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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Kylie Cosmetics Matte, Metals & Lip Gloss Review

kylie cosmetics review swatches

I gave in. For once I was early to a Kylie Lip Kit release a got a little giddy, and added a lot to my basket. Do I have any regrets? None at all. Does my bank account hate me? Maybe. Do my lips look good? Definitely.

As you can see, I picked up quite a few bits from Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner and thought it might be helpful if I show you some swatches, and give you a bit of a comparison between the Matte Lip Kits, the Metals and the Lip Glosses. A quick note on the shipping and customs charges; these seem to be so inconsistent between orders. My total customs charges was £36.28 which I was happy with for the amount I ordered, but I have heard people being charged £10 for just one. 

koko k candy k dolce k swatch

I find it so hard to find a good nude lip colour, and then three come along all at once. I picked up 3 nude/pink shades from the Matte Lip Kits and am so happy with the shades I got. Koko K is a baby pink nude, Candy K is a bit more dusty than Koko, and Dolce is a true taupe nude shade which looks amazing with a smokey eye. The formula is incredible. For some reason I expected it to be quite tacky, but it was so smooth, pigmented and easy to apply. Colour wise, I don't think you would need both Candy K and Koko, but they are different enough to have both. The real plus point with the lip kits is the staying power. Once dry, these liquid lipsticks just do not budge. Even with these swatches I spent a good 5 minutes trying to remove them. Perfect, if like me, you hate having to touch up your lip colour everytime you have a drink. 

mary jo k kourt k swatch

I also picked up Mary Jo and Kourt K from the Matte Lip Kits.  Red Lipstick and liquid eyeliner are my thing, and with autumn coming, berry shades will be my staple. Like the nudes above, the quality and formulation is amazing.  The lip liners literally glide across your skin and look nice enough to wear them alone. If I was impressed by the staying power of the nudes, that is nothing to these two. When I tested them out, both lasted all day, from 9am to 10pm, with no touch ups and just as vibrant as when first applied. The only one gripe is that it does slightly stain your lips, but hey, at least it stays on. 

reign metal swatch like gloss swatch

I then got caught up in the hype and decided to try a shade from the Metals collection and the Lip Gloss collection. Their wasn't many swatches around when I got my order, so it was a case of hoping for the best. Thankfully I got lucky and both shades are really wearable. Reign is a bronze metallic liquid lipstick and is so beautiful. It's the exact same formula as the Matte Lip Kits so will last your entire night out.  I also think its a bit misleading to call it a metal matte as it has the perfect amount of shimmer. The best way to wear this is to let your lips be the focus and keep your eyes minimal. I can't decide what colour like is. Sometimes I think its a slightly dusty pink nude, and other times it looks more like a brownish nude. Either way it is as pigmented as the liquid lipsticks, but needs a top up after drinking.

I know a lot of people think Kylie Cosmetics are overpriced and that there are cheaper alternatives on the market, but I do think they are completely worth the price and customs charges. The quality, shades and staying power are so good and I have to admit that I've never tried a liquid lipstick as good. I guess Kylie really is the King.

What are your thoughts on the lip kits? Do you have any? Want any? Do you have any alternatives for me to try?


Thursday, 22 September 2016

A/W '16 Fashion Trends & Where to Buy Them || Part 2

slip dress fall fashion 2016

I'm back with another round up of some of the top trends for this season, and this time it's all about the slip dress. Worn alone, or over a t-shirt, the slip dress was seen at both Louis Vuitton and Valentino and is probably one of the more versatile of trends.  Wear the River Island check to work or the autumnal floral Topshop version at the weekend. But it's at night where the slip dress really comes into its own. Whether  you want to try a Little Black (Slip) Dress, give a nod to Baby Spice or embrace your inner Silver Surfer , there is something for you. I particularly love this metallic cold-shoulder slip dress from River Island, which cleverly hides and slims the top of your arms.

puffer jacket fall fashion 2016

A bit toastier than a slip dress, Puffer Jackets were also featured on the catwalks, with Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood all wearing them over evening wear.  Before I started looking for Puffer Jackets I was a bit unsure of this trend, thinking of big ugly caterpillar type coats, but as always, the high street seem to have come up with some flattering interpretations.  Obviously there are the traditional versions, like this beige one from Mango or black Zara option, but there are also those with a twist. I really love the ASOS bomber  and pink duster style  from Topshop, but New Look win the race for the most flattering look. With a waist belt to give you some shape and a flattering snood neck, this is sure to keep you snug in style. We all know which one I'll be getting.

Have you got a favourite trend, or are you going to be brave and wear both at once?


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Organising Home, School & Blogging

best mid year diary

I'm officially a student again. This week is my Welcome Week at University and I've got that weird combination of excitement and nerves. Like all new starts, I'm determined to rock my Masters degree whilst at the same time taking this blog to the next level, and trying to have a social life too. 

We all know that working or studying alongside blogging is a tough gig, and it takes some serious organisation skills to keep your head above water. Being a bit of a stationary lover (understatement of the Century) I've probably tried and tested every blog and study planner going but I've always found the same flaw cropping up time and time again. I will organise my blog in my blog planner, my university work in a separate planner and slot in my social life when I get chance. All very well and good I hear you say? Well no, because sooner or later you get a time clash. Planning everything separately is great but you soon forget that you have one day to juggle all 3 aspects and you've overestimated you are going to be able to do. We've all been there, you have an assignment for college and 4 blog posts to write, all before you start getting ready for that much needed girls night out. Which one do you focus on? How long do you spend on each? Life is complicated. 

It was only when I was late-night Amazon browsing that I stumbled upon the answer to every multi-taskers question. The planner of dreams. The life organiser. The best mid-year diary. Ever. The BLOX Academic Diary. If the purple covering isn't enough to woo you, have a look at the inside.

best mid year diary

best mid year diary

Like most planners there is a year planner at the front. Starting in August, there is then a month planner, which moves on to a week-per-page view. This is where this planner really comes into its own (yes I do appreciate how geeky that sounds). In addition to the normal week view, there's a three columned grid next to it. Such a simple idea, but it's so so effective. There's probably a load of ways in which you can use this grid to your advantage, but they way I'm using it is to use the week view lined bit to put all my appointments/lectures etc, and then use a column for Uni, Blogging and Life, so I can keep a track of my daily to-do lists. I've been using it since the start of August and noticed that I get so much more done in a day because I don't over plan. I can easily see what days I'm so busy I have no time to do anything off a to do list, or what days I can focus on blogging. Fingers crossed, this little planner will mean that I can keep on top of everything, and somehow manage to stay sane. 

How do you manage your time and stay organised? Do you have any postgraduate degree tips for me?

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