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When you treat your hair like a sack of sh*t!

I decided I am going to mix it up and talk a little about hair. While I may not be a hairdresser by profession, I’ve had my fair share of different styles and dodgy barnets to qualify to talk about it. Have you been as harsh as I have on your hair? My mam once rationed me to using the GHD once a week only, I was strung out on it. I also tried to straighten my friends afro hair with it and this tipped Loretto over the edge when she came into the room to a plume of smoke. I was also very fond of my crimper, can’t beat a good crimp!  I’d say the one godsend in life is I never took up the ”Sun-In” trend. Look at me totally rocking satin bows back in 1992, I was such a trend setter….

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Having gone from having lovely, naturally light in colour, thick hair (thanks to Loretto being very anal about it), I then went to the other extreme of thin, brittle and borderline bald! For my Confirmation, I wanted layers like Rachel from Friends and after much persuasion my Mam gave in. It wasn’t until I was 16 that I was allowed to get some highlights in my hair. What came off the back of this was multiple hair colours, black with red streaks at one stage(!), fringe, side fringe, fringe, side fringe, shaved undercut and extensions. All kinds of extensions – glue, microbead and finally Great Lengths.

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Having gone through some serious hair trauma, including having to pour milk on the ends of my hair as it was like chewing gum, rounds of microbead extensions, then a set of glued in ones, I got Great Lengths into my hair. While I loved the Great Lengths hair and how it looked, it was probably the wrong time to get them. My hair really just needed a break instead of more stress on top of  stressed hair and all this while sporting a zero on the side of my head. The hair curled beautifully though and I would not discount trying out this brand again on healthier hair. These ones definitely did the least amount of damage and could make your average ponytail look fantastic. The downside was the hair from any set of extensions being matted into the carpet or your boyfriend finding it in his bum and even the tip of his william!!! But wasn’t it lovely?!

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However, like everything, all good things must come to an end. A very nice bearded boy got me a voucher for Dylan Bradshaw and I made the decision to have my extensions taken out and my hair cut up on the same day. Coupling this with growing out my bald patch on the side of my head, I was going for some serious change. At the end of January, out came the extensions and my hair was cut up and coloured in Dylan Bradshaw. I cannot speak highly enough of this salon and it’s not just because they give you prosecco, they have literally transformed my hair along with some good home care on my part.

I began using Nioxin shampoos and conditioners, I replaced my hair dryer, got new brushes, invested in Kerstase treatment conditioners for the ends of my hair too. Aoife in Dylan Bradshaw suggested all these items to me and I took it all on board as at this stage I was thinking I don’t want to be all scalp and no hair at 50. I look like my dad enough as it is! Aoife’s been brilliant at telling me exactly what I need and when, she will always tell it to you straight and really gets to know the client and their ”hair scare”.

I have visited Dylan Bradshaw’s five times since then and with their expertise colouring, cutting and advice my hair is slowly coming back to life. I am feeling less like Gail Porter every day. My hair takes at least ten minutes less to dry too. Of course, every now and then, I think of extensions and how I loved them, but for now I will continue to be good to my hair.

Here is what is in my hair revival kit :

Nioxin Cleanser and Scalp Revitaliser in Number 4 – specially formulated for thinning coloured hair, I believe this has really helped my hair make a comeback. You can purchase this product on www.beautyfeatures.ie for €18.56 for the cleanser in a 300ml bottle and the revitaliser is €20.69. They will last you a good couple of weeks once you’re not slapping it on like there’s no tomorrow and swimming in it. The delivery is always super fast with Beauty Features too and they always have nice discounts.

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Diva Rapida 3600 – A good hairdryer is always an essential, if you have an old hairdryer it could be causing my distress to your hair then you know. An older hairdryer will take longer for your hair to dry thus causing more heat damage. I love this product as it’s only €40.00 – €50.00, depending on where you purchase, has multiple heat settings and it’s available in cool colours. Always a sucker for a gimmick. You can get these in Salon Services or on Amazon.

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Kerastase Resistance Ciment AntiUsure 200ML – I try to use this restorative product once a week on the ends of my hairs as a treat. A bottle of this should last you around 6 months. You only need a 5c coin amount and lather this through. You can use this after your shower on towel dried hair but I even use this on my hair for 20 mins before I wash it and find it equally brilliant. I find it smooths out any frizzy ends and protects against further breakage. It’s €22.50 on Beauty Features also.

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Brushes – I work off  2 brushes now. My Denman black paddle brush, you can get these in Boots or Salon Services, that I use to take out the majority of the wet in my hair and then then Salon Services ceramic brush in medium it’s around €7.00, you can get these in Salon Services too.

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Rollers – Very important. These can give you instant volume when left in for even 20 minutes. You will be doing less damage to your hair by doing this as you won’t be relying on your rolly brush and a hairdryer. I love volume, they also add texture to the hair. I use all kinds, whatever I can get my maulers on. Dot knows where it’s at…

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This is how my hair looked the first time I removed the extensions and got it cut, it was brittle and uneven due to me growing out the shaved bit:

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My hair as it is now, after multiple cuts and good colouring:

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Yours in hair repair,

The Girl Pout Town.

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HD Brows Review – Avalon and the search for good brows..

Ah, the humble eyebrow, you don’t know how important you are. Ever come home for a night out and had to take your brows off with a baby wipe? Or sweated it off mid-dance in the nightclub, leaving you looking intrigued? Shaved off your brows?

I’ve long been a brow fan, but I haven’t always had great luck with my brows. HD Brows are the answer to all of your brow prayers,  whether it’s a monobrow, a wonky brow or a barely there brow, you too can have amazing brows. It’s all about the finding the balance between the Frida and the trannie look.

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Having overplucked my own brows on a quite a few occasions, including overplucking my right brow too far in and then making them too small. It totally distorted my face. At this time, ”filling in your brows” wasn’t really a thing, so I was pretty f*cked. After much perseverance and my eyebrows starting to resemble caterpillars, think Noel Gallagher, they slowly came back. I went from one extreme to the other, hardly ever touching them! Such a babe.

I began to get them tinted and waxed again and then I came across HD Brows and The Lash Lounge. What a find!

For those of you that don’t know – HD Brows is a 7 step system in shaping and designing your brow. This includes waxing, tinting, plucking, threading, trimming… Yep, all this for your brows! The brow shape is tailored to suit the shape of your face too and the correct colour tint.

Some people will get the ”HD Brow” look right away, others may need more time. The girls at the Lash Lounge will show you where you can pluck, where you need to grow and where to fill in order to help you achieve the brows you could only dream of.

There are a range of products you can buy too, including the ”Grow Baby Grow” serum that will stimulate the hair from the follicle. There are also brow palettes and pencils.. I find a quick sweep of the brow pencil and filling in the ends with some palette really makes my brows stand out. I have very small eyes and I find this technique pops my eye and gives me more to work with when doing eye makeup.

For any brides to be, bridesmaids, mother of the bride/groom or just anyone with a shitty brow, I strongly advise you to get your brows into brow rehab ASAP and have them looking their best for your big day or general life 😉

You can reach The Lash Lounge here on Facebook or on 085 779 2728. You can also check out the HD Brows website to find the nearest salon to you.

As a tip – take a piece of string or your eyeshadow brush when going to fill your brows.

1. Hold the brush/string against your nose and the corner of your nostril is where your brow should start.
2. Move the brush through your Iris in a clock like movement, whilst still against your nose and this is where your arch should be, where the brush cuts the Iris.
3. Rotate again with the end of your eye and your brow should start to ease off here.

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As always, you can fill your eyebrows with just a normal bit of eyeshadow or Catrice do a brow filling duo compact too. It’s €4.49 and comes with two colours, a tweezers, and a little brush. The compact also has a mirror. You can buy this in Sam McCauleys.

I regularly go to get my brows as I don’t trust anyone else with them, my brows have come such a long way and they have altered from face, at least 35% less of a gargoyle.

My own brow evolution:

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Stay symmetrical bitches 😉
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Day 12 – Makeup Bag Essentials Countdown

Day 12, the final day of the countdown – thank fook says you! This evening, it’s products to help you contour! Please remember this is not a definitive list but it should guide you somewhat in picking out future products for your makeup bag. There will be demo videos coming soon to entice you to all return 😉 I’m a teasing whore like that.

As a whole, us Irish gals are still relatively new to the contouring world. It’s an excellent little trick of the trade to enhance your features, slimline others and to make your face streamlined. Now if you been forsaken with a Pete Postlethwaite nose like me, it can be very handy indeed! Here’s Pete..

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The trick to contouring and highlighting is to apply a small amount and then build it up gradually until you get your desired effect. You can tackle contouring in two ways, before your foundation or after you’ve your powder or both! The after your powder method is the fastest.

Here, Linday Lohan has gone all out on the bronzer and not much else!

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Lil’ Kim forgets to blend in general!

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Even Angelina’s makeup artist has off days…

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I will take you through the quick version (cheat!) below with my contouring and highlighting products. You will need the following;

1. Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Dark (there’s a range of colours!)

2. MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle

3.  MAC Phloof! eyeshadow or Mineralise Skinfinish in Lightscapade

4. Make Up Forever Brush 150

5. MAC 217 Brush

Take your contour brush and dab it into the Skinfinish Natural in Dark. Start to sweep this product on to the face as per the picture below. Think of the ”3” shape while you’re doing this to avoid going too far with the sweeping.

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Then use the MAC 217 brush from yesterday’s post and use this to work along the nose.

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Next, take Soft and Gentle on your finger or a blending brush and put some down the centre of the nose, between the two dark lines.

You can now utilise Phloof! and highlight under the brow and down on the cheeks. Think of a ”C” when doing this. You can also place some Phloof! in the inner corners of your eyes to make them pop.

C shapeFinally, put some Phloof! or Soft and Gentle and pop it over your cupid’s bow on your lips.

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And they say cheater’s never propser 😉

I hope you have learned something over the last 12 days… Let me know what you have found the best 🙂

Enjoy,

The Girl Pout Town x

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Day 11 – Makeup Bag Essentials Countdown

Bonjourno! We are staying with the eyes again today, it’s the brushes and eyeshadows. If you have the right brushes, it can transform your makeup. You also need to stay within the limits of your eye shape and width, then blend, blend, blend!

Take your time and test out some new colours, in  the safety of your own home of course. Get used to the new look on yourself, the more you look at yourself the more you’ll know if you like it and are comfortable with it. Remember to occasionally take a step back, see how it looks overall and then get back to adding or blending. You do not want to look like Taylor Momsen after being let loose with a Kohl pencil on speed. Unless, you’re dressed as a racoon for Halloween.

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1. Mac Cosmetics 217 Blending Brush

If you only ever buy one eye brush, let it be this! This is a hero product, it blends and sweeps beautifully across the eye giving an almost silky effect to your eyeshadow against the skin. These brushes are longlasting, they don’t shed and they can be washed. This product can also be used for concealer to buff it into the skin or for when you are contouring along your nose. It works exceptionally well in the crease of your eye or underneath the eye when you want to blend close to the lash line. The domed brushed helps you to get that perfect ”V” effect for a smokey eye.

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Price: €25.00

 2. MAC Cosmetics 239 Shader Brush 

Another power brush from MAC, the 239 is fantastic for sweeping on your base colour or packing colour onto the lid for a more intense look. This tapered brush can also be used on the brow bone or underneath the eye making it a great multi-tasking product. It is white also like the 217 brush making it easier to see how much product you are picking up each time. This makes your task easier and saves product waste. A lovely soft brush that responds well to being cleaned. AMEN!

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Price: €28.00

3. Nars #45 Smudge Brush 

If you can stretch your budget to include this bad boy then do it! This is perfect brush for smudging, working colours along the lashline, removing excess and can also soften your liner. A soft brush that will work well with even the most sensitive eyes. This was one of my my first ”pro” purchases and I still love it.

