Katie Louise

Beauty & Lifestyle

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Illamasqua Beyond Powder Review

There is ALWAYS room for a new highlight in my make up collection and I've had my eye on this beauty for a few months now. With ASOS having a 20% off everything code, it would be rude not to right?

This luxurious baked highlighting powder from Illamasqua looks like a soft pillow in it's pan. It's silky smooth to touch and glides onto the skin with ease. It's not the most pigmented in my collection, but sometime's it's good to have something a little more build-able. When I've been using this, I've been applying all of my other make up first, then MAC fix+'ing my face before sweeping the highlight just before my face is dry. It gives a gorgeous warm glow that lasts all day.

Swatched dry from the pan - use MAC's Fix+ on your brush to add depth (great for the inner corners of the eyes!) You could also pop a little cream highlight underneath for more impact. This is also available in a warmer, bronzey shade 'Epic'', gorgeous for deeper skin tones.


Monday, 30 May 2016

My Current Bath Products

After a long day, there's nothing I crave more than a warm, relaxing bubble bath. The bathroom is my zen, happy place where I can lock the door and unwind. I grab a refreshing drink, pop on some music and a few candles, dim the lights low and take off the day. 

It's so easy to get overwhelmed with day to day life, I usually manage to get a pamper in at the weekend and one mid-week where possible. Even just having 30 minutes or so to myself of an evening really helps me to de-stress, clear my mind and re-focus. Dog walking is great for this also!

Tonight, I lit a few of my Aveda 'Light The Way' candles. If you've ever visited an Aveda salon, you'll get an idea to what these might smell like. I've been loving these gorgeous bath salts from Botanicals, another of my favourite organic skincare brands. Not only do these Sandalwood & Sweet Orange Mineral Crystals smell like HEAVEN in a tub, they also contain over 80 essential minerals. They revive tired and aching muscles and turn my bathroom into a spa. I sprinkle a scoop into my bath once it's run and allow them to infuse for atleast 5 minutes before getting in. I can't get enough!

And it's not a proper bath without a Lush bath bomb, right? Tisty Totsy is one of my all time favourites, studded with real rose buds and scented with floral orris root powder, rose and lemon. Guaranteed to lift your spirits!

I also recently picked up this Cafe de Bain Indulgent Bath Creme in Sweet Vanilla Madeleine from my local Waitrose. The cute packaging caught my eye, but the smell is incredible. If you prefer your sweet scents, this one is for you. An all time favourite is the Clarins Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate, an indulgent and aromatic concentrated cleansing treatment (the body oil from this range is beautiful too). 

For tonight's pre-bath skincare, I tried a new eye make up remover - Lancome's Bi Facil. I always go for the bi-phase formulas and this one is actually oil free. First impression is that it took my make up off effortlessly and didn't sting my eyes! I'm near the end of this Lancome Gel Eclat cleanser and even though it leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean, I wouldn't repurchase it. You have to really lather it in your hands with water before you apply it to your face, it's a foamy consistency (which I try to avoid usually) and you can't use it near your eyes (tried it, regretted it instantly). I then followed up with the Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator which I really recommend, great for complexion refreshing and revealing a more radiant skin. Lastly I covered my face in Kiehl's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, a gorgeous deep cleansing Amazonian white clay mask.

Before I get into the bath, I always use my body brush. I don't want this blog post to be too long, so let me know if you'd like a separate post on how and why I use this. Tonight I tried a new product, the DIRTEA Green Tea Scrub. Another natural and organic brand, you wet your skin, apply the scrub and using circular motions especially around problem areas. Leave it to dry for five minutes and then rinse. This is definitely one to use when you have more time but it's so worth it, you'll feel like a new woman (or man!). It also claims to help with any scarring, stretch marks, cellulite, eczema etc. The body wash I'm currently using is good 'ol Soap & Glory's Clean On Me. I've got through so many of these!

By now, you might be thinking 'Wow Katie, this is ALOT of products...' But our skin is our bodies largest organ and no matter how busy I am, I'l make time to look after it. If you feel like you don't have time, make time! Ditch Eastenders or aimless Facebook scrolling one night a week, it will make you feel good.

