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Primark KPop Collection

Let me introduce you to what is probably the cutest collection to ever hit Primark/Pennys stores. Inspired by the many Korean beauty trends that we’re seen these days, Primark/Pennys has created an entire collection that shows off these trends at their best. We have cushion blushes, liquid highlighters, lip tints and much more so let me tell you about what’s good, bad and what’s a must have!

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First products are definitely a must have and my favourite from the entire collection. These are the Primark Bubble Blush Cushion Blushers and they are simply beautiful for getting that really dewy healthy flush look on the face. The packaging is adorable. This can be said for the whole collection really. Each compact comes in the same colour as the blush itself, they all have mirrors in them which makes them even better as it means I can take them on the go.

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I have three of the four available shades and each one retails for 5 euros which is a bit more pricey than normal Primark Blushes but I think that’s because this one is a cushion. The shades are Pastel Pink, Coral Dreams and Sugar Rush.

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Also in the blush department in the collection are two cream blushes which are called Cloud Cream Creamy Blush. I know the cushion blushers are technically a cream but those have a bit of a dewy finish to them when they are applied onto the cheeks. These are matte and have an almost cream to powder formulation to them which makes the last longer on the cheeks. Both are great blushes it just depends on which finish you prefer.

These blushes only come in two shades and I have both. The shades are Sunset when is a gorgeous peach and Dreamy which is neutral mauve nude. These retail for 3 euros each so they are bit less expensive than the cushion blushes.

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Last of the cream blush products is the Super Cheeky Cheek Tints (love the names of these products btw). This has a really interest cushion applicator that allows the product to spread out onto the cheeks almost like a mousse. It’s definitely the most pigmented of the cheek products but I have to say the colour of it isn’t my favourite.

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The shade is called Bubblegum and true to its name it’s a popping pastel pink. It’s got a retail value of three euros so it’s the same price as the Cloud Creams but you get more product.

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Personally I prefer both the cushion blushers and the cloud creams over this but again it comes down to how you like the finish of your blush. This gave a very glossy soft look to the cheeks which to be honest didn’t last as long as the other blushes.

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Last cheek product is probably my second favourite product from the collection and another must have in my opinion. This is the Sweet Cheeks Blush & Highlighter Palette and isn’t it the cutest thing ever!! I love all the little details that went into making this palette. The heart shaped pans with the different emoji faces on them, the coloured squares to correspond to each blush/highlight shade and the “sweet as sugar” quote that you see when you open the palette. I’m not even mad at it for not having a mirror I love the quote detail so much.

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All of these blushes/highlights are shimmery so I personally don’t use them as blushes on their own. I tend to layer shades Candy Floss and Bon Bon on over other blushes kind of like a topper. Shades Jelly Bean and Lemon Sherbet work great as highlighters especially when layered over the next products I’m going to talk about. Jelly Bean is the only shade that’s a dual-chrome that has an undertone of violet blue. The palette retails for 6 euros (BARGAIN!).

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I have a lot of must haves from this collection and that’s only because these products are so good! And the After Glow Liquid Highlighters are no different. These are a dual-chromatic highlighters that come in frosted plastic tubes with handy sponge-tipped applicators. There are three shades available and they each retail for 3 euros each.

Formulation wise I found these highlighters to be very watery. Their also not mega shiny on the face so if you’re looking for that highlight seen from space effect with these it isn’t gonna happen unless you layer they with the Sweet Cheeks Palette.

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The first shade is Shine Bright and this is the palest of the three. It’s a pale white silver that has a pink reflect to it. Shade number 2 is Glow Girl and I will say this is probably going to be the most popular of three. It’s a rose gold pink shade that has a slight silver shimmer running through it. Last shade is Diamond which is a super light blue that has a purple reflect. I absolutely love these highlighters and think they’re perfect for getting a nice everyday glow that’s going to look amazing come summer.

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There is one body product available in the collection and that’s the Beamin’ Shimmer Powder. It’s basically an all over fine glitter that you can pop on your neck, arms, legs and décolleté for a nice golden glow. It retails for 3.50 euros and the shade of it is Star Cluster. It’s a nice product but nothing to write home about. The shimmer tends to disappear after about an hour of wear.

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I have two eye products from the collection and the first is the Sugar Rush Palette. If I was to have a choice between the two palettes in this collection then I would said go for the Sweet Cheeks one. That’s not to say this isn’t a nice palette-it is. It’s just I personally don’t see myself reaching for this sort of palette once the summer months are over simply because of the shade range in it. They are all pastels, 6 are matte, 2 are shimmer and one is a satin finish.

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The pigmentation of these shadows is really good with little to no fallout whatsoever. I love that they have a good few transition shades throw in the mix, means I don’t have to use another palette with it. Price wise it’s the same as the Sweet Cheeks palette at 6 euros.

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Also for the eyes I have one of the five Eye Candy Eyeliners in the shade Tutu. This is a pale pink shade that is simple perfect for brighten the eyes and making them look bigger. It’s a really creamy pencil and it lasts so well in the waterline which is something not all eyeliners can do.

The price of this is only 1.50 euros and I’ve been using it in place of my HG Rimmel London Nude Eyeliner ever since I got it. Looks like a winner to me.

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No collection would be complete without a few lip products and this collection is no different. First up we have our typical lipsticks in the form of the Jelly Belle Jelly Lipsticks. These come in four shades and retail for 2 euros each so nothing that breaks the bank.

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If I was to describe the formulation of these I would say they are very much like a lip-balm. Sheer and very moisturising on the lips. They give a nice amount of pigmentation for how sheer they apply. I have two of the four shades and they are Cherryade which is a soft pastel pink and Pink Laces which is more of a coral pink.

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Last of the products that I have from the collection are the Pillow Talk Matte Lip Cushion Liquid Lipsticks. The name of them says it all. They are a matte formulation liquid lipstick which I found to be a tad bit drying but nothing that a good lip-balm underneath didn’t fix.

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I hate the cushion applicator, it has the tendency to get clogged with the product because of how thick the consistency is of the actual liquid lipstick. I does feel soft on the lips however and it gives a nice soft look to finish of the product. I have all three available shades and these retail for 3 euros each. The shades are Cuddle, Jelly Bean and Honey Bun.

So let’s recap! The must haves are definitely the Sweet Cheeks Palette, the Cushion Blushes, the After Glow Highlighters and the Eye Candy Eyeliner. The okay stuff are the Cloud Cream Blushes, Pillow Talk Liquid Lipstick & Sugar Rush Palette. Personally think you should do a pass on the Cheek Tint and Shimmer Powder.

-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.
Lip Products

MAC Smoked Purple Lipstick

MAC Cosmetics is the one makeup brand that when I see a counter for it, I run straight for the lipsticks and start swatching all of them immediately. I think they are kings/queens (I’m not labelling) of lipstick making. Because of my love for their lipsticks I tend to add one to my collection each and every time I find a MAC counter-which isn’t often as I live in Waterford & the closest counter is up in Dublin City.

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My latest addition to my MAC Lipstick collection is the shade Smoke Purple which is a fairly famous shade as it’s the shade that the singer Lorde uses as her signature colour. I love dark and rich colours on my lips so whenever I’m going to spend 20 euros for a lipstick, I’m going to choose a colour that I will wear quite frequently. Smoked Purple comes in the iconic MAC bullet packaging, like all the other lipsticks they do, and is a member of their retro matte formulated lipsticks.

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Please let me know what your favourite MAC Cosmetics lipstick is in the comments so I can add it to my list of lipsticks to pick up 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Nails

Kiss NY Pro Acrylic Nails

Fake nails and lashes tend to be two makeup items that I like to reserve for when I have a special occasion like a wedding or a birthday to go to and really want my makeup to pop. I’m not loyal to any one brand when it comes to deciding what nails and lashes to use for any one makeup look but recently I have been trying the Kiss NY Pro line for both and have been really enjoying them. I am planning on leaving my thoughts on the lashes for another post and for this post I’m going to be talking all about the Acrylic French Nude Nails.

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The first thing I have to say I really like about these nails is that they are not to thick and not to long either. They have a very natural appearance to them and it certainly helps that they do because when applied they don’t look like they’re fake at all. In the packet you get 28 nails, nail glue, a nail file and a cuticle stick. Also if you’re not a fan of gluing the nails to your own then there is also a set of stickers that you adhere to the back of these nails to make them press-on.

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I think the only bad thing I can say about these nails in all honesty is that if you have rather large hands then you are going to find it hard to get these nails to work with your natural nails. There are different styles within the Kiss NY Pro nail range but I personally don’t find them as natural looking on the nails as these.

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The application of these is super easy. You only need one drop of the glue and the nail will stick beautifully. The glue has a pink tint to it that makes them look even more natural on. It’s not messy at all and I found when I went to remove one of the nails to see if it came off easily, that it did with just a 10 minute soak in acetone.

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Wear-test wise these nails latest a good 2 weeks on my nails without losing their shape or falling off. After the two weeks they started to fall off one by one but if you have the glue on hand at all times then you can definitely get 3 weeks wear with these if you wanted. Let me know your favourite fake nails to use when you need to add that extra something to your look.

-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.
Haircare

Wet Brush Pro-Flex Dry

You may have seen a few weeks ago that I posted a review on the 💧💦 Wet Brush 💦💧which has now become the only brush I use whenever my hair is wet and I want to brush it out. Recently the Wet Brush distributor here in Ireland got in touch with me asking if I would like to try out the latest brush called the Flex Dry from the Wet Brush Pro line-you can guess I said yes because I honestly stand by these brushes.

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The Wet Brush Pro is both the same as the original Wet Brush and also completely different. By that I mean, it can be used to brush out wet hair just like the original one can but this also has the added benefit of being great for drying wet hair. This brush is super flexible and has these spacious groves between the bristles which allows the hot air of a hairdryer to pass through the brush while your drying your hair.

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The bristles are the same as the original in that they don’t damage the hair whatsoever while it’s wet. True to it’s name this brush is also super flexible and so it’s great to use on my poker straight hair as well as people who have more curly or coarse hair as it simply bends and works with the hair strand to brush it out.

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Now the real question-do you need both? I personally don’t think so. If you’re a Wet Brush virgin then definitely skip the original and just pick up the flex dry as it can be used when blow-drying your hair and as a regular hairbrush. If you already have the original then I do recommend adding this one to you collection. If pink isn’t your colour these brushes are available, much like the original, in a spectrum of colours and sometimes they even bring out limited edition ones.

-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.
Fragrance

Alien Flora Futura by Thierry Mugler

It’s very very rare, if ever that I review perfume on my blog. There have been some posts, I won’t lie, and if you’re interested in them I will have them linked below. The main reason why I don’t review perfume is because I wholeheartly believe that perfume is a personal and private thing. Everyone is different, with different tastes and a different sense of smell. So what I might find uplifting and floral others might consider to be grannish and old-fashioned. It’s simply comes down to preference.

The latest fragrance release by brand Theirry Mugler is, however, another story. Alien Flora Futura, with it’s key notes of citrus, jasmine and sandalwood, is a fragrance in my opinion that’s perfect for everyones tastes.

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I really want to get into the actual smell of the perfume itself (which is simply amazing!) but before that I have to praise the artistic creativity of the person or persons responsible for designing the crystal perfection that is the bottle. It literally looks like an pink diamond, and with all the angular and sharp edges that it has it makes such a unique addition to anyones vanity table.

With the first spritz of Alien Flora Futura, you are transported into floral heaven. I must stress how soft and feminine the scent is-nothing about this whatsoever is overpowering or heavy. As the top note dies down, the more the musky and deep scent of sandalwood become more apparent. I use the word musky, because it definitely has that intensity of a nighttime sexy perfume but because of it being balanced by the floral notes, it can definitely be worn during the day as well.

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I personally found that two spritzes of this perfume was more than enough to last me throughout the day, including the few days in which we had a bit of sun here in Ireland (when I say few I mean one…spring where are you?). I didn’t need to top up at all and I should mention that almost everyday that I wore this perfume I got complimented on it and asked what it was. I highly highly recommend you head to a perfume counter near you and have a quick spritz as I know you won’t be disappointed by it.

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The bottle pictured is the 60ml size and this retails for 63 euros but there is also a smaller size (pictured above) and this retails for 48 euros. Retailers who stock this include Arnotts and Debenhams.

-Talk Soon xx

Ghost Fragrances For Christmas

Jo Browne Fragrance

Pressie from the Hubby

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Concealers

LA Girl Pro Concealer

LA Girl Cosmetics has finally arrived in Ireland and with it, it has brought it’s very hyped about Pro Concealer for me to try. I’ve literally been wanting to try this concealer ever since I saw Tati from GlamLifeGuru rave about it on her YouTube Channel and to be honest, I’ve been following Tati for roughly three years now and love most if not all of her makeup and beauty recommendations so I knew this was a must have for me when I saw it in stores.

