Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Lips: Kiko Smart Lipstick (904) and Kiko Smart Lip Pencil (702)

Here is another review from my recent Kiko lippy collection and this is the Kiko Smart Lipstick in 904
as well as the Kiko Smart Lip pencil in 702.

I  find the lipstick to be averagely pigmented and I like the pink colour.

The lip pencil is okay though it does very little at colouring my dark lips. I also found that using this particular pencil with this particular lipstick makes the lipstick flake a little. The lipstick is also best worn on moisturized lips (I use Chapstick first, wipe, then apply it again).

Swatches: Lip pencil on the left, lipstick on the right
 Durability is average and this colour would be perfect for blending with a red lippy to give a fuchsia hue.
Lipstick: 3.50 pounds
Pencil: 1.90 pounds
Overall Score:
Lipstick: 3/5
Lip pencil: 2.5/5

 What are your plans for Christmas?


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Out And About: Selfridges, mulled wine and Winter Wonderland

I hope the weekend is going well. Well it has been a productive week for me and I am grateful to God for that!
Anywayz some posts ago, I wrote about sharing my experiences and outings with you over the next few weeks, and I emphasized how my main reason for this is so that you may be inspired to try out new things and really explore, whenever you are on vacation.
I finally got to meet up with the lovely Nemi, a fellow blogger (many of you know about her blog, www.anemistyle.com). We met up at Marble Arch at London and we had such a fantastic time.
Nemi lives in the UK so she was my "tour guide" that afternoon for a bit-we started off by walking down the streets and taking in the beautiful Christmas decorations and lights! Honestly, it was breathtaking. We got to Selfridges, the popular London mall with the high-end stores.
After browsing through for a while we got hungry and decided to get ourselves a healthy snack and a coffee. I wanted a salad and we were just so confused by the numerous array of choices that we just decided to go for something else.
Nemi suggested kale crisps, we got that from M&S, got some apple crisps as well, settled down and started gisting over coffee.
At the mall, there was just so much to see. You cannot possibly take it all in in one day, there is just so much!
And the decorations were so pretty as well...

I definitely felt the Christmas spirit and mood with all the decorations on display.

Afterwards, we went up to the terrace bar, took some more pictures and made for the open-roof area.
Management at the bar made thick shawls available for customers-very thoughtful too, because it was quite cold!
We had mulled wine (pricey too : / )- it was my very first time of drinking mulled wine, which is a Christmas special drink, always served warm.
Afterwards we walked to the Winter Wonderland. It is a fun-filled arena and amusement park with rides, games and countless things to do, eat and drink. I really like how many fun activities are made available during the winter.  It is good to know that despite the cold weather, one can still have good fun during winter, and not just only during the summer.
It was just fantastic-I could not even decide on what rides to go on, plus I was getting tired anyway, with slugging around a big bag all over the place, so we just spent most of the time walking around and taking in the sights.

We shared a gigantic German sandwich, Nemi bought some roasted chestnuts, we endured a very hilarious and awful band perform popular songs, we took shelter at a cosy bar when the rain came down for a while till it stopped, we marveled at the number of people that were in that place, they were so many! It wasn't crowdy or rowdy at all- there was plenty of space but still...I was thinking "Wow, these people are not allowing the cold weather stop them from having a good time!" We both agreed that the Winter Wonderland was definitely a place to come back to, to go for rides and not just look around. We REALLY wanted to see the ice skating rink but we were out of time! We had to be in time for our coach bus to Oxford, where I spent the next few days and had one of the most lovely experiences ever!

Stay tuned!


Selfridges: Free to walk around, but at the terrace, you pay for the drinks. Our mulled wine was 9 pounds each.
Winter Wonderland: The rides and events range from about 7 pounds to 15 pounds. Discount packages for groups or families, as usual. (www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com)

*Check www.lastminute.com for good discounts/deals*

Friday, 19 December 2014

Guest Post: Beauty Faves for 2014

Nemi and I were discussing the other day about beauty products and the ones we like, the ones we dislike and all that and she came up with the idea of the both of us doing a collaboration post on our fave beauty products (skin care and make up) for 2014.
So this is like a mini-review from both of us on our favourite products. I like the fact that Nemi and I  are quite different; she is dark skinned and has relatively oily skin, while I am quite light skinned with sensitive skin. So we hope our posts/reviews help you learn more about these products and also help you make better decisions when next you are shopping for beauty items!

Here is Nemi's review below. For my own review, please pop over to her blog (click here) and have a look!

Nemi's Beauty Favourites for 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing water
This is my favourite product of 2014 because it is the one product I don't think I can go without. I discovered micellar water by accident while trying on some make up at the Lancome counter and ended up going home with a sample; it was glorious. It is a gentle cleanser, makeup remover, toner, it soothes and hydrates the skin in just one step!
Micellar Cleansing Water contains micelles which act like magnets, gently lifting away makeup and impurities from the skin, eye area and lips without the need to rub or rinse. It has no fragrance and feels just like water, perfect if like me you are too tired to take off your makeup, cleanse tone and moisturise your skin at night.

Micellar water used to be quite expensive but recently most makeup brands have their version and the price has dropped. The technology is pretty much the same across the board. My favourite though is the Garnier because it does the job, it is affordable, fragrance free, great for sensitive skin and so far I have no complaints.
Price: £3.20-£5.00
Where to buy in the UK: Boots, Superdrug and most Department stores

Lancome Blush Subtil in 'Rouge with love
I was sold on this blush the second the lady at the Lancome makeup counter tried it on me. I was initially worried about the colour as it looks quite orangey but it looks very different on. It is a blush, highlighter and can be used to sculpt cheekbones. It has light reflecting particles and gives you a gorgeous glow. Apparently this was Naomi Campbell's go to blush in the last
London fashion week.
Price: It is not cheap at £27 but it is absolutely worth it.
Where to buy in the UK: Lancome counter at, Boots, Debenhams, Selfridges, John Lewis and
similar stores.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation (Cocoa 70)
This Maybelline foundation is a recent find and I am currently loving it. My skin can be quite dry but quickly gets oily when I apply make up and it stays oily. I was on the look out for a foundation that could use over my sunscreen and daily moisturiser without feeling too greasy/oily. This foundation did just that...

It gives a full coverage, it is lightweight and leave you with a matte and airbrushed finish. No need for powder, great for under eye wrinkles and leaves you looking flawless!
Price: £7.69
Where to buy in the UK: Boots, Superdrug and most drug stores

Garnier Intensive 7 days daily body lotion with Cocoa Butter
 I generally have combination skin but in the Winter, my skin dries up a lot and becomes really 'ashy'. I have tried numerous moisturisers and oils and they all seem to work for the first hour, then my skin feels dry again. Since I started using this Garnier moisturiser my skin feels so much better hydrated and smoother all day. It also feels light, smells great and there is a rumour about it and a stretch mark- free pregnancy
Price: £1.99-£4
Where to buy in the UK: Boots, Superdrug and most drug stores

Kojie Sans-Kojic Acid Soap
I use this soap twice a week to fade discolourations, blemishes and to get rid of acne. I would rather go natural and use turmeric but it stains and to avoid everything in my house turning yellow, Kojie Sans is the next best thing. So far it has not lightened my skin at all but has faded acne marks and leave my skin blemish free. Most people have varying result with this Kojie Sans, Papaya soap and Diana Stalder; In my opinions they are pretty much the same soap with very little difference in the concentration of ingredients. My recommendation would be to try them and find out what works best for you.
 Top tip: Lather on skin and leave for 5 minutes.
Avoid leaving the soap near water as it dissolves easily.
Price: £10-£18 for a pack of two
Where to buy: Ebay, Amazon and similar online stores.

What are your own fave beauty products for 2014?

Friday, 12 December 2014

Lips: Kiko Ultra Glossy Stylo (809) and Kiko Smart Lip Pencil (709)

This is how one of the Kiko lippies I recently purchased looks!
I am not a big fan of the glossiness of the lipstick-I should have expected it to be glossy with a name like Kiko Ultra Glossy Stylo! But I just loved the colour and picked it up.

Durability is average, you do have to retouch the lipstick every now and then. Also I do not find this lipstick to be pigmented well enough, and you may even notice this from the swatch above.

I got a matching lip pencil (Kiko Smart Lip Pencil), which I find very handy, as I have dark-toned lips and may lippies never come out bright enough on me without using a lip liner first. The lip liner was well-pigmented and I really like it. It also glides on very smoothly. I definitely recommend purchasing it also, if you like the lipstick. However it is so pigmented that it can be worn on its own. 

Lipstick: 3.50 pounds
Lip pencil: 1.90 pounds

Overall score: 
Lipstick: 3/5
Lip pencil: 5/5


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Review: Benefit Boiing Industrial Strength Concealer

Thought you might want to see my quick review of the Benefit Boiing Industrial Strength concealer.
 Yep, I do think it is of industrial strength-this concealer does a beautiful job of concealing my under eye circles and other blemishes so well.
 I got it at Boots in Westfield, some weeks ago for 17 pounds. I was skeptical because of the steep price, but the MUA assured me I would love it. She got a tester, tried it on my under-eye area, and I liked what I saw. So I bought it, and now I am really obsessed with it!
It isn't too dry, gets picked up well with my concealer brush, and it blends out nicely. I sometimes use my Mac Studio Finish pressed powder to set it.


I bet you can see the difference! The left eyelid and underneath the eye is brighter than the right.
This is my first product from Benefit and now I am willing to try some other products from this brand. I was so impressed that the MUA was able to determine the right shade for me just by looking at me. She just brought it out and it was a perfect match. Can't say the same for other brands' MUAs-not even Mac!

Overall score: 5/5

What awesome concealers do you use?

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Out and About: Madame Tussauds and The Shard

I wouldn't call it a vacation, it's more like attending to some family matters, taking time off to be with family, taking time off to relax and think and then, taking time off to have a good time in a different environment. So lately, and for the next couple of weeks I will be sharing with you some tourist centres or events or experiences or whatever and the main reason why is because I noticed that many people go on trips to the UK, only to get back home not having visited any place interesting. 
The UK is not an exotic tourist spot like the Bahamas or Maldives, or Mauritius, with the beautiful scenery, beaches and all that, but I feel it's a bit of a shame when people come here and all they do in the 2 or 3 weeks they were here was to visit family (almost everyone has family in the UK haha), friends, go shopping, period. There are loads of places to go here- with prices ranging from 0 pounds to a 100 pounds. Also there are great deals on websites like www.lastminute.com and even places like Amazon offer deals so it is always wise to check these places when you know where you wanna go. Just know that it is always cheaper to book tickets online. Also, week day bookings are generally cheaper. I decided to take advantage of my time here to do things that interest me and create awesome memories for me.

Anyways so my big sissy and I went off to Madame Tussauds last Saturday. Last time was probably 25 years ago so it was great to give it a go again. Madame Tussauds is the popular tourist centre located in London, known for showcasing wax statues of popular and renowned people and also celebrities.
Different sets of wax statues are usually showcased periodically, due to space constraints and you would definitely not see say, Beyonce's wax statue two times in a period of 6 months I think. I wasn't aware of this; I thought ALL the popular celebrities would be there, and I was looking forward to taking a pic with Nas-probably a pic of me kissing him (lol yeah I love Nas), taking pics with Gerard Butler, Theo Walcott, Angela Bassett etc but oh well....
Funny how it looks like Johnny Depp his rolling eyes at how this giggling fan is rubbing her boobies all over him.
Two of my fave statues-too real, just too real!
This too...
Now Obama looked too young here....
Sissy adored Michael Jackson (huh, who didn't?!)
Now look at this one. Very poor execution of Bey! So unreal, so so unreal.
Justin didn't look exactly like him too, trust me, it was even more obvious when seen live. 
I was messaging my friend the other day and I told him that one of the things I loved about the statues was that I had a real-life idea of the actual dimensions of these celebs. I was able to see that Bob Marley was actually not too tall, I saw that Obama was tall, Audrey Hepburn was very petite etc. We also saw videos of how these wax statues were actually made.
There was a Marvel Super Heroes section and I almost jumped for joy. I couldn't find my sis so I was pained that I could not get anyone to take a pic of me with Wolverine! Anyway there was short 4-D film of the superheroes-SpiderMan, Hulk, Captain America etc and even though the storyline was so normal and expected, I enjoyed the 4-D effect; felt the vibrations and water droplets on my skin-not bad.
One very interesting section was the early London history section, where we saw statues and props that re-enacted the war, gory and disturbing executions, murder scenes, even more disturbing statues and plaque accounts of offenders in those days. We saw the dungeons, and we got on a slow-ride that was really eerie and disturbing to watch because it was dark and it showed how things were hard and difficult for the average joe to get by in those early days.
Oh and there was the Scream Tunnel-it was meant to be scary but for me...nah. :)

In all I had fun!
Ticket price: 26 pounds when booked online, and it gets cheaper at later hours.
There were deals like combining 2 or 3 tourist centres e.g The London Eye, The Aquarium and Madame Tussauds at a reduced price. (www.madametussauds.com)

My good friend Dee planned a meet-up with another friend of ours at The Shard, in London. The Shard is the tallest building in Europe-68 floors, and the key attraction is to get to the uppermost floor and then have a view of the whole of London.
There were telescopes for closer viewing, with captions to show you each structure you are looking at. I would call this a sort of London Eye experience but classier!
That's The Shard from outside, doesn't look so tall in this pic but it really is!

There were souvenirs in one of the other floors. Oh and I look pregnant in this pic don't I? :)

Ticket price: Online- 25 pounds, and 32 pounds if you want a glass of champagne.(www.theviewfromtheshard.com)


*check www.lastminute.com for discounts/deals*