NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette

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Hello Readers,

I bought this gorgeous Warm Neutrals palette from Nyx Professional Makeup a few months ago and I’ve been using it loads since then. It’s the perfect size for carrying in your handbag on a night out and the colours are so versatile, there’s a good mix of mattes and shimmers for all your smoky eye needs – and the shades in this palette are perfect for blue eyes! 

This palette also comes in Brights, Cool Neutrals and Smokey – I think I’ll be purchasing the Smokey next, so there’s a palette to suit every eye colour but I think the Warm Neutrals is the best all-rounder. The matte shades are dark enough to create a smokey eye and the highlight/shimmer shades are perfect for that pop, or even for a natural daytime look too. I personally love the maroon/burgundy shades in this palette, always a must-have for Autumn! 

So, in the above picture I’ve swatched just a sample of the mattes and shimmers from the palette. There’s no filter whatsoever on the picture so it’s natural light and you can see just how pigmented they are! I’m a big lover of Nyx products, they’re always highly pigmented and such good value for money. This palette is no different, it currently retails at €22.50 in Boots and with 16 shades I think that’s a real bargain, especially when you consider how portable and versatile this palette is. All of the shades blend beautifully together and as mentioned, it’s so easy to create daytime and night out eyes with this palette. 

Lauren,

            Xo 

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bBold Smart Mousse

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Hello Readers,

I recently bought the bBold Smart Mousse to try out, I’ve always loved having a tan on holiday but in recent years I’ve come to appreciate more of a subtle glow rather than the full-on tangoed look! I also love the convenience of a gradual or long-lasting tan that doesn’t require maintenance or top-up, let’s face it when you’re on holiday you just want a hassle-free beauty regime, right? 

Some of my personal favourites are Bellamianta, Xen-Tan and Vita Liberata which are all natural and long-lasting finishes, if you read my previous reviews you’ll find all the pros and cons. 

The thing that struck me about this tan, other than having seen a few (not many) beauty bloggers recommending it for its natural colour, was the fact that it supposedly continues to develop after you shower! The promise of no mucky build-up or stained clothes/bedsheets was very tempting. It claims to give the perfect tan in 3 easy steps…

1) Apply: I used a mitt to apply the tan, I always find it goes on smoother with less chance of streaking, plus you avoid the dodgy tanned palms! It was so easy to apply, it’s tinted so you can see exactly where you’ve applied and it spreads so easily. I applied a thin layer but as I’ll explain later you could definitely apply two. It was a bit slow to dry, it stayed a little bit sticky so I was nervous of wearing clothes over it but it didn’t stain my clothes although it left a slight fake tan smell. I don’t mind the smell but if you’re not a fan best to wear pyjamas or clothes you want to put out for washing straight after.

2) Shower: So the bottle recommends you leave the tan on for 1-3 hours depending on how deep a tan you want, I obviously appreciate a darker colour so I actually left it on for close to 4 hours – I’d read a few reviews of bloggers who’d left it on overnight without disaster so I figured I’d be fairly safe. The colour had developed to a golden brown in that time and I was pleasantly surprised that not a lot of colour washed off, it did fade but the water wasn’t running brown as it can do with other tan brands. Obviously it’s important that you don’t use shower gel, you can shower properly the next day. 

3) Develop: So out of the shower I pat myself dry, I never rub in case the skin/colour starts to flake. The colour was still quite golden and I put my pyjamas on to leave it to deepen overnight. The next morning I was surprised, but not unhappy, that the colour was really natural, it hadn’t deepened much overnight and instead stayed looking bronzed rather than tanned as such. I’ll definitely apply two or three layers next time to build more colour, I might even leave overnight before showering as although it did continue to develop it wasn’t drastic. 

The above picture was actually taken 3 nights after application/showering and even with another shower and a good scrub it hadn’t faded. As you can see it’s very natural, just bronzed, but it looked so well and really even, there were no streaks whatsoever. Even as the tan faded it did so evenly and I was never left with stubborn patches, it all seemed to fade gradually at once. 

Although I’d aim for a slightly darker colour next time, I loved the finish and I’ve never had such an even tan with an all over even fade! It lasted for days and even when it faded it was so natural that you couldn’t even notice. At only €14.95 a bottle I’d absolutely recommend this tan, especially for those of you who only want a natural glow although it definitely can be buildable if you want a deeper colour. Huge success! 

Lauren,

            Xo 

Birthday Edition Kylie Liquid Matte Lipsticks 

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Hello Readers,

I am literally the luckiest girl ever, my wonderful best friend got my the Birthday Edition Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Matte Lipsticks for my birthday! I’m still shocked saying it, I’ve toyed with the idea of getting some of these lipsticks for so long but always being put off by the fact that they need to be shipped from the U.S. 

The Birthday Edition features 6 miniature lipsticks in some of the best-selling shades, which are ALL to die for, by the way. I couldn’t wait to try them all! I’ve recently come to appreciate the beauty of a neutral lip and they look so much better matte, don’t they? 

Above is a swatch of each lipstick immediately after application (with flash) From top to bottom: Koko K, Dolce K, Exposed, Candy K, Kristen and Leo. I took the below picture a few seconds later, without flash, and they had already started to dry and become matte. I immediately loved the vibrancy of the colours, so pigmented and attention-grabbing. I love the shimmer when freshly applied so I think her latest metallic range will be a must-have, but I absolutely loved how bright they stayed when matte. 

Obviously, as these are matte lipsticks you would expect them to be quite drying on the lips and although they don’t actually dry out your lips (my lips were baby soft once I removed the lipstick, which is amazing) the colour itself does set very quickly and it dries quite hard, it’s not actually noticeable until you lick or smack your lips and it feels almost sticky like your lips might stick together. 

This isn’t really an issue, the colour was long-lasting but did need topping up to avoid extreme dryness which could end up cracking the lipstick. I found applying lip moisturiser before and after really helpful, but as I said it’s not uncomfortable or visually noticeable but it certainly wouldn’t be kiss-proof! 

In the above picture I’m wearing Dolce K, one of the gorgeous nude shades with just enough dark pigment to make it really stand out. You can see yourself that these lipsticks have really vibrant tones and look so good on. I already love them so I’ll definitely be adding to the collection very soon, there are so many amazing colours to try! 

Lauren,

             Xo 

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

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Hello Readers,

You’ll all know by now how much I love NYX cosmetics, I’ve reviewed their eyeshadows, contour palettes and lipsticks before – I’ve never been disappointed with any of their products, the soft matte lip creams are particular favourites, I was so excited when I seen the Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks online! 

I had seen a picture of ‘Vintage,’ the darker shade, on Instagram and loved it so when I went to buy it I ended up spotting ‘Soft-Spoken’ and it reminded me instantly of the Soft Matte Lip cream shade ‘Cannes,’ one of my favourite nude shades. Both have just enough pink undertone to stand out against my pale complexion! I’m wearing it in the below picture, it adds the finishing touch without looking overdone – I wasn’t a fan of nude lipsticks until ‘Cannes’ and now I can’t get enough.

These liquid suede cream lipsticks are longer-lasting than the soft matte lip creams but are more drying on the lips. If you moisturise before applying it won’t actually dry out your lips but you do feel the lipstick becoming more of a matte consistency and with the darker shade, ‘Vintage’ I noticed that it started to crack after a few hours so even though the colour hadn’t faded I needed another coat to top-up! 

Overall, I love these lipsticks. The colour range is great, full of really gorgeous nudes and neutrals as well as some brights for drama. The pigment is great, long-lasting and vibrant. The only issue I had was with cracking/drying on the lips but only while you’re wearing it, my lips weren’t dry afterwards! 

