A few posts back I did a nice little review of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation and so it only really make sense for me to also include a review of the Naked Skin Concealer on my blog.
Truth be told the concealer is just as good as the foundation if not better. The packaging of it is reminiscent of the foundation, where basically if you Naked Skin Foundation bottle tiny you would get the concealer tube packaging. It comes with a wand applicator that has a flatten doe-foot sponge on the end of it.
I personally find that this has way too much product on it when you initially pull it out of the tube but I just wipe the excess off using the sides of the opening of the tube and then the amount is perfect. Shade wise I am Fair/Neutral and as far as I know this is the lightest of all the shades available.
The coverage of the concealer is way higher than the coverage you get with the foundation. This is a very heavy duty concealer and works brilliantly on both the under-eyes and blemishes/spots. I typically like blending this out with a dampen sponge though I also find using a brush works perfectly also.
Price wise this concealer comes in at 23 euros which on comparison with other high end concealer prices, really isn’t that expensive.
I have to say I still get super excited whenever I get press releases that feature a brand I love entire collection for the coming season. Catrice Cosmetics is a brand that revamps their entire permanent range every season in order to keep up with all the latest trends. It’s also one of my favourite makeup brands because of this and because of it’s lovely affordable price point. This blog post is simply going to showcase everything that they’re going to be launching for the Spring and Summer of 2018. I will probably be picking up a few of these products to try and when I do I will most likely do a blog post reviewing them so please subscribe as to not miss those posts!
Spectralight Eyeshadow Glow Kit
Available in two shades
“With one metallic and two holographic textures each, the baked highlighting eyeshadows offers a multitude of combination options.”
Dewy Eye Gloss Pen
“The transparent, non-sticky gloss pen gives the eye make-up a perfect finishing touch with a wet & glow effect.”
010 Gloss Me Up!
010 Gloss Me Up!
Rock Couture Liquid Liner
Available in three shades
“The rock couture liquid liner with a fine brush applicator is a true eye catcher. With a effects ranging from glittering metallic to intensive duo chrome.”
020 BLUEllet For My Valentine
030 Guns N’ Rosegold
040 These White Stripes
Precious Pigment Loose Eyeshadow
Available in 6 shades
“The eyeshadows with metallic and glitter can be applied individually or mixed-the coverage intensifies with each application.”
020 Pink Galaxy
030 Purple Fiction
040 Cosmic Copper
060 Out Of Greys
Prisma Lip Glaze
Available in 8 shades
“Worn solo or as a topcoat: the formula with medium coverage and intensive prismatic and holographic effects creates extraordinary looks.“
Prisma Chrome Lipstick
Available in 8 shades
“Prismatic and metallic effects create a glamorous lip look -combined with perfect coverage with just one application and a creamy texture.”
Galactic Highlighter Drops
“The drops in soft rosé contain light-reflecting pigments for a galactic shimmer. The liquid highlighter is applied as a finish or on top of foundation. The drops don’t just create stunning results on the cheekbones, but can also be applied below the brow arch or on the decollete.”
Holo To Prisma Holographic Stick
“The creamy, silver texture blends easily so that holographic effects can easily be inter-grated into the makeup. Ideal on the go thanks to its practical shape.”
010 Hyper Cosmos
Dewy Wet Look Stick
“The transparent gloss stick contains light-reflecting pigments to ensure a dewy look.”
010 Splash ‘N’ Glow
Spectra Light Effect Nail Laquer
Available in 5 shades
“The diversity of unique effects turns this nail polish range into a must have: holo and duo chrome finishes, combined with long-lasting formulas and high-shine results.”
Light Spectrum Strobing Brick
Available in 3 shades
“Powder highlighter with five shades each which can be applied individually or combined to create a shimmering finish.”
010 Bronze Brillance
020 Spirit of Africa
030 Candy Cotton
Luxchrome 2 in 1 Base and Top Coat
“The water-infused base and top coat is a must for a perfect LuxChrome look-and makes the LuxChrome products last longer at the same time. Can be used as a top coat for the nail powders and as a base and top coat for the foil effect polish.”
LuxChrome Foil Effect Polish
“Create the impressive mirror shine effect on your nails in a flash: simply apply on the dry LuxChrome 2 in 1 Base and Top Coat to develop a ‘like-a-mirror’ effect that lasts for days and gives the impression of liquid silver. Finally seal with the LuxChrome 2 in 1 Base and Top coat.”
LuxChrome Nail Powder Kit
“Chrome, holo and shimmer don’t stop at the nails! Sprinkle the nail powders on top of ICONails colour nail polish for extraordinary results: each powder conjures-up a different unique shimmer on your favourite polish. Seal with LuxChrome 2 in 1 Base and Top coat.”
Ultimate Dark Lip Glow
“The black texture intensifies the colour of the lips and tints them-depending on the pH value of the skin-in an individual pink shade with a smoky finish. Enriched with blackcurrent oil.”
010 One Shade Fits All
Mattlover Lipstick Pen
Available in 8 shades
“The highly pigmented texture has a modern, matt finish and feels wonderfully weightless on the lips. Available in wearable nude tones as well as more intense, bold shades, the broad shade range offers lots of variety.”
010 So Bordeaux
020 Tomato Red is Fab
030 Marilyn MenROSE
040 ROSELessly Romantic
050 Let’s Go To Marrakesh
060 Top It With Cinnamon
080 Luca Loves Lavender
Instant Glam Eyeshadow Palette
“Eight trendy colours, perfectly combined in four duo eyeshadows. The innovative applicator is aligned with the shape of the eye to allow the professional application of eye-makeup in seconds.”
Siliconic Eyeshadow Shader Brush
“The soft, flat silicon applicator is the perfect for the application of eyeshadows with a creamy or powdery texture and for setting targeted accents. On top benefit: it can be cleaned quickly and easily with make-up remover.”
Lashes To Kill Pro Instant Volume Mascara 24H
Available in 2 shades
“Perfect definition with an instant volume effect: the lashes are given a phenomenal catwalk look thanks to the deep-black texture of the mascara.
010 Ultra Black
Pure Pigments Lip Laquer
Available in 8 shades
“Colours with intense coverage combined with a trendy high-shine finish. At the same time, the soft and buttery non-stick texture feels pleasant on the lips and won’t settle in fine lines.”
Light Correcting Serum Primer
“The liquid primer ensures a sun-kissed complexion. The light reflecting pigments can be applied solo, mixed with foundation or worn under make-up for a radiant glow.
Prime And Fine Anti-Shine Fixing Spray
“The perfect fit for the Prime and Fine Anti-Shine base: the mattifying spray refreshes, sets and extends the durability of make-up.”
Shake & Seal Top Coat
Available in 5 shades
“Inspired by the natural beauty of the ocean and coral; these polishes with a prismatic finish have three phases. Shake before use and apply on top of colour nail polish. Phase 1 offers a beautiful shine and an anti-chipping-effect. Phase 2 ensures a light colour-dispersion and phase 3 provides a prismatic effect.”
01 Ocean Drive
02 Deep Blue Sea
03 OffShore Beauty
04 Coral Bay
05 Icy Showdown
Light Illusion Loose Powder
“Soft Focus for a perfect complexion: the loose, yellow powder with a subtle lightening effect has an ultra-line formula to ensure a long-lasting, flawless finish. Can be worn alone or used to set the make-up in place. Enriched with yellow clay.”
Prime and Fine Dewy Glow Fixing Spray
“Instant glow: the fixing spray refreshes, extends the durability of make-up and ensures a radiant complexion with a dewy finish.”
Rock Couture Vinyl Black Liquid Liner 24H
“The extremely long-lasting liquid liner ensures a deep-black, high-shine vinyl finish. Thanks to its fine brush applicator, an easy and accurate application is guaranteed.”
