Monday, 21 September 2015

A Trip to Kiko

KIKO Eyeshadow Stick and Highlighter Stick
I kind of feel a bit like I've disappeared off the blogging radar the past couple of weeks- but I do have a good excuse as I've been sunning myself up in the beautiful state of Arizona in the US! I'll go into a lot more about my trip and the things I bought whilst I was out there in future posts,  but for now I'm home and ready to get back into the swing of things and begin updating my blog on a much more regular basis! But first, lets discuss shimmering shadows and a glowing highlighter from KIKO.

I'm such a massive fan of KIKO for their great quality and affordable products but annoyingly my nearest store is a half hour drive away so I don't go very often. Since blogging I've seen so many of their products being raved about, namely the eyeshadow sticks, so I've been desperate to get to a store for so long. I finally managed to get there last month and went at a particularly good time too as their sale was on so I got some amazing deals!

The Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks were the first thing I went straight over to and after spending a long time lusting over their rather large array of gorgeous colours and swatching most of them on the back of my hand I eventually whittled it down to just two shades consisting of 06 Golden Brown and 39 Dark Taupe. Golden Brown is the most versatile of the two as it can be worn both during the day and the evening whereas I feel Dark Taupe really is quite dark so is best suited for a dramatic smokey look on a Saturday night out. Either way, I can see myself getting lots of use out of  both.

KIKO Eyeshadow Stick
KIKO Eyeshadow Stick
The next item I picked up was the Illuminating Stick in the shade 100 Gold. This only comes in a choice of two colours; Gold or Rose, and I felt that the gold would look the most natural for everyday wear. It has a lovely pearlescent glow which really accentuates the cheek bones and is super easy to apply!

I got a pretty good impression from my new products near enough straight away. Aside from the stunning shades, they really do live up to their name of being long lasting, as demonstrated by the  swatches on the back of my hand  which still looked as good as new when I  got home hours later! There was no sign of any smudging and the colour hadn't faded at all which is amazing. So far so good, but the real test came when I applied them to my face. I was slightly worried that the fact the eyeshadows didn't smudge would mean that they would prove difficult to apply, however I was pleasantly surprised to find that prior to drying the formula is really lovely and creamy so is beautifully easy to blend! By simply swiping over the eyelids and blending out with a brush they have the ability to create gorgeous eye makeup in an instant that really stands out. They also have such a strong pigment and in the same way that they didn't budge on the back of my hand they stayed perfectly in place on my eyes too. Sound too good to be true? Well there's more- despite being a cream product they don't even crease either! Excuse me whilst I just go back to KIKO to buy them all!

The highlighter also matched up to the eyeshadow sticks in terms of quality. I mainly apply this to the top of my cheekbones which glimmers through in certain lights. It's very subtle which I like for day wear as I don't want it to be too overpowering, however it can built up if you're wanting more of an obvious look. The rounded stick is also extremely easy to use by just swiping over the desired area and then pressing into the skin with the warmth of my fingers for a really beautiful  natural finish. Just like the shadow sticks, minimal effort is required which is great for when you want to add the glamour but don't have the time.
KIKO Highlighter Stick
The eyeshadow sticks are priced at a very reasonable £7.20 whilst the highlighter costs £8.50, but as I mentioned I happened to go in when there was a sale on meaning that I managed to pick up 39 Dark Taupe for £3.40 and the highlighitng stick for £4.20- I love it when that happens!
KIKO Eyeshadow Stick and Highlighter Stick Swatches
There was so much that I wanted to buy and probably could have filled my basket right up to the brim had I let myself but as I'm going travelling at the start of next year and am having to put a large amount of money away into my savings each month, I have to be really strict with myself and stick to a tight budget- which means not getting too spendy in KIKO! I'm sure I'll come to understand that an extra four eyeshadows sticks really weren't a necessity once I'm scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef or whale watching in New Zealand...maybe...!
 
Have you picked up any little gems from Kiko recently?
 
love Katya x
 
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  1. I haven't tried much from KIKO but the few things I have are gorgeous! It's a shame I don't Have their shop near me either. The Golden Brown eyeshadow and the highlighter are beautiful! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. They're such an impressive brand. I hope they'll eventually start opening even more stores across the UK!

