Top 5 | Best Products from KIKO (2021)

Top 5 | Best Products from KIKO (2021)

As of today, my most viewed post is a review of Kiko’s Sunshine Tuscan Blushes. I guess I understand why, since Kiko is one of those brands that has a huge line and frequently comes out with limited edition collections, yet there aren’t that many reviews out there.

They also have really good sales and are known for some high end dupes. But they tend to discontinue a lot of their core products, and I have tried more than one dud. So here are my recommendations for Kiko permanent collection products if you want to try the brand, (or just want to enlarge your collection and are checking what else to get to reach the free shipping value, like I usually do. Can’t be having those makeup drawers with any extra room, right?).

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Brand Review | StarSkin (100% Camelia 2-Step Oil mask, Smoothing Eye Masks, Nourishing Hand Mask)

Brand Review | StarSkin (100% Camelia 2-Step Oil mask, Smoothing Eye Masks, Nourishing Hand Mask)

StarSkin is a brand that focuses a lot on sheet masks. They also have other products but the masks are by far the most popular. It’s a relatively young brand (2015) and it’s a regular appearance on beauty boxes and advent calendars, which is where I got everything I ever had from them.

The brand claims to be inspired by South Korean skincare. They also claim to be 100% natural and clean beauty, which is usually a bad sign. Although “natural” and “clean” claims have no scientific foundation nor are they regulated terms, meaning any brand can claim to be natural and clean regardless of the ingredients they use, it usually is a sign that there will be a lot of essential oils in the formulations of that skincare brand, in detriment of actually good ingredients. Essential oils are mainly perfuming ingredients that commonly have the potential to irritate the skin.

So the first thing I did was focus on the ingredients list. And saying I was surprised is a f*cking understatement.

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Review, Swatches | Christian Louboutin Tape à L’Oeil Matte Nude Eye Colour in Lola (451) and Mariza (455)

Review, Swatches | Christian Louboutin Tape à L’Oeil Matte Nude Eye Colour in Lola (451) and Mariza (455)

Ahh, Louboutin. This is the “I’ve made it” brand for me. I remember thinking, when the lipsticks came out a long time ago, “Even if someday I can afford it, I won’t buy it, because it’ll never be worth it”, which is something a broke girl tells herself to feel better while secretly envying all the boujee bloggers and youtubers who had it. Well, look at me now, eating my words and loving it. Happy to be a hypocrite.

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Top 5 | Best Products from Urban Decay (2021)

Top 5 | Best Products from Urban Decay (2021)

Urban Decay was one of my first makeup loves. Our relationship was solid for almost 10 years, but the last few have been rocky. I felt betrayed by the discontinuation of the Naked palette, my favourite thing about Urban Decay, and the new additions to the permanent line were no longer characteristic of the brand I fell in love with.

That said, I feel like there is some urgency in talking about their good products because everything that’s good is being discontinued and the new launches have been terrible. So before they get rid of everything good (like they did with the loose powder, the highlighters, the blushes), here are the top 5 products currently available that are true winners:

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Review | MAULI Supreme Skin Cleansing Oil

Review | MAULI Supreme Skin Cleansing Oil

I’m not a fan of oily textures when it comes to skincare. That being said, this past year I’ve discovered and fallen in love with emulsifying oil cleansers. It took me way longer than I care to admit to find out about those. It’s shameful. Not only because I pride myself in being a connoisseur of all things makeup related, but because I might have gone through cleansers more often and stumble upon these sooner if I didn’t skip taking off my makeup before going to bed so often.

Yep, I’m one of those.

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Cult Beauty Self Care Goody Bag: Unboxing & Opinions

Cult Beauty Self Care Goody Bag: Unboxing & Opinions

It finally got here!

In order to get the Cult Beauty Self Care goody bag I purchased the RIKI Skinny mirror (review coming soon). I have been lusting for a good makeup mirror that would mimic natural lighting and allow me to do my makeup well even at night, but those things are expensive. At £175, it was the perfect time to get it, because the Cult Beauty Goody Bag required a minimum spending of £170.

Here are my thoughts and opinions about the goody bag.

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Look Fantastic Mother’s Day 2021 Beauty Box (worth £216)

Look Fantastic Mother’s Day 2021 Beauty Box (worth £216)

I have to credit Lady Writes (on youtube) for this, as she was the first to post about this (that I saw) and warn that this limited edition beauty box will be available February 22nd. She did a whole unboxing, I suggest you watch her video. The page for purchasing the beauty box is already available on Look Fantastic’s website (here). The product appears as sold out but I believe it’s because it did not launch yet and will became available for sale next Monday.

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Review, Swatches | Guerlain Pink Pearl Météorites (Spring 2021)

Review, Swatches | Guerlain Pink Pearl Météorites (Spring 2021)

After getting everything and anything that has ever been on my beauty wish list the past year, this year I’ve been trying to curb my spending, specially when it comes to makeup. I’ve been pretty successful thus far. This is the first makeup item I got in 2021, so you know it has to be something special.

It combines two of my favourite things: Guerlain’s Météorites and blush.

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