I was recently organising my makeup stash and rediscovered an old favourite of mine, the Smashbox Double Exposure travel palette. Needless to say, I have been using it everyday since I found it. Its quite a small and compact palette, I remember when I first got it I was a little bit underwhelmed because it is so tiny, but now this is the reason why I love it so much! It has ever shade you need for a day and night look.

The colours in this palette are great! There's six shades that are satin/shimmery, one completely matte and one somewhat in-between a full shimmer shadow and a matte. The shadows themselves are really buttery and smooth, which is great because they are really blendable. For an every day look, I tend to reach for Quartz (all over the lid), Espresso (in the crease) and Veiled (in the inner corner and brow bone) with a bit of winged liner. If you are a beginner and just staring out with eyeshadows I would really recommend this palette as it has some really good neutrals for everyday makeup and darker shades for evening looks. I love this for an effortless look that I don't have to think about, what are your favourite go-to eyeshadow palettes at the moment?

Dominika xx
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sleek makeup palette, affordable makeup

sleek makeup palette, affordable makeup

sleek makeup palette swatches, affordable makeup, highlighting

sleek makeup palette, affordable makeup, highlighting, solstice

Recently I read a blogpost by Jen from The Budget Beauty Blog where she talked about the best affordable highlighters and instantly it made me think of the Sleek Highlighting palette in Solstice. This palette is amazing, not only because its £10 but because it has everything you need in it and it will last you a life time.

The palette holds four highlighting shades, three powders and one cream. Its an all-round highlighting palette with warm and cool shades that will look great with any makeup look. The powders themselves are quite fine and give off a lovely sheen (there's no chunky glitter) but are most definitely build-able if you prefer a very intense highlight. The cream highlighter would be great for the summer months. I tried it a few times and just like the powders it leaves a lovely sheen on your face and does not budge like some other cream products do. If you've tried the MAC paint pots you know that they set and don't really move about much, its the same with this, its still a very creamy product but it doesn't slip and slide once it sets on your face.

The four shades in the palette are Ecliptic which is the cream highlight shade, its quite neutral. Hemisphere is the most intense out of all of them, its a lovely pinky/purple colour. Then SubSolar which is a very light yellow shade, it would be great for paler skin tones and for someone who doesn't want a very intense highlight look. Last but not least, Equinox which is personally my favourite (right now) its a lovely peachy colour, that works well when I have a bit more of a tan. I like that all the shades give off different levels of intensity and that they are very buildable.

The palette itself comes in lovely gold packaging which looks a lot more high end than the standard Sleek packaging and you do get a small brush with it, but as almost every brush that comes with a makeup palette its not the best quality. I tend to use the Real Techniques duo-fiber contour brush because it leaves me with a nice subtle highlight, if I'm going for a more intense look I'll use the Setting brush or just my fingers which pack on the product a bit more. Right now, I have been reaching for the powder shades more purely because its still cold outside and I prefer the finish off them, but I am sure that I will start using the cream shade closer to summer. In fact Sleek do a second palette which is three cream shades and one powder; I may have to pick it up at some point as we get closer to the summer months. Let me know if you've tried this palette and if you like it? Also, what are your favourite highlighters?

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kiko makeup haul, brand overview of kiko cosmetics, makeup, flatlay photo
kiko makeup haul and brand overview, unlimited stylo lipsticks in three shades
kiko makeup haul and brand overview, kiko makeup, lipsticks and blusher

kiko makeup haul and brand overview, pretty makeup photos
Let's talk KIKO makeup. So over the past few months KIKO has been exploding, everyone seems to be talking about it, so what's the fuss about? I'd say I've tried a fair share of KIKO products over the past few months (or a little longer) and overall have to say that I like the brand, of course it has its drawbacks like any other brand but overall I enjoy their products.

I'll start of with the really really good things and get to the 'not so good' in a bit. The Unlimited Stylo lipsticks are phenomenal! The formula is amazing, they glide on nicely and dry to a demi-matte finish  and last forever! I literally have to apply this lipstick once in the morning and I'm good for the whole day. One negative thing I want to point out is that if you want to reapply you do have to take it all of otherwise it starts to bunch up and doesn't look cute at all, but then again they last a very long time so I rarely reapply. 

I'll carry on with lipsticks since I have tried a few others from various ranges. I've tried a few shades from the Smart Lipstick range and have to say that I'm not overly amazed with them. Don't get me wrong they are good lipsticks for the price, they glide on nicely, are quite moisturising and have a huge colour selection but their formulation doesn't WOW me. The Ultra Glossy Stylo lipstick on the other hand I love! They don't last on your lips for a very long time I must admit but they give off the prettiest sheen ever - almost as if your lips are wet (in a pretty looking way). Plus they have SPF 15 which is an extra bonus! I have also tried their Smooth Temptation lipstick which is nice and creamy, their Gossamer Emotion lipstick which is also very nice and has really cool packaging. I have also tried the Intensely Lavish, Luscious Cream, Crystal Sheer and finally the Velvet Mat lipsticks which I all like. 

I still have so much stuff that I would want to mention but this post will end up being super long, so I'll mention the absolute faves and must haves. The Colour Definition eye pencils are some of the best that I have ever tried! I have pretty watery eyes so anything that I put on my waterline tends to be gone within an hour or so but these set and stay on my eyes the whole day. I really recommend you check them out. The Cream Crush eyeshadows are an absolute must! Again, once they are on your eyes they are not moving! They don't crease and glide on really smoothly, what more can I say?

Let me know if you tried any of these, or anything else from KIKO and you like it? Also, if you'd like a more in-depth review of any of these products let me know. 

Dominika ox
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