Maybelline Perfect & Cover Concealer

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It seems like every beauty blogger out there is raving about this product, and I’m sorry to say that I’m no different! I’d read about this product a while ago on another blog and thought it looked like a great product, and thought no more about it. It was only when I was having a wander around Boots that I happened upon it and decided to pick it up to try out.

Wow is this product worth all the hype! It is so easy to apply, it has a handy little sponge applicator at the top and the product comes out through that when you twist it. It’s a great consistency, not too runny so you it doesn’t actually cover anything, but not so thick that it’s very obvious either under or over your foundation.

It gives really good coverage too..I tend to have a lot of redness on my cheeks and around my nose and I find that this is great for covering that up and evening out my skin tone when applied under my foundation. It also does a great job at covering up any blemishes or spots that you may have.

I apply it under my foundation to even out my skin tone and to cover and blemishes I have..I mostly apply it to my T-zone and above my lip and then after my foundation is applied, I put some more under my eyes just to brighten them up a bit, and I really think it makes a difference to the overall finish of my makeup.

The only thing I don’t like about this product is the sponge applicator..it is very handy but as soon as you use it, the sponge looks dirty and used, and it seems a bit unhygienic to constantly re-use the sponge without cleaning it. That’s the only downside I could find with this product though and it’s only a small flaw.

This product retails at €11.99 in Boots, and it’s well worth the money!

L’Oreal Detox Clay Mask

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I bought this a few weeks ago on an impulse in Boots. I was on the lookout for a face mask for a while, so when I found this on sale for €7.50 (it usually retails at €11.49 which is still a great price for a clay mask) I decided to pick it up. I got the ‘Detox’ mask, they also have a ‘Purity’ mask and a ‘Glow’ mask which I’d like to try when I’ve finished this one.

This mask contains charcoal, and the colour was a bit off-putting at first, but I really really like this mask. The first thing I noticed was that it smells amazing!

I applied it with a flat foundation brush, just to be sure I got an even layer all over my face, plus I didn’t really want to put my hands into it! It applies really easily, and it’s a lovely creamy texture. It does dry quite quickly though so you need to work quickly with it so that your whole face dries around the same time. It dries to form a hard mask on your face and you will be left with a face that could scare small children once it does!

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You leave the mask on for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse it off using warm water (or if you’re lazy like me, you can use some micellar water and a cotton pad) and it comes off really easily. Make sure you rinse it really well though because you will be left with black smudges on your face otherwise and that’s never a good look!

My skin felt really soft each time I used this mask, and really hydrated. I use some Simple night cream when I’m finished using this, just to soothe my face and it just looks so clear and lovely afterwards.

I wouldn’t recommend using this more than maybe twice a week or so because I think it could be quite harsh on the skin, just purely because of all the application and removal of it. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a reasonably priced mask though, it’s a great skincare product!

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Miomare Makeup Brushes from Lidl

You know I can’t resist a bargain so when I saw these makeup brushes on another beauty bloggers Instagram and heard they were only €9.99, I knew I had to get them and try them out. IMG_0357

There’s 10 brushes in total, 4 large brushes and 6 smaller ones, and they come in a cute little matching holder. They were available in red, black and the stripey ones that I have.

There’s a large powder brush –

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A smaller powder brush (I would use this for blusher) –

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An angled powder brush (for blusher or contouring) –

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A flat foundation brush (I tend to use these when applying moisturiser or face masks, I never use them for foundation)

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Then there’s a selection of smaller brushes –

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A concealer brush –

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An eyeshadow brush –

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A crease brush (I’d be more inclined to use this for smoking out my liner) –

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A lip brush (again, I’d probably use this for liner instead of lipstick) –

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A fine lip brush –

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And a blending brush –

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They seem like nice brushes for the price, they’re quite soft. I’ll have to give them a try before I pass judgement on them though. I’ll also have to wash them before I use them because they smell like the leather case they were in! I’ll be sure to do a review of these once I’ve used them a few times!

