Review: Kiko Lipgloss Stick in Magenta

Kiko Pen

I haven’t tried the Clinique chubby stick but obviously this is a dupe for it, a considerably cheaper dupe at that.  It’s more of a pink-y colour than I usually go for but its so beautiful over a darker lipstick or lip liner that for once I don’t mind too much. If you’ve already seen my Zodiacs Virgo look then you exactly what I’m talking about.

 Basics: £6.90 . 2.84g . Magenta . Made in Italy . Cruelty Free

Lately I’ve been layering it over a beautiful lip liner called Bordeaux (also from Kiko) and the combination is just beautiful, not to mention quite moisturising. And, as far as I am aware, Kiko is still a cruelty-free company, so another two big thumbs up from me. Thankfully you don’t need to sharpen this product, just wind it up from the bottom like a lipstick and voilà.

Lip-Pen-Swatch

Kiko Creamy Lipgloss

The size is perfect for me, small and practical. The only thing I’m not 100% happy with is the amount of actual product. If you roll up the entire stick up it’s only about half the size of the outside packaging, and personally I always feel a tiny bit conned when companies overcompensate on packaging to make it look like you get more product

But then again its so affordable I can’t really complain.

You can buy it here

Besame Retro Lipsticks

Besame

If you’ve seen my IMATS haul video you’ve seen me gushing about this, and now I’ve tried it out a little longer I’m utterly besotted! Hands down my favourite buy from IMATS, though the puss and blister gel did come close…

The packaging is gorgeous, the colours beautiful and the formula very long lasting

One thing which is a little off putting is the smell. The first thing I though of is those marzipan sweets they always give out at wedding. Fortunately I have a terrible sense of smell because I hate marzipan. But I love these lipsticks so much I can forgive the smell.

Besame Lipsticks

I got two colours, a lovely traditional cherry red and a dark fleshy tone, which is like my own lip colour, just darker. Perfect for day time when you might not be feeling up to a powerful bright red lipstick.

Both lipsticks are so pigmented, Dusty Rose a little less than Cherry Red, but still very pigmented

With Cherry Red, one swipe, and boom! Colour! Dusty rose you need another swipe or two, but it’s by no means badly pigmented. Quite the opposite. They both last at least four hours without needing to re-apply. Five to six if you’re not eating or drinking, through around six it get’s a little iffy.

Cherry BerryOpen Lipsticks

Lately I’ve really gotten into wearing Dusty Rose really lightly on the lips so it almost looks like a tint. Both the lipsticks are a little staining (nothing a little extra rubbing can’t get rid of) so they’re beautiful no matter if you apply them heavily or lightly.

My favourite method is to mix them, Dusty Rose all over the lips, and then Cherry red for an ombre effect 

I paid £12 per lipstick which is definitely the most I have ever paid for a lipstick! I felt a little guilty buying it since it’s the first makeup I’ve bought in years which is meant just for me. But honestly, I don’t regret it! Both lipsticks look so beautiful, and between the two colours I can get something to suit my mood exactly.

Swatches

Even though I got these for myself, I’d really like to do a whole series on retro makeup at some point. I’ve been considering it for ages, but I only wanted to do it if I could use makeup that looked authentic, and now that I’ve found this brand I might just have the excuse I’ve been looking for!

The Besame website 

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Review: Funky Soap Solid Shampoo

Funky Soap Unwrapped

When I picked the daisies to use for this photo I was a bit of a plonker and decided to wait till the evening before I used them to photograph this product since I wanted to get some face charts done first. Needless to say as soon as it got dark the daisies closed up so I spent a good 15 minutes trying to blow the petals open and then wondered why I felt light headed. Sometimes I really do amaze myself at how dim I can be!

I’ve been using the Lush solid shampoos for well over two years now

I love the lush shampoos, but they do have SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) which is something I’m trying to eradicate completely from my skincare/haircare. This one does not so I was quite excited to see how well (or badly it worked!)

Funky Soap

When you cut out SLS from your shampoo it can make your hair go a little berserk for a week or two as your hair adjusts and get’s rid of the chemical build up. I was expecting my hair to go full on rebel on me, but it didn’t! I did notice it took about a week for my scalp to feel perfectly clear from any build up, but my actual  hair felt fantastic.

Basics: Hand made . Cruelty Free . SLS free . £4.50 . Travel Friendly

It does lather slightly less than the lush shampoos, but it’s such a tiny difference you hardly notice. One thing you do have to be careful of is to rinse out your hair properly, especially at the back of your head or you you get an residue left over that looks like you never washed your hair in the first place.

Cut

The only downside to this product, and it’s a small one, is that is doesn’t last as long as the Lush shampoos which normally laat me two or three months. I think because of the high amount of oils in this bar it has a tendency to melt a little in the shower.

But so far I’ve been using it for a month and I’m only half way through the bar so it really isn’t that much of a problem. It’s really easy to cut too, no crumbling, so if you wanted to cut it into little blocks you wont have any problems.

You can get this here (**)

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Review: Napiers Starflower Sensitive Skin Cream

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Starflower Cream

This one I’ve had for months and really I should have done a review for it a while ago but kept using it and so it was never in my review pile which I was taking photographs. Not only have I used it for myself but I’ve also used it quite a few times for other people when I was doing their makeup and it’s fantastic!

Basics: Cruelty-free, UK brand 

Gentle, moisturizing (obviously) and it sinks in quite quickly which is perfect if you’re doing someone elses makeup, though I’ve found it’s more effective if it’s massaged into the skin rather than just lightly slapped on, though to be fair you could say that about most creams.

Contains Starflower, Chamomile, Chickweed and Sweet Almond oil

Its got what I would describe as a slightly silicone-y feeling (but it doesn’t actually have any in it’s ingredients) and it feels quite thick when you first apply it. Napiers describe it as “soothing, cooling moisturiser for dry, itchy, sensitive skin” and it’s good for all of those. Not as fast-acting for me as Aloe Vera gel when my skin is irritated, or Embryolisse but effective non the less.

Swatch

Apart from it’s moisturising and calming properties I’ve found it’s really quite amazing as a face primer! Especially on younger skins. One thing I think might put people off this though is the smell, I personally like herbal smells, but I know some people can’t stand it, so if you’re one of those people this cream might not be for you, or at least not to be used for your face.

You can get this here (**)

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Klaire’s Wardrobe: Zara Rose Gold eau de toilette

Shell

I don’t think I would ever have gone for the smell of this eau de toilette if it hadn’t reminded me of the holiday I took to the Virgin Islands a year or two ago. It’s got what I can only really describe as a an intense dusty floral smell, a little overpowering for an eau de toilette but great if you don’t want to be re-applying a dozen times during the day.

Absolutely love, love the packaging for this bottle!

What drew me to it at first was the packaging. Put a balloon pump on a perfume bottle and I’m all over that! Adore retro bottles. The smell of this makes me think old hollywood on a caribbean beach and a screwdriver (the drink) in your hand, but that could just be nostalgia talking.

Zara EauZara Woman

After I’ve finished this one…ok I’m lying, probably the next time I pass a Zara shop I’m going to have a sniff around the rest of their eau de toilette’s. I saw one in a peachy orange bottle which looked like it would be a delightfully zesty floral smell…

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Review: Savon de Marseille Soap

Soap

When it comes to organic and (mostly) chemical free soaps I think the first brand everyone thinks of is Lush. Now don’t get me wrong, Lush are great and you all know how much I love their face masks, but there are many other brands out there!

You can use this brand for everything from washing your hair/face to the dishes 

I’ve stopped using fairy liquid because I notice it makes my hands swell up like something crazy and this soap is just as good. Though to be fair I use mostly ceramic dishes for my cooking and they’re a dream to cook with and clean anyway. So it might be a little more problematic for normal dishes.

Soap Mimosa

My sister uses this soap for her hair and skin and loves it! I have gotten her to write me a guest post all about the products that she used since she has severe eeczema (so many thing drive her skin crazy, even aloe vera!) but I’ll only be posting that in the next few weeks.

The ingredients vary from soap to soap, you can see the full list of ingredients here

Unfortunately this one does have sodium lauryl sulfate which is something I’m trying to avoid all together, but the other two which I bought (and will be reviewing later) are SLS free so this one I’ve been using just for washing the dishes.

As far as using this soap as a shampoo, though it leaves my hair feeling really thick and strong, I’m not to fond of the texture my hair has after so I don’t use it as a shampoo. Since my hair is already pretty thick I don’t really need a product which makes it even thicker and more unmanageable.

You can get this here (**)

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Review: Japanese Cherry Blossom Perfume Oil

Japanese Cherry Blossom

My Lily Lolo obssession doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon, but I thought I’d least attempt to experiment with other brands and the other day when I was passing through Paddington I thought I’d give this a try. As you’d imagine it smells of cherry blossom, a sweet floral smell without smelling like you bathed in a sweet shop.

• Basics: Alcohol-free • £7 • 10ml • Cruelty-Free • 

Sadly I’ve found that about about 3-4 hours you can’t really smell it unless you press your nose against where you applied it. It’s not a terrible perfume at all, I love the fact it’s so small. Makes it really easy to cary around in your pocket if you’re traveling (just make sure the lid is screwed on tight!) but I do wish the smell lasted a little longer than a few hours.

You can get this here 

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My Skincare: Makeup Removal Brush

Mascara Brush

Normally anything new takes a while to wriggle it’s way into my bathroom cupboard. I’m not a fan of clutter, in fact I hate it. If it’s not being used it’s  thrown out or given to friends/family who will use it. This one made it into the cupboard within a week. That’s how much I love it!

I hate using anything rough near my eyes and cotton buds scrub the life out if them 

My lashes are quite thick and makeup get’s stuck between them very easily. This makes it a heck of a lot easier to remove and it’s no where near as rough on my eyes. Oh and did I mention it’s only 99p?

I got the brush here

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Review: Graftobian HD Cream Foundations

Graphtobian HD Cream Foundations Though they’re labeld as foundations really I consider these as concealers. One little pot could quite literally last you a whole year if you used it every single day as a foundation.

Also unlike a lot of brands they cover a huge range of skin tones 

I get a lot of people asking me where to look for brands that cater to very pale and very dark skin tones, and theatrical brands like Graftobian and Ben Nye are always the first brands I mention. True, they tend to cost slightly more, but believe me in the long run they are much cheaper simply because they are better quality.

Swatches copy

Don’t worry, this is not going to me a “OMG it’s fantastic! go buy it!” review. Like all products there are pro’s and cons, and also items which are simply just not what you’re looking for. Let’s start with the pros. It might look like a small pot that would get used up in no time, but it’s increadibly pigmented, a little goes a long way. At first the texture feels quite thick, but it gets very creamy  the minute it get’s exposed to warmth, it’s mainly for that reason I prefer using my fingers to apply this product.

Basics: £20-£24 |  14g  |  Heavy texture | Comes in 64 shades  

Now for the cons: While the texture is creamy  and it’s not a drying foundation, it does not like dry skin at all. Any flakes on the skin or a remotely dry surface will be highlighted with this product. One strange thing I’ve noticed is it does not like the skin around my eyes. Even though the skin around there is normal/slightly oily, this particular foundation/concealer makes the skin around (especially under) my eyes look dry, but that does seem to be something only I have experienced.

Graphtobian Creme foundation

Saying that, once it’s all blended out it’s the kind of thing you would notice only if you’re using an HD camera (that thing sees things your own eyes can’t) or if you’re about an inch away from the mirror. Overall I’d rate this foundation a 4 out of 5. It’s a great concealer/foundation despite the dry skin problem, and to be fair that problem can be solved with a heavier moiturizer.

You can get this here (**) or at Graftobian

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Review: Meze 66 Classics | Wooden Headphones?

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In My Bag

Yes, you read the title correctly, wooden headphones! When Meze wrote to me asking if I wanted to try out their headphones, that was the first thing that caught my eye; the second being that they were exactly like the headphones I used to wear in my old videos.

When they first arrived I was really quite shocked at how light they were, for some reason I expected them to feel quite heavy 

For how light they are, they’re remarkably tough. I dragged them around with me to Brighton several times stuffed between my computer, charger and and microphone and they were fine. The earphones rotate so I could fold them up or lie them down flat.

Mazda Headphones

A few years ago everyone seemed to be using the Beats by Dr Dre headphones and people were saying the sound was so much better. I’ve only ever used cheap headphones so you can imagine how interested I was to see if the sound was that much better. They really were! Listening to Human Legacy with these was quite amazing, I could really hear all the different layers in the song.

Basics:

  • €119 = £98
  • Detachable cable
  • Satin Finish
  • Gold Plated Plug 
  • Foldable Headband
  • Comes with spare cable

So, lets go through my pros and negatives. Starting off with pros, they’re incredibly handy for traveling and surprisingly tough. I tried to be pretty rough with them to see how they would last, and they held up so well, though I would recommend detaching the wire if you’re carrying it around in your bag to avoid the risk of them snagging and getting bent.

Headphones

So now for the cons. To be fair I was sent the smaller headphones, they have larger sizes, so it seems a little unfair to say it would have been nicer to have headphones which were a little larger. They fit well over my ears, but just as a personal preference I prefer them to slot around my ears rather than on them a little.

 I think the price will be a stumbling block for a few people, €119 (£98) is a lot to to spend on headphones

It really depends on what you’re intending to get out of them. If you’re one of those people who aren’t really bothered by the sound quality then I don’t think these would be appreciated much. For me personally, provided they’re long lasting, I think they’re worth the money. They made a huge difference to me when I was recording the rough demo’s for the Fenix album!

In A Bag

I’m tempted to give these another review in a few months, for the moment I’ve had them for about 2-3 months and love them, but I’ve verry interested to see how long they’ll last. Overall verdict, love them, but how long they last really determins for me if they’re worth the money. So far I would say they are (the sound quality is amazing) but I’ll check back in a few months with an update.

You can get these here

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