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Christmas: Beauty Stocking Fillers for All Budgets

Posted on December 13, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m back! I feel like I’ve been out of the loop for a little while as I’ve been pretty ill. Well I’m now on the mend and I’m finally bringing you the first of my Christmas Gift Guides! (At last!) So my first guide is all about beauty stocking fillers – I’ve tried to include a range of products at differing price points so there should be something for everyone. Enjoy!

Starting with the Too Faced White Chocolate Palette (£49.00) – This is one of the latest releases from one of my favourite makeup brands – the Too Faced White Chocolate Palette is in fact a full-sized version of their previous mini White Chocolate Chip palette. It includes 16 pastel shades with both matte and shimmery finishes, and the palette also smells just like white chocolate!

For those that love a luxurious bubble bath, the Philosophy Shimmering Snowlace Shower Gel (£15.00) could be just perfect. Philosophy’s award-winning multi-tasking shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath conditions as it cleanses, leaving skin and hair silky soft and lightly perfumed with an ethereal floral fragrance.

Or how about the Ted Baker Sweet Treats Polly EDT 30ml Fragrance (£18.00) – I love Ted Baker gifts, they’re always beautifully packaged and just gorgeous inside and out, and The Sweet Treats Polly Fragrance is a complete steal at only £13.00 for 30ml. Polly is described as a grown-up yet girly addition to any night out, with fruity top notes of mandarin, red berries and peach, a floral heart of white jasmine, honeysuckle and peony, and a warm base of amber and vanilla topped off with white musk.

I also have the gorgeous Mii Cosmetics Supernova Glitter Glam Duo (£20.00) – This handy little set is the perfect size for a beauty-lover’s stocking. It contains a Luxurious Liquid Liner, to deliver a line of smooth, rich colour that lasts all day, as well as a Supernova Glitter Glam Liner, which is infused with the finest iridescent sparkle, making it the perfect glitter liner for Christmas nights out.

For the liquid lipstick fan, the Stila Warm & Fuzzy Mini Liquid Lipstick Set (£20.00) would just be perfect. This cute little set contains a trio of mini Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in three must have shades. There’s Beso, a beautiful true red, Caramello, a light nude beige, and Splendore Shimmer, which is a light mauve with a shimmer finish – this one is a special treat as Stila’s Shimmer Liquid Lipsticks won’t be launching individually until the Spring, so definitely keep an eye out for these!

I also have the very affordable Barry M Illuminate & Glow Set (£12.00) – Another fab beauty trio, this time perfect for highlighting the face. This set includes Barry M’s Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops in Liquid Fortune, an Illuminating Strobe Cream Stick in Galactic, and a Fine Glitter Dust in 28.

On to another favourite brand of mine now. The Sleek Makeup Birthday Suit Pout & Polish Gift Set (£8.50) is definitely worth considering. Sleek have got some really great products out at the moment, and this super cute Pout & Polish Set would make a fantastic stocking filler. It contains a Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit, with a matching matte finish Nail Polish.

And the Rahua The Jetsetter Voluminous Duo Set (£15.50) – Rahua isn’t the most well know brand, but they do offer some fantastic haircare products, and I thought this dinky little hair duo would be a welcome find in any beauty lover’s stocking this Christmas. Ideal for those seeking a full, lustrous mane, Rahua’s The Jet Setter Voluminous Duo combines their Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner in a handy travel sized set.

Another bargain now, the Maybelline Santa Baby Christmas Baby Lips Set (£7.99) is definitely worth picking up. This sweet little set would make the perfect budget friendly stocking filler, containing three of Maybelline’s famous Baby Lips Lip Balms, in Hydrate, Pink Punch, and Cherry Me, this ticks all the boxes for a top beauty gift.

Or how about the Pixi Beauty Lid Lovelies Eyeshadow Palette (£22.00) – Pixi is another favourite brand of mine, and this gorgeous Lid Lovelies Eyeshadow Palette contains a gorgeous selection of 18 tones, from light creamy nudes to intense orange and smokey charcoal, there’s enough shades here to take you easily from day to night.

Going a bit more high end now, how about the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio (£46.00) – Fenty Beauty should need no introduction by now, and I really think any beauty fan would be thrilled to find one of Rhianna’s beauty products in their stocking on Christmas morning. The Match Stix Trio contains three long-wear makeup sticks, with two Match Stix Matte Skinsticks to conceal and contour, and one Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick to highlight.

Ok so I absolutely had to include the Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick (£20.00) – As soon as I saw the new Kat Von D Glimmer Veils I knew I had to try them – and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! These are honestly the most vivid, sparkly and just amazing liquid lipsticks that I’ve ever seen. I’ll be sharing full reviews on the blog soon, but in the meantime just google swatches and you’ll see what I mean!

I thought I’d also include the fab Lime Crime Mermaid Highlighter Palette (£32.00) – This fabulously fun palette contains three colourful highlighters, in shades Seashell: a sparkling lavender, Pearl: a sparkling ivory, and Seafoam: a sparkling blue/green. This is a must have for mermaid fans!

Another brand that alway brings out fun and innovative collections is Kiko. The Kiko Milano Arctic Holiday All In One Palette (£19.90) is definitely wort checking out. You’ll probably know by know that I’m a massive fan of Kiko Cosmetics, and their latest limited edition collection is just perfect for Christmas time. I have a few products from the Arctic Holiday collection, but I wanted to include the All In One Palette here, as it’s a fab, reasonably priced full face and eye palette. It contains two face-sculpting powders, a blush, a highlighter, and 9 eyeshadows.

For nail fans, how about the Jessica Nails Phenomenal Indulgence Set in Nude Thrills (£14.50) – This lovely little set contains Jessica’s best-selling intensive cuticle moisturiser Phenomen Oil, which is the perfect treat for dry nails during the winter months, as well as a Custom Colour Nail Polish in Nude Thrills, which is a pretty nude beige with a touch of sparkle.

And lastly, I have the Zoeva Opulence Eyeshadow Palette and Blush Palette (£18.00 each) – Zoeva always manage to bring out the most gorgeous palettes, and the Opulence collection is no exception. The eyeshadow palette contains ten vibrant shades in a mixture of polished neutrals and vibrant statement colours, in both matte and metallic finishes. The Blush Palette has also been carefully curated to include everything you need for an uplifting, subtly sculpted cheek look, containing two floral-inspired blushers and a shimmering champagne highlighter.

I hope this has given you some inspiration! I’ll have more gift guides coming up very soon 😀 I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Kiko Cosmetics Fall 2.0 Limited Edition Collection

Posted on October 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have one of Kiko Milano Cosmetics latest limited edition collections to share with you today – the Fall 2.0 Collection is inspired by Venice, the ultimate city of romance…

The collection captures the essence of the regal Baroque city and its many delights, through makeup products that reawaken an innate sensuality, with luxurious colours ranging from elegant nudes to romantic reds, decadent blues to purples and the most spectacular deep shades. The makeup looks are classic, skin is perfect and lips precisely defined. The gaze captures our attention with magnetic smoky eyes and deep colours. A high-performance collection where the mask, symbol of intriguing femininity, offers a new dimension to self-care, without sacrificing the intimacy of lace.

Starting with the Duo Bronzer in shade 01 Bright Life (£15.90) – I always love Kiko bronzers, whenever they bring out a new collection, their bronzers always seem to end up being one of my favourite products. This Duo Bronzer comprises of a pressed powder in two different yet complimentary colours and finishes, the main section has a texturised pattern embossed into the power and has a matte finish, and there’s a smaller section which is slightly lighter in shade, with a metallic finish.

The powder is wonderfully soft and easy to apply, and the formula contains Soft Focus properties to minimise imperfections. The first powder mattifies and perfects the complexion, whilst the metallic bronzer refines the look for a sophisticated, professional result, leaving skin looking radiant with a healthy glow. I love this shade, which is perfect for my pale skin, and though I’m not a massive fan of shimmer in bronzer, I like that you have the option here if you wish to use it.

Next the Duo Blush in 01 New Coral (£12.90) – much like the above bronzer, this blush is a ‘duo’ product, but this time rather than two different finishes, the blush includes two different shades, both with a matte finish.

I have the blush in shade 01 New Coral which includes a light peachy pink, and a more intense orange-coral shade. The formula is smooth and creamy on application, and thought it’s a powder, it has a lovely liquid finish, that’s easy to blend to look like a natural flush on the cheeks, or built up for a more intense look.

I also have the Magnetic Eyeshadow in shade 04 Purple Mind (£12.90) – this is a gorgeous metallic finish loose pigment eyeshadow that’s velvety to the touch and super smooth on application, as well as being intensely pigmented.

Interestingly there is a magnet placed in the base of the packaging, which shapes the pigment to give the wave like finish on the top. The magnet keeps this pattern even after you’ve used the product, and it also stops the pigment from falling out. I think this is kind of cool, but I’d also be interested to find out exactly how the pigment is magnetised!

