Eyes

Singles in Pennys/Primark

The title of this blog post may slightly be a tad misleading in that if you’re single and looking for a hot guy (or gal) to date please don’t go to Pennys/Primark as you will be sorely disappointed. However if you’re looking for a MAC Cosmetics dupe to their single eyeshadow refillable pan palette system that they are famous for than by all means go, because Primark has just hit genius status in my book.

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I was honestly shocked when I was browsing the makeup stalls in Pennys and spotted these Custom Eyes palettes. Now when it comes to these you have two options. You can fill a nine pan palette which retails for 3 euros or you can fill a four pan palette which retails for 2 euros. Yes, just like MAC you do have to pay for an empty palette which you then fill with single eyeshadows.

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I personally went for the 9 pan palette because I knew I would be putting together this review and wanted to try out as many of the eyeshadows and the quality of them as possible. Each single eyeshadow retails for 1 euro so a total of 9 euros was spent on the eyeshadows plus the palette brings everything to 12 euros. Bargain right, looks much nicer than the 49 euros one has to spend to get a MAC one.

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As with all Primark/Pennys makeup some of these eyeshadows are a bit hit or miss and like everything in makeup I do have my favorites and ones I wish I had passed on to be honest. The pans are relatively the exact same size as the MAC ones though I think these might be just a smidge bigger but not by much.

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The first shade that I have is probably one of the ones I could do without. It’s a good eyeshadow don’t get me wrong, it has amazing pigmentation, the shimmer is intense and it applies on the eyes like butter. To be honest they all do bar one shade which I will get to. This is the shade Gold Digger and much like the names states it’s a nice sharp gold, which unfortunately is available in almost any versatile eyeshadow palette so its nothing special.

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This next shade is hands down my favorite of the 9 eyeshadows, mostly because it can be doubled up and used as a highlighter if you love your highlight to be shining to space like I do. This eyeshadow is called Opal and is an intense shimmery lilac shade that looks so soft and angelic on the eyelids. Personally I love wearing this all over the lid on it’s own with some fluttery lashes and calling it a day.

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Above I mentioned that there was one eyeshadow that just did not do as well as the others with regards to quality. This eyeshadow is the most powdery and chunky out of all the ones that I picked up. Yes, it has some nice pigmentation but it’s simply not worth using it with the amount of mess it creates with all the fallout it has.

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This dark purple shade is called Royal and I really wanted to love it because purple is my favourite colour but unfortunately this just did not cut it at all. Definitely one I wish I had passed on.

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Blue eyeshadow is not a colour most people like to wear but lately I’ve been noticing that there are some brave souls popping it on and looking amazing in it. I definitely want to be one of those brave souls so when I saw this shade I had to add it to my selection.

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Definitely a satin finish eyeshadow, this is the shade Tidal and it is the perfect jean denim blue. It packs some pigment when it’s applied but blends beautifully. I even find it dark enough that people with blue eyes don’t have to worry about washing out their eye colour by wearing this.

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I think this next shade is one of the more popular shades from the choices that were available, probably because it’s the shade that everyone will feel the most comfortable in.

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I have to say though this looks like your typical shimmery brown that you can get in most neutral palettes, I don’t actually have any palettes that have a colour quite like this. It’s a very unique brown in that it is very intense and almost has a blackened undertone to it. The shade is called Hot Coco and it really does give the effect of molten chocolate on the eyes.

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The next shade I have in my palette is another one that I really wish I had passed on because it’s simply not that unique and can be found in most versatile eyeshadow palettes.

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This is the shade Cranberry and just like it’s name, it’s a satin finish cranberry eyeshadow. I find this very comparable to the Cranberry single eyeshadow from Clarins and MAC’s single eyeshadow Cranberry too. So if you have either of those you don’t need this.

For the first slot in the last row of the palette, I went for the only matte shade that spark my interest. Surprisingly I found the texture of this matte shadow to be very soft and smooth. It applied just as well as the others on the eyes and there was no powdery dust floating everywhere when I dipped my brush into it.

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Colour wise this is what I would call an aquamarine green and is great for popping on the lower lash line when you want to add a pop of colour to you’re makeup look. The shade is called  Sea-foam.

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Keeping in the green family, this is a gorgeous shimmery khaki eyeshadow that goes by the name Basil. Real basil (the herb) is a bit brighter in colour so I don’t know why they named it Basil.

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This eyeshadow does have a slight shift to it, giving off a slight reflect of gold shimmer depending on how the light hits the eyes. I personally love how unique this eyeshadow is and highly recommend it to anyone looking to fill a palette themselves.

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Last eyeshadow in my palette is probably the most used shade out of all of them. This is a simple browbone highlight shade called Stripped which I use to…you guessed it, highlight my browbone.

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Though it looks super intense in the swatch below, with a light hand it’s very natural and just gives a subtle glow to the arch of your brow area. I love this eyeshadow so much and it even looks nice all over the lid with a classic winged liner and mascara.

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So those are my nine eyeshadow picks that I got to fill my 9-Pan palette from Pennys/Primark. I absolutely love that they’ve brought in this system and hope they introduce more shades to the line as the seasons change and new trends appear in the makeup world.

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Do let me know in the comments below which shade is you’re favourite of the nine. Also if you have one of these filled please leave any recommendations for shades that I don’t have 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Lip Products

Catrice Cosmetics Lip Dresser Lipsticks

I have to say I absolutely love it when brands with a low price tag take inspiration from high end brands in making and formulating their products and that’s exactly what Catrice Cosmetics did with these gorgeous lipsticks. Inspired by the very practical click button dispenser of the ByTerry Stylo Pens these lipsticks are probably some the best for popping into your handbag for on the go.

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I have to stress that when it comes to taking inspiration from high end brands, the lower priced brand doesn’t always get it right in that they just simply copy the high end brand and stick their logo onto it. Catrice Cosmetics hasn’t done that with these, it’s simply taken the way the product is dispensed from the packaging and adapted it into it’s own brands aesthetic and design so well done Catrice.

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Like I said the only thing that’s the same with these lippies as the ByTerry ones is the clickable dispenser that’s at the base of the pen/packaging. Other than that they are worlds apart. These lipsticks come in a gorgeous sleek black rounded tube that has a click-on lid which also holds the label as to what shade the lipstick is. I personally couldn’t resists picking up two of these because the shade range is so natural and faltering that all the shades can easily be worn on a daily basis without being over-done.

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The first shade that I purchased is the shade 010 Simply Natural Perfection and this is a soft english rose shade that looks amazing on almost any skin tone. I personally found the formulation of these super comfortable on the lips. They definitely have a satin finish to them so they aren’t long lasting but I did find them to last well up until you decide to eat something.

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The second shade that I have is 020 When the Sun Goes Brown and this is more of a mauve nude shade with a deep brown undertone running through it. I will say the only downside to these lippies is that you do only get 1.4 grams of product in the bullet which in comparison to a regular lippie, 6 grams, is only a quarter of the amount.

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The Catrice Cosmetics Lipdresser lipsticks retail only for 5.50 euros each and can be bought from any Catrice Cosmetics stand as well as the Inish Pharmacy website which I have added the link to below.

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Inish Pharmacy

Face Powders

PS…Pressed Powders

When it comes to powders, I am never one to faff around much. I look for a good, finely milled powder that will set my foundation without causing it to become heavy looking or cake. It was that simple to me. Recently however I’ve been seeing many of my favorite bloggers and youtubers using powders that have a slight tint of colour to them to achieve certain finishes on their skin. It definitely got me intrigued so when I saw that Pennys/Primark had their version of these kinds of powders in store I decided to test them out.

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Both of these powders come in the same packaging, a very sturdy compact made out of transparent acrylic plastic that surprisingly feels really high-end even though these have a price tag of 4 euros. These don’t have a mirror and to be honest that doesn’t bother me as much as it normally would because I wouldn’t take these powders with me on the go. I personally have found myself only using these within my initial application of makeup and then using a normal translucent powder for touch-ups throughout the rest of the day.

