The ‘it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ eye

It’s getting to that time of year where Christmas is literally everywhere, including in the blogging world. The festive period and winter in general is my favourite time of year because I’m just a jumper loving Christmas weirdo! Anyway this has nothing to do with this post! I’ve been enjoying experimenting with my eye makeup again because I’ve been through a patch of finding my everyday look and sticking to it. I remembered how much I liked the Kiko Shadow sticks so I decided to put one on again and it was amazing! I love how easy they are to apply and how pretty and long lasting they are. I like the subtle festiveness of this eye with the purple shimmer, it’s so pretty!
So for this look I used the Kiko Shadow Stick in the shade 05 Rosy Brown. I just apply it to the lids and blend out the edges. Because of the colour and the shimmer, you don’t have to apply a lid shade. It shimmers blue and purple and is so gorgeous! To make it a bit deeper I took Bondage from the Urban Decay Vice 3 palette in the outer corner and brought it out in a sort of wing and went underneath with this shade. It’s a deep plum/ purple with lots of sparkle and I love it, I need to use it more often. In terms of liner I used the L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim to do a really thin line and I didn’t do a flick because I thought the winged shadow was enough. Finishing it off with Rimmel Kohl Kajal in Jet Black and my Clinique High Impact Mascara

June Favourites

The end of June only means one thing, less than a month until my Florida holiday of dreams! I’m so excited you don’t even know! Anyway June has been a pretty good month. I finished my second year of uni and started my work experience which I have to say has been really great. But without further ado here are some of the things that I’ve been loving throughout the month of June.

Kiko Eyeshadow Sticks

These have literally become my life. Since I’ve got them I don’t use anything else and I don’t think I want to. I have two shades, 05 rosy brown and 21 passionfruit. They both have the best staying power and pigmentation, I swipe them all across the lid, blend them out and they’re good to go. Rosy brown creates a really simple smokey eye and passionfruit looks fresh and works really well with my Naked 3 palette. I put them on at 7 in the morning and they’re still on, without creases at 9 at night. Incredible isn’t it. I may have to think about expanding my collection, possibly with a champagne, ooh the excitement!

The Body Shop Mojito Shower Gel

This. Smells. Incredible. Part of the new mojito collection this has such a sweet smell that is perfect for Summer. It reminds me of the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush range with the citrus smell and colour. The shower gel was also pretty cheap, £4 and a little definitely goes a long way. The scent lingers after you get out of the shower, which I personally love, and when I pair it with my satsuma body butter I smell like a tropical fruit salad.

Work Experience

If you didn’t already know, because it’s not as if I mention it every five seconds on this blog, I’m doing work experience at my local paper the Halifax Courier. I am literally loving it so far. I’ve been given the chance to write so many stories and get my name in the paper which has definitely been my favourite thing. I’m learning so much and I’ll be sad to leave!

Kiko Haul

The time has finally arrived, Kiko has landed in Nottingham. When I saw the ‘coming soon’ sign around March time I got way too excited and was hoping and praying that it would open before I left to go home for the summer and as luck would have it, it did. I was so overwhelmed when I went in that I had no idea what kind of things I wanted, what I should try first, it was all a bit much. But once I had composed myself, I got to work.

The first thing I picked up was a Kiko Kiss Balm in the shade 02 Apricot. I’ve wanted one of these tinted lip balms for a while and have had my eye on the Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms but when I saw this I knew it was the one. The pigmentation is very sheer, which is exactly what I’ve been looking for, and the texture is quite oily but very hydrating and not at all uncomfortable on the lips. The colour is stunning, a coral orange/ pink and is something that I don’t currently have in my collection at the moment. I’d heard from various sources that the Kiko Eyeshadow Sticks were something worth having so that is where I went to next. There were so many to choose from so I got swatching and tried to go for colours that I don’t already have to narrow it down. The first one I went for was 05 Rosy Brown which is pretty much as the name suggests, a brown shadow with a twist. In certain lights in shines a taupe-y purple colour and looks amazing on the lid. It give the ultimate wet shadow look and stays on all day without any creasing. Both of these shadows are so easy to apply and work really well by themselves and with other shadows on top. The second one that I picked was 21 Passion Fruit and it a rose gold type colour that also is a bit of salmon pick. It’s also a dream to apply and goes really well with the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, especially the shade trick.

I can’t wait to pick up some more bits from here, and trust me I have my eye on a fair few items, but I need to make sure I get everything I need for the next few months as unfortunately Halifax doesn’t have a Kiko yet, darn it!

L-R: Apricot, 05, 21

Single Eyeshadow Problems

The idea of going into a shop and buying hoards of single eyeshadows really satisfies me but when I get home it’s a completely different story. I don’t know if it’s just me but trying to use them in my every day makeup just seems really hard! With a palette, everything is set out for you and you know what goes with what, etc, but trying to pair single eyeshadows together or fitting them in with a colour from a palette just seems wrong. Also the size of a single shadow just seems way too much for one person to use in their entire lifetime! They’re always so big and I don’t know why but I buy colours that are a little weird and hard to wear so I only ever use a bit of them at a time. These issues have kind of put me off trying out a ‘make your own palette’, like the Mac palettes. Although it will be in a palette form, I don’t know if my brain can think of them as altogether rather than just the separate eyeshadows that I’d have bought them as, which is a real shame as creating a palette of shadows where I like everyone would be a really good thing. If anyone has this problem then please tell me because I feel like I’m just a weird single eyeshadow hater!

Raving Red

It’s time for the first splash of colour and in true rainbow style we’ll start with red. Red is one of those colours that no one ever really uses on the eyes because it 99% of cases you look like you have some kind of disease. I wanted to have a go and see if I could create an eye look that made red a colour that doesn’t look too scary.
After doing my standard face and brow routine, I got straight to work on the eyes. After priming my eyes with the Mac Painterly Paint Pot I used Heaven from the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette on the inner part of the lid and then Nudie from the same palette on the outer lid. Then I went straight in with the star of the show, my Kiko Eyeshadow in 138. Using a Mac 217 brush, but any fluffy brush will do, I lightly started to build this up in the crease. The reason I did it lightly was just in case it got a bit too heavy, this way I had more control. I made it so the colour winged out a little bit and once that was achieved I used Reign from the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette on the outer corner. This way the red was softened on the outside and didn’t look as harsh. Now for the scariest part, taking it underneath. I just did this as normal, on a Mac 242 but this time I tried to keep it as close as I could to the lash line. Finishing it off with my Rimmel Brown Kohl Kajal and Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and that’s the look done.
Personally I really like this look, it makes my eyes look really blue, and I think I got away with it without making my eyes look red and puffy. Trying this out makes me want to do it again, so you never know!

Favourite Friday: Pink Lip Combo

When the money starts rolling in there’s only one place to go (other than Costa which is a given), Boots. After hearing so much about the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk I decided to go for the poor mans option and buy the Rimmel Lip Liner in East End Snob. With some claiming it’s a pretty exact dupe of Pillow Talk I felt it was only time that I gave it a go, and am I glad I did! The consistency is creamy but it ‘dries’ (it doesn’t really dry but I can’t think of another word to describe it) and it doesn’t budge on the lips. For me it’s not so much ‘your lips but better’ but more of a nice, bright pink. My favourite lip combo at the minute is wearing this all over the lips and then topped off with my trusty Kiko Lipstick in 902. It lasts for most of the day without much topping up and brightens up the face. I’m sold on this whole lip liner business now!

Lash out of the Lipsticks

Time for the lipsticks! I was never the biggest wearer of lipsticks but over the past 12 months I’ve built up a nice little collection so let’s get going. First up is my Kiko Smart Lipstick in 902 Pastel Pink. I bought this whilst I was in Barcelona in the summer and I’m so glad I did. It’s pretty much the same as my natural lip colour so when I put it on it’s a my lips but better kind of thing. It was super cheap (just €3) and is balmy and lasts a decent amount of time on the lips. Next up is the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 28. This was the first lipstick that I ever bought because I thought it would look good on a night out. It’s not a matte formula but I’d say it’s 90% matte with a little bit of shimmer and not as drying. I don’t wear this that often but when do I wonder why I don’t because it gives a pop of colour that is really flattering. The second lipstick I ever purchased was the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Heather Shimmer. I bought this thinking it would be a good nude but it’s quite a bit darker than my normal lips. It takes me quite a while to apply this as if I do a ‘one sweep’ motion it goes on a bit too dark and looks like a crayon, weird I know, so I have to use a lot of coats to dab it on. However, when it’s on it looks really nice, a bit Velvet Teddy-ish, the only problem is that it doesn’t last too long on the lips. Another nude in my stash is the Rimmel Lipstick in Pink Nude. I’d say that this was more coral than pink but it’s a really good lipstick. The colour is flattering, similar to the Kiko one in terms of application and lasting power. The only thing that lets this down is the fact is has quite a pearly finish and sometimes looks a bit strange on the lips. Last but not least is Mac Shy Girl Lipstick. This is such a beautiful coral colour that sits nicely on the lips. This is my go to smokey eye lip as it looks gorgeous. The only problem with this is if it’s not dabbed on it can look a little streaky. The winner of this is a tie, I just can’t choose, between Kiko and Mac. I use them both so much as they are both beautiful colours with my favourite type of formulas.

28, Heather Shimmer, Nude Pink, Shy Girl, 902