Wednesday, 15 April 2015

MAC Giveaway with Cohorted

Cohorted MAC giveaway

I must say, I feel like the luckiest blogger recently being able to host so many wonderful giveaways for you all.  Today, it's a BIG one.  Three MAC products courtesy of the lovely people over at Cohorted.  I must admit, I did lust over their latest box since there was a gorgeous MAC blusher in there, so when this giveaway email landed in my mailbox I was very excited to work with them for you :)

In the past my MAC giveaways have been some of my most popular and that was just for one lipstick, so to be able to give you the opportunity of winning 3 MAC products is really fantastic.

First off, I thought I'd tell you a little about the brand since they're new to me too (I haven't sampled their boxes yet, only drooled over my keyboard while reading blogger reviews about them) :) Cohorted are an online retailer who sell makeup (high end), skincare and beauty accessories as well as putting together a limited monthly beauty box.  Each box costs £19.99 and contains a selection of 'beauty must-haves' which are presented in a black box with a hand-tied bow (all very sophisticated). To pick up the boxes you simply pre-order them in advance, but please note these are very popular and sell out quickly from what I've seen!

Now, on to the prizes!  They are giving away:
1 x MAC Blusher in Dolly Mix
1 x MAC Bronzer in Refined Golden
1 x MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light Plus

Simple rules
1. Follow the Rafflecopter widget
2. Cohorted will send the prizes to you
3. This is only open to UK residents
4. The giveaway will run for 1 month, ending on the 15th May

Good luck!

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

NEW BRAND | KISS COSMETICS

Kiss Cosmetics KISStick in Frisky Fuchsia

Kiss Cosmetics lipstick
Kiss Cosmetics lipstick bullet
Swatch of the Kiss Cosmetics KISStick in Frisky Fuchsia
KISStick in Frisky Fuchsia
// excuse my imperfect skin, I don't believe in photoshopping //

An exciting new makeup brand is launching called Kiss Cosmetics.  Myself, along with a handful of other bloggers, have been working with them over the last year or so in the run up to their launch. I've been extremely lucky and I was sent one of their new releases to review, a lipstick (or KISStick as they're calling it) in Frisky Fuchsia - a gorgeous raspberry shade (there are 10 shades in the collection).  Price-wise they're similar to brands like Max Factor with this lipstick coming in at £7.00, putting it firmly in the middle of the high street.

The packaging feels really nice quality - it's sturdy and doesn't feel cheap.  At the base of the lipstick case there is a pot where you can see the shade (I like it when brands do this).  The lipstick is really well pigmented as well as being soft and buttery with a lovely sheen.  In the picture above I used my Karla Cosmetics lip brush to apply the lipstick and didn't need to layer it - this is how intense it was off the bat.  It wore really well, didn't bleed or go patchy, it just faded over time.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you want lipstick to last on your lips, apply it with a lip brush, you get a nicer application and it'll last better.

I had no idea what to expect from KiSS cosmetics, how good their products would be, and yes, this is only one thing I've tried but I really have been impressed with this.  It's good quality both the packaging and the product, it smelled nice and lasted well, and in my opinion has a good price point too.  I can't wait to try more from the brand and can't wait to see what products they release.

The best part, in my opinion, other than the lovely quality of this product and the fair pricing is that ALL their products are cruelty free.  You don't find many brands that are high-street priced that can say that.  The brand launches on the week commencing 20th April - you'll be able to shop them online from then here.

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Monday, 13 April 2015

£15 High Street Challenge | April

£15 high street challenge April
It's that time again for my next instalment of my £15 high street challenge! I was planning on upping the budget to £20 this month, since I needed to return £5 of goods from last months' haul - but what with e.l.f closing down in the UK I'm not confident it'd all work out, get to them and get my money back, so I'm just going to keep hold of it - maybe I'll sell it in a blog sale? :)

This month my haul was from Boots.com - they had a 3 for 2 offer on where you get the cheapest item for free which is how I was able to get 3 decent products for my £15.  If you're not familiar with why I started this challenge, it was because when looking back at my 2014 posts, I realised nearly all of them were PR samples.  I wanted to bring items I've bought myself back to the blog, but since I'm on maternity pay I needed to keep the budget down (hence the £15).  My goal is to find 3 pieces of makeup on the high street for about £15 each month.  If you want to see my previous months' challenges, just have a look here.

April challenge purchases

After seeing a lot of people talking about the new L'Oreal Infallible foundations, I thought I'd give them a go - I love reviewing foundation (that and mascara are my favourite to review).  I've also had my eyes on the Maybelline Coloursensational Elixir for a long time and decided to pick one of these.

If you're one of the many people who requested an Essence haul for one of these, don't worry - I've taken what I earned from my mummy blog last month (only a little bit) and put it towards a decent-sized Essence haul too which will be on here in the next few days, as well as individual reviews.

Here's what I picked up:

L'Oreal Infallialbe 24hr Matte foundation in 10 Porcelin - £6.99
I'm a big fan of matte foundations but I do struggle to find one that really works for me - my Makeup Forever HD foundation is the closest I've found (it's seriously amazing!).  Since this arrived on Saturday, I have worn it once (yesterday) and well, I'm not sure how I feel about it just yet.  Obviously this is just a first impression, but it did highlight dry skin, I wouldn't say it was very good coverage - it classes itself as heavy but I'd say it's much lighter than that.  It also didn't set that well (something I often find with L'Oreal foundations).  But, 6+ hours after applying it, a little creasing aside, it looked pretty decent.  It's not a patch on my Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix foundation, I think this one makes me look older, but I'll give it a few more go's and see what it's like.

L'Oreal Infallible 24h Foundation in Vanilla - £9.99
My biggest mistake here was picking the 2nd lightest shade, it's too dark, I should have gone with Porcelin (the same as the matte foundation) as that is the closest.  That aside, I will still give it a go and see what it's like, it'll just have to be on days when I don't leave the house :P  Maybe these are more contenders for blog sale stuff?  I'll be back with a full review of all of these over the coming weeks.

Maybelline Coloursensational Elixir in 710 Rose Redefined - £6.99
For ages now I've seen people talk about these, some love them, some not so much.  For me this was more of a 'this will look pretty with my other lipsticks' purchase - I love the packaging and I didn't realise that the colour you see there is plastic, I thought it was the actual product, but sadly it's not. Ah well! We'll see how I get on with this - what do you think of the Elixirs?

Overall it came to £16.98 (not including delivery) as I had one of the £6.99 items for free. Not bad really - but did I pick well!?