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We've tried to channel the unicorn look through glitter festival makeup and holographic hair trends, but emulating the fairytale creature has now never been easier. 

While it may be physically impossible to convert ourselves into the mythical creature, these stunning makeup brushes are here to help.

The handle of each brush resembles a unicorn horn, while the brush hairs are dyed a rainbow of beautiful pastel colours. 

The bright blue handle is also the ultimate colour pop, making them uber-easy to find in a cluttered makeup bag.

And the best part is? 

These affordable bad boys are from high street favourite, Penneys. 

The PS… Unicorn Brush Set comes in at a super affordable €10.00 for four brushes.

The set includes a fan brush for an on-fleek highlight, as well as a triad of foundation, buffing and powder brushes.

These brushes are literally the stuff of fairy tales…

So, while we have you here; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

Brown Thomas has just unveiled their first ever Beauty Lounge, and it looks as sumptuous, secluded and serene as you could imagine. 

The stunning new beauty boutique features a living wall covered in plants, as well as luxurious pink velvet furnishings.

Not only does the new lounge look amazing, but the beauty treatments available are giving us life. 

 

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"We are delighted to introduce the first ever Brown Thomas Beauty Lounge on Dublin’s Clarendon Street," reads the BT website.

"Dedicated to the best beauty services, the luxurious lounge will house Ireland’s first blowdry bar from Aveda and manicures, pedicures, brows and lashes from Nails Inc."

The new beauty bonanza of a boutique is open from 7am, so if you have a big event right after work, you can get your blow dry and your mani before you head to the office for the day. 

The price list is astonishingly affordable, with eyelash extensions coming in at €30.00 and brow tinting costing €10.00.

Their braiding bar charges €19.00 for plaited styles, so get booking before festival season!

 

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We're also extremely intrigued by the Unicorn Manicure, which sounds absolutely amazing.

The salon is also promoting a 15 minute Need for Speed manicure, which definitely suits our mad schedules. 

The new Beauty Lounge sounds completely dreamy and we can't wait to see it for ourselves!

We love hearing about new makeup and cosmetic gadgets, especially when they're Irish – #Nationalpride. 

Anyway, with that in mind, we wanted to introduce you to Powder 'n' Pout Cosmetics – a fantastic brand that we have just discovered. 

Located in the heart of Donegal is a hair and makeup salon with a delightful Alice in Wonderland theme called Powder 'n' Pout, owned by the fantastic Aisling Cunningham.

As a creative and extremely talented makeup artist, Aisling has tried and tested pretty much every brush brand on the planet, and realised that there was a gap in the market for brushes that were high in quality and affordable. 

And so, Powder 'n' Pout Cosmetics was born – and we couldn't be more delighted. 

Aisling believes that the right makeup tools are just as important as your choice of makeup, and this belief is truly reflected in her amazing products. 

Every Powder 'n' Pout brush represents a brand that delivers high quality, longevity and affordability to all makeup users – plus, they look fantastic, too. 

The brand offers a wide range of individual brushes that would give anyone that coveted flawless skin, with prices starting at just €6, which is extremely reasonable for such high quality products. 

Our personal favourite item on offer is the flat contour brush, which will make you look like the superstar you know you are. 

Powder 'n' Pout also offer fantastic brush sets, that are such excellent value for money!

All in all, this brand is amazing, and Irish – which is always a nice touch for us. 

 

We all love makeup, but it can be a bit of an ordeal to apply it every day (so generally, we choose not to!)

Despite this, we are always on the lookout for more wonderful beauty products and gadgets.

With that in mind, we have made a list of five AMAZING makeup gadgets that will low-key change your life, and make putting your face on way easier.

Rotating lipstick case

I mean, who doesn't need one of these? You'll be super organised AND you will be the envy of your makeup-loving pals. 

Clean-up pencil

This will clean up any rogue mascara or eyeliner. Perfect for if you sneeze and mess up that winged liner. 

Brush holder

I mean, this is the perfect gift for ANYONE who enjoys cosmetics. It's handmade, making it extra special. 

Nail polish holder

This is an absolute GAME-CHANGER. No more spills and worry when you paint your nails… we'll take 10, please.

Liner designer

This handsome little invention will help you achieve that perfect Adele-like winged eyeliner. 

You are welcome. 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

Topshop is the latest brand to give makeup mogul Kylie Jenner a run for her money in the makeup department.

The high street store have come out with a lip kit, but they're attempting to spice up our lives by making the kit completely unique.

Topshop Lip Kit in Same Difference €25.00

Topshop are adding a new dimension to the lip kit concept by adding glitter into the mix.

Realistically, the more glitter in our lives the better, and these kits are bringing it in droves. 

Topshop Lip Kit in Perfectly Flawed €25.00

The kits provide lippie lovers with a lip paint, liner, mattifying top coat and lip glitter.

The kits come in six shades, and we may have to order them all.

We can only imagine how amazing these glitter lip kits would look for festival season!

If you are on the hunt for a fantastically affordable line of fresh cosmetics, then look no further than the wonderful H&M. 

For natural looking, flawless skin that will make a fashion statement of its own, H&M Beauty’s new selection of liquid foundations will provide the exact amount of coverage you need without hiding your natural glow.

This fresh new collection will also bring light to your skin with innovative strobing palettes and highlighters, along with new tools such as the multi-tasking brush and highlighting concealer tapered brush that will make your application faultless.

The theme for this year's beauty range is all things trendy! The collection is full of cushion compacts, colour-correcting palettes, strobing tools, and millennial pink everywhere. 

The eight-piece range is limited edition, meaning, there’s no time to waste.

The best part of this pastel-filled collection? You can afford every single delightful item, with prices starting at just €4.

Stock up ladies, summer is well and truly on the way. 

 

There are always some weird beauty hacks doing the rounds online, but the latest one is completely bonkers. 

Beauty blenders have become the makeup application tool of choice for MUAs and mere mortals alike, but some beauty bloggers are mixing it up with a very unexpected tool. 

Eggs are a pretty versatile food, but now they are being incorporated into our beauty routines. 

 

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According to a few in the online makeup community, hard-boiled eggs are the newest way to apply your foundation, contour and even eye shadow.

The experiment (or should we say, eggs-periment) was first undertaken by MUA Nadi, of Pop Luxe.

In a YouTube video, the makeup fan applied a full face of makeup using the protein-filled snack, and it went surprisingly well.

"Oh my gosh, this is actually working really, really well," he said.

"This kind of feels like a really cold SiliSponge but it smells like sewage, like eggs, so that's a turnoff — but it's actually doing a pretty good job."

Another beauty blogger, Esther Gbudje, also attempted the look and had a similar experience.

"The egg did give me the flawless look I was going for, and it doesn't absorb any product at all," she told Allure

We're not convinced that boiled eggs are about to take over from beauty blenders, but this experiment was pretty unique.

We just hope that their faces didn't have that distinctive eggy scent after application… 

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

You may remember Kat Von D from her successful tattoo show LA Ink, but now the American artist is better known for her insanely popular makeup line.

Her coveted makeup only became available in Ireland recently, and is now being sold in Debenhams.

 

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The queen of alternative beauty is coming to Dublin this April to celebrate the launch of her line. 

"HELLO, IRELAND! I'm so excited to get the chance to meet you all in Dublin THIS APRIL!" she said, captioning an Instagram post.

"In celebration of @katvondbeauty launching in more @debenhamsbeauty locations this spring, I'll be flying out to give each and everyone of you a big hug!"

 

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The tattoo-artist-turned-makeup-mogul will be in Debenhams on Henry Street on April 1 (and this is not a joke).

The catch is that you have to purchase a KVD product on the day to meet Kat, but we're dying to get our hands on a few of her palettes anyway so we don't need another excuse.

Over 1,500 people have clicked attending to the Facebook event, so that's quite a lot of hugs for Kat to dole out!

Let's face it – putting on makeup is an art form, whether you're good at it or not.

That is why we so excited by Urban Decay's latest collection, which is a collaboration with a very famous artist. 

 

@urbandecaycosmetics X Basquiat X RR

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The exciting cosmetics brand took to Instagram this week to announce their latest collection, which is inspired by the work of famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The launch, which includes so many amazing products is called Urban Decay x Basquiat – and you're going to want it all. 

 

It's hard to imagine a more perfect fit for UD — introducing our #UDxBasquiat collection. #UrbanDecay

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Many of you may have no clue who Jean-Michel is (fair), so we have a little bit of background information on him.

Basquiat began his career as a graffiti artist in New York City, where he became well-known for his vibrant combinations of text and symbols and his commentary on race and society.

 

Want more #UDxBasquiat? Check out our Instagram Stories. #UrbanDecay

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Urban Decay released a statement about the new collection: "Like Urban Decay, Basquiat was an outsider who challenged the status quo and used colour in nontraditional ways. From his informal graffiti work and the way he mixed mediums and colours to the way he spoke out against social injustice, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect fit for our brand."

The launch features 12 products, with colours and names inspired by the artist's work. There are two fabulous eyeshadow palettes, a blush/bronzer palette, three vibrant lipstick shades, and eye liners in red, yellow, and blue. 

 

About last night… #UDxBasquiat #UrbanDecay

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The products range from €15 to €30, and can also be purchased as a full set fo €150. 

We don't have an official release date for the products yet, but we'll be waiting with baited breath.

 

The dream collaboration UD X BASQUIAT @urbandecaycosmetics

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We're all pretty obsessed with Anastasia Beverly Hills products, but we don't love them enough to commit a major crime to get our hands on them.

It seems that not everyone is on our moral wavelength when it comes to palette pinching, as NBC reports that over €4,200,000 worth of ABH eye shadow palettes were stolen from their warehouses.

 

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The thieves focused on swiping the Modern Renaissance Palette from the ABH warehouse, one of the company's most popular makeup ventures. 

The thefts occurred back in January, but have only recently come to the forefront.

Los Angeles police said this week that they are investigating how the thieves made off with so much of the swiped shadow. 

The suspects are alleged to have sawed through the roof of a San Fernando Valley warehouse and stolen up to 100,000 packages of eye shadow, according to the LA Times. 

I mean, we'd all love a Modern Renaissance Palette, but really? 

None of us can deny the fact that life gets hectic, and it can be easy to forget about skin care, and how  important it really is. 

That is why we are so excited about the latest makeup-related news! 

 

 @alatorreee playing with purples from our Full Spectrum Palette. ColorUnleashed #UrbanDecay

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Urban Decay have been producing the most amazing makeup for decades, and now we are finally getting a range of skin care.

Urban Decay posted an announcement in a photo album on Instagram, in which they released a whole range of new skin goodies. 

 

Putting on eyeshadow without it is just reckless. Tap to shop your favorites now. #UrbanDecay

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The new collection, called Rehab Makeup Prep, includes a number of gorgeous products that are designed to prepare your pretty face before adding makeup.

The second part of the collection is called Meltdown Makeup Removers, and is filled with products to take off your full face at the end of the day (if you have the time).

 

Sneak peek from @udwende. Check out the scoop on her page. #UrbanDecay #BeautyWithAnEdge

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With regards to cosmetics, Urban Decay want s you ladies to: "Put it on perfectly, take it off totally."

Deal. 

As makeup artistry has gotten more and more popular, the phenomenon of the self-taught MUA has become more visible. 

No longer is the title of makeup artist applied to seasoned, brand endorsed applicators, but anyone with a fully-stocked makeup kit and flair for a dramatic winged liner look can cash in on their beautifying talents.

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This well-contoured revolution has let to an influx of MUA pages across social media, as people take to the sites to show off their skills and book clients.

However the MUA acronym has been secretly baffling the uninitiated for months now, who thought the three letters stood for something entirely different. 

To the less makeup savvy, the acronym seemed to spell out the word "mwah," a term once popularised through Bebo mails and scrawled at the bottom of 14-year-old birthday cards.

We can kind of see where they're coming from, despite the lack of "w."

Others believed that the makeup lovers were plotting to take over the world, and thought that the acronym represented the sound of a drawn-out, evil laugh. 

While some MUAs may be inspired by Disney villains for their dramatic Halloween looks, this isn't the case. 

Some even thought that Conor McGregor could be part of the MUA squad, as they believed that the letters represented a branch of MMA training.

A MUA's lip liner may kick ass, but the acronym doesn't quite stretch that far. 

So if you had no clue what the lash-loving MUA term stood for, you weren't alone.