Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer Face Essentials

As the weather is rapidly getting warmer, and the sun is shining, our makeup/beauty routine tends to adjust accordingly. I love my makeup to reflect the weather, and nothing screams summer more than a glowy base!

I discovered this product around a year ago when it was released in a beautiful summer range that KIKO created. At the time, I was a little dubious about slathering this over my already oily skin, but I've very much embraced my more 'radiant' complexion, (probably a nicer way to word it?), and I adore using this as a makeup base! It's a milky white consistency, and adds a gorgeous subtle glow to my skin. This would be a dream for those with dry skin. As this was a limited edition product, I've linked the updated version for you to check out!

As for getting your complexion in check, I've found I've been reaching for my Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue for those days that I don't want a thick, heavy foundation on my skin. I'm somebody who needs my skin to breathe, and I'm not particularly fond of full coverage foundations, (regardless of whether my skin requires it or not!), so this is my best friend at the moment! It's not actually marketed as a foundation, but instead a 'tinted hydrating gel cream'. It does still provide a nice amount of coverage, so don't be put off by that. I find this to be very dewy, and I can often find myself needing to blot down my t-zone, but as I mentioned before, I don't mind a bit of extra 'glow'. Now, I'm not a girl who likes to apply foundation with my fingers, and I'm always straight in there with a buffing brush or beauty blender, but this really does require finger application. The only other option, which I'll be exploring in the next week is the dual-fibre brush that's designed for it. I applied the complexion rescue with it in the store a couple of days ago, and the result was beautiful!

I guess concealer is a pretty basic face product, but it's something I definitely avoid skipping! This doesn't necessarily apply to everybody, but I have fairly dark circles, or at least dark enough that when I don't wear concealer, I could easily be mistaken for a convict on the run.. so concealer is a must for me! I have a whole host of concealers that I love and would recommend, but I selected this one as it's the one I find I can wear without having the put the rest of my base on. It's lightweight, blend-able, and offers a natural glow to the skin.

This could possibly be favourite product out of the whole bunch, and I've had it for under a week! Some might say that's too soon to make a judgement on a product, but when you know, you know. Since purchasing this, I've used it every day. I'm confident that most of us had been awaiting the highly coveted 'cushion' products from L'oreal to land in the UK, and the minute I spotted them on the shelf at Boots, it was straight into the basket! I actually hadn't intended on purchasing the bronzer as I'm not really a 'bronzer girl', but when I swatched it on my hand, it was so natural and beautiful, I had to give it a go. I don't use the sponge applicator that comes with it, I use a dual-fibre stippling brush to buff it into the areas I'd usually contour to give some natural definition. I feel like I'm fully converted to this product, the fact that it's a cream/liquid consistency and gives my skin extra glow is a winner! 

I first heard of this blusher from Kathleen Lights, who raved about how beautiful this pot of peachy goodness was. Since we can't purchase Milani in the UK, I took to Amazon to pick up this gem for around £5! The price does vary as it's on Amazon, but either way I highly recommend picking this up when you can! It gives the softest peach glow to the cheeks, and I find myself reaching for this all the time in the warmer months.

I'm a huge fan of highlighters all year round, but there's something about a golden glow in the summer that really appeals to me! This is such a unique highlighter in my opinion as it has a beautiful sunny yellow undertone to it, it almost looks like the sun is beaming from your skin, (hence the name!). I'd have never thought to pick up a holy grain highlighter from a high street clothing store, but it's a winner for the warmer months. Perhaps this is more suited to those with a yellow undertone, but they do have other shades that might be worth checking out. The formula is buttery soft, and you get so much product for the mere £10 you pay. 

What is your makeup base routine in the summer? Comment below!
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Dose of Colors Hidden Treasure Palette

I guess you could say I'm a bit of a sucker for a hyped up product, and yes, often, they can be slightly disappointing. Nonetheless, I still had high expectations for this palette, and let me tell you, I've never used such incredible eyeshadows in my life. Quite a statement from me!

I was gutted when I missed out on the first sale of this palette, and since it was limited edition, I figured I'd be better off putting those dreams to bed as I was sure I'd never get a hold of it. Luckily they decided to restock the palette, and I was there at 6pm waiting, (impatiently), and by 6.01pm it was mine! I'm disappointed, but not surprised that I had a nasty little customs fee, but that's the risk you take when purchasing from overseas. 

I'd just like to point out that each one of these swatches is one swipe.. ONE SWIPE! I mean.. look at that black?! Each shadow feels like butter to touch, and they apply with the most intense pigment I've ever seen from an eyeshadow.
I personally prefer to apply the foiled shadows with my finger as I find it gives the most colour pay-off, but I have experimented with a brush too, it just requires more effort in my opinion!

These images don't show just how fabulous these foiled shadows are, but believe me when I say I nearly had a seizure when I swatched them.
You get a perfect selection of warm coppery tones, with variations of gold. 'Coin' is the truest gold I've ever seen, and I've been on the hunt for a true 24k gold eyeshadow for months now! Unfortunately, I dropped my palette the other day, and one of the pans fell out of the 'socket' (??), and one of the foiled shadows broke, but luckily they're so buttery soft that I was able to press it back in place!

I don't think I need to say anything here.. one swipe.. matte.. how?! I'm sure you all know the struggle of chalky, patchy matte eyeshadows! These are like velvet, and they blend out seamlessly. Seriously, you just need to dab your brush in the pan and you're good to go. I'd describe the majority of the mattes in this palette as perfect transition shades, and the warm tones compliment the shimmers like a dream.

The palette is still available on the Dose of Colors website here. It's quite pricey, but the quality blows the majority of high-end eyeshadows completely out of the water. 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Kylie Lip Kits: Candy K & Dolce K

Since I've been away for a little while, I knew I had to come back with a super exciting post. The talk of the beauty world at the moment is the Kylie Lip Kits, and I actually managed to pick a few up from one of their manic weekly restocks! (I've since purchased Posie K and two glosses, so stay tuned for a post on those!). 

I picked up the shades 'Candy K', and 'Dolce K'. Two classics in my opinion, and two of the first shades she brought out. 

As I'm sure you all have, I've heard so much about the formula, including from reputable makeup artists, so that was something I was really looking forward to trying. 
Yes, I agree that it feels like you're wearing nothing on your lips, but I still find that it does get very dry. Having said that, it's a liquid lipstick, it's pretty much expected. I find the formula comparable to the Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks, it feels like nothing, but almost has a powdery finish/feel on the lips.

The liners are absolutely beautiful. I only have one or two Colour Pop lip liners, but the formula, (and the packaging for that matter), are very similar. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as the Colour Pop lip liners are favourites of mine, but it does make me question the price point since I've heard that Kylie Cosmetics products are made in the same laboratory as Colour Pop. 

(From L to R - Dolce K & Candy K)

Dolce K is a milky chocolate shade, the perfect brown for me. I can definitely see myself flying through this lip liner as I often opt for that liner shade for most of my looks.

Candy K is a soft pink with a nude undertone. It actually dries down darker than it applies, a huge relief for me because when I first applied it I was slightly concerned! It's the perfect everyday pink. 

(Dolce K)

The wand is a classic doe-foot applicator, pretty standard for a liquid lipstick. For some reason the formula of my Candy K is a lot more fluid.. to the point where if I hold the wand for too long, it'll drip. I can move past it, but it's slightly disappointing for such a highly anticipated product.

Overall, I'm loving using these products, hence why I've gone on to purchase more! They arrived within a week, and I will absolutely be adding to my collection! 

What shades are you interested in? Have you tried the Kylie Lip Kits?

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