Thursday, 2 July 2015


Contour & blush sticks are all the rage at the moment (thanks Kimmy K for making us all want perfect cheekbones & jawlines).  When Illamasqua recently launched their new Gel Sculpt sticks I was invited to their Beak Street Store to have a chat about how best to use them with their creative director Alex Box - makeup genius!

There are 3 shades available in the new Gel Sculpt range - Silhouette which looks really dark in the tube but is a really great sheer subtle brown on the skin, Charm, a bright apricot orange and Fluster, a rosy pink.

As they are gel based they are really easy to apply and work with - allowing you to really blend into the skin leaving you with a really pretty natural look.  Alex Box has quite a unique way of applying them as well as you may spot in the images above - she applies the product onto the fatty bit of skin under your thumb (no idea what this is called!) and coincidentally this part of your body fits perfectly into the contours of your cheekbones, so all you have to do is gently press & pat the lower thumb into the cheeks and it will leave a lovely natural flush of colour or contour.  You can then press around your temples & forehead for some more contouring!

I've been using Silhouette as a contour for a few months now and I really love it - it suits my pale skin and is very buildable for a more intense look.  I also love Charm and wear it often on my lips too!

The new Gel Sculpt's are available from Illamasqua counters, stores or online for £22!

Would you consider swapping your powder contour for a gel formula?


Thursday, 25 June 2015

REVIEW: Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette!

It's been a long time since I've fallen this in love with an eyeshadow palette.  I'd even go so far to say that it was love at first sight!  I've used this every single day since purchasing and so thought it was finally time to share it with you guys!

You know sometimes with palettes you find you really, really love a couple of the shades, but there are also shades that you just would never wear?  I normally find that quite a lot, but it's a totally different story here as I love and wear all of these shades, even the ones I thought I wouldn't!

The Too Faced Natural Eyes palette contains 9 absolutely stunning chocolate-y shades suitable for every occasion.  There's a mix of matte and shimmer for day and evening and they all compliment each other beautifully.  My favourites have to be 'Silk Teddy' - the perfect brow-bone highlight and 'Sexspresso' which looks flawless in the crease of my eye.

It's not the most affordable product at £32, but the quality of the shadows, the gorgeous packaging which fits perfectly into my handbag and the fantastic colour selection makes it a must have in my opinion!

Available online and in Debenhams stores -

What's your favourite daily eyeshadow palette?



Sunday, 21 June 2015

OUTFIT: Bijou!

Really wanted to show off my new t-shirt from New Look's 'petite' range so I dragged Andrew outside to snap some pics!

T-Shirt: New Look
Shoes: Next
Shorts: Primark

I've never been into t-shirts or clothing with text or graphics/prints but recently I've been purchasing a few and I fell in love with this one - a dictionary definition of the word 'Bijou' which means 'small but attractive and elegant'... I'll take that!

I teamed it with some Primark shorts and my white trainers from Next which I customised with some studs and spikes.  I like these shorts a lot but I can't help but feel they were made for 15 year olds with the whole 'denim knickers/flash your bum cheeks' trend, as they tend to rise really high whilst I walk (there are some super unflattering outtakes from this shoot proving it)!

Anyway, this is a really easy outfit to wear so I'll be packing it on my hols this year!

Do you own some graphic t-shirts?  What's your fav?


Friday, 19 June 2015

LIFESTYLE: Preparing for Stressful Moments!

I did something really silly… a couple of months ago I ‘accidentally’ signed up to compete in a 5k run with my workmates.  This was on a wet, soggy January day at the beginning of the year and for some reason I thought it’d be a brilliant idea and that I’d be magically fit and active by the time it came round in June.

Fast forward 6 months, the date is fast approaching and I have not worked out ONCE.  Actually, that's a lie, in fact I did go for a jog a couple of weekends ago and made it 3 minutes down the road before giving in completely. 

On the day (morning of 28th July if any one wants to come and cheer me on in Bushy Park) I know that I’ll be stressed enough about the act taking part and one thing I do not need is more stress about the fact it’ll be hot and working up a sweat.  Thankfully though, I have that part sorted thanks to my all time fav deodorant – Sure Maximum Protection. 

Luckily for me they’ve just launched their new ‘Stress Control’ anti-perspirant that helps to provide their most advanced, long lasting protection with stress activated ingredients for that extra piece of mind!  It also doesn’t help that all of my workmates are really fit and active – most of them take weekly dance/gym classes, a couple of them have competed in the London marathon and here I am, Katie Snooks, who’d rather be sitting in bed playing with makeup rather than out jogging!  But at least I have the secret to no sweat patches and won’t be held back by the extra worry of stress on top ;)

I know 5k isn’t the longest race, but for me it’s a really big deal.  I’m determined to finish it with a smile, no matter how rough I feel inside (luckily I won’t look it on the outside). 

Sure Maximum Protection is 2 times stronger than the leading antiperspirant and it’s two new variants are Stress Control and Sport Strength so it has you covered for any big occasion whether it be a wedding, race, exam, workouts etc!  Be sure to have it on hand to help you prepare for the moments that matter.  

I'll be wearing the Sport Strength anti-perspirant on the day of my run - it has a lovely citrusy fragrance and really helps to not only help stop me sweating but also helps protect against odour during exercise - perfect!

Have you ever tried this deodorant?  Any tips on finishing the race?


Please note this is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own!
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