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Another month another bundle of random products and things. Yep, it’s time for my August favourites for 2016 ๐Ÿ™‚ Summer is just about to come to an end. I am completely ok with Autumn coming, Winter is another story though…bleh!

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Anyways…my August Favourites bring a random array of goodies your way. If you are an eagle eyes reader you may notice that there is a makeup brush in my hand in the cover photo. First off well done for noticing ๐Ÿ™‚ And also it’s nearly become a tradition for me now to lose chunks of footage from my monthly favourites videos and the brush clip was the unlucky one that just disappeared off of my camera. But, it’s a dual ended blending brush from Blank Canvas Cosmetics with the E26 on one end and the E25 on the other. It’s on their website here and I really like it, it’s so handy!

The rest of my favourites look a bit like this.

August Favourites

You can buy the Adidas Superstar runners from JD Sports here. I’m nearly sure John paid โ‚ฌ88 for my ones in June for my birthday but the listed price here is โ‚ฌ95.

I have a whole post about the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Palette here.

You can buy the Dermalogica Hyrda Blur Primer here.

I have a video about the Garnier Micellar Oil infused Cleansing Water here too.

The Guns n Roses T-shirt is from the men’s department in H&M. I found it on the website here. It’s actually โ‚ฌ14.99, I got my pricing wrong, apologies.

And then finally, my random phone ring thing ๐Ÿ™‚ I got it from eBay here and I regret nothing :).

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So there you have it, if you need anymore info, by all means just ask. You can of course watch the video above on the website or you can watch it directly from youtube by clicking the link here.

 

I hope you have a healthy and happy September. Thanks as always for the support.

Gemma

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I managed to nab a Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette. Phew, that’s a mouthful, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette
I went in to Space NK Grafton Street just to have a look and ask about them as they had had a shipment the week before. Low and behold the lovely ladies told me they were getting another shipment in the next day and I could put my name down if I was certain I could be in to collect in that very day. And so, I did just that ๐Ÿ™‚

Completely spur of the moment really, the Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette became mine.

Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

If you don’t know already, Jaclyn Hill is a very successful American beauty You-tuber. She had previously collaborated with Becca Cosmetics and that was when Champagne Pop was born. (I have a full review of it here). The collection has now grown and includes: Champagne Splits which are a blush and highlighter combo. Liquid and cream Champagne Pop shimmering skin perfectors. There was also an eye-shadow palette that Becca controversially had to take off of the market because of quality issues and of course finally what I am showing you now, the Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette.

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I really love the gold and white packaging of the palette. It is smooth to the touch, is a little weighty so feels nice in your hands and contains a large mirror in the lid, which is always appreciated.

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It contains 5 powders in total. 3 blushes and 2 shimmering skin perfectors i.e highlighters.

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We have Rosรจ Spritz which is deemed a luminous blush.

Amaretto – A mineral blush.

Pamplemousse – This is also a mineral blush.

Then we have the highlighter that started it all Champagne Pop.

And then finally, Prosecco Pop.

Here are all the powders swatched together just so you can get a sense of the colour differences and finishes.

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With the flash on

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Without the flash on

All of the powders are as you would expect from Becca super soft and pigmented. They swatched really nicely onto the skin. The blushes are a good mix of colours and finishes.ย  I use Champagne Pop alot already even though I think it might be a little too deep for my skin tone, I don’t care, I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ I am foreseeing I might have the same problem with Prosecco Pop, it is very golden. But, it’s very pretty so I’ll make it work ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it will make for a lovely eye shadow too.

The Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette retails in Ireland for โ‚ฌ54 from Space NK if you can get your hands on it. They do have it on the UK website here though if you want to get it shipped and it costs ยฃ48.

So, let me know what you think? ๐Ÿ™‚

xxx

 

 

I had to do it at least once! When Colourpop announced they are now shipping internationally, my heart skipped,skipped a beat ๐Ÿ™‚

 

My heart then proceeded to drop when I saw what they were charging to ship internationally. $25! And that doesn’t include custom clearance! But like the good little makeup fiend that I am, I couldn’t stop thinking about ordering. They give you $5 off if you sign up to their newsletter so I thought, feck it! I’ll even just do it the once and take the hit. Then, I proceeded to go over the Irish customs limit too (I think anything over $25 puts you in the danger zone of having to pay tax. I just couldn’t justify all of that money to ship it over and only getting a couple of things. I wanted to get my monies worth. I risked it and it paid off. I did not have to pay customs on the package. But that doesn’t happen all the time, I think it really is just the luck of the draw. If you fancy fancy seeing what I got. Here’s my first ever Colourpop haul.

Colourpop really know how to package a…package! The box is so pretty.

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The packaging on the products themselves is really nice too.

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I picked up two of their Super Shock eyeshadows.

‘Game Face’ which is a penny bronzed metallic colour.

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And ‘LALA’, which is a rose gold metallic shadow.

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They both cost $5 each.

I picked up one of the Supershock Cheek Highlighters.

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This is in the shade ‘Lunchmoney’.

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Colourpop describe it as a soft light gold with a reflective duo chrome finish.

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These cost $8 each.

The powder products feel like nothing I have ever used before. They’re nearly wet to the touch and have a gel like consistency when you apply them to the skin. Colourpop tell you that the formula is best applied with the fingertips.

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I chose one of their Crรจme Gel Colour Liners to try.

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This is in the colour ‘Show Me’.

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I thought it would be complimentary to the shadows. These are $6 each.

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And one of their Crรจme Gel Liner Pencils too that will hopefully go with the other eye products.

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This is in the shade ‘Stomper’. These are $5 each.

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Onto to lip products. I ended up getting three.

One of their sheer Lippie Stix.

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This is in the shade ‘Tiger’.

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It’s $5 each for these.

And then, two Ultra Matte Lips.

‘Beeper’.

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‘Bumble’.

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The Ultra Matte Lips are $6.

Colourpop haul dunzo ๐Ÿ™‚

I placed my order with Colourpop on the 12th of July. They did give me a USPS tracking number and I could track my package up until it went on to the international flight. Then, I couldn’t get an update on it. I received my order from my regular postman, on the 26th of July. My total bill was $66 with the $5 discount. That worked out at โ‚ฌ61.31 and I paid with Paypal. As I mentioned already though, I was lucky customs let the package through and I didn’t have to pay an extra penalty.
What do you think? Are you tempted? The products themselves are really reasonable priced, I think. If they brought down the shipping, I think I would be more than happy to shop with Colourpop again. First impressions are really good, I like the products I got, alot ๐Ÿ™‚

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Rimmel and Kate Moss together over their 15 year relationship have had 40 separate campaigns, which is pretty impressive! To celebrate, they’ve released the Rimmel Kate Moss 15th Anniversary Lipstick Collection. There is also a nail polish collection too!

Rimmel Kate Moss 15 Anniversary LipstickThe lipstick is encased in a metallic look rose gold plastic tube, which I am not mad at whatsoever. Love me some shiny rose gold ๐Ÿ™‚

I picked up 3 shades in the lipstick collection, but there is six varying nude and red shades to choose from.

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Rimmel say of the latest collaboration,’Celebrate 15 years of the most successful, unrivaled partnership in the beauty world. Rimmel and Kate Moss introduce a special-edition lip collection in Kateโ€™s favourite reds and nudes, each created by Kate and inspired by her London look.’

The three I picked up are:

54 ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Nude’ A creamy pinky nude.

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Here they all are swatched on my arm side by side from left to right.

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There is also another red shade called ‘Idol Red’, which is in between the red colour spectrum of the two I have here. And then two other nude shades that are less pink based and are called ‘My Nude’ and ‘Boho Nude’.

I am a big fan of Rimmel lipsticks and these do not disappoint from a colour pay off and formula point of view. They are creamy easy to apply and true to colour. They have the familiar Rimmel lippie overly sweet scent. I don’t mind it, it reminds me of stepping into the front door of Ikea, where they keep all of the scented candles :). But, if you are sensitive to smell, the strong scent might deter you!

The colours are lovely, but they are not anything majorly new or innovative. Most brands, including Rimmel have colours like these already in their makeup stands. The packaging is pretty though ๐Ÿ™‚

The Rimmel Kate Moss 15th Anniversary Lipstick Collection is in store and online in Boots here now. They cost โ‚ฌ10.99 each which is a bit pricey for Rimmel I will admit. Boots are doing buy one get one half price on Rimmel at the moment though. Superdrug also have the lipsticks instore and online here which is where I got mine for โ‚ฌ8.99 each and are on 3 for 2 at the moment.

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This is the first time I’ve picked something up because I was asked so many times had I tried it before and what did I think about it. It’s a nice feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ So we are talking here about the new (here in Ireland) Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette.

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes PaletteI’ve been talking about Maybelline alot of late, just because they’re really consistent with releases at the moment. Some of the releases I am liking, some are a little meh!

Within the Maybelline The Blush Nudes Palette you get 12 eyeshadows with the palettes total weight at 9.6 grams.

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Without Flash

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With Flash

The packaging is alright, just your basic plastic encasing. The colour does compliment the name and the shades. It has a clear lid so you see the shadows within it, and you get a dual ended applicator too.

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Maybelline say of the palette: ‘This 12-shade eye shadow palette features dazzling colors infused with rose gold pigments. From bold beiges and sultry sands to brazen bronzes and tempting taupes, this makeup palette is perfect for creating versatile eye makeup looks‘.

The colours within are what you would imagine, complimenting blushed tones. All of them but one is shimmery. It is being compared to the Urban Decay Naked 3 online alot and I can understand why looking at it in the pan, although the one that was launched in America seems a little different to the palette we’ve finally gotten across the pond here.

Onto the swatching ๐Ÿ™‚

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Top Layer

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Bottom Layer

The colours swatched well on my arm, but for me the shades don’t really vary alot when it comes to applying them on your eyes. I think any look you do with this palette is going to look very similar. For me, I would have to incorporate another, maybe brown tone palette (with a couple of mattes) into the look.

I can’t say I would call it a dupe for the Naked 3 really either. The shadow quality is definitely not as good as Urban Decay and you have to work harder with them to build up the intensity of the colour. What I will say though, if you want to get the same tonal eyeshadow look without forking out for the Naked 3, you can do so with The Blushed Nudes, it just might take a little longer.

I used the lightest shade here on my brow bone and inner corner, the matte shade in the crease, the last colour on the top row on my lid (and on the lower lash line),with a bit of the golden shade (the first on the bottom row) on top of it here, to show you some of them in action. The colours do blend and they are pigmented, although there is alot of fallout. However, you can probably see for yourself here, there is no real differentiation of colour after you blend them into each other.

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You can pick up the Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette in-store from Boots or online here. It costs โ‚ฌ14.99.

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Ok, I finally gave into the hype and picked up the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette!

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

There has been so much talk about this over the last few months about the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette after people like Jeffree Star have gotten their hands on it and have been loving it.For some reason, even though it’s been so readily available here in Ireland I just never picked it up. But with so many people talking about it and loving it. I had to give it a whirl for myself. So here are my first impressions :).

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The description on Boots.ie about it is ‘Sleek MakeUPโ€™s Solstice Highlighting Palette instantly enhances the complexion with a radiant glow.This versatile face and body highlighting palette suits all skin tones and includes two baked powders, one luxurious cream formula and one silky shimmer powder. The highly pigmented metallic finishes add a radiant glow and a luminous sheen to the skin.Packaged in a stunning rose gold compact with a mirror and a mini powder brush, Solstice can be used on cheekbones, the cupids bow, inner corners of the eyes, bridge of the nose and can be swept across the dรฉcolletage to create a lit-from-within glow.’

The packaging of the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette is really pretty and a little different for Sleek considering most of their products are encased in sleek (get it? ๐Ÿ™‚ ) matte black. It has a magnetic closing too which I always appreciate, less stress on our perfectly manicured talons! It has a large mirror on the lid as well.

top irish beauty websitesleek makeup irelandYou do get a little brush inside, which isn’t the worst brush ever to come free with a palette, but I personally won’t get any use out of it.

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The 4 shades have names which I always really like, it just helps us distinguish between them.

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The first one is ‘Ecliptic’.

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‘Hemisphere’.

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This is a baked dusky rose powder.

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‘Subsolar’.

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A pale yellow gold powder. Probably the most subtle shimmer of the bunch.

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And then finally, ‘Equinox’.

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A baked peachy champagne shimmery powder.

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First impressions are good! The cream and all three powders apply really nicely to the skin without too much effort. Ecliptic is probably a little too dark for me to wear as a cream highlighter or base, so I would probably use this on the eyes, but if you have a deeper skin tone than me, it will work really nicely. The colours are a bit frosty in my opinion so be wary of that if that doesn’t float your boat.

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All Four Swatched Together

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Blended Out On The Skin

They do apply better more opaquely with your fingers. I had a quick play with them on my mug (without any other makeup on may I add) and with a highlighting brush and they applied more wearable I think, and gave more of a shine to the skin than a frost.

I think I am really going to enjoy playing with this palette. I am sure I will be talking more about it on Snapchat and the likes, so be sure to be following me on there if you want to keep updated ๐Ÿ™‚

I picked up the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette in store from Boots, Henry Street, Dublin. It seems to be sold out at alot of stands, but they were fully stocked. Boots have stock online too here, the Sleek website here is sold out. Cloud10beauty is another place that’s great for buying Sleek here although they are sold out at the minute too. So keep an eye if you’re in the market! I paid โ‚ฌ14.49 for the palette, it does vary in price by a couple of euro depending on where you get it.

So tell me, what do you think? Do you think it’s worth the hype? Have you bought it already? Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

xxx