Lip Products

Some Love 💓 for L.O.V Cosmetics PT•3

This is going to be my final post for LOV Cosmetics for the moment, I will of course be reviewing more of their products in the future. This post is gonna focus on some of their lip products the first of which is their lip liner in the shade 541 100% Grazia

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My love for this lip liner has no end as it’s simply one of the best that I have ever used. My favourites have always been the Isadora Lip Liners which I reviewed in my Lipliner 💋 over Lipstick 💄 post and since trying this out I’m very much have popped it at the same level as those.

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The formulation of it is super smooth and application which it glides on the lips like butter. It also has a handy brush applicator at the end that can be used for soften the line after you’ve applied it. Pigmentation is nice and opaque. The only really downfall of this product is that it does transfer because of it’s creamy formulation but that beats it drying the hell out of my lips that’s for sure.

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With lip liner comes a matching lipstick and I have mine in the shade 541 Grazia’s Bordeaux which is a nice intense burgundy red shade that really reminds me of old movies when it’s on the lips.

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Much like it’s lip liner the formulation of it is super creamy and soft. It applies beautifully on the lips without dragging and without grabbing onto any dry patches.

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 Last lip product that I have is the LOV Cosmetics LOVlicious lip gloss which to be quite honest I did not like whatsoever. The formulation of it is very sticky on the lips to the point where if you apply to much at any point you get that stringing effect between the lips.

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The applicator is nice and is able to provide enough product on it to ensure that you can cover your entire lips but because of it’s shape it offers no precise whatsoever. Over lipstick it can be considered to be opaque but on it’s own the coverage just isn’t quite there.

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I hope you guys enjoyed all these posts and reviews on LOV Cosmetics. I have certainly loved trying out and using the products and highly recommend them and the brand itself.

-Talk Soon xx

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Eyeliners, Eyes

Some Love 💓 for L.O.V Cosmetics PT•2

In my first post on LOV Cosmetics I did a full review of some of their base products and for todays post I’m going to follow it up with a full review of some of their eye products. I will probably be doing a part 3 which will most likely focus on some of their lip products.

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Let’s start things off with the product that most people can’t go out in public without and that’s mascara. If I had to describe this mascara I would compare it to George Clooney-it gets better with age. The more this mascara dries out the better it applies, the more volume you achieve and the more dramatic the lashes. It’s got a very curved wand to it, and the formulation when I initially got it was very wet and gave a very natural effect when applied.

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I automatically popped it aside as a hate, but a few days later I was stuck for mascara and so I tried it again and noticed it was a tad bit better. Now roughly 3 weeks in it’s basically my go to. I just recommend that when you go to by a new tube of this to make sure you’ve got enough of your old tube left so you can let the new one dry out a little.

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The LOV Cosmetics Best Dressed eye liner is a gel liner in handy pencil like form. It’s also very highly comparable to the black liner from L’oreal that I recently reviewed (review linked below.) . I like this eyeliner, there’s nothing special about it. It gets the job done, has a great formula and doesn’t budge once it’s dry.

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The end of the pencil has a built in topper so you can always have a sharp point to your liner. The pigmentation is very very good in that the black is super intense and has no greyness or brown in it whatsoever. You need a good gel liner than I would totally recommend this.

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The same can be said about their Confidental liquid eyeliner. This is a felt tip liner and it has an extremely fine point to it to make sure you are able to create the perfect winged flick. I personally love how intense the pigmentation is with these liners as they’re so opaque and there is no patchiness to them whatsoever.

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As far as black liners go these are some of the best that I’ve tried and I think the only other brand that does similar quality ones to these is L’oreal but it should be noted that these are more affordable than L’oreal price wise. When I plan on repurchasing, L’oreal has been pushed aside and these will be the ones I will go for.

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Nude liner is just as essential as black eyeliner in any makeup collection. You should always ensure that you pick a nude liner that has a long-lasting formulation to it as most of the time the place of application for a product like this will be your waterline and you don’t want it to budge.

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With regards to LOV Cosmetics nude liner I found it’s formula to be nice and creamy and very long-lasting. I applied it on my waterline in the morning and it was still there when I went to take my makeup off at night. Because of the type of nude shade it is you can definitely double this pencil up as a pin-point concealing pencil if you’re ever in situation where you’re stuck for concealer.

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Let’s finish off this review with some eyeshadows and I’ve got two different formulations of them to share with you. The first is this champagne, almost icy white shade called 340 Winter Dessert.

