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4.05.2017

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation - 2 Fair - Review | KMC Beauty


My first ever purchase from Charlotte Tilbury! With Summer approaching I was in desperate need of a new foundation after ditching my Urban Decay All Nighter which everyone seemed to rave about but it just looked cakey on me, it clung in all the creasing areas, like round my eyes, nose and on my forehead. With that being said I decided this time I was done with full coverage foundations, my skin doesn't need all that product, I have some redness on my cheeks and that's about it, if anything I just need to even out my skin tone a little so I purchased the Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation. I'm a little skeptical because oily skin girls know, anything with 'Luminous' on the bottle we tend to avoid! This is the finish this foundation claims to give. However i'm hoping if I set with powder I can get away with wearing this on a daily basis.

So let's get down to it, packaging is a dream, obviously! That rose gold lid got me immediately. Charlotte Tilbury is known for her beautiful packaging with a luxurious feel but this means it comes with a luxurious price tag, as a high end foundation it retails at £32 however I got mine on Depop for £25.50 including postage, definitely check out second hand sellers before footing the bill for a brand new bottle, you will find people sell them on and they have never even been used.


I picked up shade 2 Fair, I wasn't sure which shade I needed until I went on Cult Beauty and they actually had a picture showing which foundation suits which skin tones and hair colours best, this helped me decide. It comes in a squeeze bottle, as it is a more dewy foundation you should be careful as you can easily squeeze out too much product, the plastic cap also stays clean which is a bonus I hate when you have a dirty foundation lid from the product build up.

I applied the foundation with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, absolute doodle, blended in seamlessly with no visible brush strokes, I have struggled with this in the past with more dewy foundations. This foundation claims to be bailable, I only placed a blob on both cheeks and on my chin, I was able to do my entire face using this amount only, I leave my forehead because it is more tan than the rest of my face. I then applied some extra around my nose where I could still see some redness, it blended in perfectly without separating the existing foundation.

For sure this is a glowy foundation, which for this time of year i'm all about, however there is a fine line between looking glowy and an oil slick, as an oily girl I do have to set with powder in my t-zone but this is the case for me even when I use matte foundations. I then applied concealer, bronzer and highlight, all three just melted into my foundation perfectly.


Oh hey don't mind me in my dressing gown and bedhead hair! I was obviously in the process of getting ready when I took these photos, all my base products are on and as you can see this foundation looks flawless on the skin and is a great colour match for me, bare in mind what I said about not applying any to my forehead I go as far as between my eyebrows, on my temple is bronzer only.

I am going to continue using this foundation, today I wore it for 8 hours and to be honest my forehead looked the oiliest and that had no product on it! Around my nose could of used a powder touch up but nothing major. I look forward to seeing if this foundation can stand 12 hour wear time when I am in work but I am super impressed with it so far.

Find it here
2.02.2017

Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer - Review & Swatches | KMC Beauty


Happy 2017! .. Better late than never 8) Back with a review on the Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, that's a mouth full..

I am the biggest advocate for drug store concealers, but recently I can never find a concealer from the drug store that both conceals and brightens my under eye. I was using the Maybelline Age Rewind for a long while and although it concealed well it never gave me the brightened under eye that I prefer, it just kind of blended with my foundation and made my face look all one tone with no dimension. As I was running out and in the market for a new concealer I grabbed the Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer from the Sephora website last week. If you watch Lustrelux on Youtube she raves about this concealer so I thought I would give it a try.

As for which colour I needed, I had no clue! I ended up choosing 02 Meringue, the second lightest they make, I knew I would need something fair as my skin is currently very fair anyways so to get my bright under eye I need pretty much the fairest concealer on offer but I hate anything with a yellow undertone so I chose Meringue as it said 'Light with a neutral undertone'. I definitely picked up the perfect shade, it is probably a shade lighter than my foundation, I am currently using Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation in the shade 1.5 and these two work so well together, it blends into my foundation without looking cakey on top.

The Gel Serum Concealer definitely provides a good amount of coverage, it's not Pro Longwear kind of cover but I always found that a bit too much anyways. It's definitely an opaque layer of product once applied under the eye, not sheer at all. I have fine lines under my eyes and it doesn't matter what I use they are always visible, this doesn't change that which I expected and that's fine because I only want to brighten, I am very lazy with skincare I think if I moisturised my under eye more often I would have less lines!

Ok so wear time, can't fault it, yesterday I had this concealer on for ten hours! I left home at 7:30am and didn't get home until 5:30pm, it didn't budge all day, I will say I do set my concealer and t-zone with the Laura Mercier Loose Powder always, because I am oily.


Price point is good, it's not drug store prices obviously because Sephora isn't a drug store, however their line of own brand products are definitely affordable, this concealer was $14 which I think with the current exchange rate equates to about £11.. Compared to the £22.50 I used to pay for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer I would purchase this Sephora one over that any day it's just as good if not better in my opinion.

Heres my only grumble.. The applicator, looks like a normal dofus applicator from my photo, which it is in appearance and it's shape but it is so rigid! Has no movement what so ever so I find when applying I have to dunk the applicator back in the tube a few times before I have enough product under my eye, I am used to more swooping motions when I apply my foundation but Sephora suggest you 'dot' this in your desired areas, I just find I need a little more product if I dot as they suggest, I prefer to 'swipe' around where I need it but the applicator doesn't really allow for this it's quite hard and the sponge tip itself isn't that thick, there is also a stopper cap at the top of the tube to prevent you from getting excess product.

Needless to say I will continue to repurchase this concealer until I find something that trumps it!

Find on the Sephora website here.
11.16.2016

Jouer Lip Creme Fall Collection and Lip Topper Swatches | KMC Beauty

It's been a minute, main reason being that I sold my Canon camera and was waiting for my Sony to come in but it was on back order so now I have a camera I can post reviews again yey!

Caved in and got some of the Jouer Lip Creme's and the Lip Topper in Skinny Dip because everyone is raving over them. This isn't an in depth review mainly swatches with some of my first impressions added in.

Top to Bottom - Snapdragon, Buff & Skinnydip Lip Topper
Top: Buff Lip Creme with Skinny Dip Lip Topper on top Bottom: Snapdragon
I was literally scanning through Cult Beauty the other day and I don't even know how it happened I just ended up adding some Jouer products to my basket, didn't read any reviews, look at any swatches and i've never tried Jouer before, I just saw their stuff on Instagram lately so I added two random Lip Creme colours from their Fall Collection to my basket and the Skinny Dip Lip Topper which was not an accident, I have seen this everywhere and it was always sold out so when I saw Cult had some stock I nabbed one.
When choosing my Lip Creme colours my thought process was, one nude to stay safe so I chose Buff and one Christmassy colour, Snapdragon!

Buff is a beautiful beige nude, and I know people say this all the time but it really isn't like any other nude lip product I have in my collection, this is the palest nude I own and i'm so glad because I have pigmented lips naturally so a lot of beigey/nude shades can end up pulling brown on me which I find so annoying, Buff stays true to it's colour once on the lips. The Lip Cremes are matte but they do take a while to fully dry, once applied they stay tacky for quite some time. This particular shade does require a few coats for an opaque finish, but you can easily layer it without it clogging together. I think Buff and Skinnydip together will be my new favourite combo for a while.

Snapdragon is definitely like nothing else I own in my collection, I can't say I have any metallic plum shades so this is surely different for me, I thought the metallic vibe would be good for Christmas and the purple would be fitting for the Winter months, I will say if I was at my palest this probably wouldn't suit me, I have a tiny bit of a tan at the moment but if I didn't I think it would wash me out, I will definitely bronze up a fair bit if I wear this for Christmas parties!

Skinny Dip is a very thick gloopy formula, I guess to be expected of a gloss like product but it can pull the existing colour on the lips around a bit if it has not fully dried, be wary of this. I haven't tried it alone but on top of Buff it is beautiful, they compliment each other so well and I can't wait to wear this over Christmas time.
All three shades have a vanilla scent similar to the Kylie Liquid Lipsticks if you have tried those.

Do you own any Jouer products? Let me know what I should try!
I think I may have to purchase Bronze Rose next.
Find them here!

7.13.2016

Kylie Cosmetics Metals - Heir, King K & Reign - Review & Swatches | KMC Beauty

Kylie Cosmetics Metals L-R Heir, King K & Reign

So it happened, I was suckered into buying from the Kylie Cosmetics site, I always told myself that I didn't need any of her liquid lipsticks and I never had the desire to buy any until the metals came out, I thought they were so unique and different from anything else in my collection that I had to try them.
I follow Kylie on snapchat and whenever she told people her site was re-stocked I always seemed to miss out but I eventually managed to see her snapchat in time before everyone flocked to the site to buy dozens of her lipsticks to sell for triple the price. I got all three metal shades in the range, Heir, Reign and King K.

First impressions the packaging is as expected, I knew what it looked like before receiving it from seeing the pictures online, for me I think the packaging looks a bit cheap, kind of similar to Colourpop except their liquid lipsticks are $6.00 each not $18.00 like the Kylie ones, so I think she could of had nicer packaging for the price point.
Dofus applicator as expected with liquid lipsticks however there doesn't seem to be much continuity between shades, if you look at my close up of the applicators each one looks different, Heir has a nice even dofus which hasn't separated however Reign and King K seem to have more battered looking dofus applicators which I would expect if I had used them time and time again but these are fresh out the tube.


Now lets talk about the product itself, I don't know where to start, the smell is so sweet, sickly sweet, fortunately once the product is actually on the lips I don't seem to smell it during wear but when applying it's very strong which I don't particularly like.
Many of you may of seen the video on Youtube by a girl named Kendall Alfred, she has had over 2m views and talks about Kymajesty which is the black metal liquid lipstick Kylie brought out and is no longer available, i'm not sure if it was limited edition or not, anyways she basically has nothing good to say about that particular shade but what caught my attention was when she mentioned her tube of product wasn't full which prompted me to check all three of the shades I picked up, low and behold my three tubes are exactly the same! I don't care if I have paid drug store price or high end price, I expect to get a full tube of product and I have seen other people with the same issues. I have also heard people say that the customer service team is not great too, I don't even want to email them to complain because even if they did send me replacements I don't fancy getting hit with the £15.39 customs charge again!


Now all the grumbling is out of the way let's try and look at the positives! Application is a doddle, these metals glide on the lips, I apply a couple of coates to get my desired opacity, they are buildable and don't go patchy either. Reign seems to be the most metallic out of the three though, Heir and King K have a more subtle metallic effect to them although they are both still pigmented.
All shades are super comfortable on the lips with a creamy texture. I'm not sure why these are marketed as matte products though, they aren't matte not even close, they transfer and as the name would suggest these metals give a shiny finish on the lips.
Heir - Described as a 'Pinkish Gold Metallic' this shade is definitely the most wearable against my skin tone, it is the lightest shade of the three and my favourite, almost looks a bit coral on me.
King K - Described as a 'Soft Metallic Gold' the most intense shade out of the bunch i'm just not sure how wearable this is though, night out shade definitely but I personally couldn't pull this off in the day time.
Reign - Described as a 'Bronzy Copper Metallic' which is the perfect description but against my pale skin it makes me look a bit washed out but if I had a tan I think this would look nice.


Kylie Cosmetics Metals - Heir, King K & Reign
So I think all in all you can probably tell from my review that the negatives outweigh the positives, I more than likely will not purchase from Kylie Cosmetics again, the customs charge was bad enough but when the products themselves just aren't up to standard it's not worth it, although I like the formula and the shades it's not enough for me to recommend the metals range.

Have you tried any products from Kylie Cosmetics? Let me know your thoughts if you have I would love to her them.
7.07.2016

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Glow Multi-Palette - Review & Swatches | KMC Beauty


In my make-up collection I don't own a palette that contains blush, bronzer and highlight in one, so when I saw this palette on Debenhams it was a bit of an impulse buy, I didn't really need it but I knew it would be limited edition and I ended up adding to my cart and purchasing.
Other than the Double Wear foundation that I no longer use (it's a bit cakey for my skin now) this is my second ever purchase from Estée Lauder, i'm not too sure why that is, something about their brand doesn't seem draw me in like other brands, I feel as though their target market is more aimed at older people although i'm sure they are working hard to change that perception with their new releases using spokespeople like Kendall Jenner to draw in the younger customers.
When I looked at the palette for the first time it felt high end, the packaging is really sturdy and luxurious without being excessively large, you can still throw this in your handbag and it's not going to take up lots of room, it also has a very generous mirror inside.
As for the product itself, I have been testing it for around two weeks, if your expecting a highly pigmented palette then this is not for you, it does as it would suggest, gives you a "Summer Glow" but it's not gonna give you an intense colour payoff.
The highlight is stunning, is is a warm golden shade with shimmer running throughout, the shimmer is fine not chunky and provides a substantial highlight with one stroke of the brush, definitely build-able but on work days I find that one stroke of the brush either side of my cheek bones is enough.
Blush is a rosy pink shade with the tiniest amount of sheen, I personally don't find the sheen shows on my skin, it just adds a nice healthy flush to my cheeks on days where I don't feel like wearing bronzer.
Speaking of bronzer, this is my new everyday go to, I find it is the perfect shade for giving my skin a little bit of a tan without looking orange against my extremely pale skin, if you have a darker skin tone you might struggle with this as it may not show up as well if at all but for paler skin tones like myself I love this shade. This bronzer gives my face dimension without having a strong contour and it's satin finish blends easily and is also build-able.

All in all I am so happy I made this purchase, I will say that I don't think this palette is very universal, like I mentioned darker skin tones may not find much use of the bronzer and what is the point in buying a "Multi-Palette" if you can't use all the shades?
This is a limited edition product and it can be found at Sephora and House Of Fraser while stocks last! Boots, Debenhams and Look Fantastic have already sold out of this product, so if you have your eyes on it you should move quickly.
6.28.2016

Rimmel Wake Me Up v Maybelline Better Skin Concealer | KMC Beauty


Recently I ran out of my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer as well as my Urban Decay Concealer and I wanted to find a cheaper drug store alternative. I purchased the Maybelline Better Skin so long ago from Ulta (I used a shipping company) before it was released in the UK. The UK version looks a little different (find it here) so to do a comparison I also purchased the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer to see which one comes out on top.

I think the best way to do a fair comparison is to break them down into categories and see which fairs best in each category.

Packaging
Both have incredibly similar packaging, both have a clear tube so you can see the contents and the colour and both have a twist off cap with dofus applicators.
Colour Selection
Maybelline offer six shades in their Better Skin concealer range however Rimmel only offer four from what I can find which is pretty poor on both sides I would say they both should offer more shades to suit all skin types as I would definitely prefer a lighter shade in both of these concealers so I could use them as more of a under eye highlight.
Coverage
There is one clear winner for me when it comes to coverage and hands down Maybelline wins this one, the Rimmel Wake Me Up is just too sheer for what I need in my concealers. If your looking for a spot concealer then the Wake Me Up may be a good option for you but if your looking to cover dark circles or use as an under eye highlight like me then this concealer just does not provide enough coverage. The Maybelline Better Skin is thicker in consistency and provides better coverage under my eyes but I just wish I had a lighter shade. I have the shade Light 20 in the Better Skin currently however they do have Ivory 10 which may of been a better option for me.
Application
Both concealers fair well when applying, the dofus applicators allow for accurate application and I always use a damp Beauty Blender to blend out the product under my eye and both do so with ease.
Lasting Power
I have to say that both of these concealers last all day on my skin, I am oily but only in the t-zone so my under eyes don't feel the effects of this. Some days I work ten hours straight and I don't take any make-up with me to touch up during the day so lasting power is really important for me and both of these concealers can last all day over my foundation with no problems. Currently I am using the YSL Fusion Ink foundation.
Price
Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer - £5.49 7ml
Maybelline Better Skin Concealer - £5.99 11ml (UK size)
The Better Skin is marginally more expensive but you do get more product.


Personally I can't see myself finding much use for the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer although it sits nice on the skin it doesn't provide the kind of coverage I need. However the Maybelline Better Skin concealer is definitely going to get more use.
Even though the Better Skin was the clear winner for me I can't see it ever surpassing my Nars or Urban Decay concealers due to the lack of colour choice but I will continue to use it until I run out as it is a good everyday concealer.




6.16.2016

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb - Review & Swatches | KMC Beauty


Today i'm back with another review on the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in the shade Honeycomb. I purchased this a little while back now on Sephora and have been looking forward to adding my thoughts to my blog as well as swatches.

Starting with the sleek matte packaging, I love Bite Beauty's packaging it's so simple yet sophisticated with the added detail of the curved top on the lid and the small gloss logo on the bottom. Just a regular click close lid, not magnetic like the Marc Jacobs or Nars lipsticks I own. Described as a 'Beige Nude' which is very accurate, also has a satin finish so don't expect that dry feeling you get from most matte lipsticks, this formula is intensely hydrating and it smells delicious, reminds me of sherbet but Bite say its citrus with fresh pressed fruit.
Pigmentation is amazing, one stroke gave me the swatch on my arm and as you can tell it has a beautiful shine from it's satin finish.
I can wear this lipstick with no liner and it doesn't seem to bleed on me which is great because I have a limited supply of liners and sometimes can't always find the right shade to match. Wear time you need to be realistic, when it comes to satin lipsticks, if you eat it's probably going to fade to an extent, it's not smudge proof or transfer proof, with that being said untouched I can get four hours wear time before reapplication is required. If I have remaining lipstick left on the outer portion of my lips and reapply where it has worn off it doesn't go patchy, all just blends together again like I am applying for the first time.

Needless to say I want more of these lipsticks already, they have a huge colour selection on the Sephora website and at $26 each they are cheaper than the Marc Jacobs lipsticks I own and definitely on the same level.

Find them here