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This is a really random post, but I just wanted to spread the word in case you haven’t seen them yet. Glamour are giving away Clinique goodies with their December issue. You can get a mascara, a moisturiser or one of two lip colour choices.

I wouldn’t be one to usually buy into this stuff, but I have been eyeing up the Clinique Pop Lip Colours on the Brown Thomas website and was actually going to pick a couple of them up. You lovely ladies of Snapchat let me know they were giving mini samples away with Glamour though and I raced out and bought two copies as there is two shades up for grabs 🙂

I am so happy I did. The lipsticks themselves are a really good size, they won’t be running out after a couple of uses. The packaging itself is the same as the normal Pop lips just in a smaller size too which I really appreciate…it’s the little things 🙂

The two shades you can pick up with the magazine are ‘Nude Pop’.

Clinique Nude PopThis is a really lovely pink nude, with a little shimmer running through it.

irish beauty blogclinique nude pop swatchAnd there is also ‘Cherry Pop’.

Clinique Cherry PopThis is my favourite one out of the two. It is a pinky cherry red colour.

irish beauty bloggerclinique cherry pop swatch The formula of these Pop Lip Colours is really gorgeous too. They’re like a colour intense lip balm and are so comfortable on the lips. When the shine dies down, you are left with a nice stain which I really like.

Even if you don’t read the magazine, it’s worth picking up for these little gems. Here in Ireland Glamour will set you back just under €3.50. Considering the Pop Lip Colours are €19.50 a pop (see what I did there), ’tis not a bad deal!

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I am a makeup lover, not a makeup artist. But I do enjoy slapping the slap on, so I thought I would start doing little step by step posts. Hopefully they will do down well 🙂

I did a really easy Autumn appropriate eye look using my favourite (I think) from the Naked Palette the Urban Decay Naked 2.

Urban Decay Naked 2First up in this Urban Decay Naked 2 look, I primed using their Primer Potion, I would be nowhere in makeup land without primer! I just used my finger to add a small amount all over the lids.

urban decay primer potionpriming lidsThen I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in ‘Pomegranate Punk’  as a base colour on my eyelid.

maybelline color tattoomaybelline color tattoo pomegranate punkI just patted this on with my fingers, not taking it above the crease of my eye and used a synthetic blending brush to blend away any harsh edges.

irish beauty blog beautynookshadow blendingTime to crack open the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette 🙂

To ensure any shadows I was going to use blended easily on my lids, I just used the same synthetic brush to add a wash of ‘Foxy’ from the crease up, it’s just a matte skin coloured shadow.

urban decay foxyeyeshadow blendingUsing a Nima ‘Debs’ brush.

Nima Debs BrushI dipped it into the shade ‘YDK’ from the palette.

urban decay YDKI applied this on top of the Maybelline Color Tattoo.

urban decay makeup lookThis shadow has alot of fallout, in fact most Urban Decay shadows do because they are so soft, so I suggest waiting to do your concealer or even your whole face until after the shadows are applied.

makeup tutorialOnce I was happy with the colour on the lids, I cleaned off the Nima brush and dipped in into ‘Tease’

urban decay teaseIt’s a matte purpley taupe shade so works lovely as a crease colour.

And so I added this softly into the crease in window wiper motions and built up the colour in stages. easy peasy right?

easy purple eyeshadow lookFor an added little bit of dimension, I took a smaller brush, this is the Real Techniques ‘Essential Crease Brush’.

real techniquesI went into the shade ‘Busted’ and just added a small amount to the outer V of my eyes.

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makeup blogNot necessary, but adding in a bit of darkness makes it look a little more dramatic I think.

irish lifestyle blogI then took the lightest shimmery colour in the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette ‘Bootcall’ and applied it to my brow bone.

urban decay Bootycalleasy purple eye lookmakeup tutorial irelandProbably not a step everyone likes, you might prefer a matte, but for me I like a bit of shine there sometimes 🙂

Instead of lining my lid with a black or brown, I chose this Barry M pencil in ‘Bold Purple’. It’s a true purple with a bit sparkle running through it.

barrym bold purple eyelinerI applied it from the pencil, it’s nice and soft, and then I got it right into the lash line with a little liner brush.

irishbeautyblogstep by step makeup tutorialI applied some mascara to my upper lashes and then for the lower lash line, I just blew out some ‘Busted’ shadow under there and left it at that.

easy makeup tutorialI lined my waterline with L’Oreal Infallible pencil in ‘Night Day Black’. This is a dark grey colour.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeliner 'night day black'If I knew I was out for the whole night I probably would have switched up this step and used a gel liner instead.

irish lifestyle blogI added mascara to my bottom lashes then.

Final touch, again unnecessary and not for everyone, I used a pencil brush to apply some of the ‘Bootycall’ shade to my inner tear duct. I love doing this step, I think it just brightens my eyes and because I used purple shades it covers any purple under tones that might be visible on my skin there.

irish beauty blogAnd there you have it, my really simple and of course unprofessional cool toned purple look using the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette.

 

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The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette has finally hit our shores! Hallelujah!

Makeup lovers across the country have been waiting with baited breath to add to our Naked Palette collections, and now finally we can. I swear Urban Decay has one of the best marketing teams on the planet 🙂

Of course, you clicked on this blogpost to see the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette in all of it’s glory, so I’ll stop harping on and get to it!

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I think this Naked has the nicest packaging out of them all yet. It’s plastic with a magnetic closing and a fancy smoky design of course 🙂

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Here she is, fresh off the press with the flash on my camera on.

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And here she is sans flash, just so you can get a realistic idea of the colours.

There is 12 colours in the Naked Smoky Palette, with nine brand new shades and three exclusives from previous palettes.

irish beauty blogAs you can see it’s very cool toned with alot of colours you would expect from a palette called ‘Smoky’.

So from left to right, we have:

‘High’ a pink toned shimmer

‘Dirtysweet’  a bronzey gold

‘Radar’ a warmer toned shimmery brown

‘Armor’ a purple toned shimmery grey

‘Slanted’ a blue toned shimmery grey

‘Dagger’ a shimmery grey

‘Black Market’ a black with a slight shimmer

These are all pictured below:

urban decay smoky palette swatch

Then we have:

‘Smolder’ a deep shimmery purple

‘Password’ a matte purple toned brown

‘Whiskey’ a matte cool toned dark brown

‘Combust’ a matte pink toned nude

‘Thirteen’ a matte cream

All pictured below:

urban decay smoky palette swatch

Here is the whole Urban Decay Smoky Palette pictured together.

smoky palette swatch

With this palette you also get a dual ended eyeshadow brush.

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On one end, there’s a fluffy blending brush and then on the other is a pencil brush. I think this is my favourite brush out of all the Naked Palettes.

So there you have it. An up close look at the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. I picked this up in Debenhams and it was €46. You can get it on the website here.

What do you think? At first look and swatch I’m really digging it, just have to see now how it wears and blends on the eyes. As a makeup addict I am glad to have all the Naked gang to hand though, I must admit…not something I’m proud of but hey ho 😛

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Urban Decay Ten 24 7 Glide On Pencil Set

I bought this set completely on a whim when I was late night “window” shopping on Debenhams. They had 10% off and I had a fiver on my store card burning a hole in my purse…how could I resist? 🙂

This is the Urban Decay Ten 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set, it’s a bit of a mouthful I know. I am a big fan of Urban Decay I went through a phase of collecting their palettes, I have kinda put a stop to that…for now. Their eye pencils are some of the best I have used to date so when I saw this and the colour range, I just knew it had to be mine.

This is just fresh from the couriers hands and I have already fallen in love with it, so I just had to swatch them and show you the loveliness the box contains.

First up, you get a full sized  “Perversion” pencil.

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This is a gorgeous soft matte black pencil.

Then the set contains 9 smaller pencils (they are more than half the size of Perversion though so don’t let the size put you off, it’s pretty decent).

The second pencil is “Voodoo”.

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This is a bright purple with some shimmer running through it.

Third up we have “Stargazer”.

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This a very yellow shimmery gold pencil. I have never owned a colour quite like it.

Fourth, is “Mugshot”Urban Decay Mugshot

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This is a very wearable shimmery bronzed colour.

Fifth up we have “Smokeout”

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This is a blackened brown shade. I think it will be perfect for creating a dark smokey eye, probably why they named it Smokeout :).

Sixth in the line up is “Gonzo”.

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I think this is going to be one of my favourites of the set. I already own “Electric” from Urban Decay which is a very similar colour, bit “Gonzo” is so much brighter.

Seventh is “Faint”.

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This is a classic matte taupe colour, it will be a fab base for a brown look.

Eighth is “Vacancy”.

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This a greener version of “Gonzo”. This will be a waterline colour for me I’m sure.

Ninth is “Moonspoon”.

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This is a grey shimmery colour with so many uses. Liner,lid and waterline alike I think.

And then finally number ten “Glitter Rock”.

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A lovely shimmery warm toned brown, you cannot go wrong with a colour like this in your collection.

As well as the liners, you also get a pencil sharpener in this set, very handy indeed!

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On a side note, this sharpener fits NYX Jumbo pencils in it…just a bit of added information for you 🙂

I am so happy I bought this set. The colours are all super pigmented creamy,blendable and once set long lasting. I am a huge makeup fan so these are being added to an already pretty full collection of eye liner pencils, but I can see myself getting alot of use out of them.

If you are only getting into makeup and starting a collection, these would be a great investment too as this sets contains all the colours you would need to get you going. Overall a great buy and a great one to add to the Christmas list 🙂 It will set you back €40, but keep an eye out for discounts and discount codes, you might get a bargain, I did!

As always, thanks for reading, it means the absolute world.

