Sunday, 21 June 2020

KENDALL BY KYLIE COSMETiCS NEW COLLECTION FULL REVEAL SWATCHES & DETAILS


Kylie recently revealed her newest Kylie Cosmetics collection set to drop on 26th June 2020, the face of which is none other than supermodel sister Kendall Jenner. The Kendall x Kylie Cosmetics Collection boasts numerous products from eyes, cheeks to lips and a sleek white packaging. There is a distinct 90's Vogue-esque aesthetic which is clean, editorial yet still appealing, echoing the promotional videos that have been splashed all over Kendall and Kylie's respective Instagram accounts. 


There has been some buzz about a Kendall collection since the inception of Kylie's eponymous cosmetics line, she has collaborated with almost every other female family member at this point and consumers speculated whether a Kendall collection could be anticipated as well. Kendall and Kylie share both biological parents Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner and are the closest in age to each other, with Kendall being only a few years older than Kylie. It is possible that Kendall's pre-existing contracts with Estee Lauder for instance prevented her from collaborating with Kylie as a lot of big name beauty brands will not allow their models to represent competitiors. Think when Jamie Oliver was found shopping at Tesco when he is the spokesperson for Sainsbury's. The outrage! The Estee Edit line that Kendall promoted was discontinued shortyly after it was brought to stores, so this might be the first of many collaborations between Kendall and Kylie Cosmetics. 


The Kendall Kylie collection was pushed back a lot according to Kylie's reveal on her Instagram Stories. She describes a lip blush kit which has never been done by this brand before, I personally am not sure what is meant by this. To me, it looks like a standard lip liner and liquid lipstick set that Kylie is known for i.e. the iconic Kylie Lip Kits which was her first ever release and product. My only guess is that this is likely able to use on both the lips and the cheeks for a monochromatic look. The shade looks like a standard 90's brownish pink nude shade. 


Another new product which is part of this range are the three cream face sticks which include Act Natural (cream bronzer), Runway (cream blush) and Spotlight (cream highlight). Kylie explains all three colours are Kendall's perfect shades for every day wear, so if you have similar colouring to Kendall (light to tan) these will likely work for you. 


The cream bronzer Act Natural is a medium warm brown shade, Runway blush is a warm pink shade and Spotlight is a champagne gold highlight. Kylie confirmed that this cream stick formula will be part of her core makeup line and teased that in the coming week following Kendall's collection she will be releasing more cream stick shades that will suit all skin tones, bronzers, blushes and highlight for all! 


One product that interests me is the invisible blotting compact powder, a "mattifying cream powder formula" that can be used with a brush, sponge and even fingers. Kylie shared that Kendall used this powder a lot on set days, and it was a "lifesaver" as Kendall has oily skin and Kylie has noticed her skin becoming more oily lately too. As someone with oily skin myself, this formula intrigues me and sounds like it is designed for on the go use. I will be curious to see reviews of this.  


Keeping with the ediotiral theme the Everything Everywhere Gloss is exactly what it sounds like, a golden gloss that you can put in your eyes, lips, cheeks, anywhere you want. I am probably one of the few people that wasn't a fan of this trend, but for editorial looks and Instagram photos playing with this could be a lot of fun. 


Kendall also has her own tinted version of the High Gloss a lip gloss for "extra shiny and juicy" looking lips, I believe Kylie has other shades available in the High Gloss. Kendall's shade is this beautiful pinky red tinted colour, that reminds me of strawberry popsicle sticks and summertime. 


Here is a swatch of Kendall's High Gloss:


Last but not least is the eyeshadow palette that has 15 shades in total, top row: Model Energy (matte bone shade), November 5 (metallic champagne gold), Twice The Ice (metallic light pink), I'm Telling Mom (orange peach matte) and To The Moon and Back (bright chartreuse shimmer with gold flecks). Second row: Cup of Tea (light pinky brown matte), You're Tiny and Cute (muted soft pink matte), Runs in the Family (turmeric orange matte), Thicker Than Water (neon electric orange matte) and Here Kenny Kenny (lime green shimmer with tiny gold sparkles). Last row: Brunettes do it Best (deep brown matte), Love You Sister (petal pink matte), Loyal (warm medium browm natte), Scorpio Energy (pink with tiny gold sparkles) and Name a More Iconic Duo (pastel purple). 


I actually like the colour story of the eyeshadow palette and the layout, it looks like a great springtime palette to me so I wonder if this was in the pipeline to be released in early spring this year but was pushed back due to the coronavirus. I like that it is half neutral half colourful and think there are a lot of fun atypical shades like the chartreuse, pinks and lilacs which remind me of some of the clothes Kendall wears on her Instagram page. Cool palette, but not something I would get a tonne of use out of


And that is everything I have seen so far. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Please let me know yout thoughts on this collection and the products mentioned here in the comments below, do you like the look of anything? Will you buy anything? Are you tempted to buy anything? I have mentioned this before, but I don't picture myself ever buying anything from Kylie Cosmetics, the price is a little up there in comparison to the product in my opinion and with customs and shipping it becomes quite expensive. I also feel over the past year that the hype around this brand has reduced significantly, would you agree? Now, there are so many amazing makeup brands and new cosmetics lines being launched that the spotlight on Kylie Cosmetics seems to be disappearing. I am sure that they will still sell out though! Hope you are all having an amaing weekend. Take care. 

What are your thoughts on Kendall by Kylie Cosmetics? 

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Kiran

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Friday, 12 June 2020

DR DENNIS GROSS PR EVENT & PRODUCTS | STORY TIME EMBARRASSING MYSELF AT A PR EVENT


First of all, it has been half a year since I last posted and honestly I just haven't felt like it. Even today, I was finally in the mood to post because I wanted to share a mask that I have been loving but as it turns out that mask is now discontinued so there is literally no point of me sharing it. I do still want to post and thought I would share a PR event I attended back in January and do a bit of a story time alongside it because it was a complete disaster and I felt so embarrassed and conspicuous. On the day of the PR event I went to work as normal and completely forgot it was going ahead, I had talked myself into going because it felt like a great opportunity and I had never been asked to attend a PR event in Birmingham before, all of my invites are for London which is further away from where I live. However, on the day because I forgot I looked awful, I was wearing an oversized jumper dress, Chelsea boots and a humongous furry grey scarf because it was freezing. On top of that, my hair was in a ponytail and my makeup was extremely minimal. At the end of my shift, I made the split decision to just get on the bus and go to this event I would likely learn a lot and I am sure it won't be as bad as I imagine

Oh boy, oh boy, was I wrong. When I got to the event, I was asked by several members of staff if I was sure I was attending the right event. Was it the press event or the public event I was after? I had to repeat myself numerous times and I was well aware that I looked like a bedraggled mess, explained that I had just finished work and apologised for the state I was in but that I had still wanted to attend the event because who knew if I would ever get this chance again, I never get invited to events normally and when I do I can rarely go due to other commitments. I attended the event and it was lovely, the table was beautifully set, there were sparkling clear mirrors that highlighted my every flaw and a photographer with a very scary looking camera taking lots of artsy shots. This was a massive mistake. Not only was I sitting right at the front because I was one of the earlier ones to arrive which meant I was sitting directly in front of the hosts of the event (Carrie Gross) but a lovely lady took us into a separate room to remove our makeup and give us a facial. Everyone at the event I want to stress was really lovely, the lady who did my facial was so nice to me and kept telling me to stop apologising, she asked me what foundation I used and generally just made me feel really good about myself.


I was generally quiet for the entirety of the event because of how embarrassed I was, everyone there (I am not joking) looked like supermodels. I was kicking myself and wished I had remembered the event in the morning because I definitely would have made more of an effort. In the end, I left with a bag of goodies, tried lots of wonderful skincare products and ate fried rice on my train ride home which was delicious. Thinking about the event even now is mortifying, I don't think I will even step into Selfridges again for a while until the embarrassment wears off. The experience made me reconsider if PR events are really for me, I love meeting the people behind the brands and acquiring first hand knowledge of products, especially skincare, and attending the event really made me pay attention to what I was buying and what evidence there is to suggest that a product will actually benefit me and whether it is just trendy and not actually effective. On the other hand, I can't deny the pressure I feel to look perfect or as good as I possibly can, of course that's part of being in the beauty community and being a beauty enthusiast and I want to stress I utterly blame myself for what happened and I should have been more prepared. But the experience I had at this event and others is that I think that I would feel this way no matter what I am wearing, I just feel like I don't belong. I wanted to share this in case others feel the same way, especially those who might be newer to blogging. 


The realisation that this is a bigger internal problem that I have and that feeling this way prevents me from attending events and posting content and videos of myself is quite jarring and also scary, because I don't know how to fix it. Exposure therapy is a major component of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and over the next month or so I want to get used to seeing my face on camera. I have a decent platform on several social media platforms and would love to be able to post an Instagram Story without feeling like I look or sound ridiculous. So that is my mid-year goal that I hope to get better at. If you guys have any tips on building confidence or getting used to how you look etc. please let me know and if you can empathise with the pressure to look a certain way in today's society or in a specific community you are a part of I would love to hear about your experience. Not suprising to anyone, but the products that we tried at the event were great and all part of the Alpha Beta range. I haven't used them consistently enough to post a review for them but if you want to check them out you can find them here: Pore Refining Serum, Universal Daily Peels, Pore Refining Cleanser. I watched this video by Whitney Hendrick called The Ugly Truth About Being Beautiful and it is well worth a watch and really thought provoking. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have had a wonderful week and see you soon in my next post. Take care. 

What are your thoughts and do you empathise or relate to this at all? 

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Kiran

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