Tuesday, 28 February 2017


Highlighting and collabs appear to be two trends that are here to stay and the latest one to circle the social media pages and create an almighty buzz is the Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit ($40) from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The ABH Glow Kits continue to cause quite a stir because they are hugely popular and seemed to have inspired a wave of highlighting and strobing palettes from other high end companies. Although, you can definitely glow on a budget (Sleek and Wet n Wild have some incredible highlights) Anastasia have created glow kits suitable for pretty much every skin tone.

Nicole's pink Glow Kit looks so girly and pretty that I wish it had been around for Valentine's Day. It would have made such a gorgeous gift. The colours look beautiful, mostly pink and gold with a bright almost blue-tinged highlight (Forever Lit). Overall, I think the palette has a Barbie feel and even though I am not a girlie girl at all I find it very attractive. It will be released and available to purchase on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Website on the 3rd March 2017 and in Sephora the 15th March. Based on the Moonchild Glow Kit which also has 8 shades like this one I think the price should be around $40. I don't have any information on when it will be available in the UK or even if it will be available as soon as those details come to light I will add them to this post. 

The Glow Kit has a total of 6 shades: Kitty Kat (berry pink with platinum shimmer); Forever Young (pink pearl with silver shimmer); Daydream (goldfish orange coral with white gold shimmer); Forever Lit (icy platinum with lavender shimmer); Glo Getter (champagne with rose gold shimmer) and 143 (rose gold with bronze shimmer). I am not sure what they will look like on the cheeks, as always I do think ABH slightly exaggerate the pigmentation on their website as otherwise these "glow getters" would be foiled eyeshadows. I do think they look super intense but find the overall colour selection quite heartwarming. It is so girly and cute and pretty it makes me want to dance around the beach blowing bubblegum like I am in a 50s Coke advert. Coco Cola, not cocaine, to be clear. 

Thank you for reading, I would love to know what you think about this collaboration. I don't know anything about Nicole Guerriero, I don't watch her videos but the palette looks really nice. I am excited to see the photography that accompanies the launch as the Moonchild editorials were breathtaking. What do you think of the shades? Have you tried any other Glow Kits? Which ones are your favourite? Do you think you will buy this one? As always, please follow me on Bloglovin' if you aren't already it means a lot to me and leave your answers and thoughts in the comments below. I love reading your comments and hearing from you. I hope you are having a great week. Take care. 

What do you think of the Nicole Glow Kit?


*Photos taken from TrendMood1Nicole Guerriero's and Anastasia Beverly Hills Instagram Feed. 

Friday, 24 February 2017


One of the most common questions I get asked is how to run a blog on a budget and save money on beauty purchases. Luckily, there are now quite a few ways we can do that and here are just a few of the methods I use to save money on purchases and cut costs on my blog. If you have any money saving tips please share them with me in the comments , I would love to hear what you do. 


I used to get given vouchers all the time when I was younger, from family members and as a prizes in school contests, now I just search voucher codes on the internet. A site that is especially useful when looking to save money on fragrance is Fragrance Expert*. They have Fragrance Expert Discount Codes* for many high end perfumes helping you save money. The perfumes I gravitate towards cost an arm and a leg so this is a really useful way to save some cash. In addition, just try searching "discount code" into Google with the item you wish to purchase and more often than not something will pop up. 


Magazines like Elle, Marie Claire and Glamour are the best for this, as they typically have high price items usually a nail polish or a hand cream as a gift with their magazine. You just have to keep your eyes peeled in the shops. This is a fantastic way to try out new products for a fraction of their retail price, most mags cost £2-4 so you make a killer saving, and you can use the glossy feature editorials in your photography. It's a win win. This is how I got my hands on the new(ish) Benefit brow line that I still haven't reviewed. Let me know if you would like to see that. 


Newer products are often first sold at a lower price to entice consumers and encourage them to try out this new, never-before-seen product. You can see this firsthand at Superdrug and Boots. In addition, 3 for 2 or Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price deals are all over the place which means you can buy more products for less than their value which is great and gives you a week's worth of content easy. Furthermore, I always follow my favourite brands and sites on social media because they always announce their special offers and deals.


