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PS KPOP CollectionThis is the new PS KPOP Collection from Penneys. It is completely Korean inspired, in case the name didn’t give that away 🙂

PS KPOP Collection

Penneys say ‘The new KPOP Collection is Korean inspired. offering everything you need for a fresh faced, dewy look with the cutest accessories to add some fun to your application.’

I definitely don’t think the PS KPOP Collection will be for everyone, especially aesthetically. The packaging is very cutesy and girly everything as we would assume it be from the theme. However, keep reading, because even if you don’t like the look of some of the products, you may like how they perform.

I don’t have everything from the collection. There’s mirrors, nails, tweezers and an abundance of makeup products. I do have a good cross selection of the makeup goodies though, so I though it was worth showing in blogpost form.

I’ll try get through this quick sharp, as there is a fair few products! 🙂

We have two palettes that are both cherry flavoured and have heart shaped pans.

The Sugar Rush Eyeshadow Palette that retails for €6.

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The KPOP Sweet Cheeks Blush & Highlight Palette. This is also €6.

 

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Pretend mind doesn’t have a big chunk gone out of it. This actually swatched really nicely.

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I have three of the Bubble Blush Cushion Blushers. These cost €5.cushion blushirish beauty blog

We have Coral Dreams. Sugar Rush. And, Pastel Pink.

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I have three of the Afterglow Liquid Highlighters. These retail for €3.dublin beauty blogger

All three of them are duo chrome and have a doe foot applicator.makeup blog

I stupidly took the price tag off them, because they were sealed shut, and that took off the shade names. So I don’t know what these are called, but sure I can still swatch them for you 🙂

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There is a Shimmer Powder, which comes with a sponge applicator and mirror. This costs €3.50. top irish beauty bloggertop beauty blog ireland

It gives a light sparkle to the skin.

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The PS KPOP Collection Super Cheeky Cheek Tints will set you back €3.top beauty blog

I have the shade Bubblegum.

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There is also little Double Trouble Lip & Cheek Balms. These are €2 each.

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I have Cupcake. And Prinny.

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We also have Jelly Lipsticks, that definitely remind me of growing up in the 90’s. These retail for €2.makeup blogger

Cherryade is the first one I have. The second one is Pink Laces.affordable makeup reviewmakeup reviewbeautynook beauty blog

 

Second last is the Eye Candy Eyeliners which will cost you €1.50.

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This one is a pastel pink shade which I am actually super intrigued to use. I think it will work really nicely in the waterline. There are other shades available of though.

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Then finally,  we have the Pillow Talk Matte Lip Cushions.

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Out of everything, I think, other than the palettes. These were the thing I was most excited to swatch. However, as you can probably see the eyeshadow palette isn’t too strong in pigment, other shades are better than others.irish beauty blog

I have three shades. They have a twist close lid and a sponge applicator. And, although the Pillow Talk Lip Cushions are pigmented, the product was hard to get out and I actually broke off two of the applicators, hence the messy swatches.irish beauty vlogger

The pink is called Cuddle. The brown is Honey Bun. The orange is Jelly Bean.

 

The PS KPOP Collection is available in Penneys now. You can see the last collection I spoke about here if you’re interested in checking any of their other products out. I think the Bronze Collection has a bit more to offer. Anything tickle your fancy?

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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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I haven’t spoke about some current budget beauty faves as a collective in a while. If you read my blog alot, you know I am big fan of budget makeup, as well as high end. I like to mix it up 🙂

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I have five budget friendly beauty favourites here, that I have been reaching for alot when I am putting a face on!

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First up is a dual ended brush from Blank Canvas. This particular combo is just brilliant for day to day eyeshadow application.

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On one end is the E25, a rounded blending brush. The other end is the E26. I would compare this to the Mac 217, so it’s a flatter blending brush.

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It is so handy to have both brushes to work back and forth with in one. I picked this up at the beauty show last year. It is on the Blank Canvas website here for €11.99.

My second pick is the L.O.V Heartful Healthy Glow Blush in ‘Seductive Flamingo’.

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This is a fairly new brand to Ireland. I got this in a press pack a while ago with some other products. It has been the one out of them all that stuck around in my everyday makeup drawer. The packaging feels really nice and it is a super pretty peachy pink shade with a golden shimmer running through it. It is soft and blendable too.

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L.O.V are made by Cosnova which also manufacture Essence and Catrice. They don’t have an Irish website as of yet. You can find out more about the brand and it’s retailers on their Facebook page here. The blush costs €7.95.

My third pick is something I only did a post about last week, so I won’t harp on about it too much. It’s the Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eye Liner.

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I just wanted to add it in in case someone reading this didn’t get to read that post, as I really think it’s worth checking out. It is a black liquid liner in cushion form and I am really enjoying being about to use my own brush with a liquid liner.

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I am not the best with applying liner, so anything I find that makes it a bit easier, I will shout about 🙂 The full review of this is here.

The Colourpop Scultping Stix in ‘Dove’ has very much become my everyday contouring product.

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The grey toned brown is literally the perfect colour for my skin tone.

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It twists up so you don’t have to pare it. It is also really narrow, so you can just draw a line and blend! It also blends really well too. It costs $5 from the website here, so really affordable. Colourpop do ship to Ireland, but it is quite expensive. I usually wait until they have a deal on and keep my order under the 25 dollars tax threshold, so the tax man doesn’t take any more money off me.

My last budget beauty favourite of the moment is the Rimmel lasting Finish Concealer.

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I bought this because Rimmel were doing a 2 for €7 deal in Boots and I was in a hurry to choose another product. I wasn’t really expecting anything from it.

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It is quite a thick concealer, so although it says you can, I don’t use it under my eyes. I love it for everything else though! It covers blemishes, redness and fills in pores really well too. The formula blends nicely into the skin and it lasts great on me, once powdered.

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I do not change up my face concealer products very often, so as dramatic as it sounds this is a bit of a find for me. I have been using the Mac Full Coverage Foundation as concealer for literally years now. It’s been my holy grail. The Rimmel Lasting Finish is definitely giving it a run for it’s money though. And at €7.99 is more than a third cheaper! It’s on the Boots website here.

 

There you have five budget beauty faves that have been making it onto my face over the past couple of months. Have you been using any budget friendly products that you would recommend?

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The Catrice Spring/Summer collection for this year has some really great products in it. I was going to do a lowdown on the stuff that I was actually sent from it, but there is a couple of stand out things that I think deserve their own limelight. I spoke about their Makeup Transformer Drops here last week. This week is about the Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eyeliner.

Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eyeliner

Now when I first spoke about this I naively thought this was the first cushion liner on the market. My lovely friend Mags rightly corrected me though. She is an encyclopedia on all things Stila, they did it first! The Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eye Liner is a hell of a lot cheaper though!

Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eyeliner

It comes just like a cushion foundation or blush would, except obviously it isn’t in compact form. It’s in a glass jar with an airtight lid, to prevent the product drying out. Inside the jar is a sponge doused in eye liner.

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If you press down on the sponge, you can see the liner is very much in liquid form. This is a bit unusual because obviously we are used to seeing gel liner in potted form. Liquid liner usually comes in a pen or tube. I actually really like the format of the Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eyeliner. You can use your weapon of choice to apply it rather than a built in applicator.

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This is it swatched just once in a downwards motion on my hand with a small liner brush.

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You can see it’s really opaque, smooth and it dries down with a bit of a shine to it. It does last pretty well too. I only managed to remove this from my hand with warm soapy water.

Here it is in action on one of my eyes:

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Went a bit ham with the flick so I did. I just wanted to show that you can manipulate the liner to your liking 🙂

I actually put the packaging to the test too and turned it upside down while open. The product didn’t escape the cushion!! You get 3ml’s of product within the jar.

Overall, I am a big fan of the Catrice Liquid Gel Cushion Eyeliner. I like that you can have the control over how you apply your liquid liner. It’s available from stockist now for €4.95. It only comes in black at the moment. You can see Catrice talk about it more on their website here.

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This is a follow on from my last post all about the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. I went into more detail there about cushion foundations and how they work and gave a review and demo on it, so if you want to know about that just click on the link here, and you can have a read. This post is going to be about L’Oreal’s second cushion offering though, the L’Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil.

L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De SoleilThis is pretty much (as I am sure you guessed) a liquid bronzer in cushion form.

It comes packed in the same way as the foundation.

top beauty blog irelandYou get a applicator sponge on the top layer, and then there’s an airtight cover over the actual product to help keep out bacteria and so it won’t dry out.

L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil_2550Also like the foundation, the L’Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil is a water based product and deemed a ‘fresh glow bronzer’ by L’Oreal.

I am been really enjoying using this. Again, l am a rebel and don’t really use the sponge applicator that comes with to apply. The sponge works fine and is great for on the go, it also has rubber backing so the product doesn’t soak right through.

The bronzer is matte and warm in colour. It only comes in one shade as of yet, which is a bit of a bummer. Hopefully L’Oreal will bring out some more shades to suit darker skin tones.

top beauty blogger irelandL'Oreal Cream Bronzer swatchThe formula is really smooth and it blends really lovely into the skin. It also layers up really nicely if you are looking for a more sun kissed look.

Here it is applied to my skin over the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation.

I apply it with my foundation brush (or sponge) onto the high points of my face.

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So, my ginormous forehead.

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top irish beauty bloggerAnd then, I apply a little under my jawline too to create a little bit of shadow. I like to think it helps a bit with the roundness of my face….I don’t know if it really does though…but sure look 🙂

irish beauty bloggerI usually apply two layers of the L’Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil to my skin. This warms up my complexion a little, but still leaves it looking somewhat natural. It gives a warmth but doesn’t look orange in my opinion at all and it dries down to a satin finish that’s very similar to the foundation. They work really well together.

beauty blogIt doesn’t contain SPF like the foundation though, I think that’s worth mentioning! I find myself using the cushion bronzer on a daily basis of late and skipping the powder bronzer. I am just really enjoying the natural finish it gives and how easy it is to apply. You can’t really go overboard with it unless you really keep layering product up.

Do I think it will change your makeup life? No, not at all. It’s a lovely product and a bit novel in the fact that it’s in a cushion formula, but I don’t think you necessarily have to go out and pay €22 for it. That of course, like everything is just my opinion 🙂

You can pick up the L’Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil in store from Boots or from their website here.

Let me know what you think.

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Cushion foundation and products have been getting alot of press of late. They are definitely not a new phenomenon, originating in Korea, but now they are making their way slowly to our shores. In Asia, cushion foundations would be deemed a fusion of makeup and skincare in one, so kind of like a bb or cc cream but in compact form. This obviously makes them easier for travel too. The cushion is supposed to make the formula of the foundation lighter and offers you a lighter application of the product inside. So there’s a quick synopsis on cushion foundation (in case you ever wondered), now let’s get into my thoughts on the new L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation 🙂

L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion FoundationWithin the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation compact, you get an applicator sponge in the top layer.

L'Oreal Cushion FoundationYou then have an air tight lid to help prevent bacteria getting into the actual cushion and the foundation within it and obviously to prevent the liquid spilling out.

L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion FoundationThe L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation is made in the same vein as the original Korean cushion foundations (and it’s also made in Korea too), so it has a light weight, water infused formula which contains SPF 29. It has a sheer coverage, but you can build it up to a more medium coverage if you want. That’s how I personally wear it.

top beauty blog irelandIt is said you get the best application from a cushion foundation using the sponge that comes with it. I have tested it with it and it does work, but I just find it a longer process and a bit of a pain. So, like a rebel, I use my foundation brush to apply it. Using the brush allows me to buff the foundation into the skin more too and fill in any deeper pores on my face (which I have plenty of).

I have shade number 1 which is porcelain and this is a good match for my Mac NC20 skin. If your skin is lighter than mine though, there’s really not an option for you which is a bit annoying.

beauty blog irelandbauty blogger irelandThere is 7 shades in total. I would recommend swatching in store before making a choice though.

Here’s the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation in action.

I just dab my brush super lightly onto the sponge.

irish beauty bloggerAnd then apply it just as I would my normal foundation.

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top irish beauty blogThe finish to me, is more satin than dewy and the formula feels really lightweight and comfortable on the skin. It knocks back redness and evens out the skin tone but in a natural way.

top irish beauty bloggertop irish beauty websiteIt obviously doesn’t last as well on me throughout the day like my ride or die L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation (there’s a full review of that here if you’re curious), but considering it’s a lightweight, satin finish, water based foundation with SPF 29, it lasts pretty well on my oily skin with primer and powder on top. I start to get some shine on my t zone after maybe the third hour, but if doesn’t oxidise or look unsightly, so I would probably wait until the fourth or fifth hour of wear before powdering.

Overall, I personally really like the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation. I am finding it a great addition to my Summer makeup and getting alot of use out of it. At €21.99 it is very much at the higher price end for ‘drugstore’ foundation, so it really just depends on whether you buy into the whole cushion foundation thing and if would work for your skin needs, so I hope I’ve given you a bit of insight into it anyway 🙂

You can buy the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation from Boots instore or online here.

I would love to know your thoughts on it and if you’ve tried any other cushion foundations. Keep me in the loop! 🙂

I have a separate post coming on the Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil. I just thought this post would be way too long talking about both of them, so keep an eye out for that!

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