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The Blank Canvas Master Series Palette One was not on my radar really, I must admit. I just never really felt the need to buy it.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I have lots of Blank Canvas brushes in my collection so it’s nothing about the brand, the need just never really hit me. I have seen so many people talking about how lovely it is since it’s release though and when I saw they were having a sale, I bit the bullet and took one for the blog 🙂

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So, just to change things up format style, I thought I would give you my first impressions on the Blank Canvas Master Series Palette One. You still get to see swatches in this post, but I also have an accompanying video showing you the palette in action here.

It comes with 12 eyeshadow shades. One shimmer and the rest are matte. I would describe the shadows  overall as a warm. You also get a really nice dual ended brush with it. It has the E40, a flat brush and the E41 a soft domed blending brush. Both are really soft and are the only brushes I use in the video (other than an eyeliner brush).

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You can of course see how they apply on the eyelids in the video, but I did do swatches as well so you can see them up close:

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I have a few stills of them in action on the lids aswell:

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I am overall super impressed with the Blank Canvas Master Series Palette One. The shades are soft blendable and easy to work with. I got it on sale unfortunately, but Blank Canvas have discount codes up all the time if you like what you see. You can get it directly from their website here for €34.99. May I add their shipping is really good too. My order came within two days which is very impressive!

What do you think? Do you already own it?

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The Zoeva Plaisir Box is one of the fanciest makeup products I have ever owned!

Zoeva Plaisir Box

Well it’s actually three products in a very swish box, but you know what I mean 🙂

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I spotted Anna from TheAnnaEdit chatting on her blog about it before Christmas and shared her post on the Beautynook Facebook page, just because it looked so pretty. So many of you lovely people told me just how much you loved the Zoeva eye shadows. That alone sold me so thank you! I have lots of Zoeva brushes in my possession, this is my first step into their makeup products. But, after this experience I would 100 percent buy more!

The Zoeva Plaisir Box comes impeccably packaged. It is in the same vein as a swanky box of chocolates. The box is sleeved as well as the individual palettes. Honestly, I know I sound a tad over the top, but it’s a joy to unbox.

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The three palettes (which are available to buy separately) are all named very chocolate appropriately. There’s ‘Caramel Melange, ‘Blanc Fusion’ and ‘Cocoa Blend’.

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The eye shadows themselves in my opinion are a joy to work with. They are soft, rich in pigment and I, as of yet have experienced minimal fall out when using them. There is a mixture of shimmers (almost foil like), mattes and a couple of satin finishes. You have warm and more cool toned colours within the mix too. The shades on a whole lean more towards the neutral side, but there is a couple of fun ones thrown in for good measure as well. I, myself wouldn’t use all of the shades on a general basis, but the majority as shades I would gravitate towards for everyday makeup and for the evening too. There is ten shadows in each palette, each pan is 1.5 grams.

Here are they are in action:

‘Caramel Melange’ is the warmest of the three.

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Wax Paper, Universal Delight, Aftertaste, 182º, Liquid Center

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Alchemy, Start Soft, Finish Sensual, Almost Burnt, Edible Gem

Next up is ‘Blanc Fusion’.

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Noble, Single Origin, Visions Of Gold, Late Bloomer, Sweetness Lingers

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Travel Inspired, Joy In A Box,Conched, Question Of Taste, Last Bite

The third is ‘Cocoa Blend’.

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Bitter Start, Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend, Beans Are White

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Pure Ganache, Substitute For Love, Freshly Toasted, Infusion, Delicate Acidity

The palettes are available on their own for €22.50 each. The Zoeva Plaisir Box costs €62 from the Zoeva website here.

What do you think?

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There have been so many new makeup releases over the last few weeks. It is so hard to keep up, even for me 🙂 The Inglot What A Spice Collection was one that really caught my eye though.

I’m lucky enough to live not too far away from their South Anne Street Branch, so I toddled in this past Sunday to have a look up close. The Inglot What A Spice Collection consists of ten lipsticks:

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Five complimenting lip liners:

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The main event for me in the collection though is the Freedom eyeshadows:

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There are ten eyeshadow shades in total. All matte. Inglot know how to make an eyeshadow, I think we can all agree on that. I am a big fan of their formula. The shades in the What A Spice Collection are literally Autumn in eyeshadow form 🙂

I ended up picking up four shadows from the collection.

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Well I would have picked up more but that’s all my budget would allow me, and my conscience, I’ve been a bit spendy lately 🙂

I tried to go for the shades that looked a bit different to what I have already.

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The first one is 305 which to me, is a warm chocolate brown shade.

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My second choice was 304. This is a more cooler toned dark brown shade.

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Number three is 299. This is a matte red toned brown.

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Then, my last purchase was number 303. This is a warm toned mid brown with a pink base. I have nothing like this shade in my collection so I’m particularly excited to play around with this colour 🙂

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Here’s all four of them side by side so you can see the differences.

