Tag Archives: Eyeliner

The Zoeva Black Box: Eyeliner Set

Posted on July 26, 2016

zoeva-little-black-box-review

Hi Guys!

Zoeva are black on the blog today with one of their latest offerings – the gorgeous Black Box…

Black is the unknown. Black is elegance. Black is a true classic. Enter a new dimension of the blackest black and indulge in an air of mystery with our ZOEVA Black Box, unraveling a quartet of four amazingly pigmented eyeliners in one iconic shade.

zoeva-black-box-eyeliner-set

The Black Box contains a selection of four Zoeva eyeliners – of course all are black, but they’re also all very different –

  • Calli Graphic Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
  • Cat Eye Pen in Blackest Black.
  • Graphic Eyes+ in Black to Earth.
  • Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Noir.

zoeva-black-box-eyeliners-review

Starting with the Calli Graphic Black Liquid Eyeliner – Inspired by classic calligraphy, the Calli Graphic Black Liquid Eyeliner promises to achieve pitch black definition – and it really does. The formula is amazingly well pigmented, and gives an intense matte black line. It also has a fine, flexible tip that’s easy to use.

Next the Cat Eye Pen Longlasting Stylo Liner – This is an ultra precise and long-lasting eyeliner pen, that provides smooth and easy application with a superfine and flexible brush tip. You can use the very tip of the pen for the finest line imaginable, or press down slightly for a thicker, more intense line.

And the Graphic Eyes + Black To Earth Waterproof Eyeliner – The powerfully pigmented and waterproof eyeliner pencil combines the smoothness of a liquid liner with the ease of a traditional pen. The formula is amazingly soft, and easy to apply and blend if you wish.

And lastly the Soft Kohl Noir Eyeliner – An essential in every makeup bag, the Soft Kohl Eyeliner was especially designed for effortlessly floating along the inner rim of the waterline, creating instant drama and defining your eyes with its long-lasting formula. This is a fantastic jet black shade that stays put all day.

zoeva-black-box-eyeliner-swatches

zoeva-black-box

The Zoeva Black Box is EUR24.00 (£20.06) and available now at .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Cohorted June 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on June 14, 2016

cohorted-beauty-box-review-june-2016

Hi Guys!

As ever it doesnt seem like a week has passed since the last box arrived, and now June’s Cohorted box has just landed on my doormat! Let’s take a look what’s included in this months box –

  • HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette in Foxy, worth £25.00.
  • NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, in Sierra, worth £20.00.
  • James Read Instant Bronzing Spray, worth £25.00.
  • Lord & Berry Supreme Iridescent Eyeliner, in Smart Blue, worth £12.00.

Total value of box = £82.00.

Ok, so this box probably isn’t the most exciting I’ve seen from Cohorted (it would have been nice to receive five products rather than four) never the less at £82.00 it is a high value box, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and trying everything out…

I’m a big fan of NARS lip products, especially their Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, so I was really happy to find one in this months box! The shade Sierra is not really my colour though unfortunately – it’s kind of a burnt sienna / orange shade, which I think would look amazing on darker skin tones, but it doesn’t really do much for my pasty complexion! The booklet does say ‘mixed’ for the shade though, so it looks as though there will be a variety of shades on offer. I should also point out that though I’m not keen on this particular colour, I definitely think NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are one of the best matte lipsticks you can buy.

The Lord & Berry Supreme Iridescent Eyeliner also caught my eye – you know how I love a blue eyeliner! Shade Smart Blue is a deep midnight blue with a metallic matte finish. It applies nicely and the formula is smooth and soft, but not too soft – I’m really happy this was in the box!

The HD Brows Palette also looks pretty good – this palette contains a highlighter, three brow shades (all matte pressed powder) and a clear wax for setting the brows, as well as a double ended brush. It’s also great that the shadows are dual purpose, so you can use them both as eyeshadow and for your brows.

And lastly the James Read Instant Bronzing Spray – I must admit I’m usually quite wary when it comes to fake tan as I’m pretty pale. The James Read Instant Bronzing Spray promises to deliver an all over golden tan with ease. I’ll be trying this out over the next few days so keep an eye on my snapchat (smiletrade) to see how I get on!

