Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Goodbye

Hello all :)

As you may have noticed, I haven't blogged in a while and my posts have been quite sporadic. Life has been quite hectic of late and as a result I haven't been in the right head space to blog or as I'm increasingly finding, my passion for it has disappeared and my heart just hasn't been in it. Coupled with a new job and an ever decreasing amount of 'me time', I no longer have the time to dedicate to blogging.

It is with sadness that I must announce I will no longer be actively blogging at Kimtopia. I'd like to say a huge thank you to my amazing readers for supporting me from day one, especially with all of your lovely comments and interaction. I've been lucky enough to get to know a lot of people and make some good friends through blogging, as well as attending some great events and working with a lot of brilliant companies. So to all my readers, PR contacts and the brands they represent, thank you for supporting me over the last four years. It's been great. 

If anyone wishes to keep in touch you can tweet me, catch me on Tumblr, check out my Pinterest boards and stalk my Instagram feed :) 

My blog will remain on the interwebz however from October 5th it will be found at it's original blogspot URL.


And with that, comes my final goodbye. Au revoir petals!
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Monday, 19 August 2013

Benefit Go Tropicoral

As you may have seen in my July favourites post, I paid a sneaky visit to the Duty Free shop on my way home from holiday a few weeks ago, and I just couldn't say no to this pretty gift set from the Benefit counter!




Really, I did this the wrong way around and should have purchased this on my outgoing trip because it contains some ideal basics for when you're on your travels. The set contains a deluxe Cha Cha Tint mini (4ml), a deluxe High Beam mini (4ml), Coralista blush (3g) together with a mini blush brush that fans will recognise from their standard powder boxes, and a Coralista lip gloss (6.5ml). On the lid there is a tips and tricks guide for the products which conceals a decent sized mirror.

I first used High Beam a few years ago and wasn't a fan but I'm now a firm advocate of liquid highlighters and High Beam is amazing for giving a beautiful glow to the skin. I've not used a liquid blush before so I was really keen to try Cha Cha Tint. I won't lie, I am still trying to get the hang of it but the colour is super pretty when applied right. Less is most definitely more thanks to the amazing pigmentation. I've used Coralista before, and ended up selling it. Over the past few weeks I've been having a full on love affair with it again and I've used it every single day. It gives a lovely natural peachy flush to my cheeks which I absolutely adore. The one product I wasn't too keen on is the Coralista lip gloss. I had high hopes but its just not for me. It leans too much towards orange andd the colour payoff isn't as great as I'd hoped. Its definitely glossy but just not what I'd hoped it would be. I just need to find the perfect lippie to pair it with. Any suggestions ladies?

Overall, I think this is a great set and I'm really glad I bought it. Go Tropicoral retails at £25.50 in the UK although I managed to snap it up for just under £22.00.

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Have you tried Go Tropicoral? Do you recommend any other Benefit gift sets?
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Friday, 16 August 2013

Review: Living Nature Summer Bronze Pressed Powder

My favourite bronzer ever from UK high street brand 17 has unfortunately been discontinued. I'm now on the hunt for a replacement before I run out. The opportunity to try Living Nature's Summer Bronze Pressed Powder* popped up and I decided to give it a go, having previously tried and liked their cosmetic products.




The compact is quite heavy as it's made from metal and it wasn't quite what I was expecting. It contains a mirror and a brush and whilst ideal for on the go touch ups, I wasn't a fan of the brush. I think its more suited to blush but that's just my personal preference. The bronzer itself is a buttery soft powder, a completely natural mineral product and certified organic. 

The Summer Bronze Pressed Powder currently comes in one shade, so it's not going to be for everyone. Personally I find it a little too warm for my skin tone but if you have a good medium colour this would probably be ideal for you.

Living Nature Summer Bronze Pressed Powder retails at £26.00 in the UK for 14g and is available from My Pure. If you're in New Zealand you can purchase for $50.00 from Living Nature.

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What's your favourite bronzer? Do you prefer to use natural brands?
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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Illamasqua Imperfection Speckled Eyeliner

So it's taken me forever to get around to trying out the beautiful speckled eyeliner look from the Illamasqua Imperfection range and I was surprised at how simple it is to create, and how stunning it looks.


Products Used

Bioderma Sebium Hydra - Moisturising Replenishing Care
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light 2
Missha BB Cream in #21
Illamasqua Brow Cake in Gaze
Sleek Blush in Chantilly
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Brule
Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Vow
Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss
Illamasqua Precision Ink in Scribe
YSL Faux Cils Mascara
Topshop Lipstick in Confession
MUFE HD Powder

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I love how striking this look is and I got lots of compliments on it! Have you tried the look? Send me your links!
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Monday, 12 August 2013

Review: Ahava Softening Butter Salt Scrub

To keep my legs in tip top condition for summer, I like to use a good exfoliating scrub to help them stay silky smooth and hydrated. I recently had the opportunity to review the Ahava Softening Butter Salt Scrub* so I was excited to try it when it landed on my desk. I've only ever used sugar scrubs in the past so I was intrigued to see how a salt scrub would differ.



I've really loved the Ahava products I've tried in the past and I'm pleased to say this is yet another favourite. Combining a blend of Dead Sea salt crystals, Jojoba and Coconut oils all of which soften and hydrate the skin's surface to provide a renewed glow and energy, and Dunaliella Algae which is naturally rich in antioxidants and Vitamin A which help to reinforce skin's natural protective processes and moisturize skin, this rich-textured, energising scrub exfoliates and hydrates, leaving skin to feel amazingly soft and smooth. 

The scrub feels like any other regular exfoliating scrub I've tried. The texture and consistency is the same however I find its a lot easier to rinse off with no sticky residue left behind. My legs are left incredibly smooth and soft and there's no need to use a separate moisturising product. It smells clean and fresh like the rest of the Ahava range which is a refreshing change from the super sweet sugar scrubs. 

A 350g tub retails for £25.00 and is available from Ahava

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Do you prefer salt scrubs to sugar? Let me know your favourite! :)
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