Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Urban Decay HI-FI Shine Gloss

Urban Decay holds a very special place in my heart and more importantly in my makeup bag.  Picture a young woman approaching an edgy and new makeup counter, a makeup brand that was way cooler and edgier than she was.  That was me circa the year 2000 approaching the new and rather excellent new Urban Decay counter in BT2 Grafton Street.  I left with a lip gloss (or Lip Gunk as Urban Decay called them) in the shade Big Bang and I would be back.....that's when I became an Urban Junkie.  

Urban Decay expanded from an indi brand to the huge phenomenon it is today but it has kept its edge while maintaining their ethics (cruelty free brand).  Styles have changed and lip glosses were replaced by the matte lip trend.   I dont think there are many of us who lived through the gloss era of the late 90ies early 00ies can forget how good gloss made your lips look, even if we were prone to catching hair in our sticky lips.  Urban Decay Lip Gunk was slightly thicker high pigment formula which tasted of sweets aww the memories.

 So guess what?  Glosses are back BABY... and just in time, my lips were just about retiring from years of drying lip products.  My favourite thing about glosses?  They make your lips look younger.  

Urban Decay have just launched a range of lip glosses while they are not Lip Gunks of old (I may be romanticising them now) they are a range of 20 ultra shiny glosses with four different finishes (metallic, holographic, cream and sheer cream) called Hi Fi Shine*.   Hi Fi Shine have a nourishing formula which contains vitamin E and peppermint oil.  They glosses have a vanilla-mint flavour (I dont pick up on the vanilla part) which leaves the slight sensation of fresh air after you brush your teeth (your mouth feels fresh).   Its not a long lasting sensation (not like the lip pumping lip glosses which inflate the lips) and I quite like it.  

Hi Fi Shine glide over the lips and they make the lips appear smoother and fuller minimising fine lines.  Who doesnt want younger, fuller looking lips.  They are a gloss so there is a gloss sensation  when wearing them but they are not tacky.  I was really impressed how the glosses stayed on my lips while I had a drink (there was transfer onto the cup), they didnt last through a meal (but they are a gloss and I wouldnt expect them too).  The glosses which have sparkly pigment are really smooth and there is no gritty feeling to the lips.  Hi Fi Shine make you want to rub your lips together, it feels fantastic on the lips.    

Some of the shades have wonderful pigmentation and dept while some of the shades are sheer and it will depend on the pigmentation of your lips how they will show up and you can of course wear the glosses over your lipstick (the glosses with holographic will be particularly nice for this).   


  Now onto the swatches:
Left to right:
Naked. Fuel, Midnight Cowgirl, Fireball, SPL


Left to Right:   Naked. Fuel, Midnight Cowgirl, Fireball, SPL


SPL is  described as a holographic candy pink with iridescent sparkle (this is one of those shades that would look amazing worn over a lipstick which would really amp up that iridescent sparkle)



  Fireball is described as holographic peach with pink sparkle.  Urban Decay have a highligher and an eyeshadow in the shade Fireball and I have both.  The peach base with pink sparkle is very flattering (also in the highlighter and eye shadow) and again would look amazing as a lip topper.


 Midnight Cowgirl is described as a nude cream with gold shimmer, like the classic eye shadow of the same name I think Midnight Cowgirl will become a classic as its flattering and wearable with a touch of shimmer.  I think Midnight Cowgirl looks really flattering on the lips, its not too nude and the shimmer brings a gleam to the lips. 
 

 Fuel is described as a light natural nude cream - one of the most flatter lip shades.  Fuel is my favourite, Im normally not a nude lip fan but this is such a flattering shade.  Im a bright lip person but Fuel is so flattering on the whole face and makes the lips look fantastic without trying hard.



 Naked is described as a nude pink cream with pearly pink shift.  Naked shows up pretty much like a clear gloss on my lips albeit one which evens the pigment in the lips and makes the lips appear juicy and full.



I really like the Hi Fi Shine glosses, I have been rocking (Im still very far from cool or edgy but can rock a lipgloss) them all week and they have happily fitted into my jeans (as a gloss I am not worried about my body heat melting them like they would a lipstick).  If I had to pick one it would be the shade Fuel which is beautiful but it pleases me greatly that Urban Decay have released the shade Big Bang (metallic hot pink sparkle) ill have to pick up bringing  my Urban Decay love back full circle.

Can you tell Hi Fi Shine make me happy
Hi Fi Shine cost €18.00 each (very reasonable) and are currently exclusive to Urban Decay Grafton Street (brilliant to see Urban Decay back on Grafton Street) and will be available at all counters nationwide from the 26th April.  
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Clarins Spring 2018 - Including SOS Primers

We all NEED it to be Spring (what an understatement) even though its still very cold we can dream of Spring with the pretty new collection from Clarins. 

The trend of warm eye shadow's doesn't look like its going anywhere and Clarins have put their own stamp on the trend with the Lovely Rose 4 colour palette* €43.00. 
Clarins are taking the trend of warm shadows and mixing it with pretty Spring shades, its such a pretty looking quad which totally moves away from Clarins comfort zone of classic "safe"shades.  I always describe Clarins eye shadows as giving a watercolour effect to the lids, the shadows are not as intensely pigmented as some brands but that will be much more flattering on eyes that might be more mature and have more texture.  The lighter watercolour like shadows will be perfect for people who are a little scared of colour but really want to try the warm eye shadow trend.  The quad consists of a classic ballet pink, a coral pink, purple pink and a deep burgundy.   Clarins eye shadows Clarins eye shadows can be used dry for a wash of colour or wet for a more intense effect.                         

Lovely Rose quad swatched dry (you can use wet for more intense look)
My favourite Clarins products (besides skincare swoon) are lip products, they are fantastic.  Clarins make magic lip products because not only are they very pretty and wearable shades, they are skin care for your lips. The products are treating the lips as you wear them and you can FEEL the benefit of the products.  I love the Clarins Instant Light and Spring 2018 has the addition of Lip Balm Perfector in the shade #07 Hot Pink* and #08 Plum* €20.00
Left is Hot Pink (which is a definitely more a Coral than a hot pink shade) and right is Plum.  These are fantastic for your lips (especially with the effects of the cold and central heating) I have very dry lips and they are now in such good condition.  I love that they are fancy lip balms but they have a really good amount of colour to them so with one swipe you look "done" and more put together.  Clarins lip products are amazing we are in a very committed relationship and I will never stop singing their praises. 
Clarins can put a big happy tick beside flattering bright Spring makeup but Clarins are a skincare brand (an amazing skin care brand) so they have created a range of primers which target specific skincare concerns. 

Let me introduce you to SOS Primers a collection of 6 targeted primers which help to hydrate, prepare and target specific concerns. 

00 Universal Light -  radiance boosting primer which subtly brightens the skin
01 Rose - brightens dull and tired skin 
02 Peach - blurring primer for flawless skin 
03 Coral - dark spots and events skin irregularities

04 Green - minimizes redness 
05 Lavender - helps sallow or yellow skin tones.

Chances are you are not going to need all 6 primers but the great thing about SOS Primers are you can mix and match on different parts of your face.  I am a big fan of using 04 Green on the red parts of my face and then using 00 Universal light on my forehead and cheekbones for radiant cheeks.  Unlike some colour correcting products they blend really easily, for example the green shade blends really easily and smoothly onto the skin leaving no green caste on the face.  My favourite (and to use the word favourite is a massive understatement because im quite giddy about how wonderful it leaves my skin)  is 02 Peach the blurring primer, the peach tint covers the skin and leaves a perfect base.  But why do I need a primer ? I hear you cry.  I have found that using SOS Primers mean that not only does the foundation last longer on my skin I dont have to use as much foundation.   I have also found that even if some foundation wears off,  my skin has the added colour correction of the primer so my red chin doesn't look as red.   SOS Primers give you a perfected but very natural looking base.  I used to be very lucky with my skin but as I am getting older I have much more redness and dullness and my skin needs ALL the help it can get.  SOS Primers are answering my calls for help.

Left to right 00 - 05


00 Universal Light, 01 Rose, 02 Peach, 03 Coral, 04 Green, 05 Lavender
00 Universal Light, 01 Rose, 02 Peach, 03 Coral, 04 Green, 05 Lavender

SOS Primers cost €31.00 each and unless you have specific skin concerns I think most people would be quite happy with the beautiful effects of 02 Peach.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

TOO FACED - Under the Kissletoe Christmas 2017

Too Faced know how to put together a holiday collection, they take their excellent products, throw in some tongue n cheek (or should I say cheeky) puns and some very festive packaging and off we go all set with a gift that is too pretty to wrap.  The "Under the Kissetoe" €26 is a lip lovers dream and the perfect way to dip your toe into the Too Faced world of melted lipsticks. 

The set contains 4 mini but descent sized products all in different formulas which will give you a great mix of shades to play with and also lets you see if you like a formula before committing to a full sized product. 

  • Melted Lipsticks in shades Chihuahua 
  • Melted Matte in Chocolate Honey 
  • Melted Latex in Hopeless Romantic 
  • Melted Matte in Drop Dead Red 


  • The Melted Lipsticks and Melted Chocolates come with a sponge tip applicator (which is very satisfying to squeeze out) and the Melted Latex and Melted Matte have doe foot applicators. 