I’d love to hear if you picked up this box and what you thought of it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

The NEW Models Own 500 Piece Collection!

Posted on June 13, 2016

models-own-500-piece-makeup-collection

Hi Guys!

Yes you did read that right, it’s not a typo – Models Own latest range of products contains not 5, not 50, but 500 different products, OMG! I mean what the heck? Just to give you a bit of an idea, here’s a list of JUST the eye products, not including any palettes, and not including the different shades available for each product –

  • Eye Base Eyeshadow Primer
  • MyShadow Powder Eyeshadow – Matte
  • MyShadow Powder Eyeshadow – Shimmer
  • MyShadow Powder Eyeshadow – Baked Marble
  • MyShadow Cream Eyeshadow
  • MyShadow Eyeshadow Dust
  • MyShadow Quad Powder Eyeshadow
  • MyShadow Finale (Eye makeup sealer)
  • Colour Chrome Eyeshadow Kit
  • i-Definer Kajal Kohl Liner
  • i-Definer Kohl Pencil Eyeliner
  • i-Definer Eyeliner Duo
  • i-Definer Liquid Eyeliner
  • i-Definer Felt Tip Ink Eyeliner
  • i-Definer Gel Eyeliner
  • Flawless Under Eye Concealer
  • Magic Mascara – Extreme Volumising
  • Magic Mascara – Waterproof
  • Magicwand
  • Hypereyes 3-in-1 Mascara
  • Hypereyes 3-in-1 Waterproof Mascara

So yeah you get the idea!

With such a massive new range it would seem that Models Own are making a clear statement that they’re not just a nail polish brand. They literally have something for every makeup need! There’s also plenty of tools and brushes in the collection (including some rather nice looking high shine Rose Gold brushes might I add) and some more unexpected items such as Hand Cream, Makeup Fixing Spray and Micellar Water.

models-own-new-makeup-collection

I have a small selection of these products to show you today – let’s get stuck in!

models-own-sweet-dreams-eyeshadow-palette

Starting with the Eyeyshadow Palette in Sweet Dreams (£14.99) – this is one of nine different palette options, each including a wide variety of eyeshadow shades. If you love neutrals there’s a palette for you, if you love neon brights, pastels, dark shades – there’s also a palette for you in this collection!

The Sweet Dreams palette contains a selection of pastels and brights, with both matte and shimmer finishes, as well as a double ended brush. The shadows are nicely pigmented and really easy to work with and blend.

models-own-eyeliner-and-eyebrow-pencil

Next we have the i-Definer Kohl Pencil Eyeliner in Electric Indigo (£5.99 – this is a gorgeous intense bright blue shade which is right up my street! This waterproof eyeliner pencil comes in a massive 16 different shades, the formula is smooth and applies easily to the lids without any dragging.

And the Now Brow! Eyebrow Pencil & Blender Duo in Chestnut 126 (£7.99) – this handy duo product includes a slanted eyebrow pencil at one end, and a blender at the other, so you can easily fill in brows with the pencil for a natural look, or blend out for more definition.

models-own-lipstick-and-blusher-stick

When it comes to adorning your lips, Models Own really couldn’t have made it easier – they have velvet lipsticks, matte lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, sheen lipsticks, lip stains, lip glosses, lip gunks (coming up below) lip liners, lip pencils, lips balms, a lip primer and a lip sealer… WOW! And take a breath! 🙂

The Luxestick Velvet Lipstick (£7.99) comes in 10 shades, and I have Plush Peony, an intense bright fuchsia shade. This is a nice lipstick but the pigmentation wasn’t quite as intense as I was hoping. If you’re looking for a highly pigmented lip product, I’d definitely recommend the Lip Gunk Glosses!

The Rock N Rosy Blusher Stick (£6.99) is a handy little twist up stick which is perfect for giving a pop of cream colour to the cheeks. I have shade Peach Pop which is a mid peach with a matte finish. It’s worth mentioning a little goes a long way with this product, it blends out really nicely though so you can wear it as sheer or as heavy as you like.

models-own-lip-gunk

models-own-liquid-highlighter-and-lip-paint

Next we have the Lip Gunk Kits (£10.99) – these come in two options: Metallic (6 shades) and Gloss (8 shades). Each mini kit contains a Lip Paint, a mini brush with its own lid and a mixing palette, all in a dinky little zip lock bag.

I have the Metallic Lip Gunk kit in Fusion, this is an intense bright blue. The formula has a super high shine metallic finish, which I love, but the Gloss Lip Gunk Kit definitely had the wow factor for me. I don’t really know what I was expecting, maybe a semi sheer red gloss? But this gloss in shade Wild is SO pigmented, I can’t even tell you! This product definitely gets top marks from me. (I should ask mention each kit contains a mini mixing tray, so you can mix different shades together to make your own customer lip colour – how awesome is that!)

And the Sculpt & Glow Liquid Highlighter (£9.99) – this liquid highlighter comes in four shades, and I have Rose Gold. Initially I thought this might be a bit orangey and dark for my pale skin tone, but it actually blends out sheer with less colour than I was expecting, and just gives the skin a nice healthy glow.

models-own-bronzer

The Sculpt & Glow Contouring Bronzing Powder (£8.99) – is a lovely little matte powder which can be used for bronzing and / or contouring depending on your preference. This product comes in four shades, and I have Deep Tan, which is quite a warm dark tan shade. Personally I think this would be too warm to contour with, but it would work great as a bronzer on darker skin tones.

models-own-kajal-kohl-eyeliner

Next the i-Definer Kajal Kohl Liner (£7.99) – though I’m not personally a fan of this style of eyeliner, I know many people love them, and I must say the i-Definer Kajal Kohl Liner does offer intense pigmentation – if you’re looking to try a new Kajal Kohl liner I’d definitely recommend checking this one out.

Well what a fantastic collection of products! My favourites are definitely the Lip Gunk Gloss which you really must check out, as well as the Blusher Stick 🙂

The full collection is available now at .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks

Posted on May 19, 2016

MAC-Pro-Longwear-Waterproof-Colour-Sticks

Hi Guys!

MAC are back on the blog today with another collection of fantastic new products! The Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks have just launched in time for summer, and they really are everything you need to create a multitude of waterproof, long lasting eye looks.

MAC-Pro-Longwear-Waterproof-Colour-Sticks-review

These larger than life jumbo eye pencils come in a range of 21 shades, including both matte and sparkling frost finishes. The formula is super creamy and easy to manipulate, and the style of both the pencil and the formula of the product means you can use the Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks to create unlimited eye looks.

You can apply the pencils with a light touch and easily smudge out for an all over medium intensity colour on the lid, or use the product more heavily for an intense, full on colour look. You can also use as a chunky statement eye liner – these pencils are amazingly versatile so the possibilities are almost endless! I should also mention the pigmentation, which really is fantastic – described as ‘high definition colour’ you can get medium to full coverage with just one swipe of the pencil across the lid.

MAC-Pro-Longwear-Waterproof-Colour-Sticks-close-up

I also love that the formala is long lasting and waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about your makeup smudging around your eyes throughout the day. These pencils promise 24-hour long wear too, which is very impressive indeed – I’m not sure that anyone would really keep their makeup on that long, but even so it’s handy to bear in mind! I have four of the 21 shades –

  • Cinder Black – deep intense black
  • Frisky Blue – bright cobalt blue
  • Sand Bar – soft caramel nude
  • Sweet Praline – soft light peach

MAC-Pro-Longwear-Waterproof-Colour-Sticks-swatches

I love shades Frisky Blue and Sand Bar especially, I’m looking forward to experimenting with these over the next few weeks!

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Colour Sticks are £16.00 each and available now at MAC.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Urban Decay #UDGetAway Summer Collection

Posted on May 4, 2016

urban-decay-summer-collection-2016

Hi Guys!

If you’re a fan of the brand, you’ll probably know by now that Urban Decay’s fantastic summer collection has already landed, and as expected, there’s a gorgeous range of summer-inspired products up for grabs! I have a few of them to show you today – enjoy!

Unsurprisingly, the Urban Decay Get Away summer products are focusing on gorgeous bronzed and glowing skin, with base products including bronzer and highlighter, as well as a couple of eye brightening pencils too. The range includes –

  • Naked Skin One and Done Complexion Perfector
  • Afterglow Highlighters
  • Beach Bronzer
  • Naked Concealer
  • Eye Brightener Pencils

urban-decay-naked-skin-one-and-done-swatch

Starting with the Naked Skin One & Done SPF20 – described as a Hybrid Complexion Perfector, this multi-tasking base promises to instantly blur imperfections and even out skin tone. One and Done is your primer and foundation all in one – it has a super lightweight feel, containing peptides, vitamins and moisturisers to improve the look of skin as well as adding radiance, for a natural, glowing look.

When it comes to makeup, some of us like to bare it all when the sun comes out, whereas for others it’s business as usual. Personally, I like to lighten up my base with a tinted moisturiser, and this is where One and Done comes in. It’s amazingly lightweight on the skin like a tinted moisturiser, but also has fantastic coverage and a blurring effect. It’s also worth mentioning the Light-diffusing spheres included in the formula, which immediately help flaws appear to disappear. I think those that wear light to medium foundations over the summer would be very impressed with this product indeed.

Naked Skin One and Done is £25.00 and comes in six shades raging from Light to Deep – the shade I have above is Medium, which is unfortunately way too dark for me. You can see it gives a lovely ‘natural’ skin finish though, and it also offers fantastic coverage considering how lightweight the formula is.

urban-decay-afterglow-highlighters-review

urban-decay-after-glow-highlighter-swatches

The Afterglow Highlighters are next, and they’re probably my favourite products from the collection. I must admit, I am a bit highlighter mad at the moment though, there are just so many gorgeous ones being released! The Afterglow Highlighters come in three beautiful and versatile shades –

  • Sin – a shimmery champagne beige (I don’t have this, and unfortunately it’s sold out at the moment)
  • Fireball – a warm pinky orange, which reflects intense fiery pink in the light.
  • Aura – a light baby pink frost, perfect for very fair and fair skin tones.

These highlighters are super finely milled, resulting in a wonderfully soft and creamy texture. I’d definitely describe the texture as creamy rather than powdery. There really is no fall out with these products – it’s almost like a powder-to-cream formula. You’ll also be glad to hear that they apply like a dream, it’s easy to apply and wear these shades very sheer, but also easy (and fun) to ramp up the intensity if you like your highlighter to be seen from space 😀

The Afterglow Highlighters are £19.00 each, and as mentioned above, they come in three gorgeous shades.

urban-decay-eye-pencils-review

urban-decay-eye-pencil-swatches

And lastly, the collection also contains two brand new eye pencils, which I’m very impressed with (this is hardly surprising as I’m a massive fan of Urban Decay’s eyeliner pencils) The pencils included in the summer collection are all about brightening and opening up the eyes. There’s Walk of Shame, which is a 24/7 Waterline pencil. This is a nude flesh shade, designed specifically for brightening the waterline, giving a wide-eyed look. The other pencil is Heartless, this is a standard 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil, in a steely metallic baby pink – perfect for adding highlight to the inner corners of the eyes. Both pencils are just what you need in your makeup bag to make you look bright eyed and bushy tailed!

The 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils and Waterline Eye Pencils are £15.50 each.

urban-decay-summer-products-review

Overall, it really is a fantastic collection. Beautifully presented packaging top notch formulas mean these really are must-have products for the coming summer. I’m SO in love with the Afterglow Highlighters, I need to grab Sin when it comes back in stock online, I also love the feel of the One and Done Perfector, I think Light would be more my shade though so this is now at the top of my wish list!

The Urban Decay #UDGetAway Summer Collection is available to buy now from .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Kiko Limited Edition Summer Trend Collection

Posted on April 26, 2016

kiko-wanderlust-collection-review

Hi Guys!