Now I'm out of the bath, I smother myself in creams and oils. Tonight I went for my Clarin's Moisture Rich Body Lotion (contains shea butter - ultra nourishing) and a little Dove Purely Pampering Body Oil in Pistachio & Magnolia. Like all my skincare, I switch these up depending on how my skin is feeling. I always finish off with a light mist of one of my Victoria Secret's body spray's. Yes, I'm only getting into my pyjamas but it's the perfect finishing touch, it will linger with you all evening. Tonight I didn't have time, but I'l sometimes give myself a little pedicure too.

For my post-bath skincare tonight, I started with the Pixi Glow Tonic (A new game changer to my routine, feeling a separate blog post coming on), Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate (an oldie but a goodie) and First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Lip Therapy. Finally, I like to spritz my bedding with a pillow spray. I'm currently using TempleSpa's Quietude and it really does help to give you a feeling of peace and calm to help you sleep.

Time for a brew, nail paint and a good book (or blog)! What are your favourite bath products?

Saturday, 21 May 2016

BeautyBay Haul

I’ve enjoyed BeautyBay for quite a few years now. It’s great for those luxury beauty brands that you as readily available from your local retailers with an added bonus of free delivery.

I’m almost out of my ALL time fave, holy grail skincare product, Alpha H Liquid Gold. I've been using this little 'facial in a bottle' for years. Fantastic for any uneven skin tone or scarring, blemishes or signs of ageing. This stuff is strong sh*t and I only use it twice a week tops. I personally use it as an intensive overnight treatment, by sweeping a small amount on a cotton pad across freshly cleansed skin and just leaving it solo to do it's work (no moisturisers, serums etc after application). 

The next morning my skin looks clearer, more radiant and plumped. I always use it before an occasion/big event or if my skin is looking tired and dull. It contains liquorice extract to purify and boost vibrancy, the glycolic acid is great for anti-ageing and silk proteins tighten and firm the skin. It stings a little when you first apply it (too harsh to use on the daily) and I can't help but find that incredibly satisfying.

Obviously, one couldn’t resist adding a couple other gems into the basket…

I’ve been loving the Makeup Geek eyeshadows this year and had to try the new contour pan’s to add to my Z-Palette. I got the shade ‘BreakUp’ and it’s the perfect cool toned shade for me. It’s buttery soft and super pigmented, just like the eyeshadows. For the £7.95 price tag, it’s up there with the £35 Kevyn Aucoin Sclupting Powder. I also picked up the Full SpectrumEyeliner from Makeup Geek in black, again incredible opaque colour pay off and super soft on the delicate eye area. Really impressed.

I keep hearing all the YouTube gurus talk about Morphe brushes. I’ve been reaching for my Zoeva brushes of recent but fancied giving these a go (ps.on the subject of Zoeva, I NEED to get my mits on the Cocoa Blend palette!). So far I’m really enjoying them! The quality looks and feels like my higher end brushes, but these won’t break the bank. I picked up the M335 Chubby Blending Buffer brush for concealer (works a treat under the eyes), the M528 Pointed Contour brush for cheekbone contour and the M438 Pointed Contour brush (thinner than the M528, amazing for delicately setting under eyes with powder). I’l be interested to see if they wash up well, so far I haven’t experienced any shedding.

They also threw in a sample of the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser which I have been wanting to give a go. I’m currently using a Detol soap bar (it’s antibacterial and it works!) but I’ve heard great things about the original Beauty Blender cleanser.


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Today's Face - 15/05/16

I had a quick five minute test shoot this afternoon with Neil Mason. I wanted my make up to be comfortable and more natural on the skin and lips with more definition on the eyes. I don't wear lashes casually day to day, but they really help to open eyes on camera and are a must have for any special occasion. I can't get enough of these Makeup Geek eyeshadows at the moment, they blend like a dream and have amazing colour pay off. Let me know if you would like to see my favourite shades.

Products used (all linked):
FoundationBobbi Brown Skin Foundation (3.5 Warm Beige)
Setting powder – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Dim Light)
ConcealerUrban Decay Naked Skin (Light Warm)
Blusher Max Factor Crème Puff Blush (Nude Mauve)
Bronzer - Nars (Laguna)
Highlight Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Champagne Pop)
Eye primerMAC Paint Pot (Soft Ocre)
EyeshadowsMakeUp Geek (Lid - Magic Act, Crease – Mocha and a bronzer to blend)
Eye LinerStila Stay All Day Waterproof (Black)
MascaraClinique High Impact (Black)
Lip Liner Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat (Pillow Talk)
LipstickClinique Lip Pop (Beige Pop)
Setting spray MAC Fix+
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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Origins Mask Marvels

Origins is a brand that I’ve enjoyed for many years now. I’ve always got at least one product in my skincare routine. I like that they are more natural and earth-friendly yet still being results driven. No matter what my skin care need, I can always find a suitable product that will work for me. I thought I would give my three favourite Origins masks a quick mention today.

An activated charcoal mask, great for when my skin is looking congested or if I have any breakouts. Charcoal works like a magnet to draw out impurities from clogged pores. The mask dries hard and feels itchy if you leave it on for too long. Once removed with a warm damp flannel, my skin feels super clean and fresh.

This intense moisturising mask has Avocado Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil to deeply nourish the skin. Japanese Seaweed repairs the skin’s barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing. I love leaving a light layer of this on overnight, my skin wakes up feeling replenished and smooth to touch. Super hydrating and smells gorgeous too.

My little rescue remedy! I grab this mask when my skins texture isn’t at it’s best or I’m looking a little dull. Great for after a long day or a late night or you feel like you might break out. Ideal for a combination skin. The consistency is thick, but spreads easily and feels calming and refreshing when applied. The smell is very herbal like, which I personally quite like but I know isn't to everyones taste. Top marks from me though!

Top to bottom: Clear Improvement, Drink Up Intensive, Out Of Trouble.

I try to use face masks twice a week, I find it makes a real difference to the overall condition of my skin. I usually apply two or three at the same time, in the areas that need it. For example, I usually use a deep cleansing mask on my t-zone area and a brightening or moisturising mask everywhere else. All depending on my skin needs at the time. I really want to get my hands on the Maskimizer Mask Primer, have you tried it?

Monday, 2 May 2016

"A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting" - Christian Dior

I don’t feel ready to leave the house until I’ve got my perfume on. Even before bed, I have a quick spritz of one of my Victoria Secret’s body sprays. The great thing about fragrance is that it's unique to everyone and the smell can even link back to a special memory or person.

On this tray (H&M Home) I keep my go-to fragrances. My taste does vary depending on the occasion, but I do seem to gravitate towards the stronger scents. I always spritz the inside of my wrists (don’t rub them together!) and just below my ears. Good quality perfumes don't require bathing in them. If you find that the scent isn't lasting long enough, try popping a little Vaseline on these points before you spray.

My current favourite day time scent has to be either 'See By' Chloe (left) or 'La Vie Est Belle' by Lancome (right). 'See By' Chloe is ‘the little sister’ of the original Chloe. It’s floral, pretty and playful. Think bergamot, sandalwood with a hint of vanilla. Sad news is, I think this has now been discontinued. Luckily I have a back up! While Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle’s (meaning ‘life is beautiful’) has a top note of iris, a heart of patchouli and a base of gourmand. Both gorgeous and girly.

 As for an evening scent, for me it’s all about Dior. Dior 'Addict' (left) is a sophisticated, floral and oriental fragrance. 'Hypnotic Poison' (right) includes notes of bitter almond, caraway, jasmine sambac, moss, jacaranda wood, vanilla, and musk. These are both strong, warm and mature scents. You don’t need much of it to make a statement! Think stiletto heels, red lippy, you'll smell me before you'll see me kinda vibe. 

When testing out a fragrance in a shop, I’d recommend trying it on your skin rather than those little bits of card. Let the scent settle into your skin for a while and come back to it. See how it lasts, how it smells on you. Sometimes the counters even have samples to take home and try out.

I also love these little Zara scents, perfect size for your handbag as a top up and don’t cost much more than a fiver. These are just the two I currently have, but I've tried most of them and they're all pretty good.

I’ve got my eye on the Jo Malone (Amber & Patchouli Cologne) and Marc Jacobs (Decadence) for my next purchases. What are your favourite fragrances? Do you have a signature scent or switch it up?

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Jaclyn Hill x Becca - Champagne Pop Review

When Jacklyn announced her collab with Becca cosmetics, I just KNEW we were in for a highlighter of dreams. Her Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Champagne Pop’ certainly did not disappoint. 

However, this little darling has been a buggar to get hold of! It completely sold out on release and I’ve had it saved on my bookmarks for daily refreshing ever since. You can just imagine how delighted I was opening it as a birthday present from my bestie, what a babe!

First impression was that compared to my usual gold toned highlighters, this looked very warm and peachy. Even though I'm using it sparingly at the thought of it being limited edition, it's quickly become my go-to highlight. This is NOT a highlighter for a natural make up look, this packs some serious shimmer and glow. The pigmentation is incredible, with an almost creamy formulation considering it’s a pressed powder product. A quick, light sweep across cheekbones will take your make up from flat to fabulous in seconds.

‘Champagne Pop’ is quickly becoming one of my all time favourite highlighters and I’ve already got my eye on the other Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors.
£32Cult Beauty.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

So, you want to be more organised?

If you know me, you know I love a good ‘ol list. I think I get it from my Mum, she has always had lists of jobs to do, lists of what to pack, what’s needed on the next shop. I thought I would share with you just a few of the basic things I do to keep myself feeling organised.

Keep your surroundings tidy!
When your desk is cluttered and messy, so is your mind set! I can’t concentrate until my workspace is minimised to just the items I need for that particular task. A quick five minute tidy up can really boost your productivity and reduces distraction. I also do this before leaving the house and before bed. It never feels good getting up or going home to mess. I always try to clean as I go where possible, it saves time in the long run and creates a better environment for concentrating.

Make lists!
Don’t leave it until five minutes before going to the supermarket to write a quick ‘make do’ list, or even worse – not write one at all! You’ll over spend and won’t come back with anything you needed. I write a weekly meal plan for the week ahead, so I know exactly what I need to buy. I add cupboard/cleaning bits to this list as they run out. I keep it on my iPhone notes, as it is quick and easy to grab. I also have a ‘to do this week’ list on there, which includes posting birthday cards, personal things I need to buy, errands I need to run etc. A ‘wish list’, this gives me something to work for and by the time it’s my birthday or Christmas, I’ve got plenty of ideas for when family ask. You might think my list includes designer handbags and shoes, but the first two most desired purchases on there at the moment is a cordless Dyson hoover and a ‘decent umbrella’… Oh, adult life.

One thing at a time!
I’m still working on this one. I’m terrible at delegating and always seem to overload myself with tasks because I like them done my way. More recently I've learnt to step back sometimes and just take on one task at a time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by a big list and not actually complete anything, as all you’ve done is ‘bits’ here and there. I’m going to do a separate blog post on my tips and tricks around the house (don’t get me started on storage and filing), but it is important where possible to delegate some of the workload to your house mate/partner or you will simply burn yourself out. Saying that, my Mum has always said to me “If you want something done, do it yourself!”. But really, do take support where you can.

Prioritise your day and plan your week!
On a Sunday, I make sure everything is ready for my week ahead. The house is clean, the washing is done, the beds are changed, uniforms are ready and my bag is packed. I get my diary out and plan out my week. Knowing what you’re having for dinner, what night you’re seeing a friend or going on a date night, what shifts you’re on, what events you have coming up, when the dog needs worming... It will keep your mind focused, save time deciding what to cook/do, you won’t double book and you’ll fit everything in. I always take a glance at the weeks ahead too, if someone has an upcoming birthday, I know to get a gift in time or an outfit for a special occasion. Whether you prefer digital or old school pen and paper, I couldn’t live without my diary. If you keep it up to date and pay attention to it, you can’t go too wrong. 

When I have my breakfast each morning, I make a note of everything I need to personally do that day. When I get to work, I then write a separate list. I then prioritise the list of what is most important and work my way through. Where possible, I try to get the most mundane or time consuming tasks done first. That way, you won’t put them off all day and once the worst is over and done with, your day will just flow and you’ll feel so much better for it. I get SO much satisfaction from ticking off a list! Gosh, am I really admitting all of this?!

De-clutter and be more mindful!
I can’t stand clutter and mess. I don’t get ‘hoarders’ and the thought of not knowing what I have or where it is makes me feel stressed. If you don’t use it or need it, why are you storing it in your home? Be mindful of new item’s you purchase. Do you really need another one of those? How much are you going to use it? Where are you going to actually wear that? Not only will you save money by having this mind set, but it’s satisfying just having what you love and need. Having a good clear out does wonders for my mind, whether it’s my purse, the cupboard under the stairs or my e-mail inbox. You'll stop losing things too!

Stop procrastinating!
I find it frustrating when people say “Well, I don’t have time to do that” whilst sat on their phone, mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. I love social media, but it’s so easy to get sucked into it and waste HOURS of your week being unproductive! No, you don’t need to take that Buzzfeed quiz to find out what Harry Potter character you are. If you are still struggling to ‘find the time’, get up earlier! You can avoid stress by planning ahead and not leaving everything last minute. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

To some, this may seem extreme (this is only the basics of what I do, yes I’m aware I’m a complete nerd) but the smallest changes could make a huge difference to your daily mind set and well–being. Remember to be realistic, don’t set yourself huge tasks to do in short time frames. Once you have noted your thoughts and to-do’s onto your phone or on paper, you can clear them from your busy mind and focus more on the moment. Most importantly, never forget to schedule in some time for YOU.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Brand review: Urban Veda

If you look at the ingredients of your current skincare products, how many of the words can you actually pronounce? I’ve learnt from working in beauty over the years that marketing is clever and brands such as Simple (sorry to name drop), really aren't that... simple. I wanted to simplify my beauty routine with less harsh chemicals to see if it made a difference to the overall appearance of my skin. I came across Urban Veda when researching natural skincare brands and I’ve been lucky enough to trial both the soothing and radiance collections over the past few months.

Urban Veda’s products are uniquely formulated to help maintain the skin's natural balance. Using only natural and pure ingredients, the award winning brand is based on the therapeutic properties of plants. These plants are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients. The range has been formulated using natural ingredients and claims to ‘pollution proof’ skin, leaving it less vulnerable to the environment. Not to mention they are also free of SLS, nasty parabens and GM ingredients. Not impressed yet? Well, Urban Veda is also a vegan and cruelty free brand and all of the packaging is completely recyclable too!

The skincare is split into four ranges aimed at different skin types:
Purifying (neem +botanics) – Aimed at congested/oil prone skin types.
Soothing (sandalwood +botanics) – Targeted towards sensitive skin types.
Radiance (turmeric +botanics) – Great for revitalising dull skin to restore a natural glow.
Reviving (rose +botanics) – Gives a plumping effect to tired and mature skin.

 The first range I tried was the soothing (sandalwood + botanics) range. Suitable for even the most sensitive of skins. To read a breakdown of the impressive ingredients list, click here

The first thing I noticed with about this collection was the smell, ugh. I love sandalwood and the plant scent that comes from these products is so relaxing and uplifting. I treat myself to a pamper night weekly, so I lined up all my new products on the side of the bath. I started off with the facial wash which is a gel type consistency. It left my skin feeling deeply cleansed, but refreshed rather than stripped. However, I have still been opting for a separate oil-based eye make up remover and keeping this for my second cleanse. I then got into the shower and moved onto my body products. You can really feel the scrub taking off all those nasty dead skin cells, but it doesn’t feel harsh like other scrubs I’m used to. I think the key ingredients of aloe vera and ylang ylang are to thank for that. I used the facial polish for my face and neck area, again this isn’t abrasive at all but the tiny grains really buff away at the skin. By the time I was lathering up the body wash, my bathroom smelt like a spa retreat! Patting my skin dry with a warm fluffy towel, I then massaged in the body lotion using circular motions (always in the direction of the heart). I usually stick to a body butter, but for a more light weight option, I found the lotion really nourishing and quick absorbing. Lastly, I swept a generous amount of the hydrating toner to my face on a cotton pad, following up with the night cream. I honestly felt completely pampered and renewed, my skin felt like silk. I think this is the first time I've ever used the same brand and line of products all together and it was so refreshing. By layering the products, the scent really lingered through until the morning.

 The other range I was lucky enough to trial was the radiance (turmeric +botanics) collection. Great for revitalising a dull complexion or a skin lacking in moisture to restore that ‘Victoria’s Secret’ glow. For another powerful list of plant ingredients, click here.

I tried this line a week later later, in exactly the same order. Because I enjoyed the soothing line so much, I was really looking forward to my pamper night to test the radiance line. Once again, from the minute I got into these products, I was overwhelmed by the scent. To be honest, I do love a strong scent, especially when it comes to body products. You get a really good hit of patchouli with this collection, and Urban Veda… If you’re reading this, PLEASE add some kind of body spray/fragrance to this line! If you’re near a Holland and Barrett, you need to pop in and get a wiff of this to really appreciate it. Half way through my pamper routine, I’m back in at my little at home retreat. Texture wise, all the products feel practically identical to the soothing range. My skin felt equally revitalised and radiant. Even though I really enjoyed both lines, I have nearly used up all of my radiance collection and have already re-purchased the body products I’ve run out of. I have also found when I have used the radiance body products in the morning, I haven't felt the need to follow up with a perfume.

The day and night creams are nourishing and rich, yet easily absorbed and have kept my skin glowing. Admittedly, I do prefer my facial skin care to be a little more active and results driven. I also prefer the night cream, over the day. I think this is because the scents give me that feeling of wanting to ‘wind down’. I also find myself avoiding the day cream on make up days as I just find it a little heavy for under foundation.

I love the brands philosophy and I’m really impressed with the quality of the products. I think they are fantastic value for money and I really do now look forward to my pamper routine. If you would like to see more of a breakdown and detailed review of any particular products from the brand, I’d be more than happy to do so. 

The website also includes a short questionnaire to find out which range is most suitable for you. Top marks from me (& George)! http://www.urbanveda.co.uk


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Kiko Haul

What I love about a trip to Kiko, is that feeling of leaving with a bag of goodies without the guilt that I’ve possibly bankrupt myself. The general layout of the store, the colours, the range of product - It’s always an enjoyable experience that I seem to leave covered in glittery swatches. Unfortunately, my nearest Kiko is about an hour away, but last week we popped to Lakeside and I picked up a few new bits to add to the collection.

I picked up two of the High Pigment Wet And Dry Eyeshadows in 17 (gold) and 03 (neutral), one of highly raved about Water Eyeshadows in 208, another Precision Eyebrow Pencil in 04 and a Full Coverage Concealer in 02.

Kiko’s packaging has a sturdy, black matte finish - very similar to Nars, but a fraction of the price with that same high quality look and feel. I’ve always enjoyed Kiko eyeshadows, but never tried any of the ‘Use wet or dry’ lines. The basic idea being that you can use them dry for a more subtle finish or wet for a more vibrant, intense colour pay off. I was ideally after a new gold eyeshadow and decided to try one from each range to compare.

I went in store with the intention to pick up this Water Eyeshadow anyway, in the shade 208. I’ve read it’s a cracking dupe for MAC’s sell out ‘Wisper Of Gilt’ that I never got the chance to get my paws on. The design itself is just beaaaautiful to look at, almost too pretty to start dipping into! Even dry, these eyeshadows are rich, silky and VERY highly pigmented. With 26 shades available and at £8.90 a pan, I’m seriously impressed. I can't wait to give this a go, not just for a warm smokey eye look but also as a highlight.

I also wanted to try the other wet and dry line available, so I picked up a more subtle gold shade (far left - 17) and also a shade close to my own skin tone (far right - 03). I seem to get through these quite quickly as a base for any neutral smokey eye. Not as fancy to look at as the water shadows but equally blendable and silky smooth at just £6.90 a pop.

Top – High Pigment Wet And Dry Eyeshadow (17). Bottom – Water Eyeshadow (208). These are both swatched dry! That 208 though... Jheezz.

I picked up another Precision Eyebrow Pencil in 04, I have got through a few of these now. Nothing ground breaking but I like how thin the pencil is, making it really easy to create natural and fine, hair like strokes. I also added another concealer to my ever growing collection...

As the name states, this bad boy is full coverage! I would not advise using this ANYWHERE near the eyes and just keep this one for any pesky breakouts, redness or scarring. I always recommend applying heavy duty product like this very sparingly with a warm finger, using a light dabbing motion. You can create a really natural but full cover finish this way. The consistency is surprisingly creamy and would probably even suit a dry skin. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling for a breakout right now but I’m looking forward to giving this a go. Available in 8 shades and is priced at £7.50.

What are your favourite Kiko products that I should try next?
© Katie Louise

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