KIKO Milano Haul

A KIKO store has just recently opened in the centre of Glasgow, and it was having a huge sale! So, you know, it would’ve been rude not to go and have a look…

I was so giddy walking around that shop, and I felt all fancy carrying the bag around afterwards! I hadn’t heard a whole lot about KIKO, but I’d seen some bits and bobs – enough to get me excited. So here’s what I got:

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Eyeshadow in Pearly Golden Green – £1.40 | Full Price £2.90

I decided that since the shadows were £1.40 each (!) and since at the moment I’m absolutely loving anything that’s got a slight duochrome to it, I’d just go a bit crazy with the colours I picked, hence this bright green. Swatches of all the products will be at the bottom!

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Eyeshadow in Dark Sea Green – £1.40 | Full price £2.90

I thought this was blue until I double-checked the website for the exact shade, but either way, I love it. I feel as though these shadows claim to be a touch more pigmented than they are, but at £1.40 (and even at their full price), they are more than worth it and still go on just fine.

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Water Eyeshadow in Grapefruit Pink – £4.40 | Full price £8.90

I really love this one. I love the packaging, which feels nice and sturdy, and I just love the 3D shape, it feels so expensive and fancy! I guess that at almost a tenner for a single shadow is it edging towards the more highly priced, but you get so much product, and it’s so iridescent and beautiful. Again, swatches at the bottom, but although this shadow is advertised as being usable wet or dry, I have only swatched it dry so far.

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Smart Eye Pencils – £1.20 each | Full price £2.50 each

I deliberately haven’t included the colour names of these pencils because although the numbers on them match up to similar enough shades on the website (i.e. the silver one isn’t claiming to be red), I feel as though there’s still some error somewhere, as the silver one is described as grey and the brown one is described as amethyst. Nevertheless, they are very pigmented eye pencils and I’m excited to try the silver in particular.

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Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Golden Mauve – £3.40 | Full price £6.90

This is the only one of these products that I have actually used so far, as opposed to just swatched and admired, and it is fantastic. It goes on like a dream, it blends so easily and it produces a very strong colour with very little effort. I will definitely be looking into getting more of these because this product is honestly fantastic.

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Supergloss in Pearly Peony Pink – £2.40 | Full price £4.90

I’m level-headed enough now, two days after the fact, to recognise that this was one of those “I just want to buy everything in sight” purchases. Also, I’m extremely attracted to glitter, and I’ve been described as a magpie by two people in the last 24 hours. But, although this isn’t quite what I’d normally go for, the blueish-purple sparkles still make me want to keep staring at it, and I think it could go over a slightly darker lipstick to give it an extra dimension.

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L-R: Eyeshadow in Pearly Golden Green, Eyeshadow in Dark Sea Green, Water Eyeshadow in Grapefruit Pink, Smart Eye Pencils in brown, green and silver, Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Golden Mauve and Supergloss in Pearly Peony Pink
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Top-bottom: Supergloss in Pearly Peony Pink, Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Golden Mauve, Smart Eye Pencils in silver, green and brown

So far my favourite is the Golden Mauve eyeshadow stick, but that’s also the only one I’ve worn properly, so we’ll see. What are your favourite KIKO products?

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New Job Treats

I thought the time was right for a bit of a treat after the news that I finally managed to get a job!

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Popcorn bag: £9, Primark

This was actually bought for me by my boyfriend, because I spotted it and instantly fell in love. It’s cute and quirky and since I eat astonishing amounts of popcorn, it’s also very ‘me’.

PS… 3D Shine Lip Gloss: 50p, Primark

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I have to say, I’ve now tried this, and… it’s not very good. Which I suppose can be expected for something that cost fifty pence. It’s incredibly sticky and just does not go on smoothly at all. But it’s also very glittery. And it smells lovely. So I don’t overly regret buying it!

PS… Eyeshadow/Concealer Brush: £1, Primark

I didn’t even go into Primark with the intention of buying any of their make-up, but I’ve been after new brushes for a while and, frankly, my hand slipped. I’ve yet to use this brush, but it seems quite soft, and not too firm, like the ones I ordered from Amazon a while back.

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil: Free with Elle magazine (£4.10)

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Yep, I went out and got Elle magazine specifically for this reason. This product is smaller than I was expecting, but I guess that makes sense since they were giving it away for free! I’ve yet to give this a go, but I’ll let you all know what it’s like when I do. I’m quite excited, as I’ve heard good things about Benefit but never had a chance to use any of their products!

NYX Eyeshadow Base in White Pearl: £5.50, Boots

“But Lonna, you can’t use eyeshadow just now!”, I hear you say. Yes. I know this. But apparently that’s not stopping me. However, I do think that the eyeshadow primer I was using before may have contributed to the problem, so…

Sleek i-Divine Original Palette: £8.99, Boots

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I’m so excited about this palette. I’m not even sure how I was drawn to it, but I swatched Big Ben (third in from the left on the bottom row, in case you can’t read the label) on my wrist on a whim and what appeared was the most glorious gold-tinted pink I’ve ever seen – it almost matches Bellini and Just Peachy from Sweet Peach in its gloriousness. I knew instantly that I had to have this, but I kept swatching anyway and when I was done, my wrist looked like a peacock, in the best possible way. All of these shades, bar one, are shimmer shades, which is perfect for me. They’re not as pigmented as, say, some of the NYX shadows I also swatched, but they’re damn close, and for £8.99, I am more than delighted with them.

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I know that I didn’t need any more eyeshadow palettes – if not because of my current inability to even use eyeshadow, then because I just have so many – but I honestly couldn’t help myself. I already have a plan for this palette, so keep an eye out for something very exciting and colourful coming your way soon!

What new finds have you guys made recently that had you instantly falling in love?