 

 

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

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I bought this foundation recently as part of a make-up haul (payday treats!) because nowhere that I went to seemed to have my normal foundation…I usually use the Rimmel Colour Match foundation in Ivory, but it was almost impossible to get. I’d heard a few friends saying that they used this foundation and liked it, and since they had my shade, I picked it up.

I’ve been trying it in a few different ways over the past week, and I am so impressed! It has a really nice formula, it blends really easily, and it lasts really well. I have a tendency to rub my nose and my mouth throughout the day so it fades in those areas, but that’s to be expected.

It doesn’t look cakey when applied either, like some foundations. It has a nice coverage, it’s not too heavy but it did a good job covering up a villain spot that popped up during the week.

I’ve tried this foundation with two different primers – the PS Pro matte primer, and the Flormar Illuminating primer and it looks great over either. It also looks well even with no primer used at all, I didn’t find it sat in any lines or wrinkles. I also used it mixed with the PS Love radiance serum and it was gorgeous, really dewy and fresh looking.

I used both a beauty blender and a flat head stippling foundation brush to apply it, and I found it did apply better with the brush as you can really work it into the skin with the brush. I set it then by pressing loose powder onto my face, and it didn’t budge.

Overall I think this is a great everyday foundation – it’s not going to break the bank, I think it was under €10, so you can’t complain about the price. There are lots of different shades available too, and Rimmel is available in almost every pharmacy around.

So if you’re stuck for a foundation, or you just want to try a new one, I’d definitely recommend this.

 

*Holy Grail product* Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish

Every so often, a product comes along that makes you make all sorts of funny noises and gives you a little flutter in your tummy. Those are what I and others like to call ‘holy grail’ products. I already have a few of these, and I’ve decided to share them with you. You might agree, you might disagree, but when it comes to these products, my mind is firmly made up, and I cannot be without them.

So, the first of my holy grail products is the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat.

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You might think it’s a little bit strange, having a top coat as a holy grail product. It has no colour, it doesn’t add anything to your appearance…it doesn’t really do much at all. Wrong! This product is an absolute must have for anyone who so much as just sporadically does their own nails.

I am the worst person ever for smudging my nails before they’re dry, or taking half of the polish off because I don’t have the patience to wait for them to dry. I bought this a while ago thinking it would probably be just another gimmick and wouldn’t really work but I was so mistaken. This dries your nails in seconds. You simply apply your nail polish, wait a minute, apply this top coat, and your nails will be dry to the touch in about a minute. Now, you still wouldn’t want to be doing any DIY, scrubbing the dishes or doing anything involving your hands too much because you will still ruin your nails, but this certainly speeds up the process. No more flapping your hands around like a demented chicken, or giving yourself lung problems by blowing on your nails. This does it for you.

This product will only set you back €7.99 and is available in any pharmacy or supermarket that stocks Sally Hansen nail polishes. I’ve had it and used it quite a bit and there’s still almost a full bottle left, so a little also goes a long way. I’ve used it with different brands of nail polish and it always works well. I would seriously recommend you go and buy this, you wont regret it!!

Wet N’ Wild makeup brushes

I’m a sucker for pretty makeup brushes, so as soon as I saw that Wet N’ Wild, one of my favourite budget brands, had a range of brushes, I knew I had to have them.

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It’s easy to see why, there’s no denying how pretty they are..admittedly, they were a bit prettier before I used them, but even so, the clean white handles and the white and pink brushes are super cute.

Now, the main problem with these brushes is that they’re not available in Ireland, and the Irish Wet N Wild site don’t have them, so if you want them, you’re going to have to go searching. I eventually sourced mine on eBay, and got the set for around €40, including shipping from America. I didn’t get the full set, there are a few more available than the ones I have, they also have a flat foundation brush, contour brushes etc etc but I have a few of those in different brands so I didn’t bother getting them.

So, now to the brushes themselves…at first, I really was not impressed with them. They looked good, the packaging was nice, but the brushes themselves just didn’t do it for me. I’m quite impulsive, and I was tempted to just bin them and move on. On their first uses, they just seemed to move product around my face without actually buffing it into the skin, no matter how much I tried. Even the powder brush wasn’t good, and that has the least amount of work to do!

Also, as you can see from the photo, even though the colour of the brushes and their cute design is what made me want them, they also dirty very easily. I can see these being a nightmare to keep looking clean and new.

However, after a few uses, I now actually really like these brushes. They just need to be broken in. I mainly use the powder brush, blusher brush, small concealer brush and the angled liner brush, and I’m impressed with them now. They still aren’t my favourite brushes but for the price of them, you can’t really complain.

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The face brushes (L-R small concealer, large concealer, blusher and powder brushes) are really soft, and feel really nice when you’re using them. There’s no fallout so far, so no annoying bristles getting stuck in your make-up, and the handles are comfortable to hold. After they’ve been broken in, they do apply your make-up really nicely too.

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The eye brushes (L-R smokey liner, bent liner, angled liner and crease brush) are the real winners though. I use the angled liner one almost everyday, and the crease brush has become my favourite eyeshadow brush by a mile. It’s super fluffy and really blends shadows into the crease. I’ve used the other two brushes since taking the picture and I’m equally as impressed. Eye brushes are important to me as I usually focus on my eyes when doing make-up, and I really am loving these.

So, all in all I think there are more pros than cons with these brushes…the availability and fact that they need to be broken in are cancelled out by how pretty, affordable and lovely they are to work with. They remind me of the PS range of brushes from Penneys..maybe not quite as good to work with, but similar. I don’t know if I’d recommend rushing out to try and find them, but if you do come across them, definitely pick them up!

Treat yourself…a nice little skincare routine!

I am shockingly bad when it comes to skincare…I’m forever buying different products but I find myself too lazy to do more than wipe my makeup off with a face wipe most of the time..and even that sometimes doesn’t happen! But there’s no denying that skincare is super important, especially when you wear as much make-up as I do. So, every week or so, I take the time to treat my skin to a little DIY facial, and my skin always feels so good.

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So, first things first…I usually do this after I’ve had a shower, so my pores are already open. This helps you to get a better result and gets your skin really clean and soft..

Start by using an eye-make-up remover to really get all that eye make-up off. Eyeliner and mascara is a nightmare to remove, so a remover specific for eye make-up is a must…I use the Rimmel gentle eye make-up remover..

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I then clean my whole face with Simple Micellar water. I love this product, it leaves my skin feeling all tingly and super clean. Most brands have a version of this, and I’m sure they’re all as good as the other, I just stick to Simple..

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Next step, cleanse your whole face. I apply a decent amount of product to a large cotton pad and apply it in outward circular motions around the face. This really cleanses the face and pores.

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After that, use a toner to wipe off the cleanser. Apply it in the same way. By now, your skin should be feeling amazing!

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Now, the fun part. The mask! I recently purchased the Detox clay mask from L’Oreal. I think it was around 7.95e in Boots, which is a good price for a mask like this. They have two other versions, but I chose the detox because I wanted a really deep cleaning mask for my face. It’s a black mask, and it does look a bit disgusting when it’s on, but it smells amazing and it left my skin feeling like silk.

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The instructions say to rinse the mask off after about 15 minutes with a wet towel or just with water, but I used some more micellar water on a cotton pad and it did the same thing. After the mask, I applied a pore strip to my nose. I got mine in Penney’s and I think they were 2.50e for 4 strips. Pore strips can be quite expensive, but I think these are great. They have aloe in them as well which is a plus! You apply these to a wet nose, and I wet them further when I apply them, just to make them stick properly. Peel off after 15 minutes and have a nosey (pun intended) and the nasty gunk that comes out of your pores…(admit it, we all do it!!)

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Almost there! By now you’re probably sick of putting stuff on your face, but it’s going to be worth it. Next step is just a good night cream (or a normal moisturiser if you’re doing this in the morning). Apply this liberally to your face, and let it soak in.

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Grab your under-eye roll on and apply some under your eyes, and you’re done. A super easy DIY facial that leaves your skin looking and feeling great, and leaves you feeling pampered and relaxed, and you don’t even need to leave your own home.

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Do any of you have a facial routine that you swear by?