Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Drugstore Contour Kits

Hello Beauties,



I'm sure you're all aware of the contour trend that took the makeup world by storm, since it was revealed as the Kardashian fave.

I love contouring as a way to define my face shape (although round is a shape, it's not the one I favour) and have a comparison of 3 kits for you today. You'll also be pleased to know that these are all from Boots, making them affordable and easy to get a hold of.

The first one I tried and clearly the most used, is the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Kit (£6.49). This has a matte, cream highlight shade, a warm medium brown and a darker cooler brown; both matte aswell. As you can probab;y tell from the picture, I'm not as keen on the highlight shade as I am on the darker colours, but I have found that it makes a great eyeshadow for an easy one sweep shade. The 2 brown shades are perfect for contouring, and I mainly use this palette for an evening look as the shades are so pigmented and very dark! My favourite way to use these shades is to swipe along the areas that I want to contour with the darkest, cool toned brown and then blend it out with the warmer brown. These powders are seriously pigmented, so you really want to use a tiny amount and build if necessary.

Next up is the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit (£6.99). This comes in 2 shades; Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, which is nice for people with all different skintones. The brown in here is a nice cool tone that works really well for contouring. It also comes with a brush and a mirror underneath, so it's also one that is great for travelling. Now, I usually throw these types of brushes out, because I don't find that they do much, but the brush that comes with these powders is so good and if you have it, please don't disregard the brush! I have found that it is PERFECT for giving a really sharp contour under the cheeks and along the sides of the nose, which can then be blended out. I don't find the powders in here as pigmented as the Barry M ones, which may sound like a bad thing, but it's actually great for beginners or for a more subtle look and is also much easily layered. The highlight shade is slightly shimmery and is a nice powder, but it's slightly too cool toned for me and so doesn't get much loving.

The last palette that I have, is the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette (£18.00). It's slightly on the expensive side, but it has every shade you could possibly want in a contour kit. It comes with 4 contour colours and 4 highlight colours to suit pretty much every skintone. This palette is very new to my collection, but I was interested in seeing how it compared to the previous 2, as I've grown to love them so much. I have to say, this palette is amazing for contouring and highlighting, and it's simply because of the variety of shades you get and the quality of them. They blend really nicely on the skin, and you can also mix shades if you find one too warm, too cool, too light or too dark. As I said, this is the newest addition to my collection, so this is really a first impression, but I will keep you updated with how it holds up in the future.

Overall, I do love my NYX palette, for the fact that it has all the shades I would need to contour and highlight in one place. However, it is quite pricey for a drugstore brand and if you are new to contouring or just want to try it out, then I think I would recommend the Maybelline kit, as it comes in 2 shades, to suit different skintones and also with a mirror and brush and small enough for popping into your handbag. You could buy both shades of the Maybelline Kit and it would still cost less than the NYX palette (food for thought)

I hope you liked this post! Have you tried any of these kits, or been thinking of trying any of the above?

Thank you for reading

Nikita x
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks - Swatches/ Review / UK Shipping

Hello Beauties

I'm so excited to share this post with you, because these are some of my FAVOURITE products that I own.


Since last year, I grew quite obsessed with wanting to find the ultimate matte, long lasting lip colour that I could wear all day without worrying about touch ups (mainly because I get quite lazy with it) and I am so pleased that I have found that in these Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips. They retail for $6 and can only be bought via their website. 

These are an American brand that unfortunately don't ship to the UK, which is such a shame. I ordered mine through comGateway, which is a website that allows you to order products from American websites and ships them to the UK for you. 

Shipping to the UK: How it works


When you sign up to the website, you are given a US address to ship your items to. This is actually just a company warehouse (I think). When the items have been delivered from the company of your choice to 'your US address', you will receive an email, where you will be prompted to have the package shipped to your UK home. 

One good thing is that you don't get charged anything until you choose to courier the package from your US address to your UK address. However, sometimes you will recieve the email, only to be told that some, most or all of your items are not in stock and therefore, could not be sent to your US address. The time it takes to reach your US address can vary quite a bit, I find. I've placed a couple of orders through comGateway now and the first package took 2 week from the time I placed my order to arriving in the UK and the second package took just over 4 weeks. 

It's quite easy to get a little frustrated and stressed that your package might have got lost somewhere in the US, but again, you're not to worry, as you haven't been charged for anything yet. The customs and delivery charges are all worked out when you place the order, so I was not hit by any extra charges after I received my package. 

There are a few websites that offer services like this, so you can have a little look around Google, to see which one you might prefer. 

Review


These liquid lipsticks are VERY liquidy, and if you tip the tube too far, for too long, product will come pouring out. Being so liquidy, means that these can be a little drying on the lips. This, personally, doesn't really affect me but if you're not too keen on drying formulas, then just pop on a lip balm underneath and you're good to go. 

On trial, I have found that these definitely last longer when applied on completely bare lips. so if you're planning on applying on top of lip balm, just be aware that it will mean they won't last AS long. Saying this, the weartime is pretty fantastic, with or without a layer underneath. I've had this last on me for a good 12 hours with no flaking or crumbling and no need to top up. There have been times where I've felt like it's rubbed off my lips, but when I've look in a mirror, the colour is still there, with no awkward fading in the centre.

Swatches:


As you can see, I chose more of the neutral, wearable shades from this range, because I knew I'd get the most use out of them and also because I wanted to see how I got on with the formula before setting my eyes on any more. What's good about the website, is that they have swatches of nearly every colour on there, on 3 different skintones, so you can kind of gather how it would look on yourself. 



This is a really nice rusty orange/pinky shade that looks really pretty on the lips. It's quite in between a neutral and a bold, so I would wear this if I was going out during the day, somewhere casual. 


This is a straight up brown shade. It's quite warm in colour aswell, which I quite like for myself. On me it looks quite neutral, but on fairer skin I think it would show up more prominently. It's a shade I wear all the time and it even made it on holiday with me. Definitely one I'd recommend.


This shade is my absolute favourite. It is the perfect nude shade for me. It's not too warm or too cool toned and goes with every look I wear. I've heard that this is meant to be a dupe for the Kylie Jenner Dolce K lip colour, but I'm not sure if that's entirely true. Either way, if you're going to be purchasing any of these, then this should definitely be a choice. 

Tulle

This is a mauvy brown shade. It's a very purple brown and it looks really great paired with a deeper blush colour and a neutral eye look. It definitely stands out on the lips and is also quite cool toned.


This is a colour from the ItsMyRayeRaye x Colourpop collaboration. I had seen this so much on Instagram and it looked like a shade I would like. I was definitely pleased I picked this up becuase it's another great nude/neutral shade for me. It's slightly darker than Beeper, but I actually find I can mix the 2 together for a perfect shade.


I got this colour because everyone has a shade like this (read: I jumped on the bandwagon). It looks so great on so many people, but I found that it was just a little TOO cool toned for me and doesn't suit me at all. I have found that the best way this works for me, is to layer it over a really warm brown lip liner or lipstick (like Chili Chilly) and then I have a great neutral brown lip. 


I thought this looked really great on the website, however, I was quite disappointed with the colour when I got it. This is really pink, but the shade doesn't suit me at all. I've yet to try and find a way I can work with this, and so it's my least used one out of the lot. If I do find a way, I will be sure to update you. 


Last, but not least, is the boldest shade I got. I love deep red lip colours and to find a formula that I know won't budge is heaven sent. This is a true, deep, blood red that will suit so many different skintones and can be paired with neutral eye looks for a pop of colour and boldness.

Application

As these are so liquidy, I find that the best way to apply them is in really thin layers. I like to wipe off the applicator against the side of the tube and then apply softly to the lips. These are totally buildable, if applied in thin layers and let to dry and I don't find that it affects the wear time at all either. After applying, they dry within around 30-60 seconds and if you want to mix colours then I find it's best to do so whilst they're still wet. After that, you should be set for the whole day. 

Phew! That was, probably, the longest post I have ever written but I hope it helps anyone who has been thinking of purchasing any Colourpop liquid lipsticks. If you have any other questions, leave me a comment and I'd be happy to answer.

Thank you for reading

Nikita x
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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Boots Haul

Hello Beauties

I had wanted to try some of the new products to hit the drugstore recently and came across a few others that I thought looked interesting. Here are my thoughts on them so far.



The first item (and only thing I actually went to Boots for!) were the 101 lashes from Eylure. I had a pair of these that got ruined when I took them away with me over Christmas. I have pretty long lashes, naturally, so have never felt the need to wear falsies before, but these just enhance all eye looks incredibly and add just the right amount of volume. 

Along with falsies, I also picked up 2 new mascaras that have come out in drugstores. The first is L'Oreal False Lash Sculpt which has been quite popular for the bristles only being on one side of the wand, rather than all around it like conventional mascaras. The second is Maybelline Push Up Drama. I've seen these advertised for so long, and tried them on each eye today, for the first time. On first impressions, these both seem extremely volumising and quite lengthening too. Let's see how they hold up with time.



I then picked up the new L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist. I have been so excited for this to hit the stands and was extremely happy to have picked up the last one at my local Boots. I love using a setting spray on nights out and if I know that I have plans after work and need my make up to last that little bit longer. I am yet to trial this, but will be doing a comparison against the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray which is the one I love at the moment.

I picked up a new black pencil liner from the Sleek Eau La La Liner range. I've tried a few of these lip pencils and love how creamy and smooth they are, so I thought I'd give the black one a try for my waterline. They claim to be water and smudgeproof and as the girl whose eyes water multiple times a day, I'm interested to see if they can meet these claims. 

From Bourjois, I picked up the City Radiance Foundation and a Little Round Pot Blush in the shade Lilas D'Or. I've never tried any of their blushes before and loved the look of this colour. It's a peachy shimmery shade that doesn't look like much when swatched, but on the cheeks it adds a nice, subtle pop of colour and radiance, giving a hybrid of blush and highlighter. I'm not normally able to find a colour match with the Bourjois foundations, however, I found that the darkest shade in this range is a great match for me. I am yet to wear this for longer than a trial on my face, but once I do, I will let you know my thoughts. 


Last but not least, I picked up a Rimmel The Only 1 lipstick in Naughty Nude, which I have been wanting to try for quite some time but this particular shade always seems to be out of stock. On my skintone, it's not quite a nude, but it's a lovely peach-pink colour that I think will be a popular pick of mine in Spring.

Have you tried any of these products or seen them and have wanted to give them a try? I would love to know!

Thanks for reading

Nikita x


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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Sanctuary Spa Warming Microbrasion Polish Review

Hello Beauties

Today I bring to you, a skincare product from Sanctuary Spa. Now, if you've read my Disappointing Products post, then you will know that I tried the WonderOil Serum and absolutely hated it due to the breakouts it gave me. However, I have found a skincare product from this brand that I am in love with!

 
The Warming Microbrasion Polish (£12.50) is one of the best exfoliators I have ever tried. As a person with dry skin, I can get dry patches that make my skin look horrible. This also occurs after I've been on holiday and the burnt parts of my face (always the nose and forehead) start peeling. After a couple of uses of this, my dry skin is demolished and my skin is soft and most certainly, brand new.
 
I'm not going to lie to you, I really did get this because of the word "Warming" in the title and honestly did not expect it to do much for my skin, except get me excited at the fact that it warms as you rub it into the skin. However, after using this every week for over 3 months now, I can safely say this is a wonderful product. It really helps to make my skin feel rejuvenated. Even if I only use it once a week, I know my skin will be happy.

 
I like to use this in the shower mainly. I will dampen my face and then apply a small amount of product on my face, and let it stay on the skin whilst I get on with the rest of my shower (wash hair/body/sing/think about life) and then wash this off at the end. It has never broken me out, so I would recommend trying this out if you feel your skin needs a bit of oomph.
 
Have you tried this or anything else from Sanctuary Spa? What do you think of it?
 
Thank you for reading
Nikita x
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Friday, 31 July 2015

Current Cleanser Round Up

Hello Beauties,
 
As you know, I love using a cleansing oil/balm to remove my makeup at the end of the day because it's quick and easy. I have recently noticed that I actually have 4 products of this type and so I thought I'd give you my thoughts on them. All of the below are applied to dry skin and then rinsed away with water to cleanse the skin.

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