Eyes

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!  

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Eyes

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.

-Talk Soon xx

Lip Products

Clarins Water Lip Stains

Hold the phones! This is not a drill…..but I think I found the PERFECT and I mean perfect summer products for the lips. These have literally only launched on Clarins counters yesterday and they are the Clarins Water Lip Stains and they are beautiful.

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The lip stains come looking like they’re little nail polishes but obviously they’re not. Each bottle color corresponds with the color that you will get when you initially apply the lip stain on. Once they wear down they tend to be similar in shade color. I have to give a huge shout out to whoever designed the applicator on this product because it’s literally the best for getting a nice even coat on the lips in one go.

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When first applied these give such plumpness to the lips, they are super glossy giving that high shine editorial effect. Pigmentation wise they pack a punch and all in the one coat. Once the gloss of them wears down, you’re left with a lovely soft matte stain to lips that, if I was to describe the color of it, is a nice soft Camilla pink. There are four shades in this total and the first of them is called Rose Water.

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Shade two is for those of us who love to rock a amazing coral lip during the hotter months of the year. This shade is called Orange Water. 

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No lipstick range is ever complete without a bold red shade and this is the perfect high pigmented red that Marilyn Monroe who have loved to own.

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The shade is called Red Water and I personally love this with a minimum makeup look on the eyes in order to keep it the main focus in any makeup look.

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This last shade is called Violet Water and it is my favourite of the four. I can never say no to a good strong vampy purple lippie and this definitely delivers. It’s not as deep as some purple lippies can be but it does have the strongest pigmentation with regards to the stain it leaves behind once the gloss of it wears down.

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As mentioned these launched yesterday so they are available right now at all Clarins counter nationwide. I believe they retail for 21 euros a piece which in my opinion is very affordable given how unique of a product they are.

-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

Natural World Chia Seed Haircare

This year my hair has honestly been terrible, at it’s worst it’s ever been to be quite frank. I have been literally trying every single haircare product under the sun to try and get it to improve in both it’s texture and in it’s thickness. Some products have worked-and the ones that did I shall link below -but with regards to finding a great shampoo and conditioner I was struggling until I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous package from the brand Natural World Hair.

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Inside the package I got two of their very extensive ranges however I’m only going to be reviewing the Chia Seed range for this post. The other range is the Argan range but that’s for another day.

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First off we have the Chia Seed Shampoo and this is one of those shampoos that you honestly don’t need alot of. I was genuinely surprised by this as it comes in a rather large bottle which I thought was a sign that it compensated for the amount you needed to use but no-this bottle will last quite a while. I have had it for roughly a month now and it’s only a quarter used which is amazing given how I wash my hair every other day.

The texture of the shampoo is really similar to gel cleansers and it weirdly doesn’t have alot of lather to it but at the same time your hair feels clean after using it. I found it to be so hydrating on both my hair and my scalp.

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The conditioner has a completely different texture than the shampoo. This feels exactly like a cream and I have to say on my long hair I do tend to use a larger amount of it in comparison to the shampoo. I found the conditioner so good for making my hair feel so silky soft especially when it’s dry. The ends are no longer brittle and even the split ends are less obvious in their appearance.

I have to say that I am completely in love with these products and will definitely be repurchasing once I’ve tried the other range and run out of both. Highly highly recommend these.

-Talk Soon xx

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Phyto ‘Phytoelixir’ Hair Oil

 

Lip Products

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks

I’ll be honest in saying that when people ask me to recommend good makeup brands to buy from, Clarins is not the first to come to mind. Skincare? Yes it comes first hands down but makeup not so much. That said, as of late, Clarins as a brand has been upping their game so much that they are literally kicking aside, in my opinion the other makeup brands that I would normally recommend.

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One of their most recent launches has been a massive selection of new shades to their Joli Rouge lipstick line and these are called the Joli Rouge Velvets. First off can we please just appreciate the packaging. It’s honestly so elegant with how simple and classic it is. A simple gold reflective tube, couldn’t be easier.

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From the Joli Rouge Velvet range I have one shade called Soft Berry. This is a gorgeous brick nude shade that definitely has a mauve undertone running through it. The formulation of these is what I would call a comfort matte. They are super buttery and creamy to apply. They dry down matte but yet still have a nice slip to them that ensures your lips don’t go dry and flaky. If mattes simply aren’t your thing then they also have incredible shades in their Joli Rouge Brillants range.

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The Brillants have a glossy finish to them which does mean they don’t last as long on the lips as the Velvets but that’s the only place where the differ. Other than that they have the same amazing creamy formula with amazing pigmentation. I have two shades for this range.

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The first is Woodberry and this is very much a classic mauve shade that literally goes with any, and I mean any makeup look.

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The second shade that I have is Joli Rouge and this is hands down on of the most stunning red lipstick shades that I have ever owned. It’s the perfect glossy, marilyn monroe red shade that makes your lips look super plump and hydrated.

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These lipsticks retail for 24 euros each and are available at most Clarins counters right now.

-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. 
Contour

Sleek Cream Contour Palette

Ever since the disaster that was the SoSueMe Contouring Palette I have stayed as far away from cream contours as I always find the texture of them doesn’t sit well with my skin. That said, I recently received the Sleek Makeup Cream Contour Palette in the shade Light and can officially say I’ve been converted to using a cream contour.

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The palette has a total of six pans in it along with an amazing sized mirror. The top row consists of shades that are perfect for brightening and highlighting the face. The bottom row is more suited to sculpting out the features of the face.

I personally prefer using these after applying primer and before my foundation. That why when I work my foundation on over them it blends them out further making them look natural on the skin. The formulation of these isn’t waxy at all and it doesn’t have any greasy or oily feeling to them at all.

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The first shade is probably my favourite from the entire palette and that’s because it’s a yellow toned concealer. It’s very comparable to the Benefit Lemon Aid Concealer which is brilliant from getting rid of any sallowness under the eyes and brighten dark circles too.

I use the next two shades as basic concealer, sometimes I mix them and sometimes I use them individually, it all really depends on where I want to apply them. I do recommend layering them however as I’ve noticed going in heavy handed with these can cause them to cake on the skin.

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The first shades from the bottom row are the ones I use for my contour. They’re great for us paler skinned girls as they aren’t too dark and yet they can also be used for dark skins as they are build-able. It’s worth baring in mind that this palette is also available in shades Medium and Dark so Sleek Makeup have definitely keep everyone included.

The last shade unfortunately doesn’t get much use by me as I find it to dark for anything really. That said I did try it out as a cream eyeshadow and it looked nice, giving a very natural everyday look.

Let me know your favourite contour product? and whether or not you even like the trend 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

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Face Powders

Essence Cosmetics Create & Transform Palette

Essence Cosmetics has been upping their game lately with regards to their Trend Limited Edition releases. They have ventured into full, all-in-one palettes which is major thing when it comes to a brand like Essence as most of their products are individuals so it’s a nice change to see a big palette from them.

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This is the Essence Create & Transform palette and it contains 15 pans which consist of contour powders, blush powders, highlighting powders and three gorgeous transformer shades along with a dewy gloss pan.

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The only thing I wish this palette had is a mirror as it’s big enough to hold one and it doesn’t have one. The palette also comes with a flat eyeshadow brush, which didn’t really make any sense to me as this is a face palette but there really isn’t anything stopping you from using these shades as eyeshadows.

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First three shades are the contour shades, and these are so good for us paler skin toned girls as they are light enough that they don’t look orange when applied. These shades are also perfect for using as the transition shades when using them as eyeshadows.

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There are six really gorgeous blush shades, some are nice and bright and there are also some lovely neutral shades that can be used with a range of makeup looks. I have to say all the powders are amazing in both formulation and pigmentation. They have great colour pay-off and they blend out brilliantly.

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For highlighting there are two shades as well as three transformer shades which are meant to be used over the regular highlighters to intensify them and make them pop just that bit more. I personally found the transformer shades to look incredible one their own firstly and on the inner corners of the eyes.

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The final pan is a gloss, which I have not removed the plastic film from and I honestly don’t plan too as I personally think it will just get super messy and the powders will probably end up in it. You can just use Vaseline or cosmetic gloss instead of it. Personally think they should have sold it separately as a larger pan or made a little kit of the palette and the gloss in a tube.

Those are all my thoughts on this gorgeous palette from Essence. I believe it’s out now and available up until the end of  May.

-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.