Anastasia Beverly Hills | Contour Kit

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit UK
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit UK
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit UK
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit UK
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit UK swatches vanilla banana sand
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit UK swatches java fawn havana

It feels like I have been waiting forever for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit to launch over here in the UK. I kid you not I have been on Cult Beauty's wait list for months! When I got the email to announce it was finally here, to say I was excited is an understatement!
As you may know Anastasia Beverly Hills specialise in mainly brow products (Anastasia herself is the lady behind Kim K's brows) but have branched out into other products such as eyeshadows and concealers. This Contour Kit in particular is one of their most hyped products on Instagram and with Beauty Vloggers all over Youtube. 
The packaging of this kit is nice and slim and houses the six highlighting and contour shades in a sleek reinforced cardboard compact. The first thing I initially noticed was that there was no mirror in the lid. Its not a necessity as this kit intended for makeup professionals but I think it would have been nice to have one. This type of cardboard packaging gets dirty so easily. Finger prints stick to it instantly and I can already tell I will be wiping it down after every  use.
The kit itself contains three highlighting shades, and three contouring shades. All of these shades have a matte finish with the exception of Sand which has a subtle shimmery finish. The highlighting shades Vanilla and Banana are intended to highlight underneath the eyes and to set concealer. Vanilla is more of creamy shade whereas Banana has much more yellow undertones to it. Both of these shades brighten up your whole face and set my concealer beautifully without looking cakey. Vanilla is more suited to my skin tone but I find that mixing the two together gives me that bright under eye without being too yellow. Sand reminds me of a more subtle version of MAC's Soft and Gentle Mineralized Skinfinish with its champagne tone that looks so flattering on the top of the cheekbones. 
The three contouring shades in the kit are equally beautiful. Java and Havana have more warmer tones running through them whereas Fawn is much more cool in tone. Fawn is my favourite of the three being the most natural looking and is the most universal shade in the kit. Java is perfect for warming up my complexion and Havana will be perfect when I'm a little more tanned. I use these powders in the hollows of my cheeks, on my temples, forehead and under the jaw to sculpt out my face making it look much more defined and slimmer! 
All of the shades in this kit are buttery soft and blend like an absolute dream. They look so natural on the skin and even work well when mixed together. The beauty of this kit is that you can customise your perfect highlight and contour to get exactly what you want. I think its a brilliant idea to introduce a refillable kit and the brand are also introducing lots of new shades to choose from. 
Whether you are a professional makeup artist or a beginner at contouring and highlighting this is a must have kit to own. For £45 it does seem a little on the pricey side but when you break it down you're getting six pans of product which I would happily pay £20 for each of them. Since trying this palette it completely deserves the hype and "cult" status. I am in love.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is available in the UK now from Cult Beauty- link

Products I've Used Up: July Edition

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

This is a bit of a different post for me, showing you what beauty products I've recently finished. I'll give you quick run down of each product, whether I liked it and if I will be repurchasing it or not. It's 
almost like a super quick review! Lets get into what I've used up this month...

Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment £31.85 for 100ml
I've had this stuff for over a year now and its only just finished! When it comes to hair oils, this one from Moroccan oil is definitely my favourite. It leaves my hair feeling so soft and shiny. I switch it up between using it on my wet hair when I leave it to air dry which stops it going frizzy, and after blow drying to tame fly aways. What gets me excited the most is the smell, I absolutely adore it. I will 100% be repurchasing this in the very near future!

MAC Fix + £15.50 for 100ml
I bought Fix plus on a whim while I was at the airport duty free last summer and for a little while didn't even touch it. Since rediscovering it about six months ago I haven't been able to put it down. It has so many uses in my makeup routine from spritzing onto makeup brushes for more intense eyeshadow to refreshing your makeup. My favourite way to use this is after finishing a full face of makeup. I love the dewy look since I have dry skin my makeup can sometimes look a little powdery. This little spray sorts that right out. It feels so refreshing and I love the smell too. I already have another bottle on its way to me.

Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner £15.00 for 250ml
I'm a big fan of Kiehls skincare and have been using their products for about six years. This is a really great toner for me as it doesn't make my skin feel tight yet it gets rid of all the impurities and left over makeup. For dry skin girls this is great as it doesn't strip your skin of it's natural moisture. I'm currently trying to swtich up my skincare to try out some different products so I haven't repurchased this. However its a great fail safe to go back to as I know it works for me.

This powder has such a beautiful finish which looks so natural on the skin. Even though my skin is dry I still need to set the centre of my face if its hot or for a night out but it doesn't look powdery at all. Sometimes I use this powder by itself to even out my skin tone a little. This is a holy grail powder for me which I cannot be without. I always have a backup for when I run out!

