Wednesday, 18 September 2013

KIKO Comes to Ireland - Whether it Likes it or Not via Parcel Motel!

There are many brands I lust after but when their products are reasonably priced, beautifully effective and budget friendly yet refuse to open shop or ship to where I am, then that want increases ten fold. I first encountered KIKO on a trip to London with my Sis and reviewed my purchases here  - those shadows are still going strong so when I figured a workaround to have KIKO delivered to Ireland (despite their restrictions) both delight and Laser melting ensued but how did I do it? 

Yep, Parcel Motel, the new Irish delivery service worked a treat for me. For €3.50 per stay (though they ask for €10 minimum top up) you register with Parcel Motel and they give you a UK address, complete with PO code to use as your delivery address on the site of your choice. 

When your package has been delivered to your choice of 100 'Motels' you'll receive a text with pin code to go and pick up your goods. I can see this causing serious damage to my Laser on sites that have been off limits before. 

But back to KIKO - what did I get? 

KIKO Water Eyeshadow: Chocolate
KIKO's Chocolate is unlike any chocolate I've eaten. The deep, russet brown pigmentation is a high shimmer shadow and gives beautiful depth of colour even dry. It's the most intense burnished copper colour when used wet. I can see chocolate and I being close for a long time. 

KIKO Water Eyeshadow: Graphite
Again Graphite is an intense, high shimmer shade. A deep graphite grey shadow when used dry and almost black when wet, this is an ideal base for a dark smokey eye or used on a damp liner brush makes a beautiful eye liner.

The price definitely belies the quality of this rich and nourishing best selling KIKO lippie. I chose Cherry Red, naturally and it's a creamy, soft wearable rouge. Brilliant budget find. 

Finally the limited edition Colour Impact Palette from the Dark Heroine range in Lounge Warm Tones broke my heart a little when I opened it. Priced at £16.90 (€20.12), it was Nic over at Strawberry Blonde Beauty that put the longing on me for this autumnal palette. 

I haven't even swatched this beauty as it's to be returned to KIKO but it's replacement is already en route and I'll have a full swatch post up as soon as it arrives. 

All in all I'm over the moon that I can get my KIKO fix here on the emerald isle. Even though the Parcel Motel option adds €3.50 to the cost, once you register on your shipping from them is free. 

Tell me, will you be indulging? Have you used Parcel Motel to smuggle anything else into Ireland? Hmmm? 

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