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What’s in my makeup bag?

Blather and Beauty is a recent find for me, but one that I find myself going back to check every day. I love Leanne’s style of writing and we seem to be somewhat kindred spirits when it comes to makeup. Leanne is nothing short of a wonder woman, because not only is she running a busy blog, but she is a Mammy to a little beauty and she works!!!  When you have finished reading her post below, you can check out her blog here. Don’t forget to follow Blather and Beauty on both Twitter and Facebook too. Hi everyone! I thought I would do a little post about what I carry in my everyday make-up bag. This is what I…

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Thrifty Tuesday: NYX blushers

In case you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, NYX has launched in Ireland. Let’s all just knell down and offer thanks to the makeup gods above and the people at Market Match pr, for bringing this absolutely amazing brand to our shores. You have no idea how much I absolutely love this brand. I don’t think there is a product in this brand that I don’t love, and some are well up their as holy grail products. I mean their butter glosses are probably my most used makeup product. I always stock up when I go to the States, so the fact they are…

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Youngblood mineral eyeshadow quad – Moulin Rouge

Just take a moment to sit back and take in the beauty of this palette. She really is a absolute beaut. The minute I opened the packaging for this one I fell in love. Just look at that gorgeous burnt orange colour. It has my name written all over it. I love using orange as a transition colour. For those of you that don’t already know, Youngblood is a mineral makeup that is favourited by many celebrities including Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Alba. Youngblood launched in Ireland last October and has been rapidly growing in popularity since. Youngblood offers top quality makeup, that is also kind to your skin. They…

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My top 10 Mac eyeshadows

A few months back I did a post about Mac eyeshadows. I have found myself becoming more daring with my eye makeup since I started blogging, so decided to do an updated top 10 Mac eyeshadows. I have been collecting my Mac eyeshadows for about 2 years now, and I used to buy around 2 a month, sometimes more. I haven’t bought a new Mac eyeshadow in ages, as my 3 palettes are full now and I want to use up what I have. If you know you are going to buy more than 2 or 3 Mac eyeshadows I seriously recommend investing in a palette. An empty palette will cost…

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge 16

I am a massive fan of a pink lip. In fact the vast majority of my lipsticks are pink. I just can’t get enough of them, and when I saw this hot pink shade from Make Up For Ever, being used in a demonstration a few months back, I knew I couldn’t leave the shop without buying it.   Aqua rouge is a liquid lipstick that is seriously long lasting, smudge proof and it doesn’t transfer onto your glass or food. I have actually never tried a lip product that lasts as long as this. I am talking, hours and hours of eating, talking and drinking and it will still look…

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Inglot AMC cream concealer number 73

Inglot Cream concealer number 73 The word contouring fills me with both fear and excitement. There are days when my contouring is seriously on the ball, and then there are days that I look like I have given myself a 5 o clock shadow! Ever since Kim K posted the famous picture of her contouring routine, we have all gone contouring mad. There are times I actually believe that if I could just get my contouring right, I will look like Kimmy. Wishful thinking I know. With contouring we are trying to not only look like Kim, but to create the illusion of cheekbones. Most of us aren’t blessed with…

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Inglot Sparkling Dust review

Inglot Sparkling Dust number 2 If you are someone who loves a strong highlighter, then this is the post for you. A few weeks ago I was introduced to the Inglot Sparkling dust, while attending a makeup masterclass with From Matte to Metallic. From the very first time I used it, I knew myself and this little pot of sparkle were going to have a serious love affair. Regular readers of the blog will know my love of multi tasking products and this little pot, is seriously hard working when it comes to multi tasking. Inglot Sparkling Dust number 2 The Inglot Sparkling dust comes in a decent size 2.5g…

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Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat review

Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation Le Teint Touche Éclat is a foundation that was inspired by the cult favourite Touche Éclat. It is described as being weightless illuminating foundation that is long wearing, and will even out your complexion while at the same time brightening up the darker areas of your skin. A tall order for a foundation. Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation comes in a whopping 17 shades. Pretty good if you ask me. The shades are either listed as BD (Beige Dore) shades, which are said to be for people with warm golden undertones to their skin. BR (Beige Rose) which is for people with cool pink under…

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Hourglass Ambient lighting blusher – Diffused heat review

These little beauties came onto my radar in January. I am not going to lie, I squealed a little when I saw Temptalia talk about them. I am a massive fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting finishing powders, so the thoughts of a blusher version of these wonder powders, seriously had my knickers in a twist. I wanted one, but I couldn’t decide which one I should start with, as I wanted to see them all in real life before ordering. They aren’t cheap, so I didn’t want to regret my choice. Googled picture from beautypointofview.com The Hourglass Ambient lighting blushers come in 6 shades. Diffused heat, Dim Infusions, Mood…

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Inglot Gel Liner 77

Eye liner is a staple in many makeup bags and if you are anything like me, my makeup drawer is full of literally about 20 different types of eyeliners. Everything from a cake liner to a pen liner. My hunt for the perfect, long wearing, easy to use and waterproof liner was a long one, but finally it is over. The Inglot AMC eyeliner in number 77 is a matte back eyeliner, with the most intense pigmentation. This liner creates a seriously blacker than black line opaque line, that stays put all day. I mean it doesn’t move.I have worn it from one end of the day to the other…

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Maybelline Instant age rewind Eraser concealer Review

For the last few months I have been on a bit of a concealer hunt. I have pretty bad dark circles and I have been finding it very hard to find a concealer that covers them. I’m gonna be honest, normally I run a million miles away from budget concealers.  However, a few months back I picked up the Maybelline Instant age rewind Eraser and I haven’t looked back. This concealer is absolutely brilliant. The Eraser concealer comes in a small plastic tube, with a spongy applicator at the top. You have to turn the bottom of the tube to release product out the top. It takes a while to…

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow wiz While I love putting my makeup on, I absolutely hate doing my eyebrows. They just take ages and are no fun at all. Why wasn’t I blessed with fabulous brows? Why I ask you? I have tried so many brow products lately, some with good success, some like the Anastasia brow Genius are just way too much hassle. I have been on the hunt for the Anastasia dip brow pomade and the Make Up For Ever Aqua brow for a while now, but they are always so out. So on an impulse a few weeks ago I bought the much raved about Anastasia Brow wiz. I…

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Nars Laguna Bronzer

Would you believe, this is my first ever Nars product! I know, I am extremely late to the bandwagon, but I always found their stuff to be so expensive. Now, having used the Laguna bronzer,  I know myself to be a silly fool, as it is money well spent and I have a list as long as my arm for my next visit into the Nars counter in Brown Thomas. It was my birthday last month and my Mam and Dad, decided to pick something off my February wish list. I was so surprised when a delivery from Brown Thomas arrived at my door on the morning of my birthday…

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My Makeup Must Haves

Week 3 of the Best of Beauty Blog challenge, sees all bloggers blogging about their must have makeup items. My god did I find this one hard. The amount of makeup I have in my drawers in unreal. How was I to narrow it down? Samantha you have really thrown me a doozy here. I have decided to focus on eyes and lips. You have heard me harp on about my absolute favourite foundation in the whole entire world, The Make Up For Ever Liquid lift foundation, the Hourglass Ambient lighting powders and my love for the Make Up For Ever smoky extravagant mascara, and while I still think you…

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Genius

To me, a good set of brows can make or break a face. Trust me, I went around with practically invisible brows for long enough, that now I am on the hunt for THE perfect brow product. 10 years ago, browless and thinking I was only gorgeous Anastasia Beverly Hills is the brow guru that a lot of  celebrities in the States visit to get the perfect shape brows. Unfortunately for me, and for many other 80s and 90s kids, our brows are far too often little tufts of scabby looking hair over our eyes, from years of over plucking to get any sort of a decent shape on them…

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Make Up For Ever Smoky extravagant mascara

For anyone who follows me on Facebook, you will find this post comes with no surprise, as I have not stopped raving about this mascara for the last few months now.  If I could only take 1 item of makeup with me to a desert island, it would be this. I may be living on nothing on that island, but my lashes would me massive for when I get rescued my a hot sailor. The Smoky Extravagant is the latest mascara to launch under the Make Up For Ever brand. The mascara promises to add, volume, length and curl to your lashes. It contains new 4D technology that covers the…

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Mac Pro longwear concealer

The hunt for the perfect concealer is almost as hard as the hunt for the perfect foundation. I have quite dark circles and find it very difficult to get anything to cover them. In the last few weeks they seem to be getting worse and all my usual go to concealers were just not able to cover them. Next up on my list to try was Mac Pro Longwear concealer. Just like with the Mac foundations, this concealer comes in NC and NW shades. I normally wear  NC 25 foundation but as I like my concealer to be a little lighter under my eyes, I went for an NC 20.…

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Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter pen

Mac Prep + Prime Oh sweet baby Jesus in the manger, I may have found a new holy grail cream highlighter. Each time I  twist this little baby, I can hear the angles in heaven singing a song of praise for it’s complete and utter beauty. Mac prep + prime highlighting pen really is a thing of beauty. I am a huge fan of cream products for contouring as I feel it gives a much more natural finish. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my powders and I have a feeling at the moment that I won’t be able to live my life much longer without Nars Laguna bronzer, but…

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The Final USA Haul

When I look back on my haul posts I realise I bought a serious amount of beauty products when I was away. This is the final haul of everything I bought and I did think long and hard before I bought almost all of these items. Clinique Dramatically different moisturising lotion I used to use this years ago and actually don’t know why I stopped. To me this is a good solid moisturising lotion that does exactly what it says on the skin. A little goes a long way and this will last me for months. I really like this moisturiser.  I have got one little gripe with this moisturiser and that…

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

I am quickly gathering a very impressive lipstick collection. I have a serious rainbow of colours, that would make any lipstick lover proud. So when I spied these little beauties from Urban Decay I just couldn’t leave them behind. Last Autumn, Urban Decay released the a range of lipsticks called Revolution. There are 22 shades of lipstick in this range, with everything from the brightest pink to nudes. They come in really sleek looking sliver tubes, with Urban Decay branding embossed down the side of the tube and on top of the lid. The lipsticks themselves promise to be creamy, long-lasting, hydrating and nourishing. A tall order from a lipstick,…

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Hourglass Ambient lighting powders

Hourglass Ambient lighting powders The Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders were probably one of the most hyped products of 2013. These powders are suppose to be revolutionary and are said to mimic the effect of different lighting on the skin. We all know how the right lighting can cast the perfect light to make your skin and face look amazing. . I had to have them. All of them. There are 6 permeant colours in the collection and 1 limited edition. The powders themselves are described as finishing powders, rather than setting powders. If you have oily skin, then you will probably need to use a setting powder on your very…

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NYX Butter Gloss

Those of you that follow me on Facebook and Twitter will already know that I am a huge fan of NYX cosmetics. So when I went to the States recently, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some new products and when I saw the Butter Glosses, I knew I had to have them all. There are 12 different colours in this collection and I would own more than 4, only that they were sold out on nearly every NYX stand I found. A sign of just how popular these glosses are. The Butter glosses are the smoothest and most moisturising glosses I have tried. They are not sticky…

EYESHADOW makeup

Mac pre-filled 15 eyeshadow palettes

  It seems everyday there is a new eyeshadow palette being released. With the huge success of the Urban Decay Naked range it was only a matter of time before Mac followed suit. In March, Mac are set to release not 1 but 2 pre filled neutral palettes. Excited much?  Mac Cool neutral palette The first palette is the cool neutral palette. If the name didn’t already give it away, this palette contains a selection of 15 cooler toned neutral colours. The palette itself contains a range of permeant colours as well as re-released colours. The shades in the cool neutral palette are Flounce, Sweet Allure, Sun Tweaked, Blackberry (…

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HD Brows Eye and Brows Palette

I recently got this palette in my Latest in Beauty beauty box. I was so excited to get it as I had heard so many good things about these palettes and am a huge fan of HD Brows. If you haven’t heard of HD Brows you can read all about it here. HD Brows offers 3 different palettes. Bombshell for blondes, Foxy for brunettes and Vamp for very dark haired ladies. Each palette contains four different tone powders and an angled brush. The palette promises to make it easier to keep the ‘fresh out of the salon’ look. Good brows are crucial so does this palette actually keep your brows…