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We're all a little bit guilty of using the aul filter a bit too much when we're uploading our snaps to Instagram.

Magazine covers are photoshopped and social media is filled with images that have been tweaked and edited.

Unfortunately, we rarely see what people actually look like.

Thankfully, Urban Decay have taken to Instagram to show un-retouched skin, and it's actually very important. 

The brand have chosen models with skin texture, freckles, and actual, visible pores. (Yes!)

The images are beautifully striking and show off Urban Decay's products in all of their glory – without any filters altering them. 

The response that the images have gotten on social media says it all – people want to see more of reality when it comes to beauty. 

People took to social media to express their delight, writing, ''finally the beautiful reality is revealed. No more plastic photoshop surgery. Way to go!'' and ''I love seeing real skin texture!''

Another person said, ''this is unedited picture is both a delight to look at and a confidence present for all the girls in the world.''

It's about time that major make-up brands are taking steps to highlight people who aren't naturally flawless (which is all of us btw).

Scars, freckles, lines, sun spots, line is what makes us all unique, so maybe it will make people think twice about popping a filter on every time. 

And hopefully other brands will follow Urban Decay's footsteps because we think it looks unreaaal!

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We all love a good aul bargain. Especially when it's a beauty bargain.

 

Like, with a customised facial costing up to €150 at a Dublin spa, and a vampire facial costing €450 in some places, it's expensive trying to keep our skin nice and supple.  

To combat this and inject some everyday luxury into beauty routines, Dealz has today launched its own skincare range, #6.

"Everyone wants to look good for less, and we spent a long time ironing out the wrinkles to develop a fantastic skincare range to fit all budgets," Holly Mobley, Dealz Head of Glamour, said. 

"We set out to challenge expectations, we want customers to feel like they are buying a bit of luxury without breaking the bank and are confident #6 hits the mark for beauty addicts and skincare novices alike."  

Described as the perfect number for your skin and tipped to rival household name beauty brands, #6 is a complete six-piece skincare range. 

The range features "premium quality products in luxurious packaging that will take pride of place in beauty collections for a fraction of the price".

From anti-ageing day cream to collagen filler, the products contain ingredients such as ceramide, vitamins A & E, sweet almond oil and algae extract, with gentle formulations suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.

The full #6 range is available in Dealz stores nationwide from today, with all products in the range for just €1.50.

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Time on my own is a rare luxury – busy gals, do you feel me?

As a young parent, journalist, and fitness junkie, my days are jam-packed. 

And given my schedule, it’s entirely fair to say my nail care is firmly last on my to-do list.

Day One

I was unfazed about my non-existent routine; after all, I was already caring for my skin and hair… not to mention another human being too.

On the odd occasion that I did treat myself, my nails would be a hot mess in two or three days with peeling and chipping – so I gave up.

That is until I spoke to nail guru Marian Newman at a CND Shellac Luxe event.

To say that my nails were an embarrassment is an understatement. 

I continually apologised to the nail technician, who I believe has magical powers.

She turned my "children nails", as my sister has kindly nicknamed them, into professional, gorgeous-looking nails.

Granted, my nails aren't anywhere near the amazing specimens that are featured on my Insta-feed – I am just your average 20-something-year-old with normal nails. 

Day One

I selected Shellac Luxe 'Satin Slippers' which is a nude.

It's ideal for work and mum life as it is chic and sophisticated but strikes a feminine and pretty look.

An added bonus was Shellac Luxe promised not to destroy my nails and it could be removed in 60 seconds – (YES, 60 seconds!)

Additionally, given the science behind the formula and the 'Wiggle' technique, I was told I'd be well equipped for everyday life without chips or breaks.

 

The TEMPTATION is reallll #CNDLuxe

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I won’t lie: I was VERY sceptical.

I am hard on my nails in general: I play tag rugby, attend Zumba and lift weights four times a week.

I use a push scooter to get to work (laugh now, but they're unreal) come rain or shine, and life with my four-year-old includes A LOT of painting, parks and hikes.

Week Two

However, this is how I got on with Shellac Luxe.

During the three weeks I had it on, I really put it to the test, and I have to confess – I was surprised.

My first chip came in the second week as I was lifting with a bar and caught my nail.

The rest of my nails maintained beautifully well until the end of the experiment though.

Week Three after scooting into work

The biggest thing I didn’t anticipate was how much I loved looking at my hands when my nails were done – I had forgotten what it felt like to have nice nails.

You can guarantee I was lapping up the nail compliments too.

CND were honest about the removal process which I did on my own, and I was SHOOK.

By the time I had finished wrapping the last nail, the first one was ready.

My nails were perfect, no damage or stress to the nail bed after three weeks of Shellac – I was very pleased.

I even got my nails done AGAIN, and I fear that I may become a nail junkie after this experience – please pray for my bank account. 

If you're interested in trying out Shellac Luxe, you're in luck.

They've added 14 new shades for us to obsess over.

CND gives you beautiful Shellac with no compromises – even for those of us who have demanding lives and commitments.  

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Kylie Jenner, almost-billionaire businesswoman is reaching the grand old age of 21.

Yes, she's worth $900million at barely 21 and we were…well, the less said about us at 21, the better tbh. 

So when she's not posing for the cover of Forbes or GQ with her boyf Travis Scott, she's busying herself with her make-up collection.

So to mark her big 21st birthday, she's releasing a new Kylie kit to celebrate the occasion.

This isn't her first foray into bday/make-up collabs as she brought her first kit out in line with her 19th birthday.

She explained in her Instagram stories, "my birthday collections are super special to me because the first collection I ever did was for my 19th birthday. My birthdays are what set off [makeup] collections for me."

So take a look at what's inside Kylie's "most personal collection" yet, and get ready to be wowed because we love literally every f*ckign thing in it.

Oh Kylie, you are a genius. 

Neon Lippies

These six barnd new matte neon lipsticks come in various shades with the best names including,  'Glam,' 'Rumor,' 'Rager,' 'August,' 'Flirtini,' and 'Birthday Behaviour'.

Birthday Lip Trio

She's giving a nod here to her finally reaching the legal drinking age in the US and the trio includes: 'The After Party', 'Shots' and 'Victoria'.

'Get Lit' Pressed Highlighter

We're LOVING the name. We'd buy it for that alone. We dare you not to glow with her divine 'Champagne Showers' highlighter.

Liquid Shadows

'Eat Cake', 'Born to Sparkle', 'Fine Wine' will change your life, you've been warned. 

Pressed Powder Eye Palettes

This stunning eyeshadow palette called 'Sipping Pretty' fits right in with the drunk theme and we are big fans. 

Lip Kits

Kylies iconic lip kits are here and they're called – Twenty-One', 'Baddie', and 'Tipsy'.

Plus a mini lip kit collection with, 'Boss, 'Victoria', 'Rad', 'Say No More', 'Boy Bye', 'Queen'. Yaaass. 

We legit want it all. 

Catch it when it launches online on August 6th. 

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Our lives are now busier than ever.

Whether you’re flying, driving or cycling to work, lazy-leisure or an exclusive event – you NEED Urban Decay’s Born to Run collection.

Urban Decay’s new drop has saved our makeup-loving souls and precious time by creating a versatile, beautiful new collection.

 

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The 21 shade stunning palette has a variety of velvety texture, rich colours and easy-peasy blend abilities to ensure you look like a lady boss regardless of what your schedule throws at you.

Urban Decay has even personalised the casing of the palette by featuring their own staff's travel pictures, which is bound to give you the travel bug.

You don’t have to worry about reapplication as the day draws on as the eyeshadows are created with a long-lasting, specific pigment to ensure they don't budge once applied.  

It comes as no surprise that it’s already a hot favourite on Instagram with the oranges ‘baja’ ‘ignite’ and ‘rift’ definitely being a fashion-must have this season.

The reason we are so in love with the Born to Run collection is the variety it offers; you can embrace a flawless natural look or venture out with three fun-loving shades of 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil.

Take on the town, turn heads and catch eyes all night long with the eyeliners that amplifies and enhances any look and refuses to move no matter how wild your weekend gets.

To really ensure you get the best out of your face of makeup, before taking on the day, lock in your look using the Born To Run Travel-Size All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.

It will keep your makeup on point for a staggering 16 hours, so you’re always Insta-ready.

The setting spray conveniently fits in our bags – so no matter where you wake up or fall asleep, you can be assured this secret weapon can travel with you.  

Get excited as the wait is over! Born to Run is now available to purchase in both the UK and Ireland.

For the ROI, you can pop into you local Debenhams or Arnotts store to pick up this gorgeous collection.

Take on the world with this incredible collection!

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Love Island’s Megan has opened up about her decision to have plastic surgery. The reality star has defended herself in an honest interview with Cosmopolitan UK.

She admitted that she didn’t get the procedures done to impress others, but for a much more empowering reason.

The former glamour model urged people to be less negative about plastic surgery, admitting she doesn’t think there is anything wrong with it.

“I think if you want to do something to make yourself more comfortable, then why not?” she said.

The 24-year-old stressed that she doesn’t consider herself a role model. “I did it for me and no-one else.”

Megan revealed that she has had a huge amount of procedures done in her life so far: "I got a boob job at 19, and had another one when I got older and had more money to upgrade the surgeon! And I had my nose done and my lips filled. And the teeth.”

The Love Island contestant said she has nothing to be ashamed of. She got those procedures done simply to boost her confidence: “I've done what I’ve done because it made me me feel confident and comfortable.”

Megan argued that society has no problem with women going to the hairdressers, nail salon or beauticians to boost their confidence, so what is wrong with her getting a procedure that makes her feel good about herself.

“I get my lips done because I feel better, it doesn’t have to be a massive deal,” she shared.

Megan came in fourth place in the Love Island finale on Monday night.

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Okay, so we're a day late but why can't every day be National Lipstick Day?

From old Hollywood-glamour red pouts, to 1980's frosted pink pouts and Morticia Addams-style dark pouts, a good lipstick has the power to transform a mood/outfit/whole day.

So in honour of this timeless make-up staple, we did a whip around the office to see what lippies the team have stashed in their make up bags and why they wouldn't be seen without them…

Kat O'Connor, Staff Writer

My favourite is Mrs Mia Wallace by Urban Decay.

It's a gorgeous deep red and never fails to boost my confidence.

I'm not a huge makeup fan and prefer a natural look, but when I want to feel more glamorous I pop that on and I'm good to go. 

Mrs Mia Wallace,Urban Decay, €15.45

Mary Byrne, MagicMum Editor

My go-to is a Rimmel lippie in a pinky shade.

Unfortunately, I've used it so often that the colour code has worn off and I'm not 100% sure what it's called.

I'm not really a lipstick type of person tbh, and I opt for the same one whether I'm heading to a gig or a wedding – why fix what's not broken?!

I love this one is because it also works really well as a blusher – it's got a lovely creamy, matte texture and blends in really well. 

Jen McShane, MummyPages Editor

As I have so little time in the mornings, I want a lipstick that won't have vanished by the time I arrive at the office.

So I tend to favour a lip crayon – specifically Chanel's Le Rouge Crayon Del Couleur (€35).

It's really a two-in-one; a retractable twist that doubles as a liner and a lipstick.

The thin nib means you can outline your lips expertly and fill them in, on-the-go, in a hurry, wherever you are. It has a satin, yet ultra long-lasting, intense colour finish and despite the price tag, I have it in multiple shades – that's how good it is. 

Chanel's Le Rouge Crayon Del Couleur, €35

Shayna Sappington, Editorial Intern 

I love Mac's lipstick Twig.

It's a nice neutral colour you can wear everyday and looks different on everyone.

Their lipstick doesn't dry out my lips and always smells like vanilla. 

MAC, Twig. €20.00

Aoife Loughnane,  Editorial Intern

Like Mary, I'm not a huge lipstick person mainly because anytime I've attempted to wear it in the past, I look like I've devoured a pot of strawberry jam. 

However, I do love the Kate Moss Rimmel range – but I espesh love the Rimmel only 1 Matte Lipstick in nude. 

It's also fantastic as a blush on the cheekbones – just a little dab last hours and it actually looks good. 

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There’s a brand new addition coming to the Arnotts Beauty Hall and we are beyond excited about it. It’s safe to say this brand will be welcomed with open arms when it arrives at Arnotts on July 26, 2018.

IT Cosmetics is set to launch their first store in Dublin this month and we’ll certainly be stocking up on their game-changing products.

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IT Cosmetics products are bound to make a positive impact on your skin. Their clinically proven, innovative, problem-solving products harness cutting-edge anti-ageing technologies and skin-loving ingredients to truly give you the power to be Your Most Beautiful You.

You can wave goodbye to bad skin days from here on out because IT Cosmetics are bound to give you that healthy glow you’ve wanted for so long.

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The company’s mission is to help women feel more beautiful in their own skin. There is so much pressure on women to look flawless, and sometimes that pressure can really take its toll on you.

Luckily, products like their Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ are here to save the day. Not only will this colour correcting cream leave your skin glowing, but it will also protect it from sun damage. It’s a win-win!

If your skin is looking a bit dull and tired then you must treat yourself to a tub of Confidence in a Cream. This cream will transform your skin and leave it feeling rejuvenated and looking plump.

IT Cosmetics are creating products that will boost your confidence. They vow to help women feel better about their appearance: “We exist to inspire every woman to celebrate her own beauty and to feel confident, important, loved and beautiful. Even if it’s for the first time, or for the first time in a long time.”

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We can’t wait for the launch of IT Cosmetics at the Arnotts Beauty Hall on Thursday, July 26 2018.

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Watching beauty videos on YouTube is one of our favourite pastimes, but occasionally we can get a tad bored with the content. 

Luckily, with all the lazing about that the festive season allows us,m we stumbled upon one YouTube beauty guru with an epic twist. 

Introducing Sailor J, the parody beauty account that mixes sensational makeup looks with social issue discussion. We subscribed in three seconds flat. 

 

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Sailor uses her tutorials to help unfortunate singletons catch a man, using the bamboozlement and witchcraft that is makeup.

'I bought this brush from a woman at the mall,' she declares in GETTING A MAN 101, one of her popular videos. 

'She had a wedding ring on, so clearly she knows what she's doing.' 

Sailor also takes the absolute p*** out of the consistent insistence of males that makeup is 'false advertising.'

'A man is going to find me and think – 'Wow, a woman born with gold eyelids.' 

Her most viewed video Contouring 101, has over 1.2 million views thanks to it's time on the trending page, and for good reason. 

'If men find out we can rearrange the bones of our face, we're finished. We might as well pack our bags and go to the nunnery,' she proclaims, in full Sailor J persona. 

'If the men find out we can shape shift, they're going to tell the church.'

 

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'Beautiful women don't have foreheads,' she says sarcastically. 

'If you have too big of a brain, it means you have ugly things like opinions and thoughts of your own.' 

We'll leave you to watch it for yourself:

 

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There's nothing more annoying than spending your precious time and money on your nails, for them to be destroyed just days later. 

That's why we are SO excited to share a nail secret that we've just been informed of.

The nail industry has just been revolutionised by a simple technique, so you can say goodbye to chipped nails. 

 

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Shellac Luxe and the incredible people at CND have let me in on a new technique they have developed called the Wiggle.

The Wiggle gets those nails looking sharp and keeps them on point for two weeks.

It is a new way to paint nails and caps the nail properly to avoid chipping and breaks.

Samantha Sweet of Sweet Squared spoke to SHEmazing about how the Wiggle was conceived with Shellac Luxe, which removes in just sixty seconds.

"Team CND obviously do a lot of training on application…rather than paint a nail traditionally from the cuticle up, they do this wiggle technique, where they are almost going backward on the tip of the nail first, it’s almost like you’re sealing the edge," she explained. 

"The brush in this product is so awesome, that when you actually apply this wiggle technique, it just does this beautiful sweep, then they apply [the polish] normally."

After speaking to the nail goddess that is Marian Newman, she told me all about the way the Wiggle is changing the industry as we know it.

Marian has worked in every aspect of the nail industry, which includes over 50 British Vogue covers to her name and years of working on fashion shows for London and Paris Fashion Weeks – so she knows a thing or two about nails.

"I think the Wiggle technique is amazing," she said. 

 

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"With any nail coating, you do have to cap the free edge because the layers end there, so that is where they get the most damage, that's where water can seep and make the layers blow apart, so you do have to cap the free edge," she said.

"And a lot of people cap the free edge but they get polish underneath and if you get any underneath, traditional or gel polish you end up picking it out and then you have broken the seal.

"Everyone knows this is such a fine product [Shellac Luxe] – when I say fine, I mean sophisticated, it’s superior.

Marian went on to explain that with the Wiggle technique and using Luxe, you cap the tip of the nail without getting anything underneath, so you don't break the seal. 

 

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Marian also added that it's crucial for nail techs to get the wiggle technique down properly, so you get the best results.

"[Shellac Luxe] is thin and you don’t get the bulbous piece at the end, it's just an easy way for every nail professional to remember, what to do and get the best possible results because this is very technique sensitive. 

"If you don’t put it on right, then you’re not going to get the best out of it."

 

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Our hands are in front of our face all day long.

Making the effort is worth it, as staring at beautiful nails all day makes us happy.

When asked why they want other nail technicians to lose bad habits, and to adopt the wiggle and Shellac Luxe; The answer was simple – "the integrity of a natural nail."

 

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"We are in the beauty industry, we are not here to trash natural nails. The integrity of a natural nail should be the first priority of a nail technician, keeping those nails beautiful," explained Samantha. 

"Now with traditional Shellac and Luxe, you don’t need to use an abrasive or a file on the natural nail, so already you haven't done anything to the nail to thin it or anything like that."

"If nail techs stop doing those type of things, and then you've got a product that comes off so easily, so the nail underneath shouldn't be harmed in any way, then you've got a better experience for the customers."

"Clients should not be going to a salon to get their nails trashed, and yet there are so many people that still do that."

 

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Shellac Luxe knows how to treat your nails properly and removes in sixty seconds, leaving behind a clean, healthy nail.

The range has expanded by 15 brand new shades, with Satin Slippers being our ultimate fav.

However, if you're feeling peachy and summery, Charm is your way to go.

If you're walking on the darker, moodier side of life, Dark Cherry (it's a rouge-noire) will be one to get your hands on!

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Skin break outs happen to the best of us..even the perma-glowy Millie Mackintosh.

Thank f*ck for that, we here you say.  

The 28-year-old former Made In Chelsea star took to Instagram stories share her acne woes with her 1.3 million followers. 

Luckily for Mills, she could pop to get some light therapy done when she started to suffer with her complexion.  

 

Spell it out 

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She explained in her post that her skin ''has been breaking out since my wedding…not sure if it's the heat or what, off to get some light therapy @drfrancesprennajones will let you know how I get on!"

Later that evening, Millie posted again about her skin troubles, saying how it made her feel ''rubbish.''

Her solution to it all?

Lash on a pair of oversized sunnies. Yep, it works for pretty much everything tbh. 

So what is this light therapy that she was getting and can we afford it if we don't live in Chelsea?

Well, the treatment involves using controlled artificial ultraviolet light to help reduce symptoms and slows the progress of common skin conditions.

Shockingly, getting the treatment done with a dermatologist is super pricey.

 So for those of us who aren't socialites, there are brands like Neutrogena who do a Light Therapy Mask, and it does pretty much the same job. 

 

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Things aren't all bad for Millie however, as she is recently back from her sun-drenched honeymoon in Crete following her wedding to Hugo Taylor on June 22nd. 

She shared the whole holiday with us, posting envy-inducing snaps of blue skies, sandy beaches and gorgeous bohemian outfits. We're so not jel at all.

Here's hoping that her acne troubles are behind her as she starts married life – we think she still looks gorgeous anyway. 

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Kylie Jenner is known for many things. 

Her lip gloss range, her reality TV show, the fact that she's part of one of the most famous showbiz families on the planet…oh and her now-iconic full pout. 

While she initially denied having anything done to her lips, she admitted all in 2017 on her show Life of Kylie

She told Complex magazine at the time that, ''it has been an insecurity of mine all my life. I felt like no one wanted to kiss me.”

Explaining why she had originally lied about the cosmetic work, she explained that she had panicked.

''What are all those moms going to think about me? These kids, my fans, they’re going to think I’m crazy. I didn't’ want to be a bad influence. I didn't’t want people to think you had to get your lips done to feel good about yourself.''

However, it seems that she has had a change of heart.

 

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Taking to Instagram over the weekend, the 20-year-old revealed that her relationship with fillers was so done. 

She posted an image of herself with what looks like her old lips. 

Her 110 million followers were quick to notice, with some commenting, ''even more beautiful now you’ve took them out. Natural is beautiful'' and ''so totally beautiful …The natural look is so good.''

 

it’s our 8 year anniversary

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In the past, she admitted that she might have gotten carried away with the injections.

“When you first get them done, you’re like, ‘Oh, it could be a little bit bigger on that side.’ I’d go back and be like, ‘They went down’ and think they could be bigger. But I went too far.”

While people were purely speculating about the Insta snaps at first, Kylie then confirmed her different look by saying, ''I got rid of all my filler'' followed by worried emojis.

Kyle recently spoke about how her baby Stormi had not inherited her lips, but has big beautiful eyes. 

She told friend Jordyn Woods during a YouTube Q&A that, ''she has the biggest eyes ever. The one thing I was insecure about, she has. She has the most perfect lips in the whole entire world. She ain't get those from me. Thank her dad for those.''

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