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My Favourite Hair Tools

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Without a shadow of a doubt, your hair is your crowning glory. On the days that our hair cooperates, we tend to feel good about ourselves. However, on days that our hair just won’t do what we want, those are usually the days that start off with a bad mood! How you hair works out in the morning, can really make or break your day! With so many  tools on the market, it is hard knowing what is worth splashing your cash on. For so long, we stuck to the tried and tested GHD for most of our hair needs. In recent times, a number of new tools have hit the market, that…

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Gifts for the men ( or women) in your life

In our family, when it comes to buying gifts , the men in our lives are the hardest to by for. The reason for this being, they have either bought the things they want, or they keep telling us to not waste our money because they don’t need anything!!! To help you narrow down your search for gifts for your men, I have put together a small gift guide. It is worth noting that the majority of these gifts can be bought for women too and the only reason I didn’t include gadgets like these in my other gift guides,  is because this is a beauty blog, I felt it was appropriate…

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Stocking Filler gift guide

Ready for your shopping to get a whole lot easier? I have put together a stocking filler guide to help you pick out a few more of those “little bits” that end up causing us heart ache!!! It is actually harder picking out little bits for people, than it is buying the bigger gifts. I have used almost all of the products in this gift guide, so they 100% get my seal of approval and will go down a storm on christmas morning. Little Miss and Mr Men merchandise Last week I spotted these mugs in Arnotts and thought they were a fantastic idea. For €20 you can get someones…

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Luxury Christmas Gift guide

I don’t know about you, but I often find it difficult to pick a gift for somebody or even myself when the value goes over €50. To help you with your Christmas shopping or indeed to help you pick something that you can put on your list, I have put together some of my favourite luxury gifts. Steampod If you have hair and don’t already have a steampod, this 100% needs to be top of your Christmas list. This is honestly the best hair tool I own. I bought this over a year ago in Shush Hair and have used it more or less non stop since. Basically it is…

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Eyelash extensions at Araya Beauty Salon

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For the past few months, each time I look in the mirror tired eyes stared back at me. There really is nothing like a few sleepless nights to make you feel the need to pile on makeup to make you feel a little more human! Yet, like a lot of people, getting makeup on everyday isn’t always an option, so when I was invited out to Araya Beauty in Leopardstown for eyelash extensions, I absolutely jumped at the chance! For me, lash extensions mean my eyes would look more awake and I would get away without having to put on makeup a little more. Araya Beauty Salon is located just…

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Black Friday / Cyber weekend 2016 discounts

With Christmas fast approaching our finances begin to take a serious hit at this time of year. To help you get a kick start on your shopping, I have listed below all the discounts I can find for the Black Friday / Cyber weekend sales. I will continue to add to this list over the next few days as more codes become available .To make things even easier for you, if you click on the name of each shop below, it will direct you towards the relevant pages. If you know of any codes that i haven’t included, please leave a comment so I can add them in. Now I…

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What’s inside The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar?

Beauty advent calendars are a big deal! Forget opening a door everyday to reveal a little square of chocolate, as for most people this no longer cuts it when it comes to advent! We have now upped our game,  wanting all sorts of luxurious beauty goodies behind our advent calendar doors instead. There is no arguing the fact that beauty calendars are not cheap. With promises of a large beauty bounty, luxurious samples and full size products, there is an ever growing amount of beauty calendars hitting the market each christmas. Unfortunately not all of these calendars are created equal and they don’t always live up to the hype that…

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Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette review

Ok, so there is no denying, each time Urban Decay announces the release of a new palette, the internet, or at least the beauty addicts online, lose their minds! When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, for the most part, Urban Decay know what they are at and it is not surprising we get our knickers in a twist at the sniff of a new release. When UD announced the release of their Naked Ultimate basics palette, I honestly was so excited. A warm toned, all matte palette. This could not be anymore perfect for me. So when I got my hands on it, did it live up to my expectations? Yes…

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Stylpro makeup brush cleaner Pros and Cons

A few months ago, the StylPro brush cleaner hit the beauty world and caused an absolutely massive amount of interest and a rush from beauty lovers to buy the latest gadget. The StylPro was hailed as a game changer for makeup lovers, as it was  going to take the hassle out of cleaning your makeup brushes. Not only would it clean them in seconds, but it promised to dry them too. It sounded too good to be true and with all the positive reviews surrounding it, I was more than a little sceptical. When my very own Style Pro landed in my post box from Meaghers pharmacy, I was more than ready…

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YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review

I am a recent convert to the world of cushion foundations, but to say I am a fan would be an understatement. Yes there are down sides to these new methods of dispensing foundation, with the amount of product you receive being the biggest issue, however, the finish they give the skin, is enough to make any beauty lovers heart skip a beat. Over then past few weeks, when I wear the YSL cushion foundation on snapchat (@thebeauttruth) I got a good few messages from readers asking what is on my skin, as it looks flawless! So I thought it was about time I sat down a wrote a review…

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My Ride or Die products

With so many products coming through the door  everyday both from generous companies and from my secret online shopping escapades, I tend to switch up the products I use quite a bit. I always make sure to give products thorough testing before I review them, but I often find that once the blog post is written, it is onto the next product that needs reviewing. However, even though I change my products quicker than the Irish weather on a summers day, I always have my die hard products that I fall back on. My ride or die products. Ride of die products are those items of makeup that you continually repurchase…

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Reflexology at Bella and Me Maynooth

You always know that a treatment is good, when you wake yourself up with your own snoring!! That is exactly what happened to me when I went for reflexology in Bella and Me Beauty salon Maynooth. Thankfully, I was only asleep for a handful of minutes because I really was quite blown away with the reflexology treatment. When I was invited into Bella and Me for a session of reflexology, I really had no idea what I was letting myself in for. I knew that reflexology had something to do with the feet but after that, I was completely at sea about what I should expect. Basically reflexology is a treatment where…

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Babyliss Heated Smoothing brush first impressions

When it comes to hair straightening it is a long way from an iron and a towel we have come! I remember the very first time I saw a hair straighteners. I couldn’t understand what my friend was doing! When she told me she was straightening her hair, I  was so confused and asked “why are you not using an iron?” Since then I have tried every single tool you can think of in search of pin straight hair! The latest tool to land on my desk to try out, is the Babyliss heated smoothing brush. I had seen these all over social media for the for a while now…

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Victoria Beckham makeup x Estee Lauder at The Loop

If you follow my snapchat, @thebeauttruth, you will have seen my pure and utter joy when these beauties dropped through my letter box from The Loop Duty free. I had been eagerly awaiting the release of this collection. With Beckham’s clothing line being not only out of my price range but out of my waist range too, Beckham makeup, was right up my street. The 15 piece limited edition collection, is quite literally the stuff of a beauty lovers dream. The collection is said to be based on Victoria’s 4 favourite cities, London, New York, Paris and LA. Each city represents a different look with London of course being having an edgy…

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Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick

Ok, I know what you’re all thinking. Here she goes again, with another liquid lipstick. Over the past 18 months or so, there just seems to be one liquid lipstick release after another and for the most part, people are getting tired of the never ending launches. However, I had to tell you about the Too Faced Melted Mattes because they are honestly just beautiful to wear. There are 16 shades in the range with every thing from your everyday nude, right up to violets and navy!! Over the past few months I have been wearing 3 shades from the range quite a lot. Cool Girl, Queen B and Miso…

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Hit, Miss or Maybe : Concealers

As someone who has quite dark circles, I am incredibly hard and picky on the concealers I use. My concealer needs to not only cover my dark circles, but they must be comfortable, long wearing and above all they must not settle in my fine lines! Often with a concealer you can get a feel for how good it is on first use. However, some concealers need a little TLC on application, as not all concealer apply and work the same way. For todays post I am going to put some much loved concealers to the test. Some concealers that I love, will be ones others hate. While I know…

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Nima Brush Elite Face Detail Set

Hot on the heels of the new Artist collection releases, Nima Brush have come out with the brand new brush collection for makeup brush lovers like myself. The Elite face detail set is a five piece face set that covers all your brush needs for your face. All the brushes are made with Taklon, non porous synthetic fibres, which means that they can all be used for both liquid and powder products. While some of the brushes in this set can be bought individually, the complete set of 5 brushes will set you back €65, but if you keep an eye out, Nima brush often offer discount codes on their…

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Blank Canvas Master series palette

Last year saw the release of the Blank Canvas Master series palette and if I am to be completely honest, although everyone was raving about this palette, I personally didn’t hold out much hope for it, as I didn’t love the Pippa palette the way everyone else did. Yet every so often a product comes along that takes you completely by surprise and over the past few months, the Master Series palette has wormed it’s way into the deepest corners of my heart! For me, this is love! This palette was quite literally made for my eyes!! At this stage, the readers of The Beautiful Truth, know my love of…

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Star buys from the new releases from Wet n Wild

A few weeks ago I was sent a number of products to try out from the Wet n Wild new releases. Long time readers of the blog will know that I am a big Wet n Wild fan and many of their products are in my regular makeup rotation. Like with any makeup brand, there will be products that suit you and some that don’t. For today’s post I have picked out my star buys from the new releases that not only hold their own with other affordable brands, but in some cases rival that of their higher end counterparts. Megaliner Liquid eyeliner When it comes to eyeliner, I am pretty…

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New Autumn releases from Mac

The Autumn is by far my favourite time of the year. As a teacher, I see September as the start of a new year, rather than January. For me, September is all about fresh starts, new clothes and of course the Autumn beauty releases. At this time of year I am ready to leave behind the pink lips and barely there makeup and instead I am ready to embrace bold plum toned lips and a slightly more intense makeup look. This September Mac have really ramped up their new collection releases with both permanent and Limited Edition releases. As Mac collections have a tendency to fly off the shelves quickly,…

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Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation & Blush Subtil

  Don’t you just love when the beauty overlords shake things up and come out with new technology that sets our hearts all aflutter. Over the past few months, cushion foundations have begun to make an appearance on the makeup scene, with Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation the latest to hit the shelves. The Teint Idole Ultra Cushion foundation isn’t like any other cushion foundations, as Lancome have developed their own cushion polar technology. This is the next generation of technology for cushion foundations and it is completely unique to Lancome. What makes this foundation so different, is that it gives us exactly what so many want from a foundation . High…

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Cocoa Brown Rose Gold and Golden Goddess

Is there really any stopping Marissa Carter? Hot on the heels of her hugely successful  Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess shimmery dry body oil release late last year, comes the Limited Edition Rose Gold Goddess . I mean the words limited edition and rose gold are enough to make any girls heart skip a beat. Both the Original Golden Goddess and the new limited edition Rose Gold Goddess are shimmering dry oils that offer both  a highlight and natural glow to our skin depending on how it is applied. The only difference between the original Golden Goddess and the new Rose Gold goddess being the colour and tone that they offer your…

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Paese Long cover fluid foundation

What has become of me? Those of you following the blog for a while will know that I am a foundation junkie. All you have to do is go back through my foundation reviews to know that a serious amount of my money has been spent trying out the latest must have foundations. Yet, when you look back through my reviews, you will see that my foundation love is usually reserved for those foundations that are a little more taxing on the bank balance. However, over the past few months, more and more I have found myself reaching for the more budget friendly foundations!! I have finally come to terms with…

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The Balm, Meet Matte Hughes review

For the past 18 months, there has been a constant stream of liquid lipstick releases. While we have seen some new regular lipsticks released, such as the Vice lipsticks, for the most part, brands have focused on capturing the popular liquid lipstick market. Yet not all releases are worth buying. Sometimes they are too drying, crack on the lips, wear badly, bleed, the list is endless and yet sometimes liquid lipsticks tick all the right boxes. The Meet Matt(E) Huges collection is one of those liquid lipstick ranges that just ticks all the right boxes. Released last year, with new colours added in recent months, the most popular shades of these…