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Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine LipglossesThe Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipglosses launched into the Urban Decay boutique here in Dublin last week. I was lucky enough, (I feel like I always say that, but I always do feel super lucky). To head in and see them in action, and also take some home to play with.

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There is twenty Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipglosses to choose from in the collection. There’s bright shades, neutrals and four different finishes. They are metallic, holographic, cream and sheer cream. The glosses contain Vitamin E and peppermint oil for a slightly (not stingy), plumping effect. And then the flavour throughout them all is vanilla but with a hint of mint.Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipglosses

I brought home five of the twenty shades and have been playing around with them for the last few days. I never really wore gloss, I always just found it a bit too messy. But brands have really upped their game formula wise and the sticky mess they once were seem to be a thing of the past. Ever since I got my hands on their Fenty Gloss Bomb, I have been rocking a glossy lip more and more regularly. This release, for me has come at a bloody good time. The formula of the Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipglosses, in my humble opinion are super comfortable and easy to apply. The scent/flavour although strong, isn’t sickening. Also, they don’t burn the bejaysus lips off you!Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipglosses

I have some of the more tame colours, these are just the ones I happened to get, so sorry if they look kind of similar in picture form on the lips, I promise they each look a little different in real life.urban decay ireland

First up we have ‘Midnight Cowgirl’. This is a peachy gloss with a sheer cream finish.urban decay cosmeticsirish beauty blog

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Second is, ‘Fuel’. It’s a coral-brown gloss with a cream finish.top beauty blogtop beauty blogger

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The third one I have is Fireball. This is a holographic finish thats peachy with a pink shift.urban decay debenhamsurban decay lipstick

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Fourth is SPL. This is pink with a holographic finish.top irish beauty siteirish beauty youtuber

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Then lastly I have Naked. A pinky nude with a sheer cream finish.top irish beauty blogirish beauty blog beautynook

 

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Here they all are swatched side by side for reference:

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All of the Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipglosses are available in the Urban Decay boutique in Dublin now. They are also on the UD UK website here. And, will available in and on Debenhams from the end of April. The RRP is €18. What do we think?

(Yes, I clearly lost my mind after the swatching fest, sure look 🙂 )

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I actually really enjoyed making this video. I haven’t done a makeup ‘tutorial’ type one in a while. They take a lot of work and to be honest not many people watch them. I always have to tell myself though, I make videos more because I enjoy creating them. If people watch them, great, if not, I’ve hopefully learned something from the experience. This is very much a mauve eye makeup look. Actually the lips are mauve too. So, it’s just a mauve look 🙂

Mauve Eye Makeup LookI used the very talked about Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions palette to create my mauve eye. I’ve utilised this palette a hell of a lot since I picked it up! I have a blogpost on it here and I do give you a quick review in the video, so I won’t go in to major details quality wise in this post.

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I think it’s fair to say if you’re not a mauve, or pink toned shadow fan, stay well clear. For me, these shades ( I think), work well, so I’ve been enjoying experimenting with it. The last few times I’ve used it, I’ve shared pics on Instagram, and I’ve always gotten  such lovely feedback. So, this video is for your lovely selves who ended up picking it up, or might have it in a drawer needing an outing 🙂

Mauve Eye Makeup Look Huda BeautyI went full on and finished the mauve eye look off with a mauve lip too. I have so many mauve lippies in slightly different shades and finishes, it’s definitely my go to colour. Everything else is pretty simple and if you want to know any of the other products I used, head over to my latest Get Ready With Me YouTube video here.

Let me know what you think and let me know if you picked up the Mauve Obsessions Palette, I know it’s kind of a marmite one 🙂

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Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Cream EyeshadowPixi is a brand I know quite a lot about, but I’ve never really used much of their products. The brand has only been available here in Marks and Spencer, and any time I went to have a look, nothing really stood out for me. The Glow Tonic is a staple in my skincare though. (I did a really old blogpost on it here, if you want to know more). I was super lucky to meet with the PR for Pixi Beauty a little while back. They let me swatch lots of their new releases, and I was honestly so impressed! I got to bring some home to play with, including three of the new Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Cream Eyeshadows.

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Cream Eyeshadow

They are a cream eyeshadow with flecks of glitter running through them. There’s five shades of these to choose from in total including a gold and a rose gold, which I will be needing in my life.

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The shades I have to show you are:

Bare Brilliance which is a shimmering taupe.

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Passion Light, this is a coppery shade with sparkles.

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And the third one is Crystalline. This is a white silvery shade with multi coloured sparkle running through it.

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They come in a plastic tube, with a doe foot applicator and contain 5 mls of product.

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There’s is lots of talk online about the Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Cream Eyeshadows being dupes for the Stila Magnificent Metal Eyeshadows. Having tried both, I completely agree with that statement. They range in pigment opacity depending on the shade and are a choc full of sparkle, much like the Stila offering.

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For me, they work best over a cream or shadow base as you would really need to build up the product for full on colour, and that can be potentially super messy as they are cream shadows. I usually apply them from the doe foot applicator to my finger or a brush and press it on the lid. I find there’s minimal fall out that way and you can disperse the glitter better by patting it down.

Overall, I am a big fan of the Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Cream Eyeshadow. They are comparable to Stila and depending on where you buy them, are around a tenner cheaper! I found them online for the lowest price here. Have you tried them?

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Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions PaletteI hadn’t really planned on doing a dedicated post to the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette.Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette

A lot of chatting was done about the Mauve Obsessions here when I first got it so I thought people would be sick of hearing about them.

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The Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette has been a constant in social media posts since I picked it up though so, I thought I needed to get a reference post up so I can link anyone to swatches and the likes.Huda Beauty Ireland

If you’re unfamiliar with these palettes , they’re really very dinky. They fit into the palm of my very small palm. However the pans are decently sized within it. The eyeshadows also pack a real punch so you really don’t use much per look.

The Smokey Obsessions comes with nine colours in it’s miniature packaging.top irish beauty blog

You get five foiled shades and four mattes. They range from a light taupe, gold, silver, medium to dark browns and a matte black. So everything you need really to create a brown/black smokey eye or a more light, airy shimmery look. You get the best of both cool toned and warm tones from it. For me, it’s missing a base shade for setting the lid, but I don’t really mark it down, it just means I’ll always have to have another palette to hand for that.

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top irish beauty bloggertop beauty blog irelandtop beauty blogger irelandThe mattes are ultra pigmented and easy to blend. The foiled shades are really soft and creamy. However, I don’t think you get the best out of them with a brush. You need to press them on with your finger for full on opacity. This tends to be the case with most foiled shadows in my experience though, so doesn’t really bother me.top beauty blogtop irish beauty siteOverall, I am a big fan of the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette. The shade choices are all wearable for me. I have been reaching for it so much. At €28, these little palettes were a great introduction to the Huda Beauty brand for me too. I had never tried anything from them before. You can find all four colour ways online here.

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Brown Thomas Makeup HaulNo I definitely do not have money in January to be throwing around  in Brown Thomas!

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Every Christmas my brother gives me a voucher for BT and I am never mad at it. It means I can still makeup shop whilst poor after the festive period 🙂Brown Thomas

I went into Brown Thomas initially to spend it. I’m not too far from Grafton Street. If you follow me on Snapchat (username: Beautynook), you would have seen the scenario. Initially, I was going to blow all €75 on Huda Beauty.zoeva cosmetics

The Mauve Obsessions palette is already in my possession. (Blogpost on it here). I knew they were out of the Warms Palette, but had the Smoky from checking online. The plan was to take the plunge on that and maybe get some other bits to try from the brand.Huda Beauty

I found out on that day, that just because something is in stock on the Brown Thomas website does not mean they have it in store. They have separate warehouses apparently. So, I walked away with nothing and had to do my shopping online. A bit frustrating, but sure I’m a little more calmer shopping online, less distraction and I’m less likely to overspend 🙂

I decided to do click and collect in store just because they will charge you a delivery rate regardless of your spend. But, it’s free to get it delivered in to your local branch.

So what did I buy?

I did end up getting the Huda Beauty Smoky Obsessions Palette.

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I know there’s mixed feelings about these little palettes. The Mauves Obsessions is in major rotation in my makeup routine, so I wanted to extend my collection and try another shade range.

Everything else I picked up is from Zoeva. Yes, Brown Thomas stock it now! You can get it in store now too in their Beauty Lounge which is adjacent to the main store on Clarendon street.

I decided to get another eyeshadow palette to try. Zoeva are such a lovely brand in my opinion. I got their Plaisir Box (review here), a couple of years back for Christmas and the palettes are beautiful.

