I recently received a KIKO eyeshadow stick in the December You Beauty Discovery box. I adore KIKO cosmetics and my collection has grown massively since they opened a store near me in Guildford a few years ago. I’ve seen the eyeshadow sticks in store before but have never taken the step to buying one, so I was delighted to receive one.
The tube is very sleek, and the matte black gives it a very expensive feel.
The domed end is perfect for applying to the lid, and the nib isn’t too large so you’re able to cover the entire lid with ease.
I’ve always been a bit apprehensive with cream eyeshadows as, in my experience they tend to transfer quite easily around the eye.
The colour I received was shade 05 – Rose Brown. It’s a bronze colour with red undertones, with silver glitter. The glitter isn’t overpowering, more it just gives a faint glimmer to the eye. Who can resist a bit of extra sparkle?
The eyeshadow blends out quite easily without losing much pigment, so it would be good to blend into another darker shade.
The claim is that it lasts for 8 hours. It faded slightly over the day but the colour was still fairly intense. Although I didn’t find that it transfers too much, it remained waxy for a long time and I personally really don’t like the feel of that on my lids. It made the creases of my lids very sticky and I kept on feeling like it was moving around. Dusting a powder eyeshadow around the creases will probably be the best solution as I cannot stand the waxy feeling.
You can purchase the KIKO Eyeshadow Sticks for £6.90 here
I usually have a very love/hate relationship with Topshop, however whilst doing my Christmas shopping last week, I popped in and promptly fell for everything in there. So here is just a few off my current lust list, and fingers crossed for some good January sales!
Satin Crepe Pleat Midi Skirt – This beautiful pastel blue midi-skirt is definitely more appropriate for Spring but I’m already eyeing it up!
Glitter Velvet Bodysuit – This just screams New Years Eve to me
Lincoln Embellished Tee – I love a comfy t-shirt to lounge around the house in, and I especially like the irony that it has the words ‘Phys. Ed.’, which is the last thing I’ll be doing in it
Biker Mesh Ponte Legging – I practically live in leggings, so I love a smartened-up version, plus the mesh sells it for me
Versaille Brushed Sweatshirt – Oh cosy jumpers, how I love you
Harriett Stud Strap Boots – These are a bit pricey but they’re real leather and would do wonders to improve an outfit. I love the studs running down the side
Bandage Insert Bralet – I’m not entirely sure I’d be able to wear a bra with this but it’s a comfy dressed-up top
Cross Over Cut Out Maxi Dress – Oh hey pretty yet totally impractical dress which I would never have anywhere to wear to but I want!!
When the Models Own Chrome Palette caught my eye a month or two ago, I tried to do a bit of research into it and read some reviews but I wasn’t able to find that many. So I thought I’d do a little review of the palette.
For an inexpensive product, it’s nicely packaged, in a card sleeve. The actual palette is very small but nicely done, in a weighty rose-gold packaging which looks very pretty. There is a large compact mirror on the interior which is always a nice touch.
A brush is included, but I’m not personally a fan of foam ended brushes. In general for these cream eyeshadows, I’ve actually found applying with my fingers to be the most effective way of getting a decent amount onto my lids.
There are 6 shades inside, each weighing 1.6g. There are 3 silver-white/silver/grey shades and 3 gold/bronze/brown shades.
The white and silver shades have got the most use from me as they look lovely when lining the eyes on a night out, really making them pop. The gold is also a lovely bold colour. The bronze and brown are less unusual but are lovely to blend in.
Quite a lot of product is needed to really make them stand-out but they do look bold and vibrant once on.
One thing to be noted is that, as they are cream, it’s very difficult to apply liquid eyeliner over the top. I have to apply a transparent or appropriately coloured powder eyeshadow along the lashline which allows the eyeliner to then be drawn on.
Overall it’s definitely a nice palette to have on hand as it lends something a little different to the usual eyeshadow routine.
You can but it for £5.99 from Superdrug here
When it comes to Christmas and birthdays, for my mum I love to make beauty hampers. They’re relatively easy to make and make a great tailored gift.
My go-to shops for making up these hampers are Superdrug, TK Maxx and Boots, as well as supermarkets as they often have a great selection of discounted products.
TK Maxx is fantastic for what would otherwise be pricier products. I got the Argan Oil Elixir and Green Tea face masks for better than half the price.
Body Shop sales are great to get items from as everyone knows the brand and they are always good quality.Little items like Shea Handcream are practical as they can just be popped in a bag.
I like to get smaller filler products and bodycare from Superdrug and Boots. They are affordable and you can get individual items such as the Sanctuary Salt Scrub Sachet
My mum doesn’t wear a lot of makeup so I tend to cater more for skincare. I do like to slip in an inexpensive lipstick, like a nude MUA lipstick
Unwanted unused beauty box products are perfect as they can be gifted to someone who would use them. The Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster is from a You Beauty Discovery Box and worth £18.00 alone. It’s not something I would personally use but I know my mum will love it!
Perfume samples are also a lovely addition as they give the recipient a chance to try out new scents.
I use leftover beauty boxes to gift them in. They’re always very pretty and presentable, this particular one is a Cohorted box, and I’ve used the filling that came with it.
The total value of my box is about £56, although a lot of this value is made up of beauty box items. I spent around £30.00 putting everything together.
I think these are fantastic personal gifts and would appeal to most people
All the hype over Star Wars is something that I’m sure many are sick of, it’s definitely a love/loathe situation. I however am firmly in the love category and have been absolutely loving the variety of reasonably priced merchandise that is available to buy, and I think there are now some quite innovative designs currently available. Here are some of the highlights I’ve gathered:
Star Wars Jogging Bottoms £10.00 – I’m currently wearing these as I type and I can confirm they are incredibly comfy. These are really nice because they’re so understated, with lettering down just one side. I went a size down so they’re a nice snug fit.
Pink Stormtrooper Pants £2.50 – Pants. With stormtroopers on. These are adorable. Need I say more?
Star Wars Top £20.00 – A cropped tee with the classic image, the rolled sleeves save it from being dull
Star Wars Print Vest £18.00 – Yes this is a man’s vest but I love the style and the understated graphic print on it
Star Wars Graphic Bodysuit £15.00 – This is my absolute favourite item here. They’ve taken the theme and style and ran with it, creating a lovely item which I wouldn’t hesitate to wear on a night out
Dark Side Graphic Shorts £11.00 – These would be a staple bed-wear. as they look comfy and I love wearing boy-shorts and boxers to bed.
I recently popped into my local Primark and came away with two statement necklaces perfect for the festive season
This Pearl Linked Necklace is absolutely beautiful and looks far more expensive then it’s £5.00 price tag would suggest. It would look absolutely beautiful with a high-necked dress or a festive jumper. It’s chunky silver linking lends well to the shape and feel of the necklace.
At £4.00, this beaded plait necklace is even cheaper. It’s very chunky and the close-up detail is exquisite. It honestly looks so much more expensive, and has a very weighty feel. I sometimes find that Primark jewellery can feel a bit cheap but honestly the individual detailing and heftiness of this piece makes it feel anything but.
I would definitely recommend popping into Primark as there are so many beautiful pieces in their current season. These gorgeous necklaces will make fantastic statement jewellery for New Years Eve.