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This is a bit of an all over the place February Favourites!

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The cabin fever has gotten to me and the tangents are mighty. Hope you don’t mind a bit of rambling 🙂

february favouritesAs I write this, the snow is still coming down strong and after three days indoors, I miss civilisation. Ok, I am being totes dramatic and I hope everyone who stumbles across this post in real time is safe and warm. Oh and has enough bread and milk to keep you going. 🙂

In my cabin fevered state, I managed to add in a favourite that I spoke about already in my January favourites. I could have edited it out, but then I thought, I loved it enough to talk about it twice, so I must really like it!

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It’s all beauty related chatter for February favourites 2018. I did try to see if I had anything else to add into the pot, but I want it to be genuine. Beauty is the thing I am consistently trying, hence the monthly turn around.irish beauty blogger

As always I’ll list and link everything below, just in case anything takes your fancy and you want a closer look.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Foundation.

Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer.

Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer.

Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette.

Kérastase Balancing Shampoo.

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And I think that’s it. It felt like so much more when I was talking to camera about them ha! I really hope everyone had a lovely February. March is off to a bit of a miserable snowy start, so surely it has to be all up from here?

Oh here is my Edinburgh haul in case you want to check it out!

As always thanks for clicking, I really appreciate it. Let me know if there was anything you were loving through the month of February.

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Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage FoundationI had seen the Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation advertised on their Instagram page. I often take screenshots of product, to either spread the word, or to remind me to keep an eye out for them in store.Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation

Maybelline say that it: ‘delivers 24-hour wear for concentrated coverage and a flawless finish that doesn’t fade or shift all day’.irish beauty blogI was in Dundrum Shopping Centre a few weeks ago and remembered to go to the stand and have a look. I was actually surprised we had it. We don’t always get the new releases as quickly as they do in the states.irish beauty blogger
I’ve been using it on and off for the past few weeks. Blindly, I picked up the shade Ivory. I didn’t swatch, I just picked it up assuming it was my shade. It’s probably a shade or even two too dark for me. There is a lighter shade in the collection, so if you’re a similar skin tone to me (NC20), get that one.
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 It definitely is a medium to full coverage foundation. The consistency of it isn’t too thick though. For example, I reviewed the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer here a while ago. This is a full coverage foundation and I find it harder to work with because it’s thicker in formula. I also find I can feel it on my skin even after it settles. I don’t find this with the Super Stay.
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For me, the Maybelline offering is easy to blend for a more full coverage foundation. It doesn’t dry too fast so I can use a brush or a sponge with it and they both work really nicely. It covers redness and applies well over textured skin.top irish beauty site

The finish isn’t too drying either. I would class it as a satin matte finish. Not quite satin, not quite matte 🙂 It lasts reasonably well on me too. I do get some t- zone shine after a few hours (with primer and powder). There’s no oxidisation or major movement though.

Overall I really like it and find myself reaching for it a lot since I bought it.
 I picked up the Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation from Boots for €15.99. I think that’s a bit steep for a more ‘drugstore’ foundation. However I found it online here for €11.99. Have you tried it?
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irish beauty bloggerI was planning on doing an overall sum up of my favourites for the year. To include food, fashion, the works. But I would literally be talking and typing until probably 2019!. So, I just decided to do beauty favourites! Hope you don’t mind.

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Beauty is my thing after all so if I was going to talk about something, this would be it 🙂

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Everything I chat about in my beauty favourites video here, I believe has it’s own blogpost. Of course, I talk about them somewhat in depth within video form. But if you want to see close ups and more put together reviews, I will link the posts below. I am much better at putting my words together when I write them down. I get a bit carried away when I am just chatting.beauty favourites

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. Blogpost here.
  • I don’t have a stand alone review for the Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Torch, but I did use it in a makeup look here.
  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Foundation. I have a review here.
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. Full review here.
  • Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks are here.
  • Max Factor Creme Bronzer in Light. Review here.
  • Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow. Review here.
  • Clarins Double Serum. I did a full review of this here.
  • Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Cologne. I chat more about this here.

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Have you any stand out beauty favourites from 2017? It was definitely a year for so many new releases, both good and bad!

As always thanks for sticking around these parts. For reading, watching, engaging and just being a part of this Beautynook journey with me. I really appreciate it. It definitely makes all the work a bit sweeter knowing there’s people actually paying attention 🙂

Hopefully 2018 is another deadly year for makeup!

Gemma
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I do love a good get ready with me video 🙂 This time I’m doing a really simple brown smoky eye.

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I used some of the new products that I hauled here not too long ago. And I actually I think I hauled some of them here too. I have been hauling a bit over the past while. I reckon it’s the change in temperature that makes me spendy. That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it 🙂

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I was heading out, so wanted a decent face of makeup on but still wanted to keep it simple. When in doubt, I tend to taupe it out. A brown smoky eye is kind of my safety blanket. There’s a few old reliable favourites within the mix, but for the most part I used some new out and new to me products.

