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I filmed this on St Patrick’s Day. I decided to be lazy during the day and just watched the parade on the TV and veg out. For the evening though, myself, John and some friends went for some festive drinks 🙂 So, I blarred the music, turned the camera on and filmed myself doing my makeup. You know a love a get ready with me style video. This is my night out makeup look on behalf of St Paddy!

Night Out Makeup Look

I wanted an excuse to use my new Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in ‘Kitten Karma’.

irish beauty bloggerStila Magnificent Metal Kitten Karma

I bought mine off the Stila website directly here. It pains me to say it cost over €30 to get it shipped here, but it was sold out everywhere else. So, I took the hit, because I had major fomo 🙂

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I’ll try list all of the products I used as always here, but if I forget anything or you want to know about anything in particular, just holler in the comments below.

My night out makeup look for this particular evening consisted of:

  • L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base. I have a review of this here. Not my favourite, but I am finishing up the bottle because it works grand.
  • L’Oréal Infallible 24HR Matte Foundation. Full review here. I bloody love this stuff.
  • Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Pencil. My Nyx Micro Brown Pencil ran out, so I have this another go. I have a full post about it here.
  • Kiss eyebrow quad. Available in Dunnes stores and some chemists.
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer.
  • Smashbox Concealer Pencil.
  • Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette. Full post on this here.
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo in ‘Bold Gold’.
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows in ‘Tiki Hut, ‘Cocoa Bear’ and ‘Brown Sugar’
  • Zoeva Blanc Fusion Palette. Swatches here.
  • Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in ‘Kitten Karma’. I got it directly from the Stila website here.
  • Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector
  • Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. Full review here.
  • Colourpop Sculpting Stix in ‘Dove’.
  • Essence The Cushion Eyeliner.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll waterproof mascara. Review here.
  • Mac Extended Play mascara. Review here.
  • Essence Little Brown Monsters Eyebrow Lifter (in my inner corners).
  • Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner in Rich Brown (in the waterline).
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer in 020.
  • Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette.
  • Note Bronzing Powder in 01.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Fearless’.
  • Isa Dora Matt Fixing Powder.
  • Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in ‘Sin’.
  • Rimmel Insta Fix & Go setting Spray.
  • Barry M lip liner in ‘Go To’. I talk more about this here.

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And there you have my night out makeup look in get ready with me style.

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Let me know if you like these types of videos. As always you can click above to watch of go directly to my YouTube channel here. Hope you had an awesome St Patrick’s Day weekend!

Night Out Makeup Look
Night Out Makeup Look

Thanks for tuning in and sorry for all the pictures of my mug. I had alot of them 🙂

Gemma.

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I have been using the L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base for a good chunk of time now.

L'Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base

Actually probably more time than I would usually before I would review a product. I am like a broken record when I say I am big fan of L’Oréal base products generally. My latest review of their Total Cover foundation here wasn’t particularly glowing though, I know. I have been holding out talking about the L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base because, if I am being honest I couldn’t make my mind up about it.

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There are two ingredients in this primer. Both are derivatives of silicone. I was fully aware of this when I bought it. For my oily skin and large pores, silicone seems to work well as a base. I always moisturise before applying it, so I like to think there’s a barrier between my skin and the makeup anyways.

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The L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying primer is what you would expect from a silicone primer. It has a clear, gel like consistency.

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It makes textured skin a smoother surface to apply makeup on top of. A little goes a long way with it. It spreads really easily and does glide over any pores or fine lines you might have.

For me, the part I find weird, is that it doesn’t seem to set. Usually, when I apply a base, I pat it in and then wait for it to settle a little before applying foundation. This just doesn’t seem to settle. It is slippery to the touch. I can still feel it on my skin minutes later. Saying all of this, makeup applies grand over top. Just for me, I find the texture a bit off putting. I feel like it is just mixing into the foundation then, rather than being a layer of product on it’s own.

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top irish beauty blog The L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base is just ok in my book. I have used better primers in the past that have less silicone and are more beneficial to my oily skin. I will finish the tube for sure and use it knowing it will keep my makeup in tact ok. I don’t think I will be repurchasing it though. I’ll just stick to the foundation and the the fixing mist. Hey, two out of three ain’t bad at all 🙂

You can purchase it from Boots in store or online here for €11.99. Have you tried it?

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This will be my first attempt at reviewing fragrance here on Beautynook. I have always shied away from it, because I don’t think my way of writing is eloquent enough. But, I adore fragrances. I remember everything by smell, so I thought it was time I stepped out of my blogging comfort zone and just did it. Here are my thoughts on the Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Cologne 🙂

Jo Malone Basil & Neroli

I have had a few Jo Malone fragrances in my life. My favourite so far is probably their Wood Sage & Sea Salt. The fragrance doesn’t linger on me unfortunately, but it smells incredible. I was lucky enough to be gifted the Basil & Neroli very kindly by The Loop a while back now, so it wasn’t a scent I decided upon myself.

Jo Malone Basil & Neroli

And actually I am one of the few people in the world who doesn’t enjoy the scent of the Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, so I am so surprised by how much I am enjoying owning this cologne.

Jo Malone Cologne

According to the Jo Malone website here, Basil & Neroli’s heart note is Neroli which comes from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, hence the citrus zing you get from it. The base note is white musk, which obviously provides the muskiness and then the top note is Basil which plays in with the citrus, while also giving a peppery element to it too.

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Fragrance smell different on everyone, it depends on your pH balance. On me, the Jo Malone Basil & Neroli dies down to a sweet zesty scent with a hint of musk. It’s a scent I think I would equate more with the colder months. I wear it more as a daytime scent personally and I find it lingers really well on my skin without being over powering.

It’s a unisex cologne which I can totally get on board with. I think the mixture of sweet and musk can work perfectly for both men and women. Although of course, it is completely up to you what fragrance you wear 🙂

You can pick it up in different sizes from The Loop directly if you’re traveling or you can do click and collect here. It’s obviously a little cheaper to shop duty free (€87.20). Of course can get it in Brown Thomas on counter, or from the website here. The 100ml will set you back €109. It will also be a permanent fixture from them too!

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Jo Malone Basil & Neroli launched this past September. It is the first cologne from the brand in 20 years that has basil as the top note. Lime Basil & Mandarin was the last! I thought that was a good tit bit of information to add in, to end this post 🙂

Have you tried it?

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I have here some of the new Essence Autumn/Winter releases for 2016/17.

Essence Autumn/Winter

It’s safe to say Essence have been kicking ass of late and are constantly upping their game with their releases. So, I thought I would bring you through some of the products that are going to be hitting stands soon in the Essence Autumn/Winter Collection.

I’ll start with some of the eye products.

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We have ‘The Metals’ single eyeshadows.

These come in six colours. I have the shade ‘Frozen Toffee’ to show you here.

These will cost €3.10.

Eye contouring is playing a big part in the Essence Autumn/Winter Collection. We have the Contouring Eyeshadow Set.These are available in 4 colour combos. I have the shade 01 ‘Mauve Meets Marshmallows’ here.

They cost €3.10

There’s a Contouring Eye Pencil too. Essence say it can be used as a liner, eyeshadow or highlighter, and it’s available in two shades. One for darker skin tones, and there’s one for lighter which I have here. It’s called 01 ‘Caramel Meets Frosting’.

They cost €3.10.

There is six shades of the new Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil.

I have the colour 05 ‘Rockin’ Taupe’.

These are said to be waterproof and ultra longlasting. They cost €2.50.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Duo Stylist Eyeliner Pen has a ball-shaped felt tip for creating dots and lines on the eyes.

It costs €3.10.

There is three new mascaras in the Essence Autumn/Winter Collection. I have two of them here to show you.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll XXXL Volume mascara that has long and short fibers within the formula.

And, the False Lashes Mascara Dramatic Volume Unlimited.

All three mascaras are priced at €3.50.

Up next we have lip products. There’s a bundle to choose from including lip balms and plumping lip glosses.

We also have Matt Matt Matt lipsticks.

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These come in a total of seven colours. The shades I have here are 07 ‘Purple Power’. And, 02 ‘Perfect Match’.

These retail for €2.90, not bad at all!

Essence have also jumped on the matte lipgloss bandwagon with these Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss.

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There will be five colours in these. I have here 03 ‘Girl Of Today’. And, 01 ‘LA Vie Est Belle’.

They again cost €2.90.

There’s BB beauty balm Lipglosses that contain vitamin E and shea butter with a subtle hint of colour. There will be five shades in this range. I have 05 ‘Heartbreaker’.

The retail price for these is €2.50.

The final lip product I have is the Essence 2 in 1 lipstick & liner. These are also part of the Matt Matt Matt range and come in three colours. I have the shade 02 ‘Make Some Noise’ here.

You are supposed to be able to define your lip line with these aswell as apply full on colour. They cost €3.10.

The Essence Autumn/Winter Collection has all new face products included too.

There’s the Camouflage 2 in 1 makeup & concealer. This claims to offer long lasting high coverage and provide a matte, flawless finish.

This is the shade 10 ‘Ivory’, there is a total of three to choose from.

The price is €4.80.

Here we have the Get Picture Ready Long Lasting Compact Makeup.

You get a mirror and a sponge inside the compact and the cream to powder texture is meant to be great for on the go. It comes in four shades. This one is in 10 ‘Mat Ivory’. And, it will set you back €4.95.

We have a Get Picture Ready brightening concealer too. Essence say it has light reflecting pigments to help diminish under eye circles. You apply to product with the ball shaped sponge applicator. It comes in two shades. This one is 10 ‘Ivory’, and it costs €3.80.

We also have a Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette with three highlight shades.

It costs €4.95.

There is three Satin Touch Blushes for Autumn/Winter. This is in the shade 10 ‘Satin Coral’.

These will cost €3.10.

Last but not least we have an abundance of new nail products.

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I am a big of The Gel nail polishes so I’m delighted to see Essence adding to the shade range.

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I believe these cost €1.99.

The nail care products range from €2.10-2.50 and even includes hand cream and nail stencils!

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Phew, so there you have it. Some of the products to expect to see from the Essence Autumn/Winter releases. 🙂 Anything tickle your fancy?

You can see them all listed on the Essence website here.

PS. Shout out to Rosie for all the help with taking the pictures in the garden 🙂

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Essence Cosmetics have hit the nail on the head with their launches for this Spring/Summer.

essence cosmetics irelandThey have touched on so many of the makeup trends happening at the minute, and done their own spin on them. And as we know, with Essence Cosmetics, that means for a fraction of the price.

This blog post is just showing you what Essence Cosmetics has to offer for Spring and Summer of this year. I didn’t swatch any of the products which I would normally do and you’ll see why at the end 🙂

First up we have The Velvets eyeshadows, Silky Touch Blush and the Blush Ball.

irish beauty blogirish beauty bloggerThese all come in an array of different shades.

irish beauty websiteirish makeup and beauty blogThe shades I have here are:

irish makeup and beauty bloggertop irish beauty blogThe Velvets eyeshadows cost €2.50

Velvet Touch Blush (not sure)

Blush Ball €3.80

Next up is some new concealing products.

top irish beauty bloggerWe have the All I Need Concealer Palette and the Soft Touch Mousse Concealer.

top irish beauty websiteThe palette costs €4.40

The concealer €3.80.

The Superfine Eyeliner Waterproof Pen.

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Some new lip products.

irishbeautyblogThe Glossy Kiss Lip Balms are €1.30

The Prettifying Lip Oils are €2.50.

I am in love with the Glossy Stick and the Velvet Stick Matt Lip Colour.

top irish beauty blogirish beauty blogger youtubeThese are available in 5 colours a piece and retail for €2.50. This Velvet Stick Matt one in particular took my fancy. It’s in the shade Plum Perfect. I used it in my affordable Get Ready With Me Video here only last week 🙂

Essence have lots of new nail goodies for Spring/Summer 2016 including some nail care products.

top irish beauty bloggersThese range from €2.30-€2.50.

And some new colours and finishes of their I Love Trends nail colours.

The Jellys and Metals cost €2.30

irish beauty youtuberThere are some new colours in the Gel Nail Polish line. I believe these cost under €2.

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There’s a Forbidden Volume Mascara and a Forbidden Volume Top Coat (which I am loving, may I add).

The mascara is priced at €3.80

The top cost is €3.50

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Essence Cosmetics have also added in some 2 in 1 eyeshadow and liner pencils to this collection. They come in a total of 6 shades both shimmery and matte.

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And that’s all the products I have to show you. There’s is other products in the new range like a new eyeshadow base, different liquid liners, eyebrow gel, a contouring palette, fixing powder even a fixing spray. And from what I can see, nothing will cost you more than a fiver!

Onto the fun part. The reason I didn’t swatch the products here is because I wanted too give some away to you.

If you fancy winning these Essence goodies.

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Good luck 🙂

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I’m back again with another Urban Decay Naked Palette look. I am no makeup artist, just a lover of makeup and applying it :). I did a look with the  the Naked 2 here a while ago too. I think most makeup lovers picked up one of these palettes along the way, so I want to cover all the bases.

This time I did a really easy and achievable Smoky eye using the aptly named Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky PaletteYou can check out swatches of the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette here here too, if you want to see all of the shades on the skin.

First up I primed my eyelids with the Paese Eyeshadow Base. I just used my finger to apply it.

Paese CosmeticsEyeshadow primerbeautynook blogThen over top of it, just to set it and to get rid of the tacky feeling, I used the lightest shade in the Naked Smoky Palette ‘Thirteen’ all over the eyelid.

Thirteen Naked Smoky PaletteEyeshadpw lookThis step isn’t really necessary, but I just added a little of the shade ‘Combust’ into my crease to begin the story 🙂

Combust Naked Smoky Paletteirish beauty and makeup blogmakeup and beautyTo lay a base for the darker shadows on my lid, I grabbed the Nyx Jumbo Pencil in Slate.

Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil SlateI applied this to the moving part of my eyelid, one eye at a time and blending as I went as these set pretty fast.

irish beauty blogbeauty blogbeauty bloggerTo blend out the edges of the Jumbo pencil more and deepen up the crease, I took the shade ‘Password’, which is a grey toned matte brown.

Password Naked Smoky PaletteI used a clean Mac 217 blending brush to buff this into my crease, and to make sure there was no harsh edges.

simple eye lookNext is the fun part 🙂 I loaded up my brush with the colour ‘Armor’.

Armor Naked Smoky PaletteAnd patted this onto where the Jumbo Pencil was. Be sure to pat, there is alot of fallout. You can always apply more of this at the end to intensify the look so don’t worry if you blend some away finishing the look.

Real TechniquesI decided to darken the outer v so I took a tapered blending brush and grabbed the darkest shade in the palette ‘Black Market’.

Smoky paletteLouise Young brushI basically just drew a V with the brush on the outer part of my crease and lid.

irish beauty blogirish beauty blogThen, you guessed it more more blending 🙂 I cleaned my 217 off again and diffused the edges of the black.

Mac 217smoky eye lookIf the colour gets too muddied, just apply more and blend the edges. Don’t worry if the edges of your eyes get a bit messy, you can just clean it up with you concealer.

easy smoky lookurban decayUnder the eye I added some ‘Black Market’ with a pop of ‘Armor’ in the middle and blended it up to meet my top lid

smoky palette makeup lookirish makeup blogger beautynookI curled my lashes and added some healthy coats of mascara. You can by all means add lashes and some liner on the top lash line at this point if you want to make the look even more dramatic.

I decided to add some gel liner to my inner waterline. Rather than going for black, I went with the Inglot AMC Matte liner in 78, which is a grey colour.

Inglot AMC 78 Gel LinerbloggerI wrote a whole blogpost about how I apply liner here so I won’t bore you with all the details. I use a pencil dipped in the liner to get the job done though :).

So I tightlined the top.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (30)And the bottom.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (31)You can see the difference with or without liner here.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (32)Last set. I added some highlight to the inner corner. I took the shade ‘High’ in the Naked Smoky Palette.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Tutorial (34)And applied a good helping with a pencil brush.

irish makeup blogIt just adds a brightness to the look. You can see one eye with and one without here.

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And there you have it, there’s my hopefully easy smoked eye look using the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.

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I added a light pink lip and some peach blush to finish it off.

irish beauty blogThat’s my look with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette complete. 🙂

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