Wednesday, 2 December 2015

KIKO MILANO: Cosmic Starlets Range at the new Sheffield store

Earlier on this month I received an email from Kiko Milano; I was so excited to see their email pop up in my inbox as, when recently visiting Barcelona I became slightly obsessed with their makeup and skincare range! Their email detailed that they were planning to open a store here in Sheffield and they wanted to invite me along to have a look on the opening weekend. They also mentioned that I should have a chat with their girls instore about the new products they have to offer in their Holiday Limited Edition Cosmic Starlets range.
The new Kiko store is in Meadowhall on the lower high street right near to M&S. 

The store offers a great space in which to chat to the makeup experts on hand whilst browsing through the huge collection of skincare,accessories and of course, makeup items. I've been to Kiko stores in Spain and France before and I like it that, regardless of where you are in the world they all have every similar layouts and a relaxed atmosphere in which you can take your time to browse through the range of products.  

There are so many products on offer in the store so I want to share with you a few of my favourite finds that I think would make great xmas pressies for any makeup lovers or even makeup newbies. Kiko have kindly offered to send me out a little hamper of goodies too so keep an eye out in the next few weeks for a full product review!
These two Night Sky eyeshadow palettes are my top faves! I especially love the one on the left, its my 30th birthday coming up in a few weeks and I'm hoping to get this so that I can do a smokey eye effect to match my fancy new outfit I have planned. Both palettes are 8 shades and I love the geometric matte sliver packaging, I think it looks a lot more expensive than £19.90! 
The pigmentation amazing- it really does show that you don't have to spend huge amounts of money to get a good quality palette these days.If you are looking for a shimmering palette then this probably isn't the one for you; most of the shades are matte but I much prefer this... I'm not much for sparkles in my eye makeup. The palettes come in in 01 Nude to Smokey and 02 Neutral to Elegant and are designed for both wet and dry application. 
Next up are the Total Sculpt 3 in 1 Contour kits. These kits come in 2 different shades; one suited to lighter skin and the other for darker skin tones. The palettes have 2 shades of contouring powder along with a highlighting powder to add a glow to your look. As I'm a pale thing I'd obviously go for the lighter kit but I've never really picked up the technique with contouring so this is a product that, if I was going to purchase, I'd want to be shown how to use it in-store to make sure it suits me. These kits cost £19.90 and,again, come in gorgeous geometric packaging. I think this would be perfect as an xmas gift for contouring lovers! If you are more into your creamy highlighters you should check out the Illuminating Stick (£6.90) which is available in Pure Gold or Bright Rose.
I liked that Kiko have a makeup station in their Meadowhall shop too, this can be used to try out products yourself or for one of the makeup artists in-store to give you a full makeover!
A set of lip products caught my eye when browsing through the Cosmic Starlets range at the front of the store; they were these Temptress lip duos, including a creamy lipstick with matching lip pencil. I think these duos are ideal for those who haven't got a ton of lip pencils (like myself!) and want to build up a collection of complimenting products. Each lipstick and lip pencil duo is £10.90 each. From left to right they are: Misty Rose,Passionately Red and Deep Wine. My personal fave is the Deep Wine duo.
Here are some swatches of the lip pencils to match-
On to bronzing powder, and ohh this is a beautiful one!
The Moon Dust Powder comes in two shades; Fairy mauve (shown above) and Mysterious Pink.These powders are highlighting baked blushes and, like the rest of the Cosmic Starlets range, they come in a geometric shaped compact long with a handy mirror.  The product itself actually reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit. However, Kiko's version comes in at a bargain for £13.90. The powder is soft and nicely pigmented along with a subtle sparkle to add a glow. The product picks up really easily with a blush brush and there is very little fallout when applying this to your cheeks. Although I love the one in the photo I think I'd go for the Mysterious Pink as it would be more suited to my skin tone. 
Next up is the Angel Kiss Milk and Honey Lip Duo (£10.90)- This little set is an exfoliating lip scrub made with tiny sugar crystals along with a glossy balm to add to your beautifully soft lips! The lip scrub contains rosemary extract to protect your lips and jojoba oil to add moisture ready for the Kiss Balm. The Kiss Balm is a moisturising mixture of Shea butter and vitamins and leaves a luminous glossy finish.  You can also get this duo in Champagne & Strawberries, Cranberry Crumble and Candy Cane

These cute little red boxes contain the Cosmic Starlets Perfect Star Gel Nail Lacquer kits (£7.90 each). The kit contains the polish and then a topcoat to add shine to your perfectly painted xmas nails. I am pretty terrible when it comes to nail painting but I so want to improve my steady hand so that I can use these! I've seen some photos of the finished nails on other blogs and they look just like gel manicure nails (check out this bloggers photos for the finished look) The shine from this polish is amazing and I love the colour range available. You can find the whole range here; my fave is the Translucent Beige. Kiko also do a beautiful set of  seven nail polishes in a set called Dream Wish, perfect for a stocking filler! 
 Next up is the Skin Trainer Serum Set (£29.90) containing facial and eye serums to help achieve youthful, healthy skin. The facial serum leaves you feeling fresh and revitalised by adding moisture and improving cellular oxygenation for healthy glowing skin. As soon as I tested out the face serum I knew it would be the one for me from the Cosmic Starlets range- it was really cooling and seemed to sit for a good amount of time on my skin without feeling sticky.I'd like to try this product over a couple of weeks to see whether it would leave a noticeable difference.. this one is going on my wish-list right now! The Skin Trainer eye serum comes in a tube with a handy metal applicator to add to the cooling effect when applying this under your eyes. The formula helps to combat puffiness and dark circles (much needed by me right now!) and leaves your eye area feeling moisturised and fresh. 
The Cosmic Starlets range also has a few fragrances; my favourite had to be the Flowers & Freedom scent (£29.90). A fresh Eau de Toilette with top notes of freesia and middle notes of heliotrope to soften to fragrance finished off with base notes of white woods and musk. I'll admit it, I very rarely check out the fragrance ranges in makeup stores as I tend to go for bigger brands but this one was just perfect!

There are some other skincare bits in the other  Kiko ranges that I want to talk about but I'll save those for another post later in the month. 

Have you tried any of the products from the  Cosmic Starlet range yet? If not, which item would you try first?
 XOXOX


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