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

What’s in my Superpeach ‘Carol’ Makeup Bag? 

Happy Wednesday everyone! I have another exciting item from Superpeach to share with you today and it’s the Carol Makeup Bag.

Isn’t it the cutest? This bag is shaped like a giant pink fish with the added quirkiness of flappable blue fins! There are lots of makeup bags to choose from on the Superpeach site – find them here – but I chose this cutie because well, I love the weird and the wonderful! If you’d like to save a bit of money on a purchase from the site – makeup bag or otherwise – read on for my personal discount code especially for you!

When you open the bag right up, you can see the fish’s rib cage! Another funny little touch to this already endearing design.

Ever since becoming a mummy, my life has been Go! Go! Go! I always carry a little bit of makeup around with me, just in case I don’t have time to do my makeup before I go out, or if I need a top-up during the day. I thought you’d enjoy seeing what I carry around with me, so here goes!

Makeup revolution Pro Go Mini Brush Set

These brushes are very soft. They have a rose gold metal and pinky/cream coloured brush handle. In the set you get –

  • Mini foundation brush for use with liquid concealer
  • Mini Face brush to apply powder and touch-ups throughout the day
  • Mini Eyeshadow brush to touch-up or reapply eyeshadow
  • Mini Angled brush for eyeliner or brows

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch

Touche Eclat is a must-have item for your makeup bag. Some people mistakenly use this as a concealer, but it’s much better than that, it is actually better used as an instant brightener for any areas lacking radiance. Use around the eye area, along the bridge of the nose, the brow bone and Cupid’s bow.

Also pictured is the PS… high Shine Lipstick Crayon. You can read my review of that here.

Miller Harris Rose Silence Eau de Parfum

This perfume smells beautiful! The tagline reads – ‘For the intimist. A personal, reflective Sunday morning moment.’, which I feel sums the fragrance up perfectly. It has a lovely summer rose garden smell, with undertones of sandalwood and patchouli. It’s the perfect little bottle size to carry around with me.

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

This stuff really is magic! I burnt myself cooking a couple of weeks ago, and put this straight on the burn – it eased the pain quickly and I seemed to heal up much quicker than I normally would. It’s also perfect to use on Baby J’s skin – there are no nasties in it and is fragrance free.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24Hour Eyeshadow

I have this little pot of prettiness in the shade Pink Gold. It does what it says on the tin and does stay put all day. I normally can’t stand cream eyeshadows because they crease up on my eyelids throughout the day and wander off my face, but this one really doesn’t do that. It’s so easy to apply (if you’re naughty, you can even do it with your finger!) and it looks effortlessly beautiful. I can’t praise this product enough!

 

Barry M Radiant Rod Highlighter

 

This is a quick and easy highlighter to apply. Great for when you’re in a rush, but still want to look like a golden goddess! Apply to the usual areas, that need a bit of glow.

Benefit Posie Tint Lip and Cheek Stain

This tint is a lovely, fresh pink colour which I use as a quick blush. It can also be used on the lips, but I find it to be quite drying (I’m so sensitive!). It’s a teeny, tiny bottle, so it fits wonderfully in my bag.

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And there we have it, my makeup bag has been exposed for you all to see. I haven’t included my foundation but it’s the L’Oréal True Match Foundation, which I’m ALWAYS banging on about! It really is the best. My mascara is the Soap & Glory Thick & Fast HD Mascara High Definition Collagen Coat.

If you’re on the hunt for a new makeup bag, there are plenty to choose from on the Superpeach website. Unfortunately, the Carol bag is currently sold out, but there are other fish bags to choose from. To buy a bag, just click here to visit the website. Superpeach does also have a Valentine’s section at the moment, if you’re looking for that extra special gift for a loved one. They also have a new Stationery department, with just too many beautiful things to choose from! If you’d like to save an amazing 20% off, then use this discount code – sparklewithkerry20 (expires 22/2/2017) at the checkout.

Kerry x

 

Mum’s Christmas Makeup Look 

When my Mum asked me to have a go at her makeup, I felt so excited! She’s the perfect person to practice the skills I’ve been studying on my Makeup Artistry course. I had to bear a few things in mind whilst I made my plan –

  • This is a Christmas party look, so it had to have a bit of classy sparkle somewhere!
  • Mum has green eyes, so I checked the colour wheel to see which colours complimented this and went for purples and burgundies.
  • Mum is a bit older than me, so really won’t appreciate unicorn highlighter and false eyelashes!
  • I asked Mum to bring her own foundation so that it was a perfect match for her skin tone and type.

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After going through the plan with Mum, we decided not to use the Grav3yard Girl Swamp Queen Palette shade ‘Mancat’ as I previously planned, and opted for NYX Single Shadow in ‘Addiction’ instead as it had a bit more shimmer to it and a dramatic look.

Here is Mum’s before photo –

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We began by cleansing, toning, moisturising and finally priming the skin.

 

MoisturiserBio Extracts Light Face Cream mixed with the Glow Booster

Primer – Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm

Next was foundation, Max Factor Colour Adapt in 70 Natural (Mum’s own) –

My favourite part now! I used the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer on Mum’s eyes and got to work on the eyeshadow look I’d planned for her.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette –

  1. Peaches n’ Cream all over the lid and brow bone
  2. Georgia over the lid
  3. Bellini in the centre of the lid
  4. Luscious in inner corner
  5. Peach Pit along lower lash line

NYX Hot Singles Shadow in Shade ‘Addiction’ in outer half of lid. I concealed under the eyes with the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer.

Next up, brows! I was particularly pleased with this as I think they changed Mum’s face completely! I used the Collection Eyebrow Define in Blonde.

I used the Collection Precision Contouring Stick just under Mum’s cheekbones. I didn’t want to go overboard on this because I think Mum has a lovely bone structure, without me having to cut it even more with contour. I also used Makeup Revolution’s Golden Sugar Blush Palette on the apples of the cheeks in the third shade along the top row. To add a subtle highlight, I applied the Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in shade 001 Light.

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The combination is gorgeous, don’t you think?

Now onto the lips, I wanted a subtle purple colour to make Mum’s eyes pop even more. We went for the Lancome Juicy Shaker in Berry in Love (smells delicious too!).

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To complete the look, Mum applied her own mascara. Mum absolutely loves the Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara, she says she doesn’t get panda eyes with it and it stays on all day. Definitely one I want to have a go with!

 

 

Here is the completed look! Ta Dah!

Doesn’t she look beautiful? I’m so pleased with how everything came out and Mum was happy too! Mum’s eyes definitely look greener and larger and she’s definietly ready to party at Christmas!

If you would like to feature on the blog, then get in touch! I’m always happy to have a go at your makeup, or send you advice so you can have a go yourself. Email here if you’re interested or for more info.

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