Thursday, 25 May 2017

[Review] KIKO Milano Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick 314 Plum & 315 Mauve

I have never tried the brand KIKO Milano before but whenever I went past the Regent Street store in London, it is always busy inside and now they have another store open on Oxford Street which seemed more quiet, so I ventured in. I ended up with 2 lipsticks which I will review in this post, a "Smart Colour Eyeshadow in #18 Metallic Hyacinth" (£2.50) and a "Unmeasurable Length Waterproof Masacara Black" (only £3.90, on offer right now).

I am not really a lipstick person but on a night out my friend lent me her Nars Audacious Lipstick in 'Fanny', which is a pinky-purple shade and I loved the colour! But I wanted a matte version and so I found KIKO Milano's Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick in #314 Plum (on the left in the picture below). I also wanted a more subtle colour for everyday wear which I chose #315 Mauve. These lipsticks are £6.90 on the website but I could have sworn I paid £9 instore, I have not got the receipt anymore to double check but just as a heads up!

These lipsticks are so creamy and pigmented which makes it easy to build up the colour if you want a more vibrant look. I also thought the packaging is pretty with the metallic rose gold bottom and black top and cover.

As someone who is not use to lipsticks I was afraid that the Plum colour might be too bright for me, I did try a tiny bit instore on my lips but for hygiene reasons I did not go full-out so I was pleasantly surprised when I finally tried it at home. The colour is not too full-on but you can still see the purple tint. The Mauve colour is quite similar to my natural lip colour, so it enhances and mattifies the colour of my lips for me which is what I was looking for in an everyday lipstick. After about 3 hours I felt like I had to re-apply.


All in all I am happy with my first purchase from KIKO Milano and will definitely be trying their other products. The price is good and the quality so far seems to be good too.

Rating out of 5:     

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Mayfield Lavender Farm

After missing the chance to visit the Mayfield Lavender Farm last year I made it a priority for this summer. I always assumed the farm would be far away but it only took me and W.C about an hour to get to and it was a fairly easy journey, one train and then the 166 bus which stops right outside the farm's gate. I read reviews that it use to be free entry but now it costs £1, however the £1 is redeemable with purchases over £5 at the lavender cafe and shop. I did not try the cakes as I was scared the lavender would be too strong but a colleague who went before me said it had a very subtle taste and that she would definitely go back for the cake!

At the entry and behind the sign was the cafe and shop.
Empty fields! Definitely go on a weekday if you can (it was not actually empty but good timing as well).
Selfie before saying bye!

This is going to sound really weird but I am not even a fan of lavender however this place is absolutely beautiful and I actually enjoyed the fresh smell of lavender, though I will not be in a rush to stock up on lavender-scented products anytime soon. Also be careful of the bees, they are too preoccupied with all the gold in front of them but its still nice to not step on them. The amount of dead bees and trampled lavender I saw with people trying to change lanes was too much. There was even a kid who bought a football to play in the fields so the ball was just destroying all in its path.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

[Review] Etude House Global

When I first heard that the Korean skincare brand 'Etude House' finally offered international shipping, I was absolutely ecstatic. They are also doing a promotion for new members to receive a 10% off coupon, however it did take about an hour or so to send for me so do not expect the email straight away after registering. The reason I love Etude House is for 2 reasons, pretty packaging and decent price for good quality items. The only hardship was having to order from third parties who increase the price dramatically e.g. Yesstyle.

Navigating the site is easy and much faster than their old international website. After placing my order I received an email confirmation which also said that I will receive a further email when my package has been shipped out, I received no such email so I was left wondering if my package was still in Korea or not. Fast forward 2 weeks later and I got a letter from the post office asking me to pay customs. One of the things that instantly kills the joy of receiving a package is having to pay custom charges on-top of everything you have already paid for. The shipping was fast (standard) but it was $17.17 (£11.68)! It arrived in a brown box with Etude House and Korea written in great big pink letters.

But still I thought fine, that's okay because one of the best things about shopping in Korea for skincare is the amount of freebies they give you so I expected their online store to extend the same courtesy. No. Not even one small freebie, for the amount that I purchased I would have been given a whole handful in Korea. I thought this was going to set the official Etude House website aside with the third parties but with the cost of shipping and customs built up, you can actually find cheaper alternatives on Ebay.

The items I got were, Aloe Moistfull Skin $11, Eye's Cream Vanilla Moist $8, Cookie Blusher $6, Moistfull Flower Cream $16, Collagen Eye Patch $1 each and Face Masks $0.95 each. The items did arrive safely and with a lot of bubble wrap inside. However all in all I have to say I was so disappointed and I will not be ordering from Etude House Global again, I will stick to Yesstyle (using discount coupons) and Ebay.