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New Kiko primers: first impressions GRWM Video

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Welcome to a new type of post! I have ventured into making YouTube videos and this is the first one in which I am actually speaking to the camera! Oh my was that weird! I apologize if I’m doing it all wrong, I would love your feedback on the video!

Let’s get to the content though! Kiko Milano released a whole new line of re-formulated primers and I was conveniently out of primers, so I jumped at the opportunity to try them out. I picked up the Matte Face Base, the Neutral Eye Base and the Nude Blur Lip Base and decided to try them out in a first impressions get ready with me video on my YouTube Channel. Check out the video below and subscribe to the Channel if you want to see more videos!

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Kiko Infinity Single Eyeshadows Review and Swatches

Last week Kiko Milano launched their new High Pigment Eyeshadows and are therefore discontinuing the Infinity Eyeshadows. These are now in discount for 1.90€ and I thought it was a good time to share my opinion on the ones I have, to help you choose whether you still want to pick a few up.

The Kiko Infinity Eyeshadows represented the first option available within the brand to assemble your own palette, picking the colors and an empty palette. The concept was brilliant and it is continued in the new release. However, the Infinity shadows come in a round pan with a thin black plastic case that “clicks” in place in the slots in the palettes, whereas the shape of the new ones has changed to a rectangle. This allows for a smarter use of space in a palette, but as a round-pan affecionada, I don’t find the new eyeshadows as appealing.

The Infinity eyeshadows are meant to be used together with the Clic Palettes to make and easy and highly customizable system. However, a bit like the Ikea concept, only the Kiko shadows fit in the palettes and viceversa, the eyeshadow pans are not magnetized and they are not suited to be stored in any other palette.

Taking advantages of other discounts earlier in the year I ordered 9 Infinity eyeshadows and a 24 pan palette. There are about 90 colors to choose from and multiple finishes from matte to satin and the Infinity+ glittery shadows.

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The idea of customizable palettes is a great one but unfortunately the formula of these shadows was not a great hit. The quality of the Kiko Infinity eyeshadows is not consistent through the finishes and colours. Some are nicely pigmented like the 207 Mat Papaya and 230 Satin Carmine, and others take more building up to reach full color. The most disappointing of the shades I have are 205 Golden Coral, 248 Starry Jarcanda an the Infinity+ 402 Chocolate. It took a good 4 swipes to get a good swatch and even though the colors are gorgeous, they don’t show up on the eyes like this at all.

So in conclusion I would suggest you stop by a physical shop to swatch the individual pans since it is difficult to predict the performance. However, since they are on offer for 1.90€, there are three more in my shopping cart on the Kiko Milano website. I hope the new shadows have been re-formulated as well as re-packaged to have better quality over all the range of colors.

Are you going to try these single shadows or do you have a few in your collection already?
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New Kiko Liquid Skin Foundation and Dark Circle Concealer first impressions

Happy Monday loves!
Everyone knows I’m a sucker for new releases, especially when they come from one of my favorite brands. Ever since I tried the Kiko Unlimited Foundation a few months ago, I have been impressed with the improvement in quality of the base products of the brand. So when they launched a new line of foundation and concealers, I purchased the new Kiko Liquid Skin Foundation and Dark Circle Concealer to try and test. I have been wearing these together for the past week and will be sharing my first impressions.


The new Kiko foundation comes is a sleek frosted glass bottle with a very convenient dropper. The formula is very liquid and lightweight, putting it in the same category as the L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint and the Maybelline Dream Wonder foundations. However, the dropper makes the whole difference in application because you can easily dose the amount of product you’re dispensing.
The Liquid Skin Foundation is said to give a second skin effect thanks to the active ingredients in the formulation: hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin, Vitamin C and resveratrol are strong anti-oxidants that improve the texture and elasticity of the skin ad creatine smooths the skin and gives a silky finish. This base also comes with an SPF 15 which is always handy when going towards the sunnier and warmer seasons. There are 14 available shades with warm, cool and neutral undertones, so you’re sure you’re going to find a good match. I guessed mine online to be Warm Beige 30 and it is a perfect match!
Left: bare skin; right: with Kiko Liquid Skin Foundation in WB30
My experience:
I find that the best way to apply this foundation is to use one or two drops at a time per section of the face and work them in with my hands. The formula is too liquid to be used with a brush because you would end up with stripes. As you can see in the before and after pictures, the Liquid skin does a good job in uniforming the complexion and the coverage is light, giving you a real second skin effect. As you can see the breakouts on my chin and forehead are still visible but the overall look is smoother and more uniform. I definitely see this as a summer / good weather foundation because it is very lightweight and you cannot feel it on your skin at all but you need to have good skin to begin with or this will not be enough.
Regarding lasting power, the Liquid Skin foundation lasted around 4 hours on my combination skin feeling and looking fresh, then as my natural oils came up it broke down quite quickly in my t-zone so I’d say it is not the most long lasting I have tried, but a great option for an afternoon out shopping or with friends.
With Kiko Liquid Skin Foundation in WB30 and Dark Circe Concealer in 4 Cream
To increase coverage is specific spots I used the new Kiko Dark Circle Concealer under the eyes, around the nose and on the breakouts on chin and forehead. This little guy comes in a cute black packaging with a pump. First thing to be careful about is actually the pump itself because it erogates a lot of product, it actually reminded me of the MAC Pro Longwear’s overly generous pump. The formula is fluid and lightweight and easy to blend. There is a wide range of colors available and a handy table that matches your concealer to your foundation shade so that ordering online is quite easy. As you can see in the photo, the concealer does a great job at brightening but I wish it gave higher coverage. I am used to my Maybelline Fit Me and I don’t think that this is enough for my dark circles or other imperfections.
To sum it up, the Kiko Liqiud Skin Foundation and Dark Circle Concealer are nice lightweight and light coverage options, but for the price, 18.90€ for the foundation and 8.90€ for the concealer, I would probably choose for other similar products on the market such as the L’Oreal Nude Magique foundation and Maybelline Fit Me concealer. 
If you want to try these or other Kiko products (check out some previous posts to see my favorite), until tomorrow you can have 20% off your order with the code 4ALLWOMEN in occasion of the International Women’s Day.
Are your going to try these out or do you prefer fuller coverage?
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Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow: Review and Swatches

Good morning beauties!
As I’ve hinted in the past posts, life has been crazy with moving into the new house and working hard to finish my PhD. This means that I am trying to cut down on the time I spend doing my makeup in the morning. As I mentioned in last week’s post (read ti here if you missed it), that means I turn to powder foundation and stick eyeshadows and my favorites right now are the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows. Let me explain my obsession with them.

The Long Lasting Stick Shadows come in a sleek black packaging with the color showing on the back of the packaging. This is incredibly handy when picking out makeup to wear in the morning, a big plus. The product itself is a twist up stick with a rounded tip. This makes it perfect to apply on your lid to make quick looks or to smudge under the eyes for some smokeyness. 
The formula is seriously outstanding: they are creamy when applied and easily to blend with your fingers or with a brush. The color goes on quite intense but can easily sheered out by blending. I personally like to apply a layer, blend the edges, then reapply where I want more intensity. Keep in mind that you have to work quickly though, because when the eyeshadow sets, it doesn’t budge all day. The formula is crease proof and resists as well on my oily lids as in the waterline and smudged underneath the eyes. 
Using them as shadows by themselves is definitely a very good idea for all of you who like me don’t have much time in the morning, but it isn’t their only purpose. These work also amazingly as eyeshadow base to help intensify the colors and increase the staying power of your look. I love to use the dark shades 04 and 37 all over the lid as starting point for a smokey eye and the shade 07 in the inner half of the lid when I do a classic look with a bright lid and darker outer v. This  golden champagne shade makes an amazing sparkling base for a light powder eyeshadow. 

