Juvia’s Place | The Nubian 2 | Beauty Bay UK

I’ve been lusting after Juvia’s Place palettes for months, since seeing Snapchat stories from Nikkie Tutorials swatching the bright, beautiful and highly pigmented eyeshadows. When Beauty Bay announced they would be ringing Juvia’s Place to their UK website, I felt so excited – I could finally get my hands on a palette and witness the magic for myself! I chose the Nubian 2

There are 12 very large eyeshadows in this palette and each one is stunning in its own right. The colours range from champagne, to coppers to golds and yellows to dark browns. There are four matte shades and eight shimmers. The colours all compliment each other so well, the looks you could create with this palette are endless. It’s just too exciting!

Swatching the shadows was easy as each one is very pigmented. You hardly need to touch the pan and you get a lot of colour pay-off. I particularly love ‘Morocco’, a gorgeous orange shade perfect for the crease and excellent for bringing out the colour of your eyes. I can’t say any of the colours are patchy or hard to work with, as this really isn’t the case.

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Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Swatches in Natural Light
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Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Swatches taken with a Flash

I created a simple look today with the palette, mostly focusing on a orange/bronze theme. Sorry the outer corners look patchy in the photo below, hayfever and watery eyes mean that eyeshadows really aren’t staying put at the moment!

  •  On the outer corner and dragged through the crease – Morocco
  • Over the lid – Yaa
  • On the outer corner and to blend the crease togeter – Madagascar
  • Inner corner and brow bone highlight – Zuri
  • To brighten up the lid colour – Nefertiti
  • Lower lash line – Yaa

Overall, I’m absolutely chuffed with this palette. It has to be the best quality palette I own by a long shot. I just love every single shade too and I can’t stop planning looks with it! The eyeshadows themselves are so easy to work with and are creamy and very blendable. I also found that there was very little fallout when I was working with them, although there was a little bit from the shade ‘Yaa’. Something that I can live with!

To buy your own Juvia’s Place palette, visit Beauty Bay here (you’ll also receive free delivery!)

Kerry x

SENSSE | Hot and Cool Facial Bar

I was sent the SENSSé Hot and Cool Facial Bar in exchange for a review. When I received the product from Amazon, I was genuinely blown away with its beautiful packaging and the way the facial bar itself looks. The box is a good, solid matte white cardboard, with the Senssé logo on the front, in rose gold. Inside you receive the facial bar, a USB charger and 2 year warranty/instruction manual.

The facial bar itself is absolutely beautiful – with its subtly shimmery white design and accents of rose gold. The bar itself is extremely smooth. I couldn’t wait to try it on my skin! When using for the first time, the device needs to be charged for at least six hours on its lovely rose gold base.

There are four functions on the facial bar – heat, heat with vibrations, cool, cool with vibrations. The hot mode feels absolutely amazing! This mode increases blood circulation and relaxes facial muscles. The cool mode also feels lovely – especially on a hot day – and helps to reduce the appearance of pores and help skin absorb your facial moisturiser. The product lights up with a whit light, and the dots, which also illuminate, indicate which setting you are currently on. It also makes a clear beeping sound when you change functions.

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To use the product – place moisturiser on the plate before switching on. It is preferable that you use a water soluble moisturiser. Turn the bar on and it will get warm very quickly. Move it over the skin on your face for around 30 seconds. Press the button next to switch to hot mode with vibrations. This will stimulate skin further and help you achieve that natural glow. After another 30 seconds, switch to cool mode. You’ll hear the internal fan kick in at this point – I can’t actually believe how quickly it gets cold! The final setting is cool with vibrations and this is a lovely final facial massage which will help relax you and minimise pores. This should be done 3-5 times a week and takes about 2 minutes in total.

Now for my thoughts!

  • As you can tell from my gushing above, I absolutely love how this item looks. You could say that it is very ‘Instagramable’ and I really enjoyed photographing it. I’m also currently trying to find a practical use for the box it came in too, because it will just look beautiful wherever I put it!
  • I love the way the hot mode feels on my skin, to me this is the best part. It really does help with the absorption of my moisturiser and I love this
  • The vibration mode really isn’t the best – it could be better. I don’t actually know what benefits it is having to my face and skin and it just isn’t really needed in my opinion
  • It charges very quickly and just looks even more beautiful on its throne of a charging base
  • The cool mode is very refreshing and as I said before, it gets cool very quickly and is wonderful if you’re feeling pretty warm. I use it on my face after a run as I turn into a good shade of tomato very quickly! This calms my skin right back down and means I can continue to put on my makeup without lovely sweat and red patches making an appearance

To buy your own Sensse Hot and Cool Facial Bar, visit Amazon here (where it is currently on offer – almost half price!) or to find out more visit the Sensse website here.

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 7 | One Week to Go!

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it’s just one week until I run the 10k I’ve been working so hard for. How is this possible?! Not going to lie, I’m feeling pretty terrified at the moment! It’s made me a proper moody mare at home, my husband doesn’t dare speak to me at the moment! I’m giving myself daily pep talks – ‘Just enjoy yourself, it’s not the end of the world if you’re the slowest person there, etc’ – it’s really not working! 

Training has been going well, until the tail end of this week. I have a lovely chest infection to contend with and the fear of next weekend is managing to physically stop me from stepping out of the door. I did go out tonight however, and now I feel great again. I know it’s all in my head, but it’s sometimes hard to overcome those negative thoughts. 

On Friday I’ll be popping into the Forum in Norwich to pick up my race pack and charity running vest. I’ll be taking my husband and Baby J along with me too as they’ve supported and motivated me so much along my journey. Apparently there’s lots going on in the Forum for race participants, so I’ll take lots of photos for you! Keep an eye on my Instagram story (@sparkle.with.kerry

I’m definitely getting faster now, which makes me so happy. It’s not consistent, but that doesn’t matter. I’m still a hell of a lot fitter than I have been in a long time! It’s not all about weight loss, but I have noticed my clothes getting looser – great, but also a pain that I’ll need to buy more! I’m just feeling healthy and happy and that’s what matters. 

A flattering tomato shot!

In other exciting news for me, but probably not for you, I got some new running trainers! I actually love them. 

Finally, a bit thank you to everyone who has supported me – Gareth, mum and dad, Emma, Emily, Ruth, Sue, Donna and Neville and anyone else who donated or has encouraged me with my training. I love you all and I think of you every step of the way. 

Here’s a little photo I wanted to share with you from today, which portrays the little girl who is my biggest motivation of all… 

My Baby J

Kerry x

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NEW LAUNCH! Indy Luxe Brushes | The Merbabe Collection

Just a quick post to let you know that these beautiful Mermaid themed brushes are now available on Indy Luxe! To receive 20% off, just use my exclusive code SPARKLEKERRY20 at the checkout! You can thank me later 😉 

These beauties are 100% vegan and cruelty free and super soft. You will receive 10 brushes in the set, including those for the eyes, a fan brush, powder brush and contour brush to name but a few! 

But be quick, these babies are going to sell out fast! Buy yours here and don’t forget to use the code SPARKLEKERRY20 at the checkout for 20% off. 

Kerry x
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Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighters | Rose Quartz Lights

 

 

Here’s part 2 of my reviews of the Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighters! Read Part 1 – Sunlight Mood Lights, here. This time it’s my particular fave, Rose Quartz Lights. To be perfectly honest, I have used this every single day since I received it. It is just my perfect blush. When I saw it on the website, I was concerned it would be too dark, but once all swirled together on my brush, it creates the most beautiful bronze peach glow.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this is called a highlighter but it really isn’t one. I always use it as a blush. Even the lightest colour on this would be too dark as a highlighter for me, but could maybe work on people with deeper skin tones. On the far right of the product, the colour gets pretty dark and would actually make a beautiful bronzer. However, I use this as a blush by dipping my brush along all the colours.

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Makeup Revolution Gradient Highlighter | Rose Quartz Light – Swatches

To swatch the product, I used three fingers and took product from the left, middle and right of the blush.

This blush always works perfectly with the rest of my makeup, as I love warm tones and browns/bronzes/peaches/orange tones on my eyes. It also has a very subtle shimmer to it – which I love from a blush as it makes you look extra glowy.

The Gradient Highlighters are currently on TAMbeauty for just £4 each, buy yours here

Kerry x

Fresh Naturals | Natural, Vegan and Organic Pampering Goodies

 

 

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We all need a bit of a pamper sometimes what with long working hours, family life and just general everyday stresses. When Fliss from Fresh Naturals offered to send me some gorgeous samples to put to the pamper test, I really couldn’t refuse. I rarely get time to just lie back in the bath and relax, but made sure I set myself some time aside. Baby J was in bed and the husband was on the xbox – perfect! Here are the products I put to the test, along with others I have been using over the last couple of weeks.

Keep reading for a special 20% off code too!

Tropical Crush Bath Bomb (150g) – £3.25

This bath bomb took a long time to dissolve in my bath, which I love. I feel that this is the sign of a good quality bath bomb – cheaper ones just tend to dissolve in a matter of seconds, whereas this one was going for a good few minutes. It filled my whole bathroom with fruity and tropical aromas which gave me a positive energy boost. Beautiful! This bomb contains Apricot Kernel oil for soft skin and mineral-rich dead sea salt. Buy yours here.

Wake Up and Go Handmade Bath Bomb (120g) – £3.00

I haven’t used this one yet, as I’m saving it for a rare morning bath treat. It smells incredible though! This bomb contains sense awakening oils that will wake you up, ready for the day including peppermint oil and lemon oil. Buy yours here.

Tea Tree and Poppy Seed Natural Sugar Scrub – £3.50

When I spoke to Fliss about this product, she said that they are one of her best sellers – one customer even bought fifteen of them! The are different combinations to choose from including, Peppermint and Blue Cornflower, Avocado and Olive Oil and Lemon, Grapefruit and Calendula.  These can either be used on your feet, like a pumice stone, or run under warm water and then rubbed over the skin. I used it the second way, especially on my arms and it left them smelling great and feeling silky smooth. Buy yours here.

A Pamper Pack of Mini Bath Time Treats

Oh my goodness, I actually squealed a little bit when I opened up the box containing all these beautiful goodies! Inside I received (from left to right in photo) –

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Also, don’t forget that Fresh Naturals is a vegan friendly, cruelty free, organic brand – making us and the animals very happy.

To receive 20% off your order (excluding delivery) use the code SPARKLEWITHKERRY at the checkout (valid until the end of August 2017).

Visit Fresh Naturals here.

Kerry x

 

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick | Greatest

This is my second purchase of the Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks. I already own ‘Vow’ and have been addicted to its colour and formula. I spoke about it recently here.
The lipsticks come in the most beautiful rose gold packaging. They really remind me of the much coveted Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and I often get the two confused when I see them in Instagram posts! A big bonus to these lipsticks is that they close very securely with a reassuring click – it means the lid won’t be falling off in your bag! I love how the Makeup Revolution logo is printed on the lipstick barrel and is revealed when you take the lid off.

This particular lipstick is in the shade ‘Greatest’ – a mauve/pink/nude colour which I felt was missing from my collection. I’m absolutely in love with the colour. I’ll actually be purchasing it for my mum too – it would suit her so much!

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick in the shade Greatest - Swatch
Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipstick in the shade Greatest – Swatch

The formula of these lipsticks is incredible – creamy and long-lasting. It glides onto the lips and doesn’t cling to dry patches. It doesn’t smudge and stays put all day. It removes easily at the end of the day too. I’m honestly blown away by these lipsticks. And guess how much they are?! £4!! And yes, I’ll say it, I love these more than the MAC lipsticks, by miles.

If you’d like to purchase this particular shade for yourself, click here. To look at the other beautiful shades in the range, then click here.

Kerry x

 

In the Know | Vegan Leather

I thought that today instead of reviewing a product, I would bring you an informative article about vegan leather – something which might intrigue you. I was certainly interested to know more about vegan leather – How can leather be vegan? Is it still leather if it’s not made from animal products? Does it last as long? 

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So how is vegan leather sourced? It is a fake leather-like material not made from animal skin. Many materials can be used to make vegan leather, including synthetics like plastic and more natural materials like cork. You may have referred to vegan leather as ‘pleather’ – a term used which combines plastic and leather. This is because most faux leathers are made using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane (PU), which are plastic based materials.

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These materials have raised issues as to their production and its impact on the environment. It is however, difficult to source natural materials to produce a hardy enough material for faux leather although it has been attempted with kelp and pineapple leaves.

How is vegan leather made? Faux leather is produced in a very different way to leather. Different chemicals and a totally different industrial process is used. The most common way to make it is to bond together a plastic coating to a fabric backing. Depending on what plastics are used, defines whether it is eco friendly. Be sure to check this out if you’re after a true vegan leather.

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The big question: Is vegan leather better than real leather? Vegan leather is usually a lot lighter than leather and thinner. It is also more lightweight which makes it a lot easier to work with in terms of fashion. The drawback to this is that it makes it a lot less durable. I’m sure you all have at least one leather item in your household/family which has been going for decades and still looking good. Leather is just generally a lot more hard-wearing. This is an important factor to consider when deciding between fake leather and real leather as the environmental impact of replacing a fake leather product multiple times is arguably more damaging than the purchase of one real leather item.

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So in conclusion, the choice is yours. There are some fabulous vegan leathers available including those produced by Dr. Martens – you really can’t tell the difference! Just consider the environmental impact your faux leather may be having on the environment and check before you buy.

To find out more about vegan leather, read this very informative article here.

Kerry x

 

xoBeauty Radiant Glow Highlight Powder in Aurora

As you know and as I keep telling you, highlighters are my favourite makeup products to collect and apply. So my favourite products, combined with my favourite beauty guru equals a massive win for me. When Shaaanxo announced the release of her two new highlighters, I just couldn’t wait to order myself one from xoBeauty in New Zealand.

I was most interested in this highlighter because it isn’t advertised as a ‘blinding’ one, but more as a ‘radiant glow’. Every highlighter I own to date is over the top shimmery and don’t get me wrong, I do love this, but more subtle highlights have appealed to me recently.

The packaging is absolutely stunning and matches the lipsticks (which I also wrote a review on, read it here) with the mirrored casing. You receive 10g of product inside the case, which closes securely, with what I think is a magnetic fastening. It’s a gorgeous little compact, with a mirror in the lid, perfect to carry around with you.

Now, another cool thing about this highlighter is that it isn’t just used in the ‘usual’ way. Due to its buildable texture, the highlighter can also be applied lightly all over the face for a blurring effect. If subtlety isn’t your thing, then you can wet your brush and apply it with that. So far, I have just been using it with a dry brush on my cheekbones and nose. To be honest, I haven’t gone a day since receiving it, where I haven’t worn it. I’ve received a lot of highlighters in the post over the last week or so, including a Jeffree Star one, but I keep coming back to this one.

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xoBeauty Radiant Gow Highlighter in Aurora Swatched

Overall I’m impressed with the quality and versatility of this product. The powder itself is beautifully, finely milled and so easy to work with and not heavy on the skin. I love its buildable nature and also the colour which is a champagne pink. It really is ‘Photoshop in a compact’!


To order yours, visit xoBeauty Shop here.
Kerry x

W7 Delicious Natural & Berry Eye Colour Palette | Review, Tutorial and Swatches

I love a good dupe when I see one and so far, this has to be the most interesting one I’ve come across. This W7 Delicious eyeshadow palette is such a good dupe for the Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance palette that it might actually be a bit naughty! 

The ABH Modern Renaissance palette is one I can only dream about owning (or hope that someone close to me reads this post and surprises me with it!) so when I saw that the very affordable high-street brand W7 had released this little beauty, I was intrigued to give it a go. 

The palette comes in simple cardboard packaging with a mirror inside and includes a brush. The brush is also a replica of the ABH one too, with a fluffy brush one end and a smudging brush the other. There are twelve eyeshadows inside – 4 shimmers and 8 mattes. Upon swatching, I found some to be much more pigmented than others. The palest shade is pretty much non-existent on my skin, so isn’t visible in the swatch photo. Some of the colours are also quite chalky. However, upon using the palette, I was impressed with how pigmented the darker colours were and how well they blended.

Here’s a simple tutorial for an every day look using the palette –

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And here’s the finished look!

The shadows lasted very well throughout the day and are still going strong now. I used my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base/primer and the shadows have stayed put without creasing.

Do I think this is a decent dupe for the ABH palette? If you’re on a tight budget like me and can’t justify spending so much on some eyeshadow – then yes, this is a brilliant substitute! When it’s on your eyes, who’s going to know the difference, hey?

I ordered this palette direct through the W7 website here and it cost £12.95.

Kerry x