Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A German makeup swap post

Hey guys, today I thought I would show you the lovely bits I recently received from my German friend Theresa. Every so often we do a makeup swap so I wanted to show you the products she got me and do little mini reviews of them all.
So starting off with the non beauty bits I got a pair of earrings and some raspberry and vanilla tea (All fruit tea lovers should go to Germany the choice is insane.) also it smells like melted drumsticks which is all I need in life. The other non-makeup bits where the Bibi loves you Vanilla cake pop creamy shower mouse. I've actually been using this as a shaving foam as I feel like it doesn't quite lather enough for me personally. It does smell incredible however it's not one for people who aren't into super sweet vanilla scents. The final non-makeup item was the trend it up Nail polish. This is a gorgeous matte polish which applies beautifully and isn't streaky at all which I find is my problem with a lot of matte polishes.
Moving on to makeup I'm going to start off with eyes. The first shadow is possibly the prettiest thing I have ever seen. It is the Rival de Loop young Metallic shade in the shade Vintage love which is a gorgeous rosy pink metallic shade. It is so pigmented and blends beautifully. The other eyeshadow related thing is a palette from the same brand as the nail polish. Trend it up is a new brand to DM (like the German version of Boots) and I have to say I am incredibly impressed with the quality of the shadows. The palette in question is the nudes selection palette in the shade 020. These shadows are insane, they are highly pigmented and wear so well whilst blending like an absolute dream. I also think the colour selection in the palette is really lovely! This one is a definite bargain.
RDL Vintage love
Trend it up first three shades
Trend it up last 3 shades
For my face we have the Catrice prime and fine palette. Catrice is 100% my favourite German drugstore brand. This contour palette is a lot warmer than I would usually go for however I really like using it as a bronzer/contour hybrid as it adds a little warmth but also really sculpts the face. The highlighter powder isn't obviously shimmery but instead is just slightly iridescent which means it leaves a beautiful natural highlight. I've used this loads for very simple makeup days and I have to say I really love it.
Catrice Prime and fine contouring palette
As you can see T knows me incredibly well and sent me lots of lipsticks, the first shade is the Rival de loop young Matte lipstick in 02. This is a really gorgeous Berry toned brick red which I think is gorgeous. These are incredibly highly scented so not one for people who aren't a fan of sweet shades however I personally love it. Despite this being matte it feels incredibly comfortable on the lips and one I am going to get so much use out of in the next couple of months. Next up we have the Essence matt matt matt lipstick in the shade 07 again another berry shade which is incredible for this time of year. This another very comfortable matte lipstick and one I am very happy with.
Another Catrice product now, the Shine appeal fluid lipstick in Marry Berry is a stunning pinky purple shade. The formula of this reminds me a lot of the NYX Intense butter glosses. They are quite thick yet they don't feel overly sticky on the lips, don't get me wrong your hair will still stick to them in the wind however they aren't sticky to the point where they are uncomfortable. The final lipstick she picked out for me was Mac Stone which is a shade I just wasn't quite brave enough to by myself however I really do like it. As with most Mac Matte finishes it is very comfortable and wears for a nice amount of time however I will say that it doesn't wear very evenly so once it does start to fade you definitely need to reapply.
The final item in the box was a Manhattan Lip liner, I cannot for the life of me work out what the shade is as it isn't very clear however I love it. It's a very true brown nude shade which is perfect for using under a nude lip to either add more warmth or darken it a little. This has to be one of the most comfortable lip liners I have ever tried and I would highly recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on it!

02, 07, Marry Berry, Stone, Manhattan lip liner
That's it for today I really hope you enjoyed this post and a big thanks to Theresa for all my goodies!
Cole x 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Sleek Face form palette

This is one of those products that I had always wanted to try but just never really got round to it. I'm kind of sad I didn't discover it any sooner, the contour is very similar to the one in the contour kit but the addition of the blush just makes it the most perfect palette for travel. I wasn't really sure if I need this and the contour kit however I do find that the powder in here is a little bit lighter and a little more neutral toned as opposed to the contour kits slightly warm contour shade. I find the contour blends really well and leaves the skin looking defined but not muddy in anyway.
I really love the highlight, it's a stunning pink champagne shade which is perfect for everyday. It's not as metallic as the highlighting palettes and is a tiny little bit more chunky however it still gives the skin that beautiful glow and can be built up to really intensify it. Again it blends beautifully and can be really lightly used for a very subtle highlight but it also looks beautiful when it's been really built up. Finally my favourite product in the kit is the blush, I'm pretty sure it's the rose gold blush and it's stunning. It's a medium rosy pink which lots of gold shimmer. That being said like the highlight it doesn't look chunky on the face. Again this is beautifully finely milled and blends into the skin like a
All three of the products in this trio are really beautiful high quality, they all blend well and are nice and finely milled. I find with a primer under my foundation I can get a good 6-7 hours wear out of these before they completely disappear however I do find I get a little more wear out of the highlight. They are housed in the basic Sleek black packaging with a really brilliant quality mirror.
Overall I'd really recommend this palette especially if you want to build up your collection and don't want to spend a fortune.

Cole X

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New in from Kiss

Recently Kiss have sent me over some of their newest releases so today I thought I would share them with you. I'm a really big fan of the Kiss nails. They are incredibly strong and durable and they stand really well to general everyday battering. A square nail isn't something I'd usually go for however I did find I got used to these ones and really liked the way they looked. After I'd been wearing them for about four days generally they looked good however one of the French tips did begin to peel at the corner slightly. The impress nails are a good choice if you don't want to destroy your nails with nail glue. They are also a lot less messy if you always end up covered in glue. The one thing I will say is that I find there aren't enough small ones in the impress nails so I can only get one set out of a packet.
Finally we have the Daisy lashes from the blooming lash collection, these are so stunning. They aren't too intense but at the same time they look incredible and add a huge amount of volume and definition. These lashes are really brilliant quality and I find I can get a good amount of wears out of them before they end up being super gross. 

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Monthly Makeup - September

So I didn't manage to get out my monthly makeup post for August however I am back today with my September post. This month I've been reaching for lots of berry tones and digging out my more heavy coverage bases.
The first thing I've dug out is Nars Sheer glow foundation this is one of my favourite bases for winter. It's a little heavier than my Naked skin foundation however it packs an insane amount of coverage. It isn't the most hydrating of foundations however used over a nice thick moisturizer it looks stunning, it has a beautiful satin finish and I would highly recommend it to everyone. Concealer wise my skin pretty much played ball for the entire of the month so I was just using my NYX HD concealer under my eyes and a little bit on the tip of my nose. This shade is super pale which I find hard to find in the drugstore. It also has a beautiful full coverage finish without looking thick or cakey on the skin.
Brow wise I've been using the NYX Micro brow pencil which is a brilliant dupe for one of my favourite brow pencils which is the Smashbox Brow tech matte pencil as it is so super fine and a fab ash dark brown shade. For my bronzer I'm still using my Urban Decay Beached bronzer in Bronzed as it is just my favourite bronzer, I think it may have to go away now unless I tan as it is the darker shade however I may still be able to get away with it with a super light hand. Laura Geller's Glided honey has been my highlight of choice this month, it is a gorgeous gold shade that compliments the tiny bit that is left of my summer tan. Again I think this is probably going to go away until next spring now but I thought it deserved one last hurrah. Finally for my face I've been using Essence's Matte blush in Berry me up is the perfect transitional blush. It is a muted rosy berry shade which gives a gorgeous flush to the skin.
Eye wise I've actually not been using the Urban Decay primer potion as I have been testing out the Essence I heart stage eye primer and I have to say I'm impressed don't get me wrong it doesn't make my shadows last as long as Urban decay's offering however it still helps massively with my oily lids. For shadows I've been using Sleek's Goodnight sweetheart palette which is a stunning mix of pink, berry and brown. I really feel like this is a fab drugstore palette for this time of year. Finally for eyes I've been using LancĂ´me Hypnose mascara again as it just does something magical to my lashes. Lip wise I've been really mixing it up so I haven't actually included a lip colour but pretty much as long as it's berry toned I've been wearing it!
Cole x