Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette & Vice Lipstick + Swatches


Another Urban Decay release which I was straight onto was the Urban Decay Beached collection, which consists of an eyeshadow palette, three lipsticks, two eyeliners and two bronzers. I already have the bronzer from a couple of Summers ago, along with the Goldmine eyeliner, so this time I picked up the eyeshadow palette and one of the lipsticks. The packaging is absolute goals, with a mint background and alllll the palm trees.
The star of the show is definitely the Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette (£28), which comes in a magnetic vertically opening palette and includes a mirror on the inside. There are eight summery shades and of course the long-lasting, highly pigmented eyeshadow formula we all know and love from Urban Decay. 
The shades included in the Beached palette are;
Salt: an ivory satin
Blaze: a light metallic peach with pink shift
Heatwave: a metallic rust
Daybreak: a deep reddish terracotta matte
16th Street: a metallic bronze-gold
Double Dip: a bright metallic teal
Plunge: a deep metallic blue-green
Wedge: a deep metallic brown copper
It is so hard to choose a favourite shade, but 16th Street and Double Dip look amazing together. This palette works so well, and is the must-have holiday accompaniment, being able to create so many amazing eye looks from just eight shades. Whether you are fair skinned or tanned up, these colours are really going to make your eyes pop!
Moving on to the lips, and Urban Decay have added three brand new shades to their Vice Lipstick range, with Heatwave, a metallic rust, Tower 1, a shifty metallic peach, and 100 degrees, a bright coral-pink. I absolutely wanted all three, but my bank balance wouldn’t allow - how rude! So I opted for the shade Tower 1 (£16.50) and whilst wondering why it was called that I discovered that it was named after their local lifeguard tower. Again, that insanely beautiful packaging even continues onto the casing and this pretty shimmery lipstick works perfectly for a sheer look when worn on its own, or adds a sparkle to any other lipstick shade you wear it on top of. I have many Vice Lipsticks, and they are super long-lasting as well as having a creamy, non-drying texture and excellent colour payoff.
You can find the Urban Decay Beached collection online at Urban Decay.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx


Monday, 2 July 2018

NYX Cosmetics Haul


I know that NYX is a very well-respected cosmetics brand, but as I live in a small town, there is absolutely nowhere around me that has a NYX concession stand, so I haven’t really tried many of their products. However, when I recently ventured to Leeds, their Boots store has a huge concession stand full of every NYX product available, and so I picked up a few things that caught my eye…
First up I chose the NYX Pore Filler (£11), as I was wanting a new primer, and this one sounded perfect for me. My skin has quite a lot of imperfections and large pores, and this helps to reduce the appearance of pores and has been formulated with Vitamin E to smooth and enhance the skin. It makes my skin feel super soft and smooth and my foundation sits on top of it perfectly.
I then picked out the NYX Lid Lingerie Matte Eye Tint (£6) in the shade 16, a warm nude, as my friend Jennie who I was with at the time said these are the only things that help to keep her eye makeup on point. There are 12 matte shades available, but they do also have a metallic version and each one has a soft doe-foot shaped sponge applicator for easy application.
Pastel colours are my favourites and so when I spotted the NYX Faux Whites Inner Eye Brighteners (£5.50) I picked up Baby Powder, a baby blue and Seashell, a baby pink. These are white liners with an exquisite hint of colour, and they glide on velvety-soft without pulling at the delicate eye area. I simply pop these in the corner of my eyes to make them pop and to brighten up the area. I definitely want to get some of the other shades as they are so pretty.
As a huge glitter fan, I noticed the cute NYX Metallic Glitter Pots (£6 each) and chose 02, a pretty mid-blue, 05, a white based iridescent, and 06 a black glitter with a multi-coloured holographic finish. The pots have twist off lids and little holes in the top so that you can sprinkle rather than pour the glitter out. These fabulous glitters can be used on both the face and body, and 05 looks great in the inner corners of the eyes!
When you spend £30 on NYX, Boots were doing a promotion where you got a free gift, which was the NYX Love Contours All Eye & Face Sculpting Palette (RRP £20). This palette has a large mirror on the inside of the lid, making it perfect for travelling, and inside you will find two matte bronzers, two highlighter shades, nine matte and shimmery eyeshadows, and two brow powders. I adore the gold-toned highlighter and this is going to make a tan look even more amazing this Summer.
You can find NYX online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Saturday, 30 June 2018

CYO Cosmetics Mini Haul


A month or so ago I was invited to the Boots store in Leeds as they had totally re-hauled their beauty section, which looks amazing! Some of you may know that their Seventeen makeup brand has now been discontinued, but fear not as they have replaced it with budget brand CYO, and whilst I was there I picked up three products to try out.
The first one is the CYO Bronzing & Illuminating Compact (£5) in the shade The Radiant One, which is for Fair/Medium skin tones like myself. It looks super pretty in the compact and even smells like coconut! This three in one compact contains a matte bronzer and a cream shimmer and pink shimmer highlighter. They can be used individually or all swirled together to give the complexion a warm, radiant finish. All three shades can also be used as eyeshadows - bronzer makes the perfect shadow for making blue eyes pop, and the wear is very impressive.
At the event, there was a CYO makeup artist, and she chose the CYO Colour Nutrition Moisturising Lipstick (£5) in the shade Pop the Question, a warm coral shade. It isn’t a colour I would normally go for, but it really suits my fair skin and blue eyes. The Colour Nutrition Lipsticks are super nourishing and don’t dry out the lips in the least, and the formula even withstands my Starbucks Iced Coffees!
A product I found really interesting was the CYO Two Tone Twist Ombre Lipstick (£5) in the shade Partner in Crime, which consists of two different lipstick shades, one darker than the other, in an angled tip. Both shades can be used separately, mixed together or you can even create an ombre effect with them. The colours are really pretty and in this one you get a light blush nude and a warmer brown-toned nude, which again works really well for my colouring.
There are so many products in the collection I cannot wait to try and the prices don’t reflect the quality whatsoever.

You can find CYO Cosmetics instore and online at Boots.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx