Maybelline Gigi Hadid Lipsticks | Taura and Austyn | Review and Swatches

The Maybelline collaboration with Gigi Hadid was highly anticipated in the drugstore beauty world but unfortunately received mixed reviews. After watching many YouTube reviews and reading others, I decided to just try out the lipsticks. I chose a nude and a classic red – Taura and Austyn. 

Left – Austyn, Right – Taura

Taura is a classic nude lipstick, I would describe it as a ‘my lips but better shade’. Probably a bit more subtle than I wanted, but is nice for ‘no makeup’ looks and easy days. The formula itself is very nourishing and doesn’t dry out my lips at all. It’s described as a matte, but I’d say it’s a semi-matte. 

Taura

Although this lipstick is nourishing and quite pretty, for £8.99 it is a bit of a disappointment. It is not very long wearing at all and comes off as soon as you drink/eat/kiss. I’m so sad about this! 

Taura on the lips
Now, Austyn on the other hand is a lovely little lipstick. It is a bright, bold red with great pigment and much better staying power than Taura. It too is nourishing which I need in these cold months. 

Austyn

The red is super bright. I love the undertones of orange  which make it a true festive red. 

Austyn on the lips

Both these lipsticks are available as lip kits and also with matching lip liner pencils. You can purchase them in Boots and Superdrug for £8.99. 

Kerry x

WowBoxMe | November 2017 Alcoholic WowBox | Discount Affiliate Link

I have told you about WowBoxMe before, but thought I should tell you about it again! Especially now we are getting close to Christmas and New Year and party snacks and drinks are very much needed.

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WowBoxMe is an amazingly affordable, monthly snack box. Each box contains over £20 worth of food and drink for less than £10 a month. If you order a box and then review it on the site, you can also receive an extra £5 worth of products in your next box. They’re practically giving the food away!

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There are two types of box available – Alcoholic WowBoxes and Non-Alcoholic WowBoxes. Plans for the Alcoholic WowBoxes start from just £9.50 a month and contain 10 products worth over £20 in value.

The Non-Alcoholic boxes start from only £6.67 a month, depending on what plan you choose (monthly, every six months or yearly). An absolute bargain! This box will contain 10 products with a value of over £15.

The Alcoholic box starts from £9.50 and contains eight food and drink items. I received this box and couldn’t believe how much the value of the contents outweighed the price of the box – amazing!

To buy your own box, click here. You also get your first month FREE! Too good a deal to be missed! (This is an affiliate link)

Kerry x

W7 On the Rocks Eye Colour Palette | Incredible Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Dupe | Review and Swatches

W7 I applaud you – well done on creating yet another affordable, high quality and practically identical dupe of an Anastasia Beverly Hills palette. The funny thing is, W7 have made no attempt to hide the fact that they have recreated the high priced Subculture palette – they even used the hashtag #WEVEGOTITRIGHT when posting it all over their social media. It’s no secret that the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette turned out to be one big, disappointing mess. It was super pigmented but crumbly and difficult to blend. W7 have released this little gem and let me tell you, they definitely HAVE got it right. 

The cardboard palette box holds 14 beautiful and unique shades. Each one is named and there is a mirror inside the lid. It’s a nice compact size, perfect for travel. There are three shimmer shades and 11 mattes. There is a double ended brush inside (also a dupe from the original palette) which is actually pretty decent – it has a fluffy end and a smudger end. 

W7 are known for being extremely affordable, so I wasn’t expecting amazing results from the swatches but I was presently surprised. The shimmers feel so creamy and are so high impact. The mattes are absolutely beautiful and also very pigmented. 

On the Rocks eyeshadow shades swatched in natural light
On the Rocks eyeshadow shades swatched in natural light

As you can imagine, I was keen to get this on my eyes as soon as possible. I used the palette today and contemplated what shades I should use for about ten minutes! My contemplation made me realise how truly versatile this palette is – warm toned looks, looks with yellow tones, a bronze eye look and greens and golds! It’s brilliant! I played it safe today and went warm toned (no surprise there) and used the dark purple called Maraschino Cherry on the outer corners. I used the pale shimmer called Sugar Rim on the inner part of my eye and was blown away by how pretty this colour is. The colours Moscato and Body Shot made beautiful transition and crease shades. 

The palette was super easy to use – very little product is needed and the colours blend beautifully. The mattes are long wearing, although I did find that Sugar Rim started to fade and wear off by the end of the day. 

You can purchase this incredible palette for yourself by clicking here. Also keep any eye on eBay for it as they’re even cheaper on there! 

Kerry x

A Christmas Night in with Lolita Glasses and Friends | Vlog and Exclusive Discount Code

I love Christmas – the weather, the glittery makeup, the time with friends and family and the having time to relax and be merry. Now that I have Baby J in my life, Christmas is even more exciting. This year I want it to be as magical as possible. So when I was sent these glasses decorated with Christmas designs from Lolita, I knew they would make the perfect accessories to my perfect Christmas plan.

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Left – I’ll be Home, Right – Holiday Beauty

Lolita Glasses began with Lolita herself when she was served a Cosmopolitan cocktail on a night out with friends. After looking at the drink’s menu and receiving her drink, Lolita began to think about how a regular glass could be dressed up to suit the exciting drink it contained. Lolita started to collate her ideas for Martini glasses in 2001 and from there on the company was born.

These glasses aren’t just your ordinary drinking glasses – they are beautifully and intricately designed, hand-painted and embellished with jewels. They are the centrepiece of any party and girl’s night in and the talking point too!

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Left – I’ll be Home, Right – Holiday Beauty
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The back of Holiday Beauty

The Lolita UK website has a wide selection of glasses for all occasions. I was sent some Christmas glasses, but also some which would be perfect for New Year. The little details in these glasses are just beautiful, I can’t get over the way the colours complement each other so perfectly and beautifully. The jewels are a gorgeous finishing touch too! Each glass has a unique cocktail recipe written on the bottom of it too – imagine the fun you can have making them! 

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Left – Pretty and a Peacock, Right – Mardi Gras
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Left – Pretty and a Peacock, Right – Mardi Gras

To put the glasses to the test, I invited some friends over and we made the cocktails recipe on the bottom of the Pretty as a Peacock glass. We had so much fun together and it made it clear that nights in are as much, if not more fun than a big night out! I even managed to vlog the evening – enjoy!

If you would like to save yourself 10% off the price of an order at the Lolita UK website, then use my exclusive discount code which is SPARKLE10. This code is valid until 17th December 2017.

To visit the website, click here. 

Glasses featured – Holiday Beauty, I’ll Be Home, Mardi Gras, Pretty as a Peacock

Kerry x

 

I Heart Makeup Chocolate Elixir | A Modern Renaissance Dupe? | Review and Swatches

I Heart Makeup have recently launched a few new and very beautiful eyeshadow palettes. The Rose Gold one was a good Huda Beauty dupe and the Mint Chocolate one contained some unique and truly Autumnal shades. The Chocolate Elixir palette looks to me to be a VERY good dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette


I don’t own Modern Renaissance myself, but do have the W7 Delicious (another close dupe) and was able to use this to compare the shades. I Heart Makeup have done an extremely good job of replicating the shades and once again provide you with an opportunity to save your precious pennies. Why spend £45 when you can buy a very similar palette for £8.99?

The palette packaging is sturdy and very cute. It has the instantly recognisable dripping chocolate on the lid in a matte gold. Inside is a large mirror and then the 16 shades. There is a mix of matte and shimmer shades, but it is predominantly matte.  

I am stupidly excited about this palette – the colours are stunning and the mattes blend out beautifully. I was so impressed when I first swatched the colours as they were very creamy and just so perfectly complimentary to each other. I wanted to use every single one on my eyes at the same time! 

The first top two rows swatched left to Right, in natural daylight
The bottom row swatched in natural daylight

I can see this palette becoming a real ‘go to’ palette for me. I love reds and pinks around my blue eyes – I’m like a moth to a flame with them. There is one shade in particular that I’m obsessed with though and that is the muted mauve on the top row – it is so pigmented for such a light colour and blends like a dream. I just love this palette! 

To buy your own, click here

Kerry x 

Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Lip Vault | Review and Swatches

As you know, I already own quite a few Makeup Revolution products but I don’t own many of their lip kits. I have the Halloween Unicorn lip kit and the original Retro Luxe Matte kit in Echelon. However, the Echelon kit I own is in the original formula, which quite frankly wasn’t brilliant. Makeup Revolution worked hard to perfect their matte lip kit formula and I’ve heard only good things. I was super excited to see that they had put five gorgeous mattes, two glosses and three metallic shades into one box for Christmas and today I’m excited to share it with you!

The lip kits come in individual boxes inside a black, classy and pretty sturdy box. The kits are spread across two slide out drawers – an expensive looking Christmas present. Inside the top lid are illustrations of lips with the colours on and name of the kits. I really like this finishing touch.

The top drawer contains the matte lip kits and the bottom drawer contains two glosses and three metallics. 

Let’s start with the matte kits. To be honest, I would buy this set for these alone. I love me a matte lipstick and five of them is just a bonus! They are mostly nude shades too, which are also my favourite (and a lot of other peoples’ at the moment!). Each kit contains a lip pencil and a liquid lipstick with a doe foot applicator. Each lipstick has a clear tube and matte rose gold lid. Each pencil is black, with a black lid and a little strip of the pencil colour on the bottom. The shade names are also written on the products. 

  • Echelon – My favourite of the bunch! A pink based nude. This shade also won Gold in the 2017 Pure Beauty Awards!
  • Grandee – Very pink and very pretty. This is the brightest of the mattes
  • Noble – A close second favourite. This is a lovely brown nude
  • Duchess – A muted red/orange. Very sophisticated and slightly festive too!
  • Highness – A darker version of Noble – more brown but still in the nude category

Now for drawer two – glosses and metallics. Once again, all of these kits come with a lip pencil and liquid lipstick. The lids of the liquid lips are a shiny rose gold. So pretty!

Lip Glosses –

  • Honour – For a lip gloss, I actually love this. It isn’t gloopy and sticky. It is actually very wearable and super pigmented for a gloss. I love the colour too – a true nude brown
  • Original – This is my least favourite kit of the ten. It is very light and a peach colour. I just don’t think that it suits my skin tone. It would look lovely in the summer on someone with a fresh tan or even on deeper skin tones. I feel it just washes out my complexion. The colour is very pretty though.

Metallic Lip Kits –

  • Regent – This is the most pigmented and my favourite of the metallics. It’s a very festive red. It’s super unique and pretty. I feel this will be getting a lot of wear over the next couple of months!
  • Empress – This is a peachy nude metallic with a gold reflect. This looks gorgeous when it catches the light
  • In Waiting – another pretty pink. It’s the most natural of the metallics

When I swatched the lipsticks I didn’t use the lip pencils, I’ll hold my hands up this was probably not fair on the metallics. I feel the colours would be much more vibrant and stunning with a lip pencil underneath.

I have been testing out the formula of the mattes over the last few days and have to say I’m very impressed. The longevity of the colours is fantastic and lasted through various snacks, drinks and meals. The colours are also gorgeous. It is a lightweight formula and doesn’t have the stickiness that the original formula had.

If you’re debating whether or not to get this for someone for Christmas, or even as a gift for yourself I say get one! For £30 you’re getting £60 worth of products. There’s something in this set for everyone – you really can’t go wrong.

To buy yours, visit TAM Beauty here or Superdrug here.

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution Pro HD Glow Getter Highlighter Palette | Review and Swatches

For the last few months I have been gaining experience as a makeup artist by joining my photographer friend on any shoots he invites me along too. When prepping for a shoot, I love going through my makeup and picking out the perfect products for the lovely models. When I saw that Makeup Revolution had put together this gorgeous highlighter palette, I knew straight away that it would be perfect to go into my kit bag. 

The style of this palette really reminds me of the pricey Ofra one On the Glow (find it here), but is a fraction of the price at just £15. You receive eight highlighters in this well packaged and good-sized palette and a lot of product for your money.

I love the range of colours – peaches, champagne, lilacs, a mint green and many more! I’m also in love with the multi-highlight pans which have complimentary colours placed together (once again, very much like Ofra’s Beverly Hills). 

Left to Right – Rose Gold Kiss, Champagne Kiss, Dream Kiss, Glow Kiss, Golden Kiss, Peach Gold Kiss, Prismatic Kiss, Mint Kiss

The highlighters from the Kiss range were released a while ago by Makeup Revolution and I reviewed one back then (Ice Kiss). Since then they have redesigned the packaging and released more shades in the range. 

The highlighters themselves pack a real punch and are just the most beautiful colours. As you can see from the swatches, they are very pigmented and very stunning colours. It was hard to pick which one to apply this morning! I went with Champagne Kiss and it is just so lovely! 

They are quite glittery, which I really enjoy but I understand not everyone likes that in a highlighter. Makeup Revolution also released Brighter Than My Future, a more bronze based palette, more suitable for medium/dark skin tones. Check this one out too, it’s beautiful! 

To buy your own Glow Getter Highlighter Palette, click here

Kerry x 

Wonderland Makeup | Studio Finish Primer |  Wonderdust Loose Pigment | Blush 

When I was contacted by Wonderland Makeup last month, I was excited to be introduced to a new and very exciting makeup brand from the UK. I was sent some of their products in return for an honest review and here are my thoughts. 

Wonderland Makeup Studio Finish Primer

I always struggle to find a primer that actually works – keeps my makeup on all day and gives it a smooth base to work with. I think Wonderland Makeup have provided my primer solution! I always get oily skin on my nose throughout the day and so I find it difficult to find a primer that doesn’t make this worse. This Wonderland primer is lightweight and oil free so won’t make my skin issues worse. It also doesn’t sink into the pores but actually glides over them meaning that my foundation doesn’t sink in either. I absolutely love this stuff! This primer is cruelty free. 

To buy your own Studio Finish Primer, click here

Wonderland Wonderdust Loose Pigment in Blossom 

This pigment is STUNNING. Absolutely gorgeous as a solo colour all over the lid and could even double up as a highlight. This product is not only versatile but also very long-wearing. It sits beautifully on the lids and delivers just the perfect amount of shimmer and sparkle. It’s gorgeous for this time of year too. 

‘Blossom’ Loose Pigment swatched in Natural Light

Inside the cute little pot you get 1.5g of pigment. The pot has a sifter which makes distribution and application of the product problem free. This pigment is also cruelty free. There are lots of other colours available in the range, that can be viewed here.  

Wonderland ‘Slight of Pink’ Blush

This is my perfect blush shade at the moment – slightly pink, slightly peach and just perfect for the Autumn. It has a slight shimmer finish for that healthy looking glow. It is also a fine powder which makes it easy to work with and super easy to blend out. 

As with all Wonderland Makeup products, this blusher is cruelty free. You get 7g of product inside a cute little compact. I love how the Wonderland ‘W’ is embossed on the powder too – a lovely finishing touch! 

To buy your own Wonderland Blush, click here

Overall, I’m really impressed with my products from Wonderland Makeup. I absolutely love that they’re cruelty free too. The colour ranges are superb too – colours for every occasion and skin tone. 

If you visit the Wonderland website, you’ll also find eyeshadowsmascaralipstickglittersfoundations and nail polish. There really is something for everyone. 

Be sure to check out Wonderland Makeup on Instagram too – they have some amazing makeup inspiration! 

Kerry x

Kiss Lashes | Blooming False Lashes – Daisy | Natural False Lashes – Shy

Now that it’s November, I’m officially allowed to start talking about Christmas – and oh do I have some gorgeous Christmas goodies to share with you this year. 

I wanted to start my Christmas posts with these gorgeous flash lashes by Kiss. They are perfect for parties during the festive season and New Year. They’re also extremely affordable and available in Superdrug and online so they’re super convenient too! 

Kiss Blooming False Lashes in the style Daisy

These lashes are my favourite of the two pairs I was sent. They’re so fluttery and long, but still natural looking. They have a very thin band which makes them comfortable to wear as they’re not heavy – It actually doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything on your eyes. 

The lashes contain ‘multi-angle technology’, which means they’ll look fluttery from every angle and therefore more natural. 


The lashes also come with adhesive, which is of good quality and makes application a lot less stressful! 
To buy these lashes online, click here

Kiss Natural False Lashes in the style Shy

If you want to add a bit more volume to your lashes, but still look natural, then these are the falsies for you. They are a shorter length lash, perfect for every day wear. Each ‘hair’ has a tapered end, which softens their appearance. 

Once again, they are easy to apply and feel extremely lightweight on the eyes. The eyelash band is ‘invisible’ meaning it doesn’t look heavy on your eyelids and is easy to work with. 

To buy these lashes online, click here

Keep your eyes peeled for more Christmas recommendations! 

Kerry x 

I Heart Makeup | Mint Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

If you don’t love Mint Aero, then we can’t be friends. I’m sorry but who doesn’t?! This palette from I Heart Makeup just screams Mint Aeros to me and I couldn’t be happier about that! The lime green dripping chocolate design on the case looks good enough to eat and the eyeshadows inside… well you’ll be just as impressed.

Inside the palette are 16 beautiful shades – very autumnal, very warm, with some exciting and unique tones thrown into the mix. The yellow gold was what drew me most to the palette as I don’t have anything like it. Inside the lid is a huuuuuge mirror – something I’ve come to expect from all the Makeup Revolution and sister brands palettes now. The palette itself actually smells of mint chocolate too, which resulted in me dragging Baby J to our local Tesco to buy myself a bag of Mint Aero balls! Oops!

The red shade in this palette on the second row is absolutely STUNNING – I just have to put that out there. It looks perfect with the copper shade next to it and I can’t stop wearing them together. Absolutely spot on for this time of year!

I found that the eyeshadows swatched well, with just a couple of the matte shades taking more than one dip of the finger to get a decent swatch. The simmers however, swatched beautifully and were very pigmented.  

This is one of those palettes that is lots of fun to experiment with – there are some unique shades in there that compliment each other and have high impact on the eyes. I love the shimmery greens so much, I just now have to get brave enough to use them!

To buy your own I Heart Makeup Chocolate Mint palette, click here.

Kerry x