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When it comes to make-up brushes, you can never have too many. However, the makers of Essence and Catrice have just come out with a new range and they are to-die-for.

This exclusive brush collection from stunning new beauty range L.O.V is perfect for every product you use, from powders and foundations to eyeshadows and liners, so you'll never be stuck.

And, if you've used Essence or Catrice before, then you'll know these brushes are going to be fab!

The EVENelegance

This foundation brush will give your make-up a super soft finish and you'll feel like the foundation is just gliding onto your face. Priced at only €9.95, it's an absolute bargain.



The PERFECTional

This duo contouring brush is going to be a lifesaver! How many of you really have no idea what brushes to use when contouring?! Because we certainly don't.The double-ended brush has been especially designed so suit either powder or cream, and at €12.95 it's a total win-win.




This is a duo eyeshadow brush, which we all totally need. Whether you want to go super smokey or slick and pointed, it'll be a breeze with this €6.95 double-ended brush. The rounded bristles are also a dream for blending.

Well, we know what brushes we're putting on our Santa list!



Contouring has been huge for many seasons now, and even with newly-found beauty trends such as 'strobing' and 'baking' becoming more and more popular, we're all for adding that little bit of shimmer to our make-up look.

This September, Catrice is launching its new Contourious collection, and we have to say, we're already in love.

Giving you definition, a sculpted face and illumination, the range of cream and powder textures in this line come in dreamy soft champagne, rosé and brown hues.

And Catrice don't only have your face covered, it also has some contouring bits for your lips, eyes, and brows:

Contourious Brow Shaper – €3.50

This is to shape and define your brows. The extra slim brush will add definition to complete the perfect brow shape for you. Score!


Contourious Contouring Cream Palette – €4.95

This is dreamy. The perfect blend of two matte, creamy tones can be combined to create an individual shade just for you. Or you can use the two shades separately to highlight and shade.


Contourious Highlighting Stick – €4.50

This highlighting stick has the perfect light pearl shimmer to give you an amazing glow. It also blends effortlessly so you'll have no bother wearing this from day to night.


Contourious Sculpting Powder Palette – €5.50

A highlighter, blusher and coutour all in one! This is perfect if you're on the go all day and don't have enough room in your bag to fit all that make-up. Super handy!


Contourious Lip Countour and Colour – €4.95

With a matte lipliner that creates the perfect contour and then a gloss to provide the perfect finish, this is the only lippy you'll need in your make-up bag. Coming in two fab colours – dark rose-nude and rosewood – you're lips will stand out like Kylie K's.

The fab collection is arriving in Penneys stores and pharmacies nationwide throughout September 2016.



Contouring seems to be the one beauty trend that just keeps on giving.  Already it's allowed us to cover sunburn, create chiseled cheeks and draw on better boobs so really it's about time we tried the technique on our eyes.

As most people know, contouring involves a combination of shading and highlighting to enhance desirable attributes while reducing the prominence of our less favourable features and it's because of this the process can be quite product heavy.  But luckily we've found one easy-to-use solution for contouring the eye.

The new Eye & Brow Contouring Palette by Catrice includes one shimmer shade for highlighting the brow bone and three different matt brown colours for adding depth and definition to the eye.

This compact palette comes in two colours (one designed for people with warm skin tones and one for those with cooler complexions), can easily be slotted into any handbag for on-the-go contouring and costs just €4.95.

For added definition, why not apply a line of Catrice’s Glam & Doll Super Black Liner (€3.95)?  The uniquely shaped flexible felt tip on this product allows for the creation of both fine and thick lines and its long-wearing formula means your wings should stay picture perfect all night long.

And for all out glam, stick on a pair of the brand’s new Smokey Eyes Volume Lashes (€4.50).

Catrice’s Autumn/Winter ’16 collection will be available in Penneys stores and pharmacies nationwide this August.



So we know there are only two weeks left of autumn and therefore two weeks until the official start of winter (NOOO!),  but there is still plenty of time to incorporate the autumnal colour palette into your make up regime.

Sumptuous burnt oranges, leafy greens and deep, mahogany browns were all big beauty trends on this year's A/W catwalks.

You know what we’re talking about.

Here’s how you can embrace autumn on your face: 

1. Autumn Flame

The trend: Burnt, smoky oranges are the perfect autumnal colours as seen here on the A/W 2015 catwalk for Hervé Léger . Don't be afraid to embrace these sultry tones across the face.

Make it work for you: Use a pigmented, bright orange across the eyelid (smoke out with a soft brown if it is too intense). Then take a soft coral toned blush across the cheeks and finish with a peachy hue on the lips for a look that ignites your features. 

2. Autumn Forest 

The trend: Forget the traditional smoky eye using black and grey tones and opt instead for warm brown hues.

Make it work for you: Use a beige eye shadow for the inner crease before using a deep mahogany shade across the entire outer eye area. Smoke this colour right out to the crease and underneath the lash line. Use a gold or honey shadow to bring the autumnal shade right up to the lash line. Keep the rest of the face matte and nude; finish with a brown eyeliner or mascara.  

3. Autumn Leaves 

The trend: Green might not be the first colour you think of when doing your eyeshadow but deep greens are really gorgeous in combination especially with sallow skin. Just as browns enhance a green eye, greens do the same for brown eyes.

Make it work for you: Use a soft brown tone on the lids and inner eye area before smoking out with a deep, forest green shade. Use a green liner to define the eyes and finish with a brown mascara. 

Get the Looks

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow in Rouge Gorge, €34.49. available in Brown Thomas
MAC Lipstick in CB96, €19, available in Brown Thomas and MAC, Henry Street


Bobbi Brown Intense Pigment Liner in Forest, €33.50, available in Brown Thomas
No7 Natural Blush Tint Powder, €11, available in Boots 


Benefit they're real! Mascara in Beyond Brown, €26, available in Brown Thomas
L'Oréal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss in Never Let Me Go, €7.79, available in Boots


Catrice Cosmetics Chocolate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, €5.49, available in Penneys, Dunnes Stores and McCabes Pharmacies 




Summer is the perfect season to have your nails looking their very best, but by taking part in all of the adventures that the season has to offer, chipped nail polish (boo!) is a common occurrence. 

At least Catrice nail lacquers promise a variety of long-lasting colours, and they're available in Penneys priced at just €2.99 – which means we might even snap up more than one.

For the lovers of a more subtle look, luxury nude white and bright (€3.29) offers killer coverage in a chic neutral shade.

Meanwhile, for a shiny summer hue that will last an age, my yellow fellow definitely caught our attention. Then there's (S)wimbledon, a perfectly-pitched shade of green inspired by the tennis championship. And a gallon of melon comes in a coral hue to make your toenails look beach-ready against your gladiator sandals.

Finally, all you need is pink is perfect for kicking off a great night out in style.

But in order to achieve those glorious eight days of coverage, Catrice suggests its three-step system: the ultra stay and gel shine base coat (€3.99), an ultimate nail lacquer colour, followed by the ultra stay and gel shine top coat (€3.99).


Not feeling so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? Then fake it! Niamh Geaney was joined in studio by Catrice to showcase their new Spring Summer collection. Make-up artist Sarah Lannigan also gives us a step-by-step run down on how to achieve that 'oh, I just woke up like this' look.


Catrice and Essence have launched their amazing AW14  make-up collection and Emma Power from SHEmazing! TV went along to check it out.