Eyes

🍭 🍬 PS…Eye Candy 🍭 🍬

Primark/Pennys have done it again, they’ve hit the nail on the head with the amazing new release of their Eye Candy collection which is available in all stores now. I was planning on doing a simple overview post on the collection but when I saw the actual products instores I couldn’t not pick up a few of the pieces to try out.

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The star of the collection has got to be the nine pan eyeshadow palette. Upon initial glance at the palette you would immediately compare the packaging to the BHCosmetics ShaaanXO Palette or to Kylie Cosmetics. Personally I thin Primark/Pennys could have afforded to pop a mirror into it but overall I like the bright bubblegum pink that they used as the colour for the scheme of the collection.

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Like I said this palette comes with nine eyeshadows, six are matte and three are shimmers. The mattes are super soft and smooth and blend out perfectly. I will say the shimmers are more pigmented and pack more of a punch on the eyes when applied.

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The palette is very cool toned when it comes to the shades of the actual shadows. Colour range wise it has one base lid shade ad 3 really good shades for using as transitional colours. The shimmers are amazing for packing onto the lid. You don’t even need to use all of the colours as a single shade looks beautiful all on it’s own.

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As part of this collection they also released three pigments. I have to admit I don’t like these as much as I like the palette. The colours are absolutely beautiful and they swatch gorgeously on the back of my hand. My only issue is that when I go to blend this pigment out after packing it on, the shimmer tends to disappear and it’s really the shimmer that makes this pigment unique.

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The pigment retails for 2.50 euros and the palette for 6 euros so their both bargains. The collection also has three new shades of matte lippies and a face kit.

-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

Lip Products

My First Dupe!

As you can probably guess from the title of this post, this is going to be a review of my very first dupe product. Now for those who don’t know what a dupe is, let me clarify. A dupe, is a product that is similar to a higher end product and enables the user to achieve the same effect as the higher end product at a lesser price tag. It is not meant to be a rip-off or a copycat. Those are not dupes, those are just brands stealing ideas from other brands.

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My dupe comes from the land of Primark/Pennys and is a much less expensive version of the very hyped about Too Faced Unicorn Tears Lipstick. The hype around this product is because it’s actually a blue lipstick that applies to the lips to give a really holographic popping pink shade. It’s very similar to those PH lipsticks that are green in colour and then become a soft pink.

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Primark’s version is called Pixie Kisses and it’s also a blue lipstick. Upon comparasion between the two lippies (via online images) I noticed that the Too Faced version doesn’t have obvious glitter particles in it like the Primark one does. It has more of a purple iridescent sheen running through it. The Primark one doesn’t have that sheen, instead it has small tiny silver glitter particles.

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Though the glitter is there it doesn’t cause any chunky feeling on the lips. The formulation of this lipstick is very hydrating and moisturising and applies on very nicely without any patchiness. I found the pigmentation of it to be brilliant to and when comparing the shade of pink it has to online pics of the Too Faced version this one is slightly more pink toned in colour whereas that one is more of a purple-blue shade.

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The Too Faced lipstick as far as I know retails for 21.78 euros whereas the Primark one is only 2 euros. Big difference me thinks. I personally have enjoyed wearing this lipstick a lot as I found it to be very faltering on the lips. The only issue I have with and I don’t know if this is the same with the Too Faced version as I don’t own it, is the smell of this lipstick is seriously unpleasant. It has a very sweet sickly scent to it almost like bubblegum.

I don’t know if this is going to be a limited edition product from Primark but they are selling out like hot cakes from stores so if you want one I say go go go!

-Talk Soon xx

Collections, Lip Products

March Releases for Primark

Primark/Pennys have recently brought out their new releases for March 2017 and they’ve really taken inspiration from Instagram when it comes to these two releases. The first collection is based on achieving that flawless effect for the perfect Insta Selfie. The collection is called InstaGirl. It’s got 17 products in total and each of them is priced from as low as 2 euros to as high as 5 euros (if you can call that high).

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The second collection actually consists of two lips kits each a different colour. These look very similar to both the Kylie Cosmetics lip kits and the BarryM limited edition lip kits that were released just last month. In comparison though both of these are significantly a lot cheaper than both of those kits.

These lip kits are 4 euros each and are available in most primark/pennys stores right now. I love the fact that they’re matte, makes for a nice change in the coming summer months.

-Talk Soon xx

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

 

Skincare

New PSBeauty Face Masks

I love face masks and have reviewed quite a few on my blog to show that love. Brands such as Nugg Beauty, L’oreal Paris and Beauty Belle do some of my favourite face masks. I also like Primark/Pennys for masks as well. I know, it’s weird, Primark/Pennys isn’t the first place to come to mind wen one asks were can I get a good face mask but they honestly do some of the best and I have reviewed some of them via my Primark Skincare….PS post. Recently they’ve actually expanded the range and added new masks to it. These masks are super affordable with most of them coming in at the 1 euro mark and are available to purchase in all Primark/Pennys stores now.

-Talk Soon xx

Deep Cleansing Bubble Mask
Price:
1 euros

“To cleanse the day away; the deep cleansing bubble mask has oxygen rich foam that bubbles, massaging into the skin for a deep cleansing effect. The mask conditions with refreshing blueberry extract along with a natural blend of papaya, green tea and bamboo.”

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Calming Heat Therapy Mask
Price:
1 euros

“For a really relaxing treat the calming heat therapy mask heats up on contact with water to give a warming feeling while hydrating and conditioning the skin with glycerine, avocado oil and a natural of apricot, jasmine and ginseng.”

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Soothing Clay Mask
Price:
1 euros

“Kaolin clay and bentonite absorb excess oils and impurities from the skin in the smoothing clay mask while aloe vera, shea butter and mango extract soothes and conditions.”

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Purifying Peel Off Mask
Price:
1 euros

“Reveal a fresher complexion with the purifying peel off mask containing refreshing and toning cucumber. The gel formula sets on the skin and peels off leaving the face freshened with jasmine and ginseng.”

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Cranberry Lip Patch
Price:
 1.50 euros

“For kissable lips the cranberry lip patch hydrates using shea butter, tones with cranberry and witch hazel and soothes with allantoin.”

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Cucumber Eye Pads
Price:
1.50 euros

“Reduce dark circles with the cleansing and toning cucumber eye pads. These contain a natural blend of mulberry, liquorice and green tea to revive and brighten skin around the eyes and soothe with aloe vera.”

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Vitamin E Eye Patches
Price:
1.50 euros

“Restores the skins natural elasticity with the Vitamin E eye patches. The key ingredients in these soothing and moisturising patches are the anti-oxidant vitamin E, moisturising vitamin B5, allantoin and rose water.”

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Hydrating Avocado Sheet Mask
Price:
1.50 euros

“Everyone’s favourite super food, the avocado, is the hero in the hydrating avocado sheet mask. This moisturising sheet mask hydrates with avocado oil and contains marine collagen to boost skin condition.”

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Brightening Pearl Sheet Mask
Price:
1.50 euros

“Rejuvenate tired skin with the brightening pearl sheet mask. Pearl extract and vitamin B5 soothes while star anise and witch hazel refresh.”

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Vitamin E Sheet Mask
Price:
1.50 euros

“To give your skin some real nourishment the vitamin E sheet mask uses a natural blend of papaya and green tea for conditioning and vitamin B5 for moisturising.”

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PS Aloe Nose Strips
Price:
1.50 euros

“Unclog pores in one step with the PS aloe nose strips. After the pores have been unclogged the ingredients of witch hazel, aloe and allantoin tone and soothe.”

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Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via brand PR representatives and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Primark™

Eyes

Primark Metallic Cream Eyeshadows

A while back ago I got sent the press release for the Primark/Pennys (as it’s called here in Ireland) Metals Collection. I ended up doing an overview post of the collection which can be read here: Primark New Metals Collection. From that collection I was super excited to get my hands on the Metallic Cream Eyeshadows. I had wanted to get all four shades however I only managed to pick up three of them due to the fact that the first shade is super popular.

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Now none of these eyeshadows are named or numbered and can only be differed from one another by the thin band on the tube that shows what the colour is. The first shade is very much what I would consider a soft rose gold shade that has a slight pinky undertone running through it.

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The formulation of these eyeshadow is super creamy and highly pigmented. There’s not a lot of play time with these so I do recommend you work on one eye at a time when using them.

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The second shade is a lot more of a bronze gold shade. This one is great if your looking to create a nice brown smoky eye look. I love that these eyeshadows come in a squeezy tube as I think any other type of packaging would cause them to dry out rather quickly. Each tube give you 9.5 mls of product (0.32 oz) and retail for 2.50 euros each.

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The last shade that I own is the perfect gunmetal grey shade for creating an intense black smoky eye. These are a bit tough to blend, and you do tend to lose some of the shimmer when blending but for the price I think that’s to be expected.

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I have tried using these as bases for eyeshadows, so in place of an eye primer but they do cause the eyeshadows to crease. If you stick to layering cream eyeshadows over them you don’t get this problem. Would I recommend you get these? To be honest, their not a must have. If you like products that you can slap on and be out the door with using 4 different colours than yes these are great for that kind of thing. If your into playing with your makeup then I don’t think these would make an essential addition to your collection.

-Talk Soon xx

Fashion, Jewellery

Primark Haul

I’m really nervous about writing this post partly because it’s going to be my first fashion piece on the blog and partly because I struggled so much with figuring out how to take the photos for it. Who knew clothes would be so hard to photograph! Don’t know how the fashion bloggers of the world do it on a daily basis but they officially have my respect 🙂 Anyway without further ado, here’s my attempt at a Primark Haul.

