Kiko Cosmetics Metallic Shine Eyeshadow – 05 Charming Sage*

Kiko 05 Metallic Shine eyeshadow

So I think it’s safe to say that Kiko Cosmetics have really hit it out of the park with their Autumn 2015 Rebel Romantic Collection. From the must-have contouring crayons (here) to super pigmented eyeliners (here) there isn’t a product which disappoints! Last up for me is the Metallic Shine Eyeshadow in 05 Charming Sage.

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Packaged in an adorable glass jar, 05 Charming Sage is a stunning metallic khaki green, and is one of six available shades. They’re a great mix of amplified neutrals which are perfect for mixing and matching.

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The joy of the Metallic Shine Eyeshadows is in their versatility, if you’re after a soft sheen, they can be applied dry, and if you’re looking to up the intensity, a dampened brush is all you need! The colour payoff from the shadows is fantastic – they feel almost like a pressed pigment, so they go on super smoothly.

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05 Charming Sage is a great option if you’re looking for a way to brighten up a typical brown smoky eye. I like pairing it with soft, subtle taupe. I blend it into my lash line and my crease, and it’s a super flattering look for my hazel eyes!

Kiko Cosmetics Metallic Shine Eyeshadow 05 Charming Sage is priced at £6.90  and is available here

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm

Despite being on a serious lip product ban, when I stumbled across Chanel’s new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm, I couldn’t resist!

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For a start, the packaging is to-die-for! Wrapped up in a slick black tube, the lid is emblazoned with a beige double C’s, this isn’t your regular chapstick! Actually, to be honest, I’m not sure why Chanel have claimed that it’s a Hydrating Lip Balm at all, it doesn’t feel rich to apply, instead it feels really like their lipsticks – a light wash of hydrating sheer colour.

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I’m not complaining though, I’ve been reaching for the Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm almost daily. There was only one shade released as part of the 2015 Les Beiges Collection, and it’s a peachy pink neutral which should suit most skin tones. It’s such a lovely item to pop into your makeup bag, because it looks adorable, and the formula is really great – I only need a swipe to achieve a wash of natural looking colour, which stays for about an hour. Even though the wear time might not be the greatest, it’s so easy to apply that it’s no trouble at all!

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm is priced at £25.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Vichy Ideal Soleil Hydrating Milk SPF 50*

Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50

Even though it might not feel like it today (thanks to lashings of rain and rather low temperatures) we’re still grasping onto the last legs of summer, so I’ve been keeping a tube of Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF50 handy for whenever the sun decides to peak out.

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For someone with sensitive skin like mine, Vichy’s Ideal Soleil is the perfect answer for sun protection. Where some lotions can feel too thick, or give me hives, Vichy’s offering feels like a light body lotion to apply. You only ned a quick squirt to cover limbs in the sunscreen, and I love the light fresh fragrance. It immediately sinks into skin, and doesn’t leave me feeling dry or weirdly sticky. Instead, my skin feels soft, smooth and moisturised, and it is left with a lovely sheen. Since the SPF50 is quite high, I don’t feel the need to reapply every two minutes, instead I can enjoy a few hours out in the sunshine, without worrying about waking up lobster red tomorrow!

Vichy Ideal Soleil is priced at £16.50 and is available here.

Neom Intensive Energy Boosting Treatment*

Neom Intensive Energy Boosting Treatment

Neom are really hitting it out of the box with their new Feel Good on the Go Range. Encompassing everything from Energy Boosting Treatments like this one, to bath oils and pillow sprays, and everything in between, the range is small enough to pop in your handbag, meaning your go to at all times!

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Neom’s Intensive Energy Boosting Treatment is packaged as a little glass rollerball, and it’s perfect if, like me, you start to lag a bit as the day goes on. I usually combat the mixture of fatigue and low blood sugar with a rather large coffee, but since this vial popped through my letterbox, I’ve been steering clear of the ‘bux, instead just rolling the treatment over my pulse points and give it a good sniff.

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The formula of the the Energy Boosting Treatment feels like a light oil to apply, and it smells incredible. This is due to the inclusion of 17 essential oils, including Grapefruit, Lemon and Rosemary Oils, all three of which are renown for their invigorating qualities.

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Neom have really succeeded in creating something special in their Intensive Energy Boosting Treatment – not only does it smell divine, but it really works to give you a bit of a boost.

Neom’s Intensive Energy Boosting Treatment is priced at £8.00 and is available here

Neom De-Stress On The Go Mist*

Neom De-Stress on the Go

Since it’s Monday morning, I thought that there wouldn’t be a better time of share one of my newest finds – Neom’s gorgeous De-Stress On The Go Mist. The collection comprises of solutions to basically everything – there are pillow sprays, energy boosters and even bath oils!

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Just released as part of Neom’s new Feel Good on the Go Collection, the De-stress On The Go Mist is the perfect pick-me-up for when things are feeling rather busy or overwhelming. The mist is dainty enough to easily fit into your purse or makeup bag, which means you can always have it to hand, and all you need to is give your pulse points a mist, and breathe deeply for a minute or two.

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For such a little bottle, the De-Stress On The Go Mist is packed with 24 first-pressed essential oils, meaning that only the best has been included in the formula. The main notes of the fragrance include Brazilian Rosewood, Jasmine, Lavender, meaning that not only does it calm you down, it makes you smell incredibly good too!

Neom’s De-Stress On The Go Mist is priced at £8.00 and is available here.

Kiko Contouring Pencils Set*

Kiko Contouring Pencil Set

I’ve been seriously impressed with Kiko Cosmetics newest Rebel Romantic Rose Collection. It’s chock-full of stunning shadows, lipsticks and liners, but the product that I got most excited about trying was definitely the Contouring Pencils Set.  Packaged in the most stunning baby pink and rose gold capped crayons, the Contouring Pencil Set is an absolutely perfect way to dip your toe in the contouring trend.

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As well as making you look good, the Contour Pencil duo also looks super chic in your makeup bag, but they are as clever as they are pretty! The duo really reminded me of a slightly paired down version of Smashbox’s Contour Stick Trio (here) and they are a really awesome way of getting to grips with adding contouring to your makeup regime.

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The Contour Duo consists of a Bronzer and a Highlighting stick, so they are a no-fail way to fake Kardashian-esque cheek bones. To use, I swipe a little of the bronzer stick in the hollows of my cheeks, down the sides of my nose and on the underside of my chin. I then blend, blend, blend so that I’m not left looking too stripy. I add a sweep of blush to the apples of my cheeks, and then add the highlighter down my nose, on my cheekbones, brow bones and to my cupids bow. I then get to work blending again. I then sweep a little of my regular bronzer on top, and I’m absolutely loving the results.

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The formulas of both Contouring Pencils are buttery soft, and the colours blend into skin easily, meaning they don’t look too harsh or cakey once applied. I would say that it’s a pity that there aren’t a selection of colours that the briner is available in, as some very light and dark skin tones may find the colour unsuitable. The highlighting pencil is a complete find though – it adds a subtle sheen, rather than sparkle, and I’ve fallen completely in love with it!

Kiko Cosmetics Contouring Pencils Set is priced at £9.90 and is available here

Westlab Pure Mineral Bathing Himalayan Salt*

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Whenever I’m a bit tense/stressed or even just busy, I can find it super hard to get to sleep. My mind just seems to race, and nothing I can do really lets me get some rest. That is, until I found out about the magic which is bathing salts.

Westlab Detoxifying Himalayan Salts

Westlab’s Pure Mineral Bathing Himalayan Salt is absolutely perfect if you’re in need for a bit of a pamper session. The salts are also an amazing way to treat sore and tired muscles if you’ve been really going for it in the gym. The pink crystals were formed millions of years ago before any modern day pollution, which results in an extremely pure natural salt. Himalayan salt contains an impressive 84 minerals including magnesium, calcium and potassium, meaning they are a complete powerhouse to use.

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I’ve found that the Himalayan Salts work best for me, when I run a rather hot bath, and add a cup or two of them to running water. They don’t bubble or feel scented, but they give bathwater a feeling of softness which you can just sink into. I love to burn a couple of candles, settle in with a good book, and let the salts really work their magic. Once I’m out of the bath, I can barely float into bed, and I always get the best night’s sleep. I’m talking hotel-grade blackout which feels so restorative and calming!

Westlab Pure Mineral Bathing Himalayan Salt is priced at £9.99 and is available here

Chanel Vernis – 655 Beige Rose

Chanel 655 Beige Rose

As part of Chanel’s stunning Summer Les Beiges collection, four versions of ‘beige’ polish was released – a peach, a beige, a pink and a brown version. Since I have exactly zero self control when it comes to either neutral polishes or Chanel releases, I snapped up 655 Beige Rose as fast as I could!

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655 Beige Rose is an absolutely beautiful warm pink shade, which is perfect if you’re looking for a chic neutral shade which doesn’t stray too far into the bubble gum or Barbie spectrum. Packaged in Chanel’s signature black-topped bottles, 655 Beige Rose is sheer and glossy, and an absolute joy to wear. It just looks to clean and effortless on fingers.

Chanel 655 Beige Rose swatch

Applying 655 Beige Rose was an absolute cinch – two coats was enough for even, opaque coverage, and I simply topped it off with a layer of my Chanel topcoat. Like all of my Chanel polishes, the longevity isn’t the greatest – I got two days before chipping and tip wear set in, but I always know what I’m getting into when I’m buying their polishes – what they miss in formulation, they make up for in gorgeous colours!

Chanel’s 655 Beige Rose is priced at £18.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color – Beverly Hills Blush*

Smashbox LA Lights Beverly Hills Blush

When I’m talking to friends about makeup and all things beauty, and even when I’m examining my own (rather too extensive stash) one product that I never get too excited about is blusher. I’ve got a few favourites that I rotate between, and that’s pretty much that. When Smashbox’s gorgeous new LA Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colour in Beverly Hills Blush came through the door though, all bets were off!

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Packaged in a tidy little crayon-eque tube, LA Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Colors are designed to give you a natural looking West Coast glow, and who doesn’t want a piece of that? There are 9 blush tones and a champagne highlighter to choose from, so the shades will definitely suit a wide variety of skin tones, from the palest through the to richest colours.

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Beverly Hills Blush is a gorgeous peachy pink which has a wash of golden shimmer running through it. It’s a great alternative to NARS’ iconic Orgasm, as it gives my complexion a natural looking warmth and glow.

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I’ve been using the LA Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color after applying my foundation and concealer. I simply dash a little formula onto the apples of my cheeks, and then blend upwards. It looks incredible natural, and it’s an absolute breeze to apply! Unlike some other gel or cream blushes that I’ve tried in the past, Smashbox have created one which gives a wash of lightweight colour.

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There is even a little latex sponge on the other end so you can apply on the go! It’s a genius little product, and it’s multi use too! Smashbox recommend using the LA Lights on your lips, and I love how it makes your whole look feel really cohesive. Beverly Hills Blush is a gorgeous lip stain if you’re looking for one of those elusive YLBB shades.

Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color is priced at £25.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

YSL Couture Kajal – 01 Noir Ardent

YSL Couture Kajal

I’ve been a big fan of Kajal eyeliners for a few years now, so when I saw YSL were releasing one as part of their Autumn Collection, I literally ran to the nearest department store so I could get my hands on it.

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YSL described the Couture Kajal as a 3-in-1 product – you can use it as a Khol in your lower waterline, as a regular liner and then smoked out on the eyelid. Honestly, it’s I would only use it as a liner, but I have about a zillion eyeshadows which I need to use, so that might just be me!

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The packaging of the Couture Kajal is absolutely beautiful – an elegant black wand is tipped with a shiny golden cap, it looks stunning in my makeup bag, and it feels so easy to use. The shape of the Kajal just rests in the hand, meaning application is flawless and you can just sweep the liner over eyes and waterlines to create the desired effect.

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Uncapped, the kajal sits in a sharpened point, and unfortunately, that’s all the product you get. Unlike my beloved (and now repackaged) Guerlain, YSL’s offering doesn’t twist at all, meaning what you see is exactly what you get. This caused a major issue for me, when, after my very first application the entire kajal just crumbled away leaving me with exactly nothing left on the wand, and big clumps of kajal all over my table!

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To say I was upset was a bit of an understatement. Not only is this product great, but it’s also pretty expensive, so to get exactly one use out of it isn’t exactly ideal. The formula of the kajal really was lovely – quite dry feeling to the touch, with an insane amour of colour payoff – I needed a single stroke in my upper lash line to achieve the perfect amount of smoky definition. But even so, for a premium product to pretty much disintegrate is extremely disappointing.

YSL Couture Kajal Pencil is priced at £25.00 and is available here