Wednesday, 22 January 2014

A Vintage Romance by Sleek MakeUp

I was browsing the beauty isles of Tesco in Warrington and their (fairly) new Sleek MakeUp display playing with all the testers but not really planning to buy anything... until I saw this palette!

I love makeup palettes so much, and I love Sleek's. I did a double take when I saw this one... it was a "Oh that's pretty," *does a double take* "OH that is pretty," moment. I proceeded to pick up the tester, make a huge mess over my new cream coat before convincing myself, yes, I really do need another makeup palette.

The palette consists of 12 eyeshadows that are for the most part very well pigmented. It comes with a double ended sponge tip applicator, (which a lot of people throw away, but I actually don't mind the odd sponge tip; it does pretty much the same job as an eyeshadow brush at the end of the day.)

The palette packaging is the classic matte packaging. And I'm still sad they took away the cute waffle design off  their eyeshadows. Boooo! :( But to make up for that, the shadows have the cutest names ever!

And here are some swatchy swatches:

Overall the pigmentation is brilliant! I found there was only ones that needed a bit of building up to get the same pigmentation as the rest of the shadows and that was "Bliss in Barcelona" and "Propose in Prague". 

Apart from that the metallic shades all glided beautifully for swatches and blended perfectly on the eye.

I found the mattes were a little tougher to blend and felt a touch dry; however it was nothing too major and it doesn't take away from the palette. Mattes in general are quite tough to get right and for a High Street brand, I think Sleek does them better than a lot of other budget brands.

The glittery shadows were a slight let down too as I hoped that gorgeous sparkle would transfer on the eye and into swatches, but it didn't. I bought the palette for the colours more than the finishes so it doesn't bother me too much, but it was supposed to be a sparkly eyeshadow, not a matte one.

Overall I really do like this palette. I've mentioned a couple of negative things but that's really because I wanted to mention the pros and cons if anyone was thinking of buying it. :) I love the colours, I love the smoky eyes it creates and most of them have a wonderful pigmentation! The golden colour on the lid and the purples in the crease look gorgeous! As does the silver and blues. I've worn this numerous times and it's definitely my favourite Sleek palette that I own. I think they are brilliant eyeshadows for the price and if you've never tried a Sleek palette before I'd definitely recommend doing so! 

You can buy them in Tesco or in Superdrug stores, or here online for £7.99!

What do you think of Sleek's Palettes? And what's your favourite one? 
I think I'm going to get the Garden of Eden one next, it looks lovely for the Spring!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Illamasqua's Skin Base Foundation + Hydra Veil Primer

Skin Base | 30ml | £27.00:

Back in September when I met Zoe & Cole in Manchester at their meet up, (which was awesome btw), I couldn't help noticing how amazing Cole's skin looked & when I asked her what she had on, she said it was Illamasqua's Skin Base Foundation. I'd never heard of it before, but when we went for a wonder around Selfridges and the Illamasqua counter was there, I knew I was going to buy it...  and I did. And I haven't regretted it at all.

The foundation doesn't come in any fancy box, it's just the bare bottle with some plastic security wrap around it. I like boxes, it makes me feel like I'm buying something special and expensive, but at the same time I'll just throw it away; so I actually think it's a good idea not to have a box. It's just a waste at the end of the day!

The shade Nichole & the Illamasqua guy matched me to was Shade 06 (SB06) and it's perfect! It comes in 26 shades so hopefully you'll find your match!
It doesn't oxidize at all on me. I've had trouble with lots of foundations changing colour throughout the day, but this comes off at night the same colour as it went on!

It has great coverage. I'd say it's a medium that could easily (and quickly) build up to a full coverage. It covers all my blemishes and evens out my skin tone better than any foundation I've tried before. I don't need to add any concealer as I just add a little more Skin Base in problem areas. It doesn't require lots of effort to blend in and to look nice. I can literally slap it on, give it a quick buff  with my Sigma F80 and it's good to go! 

The lasting power overall is pretty darn good. The main thing I look for in foundation is how well it lasts and the first question I asked Cole was how well it held up. It lasted pretty well on me throughout the day with no primer. It does come off my nose (even when I've made sure not to rub my nose!), but it doesn't move off my cheeks or face in any other places. I have pretty dry skin but I can get a little oily on my T-Zone at the end of the day, so I rarely ever have to touch up my foundation and this is no exception! The only place would be my nose, but apart from that, my skin just looks pleasantly glowy as the day goes on. :P

In photographs it looks amazing, it's just a pity I despise having my picture taken (even in selfie form aha!) 
I find it most helpful on foundation reviews when you can see the foundation as it is, up close, with no powder or other makeup over it. So here's a picture right after I put it on, before I finished my makeup. :)

I've never had a foundation go on so smoothly before. My skin, because it's dry around my chin, lower cheeks, etc, usually catches foundation terribly and it just does not look good when photographed up close, straight away. It eventually settles down and looks alright, but if I were to photograph it straight away like I did with this one, you'd see every dry flake of skin.

So yes, it's absolutely fantastic! I can't recommend it enough. I've said it about foundations I've reviewed in the past but this really is the bestest, most amazing foundation I've ever, ever, ever tried! 

It costs £27.00 and if you've been oohing and aahhing about trying it out, try it! Or at least try it on at a counter, it's bloody fantastic!

Which leads me onto another 'bloody fantastic' product: 
Hydra Veil | 30ml | £27.00

This is a little wobbly pot of wonder. It's a primer/moisturizer, although I would not use it as a moisturizer. 
It's a re-hydrating primer, so of course with my dry skin, I love it.
The makeup artist at the Illamasqua counter gave me a little 5ml tube sample, which I put off using for about a month because primers have never been something I've gotten into; they've never done anything special for me before.

One day when I knew I was going to be wearing makeup for longer than usual, (went to a graduation), I applied a little bit underneath my makeup and instantly marveled at how weird, yet cool it felt! 
You only need a pea sized amount to cover your whole face!! It felt so cooling, yet moisturizing when it was on my face and it soaked into my skin fairly quickly and wasn't at all greasy. However it left a subtle tacky feeling to my skin which I like to think is to help your foundation to stay on. :P

Oh and did it help my foundation stay on!! 

I've never had a primer make a difference to the longevity of my foundation - and to be fair, I've only tried this primer with Skin Base as that's the only foundation I have now. I really didn't have much faith, I assumed it would be like all the other primers that claimed to hold your makeup on or smooth your skin out, but never really did at all. I also didn't know what the selling points of the primer were when I tried the sample, I didn't read up on it before hand, I just blindly tried it out. 

The day I tried it, I kept looking in the mirror because I had no idea how this primer was going to make me look as the day went on! I did notice my foundation didn't move at all and I did a lot of walking for me (which was hard because I have spinal problems) so I got very sweaty and actually wiped it off my forehead with the back of my hand (gross I know!).

 But it didn't move. 

I went into the toilets and expected to have no makeup left and it was still there, still immaculate! I did need to blot because I was sweaty, but my foundation hadn't moved, hadn't creased, hadn't budged at all and this was maybe 7 hours into the day... I was dumbfounded! It didn't come off my nose either which shocked me even more! I put a little powder on to get rid of my sweaty shine and it looked perfect again.

I continued to use that 5ml sample until I was cutting the tube open and scraping it out. After it was all gone, I missed it very much, so I popped to the Illamasqua counter when I had some spare pennies and bought it full sized! I didn't use it until I had time to photograph it because I wanted it to look new... then after I'd used it, the next time I unscrewed the jar it looked new again... then I realized it settles back down and everytime you open the jar, it looks brand new! How cool is that?! :P

Overall it's also a fantastic product. I can't say how it works if you have oily skin, but if you have dry-combo skin and you have trouble with your makeup moving, definitely see if you can get your hands on a sample of this!

*bought with my own money

Have you tried Skin Base or Hydra Veil & what did you think?

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette | First Thoughts, Pics + Swatches

So, I got my hands on probably the most beautiful makeup palette of 2013...

When I first saw the rumoured pictures of the Naked 3 palette, I'm not gonna lie, I wasn't too excited. I thought it looked very similar to the other palettes. But that didn't stop me going to buy it on the day of its release from my local Debenhams... and I'm so glad I did.

It's packaged in a similar tin palette as the Naked 2. I loved the Naked 1's packaging, but this is much easier to keep clean and you know you're less likely to crush or damage your eyeshadows when it's in such a sturdy case!

I have to say, its rosiness and the pinkie undertones of the whole palette is what makes me love it so much... I love these sort of colours and I totally didn't realise how beautiful the shades were until I looked at them in person. Everything has a somewhat pink or rose undertone to it and whilst that won't be everybody's cup of tea... it's most definitely mine.