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I didn’t like this eyeshadow at all, it has little to no pigmentation to it whatsoever and the glitter it has is very chunky which results in a lot of fallout. The lack of pigmentation also makes it look like you just thrown a loose glitter on your lids and walked out the door.

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The shade 120 Misty Earth which is a nice neutral brown, I absolutely adore. This is completely matte and blends to utter perfection. Looks so stunning on both brown and green eyes and is so pigmented that a little goes a long way.

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Both these eyeshadows come with a mini eyeshadow applicator that always end up in the bin and have a handy mirror in the lid of their compact.

I should have part three up soon which ill be a review on some of the LOV Cosmetics lip products so make sure to subscribe in order not to miss that!

-Talk Soon xx

L’oreal Infallible Gel Crayon

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Skincare

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

Biggest downfall of this product is it is not cheap 😥 but boy is it good!!!!. I got this about 2 months ago and its a mini travel size version (30ml) of the full thing which I think sells in both a 50ml size and a 70ml size. Now the cost of this product is, and I dare say it, 17 euros which is pretty pricey for a 30ml hand cream. However it is amazing and I’m going to tell you why 🙂

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Let’s start of with how cute the packaging is. This bottle is so small it literally fits into the palm of my hand. I love the plain white container, gives it a very classy look and the gold band around the lid adds a touch of expense to the products packaging. When I first opened this to try it, it was the smell that drew me. It smells like oranges and omg! does it smell good. Now I’m not normally a girl for fruit smelling things but this smell is so light and soft that its just irresistible.

The cream itself comes out white with a light orange hue from the tube. It applies beautiful even across the hands and doesn’t leave any greasy residue that you get with Lanolin based hand creams. Its fast absorbing, I found myself able to go about the house and touch things in a matter of seconds after applying the cream to my hands rather than having to wait a good five minutes for the cream to dry.

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Its especially useful for the summer months of the year when the weather is especially hot and the skin on the hands are the first thing to become dehydrated. So dry hands beware with this stuff cause it’s very hydrating and gives a sort of plumping effect to the palms and back of the hands when applied.

All in all this is a good hand cream to have. People who don’t like the smell of oranges may not like it as much as I have but if your looking for a good hand cream than this is a guaranteed product. I know the price is super pricey but like I said I’ve had it for 2 months now and I’m only half way through the tube so it does last a while if your up for the splurge. Will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Collections

Essence Cubanita Trend Edition

Another limited edition trend edition from the brand Essence Cosmetics is hitting the shelves for the month of July and ending in August. Details on this collection are all below and as far as I know this collection won’t be available in Ireland.

-Talk Soon xx

Jumbo Highlighter

“Fine metallic, shimmering pigments ensures a summery glow-the gorgeous palm tree embossment and the exotic coconut fragrance create a Cuban beach feeling.”

Gel Eyeliner Pen
Available in two shades

“Metallic turquoise and pink with a high coverage ensure long-lasting, waterproof eye makeup styles.”

Cosmetic Bag

“Cute cosmetic bag made of canvas with a banana print and a funny statement-perfect for storing beauty products.”

csm_225178225743_7f7d117c02Duo Brow Styler

“One end is for combing the eyebrows and the other is for applying various eyebrow products-especially suitable for liquid and gel-like textures like the cushion eyebrow ink.”

csm_225177225743_008053fdecCushion Eyebrow Ink

“The innovative cushion is soaked with liquid eyebrow ink and dispenses just the right amount of texture. The eyebrow ink has a buildable coverage: one layer is ideal for lighter skin tones, two are perfect for brunettes.”

Baking and Banana Powder

“The loose powder in a soft, light yellow is ideal for the baking technique or for use as a matt highlighter.”

Wet Look Lip Laquer
Available in two shades

“Liquid lip colour in pink and purple with a strong coverage and a high shine effect.”

Nail Polish
Available in four shades

“The ‘Essence Beauty Friends’ community has selected it’s favourites: the winners are these four summery ‘cubanita’ nail polishes with a strong coverage and a high shine effect”

Balmy Tint

“Tints the lips in a long-lasting pink-lighter or more intense depending on the individual pH-Value of the lips.”

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Concealers, Face Powders, Foundations, Highlighter

Some Love 💓 for L.O.V Cosmetics PT•1

L.O.V Cosmetics is a brand that has only really been available in the last year here in Ireland. It’s stocked in almost every Shaws Department Store nationwide except unfortunately the Waterford store, which is the main reason why I haven’t featured it before. Still, that hasn’t stopped me from oohing and aahing over their gorgeous looking products over on Instagram and I was absolutely delighted when a massive parcel with my name on it arrive in the post containing a selection of their amazing products.

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Within the L.O.V Cosmetics range, there is three different options available for foundation. The Undressed 12H Moisturizing Foundation is probably what I would consider their light to medium coverage option. I personally really like this foundation, it’s very lightweight and blends out flawlessly with both brushes and sponges. The shade that I own is 040 Honey-Moon and in all honesty this was way too dark for me especially because it’s the third shade option out of four and I normally tend to be the lightest shade available.

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That said I did still try out this foundation, just around the house and found it very nice as an everyday foundation. Something just to pop on and be out the door. You do get your standard 30 ml amount of product in the tube which I have to say is not the most secure of packaging especially if you plan on travelling with this stuff. Finish wise it’s got a nice dewy effect to it and in terms of longevity, I found it lasted the 10 hours or so that I had it on without any issue whatsoever.

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Moving on to the next step from foundation and that is concealer. This is the EffectFul Concealer Pen and to be honest I’m absolutely in love with this product! Move over Maybelline and Burberry cause they got nothing on how good this is. This concealer is an absolute life-saver for anyone who suffers with dark circles under their eyes. As it is a brighten concealer is gets rid of those shadows without creasing and without feeling heavy. This concealer isn’t made to be used on blemishes so if that’s what your after I do not recommend this, but for dark circle suffers it’s a must.

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The sponge tip applicator is probably the best thing about this concealer as it makes the product go on so flawlessly, almost as if it’s airbrushed. It also ensures that just the right amount of product is applied. Comparing this to the Maybelline sponge tip, I definitely prefer this one as it doesn’t get as messy and unhygienic as the Maybelline one does.

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Last of the base products that I have to show you guys is the L.O.V Cosmetics Perfectitude Translucent Loose Powder. Whoever designed the packaging of this product needs an award of recognition for their amazing work. It comes in the traditional jar that most loose powders come in but this has an added sifter AND LID! It’s not messy to open, apply or travel with like 90% of loose powders tend to be.

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It also has a handy and very soft fluffy powder puff which does apply a bit too much of the product in my opinion but works great when you have nothing else to use. The actual powder itself is very finely milled in texture and gives almost a velvet finish to the skin. I will say that this powder does have both Talc and Silica as ingredients so it will give a bit of a white cast in photos and high lighting.

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I personally tend to like to do my brows straight after I finish my base, because no matter how light or heavy I am with my eye makeup, I like a very natural looking brow. Brow products can be very hit and miss especially when they come from very affordable brands such like L.O.V Cosmetics. This product is an exception though because not only is the colour of just the right amount of ashiness so that the brows don’t look too warm but it’s also got a great shape to the tip of it and a spoolie brush at the end. All in all a great brow product in my opinion.

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I have the L.O.V Cosmetics BROWttitude in the shade 230 Chocolate and as far as I know it comes in three other shades which can be suitable for both blondes and brunettes.

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This next product is actually a bit of an odd one because it’s actually a cream eyeshadow however I’ve found it way better and more faltering as a cream highlighter for my cheekbones. Makeup is makeup guys and you should be allowed to break the rules when it comes to products and where they should be applied.

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This is the L.O.V Cosmetics Metal Cream Eyeshadow in the shade 100 Metal Rose and it’s a gorgeous soft iridescent pink shade that I think will falter most pale complexions. If you’ve got darker skin then it will also look nice but it will just be a more intense highlight. With it’s doe-foot applicator it’s super easy to apply and blends out really nicely. I also found it great for layering, in that it doesn’t cake or get clumpy when a powder is popped on top of it.

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I have also tired this out as an eyeshadow and personally wasn’t the biggest fan of it unless you’re planning on wearing it solely on it’s own. This is simply because I found whenever I went to blend it with my brushes, it tended to lose a bit of it’s intensity pigmentation wise and so didn’t really give the true colour payoff that it does when applied as a highlight.

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For the final product in todays review, I have one of the L.O.V blushes in the shade 050 Mystic Sand and this is a stunning burnt reddish brown shade that warms up the cheeks to look like you’ve been slightly sunkissed. Pigmentation is a bit overloaded so use a light hand when applying this product but otherwise it blends flawlessly and lasts all day.

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I will have a Part 2 and maybe a Part 3, reviewing more products from this line simply because I was so luckily sent quite a bit and I think trying to fit them all into one review would be a bit tough. These are all the base products and I think that I’ll probably have a review for the eye products that I got and the lip products too. Have you guys tried this brand yet? Let me know 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Lip Products

Primark Beauty New Lip Kit Shades

This item is probably considered to be the biggest dupe in the beauty industry for the very coveted Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits. Introducing the Primark Beauty version, which has a liquid lipstick and lip liner packed together as a set. Now I personally have never used these kits and certainly don’t plan too cause to be frank I’m one of those people that just prefers good ole fashioned lipsticks but I thought I would do this post to show you guys the four new shades that Primark/Pennys has launched for these kits.

Each of these lip kits retails for four euros and are available now in most Primark/Pennys stores nationwide.

-Talk Soon xx

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Collections

Essence “I Want Candy” Collection 🍓🍬 🍉

At the end of June I posted an overview post on the latest launch from Essence Cosmetics and that is their I Want Candy collection which happens to be in collaboration with Chupa Chups Lollipops. I will link the overview post below so you can see what else is available in the release but for this post I have a few of the products from the collection to talk about.

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As you can probably guess from a collaboration that features lollipops everything is very colourful from the packaging to the actual products. An added bonus is that fact that almost everything in this collection is also scented and the main scents are strawberry, watermelon and cola. All of these scents are actually the popular flavours of Chupa Chups Lollipops (my fav is actually cola 😋).

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Probably the product almost everyone asked me about when I posted my overview post on the collection is the Scent Shimmer Pearls Blush in the shade 01 I Want It All! I can finally report back that this blush is as good as it appears to be. It’s got high pigmentation, great blendability and tends to falter most skin tones as it goes on almost a soft peach shade.

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The only thing I didn’t like with this blush was the scent, it’s meant to be the same as a Strawberry Cream Chupa Chup Lolly but I personally found that the scent was a bit too artificial and so it didn’t translate to me as such. This blush has a retail price of 4.40 euros.

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The next main product that I have is the eyeshadow palette called 01 I don’t care, I  Lolly! This palette has four really pretty pastel shades. Two of them are shimmers and two are satin finish. For me, I found that the satin ones had a bit more pigmentation and blended a lot easier on the eyelid than the shimmer.

With regards to the scent of this palette, I think they got the strawberry scent spot on. It wasn’t artificial like the blush and it was also very subtle, meaning you only really smell it when you open up the palette. This I like because to be honest who wants strawberry smelling eyelids 😆

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The last makeup item that I have from the collection is their Lolly Dots Eyeliner in the shade 01 Dot it All. I have to say this is probably my favourite product from the collection. The most unique thing about is definitely it’s applicator. The tip of is shaped into three dots with the dots getting smaller as you move up the tip.

 

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This makes it great for creating unique eyeliner designs on the eye. It also makes it easier to map out your eyeliner shape by dotting it out before using the eyeliner pen on it’s side to create a flawless flick. Charlotte Tilbury adopts this technique and uses it on almost all her clients so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t either.  Pigmentation of this eyeliner is also super black and it dries down to a high shine glossy finish which personally reminds me of the shininess of the plastic wraps of the Chupa Chups Lollies.

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Let’s move on to some fun nail products, with these three amazing nail polishes. Each of the polishes has it’s own unique scent, but I don’t recommend you try to smell it from the bottle…..(yes, I did learn that the hard way.) The scent really only appears once the polish is dry on the nails. My favourite out of the three has got to be the Cola Scented polish which is a nice summery duck egg blue called 02 I want Cola!

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These polishes are slightly smaller in size than Essence’s normal polishes and I really think that’s simply because they are limited edition and part of a collection. The polishes do vary with each other with the amount of coats of each one you need to apply but they all have amazing colour pay-off and dry super quick. The pink shade is strawberry scented and is called 01 I want Strawberry!

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You do need to work a bit with these polishes due to their smaller size, it also means they have a thinner brush. The thin brush is great for precision but it also means you need at least three strokes of it to cover the entire nail with polish. The turquoise shade is called 03 I want Watermelon!

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These polishes retail for 1.90 euros a piece. There is also some cute nail stickers as part of this collection (also cola scented) and they are 1.60 euros and last really well especially if you pop on a thick layer of top coat over them.

Those are all the products that I have from this super fun collection. Let me know what you’re planning on getting from it & also what your favourite flavour of Chupa Chups lolly is 😀

-Talk Soon xx

Essence Trend Edition: I Want Candy 🍓🍬🍉

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