Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation

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Hello Readers,

I recently needed a new foundation for day-to-day wear, I fancied a change from the usual and I’d heard good things about Rimmel. My weekend foundation is Armani Luminous Silk and I always found MaxFactor Face Finity 3 in 1 to be an affordable day-to-day dupe but I’ve gotten sick of it, it feels quite thick on the skin so I really wanted a breathable foundation.

So many people I know swear by Rimmel so I specifically went to have a look at their range and found the Lasting Finish 25hr Breathable Foundation was not only a creamy formula and Shade 200 was a lovely match for my skin but also that it was great value for money, the bottle is so big and I think the RRP is around €11 (I got it on special for €8.50)

The first thing I loved about this foundation was the little sponge applicator, it means you use much less product as you can dot it straight on your face – it’s also super blendable so a little really does go a long way! 

I wasn’t actually expecting to love this as much as I do, I honestly bought it with the intention of trying it out, something that looked good but was affordable enough to wear every day to work – I definitely didn’t expect to love it so much that I’d be wearing it on the weekend too! 

If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know I have various skin issues (dryness, rosacea, oiliness) so I’ve been making a real effort to put time into my skincare routine but I can honestly say that this foundation blends easier and more flawlessly than any other I’ve tried, it says that it’s medium coverage but I actually find it’s more full yet incredibly light – I frequently forget I’m wearing foundation! 

I use Makeup Revolution Ultra Strobe Cream and Aqua Priming Spray as well as my usual moisturiser and sometimes a few drops of CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops under my foundation just to get the most out of it – I’m wearing all of these in the above unfiltered picture. 

I really can’t get over how high quality this foundation is for such a reasonable price, I’ve definitely become a little obsessed, I wear it all the time! If you don’t suffer with oily, dry or combination skin I know they also do a Full Coverage version of this foundation, only difference is that it’s not ‘breathable

If you’re looking for a new foundation, affordable or fancy give this a go and let me know how you get on. 

Lauren,

             Xo 

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Morphe 3502 Palette

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Hello Readers,

Another palette review for you today! This beauty was a present from my boyfriend this Christmas and I absolutely love it! I’d seen a few bloggers on Instagram showing looks using this palette and once I’d seen the colours I knew I had to have it, it’s full of all my favourite shades; browns, burgundys and golds which are all perfect for blue eyes. 

I’d never used Morphe products before but I’d seen very positive reviews so I was sure it would be good quality and it really is, the pigments are amazing – really deep and rich so the smallest amount of shadow gives great coverage and of course it’s super bendable and buildable to help you achieve any smoky eye you could want. 

I’ve played with this palette a good bit since getting it and although I tend to go for similar shades a lot, there are actually such close shades in this palette you can experiment a little without dramatically changing your usual look! I like to stick with what I know so this is great for me, although the only problem with this palette is I want to use so many colours every time since they all work so well together! 

Although it looks like quite a large palette, and it does have so many shades, it’s actually a very travel-friendly size. It’s thin and light so it would fit comfortably into a medium sized handbag, if you were heading from work to bar or wanted to bring a look from day to night. There are a good mixture of shimmers and mattes so you can have a subtle smoky eye if you wanted and bring it easily to nighttime in a second with the gorgeous glittery shades. 

I always recommend palettes like this, with these shades, for people with blue eyes because they’re just so flattering but honestly any eye colour could use this palette as there are just so many tones and shades, it would actually look really well with green eyes too! This is one of those palettes that could easily be the only one you’d ever need (if us makeup lovers weren’t so greedy!) I can definitely see myself bringing this away on holidays or for the weekend, you wouldn’t need anything else – it’ll see you through from day to night. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Morphe Palettes and more than likely will be adding to my collection!

Do you have any Morphe Palettes? Do you love them as much as I do? 

Lauren,

             Xo 

Kylie Cosmetics ‘the Festive Edition’

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Hello Readers,

Today I wanted to do a quick review of the Kylie Cosmetics Festive Edition set I was lucky enough to get from my amazing boyfriend for Christmas! I’ve always looked at the different palettes and lip kits and wanted to try them but never treated myself – I did get a gorgeous miniature kit from my best friend last year which I reviewed here if you want to scroll back and read it! 

This amazing holiday set comes with the ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ eyeshadow palettes as well as the ‘Sugar’ and ‘Spice’ lip collections and a festive red lip kit! So many beautiful colours to try!

As I’d found before, I still find the Matte Liquid Lipsticks very drying, you really need to moisturize your lips before and after application to stop it flaking and peeling halfway through the night but the colour payoff is well worth the extra effort. The Velvet Liquid Lipsticks on the other hand are super soft and I never have any flaking with them, they stay soft and creamy for hours! The glosses are even silkier and very refreshing, they can even be used over some of the more drying Matte shades to give some shine and moisture. 

I was really excited to try the eyeshadow, or should I say Kyshadow palettes, I’d seen some amazing reviews and Insta tutorials, but I’d also heard some negatives on the pigment. I’ve used these palettes a few times now and honestly have zero complaints; I found the pigment fantastic, really strong but very buildable so the paler shades can be intensified as much as required! 

The shades in both palettes are stunning, a lovely mixture of mattes and shimmers that are so blendable you’ll always get the perfect smoky eye. The ‘Nice’ palette is a little more daytime appropriate, with lots of pale, neutral shades to keep it very wearable. The ‘Naughty’ palette is more dramatic, with darker shades.

I’ve played around so much with all of these products that there are too many pictures to post so I’ll just stick with some of my favourites, to give you all an idea of how they look, as always done by a girl who just loves makeup. I know I get frustrated seeing perfectly applied, and often filtered, makeup by MUAs who, presumably, are paid to promote most of the products they review! 


Have you tried any of these palettes or lipsticks? How do you find them? 

Lauren

             Xo 


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

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Hello Readers,

I’ve been missing again for too long, life has been busy and hectic but I wanted to get back to blogging consistently this year and my wonderful family have made that much easier with all the amazing makeup they bought me for Christmas! 

First up, the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette, I’ve wanted this palette since I first laid eyes on it and my Mam was lovely enough to get it for me. It’s so beautiful! 

The shades in this palette are so rich that at first I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to use most; just look at Amethyst, it’s such a bright purple! Luckily though, the pigments are amazing and the shadows are super blendable so you can buff away until you get the exact depth you want and they’re also ALL perfect for blue eyes. 

There’s a great mix of shimmers/glitters and matte shades in this palette so you can do your whole smoky eye with ease – no need for any other palettes, which is always good news! It’s a lovely size palette as well, very easy to carry in your handbag if you need to, although I found these shades to be really tough so they’ll stick around all night. 

Having done a little research and found a lot of tutorials, there’s actually so many different looks you can create with this palette and they’re not all night-time, there’s actually some lovely pale smoky eyes you can wear during the day without looking overdone. 

I always use Inglot’s Duraline when applying any glitters or shimmer shades just to make them really pop and also give them some sticking power but these honestly have so much pigment you could use them without any base, they would just look a few shades paler than in the palette. 

This is the first, and only, Huda Beauty palette I own but I’m already very keen to add to the collection – have you seen the Obsession palettes? Absolutely stunning! I’m so impressed with the pigmentation of these eyeshadows, much better than the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette I’d tried, and that’s saying something. I know they’re a little on the expensive side, but this palette in particular is so worth it, it’s a real investment and I want to use it every time I do my eyes! 

Lauren,

            Xo 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Tutorial

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Hello Readers,

The Naked 3 Palette is one of my favourites from the Urban Decay range and it always seems to be my go-to for a subtle smoky eye. 

My last tutorial using the Naked Heat Palette was really well-received so I wanted to share another quick and easy look with you today, I know how handy it is to have a no-fuss, fast look to pull out of the bag for a night out!

  1. Blend ‘Limit’ into the crease and add ‘Nooner’ on top to create some depth.
  2. Apply ‘Liar’ to the inner and outer corners of the eye, leaving the centre of the lid bare to create your spotlight.
  3. Blend ‘Mugshot’ into the Outer V and bring below the lower lashline.
  4. I used ‘Buzz’ as my spotlight shade in the centre of the lid, but any of the paler shades would work just as well.
  5. I finished by dabbing ‘Spectre’ from the Moondust Palette on the centre lid.

The first picture is with flash, the second is without and topped with liner it’s a subtle but nighttime appropriate look that’s quick and easy to recreate any time you want something with a little less drama! 

Let me know your favourite looks from the Naked 3 Palette 👍

Lauren,

             Xo 

Urban Decay Naked Heat Tutorial 

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Hello Readers,

I’ve been M.I.A again lately but if you’ve been following me on Instagram (@lilmalteaser) you’ll be up to date with all my goings on! 

So, since my last blog post about the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette I’ve been obsessed and I’m still using it every weekend! I just love all the warm, earthy colours with blue eyes. That inspired me to write a quick post about one of my favourite looks to create using this palette, but there are, of course, so many different amazing looks you can create. 

This look was inspired by a Pin I’d seen and I just applied the same concept to the Heat Palette using similar colours. It was really easy to create and only requires 5 different shades!

1. Using a buffer brush, blend ‘Cayenne’ into the crease.

2. Using the same brush, blend ‘He Devil’ into the crease, slightly below ‘Cayenne’

3. Apply some cream concealer or eyeshadow primer onto the lid to create a sharp line below the crease. This also helps the colour on the lid to pop!

