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This post on the new theBalm Balm Jour Creamy Lip Stain (s) is ridiculously overdue. I’ve been threatening to do this for like two weeks now. I even gave away the whole collection over on my Instagram last week. The PR were super cool and sent over two sets, how deadly of them πŸ™‚heBalm Balm Jour Creamy Lip Stain

I have been using these pretty much every day since I’ve had them in my possession. They’re just a really easy lip product to throw on. The colours are really wearable, the formula is pigmented and easy to apply, as you’ll see in the video here or above.

Are the eight shades available in the new theBalm Balm Jour Creamy Lip Stain collection ground breaking? Absolutely not, but they did a really good job at covering all bases I think, so there’s a shade in here for everyone.Β heBalm Balm Jour Creamy Lip Stain

It’s good to note too, that the formula isn’t sticky either. Also, you get the best of both worlds with them. Gloss and high impact colour that leaves a hint of a stain behind when the shine wears off. I’m a big fan overall, as you can probably tell. If you’re a fan of their Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks, but are over the dryness of a matte liquid lip, these are definitely worth checking out in my very humble opinion.irish beauty blog

I swatch all eight in the video, with just one dip into the tube, just to show you the colour pay off and how they perform. Here are all eight, as I call it, ‘arm swatched’ too, just so you can see the shades close up.

From left to right we have:

Hola, Namaste, Salut, Konnichiwa, Aloha, Hello, Ciao, Ni Hao.

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theBalm Balm Jour Creamy Lip Stain (s) are available now from theBalm website. (You can use the code ‘beautynookie’ for 15% off), and they are also available from Cloud10beauty here.

Have you tried them?

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Too Faced Melted Latex

Too Faced are just constantly bringing out new products. I only road tested some of their new releases here not too long ago. There is lots more coming from the brand in the near future too. I have here one of their latest releases, the Too Faced Melted Latex Liquified High Shine Lipsticks. Try saying that with a few jars on you πŸ™‚

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There are 16 shades within the Too Faced Melted Latex range. I have five of the more wearable colours to show you here. That was my doing completely. Some of the colours are super fun, but they would have been completely wasted on me.

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These are completely new to me, so this definitely isn’t a review. It’s more of just a try on of the colours in blog post form, so you can see them too πŸ™‚ Of course, from the name Too Faced Melted Latex, we know these are going to be super shiny!

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First up we have “Hopeless Romantic”.

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The second one I have is “Peekaboo”.

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Third up is “Love U, Mean It”.

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The fourth shade I have is “Safe Word”.

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And then finally the fifth colour I have is “Rated R”.

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First impressions of the Too Faced Melted Latex lippes are, the colours are super opaque and…shock horror, super shiny πŸ™‚ They are quite thick and sticky in consistency and if you have any dry patches or wet residue on the lips, they don’t apply greatly over it. Make sure to prep your lips before application. I really like the applicator and the range of colours is great too! They smell fruity, but the scent isn’t majorly over powering. If you are looking for a high shine, full on colour liquid lipstick, these could definitely be for you.

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You can find the new Too Faced Melted Latex Liquid Lipsticks online now here from Debenhams. They cost €23 each.

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Since the sun is shining, don’t say that too loud, we might spook it! But, since it is, I thought I would put together some of my summer makeup essentials. This isn’t so much about the products, just dive into your collection and see what you have already to play with.

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These are products I have in my stash right now. I love shopping my stash, especially when a new season begins.

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Summer makeup for me, is about a light base and having fun with everything else.

My skin tends to behave itself a little bit more in the summer months so I can spend less time on my base. It still needs help though!

My Summer makeup will always consist of primers. I have oily skin.

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I just find adding a few dabs of it to the t zone and blending it out over my whole face, really helps with the longevity of anything I put on top of it. Eyeshadow primer is another must for me. All year round, but particularly in the warmer months. Oily lids are no joke! I am really enjoying The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer (you can buy it here) and Benefit Porefessional has always been a holy grail for me.

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Because I use a more mattifying primer, I find I can go a little bit more dewy and light with the foundation.

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If I know I am going to be out in the sun for a long period of time, I will of course use sun protection on my face. However, it does tend to melt my makeup. So, if I am going somewhere that is more shaded, I’ll use a foundation with SPF.

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One very important Summer makeup essential for me, is coloured eye liners.

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Whether it be liquid, gel, waterproof pencil, or pencil with eyeshadow over top, this is something I cannot get enough of in Summer. It is just such a fun way to add something to your makeup without trying too hard. I love applying a slick of it across the lash line. If I am feeling extra daring, I’ll even attempt to wing it out. Adding a pop of colour to your water line too is a lovely way to incorporate a hint of colour to a makeup look aswell. I used the Nyx Vivid Brights Liner here in a makeup look last Summer.

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Without waterproof mascara, I am a basic lash person.

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My lashes are straight and need waterproof mascara to hold a curl. It is imperative in the Summer time too though. It is a bitch to get off, but a decent waterproof mascara means you don’t have to worry about panda eyes behind your sunglasses. Or if you suffer with watery eyes, you are less inclined to have black marks down your cheeks. I talk about two of my favourites pictured here and here.

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My last Summer makeup essential is a glossy lip. I never thought I would say those words, but glossy lip products have come such a long way.

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They don’t have to be sticky and they can be super long wearing and colourful too. Products like the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors are great. They add shine with a hint of colour as well as nourish the lips. So handy to throw in your bag for top ups throughout the day.

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Shout out to Rosie for helping me take the photos!

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And, I will stop rambling πŸ™‚ Have you any Summer makeup essentials?

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Another delve into some purse friendly beauty faves. This time I took some inspiration in the changing of the seasons. Here are five Budget Autumn Lipstick choices.

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Autumn makeup for me is summed up by dark vampy lips. Of course, it’s appropriate to wear them all year round, there’s no rules in makeup. But, I always tend to pull out the deeper shades more at this time of the year.

 

I chose five budget friendly Autumn lipsticks from my collection. All from different brands in hopes of giving you some inspiration for the colder months πŸ™‚

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First up we have the Lasting Finish Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick in the shade ‘Retro Red’. This is from the 15th anniversary collection.

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This has a creamy finish. I thought it would be a good choice if you didn’t want to go full on plum vamp. It’s still dark but as the name would suggest in a more retro red way πŸ™‚ You can get these from Boots instore or online here for €10.99. You can get them in pharmacies and in Penneys too and they’re usually cheaper!

Number 2 on the Budget Autumn Lipstick list is the Sleek VIP Lipstick in ‘Attitude’.

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I love these lippies. They are creamy and pigmented and really lovely to apply. This shade for me, is Autumn personified. The formula is quite forgiving on the lips too if they are dryΒ  or cracked. These are available in store or online here from Boots for €7.49. You can find them on Cloud10beauty and Dolledup.ie aswell.

My third pick is one of the Matt Matt Matt lipsticks from Essences Autumn/Winter Collection for this year. You can see the whole collection here. This is in the shade 07 ‘Purple Power.

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This is a more purple take on the vampy lip trend. As you would guess from the name this has a matte finish. But it’s not so matte that it will dry out your lips completely. These are a steal too at only €2.90 a pop.

My fourth Budget Autumn Lipstick choice is the Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Lipstick in ‘Private Members Club’.

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This is the glossiest choice of the five. It’s plum but with more a blackened undertone, so definitely not for the faint hearted πŸ™‚ You can buy these from Superdrug online or directly from Makeup Revolution here. They cost €4.20 a piece.

My final choice is from Wet n Wild. The Wet n Wild Megalast Matte lipsticks are some of my very favourites. I have a bunch of them swatched here in a previous post. They are pigmented and although matte, still creamy and easy to apply. The shade I have here is ‘Ravin Raisin’.

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This is like a 90’s representation of a plum lipstick. It has a mauve undertone and I love it πŸ™‚ You can get the Megalast lipsticks in Penneys and they are a ridiculously reasonable €2.99.

I swatched all of my Budget Autumn Lipstick choices side by side too, just so you could see the differences close up.

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Any of them take your fancy?

