Friday, 11 October 2019

My Favourite Blue Eye Makeup Products

Blue eye makeup is often thought of as one of the horrors of the 80s/90s, however I personally love blue eye makeup and there are so many pretty products around which have come a long way since that powder blue Constance Carroll moment! Here are some of my favourites...
Collection Cosmetics seemed to have re-hauled their eyeshadow palettes and I picked the Collection Eyes Uncovered Eyeshadow Palette in the shade Wild Flower up a few weeks ago. I think it is a really sweet, petite palette, and even though it is small, there are still eight eyeshadows inside, which for £4.99, I think is a bargain. There is a mixture of mattes and shimmers, including candy floss pink, a bubblegum blue, a matte lavender blue, some neutrals and a few pops of brighter colours. I think this little palette is gorgeous, and there was no kick-back, just lovely, even pigmentation and I am definitely going to look at picking up some of the other colourways, although this one is definitely my favourite.
The Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows (£24.00 each) are a cult beauty favourite and they have recently released a new formula, the Stila Suede Shade Liquid Eye Shadow. I have this in the shade Something Blue, a pretty bluebell blue, and I did expect this to be quite matte, however once you apply it to the lids, it is slightly pearlescent and slightly sheer. I would have preferred something a little bolder, or fuller coverage, but it is still a beautiful shade. A shade I adore from the original formula is Freedom, which is the most beautiful slightly mint green/sea foam green shimmer and reminds me of mermaids. It isn't technically blue blue, but I wanted to include it as it is one of my favourite shades from the collection.
My final two blue eye products are from Colourpop, who released a rainbow selection of eyeliners and mascaras, which I think was last year. However, the Colourpop Creme Gel Liner ($5.50/£4.41) and Colourpop Creme Gel Colour ($6.50/£5.22) in Prance are just perfection. They are cheap as chips, and yet work incredibly well. These give off colour like nobody's business and the formula is so smooth that is applies really easily to the delicate eye area to give you the freshest pop of sky blue you ever did see. The Creme Gel Colour does look like a little pot of gel eyeliner, but I also like to use this all over the lid with a swipe of my finger.
All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Benefit Cookie & Tickle Highlighters Review + Swatches

Benefit's highlighter game hasn't been the strongest on the market, for such an innovative brand. They had the High Beam Liquid Highlighter way before liquid highlighters were a big things, but apart from Twinkle, which was a VERY gentle highlighter, there hasn't really been that much to shout about in the highlighter stakes. This year they released two Cheekleader Palettes which included bronzers, blushes and two brand new highlighter shades, which have now been released separately, namely Benefit Cookie Highlighter and Benefit Tickle Highlighter.
When I first saw the Cheekleader Palettes, I did love the look of both Cookie and Tickle, but I had or had tried all the other pans in the palettes and so I didn't want to fork out in the region of £100+ for two palettes just to get the highlighter shades. So I was jolly well glad when they were recently released as separate Box O' Powders.
If you are familiar with the Benefit Box O' Powders, you will probably know that they are box-shaped (obvs) and come with a tiny mirror on the inside of the lid, and then a brush on top of the powder. I am pretty sure I have never used these brushes, but I guess they are handy for travelling with. Cookie is the more champagne-toned highlighter of the two and the silky-soft formula gives an almost-wet look to the highlighter once you apply it to the skin. 
Tickle is almost a rose-gold pink colour, and again has that diamond-like finish. I think both shades would be suitable for the majority of skin-tones to be honest. I have fair to light skin and they both look stunning on me, but I think they would also look great on warmer skintones too. Due to Tickle having that pink tone, I do think this would make a really pretty blush shade as well as a highlighter and that Cookie would make a beautiful eyeshadow - y'all know how I love a multi-use product!
I am definitely very impressed with these new releases - I think Benefit have been lacking a little lately, and re-releasing products that have already been on the market for years, so it is great to see something new and exciting! The Cookie and Tickle Highlighters cost £26.00 each and you can find them online at Benefit here.
All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

P.S. I tried my best, but the camera doesn't pick up the true colour of the highlighters, nor how stunning they are.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Cover FX Gripping Primer Review

The world recently went mad for the Cover FX Gripping Primer, and it was sold out EVERYWHERE, especially here in the UK. I occasionally order products from America to my personal Shipito address and then get everything sent over here at once, and so I decided to order the Cover FX Gripping Primer through their American site. Yes, I probably paid over the odds for it, and yes it bloody well is now back in stock in the UK, but what can I say - I'm a beauty whore.
The Cover FX Gripping Primer was one of a selection of new primers from the brand, and yet seemed to be the most popular without a doubt. It is a jelly-texture primer that is designed for normal to dry skin. I suffer from combination skin, but especially during the upcoming colder months, my skin will be more on the dry side.
The Gripping Primer was developed to firm the skin and lock makeup in place, ensuring optimal all-day wear. It is a smoothing primer, that gives a glass-like finish to the skin and is enriched with a blend of vitamin-rich ingredients to help rid the skin of fine lines, target signs of ageing and improve the clarity of the skin.

You get 30ml of product in the tube, which is about average for a primer, and the packaging is pretty plain, but the majority of Cover FX products are. A little goes a long way, and as it is a gripping primer, it does feel slightly tacky, however I found that this helped my foundation to adhere to it and stay in place throughout the day. Whilst I personally wouldn't say it gives a glass-like finish to the skin, it definitely adds a healthy shine to the skin, without looking oily or greasy and it feels comfortable to wear and not at all heavy like I thought it might due to the texture.
So, were people right to rave about it? Absolutely, this is one of the best primers I have tried in a long time, and it kept my makeup in place throughout the day without any budging or smudging and I love how flawless it makes my skin look. If it wasn't for the slight tackiness and shine to the skin, I would definitely use this on its own without using foundation on the top.

Here in the UK, the Cover FX Gripping Primer costs £30.00 and can be found online at Beauty Bay here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx