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Here’s my first ever Youtube video! It’s a speeded through Get Ready With Me. I love zoning out and watching these, and on the plus side it meant less talking for me ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s not perfect, but sure neither am I.

Thanks so much for watching and if you like it please be sure to subscribe here. That would make my day…my year in fact, can you tell this is a big step for me? ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s a list of all the products I used in the info box of the video too, so if you see something you like they’re all listed in order pretty much.

Let me know what you think and also what videos you like to watch yourself, I am going try create one a week on my channel, but I will also do an accompanying blogpost with any extra details and of course a bit of waffle ๐Ÿ™‚

Gemma

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Urban Decay released the rest of their Gwen Stefani collaboration goodies last week! The lipsticks,lipliners and the brow kit look beautiful…that packaging though? I only caved slightly and bought the blush palette.

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I got the eyeshadow palette when it was first released and I am so happy to have it in my Urban Decay collection. Have I ever told you, I kind of sort of collect Urban Decay palettes? ๐Ÿ™‚ You can see the eyeshadow palette up close here if you are undecided about picking it up and want to see it in more detail.

I’m talking all things blush in this Urban Decay Gwen Stefani post though. Here she is in all her glory.

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I am in love with the packaging, it’s sturdy, stylish and compliments the eyeshadow palette, which makes me very happy not going to lie, I love a good theme ha!

You get six shades of blush in the palette. They each contain 2.8 grams of product.

The colour range and finish is varied and as you would expect from Urban Decay they are pigmented and very smooth.

Here they are swatched on my arm for reference:

This is ‘Cherry’

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This is ‘Easy’

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beauty blog irelandurban decay irelandOverall, I personally really like the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette. I think I would be more inclined to call it a face palette though. ‘Angel’ for example is more of a highlight shade than a blush. I would probably mix this in with other shades to change the colour or add shimmer to them. Also, ‘Lo-Fi’ to me is more of a warm bronzer shade. I think the other four colours ‘Cherry’,’Easy’ ‘Hush’ and ‘OC’ are really lovely blush shades and I will get plenty of use out of them day to day.

I don’t think this a definite go out and buy it release, but I think if you do pick it up you’ll be happy to have it in your collection. Also, they’ve made it limited edition which always makes us a bit more obsessed, right? Clever marketers ๐Ÿ™‚

The Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette will set you back โ‚ฌ42 and you can buy it from Debenhams in store or online here and House of Fraser.

Let me know your thoughts?

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I know so many wonderful bloggers have done their version of beauty favourites already so apologies if you’ve been inundated. I think it’s a really great idea though and I haven’t done monthly faves this year, so I thought I would do a yearly round of my beauty favourites 2015!

First up is an easy one. I know the Urban Decay Gwen Palette came out late in the year, but it has become one of my most reached for eyeshadow palettes.

urban decay gwen stefani paletteurban decay irelandI am completely head over heels for it. There is neutrals galore, transitional shades, fun sparkly shades and even a couple of cray cray shades to keep things interesting. Gwen, I bow down to you and can’t wait to see the new releases you and Urban Decay have up your sleeves for 2016 ๐Ÿ™‚ Full swatches of the palette can be seen here and I even did a makeup look with it here if you fancy a nose.

Next up is the very coveted Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop.

becca champagne popNo joke I have used this pretty much everyday since I got it. When I first got my grubby little mitts on this in mid 2015 it was only available in America. Now the lovely people of Spacenk are stocking it here, so everyone can bask in the Champagne Glow. Another one of my 2015 finds was the brush I use to apply the Pop ๐Ÿ™‚

irish beauty blogThis awesome F28 brush from Blank Canvas Cosmetics. The lovely Ashling from Total Makeup Addict introduced me to this beauty and I will forever be in her debt for it. It’s the perfect cheek bone highlighting tool.

My favourite setting powder of 2015 would have to be the Chanel Vitalumiere Powder Foundation.

beauty favouritesI have pretty much used this exclusively for the past year.

chanel vitalumiere powder foundationI have a whole review if here. It’s a foundation so there is coverage with it, which I personally like. You can build it up or thin it out depending on application or what brush you use so it’s really versatile. Pricey but versatile ๐Ÿ™‚

My next beauty faves are a little more pocket friendly.

irishbeautyblogAgain I have a review of these here, but they are two of the All About palettes from Essence. Essence have a few different colour choices in these really handy eyeshadow palettes and they cost less than a fiver, bargain! Oh and they’re damn pigmented too!

2015 was definitely the year of budget friendly favourite for me. Another one is the Catrice Glamour Doll Waterproof mascara.

irish makeup and beauty blogirish makeup and beauty bloggerFor the latter half of the year this is the only mascara I was (and still am now) using. And what do you know, I have a full review of it here ๐Ÿ™‚

My favourite under eye concealer duo have been the Catrice Liquid Camouflage and the Flormar Perfect Coverage.

best of beauty beautynookflormar concealerCheap as chips and together for me are a dynamic duo. You can see them in action here.

My favourite blush of the year has to be the Max Factor Creme Blush in ‘Seductive Pink’.

max factor creme puffmax factor seductive pinkirishbeautyblogThis is just the easiest blush colour to wear. It goes with everything. I love the formula of these too. They blend so nicely. You can see it swatched here if you fancy a nose ๐Ÿ™‚

My lip liner find of 2015 probably has to be Whirl by Mac.

mac whirl lip pencilmakeup and beauty blogThis lip liner got a life of it’s own in 2015. It’s a great all round colour though that you can use on it’s own, under nudes and even under darker and brighter shades of lippie. It’s great for evening out the lip line too. I have it swatched here if you want a closer look.

The Only Lipsticks from Rimmel are another makeup find of 2015 that I am very happy with.

irish beauty blogirish beauty bloggerThey came at the end of the year I know, but I’ve been obsessed with them so I had to include them. These two lighter shades have been the ones I grab for most but I own six of them and I wear all the shades alot. I love the finish, the pigmentation and the price point. (yep, I have them all swatched here ๐Ÿ™‚

I have two facial skin care faves for 2015 that I wanted to add in aswell.

Serozinc from La Roche Posay.

la roche posay serozincI think I’ve gone through about 4 of these so far and I will repurchase! There’s a full review of it here, but I use Serozinc as a toner, to freshen up my makeup and as a finishing spray when I am finished my makeup. It’s a great all rounder.

My last fave is from the Oils Of Life range from The Body Shop.

the body shop oils of lifeirishbbloggerThis is their Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream. I use this as a night cream. I have oily skin, so heavy creams can sometimes clog my pores. This stuff feels so light on my skin and soaks in really quickly but still leaves behind nice soft hydrated skin. May I add it smells incredible too!

That’s my Beauty Favourites for 2015 done and dusted. Seriously, where did that year go?

Should I do below the neck beauty favourites too, as in more body orientated stuff ha. Let me know.

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I know Christmas is what we’re probably looking forward to the most, but New Years Eve is a big occasion too right? So. I have here a New Years Eve Makeup Look I would happily rock on the faithful night. I went for a subtle glittery eye with a matte pink lip. I think this combo would work for any night out not just New Years but it’s nice to have an excuse ๐Ÿ™‚

Base, brows and eyeshadow primer dunzo!

irish beauty blogThen onto the good stuff, I’m using the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette.

urban decay gwen stefani paletteIsn’t she a beauty?ย  I have a full review of it here if you want to see it up closer.

I grabbed the shade Stark to begin and added a wash of it to my crease just to makeup everything blend better on my lids.

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To deepen the crease colour more I took some Anaheim and blended that over top.

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To conceal any discolouration on the brow bone and lighten it, I applied some Skimp. It has a little bit of sheen to it but nothing too crazy.

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Punk is one of my favourite colours in the palette.

punk gwen stefani paletteI used a tapered brush to apply it on the outer v of my eyes, and blended it across my crease slightly.

irish bloggerirish blog beautynookTo just add a base for the pigment, I patted some Baby over the rest of my lid.

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And then some more blending happened ๐Ÿ™‚

irish blog beautynookI don’t think this step was really necessary, because the pigment is more of a shadow than a glitter, but I did it so I’ll add it in.

I applied a really small amount of Duraline onto my eyelids (I have a full blogpost on Duraline here).

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I pulled out Makeup Geek’s pigment in New Years Eve for a bit of festive sparkle and because it’s aptly named for a New Years Eve Makeup look ๐Ÿ™‚

makeup geekmakeup geek pigment new years evenew years eveI applied this with a flat brush over where I placed the Duraline.

irish beauty blogirish beauty bloggerI just deepened up Punk in the outer corner then.

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I used the colour Blackout, from the Gwen Stefani Palette to line my lash line because lashes have to happen…it’s New Years Eve Makeup. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I chose Ardell Demi 120 false lashes, I like that they flare out on the outer corners.

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To hide the false lash band a bit more, I applied a line of liquid liner across them.

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I concealed and then went onto the lower lash line. I added some of the Punk shade on the outer end of my eyes, the same as the top lid.

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And then some Baby on the inner part.

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Mascara time then.

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I wanted to darken things up a little more so I tight lined with some black liner.

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For some inner corner brightness, I used the shade Pop.

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I wanted to go with a somewhat strong pink lip. I lined my lips first with Nyx Lip Pencil in Pinky.

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I chose one of my favourite lip products the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in the colour Ole Flamingo.

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I did some loose curls in my hair for the occasion and then we’re done ๐Ÿ™‚

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Let me know what you think!

Have the best Christmas and of course New Year ever, and thank you so much for reading, I really really appreciate it.

xxx

 

Urban Decay have finally released their collaboration palette with Gwen Stefani. I couldn’t resist, I needed it in my life. The Urban Decay marketing team are geniuses ๐Ÿ™‚

I picked my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani in Debenhams. It will set you back โ‚ฌ46. They have it on the website with free shipping here, if you like what you see ๐Ÿ™‚

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The palette contains a mixture of neutral matte, satin and shimmery shades for the most part, with a couple of more intense colours for good measure. I think it’s a good mixture. As a Urban Decay fan I have alot of their palettes, so I’m used to them having some crazy colour combos within them. I think the Gwen palette gives good practical but still really pretty colour choices. You get 15 shades in total which is pretty decent for the price. They are soft and pigmented as you would expect from the brand. I love all the names she gave them too. If you’re a Gwen fan since her old school No Doubt days (like myself) you will get all the references she makes with them.

 

Now onto the good part, the eye shadows in action ๐Ÿ™‚

The top row:

We have ‘Blonde’, the lightest shade in the palette.

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‘Bathwater’ (one of my favourite No Doubt songs :).

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‘Skimp’.

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‘Steady’.

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‘Punk’.

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Then the second line of shadows:

‘Baby’.

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‘Anaheim’.

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‘Stark’.

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‘Zone’.

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‘Serious’.

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And finally the third line of shadow and where most of the crazier colours lie:

‘Pop’.

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‘Harajuku’.

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‘Danger’.

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‘1987’.

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And ‘Blackout’, a matte black is always a welcome addition to a palette for me.

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I struggled to part with the money for the Gwen palette so close to Christmas for myself I have to admit. The guilt has subsided now however and I’m so glad I did. She’s just so darn pretty. I love everything the colour choices, the packaging everything! And there’s also an added bonus with it. You get samples of the lipsticks Gwen will be releasing with Urban Decay too. Score!

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The packaging of the lippies looks amazing in the picture may I add ๐Ÿ™‚

 

So we have ‘Rocksteady’.

beauty blog irelandA pinky red lipstick with a cream formula.

 

It wouldn’t be Gwen without a matte red. So this is a mega-matte (according to Urban Decay) and it’s called ‘714’.

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‘Ex-Girlfriend’ is a sheer neutral brown shade.

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Then, finally we have ‘Firebird’ an awesome bright purple hot pink shade with a cream finish.

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I think it’s safe to say the Gwen palette for Urban Decay is a hit with me ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you picked it up? Or is it on your Christmas wish list?

Let me know.

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