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Beauty: Kiko Mini Divas Limited Edition Capsule Collection

Posted on July 3, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have the fourth limited edition capsule collection from Kiko to share with you today – in collaboration with Vogue, KIKO has handed over the reins for this collection to Benedetta Bruzziches, an emerging talent and owner of the Benedetta Bruzziches accessory brand. Mini Divas pays modern-day homage to the glamour of the stars of the 1950s, including makeup products and accessories designed for a sophisticated and magnetic look.

Blush, bronzing powder, mini baked eyeshadow, mascara with pencil for intense looks and small, jewel-like lipsticks that you can carry with you on-the-go in your new evening clutch bag await you, together with the most glamorous beauty accessories. These mini accessories are irresistibly seductive.

Starting with the Mini baked bronzer (£8.90) – this bronzer has been designed to give a natural and radiant glow to the complexion. Offering buildable coverage, it has a lovely soft texture that’s easy to apply and blend. This is available in one shade, 02 Essential Biscuit, and as soon as I saw it I know I’d love it. This colour is perfect for those with fair or very fair skin tones, giving a lovely light warm hue to the skin.

Next I have the Mini Baked Blush (£7.90) – again this product is only available in one shade, 01 Outstanding Cherry Flower. This mini baked blusher has an ultra-fine texture making a joy to apply to the cheeks, as well as being easy to blend.

And the Mini Baked Eyeshadow (£4.90) – this super dinky eyeshadow is again baked, and is super finely milled, giving a silky smooth texture, and the formula also includes a high pearl percentage which gives a gorgeous shimmery metallic finish. I have shade 03 Ritual Golden Brown which is a beautiful rich chocolate brown, that applies evenly and looks fab all over the lid for a smoky eye. You can also use the Mini Baked Eyeshadows wet for more intense colour payoff. There are four shades to choose from –

  • 01 Balanced Champagne (pearl)
  • 02 Radiant Copper (metallic)
  • 03 Ritual Golden Brown (pearl)
  • 04 Gleaming Gold (pearl)

I also have the Mini Mascara + Mini Eye Pencil Kit (£8.90) – this sweet little set is just perfect for throwing into your bag on a night out. The Mini Eye Pencil is perfect for lining the top lid, and the Mini Mascara is a great curling mascara with a volume-enhancing effect – both are just really handy for touch ups when you’re out and about.

And lastly I have the Half-Matte Mini lipstick (£4.90) – available in three shades, this super cute little lipstick features a smooth-gliding and comfortable texture that provides excellent coverage with a full, pigment-rich vibrant colour. I have shade 02 Wieldy Geranium which is a stunning true bright red – I love it!

  • 01 Practical Rose
  • 02 Wieldy Geranium
  • 03 Handy Orchid

I really love everything about this collection from the mini sized products to the cute packaging –  if you’re looking to stock up on some travel makeup essentials, be sure to check out this range!

The Mini Divas collection is available now at Kiko Cosmetics

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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Beauty: Kiko Tropic Heat Limited Edition Capsule Collection

Posted on May 2, 2017

Hi Guys!

Following on from the fab Less is Better Collection which launched in March, Kiko’s next capsule collection has just landed – and it’s definitely one for fans of fun and colourful beauty products, and sheer, dewy finishes.

The Tropic Heat Collection has been designed by the founders of fashion brand Leitmotiv, and it’s the second limited edition capsule collection created to celebrate Kiko’s 20th birthday.

The Tropic Heat range includes a large collection of products that are perfect for the coming summer. There’s a selection of colour makeup in bright and colourful hues with both bold and sheer finishes, as well as a pretty makeup bag and refreshing eye mask. The products are fun to look at as well as use, with plenty of fruity scents and floral finishes, which represent a hot and colourful summer.

Starting with the Prime & Fix Mist (£7.90) – this is a refreshing, scented primer and make-up setting mist that’s available in three fruity fragrances. This spray can be used as both a primer and a setting mist, and leaves skin feeling refreshed and invigorated. I have this in 01 Red Fruits which has a light fruity scent that really reminds me of The Body Shop products.

The Nail Lacquer (£3.90) – again comes in three different shades which are scented. I have 02 Tropical Strawberry which is a pretty mid toned pink that’s perfect for summer. I have to say I can only smell the normal nail polish scent with this – I’m not getting even a hint of strawberries which is a bit of a shame. It’s a nice polish though even without the fragrance.

Next we have the Memory Gel Highlighter (£6.90 top left swatch) – on looking at the highlighter in the pot, I have to say I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. It has a lightweight gel texture that’s bouncy to the touch and easy to apply to the cheekbones with a finger tip. I thought the finish might be too glittery for my liking, but the shimmer is super fine, and gives a lovely highlight. I have shade 01 Natural Gold which has a silver / gold base with a fine gold shimmer.

Kiko have also included a Dewy Stick (£7.90 centre swatch) in this collection. This is pretty much a spot on dupe for Ciate’s Dewy Stix, at a fraction of the price. This clear no-colour stick has a balmy finish and gives a dewy, wet look to the skin. It looks very similar on my swatch above to the Highlighter, but the Dewy Stick has no shimmer or glitter in its formula.

And the Lips & Cheeks Stick (£7.90 right swatch) – this chunky stick has a subtle fruity fragrance and a sheer creamy formula that’s perfect for adding a tint of colour to lips and cheeks. The formula is enriched with natural oils and on contact with the skint, the product kind of dissolves and glides on easily. I have shade 02 Sweety Mauve which has a lovely peach scent.

And on to probably my favourite product out of the bunch, the Eye Marker (£5.90) – this is a fantastic eyeliner that has a removable tip which can be reversed and used as a back up. It comes in four matte finish shades including back and white, a mint green and 03 Vitality Sky Blue, which I have. This is a beautiful bright blue, that gives an intensely pigmented line that lasts all day.

And lastly, the Face Brush (£10.90) – this face brush is made with soft synthetic bristles for easy, even application of all types of face powders. The rounded tip is great for sculpting while the bristles are the ideal density for mixing powders, bronzers and highlighters.

I think the Dewy Stick and Pastel Eyeliners are must-try products from this collection – I can’t wait to see what products await us in the next collaboration now!

The Tropic Heat collection is available now at Kiko Cosmetics

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Kiko Less Is Better Limited Edition Capsule Collection

Posted on April 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

Can you believe Kiko is 20 years old this year! I really would never have guessed that it’s now pretty much 20 years since their very first store opened way back in September 1997.

To celebrate their birthday, KIKO have teamed up with Vogue Italia, who have chosen seven international designers to create their own limited-edition capsule collections for the brand. The designers will each interpret a make-up trend and use it to celebrate KIKO’s most important values: colour, creativity, talent and of course an all-Italian style.

The Less is Better limited-edition capsule collection has been created in partnership with the designers of SuperDuper Handmade Hats, a brand that I personally haven’t heard of, but they’ve won many awards for the design and quality of their hats.

The Less is Better collection focuses on the “no make-up” make-up trend which emphasise natural beauty using nude and neutral colours to accentuate the features and cleverly play with light and shadow.

This limited-edition collection includes products for highlighting the face, concealing small imperfections and also putting emphasis on the eyes and lips. The colour palette is warm, natural and elegant, and all of the products come in nude and neutral shades.

Starting with the Less is Better Matte Lipstick (£6.90 at Kiko) – this mini collection of matte liquid lipsticks contains four beautiful nude shades, offering a quick drying ultra-matte finish and high coverage. They have quite a moussey texture, similar to the Burberry Lip Velvets, which feels lightweight and velvety on the lips. The formula is also enriched with peach extract and Brazil nut oil to help provide exceptional coverage. I have shades –

  • 02 Silky Cashmere – a light nude beige
  • 03 Essential Rose – a light petal pink
  • 04 Impeccable Rosewood – a deep nude brown

The Less is Better Fluid Highlighter (£11.90 at Kiko) is a lightweight highlighting fluid that’s perfect for fans of subtle strobing. The formula contains pearls and pigments to give a light sheen to the skin, rather than a full on intense highlight. If you’re looking for glowy skin, this is the perfect product to mix in with your day to day foundation to give a radiant complexion. This is available in two shades and I have shade 02 Mild Golden Sand, which would best suit medium skin tones.

And the Less is Better Cream Blush (£8.90 at Kiko) – this is a water based cream blush, combining the softness of a mousse with the fresh feel of a lightweight emulsion. It contains soft-focus powders that blend and build easily, and the water in the formula leaves the skin feeling refreshingly cool. You can’t see it too well but it is swatched on my hand above, I love that the product sheers out nicely for a flush of colour that’s easy to wear. This is available in two shades, and I have 02 Tenuous Mauve, which is a beautiful muted mauve shade.

The Less is Better collection is available now at Kiko Cosmetics.

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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Kiko Limited Edition Summer Trend Collection

Posted on April 26, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Kiko’s latest limited edition collection has just launched, and as ever, it’s just to die for! The Summer Trend collection is simply beautiful, and in my opinion it’s one of the best limited edition collections from Kiko as yet…

The Summer Trend collection is inspired by the passion for travel – it’s about finding your inner free-spirit and embracing adventure. The products focus on a flawless, sun kissed complexion, with well-defined eyeliner, brightly coloured eyeshadow and volume-boosting mascara. Lips are accentuated by the shiny, bold lipsticks and hydrated with glossy lip oils. This collection also includes two EDT fragrances, as well as brushes and makeup bag.

The packaging created for this collection really is everything. Designed by Ross Lovegrove, the product casings are finished in a warm metallic gold with a delicate, textured pattern. This makes the products feel wonderfully luxurious, with small additions such as the magnetic closure on the lipsticks adding that special touch.

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Let’s start with the Desert Dunes Trio Baked Blush in 01 Lust Coral (£16.90) – this is a gorgeous and generously sized baked blusher combining three different shades for a customised effect. The baked formula is enriched with jojoba oil and vitamin E, and lightly scented with vanilla. 01 Lust Coral is a beautiful trio of coral shades, giving and intense yet sheeny flush colour on application, which can easily be built up and intensified, or worn with a light hand for a sheer look.

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The Desert Dunes Baked Bronzer in 210 Sienna Melange (£22.90) is a wonderfully large bronzer, comprising of two different shades mixed together in a single product to give the face a natural, tanned look. Again, the formula is enriched with jojoba oil and vitamin E with a vanilla scent. 210 Sienna Melange is the darker shade of the two available (and too dark for me unfortunately) but it gives a lovely sheen and sight sparkle when applied. This would be perfect for those with mid to dark skin tones.

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Next is the Mirage Lip Stylo in 09 (£13.90) – this is a beautifully bold pink shade with a high shine finish. Kiko has designed this lipstick to offer the benefits of three products in one – the colour payoff of a lipstick, the shine of a gloss and the comfort of a balm – and I think they’ve succeeded really well! The formula is creamy and comfortable on the lips, and the finish is glossy and intense. This is going straight in my makeup bag.

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The In the Shade Kalaj & Eyeshadow in 06 Black & Shell (£9.90) – this is the first of two In the Shade Kajal & Eyeshadows I have, one end of this one is a deep black Kajal and the other a light nude skin tone pink eyeshadow pencil. The kajal pencil is perfect more smudged looks rather than precise lines, just because it’s chunky in size. The liner is a gorgeous deep black, I’ve worn this applied quickly and smudged out for a smokey look.

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And the In the Shade Kalaj & Eyeshadow in 03 Turquoise & Pearly Brown (£9.90) – I love the shimmery turquoise shade here, it’s so pretty and summery! It also works really well with the brown eyeshadow too, which has a hint of gold sparkle to it. It’s worth mentioning that these pencils also have great staying powder – I’ve worn each of them for a day without the product moving at all.

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And lastly the Out of Bounds Eyeliner Pen (£8.90) – I’m a big fan of ‘felt tip’ style eyeliner pens for precision eyeliner application rather than liquid liners. The Out of Bounds Pen is just perfect – I can’t even tell you how much I love this! The product formula is an intense, jet black, with a flexible pointed tip that makes application as easy as it it possibly could be. The product itself has a thin, liquid formula much like an actual felt writing pen, it also dries quickly and lasts all day – perfect!

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Well, what a stunning collection! Remember these are all limited edition – so once they’re gone, they’re gone. You can pick them up now from Kiko stores and Kiko.com – go treat yourself!

I’m also giving away a super exclusive Kiko Gift Set, this set contains three beautiful products from the limited edition Summer Trend collection, and it’s not available to purchase in shops or online. To be in with a chance of winning, just enter via Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open internationally and will run for three weeks. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me – good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Valentine’s Gifts On A Budget

Posted on February 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is just around the corner now, so I thought I’d put together a couple of posts to offer some inspiration to those looking for gift ideas. I’m starting off with some fantastic lower priced items. Everything in this post is what I’d call reasonably priced or budget friendly – and I’ll have my luxury gifts post coming up very shortly too.

So, what would Valentine’s day be without chocolates? Thorntons have a massive range of goodies on offer, including hampers, truffles and special chocolate selection boxes. I’ve been munching on the Classic Collection Box of late (well I had to try them!) and I just managed to save a few of these gorgeous chocs for my photo! You guys are in for a treat too, because I’m also giving away a gorgeous Thorntons Valentine’s Heart shaped selection box worth £25.00 on Twitter, make sure you follow and RT here to be in with a chance of winning! (Open to UK only, the winner will be chosen at 9pm on 12/02/16)

For the beauty lovers, you can never fail with Kiko products – I think I’m actually yet to come across something of theirs that I don’t like. As well as being very affordable, they often have offers on too so you can pick up some amazing bargains. Check out their sale for up to 50% off loads of gorgeous makeup products and sets, including the Temptress Lip Set shown above which is now only £5.40!

Flowers are often a must have for the big day, but what about rose scented beauty products as an alternative? They’re guaranteed to last longer than the lifespan of a bunch of flowers! The Melvita Nectar de Roses Body Collection is a gorgeous range of bath and body products including wild rose extract to aid hydration.

I have the Nectar de Roses Rose Petal Shower Gel (£13.00), which gives a beautiful light floral fragrance, the Nectar de Roses Hydrating Body Veil (£15.00), which is enriched with rose floral water to provide intense hydration for up to 24 hours. The Nectar de Roses Balm (£10.00) is a fantastic little multi-purpose balm that’s perfect for rescuing dry and damaged skin, and lastly the Wild Roses EDT (£36.00) which is a beautifully bright and fresh rose scent, combining rosa canina, rose gallica and rose mosqueta with a woody base.

Or for a different take on rose fragrances, Bronnley’s Zealous Flower EDT (£35.00) is definitely worth a look. This is the newest addition to their Electric Elements range, and completely different from Melvita’s Wild Roses. Bronnley’s Zealous Flower fragrance gives rose a more unconventional edge. It includes sparkling notes of pear and mandarin combined with pink pepper, precious amber and earthy vetiver.

For the nail polish lovers, what about a selection of very affordable Nailed London Nail Polishes? They’re only £6.99 each and are available in a massive range of 28 catwalk inspired shades, as well as four glitter polishes, and a top and base coat. They also boast a patented 3-step system, developed to match the look, feel, wear and gloss of a professional gel polish, whilst promising 2-3 days longer wear than any other gelled product on the market.

A personalised gift is always going to be a winner, and I highly recommend the Crowd colour Personalised Palette. This is an empty makeup palette, magnetised and ready for you to customise it with whichever pans you choose. The best part is that you can have whatever you want printed on top, I went for my blog header on mine!

On the subject of palettes, the Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palettes are definitely worth a mention. At only £7.99 for a palette of 12 eyeshadows, these palettes are a complete bargain, as well as being amazingly well pigmented. I’ve collected quite a few of these now but I most often find myself reaching for the Au Naturel shades. The one I’ve included in the image above is the brand new All Night Long palette, including a beautiful range of warm neutrals.

And lastly, for the candle fans there’s the Shearer Candles Tropical Watermelon Jar Candle (£8.00) – this gorgeous candle from Shearer Candles checks all the boxes for a Valentine’s gift, it’s pink, it’s pretty and it smells amazing! The Watermelon fragrance is fantastically sweet and mouth-wateringly juicy. It’s basically summer in a candle!

I’d love to hear if any of these products take your fancy? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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