Thursday, 30 March 2017

Affordable, Cruelty Free Makeup from Benecos



Today's post is about some makeup products which Benecos kindly sent to me to review. Because my skin has been acting weird and some of my makeup faves just aren't working for me anymore, I've been on the hunt for some new makeup to try out (especially cruelty free products). So when Benecos got in touch about sending me over some of their makeup range, I was very excited to try their products out. They very kindly let me choose what I wanted to review too. 



Natural Powder Blush - Mallow Rose* £5.95
I am a total Blusher hoarder and if I buy them online, they tend to be too deep/dark for my pale skin, so I was a little apprehensive that this Mallow Rose shade would be too dark for me. But this is such a lovely, natural looking blush when on, which just gives me a nice healthy glow. It stays in place all day and it compliments my pale skin nicely. It's definitely my go to blusher right now. 




Natural Nail Polish - Rose Passion* £6.95
I really loved the look of this nail polish but when I applied it, it was quite watery and it seemed to take a while to dry. Once it had dried it didn't stay on for long as it started to chip throughout the day. Which is such a shame. I have read reviews of their nail polishes and a lot of people were saying how good they are, so maybe they are a little hit and miss depending on the shades/formula etc.




Natural Mono Eyeshadow - Apricot Glow* £3.95 & Natural Mono Matte Eyeshadow - Mauve Me* £3.95
I really love the shade Apricot Glow. It's a perfect shimmery, spring colour and it definitely makes my tired eyes appear a little more awake, which is great! I'd definitely recommend this shade if you have blue eyes too, as it really does compliment them. I wouldn't usually go for orange-y eyeshadow shades but I've been really loving them lately and I've also been trying out different looks just for a change. Overall, It's a lovely colour, that can be worn on it's own and it blends out really well and it stays in place all day. 

I also like the Mauve Me shade, I like to wear earthy shades because I think they suit my eye colour. This shade is also a little more pigmented than Apricot Glow because of it being matte and like the Apricot Glow eyeshadow, the Mauve Me also lasts pretty much all day. I also really like the fact that both of the shades I chose look nice when worn together too.

If you feel like browsing the Benecos range yourself then click here to head on over their website. You can also follow Benecos on Instagram and Twitter too.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Sulphur Skin Care Natural Cream Review



Sulphur Skin Care are based in West Yorkshire and they sell natural, cruelty-free products - Natural Cream, Bath Salts and they also sell Harrogate Sulphur Soaps, Body Wash, Face Wash, Shampoo and Body Lotion too. They also offer free delivery to the UK on their SSC range.

I received the Sulphur Skin Care Natural Cream All Over Moisturiser* (50ml) to review. It states on the website that it's suitable for people who suffer with Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Soothing sunburn, prickly heat, spots, blackheads, whiteheads, cracked heels and rashes. It can also be used as an insect repellent too.

I was looking forward to trying this as a part of my skin care routine as I do often breakout (especially due to stress/hormones etc). It's in a whipped cream formula with a lemongrass fragrance. It has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties. 

Ingredients-
Butrospermum Parkil (Shea Butter), Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sulphur 5%, Cymnopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosemarinnus Officinallis (Rosemary) Oil, Daucus Carota (Carrot Seed) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, pH Balanced.  

I used this on my face for a few days and I realised it was breaking me out a little. I think because the formula is quite thick and contains Shea Butter, it wasn't agreeing with my oily skin. So I stopped using it on my face and began to use it as a hand moisturiser instead, it works really well as a hand moisturiser and it sinks into my skin quickly and my hands feel so soft. It smells lovely, if you're familiar to the Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter from LUSH then this smells just like that. It's also a great size for travelling and popping in your bag too. I will definitely continue to use it and I'm looking forward to trying it as a insect repellent once the weather gets a little better and all the annoying insects come out.

Overall I do really like this product but just not as a face moisturiser but that doesn't mean it wouldn't work for you. I think this would be better for people with normal/dry skin type and it is very moisturising and I prefer light moisturisers usually. I'm yet to try it on my elbows where I sometimes have an Eczema flare up because I haven't had a flare up in a while but I will definitely be trying it when/if it does flare up again.

You can visit the Sulphur Skin Care website here and follow them on Twitter here

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The Risks Of Driving With Worn Out Car Tyres *




Today's blog post is something a little different, I've teamed up with the car tyre dealership Point S for an awareness blog post. It's a post all about the dangers of driving with worn out tyres on your car and how you can tell if you're tyres are worn, the dangers of buying part-worn tyres and also how to prevent driving with worn tyres and potentially causing yourself and other people serious injuries or even worse.

I passed my test in Summer 2015 after a few years of on and off driving lessons. I was so happy when I passed first time. I really did not expect it, as I was a complete wreck before my driving test. But then once the excitement of having your own car dies down, you're on the road on your own and you realise how different it is to drive alone with no guidance and also understanding your car and it's noises (my car is a diesel so it's always quite noisy lol) and I'll admit it is quite hard to get used to at first.


How can I tell if my cars tyres are worn or wearing out?

If you think one side of your car is making more noise than the other side and you feel as if your car just doesn't "feel right" or just isn't gripping the road as well as usual, then you should pull over right away in the next safe place and check your tyres and wheels. It doesn't matter if you're rushing off to work or running late for an appointment, your safety and other peoples safety comes first. Always. Many people ignore these noises and feelings and just think "I'll look at it when I get home or I'll take it to the garage this week" and it's not a good way of thinking because you're potentially driving in an unsafe car.

You should always be checking to make sure that your tyres aren't showing any signs of bulging or cuts. If you happen to hit a big pothole, which let's face it, they seem to be popping up everywhere lately, you should also check to make sure that it hasn't damaged your tyres. Another thing you should be doing is checking your tyre pressure regularly (every few weeks is a good habit to get into). As under inflated tyres are very dangerous and can majorly affect the handling of your car. Also having under inflated tyres can make your tyres wear out faster. 


Tread depth indicator
This tyre is close to or has just become illegal

You should be regularly checking and making sure that your tyres have at least 3mm tread. The legal minimum is 1.6mm but I personally think changing at 3mm is a lot safer.


Driving a vehicle with defective tyre(s) is classed as a criminal offence (Driving an un-roadworthy vehicle) and you can be given 3 points per defective tyre and also fined up to £2500! If you was driving around with all of your tyres un-roadworthy then you would see yourself with 12 points and an automatic ban. Which obviously is a lot more costly than buying a new set of tyres!

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Another thing I want to share is that buying part worn tyres because they are a little cheaper than new ones is also becoming a problem in the UK, because sometimes the tyres have not been checked thoroughly and being marked with fake labelling and so on. 

"Figures suggest that 4.5 million part-worn tyres are sold in the UK every year. In some areas more than 80% are sold illegally, many with serious safety defects, according to council Trading Standards' teams."

"Part-worn tyres are being sold with unsafe repairs and incorrect labelling, council Trading Standards teams reported. In 2015, there were 16 deaths and 908 road causalities that involved illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres, according to government figures".

 - Taken from BBC News

Knowing that so many people are driving around with unsafe, potentially deadly dangerous part worn tyres is very scary. Also if you take into account bad weather conditions and/or driving over the speed limit too, it makes the risk of worn tyres even worse, as they have little to no grip on the road. At the end of the day, checking your tyres literally takes minutes and can improve your handling of your car and potentially saving yourself and others from having an accident or worse.

If you are in need of a some new tyres then you're in luck as Point S offers tyres in Sheldon among many other location in the UK. Point S also have a handy brand locator on their website which you can find here.

I hope you liked reading this post.
 Have you had any accidents relating to worn out tyres? If so, leave a comment to help raise the awareness of the potential risks of driving with part worn or worn out tyres.

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Monday, 27 March 2017

Stampin' Up! UK - Oh Happy Day Card Making Kit





Today's post is about this cute card making kit I received from Stampin' Up! UK*. It contains everything you need to make cute pinterest or instagram worthy cards. If you like making things then you'll definitely love this kit.


 It contains: 13 stamps, 20 cards (with envelopes), glittered chipboard shapes, embossed sheets, images, gold foil sheet, acrylic stamp block, twine, glittered dots, stamp ink and more. It also comes in a lovely box, making it the perfect gift too!

I've so far made 5 cards and I've loved making them. It's so easy to use and it's actually really relaxing to do. You can be really creative with the cards you make, because of all the items the kit contains. The only thing I would say which is a little bit of a let down is that the ink pot's lid doesn't stay on securely and is really flimsy, which may sound a little trivial but if I was paying £31.50 for it, I'd want it to be a bit better. 




The Oh Happy Day Kit is £31.50 which overall I think is a good price, because I know if you bought all of the items in this kit separately in Hobbycraft and places like that, then it would definitely cost a lot more.

If you're interested in seeing what other products Stampin' Up UK sell then click here to head on over to their website.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post!

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

Day Dry Probiotic Deodorant Review



Daydry is a french company which sell many different natural products. They kindly sent me their probiotic deodorant to review on my blog which has been designed to keep you fresh all day. It's parabens free and aluminium free and is suitable for all skin types.

There is currently 3 scents available to choose from: 

Essential Oils
Intense Freshness
Sage Floral Water


I chose the Essential Oils Deodorant. I applied it first thing in the morning before a busy day ahead. It's a very fresh kind of scent, I did find it to be a little sticky when it's first applied but it was fine once it had dried. It didn't leave any white marks which is always a good thing.



I went about my day and took the deodorant with me because of it's handy travel size. When I got home I did feel like I needed to apply more deodorant so I don't think it's as long lasting as my usual deodorant which I use which is a shame. I do really like the scent of this deodorant though. It's very fresh and the scent stays with you throughout your day. 

The deodorant is roughly around the £10 mark which is a little pricier than normal deodorants but it's because it doesn't contain the "bad ingredients" which usual drugstore/supermarket deodorants contain.

I like the fact that this deodorant is a natural deodorant and lets your skin breathe and doesn't clog pores. But I think personally I would go to LUSH for a natural deodorant just because it's a little cheaper, it's easier to pick up and I find that they last for a longer amount of hours.

The also kindly sent me some of their handy Probiotic Wipes which would be great to pop in your bag when travelling, after visiting the gym or even festivals. 


You can look at the DayDry range here.
You can also follow DayDry on Twitter and Instagram.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

My First Giveaway!




So a few weeks ago I was shocked to see that I had got 1000 followers on my Twitter. So today's post is about my little 1K giveaway which is up on my Twitter now.

I've been buying things for the giveaway over the past week or so but the most exciting part of the giveaway is that some of the lovely brands which I've worked with over the past few months have got involved in my giveaway too! 


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So first of all, there's a Spongedry by Basic Beauty Tools up for grabs in the giveaway! If you don't know what a Spongedry is, then I have done a review on it here earlier this week. (spoiler alert: it's fab!)

Also, Adam & Eco have got involved and added in 2 online discount codes to be used on their websites. A £5 voucher to be used on BuyWaxMelts.com and £5 voucher for Adam & Eco, where they sell soaps, bath bombs, bath salts and more. You can read my posts 
about their lovely products here.

Here's everything included in the giveaway and the T&C's below!



What's you'll win:

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Shower Gel 60ml 
The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel 60ml
Spongedry by Basic Beauty Tools
2x Notebooks
Maybelline Baby Lips Lipbalm - Vanilla Cupcake
Garnier Self Heating Face Masks
6x Wax Melts (Variety of scents)
£5 Adam & Eco Voucher (not pictured)
£5 BuyWaxMelts.com Voucher (not pictured)

T&C's

- RT the pinned tweet on my Twitter account (quote RTs not counted)
- FOLLOW ME @astoldbykirstyx@basicbeautytool and @adamandecouk
(if you follow then unfollow then your RT won't count)

UK ONLY (sorry!)

Giveaway ends: 16th April

Winner will be chosen the next day via a random generator.


You can enter the giveaway below -



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Thank you all for following me and reading my blog. It really does mean a lot!
 If you do decide to enter the giveaway then good luck! :) 


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Thursday, 23 March 2017

28 Day TEATU Teatox


I've never done a teatox before but I've always been intrigued. So when I saw that TEATU were looking for bloggers to try out their 28 day teatox I got in touch with them and they kindly sent me a box*. 


The 28 Day TEATU Teatox comes with 2 packs of different tea -


The "Daytime Tea" which you drink every day.


Ingredients:
Green Tea, Cocoa Peel, Spearmint, Green Coffee, Ginseng, Chilli Chai.

The "Night Time Tea" which you have every other night. 

Ingredients:
Peppermint, Rooibos, Lavender, licorice, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Senna, Natural Caramel Flavour.

Left: Daytime Tea / Right: Night Time Tea

I liked the fact that the tea was presented in silk bags as it just made them a little more different and seem more luxurious. 


 I started my Teatu Teatox on a Monday (the same day as I attempted to start my diet again). 


The Day Time blend tea took a few days to get used to and I realised that I liked it more when it was almost cold. The best way to describe the taste is that it's like cool mint and I found it to be really refreshing once I got used to it. I tried to drink it around the same time each day too.


The night time tea was definitely not for me. I wasn't keen on the taste, I found it to be quite bitter and overpowering for a drink to have at night before bed. (But I really don't like overpowering teas) I also noticed that after drinking the night time tea, that I was getting headaches a hour or so later or I was waking up with the headaches the next morning. So obviously something in the blend just wasn't agreeing with me, so after about a week or so I decided to stop drinking the night time tea. But I will admit that I'm quite prone to headaches to new and different foods/drinks. I'm quite weird that way. It's like how I'm allergic to apple juice but can still eat apples and I can't drink Galaxy hot chocolate but Galaxy chocolate itself is my favourite chocolate. See what I mean? weird, right?


Anyway moving on....


I know that not drinking the night time tea would more than likely affect the amount of weight I'd lose whilst doing the teatox so when I stepped on the scales, I wasn't expecting a huge loss of weight. But overall I lost 5lbs, which I'm quite happy about as I have had a few things going on in my life during February and I've fallen off the diet wagon more times than I care to remember, if I'm being honest. But I think the 5lb loss is a step in the right direction and any loss is better than no loss.



The 14 Day Teatox is £19.99 and the 28 Day Teatox is £34.99
You can visit the TEATU teatox website here.

Overall I would recommend trying the TEATU teatox, I'm pretty sure if you stick to a balanced diet and exercise then you'll definitely see results (which will be a lot better than mine). If you're unsure whether it's for you then I'd say try out the 14 day teatox first.



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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Perfect Pout Review


So, the first thing I want to say is I'm not into the whole fish lips look. You know what I mean, the Kylie Jenner look. It's not for me! But I wouldn't mind my lips to look a little fuller, especially my upper lip. It's not really thin but it's slightly thinner than my bottom lip and I just don't like it. I never have. So when I found out I was going to be sent this natural lip enhancing tool to review, I was excited to see if it'd work for me.

Perfect Pout* comes in three different sizes - Small Oval, Medium Round, Wide. I love the pretty pink packaging it arrives in. If you've been reading my blog for a while, then you'll know how much of a sucker I am for packaging. The tool itself has a cute little "XO" on it too (and is totally photo worthy!)

It's super easy to use, it's safe and won't harm your lips in any way. Obviously it's not a permanent lip enhancer but it's a great way to make your lips look plumper without having fillers and injections. I'd say it lasts a good few hours before your lips start going back to their normal size. It's travel sized so it's great to just pop in your bag.


I received my Perfect Pout in the Wide size. All you have to do is put on some lip balm and place the tool in the centre of your lips. Then draw in short breaths until the Perfect Pout locks into place via suction. Then depending on the look you're going for, you keep the tool on your lips between 15-30 seconds and you can always pop it on again if you'd like your lips even fuller. It may take a few times to get it right, but don't worry you'll figure out the right amount of time for the look you're going for. It doesn't hurt in any way or cause swelling. It did leave the top of my lip a little red but it soon went away after a minute or two.


Before
After (wearing Collection Velvet Kiss in Caramel)



Here's my results above. I can definitely see a difference in the before and after shots, my upper lip looks a tad more fuller but nothing too over the top. Overall I think this is a great tool to have and it's definitely become a staple in my makeup routine most days now. You can pick up a Perfect Pout at Arch Angelz in Debenhams for just £9.99.



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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Spongedry by Basic Beauty Tools Review





I literally have a collection of beauty sponges and I use all of them, but what were they all missing until now? A place to go after they've been used or cleaned. A home. I was sick of having to keep the packaging (which also takes up tons of space too) to try and keep them in shape or a place for them to dry. So when Basic Beauty Tools kindly sent me their Spongedry* to try out and review, I was so happy to finally have a place for some of my sponges.

The Spongedry is a collapsible, hygienic holder for your makeup sponge. It can be bought in either Black, Pink, Purple or White and will hold most sponges.The Spongedry comes with the FoundationBlender (which can be bought separately too) and also a cute little travel pouch, which makes it great for travelling. The holder has been designed so that it dries your makeup sponge quicker and also so that your sponge isn't gathering dust in your makeup drawer or getting damaged in your makeup bag. It stops any harmful bacteria getting to your sponge too.





The FoundationBlender which comes with the Spongedry can also be bought in either Black, Pink or Purple. (You also have the choice of what colour the sponge is when buying the Spongedry too). It's been made so that it will dry quicker than most makeup sponges on the market. I've also found that it keeps it shape better than other makeup sponges I own, which is great! It has a pointy end for makeup application around the nose and eyes and has a flat side for easy blending. It expands so much when it comes into contact with water. It's also latex free. It's definitely better than the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge which I've been repurchasing for years.


The price of the Spongedry is £14.99 and the FoundationBlender is £5.99. 

I have also kindly been given a promo code so that my readers can get 10% OFF.

The code is: KIRSTY10

Basic Beauty Tools also offer Worldwide Shipping too!

Overall I love that my makeup sponges finally have a little "home" and I definitely recommend picking one of these up if you're a avid makeup sponge user. 

You can check out Basic Beauty Tools website here and follow them on Twitter and Instagram too. 

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

All About Brick Vintage





So today's post is a collaboration with Brick Vintage who sell 1950's-1980's vintage clothes  and accessories for both men and women. As I have parents who have grown up throughout those era's and also grown up with the music from then, I have picked up a love for the music and some of the fashion from then too - especially the 1960's-1970's fashion.

I was very surprised and excited when I found out that Brick Vintage wanted to do a collaboration with me. Especially considering I hadn't really properly started to write about fashion on my blog at the time.

They gave me a spending limit and I was looking for a vintage denim jacket or maybe coat but because I'm plus size, I was struggling to find something that would look right on me and also in my size. Obviously because it's vintage, it doesn't mean you're going to get what you want all the time. So in the end I opted for a 1970's tan coloured bag* which I really do like. It is quite big and a little bulkier than I was expecting but it's definitely grown on me now. I think it would be great to use as an overnight bag or something along those lines. I don't really like to use tiny bags/huge bags on an everyday basis. 


Obviously as it's from the 1970's it's got a few little scuffs on it but I think that kind of adds to charm of the fact that it's a bag from that era and that it's probably had quite a few lives by now. But if that's something that would bother you, then you can add your own personal touch to the clothing or accessories you buy and customise it.

I like that the style of colour of the bag I chose goes well with a lot of different clothing I own and it's also really comfortable to wear.

If you're a lover of vintage clothing, then I'd definitely recommend you checking out the website here. They sell a range of clothing, bags and shoes and they are a lot more affordable than other vintage websites I've seen. They also sell clothes/accessories by known brands too.

Brick Vintage have also kindly given me a discount code to share which is: "2017" to get 10% off your first order! Click here to pop over to their website.




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Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Monthly Fandom Collection Subscription Box


Today's post is all about a brand new subscription box called The Monthly Fandom Collection*. If you love fandoms, jewellery and accessories then you're going to love this subscription box! 

You will receive 3-5 pieces of jewellery or accessories inspired by a different fandom each month. The box's theme will be a surprise but TMFC will drop hints on their Twitter and Instagram about what the next box will be focused on. 

I also have a code which I will pop at the bottom which will get you your first box for just £10 (+p&p)


This month's box is inspired by Beauty and the Beast which is obviously great timing! I can't wait to see the new film. I received 4 pieces of jewellery in my box. All the items were securely wrapped up with a cute little TMFC sticker on each. Boxes are posted around the 17th of the month and will be delivered through your letterbox!


First up is this cute bookmark which I will admit took some time to figure out what it was, until I saw the little book on it. It also has a cute rose charm and an charm which reads "I want adventures". It's very cute and charming and I'm definitely going to be using it.


Next is this pretty charm bracelet. It has 7 charms on it in total, obviously all relating to Beauty and the Beast, I really love the little castle charm. It's very eye-catching and would be perfect as a little gift to a Beauty and the Beast fan.


I also received this beautiful necklace which has the quote "until the last petal falls". It's very unique and pretty. It's also got a rose petal, mirror and a little red gem. The necklace is a good length, not too short but not too long.



Finally in the box I received some cute red rose earrings. I will admit I will probably not wear these, as they are not really my cup of tea so I'll pass them onto someone who will wear them. 

Because of the small pieces in the box, it's not suitable for small children. 

The box is £11 per month + p&p (£2.90)

TMFC have given me a code so that you can get your first box for just £10!

The code is: NEWBOX10

Overall I really like this subscription box. It's nice to see something new and different on the market. I can't wait to see what the next months box theme will be. I'm really hoping they do a Harry Potter one in the future! 

You can follow TMFC on Twitter and on Instagram to keep up to date with the hints and also competitions.

You can visit the website and sign up here.

Hope you enjoyed reading about the new subscription box!
What fandom themes would you like to see in next months box?


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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream Review



Today is a little review of two of the Velvet Kiss Lip Creams from Collection. I picked these up because I'd read that they are dupes to the NYX soft matte lip creams which I love. 

There's currently 6 Velvet Kiss shades to choose from: Caramel, Cotton Candy, Mango, Rosie, Mulberry, Blackberry and are £2.99 each.


Left: Caramel // Right: Cotton Candy


Caramel is a warm nude shade which is a great every day shade. I was worried it was going to wash me out a little because of me being so pale but thankfully, it doesn't. I think this is a very universal shade for anyone to wear.


I picked up Cotton Candy because I thought it looked like a dupe to one of my favourites from NYX which is the shade Istanbul. But once I got it home and compare them both, it wasn't exactly the same. It is fairy similar though. I think this would be a great pop of colour to wear during Spring/Summer.

They both smell like cake too! which is always a good thing.

They dry to a matte finish and they are definitely moisturising and don't feel too drying on the lips. I always apply a little bit of lip balm before matte lip creams just because I do tend to worry about it cracking and looking patchy on my lips. 

The staying power of these lip creams is really good, not as good as NYX but I don't mind reapplying a few times during the day. They don't go patchy either which is great.

Overall, I love both of the shades I picked up. I think I probably prefer the Caramel shade just because it's a great everyday colour to pop on and Cotton Candy is a perfect Spring/Summer shade to wear. I'd definitely buy more in the future.

You can pick them up for £2.99 each at Superdrug and Boots.

Have you tried the Velvet Kiss Lip Creams from Collection yet?


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