Highlighter

Essence Cosmetics Glow to Go Palette

It’s summer and the one product we use in the summer to make our skin pop is highlighter. More specifically a gorgeous bronze highlight that can make us pretend that we somewhat look like JLO. SAM_4383One of the best products that I found recently to get this look is the Essence Cosmetics Glow To Go palette. This palette has four gorgeous, high shine highlighters that work to give the ultimate bronze goddess look to the skin.

Texture wise all of these are soft buttery powders that apply beautifully to the skin. The shimmer running through them is shimmer-no chunky glitter whatsoever with this palette.

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I will say I wish this palette was split into two duos instead of having all four pans in the one palette. This is simply because I found the first two shades great for using on lighter skin tones and the other two great on darker skin tones. It’s great as is for any of you who are makeup artist and need something for all skin types but for those of us who tend to use products like this for personal use it would have been better split in half. That said I do use the other two shades as eyeshadows and they work great on the eyes just as good as they do on the cheeks.

The palette retails for 4.95 euros and is available in Pennys/Primark stores as well as anyone else who carries Essence Cosmetics stands.

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Face Powders

Madison Makeup CityGlam Palette

Recently I did a post reviewing the gorgeous Madison Makeup Berry Bold Palette and to be quite frank since I got that palette I have not put it down! It’s that good. I was very recently lucky enough to be sent their new highlighting, bronzer and blush palette and because I was already in love with their BerryBold palette I had very high exceptions for this one too.

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I can safely say it did not disappoint whatsoever. It comes in the same thick cardboard flip-up palette packaging as the BerryBold but this one has this cool 3D graphic art design on it. Inside the palette you get a nice sized mirror, 6 highlighters, a blush shade and a bronzer.

Formulation wise it was a bit of a mixture, some of the highlights were nice and smooth and others were a bit chunky in consistency. All of them however gave a blinding highlight effect on the skin and I personally think there is a shade to suit all skin types in this palette.

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The blush shade definitely has a very chunky texture to it but that doesn’t translate once it’s applied to the cheeks. It’s a gorgeous soft peach shade that is shot through with gold reflects/shimmer. I found this to be a great dupe for the iconic Nars Orgasm blush that almost everyone and their mom loves.

Finally the bronzer, it’s 100% matte and I love that it is. It’s got the softest texture of all the pans in this palette plus it’s really light in colour so it’s gonna work great for those of us who have ghost skin. Though it’s light, it is very buildable so even those who have a darker skin tone can wear this without a problem.

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All in all this is an amazing palette if your looking to add a few new highlighters to your collection.  I will be honest and say that if I was given a choice between this and the BerryBold I would go for the BerryBold as that has both eyeshadows and 4 highlighters in the single palette. This is definitely one to go for however if you have loads of eyeshadow palettes and just want something for the rest of the face.

-Talk Soon xx

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Collections

Essence Spring Summer 2018 Update!

Long time readers of this blog know it’s no secret that I have an unhealthy obsession with the beauty brand Essence Cosmetics. It’s available in almost every store here in Ireland, it’s relatively inexpensive and almost all of their products work like a dream. The other great thing about this brand is that every 6 months or every season they tend to update their collection/product line to keep up with new trends and in season colours. All of these products are available now as they’ve been released from the month of February and I hope to be reviewing some of them in future posts.

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Get You Glitter On! Loose Glitter & Pigments
Price:
€3.80
Available in 9 Shades.

“Course glitter flakes, colorful confetti or glitter dust-the various glitter pigments offer everything you need for a breathtaking, individual look. Each glitter already creates an amazing wow-look worn solo, but in combination with other glitter shades or types, they make a real statement! No matter whether for the face or body: get your glitter on!”

The Sili Helpers
Price:
€1.90

“A silicon tool to apply the “get your glitter
on!” glitter particles in an optimal and clean manner. The slim, slanted glitter & pigment applicator allows an easy and accurate application of glitter and pigments.”

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Get Your Glitter On! Tattoo Your Body Tattoos
Price:
€2.30

“With these cool tattoos, you can conjure-up doodles on the skin-for an individual style!”

Get Your Glitter On! Glitter Primer
Price:
€3.50

“This primer is the ideal base for applying all kinds of glitter and can be used on face and body.”

 

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My Only 1 Eyeshadow Palette
Price:
€12.49

“22 Colours for breath-taking make-up styles. Subtle nudes, cool nearly-black shades and bright pop-art colours-with this eyeshadow palette, there’s no limit to creativity nd anything is possible.”

Mix & Match Your Look Palette
Price:
€8.75

“An all round palette for the eyes, lips and face, which offers endless possibilities like contouring, chroming or striking looks for the lips and eyes. Eight bold colours as well as white can be applied individually or mixed in the special “mixing zone”. The creamy textures turn to powder upon application and ensure eye-catching styles.”

My Only 1 Lipstick Palette
Price:
€12.49

“There are no limits to creativity with this lipstick palette. It contains 22 colours with a light texture, which can be mixed and matched to create new favorite shades in the special “mixing zone”. Includes an applicator for easy application.”

Holo Wow! Dewy Lip Shine
Price:
€3.50
Available in 5 shades.

“The gloss with a light-reflecting, holographic shine creates fantastic holo effects on the lips. Worn solo or as a topper, it gives any lipstick applied underneath a new dimension.”

3D Dewy Look Stick
Price:
€4.40

“This practical stick ensures an ultimate “dewy” summer glow by emphasizing the cheekbones without any glitter or shimmer. Enriched with shea butter, it offers a light wet-look without leaving a greasy film behind.”

Holo Wow! Sparkle Stick
Price:
€4.40

“The practical stick with fine holographic pigments in pink and gold conjures-up shimmering highlights on the cheekbones.”

Holo Wow! Prisma Jumbo Eye Pencil
Price:
€3.50
Available in 4 shades.

“Magical blue, fascinating pink, radiant white and bright green–all with an iridescent colour effect–create long-lasting eyeshadow or eyeliner styles.”

Holo Wow! Eye & Face Palette
Price:
€4.95

“Four holographic shades for the eyes and face can be changed to suit the mood: all colours can be intensified with the matt black, or lightened with the holographic silver. Absolutely unique!”

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Glow To Go Highlighter Palette
Price:
€5.60

“The palette contains two highlighters and bronzers each, which can be applied solo or combined to create a radiant, sun-kissed look on the face, décolleté or shoulders.”

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Glow To Go Illuminating Setting Spray
Price:
€4.10

“The spray sets the make-up in place and instantly creates a radiant look with its light-reflecting pigments. The soft-focus effect evens out small skin irregularities.”

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Glow Like A Mermaid Highlighter
Price:
€4.40

“The highlighting powder with six radiant colours is reminiscent of a mermaid’s tail and provides the cheeks and face with the shimmering glow of a magical underwater world.”

Brighten Up! Peach Powder
Price:
€3.80

“The mattifying powder in a soft peach shade ensures a silky finish and is ideal for the “baking” technique.”

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Eyeshadow Boxes
Price:
€4.95
Available in 4 shades

“Each of the four extraordinary palettes not only offers a selection of highly pigmented shades, but also lets your eye make-up tell its very own story. No matter whether you go for nude shades with the “million nude faces” version, soft to intensive rosé shades with “in love with rose” or gorgeous “mermaid” looks with holographic effects with “to the moon and back”–all palettes contain ten highly pigmented, long-lasting eyeshadows with matt and pearly effects.”

I Love Effects Eyeshadow Base
Price:
€3.10

“The base intensifies the effect of the eyeshadow applied on top and prevents it from settling in the crease of the lid.”

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Volume Booster Lash Primer
Price:
€3.50

“The primer is enriched with acai oil and mango butter and is applied underneath mascara to give the lashes an extra volume boost. Can be used with any mascara.”

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Volume Hero Mascara Power Black
Price:
€3.80

“The new hero mascara guarantees extra volume and maximum lashes. The large elastomer volume brush captures lots of texture and is sure to reach every single lash.”

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Super Curl Volume Mascara Eye-Opening
Price:
€3.80

“The mascara with a curved elastomer brush ensures endless volume with a breathtaking curl and an eye-opening effect.”

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Eyeliner Pen Long-Lasting
Price:
€3.10
Available in 4 shades

“The long-lasting eyeliner ensures absolutely accurate eyeliner styles in four new and bright trend colours.”

Make Me Brow Eyebrow Powder
Price:
€3.10
Available in 2 shades.

“Thanks to its special applicator and light, powdery texture, this eyebrow powder is ideal for filling and shaping the brows. For bold and accurately defined wow brows!.”

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My Must Haves Eyebrow Powder
Price:
€1.90
Available in 2 shades

“In addition to eyeshadows, lip and face products, two new eyebrow powders are now joining the “my must haves” range and offer even more variation when putting together individual palettes. Simply place in the multifunctional palettes using the special click-in mechanism.”

Prime + Studio HD HYDRA Primer Spray
Price:
€4.40

“The primer spray with coconut water prepares the skin for flawless, long-lasting make-up. It refreshes, provides moisture and visibly minimizes pores.”

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You Better Work! Gym-Proof Primer
Price:
€4.40

“Look good while you work out: not a problem with this primer, which has a sweat-proof formula to last during sporting activities and protects the skin with an SPF of 20. It also visibly reduces the pores, conceals skin irregularities and makes unevenness disappear–the ideal preparation for flawless make-up.”

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Colour On! Shine On Lipstick
Price:
€4.80
Available in 12 shades

“The soft lips tick texture can be intensified with each application to allow subtle as well as bold looks. Twelve colours with a gorgeous shine turn these lipsticks into the ideal daily companions.”

Colour Boost Vinylicious Liquid Lipstick
Price:
€3.50
Available in 7 shades

“These liquid lipsticks offer high colour pigmentation and a breathtaking, glossy finish reminiscent of melted latex. Available in a cool tube design and a varied colour range.

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Stay 6h True Lipliner Waterproof
Price:
€2.50
Available in 8 shades

“The soft lipliner with intensive colour dispersion is waterproof and lasts for up to six hours.”

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Draw the Line! Instant Colour Lipliner
Price:
€1.90
Available in 12 shades

“These supple lipliners are colour-coordinated with the ultra last instant colour lipsticks and effortlessly glide over the lips to outline them. With an integrated sharpener.”

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Smoothie Gloss
Price:
€1.30
Available in 5 shades

“As trendy as fruit smoothies: the lipglosses in the five fragrances mango, peach, strawberry, raspberry and blackberry–all with medium coverage.”

Tint & Colour Shot
Price:
€3.80
Available in 5 shades

“The pleasant, light tint-texture stains the lips and offers a velvety-matt finish with medium coverage and a subtle boost of freshness.”

Hydra Nail Care Serum
Price:
€2.50

“The hydrating and moisturizing water-infused nail care is enriched with aloe vera to ensure healthy-looking nails and cuticles.”

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Fix It! Nail Glue
Price:
€3.10

“The strong nail glue fixes torn nails and can be used for the application of artificial nails or nail art designs. Suitable for all types of nails.”

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Tropical Hand Mousse
Price:
€3.10

“Moisturizing hand mousse, enriched with monoi oil and aloe vera. The non-greasy mousse texture with an exotic fragrance pampers the hands and nails, and leaves them feeling soft.”

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Stamp It! Clear Stampy Set
Price:
€4.40

“Positioning your favorite designs on the nails is super easy with the completely transparent silicon stamp pad-now all nail artists can see exactly what they’re doing! The set comes in a cool paper box and includes a stamp and a scraper to remove excess nail polish.”

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Stamp It! Stampy Design Plate
Price:
€4.40
Available in 2 designs

“Two templates for countless, insta-worthy styles: one contains strong girl power images, the other offers geometric and minimalistic images for a cool look.”

Metallic & Glow In The Dark Nail & Finger Tattoos
Price:
€1.60

“Temporary nail and finger tattoos with metallic effects that glow in the dark upon exposure to light turn the hands into true eye-catchers.”

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Moonicure Nail Stickers
Price:
€1.60

“Moon manicures are easier than ever with the self-adhesive nail stickers in two half-moon motifs and different sizes. If necessary, the stickers can also be cut into the desired shape.”

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Nails in Style-Crystal Style
Price:
€3.80

“Transparent “stiletto nails” are a mega trend: simply leave transparent, paint or decorate with the 19 stickers. There’s no limit to your creativity! Easy to apply thanks to the included, transparent adhesive pads.”

 

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So Fluffy Nail Stickers
Price:
€1.60

“Stick on… The popular nail stickers with a variety of designs are being enhanced with trendy effects! All wishes are sure to be fulfilled and you can design your nails to suit your mood.”

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2 in 1 Colour Correcting & Contouring Brush
Price:
€3.50

“The two different brush ends allow smooth correction: the short bristles can be used to apply concealer textures evenly and the longer bristles are ideal for contouring the face.”

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Flat Powder Brush
Price:
€4.40

“The brush with extremely soft, long bristles has been especially developed for the application of pressed or loose powder. The fan-shape offers a large surface area to set make-up in place–quickly and easily.”

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Makeup Buffer Brush
Price:
€4.40

“The flat surface of the brush is perfect for creamy or liquid textures, no matter whether foundation, bronzer, blush or even day cream. Apply in dabs for an especially flawless look.”

