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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.

irish beauty websiteirish makeup and beauty blogThe shades I have here are:

irish makeup and beauty bloggertop irish beauty blogThe Velvets eyeshadows cost €2.50

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.

irish beauty blog siteirish beauty blogger siteThis will set you back €3.50.

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.

makep and beauty websitemakeup and beauty blogThese will set you back 3.50.

 

 

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.

essence cosmetics irelandComment below. Let me know what kind of blog posts or Youtube videos are you favourite to read or watch. Also, make sure to be following me on any social media platforms you have.

Good luck πŸ™‚

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I haven’t done monthly favourites since having my previous blog, so it’s literally been years now. But I thought I would try get back into it again and give you some of my March Favourites in video form.

irish beauty blogYou can watch my March Favourites on beautynook here by just clicking on the video above or you can head on over to my youtube channel hereΒ  and if you like it be sure to subscribe sure πŸ™‚

 

I don’t have many things that I properly loved for the month of March and I also didn’t go into much detail of the items. I just wanted to try my hand at a chatty style video, I hope that’s ok?

If you want to see the palette in action, I used it in my last Get Ready With Me Video hereΒ  (I used the lippie in that video too), and I have a full blogpost on the palette here aswell.

I reviewed the foundation also a while back here, but as you can see from the video, my thoughts on it have kind of changed, I’m a tad more fond of it now πŸ™‚

You can buy the fragrance from Brown Thomas here, if you’re curious.

And if you’re looking to sing along to some 90’s R n’b hits like myself, just search 90’s R n’ b over on Spotify…it’s so worth it, I promise πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for watching (and reading of course). I’ll hopefully try to do these every month if you like them. So, be sure to let me know if you’re into monthly favourites, or what kind of videos you actually do like watching. All constructive feedback is very welcome, I’m still very new to the Youtube media πŸ™‚

Happy April, hope it’s a brilliant one for you. Roll on the warmer weather!

Gemma

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I have been wanting to try one of theBalm Meet Matte Hughes for bloody ages now. Cloud10beauty had an awesome discount code out a couple of weeks ago (which they often have) and so I took this as a sign to pick one up πŸ™‚

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This is theBalm Meet Matte Hughes Longlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Charming.

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I am a big lover of the mauve lip colour trend, so Charming fits in perfectly with this.

It was pretty much love at first wear for me with it. I love a matte lip, the colour pay off is amazing and the Meet Matte Hughes have a minty chocolate smell to them….yummy.

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As you would expect from the name, theBalm Meet Matte Hughes are super long wearing. I wore Charming to a christening a couple of weeks ago. I applied it in the morning before hand. Had a cheeky sausage roll breakfast in the car (classy I know), got through the church and then some coffee and treats afterwards and I still had Charming on my lips on the way home.

theBalm Meet Matte Hughes Charming

They apply really opaquely so there’s no faffing about. You can get full on colour with one layer. I personally apply a layer, let it dry and then apply another one.

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Now I will say, after eating and drinking there is definitely some colour wear, especially on the inside of the lips. The product can tend to ball up slightly, but I wouldn’t let that put you off at all, the colour is still there and it hasn’t transferred all over your face as you’ve been stuffing it so that’s pretty good I think. I can also attest to it being kiss proof. No I am not getting romantic, I just spent a good hour one night with it on kissing the back of my hand and nothing came off… πŸ™‚

With all liquid lipsticks, when applying, make sure your lips are in tip top condition. I’ll usually exfoliate before hand and then while I am doing my makeup, slather them in something like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. I have a full review of this here if you’re interested πŸ™‚ Then, dab off whatever is left over on the lips before application. This just ensures you’ll get the most out of your lip colour.

Overall, I am a huge fan of theBalm Meet Matte Hughes. And the colour Charming is a really beautiful shade. I now have a few more colours on my lust list that I need to get a hold of.

You can pick up theBalm Meet Matte Hughes from Cloud10beauty here for 16.50 euro. And I know Marks and Spencers, Meaghers Pharmacy and Foody’s pharmacy stock the brand here in Ireland, to name a few.

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Beautynook officially turns one year old today! Happy blog birthday to me πŸ™‚ I just wanted to say thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time to read my words, for interacting with me and social media and for just generally being sound people. To say I enjoy doing this blogging malarkey would be an understatement. I know there is so many people in the community now, so for you to still take the time out and pop over to Beautynook makes my day…my year in fact πŸ™‚

Ok, enough of the soppy stuff, I put together some goodies to give-away as a little thank you.

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Here are some close ups too, just in case πŸ™‚

beauty bloggertop irish beauty blogbeauty blog irelandbeauty blogger irelandIf you fancy winning Beautynook blog birthday giveaway, there’s goodies from Catrice, L’Occitane,Penneys,Cocoa Brown,L’Oreal,Organic Surge, Revlon,Tarte and Essence, all you have to do is:

Comment on this post, you can say whatever you want…once it’s not mean πŸ™‚

Follow me on any social media you have. I am going to put all the entries together so if you enter on them all, it will give you extra chances to win:

Facebook

On Facebook, obviously like my page, like the post I put up about the competition, share and tag some friends in the comments.

Instagram

Twitter

If you want to enter on Instagram on Twitter, just screen grab a picture of the giveaway and tag me in it using the hastag #beautynookturns1

Snapchat ‘Beautynook’ (my code is on the right side of this page too)

If you want to enter on Snapchat, send me a message saying you want to enter.

For another extra chance, subscribe to my Youtube channel here aswell.

Sure, if you’re not in, you can’t win πŸ™‚

Just wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to enter!

Thanks so much for everything I really appreciate it.

Now, get entering and good luck πŸ™‚

Gemma

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MS Ireland are running a campaign in the month of February called Kiss Goodbye To MS. It’s to help raise money for research and to support all the people living with MS in Ireland. What a fabulous cause!

A red lip (or anything red really) plays into the campaign and I was asked to share a red lip selfie with the #kissgoodbyetoms to raise awarness for it. As well as the important part, texting ‘Smooch’ to 50300 to donate €4 to the campaign. So, get your red lippie on and get involved. It’s for charity πŸ™‚

Here’s the look I created for my selfie. I went with a subtle gold eye using the Sleek ‘A New Day’ palette (which I have a full break down of here). And, then a glossy red Rimmel lip.

First, I used two matte brown shades from the palette mixed together and used them to softly define the crease of my eyes with a fluffy brush after prepping my lids with primer and loose powder.

irishbeautyblogirish beauty blogirish beauty bloggerFor my lid, I took the yellow gold from the Sleek palette.

sleek a new day paletteTo make the colour a little more opaque, I dampened my brush with some Serozinc.

la roche posay serozincI patted this colour all over my eyelid.

irish beauty blogbeauty blog irelandTo deepen the crease and outer corner, I took the darkest matte brown in the palette and applied it to the outer corner of my eyes and swiped in slightly in to the crease with a tapered brush.beauty blogger irelandtop irish beauty blogirish makeup and beauty blogI’ll always highlight the brow bone just to clean up any harsh lines and cover any imperfections up there too. I used the lightest shade in the Sleek palette, it has a bit of shimmer but nothing to intense.

irish makeup and beauty bloggermakeu and beauty blog irelandmakeup and beauty blogger irelandTo add a bit of definition, I took the Sleek brown Eau La La Liner and applied it to the lash line.

sleek eau la la linersleek makeup irelandI applied some of the brown shadow I used in the outer corner of my eye on top of the pencil, just to set it in place.

irish beauty blogUnder the eye I took the two brown mattes I initially used to define my crease and buffed them under lightly with a soft brush.

irish beauty bloggerThen, I curled my lashes and added plenty of mascara.

beauty blog irelandblog irelandTo finish the eyes off I lined my top and bottom waterline with my favourite brown Rimmel Exaggerate liner.

makeup and beauty blogAnd used this light shimmery shade from the Sleek palette on the inner corners of my eyes.

irish blogirish makeup blogAnd the eyes are dunzo!

irish makeup bloggerFor the lips (the most important part πŸ™‚ )

I applied some loose powder over my lips after finishing the rest of my makeup, just to get rid of any excess foundation and lip balm.

red lip makeup lookI lined them using the red Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner.

Red Lip Makeup Look (27)rimmel red lipI think if you’re going for a bold lip regardless of the colour lining the lips is important. It means you can even out your lip line, stops the lipstick feathering and it gives you a guide line to fill in.

Red Lip Makeup Look (29)I went with a glossy lipstick, Rimmel’s ‘The Only One’ Lipstick I have a review of these lippies here.

rimmel the only one lipstickrimmel 530 red lipstickI went in straight from the bullet, but you can of course use a lip brush, I was just feeling brave πŸ™‚

red lipstick makup tutorialeasy red lip makeupAnd that’s me done, ready to take my red lip selfie for MS Ireland πŸ™‚

simple makeup tutorialirish beauty blog beautynookEasy peasy right? And cheap too, that wasn’t on purpose! Let me know what you think.

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I bought a couple of lipliners from the Longlasting Lipliner range from Essence randomly when I was in Lanzarote. And I liked them so much and they are so cheap (I think they cost €1.80) I had to pick up another couple when I got back. Essence have more colour choices in these. I just have four of them here to show you today. I reckon I’ll end up with all of them at some point though πŸ™‚

They are mechanical lipliners in plastic very durable packaging (especially considering how much they cost).

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The pencil itself is soft, pigmented and applies really smoothly. I would say they wear well, but they do wear. You’ll be left with a stain to your lips after eating and drinking rather than full on colour. Of course, if you use them under lipstick or lipgloss they will definitely help the longevity of them.

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The four colours I have (so far) are:

06 ‘A Girl’s Dream’

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To me this is a dark pink with a red undertone.

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03’Yummy Berry’.

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This is a deep raspberry pink.

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02 ‘Sweetheart’.

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Is a brighter pink but with a more nude undertone (I think this my favourite of the four I have).

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Then finally 04 ‘Peach Beauty’.

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An orangey peach shade.

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The colour range of these Essence Longlasting Lipliners are really great too. Very logical shades that work for everyday use on their own and also to use under other lip products you already may have. You can see all the shade choices on the Essence website here

Essence Cosmetics are available nationwide. I got the Longlasting Lipliners in Penneys, but there are so many independent pharmacies all over Ireland now stocking the brand which is brilliant. They are really doing a good job of making great makeup with lots of products to choose from and for an amazing price point. I reviewed so many Essence products in 2015 and they come out with new lines all the time so I am sure I will be reviewing lots more in 2016.

Let me know what you think?

And thanks for reading, as always πŸ™‚

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