19/09/2014

KIKO DARING GAME FALL COLLECTION

A picture of the KIKO Daring Game Limited Edition Fall Collection

A picture of the KIKO Daring Game Limited Edition Fall Collection
A picture of the KIKO Daring Game Limited Edition Fall Collection

A picture of the KIKO Daring Game Face Brush

A picture of the KIKO Radiant Honey Golden Game Sculpting Powder

Although I love the bright shades we all turn to in summer, I'm always more confident with the shades akin to winter and the fall collections are really pulling out all the stops this year! One collection in particular that I am really enjoying, is the KIKO Daring Game Limited Edition Fall Collection*. Inspired by beautiful Bond Girls, it's a sophisticated collection with stand-out packaging and shades to suit any complexion or preference. 

My favourite piece from the collection is the Radiant Honey Golden Game Sculpting Powder (£15.90) which also happens to be my favourite packaging of the collection - the casing is white and silver, designed to look like a pack of playing cards with an detailed club design on both outer casing, as well as embossed onto the product. It contains three shades; a stunning pearly golden highlighter with a flattering shimmer finish, alongside two contour shades, both red toned and both fairly sutble for contour shades, so should work well with a variety of complexions. With a buttery soft powder formula, they're super easy to apply and blend and alongside the handy compact mirror inside, it makes contouring and highlighting on the go a breeze! 

KIKO have definitely got lips covered with this collection, which includes 6 lipsticks with 6 accompanying lip pencils that match each lipstick shade. I've been trying out the Piquant Fire Red Demi Mat Ace of Diamond Lipstick (£7.90), alongside the accompanying Piquant Fire Ace of Diamond Red Lip Pencil (£5.90). First of all I have to say, I love that the lipsticks and lip pencils match. How many times have you had the perfect lipstick, but struggled to find a lip liner to match? Love that KIKO have made perfect lips so easy! The liner comes in super slim twist-up packaging, and with a creamy formula and precise design, it effortlessly lines and blends. Presented in gorgeous gold casing, the lipstick is light-weight with a creamy formula that glides on in a flash. A stunning true, deep red, both products have intense pigmentation and impressive longevity.

I am seriously into liners right now and I love the Mystery Smoky Eye Pencil (£6.90) in Powerful Burgundy and Seductive Emerald. A really deep burgundy with the finest opalescent shimmer and the most perfect autumn shade, I'll definitely be getting my use out of Powerful Burgundy. Seductive Emerald is actually one of the most gorgeous liners I've ever tried, as well as one of the most beautiful shades I've probably ever seen. A bright sparkling emerald with just the right amount of fine glitter, I am smitten. 

If classic black is more your thing, then the All-In Maker and Kajal (£9.90) might be just the product you're looking for. A dual-ended liner which features an eyeliner pen alongside a tapered tip kajal, both products are jet black with fantastic formulas that make application super easy. The eyeliner pen is my favourite of the two, it effortlessly creates a precise line.

If you love quick and easy eyes, you'll love the Colour-Up Long Lasting Eyeshadow Pencil (£7.90) range which includes 10 autumn-perfect shades. I've been trying out Sinuous Shell and Mysterious Acai. Both are beautiful, and with the right application can really create a truly stand-out look. Creamy in formula, they apply with intense pigmentation and the shades are stunning; a beautiful neutral nude with pale pink undertones and a seriously stunning deep violet purple. Both have gorgeous fine iridescent glitter, with pretty good lasting-power. 

Keeping nails hot this fall, KIKO have the Gloss Effect Poker Nail Lacquer (£6.90) range with six super pretty shades that have a lovely demi-gloss finish. Exclusive Blue is a true electric blue, whilst Irresistible Orchid is a bright dolly pink. The formula is lovely, streak-free and just two coats provides an intense, opaque finish. 

Last but not least, the only product from the collection that I wanted to love, but didn't quite get along with, The Daring Game Face Brush (£15.90) is possibly one of the softest brushes I've ever come across, designed for face powder products such as blush, bronze and highlight. I love the design and shape of the brush - it really stands out from the normal brushes in my stash, but I just find it impossible to blend products and I really can't get the hang of this one! 

The Daring Game collection is perfect for anyone who loves autumn shades, whilst still loving a pop of bright, daring colour and finishes which stand-out. The packaging is so fun and funky, I love the formula of the products, super easy to work with, and at budget-friendly prices, you really can't go wrong! Will you be daring enough to try anything from the new collection? 

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18/09/2014

MAYBELLINE COLOR DRAMA INTENSE VELVET LIP PENCILS REVIEW

A picture of Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in In With Coral and Fuchsia Desire

The Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils (£4.99) are seriously one of the most exciting drugstore releases I have seen for a long time. I find the variety of products available in the drugstore is always pretty limited, so I've always opted for high-end NARS Lip Pencils (£17.50) to fix my lip pencil urges. I've grown quite the collection of NARS Lip Pencils (see here) and I have never found a drugstore alternative that matches or even beats the NARS offerings. The new Color Drama Lipsticks promise to make lips pop with on trend colours and a creamy texture, but are they anywhere near as good as my beloved NARS lip pencils? 

The packaging is a lot different in person than I expected. They're around half the size of the NARS lip pencils, around 3" in length and although described by Maybelline as slim, I think they're quite chunky for lip pencils. I love the sleek black and white design, with the end of each lip pencil the corresponding colour to their shade, which is something I really like as it makes the shade you want quicker to find in your makeup stash! 

The formula is absolutely beautiful, a stunning creamy texture that glides on effortlessly providing intense colour pay-off and longevity that beats any of my favourite high-end lipsticks. These beauties last all day, even through eating and drinking. In With Coral is a mix between a peachy coral and flamingo pink, whilst Fuchsia Desire is a blue-toned almost fluorescent pink. There is a gorgeous subtle gloss finish to each and they feel comfortable and light-weight on the lip.

I am absolutely smitten. Although I think the formula is vastly different to the NARS lip pencils, I adore the formula, design and shade range and think I could see myself sticking to these more budget-friendly lip colours for quite a while. If you're on a budget and have been lusting after the NARS lip pencils, give these a try, because honestly? They could quite easily be my favourite drugstore launch of 2014. 

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17/09/2014

THE GLAMOUR BEAUTY POWER LIST 2014 BEAUTY BOX

A picture of The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Beauty Box

A picture of The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Beauty Box
A picture of The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Beauty Box

It's a day of beauty boxes here on Tattooed Tealady and earlier today I shared the 'Happy Days!' September Birchbox (see here) - now it's time to share my thoughts on a limited edition beauty box, which is available for a super limited time whilst stocks last. And trust me, it's one box you don't want to miss out on!

The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Beauty Box* (£15.99) is the latest collaboration between Latest in Beauty and Glamour, with a total worth of £83.47 with seven high-street and high-end products, as well as an amazing offer for 62% off of a one year subscription to Glamour digital edition, for iPhone and iPad users. Each of the products inside the box have been selected personally by the Glamour Beauty Director, Alessandra Steinherr, products that stand out from the crowd as best-sellers and products which meet all of their claims and more.

First up and the most exciting product for me by far, is a huge 30ml Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (50ml, £29) which I thought was a full size, but I can't seem to find a 30ml of the standard primer online (correct me if I'm wrong!). It promises to create the perfect base for a flawless finish with all-day staying power. I've been trying a sample of the  Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer (30ml, £19) and was planning to buy the full size, but now I don't have to! I just hope this one works just as well with my oily skin as the oil-free version.

I'm a huge fan of the coveted Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (100ml, £14.75) and I received a 30ml travel size including a Liz Earle Muslin Cloth, which is perfect for travelling and weekends away. It's a cleanser I always return to, and deserves all the rave reviews it gets. Really recommend giving this hero product a try! 

I was really excited to see the Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray (250ml, £22) as I've loved all the Philip Kingsley products I've tried so far. I received a fairly decent 60ml travel size, a leave-in protective conditioning spray that works to defend your hair against the damage caused by heat, styling and breakage. Smells lovely, too! Can't wait to give it a try.

I already own a couple of the Maybelline Color Sensational Nude Lipsticks (£6.99) (see here) and the Color Sensational range in general is my top choice for drugstore lipsticks (see here). They have the most perfect creamy soft formula with opaque colours and incredible longevity, with a formula that sits well and feels comfortable on the lips. The shade I received is 710 Sultry Sand, which is a touch too pale for me so I'll be passing it onto a friend. I really couldn't recommend these Maybelline lipsticks enough though - they're amazing! 

I'm personally not a makeup-wipe user, and reserve them just for cleaning makeup packaging. My skin just doesn't work well with them, so I'll also be passing on the Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes (10 wipes, £6) to a friend, too. They promise to easily remove even the most elaborate of eye makeup, with 100% cotton pads which contain Olive Oil and Aloe Extract to soothe and condition. 

I have been wanting to try the newest mascara launches from Bourjois for a while now, so I'm chuffed that the Power List includes the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (£9.99). Promising to instantaneously provide 360' volume with a unique brush for clump free, definited, va-va-voom lashes. Expect a review very soon!

The final product inside The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014, is from a brand I have wanted to try for at least a year now. With a generously sized 25ml sample, I can't wait to try the James Read Sleep Mask Tan (200ml, £40) which I've seen countless rave reviews of. Designed to combine the hydrating effects of a facial with a healthy dose of self-tan, you pop it on before bed and wake up with beautiful sun-kissed skin (or that's the plan, anyway). I will be giving this a try over the weekend, cannot wait!

The products included are amazing and except for a couple which are better suited to friends and family, I am so happy with every product and can't wait to give everything a try. If you'd like to see a specific review of any of the products featured, let me know! The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 is limited edition, and I wouldn't be surprised if it sells out quick, so make sure to order yours soon. Let me know what you think to the selection of products, and whether you've tried and love any of the products included!

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