4. Taking a thin and finely-pointed brush, apply ‘En Fuego’  narrowly along the crease and down onto the inner and outer corners of the lid, leaving the centre lid clear.

5. To darken up the look, I applied ‘Ashes’ on the Outer V, blending to create a seamless transition of colour and under the eye using a sharp, angled brush.

6. Finally, I used ‘Scorched’ on the centre of the lid to create a glittery spotlight. You can use any of the glittery shades in the palette for this but ‘Scorched’ is my favourite! 

To finish up the look I used Seventeen ‘Tattoo Me’ Liquid Liner and added Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in ‘Pink Lights’ to the inner corner of the eye to make it pop.

Have you found any great tutorials for the Naked Heat Palette? Have you created any looks yourself? Share them in the comments 👍💋 

Lauren,

            Xo 

Urban Decay Naked Heat 

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Hello Readers, 

This weekend I finally got my hands on the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette and I haven’t been able to stop using it. It feels like the longest wait ever since it was announced at the end of May but didn’t hit Irish stores until August! I’ve been obsessing over it for months so I knew the review couldn’t wait.

I love the Naked palette range and I’m proud to add the fifth release to my collection, one of the things that sets this palette apart from the rest is the fact that these shades are so flattering on blue eyes, the burnt orange and deep purples are warm earth shades which really make blue eyes pop! 

As usual, Urban Decay made sure every shade could be mixed and matched and blended to perfection to create the most flattering smoky eye, you can use any combination and know they’ll have a beautiful finish. There’s also a great ratio of shimmers and mattes to help create your desired smoke.

The pigment of Urban Decay eyeshadows is one of the pros that sets it apart from other affordable brands, at €47.50 for each palette they are on the slightly higher end of the price range but still affordable and most importantly, they’re worth every penny. Each Naked palette has 12 shades, a mix of shimmers and mattes as well as highlighter shades to enable even the make up beginner to create a flawless smoky eye from start to finish.

In the below picture, I’ve swatched the last 8 shades in the palette, some of the more pigmented and blendable shades, highlight shades generally remain similar in these palettes – they go from white, creamy shades to tans and browns so that whatever your skin tone, and however deep a colour finish you want you’ll be able to achieve it. 

Unfortunately, pictures just don’t do these colours justice and the real-life payoff is breathtaking and so highly pigmented. I think this is my favourite Naked palette, the Naked 3 a close second, and I’ve only had it a couple of days. The shades are also very flattering on hazel-green eyes as tried out on my sister and they really made the colour stand out. 

I’m no trained makeup artist so these images aren’t preened and polished to perfection but I will be honest and say that the finish in real life is beautiful no matter how unskilled you are, the detail was very difficult to capture but you can see how pigmented they are from the colour payoff. I haven’t seen many tutorials/pictures that do justice to the shimmer of these shades so do be aware of that and know it will look so much better in person! 

I’m obsessed with this palette and I’m delighted to say that it was worth the wait and it’ll be an absolute staple in my make up bag from now on! 

Lauren,

             Xo 

Argan Oil Haircare Range 

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Hello Readers,

My hair has always been difficult to say the least, it’s fine but very curly so can be hard to manage. I’ve straightened my hair for as long as I can remember but I’ve always taken care not to damage it by using heat protect sprays etc. I’m also very prone to frizz so overall, not ideal! 

I was delighted to find this range of Argan Oil hair care products in Dealz, and even more delighted when I found that they worked so well! My first purchase was the Heat Defence Leave-In Spray which I’ve been using religiously for the last couple of years, I always use it after washing my hair, it has the added benefit of detangling my curls but I always make sure I spray it in before blowdrying and straightening my hair. It’s actually worked better at keeping my hair in perfect condition than the other, more expensive products I’ve tried. 

Having used this successfully for so long when I noticed the range had Shampoo and Conditioners I snapped them up, as with everything in Dealz they’re all €1.50 a piece so you can get all 3 for less than €5! I love finding bargains that really work, I have such a mix of pricey designer products and high-street bargains in my beauty collection and quality is so much more important than the price-tag so I’ll always recommend products that work regardless of the cost. 

I had tried the hair mask from this range a few months back and I was so disappointed, it left my hair really oily and lank so I was a tad nervous about trying these but I figured the spray worked so well that they should probably be ok. I have naturally oily hair so it was probably just a bit too much oil for my hair. The bottles of the shampoo and conditioner are huge, seriously such a steal for €1.50! 

They have a gorgeously sweet smell and left my hair feeling so silky and moisturised, they also gave me quite a lot of volume which was unexpected but brilliant. My hair was really easy to work with, as always I finished off with the spray before blowdrying and it hasn’t tangled at all (even overnight) plus it’s still smelling absolutely divine. 

