Saturday, 8 March 2014

Insight My Kit: New & Old Acquisitions

How did we arrive in March and Spring? I seem to remember just starting the new year! Life has been hectic with work and travels at KS central, so with the passing of yet another season, I've got a whole new set of products I'd love to share with you. I'm doing fewer product posts nowadays as I've decided that I am just not as fast as many bloggers out there! I also don't have as much time to attend events and launches anymore. So I have decided to trial the products I get sent at work and every once in a while, I will do a post to let you in on what I've loved and what has survived the gruelling  test of my day job! I'll also included products that aren't exactly new to the market but new to my knowledge. Shall we begin? Lots to get through!

A recent trip back from the french pharmacies of Paris during Paris Fashion Week has rekindled a love for all the treasures found within the countless pharmacies dotted everywhere. We all know about Bioderma as the micellar to get but I wanted to bring attention to a few other just as good ones on the market.
Vichy Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution
Fresh and refreshing, this micellar cleanser is every bit as good and gentle as it's fellow French micellar. 

Klorane Floral Lotion Eye Makeup Remover
I've come back to this beautifully gentle cleanser after many years! Saw it again with it's distinct blue bottle in Paris and bought some, used it on a client and once again impressed at how gentle and light it is but it is efficient! Smells beautiful too.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
I dug this out after seeing a friend exclaiming it's virtues and tried it on myself. Light but luxuriantly deep cleansing, skin felt clean, soft and nourished. What's not to like?

ThisWorks In Transit Camera Close Up
I'm so late with coming into contact with this product! To keep it simple, it's a really good primer that you apply all over the face after moisturiser and it make foundation go on easier and all in all seem to make skin look better! I'm not going to argue with that!

Zelens Z Recovery
I'd call this Rescue Remedy for stressed skin. I use it on models or celebs with skin that's been stressed from either wearing too much makeup, over-exposure to the sun or any form of distress. I apply a thick layer and massage it in geCntly. Skin soaks it up and returns to a state of calm.

Clarins Double Serum
One pump dispenses 2 powerful anti-ageing ingredients together into one gorgeous serum that packs a wallop! I love it on slightly drier skins or older clients during prep, to really punch an intense shot of nourishment into the skin. Skin seems to be plumper and smoother and receives makeup better after application.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres
Instant relief for cracked dry lips, this is like a band-aid for lips in need of care. Replenishing and non-aggravating on model's lips especially during fashion week when they go through fatigue, bad nutrition and countless putting on and taking off of makeup. A MUA need in the kit!

Dior Dream Skin
I reckon this is like putting a veil over your complexion, so skin looks glowy, refined and generally soft-focused. I love it for closeup work when I really want skin to look it's best.

Givenchy Nude Look BB Cream
I'm not going to go into the BB cream thing again but I love how dewy this makes skin, with enough coverage to provide skin with perfection whilst maintaining the hydrated finish I like. I use it more like a highlighter and buff it into all areas of the face where I want to illuminate and highlight. 

Smashbox Camera ready BB Cream Eyes
I was stunned by how soft but yet high pigmented this was, I love it patted under eyes to illuminate and you don't really need a concealer afterwards as the coverage is really impressive.

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon
I love how soft but pigmented these pencils are, just draw on lid, blend with either finger or brush and you have a luxurious eye done. Use it as a base, it's a great way to really make your eye shadow work harder to create that much desired smoky!

L'Oréal Paris Eau De Rose Color Riche Les Ombres
I adore this palette at the moment and have been using it whenever I can. It's like looking through rose-coloured glasses. Flattering and soft shades to shade and define any eye colour. Particularly amazing with green eyes!

Clinique Lash Power Mascara
Introduced to me by my hairstylist friend Bjorn, I can't imagine being without this in my kit. Great great fine brush that really picks out lashes and coats it well with a dark lush formula. Just great!
Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner & 3D Liner
This clever pencil has a hidden component in the lid that maintains an always sharp point. The nude one Bare is perfect for lining inside the waterline and the soft formula doesn't drag and is waterproof! The 3D liners come in 6 shades all with a beautiful fine glitter that creates intense but 3 dimensional impact.

Tom Ford  Eye Colour Quad
Reformulated and updated, one of my favourite brands has launched and replaced certain palettes in it's portfolio with a few new ones. One particular favourite is the new Ice Queen, a palette of buttery soft silvers and greys. I love it!

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette
My current go-to whenever I want a natural eye. Soft and buttery, neutral and flattering, The Sophisticate is a gorgeous a must-have for my kit. I use this probably everyday!

L'Oréal Paris Colour Sensational Honey Beige
My current go-to for a nude lip, not the dead lip nude but a gorgeous creamy caramel nude that suits literally every skin colour I use it on! 

Lipstick Queen Invisible Lip Liner
Clever and why-didn't-I-think-of-it, a transparent liner to prevent bleeding for any lip colour! Genius. The whole of the Lipstick Queen range is stunning and very impressive too. 

So there we have it, a little selection of what's been tested in my day-to-day as a MUA. These will probably stay in my kit for a while but I get new things to test everyday so stay tuned for the next one! 


  1. Benefit had a clear lip liner years ago. I don't know if they still do it.

  2. Great items indeed! You seem to tried lots of great products. I am curious on the Clarions Double Serum one. I will check on this....