Saturday, 29 August 2020

NIKKIE TUTORIALS X BEAUTY BAY PRESSED PIGMENT EYESHADOW PALETTE


Photo via @beautybaycom on Instagram

Nikkie Tutorials recently announced a brand new collaboration and it is none other than an eyeshadow palette, or pressed pigment palette if you prefer, with Beauty Bay. I love Beauty Bay I purchase from them all the time, they stock so many good brands and have started releasing their own eponymous products which have a pretty good reputation and fair price point. Nikkie touched on her past collaborations in her reveal video and the infamous ordeal she went through with Too Faced. The palette retails for £25 or $30 and euro. The Nikkie Tutorials x Beauty Bay palette contains 20 eyeshadows in total and is called a pressed pigment palette, I am sure we are all familiar with this term by now it refers to the dyes used in formulas which enables the palette to be considered vegan as certain dyes are not considered safe for eye use due to staining. For swatches and more details keep reading. 



Nikkie discusses the inspiration behind the palette in her reveal video and how she was inspired by Temple Tutorials which is the name she gives to her home, her sanctuary or safe space. The palette has two halves with a bright side full of colourful eyeshadows and a dark side full of spooky darker and more neutral shades both speak to different aspects of her personality. Nikkie shares that she has been working on this palette since 2019 and it was pushed back after she came out as transgender at the beginning of the year - her decision. She recently underwent a traumatic experience where she and her fiance were held at gunpoint during an armed robbery at their home this past month. One really cool detail about this palette is it has two mirrors on either side of the opening and one is magnifying!


Onto the swatches:

Redemption - marigold orange matte (nod to the fiasco with Too Faced where she was ripped off)

Blend & Snap! - bubblegum pink matte (nod to the iconic movie Legally Blonde)

Ivy - icy white shimmer (nod to her gorgeous dog)

Slasher - mulberry purple matte (nod to her love of slasher films

5am - true chocolate brown matte

Roxy Catan - bright pink shimmer (an alias she used in the past for staying at a hotel)

Vla - bright bumblebee yellow matte (means custard in Dutch)

Mikai - true red matte (nod to her little brother who passed away a few years ago, his favourite colour)

Mila - caramel nude matte (Nikkie's other dog)

Underground - hybrid of silver and gold


Photo via @edenamyh on Instagram
Swatches continued:

Plot Twist - periwinkle matte (refers to the shade that looks different depending on your skin tone)

Aura - orange rose gold shimmer

Basic Trut - pink toned light nude matte (means basic bitch in Dutch)

All In - greenish gold-silver duochrome ()

Ew - true green matte (an in joke as she hates green although this looks more like a cyan/seafoam)

Pride - pink and blue duochrome (inspired by the trans flag)

Zomer - peach pink matte (means summer in Dutch)

Mama Tutorials - baby blue shimmer (nod to her mother, of course)

Amsterdamn - cobalt blue matte (Nikkie lives in Amsterdamn)

Mr Tutorials - hazel shimmer (nod to Dylan, Nikkie's fiance)

Watch Nikkie's full reveal video HERE.

Photo via @edenamyh on Instagram

What do you guys think of this palette/launch? Do you think this was the right time for Nikkie to release a new eyeshadow palette? Are you interested in it, will you buy it? Please comment your thoughts below, I think as a beauty guru Nikkie actually has a pretty stellar reputation and she is widely known for her amazing makeup skills particularly her eyeshadow looks. I am excited and happy for her. I personally don't need anymore eyeshadow palettes as I barely use the ones I have but if I didn't I would pick this up, the price is reasonable, the shimmers look gorgeous and the mattes look like they are good quality. The colour story is also pretty versatile. The Nikkie Tutorials x Beauty Bay Palette will be available to purchase from the Beauty Bay site from 31st August and it is limited edition. Hope you guys enjoyed this post and that you are all having a great week. Take care.

What are your thoughts on the Nikkie Tutorials x Beauty Bay Palette? 

Love 
Kiran

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Tuesday, 11 August 2020

BOOTS SKINCARE HAUL & FIRST IMPRESSIONS


The time is passing so quickly it's startling, I have had this post in the works for weeks. It was just supposed to be a haul but by the time I remembered to post I had already tried them all so thought I would squeeze some first impressions/mini reviews in for you. Let me know if you have tried any of these products in the comments below and if you have any recommendations too. I am in the online shopping stage of social distancing and have been buying everything and anything over the past two weeks including massage slippers. 



L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask  Repurchase This is a tried and true holy grail of mine, I am obsessed with this mask. How can something so affordable be so good, it feels great on my skin, dries down in a way that feels like it is doing something and when I remove it with warm water and my Face Halo my skin feels so soft and refreshed. I really think this is a terrific mask especially for the price. 

L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub Repurchase Another product I love dearly and a repurchase, I must have gone through at least four of these so far. It is a product I keep returning to. Like the Detox Mask the Glow Scrub for me is a cut above the rest. It contains salicylic acid so great for problematic acne prone skin, there are tiny granules for physical exfoliation but it is really gentle in my opinion and I used to use it twice daily. I know a lot of people are anti-scrub and I have received what many people say about physical scrubs being aggressive so I try not to use it every single day but I do still love it. 



No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Sun Protection Stick First Impression This has been the sun screen I have been using for the past week and I am not a fan. Originally, it seemed so convenient especially when I just want to sit in my garden. This was not for me at all, it's meant exclusively for pool or beach days I think it is not suitable beneath makeup and feels quite thick and unpleasant in my opinion. I much prefer the La Roche Posay sunscreen which is my go-to but I really wanted to find a more affordable alternative as I get through it so quickly. 

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Hand Cream Mini Review A gem of a find. I have spent a lot more money on hand creams in the past but this is beautifully moisturising and genuinely fast absorbing. It's not in a massive bottle either which means it fits in my handbag. I think I will definitely repurchase this. 

Soap & Glory In The Fast Lane 2 Minute Polish & Peel First Impression I have tried this once in the shower, I am not sure if it actually peels. It feels very spa like and can make my skin tingle, I haven't experienced anything magical happen to my skin. I do tend to like Soap & Glory products but I don't know if I will repurchase this, a lot of "polish and peel" products tend to be more of a gimmick.


Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack First Impression By far the coolest (punny) product in this haul, I had no idea what to expect with this and am not entirely sure what it does. From the instructions you shake it vigorously and squirt the appropriate amount onto your hand, it's like a mousse, I might do a full review on this so you can see the full texture it's unlike anything: whipped and buoyant. You then massage it into your face for a minute or two and leave it for ten minutes like a mask. It's touted for dull, oily/combination skin which it totally me. The first time I tried it I really enjoyed the process but didn't leave it on for longer than two minutes I didn't know I was supposed to leave it on for longer. My skin did feel brighter afterwards but I did use this after using the L'Oreal Detox Mask.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Weirdly, I have so many post ideas, I  am in the right frame of mind to blog more consistently, however, even though it only feels like a week when I log in again it has usually been over a month. Nevertheless, come back soon I have a post on SPF coming soon. Comment below what your thoughts are on these products, let me know if you have tried anything and if you have any Boots products you constantly repurchase. Take care. 

Have you tried any of these? Do you have any recommendations? 

Love 
Kiran

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