Its Kelle’s Space’s Top 10 of 2018

The past year has been a great one, a reflective one. I can’t believe it has been a year since I launched Its Kelle’s Space. Some of you may know that I started my first blog in 2011 and then left the bloggersphere for a while, but it feels so good to be back. One thing I knew is that I wanted my next blog to be different from Fashion, Love and Life.      I wanted a platform where I could educate, inspire and empower women to be great. Over the past 12 months, I hope I have inspired you all in one way or another.

Here’s a quick recap of what you loved most on Its Kelle’s Space:

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Review – This was the first ever product review I did on the blog and I had no idea how popular it would be over the past year. Revlon have done a lot to channel diversity in their campaigns and through their product offerings, so I was glad to let you know what I thought about these wonderful lippies.

Revlon Colorstay Brow Mousse and Brow Pencil Review – And another one *DJ Khaled voice* – I reviewed these brow products from Revlon back in January. Brows are definitely a struggle and I think that the fact there are so many new brow products in the market doesn’t make it easy as well. Sometimes, all you need is a pencil, a little bit of mousse and you are good to go!

10 Things You Can Do To Reinvent Yourself After A Break Up – In this post, I teamed up with the lovely Wini Boansi to discuss getting your groove back. Break ups are so hard and at the time we teamed up on this post, I was still struggling with break up trauma so the fact that so many of you were able to relate was heartwarming.

Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio Review – It’s another review! (I think you guys are trying to tell me something). I received these adorable lip bullet trios from Topshop and I just had to let you all know what I thought about them. If anyone from Topshop does happen to read this, please introduce some more colours to the collection.

Signs It’s Time To End A Relationship – Dealbreakers! In 2018, I think everyone had to re-evaluate their expectations, boundaries and everything in between. In this post, I talk about signs it is time to walk away. Women especially tend to ignore red flags in the hope that things will change but the reality is that they never do. I’m glad I was able to share such a powerful message with you all.

MPW Steakhouse Bar and Grill Review  – This was the start of a change for Its Kelle’s Space. I decided to branch out into food reviews. I had the pleasure of going to Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in Folkestone in Kent. It is such a beautiful town. It’s a shame my cousin and I didn’t go on a sunny day but as you can see in the review, the food was the biggest highlight.

Juvia’s Place The Saharan II Palette Review – There isn’t an article about makeup for WoC that doesn’t mention Juvia’s Place. Investing in their Saharan II palette was something I had always wanted to do. The colours are so rich, so pigmented and they look amazing on darker skin.

Superdrug Vitamin C Review – Vitamin C has had a few moments this year. If Vitamin C isn’t a part of your skincare routine, you are missing out! I reviewed this serum from Superdrug a few months ago and I used the opportunity to drop a few gems about the benefits of Vitamin C on the skin. I will be reviewing another serum early next year (and yes, one of the ingredients is Vitamin C).

Lessons Women Can Learn From The #FraudBae Story – We all know what we were doing when the Fraud Bae thread started to ignite conversation on the Twitter timeline. Although the events were entertaining, this story opened a lot of women’s eyes to the fact that it is very easy for a man to take advantage. I think the biggest lesson to all women from this story is to get your standards in check and DO NOT lower them for anyone or anything!

Open Marriages: Do or Don’t –  This post was another collaboration with Wini Boansi, who is a YouTuber. The funny thing about Open Marriages was when I promoted this post on Twitter, one user criticised my choice of words and Wini also had to step in because she also got some of the heat. After that, I was so close to deleting the post but I reminded myself that we all come from different walks of life so our viewpoints won’t be the same. Some of you may remember that Wini was for open marriages and I was against them. The moral of this post is that it is possible for two people to have different views without ripping each others heads off. I hope to see more of that kind of energy in 2019.

What was your favourite post on Its Kelle’s Space and why?

Kel xo

 

 

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Matte Battle: Which of these Topshop lipsticks do you prefer?

As you are all probably aware by now, I’m a huge lipstick fan. I love experimenting with different shades but my only requirement is that any lipstick I use HAS to have a matte finish. As I have oily/combination skin, matte lipsticks draw less attention to it, so if you have oily/combination skin, matte lipsticks are the way to go.

I was sent three lipsticks from Topshop to try out and I must say I was very impressed.

The three shades I received were Inhibition, Depth and Beguiled.

(Swatches – from L-R: Depth, Beguiled and Inhibition)

I’m just going to share my opinion on these lipsticks with you before I show you the pictures:

My personal favourite out of the three is Inhibition. I’m obsessed with pink lipsticks. I own about twenty, I swear. I love how pigmented the colour is and it really compliments by complexion. I’d love to hear from you as to which shade you prefer.

