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Urban Decay All Nighter ConcealerMy lovely friend Sue aka @itscherrysue (she LOVES to be called that out in the non digital world FYI 🙂 ), very kindly gave me the Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer. How much of a sound dude is she?

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We were having a cheeky pint after an event and she pulled it out her back and exclaimed, ‘Gem, this is too light for me, you should try it’. The most romantic words I ever did hear. Sometimes having blue skin comes in handy!Urban Decay Concealer

So what is the Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer? Well I am so glad you asked. This is a followup to their All Nighter Foundation, which I actually wasn’t a fan of. It didn’t work great for my skin. I found it just slipped around.

There is 14 shades in the concealer range and Urban Decay say it’s 73% more pigmented than their Naked Skin Foundation. What a peculiar statistic!irish beauty blog

I have the shade Neutral Fair (thanks to Sue). It’s definitely a shade or two lighter than my skin tone. This concealer is famously known to oxidise though. UD actually recommend you to opt for the lighter shade if you’re in between colours, so that’s definitely something to note.

For me, this is a thick, full coverage concealer. I find it does a really good job at covering darkness and pigmentation, including redness and blemishes. I do for the most part only use it under my eyes. It sets super quickly, so you have to work particularly fast with it to make sure it blends into the skin. But if you do, it applies really nicely. On me, once it’s blended and set with powder, it doesn’t crease or get caught in any fine lines. I don’t generally have major problems with that happening though. I think if you have particularly dry skin around your eyes, this might be a miss.

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If you’re using a more full coverage base, I would be careful with applying this as you could go ‘cakey’ really is as it is quite thick in consistency.

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 I’ve heard talk of the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation being compared to the infamous Tarte Shape Tape. As I own both, I will offer my humble opinion.

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I think I prefer the packaging from UD, it’s more sleek and I prefer a smaller doe foot applicator. Shape Tape comes with a huge one and I can sometimes find it cumbersome and a bit messy as it can retain a lot of product. They come in at a similar price if buying directly. ST is a bit of a pain in the arse to get in Europe though with taxes. QVC do sell it but with a decent mark up and a more limited shade range. You get 3.5 grams of product from UD, whereas ST has 10 mls! For me, Shape Tape wins over All Nighter just because it has a thinner consistency and blends easier but still has the coverage and the staying power.top irish beauty blog

Saying that though, I really do like the Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer. It does a really great job. You can find it online from Debenhams here.

Have you tried it?

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Brown Thomas Makeup HaulNo I definitely do not have money in January to be throwing around  in Brown Thomas!

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Every Christmas my brother gives me a voucher for BT and I am never mad at it. It means I can still makeup shop whilst poor after the festive period 🙂Brown Thomas

I went into Brown Thomas initially to spend it. I’m not too far from Grafton Street. If you follow me on Snapchat (username: Beautynook), you would have seen the scenario. Initially, I was going to blow all €75 on Huda Beauty.zoeva cosmetics

The Mauve Obsessions palette is already in my possession. (Blogpost on it here). I knew they were out of the Warms Palette, but had the Smoky from checking online. The plan was to take the plunge on that and maybe get some other bits to try from the brand.Huda Beauty

I found out on that day, that just because something is in stock on the Brown Thomas website does not mean they have it in store. They have separate warehouses apparently. So, I walked away with nothing and had to do my shopping online. A bit frustrating, but sure I’m a little more calmer shopping online, less distraction and I’m less likely to overspend 🙂

I decided to do click and collect in store just because they will charge you a delivery rate regardless of your spend. But, it’s free to get it delivered in to your local branch.

So what did I buy?

I did end up getting the Huda Beauty Smoky Obsessions Palette.

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I know there’s mixed feelings about these little palettes. The Mauves Obsessions is in major rotation in my makeup routine, so I wanted to extend my collection and try another shade range.

Everything else I picked up is from Zoeva. Yes, Brown Thomas stock it now! You can get it in store now too in their Beauty Lounge which is adjacent to the main store on Clarendon street.

I decided to get another eyeshadow palette to try. Zoeva are such a lovely brand in my opinion. I got their Plaisir Box (review here), a couple of years back for Christmas and the palettes are beautiful.

This time I went with the Aristo Palette. For not particular reason really. It’s new and it had a couple of more interesting shades along with more wearable colours. I just thought it would be fun to play with.irish beauty bloggerbeauty blog ireland

Their Graphic Brow pencil in the shade Cinereous made it into my basket.

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Another more practical purchase was their Eyeshadow Fix.top irish beauty bloggertop beauty blog ireland

I got the matte one to give a go. It comes in pearl too. Eyeshadows mean nothing to me without a decent primer. I have super oily lids.

The last thing I got was a bit of a random buy. This is the Zoeva Strobe Gel in Halo. It comes in three shades.

beauty blog Curiosity made me click on this. It’s a gel highlighter. It is literally a goo highlighter, I can’t wait to dig in!

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The packaging is really nice. It comes in a 15ml glass pot. Hopefully the gel itself is nice too!

And that’s it for my Brown Thomas haul! Keep an eye out here on Beautynook if you’re curious about any of the products. I am sure there’ll be reviews and demos galore in the coming weeks 🙂
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Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting PowderThe Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powders have been around for a while now. I had tried to get my hands on them a few times as such good things were been said about them online. Unfortunately for me (not Wet n Wild of course), they always seemed to be sold out in my local Penneys and Dunnes.

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Luckily (for me), I was sent a package from the brand with their best selling products of 2017! Included, were two shades of the Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powders.

There is more in the within the range, but I believe these are the only two shades available in Ireland at this time.irish beauty blogger

I can honestly say, they are some of the best affordable highlighting powders I have yet to come across! If you follow me on Instagram, you’re probably sick to your back teeth of listening to me talk about them. I thought they deserved a blog post for reference purposes though, and some close up pics too.beauty blog ireland

The packaging is a little bit flimsy on these. I tend to find that a lot with Wet n Wild products. I guess they have to cut corners somewhere to keep costs down. The powders themselves are soft and easy to blend. They leave a shine on the skin, with a hint of shimmer. I find they apply really nicely with a dense brush for more pigment pay off. But, you can also get a lovely, more subtle effect with a fluffy brush.

The first shade ‘Precious Petals’, is a pale golden pink shade.

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This, for me, is the colour I reach for most as an everyday highlight. It’s a shade that compliments my pale pink toned skin.

beauty blog‘Crown Of My Canopy’, is very much a rose gold shimmer.

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Although I can get away with it as a highlighter if I warm my skin up. In my humble opinion, I think it is more suited to more medium tones. I use this A LOT for eyeshadow. I reach for it so much to use as a wash of colour all over the lid.

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I think it’s safe to say I am a big fan of the Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder. Since receiving them myself, I’ve seen them a few times now in store. It’s always the same, isn’t it? 🙂

Have you tried them?
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Affordable Beauty Favourites CurrentlyI’m back with some affordable beauty favourites.

I have here six products that are currently in heavy rotation in both my makeup and skincare routines. And they all fall under the affordable beauty umbrella. My last version of this post is here if you fancy seeing what made the cut.

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All the makeup products are reasonably new to me. The skincare, I’ve been using for quite a while.

First up we have the new product to me in the bunch the Elf Shimmer Highlighting Powder in Pearl Glow.

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Elf can definitely be a hit or miss brand for me. Well let’s face it, most brands can be hit or miss. But I’ve owned Elf products in the past that I’ve adored and some that made their was straight to the bin. This highlighter falls into the adore category. I’ve been wearing it everyday since I got it. It’s a really soft blendable powder with a pearly gold shimmer.

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Really nice for pale gals like myself 🙂 Elf is now available in Superdrug, certain Penneys stores and an abundance of pharmacies here in Ireland. You can also buy from their UK website here.

My second current affordable beauty favourite is the L’Oréal Paradise Extatic Mascara. L'Oréal Paradise mascaraThis is a weird one for me because if I didn’t have my lashes lifted, this mascara wouldn’t have really gotten a look in from me.

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Generally my straight lashes need a waterproof formula. But as they are currently chemically curled, this has been my jam! The brush is huge and it does clump a little. But, it also gives really nice length and volume. If you have semi decent lashes naturally, this is a really nice mascara.

You can find it on the Boots website here.

Thirdly, we have the Catrice Ultimate Matt Lipstick in From Rose With Love. catrice makeup irelandVisually these lippies are so cool. The bullet is completely matte!
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They have a really nice smooth long lasting formula as well though. I am not just digging them for the bullet 🙂 This colour is just me in a lipstick. I am a mauve whore and this feeds my habit completely. I have been gravitating towards this so much since I got it.

Number four is a makeup brush. I picked up what I could find of the new Primark/Penneys PS Pro makeup brush range. This particular one came in a pack of two that cost €4.

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It’s called the 236. It’s a dome shaped blending brush. It is small but soft and fluffy. I love it for applying colour softly in the crease. I am super impressed with these brushes so far.

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My last faves come as a combo for me. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% and the Advanced Retinoid 2%.

the ordinary retinoidI feel like I can’t review them singularly because I alternate between the two.

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At 32 now, I am doing some major ageing prevention in skincare form at least. Retinol is the way to go if you are looking to do this. I use this every second night in my skincare routine and my skin has been really enjoying it. Also, it’s only €9.80 from the Deciem website here.

When I don’t use the retinol, I use The Ordinary Hyaluronic 2% + B5.

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Hyaluronic Acid can apparently attract 1000 times its weight in water. It’s great for hydration and helping in plumping the skin.

irish beauty siteWhat I love about this is that it doesn’t feel heavy, but still feels like it’s moisturising the skin. I generally use it conjunction with an night moisturiser or a face oil. This is again available from their website here.

And… I’ll stop waffling.

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First things first. If you don’t like kitsch and you don’t like heavily scented product. You will not like any of the Too Faced Sweet Peach products.

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If you are like me and don’t mind any of that, keep on reading because of course this post is going to be about the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette 🙂

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This palette is a continuation of the Too Faced Sweet Peach family. We of course had the eyeshadow palette first which the beauty world went nuts about. So the collection was extended to include this, blushes and lip glosses and I am sure there is more to come.

The Glow palette comes similarly packaged to the eyeshadow palette. The casing is a light hollow metal and it has a magnetic closing which I really like.

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You don’t have to fiddle with a clasp to get it open. It has a good sized mirror too and quite compact.

Inside you get a highlight, a blush and a bronzer. They are all powder.

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light warm peachy golden highlight which is 3 grams:

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A coral orange toned blush which is 5.5 grams of product (almost double the amount of the other two):

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And then a warm toned satin finish bronzer. This is also 3 grams:

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The powders are heavily scented of sweet peach. It’s the first thing that greets you when you open the palette. I personally really like the scent. It reminds of me of sweeties and as I am even writing this, I am stopping to have a whiff of the palette beside me.

The products are quite densely packed in the pans, but it doesn’t make them difficult to blend out on the skin. It also means you don’t get a lot of kickback when you dip your brush (or your fingers) in. When you swatch the powders with your fingers, you get a decent saturation of product on the skin.

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With the flash on

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With natural light

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When you apply with a brush you get a sheerer application on first swipe, but you can build up all three powders to your liking. I like this because it puts you in control of the colour pay off. If you are looking for instant gratification with them though, you are probably best off using a stiffer bristled brush for application.

In my opinion the colours are more suited to lighter skin tones like my own. All three are very pretty wearable shades though. The bronzer shade is a little warmer than what I would go for myself normally, but it applies really nicely on the skin. I find it really wearable.

Before application:

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Bronzer applied:

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Blush applied:

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Highlight applied:

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You can buy the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette in store or online here from Debenhams. It costs €41. What do you think? Would you splash the cash?

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What did we do before highlighters? Actually I remember what I did, wore too much blush 🙂

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My oily skin doesn’t really let me enjoy cream highlighters to their full capacity. They just don’t last on me and I have to powder pretty much my whole face so the premise is lost. Powder highlight is my jam though. For the sake of longevity I mattify everywhere. But, then I can go in with a powder highlight and bring some much needed dimension to everything.

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Here, I have five highlighters from my collection that I’ve been reaching for alot over the past while. I’ve done posts in the past on all of them so I’ll link them as I go. I just thought it would be good to dedicate one post so some of my very faves.

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First up, we have the cheapest of the group.

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This is the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. I am only adding one shade within it into my most used. The other three don’t really get much use. I have full swatches of the palette here. ‘Equinox’ is my shade of choice. It is a baked peachy champagne colour.

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This is just a great all round colour. It is the most powdery formula of the bunch, but for the price point, it’s bloody lovely. Sleek,if you’re reading this, you should totally bring ‘Equinox’ out on it’s own!

My second choice in Mary-Lou Manizer by theBalm. This really is an infamous highlighter.

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I have an old post on this here. I’ve had Mary-Lou for nearly two years now and she is still going strong.

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It’s a light champagne colour that works for so many skin types and blends really nicely into the skin. At just over 20 quid it’s not quite budget or high end, but she’s worth every penny 🙂

My third choice is the Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in ‘Sin’.

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When these first came out last year, I ran to Debenhams and picked one up. I am a bit of an Urban Decay fan girl! ‘Sin’ is like Mary Lou’s lighter sister.

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The formula of these is so long lasting on my skin. This is nearly what makes me reach for it so much! I did a first impressions video on ‘Sin’ here when I first bought it. Not the best quality, but you can see me ramble out it more 🙂

My fourth and fifth choices are both by Becca Cosmetics. Becca know how to formulate a good highlighter. The consistency is always super creamy and a dream to blend.

‘Champagne Pop’ doesn’t really need much introduction. If you are a makeup fan you will know all about it and probably own one yourself.

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This was their first collaboration with Jaclyn Hill. It’s a gorgeous peach champagne colour. More deep in colour than ‘Equinox’.

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If I am being honest with myself it’s too deep for my skin tone, but I love it so much I wear it anyways. I just have to bronze up a little more. I have a really old blog showcasing it here. Excuse my eyebrows in it. They are awful ha!

My last fave is ‘Pearl’ from Becca. This is the newest highlighter in my collection but I think it’s the most complimentary out of all of them on my skin.

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As the name would suggest is a white pearl colour. It swatches quite icy.

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But it does blend into a really lovely wearable shine. It’s honestly one of the best highlighters I have found for lighter skin tones. You can see it applied to the face here.

Here they are all swatched together for colour reference.

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What do you look for in a highlighter? Do you use one in your day to day makeup? Let me know 🙂

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