Blue Sky Tag- 11 Questions!!!!

So I’m really excited to be nominated to complete the Blue Sky Tag by the very lovely Nicole from Beauty and the Least. This is a great way of discovering more about the bloggers who’s blogs you follow and read all of the time and it’s also a little bit of fun.
I’m going to pop a link to Nicole’s answers here so you can learn more about her too and thank you so much for the nomination.

THE RULES!!

Thank the person who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions

Tag 11 people

Give them 11 questions to answer

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And so here are my answers to the questions she asked;

Q1. How long have you been blogging and what made you start?

Well my blog turns one on the 3rd of May which I’m very excited about. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year already. I’ve made so many new friends and have had so many incredible experiences in that year. I originally started the blog because for the previous three years I had been a SAHM to my twin girls and they were heading to pre-school that September so I was going to have a lot more time to myself  and so the blog was born. I had worked in the beauty industry for many years before that and still had such passion for it that I wanted an outlet to share it.

Q2. If you could start your own line, what would you sell?

Oh I love this question so much because when I day dream I’ve dreamt about being able to do this. It would have to be lipstick, I’m a makeup fanatic but lipstick is my absolute weakness. I’ve no idea how many lipsticks I own but I never get fed up of them and I know each and every one of them. Quite often when I’m doing my makeup I decide what lipstick I’m wearing first and incorporate the rest of my makeup look around that….Obsessed isn’t even the word!!

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Q3. What is your favourite Make up brand and why??

This is a tough one because I really am an equal opportunities consumer when it comes to buying make up, I love high end brands of course but I’m every bit as excited to buy high street if I’m honest. I think I’m going to say Urban Decay, I love this brand so much, I love their eyeshadow palettes, in fact I think they’re iconic when it comes to eyeshadow palettes. Their Naked Skin concealer is one of the best on the market, their collaborations are incredible, they launched 100 lipstick shades all at once, they’re cruelty free, they’re edgy and Ruby Rose is their brand ambassador. In short they tick all of my boxes and with the launch of their new skincare line imminent, I’m excited to see what the future holds for Urban Decay.

Q4. What is your dream job?

Currently I stay at home with my beautiful little girls until the time comes for them to go to school but if I was to get my dream job after that it would be working for a very makeup orientated beauty counter. I have worked as a Beauty Consultant most of my adult life but mostly for very skincare orientated companies, this time a company like Urban Decay or Benefit would be a dream come true.

Q5. Who is a woman who inspires you?

I would have to say Karen Geraghty. She is a fellow blogger over on Yankee Doodle Paddy she blogs about food, cooking and travelling mostly but everything she does is motivated by love. She is probably the most positive person I’ve ever encountered and not because she’s had an easy life or has no worries, she spreads her positive message regardless of the things she’s been through in her life. I came to know of her through her Snapchat blissbakery and then had the pleasure of meeting her at an event in Cork last year. She is so genuine, caring and has encouraged me at every turn. I will be forever grateful to her for the inspiration she has given me.

Q6. What is your all time favourite movie?

I’m not much of a movie person if I’m honest, it takes a lot to get me to the cinema in fact and usually what does that are Disney movies. Now that I have children of my own I have a “legitimate” reason to go to the cinema to see them lol!! I think because of this I’m going to pick a Disney movie as one of my all time favourites and that movie is Beauty and the Beast, it is just perfection.

Q7. Which celebrity would you say your style is most similar to?

I adore Gwen Stefani and I adore her style, she’s edgy and quirky and she loves print….as I do!! I’d like to think that my style is even remotely similar to hers but in fact I think the only similarity is is that we both wear a lot of Leopard Print lol!!!

Q8. What magazine(s) do you love?

Again I’m not much of a magazine reader if I’m honest but if I was to choose one it would either be Glamour or Look magazine.

Q9. Where is your favourite place you’ve ever traveled to?

I have been lucky to travel to many places all over the world but my most favourite place of all is actually one that’s quite a common holiday destination for sun worshipers. Lanzarote is my home away from home. I fell in love immediately with the island when I visited first in 2007, there was so much more to it than I had ever expected. A volcanic island with the most incredible landscape and stunning architecture and artwork dotted around it courtesy of the artist Cesar Manrique it honestly has something for everybody. For many years I used to travel to the island 2-3 times a year but unfortunately I’ve only been back there once since my children were born in 2013 but I know I’ll be there many times with them as they grow older, it truly has a piece of my heart.

Q10. What is your favourite part about blogging?

Hands down the people I’ve met. It has been so amazing meeting so many lovely, like minded people some of which I can genuinely now call friends. Being a stay at home Mum is brilliant but can be quite isolating especially if none of your friends are having the same experience at that time but blogging has made me feel relevant, it has helped me find my confidence and gives me an outlet to be Jo and not just Mum. I will be eternally grateful for all of the wonderful people it has brought into my life.

Q11. What is a brand that’s not really talked about a ton, that you love and wish your readers paid more attention to?

I think I’m going to say The Balm, in Ireland The Balm is really well known amongst Beauty Bloggers and Influencers but I still think people don’t know too much about it. It has become a little bit more mainstream this year with the introduction of counters in Debenhams stores across the country but they are stand alone counters, they don’t have consultants so I don’t people get to understand the full awesomeness of their products. Although it is a popular brand I do think it deserves more attention.

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QUESTIONS FOR THE BLOGGERS THAT I AM NOMINATING

Tell me your three desert island beauty products?

Tea or coffee?

Favourite current song?

What have you learned from blogging?

What’s one quote you live your life by?

Favourite budget brand?

What’s your favourite flower?

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you chose?

How would you spend your most perfect day?

What’s your favourite perfume?

Tell us one of your bad habits?

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 I NOMINATE

Putting It Out There

MamaVoom

Yankee Doodle Paddy

Rouge Writing Hood

Highstreet Beauty

SoSo Dempo

The Style Guide Blog

Passions and Preening

A Paler Shade of Beauty

Frilly Flossy

You Are My Sunshine

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NYX Lid Lingerie

A few weeks ago I was sent one of the relatively new to the market NYX Lid Lingerie cream eyeshadows. I was sent the shade Morning Sky, it was one of the pieces they were highlighting as part of their St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

I’m not going to lie, I was a bit tentative about using this product at first because at 37 years old I am quite afraid of cream eye shadows especially teal ones!! I decided that I wanted to base an entire makeup look around just this one product, but making sure that it was the star of the show.

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You can clearly see the Metallic finish here

I used it in conjunction with a beautiful jewel colour palette that I have from Sleek Makeup called Arabian Nights because I thought it suited it perfectly. I applied the NYX eye shadow using the wand that comes with it, little by little and then blended it in to the lid using a fluffy blender brush. I found the eye shadow blended beautifully, it was so soft and didn’t go a bit dry on the lid which I think was my biggest fear with it.
As I thought the Sleek palette matched it beautifully, accentuating the stunning teal colour of this shade. It has a bit of a metallic finish to it which you will see from the photos but again that wasn’t an issue on my eye, it didn’t look garish or over the top and I was complemented continuously yesterday about my makeup so that’s always good!!

So happy with the finished result

The best part of all for me though was that the eye shadow was still 100% in tact when I was going to take it off last night, there wasn’t even a sign of a crease in it and personally I find that absolutely incredible. They come in a variety of shades too just in case green really isn’t your thing and you can find them on here on Boots.ie priced at €9.00 each.
 

This item was sent to me to try but all opinions are my own. I was not asked to write a review and there are no affiliate links in this post. 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Me Beauty Subscription

So I’ve recently signed up to a 3 month subscription with Love Me Beauty. I would never have known about this brand of subscription boxes only for Little Miss Beauty Box Twitter account. 
They are different to most of the other brands simply because you chose the items that you receive yourself. Every month you get 60 credits to spend on products in The Edit although you also have the option of adding on extra credits for an additional charge.

The thing that really appealed to me about this one first and foremost was the brands that were involved. All I saw were Kat Von D Beauty miniatures and I was sold if I’m honest!! They also have Charlotte Tilbury kiss pockets included in the options which are one use only but still a great way of trying colours before you buy. 

Other brands I’ve seen included so far are Nuxe, Make up Forever and Aromatherapy Associates. As I said I signed up to a 3 month subscription which costs £9 a month plus £3.95 for postage. Herein lies the only catch I can see, Love Me Beauty currently don’t offer their service outside of the UK so if you are signing up then you need to do it with a Parcel Motel or equivalent address. 

