Wednesday, 31 October 2018

JEFFREE STAR COSMETICS HOLIDAY 2018 COLLECTION REVEAL FT ALIEN PALETTE WITH SWATCHES

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Holiday 2018 Full Collection Reveal With Swatches incl Alien Palette
Jeffree Star just unveiled his Holiday 2018 collection from his eponymous brand including the anticipated Alien Palette housed in, you guessed it, an alien-shaped palette that is described as sturdy and 3D, there is a hinge to open it and the palette alone retails for $52. The exterior is hot pink. There are 18 square pan shadows inside with a mirror and the shade names printed underneath, without further ado let's have a look at the shades. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Holiday 2018 Full Collection Reveal With Swatches incl Alien Palette
Pluto is an icy duochrome pale shade with a peachy yellow shift named after Jeffree's favourite former planet, Titan is an ivory bone matte white colour and is also one of the moons of Saturn, Alien is a lime green metallic shift named after the palette itself, Interstellar is a white gold metallic shimmer, Abduction is a chartreuse matte like a highlighter green/yellow shade, UFO is a green gold metallic, Gravitea is a soft tan matte perfect for transitioning, Martian Soil is a mustard matte, Flying Saucer is the first shadow in the palette with a saucer actually embossed instead of Jeffree's trademark star print, this is a pretty bluish green matte, Phone Home is a mauvey brown matte that resembles the inside of a Smartie if you know what I mean, Moon Rock is a strain of cannabis I imagine, it is a forest green metallic with a gold undertone, X-Files is also different with an alien embossed in the shadow and is described as a khaki army green matte, Ghost OG also named after a cannabis strain and is a dark deep army green, Area-51 is a rich royal purple matte, Space Cowboy is a metallic brown with a hint of pearl, Probe is a metallic greenish blue with a brown undertone, Tall Grey is a grey with a blue undertone and is named after an alien and lastly is Black Hole which is a true black matte shadow. I actually annotated this hope you appreciate it and it is useful!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics  Alien Palette Full Swatches
Onto the rest of the collection, the Velour Liquid Lipsticks are again in limited edition packaging, they come in a white iridescent box which has a rainbow shift. There are 8 in total. The first shade is called Can't Relate which appears like a peachy nude. The packaging is gorgeous in a glitter container with a white cap. Karma is an army green matte that looks almost greyish. Jeffree Who? is a pinkish rosy warm toned matte, Scandal is a lavender mauve/rose-toned glitter, Hi How Are You? is a glitter red berry holiday look, Clout is a dark purple silvery metallic, You're Still On The Property navy blue metallic and the last shade Triggered is a blackened plum shade with glitter. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Holiday 2018 Full Collection Reveal  Velour Liquid Lipsticks All With Swatches 
There are 4 Lip Ammunition Shades, starting with Alien Tears which is a satin glitter top coat which can be worn alone and on top of other lip products. These lipsticks come in a white bullet with a silver cap. Galaxy Gold is a metallic gold. The Lip Ammunition lipsticks smell like vanilla bean, whereas the Velour Liquid Lipsticks have no fragrance. Beam Me Up is a multi-dimensional bronzey pink shade. The last Lip Ammunition Shade Area-51 metallic glitter green. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Holiday 2018 Full Collection Reveal Velour Liquid Lips and Lip Ammunition Shades Swatches
Last are the Velour Lip Scrubs which are vegan and edible, there are 4 of these. The first flavour is Egg Nog, second is Pumpkin Pie, third is French Toast, and lastly there is Salted Caramel. Out of all of them the last one appeals to me the most. An iridescent white makeup bag is also available. The collection launches November 9th and the lip products are all $18 each. Watch the full video below.


Thank you for reading, I will try and update this with links, especially UK links, and better photos as they become available. All of these photos were screenshotted from mostly the YouTube video posted above or Instagram (@jeffreestarcosmetics). As you know I don't personally support Jeffree Star Cosmetics, their aesthetic and products don't appeal to me - I am a boring bitch - but these are just my personal feelings. If you do support the brand and the collection appeals to you I would love to know what you think of the products and whether or not you will be buying anything. The Alien Palette looks interesting, the colour story was underwhelming for me I expected something a bit more vibrant I also wish the exterior was more alien, maybe if it was green or something. I don't think it looks very expensive but it is fun and different and I can always commend that when makeup is being done to death. Hope you are well guys.Happy Halloween! Take care. 