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So let’s get listing:

  • Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer. More info here. I bloody forgot to put it in the product shot here like a dope. It’s the first primer I use though, yes I used two!
  • Benefit Porefessional. More info here.
  • Eylure X Fleur De Force Brow Define. More info here.
  • Freedom Brow Duo. More info here.
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer. More info here.
  • Benefit 3D Browtones. More info here.
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion. More info here.
  • Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette. More info here.
  • Chanel 268 eyeshadow quad. More info here.
  • Mac eye kohl in Costa Riche.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Torch.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof Mascara.
  • Mac Extended Play Mascara. More info here.
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. More info here.
  • Duo Latex Free glue. More info here.
  • Half Lashes (from Ebay).
  • Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter in At First Sight. More info here.
  • Rimmel Insta Fix & Matte. More info here.
  • Kat Von D Lock It Powder in Petal. More info here.
  • Elf Finishing Powder in medium as bronzer. More info here.
  • Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. More info here.
  • Elf Shimmer Highlighting Powder in Pearl Glow. More info here.
  • Mac Spice lip liner. More info here. More info here.
  • Lancome Matte Shaker. More info here.
  • L’Oréal Infallible Fixing Mist. More info here.
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Phew, that’s a lot of product I know, but I swear the video is short 🙂 You can click above to watch it or as always head to my YouTube channel here.

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And that’s my easy brown smoky eye. I promise it’s easy! Let me know what you think.

Gemma.

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Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

It is not often I get lip products through the door and want to put on every shade straight away. I received the new Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lip Colours last week.

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I want to try them all out so I thought I would do it in blogpost form. This is definitely not a review. Although I have been wearing the mauve shade (surprise, surprise), from the bunch the last few days and have been really enjoying it.

It feels weird because my last post here was from the same brand. Not on purpose I promise I just really wanted to swatch these 🙂

Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink

My first impressions of the Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Colours are, they are super easy to apply, really pigmented and I like the tear drop applicator. The tapered end makes applying them really easy. They dry down matte, which of course isn’t the most comfortable of lip formulas. But saying that this doesn’t seem to be the worst. And from wearing the shade ‘Lover’ over the past few days, I didn’t get any balling or patchiness. The formula does feel tacky on the lips though, even when it dries. Upon swatching all the colours for this blogpost, I can say they are a bitch to get off too. They require a decent amount of vigor and makeup remover. From a liquid lipstick perspective, in my book, that’s a good thing 🙂 I used an oil based eye makeup remover to remove the swatches, it worked really well. They smell of sweet vanilla so that is something to be mindful of, but once the formula is dry on the lips, it seems to dissipate.

The come in 10 shades. You can find them on the Boots website here for €14.99 a piece.

I have five of the most wearable shades to swatch here. Nothing ground breaking colour wise here. They do have some purples and nudes in the collection as well.

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First up, there’s 15 Lover. This is the shade I gravitated towards first. My everyday go to lip colour is mauve. And I am loving this!
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Next up we have 30 Romantic. A hot pink.
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25 Heroine is a bright orange.
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Then I have 20 Pioneer a cherry red.

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And then finally, 50 Voyager, a burgundy red.

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After swatching all five of the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lip Colours I have. I can honestly say I will hand on heart wear all five of them in everyday life. Not just for Instagram 🙂

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The formula although matte goes on really smoothly and easily. It doesn’t catch onto any dryness you might have. Although, I would always say be liberal with the lip balm before applying any matte formula.
What do you think? Do any of them take your fancy?

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I first saw the new Maybelline Tattoo Brow on the awesome Sharon Farrell’s YouTube Channel here last month.

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She demoed it and it just really intrigued me. It’s one of those things that could be a complete gimmick or could be bloody genius!

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So what is the Maybelline Tattoo Brow? It’s basically a tinted gel that you apply to your brows, let it set and then peel it off. It leaves behind a tint on the skin, that means in theory you don’t have to fill in your brows for up to three days!

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Now if you have awesome brows, of course this might not be your cup of tea, you lucky duck. For me, my brows are a pain in the bum! Now don’t get me wrong they are looking alot better than they have done. I was invited into Beauty Board a few weeks ago and got their Ecuri Stem Cell Treatment. It’s really helped with the hair growth and their looking so much more…brow like. They definitely need some grooming though, but I digress, I am here to talk about the Maybelline Tattoo Brow, soz!

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The price of it really miffed me for a Maybelline product. I bought it for €16.99 in Boots. It’s on the website here if you want to check it out. You get 4.6 grams of product and it here it comes in three shades. I got Medium Brown.

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I thought it would be best to demo it in video form, as it’s something you have to see in action. So click on the video above or go directly to my YouTube channel here to check out it out.  I know people are worried about it pulling precious hairs out and all that scary stuff, so I’m willing to take the hit for for the sake of beauty lovers everywhere 🙂 .

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You apply it in your desired shape. Let it dry for at least 20 minutes. For the longer tint (up to three days) it says leave it for 2 hours. Then, simply peel off from inner to outer brow.

I wrote this blog post before I used it, so I guess you have to watch the video to see how I get on and if I survived. 🙂 Also I was heading out afterwards so fingers crossed I don’t feck it up!

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