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.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Bubu Skincare Sheet Masks Review

I love trying out new skincare brands, and in particular, sheet masks, so when I was recently emailed to ask if I would like to try Bubu Skincare Sheet Masks, I jumped at the chance. Bubu Skincare is a brand that is new to me, and was created with the purpose of promoting that there is nothing better than just being yourself and loving the skin you are in, which I think is the perfect sentiment. Bubu stands for Be U, Be Unique and features a love heart about the u to symbolise self love. This brand new skincare brand has launched with five bespoke masks to choose from, where every skincare concern is catered for and they are suitable for all skin types. Bubu Skincare has been designed to meet the ethos of being environmentally aware, with their Glitterati Masks being suitable for vegans, containing only environmentally-friendly sparkle and all products being cruelty free.
The first of three masks I was very kindly sent is the Bubu Skincare #t-spot Blemish Busting Mask, suitable for all skin types. This sheet mask helps to eliminate breakouts and blemishes and is formulated with a unique blend of Niacinamide, natural actives and a potent secret serum. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 and helps to control excess sebum and is great for an oily or blemished skin. #t-spot also contains Pro-Vitamin B5, which supports stabilising the skin's natural repair and barrier process. The masks, are, of course, single use and #t-spot is one of the Glitterati Masks and so includes a bit of shimmer within it, but this doesn't transfer onto the skin. The mask comes in two parts, which I love in sheet masks as then you can really shape it to your face shape, and you apply it to the skin, sit back and relax for 10-15 minutes and then remove. I like to massage in any excess serum for longer lasting results.
If your skin tends to get dirty pretty easily, whether that be because of wearing makeup a lot, working in a dirty environment, or travelling on public transport and living or working in the city, then the Bubu Skincare #feelingdirty Pollution Busting Sheet Mask is the one for you! #feelingdirty is a preventative sheet mask, and so you are best using this in the morning, after cleansing for 10-15 minutes whilst you bathe or shower. The formula for #feelingdirty includes Advanced Biotech Complex which helps protect against environmental toxins from city environments and Sage Leaf Extract, which contains high levels of antioxidants to help combat free radicals. Also suitable for all skin types, I found that this makes a great makeup primer, and my foundation went on so much smoother in the morning after using the mask. Just like with the #t-spot mask, this is also a two-part mask, so application is a doddle!
Did you know that if you have dead skin cells, then it doesn't matter what skincare products you use, they won't work even half as well?! So, be sure to get rid of all of those horrible dead skin cells with the Bubu Skincare #stripitoff Exfoliating Sheet Mask. This unique fibrous mask base combines a gentle but effective Charcoal, Clay and AHA combination to rid the skin of those dead skin cells, leaving you with a smooth, fresh and glowy complexion. Key ingredients in #stripitoff include AHAs which are derived from the citrus family of oranges and lemons, and Charcoal and Kaolin Clay, which are great for detoxifying the skin. It is really important for all skin types to exfoliate the skin at least once a week to get optimum results, and this is by far one of the most relaxing ways to do so.
The Bubu Skincare Masks cost £7.00 each and you can find them online at Bubu Skincare here, and Pretty Little Thing here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*These items were gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Redken Your Vibes Are Magnetic Christmas Gift Set Review

My Mum swore by Redken haircare, and she used to use it throughout her multiple chemo sessions as she knew it was one of the best haircare brands on the market and would help to strengthen her hair. One thing she always loved treating herself to at Christmas time is the Redken Christmas Gift Sets as they are always such good value and you perhaps also get to try a new product or two.
This year, Redken have created five gift assortments that include an iconic Redken haircare hero range alongside their cult treatment One United, and all five of these gift sets will be available in your local Redken salon. I was very kindly sent the Redken Your Vibes Are Magnetic Gift Set, which comes beautifully presented in a black gift box, and when you open it up, there are the products, and there is also a little black and silver compliments card and envelope. You can then send your gift recipient a little compliment alongside their gift, which I think it such a lovely idea!
The Your Vibes Are Magnetic Gift Set includes The Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo (300ml), the Redken Color Extend Magnetics Conditioner (250ml) and the Redken One United All-in-One Multi-Benefit Hair Treatment (150ml). Individually, these products retail at £15.45, £17.05 and £18.95 respectively, totalling £51.45, but Redken are offering this gift set for just £36.00 this Christmas!
The Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner have been created to give gentle colour captivating care to colour-treated hair. They contain something called RCT Protein Complex, which has three proteins to treat the hair at the root, core and tip, so that the entire strand is protected and treated. The Shampoo is very lightweight, and so if you have fine hair like me, it isn't going to weigh it down or feel heavy or greasy on the hair, and it locks in colour radiance for optimal vibrancy. The Conditioner gives the hair targeted repair and allows for easy detangling which in turn then allows the hair to look and feel softer, smoother and in much better condition. There is also an Interlock Protein Network which works at rebuilding the surface protection and gives progressive conditioning to the hair, strengthening the core of the hair along the way.
The Redken One United is suitable for all hair textures and is an all-in-one multi-benefit hair treatment. There are a whopping 25 benefits to using this spray, and it is super quick and easy to include into your haircare routine. You can either apply after shampooing the hair and then rinse after a couple of minutes, or apply to towel-dried hair and leave in the hair for continued benefits. The 25 benefits of using One United are...
*Conditions
*Nourishes
*Improves manageability
*Helps even porous hair
*Reduces dryness
*Detangles
*Instant results
*Ideal cutting lotion
*Primes hair for styling
*Helps prevent breaking from brushing
*Safe for colour-treated hair
*Helps prevent heat damage
*Helps prevent split ends
*Helps seal in hair cuticle
*Safe for ombre hair
*Helps shield against external aggressors
*Gives a silky touch to the hair
*Adds smoothness
*Adds shine
*Helps control frizz
*Anti-static
*Controls fly-aways
*Makes blow-drying easier
*Style refresher
*Lightweight formula
As you can see, this is a miracle product, and what better gift at Christmas time than to gift the joy of amazing hair! 
You can find your nearest Redken stockist online at Redken here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

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

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Winter Lip Treatments Worth The Splurge

Throughout the colder months, regular lip balms sometimes just don't cut it, and you need more of a treatment product. I have handpicked three of the best higher-end lip treatments that are definitely worth the splurge to keep your lips in tip top condition this Winter.
First up, we have the Kiehl's Buttermask For Lips. Kiehl's is one of my favourite skincare brands, and I talk about their products a lot here at Kathryn's Loves. They produce incredible products that give results and are made from mostly natural ingredients. The Kiehl's Buttermask For Lips is infused with Fairly Traded Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter and is an overnight treatment for dry lips to smooth and soften them whilst you sleep. This intensively hydrating lip mask helps to reinforce the lip moisture barrier to keep the lips visibly refreshed and helps to keep the moisture locked into the lips. The Buttermask comes in a little pot and the product itself doesn't seem to have a scent to it, so if you don't like fragranced products, then this is going to be great for you. The formula doesn't feel greasy or thick on the lips, and allows you to wake up to gorgeously soft, kissable lips. The Kiehl's Buttermask For Lips costs £22.00 for 10g, but it goes a long way and you can find it online at Kiehl's here.
This isn't a splurge as such, but I really wanted to include the Bioderma Atoderm Moisturising Stick, as it is such an amazing product for super dry and damaged lips. This daily moisturising and soothing stick for the lips comes in a traditional lip balm-style tube and has a slanted tip for easy application. The Atoderm Moisturising Stick contains highly nourishing Shea Butter, which biologically repairs and regenerates weakened lips, to keep them soft and supple. This does have a slight raspberry fragrance to it, which I didn't expect with it being clear and having quite clean packaging, but it is actually quite pleasant and refreshing. If you have super damaged, dry or sensitive lips, then this is definitely the product for you, and I would recommend applying as often as necessary throughout the day and before bedtime. You get 4g of product and the Atoderm Moisturising Stick costs just £5.50, which is excellent value and you can find it online at Feel Unique here.
My next option not only treats the lips, but adds a hint of natural colour to them too. The IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment helps to smooth and awaken the lips whilst also giving them a naturally pretty flush of pink. This colour-infused lip reviver is created with essential butters and oils, as well as hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, to keep the moisture and hydration locked into the lips. This Lip Treatment comes in a gorgeous blush pink metal tube, and the lid is magnetised, so that it snaps back on and doesn't come off in your handbag. The formula is soft and hydrating, without being thick or tacky on the lips and I find it super comfortable to wear. Once applied to the lips, the Treatment works with your natural pH balance and create your perfect pink lip shade to add a pop of colour to the lips whilst also keeping them super hydrated. The IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment costs £23.00 for 3.4g and you can find it online at IT Cosmetics here.
All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*These items were gifted to me, but all opinions are my own