Sunday, 31 August 2014

Get yourself a free Benefit they're real push-up liner!

Hi ladies

Here's a quick post to tell you about a great offer in Boots. Swap an old liner (from any brand) for a deluxe sample size of the much hyped they're real push-up liner. The much talked about liner has received mixed reviews in the past few months so if you're unsure whether to take the £18.50 plunge, here is a way to test it out.

Cue all the photos...








This isn't a review (there are plenty out there) as these photos are courtesy of my cousin (I spread the word quick when I come across these kinds of offers).

The offer lasts for 2 weeks from 29th August and as usual, it's while stocks last. So drop by as soon as you can with any old eyeliner and get yourself a new mini sized they're real.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

KIKO ultra glossy lip pencils.

Hi ladies

I love popping into the KIKO store in westfield to see what products they have on sale. They usually have a table down the middle where they've got discounted lip liners, lip sticks, nail polishes etc and I've picked up a number of lip liners for the bargain sum of £1. These glossy lip pencils usually retail for £5.80 so that's a 80% discount. You can currently grab them for £1 on the website too, which could be a sign that they are being discontinued.

I rarely use lip liners just to line my lips. It is something I usually use all over and sometimes (most times) without a lipstick on top. So the fact that these were glossy made me think they would be comfortable for the intended purpose.
614 is the more pinky shade and 615 is the lilac shade which they call purple orchid. In hindsight, 615 is just too light for my skintone and isn't something I'd use. 614 is a sort of mid toned pink and definitely more of a wearable colour for me.
kiko milano glossy lip pencils 614 615 swatch
615 at the top, and 614 at the bottom
I'd compare the texture of this to a MAC lustre but instead of a vanilla scent it has a fruity scent. It takes a while to build up the colour and then leaves the lips feeling moisturised, slightly sticky and somewhat wet looking. I sharpened 614 and as I tried to apply it again, the tip fell off. I find you have to press quite hard to get enough pigment so I see this being a common occurrence and if I wear it enough, it'll be half the size in no time. If you're looking for a lip liner to just line the lips or under a lipstick, I definitely wouldn't recommend this. I feel these are designed to be used alone and anything on top would feel weird. 

If you're looking for a cheap lip liner (when it's on sale of course) and want to stay away from the usual drying/matte lip liners you can find, then KIKO is an option. They usually have lots of shades so I'm sure you can find something to suit you.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Monday, 18 August 2014

High End lipstick haul.

Hi ladies

So turns out on 29th July, it was National Lipstick day (I swear some of these 'National *insert word* days' are just absurd) but I wasn't complaining because Debenhams were giving a whole £5 off every lipstick.  I managed to get a bit overexcited. At one point I had 10 lipsticks in my basket, totalling over £100. I hadn't even considered an Armani lipstick till that point but for some reason £5 off made my mind think it was some sort of bargain. Don't worry, I came to my senses pretty quickly. I managed to cut it down to 5 lipsticks in the end and saved £25 on my order. I also went through TopCashBack which saved me a further few quid.

Not only did I get a fiver off every lipstick, I got the freebies in the photo above. I was particularly excited by the Estee Lauder foundation brush.
These are the spur of the moment shades I bought. 
MAC patisserie was a Lily Pebbles inspired purchase. I have no idea what even prompted me to check out Speak Louder. I'd never even considered a Bobbi Brown lipstick. The Illamasqua lipstick was due to the recent coverage it had received and finally the Urban Decay was down to the hype.




I tried to get a variety of shades but my focus for this haul was more 'true nudes'. I don't have many in my collection so three of the colours are meant to be natural. In some cases, in hindsight maybe overly natural but I'll discuss that in the individual reviews. The two non nudes were speak louder and Guava. I have no idea why I went with Guava. I don't own any Bobbi Brown lipsticks and I knew I wanted to try one with the discount so I began thinking which shades I don't own and decided on adding a coral to the mix. We'll see how that goes.

It feels weird not putting any swatches in this post (I have never understood why people don't add swatches when reviewing colour cosmetics) but this isn't a review, just a haul. Keep your eyes peeled for reviews and swatches of each these.

Did you take advantage of the Debenhams offer? No more lipsticks for me...

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Sunday, 27 July 2014

So I'm off to Paris, with my Parisian inspired locket.

Hi ladies

So in around a week, I'll be going to Paris. Let's just say I am très excité! I've been watching Paris vlogs and French skincare hauls as if it's going out of style. The architecture looks amazing as do the croissants, the crepes and the macaroons! Anyhu, if you have been to Paris then please leave me comments with any tips or tricks. I would love to read them.

So onto the locket. The oh so cute locket! The lovely and hilarious Nina (wait till you read her message below - you'll agree) contacted me recently to ask if I'd like to try one of her customisable lockets. She said with Eid coming up, it would make a nice present which I thought was very sweet. She asked what sort of charms I would like and I thought it would be so nice to have a Parisian inspired locket to not only take with me but to keep as a little momento.

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Hiya! My name is Nina and I love skincare, nail polish, make up and Hello Kitty.  I could sell my beauty collection only if my hubby was selling his movie collection; I think that's fair ^_^, right? We have a lot of direct sales company in the UK and I've never been interested in selling since I'm an office person, I like my desk, outlook and excel. The thing is I am a big fan of customisable items, I have few Nike ID pairs and my desk is full of Hello Kitty items (mouse mat, calendar etc.). One of my friends introduced me to South Hill Designs at the end of April. The concept is amazing:
• You pick an empty locket in either silver, gold or rose gold. We have mini, medium, large or diamond lockets and 2 locket bracelets. Oval lockets are coming out soon so stay tuned!
• You pick a background for your medium, large or diamond locket. It can be a coin or a screen. We just had the vintage screens out and they are gorgeous!
• You then pick charms that reflect your passion, your story or anything you like. We have more than 400 charms so brainstormings are usually welcome.

We also have different types of bracelet and earrings to suit everyone's taste.

This concept is unique and brand new in the UK so I had to take this ground floor business opportunity. 
Please contact me for more information regarding joining my team or if you need help designing a locket:
Southhilldesigns.com/ninachu | Facebook.com/locketID
Instagram & Twitter locket_id | 07572652116 | Locket_id@mail.com

Can't wait to hear from you! Love Nina-Chu X

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 Now onto my super cute locket. I had a field day taking photos of this and you'll see exactly why.

Here are the last 2 brochures. Irrelevant but how yum does that drink look?
Here are Nina's contact details on her business card.
I love the pattern on the box and the colour scheme they've gone for. I want a t-shirt with that print!
I've taken my disk and little charms out so you can have a closer look - seriously how adorable? As you can see I went for the Eiffel tower, a camera and sandals, all of which will come in good use for Paris.
I think the quote on Nina's card is so her. She explained that because these lockets haven't become huge just yet in the UK, you can start the trend.
You can probably see clearest in this picture that the locket has south hill on the bottom. That should be on the back. Whoops!
Here you can see the length of the chain. The complimentary chain comes with the locket anyway but in the latest Autumn/Winter catalogue they have a bunch of chains you can upgrade to.
I love this picture - it just looks so chic!

So there we have it. The lovely Parisian inspired locket I was gifted by Nina. If you'd like to buy anything then check out South Hill Designs and all the contact links I've left above.The charms start at £4.80 and just like the pandora craze, you can add to them or swap them out so for example if you buy one as a present, each year you can add to that persons collection. Although the initial cost of the locket could be between £20 and £40 (my one would cost "28.80) the charms from then onwards wouldn't set you back like Pandora. They also have seasonal charms which would be good for let's say Christmas gifts.

In addition to buying the locket, if you'd like to join Nina's team or help host locket parties(think Avon style parties here), drop her a message. From my understanding this has taken off really well in the US (it started in 2012 and grew 400% in the first 3 months) and they're hoping the same will happen here. If lockets aren't your thing, then bracelets and signature wrap bracelets might be a better option?

A big thank you to Nina for sending me this gorgeous locket!

Let me know what you think about my design and don't forget to leave any tips for Paris in the comments.

Till next time...Toodles! :)



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

DHC Premium Lipstick in Rich Raspberry

Hi ladies

DHC is a Japanese brand better known for their skincare. However, as my review of their foundation from last August shows (OMG almost a year ago), they also have a make up range. I was recently sent one of their lipsticks to try out and I was excited to give it a go after reading it's description. You can buy this lipstick for £13 on the DHC website.



First of all, how pretty is this! From the outer box to the actual lipstick, it is so beautiful and sleek. I love the floral detail on both the box and the bottom bit of the lipstick. The gold lid just finishes it off really well and makes it look very classy. The only thing I would say is the bullet feels a little rattly when I shake it.

This is the perfect colour for me. It would probably be very vibrant on lighter skin and on me, it is a gorgeous medium pink which is perfect for this time of year for that effortless look without going for a nude.

It has no scent to it which is a shame because a fruity smell would have made it perfect for me. Having said that, this is probably better because scents are very personal and you're less likely to annoy anybody.

DHC describe the lipstick as; a satin finish lipstick with micronised pigments that deflect light for a fuller, plumper appearance.

Now, although I don't know exactly what micronised pigments are, as you can see in the photo, my lips do like quite full. I should add I don't have any problems in that department anyway but I do think the satin finish does help. I can't see any shimmer on my lips at first glance but after staring at them for a long time, I think their must be something to that effect which creates that plumped look. The ingredients include olive oil and vitamin A which helps to give it a balmy feel on the lips. In terms of longevity, I have been fasting this month so without eating and drinking it has lasted a decent few hours. However, we all know eating and drinking is the real test.

Overall, I think this offering by DHC is fantastic. They only have 6 shades in the range but they look fab. Will you be giving this a go?

Till next time...Toodles! :)


Friday, 18 July 2014

Cheap contouring powder for medium/asian skintones.

Hi ladies

So I have been on the hunt for a contour powder that actually works with my skintone for a long time. I wasn't even particularly looking on the high street but most things tend to be a warmer brown and I seem to need something with a cooler greyish undertone. So when Kaushal mentioned that she used the Natural Collection eyeshadow in Crushed Walnut to contour, at £1.99 I had to give it a go.





The packaging is standard natural collection. Plain white, with clear lids and pretty light/cheap as expected. It's tiny so you can chuck it in your make up bag but then I'm not sure how durable it is.

Now onto the main thing...The colour and tone of the eyeshadow. In short, it is perfect! I always thought I was doing something wrong before when it came to contouring but turns out I just didn't find the right product. This is a very cool toned brown and when applied to my face, it mimics hollowed out cheekbones.
Sorry for the insanely perfected photo. I didn't realise my phone was on beauty mode and this is the only photo I had.


This is basically the dream team. A random mini bareMinerals brush I got with a tester foundation pot and the contour itself. I just dip the brush into the pot and then lightly push it under my cheekbones instead of swiping it. I have a angled contour brush but I find that it's too big. I think something like the Real Techniques contour brush would also be the perfect shape.

So, if like me you're above lets say nc30 in MAC shades or have a colouring which makes warm bronzing powders look weird on you, then give this a go. If it doesn't work, you've lost £1.99?

A huge thanks to Kaushal for sharing her little secret. I'm sure you're all subscribed to her youtube channel, but if you're not, I recommend you swing by.

Till next time...Toodles! :)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Yes, it is yet another Makeup Revolution review.

Hi ladies

I was really unsure as to whether I should blog about this because everywhere I turn I hear about this brand but then I thought, I've already taken the photos. Why not? So I have a review of the Sticks & Stones palette for you today (and swatches of a  few other things at the end). This palette retails for £4 and you can buy it here.




I got this palette in my BBB beauty box so it isn't the colour selection I would have chosen myself. They have 4 options available in the 'Awesome eyeshadow and eyeshadow' range. In all honesty I didn't even realise the bottom 2 colours were meant to be for the brows before I checked the website when writing this post. 

As you can see, there is some decent pigmentation in these colours when swatched like this.


 



I've taken a flash and non flash photo so you can see the difference. The swatches on the left hand side are from the matte side of the palette and on the right hand side are the more shimmery colours. The left hand side of the palette definitely has less pigmentation and the colours are more powdery.

I did a super quick eye look to show you what the palette can do. Beneath both looks I have used the NYX jumbo pencil in milk. As you can see the top photo is horrendous. There isn't enough pigment in the lighter colours to give enough payoff and they are very powdery which means there is lots of fall out. I was more impressed with the blue on the right hand side of the palette which I used for the bottom look. However, to get this vibrancy took a lot of building. I should add I used the mini angled brush to get that winged liner in the top photo. Although, it got the right shape, it was very sharp so be careful!

Now onto swatches of 2 other Makeup Revolution products. I don't own these but I have swatches for you. It is the Iconic 1 palette which also cost £4 and the highlighter in Golden Lights which costs £3.



makeup revolution iconic 1 swatches

 makeup revolution sticks and stones swatches

Sorry the photo quality isn't the best, but this was a rushed job. The shimmer in the highlighter looked a little chunky to me but it was smooth to swatch. The palette is meant to be a dupe for the naked 1 and although the pigmentation and creaminess isn't the same, the colour families are very similar.

Overall, I wasn't bowled over by what I've seen from the brand. I prefer offerings from MUA for example at a similar price range but I hear nothing but praise for Makeup Revolution so maybe I shouldn't knock it just yet.

Till next time...Toodles! :)