Wednesday, 26 September 2018

KYLIE BIRTHDAY EDITION MINI MATTES FAKE VS REAL SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON REVIEW & SWATCHES


As you all know, I have pledged to never buy anything from Kylie Cosmetics, not because of personal reasons but mostly due to the price of the actual products plus the additional shipping and customs charges. Also, most products can be duped from Colour Pop which i also no longer buy from despite liking a lot of their products, especially their lippie stix, due to the adorementioned reasons. However, my aunt recently went to Thailand and bought a fake version of the Birthday Edition Matte Minis which were released last year and I thought I would investigate how they compare to the real Kylie Cosmetics Birthday Edition Matte Minis ($36). It was available 2 years ago as a set and as part of a larger bundle featuring the Kylie Cosmetics classics, making this post completely redundant but I actually found comparing the two quite interesting. So if, for some reason, you are also interested, please keep reading and I will link a video at the end of the post that gave me some information. 


Surprisingly, despite being a lot cheaper and more easily accessible, the fake version of the Birthday Edition Matte Minis is significantly larger, not only in terms of box size but also in terms of lipstick size and ml of each lipstick. Other key differences are the outside packaging, for instance the real version has reflective gold packaging whereas the fake version has a non-reflective finish. I actually prefer non-reflective packaging because it photographs better but I can only assume reflective packaging is more expensive to create. The applicators are identical between the real vs fake edition and the scent of the lipsticks are similar but more chocolatey for the fake version. I hear the real ones smell like sweet vanilla and candy. Of course, I don't have a real Kylie Lip Kit to compare so this is based on hearsay and the many reviews I have watched, as I do post about Kylie releases relatively frequently. I don't find the smell of the fake lip set offensive or too overwhelming it is actually quite nice, nor can I smell any chemicals. 


Onto the actual products and shade swatches, please ignore my goosebumps it has been unbelievably cold here in the UK, the drop in temperature has confused my body. Candy K is a warm pinky nude. Koko K is a pale pink shade. Dolce K is described as a deep beige nude. Leo is a true deep burgundy. Kirsten is described as a warm brown berry shade. Finally, Exposed is a warm mid tone beige. These descriptions were taken from the Kylie Cosmetics website. I think most shades match up to their descriptions especially Candy K, Koko K and Leo. I think the only one that seems not to is Dolce K as it seems like a browner version of Leo, rather than a deep beige nude. Overall, I think they are all very pretty colours in their own right. For swatches next to genuine Kylie liquid lipsticks see below. This screenshot was taken from Cladia Lopez's YouTube video which is linked at the end of this post and edited and annotated by myself. 


I don't think Claudia has the same exact fake version as mine, as errors she mentions in her video like typos and mispellings are completely absent in the fake version my aunt purchased. I also think she bought hers when it was just released and the hype was high and that might be why their was a chemical scent. As for the formula which is actually the most important part, I found they have serious lasting power and need to be removed with an oil-based cleanser for easy removal. They feel comfortable enough on the lips for a matte formula. As someone who dislikes all lip products except balms and barely their lipsticks, I am more sensitive to drying formulas than most. There is nothing I hate more than being or feeling uncomfortable, but this was actually doable. I like the applicator and the colours and was pleasantly impressed with the standard of this fake. One or two stickers on the bottom of the liquid lipstick tubes needed to be smoothed but apart from that a great job. I like that they are bigger than the genuine Mini Mattes version as it means you are getting more for your money. Please watch Claudia's short video below for a live comparison of everything I discussed. 


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this atypical post. I am by no means encouraging you to go out and by fakes, this was just a random opportunity that I was interested in posting about and I hope you aren't offended by this. Personally, I have actually bought a fake in the past. I bought a fake version of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette when it was sold out for 99p off eBay before buying the real one which after posting about I gave to my sister. I still use the fake version and have never had any trouble with it. I am interested in how you feel about "fakes" and what your thoughts are on companies that dupe products as well such as Bad Habit Beauty and Makeup Revolution etc. I would love to have a discussion with you guys in the comments below. Hope you are having a wonderful week and see you later this week with hopefully a review. Take care.

What is your opinion on fake vs real products and dupe companies?

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

FIRST LOOK | DESI X KATY DOSE OF COLORS ROUND II SWATCHES & DETAILS


Desi Perkins and Katy aka Lustre Lux took to YouTube just yesterday to reveal their second collection with Dose of Colors. Their first collaboration (post here) was met with mostly positive reviews and was obviously a success. So much so, that two of their products are going to be repeated and made available for purchase once again due to the high demand. The products being Over The Top lip gloss (£14) a clear intensely shiny gloss with gold reflects and Fuego (£22) highlighter a champagne gold creamy highlighter recently rocked by Beyonce, the queen herself. 



Their new eyeshadow palette entitled Friendcation (£44) has really caught my eye, the swatches and colours look insanely beautiful and I am intrigued enough that if the collection does come to Beauty Bay which I think it will I might get my hands on this palette. The swatches are pictured below: Basic (a "basic" cream matte shade ideal for setting an eyelid base and just starting your look), Ccins (short for cappuccino, the spelling might be wrong, but they love cappuccinos as they explain in their video, a deep rich chocolate brown), Necessary (a light mid-tone brown matte also perfect for crease work), Dirty Money (olive green with an antique gold shift, insanely sparkly), Moment (an electric blue with a neon purple shift, just as sparkly as Dirty Money), Try Me (cranberry red with orange pink reflects, again insanely sparkly based on the swatches), Just a Kiss (a sheer reflective shade with not much of a base colour, perfect for adding on top of other shades to get the same kind of sparkle the other pigmented shades have), Girl Bye (pinkish red matte), Churro (rich warm brown, another great crease colour), Game Over (midnight black with silver reflects, inspired by wet asphalt and the galaxy, ideal for a really cool smoky eye). 


Next is the Chasing the Sun highlight (£22), the same formula and packaging as Fuego. The name is inspired by the perfectly lit makeup photos they take using the sunshine, like golden hour in a pan. Very creamy, wet finish. Described as a golden bronze highlight, slightly warmer and deeper than Fuego which is a blinding champagne that is known for being flattering on a range of skin tones. 


Time for lips. Desi and Katy created a new formula for their Velvet Liquid Lipsticks (£15), of which there are two. This formula is not completely matte or budge-proof. The idea is you are able to reapply them throughout the day and they feel really comfortable on the lips, not sticky, not dry or cracked. They keep your lips looking hydrated and healthy. The first is called My Main which is inspired by natural lip colours, it is a pretty nude with a slight pink undertone in a satin finish, Desi says it reminds her of Angelina Jolie's lips.


The next Liquid Velvet is designed by Katy, My Main was designed by Desi, Mauve Story is Katy's which is ironic because Katy famously hated mauve for a very long time. It is a muted, soft, cool-toned mauve shade. Katy credits the satin finish of the lipstick as to why she has embraced this mauve colour as it doesn't dry out her lips or exaggerate her lip lines. 


Like More Creamer Please and No Shade there are two new lipsticks in the same formula and packaging, just a nice creamy regular lipstick (£13) formula. Hey Girl is the first shade which is described as a muted pink, perfect for every day and compatible with numerous different lip liners. 


The second lipstick is called Aftermath (£13) which is bolder than the others, but still very autumnal and neutral, all of the lip products read quite neutral in this collection which is appropriate for this season. This colour is a rich autumn leaf, cognac colour that looks really beautiful and just makes me think of pumpkin spiced lattes and soft scarves. Can you tell I am excited for Autumn?


Over The Top's dirty wild sister is called The Most (£14), another stunning, incredibly shiny wet-looking lip gloss. Although it looks white in the tube it does go on clear so is suitable for wearing with other lip products but also looks incredible on its own. Great for when you want your lips to look bigger. This lip gloss is sheer with pink and cherry reflects which are only really visible in the light so doesn't read as garish or tacky. It's subtle but still looks really cool and is noticeable.


 I am not one for lip products so although these all sound very nice, they re just not for me. It really is only the eyeshadow palette that I am seriously considering buying. I am excited for reviews and looks. You can watch their reveal video in full below.


Thank you so much for reading, another post about a new release but this one is actually pretty exciting. I hope you enjoyed reading about it. Please let me know what you think of this collection in the comments. Do you have your eye on anything? Did you buy anything from Round 1? Hope you are having a great week, it is my last week in London so it is bittersweet for me but I am happy I seem to slowly be getting back into blogging again. I love it. Have a lovely day. Take care. 

Do you like Round II better than Round I?

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Kiran

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Monday, 17 September 2018

NEW JORDYN X KYLIE COSMETICS COLLECTION WITH SWATCHES OF EVERYTHING


It's been a while my friends, in short on top of my dissertation and presentation my grandmother recently died and I had to move most of my things from London to back home. So it has been a busy, but also shit, time. Let's put that on the back burner for a while and check out some new makeup. Yesterday, Kylie dropped the news of her Jordyn Woods collection that will be available on 21st September. As you all know I never buy anything from Kylie, I think her price point is ridiculous and with the added shipping and customs you can forget about it, but if this is your cup of tea I want you to get a closer look at it, swatches included. The colours are very pretty and definitely autumnal/fall-appropriate


First, there is the eyeshadow palette which is the first thing I look at. It looks good, not to sound cynical but most promotional pictures do, Out of the shades, My Heart, Wild Love and Never Leave Me attract me the most, especially My Heart that vibrant blueberry matte speaks to me. In fact all the mattes in this palette are quite appealing, more on the cool tone side which is reminiscent on the Norvina palette but with a few more dark mattes which make it slightly more deeper skin friendly I think. The colour selection is pretty, I am getting kind of tired of seeing an orange or a peach in every palette. I think we all own enough oranges and peaches, I would really like some more cool toned shades that we haven't seen before because I am sure they exist. All in all, the swatches are beautiful and if it didn't cost more than a dentist's appointment I might consider it. 


Onto the highlighter palette, I am still not convinced by this glazed donut trend, my textured skin just isn't having any of it, but mostly I believe Kylie's highlighters have a decent reputation. Especially, her Wet Set highlights. I am not sure how many highlighters she has available in her line and how similar these shades are to existing ones, however, I think this palette seen below would work for a lot of skin tones from fair to deep, not sure about deep/dark skin tones, but for the most part it is quite an inclusive palette. 


From the swatches below, cute names by the way, these highlighters seem to be the really intense almost glittery kind of highlighters. For me, personally, they are not the highlighters that work best for my skin, but if you do like a blinding highlight and want one palette with a few different options this could be a great palette for you. If you are on a budget, I recommend checking out the Sleek highlighter palettes and maybe the Sophx Makeup Revolution highlight palette. Together Forever looks like a really interesting shade, with lilac pink undertones that can be beautiful on a lot of skin colours. No New Friends appears to be another universal highlight, a traditional champagne gold, Inseperable is a warmer peachy gold shimmer and Best Life is almost a rose gold highlight. 


Kylie is releasing three lip products in total. 2 lip glosses and 1 lipstick. I have no idea what 23 means, or why she decided to use 23 as a name for one of her shades but I am sure she will release a video soon revealing the stories behind different shade names. Most of the names are quite obvious i.e. Woods for Jordyn as it is her last name and the rest are friend-related i.e. No New Friends, Partner in Crime, Never Leave Me. Not outside the box but definitely fitting with the theme


The packaging seems to be the same as the rest of the Kylie lip glosses which makes me think they are of the same formula. I do actually like the packaging of Kylie's lip  products, her old wands were not the one but I think she has improved upon them since the beginning of her brand. 


