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Ok, this is probably the most ridiculous posts I will every write, but hear me out πŸ™‚ I have spoke about this before in other posts aswell as on social media. I do not justify it, but I use TWO mascaras generally on a daily basis! Madness I know. I want something that holds a curl, lengthens and defines up top. Down below, I want something that lengthens, separates and doesn’t flake or smudge. This is where the Mac Extended Play Lash comes in.

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Now I will say I don’t always repurchase it. I don’t find it does great things for my top lashes. For me, it’s just OK. I much prefer the likes of Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof which I have an old review of here, or my ride or die Fairydrops Scandal Queen mascara, review here. Scandal Queen does hold tight on the bottom lashes but I find the brush a bit cumbersome and the formula a bit thick for my sparse hairs.

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When I bite the bullet and reintroduce Mac Extended Play Lash into my routine, I just fall in love with it all over again. It’s a treat for my bottom lashes. And they deserve it, they don’t have a lot going on in their lives!

Mac Extended Play Lash

Extended Play just works so well, so every once in a while, I choose to be apologetically extra and pick one up. The wand is thin and reasonably small, so it makes it easy to really get in and coat all of the hairs. The formula is quite wet which I think is beneficial for your lower lashes because you can really pack the product on without it clumping or making the hairs bunch together. It does a really good job (for me anyways) of making my bottom lashes look longer and so much fuller. I generally have pretty boring short lashes naturally.

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The one thing that makes me buy it again and again though is that it doesn’t budge when you put it on, but the waterproof formula is not a pain to get off either. On me, it never flakes or smudges on my lower lash line. I’ve never had this with any other mascara except probably the Clinique Bottom Lash.

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Of course people use it on their top lashes as well and love it, but it really has become a bit of a cult bottom lash mascara. I think it’s fair to say I bloody love it πŸ™‚

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You can buy Mac Extended Play Lash in Mac and Brown Thomas in store. Or online from BT here. It costs €20. So tell me, do you think I’m crazy? πŸ™‚

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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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I already did a post on the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette this week here if you want to see it up close and swatched.

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I thought I would do a post showing it in action too, just to give you an idea of how it applies. And, of course I was itching to use it on my eyeballs πŸ™‚

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I did it in video form just because I think it’s the best way to do it really. As I always say, I am not a makeup artist, nor is my makeup application perfect. I definitely could have blended more. But, I hope me showing it in action gives you some indication of how good the shadows are in the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette. I am really impressed with them. I will say the warmer tones don’t apply as warm as they look in the pan. But, that doesn’t really bother me too much.

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I didn’t plan what I was going to do. I just kind of went with the shadows in the palette that I gravitated too. I used the dark brown Colourpop Gel Liner in ‘Brew ha ha’. You can get this from their website here. I will say it did crumble off my lash line after a few hours of wear, not ideal!

I also used the SoSu by Suzanne Jackson Lashes in the style ‘Katie’, which I really love. I picked them up from Cloud10beauty for €5.95 here. I will definitely pick up more of her falsies!

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You can of course watch the video as always by clicking on the video above, or you can click here to go and watch it directly on my Youtube channel. And sure you could always subscribe while you were there if you fancied πŸ™‚

Did you pick up the Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics Palette? What’s your favourite shade? Let me know and thanks for clicking, reading and watching. I really really appreciate it.

Gemma

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Yep, every time I find a new mascara that I like, it becomes my favourite, I know, I know. But honestly, the Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara is my new favourite πŸ™‚

Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara

I have seen this spoken about so much online, but never really thought much about getting my mitts on it with it being an elusive Asian brand. A couple of weeks back, I did a post here on my favourite places to beauty shop online. I was going through the index on Cult Beauty and low and behold I see it for sale.

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The Fairydrops Scandal Queen mascara went into my basket, no hesitation whatsoever. I was in need of a new mascara (says the beauty blogger), so that was justification enough for me πŸ™‚ It is one of the best selling mascaras in Japan and was actually created by a Japanese ‘television personality’.

First off the packaging is super pretty. Anything metallic rose gold and I’m pretty much sold anyways.

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This is the waterproof version, but the Fairydrops Scandal Queen comes in a non waterproof version too here.

The Cult Beauty synopsis of it is: ‘How much do we *heart* Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara? Let us list the ways… Its wibbly-looking wand is β€˜ooooh’ inducing, and guarantees that not a single lash escapes its curling, coating and conditioning clutches. The unique shape lifts and separates whilst fattening and lengthening each eyelash thanks to little (non-irritating) fibres. The smudge-, budge- and water-resistant formula is enriched with five different treatment essences – squalene, jojoba seed oil, panthenol, hydrolysed collagen and moisturising hyaluronic acid – to counteract brittleness and leave lashes looking lustrous. Aaaaaand innovative film-forming polymers have a long-lasting β€˜perming’ effect, to β€˜open up’ eyes and create an enviable set of full on, fluttering fringes (without the faff of falsies). Oh, and the rose gold tube is utterly covetable. Need we say more?’

That’s alot of waffle I know, but it gives a more specific explanation of the mascara so I wanted to add it in πŸ™‚

It has a soft bristled wand that has three spheres, not the best explanation but sure we’ll go with it. It’s more of a you have to see it spooley.

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The unusual shape does take a bit of getting used to, but once you do you can use the spheres (we’re calling them spheres for the purpose of this blogpost, k?) to your advantage.

The one on the tip of the spooley is great for getting in at the small inner lashes and for flaring out the outer lashes too.

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The formula, in my humble opinion is pretty bloody awesome. It layers really well without completely clumping up, holds a curl, adds fibrous length and doesn’t budge! It doesn’t crumble or make your lashes feel hard either!

So, here is the Fairydrops Scandal Queen mascara in action on my slightly curled eyelashes:

Before.

Applied to top lashes on one eye.

It’s brilliant for the bottom lashes too and because the wand is really light, it’s not too difficult to coat all of the baby hairs that live down there πŸ™‚

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It’s clear to see I am a fan I know. Sorry for all of the gushing, but I love it ha!

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The Fairydrops Scandal Queen Mascara in waterproof is available from Cult Beauty here and costs Β£18.50.

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I am in disbelief that it is in fact August. But, the calendar on my phone has told me it is, and I must obey the mighty iPhone. This means that it’s time to look back over the last month and pick out some of the things I have been using and loving throughout it. Here are my July Favourites for 2016 πŸ™‚

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They are all beauty related for July, there’s no curve balls πŸ™‚

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Initially I had the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation included too (which I have a full review of here). Something happened with the footage though and I lost it, so apologies for that! But I have been loving it. It gives you high spf, light but build-able coverage and feels really nice on the skin. What’s not to like about that πŸ™‚

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The July Favourites that actually made it into the video include:

The Nyx Vivid Brights liquid liner in ‘Vivid Envy’. I did a look with this bad boy here if you fancy seeing it in action.

Colourpop Supershock eyeshadows in both ‘LaLa and ‘Game Face’. I have a Colourpop haul post with these in it here. Bloody love these!

The Scandal Queen Fairydrops mascara. This is new to me, but I had to add it in because I have been loving it! You can pick it up from Cult Beauty here and I will do a full review on it very soon πŸ™‚

And then finally I talk about the Klorane products I have been using and loving. They are a plant based hair care brand. They have been around for years and I had never tried anything from them until now!

If you want to watch the video directly from Youtube just click here, or you can just click on it above.

There you have it, my July Favourites for 2016. What have you been loving lately? Let me know.

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First up, how pretty is the rose gold packaging on the new Flormar Triple Action Mascara?

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I have to be pathetically honest, this would nearly push me to buy it…don’t tell anyone I said that πŸ™‚

I very luckily got given the new Flormar Triple Action Mascara at the Irish Beauty Show this year. The Flormar stand was mobbed but I managed to squeeze myself in πŸ™‚

top irish beauty bloggerThe mascara itself has an adjustable plastic wand, which is an interesting concept. In theory, you get three types of mascara in just one tube. The packaging itself is sturdy and easy to manoeuvre. The wand manipulates without too much persuasion. You just twist the top of the lid for your desired shape. According to Flormar it also contains Argan oil to help condition your lashes.

 

There are three settings.

Lengthening.

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This is the wand in it’s full capacity.

Here are my lashes before application with no curling.

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Then the Triple Action Mascara applied with the lengthening wand.

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The setting for the curling spooley is one twist away.

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You can see the shape of the wand has more of a twitsted centre.

Again, here are my natural (boring) lashes.

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Then the Flormar Triple Action mascara applied with the curling wand.

makeup and beauty blog irelandYou can see there is a slight difference in how the different spooleys deposit the mascara. The left is the lengthening and the right is the curling.

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And the final twist on the top will give you the volume wand. The wand is twisted completely now.

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Here are lashes with no product on them.

 

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And here is the Flormar Triple Action Mascara applied with the voluminous adding wand.

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I am a die hard waterproof mascara junkie. I have straight and not very long lashes.

For me the Flormar Triple Action Mascara is ok. If I curl my lashes it’s good. It has a wet formula, so you can build up the layers and it doesn’t clump too much. It didn’t flake on me either which is another plus. The changeable wand is a novel idea, and does change the way the mascara applies to your lashes. I think my favourite version of the wand is the lengthening, that gave me the most oomph.

Have you tried it? I’d love to know what you think.

The Flormar Triple Action Mascara can be found in all of the Flormar stockists around the country and you. If you head to their website here, it should have a list of stockists. It will set you back €9.95.

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