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NYX Cosmetics has officially come to Boots here in Ireland! Makeup fans rejoice! πŸ™‚ This weekend I ended up at two of the new stands, I know, dedication or what? I went to the one in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre first and then the one in the Jervis Street Shopping Centre. The two were pretty awesome and pretty overwhelming aswell. There is alot of products to choose from which is brilliant. So, in true beauty blogger style, I thought I would show you the products I got, up close and swatched.

Nyx Cosmetics Haul

I know NYX Cosmetics has been on our shores for a good few years now. And before that we could buy online, but we have never seen the extent of their products that Boots has to offer here in store ever. To my humble knowledge anyway.
Onto the interesting stuff, the haul πŸ™‚

I picked up three more shades of their Soft Matte Lip Creams. I bloody love these. I know not everyone loves the formula as it can be a bit patchy, but you can build up the colour. I think they’re great, easy to apply, smell like sweets and pack a punch colourwise without being too intense. If you’re a bit apprehensive about wearing a bright lip the NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Creams are a good place to start. They come in an abundance of colours and are €7.75 from Boots in store or online here

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream

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The three shades I picked up are:

‘Stockholm’

‘San Paulo’

‘Ibiza’

Stockholm could be my new favourite nude lippie πŸ™‚

Next up, I got three of their single eyeshadows. I’ve never tried any of these before, so I was excited to see them on the stand with testers too!

I got two of the Hot Singles and then one Prismatic Shadows.

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I got three complimenting shades that I could wear together.

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How cute is the bow enclosure? πŸ™‚

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The Hot Single eyeshadows are €5 from Boots here and come in an array of colours and finishes.

‘LOL’

‘Heat’

And the Prismatic Shadow ‘Golden Peach’. These all have a metallic finish. They are €7 from the Boots website here.

I got one of their High Definition Blushes to try. These are in Boots in store and online here for €7.75.

And then finally, the last product is their Vivid Brights Liquid Liner in the colour ‘Envy’. I’ve actually worn this a few times already and they last really well, although as you can see the colour isn’t as bright as the packaging would lead you to believe.

So there you have it, my NYX Cosmetics Makeup Haul! I’m pretty happy with all the products I picked up.

But let’s be honest, I need more!! Let me know what you’re favourite Nyx products are. Fuel the makeup fire πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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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 €14.99.

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I picked up the Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder a couple of months back now.

Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder

Catrice, as you probably know if you read Beautynook alot is one of my favourite super affordable brands, so I am always stalking the stands in Penneys and my local chemists for the new releases.

The High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder in 010 Light Infusion is one of them.

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This is one of the prettiest more affordable highlighters I have ever tried.

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It’s a baked powder and Catrice say it is ‘Infused minerals and fine light-reflecting pearls for a luminous look’

To me, it’s a pearl coloured highlighter, but I think it depends on your skin tone how pearl toned it appears. On my pale skin it has more of a coolness to it, kind of similar to theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer which I have a review of here, but just more on the subtle side.

If you look close there is definitely a sparkle to the Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder, but it’s not chunky or unflattering.

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As this is a baked product, the texture is powdery when applied with a brush, but if you apply with your fingers it is soft to the touch, so don’t let the fall out deter you. When I apply it to my cheekbones, I normally use my fingers to press it into the skin.

You can always dampen your brush too or use a sticky base underneath to give the product more opaqueness. Here it is applied with a dampened brush on the left versus to dry on the right.

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For me, I like that it has more of a subtle glow to it, I already have full on highlighters in my collection like Mary-Lou and Becca’s Champagne Pop (review here).

 

Overall, I am a big fan of the Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder. I think it would work on many different skin tones. It’s gorgeous as a standard highlighting on the high points of the face, as an eyeshadow and an inner corner highlight too!

The fact that Catrice gave this one a name ‘Light Infusion’ would lead me to believe there may be more colours released in the future πŸ™‚

You should be able to pick it up from any good Catrice stockist, including Penneys. I can’t find a stockist selling it online, but if you head to Pointy, they will give you in-store sellers around the country.

The Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder will set you back €5.50 for 8 grams of product.

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Sleek Makeup products have donned my makeup collection before we could even get our mitts on them easily here in Ireland. I am a big fan so it’s great to see the brand in so many pharmacies around the country now.

I am predicting their newest Sleek Makeup iDivine eyeshadow palette called ‘A New Day’ is going to be a resounding hit if I base it on all of you lovely people asking about in on social media πŸ™‚

irish beauty blogI have it in my possession less than a week and I committed a beauty blogging cardinal sin…I used it before taking pictures on my DSLR camera, the shame, oh the shame. I just couldn’t wait to dig in though, so will you forgive me? Ok now that confession is out of the way lets dig into the important bit, the swatching πŸ™‚

As with all iDivine eyeshadow palettes from Sleek Makeup, there are 12 eyeshadows within.

sleek makeup irelandThere is a great mix of mattes, shimmers and satin finish shadows, which is really appreciated. It means you don’t have to go from palette to palette when you’re creating a look. Handy for travelling too. I always use an eyeshadow primer. I have oily lids so it’s a complete necessity for me. With a primer added though the Sleek Shadows tend to stay put on me really well.

I’ve swatched them left right:

‘Sun is Shining’.

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irishbeautyblog‘Daydreamer’.

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makeup and beauty blog ireland‘Don’t Worry’. (my personal fave πŸ™‚ )

beauty blog ireland‘Be Happy’.

top irish beauty blog‘Feelin’ Good’.

top beauty blog ireland‘Silver Lining’.

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irish makeup bloggerHow cute are the names by the way? All positive connotations. Love it πŸ™‚

The Sleek Makeup ‘A New Day’ palette will be available nationwide in stores from the 8th next Monday onwards. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, if you’re that way inclined πŸ™‚ And of course you can buy Sleek online too here from Boots and Cloud10Beauty here

The Sleek iDivine Palettes usually cost €9.99 not a bad price point at all!

Will it be on your shopping list?

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If you follow me on social media you know I went to Oslo this past weekend. I didn’t do much shopping, but as we were walking around the shops having a browse, I realised their H&M had a huge beauty hall! It not only stocked their own brand but the likes of Maybelline and Revlon aswell. I know we have the H&M beauty range here in Dublin (in Liffey Valley, I believe), but since I live closer to town I tend not to be up that way too often. So, when I saw the array of H&M makeup I had to try some. I am gong to split my H&M makeup haul into two posts. This one will be the eye products and then the next one will be face products.

Oslo is known to be expensive, so I could have well been ripped off with prices for these products, but sure I was on holliers so I won’t complain πŸ™‚ I’ll link to the prices on the English site here to give you some sort of a gauge.

I only ended up getting 5 things for the eyes. They have a full range though from liners to lashes. I stuck with things I knew I would actually use rather than just buying for the sake of it (I do that alot too πŸ™‚ )

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I got one of their eyeshadow palettes.

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I am in love with the sleek packaging of the H&M makeup may I add. It feels really nice and luxurious as well as looking the part too.

You get nine shadows in the palettes which I think is a pretty good deal. I went with a somewhat neutral choice called Smoky Nudes. I think there’s four palettes to choose from though.

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Here they are swatched from left to right.

H&M Makeup Haulbeauty blogger irelandh&m makeup swatchYou can see there is a good mixture of matte and shimmers in the Smoky Neutrals palette. I think the shimmers have more of a punch than the mattes on first swatch. Not always a bad thing because it means they can be built up as you go.

The cream to shadow eye shadows were another product to catch my eye. I had a quick swatch of a couple of them and then ended up grabbing 3 colours because I couldn’t choose just one colour.

irish makeup and beauty bloggerFirst up we have ‘Khaki Brocade’. This is a gorgeous sparkly olive green colour.

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top irish beauty blogtop irish beauty bloggerh&m makeup haulThey have a mousse like consistency and go onto the skin really smoothly. I have yet to wear these on my eyelids yet, but upon swatching them on my arm, I think if you have oily lids like me, not a hope these will last on their own. I will be personally use them as shadow bases rather then stand alone shadows.

Overall, I am really impressed with the H&M beauty range. The packaging, the quality and the amount of products they stock is really impressive. The price point is not bad at all either which makes things very much sweeter. I am now off to fill my lids to the brim πŸ™‚

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Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil, the newest Cocoa Brown kid on the block.

cocoa brown reviewCocoa Brown already has us glittering with their Shimmering Instant Tan Bronzing Gel (you can see it up close here) and now they are spoiling us, with a shimmering body oil.

irish beauty blogFirst off the packaging of the Golden Goddess is really pretty. It’s a 50ml clear glass bottle, with a pump on the top, which I always appreciate. The clear bottle lets you see the prettiness of the shimmering oil inside and keeps you knowing how much product you have left.

The product itself is a separated oil formula that you have to shake up to get the golden goddess going πŸ™‚

irish makeup and beauty blogA little of it goes a long way, it’s really easy to apply, has the familiar Cocoa Brown scent (which I really like) and absorbs really quickly. Because it’s a dry oil, it doesn’t leave behind an greasy residue. When massaged into the skin, it leaves behind the prettiest golden shimmer.

cocoa brown irish beauty blogWithout any Cocoa Brown tanning help, I am naturally a pale Irish girl and the Golden Goddess still manages to give me a hint of colour as well as a shimmer…bonus!

It looks really gorgeous applied down the shin bone, on your collar bone, anywhere you would want a shimmery sheen really. I’ve seen people are using Golden Goddess even as a cheek bone highlighter, great idea!

You can pick up the Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil in Penneys stores nationwide and from Cara Pharmacy. It will set you back €11.99 and will last you aaaagggggeeeesssss! πŸ™‚

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