Friday, September 23, 2016

Sleek Limited edition Nordic skies Review and Tutorial

 
Not only is this a video I am super happy with anyway I am even more chuffed that it's a collab so don't forget to watch the video after reading this post. Today I have the second of my Sleek limited edition palettes for you, I'm going to be honest this was the one I thought I'd get the least wear out of as I felt like it was a little bit of a mismatch of shades. That being said the more I have used it the more I've realised that the shades do work well together even though they don't look like they would! So without further ado lets get on with today's review.
 


Eskimo kiss - Shimmer
This is a stunning white silver colour which not only makes the most incredible super intense highlight but also look beautiful all over the lid with Blue moon in the crease for a super frosty eye look.
 
Moonshine - Shimmer
The perfect basic white gold highlight, this one isn't as intense as Eskimo kiss so it's definitely more suited for an everyday basis.
 
Polar night - Matte
This is the darkest shade out of this palette, it's a matte quite cool brown which means it works beautifully paired with the blues and corals in this palette
 
Crystallised - Shimmer
The lighter of the two blues in the palette, this is a very frosted blue shade which makes a stunning lid shade with either the darker blue from this palette or a brighter blue.
 
First light  - Matte
I absolutely love this shade and I feel like it is exactly the shade that is missing from the Goodnight sweetheart palette. It's a stunning matte rosy pink which not only makes a brilliant transition shade for a pink eye look but also makes a beautiful crease shade when I use some of the lighter shades out of this palette.
 
Purple haze - Shimmer
I'm going to be honest i'm not really sure what to do with this shade but I also kind of love it, it's a very pale lilac with silver shimmer. I have tried it as a highlight which I like but I really do want to try and incorporate it into a proper look so if you have any suggestions leave them below.
 


Ocean mist - Shimmer
 Ocean mist is a stunning mint green with silver shimmer. I thought the coverage on the lid of this one might not have been great but infact it is actually really opaque.
 
Supernova - Shimmer
This one is another fab lid shade it is a really beautiful corally shade with a slightly metallic finish, this reminds me a lot of a more toned down version of NYX's Prismatic shadow in Golden peach.
 
Ski Breeze - Matte
This shade is the most incredible pinky grey transition shade, I have definitely used this one the most as it also makes a beautiful crease shade on a super pale eye.
 
Rose glow - Shimmer
This is such a pretty pinky champagne shade which look gorgeous with Ski breeze in the crease. It just creates the most stunning really natural eye look.
 
Eclipse - Matte
This is the basic brown shade in the palette it's a medium warm slightly yellow toned brown. This is another really nice shade for a very natural eye look.
 
Blue moon - Shimmer
The final shade in the palette is a stunning silvery blue shade which looks stunning in the crease of Crystallised.
 

 
So that's it for today, don't forget to check out the video and come back on Sunday for another one!
 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sleek Limited edition Goodnight sweetheart Review and Tutorial



So over the next week I thought I would show you the three new limited edition palettes from Sleek, not only am I going to be reviewing each palette with shade by shade rundown but I'm also going to be doing a video tutorial using each palette which will be at the bottom of the post. So without further ado lets get on and talk about the first of the three palettes.
 
Goodnight sweetheart is a very warm pinky toned palette which contains two matte shades and ten shimmer, as with all Sleek palettes the shadows are beautifully consistent in pigment and texture. I feel like this is the perfect winter palette and definitely the best out of the three for neutral lovers. For my tastes personally I do think this palette lacks a lighter matte transition shade and a lighter lid shade.
 


Follows swatches from left to right...
 
Seduction - Shimmer
 
A grey toned brown with a fair sprinkling of silver shimmer, I feel like this is the perfect shade for the base of a slightly different smokey eye. It does have a lot of shimmer which won't be to everyone's taste but personally I really love it.
 
Velvet wrap - Shimmer
 
I think this one is my favourite shade out of the whole palette, it is an absolutely stunning metallic pink shade It looks a lot more pink in the swatch as it looks more of a burgundy in the pan but I can't wait to use this one as a base for a pinky smokey eye.
 
