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Beauty: Kiko Active Fluo Limited Edition Capsule Collection

Posted on June 27, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have the latest limited edition collection from Kiko to share with you today – Active Fluo is their third capsule collection in celebration of their 20th anniversary. Created by fashion designer Arthur Arbesser, the collection combines in-your-face neon colours, with bold graphic motifs, and clean, minimalist shapes.

The make-up is vibrant and the fluo colours brimming with energy, for looks that steal the show. The passion, energy and technical performance inherent in sports are revived in specific products designed to maximize make-up hold. Comfort is at all times a must.

Let’s start with the Neon Eye Pencil (£5.90) – ok so I must admit I was a little confused when I first opened this pencil. I expected a neon green shade due to the packaging, which I think is quite understandable, but this is actually a black eyeliner pencil that becomes fluorescent when exposed to UV light. Which I think is pretty cool! I should point out that this is not suitable for the waterline – I’m assuming due to the ingredient that makes it fluorescent. In terms of an eyeliner, it has a nice soft texture that does the job and can create a decent sharp line. Unfortunately I don’t have access to a fluorescent light so I can’t tell you how well it glows!

The Neon Lip & Body Pencil (£5.90) – is very similar to the above Eye Pencil, it’s basically the same as it glows under fluorescent light, but this pencil is specifically made for the lips and body. This one is also available in three shades which match up to the lipsticks in the collection. I have 01 Stronger Coral, which is a bright pink shade that gives a high-definition line.

Next the Neon Lipstick (£6.90) – this is an amazingly bright intense pink matte lipstick that becomes fluorescent when exposed to UV light. It has a velvety matte texture that isn’t the most long wearing matte I’ve ever worn, but it’s still very good and not as drying as other mattes. This is available in three bold colours, and I have shade 02 Powerful Fuchsia which is a blue toned neon pink.

And lastly the Neon Nail Lacquer (£3.90) – this is a clear, pink tinted nail polish that can be used on its own or as a top coat. It has a plumping effect, and you can probably guess by now it also becomes fluorescent when exposed to UV light. I actually really like this, it’s just something a bit different, and I love that you can put it over any base colour of nail polish to make your nails glow under UV.

Overall this is a great collection – the only thing I will say is it’s a real shame I wasn’t able to get my hands on a UV light – I’d love to have had the chance to test everything out to see how well it all glows. Do let me know if you’ve tried any of these products out under UV as I’d love to hear if they really work!

The Active Fluo collection is available now at Kiko Cosmetics – and is currently on sale at half price, so be sure to snap them up while you can.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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ASOS Beauty Confidence ‘Come Together’ Event #ASOSmagazine

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Hi Guys!

If you follow me on social you may have seen I was recently in London with ASOS – I was very excited to attend their Beauty Confidence Chat in collaboration with the latest ‘Come Together’ issue of ASOS magazine.

We were told to expect discussions on issues of identity, diversity, beauty confidence, and the changing face of the beauty industry. As well as live demos on summer beauty trends and a preview of the latest beauty and grooming collections at ASOS.

Well as you can probably imagine I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to such a fantastic sounding event! I absolutely love ASOS and apart from their ever expanding beauty range, I pick up 90% of my clothes and accessories from there too. So I instantly replied with a YES!

When we arrived at the venue, which was a photography studio, the first thing I noticed was rows of desks set up like beauty workstations – each with its own mirror, makeup set, accessories and brushes. We grabbed some drinks and took out places for the chat…

The chat was hosted by ASOS and included three of the models featured in the above ‘Someone Like You’ spread in the latest edition of ASOS magazine. We met Coral, Ash and Jordan, and they spoke about their heritage, background, and individual style, as well as their opinions on the modelling and beauty industry. It was so interesting to hear, and I love the fact that ASOS are championing diversity in across both fashion and beauty on their site.

What I learned from the event is that ASOS are supportive and inclusive of everyone, no matter your gender, ethnicity, age or background. I love ASOS’ attitude, and that they’re encouraging the use of creative makeup as an expression of your personality – it’s all about how it makes you FEEL. If you feel fab wearing blue lipstick, then do it, if applying green sparkly eyeshadow makes you feel happy and confident, then go for it!

I loved practicing some of the makeup looks we were taught, and spent most of the afternoon with amazing iridescent glitter on my face – I definitely don’t wear glitter enough!

