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I already gave my first impressions of the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette here not too long ago, along with some other bits from the brand.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

I finally got to go into the counter in Debenhams on Henry Street and check out everything in the flesh. How cool is it we have counters in Ireland now though? So exciting πŸ™‚

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After using the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette consistently for the past couple of weeks, I feel I can give a decent enough opinion on it. I also wanted to swatch all of the shades so you can see them in action on the skin.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette

The packaging is pretty robust cardboard adorned with hand drawn calligraphy depicting the palette name done by the lovely Kat herself. It has a generous sized mirror in the lid too which is always handy. Although if you look at the American site here, you’ll see they have redone the packaging and the shades are now housed in a plastic palette.

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The palette is described as: ‘Inspired by an artist’s palette and loaded with twelve matte shades that capture the true hues of shadow and light, this ‘Shade and Light’ eye contour palette is arranged by undertone for neutral, warm and cool shades. Use deeper contour shades to add natural shadow and depth to the face, then accentuate best angles with the brighter highlight shades. These silky, buildable powders blend effortlessly into the skin with a formula so incredibly fine, it’s like brushing on powdered silk.’

So we get 12 shades in this palette. All matte and they are a mix of neutral,cool and warm shades.

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They are arranged in their tone families, each one has a base, contour, define and highlight shade. Of course you can mix them whatever way you see fit though! I’ll swatch them in their tone groupings (from left to right) just to give you an idea of what they look like together:

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For me, the shadows are rich in pigment, soft and really easy to apply and blend. I do find you get some kickback when you dip your brush into the pan. But, that doesn’t take away from the quality, it is just something to be weary of. There is a good range of shades to suit everyone too! You can go from a really simple makeup look to a full on smoky eye with one palette. Matte colours aren’t always the easiest to get right, I find, but Kat Von D have done a stellar job. The shade range covers a multitude too! I’ll be honest and say I find the colour selection very similar to the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette which I have a blogpost on here. The Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette did come before it though πŸ™‚

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The Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette is available from Debenhams in store or online here. It’s priced at €46. It’s nice to note, the Kat Von D brand is 100% cruelty free!

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Have you picked up anything yet? Do you have your eye on anything?

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I finally got myself to the new Kat Von D Makeup counter in Debenhams! It’s been a long time coming. Well actually it’s only been up and running for a couple of weeks, but for me it seems like an age πŸ™‚ A few of you asked on social media when I shared what I bought for a video on the products. So, I thought I would do a first impressions using all of the goodies.

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Not gonna lie, I want more or less everything that we have on offer here at the Kat Von D makeup stand, but I had to be logical. My budget won’t stretch to that! I did want to try the Lock It Foundation. I was only delighted that I even colour matched myself to the right colour. But of course that was the one shade that was out of stock. Devastating!

I picked up the Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette.

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The Lock It Concealer in the shade L5 Neutral.

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And then the Lock It Brightening Powder in Petal.

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I already had a mini of her Tattoo Liquid liner in ‘Trooper’.

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With also a mini of the Studded Lipstick in ‘Lolita’.

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All of these are of course available now in store from Debenhams in Henry Street, Dublin. They also sell Kat Von D makeup online here.

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You can see them in action on my mug in the video above. Or you can see it directly on my YouTube channel here.

I am not surprised to say my first impressions of the new Kat Von D makeup I picked up are really good. I am sure I will be talking about them individually here in the very near future.

Have you picked up any products from the range? I need recommendations…pronto πŸ™‚

Thanks for clicking.

Gemma

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‘Guess who’s back, back again?’ Well you know from the title really. It’s favourites time. Yay! It’s time for me to round up my March Favourites and give you an insight into why they have been floating my boat for the last few weeks.

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Be honest with me, do you actually like monthly favourite posts? I, myself love reading what people have been loving. I would like to think we use and love the products for more than just the month in question. It’s really weird that you definitely gravitate towards different things though for spurts of time. Especially months that we are transitioning into different seasons, so you tend use different products.

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My March favourites consist of as always mostly beauty (I am a beauty blogger first and foremost of course :))

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Obviously I go into more details in the video above, so you can just click on it or go directly to my YouTube channel here.

I filmed this after a few funny days personally. It was also a few funny days in ‘blogging world’ too. So I ramble a bit and am a bit scatterbrained, I hope you don’t mind πŸ™‚

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The products I mention are:

  • Rayban Clubmasters. John bought me these a few years ago now from Asos here. I always buy from Asos in pounds, it tends to work out cheaper.
  • Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Cologne. I have a full review on this here.
  • & Other Stories Fleur De Mimosa Body Lotion. I got it in store here in Dublin but they sell online here too.
  • Vita Liberata Body Blur. Beauty Bay seems to have this for the cheapest I can find online here.
  • H&M Colour Essence Pencil in Raw Umber. They are on the H&M website here. I got mine in store.
  • Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Cream Eyeshadows. I have a full review of the two I own here.
  • Mac All That Glitters single eyeshadow. I got this from Brown Thomas in store. You can buy online here.

 

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And that’s it for my March Favourites.

As always thanks for clicking, I really appreciate it πŸ™‚

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The Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows are a tongue twister first of all. I swear I keep having to check the name on the box to make sure I am writing it correctly!

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow

Second of all, the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows are something I have been really excited about launching here for a long time. There are so many releases in the makeup world that if you are immersed in it, you can tend to take them for granted a little.

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After seeing a lot of the big American YouTubers playing with these though, I was in awe of just how pretty they were!

I own two of the Stila Magnificent Metals cream shadows now. I thought that was enough to give you a somewhat rounded view on them as they aren’t cheap πŸ™‚ The Magnificent Metals started out in the Stila family as as actual eyeshadow that you activate with a solution to get a foiled effect.

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The next generation of these are what we have here. They are basically a shimmery cream eyeshadow laced with glitter. There are eight shades in the collection for sale right now to us. I know there are more coming though. The two shades I own I’ll admit are quite similar, but I wanted to get colours I would actually wear.

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The first one I bought is probably the most wanted shade, ‘Kitten Karma’.

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‘Kitten’ is Stila’s most sold eyeshadow shade, so it made sense to make it into a Magnificent Metal cream shadow too. I would deem this as a taupe golden shade with golden sparkle.

My most recent purchase from the range was ‘Rose Gold Retro’.

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As the name would suggest, this is rose gold cream eyeshadow laced with golden glitter.

For me (and I only own two of them) there is definitely formula differences. From reading reviews online, this isn’t old news either. Out of the two I own, ‘Kitten Karma’ applies better and the glitter within the cream eyeshadow adheres to the eyelid more. There is definitely more sparkle within it too ‘Rose Gold Retro’ tends to have more fall out of glitter after the shadow sets, although the cream shadow itself is thicker and more pigmented. They do both set on the lids and are smooth to the touch on application. There’s no grit and they wear really well. I find them easy too apply and spread out on the lid aswell. I tend to take the product from the wand onto my finger and pat them onto the lid. That seems to be the best way they work for me.

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Overall, the Stila Magnificent Metal Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows are really pretty. It’s an easier way to add a pop of glitter to a look without having to work with loose pigments or glitter. There is inconsistencies in the formulas though and some colours are definitely better then others.

‘Kitten Karma’ seems to be hardest shade to come by. I got it directly from the Stila UK website here. ‘Rose Gold Retro’, I bought online here from Beauty Bay, which worked out cheaper as they do free shipping.

What are your thoughts on them? Have you picked up any?

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I was lucky enough to head to the Too Faced Christmas launch in Debenhams a few weeks back. They sent home with a very generous goody bag. So, I thought I would use some of the products I got to create a simple Too Faced Makeup Look πŸ™‚

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I am not using everything Too Faced, but I do have their Born This Way Concealer, Brow Quickie, their Better Than Sex mascara, the Merry Macarons Palette and the Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Bend & Snap’. I thought since I have just some bits and pieces, I would do a look with everything rather than individual reviews.

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So, I figured that warranted me calling it a Too Faced Makeup Look πŸ™‚

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I didn’t really have much of a plan going into this video. I rarely do if I’m honest. I just kind of jump in with a rough idea of the products I am going to use and do my makeup πŸ™‚ You could, I dare say call this a festive makeup look. I centered it around the Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Bend & Snap’. I am in love with this formula and this colour. It’s super flattering and it will jazz up any makeup look.

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Too Faced is available in store from Debenhams and from their website here too. The Christmas selection is awesome. Go have a look if you’re in the market for new makeup for yourself, or you want to buy some else a cool makeup related Christmas gift.

You can watch the video as always by clicking it up above or directly on my Youtube channel here. And sure if you like it give it an oul thumbs up and subscribe πŸ™‚

I am fairly new to the Too Faced brand. When it first came to Ireland it was stocked in Boots and I used some bits and really liked them and then it just disappeared. I think it’s safe to say it is back now with a bang. Ok, so go on give me some recommendations. What do I need in my collection from them?

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Have you seen the new Essence ‘Me & My Umbrella Trend Edition Collection?

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Well I have some of the goodies from the limited edition Essence Me & My Umbrella Trend Edition Collection to give away over on my Facebook page here.

You can win pretty much all you can see in the picture here:

  • Β matt eyeshadow 01
  • Β matt eyeshadow 02
  • Β eyebrow thickener 01
  • eyebrow thickener 02
  • matt lipstick 01
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  • blush
  • mini contouring set
  • contouring brush
  • rain boots nail polish 01
  • rain boots nail polish 02
  • rain boots nail polish 03
  • rain boots nail polish 04
  • nail stencils

This competition will run from Tuesday the 11th of October until Tuesday the 18th of October. Only open to residents of Ireland.

This Essence Me & My Umbrella Trend Edition Collection is only available in stores until the end of this month.

 

Thanks to Essence for kindly giving me the goodies to giveaway!

Good luck πŸ™‚

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