Gemma

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I am coming at you today with a few of my favourite liquid foundations of the moment. I tend to have a lot on the go at any one time testing them out and seeing how they fair. I have not got the best skin. It is overall very oily with some random dry patches and I tend to get breakouts quite alot, so for me foundation is pretty important and I use it everyday to even out my skin which has pink undertones . I would be an NC20 in MAC.

The first of the foundations I want to talk about is the purse friendly Revlon Colorstay which you can pick up in nearly all Boots  and on their website for close to 18 euro.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Oily/Combination Skin

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Oily/Combination Skin

Sigma Flat Top Kabuki Brush

Sigma Flat Top Kabuki Brush

This foundation comes in two formulas oily/combination and dry. Of course I use the oily/combination version. It’s thick in consistency so you don’t need a whole lot and it dries to a matt finish. It’s medium to full coverage depending on how much you build it, so if you want a light layering maybe for work or just for daytime, I suggest adding a little moisturiser to it to loosen it a bit. I don’t feel doing this adds any more oil (to my skin anyway). My favourite way to apply this foundation is with a flat dense kabuki brush or with my fingers, for a lighter layer. Working it into the skin with a dense brush tends to make the product work better for you and cover any large pores so less concealer is needed. I really like the Revlon Colorstay and feel it wears pretty well on me throughout the day and is good for nights out as it only has an SPF of 6 so doesn’t have much or any flashback in photos 😉 I think it will always be in my arsenal of foundations.

The next foundation I want to chat about it a pretty new one to my collection and it is the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. I picket this up on Cult Beauty for 30 pound so it would definitely be classed as a “higher end foundation”.

Jouer Moisture Tint

Jouer Moisture Tint

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

As the name implies this is a mattifying foundation but has all the benefits of a moisturising foundation. I would class this as a heavy duty tinted moisturiser with light but build-able coverage. It is oil free and fragrance free so good for any of you sensitive oily ladies out there! The texture of this foundation is like nothing I have ever used before, it is nearly like a gel which makes it very easy to blend. I tend to use my fingers if I am in hurry with this or a Real Techniques Buffing Brush as its not very dense and distributes the product nicely. I really like The Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, it wears well, however it is not great over blemishes, it can cake around them so you have to be careful of that when blending it. This had an SPF 15, so it is suited better for day wear. I wear the shade Linen.

Next on my list is the MakeUpForever Mat Velvet +. You can buy this from the MakeUpForever shop in Clarendon street in Dublin which I am lucky to live quite close to or on their website for 35 euro (again another high end foundation).

MakeupForever Mat Velvet +

MakeupForever Mat Velvet +

Sigma Round Top Kabuki Brush

Sigma Round Top Kabuki Brush

The bottle in the picture above is empty, so I guess that’s a sign I like this foundation :). This is my” I’m late for work” product. Squeezable bottle, medium coverage and lovely to blend, so doesn’t need much attention.  It is oil free and water resistant so lasts pretty well on the skin throughout the day with a light layer of powder on top. It doesn’t tend to oxidise on my skin which is brilliant. It does not have an SPF so if you want to protect yourself layer it up underneath. I apply this with fingers in a hurry or a dense kabuki foundation brush. I find the brush really helps gets the product into the skin. I may have to repurchase this, I’ve talked myself into it 🙂 I wear the shade 30.

My final choice of the minute (although I could ramble on for hours) is the Estée Lauder Double Wear Light. You can buy this in Debenhams or any other place that has an Estée Lauder counter. It retails for 36.50 Euro. Another pricey one I know sorry, I must be going through a phase Surprised.

Esteé Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Esteé Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Real Techniques Expert face Brush

Real Techniques Expert face Brush

This is my heading out on the town foundation. I also own the original Double Wear in the glass bottle which I love  but it is much harder to work and I am lazy so the light one is better for me. Don’t be fooled the word “light” in my opinion does not mean a lighter coverage foundation, this is a full coverage foundation and is hardcore stuff so needs to be used carefully. I apply it in light layers, letting each one dry as I go with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It is a wet foundation and applies shiny to the skin, but sets quick and stays really well throughout the night. Honestly, only if I am in a really hot place or out til’ all hours of the morning do I really feel the need to touch up. This foundation covers like a dream, and is great in pictures even with an SPF of 10. I wear the shade 2.0 Intensity. This is not my colour match its probably about 2 shades darker, as I would have false tan on wearing it.

These are just a few of the liquid foundations I am using at the moment. I tend to vary my foundations depending on where I am going, if I am wearing tan and how much coverage I want that day. I will never be the girl who just has one foundation and sticks to it. However I think Revlon Colorstay and  Estée Lauder Double Wear Light will be in my collection for a long time to come, as well as Mac Face and Body which I always keep a hold of for the summer time as it can be used on the face and any other body parts that might need an extra bit of coverage.

As I have oily skin I always prep my skin with primer and set with powder, my next blog post will go into more detail about this so keep an eye out for that 🙂

Let me know if you have any foundation suggestions for oily skin, I am always on the look out and have a shopping problem so would love to know.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

Gemma xxx