I am the worst at this because I own so many and yet use so very little, but I do have loyalty cards for Sephora, Superdrug, Boots, Space NK, Harrods, Debenhams and even Holland & Barrett. They are a good way of saving money and some even send you gift cards on your birthday. How cool is that? I take it a step further, I am surgically attached to my Costa loyalty card. I even travel with it. 


You can find so many amazing cosmetics on Amazon and eBay and DePop. Many people sell their used cosmetics (still in great condition) online, most of the time they have been used only once or have just been swatched. Of course, not everyone feels comfortable using these sites but all my experiences have been positive. I got a sample of the Benefit Coralista blush for £6 and after 2 years there is still loads of product left. In addition, most of my makeup brushes were purchased via Amazon and eBay including two gorgeous bamboo Tarte Brushes (the Airbuki and Contour Brush) and a rose gold Zoeva dupe set that is phenomenal. 


I am actually quite private about my blog and don't share it with many people but my sister knows and because of that she will let me take photos and try out any new purchases she makes, which is very generous and sweet of her. My Mum also lets me take photos of her gifts and swatch and play with her eyeshadow palettes because she knows my weakness for them. If you live with friends or have siblings that wear makeup and fragrance too, I am sure they wouldn't mind if you borrowed a product or two. Of course, be prepared for this to be reciprocal, my sister uses my eye-wateringly expensive and imported makeup without batting an eyelid. The price you pay. 


I think everyone, whether you blog or not, should take full advantage of sample services. If you spend money at the more high end shops like Selfridges, Debenhams and Space NK the salesperson will more than likely throw in a few samples. If you are keen to try a product out ask for a sample, this usually works for foundations and skincare. Most staff are understanding and want your repeat custom. Some will even test the product out on you, take a snap and write a post. Samples are usually generous too and will last around a week. There is no harm in asking. 


Slightly different from voucher codes but with the burgeoning relationships between influencers and brands there are always some codes to take advantage of. So it is worth checking the description box of your favourite YouTubers and most likely you will find a generous discount code for Morphe, Ofra, Sigma and many other big name online "indie" brands. 


I can think of at least 3 posts I have done where I didn't even buy the product I just tried it out in the shop or swatched it on my hand. One was a shimmery body moisturiser, I took the photos in store and it actually turned out surprisingly well. I don't think there is any shame in that if you are just starting out. Don't be afraid to play around in store and swatch palettes and blushes and highlighters on your arm. You don't have to do a full review it could be a first impressions. Just be sure to clean your hand afterwards and do not put the testers on your face, please don't. It's germ-central.

Thank you for reading, I am sure you all have better ways of saving money on fragrance and cosmetics and tips for blogging on a budget. I would love to hear them all down below, so please leave me a comment. I hope you all had a great week and have a wonderful weekend. Take care. 

How do you save money on beauty products?



Wednesday, 22 February 2017


The Pixi Glow Tonic (£18) was made famous by Caroline Hirons, I believe, the queen of skincare, and while the Black Friday Deals were happening I scooped a bottle up. I have been using it for three months now so I had plenty of time to really think about what I thought of it. So often with products like this that are praised and raved about, I fall into the trap of instantly loving it based on everyone else's glowing reviews and the sparkling description it is given online. This product has definitely reached cult status, but does it deserve it? 

It is described as a resurfacing and revitalising toner that can be used both morning and night after cleansing. Pour a few drops onto a cotton bad and gently sweep over cleansed skin. It costs £18 for 250ml and after almost four months of using it regularly I have about half a bottle left. Don't worry though, you get plenty of bang for your buck I have a sneaking suspicion that my sister has been using it too and I am pretty sure some was spilled as well. Which brings me to the packaging, I love the Pixi Skintreats aesthetic, that trademark pale apple green makes me smile. My only issue is with the screw cap, I wish it had a flip up lid because I lose caps so easily and always forget to put it back on, cue spillage. Both of product and tears, but even with that you still get a lot of product

The ingredients in this toner are pretty phenomenal, there is aloe, glycolic acid, witch hazel and leaf juice making it a very balanced formula. Effective without being harsh, rendering it suitable for twice daily use. It does contain urea but I don't think it is cause for concern. It's not like someone peed in the bottle, urea in cosmetics is man-made in a laboratory (synthetic). There are two different types of urea, it doesn't specify which type is used either on the bottle or online, but one type acts as a preservative and the other acts as a humectant, which means it retains moisture. This product is not tested on animals in case you were wondering, that is stated clearly on the bottle. 

