Testing Kiko Cosmetics

Testing Kiko Cosmetics

I was out in Edinburgh for a girly day just before Christmas and I noticed Kiko were having a sale so I treated myself to a couple of bits.

I think I had only been in the shop once before but it was so busy I never really got a chance to look at much.

I didn’t really get a chance this time either as it was packed but I grabbed a couple of things that caught my eye anyway.

I can’t remember too much about the prices of each of the products but I do know it was less than £15.00 for everything which I thought was really good.

I also didn’t think it was very clear what I was buying until I checked the label or the sample which is how I managed to pick up two lip products – I swear the lip balm said it was glitter eye shadow or something! The perils of the sales and the Christmas period in general I guess!

I was greeted by a lovely guy wearing the best eye makeup I think I’d ever seen! He also asked if I needed help but since I didn’t know what I was looking for, I thought it was best to do it alone.

First up I found Gold Waves lipstick in the shade Mystical Wine (I love the name!). I think it was the only colour of this particular one available as I didn’t see any other shades.

The packaging is gorgeous! It’s also magnetic so no chance of your lippie losing the lid when it’s in your bag!

I like how it sits flush in the handle and the shape make it really easy to apply.

It’s a nice formula. It’s not too creamy but not drying on your lips either. It’s almost matte which makes it last a fair while too.

I wouldn’t say it’s the most pigmented lipstick I’ve ever tried but with the shade it’s quite hard to tell. I’m not sure if darker shades would have more of a colour pay off or not.

This is the Smart Cult eyeshadow palette in Matte Revolution.

I remember that there was a choice of two of these palettes. This one and a more neutral toned shimmer palette. Of course I went for the bright colours!

You get 12 matte eyeshadows in this palette. I think this might be one of the few only matte palettes I’ve ever bought as I’m not normally drawn towards them too often.

There is a pretty wide mix of colours here and you could use the rows as a guide to build up a look.

The shadows themselves are quite powdery and you do get a lot of kickback in the pan bit luckily not too much fallout on your face!

They blend quite easily but I found it really hard to actually build the colour up and when blended together they looked a little muddy.

The packaging is plastic and you get a decent sized magnifying mirror (at least I hope my face isn’t that big! 🤣). The palette is a good size for travelling as it doesn’t take up much room. I just wish it had a shimmer or two to spice it up a little!

My accidental purchase! I’m sure this was under £2.00 so I’m definitely not complaining. You can never go wrong with another lip balm!

Again, the packaging looks really sleek and it sits flush with the lid so you don’t have to worry about messing up the product when your closing it.

It’s easy to apply and provides just enough colour. This is in the shade Blueberry buy I’m sure there were others available.

It is really hydrating and I find myself reaching for this through the day quite a lot just now – my skin and lips are taking an utter battering just now with the cold weather it’s and just the kind of pick me up I need at the minute!

I really want to try more from Kiko – especially their mascara and foundation but I found it really hard to try and get a match for my pasty skin in the Edinburgh store!

Have you tried Kiko before? Let me know what you would recommend in the comments below and I will try and see if I can pick it up next time I’m visiting.

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Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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Beauty Bay Identity Eyeshadow Palette


Beauty Bay Identity Eyeshadow Palette

Beauty Bay Identity Eyeshadow Palette

If you follow me on Instagram (shameless self promotion!), you may have noticed I’ve been posting a few makeup looks recently from the Beauty Bay Identity palette.

If you don’t follow me, 1) you should (I occasionally post decent content!) And 2) don’t worry as I will post my looks through this post – don’t judge my skills too much, I’m working on it!

This was a Christmas present from J after I said I’d had my eye on it for ages but it was always out of stock!

I was really excited to start using it when it came through the door!

I’ll be honest, when I opened it up I was slightly disappointed as the colours didn’t look quite as vibrant as what I remembered from the adverts I’d seen online; however, it is a gorgeous palette and it is my favourite of the 3 that were first released as it’s just a bit more bold (not to say I won’t pick the others up eventually!).

The packaging is really nice, the matte black with the embossed writing makes it feel quite high end. It’s got a nice big mirror on the inside too which is great.

The palette is pretty big so is maybe not ideal for travelling but the whopping 42 shades you get for your money means it’s the only palette you would need to take with you! It’s fairly lightweight too so it wouldn’t take up too much of your baggage allowance.

The shadows themselves have the Beauty Bay “B” embossed on them which looks really pretty, I just know I’ll get sad when they eventually rub away!

Side note: using swatch templates is pretty difficult!

There are 26 mattes shades, 9 shimmers and 7 metallic shadows which you can use to create your own combinations or use the “colour by number” style that can be used as a guide for those maybe newer to playing with colour.

The colours range from neutral base and transition shades to vibrant warm and cool toned shadows to give pops of colour. Perfect for creating day and night time looks.

My only gripe with the colour selection is it doesn’t have a black shadow and, personally, I wish there was a couple of blues or greens rather than the reddish tones as some seem too similar but that’s just me! Not sure if the blue writing made me think it would have some blues in it tbh.

These shadows work together really well and the formula makes blending no bother at all! I’ve been using my Spectrum brushes for these looks and they apply so easily!

They are highly pigmented but you can get a more muted look by using a lighter hand if you need to.

You do get the teensiest amount of fallout from the shimmer shades but nothing that isn’t easily fixed with a big fluffy brush.

Through the day, I didn’t notice any creasing or wearing away and the colours looked just as bright as when I applied them to when I was taking my makeup off at night!

I should add that I have annoyingly wrinkly eyelids so it does look like the shadows are creasing slightly, I promise you they aren’t! That’s just my stupid lids! Trust me, you would see the difference if they were creased!

Bloodshot eye sees everything!

I used the “colour by numbers” a few times and for the most part, it turns out really well. There are a few weird colour combos but most of the shades compliment each other anyway and you can always swap out a shade for another if you wanted to.

I think it’s a good idea for people that are just starting with makeup or if you’re stuck for a look you can get inspiration from the columns at the very least.

In fairness, I’m not 100% sure I know what all the rows are for! You have Base, Transition, Crease, Liner, Pop and Highlight. Base, Transition and Crease are pretty self-explanatory but Liner – do they mean upper or lower? I’ve assumed lower – Pop, I’ve guessed is for your lid and Highlight is the inner corner? Let me know if I’ve made any mistakes!

You would have thought I would have tidied up my eyebrows, but no 🙄

This palette is only £25.00 which is a bargain for the amount of colours you get! If you would like to try them, I have two discount codes here. I’m not sure if each code can only be used once but if you want to use them to get 10% off Beauty Bay branded products they are BESTIE10 and BBART8CXQ3Z. Just let me know if you’ve used them and if they worked for you!

I think Beauty Bay have tried something a bit different and they have done it really well. It’s the first time I’ve ever bought anything from them and I can see myself being a returning customer!

I love the fact you get some little cards and stickers with your order, it’s a really nice touch. I even managed to put the stickers to good use when I was making homemade soap!

Have you tried any of the Beauty Bay range? What did you think? Anything you would recommend for me? Let me know in the comments below!

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Thanks for reading, guys! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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Products I Hated in 2018

Products I Hated in 2018

We had a favourites post, so I thought, why not do a post on products I hated!

Thankfully there wasn’t that many. I think it helps that I only buy products that I think I will like. Some of them I posted about before. Others I felt didn’t warrant a review of their own!

I’m not saying these are bad products as such, they might be perfect for you and your skin or hair. They just don’t work for me.

Also, just because I hate a particular product, doesn’t mean I hate the brand or anything like that!

Let’s do this!

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste

This was weird, it was a horrible colour but smelled really nice.

As soon as it went onto my hair it lathered up loads and it did make my hair feel thicker but it also started matting it up!

It took me ages to actually rinse it out my hair because it was so tangled and trying to brush my hair out after it was try was an absolutely futile attempt!

My hair got really flat really quickly and I had to use a ton of conditioner the next day so I could get a brush through it and to combat the dryness it caused.

I would not recommend this for someone with fine, flyaway hair like me!

Romantic Bear Lip Colour

This was utterly terrible and the worst part about it was it did actually stain!

Application was so tricky because it was so gloopy and it stuck to itself as you tried to apply it!

Hell mend you, if you did make a mistake with application because you would be stuck with that for at least 12-24 hours no matter how much you scrubbed your face!

The staining wasn’t consistent so I ended up with patchy parts and it also stained my teeth!

For a product that is technically meant to save time, it tripled the time needed to do my lips as I had to use other lipstick as well as all the other faff!

PS Super Food Gel Face Wash

I love picking up things from Primark and normally I don’t have anything bad to say about their products but this was such a fail.

The face wash smells amazing, I picked up blueberry and kale but it didn’t really seem to do anything for me.

It didn’t make my skin look any clearer and it didn’t foam up enough for me to feel my skin was actually being cleaned.

It also made my face a bit red but I’m not sure if that was the face wash itself or if I was just having a bad skin month!

Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner

I don’t know if I received a dud product or if this was just terrible but I really don’t know what Benefit were thinking when they released this!

It doesn’t work! Trying to get any sort of colour on your eye was an effort in futility. If I did manage it, it was patchy AF and getting a straight line was impossible.

I was genuinely tempted to pick up another one to see if I mine was faulty but I couldn’t justify spending the ridiculous amount of money to find out it was still rubbish!

Dry Shampoo

This isn’t even a single brand. I’ve tried Batiste, store brands, Tressemé and probably a couple of others but done of them seem to work for me.

My hair is always left ridiculously greasy and I still have to wash it every day.

I just don’t understand how some people can go for days without washing their hair! I would love to be that girl! It’s all jealousy really!

I’ll be honest, I didn’t have as many products as I thought I would when I started buying more stuff but I have been quite picky with my purchases!

Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of products that I thought were a bit “meh” on first impressions but I didn’t hate them, I just learned to work with them a little bit – Conceal and Define Foundation, I’m looking at you!

What was on your list for hated products last year? Have you already found stuff to hate on this year? Let me know in the comments below!

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Thanks for reading and I’ll speak to you soon!

Claudia xxx

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Favourite Products of 2018

Favourite Products of 2018

We all know I love a favourites post so I thought why not do a round up for 2018?

I think last year I bought and tried more products than I have over my entire lifetime and I know that’s partially because of my blog, watching YouTube and my revived love of makeup.

The products that make the cut may not necessarily have been released last year but they were definitely new to me.

Let’s face it, having been out of touch with makeup for so long, even a wet beauty sponge was new to me – can’t believe I was so oblivious for so long!

Since this is a round-up post, it’s likely the products I mention here will have cropped up before so I will link my previous posts so you can see my full reviews.

Shall we get to it?

Lush – 9-5 Cleanser

I raved about this way back in my May 2018 Favourites and it’s still a firm favourite in my skincare routine.

I’m onto my second bottle now (I even got a big one the second time around as I knew it would get used!) and it is one of the few products that I use every day, twice a day when I’m wearing makeup.

It leaves my skin looking clear and feeling clean and I’ve definitely had a reduction in spots since I started using it.

Child’s Farm – Baby Moisturiser

I don’t moisturise as often as I should, I know this and I’m trying to get better at it. Especially with the winter weather, my skin is taking an absolute beating just now and I’ve got dry bits in places I’ve never had before!

I do use other moisturisers but I think I reach for this one the most because it’s always handy with J using it too!

I can use it on my leg when my tattoo reaction flares up and on my face because it’s so gentle so it’s really convenient.

It’s hydrating, absorbs well and doesn’t leave my skin feeling or looking greasy.

Urban Decay – Naked Skin Foundation

I was given this by my friend as she no longer needed it and it has become my everyday (when I can be bothered) foundation.

It feels really lightweight and gives good coverage without looking cakey or heavy on my skin.

This is one that I definitely will be repurchasing as I know how it works with my skin and it lasts a really long time so I don’t mind spending that bit more.

I’ve done a full comparison post with the All Nighter Foundation so be sure to check that out to see which one you would prefer!

Revolution – Conceal & Define Concealer

This is my go-to concealer, I can’t even remember if I have picked up any others last year at all! Certainly, no others have left an impression.

This just works really well on my skin, it covers what I need it to cover without looking cakey and lasts for a really long time.

The price is also fantastic. I think this is going to be a staple in my makeup collection for a really long time!

MUA – Setting Powder

I never really understood setting your face with a translucent powder but I realise most coloured face powders are the wrong undertone for my skin so thought I would give this a go.

I really like this as you only need to use a tiny amount and it sets everything down so well!

If you do go heavy handed, it leaves a cast on your skin which requires a fair bit of blending to dust away!

I’ve also noticed that if I use too much, I occasionally get a whiff of it through the day. Not that it smells of anything really, it’s more you can smell “generic powder smell”, if that makes any sort of sense?

I think it probably does flashback but I’m so pale my skin does that anyway so it’s never something that I’ve cared about.

I think I picked this up for £4.00 at the start of last year and I have only used about a quarter of the tub so it is going to last a really long time!

Freedom – Bronzed Professional

I’m not great at contouring or bronzing but I really like this powder as it’s not super pigmented.

I don’t think you would really notice too much when I’m wearing it as it is so light but it genuinely makes me look less flat and dead 🤣.

It blends really well and because it’s light it is foolproof (and I definitely need that!).

Revolution – Soph Does Nails Eyeshadow Palettes

I’ve used so many great eyeshadow palettes last year that I found it really hard to choose my favourite.

I think out of my collection I have used the Soph palettes more than any others. I love the original and Extra Spice and I use them both interchangeably.

The formula, pigmentation and colour combinations are all really great especially for the price of them! I just can’t really fault them and the same goes for pretty much every other Revolution palette I have tried.

Seventeen – Falsifeye HD mascara

I am gutted that Seventeen is no longer sold as this mascara is my favourite of this year hands down and I know I’ll be running out soon!

The formula is not too wet or dry and coats the lashes evenly. You can build it up and it doesn’t flake off through the day.

The wand takes a bit of getting used to because the bristles are so thin and I poked my eye on more than one occasion but once I got used to it I loved it. Even when the mascara is long gone, I think I’m going to keep the wand!

Smashbox – Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

I love this liquid lipstick, I really didn’t want to because the price is pretty steep but it has, by far, the best formulation of any I have tried.

It doesn’t make my lips feel really dry and when it finally starts to wear off through the day, it does it in a kinder way than some that just leave your lips looking like a bumhole!

The colour (Babe Alert) is great for me and the heart-shaped doe foot makes applying it really easy!

Native Unearthed – Natural Deodorant Balm


My last favourite is also my saddest favourite. I love this deodorant, love! I raved about it to everyone, it’s cruelty free and lasts all day.

I was even given some by a reader as she didn’t want to use it and I repurchased it too.

But disaster struck! In October/November I developed a really red sore, weepy rash in my armpits. I couldn’t lift my arms above my head the skin was so tight. I had been using the deodorant for months at this point so tried everything to prove it was not causing this pain!

Alas, I had to stop using it and the rash cleared and my skin went back to normal. Gutted is an understatement!

So that’s it, my favourites for 2018!

What did you think? Was there any on my list that were on yours too? Something you think shouldn’t be on there? Or something I should try for 2019? Let me know in the comments below!

As always, thanks for reading! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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New Year – 2018 Round Up & 2019 Goals

New Year – 2018 Round Up & 2019 Goals

Happy New Year! I hope everyone brought in the bells with their loved ones and you weren’t feeling too rough the next day!

I spent January 1st mainly sleeping – not quite sure why I felt so tired but I slept the entire day away! Tried to make up for it on the 2nd as I tried to cram as much as I could so I could say I didn’t waste my time off!

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I thought it would be useful to reflect on what 2018 brought to my blog and what I hope 2019 brings.

These are my stats since I started blogging consistently in April – not the biggest numbers ever but I’m still proud of each and every view!

I had quite a few opportunities this year which I’m quite proud of as I didn’t imagine I would have had quite as much interest as I did especially with my teeny tiny following.

I worked with some fantastic brands and bought a tremendous amount of new products to satisfy my beauty cravings!

I got to go to Deep Sea World and spend time with other bloggers which took me way out of my comfort zone!

I was invited to a Lush event but I had to turn that down due to my real life job which was majorly disappointing!

I was even nominated for a Mystery Blogger Award and I hosted my first giveaway!

A lot of the brands I worked with were through Instagram so I didn’t always post on my blog but I thought it would be nice to roundup who I have worked with for the year.

***Please note: Products featured in this post have been sent to me for free to test and review but as always, opinions remain my own!***

The first brand I want to mention is Kalon Kosmetics. From winning their giveaway and then a few months later getting a PR package was an amazing experience. JaLeeda is one of the most amazing ladies and the company have great values that I can really relate to. I can’t wait to see what they do in 2019 as they just seem to be going from strength to strength! I’m really thankful to be involved with then for their Achelois Goddess campaign.

I was sent some XLS Nutrition which was the basis for a “weight loss post”. I think if there was any doubt about my honesty in posts, this proves I don’t hold back.

I got to use a really fancy foot file by Dynesse. I’ll be honest, it’s not something I would normally buy but being sent it was great as my feet have felt nice and soft ever since!

I was sent not one, but two sleep masks from Bedtime Bliss which, although I wouldn’t use them for every day, they are perfect for travelling and I even gifted one to my friend so she could use it on her flight to Canada this Christmas.

Eyewake kindly sent me some collagen gel which helps me wake up in the morning and reduces the bags under my eyes. I am doing another campaign for them this year too which I am really looking forward to.

Lastly, I was sent a Vitamin C serum by Skinkissed and I have just finished the whole bottle which says a lot as I never tend to keep up with my skincare but I found this to be so nice for my skin!

Murphy wasn’t kept out of the action this year either. After the launch of his Instagram, he was sent a fab little bandana from D and C Pet Couture. I don’t do football so unfortunately he only wore it for the photo, but it was a really good product!

I was also sent some Olay Daily Facials from the Savvy Circle, Colgate Toothpaste from Home Tester Club, primer, mascara and face masks from Alba Science. These aren’t directly related to my blog itself but I’d definitely recommend signing up to these places so you can try out some new stuff in exchange for a short review.

This is by no means a bragging post – I know this is not impressive compared to a lot of bloggers but I am proud of my blogging achievements this year and I’ve discovered some new brands and products that I love.

I’m not really one for resolutions but I would like to get my organisational skills back to help me feel less overwhelmed with social media and trying to get my posts out – I feel like I’m constantly playing catch up at the moment!

I know I said it before, but I would like to get my own domain but taking the leap is so scary. I’m worried I will lose my posts I’ve already created but my biggest fear is spending money on something that I can’t keep up with!

What did you achieve in 2018? What are your goals for 2019? Let me know in the comments below!

I’ve said it before, and I have to say it again – I’m so grateful to you all for the support I’ve received since I started this endeavour. Thank you! 💜

Claudia xxx

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