Kylie Cosmetics Koko Kollection review

After some scepticism about the cost including imports tax and postage, I finally bit the bullet. I’m not a Kardashian/Jenner devotee, and as such purely bought this because I had seen Kylie Jenner’s lipsticks being regarded highly in reviews.

Let’s discuss the price point first- A lip kit, single, posted to be would have worked out at nearly £40, so it was a better option to get the entire Koko Kollection for which I paid £55. The collection does not come with lip liners, but I own plenty of lip liners in similar shades anyway so I do not feel overly hard done by.


First impressions:

After steeling myself for the price tag, I was surprised at how quickly it came. It was well packed and not damaged. The box that houses the collection is pretty and sparkly (can’t complain) and displays the products nicely.


Swatches: 

The shades are called Bunny, Baby Girl, Doll and Sugar Plum.  Sugar Plum is a gloss and the rest are matte.


Formula:

The formula seems to be good; the matte lipsticks aren’t too drying (obviously apply a lip balm underneath) and the gloss isn’t too sticky.

Longevity: 

I did an experiment and swatched all four shades on my hand before bed. When I woke up none of the matte colours had smudged or budged. Understandably, the gloss had been wiped away. I had a bath in the morning and despite scrubbing my hand the swatches would not budge- I had to scrub again with make-up remover to get rid of them. These are VERY long lasting and transfer-proof lipsticks.

 

Conclusion:

These are very good lipsticks, but the availability is low as there is no official UK stockist. I would pay good money for them, but I think when the postage and taxes are added they are a little too pricey and hard to obtain. There are plenty of easily available lipsticks in the UK that do as good a job for the fraction of the price- such as the Morphe liquid lipsticks.

I think it was worth getting one collection, perhaps just so I could try them and admire their beauty. I don’t think I will be adding more Kylie lipsticks to my collection until they come to the UK, if they indeed are at all.

8/10. Would be a ten if they were easier to obtain and more cost effective.

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De’Lanci Glitter Palette Review

De’lanci is a relatively new online brand of cosmetics, I noted them when I saw excellent reviews on a ‘dupe’ of the well-known Morphe 350 palette around Christmas time.

This palette retails on Amazon here for £23.99.

 

First Impressions

As the order is fulfilled by Amazon, it was well packed in Amazon’s signature card packaging.

The palette is in a sparkly gold cardboard casing housed snugly within a sparkly gold cardboard slip. These were pleasant, but when the palette is nearing the price of some higher end palettes, I would have hoped perhaps for metal or plastic as I worry about how well this palette would survive in a suitcase or if I accidentally spill a drink on it- perhaps the cardboard would get wet and tear. I have resolved to be careful with it, but it is thick cardboard and as such does feel quite sturdy and the simple glitter finish looks sleek and very aesthetically pleasing.

Colour Payoff

Obviously, with buying online, one cannot test the product and as such buying it was a gamble. I am, however, very glad that I did. The glitters are quite chunky and knit together nicely to avoid being ‘gappy’. I think that with a base eye shadow under they can be patted on to get the desired effect. As the glitter is self-adhesive it requires no glue, and thus, no mess, hurrah!

There is some fallout, but that is to be expected with any glitter product. Overall the product stays well.

There is a good range of colours within the palette, although some of the lighter shades do not provide as much in the way of pigment, they are buildable and the darker and brighter colours go on fabulously with a finger or a brush.

Conclusion

I rate this 8/10. It is a great palette and I am glad I took a chance on it and would recommend it. I think the packaging could perhaps do with a bit of improvement to make it look more high end for its price, or perhaps the price could go down a little bit. This is a very minor criticism though, as the formula is what matters and that is spot on.

 

 

Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask Review

The Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask has been sweeping the internet and is everywhere on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram. It it can be purchased from Amazon here for £3.99.

I was sceptical, as with most cheap Chinese beauty products from the internet, I wanted it for the novelty factor but did not have much hope of it being high quality or particularly usable.

First Impressions

It took about three weeks from ordering to arrival but this was as expected. The packaging looked good quality, as with many things like this the instructions on it were in badly translated Chinese and as such were basically impossible to follow. The premise of it is the same as any other face mask- you make sure you have a clean face and apply the product and then wait approximately fifteen minutes before washing it off.

The smell is nice; fresh, like green tea. It is a weird texture, as opposed to being thick and super viscous and ‘heavy’ like traditional clay masks, it has a thick almost jelly texture.

Use

I put the product on, it spread nicely and felt refreshingly cool on the skin. There was no irritation. After about a minute it started bubbling on my face, which felt so interesting and tingly. I really liked this feeling. It was fun to watch in the mirror as the bubbles kept growing on my face, leading me to look like the moon from The Mighty Boosh.

After fifteen minutes I patted down the bubbles on my face, popping them, then massaged in and rinsed off the product with water.

My skin felt nice and soft after using it, but no more soft than a 99p packet face mask from Superdrug would have made it feel.

I wouldn’t say this is a wonder product, but if taken on face value- a large pot of decent face mask with the fun novelty bubbling factor, I was very impressed.

10/10

 

 

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub review

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub claims to be a ‘triple-action facial polish’ and it contains exfoliant material and  glycolic and salicyclic acid to ‘refine, brighten, and renew’ your skin.

I bought this product from Amazon on a whim when it was half price. I am always very sceptical about the grand claims of skincare products, and as such would have been unwilling to pay £10 for a product I had not already tested, in case I had a reaction to it or it was awful and confined to the ‘cupboard of doom’ under the bathroom sink.

First Impressions:

The packaging is sleek and elegant in a duck egg blue colour. It is mid-range but looks a lot fancier than its price point would suggest. The tube has a capacity of 75ml and as such is a little on the small side when compared to other comparable mid-range items such as St Ives scrubs, which often retail around half the price for 150ml of product.

The smell of the scrub is subtle and citrussy. This is perfectly pleasant, but personally I would have preferred a totally neutral or floral smell. This is not a fault with the product, but rather myself- I hate citrus.

Usage

As with any facial exfoliant, a smallish amount is rubbed in a circular motion around your damp face and then washed off with water. This was easy to do and the scrub was not too ‘gritty’, making this process completely painless.

Results

I’ve used this scrub now for approximately two months. I use it once or twice a week. I used my St Ives scrub every day (probably not recommended but it really worked for my skin) but the Nip+ Fab scrub is much harsher in my opinion and so cannot be used too often.

Immediately after using the scrub my face is quite red, but this quickly goes. My face feels smooth and looks brighter. I have uneven skin tone and personally have not found that it helps with this.

I’m not a dermatologist and daren’t offer skin care guidance but you MUST use SPF face cream or sun cream after using this product. My face got very red and irritated in the sun after using it before I started using SPF after. I can only guess that the acids in it make my skin a little more sensitive for a while. I should add I do not have particularly sensitive, oily, or dry skin.

Overall, it is a perfectly pleasant product but I do not get the hype (is a Kardashian an ambassador?) It has not done wonders for my skin and nor can I use it daily. I am happy enough using up the rest of my tube but I do not think I would pay full price for this product, and I will not be repurchasing. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it- I’m going back to St Ives.

5/10


Eos lip balm review

In the spirit of Easter just gone, I thought I would review the very cutesy egg-shaped Eos lip balm endorsed by Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus. Controversially, Eos were sued in a class action law suit fronted by plaintiff Rachel Cronin in 2016 amid claims that they had made users ‘break out in severe rashes and have cracked, bleeding lips’.

A lot can be said about the American culture for suing. The pictures in the court documents did not look so severe that some Carmex and an antihistamine could not cure them but hey, I’m not a doctor. In the UK we would probably just get a refund for the product and leave it there. Eos conceded that despite the ingredients being listed on the packaging, more attention should be drawn to potential allergens within the product and those affected got compensated.

I have been using Eos lip balm practically every day since mid 2014 and never had a reaction. I have a collection of approximately 12 of their flavours and bring them everywhere with me. All this while my lips have remained soft.

The packaging is very cute and unique, but potentially a choke risk so it is best for adult use. The only problem I have had with the packaging is when using one in the office, a colleague enquired ‘is that… A love egg?’

There are several flavours and often Christmas and summer releases with new flavours. My all-time favourite is ‘sweet mint’ which is a lovely tingly minty balm. I feel like it has some gentle lip plumping effect but this is not claimed by The Company so it might just be me.

The range of flavours, the pretty packaging, and the fact it makes my lips so soft makes it a winner for me. It is at a slightly high price point £4-£6 each in the UK. This is okay though as the whole egg is filled with the product and so it lasts a long time.

10/10

Dior ‘Star’ Foundation review.

I have used this foundation now for approximately two years having seen it in John Lewis instead of my then favourite Guerlain ‘Lingerie’ foundation (which I also really rate). In between my use of this product I’ve tried samples of Estée Lauder ‘Double Wear, Elizabeth Arden, YSL, and Dermacol.

This product has an SPF of 30 which is unusual for a foundation and means that I do not have to wear sunscreen under it, which can make my skin greasy and affect a flawless finish.  It comes in approximately 19 colours ranging from very light to very dark, these also span both warm and cool tones. I wear 032 ‘rosy beige’ which is a bit lighter than the name might suggest and has a warm tone.

According to Dior ‘The complexion is instantly more luminous and visibly evener. A new generation of hollow silica beads captures and diffuses light in a correcting halo with no shine. At the same time, colour filter pigments neutralise colour imbalances to recreate the perfect light. The complexion is clarified with a purer, more dazzling and long lasting light’. Although I am normally sceptical of such bold claims, the foundation does have a radiant dewy finish and photographs very well without any flashback which is normally a worry for foundations that contain SPF.

This foundation lasts long days with no touching up, and does not rub off or go greasy. I often wear it from approximately 6:00am until 22:00pm with no retouches. I use primer and moisturiser underneath it and set it with pressed powder and ‘bake’ with loose powder under my eyes and along my jaw.

I have fair skin with a lot of dark freckles and some redness and uneven skin tone on my cheeks which it covers well – in fact making even my freckles invisible. I am fortunate in that I do not have spotty or acne prone skin, nor is it greasy or dry. I have no doubt that it would cover spots or acne scarring. With the moisturiser, primer, and powder I also imagine it would cover and last well on oily or dry skin. I do not use any other Dior Skin products alongside this.

I admit this product does have a high price point (£35) but it lasts well- each bottle lasts me about six to eight months as a little goes a long way. I wear it every time I wear make-up, but it would work well as a special occasions only make-up. I know it is popular in bridal make-up because it photographs beautifully.

 

The packaging is simple and classy.

Without and with foundation.

Make-up ‘holy grail’ items

These are items I really really rate and use most days when I have make-up on.

Moisturiser: I have Estée Lauder moisturiser for when I feel fancy, but Garnier Day Cream is what I mainly use.

Primer: Guerlain L’or

Beauty Blender:  I have one, I don’t use it.

Concealer: NYX ‘dark circles’ concealer, YSL Touche Èclat, and the lightest shade from my De’lanci contour palette for highlighting.

Foundation: Dior Star

Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte for my face generally, and Technic’s white powder for baking.

Brow product: Anastasia Beverley Hills ‘Dip Brow Pomade’ and a Dior eyebrow pencil.

Eye primer: Make-Up Revolution.

Eyeshadow palette: De’lanci neutrals pallete or Urban Decay Naked 3 generally.

Mascara: Guerlain ‘Maxi Lash So Volume’ and Shiseido ‘Full Lash Volume’

Liner: A white pencil for my waterline, it’s so old I don’t know where it is from. Liquid: one from Amazon with no name.

Lashes: Eyelure.

Contour: De’lanci

Bronzer: Benefit ‘Hoola’

Blush: A very pink Dior one

Highlight: Makeup Revolution

Lipbalm: EOS sweet mint (tingly!)

Liner:  Many from Amazon (unbranded)

Lipstick: I love Limecrime for matte, and Chanel and Estée Lauder for normal lipstick. My go-to is Limecrime’s ‘bleached’.

Make up brush: My oval brushes for foundation and contour, and my Estée Lauder and Real Techniques ones for face powder.

Setting spray : Barry M dewy finish.

Witch blemish stick review

This product purports to ‘help break down excessive oil and fight the bacteria that causes spots’. It retails for between £2 and £4 generally and, according to Witch’s website, has won awards.

Usage is simple: dab it on blemishes as often as required. Being witch hazel, it has a strong scent reminiscent of alcohol and as such can sting your eyes a little when dabbing it on blemishes that are near them, but this goes almost instantly as it dries.

It feels light on the skin and glides on with a ‘wet’ feel which is strangely tingly and refreshing.

I do not have oil or blemish-prone skin but bought it when I developed a rare spot. Dabbing it did not seem to make this one angry spot go, but it has since made small bumps without a ‘head’ disappear overnight. 

I am glad I only paid £1.99 for this product at Sainsbury, but even at £4 it is worth having. I would not pay more than that, as I am not certain of how effective it is. You do get a lot of product for your money, though.

3/5