The two lip glosses are swatched below and Partner in Crime is a seriously beautiful brownish pink nude that would look stunning on anyone with medium or olive skin. Her lip glosses look quite thick, as I have never tried them I can't speak on the formula only speculate but a lot of my friends do really like them. I think the colours are stunning and they have a really wet finish which seems to be on trend right now. Although Partner in Crime is glossy, 23 is a gold with micro glitter for that insane sparkle. It feels very festive to me, which is exciting as Christmas is only 99 days away!


Last but certainly not least is a lipstick. The only lipstick that is part of this collection. Again the same packaging as previous lipsticks just different colours I believe. There is the Kylie embossed in the bullet which is a nice touch that you would expect from a high end makeup line. I think that's my trouble with her brand it veers between simple cardboard packaging for her eyeshadow palettes and then quite luxe packaging for some products. I think if your price point is consistent your packaging should be consistent as well


Woods is a stunning autumnal browny reddish nude, that looks like a cross between an autumn leaf and an oak tree. It is very pretty, it looks like a satin finish here but that might just be the screenshot quality. All photos were either taken from Kylie Jenner's Insta Stories or her instagram page.


Below you can see Jordyn Woods herself wearing the entire collection on her face. I would love to hear what you think of this collection especially after you have seen it on a face. Do you think Kylie Cosmetics is getting better and better? Do you like the collections she comes out with? Or would you prefer her adding to her permanent collection? I think Jordyn is absolutely stunning and everything looks great on her. I especially like the way the 23 gloss picks up on camera, it is very pretty. I just wish more of the colourful shadows were on the eyes so we could see how they perform. 


Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Please leave a comment below letting me know your thoughts on this collection. Do you love it, hate it, feel indifferent? As I mentioned, I have moved most of stuff back home, that being said I will be residing in London for the next few days to finish things up. I picked up a new foundation in the interim as I have very little makeup so you will have a review on that soon. Happy Monday, have a great week guys. Take care. 

What do you think of the Jordyn collection?

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Friday, 7 September 2018

NEW GLOSSIER ZIT STICK ACNE SPOT TREATMENT


Glossier is a relatively new but popular brand that is known for its minimalist and functional approach to fresh faced makeup, releasing a plethora of skincare and makeup products the latest to  grace the US website is the Zit Stick ($14). For now only available to purchase in US and Canada, the Zit Stick is a novel interpretation of acne and spot treatment which until now was typically treated with harsh and opaque products like toothpaste and sudacrem in the comfort of your own home. Often compared to a Tide Pen, which is a non-American I have no fucking clue what that is, the Zit Stick has a simple easy-to-use design with a metallic roller ball, made of antimicrobial steel, applicator, and it works by first clicking the pen several times (3-6)  to dispense the product and simply rolling it onto the offending blemish. The steel roller ball also has a cooling effect on the skin which should elicit a calming sensation on irritated and inflamed patches of skin. Ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide which decreases levels of acne-causing bacteria and capryloyl salicylic acid which is a milder form of salicylic acid that can be worn through out the day are what makes this product pack a punch. Tea tree oil and cucumber extract all help clear skin and reduce redness as well. 


A key USP for the Zit Stick is the portability as well as its ability to be applied over or under makeup, and not just as an overnight treatment. The formula is transparent so not unsightly as you go about your daily routine, and not as potent as overnight treatments thus not leaving your skin overly sensitive or unprotected if you were to have it on during the day in sunlight etc. 


Importantly, benzoyl peroxide is not available over the counter in the UK< Sweden or Denmark and as such the Zit Stick will not be sold in those countries anytime soon. This is because benzoyl peroxide is a highly potent ingredient, although the Zit Stick has a low enough dosage to be considered safe in the US the same practices are not in place in some European countries. In the meantime, I highly recommend this Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Blemish Stick, it doesn't come with a microbial steel roller ball but is only £3 and works especially well for oily, blemish prone and problematic teenage skin concerns. I have used it on and off for months and don't see myself ever not purchasing it. Thank you for reading, I would love to hear if you have tried and loved any products from Glossier? Please comment below your thoughts on the Zit Stick and your own acne fighting remedies. Hope you are having a good week and wish you a great weekend. Take care. 

Have you tried anything from Glossier?

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