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Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara

It’s always such a nice thing to be able to say I found a great mascara at an affordable price point. Why? Because mascara is one of those things that unless you fork out 30 quid you always tend to be slightly disappointed in. It either doesn’t give you enough volume or it does give you enough length and almost always makes you think “that’s not black enough for me”.

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As of late I have been trialing the latest mascara launch from the brand Maybelline. This is their Total Temptation mascara and according to the many influencers online it is a direct dupe for the infamous Too Face Better Than Sex mascara. Personally, I have never tried the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara but can say if it’s as good as this mascara than it has my vote of approval.

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I absolutely love everything about this mascara from the gorgeous soft blush pink packaging of it’s tube to the epic non-plastic, actual bristles brush of the wand. It gives big, thick and long lashes that are jet black and totally dramatic. Some people might find it a bit much for everyday wear however if you are like me and are looking for a mascara that ticks every box than this is the one for you.

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Price wise this mascara retails for 12.99 euros however most drugstore than to pop it in a Maybelline 3 for 2 offer.

-Talk Soon xx

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Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette

There is nothing I love more than when summer time hits and Urban Decay release their summer collection. I don’t think their is a single year that has passed since I’ve gotten into makeup that I haven’t picked something up from their many releases. This years collection really incorporates the summer image of palm trees and sandy beaches as well as clear skies and warm days. This is also reflected in the product shades as well.

SAM_4621 From the collection I only picked up the star of the collection and that’s the Beached Eyeshadow Palette. This palette has eight beautiful shades which are a mixture of matte, satin and shimmer finishes. Out of the eight shades, six of them are completely wearable on an everyday basis so it’s definitely a great palette for travel and for creating nice neutral looks.

SAM_4624 I love the packaging of this palette too, it’s very different to any other palette in my collection. It has a very old-school tin pencil case vibe to it and it opens horizontally too. The lid of the palette flips completely open so it means you can you can keep it to the back of the palette if you want to use your own mirror but if not-it has a great big mirror that perfect for focusing on your eye area because of the shape of it.

SAM_4622 Both the pigmentation and formulation of this palette do not disappoint. I absolutely love the shimmers but they do have a bit of fallout so I do recommend doing your eyeshadow before your base. Damping your brush also stops this and intensives the pigmenation of the shadow too.

The palette is available in stores now and retails for 34 euros. I have added a link to it via the Debenhams website in the case you would like to pick it up for yourself.

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🔥🔥 Naked Petit Heat 🔥🔥

I have a confession to make. I’ve never been into the Urban Decay Naked Palettes and I honestly don’t know why. I always find them over hyped. Sometimes I buy into the hype and go to my local UD counter to pick one up…see the shades in the palette and decide against it. It’s mostly because there is not a single Urban Decay Naked Palette available that I would use every single shade in it. Until now that is.

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When the Urban Decay Heat Palette launched I had the same feeling I had with the other palettes. It had shades in it that I wouldn’t use. Then the Urban Decay Petit Heat launched and I was hooked. I had finally found MY naked palette and boy is it gorgeous. Let’s talk packaging. True to it’s name -it’s tiny, so small that it’s smaller than your mobile. It has the most gorgeous flaming roses imprint as the cover design and it’s simply perfect for travel.

Inside you get six gorgeous warm toned eyeshadows. Five of them are mattes and one is a satin finish. You get two perfect transition shades with Vibrant and Hot Spell. The pigmentation on all these eyeshadows is so intense.

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Shades Wild Thing, Heist and Strike are the accent shades in the palette. they can used to deepen the outer edge of the eyes or even to create an all-over smoky eye. The colour you choose will determine the effect you get on the eyes. Personally my favourite shade has got to be Heist, it simply makes brown eyes pop.

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Last shade in the palette is Inhale and this is the shade you use to highlight the inner corner or even use it as the eyelid shade to brighten the look. It’s great as a browbone shade and when you wet it with a bit of Fix+ it literally looks like metallic foil on the eyes.

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I absolutely love and adore this palette. I’ve been switching between it and the Madison Makeup Ireland BerryBold palette. Retail price is 32 euros but if you wait until Debenhams has 20% off it’s beauty range then it’s price is a beautiful 25.60.

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Catrice Cosmetics Glam & Doll Mascara

When you ask most people what’s the one thing they can’t live without when it comes to their makeup, they will generally say mascara. Why? Because it’s probably the easiest thing to pop on that instantly make you look 10 times more awake. Which is why it’s so important to find a good mascara that actually works exactly how it says it will on the tube. One that I found that does this recently is the Catrice Glam & Doll Mascara.

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This mascara comes in a really pretty lavender tube and claims to sculpt the lashes whilst added volume and definition to them. The color of it is straight up black and I have to say the pigmentation of it is great. It’s a nice strong black, there is no ashiness with it that can happen sometimes with lower end mascaras.

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The wand surprised me a bit when I first pulled it out as this is a volumising mascara so I expected it to have a big chunky wand. It’s actually rather slim, which weirdly I prefer. It makes it so easy to get every single lash and coat them evenly with product. I also found the slim wand makes it easier to apply the mascara to the lower lash line as well.

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The bristles on the wand are fairly short which makes me happy as this is a plastic wand and with the amount of times I have stabbed myself in the eye because some mascara have long spikes on their wands is insane. And it hurts, so the short bristles make sure I don’t hurt myself in my mascara application process.

All in all I think this is a great mascara if you’re looking for one that will add volume to the lashes without breaking the bank. I found it lasted all day on my lashes without losing the curl and I would definitely repurchase it again.

-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. 
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Kiss Pro Lashes

Lashes for me tend to be reserved for special occasion wear and so when Kiss Makeup kindly sent these to me I found them to beautiful not to be reviewed here on my blog. I don’t wear lashes a lot so I gave these as a gift to my friend Ciara of Ciara Louise Beauty  who does wear lashes to review them for me. I guess you could call this a guest post here on my blog.

Ciara’s Review

Whether you are looking for natural flirty everyday lashes or voluminous night out lashes, KISS lashes are the answer.  KISS have a really great range of lashes and they seem to have lashes for every occasion!  I tried out two sets of lashes by KISS the Shy Lashes from their Look So Natural collection and the Posh Lashes from their True Volume collection.  

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I am someone who doesn’t usually wear lashes because I am always afraid that I am going to mess up putting them on or that they would just look horrible on me.  I can firmly say now that this is no longer the case.

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The first pair I tried were the KISS True Volume Lashes in Posh these are full and beautiful, and I liked the way they looked.  For how much volume they gave me they were lightweight and as someone who wears contacts they didn’t irritate my eyes which is great!  

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The second set where the KISS Looks So Natural Lashes in Shy.  I had an instant love for these as soon as I put them on, they looked so natural, were super lightweight and were just gorgeous.  The fact that KISS lashes have tapered ends make they look so much more natural and like they could be your own lashes.  I have been converted to the lash life I have to say.  

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The Looks So Natural Lashes retail for €7.49, and the True Volume Lashes retail for €6.49.  Both can be bought in Boots.  In my opinion they are 100% worth the money and I will defiantly be stocking up on lashes next time I see them!  

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. 
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Essence Eyeshadow Box Palettes

It’s no secret on my blog that Essence Cosmetics is one of my all time favorite brands as it has amazing quality products at a nice low price. Recently I was lucky enough to get my hands on their eye-shadow box palettes when I attended an event they held in Dublin. These are four palettes that each have a different theme and color way.

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All four of these palettes come in a slim narrow shaped palette that makes them great for travel as they are so light. Each palette contains a total of ten shadows, some are matte, some are satin and others are shimmer in their finish.

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Let me start off with my favorite of the four and that’s the In Love With Rose palette.  This palette has four matte shades, three satin shades and two shimmer shades. Out of the four palettes, this palette has definitely got the best pigmentation and texture when it comes to their matte shades. I also love the different rose tones as they look so nice and soft on the eyes making this palette great for using everyday.

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The Million Nude Faces palette is the one to go for if your a fan of neutral shadows. This is also the palette to go for if you want some great transition shades for popping into the crease.

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I personally love this palette for the shimmer shades that are available in it. They really pack a punch on the lids and look so stunning on almost any eye color. You can definitely amp up the intensity if you want by spritzing your brush with Fix+ or a setting spray but to be honest they work perfectly dry.

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The Mermaid palette definitely wins when it comes to choosing the best design on these palettes. I just love how cute the little mermaid looks in her sea-shell. Shade wise this palette is a bit all over the place. There are some greens and blues…but then you have your pinks and a single gold shade as the tenth shade.

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I love the shades don’t get me wrong and the formulation and pigmentation of it is just as good as the others but I really don’t understand the mixture of colors that make up this palette. It’s definitely not possible to create an entire eye look with just this palette, whereas it is with both the Million Dollar Faces palette and the In Love With Rose palette.

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Last palette is the To The Moon And Back palette and this one is even worse than the Mermaid one when it comes to the range of shades it has. They are all shimmers for one and most of them are on the dark side with regards to their shade.

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Even though I don’t get the shade range in both this palette and the Mermaid palette I don’t think they are bad palettes. They are great if your looking for a palette to use in conjunction with other more neutral palettes. Otherwise if you’re looking for a palette that can do it all stick with either the In Love With Rose palette or the Million Dollar Faces palette.

These palettes are available on all Essence stands right now and I believe they retail for 4.95 euros a piece.

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Madison Makeup Berry Bold Palette

Madison Makeup is a brand, that in the few short months that it’s been released here in Ireland, has taken the world by storm. It’s a brand that has built a well-deserved reputation for being affordable, with great packaging and products.

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One of their more popular products is their Berry Bold palette due to the fact that a lot of people compare it to the coveted Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. However where the ABH Palette retails for a whopping 49 euros, this palette comes at the lovely price tag of 19.99 euros.

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The Berry Bold palette comes in a nice sturdy blush pink cardboard, flip open packaging. It has a great big mirror on the inside which automatically makes it that much better in my book. There is just something wonderful about having mirrors in palettes.

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Also inside the palette you get 10 beautiful rose and neutral toned eyeshadows. The formulation of the eyeshadows is beautiful. They are buttery soft with great pigmentation and have little to no fallout. They are also so easy to blend out and wear perfectly throughout the day.

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My favourite thing, personally about this palette is the fact that you can create a full eye look with just this one palette. It has two great transition shades which are named Neutral and Velvet.

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The coloured eyeshadows are great for popping all over the lid and have two different finishes. Starlight and Berry are both satin/shimmer and Blush, Mika, Scarlet and Burnt are mattes so you can definitely do a soft look for the day and then go for a bit of sparkle for the night.

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The last two shades in the palette are great for highlighting both the browbone and the inner corner of the eyes and they are Do and Twinkle.

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Another reason why I will always recommend this palette over the ABH Palette every time is because, not only do you get 10 great eyeshadows but you also have four absolutely stunning highlighters as well. There is also nothing stopping you from using these as highlight shades on the eyes as well.

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Mia and Bella are both pearl toned highlighters which I love using on my browbone. Daisy is my favourite of the four and it’s a soft rose gold shade that looks amazing on us pale skinned gals. Last shade, Fifi, is the darkest of the four and is a true pink bronze highlighter. I tend to use this over blushes as a topper.

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The palette is available here in Ireland in most retailers and for everyone not living here, you can get this palette via the Pretty Little Thing website which I have linked for you below.

-Talk Soon xx

Pretty Little Thing Website

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.