Eyeshadow, Make-up, Palettes, Previews/Launches, Reviews, Urban Decay

REVIEW | Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette

IMG_8930 (1) Gwen is synonymous with cool. In my world Gwen is also synonymous with teenage heartbreak, oh yes I was that teenager you heard crying her eyes out to Don’t Speak after a boy I liked for 3 whole days kissed someone called Vicky at the local disco (*rolls on the floor laughing at that memory). Thankfully my taste in boys improved somewhat albeit after a few disasters ha, but I remained a Gwen fan. I mean she sampled Maria from The Sound of Music, the woman just ticks all my boxes.

Anyway back to the BEAUTEOUS palette…

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THE PACKAGING
Yes. I would leave it at that but I would imagine you are looking for more from me. This is my favourite UD palette packaging so far; black and white graphic prints with gold accents. It’s elegant and cool at the same time. The lid is dimensional rather that a print, I don’t know that appeals to me but there you have it. Attention to detail. The box also doesn’t rattle around like some of the precious ones. Gwen also names the shades; Anaheim – where Gwen grew up, 1987 – the year No Doubt formed and Bathwater -after one of her songs.

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THE SHADES
12 of the 15 shades are new and exclusive to this palette. There are a few decent mattes swell (Woo hoo!!) as well as a mix of satins, metallics and shimmer. My first reaction when I saw the palette was of surprise. I expected bright, edgy colours for edgy looks from Gwen, instead this offering would work for everyone. There’s something there for every look, from work to a big night out.

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Swatch time!

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  • BLONDE Pale beige with pink iridescent shift. Pigmented and very smooth. Lovely to work with.
  • BATHWATER Pale beige with gold pearl. Warm with a slight frost finish.
  • SKIMP Pale nude satin. Silky and finely milled. It’s a touch more powdery that the other shades but still beautiful and easy to work with .
  • STEADY Medium rose with metallic gold shift. Very pretty warm metallic coppery sheen. Wears well.
  • PUNK Reddish brown matte. This looks plum to me, good pay-off. Easy to work with despite being harder to the touch that some of the other shadows.

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  • BABY Cool metallic rose. Soft, easy to blend with a pretty sparkle.
  • ANAHEIM Light taupe-brown matte. Good pigmentation and creamy texture which makes it very easy to work with.
  • STARK Nude-pink matte. This is a little more powdery but it’s finely milled and easy to work with.
  • ZONE  Medium brown matte. Love this one, a beautiful matte that is easy to blend. Great pigmentation.
  • SERIOUS Smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl. Soft and easy to apply with a pretty fine shimmer.IMG_9836
  • POP Pale coral with iridescent sparkle. Looks amazing in the pan but this was my least favourite. This is sparkly and harder to work with, I find it shifts when you blend so instead I patted it on the lid over some base and it held better. Be prepared for fall-out if you by-pass a base.
  • HARAJUKU Metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer. Has a frosted sheen and a little sparkle. It’s not as intense as you would imagine but is still  pretty.
  • DANGER Deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle.
  • 1987 Bright metallic yellow-gold. My favourite! This is so creamy and buttery, it goes on like a dream.
  • BLACKOUT Blackest matte. Great pigmentation, creamy and easy to work with.

My favourites so far are 1987, Zone and Baby. With Pop and Harajuku being my least favourite, but I still like them all. Steady is also very lovely and stays as vibrant as it applies as it wears. Oh and I love Anaheim as a contour shade for my cheekbones too.

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PRICE & AVAILABILITY
The palette comes in at €46 which is fairly decent for 15 shades. They are available now from Debenhams and House of Fraser.

So apparently Gwen has been in the biz since 1987, how does she still look like that? And can I have some of whatever it is for my Birthday please??

Wind it up! Yodelay yodelay yodeloh, hey!

Anyone liking it?

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General, Health & Wellbeing

Mind, Body & Cleanse

Uzturs-sirds-veselibaiI have been a naughty blogger but I am back in action! Just in time for new years resolutions, waah! So it’s January, I feel like a City Council bin. It’s time for change, ugh. Around this time every year I embark on a mission to re-balance myself, to calm my anxious ways and restore a feeling of vitality… it sounds like a lot of work. I am generally quite a healthy person but this year I really do need a kick in the backside. I run a bit and enjoy pilates but when it comes to what I put in my body I have become quite slack. When it comes to well-being I would get a D- for effort.

So I have dutifully armed myself with some healthy eating cookbooks, signed myself up to the coaching section of the Nike Run app and have decided I should probably start some sort of meditation. I was forwarded information on a class on Mind, Body & Cleanse in SPACE NK so thought I would share it.

Space NK is hosting the class as part of their Beautifully Balanced campaign aimed at restoring well-being and focusing on well-being. I could do with some of that I tell you.

The class covers breathing practice, goal setting meditation and visualisation and pressing fresh whole plant foods essential for well-being and beauty. The evening is hosted by wellness expert Chris James.

Tickets are €15 and are redeemable against any purchase on Chris James in store on the night. With the campaign Space NK are launching 9 new brands aimed at well-being, I need to explore these a little but I will get back to you with the newbies.

Full details: Wednesday 20th January; 01 6778615 to book. Tickets are €15 redeemable against Chris James products on the night.

I’m in!

Now step away from the chocolate cake Dillon!

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Haircare / Styling, Pureology

Get Stronger Longer Hair | Pureolgy

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If you have damaged, fine hair I have finally found a product that will make you fabulous! Pureology Strength Cure Micro-scarred Colour damaged hair. When I see products for damaged hair I assume they will weigh down my already fine hair. These products do no such thing *enter high five woo hoo at your leisure*. We have found a winner. Continue Reading

Haircare / Styling, Matrix

Get Stronger, Longer Hair | Matrix Oil Wonders

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I know I have been on the missing list! Life has been demanding of late. But today I found myself oohing and aahing over a much-loved hair product. Yesterday I was covering myself in a new foundation thinking I really need to get back online and have a rave about this. The day previous I almost electrocuted myself with a beauty appliance and my first thought was blog rant! In short, I am missing you guys something terrible. So I’m back. Back to ranting and raving and my usual waffle. Man I’ve missed it!

Let the raving begin…

Oh holy silky hair heaven! A hair product I have obsessed with lately  at the moment is the Matrix Oil Wonders Indian Amala Strengthening Oil. I needed to try it well because, well my hair was a mess of breakage and dryness. It is supposed to invigorate and renew weakened hair leaving it feel 4 times stronger and if anyone needs stronger hair it’s me *sobs into hands after removing giant wad of hair from brush*.

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I won’t beat around the bush today, holy shamazingness! This stuff is just made for my hair. I was using it before I had my extensions put in and have continued using it from mid-length down with my Gold Fevers. My own hair has been falling out due to hormone imbalance and stress over the past year, it was damaged and brittle but because it was so fine most hair oils were a little heavy. My hair would look great on the day I washed and styled but then it would look a holy show the following day.

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With this oil I use one tiny squirt and disperse from the mid lengths down and at the ends of the front layers, then I style my hair like normal. A lot of my hair loss was in the top and I will be following up with the products I used to disguise that thinness, by God I’ve tried mountains of them. If my hair was very parched of moisture of frizzy I might use a teeny tiny smidge after styling but just at the ends. As with any hair oil, a little goes a very long way.

It left my hair silky and soft, styling was a doddle. No greasiness, no heaviness, no limp hair. And it only  costs €12.50, which I have just looked up online and can’t believe. So if you want stronger, longer hair I would highly recommend it.

I have about 6 hair oils but if I ever do run out of this I will be straight out to buy another. As for the rest of them? Dead to me, ha ha!

10/10 Awesomeness.

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Aging, Benefit, Benefit, Eye Creams, Skin Care

Iron Away Puffy Eye Bags with Benefit Puff Off

An iron on the top of an eye gel? Obviously I have to know if it works. When I heard about the iron I first thought gimmick! I assumed it would be plastic and look tacky but actually its like a dainty little monopoly piece. It’s not the iron itself,  its that it stays cold, like applying the back of a cold spoon to your eye puffs. Although the shape of the tip works much better with the shape of your under eye area… Continue Reading