Monday, 31 August 2015

L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB powder

Hi guys! How are you all? Pressed powder is the one make-up product my combination-oily skin cannot be without, but I'm not in a committed relationship with any particular one. I like to try different ones out. I ran out of my Maybelline Fit me powder, and I thought I would give this powder a try. The L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB powder is a 5 in 1 powder, promising: no shine, a smooth finish, undetectable coverage, a fresh look and an 8 hour matte complexion. I picked this up in the light skin tone. I have to say, I loved this powder straight away, and I think I have found a nice, hardworking powder to settle down with. 

With the humid, rainy weather Ireland has been blessed with lately, working in a busy kitchen and my oily to combination skin, a great pressed powder is an absolute must. This powder keeps my face shine free from morning to evening. It can definitely be built up as you desire. It is fantastically lightweight, doesn't leave a powdery finish and is virtually invisible on the skin! The light skin tone powder is a great match for my pale skin. My skin looks so fresh and awake. The powder itself is so velvety smooth and makes my skin that bit softer. 

The packaging is beautiful. I love the metallic purple on the face. The powder pan can be lifted up to reveal a mirror and a sponge, handy to have on the go and stick in your bag.

I would 100% repurchase the L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB powder! It costs €9.99 and I give it a 10/10! 
What is your go to powder? Have you tried the L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB powder? What were your thoughts? Let me know below! 
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo 
Kim. :)

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Budget Brand Focus- Wet N Wild

Hi everyone! How are you all doing today? I'm very excited to tell you all I am starting a four part mini series here at Lipstick and Lightening on budget make-up brands! Once a week, I will be focusing on four different cheap make-up brands, and trialing three or four products from each and reporting back to you all! Today, I'm starting with Wet and Wild! Also, I apologise for the photo quality. Natural light hasn't been my friend recently and my Nikon needs batteries!

Juicy watermelon lip balm- Don't be put off by the lip balm's green colour, there is no tint when you apply it at all, it's completely clear. I really love that this lip balm has SPF 15, which will do a good job of protecting your lips from harsh weather, especially in the Winter. The smell and taste is so good! I've been known to eat an entire watermelon by myself, so this lip balm is a big winner for me! I feel this lip balm would appeal more to young teenagers, but it brought back some nostalgia for me! It's quite hydrating though unfortunately, it doesn't last very long on the lips. The lip balm feels comfortable, not sticky or glossy. I give it 7/10.

Colour Up mascara- I haven't worn mascara in months. It doesn't matter what mascara I use, it always end up under my eyes. They are just too sensitive, I think! I just apply some if I'm doing eye make-up to the ends to take off the dusty look on my lashes. The Colour Up mascara is green, which I actually really like. It doesn't go flakey, and it does a good job of lengthening my lashes. Though it does smudge a tad under my eyes still. It's very easy to remove at night. 7/10.

Hemporary Solutions eyeshadow palette- I really am loving the pop of colour in Wet and Wild's recent releases! None more so than in their ColourIcon range. I got the Hemporary Solutions palette, which has some great vibrant colour to experiment with. I really love using these shadows as an eye liner with my Real Techniques definition brush. Especially the green and blue with the shimmer finish. I apply the blue near my tear duct to a quarter of the way, and apply green to the rest of my waterline. I'm sad to say I found these shadows to be quite chalky, and the pigmentation only okay. You would need to apply the shadow more than once. Though the two shadows with the shimmer finish have better pigmentation and are less chalky. The longevity of the eyeshadows is decent, lasting from late morning to evening. 6/10.

MegaGlo illuminating powder- I was a little bit wary of this illuminating powder, because I've had similar products in the past and because I'm so pale, they just made my face look muddy and dirty. But this powder doesn't make my face look dirty! I apply this where the sun would hit my face, using my Real Techniques contour brush and a light hand. Its staying power is great and it delivers a really lovely, illuminating glow to my face. The pigmentation is brilliant! 7/10.

And that's part one of my Budget Brand Focus mini series! Stay tuned for part two next week, What do you guys think of the Wet and Wild range? Let me know below! 
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Fuschia Nudes palette

Hi everyone! I hope you're all well! Apologies for only putting up one post this week instead of the usual two. It was the busiest week! I'm back to talk about a beautiful, but underrated palette I have been loving and playing around with recently. Fuschia Make-Up is an award winning Irish make-up company, based in Drogheda, Co.Louth and Swords, Dublin, with stockists in every county. They have also started exporting to the UK and US! The Nudes palette is such a gorgeous palette for a nude, subtle and stripped back eye look. 
The seven shades (as poorly described by me are: Peaches and Cream: a light pink-cream shade, Bisque: a light copper similar to the Naked Palette's Half Baked, Sugar Cane: a nude peach shade, Sandstone: a light bronze shade, Cedar: a taupe shade, Golden Bronze: a dark mocha shade, and Chocolate Brown: a dark brown-black shade. There are two finishes in the shadows, micro glitter and shimmer. These shadows feel beautiful, they are velvety soft and buttery, not chalky in the slightest! They are quite similar in texture to the Naked Palettes. The pigmentation is really fantastic, that only one coat is needed, but you can build on it if you want to.

The Nudes Palette is so unbelievably easy to work with and to blend. The shadows are very wearable and it lasts me from morning to night, and that's without any primer! My favourite shades to use are Sugar Cane, Sandstone, Cedar and Golden Bronze.  The shadows also work really well under the eye, using my Real Techniques definition brush. There is a small bit of fallout with these shadows, only a little bit, which wasn't a big deal.

L-R: Sugar Cane, Sandstone, Cedar, Golden Bronze.
 The packaging is really pretty and practical. It's a slim palette that will fit in your bag, it closes with a magnet and there is a decent sized mirror. The shadows can be taken out also. I think this palette will suit alot of skin tones, but I feel that it would work best on paler skin. I will absolutely be buying more from the Fuschia Make-Up range in the future. You can find your nearest Fuschia stockist here and shop online here. The Nudes palette costs €25, which is really well worth it! I give it a 9/10.

Have you tried anything from the Fuschia Make-Up range? What did you try and what were your thoughts? Let me know below!
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Five Blogging Misconceptions

Hi guys! How is everyone today? Today, I'll be talking about a few, five rather, of the biggest misconceptions that people have about bloggers and blogging in general. I have come across these misconceptions myself, and constantly see fellow bloggers having to defend themselves on the Twittersphere. Today, I thought that I would add my own two cents.

We all want to be Zoella
With an outstanding 3.63 million Twitter followers and a staggering almost 9 million Youtube subscribers, it's no wonder why Zoe Sugg is the first person that comes to many people's mind when they think of bloggers. However, Zoella is an extraordinary case. She is the exception, not the rule of who and what a blogger is or should be. This very rarely happens to other bloggers, keeping in mind Zoella works with huge brands, has been snapped up by Gleam and she has been doing Youtube for years. Zoella has transitioned from a popular blogger in the blogging community, to mainstream popularity. Zoella's audience is targeted at tweens, all of the bloggers I know, talk to and follow have no such intentions to reach a tween audience, and enjoy success within the blogging community, and rightly so. Zoella has worked hard for what she has today, but a majority of bloggers have no interest in trying to be Zoella.

We're in it for the freebies
A laughable and thoughtless statement. The idea that someone would put hours of work for years, not to mention money, blood, sweat and tears, blowing off plans, running various social media platforms in the hopes of a free lipstick makes no sense. At all. Free things and press samples don't pay the bills, lads. I have been blogging since August 2013, and received my first ''freebie'' this June. Yes, I was excited and of course I accepted it, because, why not? Also, if you're only blogging for freebies, just quit right now. You're just wasting your time. Bloggers who are only in it are so bloody transparent to readers, brands and PR. A fly by night blogger who's heart really isn't in it, is so obvious. Passion and how long you have been blogging for are major factors for any brand to take you seriously.

Blogging takes no effort
The majority of non bloggers think that there's nothing more to blogging than typing a few words and hitting Publish. I have been subjected to this shitty attitude and it's so irritating and condescending! Anything to pour your heart and soul into of course takes effort! It's not simply typing a few words, hitting Publish, the end. There's trialing a product, considering it's many factors, writing a written draft, typing it up, making sure you capture the perfect photograph, becoming familiar with a camera, working with a DSLR, editing, Google Analytics, managing social media, coding, working with PR, keeping up to date with an ever changing industry. It's not easy going, but it is so worth it.

Blogging takes no skills
Quite the contrary, when you're a blogger, you learn skills and improve upon skills. Writing grammatically and punctually correct content is an absolute must if you hope to keep on blogging! Of course if you struggle with writing and language, you can send your posts on to someone who can edit your content for you. You improve upon your camera skills. Blogging improves your social skills when running various social media, you learn basic coding, photo and content editing. Time management is improved, networking with brands and other bloggers, is especially learned at blogger conferences. Promotion and life balancing skills. Putting on your CV that you run your own blog has caught interest in job interviews in the past. Skills learned through blogging are invaluable and adds so much to your skill set.

It's easy to gain a big readership
I consider myself a very small blogger with a small readership. I would of course, love to have a bigger readership, but I love to see returning readers and commenters. Once you get in to the blogging community, especially on Twitter, it's so overwhelming how many bloggers there are out there! You are literally spoiled for choice! So many who blog the same things that you do. I read plenty of blogs and I tend to stick to who I love, unless a blog post jumps out to me on Twitter. I think plenty of readers look for something specific in a blogger, whether it's your layout, photos or content. Readers will return if you fit their specifications, in my own opinion. Because there is so much choice available, not everyone is going to follow you. It's very easy for your blog links and posts to get lost in the constant waves of other bloggers. As long as someone's reading, it's something to be proud of!

And all of the above is 100% my own opinion. What do you think are the biggest misconceptions when it comes to blogging or bloggers? Let me know below!
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

BodyJewelleryShop ear cuffs*

Hi guys! How are you all doing? Today, I'll be talking about two gorgeous ear cuffs from online shop BodyJewelleryShop. In total, I have seven piercings, I had more before so seven is a few for me. I have my ear, lip, nose, smiley, tongue web pierced. I have an industrial piercing and my right ear stretched to 20mm. When you live in a small town where only one tattoo and piercing studio exists, and they can charge through the nose for body jewellery, you have to explore the online options!

When I was 18, I came across BodyJewelleryShop. It has been the best body jewellery shop I've come across. With cheap, but high quality jewellery with a huge array to choose from, especially on ear piercing jewellery and tunnels and plugs. They also offer free delivery when you spend over €10, and prompt delivery, it's fantastic. So I was only delighted when they gave me two gorgeous ear cuffs to share with you guys! They are both so beautiful and I love them alot! Neither of them need pierced ears to wear them.

Spiderweb ear cuff
I adored this ear cuff so much! It was something different, yet so elegant and cute. I'm not a big diamond fan in jewellery, but the little diamond completes it and I think it couldn't be without it. This spiderweb cuff is made of high quality surgical steel, so it will be comfortable to wear and won't hurt your ear. Alas, I have inherited my father's tiny, tiny ears, and it is loose on me. I just about hangs on my ear, but I would be afraid of it falling off and losing it. This spiderweb ear cuff costs €9.73.

Dragon ear cuff
I really really love this ear cuff! Especially the wings. It's definitely something I would go for. I was worried that like the spiderweb ear cuff, the dragon ear cuff it would be too loose on me. I was only delighted to see that it fitted me perfectly and suited me quite well. Like the spiderweb cuff, it is also made out of high quality surgical steel. It costs €9.73.

Pretty nifty cuffs, huh? What kind of ear cuffs do you prefer out of the two? Let me know below! 
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Make-Up Revolution Hot Spice palette

Hi guys! I hope you all had a good weekend. Today, I'll be talking about the Hot Spice palette from Make-Up Revolution. I've wanted this for a while and I was so happy when I got my hands on it! There are eight shades in this palette, varying shades of pink, a bronzer, a baked blush and a highlighter. The finishes range from baked, matte, shimmer and glitter. Admittedly, I think the shades can be just slightly chalky, but are still soft to the touch. 

I really wish I loved this palette more, I do. Overall, it, didn't live up to my expectations. The Hot Spice palette is marketed as a great palette for contouring, I didn't find this was the case. The shades are a bit different from the photos on the Make-Up Revolution website, which makes it look more suitable for contouring. The shades are mostly pink, and a glitter finish, orange toned blush, which would just look silly on me. It's a fine blush palette, but not a contour palette by any means. Though I really love the baked blush and the highlighter which is great on pale skin. The packaging is black, gorgeous and sleek, with a big mirror inside. 

It's a great palette that works well for daytime looks, subtle looks for work, and more dramatic looks for night time. There is fantastic variety in this warm toned palette, which would absolutely suit alot of different skin tones. The pigmentation is fantastic and can be built upon. 
The Hot Spice Palette from Make-up Revolution costs €8.48, which is a fantastic price for what you get. Like I said, I really wish I could love it more. I give it 7/10.
Have you tried the Hot Spice palette yet? What did you think? Let me know below! 
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :) 

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Friday, 7 August 2015

The Summer wishlist

Hi guys! Are you all looking forward to the weekend? I am! It's that time of the season again, time for another wishlist! A Summer one, specifically. It's not a bit like Summer here in Ireland but give me a break, I still love pretty things. <3 I have been eyeing up so much in the past few weeks (thanks, Instagram and Depop). Here's what I have been lusting after lately!

Weirdo vest dress
Seriously, this vest dress is all types of fabulous! An homage to '90's cult film, The Craft. The We Are The Weirdos vest dress is something I have really been lusting after! With its low scoop neck, relaxed and oversized fit, this would make the perfect casual dress. I could also dress it up with my spike heels, bondage tights and fishnet top underneath. 

Paranormal raglan
Ever since I saw Leanne from Thunder and Threads rocking something similar, I knew I had to have it in my life! I adore the style of the shirt, and its raw edges. I think it looks very high quality and I would get so much wear out of it! The Paranormal raglan is an obvious play on Paramount Pictures, I love it so much! How comfortable does it look?!

Pentagram harness
I have been loving all things harnesses and cage bras for the past few months! A pentagram harness is high up on the wishlist. They are different, sexy and exactly my style. With a tonne of options on Etsy to choose from, they are quite reasonably priced. They can be adjustable and custom made to order. They would make the perfect accessory to any outfit if you're going for something sexy or dramatic.

Source: Etsy- xHausofHarlotx shop here

Leather garters
And by ''leather garters'', I course mean faux leather! Instagram is a dangerous place for shopping inspiration, but I found a love for leather garters, harnesses and caged bras. I think they're so incredibly sexy and eye catching! I wear plenty of shorts and skirts, and I think a leather garter or two would add so much to an outfit! I believe it would the perfect accessory to my Hell Bunny tartan mini skirt, especially a garter with spikes!

Khaki playsuit

Ohh, I do love a playsuit! I was shopping a month ago and I spotted the most lovely playsuit in Topshop. A playsuit is versatile, it can be kept casual with a simple necklace and ankle boots, and it can be dressed up with a clutch and stilettos. I am loving khaki so much recently. Khaki and a playsuit plays into the Utilitarian trend, which I love, especially with ankle boots! 

Skechers memory foam runners
 Now that I have stepped up my game from fast walking to running, I could use a pair of runners more suited to running. In general, my ankles are weak and my feet need more support. I need a pair of lightweight, supportive runners that would be able to handle running. I saw these in Paul Byron's and I fell in love with them. I was torn between these and the Nike Free Runs, but I find that Skechers last and wear alot better compared to Nike.

Muji make-up storage
I know Muji storage runs quite cheap, but I never get around to actually buying it. But I shall soon enough. My make-up storage just keeps growing and growing, and I'm running out of room to store it all! I have seen some beautiful storage ideas from fellow bloggers, most including Muji storage. I'm a big fan of organising, planning and such, I need to sort make-up storage out asap. I want to have my make-up all laid out, easily accessed and organised. Muji seems like the perfect solution. 

And that's my Summer wishlist! What's on your wishlist? Let me know below!
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

NYX Taupe blush

Hi guys! How are you all doing today? I hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend! When you're so white, your skin blinds you (and others) in the sunlight, finding the perfect contour products is no easy task, let me tell you. I heard Grace from Long Hair and Lashes (who's make-up game is always on point) singing Nyx Taupe Blush's praises, I knew I had to give it a whirl! It's a cheaper alternative to what's out there (I'm looking at you, Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow). I've been disappointed in the past, so I really wasn't to love it as much as I do! I felt like giving up on contouring until I bought this! 

The packaging is cheap and simple, but I really liked the embossing on the powder. What I really love about this blush is that it's subtle. It can be built upon, to achieve a subtle, everyday look, or a dramatic night time look. The powder has a soft, lovely texture, with a slight sheen and it isn't chalky at all. It is the perfect contouring bronzer for the palest girl out there. As opposed to products with a horrible orange look that made my face look muddy and dirty, NYX Taupe blush has an ashy grey undertone, that perfectly accentuates and imitates a shadow, giving fabulous cheekbones! 
It is a really pigmented and cool toned blush, perfect for pale skin and cool toned skin. It's such an easy blush to blend, which makes it even easier to use! I apply this using my Real Techniques contour brush right under my cheekbones, the side of my nose, and to a lesser extent, my jawline. I build it more more when I'm heading out. It's not too over the top and it's very natural looking on the skin. I think it makes the perfect contour product if you're pale or starting out contouring. 

The NYX Taupe blush costs €7.49, which is so well worth it! You can buy it in chemists all across Ireland (And if you live in Tullamore, the old Dunne's Stores chemist). I give it 9/10.
Have you tried NYX Taupe blush yet? What did you think? What contour products do you love? Let me know below!
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo 
Kim. :)

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