Monday, 30 November 2015

KIKO LONG LASTING STICK EYESHADOW REVIEW







Let's just say this is the best shadow stick that is super affordable, and insanely pigmented.
Overall, I love Kiko as a brand since they are drugstore prices but better quality than most products from the drugstore - and they do not test on animals.
These retail for £6.90 however Kiko tend to have a lot of good offers or sales frequently.
There is a wide shade range of 32 different shades, there are a few neutral shades which I love but the other half are mostly hues of blue etc. You can purchase or have a look at the shades here.
All of these stay on for absolute ages which means its quite difficult to take off with face wipes, get yourself a good makeup remover too. You may think that its a negative that it doesn't come off easily but think about it, its basically waterproof and you can wear it all day and night since it doesn't crease.. 



The one I have is in the shade 07 Golden Beige which is just a beautiful champagne-y gold shade.
It's super pigmented and creamy at application.The amount of looks you can create with this shade in particular (and any other) is insane - day time looks, night time, for birthday parties, for events. Bare this in mind though, you need to work fast with this if you want to blend it out a lot, it sets to a dry finish which means no creasing. Also, if you don't like very glittery shadows, I would advise you to test it out in store first because it can look very glittery in certain lightings (but not a lot, only some places).



As well as the actual product, the packaging is very convenient, easy to store and travel friendly. It's a twist up product which means it won't necessarily smash like a normal eye shadow would straight away. It also won't get messy and you don't really need a brush, you can use your fingers plus you don't even need a crease shade since it looks amazing on its own. 

The next shade of these that I really want to try is 01 Pearly White, I swatched this one in store and it looked like an insanely light reflective brow bone highlight.

Are there any Kiko products you'd want me to review?


Monday, 23 November 2015

NEW L'OREAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION FORMULA?


Recently, i was reading a lot of reviews about the new formulation of the Loreal True Match foundation and all of them are positive. So in this post i will compare both formulas and explain why i don't like the reformulation..
I ran out of my original formula of the Loreal True Match and i went out to repurchase since i really loved it, however i didn't realise that the formula was changed, only the packaging hence the same name. This is why i'm doing this blog post along with the thousands of other beauty bloggers doing the same thing, but i'm warning people with oily skin that this is not the foundation for you!! Let me explain..
These are two very different foundation and i really wish that they still had the old formula available (hence it was an extremely popular and well loved foundation) and release the new one as a seperate product along side the old one too. 


The Old Formula:
1. Had much more coverage (medium to full) than the new one
2. Suitable for most skin types such as oily skin
3. Didn't cake up if you wanted to achieve a more higher coverage and when powdering
4. It stayed on for much longer throughout the day (as for oily skin)
5. I think the colour range wasn't as good as the one now

The New Formula:
1. It's much more sheer and light to medium coverage
2. Definitely not good for oily skin - it contains gold shimmer flexes (see photo above), now don't get me wrong this looks amazing on normal skin in the warmer months but it just doesnt work well with oily skin
3. It's dewy and very lighweight (almost watery) and radiant. It feels like a BB Cream as for the consistency and the coverage
4. The packaging is gorgeous - it looks so sophisiticated, high end and quite sleek. The bottle is also much more taller which makes it better for storage
5. It tends to cake up if you want to get more coverage out of it and then powder throughout the day if you have oily skin


(Left: New, Right: Old)

The Similarities:
1. They both offer a Spf of 17
2. Both are really blendable
3. 30ml bottles


 To conclude all of this, I really really wish that I can still buy that foundation.

Monday, 16 November 2015

CALVIN KLEIN MAKEUP

 
Calvin Klein have discontinued their makeup products a while ago now, so that means that they are still available in some places online for a cheap price.   



I use this Crème Shadow in 'Bare Silk' as a brow bone highlight and inner corner of the eyes.

The Lip Gloss is shimmery and is just perfect for dabbing a bit on your lips for a splash of colour to your face.

 
 

 
This Lipstick is a really gorgeous Barbie pink that can be also used as a baby pink depending on how much you apply. I spoke more about this lipstick here.
 
Go out and search for them online, they're cheap!


Monday, 9 November 2015

BASICS OF EXPOSURE

 When I fist started fiddling in photography, I didn't really bother much about the settings, just chuck it on auto, micro, or whatever and it should be fine (which was really not the best choice)
I did so much research on what those buttons meant and no place would show me the basics, the simple explanation of what it really is.. Only technical terms which then gets you off track from what you're actually supposed to understand.. Exposure!
Exposure is made up of the big 'Trio': ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture.
So here's what they actually do to your photos to make them a lot.. nicer:
ISO is Sensitivity: Controls how sensitive your camera is to light.
It's too light in the place of shooting? Turn the ISO up to around 100/200. Is it too dark? Turn it up to 800/1600. The norm is 400 for a general overcast day.
Note: Anything over 1600 can create more visible noise
(imagine a photo and tiny grains over the top - basically bad quality image)
 
Shutter Speed is Movement: Controls the length of time that light enters your camera.
The narrower the opening is, the more still the image will be.
1/2000 is a fast shutter speed which in turn gives a still frozen image
1/2 captures the movement, which results in a blurred image (best used with narrow aperture)..

Aperture is Focus: Controls how much light enters your camera.
Like I said before, a slow shutter speed is best used with a narrow Aperture like f/16 or f/22.
The wider the Aperture, the more light enters and gives you a blurred background (shallow depth of field = less in focus)
f/2.8 - less in focus ; f/22 - more in focus
 
If you have any other questions, leave them in a comment below and I can either reply, or do a in-depth post about it!





Monday, 2 November 2015

ODD THREE NAILPOLISH

 
Previously on this blog I talked about my Essie Nail polish as well as my Sally Hansen Nail Polish. But that's still not the end to my whole Nail Polish collection. That's why this is called the Odd Three Nail Polish.
 
 
(L to R) Kiko, Barry M, Topshop
 
Products Mentioned:
- Kiko in 'Nude 372'
- Barry M in 'Diamond Glitter'
- Topshop in 'Shrimpy'

 
This is the perfect purple taupe toned nude which is useful for all year round.  They are so cheap (£2.50) yet so good. I haven't used mine in a while so I think It may have to visit the fridge for a while since its gone a little bit gloopy. But overall its really pigmented and pretty.
I actually got this nail polish when I was in Spain.
 
 
Everyone needs a silver glitter nail polish in their life for those New Years Eve nails or parties just to swipe on top of a nail polish colour already. I usually put glitter on my ring finger only for a more casual look but still have that sophisticated look.
The glitter-ness of this isn't that intense one swipe wont be enough if you want to have a full glitter nail. This is just a regular glitter nail polish nothing much to say. 

 
I don't actually like this nail polish as much as the others that I have since it chips and the application brush is really thin so you get those streaks of where you put the nail polish when it dries.
As to the colour, its a perfect bubble gum pink colour which does make you look tanned. Great use for Spring and Summer. (and I am sorry that you are reading about pink shades in the month of autumnal November)
 
What are your favourite and least favourite nail polishes?