Lauren,

             Xo 

Bellamianta Self Tanning Tinted Lotion 

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Hello Readers,

I recently bought the Bellamianta tinted lotion to try before my trip to Rome, I am a big fan of the rapid mousse but I’d heard that the lotion was much more natural and long-lasting so it seemed like a better choice for a hassle-free holiday glow. 

I usually buy the dark mousse but I went for the medium lotion as I wanted something natural but buildable, it was definitely the right choice – the lotion has a much deeper finish than the mousse when left overnight to develop but it does seem to wash off easier than the mousse.
It was just as easy to apply as the mousse, dark in colour so you can see where you’ve already applied and avoid any patches/streaks. Just like the mousse it dries in less than a minute so you’re free to throw on some comfy clothes and leave overnight (I would recommend leaving it overnight, unlike the mousse a lot of the colour washes off, even when left for 8+ hours!) 

The colour difference was brilliant and there were no streaks but I found that it faded quicker than the mousse over the course of a few days. It didn’t become patchy or scaly, the fade was even and natural but just too quick for my liking – if you’re away for a week you’ll need to bring the bottle to top up! 

I do really like the results but the lotion, for me, will be more suited to home occasions not the long-lasting effortless holiday tan I intended to use it for. I’d recomment the lotion over the mousse if you like a more natural finish and don’t necessarily need a longer-lasting colour, but I will say that the lotion doesn’t transfer on clothes so you can wear lighter colours without worrying about the dreaded orange stains! 

Lauren,

            Xo 

Makeup Revolution Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette Collection 2017

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Hello Readers,

I was lucky enough to get this beautiful palette for Christmas, as you all know Makeup Revolution is one of my favourite affordable beauty brands and while you might be saving your money you’re not sacrificing quality. I pretty much hoard Revolution palettes, every one that catches my eye with wearable colours I need to have so this palette, containing a whopping 144 of their best shadows is a treat. 

Although this palette is not travel friendly, it’s far too big for the handbag , it could work for weekends away though, it’s definitely one worth adding to the collection. With 144 shadows, ranging from mattes to metallics in all colours of the rainbow, unless you’re a serial makeup hoarder like me you’d never need another palette. This amazing collection covers everything from daytime natural to dramatic night-out smokes and there’s shades to complement all eye colours. 

There are literally so many combinations to play with that it’d take forever to try out every look but I’ve made a good start and tried out a few different complementary looks for my blue eyes, including the golden smoky eye below using shades from the 5th and 6th rows from the bottom in the above picture. So pigmented and blendable making it such a quick and easy look to create. I’ve noticed that most of the complementing shades are within the same rows, you can of course choose a pop of colour from a different row too. 

Another really easy, eye-enlarging look I love is the below using a range of light grey and gold shades from the 7th row nd one darker colour from the 6th row (very last colour on the right). Super easy to recreate using any combination of light colours finished with a dark grey or black colour on the outer lid. 

I’ve very rarely come across an unsatisfactory Revolution product and it’s never been one of their eyeshadow palettes, this is another highly-pigmented, muti-functional success. I’d definitely recommend getting your hands on this (or next year’s version) especially for those of you who love the covenience of one palette for all yor needs (or even those of you who prefer to save your money rather than hoarding palettes!) 

Lauren,

                  Xo

Makeup Revolution I ❤ Makeup Naked Chocolate Palette

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Hello Readers,

The title today is a bit of a mouthful but I wanted to give this palette a review, up until very recently Makeup Revolution was very hard to come by in Dublin. The only stockists were Superdrug which we only have two of! In Omni Shopping Centre and The Square, Tallaght. I’m delighted to say the list of stockists has expanded and you can now find the range in a number of pharmacies all over Dublin! Great news for revoholics like me. 

As soon as I saw the I ❤ Makeup range by Makeup Revolution I wanted to get my hands on them. It took a long time but finally I came across them in Health Express pharmacy in The Square and after having a look at the testers (which I always do before buying) I had to choose the ‘Naked Chocolate’ as the colours were so stunning; pinks and golds just like my favourite Urban Decay Naked 3 palette as well as lovely chocolate tones which are all beautiful on blue eyes! 