My overall thoughts are that before last year I didn't even use a toner but then I fell in love with the Alpha H Liquid Gold which changed my life. That bottle of gold works pure magic on my skin, but it is supposed to be used only a few times a week. It can sting as well. For that reason, I do like the Pixi Glow Tonic, it is not nearly as expensive as the Alpha H Liquid Gold but in my opinion it is not nearly as good. I think it works as a toner but I don't think it makes my skin brighter or glowier or particularly better. I don't have mature skin so can't speak on how well it reduces fine lines. Overall, it's a gentle toner that feels nice on the skin and leaves me feeling clean, I like to use it between the Alpha H Liquid Gold and together they make the perfect duo, but the Alpha H does most of the heavy lifting. I do recommend it, it's a great price and is a good toner. Thank you for reading and please let me know what you think of the Pixi Glow Tonic. Take care. 

Have you tried Pixi Glow Tonic, or any other Pixi products?



Sunday, 19 February 2017


It's Sunday and I wanted to have a little discussion with you all because I am actually dying to know what you think of this. Not too long ago Kevin James, a well-known celebrity makeup artist, posted on Instagram (see above) discussing the legitimacy of finger swatching. I know, as of late, many big name influencers and even bloggers have come under fire for "selling out". In other words, promoting products that don't live up to the claims because they are paid to or affiliated with them. I don't know if this is true but the constant speculation is getting tiresome. There's just no trust anymore. I would say if you harbour any doubt unsubscribe, but at the same time we are not mindless consumers. We are all capable of making our own decision to buy or pass on a product based on the information available, I don't think anyone should hold up one source as their sole guide. I posted his caption below so you can see his valid argument. He does call out "influencers" in particular, which makes me think he is specifically directing this comment at the YouTube community. I do understand what Kevin is saying. I have seen countless videos where the YouTuber literally swirls their finger in a product for a minute straight and then waxes poetic on how creamy and pigmented it is. Bullshit. We all know because for that one YouTuber there are a thousand, that will tell you the truth, albeit with a smaller following.

I have to say I did have an initial defensive reaction to this because I always take finger swatches of eyeshadow palettes and other powder products, even foundations actually and I categorically do not feel like I am lying to my readers at all. I admit it is not the same as a brush swatch, but you can definitely tell the difference between a good and bad shadow from a finger swatch as long as they are all produced in the same way. To explain, the reason I do finger swatches is because they are easier for me. Truly, I think my finger swatches are honest and sufficient. I don't use primer, I touch the product once with my fingertip and swipe it once on the inside of my arm or the back of my hand. I do know there are bloggers out there that build up swatches because they just look better in photos and good images draw more traffic to your site. Fact. But let's be honest my photos aren't winning any prizes so the very least I can do is be honest with you. Many, if not all, will still share their opinion in their post and say that they had to build up the product and they wouldn't buy it again etc. 

Honestly, all I want is for everyone to be honest. The power imbalance is what gets to me the most, it is skewed towards the influencer and brand. It makes me weary because although we all make our own minds up in the end, a lot of them have a young, impressionable following. It's not fair that their money gets caught in the crossfire (or mine for that matter) to line the pockets of people that don't give a damn and by that I mean both the brands and influencers. Makeup and new products used to be so much fun and now every release is received with righteous skepticism. Collaborations make me sick to my stomach and every time a cosmetics company takes a plane full of YouTubers to Bora Bora I feel like I have been robbed. We're customers, we're not paying for your holidays or your shipping fees when you send every available product to big names and then post half-ass apologies when your paying customers don't receive theirs or you sell out in "three minutes". 

Wow, sorry, no idea where that came from. So what do you think about this finger swatching malarkey as both a reader and a blogger as long as I trust the content creator I couldn't care less. I appreciate channels like Stephanie Nicole because I think she understands the level of distrust because she feels it herself and that's why she takes her channel so seriously and I love it. She has earned my respect and admiration and I think she is a cut above the rest. Please let me know what you think in the comments, apologies for my mini rant. I love you all, thank you so much for putting up with my shit. I have been ill for the past four days and feel awful, sorry for being so absent. I hope you all had a great weekend. Thank you for reading, it means so much to me. Take care. 

