Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara | Review

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So we all know that I love the sister product to this the Clinique High Impact Mascara; in fact I named it my holy grail mascara but this one may be pipping it to the post-not 100% sure yet. The High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara does exactly what it says on the tin; it lengthens and gives great volume so is perfect for nights out when I can’t be bothered with falsies and it’s also doesn’t clump even when you are layering it on. The brush is pretty darn huge a lot like the Maybelline Rocket Volume but this means that it’s not great for use on the bottom lashes. As always I love the packaging for Clinique as it’s sleek and fresh.

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

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Z Palette | Review

IMG_2842IMG_2844IMG_2845IMG_2846The Z Palette; oh how I have mixed feelings about you!
I am all for customisable palettes and this is just a fab way to do it because you can depot those annoying single shadows that are cluttering up your make up collection and pop them all in one. However the organiser in me cannot deal with the mess and lack of order that goes on in mine. I have shadows of all different sizes, brands and shades in my Z Palette so they don’t all slot together nicely like they do in a MAC palette however this does mean that the rest of my make up collection is all in order!
I can’t remember where I ordered mine from and I don’t think they sell them in the UK so if you are thinking of buying one it’s best to type it into google and see what pops out. I don’t entirely regret this purchase I just wish it was a bit more tidy!
What are your feelings about the Z Palette?
Do you own one?
Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Welcome to the Commute | Make-Up on the GO

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have noticed that I have been on trains and buses rather lot the past couple of days and that’s because I have been a busy bee up in London. Not being a morning person normally means I flee out of the door with only half a face of make up on or none at all and end up doing it on a busy commuter train. I have discovered this is not easy but not wanting to sacrifice any time in my bed I have come up with four products which I can use on the train and still look presentable when I turn up at my destination.IMG_2832Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes, Clinique Chubby Stick, Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, Revlon Colourburst Lipbutter.
Wait what there are three high end products in this post Kate did you rob a bank?
First up is Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes. This has a concealer within the palette and a mirror so pretty much is the basis for my commute make up. The concealer covers up my dark circles and any pesky blemishes and then if I need to look extra fancy there are three shadows for me to create different looks! If it’s one of those mornings where I look like a zombie it’s time to whack on the party mascara even though I am off to a meeting rather than a club! Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume makes my lashes huge and makes me look instantly wide awake!
As always I have two lip products the first is my Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey, this is just so moisturising, easy to apply and a gorgeous neutral colour when I have to go to my more serious things up in town. The Revlon Lipbutter in Candy Apple is also really moisturising but a much brighter more fun lipstick which is perfect if my face needs a pick me up.
Doing your make up on the train is not ideal and some people really don’t like you doing it but sometimes needs must!
Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Let’s Spend A Weekend Away…

It may only just be the end of January but I am already day dreaming of holiday time and where I want to spend it! I love to travel and sometimes what with work and education I can only escape for the weekend so I thought I would put together my top 5 weekend away holiday destinations!
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I go to Blakeney every summer for a week but I have also popped up for a few days here and there. It’s around a 3-4 hour car journey so not too bad at all and it means when I need an escape from the big city I can tootle off to a cute little village and just chill out! There is so much to do in Blakeney and it’s surrounding areas that it’s not only a good couples retreat but also great for families. If you are looking for long walks, good food and gorgeous countryside this is the place for you.
Where to eat: The Wiveton Bell|The Moorings|The Dunn Cow.
Where to visit: Africa Alive|Banham Zoo|Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary|Holkham Beach|Blickling Hall|Felbrigg Hall.
Other things to do: Seal Watching Trips|Long Walks|Cozy Nights In.
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Brussels is somewhere to go if you want a city that is a little quirky! I spent a day here with my sister but would have happily spent a weekend. It’s full of fun things to do for all the family and is easy to get around either by foot or metro. I love the fact I can just hop on a eurostar and be in a totally different city which has some of the best chocolate in the world and some good coffee as well. Perfect for anyone who wants to soak in the culture or for someone wanting to do some shopping.
Where to eat: Anywhere in le grand place.
Where to visit: The Chocolate Museum|The Cathedral|The Toy Museum.
Other things to do: Shopping|Generally soak up the atmosphere.
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I have only been to Venice twice but they were two of the greatest weekends of my life. I have been with my family and enjoyed the cultural beauty of the city and then with a friend and seen more of the night life. Venice is the perfect city and everyone should go once in their life. Everyone says it’s over priced but I have done it on a very low budget and it’s just as beautiful. I can’t really describe in words how beautiful and magical it is as a city and there is so much to do and see that a weekend might not be enough!
Where to eat: Santo Stefano|Pizza vendor on the street|Most ice cream places.
Where to visit: The Islands-Burano, Murano, Torchello,The Isle of the Dead|Take a gondola ride|St Marks.
Other things to do: Get a coffee and sit in St Marks Square|Square hop and walk the entire city|Shopping.
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Disneyland is known as my second home and I have been quite a few times with each experience just being better each time. This is perfect for families looking to get away for a few days but trust me this is not a relaxing holiday but full of fun and you will leave with some great memories. Need I really say more about Disneyland. It’s only a train journey or plane ride away and is so magical and fun for all ages- trust me even the adults enjoy it. I have never done more than a weekend at Disney because I find it’s the perfect length of time!
Where to eat: The Golden Nugget|Hotel Cheyenne Restaurant|Planet Hollywood.
Where to visit: Everywhere but my favourite places are Fantasy Land, Frontier Land and Disney Studios.
Other things to do: Watch the parades|Meet characters|Soak up the atmosphere.
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Paris the city of love. I have never been there with a boyfriend but I have been with people I love and it’s just such an awesome city. It’s a really cultural place with lots to see and do! The food is fantastic and I would highly recommend grabbing something from a street vendor as the food is just as good as that in a restaurant. Again Paris is only a train ride away and I feel I should pop over there more often! If you are not into the cultural side of it then there is also amazing shopping to be done.
Where to eat: I’ve never had a bad meal in Paris.
Where to visit: The Eiffel Tower|Notre Dame|Montmartre|The Louvre.
Other things to do: Grab lunch from a street vendor and eat it looking at the Louvre Pyramid.
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Have you been to any of the places I mentioned?
Any suggestions for where I should go next?
Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Foundation 101 I Buying Foundation

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Buying foundation can be almost as bad as buying jeans and we all know how bad that can be. So I came up with a few little tips and tricks that I like to use when buying foundation especially if it’s your first time!
First off why do we wear foundation?
Foundation is pretty much there to even out your skin tone and texture; to make your skin look natural but better, so no orange faces!
Where can I buy foundation?
There are two types of foundation high end which is normally bought off a counter or high street (drug store) which you buy off a shelf. The plus to buying a high end foundation is that there is an expert on hand to match you to your colour and generally help you out however high street foundation is cheaper and there are also some really great ones out there. So pick where you want to buy it and head over there.
What do I look for when buying foundation?
If you are going for a high street option then there a few things you need to think about – if you go to a counter someone else will think of about them for you. First up is what type of skin do you have because some foundations do not agree with certain skin types. I’ve done a rough guideline but it’s all personal so I wouldn’t take my word as law.

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For example my skin is normal to dry so I can wear a large amount of the foundations on the market but I tend to stick to tinted moisturisers and liquid foundation but I don’t really go near powder foundations as they can stick to the dry patches.
Then you need to think about what undertone you have which can be a little baffling to begin with but the simple way to work it out is to look at your veins. If your veins are green then you have a warm undertone (yellow) and if your veins are blue you have a cool undertone (pink) Sometime they can be a bit of both which means you are neutral (each foundation you buy will be different) Anyone who is warm toned will have an easy time buying high street brands as they cater more for yellow undertones.
Once you know your undertone and skin type it’s time to jump onto the internet and do some research. I have only ever bought one foundation without researching it and it was a disaster so I would definitely recommend looking on blogs etc for a few hints. Then pop off to the shops and get swatching. There is quite a big dispute about where to swatch foundation; your hand, your face, your neck etc. I normally go with no foundation on and do a little swatch on my face as that’s where foundation is going to go but again it’s all down to personal preference.

 

I hope this was helpful to anyone who is new to buying foundation and good luck if you have any questions make sure to pop them in the comments box below or hit me up on Twitter @kittykatelc
Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Lip Crayon Wars

IMG_2695Every person and their dog is using lip crayons and I finally got my hands on the original Clinique Chubby Stick. So I thought I would see how all my other lip crayons compare to the original i’m not talking about colours but more formulation. Now I haven’t tried every lip crayon under the sun because you have to draw a line somewhere but here are the ones that I use.
IMG_2707Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey – £17.00
The original lip crayon; it is super moisturising and stays that way and it has great colour pay off. As a brand Clinique doesn’t scent there products so I can’t comment on that but the colour range is just perfect with something for every skin tone and I can’t wait to get my hands on some more!

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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balmstain in Love Sick- £7.99
I view the Revlon ones as the original high street version and the blogging world pretty much blew up over these babies! The colour range is a good mix of brights and neutrals and the ones I own have a great colour payoff and they last for a very long time on the lips without smudging. These are also moisturising when they first go on but unlike the Clinique they don’t stay that way due to the lip stain they contain. I like scented lip products and these have a great peppermint smell to them.

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MUA Power Pout in Justify- £3.00
This range only has a small colour range and the colours are not true to the packaging or what you see in the bullet. I popped this on my lips and although it is moisturising it was not an orange colour at all but more of a pink shade so that’s a bit of a downside! It also has a peppermint scent although not as strong as the Revlon one.

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Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Bashful-£8.00
If I had to pick one that was the closest to the Clinique chubby stick then it would be these. Although the colour range isn’t huge the formulation is super similar and it keeps you lips moisturised for a really long time and the pigmentation is fabulous. The reason I have crowned these the sleekest is because I love the packaging it’s just so simple and sleek but with that Soap&Glory twist. This has a more vanilla scent to it which I really like!

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Beauty UK Posh Pout in Would I lilac to you – £2.99
I got this is a Glossybox and it’s not something I would re-purchase. It has a small colour range, doesn’t moisturise as much as the others and doesn’t have the colour pay off I would have hoped. Obviously this is a budget buy but I would recommend the MUA one over this.
Obviously there are lots on the market so if you have any suggestions let me know. The original Clinique is by far the best but I would say the Soap&Glory and Revlon ones are the best dupes!
Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO

Sleek Ultra Mattes

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Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 Darks– £7.99

Sleek Palettes what can I say I love them and they are by far the best palettes on the high street! I don’t normally buy matte eye shadow I am very much a glitter girl so when I purchased this it was actually to start working out some bruise and battered looks for theatre tutorials I am planning however these colours just look amazing on the eyes!

First off yes I love the packaging the mirror is fabulous great for travelling, second the shadow names I am a sucker for eye shadow names and it’s only the later Sleek Palettes that have the names. Aside from the aesthetics of the products the pigmentation is amazing- there will be some fall out but it wipes away easily before you do any concealing. The wear-ability of these is great even without a primer underneath and the colour range is fabulous I can get day time neutral looks and then switch it up to a smokey eye or a bit of colour pop for the evenings. I prefer darker colours on my eyes however if you prefer lighter mattes there is a Sleek Ultra Mattes V1 which is much brighter.

If you are a high street girl like myself I would definitely check out all Sleek products but especially there eye shadow palettes.

Are you a matte or a shimmer kind of person?

Peace Out and Pixie Dust XO