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Pride is one of the biggest events of the colourful year, and the rainbows will be flying loud and proud in Dublin this weekend.

Make-up and fashion are two of the festival's most noteworthy aspects, since using beauty to express ourselves and our individuality is empowering.

Expect to see some swoon-worthy looks being served by queens far and wide for the parade, and nightlife events shortly after.

Though Pride was, and still is, a protest; Showing off your inner and outer beauty has become a staple part of the festival. The march is about never being afraid to stand out, in many ways.

To celebrate the amazing event, Urban Decay will be giving away complimentary mini-makeovers this Saturday, June 29 in their Grafton Street boutique and we're literally bursting with anticipation.

The rainbow-inspired makeovers will use the brand's new Sparkle Out Loud Glitter collection, made to turn heads and stay in it's place. Basically, it's ideal for a night on the dancefloor.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Included in the range is the Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in eight glorious shades (including the limited-edition Stonewall), which contain water-based, superfine glitter.

The Heavy Metal Glitter Gel is featured in six new shades as the vibrant, hyper-sparkly, buildable formula for your eyes, body and face. Lasting up to nine hours with minimal fallout, the gel will fast become your cult product.

The award-winning 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil wows in the collection, coming in four more shades which are spreadable with a super-creamy and metallic finish. It's even waterproof, so those tears of Pride joy are protected.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Last but certainly not least, is the Hi-Fi Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in four brand new hues. The glitz and shine won't stop you from kissing your LGBTQ+ love interest on the night, don't worry.

Check out the full Urban Decay Sparkle Out Loud Glitter Collection in the boutique, 50-51 Grafton Street. Get yourself down there ASAP on Saturday for the makeover of your rainbow dreams.

Each makeover will take roughly 15 minutes and are subject to availability. We feel a physical connection to the glitter that's about to be spread all over our face this weekend…See you there.

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It's that time of the year again, where we all crack out the Wellington boots, pretend the weather is higher than 18 degrees Celsius and pour glitter all over ourselves for no apparent reason.

Yes, I'm talking about festival season. With the planet in a state of climate disaster, it makes perfect sense why a growing number of festivals are banning glitter across the world.

Glitter takes years to break down, like plastic and other similar materials, but that doesn't mean you can't find amazing biodegradable versions for all your summer fun plans.

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As it turns out, you can be savvy about the environment while dancing the night away in a field simultaneously.

There are a huge amount of fantastic brands emerging which promote sustainability and recyclable materials, but we've made a list of our top ten biodegradable glitter options.

You'll thank us when your conscience remains clear while singing your heart out drunk to a band you don't know at Electric Picnic.

1. EcoStardust Peacock Biodegradable Glitter

Buy: ASOS
Price: €8.30

2. Dolls Kill 'Go Get Glitter' Anchor Up biodegradable glitter 

Buy: Dolls Kill
Price: €8.84

3. Festival Face biodegradable chunky glitter

Buy: Beauty Bay
Price: €5.50

4. In Your Dreams Biodegradable Glitter – Gold & Silver

Buy: ASOS
Price:  €8.30

5. BOD Mermaid Body biodegradable glitter gel – Silver

Buy: ASOS
Price: €6.91

6. Primark PS…Festival collection of biodegradable glitter

Buy: Penneys (prices from €2.50)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. Sleek MakeUP 'Glitterfest' biodegradable glitter – Gold 10g

Buy: Look Fantastic
Price: €6.45

8. Eco-Glitter Fun

Buy: Eco-Glitter Fun (prices from €4.50)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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9. Muobo 

Buy: Make Up or Break Up, prices from €4.50

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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10. Bleach London Glitterati

Buy: Bleach London (prices from €5.50)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The prices are insanely affordable, so it's one of the easiest switches you can make in your lifestyle to improve sustainable festival fun.

Enjoy the Tinkerbell sparkle explosions, guilt-free of course.

happy party GIF by Cutters

Feature image: EDMTunes 

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Remember Claire's Accessories, the place where the world and its mother went to get their ears pierced for the first time?

From glitter hair spray to patterned hairbands and colourful scrunchies, Claire's was the place to BE when you were roughly 13-years-old.

Unfortunately, the high street brand are in hot water over asbestos concerns in some of its products, specifically the 'JoJo Cosmetic Kit'.

There were highly concerning rumours about their products containing traces of asbestos in 2017, and the fears have now been confirmed by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

The presence of asbestos was identified in three of the brand's products after an investigation, and the JoJo Cosmetic Kit has now been pulled from stores..

Yes, the place where we all bought our first iteration of makeup (blue eyeshadow, anyone else? Sheer lip gloss?) has actual asbestos in a YouTube star's range of cosmetics.

JoJo Siwa is a Nickelodeon star and Youtuber who has collaborated with Claire's on numerous occasions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Defined by the British Lung Foundation as “a group of minerals made up of microscopic fibres,” asbestos has been shown to damage lungs and possibly cause cancer when breathed in.

Claire’s told Today Style that the palette has been recalled “out of an abundance of caution after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated the possible presence of trace amount of asbestos fibres in the powder eyeshadow element of the kit.”

A Claire's spokesperson maintained that the company “stands behind the safety of this product and all other Claire’s cosmetic items as such small trace amounts are considered acceptable under European and Canadian cosmetic safety regulations.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They also pointed out that “Claire’s moved to talc-free cosmetic manufacturing,” in 2018 to “prevent any further concerns about talc contamination.”

Small particles of the contaminated eyeshadow in the JoJo Cosmetic Kit can become airborne when swept onto lids. Full refunds will be offered to anyone who bought the kit, at least.

The future of the brand is now being called into question, with rumours of sinking sales as high street stores struggle to keep up with major stores like H&M and Primark. The company filed for bankruptcy in March.

Feature image: mytotalretail.com

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Penneys have teamed up with Disney to bring you an exciting and colourful range of products from the classic family favourite, Aladdin

Just launched, the Aladdin collection is made up of over 40 products; perfect for both little ones and adults alike. With everything from the cutest kidswear PJ sets to enchanted accessories such as gold magic lamp necklaces, this collection will whisk you away to a whole new world. 

From Genie blues to emerald greens, the 12 highly pigmented eyeshadow palette is perfect when creating magical make-up styles.

With names like ‘Shooting Star’ and ‘Cosmic Love’, these shadows are dreamy. But before you head out on your magic carpet ride, don’t forget to spritz yourself with our enchanting fragrance, containing hints of jasmine and cashmere wood.

For an extra dusting of magic, the body mist will leave you shimmering all night long. You may not have a Genie to grant you three wishes, but you don’t need one when you have Penneys.

 

With prices ranging from €2.50 – €12, head down to Penneys to get your hands on this mystic collection.

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When it comes to getting ready in the morning, every woman is different.

Some women focus on the hair aspect of their appearance, others dedicate themselves to the perfect face of make-up and some women ditch grooming habits altogether. Each to their own.

We're curious, however, about how long the average woman takes to get ready every morning. Luckily, Peter Mark decided to do all the work and carry out a survey on the topic, so now we've got all the answers…

According to Ireland's leading hairdressers, nearly  HALF of Irish women would prefer to style their hair in the morning than spend time putting on make-up, and three-quarters of women spend up to half an hour daily getting ready.

16 percent of survey participants spend more than 45 minutes on their getting ready routine, 84 percent take up to 30 mins blow drying their hair and 54 percent of women struggle to do their hair in the morning.

Peter Mark assert that 19 percent of Irish ladies carry a styling tool in their handbag (genius) while 16 percent keep a hair-styling tool at work. Sly brush in the office drawer, anyone? 

A further 33 percent of women do their hair and make-up on their commute to work. That takes serious skill on a packed out Dart or disastrous Dublin bus route.

17 percent of participants have styled their hair at their desks, 35 percent have whipped out the brush in the car, 10 percent at the airport and nine percent on the train, according to Peter Mark.

The survey of 1,252 Irish ladies into their grooming habits gave us some interesting results, which category do you fall into?

Ireland's leading hairdressing group have now launched a new tool to help the Irish nation get ready on time every morning: DAFNI Allure. The revolutionary product is the world's first cordless straightening brush, and it's the next big beauty life-saver.

According to one-in-four women, they have to go over their hair with a styling tool after blow-drying to get a more sleek, polished, look. One-third of women admit to needing a straightener just to tame the frizz after blow-drying, but DAFNI is here to save the day.

The award-winning straightening brush was created in 2015 by physicist, electrical engineer and girl boss Sharon Rabi. DAFNI has since taken the beauty world by storm, and Forbes plucked out Sharon to represent one of their 30 under 30 entrepreneurs to watch.

The DAFNI Allure is the perfect product for women who want to style their hair on the go, and can save you some much-needed time and energy.

If you're looking for a solution for your hair struggles, the product will save you a lot of hassle in your daily life. Peter Mark's research shows that a shocking 83 percent of women admit to being embarrassed when running into somebody they know or getting summoned to a last-minute work event without their hair done.

First of all, you look gorgeous 24 hours a day, but if you need a confidence boost and don't want to be stressed about your beauty routine, this tool may just be your new best friend. Resourceful, compact and easy to use, we'd pay a hell of a lot more than €159 for DAFNI Allure.

The DAFNI Allure retails at €159 and is available now from Peter Mark salons nationwide or online here.

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Getting a decent mascara is one of those annoying problems that everyone deals with.

Mascara is so important because it completes a look, it opens the eyes and well, it's pretty much always top of the list when it comes to desert island beauty staples.

So when a mascara comes along that is also a bargain, we fall completely in love. 

That's where Primark's latest collection of fab mascaras come in.

Eagle-eyed beauty lovers copped that their wands and brushes looked exactly like the Better than Sex by Too Faced ones.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They will set you back 23 quid while the Primark ones are three euros.

So, a dupe at a fraction of the price sounds great but is the Primark version any good?

First up, the line of mascaras includes Aqua Lash, Fake It, Dramatic Lash, False Lash, and 3D Lash.

We tried Fake It and were pleasantly surprised by it.

All we want from mascaras is that it's not too clumpy and that we don't have to reapply it regularly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fake It was applied in the morning while getting ready for work.

The brush is small and coats the eyelashes with enough product that makes it look like they've just been tinted. 

If you're the kind of person that wants a fuller lash-look, this one isn't for you – it had to be applied several times before there was a thick enough layer on the lash.

Once it was applied though, it only needed to be topped up after a few hours. 

For the price tag and the similarity to Better than Sex by Too Faced, it's definitely worth it. 

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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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Disney fans and Aladdin fans and beauty fans – you're in for a treat.

The Disney Aladdin Collection by M·A·C is coming and it's everything you could have ever thought it would be.

Filled with a mix of precious metals and Jasmine-inspired jewel-tones, it hits shelves this May.

Bt that's not all – it also comes with the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The collaboration has three-pieces including a nine shade eyeshadow palette, a lipstick, as well as a bronzer all inspired by Jasmine.

Disney announced this MAC collaboration after the release of the full length trailer for the Aladdin live-action film to release May 24.

MAC took to Instagram to announce the good news.

They wrote, ''Your wish, our command. Manifest your magic with The Disney Aladdin Collection by MAC. Launching this May, this wish-fulfilling collaboration highlights the self-determination and confidence of Princess Jasmine in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin – in theatres May 24.”

Fans were delighted and took to the comments to say so.

One said, ''I am so ready to buy the lipstick!!''

While another wrote, ''Best ever colab I could ever imagine.''

The collaboration is centered around Jasmine's powerful character as a woman – self-determined, strong and confident.

The eyeshadows don't have any names, but the colours are stunning and the nine shades includes mattes, shimmers and jewel tones in mauve purple, red and pink blush tones, as well as gold shimmers.

Well there goes all of our money…

 

 

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Aer Lingus has finally copped on to the fact that it's 2019 and ditched some outdated rules.

The airline has announced that their cabin crew are no longer required to wear make-up at work.

Yes, the ''trolly dolly'' standards that they're known for (and that belong in the 1950s) have been banished. 

The company confirmed to The Times that until now all its female staff had no choice but to wear slap as part of their work uniform.

We feel for them, the actual EFFORT of it . 

We're doing well if we throw on some foundation for the office. 

However, now Aer Lingus said that new guidelines would not include mandatory use for the first time EVER.

Not a moment too soon, huh? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As well as make-up, female employees will soon be allowed to wear trousers, instead of the previously obligatory skirts. 

Yeah you read that right, obligatory skirts. 

Aer Lingus are following in the footsteps of Virgin Atlantic, who announced this week it was allowing female members of the  cabin crew to scrap the make-up if they wanted.

We're delighted for those women, who are surely chuffed that they'll get an extra few minutes in bed now. 

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Rihanna has now taken legal action against her father, Ronald Fenty, for using her trademark Fenty brand in a "fraudulent effort to solicit millions of dollars" without her permission.

Rihanna, real name Robyn Fenty, has filed a lawsuit against her dad after he set up the company Fenty Entertainment and apparently acted as her agent.

She claims Ronald and a man named Moses Perkins have been "soliciting business by falsely acting as her agent".

According to legal documents, the duo are allegedly seeking "to profit from her fame" and "although Mr. Fenty is Rihanna’s father, he does not have, and never has had, authority to act on Rihanna’s behalf."

The ANTI singer and beauty mogul also claims they have falsely booked her for a $15 million Latin American tour, two concerts at Staples Centre in LA and a Las Vegas show, worth $400,000.

The documents also allege that her father tried unsuccessfully to file trademark for Fenty multiple times to launch a "resort hotel services" with the hope of "exploiting Rihanna’s name and brand". Yikes.

The 30-year-old star insists that she tried to settle the issues outside of court but that he ignored her cease and desist mail. She's now asking a judge to place an injunction on Ronald.

Fenty has been trademarked by Bad Gal Riri for all business ventures, such as her cosmetics and lingerie collections.

The Umbrella songstress has a turbulent relationship with her biological father; she has maintained that he physically abused her mother and has been addicted to crack cocaine in the past.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

checkin in wit pops! missed you man! #home 

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He was kicked off her 2008 tour for drunken behaviour, and she paid for her father to enter a rehabilitation clinic back in 2013.

Despite the drama, she is still in contact with her dad and they were seen together in Barbados last November celebrating her grandfather's 90th birthday.

Sounds pretty tumultuous to us, it makes our family spats at the dinner table look hella minor.

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If you haven't seen Birdbox yet on Netflix, you may want to hop on that bandwagon, if only for the sake of these STUNNING make-up inspired lewks.

Sandra Bullock's massively successful horror thriller has the internet and streaming world absolutely hooked, not to mention competing in dangerous blindfold challenges.

We were graciously bequeathed with glorious memes at first, but now it's time for beauty to take over.

That's right, Birdbox beauty has begun and we are LIVING for it.

See for yourself;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ryan Kelly shared this gorgeous image of Sandra inspired lip art, and the trend just keeps getting better.

From various birds painted onto the face, to lip and nail art, to cages drawn with eyeliner, the talent is so real.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Some seriously talented MUAs are incorporating blindfolds into their art, making some sweet sweet capital on the film's craze.

We wonder would Sandra ever try any of these?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This next one by @Cinder_Allie beauty is one of our ultimate faves; she was inspired by the book cover and uses black, white and blue tones for a Gothic effect;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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SLAY GIRL SLAY. ROW THAT BOAT.

Who says Netflix can't inspire decent lewks?

The infamous "Everyone must look. Everyone must see" quote inspired this next artist, who has honestly one of the best eyebrows we've ever seen;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We NEED to try out this trend on our next night out on the town.

A real-life blindfold could come in useful in a nightclub…

Boy meets girl. Girl looks flawless and wigs are snatched. Boy needs blindfold to recuperate from seeing such staggering beauty up close. It's a realistic scenario, don't you think?

Why not give the trend a go and choose your favourite Bird Box concept for your next make-up regime, we guarantee you'll look incredible even while rowing a boat.

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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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