The color choice is really broad and the line ranges between highlighting colors to dark browns and a black going through all the colors you can think of: blues, greens, purples (check the range of colors here) I have four neutral shades that I can wear everyday for a natural look or in the evening for a smokey eye.

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows:

  • n.4 Golden Chocolate: warm brown with golden sparkle
  • n.5 Rosy Brown: brown with silver shimmer
  • n.7 Golden Beige: gold champagne color
  • n.37 Burgundy: red with purple shimmer
I really recommend these sticks both on their own and as eyeshadow bases for their lasting power, the range of colors and ease of application. They all get a big thumbs up from me!
Have you ever tried these? Do you use cream eyeshadows in your daily routine?
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A KIKO haul

Ah, if there’s one thing that works on me are emails with discount codes, so when Kiko’s Halloween discount came in, together with discounted shipping, just around my birthday last month, I couldn’t help myself and ordered a few goodies. 

I’m a big fan of liquid liners so I picked up three of the Kiko Super colour eyeliners in 104 Dark Slate Green, 107 Blue Majorelle and 110 Pearly Regal Purple. I see myself using theses a lot, can’t wait! More on the same vibe, I got the Color Kajal in 104 Red, which is more of an orange to be honest, kind of disappointed in that, I was looking forward to getting a red pencil, but I’m degressing. From the Daring Game collection I then added the Mistery Smokey Eye Pencil in 6 Powerful Burgundy to my stash. I just love the color and will be the perfect smokey eye base.
Now the next buy was enabled by a british beauty blogger I follow, don’t remember excatly whether it was Lily Pebbles or Anna of VDM. She compared the Kiko Precision Eyebrow Pencil to the Anastasia Brow Wiz, and since I’m slightly obsessed with brows, I though it was a great product to try. It is a very very thin pencil with a small comb on the other side and comes with its own sharpener because it won’t fit in any for your normal sharpeners. I got the shade 03 Auburn and Redheads and I’ll let you know what my thoughts are, I’m very curious. 
Last makeup bits are three Nail Lacquers in the shades 322 Caffe Latte, 370 Hazelnut and 324 Dark Chocolate. Not much to say here, I love Kiko’s nail polishes, they’re very affordable and I didn’t have any brown toned nail polishes so I got myself both warm and more cool toned ones.
Since a few skincare bits were 50% off, I also got myself the Winter Sunscreen SPF 30 which is quite a smart contraption. The cream comes in a tube and in the cap you have a small balm for lips and eye area. Brilliant and perfect for my ski holidays in January!
So that was all I ordered from kikocosmetics.eu, shipping was only 3€ and it only took a bit over a week to arrive. Lovely service.
I hope you enjoyed the haul! What are your favorite Kiko products?
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The Spanish Beauty Haul: Kiko, Sephora and Inglot

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Happy Monday beauties! In my giveaway (which is still running for a few days here) I asked you what you wanted to see more of on the blog and lots of you said hauls! So here’s the damage I did while in Madrid for a work trip. Some of my favorite makeup brands are not sold in The Netherlands and I take advantage every time I can to visit the shops and pick up some goodies. 

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KiKo Makeup Milan Daring Game Limited Edition

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Keeping on the theme of my favorite drugstore brands, today we’re talking about Kiko Makeup Milano. Every time I visit a country that hosts their shops, I cannot avoid entering and treating myself with some goodies! My favorite thing is to check out their new Limited Editions, which they switch every 3-4 months. For Fall and Winter 2014 Kiko’s Daring Game collection brings lots of sophisticated, sleek looking products in deep and metallic shades to the shops. I couldn’t resist! I picked up a few products and here’s my thoughts!
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Italian summer haul part 2: KIKO Cosmetics Limited Editions

Good morning beauties!!!
Another post to show you new pretty things I got in Italy. Kiko Cosmetics is one of my favorite affordable brands with great products so every time I can I pop into one of their shops I cannot pass the opportunity!! This time I was in Italy at the right time and all their latest limited editions were all in discount from 30% to 50% so a lot of them happened to finish in my basket. Let me show you what I got!