What are your thoughts on the Alien Palette?

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

12 GREAT & GORGEOUS INTERESTING HALLOWEEN MAKEUP LOOKS

#BADBETI Look by @dressyourface
Halloween is tomorrow, it's my favourite time of year and although I have been hiding it doesn't mean I haven't been appreciating all the incredible talent that is out there. So this is an appreciation post, one of the reasons I love October so much is that it gives so many people the chance to shine and tap into their creativity. There are so many talented people out there that I couldn't possibly fit them all in here, this post contains just 12 of my favourite looks, if you are interested in more Halloween looks check out my Instagram and of course especially check ot the Instagrams of all the artists featured in this post, they are all tagged and where possible I have linked tutorials of the looks featured in this post. Thank you for your patience, I can't say I am feeling better but seeing all these incredible looks has me feeling inspired. Starting with the #BadBeti look by @dressyourface above if I had Halloween plans this year (my lazy ass is going to go to the cinema and watch a scary film instead) this is the look I would be rocking because it is phenomenal and looks especially good with Indian formal wear. I really like it and there have been so many recreations here are the tutorials available for this look. Obsessed with them all. 

Violet Beauregarde by @ellieaddis
A look that went viral, and deservedly so, created by Ellie Addis and based on Violet from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the first movie and the only movie I acknowledge). You know, "Violet, you're turning Violet, Violet!". Iconic. There have been many recreations of this look and Ellie herself uploaded her tutorial which you can watch here. I love this look especially because it can be achieved relatively easy with a varying skill level and can be made simpler or more complex, you can add glitter, liner, scales, anything you want. Really cool look

3D Cracked Face by @promisetamang
 The queen of transformations herself, Promise Tamang, did this incredible 3D Cracked Face which she posted on her YouTube (watch here). She makes it look so easy and I don't know how she does it, all her videos are creative and exceptional. The cracked lips in particular elevate this look to the next level, her attention to minute detail is what makes her looks stand out from the rest. I love how her look is three dimensional and you could turn it into a broken doll etc. it has many possibilities.

Glitter Skull by @rowisingh
One of my favourite artists all the way from Australia is Rowi Singh, a fellow brown girl and one of the most cool, creative and colourful feeds I have ever come across. I always do a double take whenever I see a new post from her, she looks gorgeous and unique. This particular glitter skull is stunning, I love it so much because it still has an impact but doesn't contain  the detail and heavy shading seen in typical skull looks, which is exactly why I love her art it's atypical, original and beautiful. The glitter brows, the choker necklace, the line work, it's just the right amount. 

Demon by @makeupby_makenzie
This demon look by Makenzie is everything, she is an artist I found through searching for Halloween looks this month which perfectly embodies exactly why I love this time of year so much. I think the eye makeup alone with pale skin would be striking enough but the way the horns are attached and the pattern on the lower half of the face is so well executed and really suits her. Brilliant. 

Poison Ivy by @alyssaroseart_
A look on the prettier side, there are so many Poison Ivy looks on social media but I particularly liked this one by Alyssa Rose because of how simple and striking it is. The blood on the corner of the mouth makes it epic. Also, how pretty are those leaves? So pretty. I think the makeup is really nice especially for anyone with brown eyes and the green shade used in this creation looks like it is straight out of the woods from Red Riding Hood, so beautiful and ethereal.

