PS Love Skincare Range

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So, Penneys recently released a new micellar skincare range, and since I love Penneys and I love skincare, I had to pick it up and give it a go. Before I start telling you about the products, let me first explain what micelles actually are –

Micelles are basically tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules, that are attracted to oil and dirt and they draw out impurities without drying out your skin. There are loads of different brands of micellar water on the market, and I’ve tried a few and liked them, but I find they can usually be a bit expensive for what is essentially just something you use to wash your face.

Penneys range is super affordable though and they have a few different products in it.

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This is their ‘Easy on the Eyes’ eye makeup remover. It was €2.00 for a 150ml bottle which is great value. I found it was great for removing stubborn eye make-up..I use a lot of gel liner and it was able to get rid of it fairly easily. It’s gentle on the eyes, which I was worried about as my skin can be very sensitive, but it didn’t irritate my eyes at all!

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Their ‘Time to Come Clean’ micellar cleansing water is €2.50, and that’s for a 430ml bottle which is really a good size bottle. It was also really gentle on the skin while managing to tackle my make-up! It left my skin feeling really clean and soft and tingly, and compared to others I’ve tried, it worked just as well but it was a quarter of the price!!

 

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Now this isn’t a part of the micellar range but I’d heard a lot about this mask so when I saw that it was in stock, I decided to pick it up to try it. It’s only €3.50 for the pot, and 50ml is not a bad size for that, especially since a little goes a long way with this. It smells amazing, and it has tiny particles in it that buff the skin when it’s being used. I apply it with a flat foundation brush to make sure I get an even layer all over the face. It dries within about 10 minutes, and it’s really easy to remove. My skin felt super smooth after I used this, and it was really clean and clear looking too.

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This is the ‘Let’s Face It’ moisturiser. It’s €2.50 for 100ml. Again, a really good price! It’s lovely a soft, it doesn’t have a really thick formula so it absorbs really quickly into the skin. I did find my skin burned a tiny bit when I was using this but my skin tends to do that with moisturisers anyway, especially when I’ve been using other skincare products, it just gets a little sensitive. This smells lovely, and it is gentle on the skin. I’ve only used it as a part of a routine with the above products but it did leave my skin feeling really soft and hydrated.

So that’s my thoughts on the Penneys micellar skincare range…really affordable but still effective!

10 under €10 – Get a full look on a budget!

Ok, so the whole thing about this blog is that it’s affordable products for the everyday budget – so, with that in mind, I decided to do a whole face worth of make-up..and only one thing is over €10! These are all products I currently use or have used and loved in the past so I can vouch for them.

So, starting with primer, we have the PS Pro Miracle Primer from Penneys. I’ve said before that I think this primer is a dead ringer for the Pore-fessional primer from Benefit at a fraction of the price. It really gives a lovely surface for your make-up. This primer is only €4.00 and a little goes a long way so you really get your money’s worth!

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Following up with the foundation..now, this one is €10.49 but I’m sure you’ll forgive me the odd change…The Rimmel Match Perfection foundation. I love this foundation, I think for a drugstore foundation it really does a great job. It has great coverage, the formula is great, really blendable and easy to work with, and it comes in a great range of shades. I have combination skin (an oily t-zone and dry cheeks, help!) and it works perfectly with my skin!

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Now, you’ve done your face and it looks great but you want it to stay there, so you need a setting powder to keep it in place! There is nothing worse than wandering foundation!! I use the Collection Loose Powder on my face, and it’s a steal at only €2.79. You should make sure to always press setting powder into your face when you’re using it, don’t brush it across your face. I like this because it seems to give my face a subtle shimmer when it’s used…nothing sparkly, it just makes it seem a bit dewy and fresh!

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Now, onto the eyes, my favourite part!! The look I’ve gone for with this range of products is very natural, nude shades and tones, a more everyday fresh look. I’ve decided to include the W7 ‘In The Nude’ palette for this. It’s only €7.50 and the natural shades in this palette are gorgeous. It has a mixture of matte and shimmers, so you can tone it down or jazz it up a little, depending on your preference!

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(as you can see, I’ve lost the brush!)

