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!

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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.

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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 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.

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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

Style by JOCCA – Spiral Hair Curler

I’m so excited to be writing my first hair post! I was contacted by Jocca, a Spanish company who sell home and lifestyle products, beauty items, and much more. They have recently opened their British online store and asked me to review this fabulous Spiral Hair Curler. Of course I said yes!

 

The curler has many handy little features, which in turn make it a brilliant product. It has a retractable clip, which holds the ends of your hair in place, so you can easily guide the strands around the plastic spiral guide. It also has a 360 degrees rotating cable for ease of use and mobility – making the back of your hair easier to reach and curl.

The plastic spiral guide also means you get a lovely, even curl each time. I also found that it acted as a protective shield to the hot, metal barrel underneath it and stopped me burning my fingers (something I do a lot!).

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The curler got hot very quickly and didn’t have that plastic-like, burning smell like other hair appliances can sometimes have. It is very simple to use, you just place a 2-3cm wide piece of hair into the retractable plier, wrap your hair around the spiral barrel, hold for 3-5 seconds and then release the plier and gently release the hair in a downwards motion.

I like the fact that you only need to hold it in the hair for a matter of seconds, it’s quick and my hair didn’t feel damaged afterwards.

Overall, I am very pleased with this Spiral Hair Curler from Jocca. It is just £16 and you can purchase your own here. It also comes with a 3 year guarantee. Jocca also sell many other hair tools, which you can find here. Whilst you’re there, make sure to take a look at the other exciting and innovative products they sell by clicking here!

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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

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

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

 

 

Beauty Product Review – Shadow Switch Dry Brush Cleaner by Beauty Essentials

I was lucky enough to be sent the Shadow Switch Dry Brush Cleaner by Beauty Essentials to try out and review last week. This is one of those products that is a dream come true for me. I’m a sinner when it comes to cleaning my make-up brushes, I just find the whole thing so tedious and long-winded. But this little beauty actually makes it fun and it all happens so quickly!

It comes in a tin and inside is a rough sponge. You use your eyeshadow brush and chosen eyeshadow as usual and when you are finished, rotate your brush over the sponge and then switch to another eyeshadow! It’s as easy as that! The sponge eliminates any product transfer, so you can stick with the same brush and use completely contrasting colours without the fear of them being ruined by your previous colour.

To emphasise how brilliant this product is and how easy it is to use, I have recorded this short video demonstration –

         

You can buy the Shadow Switch Dry Brush Cleaner from Amazon here for only £5.99 with free UK delivery.

Kerry x

Beauty Product Review – Makeup Revolution Blush Palette ~ Blush Queen

Today I wanted to tell you about my other blush palette purchase. Last week I let you in on the Golden Sugar palette by Makeup Revolution and many people were impressed with the gorgeous shades. Well I think you’ll be just as impressed with this palette!

Once again, we have eight pigmented shades here. They are a combination of highlighters and blushers. I have numbered them for you to make identifying the swatches easier.

The first four shades are perfect highlighters. They have a lovely shimmer to them and what I would normally go for myself. I took the photo in natural light, without a flash. 

Shades five to six are much more pigmented and more ideally to be used as blushers. they are stunning colours and you need very little product on your brush to get beautiful impact on your cheeks. Shade five in particular could easily double up as an eyeshadow!

Here’s the look I went for –

I used –

  • Shade 1 as a highlighter along the top of my cheekbones
  • Shade 3 on the apples of my cheeks
  • Shade 4 of the very centre of the apples of my cheeks to add extra highlight

You can bu the palette from Makeup Revolution here for only £6.