70s Disco Glam Gone Wrong by @beautsoup
Molly Bee (beautsoup) is an incredible artist and I like this look in particular because it screams Seventies, it is a pet peeve of mine when people get their references mixed up, although lord knows I am no expert, but this look embodies that era perfectly at least to me and the blood placement is so pretty. Isn't she beautiful? All her looks are mesmerising, honestly, her talent is astonishing

Leopard by @beautybysofiewa
Inspired by @milk1422 face chart, see that here, another look I found trawling through the halloween hash tags, it is so good. The talent and skill is irrefutable, I hope one day I can achieve a look as good as this. I think it is especially hard when using someone else's face chart as inspiration as it draws on someone else's skill as well and she did such a good job (original here). I'm not going to lie it took me a while to realise it was a leopard but I love that she only did a quarter of her face as it lends it some ambiguity and draws the eye for longer. 

Clown by @powerpuffmoniq
There are no words, an artist I have been following for a long time and someone who knocks my socks off every damn time. Another @milk1422 face chart recreation, @powerpuffmoniq really did that with this one. She is beautiful and always pushes herself. Clowns have been done to death especially with It coming out last year so really impressed with how well she executed this. Unbelievable. Plus, she really made it her own. Also I am convinced that her hair look would good no matter the colour. Seriously, how gorgeous is this?

Snow White by @lisamarie_murphy
I love Disney and Lisa Marie did this gorgeous Snow White look, who in my, possibly unpopular, opinion is the least loved of the princesses as far as I can tell, but she really made Snow White interesting with this look. The accuracy of the pale skin, red lips and dark heir and the costume that looks painted on makes it unmistakably Snow White. Such incredible artistry with how she did the drawings in specific areas of the skin. She really has perfect features

Exposed Heart by @butterflyjasmine49
This is a collaboration between @natasha_noemi and @butterflyjasmine49 where Natasha creates the art and Jasmine executes the look is my understanding. This is so cool, the eyes are edited, but apart from that the heart is so incredibly artistic I love how it looks like tree roots and is shaped like a commercial heart and not an actual human heart. The dripping blood tears and eerie pale skin all add to the look as well. It really does look like a painting come to life, stunning. 

Spider/Tarantula Eyes by @tinahalada
I have followed Tina Halada since she was around fifteen, she is seventeen now and still a fantastic artist. This is the first look of this kind I came across, I don't know if someone else did this first, but I have seen many similar looks since this look and honestly it is one of the coolest looks I have seen this year. It looks incredible on everyone I have seen it on and Tina is such a talented, but humble and nice person that it is really cool to watch her grow and gain the recognition she is more than worthy of. I highly recommend subscribing to her, she is great to watch and is phenomenally talented as well as really beautiful. Her eyes are amazing! Watch the Spider Illusion Tutorial right here


Comment your  favourites below and if you have created Halloween looks yourselves, feel free to tag my Instagram either @alittlekiran or #alittlekiran because I love Halloween and would love to see them and show some love. Thank you for reading, if you have any accounts you want to recommend to me also leave them below and feel free to follow me on Instagram - all my social media links are below - because I post looks from incredible artists lately and a lot of them are spooky af. I am having a tough time lately, it has been a difficult period for my family but I will post sooner rather than later. I have also been having some troubling skin issues (help!) which has prevented me from making videos but I am slowly starting to get in the eff it mindzone who cares if I have a few (maybe a thousand) spots, if I keep doing this I am never going to do the things I want to do. Love you all.If you did anything this Halloween let me know, are you watching Sabrina on Netflix? I started it yesterday, really hope Salem starts talking . . . Take care.

Which Halloween look do you like the most?

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Monday, 15 October 2018

MUSIC MONDAY | SWEETENER REVIEW


So I wrote down some personal goals today to see why I have been so reluctant to post and one of the things I realised whilst reading through different content here on the internet is that I think I have lost interest in what I am posting. Mostly, I stick to new releases as these are the posts that do really well, attract the most traffic and hell I do actually like discussing new products, however it is becoming increasingly tiresome trying to keep up and I have ended up struggling to care with some of the personal issues I have been dealing with. As a result, I want to be more committed to my blog and posting content that most of all I like. I did a Music Monday series briefly back in 2014 possibly (post here) and although I have a very basic and sometimes odd music taste music means a lot to me. Particularly in these past few months when times have been seriously hard, Ariana Grande's Sweetener Album has gotten me through some tough times, when I couldn't sleep I would listen to it on Spotify (link here not sponsored of course) until my housemates woke up, when I was huddled in the library for days writing my dissertation I listened to it to get me through a stressful time. So because it has really helped me, I wanted to share my thoughts on this album and my favourite songs with you. Because if you are going through a tough time this might help you too


