Change

You may have noticed a bit of blogging radio silence over the last few months. I’d grown disenchanted with Sugarfixx Beauty and I felt lost in the blogging world. I wasn’t happy with my content, I had no energy or drive to produce posts and I was sure I wouldn’t be coming back.

I’ve reflected these past 2+ months and along with my constant battle with anxiety, I just couldn’t face trying to write. I’d gotten past the point of being a perfectionist – it was a matter of not enjoying it at all. Nothing worked, I had no drive and I didn’t want to post anything.

Maybe it’s a mix of feeling left behind or the need to evolve but I’d been thinking about how much I used to love blogging, the friends I made and the brands I worked with. I felt I’d let everyone down but most importantly I’d let myself down. My hobbies became a daily avoidance and my anxiety truly took over. Some days getting out of bed was struggle enough, other days I wanted to kick my own ass.

So, after debating with myself I realised I needed to at least try. I knew to do that I wanted to completely revamp and evolve my blog. 2017 will be a year of complete change for me personally, I’m moving out of home (finally at 28 it was needed) and finding myself on my own.

With that being said, keep an eye out for the soon to be relaunched blog – Oh So Kate. I will still be posting about beauty but also other interests. I wanted the blog to be more generalise rather than a mismatch of name and content.

I hope 2017 is wonderful for everyone who reads my blog and I look forward to coming back soon.

Love, Kate xo

Korres #TheOvernightProject

When the new Korres Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Faciallanded on my doorstep, I was excited to see if it really made a difference in one application. 

I was challenged to the #TheOvernightProject whereby I’d try the product just once and give my thoughts the next day. That’s a pretty big risk for a company but considering Korres made $1.5m within the first few months of release, one I suspected to be worth it.

Firstly, let me say I haven’t tried much from Korres, particularly not from their skincare line but I immediately enjoyed the scent of this product. I’m not massively into Rose scented products but this smells heavenly! 

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The product is housed in a deep red glass jar with a pharmaceutical white lid which makes it easy to overlook. It’s not as eye catching as many other skincare brands but I’ve been using this nightly for the past two weeks. 

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The product is neither just a mask nor a night cream but somewhat of a combination of both. The formula is soft and creamy, neither to thick nor runny which makes for a lovely application. Only a small amount is needed as the product spreads well across the face. It sinks into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave any tacky residue. My skin can be quite sensitive and I was concerned that the scent would irritate my skin but thankfully that’s not the case.

This is infused with Wild Rose Oil which helps give the skin a smooth and soft feel whilst Vitamin C is an antioxidant which aids repair and rejuvenates elasticity. I love products with Hyaluronic Acid as it plumps and firms the skin and it’s naturally occurring in the human body but sadly, reduces as we age. 

I found that after I first used the product, I woke to find my skin softer, firmer and overall more even. I was really impressed with how quickly this product worked to improve my skin and I decided to continue using it on a nightly basis. Thankfully, the product is suitable for everyday use. The more I use the cream, the nicer my skin looks! I would definitely recommend it for an overnight fix before an event or if you are wanting to use regularly to correct major skin concerns. 

Have you tried this? If not, I challenge you to partake in #TheOvernightProject!

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial retails at £26 for a 40ml tub and is available at Debenhams.

Love, Kate xo

Rimmel | The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks

I’m a lipstick addict and I am always excited to try new releases. So when the new Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipsticks landed on my doorstep I was down to give them a swatch right away! I received 9 new shades in various colours and of course, I’ve tried and swatched them all.

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Each lipstick comes in a classic Rimmel red packaging with the shade colour around the base so it’s easy to find your favourite shade. I’m not a huge fan of the packaging but it’s what’s inside that counts right?

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The bullets of the lipsticks are cut at a 45 degree angle and they are a blunt but circular shape. I find applying with this shape has its pros and cons. I think the product applies with ease to the centre of the lips but the edges can be a little trickier. I prefer pointed bullets as they fit into the harder to reach areas of the lips much easier. That being said, changing the angle of your application helps.

The formula, though matte is extremely hydrating and comfortable on the lips. I don’t find any of the shades drying and there’s a little bit of slip so you don’t feel like you can’t move your lips which is always a bonus. I love how the shades all apply the colour with instant impact rather than having to build up the colour. These lipsticks last really well on the lips but did need a top up after food and drink.

So let’s run down the shades…

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Leader of the Pink is a bubblegum shade and whilst I’ve grown out of that type of colour, I was surprised at how much I liked it upon application. The colour applied opaque right away and left no streaks.

 

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Call the Shots is a raspberry pink shade that’s incredibly wearable. I love the subtle vibrancy of this shade and I found it to be very flattering on the lips. It applied evenly and was immediately opaque.

Rimmel-lipstick-swatchedSalute is a softer pink that falls into the category of the classic blogger phrase – ‘your lips but better’. I love this for an easy application and it’s the type shade that compliments any look.

 

Rimmel-only-1-Matte-swatchedTake the Stage is a true red. I found this a bit of a struggle to apply and I think it definitely needed a lip liner for even application, particularly around the edges.
Rimmel-Matte-lipstick-swatchedHigh Flyer is similar to Salute but is deeper and more muted. This is a very flattering shade that works all year round and adds a little oomph to the lips. This applied with ease, I found this to be the case with the lighter shades.

 

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Trendsetter is the nudist shade of the bunch and it’s somewhat cool toned. In the bullet I wasn’t sure of this would be a little too draining for me but I actually really enjoyed wearing it. You can never have enough nude shades in my opinion! This, as with the other lighter shades applied perfectly.

 

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Look Who’s Talking is one of the deeper shades and I actually rather liked the colour on me. It’s more like it a red toned brown which on paper, should not work for me but I found it quite flattering. Sadly, the formula was a bit off and it applied quite streaky.

Drugstore-purple-lipstickRun the Show is the most vibrant of all the shades and is a wild purple. Sadly, this doesn’t suit me but more unfortunate is the fact it’s extremely patchy!

 

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The Matte Factor is similar to Call the Shots but is a deeper, more red toned raspberry shade. I love this colour though it’s a little bit of a faff to apply but with a bit of lip liner I know I won’t go far wrong.

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I think the formula of most of these is lovely with the lighter shades being the best of the bunch. The only downside, other than a few being streaky is the scent. I’m not a fan of the watermelon scent but thankfully it isn’t too offensive when wearing.

The new Only 1 Matte Lipsticks are £6.99 each and available now. They are £4.99 for a limited time at Boots.

Have you tried these yet?

Love, Kate xo

Links of London

I’m quite simple when it comes to my jewellery – the only things I always wear are 3 rings – one of which is my Grandma’s eternity ring which I treasure above all else. It’s 4 sizes too big but I can’t bare to have it resized despite wearing it for almost two years. As I’ve matured, I have found that I prefer sophisticated, stylish pieces rather than anything too flashy. I’ve pretty much grown out of wearing statement necklaces as well which considering I have a box full of them is quite remarkable.
One thing I felt I was lacking was a cuff bracelet, something dainty and eye catching at the same time. Links of London has been on my radar for the longest time but I’d never settled on anything in particular.
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I absolutely fell in love with the Amulet Sterling Silver Charm Cuff* as it’s a sleek and simple design but has the option of adding charms for a unique and personalised look. I love that this is customisable but isn’t your run of the mill charm bracelet.
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To make the cuff personal to me, I picked out two differing coloured charms. I love mixing and matching materials especially when it comes to silver with different golds. I decided on the Amulet 18kt Rose Gold Vermeil Feather Charm* as I love rose gold but also as I was drawn to the feather for its  delicacy. The feather resonates with me as I find them very spiritual and they remind me of people who have passed, angels in fact. I had a spiritual reading and it was implied that my Grandad leaves me feathers. I picked the 18kt Gold Heartas they also resonate with me, in fact I’ve got a few tattooed on my wrist. I thought it tied in nicely with the feather and the contrasting golds added to the overall feel of the cuff.
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I absolutely love this cuff and the charm combination I chose. I love that I can wear this casually as everyday jewellery but also for more formal occasions. Not only that but you can wear it with the ends of the cuff either way on your wrist which makes its even more unique.
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If you spend £200 at Links you will receive a FREE Timeless Sterling Silver & Diamond Bracelet for a limited time only! 

Have you checked out Links of London?
Love, Kate xo

Welcome Kat Von D to the UK

It’s crazy to think that the Kat Von D makeup brand launched back in 2008. I tried my first products in 2014 at Sephora in Sydney and now in late 2016 it’s finally here in the U.K.

Safe to say, we’ve been waiting forever guys!

So, to celebrate the launch of KVD at Debenhams not only online but now in-store – I’ve got a spotlight on all things makeup from the tattoo guru.

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I discussed my love for the Tattoo Liner in Trooper* last year which you can read about here. I still believe it to be one of, if not the best liquid liners ever. It’s extremely pigmented and a true black but most importantly, it is super easy to use as the pen glides across your lid with precision and ease. It’s selling point is in its name – it does not budge and lasts all day and all night for the perfect feline flick. I’ve used this for the majority of the past two years and it’s still top shelf material.

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One of the best sellers is the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks* and I have the gorgeous  Lolita to share with you today! The shade is described as a chestnut rose and I think that’s a pretty accurate one. It’s unlike any of my other liquid lipsticks as it’s nude but pink and brown toned at the same time. The colour has a lot of depth and warmth which makes it really flattering on the lips. The formula is great – easy to apply, non-streaky and dries down to a comfortable matte finish. I find this lasts all day and doesn’t really need topping up. I find most liquid lipsticks need a little more application on the centre of the lips, particularly when you’re eating or drinking.

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Another lip product in the range is the Studded Kiss Lipsticks* which have the most gothic and down right fabulous packaging.  These lipsticks come in 39 groundbreaking shades with even the wildest green, blue or black colours readily available. They’re not only vegan and paraben free but they also are infused with Vitamins A,C & E to provide a comfortable, velvety finish. I have the shade Magick which is a ‘sweet dusty pink’ and I think it’s the most flattering muted shade I own. Despite it being a more muted colour, I find it adds a lovely brightness to even the most barely there makeup.

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The Shade + Light Palette* is probably the top seller and it’s easy to see why. If you’re looking for a contour kit that’s suitable for every and any skin tone then this is your best bet. There are 3 ‘Light‘ shades – one neutral, one yellow toned and one with a pinkier finish. I love using the yellow toned shade (Lyric) under my eyes to play down any blue tones. The ‘Shade‘ trio vary in depth with one for every skin tone and I particularly enjoy using the lightest (Sombre) to chisel out my cheekbones and define my nose.

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The formula of these powders is wonderful, they’re soft and well pigmented but blend perfectly. They don’t look muddy nor can you over apply! It’s also worth mentioning that these powders work incredibly well at defining the eyes too. I love using the Shade colours to define my crease and the Light shades work well as an overall base.

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To go alongside the palette is the Shade + Light Face Brush* which is a dual-ended delight! There’s one angled side for applying contour which gives a gradient for easy application. The other side is a tapered brush which can be used for various applications. I actually enjoy it for applying highlighter.

I am so thrilled that Kat Von D is finally available in the U.K. and I have a list as long as my arm of products I’m dying to try!

What’s on your KVD wishlist?

Love, Kate xo

Huda Beauty | Liquid Mattes

Ever since Beauty Blogger/YouTuber Huda Kattan launched her Huda Beauty Lashes in late 2014, there has been a serious buzz around each new beauty release. 

After the Lashes came the Lip Contour Pencils and it wasn’t long before the matte Liquid Lipstick trend met with Huda Beauty to create their fabulous Liquid Mattes (£18). I had decided I wanted to try this newer release but couldn’t decide what shade to go for. They all kinda looked the same online – with my feeling that the shades were more suited to darker skin tones. I wasn’t sure I could pull many of the shades off.

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Buying online is always a risky business, especially when it comes to lip colour. Thankfully, I was in London late last month and I ended up looking at the Huda Beauty concession in Harrods. Quite hilariously, there was a queue to look at this tiny little stand with two members of staff. People go nuts for this brand! 

I figured I wanted Bombshell as I have the Lip Contour version and really like that. I swatched it and decided it was definitely coming home with me. I’m a bit dubious about warmer, more Terracotta shades with my skintone but I actually really love this shade. I originally wanted the shade Venus but sadly it was sold out so I settled on Muse, which is similar though slightly darker.

Before I go onto the formula and wear time – I have to mention the wonderful boxes that these Liquid Mattes come in. The corresponding lip colour is proudly front and centre in a similar way to the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits. I love packaging where you can physically see the shade as my handbag is usually stacked to the rafters with lip products and I want to easily find the colour I want.

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I think Muse is my favourite shade of the two which is ironic considering it wasn’t my first choice. It’s a deep, mauve toned nude which I worried would be too dark for me but it’s surprisingly wearable on me. I think I often believe I’m paler than I actually am! I find it compliments my skin tone and my hair perfectly.

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Bombshell is such a flattering warm toned nude as it really warms up the complexion and adds a pretty,almost peachy look to the lips. Though I’m drawn to more pink toned shades, I feel I’ve found the perfect warm toned nude for my skin tone.

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Let’s talk formula – these Liquid Mattes are some of the nicest Liquid Lipsticks that I’ve tried. They apply quite runny but don’t smudge as you run the applicator across the lips and a thin layer is all you need for a perfectly opaque finish. I find these really easy to apply as the brush fits around the edges of my lips without much faffing about and I can get good precision. The product dries down within around 40-60 seconds leaving a wonderful matte finish. Where some formulas are extremely drying, the Huda Beauty version do not dry out the lips and remain comfortable throughout the day. 
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The finish, though Matte doesn’t look powdery or flat which is a bonus in my book. I find these last throughout the day with minimal touch up. If I eat, especially something with a little oil it can wear away the product in the centre of my lips. However, a slick of product later and all is forgiven.

Have you tried the Huda Beauty Liquid Mattes?

Available now at Harrods (in-store or online) & Cult Beauty.

Love, Kate xo