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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 πŸ™‚

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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’OrΓ©al Infallible 24 Matte. Review here.
  • L’OrΓ©al 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 πŸ™‚

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Thanks so much for watching and reading, as always.

Gemma

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I had seen the Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Eye Liner being used in a few American Youtuber’s videos. A couple of them compared it to the Kevyn Aucoin 1.5mm Mechanical Liners which you can see on the Sephora website here.

Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Liner

The Maybelline Master Precise Skinny liner is 1.8mm so not too dissimilar from a size point of view. Basically it’s a skinny ass liner as the name would suggest πŸ™‚

Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Liner

For me, this is genius for tight lining the waterline. It’s something I find really uncomfortable so using a smaller tool is less invasive on the eyeball. You can see the difference in size here compared to a standard eye liner.

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As always America got it way before we did, but I did stumble across it a couple of months ago in the new in section on the Maybelline stand in Boots. I paid €4.99 for it which I don’t think is too bad. I have seen it in store since but it isn’t on the Boots website, so I can’t link it like usual.

It comes in hot pink plastic mechanical packaging. When you first buy it the liner and has a rounded nib, that doesn’t last long though. So off the bat I will say, this is not the liner for you if you want something for more detailed liner work, which is how Maybelline are marketing it. The mechanical aspect is good however, if you twist up too much product, you can’t get it back in to the pencil, I have broken it a couple of times as a result. When it breaks you’re left with a blunt nib. And obviously wasting product as a result.

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The liner itself is soft, really dark and pigmented. In America they have three colours to choose from, here we just have the black. It is super easy to use and works really well on the waterline. It is waterproof and lasts better than some of the other pencil liners I have used in the past. It does fade on the waterline after a few hours, but not completely. I do notice it gathers in the corners of the eyes and the tear ducts after a while, so that is something to be conscious of. I can get all day out of it on the top lash line though. It doesn’t transfer onto the lid and I do have oily eye lids. If you want to use it to smoke out the lash line, you have to work fast because it does set. I suggest doing one eye at a time and using a dense synthetic brush to blend it out.

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Overall, I am a fan of the Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Liiner. It isn’t perfect, but it is a good liner and the size of it is really nifty. If you don’t like using gel liner in your waterline this could be a good alternative. It is also really handy to throw in your handbag for touch ups. Or, if you’re heading out after work and want to add some smokiness to your eye makeup.

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I had seen the Nyx Micro Brow Pencil when Nyx first released them all over social media. I was still using my Soap & Glory Archery pencil and was happy with it and although we now have Nyx stands in Ireland, we rarely get the new releases in store, so I couldn’t see it in the flesh. Then, I saw Sinead from The Beautiful Truth raving about it and had fomo, so I ended up picking it up.

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And may I add, I am so glad that I did.

Nyx Cosmetics IrelandI’ve done the Anastasia Brow Wiz in the past. It’s a great pencil, but the damn thing just kept breaking on me. I think I lost probably half of the pencil to the floor. They’re not cheap, so that wasn’t ideal. I then discovered the Soap & Glory Archery Pencil, a very similar looking pencil. I love it, but it only comes in three shades.

The Nyx Micro Brow Pencil is super similar to both of these.

Nyx Micro Brow PencilOne one end is a spooley which is always appreciated.

irish beauty blogThen, the other end contains the retractable brow pencil.

irish beauty bloggerThe pencil itself has a really fine nib.

I like my brow pencil to have a bit of hardness to it, so you can draw onto the skin without it crumbling and so you have control over what you are doing.

I have the shade ‘Ash Brown’. I did some googling and looked at some swatches beforehand and I got lucky, it works really well for me. I would deem it a neutral brown so no red or warmness to it.

beauty blogger irelandbeauty blog irelandYou can buy Nyx online from Boots here and they have 8 shades to choose from. I ordered my Nyx Micro Brow Pencil from Asos here. They have 7 shades and I got free shipping because I ordered a few other things aswell.

The Nyx Micro Pencil definitely ticks all of them boxes for me. I have been using this for a good solid month now and the pencil has yet to break, it’s pigmented and easy to apply. It works really well for days where you just want to do the bare minimum to your brows or when you really want to beef them up.

So here it is in action:

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My Brow With No Product

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irish makeup and beauty blogI always hold my brow pencil with a loose grip and quite far back to get a lighter application.

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My brows are quite frankly a pain in the arse. I try in vein for a little symmetry and I rarely get it. I find with the Nyx Micro Brow Pencil, it’s a little easier to achieve some sort of brow shape that doesn’t make me want to cry. That alone is worth a tenner in my book πŸ™‚

The formula does set, but you get a little play time beforehand. For some reason I get super oily around my brow area so I would usually then set the pencil with powder which I still do most of them time. But I have used the Nyx Micro Brow Pencil on it’s own to test it out throughout the day and it lasted really well on me. No smudging or oxidizing.

I think it’s safe to say I’m a big fan and now that we are getting our own Boots Nyx stand in Liffey Valley (opening the 4th of August apparently), hopefully we’ll be able to buy in store very soon too. Wohoo!!

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These are the new Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner(s).

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Well two of them anyways πŸ™‚

irish beauty blogI hauled these in my last YouTube video here if you didn’t catch it, along with some other makeup bits and bobs.

From what I can gather there are three colours in the new Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner range. A black, blue and a white. All of the white ones had been opened and ruined in the Boots I picked these two up in which is a shame, and I have been in another couple since and they were all the same!Β  So I only have two here to show.

The Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner(s) are new liquid liners to hit the Rimmel stand. They have a thin, tapered felt tip nib.

irish makeup and beauty blogRimmel say describe them as ‘Bold colours, clean liners, all day wear’.

The nib sold me on these. I am not particularly good with liquid liner especially trying to create a cat eye with one, although I do try my best and buy varied ones that come onto the market to try, in hopes I will find the perfect one for me πŸ™‚

I thought the felt tip applicator on the Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner(s) looked like a good match for my easily tickled eyeballs (yes that’s what I suffer from the most when trying to apply liner ha), as I could place the colour on with the length of the nib rather than having to draw it on completely.

The eyeliner itself is nice and opaque and applies without dragging the eyes too much and getting messy. It dries reasonably quickly not completely matte, but not super shiny either.

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The black Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner swatched

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The blue Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner swatched

Here is the blue one applied to my eyeballs.

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The blue liner at the end of the day, still in place.

It lasted really well throughout the day, there was no transfer onto my upper lid. I didn’t use eyeshadow primer to really test them on my oily eyelids. I just used some concealer and powder over the top.

The nib does dry out a bit if you’re like me and it takes you a while to get the line somewhat even,but a little shake seems to sort it out pretty quickly.

Here’s the black crudely applied to my eyes too. I actually don’t think a strong black line on its own really suits my eyes at all, but all in the name of blogging πŸ™‚

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And after a day of wearing.

beauty blogger irelandThe black didn’t last as well as the blue on me throughout the day. It did smudge and transfer. Not majorly, but sure you can see for yourself here πŸ™‚

 

Overall, I really like the blue Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner. The colour is super pretty, applies well and lasts throughout the day. I would say the black is just OK. Maybe with eye shadow primer and shadow applied, it will last longer without moving on the lash line. And of course, if you don’t suffer with oily lids like me,it should last longer too. They are €7.99 from Boots here and with Rimmel always on special, they definitely won’t break the bank.

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I did a teeny bit of shopping last weekend. I got a few bits so I thought I would combine them together and do a makeup haul in video form!

I do love watching Makeup Haul videos on Youtube so I am completely jumping on the bandwagon and doing my own πŸ™‚

Here are some links of the products I mention in case any of them tickle your fancy or you want to more information on anything.

Bourjois Air Mat Foundation – You can get on the Boots website here

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder – From Boots online here

The Rimmel Colour Precise Eyeliner- From Boots online here

Rimmel Super Gel Top Coat- From Boots online here

Keep an eye on the offers in Boots, they change all of the time πŸ™‚

I picked up the Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Matte Bronzing Gel in Penneys, but chemists and Boots around the country stock it too as does Cloud10Beauty. I have a blogpost about this too here if you’re curious.

Baptiste Dry Shampoo is available nationwide aswell. Boots stock it online here.

The denim skirt is a new arrival to Penneys I think. It comes in black and two shades of blue denim too and costs €14.

makeup haulThe Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland Palette costs €49 and you can buy instore in Debenhams as well as online here. It’s currently out of stock at the minute, perhaps I was wrong about the amount of stock they had in store :(.

There you have it my first video makeup haul! It made me realise I have to eliminate the word ‘so’ out of my vocabulary pronto…why do I keep saying it? ha!

As always thanks for watching (and reading). Let me know what you think, and if you liked it you could always subscribe to my channel and then any new videos go into your subscription box, just saying πŸ™‚

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