New Brand Feature: Kiss Cosmetics SheerStick

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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Being beauty blogger its always exciting to discover new brands, especially ones that are based right here in the UK. Kiss Cosmetics is a brand new UK beauty brand focussing on great quality lip products that are affordable and exciting. I have been working with them for a few months now in a top secret group of bloggers and makeup artist helping them make decisions from products to packaging. Utilising the blogging and makeup artist community is something that is really different which no brand has done before. It’s a great feeling to know you’ve contributed to the brand and that your opinions matter to them!

On the 5th of June, Kiss are launching SheerSticks, a brand new range of lipsticks containing Vitamin E and Jojoba oil. I was very kindly the shade Dewy Neutral* to try before their release.

SheerStick’s packaging is great for makeup hoarders like myself, as the outer packaging reflects the colour of the actual lip product which makes it easy to pick up the colour you want to wear.

The shade Dewy Neutral is a beautiful caramel beige. It’s one of those colours that is so easy to wear and will compliment any makeup look. As the name suggests, this gives your lips a sheer wash of colour that enhances the natural colour of my lips and gives them a wonderful glossy finish with no stickiness.

The formula feels very moisturising on the lips and is like a balm more than anything. I am constantly battling with dry lips so formulas like this are great for softening and nourishing them. It has a minty menthol scent and has a slightly cooling sensation when you apply. As with most balms they wear off pretty quickly especially if you are eating and drinking, but it’s so effortless to apply its no trouble at all.

Kiss Cosmetics’s SheerStick is such an easy to wear product that looks great, feels great and are great value at just £7.00 each. There are eight shades in the range so if you are after a pop of colour there is something for everyone. Make sure you check them out on their wesbsite when they are released on the 5th of June!

A Little Announcement

Monday, 13 April 2015

I don't tend to post about my personal life here on my blog as it is primarily for beauty (hence the name I Speak Beauty) and a part of me also thinks why would people care about what goes on in my life, however on this occasion I can't contain my joy and overwhelming happiness...In the early hours of Sunday 1st of March, I gave birth to the most perfect baby boy weighing 7lb 8oz.

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My labour lasted almost exactly 24 hours and was an experience I shall never forget, not just for the obvious reason like being in the most pain I have ever felt, but for the beautiful bundle of joy I got at the end of it. His entrance into this world was exactly how I wished it would be, calm and peaceful. I was lucky enough to get the water birth I was hoping for which kept me relaxed throughout the whole thing and I still can't quite believe I managed to do it with no pain relief what so ever. 

Adam is now five weeks old and growing so much everyday! I can't believe how quick time is going. Motherhood is an exciting new adventure for me that I always hoped I would one day experience. It is one of the hardest jobs I have ever done, but my beautiful boy makes it all worth it.

This is just a little announcement, even though I could talk endlessly about him if given half a chance! If you would like me to go into more detail about my labour, pregnancy or how I found the first few weeks I would be more than happy to share my experience, just leave a comment down below!

Thank you for bearing with me as my blog has taken a bit of a back seat these last few months, but I will be back to regular blogging very soon. 

Lots of love

Amy & Adam 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara | First Impression Review

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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Benefit have already created the UK's No1 best selling mascara in the form of 'They're Real' which took the beauty world by storm. I really loved 'They're Real' as it gave me really great length and volume, but it has never been my favourite mascara due it to it making my lashes feel quite stiff and being the most difficult mascara to remove. So when I heard about the release of a brand new mascara, I naturally couldn't wait to try it out! Benefit have cleverly teamed up with ELLE magazine this month to bring it's readers an exclusive free tester of their new Roller Lash mascara before its release next month.

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Roller Lash is inspired by old fashioned rollers and how they curl hair, with their slogan 'Its a roller for your lashes!' This concept runs right the way down to its retro style packaging mimicking an old fashioned pink hair roller (full sized tube). I really love the way Benefit always have a specific theme for their products, to me it's what makes them stand out from the crowd and keeps things fun and exciting.

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The Hook n Roll brush has a curved wand with shorter bristles on one side which are designed to grab,curl and lift each individual lash while the curve-setting formula sets them in place for 12 hours. The formula contains lash conditioning ingredients such as Provitamin B5 and Serin, is waterproof and apparently easy to remove.

Having tried this mascara out for almost a week I have to say I have really fallen in love with it. The wand does a great job at lifting my lashes right from the root giving them volume. I tend to use the shorter bristles first and then turn the brush to use the longer bristles to add some length. My lashes look nice and separated with no clumps. In terms of having 12 hour wear I don't usually wear my makeup for that length of time however my lashes did keep their curl throughout the day and I had no flakiness or panda eyes at all. My lashes don't feel rock solid and brittle when I wear it which must be down to the lash conditioning ingredients.

When it comes to removing at the end of the day, I didn't have nearly as much trouble as I used to have with 'They're Real'- I simply use a good waterproof eye makeup remover and it comes away with ease.

From using this mascara for only a short time, I already think Roller Lash is a fantastic and dare I say it much better than 'They're Real'. It does exactly what it claims to do by giving my lashes great curl and lift that lasts. I really hope that it gets the reception it deserves when it's released in March and I will definitely be purchasing a full sized tube as soon as I can.

If you want to give Roller Lash a try for yourself I urge you to pick up a copy of this months ELLE magazine before they sell out!
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