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Choosing that very special beauty product at the week can be difficult, there is an extensive list of brands and exciting new collections involved.

This week, however, it has never been easier to decide what our faves are; L'Occitane's new lip and mega mask collection has absolutely swept the competition away.

We're already huge fans of the legendary Provence-inspired company, which prides itself on creating high quality products and preserving the natural beauty of the environment.

As if we didn't love them before, now L'Occitane are releasing their incredible lip collection, featuring moisturising balms, scrubs and lipstick infused with fruits, vegetables and herbs from Provence and the Mediterranean Basin.

Alongside their unprecedented new lip care and make-up collection, they're also gifting the world with their new mega masks; one to exfoliate for radiance, one which soothes the skin and one that purifies it.

Words can't explain how excited we were to test out these goodies, and they truly live up the hype. Between the freshness of their natural ingredients and their ability to cater for all skin types, what's not to love?

1. Lip scrub collection in 'Marmalade Kiss', 'Raspberry Crush' and 'Fabulous Fig':

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Apply their new lip scrubs to damp lips, gently massage and then rinse off with water for the perfect base before moisturising. They truly are the perfect preparation ritual before using lip balm and lipstick.

L'Occitane's 'Marmalade Kiss' delicious lip scrub contains Vitamin E and is enriched with pomegranate oil, pomelo, mandarin extract and carrot for exfoliating perfection. 

If you're looking for a sweeter taste to be left on your mouth, 'Raspberry Crush' and 'Fabulous Fig' have extracts from the fruit which bears their name, and we honestly can't get enough of the trio.

Coming in at just €16 each, the lip scrubs won't break the bank to get your mouth feeling fresh and fruity. You can nab all three scrubs on their website now, before they're out of stock.

2.  Fruity Lip Profector and 3-in-1 Delicious Multi-Balm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This duo are truly the most iconic way to soften up your lips this summer. As well as the Fruity Lip Perfector and 3-in-1 Delicious Multi-Balm, L'Occitane have added four fruity lip balms to deliver hydration and keep your mouth feeling exquisitely soft, for just €22 each.

Vitamin-rich fruits from Provence can be captured in treats for your lips, with all four delicious tinted lip balms boasting a creamy texture and sunny scent. The four flavours come in a range of colours and tastes; 'Miss Grenadine', 'Pink Calisson', sunny orange 'Carrot Fizz' and soft purple 'Gimme Mauve'.

The Fruity Lip Perfector is ideal for moisturising and adjusting the pH of your lips to show off their natural colour. It comes in a handy stick form, and uses a plumping formula for enhanced texture. We love how the yellow shade turns pink when it touches your lips, such a gorgeous treat.

The 3-in-1 Delicious Multi-Balm is the perfect primer to prepare the lips for lipstick, as a softening balm or a rich overnight mask. Long-lasting nourishment has never been so easy to achieve, using the beneficial properties of a blend of botanical oils.

3. Fruity Lipsticks

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L'Occitane's groundbreaking new fruity lipsticks are beautifully colourful and smell positively gorgeous.

The range features nude, subtle shades for keeping it fresh and light, orange and scarlet tones for turning the heat up, and pink and violet hues for making an impression.

Each of the eight shades has something special, but our personal faves are 'Flamingo Kiss' and 'Provence Calling'. The fuchsia and purple colour splashes matched with fruity scents and ingredients are what make these goodies our faves this week.

For only €22, these lipsticks are absolutely unmissable. Head over to L'Occitane's website to choose your favourites.

4. Trio of mega-masks for that ready, set, glow mood

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L'Occitane's Radiance Scrub, Soothing Mask and Purifying Mask are next level gorgeous, your skin will thank you for these.

The Soothing Mask is enriched with fresh blackcurrants from the Ardèche, and contains magnesium and calcium for maximising skin function. The gentle exfoliation of the blackcurrant seeds provide an instant refreshing sensation.

The Purifying Mask is made from freshly-cut, organic thyme from Provence, and the mattifying texture absorbs excess sebum and gently exfoliates. The Radiance Scrub contains natural fruit acids to remove the dead cells to leave you with your best complexion.