From the Boulevard Rock limited edition I picked up the Street Fashion Eyeshadow palette in 03 Grounge Couture (here) and the Rock Attraction Bronzer in 02 Loud Tan (here). I previously reviewed another eyeshadow palette from this line here and had loved it, so this one was a must for me with the beautiful blues, copper and shimmery cream. They swatch beautifully as you can see below but you really need a white base to make them look as good on the eye. Still drop dead gorgeous colors!!! The bronzer is also one of a kind with a very pretty sheen that is subtle and gives the skin a beautiful glow. The only thing is that for me it isn’t pigmented enough and too cool toned, so I will use it in the colder months as contour I think.

Swatches of the Street Fashion Eyeshadow palette in 03 Grounge Couture (shimmery cream, copper, matte aqua/mint, satin petrol blue and dark dark blue) and of the Rock Attraction bronzer on 02 Loud Tan
Then I picked up two more of the beautiful Tropical Waterproof Eyeliners in 01 Golden Topaz and 06 Sugar Brown. These are truely waterproof and I already own the turquoise one which I love! Had to pick up a few more colors. For the sake of getting ready in a decent time in the morning, I picked up the Kiko Smoky Look Eyeshadow pencil in 02, it is a gorgeous rose gold/corally color, comes with a smudger and once it sets, it doesn’t move! I can’t find it online anymore so I guess they’re discontinued, if so it’s a pity!
For lips I only got the Rock Idol Lipstick in 01 and I totally got the wrong shade! There were two available, of which one a pretty coral, but I failed and picked up this one instead..sigh. It is a pretty nude that will work on fair skin but on me is definitely too light..sigh again. I do like the formula though, it is creamy and hydrating and very comfortable to wear. Too bad. Finally for cheeks I got the Cheeky Color Creamy Blush in 02 Coral Rose (here), a cream blush in the most gorgeous bright coral. They go on and blend easy on the cheeks. Since on me cream products don’t last very long, I use it as a base for powder blushes and am loving it!
Swatches: 1,2-Tropical Waterproof Eyeliner in Golden Topaz and Brown Sugar, 3-Smoky Look Eyeshadow in 02, 4-Rock Idol lipstick 01, 5-Cheeky Color Creamy Blush 02

Kiko nail polish swatches

Last but not least I got stuck at the nail polish display and couldn’t decide what shade of peachy coral to get, so I got a full range of corals: 488 Pearly Golden Camellia , 358 Peach Rose and 359 Light Peach (here). The quality of Kiko nail polishes is amazing and for 2.50 euros you cannot got wrong! Love them!

So here is my madness at Kiko, which was a great bargain, I think it was all only 40 euros.
Do you know Kiko Cosmetics? What are your favorite products from them?
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Newbies from KIKO: mini reviews, swatches and look

Hello lovely ladies!
For those of you who follow me for a while, it is no secret that I love the brand KIKO Makeup Milano. Their products range from makeup to skincare and are great quality for an affordable price! A bargain! I hauled and reviewed some other of their products here and here. As many other makeup brands do, they often come out with new limited edition products, the ones out at the moment are two: Boulevard Rock and Life in Rio.
If you have seen my latest posts, you might have the suspicion that I got a little crazy for green, and it might be is true. This slight obsession translates in clothing, eye makeup and of course nail polish. In their latest limited editions KIKO made a great job in fueling my crazy and starting from the eyes here are the products that make the cut.

Swatches: 1: KIKO Skinny Fit Kajal 02, 2. Skinny Fit Kajal 03,
3. Tropical Waterproof eyeliner in 03, 4.Colour Shock Long Lasting Cream Eye Shadow in 107,
5. Long lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 04.

