Eyes

šŸ”„šŸ”„ Naked Petit Heat šŸ”„šŸ”„

I have a confession to make. I’ve never been into theĀ 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 singleĀ Urban Decay Naked PaletteĀ available that I would use every single shade in it. Until now that is.

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When theĀ Urban Decay Heat PaletteĀ launched I had the same feeling I had with the other palettes. It had shades in it that I wouldn’t use. Then theĀ Urban Decay Petit HeatĀ 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 withĀ VibrantĀ andĀ Hot Spell. The pigmentation on all these eyeshadows is so intense.

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Shades Wild Thing, HeistĀ andĀ StrikeĀ 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 beĀ Heist, it simply makes brown eyes pop.

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Last shade in the palette isĀ InhaleĀ 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 theĀ Madison Makeup Ireland BerryBoldĀ 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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Eyes

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 theĀ 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.

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Disclaimer:Ā 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.Ā 
Eyes

Kiss Pro Lashes

Lashes for me tend to be reserved for special occasion wear and so when Kiss MakeupĀ 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 friendĀ Ciara of Ciara Louise Beauty Ā 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,Ā KISSĀ lashes are the answer.Ā Ā KISSĀ have a really great range of lashes and they seem to have lashes for every occasion!Ā  I tried out two sets of lashes byĀ KISSĀ the Shy Lashes from their Look So Natural collection and the Posh Lashes from their True Volume collection.Ā Ā 

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I am someone who doesnā€™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.Ā  I can firmly say now that this is no longer the case.

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The first pair I tried were theĀ KISS True Volume Lashes in PoshĀ these are full and beautiful, and I liked the way they looked.Ā  For how much volume they gave me they were lightweight and as someone who wears contacts they didnā€™t irritate my eyes which is great!Ā Ā 

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The second set where theĀ KISS Looks So Natural Lashes in Shy.Ā  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.Ā  The fact that KISS lashes have tapered ends make they look so much more natural and like they could be your own lashes.Ā  I have been converted to the lash life I have to say.Ā Ā 

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TheĀ Looks So Natural LashesĀ retail forĀ ā‚¬7.49, and theĀ True Volume LashesĀ retail forĀ ā‚¬6.49.Ā  Both can be bought in Boots.Ā  In my opinion they are 100% worth the money and I will defiantly be stocking up on lashes next time I see them!Ā Ā 

Disclaimer:Ā 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.Ā 
Eyes

Essence Eyeshadow Box Palettes

It’s no secret on my blog thatĀ Essence CosmeticsĀ 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 theĀ In Love With RoseĀ palette.Ā  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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TheĀ Million Nude FacesĀ 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+Ā or a setting spray but to be honest they work perfectly dry.

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TheĀ MermaidĀ 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 bothĀ theĀ Million Dollar FacesĀ palette and theĀ In Love With RoseĀ palette.

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Last palette is theĀ To The Moon And BackĀ palette and this one is even worse than theĀ MermaidĀ 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 theĀ MermaidĀ 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 theĀ In Love With RoseĀ palette or theĀ Million Dollar FacesĀ palette.

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

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Eyes, Highlighter

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.

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Pretty Little Thing Website

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Eyes

Singles in Pennys/Primark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eyeliners, Eyes, Makeup Tools

Bronx Colors Cosmetics

Bronx Colors is a Swiss cosmetics brands that loves to keep up to date with every trend that happens in every season. I was very lucky recently to get sent a few pieces from their brand to try and test out and of course I just had to share my thoughts with my readers.

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Gel Liner is a product that is very hard to get right 90% of the time. It has to be creamy yet have some thickness to it texture wise. It has to be opaque and super black (except when its meant to be colored) and it has to not dry out within a month of taken the lid of the first time. The Bronx Gel Liner Pot definitelyĀ  ticks all those boxes for me.

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This liner comes in a nice light plastic pot with a good strong lid to it. It also comes with a handy mini liner brush that it actually decent for a change and definitely can be used as a lip liner brush for the purse in the case you don’t need it for liner. I personally like to use myĀ Real Techniques Silicone Liner BrushĀ for get liner as it can just be wiped clean after use and that way it doesn’t got hard with product on it.

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Speaking of brushes, I got two amazing brushes from Bronx Colors to talk about too. The first is the BRP01Ā and this is a nice fat, fluffy brush that is super soft. The size and shape of it make it perfect for blush, powder and bronzers. It doesn’t leaves any harsh brush stroke lines behind and it blends out everything beautifully.

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The other brush that I got is the BRP05 and I personally found this brush to be a great shape and size for using it to blend and buff shadow on the lower lash line. The bristles are just as soft as the powder brush so you can definitely see the consistence when it comes to the Bronx Colors products.

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Last product I have from this brand is their 12 pan smokey undercover eyeshadow palette. I really have mixed feelings about this palette. The colour selection for it is simply beautiful and looking at it when you first open it up, it looks like the perfect palette for a great smokey eye. That said the eyeshadows themselves are a bit hit and miss.

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Some have great pigmentation and blend smoothly with little to no fallout. Whereas others are super chalky and have little to no pigmentation to them and a crapload of fallout. I personally think there are better palettes on the market nowadays than this one, it’s definitely not one I would recommend.

If any of these products have caught your interest I have linked the website where you can pick them up from below

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Bronx Colours

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.