26/05/2016

KIKO Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick 315 | Review & Swatches

If only I could name all of the times I've walked into KIKO swearing not to buy a n y t h i n g and walking out with multiple items. Oh, the perils of working in a shopping centre, it's just too easy! This lipstick is the result of one of those times. The packaging for a start was just too beautiful to leave sitting there on the shelf without at LEAST touching it... Then came the swatching... Then oh gosh I must have just slipped and my card landed on the card machine and oh no now I've bought it. KIKO are just too good.
My point is, I'm a sucker for a good matte lipstick. And this one, for me, ticks all of the boxes. Before I even start banging on about the product itself, I just want to take a moment to appreciate the packaging. First of all, anything remotely copper coloured will catch my attention like a magpie to something shiny, and when it's paired with that charcoal-y grey colour, even better. I'm also obsessed with the fact that it's metal rather than plastic - it adds a kind of weightiness to it that you'd totally expect to feel from a higher end lipstick, not to mention it closes magnetically. Yeah, you read that right, magnets.

All freaking out about the packaging aside, what's actually inside is just as pretty. The angular square shape reminds me a lot of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks but for a third of the price, and the engraved double K logo makes it ten times more instagram-worthy. I picked up the shade 315 Velvet Passion which I would describe as a slightly purple toned, pinky dark-ish nude (for someone who is predominantly a beauty blogger, I'm really bad at describing colours haha). The pigmentation of this lipstick is beautiful, and feels quite creamy when you apply it to the lips which is always a bonus, especially with a matte! Once dried, it does not budge, smudge, or go anywhere fast really - the swatch on my arm faded evenly after a few hours but still stayed perfectly rectangular, so no risk of ending up with lipstick halfway across your face by the end of the day/night!

At £10.90 it's not the cheapest of lipsticks but the price definitely warrants the quality that you get - in fact, if I was shown this lipstick with no idea of the price or brand, I'd probably think it had cost a lot more! KIKO never fail to impress and I am most definitely going to have to grab some more shades of these (sorry in advance to my bank account).


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20/05/2016

A Trip To The City | Parks, Bands & Vlogging

Shock, horror, I vlogged. In public. Yeah, I know, crazy right? Last week I travelled into London with my family to meet my stepbrother and his girlfriend, who I absolutely adore and get so excited to see because they live in Northampton so I don't get to see them too often. We had arguably the cutest picnic ever in Hyde Park surrounded by ducks and deckchairs, before travelling to Scala just down the road from Kings Cross to have a few drinks and see a few bands!
Great focus there... Absolutely 10/10 spot on...
THE comfiest shoes to trudge around London in.
I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take out my new vlogging camera and give it a test run - well, I say new... I got it for Christmas and have been too chicken to use it until now haha. The weather was beautiful, I hand-fed wild geese which is something I never thought I'd do, and even though most of the time I had the complete and utter vlogging-fear, I still managed to have the nicest day. Head on over to my YouTube channel if you're interested in watching the vlog (which is also linked at the start of the post) and hopefully I can make this a more regular thing. 

I thought I'd add some of the more decent photos I took whilst we were in Scala, not the easiest of venues to mess around with a brand new camera in but I think they turned out semi-okay! We got there in time to see two bands - The LaFontaines and The Summer Set, both of whom put on an amazing show and the atmosphere all night was insane. It's a big deal for me, especially with my anxious mind, to be able to go somewhere I was completely unfamiliar with, whilst holding a camera in front of me, might I add, and have a great night regardless!

Let me know if you enjoyed my first proper 'vlog' attempt and I'll be sure to try things like this more often! All nerves and vlogging fear aside, I really did enjoy this day - and I enjoy the fact that I can go back and relive it even more. 

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14/05/2016

Sephora Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara Waterproof | Review

As someone with naturally poker-straight lashes, I'm on a permanent hunt for waterproof mascaras that not only create curl, but manage to keep it there. I'm not sure what it is about waterproof mascaras that means they manage to maintain curled lashes so much better than their regular counterparts, but they just do. 

To my absolute despair, we still don't have Sephora in the UK, so it took my dad (bless him) to bring this all the way back from Paris. Admittedly, this wouldn't have been my first choice of mascara if I was faced with a Sephora myself, but hey, my poor dad and his other half picked it up for me whilst I was in a completely different country, so I can't complain.

When I first twisted open the pretty chunky cap, I can't tell you how excited I was to see an actual brushy brush applicator rather than a plastic one - it's just a funny personal preference I have from time to time. Other than that, it looked pretty no-nonsense and quite basic, not massive, not a dodgy shape, just... well, normal. I'll admit, without using lash curlers I'm not sure how much the first coat would have actually done for my lashes, but I can't afford to go without curling them either way so it didn't bother me too much! 

The final result - lashes curled with 2 coats of mascara
I immediately found that this mascara veers more to the 'natural' side and layers nicely, without clumping or flaking - which is lovely - however not something I'd initially expect from a mascara that has 'full action' and 'extreme effect' in its name. On the upside, after a couple of coats it did hold an impressive curl that lasted the majority of the day, which is something not a lot of mascaras can do with my lashes! I'd give the staying power a 6.5/10, it was enough to last me the day but did print very slightly onto my eyelids in the last few hours of wear - and I still definitely ended up with major panda eyes the next morning. Probably wouldn't trust it going swimming, but for the odd emotional cry or unexpected downpour of rain I'm sure it'd do just fine!
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