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I love the Essence Trend Edition Collections. They are always so cute and quirky. It’s a great way to market the brand too since they are usually limited edition.

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The latest Essence Trend Edition on the block is the ‘we are…’ collection. Essence say it celebrates all unique friendships. And the heart theme is a definite nod to Valentine’s Day which is coming up. In case you didn’t know πŸ™‚

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The ‘we are…’collection contains a couple more products than I have pictured, including a black liquid liner, nail polishes and a eau de toilette. You can see the collection in full on their website here.

I will show you what I have in action on the skin though in case any of these cuties take your fancy.

First up we have the ‘we are..fabulous, velvet matte lipsticks. There is a red one too that isn’t pictured.

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It actually broke my…dare I say heart swatching these πŸ™‚

The first one is 02 P.S We Love Pink:

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This comes with a matching ‘we are…flawless’ Contouring Lip Liner.

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The deeper shade is 03 P.S We Love Berry:

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And the Contouring Lip Liner to match:

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The lipsticks retail for €3.10

There is two ‘we are…amazing’, Creamy Eyeshadow Pens.

01 is ‘Be My Highlight, which is a light pink shimmery champagne shade:

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The second one is 02 ‘Be My Glam-light’, which is a shimmery grey:

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They retail for €3.50.

The ‘we are…crazy’ lashes are quite a nice and wearable. They come with a little bag of rhinestones if you’re feeling fancy and some glue.

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These retail for €4.10.

The ‘we are…awesome Multi Colour Blush is probably the prettiest looking thing here in my opinion.

top irish bloggerIt’s called 01 ‘You & Me = Awesome’. The blush is a deep pink with a hint of coral to it. The embossed heart is a light pink shimmer. I think they are designed to be swirled with a brush and used together. I reckon they look better applied on their own.

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This retails for €4.10.

The final thing I have is the ‘we are…funny’ Lip Bag.

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It’s actually a really nice size for throwing some makeup essentials into your handbag. It retails for €3.80.

And that’s it for the Essence Trend Edition ‘we are…’ Collection. It is available now until February. Anything take your fancy?

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So, as you might have seen in my last post here. I hauled some Bourjois products in Boots. They are currently doing 3 for 2 and I took full advantage πŸ™‚

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I love the Bourjois brand overall, but some products for me can be hit or miss. However, their Rouge Edition Velvet matte liquid lipsticks are probably one of my ride or die matte lip formulas. And for some reason, I have never done a proper review of them. Since I bought two shades last week (as well as a new mascara), I thought I would show you the colours as well as the formula in action. And, give you my first impressions of their new Volume Reveal mascara in waterproof. I have seen alot of good things about this mascara online so I thought I would add my thoughts into the mix.

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The two shades of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets I picked up are:

08 Grand Cru which I thought was more of a deep matte red off the bat. It comes off as a brighter red on the lips though.
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bourjois haul first impressions Then we have 14 Plum Plum Girl which is a matte plum shade.
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I will say although both of these dry down to a matte finish, the formula itself doesn’t dry down completely unless you wait for every layer to dry completely. I do love the texture and the finish of them though. They last well and fade leaving a stain behind. The colour range is great too. The Rouge Edition Velvets retail for €12.99. You can get them in store or online from Boots here.

My other purchase was of course the Volume Reveal Waterproof Mascara.

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It comes with a x3 zoom mirror on the side of the tube. Not sure if I would get much use of it. But you never know πŸ™‚

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It has a quite a large plastic spooley.

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The formula itself is thick and dries very quickly. You can layer it but you have to work fast. It definitely does give plenty of volume to the lashes though.

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Not as much curl as I would usually like, but it is more of a voluminous formula. And it’s fair to say it does what it says on the tin πŸ™‚

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The Volume reveal comes in non waterproof and waterproof and retails for €13.99 again in Boots in store or online here.

 

And that’s my 3 for 2 Bourjois haul done! Let me know if you like this type of show and tell. I would love your feedback πŸ™‚

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I did a little bit of shopping. Well, enough to warrant a blogpost and video πŸ™‚ I didn’t really know what to call this so I just went simple with Beauty Fashion Tech Haul πŸ™‚

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So, my beauty fashion tech haul (see it has a ring to it right? Not ha!). It consists of some bedding from Penneys.

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Some clothes bits from Penneys.

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Oh and some Penneys Christmas decorations…just because!

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I picked a new jumper from H&M. Think I might keep this for Christmas Day πŸ™‚

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I got some beauty bits from Boots too. Some Batiste Dry Shampoo, Real Techniques Mini Eraser Sponges. I repurchased my Nyx Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown that I use in my My Brow Routine video here. And then, Bourjois was on 3 for 2 so I picked up their new Volume Reveal Mascara in the waterproof formula. Oh and two new shades of the very lovely Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipsticks to add to my collection.

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And then finally, my really random (but necessary) purchase. A Nintendo Classic Mini.

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This actually caught me off guard because I had it pre-ordered for months and then I just got the email to say it was in stock. We had to high tail it to Smyths and pick it up πŸ™‚

And that’s it for my beauty fashion tech haul with the great inventive name πŸ™‚ Obviously I go into more detail in the video. You can of course watch it by clicking above as always. Or, head straight to my Youtube channel here and watch it.

