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So, in today's instalment of bizarre Instagram beauty trends that leave us confused, we give you – yellow blush. 

The bold look has been popping up all over the site and beauty bloggers have started sharing their own interpretations.

 

Yay or nay ? #yellowblush #makeuptrend #trending #Nishsays #makeupjunkie

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Love it or hate it, people are making a pretty convincing argument in favour of the non-traditional colour. 

Brooklyn-based makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes assured Allure that the bright colour is actually a universally flattering shade.

Yellow hues occur naturally in most skin tones, so essentially, the blush is just bringing out what's already there. 

Some make-up enthusiasts have teamed the blush with a dramatic eye.

While others have opted for a toned down look.

 

Looks like my amazing vegan lunch is giving me some after glow, but it's actually just yellow blusher!

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So, whether you're looking for a fun festival look, or a simple healthy glow, yellow blush might be the thing missing from your make-up bag. 

And we have to admit, we're not hating it.

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Summer is on the way ladies, and as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, some of you may be in the mood for a change – we certainly are.

Now, we're not saying you have to go off and dye your hair a mad or unusual colour, HOWEVER, if are looking for some unusual hair inspiration – then mother-of-pearl hair might just be your answer.

We have seen so many bizarre hair trends in recent months, from rainbow roots to phoenix locks, but mother-of-pearl hair is quirky while also actually being wearable (we promise).

The new hair-colour trend involves using multiple metallic pastel hair dyes, all blended together to create an effect that resembles the inside of a mother-of-pearl shell – and it is SO pretty.

The results are pretty mesmerising, which explains why it is currently all over our social media feeds. 

 

Silver & pewter pearlescent hair!  Via @leysahairandmakeup

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But a word of warning – this look is not exactly easy to achieve, but nothing good ever is, right?

Kate Reid, who is a world-renowned colourist, told POPSUGAR that: "It's a slow process to create pearliest hair well. It's a long-term commitment to have this colour, not a quick fix."

She also said that healthy, well-conditioned hair is a necessity when going for a pearly look, as "It reflects light better and creates luminous shine."

Noted, and stored. 

With this gorgeous opalescent hair, at-home maintenance is as important as the salon service itself.

Kate urges her clients to: "Treat your hair like a silk dress, always handling it delicately and following the care steps recommended by the hairdresser."

Whether or not this pearly hair is for you, none of us can deny that it sure is pretty! 

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Another day, another bizarre beauty trend that we could never actually wear (but we love to look at, regardless).

Our latest beauty discovery comes in the form of pom pom makeup (yep we're serious), and we can't quite wrap our heads around it. 

Do you recall those fuzzy little ball-like things you used to use in art class, to make Christmas cards and various crafty things?

Well, imagine using them as lip liner or eyeshadow – because that is exactly what this cosmetic trend entails.

We are all for having pom poms on sandals or handbags, but we reckon putting them on your face may just be a step too far, right?

 

Pom-Pom Mess  Editorial Makeup x talented @lizvilchez (soon on the blog!).

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Despite this, MUAs on Instagram have been using the craft supply for eye makeup, brow art, lip art and even a colourful, crazy take on contouring.

A Netherlands-based makeup artist posted a picture of her face covered with a rainbow of pom poms in November 2016, and it has been a growing trend ever since.

Others started following suit with similar looks using the crafty goodies, including Berlin-based makeup artist Anne Wenzel and, most recently, blogger Lila Sirena.

Some people have focused the use of pom poms in one specific area of the face, such as around the lips or on the eye lid – whereas others have simply spread them out. 

People are even incorporating pom poms into their brow game, which really cannot come as a surprise to anyone considering the brow trends floating around at the moment (dragon eyebrows are actually a thing).

While we can absolutely accept that these might not be the most wearable of looks, they are pretty fun to look at, right? 

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Snoopy has been stealing our hearts for years with his dancing, Red Baron fantasies, and big, wet, kisses.

So when we saw the Limited Edition Snoopy x SkinFood Collaboration, we got more excited than we care to admit.

The gorgeous collection is filled with skin and nail goodies featuring our favourite little dog – and his best friends Woodstock and Charlie Brown.

 

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The collection was originally released in November 2016, and includes a gorgeous Royal Honey Essential Mist and the Royal Honey Moisturising Cream.

This wondering collaboration also came with three scented marshmallow hand creams (they are DIVINE), a hydrating honey mask, and a whipped body cream.

 

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There are also amazing nail products, including seven nail polish shades and two sets of nail decorations. 

Unfortunately, adding these cuties to your beauty collection will be tough as they don't deliver globally, but you can stalk eBay and Amazon.

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Festival makeup is a whole makeup genre of its own, as a music festival is the perfect place to go wild and experiment with your beauty look.

Every festival season, there are always a few key makeup trends that do the rounds, and we've spotted one already. 

Last year, faux freckles were the look du jour, but now a faux lip piercing is the way to go.

 

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The makeup look is easily created, and we're kind of feeling the edgy looking trend.

Lip piercings were looking like they were going to be the biggest piecing trend of 2017, after Kim Kardashian was spotted rocking a fake metal ring earlier this year.

However, an actual lip piercing isn't always the most work-friendly, so we're loving this no commitment version of the trend. 

The look is pretty easy to achieve. all you need to do is apply a metallic liner in a straight vertical line in the middle of your bottom lip.

A dab of translucent powder over the top once dry should help the look remain for a few hours, however if you're eating and drinking, the faux lip ring will definitely need some maintenance. 

 

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Prepare to see this look everywhere once Longitude and Electric Picnic roll around.

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When you're applying your face in the morning, whether you're a BB-cream-and-go kind of girl or you're more into a full contour and highlight, do you ever stop to wonder why you're applying makeup?

Is it because you want to look professional at work, feel confident in yourself or highlight your best features?

Or is it to 'trick' men into thinking you are attractive? Because that's what 63 per cent of men seem to think.

 

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A new study by YouGov found that 63 per cent of men think that 'women mainly wear makeup in order to trick people into thinking they’re more attractive.'

As suggested by the survey service, a percentage of men think that women are 'just thirsty for the male gaze,' which is why we apply eyelash extensions, lip liner and contouring kits. 

C'mon lads, we did not just spend an hour and a half getting tiny pieces of mink stuck to our eyelids with industrial strength glue just we we can bat them in the direction of a man.

And even if a woman decided to add a bit of extra effort to her makeup look to impress someone special, we highly doubt it's an attempt at trickery. 

Despite the fact that men think women are hiding something with makeup, the same cannot be said of the perception of men with beards.

Only 36 per cent of individuals think that a man with a beard is using the fuzzy face fluff to hid facial imperfections. 

 

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Overall, 43 per cent of people feel that women wear 'too much makeup,' which is reflected in the experiences of women who feel that have been 'makeup shamed' for their full faces.

Famous YouTube makeup artists Nikki Tutorials has actually started a campaign to end makeup shaming among women. 

Makeup can give people a confidence boost, which is nothing to be ashamed of, and it definitely doesn't mean women are trying to 'trick' people with their powders and lipliners. 

We mean, if a guy really thought we had naturally shimmery eyelids and matte plum lips, then more fool him. 

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There is no better feeling than knowing your highlight is on fleek, and Penneys is clearly on a mission to help us achieve the look.

The high street bargain store has rolled out a new selection of icy, high intensity highlighters that look completely gorgeous.  

 

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Rather than just having an ice white finish, their range of colours include silver, gold and rose gold.

The shades are shimmery perfection, with names like Mermaid Glow, Rose Prosecco and Champagne.

And at €3.50 each, you can't really go wrong. 

Ps…Highlighting Powder €3.50

Our makeup bags are screaming out for a new, affordable highlighter, and with festival season just around the corner, now is the time to experiment with different types of glow.

While the silver may not be perfect for day-to-day wear, it would look amazing layered under some festival glitter, while the rose gold would be divine with an on-trend cranberry eye.

As for the gold? Well all you need is a deep, glowy tan to pull that one off.

We'll see you in the queue, all three in hand. 

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We spent many nights staying in watching The Simpsons back in the day, and even now it's probably one of our favourite TV shows.

Korean beauty brand, The Face Shop, has just released a Simpsons-themed face collection and it looks pretty slick.

 

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In the mix is face masks, hand cream, hydrating sun cream, deodorant, tanning oil, and even hair removal cream.

The Face Shop Simpsons collection isn’t technically available outside of Korea yet, but some items have made it onto Amazon with prices starting at €7. 

 

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We're just hoping the tanning oil doesn't turn us yellow…

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Calling all beauty lovers!

TK Maxx has launched an amazing beauty event, and we (and our make up bags) are beyond excited.

The event will be the brand's biggest beauty offering ever, and will be hosted in TK Maxx stores for two weeks.

The retail giant is offering up to 60 per cent off top quality beauty products. As if we needed another excuse to shop!

We're talking designer and quality skin-care products, much-loved hair-care brands and big-name beauty and fragrance sets with massive discounts.

Top industry insiders Tara O'Farrell, Triona McCarthy and Joanne Kelly have been offering their top tips on how to utilise this amazing deal.

Insta-famous makeup artist Tara O'Farrell advises investing in mineral makeup to get that covetable flawless complexion, as they are 'so much lighter on the skin.'

'Eyebrows done the right way can knock 10 years off you,' she said, citing great brows as a key element to the perfect makeup look. 

Hair stylist Joanne Kelly was also on hand to give her recommended tips, which include using a hair cleansing treatment a few times a week, and using oil-based masks.

 

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'Using masks that contain coconut and argan oil will really nourish the hair and help to de-tangle it at the same time,' she said.

So, now we know exactly what kind of beauty products we'll be stocking up on this summer. 

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Everywhere we look there is a new and fantastic cosmetic to be seen (and admired), but with all of the glitz and glamour that come alongside mermaid makeup or a snazzy new palette – we tend to forget about one really important thing. 

When it comes to beauty products, and skincare as a whole, we are of the opinion that moisturiser is the true key to success. 

A suitable moisturiser can help prevent and treat dry skin, protect sensitive skin, improve skin tone and texture, and mask certain unsightly imperfections.

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Due to the fact that moisturisers hold water in the outermost layer of skin, they also act as a temporary barrier for your skin – so what's not to love?

Honestly now, there is no point in forking out a fortune on an expensive foundation if you're not using a good moisturiser, so we have listed the five best face creams on the beauty market right now.

You can thank us later: 

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5. Nuxe Moisturising Cream Crème Fraîche de Beauté

This hydrating, melting cream with plant milks and white blossom provides ultra-quenching and long-lasting hydration for 24 hours; it reinforces the skin's natural water reserves and maintains the optimum level of water in your skin. It soothes and reduces discomfort. It leaves skin feeling fresh, soft and revitalised.

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4. Yon-Ka HYDRA N°1 Cream​​​​​​

This cream is a comforting cocoon for dehydrated, dry or sensitive skin. Its long-lasting hydrating power is complemented by its rich oil-restoring, repairing, soothing and anti-aging ingredients which protect the skin against environmental factors, allowing it to restore its essential balance. 

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3. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream 

This moisturiser features an amazing blend of ingredients, including BioNymph Peptide Complex, floral extracts and a hyaluronic acid booster to lift and flood the skin with moisture. Whether you’re stressed at your desk or have been out raving all night, cheat the appearance of 8 hours sleep with this amazing cream – and enjoy a plumped, glowing, youthfully dewy complexion in a flash. 

 

 

2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion

This famous "yellow cream" from Clinique is a total crowd pleaser, and agrees with almost every skin type. The dermatologist-developed formula combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer.

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1. Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream 

This amazing product is our number one for a reason! With Silky Cream, your skin’s capacity to retain water is restored, and it remains intensely hydrated in all circumstances. Its secret? Organic, leaf of life extract, a powerful natural hydration activator that boosts the skin’s hyaluronic acid production. Your instantly quenched skin is fresh, comfortable, radiant, and plump.

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Being pampered is luxury enough, so imagine being pampered while munching on some delicious treats.

That's what Callan & Co has introduced to its salon. And it won't be your run of the mill food either, because the salon has teamed up with Cocu Kitchen to bring you an entire menu of snacks, breakfasts and energy pots.

Whether you're having your hair done or getting a make over by one of Callan & Co's top make-up artists, sit back and relax, and enjoy the food the salon has on offer.

Whether you want a wrap, porridge, an energy pot or even some soup, it'll all be available for you to enjoy in the salon.

When you arrive, there will be a Cocu menu waiting for you at each of the salon stations to make sure you won't miss out.

All you have to do is place your order with a member of the Callan & Co staff, and within minutes, your delish breakfast or lunch will be sitting in front of you.

Looking at the menu, we can't wait to try this experience out.

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We'll be honest here and admit that we panic once the warm weather starts setting in. Oh, we love the idea of longer evenings and trips away, but having to tend to certain beauty routines which we neglected over the winter doesn't exactly thrill us.

From round-the-clock leg shaving to regular self-tan application, summer time upkeep can be difficult (and damn pricey) but thankfully Lidl has us covered.

And Lord, they've outdone themselves this time.

From the price points to the fruity fragrances, Lidl's Limited Edition Cien Tropical Summer Range is our our absolute go-to for summertime pampering this year.

1. After Sun Hair Treatment

While summer is filled with sun, sea and sand, these elements can often leave hair feeling dry and brittle and the hair cuticles can easily be damaged, leaving your locks looking dull and lacklustre.

Tackle it head on with this After Sun Hair Treatment.

After Sun Hair Protection Spray, €1.99

 

2. Mango Body Butter

The golden rule of long lasting tan is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise, so after you shower be sure to treat your skin to Cien Tropical Summer Body Butter.

Cien Tropical Summer BodyButter, €3.99.

 

3. Smoothing Shower Exfoliant

This Shower Scrub will help to visibly improve and smooth the appearance of your skin.

These products works with an active ingredient complex of caffeine and microalgae, stimulating fat oxidation in the cells.

Smoothing Shower Exfoliating Scrub, €1.99

 

4. Facial Cleansing Wipes

After a long day in the summer sun, Cien Tropical Summer Facial Wipes are the perfect product to have on standby.

The wipes come in three invigorating, dermatologically tested formulas and are developed to cleanse the skin and remove make-up and impurities as well as waterproof mascara.

Cien Tropical Summer Facial Wipes, €0.69

5. Self-tanning spray

The Cien Tropical Summer Self-Tanning range is priced from €1.99 and offers everything from self-tanning creams and milks, to easy-to-use mousses and sprays and is available in several shades suitable for different skin types.

Cien Tropical Summer Self-Tanning range from €1.99

 

Hitting the shelves in Lidl stores across Ireland from today April 24, this range is available while stocks last!

We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview, and can confirm the products are as gorgeous as they look.

Ladies, it's go-time.

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