Before coming away on holiday I noticed that there was a lot of drugstore creeping into my daily routine.
The most exciting one for me was L’Oreal Elvive Oil-in-cream, which is a new product and leave in oil cream. I like to use oils in my hair but find that as my hair is quite fine it can easily look greasy but I find this really leaves my hair looking hydrated without it looking greasy or weighing it down. L’Oreal Elvive is one of my all time favourite ranges from the drugstore and this is such a great addition to that. I use it in my hair both wet and dry, I can see this quickly becoming a stable in my routine.
A product that has become a summer stable is the Garnier Oil Beauty Nourishing Lotion; it smells great, has a great pump and leaves skin feeling beautifully hydrated too, perfect for use on holiday or whilst at home to keep skin in good condition.
After hearing everyone talk about Essie Ballet Slippers Nail polish for years I have finally got my hands on it and I can actually see why it’s so hyped up! Its the perfect almost white pale pink. I love the finish, it applied beautifully and is a really great summer colour!
A rediscovery is the Avon Super Shock Liners which I forgot about for a while but I always fall in love with just how creamy it is. As it’s quite soft I find it to be really pigmented but I find that it does set quite nicely too.
The amount of nude lipglosses I have is a little deciduous but I really do love them! My most recent love is the Rimmel Oh My Gloss in the shade Purr… Glossy Cat, it’s perfect. It does have a little shimmer which I usually don’t love but it’s a really easy to wear shade that helps lips look plumper and goes with almost every makeup look.
The Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector Glosses are one of my all time favourite lip products so I was naturally very excited to see that Clarins are also releasing a lip balm version along with a Lip Oil for their Spring 2015 collection.
There are six different shades in the range of balms which are sheer colours, with nourishing mango, Vitamin E and natural peptide to help boost hydration.
I have three colours 02 Coral, 03 My Pink and 06 Rosewood. I love the slim gold packaging, they smell amazing (like the glosses) and feel hydrating but not too heavy on the lips. They are all very sheer and this is where I have a slight problem, they retail for £18 each which is quite a lot for a balm in my books. That said I do still like them but could never justify buying more than two as they are so sheer that they hardly add any colour at all onto the pigmentation of natural lips.
However they do leave a lovely glow on the lips and are a great option if you are looking for a slightly tinted hydrating balm.
Onto the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort oil which although sounds very original reminds me a little of a slightly runnier Eight Hour Cream. It comes in two shades 01 Honey (which I have) and 02 Raspberry, which is an online exclusive. It is rich in essential oils such as jojoba and hazelnut oil but only has a natural fragrance. Honey is quite a clear shade with a hint of gold which I find really helps make the lips look healthy. It’s similar to the glosses and balm from the range in that it doesn’t feel sticky or oily but is probably the most nourishing from the range. I would probably like a slightly smaller sponge applicator but I don’t think precision matters too much with this product.
The Clarins Spring Collection launched earlier this week and the Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors and Instant Light Lip Comfort oil retail for £18.
Will you be picking up one of the new Clarins Lip Balms?
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.
Last week when I opened the envelope I actually squealed at how beautiful this colour is. It’s part of the new Illamasqua Summer 2014 collection which is made up of 3 Matte Lip Liquids and 4 Velvet Blushers.
I’ve seen a lot of new liquid lipsticks pop-up on the market but this one has to be the most vibrant and exciting colour. They have an intense colour, highly pigmented and long lasting that said the first application was a real struggle.
It comes with an actually really nice brush so it is very tempting to apply straight onto the lips however I found this product to simply be too heavy for that and I was left with too much product on my lips which was not only uncomfortable but didn’t look great either.
Since the colour is so beautiful I carried on trying and discovered that this product work better dabbed into the lip. As it is such a pigmented product you still get a very vibrant colour that is wearable. It also last really well even through drinking and eating although as most matte products do it has a tendency to cling to some dry patches. Exotic is also a beautiful orange colour which I would highly recommend for summer.
Have you tried any liquid lipstick and if so which are your favourite?