Friday, August 16, 2019

Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid review, before & after photos!

As I hurtle towards my next birthday, I'm looking for all the help I can get in keeping my skin looking fresh as a daisy, both with and without makeup.  I was really looking forward to putting the new Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid to the test when I heard it was launching and hoped that it would illuminate and firm my skin as the bottle says.


With ingredients including chicory and red jania to give firmer, smoother, more luminous and radiant skin after 28 days (I haven't tested it out for that long gals because I have a heap of foundations to review, but if I get a good run at this, I'll definitely update you!) along with Clarins' Skin Tone Optimizing Complex, my face and I were ready for action.  While the before & after photos below were taken today, I've used this about 5-6 times now and from experience, that's enough for me to form an opinion when it comes to foundations.

I was sent two shades, 105 being the closest match to my complexion and it's probably the one I'd have chosen if I went to get colour matched.  The foundation has the traditional Clarins scent and while I can't put my finger on what it is exactly, if you like the scent of your usual Clarins base, you're going to love this.  I think it smells lovely and it dissipates quickly after application.  I've used both a buffing brush and a makeup sponge to apply the Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid and both leave an equally flawless finish.


As you can see in the before and after photo above, two pumps of the foundation gives an even coverage, but it doesn't look like I'm wearing makeup.  As in it looks like skin, just skin that's more evened out and it covers the redness beautifully but without looking heavy or cakey.

The finish is just gorgeous.  Can you see the absolute radiance on my cheek below?  Now with that radiance comes a bit of tackiness, so for oily skinned folk, we might want to powder the centre of our faces, just from a sensation point of view.  I don't like the feeling of a wetter (or moist) foundation but in my testing, I've tried this out with and without powder and I have to say, even without powder it lasts a good 5 hours before I feel the need to take down the shine.  I did find that it sat in my smile lines a bit, but that's ok, I spend a lot of time laughing and smiling in work, so I ain't mad at it.  I would usually powder those bits and when I do, it's grand.

I think if you'd dry skin, you'd love this and if you'd oily, I'd just keep the powder handy for the oil, not for the radiance because the glow is real gals.


Now, the first day I tested it out, I swatched the two shades on the back of my hand, just to get a feel for the texture before deciding how to apply it.  Below is shade 108.5 on the left and 105 on the right and that photo is taken about 15-20 minutes after I first applied them.


I'd a feeling that they looked a bit darker compared to when I first applied them so I wanted to do a little experiment to see if they'd oxidised.  So I removed half of the swatches for both shades and then applied a small amount of each shade again above the older swatches.  There's a decent amount of oxidation (when the foundation comes in contact with oxygen in the air and changes colour), so that's worth noting if you go to get colour matched.


In the photos below, I didn't powder my face or put any bronzer on, I just have the foundation and a bit of blush on the cheeks and the oxidation is less obvious, but it's still there, so I have to make sure to bring the foundation down my neck so that it ends up being the same colour as my face!

But I'm just being picky but also highlight when a foundation oxidises and how it can affect your colour selection.  So go get colour matched on your face, let it sit for half an hour while you do your bits and then see if it's still a good colour for you.


The Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid is out now, it's €40 and comes in 40 shades.  If you're looking for a natural looking, radiant foundation that is a mix of makeup and skincare, then it's most definitely worth checking out!  Watch my Instagram video to see it in action!



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It’s Monday and I’m easing us into it with another This Is Not A Tutorial I was sent the @clarinsofficial Everlasting Youth Fluid last week and while I’ve only worn it a couple of times so far, I think we’re going to get on fabulously. I’m going to review it properly next week as I have some thoughts already, but first impressions are great! Check out the natural finish and gorgeous glow it gives… Full thoughts will be next week. I still love the @flormarireland_uk Bronzing Powder for warming up my complexion and a little goes a long way, so not only will this last for years, but I managed to apply the right amount today! For blush, I picked between two of the new Joli Blushes from Clarins and both of them were made for me! The lighter one is Cheeky Coral and I ended up choosing Cheeky Peach. I love love love these and I’ll talk about them in more detail soon. Keeping things on the Clarins theme, I used one of my all time favourite mascaras, Supra Volume Mascara which gives lots of volume and length. Then I had to choose between two of the new Intense Lip Perfectors from Clarins and I ended up showing them both! The first shade is 17, Intense Maple and it’s my favourite of the two. It’s really wearable and packs a punch in terms of colour payoff. Shade 18 is called Intense Garnet and at first I wasn’t sure about it, but it’s one that takes time to build up to this beautiful jewelled shade. I think I’d use a lip liner with this one to help make things easier and now I want to see what the other two shades from the Intense Lip Perfectors are like! Thanks for watching! #lovelygirliebits #lovelygirliebits1minutevideo #clarinsautumn #naturalmakeuplook #40plusblogger #clarinsireland #everlastingyouthfluid #joliblush #intenselipperfector #clarinsautumnmakeup
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Monday, August 12, 2019

4 travel friendly face palettes to transition into autumn!

You've taken a notion to book a weekend away, or even an overnight stay somewhere and then the important stuff starts.  What products should I bring?  Should I bring my fancy shampoos and conditioners or should I hope for the best with the dry shampoo?  Will one eyeshadow palette do the job or do I need a selection?  And how many nude lipsticks is too much?  Is there such a thing?!

It's ok gals because I'm going to help take away some of the stress because I have four face palettes that look after your bronzer/contour, blush and highlight and in most instances, your eyes too.  If you're someone who finds whittling down their travel makeup bag a doddle, then this post isn't for you, but for those of us who have been known to pack 7kg of products going on holidays for one week, we need all the help and guidance and non judgement as possible ok bye.


First up is the Luna by Lisa Pearl & Glow palette (€20).


If you love a peach blush with a grand bit of shimmer, you're going to love this.  The whole palette has serious colour payoff but I'm telling you, if this blush came in its own pan, I'd be happy out repurchasing it because it's me all over.  I'd love for the three pans, the blush, bronzer and highlight to be the same size so I don't feel like I'm rationing the two smaller pans, but I'm totally being picky and I think that's because I tend to only use a light wash of highlight when I'm doing my makeup.  The bronzer is lovely and warm, blends like a dream and that highlight is a beautiful champagne shade with a slight pink tone to it.  The eyelighter (the swatch on the right below) is pale gold perfection and I've been known to wear that as a highlight on the cheeks and as a wash of colour all over the lid with the bronzer in the crease.  The palette has been reduced to €20 now and is well worth picking up.


Watch the video below to see it in action.





I love a multifunctional beauty product and the Pearl & Glow Face Palette from @lunabylisa is just gorgeous! The bronzer is cool enough to be used as a contour and warm enough to be used as a bronzer. The blush is me in blush form. Peachy and shimmer and glowy and beautiful! As for the highlight, that’s the star of the show and the sheen it leaves on my skin is stunning. The only part of it that I haven’t used as much is the eyelighter and that’s just because I forget πŸ™ˆ I don’t use shimmery shades on my brow bone but like using them on the inner corner (when I think of it). It’s available now and is well worth the €30 in my opinion. Stick it on your Christmas wish list wha! Tag your pal who needs a little nudge for gift inspo this year πŸ˜‚ #lovelygirliebits #lovelygirliebits1minutevideo #lunabylisa #facepalette #christmasgiftguide
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The Misslyn Travel Kit All in One Palette in Globetrotter (€16) totally surprised me and I used it for the first time in one of my Instagram videos which you can see below.


The blush and bronzer aren't as pigmented as Luna, but if you're someone (me) who can tend to overapply their product, then something that's lighter and buildable is worth checking out.  This palette has the addition of a mattifying powder which is so finely milled and whenever I use it, I watch it blur my face right before my eyes.  It's a deadly palette and the only thing I'd change is for it to have one lid for all four products rather than having the two.  It makes it a bit more faffy when trying to use the powder because I generally hold the palette in my left hand when doing my makeup and can't keep the lid open.


See the Misslyn palette in action below.






Tonight’s This Is Not A Tutorial features some new products tried for the first time on camera and if there’s anything you want a more in depth review of, let me know! The Vichy Mineralblend in Shade 01 gives a gorgeous glow to the skin with light to medium coverage. I can’t wait to give it a proper go over the next little while and will report back! The Misslyn Travel Kit is one of the handiest products I’ve tried in a while with its bronzer, blush, highlight and setting powder, all for €13.95. It’s fab! I am obsessed with the Kiko Super Colour Waterproof Eyeliners and the shade 116 is my favourite thing I bought when I was in Spain. I can do a proper flick with these guys and now I want more shades! My Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara will come as no surprise to those who have been here for a while and it’s one of my all time favourites. And for the lips, I wanted to show the Clarins Joli Rouge Lacquers in action after being sent four of them. I applied them in the following order: 705L Soft Berry 757L Nude Brick (my fave of the four) 760L Pink Cranberry 762L Pop Pink Thanks for watching!
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The SoSu by SJ Sunset Glow Palette (€12.95) is for the bronze goddesses out there and if you love a gold highlight, then look no further.  It's a stunner and is the cheapest of the four.


The blush has more pink in it than the previous two but still leans on the peach side and the bronzer gives the most beautiful sheen to the skin and warms up my complexion in seconds.  This is the smallest of the palettes here so it's perfect for keeping in the handbag and the bronzer in the crease and highlight on the centre of the eye means that it's versatile it's fierce handy.  That highlight is like butter on the skin and if you're looking for a solid no fuss palette that doesn't take up much space in the handbag, then this is worth checking out.


Watch the video below to see the Sunset Trio palette in action!







Oh what’s that, another ridey summer face that took me minutes to do?! Tonight’s This Is Not A Tutorial features a heap of new products that I got sent by @thebeautybasketie recently for a job and while the collaboration is over, I still wanted to film a video and show them in action (PS I still have a discount code with them if you want 15% off 😜 it’s KAREN15 ) (not an affiliate, not an ad, just saving you a few bob!) Back to the products at hand and yes, I love me a natural glowy bronzey look that takes minimal effort 😍 The gorge @sarahkearymakeup sent me her 9 Piece Professional Make-Up Brush Set when I was away on holidays and it literally contains every brush you’d need for a full face and comes in a really handy case. Tis only fab 😍 I started by using the Foundation Brush to work my @sculptedbyaimee Beauty Base into my skin and this is just beautiful on. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tacky or anything, just nice and radiant and ready for the foundation. I used the same brush to apply the new @flormarireland_uk HD Invisible Cover Foundation which sits beautifully on my skin before going in with the @flormarireland_uk Contour & Conceal Stick in Medium, buffing it in with the Contour Brush. I love an aul cream contour and this one blends easily into the skin. I needed a little somethin’ somethin’ on the cheeks so applied the blush from the @sosu_bysuzannejackson Sunset Trio Palette with the Powder Brush and then used the same brush to apply the highlight from the same palette. That’s such a whopper palette for travelling bridies. To finish the look, I dusted a small amount of the @flormarireland_uk Invisible Loose Powder to the centre of my face and any parts that tend to get oilier in the summer and I was good to go! Thanks so much for watching! #lovelygirliebits #lovelygirliebits1minutevideo #flormar #sarahkearymakeup #sosubysj #budgetbeauty #beautybasket #summermakeup #40plusblogger
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Finally we have the SoSu by SJ x Rosie Connolly Radiant Magic palette (€29.95) the newest to join my collection.


This has the most shades of the four with two bronzers, two blushes and two highlights.  I've done a YouTube video showing it in action that I'll link below but this is such a well thought out and versatile palette that I've been wearing on the face and eyes and see that shade Cinnamon?  That's a really close dupe for Urban Decay's Riff which is one of my all time favourite shadows ever.  If you watch the video you'll see that I was very pleasantly surprised with the pink blush and you might know I rarely wear pinks but this is stunning!









Thanks to my work pal Kim for inspiring me to do this post.  She messaged me the day before her holiday asking which of the palettes I'd recommend so that led to an in-depth Whatsapp chat where I sent her photos of the swatches and all.  I'm fierce kind what can I say.

What's your favourite face palette at the moment?



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Monday, July 22, 2019

Eight summer fragrances to help beat the heat!

In the summer, I'm rarely without a bottle or two of perfumes in my handbag, because there's nothing better than being roasting and feeling gross, only to change everything with a few spritzes of my favourite scent.




This is a must have for me and as I'm on my third bottle now, this is true love all year round, but mostly in the summer.  If you love really clean, powdery smelling scents, then this is worth checking out and on days where I've been running around like a mad thing, or when I've made bad clothing choices and have roasted so much, a couple of spritzes of this and all is well in the world again.  It helps me feel refreshed, uplifted and I can't be without it.




Some day I'll stop harping on about this fragrance.  Today is not that day.  This is in my handbag at the moment and was part of a gift set that Rituals gave me before Christmas.  I'd been saving it for when the days got hot and I needed help cooling down. I've been lashing it on like a good thing on the heavy, muggy days and the soothing floral scent instantly gives me that much needed pick me up on clammy days, on sunny days, you name it!  As I've mentioned before, this is my favourite product from Rituals from my favourite range and when I finish this bottle, I'll be buying another one.  I wore it on Joanne and Will's wedding day when I was running around like a mad thing and I can't be without it.  Obsessed.



This is a summer evening scent to me.  It's floral, woody and musky, but without being too heavy.  It kind of has Turkish Delight vibes but isn't too sweet.  In saying that though, I prefer lighter, fresher notes during the day.  But if you're heading out this summer and those summer days turn into summer nights, the nights where the sunsets are whopper, the drinks are flowing and before you know it, it's bright again, then this is the perfume for you.  It's the most affordable of the bunch too and has made me want to try the rest of the range.



This is my fancy perfume and it was a present from Joanne and Will from a couple of years ago.  This smells like summer to me.  Fancy summer.  A summer where I'm swanning around the place wearing floaty clothes, (maybe a couple of items are white because in this fancy parallel universe, I don't spill), my hair is beachy and tousled, not stuck to the back of my neck, I'm able to drink more than one Aperol spritzes without feeling scuttered, and this is all made possible in my imagination thanks to this perfume.  Yes there are a few similar dupes of this out there, but there's something special about the packaging and the luxury of it and yes, I'm totally rationing it out.  If you love your citrusy, holiday-y fragrances, you're going to love this and I am going to make this last years!



Nuxe = summer.  And that's a fact.  The Nuxe Delicious Fragrant Water is beachy and tropical and if you want to be transported instantly to an island far far away, then this is your only man. It has notes of orange, coconut and tiare flowers with vanilla and musk in the background, all combining to smell like holidays.  This is my second bottle of the stuff and if you love light summery scents that you can wear all day, then check this out and thank me later.  I have since brought this bottle into the office and we're all smelling gorgeous, gorgeous I tell you!



The L'Occitane Verbena Sorbet is described as a unisex fragrance that mixes the bright lime and grapefruit notes with mint and verbena, giving a truly refreshing hit when things are feeling clammy.  I prefer this over the regular verbena scents which smell pure lemony to me and I love how the mint helps cool me down, without being too overpowering or sweet.  This is like a cool shower on a sweaty hot muggy day and I'm loving it!



Daisy Love Eau So Sweet from Marc Jacobs is aimed at those who love sweet, light scents while I don't tend to go for sweeter smelling perfumes, this has enough floral notes to stop it from me feeling like I'm ready to attract all the bees.  It has top notes including raspberry and bergamot, a heart of daisy tree petals and jasmine milk and a base of sugar mask and white iris woods. It's one of my favourite Daisy fragrances to have been launched in a while and while it's a gorgeous fragrance, it's the one I've been reaching for the least, just because the bottle isn't handy for me to pop in my bag.  So it's definitely one for the vanity for me, but is well worth remembering to apply before you head out!



The Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime is for those of us who love our citrusy scents.  This one has notes of coconut too, so not only do I get the mood boosting effect of lime, but the coconut makes me feel like I'm on holidays when in fact I'm standing on a Dart where nobody, not one person, has thought to open the window.  Thankfully this has hints of mint as well to help cool me down.  A 100ml bottle will set you back €110 and 200mls is €165 while the handbag friendly one I have is €60 for 30mls.






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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 collection, review & swatches!

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Sometimes, when I've nothing else to be doing, I like to think about what it would be like to have a lipstick named after me.  What would she look like?  What would she be called?  Would she be glossy or matte?  And would I be able to use a swipe up link to sell it? #affiliate #ad #sp #wishfulthinking

While that will never happen, I've got the Hot Lips 2 collection from Charlotte Tilbury to distract me and keep me busy.  Inspired by 11 incredible icons, none of which are me, Charlotte has created a whopper collection with some nudes, neutrals and some packing a bit more of a punch.   Charlotte has teamed up with Women for Women International and has pledged £1,000,000 from the Hot Lips 2 sales to this charity.



I've got a lot of photos to show you and have a video at the bottom of the post showing all of the shades in action on my lips and on my hand, hopefully helping you decide which of the shades might be the one!  Some of the lipsticks have the KISSING formulas while others have the Matte Revolution formulas.  All feel dreamy and creamy on, some are more glossy while others have a more matte finish, but none are drying or cakes.  Let's get stuck in shall we?



Dancefloor Princess was inspired by Kylie Minogue and is described as being a pretty, cool-girl pink.   I must not be cool because I think this is a bit pale for my complexion, but it's really comfortable on and is one for those who love their nudey pinks.


Angel Alessandra is one for the peachy nude lovers and is lovely and warm on me.  I think it would look better on me with a tan or a bit more bronzer, but no matter what, I'll never look remotely like Alessandra Ambrosio, but that's ok.


I'm in love with In Love With Olivia.  Inspired by Olivia Palermo, this is a really flattering pink to wear.  It's got elements of mauve and has a dusky hint to it, and it's one of my favourites.


If you're after something a bit more daring, channel your inner Susan Sarandon, and rock Red Hot Susan.  This is wonderfully opaque, feels lovely on the lips and is a great one for red lovers this summer.


JK Magic is described as a nude-rose lipstick, but on me, it's just nude.  Nudey McNuderson wingardium leviosaaaa.  It looks paler in real life compared to the photo below and I think it's a shade  I'd have to wear with a liner, just to give my lips a birra definition.  But I love the creamy finish on it so I do.  PS It's totally inspired by JK Rowling in case you didn't get it.


I'm being very gracious here when I say that I don't hold it against Sofia Vergara for marrying my future husband Joe Manganiello.  Her lipstick, Viva La Vergara is a grand shade of wine and will be rocking my world in the autumn no doubt.  But is she really happy with Joe, that's what I want to know.


Carina's Star is inspired by Hong Kong actress Carina Lau and even though I don't know who she is, I think we could be pals because she has great taste in lipsticks.  This shade is a wearable and not too in your face peachy coral that was made for me.


Glowing Jen was inspired by Rachel Green.  Or Jennifer Aniston, whichever.  I think it's my favourite of the whole collection because it's a wearable tawny rosey browny shade that's really hard to describe but will be a permanent fixture in my handbag.


I knew I was going to love Amazing Amal, inspired by Amal Clooney, as soon as I saw it in action on Charlotte's instagram feed.  It's a shade that instantly makes my eyes look greener and if you love your berry lipsticks, you're going to love this one.


I love that Patsy Red was inspired by Charlotte's Mam and I need to investigate this Patsy some more because she must be great craic if she was turned into a red lip!  This is more of a true statement red compared to Red Hot Susan.


As I type out this post, I realise that I never took a photo wearing Enigmatic Edward, inspired by Vogue's Editor in Chief Edward Enninful.  It's a hydrating lip conditioner that feels comfortable on and has shea butter, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera in it, everything that my poor scaldy lips need!

And there we have the photos.  Click the video below to see me applying each shade to my hand and lips and I talk you through my four favourites from the range.  Each of the lipsticks are €35 each and refills are €23 online only.

Which is your favourite?

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Four of the best SPFs for the face!

I know I'm always harping on about wearing SPF every day, but now that it's summer, it's even more important to wear it daily!  We will ignore the fact that it's not stopped raining in ages and will hope that summer will appear soon.  But even still, on cloudy days we should still be wearing SPF because the UVA rays can still do damage through the clouds.  I thought by doing this post, it might keep the hope alive that we will see the sun soon!

With sun screens, both for the face and body, it's important to apply them a good 15 minutes before heading outside.  For days where I'm going to be mainly working indoors, I don't tend to reapply but when I'm in Spain, I make sure to reapply my SPF every couple of hours.  I have Skin Type I so I'm not going to risk getting burned now (I've done that enough times over the years!)


I brought four sun creams to Spain with me when I was there last month and got to test them out properly in the sun.  Speaking of which, remember what it was like to have the sun?  Ah good times.  I thought with the Junior & Leaving Certs recently, we'd at least have a bit of a reason to be able to enjoy the weather, alas they all had the last laughs on us...

Anyway, here are four SPFs that I tried in Spain last month!


La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Fluid SPF50+ is aimed that those with sensitive skin and promises to be waterproof, sweat-proof and sand-proof too.  I'm so not a beach person so I can't say if it's sand-proof, but I think even if I was, I'd still reapply this every couple of hours just to be on the safe side.  I love the Anthelios range from La Roche-Posay and have tried out most of them over the years.  This one needs to be shaken to mix all of the ingredients up and has a really watery consistency, so make sure not to apply too much into your hands which I did a few times myself.  It doesn't leave any white residue on my skin and absorbs quickly enough, but leaves a sheen on my face, so this might be better for those with dry skin types.  Or if you're oily like myself, apply a matte primer under your foundation or better yet, just go for a matte foundation and you'll be grand.


Next up is the Clarins Dry Touch Sun Care Cream SPF30.  I used both this one and the SFP50 version when I was in Spain and enjoyed the two of them, leaving them with Mam for the rest of her holiday and she loved them too being a Clarins Super Fan!  Clarins have launched a whole new sunscreen range this year for the face and body, and are safe for the coral reefs and oceans, with them removing the ingredients that harm them.  While the Dry Touch creams didn't quite dry matte on me, they don't leave a white cast on the skin and makeup sits really nicely over them too, but if you're oily, I'd definitely powder over your makeup just to be on the safe side.


This year P20 launched a facial SPF 30 which promises to give up to 10 hours protection.  Now, with me, because I've been burned over the years through my very own fault by not putting enough SPF on and not reapplying, out of pure habit, I always reapply my sun protection every few hours when I'm in Spain, especially if I'm going to be out for the day.  See I don't trust myself enough to put enough on and then go galavanting for the day, so I can't say if it lasts the 10 hours, but I always recommend if in doubt, lash a bit more on during the day, especially if you've been in the water and have dried your face off with a towel.  I've been using it loads here in Ireland and love it because it sinks into the skin quickly, it feels really hydrating on and my makeup goes on perfectly over it.


Finally we have one of my favourites, the Image Skincare Prevention+ SPF 32 Daily Matte Moisturiser.  It's been a couple of years since I had my first tube of this and I can't remember how matte it was,  but this one definitely felt less matte on my skin when I was in Spain.  Here in Ireland it seems to dry down a bit more, but I wanted to make a note of it.  This Image SPF is your moisturiser and SPF in one and as well as that, it decreases the damaging effects of the sun thanks to the presence of antioxidants.  And because this is a two in one, it's great for those who are trying to condense their makeup bags when going on holidays and they do full sized versions and have a smaller version in a travel set.

Those are just a handful of the SPFs that are on the market at the moment.  Check out this post from last year where I went through some more, and whatever you do this summer, make sure to look after your skin in the sun!


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Monday, June 17, 2019

Bobbi Brown Summer 2019 review, photos, swatches, video!