How do you feel about the legitimacy of finger swatching?



Thursday, 16 February 2017


Not too long ago, I reviewed the Kathleen Lights x Morphe Palette (post here) but actually that was not my first Morphe purchase. The first Morphe product I bought was from Beauty Bay and it was the E1 Deluxe Powder Brush (£18.25/$22.99). Morphe doesn't have the best reputation. They are known as the "social media brand" because their marketing strategy consists of pushing their products through influencers and allowing said influencers to earn commission. There have also been concerns about private labelling and just a general question of their integrity and the quality of their products. I made the purchase of this brush on a whim, their Elite Brush Collection always receives stellar reviews and are touted as being the best brushes in their collection

Personally, I really like the brush. It is so soft I wish I could sleep on it, it is big and dense perfect for buffing or pressing powder into the skin. I love using this brush especially with pressed powders, with loose powders it can get a little messy as the bristles are so tightly packed together you really have to push the product into the skin. I wouldn't recommend using it for cream products because of the sheer size of the brush, it works with powders best. It would also work well with bronzer, if you just want to bronze up the skin because of the domed shape which lets you blend easily. My face is quite small so I don't use it for this purpose as the brush is too big. 

Overall, I am glad I got this brush because I use it every single day and love how it feels on my skin. I love how it looks too, the synthetic bristles are a mishmash of intricate colours that make it more appealing than the standard black or white. I will say for an "affordable" brand the price is a little up there. I do think you get an excellent quality brush but there are other brush companies than create good brushes for less money. Personally, I don't have a brush like this in my collection and I don't know how I have lived without it. I don't like the price, or the brand very much if I am being completely honest. but the brush is perfection. Thank you for reading, guys. Take care. 

What are your favourite brushes?


*I am probably the only one who doesn't have an affiliate code for Morphe, sorry guys.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


Today is Valentine's Day and I hope you are all having a great day regardless of your plans and relationship status. I was going to post a makeup tutorial for Valentine's Day but after some thought decided against it. Honestly, I think, as with all special occasions, whatever feels comfortable for you will be your best option. It's impossible to create a look that will suit and inspire everyone. As long as you look and feel good that's all that matters. Please share what makes you feel good and confident in your skin below in the comments as I would love to know. This post is a little different and quite private. I don't like discussing my personal struggles as it just brings home how real they are (you can't run away from them or just pretend they don't exist) but now I feel like it is definitely time to do something about them as I can't keep living and feeling this way, so please read if you can relate to feeling a little lost, uncomfortable, scared of the future and unattractive

We were talking about looking and feeling good so I want to share with you my private battle with this. We all know social comparison is the death of self esteem and yet I always seem to compare myself to other people (usually Gigi Hadid) including friends, family members and strangers I meet on the way to the train station. I just can't help it. I always feel lacking in comparison, my hair isn't as thick or voluminous, my eyebrows aren't as fleeky and my body is not goals. 

Lately, I have been trying to pinpoint what it is that makes me feel like that, because. of course, this is not the fault of other people: this is all me. There's something about myself that I don't like. It might be that I fail to see where my future path will take me and that truly scares the shit out of me. I have no idea where I am going to go from here. The lack of security and the passivity of just existing, settling and not doing is driving me mental. 

I keep thinking what else can I do? I am doing everything I can, but a word of advice to you all. If you have time to fret about the future and worry about not doing enough then you definitely have time to do more. There is a line from a Young MA song (EAT - watch here) that goes "Been working so much that I don't even see the hustle". This is my new motto, I have chosen to spend way too many weekends in my pyjamas watching YouTube videos doing nothing and just enjoying a lie-in and Netflix. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it is also time I could be using to better myself, to help me feel stronger and more capable of creating a future I like for myself which is all I want. I want to do more. I want to work and volunteer and read about my fields of interest (psychology, psychosis and mental health), I want to stop feeling so anxious about life. 

Aside from where I am at in my life I am also struggling with how I look too, not that I look bad. I am more than fortunate to be healthy, shower regularly and be clothed warmly for this bitch of a winter. I have scarves upon scarves, but seem to rotate the same outfits every week because I just can't be bothered. I don't care enough to make an effort anymore. I have long hair that I twirl into a bun on most days to keep it out of the way, I can do a total of 3 hairstyles (loose, bun, ponytail) and that's it. My hair desperately needs cutting but I still can't bring myself to visit a hairdresser's because that's where Satan lives and I am so over strangers fucking up my hair (read about my Hair Horrors here). It shouldn't be so hard to look and feel good and yet it feels like such an effort, especially for girls. There is so much maintenance involved, but the sad truth is if you look good, or at least feel you look good, you will feel good. So it's time to identify what isn't "good" to me.

My weight and my hair have been bothering me a lot, I have started going back to the gym and trying (really trying) to make better choices in my diet. I want to start feeling good about myself again, although I can't recall a time when I was ever confident in my body it is about time I do something about it. I am going to start taking hair supplements and iron tablets for my health and to strengthen my hair. I have an iron deficiency and my sister already owns some capsules for hair, skin and nails. I figure I have nothing to lose, so if you are interested I will keep you updated on that. I do intend to get my hair cut very soon even if it's just in front of the mirror with a pair of kitchen scissors. My point is I have been passive for far too long, it's so easy to fall into familiar patterns and stay stuck in a routine. I just wanted to remind you all that whatever is bringing you down you have the power to change it. This brings me to my favourite quote by Mae West right here: "You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough." Let's make it enough.

Thank you as always for reading, apologies if this post is completely irrelevant or uninteresting to you. I am not sure I am going to keep it, it's hard to see all your insecurities and everything that plagues you while you're awake at night written on a page. It feels permanent. This is a watered down version of my thoughts in the interest of full honesty, my mind can be a very dark place. I hope this resonates with at least some of you and I tried to end it positively. I am not all that social, I heard yesterday that social media is really for the anti-social (Sean Locke on 8 Out of 10 Cats) and truer words have never been spoken. I feel this might be a significant lack, I want to have people in my life that lift me up and keep me motivated and strong, luckily I have a great family and friends that I would truly die for. I don't talk to many people, but the ones I do I treasure, I hate the thought of anyone feeling alone.

I was watching the Grammys last night and cried my eyes out to Adele's tribute to George Michael. Not because Adele is a magician in couture but because the video of George in the background pulled at my heartstrings. It made me think of Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse and other global stars that have a phenomenal gift and yet they're alone and unhappy. It's heartbreaking. So if you're going through something similar or just want to keep each other motivated to get to the gym send me a tweet or an email (alittlekiran@gmail.com). I would love to hear from you. Take care.

What makes you feel good about yourself?



Friday, 10 February 2017


The Morphe x Kathleen Lights Palette ($14.99) is the only palette from Morphe Brushes I have ever purchased. I got it directly from the Morphe website and paid a shipping fee ($21.47 - I know that's ridiculous). Altogether, therefore, I paid a total of $36.46 which works out to £29.20 GBP for the whole palette which contains 15 eyeshadows, thus making it approx £1.95 per shadow. Of course, this is only relevant if you too are considering buying it in the UK, in the US I am sure it is much cheaper and of course you can use a code to get 10% off. Stupidly, I forgot all about the many Morphe codes that exist even though there has been an ongoing "scandal" about them.

The reason I wanted to buy this palette is because it just looks like a really nice palette, with all the colours I would use. I only just subscribed to Kathleen's YouTube channel a few months ago and she is honestly one of my favourite YouTubers to watch. I love her voice and accent, she always looks so pretty and she seems to share her honest opinions about things and be genuine. I really like that. She did a few videos on her palette and I ran to the Morphe site only to find it had been sold out, on their second re-stock I grabbed it because the swatches in her videos are so swoon worthy that I fell head over heels for it. I loved the looks she created with it and the colour scheme is so pretty

