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Beauty: Stila Glitter Underground Collection

Posted on February 14, 2017

Hi Guys!

When it comes to glitter makeup, you must admit that historically it hasn’t really been known for its quality. From the spray on hair and body glitter of the 90’s (I’ve been there and I have no regrets) to glitter nail polish and sparkly lip glosses, it all has a child-like quality that’s cute and fun, but not necessarily known for being the highest standard of cosmetics.

This is where Stila comes in with their new Glitter Underground collection for SS17, which is inspired by the fabulous glitzy glamour of the ’70’s disco era. This collection is full of rich warm tones, with high quality metallic and glitter infused finishes. These products are all about grown up glamour, in warm shades of golds, coppers, browns and purples.

Starting with the Matte N Metal Eye Shadow Palette (£39.00) – this is a twelve colour eye palette with a mixture of matte and metallic shadows. Very similar to Stila’s popular Eyes Are The Windows Palette in Soul, this palette isn’t what I’d call groundbreaking in terms of the shade selection, but though I say this the shades are very lovely, as well as being highly pigmented and easy enough to wear in terms of colour on a daily basis. If you’re in need of a new go-to palette this one is definitely worth checking out. The shades are as follows –

  • Vintage – A matte, neutral pink.
  • Velvet – Matte pale pink.
  • Feathered – Matte pale sand.
  • Fringe – Matte light taupe shade.
  • Suede – Matte mauve pink.
  • Velour – Matte warm tan.
  • Bohemian – A metallic pewter.
  • Retro – Rose gold metallic.
  • Sequin – Metallic gold.
  • Smolder – Smoky metallic gunmetal.
  • Sizzle – Metallic rosy copper.
  • Flare – Cool bronze metallic.

The Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow (£23.00) is definitely my favourite product from the collection. This is a high-shine metallic, liquid formula eyeshadow that’s infused with SO much glitter. The formula is super light and applies effortlessly to the lids, leaving a stunning shimmery finish that catches the light beautifully. It’s worth noting that this product also gives pretty much zero fallout – which is always an issue when working with glitters. This is available is eight beautiful shades –

  • Rose Gold Retro – A shimmering rose gold and silver.
  • Kitten Karma – A copper toned champagne with flecks of silver.
  • Smouldering Satin – Deep tan with silver.
  • Diamond Dust – Sheer silver & multicolour.
  • Gold Goddess – Antique gold & silver.
  • Smoky Storm – Pewter & silver.
  • Molten Midnight – Black, silver & gold.
  • Bronzed Bell – Deep bronze with silver.

Stila have also introduced five new shades of their Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (£16.00) into this collection. In case you’re not familiar with these, the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is a fantastic long lasting matte liquid lipstick that’s designed to last for up to six hours of wear.

I have shade Perla from the new collection, and I’m absolutely in love with it! Perla is described as a soft rosy nude, and it’s just the prettiest muted nude pink shade that’s really easy to wear for fair to medium skin tones. The formula offers amazing pigmentation whilst feeling lightweight and comfortable – and this is the type of liquid lipstick that won’t budge once it’s on. The new shades available are –

  • Angelo – A soft peachy nude.
  • Biscotti – Taupe Brown.
  • Notte – Blackberry.
  • Perla – Soft rosy nude.
  • Rubino – Deep red.

Stilla also have a range of three Heavens Hue Highlighters (£28.00) – these are ultra-fine highlighters designed to give skin a natural glow. I have shade Bronze which though lovely, is way too dark for my complexion. If you have a darker skin tone though I think this could look stunning. These come in three shades –

  • Transcendence – Opalescent pink.
  • Kitten – Shimmering nude pink.
  • Bronze – Radiant sun-kissed shimmer.

And lastly, there’s the Glitterati Lip Top Coat (£18.00) – this is a shimmering top coat for application over matte lipsticks. I don’t have a sample of this but I did try one at the event and they look absolutely mesmerising! I know this sounds a bit OTT but this top coat has a really thin watery consistency, which you can see swishing around in the tube and it just looks amazing (sorry I’m easily excited by glittery things) – these basically add a glitter top coat to your matte lipsticks, without a having glossy finish.

  • Transcend – Transparent pink with multi-coloured sparkle.
  • Ignite – Transparent berry sparkle.

I’ve already shared swatches on my Instagram Stories, but if you missed this and would like to see swatches of anything above please do let me know and I’ll be more than happy to share.

Stila’s Glitter Underground Collection is available now at StilaBeauty Bay and ASOS.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Guerlain Autumn 2016 Collection

Posted on September 26, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Autumn is most definitely in the air now – and it’s probably my favourite time of year. I love that the weather is getting cooler and the nights are starting to draw in, and one of my other favourite things of course is all the Autumn Winter beauty collections!

One of my favourite high end brands, Guerlain, has recently sent over a selection of products from their Autumn 2016 collection – and I think I’m in love! Guerlain A/W 2016 is all about quick, easy and spontaneous make-up. This collection contains ready-to-wear shades for eyes and lips, in chic and easy to apply colours, allowing you to effortlessly customise your look however your mood takes you. This is a collection where there really is something for everyone.

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Starting off with the brand new range of Palette 5 Coleurs (£43.00) – Guerlain have launched six essential and comprehensive eye palettes for AW16. Each including a base to illuminate and even the lid, two mid nude tones to subtly enhance, and two smoky, more sophisticated shades to intensify the whole look. The six palettes are as follows –

  • 01 Rose Barbare – a cool lavender and purple toned palette.
  • 02 Tonka Imperiale – a warm chestnut brown palette.
  • 03 Coque D’Or – a warm gold and bronze themed palette.
  • 04 L’Heure De Nuit – a light and mid grey toned palette.
  • 05 Apres l’Ondee – a cool blue and silver themed palette.
  • 06 Bois Des Indes – a warm pinkish brown toned palette.

The palettes I have above are – 01 Rose Barbare at the top, and 02 Tonka Imperiale – and I’d highly recommend checking the shades out on the House of Fraser site (link at the bottom of the post) as my camera has made the eyeshadows look quite a lot lighter than they are. Trust me when I say it’s worth a look!

I also wanted to point out that Guerlain have included ultra-fine light-reflecting pigments in these shadows, to give brighter, more radiant colour, and the packaging is also rather nice! Being a fan of smaller sized palettes that can easily fit in a makeup bag and be transported – these really do tick all the boxes for me. The Palette 5 Coleurs come in an ultra slim black case, which has a handy panoramic mirror on the inside lid, as well as a couple of dinky brushes included too.

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And next we have the gorgeous L’Art Du Trait Precision Felt Eyeliner (£27.00) – this precision eyeliner pen has been designed to be both long-lasting and water-resistant. It features a long, sharp, flexible tip to ensure a precise line, and it has a super fine tip, making thin, fine lines as easy to draw as thicker, graphic lines on the eyes.

The product formula is the blackest black – which is obviously a must in a black eyeliner – and I can confirm that it’s completely smudge proof, so this will now live permanently in my makeup bag 🙂

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And lastly, Guerlain have included two brand new shades of KissKiss Lipsticks (£27.00) to finish off your autumn look. The two new shades are Fall in Nude – the perfect beige nude, and Fall in Red – a delicate rosy red, which have been created specifically to compliment the new eyeshadow tones. These two subtle shades easily adapt to any skin tone or occasion, from midday to midnight.

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The Guerlain AW16 collection is available now at House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Illamasqua Extinct Collection

Posted on September 22, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I have Illamasqua’s brand new Extinct collection to share with you today – and it’s probably one of my favourites yet. The Extinct collection has been inspired by the natural beauty of insects, the reality of climate change and the fearlessness of punk. It includes iridescent beetle tones, dark glittering purples and fantastic reflective finishes which can be use to create makeup looks that really go outside the box.

The Extinct visual focuses on brave, unique shapes that emphasise the eyes, lips and nails to inspire creativity and push boundaries. This powerful collection provides you with the tools and expertise to create your own kind of beauty that challenges the expected.

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Starting with the Demise Palette (£34.00) – I love the name of this palette, it’s so dark and dramatic! This eyeshadow quad contains four intense autumnal shades, perfect for creating a striking smoky eye. Illamasqua have brought back previous shade Gimp, a deep black-blue to include in this palette, but I have to say I’m in love with Interitus, a rich burgundy that’s perfect for this season.

  • Wilt – Red Gold
  • Gimp – Black Blue
  • Lost – White Gold
  • Interitus – Burgundy

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There’s also a Pure Pigment (£17.50) – this is a finally milled pigment that can be worn alone to softly reflect a translucent blue or layered over a deeper product to give it a 3-D punch. This shade is called Axolotl and though it’s describe as holographic, I wouldn’t say it is. It’s very similar to MAC’s Reflects Teal pigment.

