Saturday, 16 November 2019

W7 Very Vegan Makeup Collection Review + Swatches

Whilst I was out and about in Hull recently, I popped into the Beauty Outlet store, as you never know what bargains you are going to find. They heavily stock budget makeup brand W7, and I noticed a stand full of a new range called the W7 Very Vegan collection. I am not vegan, I will say that right away, but I know a lot of people are, and I know how important it is to them to be able to find vegan beauty products. So I picked up a few different items so that I could try them out...
All items have been fully verified by the Vegan Society, and there seems to be a lot more products on W7's website, however they also seem to be priced quite a bit higher than I bought them for in the Beauty Outlet. First up, we have the W7 Very Vegan HD Foundation (RRP £9.99, I paid £3.99), which is only available in four shades. That of course is not ideal, and I hope they are going to release more shades in the future. The packaging is clean and simple, and the foundation comes in a glass bottle, however the lid comes off so easily that I nearly almost smashed it by picking it up by the lid. I chose the shade Sand Beige, which is quite warm-toned and the bottle has a pump applicator which is great for using the right amount of product without it going all over the place. This is a rich and creamy foundation, and whilst it definitely isn't a full coverage formula, it does feel very comfortable on the skin and I found that it lasted me all day long. It covers imperfections and I would definitely use this as an everyday foundation as I like that even though it is a light to medium coverage, it does cover up any discoloration and imperfections.
We then have the W7 Very Vegan Natural Glow Illuminating Liquid (RRP £5.95, I paid £2.99), which is available in three different shades, and I chose Brilliant Blossom. This tube of creamy liquid highlighter really is gorgeous, and Brilliant Blossom is a very dainty, pretty soft pink which once massaged into the skin, adds the most loveliest shimmer and glow to the skin. Illuminating liquids can be a pain in the butt sometimes to get out of the packaging, but this one has a very fine nozzle, so you only get a small amount at a time, which is great as you only need a small bit at a time. You could either use this as a liquid highlighter on the cheekbones and other high points of the face, or mix it in with your foundation for a healthy, glowy complexion.
Carrying on with the skin, we have the W7 Very Vegan Matte Bronzer (RRP £8.95, I paid £2.99), which is unfortunately only available in just the one shade, Sun-Kissed. You get quite a lot of product within this compact, and there is a mirror on the inside of the lid, and I do really like the love heart pattern which has been embossed onto the bronzer itself. As I have quite fair to light skin, this really is too dark for me - I did want to try and see if I could make it work, but W7 definitely need to up their shade range throughout this whole collection. Formula-wise, it is a great bronzer, being matte, and it does blend out really well, but I will have to wait until Summer rolls around again to use it, or failing that, use it as an eyeshadow, as bronzers often work really well as an eye colour!
Now onto something I love, which is the W7 Very Vegan Powder Blush (RRP £8.95, I paid £2.99), and this is available in four different shades. I opted for the shade Sugar Sugar, which is a really beautiful coral pink, with the tiniest hint of light gold shimmer running throughout it. The palette itself is the same as the bronzer, with a lot of product and a mirror on the inside of the lid, and not forgetting that cute love heart design. This Blush is really pigmented, and looks super pretty on the skin, and I know that if I see this collection again in Beauty Outlet, I will definitely pick up other shades as it wears so well too. Would definitely recommend this if you are unsure what to try.
My final powder product is the W7 Very Vegan Highlighting Powder (RRP £8.95, I paid £2.99) which is again only available in the one shade, Natures Glow. The compact is the same set up as the Blush and Bronzer, and I really do think these pans are such good value for money, considering the amount of product you get. Natures Glow is a very beautiful highlight, however it isn't as creamy as I would like, and is slightly powdery-looking on the skin. Although, if you use a fan brush rather than a fuller brush, you probably wouldn't notice this at all. The shade itself is a glowy light champagne shade, and so I think it would suit quite a lot of different skintones.
There seems to be quite the collection of the W7 Very Vegan Moisture Rich Lipsticks (RRP £6.95, I paid £1.99) on the W7 website, although they only had four shades to choose from in-store. I went for a Nude, because I think you really cannot go wrong with a nude, and so the shade I chose is called Awesome Autumn, and is a great lighter everyday nude lip colour. The packaging is pretty cheap, and I don't love it, but I guess you get what you paid for. The formula however, is gorgeously soft and creamy, and doesn't dry the lips out whatsoever, adding a healthy shine and colour to them and again I would definitely try out a few other shades from this line.
You can find the W7 Very Vegan collection online at W7 here, or you can find your nearest Beauty Outlet store here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Christmas Gifting: Evolve Organic Beauty Candlelight Glow Collection

Evolve Organic Beauty is a gorgeous skincare brand, which of course, as suggested by the name contains organic ingredients. I have featured them on Kathryn's Loves before and I was recently very kindly sent the Evolve Organic Beauty Candlelight Glow Collection and so of course I wanted to share it with you.
The Evolve Organic Beauty Candlelight Glow Collection is a beautiful gift box of the night sky and lots of twinkling gold stars, which opens up to reveal the Evolve Serenity Candle and the Evolve Radiant Glow Mask. Both products come in glass jars, which adds a touch of luxe to this gift. The Evolve Serenity Candle is a soy wax candle and contains a 100% natural fragrance of Orange Blossom, Rose, Jasmine and Vanilla, which smells super relaxing and spa-like.
I think this is such a lovely gift as you're presenting both a candle and a face mask, and we all know that is such a magic combination. The Evolve Radiant Glow Mask is suitable for all skin types, which is great for gifting, and has a rich chocolate scent to it, also looking a little like chocolate spread in the jar - perfect for those chocoholic friends of yours. 
The Evolve Radiant Glow Mask contains Raw Cacao which is high in antioxidants to help protect the skin and improve hydration and complexion. It is also high in Magnesium, Vitamin C and Omega 6, all of which promote cell repair and rejuvenation. Another key ingredient is Sweet Almond Oil, which is rich in Vitamin A, E and B, which have high moisturising, emollient and nourishing properties to leave the skin feeling hydrated. Then finally, the mask contains Coconut Shell Powder which gently exfoliates the skin to silky perfection, delicately buffing away dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth, soft and brightened.
It is super important to get read of dead skin cells because otherwise your skincare can't do its job properly on the live skin cells underneath. This really is a treat for the skin and you receive a 60ml jar, which retails for £24.00. The Serenity Candle retails for £16.00 and you have approximately 14 hours burn time from it. The Evolve Beauty Candlelight Glow Collection costs £34.00, so you are saving £6.00 and getting it beautifully presented. You can find the collection online at Evolve Beauty here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*This items was gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Friday, 15 November 2019

Glam Festive Beauty Recommendations

Party season is well and truly on its way, and so I have gathered some of my favourite glamorous, glitzy and glowy products that will help you to look your absolute best and be the belle of the ball you already are.
Starting with the skin, as I firmly believe if your base is good, then your makeup is going to perform much better. I love the Sanctuary Spa 1 Minute Daily Glow Mask* (£14.00 75ml), as it is super quick and easy to use. The formula includes three different kinds of Vitamin C, including an extract from superfruit Kakadu Plum, the world's highest source of Vitamin C, so this is going to smooth and refine the skin to leave it beautifully fresh and glowy. You pop it on to clean dry skin, and then add a couple of drops of water to activate the treatment, leave on for a minute and then rinse off. This can be done last minute before any party! You can find it at Boots here.
To really amp up glowy skin, I would recommend the NARS Orgasm Liquid Highlighter (£25.00 15ml). This is a super lightweight liquid highlighter than can be mixed into foundation or moisturiser for a subtle glow, or worn on the high points of the face for a stunning ethereal effect. The formula contains Pomegranate Extract, which is an active ingredient known for its antioxidant and long-lasting hydration properties. NARS Orgasm is a universally skin-flattering shade and so this liquid highlighter is a fail-safe product. You can find it online at NARS here.
A highlighter palette I have been reaching for a lot lately is the Cover FX Gold Bar Highlighting Palette (£34.00). I think highlight palettes are so useful, because of course you can use them as highlighters, but you can also use them as eyeshadows, and for dusting across the neck and shoulders, which can transform the skin whilst wearing a party dress. The Cover FX Gold Bar Palette features a mirror on the inside of the lid and it is fairly slimline, so great for travelling with. There are three shades inside, 24K Gold, a champagne gold, White Gold, a natural pearl, and Rose Gold, a soft metallic pink. You can find it online at Beauty Bay here.
Possibly the softest, most lightweight cream eyeshadows I have ever tried are the New CID Cosmetics i-colour Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadows* (£16.00 5g). These lovely little pots of joy contain cream eyeshadows that have the most unique silky smooth creamy texture that goes to a slightly powdery formulation, so that they don't budge on the eyelids. The i-colours are super easy to apply too, that it doesn't matter how confident with makeup you are - simply use your fingertip! There are five shades available and I am lucky enough to have three - Twilight is a pretty pale silver, Tourmaline is a stunning warm metallic pink and Crystal Quartz, my favourite, my a beautiful champagne gold. You can find them online at New CID Cosmetics here.
When it comes to eyeshadows, if glitters, metallics and shimmers are your thing, then I totally recommend the Revolution Forever Flawless Chilled Eyeshadow Palette* (£10.00). This vegan and cruelty-free eyeshadow palette contains 18 beautiful matte, shimmer and pressed glitter shadows that are infused with nourishing cannabis sativa seed oil to take care of that delicate eye area. There are bronze shades, browns, silvers, golds, pinks, nudes and more. This really is one of those palettes that you can create so many unique looks from, and one that is going to last you all year round. Each shadow works out at 55p, which is phenomenal value for the quality and they come beautifully presented in a tin palette complete with mirror for on the go application. You can find it at Revolution Beauty here.
If gorgeous, iridescent shimmer is your thing, then the KIKO Smart Cult Eyeshadow Palette in 02 Shocking Sparkle Shades* (£16.99) is going to blow you away! These are some of the prettiest eyeshadows I have come across and there isn't a single dud shade. It is hard for them to show up on camera, but each one has the silkiest formula and the most amazing shimmer and glitter running throughout them. There are twelve shades in this neat petite palette, and some of them you could even use as highlighters. There is such a mixture, of lighter shades, bold shades, and warmer, smokier shades too. The possibilities here are endless. You can find it online at KIKO here.
Moving on to lips, and I don't know about you, but I get such dry, sore lips at this time of year, and so the Lanolips Tinted Lip Balms* (£8.99 12.5g) are perfect as they not only nourish and protect the lips, but they add a hint of colour to them too, to step up that glam factor. Along with this, the formula also has SPF 30, and so whether it is Summer sun or Winter sun, Lanolips have you protected. There are four shades available, including a pale pink, a brighter pink, a red and a nude, so there is something that is going to suit all skin tones and all occasions. So, even if you have the driest lips, you can still add a pop of colour and treat them all at the same time. You can find them at Feel Unique here.
If you are looking for a long-lasting, rich lipstick, then be sure to check out the Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipsticks* (£8.99). There are at least 25 shades to choose from, so you will no doubt find your perfect shade and the Colour Elixir formula has been developed to give highly pigmented colour and moisturisation in just one swipe of lippy, that can last up to 24 hours! That beautiful formula, includes a blend of 60% emollients, conditioners and antioxidants including Vitamin E, that will continuously care for your lips all day and night long, making them the perfect Winter lipstick. The two shades I have here, are 055 Brightening Coral, a stunning magenta pink, and 065 Tangerine, a red-toned coral. You can find them in-store and online at Superdrug here.
A product which I received in an American beauty box is the Huda Beauty Alluring Liquid Matte Lipstick. Now, this was a Limited Edition shade and so it isn't available in the UK, but there are other shades similar to it in Huda's range. The reason for including it within this post is that it is a super long lasting lip colour, and when you are out and about, and drinking your glass of champagne, you don't want to be constantly topping up your lipstick. The Huda Beauty Liquid Lip formula is one of the best, and it stays in place, is insanely pigmented and doesn't dry out the lips like some liquid lipsticks can do. You can find the Huda Beauty Liquid Lips online at Feel Unique here.
Finally, I am finishing with nails. KISS have some of the most amazing false nails on the market, and their Glam Fantasy* range has some of the best special effects options. I adore this navy and gold polka dot glittery set, as you get matte navy, and then the shiny navy with gold polka dots, and of course that beautiful gold glitter, giving you such a variety of textures. These KISS nails come with adhesive tabs and glue, so you can decide yourself how you want to apply them. I do find that glue lasts a little longer, but if you are in a job where you can't wear false nails after the party, then be sure to use the adhesive tabs. You can find them online at Superdrug here.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and managed to get some glam ideas!

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains items which were gifted to me, but all opinions are my own. These items have been asterixed.