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First item ironically enough isn’t actually from Primark/Pennys but I thought I would include it as it was the only item I purchased that isn’t from Primark. These are gorgeous hand-printed jeans from Next that have this beautiful gold leaf effect design on them. The design shines so much when it’s in the sun or under holo lights. I’ve paired them with these amazing shoes from Faith that have the same gold shine to them when worn.

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Piece number two was very much an impulse purchase. I absolutely love wearing knee-length skirts but they have to be figure hugging for me to like them. When I saw this I knew I had to have it because of the amazing metallic gold colour that it is. To match I managed to find these gold pointed shoes that have a average height heel on them. The colours aren’t exact matches but I think that’s ok because I think mixing metals is definitely a trend that’s going around these days.

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The cold-shoulder look is a style I hope never goes out of fashion because I love anything that shows of my shoulders. Shoulders surprisingly are a great way to show skin without being to revealing and yet still remaining sexy. I know it sounds weird but it’s true especially when you add a highlight to make the tops of your shoulders pop. This top has that cold shoulder effect, with the added bonus of it being high necked meaning it will still keep you warm. Not gonna lie it is a bit scratchy but I can get over that by wearing a strappy white camisole under it.

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Ain’t nothing better than sequins! I’m like a magpie when it comes to anything that sparkles. This is a high neck sleeveless top that is great to team with a pair of nice jeans for a night around the town. I like that it’s not pink pink, but rather a blush pink which is so much more of a flattering colour. I totally recommend wearing little accessories with this top so it can remain the statement piece in your look.

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Speaking of statement, leather always makes a statement. However I’m not one for wearing really leather (don’t think any animal should be made into clothes) but I still like the leather look. Pleather is the way to go, I found these jeggings which I love because of how smooth and sleek they look. I hate it when pleather has that creased effect to it.

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I also like that they used silver hardware for the zip details along the pocket line because I always find silver goes better with leather than gold. Gold looks amazing with velvet (but we’ll get to that) These pants are figure hugging and super slimming on the figure. I have worn them with the blush pink sequin top and they look so good together.

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These next few pieces are strappy tops. Sorry but I absolutely love a good strappy top. Their so handy to have in ones wardrobe to layer with by either wearing them under sheer tops or under nice blazer jackets. This first one is another one that looks gorgeous over my pleather jeggings. It’s also this lovely olive green shade and I like that it has this V-shape detailing to the cleavage area. It draws attention to the area very subtly.

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This next top is not for the faint-hearted as it’s very revealing. I personally would not wear this alone. I prefer to layer it under sheer tops or low cut tops so that it’s peaking out from underneath. It comes in the same colour as the above top but it’s more cropped and it cannot be worn with a bra so make sure you size up if your a large-chested gal.

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I mentioned velvet above and I got 2 pieces that are velvet in this haul. The first is this love camisole top. This is half and half, it front half is this lovely rich black velvet and the back half is completely sheer with this lace effect pattern to it. I found this looked really nice tucked into my metallic gold skirt that I featured above.

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The other velvet piece that I got is this velvet dress. I couldn’t manage getting the entire dress in the pic but the end is mid length and basic black velvet. The only really detail to the dress is this nice twist effect that is has as it’s neckline. I paired this dress with my also Primark bought 3-D flower shoes and my Lipsy London Rose Gold Watch. I think rose gold looks amazing with black velvet.

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I got this top simply because it says “Maybe Never” on it. It’s a basic t-shirt body top, and I love body tops because it means when I bend I don’t have to worry about flashing anyone lolz. This is also the least expensive item in my haul, I got it for just 3 euros.

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This is the last top in this haul, and it’s very much another party top that are great from events and nights out. I love wearing this kind of thing when meeting up with friends as it’s not to much. This does have a one-shoulder effect to it when worn and I’ve paired it with the Pandora Butterfly Long Chain Necklace.

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Two more items, and bought of these are some version of pants. The first I actually got because I had want to by it as a set with it’s blazer jacket, however I didn’t find the jacket in my size 😦 but I still like the pants enough to get them anyway. They are this lovely satin effect dress pants that have this nice white line travelling up the legs. This is super flattering as the effect give the illusion of longer legs. Dress pants are the best especially for the nights when your feeling bloated and don’t want to wear anything tight against your tummy.

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Last item I got is this pair of leggings. These are very much party leggings with their sparkle effect. Be warned the glitter gets everywhere but thank god they’re not scratchy on the inside when worn. The stretchy band on the top makes it so these are super comfy to wear.

I know it’s been a long post guys! And for those of you who have read to the end thank you. Please let me know what you think of the pics below please cause I’m super worried that they’re not good enough.

-Talk Soon xx

All of these clothes were bought during the Christmas sales and so they may not be available for purchase anymore. All of the jewellery used is either from Pandora, Swarovski or Alex and Ani.