Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Years Shopping Wishlist

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Hello Everyone,
So I'm not going to lie, I've already been on the sales websites and spent quite a bit of money on items I can't afford, however, thats all part of the beauty blogger lifestyle hehe.
The tragic thing is, I haven't bought anything on my new years wishlist...
That leads me nicely on to wish list.

wish list
1. REN Evercare Gentle Cleansing Milk: I have been known to suffer from sensitive skin so the idea of a gentle cleansing milk appeals to me quite a bit. I want to get into more skincare in the new year too as I now have enough makeup to start a shop! You can pick up this cleanser from Space NK for £16 here.
2. Therapi Honey Moisturiser: I have to admit, even though this is on my wish list I've already bought it from Naturisimo. At £30 this isn't the cheapest moisturiser around but I have been using it and loving it so far. A review will be coming once I've had more time to use it, but I'll just say that it contains some lovely ingredients and smells devine. You can grab yourself one by clicking this link.
3. A Tripod: I haven't  decided on the exact one I'm going to get yet but I will be able to post some OOTD posts and also, in non bloggy life, take cheesy group pics.
4. Naked 3: I have Naked and Naked 2 and when I saw the news on twitter that Urban Decay were releasing a Naked 3 I almost collapsed with the excitement of it. I decided not to pre order as it isn't limited edition so I will be able to grab one when they come back in stock as they sold out everywhere straight away, looks like I wasn't the only excited one...
5. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: This is a repurchase as my eye cream ran out at the beginning of December. At £20 for 14ml, this is quite a luxe buy but I really loved this cream first time round and can't resist another pot. You can pick up Kiehl's products in a few different places but I usually order mine from House of Fraser.
6. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua: I love this foundation, I was shade B30 but as I've got older my skin seems to be lighter and I will be buying B20 when I buy this again. This is a repurchase as it is such a lovely foundation but only for relatively good skin days as this is a sheer foundation and really only one step up from tinted moisturiser.Debenhams stock this foundation, as do most places with good makeup counters. It retails for £32 which is a bit steep but, as this is a wishlist, in it goes.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to see your 2014 wishlists.
Happy New Year Everyone! Xxx

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Anastasia Beverly Hills She Wears It Well Palette Review

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Hi Everyone!
Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and got some amazing gifts. One of the gifts I was lucky enough to receive was the 'She Wears It Well' palette from Anastasia.

Anastasia products are not readily available in the UK, they are however very popular in the states. This is a shame as that means I've not had a lot of experience with the brand but everything I have tried I have loved, this palette included.
If you would like to see what I thought of another Anastasia palette, you can find the review here.
Anastasia products are available from Cult Beauty if you want to explore the brand in the UK.

The 'She Wears It Well' palette is a collection of 9 sophisticated nudes, 3 matte shades and 6 shimmer shades all housed in a slimline case with an outer design that looks like a vintage clutch bag. The design is apparently inspired by old Hollywood glamour of the 1930's but with a modern tough girl kick.
I am a bit of a packaging fiend and I like my palettes to look good and especially if they are different to other palettes I have. This passes my standards, I love the classy vintage look of this palette, and the general idea of 1930's Hollywood glamour appeals to me too, who doesn't want to emulate a little Mae West now and then?
A mirror can be found the lid as is the norm in makeup palettes, there is also a double ended brush but personally I didn't rate the brush so I used my own brushes.
I should mention that I have been a bad blogger and I used this palette before photographing it so the shadows aren't in pristine condition straight out the box.

The shades can be applied as a sheer wash of colour for an understated daytime look or built up to a higher intensity, you can even go further by applying these shadows wet for a more dramatic look.

All the shadows in this palette are made with Anastasia's trademark 'Youthful Synergy Complex®' which claims to deliver moisture and plump out wrinkles while reflecting the light to blur out any fine lines.

The shades are as follows:

Sunset: Sunset is the largest shadow of the collection and is the middle shade in the palette. It is a warm, bronzed, shimmer shade as the name would suggest.

Trophy: A light peachy beige shimmer.

Glow: A brown and vintage gold shimmer.

Latte: A medium brown shimmer.

Foxy: A deep browny red shimmer.

Frosting: A sheer pink/champagne shimmer.

Onyx: A dusty black matte

Almond: A light, peachy nude matte

Toffee: A chocolate brown matte.

The arm swatches are in the same order as above, starting with Sunset at the top, ending in Toffee at the bottom.

I found that the shades wear well over primer. I wore mine over Urban Decay Primer Potion and it lasted from around 10am till I took off my makeup at 7pm, however there is a litlte bit of fall out when you use these shades dry as the formulation can be a little chalky in some of the colours (mainly the lighter ones) but if you tap your brush out before you apply the shades that shouldn't be too much of an issue.
My favourite shade in this palette is Foxy and my least favourite is Onyx,  not because it is a bad shade but just because I don't wear many blacks, it will work really well as a smudge out along the lash line in place of liner for a more subtle definition.
Another very important factor to mention is that this palette is cruelty free and this is stated on the sleeve of the packaging.
All in all I would recommend this palette even if you already own a few neutral palettes as lets face it, neutrals never go out of style.

Toodles xxx

Friday, 27 December 2013

Why Do You Wear Makeup Tag

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Hello Everyone!
With it being Christmas and all there have been less hauls happening in my life so I thought I would do a tag today.
I first saw this tag pop up in my Bloglovin' feed from Miss Beauty Obsession's blog,  I found it to be an interesting post, you can see her post By clicking here.
So without further ado, I will begin.

1. When did you begin wearing makeup? 
I was about 13 when I first started to experiment with makeup but back then it was only eyeshadow and nail polish, I didn't start wearing eyeliner till I was around 17-18 before I started actually doing my face before I went out but I didn't have a clue how to use makeup as no one in my family wore any so it was down to YouTube that I learned what to do, that and my Jemma Kidd and Bobbi Brown books.

2. How do you feel without makeup? 

It depends where I'm going, if I'm just going to the supermarket or out walking dogs I feel fine without makeup on but if I'm going somewhere else I like to do my makeup, for example, if I'm going fashion or makeup shopping I always do myself up, that way you get more help at makeup counters, I've tried to buy from a makeup counter (brand shall remain nameless) with no makeup on before and I was basically treated like I couldn't afford the stuff! So in certain situations it gives me more confidence, like putting your game face on.

3. What do you like about makeup?  

I love the amount of different looks you can get just by slightly changing the colours you're using, I enjoy the process of picking out what I will wear, my different brushes or sponges and getting to work, it's a little me time and I just enjoy seeing what works well and what doesn't.

4. Three 'Holy Grail' items

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation:

This is definitely a foundation for better skin days as it is pretty sheer but I just love everything about it. I love the packaging with the glass bottle and the gold lid, I love the smell of it and I love the finish, it is subtle yet adds an all over dewy glow, I just think it makes me look so healthy and if I could marry this foundation, I probably would.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette:

In my opinion, Naked 2 is better than Naked 1. I find myself reaching for the shades in this palette more than any other, it can create so many neutral looks or you can blend the shades into bolder colours for a smoother or more wearable transition colour. If you are investing in one palette it should be Naked 2.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 'Milk':

I saw this in a couple of YouTube tutorials and couldn't resist picking it up, I use this all over my lid  after I have applied my Urban Decay Primer Potion, gently pat it in and it gives a fantastic white base which helps any colours you use on your lid to pop and look more true to pan colour rather than changing with the colour of your lids underneath. The jumbo pencils are slightly tacky so product sticks well to them and, on me anyway, they don't crease, so my eye shadow looks as good at the end of my day as it did when I applied it.
There we go, I hope you liked this little tag. If you do it be sure to leave me your links or I can have a little read.
Toodles xxx