I feel very inspired now to be more experimental and creative with my makeup – I’m planning to share some makeup looks on my upcoming Youtube channel, so keep an eye out for the launch which will hopefully be in the next month or so.

Going back to ASOS now – if you shop their beauty section, you may have noticed more recently that they now show hand swatches on site – which really is handy (see what I did there). And they’re also starting to roll out mini demo videos of beauty products too – so you can get a better idea of how to apply and use products that may be a bit more involved, such as certain skincare products and devices. I think this is such a fantastic and innovative idea, as well as being really helpful for customers.

I can’t thank ASOS enough for putting on such a fantastic day, as well as their amazing generosity. Hopefully this will be the first of many more ASOS Beauty events to come!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Massive USA Beauty Haul & My Mall Box Service Review

Posted on June 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my massive US beauty haul that I shared a little while ago on my stories. Over the past few months I’ve been purchasing LOADS of bits and pieces from various US sites and having them sent to my US PO Box address – and I’ve finally got round to shipping them over here.

I’ll just quickly touch on what I’ve ordered – I’ll have full reviews of everything coming up shortly, but if anything catches your eye please shout and I’ll make it a priority –

Stila Magnificent Metals Duo Chromes – These are the three new iridescent duo chrome finish Magnificent Metal Liquid Eyeshadows from Stila – they’re gorgeous! I bought these quite a while ago now and they’re still not available in the UK, so I’m really glad I picked them up.

Clarins 4-Colour Pen – This is actually available in the UK now, but out of stock unfortunately. This nifty little pen contains three eyeliners and a nude lipliner in a click pen style – it’s such an unusual and fun concept!

A Selection of Korean beauty products from MeMeBox – I picked up a load of weird and wonderful sounding products from MeMeBox, including the above Pony Effect eyeshadow palette and Primer, as well as plenty of masks, including bubble masks and magical foaming beans! And I also grabbed som wine themed makeup (as you do) – I’m actually thinking of starting a Youtube channel and trying these products out on there. I think it could be really fun trying them out live on camera. Let me know if you’d like to see that!

Tarte Shape Tape I’d been wanting to try Tape Shape forever, and though they sell it here at QVC, they never had my shade in stock. I picked up the two lightest shades.

Marc Jacobs Enamored with a Twist Set – This was just a real splurge, honestly I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging! As soon as I saw this limited edition set I knew I had to have it! This is a limited edition colourful makeup bag that contains three lip glosses.

Hanacure Starter Set – I think I originally saw this advertised on Facebook, it sounded like a great facial set, and seemed to have really great reviews.

Like I said, please do let me know if you’d like to hear more about any of these products!

So, let’s take about My Mall Box now…

It was actually about a year ago now that I first reviewed the My Mall Box service – and they’ve made quite a few changes and improvements since then. Just to briefly explain, My Mall Box is essentially a shipping service that allows you to purchase items from the US and have them shipped to the UK – where shipping usually wouldn’t be possible from the companies directly.

When I wrote my last review, there were still a few restrictions with My Mall Box, as certain companies don’t (and still don’t) ship to the UK, or even to PO Boxes in the US. My Mall Box have now overcome this hurdle by offering a service that will buy the item for you, and have it shipped to your dedicated PO Box My Mall Box address, before forwarding on to you in the UK. There is a small fee for this service, but it does allow you to pick up items that would otherwise be unable to get hold of. An example of this is Stila. As soon as I tried their Magnificent Metals I was in love, then when I saw the new Duo Chrome shades I had to have them! They aren’t yet available in the UK and the Stila US site doesn‘t ship to the UK, or to PO Boxes in the US. So I completed the Buy For Me option at My Mall Box, sent them payment and they ordered what I wanted and had it delivered to my own ‘box’ at the My Mall Box warehouse, ready to be sent on to me – easy!

This really is such a handy service to have, and I believe this is the only mailing company that offers it currently (but please tell me if I’m wrong). My Mall Box are also looking into offering some really handy additional services and options – such as discounts and deals for regular customers – they’ve told me they’ll be rolling out their new services throughout the rest of the year, so I look forward to finding out and trialling what they’ll be offering.

At the moment like I said above, you can get MMB to ‘buy for you’, and they also have a page on their site where you can compare their shipping rates and fees to other providers, so you can make sure you’re getting the best deal, as well as a calculator so you can check what shipping options are provided before going ahead and purchasing your items.

You can also split a package into two smaller packages, have multiple items opened and repackaged together (to keep shipping costs down) and there’s a very handy FAQ section on the site that literally covers everything – and you can always email their customer services team who are fantastic at answering questions too.

The only thing I would mention to be aware of is it’s worth making a mental note of the restricted items list before making any purchases. Just like the UK, there are certain problem items that they can’t ship – the things that would affect me personally are items like fragrances and candles. This is just a handy thing to know before you place any orders.

If you’re interested in purchasing products from the US, I’d highly recommend you sign up to MMB. It’s easy to use, convenient and cost effective. You can sign up hereand doing so via this link will also give you a credit to your account.

I’d love to hear if you use mail referring services? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by My Mall Box. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Beauty: NEW Lime Crime Diamond Crushers & Hi-Lite Opals Palette

Posted on June 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

You may have caught my post the other week letting you know that Lime Crime products are now available at ASOS – well I have a couple more exciting new launches to share with you today!

The new Hi-Lite Opals Palette (£33.00 at ASOS) is Lime Crime’s first ever highlighter palette – it’s literally just landed in at ASOS, and it looks SO good! Inspired by the magic of opalescent stones, this palette contains three beautiful iridescent highlighter shades in Pink, Gold, and Peach shift.

The three shades come in a finely milled, silky formula, which promises to melt seamlessly into skin and adapt to your complexion, lasting all day without the need for re-application. The powders are all really buttery smooth, with each giving a true glow highlight that doesn’t contain any glitter particles.

I think my favourite in terms of colour is the Pink, it’s such a striking true pink that looks amazing when it catches the light. But I do feel the Gold shade has a slightly better consistency, allowing it to give a slightly more intense shine compared to the other two shades. All three are fantastic though, and this palette is definitely worth the splurge!

And I also have three of Lime Crime’s new Diamond Crushers (£15.00 at ASOS) – these iridescent lip toppers can be used just as they are to add a reflective, shimmery look to lips – but for more of a dramatic look they work amazingly well on top of other liquid lipsticks, especially darker shades.

The Diamond Crushers Lip Toppers are available in five iridescent shades –

  • Choke – a pale pink/blue shift hue
  • Dope – a cotton candy champagne
  • Lit – a rose gold ‘on acid’
  • Fluke – a chill mauve
  • Trip – a delirium purple

The formula is surprisingly lightweight (also water-based) and is filled with light-reflective iridescent shimmer particles which shift and change and just look amazing when they catch the light. I thought the Diamond Crushers might feel a bit chunky and gritty, due to the nature of them, but surprisingly they don’t, they apply very smoothly and feel like there’s almost nothing on your lips.

The shades I have swatched above are (from the top) Dope, Trip, and Fluke. What you can’t see from the swatches is the beautiful iridescent glitter in each of the shades – I love them all!

So as I’ve said, you can wear these on their own, or on top of a matte finish liquid lipstick to add a whole new dimension. I’m pleased to say it doesn’t take off your liquid lipstick when you apply, and stays on for hours on end. Of course technically these are lip toppers, but you really can wear them anywhere you’d like to, such as on the eyes or on top of your cheekbone highlight for added intensity. I should mention that I can’t confirm if they’re safe for eyes though, the site doesn’t say either way.

Overall I think these are fab products, I haven’t seen anything else like them available on the market as yet – so if you’re a fan of iridescent and holo finishes in your makeup, these are definitely a must have.

Lime Crime products are available now at ASOS.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: MAC x Steve J & Yoni P Limited Edition Collection

Posted on June 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have another limited edition collection from MAC to share with you today – this time it’s in collaboration with Korean contemporary womenswear designers Steve J and Yoni P – I must admit I hadn’t heard of them before, but after looking them up I’ve pretty much fallen in love with their designs. Think high end casual wear, with an injection of youthful humour and colour…

Korean design duo Steve J. and Yoni P. strike a spunky balance between flirty frills and sporty thrills. Now, the couple introduces a M·A·C collection as cheeky and progressive as their fashion! Pinks, smoky-warm neutrals and playful, graphic packaging tap into the vibe of Seoul street style.

The Steve J & Yoni P Mac collection is quite extensive, including a large range of colour cosmetics as well as brushes and a makeup bag, all featuring a playful limited edition print.

Starting with the Lipstick (£16.50) – there are four lipsticks in this collection in a range of warm hues with two finishes. I have shade Yoni Crush, which is an intense red that’s truly beautiful. This one also has an amplified finish, which is one of my favourite MAC lipstick finishes as it gives fantastically rich colour that feels comfortable and moisturising on the lips. The four shades are –

  • Spotlight Me – light peachy nude (amplified)
  • Yoni Crush – bold orange-red (amplified)
  • Candy Yum-Yum – neon pink (matte)
  • A Killing Smile – bright pinkish red (matte)

I also have this super cute Eyeshadow X2 Duo (£20.00) – there are two sweet little eyeshadow duos available in this collection, I have Touch Me Baby which includes shades Keep on Twinkling, which is a really pretty light frosted pink, and Soba, which is a light brown with a hint of golden shimmer. Both shades are well pigmented, and are very easy to wear, light neutral colours.

And lastly the Lip & Cheek X6 in Yoni Attraction (£36.00) – this special-edition palette includes six varied pink shades for both lips and cheeks. There are five Casual Colour shades for cheeks plus one Lipstick shade –

  • Keep It Loose Casual Colour – warm pink
  • Secret Admirer Casual Colour – bright coral
  • Young at Heart Casual Colour – bright pink
  • Weekend Getaway Casual Colour – cool rose
  • Lazy Sunday Casual Colour – baby pink
  • Show Orchid Lipstick – very hot pink (amplified)

The other products in the collection include –

Zoom Lash (£15.50) in Zoomblack – a rich black.

Studio Eye Gloss (£16.00) in Pearl Varnish – a white gloss with pearl.

Dazzleshadow X2 in Midnight Fever (£20.00) including shades Let’s Boogie (black with sparkles) and Sparkling Moment (black with purple & red sparkles)

Powder Blush (£19.50) in shades Peony Petal – a bright blue-pink (satin) and Sugar or Syrup – a light yellow-pink (satin)

Brushes in 217 Blending Brush (£21.00) and 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush (£28.00)

Makeup Bag / Steve J & Yoni P X MAC £25.00

The MAC x Steve J & Yoni P Limited Edition Collection is available now at MAC Cosmetics

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: YSL Beauty Brow Wardrobe for Fair Hair

Posted on June 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s Friday at last and I’ve been rushing around trying to sort the house out and do last minute prep for mine and Freddy’s fancy dress birthday party tomorrow! I literally can’t wait! So things are a bit crazy here right now, but I thought I’d leave you with a little look at some of the latest products to launch from YSL – welcome to the YSL Beauty Brow Wardrobe, specifically for those with fair hair…

Starting with the Couture Brow Palette (£35.00) – this is a super handy little palette, including three powder shades, and a mini brush and tweezers. This palette comes in two colour options and I have 01 Light which is perfect for those with fair hair. The mini brush has stiff, angled bristles which are great for applying just the right amount of product to the brows with precision, whilst keeping the hairs in check – and this palette is also just the right size for throwing in your makeup bag when you’re on the go. You might think three separate shades are a bit excessive, but I love that you can mix and match them to create exactly the brow look you desire.

Next I have the Dessin Des Sourcils Pencil (£21.00) – this is a deluxe dual ended precision pencil that fills in and defines brows with ease, for a natural no-fuss look. The formula is smooth but firm, and glides on effortlessly to give you gorgeously groomed brows. I have shade 3 Marron Glace, which is a light taupe brown, perfect for both blondes and redheads.

Next the Couture Brow (£22.00) which is basically a mascara for your brows – very much like Benefit’s Gimme Brow, this product has a subtle gloss finish, which gives a natural volume to the brow hairs. Couture Brow has a buildable formula made of gelifying fixators and semi opaque pigments which adapt to your brow hair colour, offering optimal comfort and ultra-long hold. Couture Brow promises to last for 24 hours, allowing you to fix, structure and intensify your brows to be just as natural or as dramatic as you wish. For me, this product gives a nice, natural defined look, that’s quick to apply giving an instant full brow effect. I have shade 02 Ash Blonde, which I think would work well for those with light blonde hair.

And lastly the Couture Brow Marker (£21.00) – as you can probably guess, this is a felt tip marker pen, which gives precise control over application. This is perfect for those looking for a more intense, perfected brow, with a defined shape. The Couture Brow Marker leaves brows looking full and thick, and fills in any gaps within seconds. I have shade 01 Light Brown, which is quite a warm toned mid brown colour.

And here are some swatches, from the top you have the Couture Brow, then the Couture Brow Marker in the middle, and the Dessins Des Sourcils pencil at the bottom.

I’d love to hear which brow products you’re using at the moment? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Nip & Fab Launches New Makeup Line!

Posted on June 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago now I received a surprise package from the team behind Nip & Fab – and I was so excited to find it contained a selection of products from their brand new makeup line.

Nip & Fab have been making high quality, reasonably priced skincare products for many years now, so I think makeup is a great addition to their range, as well as being a natural progression for the brand. Let’s take a look at the products…

Ok so Nip & Fab have launched quite a large range of makeup products initially, which is great news. Starting with the Foundation (£12.95) – there are 10 shades available, which look to span a decent range of colours, and they’ve also included a pure white Foundation Light Mixer to lighten any foundation you may already have, and a dark brown Foundation Dark Mixer, to deepen your foundation should you want to.

I have the foundation in shade 25, which as you can see definitely isn’t the right shade for me, but it appears to give a nice natural / dewy finish with medium coverage.

I tried mixing it with some of the foundation lightener to get a better shade, and though the lightener worked well to change the colour, it still didn’t really work as the right colour for me. I already have a foundation that is slightly too dark for me (but otherwise the right tone) so I’m going to try the Light Mixer with that and see if I can get a spot on match.

Next on to the Colour Correctors (£8.95). These come in a selection of four shades, to help correct any colour issues you may have –

  • Banana – This yellow toned corrector is great for concealing dark under eye circles and can be used to subtly highlight and brighten the high points of the face.
  • Lavender – This purple toned corrector eliminates any unwanted yellow undertones to the skin and works well under foundation to create a perfectly even-toned complexion.
  • Terracotta – The warm orange tone neutralises blue undertones and is ideal for concealing under eye circles and dark spots.
  • Peppermint – This green toned corrector neutralises redness on the skin and is ideal for covering blemishes and reducing irregular skin pigmentation.

For the lips, Nip & Fab have included Liquid Lipsticks (£7.95) and a small selection of Lip Liners (£5.95) in their launch. I have the full collection of Liquid Lipsticks which I thought would be worth swatching and sharing, as the colours look quite similar when placed together. The shades are all light to medium nudes including beige, pink and brown tones –

From left to right –

  • Cinnamon – a mid toffee brown nude.
  • Toffee – a mid caramel nude.
  • Biscuit – a warm brown caramel nude.
  • Marshmallow – a mid peach toned nude.
  • Pink Lemonade – a light pink toned nude.
  • Candy – a light beige pink nude.
  • Tart – a light cool toned nude.
  • Cool Nude – a light cool toned beige.

(Since trying these, Nip & Fab have also added three new slightly darker nude shades of Liquid Lipsticks to their site – Brownie, Spice and Brandy)

And here are the swatches – somehow I managed to misplace Cinnamon between photographing it and swatching, and I still haven’t found it. It’s literally just disappeared! So the above swatches start on the left with Toffee.

I have to say my favourite shades are Biscuit, Marshmallow and Pink Lemonade – these are all slightly pink or peach toned, and aren’t too light, which I think make them easier to wear. I’ve worn a couple of these and they dry down in decent time and last for hours before you need to re-apply.

Nip & Fab have also included a nice selection of palettes in their initial launch. There are eyeshadow palettes and contour palettes, and a single highlighter palette and blush palette. I have the Contour Palette in Dark and the Highlighter Palette.

The Highlighter Palette (£15.00) contains six large sized pans –

  • Selfie – a light cream coloured shimmer.
  • Champagne – a warm champagne shimmer.
  • Golden – a slightly yellow toned shimmer.
  • Sunbeam – a light golden bronze.
  • Rose Gold – a warm rose gold.
  • Sunkissed – a deep warm bronze.

The three lighter shades work best for me just because I’m super pale. I also love the darker shades used as eyeshadows.

And lastly I have the Contour Palette in Dark (£15.00). Again this contains six decent sized pans, this time they are all matte shades –

  • Tan – a light caramel brown.
  • Chestnut – a mid reddish brown.
  • Cocoa – a deep warm brown.
  • Sugar – a light peach.
  • Soft Honey – a light warm brown, slightly lighter than Tan.
  • Sunset – a bright terracotta orange.

These shades are all quite warm toned, and far too dark for my fair skin tone personally – but again I’ve used these a few times as eyeshadows and they work really well!

Nip & Fab’s range of makeup is available now at Nip+Fab.com

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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