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afforfable makeup lovesI am back with another installment of current affordable makeup loves. This has just become a bit of a thing now on Beautynook. I am constantly trying out new makeup, but there is always certain products that stay in the main makeup stash!

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My last installment of affordable makeup loves was here if you fancy checking it out.

I have five makeup products to talk about this time. First up is actually two products I hauled from Beauty Bay on Black Friday. (You can check out the full haul here).

They are both from the brand LA Girl. The first one is their Glide Gel Liner in Brown.irish beauty blogger

I have worn this nearly every day I’ve worn makeup since it came. It is so damn creamy and pigmented. I am going to sound really dramatic here, but it’s a dream to use. I find now since I’m getting older. The skin around my eyes isn’t as tight as it once was. I’m in my 30’s now, sad times. Some kohl pencils can drag a bit on the upper lash line.irish beauty blog

This honestly does exactly what it says on the tin though. It glides on, lasts really well and they also come in loads of different colours as well. They are €4.70 on the Beauty Bay website here.

My other LA Girl love, that again, I’ve been using every single day is the Shade Slim Brow Pencil.beauty blog ireland

I have the shades Medium Brown and Espresso. I’ve definitely been reaching for Medium Brown more though. It’s a tad cooler in tone. I love a micro brow pencil and these are a really great one. They are €5.90, again from Beauty Bay here.beauty blogger ireland

My next affordable makeup love is one of the Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipsticks.top irish beauty blog

I literally haven’t stopped harping on about these. (I have a full video and blog post on them here). The shade 02 Flaming’rose has become my everyday lip shade in particular though. top irish beauty bloggertop beauty blog ireland

It’s a really flattering pinky nude shade for paler, more pink toned skin like mine. These lippies are uber pigmented, apply really smoothly and last really well on the lips too. I would for sure recommend them. They are the cheapest online from Feel Unique here.

I have a eyeshadow brush for my fourth product. I actually received this in a goodie bag. It is the Blank Canvas, Rose Gold, E01 Round Eye Blending Brush from their Dimension 1 Collection.dublin beauty blog

I had this on my desk still in the package when I decided to wash and sort through the main brushes I use. My eye brushes were still drying when I had to put on a face of makeup, so I picked up this. I literally did a whole eye look with this one brush.irish beauty siteirish makeup blog

It’s a good size for crease work and using on the lower lash line too. You can apply product with it, but it’s also nice and fluffy so you can blend with it too. A great all rounder. You can find it on their website here.

And that leaves us with one more favourite. This is the limited edition Under The Midnight Sea highlighter from Wet n Wild.top beauty blogger ireland

It’s from their Midnight Mermaid Collection which is in stores now, I believe.beauty blogtop beauty blog

It’s lovely cool toned gold, soft powder highlighter. Wet n Wild have had some absolute highlighter gems over the past couple of years. This is definitely one of them. It’s gold but has like a green iridescent to it. Very wearable though and very pretty. I’ve been wearing this lots since I got it in the post.

And there concludes my current affordable makeup loves. Let me know what you think 🙂
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beauty bay haulI had no major plans to do any Black Friday shopping in all honesty. At the time I was fairly broke and couldn’t really justify more beauty purchases. As I did a blog post about the deals that were going on, I was aware of them though and I couldn’t help having a look on Beauty Bay!

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I didn’t buy a huge amount, but I thought I would give you a look at the couple of bits I did pick up. I picked up bits I actually needed and then a couple of random things just to try. Beauty Bay had 30% off for the Black Friday weekend and they had a queued system to actually get onto the site. This shopping was done on Sunday evening, so although I was eyeing up Zoeva palettes and the likes too, they were all sold out! Probably for the best as my bank account would have taken a major battering 🙂 Zoeva products are actually cheaper on Beauty Bay in general for some reason, if you’re ever in the market though.

I spent €25 in total on the website which got me free shipping to Ireland.beauty bay shopping

I needed a brow pencil and an eyeshadow primer. So, I thought I would try some from a different brand. The LA Girl products are cheap in general and with 30% off they were even cheaper.

I picked up one of their PRO.primer HD Eyeshadow Primer in Nude.beauty blog ireland

You can see it on the website here.
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 Then, for brows I got two of their Shady Slim Brow Pencils.la girl makeup

One in Medium Brown and one in Espresso. Just because I’ve been enjoying using two tones of pencil through my brows of late. I thank Eylure for that. (Review of their Fleur De Force Brow Define Pencil here).

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The LA Girl Shade Slim Brow Pencils come in ten shades which is pretty awesome from the Beauty Bay website here.

While I was browsing the brand, I decided to also get some their eye pencils to try as well.

Two shades of their Glide Gel Pencils went into my basket. Brown and Gypsy Teal. I find it hard to say no to a teal eye liner 🙂top irish beauty blogger

These pencils are available in 19 shades here.
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 I decided to try one of their Endless Semi Permanent Auto Eyeliners too. The shade Olive was clicked. I like to play around with coloured liner.dublin beauty blog
These are available here.
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My last Beauty Bay purchase was an eyeshadow from Makeup Geek. I went with one of their foiled eyeshadow in the shade Whimsical.irish makeup site

It reminded me of Mac’s All That Glitters in the picture and I thought a more intensely pigment version of that shade would be a nice addition to my Makeup Geek collection. It’s definitely way more pink and cool toned though.

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You can have a closer look at it on the website here.

And that’s the end of my very restrained and somewhat practical Beauty Bay Black Friday shopping. Go on make me jealous, what did you buy?

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Eylure Fleur De Force Brow Define

I picked up the Eylure X Fleur De Force Brow Define completely on a whim. I had run out of my micro brow pencils, and went into Boots to pick up my old reliable Nyx one. (Review here).