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Price: €27.00

Tip: A handy eye chart for the beginner

Eye Color Eyeshadow Recomendations

Mac Eyeshadows 

Pro palettes: Mac eyeshadows are brilliant because they are highly pigmented and long lasting. I would be here all day if I was to name all of my favourites but you can build your own pro palette in a quad or in the 15 pan you should.  They blend really evenly. You can depot any of your singular MAC shadows you have already and put them into your palette then. It’s €6.50 for the quad palette and €19.00 per refill.

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Pigments: High intensity coloured loose powder that comes in a cylinder pot. They are easy to blend and are long lasting. They will not cake or flake on you throughout the night. There’s a great range of colours too that can give your makeup the wow factor. You can pop them directly onto you lid or into the corners of your eyes to make your eye makeup pop. The pigments are €24.50 but there’s a lot of powder in them to last you.

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Pro Longwear Paintpots: A great product to mix it up in the eye department. It goes on creamy but dries to a vibrant matte like finish. Paintpots glide on easily, they are durable and they are crease free. The perfect shadow for day or night! Paintpots are €20.00.

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Sleek Eye Palette

I Divine Eye Palette in ”Oh So Special” : A brilliant eye palette with a great range of colours.They are well pigmented and glide on beautifully. ”The Mail” in this palette is a real power shadow. The palette also has some gorgeous shimmer shadows that are perfect for the under eye area especially Gift Basket, I am strung out on this. The product comes in a nice case with a mirror and the names of each shadow on a little sheet. This product is €9.99 making it a steal. You can purchase this here or at Carshelles Beauty, where Caroline and Michelle can assist you in picking the perfect stocking filler.

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Catrice Eyeshadow

Liquid Colour: There’s really good pigment in these eyeshadow, they give an excellent shimmer to the eye and I love how it packs onto my lid or in the corner of my eye. ”We are the Champagnes” in this product is one I adore. It is €6.50 and available in Dunnes and McCabes.

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There will tutorials on the eyes coming soon, so keep them peeled!

Following the advice above and from yesterday, you should never look too bocky-eyed 😉

The Girl Pout Town,

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Day 10 – Makeup Bag Essentials Countdown

Day 10 is here and it’s the day of the eyeliner, eye pencils and mascara. I love these products as my eyes would be nondescript without them because I have small eyes. If you have big eyes, I hate you. Once you don’t use a chunky Crayola with your foot, you’re going to be just fine with a slick of liner. Here’s how to get it wrong a la Claudia:

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In terms of eye liner, you can have a pencil, liquid, gel or even just plain old eyeshadow. I have a few favourites in each as always. Some people are afraid of eye liner especially in the liquid form, but there is no need. It’s your friend, not your foe. It can make your eyes pop and stand out in the crowd.

Now, I haven’t always been amazing with eyeliner, or my eyes in general, I may have even been a little frigid in terms of my eyes. One day, myself and my friend Grace thought it would be a great idea to use a Charlie shimmer gel on our eyes that we got free with our Charlie body spray. What resulted was a serious bout of pink eye and our lashes being stuck to our eyes for the entirety of the disco! Rides.

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1. Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner 

An age old classic! I love this liquid eye liner as I think the intensity of the black is excellent and it dries to a lovely matte finish. I particularly like this product, as I tend to have a leaky eye (I am really selling myself here!) and this product doesn’t irritate it. The applicator allows you to draw a sleek line. Just keep your hand steady and do it in sections if you’re a little afraid. This liner is long-lasting and it doesn’t flake or smudge.

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Price: €7.29

2. Mac Cosmetics Fluidline in Blacktrack

Fluidline is a gel liner and it gives a smoother, softer finish than a liquid eyeliner would give you. I really like this one was it glides on easily but still gives you the wow factor. It is longlasting and won’t smudge on you throughout the day. This can also work on your water line or slighty smudged under the eye. You will need an applicator brush for this and dependent on how confident you are, I can recommend two.

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Fluidline is €19.00 and it’ll last you a long time, just remember to put the lid straight back on to avoid it drying out.

Application Brushes:

For the beginner: MAC 208 Angled Brow Brush – flat with angled tip for precision. €21.50

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For the advanced: MAC 209 Eyeliner Brush – tapered with fine tip for precision. €21.50

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3. Mac Cosmetics Eye Kohl 

One of my favourites for the waterline or for when I don’t want too strong a liner. This is also brilliant for people who are adverse to liquid or gel liner. My two go to colours are Teddy, which works beautifully with green or blue eyes, and Smolder, which is a lovely black kohl. Smolder looks incredible on the water line with a smokey eye. The pencil gives a matte pearl finish too that brightens your eyes. The only drawback is I need to keep applying to my waterline every few hours BUT for the look it gives, it’s worth it!

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The Kohl pencils are €18.00 each.

Tip: Tight-line your upper eyelid to make your lashes look thicker without gouging out your eyeball 

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You may think my next tip is a little Cyndi Lauper of me but it really works. It’s a white eye Kohl pencil! Don’t worry, I won’t roll out the blue mascara next.

Rimmel’s Soft Khol Kajal Pencil – White

Put this on your waterline to pop your eye and also to make the whites of your eyes perk up. For small eyes this is a good tip top open the up and make it appear bigger than it is. This white liner trick works very well with a red or strong lipstick too.

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At €4.67 you can’t go wrong.

For my mascara, I am going to go with Benefit They’re Real from my first blog post. Check it out here.

Finally, to show you the effect that a slick of Rimmel liner and the Rimmel white kohl can make with a splash of Mac lipstick, I have attached the below pic. Makeup has been on all day and just added these bits to refresh me for the evening.

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Ciao bitches,

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Day 9 – Makeup Bag Essentials Countdown

Foundation day, let’s face it, we would all be fairly f&cked without this! We have come a long way since the early days of Panstik, the ole wans were mad for that for a while, it only seemed to come in flourescent orange too. Then came the Elizabeth Arden flock, where everyone smelled of ”Toasty Beige”! That smell still hangs in my nostrils.

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Foundation comes in different forms and textures and it’s all about finding ”the one” for you that makes your skin look amazing. If you like a slightly darker foundation than your actual skin tone then please at least wear tan to match. Or if you like your tan dark, make sure your foundation matches! I would recommend a day foundation and night foundation to tackle this problem. A white face and orange body….

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I am going to add my criss cross motion video too from the other day to help you in foundation application as again it’s half of the battle. It’s so simple to blend and it avoids any noticeable tidemarks along the jaw or hairline. I even blend into my ears and up unto my nostrils! Extreme, yet effective.

No one should look like this;

Foundation line

1. Mac Cosmetics Studio Sculpt 

I love Studio Sculpt foundation, it’s very creamy and feels lovely on your skin as it’s lightweight. This provides medium to full coverage and it is easy to blend. There is a SPF 15 in this foundation too to protect your skin, it’s long lasting and gives a satin finish. This product works well with all loose powders and compact powders. It is particularly good on normal-dry and mature skin. I have not found a face yet that hasn’t looked well with Studio Sculpt. I wear NC35 for my nighttime look.

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Tip: You only need a small amount each time as it blends and spreads really well. 

Price: €36.50 – using the tip above it should last you.

2. Mac Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid

Studio Fix foundation will give you that matte finish you crave all the while making you looking smooth. This is a medium to full coverage foundation and it works extra hard to cover those imperfections and pores meaning it doesn’t feel quite as lightweight as the Studio Sculpt. I love this foundation for a day out or for nighttime as I know it’s resilient and it makes my skin look great too. This works really well with Studio Tech compact powder if you love the full coverage look. Again, use the criss cross motion so you’re not applying too much, you don’t want it to dry and pocket in a problem area as the fluid is quite thick. It also has a SPF of 15.

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You can purchase this product here. It’s €31.50.

3. Mac Cosmetics Face and Body Foundation

Face and Body is a much lighter fluid for those of you who don’t like much coverage or the feeling of makeup. It is of light to medium coverage and you can build it up too to enhance the coverage. I really like this foundation as it does what it says, it can go on the face and body meaning it can give you an all over colour that matches. When I have a real tan, I love to use this as it enhances the tan on my face and gives me that perfect beachy look. It’s also beautiful on brides who want the light touch look as it photographs really well. It’s rather sheer but gives a lovely glow and makes you look dewy. If you are used to full coverage you’d probably feel rather exposed wearing this.