I really wanted to try the subscription out so I opted to do it through my Parcel Motel account so that adds an extra €3.95 to each month’s delivery so just be aware of this. 

Now onto the products!! Out of my 60 credits I chose the following;

KVD Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red

Back in the summer of last year I invested in the Kat Von D Limited Edition “London Calling” set in Debenhams. Included in the set was another one of these Studded Lipsticks in “Lolita”. Now to be honest I wasn’t blown away by that particular lipstick but I absolutely loved the look of this colour so I decided to give them another try. 

The beautiful make up bag in the background was also included in my order

KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw

I love, love, love the texture of these lipsticks. They’re not one bit drying considering that they dry matte. They also last for ages. The Holy Grail when it comes to matte liquid lipsticks, long lasting and non drying… What’s not to love and this is the ultimate Hollywood Red shade. I would buy one of these lipsticks in every shade if I could afford them!! 

KVD Ink Liner in Trooper 

Having not had the greatest experience in the world with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner I decided to try this one instead. I’m not going to lie, I’m still not overly impressed with this one either but I do think it’s slightly better than the Tattoo Liner. Maybe I’m expecting too much from both of these liners but I just thought considering they’re made by Kat Von D that A- they’d be super pigmented and B-they’d glide on!! Not the worst liner I’ve used but I definitely won’t be purchasing the full size product because you can get so much better for a fraction of the price!! 

Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream 

Probably the item I was the least interested in to be honest, I chose it simply because I had 5 credits left to spend and that was one of the few 5 credit products available. Nuxe is a lovely brand if not a little bit on the boring side but you can never go wrong with a miniature hand cream for your bag!! 

Make Up Forever HD Deluxe Compact Powder

I love this idea, a teeny tiny translucent pressed powder to pop into your handbag. It has a little mirror inside the compact too so it’s just ideal. This is the first product I’ve used from Make up Forever and I hope they’ll have more options from this brand available over the next few months. 

So after my first months subscription I have to say that I’m relatively impressed so far. I think as Beauty Subscription boxes go this one is a very unique one, I’m interested to see what other brands come on board in the coming months. 
UPDATE: So just as I was about to post this blog post my 2nd months credits were due to be added to my account. There were big problems with this. The credits were due to be updated on the 1st of March, that’s the day that all of the new products were added to The Edit. I waited all day for my credits to be added, it never happened, they landed in my account at about 10.30am the next day instead after LOTS of interaction on Twitter and by email with their customer service department. Unfortunately by the time I had my credits a few of the products that I wanted to choose were sold out and there really wasn’t a great selection of products left to chose from at all. 

At that point I did place an order because I was afraid that nothing at all would be left by the time I heard anything back from their customer service team so I’ve now ended up with an order that I’m far from enthusiastic about and unfortunately they added beautiful Laura Mercier products after my order was placed that I would have loved instead so that was an even bigger pity. 

Customer service did reply to me and “as a gesture of goodwill” they have added an extra product to my order. Better than nothing but not ideal obviously. 

Hopefully they’ll have the issue sorted by the time next months credits are due to be added to my account but I’ll come back and let you know how that goes, so for the moment I’m very much on the fence about the Love Me Beauty subscription box.  

My favourites from 2016- AKA “The Lippies”

Since I started my blog in May of last year I’ve gotten to try and find some incredible products most of which I’ve shared with you either here or on my various social media channels. But with it being the start of a new year I’ve decided to do a round up of what I consider to be the creme de la creme of the products I found in 2016, my absolute favourites. True to form I’ve decided to give these awards a name, hence forth they shall be known as “The Lippies”!!
1. Favourite Foundation- I think this is going to be one of the easiest ones for me because since discovering Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation during the summer there really hasn’t been another foundation come close perhaps with the exception of the Cailyn Super HD Foundation but there is quite a significant price difference between them. The Flormar Perfect Coverage Foundation is full coverage but light weight, it lasts all day and you need the tiniest amount ever to cover your entire face. I cannot speak highly enough about this product, in fact I gave it it’s own dedicated blog post here back in September.

Runner Up- Cailyn Super HD Foundation. Read more about that here

2. Favourite Eyeshadow Palette- This one is so, so hard. If you follow me on any of my social media platforms I think you’ll know that my obsession with eyeshadow palettes is real, so to narrow it down to one is quite difficult. I think in my heart though I know it has to be Anastasia Beverley Hills “Modern Renaissance”. I can’t actually believe that I haven’t done a dedicated blog post for this palette yet because I love it so much but yah, believe the hype, because everything you’ve heard about it is true. I’ve never experienced eye shadows that blend the way these ones do. I also have the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette and it’s not a patch on Modern Renaissance so save your money. A cult product really at this point because it’s so hard to get your hands on it so keep your eyes peeled on Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty because they release a limited amount of them every couple of months (with an ever increasing price tag unfortunately) but if you’re a palette nerd like me or you’re just looking for that one Holy Grail palette then I think this one might just be for you.

The truly beautiful Modern Renaissance palette

Runner Up- This is even more difficult to be honest so I’m going to pick two. First runner up is Meet Matte Trimony from The Balm. This is a stunning palette, The Balm are fast becoming one of my favourite brands but this palette stands out. I love the shades, they blend so well, the pan sizes are huge and although there is a little bit of fallout when you use it the shadows themselves are extremely long lasting on the eye. A massive thumbs up from me.

The Balm Meet Matte Trimony in amongst some of my other favourites

Second runner up is the Death by Chocolate palette from I Heart Makeup. The quality of this palette really surprised me. There’s a beautiful selection of colours especially suitable for everyday wear. There’s a mixture of matte and shimmer colours in the palette and they’re really easy to work with. A complete bargain at €12.

 

Death by Chocolate palette by I Heart Makeup

 

3. Favourite Liquid Liner- Up until about three weeks ago the product that I have as the runner up today would probably have been the winner until my friend Joyce from Makemeupmua introduced me to this absolute beauty from Essence Cosmetics. The Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner from Essence is quite incredible. The precision that the wand allows you is phenomenal and the pigment, the pigment is exactly what I look for in an eyeliner, as black as coal!! To top it all off this eyeliner is barely over €3!!! A real gem, try it yourself, I know you won’t be disappointed.

My favourite liquid liner teamed with my runner up for favourite mascara

 

Runner Up- My runner up and all time favourite until a few weeks ago is the liquid eyeliner from Inglot. At €12 this is obviously more expensive than the Essence product but it’s a really fantastic liner. The main difference between the two is the Inglot eyeliner has a nib type applicator whereas the essence one is a flimsier type one which is ideal if you’re confident with liquid liner application but if you’re not I’d always recommend using a nib type product or an eyeliner pen as they will help you grow your confidence. The Inglot liner is really pigmented too and doesn’t move once you apply it. I’d highly recommend it especially because the product itself lasts absolutely ages.

Inglot Liquid Eyeliner


4. Favourite Mascara- I have spoken about this mascara on my blog before see here but I’ve yet to find one as good as it and it’s an absolute bargain to boot. My favourite is Catrice Glam n Doll Curl & Volume Mascara, Ultra Black & Curl, my God what a mouthful. I love it, I love everything about it. It’s so pigmented, I love the brush, it’s amazing for curling the lashes. It doesn’t flake or smudge even though it’s not waterproof and it’s €4.49!!! Yah €4.49…..tick, tick, tick!! I usually buy mine in Penneys but it’s available anywhere there’s a Catrice stand.

Runner Up- My choice of runner up for this category is another bargain and it’s Lash Princess Falsh Lash Effect Mascara from Essence Cosmetics. Again it’s under €5, has fabulous pigment and lasts all day. The Catrice mascara pips it to the post for me because of the wand, I personally just loved a curved mascara wand.

Special Mentions- These are products I’ve used pretty much every day regardless of how I’m doing my makeup and they deserve special mentions of their own.

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil- I’m 100% not exaggerating when I say that I have used this product on my brows every single day since I bought it during the summer. It is the most straightforward product ever, I adore it. It helps to give your brows definition and look precise without looking overly drawn on. All I can say is it’s the best Brow product I’ve used to date and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

*Wetnwild Megaglo Contouring Palette  All day every day I use this product. If you follow any of my social media pages you’ll know firstly how much I wear this product and secondly how much I love it. Just in case you don’t I included it in a blog post I wrote a few months ago that you can find here

Well there you have it, some of my top makeup picks for 2016. Are any of your favourites mentioned here? Have you any others you’d add to the list?
Please note that I’ve paid for all of the products mentioned except for those marked with a * This in no way affects my opinions  

My top Makeup Revolution/TAM Beauty products from Mattetometallic.com

OK so unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year you’ll have heard of the brand Makeup Revolution. Makeup Revolution is part of the TAM Beauty line owned by Australian “Mr Make-up” Adam Minto, the range also includes the I 💜 Makeup range, Freedom Makeup, LL Makeup Obsession amongst others. 