I had intentions of doing a full review on this pencil but never got around to it. This is my favourite brow pencil because it makes my brows looked groomed but not "filled in". The self sharpening nib is really fine and creates hair like strokes. The spoolie on the other end is the perfect size for blending without smudging them all over the place. Dark brown is a good shade for me as its not too warm which some browns can be that look weird in your eyebrows. This is another repurchase for sure although I would like to try the Hourglass eyebrow pencil next.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found some good recommendations of products I've been loving. If you did like it please let me know in the comments below! I hope to do a post like every month or so providing I've accumulated enough products to show you! 

Makeup Revolution | Blush & Contour Palette

Monday, 21 July 2014

New brand Makeup Revolution hit the beauty world with a bang a few months ago and bloggers all over have been going crazy over their products, namely a few eyeshadow palettes resembling the infamous Urban Decay Naked palettes for almost a third of the cost! Makeup Revolution aim to give you great quality makeup without the hefty price tag. Similar brands like e.l.f and MUA spring to mind however Makeup Revolution seems different, I feel like they've really tried something different and really understand what us girls want when it comes to makeup. They recently launched a whole host of new products to their website, one of them being this Blush and Contour palette. I instantly knew I had to try it out and with eight shades in the palette for just £6 I had nothing to lose. 

The Blush and Contour Palette comes in two shades, Hot Spice which has more warm orangey tones, and Sugar and Spice which is cooler and more pink blushes. I chose the latter as I wanted to step out of my comfort zone a little as I usually gravitate to peaches rather than pinks. Straight off the bat the packaging is so sleek and professional looking. Just by looking at this palette there is no way you would think this palette costs under £10. Simple black packaging is my favourite and the simple gold adds just enough. With it being shiny plastic too its easy to wipe down and keep clean (bonus!). 

The palette itself contains a good mixture of finishes from mainly matte, to shimmer as well as a baked blush and a baked highlighter. The shade range leans much more towards pinks but I still think the selection is great with more subtle shades right through to intense brights! The first two shades in the palette are more subtle pinks with just a hint of brown. These two could be worn alone without bronzer to create more of a contoured look to the face. These two are also great everyday shades as they aren't too intense. The third shade is a bright bubblegum pink. This is really bright but just a tiny bit on the cheek gives you such a pretty flush of colour. It's so fun and summery. The fourth shade in the palette is a cool toned pink shimmery and is one of two baked shades in the palette. I would say this is my least favourite in the palette as I much prefer champagne and gold highlights on my skin tone. If you have a fair complexion this would look stunning. The fifth shade in the palette is an intense berry pink shade and is my favourite in the palette. I have nothing like this in my blush collection and looks so beautiful when paired with a dark berry lip. I can tell I will be wearing this all winter! The sixth seventh shade are very similar warmer pinks, one being slightly darker and the other more of a shimmery finish. The eighth and final shade is another baked finish with intense shimmer. This is another I was not so keen on as the shimmer is too intense for me to wear as a blush. 

As you can see from the swatches the pigmentation of every blush is superb. The matte shades have a buttery soft feel that is only ever so slightly chalky. You only need to tap your brush into the pan slightly to get colour pay off which you can always build to your liking as they blend out beautifully. The two baked shades have a little bit more of a grainy texture from the shimmer but on the skin they don't look chunky. 

 For my first Makeup Revolution purchase I am so impressed by the the quality of these blushes. I wasn't expecting them to be as soft as they are. My only little nag is I wish they had included one bronzing shade to this palette to make it a complete blush and contour palette. Although you could wear the first two shades as a blush and bronzer in one, for me I find them way to pink and would need to apply a bronzer. Having not tried the Hot Spice blush palette maybe that palette has more shades suitable for bronzing? (Let me know guys!). I won't hesistate to try other products from Makeup Revolution and I'm already eye balling the Awsome Metals foil finish eyeshadows!

The Blush & Contour palette is available now on Makeup Revolution's website -link 

Have you tried Makeup Revolution? What are your favourite products from them? I'd love to hear your recommendations!
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Kiko Cosmetics | Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Snappy Brass & Revolutionary Burgundy

Thursday, 17 July 2014

This is the second instalment to my recent Kiko Cosmetics haul and features two stunning cream eyeshadow shades again from their Boulevard Rock collection (the whole collection is simply gorgeous). These items where also an incredible 36% off on their website so I had no excuse for not putting them into my basket!

Cream eye shadows are something that my make up collection lacks- Apart from MAC Painterly paint pot I don't own any! Cream shadows make a great long lasting base for any eye shadow to sit on top of and can also intensify the colours to make your eye shadows really pop.

These little cream shadows Kiko come in a pretty frosted glass pot with a metallic lid.The pretty little denim box they come in is just too cute to throw away! If you haven't already heard me say how impressed I am with the way Kiko package their products I'll say it again...for such an affordable brand they certainly don't compromise on their packaging. On the top of the lid it also conveniently shows you which colour is inside which is really handy when you're getting ready.

The darkest shade I chose is called Revolutionary Burgundy. It's a beautiful deep purple brown with red and gold shimmer running through it. The lighter of the two is called Snappy Brass and is pale champagne gold with gold shimmer. The shimmer in both these shades is intense but by no means chunky. I was actually shocked by how smooth they where to apply.

Once on your eyelids, they set rather quickly and once they are on they do not budge. Only a heavy duty eye make up remover will do the job. I found it really essential to blend these out quickly before they set so I would advise doing one eye at a time. For a night out, Revolutionary Burgundy creates a smoky eye with a twist and looks stunning by itself or under eyeshadow. I even applied this to the centre of my lid over eyeshadow for a shimmery pop to the eye. Snappy Brass is equally stunning for a night out but is more subtle to be worn in the day time too.

With the current price tag of just £5 (with 36% off still available) I simply cannot fault these little pots of shimmery goodness. There are another eight shades to chose from if you prefer a bit more colour (link

Check out my other recent Kiko review on an equally pretty eye shadow palette (link)

Kiko Cosmetics | Addictive Song Eyeshadow Palette

Thursday, 10 July 2014

If you read my last blog post then you would know I recently placed a little online order with Kiko Cosmetics. The main reason why I was shopping on their site was for this palette that was on sale for just £9.00 (39% off!). This is certainly my favourite Kiko product I own so far!

This palette comes from Kiko's Boulevard Rock collection from earlier this year. There are four eyeshadow palettes in this collection ranging from brights, to cool and warm tones. Being a lover of warm tones, I naturally gravitated towards this palette called Addictive Song.

Firstly the packaging of this palette is absolutely beautiful. I love the bright pink denim design with a metallic finish. It's even more pretty in person. For such an afforable brand, Kiko always impress me with the packaging of their limited edition collections. I love how unique the palette looks and how compact it is to store. It's a perfect size for travelling too.

There are five eyeshadows in the palette with a mixture of finishes which can create a whole variety of eye looks from day to night. The lightest shade in the palette is a creamy white with a gold sheen. This looks beautiful on the brow bone, on the inner corners of your eyes or even all over the lid. The next shade is my favourite from the whole palette and is a stunning matte warm brown. This is a fantastic crease colour or for transitioning between eyeshadows. You need this palette just for this shade! The third shade in the palette is a really pretty coral pink with a matte finish. This is a really summer time appropriate way to add some colour into your makeup without being too over the top. All over the lid this colour is so pretty and feminine. The fourth shade is another matte formula and is a rich deep plum purple. This shade is perfect for deepening up an eye look in the outer corners or all over the lid for a smokey eye with a bit of colour. The fifth and final shade is a stunning chocolate brown with a gold sheen.

All of these eyeshadows are buttery soft and have fantastic pigmentation. They blend together beautifully and with the mixture of different formulas in the palette, you can complete a full eye look without reaching for any other eyeshadows (One of my pet hates is when a palette has beautiful lid colours but no matte crease colour!).

If you love warm toned eyeshadows or have never tried anything from Kiko before I can't recommend this little palette enough! It is already my favourite item from the brand so far and this is the only palette I've been reaching for since I got it.

On Kiko's website now you can get hold of this palette for just £9.00 (was £14.90) which is an absolute bargain. Try it and you won't be disappointed!

Don't forget to look out for more reviews from Kiko from my recent haul!
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Amazing Kiko Cosmetics Haul!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Last month I treated myself to these goodies from Kiko Cosmetics and have managed to refrain from trying them out until I had taken photos of them! #beautybloggerproblems

The main reason I picked up a lot of these items was because they were on sale and I had been eyeing up a few of these products for ages! They also had an extra 20% off discount online which also worked with the sale items (bonus!).

I have been a fan of the Italian brand since last year when I tried a beautiful eyeshadow palette (read that review here) and have been hooked ever since. Their products are always great quality, affordable and beautifully packaged; in particular their limited edition collections which they update every month.

When you sign up to Kiko online they give you free shipping for your first month which is handy, and they are always giving out discount codes every other month or so. They also have stores in this country namely Westfield's in Stratford and London Regents Street.

I will be doing individual reviews for a lot of these products which should be up in the next week or so. Until then here is a list of all the things I picked up:
  1. Nail Laqcuer in 358 (Peach) and 331 (Lilac)
  2. Self Tanning Rapid Drops *Free gift at checkout
  3. Street Fashion Eyeshadow Palette in Addictive Song
  4. Natural Concealer in 02
  5. Colour Shock Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Snappy Brass and Revolutionary Burgundy
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