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I didn’t like it. Shocker, I know. I was genuinely expecting to love this product considering it comes in a cute little squeezy tube that has a nice brush tip applicator-you get 18mls of product for less than 5 euros, but, and there is a but,  I found the consistency of it and the coverage of it way to thin and watery for my liking. It literally didn’t do anything for me so I ended up using another concealer on over it …which kinda defeated the purpose of using it really.

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Colour wise, they have a large selection. Major brownie points for them in my book for that alone. More brands need this kind of selection when it comes to their face products. Unfortunately the pigmentation wasn’t there, it didn’t cover my dark circles and it didn’t get rid of the redness of the few pimples I tend to get when it’s my time of the month.

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If you are looking for a concealer that’s around this price point but works in my opinion then check out the Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection and the Seventeen Skin Wow! Concealer which are both available at Boots.

-Talk Soon xx

Collections

Primark/Pennys Nudes Collection

I think the Nudes Collection by Primark Beauty has got to be their most hyped and raved about release since they started doing makeup. The collection is very elaborate in that is stretches across everything. It has lip products, eye products, tweezers, makeup brushes, sponges and of course the most popular item, a contour set. Now, I was invited to the launch of the collection but unfortunately I couldn’t make it due to a harsh flu that decided to visit me the week of the event. Cause of that I only have the products that I managed to pick up in stores to review for this post but I will of course include images of the other products in the collection at the end.

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As mentioned the most popular item from the collection has got to be the contour set. This set contains 4 items and retails for 8 euros, bringing each individual item’s price to a simple 2 euros. The set is very very similar to the KKW contour set …so similar in fact it’s basically the same packaging that has the  same amount of product with the  same shades and includes the same brush.

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The only differences really is the price tag and the extra highlighter pen that is present in this set. I personally don’t like it when less expensive brands copy more high-end brands outright and I normally don’t review them but with the major difference in price tag between this and the KKW one, I think I can make an exception just this once.

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Let’s begin with the contour pen. It’s double ended and both sides contain a cream contour. One side is simply lighter than the other. I have to say I really love the formulation and the texture of this pen. Both sides are super creamy and blend out beautifully on the skin. It doesn’t cling to any dry patches and looks really natural. Both shades are matte and both shades in my opinion work great on pale & medium skin tones, I personally don’t think these would show up on darker skins.

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The double ended highlighter pen has a concealer for brighten whatever areas of the face you want on one side and a illuminating highlighter on the other side. I will say that the concealer side doesn’t have any coverage to it. You can’t really use it for concealing your dark circles or blemishes-it really is only good for creating a brighten effect on the face. The illuminating side hasn’t got any glitter associated with it. It looks more like a wet shine on the skin. It’s definitely not my favourite when it comes to choosing highlights but I don’t hate it.

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The separate highlighting pen is definitely more of a intense highlight than the one in the double ended one. It has more of a shimmer effect associated with it and I personally think it’s nicer than the one included in the illuminating pen. All in all this contouring kit is great for those of us who struggle with contour as it basically helps you achieve the look with three simple products.

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The last item in the set is the double-sided brush. I both love and hate this brush. I love the bristle side of the brush as it is super soft and works great for blending out, not only the products in this set but other cream products as well. The sponge side is really only go for blending out concealer under the eyes but my main issue with it is that it doesn’t wash well and it gets dirty really quick. With it being a sponge, bacteria becomes an issue so I’m not the biggest fan of it’s sponge side.

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The next item that I picked up from the Nudes Collection is this two pack of tweezers. They are simply gorgeous, and I love the colour of them. One of the tweezers has a slanted ended which is great for removing thick hairs.

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The other has a pointed end which is better for more detailed work and fine hairs. I also found them both great for popping on lashes with. They work beautifully considering they were only 2 euros in price.

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Last product from the collection that I made mine was this lovely packet of sponges. I love primark/pennys sponges and think their great when damped for using to apply foundation. At 2.50 euros a price tag I thought way not give these a go. Plus they’re a gorgeous nude colour and look very nice in my Basic Beauty Tools Superdry stand.

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Have you seen the new Primark Nudes Collection in stores? What do you think of it? Or are you not a fan of Primark makeup? Let me know in the comments below!

-Talk Soon xx

Other Products Within the Collection

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