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Inglot is celebrating 10 glorious years in the cosmetics business by making numerous new announcements, and their first one has us gasping with the excitement.

As well as creating new loyalty cards, a ten-year anniversary palette, a partnership with retail giant Next, collaborating with top influencer Terrie McEvoy, Ciara McKeown and Lucy Fitz, they're rolling out the brand in a number of pharmacies.

Burke’s Pharmacy in Naas, McElhinney’s Dept Store in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal and McCauley’s Pharmacy in Carlow are included in the roll-out, after the brand joined one of Ireland's biggest online beauty retailers; Cloud 10.

Now the brand, which was brought to Ireland in 2009, are bringing out their new 'Minis' collection; 8 Mini Lip Satins, 10 Mini HD Foundations and 4 Brand New Mini ‘Glow On’ Highlighters.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The new concept minis are the beauty brand's eighth announcement as part of their Inglot10 campaign, and thank Goddess it's payday because we want ALL of these.

They're the first in the global brand's launch into the world of travel-size make-up products, and range from just €6 to €9. Heaven help us, we can't be stopped from buying them all.

The Minis Collection officially launches today (Wednesday, July 31) across all Inglot stores nationwide, and on their website here.

‘Glow On’ Mini Highlighter

The brand new, intensively pigmented 'Glow On' Gel Highlighters come in four, radiant shades and are perfect for illuminating your beautiful skin this summer.

Achieve that dewy 'strobed'' lighting effect with the gorgeous highlighter, priced at just €9. The 3D metallic highlight look you'll create won't let you down, day or night.

You can use the 'Glow On' Gel Highlighters under or over make-up, and all over your body. They also fit easily into your purse for those nights on the dancefloor, so they're like a mini best pal in your bag.

Mini HD Foundation

Inglot's record-breaking, bestselling high-definition foundation is now available in mini form, and we couldn't be happier.

The brand's infamously long-lasting, imperfection-concealing foundation is every beauty guru's dream purchase, and now the mini foundations come in 10 shades.

They're also suitable for all skin types, so whether you're dry or oily-skinned, these are for you. Considering they're €9, they're pretty much for everyone.

Mini Lip Satin Lipsticks

 

Inglot's creamy, soft mini satin lipsticks are ideal for holiday-wear this summer.

Rich in emollients and special ingredients, the lippies have a velvety smooth finish. They'll leave your lips fuller and more moisturised than ever, how can we say no?

Mini Lip Satins sell at only €6, so we're officially buying the entire range.

Inglot has 16 Stores throughout Ireland, so there won't be a shortage of options if you're searching for their Minis Collection. Inglot also sell the range online and in selected pharmacies.

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The secret to Kourtney Kardashian’s flawless skin? Irish brand Carter Beauty by Marissa Carter’s €9.95 Full Measure HD Foundation.

Celebrity make-up artist Rokael Lizama let slip last night that he uses Carter Beauty’s bestselling Full Measure HD Foundation to create Kourtney Kardashian’s flawless glow.

The celebrity make-up artist credits the hero buy for holding fast under filming lights on set, having used it during filming for the promo of the latest season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

In imagery from the Season 16 promo shoot, Kourtney’s skin looks flawless thanks to the high-coverage, lightweight budget foundation.

Heralded as a cult buy by make-up artists, beauty experts and consumers alike, Full Measure HD Foundation is a make-up bag must-have, available in 12 shades from Meringue through to Vanilla Fudge.  

Entrepreneur Marissa Carter is no stranger to A-list love, last month Ariana Grande wore her €4.95 Supreme Gel Liner in the music video for break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored and sister brand Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter counts both Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian as fans.

Carter Beauty’s Full Measure HD Foundation is a lightweight, full coverage foundation which leaves a flawless finish. Full Measure was developed for creating impeccable looks that last. Full Measure is buildable for medium to full coverage. The light, water-based formula glides onto the skin leaving incredible coverage as a base for any type of make-up look.

As for which shade Kourtney wears? Crème Brûlée. Get it before it’s gone.

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Most of us don't think twice about plastic in our make-up and beauty regime. Yet once it's pointed out to us, it's completely unavoidable; plastic is EVERYWHERE in beauty.

From eyeshadow palettes to shampoo bottles, plastic toothbrushes which take over 400 years to decompose, foundation which isn't ethically sourced to packaging which could easily be replaced with recyclable equivalents; beauty is problematic when it comes to our environment.

What do we mean by sustainable cosmetics? Essentially; fair wages for workers, recyclable and biodegradable packaging, ethically sourced and natural, cruelty-free ingredients, renewable resources. In summary: doing no harm to the planet, other people or animals in the process.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sounds great, doesn't it? So many of us tune out when we hear things about the environment; it all just seems overwhelmingly impossible to face it head-on.

Yet swapping your beauty routine for a greener option is SO easy, even small changes have large repercussions. We each must think individually about our own actions, rather than the planet as a whole.

Here are our top tips for reducing your carbon footprint through your beauty regimen…IT'S VITAL that we embrace the change.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1. Swap plastic toothbrushes for bamboo counterparts.

Toothbrushes are constantly bought and thrown away, without a single thought about where it goes after our bins are emptied. Basically, it heads to landfill, where plastic takes up to 1000 years to break down. Incredible, isn't it?

Changing your toothbrush for a bamboo one can HUGELY reduce the harm caused by your oral hygiene.

The Humble Co. sell great ones, check out their website here. You can also pop into your nearest Holland and Barrett health store. Pair it with Fig + Yarrow Cornmint Lavender Tooth Powder, which comes in little recyclable/reusable glass bottle and is created with white clay, sea salt, baking soda, and antibacterial essential oils.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Recycle your empty make-up containers in stores now

Since the creation of plastics, humans have made 8.3 billion metric tonnes of it. Of that amount, an incredible 6.3 billion metric tonnes have already been thrown out and 91 percent of that waste has NOT been recycled. It makes a lot of sense now why governments and communities are raising support for the banning of single-use plastics…

Make sure that your plastic bottles and empty make-up sets are recycled properly; companies such as Lush, The Body Shop and L'Occitane have unreal reward systems for returning your plastic packaging to the stores.

More stores are committed to limiting their impact on the environment. L'Occitane's new initiative with TerraCycle enables the recycling of beauty products from any brand. TerraCycle is a collection and recycling programme which specialises in difficult-to-recycle packaging, so they know their stuff.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Any L'Occitane customers can recycle their empties at any store now. Thirty-five percent of Lush products are sold 'naked' (with no packaging), so zero-waste washing is absolutely possible. Their products sold in pots and bottles are 100 percent post-consumer plastic. 

Save and return five clean, black pots to any local Lush store for a free face mask; you give back and you get in return. 

3. Know your brands, and choose ones who are HONEST about where their ingredients and packaging come from.

It's not difficult to be totally aware of what you're consuming and if it's harming anyone else. Send Instagram DMs or email the company to ask if the information isn't readily available on their packaging or websites. Hint: if the information is hard to find, it's probably NOT a good company to go with.

There are so many incredible natural, cruelty free and ethical make-up brands around now; Bia Beauty is an up-and-coming Irish brand we adore. Beauty Without Cruelty products for sensitive skin are considered among the best on the market. 

Lush are another company who partner with the Ocean Legacy Foundation to use recovered plastic from the ocean as material.

Christopher Davis, who is The Body Shop's international director of campaigns and corporate responsibility, said the brand is undertaking a "comprehensive review" of sustainable packaging choices. They are hoping to remove fossil fuels from 70 percent of its product packaging by 2020.

"Our long-term vision is that packaging will not harm people or the environment and can be repurposed," says Davis. "All our solutions need to be truly sustainable."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Get smart about your container use.

Why not try and use bars of shampoo rather than bottles? Numerous shops now have methods of bringing your own plastic bottles which have been recycled to collect any goods from the store, so they don't waste packaging.

Reuse empty make-up plastic packaging for something more creative. You can also try and use powdered deodorant or bars of soap instead of the spray-cans. For pump-bottles, you should generally throw away the pump before recycling as the metal springs inside can’t be recycled.

Once part of it isn't recyclable, it nearly always ends up in landfill or the sea, and we don't want that. Oh, and GET A METAL STRAW right this minute.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Terracycle has a partnership with Bausch & Lomb which aims to recycle contacts, blister packs, and the top foil from contact lenses, if you wear glasses. Terracycle also have an incredible partnership with Garnier, which recycles ANY hair care, skin care, and cosmetics packaging. 

5. Use recyclable make-up remover pads or a face cloth instead of wipes.

 According to the FDA, wipes are made from an amalgamation of ingredients such as polyester, polypropylene, cotton, wood pulp, and rayon fibres. Many of these are not biodegradable, but some wipes are compostable, such as RMS Beauty and Yes To.

We recommend the MakeUp Eraser remover cloths, they're absolutely life-changing. Buy them on iHerb at a great price, and never look back. The Cleanse Off Mit is another wonderful option; all machine-washable.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Eco-brushes

Pretty much every make-up brush is made from plastic, but we've discovered some alternatives. EcoTools brushes are made from recycled bamboo, recycled aluminium, and some recycled plastic: GORGE.

Morphe also has a beautiful 18-piece vegan brush set that we have our eyes firmly set on. ZOEVA do bamboo brush sets via Beauty Bay's website, for a heftier price.

In terms of hair brushes, try the WetBrush Go Green Detangler Brush, which is made of plant starch and designed to break down within five years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. Eco-lipstick

AXIOLOGY is your go-to for non-toxic lipstick. They value a holistic, vegan lifestyle and are 100 percent transparent about where their ingredients come from. The brand is pretty expensive if you're a student or on a lower wage, but it's excellent quality and totally ethical. Their boxes are sourced by Bali women who recycle local waste into paper.

The founder of AXIOLOGY, Ericka Rodriguez, is proud to use no palm oil or palm oil derivatives in their goods; "Palm oil is causing widespread deforestation and causing the extinction of many animal species. We donate to the Orangutan Foundation International to help the orangutans during this crisis."

Once again, go for plastic-free lipstick holders or lip liners if possible, or at least recyclable options. Check out earth911.com to find out about your plastic bottles and recycling options. Over 40 percent of the plastic we use is in the form of packaging, so it's time to change.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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8. Ditch those plastic disposable razors ASAP

Girlos who shave, it's time to get a razor you can use again and again. Throwing away constant disposable plastic razors causes phenomenal harm to the environment, and we are so much better than that, ain't we? The EPA estimates 2 BILLION razors are thrown away each year….wow.

You can find a reusable, stainless steel razor in any major retailer, and can get reusable blades for cheap. It's cost-effective and eco-friendly beauty, let's DO IT. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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9. Invest in double-duty products

Do you really need sun-cream AND foundation AND highlighter AND concealer AND moisturiser AND primer AND bronzer AND setting spray AND powder? We're guessing not.

Try choosing products which double-duty; like SPF BB creams, lip primers which have moisturising properties, tinted moisturisers etc. Minimise as much as you can, and really think about what you need versus what you want.

10. Tampons

Disposable tampon applicators are one of the BIGGEST forms of ocean plastic pollution. Why not try switching to applicator-less tampons, or invest in a menstrual cup. The cups last for up to 10 years, producing far less waste than disposable menstrual products, and avoid the chemicals present in tampons.

They also save you a lot of money over time, and are becoming far more popular as more women in Ireland try them out. In terms of applicator-free tampons, try Emerita.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Finally: Campaign for change.

Contact product manufacturers, give feedback to brands and express your wish that plastic they use is recyclable. Annoy them if you must; consumer pressure makes a significant difference. You can make the change.

It's worth a shot, lobby your local TDs so we can improve environmental laws. Email your favourite make-up brands, show your support for eco-friendly and ethical companies especially.

You can do it gals, a little change goes a long way.

Feature image: eco warrior princess

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What are your V-Day plans, gals? 

For many of us, it's pretty much the usual shebang of perusing ice-cream flavours in Tesco, and wallowing on the couch while feeling guilty as a feminist for wallowing on Valentine's Day. 

Ariana Grande is turning the single life into a trend, at least that's one comforting thing. Plus our pets give us more love than we even deserve.

Meanwhile, in Billionaire Boujee-land, Kylie Jenner is prepping for a new Kylie Cosmetics launch:

She appears to have gotten a red lady makeover, and we have to admit she's looking pure Poison Ivy-level glamour; serving Jessica Rabbit realness 24/7 just became her new niche.

We're assuming that this isn't Kylie's natural hair, seeing as the Kardashians can afford wigs, extensions, photoshop, stylists, fashion designers, celebrity hairdressers, etc.

Kylie's emanating Kim's Valentine's Day vibe form 2017, because the photographer responsible for this Kylie Cosmetics shoot also shot Kim's viral candy hearts campaign in 2018.

Image: Instagram/@kimkardashian

While Kim's hairdo is a lighter shade of pastel-coloured pink, Kylie has gone all-out pillarbox red.

Which do you prefer? We're feelin' Kylie's wavy, short hair because it's Moulin Rouge vibes to the max.

She'll be releasing the new collection on February 1, stay tuned.

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Irish beauty entrepreneur Suzanne Jackson has revealed she is adding a FULL lipstick collection to her brand SoSu by SJ.

The make-up mogul revealed on her Instagram account yesterday that she's been working on a signature lipstick range, launching next month.

She captioned the video;

"Can you deal?! Full lipstick collection coming soon. You asked, we listened! Lipsticks, liners and glosses! Launching in Feb! More details soon! Who’s excited?"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Suzanne Jackson already has a hugely extensive beauty product collection; her false eyelash range, contour palettes, highlighter kits and eyeshadow palettes have caused a frenzy.

After creating a successful business through blogging, Jackson turned her talents to cosmetics, creating SOSU by SJ.

Despite her brand being only two years old, it's already stocked by major retailers such as Boohoo, Primary and PrettyLittleThing all over Europe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Celebrity MUA fans of the expanding brand include Emma McVey, Lauren Pope, Chloe Lloyd, Jelena Peric, Megan McKenna and Khinda Hawari.

The recent eyeshadow palette collaboration of SOSUbySJ x Keilidh was massively popular, and we're sure the new lipstick range will generate a similar reaction.

Roll on February, we NEED those gorgeous lip colours ASAP.

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When it comes to skincare and having a beauty regime, it can quickly become confusing and even a bit overwhelming. From figuring out your skin type, to finishing your daily routine with the right women’s perfume for the occasion, suddenly your beauty regime sounds more like hard work.

It doesn’t have to be so mind-boggling! One of the first things to remember is that no matter your skin type, or how busy you may be, having any sort of regular routine can help to maintain healthy, glowing skin.

So, if you’re hoping to create a new beauty regime, overhaul your current routine or simply just learn a bit more about skincare, here are some top tips to help you get started.

Understand your skin type

Understanding your skin is so important before you buy any new products, as it can make sure you’re providing your skin with the treatment it needs. Most of us identify our skin type when we’re in our late teens, and often stick to that diagnosis into our 20s and beyond.

It’s worth keeping in mind that your skin will change significantly as you get older, so take some time to identify any new concerns or changing skin conditions. Either do your homework, or consider seeing a professional at a skincare counter to help you.

Keep it simple

It can be easy to get carried away once you start discovering a new routine. However, it’s important to keep it simple; this means you’ve got more chance of keeping it up every day! No one wants to spend half an hour in front of the mirror every morning or night, so stick to minimum products and it will quickly become part of your everyday routine.

One of the best tips for good skin maintenance is using a quality cleanser. Look out for the type of cleanser that will work best for your skin; they often come in various textures like a milk, cream, balm or facial wash.

You should follow your cleanser with a toner. Toners are designed to remove any leftover impurities which your cleanser may not have picked up. There are toners for specific skin types, created with a variety of ingredients, so don’t just choose any old type!

One of the final steps should be to moisturise; even if you have oily skin. Hydrating your skin through a moisturiser can ensure your skin remains healthy. You may want to consider a serum or eye cream to finish with.

It is worth noting that moisturiser is designed to sit on the surface of your skin and protect it from external elements. Serum, on the other hand, sinks right into your skin for extra treatment.

Protecting your skin

You don’t have to be on holiday or in direct sunlight to wear SPF. Our skin is almost always exposed to some sort of UV, even if it’s cloudy outside. By wearing some kind of sunscreen, even if it’s in your makeup, you’re protecting your skin from a multitude of things, such as skin discolouration and appearance of red veins or blotchiness.

Wearing SPF will also slow down wrinkles and stop your skin from prematurely ageing.

Your makeup and fragrance routine

Once you’ve achieved glowing, healthy skin, it’s important to incorporate the rest of your beauty regime. When it comes to applying makeup, consider investing in a primer that is designed for your particular skin condition. Makeup primers are designed to reduce redness, diminish pores or create a matte or dewy finish.

Also, as mentioned earlier, look for foundation that has SPF in it; a layer of foundation alone is simply not enough to protect your skin.

Wearing fragrance is the perfect finish to your beauty regime; but did you know there’s a skill to wearing it properly? Tips from beauty experts have revealed that you should never rub your wrists together after spraying perfume, as this creates friction and heat which can change the scent.

It’s also interesting to note that perfume doesn’t last long on dry skin; even more reason to look after your skin with the right products!

Whatever you do, don’t cover up your perfume with your clothes; target areas like your neck, wrist or inner elbow if you’re wearing short sleeves.

So, now you have a better idea of skincare, makeup and even fragrance, hopefully you can start to put together the perfect beauty regime that works for you.

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Makeup can give you that special finishing touch for any prom look, so you can stand out from the crowd. Whether you are going for a low-key or high-fashion look, you want to make sure your makeup is done to perfection.

Although it would be lovely to have a professional come and do your makeup for the big night, this is not an affordable luxury for most people. We've got a few quick tips and tricks to help you take charge and get prom ready in no time, no stress.

Dress to Impress

You've probably spent a lot of time finding your dream prom dress, so it's important to centre your makeup look on it. Your makeup and dress should always compliment one another, rather than compete for attention.

For example, if you were wearing prom dresses in bright colours with embellishments such as this gorgeous number from JJ's House, a complimentary makeup look would be matching red lipstick with light eye makeup.

A heavily made-up eye area would be too busy for this style of dress and completely overdo your overall look.

If you're wearing a plainer style of dress like this JJ's House velvet gown, you can combine sultry, smoky eyes with your red lipstick as it's a makeup look that compliments the material and these styles of prom dresses.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mirrored Magnificence

It might not usually be a good idea to copy other people's work or ideas, but when it comes to makeup looks, it's practically a recommendation!

We often see celebrities or models made up in a way that we think will suit us too – prom can be the perfect place to try it out!

The key to making this look work can be summed up in one word: practice! If you leave it until prom day to try it out, chances are it will be a complete disaster – it might look like a mess or just not look as good as you thought it would.

Prom night is not the time to work this out.

If you want to mirror the look of your favourite celebrity, practice and preparation are the best ways for you to get there.

Testing 1, 2, 3

One of the biggest things most people forget to do is make sure their makeup looks good in pictures. This is something that again is best to practice and prepare before the big night.

Flash photography can wash out your skin and makeup, and can make you look pasty and startled! You would be shocked to know what the biggest culprit for this is: moisturiser – or more specifically, moisturiser with sunscreen in it.

The sunscreen reflects the flash, completely washes out your face and mismatches the tone from your body.

Make sure you plan ahead and check to make sure the face cream or foundation you use on prom night does not include sunscreen. If it's only a small amount, you can try and take photos to test how reflective it might be.

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The mineral cosmetics industry has been steadily growing for over 20 years, but as it grows in popularity, so too does the amount of misconceptions about mineral make-up.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide illuminating how to dispel some of these myths in order to get the best products that suit each person perfectly.

It’s time to set the record straight, and we’ve chosen Irish owned cosmetic company Fuschia to assist us on our mineral masterpiece.

Fuschia’s award-winning mineral cosmetics are renowned for their long-lasting durability, and their natural ingredients as well as cruelty-free produce.

The first thing to note is that everyone’s skin is different, and each person has their own unique needs.

Some of us have to moisturise constantly to try and battle their dry skin frustrations, others try everything possible to reduce their oily shine.

Prioritise showing off your natural look, a healthy glow is what will allow you to really stand out from the crowd. This guide to navigating the myths and maxims of mineral cosmetics will be your new foundation Bible.

God bless Fuschia.

Myth 1: You don’t need to prepare your skin for applying make-up

WRONG! Prep and prime to the nines, gals. Always.

Apply primer to cleansed and fully moisturised skin for the best foundation results. You want the smoothest possible effect, trying priming the skin with Fuschia D20 Hydrating Mist (€25), a non-silicone based mattifying primer.

Foundation only ever looks natural if it’s applied correctly.

Myth 2: The more make-up applied, the better the outcome

Gurl, less is ALWAYS more. Especially when it comes to foundation.

Tap a small amount of Loose Mineral Foundation (5g-€28.50) into the lid, but don’t be overly generous… you can always add more. Your foundation lid can be your new best friend.

You’ll also be saving yourself some cash by sparingly using the product, and your face won’t be weighed down by too many layers of make-up.

how off your beautiful face, foundation is only meant to give you a small layer of coverage.

Myth 3: Mineral make-up is best for sensitive skin

Not true, ladies. Everyone’s complexion concerns are singular and distinct only to themselves.

Mineral make-up is often marketed as an ‘all-natural’ product because it’s free from additives, chemicals, oil, parabens, the works.

However, there’s an unmistakeably inorganic chemical compound called bismuth oxychloride in the majority of mineral products.

This chemical has the purpose of creating a glowing quality on the skin, with an ingredient named crystalline which can actually lodge itself in pores and cause itchiness and irritation.

Anyone who has acne or various skin dilemmas should actually stick to a nurturing formula such as a BB cream to soothe the skin.

Myth 4: Brushes are ineffective in spreading powder

False… you’ve just got to learn the right method: tapping.

We recommend using the Fuschia Jumbo Buffer Brush (€19.50) for the best application.

Simply press the tips of the bristles lightly into the Loose Mineral Powder to lift a small amount of product, then turn the brush so the bristles are up right and tap the handle on a hard surface or on the palm of your hand to allow the powder to fall further into the bristles.

You can now spread the powder evenly throughout your face with the right amount of mineral powder on your buffer brush. Powder perfect in no time at all.

Myth 5: There is no right way to buff powder.

We totally disagree, and here’s why; we’ve got the moves.

Use small circular motions to begin buffing the powder into the skin. Mineral is all about buildable coverage, so build as you see fit to suit your individual look and style.

One layer gives soft natural coverage; two layers gives medium coverage, three gives full coverage. Work from the outside of the face and gradually buffing towards the t-zone, applying in coats until you achieve the perfect chic coverage for you.

Finish off with the gift that is Fuschia Correct and Perfect Mineral Concealer (€16.95) using the 112 Airbrush Conceal Brush (€7.50).

Myth 6: Mineral make-up doesn’t have staying power

Untrue: if you lightly brush on some Mineral Rice Powder (5g- €24) to the t-zone to set the base and lock in any oils for the duration of the day, we promise.

Make sure to keep your sifter closed when it’s not in use, always open your pot upside down to reduce spillages.

Myth 7: Everybody who suffers from acne should only use mineral cosmetics

Wrong, wrong, wrong. So many people who bear the tribulations of acne tend to avoid all products containing oil to prevent adding fuel to the fire, so to speak.

Most mineral make-up creates a dry, powdery finish which can lead to your skin producing more oil in return.

The oils then mix with your powdered mineral make-up, causing caking and heaviness, which actually draws more attention to any blemishes which you were trying to cover in the first place.

Oils and silicone’s aren’t always harmful for acne-prone skin, it can actually be very helpful.

Myth 8: Natural products are good for you

This isn’t always fact-based, many preservatives can actually be beneficial for you. There are so many ‘natural’ things out there that actually aren’t even nourishing for your skin at all.

It’s a mistake to assume any natural additives are immediately wholesome to you. Products labelled “hypoallergenic”, though they are free of the most common allergens, by no means are they allergen free.

Always get tested for allergies by your doctor if you are concerned about reactions to specific ingredients.

Our fave skin ingredients are “non-comedogenic,” which means that they don’t block pores or cause breakouts.

Myth 9: Mineral make-up has the dual purpose of sunscreen

This myth actually applies to any type of foundation. Make-up is usually based in pigments that refract light, which leads to the general belief that foundations provide an SPF.

While this may be true for some, you’d need to apply a massively thick later in order to get enough protection, which just isn’t practical.

The whole point of mineral make-up is to gain a sheer, natural finish to your look, but your best form of sun defence with make-up is to use moisturiser paralleled with a BB cream, both containing SPF.

Titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide are the key SPF ingredients, which also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Myth 10: Mineral make-up is ideal for the more ‘natural’ lewk

Hell nah. Mineral make-up is based on an opaque white compound, so it can flash out on camera and cause skin to appear extremely pale in photos, the bane of a selfie obsessed gal’s life.

Try mist the face with a finishing spray after blending the powder in properly on both your face and neck. Powder has a habit of sitting on top of the skin, hindering it from hiding the problem areas with uneven textures.

Other skincare products by Fuschia are needed to blur and correct skin texture imperfections and fill in minor lines and smooth skin.

Those are our 10 myth-busters for mineral make-up, powder in peace gals.

Fuchsia is available from stockists nationwide, for full list and online purchases, visit www.fuschia.ie

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We’ve sorted out the essential make-up products that get you as close to possible to perfect skin. In the age of selfies and Instagram filters, the pressure to have clear satin skin without visible pores is more difficult to alleviate than ever. In our digital world, ‘perfection’ be instantly captured by every camera lens, but how can we feel confident in our skin all day? We barely have time to get dressed in the morning, let alone put a full face of make-up on. Some of us try to use the ‘I’ll just do it in the car at red lights’ trick too, don’t deny it!

Clarins have created two new products to give us a solution, with the launch of Skin Illusion SPF 15 and Pore Control Pore Minimizing Serum. Both are making waves in the skincare industry, and we can see why. By reducing our pores and then smoothing them over with a natural looking foundation, our complexion is back in our control. Yes, even with stress spots and bags under our eyes from a night out!

To meet the need expressed by women of all ages, skin types and ethnicities, Clarins offers new skincare treatments which are specifically designed to target and help reduce the frustrating presence of blemishes and give your face a healthy appearance. A barely there, flawless radiance is hard to achieve, but we think Clarins have cracked the code. We owe them a lot for this major favour, this can cut our make-up routine in half at least.

Skin Illusion SPF 15:
A foundation veil with a serum texture and unique bare skin finish, the Skin Illusion SPF 15 is your ticket to uneven skin texture. Tell your skin that nude is in, and feel naturally smooth all throughout the day. It contains the ideal amount of pigments in a blend of silky, non-greasy oils. The foundation allows the skin to breathe and gives the illusion of barely there natural beauty. We are hugely impressed with the difference this foundation makes to your daily make-up routine.

Skin Illusion is next level translucent boosting. It’s also available in 22 shades to suit all skin tones. Skin Illusion is designed in collaboration with Clarins make-up artists worldwide and come in neutral, gold-beige and pinky-beige tones to deliver a personal, invisible correcting effect from the fairest skin to the darkest. Inclusivity is key in the beauty world, we all deserve foundation that matches our skin colour.

Pore Control pore minimizing serum:
Smooths skin texture to give you a radiant glow. The expert serum is enriched with two major physiological and plant advances to reduce the appearance of pores and illuminate the face, promoting beautiful looking skin. Clarins Laboratories observed that skin surrounding the pore showed a lower expression of collagen and elastin, leading to loss of density and elasticity and contributed in making pores more visible.

 

Clarins then decided to use plant innovation obtained by a green biotechnology to reduce the look of pores. Extracts of vine flower cells and organic strawberry tree fruit help in making pores appear less visible. By utilising tamarind pulp acids to help remove dead cells that can clog pores, the skin surface is smoothed and skin texture is refined. This is your newest best friend, we promise!

Thank God(dess) for Clarins and their skincare range. Both products are now available at all Clarins counters nationwide! Hurry, before they sell out.

Skin Illusion SPF 15: €35

Pore Control Pore Minimizing Serum: RRP €50 30ml

 

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Ladies, listen up! 

So, you may have noticed that Penneys has seriously upped its beauty game over the past few months.

From fancy makeup brushes and affordable lip kits to gorgeous nude eyeshadow and nifty nail polish, it's easy to see why everyone is raving about the ever-growing collection.

And as if we didn't already love it enough, beauty buffs are no comparing the brand's 'My Perfect Colour' longwear ultimate matte foundation to the holy grail of high-end cosmetics, Estée Lauder's Double Wear. 

Both products promise perfect coverage that stays in place all day long – but seeing as a 30ml bottle of Double Wear retails for around €36.00, Penneys' €6.00 alternative is definitely worth a try. 

But don't just take our word for it – here's what people are saying online. 

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So, at this stage we all know the importance of applying sun cream on a daily basis. 

However, if like us your often forget this vital step, it might be time to consider using an SPF foundation. 

With one simple step you’ll achieve that flawless look while also protecting your skin from the sun – essential as we head into summer

Here's our top picks. 

Dior Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation SPF 35

As well a providing impressive sun protection, this non-oily formula provides a long-lasting matte finish while also helping to improve the texture of your skin in as little as four weeks.

It is available in 18 different shades and is available from Debenhams stores nationwide – € 50.50

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation SPF 20

Great value, flawless coverage and long-lasting.

What's not to love?

This sweat, heat, humidity and transfer-proof formula lasts up to 25 hours, making it your perfect go-to base this summer. 

Rimmel's flagship foundation includes SPF 20 and is available from pharmacies nationwide. – €7.99

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Liquid Foundation SPF 25 

The liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural finish.

The oil-free formula will leave your skin looking luminous and healthy, while also providing superb protection from UV rays. 

Available from Benefit counters around the country and online at benefitcosmetics.com.

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation SPF 35

If you're looking for a light-coverage foundation that will stay in place all day long – this one's for you. 

The hydrating formula is enriched with Vichy’s thermal spa water, glycerine and plant oil, making it the perfect choice for all skin types. 

All seven shades are available from feelunique.com – €18.00

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24hr Makeup SPF 15

This matte finish foundation is infused with climate-resistant technology that lasts through heat, humidity and moisture.

Shine control ingredients are time released to absorb oil throughout the day for and most importantly, the built in SPF 15 works to protect your skin from UVA/UVB damage.

Available from Debenhams stores nationwide – € 38.00

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There are always more than a few Instagram makeup trends doing the rounds online, but the latest one really takes the p***.

Teenage MUA Jake Warden has gained over 1.1million views on one particular makeup tutorial.

While the look he creates is pretty flawless, it's the use of his iPhone as a mixing palette for foundation that has people going crazy for the MUAs videos.

 

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We'd barely toss our phones in our bags without a cover, never mind pour foundation all over them, so this beauty tutorial trend is pretty baffling to us. 

In two separate tutorials, he squirts foundation onto the back of his rose gold iPhone, which doesn't have a case on it, and mixes highlighter into it using the iPhone rather than the back of his hand to mix the products together. 

We thought this might just be a random, teenage makeup trend that would pass by without notice, but now other MUAs are following suit. 

 

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We shudder to think about the amount of germs that reside on the backs of our phones, so we seriously hope these MUAs are using a sterilisation wipe before dropping foundation oin their pricey smartphones. 

Kids these days…

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