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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!


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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.


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

Toni & Guy Cleanse Dry Shampoo - Review | KMC Beauty

When it comes to washing my hair I absolutely detest it, purely because of how long it takes to dry my hair afterwards, so for a while now I have been looking for a new dry shampoo that I can use in-between washes to give my hair some life back and get rid of any oil I may have.
On a whim as I was perusing the aisles of Asda, as you do, I noticed the Toni & Guy range in the haircare section, if i'm honest I didn't even realise Asda sold Toni & Guy products. Immediately the dry shampoo caught my eye and the minute I saw the words 'absorbs oil to revive' I threw it in my basket.
I have been using this dry shampoo for two weeks now and I don't have enough good things to say about it, it smells divine, like you have been to the salon and had your hair done. When you spray the dry shampoo it applies evenly over the hair, doesn't spray directly at one area which can be annoying as you end up applying too much. No white cast! I know for the darker haired people out there this is a bugbare when it comes to dry shampoo, although I am blonde my roots are dark and I actually prefer to not have the white cast.
Like I mentioned I have been using this dry shampoo for two weeks maybe every three to four days depending on if I have had to wash my hair or not and I still have over 3/4 of the product left, a little goes a long way you don't need to cover all of your roots I just apply it on the more noticeable areas i.e. around my hairline at the front.
If you are in the market for a new dry shampoo I would 100% recommend this one to try! They also have a Matt Texture Dry Shampoo however I was worried this may make my hair feel a bit dry and ridged so I didn't pick that one up.

Find online here


Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in 'Namaste' & Lip Crayon in 'Soho' - Swatches & Review | KMC Beauty

Tarteist Lip Liner 'Soho' & Lip Paint 'Namaste'

Super excited to write about my first two Tarte purchases on the blog, I have never tried any Tarte products before as they always seemed difficult to get hold of in the UK, I know QVC stock some bits but not any of the newer releases. I did also purchase the Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette when on Sephora but I am going to review that separately as I wanted to keep the two lip based items together.

Ever since L'Oreal discontinued my favourite Infallible Lip Liner I have been trying to find a similar everyday shade and I ended up choosing 'Boho' when looking through the Tarte colour options however I had no idea what it would look like when it arrived and also didn't know that it would be the perfect liner match for the Lip Paint I picked up in 'Namaste' they are literally identical and a match made in heaven. The liner itself glides on with maximum colour payoff, it is very soft and creamy and doesn't tug at my lips like I have experienced with other liners, it's creamy enough that you could wear the liner alone if you liked and your lips would not feel dry.

As with the liner when I added the Creamy Matte Lip Paint in the shade 'Namaste' to my basket I had no idea what the colour would be like when it arrived, I just took the plunge, however I am so happy with the shade, i've mentioned before but whenever I try a new brand or formula I always stick to nude shades to be safe and if I like them enough I will maybe expand my collection with the more bolder colours. The formula itself makes me want to describe it as a paste like texture, it's not completely smooth but it's not thick either it has a thin consistency that glides on the lips with minimum product required to get your desired opacity, a little goes a long way. The long and thin dofus applicator makes it easy to apply. Although the finish of this Lip Paint is matte, there is no shine what so ever, it is not matte to touch for at least the first 30 minutes, after this time I found that transfer was minimal and it was completely dry. My lips didn't feel dry or crack while wearing this product. Also there is a slight minty scent but it doesn't give my lips that cooling sensation.

I would definitely recommend both the Tarteist Liner range and the Lip Paints, I want more already.
Find them online at Sephora.


