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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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

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Nuxe Paris Huile Prodigieuse

Oh boy, does it feel like it’s been awhile and to be frank it has. I’ve had exams and they’re finished now much to my delight so I can officially say that I’m back to full time blogging for the summer months. To start off I’m bringing you guys a review of what is probably the worlds most iconic product-Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse or as it is better know to us non-french speaking folk as the Nuxe Dry Oil.


This dry oil has got to be one of the nicest smelling dry oils I have ever tried. It smells like the gentle spices that you can find in an Moroccan market or a soft musk that is in no way over-powering. This dry oil is really an all in one product as it can be used on the hair, body, and nails. I personally though have been wearing it as a fragrance and been getting so many compliments when I do as it’s scent is that unique.


You guys may be wondering why my bottle looks different to what the Nuxe Dry Oil normal looks like and that’s simply because I have the limited edition bottle that was designed by blogger and illustrator Mademoiselle Stef.  I absolutely love the very chic look of the polka dots, it makes the bottle look majorly cute.

The great thing about picking up the limited edition version is that it comes at no extra cost. Both the original bottle and this bottle retail for €33 so there really is no reason not to pick this up to add to your vanity.

-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. 
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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

SAM_3577The colour is simply the most gorgeous deep vampy purple that, even though it’s a retro matte, is very comfortable on the lips and suits most if not all skin-tones. I personally love applying MAC’s Nightmoth lip liner on under it as this colour, because of how dark it is, can be a small bit patchy when applied on the lips just on it’s own. Nightmoth is literally the same colour but in lip liner form.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.