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I always say, don’t judge me for calling this a ‘makeup tutorial’, so I just want to begin with that statement, because I am well aware of my lack of major skills in the makeup department. It’s just a blanket statement and we understand what it means ๐Ÿ™‚ Ok now that’s out of the way….

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It’s been a minute since I sat down in front of the camera and just did a face. So I wanted to do just that. I have been lucky enough to receive some products from PR over the last couple of weeks that are really decent too. So how did I incorporate them? By doing a ‘makeup tutorial’ with some new in products, genius.beauty blog ireland

For the most part I used new products, I did have to throw in some oldies too, just because I didn’t have a full face of makeup to use. I’m not that popular ๐Ÿ™‚ The new products are mostly from Catrice and Essence, as their new Spring\Summer ranges have just launched. There is loads more products to check out from the brands, I just have a cross section.

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I also had some newbies from L’Orรฉal, including the Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation, which I am currently obsessed with, no lie! And the Maybelline Made For All Lippies. Oh and the new skinny brow pencil from IT Cosmetics.

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For me, the star of the show is the Topshop Chameleon Eyeshadow in Evolve. This kind of defeats the purpose of the makeup tutorial because it’s not new. But they have reinvented their beauty range, so I’m using that as my excuse. I need to get my hands on more colours of these shadows.

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I am no makeup artist, so the makeup definitely didn’t go to plan. There was a few hiccups along the way, and my winged liner left a lot to be desired. But we got there and I was fairly happy with the finished result.

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Click on the video at the top of this post to see the ‘makeup tutorial’ unfold. Or you can click here to go directly to my YouTube channel. If you like it, don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there.

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I sound dramatic when I say I get a lot of questions about my brow routine. But, it’s actually probably my most asked beauty question.

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My eyebrows have come such a long way in the past couple of years. I was definitely one of the ‘tadpole’ brow crew. We started in our teens and we just continued on plucking and plucking and never looking back ๐Ÿ™‚ With the help of YouTube videos and the awesome brow gals at Benefit though, I finally gotten a handle on filling them in.

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Unfortunately my natural eyebrows are left in a bit of a wreck from over plucking. I did get a stem cell treatment done last year that definitely helped them fill out a bit, but as you can see, a decent brow routine is completely necessary for me.

As I say in the video, I am no expert and my brows are not perfect, nor are they twins. But I’ve come to terms with that and just do them to the best of my ability. I’ve gotten better over the years, so maybe this time next year I’ll be even more accomplished ๐Ÿ™‚

My brow routine is probably the longest part of my makeup application and I’m completely ok with that. I think they’re the most important part for me, and I kind of build everything else around them. I do use and excessive amount of products I know.

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However, I get super oily in that area of my face throughout the day, so pencil alone just doesn’t cut it for me! And I use two brow gels to add texture, and to set everything too.

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I’m not listing products here, because I feel this video is more about how rather than what I use. But if you want to know about anything specific, just ask ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know what you think and as always thanks for clicking.

Gemma

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disappointing makeup productsI have been in a bit of a creative rut this week. I asked on Instagram stories what kind of content you like. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to message me and fill my head with awesome ideas. I appreciate it so much. A big shout out to my lovely friend Sinรฉad aka The Beautiful Truth for giving me the Disappointing Makeup Products idea.disappointing makeup products

I generally talk about products I really disliked on social media. When I review products I try to be as logical as possible. I like to give the pros and the cons. I rarely dedicate a post to things I have and just generally don’t get on with. But it’s fun to change things up ๐Ÿ™‚ Now this won’t be scathing. Everything is up for interpretation and just because I dislike something doesn’t mean everyone does. This is just my opinion.

First up of my six disappointing makeup products, is the Kiko Smart Cult Eyeshadow Palette in Matte Revolution. I did a post swatching this when I first got it here.irish beauty blog

I bought this in Brussels after seen it plastered all over social media. The colours looked so cool and generally I am a big fan of Kiko.irish beauty blogger

This just doesn’t do it for me though. On first swatch some of the colours are grand, but trying to blend them on the eyes is way too much of a chore. They blend away to nothing. Yes, I can make it work if I need to, but this palette has just ended up lying in a drawer not being used. It wasn’t expensive, but still, it was definitely a waste of my money.

My second choice is controversial. So many people would declare this their holy grail. This is the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer.

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For me, this foundation is too thick. I don’t like the doe-foot applicator, and I just find it hard to blend.beauty blogger ireland

I don’t mind a thicker foundation, but I would put this in the same category as Esteรจ Lauder Double Wear. Although I do say in my review it isn’t as thick, but it nearly is ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s just too much for me. At least Double Wear stands the test of time on my oily skin, this only does an ok job. I find it grand, but I haven’t reached for it much at all since buying it.

Third up, is the LA Girl Pro Primer Eyeshadow Primer.

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This just doesn’t keep my eyeshadow in check. I have relatively oily lids so I am generally a good judge of eyeshadow primer. This is in the shade Nude. I think it’s more yellow toned, so unless I am covering it completely on the lids, the tone will poke through a bit.beauty blog

It just doesn’t cut the mustard. I like that it’s in stick form, it’s easy to use and super affordable, but not for me ๐Ÿ™

The Zoeva Strobe Gel was completely bought on a whim because the jelly like texture intrigued me.top irish beauty blog

I have the shade Halo.

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If you like a more subtle highlight, this might work for you. For me, it just looks like nothing on my skin, especially when applied with a brush. Applying it with your fingers is tricky though, as the formula just doesn’t allow itself to be picked up with your fingertips too well. I tried to incorporate it into my makeup and to make it work, but I just end up reaching for something else. It’s a cool concept, but gets a thumbs down from me.