Nab the trio of mega-masks on L'Occitane's website now for just €32 each.

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If only there was a way to bronze and contour your face at the same time, simultaneously. What genius could come up with the perfect beauty solution to a MUA dilemma? Huda Beauty, that's who.

The beauty mogul is excited to announce the introduction of Tantour; a luxurious, cream-to-powder contour and bronzer specially made to help you sculpt your stunning features.

If you're seeking for the perfect product to kickstart your summer, Tantour is the answer to all of our chiselled prayers. Their recent launch of N.Y.M.P.HHuda Beauty's brand-new, liquid body highlighter, was only the beginning.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Huda Kattan took to Instagram to announce the news and demonstrate her glorious bronzing product, writing;

"Hi beauties. I’m so excited to share our next product launch with you Tantour, an-all in-one contour and bronzer."

Kattan included some added details on the formula, explaining how blendable, workout proof, sweatproof and water-resistant it is.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Contouring is dead; it’s all about Tantouring," Kattan elaborates. Use the wonder product to sculpt and define your face, for a beautifully contoured effect.

Tantour comes in five luscious shades, fair, light, medium, tan and rich. From neutral honey, soft caramel and mocha to deep cocoa skin, you won't be missing out.

When you take a dip in the pool or swim in the sea abroad, or even just when you're sweating in the summer heat or after an evening workout, Tantour won't budge.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The collection dropped online yesterday on www.hudabeauty.com, and each shade sells for €30 each.

You can also grab the sculpt and shade brush for €26 to complete your beauty haul. It's designed to work best with the creamy formula.

It's time to glow up gals, and Tantour is the perfect way to do it. Combine the balance of shadow and warmth for luminous, matte glamour.

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Ariana Grande's now iconic tune Thank U, Next has become ingrained in our daily terminology. 

Whether we're turning down a Tinder date or cringing over an awkward encounter, the phrase has officially happened (unlike fetch). 

Now, we may be adapting it into our beauty routines, as Ariana has moved to trademark the phrase for use in fragrance. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to WWD, GrandAri, which is Ariana's company, has filed a trademark application for Thank U, Next.

The trademark, filed on April 2, would cover a number of beauty products, including 'Eau de cologne; Eau de parfum; Eau de toilette; Fragrance body care preparations, namely, body lotions, bath gels, shower gels, body scrubs, body powders, body soufflés, body mists.;

Ariana rarely puts a wrong foot forward when it comes to business, so we can only imagine that a range of Thank U, Next products would be a massive hit.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We can only imagine the feverish rush as fans clamoured to get their hands on a sassy and scented product from the superstar. 

Fans are conspiring on social media that the fragrances could be inspired by the films she depicted in her Thank U, Next video. 

In the iconic music video, Grande played Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, Regina George from Mean Girls, and Torrance from Bring It On, as well as Jennifer Garner's character from 13 Going On 30, 

This isn't Ari's first attempt to dip her feet into the beauty industry. 

The singer already has a series of highly successful perfumes, including  Ari, Cloud, Frankie, Moonlight, Sweet Like Candy, and Sweet Like Candy Limited Edition.

Ariana is hugely influential when it comes to the beauty industry – with her signature high ponytail inspiring hundreds of red-carpet copies and YouTube tutorial videos, and her flawless fake tan being the envy of girls who love a faux glow across the globe.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Last year, Lush even released a bath bomb inspired by the singer's shimmery, purple moment in her God Is A Woman music video. 

The bath bomb, called Goddess, releases pink, white and purple colours into the bath water, along with a biodegradable shimmer.

The singer has recently been noted to use products from Irish companies such as Carter Beauty and SOSUbySJ.

Ariana's makeup artists previously revealed that the singer loves to use Marissa Carter's Gel Eyeliner product, along with Suzanne Jackson's lashes in the style Envy and lip kit in the shade I Like It. 

