30 December 2012

ultimate beauty product of 2012

I've seen a lot of 'best products of 2012' posts popping up on my dashboard this week. I've enjoyed reading them & did my own version last year. This year i fancied doing something a bit different; instead of rounding up my favourite picks from the past year i wanted to choose just one product that was the best product of 2012.

It was really tricky to choose only one product! I wanted it to be something i use almost daily, something i've discovered this year and something that causes me to have a mini breakdown when it runs out.

After a morning of rummaging through my products, i stumbled across the chosen one. I hadn't even thought about this as it's something i pick up everyday to use. I first discovered it in May this year & i think my hunt for the perfect mascara has ended. My ultimate beauty product of 2012 is...






Benefit They're Real Mascara, i just love the way it makes my lashes look! It retails for a hefty £18.50 but i won't have to spend any more money testing out other mascara's. I find this really does what it says box & couldn't really ask for more from a mascara. My MUA undressed palette came a close second!

 So, now you know what my ultimate beauty product of 2012 is, i want to know what yours would be?! Maybe it's a fragrance, lip blam, hair dryer...it's so hard to just choose one thing!

Below I've tagged five bloggers to give this tag a go.
Sandra from The Black Pearl blog
Becky from Beckys Makeup
Corrie from Dizzy Brunette3
Sophia from Tattooed Tea Lady
Estee from Essiebutton

If your reading this i want you to do the tag too :) tweet me with a link when it's up - @kiamakemeup

Happy New Year! Hope you had a good 2012, make 2013 the best.year.ever. :) x

28 December 2012

top six favourite blog posts in December

Hope you all had a brill Christmas, i always get a bit sad when it's all over. I spent this year with family, eating way too many mince pies and watching christmas telly. Santa bought me lots of lovely things, hope you got what you wanted!

If your not familiar with this sort of post (read my last one here) the idea behind it is i show you some of my favourite blogs posts from the past month in the hope you discover some new bloggers and get some inspiration. I don't think we share the blogs we love enough, I'm going to try and make this a regular thing!



  1. As soon as I saw this post, i knew i had to share it with you. In this post Geneva talks about the concept of re-gifting (which i'm cool with) and write her top tips on how to do it successfully!
  2. I've been a fan of Sarah's blog for a while now, it was her amazing illustrations that first caught my eye. She mainly blogs about fashion and her blog post are just beautiful to look at! Her photo's look editorial - you must check her out.
  3. For me Adrienne is THE queen of reviews. Her reviews are always so detailed, she swatches everthing, includes a rating of each product and her photographs are so unique. I have no idea how she has time to keep writing all her brilliant posts! I loved reading this review of the Kardashion sister's new make up collection 'Khroma' 
  4. I wanted to make a few DIY presents this year & this one Meg posted is just genius.  Make sure you check out her gift guides too, some really unusual presents on there!
  5. Another great DIY gift idea. This Christmas Tree Brownie gift is super easy to make. Handy if you need to do any last minute gifts!
  6. My current favourite fashion blog, Lydia puts together pieces that i would never think to. if you've not heard of her - your missing out. Check out Lydia's blog here.


What do you think of my favourite picks?
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23 December 2012

last minute gift - Xen Tan Light Gradual set

What do you mean you still haven't bought all your Christmas presents?! Don't worry i'm off out last minute shopping tonight; i promise myself every year things will be different and i'll get all my presents bought in January but it never happens! Maybe next year..
If you have any fake-tan friends or just fancy a little treat for your self, this set from Xen-Tan would be prefect. I love a bit of Xen-Tan, it has to be my favourite fake tan brand. I've been testing this set out for 5 days now and i would recommend this to any pale girls like myself! The colour looks very natural, it has a  lovely sweet scent and the tanning mitt makes applying it so much easier.

Here's what Xen-Tan have to say about the products inside the kit.

Xen-Tan Transform Daily Self-Tan 177ml
Una Healy's favourite tanning product, Xen-Tan Transform is perfect for those who want a natural-looking tan that develops gradually and leaves skin looking radiant and healthy for days.

- Xen-Tan Body Scrub 236ml
Xen-Tan's gentle exfoliant is designed to successfully prepare your skin for a beautiful, natural-looking tan, and help it last even longer. A little really does go a long way, so it's a great value choice too.

- Xen-Tan Luxury Tanning Mitt
Specially designed and tested by Xen-Tan's beauty experts, the Luxury Tanning Mitt lets you achieve a professional salon finish in the comfort of your own home, making sure you exude the confidence that comes with a flawless finish.

This retails for £29.99 and is available to buy from feelunique.com

Hope you are having a good Christmas :) x

19 December 2012

Lush fair trade honey shampoo

I do enjoy a trip to Lush, even if it's just for a sniff. I love their bath products and i LOVE their showers gels but I've never tried their shampoo before...

Lush say - "This bottle is full of the power of flowers, collected and concentrated for you by the bees.
While they were collection the pollen, we searched the meadows for beautiful flowers 
to fragrance their work". Doesn't that make you want to try it even more?! 

Now then, I'm not really a big fan of honey but I thought this product didn't really smell like the kind of honey you'd eat. It has a very strong scent which is quite hard to describe, a bit florally with a hint of orange & honey - i quite like it! This lathers really well and once rinsed out, your hair will smell delicious. 

I use about a 10p sized dollop each time & for quite a small bottle it seems to be lasting for ages! I have dry bleached hair & i find this helps to restore shine and moisture to my over-worked locks. 

You can purchase this for £7 for 110g from Lush stores and online

What do you think of Lush? :)

16 December 2012

winter make up favourites


L-R Liz Earle eye colour brush, Maybelline Superstay 24 hour lipstick in Pink on Pink, Rimmel Lasting finish Lip Tint, Collection Shimmer Shade Bronzer, No7 Nail Varnish in Temptress, Collection illuminating concealer in 2, Revlon Nail Enamel in Bewitching, MUA Undressed Palette and OPI Rainbow Connection.

Just a pick of a few make up favourites this winter. I do like to change my look as the seasons change, i just had my hair dyed a bit of a warmer blonde & had to buy some chunky jumpers! I'm currently loving dark nails, bronzed eyes and dewy skin.

What are your Winter make up must haves?

14 December 2012

DIY Gift - make your own glossybox

I thought it would be nice this year to do some DIY gift ideas as well as the normal gift guides. Beauty boxes have taken the blogging world by storm this year, instead of giving someone a beauty box for Christmas why not make your own? You can fill it with products you think they'll love or with products that haven't worked for you! I think it's a bit more special is you hand select the products rather than buying ready-made beauty set. I've used an old glossybox and filled it with tissue paper & put 8 beauty products inside. This looks quite nice without wrapping the products or box up. I'm going to tie a Christmas card to the lid and wrap some ribbon around it - easy peasy pamper present.
Will you be making your own beauty box for someone? I love receiving DIY presents!

12 December 2012

Zarrin Beauty Box in Adele

I love seeing how other beauty bloggers store their beauty products. I  pop all my nail varnishes in a glass kilner jar and store most of my make up in little beauty bags. Recently, I was sent this lovely box from beauty-boxes.com. They sell a wide range of beauty boxes to keep your make up organised. I fell in love with this cath kidson-esque floral print instantly, look how pretty it is!

The inside is really spacious and has a little mirror on the top and also a pouch for holding things such a make up brushes. The quality of the box is very good, beauty-boxes.com actually offer a years warranty on any defective materials which is reassuring! The box is sturdy so i'll be using it when i take my make up travelling with me. It also comes with a lock to keep your contents safe.

I thought, as it is nearly Christmas (13 days people!) this would make such a cute gift idea. If you filled it with beauty products,below, you could make a DIY hamper & whoever you give it to can re-use the box!


What do you think of this beauty box? I like it a lot.

9 December 2012

Chloé Eau De Parfum Review


Perfume is my new obsession, which is becoming a bit expensive! Chloé Eau De Parfum* is my most recent edition, it's described as having a powdery rose sent with notes of lily, peony,freesia and lychee, as well as amber and cedarwood. Just look at the pretty bottle is comes in!

You only need a couple of sprays of this scent as it's quite strong & lasts for ages. It really lingers on the skin much longer than any other perfume i've tried. Overall, this powdery rose scented perfume from Chloe is a classic. If you like florally, flirty, feminine scents - this is right up your street.

You can pick Chloe up from escentual who have 15% off the RRP. It's £56.95 for 75 ml & comes in three different sizes. 

Have you tried this before?




2 December 2012

New limited edition Christmas Moonies!

Holy moly, it's nearly Christmas! Have you bought all your Christmas Presents yet? I've still got quite a few people to buy for, I think a bit of online shopping is in need! I wanted to share with you some new products I've added to the Moonie shop recently. If you have no idea what 'Moonie' is, you're missing out! Have a little read of this post as it explains everything.

Firstly, I've designed a little santa Neil! Perfecting for popping on the Christmas tree. Retails for £2.99 *FREE postage this month.
'Brand new for Christmas 2012. Forget fairies and gold stars,your Christmas tree needs a Neil. 
Lovingly hand crafted from brown jute and felt.'

Next are the new limited edition Christmas Moonies (£6.99), which would make the cutest gift for a skincare lover. It's such a unique, handmade beauty gift - suitable for all ages and skin types.
'Here at Moonie, we think Christmas should be beautifully simple. That's why we've been busy lovingly hand-making some very special Christmas Moonies.
Each Pack contains three natural, un-bleached Moonies which are then carefully hand-wrapped in brown paper, stamped with our exclusive 'Neil' design. Includes a limited edition Christmas Neil adding a festive touch to a perfectly packaged Present.
Moonies are suitable for all ages and skin types making them the ideal Christmas gift.'

I wanted to jazz up the packaging so I designed a Neil stamp and printed it onto brown paper!


 That's everything, happy seasonal shopping! Does anyone else think buying presents for others is the best bit? Make sure your cool enough to follow Neil on twitter here so your the first to know about any special offers or giveaways(hint,hint).
Would love to hear your thoughts on the 2012 Christmas range...View the online shop now :)


Go on. Give someone special a nice face this Christmas.

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