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304, 299, 305, 303

You can purchase the entire Inglot What A Spice Collection in store or online from their website here now. The lipsticks are €15 as are the lipliners. The eyeshadows are €6 each. I know there is nail polishs and lip tints as part of the collection elsewhere, but we don’t seem to have them here in Ireland, so I didn’t include them.

Anything from the collection take your fancy?

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I already did a post on the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette this week here if you want to see it up close and swatched.

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I thought I would do a post showing it in action too, just to give you an idea of how it applies. And, of course I was itching to use it on my eyeballs 🙂

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I did it in video form just because I think it’s the best way to do it really. As I always say, I am not a makeup artist, nor is my makeup application perfect. I definitely could have blended more. But, I hope me showing it in action gives you some indication of how good the shadows are in the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette. I am really impressed with them. I will say the warmer tones don’t apply as warm as they look in the pan. But, that doesn’t really bother me too much.

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I didn’t plan what I was going to do. I just kind of went with the shadows in the palette that I gravitated too. I used the dark brown Colourpop Gel Liner in ‘Brew ha ha’. You can get this from their website here. I will say it did crumble off my lash line after a few hours of wear, not ideal!

I also used the SoSu by Suzanne Jackson Lashes in the style ‘Katie’, which I really love. I picked them up from Cloud10beauty for €5.95 here. I will definitely pick up more of her falsies!

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You can of course watch the video as always by clicking on the video above, or you can click here to go and watch it directly on my Youtube channel. And sure you could always subscribe while you were there if you fancied 🙂

Did you pick up the Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics Palette? What’s your favourite shade? Let me know and thanks for clicking, reading and watching. I really really appreciate it.

Gemma

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I didn’t need it but, I got it anyway. Here is the new Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics eyeshadow palette 🙂

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This beauty has been on every beauty lovers lust list since it was sneak peaked by Urban Decay earlier in the year.

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The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics eyeshadow palette. It is a bit of a tongue twister of a name, right? I understand the concept of keeping it in the ‘Naked’ family though, it has done pretty well for them. And, there is an abundance of basic shades to be seen so that makes sense too.

The palette itself is super pretty. It has a champagne gold colour plastic case with an embossed logo on the front.

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Inside you get a really decent mirror.

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And, a little dual ended ‘Blending and Smudger’ brush.

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Inside the case sits 12 eyeshadows. Here they with and without the flash.

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With

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I have to be honest, before buying the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette, I thought all 12 were matte. The slogan is ‘All Matte. All Naked’ However, there is one satin highlight shade within the palette.

Here are all 12 shades up close and swatched:

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One the top, from left to right, we have: Blow (the demi-matte shade), Nudie, Commando, Tempted, Instinct, Lethal.

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Then on the bottom row, from left to right, we have: Pre-Game, Extra Bitter, Faith, Lockout, Magnet, Blackjack.

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These are all new neutral shades to the Urban Decay Naked family. I have yet to try them on my eyeballs, I will hopefully do that in video form soon. But, on first swatch these shadows are super soft and buttery. There is a few warmer shades in there too which is always appreciated. I know alot of makeup lovers prefer one or the other, but I love that there is a mixture of cool and warm tones within, It gives you the option.

First impressions for me are really good. I am excited to get stuck in and try all the shades properly. If you want to get your hands on the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette. You can buy in store or online here from Debenhams. It will set you back €47.

What are your first impressions? Let me know 🙂

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I am in disbelief that it is in fact August. But, the calendar on my phone has told me it is, and I must obey the mighty iPhone. This means that it’s time to look back over the last month and pick out some of the things I have been using and loving throughout it. Here are my July Favourites for 2016 🙂

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They are all beauty related for July, there’s no curve balls 🙂

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Initially I had the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation included too (which I have a full review of here). Something happened with the footage though and I lost it, so apologies for that! But I have been loving it. It gives you high spf, light but build-able coverage and feels really nice on the skin. What’s not to like about that 🙂

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The July Favourites that actually made it into the video include:

The Nyx Vivid Brights liquid liner in ‘Vivid Envy’. I did a look with this bad boy here if you fancy seeing it in action.

Colourpop Supershock eyeshadows in both ‘LaLa and ‘Game Face’. I have a Colourpop haul post with these in it here. Bloody love these!

The Scandal Queen Fairydrops mascara. This is new to me, but I had to add it in because I have been loving it! You can pick it up from Cult Beauty here and I will do a full review on it very soon 🙂

And then finally I talk about the Klorane products I have been using and loving. They are a plant based hair care brand. They have been around for years and I had never tried anything from them until now!

If you want to watch the video directly from Youtube just click here, or you can just click on it above.

There you have it, my July Favourites for 2016. What have you been loving lately? Let me know.

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