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!
I hope you all get loads of amazing gifts and eat far too much food.
Looks like we don't have a chance in hell of a White Christmas but it should still be a fantastic day as always.
Looking forward to seeing people post pics of what they got.
Have a fab day
Toodles for now xxx

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Just For £5

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Hello Everyone,
Today's post is about being a little thrifty, after all we are all a bit poorer now that Christmas has swung round and cleared out our bank accounts and our dreams of ever saving to buy that ALEX drawer set from IKEA, but that doesn't mean we can't still treat ourselves right?
Browsing online I found a website called 'Just For £5' and everything on there is indeed £5.
I've not ordered anything yet but I have been putting together a little wishlist of items that have caught my fancy.
just for £5 wishlist

Number 1: I do like a nice hounds tooth print, I would style this dress with black tights, black below the knee boots and a white long-line or boyfriend cardigan. You can see this dress here.
Number 2: I would wear this bodycon dress with black leggings and a black long-line or boyfriend cardigan, topped off with a long pendant necklace and some pretty slip on shoes. You can see this bodycon dress here.
Number 3: This jumper would look good with some dark skinny jeans and some grey boots for a nice easy shopping outfit but to still look like you've made an effort. The link to this jumper is here.
Number 4: I love mustard, I know some people hate the colour but I seriously love it. I would wear this jumper either with a strappy top underneath or with a nice collared blouse underneath, along with either skinny jeans or a high waisted tweed midi skirt. The link is here.
Number 5: This gorgeous cardigan would be pretty paired with any casual outfit to look cosy but still stylish. I love the colour as it means it would go with anything without having to colour match too much. Again the link is here.
Number 6: Again I would pair this bodycon with dark skinny jeans, I don't like wearing bodycon dresses as actual dresses now I'm getting a bit older, but I still love them with jeans. I would also add a nice bright red boyfriend cardigan and a nice simple necklace. Link is here.

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you are interested, you can have a look at the website 'Just for £5' here.
As I have said I've not yet bought anything from this website so I would be interested to know if any of you have heard of this website or ordered before? Let me know in the comments.
Toodles for now xxx


Friday, 20 December 2013

90s Kid Tag

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Hello Everyone,
I saw this tag on BellaEllaLife's blog and even though I wasn't formally tagged, I couldn't resist having a go because I loved reading hers.
Growing up in the 90s was a colourful and embarrassing time that I'm obviously dying to re-live so sit back and enjoy the trip down memory lane, and if you weren't around for the memories, I envy your youth!

1. Favourite Toy:
Well my favourite 90s toys were Mimis, does anyone else remember Mimis? They were little plastic babies and they came in little pods that looked like something normal (e.g. A hair dryer) but open up this hair dryer and they had a little home and babies inside. 'Mimi in GooGooland' was what they were called.
Also a special mention to Teddy in my Pocket, Yoyos with clutches (walking the dog anyone?) and I don't know if this was UK spread but I know in the school I went for there was a craze for these sticky aliens in eggs filled with slime (yes really) and pogs!

****This is not my picture I found it on google but these are Mimis****.

 2. Favourite Advert:
I loved an advert for Wrigley's Chewing Gum that played the song 'Alright Now' by the band 'Free' loved it.

3. N*SYNC or BSB:
Neither, I was into Bewitched, Billie, Britney Spears, Shania Twain and then later the boys came, (ah Westlife I loved you so!)

4. Weirdest Fashion Trend:
As BellaEllaLife said it has to be the trousers with skirts attached, I'm sure they were called spants or something stupid like that, also all the clashing colours, metallic outfits, glitter all over the face (or was that just me) pastel coloured pedal pushers and finally, wearing most of the above with the addition of a huge, brightly coloured or pastel puffer jacket, #Sexy

5. Favourite Collectable:
Again, as BellaEllaLife said, it has to be the Spice Girl pictures, I went wild for them, I remember people at my school were all after the signed Emma picture and one girl had it, I must have traded about 20 of my pictures to get that one, and I still have it... in my Spice Girl album, in a box somewhere hidden with other 90's shame.

6. Favourite Beanie Baby:
I never really had many Beanie Babies, they were a bit too pricey for a teddy bear so my parents wouldn't let me have them, I did get the ones from Macdonalds though, but only through friends as I wasn't allowed Macdonalds either, not because my family were all about the health, just my parents didn't like Macdonalds.

7. How Many Tamagotchis Did You Go Through:
I had 3, I loved them, however one was pretty disturbing, it was a Japanese girl and when you didn't look after her enough she would disappear one limb at a time, well her face would go first, so you might come back at break time at school and she would have no eyes, or if you really left her, you might come back to a leg and that was it, I learned many life lessons from that Tamagotchi... Many.

8. Favourite Game System and Game:
I didn't have a game system, I did get a PC at the end of the 90's and I used to play Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper and Sims religiously. I still love Sims.

9. Favourite Music Artist:
I've already mentioned above my penchant for cheesy 90's pop stars but I also went crazy for Grease at this time so I listened to the Grease soundtrack, on loop, almost every day. I promise I had friends... Maybe *shifty eyes*.

10. Favourite Candy:
It's not technically sweets but there was a fizzy drink out at the time called Zero Gravity that had jelly sweets floating in it, I loved that, till it disappeared, probably because drinking sweets is wrong on many levels.

****Again not my image but this is the drink****

11. Favourite Game:
Dreamphone... Lets not dwell.

12. Favourite Macdonalds Toy:
The Beanie Babies, in particular, the monkey.

13. Favourite Book:
I loved reading and was never without a book in my hands, I loved all the Roald Dahl books, especially Matilda. I also loved Enid Blyton books at the time, the Malory Towers series was my favourite. Then there was Jaqueline Wilson Books which I thought were great, Judy Blume books which were very grown up (or so I thought), the babysitter's club books and fianlly R.L.Stine books which I loved! Goosebumps and then later I loved on to his Fear Street books just to scare myself a little bit more.

14. Favourite Clothes Store:
Tammy, I loved it in there, I got my first Nail Varnishes from that shop too, ah Tammy you started me down this road.

15. What Would You Watch After School:
Sister Sister, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Clarissa Explains it All, Bailey Kippers POV, Are You Afraid of The Dark and Kenan and Kel.

16. What Was Your Favourite Tv Show:
All of the above and also Ricki Lake when I could sneakily watch it.

Hope you enjoyed reading this, let me know if you do the tag too.
Toodles xxx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Model's Own Limited Edition Dogs Trust Nail Polish

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Hello Everyone!
Today I'm going to talk about a guilt free little buy you can do for yourself this month, a new limited edition polish by Model's Own working with Dogs Trust.
The Dogs Trust look after over 16,000 abandoned and homeless dogs each year, Christmas is often a bad time for dogs as this time of year is a high risk time for dogs being abandoned.
This sad fact travels into the new year with lots of Christmas puppies ending up in rehoming shelters through no fault of their own but because they were simply unwanted Christmas presents or they turned out to be more work than an impulse buyer realised (who knew you have to walk your dogs and love it not just expect it to be part of the furniture?!)
With this in mind, it is the time of year to remember the saying 'A Dog is not just for Christmas, a puppy is for life'
models own dog's trust limited edition nail varnish

With that in mind, the Dogs Trust need as many donations as they can get to make sure they care for all the Rovers and Fidos out there who don't have a family to call their own this Christmas, hopefully next year they will see Christmas out surrounded by family and a nice warm bed but for this year all they can ask for is a bit of help along the way to happiness.
Snap up your limited edition Dogs Trust nail varnish in the colour 25 Carat Gold for £5.50 plus £1 postage and packing and all the proceeds will go direct to Dogs Trust by clicking here or browse the other ways in which you can help.
I will be wearing mind with pride knowing I'm helping dogs like my beloved pups in a time of need.

Toodles for now xxx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Review

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Hello Everyone!

I was recently contacted by the lovely Emma Tellesy about the possibility of reviewing some products from Arbonne, after I heard a bit about the products I was quite excited to give them a go, as is somewhat usual proceedings I will just state that all opinions are indeed my own, I am not being paid or forced to write lies or anything like that, so now that's out the way, lets crack on with the review.

First I will give you a little bit of info about Arbonne just in case you haven't heard of them or about their products before.
Arbonne is quite unique from what I can gather, there are no shops to walk into and there are representatives for the company. I was informed that this is how they keep their prices low for the quality of the ingredients that are in their products, no shops means no space rental, no vast array of staff on the pay roll to hike up costs etc.
Arbonne started out in Switzerland in 1975 before moving to the USA in 1980 and has since spread around the world via the independent consultants.
What makes Arbonne so special, I am told by Emma, is that it contains no synthetics, no parabens (that have been linked in studies to breast cancer!) no mineral oils (which sound nice but they are actually a by product of petroleum and are notoriously difficult for the skin to absorb so they sit on the skin and can cause clogged pores and acne, shockingly you can find mineral oils in a very large amount of UK based skincare but they are illegal in Switzerland...) and are also hypoallergenic making them suitable for sensitive skin.
Another big point is that they are not tested on animals making them more ethical.
Arbonne do a HUGE range of products, from skincare to makeup, baby products, vitamins, hair products, healthy snacks, sun protection, fragrances etc, there really is a lot of things to get your hands on whatever your particular niche.
So now moving on to the actual samples.
I was sent a little pack from the Arbonne RE9 Advanced range.
Arbonne RE9 Advanced Review

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Review
This is Arbonnes flagship range and claims to deliver results in 24 hours, now I am not in huge need of anti aging myself being still in my 20's and so I don't think I noticed any dramatic change 24 hours after use, but after a couple of days of using the samples I did notice my skin appeared much smoother, brighter and softer. 
I am aware that you need longer than a few days use of a product to tell if the results are long lasting or if any longer use reactions are going to occur (e.g. bumps under the skin) but as I only had samples I can't give you long term reviews but the short term use seemed pretty good!
I was also sent a sample of the makeup primer from Arbonne so I will start my review there:
  • Makeup Primer: I loved this and if I ever make an order with Arbonne I would include this in my basket. It was light pink in colour and had a cushiony texture, it massaged in easily and my makeup applied smoothly and looked flawless and continued to do so all day. There was no noticeable scent to this product.
  • Smoothing Facial Cleanser: The cleanser I wasn't a fan of at first, it was the scent that put me off, it smells slightly sour with a hint of citrus, it isn't a strong scent by any means but I am very aware of smells and scents so I was a little bit put off, the appearance is unique, it looks like melted sugar and has a sticky texture but when used on the face it isn't sticky at all, you rub this onto moistened skin and rub, a foam appears as you do so and then you rinse it off with warm water. This left my skin feeling very clean but not tight or dry, after a couple of uses the smell didn't bother me anymore and I liked the cleanser.
  • Regenerating Toner: This one had a very interesting smell, it was barely there but as I have said I am VERY sensitive to smells. The smell reminded me of some gel-like play putty I had in an egg as a child, I liked it to be honest. This tingled my skin a bit with the first application but after a couple of uses it stopped tingling.
  • Night Repair Cream: This cream is lovely, it is thick and creamy (which is something I look for in a night cream) and it sinks into the skin with ease, the smell was a bit reminiscent of butter, again I liked this as it smelled natural as opposed to perfumed like a lot of other brands I have tried and perfumes can irritate the skin. I did wake up a bit greasy after using this cream but I don't know if that was the cream, the fact that this is an anti aging line and I have never used an anti aging line before, the fact that I used it along with the serum or a combination of all points, either way I did get a bit oily.
  • Corrective Eye Cream: This is so rich and creamy that you only need a tiny amount and I still have a lot of this product left so I will continue to use it for a while. There was no scent to this product and it applied really well, I did notice that the skin around my eyes appeared more hydrated and after a couple of days use I noticed that my makeup applied easier and smoother around the eye area, which I really liked.
  • Intensive Renewal Serum: This has a slight citrus scent and it sank into the skin very quickly leaving me feeling soft and hydrated, I did enjoy using this serum and might start incorporating a serum into my skincare regime from now on.
  • Restorative Day Cream with SPF 20: I love a bit of SPF in a day cream, who doesn't enjoy a bit of sun protection? This day cream was unlike any other I have tried before, it looked, smelled and felt like cream cheese! Personally I loved it, it smelled so natural and felt very nourishing to use. This was one of my favourite items from the collection.
So there we have it, now a peruse online shows me that although the products are claiming to be more affordable that competing products with the same standard of ingredients, they are still pretty pricey but they do seem very high quality. Again I can't say too much about long term skin benefits as part of the claims on the website boasting of the benefits of this range, say that a lot of the benefits are seen after 4 weeks usage and I only had a couple of days useage but I did enjoy them.
One other point to mention is that I was pre-warned by Emma that these products can cause mild redness with first usage as the ingredients are so pure and that this is normal and will fade, luckily I didn't seem to get any real redness, I had a tiny bit across the cheeks on the first day but after that, nothing. Keep that in mind if you purchase any of these products.
You can reach Emma via email emmatellesy@myarbonne.co.uk if you would like to know more about the products or the business.
Emma's Arbonne ID to buy products is: 441102782 and Emma's Arbonne website is here.
So I hope you have enjoyed reading this, have you tried anything from Arbonne? 
Toodles xxx


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

MAC RiRi Holiday Lipsticks

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Hello Everyone!
I know what you're thinking 'here we go again!!' Another MAC Limited Edition Collection, another collaboration with Rihanna, but once again, I couldn't help myself.
The first wave came out on the Selfridges website on the 5th December (UK) and so at 7am I had already had a browse and decided that there wasn't as much that excited me this time round, so out of the whole collection I picked up two lipsticks.
MAC RiRi Holiday Lipsticks bad girl riri pleasure bomb pleasurebomb
MAC RiRi Holiday Lipsticks bad girl riri pleasure bomb pleasurebomb

The packaging this time is another Limited Edition offering and is similar to the rose gold of the Autumn (or fall as they called it) collection, however this time we are seeing a lot of white, this must be to show it is the 'Holiday' collection. I like the white and rose gold packaging but I don't think it is quite as special as the previous collection.
The two lipsticks I grabbed in the usual 'new collection frenzy' are a bold pink shade called 'Pleasure Bomb' and a dusty, rosy brown colour called 'Bad Girl RiRi'
Now one word of warning, I tried to pick up two of each shades, that being 4 lipsticks in total, however each time I got to checkout and was about to pay, Selfridges had kindly decided for me that I didn't want 'Pleasure Bomb' and was instead trying to ship me 4 'Bad Girl RiRi' lipsticks... So after furiously screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO as it happened for the 4th time, it worked on the 5th attempt. Cheers for the stress Selfridges.
MAC RiRi Holiday Lipsticks bad girl riri pleasure bomb pleasurebomb
The two shades are gorgeous and although they are matte, they don't seem to be the retro matte formula anymore as they are smoother to apply, creamier feel but with a matte finish that doesn't dry out the lips but it isn't hydrating either (as to be expected in a matte finish).
MAC RiRi Holiday Lipsticks bad girl riri pleasure bomb pleasurebomb
Apologies for the goosebumps and the mess in the background, it is December and cold and as I was trying to blog I had a baby and a puppy causing a mini riot in the background.
Now we have the sorries out the way, just look at the colour.
'Pleasure Bomb' is definitely the show stopper. If you get the chance to grab one of these (I hear MAC is releasing this collection on the 12th) I would grab one while you can.
Did you get an of this collection from Selfridges?
Hope you enjoyed the post!
Toodles xxx


