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huda beauty matte & metal melted eyeshadowSo while I was in picking up the Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Brown Thomas over Christmas. As I was perusing, I happened upon the brand new Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Eyeshadow (s).

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I think they were only out a day or so at the time, so all the shades were available in the BT Beauty Lounge. I had a voucher (thanks bro!), so I didn’t mind forking out the 50 quid for two of the shades. They have a pretty hefty price tag at €25 a pop!

There is five Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Eyeshadow colour ways. But they are dual ended so there’s technically two shades within one of them.huda beauty eyeshadow review

So what are they? They are basically liquid eyeshadows, which I guess is an interesting concept. Especially for Huda Beauty considering how successful their liquid lipsticks are. On one end, you get a matte liquid formula with a doe foot applicator. And on the other end, there’s a melted metallic formula in a corresponding shade. I won’t lie, I was kinda intrigued and completely intimidated picking these up. But I’ve actually growing really fond of both shades that I have. There’s five to choose from in total.Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Eyeshadow

I have Hot Sauce and Cherry Soda.

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And Private Jet and Shimmering Sunset.

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The liquid matte colours in both shades, apply really opaquely, but they give you some play time to blend, and they do blend out! You can add colour as you blend, or just go in full on and in both instances for me, I can blend out the colour relatively easily. I’ve been applying them on one lid at a time, with the doe foot applicator and then blending onto the lid with my finger, but switching to a brush for the crease. I find they last really well on their own which just primer underneath and set to a comfortable matte finish. I did use some brown shadow in the crease here just to add some depth.

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The melted matte formula, needs to be worked with more quickly as it does have a faster setting time. I’ve been using both, so far as just a glitter accent in the middle of the lid, or as actual metallic eyeliner. They apply fairly opaquely. This formula isn’t as comfortable when it sets, you can feel it on your eyes. It feels a bit tight once dry. Both of the metallics I own have glitter particles in them. The wear time on the metallic end isn’t as long as the matte. It does fade a little, and it can crack a tad, but after a few hours and not super noticeably. I would be wary if you have textured eyelids though.

Here’s Private Jet and Shimmering Sunset in action:beauty blog ireland

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Overall, I have to say I am a fan of the Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Eyeshadow. I think they are fairly pricey and I think I like the matte shades a bit more than the glitters, but I am having fun putting them to use for sure. Have you tried them yet?

It’s been a minute since I did a get ready with me style video. I love watching these types of videos. I feel like you can just zone out and get lost in the makeup application πŸ™‚ We were going out for the day this past Sunday so I turned the camera on. I’m calling this my daytime glam makeup look.

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As you probably know I have oilier skin, so I do probably put in a few more extra steps when it comes to base and the likes. Especially if I know I am going to be out for the entire day. And in this instance I was going to be outside, so I took extra care.

I started out with prepped moisturised skin. Here is a list of what I used in case you’re interested.

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As always I’ll try to list all of the products that physically go on my face for this daytime glam makeup affair. Apologies if I miss one out. There’s a fair few πŸ™‚

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Primer:

Essence Mattifying + Pore Minimizing Primer, with the Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer in my t-zone.

Base:

EsteΓ© Lauder Double Wear Nude mixed with the Kat Von D Lock it Foundation for extra coverage. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer.

Brows: theBalm Furrowcious Brow Pencil in dark brown. I prefer the light brown, but I ran out. Kiss Beautiful Brow Kit with Benefit’s 3D Brow Tones over top.

Eyes:

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Fix. I used a matte bone single from Penneys to set my lids, then went in with the BPerfect LMD Master Palette. I point out the shades in the video.

Mac Teddy Eye Kohl. With the Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Torch in my waterline.

Mascara is L’OrΓ©al Lash Paradise Waterproof with Mac Extended Play on the bottom.

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I used the Isa Dora Blotting Powder to set my face and the Kat Von D Lock It Powder in Petal under my eyes.

Bronzer is the Clarins Summer one for 2018. Blush, my fave Mac Springsheen.

Highlight is my current obsession, the PixiΒ Glow-y Gossamar Duo in Subtle Sunrise.

To finish things off I used Urban Decay All Nighter Spray and then the new theBalm Balm Jour Creamy Lip Stain in Hola. I love these!

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And I think that’s it!

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Let me know what you think of my daytime glam makeup look. You can check out the full video above or click here.

Thanks, as always.

Gemma

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I’ve swatched the new Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette already here. Now it’s time to get it on my face πŸ™‚

Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette Makeup Look

This was actually my first time using it properly. I had used it a day or two before just before bed, as you do. Well maybe you don’t ha! I always like to play with makeup or practice my skills before washing the day away. It means I can feck it up and it’s all good in the hood. πŸ™‚

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I can say after using it. The Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions shadows are really easy to work with. There was minimal fall, I did tap the brush every time I dipped into a shade though, so I am sure that helped a little with that.

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I never really go into a makeup look with a set plan, just sometimes with set products I want to use. This was obviously the case here, considering I wanted to showcase my new Huda Beauty purchase. The look ended up being super orange/coral, but I still think wearable and simple at the same time?

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The colours definitely looked a bit more vibrant in real life and video form, so be sure to check out the video above to see the application in motion. I think the other stars of the show are Torch 24/7 Glide On eyeliner from Urban Decay and Laura Geller’s Gilded Honey lip gloss.

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I also used Precious Petals highlighter from Wet n Wild which I have a blogpost on here.

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After filming this, I went to a blogger event and I got four, (I counted) compliments on my eye makeup πŸ™‚Β  Sure that in itself is a win! Let me know what you think. Will you be running out to buy the Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions? Or is it a miss?

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Nope, I definitely didn’t need it! But, I got it anyways. This is the Mac Fruity Juicy ‘Oh My Passion’ Pearlmatte Face Powder! Isn’t she a beauty?

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To be completely honest, I bought this completely based on how it looks in the pan. That is the most makeup addicted thing I have ever said, and I am completely OK with it πŸ™‚

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According to the Brown Thomas website the Mac Fruity Juicy ‘Oh My Passion’ Powder is: ‘A unique face powder featuring a flirty flower pattern pressed into it. Pearlized and satin shades feature a rich texture, velvet finish. Can be used as a blush and highlighter. (Also suitable for eye area.) Limited edition. Special packaging with tropical fruit and floral print.’ They had me at flirty flower pattern, ha!

I must admit, I do hate the name of this collection, it just makes me think of chewing gum. The packaging definitely saves it for me though.

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There is four shades within this powder. The flowers are light yellow gold shimmer, lilac and coral. And then, then what seems to be a leaf motif in the middle is a shimmery bronze shade.

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Here they are swatched individually with and without the flash:

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Then, here they are all swirled together and applied to the skin pictured with and without the flash on:

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All of the shades alone have a shimmer to them and apply really smoothly and opaquely to the skin. Mixed together you get a really pretty iridescent peach shade.

When I saw the Mac Fruity Juicy ‘Oh My Passion’ powder first, I thought it would probably be too dark for my pale skin. Also, the shades are quite cumbersome to use alone. You need to use a pretty small brush. It can be done though. And they are designed to use on the eyes too. However, I really like the peach sheen you get from all the colours together, so that is probably how I will use it myself personally.

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I picked up my Mac Fruity Juicy ‘Oh My Passion’ powder in store from the new Arnotts Mac counter. They don’t sell the brand online though, so here is a link to it from Brown Thomas if you like what you see. It costs €31.50.

Did you pick up anything from the collection?

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This will be my first attempt at reviewing fragrance here on Beautynook. I have always shied away from it, because I don’t think my way of writing is eloquent enough. But, I adore fragrances. I remember everything by smell, so I thought it was time I stepped out of my blogging comfort zone and just did it. Here are my thoughts on the Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Cologne πŸ™‚

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I have had a few Jo Malone fragrances in my life. My favourite so far is probably their Wood Sage & Sea Salt. The fragrance doesn’t linger on me unfortunately, but it smells incredible. I was lucky enough to be gifted the Basil & Neroli very kindly by The Loop a while back now, so it wasn’t a scent I decided upon myself.

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And actually I am one of the few people in the world who doesn’t enjoy the scent of the Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, so I am so surprised by how much I am enjoying owning this cologne.

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According to the Jo Malone website here, Basil & Neroli’s heart note is Neroli which comes from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree, hence the citrus zing you get from it. The base note is white musk, which obviously provides the muskiness and then the top note is Basil which plays in with the citrus, while also giving a peppery element to it too.

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Fragrance smell different on everyone, it depends on your pH balance. On me, the Jo Malone Basil & Neroli dies down to a sweet zesty scent with a hint of musk. It’s a scent I think I would equate more with the colder months. I wear it more as a daytime scent personally and I find it lingers really well on my skin without being over powering.

It’s a unisex cologne which I can totally get on board with. I think the mixture of sweet and musk can work perfectly for both men and women. Although of course, it is completely up to you what fragrance you wear πŸ™‚

You can pick it up in different sizes from The Loop directly if you’re traveling or you can do click and collect here. It’s obviously a little cheaper to shop duty free (€87.20). Of course can get it in Brown Thomas on counter, or from the website here. The 100ml will set you back €109. It will also be a permanent fixture from them too!

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Jo Malone Basil & Neroli launched this past September. It is the first cologne from the brand in 20 years that has basil as the top note. Lime Basil & Mandarin was the last! I thought that was a good tit bit of information to add in, to end this post πŸ™‚

Have you tried it?

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The Urban Decay Full Spectrum is not a necessity is your makeup bag. To be fair makeup isn’t a necessity in our lives, that doesn’t stop us from wanting using and enjoying it though πŸ™‚

 

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If I am being completely honest with myself (and you), most of the colours in this palette will not make it on my face day to day. Or perhaps even, never. I am not a professional makeup artist so I cannot even justify it by saying I might use them on other people. I enjoy buying and sourcing makeup, the buzz and the aftermath. So, that is my justification for buying the crazy colourful Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette πŸ™‚ Oh and I did get it in Siopaella, AND it was half price!! You have to be quick buying makeup in there though. There’s usually only one (or sometimes two) of something.

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Ok, enough beauty babble out of me. We’re here to look at the Urban Decay Full Spectrum up close. Urban Decay say it is a step up from their Spectrum Palette which was launched last year. This is the 2016 version of that limited edition colour explosion. You get 21 shades in total, each 1.2 grams. This is most eyeshadows in any Urban Decay Palette to date.

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They are organised by colour family. So if you look at the colours in trios going down, you can see that they go from light to dark within the same colour….spectrum πŸ™‚

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The packaging is really lovely and is sleek to the touch, with a large very usable mirror within the lid.

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You also get a dual ended brush, which has seemed to become the norm with Urban Decay Palettes.

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The eyeshadows vary from more sparkly, shimmery and then shadows that look shimmery in the palette, but swatch matte. There is also a matte white thrown in for good measure. I actually like this addition because you can layer the bright colours over top (in theory) to make them more vibrant on the eyes. It contains 18 new shades with 3 what Urban Decay call exclusives from past palettes.

I have them swatched in sevens across, from left to right.

On the top line we have: Alchemy, Warning, Midnight Blaze, Hundred, Minx, Delirious, Platonic.

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The second line contains: Gossip, Seize (apologies there’s a glare on the name), Calavera, Hatter, Blindsided, Sketch, Iced.

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Then on the final row, we have: Paranoia, Jones (again with the glare, apologies), Goldmine, Mean, Metamorphosis, Faded and the matte white, Bump.

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Some of the eyeshadows definitely have more colour pay off than others. You would even just notice that from the touch. There is some really lovely wearable colours within the rainbow. But overall, I think this is a palette for people who are makeup fiends, colour fiends or collectors ( I put myself in that category πŸ™‚ ).

The Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette is available in Debenhams in store now or online here and will set you back €49. Would you dare?

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