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Ok, handbag makeup essentials is a bit of a broad statement. And very much up to the individual who owns said bag and makeup ๐Ÿ™‚

These are my interpretation of handbag makeup essentials. For your everyday ‘throw everything into’ bag. I know the evening out bag generally consists of just powder and lippie. These are the products that you carry around, just in case. In case you get stuck at work late and have to go out after. Or you’re just out, and then decide you want to go out out. Or, you just want to refresh your makeup and maybe add some more definition.

I have oily skin, so for me blotting sheets are a must. Although I’m constantly running out. I generally pick up the Catrice or Essence ones. Super affordable and do the job perfectly. Even if you’re not super oily, these are just great to have. I have been known to use tissue too though. If you split 2 ply tissues apart, the one layer does a darn good job at blotting! I have another alternative here too if you want to check it out.

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Once your base is ready to receive another layer of makeup, don’t go too crazy. Less is more. If you pile it on, it’ll probably just move around. A light concealer will work if you have blemishes or under eyes that really need more covering, or your foundation has rubbed off anywhere. I generally like having a more liquid formula of concealer on hand, it’s easier to blend over anything that’s already there.

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Depending on your preference, a powder is nice to have around, whether it be a translucent or something with a little more coverage. It’s good to powder your nose, but it’s also nice to have if you need to set your lids to jazz them up a little. I prefer to use a brush to set with, just because it adds less product to the skin. Just preference though and another thing to carry ๐Ÿ™‚

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This brings me on to another handbag makeup essential, an eyeliner! Whether it’s just a flesh coloured one for a more natural look or a black or brown for more intensity. A slick of liner across the lash line, or blended out all over the lid, can really help define a simple makeup look. Kohl is great if you want to create a really quick smoky eye, as it works on the lid and in the water line too.

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By no means is bronzer a handbag makeup essential, but it is great for adding more colour to the skin and adding some definition to the eyes too. I carry one because I have a mini. Mini products are a handbag’s best friend ๐Ÿ™‚

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If I’m being completely honest I have all of these plus mascara, eyebrow powder, highlighter… I could go on, don’t judge me, I like to be prepared. I was a scout growing up.

I’ll add two more things into my essentials kit though. A brighter (or darker) lip shade. A slick of fresh statement lippie and a bit of powder and you can be good to go for the night.

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Lastly, I’ll add in a setting spray or even just a facial mist. Again, I have a mini one that I just refill. Something that you can refresh with. But also set with and to take away the powdered look which really helps when touching up. Urban Decay do travel versions of their setting sprays here.

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And there you have my handbag makeup essentials. Too much? Probably ๐Ÿ™‚ What’s the one makeup product you always bring with you? (Handbag featured was part of recent haul video here, if you’re curious).
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Elf Magnetic Mask

The Elf Magnetic Mask is one of the coolest products I have ever tried. Does it work? I’m not sure yet I’ve only used it twice so far. I couldn’t resist putting in a video though to show you how you use it.

This concept of the Elf Magnetic Mask isn’t new to the market necessarily. There has been a few out before it. But, this is hands down the most affordable one at the moment. Unfortunately it hasn’t made it to our shores yet.

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I was lucky enough to get one as a press sample. It is on their website here though and they do international shipping, if you fancy taking the plunge. For some reason the euro price is much more expensive. Hopefully if it does come over here, it won’t be as bad.

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I can say my skin felt really nice both times I’ve used it. And I do feel like it drew some clogged pores to the surface. I definitely had a bit of a breakout after the first time. But in a good way, if that makes sense? ๐Ÿ™‚

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So in the video I give you a demo of the Elf Magnetic Mask. It’s so much fun to use. You apply the mask and then use the magnetized applicator to literally pull it off your skin. Sounds scary, but you can hardly feel it. There’s iron in it so that’s what makes it magnetic.

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I’ve never been happier using a face mask…look at me like!

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Within the video, I also gave a quick rundown on what I’ve been using to cleanse and then my bedtime moisturising concoction too.

