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I was sent three of the very soon to be released Seventeen Mega Matte Lipsticks. Since they are due for release on the 3rd of August, I thought I better get them swatched asap and give you a closer look of the shades I have in my possession.

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According to Seventeen, “This Summer’s bold, matte lip couldn’t be easier with the launch of new Seventeen Mega Matte lipsticks. The makeup bag must have range of 12 long lasting, high impact shades glide on smoothly for pout perfecting colour.”

Seventeen Mega Matte Lipsticks

The shade range of the Seventeen Mega Matte Lipsticks is pretty varied. It covers those of us who enjoy a nude or muted lip colour and then caters to the more daring lipstick colour risk takers 🙂

The three colours I have from the range give a good indication of the colour spectrum I think.

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I have “Nude News” which is of course the nude matte of the bunch. It is a pink toned nude.

 

Then, “Lava You A Lot”. An intense orange matte shade.

And finally, “Violet Summer”. A pinky matte purple. Which although feels matte, does have a kind of pink iridescent to it.

My first impressions of the Seventeen Mega Matte Lipsticks are good! I love the packaging, I do enjoy a thinner bullet on a lipstick 🙂

I find myself less inclined to squash them with the lid and I find application a bit easier too. The texture of the lipsticks themselves is soft and applies well. Like with any matte lipstick though, your lips need to be in good condition as dry patches will show through. They are of course drying on the lips too, although I don’t find them too tightening or uncomfortable.

I’ve only swatch them so far, so I can’t tell you yet about staying power, but be sure to ask me on social media over the next while and I can let you know how I got on wearing them out and about 🙂

The Seventeen Mega Matte lipsticks are available from Boots in store and online here from the 3rd of August. Their recommended retail price is €6.29.

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I am on a bit of a budget roll at the minute, I don’t know what has gotten into me…maybe the post Christmas poorness 🙂 This post is going to be about budget contour palettes, that I have and use in my makeup collection. Contouring has come such a long way in the makeup world, it used to be a drag industry secret and now most of us do some form of it on a daily basis. I know it’s not for everyone, but personally I love a bit of chiselling, anything to make my chubby chops look more defined 🙂

I chose 3 contour palettes to showcase in this post:

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First up is the newest of the bunch, the Catrice Prime And Fine Professional Contouring palette.

catrice prime and fine contour paletteThis comes in different shades which is very handy, I have the colour 010 Ashy Radiance.

irish beauty bloggerbeauty blog irelandAshy is the important word here, especially for paler skin. A powder with a grey undertone, creates more of a shadow so in theory looks more natural. I really like this palette. The highlighter is more on the subtle side, so good if you just want to add a hint of a glow to the cheekbones. The contour side is soft, pigmented and blends well in the skin.

irish makeup and beauty bloggerThis will set you back €4.50.

 

Next up is the Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit

seventeen define & conquerThis is a little different as both of the shades in this contour palette are matte.

makeup blog irelandI like this take on it because the ‘highlight’ shade can double up as a setting powder for lighter skinned gals and then works as a subtle more brightening shade maybe under the eyes for darker skinned lovelies.

The contour shade is a little more on the warm side, so this would double up as an all over matte bronzer shade as well as getting away with being a contouring colour.

makeup and beauty blog irelandYou can buy the Seventeen Define & Conquer palette in Boots and it costs €8.49, but they are always on special.

 

My last choice I think is my favourite and is the most pocket friendly of them all. The W7 Hollywood Bronze & Glow.

w7 hollywood bronze & glowIt bares a bit of a resemblance to a much more expensive contour palette, right? 🙂

top irish beauty blogThis little duo resides in my handbag and it gets so much use. The contour shade does have a sheen and a warm undertone to it, but it’s soft and blends out really well on the skin so you can still get away with it for contouring. I adore the highlight shade. It’s a really pretty golden shimmer, not at all bitty or glittery. I use it on my cheekbones, on my lids even and it’s a lovely inner corner highlight too.

top irish beauty bloggerAnd the best part? It’s €3.75. Cara Pharmacy sell them online here

Three contour palettes for three decent prices. What do you think? Are you a contouring queen or not really into it? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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Smoky eye looks don’t have to be difficult. If you have patience and are willing to blend, you can do it! You don’t have to be  a professional makeup artist to create it, I’m definitely not. It also doesn’t have to be black, it can literally be any colour you want it to be.

What I would normally use to create a simple smoky eye is:

  1. A cream shadow
  2. A powder eyeshadow in the same or a similar colour.
  3. An eyeliner (something waterproof).
  4. A brush to pack colour on and a couple of blending brushes to..blend 🙂
  5. A warm shadow (or a bronzer even) for the crease.
  6. I use a taupe shade in the crease too, but that’s optional
  7. A highlight shade for the brow bone and inner corner.
  8. Mascara and or lashes.
  9. Patience 🙂

 

There will probably be alot of fallout when you pack dark colours onto the lid, so I suggest doing your foundation or at least your concealer after you finish the eyes.

I did throw on a bit of foundation, did my brows, primed my lids and set them with powder beforehand.

