Review: Kat Von D Bow N Arrow Gift Set

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I’ve had my eye on Kat Von D’s makeup range for a while and it’s been in and out of my basket since appearing in Debenhams here in the UK but, as I can’t get to a store to see the colours and they’re a bit expensive to risk not liking them, I didn’t ever get any. That is until I saw this Kat Von D Bow N Arrow Gift Set on the website, it’s a set of two mini products with one being the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow N Arrow and a mini Ink! Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner pen in Trooper (black). With how long these types of product last me a minis are more than enough to try and I’ve read so many great things about both product types getting them for £14 seemed like a great way of trying them.

The two products are small, the liquid lipstick holds 3ml (0.1 fl oz) and is a browny nude colour and the liquid eyeliner holds 0.2ml (0.007 fl oz) so they’re a good size to try and I think there’s enough in here to last a while. I’ve worn the liquid lipstick quite a bit and there’s not even an obvious dent in the amount of product so it’s big enough for me.

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Review: Red Carpet Manicure Envelope Please Gel Nail Varnish

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In a recent trip to Sally’s I found this Red Carpet Manicure gel nail varnish in Envelope Please. The official description for it is a ‘mauve nude creme’ which actually describes it pretty much perfectly. I wanted a fairly deep neutral pink sort of colour and this one was the closest in this range I could see. Price wise it ranges from £10 -£14 depending where you buy it from, the range of places that stocks them seems to have grown recently and I’ve seen stands in Marks and Spencer as well as Sally’s when it comes to physical stores.

I like the Red Carpet Manicure range in general, though the formulas do tend to range in thickness. I’ve found that, as a brand, the nail varnishes last the two weeks they claim in general and they stick well. I use them with the Red Carpet Manicure light and find them quick and easy to use, I can’t really comment on how well it works with other brands but you can see the colour and how it lasts with their own UV lamp. These are all gel nail varnishes designed to be used with a UV lamp.

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Review: Nina Ultra Pro Nail Varnish in Orchid


I haven’t bought anything from the Nina Ultra Pro nail varnish line before, I’d seen them in Sally’s a couple of times but tended to stick to the brands I knew. However, the last time I went this was the only company that had the kind of colour I was looking for so I decided to give them a go and bought Orchid, a sort of darker version if the melenial pink that’s everywhere at the moment.
I can’t find this exact nail varnish on their website, maybe it was a limited edition or it’s just out of stock at the moment, but the rest of their standard nail varnish line is £4.88 a bottle online which is a pretty good price for a nice nail varnish that actually lasts so I thought I’d see if it could do as well as some of my current favourites.
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Mini Hauls: Sally’s and Mark’s & Spencer

I seem to have been buying things recently, I do have a bit of a TK Maxx haul coming up that’s been building up for a few months so it’ll be a pretty big one and deserves its own post, I just haven’t been posting my recent purchases. I’ve found that posting then actually helps me to keep my spending down so I’m back to posting them more. 

We recently found an out of city shopping centre that has some great shops in it, mainly TK Maxx and Marks & Spencer were the ones we’ve been to as I didn’t need clothes and most of the others would probably end up with me spending even more! Today’s post is the few things I got from M&S as well as their nail varnishes I bought in Sally’s on the same trip.

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Review: Makeup Geek Havok Duochrome Eyeshadow

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I recently made my first Beauty Bay order and, having read so many great reviews of their eyeshadow pans, I had to get at least one of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I fortunately most of the ones I wanted were out of stock but the Havok duochrome eyeshadow was available and, as it’s one of the main ones I wanted I got this. The colour is so pretty and one of the combinations I tend to think if as showing off duochrome the best as it has that almost petrol colours combination of brown and green.

I think it wasn’t long before I made the order that the Makeup Geek range seemed to get a price reduction in the Beauty Bay website so these individual duochrome eyeshadows cost £4.95 each. I think the rest of the range with the different finishes is also this price. They aren’t the cheapest eyeshadows out there and I tend to go for palettes over individual pans but it’s such a pretty colour I thought it’d be a great one as a first eyeshadow from the company.

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Review: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

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When I did a recent Boots order and realised that they sold NYX this Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk (604) was the first thing I had to find. These are available in a range of colours and are a pencil style eye colour, as the name says, but I’ve seen Milk on YouTubers’ videos for years as an eye base. As it’s only £5.50 for the 12g pencil and I have been trying brighter colours I wanted to give this a go and see if it really made much of a difference to the way the eyeshadow turned out and how well it actually worked as a base. I’ve tried a few eye colour pencils before and none of them would be a formula I’d consider suitable for using as an eyeshadow base so I wanted to see how this one was different.

I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to try this. It may sound weird, especially if you’re in the US, as I’ve had this on my wish list for years. I’ve been watching Xsparkage videos for ages and she always seemed to use this as an eyeshadow base so, seeing the price of it in America, I wanted to give it a go but I couldn’t find it in the UK at the time. Fairly recently Boots started stocking NYX products so, of course, I had to add this to my basket when I did a points order.

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Review: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Milan

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I have never tried anything from NYX, at least that I can remember, so I decided to spend some Boots points and get a few products. One of the ones I chose was this Soft Matte Lip Cream in the colour Milan which, online, looks like a mid or pale dusty rose kind of colour. I say online because it’s one of those that’s very different on your lips.

This costs £6 from the Boots website and there’s a great range of colours, I love the look of some of the purples and deep blues but decided to play it safe and go for something I’d actually wear. This is a fairly small product at 14ml, compared to their liquid suede and other similar lip products, but it’s still not a bad price for a liquid lipstick.

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Review: Nails Inc Porchester Square

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I only got this nail varnish today but as it was in a magazine offer I wanted to do the post asap because I know how quickly these things disappear and I don’t know how long it’s been out. This Porchester Square nail varnish was a free gift in the UK Elle magazine, which also came with a Cosmopolitan and cost £4.50 which is a great price for an almost full sized Nails Inc polish, these are 10ml compared to the 14 ml of a full sized one. I have a feeling that this one won’t be around much longer as it’s the May edition (with Victoria Beckham on the front) so that tends to mean the June one will be out soon going by when magazines are released.

I can’t seem to find this in the same bottle on their website​ but it is available in the newer design 14ml bottle here for £15. I’m not sure which style bottle I prefer but I’m pretty sure it’s the same formula so it’s not one of those colours made exclusively for a magazine that you can never find again. That annoys me when you find a colour you love with a magazine but it’s not available afterwards. I also seem to find that a lot of Nails Inc polishes you get free with magazine seem consistently better to me than ones I’ve actually bought full price.

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Nails: Coffee, Cream and Rose Gold

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I realised that I haven’t done a nail look in ages, in fact I haven’t really done much with my nails in ages apart from paint them one colour so, to make myself feel better, I decided to give it a bit of a go and try some dots and lines. Mainly because I just had no idea what I was going to do when I started out so starting with them as a base is always easy to build on rather than specific shapes.

I think I might need to get better at naming nail looks, I am so bad when it comes to naming anything really but I think this one fits given the names and colours I used. As I’ve also had a bit of a play around with the three Gelologoy formula Ciate polishes I used in this nail art I thought I’d do a mini review of each of them as they do seem to work very differently.

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Review: No7 Liquid Eyeliner

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If you read my decluttering post you already know the fate of this eyeliner but I wanted to give it a proper review with some photos. It’s the No7 Stay Perfect Liquid Eyeliner and, although it doesn’t have an official name on the product, I’m guessing it’s called black. I got this product free in one of those bags they do when you buy a certain amount of products and, as I’m not great at eyeliner even without the addition of a liquid and brush, it was nice to get something free to practice my eyeliner technique with.

This can be found in Boots, I think this is a full sized product but I’m not sure. It costs £8.50 so it’s not the cheapest eyeliner out there but it’s in the normal range for a No7 product. It’s available in a range of colours including green, navy, brown and silver.

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