Eyes

W7 Makeup Mid Summer Nights Palette

Do you ever get those moments where in a certain brand that typically sells semi okay makeup, you find that hidden gem that is actually an amazing product. This is what’s after happening with me with regards to this palette by W7 Makeup. I’ve always gotten sucked into W7 Makeup’s products because of the amount of hype they get on social media and never have I tried a product from them that I have actually liked until now.

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This is the Naughty Nine Mid Summer Nights palette and if you’re a devotee of MAC Cosmetics then this palette packaging shouldn’t be un-familiar to you. It’s literally a direct copy of the 9 pan palettes that MAC own. That aside, the eyeshadows in this palette are almost as good as the eyeshadows in those MAC ones.

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The palette, very true to it’s name, comes with 9 eyeshadows and they are very much from the berry colour family. They range from almost a soft dusky mauve to an amazing intense cranberry red, with the odd gold and taupe shade thrown in for good measure.

These eyeshadows are buttery soft, blend out seamlessly and have almost little to no fallout whatsoever to them. I particularly like the pigmentation of the shimmer shades more than the mattes but that only because I prefer the colour of those shades.

This palette only costs 4.95 euros, putting that next to the 33.50 euros price tag of the MAC one, I can overlook the copyright details in the packaging.

-Talk Soon xx

Eyes

🍑 Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette 🍑

Recently Too Faced Cosmetics released an entire new collection for their peach range called Peach Perfect. Rather than rushing out however to purchase said collection and ending up either loving or hating them, I thought it better to review the original product that started the craze that is peach-smelling makeup; the Sweet Peach Palette.

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This eighteen shadow palette comes in a gorgeous light gradient to dark peach colored tin as it’s packaging. The palette does have a mirror in it’s lid so major brownie points for that and YES it does smell of candied peaches. There are a total of six matte shades, ten satin shades and two shimmer shades. Colour wise the palette has some good highlighting shades and warm toned browns plus of course the pretty peach shades and a few deeper darker shades popped in for good measure.

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Out of all the formulations I found the satin finishes to have the best finish on the eyelids and the best pigmentation so it’s a very good thing that the majority of the palette is composed of this formulation. My favourite shade from the palette has got to Nectar and this is an interesting deep peachy gold shade that is probably the equivalent of the inside of a peach.

The palette does retail for a massive 47 euros and to be honest, now that autumn has reared it’s head, I don’t find the shades great to use as they’re more suited to spring/summer. It really depends on whether or not you can justify spending that price tag for a palette that you’ll only really use 5 months (if that) out of the year. Would you?

-Talk Soon xx

Collections, Eyes, Nails

Essence “& the Lovely Little Things” Trend Edition

I’m a little bit late with this trend edition this month as I was away on holidays when it launched mid August but as far as I know it’s still available until the end of September. This trend edition is called “& the lovely little things” and it’s  capsule collection of three eyeshadow palettes, 2 lip balms, 4 nail polishes, nail file, nail stickers and a gorgeous contour, blush and highlight palette. The only thing I don’t have from the collection for this review today is the nail polishes but I will insert HD Images at the end just so you guys can see the colours available.

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Lets start with my favourite from the collection and that’s the lip balms. Both of these lip balms are the exact formulation wise. They only differ with their scents and outer packaging. The pink tube is called 01…& you smile and it has a strawberry scent to it while the peach one is called 02…& we kissed and you guessed it, it has a peach scent to it.

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The formulation of these lip balms is absolutely lovely. Very hydrating and just the right amount of slip to them for them to go onto the lips smoothly. Out of the two I personally have been using the pink one but only because I prefer the scent of strawberries over peaches. Highly recommend these as they are very handbag friendly and great for on the go.

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For the eyes, this collection has three different eyeshadow palettes. Each palette has seven shadows and a brush/sponge applicator. They all don’t have a mirror because the lids have cute designs added to them. Personally I would have liked a slide out mirror from the bottom but that’s only because I think all eyeshadow palettes should come with a mirror.

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Two of the three palettes would be considered on the warmer side of things colour wise. They have very neutral and earthy tones as their eyeshadow shades. The texture of the shadows in all of the palettes is buttery soft but I did find the some of the lighter shades barely had any pigmentation to the point where I had to swatch them using the sponge applicator in order for me to show you the colour of it.

The matte shades are also more powdery than the shimmer shades but to be honest on the eyes both formulations blend out beautifully and last quite a good while on the eyes. The first of the palettes is called 01…& my BFF on the phone and it has 6 matte shades and one shimmer shade.

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The second palette is called 02…& the love story with my wardrobe. It has 6 shimmery shades and one matte shade.

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Last palette is probably what would be called the smoky palette from the collection and it’s called 03…& our secret date at midnight. Eyeshadow wise it has three mattes and four shimmers.

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This collection does contain a face palette and it’s called 01…& my crazy family. This palette has two gorgeous blush shades, two highlighters and two contouring shades. I love everything bar the contouring shades.

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Formulation and texture wise all of them are super soft and smooth, with minimum powder kickback. My issue with the contour shades is that they’re just a tad bit warm for using as contour, they’re more suited as bronzers but other than that it’s very much a gorgeous palette.

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The final products from the collection are all nail products and they include a cute double side nail file which is excellent at filing nails, some nail stickers which you have the option of using either on your nails or to enhance the packaging of the palettes by popping them on and four beautiful shades of nail polish which I’ve added HD Images of below.

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Let me know what your favourite product is from the collection 🙂

-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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Eyeliners

L’oreal Infallible Gel Crayon

Another amazing new launch by L’oreal Paris is their new Infallible Gel Crayon Eyeliners. These liners are waterproof, budge-proof and come in nine beautiful, highly pigmented shades though we’ve only got five of the shades available here in Ireland. Personally, I’m absolutely in love with the formulation of these gel eye pencils as they remind me of an old favourite that has been discounted for some time now and that’s the Avon Super Shock gel liner if anyone remembers it.

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Like I mentioned this pencils come in nine beautiful shades, some are more faltering than others colour wise but all of them have high and intense pigmentation. I managed to pick up three of these liners from Boots when they were on a 3 for 2 offer and the first shade that I got is 001 Back to Black which, since purchasing it, has become a holy grail product for me. I even prefer it to my Maybelline Master Precise Skinny gel eyeliner pencil.

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These pencils have a gel formulation to them which means that once their applied they will set and become budge proof until you go in with an oil-based makeup remover to take them off. The downside to this formulation is that the pencil texture is very very soft so you will end up going through it very quickly and needing to replace it often should you so desire. These retail at roughly 7.99 euros a piece which isn’t the cheapest when you need to get a new one every month.

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The second shade that I got is 005 Super Cooper and this shade is a stunning burnt metallic brown shade that looks amazing on both brown and green eyes. I will say that I wish the packaging of these was a twist up instead of needing to sharpen it as I feel if it was twist-up you’d probably get the most out of you product rather than wasting some of it while sharpening it.

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The final shade that I picked up is 011 Violet  Va-Va-Voum which obvious has been named by a Nicki Minaj fan over in L’oreal HQ. This shade is probably the only real one out of the three that has some sheerness to it but I think that’s down to the actual colour of the liner rather than the formulation. The shade is actual supposed to be a pastel but Unfornately it doesn’t have the paleness to pull of the pastel effect it should. Instead it’s more of sheer lavender that looks almost light brown on the waterline.

It’s not a terrible shade but if you were looking at vibrancy when going for this colour than you will be sorely disappointed. I like it though and I love the formulation of this pencils so I definitely will be repurchasing them especially the black.

-Talk Soon xx

Skincare

#PamperWeekend: Nakin Skincare

This is going to be part eight and the last post of the my ongoing series #PamperWeekend where I basically show you all the amazing skincare products that I have been loving recently. Make sure to tweet me using the hashtag all the products you’ve been loving too so that I can get some more inspiration.

For todays post I’m going to be focusing on the skincare brand Nakin which is a natural anti-aging brand that is great for those of us who are looking for a bit more from their skincare but don’t want the commitment of using those super expensive and very thick creams.

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From the Nakin Skincare range I have both their Performance Face Serum and their Eye Complex and both of these in my opinion are great products. The serum, if I was to compare it to some of my other serums such as the Clarins HydraSmooth and the HollyBerry Hyaluronic Serum, wouldn’t be considered my favourite but that’s not to say this isn’t a good serum because it is.

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It’s probably obvious from the images that the consistency of this serum is that of a cream. It is super lightweight and absorbs almost instantly into the skin. If you do massage this in with your fingertips, especially using upward motions, it does give of a bit of a milky texture making it even more luxurious feeling on the skin.

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The packaging of it, as with the corresponding eye cream, is basic and simple-almost clean looking to a point. I like that it has a pump applicator, and that one pump is more than sufficient to use across the entire face (pump and a half for both the face and neck). Scent wise it’s very organic with a slight floral undertone to the cream but it definitely isn’t offensive and it goes away the minute it’s absorbed into the skin.

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I have to say if I had to choose between the two Nakin Skincare products that I have on which one I like better, it would have to be the eye complex. I have started using this instead of my Environ Youth Essential Eye Gel and to be honest I think I like this better than that one.

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It doesn’t have any of the stickiness/tacky residue that the Environ one did and I also found this one absorbed much quicker than that one too. I didn’t however experience any cooling effect with this one like I do with the Environ but I say if I put in the effort and actually bothered to pop this into the fridge than that issue would be sorted (the environ one comes in a metal tube which is why it’s always cold without a fridge).

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With regards to fine lines and my dark circles, I did feel that they were pushed back and have become less noticeable by using this. For future use I probably will keep this as my morning eye cream because it’s lighter and quicker to absorb into the skin and the Environ one for the evening.

All of the Nakin Skincare products are available to purchase from their website which I have linked below in case any of you are interested 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Nakin Skincare Website

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Eyes

Glam&Co Jewel Dusts (Diane Everett Collab)

It’s a known concept on YouTube and in the blogging/vlogging sphere that any collaborations that bloggers do with brands we tend to like to support completely simply because it shows how much hard work and effort pays off. Today I’m going to be supporting the amazing Irish makeup artist and blogger Diane Everett as she has recently done a collaboration with the cosmetics brand Glam & Co.

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Glam & Co. are actually well known for their for their loose pigments and glitters and have them in almost ever single colour under the sun. For this collaboration they’ve actually gone with a entirely new formulation called Jewel Dust.

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Each of these loose eyeshadows/pigments looks like boring white powder but when it’s swatched or applied onto the eyes, it reflects it’s true colour in the most intense shine ever.

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I have two shades from the collection and the first is the shade Petroleum, which is a gorgeous ultra violet blue reflect. The actual powder is nice and fine and I highly recommend mixing it with either MAC Fix+ or the Makeup Revolution Aqua Seal Primer to get the highest pay-off in colour with these pigments as they definitely work better when their slightly wet.

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The second shade is Lilac Vibes and as the name suggest it’s a pinky purple reflect. With regards to packaging it isn’t my favourite. I really wise the jar had some sort of sifter to it or at least an internal cap because once you take of the lid it can be a bit of a messy product to use.

These pigments retail at 11.50 euros a piece and you can get them from Waterford Health Park Pharmacy here in Waterford or via the Glam & Co website for international purchases.

-Talk Soon xx