Review: Kiko Smart Fusion Lip Pencil (513 Red Papaya, 524 Peony Violet)

Kiko is one of my favorite makeup brands. Their products are affordable and usually of great quality. I just wish we had it in our country. Whenever I got to Graz, I tend to stop by Kiko and pick some new products. This time Limited Editions didn't impress me, but I did saw colorful lip pencils and decided on two colorful shades.

Smart Fusion Lip Pencils come in matte black pencil form with a black plastic top. I really like the fact that the top is rectangular, which prevents the pencil from rolling down the desk. It sits better this way. It's also easier to take photos of. If you're a blogger, you know what I mean.

In each is 0.9 grams of product and the price is 2.50€ for each. It's not as affordable as for example Essence lip liners, but the price is still good.

I chose two very bright shades, because I usually just have a lot of red and nude lip liners. Sometimes you also need something colorful to use with lipsticks that have unique colors. It's also the cheapest way of trying out bold colors, because lip liners cost a lot less than a whole lipstick. 

Formula of these is actually really smooth. They glide on the lips with such ease. That being said they are not buttery feeling nor moisturizing. Finish is completely matte, but they are just so easy to apply. Usually matte lip colors tug on the lips or can look heavy. Not these.

The pigmentation is good. You will need to go over a few times to get it opaque as a lipsticks, if you want to wear them on their own. 

I usually wear them on their own, because they are enough pigmented and I love the shades as they are. I need to reapply it in the center after about 2 to 3 hours, which isn't really long lasting. But I prefer that, because it means that they don't dry out my lips and don't look heavy.

They feel just slightly sticky at first, but lightweight and they wear quite comfortably. These will emphasize dry patches like most matte lip products. 

513 Red Papaya

This is by far my favorite medium orange red shade that I own so far. It looks more muted on the photos, but in real life this almost looks a bit neon. It's a really vibrant shade. It lifts up the complexion immediately and makes for a perfect summer lip.

524 Peony Violet

It's one of those light pops of colors. Light cool toned bright fuchsia that has a bit of blue undertone. It's also a unique shade in my collection and it's the perfect pop of color for the spring. I love these kind of shades, even though I don't wear them as much. 

Here is also a comparison with some of the other shades. MAC in Lady Danger is a more red shade and also darker. CBI Colorbox in 06 Lip Stick (from Born Pretty Store) is very similar in shade. It's just slightly darker, less vibrant and has a shiny finish. 

Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte lipsticks in Ideal Lilac is a more pink toned fuchsia. It's as light as Kiko's lip pencil, but doesn't have that obvious blue violet undertone. 

I am head over hills over these shades. That's why I can forgive the fact that they are not ultra long lasting. The formula is so smooth to apply, pigmentation is good and it has lovely matte finish that isn't drying. If you're on a look out for bright lip shades, look no further. Kiko has a whooping selection of 36 shades. You'll also find nudes among the selection, as well as bright ones as these. 
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Just Peachy!

I've noticed this spring that almost every makeup company came out with their peachy coral version of eyeshadows. Too Faced Sweet Peach palette came out last year, then Colourpop brought out their nectar collection and it seems like peach and coral shades are becoming more popular not just for the lips, but also for the eyes. I am a true lover of peach and orange shades, so I wanted to share one of my favorite makeup looks - which I call peachy makeup. Even thought it's more orange peach. 

I started my eye makeup with eyeshadow primer and a bone colored matte shade. For the crease I used light warm brown. Then I added warmth with a yellow toned matte brown. In the outer corners I deepened it with warm redish medium matte brown. 

On the outer part of the lid I used copper orange shimmery shade. On the inner part of the lid I used slightly lighter and more yellow toned peach shimmery shade. For the inner corners I also used peach toned shimmery shade, but a very light one. I did my usual winged liner with a liquid pen liner. 

I applied mascara on the lashed and added natural looking false lashes to give this look a bit more depth, as all the shadows are quite light and monochromatic. 

On my face I used a mix of foundation and BB cream and concealed with a concealer. I also used powder to lock it in and make it look a bit more matte. For the bronzer I used a warm toned shade with natural looking sheen. I also highlighted with a champagne gold highlighter. As a blush I used shimmery orange peach shade that complimented my eye makeup the best.

Because this is a very monochromatic look focusing on peach orange shades, I also used a peach toned lipstick. Firstly I used a very light pastel peach lip liner and because it was almost a bit too light for my skin tone, I went over with a matte light peachy liquid lipstick. 

I love monochromatic looks. In my opinion you can always look well put together if you use shades from the same family. Peachy orange is my favorite color and I love it as a blush, eyeshadow or lipstick. To combine it all in one, makes it even better.

Products used

Revlon Colorstay Foundation 150
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream 21
Essence Camouflage Full Coverage Concealer 01
Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer 005
E.l.f. HD Powder Sheer
Catrice Transparent Mattifying Powder
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Bronzer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone
Milani Baked Blush Luminoso

Etude House Proof 10 Eyeshadow Primer
Zoeva Caramel Melange - Wax Paper
Zoeva Caramel Melange - Universal Delight
Nabla Eyeshadow - Caramel
Zoeva Caramel Melange - Start Soft
Zoeva Caramel Melange - 182°
Nabla Eyeshadow - Clementine
Be Creative Make Up Eyeshadow - 024 Bewitched
Clio Waterproof Pen Liner Black
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Black
Ardell Demi Wispies
Duo Adhesive

Terra Naturi Lip Liner 03 So Nude
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Athens
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Falling For Fall

Orange and purple, what can be a better combination? I love both of these shades, especially on my dark brown eyes. Purple always looks great with brown eyes and orange reflects coppery warmth of my eye color. Today's makeup is a colorful combination, perfect for transitioning into fall season, when you're still a bit hooked on colorful summery shades.

As always, I started with an eye primer and bone colored matte shade all over the lid. Then I added light warm matte brown in the crease. I deepened it with a medium very warm matte brown shades. To add some more warmth, I also added in the crease a very warm red toned medium matte brown. On the lid I added a coral creamy base shade to act as an adhesive for my other colorful matte shades.

For the lid I mixed a few of coral and peach matte shades. Around lower lash line I mixed bright pink and purple to get this kind of warm purple. I also deepened the outer corner with just the purple. 

On my inner corners I applied sparkly peach based highlighter shade. I also winged out my black liner, applied black mascara and added some individual false eyelashes. I find these easier to work with and they still look natural enough, but just add some volume and thickness to my natural lashes. 

For the face I used foundation, concealer and powder. I also bronzed up my outer parts of the face. For highlighter I went with a peach based very reflective and light highlighter. I wanted my blush to match purple tones, so I used a mauve shade. 

The star of this look that made it fall appropriate is a very bright warm purple lip pencil.

I am always a little sad when summer is over and the weather becomes a bit chillier. It sort of feels like nature is preparing for a long sleep. I also associate this time with less fun and summer adventures, which is kind of sad. But then again, I love fall clothing, darker makeup, wrapping yourself up in a blanket, enjoying a cup of tea and burning some candles. This was my letting go of summer and transitioning into fall makeup look. 

Products used

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation 010 Light Beige
Catrice Nude Illusion Foundation 040 Medium Beige
Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer 020 Light Beige
E.l.f. HD Powder Sheer
Essence LE Lights of Orient Bronzer 01 Sunkissed Beauty
Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette - Hemisphere
Catrice Illuminating Blush - 010 I Am Nust About You

Avon Ideal Flawless Eyeshadow Primer
Zoeva Cocoa Blend - Bitter Start
Zoeva Cocoa Blend - Substitute for Love + Too Face Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar - Peanut Butter
Zoeva Cocoa Blend - Freshly Toasted 
Kiko Long Lasting Stick - 21 Passion Fruit
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Matts V1 - Strike
Catrice Defining Blush - 030 Love & Peach + Sleek i-Divine Ultra Matts V1 - Strike
Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette - Equinox
Sleek i-Divine Ultra Matts V1 - Sugarlite + Pucker
theBalm Nude'tude - Sexy
Clio Kill Black Waterproof Brush Liner - Black
Catrice Lash Dresser Comb Mascara 
Artdeco Adhesive for Lashes and Sparkles
Essence Lashes to Impress - 01 Single Lashes

Rimmel Lasting Finish 100 Kisses Stay On Lip Contouring Pencil - 071 Cherry Kiss
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Review: Essence Turn It Sunny Top Coat – 02 You Are My Sunshine

Hey Beauties!

I am not a fan of Essence nail polishes, because they don't last on me at all. I do like their top coats, because they always come out with interesting effects. Their glittery top coats are really pretty and quite cheap. 

Essence has 5 different nail polishes in their turn it line. They are basically iridescent nail polish with tiny shimmer, which adds light colorful tone to your base color. 

Essence Turn It Sunny 02 You are My Sunshine has the usual rounded glass bottle with black plastic top. In it is 8 ml of product and it costs 1.99€.

The brush is regular straight cut. I find that it makes application easy and it's fairly soft. 

Tiny shimmer in it looks yellow, but has a very copper, orange sheen to it. It turns every manicure into a sun kissed look. As I love warm tones, I thought that this would be perfect for me to apply on top of cool colored nail polishes or to just add something different.

This effect turns any manicure into a bit more interesting shade. Iridescent finish makes it shiny and reflects different colors depending on an angle that you're looking at. 

You can see how pretty it makes regular grey polish. It gives it warmth and makes it so much more multi dimensional

This top coat works best over dark colored polishes. I've tried it over this pale pastel peach and the effect was lost. It's barely visible.

Medium base colors also work fine, but the effect here is much more subtle. 

Obviously the effect looks most dramatic over black nail polish, as it really turns it into a completely different shade. 

It has an average drying time. I always apply another top coat over it, so it actually doesn't effect my wear time. 

To me the effect is actually really pretty and I love the fact that I can turn any nail polish color into a warmer shade. Maybe they should do something like this for my cool eye shadows that I don't like to use. You can also get other shades that will make your base color cooler blue, princess pinky and many more. 
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Graphic Liner And Bold Lips

Hey Beauties!

Today's look is rather spontaneous one. Yesterday, I was doing my makeup as per usual, well actually doing my signature winged liner, but then decided to play it up a bit. It's one of the rare makeup blog posts that I don't have a tutorial for it. But my eyeshadow was so easy, that I feel like I can just explain it with words.

I used matte beige all over my lid. Then I added matte light brown in the crease and blended it a bit up. I darkened outer corner of the crease with matte reddish brown. On the rest of my lid I applied light gold shimmery shade. I did the same on my lower lash line. Then I did my usual winged liner and I decided to change it a bit. So I added three small dots at the end of the wing. I also put a piece of tape under my lower lash line and aligned it with my winged liner. Then I filled it in. At the outer edge I went really thin and towards the half of my eye, I went a bit thicker. I removed the tape and corrected my line. I also added dark matte brown eye shadow on the lower part of this line to make it a bit more diffused and less harsh. I added long and thick pair of false eyelashes. 

On the rest of my face I used foundation, concealer and pressed powder. I applied a very light dust of bronzer all over outer edges of my face and sculpt a bit of my cheeks. For highlighter I went with shimmery champagne gold, but very lightly. On my cheeks I used coral shimmery blush with gold sheen, also very lightly.

For the lips I went bold. I know my graphic liner should be statement enough with the false eyelashes, but since my eye makeup color is so neutral, I felt like it needed a bolder lip color. So I used orange red lipsticks.

If you don't use the fake eye lashes, I think this is still a very wearable look. I would definitely wear it out. It's a twist on usual winged eyeliner. You can also just add dots without the double wing. What do you think about it?

Products used
Revlon Colorstay Foundation 150 Buff
Catrice Liquid Camouflage High Coverage Concealer 005 Light Natural
Makeup Revolution Pressed Powder
Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kit C01 Ultra Fair - bronzer
theBalm Hot Mama blush
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Avon Ideal Flawless Eye Shadow Primer
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - Bitter Start
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - Substitute for Love
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - Freshly Toasted
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - Sweeter End
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette - Beans Are White
Diamond Beauty Eyeliner Black
Avon Supershock Mascara Black
Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara
Born Pretty Store False Eyelashes
Artdeco Adhesive fro Lashes and Sparkles

Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipsticks - Coral Fever
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