I feel like these might be a little too rich for regular use so I’ll maybe use them once a week just for the moisturizing and volume, aside from that Mane ‘N’ Tail will continue to be my regular products but at €3 for the set, you really can’t go wrong with this range! 

Lauren,

            Xo 

Silicone Sponge Review

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Hello Readers,

It seems like there’s a new beauty trend every couple of months lately and for the most part I don’t usually buy into them. So the newest fad is these silicone sponges, now I wasn’t a huge fan of the beauty blender/sponge phase so I really wasn’t sure about these and I wasn’t willing to spend a fortune but when I seen a 2 pack of silicone sponges in Penneys from the P.S. range for only €2 I had to pick them up! 

I’ll admit that I had to look up a few tutorials first, beauty blenders were all about dabbing the foundation on but these silicone sponges give the best results when brushed across the skin, as if you were using a brush actually! 

My first time using these I pumped a blob of foundation onto the back of my hand, as I usually do when using brushes, and dipped the sponge in before applying but I was left with way too much product – I hate wasting foundation, I know you’ll all agree. The next time I used these I decided to follow the tutorials and pumped a small blob onto the sponge and applied directly to my face, sweeping it across the skin until I needed more. A few small blobs of foundation will cover your whole face – it’s amazing how big a difference it makes when the sponge doesn’t absorb product! 

If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know that I have really dry and sensitive skin so my recent skincare routine has really helped me achieve the flawless makeup application that has been so hard for me in the past. You can read all about my skincare in my previous post L’Oréal Fine Flowers. 

I’ve seen lots of fancy silicone sponges around in all different shapes and sizes and I’m sure you could argue they do a better job but honestly these sponges are absolutely perfect, easy to use and a total bargain so I can’t say I’ll be tempted to buy any others. I’d recommend these for everyone but especially for those who just want to give silicone sponges a try without spending a fortune! 

Lauren,

             Xo 

L’oréal Fine Flowers Skincare Range 

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Hello Readers,

I bought some of the products from the L’Oréal Fine Flowers range after hearing from a friend that they were brilliant for sensitive skin, I don’t know about you but I feel much more confident about trying a new product when somebody I actually know recommends it! I always look for ‘real’ blogger reviews too, a lot of the bigger bloggers are given so much free stuff it’s hard to know whether they genuinely love the product or not. Those of you who have sensitive skin will know how risky it is trying new products so I’m going to be super honest about these. 

I picked up the cleansing wipes (€4.99), gel-cream wash (€4.99) and toner (€7.99) but there are lots of other creams and washes in the range. They’re specifically designed for Dry & Sensitive Skin so by all accounts should help with those issues and although I’ve only been using them a week I definitely see a huge improvement already, which I’m hoping will continue the longer I use them. 

L’Oréal is an affordable range and their products are always good quality so I had no problem spending the money on them but luckily these are all half-price right now in Boots, I don’t know how long this sale lasts but I picked these up last Sunday and the offer is still valid at the time of writing this a week later so if you’re interested go now and get yourself a bargain. 

I’m usually not great at using anything other than moisturiser and the odd facial wash/cleanse but this range is meant for daily use, which I thought would be a struggle, but your skin is well worth investing a few extra minutes on and I’ve made sure to use them each night before bed, fingers crossed I continue to stick with it because I’ve noticed such a great improvement in my skin, it’s much softer and applying makeup is a hell of a lot easier! 

A lot of the time when applying foundation I’ll notice the skin around my nose area (prone to dryness and rosacea) will start to flake or look dry, which is absolutely awful and once that happens you can’t do much else on top, like contouring, or else my skin will look scaly – a nightmare those of you who suffer with this will know all about. In the week I’ve been using these products, I’ve found it so much easier to apply makeup, my nose area hasn’t flaked and I’ve been able to apply powders and contour over foundation with ease – now it’s still not perfect but I’m really optimistic it’ll get there! 

The one thing I really need to mention, I don’t know if it’s just me or if anybody else who uses the gel wash has experienced this but, I do find that I get a tingling slightly burning sensation around my nose area which is, as I mentioned, my problem area and most sensitive. It doesn’t hurt and it certainly hasn’t damaged my skin, as I said it’s actually improved, but I did worry a little the first night it happened. The toner calms it right down when applied afterwards. I also wondered if maybe it’s because I’ve never really used washes before – this would make sense since the burning sensation has lessened from first use to now but do keep an eye out for this and if you’re worried only do it every couple of days until you know for sure you aren’t having a reaction! 

Let me know if you have sensitive/dry skin and try this range! Does it help you?

Lauren,

             Xo