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The first of these powders is the PS…Rice Pressed Powder and this I have been using for setting my concealer under my eyes specifically. Because of the yellow tone this powder has it creates a brightening effect which helps eliminate any darkness that the concealer didn’t from under the eyes. It also sets the concealer beautifully as both of these powders are super finely milled and go on super smooth upon application.

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The second powder is the PS…Rose Pressed Powder and this I use all over the rest of my face. The rose tint in this powder is meant to add radiance to any dull or sallow skin. I have quite a yellow undertone to my skin, plus add that I’m super pale so I’m always looking for something to take that dullness out of my skin.

Comparing the two powders, I personally found that the rice powder did in fact brighten my under eye area, this one however I couldn’t honestly see a difference between it and my regular translucent powder that I use. So I would say if you’re thinking of investing in these kinds of powders to only go for the rice version.

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Haircare

💧💦 Wet Brush 💦💧

A few years ago if you were to ask anyone who knew anything about hair if it was okay to brush it while it’s wet they would have immediately glared at you before stating their answer with a simple no! Nowadays it’s a different story, now instead of shutting down the conversation most people will simply say get your hands on a Wet Brush. The Wet Brush is widely famous for having super soft flexible bristles that won’t damage the hair follicle like most brushes do when the hair is wet. It’s also perfect for detangling the hair as well.

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I personally have been using the Wet Brush for the past month and have found that my hair doesn’t fall out as much anymore because I don’t have to be as harsh on it with the Wet Brush as I do if I was using a regular hairbrush. Furthermore it just makes things a whole lot quicker when you get out of the shower because you don’t need to go through the faff of having to wait for it to dry before brushing it.

The brush itself, when you look at it, is nothing remarkable. It looks like any regular hairbrush but I will say that it has changed the way my hair is maintained. I know it has the words Wet Brush on it but you can use this on dry hair too and it works just as well. The one that I have been trying out the past month is their Naturals Wet Brush in Dark Wood.

 

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I have also been keeping one of their minis on my person wherever I go. It’s so handy for using when you’re in college or at a night out and need to fix any pesky flyaways that won’t lay flat. It also has a handy keyring so you can simply attach it to your keys. I have linked the Wet Brush website below because their brushes come in all shapes and sizes and retail for the most part under 20 euros, so they’re super affordable as well as great to use.

Let me know if you’ve ever used a Wet Brush and weather of not you found it any good or any different to a regular hairbrush.

-Talk Soon xx

Wet Brush Website

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Lip Products

E.L.F Lip Exfoliator

Lip scrubs are probably the easiest beauty product to get wrong. They can sometimes be too gritty and harsh on the lips or not have enough exfoliation to them so that they end up being pointless to use. Recently, while browsing Penneys (Primarks’ more cute name dubbed and used only here in Ireland), I discovered that they had installed an E.L.F Cosmetics stand and so I decided to pick up their Lip Exfoliator
to try.

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Initially I picked it up in the flavour/taste that is Sweet Cherry and I have to say since getting this product I have been obsessed with it. The lip scrub comes in a very handy lipstick tube and it itself is shaped like a lipstick bullet, which makes it so easy to use. The texture of the scrub is nice and coarse but not overly so which means it gets rid of any flakiness but it doesn’t hurt or make your lips raw whilst doing so.

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Because I loved it in Sweet Cherry I decided I needed to try out other flavours/tastes available so I got it in Mint Maniac as well. I personally still prefer the Sweet Cherry but I do like the Mint Maniac as well, it has the same texture and feel to it as the Sweet Cherry and works exactly the same on the lips. This makes me happy as it means the quality of the product is consistent regardless of the flavour.

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These lip scrubs retail for 6.49 euros which is considerably cheaper than my normal lip scrub, Lush Cosmetic’s Bubblegum Lip Scrub, which retails for 13.49 euros a pot and is definitely harsher and more gritty than these. I also found these more moisturizing on the lips than the Lush Cosmetics ones.

I really do want to try more products from E.L.F Cosmetics so if you could leave any recommendations in the comments below that would be great.

-Talk Soon xx

Collections

Catrice Blush Flush Limited Edition Collection

The trend of draping has been almost as popular in the makeup world this year as contouring was two years ago and strobing was last year. To make sure you have the right tools to achieve this trend Catrice Cosmetics has based it’s recent limited edition collection for February on it, and has released a total of 6 products in varying shades to help achieve the perfect draped look.

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Double Faced Brush
Price:
5.50 euros

“High-quality, double-ended face brush with synthetic bristles for a particularly flexible application. The end with the slightly wavy, black bristles is especially good for the smooth application of powder while the straight, light bristles perfectly blend creamy textures into the skin.”

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Ombré Blush Palette
Price:
5.50 euros
Available in two shades.

The blush palette with a soft powder texture unites various effects ranging from matte to shimmering. The gorgeous colour gradient allows individual application possibilities for a radiant, fresh look.”

Fluid Glow
Price:
5.50 euros

“The liquid blush has a slightly shimmering finish and an ideal dosage thanks to its pipette applicator. No matter whether used as a base underneath powder formulas or applied solo, the Fluid Glow is extremely versatile.”

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Blushing Mousse
Price:
4.50 euros
Available in three shades.

The blush with a mousse texture has a beautiful matte finish. Its sponge applicator ensures an accurate application. To intensify the effect of powder textures, simply apply the mousse as a base.”

Butter to Powder Blush
Price:
4.50 euros
Available in three shades.

“With an innovative hybrid texture, which transforms the buttery formula into a powdery finish and offers an intensive pigmentation for especially fresh looking colour.”

Cushion Powder Cheeks
Price:
5.50 euros
Available in two shades.

“The creamy powder texture is located in the cap of the stick and has a sponge applicator for easy blending-ideal for on the go!”

Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via Catrice Cosmetics Brand PR and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Catrice Cosmetics™.
Foundations

Primark/Pennys Velvet Finish Foundation

I genuinely find it so rare to find a makeup product that I don’t like probably because makeup has really come a long way in recent years and the days of plastic feeling junk being popped on our faces is gone. That said sometimes it does happen that I pick up a product, thinking it’s gonna be brilliant only to be sorely disappointed. This happened with the Primark/Pennys Velvet Finish Foundation. I need to state for the record that I love Primark/Pennys makeup products and have so many positive reviews of their products here on my blog so this review has got nothing to do with the fact that the product came from Primark/Pennys. I feel like I needed to say that because a lot of people think that anything from Primark/Pennys is going to be crap because it doesn’t have a corporate umbrella backing it. Not true, but I digress, let’s talk about this foundation and why I didn’t like.

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The foundation has a lovely price tag of 6 euros and that’s probably the only good thing I’m going to say about it. I hate the packaging. It comes in a fairly hefty frosted glass bottle and has a dropper applicator to get the product out. This becomes so messy because the product tends to cover the entire dropper and so when you go to put the dropper back into the bottle, any product on the sides of it will pool out around the rim of the opening. It honesty drives me up the wall because it’s not only messy but you’re wasting so much product!

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With regards to the foundation itself I didn’t like it either. It highlighted every pore, every dry patch of skin, every fine line around my eyes and nose and it looked so patchy even after blending for a good solid half hour. I tried applying it with both a dampened sponge and a brush and both gave the same result. Not only that but this also look really heavy on the skin and almost like I covered my face with a mask of foundation.

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever tried such a bad foundation and highly recommend you stay clear of this should you see in stores. Let me know if you’ve tried any bad foundations lately-just so I can stay clear of them! Wasting money is not fun at all. Oh and by the way, I got this in the shade Porcelain which was actually a colour match so I was double disappointed.

-Talk Soon xx