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - Review | KMC Beauty

As my everyday foundation I have been meaning to review the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation for some time now, I have owned mine for almost two months and think I have a good idea now on what I like and don't like about this foundation.
Starting with the obvious, it has a pump! So happy about this, pumps on foundation bottles make life so much easier and for that I am thankful. The lid is a pull off but has a very snug fit and won't come loose in your make-up bag.
At first I was applying this foundation with a brush, but I found that the brush strokes were visible on my skin and this was very time consuming buffing them away so I started applying with a damp Beauty Blender instead which made for much more even coverage. On to the coverage itself, I personally don't build up this foundation I only apply one even layer which gives me a medium coverage, definitely not full coverage, if I have a particularly angry blemish the redness will show through so I dot concealer on the affected areas when necessary.
A top tip the lady on the Armani counter gave me was to exfoliate my skin on a regular basis before applying and she was so right. I have oily skin in my t-zone and tend to get dry patches around my mouth and nose, if I don't exfoliate and then apply this foundation you can tell I have dry patches and it actually accentuates them more.
If you use any powdered products i.e. Blush/Bronzer then I found that I absolutely have to set my foundation and concealer with powder first, I use the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, if I don't set with powder then go on to apply my bronzer or blush my foundation will move and this leaves my skin looking noticeably patchy to the point where I will remove all of the product from my entire face and start over. If you are on a time schedule like me this is a huge inconvenience.

The colour I have my foundation in is number 3, I went to get matched at the Armani counter before buying, it's not the cheapest product and I think if you have the opportunity to be colour matched then I would advise on doing that to make sure you have the right shade. The number 3 is perfect for my pale skin that hasn't seen a sunny holiday since 2014, I know i'm long overdue but this is what happens when you buy a house!
If you are oily like me don't let the name 'Luminous' put you off, as I write this blog post I have been wearing this foundation for 11 hours, I have not and never do use powder throughout the day, I don't even take any additional make-up to work with me. My skin is by no means matte at the end of this time however it's not a greasy mess either, I think my skin looks more healthy but if I stroke my finger across the shinier parts of my skin the foundation will move, you could always touch up with powder throughout the day if you felt the need to. There are some signs of where my foundation has worn away which isn't massively noticeable, around the bottom of my nose seems to be the main place it wears away and I also wear glasses which not only leaves marks on my nose when I take them off but they also remove my foundation when I wear them for a long time.

I am on the fence as to whether I want to re-purchase this foundation again, I like it but I don't love it for my skin type. I am definitely open to trying another foundation in the hope of finding my perfect product, I just don't know which one to try next! If you have any suggestions for my skin type let me know.

Find the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation here


Dose Of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick - Truffle - Review | KMC Beauty

Finally I managed to get my hands on a Dose Of Colors liquid lipstick, I have been wanting to try some of their matte range for ages but they are forever sold out. It was only by chance one day I was on the Beauty Bay website and noticed that they stocked Dose Of Colors and quickly snapped up this matte liquid lipstick in the shade 'Truffle', they also had 'Chocolate Wasted' in stock at the time which is also from their new colour range but I opted out of purchasing that shade as I felt it was too dark for my pale complexion and not really a shade I associate with Spring/Summer.

So lets get to it, starting with application, like most liquid lipsticks it has a dofus applicator which allows for a fairly accurate application, in comparison to my Colourpop and The Balm liquid lipsticks the formula feels slightly wetter at first which is great because if I slip up I have chance to clean it up before it drys, one stroke gives an incredibly opaque layer of colour too.
Once this lipstick drys to a matte finish it isn't completely bone dry it is slightly tacky but not tacky as in your going to get your hair stuck in it or anything like that, even when I tested to see if this product transferred onto the back of my hand it didn't, it wears very comfortably.
This liquid lipstick lasts a long time on the lips, I managed 6 hours with it still looking decent. Bare in mind if your going to eat while wearing this product it may fade off slighly, this happened to me on one occasion but it wore off from the centre and it just looked gradually faded, I imagine with the more bolder colours in the range this may look more noticeable when they wear away. This does not bother me in the slightest, I feel as though it's to be expected when your eating.

Price wise these are £14.50 each on the Beauty Bay website, comparable to the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick price point however I have never tried their range so could not compare the products.
I guess these are on the higher end of the price spectrum when you compare them to the likes of the Nyx Lingerie range (£6.50) which I have not tried yet or the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip ($6.00) which I don't think comes close the formula of this Dose Of Colors lipstick.

Overall I am so pleased with this lipstick, it's my current favourite formula of all the ones I own and honestly if they weren't so difficult to get hold of I would have many more by now, I have my eyes on 'Desert Suede', 'Cork', 'Sand' and 'Stone' for the future.

Find the Dose Of Colors range here and here.

Lookfantastic Beauty Box March - #LFEXPLORER Edition | KMC Beauty

Back again with another Lookfantastic Beauty Box, i'm sorry that I haven't put out another post in almost a month, I don't intend on making this a habit I have just been transitioning into a new job and that has consumed a lot of my free time as of recent.

This will be the final Lookfantastic Beauty Box edition as I only set up a 3 month subscription and unless I decide to renew later on in the year this will be the last post on these boxes for a while, i'm not ruling out subscribing again I love the Lookfantastic boxes I am just going to have a little break, it's good that they offer you a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription really because then you don't have to commit to paying for the box every month if you don't want too.
Let me know if you like these posts and want them to continue, I may renew my subscription.

Codage Masque Hydratant Moisturising Mask
Sooooo in my little book that tells me everything that's in my beauty box, it says I should have the Codage Masque as shown above and also a Cordage Serum, but I don't seem to have the serum which is a shame. Nevertheless this mask is said to be deeply hydrating which is great for my crocodile skin, although I am oily for the most part I do have some dry patches and I love using masks regularly so I am looking forward to trying this out.
The price point on the Codage range is fairly steep, some products priced at over £100 for 30mls of product. This brand is obviously classed as 'High-end' skincare, this shows in their prices so I can't wait to see if this mask makes a difference to my skin. The full-size of this mask retails at £42 for a 50ml jar.
Find the Codage Masque Hydratant here.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
I have been wanting to try First Aid Beauty for so long now, I am really hoping that this lives up to my expectations. Claims to banish dry skin with no oily residue and is says it is easily absorbed. If I love this it may actually prompt me to buy the full size and maybe more from the First Aid Beauty range as their products are pretty affordable, the full-size of the Ultra Repair Cream retails at £9.
Find it here.

Caudalíe Micellar Cleansing Water
I'm not 100% familiar with this brand but on the Lookfantastic website their range is pretty affordable for the most part. I have mentioned on my blog before that I can always make use of micellar water, whether it's to clean off make-up I have missed in my deep cleanse or even to wipe away swatches from my arms (life of a blogger) I always get through them. But at the same time I never use a micellar water and think wow what a difference, to me it's just more convenient than going to the bathroom and using soapy water if I can put some micellar water on a cotton pad.
This product is soap free and hypoallergenic so if you had sensitive skin you could use this.
Find the full size here.

Lottie London - All Eyes On You Shadow Brush
I will say i'm pretty impressed that they have included a full size make-up brush in this months box, I have seen the Lottie London brushes around on social media but I don't own any and haven't previously read any reviews on them either so I will definitely try this out sometime soon. If I was being super picky I find the neon colour a little garish I prefer all my brushes to be neutral so when they sit in my brush holder they all look nice and tidy.
Find this brush here.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Balm
Another full-sized product by the well known drugstore brand Revlon. I will say that although the shade I received in my box this month is nice, it's a bit too sheer and shimmery for my liking but it's nice to throw in your bag to have when your on the go and just want a touch up however I tend to stay clear from glitter/shimmery lip products, same goes with blushes.
Find here.

Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse
Another brand I am not familiar with and to be honest if I saw the name of this product in a shop or online it wouldn't draw my attention as I have absolutely no idea what it means.
In a nutshell, it's a moisturiser, said to be lightweight and reduce redness and inflammation. Nuxe say it is suitable for all skin types and is quickly absorbed into the skin, I look forward to trying it out.
Find here.

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