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Milani was one of those American brands that was always out of reach for us Irish makeup addicts. Not any more. It’s getting easier and easier for us to get our greedy mitts on what makeup we want from all over the world. This is both a good and a bad thing, depending on how you look at it πŸ™‚

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The Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is spoken about so fondly in the beauty world. Everyone who owns it seems to love it. Hence why I needed it in my life.

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It comes in gold plastic packaging with the 3.5 grams of product on the top and then a mirror and little brush underneath.

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The brush is ok. I probably won’t get much use out of it. It isn’t the worst though.

The blush itself is really nice. It is soft to the touch and applies lovely and smoothly to the skin. It’s a peach blush swirled and baked within a more iridescent golden peach colour.

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The finish reminds me of Nars Orgasm blush if Orgasm was more peach and less pink. I can see why it is so popular. It is just a really universal shade that would work for most skin colours. It gives a really pretty peachy sheen to the skin.

As it is pigmented, I use a less dense blush brush to apply it to the apples of my cheeks. Too much of this product on my pale would make me look a bit clown like.

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It lifts my complexion and makes my skin look a bit more alive. I do love a bit of blush πŸ˜‰

You can see here one cheek has the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso applied and one doesn’t.

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Overall I am so glad to have this in my makeup stash. It’s one of those colours that goes with any type of makeup look. I have been picking it up non stop since I bought it.

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You can get the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso and other colours online from Beauty Bay here. They are priced at €9.80.

Do you have it?

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The Too Faced Born This Way Concealer was majorly hyped when it first came out!

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I am way late to the party that’s for sure, but I did get there in the end πŸ™‚

The Too Faced Born This Way Concealer is meant to be a ‘naturally radiant concealer’.

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It’s said to ‘vanish the appearance of dark circles, blur the look of lines and wrinkles for complete coverage’. It contains coconut water and hyaluronic acid.

You get 7 grams of product in the very nicely packaged tube and it has a standard doe foot applicator.

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For me, the consistency of the Too Faced Born This Way concealer is really nice and light. It blends evenly and smoothly onto the skin. I have the shade ‘very fair’, which has a more pink undertone. This is the shade I was matched up to by the lovely Elaine in Debenhams. I think it’s a good match for me.

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Because the consistency is so light, I prefer to blend it in with a brush. I find a damp sponge soaks up too much of the product and you end up using way more. Here is one layer applied to one of my eyes so you can see the difference it makes.

Before:

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After:

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You can see my where I have applied the concealer is definitely a tad more bright, but the darkness is still visible. I do really like the finish and how easy it is to blend though. However, I have to add a couple of layers to see a difference:

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On me, I haven’t noticed any creasing or flaking throughout the day once I set it with powder. It doesn’t settle in lines and it does glide over fine ones making them look less visible.

If you don’t suffer with major darkness under your eyes, this would be a great concealer for you. It does a great job at brightening and highlighting. My dark circles are not something I am majorly concerned about. I do have some discoloration though and find I usually have to layer up this product to counteract it. Most of the time I use a colour corrector and then the concealer. I don’t mind using two products, but if you like less steps in your makeup routine, obviously this wouldn’t be ideal.

The Too Faced Born This Way Concealer is available in store and online from Debenhams here. It costs €24.

 

 

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The Bourjois Palette Le Smoky and Les Nudes are the newest eyeshadow palette from French brand Bourjois.

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Both of the palettes come in cool plastic packaging with a magnetic lid.

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It is similar to the packaging on their Dèlice de Soleil Bronzer.

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The lid contains a really good sized mirror which you can twist around 360 degrees.

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They also come with a dual sponged tipped applicator. This doesn’t really float my boat if I’m honest though.

As you can of course tell from the names, one of the palettes is meant to be more suited to smoky eye looks. The other more suited to more neutral eye looks. Smoky I can get on board with, the Nudes, not so much. But, let me show you both in action πŸ™‚

First up we have the Bourjois Palette Le Smoky:

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It contains eight shades ranging from an ice white, silver, grey, blue, purple to black.

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Then, we have the Bourjois Palette Les Nudes.

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Again there are eight shades in this palette, ranging from white, silver, purple, gold and brown. To me, this palette isn’t really representative of nude/neutral eyeshadow shades at all. The last four shades, maybe, but the first four shades are icy cool toned colours that I don’t really associate with the term nude (in eyeshadow talk anyways πŸ™‚ ).

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Both of these palettes are full of shimmer and glitter. If you don’t like shimmer, you wont like them whatsoever! They both have one matte shade that is the darkest colour in both of the palettes. After giving both of them a whirl, I will say the shadows are ok. They feel soft to the touch and they definitely apply more opaque with your fingers. But, you can get pay off (not as much though) with a brush. I used a mixture of both of them here:

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They aren’t the easiest to work with and there is fallout and it’s sparkly, so be prepared to have to clean that up. Also, the colour arrangements are a bit odd, I think. And there is a lack of transition colours, so you will probably have to incorporate some other shadows in if you creating more of a look with them. They do last well on the eyelids, well at least they did on mine with a primer underneath.

The Bourjois Palette Le Smoky and Les Nudes are available in Boots stores or online here now. They retail for €15.99 a piece. But, Bourjois have a 2 for €15 deal on at the minute. So if you like what you see you better work fast πŸ™‚ I think that price point is much more suited to them personally.

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The Wet n Wild Dual Ended Contour Stick is new to our shores.

Wet n Wild Dual Ended Contour StickWet n Wild Dual Ended Contour StickWhen new cream contour products come onto the ‘drugstore’ market, I am always intrigued. Not many of the brands do it right. I was given this along with some of the other new Wet n Wild beauty goodies at an awesome event they held at Tropical Popical a couple of weeks back! I thought rather than just playing around with it and giving a review, I would make a first impressions video about it and let you see my honest reaction to the product.

Wet n Wild say: ‘Contouring made easy and portable! This amazing highlighting and contouring stick is dual-ended for precise application to easily enhance your features. The contouring shade helps define and chisel while the highlighter illuminates your best features.’

I have the Wet n Wild Dual Ended Contour Stick in the Light/Medium skin shade. The colour match is really good for me (which of course you’ll see in the video πŸ™‚ ).

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It’s a twistable pen with a cream contour colour on one end.irish beauty blog

And a cream matte highlighting shade on the other end for brightening the skin.irish beauty blog

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As always you can click on the video above to watch it within the post or you can click here and watch it directly from my YouTube channel if you fancy.

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I was worried when I went to edit that my waffling was a bit too much, that can happen sometimes. But, hopefully it gives a real and authentic sense of what I thought of the product and how it fared on me personally. πŸ™‚

The Wet n Wild Dual Ended Contour Stick is available in Penneys, Dunnes Stores and all other good Wet n Wild Stockists now. The recommended retail price is €5.95.

Have you tried it? I’d love to know how it worked for you.

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I am a big fan of the Soap & Glory Archery Brow Filling Pencil & Brush. I’ve bought a few over the years. I ran out of my current one and went into Boots to stock up. For some reason I’ve never done a post on it, but you can see it on the Boots website here if you’re interested πŸ™‚ Instead of going with my old reliable I picked up it’s chunkier friend, the Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow, which is a sculpting crayon and setting gel.

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I think Boots only stock two shades of this, in Ireland anyways, which is not ideal! You can get it in Blonde Ambition and the darker one which I have here Brown & Out.

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The pencil itself is flat with an angled edge, it nearly has a triangle shape to in when you look at it head on.

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It’s a hard waxy pencil, which I personally like in an eyebrow pencil,as you have more control over the product and are less likely to over do it. It’s a pigmented pencil and applies easily onto the skin. On first glance, the colour looks like a good neutral shade, however it does apply a little warm. I’m fine with that personally as my brows (and hair) have a got a bit of red warmth.

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The pencil is quite thick though and as you use it, it does wear down and mine has crumbled a couple of times, although I feel like this happens with most retractable pencils, so I don’t really hold that against the product. You just have to be careful about the amount you twist up when you’re using it.

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My brow with no product

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Because the pencil is on the thicker side, it is hard to get a defined line with it. If you are someone who is not too blessed in the eyebrow hair department, I don’t think the Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow would necessarily be for you. I am kind of in between, I do have brows but they don’t grow naturally on point, so I can get away with using it somewhat, I do have to be careful though! I generally add a bit of brow powder over any pencil I might use, just to help the setting process and fill in any gaps I might miss. I have used the pencil and setting gel on their own a few times though and they lasted quite well!

 

You sacrifice the spooley end like on the Brow Filling Pencil & Brush, for a setting gel.

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It is a clear setting gel and does a really great job at getting your brows into formation (bit of a nod to Beyonce there πŸ™‚ ), without making them hard or crispy…nobody likes a crispy eyebrow!

 

Overall, I like the Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 Brow. I have to admit though I like the Brow Filling Pencil & Brush more. You just have more control with it! If you have fabulous bushy brows and just want to fill in the gaps and clean them up a bit, the 2 in 1 brow works really well. I, personally just need a bit more definition in my life πŸ™‚

The Soap & Glory Archert 2 in 1 Brow is available from Boots in store and online here and it will set you back €13.50.

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The well known Maybelline Dream Satin Foundations have been reformulated this year. I picked up both the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid and the Velvet to give a whirl.

 

The texture of the Velvet just doesn’t float my boat which is kind of ironic because this one is made more for my skin type as it has more of a matte finish. I feel it sits on the skin and leaves behind a tacky residue which I am not a fan of.

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The Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid however, does float my boat πŸ™‚

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As the name would suggest, this is the liquid version.

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It has a pretty thin consistency , but it doesn’t run if you put it on the back of your hand or a brush…if that makes sense?. I’ve used kabuki brushes, duo fibre brushes and sponges to apply it and for me it applies well with all of them. It doesn’t seem to discriminate πŸ™‚

It feels light on the skin but it has a medium build-able coverage.

Here’s my skin before application.

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And then here it is with maybe one and half pumps of the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid foundation applied with a kabuki brush.

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The L’Oreal Dream Satin Liquid Foundation smells quite nice too, which is always a plus πŸ™‚ I think calling it satin liquid is a good description for the finish it gives on the skin when blended in. It’s not matte, but yet it’s not shiny or dewy. For me, that’s the perfect finish.

On my oily skin (with powder) it lasts pretty well on me. My skin depends on powder, but I will say I don’t find myself reaching for the compact to get rid of the shiny nose too often throughout the day. By probably the 4th or 5th hour I will have to powder down, but I am excessively oily so I can live with that.

I haven’t experienced it oxidise on my skin at all since wearing it personally and the Ivory shade is a good colour match for my Mac NC20 skin.

Overall, I really like the reformulated Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid. I remember using the old one years back too and liking that also.

You can pick it up in store from Boots or from their website here. It will set you back €11.99 for a 30ml bottle. Not the cheapest out there I know.

Let me know what you think. Have you tried it?

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