Here are some palette pics and swatches:

All of the eyeshadows have beautiful colour pay off. 
Urban Decay's eyeshadow formula is one of my all time favourites; their mattes aren't chalky and dry, their shimmers feel like butter. They have the odd chunky, glittery shadow thrown in their palettes now & again, but I can get over that. Overall, I think they have one of the best eyeshadow formulations on the makeup market & definitely are a brand worth investing in!

The only two negative things I can point out about the Naked 3 are;
  • Liar and Factory are so similar... they look pretty much the same to me & I definitely think another colour could have been used to replace of one or the other. 
  • Dust is very chunky. It's a lot easier to work with and much smoother when applied damp, but if you're applying dry you're probably going to get a lot of "dust" (terrible pun I know) on your face!

Inside the box you also get a 4 sachets of Primer Potion, each one claiming it will last you one week. So a months worth of primer!

I've not opened these because they'll dry up, but you get the Original, Sin, Eden and their new Anti Aging primer potion! 

You also get a double-ended shadow brush which I think is an awesome extra. It's a proper, good quality brush and not the usual cheapo that some makeup brands throw into their palettes. The fluffy side is brilliant for applying and blending crease colours, but it's also firm enough to pack on your lid colour too.

At the other end it's a standard looking shadow brush, but it's very stiff. So whilst it does do the job of putting your shadows on, it's not the best brush I've used & I've found this type of brush to work amazingly well for cream eyeshadows/bases! :)

Which is your favourite Naked Palette?

Thank you so much for reading my blog and my post, so please leave your links if you comment so I can check out yours!! :)

*Palette bought with my own money

I just want to wish everybody a Happy New Year! I hope whatever 2013 was like for you... bad or good... that 2014 is even better!! <3

Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas Fix: Fast Festive Nails

So it's nearly Christmas and I wanted to paint my nails with a special design, snowmen, holly, Christmas puds... Anything really! But I totally fail at nail art, especially with my non-dominant hand; so opted for something a little more simple, yet still Christmassy. :)

It's super easy to do. Just paint your nails with your red as normal & I did this a couple of hours in advance just because I didn't want to spend ages on my nails waiting for them to dry, etc., so I did it in two halves. :) I used the Seche Vite Topcoat to help with the drying, then after a couple of hours I just tipped my nails with the silver glitter. I've tried giving myself a French Manicure in the past and failed miserably due to my shaky hand! But you don't need to be as precise with this. 

I found the best way to tip them was to do very light coats of glitter (I only needed two coats as it's so densely packed). And move the brush down your nail tip rather than side to side, as you'll get more preciseness. :)

Then all you gotta do is add another coat of topcoat to seal it in and you're good to go!

It's also brilliant if you're hard on your nails and your polish wears at the tips, as all you have to do is add a little glitter to touch up and it looks good as new again!

(I left a little gap on my ring finger and it annoys me every time I see this photo, grr!)

 The nail polish you'll need is:
A deep red nail polish and some silver glitter. :) 
I got a Debra Lippmann trio in TK Maxx, for £12! The red is called 'My Old Flame'. 
(Essie's "Fishnet Stockings" is a brilliant alternative as is Rimmel's Double Decker Red or Rapid Ruby.)

The best silver glitter I've ever, ever used is also from Rimmel and it's their Space Dust polish in Shooting Star! It's sooo opaque.

So Merry Christmas, I hope you all have an AMAZING day!!
What will you be sporting on your nails for Christmas Day?!

*everything was bought with my own money

Friday, 20 December 2013

♥ Getting into the Christmas Spirit ♥

I've been feeling really festive this year & put my tree up around the 25th November. The main Christmas tree went up at the start of December, but I never sit in the room where we put it up so I wanted one of my own. :P
I love the run up to Christmas but it goes so fast and then Christmas is over and the excitement is gone. So this year I was determined to make it last! For the past month every night I've been doing something, be it cleaning or gift wrapping. I was going to do Blogmas but I knew I wouldn't be able to blog every night! 

I've only just got around to writing this blog post but I wanted to share some little bits and bobs I bought to decorate my bedroom with. :)

Because the trees in our house aren't real I bought this candle from Yankee and the candle wreath from Primark! I swear Primark has some of the best little decorations for so little cost. The candle was from the Yankee Candle shop for £7.99 in Liverpool & the Candle Wreath (which came with its own candle was £3!).

This is one of the best things I've bought this year. It's the Yankee Candle tart burner (£24.99). You melt your little tarts which cost £1.20, and there's no exposed flames and less risk of fire! It's brilliant and of course, you can use any tarts you like, not just Yankee. It's definitely value for money if you like to experiment with different scents. :)

I got this little tea light house in Asda for £4. I thought it was very cute and cozy... I couldn't resist. :)

 For my tree as well as normal bauble balls, I got some new "special" baubles. I didn't want to spent a fortune but wanted them to look pretty. This cost £1 from Wilkinsons. 

 This was also £1. This isn't my usual cup of tea, I love gold & red at Christmas but it reminded me of a candy cane and I loved the knitted look. :)

This was £1.50 from Wilkinsons, it's got a bell in it too! :P

I love this one, it was also from Wilkinsons for £1.50!

This is my favourite one. :) It was £2 from Asda. 

I got this cute little guy from Wilkinsons for £3. I think he's going to stay out after Christmas too. My mother wouldn't let me put him downstairs incase she thought he was a mouse... and my nephew thought he was a mouse too... either way, I think he's delightful. :)

I added some lights to the footboard on my bed, I bought them and didn't know where on earth to put them so I put them there... and I quite like them. :)

And my bedroom tree. I think it's slightly wonky looking at that picture... oh well!
The white wire on my fairy lights is driving me nuts too because I can't hide it! It's rather big for a bedroom but hey ho. :P

The best part about the run up to Christmas is definitely buying presents and wrapping them all up!! :) But goodness me, it takes AGES. Well, it takes ages or I'm just very slow. I was three hours the other night & I'd only done about 10! 

But that's that! I felt like it was now or never to post this. I had this post planned since the start of December and I couldn't put it off any longer! :)

What's your favorite part about Christmas? 
Do you love or hate the run up?

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Korres Lip Butters | My Cold Weather Wonder

Hi everyone!
I know I took a little break after Blogtober, but I'm back and wanted to do another post on these lip butters! 

I already have a post on the these for Blogtober Day 6 which compares the potted butters (Guava), to the stick butters, (Pink). 
But I wanted to do another one as I bought a couple of different colours and I really do believe in them.

This is one I've had before, it was my first ever lip butter & definitely my favourite. It has a slight scent of something that resembles candyfloss. It's not strong at all, but it is very sweet. :)

It's very sheer which surprised me because I thought Guava would be the sheer one; however this is the sheerest I've tried! 
Personally I love that it's more transparent because you know you're not going to end up with a dodgy application or it smudged on your pillow.

It leaves a very faint tint as you can see, very similar to the colour of the stick butter in "Pink".
Also, please excuse my weird pout, I'm not intentionally trying to catch flies!!

This lip butter is in Plum. I actually got this in TK Maxx for about £6 with a Korres eyeliner. I didn't think I'd find any lip butters but it was buried under all the chaos that some messy shoppers had left...
(I'd hate to work in TK Maxx... or Primark for that matter! People just throw things everywhere!)

The colour pay off on this is fantastic! It's super pigmented with one swipe, so you have to be a little careful putting this on... and it's a no-no for bed! The smell of it is also a spot on plum scent; it's delicious!

It has the same lovely formulation as all the other potted lip butters, however... I don't find this as moisturising purely because it's so highly pigmented, therefore you only need a tiny bit. The last thing you want to do with this is layer it on because it'll get everywhere!

But with that said, I still love it and it makes a perfect lip product for this time of year. It still protect my lips & it's the perfect "autumn berry"colour, so it's been a definite favourite lately.

I used to have chapped lips so bad I'd wake up with blood all over my pillowcase because they'd cracked and bled in the night. My lips were disgusting, they'd scab up with dried blood & would randomly start bleeding during the day... my lipsticks looked horrible, but most importantly, it was so uncomfortable; painful even.

I never discovered a lip balm I really liked before I tried these. I've bought many "lip butters" in the past only to be disappointed when I'd discover they were just a regular, hard, waxy chapstick. But as these are in pots I had higher hopes and thankfully, they didn't let me down. 

I honestly haven't had chapped lips once since using these & I swear by them. They're a little pricier but to me they're worth every penny. 

If you were to invest in one of these definitely get one that's a little sheerer, that way you don't have to apply lightly with the product & hopefully will feel the full benefit of it.

You can buy them here for £8.00.
Has anyone tried these? What's your favorite lip protectant?!