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
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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

Transforme UK – Biotin For Hair, Skin and Nails 

Before pregnancy my hair was as strong and long as a pony’s mane, my nails were as sharp as daggers and my skin, well that wasn’t too different to the average girl – hormonally challenged, sometimes dry, sometimes oily. Since having Baby J, my hair is weaker and my nails snap at the word ‘Boo’! When I was offered some Biotin supplements to try by Transforme, I couldn’t say no!

These supplements are for the improvement in the condition of your hair, skin and nails and contain coconut oil (as you all know by now – my fave thing ever!). You receive 360 capsules in a bottle (almost a year’s worth!) and you take just one a day.

These little drops of sunshine contain ingredients that not only promote hair growth they also strengthen hair and reduce hair loss! The ingredient Biotin is also known as B7 and has many health and beauty benefits for both men and women.

Some more benefits are explained in this Transforme video below:

Transforme are a UK based, family-run business and trusted brand for over 15 years. They sell first class products that are exceptional quality and excellent value for money – often 80% cheaper than high street retailers. They also sell supplements and minerals, vitamins, natural beauty products and health packs. You can search by your condition on their website and find suitable products for you too. Visit the main Transforme site here.

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I have been taking the Biotin For hair, Skin and Nails supplements for over two weeks now and have been amazed with the results. My skin is really clear, just the odd (normal) imperfections here and there. I have also noticed a massive difference in my nail strength – I’m enjoying wearing nail varnish again without my nails snapping underneath and chipping the paint. My hair is glossy, thick and feeling stronger than ever – if you don’t believe me give these babies a go yourself! They are £13.99 a bottle  – a brilliant price considering you get almost a year’s worth of supplements. You can purchase them here.

Let me know your results!

Kerry x

Fun Valentine’s Day Makeup

Yay, I’m so excited about this one! Baby J had a long nap this afternoon, so instead of cleaning, doing the washing, blah, etc. I played around with my makeup collection! I’ve been planning a Valentine’s look for a couple of weeks and I really hope you like it. It’s quite OTT in some places, but you can use what you want from it. I took a no makeup selfie to start with, for a bit of ‘before and after’.

I haven’t gone into detail over my whole face prep, as I’ve done that before in my Christmas look and it hasn’t really changed much since then. I’ve taken a photo of everything I used and here is the list –

  • Soap & Glory Speed Plump Moisturiser
  • Carmex lip balm
  • L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Vanilla Rose
  • L’Oreal True Match Concelaer in Vanilla
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as an eye primer
  • Collection Precision Contour
  •  Collection Eyebrow Definer
  • PS… Pro HD Mascara

I have put the focus of this post onto my eye makeup, as it’s the statement part of the whole look. For eyeshadow I used the amazing Makeup Revolution 144 Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette Collection 2017 (an amazing £10!) I’ve written about it before here.

I’ve taken step-by-step photos as I feel it’s easier to show you what I did, you can also see what brushes I used for each part of the eye, they’re from the Spectrum Eye Blending Set.

  1. I applied a peachy nude to my whole lid and up to the brow bone

2. A light pink in my crease

3. I went over the crease again with this darker pink shade

4. The darkest pink in that column was then applied to my outer corners

5. I used the neon pink as a liner on half of my under eyes

6. I then used the bright lilac on the other half of my under eye and blended them together for a gradient effect

7. I used a bright, shimmery, light pink on the centre of my lids

8. I completed the work with the shadows by applying Unicorns Heart highlighter – the pink shade – to the inner corners to make my eyes pop!

Here’s how it looked when they eye shadow process was complete –

To make the look fun and unique, I applied The Sparkles Store Valentine’s Mix loose glitter to my inner corners and then picked out the cute little hearts and stuck them with glitter fixing glue on my outer brow bone.

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Now for the lashes! These are called #Sexy and are from Beauty Atelier Shop. You can purchase them here. You can also use this code – KER 10 – for free shipping, woohoo! The eyelashes are handmade and 100% silk. They are so comfortable to wear and create an instant car eye look! Beauty Atelier Shop also have other amazing and exclusive items that you need to check out. I will be uploading a video about some of their products in the next few days.

For highlight, I used Glitter Eyes highlight in the shade ThatGlo. My blush is from a palette in the Makeup Revolution 12 Days of Christmas box.

And finally…lips. I used the awesome Makeup Revolution Retro Luxe Matt Lip Kit in Echelon .

And there we have it! I’m so pleased with the final result! Unfortunately, my camera didn’t pick up the prettiness of the highlighter, it has an iridescent pink shimmer in certain lights. Believe me when I say that it’s beautiful.

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What will you be doing on Valentine’s Day?

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2017 Sparkle with Kerry readers! Love you all!

Kerry x

Stampin’ Up! UK – Oh Happy Day Card Kit

Those of you that know me, will know that I love a bit of arts and craft. It’s hard not to when you’re a primary school teacher. I was so excited to be sent this amazing card making kit by Stampin’ Up! UK called Oh Happy Day.

There are enough materials in the kit to make 20 unique cards. Everything you need is right there in the box – you sometimes might need a glue stick, but that’s it!

Inside the kit you get –
* Set of 13 photopolymer stamps
* 20 card bases and coordinating envelopes
* Giftable kraft box
* Die-cut glittered chipboard shapes
* Embossed sheets
* Printed die-cut images
* Die-cut gold foil sheet
* Die-cut white sheets
* Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
* Printed color doilies
* Baker’s Twine
* Glittered dots
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Acrylic stamp block

You can buy the Stampin’ Up! UK Oh Happy Day Card Kit here for £31.50. If you think about it, this is an amazing price when cards can cost around £2-3 nowadays. I’ve just got out my calculator and worked out that with this kit, each card works out at around £1.57! You have the added bonus that you’ll be giving someone a handmade card too.

I’ve attempted card making before and was absolutely rubbish at it! This kit is very straightforward to use, thanks to the prepared materials and the clear photographic instructions. To prove it, I’ve made a video!

Kerry x

BioAqua Collagen Nourish Lip Membrane

Welcome to a new series of posts where I will be testing out the wonderful world of Korean beauty. Korean beauty products have really come into the limelight recently, with rave reviews and people going crazy over the unique and innovative products with the cute packaging.

In this first review, I will be trying out the BioAqua Collagen Nourish Lips Membrane. I’ve seen these little jelly lip masks on a few makeup tutorial videos and was desperate to try them out. I have the Wish app on my phone where they sell lots of Korean beauty products at amazing prices. These cost me a grand total of a pound and were delivered very quickly. If you’re new to Wish, you can find the app for Android here and i0s here.

I love the packaging on these! They’re very cute. The instructions were in Korean, so I had to do my research on the correct way to use them on this site. These masks are supposed to really nourish your lips as the collagen gets absorbed, leaving them smooth and moisturised.

I took this rather fetching photo of my lips before I started the process –

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Now prepare yourself for some slightly manic, incredibly scary photos of yours truly posing with the mask on my mouth!

The below photo was taken when I was ‘having a lie down’ with the mask on. No, this wasn’t to have a few minute’s rest, this was actually to stop the thing sliding off of my face in an unattractive manner and slopping onto the floor.

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I removed the mask after around 15 minutes (you should really leave it on for about 20, but I have a baby you know!) and rubbed the remaining liquid into my lips. Here’s the after photo –

 

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You can see a slight difference, I feel my lips look much pinker and healthier. They were feeling pretty dry today due to the drop in temperature. To be honest, I can feel the difference instead of actually being able to see it. My lips feel amazing! I keep touching them (how hygienic!) and rubbing them together to feel the softness.

For £1, you really can’t go wrong. They also provide fantastic props for selfies on your own or with mates. If you can rope in an unsuspecting male to have a go, then you’re definitely on to some winning photos!

Kerry x

How to Look After Your Skin this Winter featuring Aquamax

The weather in the winter months can be so harsh on our skin. Skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis can flare up and make us feel generally miserable. I wanted to write this post as I suffer with dry skin over the colder period, especially on my hands and face. 

There are many ways we can look after our skin over this time and here I will tell you about the ways in which you can do it. 

I was lucky enough to be sent some Aquamax products to try – the cream and the wash. 


Aquamax Cream

This cream can be used all over the body. I focused it’s use on my hands mainly, as I suffer from eczema on them. The cream is also suitable for babies and I have used some on Baby J, focusing on her nappy area. The cream has quite honestly been brilliant. It has prevented any skin cracking and has made my skin very soft.

Aquamax Cream is SLS free, fragrance free and general nasties free! The cream is available in both a 100g tube and a 500g tub. 

Aquamax Wash

I replaced my usual handwash with the Aquamax Wash. My hands can get terribly sore using normal handwash and soaps, so this product is perfect around my home. It is a very gentle formula, also SLS and fragrance free. Once again, this wash can be used all over the body and on babies. The bottle is 250g so will keep you going over the winter.

Both Aquamax products can be bought from your Healthcare professional or at a pharmacy over the counter. If you’re unable to get the product through these methods, you can order them directly from Aquamax here.   

Other Ways to Keep Skin Protected This Winter

  • Drink plenty of water – keep skin hydrated and flush out toxins
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as they contain antioxidants which protect against winter sun damage, aging and inflammation 
  • Drink hot water with a slice of lemon every morning to flush out kidneys and liver for clearer skin
  • Have a cup of green tea for anti aging goodness and hydration
  • Cleanse thoroughly! Make sure you follow a good skin cleansing routine, removing all makeup and other products. Never fall asleep with your makeup on! 

And there we have it! My tips for caring for your skin this winter. If your skin is dry and sore like mine was, then definitely give Aquamax products a go. I rarely find moisturisers like these that work with my skin problems. 

What do you do to stay well in the Winter? 

Kerry x