Monday, 15 July 2019

Tom Ford Emotionproof Mascara Review - Worth The Money?

Whilst watching one of my favourite You Tuber's Tati Westbrook's eyelashes magically transform right in front of me, after using the Tom Ford Emotionproof Mascara, I knew I had to try it! My lashes are very below par, with them being fair, fine, straight and short and so anything that can make them look much better is a must-have for me.
When I looked online the Tom Ford Emotionproof Mascara wasn't available in the UK, and so I ordered it from America, and forwarded it to my US shipping company. Yes, I really was that desperate to try it. Over here, it is now available and costs £38.00, which even in my book is pretty darn expensive for a mascara and so I was hoping for some great results.
The Tom Ford Emotionproof Mascara forms part of a whole new Emotionproof collection, and as much as I would love to try other things from the range, I couldn't afford to and so this was the one thing I chose. Tom Ford describe it as a lengthening, long-wearing, waterproof mascara which creates intense lashes in a creamy, waterproof formula that lasts throughout the day. It is said to contain a combination of deepest black carbon and lash-filling powders that work to transform the lashes.
As with the majority of the Tom Ford makeup collection, the packaging is quite plain and simple, yet also classy at the same time, with a deep, dark brown and gold accents. The brush itself is quite long, with traditional brush-like bristles and it is hard to see at first why this mascara is any different to much cheaper alternatives.
After applying one coat, this mascara definitely lengthens the lashes, without causing any build-up on the lashes, but due to the applicator itself being so large, it can be quite difficult to use without getting it on the eyelids. I went in with a second coat which then added more volume to my lashes and I was happy with the result for sure. However, this doesn't give a false lash effect, which of course it doesn't mention that, but considering the price and the promises, I would have expected that. It kind of gives a my lashes but better effect and for £38.00, I would want a little more and I don't think I would repurchase it as I think I can get something very similar for a small fraction of the price. That being said, I loved the effect it had on my lower lashes which really opened up my eyes and I think if you have naturally lovely lashes, this would definitely be a great option for you.

As mentioned, the Tom Ford Emotionproof Mascara costs £38.00 and you can find it online at Tom Ford here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Be3 Couture Sun Protection For Sensitive Skin Review

Couture sun protection? Yes, you read that correctly. Cult Italian beauty brand Be3 has recently released Incremental SPF, patented, buildable sunscreen technology that allows you to layer up your SPF to increase protection. Welcome, the Be3 Sensitive Skin Sun Protection.

This means, that there is no need for separate sunscreens to suit different skin needs, climates and preferences - with just one can of Be3 Sun Protection Progressive Spray you can up your SPF just by reapplying. Gotta love that! The bespoke dry oil formulas, for normal and sensitive skin, keeps the skin moisturised and soothed and takes minutes to apply.
Using Be3 Sun Protection Progressive Spray for Sensitive Skin, you can achieve SPF50 with one layer, with a second layer doubling that protection, and a third layer increasing protection by 90%. Reapplication must be made within 10 minute intervals to achieve the increased protection, so just bare that in mind when you are applying this sunscreen. 

The Sensitive Skin formula has been tested for water resistance at SPF50, so if you like to spend your time in the pool, you can rest assured that your sunscreen will protect you up to that SPF50 rating. The dry oil formula contains avocado and jojoba oil to lock in moisture, with vitamin E helping to reduce free radical damage from sun exposure to help defend against photoageing. 
Due to its sensitive formula, the Be3 Sun Protection for Sensitive Skin can also be used on babies and even has a baby powder scent to it. The Normal Skin formula has a light vanilla and coconut fragrance too. With the canisters being 90ml in size, they are also perfect for taking on board a flight with you if you are only taking hand luggage.

The Be3 Sun Protection Progressive Spray costs £20.00 for 90ml and is available at Selfridges here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains an item which was gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Barry M: What's New Summer 2019

