Collection Sheer Loose Powder Review

In terms of loose powder, my holy grail was the ELF HD Studio powder. Unfortunately, ELF stopped selling in the UK, and when they returned it was with a massively reduced product range and with hidden custom charges so I've not purchased from them since.

After my last pot ran out, I decided it was high time to investigate other powders. Rather than the HD blurring effect, I was more after oil control, and stumbled across this cheap and cheerful offering from Collection.


Priced at £2.99 (and with a 10% NUS card discount at Superdrug for any students out there) it certainly doesn't break the bank. There's a thin sponge included which I wouldn't recommend using, unless you like the 'massively over applied and cakey' look.


Can confirm that this product is translucent, which is such a plus. British High Street makeup brands routinely ignore darker skin tones, so it's great to have the option of cheap makeup that won't ghost you out.

Regarding oil control, it's pretty decent at controlling t-zone oiliness, though won't wear for quite as long as the ELF HD or similar silica based powders. Your mileage will vary significantly based on the base you're wearing underneath it, though. My daily routine of a moisturising BB Cream means that any powder is going to struggle to prevent shiny patches, whereas if you wear a heavy foundation it'll likely last longer.

Anyone else tried this powder?

KIKO Skincare - Anti Spot Skin Trainer Review

Happy New Year everyone!

I obtained these bad boys in that infamous Black Friday haul...easily the most expensive products I've ever purchased from KIKO.


For some reason, the Skin Trainer serum is a red box encased in a silver box...strange packaging choice, but OK.

The anti-spot serum is a thin-ish liquid with an SPF of 20. Leaves no white cast or what have you on my dark skin. Also, it absorbs extremely quickly, very important when I'm in hurry in the morning. I've been using it in the mornings (not in the evenings although twice daily application is recommended) since Black Friday, (so a month and a bit now) and my skin seems more even toned and smoother, although I have recently started using a Foreo rip off and occasional AHA so they could also be responsible. I've had two spots since using this product. Annoyingly, my nose is still pretty oily, though that too has reduced somewhat recently...I'm more inclined to credit my skin trying to adjust to the colder/drier weather than this product though.


Skin Trainer is the white liquid on the extreme left.

I have slight (but noticeable) dark discolouration on both of my cheeks which has definitely faded since I started using this product. It's still there, but definitely improved which is a massive bonus.
The serum is hydrating, but not hydrating enough to skip moisturiser for me personally. I use this, then moisturiser (currently trying Clinique's Moisture Surge) followed by the CC Blur and then the KIKO BB cream.
After application, skin looks a little brighter and more refreshed but I wouldn't say it works miracles like it implies on the box.

All in all, I'm really pleased with this serum! Would recommend to anyone interested to at least visit the store and enquire about it and whether it'd suit your skin's needs. As promised on the packaging, it reduces dark spots (also red ones if anyone is prone to those), makes me appear a little more radiant and makes me look more even.

Has anyone else tried this? I find it hard to find English-language reviews for this product so would be interested to hear your views!

Wilko Large Stippling Brush Review

Firstly - a big thank you to everyone for entering the Christmas giveaways! Winners have been emailed and if you visit the relevant posts, announced on the widget. Thanks again to all for entering.

On to the post...behold my latest complete and utter impulse buy (as ever)


I basically picked this up because it looks very very similar to the Real Techniques brushes, a few of which I actually own.



Verdict? Well, it's incredibly soft. Absolutely no shedding when washed, which I was pleasantly surprised about as it was so cheap. However, this particular brush is far too large to be properly used on my face, really - my own fault for not checking. There is a smaller version on sale which I was planning to investigate before I bought a set of Sigma dupes from eBay. Can't comment on whether this brush is a Real Techniques dupe as I don't own this specific one from them, but they seem fairly similar.

Anyone else tried Wilkinson's brush range?

Christmas Countdown Giveaway - Friday's Prizes

Hardly a countdown anymore if today's the day! Merry Christmas to all that celebrate.

Barry M 'Chisel Cheeks' contour kit
Barry M 'Natural Glow 2' Shadow and Primer palette
Barry M 'Showgirl' mascara
Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in shade 18
Look Fantastic Brush Set (not pictured)

Rules:

Must enter through the Rafflecopter widget below and be a follower of this blog on Bloglovin'.
Unfortunately I can't accept any responsibility for lost or damaged items in the post :(
I'll contact the winner by 27/12/2015. If a respnse is not received after five days then I'll have to choose another winner.
Giveaway ends midnight on Boxing Day!

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Christmas Countdown Giveaway - Thursday's Prizes

Happy Christmas Eve!



Prizes:
Revlon 'Love is On' gift set 
  • 'Perfect Pair' gel envy nail polish
  • Colorstay 16 hour eyeshadow palette
  • Photoready 3D Volume mascara
  • Lip Butter (doesn't say which one is included, I guess it's a 'nude' shade) 
KIKO 'Skin Trainer - Anti Spot' SPF 20 serum
Clinique Sculptwear Lift and Contour serum for face and neck
OPI 'Avojuice' coconut and melon hand and body lotion
Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in 'Sparkling Ruby'
Mini BedHead Manipulator hair styler putty gel thingy
Multiple random skin care samples

Rules:

Must enter through the Rafflecopter widget below and be a follower of this blog on Bloglovin'.
Unfortunately I can't accept any responsibility for lost or damaged items in the post :(
I'll contact the winner by 27/12/2015. If a respnse is not received after five days then I'll have to choose another winner.
Giveaway ends midnight on Boxing Day!

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Christmas Countdown Giveaway - Wednesday's Prizes

Halfway there...

Prizes:
Essie 'Glow Get 'Em!' full sized polish set
KIKO Angel Kiss set in 'Candy Canes' 
balance me Revitalising Hand and Body Wash
Clinique Chubby Stick in '07 Super Strawberry'
Kiko nail polishes (x4)

Rules:

Must enter through the Rafflecopter widget below and be a follower of this blog on Bloglovin'.
Unfortunately I can't accept any responsibility for lost or damaged items in the post :(        Giveaway closes midnight Boxing Day, London time.
I'll contact the winner by 27/12/2015. If a response is not received after five days then I'll have to choose another winner.

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Christmas Countdown Giveaway - Tuesday's Prizes

The plan: five days of giveaways, all open internationally, all products purchased by me. All entries will close midnight on the 26/12/2015, London time.

Today's prizes: 




KIKO Angel Kiss Set (lip scrub and lip balm) in 'Champagne and Strawberries'
KIKO 'Innocent Desire' lipgloss pencil trio
KIKO 'Creamy Lipgloss' in shade 109
KIKO '3D Instant Volume' lipgloss in shade 216
Shampoo and Foundation samples

Rules:

Must enter through the Rafflecopter widget below and be a follower of this blog on Bloglovin'.
Unfortunately I can't accept any responsibility for lost or damaged items in the post :(
I'll contact the winner by 27/12/2015. If a respnse is not received after five days then I'll have to choose another winner.
Giveaway ends midnight on Boxing Day!

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