Clinique Cheek Pop Shade Berry Pop Review

00When the season changes I like changing my make up so this time I’m starting with my blusher. I prefer deeper shades for colder weather but warmer shades for Spring/Summer. I saw Clinique’s range of Cheek Pop blushers and fell in love with the packaging. The daisy design is so gorgeous and just seems so perfect for the Spring Season. I chose the Shade Berry Pop as it seemed more bold then the other colours so I thought it would work better for deeper skintones.

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Kiko Infinity Eyeshadows With Swatches + An Amazing Affordable Must Buy Eye Primer

I’ve written posts about Kiko products before as I just love this brand so much. They have such a variety of products at such great prices. Today I am writing about 3 products I purchased recently and I’ll start off with the 2 from Kiko which are from its Infinity Eyeshadow range. The eyeshadow colours I picked were shades 262 Mat Green and shade 229 Metalic Golden Camelia.

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Givenchy pink dress
£205 – 1stdibs.com

Givenchy green dress
£530 – farfetch.com

Givenchy vest
£1,805 – farfetch.com

Givenchy heeled sandals
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Givenchy stud earrings
£335 – matchesfashion.com

Givenchy bracelet
£20 – lordandtaylor.com

Givenchy pendants necklace
£21 – nordstromrack.com

Givenchy eyeshadow
£40 – sephora.com

Givenchy makeup primer
£28 – barneys.com

Givenchy eyeliner
£18 – barneys.com

Givenchy mascara
£23 – barneys.com

Givenchy lipstick
£25 – barneys.com

Givenchy fragrance
£32 – overstock.com

Givenchy beauty product
£39 – sephora.com

Collection Eye Brow Kit

I’ve mentioned before my go to kit for eyebrows which can viewed here however, recently I completely ran out and needed to buy one immediately. I could not find the Beauty UK kit anywhere and could not wait to order it online so decided to try an alternative. Since I love the range of products from Collection I went for the Eye Brow Kit I saw on promotion in store.

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They have two palettes, one for blondes and another for brunettes so I picked the brunette palette. Two significant plus points about this kit compared to my usual one is that it has a small mirror which is ideal when you are in a rush, the other is the amazing eye brow gel that is included. The eye brow gel applicator looks like a mascara brush and the gel is clear. The texture is not too thick so feels lightweight and does not move the powder product from eye brows. I use the darkest shade in the palette and the powder texture is smooth and looks like eye shadow but is far more longer lasting. The gel really helps keep the brow powder in place and I do not need to reapply again all day! The eye brow applicator comes with a flat end and an angled end. I personally like using my old applicator just because I’m used to it. The other colours are nice to use as eyeshadow when I want to create a neutral look or as part of a subtle smokey eye look. Just so you know the difference:

This is the Blonde Pallette
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This is the Brunette Pallette
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The palettes are currently on offer in both Superdrug and Boots for £2.99 (usually £3.99)

Collection Lipstick Shade China Rose – Great For Warm Skin Tones

I love finding brown nude lipsticks that actually suit my skin tone and I love it even better when it only costs £2.99! The Lipstick I’m talking about is from Collection’s Lasting Colour Lipstick range in Shade 9 China Rose.

 

 

The colour is a warm brown but has a soft pink undertone. It has a high shine glossy finish so lips look and feel hydrated which is particularly useful for me as my lips tend to dry out a lot usually. Despite it being a nude shade, the pink undertone it has means it stands out more and makes lips look more vibrant.

 

I love using this lipstick when I have heavier eye make up as it compliments it, but is also great to use for everyday wear as it is not an overpowering colour. Another way I use this shade is I blend the China Rose lipstick with a red lipstick I have as the brown shade helps tone down the red a little more. I love the Collection range so I am looking forward to trying more shades, but this is a great lipstick as its long lasting and glossy and this shade works really well with my skin tone. 

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No7 Lovely Lashes Mascara

I’ve written about my favourite Mascara from No7 before in another post. However, recently it was out of stock so I decided to try another mascara from the No7 range instead. I decided on the No7 Lovely Lashes Mascara priced at £12.95 which I purchased from Boots.

 

Even though I bought this mascara as a temporary one until my usual one (No7 Lash Impact Mascara) was back in stock, I think I have found a new favourite. What I love about this one is that it is very buildable so you can add many coats of the mascara and it still doesn’t clump. It is really light weight and I felt my lashes looked glossy which is because the mascara is enriched with nourishing Argan Oil. Sometimes mascara can weigh down lashes but with this Lovely Lashes Mascara my lashes stayed volumised and looked longer. This mascara is slightly cheaper than the other one I used from the No7 range but the quality is just as good, the only difference I found is the Lash Impact Mascara dries quicker than this one. It is really easy to remove with make up remover and kept my lashes looking volumised all day without flaking or smudging. I highly recommend giving this Mascara a try!

Available at Boots

My 3 Favourite Purchases This Week- Perfect For This Season

No7 Gel-Look Shine Nail Colour- Deep Wine

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This gorgeous nail polish is a stunning colour and it is perfect for this season as it’s deep and warm. The nail polish is long lasting and didn’t chip easily. The brush applicator is quite wide so it’s easy to apply on your nail with just one coat, however I found that the shine was enhanced with a second coat. I also loved that it dried quickly so is convenient when you’re in a hurry. I highly recommend this nail polish, particularly this shade! Available at Boots priced at £7.00

MUA Trio Eyeshadow Chocolate Box
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These eye shadows really compliment warmer skin tones and they are nice and shimmery which is perfect for the festive season. The eyeshadows are very pigmented and are easy to blend. I like how the different shades all work well with each other and help enhance the look. The lightest shade can also be used as a highlight which is another plus point for this set. It comes with a little applicator but I prefer to use my own. These are all pretty colours and come with a very affordable price tag at £2.50 from Superdrug.

Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 hour lipstick Cherry My Cherie
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Firstly I picked this lipstick because it Is Semi Matte. I find that glossy lipsticks don’t suit me and I don’t like the texture whereas completely matte tends to make my lips look to dry so this lipstick is a great balance of the two. It is enriched with Shea Butter so the texture leaves lips feeling moisturised and the matte finish leaves lips looking vibrant with out the over the top glossy shine. This shade is warm and beautiful and would suit a lot of skin tones and I felt it complimented my skin well. I did not have to reapply until after 6 hours so it lasted pretty long not exactly the 12 hours it claimed though but still it’s pretty impressive. This is a stunning colour and ideal for this season so it’s my current favourite lipstick! It is available at Boots for £7.99

Superdrug Style Expertise Anti Frizz Serum

In this cold and windy weather my hair gets especially frizzy! Therefore it is essential that I always have an anti frizz product on hand. This time I decide to try something new so I picked up the Superdrug Style Expertise Anti Frizz Serum.

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It’s really affordable priced at just £2.99. The texture is a thick gel like consistency, so this means that a little will go a long way and it also has a nice refreshing scent which is another plus point. I applied a small sized amount onto my palms ( I pressed the serum dispensing pump just once) then while my hair was damp, I applied the product to the mid length to the ends of my hair. I wouldn’t add it to roots as the thickness of the serum may weight it down. I did however, apply a little to the side of my hair near my forehead where I tend to get a lot of baby hairs and flyaways. My hair remained shiny and smoother throughout the day and my hair smelt nice and fresh. This is a fantastic anti frizz product and will keep frizz prone hair sleek and tamed. I highly recommend it! 

Available at Superdrug

Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil Review

I recently purchased the Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in shade Midnight Glam and wanted to share my thoughts on it.

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My eyelids are quite small so sometimes regular eye shadow doesn’t show up very clearly, so I wanted to try an Eyeshadow pencil to see if it will be more noticeable on my eyes. This pencil stood out when I was shopping as it was very chunky so it was noticeable and I already love the Collection range. Midnight Glam is a charcoal black shade which contains lovely specks of silver glitter.

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The texture is smooth and creamy so glides along eyelids easily. It is very blendable once applied and I add it to the ends of my lids for a smokey eye look, however it does dry quickly and once it dries its not possible to blend as much as it is a Waterproof pencil so you have to work quickly. I like the fact it’s waterproof because since I have oily skin, regular eyeshadow tends to fade or crease quickly on my eyelids whereas this eyeshadow pencil lasts long without creasing. This pencil is great for a glam evening look and as its waterproof it lasted all day, so you need a good make up remover! This pencil was really easy to use and there are so many different looks you can create since its blendable. It really made my eyes stand out and the glitter it contains is perfect for the festive season. I highly recommend the Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil. It’s very affordable as its priced at £3.19 and is available at Superdrug

The Blogger Recognition Award

I have been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award by the lovely DashofDaisies, be sure to check out her wonderful blog. Thank you for the nomination, it encourages me to keep on writing 🙂

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The Blogger Recognition Award Rules
1. Write a post  explaining why you started blogging along with a few tips.
2. Nominate some of your fellow bloggers
3. Comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them
I only started blogging a couple of months ago. I always enjoyed writing and as I recently became more interested in beauty and started learning more about make up, I thought I would share what I was learning and the products I was using with others. I knew there were so many amazing beauty blogs already, however I thought I would write a blog focussing on products that suited darker skin. A lot of make up brands tend to have a limited range of shades so when I started noticing more brands were expanding the range of shades to suit indian skintones like mine, I wanted to write about it to make it easier for others to choose suitable make up for their skin tone. This blog encourages me to try out new products and I have more fun experimenting with my look with new make up. Another reason I carried on with blogging was how much it helped me connect with other bloggers. I learn so much from reading other blogs and other bloggers inspire me to keep on working on my blog.
A major tip is make sure you write about what you love and are passionate about. This will make you look forward to writing your blog post rather than you not having fun with it. Write about what you enjoy and others will enjoy reading it!

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LA Girl Pro Conceal Orange Correcter- Ideal for uneven skintone for Medium to Dark Skintones

A big issue I suffer from is uneven skin tone particularly around my mouth and under my eyes. Sometimes this causes me to overdo the foundation coverage to try and make everything match up and appear even, but instead makes my skin look cakey and still appear uneven. I heard about correcting red pigmentation with a green corrector and brown pigmentation using Orange so was on the hunt for a colour correcter in Orange. I searched online and found one from LA Girl. What set this apart from other correcters was that the shade of Orange looked deeper than the others so I thought it would suit me better. 

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When I opened it, it comes with a brush type applicator and you gently squeeze the tube for the product to come out. This is great as it prevents you from being to heavy handed and using too much. It is very pigmented so a little goes a long way and its a lightweight formula so is easy to blend. I used a primer underneath that I wrote about before from Maybelline and this worked well underneath the corrector.

Once blended, the area looks orangey/red as expected but when you layer foundation on top the coverage is perfect. Foundation blends over the correcter without feeling heavy and my skin looks so even now. It also means I use less foundation as I’m not over compensating for the fact that I need to even out the skin tone, since the corrector does this for me now.
This is a must buy for those with uneven skin tone. Since the Orange is deep I would recommend it to those with medium to dark skin. A more peach or light orange corrector would suit lighter skin better. If your skin tone is lighter I would suggest the NYX Dark Circle Concealer which comes in 4 different orange shades.
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LA Girl Pro Conceal Orange Corrector is priced at just £4.99
NYC Dark Circle Concealer priced at £6.50

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick- Ideal for Light, Medium and Dark Skintones

I heard great things about Bobbi Brown particularly about how the brand caters for so many skin tones. I love using my current foundation which I’ve written a post about before from Smashbox, but thought I would try something new. I decided to go with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick.

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I have only used liquid or powder foundation in the past so this is like something in between which seemed interesting and also it comes in 24 shades which is great. I was tested with 4 shades applied to my skin. I was undecided between two shades but was advised to go for shade 5.5 in Warm Honey. Unfortunately, once I tried it at home with day light as opposed to store light, it looked a little too dark for me and had a somewhat Orange/Brown undertone. However, my skin is slightly uneven in tone so I decided to use both foundations that I had. I used Bobbi Brown on darker areas like around my mouth and chin and as a contour on my cheeks and forehead and applied Smashbox Foundation everywhere else. This worked great and the shades of both foundations blended seamlessly.

I like the texture of the Bobbi Brown Stick. It is smooth and lightweight and the product is buildable without leaving a cakey texture. Another thing I love about the stick is that it can be used as a concealer for small areas like on blemishes or under the eye aswell as a foundation for full coverage. The creamy texture leaves a smooth finish and despite my oily skin type, I do not feel like my skin feels heavy or greasy after application. If you have very oily skin however, I would advise using a finishing powder to complete the look.

The foundation is so compact that you can just pop in your hand bag and touch up your make up wherever you are which is so handy. I definitely recommend this foundation, it’s priced at £29.50 but I know for sure this product will last long as only a few strokes of the product on your face is required for full coverage.

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Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Since I have oily skin, at times the pores on my cheeks become very noticeable despite foundation coverage. I heard about the Benefit Porefessional but being a bargain hunter I thought i would look for a cheaper alternative, just to see if something else with a smaller price tag would work before paying a higher price. I decided to purchase Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser which was considerably cheaper at £8 in comparison to Benefit Porefessional which costs £24.50. 

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The product is like a clear gel. I was worried at first that it may be to greasy or heavy on my skin, but once I applied it and rubbed it into my skin, it felt lightweight and left a smooth finish. I used a minimal amount and found it works more effectively when pressed into skin properly. I only use the gel on areas where I notice pores rather than on my whole face. I really like the product and it really worked well under my make up. Hours later my skin remained matte and smooth so I’m so pleased I tried this first. That is not to say Benefit is not worth trying but for now I am really happy with the results of the Baby Skin Pore Eraser and is an excellent solution to blurring and hiding your pores!
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser £7.99
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Chapped Lips – Lip Balm Reviews

My lips tend to get dry and chapped unfortunately and as the weather gets colder, it gets worse 😦

I exfoliate my lips once a week with sugar and honey which leave my lips feeling soft and smooth. The sugar buffs away dead skin and the honey soothes and softens my lips so I make sure to do this regularly! Alongside this however, I love using lip balms so in this post I’m going to talk about some I have tried, the good and the bad.
Collection Lip Balm Green Apple £1.99
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I picked this up randomly as it was on offer. The smell is really refreshing and lovely. It glides on smoothly and feels light. However, it did not leave my my lips feeling moisturised for very long at all so I would not purchase again.

Nivea Lip Care Essential £1.65
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This balm is unscented but Nivea also have a range of fruit scented ones too. My lips felt very moisturised and protected when I used this however, the texture feels thick and somewhat waxy. Also its very soft so it is hard to apply on lips lightly or evenly.This lip balm is a good one to use at night before bed rather than for daywear but I still feel this lip balm despite the texture, made my chapped lips feel soothed and protected.

Carmex Moisturing Lip Balm Classic £2.69
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I really love this lip balm except I’m  not a fan of the smell as it is a bit strong. It is really effective on my chapped lips and I really noticed that since using this lip balm, the condition of my lips improved considerably. The texture is light while still feeling moisturising and makes a good base for matte lipstick and makes lips shine. It is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lip Balm £1.89
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This lip balm smells lovely and is another favourite of mine. The texture is nice and I do not need to reapply very often. My lips feel hydrated for hours and it works well with lipstick without feeling heavy. I use this regularly and the applicator is a nice shape so  product can be applied evenly.

Burts Bees Beeswax Lip balm £3.60
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This balm contains oils and vitamins so your lips feel nourished and healthy. My lips are really soft and hydrated when I use this balm and it lasts a few hours without needing to be reapplied. I’m really glad I found this lip balm because my lips feel more repaired and the texture is smooth and glides on easily.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm £2.99
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This lip balm is wonderful. It’s very moisturising and lasts ages. This is another balm where I have noticed a real difference to my lips as it feels softer naturally after using it for a month. The lip balm has SPF20 protection so is also perfect for sunny weather too. It’s a really nourishing and softening balm and the texture is so light and nice to wear. This is my current favourite and a must buy!

All these products are available at Boots and Superdrug.
Have a lovely weekend 😀
Xx

One Lovely Blog Award

I’ve been nominated for the One Lovely blog Award by ibeautytalk. Thank you so much it put a smile on my face 🙂

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Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog
  2. List the rules and display the award
  3. Add 7 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers

So here are my 7 facts

  1. My mum is the reason I became interested in beauty. She has always loved beauty and make up and always presents herself in a glamorous and beautiful way. So I’ve always been inspired by my mum.
  2. I’m 24 years old and have lived in London all my life. I also have two wonderful sisters.
  3. I’m South Indian and my parents are from a stunning place called Kerala which I love visiting.
  4. I have a gorgeous cat called Jupiter. He came into my life at just 12 weeks old as a little kitten and recently turned 7. I love him to pieces!
  5. I would say I am an introvert. I find that writing is an easier and more comfortable way for me to express myself.
  6. I’m not a big traveller but there are a few places  I would like to visit one day which include Japan and Hawaii.
  7. I love watching foreign films and documentaries from all over the world.

The 15 blogs I’d like to nominate are all wonderful and so make sure to check them out.

drapedinwine

Urubanisar

vannieful16

beyoutyfulyou

harivain

Thebrokegirlfashionista

GorgeousHER

DiademOfBeauty

TheLawyerLook

Glitterglosglo

Capapiemode

Sunshineandteacups

AnasthasiaStyle

BeeBeauty

AmandaEve

Have a lovely day everyone x