The Latest Favourites

The Latest Favourites

It's been quite a while since I have been really excited about beauty products but after a recent clear out I fancied picking up a few new bits. A new foundation was top of my list and somehow buying one opened the floodgates! A new fragrance & beautiful pressed powder found their way into my hands within 15 minutes.

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New Launch | MAC Liptensity Lipsticks

New Launch | MAC Liptensity Lipsticks

I think we can all agree that when it comes to lipsticks the people at MAC are absolute rock stars! Between the gazillion shades and formulations, there is something there for everyone. Honestly, I didn't think that there could be anything in the world of MAC lipsticks that would wow me more than what's already on offer, but the new collection... WOW!

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Tough Stuff: Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover

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Cleansing is the most important step in a skincare regimen to me... you've probable saw me droning on about it previously on the blog. I wear waterproof mascara 90% of the time (oily eyelids problems...) and there is really nothing that I hate more than having to rub my eyes for ages only to find that I still have a layer of clumpy mascara on my lashes. But these are struggles of the past, I found my new love - the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover!

This stuff is incredible! It's a dual-phase lotion that instantly removes heavy or waterproof eye make-up, without leaving a trace of oily residue. All I do is shake up the bottle, dispense a little onto two cotton pads and gently press them against my eyes for a while to let the makeup remover break down and loosen my mascara. After that I give the lashes a very gentle wipe with the cotton pads and that's it - all of the mascara is gone and I can go on to using my cleanser without having to scrub my eyes for absolute ages.

The Instant Eye Makeup Remover, even though super potent, is really gentle - it doesn't sting and is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

It's a bit more of an investment than the budget makeup removers from the high street but I promise you, your eyes will thank you in the long run! No premature aging or wrinkles for us!

Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover is available from Clarins counters nationwide for 23.Worth every penny!

What is your favourite eye makeup remover? Would love to hear your recommendations!

Alex Signature

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Love Brows? Check Out The Brand New Benefit Browdrobe!

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Benefit have been kings / queens of the brow world for some time now but the recent expansion of their Browdrobe has literally blown the competition out of the water! Classics and all time faves like BrowZings and Gimme Brow got a bit of a packaging face lift but are very much still part of the new and improved brow arsenal.

A selection of brow products form Benfit laid out on a pink background
Let me get straight to the new additions... there's a lot to get through!
First up, the Brow Conditioning Primer* (€30.50). This nifty little number does what it says on the tin - worn as a primer it enhances & extends the wear of other brow products. I've been using it every morning under my regular brow products & love how it also tames and smooths my brows! Not an absolute essential in your brow collection but definitely worth checking out if you love your brows a lot!
Next, one of my absolute faves in the entire collection: the Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil* (€26).This is an angled, self sharpening pencil perfect for filling in and shaping sparse brows. What I love about it is that the formula is hard enough to be precise but not so hard that you can't work with it. Just perfect! It's long wearing and comes in six shades. This together with Gimme Brow* (€26) and Cara Delavigne has nothing on your brows!
Another stand out product in this collection is the Ka-Brow Eyebrow Cream-Gel Colour* (€26). This is a buildable cream-gel colour that is perfect for filling in and shaping your brows. Depending on your needs and preferences you could use this instead of an eyebrow pencil for a really defined look. It comes with a clever angled brush so you can use this on the go without having to bring tons of stuff with you!
The cult High Brow highlighters are still very much part of the collection and there is also another absolutely fabulous product - the Precisely My Brow Pencil* (€26). This pencil has an ultra-fine non sharpen tip that allows you to draw in hairlike strokes for that ultimate full brow look, even when, like me, you don't have much to work with...

Between brow waxes, old cult favourites and fab new additions Benefit have your brows pretty much covered on all fronts! Now there's really no excuses for bad brow days!

Have you tried any of the Benefit brow products?
Alex Signature

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Makeup Brush Update | Zoeva Rose Gold Collection

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Zoeva is becoming a bit of a cult brand in the makeup world when it comes to brushes (although they also do some really cute makeup). I've used their blending brushes for ages - they are way cheaper than some of my other favourites (*cough*... MAC... *cough*) and the quality is just as good, if not better. 

And then there is the rose gold. I don't think I need to tell you how beautiful the pale pink handles look with the rose gold hardware. It's a dream, people, a dream!

Zoeva do amazing brush sets in all of their ranges but I went with a load of single ones. It works out a tiny bit more expensive but I ended up with exactly the brushes I want and need. Becky has previously written about the set she got so if you're interested, head over here. There's something there for everyone with hundreds of different brush styles and designs to choose from.

Face

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The 112 Face Curve (€14.80)

This is essentially a classic flat foundation brush but what I love about it is that it really is quite big. You can apply foundation really quickly but still get that nice finish from a flat brush.

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The 110 Face Shape (€12.80)

This one is a bit of a multitasker. Perfect for anything from concealer to cream contour but you could absolutely also use it with powder products - for example super precise blush application. It's really small and perfect for getting around the contours of your face!

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The 114 Luxe Face Focus (€14.80)

One of my favourites, this is again quite a small fluffy face brush, perfect for powder products like highlighter, face powder or blush. It's slightly flattened which makes application really easy and precise.

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The 233 Cream Shader (€9.50)

Technically in the eye brush category but will be used mainly for underage concealer application. A beautifully firm small flat brush with domed bristles which makes applying concealer right in the corners of your eye less of a struggle. This would be perfect for applying cream shadows too!

Eyes

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The 227 Luxe Soft Definer (€9.50)

Definitely 'inspired' by the iconic MAC 217 brush this is an absolute staple for anyone who wears eye shadow! The perfect small fluffy brush that makes blending both powder and cream shadows super easy for that pro finish. I have a bunch of these and I use them every single day!

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The 225 Luxe Eye Blender (€9.50)

This one, also a blending brush has slightly shorter and more compact bristles and is great if you need to blend under the eye, in the corners or through the socket. It's essentially a similar brush to the 227 just slightly less fluffy and better for more precise blending - great if you are blending different shades together.

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The 222 Luxe All Over Shader (€10.50)

The perfect all-rounder for when you are running out the door while applying your makeup. This will not do anything precise and intricate but for a wash of colour on the go, it's perfect! Definitely one I use a lot!

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes | Pink Elephant Blog

The 230 Luxe Pencil (€9.50)

I don't get that much use out of this brush, I sometimes use it for blessing under eye shadow (most of the time I just use whatever I use on my lid though - no fuss) and if I'm feeling really fancy I use it to apply a brow highlight. What I love about this brush is that it is the softest! So nice! And it does come in handy every now and then. Not an essential but a lovely addition to the ever growing collection!

Have you ever tried any Zoeva brushes? If not, I HIGHLY recommend you do!  If you don't want to spend a ton of money on brushes but get quality products these are for you! You can buy all of these brushes on the Zoeva website!

Alex Signature

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Zoeva Brushes | Rose Golden Luxury Set Vol. 2

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We all know brushes are one of the most important investments in any make up kit, but they generally don’t come cheap. Generally I’ve found set’s in the past to have a mix of useful and random brushes, so not such great value when you don’t actually use half of the set. I generally would have  always bought MAC & Sephora brushes, with the occasional Bobbi Brown or Pout way back when (does anybody else remember Pout or is it just me?!). About two years ago then I discovered German brand Zoeva and have been hooked ever since.

Their rose gold accented collections caught my eye to begin with (shocker!) but it wasn’t until I actually got to try out a set for myself that I fell in love. The quality and finish is second to none, and the cute styling of different themes like their bamboo, pink rose gold and classic rose gold travel sets making their dressing table appeal all the more beautiful!

I would have always favoured full sized brushes over shorter handled travel versions, but my minds changed a little here. The first Rose Golden Luxury Zoeva travel set I invested in had such a lovely quality to the brushes that I was hooked. Nothing flimsy or watered down about them, just slightly shorter handles (so perfect for fitting in smaller handbags).

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The Rose Golden Luxury Set Vol. 2 contains 8 brushes for face and eyes, in a beautiful powder nude and rose gold.

The three face brushes include: 104 Buffer: Apply and blend foundation 109 Luxe Face Paint: Contour and shape with powder 126 Luxe Cheek Finish: Apply powder, blush and bronzer

This has to be one of the loveliest foundation buffer brushes I've used, perfect for building coverage with the likes of MAC face & body.

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The eyeshadow brushes cover pretty much everything you need for a day to day basic shadow to a full on smokey eye, including:

228 Luxe Crease: Blend transitions to a seamless finish 234 Luxe Smoky Shader: Apply and blend eyeshadow for a smoky finish 317 Wing Liner: Apply eyeliner with the perfect flick 322 Brow Line: Apply eyebrow products for perfectly shaped brows 226 Smudger: Softly apply and blend eyeshadow along the lash line

Made with synthetic talon hair, both the face an eye brushes come neatly packaged in a very chic rose gold brush clutch, complete with a rose gold zip, ten out of ten for attention to detail Zoeva! Retailing at €75.00 for eight brushes and the clutch case the value here speaks for itself. Have you tried out any Zoeva brushes yet?

Becky Signature

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