Today I’m going to show you a few bits and pieces I picked up shopping recently.
Caudalie Beauty Elixir – £11.50
I am always mercilessly sucked in by Space NK, and while in there I spotted this mini version of the infamous Caudalie Beauty Elixir, with packaging designed by Jason Wu (apparently he designed some dresses for the First Lady). The product is a aromatherapeutic spritz which can be used before and after makeup to hydrate and tone the skin. At £11.50 for 30ml, it is expensive, but is a cheaper way to see what the fuss is about than buying the full size, and a good little present for a follower of cult beauty products. Indeed, I just bought one for a friend and was subsequently treated to this one by my mum. (Thanks mum!)
I never seem to hear much about KIKO, but whenever I step inside, I am always impressed by the pigmentation of their products for their price. I swatched a few lip glosses and loads of eyeshadows on my last trip, and was amazed. It’s easy to be sucked in by the incredible metallics, but the mattes especially are silkier and more blendable than some higher end alternatives. The shadows in this specific range can be used wet for a more intense payoff, without turning weird and gunky.
Following on from the ‘red eyeshadow’ theme from my last post, I decided on two ‘out there’ colours to step further out of my comfort zone: 20 Pearly Tangerine –a bizarre but fabulous combination of matte orange with fine gold glitter running through it– and 36 Matte Coral. Stay tuned for a ‘sunset’ or ‘flame’ eye look…
Update: On trying to de-pot these shadows into my Z palette, I realised that there is no need to use heat, because KIKO already has a magnetic system, called their ‘Clics System’. Each single and its corresponding pan contains a magnet. There’s a pinhole on the back of each single to pop out the pan. Ideal – so impressed!
Nivea Men Post Shave Balm – £5.35
As has been made famous by NikkieTutorials, this balm by Nivea Men is a fantastic makeup primer, due to the glycerin* in the ingredients. I have luckily had the chance to try it in the past (by nicking some off a boy) and found it very effective, so having run out of primer samples (I never seem to actually buy primers) I decided to pick it up for myself. The packaging is glass, so not very portable, but will keep the product fresh, and its design is not too offensive. There’s a slight cologne-y smell on application, but it soon disappears. The balm also boasts ‘no burning’ which is always a plus.
Do you guys own any of these products, or plan on picking any up? Let us know in the comments!
* Scientific aside: Glycerin is hygroscopic, which means it has the ability to attract and hold water molecules from the surrounding environment. This means that its presence in a primer tends to keep your makeup looking hydrated and fresh.