January was a mix of shopping my stash and buying a few inexpensive new pieces. Saving for a wedding is killing the growth of my makeup collection!! This month was all about the nude lip, killing my dark circles and falling back in love with some old favourites.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette
This palette just fills me with happiness. From the minute I open it in the morning, I am filled with joy. Yes, that sounds corny, but the smell of this palette is to die for.I have loved this palette for a long time, but this month I completely fell in love with it all over again. The Chocolate bar palette is a 16 shade neutral palette with a twist. The shadows are all seriously pigmented and the colour payoff is unreal.They are velvety on the eye and have little or no fall out during application. Not only do these shadow apply like a dream, but they wear beautifully with out creasing or wearing off.There are 7 matte shades and the rest have a little bit of subtle shimmer running true them. As you know, I am not a massive shimmer eyeshadow fan, but I love these. You can read a full review here.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer & Maybelline The Eraser
So the reason I have bundled these two together, is they are an absolute killer combination for dark circles. Each of them are seriously great on their own, but when I put the two of them together, my dark circles don’t stand a chance.
Firstly I apply the Maybelliner Eraser and pat it in with my ring finger . I then apply the Nars radiant creamy concealer and let it set while I do my eyebrows. After a minute of two I pat that in with my ring finger. I swear to god, since I have started doing this, I haven’t had a single issue with my dark circles. You can read a review of the Nars Radiant creamy concealer here and the Maybelline Eraser here.
Sleek Contouring and blush palette
Earlier this month the people over in Sleek sent me out the contouring and blush palette to try out. Unfortunely the colour they sent me was too dark, but it did send me reaching to the back of my makeup drawer to where I had the long forgotten contouring palette in the light shade. I have been absolutely loving this palette since then. The contouring colour in the light palette, is the perfect colour for my skin tone. It not only contours out my cheekbones, but it gives my face warmth.
The blush colour is Rose Gold and this is said to be a fantastic dupe for the famous Nars Orgasm. It gives the cheeks a gorgeous flush of colour and lets be honest. Who doesn’t love a good dupe?
The only down side to this palette is the highlighting colour. I find it very grainy and a little too pink toned for my skin. I haven’t really used it as I just don’t like the result it gives to the skin.
I will have a full review on this palette up later in the week.
The Balm – Mai BillsBePaid
God I love The Balm and this lipstick just gives me life. The Balm describe this as a velvety nude, but I would say it is a pinky nude.It is really creamy on the lips and is relatively pigmented. The pigment is not going to blow you away, but I love the colour when applied to the lips. It is a little more sheer than what I normally go for, but it’s good to change things up. This lipstick cost €13.50 in Foodys on Harcourt street, but can be bought here for €14.50.
Stop what you’re doing. You need this lipstick in your life. Thalia has been my most worn lipstick this month and it is not hard to see why. It packs a serious amount of pigment, is creamy and longish wearing on the lips, and just breathes life into my makeup. I have been wearing this with Mac Spice lipliner , but Wet N Wild Willow is a brilliant dupe for Spice, if you don’t fancy forking out the Mac Prices. NYX Thalia costs €5.49. Totally bargain.
NYX Summer love
My love for the NYX brand just grows with every product I try. NYX Summer Love is a fantastic dupe for MAC Hue. I had originally wanted to buy Hue, but due to a lack of funds I took to Google and found this dupe and I wasn’t disappointed. This is a beige colour with a hint of soft pink.I wear it with NYX Mauve lipliner and NYX Butter Gloss in Creme brule.
Mac Spice lipliner
Spice is such a versatile lipliner. This is by far my most used liner. While i originally paired it with Mac Velvet Teddy, I now use it with NYX Thalia and a few others. Spice is a deep brown pink with slight orange undertones. I personally think this is the perfect colour for Irish skin tones, as while it does have a hint of the 90s grunge lip, it is beautiful for defining, sculpting and lining the lips. I found it to be creamy and easy to apply. Like with all Mac liners, you get a lot of product for €16 so this is a good one to have in your collect if you feel like a splurge.
NYX Mauve lipliner
This must be one of the hardest beauty products to get your hands on. It was that hard to get, I was beginning to think that it was a myth. When I posted on Facebook that I was struggling to get it, the lovely people at Murrays Pharmacy in Dungarvan said that they had it and were willing to send it on to me. I was seriously delira. Mauve is said to be a dupe for Mac Whirl. Whirl is suppose to be the ultimate Kylie Jenner lip pencil. Mavue is a rosy tan mauve colour and costs €4.99
Youngblood Chestnut eyeliner
I actually can’t believe I have never featured this in one of my favourites posts, as I absolutely love it. As the name suggests, this is a chestnut brown colour. It is super creamy on the eye and really long wearing. What I love about it is that it doesn’t smudge or end up half way down your face. Instead it is quite long wearing and doesn’t budge. You can buy it here for €12.