I never doubt the quality of Makeup Revolution products, they’re all so highly pigmented. I couldn’t wait to get testing this palette and I quickly realised there is so many different combinations you can use to create any look you want, always super flattering. The below look is so easy and you only need 4 colours! I used ‘Sweet Shop’ in the crease, ‘Choc-fest’ on the outer V and under the lid, ‘Delight’ blended in the centre of the lid and ‘Mocha Lover’ in the inner corner blended into the centre for some sparkle. It has a slightly pinker tone in real life but photographs beautifully too.

This is a great palette, very similar to the Naked 3 palette but for a fraction of the price. Makeup Revolution is always so reliable! 

Lauren,

             Xo 

My Acupuncture Experience

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Hello Readers,

I’ve wanted to blog about this for a while now and it’s a little bit different to my usual posts about makeup but those of you who follow me will know I have suffered from awful migraines for most of my life and recently they’d become so debilitating they were absolutely affecting my life. I was suffering from severe migraines (along with vomiting) every 4-6 weeks and they lasted a good 12 hours each time – if you suffer from them you’ll know just how unmanageable that is, literally days when all I could do was lie in a dark room.

So, for a little background I’ll say that I’ve tried several different medications to prevent and manage my migraines but nothing seemed to work. Preventatives are great for stopping an attack at the onset but unfortunately most of my attacks begin while I sleep so usually I wake up at 6am, head pounding and already nauseous so I’ve never really been able to take a preventative before I’m already vomiting – and once it starts, it’s not stopping. 

I’d very nearly reached the end of my tether with migraines, they were so regular and so horrific and I really didn’t know what else I could do; I’ve been for CT/MRI scans, which thankfully showed nothing sinister but couldn’t diagnose my problem or triggers. I’d been hearing lots about acupuncture helping others who suffered with migraines and eventually I decided to try it myself and I had my first session in August 2016. 

First hand experience with acupuncture was really different than I had expected/been told. In fact, one of the first things my brilliant physiotherapist told me was that a common rumour is how it’s “pain-free,” which is not exactly the case. It’s not that I found it painful but it was uncomfortable and when the needle is inserted I felt a sort of electric shock and a sharp pinch, not unlike getting the flu jab I suppose. I’ll explain the after symptoms below.

On my first session I had 3 needles inserted in each foot (6 in total), one on the bridge which was consistently the most uncomfortable for me and tingled for a good 5 minutes each session before settling down, and one on either side of the ankle. My physiotherapist explained that these were actually the pressure points for migraines, or headaches. Each of my sessions lasted 20 minutes, the needles were placed in and left for those 20 minutes and you can sleep or read during that time, anything to relax. The amount of time your session lasts depends on your problem so your physiotherapist will decide on that. 

After my first session, my physiotherapist warned me that I could be really tired and recommended I take a nap when I got home. I figured since I’m never tired and have never been one for napping that this wouldn’t affect me. But I was totally wrong! I was so exhausted and sore afterwards that I fell asleep as soon as I got home and slept for almost 2 hours. I can’t say the tiredness ever really went away after a session but it certainly lessened, I definitely didn’t need to sleep as soon as I got home and by the third or fourth session I just needed an early night. I explained my reaction and my physiotherapist advised that it was very common and nothing to worry about, the toxins leaving your body leave you quite drained, but she did alternate sessions with an additional 5 minutes of laser therapy around my ankles to help combat the tiredness. If you’re finding that you’re exhausted after sessions do mention it.

The redness you can see in the picture around the needle is actually an indication of how much toxicity was in my system which also explained the pain I felt in that particular point. This picture was actually taken during one of my last sessions, it was a lot worse when I started. 