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But then I spotted the Eylure one hanging with all of the lashes. And one thing in particular intrigued me. Rather than having a spoolie on one end of the pencil like most do. This is a dual ended pencil. I don’t miss the spoolie, as I generally use a separate one anyways. But this could be a deal breaker for a lot of people, I know.

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It only comes in three colour ways light, medium and dark. But within one pencil you get two different shades of that colour. I picked up the medium one, and it works really well for me.

You get a darker side for extra defining. I use this more at the tail of my brow where I need the most help. And also underneath my brows to give them more definition and shape.

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Then, I use the lighter shade through the body of them and through the front.

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I have to say I am really loving the Eylure X Fleur De Force Brow Define. The pencils aren’t too soft, so they are great for manipulating the shape you want. I love a micro brow pencil in general for this. I feel like they just give you more control and my brows need alot of help in the shape department.

I find the formula pigmented, but, not too pigmented. I feel like you can work the pigment with the pressure you apply, if that makes sense? The pencil itself, for me, hasn’t been flaky or chalky at all. In fact, I think I like the Eylure offering more than the Nyx one! That’s a bold statement right there 🙂

 Overall, I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan! The Eylure X Fleur De Force Brow Define will set you back €14.99 from the Boots website here.
 What’s your favourite brow pencil?

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lip pencils most reached for

Disclaimer, a lot of these lip pencils are a similar colour hue. Also, most of them are from two specific brands. Now that is out of the way, let’s get into some of my most reached for 🙂

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Brown nude and mauve lips are my jam! I have four lip pencils here that help with that addiction. I will wear them on their own, with lip balm over top, or of course with lippie as well. I have a bit of a complex about my top lip. It’s not in proportion to my bottom one, so lining my lip and slightly over drawing my top one is a normal occurrence.

Whirl from Mac is about as nude as I get, from a lip perspective 🙂

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Their liners are pricey, but they last really well and are generally super smooth to apply. Whirl is €17.50. You can buy it from the Brown Thomas website here.

I reach for Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liner in Addiction when I want something super brown.

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These lip pencils are mechanical and much softer in texture. You run out of product pretty fast if you are partial to a particular shade. But, they will only set you back €5.49 from Boots here.

If I am looking to go mauve, I reach for Mac’s Soar.

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This is a newer addition to my makeup collection and I don’t think I will ever be without it. I think a mauve lip is the most flattering on me, (if I do say so myself). If in doubt, I mauve it out :).

When I am in more of a pink mood. Rimmel’s Eastend Snob is my favourite. I actually did a blog post on it here a while back. I compared it to Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk. Spoiler alert, it came out on top!

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Ok, we have to touch on reds, because I do enjoy a dabbling in a red lip. I have two here that I alternate. Mac’s Cherry would be in the mix too, only I sadly left mine in a pub somewhere in Dublin. RIP.

I have another Rimmel Exaggerate Pencil here. This is Red Diva. It’s the perfect cherry red shade.

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Another one I reach for is the PS Love Lip Liner Pencil in 05 from Penneys.

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I love these, I dedicated a whole blog post to them here. Such great value.

If I am feeling a berry lip, which I do alot, especially when the weather is a little cooler. Mac Currant is one I pick up if I am feeling particularly brave. Generally though, the Essence Longlasting Lip Liner in Yummy Berry is what my hand gravitates towards. These are another great budget buy and come in a multitude of shades.

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Yummy Berry is a bit more pink. I generally fill the whole lip in with it and then dab over it with something like Mac’s Plumful or Rebel for full on berry mode.

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I could probably go on, but I will leave it there for now 🙂 Spot any of your favourite lip pencils?

 

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Mac Teddy Eye Kohl Dupe

I do not use the word dupe lightly, in fact I rarely use it! ‘Tis a big statement. And I’m still dubious in my use of it here, but sure didn’t I have to get you to click, and I promise this Mac Teddy Eye Kohl ‘dupe’ is bloody good 🙂

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I actually own the alternative much longer than I own Mac Teddy Eye Kohl. But I know how much it is beloved in the makeup world.

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It’s a medium, warm bronzed brown eye kohl with flecks of shimmer going through it.

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You can really build up the colour across the lash line, or it is really nice smudged out on the lid for a more bronzed effect. It’s available from all Mac Cosmetics retailers and from the Brown Thomas website here. It will set you back €18.00.

So onto my alternative! You’ve actually probably heard me talk about this before. I actually used it in my Urban Decay Heat video here.

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It’s the H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil in Raw Umber.

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I got this after I saw Anna from The Anna Edit chatting about it. Like Teddy it’s a medium brown kohl with flecks of gold shimmer running through it. You can buy it in store or on the H&M website here. It’s actually on sale at the moment for £1.99. They’re usually €4.99 in store I believe.

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I was just playing with my makeup randomly. Yes, I do this, no it’s not weird. It’s a past time and I enjoy it 🙂 I happened to swatch all the pencils I had in my reach for a closer look, still not weird! Mac Teddy Eye Kohl and H&M Raw Umber happened to end up side by side on my hand and I noticed that that they are super similar.

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Now, the reason I don’t use the word dupe willy nilly is because it’s rare that products are exactly the same and that’s what I feel that word is reserved for. Teddy is drier in formula and has less sparkle to it. As a result it is more precise. Raw Umber is much creamier in texture and has more sparkle running through it. It also sets better and on me lasts longer on the skin. They’re both really similar in tone though and give a very similar look applied on the eyes.

You can see here the two swatches side by side after I let them set and then swiped across them with my finger. Teddy definitely did the worst out of the two.

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For me I prefer a softer texture when it comes to eye kohls as I don’t like to tug on the skin. So if I had to choose between them, I think Raw Umber would be for me. Complete personal preference though, they are both lovely.

Have you tried either of them?

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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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