KIKO make up haul


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Continuing on with my haul from the last blog post, here are the items I bought from KIKO!

The first items I picked up, were these creamy lipgloss sticks. Very similar to the chubby sticks by way of the packaging and product inside too! I feel as though these last a little longer though. They are glossy and are quite sheer too (which is my favourite combination). I chose 3 colours!

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** KIKO Creamy Lipgloss in 102: £6.50

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** KIKO Creamy Lipgloss in 110: £6.50

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** KIKO pH lip enhancer in 100: £6.50

These individual eyeshadows also caught my eye after I knocked a few over with my bag in the store! I chose colours that I could wear alone and wouldn’t have to pair up with anything else! The are super creamy and pigmented. They all have a sheen or glitter in them but its not chunky and they don’t have a tonne of fallout. These remind me of MAC eyeshadows with the same type of quality.

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** KIKO eyeshadows in shades (left to right): 166, 116, 133, 148 – £2.90 each

I then saw these lipsticks and the colours caught my eye! I’ve been trying to use lip products more because I feel like changing your lips can change your whole face instantly! When I saw these colours, I knew they’d be perfect for slamming in my handbag and topping up on the go! They’re lovely pink and brown nudes (can you tell which colours I like?). Although they’re sheer, they’re glossy and have a lovely gold flex running through! They’re semi- sheer and really moisturising with a comfortable application!

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** KIKO smart lipsticks in shades: 903, 917 – £1.90 each

I’m a sucker for eyeshadow palettes! More so, for KIKO eyeshadow palettes which I own a few of already! I remember seeing these on their website and loving the colours but when I actually tried them in store, I was literally left with my mouth hanging wide open! They are the creamiest and softest eyeshadows in the world! I have never felt such strongly pigmented and rich colours in any product before! They blend so well and look so vibrant it’s crazy! I am definitely going to get the other palettes!

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** KIKO colour impact eyeshadow palette in ‘Bright Night Lights 03’ – £16.90

When I saw this nail varnish, I was intrigued about how it would look. Whilst I was checking out, I saw this sitting there for £1 and grabbed it! The colour is a beautiful pastel blue with a slight purple tinge. The ‘sugar mat’, isn’t so interesting! It’s really gritty and after having it on for only a few minutes, I knew it wasn’t practical! It’s fairly sharp and feels like super hard sandpaper. Moreover, it looks like your nail varnish has major air bubbling going on, so I’m not too crazy about this but, I’ll hold on to it for the next type I’m carving wooden sculptures!

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** KIKO Sugar Mat nail lacquer in ‘635 Wisteria’ – £1

For all the products I bought, visit their website here. They have excellent shipping and have a super clearance section with their previous collections at mega low prices!

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Inglot make up haul


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Can you believe, I’ve been shopping again? I went into London recently and saw some lovely little make up bits that I had to grab! Take a look at today’s post where I show you what I got at Inglot!

I popped into Inglot because they had a sale on, on their lip, eyebrow and concealer palettes.. 50% off! I chose their 5 piece freedom system palette and decided to choose only lipsticks as I didn’t really need any other stuff (not that I need more lipsticks, though). These ended up being so creamy and pigmented! They look amazing and feel good too! I’ve tried an actual lipstick from Inglot before and it’s one of my favourites!

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**Inglot AMC 5 roundfreedom palette: £3.50
Lipstick refills in shades (left to right): 29, 56, 26, 03, 62- £1.75 each

I then picked up another lip product by way of the lip paint! This is an uber glossy and moisturising lip stick kind of pot! The colour is the perfect nude for me which adds colour and doesn’t drain me out.

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20130909-104153.jpg** Inglot lip paint in shade 63: £10

The last few things that I got were nail varnishes! I really wanted some more of the o2m nail varnishes in nude colours that I could always wear! I chose brown and pink toned nudes and they ended up being really nice! I think I’ll enjoy them more in winter though because they don’t seem to look very good with tanned hands.. I have the pink shade (680) on right now.

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**Inglot. o2M nail paints in shade: 677, 680- £11.00 each

For all the products I’ve mentioned, you can visit their website here. Their p&p is a little pricey and their swatch colours online are a little off though, so I’d suggest visiting the store for a better experience!

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Maybelline Baby Lips.. Finally!


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I had read on a few blogs that Maybelline had finally released their infamous ‘baby lips’ in the UK and I had been keeping my eyes peeled for them but hadn’t seen them until now!

I really wanted to try them because I always seem to have dry lips and I love a bit of tint.. Not to mention anything that smells good, on my lips! These seemed like the perfect token!

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The packaging seems a bit flimsy and not really the kind that I’d happily whip out when meeting the Queen as its loud and bright (not to mention a bit flimsy) however, I don’t mind! I can tell I’m not paying for packaging because the product is cheap so I understand their thinking!

When choosing the colours I had a choice between Cherry Me and Peaches because they were the only colours that appealed to me however, I wanted to try just the one for now so being an avid fan of the Haribo Cherries, I chose Cherry Me!

Ok.. The smell! I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN! I want to eat it! It has that typical candy cherry scent! If you’ve ever had Cherry Drops, Cherry penny sweets or anything sweet cherry flavoured, you’ll understand! I love the fact that once I’ve got it on my lips and whilst I’m applying, people ask what smells so good!

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The colour isn’t super pigmented but I like the sheer colour it does have! It’s almost transparent apart from a very light red hue that you notice once you look hard!

The moisturising factor is mediocre! Nothing uber drenching or anything but I like the finish which isn’t super glossy or super matte! You could literally wear this with any makeup look and it would suit adequately!

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All in all, I’m a big fan! I really like these and I know I’ll get through this ‘Cherry Me’ one in no time! So I’ll be sure to try some more soon!

Baby lips are £2.99 from Boots or Superdrug

My updated skin care routine


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As some of you guys may know, there are certain skin care products which I have stuck to for a long time now! I tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to my skin and if I find something I love, I stick to it!

Up until the age of 18 or 19, I had quite problematic skin: acne prone, extremely dry in some areas, extremely oily in others, bumpy spots, enlarged pores, sensitivity. Granted, my acne wasn’t crazy bad, but it was really noticeable on my pasty face!

I changed my basic routine and invested in some products which changed my skin by heaps and bounds but a few months ago, I thought I could still do better and really target the problems I still had, so I changed my skin care completely!

Problems:
Enlarged pores
Oily T-Zone
Sebum filled spots beneath my skin
Dry Patches

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The first thing that I changed was my moisturiser as that is what is supposed to protect your skin throughout the day and as it stays on your skin the longest, it’s usually the reason for breakouts etc. I was lucky enough to receive an AMAZING moisturiser in my Glossy Box a few months ago! I wrote a mini review here. Premae Harmony Moisturising Creme Balm does not only feel amazing and do wonders for your skin but, it’s an amazing make up base! It’s quite pricey though, so I don’t know what I’ll do once this one is finished.. Should I go in for the plunge? However, you need the smallest amount and it feels like nothing on your skin! It goes matte after applying and makes your pores look almost invisible! No mess, no hassle!
Problems solved: Dry patches, Oily T Zone, Enlarged Pores
** Will link soon as Premae website is under construction at the moment

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I then went in for the plunge in May and bought a Clarisonic Mia 2 as it had been so raved about in the beauty industry! I had read tens of reviews and videos on YouTube about the effects it had and because all of them seemed to be amazing, I caved! I bought mine from Harrods for £125. It’s not cheap at all but I think about it, as a toothbrush for my face and seen as my toothbrush cost £100, it kind of makes sense! The Clarisonic is basically an exfoliating brush which vibrates at two different speeds (depending on what you choose). It’s supposed to remove dead skin, cleanse and improve your generally skin! It’s INCREDIBLE! Because it has interchangeable brush heads, you can change them to suit your skin type! I’ve already bought the ‘Deep Pore Cleansing’ brush heads however it came with the sensitive head. I never saw results immediately and in fact, have only noticed the results from around July so it takes a while to kick in (may be because I don’t have sensitive skin). I use this one in the morning and if I’m washing my hair, I’ll use it twice that day. It makes your skin feel squeaky clean after use, I have had no spots since using it and my pores are looking smaller and smaller every week! And because it times each section of your face, you don’t have to think and washing your whole face only takes a minute!
Problems solved: Enlarged pores, Dry Patches, Sebum filled spots under my skin

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With the Clarisonic, I’d like to thank my brother for introducing me to my new all time favourite face wash L’oreal men expert Pure Power Charcoal Wash! I know it’s actually for men but I can’t help but rave about this. It’s very strange in the sense that it’s a black liquid that lathers into a grey foam which helps you to see where the product is being applied! It has a cooling sensation which came in so handy last month when England had a heat wave! It works super well with my Clarisonic and it feels like it’s giving my face a deep clean! I don’t get any dryness after this and I feel like this is also a factor for my smaller looking pores.
Problems solved: Dry Patches, Enlarged Pores

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To remove my makeup, I’ve been using this method for almost a year and to me, it’s fool proof! I’m a baby wipe and Bio Derma kinda gal! I used to use a different cleanser and then wash my face but that made my skin so tight and dry and then cause me to have breakouts! It was all very confusing until I went to France and bought Bio Derma from a pharmacy! It changed my skin in the sense that it didn’t feel like I was over moisturising or over drying my skin. The only thing I’d say negatively about Bio Derma is that it has a film-like residue after you apply it. After using it for a year, I haven’t broken from it so it can’t be that bad but everyone has different skin! I just wish it was sold in the UK as I’m running low! For baby wipes. I just use the cheapest ones I can find and they are these Huggies value pack baby wipes which come with 64 wipes and they last me ages! For £0.99p, you can’t go wrong!
Problems solved:
Oily T Zone

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For my dry lips, Nivea Creme all the way! It’s cheap, ultra moisturising and I’d consider it one of my holy grail products of all time!

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July Favourites


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This month has been amazing in so many ways: Ramadhan, weather and most importantly.. WEATHER! :) I can’t help but say that the heat doesn’t affect me in the slightest! And so when the sunshine comes around, I’m all over it! I’ve found some wonderful products this month.. So without further ado, here are my July Favourites:

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Moschino Cheap and Chic ‘Hippy Fizz’ perfume- £21.98
I got this perfume this time last year whilst on a shopping trip with my mum! I had been transferred to a new location for work and they had a Beauty Bay there! My mum noticed this perfume because of the name and when she picked it up to smell it we both just stared at it in awe! It’s perfect.. I can’t even describe anything like it before! It’s a fresh, fruity, citrus scent and it smells good on so many skins! It lingers for ages.. I mean: spray it on your coat and smell it for weeks! It’s affordable too so a bonus!

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Benefit ‘Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer’- £24.50
I heard so many good things about this primer that I had to get it when I saw it! When it comes to base makeup, my skin is useless! I can wipe my face after a few hours of wearing makeup and there’ll be nothing on the wipe! I don’t know whether my skin absorbs it or whether it just doesn’t hold it well! However, this primer is revolutionary for me! I wouldn’t quite say a 15 hour hold for my foundation but it’s a lot more than a few hours! It feels a bit greasy when going on your skin but doesn’t look it at all! And because its a stick, no faffing with brushes and stuff.. Just slide it on and blend in your foundation on top! One downside: it clings to dry spots on the face so if you have patches of dryness, it will cling on to and enhance them!

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Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ mascara- £7.99
I love me some mascara! My lashes are ok-ish. I have length but no curl and volume so I’m always on the hunt for a good mascara! I’m prone to a few layers of mascara too because I like the clumpy look on myself! When Tanya from Pixi2woo raved about this mascara, I knew I wanted it! I can relate to a lot of the skincare and makeup advice she gives because we have really similar skin types! This mascara really does look like false lashes! It has a bristle hair type brush which I don’t mind at all and the shape and liquid is just perfect to start using straight away (usually I have to wait a few months for my mascara to dry out). I love this.. Miss. A.. This one is coming your way!

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Benefit ‘Boi-ing’ concealer in shade 3- £17.50
When I got this concealer, it was a bit too dark for me because I had matched myself up for the summer months but now it matches, I’m crazy about it! It has such a great texture and the coverage is excellent. Although it creases on me if I don’t set it, it lasts ages and looks flawless! It’s creamy and is best applied with fingers so again.. No faffing with brushes! For the winter months, I’ll definitely get a lighter shade and use it then too!

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Premae Harmony Moisturising Creme Balm- £27.50
I received this in a glossy box a few months ago and never tried it until this month! It’s a balm, so you would think it has a heavy texture and creamy finish but you’d be wrong! Although it’s a balm, it’s really lightweight and blends into the skin leaving a seamless finish. It looks great underneath foundation because it makes the skin matte yet still smooth! You only need a tiny bit of it so this will last me ages!

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Topshop lipstick in ‘Crystal’- £9
I got this lipstick a few months ago and I really wanted to try a Topshop lipstick because everyone raves about them! I have to say.. I can understand why! The texture is really creamy and they’re long lasting. They have a fantastic colour range too but I chose the sheer pink with crazy glitter in it. This is a pH adjusting lipstick so will look different on everyone but I’m so pleased about the way it looks on me! It’s affordable and good quality!

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Soap & Glory Cheekmate- £8
When it comes to the summertime, you just want to throw on a blush and hope it stays cause it’s too hot to look colourless and I’m too lazy to reapply.. That’s where stains come in. I’m a big fan of stains and in summer, I love them even more. This S&G one is a gel like consistency and is uber pigmented! You only need a small dot of this stuff and it does the job. It looks natural and leaves your face looking fresh! You can see in the picture how naturally it blends in.

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Bourjois ‘Delice De Soleil’ bronzer in 14- £8.99
This shade bronzer is for olive tanned skin and I love how they say which bronzer is best for which skin. So this bronzer is mostly matte apart from a few shimmers but I can’t see them when I swatch it. It looks great because its not too orange, red or muddy. It’s just a perfect bronze colour which looks natural and lovely! Smells really good too!

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Makeup Geek eyeshadow/ Z palette
I’ve saved the best until last here. Welcome to my Z palette! This is basically a magnetic palette which you can put pans into. Be that blush, eyeshadow or whatever, if its got a magnet on it, it’ll go in here! Not only do I love the palette, I love these eyeshadows! These are all Make Up Geek eyeshadows which I got a few months ago! I have a tonne more eyeshadows than this but this is a little neutrals palette I organised! I love all of these colours for summer because they look bronze, shimmery and perfect for creating any look! The eyeshadows are pigmented and so soft and creamy! I feel as though they’re better than MAC and they aren’t half as expensive! The colours:
(Left to right going down)
Corrupt (blackest black in the world)
Peaches and Cream
Cocoa Bear (my favourite)
Glamorous
Latte
Creme Brule
Shimma Shimma
Prom Night
Mocha

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Benefit Haul!


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I recently stumbled into a Benefit Store and found some products that were either really nice or really cheap.. CHEAP MAKE UP.. How could I refuse?

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** Benefit Fake Up- 01 Light £18.50

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** Radiant Skincare Travel Set £12.50

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** Benefit lipstick- La La Land £3

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** Benefit Lipstick- Pillow Talk £3

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** Benefit Lipstick- My Treat £3

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** Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow- Gimme Some Plum £3

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How I style watches!


When it comes to watches, I’m like a dealer with the watches inside his jackets! I got a fake Rolex to prove it (and thats the only fake one)! Why wear 1 watch when you can wear them all.. That’s my moto! Have a look at my collection!

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Add a splash of colour to your face!


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My newest love is definitely coloured eyeliner! I always feel overdone when I wear winged liner and now it’s summer, I don’t want it running down my face! I recently done a post on a KIKO haul (a brand based in Milan available at White City Westfield, London)! I tried their eyeliner and I was blown away by how good they were! I love adding the liner on my bottom lash line very lightly and using it to add a splash of colour!

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The eyeliners last so long and they are so vivid! They have shimmer in them apart from a few colours which have a more satin finish! I’ve calculated quite a few colours now and I love how long they last and how they add a pop of colour with little effort!

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** I used about 3 coats of the liner to create these colours

To top it off, the applicator is a felt tip shape thus making application so much easier! You can create the finest of points and the thickest!

To top the whole experience off, these are so cheap coming in at £3.90 each (less than most drug store eyeliners) and there are 14 colours available!!

You can purchase the eyeliners here!

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Quick Haul.. And tea!


I had planned an afternoon tea with my cousin for quite some time and we had a lovely feast followed by a nice day of shopping! I got some really nice bits so thought I’d show you! Of course we had afternoon tea! At the Knightsbridge Berkeley Hotel! It was LOVELY! Look how cute..

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First stop.. TOPSHOP!
Sandals
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Lace top
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Cream blush

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Lip tint

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H&M..
Bracelets

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Shu Uemura..
Eyelash Curlers

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Accessorize..
Anklet

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Rings

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Rings

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If products don’t have links, it’s because I can’t find them on online stores!

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