Sunday, 26 June 2016

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette Review | Vintage Romance

It was when I started my Sleek Eyeshadow series (Oh So Special here, Ultra Mattes V2 here) that I came across the Vintage Romance palette that was being sold for £4.50 on Amazon here. I loved the look of the cranberry and deep purple shades so it was a bit of a no brainer for me, in my basket it went.

The Sleek Vintage Romance palette contains 12 shades, most of which have a shimmer finish, there's only one that I would say is completely matte. Whilst some of the shades are very bright and eye popping, it's still a very wearable and versatile palette. It's also a palette I think a lot of people would enjoy, due to the cranberry eyeshadow trend and some of the brilliant eye catching shades. The pigmentation of most of the shades is what I have come to expect from Sleek; high quality at an affordable shade, however there are around three shades that don't quite match the status quo.

 I have to say that I think Sleek went all out when picking the name for these shades, I mean how cute is; Court in Cannes or Marry in Monte Carlo. It's not quite so often that shade names do catch my attention but I love how these almost read like a love story as you go across. Go ahead, give it a try!

The first three shades are:
  • Pretty In Paris is a pearlescent light silver. It has a decent amount of pigmentation for a highlighter shade, and it actually shows up!
  • Meet in Madrid is a lovely slightly rustic, gold. It's a more toned down version of a pure gold, however the pigmentation is great! You only need one swipe of this for a fully metallic effect. It's also a great alternative to a highlighter shade for those who prefer warmer tones.
  • Court in Cannes is a coppery bronze with a deep golden sheen. The pigmentation is outstanding, it makes a beautiful lid shade.
(Just a quick note: these three shades are far more pigmented than my images show, plus with them you're getting the perfect silver, gold and bronze shades without having to buy separate eyeshadows. These three shades are everything you need for a metallic eyeshadow look, or affordable highlight shades.)

Then we have:
  • A Vow in Venice is a muted deep aubergine shade. The shimmer isn't so apparent in this shade, it comes across as more of a sheen. This would be a good shade for the outer corner. As soon as I swatched this, I was thinking it looks like a MAC Cranberry dupe!
  • Marry in Monte Carlo is a shimmery rose pink. It's a bit lighter than I was expecting but it works well as a lid shade.
  • Honeymoon in Hollywood is a deep burgundy shade with a few silver flecks. The formula feels a bit drier than the other shades but the pigmentation certainly packs a punch, it's a very bold shade and my favourite out of the palette.
(I'm so glad I brought this palette for these three shades alone, I would imagine similar shades would cost quite a bit to buy separately from other brands).

Next we have:
  • Lust in LA is a pale olive green with a metallic sheen.
  • Romance in Rome is a navy blue with a metallic finish, however the pigmentation isn't as good as the other shades so it comes across as slightly subdued.
  • Propose in Prague is a matte brown, the colour just reminds me of sand. The pigmentation of this shade is quite poor too, but it could work as a transitional shade.

Finally we have:
  • Bliss in Barcelona is a deep purple, with a hint of blue. The pigmentation is quite good, and the finish has a slight metallic sheen.
  • Forever in Florence is a very glittery, dark purple. I love the depth of this shade, it's great for adding that smokey look without disappearing into other shades.
  • Love in London is the alternative to the normal jet black found in Sleek palettes. This is again a very, very deep and glittery midnight blue, but I think it works very well. It's super pigmented as well.
Overall, would I recommend it? Of course! I think this palette was a steal at £4.50, and even at its normal RRP of £7.99. Again, Sleek have surprised with the value for money offered, and I love the mix of shades in this palette. It's definitely one to buy if you love the cranberry/burgundy hues that make a comeback every Winter.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What's your favourite eyeshadow?

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Summer Wishlist

I didn't get much shopping done in Winter but boy am I making up for it now! There's a few things I've had my eye on for a while so I thought I'd put a little wishlist together.

1) Until last year I hadn't ever shopped at Quiz before, but that all changed when one day my Sister roped me into going jumpsuit shopping for her Christmas party. It got to that stage where I was like 'if you're getting to try on outfits, then so will I!' So off I went and I picked up the glitziest number from Quiz, way out of my comfort zone! I always through Quiz was very prom-esque but I was wrong! The dress looked great on, and even better I picked it up for only £20 in the sales. As I write this it's still languishing in my wardrobe, looking pretty and sparkly. Anyway, moving on, I really want to get a nice gown for wedding season and I love this somewhat modest occasion dress from Quiz, especially with the capped sleeves. The quality from Quiz has also exceeded my expectations by far, so if you love dresses then I would really recommend it.

2) I really want to try out a setting spray, at first I was thinking of the NYX dewy setting spray, but at the same time I want a spray that I can use to increase the vibrancy of my eyeshadows too. So now I'm thinking along the lines of the Mac Fix+ or Urban Decay setting spray, I would love to hear about your experiences with any of the two!

3) I've always wanted a Dune handbag, I've picked up a Dune Clutch in the sales and a Dune side bag in TK Maxx, but the handbag (here) is the dream! The problem is, with all the new releases I can't ever just pick one.

4) A new branch of Jones Bootmaker has opened in my local shopping centre and I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of their products. For example, me and my Sister both brought a pair of ankle boots, and whilst my Dune ones have got indents across the top, my Sister's are still as good as new! I prefer small heels (that I can walk in) so I would probabaly go for something like these to go with the dress.

5) Lastly, with the temperamental weather here in the UK, I could really do with a similar waterfall jacket/trench for when it's summer, but for when there's still a bit of a chill. However, I haven't been able to find one I like so far. I would be eternally grateful if you knew where I could get something similar!

PS. I had the pleasure of working with The Fort Shopping centre quite a while ago and they often keep me updated with the latest press releases, which is super kind of them! Their latest one is a Fort 'Styled by You' campaign where they get local fashion specialists to depart some knowledge and inspiration to make fashion more fun for everyone! You can read more about this here.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Makeup Tips for Glasses + Contacts Wearer*

One thing that I always struggled with when wearing glasses was makeup. Like what's the point of wearing eyeliner when your glasses are in the way, or concealer when your lenses cast a shadow over your undereye anyway? So when I was contacted about writing a post on makeup tips for glasses or contact wearers by Feel Good Contacts, I said yes because I could have really done with these tips myself!

For a bit of background I've been wearing glasses since I was about 12, and I started wearing contacts a few years ago, mainly on weekdays. I think glasses have started being seen as more trendy in the last couple of years. However, as much as I wish I did, I really don't suit glasses at all, and hence the contacts. I think contacts do let you experiment with your makeup more, they can also be more convenient, it's better than stacking glasses on when you go to see a 3D movie! Saying that, glasses also have their positives, for example your eyes don't dry out as much when sitting at a screen all day when wearing glasses.

Although at first I did find putting contacts in a bit difficult as poking yourself in the eye doesn't really come naturally, but you do get used to it. I use monthly contacts, so basically the same pair for 30 days but you have to clean them thoroughly after each use. There are also dailys, such as the focus dailies by Feel Good Contacts, which are good for those of you who don't wear contacts so often as this way you're only paying for each use which might work out cheaper.

So to sum it up I prefer both contacts or glasses based on the situation, and here's some tips if you're a fellow glasses/contacts wearer:

  • Eyebrows are said to frame your whole face, and I think this definitely applies to those who wear glasses. I'm not going to go on about how they must be precisely filled in because actually they don't! Not everyone's eyebrows need to look the same, and I've got a confession to make; I've never filled mine in! I groom them (tidy the strays away), but I like to leave the natural shape and thickness.
  • One of the tips I've heard is to go in with heavy eyeliner to bring your eyes out, but I think this assumes that everyone wears those big, round glasses. Whereas, I'm the total opposite. I have a smallish face and so I stick with the smaller glasses, so basically the Harry Potter style ones. Due to my frames being so small a finer line would work better for me.
  • Applying eyeliner in your lower waterline can also be a great trick. Sometimes it is advised not to tightline with contacts in, as the formula can get transaferred to your contacts, but I've found a creamy eyeliner with little fallout (like the Rimmel Scandaleyes range) works fine. If your lenses make your eyes look smaller, a nude liner in the waterline will help counter this.
  • If you find it difficult to play up your eyes, then try making your lips the focal point! I think a statement lip looks amazing with glasses.
I hope you enjoyed this post!
Do you have any tips for glasses/contact wearers?

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Monday, 23 May 2016

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer Review

I was looking back on my posts recently, and upon realising many of my most loved products are yet to make an appearance, I thought it was about time I reviewed more of my favourite products. So here goes!  Many moons ago, when I was looking for a primer that would give me that flawless base, I heard of the L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing primer. Admittedly, I was quite shocked by the price, £14.29 for a drugstore primer (here). However, it's not everyday that I buy a primer so I decided to give it a go.

I was looking for something that would smooth over my skin, almost like a soft focus effect, and a primer that would help with the longevity of my makeup. L'Oreal claim this primer masks wrinkles and uneven textures, giving you smooth feeling skin with a velvet touch, all thanks to it's high 'elastomer' content - which basically means rubber (or silicones to you and I, you really do learn something new everyday!).

The texture of this primer is very unusual, I can't say I've come across anything quite like it! It's consistency is that of a very light, whipped mouse. It's pale pink colour is also quite unique. You get 15ml of product in the little jar, and granted it does seem like a tiny amount for the price, but you only need the tiniest bit per application. I would really start with the bare amount as it actually does a great job at spreading and smoothing over the skin, plus if you apply too much it will ball up and the texture won't be as smooth as expected. I have made a small dent in my jar but I only use it for occasions, however if you were using it more often you might find that it runs out quicker. Also, whilst I really like it, I probably wouldn't want to wear it daily because of the high silicone content.

As for application, I scoop a little bit of product out using my ring finger and just dab and smooth it over the areas where I need it most, so for me it's the nose, my cheeks and forehead. I then smooth what's left over on the rest of my face. Whilst most claims of the 'velvety-smooth' finish are often exaggerated when it comes to adverts, I can honestly say this is not the case with this primer! As crazy as it sounds, it really does leave my skin feeling soft like velvet. The texture of my skin is all evened out and it creates a really nice base for foundation and layering products up.

As for it's claims about longevity, I have noticed that my base stays on longer. It looks fresher and my blush is still where I placed it, rather than having melted off half way down my face. However, at the same time I wouldn't put this in the same category as other primers which I think are more heavy duty, I think this one is more focused on creating that flawless base for application rather than meeting a target of so many hours.

L'Oreal claim the studio secrets primer gives a matte look and a silky finish to the skin, making it suitable for combination and oily skin, however I would say the finish is more on the semi-matte or satin side. Even with my dry skin I don't find it uncomfortable at all, and I don't find it so matte it removes all the shine either.

Overall, I realise it might not sound like it but I really do enjoy this primer! I think that when thinking of primers you tend to think about extending the wear of your make up, but this primer offers something that's a bit more different. By smoothing over any uneven textures it gives me more of a flawless base before I've even applied any foundation or concealer. It is however a pricey product for a drugstore range, and it seems to be disappearing from my local drugstores which is a shame.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Which primers would you recommend?

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