Kiko Haul

Thursday, 26 February 2015

 As many of you know I've very recently returned from a lovely trip to the beautiful Italian city Florence- if you want to read what I got up to just have a look here! Whilst I was there I just couldn't resist going into Italian cosmetics store Kiko. I've heard a little bit about Kiko as a brand- literally all of it being that it was good and cheap! So I was very excited to get in there and spend some money!

 Foundation Brush


 So I have seen these brushes a lot of times but I've never got round to actually purchasing one, so when I saw this one I sort of impulse bought it.. I've used it a fair amount of times but I wasn't feeling the look it was giving me- it may have been the foundation I was using (my new Kiko one) so I think I'll try it with a few other foundations before I give my full opinion!

Water Eyeshadow


 Now this was defiantly a product I regret buying. I was looking for a really nice silvery glittery shadow for my cheerleading competition and when I saw this in the shop and when I swatched it it did look like something I wanted- however once I got back to the hostel and looked at it properly I saw it had a blue undertone and not really any glitter in it? So I didn't use it for my competition but I'm sure I will find a use for it! 

Universal Fit Foundation


 I knew I was looking for a new foundation and I tried speaking to a lady who worked there but she seemed like all she wanted to do was sell me a CC cream despite me saying I wanted a high coverage foundation? She then pointed me in the direction  of this product and I will say in terms of coverage and actual doing it's job as a foundation it does work! Another issue I have is the lack of shades there was in the range- there wasn't many at all? So I've got the lightest one and it does sort of match me- when I have a tan I should be alright though!

Matte Red Lipstick


 I was looking for a new red lipstick for my cheer competition and when I saw just the packaging of this one I knew I had to get it- look at how beautiful it is!!! I will admit several times after using it I can't quite grasp how to open it! You have to push it then twist it then push it again? It's very odd though- but I like it! The lipstick itself has really good lasting power and is really nice to get on and even though it's matte it doesn't make my lips feel dry at all!

Soft Touch Blush

 I was in desperate need of a new blush and this one was really cheap so I figured I'd buy it! I really like the colour of this because it gives me a really nice colour without  me having to add to much to my face!

Smart Lipstick



 I am obsessed with this lipstick! The colour payoff is amazing- this picture doesn't do it much justice, it's got more of a purple tone in real life but it's gorgeous! I usually prefer matte lipsticks because for some reason I find their lasting power a lot more but this is amazing! 

Nail Polish

 I saw this in one of the little discount pots they have around the shop and I realised I don't have that many bright nail varnishes and this colour is amazing! I'm yet to try it but I shall let you know what its like once I do!

Lip Pencil


 I got this lip pencil in hope that it would be like Mac's Whirl but when I opened it and used it I found it's got a lot more of a pinky tone to it, which is still great because you can never have too many lip liners! (Well I think not!)

Colour-up Eye Stick


 I found this little gem in another one the discount pots and although its supposed to be used as an eyeshadow I've been using it to highlight my cheeks and under my brows! It's such a nice champagney colour with only a little bit of glitter and it really does make my face look amazing!!

Foundation

Okay so I know that this isn't actually from Kiko but that's because I was an idiot and left my foundation at home on my way to Florence so when we got to the airport I nipped into boots and picked up something I knew worked good with my skin and that I liked.


Hope you all enjoyed this haul! I'm thinking about doing a full face of kiko so let me know in the comments section if you think I should!!

Florence 2015- Day 4

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

So day 4, my last day in Florence sobs but we still go up to quite a lot! We left the hotel early and headed off in search of the Santa Croce flea market- fortunately for me (I really don't like markets) only 2 stall owners turned up and it all looked pretty crappy so the tutors made the decision to give it a miss! We then walked to the School of Leather which was amazing! We started out by watching a man create a leather coaster with real gold patterns on. Then we saw how they make the handbags- and one of the women who makes the bespoke handbags is actually the man who started the leather schools daughter! I just love how everything is still so family orientated there! I got to see and feel lots of different types of skins- I've got to say ostrich is my new favourite to look at! We then looked at the actual school where they run courses on how to handle leather and make goods etc, which if I had a spare 6 months and a lot of money I would definitely love to do! After this me and a couple others went for our lunch whilst the other group went in for their tour- we founded the cutest (and cheapest cafe ever) literally I spent €4.50 on a bottle of water, a quarter of a pizza and the tastiest croissant ever! After that we met with the rest of the group and made the sad but very nice walk back to the hostel taking in the sun and how beautiful Florence was. Once we'd got our luggage we got the coach to the airport (one thing about Pisa airport is that it is awful for food and space to sit!) but I did have a really nice carbonara. Then we got on our plane and home. 

I without a doubt will be visiting Florence again, it is honestly one or the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Italy has always been a place I wanted to go and it certainly lived up to expectations. I honestly can't wait to explore more of what Italy has to offer in the future!













Florence 2015- Day 3

Monday, 23 February 2015

So on the third day in Florence we started very early and went to the Uffzi Gallery- again this type of art isn't typically my thing but there was some really amazing pieces there and the views from the gallery were absolutely beautiful. We then went to the most amazing but with the worst freaking terrain ever gardens called Boboli Gardens in the grounds of Palazzo Pitti- literally I can't even comprehend how beautiful everything was there- we had so many views because we kept going up in height, when we got right to the top we saw all over Florence and I can say I was speechless for a fair while! The weather was so amazing but I was boiling seeing as it was abit cold during the morning so I needed a coat! We then walked down to a cute cafe and had some lunch and relaxed for a while before we found the rest of the group. After that we visited the Costume museum in the Palazzo Pitti- oh my I was in heaven it really was gorgeous! They had so much going on in there it really was amazing. Me and a few others then decided to leave the group and head back to the hostel because we were exhausted! But this ended horribly and we got lost- so bad. But it's fine we finally made it back and got some rest before the rest of the group got back! Then we spent the rest of the night relaxing by the pool and sauna.































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