Sunday, 22 May 2016

Kylie Jenner Lip Kit & Metal Review

You are probably aware that getting your hands on a Kylie Cosmetics lip product is one of the most stressful things that can happen to any makeup addict. And if you're reading this then I'm going to assume you're a makeup addict and you're all too familiar with the disappointment of all of Kylie's products selling out in record times!

I had tried once or twice to get my hands on a Lip Kit in the first few launches and after having no luck I left it for a while. On a recent restock of the Lip Kits, which Kylie exclusively released the time for on her app, I poised myself for the battle, prepped my address and card details and boom... I had bought and received my confirmation email 2 minutes after the products launched. I did it! 

In my first successful mission I managed to get Candy K which was the lip kit I had wanted. A week later Kylie did another release of the Metal collection and again my lightening fast reactions meant I managed to get my hands on Heir. Both of the products I managed to purchase are the ones Kylie herself has claimed are her favourites, and I can totally see why!

First up, lets talk about shipping time. So I ordered Candy K the week before I ordered Heir. Candy K was shipped 4 days after the day I ordered it and Heir was shipped 3 days after but both packages arrived on the same day, meaning Candy K took 2 weeks to get to me and Heir took only 1 week. Generally this is quite good for shipping from America.

Both products came well packaged and contained a printed note from Kylie thanking you for your purchase. You can't expect her to write one of these out for each box so I think the printed version is a really nice idea and adds a real personal touch to the delivery. The lip logo on the front of the message card is also really cute and would look great in a photo frame on a vanity table.

Moving onto Candy K... This is a lot more of a dusky pink than I thought it was when I ordered it. From what I had seen in swatches it looked a lot more nude than it actually is but I do still love it. I'm not a pink girl so the idea of pink lipstick is daunting for me, but this is a really dusky, quite dark pink tone which I think looks good on my skin tone. It turns out I really love it!

As a general Kylie Jenner fan, I'm sort of expected to be a little bit bias with my opinion of her products but I can honestly say 100% genuinely that Kylie has created the best lip liner formula I have ever used! It is so creamy and buttery which makes it super easy to apply. You only have to press lightly when  applying for the colour payoff to be great and it doesn't feel drying or look patchy at all which some lip liners do. I would wear the lip liner on its own if I didn't want to go as pink and use the liquid lipstick.

The liquid lipstick formula is also incredible. The lipstick is quick drying and really creamy making it super easy to glide onto the lips and draw out the perfect lip shape, even if you over draw your lips.
Another thing that I love about this is that you are only meant to apply one thin layer to the lips and to be honest that is all you actually need which makes the product last longer. 
Once dry, the liquid lipstick does not budge! I had mine on for about 7-8 hours the other evening and it was still perfectly in place at the end of the night. Even when removing your makeup at night you really have to apply pressure to get the product off otherwise makeup wipes and remover just don't make a difference!

Heir is the lightest shade in the Metal collection from Kylie Cosmetics. I wanted this one as I have quite fair skin and this one seemed like the one that would suit me the most. All 3 Metals are super metallic but I really liked Heir as it is a light peachy colour with an iridescent gold metallic finish.

Just like Candy K, Heir also dries completely matte and stays on for ages! I do think the formula is slightly different which is understandable as the liquid is slightly grainier due to the metallic particles in it.

The shade is super gorgeous and looks slightly different in every light. The Metal range was originally brought out just before Coachella, making them immediately associated with festivals, but Heir has such a soft undertone colour that it could be worn whenever you wanted to just spice up your makeup look.

The Metals don't come with a lip liner and therefore are cheaper. I still need to try mine out over the Candy K lip liner to see what kind of colour that creates, I'm sure it will be amazing!

Finally, lets move onto the swatches so that you can see how beautiful the colours are for yourself:

One bit of criticism I do have of the lip products is that there isn't anything in the top of the bottle that scrapes the excess product off of the wand like some glosses & lipsticks have. This means that there is always lipstick all the way up the wand and the applicator wand itself always picks up too much product which just seems like a waste and can also be quite annoying when you accidentally apply too much to the lip. This is something that could be easily fixed and I really hope they do as it would make the lipsticks a 10/10.

Despite this little niggle, I will definitely be trying to get my hands on a few more shades, mainly Dolce K and the newest shade added to the collection, Exposed.
If you are looking for a new liquid lipstick then I would defiantly recommend trying to get your hands on one too. I know it's a lot of fuss, but when you get one it's so worth it!!

I would love to know which shades you guys want to try out or have already managed to get, leave your comments in the box below and I'll be sure to reply!

Shona x

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

EX1 Foundation & Concealer Review

I first heard about the brand EX1 when YouTuber Chloe Morello used it in one of her tutorials. After looking it up and watching a few reviews on it I discovered that Kylie Jenner uses this foundation on a regular basis including in her recent Marie Claire cover shoot...

I bought 2 products from EX1 - their Invisiwear Foundation and their Delete Concealer which I wanted to use together to create a full coverage base.

Before you purchase either products I'm about to mention be warned that this is a makeup brand created for people with olive toned or darker skin, which I was not aware of when I purchased from this brand so just keep that in mind when choosing your shade if you have fair skin.

The first item I purchased was the Invisiwear Foundation in F200. This foundation is too dark for my skin tone, I went for the 2nd lightest shade available as I wasn't expecting the whole range to be generally more on the darker side but I was able to mix this in with my current foundation and make it work as I had fake tan on when I wore it.

When I first tried this foundation out I wasn't massively convinced I liked it due to the colour being off and the lack of moisture and oil in the product which I thought looked quite drying on my skin. Once I realised if I wanted to wear this foundation I would have to mix it with my L'Oreal True Match I completely changed my mind about it and now I actually really like it.

The foundation formula is quite thick and definitely needs to be applied on top of a moisturiser or primer to make it easier to glide over the skin otherwise it feels quite hard to blend and can cling to any dry patches on the skin. Not a good look!

I also think this foundation looks best when applied with a fluffy face brush rather than a beauty blender so that it can be properly buffed into the skin in circular motions for an even coverage.
The coverage is buildable and doesn't appear cakey as long as it is properly blended in each time you reapply. 

The best bit of the EX1 range is that it comes in copper and acrylic packaging which looks so gorgeous!

I also decided to pick up the Delete Concealer from EX1 to try that out whilst I was at it.
Again this is designed for people with darker skin tones than me, but I'm actually really glad this is quite orange on me as it now means I have an orange concealer that I can use to cover imperfections on my skin under my foundation.

The concealer has quite a light coverage and adds only a slight hint of colour unless it is built up. This has a much more creamy formula and is a lot easier to blend out than the foundation is, making it easy to apply under the eyes and around the nose where sometimes concealers can sit in the lines of the skin.

I am yet to try the concealer out as a 'skin perfecting' product, concentrating it on blemishes, so I can't comment on how good it is at covering up areas of imperfection but I think it will work well especially on the dark areas under my eye that I want to counteract and hide.

If you have skin on the more tanned side and struggle to find base products to match your skin tone then I would definitely suggest trying out this brand. 

From wearing these products over the last week I can definitely say that they do have great staying power and don't fade or slide off throughout the day. I did find that mixing this foundation with my current foundation made my L'Oreal True Match even more long lasting than it normally is.

If you have tried anything from the EX1 range then let me your thoughts! I am really keen to try out some of their brushes next!

Shona x

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Feelunique Haul & First Impressions

I can't even begin to tell you the amount of times I have found myself on Feelunique with a basket full of items that I don't really need and shouldn't really be spending my money on...

This time I managed not to impulsively purchase the whole basket and instead whittled it down to a few items I had seen in the bloggersphere and wanted to try out for myself.

The first thing I bought could be seen more as a 'necessity' rather than an research purchase (who am I kidding). If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that Benefit Roller Lash is my favourite mascara so when I ran out my supply of it I had to repurchase.

If you want to read my full review on Roller Lash then you can do here. All I need to say is if you haven't already tried it then you NEED to!

Over the last month I have seen the new Urban Decay Beached Bronzer on every blog that I read. Everyone seems to be loving it and that includes me. 

First of all, the packaging is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. The compact is decorated with tropical palm trees and the pan of the bronzer is rose gold! I mean how could it get any better? Well I'll tell you how, apart from the product itself being amazing, it comes in a reflective silvery green box that also has palm trees on!

The bronzer comes in 2 shades - 'Sun Kissed' & 'Bronzed' - I went for 'Bronzed' as I prefer my bronzers to be a little more on the darker side rather than so orange so that I can use it when I am tanned and it still makes a noticeable change to my makeup look.
The colour is a really pretty light beigey brown with light reflecting pigments in which gives the bronzer a really natural glow. The powder itself is finely milled and super blend able and easy to use on your face and body.
There is also a full size mirror inside the compact which makes it so handy to take with you if you often apply your makeup on the go.

The next thing I picked up was the Fleur de Force Eyeshadow Quad in Cosmic Bronze.
This was in the sale for only £4.80 when I got it and that was really the main reason I wanted to try it out. I love neutral eye makeup and I tend to stick to bronze and copper tones on my eyes.

The shadows are actually a really nice formula, not that I wasn't expecting great from Fleur, but for the price I am really impressed.
The colours in the quad are really versatile and I have been using all four colours to create one everyday look but they could be equally great if used in different looks whether it be softer or more of an intense night time look.