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The collection also includes two Powder Eyeshadows (£16.50) – Jubilance first caught my eye, this is a wonderful light copper shade, almost like a shiny penny. It has the most amazing high shine finish, and it’s incredibly soft and easy to apply.

The other shade, Cascade, I thought was just an average white when I first saw it. How wrong I was though! Cascade though innocent looking actually has a luminous blue frost finish that looks pretty awesome when you catch it in the light!

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Here’s some swatches starting with Jubilance at the top, then Cascade, then Axolotl.

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And lastly, I have two Nail Varnishes (£14.50 each) – the Extinct collection offers two exciting shades with high shine finish. Shade Remains is a deep merlot injected with glitter particles and Quagga is a two-toned green that mimics iridescent beetle wings. Illamasqua recommend to wear these over a black polish to intensify the colour, which I’m going to try myself very soon.

The collection also includes a Matte Lip Liquid (£18.50) in shade Exoskeleton – a dusky Plum, and a Gel Liner (£20.00) in shade Quixotic, a deep emerald green.

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The Illamasqua Extinct Collection is available now at Illamasqua.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC It’s A Strike Limited Edition Collection

Posted on August 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I have some gorgeous products from one of MAC’s latest upcoming ranges to share with you today – the It’s a Strike Limited Edition Collection is a really cute curated selection of products with a bowling theme. MAC have included a large selection of new as well as re-promoted products in the collection, including Lip Glasses, Eye Shadows, Nail Lacquers, and Fluidline Pens with play-on-words names related to all things bowling…

Head straight to the fast lane and have a ball with M∙A∙C IT’S A STRIKE! A range of lipstick and Creamsheen Glass IS RACKED IN RED. Rich Eye Shadow and Fluidline Pen shades will have everyone begging to join your league, while easy hues of casual colour are right up anyone’s alley. Prcatice a clean follow-through with three creamy colours of M∙A∙C Studio Nail Lacquer. Finally, knock them all down with the luminous allure of new Pearlmatte Face Powder.

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Ok so let’s start with the lip products. I have a Lipstick in Bowl Me Over and a Cremesheen Lipglass in Throw a Spare. There are seven lipsticks in the collection with varying finishes including Matte, Retro Matte and Dazzle. Bowl Me Over is a gorgeous and autumnal deep brown toned red, and the Cremesheen Glass in Throw A Spare is a bright blue toned sheer fuchsia with a sparkly pearl finish.

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  • Honeylove – light beige toned with rose (matte)
  • Flat Out Fabulous – bright plum matte (retro matte)
  • All Fired Up – bright fuchsia matte (retro matte)
  • Perfect Score – deep red (matte)
  • Bowl Me Over – deep burnt brown (retro matte) (online exclusive)
  • Liquid Lurex – tarnished gold (dazzle)
  • Babes And Balls – deep burgundy (matte)

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  • It’s A Strike – soft nude pink
  • King Pin – deep chocolate mauve
  • Throw A Spare – fuchsia with pearl
  • Right Up My Alley – deep red
  • Spare Me – dark purple

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There are also six single eyeshadows in the collection. I have Bowlarama which is an intense lime green with a satin finish. Now I know this shade does look a bit out there, but you can easily sheer it out for a hint of colour, or of course wear it applied layered up if you’re feeling daring!

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  • Gutter Gal – off-white grey (matte)
  • Bowlerama – bright lime green (satin)
  • Bowl Out – mid-tone grey (matte)
  • 300 Game – blackened cherry (matte)
  • Join My League? – dark espresso (matte)
  • Carbon – intense black (matte)

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The Pearlmatte Face Powder (£24.00) has to be my favourite product though. Trophy has a fun skittles and bowling ball design, and this powder really does give the most beautiful sheen to the skin. Trophy contains four pearlmatte shades (top to bottom swatches above)  – a light lime green, a bright white, and a mid pink, which when swirled together, give a lovely light pink toned pearlmatte finish (bottom swatch)

There are also a few more products in the collection which I haven’t had the chance to try –

Fluidline Pen (£18.00)

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Vintage Brown – deep dark brown
  • Retro Black – black
  • Indelibly Blue – deep navy blue

StudioNail Lacquer (£10.00)

  • Rack ‘Em Up – cool deep khaki (cream)
  • 5 Pin – deep wine (cream)
  • Baby Split – sheer lime green (cream)

Casual Colour (£18.50)

  • 
Have A Lovely Day! – neutral nude
  • Blind Score – dirty reddish lilac

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The MAC It’s a Strike collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Star Trek Collection

Posted on August 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

It seems that MAC are really pulling out all the stops with their limited edition collections this year! The Star Trek collection celebrates 50 years of the iconic show, and to elebrate each of Star Trek’s powerful women, MAC will be releasing 25 limited edition products…

Spanning half a century, Star Trek and its loyal fans cross generations, influencing ideas and aesthetics of gender, race and intergalactic potential. As the sci-fi saga continues, delight in the beauty of exploration as M·A·C and Star Trek’s latest cinema generation join forces in an exclusive makeup collaboration of cosmically charged hues.

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“Star Trek is an iconic pop culture phenomenon whose storylines pushed gender and racial boundaries,” MAC creative director James Gager said in a statement. “For its 50th anniversary, we celebrate each of Star Trek’s powerful women in a transcending, transformational makeup collection.”

The collection contains a massive range of 25 products, inspired by Star Trek’s Deanna Troi, Uhura, Seven of Nine and the Orion Girl, Vina. It includes Lip Glasses and Lipsticks, eyeshadows, nail polishes and brushes to name but a few items. Let’s take a look at some of the products –

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Starting with the Trip The Light Fantastic Powder (£26.50) – this beautiful powder comes with a pretty marbled finish that you almost don’t want to touch! Strange New Worlds gives a lovely luminous peachy coral glow to the complexion.

  • Luna Luster – sheer wash of soft rose shimmer
  • Strange New Worlds – sheer wash of golden coral pearl
  • Highly Illogical – sheer wash of golden plum with fine pearl

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I also have a Superslick Liquid Eyeliner, a Lipglass and a Lipstick…

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The Lipsticks (£17.00) come in four different shades, with frost and lustre finishes for a real sci-fi look! I have Kling-It-On, a sheer purple frost with a fine pink glitter – it’s a really unusual shade that I was initially quite unsure of, but I actually think it looks great on.

  • The Enemy Within – neutral gold shimmer (frost)
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before – pink with gold pearl (lustre)
  • Kling-It-On deep purple with fine pink glitter (frost)
  • Llap – icy rose champagne (frost)

There are also five Lipglasses (£16.50) in the collection – I have shade Set to Stun, which is a futuristic silver pearl shade, which looks great on its own, and also works well over darker lipstick shades.

  • Pleasure Planet – muted gold shimmer
  • Khaaannnn! – berry with red reflect
  • Set to Stun – light silver with gold pearl
  • Warp Speed Ahead – plum with blue and pink reflects

And I also have one of the Superslick Liquid Eyeliner’s (£17.50) – Now I’m personally not the biggest fan of liquid eyeliners, but I absolutely love MAC’s liners and Pure Show really is a must have! It’s a gorgeous shimmery golden shade, and once it dries it literally won’t budge all day.

  • On the Hunt – true black
  • Nocturnal – bright silver pearl
  • Pure Show – bright yellow gold pearl

There are also a load more products in the range which are definitely worth checking out –

Pressed Pigment Eye Shadow (£17.50) –

  • To Boldly Go – reddish copper pearl with sparkle
  • Midnight – cobalt blue with pearl sparkle
  • Bird of Prey – dark olive green pearl with sparkle
  • The Naked Time – taupe pearl with sparkle

Studio Nail Lacquer (£11.00)

  • Skin of Evil – yellowish green with black chunks (frost)
  • Holla-Deck – gold sparkle (frost)
  • Enterprise – silver chrome (frost)

Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash in black (£19.00), Lash in Wink of an Eye (£11.50), and brushes in 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush (£20.00) and 246 Synthetic Fluffy Eye Brush (£20.00)

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The MAC Star Trek collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC Brant Brothers Limited Edition Collection

Posted on July 27, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Ok I know what you’re thinking… WHO?? Well I must admit I didn’t know either. The Brant brothers will be more familiar to US readers, but to us in the UK, they’re New York based socialites, or ‘IT’ boys. Peter and Harry Brant are fearless lovers of fashion as well as beauty, and make for a fitting yet interesting collaboration with MAC Cosmetics…

Peter and Harry Brant, the young bon vivants of New York society, are the current toast of the fashion scene. Now, M∙A∙C teams up with them in a modern collection of products for the face, brows, eyes and lips.

The Brant Brothers collection includes both makeup and skincare – such as the Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel and Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream – all which are aimed at a unisex audience.

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First up we have the Eye Shadow x 4 in 4 Pillars (£27.50)

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This eyeshadow quad contains four neutral shades with matte, satin and pearl finishes –

  • Mother’s Milk – a soft matte beige satin.
  • Sandstone – a soft matte taupe matte.
  • Mystery – a muted plum-brown veluxe pearl.
  • Carbon – a intense black matte.

All the shades are wonderfully soft and easy to blend, and due to the shades being neutral and ranging from very light right through to intense black, you can easily create a multitude of looks with this palette.

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Next the Eye Kohl (£15.50) – this is available in three shades –

  • Smolder –  an intense black.
  • Paragon Pearl – a champagne gold.
  • El Dorado – a bold gold.

I’m a big fan of MAC’s eye pencils, and this Kohl i son exception. El Dorado is a lovely shimmery gold shade, that works well to add a pop of golden highlight to the eye.

I’ll also include details of the rest of the products in the collection –

Brushes –

  • 208 Angled Brow  (£18.00)
  • 163 Flat Contour (£31.00)

Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker (£19.00)

  • Boysenberry Blush – berry plum red
  • Bitten Lip – dirty coral red
  • Sunset Boulevard – coral brown
  • The Jamie – mid-tone red blue

Fluidline Brow Gel Creme (£16.00)

  • Neanderthal – deep, rich brown

Pro Sculpting Cream Duo (£26.50)

  • Climax – light white highlight
  • Crevasse – taupe contour

Brow Set Clear (£14.00)

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel (online exclusive £29.00)

Prep+Prime Natural Radiance (online exclusive £29.50)

Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (online exclusive £22.00)

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream (online exclusive £24.50)

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The MAC X Brandt Brothers collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Kiko Limited Edition Beauty Games Collection

Posted on July 26, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The latest limited edition collection of products from Kiko Milano is now available, and this season’s theme is the Olympic Games!

KIKO MILANO’s new The Beauty Games collection is inspired by the 2016 Olympic Games. A team of unbeatable products are hitting the playing fields. The global, borderless Olympic spirit is expressed through a cosmopolitan, modern femininity, which is both sporty and elegant.

The range contains complexion-evening face bases, as well as bronzers and blushers to give skin a healthy glow. The coloured mascara lengthens and curls the lashes boosting their volume, while lips are highlighted by a bright, matte finish, and nails are decorated with original, fun nail art designs. Also, the limited-edition collection includes a professional-style brush duo and a face and eye make-up palette which can be used time and time again to create thousands of different looks.

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Starting with the Take It All Beauty Kit (£19.90) – this handy little palette contains three eyeshadows for both wet and dry use, as well as a bronzer, blush, a pencil for the waterline and lash line, an eyeshadow applicator and a small face brush – all presented in a sweet little zip around case.

The eyeshadows come in three lovely light to mid neutral shades, which include a light peachy pink shimmer, a light nude grey toned beige matte, and a mid plum toned brown matte. The bronzer and blush are also mid-toned easy to wear shades – with a lighter touch these work well on my pale complexion, but would also look really pretty on fair to mid skin tones too. The dinky little waterline and lash line pencil is a really nice addition, along with the mini brushes. The palette has a handy internal mirror and is contained in a lovely imitation saffiano leather case, which can be re-used once you’ve used up the makeup.

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Next the Colour Shadows Nail Lacquer Set (£14.90) – this set contains a silver base coat, and three mini top coat nail colours that give varying degrees of coverage – these are also designed to blend together before the manicure has completely dried. I love the yellow shade in this set, it’s really bright and just perfect for summer!

And lastly the Beauty Energy Mascara (£7.90) – this mascara promises to curl, colour and lengthen lashes with a single coat, leaving them looking both full and thick. I have shade 02 Vivid Violet which is a gorgeous electric violet purple shade. It has a really nice silicone brush – the asymmetric bristles deposit the right quantity of product at the eyelashes’ roots and then separates and defines them from the roots to the tips.

I have to say I also really love the look of the eyeliner pencils and the 3D Light & Glow Highlighters in this collection (take a look via the link below) I’d love to hear if you have any Kiko products?

The Limited Edition Beauty Games Collection is available now at Kiko.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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