Friday, 19 December 2014

REVIEW: Rimmel Brow Gel Mascaras

Although brows are very in at the moment,  it's still important to keep them looking natural and not too OTT.  That's where tinted brow gels have excelled and become very popular.

There are an abundance of them available on the high street now but I wanted to talk about the Rimmel Brow This Way Gel's today!

There are 3 tinted shades available - Blonde, Mid-Brown and Dark Brown, as well as a clear brow gel for those whose brows just need a little general upkeep!

I've found the Dark Brown is the most suited for my brows - the others are quite light and red based (I'd prefer if they were all a little more muted).  Because of this, it's important not to over apply the product so I've found to sweep the wand against the side of the product before applying leaves you with a much more subtle, but build-able coverage.

On the days I don't have much time to get ready in the mornings, these are what I've been reaching for.  They are super easy to use, just sweep through the brows in the direction of hair growth to set in place all day.

They are available in Boots & Superdrug stores for £3.99 each. - affordable and easy to find!

Have you ever tried a tinted brow gel?  What's your fav?


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Get Ready With Me: Party Edition

I decided recently to film a really easy, festive makeup tutorial, perfect for this time of year, using some of my absolute current favourite products.

I'm suffering quite badly at the moment with acne scarring (I've spoken about this lots on my blog and channel before), and so I've been reaching for my favourite MAC Full Coverage Foundation to completely airbrush and cover any imperfections.

I used the Bobbi Brown Warm Eyeshadow Palette on the eyes, complete with lots of kohl & gel liner, contouring with Illamasqua's Cream Pigment in Hollow and finally lots of products to enhance the lips including Tanya Burr's lipgloss in Lunch Date!

Products used:
Avene TriAcneal:
Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream:
MAC Full Coverage Foundation:
L'Oreal Paris Eye Primer Base:
Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Palette:
Illamasqua Precision Gel EyeLiner:
Maybelline Master Smokey Shadow Pencil:
L'Oreal Super Liner Brow Artist Shaper:
Shu Uemera Shupette Eye Lash Curlers:
Lancome Hypnose Star:
Burt's Bee's Lip Balm:
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer:
Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow:
Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Pink Mauve:
Sleek Makeup Lipstick in Barely There:
Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Lunch Date:
CoLab Dry Shampoo in Rio:

I really hope you enjoyed this video; I had good fun editing it too so I think I might try more of these in the future.  Also - it would really mean the world to me if you subscribed to my YouTube channel; I'm going to be uploading a lot of new content in the up coming months!

What's your current favourite makeup look?


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide!

So there are currently 11 days until Christmas and I'm sure many of you, like me, have only just started thinking about gift shopping!

I've put together a little gift guide here to help those who are currently stuck on what to get certain people; a little inspiration if you may!

For the Fashionistas:  For those who are fashion conscious, a classic, simple piece of jewellery such as a watch is the perfect idea.  
Discount code:
I actually have a discount code for you guys today; enter 'katiesnooks' at checkout and receive 15% off when you order from  It's valid everyday until December 31st!

For the Beauty-Obsessed:
Soap & Glory are back again this Christmas with another incredible discounted gift set for one week only.  Until Friday, this set which contains over £75 worth of products is available for only £29 both online (here) and in stores!

I know I should probably give this to someone as a gift but (naughty as this sounds) I might just keep it for myself!  The products smell incredible, especially the Sugar Crush Body Scrub and the Righteous Butter smells exactly like one of my favourite perfumes, Miss Dior Cherie!

For the Blogger: I'm currently obsessed with my new phone & laptop case from Case App and I think these would make the most perfect gift which is a little different!  You can completely personalise your very own laptop skin and phone case which for a loved one makes a really thoughtful present.
Discount Code:
I also have a discount code, enter: KATIE2 at checkout to receive 20% off until December 20th from!  I want to write a full blog post on just how much I love these so stay tuned!

For the Blogger or Boyfriend: I have a little place in my heart for Acer tablets as it was one of the first I owned and since then they've released this beauty; the Iconia Tab 8!   

This tablet is a real beauty with it's petite, sleek white casing making it the perfect size to fit in a handbag or 'manbag'.  The screen is real high-def which makes reading blogs and YouTube videos a pleasure and it also has a front and back camera which is great for snapping on the go.  

I love my Acer tablet for reading books on (after buying them from the Google Play store) as well as for writing blog posts whilst on the move - if you travel a lot like I used to for work, then having 10 minutes on the bus or train to tap up a blog post on makes this the perfect companion for a blogger (you can download the blogger app to make things even easier).  If you have a bit of money to splash out on for a gift for someone this Christmas then this makes the perfect gift.

 For Mum:  I don't know anyone who doesn't adore Kiehls products and for that fact they'd make the perfect Christmas treat!  
They've recently teamed up with International Artist Duo Craig & Karl to create Limited Edition packaging for the Holiday Collection which adds a lovely festive twist on the usually clinical looking products.  Creme De Corps is one of my favourite body lotions ever (I love to slather it head to toe after a bath) which leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft and even tames my sensitive, eczema prone skin.

For the Beauty Obsessed:
Benefit have such a gorgeous selection of gift sets this Christmas and this might just be my favourite; The Cheeky Sweet Spot; a tin palette full of their most popular blusher shades!  Although it's not great for travelling with, it makes the perfect gift for someone who loves experimenting with makeup and who has never tried a Benefit Blusher before as they can try them all out and find their favourite.
It's also contains Watt's Up; a gorgeous soft highlighter for the face which you can also use on the brow bone for a subtle highlight!

There we have it; a little Christmas Gift Inspiration.  I really hope this helps those in need pick something perfect for their loved ones this winter.  I must say I whole heartedly adore every single item featured in this post and so if they're anything like me they'll be super happy with these gifts!

What's on your Christmas List this year?



Thursday, 11 December 2014

REVIEW: Eyeko Eye Do Alexa Chung Eyeliner!

Here's a little secret - Eyeko's liquid liners are some of the best out there.  I've been through so many pens of theirs and can't praise them enough!

Here's a review of one of their newest liners, a collaboration with Alexa Chung and it didn't disappoint!

I just can't fault Eyeko's liners.  They are pigmented, the nibs are precise, firm and last ages before they wear down.  The product stays on all day (especially when set with black shadow) and the packaging is sleek, simple and perfect for slipping in little handbags for touch ups.

I also spotted Alexa using this herself in a video on Lisa Eldridge's channel recently and it shows just how easy it is to use to create the perfect flick.

Love this item and will continue to repurchase!  The only negative is that it is quite pricey for a eyeliner pen - £15 and can only be found in certain stores likes Space NK and Selfridges, but it last's a lot longer than my usual liner pens so it's worth it.

Have you ever tried an Eyeko liner?


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