Sunday, 8 December 2013

KIKO Cosmetics Haul and First Impressions

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Hello Everyone!
Today we are talking about a recent haul I made from a company called KIKO.
KIKO are an Italian brand and have a huge range, they remind me a bit if INGLOT with their affordability along with a vast (and somewhat boggling) array of products.
I warn you now this post will be a bit photo heavy.
Even though they are based in Italy, they ship to the UK, that added to my excitement when I received a parcel with foreign writing (I am that easily excited yes).
This is a first impressions and not an in depth review.
This is what I ordered:
kiko cosmetics haul review swatches
Still In Boxes
kiko cosmetics haul review swatches
And Unboxed.

I bought a lipstick (top left), a highlighting stick (middle top row), a nail varnish and 3 eye shadows.
All the shades are numbers instead of names (like INGLOT) which I'm not a huge fan of - I like the quirky names! - but basically I picked a random pink lipstick and three random coloured shadows, gold, shimmer and cranberry shades. The nail varnish is a green/blue hybrid and the highlighter is a golden shimmer.
First impressions of the shadows are that they have good pigmentation, however the shimmer colour took a fair bit of building up...
kiko cosmetics haul review swatches
kiko cosmetics haul review swatches
I am excited to use the coppery gold and the cranberry, not so much the shimmer, although it might make a nice inner corner colour.
The lipstick is lovely, so creamy and pigmented. It has a fine shimmer running through and smells like vanilla. The packaging is lovely too, you have to push the top of the lipstick to dispense the tube and I liked that little added gimmick.
kiko cosmetics haul review swatches
The smell reminded me of a MAC/Illamasqua love child, caramel and vanilla at once, but not too strong, I love this lipstick.
The Highlighter is another story, it looks beautiful in the tube, it swatches a little glittery but in the mirror in my house I was looking good with my cheekbones and bridge of my nose highlighted so I added some to my cupids bow and set off.... 2 hours later I caught sight of myself in a mirror and I looked like Edward Cullen... My whole face sparkled, a disco was happening right there, on my face, for all to see. Back of the drawer for you Highlighter!
On a plus it smelled of vanilla too.
kiko cosmetics haul review swatches
The nail varnish I haven't tried yet so I can't comment on that but the colour is lovely so I am looking forward to trying it.
Have you bought anything from KIKO?
You can visit the website HERE.
Hope you enjoyed this post and mini chat.
Toodles xxx


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Review

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Hello Everyone!
Today's review is on the beautiful Artist's Palette for Eyes by Laura Mercier.
This palette is Limited Edition for the Christmas time, it is quite hard to get hold of online but you can still get it at counters.
The packaging is beautiful. It comes in a sleek black box with Laura Mercier on the front.
Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Review
The outside box is textured which adds to the luxe feel of this palette.
Inside there is a beautiful leather-feel case embossed with bumps that look like raindrops or morning dew. It is a beautiful, chic design and quite different in style from other palettes I own in that the name of the palette isn't plastered all over it, it is a simple yet sophisticated offering, and in my opinion, this is all that is needed, you don't need an all singing all dancing garish case to distract you when the shades inside are just this good.
The palette houses 12 beautiful shadows, some are matte, some are shimmery but all shades are easily blended and have fantastic pigmentation.
The shades are mainly cool toned and the theme seems to be browns and purples.
There is also a mirror in the palette on the lid, the mirror is high quality and definitely usable.
Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Review
I swatched all these shades on my arm over a primer and took the picture in natural daylight.
The shades I will discuss in the order they appear on my arm... that is starting at the bottom right shade from the palette called 'Espresso Bean' and working backwards till the last white shade in the upper left called 'Sparkling Dew'
Laura Mercier Artist's Palette for Eyes Review
  • Espresso Bean: This is a deep deep brown, almost black. As a matte shade I expected blendability to be a bit off but no, the colour swatches opaque on the first swatch and blends beautifully with the other shades. This is the only shade however, that I did get a little fall out with, but nothing a bit of brush tapping can't fix
  • Truffle: A gorgeous chocolate matte shade, this is one of the warmer toned shades and it is a very buttery shade, so easy to blend.
  • Bamboo: A bronzed golden shimmer shade. Pigmentation blew me away on this one, it just swatched so nicely.
  • Fresco: A burnt peach colour, this one was a little more powdery than the other shades but still had excellent colour payoff.
  • Primrose: A peachy golden shimmer, this one is a beautiful shade, it is like a very muted rose gold colour with more yellow undertone than a traditional rose gold sahde.
  • Vanilla Nuts: As the name suggests this is a vanilla colour but with a pinky tone running through, in comparison with the other shades this one appears quite sheer but on its own it actually isn't.
  • Violet Ink: This is a very deep, matte purple. The colour is like that of an aubergine, more of a night time shade, it could be sheered out to make it more wearable for day time.
  • Kir Royal: Another deep purple with reddish hues running through. This is a more satin finish and again is easy to blend and has good colour payoff.
  • Plum Smoke: A sheer, smokey purple with earthy undertones, this one would make a nice transition colour when blending out a smoked purple look.
  • African Violet: This one is my favourite shade from the collection. A violet shade with golden shimmers running through, it reminded me of NARS Orgasm blush but purple rather than pink. A unique colour I don't have anything quite like this in my collection.
  • Guava: A pinky peach with a very slight golden champagne shimmer. Another beautiful colour.
  • Sparkling Dew: A white frost shade with a hint of peach, this one is another sheer one but still blended well with the other shades.
All shades wore well lasting 9+ hours with  no creasing or fading over a primer.
This would make a wonderful gift for anyone who loves makeup!
Hope you enjoyed the review, have you tried this palette?


Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Mini Superdrug Haul and First Impressions

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Hello Everyone!
Today I will be showing you a mini haul that I picked up whilst Christmas shopping. Superdrug had a 3 for 2 offer on so I decided why not get some freebies. I went for more glitzy items as Tis The Season To Be Sparkly!
I want to stress that this is a first impressions post and not a review so it won't be in depth or have the swatches I normally have in review posts.
This has been my first dabble into the world of Maybelline Color Tattoos and I've not tried them yet, I have swatched them and they are beautiful so I'm looking forward to seeing if they are worth the hype.
I bought a berry toned Bourjois Shine Edition lipstick to try them out in comparison with my Revlon Lip Butters that I love so much. Again I've not had this on yet but I did swatch it on my arm and I'm looking forward to trying it out soon.
After my love for an Accessorize
palette I reviewed  here, I decided to try out a couple more bits from the line, I bought a single shimmer eyeshadow and a nail varnish in a metallic plum colour. So far (swatched alone no primer) the eyeshadow seems a bit too sheer with poor pigmentation but I will try building it up over primer for an actual look. The nail varnish appears to be nice, not streaky and dried to a nice finish on my swatch.
I bought a pink glitter eyeliner from Collection and the initial swatch of this is amazing I love it so much, I can't wait to use it in upcoming festive looks.
Last (and least) is an offering from MUA, a glittery eye palette. I saw this was new and decided to try it, no... Just no. First impressions are terrible, it is basically Vaseline with huge chunks of scratchy, patchy glitter in it. I have tried one other MUA palette and wasn't impressed with that either as the colour pay off was terrible so I think I might avoid this brand in future even if it is cheap I still expect to get wear out of a cheap product. Have you got any recommendations from the MUA line that might sway me?
Hope you enjoyed this mini post :)
Toodles xxx
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