Wednesday, 30 March 2016

SUQQU SS16 MAKE UP COLLECTION IN SELFRIDGES

In terms of skincare, here is no doubt oriental countries just know and do it better!

The extreme research and attention to ingredients and the accurate use of the right products to built an appropriate and suitable morning and night routine is a tradition we are happy to learn from our Japanese, korean, chinese cousins.

 One of the most established make up and skincare brand is Suqqu and we are lucky enough to have several counters here in UK.

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Monday, 28 March 2016

KIKO MILANO MAKE UP MANIA SPECIAL SALE AND HAUL

Hello everybody and Happy Bank Holiday week end!

If you are thinking about treating yourself to some Kiko Milano make up, this is the time.

There is an amazing promotion at the moment you will not be able to resist.

The offer is the following: buy 3 products, get other 3 for free.

It is valid online and in store but I don't know how long it will go on for.

You can buy as many things as you want, so if you buy 6, you get other 6 for free, etc.

The free products will be the cheapest of your chosen ones.

I went a bit crazy in store yesterday and yet, I wish I'd bought more.
Who am I kidding, I am so gonna go back!

I picked up things with the same price more or less so I got nearly a good 50% off my total.

Here we go...



Campus Idol Face Brush 02, Artist Powder face brush, Artist Foundation face brush.


The limited edition Kiko brushes are my guilty pleasure. No way I skip the purchase.
These are incredibly soft, densely packed and the foundation one is incredibly good to apply foundation and concealer.

All Star Face Palette Campus Idol Collection, 01 and 02


This palette had to be bought. The cardboard case is quite sturdy and all the shades are good contour shades for me. It is basically ideal to keep in my travel make up bag. I got 02 for me and 01 for a friend.

Superstar Eyes Set 




This is a set from the 2015 Christmas collection and it's a super bargain.
I think I paid around 9 quids for it and the set includes a mascara, an eyeliner, a kajal and an eyes, neck and face serum.  Bingo!

On my wishlist for the next round are some lipsticks and concealers, what about yours?

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

L'OREAL INFALLIBLE SCULPT BASE, CONTOURING PALETTE AND BLUSH REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Note to self: the next time a bunch of top bloggers are invited to a free sponsored masterclass with the most famous and requested make up artist on the planet (Mario Dedivanovic) be a little bit careful in trusting their final judgment regarding the sponsored products because, you see, they may be a little bit far from honest.

This is exactly what happened when all the L'oreal Sculpt collection came out.


IG was full of beauty guru squealing with joy and excitement about how good and innovative this new range of products was.

I asked few times on L'oreal social medias when the products where gonna be released but of course there was no answer (if you are familiar with how terrible is the brand with social media you know why I said "of course").

Few bloggers told me it was gonna be launched half March, no need to say it was mid February and I found everything in Superdrug.



Without any hesitation I bought the Infallible Sculpt Contouring Base Foundation (£8.99), The Infallible Sculpt Contour Palette (£9.99) and the Infallible Sculpt Blush Trio (£7.99).





The first product to apply should be the base, that is described as a light coverage foundation with shade adapting pigments to match all the skintones.



 It comes in two shades, 01 light (very pinkish undertone) and 03 medium dark, I got the second one.

So explain me L'oreal, what the hell should we do with this?

It's not a primer, it doesn't give any coverage so do not call it foundation please.

How could you ever think that two shades were gonna match every single skintone? Smart Pigments to match every skin colour WHERE????

You can see on the swatches how crap is the difference in between my skintone and this base and believe me, I blended it a lot!



The Contour Palette is not any better.


I got the 03 medium dark. I like the little leaflet inside that explains how to use it but that's it.





The dark portion is smooth to apply but once you start to blend it, it just disappears.


I tried to use a bit more but the results are not that better, it's quite difficult not to end up with a big brown patch.




 The white cream is completely useless.

It's not an highlighter, it's not a concealer, it's not a strobing balm, once again L'oreal, explain me, what the hell should I do with this?
It looks like a silicone balm, completely transparent, slightly sheer.

Finally, the Blush. This is nice.



There are 3 options, Soft Rosy, Soft Sand and Nude Beige. I choose Nude Beige but I have to say all of them are beautiful and wearable.

It is actually a trio of an highlighter, a transition shade and the proper blush.


I use a big angled brush to pick all of them, apply on the cheekbones and blend a bit.

There is a good pigmentation and the highlighter bit is actually very good.

The final result is anyway a big mess.

 
 The NON COLOUR ADAPTING BASE makes me look like somebody with a wrong foundation, not an even complexion or whatsoever, the all sculpting thing is just average and after years and years of other brands doing contouring kits and products, I am sure we all own much better stuff than this.

The only thing I save from the range is probably the brush that of course, I did not buy, silly me.

For me this range is just a "let's put a sculpt world on something cos it will sell for sure" and I would not advise you to waste any money.

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Monday, 14 March 2016

MAKE UP GEEK EYESHADOWS REVIEW AND SWATCHES: MESMERIZED, CHARMED AND ROCKSTAR

Ahhhh Marlena, how much we love you dear!

She has been one of the first youtuber I discovered, I use to devour her blogposts and videos on the bus on my way to work and my first NYX purchases came from her shop.

I have been curious about her constantly growing make up collection for years, browsing instagram and reviews to see swatches, and as soon as the brand launched on Beauty Bay, I enthusiastically filled my basket with the shadows carefully chosen between the available ones.

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Saturday, 12 March 2016

MAKE UP REVOLUTION NEW-TRALS VS NEUTRALS EYESHADOW PALETTE

I should learn to trust my gut feeling a little bit more.

The first time I spotted the Make Up Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals palette on IG I was determined to buy it ASAP.

Then I went through one of those phases when you think you really do not need more make up, shoes, clothes, bags (considering friends and family are close to contact one of those reality TV shows about hoarders buried underneath a mountain of useless crap).

Well, one afternoon I was in Superdrug in Manchester Arndale (great job on the new make up displays guys, well done!), I just went in to buy a bottle of water, as you would normally do and there it was, the little black palette, in the flesh, smiling and waving at me (shopping abstinence is well proven to induce allucinations), ready to be swatched!

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Thursday, 10 March 2016

BIRCHBOX BUILD YOUR OWN BOX LANDES IN SELFRIDGES MANCHESTER

Hello everybody!

If you are familiar with subscription beauty boxes, you will certainly know Birchbox.

Few months back, the company launched a brilliant initiative, a Birchbox pop up shop, where costumers were able to fill their box with 6 products chosen from quite a juicy selection.

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Sunday, 6 March 2016

CLARISONIC LUXE CASHMERE CLEANSE BRUSH HEAD

Hello Gorgeous!

Are you into beauty gadgets at all?

I am always exploring the web for new technology wonders that can help my skincare regime (=make me transform into a flawless diva).

I am a sucker for these gadgets and I had a good time browsing around the latest tools at an event organised in Manchester by Current Body, a company specialised in health and beauty technology.

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Friday, 4 March 2016

KIKO ULTIMATE PEN EYELINER AND EXTRA SCULPT VOLUME MASCARA

I don't believe there is a single woman out there that doesn't have a black eyeliner and a black mascara in the make up kit.

These are must haves you cannot skip, holy grails, basic tools.

I was sent some Kiko products to try and, hurray, here we find the Ultimate Pen Eyeliner and the Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara.

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