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).
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.
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)
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).
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).
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.
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*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
A quick eye featuring all the above…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Shown are Hollow & Emerge Cream Pigments and Glister Precision Ink.
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:
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:
And swatches in the same order:
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:
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?
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!
What do you think? Are you tempted by any? If you know a lot about this brand do you have any recommendations for me?
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:
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:
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.
I’m waiting for the new collections to get on the Mac website – I want several bits from each. What about you?