I also have one of the Lip Stylos in shade 02 Modern Mauve (£9.90) – this shade really is gorgeous and perfect for autumn. Kiko’s lip Stylos just tick all the boxes for me – they’re creamy and smooth to apply, give fantastic pigmentation and last for hours. These are definitely worth a look if you’re on the hunt for a new affordable lipstick.

And lastly I have one of their Metallic Liners in shade 02 Be Gold (£5.90) – this is a bright metallic gold shade that can be used on the eyes, lips and face – I’m not sure I’d be using this on my lips personally, but I still love that this is a multi-use product allowing you to be as creative as you wish. This light gold shade is great for adding highlight to the inner corners of the eyes, or even under the brows or the cupids bow, and it’s also available in light rose pink and copper shades.

If you’d like to see swatches of anything or have any questions, please just shout 🙂

The Fall 2.0 collection is available at Kiko Cosmetics now.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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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The Autumn Beauty Edit

Posted on November 17, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I’m not sure where the year has gone but somehow it’s already mid November. We’re in the full swing of autumn, and over recent weeks I’ve noticed the makeup products I’ve been reaching for have gradually been changing. This wasn’t a conscious decision at all. I’ve just recently noticed the colours in my makeup bag have definitely changed with the season.

So I thought I’d gather together some of my current favourite seasonal shades to show you, some are old favourites, and some are brand new discoveries which I love. Enjoy!

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Firstly, let’s look at the lipsticks! I just love autumnal browns, pinks and mauves. These shades of lipstick can easily take your look from summer to autumn with just one product. Here are some of my favourites –

  • Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Kin. This beautiful shade is from the Earth collection, it’s an intense burnt red shade that reminds me of autumn leaves. I really need to pick up more Illamasqua lipsticks because the formula really is excellent, you get fantastic pigmentation with a long-lasting smooth satin finish.
  • Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Guillermo – Ahh Tom Ford, the king of lipsticks. Guillermo is one of the shades I picked up when the Lips & Boys collection first launched, and it’s just beautiful. I love wearing this with a full on smokey eye for an evening vampy look.
  • MAC Lipstick in Fast Play – I love this shade so much, it’s completely underrated in my opinion. I actually discovered it when I was searching for the perfect lip shade to wear to my wedding. You can see my original post here for more pics.
  • Clarins Jolie Rouge Lipstick in 751 Tea Rose – Clarins’ Jolie Rouge lipsticks have a beatufilly creamy and silky formula, with a semi sheer finish. Tea Rose is a pretty light pink that’s really easy to wear. This is a fantastic go-to everyday lipstick.

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Next I have a selection of pencils, including three eyeliners and a lipliner…

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Smoke – I actually received this mini eyeliner free with a Sephora order a while ago, and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Grey is a fantastic alternative to black eyeliner for a softer look, and Urban Decay’s Glide on Pencils are some of the best around.
  • Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen in Deep Plum – Ever since visiting the Pixi store in London for an event a few months ago, I’ve been loving their products and picked up a few more of their amazing Silky Eye Pens. The shade Deep Plum is a lovely shade that catches the light beautifully giving a hint of metallic purple.
  • Kiko Colour Definition Eyeliner in 02 – If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I love Kiko products, and this beautiful and unusual shade of eyeliner is from the Rebel Romantic collection. Shade 02 is a deep warm brown, with the tiniest hint of reddish purple. It’s a creamy matte shade that’s perfect for wearing every day.
  • NARS Lipliner in BorneoBorneo is a lovely warm lipliner which I’ve found myself reaching for lately. It has creamy formula that perfectly defines the lips while preventing lipstick from bleeding and feathering throughout the day.

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And a couple more beautiful lip colours…

  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita – This is my first and only Kat Von D product, and I’m a little bit in love. Lolita is a stunning mauve that’s perfect for the 90’s lip trend that’s so popular at the moment, and it really is ever lasting! Make sure your lips are well prepared before application and this will literally last all day.
  • Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Liar – Another recent discovery, the Urban Decay High Colour Lipglosses really give fantastic intense pigmentation for a gloss. The shade Liar is a gorgeous muted mid pink. It’s currently living in my bag as I wear it all the time!

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And lastly the beautiful Eye of Horus Sheba Mystical Goddess Eye Shadow Palette –

I haven’t used Eye of Horus products for a while, but I have a few of their eyeliner pencils which are fantastic, so I was excited to see what their brand new eyeshadow palettes were like. And as expected, I wasn’t disappointed!

The gorgeous Mystical Goddess Eyeshadow Palette contains three intense metallic shades in a slimline cardboard palette with a double ended brush. The shades are: Artifact – ivory with golden nude undertones, Enchantress – bronzed shimmering nude and Royal Abyss – a deep royal plum.

They all have a stunning high metallic finish, and are soft, blendable and easy to work with. They can also be applied wet if you wish for a more intense look. I really am very impressed with this palette, I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it over the coming months no doubt!

I’d love to hear if you have any of these products? And what your go-to beauty products are for autumn?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Kiko Midnight Siren Limited Edition Collection

Posted on November 4, 2015

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Hi Guys!

What I love about Kiko more than anything – well actually just as much as their very reasonable prices – is that every collection they come up with brings something new to the table. No two limited edition collections are alike, from the products to the outer packaging, Kiko constantly offer brand new and interesting products. They’re also a fantastic option for MAC fans on a budget!

Kiko’s latest collection is called Midnight Siren, which focuses heavily on the contrast of fresh, glowing skin, with dark, vivid colours for eyes, including shades of intense petroleum blue and emerald green. Lips are full and sensual, enhanced by a radiant matte finish, and eyebrows are disciplined and expressive, without being weighed down.

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So let’s take a look at the products –

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First up is the gorgeous Silk Pearl Illuminating Bronzer in 01 Radiating Honey, £14.90.

This is easily the stand out product of the collection – this beautiful bronzer contains three shades, which can be used alone to bronze, highlight and illuminate the complexion, or mixed together to give a gorgeous glow. This product gives a soft focus finish, perfecting the complexion like a beauty balm, yet it brushes on easily like a powder.

The colours are light enough to work well on my fair skin, and will also suit medium skin tones. I love how this bronzer gives my skin a natural light tan – I’m usually very pale so this gives my complexion a welcome dose of colour!

I should also mention the packaging. Like nothing I’ve ever seen before, this bronzer arrives housed in a midnight blue shimmery sphere. Though it looks pretty awesome, this is not a product you’d be able to just throw in your makeup bag, as it takes up quite a lot of space!

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Next we have another ‘spherical’ compact product – the Cream Radiance Highlighter in 01 Twilight Gold, £10.90.

This highlighter is just beautiful. Again housed in a sparkling sphere – but smaller than the bronzer – the formula of this product contains micronized pigments and precious pearls for a radiant and smooth finish that really does last for hours.

The texture of this product is quite unusual, it’s kind of a fusion of a gel and a cream. It’s really soft to touch, and when applied, it transforms into a powder that’s a dream to work with.

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Next is the Shape and Shimmer Eyebrow and Highlighter Pencil in 02 Auburn and Redheads, £8.90.

Admittedly I could have done with the darker shade here, as the pencil is slightly on the warm side for my colouring, but it’s a fab little multi-use product, that’s perfect for filling in and shaping brows, as well as highlighting the brow bone – or anywhere else you’d like a bit more precision with highlighting.

The brow end has a fine tip and gives a natural matte finish, the formula is also wax based so it helps to sculpt the brows as well as being long-wearing. The highlighter is the perfect size for highlighting smaller areas of the face, such as the brow bone, cupids bow and the nose, and this shade is a lovely warm champagne which is just beautiful.

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Next is the Dark Tide Eyeliner in 06 Black, £7.90.

You know I’m a big eyeliner fan, and Kiko eyeliners are fantastic value for money. The Dark Tide Eyeliner in 06 Black is an intense black shade, perfect for creating a waterproof cat eye flick. There are also five other shades in this eyeliner collection, each a deep dark shade with a hint of colour. There’s also a really handy sharpener built into the end of the pencil too.

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And lastly the Matte Muse Liquid Lipstick in 03 Enthrall Pink, £6.90.

This is a wonderfully creamy liquid lipstick that dries to a stay-put matte finish. Enthrall Pink is a pretty bright coral pink shade, and there are five other shades of pink, rose, red and burgundy in this collection.

As with all matte lipsticks, the liquid formula dries to a velvety matte finish, that’s completely non transferrable and lasts for hours upon hours before re-application is needed. I also want to point out the slightly odd shaped applicator, I wasn’t sure what to make of this at first! It actually does a good job of evenly applying the product – those who use liquid lipsticks will know that application can be a tricky business!

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So there we have it. What a fantastic collection! If you haven’t tried Kiko cosmetics before I highly recommend you take a look at their site. They also currently have an offer on where you can get a free Matte Muse Lipstick when you purchase three other items from the Midnight Siren collection!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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