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Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Cream EyeshadowPixi is a brand I know quite a lot about, but I’ve never really used much of their products. The brand has only been available here in Marks and Spencer, and any time I went to have a look, nothing really stood out for me. The Glow Tonic is a staple in my skincare though. (I did a really old blogpost on it here, if you want to know more). I was super lucky to meet with the PR for Pixi Beauty a little while back. They let me swatch lots of their new releases, and I was honestly so impressed! I got to bring some home to play with, including three of the new Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Cream Eyeshadows.

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Cream Eyeshadow

They are a cream eyeshadow with flecks of glitter running through them. There’s five shades of these to choose from in total including a gold and a rose gold, which I will be needing in my life.

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The shades I have to show you are:

Bare Brilliance which is a shimmering taupe.

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Passion Light, this is a coppery shade with sparkles.

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And the third one is Crystalline. This is a white silvery shade with multi coloured sparkle running through it.

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They come in a plastic tube, with a doe foot applicator and contain 5 mls of product.

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There’s is lots of talk online about the Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Cream Eyeshadows being dupes for the Stila Magnificent Metal Eyeshadows. Having tried both, I completely agree with that statement. They range in pigment opacity depending on the shade and are a choc full of sparkle, much like the Stila offering.

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For me, they work best over a cream or shadow base as you would really need to build up the product for full on colour, and that can be potentially super messy as they are cream shadows. I usually apply them from the doe foot applicator to my finger or a brush and press it on the lid. I find there’s minimal fall out that way and you can disperse the glitter better by patting it down.

Overall, I am a big fan of the Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Cream Eyeshadow. They are comparable to Stila and depending on where you buy them, are around a tenner cheaper! I found them online for the lowest price here. Have you tried them?

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We all need a bit of festive glitter in our lives. I am bringing some in eyeshadow form, with this really simple, but effective festive sparkle makeup look.

Sparkle Makeup Tutorial

This sparkle makeup look is super easy to achieve and doesn’t require too much faffing around. I actually created it last week, when going out with friends. I already had some ‘daytime’ makeup on. So when it came to doing a more night time appropriate face. I really just went over what I already had on. It made me think this would be really great for going out straight after work. If you don’t have a lot of time, but still want to look put together.

Sparkle Makeup Look

You can check out how the full look comes together in video form here.

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Here’s a list of some of the main products I used:

  • By Terry Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadow stick in Bronze Moon. I got mine from Cult Beauty here.
  • Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad in 268. Doesn’t seem to be readily available any more.
  • Urban Decay Original Naked Palette. You find here.
  • Stila Magnificent Metal Glitter Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma. You can find it online here.
  • La Girl Glide On Pencil. More info on this here.
  • Bellamianta lashes. You can buy them here.
  • Inglot Gel Liner in 96. I have a post on this here.
  • Mac Extended Play Mascara. Review here.
  • Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. Buy here.
  • Becca Pearl Highlighter. You can find this on Cult Beauty here.
  • Max Factor Creme Bronzer. Review here.
  • Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick. I have a video and blog post on these here.
  • Too Faced Hangover RX Spray. You can find this on the Debenhams website here.

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And I think that is everything covered!

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I really like this festive glitter makeup look. It’s very me and very easy to achieve in my humble opinion too. Let me know what you think.
Thanks, as always.
Gemma
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New makeup tutorial

Forgive me. I thought I would sit down and use some of the new makeup products that have come my way over the past few weeks. Some are PR samples, some were gifts from lovely people and some I bought myself.

Then, I thought I would sit down, play with some new makeup and answer some of your questions. Still OK.

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It kind of turned into using new makeup and having a bit of a therapy session though. And as a result, the video is nearly 30 minutes long! It was also a bitch to edit. When I am rambling I say ’em’ so much, it is infuriating!

As a beauty blogger, I don’t delve into my personal life all that much. It’s not really that necessary. You come here for the beauty chats πŸ™‚ I don’t hide it either though. If you follow me on social media, I do dip in and out of life updates.

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I use lots of new makeup products in this video. Some I have used before, some are brand new out and some are just new to me. I give you a run down of my impressions and how they apply, as well as talking a lot of shit too πŸ™‚

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I have posts already on the Essence Collection here. Also the Tarte Shape Tape aswell here.

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There’s some new products from The Body Shop and Catrice being put to the test too.

The makeup ended up being a simple bronzed eye with a pop of colour in the water line and a mauve lip. Very me and I ain’t mad at it πŸ™‚

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As always you can click on the video above to watch or go directly to my YouTube channel by clicking here.

If you manage to get to the end, I thank you with all of my heart πŸ™‚

Gemma.

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Makeup Look

I’ve already swatched it here. Now, it’s time for an Urban Decay Naked Heat Makeup Look. Don’t get too excited if you like crazy fun makeup. This is my version of a wearable and easy tutorial, (if you can call it that) with the palette.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Makeup Look

Products used on the eyes:

  • theBalm Put A Lid On it eyeshadow primer. (Review here).
  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. (Swatches here).
  • H&M Raw Umber Eyeliner Pencil. On their website here.
  • Kat Von D Lock It Concealer. (Review here).
  • Penneys Eyelash Curlers.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof Mascara. (Review here).
  • Inglot Gel Liner in number 69. On the Inglot website here.
  • Mac Extended Play Lash Waterproof Mascara. (Review here).
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I didn’t think I would be as into this palette as I am. I have alot of similar shades in my collection already. They are used, them but not super often. Having them in one handy place, I think makes you reach for things more though.Β  Playing with makeup is a big part of my life, but I can get a bit lazy. Makeup ruts are real people πŸ™‚

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When you’re writing a post about a makeup product and you’re day dreaming about how you are going to apply it the next time, I think that’s a sign it’s a hit!

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There’s a good mixture of shades and finishes within the palette to keep things interesting, for a while at least.

Did you take the plunge and pick it up? Are you a red tone eyeshadow fan? I never thought I would be. I never thought they would suit my colouring. But, I have definitely been proven wrong πŸ™‚

Have a click on the video above to see my really simple Urban Decay Naked Heat Makeup Look. Or you can watch it directly over on my YouTube channel, as always here.

 

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YouTube 100 million percent made me do it! I have to admit I can be a bit skeptical when YouTubers or online people bring out products. A lot of it is just done to make a few bob on the side, and not really thought out.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Illuminating Powders

Tanya Burr Cosmetics has been going a while now and I actually did try some bit from hers in the beginning, and they weren’t half bad. Since then though nothing has really caught my eye majorly so I didn’t invest in anything.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Illuminating Powders

The Tanya Burr Cosmetics Illuminating Powders are new from the range. I watched her Get Ready With Me Video here, where she showcases her new ‘Chasing The Sun’ Collection. The Illuminating Powders in particular took my fancy.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Illuminating Powders

They remind me so much of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush and bronzers. And the Max Factor Creme Puff blush and bronzers too. I actually did a post on the Max Factor Bronzer not too long ago here if you want to see the lighter shade in action.

There is three illuminating powders within the ‘Chasing The Sun’ collection.

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I picked up all three because Superdrug were having a 3 for 2 offer. Any excuse, right? They all come in a square, pretty sturdy clear topped palette, with 12 grams of product within.

The darkest of the three is ‘Warm Bronze’.

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It’s a medium, shimmering bronze shade.

 

Next, we have ‘Champagne Sorbet’.

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As the name would suggest, this is more of a champagne shimmer. Much more suited to use as a highlight for my lighter skin tone.

 

The last of the three is ‘Peonies Please’.

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This looks like a darker pink in the pan than it swatches. It’s still a really pretty shimmering light pink blush shade. This, for me would be a blush and highlight all in one.Β irish beauty website

I have to admit, I am really impressed with the colour pay off from all three of the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Illuminating Powder shades. The powders themselves are nice and soft and easy to blend. You get a really decent amount of product for the price point €10.85 ( in store here from Superdrug.) Not the cheapest ‘from the drugstore’, I know. Although they are only €8.99 from the Feel Unique website here. They give a really nice glow to the skin without being too sparkly or glittery.

I will definitely get a lot of use out of ‘Champagne Sorbet’ and ‘Peonies Please’. ‘Warm Bronze’ might be a little too dark for me to use regularly. It will make a lovely eye shadow though!

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And then ‘Champagne Sorbet’ applied on top:

 

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Have you tried anything from the Tanya Burr Cosmetics range? What has YouTube made you buy? I reckon I could do a whole dedicated blog post on that question myself πŸ™‚

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I haven’t done a round up like this in a while. So, here is five of my current budget friendly makeup favourites.

Current Budget Friendly Makeup Favourites

I am not a makeup snob by any means. If a product is good, it’s good, regardless of the price πŸ™‚

Current Budget Friendly Makeup Favourites

My first budget friendly makeup pick of the minute is the very talked about Coverage Foundation from The Ordinary.

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I harped on about this here in a dedicated blogpost, so I won’t go into too much detail. But, I am a big fan. I always judge a foundation on whether I would pick it up to wear for a night out or going out all day. This is definitely one I reach for alot. I love the coverage, the finish and the longevity. Oh and may I add, the price point too!

My second choice will come as no surprise either (sorry ha!). The Maybelline Eraser Eye in the shade ‘Brightener’.

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I like both of the colour correcting shades (details on both of them here). I think I just reach for the Brightener more. I feel like I can get away with it just on it’s own. Whereas the ‘Neutralizer’ leaves a bit of a yellow hue to the skin. I am delighted these shades are available in Ireland now, because for me, the ‘Light’ concealer version, just wasn’t light enough. These work so much better.

My third budget friendly makeup favourite is another Maybelline Product. This is their Master Fix Setting & Perfecting Loose Powder.

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This is actually Maybelline’s first loose setting powder. It is super finely milled and applies really lightly and smoothly onto the skin.

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It’s really mattifying, so I usually apply a liberal layer of it and then use a setting spray over top to lift the skin a bit. It absorbs oils really well though and definitely helps with the longevity of your makeup. It is a more pricey ‘affordable product’ at €13.79 from Boots here.

Number four is the Catrice Metallic Liquid Liner in 010 ‘Bronze Lee’. I bloody love that name πŸ™‚

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You can see it in action is a previous blogpost here. These Metallic liners come in a couple of different shades, I believe. I need to find the others to add to my collection. I really like the formula and the finish. The shade is less intimidating than black or even dark brown. And I can generally create a flick with the applicator. When I can say that you know a liquid liner is half good. Feline flicks are not my forte at all.

Last on my budget friendly makeup roundup is the Maybelline Brow Artist Plumper.

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I am way late to the party with this one. I don’t know why I never tried it up until now. I have the shade Medium/Dark. I like that the spooley isn’t very tightly bound.

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It means it doesn’t hold onto alot of product. I can find with some coloured brow gels, it can end up all over your skin. This doesn’t leave your eyebrows feeling crispy either. It just adds a bit of a tint with some added fibers for fluffiness. It’s a really decent tinted brow gel. It costs €8.49 from Boots here.

And that’s my five current picks! Things that are actually in rotation on my makeup desk at the moment, that hopefully won’t break the bank πŸ™‚

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