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

Eyes

L’oreal Paris Eye Paints 👁🖌️

L’oreal Paris recently has been bringing out a lot of new releases and in those releases where these gorgeous eye paints which are essentially cream eyeshadows in handy brush-on form. Because of all the new releases I’m probably going to be reviewing a lot of L’oreal products in the coming weeks so I hope you guys enjoy that as I for one love L’oreal as a brand.

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I got two different shades of these new eye paints and the first is the shade 101 Eternal White. My main thinking when I was picking up this shade is that it would be one heck of an amazing inner corner highlight as well as a browbone highlight. It did not disappoint, the colour of this shade is the most intense almost lit from within pearlescent white that has a hint of champagne shimmer running through it.

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The formulation of these eye paints is incredible. They apply on so smoothly and they give you a bit of a window to blend and layer before completely setting into a budge proof finish. I also found that powder eyeshadows layer really well over these and that if you apply glitter to them while they’re still slightly tacky it sticks to them without any hassle too.

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As I mentioned above these eye paints come in a handy brush-on form. The packaging is a nice minimal looking short tube that has the colour of the shade as the bottom part and the handle of the applicator as the top part. The applicator is a flattened doe-foot which is great for simply swiping across the eyelid and then you either use a brush or your finger to blend the product in.

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I decided to go for one of the darker shades for my second colour as I wanted to see if these were patchy in anyway as patchiness doesn’t really show in the lighter colours. These is the shade 104 Unstoppable Teal and I can confirm that there is no patchiness whatsoever with the formulation of these shadows.

These are part of L’oreal Paris’s permanent range and I think there are roughly seven shades in total in the collection. These retail I think for roughly 7.49 euros a piece but Boots always have a 3 for 2 offer running most of the time on L’oreal.

-Talk Soon xx

 

Eyes

Primark/Pennys Paint Pots

It seems as of late Primark Beauty has really been uping their game when it comes to their makeup and skincare releases. Their most recent release has got to be these new paint pots that I discovered while browsing their many stands looking for their new bronze and pink highlighter powders, which FYI I didn’t actually find. Now if I was to describe my thoughts on these products it can probably be stated in two words: IT’S COMPLICATED.

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The paint pots themselves come in the typical packaging of a glass jar with twist on lid to ensure the product does not dry out. I, myself have three different shades of these paint pots however I’m not sure exactly how many colours were released overall. The first of these shades is possibly the only one out of the three that I can say a good thing about.

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The colour of it is a nice subtle gold tone that is great for using as a base for powder eyeshadows. Personally I think this only works for me because of how light the shade colour is. The pigmentation of this shade, is intense on initial application but I find that it loses its shine and metallic finish the more I blend it out on the eye.

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The second shade I have is this bronze shade that would be consider two tones darker than the gold shade above. I’m describing this shades more than giving you guys the names of them because unfortunately these don’t have any shade names or numbers to indicate what shade colour they are. You simply have to go by the colour visible through the glass jar and the sticker on the lid.

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This bronze shade is ok…and I say that with a heavy heart as I can’t really find any other word to describe it. When you go to apply this, it gives such an incredible bronzey metallic shade but the minute you go to blend it out it loses that metallic shade and becomes a boring brown. Also I found as you blend it tends to become patchy and slightly ball up in the creases of the eye. Layering powders over it cause it to become overly chunky and crease in the exact same places where the creases are too.

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The exact same thing can be said for this next shade which is meant to be an intense emerald green colour. This shade is even worse than the bronze because the end result of all your blending and applying is just a dark, patchy smudge on your eyelid. I honestly couldn’t make this work no matter how little nor how much I applied of it and blended. I event tried packing it and it just resulted in a lot of creasing on the eyelid.

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These retail for just two euros a piece so I’m not bothered that they didn’t work for me as they are relatively inexpensive but I definitely don’t recommend them at all. These were a complete fail of a product and bar the golden shade which I honestly think only works for me because it’s so light of a colour, they are patchy unblendable products.

-Talk Soon xx

Eyeliners

Isadora Kohl Kajals

When it comes to eyeliner I tend to stick to brands I know and love simply because my eyes are extremely sensitive. They’re so sensitive that I tend to have to fork out 30 euros every 3 months for either the Ren Express Make-Up Remover or my Holy Grail Product which is the Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover as they are the only two eye makeup removers that I have found that don’t cause any irritation to my eyes. The two brands that I tend to stick with for eyeliners are Urban Decay and Maybelline but my recent discovery of the Isadora Kohl Kajals liners has me re-thinking that I shouldn’t be just sticking to those two brands.

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I’m going to be completely honest and say that if I wasn’t sent these products to try out I probably would never be reviewing them because of my fear of irritating my eyes. Now you guys are probably going to think that I just used them because they were sent to me but no, what made me use them was the fact that they had the words “Fragrance Free” and “Clinical Tested” on the back of their packaging, something I would have never seen in stores.

SAM_2703I have these Kajals in two very classical shades that is 01 Black and 00 White. As you can see from the pictures the liners come in very sleek black packaging. Isadora have styled these liners very much to look like the old Arabic liners that were used back in the day. You don’t get a lot of product in each liner, just 1 gram. Though I like the way these liners look, I don’t think it’s very practical. Once you start using these liners regularly that nib is going to flatten down and then it would very difficult to use as an eyeliner and get any real precision with it.

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The formulation of these liners is beautifully creamy and soft. It’s last a really long time in the waterline without fading or smudging. The pigmentation of them is very intense and there is no patchiness whatsoever with them. It’s so hard to find a good black and white liner these days that has the pay-off in both colour and longevity the these have.

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Out of the two I think the white shade has got to be my favourite. Mainly because I have black liners that I like and love from other brands but I don’t have and white liners that I adore. Also bare in mind that Isadora is a incredibly affordable brand and these eyeliners only retail at 10.50 euros a piece, compared to the 19.50 euros of Urban Decay their a bargain.

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For me I think I need to get into the habit of actually reading the products ingredients and seeing if their suitable for sensitive eyes before just walking past them in the store and going to what I know. I have reviewed other products from Isadora including their amazing blushes so I’ll link them below also.

-Talk Soon xx

Isadora Perfect Blush

Lipliner 💋 over Lipstick 💄

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