I think the Bobbi Brown Summer 2019 collection is 76% of the reason I'm able to cope with the bad weather we've been having and the complete lack of sunshine.  The products are distracting me with their beauty and for that, I'm fierce grateful!  I was sent some of the limited edition products, so if you see anything you like, I'd hop on them quickly as they're going to be gone soon.

The first time I opened the Bobbi Brown Infrared palette, I fell in love because these shades were made for me.  I will never tire of warm toned eyeshadows and this has a really beautiful range of shades that makes it nice and versatile, thus justifying why it's ok to have another palette like this.

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I hoped the shades would swatch as nicely as they looked and the did.  Ooh they big fat did.  There's a few mattes in the palette, with the majority of the shades being metallic shimmers that work best on me when applied with the fingers or with a wet brush.  They're soft, buttery and a joy to use.  And the mattes are just as joyful to use too.  If you're looking for an eyeshadow palette for your summer holidays, or if you're not going away this year and need to treat yourself because the sun doesn't exist here in Ireland right now, then you're going to want to check it out.


I mentioned the High Shine Liquid Eyeshadows on Instagram recently and I'm still using them loads. They've got a really runny texture thanks to the water based formula that feels cooling on the eyes when first applied.  Make sure to shake these really well before using them and wipe off any excess on the side of the tube before getting stuck in.  They take a couple of minutes to fully dry and during that time, it's best not to look up if you've applied them to the lids or else you'll have transfer.  Once you remember to shake the tubes to mix up all of the pigment, you'll be grand, but you'll see if you forget to do that, they'll be really sheer and patchy.


In the photo below, from left to right we have shade Copperhead, Gold Fusion and Molten Petal.  There's one more shade that I'm sure is equally as wearable as these.  Of course Copperhead is my favourite of the three because it's a green eyed girl's dream!


Next up we have the Bronzing Duo in Medium and Santa Barbara.  There's a lighter duo too for those with paler complexions.


Even though this is the darker of the duos, it suits my skin tone perfect and that blush?  Well that's summer radiance right there.  The bronzer is nice and cool toned, perfect for sculpting out some much needed cheekbones for me and the blush has the ideal balance of peach and gold for me.


I filmed a one minute video showing the palette and liquid eyeshadows in action if you fancy taking a look and will show the bronzing duo in an upcoming video!  There are some highlights in the collection too that I need to check out, so make sure to have a look next time you're at the counter.

Well played Bobbi Brown, you played a blinder this summer!



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Happy Friday! Today’s This Is Not A Tutorial features some lovely summer eyes and lips - let’s get stuck in! I used the eye brushes from the @sarahkearymakeup Brush Set (Sarah has given me a code for yis lovelygirlybits10 for 10% off and lads the brushes are just gorgeous, so soft 😍 I absolutely love the Infra-Red palette from @bobbibrownuk and have been using it loads since they sent it. The mattes are soft and have great colour payoff and the shimmers pack a punch too once applied with a finger. I wanted to show you the @bobbibrownuk High Shine Liquid Eyeshadow in Copperhead in action as it’s the one I’ve been reaching for the most. Make sure to give the bottle a good shake to mix up the pigment! I apply it from the wand before blending the edges with a brush and fan my eyes to make sure it dries. These are so beautiful on. The mascara is also courtesy of @bobbibrownuk - the Smokey Eye Mascara and it’s one of my all time favourites 😍 I wanted to swatch three of the new lip offerings from @loccitane_uk_ire starting with the Fruity Lip Perfector, a balm that changes colour depending on your lip’s pH and on me it turns a gorgeous light pink. Next was the Fruity Lipstick in Provence Sunset which is an easy to wear pinky peach and these have a lot of moisture to them and slip too, so for a stronger shade like the last one, Red-y to play, you might need a lip liner. These are all in stores now along with other shades too that I need to check out and swatch. Happy Friday and thanks for watching! #lovelygirliebits #lovelygirliebits1minutevideo #bobbibrown #loccitane #summermakeup #irishbeautyblogger #40plusblogger
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