Kiko’s latest limited edition collection has just launched, and as ever, it’s just to die for! The Summer Trend collection is simply beautiful, and in my opinion it’s one of the best limited edition collections from Kiko as yet…

The Summer Trend collection is inspired by the passion for travel – it’s about finding your inner free-spirit and embracing adventure. The products focus on a flawless, sun kissed complexion, with well-defined eyeliner, brightly coloured eyeshadow and volume-boosting mascara. Lips are accentuated by the shiny, bold lipsticks and hydrated with glossy lip oils. This collection also includes two EDT fragrances, as well as brushes and makeup bag.

The packaging created for this collection really is everything. Designed by Ross Lovegrove, the product casings are finished in a warm metallic gold with a delicate, textured pattern. This makes the products feel wonderfully luxurious, with small additions such as the magnetic closure on the lipsticks adding that special touch.

Kiko-Wanderlust-Desert-Dunes-Trio-Baked-Blush-Review

Let’s start with the Desert Dunes Trio Baked Blush in 01 Lust Coral (£16.90) – this is a gorgeous and generously sized baked blusher combining three different shades for a customised effect. The baked formula is enriched with jojoba oil and vitamin E, and lightly scented with vanilla. 01 Lust Coral is a beautiful trio of coral shades, giving and intense yet sheeny flush colour on application, which can easily be built up and intensified, or worn with a light hand for a sheer look.

Kiko-Wanderlust-Desert-Dunes-Baked-Bronzer-Review

The Desert Dunes Baked Bronzer in 210 Sienna Melange (£22.90) is a wonderfully large bronzer, comprising of two different shades mixed together in a single product to give the face a natural, tanned look. Again, the formula is enriched with jojoba oil and vitamin E with a vanilla scent. 210 Sienna Melange is the darker shade of the two available (and too dark for me unfortunately) but it gives a lovely sheen and sight sparkle when applied. This would be perfect for those with mid to dark skin tones.

Kiko-Wanderlust-Mirage-Lip-Stylo-Review

Next is the Mirage Lip Stylo in 09 (£13.90) – this is a beautifully bold pink shade with a high shine finish. Kiko has designed this lipstick to offer the benefits of three products in one – the colour payoff of a lipstick, the shine of a gloss and the comfort of a balm – and I think they’ve succeeded really well! The formula is creamy and comfortable on the lips, and the finish is glossy and intense. This is going straight in my makeup bag.

Kiko-Wanderlust-In-The-Shade-Eyeshadow-Kajal-Review

The In the Shade Kalaj & Eyeshadow in 06 Black & Shell (£9.90) – this is the first of two In the Shade Kajal & Eyeshadows I have, one end of this one is a deep black Kajal and the other a light nude skin tone pink eyeshadow pencil. The kajal pencil is perfect more smudged looks rather than precise lines, just because it’s chunky in size. The liner is a gorgeous deep black, I’ve worn this applied quickly and smudged out for a smokey look.

Kiko-Wanderlust-In-The-Shade-Eyeshadow-Kajal-2

And the In the Shade Kalaj & Eyeshadow in 03 Turquoise & Pearly Brown (£9.90) – I love the shimmery turquoise shade here, it’s so pretty and summery! It also works really well with the brown eyeshadow too, which has a hint of gold sparkle to it. It’s worth mentioning that these pencils also have great staying powder – I’ve worn each of them for a day without the product moving at all.

Kiko-Wanderlust-Out-of-Bounds-Eyeliner-Pen-Review

And lastly the Out of Bounds Eyeliner Pen (£8.90) – I’m a big fan of ‘felt tip’ style eyeliner pens for precision eyeliner application rather than liquid liners. The Out of Bounds Pen is just perfect – I can’t even tell you how much I love this! The product formula is an intense, jet black, with a flexible pointed tip that makes application as easy as it it possibly could be. The product itself has a thin, liquid formula much like an actual felt writing pen, it also dries quickly and lasts all day – perfect!

kiko-wanderlust-collection

Well, what a stunning collection! Remember these are all limited edition – so once they’re gone, they’re gone. You can pick them up now from Kiko stores and  – go treat yourself!

I’m also giving away a super exclusive Kiko Gift Set, this set contains three beautiful products from the limited edition Summer Trend collection, and it’s not available to purchase in shops or online. To be in with a chance of winning, just enter via Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open internationally and will run for three weeks. If you have any questions please feel free to me – good luck!


I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Soap and Glory Christmas Gifts!

Posted on December 4, 2015

soap-and-glory-gifts

soap-and-glory-sets

Hi Guys!

Soap and Glory have (probably) a record breaking amount of gift sets available this Christmas, there’s well over 60 gift-y products and sets to choose from which is just amazing – talk about spoiled for choice! So wether you’re looking for skincare, bath products or makeup to gift this Christmas, Soap and Glory easily have you covered. I’ve included a few of my favourite picks below…

soap-and-glory-crazy-sexy-johl-set

soap-and-glory-eyeliners

Let’s start with the Crazy Sexy Kohl Set (£14.00) – For those that instantly think of TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool album from ’94 – we’re on the same wavelength. And for those that don’t have a clue what I’m talking about – don’t worry, you’re too young! 😀 Described as the ultimate eyeliner pencil box, Soap & Glory’s Crazy Sexy Kohl set includes five glide-on Smoulder Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner pencils. The shades included are Superblack and Cocoa Bean from the standard range, three exclusively-for-Christmas colour shades: Blue My Mind, Grapevine and Aquabat. Blue My Mind is the most gorgeous intense blue colour, I love it!

soap-and-glory-soaprise-set

Next is the amazing Soaprise Gift Set (£16.00) – This super set consists of six christmas crackers containing the entire posse of Soap and Glory body washes in all their signature scents. Products include Clean on Me (rose and bergamot), Sugar Crush (smashed brown sugar and sweet lime), Rich & Foamous (almond and sweet vanilla), Foam Call (yuzu fruit and wild fig), Clean Girls (freesia, cassis and vanilla) and Orangeasm (green orange and bergamot). All come in in handy travel sizes, and each cracker also contains a party crown (of course), some fun words of Soap & Glory wisdom – rather than cheesy jokes!

soap-and-glory-in-the-bag-set  

Next is the fabulous In The Bag Set (£18.00) – This is a large pink toiletry bag stuffed with six mini sized Soap and Glory goodies! It includes the award-winning Clean on Me Moisture Shower Gel, Heel Genius Foot Cream, Hand food Hand Cream, The Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer, The Righteous Butter Body Butter, and Glad Hair Day Shampoo. And not forgetting the super-smoothing Body Polisher thrown in as an extra Christmas bonus.

soap-and-glory-wonderhand-set  

Next is the lovely Winter Wonderhand Set (£8.00) – This trio of hand creams is perfect for those that suffer with dry skin in the winter months. It features Soap & Glory’s award-winning hand cream in their signature, rose-and-bergamot-scented Original Pink. Plus, just for Christmas: Sugar Crush (freshly squeezed sweet lime) and Smoothie Star (almond and sweet vanilla).

soap-and-glory-clean-on-me

And lastly the Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel (£6.50) – Yes, this is a picture of me on the bottle. I arrived at the Boot’s Christmas Beauty Press event, bedraggled, sweaty after climbing up hundreds of stairs at one of the underground stations (why didn’t I take the lift!?) and rushing across London, and I was just a bit of a mess really. Then the lovely Soap and glory lady convinced me it was a good idea to have my photo taken and put on a bottle of Clean on Me. She promised that black and white was very forgiving, and unfortunately to my disappointment there were no photoshop options available :).  So I went for it, and here I am! I don’t think it turned out too bad in the end really 🙂 If you haven’t tried Clean on Me before, it’s just basically a lovely fragranced body wash –  it does what it says on the bottle!

soap-and-glory-christmas-gift-sets

What a great selection hey! Will you be picking up and Soap and Glory goodies this Christmas?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples