Ok apologies that these photos are a little dark – my Photoshop trial has just run out but I’ll be purchasing software soon so bear with me beautiful people, decent photography will be back to LJLV pronto.
I can’t believe I just wrote ‘pronto’ in a sentence. I don’t even recognise myself anymore.
So a month or so ago, I took myself off on a little ‘lets cheer up miserable LJ’ shopping trip and accidentally fell through the door of the Kiko store off of Oxford Street. I first discovered Kiko on YouTube and have been itching (not literally, don’t be disgusting) to try their products ever since. I had to exercise great self control when I encountered their Trafford Centre store before I moved to London, so of course when I (kinda) had money to burn I couldn’t help but go in and get all of the things.
Well ok, not all of them clearly, but y’know.
The first thing that caught my eye was their tinted DD cream. I’m not entirely sure what DD cream actually is, but I figured it was along the lines of a BB cream or tinted moisturiser. Over the summer months and particularly when I go on holiday I like to wear things like this rather than foundation if my skin is behaving as it’s just so much lighter on the skin in the hot weather rather than a full face of makeup, although I will still wear full makeup in the evenings or if I’m going out somewhere special.
I’m heading to Turkey next week so this seemed like the perfect thing to pick up for my holiday makeup routine, especially as it has SPF in it, although admittedly only SPF 15 – better than nothing! I’ve tried it a couple of times so far and it wears very nicely. I’d recommend applying with a beauty blender to avoid patchiness, but it applies really like any other BB cream. I wouldn’t say it glides over the skin as easily as a tinted moisturiser however and I have noticed patches appearing if I apply with my fingers – the tone itself is a little warm for my normal skin colour which I think is why I possibly notice the patches more, but it’s a lovely product and I would highly recommend it!
I’m very fussy with my mascara – I have naturally very long lashes and I like to take advantage of this as much as possible by making them look as dramatic as I can. This in no way compares to my Maybelline Lash Sensational but I love using them both together. The wand is nice and thick and covers the lashes well and I’ve noticed that it absolutely doesn’t clump at all which is great – the best thing about this however is the price tag, I picked it up for just £3.99! I don’t know if this is the normal RRP as there were promotions on in store that day, but either way it definitely doesn’t break the bank!
Lastly, I picked up two of their shadow sticks. I can’t remember off the top of my head which shades these were (terrible blogger!!) but I LOVE the way they apply. They’re so buttery and really pigmented and they glide on so easily I almost had heart palpitations. I noticed when I tried blending them that they didn’t stay so well, however if you really pack the product on I’m sure you’d get the desired effect and they’re great for a smoky eye.
If you want to see these products in more detail, I featured them in my recent haul video here including swatches and actual names of shades so make sure you check that out!
Have you ever shopped at Kiko? What do you think of their products and is there anything specifically you’d like to try or think that I should pick up? Let me know in the comments below!
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