Generally, I like that the lipsticks aren’t glossy and they are long lasting. I always test lipsticks by how they look once I’ve finished eating the messiest lunch/dinner lol and this one barely budged at all. I was so impressed. At £8 each, you are getting your money’s worth because you don’t need to apply a lot of product in order to get full coverage. Inhibition is perfect if you want to start using bright lipsticks or you like the colour pink. Beguiled would be more suited to the ladies out there who love to stand out and make a statement, however, I would recommend that if you do decide to try Beguiled and Depth, you use a lip liner first. I actually don’t own a lip liner so I found it very difficult to perfectly apply all the shades. Other than that, I would definitely recommend these lipsticks to all the beauty junkies out there.

(Left to right: Depth, Beguiled and Inhibition)

Pros – matte finish, good value for money, nice packaging, formula, colour is pigmented

Cons – not 100% easy to apply, some shades more bold than others

Topshop Long Lasting Lipsticks can be found on their website and are priced at £8.

I hope you have enjoyed this very short but sweet review lovelies. Please feel free to comment and let me know which shade is your favourite, I just love hearing from you all. Don’t forget to like and subscribe and tell your friends about Kelle’s space.

Kel xo

 

 

Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio -Review

Today, I’m going to be reviewing the newest additions to Topshop Beauty. I’m going to share my thoughts on the brand new Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio with you all.

I’m going to do this review a little differently, I’m going to share each product claim on the Topshop website and then I will share my opinion. This is because I have reviewed lipsticks on IKS before and I don’t want to repeat the same things over and over…

The three shades that form the trio and the lipsticks that I will be reviewing are Tale (light pink), Lovelorn (dark pink) and Lure (hot pink).

Claim: Easy on the go colour

Opinion: When it comes to lipsticks, I’m obsessed with pinks and reds. Those are the two colours I tend to go for.

Unfortunately, I find the pink lipsticks in this trio way too light for my complexion. If I wore them again, I would definitely have to mix them with a darker lipstick and as I have said in previous posts, I don’t really make such an exception unless I’m going on a night out. I define easy on the go as colours you can wear on any day and at any time. Personally, I felled that all three shades are more ideal for evening/night time wear.

Claim: Precise application

Opinion: I wasn’t able to apply the lipsticks precisely but on the other hand, a little bit did go a very long way. With some lipsticks, you do have to put on a lot of product before it looks like you even have anything on but I didn’t have any concerning application issues with this one. Size wise, the lipsticks are a little bit long in width compared to the usual size of a lipstick so this may take some getting used to. If I had to give the application process a mark out of 10, it would be a 7.

Claim: Soft, blendable formula

Opinion: I think the formula of this lipstick is soft and it has moisturising properties too. The finish was definitely soft-matte and it was really easy to blend.

Claim: Dewy finish

Opinion: The finish wasn’t 100% dewy. The lipsticks do have a subtle sheen though. Having oily/combination skin, I don’t like my lipsticks having too much of a dewy finish so I like that the finish isn’t too shiny. I’d definitely recommend this lipstick if you have oily/combination skin.

Claim: Vivid colour

Opinion: All of the colours are vivid. I also like that they are highly pigmented. My only issue with the colours in this lipstick trio is that they are not inclusive enough. I don’t think Topshop Beauty have actually tested this product on women with different complexions. Lure is my favourite shade because I feel that it definitely suited me best. Lovelorn and Tale would look amazing on fairer or olive complexions. On a positive note, this is a gift kit and it is the first Lip trio that Topshop have produced so hopefully they plan to add different shades to the collection very soon.

Pros: value for money (you can buy one lipstick for £5 or three for £15), packaging, perfect for evening wear, formula, blendable, soft matte finish

Cons: colours aren’t totally inclusive, finish not completely matte.

Top: Lure

Middle: Tale

Bottom: Lovelorn

Conclusion

I love the packaging of this product and I love the look of the product itself, the lipsticks have a very sleek and attractive look which is a bonus. However, the colours are not as inclusive as they could be. I say this because light pinks don’t necessarily compliment a variety of complexions. If Topshop do plan to add more lipsticks to this collection, then I recommend they carry out some consumer research. Women all over the world go to Topshop and they will come across Topshop Beauty. We should live in a time where a woman can visit a department store or cosmetics shop and feel like she is being catered to.

The Topshop Limited Edition Mini Lip Bullet Trio is priced at £12.50.

I hope you have enjoyed this review.

Do feel free to leave a comment or feedback.

I’d love to hear from you.

Kel xo