Pampered and Gorgeous | Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash

I’m very excited to be talking to you this evening about Pampered and Gorgeous. I came across this lovely company on their Instagram and was intrigued by their ethos of bringing their consumer pampering products which are kind to the environment, kind to animals and kind to nature.  All of the products on the website are organic, cruelty free, vegan and natural.

Now for the product review! I was kindly sent the Katie Craig Lavender & Orange Hand & Body Wash to try out and then review.

 

All of the Katie Craig products sold on the website are paraben free and sulphate free. They are scented using essential oils – meaning they pack a real punch when it comes to their perfume. I was absolutely blown away by this body wash when I used it in my shower. I find that the scent really clings to the skin too, meaning its beautiful smell doesn’t leave once your bath or shower is over. It is also a brilliant little cleanser! I especially love using it after a run as it really refreshes my skin and leaves me feeling very clean and my skin feeling soft.

The Katie Craig body wash came presented in a gorgeous pink, purple and black box. The box itself is made from recycle card. In fact, all of the packaging is recycled. The packaging can also be recycled after use.

The Katie Craig Orange & Lavender Hand & Body Wash can be purchased through the Pampered & Gorgeous website here. Take a look at the other pampering products available whilst you’re there. Treat yourself to your very own at-home spa day!

Kerry x

Essibea | Unique and Pretty Pieces for your ‘Girl-Cave’ 

A couple of weeks ago, I received a lovely message on Instagram from Stacey of the online store Essibea asking to share one of my photos of her shop page. I felt so flattered that someone liked both my photography and the makeup look I had created (see the look here). This was also a huge compliment because Stacey is super talented herself – her online store is beautiful, with carefully selected quirky and unique products, all shown off perfectly with her brilliant photography. Stacey was lovely enough to send me a box of treats and I thought I’d share a few with you today!

Beauty Junky Vanilla Lip Balm

I’ve owned this lip balm before and was so sad when it ran out. My local Boots stores don’t stock it anymore, so I couldn’t get my hands on a replacement. I was so happy to see that Essibea sell them though! Along with other Beauty Junky products, including other flavours of balm and hand creams. This lip balm is so adorable to look at – I just love the rose gold packaging and the domed balm inside. It is very softening on the lips too. Also in this photo you can see a keyring from Sass & Belle and door sign, both from Essibea (not currently on the website). Buy your lip balm here.

Mermaid Makeup Brush

This is by far my favourite Essibea product to date! It is just exactly what I look for in a makeup brush – soft bristles, good quality and the shape of a mermaid’s tail! It is also available in a rose gold option (which I’ll be purchasing soon!). I’ve found that this brush is brilliant for applying highlight to the cheekbones. Buy your own here.

Oh K! Nail Polish Remover Pot

I love the brand Oh K! They make cute, Korean inspired products for the home and beauty. This little nail polish remover pot is scented with jasmine, so doesn’t have that horrible nail polish remover smell, we all have to suffer through. It is a brilliantly quick way to remove your nail varnish, just open the lid, stick your nail in the sponge, twist your finger and Ta-Dah! Your polish is gone! Very handy for on the go. Buy yours here.

OH K! Coconut Water Fibre Face Mask

As you know, I love sheet masks and coconut – so combine the two and I’m in heaven! You get three masks inside the pack, which makes them excellent value for money. The masks are very cooling and nourishing. I did mine before bed and woke up with very soft skin. They also smell amazing! The masks mould to your skin and should be left on for up to 20 minutes. Just remove the mask afterwards and massage the leftover product into your face and neck – no rinsing required! Buy your own pack of masks here.

BLACK-WATERMARK-SMALL_450x

I hope that this sneak peek of some of the beautiful products available on the Essibea store has made you want to take a look at the site. Stacey set this business up on her own and has worked hard to make it as perfect as it is. She was inspired by women having their own ‘girl cave’ and beautiful things to go inside it. Why should men have all the cool stuff, hey? Check out the website here. I’ve heard whispers that Stacey will soon be making and selling her own range of phone cases (lots of glitter included!).

Take a look also at her Instagram for beautiful photography and products – @essibeaofficial

Kerry x

JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

Basic Beauty Tools | Foundation Blender and Spongedry

I am very excited to be sharing this product with you. The Basic Beauty Tools Spongedry is a brilliant little device which holds your Foundation Blender whilst it dries, after cleaning and use. The product was designed by Chantal of Basic Beauty Tools, who was frustrated by the lack of tools available to care for the sponges that consumers sell to beauty lovers. She wanted to make a product that was nice to look at, appealing to all age groups and easy to take on your travels. This design has certainly achieved all that!

Basic Beauty Tools also have their own range of Foundation Blenders which have a unique design – they are teardrop shaped with a flat edge. This design makes it brilliant for getting into hard to reach areas like under the eyes and around the nose. The sponge is made from materials which make it quick-drying, but also strong and more durable than other sponges already on the market.

I can honestly say (and you know I’ll always give my honest opinion on products), that this is the best beauty sponge I’ve ever used. I’ve tried the original Beauty Blender, Spectrum’s Unicorn Tears along with others from Primark, etc and this one beats them hands down. The sponge is so incredibly soft, it hardly absorbs any of the product – spreading it evenly over your skin. I also use it to set my under-eye concealer with powder and it distributes this amazingly well too.

In the photo below, I have wet the purple sponge ready for use and placed it next to a dry version. It expands so much!

20170427_205714

The innovative Spongedry itself is very easy to use. The packaging provides simple step-by-step instructions for use. You simply just press the little feet to get the rings into position and your sponge will sit safely inside.

Tucked inside the packaging is also a cute little travel pouch, so your Spongedry can go wherever you go!

Every now and then, you get a gem of a product launched into the world of beauty and this is definitely one of them. The Spongedry looks so cute in my beauty area and I love that I can clean my sponge and know that it will be dry quickly without worrying it will roll off somewhere and never return (I’ve lost many sponges this way!).

The Foundation Blender itself is just fantastic – I’ll never use anything else now. I also have a special discount code so that you can get one for yourself FREE if you buy a Spongedry. To claim, just add your code in the ‘add note to seller’ box at checkout.

For a pink sponge use the code – KERRYPINK

For a purple sponge use the code – KERRYPURPLE

For a black sponge use the code – KERRYBLACK

To buy your Spongedry, visit the Basic Beauty Tools website here.

Kerry x

 

Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics 35F Palette | Review, Swatches and Tutorial

 

 

Here it is! The third installment on my series of reviews, swatches and tutorials on the Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes. This one is the 35F – a palette containing 35 beautiful and versatile shades. There are seven highly pigmented matte shades and 28 shimmer shades.

20170419_101908

This palette is right up my street as it contains orange-toned, warm and Autumnal themed tones which are my go-to colours. I find these colours really make my blue eyes pop and are just stunning to work with and create beautiful looks.

I randomly swatched some of my stand-out shimmer shades below –

Here are six of the seven matte tones (I couldn’t swatch the first colour as it is a perfect match for my skin tone and wasn’t showing up on camera!) –

As usual, I had a go at creating a simple, but statement eye look with this palette. I added eyeliner this time (something I’m terrified to do!) but you can recreate this look without it.

  1. I used one of the lightest matte orange shades in my crease

2. I then deepened the outer crease colour with the next matte orange shade along in the palette

3. I used a pink, shimmer shade all over my lid and blended up to the crease. This pink shade is gorgeous! It has a peachy/gold duochrome shimmer to it which, when it catches the light, is blinding!

4. I deepened the outer V colour with a purple shade from the far left column of the palette and also ran this along my lower lashline

5. Finally, I attempted eyeliner – sorry I’m no good at applying this!

Ta-Dah!

Once again, Belle’s Beauty and Glitz Cosmetics haven’t failed to impress me with yet another beautiful palette. The colours and pigmentation are just brilliant. The quality and range of colours present endless looks and they send my creative mind into overdrive!

If you would like to purchase the Glitz Cosmetics 35F palette for yourself for only £13.99, then click here.

Kerry x

Read Part One of this series here and Part Two here.

Makeup Tutorial for Sunset Eyes using the Belle’s Beauty & Glitz Cosmetics 12P Pigmented Vibrant Palette

Today I will be showing you how to create a Sunset Eyeshadow look with this beautiful Glitz Cosmetics 12P palette from Belle’s Beauty. This is my second post about the gorgeous palettes from Belle’s Beauty and you can read my first post here.

Once again, we have another top-quality, stunning 12 colour eyeshadow palette. This one features 6 matte and 6 shimmer shades – all bright and bold!

I have swatched all the shades from left to right, starting on the top row.

12P Swatches taken without a camera flash
12P Swatches taken with a camera flash

As the weather is getting progressively warmer and more sunny, I thought it was only appropriate to create an eyeshadow look that reflects a sunset. Please let me know if you have a go at this – I’d love to see what you achieve – I may even feature your photos on the blog!

Step 1 – Apply the pink shade along the lashline and blend around halfway up the eyelid

Step 2 – Take the muted orange shade just above the pink and blend up into the lower part of the crease

Step 3 – Now take the bolder orange shade and emphasise the outer crease and eyelid with it. Use a fluffy brush to blend out any harsh lines. Don’t worry if it looks messy at this point – stick with it as you’ll tidy it up at the end

Step 4 – Use the yellow shade above all the previous colours and on the brow bone. Be quite light-handed with this colour, you want it to be subtle

Step 5 – Tidy under the eyebrow using a small brush and the white shade

Step 6 – To create an ‘ocean’ effect use the blue, teal and purple along your lower lash line. I did this in sections and blended them at the edges for an ombre effect

Ta-Dah!

The colours in this palette are super pigmented and were just so perfect for this eye look. They blend so beautifully too which means the ombre effect needed was easy to achieve. This look is just perfect for Summer – whether that be on holiday, evenings out or festivals. I can’t wait to recreate it again using other colours from the palette. I also think it would look great with black winged eyeliner – or even gold!

To buy your own Glitz Cosmetics 12P Palette visit Belle’s beauty here. Be sure to check out their other palettes too – some are in the sale! I will be featuring another palette in a tutorial soon – subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss it!

Kerry x

Makeup Revolution ~ I Heart Makeup – Unicorn Love Palette with Swatches! 

Makeup Revolution’s sister brand I Heart Makeup, have just launched this beauty. It’s the Unicorn Love palette and oh my gosh, it has a furry outer case!

Inside you get 16 matte and shimmer shades all with elements of fantasy and unicorn. Each shade has a fairytale name, for example – Fortune, Magic, Wings, Sparkle (my personal favourite name for obvious reasons!). There is a lovely range of shades – not as wild as I’d have expected from a palette named after creatures of the rainbow – but they are subtly beautiful. There are some perfect crease and transition colours, some beautiful, glittery brights and some all-round stunning shimmery shades.

You also receive a double-ended sponge applicator. I would’ve preferred a brush as I find sponge applicators to be the most useless makeup tools known to man – why oh why? There is a large and extremely useful mirror which spans across the whole inner casing lid and doesn’t distort you like something from the House of Mirrors.

I have swatched all of the shades for you below – I took one photo with the flash on and one without. I swatched from left to right, starting on the top row.

Unicorn Love Palette – Taken without a camera flash
wp-image-1369237590jpg.jpg
Unicorn Love Palette – Taken with a camera flash

The shades I am particularly impressed with are –

  • Flutter – a beautiful peachy shade
  • Fortune and Gallop – both orangey/pinky browns one is shimmer, one is matte
  • Story – Gold and so sparkly – just stunning!
  • Wings – The perfect neutral brown crease shade
  • Love – a gorgeous champagne gold and white

I created this look with the palette, here’s how –

  1. All over the lid, use Pure to set your primer and create a smooth base
  2. In the crease, use Flutter
  3. On the outer crease, use Wings to add more definition
  4. To create a Halo Eye look, use Fortune on the inner and outer corners and then blend them together along the crease so that they meet there in the middle
  5. Use Fortune again along the lower lash line
  6. To darken up the edge of the outer corner, use Gallop and blend out
  7. Using your finger, put Story in the middle of your eyelid and the middle of your lower lash line – this really adds to the Wow Effect!

As you can probably tell, I am a little bit in love with this palette. I love the range of shades to suit all skin tones and eye colours. There are endless looks to be created with it. The colour pay off and pigmentation is fantastic – particularly in the shimmer shades like Story. I’m wearing this eye look now and it hasn’t moved all day. I do use an eye primer, but it hasn’t dropped down below my eyes or moved into my crease. I am very impressed for a palette that costs only £7.99.

You can purchase this palette from TAMbeauty, but be quick as it does keep going out of stock very quickly! As I write this, there is only 1 left! Here’s the link to buy – Unicorn Love Palette.


Kerry x

Norwich Fashion Week 2017 – The Dipple & Conway Hair and Makeup Show

This has got to be, by far, my best blogging experience to date and I just had to share it with you. On Friday 10th March, I went to the Dipple & Conway Hair and Makeup Show for Norwich Fashion Week 2017.  I was given a VIP ticket by the event organisers and felt so grateful to be gifted such a wonderful opportunity.

When I arrived, I went to the VIP area and met the lovely Charlotte of Simply Lottie – another Norwich blogger. The show was due to start at 8pm, so we were able to chat all things blogging for a little while!

The show itself took place in Open – a beautiful venue with ornate ceilings and a large open space with an overlooking balcony. I already knew when I took my seat, that this was going to be a great show.

The show was split into four segments – Shakespeare, Burlesque, Contemporary and Sci-Fi. Salons, MUAs and colleges were there showcasing their work on beautiful models from Sandra Reynolds. The costumes were provided by The Maddermarket Theatre and were stunning.

20170310_201130

Set 1

Shakespeare

This segment opened the show with a beautiful operatic performance by Emma Nuule – who also looked amazing in her of the time period costume.

20170310_200842

I was very excited for this part of the show because I love all things Shakespeare. The models were dressed as various Shakespearean characters and their hair and makeup beautifully reflected their character’s personality. Such a brilliant opening section!

Those showcasing their work were –

Millie Rose

Example

Lowestoft College

Paintopia (More about them later!)

Burlesque

The models for this segment were admirable. I was blown away by their confidence and stage presence. They rocked the burlesque look and once again the hair and makeup was bang-on theme. Such a cool and empowering part of the show!

Those showcasing their work were –

Posh

The Cottage

Kerri Anema

Set 2

Contemporary

Full of fast paced music and bright colours this was an exciting start to set 2! I loved the theme here and how each salon and MUA interpreted it.

Those showcasing their work were –

Lanoi and Nutch

Glam R

Hairsmiths

Sci-Fi

Another set I got over excited about! I’m a huge geeky sci-fi fan and couldn’t wait to see the theme interpreted. I wasn’t disappointed!

Those showcasing their work were –

Atelier

Salon 66

The Norwich School of Beauty

Paintopia – a special shout out to these guys! Their work actually gave me goosebumps. They are a group of body paint artists whose skills are off the scale. I’ve never seen anything like it – the artwork was incredible and the way the models presented themselves and their characters was incredible. As usual, I struggle to put down in words how amazing they are, so here are some photos instead!

What a show! I will definitely be going back next year and hopefully to see more shows. I’ve been looking at photos on Twitter and Instagram of the other events and they look just as brilliant. I feel very blessed to have been part of such an awesome experience and am so happy it took place in lovely Norwich.

I have also put together a little video of all the photos and some video footage I took of the night – take a look and please give it a like. Thank you!

 

Kerry x