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Summer makeup collections welcome MY most wonderful time of the year.  We may not always have the sunshine in Ireland but a little bit of summer makeup can fake a glow and bring a smile to my face.  Clarins Summer Collection is always one of my most anticipated makeup collections. Clarins release a perfectly curated summer makeup collection which is centered around the now iconic bronzer palette*.  This year Clarins have upped their game and created possibly the most Instagramable bronzer you will ever see. 
When we think of Clarins we think of amazing skin care (me and Clarins Extra Firming day cream are in a very serious love fest) and they tend to go for quality content and classic packaging but this year Clarins have injected some fun and wimsey into their iconic bronzer.  You cant really get more of tropical wimsey than flamingos lounging on your bronzer.
If you haven't seen a Clarins Bronzing Compact before its described as "maxi size" and it is a massive 17g (in comparison to most brands 9g).  Every year when I see it I think Clarins cant release another huge bronzer (they must be doing themselves out of business because this bronzer will last you YEARS and YEARS) but each year BOOM the only bronzer you will need and each year it gets prettier. 

This years bronzer (or bronze and blush as its described) has 3 matte shades which makes it easy to adapt to all skin tones (or to warm your cheeks sculpt your face).  Clarins have more up their sleeve than an Instagramable compact, they are also protecting our skin from pollution with Clarins anti-pollution complex (extracts of white tea and nipplewort) and help maintain moisturized, comfortable,
supple skin with VEGETAL MICROPATCH* .  So Clarins are giving us a hella pretty compact with a huge amount of product which also has skincare properties.  

If you thought the outside of the product was pretty the inside is just as impressive.  Hello little flamingo. 


The three shades light to dark.  I tend to swirl the light and middle shade together and bronze all over my face. 
I just cant stop looking at you Clarins Bronzer, or taking pictures of you.  You are so pretty.  
While I dont have the rest of the Summer Collection to show you (lets face it the star of the show is the bronzer)  the rest of the collection complements the bronzer and helps to create a pretty summer look.   Clarins have also released a new 4 Colour all-in-one pen for eyes and lips with summer shades (including a fabulous turquoise liner and pink lip liner).

I love the Clarins Summer Collection, its pretty, its fun and whats more the bronzer has skincare benefits.  


 The Clarins Summer collection is out now and features Colour Control Primer #06 #07 €31,  Bronzing & Blush Compact* €47, Supra Volume Mascara #03 €26,  4 Colour all-in-one Pen Eyes & Lips €36 and Lip Comfort Oil #08 Blackberry €21.  
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I Love Urban Decay and have been collecting the palettes for years, in fact I get a little giddy at the news of a new release.  When I first saw pictures of the Backtalk Palette on Instagram my initial thoughts were a bit meh.  I mean its a cool concept a eye and cheek palette and "Oh Look the mirror comes out so thats great for travel" but the shades.......Meh.  Come on you have looked at the Backtalk palette and thought exactly the same thing.    I was invited to a Masterclass on the Backtalk palette and I love a masterclass,  I get to learn from the experts about the product but also tips on other products (I have a deep love for the All Nighter Setting Spray from one such masterclasses and I cant be without it now).  
As I was a bit meh about the palette I didn't look into it too much or think why Backtalk? why that range of shades.  It turns out the Backtalk is Urban Decay's best selling Vice Lipstick and the shade is so universally flattering they decided to create a palette which would create a monochromatic makeup looks for all skin tones.  

I am having quite a cheek or face palette obsession at the moment so I was really only interested in the face side of the palette.  The Face side of the palette contains two blushes Cheap Shot, Double take and two highlighters Low Key and Party Foul. 
Left to Right  Cheap Shot, Double take, Low Key and Party Foul. 

When the makeup artists started to play with the shades (they created a day and an dramatic evening look with the palette) I sat up in my chair and took notice.  I swatched the eye shadows which earlier held little interest to me and I fell in love.  The shadows can be used dry for a softer day time look or foiled for an intense look.  At first I didn't think there was much pay off with the lighter shades but they are quite light shades and the second to left shade Bare is one I use all the time on the inner eye.    My standout shade of the palette is the shade Backtalk, I would never normally gravitate towards this shade but its so fantastic in the crease and I have worn this every day  IN FACT I would love if Urban Decay released it as a single pan eye shadow.   While there has been a massive trend for warm brown eye shadows, which especially flattering on blue and green eyes, it can be quite a harsh look to pull off especially on Irish Skin tones.  There is something very flattering about the eye shadow shades in the Backtalk palette, they make blue and green eyes pop while being softer and more flattering on the skin tone around the eyes.  I think the shades would make fantastic Bridal makeup soft and flattering without being too intense or domineering.  They create pretty makeup looks.  


The design of the palette is really clever, on one side the eye shadows, on the other the face shades which are separated by a removable (genius) mirror.  I am wondering will this become a trend for Urban Decay like the Naked Palettes (its very clever packaging).  

I thought I would dig the face shades and would be Meh about the eye shadows but my verdict is the blush shades are pretty but probably not shades I would naturally reach for but the highlighter shades are very pretty and I adore the eye shadows.  I surprised at how much I love them.  I love I can create a quick and easy look which isn't taxing on my dark circles and make my eyes pop without much work.  If you want to ramp up your look the shades Shade and Attitude are stunning (and if you use foiled AHHHH MAGIC).  I also love that on the end is WTF the perfect neutral matte brown and 180 a shimmery brown which I almost forget about because the other shades are divine. 

Backtalk is really a palette you have to look at and play with to appreciate how pretty it is.   If you put the shade Backtalk in your crease you will not want to use anything else.

 Now let me introduce you to Backtalk, the Vice Lipstick bestseller which influenced the creation of the palette.  I really like Vice Lipsticks (even the mattes are very smooth and comfortable) Backtalk is a mauve shade which we can see how it would suit all skin tones and change from looking dramatic on fairer skin to "your lips but better" on deeper skin.  Backtalk is a satin lipstick which is really comfortable on the lips.  



Backtalk Palette* was launched on the 14th June and costs €43.00 and Backtalk Lipstick is €19.50.
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Im a massive fan of Clarins lip products NOBODY does lip products like them.  While sometimes Clarins lip products might not be my first choice shade wise (they are far too classy for a slag pink) I am guaranteed that the products are feel fantastic, are kind and moisturising on the lips.  I was very giddy to see that Clarins are launching a new kind of lip product the Water Lip Stain*.  
Clarins Water Lip Stains come in four shades (Rose Water, Orange Water,  Red Water, Violet Water) and as the name suggests they are a water but opaque lip stain.  They promise to be light on the lips and kiss proof while ingredients such as aloe vera help with moisturising and raspberry for antioxidant and moisturizing properties.   Water Lip Stains are also have anti pollution properties which I see is a feature that Clarins are adapting into more and more of their products.  

THE PACKAGING - can we all give Clarins a slow, power clap for the packaging.  Talk about stepping up their game and creating an juicy and eye catching product that looks unlike anything they have released before.   Simple, classy and eye catching..... continue the slow power clap.

THE FORMULA - while lip stains are not a new idea Clarins have created a really impressive feather light formula which feels (as the name suggests) as light as water on the lips.   I would say the formula is as light as licking your lips but as we know that can be somewhat drying to the lips and the water stains feel as light as water but the formula which includes hydrating aloe vera doesn't dry your lips so your lips look and feel fuller.  The texture is very runny and one dip will cover the lips.  The formula manages to look both see through but opaque (see in the swatches below).  The formula is light and completely build able (but I have used one layer for photos) without feeling heavy or cakey on the lips, you can also layer with other lip products like the Clarins Lip Oil if you want a glossy look.    While some lip stains look like you have sucked on an ice lolly the Clarins Water Lip Stains give a more sophisticated effect... they are like a fruity cocktail for your lips.  

Although Clarins Water Lip Stains are not part of the Summer Collection they are a perfect addition to your summer makeup.   I love a bright lip during the summer but hate heavy formulas in the heat,  Water Stains give the effect of a bright and juicy lip.  

Left to Right No 1 Rose Water, No 2 Orange Water, No 3 Red Water, No 4 Violet Water 
 No 1 Rose Water

 No 2 Orange Water
  No 3 Red Water

 No 4 Violet Water

   Clarins Water Lip Stain launch on the 31st May and cost €21.00 each
I am a big fan of Clarins Water Lip Stains, they are so easy to wear (you apply and forget about them) but add that punch of juicy colour to your lips.  Well done Clarins, you have moved out of your comfort zone yet still created a uber comfortable lip product.  
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emerald eyeliner by Emeraldeyeliner Blog - 2M ago
Glossier is the makeup brand on every body's lips and its now shipping to Ireland

 So what is Glossier anyway?

Glossier (which is pronounced Glossy AY not Glossy ER like we really all want to pronounce it) is an American online based beauty brand, therefore it doesn't have any physical shops but it does have a "showroom" in New York and a new one in London.  You can tell that its quite hip and deadly cause its called a "Showroom" and not a shop.  The brands main promotion was on Instagram where the products and beauty pics went viral.

That sounds marvelous if not for the young uns,  can pre millennial partake? or will anybody who was around during the 90ies be taken into a dark cave?

Funny you should ask that (inner voice) Glossier is for everybody (as all makeup should be),  the wonderful thing about Glossier is the brand really focus on skin, they have a wonderful range of skincare products including their much raved about Milky Jelly Cleanser and a selection of serums which you can mix and mix depending on your skin type or issue.  Glossier want you to concentrate on getting your skin the best it can be and then you can play with your makeup and let your makeup become your joy.  The brands message is "First Skin, Makeup Second"  as I get older its a bit of a no-brainer that if your skin looks good your makeup will look good  In saying that the products look sleek and minimal (hey us 90ies chicks did minimal first) and the distinctive and now famous millennial pink zip lock bag the products arrive in make it a millennial must have. 

That sounds brilliant - but you said the brand is Instagram famous... is it all about Instagram makeup?

While Instagram makeup is lovely to look at on Instagram its not a reality for most of us and Glossier have created a line of makeup which is beautiful and easy to use with the fingers.  Think more Meghan Markle's wedding makeup than Instagram high maintenance glitter. 

Glossier is now shipping to Ireland and with shipping being free over a €40 spend (they have great sets which allow you to try a couple of different products) you will have the Glossier look in 2 - 3 days. 

The product I have to show you is Lidstar*  - Less shadow, more glow.  Housed in what appears to be a blood vial is Glossier's new liquid eye shadow.  When you first swatch the products with their doe foot applicator they are pigmented but apply quite sheer on the lids, which is no surprise really considering the brand.  You can build up the pigment, layer and even mix shades.  What is most impressive about Lid star is their staying power.  They are like gossamer and whimsical but they stay put all day.  The swatches on my hand lasted until morning and my eyes looked Lidstar perfect all day.  They are small but mighty.  The vials themselves are quite light and it will make it easier to throw into your handbag to glisten up your day look (the light packaging makes perfect sense considering its an online brand with the cost of shipping to consider) and while this will not be a worry of a lot of millennials I have a rampant toddler who would stomp the vial quicker than Godzilla would squash a donuts.  I am loving using Lidstar everyday perfect for a soft, natural yet glowing look.

Left to Right:  Lilly, Slip and Moon
 
I am very impressed by Lidstar the gossamer look of the product means I can rock my bold lip look without fear of them clashing.  Lidstar definitely make me want to try more from Glossier

If your are curious about Glossier and their products I urge you to follow Katie Jane Hughes on Instagram who always has glowing skin and inspirational makeup.

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Too faced products really tickle my fancy, the packaging is cute, they tend to be a little different than other products on the market and the products are really good.  In addition to Too Faced being the most adorable brand ever they do have products with absolutely beautiful packaging (the kind you could take out in a serious situation and not be afraid a unicorn or mermaid jumps out). 
The new It Just comes Naturally" collection is perfect cute meets classy.  The products are quite practically really (neutral and matte eye shadow palettes) in the most divine packaging.  I decided that I didn't need another eye shadow palette (although as most makeup junkies will attest need is never really a word that comes into play when buying makeup) but I really wanted to try the  Too Faced Natural Face Palette €42 (conveniently ignoring the Becca and Huda Beauty face palettes that are on my counter).

Too Faced palette has 6 shades in it 2 highlighters 2 blushes and 2 bronzers although I would use the  shade "Tropic like its hot" as a warm blush.  The packaging is beautiful, its a sturdy acrylic plastic which has a lace design, even the clasp is a little heart.  Its pretty but also classic enough to attract many age groups and its also sturdy enough to last years.  The beautiful lace design on the outside is carried on and imprinted onto the product (its the small touches like these that take Too Faced products up a notch). 

The powders are pigmented and very pretty - they are fragranced which will turn off some people but you dont really notice after you initially open the palette.  For me Too Faced hands down beats the Becca and Huda Beauty palettes-  all the shades are very wearable and individual to each other,  the Natural Face palette is also very clever because I could happily create a simple but very pretty eye makeup look using the palette (the bronzer is particularly pretty and wearable on the eyes),  while the other brands face palettes are cardboard this is a more durable and pretty heavy plastic. 
Left to Right:  Starlight, Pink Wink and Sunny Honey
 Second Row Left to Right:  Satin Sheets, Pink Sand, Tropic Like its Hot
Most of us beauty junkies have beauty buying OCD when buying makeup WE FIND IT VERY HARD TO BUY JUST ONE THING so I had to try one of the Too Faced Natural Nude Lipstick €22 in the shade Pout About It.  The Natural Nude Lipsticks are a range of nudes for all skin types, the lipsticks are full of hydrating coconut butter so feel absolutely fantastic on the lips.  Pout About It is such a easy everyday colour to wear but its the texture and feeling on the lips which steals the show (again Too Faced dont disappoint with the packaging which has the lace detail along the bullet).




I am a little giddy to see that the Peaches & Cream Collection from Too Faced is now available on Debenhams.ie because the Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Liquid Foundation (which is a whopping €48ml and costs €32) has been the most impressive foundation I have tried in a long time.    I ordered these from Too Faced but I would recommend buying from Debenhams as shipping is quicker (and you can save loyalty points) although keep in mind the Too Faced site do have some amazing exclusives.  
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Its no secret that I am a huge Stila fan,  while I have always loved the products recently they are releasing some of the most exciting beauty products I have seen for years.  I haven't posted about the Stila Glitter and Glow Eye shadows and my only defense is I have been talking about them non stop since their release to anybody who will listen, I chat about them on Instagram, I take them with me to beauty events and show people on the quiet.  I am one step away from standing in the middle of O'Connell Bridge shouting about their wonder.  (I promise to do more posts with all the Glitter and Glow that I have).  

Summer makeup is my favourite time of the year and Stila of course is the brand that makes me most giddy.  This year Stila's Summer collection is called Self Reflection and it small but perfectly formed (Stila had a whopper Spring Collection that Ill chat about in another post).

First up in the collection are the amazing, the shimmery, the stunning aforementioned Glitter and Glow in three new Summer shades.  Glitter and Glow (or as I like to call them Stila Glittery Eyeshadows) are so simple and easy to apply,  the applicator that lends itself  to applying the product all over the lid as a shadow or on its side as a liner.  They are pigmented and glittery but not in any way irritating.  Best of all they removed easily with normal makeup remover.  They are Instagram makeup in one pretty amazing tube.  (Can you tell I love them, I wear one every day)
Top to bottom: 
Perlina (Opalescent white, bright blue, pink, and purple pearl)
Enchantress (Peach with bright gold pearl)
Fairy Tail (Gunmetal gold with bright lavender pearl)

The Glitter and Glow Eyeshadows cost €27.00 and are available from Cloud 10 Beauty

Glitter and Glow eye shadows are pretty dam phenomenal (come and chat to me anytime and I will cover you with swatches and we will bond about how amazing they are) so it was a no-brainer to launch a Glitter and Glow Highlighter.  Que sounds of angels singing from heaven above. 
Glitter and Glow Highlighters come in three shades
  • Kitten (Nude pink with silver and champagne sparkle)
  • Monarch (Baby pink with green, pink and silver sparkle)
  • Queen (Iridescent pink with pink and purple sparkle)
I have the Iconic Stila Shade Kitten which is a universally flattering shade.  While I would happily wear the Glitter and Glow eye shadows every day (into work, to a farm.. the usual) the highlighter is a little more intense and glittery and would look amazing on a night out or at a festival (In saying this I did wear it to a playground and I looked fabulous).  



As you can see from the above picture the highlighters are in slightly bigger packaging and contain 6ml of product while the eye shadows contain 4.5ml


One of my favourite launches from Stila have been the Heaven's Hue Highlighters - I think its safe to say we would all love to have a J-LO glow and for me Heaven's Hue give me that look.  This long winter has made me the Goldilocks of highlighters,  I have been finding that powder highlighters can look too stark on my skin and can show up texture, liquid highlighters wear off or can look too intense.  Heaven's Hue is just right.  Heaven's Hue are a wonderful gel to powder formula which are bouncy to the touch (such an unusual and fun texture).  It can be applied with the fingers or a dense brush for a light feeling but fantastically glowing effect.  What I love most about Heaven's Hue is they are very pretty but they work best when they catch the light.  As you move your face the highlighter catches the light and you glow.  