Barry M have been killing it with new releases this Summer, and so I thought I would do a round-up of some of their brand new products, to see what works and what doesn't.
They released three new serum mists, including the Barry M Cooling Cucumber Serum Mist, the Calming Rose Serum Mist, and the one I have here, the Barry M Hydrating Coconut Serum Mist. I love anything coconut-scented and I do get dry skin, so this was my serum mist of choice. You get 50ml of product for £5.99, which I think is pretty good value and due to the size, they are also perfect for travelling with. The Hydrating Coconut Serum Mist has been infused with acacia collagen, hyaluronic acid and vitamin B, so this is going to keep the skin moisturised and plumped up. It has a really good applicator on it, and the mist doesn't come out clumpy, but nice and fine, covering the face with just a couple of spritzes and of course, it smells of Summer due to that inclusion of coconut.
Next up is the Barry M Staycation Bronzer Palette (£5.99), which comes in a good sized compact and includes half matte bronzer and half shimmer bronzer. There is just one shade in this palette, and I would say that it would mostly suit light to medium skin-tones. I adore the little palm tree illustration on the front of the compact, which keeps in theme with one of their other releases, the Island Hopper Eyeshadow Palette. You can use either side of the compact if you are wanting a contour shade, or a shimmer finish, or swirl them both together to create a third shade. I also think that the shimmer works gorgeously as an eyeshadow, so you can definitely get quite a lot of use from this little compact.
I love trying out new brow products and so I couldn't wait to pick up the Barry M Dual Ended Brow Wand (£5.99), which is available in Light, Medium and Dark, of which I went for Medium. On one end you have a slanted, tear-drop shaped crayon and on the other end, you have a tinted brow gel applicator. Due to the shape of the crayon, you can either create thicker strokes, or tiny, hair-like strokes, and it has really good staying power. I don't have naturally thick eyebrows, and so some brow wands can be a little too big for me, but the applicator on this one for the tinted brow gel is perfect as it is just the right size. I would 100% recommend this product if you are looking for something new for your brows, and at just £5.99, it is a steal!
There have been two recent eyeshadow palette additions, and so I will start with the smaller one, the Barry M Island Hopper Eyeshadow Palette, which contains ten matte and metallic shades for just £6.99. The packaging is gorgeous, with deep tropical blues, and palm trees inside and outside the palette, with a mirror on the inside of the lid too. 
There are no shade names, but you will find;
* Mate White
* Iridescent White/Lilac Shift
* Shimmer Orange
* Matte Cream
* Matte Turquoise
* Shimmer Coral
* Shimmer Icy Champagne
* Shimmer Turquoise
* Matte Warm Light Brown
* Matte Lilac
I do think this is a really lovely palette, with some everyday shades in there, but also the inclusion of summery colours too, and the pigment and blendability really impressed me. It is pretty lightweight too, so I think I may just have to take this on holiday with me.
When I saw the Barry M Tropical Twist Eyeshadow Palette online, I didn't feel as if I needed it, but when I saw it in person, I could really see how beautiful the shadows and pigments were, so of course I popped it in my basket. The Tropical Twist Eyeshadow Palette contains 18 good-sized pans featuring both matte and metallic baked eyeshadows. Both formulas work really well and I think for just £12.99, you really cannot go wrong. 
Again, no shade names so I will try and describe them...
* Metallic taupe
* Matte cream
* Matte ballet pink
* Metallic bronze
* Matte fuchsia pink
* Matte golden yellow
 * Iridescent lilac
* Matte red
* Metallic peach
* Metallic icy white
* Matte mauve
* Metallic rich red
* Iridescent mint green with gold sparkle
* Matte brown
* Matte bright blue
* Iridescent pale blue
* Matte light coral
* Matte khaki green
You can really create such a variety of looks with this palette, and it pretty much caters to every occasion. You get your matte base colours in there, some toppers, some brights and much more, plus you can also use them wet or dry to add some more intensity. 

You can find these beauties and more online at Barry M here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Introducing True Skincare

As much as I am a makeup magpie, I love having the chance to try out so many gorgeous skincare products. As a teenager I never bothered with my skin as more often than not all I would see in the shops is Clearasil and Clean & Clear, but now there are so many brands out there, bringing us products for all ages and skin types. A new brand to myself and the blog is True Skincare and in true Kathryn's Loves style, let me tell you a little about the brand.
True Skincare harnesses the power of nature through 100% natural ingredients as well as translating some of the ingredients into English so you know exactly what is going in to your skincare. None of their products include any chemicals, artificial fragrances or parabens and they use 100% organic ingredients wherever possible. Along with being certified by the Soil Association, they are also a Leaping Bunny approved brand by Cruelty Free International so you know that none of their products have been tested on animals. True Skincare also use glass and cardboard where possible to cut down on the use of plastic and their products are very well-priced.

Starting off with the True Skincare Certified Organic Clarifying Safflower & Gernaium Cleansing Oil (£12.00), this comes in a gorgeous matte glass bottle and you receive 100ml of product. I just think everything always looks so nice in glass bottles! This light cleansing oil contains Safflower, Geranium, Jojoba and Vitamin E to remove makeup, daily grime and impurities from the skin, whilst also nourishing and balancing the skin. This is for oily to normal skin types and I found this great for removing my eye makeup, as it even removed my mascara without me having to rub harshly on that delicate area. The star ingredient is Safflower as it is rich in Linoleic Acid, an omega-6, which locks moisture into the skin whilst also helping to unclog pores and my pores have definitely improved since using this cleansing oil. A lot of people are often wary of using oils on oily skin, but this is pretty lightweight and it will help to balance the skin out so that it doesn't keep producing so much oil.
True Skincare have a variety of Facial Oils available for different skin types, and the True Skincare Certified Organic Rehydrating Rosehip & Rosemary Facial Oil is the one for dehydrated skin. The Oil comes in a 30ml frosted glass bottle complete with dropper to control the amount of product you are using, and 30ml is normally the amount you would get for a serum, so this is excellent value at £13.50. The Rehydrating Oil has been created to rejuvenate and hydrate the skin to leave an even, radiant complexion, with Rosehip locking in moisture whilst helping to reduce the appearance of scars, dark spots and fine lines, which many oils are brilliant for. The other key ingredient Rosemary, is rich is antioxidant and antiseptic properties, ridding the skin of impurities and helping to maintain a healthy, clear skin. Even though I have combination skin, I was informed by a facialist that even my oily spots have dryness to them, so this is perfect for balancing that out.
If you have oily to combination skin, then you might want to try the True Skincare Certified Organic Balancing Safflower & Basil Facial Oil (£13.50). If you suffer from acne, then the Safflower is going to fight against that and the Basil will rid the skin of toxins to prevent breakouts. This is an ultra lightweight oil which is not going to clog your pores, but work with the sebum your skin is producing to unclog them and reduce any blemishes on the skin whilst locking moisture in, to keep your skin nourished and hydrated. As well as reducing toxins, Basil also contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great ingredient to prevent whiteheads, blackheads and blemishes appearing on the skin. Just like the packaging of the Rehydrating Serum, this one is just as beautifully packaged, and comes boxed in what looks like a watercolour cardboard.
You can find these products and more online at True Skincare here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains items which were gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Friday, 12 July 2019

Jeffree Star Cosmetics The Jawbreaker Collection Jawbreaker Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

I thought we would end the week on the big daddy of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection, the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Eyeshadow Palette. There is a smaller nine-pan palette, but three of the shades are already in this palette, so I decided against buying it.
This is the biggest palette Jeffree has ever released, pan wise, with 24 of the beauties, covering a range of matte, shimmer and metallic finishes and bringing you pretty much every colour of the rainbow. This is not for the faint-hearted. The palette arrives in a white jawbreaker design unicarton, and then the palette itself has a metallic pink jawbreaker design running throughout it and of course a mirror on the inside of the lid.
Onto the shades...(Top to Bottom, Left to Right)
*Virgin - A bone white matte
*Good Morning - A super soft pink matte
*Bubble Gum - A bright bubblegum pink
*Wow - A bright sunshine yellow matte
*Suck - An orange matte
*Licorice - A pure red matte
*Cute - A pretty mint green matte
*Fuck - A neon light orange matte
*Gum Drop - A bright lavender matte
*Snack - A soft pink shimmer
*Brain Freeze - A light blue matte
*Jawbreaker - A reflective white metallic
*And What? - A classic red metallic
*Orange Juice - A warm orange metallic
*Sour - A grass green matte
*Soaked - A vivid cobalt blue matte
*Raspberry - A deep, berry red matte
*Cotton Candy - A Barbie pink metallic
*Lemon Drop - A sunshine yellow metallic
*Bite Me - A Cadbury's-purple metallic
*Cherry Wet - A bright cherry red matte
*Tasty - A milk chocolate brown matte
*Cone - A peach-toned nude matte
*Delicious - A deep navy matte

As you can tell by the photos, there is no colour story here, apart from rainbow. It is so hard to choose favourite shades, but I adore the Cute, Fuck, Gum Drop trio as they are so unlike the majority of eyeshadows I have seen before, but then again so are most of the shades within this palette.
Formula wise, you can expect the same buttery softness and easy blendability that you get from Jeffree's other palettes, and I am just so in love with this as the opportunities are endless and it certainly is unlike any other palette out there.