    Left to Right : Melted Lipsticks in shades Chihuahua, Melted Matte in Chocolate Honey, Melted Latex in Hopeless Romantic, Melted Matte in Drop Dead Red 
    As you can see the set contains three nude or neutral tones and a bright bold red (perfect for Christmas).  Although I am not generally a fan of nudes I think Too Faced make exceptional nudes that I find really flattering. 

    Shade and formula breakdown:
    Chihuahua is exceptionally flattering (if your a fan of Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk this will be perfect for you).
    Chocolate Honey is delicious (yes it smells and tastes like chocolate) and very wearable
    Melted Latex in Hopeless Romantic is a very pretty nude, its a sticky full shine gloss
    Melted Matte are my favourite formula long wear lipsticks, I would have preferred the classic red shade Lady Balls but a mini vampy shade like Drop Dead Red is a lovely addition to my collection.


     Melted Lipsticks in shades Chihuahua
    • Melted Matte in Chocolate Honey 
      Melted Latex in Hopeless Romantic

     Melted Matte in Drop Dead Red
     

    Too Faced have a selection of Christmas gifts that are available now from Too Faced.com and Debenhams.  
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    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Laura Geller - Gilded Honey is worth the hype

    SPACKLE - a word that will make you sit up and take notice especially when its said with enthusiasm and passion and thats exactly what happened one rainy afternoon watching QVC.  I Loved Laura Geller's knowledge and passion for her brand.  Unfortunately Laura Geller wasn't a brand that was available in Ireland so I stored the information in the back of my beauty brain.  Fast forward to 2017 and I was one happy bunny to discover that Laura Geller is now available at Debenhams.ie and in 6 Debenhams stores in Ireland. 

    Laura Geller is a New York based makeup artist with decades of experience and a New York attitude which will make you fall in love with her immediately, if not the attitude its her passion towards beauty and making women look and feel wonderful.  

    Although SPACKLE (which by the way is a primer and I like to say it while doing Jazz Hands) sucked me in the product from Laura Geller that I most wanted to try was the Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey* 

     Pictured Left to Right: Gilded Honey and Peach Glow
    I had heard You Tubers in America rave about Gilded Honey... the name alone gives the impression that your going to look like J Lo.  I was very excited to try it not just because I have a a bit of a addiction with highlighters but also cause its one of Laura Geller's products that has reached Cult Status.  I was sent two highlighters from the range to try Peach Glow (it was pretty) and Gilded Honey SWOON.  But a highlighter is just a highlighter Right?  I am beginning to think that Gilded Honey is not so much a highlighter and more of a way of life.  At first I looked and thought mmm pretty but Gilded Honey is that flattering hue which makes the skin radiant and look like its glowing.  I was recently at a skincare event and a woman from the brand commented on how radiant my skin was.... her first reaction was not that I was wearing highlighter but that I was glowing.  Thats the magic of Gilded Honey, you look radiant and glowing. YOU not your highlighter looks glowing.  You can of course ramp up the glow (I enjoy being spotted from space as much as the next makeup lover) but as somebody who is getting more mature (ahem) Gilded Honey doesnt catch in laughter lines, wrinkles or skin blemishes.    So rather than looking like 90ies JLo (which is probably a bit dated) you look like J Lo now, radiant, glowing and DAM how does she look so amazing. 

    To demonstrate how smitten I am with Gilded Honey it was first into my makeup bag when I was going on holidays (thats a big commitment because I pretty much only wear lipstick, mascara and highlighter on holiday).  I had been on the hunt for Estee Lauder Modern Mercury highlighter (its reborn as part of the Victoria Beckham line) for years and finally picked it up when the VB range was released and  I am a little disappointed, it looks gaudy and crass beside the classy and glowing Gilded Honey.    I have been using Gilded Honey hard (I feel like I have missed something if I dont use it) and it still has the Gelato swirl shape which magically stays til you finish the product.   You might look at it and say.... "its a golden highlighter" that was my first impression but I urge you to try it on your skin.   Gilded Honey was the product I wanted to try from Laura Geller and it lived up to the hype (in fact I dont think I hyped it up enough).  
    Gilded Honey = Swoon
    A pretty heavy swatch of Gilded Honey - you can wear lighter or go to town
    If I had my own makeup brand I would start with Lipsticks, I love how they can change your face and even your attitude (nothing like a red lip to make you feel sassy and confident).  Whenever I am dipping my toe in a new brand I like to try out their lip products.  As we all know liquid lipsticks have been ruling the lipstick roost for some time now and Laura Geller's version are called Fifty Kisses.  

    Firstly my lips are kinda over liquid lipsticks, I have dry lips and they feel a little punished by long wearing liquid lipsticks.  We all can safely say that the joy of not having to reapply lipstick in work, after coffee or can safely give our little angels a non sticky kiss is usually worth the dryness.  There are generally two formulas of liquid lipsticks, a thicker mousse formula or a thin watery formula.  Fifty Kisses is the latter, it is light, it is pigmented and it isnt drying.   I was shocked, not at how nice it felt (almost like a matte lipstick rather than a liquid lipstick) but at other brands that are still launching rubbish, painfully drying and cracking formulas.  Laura Geller has cracked the liquid lipstick formula by making a comfortable liquid lipstick that DOESN'T CRACK.  No more lines down your lips, or lips that look like cracked plaster.  Fifty Kisses looks like a velvet lipstick, very flattering.  


    Top to bottom Pink Pucker, Makeout Merlot
    Pink Pucker (what a me shade- it has become a staple in my handbag) it instantly brightens and lifts the face and what can I say bright pink is my signature shade. 


    Makeout Merlot
    Makeout Merlot a vampy and sultry shade which is perfect for autumn and winter.


    I love the velvet finish Fifty Kisses gives to the lips (they stay looking that way) and how they feel. 

    I have been really impressed by the Laura Geller products that I have tried and I look forward to trying more from the range.  Whats really exciting about the Laura Geller range is the fact they produce gift sets throughout the year which allow you to sample different products and get a feel for the brand without breaking the bank.

    Laura Geller is available from Debenhams.ie and has counters in 6 Irish Stores.


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    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    Too Faced Melted Latex - Hopeless Romantic, But First, Lipstick and Im Bossy

    You could be forgiven for thinking Too Faced is all style and no substance, after all the brand does kitsch and cute like no other and is always creating new and adorable products  I have branded them the most adorable makeup brand (I want to live in Too Faced world) but they are in fact very innovative and clever with their products and not for a minute to be underestimate.
    Liquid Lipsticks are dead.... well at the very least our lips are pretty dam tired from wearing them so its time we moved on to gloss or combined our liquid lips with a glossy top.  Too Faced Melted Matte lipsticks are one of my favouites and definitely one of the least drying formulas that I have tried, always looking towards the next trend Too Faced have launched Melted Latex which is a high pigmented, super shiny and long wearing lip gloss.  The gloss, which can be worn on its own or combined with your favourite liquid lipstick, has a really thick honey consistency.  One swipe will cover the lips in thick opaque shine.  As I said Latex has the consistency of honey so it is sticky but this allows the gloss stick to your lips.  You have to be careful not to apply too much around the inner rim of your lips as the gloss can gather.    While you can wear these over a liquid lipstick I think the full colour coverage is wonderful.  
    I was wearing the pink shade But First, Lipstick out and about and a woman stopped me and asked me what I was wearing on my lips.  She said she was sick of matte lipsticks and the lipgloss made my lips look full and fabulous.  I whipped out Melted Latex and told her you could get Too Faced in Debenhams..... embarrassingly we had a Too Faced love fest while standing at an Urban Decay counter oops.

    I find that Melted Latex feels so comfortable on the lips its like a lip treatment, you free to move your lips without that dreaded crack of matte lipsticks.  The colour is intense and opaque and it wears really well, in fact the colour looks just as good after a couple of hours wear.  The formula is such that it will last through coffee (the cup will have smudges but your lips will still look fabulous).  

    Too Faced Melted Latex comes in 16 shades including the shade Unicorn Tears, I have three colours to show you today Hopeless Romantic* (a nude) , But First, Lipstick* (hot pink and my signature shade and Im Bossy* (a classic red).   A brand might be able to do cute, it might have fancy packaging but when a brand can create classic shades perfectly they are a good makeup brand brand.   I love the shades that Too Faced creates (their Melted Matte in Sell Out is my favourite nude shade) in addition to having fashion fun shades, they nail classic shades.  Too Faced do really good reds, reds so good they give Chanel a run for their money.

    Top to Bottom
    Hopeless Romantic, 
    But First, Lipstick 
    Im Bossy
    Hopeless Romantic,
    Hopeless Romantic,
     But First, Lipstick
    But First, Lipstick
    Im Bossy
    Im Bossy




    Too Faced Melted Latex Lipsticks are available now from Debenhams counters and Debenhams.ie   If you want to see the full Too Faced collection visit the pretty and pink counter at Debenhams Henry Street.  Imagine if you will a makeup vanity designed by Cher from Clueless and thats the Too Faced counter.
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