Face and Body

Price: €31.50

4. Mac Cosmetics Pro Longwear Foundation

It’s long-lasting and it keeps you looking oil free throughout your day. I have been using this product mainly during the day time lately, but it’s a great nighttime one too. I find when I’ve a busy day ahead I know I won’t have to worry about it retreating into my pores and disintegrating away. It has a medium coverage that is buildable. The pump allows you to just extract the right amount too. I wear NC25 or NC30 in this foundation depending on how pasty I am. This foundation dries quite fast so remember this when applying. If you like Estee Lauder Double Wear you should like this too.

Longwear

Price: €36.50

Every woman should have a primer, here are some select ranges to help you on your way:

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – €32.00

Mac Prep and Prime Skin Visage – €27.00

Rimmel Match Perfection Fix and Protect Primer – €8.99

Gosh Velvet Touch Primer – €19.99

Make Up Forever All Mat – €41.00

Have a Dewy Christmas and a Matte New Year x

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Day 8 – Makeup Bag Essentials Countdown

It’s the dawning of the lip liner… Lip liner has become popular in recent times with people embracing lipsticks more and moving on from just one colour. Did anyone else’s Mam tend to have just one Max Factor lippy when you’d go pilfering from their makeup bag? It’s also due to the likes of Kylie Jenner drawing attention to the lips and the rise of the duck pout. I enjoy a pout but if your mouth looks like a cat’s arse then you’re doing it wrong!

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When you’re using lip liner you’ve got to have a steady hand, draw within reasonable limits and choose the correct colour. They are used to shape, correct, line or fill in the lip, and again, when used correctly they can be excellent! I have a little granny upper lip so I find that lip liner helps me to pout perfection. Here’s how it should NOT look:

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Jaysus, I am giving poor Pammy a terrible time on this blog!

I have a number of different pencils lurking in my makeup kit but I have managed to narrow it down to four… I think!

1. MAC Cosmetics Naked Liner 

These pencils should give you smooth surface to work with whether you use it for just lining or for filling in the lip. It can be used alone with just a slick of gloss, or combined with the lipstick and gloss for ultimate staying power.  Naked Liner is durable too so it’ll last you the day or night. This liner works well with MAC’s Japanese Maple and also MAC’s Creme D’Nude lipsticks.

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The Naked Liner is €16.50 and if you use this a lipstick/liner you’re saving yourself some €’s 🙂

2. Make Up Forever’s Aqua Lip Liner

This has been in my kit for a long time, as you may have guessed, the Aqua Lip liner is waterproof. There is really good pigmentation too so it’ll last you without you having to wondering if your top lip has receded back towards your natural gum line. Nice. I really like this colour on it’s own too as the pigmentation allows it to be carried off as a lipstick. This lip pencil featured in my contouring review on Facebook as a lipstick.

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You can purchase this in the MUFE shop in Clarendon Street for €16.50. Check them out here.

3. Rimmel London Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Liner Red Dynamite 

Rimmel are delivering on the durability side of things, between this and their Provocalips range, they must be cooking some good shiz in a lab somewhere Breaking Bad style. This will give you a creamy lip whilst giving you transfer resistant colour. Pucker up this festive season with Rimmel’s offering in Red Dynamite.

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This is €4.49 in Boots and other pharmacies. They also have 3 for 2 on Rimmel at the moment with a free nail varnish! Bonanza.

4Mac Cosmetics Nightmoth

Nightmoth will match your MAC Rebel lipstick and I thought I should include it for the fearless who want to give it a go. Please take heed when drawing this on as you don’t want to go too Marilyn Manson. It’ll give you the perfect outline to rock the MAC Rebel, it’s longlasting and will stay put! Good luck 🙂

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This product is also €16.50.

TIP: See the little chart below, follow this and you can’t go wrong… 

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The Girl Pout Town

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