This isn't going to be a track by track review, I am just going to pick out my favourite songs and post videos of the songs/covers where possible. That being said it opens with raindrops (an angel cried) which showcases Ariana's amazing pipes and to me echoes with the sadness she experienced after the Manchester bombing. It is literally just four lines, a haiku if you will, which makes it all the more astonishing with how much it resonates. It is actually a cover of a song from the fifties by a band called Four Seasons. See the original by clicking here. Ariana decided to sing a piece of it acapella, she just woke up and had the song in her head that day and decided to added it before releasing it. 

When raindrops fell down from the sky
The day you left me, an angel cried
Oh, she cried, an angel cried 
She cried



Blazed and Light is Coming are the second and third tracks on the album, both featuring other highly respected artists Pharell and Nicki Minaj respectively, neither of these tracks appeal to me as an individual but I do listen to the album all the way through, I feel it helps me appreciate the tracks I do really enjoy even more. Is that weird? R.E.M is the next song I want to discuss in more depth, at first I wasn't that enthralled by it but it is definitely a grower. If you didn't know R.E.M. stands for rapid eye movement which refers to the fifth stage of the sleep cycle where you dream. Ariana herself announced that this was her favourite song on the album, there is some "explicit" language but overall it is about being in love with someone and it's incredibly easy and smooth to listen to. Here it live below and here is a couple lines from the chorus that reinforces the message of perfect love. 

'Cause you're such a dream (does this end?)

If you can believe, you're such a dream to me




Next chronologically is the one and only GIAW, God Is A Woman, which had a lot of people's knickers in a twist. Not only is it a great song that encourages women to feel empowered in their own bodies but the imagery in the music video is simply stunning, the art, the makeup, the gorgeous body paint and bath bomb situation. It was really well executed, and her live performance of it was equally as ethereal. Her voice is just so smooth in all of the songs that pop out to me from this album. If you loved Side to Side from the previous album this is a more sophisticated version of that, my one critique is her speech about "sisters" in the official music video seemed a little contrived and not directly related to the song, but she's beautiful the song is beautiful and the message is worth listening to even if it was cringey, but for that reason I added the live VMA version below because her costume and choreography are flawless



Next is one of my favourites and it is the title track Sweetener, and to me this is all about positivity and being grateful for all the good you have in your life even when it feels like the bad is suffocating you. It's a song that feels really hopeful to me and it reminds me that  nothing bad lasts forever and you will feel happy again. The ensuing track Successful is one of my least favourites so let's not dwell in it, although there are some good vocals, instead here's a live version of Sweetener below. 

When life deals us cards
Make everything taste like it's salt
Then you come through like the sweetener you are
To bring a bitter taste to a halt


Everytime by  Ariana Grande is a song I like a lot, it's a song that stays stuck in my head constantly and for the longest time I thought it was called Back To You. One thing I appreciate is that the choruses in these songs (most of them) are spot on, catchy with good lyrics and vocals. This song is about that one person you can't seem to shake for some reason you always end up with them despite efforts to the opposite. I like this song because it makes me think of all the times I have made the same mistake twice and how I never learn, it's nice I am not the only one.

I've tried to fight our energy (yee, yee!)

But everytime I think I'm free (yeah)

Next is Breathin' which has just been released as a single, this song is about anxiety I believe and I love it because I literally use this song in situations where I don't want to think. If I am on the way to work probably late I play this song. If I can't sleep I play this song, if I feel like I am going to cry in public I play this song. It is a song the world needs, not to be dramatic. Followed by No Tears Left To Cry, the first single to be released by Ms Grande, another song that grew on me. This song, to me, is about leaving the past in the past, sometimes we have no choice but to move on. It's interesting how differently lyrics can be interpreted. The chorus seen below I read as I am in such a sad state of mind I don't want to leave my room because I have cried so much I can't cry anymore when after listening to it a million times it seems to be the exact opposite, she is in a good state of mind and wants too feel like this forever she has ran out of tears and is living her best life. lmao.

