KAT VON D HAUL

12.2.17






Hello! Long time no post, ehh? I've been a little bit m.i.a for a while now. As you all probably know life gets in the way of things sometimes but I'm back and want to get into the groove of things. I haven't really been posting but I was still buying and testing makeup, so today I want to share with you a few of the goodies I got from Kat Von D makeup. As you probably all know Kat Von D makeup launched online at Debenhams last October and since, they have opened two makeup counters one in the Debenhams on Oxford Street and one in Lakeside. Side note, more often than not Debenhams do their 10% off beauty events and I'm fairly sure that Kat Von D makeup would come under it as most premium brands are included in the offer. 

So let's get started with the haul! I didn't go crazy and buy all of the lipstick shades and other bits and bobs but I got a decent selection of products. I never like buying everything a new brand (to me) has to offer, even if its super hyped up and everyone loves it because I don't know how the products are going to perform on me personally, as everyone has different skin types and preferences. 

I picked up the Lock it Foundation which was £27 because I've been looking for a heavier and fuller coverage foundation as sometimes I just need a little bit more help. I got mine in the shade Light 45 because I'm super pale at the moment and can always just use a little bit more bronzer if necessary.

I also got the Shade and Light palette £37, honestly because I wanted to see what the hype was about. I wasn't really looking for any sculpting and highlighting powders but I have used it a few times and I know its something that will be a favourite of mine. I can do a separate blogpost on it, so let me know in the comments if that's something you'd like to see? 

And last but definitely not least I picked up three of the 'everlasting' liquid lipsticks, which were £17 each. I got the shade Lolita, I feel like everybody and their mother has this shade and honestly, I don't blame them because its such an easy shade to wear. I also picked up the shade exorcism because I thought it would be perfect for the colder months. And I'm not sure why but I got the shade witches. I have never worn black lipstick before and was a little bit intimidated but also really drawn to it, I think with the right eye look it could work really well. 

There you go, that's the end of my Kat Von D haul and a little bit of a life update. Let me know if you have ever tried anything from Kat Von D before and what your favourites are?

Dom xxx
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3INA MAKEUP | BRAND REVIEW

28.10.16




When I was last in Covent Garden and I discovered a new makeup brand, called 3INA (although I do think that you are meant to pronounce it as mina, I'm not quite sure). I popped into their store and decided to pick up some goodies. I was instantly drawn to their lipsticks, so I picked up two with matching lipliners. I also picked up two eyeshadows form their metallic eyeshadow collection, because I thought that they would be good items to start off with as I'm getting to know the brand. 

Let's start with the lipsticks because they're my favourite. I picked up the shade 103 which is a muted dusty pinky colour and 111 which is a great autumnal plum shade, its quite dark and vampy which I love. The formula on these lipsticks is great, they're very nice and smooth and comfortable on the lips. They aren't the most long lasting lipstick that I have ever tried but they do last a long time and with a more creamier lipstick its just bound to disappear a little bit faster than a matte. I think that for  five pounds (at least that't how much I think they were) they're a good lipstick that's very easy to apply. I have used the pinky one on an everyday basis and I think its becoming one of my favourite 'go-to' shades. 

As I mentioned previously I also picked up two matching lipliners, the lipliner for the pinky shade is  the number 435 and the plummy toned one is number 455. The lady in the store told me that they had a batch of wrongly numbered liners and so they don't correspond to the lipsticks, so if you like the liners I'm guessing just go by the lipstick number. The liners are also great in my opinion, they are very nice and smooth and not too hard to apply on the lips, the texture is very nice as they aren't too stiff like some lipliners can be. They come with a Chanel-esque lip brush on the other end of the liner, which isn't half bad. I don't tend to use a brush when applying my lipstick or lip liner but I did try it out and it is quite soft, so if you like a brush just know its there and its not bad at all. One more liner that I picked up from 3INA was the Essential lip pencil in a gorgeous maroon colour. I can't tell you the shade number because it doesn't seem to be written down on the lip pencil itself. Honestly, this product I was a little bit underwhelmed with, considering the other liners are really nice. Compared to the other two this one just seems quite stiff in texture and you have to work a little bit more to get the right colour pay off (but the colour is stunning once you get there). In my opinion I'd just get the other formula.

Lastly, I picked up two of their metallic eyeshadows, one in the shade 501 which is a gorgeous coppery shade and 505 which is a gorgeous blush pink with a blue toned iridescence in it. The shadows are nice and smooth. They're not patchy and blend quite nicely, although I do find that the pinky one has a bit more fallout and is a bit more powdery than the other shadow. Overall though, I don't think that they are bad shadows but I don't reach for them as often as I do for the lipsticks and liners. The last thing I wanted to mention was the packaging. The packaging is really nice and sleek, its plain matte black with the 3INA logo on it. Overall, I do enjoy this brand, especially the lipsticks and I will pick up some more products as I'm really intrigued what their skin products are like, its just a shame that the only store near me is Covent Garden. 

Let me know what you thought of the makeup! And if you have ever tried this brand gimme your thoughts on their products as I'd like to know how they perform. 

Dominika xx
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SAMPAR SKINCARE

21.10.16




Today I wanted to talk about some Sampar skincare products as I've been using and testing them out for a while now and can finally share my thoughts on them. I will be talking about the Lavish Dream Cream, the Ultra Hydrating Fluid and the Vivid Radiance Serum.

Now I know that all the products I've picked out are aimed at more mature skin and claim to tackle wrinkles, but honestly when picking them out I was looking for hydrating products that wouldn't irritate my skin. The Vivid Radiance Serum claims to restore the firmness of your skin and to keep you youthful. Now I can't say whether this really restores firmness because my skin is quite firm anyway but after using it, my skin was really even and felt smooth to the touch, sometimes the texture of my skin can be a little bit uneven and this got rid of that. When I apply this in the early morning when my skin looks physically tired, I can truly say that it makes my skin look uplifted and not as tired. The serum itself is quite nice and light, its more on the watery side, which I enjoy because I'm not a fan of really heavy serums. It spreads on the skin really nicely and absorbs really well into the skin, there is no sticky residue that you get with some serums. The serum is fragranced which I was sceptical about because my skin prefers really simple creams and serums as its easily irritated but, it has not caused me any irritation so far. Overall, I think this is a winner for me and I will repurchase this product at some point in the future.

Next up is the Ultra Hydrating Fluid, as I mentioned before I was looking for hydrating products because my skin is on the dryer side. This cream claims to quench thirsty skin and protect it all day long. This is a great day cream for someone who doesn't like heavy creams but likes their skin to feel like its deeply moisturised. Its a nice nourishing cream without the heavy feeling which I really enjoy during the day. Again, it doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky and is a good cream to use before your makeup application. The cream absorbs into the skin fully and doesn't make your makeup slip and slide. This is another great cream for me and I will carry on using it until I decide I need something heavier for the colder months. 

Lastly I want to talk about the Lavish Dream Cream. First off, I want to start off with the packaging because I love it! It comes with a kind of pump, you press the whole top of the product and product comes out through the middle.Usually, with thicker creams you'd just get a jar with a lid and personally I'm not a big fan of sticking my fingers in jars because of hygiene reasons, so I think this packaging is well thought through and amazing. Now, lets get onto the cream itself, its quite thick in consistency so I use it at night or when my skin is feeling particularly dry. The cream is mega nourishing and leaves my skin feeling restored when I wake up in the morning, what I mean is that my skin doesn't feel dry or tight, it just feels really balanced. Not only this cream, but the Sampar products I mentioned are on the pricier side so if you're looking for an alternative I'd suggest the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre which is my all time fave!

Let me know if you've tried anything from Sampar before and what your experience with their products was? And what skincare are you currently using? I would love to know because I'm always on a look out for new skincare. 

Dom xx
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