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

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee Review + Swatch

Every Summer, Estee Lauder release their Bronze Goddess collection, and it always looks stunning, but they aren't the cheapest of products and so previously I haven't ever splurged on any of the items. However, when I saw the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee, and I had won a bit of money at bingo (just call me Granny Kathryn), I decided to go ahead and treat myself.

The Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee comes in the most beautiful compact, it really is like a piece of art, with an art-deco style rose gold style complete with tortoiseshell disc on the top. Once you open the compact up, there is a mirror on the inside of the lid, and then a stunning pattern embossed onto the product itself.
There are three shades available, Mirage, the warmest tone, Solar Crush, the middle shade and the one I have here, Heat Wave, which is the lightest as I have fair to light coloured skin. It does feel like a powder when you put you swipe it from the compact, but looks more gel-like once applied onto the skin.
Heat Wave is a very pretty champagne shade with a hint of soft pearlescent pink and it blends gorgeously into the skin to create a sheen of shimmer, without being too glitzy, so it leaves a more natural highlight than full-on bling, perfect for Summer. I know we are now in September, but for me, this product will last me all year round. Plus I have my holiday on the 1st December to Orlando, so I will still be loving my summery products then.
Even though it is named as an illuminating product, Estee Lauder do also call this a bronzer, and you could definitely apply it on top of a bronzer to add a touch of shimmer, but for me, it would be too much of a highlight all over the face than a bronzer.
At £38.00, this isn't going to be within everyone's budget and initially it wasn't really in mine, but it is such a beautiful compact and product that it is definitely a lovely treat to have. You can find it online at Estee Lauder here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Morphe x Jeffree Star Collection Summer 2019 Review + Swatches

If you come here often, you may know how much I love Jeffree Star Cosmetics, and when I saw he had a new collaboration with Morphe, you know I was going to be picking it up. The Morphe x Jeffree Star Collection consists of an Eyeshadow Palette, an Eye Brush Collection and a Set & Refresh Mist.
The Morphe x Jeffree Star Artistry Palette is very Barbie pink when it comes to the outer packaging, and of course, very Jeffree Star. There is a large mirror on the inside of the lid and thirty eyeshadow shades, which I think is incredible value.
The shades of the shadows vary in colours, tones and finishes, and so there is something in here for everyone, and for every mood, and colour theme. Formula-wise, they are all very pigmented, and I think there was only one or two shades maximum which didn't give off a full colour and coverage payoff.
 
They all have cool shade names, as is recognisable with Jeffree's products, and it really is hard to pick a favourite shade. The shimmers and metallics are utterly beautiful, but then I also love the pop of colours from Self-Made, Pink Fleet and Nate.
This palette is going to take you through all seasons, as you have your champagnes, and gold glitters for party season, your warmer tones for Autumn and Winter, and some brights, and pretty neutral colours for Summer and all-year round. The Morphe x Jeffree Star Palette retails for £35.00, which I think is great for thirty high-quality shadows and you can find it online at Morphe here.
We then have the Morphe x Jeffree Star Eye Brush Collection, which I must admit isn't as 'Jeffree' as the previous Morphe Brush collaboration. You get a little zipped pouch which is pink and a little plain, and the brush handles are all plain pink, whereas the last brush collection had really cool 3D handles. However, I love their brushes as they work incredibly well and are really great quality for the price.
This collection includes;
* JS5 Crease Kween Brush
* JS6 Rule Blender Brush
* JS7 Double Trouble Brush
* JS8 Drama Crease Brush
* JS9 The Fluffer Crease Brush
* JS10 Diva Crease Brush
* JS11 Blunt Packer Brush
* JS12 Sport Mode Blender Brush
* JS13 Pom Crease Brush
* JS14 Happy Ending Liner Brush (LOL FFS these names)
Some of the brushes were also in the previous collection, which I find a little disappointing as I would rather have paid less and had less brushes, but I guess with eye brushes you can never have enough. Each of the brushes are available separately too, if you don't want to buy one of the collections or just want to try one out before committing.
It is also worth noting that some of these brushes are synthetic and some are natural. The synthetic ones have pink bristles and the natural ones have the cream bristles so bare this in mind when cleaning them. The Collection costs £40.00, with a value of £76.00 and you can find it online here.

Finally, we have the Morphe x Jeffree Star Set & Refresh Mist. Now, this isn't a new product, Morphe have had the Set & Refresh Mist on sale for at least a couple of years now I believe, but they have relaunched it in pink and with a Star-berry fragrance for the collaboration with Jeffree. I was really glad actually as I haven't ever tried the Set & Refresh Mist but I used to see a lot of people rave about it on Instagram.
When you spritz this spray, I love how fine it sprays out, as sometimes you can get near-on drenched with some setting sprays, and I love the fruity scent, although I am not really sure it smells like strawberries as illustrated on the cap. I do find it quite refreshing, but I have definitely tried much more refreshing sprays, like the Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist.
This sets the makeup really well though, and I found that my makeup didn't melt or budge throughout the day, and that is all you really need from a setting spray. The Set & Refresh Mist costs £18.00 and you can find it online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Dr Jart+ Shake & Shot To Go Review

I first happened upon the Dr Jart+ Shake & Shots whilst on holiday in Orlando last year and I must admit the freaky baby face on the lid kind of put me off, but the assistant in Sephora was raving about them and so I decided to pick one up. 
Dr Jart+ Shake & Shots are rubber face masks, and they come in a variety of skincare solutions - firming, hydrating etc and each tub includes a spatula, and two sachets of formula. You then empty both sachets into the tub and give it a good mix with the spatula to create a face mask formula. You leave the formula on for 15-20 minutes and the mixture turns into the weirdest, yet so satisfying rubber jelly-like mask, moulded to your face.
I have tried tonnes of face masks in the past, as they are definitely one of my favourite skincare treats as they are so quick and easy to use, but these are definitely in my top three favourites. My skin just feels incredible as soon as I remove the mask once it has set, and they are so hydrating on the skin, that I was gutted last year when I had only picked one up in Sephora.

However, I recently discovered them online at Look Fantastic, and even better, they come in a set of two - you receive one Rubber Hydro Mask and one Rubber Firming Mask. The duo costs £16.00, making them £8.00 each, which isn't the cheapest face mask around, but certainly not the most expensive either. Plus, because I find them such good quality, I find that I don't need to use them as often as other face masks, as the results seem to last longer.
I haven't tried any other products from Dr Jart+, but I definitely want to after loving the Shake & Shots so much. There is also a Soothing version of the Shake & Shot Mask, which I am 99% sure was the one I got whilst in Orlando. I am heading back there in December for two weeks, so I may take a trip to Sephora and try out some of the other products.

You can find the Dr Jart+ Shake & Shot To Go Duo online at Look Fantastic here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Monday, 16 September 2019

Pur Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation Review

I had read good things about the Pur Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation, and when I spotted it whilst browsing in Marks & Spencer recently, I decided to pick one up to try out for myself. 
Whilst most foundations only work in the short-term to conceal, the Pur Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation is formulated to also treat skin in the long-term. It features a list of moisturising, plumping and anti-ageing ingredients, some of which are;
* Blue Agave Leaf Extract
* Green Tea Leaf Extract
* Ginseng Root Extract
* Glycerin
* Ceramides
* Retinol
* Jojoba Esters
* Vitamin E
* Lauric Acid
Quite an impressive list! When I saw the name, Bare It All, I did expect quite a sheer coverage, but this is definitely a full coverage foundation, designed to hide imperfections, pores and fine lines in the short-term, whilst the skin-loving ingredients work their magic longer-term. There are only six shades available, all of which seem to be for Caucasian skin, which is a little disappointing in this day and age. I went for the second lightest shade, Light, which to me looks more Medium. 

You get 45ml of product, however the tube seems half empty on appearance and I did find the foundation quite hard work to get out of the tube. However, I believe that is because the formula is so thick and heavy, and even though it includes ingredients such as nylon and silica, it isn't that easy to spread or blend into the skin. Due to the texture of this foundation, I would definitely recommend using a primer so that the product lies down well, especially if you have quite dry skin.
Coverage-wise though, you cannot fault the Pur Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation, and once you get the hang of the formula I think it is such a great foundation. I think this works better on oily to combination skin, and if you have very dry skin, I don't think this would work for you. It covers any blemishes, or imperfections incredibly well, and it does not budge at all throughout the day which is what I want from a foundation as I am not one of those girls (or boys) that like to carry around lots of makeup in my handbag for touch-ups.

The Pur Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation costs £29.00, which for a 45ml foundation is pretty good value, especially considering you have all of those skincare properties inside. You can find it at Marks & Spencer here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Sunday, 15 September 2019

P. Louise The Secret Sinner Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

I stumbled across P. Louise whilst seeing one of her brand new collaborative products in action at the Jeffree Star x Mmmmitchell makeup masterclass in Manchester. I started following her on Instagram and loved some of the makeup artistry work she does. As she has her own makeup brand, I really wanted to try something from the brand whilst waiting for the collaboration to be released, and so I ordered the P. Louise The Secret Sinner Eyeshadow Palette.
When I first received it, the packaging blew my mind. It is firstly, much bigger than I imagined, and secondly looks like a wedding gift. It has an outer carton of white, shell pink and gold, and the palette itself is housed in a box which resembles a jewellery box. Contained within the front of the palette are feathers - yes, actual feathers - so dreamy! You then open the box, to reveal a full-sized mirror, and a gold card which has the phrase, 'First impressions can be deceiving'. 
The softness and elegance of the packaging then gives way to the eyeshadows themselves. This beautiful gift box contains 18 of the brightest, boldest, pigmented shadows I have come across before, so I am guessing the contrast of the packaging and the shadows are what is meant by first impressions can be deceiving.
Each pan is very generously sized, and you can really go to town with this palette, as well as their being some great base shades, and even colours you could use on your brows. If you want pigment, then P. Louise is your gal! Even after swatching the entire palette for the photographs, not one pan looks used - there is not a speck of fall-out, and you get solid colour and pigmentation each and every time.
Shades included within The Secret Sinner Palette are;
Addicted - Royal purple
Infatuation - Bright pink
Affair - Teal green
Bow Down - Deep orange
Rendezvous - Cherry red
Amore - Light Coral
Hooked - Warm purple/brown
Pleasure - Terracotta
Dreamy - Bright orange
Velvet Kiss - Pink-toned red
S&M - Coral pink
Fling - Light brown
In Lust - Maroon
Love Shy - Burgundy
Climax - Bright yellow
Idolize - Medium pink
Obsession - Warm brown
Love Struck - Dark brown
The P. Louise The Secret Sinner Eyeshadow Palette costs £40.00, which works out at £2.22 a shadow, never mind the stunning packaging. You can rarely find a high-quality pigmented eyeshadow for under £15.00 these days, never mind just £2.22! You can find the palette online at P. Louise here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx