Thursday, 23 March 2017

3 FOR 2 | L'OREAL PARIS HAUL TOTAL COVER FOUNDATION VOLUMINOUS MASCARA INFALLIBLE GEL EYELINER


As most of you know most drugstores offer 3 for 2 deals all the time, meaning that everytime I walk into either Boots or Superdrug I always talk myself into buying 2 extra products that I don't need. I thought it would be different and hopefully somewhat interesting to share what I got, so if you face a similar dilemma you can read this post. Instead of just telling you what I got I will also share my first impressions of each product too so you have an idea of whether or not you spend your cash on them. The product I walked in for was the L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation (£10) in Shade 24 Golden Beige. My local Boots didn't have this shade in stock, which sounds like the closest match to me, so when I visited my friend in Nottingham last weekend I checked the nearest Boots and lo and behold I was in luck. I snapped it up after doing a quick hand swatch and then scoured the shelves for two more products to take advantage of the perpetual 3 for 2 offer. 


Instantly, I was drawn to the L'Oreal Voluminous Extra Black Mascara (£8.50). This mascara is a cult favourite and I can never find it in store anywhere. I  couldn't believe my luck. Lastly, I decided to try out the Infallible Gel Eyeliner (£5.19) in Black because Kaushal Beauty mentioned it as being really black, creamy and long-lasting. I have only tried each product once, except for the gel liner which I  had swatched on my hand. My first impressions are that the Total Cover foundation is very thick and full coverage. It takes a lot of effort to blend and Golden Beige appears a shade too light for me I  think. As of right now, I much prefer the L'Oreal True Match and L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundations to Total Cover. The mascara, on the other hand, is really nice. It's a great separating mascara but doesn't give any volume or curl, I would suggest curling your lashes well first and then applying a few coats of this mascara for a noticeable effect. It's subtle but non-clumping which I really like. As for the eyeliner, it is super black and quite creamy but the second time I swatched it on my hand it broke so it's almost too soft which doesn't bode well. 


Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. I am currently in the South of France so please leave me a comment sharing what you thought of this post and what your favourite L'Oreal products are that I should try next time I wander into a Boots. I would love to read your recommendations and please know that I will return all comments and read every single one as soon as I am back home with a working laptop. Please follow me on Bloglovin' if you aren't already, it means a lot. I hope you are having a lovely week. There are no affiliate links in this post, everything has been linked solely for your convenience. Check back soon for the next post. Take care.

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Kiran

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Monday, 20 March 2017

#FEELINGFEARLESS | METALLIC PURPLE LIPS FT. MORPHE BRUSHES JEFFREE STAR & OFRA


I was asked to be a part of the Beauty Bay #FeelingFearless campaign and they sent me these three products pictured above. I can't believe I got a PR package from Beauty Bay, one of my most used sites, someone pinch me. I tend to play it pretty safe with my makeup so this was somewhat of a challenge for me to create something with these colourful, unique products but I had so much fun. I hope you like how it turned out. The products I received were the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Mint Condition* (£25), Morphe Crème Lip Polish in Amethyst* (£5)  and the Ofra Shimmer Eyeshadow in Peach* (£8)


I'll be honest and say that I was most excited about receiving the Skin Frost as it just looks so pretty in the pan, I did not want to swatch it. I know Jeffree is a hot topic in the beauty world and many people hold different opinions of him, this is the first product I have tried from his brand and I thought it was pretty cool. Use your own judgement in these things, it is your money at the end of the day and if you don't want to buy his products then that is, of course, up to you. Another brand I haven't used before is Ofra, I used the peach eyeshadow from Ofra as a wash of colour on the lids and found it to be nicely pigmented, blendable and buildable


I smoked out my lash line with some black shadow to add some depth as well. Peach is such a lovely colour especially in the Spring. The Morphe Creme Lip Polish in Amethyst is a stunning rich magenta purple which creates a beautiful glossy lip and I found it to apply best with the squeezy applicator. I cleaned up my lip line with  a makeup wipe and some concealer. It is, however, a nightmare to get off completely, even the swatch on my hand took three cleansers, a scrub and some antibacterial soap but it doesn't feel sticky at all on the lips and has great color payoff. I wanted to make the look a little more interesting so I patted on some of the Mint Condition Skin Frost on top of the lips, particularly focused on the centre to create the look you see below. Similar to the Ofra Peach Shadow, Mint Condition is buildable and although the greenish tint is different it is actually quite beautiful, definitely pretty shimmery. On the skin it is more shimmery than reflective.


So I did create a full face look that I am not happy with at all, I just hate how I look in photos and sitting down to edit a hundred selfies is the worst way I can imagine spending my time. I did, however, create the look below using all 3 products and here you can see what the peach eyeshadow looks like on the eyes and how Mint Condition looks on the skin. This look was definitely out of my comfort zone, I tired a lot of new things and maybe that's why I don't like it as much as my usual makeup. I would love to know what you think of the makeup look, feel free to be honest. I just want to take the time to say how much admiration and respect I have for all the bloggers out there who have the balls to put themselves and their stunning faces on the internet because honestly it makes me want to puke. Dagmara, Shireen and Beckie from The Pale Tails to name a few, you guys are so gorgeous and wonderful and I have never truly appreciated or understood how awesome you would have to be to share your work and face for the consumption of the masses to dissect and tear apart. All of you rock and inspire me. I will leave a list of the products I used below, no links this time. 


PRODUCTS: Sarah Chapman Moisturiser, Hourglass Vanish Foundation Golden Tan, Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, RCMA No Colour Powder, Jeffree Star Mint Condition Skin Frost, Sleek Contour Kit in Medium and MAC MSF in Medium Deep. EYES: The Balm Eye Primer, Ofra Peach Shimmer Shadow, Urban Decay Blackout, Benefit Gimme Brow, Essence Lash Princess Mascara. LIPS: Morphe Creme Lip Polish in Amethyst and Jeffree Star's Mint Condition over top.

Thank you so much for reading, I am ecstatic to have even been considered to be a part of this campaign. If you are interested, there is a Beauty Bay ad on the right which you can click. I believe I get a small commission if you actually buy anything from that link but I still haven't totally figured out this affiliate thing. Let me know your thoughts on this makeup look. The next few posts will be scheduled so please check back when you have the time and leave me a comment. I will return them all when able. Thank you for all your comments on my last post and have a fantastic week. Take care. 

What makeup products make you Feel Fearless?

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Kiran

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Friday, 17 March 2017

17.03.2017 | ST PATRICK'S DAY INSPIRED MAKEUP TUTORIAL


It is St Paddy's day!  Last night, I was feeling equal parts bored and inspired, instead of eating just for the sake of eating which is what I tend to do in those situations I thought I would play around with some makeup instead. It is disgusting how much makeup I own and how little I actually wear, so hopefully if you guys like it and if my shoddy photography improves we can keep doing this. Apologies for the quality, pictures were taken late last night with my iPhone in my bedroom. 


The main feature of this look is this gorgeous Irish green (see photo below) on the mobile eyelid which is from the Morphe Brushes x Kathleen Lights Palette (review post here) . I used a mixture of the neutral matte browns in the Kathleen palette and the reddish orange shades in the ABH Modern Renaissance Palette (review post here). Specifically, 'Realgar', 'Venetian Red' and 'Burnt Orange'.  


Now to go into more detail, here is a full list of products used on the eyes. The eyelids were primed with just concealer, Maybelline Age Rewind, and a dusting of translucent powder, RCMA No Colour Powder. I started with the crease first using the medium brown transition colour from the Morphe x Kathleen palette and gradually added touches of red and orange reminiscent of a sunset (sunset looks are my favourite) from Modern Renaissance (£41). Using a small flat synthetic brush, I applied the lightest shade from the Morphe palette onto my inner corners and 'Tempera' from Modern Renaissance as my brow bone highlight. I skipped winged eyeliner as I love the contrast of the rich grass-like green against the brown of my eyes and added 'Burnt Orange' on my lower lash line. For mascara I used L'Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black (£11) and Benefit's Ready Set Brow gel (£20).


On the face, I primed with the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer (£30). The foundation I chose to use was the Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation in Golden Tan (£42 - see last post for review here) as it photographs well and looks really nice for the first few hours you have it on. For concealer, I swiped on Maybelline Age Rewind in Light (£8) under the eyes, around my mouth, bridge of nose, beneath the hollows of my cheeks and a little on my chin. I blended all the base in with a Bdellium tools stippling brush. To set, I applied a heavy layer of RCMA No Colour Powder (£12) and baked. 


For cheeks I used the Barry M Cosmetics Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit in Dark (£6.50 - see review here), I didn't apply any blush but did add Champagne Pop (£32 - see review here) on the high points of my face (i.e. cheekbones, above the brows, bridge of nose, cupid's bow and centre of the mouth).  My favourite highlighting brush is the Body Shop Point Highlighter Brush (£12). To finish, I used NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in 'London' (£5.50). I have had this for ages but never opened it and now I am obsessed. It feels like nothing on the lips, dries down completely matte and is such a flattering nude for people of my skin colour. I dusted off the excess powder et voila


This is the final look, please share in the comments if you did or didn't enjoy this post and let me know if you prefer to have products linked with prices mentioned or not. Adding links to every product takes time so if you do or don't like them I would love to know - no affiliate or sponsored links are in this post btw. Forgive me for the weird colour of my skin thanks to the lightbulb in my bedroom. At this current moment in time my laptop has officially fallen apart so it is out of commission. I am going to France for a week next Tuesday and will try my best to schedule enough posts in the meantime, I won't be able to promote them or comment on other blogs like I usually do so if you could check back in a few days time it would mean such a lot to me. Thank you for reading, and thank you to everyone who takes the time to comment. I love reading them and always reply. Take care. 

Did you enjoy this post, would you like more motds?

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Kiran

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WORTH THE SPLURGE? | HOURGLASS VANISH SEAMLESS FINISH FOUNDATION STICK IN GOLDEN TAN REVIEW


Everyone loves this foundation, except little old me. I am talking about the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Stick Foundation (£42) of course. I, fortunately, purchased this at a blogger event at Space NK where I  got 30% off (making it £29.40, admit you're impressed by my maths skills, aren't you?). First and foremost, the price for the amount of product you get is ridiculous but in spite of that the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation received mixed but mostly positive reviews and many bloggers/influencers touted it as being the foundation stick for oily skin so you know I had to try it. I bought it last September and I have still been deciding how I feel about it since. I think I have finally come to a conclusion, so let's jump in, I am in the shade Golden Tan for reference.


It is describes as being a full coverage, long-wearing (12 hours), waterproof foundation and concealer in one with a triangular design for precision application. Let's not beat around the bush, immediately after application the foundation looks gorgeous. It is full coverage but you do have to use a lot of product and practically cover every inch of  skin to get flawless coverage. It doesn't seem to work well with any of my primers or any other makeup products, like powder. It does not last all day on me and gets extremely oily after just a few hours of wear no matter what I do i.e. setting, baking, blotting etc. This foundation hates me, but the shade is a good match.


I am not a fan of the tube or shape of the product either I find it awkward to move around the face. I sincerely, strongly don't recommend this foundation to anyone. It's not all around bad but for the price I expect so much more. If you have oily skin or are just looking for a long-lasting stick foundation try the L'ancome Teint Idole Stick Foundation it's fantastic and works on a range of skin types. This is such a disappointing product, I really wanted to love it and trust me when I say I tried my hardest to make this work. I used it in so many different ways but this just isn't compatible with my face, if you like it of course, and I am sure some of you do, I would love to know any tips and suggestions you have on making it work because "das expensive".


PROS

  • Good shade range 
  • Creamy, full coverage 
  • Photographs beautifully 

CONS

  • Not long-lasting
  • Gets really oily after just a few hours 
  • Doesn't seem to work well with other products 
  • Expensive
  • Don't get a lot of product at all compared to other foundation sticks
Thank you all so much for reading, just so you're all up to date I am going to be in France next week. Fingers crossed, I get my shit together and have all my post scheduled in time. I find adulting so stressful it's sickening, I barely have time to wash my hair. I must be doing life wrong, but how gorgeous is the weather? I am so happy the sun is out and about again brightening my day, it has improved my mood tenfold. I hope you are all well and enjoying the week so far. Take care. 


Have you tried the Hourglass stick foundation?

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Kiran


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Monday, 13 March 2017

FIRST FANCY PURCHASE | JO MALONE NECTARINE BLOSSOM AND HONEY COLOGNE FRAGRANCE REVIEW


I feel so super fancy writing this post right now because I never thought I would be the type of lass that would comfortably be able to rock a Jo Malone fragrance, sorry "cologne". I used to watch YouTubers like Alix from ICovetThee wax poetic about numerous Jo Malone products and always aspired to exude the same level of sophistication that she always displayed on her YouTube channel. Like most, I am incredibly picky when it comes to fragrances. I prefer scents that are fresh and light but also long lasting. I spent a good hour in duty free en route to New York to find a good fragrance. I had just watched a Kathleen Lights Favourites video where she discussed a perfume she loved because it reminded her of her time in Vegas. Scent is of course closely linked to memory so I wanted to find a fragrance I could wear throughout my time in America that would trigger memories of the epic trip when I returned to my dump of a hometown. I was torn between quite a few scents, I always find lavender notes really soothing and comforting but ultimately the Nectarine  Blossom and Honey Cologne (£44/£88) is the one I decided on and I have no regrets. It is perfect. 


On the Jo Malone site it is lovingly described as "London's Covent Garden early morning market. Succulent nectarine, peach and cassis and delicate spring flowers melt into the note of acacia honey. Sweet and delightfully playful." It is classed as being a fruity yet floral scent with the aroma of peaches and spring flowers encased in warm honey. I wish I could eat it. I think it smells gorgeous and is not too heavy, perfect all year round for me but especially suited to the transition into Spring. Now that it is March the world is looking a little brighter and a few spritzes of this makes me feel confident. It is oh so expensive, this little tiny bottle cost a whopping £44. Yes, you heard right my friends, £44 for 30ml and if you're feeling cash splashy then you can get the 100ml for £88

The problem with this scent is that you can't overdo it, so I often spray it six times which is wasteful but I don't wear it every day. I spray it on days when I am feeling a little less than or couldn't be bothered to shower. We're all friends here. I hope you like my review, I also hope it wasn't obvious that I have no clue what I am talking about when it comes to fragrances because I have literally owned 3 in my entire 22 years of being. That being said, I would love to know what scents you are drawn to and what your favourite perfume/fragrance/cologne is etc. So please leave me a comment, and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' my loves. Apologies for the delay between posts, it was completely unintentional. I just had a few scheduling issues. Thank you. Take care. 

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Kiran

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

SWATCHES & INFO | HUDA BEAUTY 3D HIGHLIGHTER PALETTES IN GOLDEN SANDS AND PINK SANDS


Just when we thought that we couldn't possibly get any more excited about highlighting Huda Kattan, total and utter queen that she is, proves us all wrong by dropping 2 new 3D Highlighter Palettes. There is the Pink Sands Edition for fair to medium skin tones and the Golden Sands Edition for medium to dark skin tones. Although, if the Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold Edition is anything to go buy these are going to cost a pretty penny. They will be available to purchase mid-April. What is unique about these palettes is that, instead of a typical highlight palette with just several colours to choose from, all these shades are designed to be used together. They compliment each other to create a gorgeous 3D glow on the cheeks. Most of you know I don't care much for highlighter, I find it emphasises texture and pores but Huda's palettes are formulated with shea butter and coconut oil for a smooth, seamless, professional and flattering application on all skins. 


The 4-step technique to creating this coveted glow, courtesy of Huda Beauty website, is:
1.       Prep: Apply Melted Strobe as a base to smooth the skin and amplify the light reflecting pearls.
2.       Set: Dab the lightest highlight from cheek to temple to set and bring out the pop.
3.       Sculpt: Apply the darker shade under cheekbones to add dimension and shape.
4.       Flush: Sweep the rosy highlight on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow.

PINK SANDS EDITION (FAIR-MEDIUM)


This is the Pink Sands Edition 3D Highlighter Palette suitable for fair to medium skin. I love the shade names: Capri, Santorini, Azores and Ibiza. All gorgeous sandy destinations that fit with the theme of the palette. These palettes won't have a mirror from what I have seen and I think that is a mistake. The colours here look very complimentary and I think anyone of any skin tone would be able to use this palette. The idea is that this palette isn't supposed to be used only for highlighting and that is where the slightly darker shade like Capri and the pinky hued Ibiza will help frame the entire cheekbone. These formulas and colours are designed to create the most flattering highlight so ideally it would be smooth, glossy not glittery and won't look like a stripe of colour. 

GOLDEN SANDS EDITION (MEDIUM-FAIR)


The Golden Sands Edition 3D Highlighter Palette is formulated with medium to dark skin tones in mind, I think I am more drawn to this palette myself. The shade names are Eastern destinations (correct me if I am wrong): Fiji, Seychelles, Tahiti and Zanzibar, and I think Tahiti would be gorgeous over a contour and Zanzibar looks less pink, than Ibiza, and more coral which is my go-to blush shade. To be honest, if you put the word gold or golden in anything I am pretty much guaranteed to buy it. So hopefully if this palette isn't £50 I will get it. I really love the look of this palette.

SWATCHES


Above you can see swatches of both 3D Highlighter Palettes on a variety of skin tones demonstrating that all colours show up so it really is based on personal preference. I still lean towards the Golden Sands Edition 3D Highlighter Palette for myself and I am keen to hear everyone's thoughts on this upcoming launch. I can't wait for everyone's reviews and posts. I know I am slightly biased, Huda Beauty to me is like Charlotte Tilbury for everyone else. I just find her to be such a gorgeous inspiration and feel like she puts genuine thought and purpose into her products to set them apart from the rest. Please let me know your thoughts on the 3D Highlighter Palettes in the comments below and share your favourite go-to highlighting products of the moment to keep me entertained until mid April. Thank you so much for reading, I appreciate each and every one of you!  Of course, don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' and my social media links are below. Take care. 

What are your favourite highlighters?

Love 
Kiran


Photos courtesy of Huda Beauty website
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Saturday, 4 March 2017

REVIEW & SWATCHES | 10 MAKEUP GEEK FOILED EYESHADOW PANS & TRAVEL VAULT PALETTE


Makeup Geek is known for the world over for affordable, quality makeup. Their eyeshadow pans were their very first launch and although I have yet to try their standard eyeshadows I was very sweetly gifted these incredible 10 foiled eyeshadow pans in this reflective Travel Vault Case for Christmas. The Travel Vault Palette is $13 on the MUG website, boasts a mirror and a gorgeous gunmetal case, it is also available in black and comfortably houses 10 normal pan-size eyeshadows. It took me a while to manage to fit them all in, I do wish it didn't look so hodge podge and fitted in a more linear, neat fashion. I think the Travel Vault Palettes would make a great alternative to the popular Z Palettes, I don't know if you've heard about their social media meltdown that happened a few weeks ago. Never mind all that though, let's dive right into these gorgeous metallic shadows. Eyeshadows are everything to me. Unfortunately, many of these shades are difficult to track down on Beauty Bay so for all you UK dwellers you have my sincere apologies, all links are to the MUG site.


The first fve shadows can be seen pictured below. From top to bottom, we have: 
  • Flame Thrower ($10) - foiled rich warm copper. My top favourite out of all 10. 
  • Grandstand ($10) - foiled rose gold with peach undertones. Another favourite, this peachy toned metallic shadow looks so gorgeous on the inner third of the eye. 
  • High Wire ($10) - foiled light blue silver. I have been drawn to these icy blue Barbie colours lately so I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this one.
  • Daydreamer ($10) - foiled light cool lilac. Most disappointing out of the 10, it's not as interesting as the other shades just lilac on a slightly lighter lilac and not as rich in pigment. 
  • Steampunk ($6) - a duochrome shadow with a blackened blue base and rich copper reflects. Another shade that I could have done without, I can't see myself using this much. The colour looks gorgeous in the pan but on the skin and eyes it's a bit blah. 



The following fve shadows can be seen pictured below. From top to bottom, we have: 
  • Jester ($10) - mossy green with gold undertones. This is the perfect metallic green to me. It's warm, bright and bold and so complimentary to my warm skin and brown eyes. Gorgeous.
  • Mesmerised ($10) - Foiled taupe purple. Purple is my favourite colour and it looks stunning contrasted against brown eyes, so I will definitely be getting a lot of use out of this one.  
  • Untamed ($10) - intense bright golden copper. Gold shadows are everything to me and this particular rich old gold shade is stunning. Breathtaking. Captivating. Perfection. 
  • Whimsical ($10) - foiled light silvery pink. This is so bright it makes the most intense inner corner highlight. I am obsessed with cool toned inner corner highlights right now.
  • In The Spotlight  ($10) - soft pink peachy coral. I love this shade, it looks so amazing on tan/olive skin and is pretty versatile, I like to mix it with the other shadows to make them more interesting. It looks insane mixed with Untamed and is great at making Daydreamer more eye-catching. 

In general, I think these are fantastic shadows. There are a few that I really really love and want to put on my face every single day and there are some that I don't think I will use that often (Daydreamer and Steam Punk), I do think they are all  beautiful and easy to work with. I apply them with a flat synthetic eyeshadow brush over an eye primer and really pack them on for maximum intensity. You can also intensify the colour by applying with a wet brush. Despite the variance amongst the swatches you can easily get a lot of colour intensity from all of these shadows. They are all soft to touch and for minimum effort are best applied with your finger tips. They apply really smooth this way. The shadows I like most are Flame Thrower, Daydreamer, Jester, Untamed, Whimsical and In The Spotlight. I highly recommend these shadows if you are looking for something like this. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this review, please let me know your favourite Makeup Geek products are down below in the comments. I love discovering new products. TGIF guys. Take care.  

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Kiran


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