The Jeffree Star Cosmetics The Jawbreaker Collection Jawbreaker Eyeshadow Palette costs £54.00 and you can find it online at Beauty Bay here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Tarte Foundcealer Multi-Tasking Foundation Review

Whilst getting excited about the QVC Easy Pay Tarte event, one of the items I ordered was the Tarte Foundcealer Multi-Tasking Foundation and Sponge Duo. The Tarte Foundcealer was released earlier this year and is a makeup and skincare hybrid that gives a total complexion solution for achieving a radiant finish and custom coverage.
Available in 30 shades, the Foundcealer Foundation is formulated with Babasu Palm Seed Oil and Hyaluronic Acid to nourish the skin and keep it healthy. The Foundcealer comes in a gorgeous double-barrelled airless pump bottle with a lilac cap which features a tropical palm leaf design. The cap twists to reveal a convenient pump dispenser making it a great travel companion. 

Due to the Babasu Palm Oil, Hyaluronic Acid and added Vitamin E, the Foundcealer has a creamy texture which makes application even and smooth but I would say coverage is more medium rather than full, which I found quite odd considering the name suggests that the formula doubles as a concealer. However, the finish was pretty and dewy and due to such nourishing ingredients, I would definitely recommend this for a drier skin type. 
QVC UK only had a small percentage of the shades available, and so I ended up going for the shade 22N Light Neutral, which is for light skin tones with neutral under tones, and normally I would go for a shade suitable for red undertones due to redness I suffer from on my cheeks. That being said, the colour worked really well for me, and it wasn't too light either but still matched the rest of my skin, so I was really impressed with the shade.

I wouldn't normally bother buying a new brush or sponge that is released with a new foundation, but as this came as a set, it was nice to try it out. The Tarte Foundcealer Multi-Tasking Sponge is a really soft, slightly velvety and very squishy sponge which I was really pleased with. I am a Beauty Blender lover and a lot of other brands' sponges often seem to be quite hard, but this was lovely and bouncy, so if you are in the market for a new makeup sponge, then this would definitely be worth a shot.
The Tarte Foundcealer costs £33.00 online at Tarte Cosmetics, and the Tarte Foundcealer Multi-Tasking Sponge costs £14.00 online at Tarte Cosmetics, but for the two I paid £36.00 online at QVCUK here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection Brain Freeze Skin Frost Pro Palette Review + Swatches

In today's instalment of the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection series, we have the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection Brain Freeze Skin Frost Pro Palette. Such a long name. Anyway, this is a highlighter palette featuring six new shades of the Skin Frost formula and comes in an icy looking unicarton which then opens up to reveal the palette, which has a red and blue colour theme to it, reminiscent of the American Slurpee drinks.
This highlighter palette has been inspired by the sweet treats and sugary drinks of movie theatres, and we all know how much Jeffree loves his sugary snacks. Inside, you get a mirror on the inside of the lid and then six good-sized pans containing the following shades...
Cold Shoulder - A duo chrome white-silver with blue reflects
Gold Breaker - A unique marbled shade inspired by jawbreaker sweets
Cocky - A peach shimmer
Statuesque - A rich copper-orange with gold reflects
Frozen Fruit - A baby pink shimmer
Freeze Tag - A blinding icy blue shade
The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection Brain Freeze Skin Frost Pro Palette has been designed to suit all skin tones, and so not every single shade is going to work for you as a highlighter, however you can of course use highlighters as eyeshadows, and with this formula being so pigmented, they look unreal on the eyelids. 

I have quite fair to light skin and I think the shades that suit me the most are Cold Shoulder, Gold Breaker and Frozen Fruit. But Cocky and Statuesque are both incredible on my eyelids as I have blue eyes and so the bronze tones really bring out the blueness in my eyes.
This palette is both vegan and cruelty free as with all Jeffree's products, which of course is amazing and which I think so many people forget about. Props to you girl!

The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection Brain Freeze Skin Frost Pro Palette costs £37.00 and you can find it online at Beauty Bay here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF50 Foundation Review

Whilst watching my favourite You Tuber Tati Westbrook (GlamLifeGuru) lately, she was very positive about the Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF50 Foundation. I had never previously come across the brand, but I trust Tati, it mentioned pore control and has SPF50 so I was all over that. I ended up finding it on Amazon although it wasn't easy to find in the UK.
I ordered the shade No.13 Ivory, and I believe that there are just eight shades available, which obviously isn't the best shade range around. This isn't a new foundation, and it has been around for a good few years now, but I do love to try different products. The Laneige Pore Control has a semi-matte finish and is mostly targeted at oily skin tones and as I have combination, with the majority of my face being oily, I knew this would be the best option for me.
Even though it is a BB Cream, the product does have a slight powdery finish and claims to control oiliness which I found worked really well for me. The packaging is pretty, with grey, white and mint along with a holographic finish. The compact opens up to reveal a mirror on the inside of the lid, a sponge puff, and then the foundation itself is protected by another lid. You do also receive a refill which I thought was excellent value, and it means you have a spare on hand whenever you run out.
The majority of Korean cushion foundations have a high SPF rating, and this one comes with SPF50 which is so great. I wish UK foundation brands took this on board as it is so important. The texture is soft and lightweight and although the sponge puff isn't terrible, I much prefer to dip my Beauty Blender in there. This gives a light to medium coverage and it is buildable and very lightweight and cooling on the skin, which is really want you want from a foundation in the Summer time.
With regards to the Pore Control aspect, I couldn't rate this high enough, I tried it without a primer and my pores, which I strongly dislike, were covered and not at all noticeable so A+ to Laneige for that! As I mentioned, it isn't the easiest product to get a hold of here in the UK. I found mine on Amazon for £23.48 which for a large compact of foundation and a spare, I think is excellent value. You can find it on Amazon here.
All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection Lip Ammunition Review + Swatches

As well as it being Foundation week this week, I thought I may as well make it Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection week and really go all out. Today I will be bringing you the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection Lip Ammunition Lipsticks.
The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection Lip Ammunition Lipsticks are available in six different shades, and as they are more of a glitter topper, I went for just the three shades. Just like with the Velour Liquid Lipsticks, the packaging is that stunning neon chartreuse, which the lipstick bullets are made up of too, along with gold detailing.
There are no regular shades in this particular collection, with all of them being glittery, which is of course more than fine by me! The shades I picked out are Glazed, Yummy and Candy Freeze. Glazed is probably one of my favourites as it is soft warm gold glitter that also contains pink reflects and so it looks different depending on which way the light is shining.
Yummy is a metallic light purple which is full of silver, pink and light purple glitter reflects, and whilst it won't be everyone's cup of tea, it is quite sheer so that it isn't too in your face purple. Finally, Candy Freeze is the one that possibly gives the most coverage out of the three glitters I have here. It is an icy Barbie pink that is full of pink glitter that makes it look almost 3D and again, this might not be for everyone, but I am loving this girly pink glitter moment.
Due to these Lip Ammunitions being glittery and quite sheer, I didn't expect them to last very long on the lips, but I was pleasantly surprised, and even the glitter stays on really well. Prior to this I have only ever owned one other Lip Ammunition, so it was great to be able to try new shades and finishes to add to my collection.

The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Jawbreaker Collection Lip Ammunition Lipsticks cost £16.00 each and you can find them online at Beauty Bay here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Maybelline Super Stay Foundation & Powder Review

This week is foundation week, and I have been trying different foundations from different brands and different price points. Today it is the Maybelline Super Stay Multi-Use Foundation Stick (£8.99) and Maybelline Super Stay Longwear Powder (£7.99). 
I must say, straightaway that the amount of product you get in the Foundation Stick is abysmal. It comes in a good-sized tube, but you get 1.5cm of product, which for me is just not good enough, but I still wanted to put it to the test. You do get a slanted sponge on the opposite end, but I like to stick with my trusty Beauty Blender. There are 16 shades available and I ordered 005 Light Beige, which is pretty light, verging on porcelain.
In all honesty, there isn't really anything I like about this foundation, but do bare in mind that different products work differently on different people. The colour was far too light, it did not blend very well and it didn't do anything for my pores. Plus, the amount of product you get is terrible. It does boast 24hour wear and I can say that it probably is quite long-lasting due to the texture, but I couldn't keep it on long enough as it just did nothing for my skin.
However, I did like the Maybelline Super Stay Longwear Powder. It is only available in four shades, and I went for 10 Ivory, but I find that you don't have to be as precise with powders as they are not always designed to give a full colour coverage. The Super Stay Powder comes in a white compact with a mirror on the inside of the lid and a little sponge puff. I am not a fan of sponge puffs and I much prefer to take a powder brush and swirl it around the compact.
I didn't find this powder cakey and it definitely helped keep my makeup in place throughout the day. It does boast 16hour wear but if you come here often you will know I don't leave my makeup on for that long, and it is waterproof, so this is going to be great for on holiday, when you are perhaps a little warm (sweaty) and spending a lot of time in the pool.

You can find these products in-store and online at Boots here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx