Sunday, 27 December 2015

Beauty Awards | Eyeshadow Palette

Beauty Awards as they are so cleverly referred to on YouTube are some of my favourite videos to watch. I love seeing what people have loved over the entire year so this year I thought I would jump on the bandwagon with my favourite makeup item: eyeshadow. Specifically eyeshadow in palettes because I find them much more convenient, plus I am not nearly organised enough to create my own palette. I would just want it all. 

I have fallen in love with many an eyeshadow palette this year, because it is that one item that always seems to jump into my online shopping cart, however the one I have fallen in love with is the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani (£40) palette. I just think it's such a cool concept with the perfect range of colours. You could create countless neutral everyday makeup looks and smoky eyes, but you also have the option of introducing a feature colour if you're in the mood for something more vibrant.

Gorgeous pigmentation, consistently impressed by UD eyeshadows. They are my absolute favourite. All I have noticed is some of the matte shadows can be a little powdery but that might just be because I usually pick up the matte shades with a fluffy blending brush.

Other palettes that I have been using constantly throughout the year are The Balm Cosmetics Nude Tude (£13) palette. A truly wonderful neutral palette. The Urban Decay Naked (£38) palette, the very first one. The Lorac Pro (I bought it on Amazon for £16, but I can only find a link for £49 - it's not worth £49) palette, again the very first one. The key to a good palette for me is to have a decent ratio  of matte and shimmer shadows, good pigmentation and minimum fallout. The Naked palette shadows, especially the shimmery ones, can produce a lot of fall out but the stunning range of warm colours more than make up for that. It is a must have palette for any eye colour: brown, blue or green.

Finally, a palette I am dying to try is the Japonesque Pixelated Colour Eyeshadow Palette (£40). It has a multi-dimensional formula and they look like gorgeous little planets in this palette. Again you have four neutrals and six more colourful shades. I have seen some incredible looks on Instagram.

Thank you so much for reading, leave your favourite palette of 2015 in the comments below and/or the palette you want to try next. I love reading your comments, apologies because it has been so long since I last posted but I have just been stupidly busy and tired. I will change this, thank you for your support and taking the time to read my posts, it means a hell of a lot. Take care.

Love ♥


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Makeup Revolution | One Sculpt Kit

Makeup Revolution have once again taken a cult beauty item (contour sticks) and made them unbelievably affordable. You can buy both the Contour and Highlight Stick together for just £6. This only an introductory offer and I believe following this it will be £5 for each stick, which could work out better for you if you are only interested in one of the two items. Either way, it is incredible value and would make a great stocking filler for any makeup lover out there in your life. 

The Highlight Stick reminds me of Benefit's Watts Up Cream Highlighter (£24.50), and of course MR are famous for their dupes of high end products. Personally, I prefer powder highlights, I think they sit better on my skin and look a little more natural, but for an intense glow you can use a cream highlight like the Highlight Stick from Makeup Revolution and then layer a powder highlight on top. This will help it last longer as well as make it look like you are simply beaming from within, like a Christmas angel. This is a trick that Kady, from Lustre Lux, uses, she usually layers Laura Geller in Gilded Honey (£21)  over Benefit's Watts Up (.

The Sculpt Stick, on the other hand, doesn't have any shimmer or sheen to it. It is a matte dark brown that looks quite intense in colour, but as always the secret is blending. You could pick up the product with a brush if you feel more comfortable or use the circular edge to carve out your cheekbones with precision. I think it is quite a good colour for its purpose as it will be suitable for a lot of different skin tones, including mine. If you're quite fair, I would skip this product as I doubt you will get much use out of it. Instead the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit (£6.50) is perfect for fair skin.

Other brands like Clinique, NYX, Illamasqua and Smashbox all have their own contour and highlight sticks. It would be interesting to see how they compare, but these are by far the cheapest. Let me know what you think below? Would you buy them or use them? How do you feel about contouring and what are your favourite products to sculpt out your cheeks? Thank you so much for reading, the images used were by a girl called trihia on Instagram, I love her account so go check it out. All her captions are in Spanish, but I feel I can guess what she is saying anyway. Take care.

Love ♥

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Blogmas | By Terry

I was thinking that Christmas is a time where people discuss their favourite things, so let's briefly discuss my favourite makeup product and everything I love and hate about it. I am talking about the By Terry Ombré Blackstars. They are exquisite, with a unique shade range, luxurious golden packaging and the most stunning colour pay off I have ever seen. 

I had the colour Bronze Moon, a beautiful every day shade which can be used on its own or as a base for a beautiful warm eye look. I was so in love with this product, it was my favourite thing about my makeup. As I have an annoying tendency to leave my bed at the absolute last possible second that it is feasible for me to still be at the required place, at least, somewhat on time, quick makeup is a necessity. This is quick and beautiful. There were weeks when I wore it every single day, considering I get bored quite easily and need to change up things regularly (this includes my nails as well as my makeup) this is a miracle.

That being said, there are negatives to be mentioned as well. Most importantly, it broke. It fucking broke on me. It just fell out of the pretty gold reflective tube it came in. That was a kick in the teeth, let me tell you. It costs £29. Which is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a single eye product, but it is a high-end luxury brand and although there are many alternatives out there in the "drugstore" world, few come close to meeting the quality of this product. If you are hunting for similar shadow sticks, I would suggest Kiko (£6.90).

Photo from alicesbeautymadness
That is the end of my little trip down memory lane, it is a beautiful product and when I'm rich, or financially stable, I fully intend to purchase the whole range as well as backups in case they decide to hop out of their packaging again. They are just too gorgeous to pack up. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, I'm in London until Wednesday so I doubt I'll be getting many posts up in the next few days. Keep in touch with me on Instagram (username: alittlekiran) I'll post all my beauty related thoughts and favourites on there, to keep you going. Don't forget to subscribe to my blog and leave your own makeup story below. I would love to have some reading on the train. 

Love ♥

Saturday, 12 December 2015


Gifts are an integral part of Christmas and as a self-confessed makeup addict I have been salivating over my Instagram feed at all the glorious holiday palettes that have come peeking out of the woodwork in recent weeks. Nars is a brilliant high-end makeup brand that do incredibly creative collections with the most innovative packaging around. Seriously, their products are basically collector's items. They should be displayed in museums. Their latest collaboration is with Steven Klein, a very successful photographer who has worked with iconic pop stars like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. The Nars collection is as fabulous as all those three combined. Here are my three favourite items from the collection, and in my opinion the best gifts to give. 

A four-part blush palette complete with a miniature version of the cult favourite: the Ita brush. The four blushes you get are: Nico (top left - a very natural shade, warm beige with a subtle sheen), Esoteric (bottom left - warm orange with slight gold shimmer), Savage (top right - matte coral-reddish pink shade) and Ferocious (bottom right - cool-toned pink shade). It is a beautiful palette, the exterior design is simply breathtaking, but you can get better blush palettes for less than a quarter of the price. I love the BH Cosmetics 10 Colour Professional Blush palette, however, you don't get a brush with that. Elf Cosmetics and Morphe Brushes also do great blush palettes as well. The Ita brush, although a massive beauty guru favourite, is very similar to the the thin brushes you receive with standard drugstore blushes and the mini version of the Ita brush is virtually identical to those.

Fun Fact:- Esoteric means likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialised knowledge or interest. If you can use that in a sentence, I might send you a prize (leave it in the comments).

Same price as the last palette, but in comparison you get a lot more product. In this palette you receive 7 cheek powders, a selection of blushes, a contouring powder, a highlight and their best selling bronzing powder which is twice the size of every other pan. It is essentially another cheek palette, although there is nothing stopping you from using these shades on your eyes or body. The shades are: Paloma Highlight (top right - matte, warm, pale beige highlight shade), Paloma Contour (top middle - matte reddish brown, darker than Laguna and with warm undertones), Laguna (top left - one of their best selling powders,, a medium brown with a slight sheen), Robotic (bottom light pink blush shade with slight silver shimmer), Blasphemy (bottom second left - rosy pink satin blush), Luster (bottom second from the right - warm orange blush, darker than Esoteric) and Dolce Vita (bottom right - warm cranberry shade with gold  shimmer). This is a great palette for someone who does not own any Nars powders, but other than that I think it is missing a cool-toned contouring powder to really complete the kit and I am not too impressed with the Paloma highlight either. 

The least expensive out of the three options this eyeshadow palette contains four dual intensity eyeshadows, this means they can be used both wet and dry, three of these are new shades. From light to dark you have: Studly (beige gold shimmer), Stag Film (warm pink with gold undertones, almost rose gold but not gold enough to warrant that description), Subra (deep plummy brown shade with reddish undertones) and Black Mail (an existing shade, a stain grey-black). Out of all the shades, I think Subra is my favourite it is described as a "black orchid", doesn't that sound divine? £29 is a great price considering one of these shadows alone would be £21. Admittedly, you get a lot less product but I doubt you would hit pan on any of these anyway.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and as are excited about this collection as I am. I would love to know what you think of it in the comments below. I hear many mixed opinions, some even think Nars collections are very ordinary and all similar which is an opinion I can agree with to a point. What do you like the look of? What are your favourite holiday palettes and what do you want to read about next? Don't forget to subscribe. Take care.

Love ♥


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Blogmas | Perfect Red Lip

This post is all about the classic red lip, there is a red lipstick out there that was honestly made for you. It might take you a while to find it, I still haven't found mine, but believe me, it exists. Red lips are as synonymous with Christmas as Santa Claus, every Holiday Makeup Tutorial (and yes I will be posting that too) boasts a red lip option or four, at least. So read this post on how to make this stunning statement lip last all through your holiday parties and events, and even the messiest of Christmas dinners, drinks, and necking under the mistletoe at office parties. Plus, some of the best red lipsticks to invest in.

A hydrating base for your lips (you can use eye cream or a lip primer)
A matching lip liner
Your perfect red lipstick
A lip brush
Single ply of tissue
A lip brush

No. 1 - Prime your lips, I use whatever eye cream I am currently in possession of, I find these work very well on the lips, reducing any dryness and the appearance of chapped lips in minutes. Just let it sink in while you do the rest of your makeup.

Tip: If you want to take it one step further you can use a lip scrub prior to this step so your lips are nice and hydrated. My favourite lip scrub is from Lush and is called Mint Julips.

No. 2 - A freshly sharpened lip pencil that matches the shade of your lipstick as closely as possible is essential for longevity. If you don't have one, use your finger, and rub the lipstick carefully onto your mouth to create a stain which will work as a base also. 
Now back to the better option, use your sharpened pencil to line the lips in small feathery strokes, and then fill them in. This is the step where you can make whatever adjustments to your lips that you deem necessary. If you really want to overline your lips focus on the centre of the mouth as that will look more natural.

No. 3 - If you're not confident applying lipstick straight from the bullet use a precise lip brush or even an angled shadow brush, anything you can be really precise with. Cover your lipliner with your chosen lipstick. Work from the outside in. Matte shades last longer, but you can always take a gloss with you for an extra layer of festive fun.

No. 4 - Blotting, the secret to long-lasting makeup. Take an ordinary tissue, Kleenex, whatever, it doesn't matter, separate the tissue into two plies. Pop that one ply of tissue over your lips and dab some translucent powder with a powder brush on top and this will instantly mattify the lips. Any translucent powder will suffice.

how to get the perfect red lip

No. 5 - If you are serious about this lipstick lasting you can apply another layer of the same lipstick and use the blotting technique again. In fact, you can build as many layers as you like.

Tip: Clean the edges with concealer for a very clean look.
And, you're done!

Two long-lasting red liquid lipsticks, which are possible the best formula and option for those of you wanting a matte lip that will last all day (through eating, drinking and kissing under the mistletoe) are liquid lipsticks.

I really hope you enjoyed this post, if you did let me know in the comments below and share any suggestions you might have. I would really appreciate knowing what you guys want to read, thank you so much. Don't forget to follow/subscribe. Take care.

Love ♥

Blogmas | Christmas Movie Countdown

To start things off, I thought I would begin with a Christmas Movie Countdown. December is cold and horrifically windy at the moment, therefore the perfect time to watch a classic movie with a warm drink by your snazzily decorated Christmas tree. I couldn't think of anything better. I'm sure most people, me included, have a few movies they reserve solely for this time of year. So here is my list of  10 movies I love to watch this time of year, starting from my least favourite to my current obsession. 

10. The Holiday
Inevitably, I watch this movie at least once in December just because ITV2 are so relentless in replaying it. I have ranked it as the lowest on my list because although I love Kate Winslet and the movie is incredibly cute and feel-good, I don't fancy Jude Law which seems to be the main attraction to the film for most of my friends. Sorry guys, I just don't see it, plus it is laughably predictable.

9. A Christmas Carol
A true classic, with more remakes than I care to name. I despised reading the novel by Charles Dickens and unfortunately that hatred has bled into all the movie adaptations. That being said, it is a classic and I love Jim Carrey's stint as Ebeneezer Scrooge. We used to watch it every year in primary school, so it has the added bonus of reminding me of being young and tax-free.

8. Frozen
You  can't have a Christmas movie list without at least one film from Disney, it's impossible. A brilliant feel-good movie with catchy songs and an adorable snowman. My only complaint is that there isn't enough of the fabulous Elsa in this movie, because that princess is fierce.

7. Elf
A silly, goofy movie that makes you laugh and will almost certainly get you into the Christmas spirit and make you feel like a big kid, Will Ferrell movies are hit and miss with me, I can usually only watch them once and enjoy them, if I watch it twice I start to hate them. I have only seen this movie once in my life, but I know it is bound to be on TV soon.

6. The Grinch/Home Alone
A tie, because they are both great and scream Christmas. If I had to choose I think I would pick Home Alone over The Grinch. I love Jim Carey but Home Alone is iconic. I love all the first three movies, and have watched them over and over again because they are so gosh darn adorable.

5. Arthur Christmas 
I watched this for the first time last year and was pleasantly surprised. I think it had a great message and was truly about family, which is something I really appreciate. I have a lot of love for this movie. Plus James McAvoy voices Arthur which just makes me happy.

4. Bridget Jones' Diary 
1 and 2, because they are both funny as hell and even after watching it twenty times I still laugh at almost every line. I think this is one of the most perfect movies ever made, especially considering it is adapted from a book, which is really rare and despite the ludicrousness of several aspects of both films, it is without a doubt pee-your-pants funny. Plus, there's lots of snow and lights to make it romantic and festive. Also, they are making a new movie which will come out next year (probably in December).

3. Wizard of Oz 
This is simply just one of my favourite movies of life. For an unknown reason I only allow myself to watch it when it airs around Christmas, this could be on Boxing Day or New Years, but undoubtedly it will air. I love it. Winged monkeys are my spirit animal, also after seeing Wicked (the musical) at the West End last year I have a revived love for the Wicked Witch of the West and her complex love life. I now like to think that the Wizard of Oz has a happy ending for all and not just Dorothy and Toto.

2. Love Actually
The ginger kid melts my heart every time I watch this film, as does Emma Thompson. Hell, even Hugh Grant doesn't inspire as much hatred as usual. This film is brilliantly executed with great acting and story lines; it just fills you up with warm fuzzies. It's a movie that actually makes you wish it was Christmas every day.

1. It's A Wonderful Life 
Literally, watched this movie just this past Saturday at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. It's an old movie, in black and white, which I think makes it even better. I fell a tiny bit in love with George Bailey because his eyes are so beautiful even in black and white, it's certainly something to behold. It's just great, the acting is fantastic, the actors are gorgeous and the dialogue is smart. I left the cinema feeling light and happy and ready to give out mince pies to the homeless. Definitely worth a watch, and a film I plan to re-watch right now.

Thank you so much for reading, there are many films that I didn't include because I wanted a fairly concise list, please let me know your favourite Christmas movies in the comments below. I would love some suggestions, or if you disagree with anything, don't be shy. Share away. Have a wonderful day, don't forget to follow my blog (via bloglovin' or entering your email in the box to the right). Take care. 

Love ♥

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Return of Blogmas

As always, it is almost halfway into the month before I decide to hop onto the bandwagon and join the latest blogging trend. I have done Blogmas before - where I post daily in the month of December - and thoroughly enjoyed it. Admittedly, I have not been posting nearly as much as I should be and have, as a result, been feeling a little guilty as of late. For this reason, Blogmas should be the kick in the backside the doctor ordered. I want to keep things festive this year, so I have compiled a little list on my phone of blog post ideas. I'm not sure if I will do them all, but I really want to retain my focus and enthusiasm which has been sorely lacking lately.

This is the very first post in my Blogmas series, so get excited. Keeping it simple today, I just wanted to inform you that I was doing it. If you have any requests or suggestions please do not hesitate to leave them below in a comment. I want to spend a lot more of my energy interacting with other bloggers and readers, of course, and generally just like-minded people. Thank you so much for reading, I am now going to begin a marathon writing session with a mammoth cup of tea so I can schedule posts for the coming week. Don't forget to leave a comment and follow my blog on bloglovin'. Take care.

Love ♥

Monday, 7 December 2015

Secret Santa Gifts For Her | Under £10

So today, at my still relatively new job, we did our Secret Santa which instantly conjured up a number of misgivings for me. It feels weird to buy things for people I have known for just over a month, and weirder still to expect one of them to buy something for me that I will actually like. The limit this year is under £15, which I think is an odd amount with far too much lee-way. What if you buy a present worth £15 only to receive one that is just £5, or even worse: the opposite?What do you do? As I work mostly with females, I compiled a list of fail-safe Christmas gifts for your Secret Santa. Gifts that are nice but not too nice so  there is no awkwardness. I would, personally, be happy to be on the receiving end of any of these gifts. I will divide them into sub-categories and most are under £10, some even below £5! 

Slippers - £9.50
Slipper are practical and they can be personal, if say they have a favourite animal or if they just like cute things. There are an endless amount of cute slippers in the world for varying prices. These sweet little sheep slippers are lovely.

Image 1 of ASOS NESSA Sheep Slippers

A Book [£3-20]
The price depends on the book, I got my friend a book from TK Maxx that cost next to nothing and it was the perfect gift for her. If you know what they are interested in, then buy that for them. If you have no clue, you could always share one of your favourite books with them. 

Phone Case
Most people these days have a phone, quite a large fragile smart phone, that needs protecting from the elements especially if they are of the Apple variety. So a phone case is yet another practical yet fun gift. If your colleagues are anything like me I get bored of things really easy and I like to surround myself with pretty things, so any of these following three phone cases would be a great gift. They are of varying prices, so if you feel like a phone case isn't enough you can add extras, like a charger. Everyone can do with an extra charger. Or another completely unrelated gift.

PIZZA - £12
LIPSTICK - £5.50

A woman can never have too many purses. Fact. Here are two options, there is a dark purse with a floral pattern and a girlier option in a pale pink envelope style. Both of these are under £15. Other places to shop for a nice classic purse are TK Maxx, River Island and New Look. The world is just full of purses waiting to be snatched up.

Baby, it's cold outside. Gloves are an accessory that most people, apart from a select few, tend to spend less money on. Why not make someone's hands be toasty warm for the remainder of winter by splurging a little on a pair of cosy winter mittens that look as cute and adorable as they feel? There are two options below.

Travel Mug - £4.95
Commutes can be brutal, whether you are on a train, walking or driving. I know I always feel a lot better when I am sipping on a divine hot chocolate from Costa while battling the winds. How much better would you feel if you were saving that £3 by making your favourite drink at home so you could sip it on the way. The one I chose is so cute, I want to buy it myself, but the one I use is from Starbucks and is less than £2.

Ordinary Mug [£2-15]

Similar to a travel mug, everyone needs a work mug for those endless cups of tea or coffee that helps you survive every Monday in existence. This mug is £12, which is an unnecessary high price, my work mug with a cute pug on there in a pink bow was just £3 from Card Factory. So shop around, and then you'll have some spare cash to throw some sweets or chocolate in there as an extra little surprise present. Maybe even a cute pair of earrings. 

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you found this post even slightly helpful. Other suggestions are: bath sets, candles, a watch, a makeup bag, a nice piece of jewellery, if you're really struggling a gift card. Let me know any Secret Santa suggestions you have, because I could really do with some. Take care.

Love ♥

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

November Favourites

It is officially December which means it is now actually acceptable to be excited about Christmas, you can bust out your favourite Christmas tunes and your so-festive-its-awful jumper and feel no shame. Th start of December means the end of November so let's chat about what I have been loving this past month.

This is the Golden Sugar Blush Palette (£6) from Makeup Revolution, I have many thoughts on this palette which I will share with you in a more detailed post later this week. However, one thing I adore about this is the lovely warm golden copper shade that you can see below second from the right. It is the most stunning colour for on the eyes, it would make any iris sparkle. I use my index finger to swipe it quickly on my lids and it catches the light in the prettiest way.

I have tried the Urban Decay Perversion (£17.50) mascara before and have been left feeling underwhelmed. However, if you want instant lashes then this is a good mascara for you. I take it with me to work and when I get the chance run it through my lashes for a few seconds and it makes my eyes look better. They don't render your lashes overpowering, although you can build it if you do want more drama. The formula is quite wet so I always wipe the wand with tissue before using it on my lashes, which you might consider wasteful but it does the trick.

Quick makeup is an essential for me, I have been trying out the Maybelline Better Skin foundation in an effort to see whether it will improve my skin after three weeks of continued use. For days where my skin needs an extra oomph, more coverage and a bit of life. I use my Hello Flawless (£23) powder in Toasted Beige with a dense kabuki brush and use this to blend all the products on my face seamlessly into each other. It literally makes your skin look flawless, you can see a clear difference. You can even wear it alone without any other face product and look a million times better. 

This isn't a specific product, but eyelash curlers are invaluable to me. I recently found mine again, they are a simple inexpensive rose gold pair from H&M, when I use them I can see a clear difference in how my mascara looks compared to the times where I skip this all important step. There are so many eyelash curlers out there and I have tried many, Primark, H&M, Shu Umera and Kevyn Aucoin, honestly I don't see a difference between any of them. I think eyelash curlers would make a great gift and these embellished curlers from Tarte (£12) would look really glamorous on Christmas Day. I think any girl would be happy to see it under their tree.

Finally, the Pro Curve Powder Contour (£4) brush from Makeup Revolution. I love using this to place my contour powder or bronzer underneath my cheekbones and on my nose. It fits perfectly into the natural contours of my face and if you're really pushed for time you can use it to blend too.

One last favourite that has nothing to do with beauty is tobogganing, I went to the Snow Dome with my work peeps and had a cracking time. I was genuinely terrified, the people that had been before had me convinced it would be carnage and I would end up soaked and injured best case scenario. It was a doddle and tonnes of fun, I was completely dry at the end of it. I could have continued for days and not get bored, the entire experience has me desperate to go on a real skiing holiday where I can throw myself down a mountain with gusto. 

Thank you so much for reading, hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know your favourites in the comments below. Happy December! Take care.

Love ♥
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