I used:

  • Bioderma to take my eye makeup off. It’s in a limited edition pump bottle. If you can get your hands on it. Do! It’s on the Cloud10Beauty website here.
  • Nia Cleansing Balm. It’s on their website here.
  • Clarins Double Serum. (Review here).
  • Clarins Total V Contouring Serum.
  • Neostrata Bionic Eye Cream Plus. I found it on the Meaghers Pharmacy website here.
  • The Ordinary Retinoid 2%. More info on this here.
  • Botanics Facial Oil. It’s on the Boots website here.
  • Catrice Volumizing Lip Balm.

This is my current night time routine although I do alternate serums and I don’t always use an oil. I have oily skin, so it really just depends on whether I feel I need it or not.

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As always you can click on the video above to watch the magic happen or you can go directly to my YouTube channel here. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know what you think.

Gemma

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John kindly bought me the new Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter for my birthday.

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I asked him why because it wasn’t something I had hinted at or anything and he simply said. ‘Because you collect Urban Decay.’ Cannot argue with that logic ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter is a contour, colour correct and highlighting palette. It comes in two shade ranges. One for darker skin tones and then the one I have here which is the light medium shift, more suited to lighter skin.

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The palette itself is quite narrow and is two sided. The creams are on one side. You get five in total.

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And the powders on the other. You get four in total.

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Both are separated by decent sized, double sided mirror and the palette has a magnetic closure. The packaging reminds me a lot of the Naked Smoky Palette which I reviewed here when it first came out.

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The creams consist of a dark contour shade, a light contour, a colour corrector (peach toned), a colour corrector/highlighter (pink toned) and then a pearl highlighter. You get 2.15 grams of product in each pan.

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The powder side consists of a dark contour, a medium contour, a light contour and a pearl highlighter. You get 3.7 grams of product in each pan.

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Both the creams and the powders are really nice quality. They are all soft, pigmented and easy to blend. The creams do not have any slip too them which I like. And, the powders do have some kick back once a brush is introduced, like most Urban Decay powders because they are so soft in texture. I particularly like the lighter powder contour shade and the highlight shades in both. The dark cream contour shade is a bit too full and brown on for me though.

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Here they are in action on my face. I used the cream peachy colour corrector and the pink colour corrector/highlight under my eyes and set it with the light powder contour shade. I also used the medium powder contour shade as contour. Then, the cream and powder highlighter shades to highlight the tops of the cheeks and the tear ducts.

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I find the light contour shades on both sides a bit confusing. To me, they are both just yellow toned product. I would probably use both to brighten under the eyes. I really couldn’t see them being used as contour products personally.

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You can buy the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter now in Debenhams in store or online here. It costs โ‚ฌ47.50. Have you picked it up? Would you pick it up? I always love to know your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am back with another Get Ready With Me video! This one is a more casual night out makeup look.

 

Casual Night Out MakeupI was heading to a blogger event that evening, so knew I needed to put a bit more makeup on than the average day. It wasn’t a full on lashes and glam scenario though, hence the name ‘casual night out makeup’. ๐Ÿ™‚

We were dog sitting so it was really nice to turn the camera on somewhere else and film. Also, the surroundings were much nicer than what I am accustomed too in my little house, that’s for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ Louis the schnauzer was also on hand to make a cameo at the end of the video. How cute is he though? He slept right through filming on the couch beside me.

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As always, I will try list all the products I used. Of course, if I miss something and you’re curious, just ask. I love nothing more than to talk makeup with people.

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  • Benefit Matte Resue
  • Benefit Porefessional. I actually did a first impressions on the new goodies from the Porefessional range here if you’re interested.
  • Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation. I will be reviewing this very soon.
  • L’Orรฉal Infallible 24 HR Matte Foundation. Review here.
  • Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector
  • Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Brow Pencil in Soft Brown.
  • Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Soft Brown.
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer.
  • theBalm Put A Lid on It Eyeshadow Primer. Review here.
  • Too Faced Natural Love Palette. Check out my first impressions and details on it here.
  • By Terry Ombre BlackStar Cream Eyeshadow in ‘Misty Rock’.
  • H&M Eye Liner in ‘Raw Umber’.
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner in ‘Rich Brown’.
  • Kat Von D Lock It Concealer. Review here.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof Mascara. Old review here.
  • Mac Extended Play Mascara. Review here.
  • Essence Little Brow Highlighter in the inner tear duct.
  • Colourpop Contour Stick in ‘Dove’.
  • Nyx Contour & Highlight Palette.
  • Max Factor Creme Bronzer. Review here.
  • Benefit Porefessional Agent Zero Shine Powder.
  • Mac Sheer Tone Blush in ‘Springsheen’.
  • Too Faced Prismatic Highlighter in ‘Blinded By The Light’.
  • L’Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist. Full review here.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner and Lipstick in ‘Pillow Talk’. The lipstick is now available in Ireland, but I do have a post on it before it was here.

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As always you can watch the video by clicking on it above, or directly on my YouTube channel here.

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And that’s my casual night out makeup done! As always, thanks for tuning it, I really appreciate it.
Gemma

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I already spoke about my current day time routine here. It’s only fair that I throw my night time skin care routine into the mix too ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am very proud of being someone who removes their makeup every night before sleep. No matter how tired (or typsy) I might be. For me, it’s like brushing your teeth, it just has to be done! I am not really one for makeup wipes. If I am feeling really lazy, I’ll use eye makeup remover and micellar water and call it a day. But for the most part, I like to actually wash my face.

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This for me, is my current night time skin care routine. I do change up products every now and then. It’s of course part of what I do. I don’t have majorly sensitive skin either so it usually doesn’t affect my skin too radically.

I do like to extra exfoliate a couple of times each week. I’ll usually use the Waxperts Wonder Pads (which I reviewed ages ago here), or the Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer Pads. These contain AHA’s so I stick to using them at night.

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If I have a breakout I use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, which I have a review of here. It’s a bit gimmicky, but it seems to do the job. And it dries down on the skin, so you don’t get it all over your pillow which is a bonus in my book ๐Ÿ™‚

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I wear waterproof mascara on the daily, so before I wash my face I usually remove my eye makeup with an oil based cleanser.

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I have been using the Botanics All Bright one for literally years. It does a great job at getting even gel liner off without too much rubbing. It doesn’t irritate my eyes and it’s as cheap as chips. You can buy it from Boots here.

For cleansing, at the moment. I have two in my bathroom. The Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1.

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This can be used as a face wash, to exfoliate or a mask. I usually use this in the shower. I can wash my face with it and then pop some on as a mask while I go about my business. It is kaolin based so it dries on the skin like a clay mask. It’s been working really well for my oily skin.

If I am just washing my face and not showering I have been using the Yonka Cleansing Gel. This feels really gentle on my skin.

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It is also like a spa in a plastic bottle, it smells bloody amazing.

For toner, it’s generally just the La Roche Posay Serozinc which I speak more about here. I always have a bottle of it in my skincare stash.

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I use the same eye cream both day and night. My go to one over the past year or so is the La Roche Posay Ultra Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour.

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I really like this stuff and it’s not super expensive either. I have a full review of it here.

Because I cannot get too heavy with moisturiser during the day because I am so oily. I usually make up for it in my night time skincare routine.

At the moment I am using (and really enjoying) the Hylamide Low Molecular HA Booster.

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It’s basically a serum that contains hyaluronic acid. It helps hydrate without weighing down the skin. It’s an extra step in my routine but my skin is reacting well from it. My skin is feeling a little plumper and more hydrated without my pores being clogged up. You can buy it directly from the Deciem website here.

After that settles in, I apply a light layer of the Image Vital C Hydrating Facial Oil.

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It just feels so nice. I pat a dropper amount into my face and neck. Although I am oily, I do have areas of dehydration so I use the serum and the oil in the evening to help with that. The Vital C is formulated for dull, tired skin but also suitable for acne prone skin that is healing. Image skincare is stocked in salons throughout the country including Millie’s here.

The final step in my night time skin care routine then is just lip balm. I usually just use some Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.

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I have a full review of this here.

 

And then my night time skin care routine is completed and I am ready for bed ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

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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 โ‚ฌ30 to get it shipped here, but it was sold out everywhere else. So, I took the hit, because I had major fomo ๐Ÿ™‚

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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’Orรฉal 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’Orรฉal 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!

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Thanks for tuning in and sorry for all the pictures of my mug. I had alot of them ๐Ÿ™‚

Gemma.

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