Monday, August 27, 2018

Urban Decay Beached Palette

Summer as always seems to be in fast forward but I cant let the sunshine go by without talking The Beached Palette from Urban Decay.  When I spotted the Beached Palette on instagram I immediately swooned - the beautiful packaging gives that California sunshine vibe which I associate with Urban Decay and its creator Wendy.  (The packaging has the same palm trees as featured on 2017 beached bronzer which is the view Wendy can see from her bedroom).  I would like to think the packaging and palette encompasses who I am (in my mind im a beach hippy, in reality I am trying to contain the sand out of the sandpit) so I was delighted to get the Beached palette as a birthday present in June (I did a happy dance.... and a squeal... GOOD TIMES)

The Beached Palette is part of the small but perfectly curated Summer 2018 Collection which also consists of 3 lipsticks, 3 eye liners which complement the palette and the re released Beached Bronzer (in 2 shades). 

Urban Decay might rock some awesome packaging but they are the complete package and the eye shadows inside are something special.   The palette has 8 shades and of course there are the two stand out bright shades (Double Dip and Plunge) but the Beached palette also has a couple of warm shades (brilliant if you want to dip your toe into the warm eye shadow trend but don't want to buy a whole palette) namely Heatwave and Daybreak (a matte).  I almost forget about the shade Wedge (at the end) which is a sumptuous brown.  My favourite shade of the palette is Blaze which is described as a light metallic peach with a pink shift, there is something magical about this shade and how it brightens the eyes and brings life to even the most tired and dull eyes.  The shift makes it more interesting and its extremely flattering

As I mentioned the Beached palette has 8 shades and I love that I can pick a look (warm eyes, neutral, a pop of colour) without being overwhelmed by shades or having a huge palette that I don't end up touching some of the shades. 

SALT (ivory satin)
BLAZE (light metallic peach with pink shift)
HEATWAVE (metallic rust)
DAYBREAK (deep reddish terra-cotta matte)
16th ST. (metallic bronze-gold)
PLUNGE (deep metallic blue-green)
DAYBREAK (deep reddish terra-cotta matte)
DOUBLE DIP (bright metallic teal)
WEDGE (deep metallic brown-copper)

I haven't been wearing a lot of makeup this summer and my go to look all summer has been Blaze over the lid and Daybreak in the crease with a smudge of brown liner on the outer lashes.

The Beached Palette is out now and costs €34.

Urban Decay are (as always) knocking their palettes out of the park but I am finding there are almost TOO MANY palette launches.  Beached is for summer, the newly released Born to Run* (looks fab) and even the Backtalk palette that I didn't think I would like but I LOVE.  I am finding there is not enough time between releases to appreciate the palettes and really let them shine.  I love Urban Decay and am not only a fan but a collector of the palettes and I am feeling a little overwhelmed (and also that I want them... its a viscous circle).

* I bought the Born to Run Palette at the weekend.  Debenhams had 10% off, it has the shade Blaze,   I have a weakness when it comes to Urban Decay Palettes, I needed cheering up ......I regret nothing

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Clarins Bronzing and Blush Compact Summer 2018

Summer makeup collections welcome MY most wonderful time of the year.  We may not always have the sunshine in Ireland but a little bit of summer makeup can fake a glow and bring a smile to my face.  Clarins Summer Collection is always one of my most anticipated makeup collections. Clarins release a perfectly curated summer makeup collection which is centered around the now iconic bronzer palette*.  This year Clarins have upped their game and created possibly the most Instagramable bronzer you will ever see. 
When we think of Clarins we think of amazing skin care (me and Clarins Extra Firming day cream are in a very serious love fest) and they tend to go for quality content and classic packaging but this year Clarins have injected some fun and wimsey into their iconic bronzer.  You cant really get more of tropical wimsey than flamingos lounging on your bronzer.
If you haven't seen a Clarins Bronzing Compact before its described as "maxi size" and it is a massive 17g (in comparison to most brands 9g).  Every year when I see it I think Clarins cant release another huge bronzer (they must be doing themselves out of business because this bronzer will last you YEARS and YEARS) but each year BOOM the only bronzer you will need and each year it gets prettier. 

This years bronzer (or bronze and blush as its described) has 3 matte shades which makes it easy to adapt to all skin tones (or to warm your cheeks sculpt your face).  Clarins have more up their sleeve than an Instagramable compact, they are also protecting our skin from pollution with Clarins anti-pollution complex (extracts of white tea and nipplewort) and help maintain moisturized, comfortable,
supple skin with VEGETAL MICROPATCH* .  So Clarins are giving us a hella pretty compact with a huge amount of product which also has skincare properties.  

If you thought the outside of the product was pretty the inside is just as impressive.  Hello little flamingo. 

The three shades light to dark.  I tend to swirl the light and middle shade together and bronze all over my face. 
I just cant stop looking at you Clarins Bronzer, or taking pictures of you.  You are so pretty.  
While I dont have the rest of the Summer Collection to show you (lets face it the star of the show is the bronzer)  the rest of the collection complements the bronzer and helps to create a pretty summer look.   Clarins have also released a new 4 Colour all-in-one pen for eyes and lips with summer shades (including a fabulous turquoise liner and pink lip liner).

I love the Clarins Summer Collection, its pretty, its fun and whats more the bronzer has skincare benefits.  
Image result for clarins summer 2018

 The Clarins Summer collection is out now and features Colour Control Primer #06 #07 €31,  Bronzing & Blush Compact* €47, Supra Volume Mascara #03 €26,  4 Colour all-in-one Pen Eyes & Lips €36 and Lip Comfort Oil #08 Blackberry €21.  
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Urban Decay Backtalk Palette and Backtalk Lipstick

I Love Urban Decay and have been collecting the palettes for years, in fact I get a little giddy at the news of a new release.  When I first saw pictures of the Backtalk Palette on Instagram my initial thoughts were a bit meh.  I mean its a cool concept a eye and cheek palette and "Oh Look the mirror comes out so thats great for travel" but the shades.......Meh.  Come on you have looked at the Backtalk palette and thought exactly the same thing.    I was invited to a Masterclass on the Backtalk palette and I love a masterclass,  I get to learn from the experts about the product but also tips on other products (I have a deep love for the All Nighter Setting Spray from one such masterclasses and I cant be without it now).  
As I was a bit meh about the palette I didn't look into it too much or think why Backtalk? why that range of shades.  It turns out the Backtalk is Urban Decay's best selling Vice Lipstick and the shade is so universally flattering they decided to create a palette which would create a monochromatic makeup looks for all skin tones.  

I am having quite a cheek or face palette obsession at the moment so I was really only interested in the face side of the palette.  The Face side of the palette contains two blushes Cheap Shot, Double take and two highlighters Low Key and Party Foul. 
Left to Right  Cheap Shot, Double take, Low Key and Party Foul. 

When the makeup artists started to play with the shades (they created a day and an dramatic evening look with the palette) I sat up in my chair and took notice.  I swatched the eye shadows which earlier held little interest to me and I fell in love.  The shadows can be used dry for a softer day time look or foiled for an intense look.  At first I didn't think there was much pay off with the lighter shades but they are quite light shades and the second to left shade Bare is one I use all the time on the inner eye.    My standout shade of the palette is the shade Backtalk, I would never normally gravitate towards this shade but its so fantastic in the crease and I have worn this every day  IN FACT I would love if Urban Decay released it as a single pan eye shadow.   While there has been a massive trend for warm brown eye shadows, which especially flattering on blue and green eyes, it can be quite a harsh look to pull off especially on Irish Skin tones.  There is something very flattering about the eye shadow shades in the Backtalk palette, they make blue and green eyes pop while being softer and more flattering on the skin tone around the eyes.  I think the shades would make fantastic Bridal makeup soft and flattering without being too intense or domineering.  They create pretty makeup looks.  

The design of the palette is really clever, on one side the eye shadows, on the other the face shades which are separated by a removable (genius) mirror.  I am wondering will this become a trend for Urban Decay like the Naked Palettes (its very clever packaging).  

I thought I would dig the face shades and would be Meh about the eye shadows but my verdict is the blush shades are pretty but probably not shades I would naturally reach for but the highlighter shades are very pretty and I adore the eye shadows.  I surprised at how much I love them.  I love I can create a quick and easy look which isn't taxing on my dark circles and make my eyes pop without much work.  If you want to ramp up your look the shades Shade and Attitude are stunning (and if you use foiled AHHHH MAGIC).  I also love that on the end is WTF the perfect neutral matte brown and 180 a shimmery brown which I almost forget about because the other shades are divine. 

Backtalk is really a palette you have to look at and play with to appreciate how pretty it is.   If you put the shade Backtalk in your crease you will not want to use anything else.

 Now let me introduce you to Backtalk, the Vice Lipstick bestseller which influenced the creation of the palette.  I really like Vice Lipsticks (even the mattes are very smooth and comfortable) Backtalk is a mauve shade which we can see how it would suit all skin tones and change from looking dramatic on fairer skin to "your lips but better" on deeper skin.  Backtalk is a satin lipstick which is really comfortable on the lips.  

Backtalk Palette* was launched on the 14th June and costs €43.00 and Backtalk Lipstick is €19.50.
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Monday, May 28, 2018

Clarins Water Lip Stain A Juicy Cocktail for your lips

Im a massive fan of Clarins lip products NOBODY does lip products like them.  While sometimes Clarins lip products might not be my first choice shade wise (they are far too classy for a slag pink) I am guaranteed that the products are feel fantastic, are kind and moisturising on the lips.  I was very giddy to see that Clarins are launching a new kind of lip product the Water Lip Stain*.  
Clarins Water Lip Stains come in four shades (Rose Water, Orange Water,  Red Water, Violet Water) and as the name suggests they are a water but opaque lip stain.  They promise to be light on the lips and kiss proof while ingredients such as aloe vera help with moisturising and raspberry for antioxidant and moisturizing properties.   Water Lip Stains are also have anti pollution properties which I see is a feature that Clarins are adapting into more and more of their products.  

THE PACKAGING - can we all give Clarins a slow, power clap for the packaging.  Talk about stepping up their game and creating an juicy and eye catching product that looks unlike anything they have released before.   Simple, classy and eye catching..... continue the slow power clap.

THE FORMULA - while lip stains are not a new idea Clarins have created a really impressive feather light formula which feels (as the name suggests) as light as water on the lips.   I would say the formula is as light as licking your lips but as we know that can be somewhat drying to the lips and the water stains feel as light as water but the formula which includes hydrating aloe vera doesn't dry your lips so your lips look and feel fuller.  The texture is very runny and one dip will cover the lips.  The formula manages to look both see through but opaque (see in the swatches below).  The formula is light and completely build able (but I have used one layer for photos) without feeling heavy or cakey on the lips, you can also layer with other lip products like the Clarins Lip Oil if you want a glossy look.    While some lip stains look like you have sucked on an ice lolly the Clarins Water Lip Stains give a more sophisticated effect... they are like a fruity cocktail for your lips.  

Although Clarins Water Lip Stains are not part of the Summer Collection they are a perfect addition to your summer makeup.   I love a bright lip during the summer but hate heavy formulas in the heat,  Water Stains give the effect of a bright and juicy lip.  

Left to Right No 1 Rose Water, No 2 Orange Water, No 3 Red Water, No 4 Violet Water 
 No 1 Rose Water

 No 2 Orange Water
  No 3 Red Water

 No 4 Violet Water

   Clarins Water Lip Stain launch on the 31st May and cost €21.00 each
I am a big fan of Clarins Water Lip Stains, they are so easy to wear (you apply and forget about them) but add that punch of juicy colour to your lips.  Well done Clarins, you have moved out of your comfort zone yet still created a uber comfortable lip product.  
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Glossier - New Brand Alert - Lid Star

Glossier is the makeup brand on every body's lips and its now shipping to Ireland

 So what is Glossier anyway?

Glossier (which is pronounced Glossy AY not Glossy ER like we really all want to pronounce it) is an American online based beauty brand, therefore it doesn't have any physical shops but it does have a "showroom" in New York and a new one in London.  You can tell that its quite hip and deadly cause its called a "Showroom" and not a shop.  The brands main promotion was on Instagram where the products and beauty pics went viral.

That sounds marvelous if not for the young uns,  can pre millennial partake? or will anybody who was around during the 90ies be taken into a dark cave?

Funny you should ask that (inner voice) Glossier is for everybody (as all makeup should be),  the wonderful thing about Glossier is the brand really focus on skin, they have a wonderful range of skincare products including their much raved about Milky Jelly Cleanser and a selection of serums which you can mix and mix depending on your skin type or issue.  Glossier want you to concentrate on getting your skin the best it can be and then you can play with your makeup and let your makeup become your joy.  The brands message is "First Skin, Makeup Second"  as I get older its a bit of a no-brainer that if your skin looks good your makeup will look good  In saying that the products look sleek and minimal (hey us 90ies chicks did minimal first) and the distinctive and now famous millennial pink zip lock bag the products arrive in make it a millennial must have.

That sounds brilliant - but you said the brand is Instagram famous... is it all about Instagram makeup?

While Instagram makeup is lovely to look at on Instagram its not a reality for most of us and Glossier have created a line of makeup which is beautiful and easy to use with the fingers.  Think more Meghan Markle's wedding makeup than Instagram high maintenance glitter. 

Glossier is now shipping to Ireland and with shipping being free over a €40 spend (they have great sets which allow you to try a couple of different products) you will have the Glossier look in 2 - 3 days. 

The product I have to show you is Lidstar*  - Less shadow, more glow.  Housed in what appears to be a blood vial is Glossier's new liquid eye shadow.  When you first swatch the products with their doe foot applicator they are pigmented but apply quite sheer on the lids, which is no surprise really considering the brand.  You can build up the pigment, layer and even mix shades.  What is most impressive about Lid star is their staying power.  They are like gossamer and whimsical but they stay put all day.  The swatches on my hand lasted until morning and my eyes looked Lidstar perfect all day.  They are small but mighty.  The vials themselves are quite light and it will make it easier to throw into your handbag to glisten up your day look (the light packaging makes perfect sense considering its an online brand with the cost of shipping to consider) and while this will not be a worry of a lot of millennials I have a rampant toddler who would stomp the vial quicker than Godzilla would squash a donuts.  I am loving using Lidstar everyday perfect for a soft, natural yet glowing look.

Left to Right:  Lilly, Slip and Moon
I am very impressed by Lidstar the gossamer look of the product means I can rock my bold lip look without fear of them clashing.  Lidstar definitely make me want to try more from Glossier

If your are curious about Glossier and their products I urge you to follow Katie Jane Hughes on Instagram who always has glowing skin and inspirational makeup.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Too Faced "Natural Face" Palette and Natural Nude Lipstick in Pout About It

Too faced products really tickle my fancy, the packaging is cute, they tend to be a little different than other products on the market and the products are really good.  In addition to Too Faced being the most adorable brand ever they do have products with absolutely beautiful packaging (the kind you could take out in a serious situation and not be afraid a unicorn or mermaid jumps out). 
The new It Just comes Naturally" collection is perfect cute meets classy.  The products are quite practically really (neutral and matte eye shadow palettes) in the most divine packaging.  I decided that I didn't need another eye shadow palette (although as most makeup junkies will attest need is never really a word that comes into play when buying makeup) but I really wanted to try the  Too Faced Natural Face Palette €42 (conveniently ignoring the Becca and Huda Beauty face palettes that are on my counter).

Too Faced palette has 6 shades in it 2 highlighters 2 blushes and 2 bronzers although I would use the  shade "Tropic like its hot" as a warm blush.  The packaging is beautiful, its a sturdy acrylic plastic which has a lace design, even the clasp is a little heart.  Its pretty but also classic enough to attract many age groups and its also sturdy enough to last years.  The beautiful lace design on the outside is carried on and imprinted onto the product (its the small touches like these that take Too Faced products up a notch). 

The powders are pigmented and very pretty - they are fragranced which will turn off some people but you dont really notice after you initially open the palette.  For me Too Faced hands down beats the Becca and Huda Beauty palettes-  all the shades are very wearable and individual to each other,  the Natural Face palette is also very clever because I could happily create a simple but very pretty eye makeup look using the palette (the bronzer is particularly pretty and wearable on the eyes),  while the other brands face palettes are cardboard this is a more durable and pretty heavy plastic. 
Left to Right:  Starlight, Pink Wink and Sunny Honey
 Second Row Left to Right:  Satin Sheets, Pink Sand, Tropic Like its Hot
Most of us beauty junkies have beauty buying OCD when buying makeup WE FIND IT VERY HARD TO BUY JUST ONE THING so I had to try one of the Too Faced Natural Nude Lipstick €22 in the shade Pout About It.  The Natural Nude Lipsticks are a range of nudes for all skin types, the lipsticks are full of hydrating coconut butter so feel absolutely fantastic on the lips.  Pout About It is such a easy everyday colour to wear but its the texture and feeling on the lips which steals the show (again Too Faced dont disappoint with the packaging which has the lace detail along the bullet).

I am a little giddy to see that the Peaches & Cream Collection from Too Faced is now available on because the Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Liquid Foundation (which is a whopping €48ml and costs €32) has been the most impressive foundation I have tried in a long time.    I ordered these from Too Faced but I would recommend buying from Debenhams as shipping is quicker (and you can save loyalty points) although keep in mind the Too Faced site do have some amazing exclusives.  
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