 

Let me know if you like haul videos. I had such a good reaction to the last one I did I thought I would add another to the playlist. I would love some feedback though.

Thanks, as always.

Gemma xxx

Let me introduce to you the Sleek The Rockstars Collection in all of it’s glory.

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I was lucky enough to go to the launch of it this week and went home with the whole collection generously in my goodie bag. So, since I have it all and it is rolling into Boots around the country as we speak. I had to swatch and get it up to show you as soon as possible.

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The packaging of the Sleek The Rockstars Collection off the bat is super lovely. Even the outer packaging, which I had to show you as well πŸ™‚

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It consists of an eyeshadow palette, two Strobing soufflΓ©s, and two Lip VIP lipsticks.

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First up we have the Diamonds In The Rough i Lust Palette.

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It contains six gold toned shimmering shades.

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The first and the last shades are creams while the four in the middle are powder.

From left to right we have: Solitaire, Trillion, Princess, Asscher, Marquise, Radiant.

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The Diamond In The Rough i Lust Palette costs €9.49.

Next up in the collection we have the Sleek Strobing SoufflΓ©s. There is two to choose from.

‘Smoky Quartz’ which Sleek describe as a sparkly, translucent gold.

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‘Pink Opal’ is described by Sleek as a sheer shimmery pink.

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Both of the soufflΓ©s have actual coloured glitter running through them. I think these would actually make really nice eyeshadow bases. They would work really well with the Diamond In The Rough Palette. You will be able to pick these up for €8.99.

Lastly in the collection we have lip VIP metallic finish lipsticks.

‘Scandalous’ is described as a ruby red shade.

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It is a deep red with blue toned shimmery flecks running through it.

‘Superstar’ is described as an amethyst purple.

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It is a deep, but I think wearable purple colour with again a blue toned shimmer. The formula of these lippies is so lovely. They are soft and creamy but still super pigmented and last really well. These will set you back €7.49 a piece.

And there you have the new limited edition Sleek The Rockstars Collection. πŸ™‚ It is being rolled out to Sleek stockists as we speak. So keep an eye out in store and online if anything takes your fancy. I saw it at the start of the week in Boots, Dundrum!

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I am not really one for dressing up at Halloween. #partypooper alert I know. It’s just never really been my thing. So John suggested for me to do my Halloween Makeup Look for this weeks video.

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As in the makeup I would actually wear if we were up to anything. Although we will probably end up just staying in and watching some scary films and filling our faces with popcorn πŸ™‚ But, I thought it was a cool idea to go all out orange for the day that’s in it. And if you’re like me and you just cannot be bothered to venture out too far, this Halloween Makeup Look might float your boat.

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I went a bit overboard with the orange and used some new products to me. Overall, I was really happy with how the look turned out though and it is something I would actually wear.

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How much of a difference does makeup make though?? I do love a good before and after πŸ™‚

You can watch the video directly on my Youtube channel as always here. I know if you’re a Youtube fiend like me it might be easier to watch there πŸ™‚

I used an abundance of products I know, but I just wanted to have some fun and play around with makeup. I think I name everything I used. But, if I missed anything or you have any questions feel free to leave them down below. I do enjoy a makeup natter πŸ™‚

 

As always thank you so much for taking the time to click on this and watch. I am like a broken record now, but I really really appreciate it. Have a brilliant Halloween Bank Holiday Weekend whatever you get up too.

Gemma

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It’s that time of the week. Time for a new video from yours truly πŸ™‚ This one is about my top five ride or die makeup products. As you probably would have guessed from the title πŸ™‚

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Look I even made a picture with writing on it! That’s when you know I mean business πŸ™‚ For a minute in this video, I nearly thought I came up with this concept. What a twat I am. It took my brain a minute to catch up but then I remembered it was the lovely Jaclyn Hill who created the ride or die makeup tag, duh!

And me looking all smug and the likes.

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Anyways onto the products!

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  1. The Mac Cosmetics Full Coverage Foundation in NC20. I usually get mine from Brown Thomas in store. After looking on the Brown Thomas website I can’t seem to find it! Hopefully they’ve just changed the name and the packaging to Prolongwear, which is on the website here. I hope and pray it’s not discontinued because I’m running low πŸ™
  2. Number two is the L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hr Matte Foundation. I won’t go into too much detail about this because I have a full blogpost on it here.
  3. My third choices were two I know, I’m a cheater and a half! The Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara. I have a full review here. And, the Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof mascara, Also, full blogpost here. I just realised they changed the name of this since I got my first tube!
  4. My fourth choice the Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition in the shade ‘Ping Pong’. You can pick these up from Boots instore and online here, or from Cloud10beauty here.
  5. Then finally my last ride or die makeup product was goat hair blending brushes. The ones I mention are the Debs from Nima, you can buy it here, the Blank Canvas E26 available here and the old school Mac 217 which you can pick up here.

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And there you have my top 5 ride or die makeup products. Now the question is….what’s yours??

As always you can watch the video by clicking on it above or directly from my Youtube channel here.

πŸ™‚ xxx