until September.

Any of the products take your fancy?

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Soap & Glory The Rushower Dry Shampoo

Myself and dry shampoo have a really close relationship, yep you read that right. I panic if I don’t have one stashed in a drawer ready for use. I have oily skin, which means I have oily roots. Generally, the second day after washing my gruaig, I will need a spritz. I am always a bit reluctant to talk about hair stuff too in-depth. I am not great with hair. I know how to wash, dry and use a hair straighteners or a curling wand on it. That is the extent of my hair abilities. But I guess when it comes to hair care, I know what I like and what works for me, so I am allowed dabble in it, right? 🙂 I picked up the new Soap & Glory The Rushower Dry Shampoo for one reason. Purely because it had the familiar scent the brand are known for.

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They call it their Signature Pink scent which consists of Rose and Bergamot. I am a big fan of it. I love the kitsch packaging too.

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I have to admit I am not majorly fussy when it comes to dry shampoo. I just want one that smells good, sprays evenly and doesn’t leave my hair feeling like I was rolling around in the sand all day. Ok, maybe I am a little bit fussy… I can say that the Soap & Glory The Rushower Dry Shampoo ticks all of them boxes for me.

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It smells really good (in my opinion). It sprays really finely on the hair, so it doesn’t make your fingers or hairbrush sticky as you disperse it through the roots. It does a great job at mopping up any unwanted oiliness in the roots of the hair and gives it a bit of a lift at the same time. It also doesn’t leave a white cast on your hair, once you don’t spray it too close and give everything a good rub in!

One downside of the Soap & Glory The Rushower Dry Shampoo. It only comes in a 200ml can. And you can go through it mighty quickly! The mist is fine, so you do tend to go a bit nuts using it.

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Overall though, I am a fan! I will definitely repurchase. The Soap & Glory The Rushower Dry Shampoo is available in store and online here from Boots now for €3.89.

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Have you tried it?

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I wanted to create a simple Summer makeup look and I made it a bit more interesting and used all affordable makeup products!

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This is about as fresh and simple summer makeup like my oilier and dare I say more mature skin will get 😛 Obviously, there is the bb cream and lip balm option too. This is more the ‘put together’ simple makeup look. After I filmed this I went out and had some dinner and felt very much put together.

On a side note, how much difference does filling in my brows make??

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My simple summer makeup does use alot of products, but sure that’s how I roll and they are all affordable and easy to get a hold of here in Ireland. I used alot of L’Oréal products, Not on purpose, it just what I seemed to gravitate towards at time of application 🙂

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  • L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base. (Full review here).
  • L’Oréal Infallible 24HR Matte Foundation. (Full review here).
  • L’Oréal True Match Foundation. (Full review here).
  • Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Brow Pencil in ‘Soft Brown’. I picked this up the other day in Boots, It’s on their website here.
  • Freedom Brow Powder Duo. (I talk more about this here).
  • Soap & Glory Brow Archery 2 in 1 Pencil (Full review here).
  • Flormar Primer.
  • Note Mineral Eyeshadow in 301.
  • Soap & Glory Solar Powder. (Full review here).
  • Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Walking On Eggshells’.
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Light. €5.79 from Boots here.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof Mascara. (Full review here).
  • Maybelline Colour Show Eyeliner. (Full review here).
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer. (More info on it here).
  • L’Oréal Soleil De . (Full review here).
  • L’Oréal Infallible Blush Paint. (Full review here).
  • Nyx Contour Palette. (Full review here).
  • Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. Available from Boots here.
  • Sleek Solstice Palette. (Full review here).
  • L’Oréal Color Riche Matte Addiction lipstick. (Full review here).
  • L’Oréal Infallible Fixing Mist. (Full review here).

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As always you can watch the full video by clicking it above, or watch it directly on my Youtube channel here.

Thanks so much for clicking 🙂

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