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January Favourites 2014

So it’s a new year a new blogpost and my first of many monthly favourites (I hope) . With it being January a couple of my Christmas presents have made the cut this month along with a few other bits and pieces. So lets get started 🙂

First up is my favourite eyeshadow palette of the month. Why is it my favourite? Well its been pretty much all I’ve been using except when I am testing other products here and there. It’s definitely seen me through a few smoky eye looks when going out through January:

Tom Ford Quad

This is the Tom Ford 05 Silvered Topaz eyeshadow quad. I know I know ridiculously luxurious and overpriced (70 euro) in Brown Thomas but isn’t it pretty? And I can justify it since it was a gift….I suppose.

Tom Ford Swatches

These eyeshadows are a dream to work with they are super blendable and super pigmented too, but in an understated way, the swatches above do not do them justice at all. If your ever in Brown Thomas with time on your hands, go to the Tom Ford counter and have a play, it’s worth it 🙂 The glittery one on the top is literally like putting a glitter pigment or liner on but with no fuss, glue and no fall out. I go medieval and just whack it on over my completed eye look with my finger, can’t fault it. If your a makeup fan I insist you get some Tom Ford in your collection, you won’t be disappointed.

Next on my list is the list is a much more purse friendly find from Wet n Wild. If you haven’t heard of this brand yet. It’ an American brand that have set up shop recently here in Ireland. They can be  found in most Dunnes Stores throughout the country and stock some great affordable treats. This in particular has been my go to lippie for work this month to make me look less dead in the mornings, you can see it’s been well loved and I only have it a couple of weeks:

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Wet n Wild Lipstick

This lipstick cost me (I kid you not) 2.99Euro in Dunnes. It’s a gorgeous pigmented, creamy matte, mauvey pink that is easy to apply and lasts hours on the lips. Even when it fades you still have a hint of colour left over which I love this.

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I can’t get enough of this lipstick and will be stocking up on more colours very soon. We are loving this brand at Chatterbox and I see more of their products on our blog in the future. If you are looking for a guilt free makeup shopping trip, check them out.

My skin favourite of the month is the Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion:

Butter Yourself

I love this stuff! It smells like coconut with the hint of the known and loved Soap & Glory fragrance. You use it after showering while you skin is still damp. Kind of like the Nivea In Shower Moisturiser but you don’t rinse it off. I love this because you can still feel the moisturiser on your skin and it still smells intense as you are not washing any of it away.

Moisturiser

It’s creamy and luxurious and I can’t get be without it now. I am going through this bottle very quickly indeed, I will be repurchasing for sure. I got this in the big Soap & Glory Bumper pack at Christmas, but you can buy it on it own from Boots for 14euro.

Next on the list is not a beauty product, but it is something you will have seen in many of myself and Anita’s posts in the month of January:

Diptique Candle

It is an amazing Diptyque candle. This is in the scent Mimosa which my boyfriend kindly bought me for Christmas because I wouldn’t stop rattling on about them. It is nearly like a bloggers right of passage to have them in your photos :). I first smelt this scent when I worked in the amazing Siopaella  in Temple Bar. Ella used to have the roomspray with the same scent wafting about the shops. Diptyque is not cheap, this mini candle will set you back 24Euro in Brown Thomas or House of Fraser. The scent is described as “A journey of the senses, it recalls of the French Riviera where mimosas, brimming with the scent of hay and honey”. Can’t say I know much about that, but I know it smells yummy and I wish it came in a perfume. It is for sure a luxury product and we definitely burn them very carefully but even just leaving it on my vanity in my bedroom I can smell it when it is unlit, so it nearly doubles as an air freshener (nearly)!

My next favourite is another smelly item:

Elie Saab

Elie Saab perfume. This is my second bottle, I ran out close to Christmas and restocked in the January sales because I couldn’t be without it. This is an unusual perfume and it’s not for everyone. My mother for example thinks its one of the worst things she has ever smelt. It is orangy,with hints of jasmine and honey. It’s quite a sharp smell when you spray it first, but if does die down on the skin. This is more of a musky fragrance so if you prefer a more flowery scent, steer clear of this. You can buy it in Debenhams and prices start from 51 euro for the eau de parfum.

I have a hair thing next on the agenda:

V05

The V05 Plump it up. It is a dry backcomb spray, that helps…well plump it up. I am not the greatest with my hair. I have alot of it and its quite long so find it hard t0 manage. I spend an hour on my makeup going out for the night and then I leave myself 10 minutes to try sort my mane out. I usually just dry it and curl the ends. My hair is soft when first washed so backcombing can be a bit difficult but this stuff helps with that. You spray it in the roots and it gives them a bit more texture so you can backcomb and it lasts rather that just falling flat. It also doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue so I can usually get the next day out of my hair too before having to wash it. I bought this in Boots. On its own it is 4.59Euro, there’s usually some kind of deal on that you can get 3 for 2 or 2 for 7Euro on their stuff though so keep an eye out.

My next favourite is an old and trusted one that I have dipped in and out of using for many years:

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

The Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. I always have this in my makeup drawer and my hand bag for touch up emergencies. It is lightweight, translucent and gives very little coverage. Sometimes I prefer a no coverage powder if I am using a more full coverage foundation which I have been this month, hence I have been using this powder more or less everyday in January. This stuff is cheap too and easy to come by. Alot of pharmacies and shops stock Rimmel.It will set you back about 6 quid, not bad at all.

Second last on my list is my eyelash curlers. Boring I know, but I really really love my eyelash curlers 🙂 I have short, boring and very straight lashes so without them I would be lost:

Shu uemura

I own the Shu uemura gold (and silver) curlers and I will admit that having used these and used cheap ones in the past I will say with investing more money in them you do get a better product that does the job very well and lasts much longer too. Shu uemura are a cult brand when it comes to their eyelash curlers and I can really see why. You can buy them in Brown Thomas at their counter for 20 euro, it’s worth it though I promise 🙂

Last on my list of lovelies is my fashion favourite of the month. This was my “main” pressie from the boyfriend that I knew I was getting and picked out myself and I am very glad I did:

Michael Kors Selma

I am the proud owner of the Michael Kors Selma in brown. I’ve had my eye on this bag for a while and I was kindly gifted it for Christmas. It can be bought in Brown Thomas, Harvey Nicholas or the Michael Kors Shop in Dundrum Shopping Centre, although when I was buying this I had to get in in Harvey Nicks, they didn’t have it in the flagship Michael Kors store, weird?!

I paid 390Euro for this, well he did :). It is the perfect sized bag for me. I am a bit of a child when it comes to carrying things, I hate lugging things around. This bag is big enough to fit all my “necessities” in without being overbearing and hard to manage. You can also hold it in the crook of your arm or it has a sturdy enough over the should strap that can be used when your arm needs a rest. I like the classic shape, colour and look to this bag too as I do find some of the Michael Kors stuff can be a bit too busy for my particular taste. It has plenty of storage inside with side pockets that fit your phone nicely and your lipstick,lip gloss,powder. you get the idea. And it does come in a multitude of different colours I just went with the brown to be a grown up.

Inside bag

The pockets mean your lovely bits n bobs don’t go missing in the bottom of your bag with all the lipsticks,lip glosses,powders that you put in last week but aren’t using at the minute 🙂 I love this bag overall, the leather is nice and sturdy and easy to maintain and it’s not too horrific of a price (like a Chanel 2.55…ahhh one day I will own you).

So this sums up my faves of the month of January, hope they have given a little bit of shopping inspiration if you’re that way inclined.

Thanks for reading and I hope that February has loads of lovely things in store for everyone.

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

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So let me start out by saying this stuff is not for the girls who like a nice clean, classic type of nail polish. This stuff is for us who like to be a bit more experimental when it comes to our talons. I introduce to you OPI’s offering of the chunky, glittery, almost sand like (hence the name) polishes. I own two shades of these. The blue is “Tiffany Case” and the purple “Can’t let go”.

To use you use you just put your base coat on as usual, then it takes about two layer of this stuff to make it opaque.

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The above is a picture of one layer of “Tiffany Case” to the left and then two layers to the right it’s quite chunky in consistency but it’s easy enough to work with and not too gloopy which is good. It is pretty quick to dry so it is less time consuming than standard polish and  you don’t need a top coat. The whole point of the polish is the gritty texture and it last pretty well without any help! I personally love the texture and I think it looks like 3D glitter on the nails and who doesn’t love a bit of glitter :).

The blue shade is definitely my favourite of the two, “Can’t let go” is more of a muted, darker colour with less shine to it, but it really is a personal preference

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Polishes like this are great for us normal people who are not experts in the nail department but like to try our best to jazz up our fingers, it’s the little things, right? :). I buy my OPI polishes in Sally’s Salon Services.

Thanks for taking the time to read, and any questions or tips are greatly appreciated in the comments section below. We all love learning new things 🙂

Gemma

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So you’re thinking to yourself, not another blog post about  gel eye-liner… but  please hear me out.

Inglot do some great make-up, the brand just seemed to creep up out of nowhere and make us spend all of our hard earned dosh on their lovely stuff, how dare they 🙂

The AMC Matte gel eye-liner in 77 (black) is by far one of my favourite products from them. It doesn’t look like anything exciting, a little plastic tub with something inside it resembling shoe polish.

Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner 77 Black www.nook.jcit.ie

Upon application this stuff will stay put forever, it is so creamy, dense in colour, easy to apply but can be a little hard to get off at the end of the night which is a pain, but is the mark of a good eye liner in my opinion.

Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner 77 Black www.nook.jcit.ie                 Inglot liner

  I usually only wear this stuff when I’m off out of an evening or if I’m out for the whole day and want a full face of make-up. It dries to a matt finish and does not transfer (from my oily lid knowledge) to the top lid. My favourite use for it is in the water line and for tight lining the inside of my eyes. I tend to use a sharpened Kohl pencil and dip it in the product rather than a brush because I just feel it’s less ticklish, that’s a personal preference though. I double apply it, I put some on after finishing my shadows and let it dry and then before I head out the door I apply again, just to be safe. I kid you not it stays put all day! Most of the time I don’t even bring out an emergency eye-liner with me for touching up and I haven’t found it to irritate my eyes although I don’t get irritated very easily. The product itself lasts pretty well, The pot I have is lasting pretty well (about six months and still going strong).

Blog picture Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner 77 Black www.nook.jcit.ie

If you’re  not a black eye-liner gal, Inglot do the AMC eyeliners in a huge range of colours and different finishes. They retail for 15 euro. Inglot can be found worldwide. I have a good selection of the colours and am happy with all of them.

Have you used it before? What’s your opinion? I would love to hear your feedback.

Thanks for reading.

Gemma

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