Right now, I'm in a state of mind

I wanna be in like all the time
Ain't got no tears left to cry


Borderline is possibly my least favourite song which kills me because it is with Missy Elliot, a legend and an iconic. But I don't even like Ariana's vocals in this track so it's a pass for me, although the percussion at the end is quite good and very old school Missy. So if I get through the entire track which I  often do as I tend to listen to the whole thing on Spotify at least it ends positively. The last few songs are all songs I like a lot. Starting with Better Off  which is the saddest feeling song about deliberately being emotionally distant to protect yourself I feel like a lot of people can relate to that, the fear of getting hurt is often worse than getting hurt in the long run better to have loved and lost and all that. Here are some of my favourite lines and I urge you to listen to this song if you tend to like sadder more emotional songs like I do, I find them very cathartic. 

Steering clear of any headaches to start 
And if we're being honest
I'd rather your body than half of your heart


I am so happy because my favourite song has arrived, it is Goodnight n Go which samples from Imogen Heaps same titled song (listen here). The song is love and attraction and infatuation it's sweet and like most good songs riddled with sexual innuendo. The music itself is really beautiful, I can't find an Ari version of the song so here is Lewis Blissett, who is going to be super famous one day performing a mixture of Raindrops, Goodnight n Go and God Is A Woman. He is so good!


Oh why'd you have to be so cute
It's impossible to ignore you
Why'd you have to make me laugh so much?


Then we have a one minute song entitled Pete Davidson which is so damn good and just showcases a very happy and in love on cloud nine person. There's a lot of speculation that they have broken up which is sad but this song is so beautiful and I will be eternally glad it is on here. I just wish it was longer. Last there is the Better Off which Ariana said was about her anxiety and she wanted this song to be a song people who listened to it to be comforted by it. I like the song because it reminds me we all take a lot, like our health, for granted and oddly it reminds me of my Dad who has now been taking steps to make healthier changes to his lifestyle and I am super proud of him even though he judges the shit out of me everytime I eat something unhealthy.

This is for everybody

Babe, you gotta take care of your body, yuh yuh
Ain't no time to deny it, that is why we talking about it


Thank you so much if you read this, I know a lot of you probably couldn't give a shit and I cannot blame you, I know nothing about music but with my uncle and grandma passing away and feeling so alone and guilty music helped me a lot. We all have songs that remind us of people and memories and I will forever remember Sweetener as the album that got me through 2018, I still listen to at least one song from this album every day and I think this will be the case for the rest of this year. I  would love to hear what songs you have been loving, Sam Smith's new album is perfection too. Take care. 


What song do you love at the moment?


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Saturday, 13 October 2018

REVIEW | GLOSSIER YOU EAU DE PARFUM FRAGRANCE


Glossier, as you know, is a fun and fresh brand always bringing out new, innovative products. We talked about the Zit Stick (post here) a while ago which unfortunately isn't available in the EU due to stricter guidelines regarding to certain ingredients. Despite this, I did go to the pop up shop in London a while back and pick up the Glossier You (£45 for 50ml). Perfume is very personal but if you are interested in this one here are my thoughts, it's going to be a quick one. If you are wondering why I haven't posted in such a long time, skip to the end and I will explain as much as I can at the moment.

This is marketed as a personal and intimate scent created for the pleasure of the wearer rather than others, for that reason it is not overpowering at all and is actually quite subtle. Often I forgot I was wearing a scent at all. I wanted to try it because the reviews are quite positive and the perfume smells different on everybody (which can be said for most perfumes I believe but I am not an expert). It's hard to describe because it consists of just a few notes, so it doesn't smell floral or fruity or sweet or even musky which are the usual descriptors that come to mind. I did think when I first applied it, that it smelled "clean" and it does smell good, but it faded so fast and wasn't something I noticed as the day went on each time I wore it, which depending on your preference might be a positive. I felt I had to use a lot to feel like I was wearing anything and generally I just didn't think it fit with my personality if that makes any sense. 

I like scents that are more interesting and complex. for £44 I can get a 30ml bottle of Jo Malone's Nectarine Blossom and Honey which is honestly my favourite perfume I have ever tried I think I am going to buy another one as an extremely early Christmas gift to myself. I would love to know if you have tried this perfume and what you thought of it and Glossier in general. It seems I am just not cool enough, really want the Zit Stick though and maybe the Milky Jelly Cleanser. Comment your favourite scents below I would love to know what scents tickle your fancy, sorry I have been absent I just have been feeling really low and unmotivated for the past few weeks and each time I sat down to write it just felt really pointless. Hope that makes sense. Thank you for reading. Take care. 

What scents do you like?

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Monday, 1 October 2018

SEPTEMBER FAVOURITES


Is this real life? Am I actually posting a favourites post on the 1st of the ensuing month. Have I finally got my shit together? Absolutely not, but I felt like doing a favourites post so here we are. I haven't been wearing much makeup at all recently but do have some products I want to talk about as well as some skincare bits. Usually, I would have a fail in here but I wanted to post a review of the product first before giving it a mention in this post. So please look forward to that if you enjoy people hating on products as much as I do - it saves me money, simply put. 


First, is this Allies of Skin Purifying Cleanser and Masque (£38). I am an absolute sucker for a 2-in-1 product of any kind, and the reason it deserves a mention in this post is that it smells divine, has the softest texture of any skin product I have ever tried and can be used both as a cleanser and a masque. I mostly use it as a first-step cleanse, it helps reduce my blackheads and I think it helps minimise the appearance of my pores. It is running out but lasted a decent amount of time. 


Next is the Alumier MD Ultimate Boost Serum, I use this on nights where I don't want my face to feel like it is being ripped off by acids. I really love this, It is suitable for all skin types, comes in cool af packaging where the cap twists up and then the serum is dispensed by a pump which is what I want from all liquid products. It has a gel like consistency and just feels really nice and hydrating on my skin. It helps keep my combination skin balanced. As for the Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Tonic (£9.50), as I use a lot of exfoliating and matte products on my skin and usually opt for medium to full coverage foundations, I use this every morning, just a few quick spritzes to keep my face feeling fresh. I use it throughout the day on makeup free days and really enjoy it, my skin doesn't feel so dehydrated either. You can also buy it as part of this set here*.


An oldie but a definite goodie, the Nars Casino Powder* (£30) is an absolute gem. It is so pretty for anyone with medium/tan skin, it adds a gorgeous warmth and is sheer enough that you can't overdo it and believe me I pack on the bronzer. I have gained some weight recently so when it comes to adding dimension and shadows to my face I go overboard. Really love this, will probably love it forever, have yet to meet a bronzer I like more and I bought this about three years ago. Applied with a large fluffy brush over and around my contour it softens any harsh lines and adds warmth to my face, it is summer in a powder. 


Last but not least, and a product I was previously unimpressed by the Ultra Contour Palette (£8) from Makeup Revolution. I believe their first ever contour palette they released, I have been using this recently as my NYX Contour Palette* is buried somewhere in my moving boxes and I can't summon the energy to unearth it. Pleasantly surprised by this product and how smooth and soft the powders are, there are two setting powders (a creamy white and a banana shade), faint enough not to leave a cast but pigmented enough to brighten. Three highlighters with varying intensity, the peach highlight is particularly pretty, not too glittery or blinding but soft and flattering. A nice range of cool, warm and deep contouring shades that are all quite pigmented so you need very little, but smooth enough that they blend really well. Not the best contour palette in the world but for the price I actually like it quite a lot. 

Thank you for reading, I actually have posts planned for once and I am really excited to get back into blogging. I enjoy it so much, and reading a nice comment can change my entire day so I am looking forward to reconnecting properly with everybody and reading posts, sharing my love for beauty and talking and discussing things that really matter to me as well as sharing my experiences over the past year. Like I have said in past posts, it was a hard year for me, for many reasons and I really want to share my experience with you. Thank you so much for your support. Take care. 

What did you get up to in September?

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