I love a good quick and easy, one colour eyeshadow look. Of course I also like taking the time to play around with numerous eyeshadows but that’s not always an option.

There is very much a similarity with all my ‘wash of colour’ eyeshadows, they’re all a medium brown with shimmer, some with a plum undertone and some are far more bronzey but I just find these sort of shades the easiest to apply.

I have three from MAC which I religiously reach for, all pretty similar in colour; Sable, Woodwinked and Bronze. Sable and Bronze are both Frost finish shadows wear as Woodwinked is a Veluxe Pearl. Woodwinked is one of my most worn and a very popular colour, it’s a warm red-toned brown but has a lot of depth to it which is why I love it do much on it’s own, it almost gives the illusion of a different colour in the crease even when there isn’t. Sable is a great one if you like slightly plumy browns whereas Bronze is more of a true brown with a golden sheen.

I also find that most good eyeshadow palettes also have that medium shimmery brown which I love so much, from the original naked palette my favourite is Smog and Half Baked (also toasted is a good’un) , both work beautifully alone all over the lid.

Alternatively if powder shadows aren’t really your thing, I have been loving the Kiko Long Lasting Eye shadows stick, 04 and 37 look beautiful alone but require a little extra buffing out as they aren’t as shimmery and can look a little harsher.

What are your favourite eyeshadows to use by themselves?

At the beginning of the year my beauty resolution was to try a few new brands; particularly Bobbi Brown & Laura Mercier. Although I only succeeded at trying Laura Mercier I thought I would share some brands which I think sell fabulous products but you may not have tried. Of course, some of them are quite well known, especially if you are a beauty obsessor but there should be one or two which are new to you and which you have heard of but haven’t yet tried.

Charlotte Tilbury- Available here
I’ve been lusting over Charlotte Tilbury since it launched but it’s only in the last month that I have tried anything. It’s a little pricey around the Chanel price point but from what I have tried and what I’ve heard it’s all pretty amazing. I personally love my Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Palette and the Red Carpet Red Lipstick which I own.

Kiko- Available here
Still a relatively small brand in the UK but huge in the rest of Europe as it’s originally Italian, it’s price point is affordable and it has a really large selection of products and colour. They currently only have seven stores in the UK but you can order online.

Cocoa Brown- Available here
I over looked Cocoa Brown at first but it really surprised me. It’s very affordable, the colour is great and Lovely Legs has to be a 2014 favourite.

Jurlique- Available here
As it isn’t very readily available on the High street (although available in M&S) I think it is a brand that most beauty lovers have heard of but not everyone has tried. If you are looking to go a little more natural in 2015 than this would be my brand of choice; they sell everything from blotting powders to shower gels and serums.

Too Faced- Available here
Although it has been available in the UK for as long as I can remember I still don’t hear as much about Too Faced as I do similar brands. It is quite pricey, especially as I don’t find it to be overly luxurious however if you only try one mascara in 2015 make it Too Faced Better Than Sex.

Neal’s Yard- Available here
Everyone has heard of Neal’s Yard but it seems to have quite an older customer, the products are absolutely beautiful and perfect for any age. I love how classic yet luxurious the bottles look and their bath aromatherapy oils are actually quite affordable (and my favourite product).

Co Lab- Available here
If you’re on the market for a new dry shampoo than Co Lab is the one to try. It’s affordable, available in a range of scents and doesn’t feel too heavy in the hair.

Makeup Revolution- Available here
The bloggersphere went crazy for it this year but I really haven’t tried much so I’ll make sure I do so in 2015.

Sarah Chapman- Available here
One of my favourite skincare brands of 2014, a little on the pricier side but great quality.

The Lacquer Lab- Available here
I don’t often try less-known nail polish brands but was really pleasantly surprised by The Lacquer Lab. I love all the colours and they’re even all toxin free!

The new Kiko Daring Game collection really caught my eye recently as it has a great range of products from sculpting powder to kajals all in beautiful card themed packaging.
What got me interested in the first place was the Golden Game Sculpting Bronzer, the contour shade is cool toned and matte making it look natural on the skin. The highlighter however isn’t quite as fine as the contour shade meaning it can appear a little too shimmery on the skin. That said I still think the contour shade still makes this a great product. 
The lip products are both creamy and long-lasting, I have the Ace Of Diamond Lip Pencil in 25 which is a twist up, gorgeous shade and the Ace Of Diamond Lipstick in 25 which is a very pigmented Demi-matte finish, in a perfect autumn shade. 
The All-in marker and kajal is perfect if like me, you love liner with very black formula and although I haven’t had a chance to try the nail polishes the colours and packing are really nice. 
I haven’t seen the blush or eyeshadow palette in person so I can’t really comment on those but I don’t really love the Face Brush which they sell as a contour and highlighting brush. I find it to be a little gimmicky although it would work well for a simple sweep of face powder find it isn’t precise enough for contour and highlight.
The Long Lasting eyeshadows are also just a little shimmery for me with not enough colour and a little chunky although the Smokey Eye Pencils are great eyeliners.
Although I hear a lot of people refer to Kiko as ‘Drugstore prices’ I actually think that it’s a little higher and products can really vary from being affordable to a little expensive so I hope my favourite picks from the collection will help you pick out products you also love.
What do you think of the collection? Has anything really caught your eye? What has your experience been like with Kiko?
Available in Kiko stores and online here for a limited time. 

For spring shade I usually looking for a coral or a pop of pink but a subtle shade is never too far too. Most importantly I look to add a glow to allow my spring makeup to look fresh and a little dewy, below are my favourites for this season from new releases to rediscovered favourites…

Clinique Cheek Pop- Berry Pop £16.50
These blushers are probably my favourite blush release of the year, there are only four colours to chose from but they’re all very wearable and beautiful. As side from looking very spring like these blushers apply like a dream, they glide on and blend seamlessly leaving behind a pop of colour with a slight sheen which really brightens the face. My favourite of them all has to be Berry Pop which is the most perfect bright pink.

Wild About Beauty Multi-purpose tint Lynne £16.50
There are very few products I hit pan in, which shows just how much I love this product. I barely used anything else last summer, it’s easy to apply just with fingers and adds a dewy finish to the cheeks without adding too much colour. I’m sure I’ll finish this over the next few months and am already planning it’s repurchase.

Benefit Coralista £23.50
For years this has been my ultimate spring/summer blush, its barely even thought about throughout the cold month but when it’s finally warm enough I get very excited to bring it out. It’s the most beautiful coral shade which really helps lift the cheekbones, few things look better with a tan than this product.

Bourjois Rose D’or £7.99
As far as drugstore blushers are concerned this is my number one and has been my go-to blush for years now. The pigmentation is good (will talk about baked products pigmentation at a later date) and the product is great quality but most importantly the colour is perfect. It is a fairly bright pink that has a slight gold shimmer which is barely noticeable on the cheek and instead adds a beautiful highlighting effect.

TheBalm Frat Boy £14.50
Another blush I have had for years and it’s quite a universal coral shade with nice sheen that I look for in summer. The thin cardboard packaging also makes it very travel friendly.

What is your favourite spring/summer blush?

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With the World Cup 2014 starting in just a few hours I thought I would talk about some Brazil Inspired Beauty Collections as well some products with Brazilian Ingredients.

Initially when I think what Brazil has given to the beauty world I think of Brazilian Bikini Wax (essential but ouccch!) and Brazilian Blow Dries. They have both gained cult status in the beauty world and I can’t imagine it without it.

However Brazil also gives us the Soya which is found in many of The Body Shops beauty products such as the industry favourite Body Butters, Satsuma Shower Gel, All-in-One BB Cream and the Vitamin E Sink in Moisture Mask.

In terms of Brazil inspired collections we naturally had a few, my favourite three were by OPI, Kiko and Clarins. I haven’t personally tried the OPI Brazil 2014 collection but you can find it here and they really do have some beautiful colours.

From Clarins I have already mentioned the Colour of Brazil Collection which includes on of Clarins must-have large bronzers perfect for taking the Brazilian glow but also an eyeshadow palette which is a stand out product. The palette inspired by the Brazilian Beaches comes with three core brown/neutral shades, a surprisingly wearable orange as well as a stunning blue which is perfect to add a pop of colour.

The Kiko Collection Life in Rio is also a great one to check out, it also has a huge bronzer with a little more shimmer which will really help highlight the face. I am also in love with the Cream Exotic Shine Lipsticks which come in the two most perfect summer colours and the Turquoise Tropical Waterproof Eyeliner would also look amazing in the Brazilian Heat.

And I couldn’t talk about Brazil without mentioning their amazing Havaiana’s and showing you my new bright orange pair, now all I need is a tan to go with them!

Are you excited for the start of the World Cup? Who will you be supporting?
I will be cheering on Portugal and I am rather excited!

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