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I filmed this on St Patrick’s Day. I decided to be lazy during the day and just watched the parade on the TV and veg out. For the evening though, myself, John and some friends went for some festive drinks 🙂 So, I blarred the music, turned the camera on and filmed myself doing my makeup. You know a love a get ready with me style video. This is my night out makeup look on behalf of St Paddy!

Night Out Makeup Look

I wanted an excuse to use my new Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in ‘Kitten Karma’.

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I bought mine off the Stila website directly here. It pains me to say it cost over €30 to get it shipped here, but it was sold out everywhere else. So, I took the hit, because I had major fomo 🙂

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I’ll try list all of the products I used as always here, but if I forget anything or you want to know about anything in particular, just holler in the comments below.

My night out makeup look for this particular evening consisted of:

  • L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base. I have a review of this here. Not my favourite, but I am finishing up the bottle because it works grand.
  • L’Oréal Infallible 24HR Matte Foundation. Full review here. I bloody love this stuff.
  • Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Pencil. My Nyx Micro Brown Pencil ran out, so I have this another go. I have a full post about it here.
  • Kiss eyebrow quad. Available in Dunnes stores and some chemists.
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer.
  • Smashbox Concealer Pencil.
  • Urban Decay Ultimate Basics Palette. Full post on this here.
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo in ‘Bold Gold’.
  • Makeup Geek eyeshadows in ‘Tiki Hut, ‘Cocoa Bear’ and ‘Brown Sugar’
  • Zoeva Blanc Fusion Palette. Swatches here.
  • Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in ‘Kitten Karma’. I got it directly from the Stila website here.
  • Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector
  • Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. Full review here.
  • Colourpop Sculpting Stix in ‘Dove’.
  • Essence The Cushion Eyeliner.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll waterproof mascara. Review here.
  • Mac Extended Play mascara. Review here.
  • Essence Little Brown Monsters Eyebrow Lifter (in my inner corners).
  • Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner in Rich Brown (in the waterline).
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer in 020.
  • Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette.
  • Note Bronzing Powder in 01.
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Fearless’.
  • Isa Dora Matt Fixing Powder.
  • Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in ‘Sin’.
  • Rimmel Insta Fix & Go setting Spray.
  • Barry M lip liner in ‘Go To’. I talk more about this here.

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And there you have my night out makeup look in get ready with me style.

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Let me know if you like these types of videos. As always you can click above to watch of go directly to my YouTube channel here. Hope you had an awesome St Patrick’s Day weekend!

Night Out Makeup Look
Night Out Makeup Look

Thanks for tuning in and sorry for all the pictures of my mug. I had alot of them 🙂

Gemma.

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I have been using the L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base for a good chunk of time now.

L'Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base

Actually probably more time than I would usually before I would review a product. I am like a broken record when I say I am big fan of L’Oréal base products generally. My latest review of their Total Cover foundation here wasn’t particularly glowing though, I know. I have been holding out talking about the L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base because, if I am being honest I couldn’t make my mind up about it.

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There are two ingredients in this primer. Both are derivatives of silicone. I was fully aware of this when I bought it. For my oily skin and large pores, silicone seems to work well as a base. I always moisturise before applying it, so I like to think there’s a barrier between my skin and the makeup anyways.

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The L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying primer is what you would expect from a silicone primer. It has a clear, gel like consistency.

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It makes textured skin a smoother surface to apply makeup on top of. A little goes a long way with it. It spreads really easily and does glide over any pores or fine lines you might have.

For me, the part I find weird, is that it doesn’t seem to set. Usually, when I apply a base, I pat it in and then wait for it to settle a little before applying foundation. This just doesn’t seem to settle. It is slippery to the touch. I can still feel it on my skin minutes later. Saying all of this, makeup applies grand over top. Just for me, I find the texture a bit off putting. I feel like it is just mixing into the foundation then, rather than being a layer of product on it’s own.

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top irish beauty blog The L’Oréal Infallible Mattifying Base is just ok in my book. I have used better primers in the past that have less silicone and are more beneficial to my oily skin. I will finish the tube for sure and use it knowing it will keep my makeup in tact ok. I don’t think I will be repurchasing it though. I’ll just stick to the foundation and the the fixing mist. Hey, two out of three ain’t bad at all 🙂

You can purchase it from Boots in store or online here for €11.99. Have you tried it?

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It is no secret that I am a big fan of L’Oréal base products. Their Infallible 24HR Matte has become one of my holy grail products. I have a review of it here. As has the Fixing Mist. (Review here). When I saw the Infallible Total Cover Foundation being released, I needed to try it.

L'Oréal Infallible Total Cover Foundation

There has been alot of hype around the Infallible Total Cover Foundation. It claims to be full coverage, matte, long lasting be easy to blend and have a weightless feel!

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When it was released in America first. Bloggers and vloggers feedback on it seemed very varied. Actually most people didn’t seem to like it. But, like the makeup addict that I am, I needed to experience it for myself 🙂

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I am 11 Vanilla in the 24 HR Matte, so I picked up the shade 10 Porcelain in the Infallible Total Cover.

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They are pretty similar shades, so it is a good match for me. It has a thick consistency, but it is deemed full coverage so that is completely OK, I think. You can see the product through the packaging and it seems to separate when it is left to settle.

L'Oréal Infallible Total Cover Foundation

I have seen claims online that it is meant to conceal tattoos. On the packaging however, it says it covers redness, marks and dark spots, I did put this to the test on my Snapchat, when I picked up the foundation first. I layered it up over the tattoo on my wrist three times. It did make the tattoo less noticeable, but you could definitely still see it through the product.

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On my skin, the coverage is good. I find the formula a little harder to work, but you do get there with it and it does blend out. I personally prefer to use a brush over a damp sponge to apply it.

Just a little disclaimer. I picked the worst days to take these pics. I wasn’t going anywhere and I woke up with really sore eyes. So, I just added primer, foundation and powder. None of the other bells and whistles 🙂

Here is my skin before application. It’s been somewhat behaving itself of late:

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Here is one layer of the foundation applied:

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My skin after about two hours:

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Then, after three hours of wear:

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The formula is matte and sets quite quickly too. I don’t find it great if you have larger pores that you want to fill in. If you have dry patches too, it will cling. You also have to work the product quite hard into the skin, so that movement disrupts any dry patches aswell.

The longevity of this foundation is what really lets it down, in my humble opinion. I am fine with the application and with the coverage. But, it seems to break down really quickly on my skin. I have a super oily t zone. But, I use an oil free moisturiser, a good primer and then set everything with powder and setting spray. With the Infallible 24 HR Matte, I can get four hours before shine is a problem, sometimes even longer. With the Total Cover within an hour, the oil starts to break through. I can feel it on my skin too, it’s definitely not weightless like they suggest on the packaging. And on me, it gathers in pores and fine lines, which is not a good look either.

I think it’s safe to say the L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover Foundation just isn’t for me. It doesn’t perform or last how I want it too. Give me the Infallible 24HR Matte over it any day 🙂 You can find it instore or online here from Boots. It’s priced at €10.99 and comes in seven shades.

Have you tried it?

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My first official video of 2017 comes in the form of my Makeup Favourites for the year gone by.

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I thought rather than just show you my makeup favourites, I would show you them in action too. I picked my most used products and created a really simple ‘me’ look that I usually end up doing when I don’t know what to do. Some of the products were new in 2016, some were new to me for the year and then some are just favourites that I always gravitate towards because I know they work.

Makeup Favourites 2016

I’ve written blogposts for a hell of alot of these, so I’ll try list as many as I can in case you want to know more about a specific product.

  • Hylamide HA Blur Primer. Review here.
  • L’Oréal Infallible 24HR Matte Foundation. Review here.
  • Nyx Micro Brow Pencil. Review here.
  • theBalm Put A Lid On It Eyeshadow Primer. Review here.theBalm Put A Lid On It Eyelid Primer
  • Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette. Post here.
  • Sleek Diamond In The Rough Palette. Blog post about it here.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof Mascara. Review here.
  • Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. I have a review here.
  • Wet n Wild Dual Ended Contour Stick. First impression video is here.
  • Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in ‘Nude Mauve’. I have a comparison post here.
  • Nyx Highlight and Contour Palette. First impressions and swatches here.
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium. I have a really old review of it here.
  • L’Oréal Infallible Fixing Mist. Review here.
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Phew, I think that’s everything 🙂

In the video here, you’ll see me using everything, but the finished look, looks a bit like this. I think it definitely sums up my go to makeup favourites for 2016. And, I do love a good before and after picture!

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I say it in video form too, but just to write it down too. Thank you so much for everything over the year. Beautynook (and myself) grew up alot over 2016. I am excited to see what 2017 has in store. Thanks for sticking around.

Gemma

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

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Look I even made a picture with writing on it! That’s when you know I mean business 🙂 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 🙁
  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.

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So I’m not the best at showing clothes on camera, I have officially learned this fact from doing this video. I’m not particularly comfortable with my size and shape though, so I think that makes me a little nervous about it too. Hopefully I’ll get better as I go along in both instances 🙂 This video is showing all the bits and bobs that I picked up in Zara, Boots, Penneys and Debenhams last week. Buying this much stuff is definitely not a regular occurrence, I just had a bit of a moment 🙂

Zara Boots Penneys Haul

I bought some of the Zara things online, as well as a couple of the other products and I collected them in store. I love having the option to do this. It means you don’t have to pay shipping and I was heading into town anyways so it was a win win for me.

I’ll attempt to list everything I got and link it down below, except for the Penneys stuff…if only they had a shopping website!

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The Zara mid heel Chanel wannabe shoes that literally killed my feet (I’m not even joking, they are in bits!). These are on the website here.

Zara Beaded Cross Body Bag. You can find it on the website here.

Here’s the little black bag on the website.

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Then, onto the beauty products:

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I did a post on the Kat Von D London Calling Fearless Favourites Set here.

I have a full review of the Nyx Micro Brow Pencil here.

Then, the L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist is an old fave of mine. I have a review of it here.

The L’Oreal True Match Foundation is €11.99 in Boots at the moment. You can get it on the website here.

And then finally, the L’Oreal True Match Highlighter. They don’t have it on the Boots website right now unfortunately. I got it in store and it was €11.99. The L’Oreal products were on 3 for 2.

And there you have it 🙂

As always, you can watch the video here on Beautynook by click directly on it above. Or, you can check it out on my Youtube channel directly here.

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