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When shopping around TK Maxx for makeup and clothes the other day I could not resist this cute trio of Hello Kitty lipsticks (there were more shades available in store but I could not justify the entire collection) alongside my now beloved Measurable Difference Face & Body Bronzer.

My Hello Kitty obsession has led to me purchasing an abundance of themed stationary, plush toys and crockery, so when I found Hello Kitty cosmetics I was very pleased with myself indeed.

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Considering the relatively low cost (from fifty pence to two pounds on sale), I found the lipsticks to be of a rather good quality and I selected a pink, brown and peach shade to take home with me.

The pink shade Baby Doll gives a lovely subtle shimmer, nice on its own or over a more bold lipstick. The brown shade Hittin The Block proves itself to be extremely bold, not really my colour as I am rather fair skinned but lovely on friends with a less pink skin tone (boo). Unfortunately, I found that the peach shade Urban Punk washed me out and proved to match my pale skin tone and hide my natural lip colour entirely!

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Some may find it tacky but I find the graffiti print packaging very cute (an infantile word but very appropriate). However, as these lipsticks are cheaper than other high street brand cosmetics the casing is a bit flimsy.

The iconic and adorable Hello Kitty faces atop the lipsticks really make them stand out from my other lipsticks upon my makeup organiser, a serious cute overload amidst the Mac, Soap & Glory and Rimmel.

Have you ever tried any Hello Kitty cosmetics? Which shade would you choose from the trio? 

Stephanie xox

Measurable Differences Bronzer on Stephanie Mulholland review - The LDN Gal

Measurable Difference Face and Body Bronzer Review

After dancing the night away I awoke and felt pretty shoddy (no hangover thankfully, just pain from wearing my ridiculous high heels and dancing to hip hop for over four hours). After an hours note taking for one of my up-and-coming university essays, I decided to lift my spirits and venture into town to do some shopping. This either means buying makeup, clothes or stationary and sometimes it can be all three, oops.

Thankfully for my bank balance, I went with just makeup and clothes (I got an adorable black embellished playsuit but it is too big on me so must sadly be returned tomorrow) this time. Yet again I purchased all of these items from my beloved TK Maxx, I am in there so often now for beauty products it is verging on ridiculous.

Along with the playsuit, I bought three Hello Kitty lipsticks (I have a scary obsession with the brand, most find it strange) and the Measurable Difference Face & Body Bronzer, which I just adore.

Measurable Differences Bronzer review - The LDN Gal

So, how do I feel about the Measurable Difference Face and Body Bronzer?

The ‘bronzer’ is actually not bronzed at all! It is a lovely delicate shade of pink and multi-purpose so “can be worn on the face, legs, and body”. As my Mac Pink Swoon powder blush is on its last legs, I felt this could be the perfect (and less costly) alternative.

I applied the bronzer with my Nanshy blush and bronze brush as advised and found it to subtly added colour, giving me a perfect summer-kidded glow. To create a more defined look, Measurable Difference advises you continue to build upon the colour until you are satisfied.

As I am quite pale I rely on my bronzers and blushers to brighten my complexion and this pigmented bronzer highlighted my face wonderfully, it also leaves your skin with a bit of a shimmer which is always nice, especially on those dull and dreary days.

Look out for it in TK Maxx stores or buy it online here.

What is your favourite bronzer or blusher? Have you used Measurable Difference makeup before? 

Stephanie xox

W7 In The Nude-vert

Wandering around TK Maxx with my girl friends hunting out discount shoes recently our eyes crept towards the beauty products.

I have become a bit of a fiend when it comes to the discount store, seeking out makeup and delicious treats. I find that TK Maxx stock a lot of beloved UK brands as well as foreign, and all for a fraction of the cost (shipping fees are not kind when buying your makeup internationally).

Amidst Look Beauty, Physicians Formula and Calvin Klein cosmetics I found the tinned treasure which is the W7 In The Nude palette, a perfect Urban Decay Naked3 dupe.

This natural and nude eye colour palette is fantastic and  around a quarter to an eighth of the cost of the renowned Naked3 palette depending on where you purchase it.

The 12 shades come with a double ended applicator brush (the quality of the sponge applicator side is questionable, but the shades are so fabulous considering the price you cannot really complain) and include the following: Latte, Angel, Venice, Marilyn, Copper Pot, Sun Kissed, Alice, Bad Manners, Coffee Cup, Mud Slide, Tokyo and Fashionista.

My favourites have to be Latte and Copper Pot, the two compliment each other perfectly for a natural look with a little shimmer (glitter is a girls best friend, always).

W7 say themselves that the shades are “inspired” and the pigments are almost identical to the Naked2 palette. In The Nude is packed full of creamy colours, rich textures and a wonderful variety of matte and shimmery eye shadows.

W7 other palettes Lightly Toasted and In The Buff dupe Naked and Naked2, completing the copies of the original Urban Decay Naked trio.

I apply all my eye shadows with primer beforehand and find the In The Nude shadows last throughout the day or through the night (and we have some pretty wild nights out in Nottingham) without creasing or fading.

In my experience it lasts as long as my Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II palette eyes shadows (I have adopted a friends but I am yet to invest in my own Naked palettes, impoverished student and all that).

In The Nude is available online at W7 here  and in some TK Maxx stores.

Are you a fan of dupe products? Which eye shadow brand is your favourite?

Stephanie xox