Just Charlie G
Kiko Colours In the World Collection

A new brand to me and I believe, a fairly new brand to the UK Kiko have certainly made an impact. Sometimes I don’t bother showing products packaging for products but the Kiko Colours In the World collection packaging is so gorgeous.

I received a few very colourful bits to try out. You can see swatches towards the end of the post.

Starting with the Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Soft Green Apple (£6.90).

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

The most beautiful colour, highly pigmented, and blendable this is gorgeous and when they say long lasting, they mean long lasting. This is what happened when I tried to scrub it off with a wet wipe.

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

It took some shifting I can tell you. Fab product for the price.

Then there’s the Pigment Loose Eyeshadow in Breezy Azure (£5.90)

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

What a colour! I have to admit, I’ve not really played with this although I can imagine for those younger than me (cough)  this would be amazing. I have an image in my mind of this with the pencil up there that would be incredible, but alas way beyond my skills! Still this is stunning and there are other shades to choose from, Beaming Beige looks beautiful.

I was also sent two lip products from the collection.

Looking at the Long Lasting Lipstick first, in Red Orchid (£6.90).

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

Again, for the money this is exceptional. It lasts for ages. Actually I only remembered to take these photographs after lunch! So the lips you see there have been through numerous cups of coffee and my lunch. It was about 3pm when I got that annoying stain around the outside of the lips and bare in the middle. I think that’s really quite impressive wear time.

Finally, the  Extra Volume Lipgloss in Sorbet Peach (£6.90).

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

Kiko Colours In the World Collection
The most gorgeous lipgloss. A peach shade with very subtle shimmer. I have to confess I didn’t even realise there was shimmer until I cropped that photograph! It’s lovely and actually, it does plump too with very minimal tingling sensation, which you usually get from plumping glosses and I really don’t like.

Here’s swatches of all, including the eye products.

Kiko Colours In the World Collection

All of the above are available from www.kikocosmetics.co.uk/ along with a host of other goodies. Well worth a look if you’re in the market for affordable, cosmetics.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Kryolan

This post is long overdue. Very much so. A friend gave me these products a long long time ago and it’s taken me months to get this post done for reasons I’ll explain later in the post.

Kryolan

So what we’ve got here is the Living Colour Pigment in Tanzanite (£14.99) and the Lip Stain in Pop (£13.95) I’ve never tried Kryolan products before but am aware of the brand and pretty much all I know is that they are a Professional Cosmetics brand.

I’ve been trying to research where you can buy these products for this post but not been terribly lucky, I think the range must be quite hard to come by.  Lets start by looking at the Lip Stain in Pop.

This is beyond neon. My photograph does not do it any justice. I packs on the pigment and it doesn’t fade to a pale stain like most lipstains, this stays neon. It does show signs of wear, in that it can get a little uneven looking, but it’s easily topped up, but in terms of staying the colour you apply, it sure does perform.

Kryolan Lip Stain in Pop

Now it looks impressive here but actually in real life it’s even brighter, quite a lot more so and thats why this post has been so long in the making. I could not find a day to where I was prepared to have neon lips all day. I love a bit of colour on my lips, but this is amazing. If you are looking for a neon pink lip colour you need this in your life, for me personally though it’s way way way out of my comfort zone. I can’t see me getting much use out of this beauty, which is a shame I have to say because it is stunning but the day I wore it I felt so self conscious all day, I kept involuntarily covering my mouth with my hand when I was out and about.  Great product though. The only retailer I can find is Extreme Make Up, so if this takes your fancy head over there.

The Living Colour Pigment isn’t quite my shade either, I don’t generally go for purples, although I have to say this is a very nice purple. I used it just around my eyes as a liner, to stay within my comfort zone and I have to say I did like it. I didn’t love it colour wise but performance wise it was extremely good indeed. Looking as perfect when I removed it at the end of the day as it had when I applied it.

Living Colour Pigment in Tanzanite

 

Living Colour Pigment in Tanzanite

Excuse the big blob of purple mascara on that second picture. I shouldn’t really be allowed to play with make up. Especially mascara, I always end up stabbing myself with the wand!

Anyway, the Pigments seem to come in a lovely range of colours. I can find ten of them available on Love Makeup, at a bargain price of £8.99. Well worth a look if you want a long wearing colour.

Well hopefully you saw my recent post featuring Pixi Fairy Face Palette in Pixi Bell I just had to buy a few more items from the Tinkerbell collection, so smitten was I.

Pixi PixiGlow Tinkerbell
Pixi PixiGlow Tinkerbell

As expected, the packaging and design is beautiful and whimsical, but what I was really interested in were the products. I loved the textures of the PixiGLOW palette so much I had high hopes for the rest of the range.  The three items I bought are as follows.

Straight On Till Morning Liner

Pixi PixiGlow Tinkerbell

A beautiful olive green pencil with an added dimension of a touch of coppery gold shimmer. Performs amazingly well and exactly as you would expect from the name. One line lasts all day, no smudging. It’s also a beautiful colour.

The next thing is the Catching Shadows Crayon

Pixi PixiGlow Tinkerbell

A champagne/gold/beige creamy pencil for your lid. It promises to be non-creasing and I have to say I used it as a base for the next product and it stayed put all day, no creasing. Very very gorgeous colour too.

The final item I bought was the Fairy Dust in Moonlight Lustre

Pixi PixiGlow Tinkerbell

The most stunning white gold loose pigment which a sponge applicator. This is beautiful, I layered it over the Catching Shadows Pencil to help it stay put but I’ve also tried it very sparingly on my cheekbones as a highlight. What a product. So gorgeous.

Swatches, just a couple of pics in different lights. Left to Right is the Liner, pencil and pigment.

Pixi PixiGlow Tinkerbell
Pixi PixiGlow Tinkerbell

A quick eye featuring all the above…

Pixi PixiGlow Tinkerbell
Pixi PixiGlow Tinkerbell

I’m so thrilled with these buys, they confirm just what I expected, Pixi is a brand I love. The products really perform and are beautiful.

I bought all of the above items from www.asos.com.

Tinker Bell Fairy Dust £10
Straight On Till Morning Liner £9.50
Catching Shadows Crayon £12

What a collection. This is just wow really and I have to say I think it’s my most favourite Illamasqua collection to date.  First lets look at the (very typically) Illamasqua images.

Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless
Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless

I’m so in love with the first that if I could walk around like it every day I would. The second look, well the cold sores effect isn’t for me but it’s striking nonetheless and as with many Illamasqua images it’s not there to make you feel comfortable.

The collection represents a sort of den of iniquity, “a nocturnal den of the dissident leaders of underworld subcultures” is how Illamasqua describe it as they advise you to abandon yourself to the glorious wonders of unfettered night-time make up. Well I like the sound of that!

So the first item I have is the Vice Nail Varnish, there are four colours released in this collection, each with a sort of  rubberised finish.

illamasqua Vice nail Varnish

I love the finish and I absolutely love the colour but alas I can’t say anything else good about this. I found the application incredibly difficult, it was streaky and patchy and not great. I think with a little effort I could make the application work out but unfortunately the wear was diabolical, I applied it at 9.30pm. Went to bed, got up in the morning, got dressed, washed, did the school run, came home and took the picture you see below.

Illamasqua Vice nail Varnish

Tip wear anyone? So you could top coat this and loose the rubber finish…but I wouldn’t want to because I love the finish but without a top coat I can’t make this last at all. Disappointing because it’s such a gorgeous shade and for £13.50 I’d want better wear. All that said, I’ve just read on another blog someone (Scrangie I think) used a matte top coat… thats a good idea.

I was sent another couple of items and fortunately I LOVE them both heaps so keep reading for something a bit more positive.

Next we have the Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist. I don’t know if it was luck or if the PR’s know me REALLY well but they couldn’t have chosen better for me. Dark Shimmer. You know I love my smoky eyes!

Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist
Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist

It’s black with the finest shimmer. Turquoise and perhaps a smidgeon of silver. It’s so pretty. I’ve worn it in a couple of ways, one as a liner all round the outside of my eye, and then as a shadow on it’s own lightly on my lid. What I’m dying to do is pack it on over a nice base for a really heavy look. For now though, to show you, here it is just on it’s own on my lid.

Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist
Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist
Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist

Love it, very versatile and just my colour. at £15.50  not too badly priced either.

The last item I have is a blusher. I’m mad for blusher. I have billions of the things stacked up in my drawers…but this is the one I’ve worn almost constantly since receiving it. Ambition Shimmer Blush. £16.50.

ILlamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
ILlamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Zeitgeist Pure Pigment on the left and Ambition blush on the right in the above picture. Works like a charm with the Pure Pigment above and has awesome pigment levels. This is just the kind of colour that I feel suits me best and I’d have to go so far as to say that out of all my blushers, it might not be my prettiest to look at, or my fanciest, but its my new favourite blusher. The dusting of shimmer is fine and subtle. Check it out.

ILlamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
ILlamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Love it! So that’s it. There are a few more bits in the collection I’d love… Belladona Lipgloss is a definite on my wishlist, as is the Havoc Precision Ink because I’m still completely in love with my Glister Precision Ink. I wear it so often.

So I’ll leave you with a few pictures of me wearing Zeitgeist and Ambition.

Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless
Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless
Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless

Did you get anything? Will you? If you only get one piece I especially recommend the blusher. Love it,and it goes with everything.

I’ve been so lucky since I’ve been blogging and reading blogs, in that I’ve entered and won a few giveaways. The most recent being a Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigment in Wishing For Wings from the lovely Delicate Hummingbird. I think I found her blog via  the Rouge Bunny Rouge Facebook page and it quickly became a favourite. Lovely writing, beautiful swatches, beautiful products from a wide variety of (mostly) luxury brands…what’s not to love. So I was thrilled to win her giveaway. What I received in the post was this:

The pigment, a sample of Thierry Mugler Alien (I’m definitely in the loves-Mugler camp), a teeny Bourjois lipgloss, a lovely note and two samples of products. It was truly a delight to receive. Thank you!

So the product itself. Well I’ve yearned for this for ages. I kept putting it in my Zuneta shopping basket, but never buying it. I’m not sure what was holding me back.

Anyway have a look. No idea why these pictures make the product inside the vial look a beige colour, it’s not beige, it’s a silvery lavender.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings
Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings
Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings

So what you get is a wand, with a sponge tip, that when you pull it out, already has the product in place for you to put where you want it. It’s neat. I find it a little unwieldy though. You can see in the bottom picture there that in the background there’s some product on the counter top… I found I lost a tiny bit in this way when I pulled the wand out.. It’s no biggie.  Here’s the obligatory swatch:

Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings

You see? Not beige, it’s a lavender-y grey/silver and very very sparkly. It’s very pretty. I’ve not played around with it loads yet but have chosen to wear it sheerly. Here it is with Mac White Gold pigment (love), I dabbed it onto the outer corner and in the crease and blended out with a brush. Very sheer, very natural, very pretty.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings
Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings

Love. This is without primer but I do intend fully to pack it on over a dab of Paint Pot or some Urban Decay Primer Potion in the near future because I’m fairly sure you could create something pretty striking with it.

So thank you so much to Delicate Hummingbird, I love it. I’ve worn it rather a lot since I got it. The only problem is that now I want Night Wind Sailing (pewter with pink pearl) and Sleeping Under a Mandarin Tree (gold with pale mandarin). I’d best get saving then!

I’m a bit confused about this product. I thought they’d been out for a while, but the press release I was sent states they are out in June. And then there is mention of a new colour, Rose Gold, which may be the one that is out in June. I’m also not sure which colour I’ve been sent, it may be Rose Gold, but looking at the descriptions I’d say it looks more like Bronzed Bronze… I wasn’t asked if I wanted review this product it just turned up in the post so I’m a bit clueless. Actually on reflection I’m sure this must be Rose Gold.

BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor review
BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor review
 A vial of fine loose shadow this comes with an applicator built in. The built in applicator isn’t great, it’s pretty huge for a start meaning when I tried to sweep it into the inner corners of my eyelids I covered a much greater area than I wanted to, but it’s ok I blended out with a fluffy brush. The applicator is so large it barely fits through the vial neck, it does come out fairly easily but its a tight fit meaning its hard not to leave a trail of powder as you go, it’s also spring loaded… I’m not even sure what purpose this serves! You are supposed to shake the vial to make sure the powder is on the applicator, tap the cap to remove excess, and remove from the vial… easier said than done.  That said, I’m nit picking really, it is convenient not to have to use my own brush and therefore  perfect product for on the go.
The shadow itself is gorgeous, it is indeed high shine and provides a beautiful wash of colour across the eyelid. I did have a very small amount of creasing at the end of the day but I had to look very closely in my magnifying mirror to see it. I really like the colour I was sent too. I am still assuming it is Rose Gold. I had a very small amount of fall out on application but this was quickly and easily swept away with my fan brush.
BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor review
BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor reviewBareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor review
All in all there are pros and cons, the colour is lovely, the portability is great and the finish and wear are great on these, probably perfect with a primer. The cons, well the sprung applicator is less than idea and I don’t think they are very cheap at £15 each… I’d probably say half that was a better price. Looking at the list of colours I’d love a look at Electric (deep teal), Gold Medal (pale gold), Ice (frosted pink) and Meteroite (Iced mocha) but I’d be looking at £60 for four eyeshadows… so they aren’t cheap although I think there’s a fair amount of product there.
So its a mixed review for these, they are lovely, but there are issues.
Illamasqua Toxic Nature
“Unpredictable, uncharted and unnat­ural, Illamasqua unleashes Toxic Nature for Spring/Summer 2011, a colour collection born from a visionary concept of nature fighting back against the genetically modified society that plunders it. Illamasqua has created the Toxic Nature collection through a palette of lurid shades, corrupted hues and glistening muted tones that offer intoxicating versions of their original selves.
Like nature itself, it’s not all sweetness and light. Shades of mint, mushroom, plum, orange and rose are distorted with rich textures and pops of acid-infused brightness that command attention and draw you in… “
Firstly these are two images I totally fell in love with when they started appearing on blogs. Stunning!
Illamasqua Toxic Nature
Anyway! If you are a regular reader of blogs you will probably be aware there was a blogger event recently to launch this new collection, I was unable to attend but Illamasqua very kindly sent three items from the new collection for me to try out.
Illamasqua Toxic Nature

Shown are Hollow & Emerge Cream Pigments and Glister Precision Ink.

Hollow:

Illamasqua Hollow

Emerge:

ILlamasqua Emerge

Glister:

Illamasqua Glister

Swatches:

Illamasqua Toxic Nature
Illamasqua Toxic Nature
Gister (£17) is a stunning liquid liner full of tiny flakes of shimmer, like those in a “flaky” nail polish and please enlarge the following pic to see what I  mean. I’m rubbish at liquid liner, but the tip on this seems pretty easy to manage, and the liner is waterproof and long wearing. Seriously pretty.
Illamasqua Toxic Nature
 The Cream Pigments (£17) are amazing. Not quite the colours I’d have chosen to go with each other as it all leans a little too warm for my tastes but really the shades are irrelevant, I was especially interested these as they are a completely new product. They are indeed highly pigmented, and especially easy to sheer if applied with fingers. They come in 5 shades:
Emerge – Peach (swatched above)
Bedaub – Mint
Hollow – Toffee (swatched above)
Delirium – Rose Taupe
Mould – Grape
Funds allowing I will be looking to get Bedaub as thats the one that really appeals out of the whole lot and I fancy playing around with it and the two colours I already have, to mix things up a bit and take out some of the warmth. I’m also wondering I could use Emerge on my lips, I’m pretty sure I could use it on my cheeks, but will have a play over the next few days. Another thing I’m wondering is if Hollow might be good for contouring or if it’s simply too dark for my very pale skintone. Anyway, it’s nice to find myself inspired by make up, it doesn’t happen often! Having said all that, I have slapped a bit of the two I own on each eye and three hours later it’s crease city. I will try again with primer potion and see how that goes. I doubt I’ll purchase more if I can’t make them work without creasing.
The rest of the collection holds similar appeal to me, there are two lippies (£15) both on my lust list, two sheer lipglosses (£13) and five new nail varnish, all of which appeal and can be seen in my second picture with a YSL style french manicure.
Finally, I’ll leave you with one of the promo images I don’t like at all! But thats the thing with Illamasqua, its about demonstrating the art of make up, and challenging your perceptions, and standing out from the crowd! I don’t like the finished result  but I can’t deny it’s beautifully executed!
Illamasqua Toxic Nature
Out on Thursday March 10th online at http://www.illamasqua.com/ and from Thursday March 17th on counters in the UK, but there is the chance for 3 lucky people to WIN their favourite products from the new collection by adding them to the waiting list at illamasqua.com! Winners  will be picked on Wednesday March 9th.
Frynnae

After what seems like an eternity my Fyrinnae order arrived today. It didn’t take an eternity at all. It’s just a case of a watched kettle type situation. Anyway, it arrived, very well packaged and I particularly liked the skull and crossbones tissue paper! I realise now looking at my samples that if I didn’t already, I now own enough eye colours to last me all of my lifetime and probably both of my daughters lifetimes.

Averaging $2 per sample, there’s enough there to keep me going for a long long time. I grabbed a big selection of shades, although I notice looking through them, most are neutral ish shades, browns, greys and so forth. Nearly all of them are very sparkly and I bought several of the arcane magic shadows which are duochromes. So pretty. So if you’re ready I’m going to take you through looking at close ups and swatches of all the shades I got. All are swatched on bare skin unless otherwise stated. The little black pot is a sample of Pixie Epoxy.

First up Boy Toy, Catrina Caberet, Atomic Afterglow, Calavera Cupcakes, Dinosaur Plushie, Rapunzel Had Extensions and Leshu:

Swatched in the above order:

Frynnae

Atomic Afterglow and Rapunzeld Had Extensions really stands out. I was completely unable to capture the pink in Catrina Caberet but trust me it’s there and very pretty.

Next Equality, Sugar Skulls, Madame & Evie’s, STFU, Te Amo, Immortality and Half-Elf Hottie:

Frynnae
Frynnae

And swatches in the same order:

Frynnae

You can’t tell from this pic but Immortality is AMAZING, see later for a better look at it, I’m also completely loving Half-Elf Hottie, again you can’t really tell but it’s cream with pink duo. Very nice. Te Amo is also a stand out.

Next up is Damn Paladins and Fire Opal:

Frynnae

And swatches:

Frynnae

Both of these are stunning but Fire Opal has this lit from within effect that is really stunning.

Also included in my samples were two freebies, in Ravens &Writing Desks and Leif:

I wouldn’t have chosen either of these, particularly the green, but I’m game!

So thats the entire order, really pleased, I wasn’t expecting them to swatch so well to be honest, I was expecting to have to use them on top of the Pixie Epoxy to get them to show up but I was pleasantly surprised. And speaking of the Epoxy, I simply had to show you two of my favourites swatched over it. I give you Immortality and Half Elf Hottie over Pixie Epoxy:

Do you see the rainbow coloured sparkle in Immortality? No? What about now?

Gorgeous huh?

I’ve had a little chance to play and as always, forgive the eyebrows, but I’m staggered how easy it is to create an eye look I’ve always wanted to be able to do. This is Atomic Afterglow and Rapunzel had extensions over Pixie Epoxy. I love it!

Frynnae

What do you think? Are you tempted by any? If you know a lot about this brand do you have any recommendations for me?

Mac A Tartan Tale

Funny the reaction this collection has had on people. Some love it, others hate it and loads of people are indifferent. Then theres those who just think Mac are over rated and I frequently come across people who like to have little digs about my love of Mac. I refuse to give in to it though. I know I don’t love everything they put out, I’m not a slave to the brand by any means, but when I want something, if I can afford it, I’ll get it.

Anyway, I love the imagery for this collection. I didn’t at first, but the model’s face is so stunning, I just love it. I really do not like the tartan packaging though. Thankfully I’m not too bothered about packaging, so long as it’s functional, it only lives in my drawer anyway, I just want the products to work.

It’s a huge collection. Huge. There’s the colour story, then all the lip bags and eye bags and brush kits and still to be launched, next month I think, are the mini pigment and lip sets.

Making my short list wasn’t easy actually and I’ve had to miss out several things I’d really likely, namely the tartan eyeshadows. Yes all of them. I couldn’t decide on just one, I simply wanted them all, but I couldn’t have all of them so I didn’t get any. Instead this is what I got:

Mac A Tartan Tale

Thats the Beauties Play it Cool palette, the Moonlight Night and Family Crest Pigments, My Highland Honey Blush and Style Clan Nail Varnish, and in the parcel was a little sample of face primer. Never had a sample from Mac before so thats nice and I look forward to trying it.
I’ll do a seperate post on Style Clan polish soon but it essentially brown with what appears to be copper flakies. It looks really pretty but we’ll see. Here’s a close up of the bottle:

Mac A Tartan Tale

 

I seem to be completely obsessed with blushers and with one notable exception Mac Blushers have yet to let me down.  Of the two blushers this really took my fancy, a quite orange, yet soft blusher. Can’t wait to try it out.
Mac My Highland HoneyMac My Highland Honey
Next up the Pigments. Firstly, this is my first experience of the new jars, they seem tiny. I dont mind really, it’ll last me forever. I grabbed The Family Crest and Moonlight Night. I did an abysmal job of capturing the colours, sorry about that, please view full size for the best effect. Moonlight Night is a dark grey/black full of green shimmer, I’m sure it will be spectacular foiled, however I’m not sure how much use I’ll get from it so haven’t decided if I’ll keep it or not. Family Crest is a blackened bronze with bronze pearl and is gorgeous. These are so twinkly and pretty.
Lastly the Beauties Play It Cool palette. All along I was going to get the Reelers & Rockers palette but at the last minute I changed my mind, I’d still love Reelers & Rockers but decided that I already had some similar colours.
Mac Beauties Play It Cool
I don’t get on with purples as a rule but this palette called out to me as its purple themed but not obviously so, so I’m hoping it’ll work for me. The shades are Silverwear, a lilac-y frosty silvery white, Hold My Gaze, a stunning shade and I’ve never seen anything like it, a grey with gold shimmer, To The Ball, a grey purple shade, Altered State, a Veluxe Pearl finishe darkish purple with shimmer, Magic Moor, another veluxe pearl dark dark plum and lastly Heather Belles which is a dark gray.
Mac Beauties Play It Cool
Mac Beauties Play It Cool
I am just so sad I couldn’t aford the tartan eyeshadows as I really wanted those too.
Anyone buy anything or just me this time?

I realised yesterday I had even done a face with Mac Viva Glam Cyndi. It’s a really beautiful shade and I’ve worn it a lot since I got it. Gaga didn’t really appeal to me but I knew I’d love Cyndi.  What I really like is that the colour is very buildable. One swipe for a sheer reddy coral which you can build to be a vibrant bright almost red. I’ve gone for a medium look here 🙂

I used Mac Chartreuse pigment & the green from the Urban Decay Alice palette on my eyes and a touch of Benefit Coralista on my cheeks.

and here’s a good swatch of Viva Glam Cyndi.

MAC Cyndi Lipstick

I’m waiting for the new collections to get on the Mac website – I want several bits from each. What about you?