Depop Discovery

So I have discovered a lovely little app that I have become a little bit obsessed with. It’s called Depop and it’s full of gorgeous treasures! I’m there and I’m selling my pre-loved and unworn wardrobe staples along with some brand new beauty bargains. Please follow me and say hi too so I can find you and follow 🙂

Search: @blushbanter on Depop. 💜✌️ Natalie x

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NYX Make-up Setting Spray

I’m a bit of a newby to make-up setting sprays, but since discovering them earlier this year, I’m always interested in finding new ones to try. I have a favourite so far, which I’ll do a post on soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to mention another one I’ve come across and am interested in checking out!

I’ve met some beauty bloggers who use them on a daily basis, but I find they come in very useful when you’re heading out for an evening or are heading to a wedding. They help keep your make-up fresh throughout the day, and if they have enough staying-power, will save you having to top up when you’re too busy having a good time to think about powdering your nose!

The NYX make-up setting spray is a new one, but what’s interesting is that it comes in both a matte shine-free finish (for those oily skin types!) or a dewy fresh glow. NYX promises that their sprays are lightweight and comfortable but work hard at the same time to ensure your make up stays put.

So how do you use them? You shake, spray and set. That’s pretty much it! Both setting sprays by NYX are available in pharmacies nationwide and are priced at €9.99 – a good price if you’re going to be using the spray at weekends or on those important days when you need to look freshly made up!

While I can’t say how well the NYX one works, I can let you know that setting sprays are well worth having in your beauty bags. Let me know if you try it out anytime soon, and what you think!

MAKE UP SETTING SPRAY - DEWY FINISHLONG LASTING, EURO 9.99 MAKE UP SETTING SPRAY - MATTE FINISHLONG LASTING, EURO 9.99

 

Autumn in New York

I’ve mentioned my fondness for Jessica nail products in previous posts, but I had to give a little mention to the new autumn collection, even though I’ve yet to try them! Each season, Jessica releases a new colour collection and there is always one I am looking forward to trying. This autumn, the ‘Autumn in New York’ collection (and if that doesn’t tempt you…) is one of the most colourful of the recent lines, and of course, it’s inspired by the season in the Big Apple. The new collection features six new shades;

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Soho in Love – a pale pink with great nude undertones (this is the one on my shopping list!)

NY State of Mind – a blue-tones steel grey creme

Broadway Bound – a bright red almost coral with a slight shimmer

Mad for Madison – an espresso deep rich brown

Meet at the Plaza – a wearable evergreen

Blue Harlem – an opulent navy blue

Each polish is priced at €12.95 and are available from salons nationwide or online at http://www.frenchbeautyroom.com.

Rocky Horror Lipstick Show

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I can’t quite believe I’m mentioning ‘Halloween’ but I am. Purely because there is lipstick being launched by MAC in time for Halloween and I want it. You would think there would be enough shades of red lipsticks in the world, but it seems there’s always room for one more. Its title might seem scary, and a little on the ‘warpaint/Halloween face painting’ side of things, but in actual fact, the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ collection being released by MAC next month looks fab.

The new collection has been inspired by the old Halloween classic and is all about individuality and fantasy. While I have my eye on this particular lipstick, the whole collection features a number of lipstick shades, lip pencils, lashes and an eye shadow palette, blush and powders, liquid liners and glitters and pigments.

This particular lipstick is a dark blue-red called ‘Sin Deep’. And I love the packaging! I’m not completely sure of the pricing but will update the post as soon as I find out!

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Gel Nails at home!

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Like any beauty treatment, it was only a matter of time before it became possible to do a DIY 2-week manicure from your own home. And with the latest product to emerge from the Sally Hansen range, this could be the perfect way of getting longer lasting chip-free nails from your own beauty bag.

Sally Hansen are launching their ‘Miracle Gel’ polish this week, and it’s the first salon-quality two-week manicure available to buy at retail. A part polish, part gel-manicure, the new polish promises it will deliver up to 14 days of lasting colour and shine in just two easy steps:

– Apply 2 coats of Miracle Gel Colour Coat, followed by Miracle Gel Top Coat.

And ta-dah! There’s no need for LED or UV light as the top coat dries in natural light, and it can be removed with normal acetone and non-acetone nail polish remover. Meaning no soaking, filing (or for the bold ones, peeling!)

There will be 18 colours in the Sally Hansen range and they’ll be hitting shelves on September 12 – available to buy from pharmacies, grocery stores and department stores across Ireland.

Miracle Gel Colour costs €9.99 and the Top Coat costs €9.99. Duo packs will also be available for €14.99 from mid-September.

Brooke Shields for MAC

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If you haven’t already heard about MAC’s latest collaboration, you might be surprised to learn that Brooke Shields is the latest celeb to sign up to the make-up brand. This is an interesting one – mainly due to the fact that MAC normally collaborate with the more edgier types such as Rihanna/Hello Kitty. But I like it! Brooke seems a bit more realistic to me and we can pretty much tell, before ever seeing her product line, that her collaboration will be wearable and everyday make-up.

The line launches this October and the idea behind it is that is flattering for all skin tones but all skin age groups too. Brooke herself is 49 years old and its clear she was involved a huge amount in the production of the line. It has classic beauty written all over it! While most people flock to MAC for the more edgier, trendier beauty bag pieces, I’m delighted this line is filled with natural but classy beauty bits. The line includes a 15-pan eye shadow palette (full of really wearable shades – I’m wanting this!), blush duos, a five-piece eye shadow palette, lip colours, lip glasses, bronzers and nail lacquers, among a few other things. And the collection stands out too – with its own sophisticated orange and grey packaging.

I got a quick glimpse recently of some of the products set to hit counters next month – and here are some pics!

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Youngblood Cosmetics Eyeshadow Quad

I have found some brand new eye shadows that I really love! For any of you who have yet to hear of Youngblood Cosmetics, it is a brand that I have wanted to try for a long time and finally have. I never grow tired of hearing about celebrities’ favourite products and Youngblood is one that is already loved by the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow. Celebs have so many beauty products, brands and talented artists to hand, that it really is worth taking notes when they start praising one in particular.

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Youngblood Cosmetics launched in Ireland in late 2013 but while it’s relatively new around these parts, it has been around much longer Stateside. It’s a mineral brand and all their products are made of natural ground minerals from the earth, without any chemicals, dyes or preservatives. It’s also free of talc, oil and fragrance and while I’ve yet to try Youngblood’s foundations (just give me time!) they’re good for the skin too – all types in fact; including skin recovering from chemical peels or skin experiencing rosacea, acne or discolouration.

The eyes hadow quads are something I’ve heard a lot about from other beauty bloggers so I was excited about trying them out. This one, pictured below, is one of the more popular quads, and is called ‘Moulin Rouge’. The quad includes four colours, including ‘Can-Can’, ‘Revue’, ‘Cabarets’ and ‘Red Light’. I really love a natural smokey eye and that’s definitely the look you’ll get when using a combination of these four colours.

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‘Revue’ is great as a colour base, when applied across the whole eye, but it also works well as a highlighter too. It looks really great when used under the brow and helps achieve the more ‘arched’ look too. ‘Can-Can’ is a really nice subtle light brown colour, which looks great for a natural look if used just with ‘Revue’. But I’m a big fan of using certain orange shades which work really on a blue eye, so I loved ‘Red Light’, a burnt orange shade that comes in the palette. To finish off the real ‘smokey’ look, ‘Cabarets’ is a dark brown shade, perfect for the crease line and lower lash line to darken the smokey look.

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Often when I buy an eye shadow quad, I end up using just one or two of the shades, as it’s rare I like all four colours. But I have to say I loved Moulin Rouge and continue to wear all four shades together when I’m creating a smokey eye look with this palette. While I love the colours, and the fact that the product is not only good for your skin, but cruelty free too – so it’s not tested on animals – what I really liked was how easily they were applied.

I usually have to layer up a look with eye shadows, but these are really pigmented and I literally needed to gently tap my brush on the eye shadows to gain colour. They went on really easily and blended like a dream. Which is great as it means you use less colour, and the palette lasts longer. It comes in great packaging, simple and understated but pretty too, and it’s small enough that you can carry it in your handbag or easily take it with you for a weekend away!

The quads are priced at €39 each, which for such well-pigmented eye shadows that will last a long time, is a decent price. There are plenty of other colours available (see here) and I have my eye on a few, including the ‘Gemstone Quad’. I also like the look of the brand’s individual shadows too, along with the Youngblood mini brush set and the liquid liner pens. So much to discover!

Youngblood Cosmetics can be purchased on www.closer2fabulous.ie. For more information on Youngblood Cosmetics, visit www.ybskin.com or view Youngblood Cosmetics Ireland on Facebook