The packaging is quite basic and cheap in areas. The actual palette comes in cardboard (different from their usual plastic palettes, which I like), there is no mirror, it is black in colour and has red lettering on the front. You get what you pay for and although it isn't much to look at, at least from the outside, it travels well and hasn't broken so far. The actual box is substandard, but then most people throw it away anyway. The picture and message on the back are a nice touch, but the font is stretched and the exclamatory sentences just feel really juvenile. I could have made this box at home and I think for a reputable company and brand they should know better than to house their products in a box like this. It's just bad form, a plain black cardboard box would have been a more attractive option than this clumsy hasty attempt. It's a little embarrassing, in my personal opinion

That being said, who cares about the stupid box? No one. Onto what really matters: the shadows themselves. As mentioned, there are 15 eyeshadows in total and they all look phenomenal in Kathleen's video - which I will insert at the end of this post so you can compare my swatches to hers. Just looking at it, I still think this is a really nice palette with well thought out colours. There isn't a single shade here that I wouldn't personally wear. It looks like a pretty, neutral palette with some greens and purples which make it especially flattering for brown, hazel and green eyes. Just so you know this is a similar collaboration as the Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette, most shadows are available individually from Morphe, I will link the ones that are, if not they are from past  palettes. 


As always, these are finger swatches done on bare skin, sans primer with just one swipe and one dab into the product. I tried swatching them all on my arm but it was too difficult so we're going to go through row by row, from left to right. Let's start with the first and top row: (1) Cream Puff ($2.29) - shimmery beige pink shade; (2) matte cream bone shade; (3) Deep Skin ($2.29) soft warm orange-brown satin; (4) coppery orange-gold metallic (custom shade); (5) cranberry satin shimmery brown with a hint of purple. I love the custom gold shade and the warm cranberry shimmer (4 and 5). The mattes aren't very pigmented in the top row and it might be due to my skin but the first shimmer shade, that looks so kapow in Kathleen's video was very underwhelming on my skin.


The second row, from left to right: (1) Trouble cool toned brown matte; (2) purple taupe shimmer; (3) bronze shimmer; (4) purple cranberry matte; (5) Secretive ($2.29) purple maroon matte. I like the first three shadows, but the two purple mattes are so sheer, they swatch terribly. I have heard that purples and reds are the hardest pigments to work with but these really do look awful and disappointing me. Another issue I have, is that they are so similar with Secretive just being a smidgen darker than the other cranberry shade so I wish she had put a more diverse shade in there. 


The third and final row: (1) moss green metallic shimmer (custom shade); (2) bright Irish metallic green shimmer (custom shade); (3) warm brown matte shadow (from 35O palette, she also says it is very comparable to MAC's Brown Script); (4) medium caramel shade (also from 35O palette, comparable to Bobbi Brown Camel Eyeshadow - £17.50); (5) Coal ($2.29) described as a true black matte. Again, the mattes were disappointing, two custom green eyeshadows are probably the best shadows out of the whole palette. The black and camel mattes are extremely lacklustre

Overall, I see now what people were saying all along. The shimmers massively outperform the matte eyeshadows in this palette, they are strongly pigmented and creamy. They are also very soft so if you dig your brush in it will make some indentations but apart from that I really like the shimmer shadows. The mattes are soft and although they are not very opaque they blend easily in the crease. The matte black, if it can even be called that, works great as a deepener. I can't use it as a liner as it takes too long to build the required intensity. You can see the four mattes from the bottom two rows (look above) swatched together below, these are the ones that swatch the worst, to me, again although disappointing they are wearable. I will say that the purples swatch really badly but they actually look more true to pan on the eyes and appear richer in pigment, thank goodness. 

Do I think the palette is worth $14.99? Absolutely. 
Do I like the colour scheme? A thousand times yes. 
Would I repurchase it? No, the shipping fee and lack of pigmentation in the mattes are major drawbacks to me. 
Do I regret buying the palette? No, as I do love the colours and lusted after this for ages. 
Would I recommend it? Honestly, no. I do like it but it's nothing to shout about. I think Morphe definitely cut corners to make it so affordable. Their shimmers are really nice, but you are better off buying a full shimmer palettes from Morphe in that case. I much prefer Zoeva eyeshadow palettes and I have heard great things about Juvia's place as well. 
Overall Rating: a generous 3/5 because I can get these shades to work. They don't look bad on the eyes at all and are actually very flattering, I just had higher expectations. 


Thank you for reading this review, I hope you enjoyed it. I know eyeshadow palettes aren't for everyone but I am addicted to them. I have many more reviews for you all, I need to get them up before I forget and they cease to matter so bear with me. On top of that, I want to do a Valentine's Day makeup inspiration post, I posted a poll on my Twitter to see what kind of looks you guys are into. Please vote and follow me if you like, I will follow you back, just search @alittlekiran. I would love to hear your thoughts on this palette, I know I said I didn't want to spend money on collaborations anymore but I really do enjoy Kathleen's videos and her personality so didn't mind nearly as much. Of course, find me on Bloglovin' to stay up to date with my blog, it's completely free. Hope you have a fab weekend, come back here on Sunday for some Valentine's looks. Take care. 

Have you tried anything from Morphe?



Tuesday, 7 February 2017


Personally, I love Valentine's Day in spite of my single girl badge. It just seems like a great day to me where everyone celebrates love, all kinds of love and not just romantic love. I do understand that it is little more than a flimsy excuse for shops to sell shedloads of lovey dovey crap but despite knowing this I still think it's cute as hell. Being single means there is a distinct lack of plans for my Valentine's Day but, because I never make plans on Valentine's Day (expectations much?), this doesn't faze me. However, for all you newly single peeps out there or just anyone who feels shit about being a lone wolf this holiday this post is for you. Here are some suggestions on how to have a good time despite being single and absolutely not ready to mingle.

Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year which means my sorry ass will be at my desk for 8 hours. Whether you work from home, are unemployed or still at school, just because it is Valentine's Day doesn't mean you can't crush it at work. Nothing is better for you than the feeling of accomplishment, so bulldoze your way through your workload, listen to some Britney Spears 'Work Bitch' and feel like the fabulous girl boss you are. Extra points for arriving to work on time with a smile on your face. Of course, if you hate your job then get proactive and start creating the life you want to live. Apply to jobs you want, tinker with your blog if you have one or just write down some goals and get to work! If your work life doesn't allow for this how about hitting the gym instead?

We constantly forget to be kind to ourselves. We forget to treat ourselves with the same respect and regard that we are taught to show to others all the time. Practice self-compassion and help yourself have a lovely day by just being nice to yourself. Hopefully, you all do this anyway but if you don't I couldn't think of a better time to start than right now. It can be hard to get to grips with at first but treat yourself like another human being, like a friend. Would you let your friend berate themselves for a silly mistake? Would you let your friend skip dinner because they are stressed? Hopefully not.

Valentine's Day is an excuse, not that you need one, to spoil yourself. Put yourself first. Watch that really soppy movie that everyone thinks you hate but you secretly love (we all have one, don't worry). Break out the expensive chocolates your Mum has hidden for hypothetical guests that will probably never come. Go out with your friends, go on a date, make yourself a cheeky cocktail at home, the list is endless. Whatever you want to do you can do it. Tuesdays are usually so boring, spice up your life.  NB: Yes, that's a Spice Girls reference, I was obviously feeling very 90s.

Just because you don't have a significant other doesn't mean you can't dress fancy af if that's what you like and that is what makes you feel good. You can wear your finery and break out your high end, use once a year makeup to put a little pep in your step. Why not? Look extra fine and feel extra good. If that's not your style then slot aside some pamper time the night before so you wake up with glowing refreshed skin. Painting my nails always makes me feel better too, whatever works

You're single, you're fine. So you don't have a boyfriend/partner to get you a cheesy gift, who cares? Get yourself something you actually want. It's unfair that everyone in a relationship gets a present and singletons are forced to go without on this one day. The injustice. A gift is mandatory. Even if it is something as silly as letting yourself have a nap when you get home even though you're not 85 you're just emotionally attached to your bed. Or that ridiculously priced foundation. Get it, I won't even judge you if you select to have it gift wrapped and write yourself a note. I always think of Cher in Clueless where she sends herself flowers and gifts when there is a guy she likes so he knows that she is desirable. Well, you are desirable. Has there ever been a better example to follow? 

I know you won't believe me but the Britney theme was entirely accidental, I fell down a gif hole and just had to include them because if you are feeling down about the impending holiday what better way to find your smile again than stare at Britney doing wonderfully weird things. Sorry not sorry. That's all for today, folks. I hope you enjoyed it and would love to hear about your plans if you have any, single or not, and please let me know if you would like any Valentine's Day posts like a makeup tutorial or a fashion post or anything at all really. If you have any questions or posts in mind that you would like to read let me know in the comments. Thank you so much for reading, don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin', your support means everything and I love you all. Take care.

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Saturday, 4 February 2017


The Androgyny Palette ($45) by Jeffree Star Cosmetics has finally been revealed. Originally, it was supposed to be released last Autumn but due to some issues the release was pushed back. It has been confirmed that it will be officially launched on March 4th. As usual. with the marketing industry being what it is right now we can all be prepared for a slew of big name bloggers and YouTubers to have their hands on this first. I love seeing all the diverse looks people create and hearing their honest opinions, it helps me make the decision whether to buy it or not. For an unbiased opinion on the palette please keep reading, I have included swatches and close-ups as well as the original video where all of these images are derived from. I would love to hear your opinion in the comments too.

Let's start with the packaging. Jeffree describes the case as being "leatherette", a term I have never heard before but essentially means faux leather. It has a reptilian like texture but he stresses that the palette is completely vegan and cruelty-free which is always nice to hear. The palette also boasts a nice large mirror and I assume, because he didn't specify, that the pan sizes are identical to the Beauty Killer Palette (now £28 on Beauty Bay) which are 2.52g per shadow, for comparison purposes a MAC eyeshadow is 1.5g so you are getting more product than you would in most palettes. You can see the size difference below, I like the large pans as it means you can dip your brush in easily. 

I will be honest and say that although I appreciate Jeffree's aesthetic and admire his unconventional approach to makeup I don't think I will be buying this. Mostly because I have been burned too many times with internet fraud and think it is safer for me to just not purchase things online anymore. I am sure my makeup collection will suffer enormously, on top of this there was some controversy surrounding Jeffree last year about his actions and remarks he made in the past. I know a lot of people were offended by this and his lack of apology. I can't deny that I am subscribed to his YouTube channel and love the incredible looks he creates, I am appreciative of his makeup talent and don't have a firm opinion of him as a person. I don't judge people before I know them and don't know the full story in this case, what I have heard isn't pretty though. Regardless of my personal decision, this post is purely based on the quality of this palette and my honest opinion of it

Jeffree describes the Androgyny Eyeshadow Palette ($45/£40) as being his version of a neutral palette. He wanted to create something that was wearable but still fun and reflective of his personality containing colours that you don't see in other neutral palettes. In total, there are 10 eyeshadows in square pans. The layout is identical to Beauty Killer and there are 2 formulas included: super mattes and metallics. Jeffree maintains that he wanted to improve the quality of this palette and make the shadows even more pigmented, creamy and just all round brilliant. Based on the reviews I have seen, Beauty Killer has gotten good reviews for the most part, so this gives me high hopes for this palette and the colour scheme is beautiful and interesting but not very neutral. It is definitely more suitable for those drawn to pops of colour.

The top row is quite neutral, here are the five shades: Frosting (gold toned pale metallic); Safe Word (cool toned super matte light brown - great transitional crease colour and contour shade for fair skin); Charm (warm-toned orange matte); Deja Vu (a frosted metallic burgundy brown) and Dominatrix (purple-brown chocolate matte).

The bottom row contains a few pops of colour and these five shades are: Androgyny (matte perfect plum); Fetish (deep dark metallic red); Military (matte camo/military green); Poison (matte teal green) and Swallow (a vibrant dark blue matte). In total, there are 3 metallic shades and 7 mattes. 

Overall, although I am loving the first row and the reds, I think the green and blues are a little out of place. I also think the two blue shades look very similar and would have loved a really deep gorgeous navy colour and a larger variety of finishes. Although, mattes are by far my favourite formula I would have loved more metallics. My favourite shades are Frosting, Androgyny and Dominatrix. I also quite like Military as I don't think I have a matte green like this in my collection. What are your thoughts on this palette? Do you like the colours? Will you buy it? Thank you for reading. As always, don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin', it would really make my weekend. Thank you again. I have many more reviews coming your way so stay tuned. Take care. 

What do you think of the new Androgyny Palette, would you buy it?


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