Sunday, 24 January 2016

Rimmel The Only 1 - Best of the best

I absolutely love a new drug store make up treat. There's something so satisfying about getting stuck in at the stand, picking up the bullets or palettes that catch your eye, swatching on the back of your hand and adding your favourites to the basket. So when I saw that Rimmel (one of my absolute drug store favourites) had launched a new line of lipsticks, I was in. 

The packaging of this lipstick is almost there but not quite. I like the black cover and base, and I love having the shade of the lipstick visible, but the shape of the lid is a little odd and less comfortable to hold, and the plastic feels a touch cheap. 

The colour I selected is a seductive red, bolding named Best of the Best and I must say, I'm convinced. Usually a little scared by reds, the dark, cooler tone of this one drew me in and I have to say it's one of my best drug store lipstick purchases. 

The formulation is opaque yet smooth, it glides on the lips with an almost glossy texture but soon dries to a satin, comfortable finish. It's quite long lasting, not as long standing as some liquid or matte lipsticks, but the comfort factor is worth the extra need to reapply. 

At £6.99 with 15 shades available, I think I can say Rimmel have done it again. Available to buy at

Love, K. x 

Sunday, 17 January 2016

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

A few weeks ago I did something radical. I went off piste, and bought a new concealer. For what feels like forever, I've used the oh-so-predictable Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer every single day, and it has never let me down. So when I had the urge to purchase a new concealer that I'd never tried before, it felt more than a little alien. 

I knew exactly which one I wanted, so got my butt over to my nearest MAC counter. I have to say, I've always had mixed experiences at MAC, and mostly found it overwhelming and the staff a little intimidating, but this time around it was probably the best make up counter experience I've ever had.

I've been testing this out and used it almost every day for the last two weeks, and at first wasn't sure how I felt about it. I've used it with both powder and liquid foundation, and applied it using fingers and a beauty blender. I've had the best results when teamed with liquid foundation (L'Oreal Infallible Matte) and applied with a beauty blender. This, however I am a little disappointed with as I've recently been moving to using powder foundations on an everyday basis and saving liquids for days requiring more coverage. 

The concealer is quite light in texture, certainly lighter than our beloved Collection one, but still offers good coverage for under eyes and blemishes. One of the main things that I love about this concealer is the amount of product that you get. 9ml for £17.50. When compared to NARS Creamy Concealer at £22 for 6ml, this seems like a total bargain! Of course, nothing beats the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer on affordability, but for a long lasting, good coverage concealer from MAC I think this is pretty good going.

I have no doubts that I'll be reverting back to my Collection favourite, but it's always good to shake things up and try something new, especially when you find something that works! 

Love, K. xInstagram | Twitter | Bloglovin | Youtube

Sunday, 10 January 2016

MAC Look in a Box: Sophisticate

This was a little Christmas delight from my boyfriend's wonderful mum. She always hits the nail on the head and generously gets me something perfect. This year, it was a limited edition MAC Look in a Box, which contains 2 cheek colours, 6 eye shadows, 2 lipsticks and one double ended brush (one end eye shadow, one end lip). The lip colours have a handy perspex lid over them, which stops any pesky fall out from the powders getting stuck in their creamy formula. 

This box is called Sophisticate, and has classic neutrals for eyes (my favourite!), peach colours for the cheeks and one nude and one red for the lips. 

The red lip is True Red which is an amplified colour, and is more of a coral red than a blood red, which I've never tried before but surprisingly really suits my colouring. The nude lip is Love Happens, which is a pale peachy nude and goes perfectly for an effortless day time look, or a smokier eye in the evening. 

The six shades are: Dance in the Dark (matte, dark brown), Sun Tweaked (pale copper, shimmery), Wedge (matte, mid brown), With Flair (warm, shimmery peach), Beautifully Charred (shimmer, dark brown), Hey (pale champagne, shimmery). They're buttery soft and easy to apply, the same usual quality from MAC eyeshadows.

Two peach offerings here, Linda is the darker of the two and will be the perfect highlighter for those with more olive skin tones, or for a summer glow. Cream Soda is the paler here, and it is a classic peach highlighter colour with plenty of shimmer. 

The set is so versatile and can be used for simple everyday looks, but can also be used to create more dramatic looks for evenings out. The ideal set to take when travelling as there is so much to chose from in one small package. Dreamy! Have you tried any total face sets before? This is my first, and I love it! 

Love, K. x

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Fresh Start

It's that time again, where the cliched "New Year, New Me" phrase is thrown about so often. I've been meaning to get back to my blog for months, but have struggled to find a time where I'm settled enough for blogging to become a consistent part of my life again. 

In the time that I've been gone, I've started a new job (career, if we're being optimistic), and not only moved in with my boyfriend for the first time, but we've actually somehow managed to by ourselves a house. In London. I know, shocking. 

With a few impossible items crossed of my life goals, I am ready to get back to blogging. Watch this space for more posts, mostly beauty but perhaps some lifestyle and food thrown in for good measure. To keep up with my blog and me, follow me @kittyheartsblog (twitter) and @kittwills (instagram).

Love, K. x

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