The pigmentation of the shadows means they are super easy to pick up on the brush and they blend out onto the eyelid really nicely. The colour pay off is also really impressive (especially on the darkest brown shade) as I have found I only need to touch the shadow with my brush lightly and still tap off the excess to get the perfect amount.
Overall I am really loving this quad and I may even purchase the other one which comes with slightly more rosey/lavender shades.

If you have ever purchased from Feelunique you will know that if you spend over a certain amount of money, they allow you to choose some free sample products to include with your order.

This time I chose a perfume and a cleanser, both under 20ml so perfect for travelling or taking in an overnight bag or even a handbag on a night out.

The perfume is the Elie Saab - Le Parfum (0.8ml). Describing perfume is definitely not my strong point but this has quite a strong floral, woody tone which I actually really like.

The website says the "top note opens on a sun-kissed, radiant orange blossom, as an ode to light" which as much as I don't really understand how fragrances are professionally described I do agree that this has an orange blossom, warming scent.

The second sample I chose was the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foam Gel (15ml). 
This is a facial wash for oily skin that gently cleanses and buffs away at the skin thanks to the foaming qualities of the product without having exfoliating beads which can sometimes become too harsh on the skin if used daily, especially for those with more sensitive skin.

The website also states that the cleanser "helps to eliminate impurities" which I can't agree to just yet as I don't think I have been using this for long enough. I do however think it leaves my skin feeling really soft and clean which is always a good sign!

Feel free to leave me a comment if you have tried any of these products or if you have any other products that you think I should try out and review here on my blog, I love hearing from you.

Shona x

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Blanc Type

White is such a versatile colour and can be dressed up or down in so many ways - go casual with white trainers and jeans or dress the colour up with a white jumpsuit or dress and heels. 

I also love white for the simple reason you can experiment with colour elsewhere, like your jewellery, shoes, handbag or even your nail colour. You could also incorporate white into your look by adding it into these items alone and going a little bit more colourful with the full look.

My main inspiration for this post came from a few Swedish fashion bloggers who keep their Instagram pages to such a strict white theme that I massively envy! So I thought I would show you some items online at the moment that I have been loving so that you too can be inspired!

Handbag; Primark - LA Colours Nail Varnish; eBay - Dior Nail Varnish; no longer online

Caged heels are such a huge trend at the moment and the fact that you can pair them with such a massive variety of outfits, from jeans to dresses, makes them such a great style of heel to go for.

I went for a swoon product this time that I have had my eye on for a while. They are the Gianvito Rossi Cutout Leather Sandals in white. These are such a statement item and would look amazing with a nude/blush midi skirt and a slightly different nude shade high next bodysuit. These shoes are definitely made to be the part of the outfit you want people to notice so sticking with neutral colours works best I think.
I know these are very expensive and you can get similar style shoes in high street stores like the ones here but if you are looking into treating yourself then this is a good place to start.

Fashion line Ivy Park, co-owned by Beyoncé, recently launched in Topshop. The collection was very sports based with most pieces in the collection are made from materials that are breathable and easy to move in. Some of the items are multi-functional such as this White Hexagon Bomber Jacket.
This bomber is such a great piece that could be worn in a casual style with jeans and trainers or it could be worn over a body con mini dress, off the shoulder with barely there heels. Very Kim K!

Next up is a Tuxedo Long Sleeved Playsuit from NaaNaa Clothing. As much as I think the blazer dress trend has sort of been and gone, I also feel like it's not completely over. 
The blazer dress is such a great way of bringing together a classic look with sophisticated lines and a super sexy vibe. The low cut and short length give this outfit an edge that you just don't get from a regular suit whilst keeping the classy look with the boxey shape and elegant detailing on the buttons and what makes this even better is that this is actually a playsuit making it comfier and easier to wear.

House of CB London is one of my favourite websites to browse on when I am looking for a dressy outfit for events or more formal occasions.
They make the most beautiful dresses, bodysuits and jumpsuits in so many colours and materials and I would definitely recommend the brand for great quality clothing for special occasions.

I have picked two items from House of CB...

First up is the 'Sammy' Off White Wide Leg Jumpsuit. I love this so much as it combines three things I love, mesh, high necks and clean strong lines.
The roll neck mesh top is a super sexy addition to the look and would look great with a strappy white bra let underneath. The long wide leg trousers balance out the risqué top making it a lot more suitable to wear to many more events.

Finally, the 'Tallisa' White Suedette High Neck Dress. Again this is such a combination of things I love. 
The lace up detail across the dress is a great sexy detail to the dress, giving it something extra and making it stand out as more than just a white dress.
I would style this with strappy heels because thats just my go to heel style but you could go for a brighter colour on the handbag and shoes if you wanted too. 

I hope this post gave you a starting point for your next online splurge, even if you don't break the bank and go for the heels.

Let me know what trends you are into at the moment and feel free to let me know your favourite online clothing stores as I would love to check them out.

Shona x

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Drugstore No Makeup Makeup Look

Firstly, I have to apologise for the lack of posts on my blog. I have been in bed sick for almost a week which is horrible seeing as the weather has just started to improve!

Being sick means I haven't been wearing makeup and have been hiding out in the comfort of my bedroom, watching YouTube makeup tutorials to get my daily fix of beauty products. (yup, I am obsessed).

There has been a few occasions where I have had to leave the house (visiting the doctors, how exciting) or just wanting to make myself feel a little bit better and play around with products. I thought I would share my 'no makeup, makeup look' with you for when you're feeling a bit rubbish and just want to add a little bit to the skin to brighten up your face or maybe you're someone who wears minimal makeup on a daily basis, then hopefully you'll enjoy this post.

When wearing minimal makeup there are still some key features I need to make sure I apply product too, this is mainly my eyelashes as I think they open up the eyes and finish off the look perfectly. I also make sure I add some colour back into my skin (especially if I do this look when sick) so that I don't look so washed out.

The first thing I will do is make sure I moisturise my face and apply a lip balm, I haven't included the products I use for this in this post as this is something you should do anytime you apply makeup.

Next up, I apply some of my L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream, mine is in the colour light. This stuff is literally amazing for natural makeup looks. It seems a bit strange at first as the product comes out of the tube as a white liquid with small grey toned beads. It looks like an exfoliator and does actually feel quite rough to start with. However, once you start blending this in, the colour and feel of the product transforms before your eyes and you start to see the colour matching to your skin.
One thing I would say about this is that it doesn't come in many shades and even though mine is the lightest shade, it can sometimes look a little orange toned.

So once I have my BB cream on I move onto concealer. As I have previously mentioned the Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eye Eraser in light is my favourite concealer.
It is super bendable and has great coverage without being heavy and cakey. I love this and use it daily! It also helps that it is super affordable.
I add this in a triangle shape under my eyes and around my nose to cover any redness from the irritation caused by constantly blowing your nose when you're sick. Feel free to add concealer wherever you feel you need too.

The next step is to set all of your liquid items in place whilst still keeping the look fresh and minimal. You could use any kind of loose or pressed translucent powder. In this case I used MUA Skin Define Hydro Powder. This only comes in one colour as it is a very pale pressed powder perfect for dusting over the skin lightly to get a translucent matte effect.
You could also apply this slightly heavier to the under eye area to 'bake' and highlight the area on a day when you were feeling slightly better or wanted a more full face of makeup.
This powder is enriched with Vitamin E and Jojoba so it feels very soft on the skin and gives a great matte look without being drying.

Keeping with skin, I then go in and add some colour back into my face by bronzing and highlighting.
First up, I take my Rimmel Natural Bronzer in Sun Glow.
This is a great bronzer if you want to add colour to the skin and give a really healthy glow look without contouring or being too precise.
This bronzer is an orange toned powder with gold shimmer throughout the powder. The product goes onto the skin very easy and is super soft and bendable. I would use a large fluffy face brush to run this under the cheekbones softly and around the perimeter of the forehead.

Following the bronzer, I then add a subtle glow back to the skin using MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in Pink Shimmer. 
Again, you don't want this to be too precise or too intense. This is a subtle look so just add a small amount to the tops of the cheekbones and down the centre of the nose. You can also add it to your cupids bow to finish off the shimmery look.

No makeup look, no matter how natural, is complete without adding something to the brows. If you're like me and you do a lot of reshaping to your brows normally then you can understand why I have to have product in them even on a sick day.
I take my Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Soft Brown, using only the lightest colour, through my brows. I wasn't concentrating on the shape as much as just adding some definition with the colour.
You could take the darker colour in the duo and run that along the outer half of the brow to add a bit of shape if you wanted too.
I have previously reviewed this Freedom Brow Duo, click here to read it.

Last but certainly not least, I like to add some mascara to make my eyes appear more open and to make me look generally more awake. I would normally use my Benefit Roller Lash but keeping with my drugstore theme I went for my Rimmel Waterproof Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil.
I like this mascara because it has a large applicator brush that distributes the mascara onto all the lashes whilst spreading out and lengthening the lashes.
I also chose waterproof because being sick comes with watery eyes and lots of sneezing! The longer I can keep that mascara on the better!

I wouldn't really wear makeup when I am sick, but having to leave the house and let people see me without it still freaks me out a little bit especially when I'm not looking myself anyway!
Hopefully you enjoyed this post and it gave you an idea of how you can get a natural makeup look for those days where you just aren't feeling your glam self!

Let me know if you have tried any of the products mentioned and what you thought of them!

Shona x

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