Saturday, 26 March 2016

Kiko Haul

What I love about a trip to Kiko, is that feeling of leaving with a bag of goodies without the guilt that I’ve possibly bankrupt myself. The general layout of the store, the colours, the range of product - It’s always an enjoyable experience that I seem to leave covered in glittery swatches. Unfortunately, my nearest Kiko is about an hour away, but last week we popped to Lakeside and I picked up a few new bits to add to the collection.


I picked up two of the High Pigment Wet And Dry Eyeshadows in 17 (gold) and 03 (neutral), one of highly raved about Water Eyeshadows in 208, another Precision Eyebrow Pencil in 04 and a Full Coverage Concealer in 02.

Kiko’s packaging has a sturdy, black matte finish - very similar to Nars, but a fraction of the price with that same high quality look and feel. I’ve always enjoyed Kiko eyeshadows, but never tried any of the ‘Use wet or dry’ lines. The basic idea being that you can use them dry for a more subtle finish or wet for a more vibrant, intense colour pay off. I was ideally after a new gold eyeshadow and decided to try one from each range to compare.


I went in store with the intention to pick up this Water Eyeshadow anyway, in the shade 208. I’ve read it’s a cracking dupe for MAC’s sell out ‘Wisper Of Gilt’ that I never got the chance to get my paws on. The design itself is just beaaaautiful to look at, almost too pretty to start dipping into! Even dry, these eyeshadows are rich, silky and VERY highly pigmented. With 26 shades available and at £8.90 a pan, I’m seriously impressed. I can't wait to give this a go, not just for a warm smokey eye look but also as a highlight.


I also wanted to try the other wet and dry line available, so I picked up a more subtle gold shade (far left - 17) and also a shade close to my own skin tone (far right - 03). I seem to get through these quite quickly as a base for any neutral smokey eye. Not as fancy to look at as the water shadows but equally blendable and silky smooth at just £6.90 a pop.


Top – High Pigment Wet And Dry Eyeshadow (17). Bottom – Water Eyeshadow (208). These are both swatched dry! That 208 though... Jheezz.


I picked up another Precision Eyebrow Pencil in 04, I have got through a few of these now. Nothing ground breaking but I like how thin the pencil is, making it really easy to create natural and fine, hair like strokes. I also added another concealer to my ever growing collection...



As the name states, this bad boy is full coverage! I would not advise using this ANYWHERE near the eyes and just keep this one for any pesky breakouts, redness or scarring. I always recommend applying heavy duty product like this very sparingly with a warm finger, using a light dabbing motion. You can create a really natural but full cover finish this way. The consistency is surprisingly creamy and would probably even suit a dry skin. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling for a breakout right now but I’m looking forward to giving this a go. Available in 8 shades and is priced at £7.50.

What are your favourite Kiko products that I should try next?
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Sunday, 20 March 2016

And so the adventure begins...

It was my 26th birthday on Thursday (17th March) and my darling fiancé and parents clubbed together and completely spoilt me with a Canon EOS 70D. I've been wanting to start a blog for years, coming up with every excuse in the book to why I haven't yet done so (I was just trying to find the balls). I guess we all have to start somewhere?


I have had a few days off work for my birthday, so I've used my time wisely to get a blog up and running and have a play with my new camera. So here it is! Expect make up tutorials, product raves and rants, wedding planning, household/organisational tips and tricks, well-being, cooking and more.







These are a few test shots from this afternoon. Meet my fiance, Samuel and our beagle, George. If any of you have the Canon 70D (or a blog!) and fancy throwing any advice my way, please do!
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