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  2. I am dying to try some of these eyeshadow sticks, everyone seems to adore them! I love the shades thank you picked, they're exactly what I would have picked :)

    alexandraabeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. There's a good reason why everyone adores them, you won't be disappointed! Ah thank you. They're really wearable!

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  3. Kiko is such an awesome affordable brand and the products really delivers :)

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  4. I visited Kiko when I was on holiday and picked up two eye shadows which I really love! Bit regretful that I did not pick up an eyeshadow stick though!

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

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    1. I've tried a few of the eyeshadows which are really great too! It's a shame you didn't pick up the shadow sticks but definitely worth it for next time!

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  5. A Kiko store has recently opened near me so I definitely need to get myself down there and see what all the hype is about! The shadow sticks are high up in my beauty wishlist and this highlighter looks gorgeous too - I can't wait to swatch these for myself :) x
    Charlotte's Road

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    1. I'm so jealous you have a store near you! You'll end up being in there all the time!

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  6. The shadow stick in golden brown looks stunning - need to get into Kiko asap!

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Love their eyeshadow sticks, such amazing quality & so affordable too. I have been loving shade Rosy Brown but definitely eyeing up Golden Brown shade next x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. I've been eyeing up Rosy Brown but they didn't have it in stock when I went. Definitely want to get it next time though!

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  8. I like the golden brown. These are beautiful eyeshadow sticks♥♥
    chocolateandsunset.com

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    1. It's a lovely shade. They're such brilliant quality!

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  9. Love the look of those eyeshadow sticks!

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  10. I loooove the eyeshadow sticks - you will definitely get a lot of wear out of them! I don't have Dark Taupe though so will have to check it out. I need to get my hands on the highlighter too - I love cream formulas xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty | High-End Palette Giveaway

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    1. I can imagine I will. They're so easy to use! The highlighters great for daytime wear. Definitely recommend it!

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  11. I LOVE kiko, wish they would come to Canada!! Their nail polishes are so good too! I'd wear golden brown every day!

    Macarons and Mischief

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    1. I hope they do too for your sake! Big fan of their nail polishes too. Golden brown is such a lovely shade!

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    1. It's such a great brand! I'm so glad it's come to the UK!

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  13. The eyeshadow sticks have been on my radar for ages I just haven't got round to buying them and these are exactly the colours I am after xx

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. Oo yes I'd definitely recommended these shades. They're lovely!

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  14. Lovely post as per usual! My purse is definitely going to take a bruising because of this post haha xx



    How To Dress for a Fashion Interview

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    1. Thank you so much. Oops sorry! It'll be worth it though :)

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  15. Eye shadow sticks are great however haven't tried the illuminating stick, it looks good.

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. I'd recommend the highlighter stick. It's really lovely and subtle!

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    1. They're definitely a brand worth trying! They're so affordable and great quality!

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  17. I honestly have not tried Kiko before; we don't get them where I live, but I'm dying to get my hands on the highlighter!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

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    1. That's a shame there aren't any stores where you live. I hope get to try Kiko soon as they're great!

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  19. I'm obsessed with Kiko at the minute. Lovely post!

    Anika | www.anikamay.co.uk

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  20. Those colors are so gorgeous! I'm not very up to date in the beauty world, but these seem like they're really worth the price. I love products that come in an easy to apply format because I'm a slob in the morning!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. They're definitely worth the price. So affordable and super quick to apply!

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  21. Holiday in Arizona? Jealouss!!! x x x I never tried any of the Kiko products but I'm in love with the colours - so rich, gorgeous! Thank you for sharing <3

    Following on bloglovin' =)

    Kay <3
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oo you definitely need to try KIKO! It'll be so worth it!

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    1. They are! Such a large choice of colours too.

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  23. Oh wow the Kiko eyeshadow sticks look exactly like the Laura Mercier ones!! x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

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    1. I've heard that before. I need to try the Laura Mercier ones to compare!

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  24. I love the gold shade♥♥

    chocolateandsunset.com

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  25. omg i love kiko so much, i went all the time when i lived in italy but now i can't walk to the store anymore ): i am thinking of making an online order soon... i am so so curious to try the shadow sticks! x

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

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    1. Wow you were very lucky that it used to be walking distance away! The shadow sticks are brilliant- an online order will be so worth it :)

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  26. Kiko is such an amazing budget make up brand, some of there products are truly beautiful :)

    love, lissyhayes.co.uk

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