At the start of this year it was really difficult to get your hands on these products anywhere in Ireland other than from the Makeup Revolution app but slowly throughout the year Revolution and I 💜Makeup stands began to spring up in selected pharmacies throughout the country. Although this is brilliant it doesn’t solve the problems for those who don’t have access to a stand nearby but now Matte to Metallic have a solution for you!! 

Jen & Ciara owners of the Matte to Metallic Studio in Glasnevin both Qualified Makeup Artists that also run their own Makeup Academy have branched out and have introduced their own online store here. The girls stock an extensive range of Makeup Revolution, Freedom Makeup and I 💜 Makeup products in their store with free delivery on all orders over €40. 

I recently attended the official Irish launch of Makeup Revolution in Ireland and finally got to meet these amazing ladies in the flesh. I find them both so inspirational, they’ve achieved so much so quickly and the fact that you can now buy these products online from a store that’s 100% Irish owned and run makes me incredibly happy!! 

So in celebration of these wonderful ladies and this fantastic brand I wanted to show you my top picks from their website. 

I’ve picked a variety of products starting from €10 right up to €100 with lots in between…. Have you seen one of your favourite products in amongst my picks? 

1. Freedom Pro Artist Pad-Studio To Go €22.50

No that’s not a mistake, that actually does say €22.50!!! Can you imagine? For your money you get 32 beautiful eyeshadows in a mixture of matte and shimmer finishes, a blusher, a bronzer and a highlighter all packaged together in this perfect palette ideal for on the go. 

2. Makeup Revolution- The Palette Edit €35.00

So this is my absolute favourite I think, such INCREDIBLE value for money, for €35.00 you get three stunning eyeshadow palettes, a blush palette and a bronze palette. What a truly gorgeous gift for any makeup lover. 

3. Revolution Handbag Hacks- Brow Kit €10.00

What a really fantastic stocking present or even a Kris Kindle present for a friend or colleague. For €10 you get a mesh makeup bag,  a mini trio brow kit and an angled brush. Bargain!! 

4. Revolution Ultra Strobe Balm €12.00

This was the very first product I ever used from Makeup Revolution and I cannot recommend this highly enough. Basically if you want your skin to look more glowy and radiant then this is the product for you. It can be applied over your moisturiser and under your foundation to give your skin a dewy finish or added on top of your foundation on the cheekbones as a highlight. Either way it’s beautiful and it smells absolutely dreamy… A must have IMO!!! 

5. Revolution Highlight & Radiance Palettes €10.99

These two do exactly what they say on the tin. Two separate palettes each contain either three Highlighting Powders or three Radiant Lights Highlighters. I have the Radiance set and it is so beautiful, extremely pigmented and perfect for a fairer complexion like mine. 

6. Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters €3.99 each

If the trio isn’t your thing you also have the option of buying individual highlighters. These Vivid Baked Highlighters are absolutely stunning and are a complete steal for the price. These come in Peach Lights, Golden Lights and Pink Lights. 

7. Freedom Lipstick Collections €7.50

So anybody who frequently reads my blog or follows me on social media knows how OBSESSED I am with lipstick, it is honestly my one big vice so imagine how excited I was to come across these!! A set of 5 Freedom lipsticks for only €7.50, these sets come in six different varieties and lets just say Santa may have gotten an order to deliver some of them here for me on Christmas Eve!!! 

8. I Heart Makeup Death by Chocolate palette €12.00This is just one option from the I Heart Makeup Chocolate Palettes collection, this is the one I have myself, it’s called Death by Chocolate. I cannot say enough about this palette, I’ve used it pretty much every single day since I bought it its so versatile. Really pigmented with a mixture of both shimmer and matte shades included. I’m 100% going to buy more palettes from this range as I think they’re incredible value for money!! 

9. Revolution 12 days of Christmas Storage Set €100.00

OK so obviously this is quite a pricey item BUT if you were to buy this for any makeup lover you’d definitely score major brownie points with them!! 