Rock Couture Extreme Volume Mascara Lifestyleproof 24H
“The perfect partner in crime for day-to-day situations: the deep-black, waterproof performance mascara provides XXL volume and is tear, sport as well as sweat resistant.”
010 Ultra Black
Prime and Fine Lip Colour Remover
“A fast and simple removal of long-lasting lipsticks? Not a problem with the lip colour remover! The transparent gel texture frees the lips of colour quickly and thoroughly, and calms them with aloe vera extracts.”
HD Liquid Coverage Precision Concealer
Available in three shades:
-010 Light Beige
-020 Rose Beige
-030 Sand Beige
“The extremely slim applicator allows an accurate application of the high coverage and long-lasting concealer texture. It perfectly complements the HD Liquid Coverage Foundation.”
Brow Hero 2 in 1 Bow Pomade & Camouflage Waterproof
Available in two shades
“For eyebrows on fleek: the pomade is ideal for filling and setting the brows in place while the concealer ensures a perfect clean up and framing. Lasts all day thanks to the waterproof formula.”
010 So Gigi
020 So Bella
“The rich lip balm with a creamy texture and a subtle citrus scent can be used as a day or night treatment. Nourishes dry lips with shea butter and provide intense moisture.”
010 Lip Pyjama
Super Dry Gloss Top Coat
“The super dry gloss top coat with an anti-yellowing formula doesn’t just dry nail polish in a flash, it also visibly enhances the shine and extends it’s durability.”
Power Gel 2 in 1 Base & Top Coat
“Used as a base coat, this high-performance polish evens out small ridges and protects the nails. Applied as a top coat, it extends the durability of the polish underneath and provides a maximum plumping effect as well as a glossy finish. The anti-yellowing formula also enhances the brilliance of any nail colour.”
Light in a Box Highlighter Palette
“Four universally applicable highlighters with a powder texture ensures a radiant glow. The palette also includes a translucent glitter powder that can be used as a topper to intensify the highlighters or worn solo to create shimmering accents.”
010 It’s Glow Time
Galaxy in a Box Holographic Glow Palette
“The four holographic highlighters were voted into the palette by around 13000 Catrice fans via a community voting, and they achieve a prismatic glow in seconds! The transparent face gloss completes the palette and creates a dewy wet look effect.”
010 Out Of Space
Filter in a Box Photo Perfect Finishing Palette
“The four different, matt powders ensure a smooth complexion: blue for a cool light effect, pink for a fresh touch, yellow for a warm light effect and brown for a tanned look worn alone or as a special effect top coat on top of powder textures, the highlighter creates a flashlight filter effect.”
010 Camera Ready
Californiain a Box Bronzer & Blush Palette
“Two matt bronzing powders as well as one shimmering and one matt blush shade offer lots of options for a sun-kissed look. The palette is complemented by a golden highlighter powder, which can be either be worn alone or applied on top of matt textures as a topper.”
010 Malibu Beach Collection
Lip Artist Pro Palette
“The mixing zone, a duo brush and a broad colour range turn this palette into the ultimate tool for endless looks. Black, white, the three base colours as well as ten shades with a silky-matt finish from nude to bold can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content.”
Catrice Creamy Matt Lip Palette
“Indispensable: the premium palette unites a lip primer, eight creamy-matt lipstick textures and a golden highlighting powder. Thanks to the integrated mirror and duo brush. also ideal on the go.”
010 Back to the Nudes
Catrice Vinyl Lacquer Lip Palette
“The must-have for high-shine lips: with its lip primer, eight lipsticks textures and a silver highlighting powder, this palette leaves nothing to be desired. Especially practical on the go: a integrated mirror and duo brush complete the palette.”