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Fancy winning some makeup goodies? Course you do πŸ™‚ The lovely people over in Essence have kindly given me a bunch of fab products to give to one of you lucky people. To be in with a chance of winning this Essence Competition, make sure you:

 

  • Follow me on any social media you have. I’m on Facebook here, Twitter here and Instagram here

  • Share this post on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag me in it so I can see πŸ™‚ There’s share buttons below this post to make it really easy.

  • Comment below anything you want. perhaps your favourite Essence products, your favourite beauty tip, whatever you want really πŸ™‚

The giveaway includes all of these lovely products:

Essence Competition – Essence all I need concealer palette
– Essence 2in1 eye shadow and liner 03 light me up
– Essence 2in1 eye shadow and liner 06 she’s got the mauve
– Essence velvet stick matt lip colour 05 plum perfect
– Essence glossy stick lip colour 04 posh pink
– Essence the velvets eye shadow 03 smooth caramel
– Essence the velvets eye shadow 08 coral me maybe…
– Essence prettifying lip oil 02 first help, pinky
– Essence blush ball 10 peach candy
– Essence the gel nail polish 61 1001 party nights
– Essence I Love Trends ’The Jellys’ 29 pink lagoon
– Essence gummy touch top coat
– Essence 2 in 1 base & top coat

I have alot of these in my own makeup collection, the prettifying lip oil,velvet matt lip colour and glossy stick lip colour are things I reach for all of the time, love them πŸ™‚

You can follow the Essence Makeup Ireland Facebook page here if you fancy keeping up with the latest new and launches from the brand.

This Essence Competition is open for one week from today. So Tuesday the 28th until Tuesday the 5th of July.

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by. And a big thanks to Essence Cosmetics for all the lovely beauty products.

Good luck!

Gemma

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Essence Cosmetics have hit the nail on the head with their launches for this Spring/Summer.

essence cosmetics irelandThey have touched on so many of the makeup trends happening at the minute, and done their own spin on them. And as we know, with Essence Cosmetics, that means for a fraction of the price.

This blog post is just showing you what Essence Cosmetics has to offer for Spring and Summer of this year. I didn’t swatch any of the products which I would normally do and you’ll see why at the end πŸ™‚

First up we have The Velvets eyeshadows, Silky Touch Blush and the Blush Ball.

irish beauty blogirish beauty bloggerThese all come in an array of different shades.

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Velvet Touch Blush (not sure)

Blush Ball €3.80

Next up is some new concealing products.

top irish beauty bloggerWe have the All I Need Concealer Palette and the Soft Touch Mousse Concealer.

top irish beauty websiteThe palette costs €4.40

The concealer €3.80.

The Superfine Eyeliner Waterproof Pen.

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Some new lip products.

irishbeautyblogThe Glossy Kiss Lip Balms are €1.30

The Prettifying Lip Oils are €2.50.

I am in love with the Glossy Stick and the Velvet Stick Matt Lip Colour.

top irish beauty blogirish beauty blogger youtubeThese are available in 5 colours a piece and retail for €2.50. This Velvet Stick Matt one in particular took my fancy. It’s in the shade Plum Perfect. I used it in my affordable Get Ready With Me Video here only last week πŸ™‚

Essence have lots of new nail goodies for Spring/Summer 2016 including some nail care products.

top irish beauty bloggersThese range from €2.30-€2.50.

And some new colours and finishes of their I Love Trends nail colours.

The Jellys and Metals cost €2.30

irish beauty youtuberThere are some new colours in the Gel Nail Polish line. I believe these cost under €2.

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There’s a Forbidden Volume Mascara and a Forbidden Volume Top Coat (which I am loving, may I add).

The mascara is priced at €3.80

The top cost is €3.50

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Essence Cosmetics have also added in some 2 in 1 eyeshadow and liner pencils to this collection. They come in a total of 6 shades both shimmery and matte.

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And that’s all the products I have to show you. There’s is other products in the new range like a new eyeshadow base, different liquid liners, eyebrow gel, a contouring palette, fixing powder even a fixing spray. And from what I can see, nothing will cost you more than a fiver!

Onto the fun part. The reason I didn’t swatch the products here is because I wanted too give some away to you.

If you fancy winning these Essence goodies.

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Good luck πŸ™‚

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