Included in the box is;

An eye primer,  Aqua Priming Base, Ultra Strobe Cream, Lip Gloss Nude Edit Gift Set, Pro Go Brush Set,  Pro Fix Fixing Spray,  Blush Palette, Pro HD Strobe Palette, Pro HD Brow Palette, Matte Forecast 2017, New New-trals 2017, New Night Shimmers palette. 

Yah I know….. Actual Christmas present goals right there!!!! 

10. Lip Ultra Nude 2017 €10.00

Ok I’m going to end on a bargain…. I have these,  you need them, three absolutely gorgeous Nude lipglosses in three different finishes, One Intense, One Cream and One Shine. They also come in a Vamp collection but these are absolutely DIVINE. Ideal stocking filler or something to pop into the basket for yourself when you’re doing the rest of your shopping. 

Well those are my top picks from the website but trust me these are just the tip of the iceberg. You definitely need to head on over to Matte to Metallic and have a nose and support this amazing Irish Christmas. 

All images courtesy of http://www.mattetometallic.com 

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Makeup Revolution Blush Goddess Blush Palette

So I spent most of October really, really sick, bad times but luckily for me my local Phelans pharmacy in Glanmire had just gotten a brand spanking new Makeup Revolution stand so it really helped to ease the pain!
On one of my many trips to the pharmacy that month I picked up this stunning Blush Goddess Blush Palette. Having never tried any of the Makeup Revolution blush palettes before I chose this one based on swatching the highlighters in it and nearly being blinded by the glow. The palette itself contains four powder blushers ranging from a pale peach to a deep reddish shade and four highlighters. 

Two of the highlighters are semi pearlised so give a very subtle lift and glow to the skin but the other two are full on turn off the lights and I’ll glow highlighters (I really, really love these). I love this palette, in fact I cannot recommend this palette more highly and what incredible value for money!! It cost me €7.79, yup I’m not joking €7.79!!! 

The blushers themselves are highly pigmented, they are so soft and easy to blend and are the type of shades that would suit most skin tones. The more matte highlighters are beautiful and a great alternative to a full on glow just in case that isn’t your thing!! 

The four blusher colours

For me though it’s the two full on highlighters that steal the show here. I absolutely love highlighters and the brighter the better so these do not disappoint. One is a gorgeous frosted baby pink shade and the other is probably one of the brightest golds I’ve ever seen,  this is the one I’ve worn the most since buying the palette and I’m in love!!

The four highlighting shades

As I’ve said already this is my first Makeup Revolution blush palette but it definitely won’t be my last. Makeup Revolution is fast becoming one of the most popular reasonably priced brands in the country and with every new product I try I can really see why. 

Some of the looks I created using the palette

I bought my palette in Phelans Pharmacy Glanmire but Makeup Revolution can be found in selected pharmacies throughout the country or online at Matte to Metallic

Have you tried any other Makeup Revolution products , do you have any recommendations on what to try next? 

 

 

Wet n Wild Autumn ’16

So a few weeks ago I was sent a package from The Publicity Loft full of WetnWild goodies, to say I was ecstatic would be an understatement, WetnWild is one of my favourite makeup brands already so having the opportunity to try some of their newer products excited me greatly!!

Megaglo Contouring Palette €5.95

I’m starting with this one because out of everything that came in the envelope this was the one that excited me the most. I had seen quite a few other bloggers and MUA’s use this including my personal favourite Diane Everett MUA who I have quite a (healthy!!) obsession with!! So firstly it’s a powder product split in two, one side for highlighting the other for contouring . The shade that was sent to me was Dulce de Leche and it was absolutely perfect for my skin tone. This product was everything I hoped it would be, I love it especially the contouring shade it’s so blendable. I’ve used it both on its own and over the Dual-Ended Contour Stick (more about that in a minute) and I loved it both ways. Obviously using it over the cream contouring product intensifies the colour and its perfect if you want a more sculpted look. The only negative I found is the highlighting product didn’t suit me under my eyes but few powder based products do at my age to be honest. It was beautiful on my forehead area and I felt it did a great job brightening me up there. A big thumbs up for this product and I’d have no problem recommending this to anybody.

Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer €5.95

So I’ll start off by saying that I am a big, big fan of eyeshadow primers. As a late 30 something that’s partial to a smokey eye they are my Holy Grail. I’ve tried plenty of them in my time my favourite being the original Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion but at €21 for 10mls it’s not always affordable. My personal opinion is to always have a great back up “dupe” on hand anyway so you don’t have to use your “investment” piece everyday. Enter the Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer. Yah the first time I used this product I thought I was going to hate it, even now I’m not quite sure what I did differently on that first day because on day one it felt like I had just put cement on my eyelids. They felt tight and the primer felt like it was cracking but it was all fine as soon as I put eyeshadow on it. In fact the one big positive I took from that day was how it made the pigment in my shadow pop so that encouraged me to keep going with it. I’m glad I did, I haven’t had the experience since so maybe it was just the first bit coming out of tube that caused it, I’m not sure?! Now I’m really impressed with it, I feel it really makes a difference to the pigment of the shadows you apply and my eye makeup has lasted every bit as long with it as it does with the Urban Decay product….happy days because it’s only a fraction of the price!! Another big thumbs up for this one.

Coverall Coverstick €2.99

At this point I’m going to put my hand up and say that when it comes to concealer I’m such a snob. I would never normally buy or even look at a concealer stick if I’m honest, they always remind me of pound shop makeup!! The one thing that did excite me about this one though was it was from the Coverall range and I have an absolute gra for the Coverall foundation. Coverage with this is excellent, I applied it with a concealer brush as opposed to straight from the tube though and it covered really well. There’s a lovely soft texture to it which I didn’t expect from a concealer in this form I’ve been pleasantly surprised with this one I must say. I was sent shade E802 Medium and even though it looked quite dark, it was perfect on.

Max Fanatic Cat Eye Mascara €5.95

I really don’t know where to start with this one if I’m honest. When I opened it I instantly took a dislike to the wand firstly because it’s plastic (shudder!!) and secondly because it’s a bizarre shape!! There’s a curve on one side which obviously is supposed to help curl the lashes and then the other side is like a comb, maybe to go through the lower lashes individually, I’m really not sure!! When I applied it I was delighted to find that it wasn’t uncomfortable on the eyes like every other plastic mascara wand I’ve ever used so that’s a massive plus and it’s really pigmented, another positive. Now onto the negatives, although the shape of the curved side of the brush does give you a great curl to your lashes they dry a bit “crispy” do you know what I mean? I felt my lashes looked a bit spidery and it flaked a bit as well after being on for a few hours. The other thing I didn’t like was the size of the brush, no matter what I tried I managed to get mascara under my eyes, it was a dose. I stand to be corrected if somebody wants to give me a crash course on how to apply the mascara “properly” but for now I definitely wouldn’t recommend this one I’m afraid.

Ultimate Brow Highlighter €4.50

This is a fab little product to keep in your make up bag on days where you need an eye lift!! A similar product to the Benefit High Brow products it’s a highlighter pencil that you apply under the brow line to shape and lift the brows. It has quite a metallic finish to it I found, perfect for a night out but if you’re looking for a more natural finish then just blend it out with a brush after application to soften out the appearance. A product like this really lifts the eye, making it appear bigger and look more awake and I think this one is a great quality version, well worth the money.

Dual Ended Contour Stick €5.99

I was so excited to see this in the envelope too, I’ve never used anything like it before and was dying to give it a go. There are two sides, hence the name, one which looks almost like a concealer but goes on a lot paler and has a glow to it on the skin and the other darker contouring side. There are instructions on the box to help you with correct application which is great for somebody who isn’t confident with cream contouring. I’ve used this product quite a few times now and I’m quite impressed with it but I would say that when using it the first few times less is more with the contour side. I was sent the shade E7511 Light/Medium but even at that the contour colour is quite dark. Start small and work your way up would be my advice. Just to let you know as well that I blended the highlight side with a beauty blender and I buffed out the contour side using a small oval brush. I found that the highlight worked beautifully under my eyes, I looked really refreshed and glowy and I loved the colour of the contour once I got the hang of how much I needed to use!! I’ve used this product on it’s own and in conjunction with the Megaglo Contouring Palette and they compliment each other really well. Another fab product for your make up bag, a quick, easy and compact way to contour and highlight on the go!!

Wet n Wild products can be found nationwide in selected Penneys and Dunnes Stores. These items were sent to me to try but all of my opinions are my own.