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As women who regularly take trips to Brown Thomas, Boots and Superdrug to satiate our unquenchable thirst for the latest innovations in makeup and beauty, we're all too aware of the cost of keeping up with our favourite beauty trends.

So if you could get your hands on a couple of Urban Decay Naked palettes, some Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighting kits and anything from 10 to 30 designer lipsticks for absolutely free, what would you say?

Well the obvious answer is sign me up, but what if you knew that these items came from rummaging around in dumpsters in the dead of night? 

 

Wtf I can't believe I found like $400 worth of products from dumpster diving #ultadumpsterdiving #dumpsterdivinghaul

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There are few things we wouldn't do to get the latest designer beauty bits into our already over crowded makeup bags, but dumpster diving might be where we draw the line.

However, not everyone shares the same snobby sentiments, as dumpster diving, or "skip raiding" as it is also known, is a thriving community. 

YouTube is awash with videos showcasing mega hauls pulled out of bins behind major department stores, with some hauls being worth up to €5000.

 

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The items are then either kept by the owners to use, or in most cases, cleaned up and sold in online buy and sell groups on Facebook.

With the increased visibility through Facebook groups and with more people posting their own dives to YouTube, the beauty bin bonanzas are taking over the internet.

Some YouTube videos have millions of views, showing off hundreds of free, unopened products.

Products that are used as testers in store and products which have been returned due to fault or damage are often thrown away.

Some stores choose not to use the testers provided from makeup companies, and these are thrown out, still sealed and unopened.

Damaged items can have minor faults, from a crack in an eye shadow pan to the cap of a perfume bottle falling off.

High end electrical items like hairdryers, GHDs and Clarisonics are usually returned to the manufacturer if they have been returned on the basis of fault or damage.  

American stores like Ulta, Bath and Bodyworks and major department stores like Bloomingdales are all targets for expert divers. 

The legality of skip raiding is a bit of a grey area in Ireland, as taking things out of bins could theoretically be considered theft as it is still the property of the owner until it is removed by the refuse companies.

According to the Theft and Fraud section of the Criminal Offences Act 2001, "a person is guilty of theft if he or she dishonestly appropriates property without the consent of its owner and with the intention of depriving its owner of it." 

There is also the issue of trespassing and picking locks on padlocked bins. 

Stores have instructions to destroy products before dumping them, a process known in the dumpster diving community as "souping.'

The shops will open unwanted foundations and nail varnishes and pour them all over the rest of the soon-to-be dumped products, essentially destroying them and preventing them from futher resale, while also making it more difficult for divers to discover the products in the bins.

"As a beauty professional, I wouldn't recommend diving for makeup UNLESS stuff is still sealed," wrote one Reddit user, in a thread dedicated to beauty bin dumpster diving. 

"Sealed stuff? Go for it. Perfume (testers or still in box)? Go for it! Hair products (testers or no)? Have fun!"

One Youtuber, Lillian Kay, publishes videos showcasing her expansive hauls, while also giving tips on how to make the products hygienic to use. 

 

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"I sanitise everything that I find with rubbing alcohol, and rubbing alcohol evaporates, so it doesn't damage the products whatsoever," says Lillian. 

"Even if you find a cracked eye shadow or a cracked powder, you just pour rubbing alcohol into it, re-compact it, and it will be good as new." 

While the beauty raiding community is thriving online, it does have its haters. 

Beauty forum Lipstick Alley has an entire thread dedicated to slating the method; "Sorry but that is just nasty," said one user.

"If you can't afford some of these products then you don't need them because resorting to diving in a dumpster to find all these so called treasures of make up is just down right disgusting."

"This is something you don't tell anybody about," said another. 

Despite the online trolling these dumpster divers receive, it's not enough to put them off the thought of thousands of euro worth of free makeup. 

 

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Glossier is known for it's 'skin first' approach to makeup, promoting barely there, it-gal makeup looks with their innovative products.

However, the brand is now ready to introduce their customers to something a little more playful, outwardly gauche but ultimately incredibly chic.

'A brand of dialled-up beauty extras that make getting ready the best part about going out,' reads the tag line for Glossier Play, the new brand Glossier has been teasing for weeks. 

The new collection is made up of four beauty products which are an amplified take on the Glossier look. 

These four, combined with two beauty tools, make editorial, fashion show makeup accessible. 

Colourful cosmetics are increasing in popularity thanks to the exhibitionist, experimental nature of digital beauty gurus – and makeup as art is making a come back. 

Glossier Glitter Gelée €14.00

Jelly formulas are having a moment, and Glossier has clearly tapped into that. Recognising it's customer bases' craving for an editorial, backstage-at-London-fashion-week eye, the brand is introducing a series of Glitter Gelées. 

The glitter gel is generously packed with glitters, in a quadrant of trendy shades. 

Bijoux Bijoux, a gun metal silver, caught our eye as the stand out – and we can see these being particularly popular come summer and festival season. 

Glossier Colourslide eyeliner €15.00, Glossier Vinylic Lip €16.00

In the lip department, Glossier is launching a brand new colour contributor to pat on when your The Balm Dot Com isn't cutting it. 

The Vinylic Lip is designed to give a high-shine, high-pigment delivery. The lip vinyl comes in six essential colours, ranging from a 90s taupe to an electric 90s orange. 

The Colourslide eye liner is also amping up the saturation – with a range of colours we have truly never seen in an eyeliner offering before. 

Baby blue, sparkly khaki, bright mustard yellow, moondust and magenta are all on the menu, plus nine others. 

Glossier Niteshine €19.00

Lastly in makeup, is the release of the Glossier Play Niteshine. 

The liquid glow comes in a range of hues, in an attempt to cater to all skin tones. From baby rose and champagne to deep coppery-brown, only time and tutorials will tell if they succeeded.

Outside of tone range, the liquid highlighters promise to blend seamlessly onto cheekbones, brow bones, Cupid’s bows, and eyelids, and provide a buildable effect. If their Haloscope glow sticks are anything to go by, Glossier understands highlighter – so this will be a roaring success. 

It's the priciest item of the four new offerings, but if you have experience with liquid highlights, you'll know they last forever. 

Other than makeup items, the Glossier Play family also includes a specifically engineered sharpener for lip and eye pencils, as well as an angled eye liner brush. 

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Stop the cosmetic lights: We have some incredible news for Urban Decay fans out there.

Frankly, it's the best beauty news we've heard in a long time, maybe since HBO announced the Game of Thrones final season air date…A PALETTE is borne.

That's right: Urban Decay are releasing a Game of Thrones eyeshadow palette for us ravenous fans, and the excitement just can't be contained.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The brand behind the cult Naked palettes announced that the makeup collection is set to launch in April, times to the premiere of the fantasy franchise's final season.

Urban Decay shared images on their social media accounts of a model wearing some FRESH teal and metallic cobalt eyeshadow, with the writing "For the Throne" splashed across.

Heaven help us: we ADORE the colours already. Fire and Ice? Yes please.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kiss your favourite show of all time goodbye with some incredible makeup; fiery reds, oranges, copper shades with teal and icy blues.

Naturally, fans have gone wild on Twitter over the news;

"SIGN ME THE F*CK UP," said one happy gal. We have to concur; Bend the knee for the throne and for Urban Decay.

The first episode of GOT season eight is airing on April 14, 2019 on HBO and Sky Atlantic; prepare yourselves through your beauty routine.

We're googling 'dragon lewks' already…You can be your own damn Khaleesi. We'll let you gals know immediately when the exact release date for the collection will be, don't worry.

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Jess Glynne's Brit Awards performance has been hailed as "inspirational" after she removed her makeup during the song, backed by a legion of women.

She performed her hit single Thursday surrounded by fellow ladies removing their cosmetics in front of the audience, and we got CHILLZ (They're multiplyin').

Glynne looked stunning in a white strapless dress for the rendition, and emoved her false eyelashes and wipes off her eyeshadow during the lyrics; "I won’t wear makeup on Thursday, 'cause who I am is enough”.

