Kiko Bright Lift Mask

Hi beauties

Kiko Bright Lift Mask today, from my Haul last summer.

I love a mask, I find them great for getting quick results in minimum time. This mask has white clay in to brighten and refresh as well as marine collagen to soften the skin.

Bright Lift Mask doesn’t seem to do much lifting for me, but brightening is definitely a result I did find. You need about 10-15 minutes, no longer as it starts to dry and feel a bit tight. I prefer the Sublime Youth mask and found myself reaching for that more than this. I also found this was a dupe for Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Mask both in texture and results, so this would be a good one for you if that’s a favourite.

Bright Lift Mask is good value at £9.90 for 50ml, available from Kiko Online and in store.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Kiko Sublime Youth Mask

Hi beauties

Today I have skincare from Kiko Milano, who are probably more well known for their makeup. I had a haul back in August and I picked up two masks, Sublime Youth Mask being one of them.

Sublime Youth Mask is a moisturising mask with Retinol, now I will point out here that it is Retinyl Palmitate and is quite far down on the ingredient listing, so I do not know how effective it is and what effect it will have on your skin. However, as a moisurising mask this is gorgeous. It has ingredients such as Shea butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Palm Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Corn Oil, Linseed Oil, Sesame Oil, and Olive Oil which make this a beautifully creamy mask that gets to work very quickly. You need to apply it for 10-15 minutes and then remove it.

I haven’t tested it overnight, but I am sure there isn’t any reason why you couldn’t if you wanted to. I love how my skin feels afterwards, which is soft and supple with a nice firming effect that doesn’t make you snatch the first moisturiser you get your hands on. The fragrance is a lovely light floral, orchid and bergamot. It’s delicate and not overpowering, but I would say this is one for the girls.

Sublime Youth Mask is also great value, 50ml costs £9.90, I had 30% off at the time but I would buy this again at full price. For such a lovely moisturising result for under a tenner, I think is a brilliant affordable price. Perhaps if you can’t run to my ultimate favourite Gatineau Masks that go from £39.00-£45.00 it’s a great high street option.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Kiko Polishes Browns

Hi beauties

Today I bring you the swatches of the gorgeous brown polishes I bought in my Kiko haul. I love these kind of shades, they all have shimmer to them which I find perfect for autum/winter. I do love my creme polishes, but for me there is something about metalics and shimmers in the autumn sunshine and of course we need a bit of a lift in the cold and darker months.

The top polish is 512 Metallic Rosy Taupe, for me it leans far more towards taupe/brown than it does rose. It does have a very deep almost purple shimmer to it so that’s probably where the name comes from. Beautiful shade, easy to paint and clean up was really easy considering how dark the pigment is.

Second is 371 Gold Rosy Brown, again I don’t know where the “rosy” kind of tone fits into this shade as the main pigment is brown and the shimmer is gold. A fabulous transition shade, but I can see me wearing this at any time. The formula was easy to paint and clean up super easy.

The deepest most vampy shade of all three, 514 Pearly Golden Coffee, I love this one! The depth of the coffee pigment is beautifu and the gold shimmer is amazing. Best seen under daylight to really appreciate the shift in tone. Cleanup was slightly more difficult with this one as darker shades can be, but I was persistent lol.

So there are the browns, keep your eye out for the swatches of the other polishes I picked up.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Kiko Haul

Hi beauties

Kiko Cosmetics had a sale on in August where they were selling their nail polishes for £1.00, buy 3 get 3 free so naturally I HAD to buy some! I really like Kiko polishes, the quality is very good and they last well on me. I like the different kind of shades they do and of course at £1.00 each it would’ve been rude of me not to purchase some. Also, there was 30% discount on some of the skincare so I treated myself to two as well as a couple of other bits. So here is the big list!

Polishes on the top row are: 379 Eggplant, 371 Gold Rosy Brown, 486 Tea Rose, 499 Dahlia Mauve, 514 Pearly Golden Coffee, 512 Metallic Rosy Taupe, 495 Pearly Vanda Burgundy, 493 Vino Perlato.

Second row: 517 Metallic Steel Blue, 486 Tea Rose, Chrome Intense 02 Precious Aramanth, 335 Ink Blue, 381 Purple Grey, Light Navy Blue.

I also bought two Creamy Lipsticks in 02 Rosy Taupe and 05 Aramanth Red, Sublime Youth Mask, Bright Lift Mask and Angled Blush brush 03.

All this cost £26.40 which Grumpy very generously treated me to, such an amazing bargain. I will be doing separate posts with swatches and reviews too.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Sally Hannsen & Kiko NOTD

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Hi lovelies,

Mani Monday today is a manicure with Sally Hansen Insta Dri Grape Escape and Kiko No.332.

I love blues and purples (and blurples come to that!) they are two shades that I have many variants in my collection. I feel they are two colours that go together well, I like to wear 2 different colours within a manicure because I think for me one colour just looks too plain.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri polishes are great, the brushes are amazing and so easy to use, they are shaped to fit your cuticle meaning that there is minimal clean up required. This is a metallic shimmer shade which looks lovely in bright sunshine, Grape Escape is more of a blurple, in certain lights it looks different.

I am a big fan of Kiko nail polishes, the quality and the price are fantastic and the shade range is brilliant. This is more of a soft lilac creme, the gloss you get is stunning. They are easy to paint, the brush is more of a traditional shape so not like the flat spatula type of the Sally Hansen. Wear time for both polishes are good, they last a good 4 days on me before tip wear starts to show. As I use Seche Vite top coat they rarely chip.

This combination was a recent favourite and no doubt I will wear them together again at some point.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Kiko Mat Base Corrector

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Hi beauties,

I am revisiting this primer as I think I was unduly harsh on it before and as it turns out I was actually using this incorrectly. Kiko Mat Base Corrector is a very good primer for someone with oily skin.

It was only when I saw a matte primer being demonstrated on QVC I realised that I was applying it straight onto my skin. The effect of this was it was going into my pores turning them white and really obvious. The trick to this is warming up a small amount in your hands before patting it on to your skin instead of rubbing it on your face. The primer then is applied correctly, you can’t see it and it soaks up oil well.

Once  changed my technique my makeup applied so much easily, it smooths out giving a good matte base for both liquid and mineral powder foundation. Unfortunately there isn’t any directions on the packaging for application, it was only by chance that I tried it in this way. I’m glad I tried it as it is the best primer for me whether I wear makeup or not.

So that’s it! It’s amazing what happens when you actually use a product correctly lol.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Manicure of The Day 11/07/15


Hello lovelies,

This manicure marks a bit of a new start for me. I have never tried any nail art before and encouraged by the lovely @domesticgodessnails and @stuckin666 from Instagram, I decided to buy some dotting tools. I thought this would be the easier entry into art, I love to see some of the creations on Instagram they really are amazing. I’ve been doing my nails now for about 5 years but was always very reticent to go into nail art as I am NOT a patient person at all!

Anyway, with the ladies encouragement I went onto eBay and got a set of dotting tools. I also went on to YouTube to see a few tutorials (luckily there are hundreds!) so I was able to find an idea of what I wanted to do. I knew the colours I wanted to use which were Kiko Nail Lacquer No. 385 and OPI I Sea You Wear OPI. I did find it a little tricky, I used the biggest tool that I had and I didn’t practice beforehand, I just went ahead and tried it out thinking it would be simple!

I made the mistake of putting the tool directly into the polish bottle and of course got too much on the end, so next time I will try pouring some polish onto a little plastic tray to see if that would be easier. I didn’t have as much control of the tool so I think it looks a bit messy but saying all that, I was pretty happy in my first attempt. Like normal polishing that takes practice so does nail art so I must be patient! I have been given some good tips so now I know what to try to make it look a bit neater.

All in all, not too bad but definitely needs work! I hope you enjoyed my first foray into art, I am certainly glad I had a go and will be practising much more in the future.

Do any of you do nail art? If so, what did you start with? Let me know.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx