Barry M Meteor Storm Eyeshadow Palette | Review and Swatches

I swatched this palette months ago in store and instantly fell in love. I didn’t buy it at the time because it was sold out and has been ever since. I couldn’t buy it on Superdrug online either. This week in Boots however, I was pleasantly surprised to see some on the shelves! I also had enough points to buy the palette which is £9.99. Who doesn’t love a freebie? 

The Barry M Meteor Storm palette contains eight metallic and duochrome shades – all stunningly unique and like nothing I already own. The more I get to know this palette the more amazed I am with the quality and its beauty. 

The packaging is a simple cardboard box with a magnetic closing and a mirror inside. It is extremely lightweight and portable. 

I swatched each shade lightly on the back of my hand. 

The first four shades swatched in natural light
The final four shades swatched in natural light

The colours swatched beautifully and the pigment was impressive. I said an ‘Ooo’ with each one, it was like I was watching a fireworks display! The duochrome shades are especially eye catching as they’re so unique. They look amazing on the eyes too and stayed put all day.

The only downfall to the palette (for some people), is that there is no matte shade to use as a transition shade. This didn’t bother me in particular because I have so many palettes each with a decent enough shade for this purpose. To be honest, it’s nice to have a palette completely dedicated to metallic and duochromes – who wants a boring matte chucked in there too in place of a more unique colour?

Overall I absolutely love this palette and I’m so glad I managed to get myself one. I’ll be sharing my looks over on Instagram, so keep your eyes peeled. I would say that these eyeshadows work best and are way more intense when you apply them with your finger or a wet brush. 

To buy your own online, click here

Kerry x

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in Pose – Best Lip Kit Yet? 

I’ve seen a few comments online about these new lip kits by Barry M and was intrigued enough to give them a go. Lip kits have been made popular by, you guessed it, Kylie Jenner (does that girl influence everything we do now?!) and there have been a few, more affordable dupes appearing recently. 

Last month I reviewed the Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Echelon and thought it was pretty good. However, the more I’ve worn it, the more I’ve disliked it. The formula is pretty terrible. Don’t get me wrong, I love the colour and the lip pencil, but the liquid lipstick itself goes very tacky and grainy and never seems to fully dry. I watched a YouTube video the other day and it was said that these lip kits by Barry M are much, much better and I just had to see for myself! 

Inside the kit you get a lip pencil and a liquid lipstick. 

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Pencil Swatch

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit Pencil all over the lips

The lip pencil is amazingly creamy and easy to apply. The colour is quite different to the liquid lipstick, so I wouldn’t recommend using it to over-line your lips. I used it under the lipstick itself to increase the wear time. 

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in Pose Swatches

I love the liquid lipstick colour so much! It takes a while to dry and is very runny (be careful! I spilt the tester version all over the floor in my local Boots! 🙈) but once it dries it is beautiful! 

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in Pose

This formula really lasts too! It stays on all day and is just so smooth looking. I’m so impressed. This is my favourite lip kit so far – I’d say even better than the Kylie ones! 

They are also a fraction of the price of the Kylie kits at only £6.99. There are currently three shades, but Barry M do also sell matte liquid lipsticks on their own and there are quite a few shades available. To buy your own kit from Boots, click here

Kerry x

What I Got For Christmas 2016

Well, Christmas 2016 has been absolutely lovely. It was our first one with Baby J and she just seemed to love every minute! I hope you all had a lovely time too and enjoyed it with your loved ones. 

In this post I want to share with you the beauty related gifts I received. If you want to take a look at the products and maybe purchase any for yourself, just click on the titles of the product. 

Spectrum 8 Piece Eye Blending Set

These Spectrum brushes were from my husband. I like this brand because the brushes are fantastic quality, beautiful to look at and are also cruelty free. There are brushes here for every possible eye makeup look. 

The set consists of – 

B06 – Tall Tapered Blender

B04 – Small Angled Shader

A08 – Medium Fluffy Shader

A07 – Stubby Shader

A12– Fluffy Pencil 

A13 – Short Smudge

A16 – Precision Crease

C06 – Tulip Eye Contour

Morphe 35N Eyeshadow Palette 

I purchased this palette myself with money from my Nana. It’s something I’ve been after for a long time. There are 35 shades which are all matte. I wanted a palette without shimmery shades for a more sophisticated look. The shades range from browns, to purples to greys and blacks.

I used the palette on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Here’s how I styled it out on Christmas Eve – 

SEVENTEEN Blend and Blur Brush Collection 

These gorgeous brushes were from my lovely friend Natasha. I just love the rainbow effect on the metals below the bristles. Natasha knows me so well and knows how much I love my makeup! These will come in very handy. They’re beautifully soft. 

The set consists of – 

3 x Eye brushes

1 x Cheek brush

1 x Lip brush 

DKNY Energising Eau De Toilette

This was one of my gifts from Mum and Dad. It has a gorgeous, zingy fragrance which I’ve become a bit addicted to! This perfume has top notes of citrus fruits, chilled vodka and tomato leaves – a beautiful combination! 

Makeup Revolution 12 Days of Christmas  

This little beauty was also from my husband. As you know from previous posts, I absolutely love Makeup Revolution and have been very keen to get my hands on this beautiful box of goodies. Luckily, my husband listens to me! 

This box contains 12 gorgeous makeup products – 1x Eye Primer, 1x Aqua Priming Base, 1x Strobe Cream, 1x Lipgloss Set, 1x Pro Go Mini Brush Set, 1x Pro Fixing Spray, 1x Blush Palette, 1x Strobe Palette, 1x Brow Palette & 3x Eyeshadow Palettes

Swatches of the Lipsticks

If you’d like me to do a separate post which goes into more detail about the products in this set, then please let me know. 

What beauty items did you get this Christmas?

Kerry x

Christmas Party Makeup

Oh my goodness, Christmas is only six days away! It’s extra exciting for us this year because we have Baby J in our lives. She has no idea what’s going on, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited, right?!

We had a Christmas party this weekend which meant, woohoo, time to spend time on my makeup! I took photos of all the products I used and selfies at different steps of the process. I hope you like my mini tutorial!

Here’s my before photo (please excuse my monstrous eyebrows!) –

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Prepping My Face

Eye Makeup

  • I firstly primed my eyes with the Mac Pro Long Wear Paint Pot in the shade ‘Painterly’. This stuff is amazing! It perfectly matches the skin on the eyelid and disguises any veins or discolouration and keeps your eyeshadow in place at the same time!
  • For my eyeshadow I used the Too Faced Nikkie Tutorials ‘The Power of Makeup Palette’. I used the shades as follows –
    • Irresistible (Gold) in the inner corners
    • Frosted Yum (Silver) on the rest of the lid
    • Wanted (Black) on the outer corners, forming a mini cat eye
  • Over the top of Frosted Yum I used the Too Faced glitter pot which came with the Nikkie Tutorials palette. I picked the glitter up on my brush using a bit of primer as ‘glue’

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  • Now for the really exciting part! Over the gold shade – Irresistible – I used some large glitter from my Dust & Dance pot of gold glitter. Once again I used primer as a ‘glue’.

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Fixing and Baking!

  • To fix my foundation I used the L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder
  • To bake my under eye, I used the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Loose Powder. If you’re unsure of what baking is – it is where you leave a powder on under the eyes for at least ten minutes to set. This will stop under eye creases in your foundation and concealer and will also brighten, depending on what powder you use. You can also do this over your nose and in other areas you wish to brighten.

Contour, Blush and Highlight

  • I contoured with the shade Chocolate Soleil from the Nikkie Tutorials palette
  • Blush was the rose gold shade from the top row of the Makeup Revolution Pro Blush Palette in Golden Sugar

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Lips

I decided not to go with glitter lips, as I felt it may be sparkle overload! I went with a Kylie Jenner Lip Kit in the shade Moon (and no, it’s not a real one, its a brilliant dupe from eBay!)

And this is the finished look! What do you think? I felt so glamorous and got lots of compliments on the inner corner eye glitter.

Here’s the before and after side-by-side –

Thank you for reading my tutorial, I’d love to know if you have a go yourself, or take any ideas from my look. Please send photos, I love them! Or you can alternatively tag me in them on Instagram – @sparkle.with.kerry

Kerry x

 

 

Zoella Lifestyle – On My Travels Back Pack

If there was one gift I wanted for myself from the Boots Gift Guide, it was the Zoella Lifestyle – On My Travels Back Pack. As soon as I saw it in store, I fell in love. Luckily for me, I have a very kind husband who bought me one this week!

As you can see, the bag is gorgeous. It’s perfect for a mum of a young baby like myself, as her changing bag just isn’t enough! It is quite large, so will easily fit my tablet, notebook and any other ‘stuff’ I accumulate over the weeks! The bag has a beautiful neon orange lining, which goes really nicely with the grey of the bag.

You also receive this motivational keyring which is a rose gold coloured metal with soft neon orange lettering.

This travel mug is also included – another essential for me and my walks with the pram! It has a gorgeous marble effect design and rose gold lettering. Once again, the neon orange colour scheme is carried through on the lid.

These pencils are super cool and look so great in the box that I didn’t want to remove them! I’m loving the ombre effect using the orange of the pencils. Each pencil has a little phrase written on it, like ‘Hugs & Kisses’. I’m a total stationery addict, so these pencils made me very happy.

The bag was a Boots Star Buy but is now back up for £50. You can purchase the bag in store or online here.

There are more gorgeous items in the Zoella Lifestyle range, including candles and cosy socks. Will you be purchasing any?

Kerry x

Beauty Product Review – Maybelline Master Strobing Stick

The Maybelline Master Strobing Stick has been making many an appearance on my Facebook newsfeed over the last couple of weeks. Maybelline have used a simple, but effective advertising campaign of short video clips of the product in use on a beautiful model’s face moving under the light. 

After being sucked in by the clever promotions, I purchased the product with my Boots Advantage Card points (don’t we just love beauty freebies?!) and gave it a go today. I have a meal out with work colleagues tonight, so it is the perfect opportunity to road test the stick. 
The product contains micro fine pearls which accentuate glow. It glides on very easily with one stroke and can be blended in quickly with fingers or a beauty blender. This product is perfect alone on the skin for that ‘natural’ dewy look, but also works very well over foundation. 

Places to wear the product – 

  • Top of cheekbones
  • Down the bridge of the nose
  • Cupids bow (looks amazing with a pinky lipstick!) 
  • The eye area – inner corners of eyes and brow bones 
  • Other highpoints of the face including chin and forehead

Overall I’m very happy with this strobing stick. It’s fuss-free and handy for those days where my skin needs a pick-me-up glow without all the fuss of highlighting powders and brushes. I chose the light version but there is also a medium shade available. You can buy the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick front Boots here

Have you guys mastered the strobing trend yet? Which products do you use? 

Kerry x

How to: The Perfect Pink Ombré Lips using NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

After having so much fun having a go at nude ombré lips yesterday, I thought I’d have a go at a pink look! 

For this look I used:

  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Prague  
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Istanbul 

I began with clean, exfoliated and dry lips. 

Next I applied NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague around my lip line and then filled it in slightly. 

The final step was to fill in the middle part of the lips with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul. As I said yesterday, the key to ombre lips is to blend, blend, blend! Put your lips together a rub gently, for a more natural and blended look. 

So, what do you think? Have you tried ombre lips yet? It’s so much fun! 

Kerry x

How to: The Perfect Nude Ombré Lips Using NYX Lip Lingerie and Barry M Lip Liner

I was excited to give nude ombre lips a go as I have a nice little collection of nude matte lipsticks now. (I also have ombre hair and want to match my lips to it – so cool!) 

For this look I used:

  • Barry M Lip Liner – 17 Blush 
  • NYX Lip Lingerie – Bedtime Flirt 
  • NYX Lip Lingerie – Push-Up 

The key to achieving this look is to blend, blend, blend! At each stage, gently rub your lips together to blend the colours together, eliminating any harsh lines for a more natural look. 
I began by lightly brushing some of my foundation over my lips for a smoother base to work with. 

Next I lined my lips with Barry M Lip Liner in 17 Blush. I then filled it in slightly. 

I next applied the lighter colour of NYX Lip Lingerie in Bedtime Flirt to the inner parts of my lips. You can already see the ombre beginning to take shape! Remember to blend now

The final step is to apply NYX Lip Lingerie in Push-Up to the centre of the lips and blend again. Here’s what it looks like when complete – 

What do you think of the ombre Lip trend? Have you had a go before and do you have a photo to share? 

Kerry x

Beauty Product Review – NYX Strobe of Genius

Yesterday I purchased this gorgeous NYX Strobe of Genius palette. It contains many shades to give you the perfect highlight. I’ve been watching many YouTube tutorials on strobing and have been keen to give it a go. 

I’m particularly intrigued by the lilac shade in this palette – I think it would be wonderful in the winter around Christmas (sorry I just said the ‘C’ word!) as it is has a cool tone. There are some lovely rose gold sections in the palette too and also some bronze ones. Right, let’s show you some swatches! 

Top row of palette, highlighters from left to right
Bottom row of palette, highlighters from left to right

I’m really impressed with the variety of shades and also how sparkley they are! I’m definitely going to be using these as eyeshadow too as they’ll look beautiful in this amazing sunshine we’re having recently. Here’s how I used the palette today – 

I layered up the shade on the furthest right, bottom row with the pinky toned one on the top row on the top of my cheeks. I also used the pinky tones on my nose, Cupid’s bow and chin. You can’t see in the photo, but I used one of the bronze tones to highlight along my hair line on my forehead. 

I was very subtle with this because the powders are super pigmented and I didn’t want to go too crazy! I’m a bit of a whimp like that! It’s made me realise I really need to invest in a decent fan brush as none of my brushes were really suitable for the application of the product. 

Overall I’m very pleased! The colours are so pretty, I can’t wait to try them all out! For the darker shades on the bottom row, I’ll probably use them as an eyeshadow as my skin is quite fair and they might not look right on my cheeks, etc. 

Have you tried out the strobing trend? 

Kerry x

Beauty Product Review – SEVENTEEN Mega Matte Lipsticks (Part 2)

Welcome to part 2 of my review of the SEVENTEEN Mega Matte Lipsticks. These lipsticks are currently on offer in Boots stores and online at £3.49. The colours I will be reviewing today are – 

Violet Summer

This is my favourite of the three colours today. It’s such a rich, beautiful colour which went on my lips easily. You don’t need too much of this product either as it’s very pigmented. 

I wore this lipstick on the weekend, when I visited my family, with my beautiful daisy print Pretty Little Poppet playsuit. It was the perfect summer combination! 

The Coral of the Story

This is a very cute colour. It’s the kind of colour I would wear on a daily basis as I love pinks. I will also be pairing this with one of the looks from the Too Faced Totally Cute palette, so keep your eyes peeled for that post! 

I think it would go perfectly with my fun H&M dinosaur sweatshirt and some casual jeans for a laid back look. 

Nude News

This is a lovely, subtle colour. It has a hint of pink and is very close to my original lip colour. 

I wore this shade yesterday and here’s the completed look. I went for green tones on my eyes using the Too Faced Sweet Peach palette and a subtle shimmer on my cheeks using the Natural Collection Highlighting Stick (see my previous review). 

For my outfit, I decided to mix patterns with my stripey, unicorn embroidered H&M t-shirt and my toadstool print Cath Kidston skirt. I feel the lipstick colour really makes the unicorn colours pop – can you see what I mean? 

Thank you once again for reading my review of these lovely lipsticks. They’re definitely worth every penny as they are available in many gorgeous colours and have excellent staying power. 

Have you purchased any? Are there any other products you recommend by SEVENTEEN? 

Kerry x