The star was joined by a group of fellow women who also donned white for the occasion, and simultaneously removed their makeup using hand towels in front of vanity mirrors.

Halfway through the tune, the British singer was joined by two-time Grammy winner H.E.R, and the standout moment became all the more powerful.

A video of countless women removing makeup played behind them, showing the need to fight back against society's strict and unrealistic beauty standards for women.

Twitter has gone absolutely wild with praise for the pair, with one person even tweeting; “That was one of the most empowering performances I’ve ever seen." YAS.

The moment came just after The 1975 frontman and absolute feminist legend Matt Healy accepted band’s award for “Best British Group” and spoke out about misogyny in the entertainment industry.

The relevance; we heart.

Healy quoted an article written about singer Ryan Adams by friend and music journalist Laura Snapes, who writes for The Guardian and Pitchfork.

“Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of ‘difficult’ artists, while women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don’t understand art.”

Bravo Jess, and Bravo Matt. We love you both, keep slamming the ridiculous standards of the music business.

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We're all aware that Urban Decay have garnered an absolute CULT around their legendary make-up palettes. 

We can all remember the mass hysteria when their Naked palettes were released; we'd never seen the likes of it, and we all just HAD to acquire one.

Now the giant cosmetics brand are offering the chance to snatch a FREE Naked Reloaded palette worth €44 (£38), but you'll need to be prepared.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They've just launched their Naked Reloaded palettes after the huge success of their debut Naked 1, 2 and 3 and have since added the Naked Cherry, Naked Smoky and Naked Fire Palettes.

Now Urban Decay have stated that they will gift the first 20 customers to walk through the doors of selected stores on Monday a FREE Naked Reloaded palette.

That's right, the claws will well and truly be out to play that day. You need to bring any other Urban Decay palette of yours to swap, however. Seems fair to us.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The American brand removed the Naked palette from stores last August and effectively brought the beauty world into a state of grief.

The new take on their classic has since been offered, with 12 gorgeously glitter shades from warm browns to beige neutrals, rouge golds and sparkly whites.

Urban Decay are celebrating the first day of the Naked Reloaded palette hitting shelves officially with the giveaway, and we're expecting MAJOR queues to form from the break of dawn on Monday,

Get your EP tents ready for camping ladies, it's gonna be a bumpy ride when the doors open. 

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Kanye is well-known around the world for his….controversial… and often not actually requested opinions. Scratch that, they're rarely requested, if ever.

However, he gives them anyway, even to his wife Kim Kardashian; queen of social media and reality TV.

We've already seen him controlling her closet, essentially throwing out her entire wardrobe so he could re-do the whole thing on Keeping Up With The Kardashians in 2012. He EVISCERATES her clothes choice.

As if that wasn't cringe-worthy enough, Kim's make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic has revealed that Kanye doesn't hold back his thoughts on his wife's beauty and cosmetic routine.

During Dedivanovic’s The Master Class last weekend, Kim's long-time MUA let it slip that Kanye West has plenty of opinions about the choice of products.

He allegedly even offered to pay Mario to move to L.A. from New York so he could be with Kim legit 24 hours a day, according to People.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Kanye is actually really opinionated sometimes,” Kim said. “He will come in and be like, ‘You know your blush is a little heavy.’ Or say, ‘What are you doing? That’s not the shape of your lip.'”

Essentially, Kanye has moved on from her wardrobe to her makeup, and is obsessed with Mario being around for Kim's glamour;

“Kanye actually called me and said, ‘Alright how much will it cost for you to move back to L.A.? I want you here for her,'” Mario said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kanye also allegedly calls Mario on a regular basis to assist in maintaining Kim's face.

She commented; “He will call Mario without telling me! And Mario shows up without me knowing and he is like, ‘Oh Kanye called me and said it was a makeup emergency.'”

Eh, what? What are your thoughts on the matter; is this just incredibly rude and controlling or does Kanye just want the best for his wifey?

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Codilia Gapare, a breast cancer survivor, has revolutionised the beauty industry by creating the first ever false lashes range for chemotherapy patients.

The mother-of-two was diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2014 on the same day that she underwent an interview with the Manchester Metropolitan University.

While she was offered her dream place, she eventually had to drop out to focus on her chemotherapy treatment after struggling to balance her studies. She chose to use her spare time to create something truly special.

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She initially had tried to ignore the diagnosis, but later had to face the illness head on after losing all of her hair.

"The mental battle caused me to become drained. I had two kids, I was a single mum, working two jobs. And that was my reality. I was so upset with myself for being sick. I was supposed to be realising my dream but instead, I felt like a failure," she explained.

Through this intensely difficult time in her life, she realised that there were no fake eyelash options for cancer patients.

She transformed her idea into an actual product, 'C Lashes', and partnered with beauty brand Eylure. The company have since released the range in Boots stores, making the cosmetic industry more accessible for women with cancer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In an interview with metro.co.uk, she describes how the lashes are designed with a larger, more flexible adhesive band and a bigger surface area to help them stick to the eyelid, and this makes the whole process far easier for women with little-to-no eyelashes.

Colidia wanted to make something that would help cancer patients feel like themselves again, and recalled how hard it was for her to lose her hair;

"Being black, we always play with our hair. Losing my hair was a big deal. No one talks about how much hair you lose though. I lost my eyelashes, eyebrows, pubes, underarm hair."

Colidia came from Zimbabwe to the UK when she was 26-years-old to pursue her ultimate dream of becoming a lawyer, so a full-time business model wasn't exactly planned. Especially after spending years working and studying to apply for university.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 41-year-old Cheshire resident chose to drive three hours away to her law degree interview after being given her cancer diagnosis, and she NAILED it. What a woman.

She found a lump in her breast in July 2014, and confirmed the illness just a month later. "Mostly, I was in denial," she told Metro.co.uk.

"I really convinced myself I wasn’t ill, I was totally unprepared. I didn’t even tell anyone I was going to my interview but I didn’t even think about cancelling it. ‘For me going ahead with the interview was going ahead with my life."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued; "But I wasn’t prepared to lose my lashes."

"When my lashes started to thin out, I bought fake ones, but I struggled because it took off all the remaining hair. I didn’t do it for attention, I just wanted to feel like myself. I just wanted to be me again."

Codilia's life has gone up and up since then; she was offered a scholarship through support network Women in Business to study a masters in Business Admin at the same university.

H​​​aving received the all-clear from the disease at her latest check-up, Codilia is now in the final year of her studies in Manchester. What an UNREAL gal.

The lashes come in three different styles including 'Naturals', 'Lengthening', and 'Volume', and can be bought on boots.ie for just €7.49 now.

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We absolutely ADORE Valentine's Day, not only because celebrating romance usually gives us an excuse to pamper ourselves, but because it's a wonderful time of the year for cosmetics shopping.

Why buy roses or chocolates when you can get the best beauty products around?

We've decided to curate a list of our top 12 makeup, skincare and cosmetic goods for this year's Valentine's Day; whether it's for a hot date, a dinner for the gals or even a cosy night in with Netflix and a furry friend.

From your favourite smouldering red lipstick to sparkling pink eye-shadows and rose-scented perfume; 'tis the season for LOVE in beauty-land. 

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1. Charlotte Tilbury 'Hot Lips' red lipstick in Carina's Love.

Inspired by Chinese actress Carina Lau, this bold and sexy red lippy inspires confidence in any woman who wears it. It's siren red and has light-diffusing pigments that create a luminous finish for a full-bodied effect.

In Chinese culture, the colour red is representative of good fortune and joy, so it's positively perfect for Valentine's Day, right?

There's a great reason why Charlotte Tilbury is a globally renowned brand, and their matte lipstick range stands by their statement of good-quality products for women. 

The creamy formula, protection from UV damage and seamless finish are just three reasons why this lipstick makes our top 12. Enjoy it in all it's glory, gals.

Buy: Charlotte Tilbury
Price: €32

2. L'Occitane Romantic Rose collection

For Valentine's Day, it's only too important to smell and feel your best. We've found the ideal scent for the eve: ROSE. French powerhouse brand L'Occitane have gifted us with a set, that we all both need and deserve.

The gorgeous and elegant fragrance set includes: Rose Eau de Toilette, Rose Shower Gel, Rose Body Lotion and Rose Hand Cream. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L'Occitane 'Romantic Rose' collection is priced at €69 from the L'Occitane website.

3. Too Faced 'better than sex' mascara

The 'Better Than Sex Mascara' Hourglass-Shaped Brush is genuinely revolutionary.

Formed by discovering the bust-waist-hip ratio of an iconic silver screen Blonde Bombshell, the brush has the ideal silhouette that separates lashes for voluminous perfection.

The collagen-fuelled mascara formula give you redefined lashes which stretch to unreal lengths, for romantic dinner date eyes.

Buy: Debenhams
Price; €19.55

4. CND nails

Nail brand CND Vinylux have just debuted their new range, featuring stunning pinks, dark berry, ravishing reds and blush tones to show off your romantic side.

Mambo Beat, Rose Bud, Hot Pop Pink, Tinted Love, Wildfire and Dark Lava are ideal for a hot date, or pretty much anything the night has in store; There's a colour for every kind of date.

For Valentine's Day, why not treat yourself to a some gorgeous new shades from the iconic brand? You'll feel pampered and date-ready in no time.

Buy: CND 
Price: €11.95 (Shellac and Vinylux)

5. L'Oreal Paris Go Purple shampoo

For anyone with platinum blonde, highlighted, silver, bleached hair and all shades in between, the L'Oreal Paris Go Purple shampoo is a TOTAL WINNER.

Finding the best purple shampoo to keep the brassiness out of light-coloured hair can be tricky, but thankfully L'Oreal Paris have solved that problem just in time for Valentine's Day.

Tried and tested by us, we can guarantee that this stuff genuinely works. Any yellow tones are washed out, leaving your hair looking bright and rejuvenated. Yes girls.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L'Oreal Paris Go Purple shampoo is priced at €8.95 from all major retailers now.

6. Dermalogica intensive moisture balance

Promising to deliver nourishment beyond the skin's surface, the Dermalogica intensive moisture balance cream is 100 percent professional grade.

It's vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and uses NO artificial colours or flavouring; it's legit eco-friendly while clearing up all those dry skin worries. We'll take 10, please?

Buy: Dermalogica
Price; €51

7. Rimmel London Wonder'Luxe mascara

Finally we have discovered the best clump-free mascara in town, with four oils to it's lash-loving Wonder collection.

For volumised, thick and full lashes, with maximum volume; Rimmel's your go-to product.

Rimmel has even infused argan oil into it's four-oil complex, as well as Maracuja oil, Marula oil and Camellia oil for conditioning and protection from hair splitting.

Argan oil is renowned for nourishing properties, so mascara won't have to damage those eyelashes anymore. Thank GAWD.

Buy: Littlewoods Ireland
Price: €10.90

8. Sculpted by Aimee Connolly: The 4-in-1 lip liner pen

Why have one Valentine's Day lip liner when you could have four, stunning shades?

Grab yourself the Nude or the Pink edition, whichever you're in the mood for will light up your night. Each edition has four beautiful shades, from 'Buff', 'Bare', and 'Peach' to 'Rose', 'Blush' and 'Rouge', you're in for a treat.

Line the perfect pout with makeup guru Aimee Connolly, she's only gone and made the holy grail of lip liners.

Buy: www.aimeeconnolly.com
Price: €29.99

9. Garnier Ultimate Blends almond crush shampoo and conditioner

Garnier Ultimate Blends are launching up to 98 percent natural origin haircare, and we could NOT be more excited about it.

Your hair will feel cleansed, nourished and weightless using their almond crush shampoo and conditioner, which is made with a blend of organic almond milk and agave sap.

The gentle formula is a complete game-changer; did we mention it's 100 percent vegan? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Garnier Ultimate Blends almond crush shampoo and conditioner are priced at €4.95 each and are available from all major retailers.

10. La Roche Posay Lipikar Cleansing Oil AP+

La Roche Posay have long been one of our go-to skincare brands, and their new cleansing oil for dry skin will save the day for those of you who are PLAGUED with this skin type.

It's a soap-free, paraben-free and alcohol-free pH neutral shower oil that gives your skin the lipids it needs to reconstruct the skin barrier,

Skin with atopic tendencies or extreme dryness will CRAVE this product, it also soothes that feeling of tightness many of us know and hate.

Buy: Feel Unique
Price: €12

11. Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette

From white shades like 'Tempera' and 'Vermeer' to baby pink 'Bijon Fresco', bold raspberry 'Love Letter' and 'Venetian Red', even brown shades like 'Red Ochre' and 'Cyrprus Umber', we're dazzled by these Renaissance-inspired tones.

The range is gorgeous; this collection of matte and metallic eye-shadows is PERFECT for creating dazzling cosmetic effects this Valentine's Day.

Anastasia Beverley Hills always create the best products, which means they sell out fast. Grab yours now online from Cult Beauty to avoid disappointment.

Buy: www.cultbeauty.co.uk
Price: €49.11

12. Bioderma Sensibio Foaming Gel

Leading French brand Bioderma has introduced the new Sensibio foaming gel, and all we can say is: WOW.

The gel is specifically created to soothe and hydrate your skin to ensure it's free of trapped oil and impurities.

It's mild but cleansing active ingredients calm irritations and will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean just in time for your Valentine's Day make-up regime.

Buy: Cloud10 Beauty or select pharmacies nationwide
Price: €13 

That concludes the round-up of our top 12 ultimate Valentine's Day beauty products: tried and tested.

You'll be getting a faster heartbeat and butterflies in your stomach just looking at these gems, let alone using them. They'll melt your heart, and self-love is all about treating yourselves, right?

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This is straight out of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror, except if he was more into beauty and cosmetics…

For her Dazed Beauty magazine cover, Kylie Jenner had her game switched up when the publication used actual artificial intelligence created solely with a computer to create her new look.

It's INSANE. The whole idea was to put the most popular beauty trends into one lewk by using AI programme Beauty_GAN. The programme uses an algorithm to create beauty looks from Instagram trends…are we living in 3019?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In Kylie's case, 17,000 trends were used to achieve her cover image. Pastel-pink hair, eyeshadow colours fading into one another, overdrawn Cupid's bows and light matte pink lipstick. It's a lot…

The gal kind of looks like she's melting…but it's still pretty cool. We sense that MUAs and influencers will be trying to emulate this look through their makeup skills soon enough.

AI program Beauty_GAN digitally applied hair and makeup to Daniel Sannwald's photos of Jenner, and the results were shared in the editorial.

According to Dazed Beauty, Beauty_GAN is "first algorithm of its kind, trained to create its own beauty imagery based on what it sees on Instagram." Damn.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dazed Beauty's creative director Sebastian Zimmerhackl explained why the images of Jenner aren't picture perfect, despite the technology.

The computer had to learn exactly what "beauty" is, according to the 17,000 photos it was fed. The result “doesn’t look perfect because it’s an experiment," he said.

"But maybe in the future, it is the artistic mistakes that we will remember.” That's deep, Sebastian. What does beauty even mean nowadays, especially with editing and filters?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sannwald photographed the reality TV star with almost no makeup to serve as a blank canvas for Beauty_GAN, who recruited her due to her influence with trendsetting in the beauty industry.

She recently became a billionaire as a result of her company's success; Kylie Cosmetics.

Beauty_GAN's art director Lukas Rudig stated;

“It’s a collaboration: what the machine does to her is paint her face in the way it thinks it should be in a beauty selfie. To put it in a really easy metaphor, Beauty_GAN is like a mirror of popular culture, but the reflection staring back at you might not be what you expected."

"We teach a machine to see us and what it shows us back is not always what we see ourselves.”

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