First are the super long KIKO Skinny Fit Kajal in 02 Glam Sea Green and 03 Progressive Turquoise (4.80€ here). These pencils are supposed to be used in the waterline, but since nothing stays put there with me and it just makes me cry (true story), I just use them as eyeliners on my upper and lower lash line. They are both super pigmented and buttery, so they don’t tug on the eye when applying it so all in all love them!

For the next product I had a bit of a mishap with the choice of colour. I got the Colour Shock Long Lasting Cream Eyeshadow in 107 Inspiration Emerald (5.50€ here). Honestly I thought it was a lighter shade from the website but anyways, this is a gorgeous dark teal cream eyeshadow that feels like a mousse to the touch but once it’s on it sets super fast and stays put, seriously forever! It is beautiful alone and as a base for the powder eye shadows.

One of my longest lasting quests is the one for the perfect waterproof eyeliner thanks to my crying eyes (see above) so when I saw the new Tropical Waterproof Eyeyliner (7.90€ here) from the Life in Rio collection, I couldn’t help myself but picking up the shade 03 River Turquoise. This is truly a beautiful color and when I swatched it on my hand and then tried to wipe it off with a wet tissue, it didn’t budge. So my hopes were high. However (dreaded word), when applied on my eyelid it took ages to dry during which I had to make sure it didn’t touch my upper lid. When it was finally dry, it felt constantly tacky and not completely comfortable. Still, it didn’t budge all day and I keep using it despite the “however”s.

Swatches after going over with a wet tissue. Let’s talk waterproof!!!! 

Last for the eyes another great waterproof product are their Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows (6.90€ here). For this product I chose to pick the neutral 04 Golden Brown and stray from my green/blue obsession in favor of something I can wear everyday. In fact these sticks are perfect for a quick swipe of color on the lid, a bit of blending with your fingers and you’re good to go!

I wore this look the other day using the Colour Shock Long Lasting Cream Eyeshadow in Inspiration Emerald on the lid and the Skinny Fit Kajal in Glam Sea Green on the lower lashline. On my nail the Denim Nail Laquer in 463 Evasion lawn Green

Finally over to nails, my new obsessions are:

  • Denim Nail Laquer in 463 Evasion Green (2.50€ here), a beautiful green with a demi matte effect. The finish is matte and feels silky to the touch, but to keep it you cannot wear a top coat, which reduced the life of the polish to a mere 1 day (sigh);
  • Nail Laquer in Mint Milk (2.50€ here) this beautiful mint-green has become my favorite nail color and got me many compliments from (random) people at work and in shops. With the Sally Hansen Insta Dry top coat it lasts me up to 5 days.
KIKO Nail Laquer in Mint Milk

So that’s it for my obsession for green and blues and the new products from KIKO which fuel my craze and make me very happy!

What is your favorite product from KIKO? Something I should try?
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Kiko Water Eyeshadow

Kiko Water Eyeshadow 200 Champagne and 218 Grapefruit Pink
Thanks to some discounts on the website, I discovered the Kiko Water Eyeshadows. These come in 30 shades, all shimmery and absolutely gorgeous!
I own number 200 Champagne, which is a very very very metallic champagne and a beautiful inner eye highlight, and 218 Grapefruit Pink, which is an amazing color that is very difficult to describe! It is a mix of pink, orange and gold shimmer. Indescribable, unbelievable color that is perfect for summer!!
Kiko Water Eyeshadow swatches in 200 Champagne (bottom) and 218 Grapefruit Pink (top)

They are also incredibly pigmented, the swatches you see were the results of one swipe dry, but you can use these eyeshadows also wet by spraying your brush with any face mist or water. This will give you even more intense color payoff and longer lasting power!

I highly recommend these shadows if you can get hold of them, I will definitely pick up a few more colors in the future!!!
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