Showing posts with label KIKO. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KIKO. Show all posts

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Most used | Blushers & Bronzers

I can scarcely remember a time when I didn't apply blusher. My skin looks so flat and dull without it that I rely on this beauty product daily. I downsized my makeup collection massively this year in an attempt to generally declutter. The process involved a critical look at the items I reached for over and over. These blushers are my most used and loved.

in Sahara (£4.99)
I love Sleek Makeup blushers as they're well-priced, pigmented and there's shades to suit a variety of skintones. I have a few shades of their blush but Sahara, a beautiful matte burnt-orange ideal for medium and darker skin, is my favourite. I only need to gently swirl my brush in this compact and sweep over the face for the perfect flush of colour. The compact is small so I often carry this around with me and a major plus is that I've dropped it more times than I can count without it shattering.

in Abricot (£10.90)
KIKO also produces gorgeous high quality products at a low cost. This compact is slightly smaller and pricier than the Sleek Makeup blusher but it definitely makes up for it with the luxe-looking packaging. It has a magnetic closure too which is a great feature. I tend to wear the colours in this compact mixed together which creates a deep coral tone. The formula blends well and adds a subtle pop of colour. 

in Blonde (£5.99)
I never expected to love this bronzer as I actually picked up the wrong shade by mistake. It's not pigmented enough for my skintone when swatched (bonus points if you can actually spot the swatches on my hand) which had me doubting whether I should include it in this post. I felt I had to, as it's the most used product out of the 3 featured here, I just have to swirl my brush around in this compact a lot to pick up the colour. I tend to stick to the darker side and once it's on my cheeks the result is so gorgeous. My skin looks sunkissed without being overly shimmery or muddy looking and I can layer it with a blush if I want colour. It is a great budget buy for anyone with fair to light skin and I'd definitely buy it again, though next time I'll pick up the shade that's more suited to my skintone.

Do you use blushers?

Christine Stewart x

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Friday, 12 February 2016

FOTD | Valentine's Beauty

When it comes to Valentine's Day beauty my makeup is pretty straightforward. A bright lip feels most natural and I usually dress up my eyes with a little winged liner. Here I've added a swipe of shadow too. Granted this is far more 'overdone' for what will probably be an evening in with the other half and a takeaway, V-Day does fall on a Sunday this year after all. I couldn't not do a classic V-Day makeup look though so here's what I would wear. 

This lipstick from the L'Oreal Color Riche range is a new addition to my makeup collection. The colour straddles red and pink and it's a welcome change from the plethora of pillar box red lipsticks I have already. It's gorgeously pigmented and whilst it is supposed to be matte it has a slight sheen to it and I don't find it drying. 

I'm still a complete novice when it comes to applying eyeshadow no matter how many YouTube tutorials I watch, so I kept my eyes pretty simple. I used a mix of Iman Luxury Eye Shadow in Tiger Eye* (from  and Ted Baker Eyeshadow from their  set. As it's Winter I have to rely on usual indoor lighting and as I was standing right underneath my ceiling light the tones of the eyeshadows don't 'pop' as much in the photos as they do in real life. I really love these eyeshadows though and they complement each other perfectly.

I've been missing my long hair a lot lately so will occasionally live vicariously through extensions. Here I'm wearing  bundles I bought from  months ago. I just wrapped the tracks around the base of my ponytail and secured with a few bobby pins. I initially planned to make these bundles into clip-in extensions but the individual tracks are pretty thin so I've now made a u-part wig out of the hair. The curls are gorgeous, though looser than my hair texture, and blending them together is almost seamless. You can expect a few more snaps of me wearing this hair soon. 

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)

Ted Baker Manchester Eye Shadow Trio (Brilliance of Beauty Set)
Iman Luxury Eye Shadow (Tiger Eye)
KIKO Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner (Black)
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)

Eylure Brow Kit (Dark Brown)
KIKO Brow Mascara (Black)

Maybelline New York Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder (Blonde)

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick (430 Mon Jules)

*received in April's Glowwbox. You can read my disclaimer

Do you have a typical Valentine's makeup look?
Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

New In | NYX & KIKO Makeup

I've been taking a pretty minimalist approach to shopping recently but with a KIKO gift voucher from friends to spend and NYX cosmetics available from more retail outlets in the UK, I couldn't not acquire a few new beauty items.

My favourites of the items here are the two (£5.50 each) purchased from . I've heard good things about these and there's 21 different colours to choose from. Cannes and Prague appealed the most to me and are a good fit for my medium skintone. Cannes is a beautiful soft mauve and Prague is a bright berry shade. Both have a velvety finish which is matte but not too drying. I usually prefer to wear balm underneath matte products but I've found without balm the formula of these lip creams stays on better.

From KIKO I picked up a few more lip products - two (£3.90 each) in Mauve (915) and Rosewood (913) and a (£2.50) in Rosewood (703). I realised afterwards that I bought shades which were similar to the NYX products. I have a really bad habit of accidentally purchasing several products in similar or the same colours! I love these too though as they're easy to wear and the silky smooth finish of the lipsticks are so pretty.

Also from KIKO I got the (£8.90), a gel-like cream which claims to absorb sebum. I've tried a lot of primers on my naturally oily skin and none have really had a truly long-lasting effect. I love this product so far as it instantly removes shine and preps it perfectly to make my foundation last longer than usual.

Lastly I got the (£10.90). This product contains 3 colours which you can use alone or you can blend them together. The compact is perfect for my handbag as it snaps shut (and stays shut) magnetically and it's fairly small.

Overall I'm pretty happy with all of the items here and they're already featuring in most of my makeup looks.

What beauty items have you been using lately?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Beauty | Favourite Nude Lip Colours

I've already spilled my favourite lip shades to wear this time of year  but I've also been loving a lot of nude lip colours recently too. Natural-looking makeup is my go-to most days so a nude lip usually works best.

 (Birthday Suit), (Notting Hill Nude),  (Natural Neige),  (Mocha) and  (Ginger Snap).

For something that can finish off an effortless makeup look, finding the perfect nude lip colour can actually be a bit of a struggle. You have to navigate carefully between tones which might wash you out or make it look like you've accidentally smeared foundation over your lips. As a result it took me a long time before I stumbled upon a few solid nude-toned favourites that work well for my medium skin.

I usually swatch several tones in-store before settling on makeup products and the same goes for nude lipsticks. My lips are quite dark and brown in colour so I usually have to pick tones that are similar or well pigmented. The best nudes I own have a hint of shimmer or colour to keep the look fresh and healthy-looking and less 'corpse-bride'.

I tend to favour creamy products for nude tones like Rimmel Manchester Lasting Finish Lipstick in Birthday SuitRimmel Manchester Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude and KIKO Smart Lipstick in Natural Neige. I do have semi-matte nude tones too though, MAC Satin Lipstick in Mocha is my absolute favourite (reviewed ) and I also have the drugstore dupe of this - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mauve It Over.

For some (usually sheer) products I apply a very small amount of foundation around the edge of my lips beforehand to stop my smackers showing through the product or I just use something that matches my lip colour already like NYX Butter Gloss in Ginger Snap*.

*sample received at an event - read my disclaimer .

What are your favourite nude lip shades?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Top 5 Autumn/Fall 2015 Nail Shades

I love nail polish but it rarely makes it on to my fingernails as I don't like the slightest smudging or chipping which can occur after a couple of days of wear. I've recently discovered nail wraps (see ) but I still wear polish on my toes often as I'm less worried about the polish staying 'perfect'. With the change in season it's these tones I've been relying on the most.

From left to right - Colour Carnival Nail Polish in Red (023), Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in Intense Plum (24), Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Plum (248), Lasting Finish Polish in Block Your Green (700) and Quick Dry Nail Lacquer in Taupe Brown (816).

Rich tones are usually my go-to for this time of year. Deep plums, purples and earthy browns are typically my favourite colours to wear but I've been loving wearing emerald green recently too. I haven't bought new nail shades in a while as I'm trying to minimise my nail polish collection so these are tried and tested favourites. All of them are easy to apply, last fairly well and are opaque with two coats.

What nail shades do you like to wear this time of year?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Mini Haul | Foundations & Concealers

I've been limiting my makeup products as I tend to rely on the same items day after day but I ended up purchasing a light foundation and a few liquid colour-correcting concealers which were missing from my collection.

(£29.50/120ml) |  (£23/3g) |   (£5.50/3.8ml) |  (£11.99/15ml)

Summer is almost over but it's still so muggy in the UK and I'm not loving the feeling of a full face of makeup on a hot, sticky day! I can't go without makeup completely either though, so the MAC Face & Body Foundation seemed like a good option. It's probably better for dry skin types rather than my oily-prone face but I love that it's so light and the finish is really natural.

I've been more proactive with covering blemishes and dark marks on my skin too which means I don't have to wear as much foundation. I usually don't mind the odd scar on show but there are some areas of my skin I do prefer to cover. I've been using the KIKO Natural Concealer in Shade 04 to cover some redness on my face underneath my foundation. It blends easily and gives a decent amount of coverage. I've also been using the Rich Yellow half of the MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Duo to brighten my eye area.

I've been using the other (Burnt Coral) half of the MAC Duo on my leg. I was very badly bitten by an unknown insect last summer and it left some pretty horrendous dark pigmentation on my leg. I've been living in tights and jeans since it happened as the scarring was actually black and pitted initially. It's definitely affected the frequency of my outfit posts as I now don't wear a lot of what were my favourite clothes. Thankfully the area has lightened up a little though with time which means it's slightly easier to cover with makeup. I've been using the MAC Face & Body Foundation as a base and then colour-correcting the dark marks with the burnt coral concealer, before applying my usual concealer and blending in. It's not a perfect fix but it's helped me be more confident with getting my legs out after hiding them for so long.

I haven't had a huge amount of experience with Keromask, but I purchased one of their last year and I found myself always dipping my foundation brush into the Camouflage Cream Mixer in Yellow. I'm a bit obsessive about ensuring my foundation is the right shade/undertone and I always end up mixing products together to make the right shade. I have a couple of old foundations which I stopped wearing as they're a little too on the red/pink side for my skin and the Yellow mixer warms the shades up making them a better match for my skin. It's a tiny bottle but it's so pigmented and I only need a little product with each use so I know this will last me a long time.

What have you been buying recently?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Review | KIKO Pencil Lipglosses

I've had these pencil lipglosses (£3.90 each) for a while and these shades are the perfect tones to finish off my everyday makeup looks. 

I don't have much KIKO makeup but everything I've bought from them I've been impressed by. The pricing is similar to your typical drugstore brand and the quality of the products I've tried make them really good value for money.

Both of the lip pencil shades I have are very pigmented and last fairly well throughout the day, but touch ups are needed. Shade 10 (top) is really similar to Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection (reviewed ) but this KIKO pencil just has the edge as the formula is more creamy and not as dry. Shade 12 (bottom) is a soft plum tone which I'll probably be wearing more often when autumn rolls around.

Overall I really love these lip gloss pencils. They have just the right amount colour and shine and are very easy to apply. I only have two shades currently but I'd definitely pick up some more.

Have you tried anything by KIKO?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

FOTD | Valentines Soft Pink Makeup

Valentine's Day for me isn't usually a huge affair. Most times it's low-key, whether it's a night out with the girls or a quiet dinner out with the boyfriend. That said, in general I tend to switch up my makeup. In my eagerness for Spring to start I've been reaching for all things pink recently and as a result I've decided not to opt for a classic red lip this Valentines in favour of a rosy hue.

I don't know what it is about pink lipsticks but my makeup collection is littered with them. It is without doubt my favourite shade to wear but weirdly my lip colour in this makeup look was achieved from mixing two non-pink tones together - a nude and a glossy red. The resulting soft creamy pink colour was discovered by accident. I previously tried to make my nude Sleek Makeup lipstick look well, less nude, so in a hurry swiped one of my KIKO Glossy Stylos straight over the top. I love the result and now it's one of my favourite combos to wear on my lips.

I thought V-Day would also be another excuse to reach for my which has been a little neglected of late. Generally if I wear eyeshadow it's usually neutral or natural colours but I love the soft feminine looks you can get with only a little pink added to the lids. For my eyes I used the matte dusky pinks in the palette as a base - Limit and Nooner - then swiped a little of Liar to add a little shimmer at the inner corners of my eyes. I finished with winged out liner for a cat eye effect and lashings of mascara.

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)
Ben Nye Luxury Powder (Banana)

Rimmel Manchester Glam' Eyes Liquid Eye Liner (001 Black Glamour)
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)
Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette (Nooner, Limit & Liar)

Eylure Brow Palette (Dark Brown)
Rimmel Manchester Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

GOSH Multi Colour Blush Bronzing Pie (Bronze)

Sleek Makeup Face Form (373 Light)

Sleek MakeUp True Colour Lipstick (Naked)
KIKO Ultra Glossy Stylo (812)

A tiny sidenote but just incase you're wondering about my hair in these shots, though I've been itching to cut my hair short for the past year I'm wearing a wig here. I bought it to give my hair a break and to stop myself drastically cutting my hair. I was planning to wear this wig on Valentine's Day but I haven't worn it out of the house yet. I haven't really changed my hair in a long time so I think I've been worried too much about what friends, family and colleagues will think about me suddenly rocking a wig. I'm also so clueless on how to style my mass of hair underneath (which won't lye flat), how to get a natural looking part and all that jazz. I'm hoping YouTube will help me figure it all out eventually. 

How do you like to wear your makeup on Valentine's Day?

Christine Stewart x

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