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My next two disappointing makeup products will again, be controversial.

I only have a travel size of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I got it within a PR pack.

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Waterproof mascara is more my jam, most of the time. But I do try lots of non waterproof formulas and do review the ones that meet my extremely high mascara standards ๐Ÿ™‚top irish beauty site

So many people adore this mascara. I don’t! I deem it grand. It coats the lashes, helps a little with volume and on me, flakes like a bitch. If a mascara flakes after a long ass, productive day, I can live with that. But this does it a couple of hours into wear on me. For that reason, it’s made the list ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, my last disappointing makeup product is the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk.ย irish makeup blog

Now hear me out because this is definitely a more personal disappointment. I am just not wowed by it. The texture is a bit drying, especially for the price. It’s also super super similar to my lip colour, so it tends to look more brown on me than pink.top beauty blogtop beauty blogger

I have the lipstick too . (I have a blogpost about it here). You can see both of them swatched in that. I reach for the lipstick way more, although I am not a huge fan of the fragrance, but I can get over that. I have the lip liner literally years, and it’s still very much in tact as you can see. Give me Rimmel’s Eastend Snob liner over it any day!

 

Do any of my disappointing makeup choices shock you? Are some of your holy grails in here? This is what I love about makeup, one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was a pretty off the cuff video idea. I say that a lot, I know ๐Ÿ™‚ Currently I am on a job hunt and I was about to get ready for an interview. I thought I would pop the camera on and create a video on my job interview makeup look.

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Just a side note, this was not for a corporate position, so I didn’t have to be too formal. I would describe my job interview makeup look as my everyday makeup look, just a bit more polished. I kept everything pretty simple and neutral. A bit of shimmer on the eyes and a glossy mauve lip.

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I used eyeshadow for liner to give everything a softer look and used a neutral eye pencil in the water line to make me look more awake. Of course, typical timing, I have a cold at the minute so I tried to disguise that a bit too.top irish beauty blogger

I used some reliable products, but I did throw in some new ones too. As always, I will list everything, as I do go through them quite quickly ๐Ÿ™‚

Fenty Beauty Instant Retouch Primer.

Benefit The Porefessional Primer.

La Girl Pro Matte Foundation.

Zoeva Graphic Brows Pencil in Cinereous.

Freedom Brow Duo in Soft Brown.

Benefit Gimme Brow.

Benefit Ready, Set, Brow.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer.

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Fix.

Penneys PS Bronze Shade & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette, their Metallic cream eyeshadow in Heatwave and bronzer. There’s more info on these here.

theBalm Mr Write nude liner.

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer.

Catrice Lashes To Kill Pro Mascara.

Mac Extended Play Mascara.

Nyx Contour Palette.

Milani Luminoso Blush.

Isa Dora Blotting Powder.

Wet n Wild Megaglo highlighter.

Mac Whirl Lip Liner.

Essence Colour Up Shine On Lipstick in 10 Rosey Glitz.

LOV Fix Spray.

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A lot of product I know, but I kept it pretty simple I think? Let me know sure ๐Ÿ™‚ If you want to see my Job Interview get ready with me video in full, just click on it above, or here.

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Zoeva products are actually cheaper on Beauty Bay in general for some reason, if you’re ever in the market though.

I spent โ‚ฌ25 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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ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚top irish beauty blogger

These pencils are available in 19 shades here.
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ย 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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easy brown smoky eye

I do love a good get ready with me video ๐Ÿ™‚ This time I’m doing a really simple brown smoky eye.

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I used some of the new products that I hauled here not too long ago. And I actually I think I hauled some of them here too. I have been hauling a bit over the past while. I reckon it’s the change in temperature that makes me spendy. That’s my excuse and I am sticking to it ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was heading out, so wanted a decent face of makeup on but still wanted to keep it simple. When in doubt, I tend to taupe it out. A brown smoky eye is kind of my safety blanket. There’s a few old reliable favourites within the mix, but for the most part I used some new out and new to me products.

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So let’s get listing:

  • Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer. More info here. I bloody forgot to put it in the product shot here like a dope. It’s the first primer I use though, yes I used two!
  • Benefit Porefessional. More info here.
  • Eylure X Fleur De Force Brow Define. More info here.
  • Freedom Brow Duo. More info here.
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer. More info here.
  • Benefit 3D Browtones. More info here.
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion. More info here.
  • Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette. More info here.
  • Chanel 268 eyeshadow quad. More info here.
  • Mac eye kohl in Costa Riche.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Torch.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof Mascara.
  • Mac Extended Play Mascara. More info here.
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. More info here.
  • Duo Latex Free glue. More info here.
  • Half Lashes (from Ebay).
  • Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter in At First Sight. More info here.
  • Rimmel Insta Fix & Matte. More info here.
  • Kat Von D Lock It Powder in Petal. More info here.
  • Elf Finishing Powder in medium as bronzer. More info here.
  • Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. More info here.
  • Elf Shimmer Highlighting Powder in Pearl Glow. More info here.
  • Mac Spice lip liner. More info here. More info here.
  • Lancome Matte Shaker. More info here.
  • L’Orรฉal Infallible Fixing Mist. More info here.
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Phew, that’s a lot of product I know, but I swear the video is short ๐Ÿ™‚ You can click above to watch it or as always head to my YouTube channel here.

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And that’s my easy brown smoky eye. I promise it’s easy! Let me know what you think.

Gemma.

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