From my second session onwards I also had 2 needles placed in either side of my head; a total of 10 needles each session. Surprisingly, the needles in my feet were far more uncomfortable and tingly than those in my head! I had a total of 6 sessions, my final one being in November 2016. My first two sessions were weekly, and after that each session was pushed out a week until it was a full month between session 5 and 6. At this point, I hadn’t suffered a migraine in over 4 months. I had been having the odd tension headache which I informed my physiotherapist about and she advised they were common, I also really suffered from very painful feet after my sessions. Aching and sensitivity where the needles had been placed, it was quite uncomfortable putting weight on them for a day or so. But look, in the long run it was more than worth it! 

After my final session, my physiotherapist asked if I was comfortable to call it my last session and if I ever started suffering again I could call her and she would arrange another session asap. She had advised that “top-up” treatments were sometimes necessary once or twice a year. I am actually amazed that acupuncture has been such a lifesaver for me. I’m the last person who believed it would be the cure. But in saying that, I went in for my first session with a positive attitude and told myself that it would help. I think there’s a lot to be said for a positive mental attitude! 

If you’re suffering with migraines and have exhausted all medicinal options to no effect please do consider acupuncture. It may not work for everyone, as I’ve been told, but it did work for me and it’s been a life changer. At €40 a session in my physiotherapists it really doesn’t break the bank, and personally when you suffer that much you’ll pay anything to find a cure! 

Lauren,

             Xo 

No7 All About Pink Giftset

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Hello Readers,

Making my way through all the gorgeous Christmas presents I was so lucky to receive we now come to the No7 ‘All About Pink’ Lip library. As the name suggests it’s a fab set with 2 gloss shine lip glosses and 3 high shine lip crayons.

The 5 colours are pink tones, obviously, that can be worn day or night and built up for a dazzling shine finish. I always carry a lipgloss in the handbag, especially ones that moisturise, just in case of dry lip days or if you need a little extra colour. 

My favourite is the deep fuchsia colour that has a slightly more matte finish than the rest (the second crayon in the below picture). Aside from this one, the rest are all quite natural so perfect for daily wear and none are sticky or drying. No7 are a great cosmetic brand, their products are always long-lasting and highly pigmented.

Who doesn’t love a No7 giftset, especially one this versatile and practical! 

Lauren,

              Xo 

Sosu Highlighter Kit 

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Hello Readers,

Those of you who read regularly will know how much I love SOSU by Suzanne Jackson products, and I was lucky enough to receive her new Highlighter Kit as a present this Christmas! 

I am a huge fan of SOSU nail polishes and I love the contour palette so I was sure this kit would be no different from the usual high standard and strong pigment. I only hesitated buying it for myself because I wanted to see how it was received by other makeup lovers first, as I did with the contour palette. I’m always nervous of new products only being reviewed by professional makeup artists since I know my makeup skills are far more limited and since this palette isn’t exactly cheap at €29.95 I wanted to be sure but I’m blessed to have gotten it as a present and can honestly say I would buy it for myself!

The 6 shades are stunning in person, I haven’t actually seen a picture that does it justice, it’s just always so hard to capture sparkle and shimmer in a photo. Another slight concern I had with this palette was the different colours which might not complement my skin tone but I soon realised that the darker shades could double as eyeshadows for an extra shimmer to finish a smoky eye! 

For me, highlighting is a recent love. I don’t overdo the sparkle but I like it to shimmer when it catches the light so less has always been more, and with my pale skin tone I’ve found that pink shimmers look the most natural and flattering so it’s a little easier to keep those shades toned down. 

Again, it was so hard to capture the true shimmer in a photo but the above is the best I could do. As you can see, the majority of shades are completely wearable but trust me they are so shimmery in the flesh so could be built up for some dazzling highlight. That’s my favourite thing about this palette, the colours look very out there but when applied they actually look so natural that anybody new to highlighting doesn’t have to be put off. I have seen some reviews by professional muas and the highlight is absolutely blinding so no doubt these shades are highly buildable for those who want a more dramatic finish. 
Lauren, 

              Xo