This time I went with the Aristo Palette. For not particular reason really. It’s new and it had a couple of more interesting shades along with more wearable colours. I just thought it would be fun to play with.irish beauty bloggerbeauty blog ireland

Their Graphic Brow pencil in the shade Cinereous made it into my basket.

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Another more practical purchase was their Eyeshadow Fix.top irish beauty bloggertop beauty blog ireland

I got the matte one to give a go. It comes in pearl too. Eyeshadows mean nothing to me without a decent primer. I have super oily lids.

The last thing I got was a bit of a random buy. This is the Zoeva Strobe Gel in Halo. It comes in three shades.

beauty blog Curiosity made me click on this. It’s a gel highlighter. It is literally a goo highlighter, I can’t wait to dig in!

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The packaging is really nice. It comes in a 15ml glass pot. Hopefully the gel itself is nice too!

And that’s it for my Brown Thomas haul! Keep an eye out here on Beautynook if you’re curious about any of the products. I am sure there’ll be reviews and demos galore in the coming weeks 🙂
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irish beauty siteI did my beauty favourites for 2017 in video form here not too long ago, if you fancy a beauty hit. There was non beauty related bits and bobs that I wanted to give a shout out to though aswell. So here I am writing a blogpost all about them 🙂

 

I actually scrolled through my Instagram feed for inspiration for this. I adore the beauty world, but I do have other interests too. I’m not always comfortable talking fashion for all to see. I’m not particularly comfortable within myself. But I love fashion too. Now I don’t mean keeping up with all trends or buying all the latest designer releases, (maybe one day). I mean just putting outfits together, making myself feel a bit better when I look in the mirror. My lovely friend Lorraine of the awesome blog (John It’s Only Makeup) gave me a bit of a boost and told me I should start doing ootd’s (Outfit Of The Day’s) on Instagram. I’ve done a few over the past couple of months.

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These boots are definitely on my non beauty favourite list. Now I will say these are not the best quality over the knee boot out there and won’t last the test of time. But, they fit over my larger calves, have a bit of a heel, are comfortable to walk and stand in and they were a bloody bargain!

irish beauty bloggerI actually picked them up my mistake. Sinéad from The Beautiful Truth was chatting about a similar pair she got from New Look, so I went on to have a look and thought these were them. They aren’t, but they were on sale for €29.99 here, originally €59.99. From a quality point of view, they aren’t worth the original price. But on sale, they are!

Another shoe favourite is from a different spectrum. I picked these up simply because they are sparkly.

non beauty favouritesI got a lot questions about these on social media. They’re from Penneys and they were €7 just before Christmas. I’ve literally worn them everyday since I picked them up and they’re lasting well. They have a rubber sole too which is handy if you need to pop out the bins or something like that. Looking at them makes me smile 🙂

Next up is another Penneys buy. I only picked this sweatshirt up for €10 a few weeks ago, so it’s probably still there.

non beauty favouritesI’ve been just using it for loungewear ( I have it on as I type). It’s so comfy, washes really well and sure it makes you a fully fledged unicorn trainer.

I have been a bit obsessed with buying costume jewellery on eBay. Specifically earrings.

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They take an age to come and there is definitely hits and misses. But when something comes that you actually like and it only cost a couple of euro, you feel pretty damn smug. I always use PayPal and order from reputable sellers. I also never spend a alot.

Another jewellery fave has been this Casio watch John kindly bought me for Christmas.

beauty blogger irelandI did choose it myself from Asos. I like a more masculine watch.

top irish beauty bloggerI also thought the rusty rose gold colouring was a little different to what I’ve had before, so I was just drawn to it. A watch to me is more an accessory than a necessity. And I think this fits my style quite nicely.

My last favourite is wine. Now if you know me, you’ll know this is a very new scenario.

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For a long time, I was a vodka and diet 7up kinda gal. It’s all I drank. Since John has gotten really into the Irish craft beer scene though, I’ve become a little bit more adventurous. I’ve realised I actually like the taste of gin. It has become my tipple of choice. I’ve also acquired a taste for Prosecco. And now I am dipping my toe into wine. Just a little bit and only white or Rosé. My palette isn’t distinguished enough for red. But I find myself trying to do a little research and think more about it and I’m quite enjoying it.

And that’s it! There’s some of my non beauty related favourites of the minute. Let me know what you think.
Gemma
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