29 July 2012

Lush Emotional Brilliance Make Up Review & Swatches

This week Lush have launched a new make up range called Emotional Brilliance! The range is designed around providing shades that match up with the wearer's emotions. The line has a collection of vegan lip colours, eye shadows and eye liners in an array of vibrant colours. Lush provided me with a few samples which I've been testing out for a couple of weeks so I can share my thoughts with you.
First up are the Liquid Lipsticks. The quirky packaging really fits in the the aesthetics of the brand. On first impressions I though it would be a pipette type applicator but it's actually a doe foot applicator which works really well the the product consistency. The glass bottles the lipstick comes in is 100% recyclable and not tested on animals. I found the pigmentation of these to be excellent. The colour went on nicely as they have a smooth creamy texture which left my lips feeling  moisturised. The staying power of these are amazing, almost like a stain! Below are some photographs and swatches of the product.
Another item from the collection is their liquid eye liners. I have the shade 'Healthy' which is a bright green. I do like this but because the wand is so short it does make it difficult to apply. The liner dries fairly quickly and the consistency makes it easy to get a neat line. The staying power on this is also amazing - great for oily eyelids! 
So, what do you think of the new make up range from Lush? About time they launched a make up line I say!The colour range is joined with a mascara, a translucent powder and two skin tints. Emotional Brilliance launched worldwide on July 21st and prices start from £14.50. 

*Pr Samples

20 July 2012

GOSH Lip Markers review

Hello :)
Earlier in the year we saw the launch of 'lip pens'. First, Max factor brought out their Lipfinity Lip Tint followed shortly by other brands such as Maybelleine, Rimmel, 17 and GOSH. These are designed to give long lasting staying power and easy application. They can be a bit drying as they don't have the same sticky formula you get with a lipstick. I find the colour of lip pens is quite intense and the pen applicator allows you to build up the colour nicely . Here's a review of the newest shades of GOSH Lip Markers!

In the first photograph I'm wearing the shade 'Natural Brown'. Personally, i don't think it looks very natural. It's quite a dark brown and looks a bit vampy, lovely shade if you like darker lip colours.
The next swatch is 'Soft Rose' which is a bright pink. This colour is really easy to wear and would suit most skin tones. 
I've found with the GOSH lip markers they aren't as drying as other lip pens i've tested out. They last around 3 hours before having to reapply. I love using these as a base for lipstick. The pen applicator allows you to be creative and build up using different colours to create your own unique shade. 

What are your thoughts on lip pens? Can you get along with them? I do like them, but i'd love to see brand doing their own versions of other lip products such as lip butters from Revlon or Chubby Sticks from Clinique! 

These are available from Superdrug and retail at £6.99

8 July 2012

Current skincare routine & launching my own skincare product!

Here is a run down of the skincare products i've been using lately. My skin type is normal/combination. I don't have perfect, flawless skin - but that's boring anyway! I have freckles, scars, blemishes..who doesn't? I've included a photograph of myself without foundation so you can get a better idea of my skin type.I'm really happy with all the products i'm using right now, my skin is too!

Skincare routine 
Jason Apricot Scrubble  £5.29
Jason is a brand i've recently discovered via other beauty blogs. I'm intrigued by natural beauty products & i think it's something i would like to own more of. This natural soap-free face scrub is quite a harsh scrub, which i like as it feels like it's exfoliating my skin. Another thing i like about this is that it  foams, this helps to remove make up and leaves my skin feeling clean.
Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Cleanser*
I have been using this cleanser since April as i think skincare products need to be used for at least 6 weeks to see the results. Antipodes is a brand of natural skincare products from New Zealand. This contains kiwi fruit for it's exfoliating properties and manuka honey for it's antibacterial properties. I apply a 1p sized blob onto my face and massage it in for about 30 seconds. When i rinse it off my skin feels clean and doesn't feel tight or uncomfortable. I love this but i'm not sure i would say it brightens my skin tone. Also, this is quite pricey - £24.99 for 200ml!
Dr.Organic Virgin Olive Oil face mask £5.99
I included this in my skincare routine post over a year ago & still love this. It's my go to face mask! I feel like it does a great job at unclogging pores and leaves my skin looking clear.
Anatomicals Hottie Tottie is Never Spotty Easy Peasy No Squeezy Roll on £3.99
I use this roll on to help fight any spots ! I do tend to get the odd one around my hair line so this comes in handy.
Boots Botanic Soothing Eye Make up Remover £3.99
I bought this because it's an oil based make up remover & i thought it would be gentle around my eyes. I use this after cleansing my face, if there's any eye make up still there i'll dip a cotton bud in the remover & take it off. I love this!
Avene Skin Recovery Cream £12.50
This is my current go to moisturiser. It's really light, doesn't irritate my skin and sinks in quickly. The only thing is i wish it contained SPF!

Launching my own skincare product!
Well, well, well i have some BIG news for you. If you do tend to get over excited about anything beauty related - you are about to wet yourself with excitement! Over the past few months, I've been designing my own skincare product. I've sourced the materials, funded and handmade it myself. I decided to make my own product after listening to a radio show, if i say what they were discussing it would give it away! But I'm SO excited to launch it at the end of the month. I can't reveal what exactly the product is yet but i can tell you it's called MOONIE. I tweeted a picture of the logo here. The product is called MOONIE because of it's shape & the little man underneath the logo is Neil - he's the 'face' of the brand. You can follow Neil on twitter here, he post's lots of interesting things & you'll be the first to find out what the skincare product i'm launching is! Also, you can actually 'add' Neil as a friend on facebook (here) where he'll be posting exclusive pictures and things he gets up too! Fear not if you don't have a Facebook or Twitter account; I'll keep you update on my blog. Also, a few people have asked me to email them directly the latest news and gossip, if you'd like to get in on that leave your email address in the comments or simply email me: kiasimpson@hotmail.com. Phew, now the ramblings over please let me know if you have any questions like how much it's going to cost, what skin type it's suitable for, how many are available...etc. It's been hard work making the product & it's still not 100% finished but I can't wait to share it with you! It will be available to purchase on a online shop i'am currently setting up :) x

4 July 2012

Summer 2012 nail trends

Barbecues, wide-open windows,sandy feet, ipods, straw hats, sun cream, festivals, hand fans, warm scents, bumble bees, late nights. 
We are having none of that here in the UK; the weather has been rubbish recently. I just want some sunshine! Bright bold nails make me happy, and they are a big trend for this summer. I was browsing through my nail varnish collection to see what bright products I had. I found eight nail varnishes to give you some inspiration on what colours to go for!
Are you brave enough to have daring neon nails? I think these are a great way to brighten up your summer especially when the weather is like this! Some brands that have bold colours in their range include - Miss Sporty, Models Own, Essie, OPI and Collection 2000. Also, if your in need of some ideas on how to store your nail varnish just check out this post :) Now...what colour to paint my nails?

1 July 2012

my June empties!

I've never wrote an empties post before, i'm sure you know what the concept is but if you don't - i have saved all the products i've used up this month to show you what i think about them. So it's kinda like mini reviews & you get a better idea of the products i've been using! Also, i'm quite bad at actually finishing a product completely, i have a lot of half full bottles and tubes lying around. So when i use up a whole product i feel like yeesssss well done Kia! Especially finishing the ones that have been lingering around for a while, it's quite satisfying. Haaha i sound creepy now, here are my empties!
John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner*
I've been using a lot of conditioner lately as my hair been quite dry. I do like this one from John Frieda & you can see my review on it here. I've cut the top of to get the last few uses out of the tube.Would I Repurchase? Yes!
Soap & Glory Flake Away
Probs one of my favourite exfoliators. I simply love the smell and it moisturises my skin nicely.Would I Repurchase? Yes i would. 
Lee Stafford Argan Oil Deep Nourishing Treatment
I completely forgot I had this product when i found it the other day. I've nearly had it for a year & there was a bit left so i managed to finish it off. I'm a fan of anything with Argan oil in & this was a nice treatment for my hair. Reviewed hereWould I Repurchase? I would, but I want to try out a different treatment this time.
Osmo Silvering Conditioner
Not another conditioner! Yes I'm afraid so, this one i use once or twice a week as it helps to brighten my blonde hair. I really like Osmo silvering shampoo/conditioner. Would I repurchase? Yes, again & again!
Nougat London Pampering Body Scrub*
I LOVE body exfoliators, I use them about twice a week. This was a really lovely one which I reviewed here. Would I repurchase? Yes, but not this month as i've replaced this with a Jason Apricot scrub.  
Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser 
I do like this cleanser and it does improve my skin but the price completely puts me off it. £13 a month for a cleanser, i just can't do it! Would I repurchase? Not this time, I'm on the hunt to find one just as good & not as pricey. 

I urge you to see how many products you manage to finish this month. Also, if there's a product you don't like maybe you can find another use for it? For example I have this shower gel which leaves my skin feeling dry so i use it to clean my make up brushes!
*pr samples
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