020 Embellished Boldness
Professional Artist Eyeshadow Palette
“16 long-lasting, ultra pigmented powder eyeshadows with finishes ranging from matt to shimmering, united in one palette. From neutral tones to intensive colours, the palette offers eyeshadows with a subtle texture for a variety of gorgeous looks.”
Valentine’s Day is a holiday that either people really really love or really really hate. There really is no in between. For me, I think Valentine’s Day is super cute and a great way to do something different with the person or persons that you love. However, regardless of whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day I know that you are going to love this new trend edition from Essence Cosmetics called Wood You Love Me?. This is a limited edition collection and features some incredible products that you can use on the day regardless or whether you’re going out or staying in for a cozy night.
Let’s start things off with the products that I actually have from the collection and then I will pop pictures of everything else from the release below. The first, and probably the most gorgeous product from this trend edition is the Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette in 01 From The Forest, With Love! This is five pan palette that is very wearable and neutral with regards to it’s eyeshadow shades.
I have to say I absolutely love the detail that went into the packaging of this palette. It’s got a 2D reflective image on the front of it, that, depending on how you tilt it, will show two bunnies running to hug each other. It also doesn’t have any useless applicators included in it, which is refreshing to see. My only wish was that it should have had a mirror as it would have made a great choice for travel.
The pigmentation of these eyeshadows is beautiful, rich and buttery and creamy. They blend out flawlessly on the eyes though they do have a bit of fallout-especially the more shimmery shades. The centre champagne shade, in my opinion, works great as both a eye highlight and a cheek highlight and gives off a very intense shine. Highly highly recommend this palette and it only retails for €4.40.
To go with the palette, they did include a double ended brush as part of the collection. I have to say, this is a very interesting brush and I definitely don’t have anything like it in my very vast collection of brushes. One of the ends of the brush has a very unique V-shape to it and it took me a while to figure out that when you look at it from above it’s shaped like a heart! So Cute! ^_^.
That said I don’t know how you would use this brush side to apply eyeshadow, so far I’ve only been using it for highlighting my brow bone as the shape of the brush doesn’t really matter for this.
The other end is a-lot more useful and is shaped like a dome, making it perfect for applying and blending out product in the crease and the outer corner or the eye. I also found it great for highlighting the inner corner and applying my primer evenly. The bristles of this brush are super soft & yes that softness is still there after washing. They are also synthetic and so can be used with both cream and powder products. The brush retails for €2.90.
Duo Eye Pencil
Available in two shades
“The wooden eye pencil with two perfectly aligned colours in matt and shimmering can be sharpened and has a high coverage as well as a soft texture for gorgeous long-lasting results.”
01 Forever Together
02 My Tree Love
“The false lashes offer breathtaking volume and a look that is sure to make all hearts beat a little faster-Includes lash glue.”
“Five high coverage, creamy lipsticks in a pink-fuschia-red colour scheme with either a metallic, shimmering or matt finish conjure-up a multitude of kiss-proof styles on the lips.”
Available in three shades
“Fast-drying nail polishes with a high coverage in lime, light pink and metallic rose gold create trendy manicures that are sure to last!”
01 Crazy In Love
03 Sweet Kisses
Nail File Set
“The set contains two nail files to shorten, shape and file the nails-with one extra for your best friend.”
“Two practical makeup sponges for the application of all textures-washable and reusable.”
Highlighter and Blush Palette
“The soft shimmering highlighter in a light champagne shade and the blush in a delicate pink are a dream team for a fresh, radiant complexion.”
01 My Heart Is Yours!
Hydrating Face Mask
“The moist sheet mask with active ingredients provides skin with the moisture it needs and makes the skin feel wonderfully supple. The cute bunny rabbit design is sure to put a smile on your face!”
01 Be Happy! Be A Bunny!
Energizing Eye Sheet Mask
“A moist sheet mask for the eyes: it has an invigorating effect and contains active ingredients to provide moisture. And thanks to its foxlike look, the pampering face care is even more fun.”
01 Forever In Love
And that’s the entire collection! As always, all of Essence Cosmetics products are extremely affordable and this collection has products that suit everyone priorities for V-day, whether it’s chilly at home and pampering yourself or going out on the town in full glam makeup. The collection is available in stores from today up until the 14th of February.
-Talk Soon xx
Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.
New launches are never done half-way when it comes to Urban Decay and this is definitely evident in their Spring 2018 release which is in collaboration with Kirsten Leanne, a youtuber who’s main ascetic is her love of bold colours. It’s very easy to see why Urban Decay decided to part with her on this release as their love of colour can be seen with every product in their line. As far as I know these products will be available in stores on March the 1st and much like their UDXBasquiat collection, it will probably be limited edition.
-Talk Soon xx
UD x Kirsten Leanne Kaleidoscope Palette
Price: $39/€33 approx.
UD x Kirsten Leanne Daydream Palette
Price: $26/€22 approx.
UD x Kirsten Leanne Beauty Beam Highlighting Palette
Price: $34/€29 approx.
UD x Kirsten Leanne Vice Lipstick
Available in three shades
UD x Kirsten Leanne Vice Liquid Lipstick Duo
UD x Kirsten Leanne Vice Liquid Lipstick
Price: $18/€20 Online Exclusive
UD x Kirsten Leanne Eyeshadow
Price: $19/€21 Online Exclusive
Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via the Urban Decay Website and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Urban Decay™.
I really used to be the type of girl that would walk into Primark (Pennys here in Ireland) and never be caught dead checking out their makeup or beauty products because to be quite frank they were crap. Things have definitely changed and they are constantly upping their game with every single new release they bring out in stores. One of these new releases is their PS…#InstaGirl Priming Oil and the main reason I wanted to try this is because I’ve never had a primer in the form of an oil before.
The oil itself is what I would consider to be a dry oil. It doesn’t have that greasy feeling that some oils do and it absorbs into the skin relatively quickly. That said it did feel slight heavy on my skin but I definitely liked the instant glow it gave. I did try applying this primer a number of ways; first I did the go ole fashion way by popping three to four drops onto the fingers and pressing it into the skin. This way worked like a dream and I did find that my foundation looked nice and dewy all throughout the day without any fading or patchiness.
The second way I tried applying was by adding it and mixing it in with my foundation. This way actually got rid of the heavy feeling of it on my skin, however I only recommend you do this with a matte finish or velvet finish foundation as a dewy finish will cause you to look like a grease ball by the end of the day and nobody wants that!
I have to say I really like this primer, it does the job exactly how it says it will on the packaging. My only complaint is the packaging, its in a glass bottle! Pretty to look at but not the easiest to travel with at all. Furthermore I think the bottle should be just a tad bit bigger. You only get 20mls of product whereas most primers come in either 30ml tube or 50ml tubes.
This primer retailed for 6 euros so it isn’t expensive but it’s also not the cheapest in Primark stores that’s for sure. Let me know if you’ll be picking this up to try or if you have other recommendations for primers.
Happy 2018 everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing time off and a great start to the new year. Essence Cosmetics has one of the most featured brand on my blog throughout 2017 and so I thought it would only make sense, from my perceptive, to feature it as my first post of 2018. Trend Editions are small capsule collection that Essence Cosmetics tends to bring out every few months just to introduce new trends to it’s line and keep things fresh within it’s products.
For this trend edition Essence Cosmetics truly brought the duo-chromatic trend to life, especially with it’s Highlighting and Transforming Prismatic Palette. This palette contains four very unique duo-chromatic powders that can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks to add intense pops of highlight to those areas.
The powders themselves have a very satin and silky texture to them. Pigmentation for me could have been more intense but I did find if I sprayed my brush with a bit of MAC Fix+ than I got the payoff that I wanted from them. I think this is a great highlighter palette for the eyes, especially for the inner corner and the lips, particularly on the cupid’s bow. For the cheeks, I personally found the powders difficult to get to mesh with the skin.
Also from the collection I picked up two of their Highlighting Eye Pens and kinda wish I didn’t. These have such a creamy formulation to them and their pigmentation definitely looks like the kind of thing I want popped on to my eyes to make them glam.
Unfortunately the pigmentation just didn’t translate. I would go and swipe these pens across my eyelids and nothing would go on my eyes almost as if they’re dried out, which they’re not because they swatch beautifully on my hands….can I say dud products or what -_-.
The first of these pens is in the shade 01 Highlight In Your Eyes and this is a nice shimmery silver with a very intense gold undertone too it that makes it look almost titanium in colour.
The pens do come in great packaging in that they are twist-up so there is no need to worry about a topper…not that you’ll be apply them much because as I’ve said they don’t give any pigmentation what so ever on the eyelids.
The second shade is called 02 It’s Time To Party and this is a nice champagne rose gold shade. I know Essence Cosmetics is one of my fav brands ever but these pens definitely didn’t do it for me. I do highly recommend the palette if you’re looking to add something extra to you’re makeup look.
I’ve added images of the other available products within this trend edition below and I can definitely say that the liquid lipsticks are of amazing formulation. I didn’t pick them up because I have so many lip products in my collection at the moment but my friend did and she loves them to pieces.
Highlighting Glow Drops
Shade: 01 Oh, It’s So Glow!
Rose Gold Liquid Liner
Shade: 01 You Were Born To Sparkle
Sequin Matt Top Coat
Shade: 01 Pour Some Glitter On Me!
Nail Polish Available in 4 shades
01 Glam Like BAM!
02 Don’t Be Too Shy To Shine
03 Celebrate Good Times
04 Party Of Your Life
Velvet Metallic Liquid Lipstick Available in two shades
02 Get Some Sparkle On!
01 Star Of The Party
-Talk Soon xx
Disclaimer: Some images used in this post have been acquired via brand PR representatives and are for illustrative only and property of Essence Cosmetics™.
Uriage Eau Thermale is one of those skincare lines that is suitable for any skin types whether it’s oily, dry, sensitive or normal/combo. This is because it uses ingredients in its products that are pure, natural and completely hypo-allergic. Not only that but everything from their range feel exceptionally light and hydrating on the skin so it’s very comforting to use.
One of their cult products has definitely got to be their Thermal Water Spray which is a light hydrating water spray that you can use to refresh the skin. I find this perfect in summer when I’m feeling super hot and need something to cool me down, in winter when the weather completely soaks all moisture from the skin-this adds right back in.
It can be used before makeup to prep the skin as a nice hydrated base and it can also be used throughout the day over makeup just to revive it again. The sprayer itself spritz the water super finely. It can be used on babies as well should any be suffering from nappy rashes.
They’re under eye contour cream is great if you’re looking for a simple eye cream that doesn’t really do anything other than hydrate the eye area. This doesn’t have any anti-wrinkle properties to it and it doesn’t get rid of any black bags so if that’s what you’re looking for then stay away for this, it will disappoint. That said if you don’t have any problems with your eye area then this is a great choice just to plump up the skin surrounding the eyes.
It comes in a 15 ml tube that has a really thin nozzle to it. A drop of this is more than sufficient to tap into the under-eyes and the texture of it is just like water. It also gives a very nice cooling effect so if you do suffer from puffy eyes than popping this into the fridge and using it in the morning, works amazingly too!
Their Light Water Cream I’ve actually been using as my SPF sunscreen simply because I live in Ireland and an SPF of 20, which is what this has, is more than sufficent for our winter weather. I don’t recommend this as a sunscreen for the summer-you need something in the 50 region. This has such a thin consistency that using it first and then applying another moisturizer or foundation on over it doesn’t cause things to feel to thick.
Have you ever tried anything from the Uriage skincare range? Please let me know in the comments below!