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It’s Christmas, time to pull out the glitter and throw all the makeup on your face 🙂 Here is my version of a party makeup look using all affordable products. Even most of the tools are affordable too.

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I went simple with a gold and brown eye with some gold glitter and lashes. I wanted to create a party makeup that I would actually wear myself. As I say in the video though, 2017 will hopefully be the year, I get out of my comfort zone a bit video wise and be a little braver with my makeup.

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I mention all the products I use in the video as I go along, but to recap:

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Primer: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser.

Foundation: Catrice HD Liquid Coverage (review here). Mixed with L’Oréal True Match. Full review here.

I used the Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge to apply them and have my full thoughts on that here.

Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind and the Collection Instant Perfection.

Brows: Nyx Micro Brow Pencil and the Freedom Duo Brow Powder. My full brow routine using both of these is here.

Primer: Flormar Eye Perfection Primer in Bright Illuminator.

Eyes: Sleek Strobing Soufflé in Smoky Quartz and the Diamonds In The Rough Rockstars Palette. I have swatches of both of these here. Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave Palette. There is a full review of this here.

Glitter liner is from Catrice. Mascara is the Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof mascara which I have a review of here. The liner I use to tighlight is the Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Liner. I actually only reviewed it here this week.

Lashes are Kiss in the style ‘Ritzy’.

Cream contour was Colourpop Sculpting Stix in ‘Dove’.

I used the Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette. I have up close swatches of this here.

Blush: Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in ‘Sugar & Spice.

Highlight: Sleek Solstice Palette. I have swatches of this here.

Bronzer: Note Bronzing Powder in 10.

Powder: Paese Rice Powder.

Lips: Penneys PS Love Lipliner in number 6 with Rimmel’s The Only One Matte Lipstick in 200 ‘Salute. I have lots of these swatched in a blogpost here.

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Party makeup done 🙂

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Sometimes it takes a village, I am happy with how it turned out though. I do love a bit of sparkle.

You can watch the video by clicking above or directly on my YouTube channel here.

I’ll stop rambling now, Merry Christmas!!

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I only bought the L’Orèal True Match Highlight last week. I featured it in my haul video here. But, I wanted to get a post up about it asap because I can’t really find much information on them. If I google the name, only American websites come up.

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America seem to have three L’Orèal True Match Highlight (s) to choose from, I’ve only seen two of them on sale here in Boots. A bronze toned one and the one I have here 302.R/C ‘Icy Glow’.

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L'Oreal True Match Highlight

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The compact comes in a clear topped plastic casing with a mirror and a little brush underneath the product.

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As you can see from looking at it (and the name) this is a icy, silvery highlight.

There is three facets to the powder. A beige toned shimmer. A blue toned shimmer. And then an silvery toned shimmer. Swatched they all look pretty similar though.

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The compact is big enough that you could use the colours on their own. Or, you can of course mix them together.

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Here it is swatched on my arm, with my finger on the left and then swiped on with the brush that comes with the compact on the right. Not the worst brush in the world, it would be handy for on the go. I myself would rather use a softer more tapered brush for highlighter though.
L’Orèal say they created their True Match Highlight to be used as a highlight on the general areas we would usually use one. i.e the cheekbones, or you can use it as an all over illuminator.

There is definitely a sparkle to this L’Orèal True Match Highlight. But, they are more reflective. It’s not just full on glitter. The powder itself is soft to the touch, but when use a  a brush in it, there’s is a good amount of fall out.

I picked this up because the colour choices in it attracted me to it. (And L’Orèal were on 3 for 2 in Boots) 🙂 When you apply it to the face with a brush, you get a subtle icy highlight. If you’re looking for full on see you from space glow, this is not the product to do this.

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Overall, I quite like the L’Orèal True Match Highlight. I like the duo chrome icy colour that you get with it. I don’t have a highlighter in my stash that looks like it. I don’t think it’s going to change the makeup game, but I like this particular shade and will get use out of it for sure for days when I just want a little something something on the cheeks 🙂 For me, it would be a bit too glittery to apply all over the face.

I believe I paid €11.99 for it in Boots. When it becomes available on their website I’ll be sure to link it.

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I know Christmas is what we’re probably looking forward to the most, but New Years Eve is a big occasion too right? So. I have here a New Years Eve Makeup Look I would happily rock on the faithful night. I went for a subtle glittery eye with a matte pink lip. I think this combo would work for any night out not just New Years but it’s nice to have an excuse 🙂

Base, brows and eyeshadow primer dunzo!

irish beauty blogThen onto the good stuff, I’m using the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette.

urban decay gwen stefani paletteIsn’t she a beauty?  I have a full review of it here if you want to see it up closer.

I grabbed the shade Stark to begin and added a wash of it to my crease just to makeup everything blend better on my lids.

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To deepen the crease colour more I took some Anaheim and blended that over top.

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To conceal any discolouration on the brow bone and lighten it, I applied some Skimp. It has a little bit of sheen to it but nothing too crazy.

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Punk is one of my favourite colours in the palette.

punk gwen stefani paletteI used a tapered brush to apply it on the outer v of my eyes, and blended it across my crease slightly.

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And then some more blending happened 🙂

irish blog beautynookI don’t think this step was really necessary, because the pigment is more of a shadow than a glitter, but I did it so I’ll add it in.

I applied a really small amount of Duraline onto my eyelids (I have a full blogpost on Duraline here).

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I pulled out Makeup Geek’s pigment in New Years Eve for a bit of festive sparkle and because it’s aptly named for a New Years Eve Makeup look 🙂

makeup geekmakeup geek pigment new years evenew years eveI applied this with a flat brush over where I placed the Duraline.

irish beauty blogirish beauty bloggerI just deepened up Punk in the outer corner then.

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I used the colour Blackout, from the Gwen Stefani Palette to line my lash line because lashes have to happen…it’s New Years Eve Makeup. 🙂

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I chose Ardell Demi 120 false lashes, I like that they flare out on the outer corners.

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To hide the false lash band a bit more, I applied a line of liquid liner across them.

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I concealed and then went onto the lower lash line. I added some of the Punk shade on the outer end of my eyes, the same as the top lid.

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And then some Baby on the inner part.

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Mascara time then.

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I wanted to darken things up a little more so I tight lined with some black liner.

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For some inner corner brightness, I used the shade Pop.

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I wanted to go with a somewhat strong pink lip. I lined my lips first with Nyx Lip Pencil in Pinky.

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I chose one of my favourite lip products the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the colour Ole Flamingo.

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I did some loose curls in my hair for the occasion and then we’re done 🙂

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Let me know what you think!

Have the best Christmas and of course New Year ever, and thank you so much for reading, I really really appreciate it.

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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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