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I first grabbed one on the Maybelline Color Tattos in ‘Timeless Black’. I forgot how much I love these!

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I applied a good amount of this all over my lid with a synthetic brush.

Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial (3)When the colour was opaque on the lid, I cleaned off the brush and blended out the edges.

beauty blog irelandHaving the primer and powder underneath makes it easier to do this step.

I used the sparkly black from my Pro Collection Palette from Fuschia Makeup.

fuschia eyeshadow panWith a flat brush, I packed this onto the color tattoo on my lid, tapping the excess of my brush as I go.

Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial (6)beauty blog irelandIt’s looking scary I know, don’t click off yet 🙂

On a blending brush, I took some of this taupe shade, again from the Fuschia Pro Collection.

fuschia pro collectionI blended this into the crease of my eye, bringing the black into it to help soften the edges.

Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial (9)To add a bit of warmth on a clean brush, I took some of the matte contour shade from the Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Palette ( I have a full review of this here).

seventeen define & conquerI applied this over the taupe shade in the crease of my eyes with a tapered blending brush.

Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial (11)With all the blending (you need to do alot of it), the intensity of the black shadow may be lost. Don’t be afraid to apply more to the lid…and yes blend it into the crease colours.

easy smoky eye makeupI think smoky eyes are all about layering and light continuous blending. Just take your time.

To help the blending process even more, I took a bone matte shade (again from the Fushcia pro collection).

Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial (13)And used this on the brow bone.

Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial (14)Things are still looking really messy, but don’t give up! You can see the difference between the blended and the unblended eye below.

Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial (15)Ok time to bring this smoky eye together now 🙂

Time some liner on the top lash line.

urban decay irelandThis is Perversion from Urban Decay.

smoky eye tutorial It just adds extra darkness to the lash line and if you’re adding lashes hides the band. Again, you can see the difference between the eyes below 🙂

Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial (18)To clean up the fall out just use a wipe or come micellar water.

irishbeautyblogsmoky eye tutorialI apply concealer (and usually foundation) at this time, and then onto the lower lash line.

esence all about greysI used some of the dark grey from the Essence All About Greys palette and applied a good amount under my eyes.

irish beauty blog sitesirish beauty blog siteLashes time! These are some of my very faves from Amazing Shine and now they’re available in Mr Price, score!

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Completely optional, but I always tight-line my upper and lower water line.

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Too add more light to the dark eye look, a little bit of shimmer in the inner corner never hurt anyone either 🙂

fushcia makeupeasy smoky eye lookAnd there you have it a non makeup professional smoky eye, of course with rest of the face makeup applied. Especially bronzer for us pale girls, a dark smoky eye can really wash us out 🙂

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Smoky Eye Makeup Tutorial (34)smoky eye for beginners

Thanks so much for reading (and reaching the end) 🙂

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Beautynook Beauty blog Haul

I went and did a bit of spontaneous shopping yesterday…it’s always the best kind isn’t it? I bought a few bits myself and then the other half kindly bought me a couple of early birthday presents, which was very nice of him 🙂 I love having a nose through people’s shopping bags so I thought you might like to have a look through mine.

So first up I went into Boots and literally spent an hour looking through the makeup aisles. I love having time to do that, just going up and down swatching and deciding.

I have seen a few people talking about the Seventeen Phwoarr concealer so I decided to pick that up.

Phwoarr Paint Seventeen

Phwoarr Paint FairThis is apparently a hard core under eye concealer. It feels thick in consistency, but I am hoping it blends out making it similar to the Bobbi Brown one…we shall see.

Seventeen was on buy one get one half price. So after much deliberation. I also picked up their Stay Time Foundation.

Seventeen Stay Time Foundation

The shade range is a bit crap, but Porcelain seemed to be the closest to my NC20 skin. It has SPF 25 which is great for the day time and it claims to be full coverage too as well as lasting all day.

I hit the Barry M stand next. My last review here on Beautynook was all about the Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Crayons, you can read it here Because I liked the two I got then I chose another one to add to my collection.

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Barry M Matte Me Up 3

Matte Me Up number 3

I got the shade number 3. It’s a lovely pinky brown neutral shade, that I will get alot of wear out of.

I also grabbed another one of their waterproof eyeliners, which I have a few of already and really like.

Barry M Bold Purple

Barry M Bold Purple EyelinerThis is in the colour Bold Purple and has glitter flecks going through it…I’m a sucker for a purple liner.

Collection had their Work The Colour Eyebrow Kit on special for €3.99 which I thought was a bargain so I threw that into my basket to try aswell.

Collection Work the color eyebrow kit

collection irish beauty blogIt comes with three powder shades, a little double ended brush and a clear brow gel aswell! If this is any good I will be shouting it from the rooftops!

While I was in Boots eyeing up the makeup, I did grab a couple of everyday essentials too.

Botanics Shampoo conditioner

The Botanics range is taking the beauty world by storm at the minute. Their Radiance Balm which I reviewed here not too long ago has reached cult status, so when I saw they were doing shampoo and conditioner I had to give them a go. I got the Instantly Volumising ones but there was a couple of different types to choose from. Excited to give these a try.

I also got some Mitchum deodorants, which I have never used before.

Mitchum Deodrant BeautynookNot the most exciting of purchases but like mascara I am always on never ending quest for the perfect deodorant. I love the Sure Maximum Protection, but at over 7 euro a pop it’s not always the most purse friendly, so lets give these a go 🙂

I took a quick detour into H&M and thought I would include these shorts into this haul because they’re cute and they were only €10!!!

H&M shortsThey have them in lots of different prints, and they are very flattering and comfortable!

As I am turning 30 next week (the horror) the boyfriend told me to pick a couple of bits while we were out to ease me into the transition of another decade slowly. So I just chose two things to ease him into the financial transition of someone close to you having a big birthday ha!

I got the cult phenomenon that is Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Lip Pencil in Pillow Talk.

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Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pillow TalkRimmel do a very good dupe for this pencil in Eastend Snob which I’ve owned many times. The one that I have now broke though so I thought I would give the posh one a try. This is a great liner for when you want to over draw your lips slightly to give an extra little pout. I’m excited to play with it 🙂

He also bought me something very random and not like me at all usually.

Nike TheasThese are the Nike Air Max Theas. Runners,trainers,sneakers whatever you call them have been making a comeback in the fashion world and I am jumping on board the bandwagon because they’re bloody comfy! I had planned on getting the all white Theas which are much more respectable, but the bright orange ones just spoke to me and I wasn’t forking out for them so I took the risk…why not! They will definitely be a love/hate thing I’m sure though.

I also bought some toothbrushes too on this shopping trip but I didn’t think you would be bothered seeing them aswell 🙂

As always thank you so much for reading, it makes me so happy. And if you’ve been shopping recently let me know what you bought. I love to have a nose.

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seventeen stare struck blush

I thought I would review my Seventeen Cheek Stamp that I picked up in Boots a while back along with their Define and Contour Kit that I reviewed here

I got the shade “Stare Struck”.

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It is a lovely dusky pink with a light silvery shimmer going through it. As you can see the powder blush is in the base of the packaging. The lid itself is a spring loaded sponge, so when you close the lid the sponge sits on the blush and is pre loaded with product for you when you open it.

cheek stampThe lid also sports a mirror which is always a handy addition to any makeup product. Of course you can just use the product itself with a blush brush, if you don’t like the sponge applicator that comes with.

If you stamp the blush onto your skin, you are going to get a little something that looks like this.

seventeen cheek stampVery Aunt Sally don’t you think? 🙂 Don’t worry though it’s powder so you can just blend it in with your fingers or a brush and you will be left with a colour that looks something like this.

stare struch swatch blendedcheek stamp swatch blended

It is a really pigmented product and blends really well into the skin, leaving behind a lovely flush of blush on the cheeks, that lasts throughout the day too.

Overall, I really like the Seventeen Cheek Stamp. I love the colour of this one “Stare Struck”, there is a choice of five colours in the collection though. I like the idea of the stamp mechanism as it makes it more portable and easy to throw in your handbag. And lets face it, it’s really cute too 🙂

The Seventeen Cheek Stamp retail for €6.29, and you can pick it up in Boots

What do you think?

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Seventeen Define & Conquer Palette

 

Seventeen Define & Conquer Palette

Seventeen Define & Conquer Palette So this is the brand, Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit. Contouring has taken off so much in the mainstream world. It is not just a makeup artists secret weapon anymore. I have spoken about contouring before, but it is a much more expensive product, have a read here if you are a makeup junkie 🙂

At first glance, this looks very similar to a Nars palette or if you are familar with Elf, they do a product very similar looking too but again mimicking Nars.

The packaging is smooth to the touch and inside it boasts a large mirror..never a bad thing.

It contains two powders. A matte grey toned bronze and a pinkier toned lighter powder. A highlighter and contour duo.

The dark shade is on point for my light skin tone, the highlight shade is pretty much my skin tone so it won’t be doing much highlighting around these parts. As you can see below it’s barely even visible. With tan on and maybe a darker shade of foundation it may work though, I can use it as a setting powder on normal days.

seventeen define and conquer swatchThe Seventeeen Define & Conquer is a good damn product. I think I would be so rash and say I like it better than some of it’s highstreet counterparts.  The deep shade is the perfect tone for contouring. It’s a soft powder, it blends in really well and does a great job of defining your cheekbones without looking dirty or grubby, as well as your nose or temples depending on how much contouring you like to do.

Before application

Before application

Seventeen Define & Conquer Palette on skin

After application

I have a round face, so I need more than a bit of powder to give me definition but it does make things look better that’s for sure. I tend to use it under my chin too for a bit of shadow, I need all of the help I can get 🙂

As I am pretty oily, my skin tends to eat up makeup during the day. I found the Seventeen Define & Conquer powders lasted really well on me and I could still notice the contour in the evening when I was washing the day away.

If you are new to contouring and want something to learn with, this palette is perfect for you. It even gives you a little step by step guide to get you started.

This Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit is available in Boots and is €7.59 a bargain or what?

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