There are three new shades in Heaven's Hue

Brilliance: creates a golden, candlelight glow
Magnificence: creates a peach, lit from within, warm flush
Opulence: creates a sheer, fresh white pearl opalescence
I have the shade Brilliance which is the perfect J-Lo shade and not too dark for lighter skin. 

Heaven's Hue Highlighters cost €32 and are available from Cloud 10 Beauty

To round out the collection Stila have launched a Micro Tip version of their Stay All Day Liner €16.50 which is perfect for creating a graphic effect on the eyes or if like me your have smaller eyes and need a neater line.  To put the popularity of the original Stila Stay All Day Liners in context its the best selling eye liner from all the makeup brands available in Sephora. 


*All products were sent to me by Cloud 10 Beauty, you know I have a huge love for Cloud 10 because they work tooth and nail to bring us Irish ladies the boldest and best makeup brands and they also happen to be really lovely people.  
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My name is Mags and I am 40 eek ........ *waits expectantly for the sky to fall and the world to end* I love Birthdays LOVE them, they are like Christmas but all about ME.  My last Birthday I turned 40.... am sweating writing this cause 40 is my scary age, its an age when I should have my sh*t together, should be grown up (who wants to be grown up), should have more savings than makeup and generally feel like they can cope with life.  I feel like since that big birthday and the longest winter known to man my skin has suffered.  My once oily and plump skin is drab, dry and miserable.  I have gone from feeling and looking like Peter Pan to Peg Sayers in a matter of months. 

I have always been very lucky with my skin (and hair) and while I have never treated my skin poorly I haven't exactly been the best owner.  I found over the last number of years I have developed more redness in my face (around my cheeks and on my chin) and the last few months my skin has gotten dry and lackluster.  I feel like I look tired (I am tired but I would prefer not to look it).  Enter Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream.

Clarins holds a very special place in my heart.  Many (Many) years ago I took my very first Christmas bonus and instantly and bought a Clarins Gentle Day Cream Set (I love a gift set AND it came with a Gift with Purchase).  Im a little impressed that younger me investing in skincare.  I loved the iconic red boxes and the ceremony of opening the fancy instructions on the inside of the box.  The wonderful thing about Clarins is they are a skincare brand, they just dont make bad skincare.  Clarins are also one of those brands that are a guaranteed winner if you need a gift for anybody aged 18 - 80 and beyond.  

So I turned 40 felt tired and like an angel from the heavens Clarins launched Extra Firming Day Cream €68*.  I had decided to start taking care of my skin and Clarins Extra Firming has fast become the foundation.  Extra Firming Day cream is aimed at those of us who have reached the magical milestone of 40 (but of course can be used by younger people who are worried about the same issues).  The cream promises to help improve the skins general appearance, improve wrinkles, lift and firm and create an even skin tone.  The cream also helps protect the skin from pollution which is a trend I am seeing more and more.  

I could go into the science but I might confuse both of us (but I will say that 85% of the key ingredients are plant ingredients, half of which are organic).  There are three different formulations of the day cream (Firming Day Cream All Skin Types, Firming Day Cream with SPF and Rich Firming Day Cream) and two formulations of Night Cream (Regenerating Night and Regenerating Night Rich Cream).  I have been using the Extra Firming Day cream with SPF 15, I really like how its a relatively low SPF as I have learned recently from Her Highness Caroline Hirons queen of all skincare and lover of Clarins that SPF in a formula can dominate the creams other benefits.  

I have been religiously messaging the cream into my skin every day, there is something about the texture and the fragrance which lends itself to being messaged and gives me those few seconds of ME Time.  Although its a rich cream its not too rich and absorbs into my skin easily (if a cream is too rich it will clog the pores and create build up on my cheeks) and in fact its so wonderful that I have been layering serums with the cream with wonderful effects.  I have found that some creams ball up if I layer a serum but on one (quite ridiculous) occasion I used a vitamin, a serum, Extra Firming cream, a illuminating primer and then my foundation and it was perfection.  A lesser cream would have created balling or the skin would have felt heavy.  When I apply Extra Firming my skin looks fresher and glows.  I can happily apply it to the tops of my cheeks without fear of it creating white heads or clogging pores.  There is a light fragrance to the cream (nothing too strong or overpowering) which consists of camelia and rose although its not a traditional heady rose.  As I mentioned the fragrance is gently uplifting and encourages me to message the cream into my skin.

I adore using Clarins Extra Firming Cream and find that it has brightened up my drab and tired skin, I had found my cheeks had slightly less bounce (tell me how somebody with full cheeks can loose bounce... age) and that has minimised.   Clarins Extra Firming Cream has made me feel so much happier and better about my skin and just that little bit more confident about turning 40.  (I still have dark circles and bags under my eyes but its ok its sunglasses season).  



We have all been hearing so much about "Glass Skin" and while 10 years about I would have been rocking the look the reality is now I dont have time or the inclination to try and achieve the look.  What I do want is clean, clear and pretty skin and Clarins allows me to achieve it with their Everlasting Cushion Foundation €38*.  

Everlasting Cushion Foundation is as the name suggests a cushion foundation and of course Clarins ups the anti by creating a foundation which has skincare benefits.  Everlasting says its a full coverage foundation but I would say its a medium build able foundation.  When I apply a foundation I start at the center of my face where all the discoloration and covering needs to be done.  Everlasting foundation feels incredibly light on your skin and EVERY TIME I begin to apply it I think "your not going to cover my redness" and EVERY TIME it proves me wrong and creates a flawless pretty base.   I need a bit of extra coverage around my eyes and I use any excess concealer around my nose but the rest of my face Everlasting has perfected but in a beautifully natural way.  As its a lightweight foundation it doesn't settle or exacerbate lines.  It makes my skin look naturally pretty.  

I was first told about Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation by a makeup artist (not an Instagram makeup artist who seem to favour heavy Instagram makeup) and as you know makeup artists will spend most of their time creating a clean flawless base, skin that looks flawless and as if its makeup free.  This is the look that Clarins Everlasting Foundation achieves.  When a makeup artist with flawless skin and immaculate taste recommends a foundation you take note.  

The only downside for Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation is it costs €38 for 15ml (most foundations are 30ml) so it is expensive but that seems to be the case for most cushion foundations and Clarins have the added skincare benefits (which promise to "pure plant extracts enhance skin’s beauty day after day").  
*I was going to take before and after pictures but can down with a cold and now have a nose that would rival Rudolf (he of the red noses) 

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emerald eyeliner by Emeraldeyeliner Blog - 3M ago
Urban Decay holds a very special place in my heart and more importantly in my makeup bag.  Picture a young woman approaching an edgy and new makeup counter, a makeup brand that was way cooler and edgier than she was.  That was me circa the year 2000 approaching the new and rather excellent new Urban Decay counter in BT2 Grafton Street.  I left with a lip gloss (or Lip Gunk as Urban Decay called them) in the shade Big Bang and I would be back.....that's when I became an Urban Junkie.  

Urban Decay expanded from an indi brand to the huge phenomenon it is today but it has kept its edge while maintaining their ethics (cruelty free brand).  Styles have changed and lip glosses were replaced by the matte lip trend.   I dont think there are many of us who lived through the gloss era of the late 90ies early 00ies can forget how good gloss made your lips look, even if we were prone to catching hair in our sticky lips.  Urban Decay Lip Gunk was slightly thicker high pigment formula which tasted of sweets aww the memories.

 So guess what?  Glosses are back BABY... and just in time, my lips were just about retiring from years of drying lip products.  My favourite thing about glosses?  They make your lips look younger.  

Urban Decay have just launched a range of lip glosses while they are not Lip Gunks of old (I may be romanticising them now) they are a range of 20 ultra shiny glosses with four different finishes (metallic, holographic, cream and sheer cream) called Hi Fi Shine*.   Hi Fi Shine have a nourishing formula which contains vitamin E and peppermint oil.  They glosses have a vanilla-mint flavour (I dont pick up on the vanilla part) which leaves the slight sensation of fresh air after you brush your teeth (your mouth feels fresh).   Its not a long lasting sensation (not like the lip pumping lip glosses which inflate the lips) and I quite like it.  

Hi Fi Shine glide over the lips and they make the lips appear smoother and fuller minimising fine lines.  Who doesnt want younger, fuller looking lips.  They are a gloss so there is a gloss sensation  when wearing them but they are not tacky.  I was really impressed how the glosses stayed on my lips while I had a drink (there was transfer onto the cup), they didnt last through a meal (but they are a gloss and I wouldnt expect them too).  The glosses which have sparkly pigment are really smooth and there is no gritty feeling to the lips.  Hi Fi Shine make you want to rub your lips together, it feels fantastic on the lips.    

Some of the shades have wonderful pigmentation and dept while some of the shades are sheer and it will depend on the pigmentation of your lips how they will show up and you can of course wear the glosses over your lipstick (the glosses with holographic will be particularly nice for this).   


  Now onto the swatches:
Left to right:
Naked. Fuel, Midnight Cowgirl, Fireball, SPL


Left to Right:   Naked. Fuel, Midnight Cowgirl, Fireball, SPL

 
SPL is  described as a holographic candy pink with iridescent sparkle (this is one of those shades that would look amazing worn over a lipstick which would really amp up that iridescent sparkle)



  Fireball is described as holographic peach with pink sparkle.  Urban Decay have a highligher and an eyeshadow in the shade Fireball and I have both.  The peach base with pink sparkle is very flattering (also in the highlighter and eye shadow) and again would look amazing as a lip topper.
 

 Midnight Cowgirl is described as a nude cream with gold shimmer, like the classic eye shadow of the same name I think Midnight Cowgirl will become a classic as its flattering and wearable with a touch of shimmer.  I think Midnight Cowgirl looks really flattering on the lips, its not too nude and the shimmer brings a gleam to the lips. 
 
 
 Fuel is described as a light natural nude cream - one of the most flatter lip shades.  Fuel is my favourite, Im normally not a nude lip fan but this is such a flattering shade.  Im a bright lip person but Fuel is so flattering on the whole face and makes the lips look fantastic without trying hard.



 Naked is described as a nude pink cream with pearly pink shift.  Naked shows up pretty much like a clear gloss on my lips albeit one which evens the pigment in the lips and makes the lips appear juicy and full.

 

I really like the Hi Fi Shine glosses, I have been rocking (Im still very far from cool or edgy but can rock a lipgloss) them all week and they have happily fitted into my jeans (as a gloss I am not worried about my body heat melting them like they would a lipstick).  If I had to pick one it would be the shade Fuel which is beautiful but it pleases me greatly that Urban Decay have released the shade Big Bang (metallic hot pink sparkle) ill have to pick up bringing  my Urban Decay love back full circle.

Can you tell Hi Fi Shine make me happy
Hi Fi Shine cost €18.00 each (very reasonable) and are currently exclusive to Urban Decay Grafton Street (brilliant to see Urban Decay back on Grafton Street) and will be available at all counters nationwide from the 26th April.  
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We all NEED it to be Spring (what an understatement) even though its still very cold we can dream of Spring with the pretty new collection from Clarins. 

The trend of warm eye shadow's doesn't look like its going anywhere and Clarins have put their own stamp on the trend with the Lovely Rose 4 colour palette* €43.00. 
Clarins are taking the trend of warm shadows and mixing it with pretty Spring shades, its such a pretty looking quad which totally moves away from Clarins comfort zone of classic "safe"shades.  I always describe Clarins eye shadows as giving a watercolour effect to the lids, the shadows are not as intensely pigmented as some brands but that will be much more flattering on eyes that might be more mature and have more texture.  The lighter watercolour like shadows will be perfect for people who are a little scared of colour but really want to try the warm eye shadow trend.  The quad consists of a classic ballet pink, a coral pink, purple pink and a deep burgundy.   Clarins eye shadows Clarins eye shadows can be used dry for a wash of colour or wet for a more intense effect.                         

Lovely Rose quad swatched dry (you can use wet for more intense look)
My favourite Clarins products (besides skincare swoon) are lip products, they are fantastic.  Clarins make magic lip products because not only are they very pretty and wearable shades, they are skin care for your lips. The products are treating the lips as you wear them and you can FEEL the benefit of the products.  I love the Clarins Instant Light and Spring 2018 has the addition of Lip Balm Perfector in the shade #07 Hot Pink* and #08 Plum* €20.00
Left is Hot Pink (which is a definitely more a Coral than a hot pink shade) and right is Plum.  These are fantastic for your lips (especially with the effects of the cold and central heating) I have very dry lips and they are now in such good condition.  I love that they are fancy lip balms but they have a really good amount of colour to them so with one swipe you look "done" and more put together.  Clarins lip products are amazing we are in a very committed relationship and I will never stop singing their praises. 
Clarins can put a big happy tick beside flattering bright Spring makeup but Clarins are a skincare brand (an amazing skin care brand) so they have created a range of primers which target specific skincare concerns. 

Let me introduce you to SOS Primers a collection of 6 targeted primers which help to hydrate, prepare and target specific concerns. 

00 Universal Light -  radiance boosting primer which subtly brightens the skin
01 Rose - brightens dull and tired skin 
02 Peach - blurring primer for flawless skin 
03 Coral - dark spots and events skin irregularities

04 Green - minimizes redness 
05 Lavender - helps sallow or yellow skin tones.

Chances are you are not going to need all 6 primers but the great thing about SOS Primers are you can mix and match on different parts of your face.  I am a big fan of using 04 Green on the red parts of my face and then using 00 Universal light on my forehead and cheekbones for radiant cheeks.  Unlike some colour correcting products they blend really easily, for example the green shade blends really easily and smoothly onto the skin leaving no green caste on the face.  My favourite (and to use the word favourite is a massive understatement because im quite giddy about how wonderful it leaves my skin)  is 02 Peach the blurring primer, the peach tint covers the skin and leaves a perfect base.  But why do I need a primer ? I hear you cry.  I have found that using SOS Primers mean that not only does the foundation last longer on my skin I dont have to use as much foundation.   I have also found that even if some foundation wears off,  my skin has the added colour correction of the primer so my red chin doesn't look as red.   SOS Primers give you a perfected but very natural looking base.  I used to be very lucky with my skin but as I am getting older I have much more redness and dullness and my skin needs ALL the help it can get.  SOS Primers are answering my calls for help.

Left to right 00 - 05


00 Universal Light, 01 Rose, 02 Peach, 03 Coral, 04 Green, 05 Lavender
00 Universal Light, 01 Rose, 02 Peach, 03 Coral, 04 Green, 05 Lavender

SOS Primers cost €31.00 each and unless you have specific skin concerns I think most people would be quite happy with the beautiful effects of 02 Peach.
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Too Faced know how to put together a holiday collection, they take their excellent products, throw in some tongue n cheek (or should I say cheeky) puns and some very festive packaging and off we go all set with a gift that is too pretty to wrap.  The "Under the Kissetoe" €26 is a lip lovers dream and the perfect way to dip your toe into the Too Faced world of melted lipsticks. 

The set contains 4 mini but descent sized products all in different formulas which will give you a great mix of shades to play with and also lets you see if you like a formula before committing to a full sized product. 

  • Melted Lipsticks in shades Chihuahua 
  • Melted Matte in Chocolate Honey 
  • Melted Latex in Hopeless Romantic 
  • Melted Matte in Drop Dead Red 


  • The Melted Lipsticks and Melted Chocolates come with a sponge tip applicator (which is very satisfying to squeeze out) and the Melted Latex and Melted Matte have doe foot applicators. 



    Left to Right : Melted Lipsticks in shades Chihuahua, Melted Matte in Chocolate Honey, Melted Latex in Hopeless Romantic, Melted Matte in Drop Dead Red 
    As you can see the set contains three nude or neutral tones and a bright bold red (perfect for Christmas).  Although I am not generally a fan of nudes I think Too Faced make exceptional nudes that I find really flattering. 

    Shade and formula breakdown:
    Chihuahua is exceptionally flattering (if your a fan of Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk this will be perfect for you).
    Chocolate Honey is delicious (yes it smells and tastes like chocolate) and very wearable
    Melted Latex in Hopeless Romantic is a very pretty nude, its a sticky full shine gloss
    Melted Matte are my favourite formula long wear lipsticks, I would have preferred the classic red shade Lady Balls but a mini vampy shade like Drop Dead Red is a lovely addition to my collection.


     Melted Lipsticks in shades Chihuahua
    • Melted Matte in Chocolate Honey 
      Melted Latex in Hopeless Romantic

     Melted Matte in Drop Dead Red
     

    Too Faced have a selection of Christmas gifts that are available now from Too Faced.com and Debenhams.  
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