Posted on July 8, 2018
Kiko is one of those brands that has existed for years just none of us knew it. So here’s a little Kiko related anecdote to kick this thing off. The first time I saw a Kiko shop I was actually in Berlin – yes I did write a post about this sooo many years ago. I had never heard of it before and thought ah why not have a quick nosey! At the mere age of 12 I bought my first mascara there for 3.95. This single event really sparked my love for makeup and here we are nearly 6 years later writing a review of Kiko products. It feels like we’ve come full circle. I recently went into a Kiko store and spent more than anticipated but of course is the best excuse for a blog post!
The first product I picked up is actually a micelllar water. I am totally besotted with this product. The novelty of it first attracted me to it as it has a pump action lid. This makes it so simple to clean your face and there is no mess. Having bought this on a bit of a whim I gave it a go and am in love. The water removes makeup so easily and has a light and airy scent which makes it feel so refreshing. And as a blogger I approve of the purple packaging. This stuff really tackles tough stains from eye makeup. Wow I feel like I’m on a vanish advert or something.
The next thing I opted for was part of their new skincare line. It is a dropping serum kind of thing. This comes in 3 different types and I chose the detox variety as I need all the detoxing I can get. It is a cucumber based serum. I love the dropper on this too as it makes it easy to apply. Generally I apply this to the skin before moisturiser and it gets rid of any unevenness. Although this is such a fab product my only complaint is that it’s quite small for what you pay. It is nice and cooling on the skin and leaves you feeling refreshed.
The next thing I opted for is a water cooling stick. This would be absolutely perfect for holidays as it keeps your face fresh. I love how easy this also is as you can just wipe this on without a problem. I also love the scent of this stick and it preps your faces ready for whatever else you are going to put on your face. This also appears to minimise your pores as well. I love that this stick is so portable and can literally just be thrown in your bag without another thought.
I also went for another hydration product. The moisturiser is a gel consistency which I’ve never tried before and I am living for it! It rolls on your face so smoothly and again is so cooling. This thing could literally swamp the Sahara desert it is so hydrating. After you apply this you feel prepped and plumped ready for the day. You really get lots of product for your money as you only need a little bit to get the moisturisation you need.
Kiko has really impressed me with their products. Since my first mascara Kiko has really stepped up their game and I can’t wait to see what they bring out next.
Updated on June 30, 2018
As I’m sure you’ll all know, not only from my last post but from many of my previous posts, red is my favourite colour. It’s perfect for every skin colour, every shape and every size. I feel like it’s one of the most versatile colours and works especially well for festivals! It gives you that pop of colour without the my-skirt-is-blinding-me look. This post is a collaboration with Boohoo so make sure you check out the website for all your festival needs.
The outfit I have picked out cost less than £40 and can be used in so may different occasions. I think Boohoo is such good value for money and each of the pieces can be worn individually. The first thing I picked out is this dress. It’s the main part of the outfit and is so so cute! The dress is off the shoulder and has little ties on the arms so you can tighten it as much as you want. I bought this in the petite section because, you know I’m like 5ft3. I have never had anything off the shoulder before so it was a step out of my comfort zone but I do actually like it!!
The next item I received is this pair of sandals. They are a cute kind of rose gold colour and are brown on the bottom. They add to this outfit perfectly and are hella comfy! You could wear these at a festival all day long and still be happy. I actually wore these to the Oxford Open day and despite doing 23K steps they were perfect! they look beautiful with the red dress and add a different colour to the outfit.
I decided to go for a few different accessories that are both practical and stylish to top the outfit off. The sunglasses are those ones that are really trendy at the minute and look cute too. Red sunglasses are so much fun and look good with my blonde hair and pale skin. Everyone needs a good comfy pair of glasses at a festival because you are really going to want to be able to see all those bands! I also chose this little structured bag that would be perfect for festivals. With all the restrictions of bags nowadays this one is ideal for carrying all your essentials using as little space as possible. The gold metal detailing is also a nice touch and therefore matches the shoes well!
If you like what you see then make sure you check out the full festival shop online at Boohoo!
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Updated on May 13, 2018
Dressing for summer is something I always find incredibly difficult. How much skin is too much skin? How hot will I be if I wear this? Will it be cold later on? They are all questions that need much consideration when dressing for summer.
I love cracking out the pastel colours for the spring/summer season as you all know. Baby pink and mint green are my go tos during the summer season but this year I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone a little bit. I’m experimenting with colours! Dressing a bit differently every now and then is so important it allows you to try out some of the latest trends and maybe discover a new style. And in this instalment of Street Style Fashion with Ellie we are featuring this new and exclusive red body suit.
Okay so this post may look like an opportunity to post some pictures which turned out pretty well… which yeah okay it may partly be but I do want to feature this top because it might inspire you to try something new.
The top is this red body suit from GAP and as you all know GAP is the world’s most underrated shop. Honestly I paid less than a fiver for this classic gem. It is so soft and is easy to wear. You can literally stick on a pair of jeans and some flats and you’re good to go. The coolest part of this, other than the colour, is the scoop back. Another reason it is really out of my comfort zone. Seriously that’s a hell of a lot of skin but you just learn to flaunt it. Until you feel confident to rock it, because if I can you can, you can always stick a scarf on to give you the flexibility.
I feel like red is really in this season. It lets you add a huge pop of colour into your outfit without having to really try too hard! You can be comfy and fashionable without even thinking about it and give yourself a little boost in confidence. If you are looking for that boost in confidence give yourself a good pampering session. After that stick your phone on self timer and get at it girl!!
Updated on May 13, 2018
As I’m sure a lot of you would agree, what goes under makeup is more important than the makeup itself. This of course means one thing: skin care! Looking after your skin is so important after all we only get one! Encouraging proper skin care from a young age is something incredibly important to me. I recently heard about this Vitamin E range from Superdrug so thought I would check it out.
The first item I bought was the exfoliator. This smells absolutely amazing and is a kind of oaty consistence. It perfectly scrubs your face leaving a fresh and dewy look which is something we all desire. I love that the beady bits in this scrub are just the right size. Not too big and not too small, they scrub the skin and leave it feeling soft. The vitamin E adds a little something extra and I really think it has plumped my skin slightly. Exfoliation is key in keeping a youthful and bright look. Of course exfoliation isn’t necessary every day which means you get even more for your money. A little goes a long way as this can be quite abrasive.
I also picked up the Vitamin E eye cream. Eye cream is something I have wanted to try for a bit because prevention is always better than the cure. The rich creaminess of the eye cream leaves. Your under eyes feeling smooth plump and wrinkle free. A tiny bit goes a long way which means you can just use your ring fingers to tap this in. The scent is quite fresh and so cools your eyes in the mornings. This will help to combat any puffiness you wake up with in the morning. I like the bottle it comes in too because it means you can squeeze out the perfect amount and it’s great for travel.
The final product I chose is the moisturising day cream. I don’t know how great this product is, I’ve been using it for a few months and generally have seen a huge difference in the quality of my skin. I am kind of worried that this is breaking me out but I will report back on this theory. The cream feels so smooth and rich and so goes under makeup perfectly. Again the scent is so fresh and it retains its cool temperature which means it really wakes you up in the morning.
Overall I have been incredibly impressed with this range and so I really want to try out more of the products. Also at superdrug these products are often on 3 for 2 or similar deals which makes them all the more affordable!
Updated on April 23, 2018
Vegan. You’ve all heard of it, you might know one or you might even be one. The one question us vegans know all too well is “what can you even eat??” Yes like we’ve never heard that one before. I can actually see where some people are coming from when they ask as for people who aren’t vegan the concept may seem a little difficult. I thought I would write a post about my favourite vegan breakfast meals. Fingers crossed this will help those of you who aren’t vegan and are curious and those of you who are vegan and want a bit of variety in your lives.
Okay so kicking this post off we have every milenials favourite: avocado toast! Well in fact this is an avocado bagel! Combining two of the trendiest food items ever. This is honestly less than 5 minutes of a job. All it requires is an avocado and a bagel and there’s no points for guessing you mash up the avocado and put it out the bagel. I like to add a little salt and pepper to my avocado and of course toast my bagel. So not only do you have a yummy and healthy breakfast but also an incredibly instagrammable meal.
Next up we have another toast meal. This one again is incredibly simple. It’s peanut butter and banana on toast. Peanut butter is full of healthy fats and protein that keeps you full for much longer. For those of you with a sweet tooth this is perfect. The banana gives you all the sweetness you need and the combination of carbs and protein keeps you fuller for longer. I saw that Paul Hollywood was selling a toastie just like this in his shop. So why not save yourself a few pounds and make this for yourself.
As for something a little cooler. This smoothie bowl is so much fun! Perfect for summer days when you fancy something a little colder and a little sweeter. The combination of fruits leaves a sweet treat. This is again pretty easy to make. I buy packets of frozen smoothie mixes, add some soya milk and blend it all together until its a kind of thick consistency. You can then add what ever you fancy on top for a little oompf. I love doing a summer fruits bowl with banana on top. Buying frozen fruit is so much more economical too!
Who doesn’t love a good bowl of porridge to warm you up on the inside. Porridge can be made vegan buy cooking with dairy free milk. Just be aware that as vegan milk is generally thinner it may need longer to cook and thicken up. As I can be lazy in the morning, sachets are so easy to cook. All you need to do is stick the oats and and the milk in the microwave for three minutes and you have a perfect bowl of porridge. Again adding some fresh fruit on top adds something different too the bowl and gives your breakfast a variety. My favourite combos are banana and almond butter and strawberry and banana. The combinations are endless which means you never get bored of eating porridge and its full of protein too!
So there you go some vegan breakfasts you can try out and for those of you who aren’t vegan here is an insight as to the kind of things we eat!
Updated on April 23, 2018
Contouring seems to have become the beauty trend of the century. Perfectly sculptured cheeks are a must nowadays and so everyone is after that perfect bronze shade. I think I’ve found mine. Being as pale as Caspar the Ghost contouring is difficult. Either the shade is too orange or way too orange. Finding that cool toned contour is so difficult but this Marc Jacobs one has it cracked.
The palette contains a contour shade and a highlighting shade. Which is helpful as it has everything you need in one place. The bronzer shade is so pigmented you just need one little line and you have perfectly chisled cheeks. I like to apply this with a sharp edged brush and blend it upwards with a fluffy brush. This lets you have a stark line underneath with a smokey contour on top. The product is actually a powder but feels a lot like a cream which is an interesting texture. It gives you the best of both worlds. Also the amount you get is absolutely enormous. This will honestly last years and years.
As for the highlighting shade, it appears to be like a banana powder. It is a creamy powder of an off white kind of colour. I like to apply this under my eyes and below my contour. It is sort of like a brightening powder crossed with a matte highlighter. You can use a flat brush to pack this on the face or a contour brush to lightly sweep over the top of your skin.This powder leaves you matte all day long with more of a bright and youthful looking complexion. As the consistency of this is on the creamier side there is hardly any fall out which means again that the product will last you a really long time.
This is the first product I have tried from Marc Jacobs and i have to say I am incredibly impressed. The packaging is so sleek and the metal embellishing gives it such a premium look. The huge mirror is such a nice touch too. Without a doubt this makes the palette easy to travel with as you always have a mirror and snachted cheek bones. Undeniably Marc Jacobs is a very expensive brand so keep your eyes peeled for deals across different sites. I picked this palette up in TK Maxx and really couldn’t resist it! The stock is always changing at TK Maxx so keep checking in for the best deals.
Updated on April 16, 2018
You all know I’m a little bit Too Faced obsessed! It seems like the perfect brand, cruelty free, cute and overall fab quality. The U.K. draws the short straw here as this palette is only available at the Too Faced shop in London.
The palette I picked up is the Matte Chocolate Chip palette. If that isn’t the cutest name for a set of eyeshadows I don’t know what is! It is the baby of the all too famous Chocolate Bar. The compactness of this palette makes it so easy for travel and storage. To be honest it has all the shades you need for day to day.
I’m obviously a huge fan of big palettes but I honestly think I’m warming to smaller palettes. This little guy is cheaper than it’s older and bulkier mummy but with a great variety of shades. Usually with big palettes there are at least a handful of shades you never use. With a versatile palette you get to use every single shade and you want to use them all too!
I’ve been travelling so much more recently, hence my blogging hiatus, and this little guy has helped me so much! It means you can maximise your space in your suitcase. This palette is full of beautiful warm brown tones and also some bright pinks and whites which means you can create lots of looks with one palette.
Just like its predecessor, this palette smells just like chocolate and who doesn’t want to slather that all over your lids. The shades are so creamy and not at all chalky! They blend softly on the eyes and smoke out with hardly any effort. I genuinely think this would be a great palette for beginners as you get some beautiful shades without a huge commitment. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t exactly a budget palette but it is a good compromise.
This palette is quickly becoming a staple in my makeup bag and I love all the looks I can achieve with one compact little palette!
Updated on April 16, 2018
You all know that jewellery is one of my weaknesses. I love a new rose gold chain or a pair of flashy earrings to spruce up an outfit. Adding even just a pair of plain studs can dress an outfit up. I am a real advocate for splurging where it is worth splurging so these rings from pandora are worth the hefty tag they hold.
I went into Pandora with the intention of having a look and maybe buying a ring and yet I left with 2 rings….oops! The second one was on sale, what was I supposed to do??
Both rings are daisy patterns which was completely unintentional but apparently I really like flowers. The first one I chose was the band of daisies. I wear it on my middle finger as I think it looks best there. I have never had rings from Pandora before so the sizing baffled me. But let’s be real it doesn’t take a lot to baffle me!! Unfortunately I think my fingers had swollen in the heat of the shop. So the rings were too large once I got to them at Christmas, but they were easily exchanged. The rose gold detailing on this ring is so pretty and it goes with everything. I feel so classy when I wear this and much higher class than I ever will be. Who knew a ring could do so much for your confidence haha!
The second ring I bought was basically exactly the same ring just with one daisy. I couldn’t resist picking this one up too. I feel like it looks so dainty and feminine so compliments my whole fashion sense. The rings are both so incredibly comfortable to wear and most of the time you barely notice they are there.
For me I really understand the desire to splurge when it comes to accessories. With clothes you can always find dupes and clothes of similar quality for half the price. When it comes to jewellery I really see the value of spending a little extra. Jewellery is so timeless. You can wear the same accessories day in and day out. The same can’t always be said for clothes. And I’m sure others would have something to say if you wore the same clothes everyday for a year! Jewellery just adds something a little extra to an outfit and nobody even bats and eyelid if you wear the same rings for months on the trot.
Jewellery quality can really be seen with the price you pay. I’ve had rings and earrings from cheap high street shops that have looked so tacky and really not lasted. When you spend more on jewellery you really see the difference in the product. It lasts longer, looks better and often there is more variety.
Pandora is my first stop for a new piece of jewellery. I tend not to react badly to the metals in the jewellery, however often my skin goes a little black for the first few weeks. The staff are so nice and helpful. I have never had a bad experience with this brand and will continue using them! Pandora have really won my affection. I keep finding myself on their website lusting over other rings and charms!
Updated on April 16, 2018
Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette
Achieving that perfect glow is difficult to master. I know, I know , a good workman never blames his tools but having good products makes the world of a difference. You lot all know that Too Faced is my absolute favourite brand and this face palette certainly exceeded my expectations.
I am a huge fan of the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow palette which I have written a full review of here. This is basically its little sister. It contains a blush, highlight and contour shade which is so handy to have all in one palette. This makes travelling with this palette ten times easier. The palette has the same scent as the original eyeshadow palette which smells absolutely amazing! It really does smell like peaches!
The highlight shade is a really subtle glow with a sort of cool toned gold undertone. It feels really buttery on the skin and so blends easily on the high points of the face. The shade is embossed with tiny little peaches which is a professional touch. I also like that there is very little fallout from this shade so you don’t feel like you are wasting product with each application. If you are after a blinding highlight this definitely isn’t it. It is on the more subtle side but looks stunning for everyday wear.
As for the blush shade, it is a bright coral shade. The pigmentation on this is such high quality. It blends so well up the cheeks to give a soft feminine glow. I feel like this is a theme that runs through the palette – soft edges and subtle glows. The pink is a cool toned coral so looks really good on pale skin. If you blend it high up the cheeks it gives you a natural looking flush.
As for the contour shade.It blends in nicely to the cheeks and feels really buttery on the skin. You can achieve a strong contour with this shade. It works really well as a bronzer too, just to warm up the perimeter of the face. It also looks good in pictures! Using a fluffy brush you can achieve a soft and subtle sun kissed look on the face. I use this on a daily basis and it gives a reallly glowy and clean look.
Too Faced have really killed it with this palette. It is the perfect little sister to the OG Sweet Peach palette. I really can’t understand why it has such bad reviews on Sephora. This palette is available at Debenhams and Selfridges which both offer such great reward programmes. It carries a hefty price tag but with points and such it is easy to bargain at a lower price! Debenhams often offer 15% off Too Faced throughout the year so keep your eyes peeled for that. This palette has really impressed me. When I use these products I feel like it really improves the look of my skin. It gives you a youthful looking glow from within.
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Updated on March 27, 2018
Topshop Highlighter Review
There is nothing like glowy and healthy looking skin. Adding a touch of highlighter to your skin can really complete your look. 2017 was really the year of blinding highlights and it’s certainly not something that I want to leave behind! I love trying new highlighters whether cream, liquid or powder. I picked up this one from TK Maxx for just £5
It is a topshop branded highlight. I have to say for a high street shop the quality is impeccable. I was quite sceptical about the yellow undertones not suiting my pale skin but in small doses it can look really nice. If you apply too much, which is easily done, it can give you a Homer Simpson kind of cast. Not attractive, but if used correctly you get a beautiful looking glow on the skin!
I love the formula of this highlight. It is a powder but is so incredibly smooth that it feels like a cream. It is soft to touch and glides on the skin easily. The highlighter is so highly pigmented and pays off on the skin really well. It lasts pretty much all day long and can blend nicely with blush and contour shades. I feel like if you have darker skin this would suit you really well. I stepped out of my comfort zone with this shade and to be honest I have really loved it. The pigments reflect the light perfectly and give you a nice healthy glow.
The packaging is also pretty nice. On the cheap side, I dare say but it isn’t an expensive product. The shape of the compact resembles something high end and it feels like a premium product especially with how good the actual shade is. The white plastic isn’t particularly practical as it does get dirty so if you are a perfectionist with your makeup steer clear of this one. The packaging is however really robust and so works for those of us who are a bit more clumsy. One small downside is that it doesn’t include a mirror which would be helpful!
The quality of this product really impresses me. Topshop is a brand that seems to have it all figured out. I am really looking forward to trying out more of their products. Can we also just talk about how photogenic this highlighter is too! A blogger’s best friend 🙂