Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Primark Master Eye Palette V MAC Warm Palette

I spotted the PS Master Eye palette in Penneys yesterday in store and couldn't get over the resemblance it had to my much loved MAC Warm Palette. For €8 it was definitely much cheaper compared to €59.50 (I paid €75 as it later got reduced when their prices changed) but would the pigments in the Primark eyeshadow palette be just as good as its higher brand competitor? I had to buy it to see for myself. 

Both eyeshadow palettes have very similar packaging but the colours are what stands out the most as they are almost identical (bar just a couple). Besides the price, the other difference is the PS palette has 12 eyeshadow pans compared to 15 in the MAC palette.

Once I started swatching the colours of the two brands with the eyeshadows I thought were most alike, they applied the exact same. The pigment was fantastic in both.

Can you get over how identical they are?? I'm was so happy with my dupe makeup find and how pigmented the colours turned out to be in comparison, I decided to undertake a real test. I created the same look on both eyes, but using the PS products on the left and Mac on the right.... Could you tell the difference?

Ginger snap, Dark Brew, Hey, Dance in the Dark from MAC (and PS Palette equivalent)
Inglot YSM #49
Maybelline Anti Age Eraser in light
Liquid liner:
Dealz!!! (Who Knew!? I'll post about this another day)
Kohl black liner:
Note Cosmetics
Note Cosmetics Lipstick in 05 Ruby Pink and Gloss in Moody
NYX brow Gel in brunette
PS from Penneys
(all dark font is linked to where you can purchase)

So this makeup look is very affordable, if you use the PS Palette! I'll be keeping this for my own personal use and still use MAC in my professional work though.

Hope you enjoyed it, and please let me know of any finds of your own... I do love a bargain!!
Aifric x

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Bellamianta Self Tanning Lotion Review


I'd been wanting to try Bellaminta for ages since I heard such great reviews. Before Christmas I was lucky enough to win a gift set containing the Self tanning tinted lotion, the facial tanner and the luxury tanning mitt from Beauty Secrets Salon, Killarney. I've been using it since and I absolutely love it.

My first impression when applying the tan was that it was very thick and dark. A Little goes a long way and you must apply it quickly as it drys fast. If you're familiar with St.Tropez it reminded me of that consistency wise but application and results are so much better. Since I wasn't familiar with the development on my skin and seeing as I thought it was dark to begin with I opted to leaving it on for 2 hours. They recommend for a light tan to leave it on for 2 hours, 3 for medium and 4+ for dark. You can also leave it on overnight if you want darker results. For me seeing as I wasn't going anywhere the 2 hours was plenty. I was left with a luscious golden natural looking tan with no streaks. The next morning I found it had developed a bit more even though it had been washed off so I definitely recommend trying the 2 hours to begin with and see how your skin takes to it. The most I've left it on is just over 3 hours which was good too.

Does it Smell?
From previous bloggers mentioning it doesn't smell at all I was skeptical. When you're applying it, it smells lovely like lavender essential oils. Once applied, I personally found after a few hours of being set in my skin there was a slight hint of the tan smell but nothing as bad as others. Once you apply body lotion it fades and after another day it's completely gone.

Tips for applying
I showered and exfoliated just before I applied the tan and I found the results were much better.

The next day after application under shop lighting

After 2 hours application with natural lighting 
The Gift box I received retails at €28 which is really good value considering what you get but because it was at Christmas I'm sure there's only limited stock available if they're not all gone. On its own it retails at €19.95.

Hope you enjoyed my first review,

Aifric x

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