Monday, December 5, 2016

Kylie Cosmetics - Koko Kollection

I've been loving Kylie Cosmetics (a brand created by Kylie Jenner) for a while now but haven't yet made a post about them. I've spent many nights, sitting up until early hours, waiting for new products to go on sale. The life of a make-up addict.

Recently, Kylie brought out a new collection with her sister, Khole Kardashian. As soon as I saw this release, I fell in love with the packaging completely. Rose gold is just my fav and the signature drops look super effective.

The collection includes four lip products. Three of them are matte formulas and the fourth is a gloss. I already own quite a few of her products so I knew that I would love them. This cost $40.00 with shipping at $14.95. I also had to pay a custom charge. Getting Kylie Cosmetics can be super expensive but the products really make up for that.

The four shades are;
  • Gorg - A matte finish which is a dark purple.
  • OKURRR - A matte finish which is a pink/red.
  • Khlo$ - A matte finish which is a light brown nude.
  • Damn Gina - A gloss which is a beautiful nude pink with silver specks.
My favourite one at the moment is Khlo$ with Damn Gina on the top. Looks great for a natural finish, especially around Christmas. All the shades are very pigmented and look great with just one swipe. They last most of the day and rarely need re-application. Overall, I am super happy with them and will definitely carry on buying products from her.

Below are some swatches;

Friday, November 25, 2016

Another MAC Haul

I'm obsessed. But you already knew that so moving on... MAC have had quite a few new collections out recently, the biggest one being their Christmas one. This year, it is called the Nutcracker collection and as always, the packaging is beautiful. 

I picked up four things from the Nutcracker collection. They are; Viva Glam Lip Compact, Lipstick in Leap of Delight, Magic Dust Eyeshadow in Dance Flowers Dance and Sweet Peach Face Compact.

I brought the lip compact because I don't own many lip palettes. I never tend to go near them as I always think that they won't be as pigmented as a lipstick bullet. Recently, I tried a palette from Seventeen and it was actually really good. I've realised that as long as I have a good brush to apply them, they shouldn't be any different. Lip palettes are a great way to try a variety of shades.

The face compact includes a highlighter and a blusher. Both beautiful products! The lipstick is a dark purple matte shade and the eyeshadow is a pink shimmer.

I then brought two products from other collections, which are; Selena Lipstick in Dreaming Of You and In The Spotlight Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Beaming Blush.

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The lipstick is a beautiful deep matte red which is perfect for the winter. The skinfinish is absolutely stunning. Again, it's great for the Christmas period to add a little extra sparkle.

I really can't wait until the Mariah Carey collection comes out! The packaging is my favourite so far.

Until next time!

Friday, November 18, 2016

A New Beginning - Do What You Love

For anyone that reads my blog regularly, I just want to take the time to apologise for not posting in a while. To be completely honest with you, I've been going through a really tough time for the past couple of months which resulted in me losing the motivation to keep this page running, until recently.

As many of you know, the beauty industry is a huge interest of mine and one of my main passions. A few months ago, I decided to put that to the back of my mind and focus on something I deemed more future proof. There is so much pressure for young adults to know what they want to accomplish in their lives and I felt like failure because I seriously had no clue. I studied Medical Science throughout college and this opened up a few doors for me. The great thing about the course I undertook was that the job prospects were endless. I could go on and do anything I wanted, within the medical sector (obviously with a lot more training) but I didn't find that one opportunity that I knew for sure I wanted. I tried so many things; cosmetic science, medical administration and even counselling (which I still do now) but none of them made me feel truly happy at what I was doing.

Recently, this all kind of caught up with me. The feeling that I was a failure. That I would never feel like I belong. That my place in the world was pointless and that I wasn't contributing anything towards society. Around three years ago, I was diagnosed with depression and social anxiety (a whole other story) but with the help of therapy and medication, I finally learnt ways to deal with them but when situations like this happen, it takes me longer to push on through and see the 'light at the end of the tunnel'. But I did it. I got myself out of the funk.

I learnt a life lesson. As selfish as it may sound, you have to put yourself first. I was so determined to make everyone around me feel proud of my accomplishments that it even got to the stage of me lying to myself. I would tell myself that I was happy and that I was doing what I wanted but in reality, this was a big fat lie. I love doing make-up. I love helping people. And I love making a difference. So that's what I did. I very bravely, reduced my hours and set at researching new opportunities.

I am now studying Make-Up Artistry and Beauty Therapy as well as working for a charity in providing wishes for children with life-limiting conditions. But why am I writing this post?

I want to make a few changes as to the content I post on here. I will definitely still be posting beauty related posts weekly (believe me) but I also want to write about other things. Some of you may know that I am a full time wheelchair user. I want to post about my experiences with being disabled and all the things that come with it. But also about living as a normal 20 year old in this crazy world. So expect more rambling posts like this one!

I just want to end this post by encouraging you all to do what you love. Life is too short to feel underwhelmed and bored with your lifestyle. Make a change and be selfish.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

MAC Collection 2016: Trolls

Finally, the long-awaited Trolls collection has arrived in stores. I have been super excited for this upcoming collection because of the bright packaging. And also, who didn't love Trolls when they were a kid?

Although, this collection isn't for everyone. It includes many bright and colourful shades which aren't as wearable as many other MAC collections have been. I picked up the most wearable products as I'm not the type of girl who leaves make-up in my drawers for special occasions only. Here is what I purchased from the MAC 2016 Trolls Collection:

The first products I brought were the beauty powders. The two powders from this collection both have a pearlised finish and work really well as soft highlighters. I used the pink-toned one, named 'Play It Proper', for a setting powder underneath my eyes the other night and although the pigmentation wasn't great to stand alone, it really helped brighten the dark circles under my eyes (I have many!). I haven't yet used the gold-toned one named 'Glo Rida' yet, but just swatching it alone, I can tell that it is much more pigmented. I actually prefer to use highlighters that have more gold specks in so this powder looks perfect! 

I finally brought some lipglasses! I don't own any lipglasses from MAC so when I saw that these were part of the collection, I had to buy them. There are four available in this collection but the ones I purchased are 'Bubble Butt' and 'Glitter Grunge'. I don't tend to wear many lipglosses, purely because I can't stand it when my hair sticks to my lips, but when I swatched these in the shop, they were beautiful, I just had to buy them. Also, isn't the packaging the cutest thing!?

Finally, I brought a lipstick. A girl can never own too many lipsticks, right? Again, there are four lipsticks available. As I said before, this collection is full of bright colours so it was a hard choice choosing a colour. The one I chose is called 'Midnight Troll'. It is a matte finish (my favourite) and is a beautiful electric blue colour. Although this colour isn't easily wearable, I decided to buy it as it would be great for any fancy dress events. Especially as mermaids are my go-to! 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of the MAC Trolls collection. I just want to apologise for not posting in a while but I'm back and have tons of new products to show you!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Urban Decay - Alice in Wonderland Launch Event

On Thursday, I was lucky enough to attend a launch event for the new Alice in Wonderland collection at Urban Decay. It was a lovely experience and I wanted to share it with you!

So, the event took place in House Of Fraser at the Urban Decay counter. White wooden chairs were lined up, facing a chair and desk decorated in materials, resembling a garden. Teacups filled with lipsticks, joined plastic cocktail glasses, filled with orange infused water and bowls of chocolate and biscuits, dotted the table.

The UD employees, all dressed up as Alice characters, introduced themselves before offering cake and drinks to the attendees. A description of the palette was given with reference to characters before the make-up masterclass began. A simple day look was created to begin with and was then compared to a smoky night look. The artist used several UD products, aswell as the new collection.

After the masterclass was finished, everyone got the chance to buy the new products. Unfortunately the lipsticks sold out within 15 minutes (before the event even started) but I was lucky enough to get my hands on two. I will post more about these, next time. Everyone managed to get a palette though which was great and a goody bag was given with any purchase from the new collection. This included samples of UD's cult classics.

It was a great experience and all the products are beautiful! I will be doing a post soon on two make-up looks, using the palette and also a post with more in depth photos.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

My MAC Lipstick Collection

This post has been highly requested so I thought I would give it a go. I just want to disclaim that I am in no way bragging and I know I have more than I need. Make-up is a hobby and passion of mine and I love collecting it so please don't judge me! Although taking the photos for this post made me slightly sad as I realised how many of my favourites are running out but that's just an excuse to buy more. I haven't included swatches in this post but feel free to comment if you'd like to see them. Here goes!

So I've separated them into different finishes and tried to take photos that showed the colours. Starting with cremesheen finish, I own;

  • Only You - Part of the recent Ellie Goulding collection. I'm in love with the packaging!
  • Ravishing - Probably my least favourite of them all. It's a bright coral/orange which looks great for the summer but doesn't really suit my skin tone.
  • Peach Blossom
  • Without Your Love - Another one from the Ellie Goulding collection. I just had to get both!
  • Fanfare - My first ever MAC lipstick!

The next finish, I only own one of and that's lustre;
  • Royal Ball - Part of the Disney Cinderella collection. Not my typical colour choice but I couldn't resist the packaging!

My favourite finish of all, matte!;
  • Viva Glam Ariana Grande - My absolute favourite shade of lipstick and Ariana is my queen.
  • Kinda Sexy 
  • Oxblood - Part of the Toledo collection. Really dislike the packaging as it gets so dirty because of the material.
  • Evening Rendezvous - Part of the Magic of the Holiday collection. Love the packaging and the colour. A perfect lipstick!
  • Persistence - One of my newbies and already I wear it everyday.
  • Viva Glam III - Another beautiful berry shade. Can you tell that this is my favourite colour?
  • Velvet Teddy

Lastly is my satin finish collection;
  • Rebel - So close to finishing. Absolutely gutted!
  • Cyber - One of my favourite shades but doesn't seem to apply nicely to my lips. Need to play around with it a little more!
  • Amorous - Another newbie to my collection. A perfect everyday colour which goes with almost any make-up look.
  • Steam Heat - Part of the Wash & Dry collection. Another amazing packaging!

That is it! Searching through the website just shows how many more I really want to get. I better start saving!

Marks and Spencer Sell Make-Up!?

Every year, my Grandad always gets me Marks & Spencer vouchers for Christmas. Of course I am extremely grateful for this gift but I always struggle with what to buy. Last year I brought some PJ's and tights (soooo comfortable!) so I planned to do the same this year. Now, I know that M&S do their own brand of make-up called Autograph but I've tried their products before and didn't really get on with them. This was a few years ago so I'm sure the formulas have developed but I just seem to avoid those products. Anyway, I was on the floor on the with the PJ's and underwear and I spotted a beauty section. I decided to have a look around and I genuinely ended up dancing a little when I saw some of the brands they sold. I couldn't believe it. I spotted; Barry M, Bourjois, Pur, Nails Inc and the most surprising, Stila and Pixi. I quickly put all the stuff back that I had grabbed and ended up spending all of my vouchers on make-up. I'm not even sorry. Here's what I brought;

I went to the Stila counter first and picked up the Eyes are the Window eyeshadow palette in Soul. This palette has a hefty price tag but the colour selection is so pretty. It has a mixture of matte and satin finishes. Super happy with the purchase!

Stila Eyes are the Window Eyeshadow Palette in Soul

I then picked up Stila's One Step Skin Tone Illuminating Serum as I'd seen it all over the internet. As mentioned in a previous post, I never really reach for cream highlighters but the product was too hard to resist. I mean, how cool!? I then went to the Pixi counter and picked up their H2O Skin Tinted Face Gel. I am in love with the Pixi packaging and this product looked great for my holiday this summer. It looks like a really light and thin formula.

Stila One Step Skin Tone Illuminating Serum and Pixi H2O Skin Tinted Face Gel
I then got a Brow Gel from Stila which comes with a double ended brush. Again, I tend to use powders to shape by brows so I thought I would try something new. I also got a Eye Pencil from Pixi in Black/Blue to use on my water line. This colour really seems to make my eyes look bigger and brighter. 

Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel and Brush

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black/Blue
I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I got in M&S! 

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