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.

-Talk Soon xx

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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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

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Superdrug Haul

When it comes to purchasing affordable makeup the main place to head to here in Ireland is Boots. But Boots doesn’t really carry every single brand and I’m forever stalking the UK beauty brands Instagrams and crying over the fact that I just can’t get these products here. You guys are probably gonna say “just order it online” but I’m personally the type of person that has to swatch everything before buying. It’s why I do overview posts of collection rather than just buying them online and featuring them.

Time to get to the point, I recently spotted, while having a nice day out with the hubby, a Superdrug in Wexford Town, Ireland. Because of time constraints I couldn’t pop in for than a minute but asking on Twitter a lot of people redirected me to the Superdrug available in Omni Park Shopping Centre in Dublin , where I was headed over the weekend. Let me show all the naughty purchases that I got and FYI I was really feeling spendy on the day 🙂 .

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I picked up a few skincare bits from the B is For Beautiful which is exclusive to Superdrug. To be honest most of the brands that I got products from are exclusive to Superdrug. I got their Glycolic Cleansing Peel, which is a nice exfoliating face wash that has Glycolic Acid in it. It also comes with a muslin cloth that you use wet to take it off.

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I got a bottle of their Hyalronic Acid Facial Spritz which is meant to be a refreshing spray that can be used on bare skin and over makeup to re-hydrate the skin instantly.

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The was an offer in store that when you purchase an product from the line you get a packet of their wipes free so I got that too.

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The next item that I got is one of the new scents from the fragrance brand So…? I don’t normally pick up inexpensive perfume because I have quite a lot of higher end bottles on the go but I’ve always wanted to try these fragrances. They had an offer that made the price of the bottle 4.95 euros so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to check it out. The scent that I got is Dark Romance which is a very strong and sexy scent perfect for wearing on a night out with friends.

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Everything else that  I got is makeup and the main brand that I bought from is MUA Cosmetics which I gotta say is an amazing brand simply for the value of the products. Their so inexpensive!! I got four products in total and all of them are highlighters. Don’t judge lolz.

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The first is one that the minute I knew Superdrug had MUA I wanted to get. This is the Liquid Highlight Cushion in the shade Glow Beam. It’s a perfect example of those cushion foundations except this one has a highlighter instead. The highlighter itself is a very gold toned highlight with a silver undertone.

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I also got the Light Illuminating Highlighter Stick and this one I’m hoping will be a favourite like my Maybelline Master Strobing Stick. I also picked up one of their Undress Your Skin powder highlighters in the shade Rosewood Glimmer. The one I was after was actually the blue shade version but it was out of stock. This one is beautiful though, a nice deep dual-chrome red that would look incredible as an inner corner highlight.

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Last of the MUA highlighters that I got is the Strobe and Glow Highlighting Kit. This is a dual highlighter set where the bottom layer of the compact is a cream highlighter and the top is a powder. The idea is that you layer these one on top of the other which I tend to do with highlighters anyway. A highlight ain’t a highlight unless it can be seen from space.

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Makeup Revolution was another brand that they had fully stocked in the store however I didn’t see any of the Skin Kiss Highlighters that I wanted or much else for that matter. I did pick their Aqua Seal Primer and Sealant which they say can be used as a primer or on top of eyeshadows to seal them in for a longer lasting look. Thought I would give it a go but to be honest they don’t really give you much in it. I also got one of the Vivid Baked Blush in the shade Bang Bang You’re Dead.

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A few products were on clearance so I took full advantage and went through the stock meticulously. I managed to get two of the B is For Beautiful Vibrant Eye Shimmers which are cream eyeshadows very similar to MAC Paint Pots. The shades that I got are 057 Copper & 146 Royal. These were only 65 cents a piece. Total bargain!

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Last of my haul is the Tanya Burr Cosmetics eyeshadows palette in Midnight Smoulder. This is a quad and the fours shadows in it are very blue in colour. I have to say swatching them I like the pigmentation however I did find them a bit powdery in texture. This was also on clearance I got it for only 77 cents. Another bargain if I do say so myself.

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As an added bonus to an incredible shopping day the girls in Superdrug actually gave me a free tote bag to go with my purchases. Woohoo! Also if you guys would like me to review any of the products that I got in todays haul please let me know in the comments below.

-Talk Soon xx

Eyes, Highlighter

Disney Alice Makeup Palette

Christmas and the New Year celebrations are officially over and all the gorgeous gifts that were displayed gloriously in stores for purchase have been discounted. Sales are in full swing and though I have a couple of haul posts coming up, I have also made a few makeup purchases from Boots the first of which I’m going to be discussing in todays post. Being a married adult of 24 years I have very little items in my live that sparkle memories of the past. Disney however holds a very special place for bring back my childhood and I’m positive I’m not alone in this. My favourite princess has always been Jasmine from Aladdin and The Lion King is a movie that will always bring me to tears.

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It’s seems Alice in Wonderland however takes the cake (see what I did there 😉 ) when it comes to brands picking a Disney movie to create cosmetics around. Urban Decay did it with the release of their Alice Through The Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette and now Mad Beauty has done it with this palette. Full price the palette retailed for 9.50 euros in Boots however with the sales I managed to pick it up for 4.75 euros, definitely a bargain.

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Packaging is super cute! Though not sturdy. It is cardboard though not of the wafer thin quality. Illustrations of Alice, Cheshire Cat, roses and of course Red Hearts decorate the palette elegantly whilst still maintaining that Disney feel to it. The palette opens up and first thing I noticed is that it does not have a mirror …brownie points have definitely been lost. In place of the mirror we get a gold shadow image of Alice with the quote “Curiouser and Curiouser” written next to it in the same gold colouring.

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Inside you get 6 eyeshadows, 2 useless sponge applicators and a highlighter. The eyeshadows don’t have names, which considering it’s a Disney palette is really upsetting because naming them would have been super easy. Formulation wise, 3 mattes and 3 shimmers and all of them have epic pigmentation. They blend out super easily on the lid but I did find it a bit hard to remove some of the darker shades because of how pigmented they are.

The highlighter is simply stunning! A true gold highlighter that doesn’t have an overspray to it (though I’ll be honest I thought it did when I first got it). The shimmer runs through the entire powder evenly. No chunky glitter whatsoever, and it blends out beautifully on the skin. The sponge applicators are getting tossed into the bin right after I’m finished this post 😛 .

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All in all I think this is a brilliant palette for all ages especially for the price. Even full price its worth getting it if I’m honest. I would totally recommend this for those of you just starting out in makeup or have a teenager in your life just starting out in makeup and love Disney. I got mine as I said from Boots but it is available from Mad Beauty’s Website though for how long I’m not sure

-Talk Soon xx

 

Highlighter

Gosh Lumi Drops

I feel like this kind of a product should have been invented long before now but it seems makeup is still progressing slow depending on the trends that are occurring from time to time. Strobing and contouring are two trends that have surfaced in the beauty industry these past two years, mostly due to the crazy makeup techniques of Kim Kardashian. I personally don’t like contour, especially on myself. Sometimes I do apply it on people when doing their makeup but that all depends on their actual face shape and of course some people say they want contour. I do however love strobing, and for those of you who don’t know what strobing is it’s simply another word for highlighting your face until it glows like the moon.

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Many brands have brought out their versions of liquid highlighters, some of which I have already reviewed (check out the category; highlighters). Most of they can be used as primer, mixed in with foundation or  applied directly on the areas of the face you wish to highlight. Some of the formulations are amazing and work incredibly well but the Gosh Lumi Drops have recently caught my eye because of the way they’re designed for use.

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This highlighter comes in this tiny plastic bottle that has a pipette style tip for dispensing the highlighter. You’re to add the highlighter only to another product (be it foundation, an oil, moisturiser, primer) and mix it in. I love that you can choose whatever base you like and make it instantly more luminous just by adding a drop of this. If you want a really intense highlighter you can definitely mix this with another liquid highlighter.

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I got mine in the shade 004 Peach though there are other shades in the range. This shade is a nice soft pearlescent coral shade that warms up the complexion while adding radiance. I personally mix this in with my foundation, and love using it with thicker formulations as it makes them more slippery and hence easier to work with.

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The brand Gosh isn’t as easy to find anymore and I think it’s because the brand is getting a re-branding done but you can still find it in Sam McCauleys Chemists, Shaws Department and Superdrug Stores. It also available from the Gosh website.

-Talk Soon xx

Collections, Highlighter

Catrice Prêt-a-Lumiêre Collection

Happy 2017 everyone! Can’t believe that 2016 is over, I honestly have had such an amazing year thanks to the start up of my blog. It’s brought a bunch of new connections and opportunities to work with some amazing brands including a brand I regularly feature on my site Catrice Cosmetics. Delighted to say that they’re starting 2017 with a bang with the release of a brand new limited edition collection called Prêt-a-Lumiêre. This collection is very much centred around the trend of Strobing and getting that incredible glow to the skin. I don’t have all the products from the line so for the ones I don’t I’ll be using HD images instead.

Glam and Doll Sparkling Lashes Mascara
Price: 
4.50 euros

“Bright Eyed Beauty! The popular glam and doll mascara is enhanced with a fine shimmer to add sparkle to your lashes. This mascara can be worn solo or used as a topper to deliver a sparkling effect.”

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From the description I’m guessing that this is going to be permanent line Glam and Doll mascara with added glitter to make your lashes sparkle. Only thing is I have no clue as to what colour the glitter is. I have tried their original and the formulation is great for those of you who like a soft fluttery look to your lashes.

Lip and Eye Brow Lifter
Price:
3.95 euros

“This multifunction creamy texture pen offers effortless strobing on the go. The texture contains light reflecting pigments to set beautiful champagne or rosé highlights beneath the arch of the brows and on the lip bow for fuller looking lips.”

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I love the idea of these pencils, they’re basically what it says on the tin. One thing that is excluded from the description is that I think they would be amazing to use on the inner corner of the eyes as well. That will cause any eye look to instantly brighten and look lighter. These are available in two shades; C01 Golden Glow and C02 Radiant Rose.

Vinyl Gloss-In Stick
Price:
5.50 euros

“Get smooth, shiny lips with one sweep of these slim sticks. The lipsticks are easy to apply accurately and come in two shades.”

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These are very similar to the super shiny lipsticks that most brands are bring out. They come in one of my favourite forms with regards to application. I love lipsticks that come in this thin format. The shades are C01 Nude Couture and C02 Strobe in Rosewood.

Face Glow Definer
Price:
4.50

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This is the first of the products that I was sent from the collection. Liquid highlighter that comes in this simple acrylic tube with a sponge applicator wand for putting it on. I love the rose gold packaging that has been used for the collection as a whole. This highlighter comes in two shades C01 Golden Glow and C02 Radiant Rose . I have the second shade which is a bit more on the bronze side.

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Pigmentation is nice and subtle meaning this is more than suitable for wearing during the day. It reflects the light softly and I personally think you could definitely intensify it by applying a highlighting powder on top once it sets.

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Illuminating Serum Primer
Price:
4.50 euros

“Liquid illumination comes in the form of this stunning new primer-a light neutral beige base with a golden shimmer. Mixed with foundation, this all rounder has a subtle effect, while the glow is more intense when applied solo.”

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 Strobing Gel Highlighter
Price:
5.50 euros

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Definitely one of the more interesting releases within the collection. This is a highlighter with a gel formulation that comes in a rather large glass pot. This is simply without a doubt gorgeous on the skin. Because it has a thicker consistency than a liquid highlighter a little goes a long way so the pot will last you quite a long time.

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This highlighter has a very rose gold undertone that really falters almost every skin tone. I think it might be more suited as a blush for those of us who are super pale. I like to apply this with a sponge rather than a brush as the brush I found picks up a bit too much product. The shade is called C01 Luminous Lights and is great for applying not only to high points of the face but also to the décolleté.

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Highlighting Powder
Price:
5.50 euros

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Last product from the collection is this stunning highlighting powder. I think it’s very smart of Catrice to bring out a powder with this collection as it can be layered over all the other formulations to give a more intense look and effect.

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The highlighter comes in three shades, C01 Luminous Lights, C02 Golden Glow and C03 Prismatic Pink. From the three I have the shade C02 Golden Glow which is definitely the more golden of the three. C01 Luminous Lights has more of an ethereal glow and C03 Prismatic Pink has that porcelain iridescent effect to it.

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The powder itself is gorgeously finely milled, so there is no risk of chunkiness with the application of it. There’s also no sign of chunky glitter that is common with inexpensive brands, rather it has a stunning shimmer that is comparable to some of the higher end highlighters such as the Urban Decay and Mary Kay highlighters.

This collection will be available in Catrice stockists such as Pennys/Primark and Sam McCauleys throughout the month of January.

-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.