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Precise Eyeliner Brush
Price:
€1.90

“An improved version of the original gel eye-liner brush. Super accurate, this eyeliner brush is suitable for the application of gel eyeliners as well as creamy eyeshadow or expressive pigments.”

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Smudging Brush
Price:
€1.90

“The brush with short, thick bristles ensures smokey looks. It helps smudge the eyeshadow along the upper and lower lashline and is ideal for creating trendy ombré looks on the lips.”

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Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via Essence Cosmetics Brand PR and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Essence Cosmetics™.
Face Powders, Highlighter

Bare Minerals Invisible Glow Highlighting Powders

If I had to pick a high end brand other than Urban Decay to be my favourite it would definitely be BareMinerals. There is very little that I’ve tried from BareMinerals that I didn’t like and because of that I have quite a few of their products within my cosmetics collection. Recently I picked up their Invisible Glow powders because ever since I discovered the soft illuminator from the L.O.V Fall Collection 2017 I have been hooked on subtle highlights for my complexion. It just looks so pretty and natural and soft.

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There are two shades available in the range and the first shade is the lightest of the two. It’s called Fair to Light and is a white pearl-scent shade with peach shimmer running very, very subtly through it. The powder is very finely milled and on the face it blends out seamlessly without any harsh lines. The shimmer isn’t chunky but lovely and soft almost candle lit glow like. If I was to compare this to anything currently on the market I would say it’s very similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. 

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The second shade is called Medium and is definitely darker in colour than the previous shade. This is very much a peach toned highlighter but again because it’s so softly and finely milled it looks very subtle on the skin. I personally like taking this down a bit onto my cheek bones because I find the colour of it warms up my skintone whilst adding a nice glow to it overall.

These compacts currently retail for 30 euros each and I picked mine up from Debenhams Ireland who tend to do discount offers of 10-15% of makeup on a monthly basis so you can pick up this compact for less than 30 for sure.

-Talk Soon xx

Collections

Limited Edition: Catrice Soleil D’été

A brand new limited edition collection from Catrice Cosmetics set to be released mid-July and to be available up until mid-September. This collection is all about achieving that metallic and bronzed look that’s very on trend at the moment. There are seven products in total in this capsule collection and as always with these kind of overview posts, all the images and details will be below.

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Duo Highlighter
C01 Gentle Sun Glow

“GLOWrious. A two-tone highlighter with a soft, slightly creamy texture and shimmering powder finish. Suitable for all skin types. Thanks to the shimmering bronze core and gorgeous rosé shade, the duo highlighter can be used to create many different looks.”

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Golden Lip Booster
C01 Golden Sun-bath

“Glossy Gold. The metallic gloss with a lip-boosting effect creates a shiny gold finish. Applying it on it’s own results in exciting metallic effects while the booster offers a soft, golden shimmer when applied on top of colour lipstick.”

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Available in two shades

“Magnificent Metals. The gel-like eyeshadow with a metallic finish is easy to blend and can be intensified by applying several layers. In addition to creating expressive smokey eyes, the metallic eyeshadow in light champagne or bronze khaki is also ideal for setting targeted shimmering accents.”

Metal-Infused Eye Palette
C01 Metal Muse

“Metallic Eyes. Different effects ranging from matt to metallic: five perfectly aligned eyeshadows with a powdery texture for various expressive eye makeup styles. The high-quality packaging with an intergrated mirror has a unique graphic design.”

Metalip Colour
Available in three shades

“Creamy metallic. Metallic effects with a high coverage meet upon a pleasant cream texture. The lipsticks in three trend colours ensure an extravagant look. A peachy nude tone, rosewood as well as an elegant rosé create the matching lips to go with an all-over glow. In their golden packaging, the metalips are particularly eye-catching.”

Sheer Serum Bronzer
C01 InsTANned Complexion

“Fluid Glow. The liquid bronzing serum creates soft, golden accents. Extremely versatile: applied solo or mixed with foundation, the bronzer ensures a sun-kissed complexion. Liquid and creamy textures offer natural-looking results-especially for the complexion. The practical pipette applicator allows a simple accurate, dosage.”

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C01 Each and Every Sun

“Beautiful Bronze. A fine, matt bronzing powder ideal for the ‘contouring’ and ‘sun-stripping’ makeup trends. The mattifying powder suits every skin tone.”

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Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via brand PR representatives and are for illustrative purposes only. All images remain property of Catrice Cosmetics™

 

 

Highlighter, Lip Products

New in Sleek Makeup

Sleek Makeup has released a new highlighting palette and after going crazy over their Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette and their Sleek Cleopatra Highlighting Palette I just knew I had to have this one two. Along with releasing their new highlighting palette they also released three new metallic matte me lip creams alongside it. I only picked two of these lip creams because the third shade is very similar to a lipstick I already own by Estee Lauder.

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They’ve gone for a different layout this time with regards to the highlighting palette and they’ve also included an extra shade making it five instead of four. Three of the shades are a cream formulation and two are powder. The palette itself is silver this time instead of gold but it still has the really cool reflective outer packaging and includes a giant mirror.

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Though the shade names are listed on the back of the palette their is no indication on either the palette or the box it comes in on which shade is which – major flaw in my opinion, they may as well have not named them. My favourite shade has got to be the bottom right hand corner shade which I think is called Sweet Delusion as it’s this gorgeous white highlight with a stunning green shift to it. Both it and the centre shade are very unique in my opinion.

Names below are listed according to how I perceived them to be named.

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When it comes to the metallic matte lip creams I have to say I am a bit disappointed in the formulation of these. They’re so patchy which genuinely surprised me because I have some of the regular matte lip creams and they’re super opaque and very long lasting. These were neither but I will say that the colour selection of them is so unique that they’re still worth getting especially cause they only retail for 6.99 euros a piece.

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I picked up two out of three shades and the first shade that I got is Volcanic and this is the most unique out of the three shades. It has a dual-chrome effect to it which means it’s basically two colours in one. Both these lip creams come in the standard Sleek Makeup square tube packaging with a doe-foot applicator.

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From the two shades, even though Volanic is the more unique shade, I personally prefer Rusted Rose which is gorgeous burgundy red shade that looks amazing on the lips. This one is also less patchy than Volcanic bit it is still sheer with just one coat. These lip creams do layer up beautifully though.

This collection is already available in all stores that stock Sleek Makeup and the highlighting palette retails for 13.49 euros in case any of you were wondering.

-Talk Soon xx

Highlighter, Nail Polish

New in BarryM

BarryM Cosmetics has got to be one of the most price friendly brands in the drugstore. Their products don’t reach anything over 10 euros and most of the time they tend to have a three for two offer going on. For the summer they’ve really been launching some great products into their line and I’ve managed to pick of a few to show you guys.

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First up is their new Flawless Hydro Fix Primer Water which, lets be honest, is a direct dupe for the Smashbox Primer Water. I have to say I’m a huge fan of this product. Your meant to use it in place of your typical primer but I personally use it in conjunction. I apply on my primer and then mist a light layer of this over it. It’s basically making your primer last longer so in turn your primer makes your makeup last longer.

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Liquid highlighters are probably my favourite thing ever to mix in with foundation for that dewy summer look. The Light Me Up! liquid highlighter from BarryM is a great one to use for that because it doesn’t have any chunky glitter in it. It’s very similar in consistence to the L’oreal True Match Liquid Highlighters that I still love and use.

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Though it looks super dark in the bottle, it does come out more of a rose gold shade and when mixed with your foundation it gives you a nice sunkissed effect to your complexion. Again I only have one issue with this product and that’s that you don’t get a whole lot of it, and because I mix it with my foundation I know I’m going to be going through it super quick.

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Ever since seeing swatches of this palette on Instagram I simply knew I needed it in my life. The Cosmic Lights palette comes with six beautiful shades of highlighter, four a cream formulation and two are powder. It also has a cute little mirror in the lid so extra brownie points for that.

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Packaging wise it really isn’t the greatest. It comes in cardboard that feels like it’s gonna fall apart or rip at any second. That said the actual product is amazing. All of the cream formulations are nice and creamy to apply. They don’t have the highest intensity nor pigmentation but that’s to be expected as the idea of this palette is to layer the powder highlights over the creams. The powders are super soft too and they have great pigmentation which makes them a dream to blend.

BarryM wouldn’t be BarryM without a nail polish collection launch now would they. And they sure didn’t disappoint by releasing 5 new shades to add to their Molten Metals line. I picked up four of these shades but I won’t be saying anything about them here as I’m planning on doing a separate review for them with swatches of all of them on my actual nails so stay tuned.

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Those are all the new products that I’ve picked up recently from BarryM though I’m sure those weren’t their only new launches. Let me know in comments if you’ve gotten anything new even if it’s not BarryM, it’ll give me an excuse to pop into Boots 🙂

-Talk Soon xx