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I picked up the Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation on a whim really.

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I came across it while I was having a nose around Meagher’s Pharmacy and it was on special. Sure the rest is history πŸ™‚

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The Boots website describe the Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation as: ‘A revolution in lightweight foundation. Fresher Skin Foundation offers light breathable coverage for an even, natural-looking, fresh finish that stays shine-free all day. The ultra-smooth texture is easy to apply & blends perfectly, for a barely there feel that does not clog pores and lets skin breathe. Formula with mineral powders helps absorb excess oil preventing shine, while the formula with Aloe, Chamomile & Sea Algae extracts help reduce the appearance of redness and evens out natural skin tone. For a freshly applied natural-look and feel, shine-free throughout the day!’

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Off the bat, the packaging of it doesn’t really float my boat. It comes in a 25 ml glass jar.

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It means you can get every bit of the product out, which is a pro. But, it also means you have to dip your finger into the jar to get the product out. Ideally, you would use a spatula or something, but ain’t all of us got time for that πŸ™‚

The formula is like a thick gel. I’ve read that the formula was developed in Japan and this is the first time it is has been used in the colour cosmetics industry. I thought that was an interesting fact to add it πŸ™‚

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It is firm to the touch, but then as you blend it, it does thin down. However, it dries super quickly, so you have to work fast with it. I find using a damp beauty sponge the best way to apply it on me personally.

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Here it is in action on my skin:

 

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It gives a light coverage to the skin, you can build it up to light medium coverage though. I usually apply a couple of layers. It contains SPF 15 and it has the strong sweet scent to it that will be familiar to you if use or have used Rimmel foundations.

Here is my makeup for that day completed just to give you an idea:

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I’ve heard mixed reviews about the Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation. For me, as someone with oily skin, using the damp sponge gives it a more satin finish. I like the coverage it gives for lighter makeup days. I find it glides over larger pores that sometimes lighter coverage foundations don’t always do for me.

The staying power on my skin is pretty good. I always use primer and powder regardless of the foundation I am using. This is me after about five hours of wear. I have definite shine, but no makeup breakdown.

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Overall, I quite like it. The jar isn’t ideal but the foundation itself I like. I have the colour 100 Ivory, the second lightest shade. It matches my skin really well. It does come in six colour choices though.

You can buy the Rimmel Fresher Skin from Boots in store and online here for €10.49. I did buy it from Meagher’s Pharmacy on special for, I believe €6.95, which is a much better price.

I have used and loved the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo for literally years and years. There is always a tube of it in my skincare stash.

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As a beauty blogger, I am very lucky to be able to try and test new products all of the time. But, as someone with oilier skin, I am always hesitant with day time moisturisers. I need one that adds moisture without interfering with my makeup. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is one I can apply and I don’t have to think about it. I just know it works for me.

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It is specifically made for oily, spot prone skin. It is non- comedogenic and doesn’t contain any parabens either. The ingredients include: Niacinamide, LHA, Piroctone Olamine, Linoleic Acid, Zinc PCA. They say it helps prevent shine, my take on that would be that it doesn’t add any extra oil to the skin.

My non science interpretation of La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is that along with helping to alleviate any active breakouts, it still makes my skin feel hydrated. Even if are more oily, your skin can still be dehydrated and in need of moisture and I think this gives a balance to the skin without leaving any residue behind that might interfere with makeup application.

It has a gel like consistency and blends in super easy and quick. You don’t have to wait around for it to soak in. I think it does have a strong floral scent, which I personally don’t mind. It doesn’t really linger after the product has soaked into the skin.

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I am not saying by any means it’s a miracle worker (what is really?) I just find Effaclar Duo works really well for me and it doesn’t cost a whole load either. At the moment it’s €11.99 in Boots here on offer. But, usually it’ll set you back around 17 quid or so for a 40ml tube.

This year La Roche Posay released the Effaclar Duo + Unifiant.

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This is basically the moisturiser as we know but with a tint. I went to the launch of and I was super excited to give it a go because of course I love the original.

It only comes in two shades, light and medium. The one I use is light and it is a pretty ok match for me.

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I use this as I would the original. I would say it has light coverage but the ability to cover redness. I apply it as a moisturiser, let it sink in and then put primer on top. I like using it for ‘no makeup days’. I’ll then skip foundation and just used concealer and whatever other makeup I want to use that day. It wouldn’t last on my skin just on it’s own.

 

Are you a fan of the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + range?

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There’s a new highlighting palette on the block. It comes in the form of Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss. I got gifted this at the Sleek Blogger Brunch along with some other fabulous makeup goodies!

Sleek Cleopatra's Kiss Highlighting Palette

Sleek know their way around a highlighter palette. Whether it is creams, powders or both, the beauty community have been embracing them with both arms, myself included πŸ™‚ The newest offering the Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss Palette does not disappoint either.

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Encased in a mirrored gold case just like the Sleek Solstice Palette which I have a post on here. Cleopatra’s Kiss comes with four shades. Two powders highlights and two creams.

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From left to right, we have:

‘Sphinx’, a powder. This is a bronzed gold shade.

‘Delta’ on the row beside this is a cream bronzed golden shade with really small bronze particles running through it.

‘Dynasty’ is another cream bronzer. It is a paler gold shade with golden shimmer.

Then finally, we have ‘Goddess’ which is a powder. This is a light champagne colour with some sparkle. It is probably the most subtle of all four colours.

Here’s all four swatched with the flash on and in natural light.

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All four shades in the Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss Palette compliment each other well, I think and can be layered or worn on their own.

I applied the powders to my face to give you an idea of how they look.

Here’s Goddess in action. This gives a more subtle sheen to the skin with a bit of sparkle.
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Then, here is ‘Sphinx’. I applied this with a dry brush in the first picture and then dampened it with some setting spray for application in the second one.

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Overall, the Sleek Cleopatra’s Kiss is a really nice highlighting palette. The lighter shades are probably more appropriate for my skin tone, but I really enjoy the formula and the colour pay off of all four. You can find it online on Dolledup.ie here and it will set you back €12.49.

I also got a Solstice Palette at the Sleek Blogger Brunch, which I already have. So, I thought I would give one of you the opportunity to win it.

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This is my used one. I have a brand new one to give away πŸ™‚

All you have to do is:

Comment below telling me your favourite blog posts to read.

Share this post on any social media you want. There is share buttons below and just tag me in so I can see it.

A winner will be picked at random on Monday the 26th of September πŸ™‚ ****COMPETITION NOW CLOSED****

Thanks and good luck!

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Β  I said I would make these lists every so often when affordable brands make things that really float my boat. This post is going to run through five budget brown eyeliners that I have been reaching for of late for different reason.

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I am going through a bit of a brown liner phase. Black has eluded me. I will go back to it I am sure, but for now I am enjoying the less intense look that brown eyeliner gives to the eyes.

I chose five budget brown eyeliners that I have been legit reaching for daily for different reasons.

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Number one is the Maybelline Color Show Kohl in 410.

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I talk more about these here. I like using this to smoke out the lash line. It’s really soft and doesn’t really set very quickly, so you get alot of play time with it. I think a dark brown kohl liner is always handy to have in your makeup stash.

My next two budget brown eyeliner picks are both from Essence.

Their Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil in 05 ‘Rockin’ Taupe’ is a newer favourite. This is part of the Essence Autumn Winter Collection. I did a whole blog post about the collection not too long ago here.

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This is more grey toned shimmery taupe colour. Again, this works well in the waterline if you want to darken things up a little more , but still want the look to remain soft. I love using it all over the lid too as an eyeshadow base. It blends really nicely but sets too. So it helps your shadows last longer and adds a little something more to the look.

The is the Essence Longlasting Eye Pencil in 19 ‘Hot Scorch’. I love these retractable liners. I talk more about them here.

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This particular one is a nice warm bronze shimmery shade that lasts particularly well in the waterline. I love this when I just want to add a bit of something there without looking too ‘done’ or dark. It looks fab swept on the top or bottom lash line too. And it is super cheap!

My last two picks are of the darker brown variety.

The first one is actually from one of the trio of Shimmer Strips from Physicians Formula. I think this one is from the Warm Nudes Trio. You can buy them from Dolledup.ie here.

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At €16.90 these are definitely the priciest of the bunch, but you do get three liners for that. This is like a blackened brown colour, so probably the darkest of the bunch aswell. This is such an easy kajal liner to use. The thick conical shape of it makes it super handy to get into the lash line. I wouldn’t be using this for a thin defined line. This is more of I want to do a brown smoky eye look. I would use this as a shadow base or on top to darken things up and on the waterline too.

My last pick is a gel liner that is another new edition to my makeup collection.

This is the Flormar Gel Eyeliner in ‘Bole Brown’. This comes with a brush in the lid too which isn’t half bad at all.

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It’s a nice chocolatey brown that you can build up the opacity with. I find gel liners a bit scary sometimes, so I like that this can be layered and if I do mess it up (which I do…alot). I can fix it before things get too full on in the liner department πŸ™‚ It sets and works really well in the water line too. You can get it on SimplyFoxy here or any Flormar stockists for €7.95.

Here they all are swatched in order left to right, just so you can get an idea of the difference in texture and colour.

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And we’re done. Five Budget Brown Eyeliners to hopefully suit every need and taste πŸ™‚

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I am in disbelief that it is in fact August. But, the calendar on my phone has told me it is, and I must obey the mighty iPhone. This means that it’s time to look back over the last month and pick out some of the things I have been using and loving throughout it. Here are my July Favourites for 2016 πŸ™‚

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They are all beauty related for July, there’s no curve balls πŸ™‚

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Initially I had the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation included too (which I have a full review of here). Something happened with the footage though and I lost it, so apologies for that! But I have been loving it. It gives you high spf, light but build-able coverage and feels really nice on the skin. What’s not to like about that πŸ™‚

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The July Favourites that actually made it into the video include:

The Nyx Vivid Brights liquid liner in ‘Vivid Envy’. I did a look with this bad boy here if you fancy seeing it in action.

Colourpop Supershock eyeshadows in both ‘LaLa and ‘Game Face’. I have a Colourpop haul post with these in it here. Bloody love these!

The Scandal Queen Fairydrops mascara. This is new to me, but I had to add it in because I have been loving it! You can pick it up from Cult Beauty here and I will do a full review on it very soon πŸ™‚

And then finally I talk about the Klorane products I have been using and loving. They are a plant based hair care brand. They have been around for years and I had never tried anything from them until now!

If you want to watch the video directly from Youtube just click here, or you can just click on it above.

There you have it, my July Favourites for 2016. What have you been loving lately? Let me know.

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I have already harped on about the other theBalm Meet Matte Hughes shade in my collection Charming here. I was browsing theBalm section in Foody’s Pharmacy and saw that they had the shade Committed and the rest is history πŸ™‚

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I love this shade so much, I felt like it needed it’s very own blogpost #obssessed or wha’? πŸ™‚

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I think Committed is like Charming’s nude best friend. Like all of theBalm Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipsticks. Committed has a minty, but still sweet smelling (without being too overpowering), they have a creamy formula when first applied, are opaque and dry down to a matte finish on the lips. Although they are matte, they’re not super unconfortable to wear, although as I said in my previous post, it always helps to have your lips in tip top condition to get the most out of a matte liquid lipstick. theBalm Meet Matte Hughes are super long wearing and do little to no transferring unless of course you break into the greasy foods, it will start to separate.

Committed is the perfect pinky nude shade. I am a girl who likes a bit of pink in her nude, no that is not an innuendo, get your mind out of the gutter πŸ™‚

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Really paled out lips just don’t suit me though so I’ll always opt for one with a bit of pink to it, I think it warms up a lighter complexion more.

You can see it here swatched on my lips.

irish makeup and beauty blogHere it is swatched beside Charming, just in case you want to see the difference between the two. Charming (on the right) is definitely more mauve.

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Committed is one of those really easy shades that will work with any makeup look no matter how simple or bold you might go. You can even just dab a little onto the lips and add a balm or some lipgloss under it or over top for a long wearing, but glossy version.

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You can pick up the theBalm Meet Matte Hughes of course from Foody’s Pharmacy, but you can also get them online from Cloud10beauty here for €16.50. Now, the question is….which one do I pick up next?

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