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It’s April Favourites time for 2017. This year is going too damn fast! But, the weather is getting a little bit better and it’s a bit brighter out. So, I can complain (of course), but I won’t 🙂

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My April Favourites for this year consist of mostly makeup, of course. But there is a hair care tool and a new tech gadget, that myself and John splurged on. We had a busy month, so it was a bit of a treat for getting through it.

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  • L’Oréal Infallible 24 Matte. Review here.
  • L’Oréal True Match Foundation. Review here.
  • Mac Sheertone Shimmer Blush in ‘Springsheen’. Available from Brown Thomas here.
  • Maybelline Color Show Pencil in 520. Swatched here.
  • Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Brow Pencil in ‘Soft Brown’. Available from the Boots website here.
  • Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 13. This is a new colour and I cannot find it online. But the older shades are available from Debenhams here.
  • Paese Artist Silky Matt Liquid Lipstick in 707. I have swatches of it here.
  • Canon G7X Mark ii. I researched this camera to within in a inch of my life :). I already have a DSLR, so I am hoping this will help me up my photo game on social media. And then maybe myself and himself can experiment with vlogging too. I bought mine from Conns Cameras on Claredon Street here in Dublin. They were super nice and helpful. It is on their website here, if you want to check out the specs and all that good stuff.
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You can as always click on the video and to watch or click here to watch it directly on my YouTube channel.

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And that is my April Favourites for 2017 in a nutshell. Roll on May 🙂

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Thanks so much for watching and reading, as always.

Gemma

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We’re talking mauve lip combos today! I reckon I could write a thesis on mauve lip products. It’s probably my most worn shade, at the minute at least.

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I have tonnes of different of ones in my makeup collection and as with anything, I tend to dip in an out of different ones. At the moment, my most worn mauve lip is a combination of two products.

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Now let’s be real. Two products are not really necessary, I know. And I like both of these products equally on their own. I just find combining the lip liner with the liquid lipstick, I get a crisper lip line, my top lip definitely needs a bit of help in the plumpness department which I find easier to do with a pencil. Also layering both of them gives the colour more staying power!

My mauve lip liner love is Mac Cosmetics ‘Soar’.

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I am way late to the ‘Soar’ party, but I am very glad I finally got there. I am a huge fan of Mac Lip Liners, and this colour is just the perfect mauve shade. Not the cheapest at €17.50 a pop, but the formula is lovely, they don’t drag on the lips, the pencil sharpens to a really good point if you like to overdraw and they are really pigmented.

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Mac ‘Soar’ is available from Brown Thomas here. The liners come in an abundance of shades though.

My second mauve lip love is from Paese Cosmetics. I haven’t tried much from the brand as of yet. It’s been Ireland a few years now though. I was sent some of their lip products a while back and literally fell head over heels in love with the Silky Matt Liquid Lipstick in 707.

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This is such a lovely, richly pigmented product. Although it does dry down matte, it dies down to more of a velvet finish on the lips. Moves around a little more but it doesn’t crack or ball up.

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Paese Silky Matt 707

This is much more of a comfortable formula than what we’ve come accustomed to in a matte liquid lip. They remind me of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams with more colour density and more longevity on the lips. And of course the shade, for me, is the perfect mauve tone. You can buy Paese from their Irish website here. The Silky Matt lipsticks retail for €13. They also have a kiosk in the Ilac Centre here in Dublin. Matte liquid lippies always photograph with the flash more shiny, but I promise this has a velvet finish (you can see it in more true to finish and colour here without the flash:

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And there you have my favourite mauve lip combination of the moment.

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It just goes with everything 🙂

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I asked on Twitter over Christmas if people like ‘What I got for Christmas’ YouTube videos. The result was unanimous. People don’t really care for them. Although, I think they secretly do 🙂 I love seeing what people get both big and small myself. I thought I would show some of the makeup things I kindly got in review form instead. John kindly gifted me theBalm Appétit Eyeshadow palette.

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He said he wanted to get me things I could review, so I will do just that 🙂

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I have seen people talk about theBalm Appétit Palette online and them enjoying it, so I was very happy to unwrap it. And may I add, he picked it out all by himself!!

It comes enclosed in a sleeve that you of course take off. The palette itself is sturdy cardboard with kitsch graphics and a magnetic closing, like all of theBalm palettes.

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When you open it up it has a mirror on the lid and then another enclosure which makes the shadows spell out ‘Eat Ur <3 Out’. This is to signify that the shadows represent a man menu for you to choose from 🙂 It does open up fully though and the pans are a large squares that are super accessible.

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There are nine shadows in total ranging from matte, shimmer and foils. They are talc free and designed to be used wet or dry. All the shades are cool toned except for one rogue warm tone in the mix. The colour spectrum actually reminds me alot of the ‘Meet Matte Hughes’ Palette which I own too. Obviously, they are all matte though.

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Onto the swatches. The matte shades are on the top row. May I add the gentlemen’s names are all food related 🙂

 

The second row is probably my favourite. These are the foiled shadows.

The third row is where the shimmers live.

I am a fan of cool toned shadows so I like this palette and I can of course mix it with other palettes I have too if I want to warm things up. I think it is a lovely palette though, not perfect, but sure I am still searching for eyeshadow perfection. I find theBalm shadows really pigmented and easy to use. You do get a lot of kick back (dust) when you put your brush into the pan, but it doesn’t result in major fallout on the face. Overall, I am a fan, and I have been and will get lots of use out of the matte and foiled colours.

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theBalm Appétit Eyeshadow Palette is available on Cloud10beauty for €39.50 here. John got mine on Asos here where it’s currently only £18 or €24.

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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 🙂

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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 🙂 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 dry  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 🙂 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 🙂 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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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 🙂

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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.

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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… 🙂

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 🙂 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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I’ve had an off and on relationship with the nude lip throughout my makeup wearing life. When I first plonked makeup on my face, nude lips were the only thing I would pretty much do because I had bad teeth and didn’t want to draw attention to them. I use to pale my lips out completely which in retrospect brought more attention to my wonky teeth. Then, I got invisalign  and bought so many coloured lipsticks it was ridiculous, and just thought nude lips didn’t suit me then. I’ve come full circle with it now and have realised just how many variations there is on the so called nude lip out there. When it comes to nude lip liners, they are so handy to have in your makeup collection. You can add them under similar colour lipsticks for staying power, under darker or lighter lipsticks (or glosses) to change the colour slightly, or of course use them to even out your lip line, and dare I say it…even over draw! 🙂 Here’s probably my 5 most used nude shade lip liners. They are not completely nude and they fall into different colour categories, but they could be all used to create a nude lip 🙂

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First up is a I’ve spoken about in detail here before. It’s Rimmel’s ‘Eastend Snob’.

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I bloomin’ love this stuff. It’s the perfect nude pink shade. Rimmel do great lip liners and Exaggerate ones are great because they are retractable, no sharpening! I wear this under so many different lip colours, and it’s gorgeous on it’s own too. I will never be without this in my makeup collection. Rimmel if you’re reading this never discontinue it ‘kay? 🙂

 

The next one says it all really with the name. This is the Urban Decay Glide On lip pencil in the shade ‘1993’.

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And it pretty much sums up that era of lip colour perfectly, right? The Urban Decay lip liners are amazing so pigmented and easy to apply. This shade is great for warming up lip colours.

 

 

Next up is the cheapest of the bunch, but I love it just as much. The PS Love Lip Liner Pencil from Penneys in 06.

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If you want to give a brown lip liner a go to see if you like it this is the place to start. For €1.50 you get to try on the 90’s lip trend and then if you like it, you have a great pigmented lip liner in your collection. It’s win win really 🙂

 

My fourth choice is NYX lip liner in ‘Mauve’.

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Not the nudest of the collection but still kind of a subtle colour, so I think it qualifies? You can see from the size of the pencil, I get a lot of use out of this bad boy. I even have a the Nyx lipstick in the exact same shade. I think mauve is a great way to go if you’re not a huge fan of the nude lip trend, but still want to give something a go.

 

And lastly but definitely not least, I had to add Mac’s Whirl into the list, it has a life of it’s own at this stage.

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Whirl is the full on epitome of the 90’s brown lip like the Urban Decay 1993, but I think it’s a little bit cooler in tone. I wear this so much just on it’s own. Another bonus is this makes your teeth look whiter! This is probably as nude as I get…on my lips :p

So there you have it my top 5 most used nude lip liners. I think it’s safe to say I’m more of a brown lips girl rather than full on nude, but hopefully this might help if you’re in the market. Let me know and thanks for reading as always.

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