Now, you’ve done your shadow and you’re looking fab, it’s time to line those babies. I LOVE eyeliner…I think if I had to pick what make-up I could keep for life, it would be eyeliner. Seriously, I have no eyes without it. So, for this, I’ve chosen the Rimmel Exaggerate liquid liner. It’s a great liner, easy to use and it’s only €7.49! Perfect for those razor sharp wings!

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Don’t forget to frame your by now stunning eyes…you need mascara! And for that, I would use the Lash Princess Volume mascara by Essence. This is the cutest mascara ever, and the wand is curved which is great for really volumising lashes. And it’s only €4.09 so it’s also a bargain!

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So, your eyes are done so now you need to sort out those brows! Nothing worse than great eyes being let down by bad brows! This NYX brow pencil has been compared to the Anastacia brow pencil..I’ve never used the Anastacia one so I can’t comment but I do know that at €10, it’s worth trying! The colour in this does need to be built depending on how dramatic a brow you’re looking for but since we’re aiming for a natural look, a light hand is best with this.

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Now, your eyes are done and you’re looking gorgeous…it’s time to get chiselled! I recently bought the Wet N’ Wild contour palette in Dulche Du Leche, and oh my god I love it! For a budget contour palette, it is super effective. Neither shade is too strong, so you’re not going to get that muddy contoured look and you’re not going to be glowing to high heaven either. This is only €5.95 and I’d actually recommend you all go out and get it now!

Now, you’re chiselled, your eyes are the bomb, all that’s left are the lips!! So, every good lip needs a good liner. I’ve gone with the Revlon Colorstay liner in Pink here. It’s €8.99, and that buys you a super creamy crayon liner that applies like a dream and has decent staying power too. I’d usually line my lips with this and then apply it all over the lips as a base for my lipstick.

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I’d follow that up with the Flormar Deluxe Cashmere lipstick in Natural Rosewood. These lipsticks are just heaven in a gorgeous golden tube, they’re creamy, matte, great colours and great staying power, AND they’re only €5.95. Where would you get it?! This is a great natural pinky shade which is perfect for the rest of the tone of the makeup above!

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Now, there you have it…a full face worth of make-up for about €65 and all great products that are super versatile!

Flormar Deluxe Cashmere Lipstick

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Caution! Drool alert! Can we just take a minute to look at those little tubes of golden gorgeousness? These are the Flormar Deluxe Cashmere Lipstick Stylo lipsticks, and they are possibly some of my favourite lipsticks to wear at the minute.

I bought them in 5 different shades which I will show you now:

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Aren’t they beautiful?? The lipsticks themselves are all matte shades, with a lovely finish. They feel creamy on the lips when applied and they dry quite nicely, they don’t feel drying at all. The wear quite well also, I’ve worn each of them a few times and while obviously you will need to re-apply them as you do with all lipsticks, they don’t fade quickly.

They also don’t clump when worn, which I’ve noticed a few other brands of lipstick can do, especially the darker shades. The colours are buildable but they have a decent colour from the first application.

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Here I’ve swatched the colours so you can have a good look. As you can see, Natural Beige and Natural Rosewood are beautiful nude shades and can be worn as part of a daytime look, or with a smoky eye in the evening.

Stylish Carmine, Chic Aubergine and Festive Burgundy (I love the names!!) are all more deep red colours. I’m wearing Festive Burgundy in my picture in the Home section of this page so if you want to see it with a full face, you can see it in that.

The lipsticks are €5.95 each which is a brilliant price for a product that performs so well and looks far more expensive. I really recommend anyone going out and getting a few of these lipsticks for your collection, they’re a must have!!

Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette

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I completely forgot I even had this palette…I loved it when I bought it but obviously got distracted by something new and shiny. I was going through my palettes last week though and I came across this one and decided to take it out of retirement.

The palette has 12 shades ranging from nudes to darker colours, and it really is lovely for creating a more natural look.

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As you can see, I have my favourites from it. The two colours that you can see have been used are great for using on their own for a sweep of colour on the lids if you want something toned down and natural.

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As you can see, the colours are quite pigmented (each swatch is one application) and there is a good range of colours, so you can make a natural daytime look but you could also make a nice evening look too. All of the colours work in any combination with each other with a decent mix of base and transition colours as well as crease and lids.

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There is a guide on the back as to combinations you might use which is handy, but to be honest I only noticed that tonight when I went to take pictures of the palette!! It just shows you how versatile this little palette can be!

This palette was around the €15 mark which is really good, given the amount of looks you can actually create with this with very little effort. I’d definitely recommend going out and having a look at this, especially if you prefer your eye looks a little bit more natural.

Oops! I did a haul..

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I did a haul! I don’t do hauls that often because you know, I have bills to pay, but this was a fairly budget friendly one. I went to The Cosmetic Outlet on Meath Street in Dublin (if you live near here, you need to try it out, the deals are amazing!) and Penneys. So, being the generous gal that I am, I thought I’d give you a closer look at what I got, and what you’ll probably be hearing about in the coming weeks!

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I got the new Micellar skincare range from Penneys – they are just bringing it when it comes to cosmetics lately! I also got earrings, a brush cleaning mitt, a face mask and the new Limited Edition Rose Gold Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Oil..

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I also got some NYX products, Cocoa Brown Tontouring brushes, some W7 products, and some Technic products

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I can’t wait to try all my new goodies!

 

Flormar Flower Tales Foundation

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I really really wanted to love this product. I’m a huge fan of Flormar and everything that I’ve tried up until now from this brand has been brilliant. Sadly though, this is one product that just does not work for me at all.

I originally bought this in the shade ‘Porcelain’ which is too light for me, but it swatched a lot darker on my hand than it actually was when it was applied to my face. I wore it a few times with a darker setting powder and it was fine for the daytime, but it was still a bit pale. Thinking that maybe that was what was putting me off this foundation, I went and bought it in the shade ‘Ivory’ which is 3 shades darker than the Porcelain and is the shade I usually wear in foundations.

This colour was slightly better but it still appeared far paler on my face than it did when swatched.

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You can see that on my hand the colours both look quite dark, but for some reason when they were applied to my face, the Porcelain looked almost white, and the Ivory wasn’t much better.

I persevered anyway, thinking that maybe if I liked the way it lasted or felt on my face that I would just go and buy another few shades darker, but it just really didn’t work for me. I found the foundation too thick, and it was very hard to apply. I tried applying it with a foundation brush, a stippling brush and had no success. I was able to apply it and blend it into the skin with a beauty blender in the end, but even when that was done I found the product just moved around on my face and it took a lot of work just to get it to stay where it was supposed to be.

Also I found the product just sank into my pores, even when used with a primer and it made my pores look huge and really noticeable, especially around my nose.

I set this product with a decent amount of setting powder pressed into the skin but I found that it wore away quite quickly, especially along my t-zone. I do have quite oily skin though so this could be the reason for that, although I haven’t had this problem with other foundations.

I don’t want to completely write off this product though. It is a great sized bottle for the price, and the coverage when first applied is great. I just found that it didn’t suit my skin at all and it was just too awkward to apply. I’m sure there are others out there who love this foundation, this is just the experience I had with it, and I wouldn’t recommend it because of this.

 

 

*Holy Grail Product*Urban Decay Backtalk

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There are very few lipsticks that make me stop and just sigh with pleasure. That one up there did though. As you can tell by the picture, I couldn’t even wait to take pictures of it before I used it.

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It’s part of the new Urban Decay Vice range which contains 100 new shades, all of which are just beautiful. I want them all!!

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Backtalk is a mauvy pink shade, and it’s one of their Comfort Matte shades. It’s super creamy on the lips and it dries to a lovely matte finish that doesn’t feel dry on the lips at all. It can be worn all day and it feels super comfortable the whole time.

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It’s a really versatile colour, I’ve yet to find a look that it doesn’t work with, it’s very natural but depending on what liners you use with it, you can adapt it to suit your needs. I tend to use it with the Revlon Colour-Stay liner in Rose and it’s a gorgeous combination.

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It lasts really well on the lips, and even when it fades, it’s a natural enough colour that it’s not very noticeable.

The Vice lipsticks cost €18 each with some matching lipliners for €17. It’s really a great price for these lipsticks because they are such a lovely quality and the shades are to die for.

I’ve since picked up another comfort matte in the shade Uptight, and it’s just as comfortable and wearable, and I’ll definitely be picking up more.

But I would definitely recommend purchasing Backtalk, the last time I was at the UD counter I was talking to one of the girls who work there and she said she had yet to come across anyone who it didn’t suit. It’s really my go to lipstick, and it’s one of my favourite make-up purchases this year!