Romance - Matte

This one is the first of the two mattes in the palette, it is a very dark purple which is incredibly creamy and blends so well for such a dark matte shade.
 
Lingerie - Shimmer

A champagne gold shimmer which makes the most stunning brow and inner corner highlight. The shimmer in the is so beautifully finely milled which is a massive problem I have with some highlights so it really hits the nail on the head.
 
Dusk - Shimmer

This one looks like your bog standard shimmery brown in the pan however when it's swatched it's much more of a pinky brown and I would definitely say it has a slight duo-chrome to it.
 
L.O.V.E - Shimmer

This shade is a fairly bright rosy pink shade with lots of silver shimmer which looks stunning all over the lid with one of the darker colours from the palette in the crease.
 
 

 
 
Again from left to right...
 
By the fireside - Shimmer
This is definitely the warmest shade in the palette, it's a beautiful warm pink shade which again has a fair amount of silver shimmer.
 
Hold me tight - Matte
A matte very cool toned brown with a very heavy grey undertone. This would look beautiful paired with another of the cooler toned browns however I do kind of wish it was a lighter pink transition shade somewhere along the lines of Makeup geek Cupcake.
 
Sweet dreams - Shimmer
Again this is another one that looks fairly boring in the pan however in the swatch it comes out as a beautiful cool toned purple/pink shade which can be really sheered out for a lid shade and really built up for a crease shade.
 
Love is in the air - Shimmer
This shade has much less pink in it than Sweet dreams, it is a medium purple shade which I am so in love with as I am loving purple shadows at the moment.
 
Snuggle - Shimmer
I was so confused by this shadow at first as I thought it was a green as that is what it looks like in the pan however once swatched it is a stunning blue brown shade and I am so in love with it. It's incredibly metallic and I am honestly obsessed.
 
Sleeping beauty - Semi-matte
 The final shade in this palette is another very cool toned shade, it is a grey taupe colour with a slight silver shimmer however once on the lid it is almost completely undetectable.
 

Overall I really like this palette, it's not one I'm going to reach for all the time as I am more of a fan of my warm toned shades however I will still get some use out of it. I really hope you enjoyed this and don't forget to check out the tutorial if you want to see me create a look with this!
 
 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

What's in my travel makeup bag?

 
To go along with today's video I thought I would do a blog post as I love a good travel makeup bag post. I went away at the end of August for two weeks hence the huge amount of lipsticks that I took. So without further ado lets get on before this posts get's too rambly.
 
 
Base wise I took two options The body shop BB cream is the perfect lightweight summer base which just adds enough coverage to even out the skin without ending up looking super heavy on the skin, I also took my Urban decay Naked skin foundation which you all know I completely love, if you haven't heard me talk about it before it's a gorgeous medium coverage super lightweight base which is so lovely for a super dry skin. as it is very dewy and doesn't cling to any dry patches. I also took both shades of my Urban decay Naked skin concealer as much like the foundation it is incredibly comfortable and lightweight whilst still offering really fabulous coverage. I also took my Collection Sheer loose powder just in case I wanted to bake under my eyes.
 
For blush I took two options, the first being Milani's Baked blush in Luminoso which is just the perfect summery blush shade. It's a beautiful pinky peach with a golden glow which makes it look so beautiful with a tan however I love it just as much without one. The other blush I took was Illamasqua Cream blush in Dixie which is a gorgeous dark dusty pink shade which looks very natural on the cheeks. I love the Illamasqua cream blush formula and definitely need to give some more shades a go. Highlight wise I took my two most recent purchases, The Balm Mary-lou manizer is such a hyped product in the blogging community and I can really see why. It's  a beautiful champagne gold shade which adds such a stunning healthy glow on the cheeks.
 
I also took Laura Geller Gilded honey which is like the darker sister of Mary-lou, I actually thought it was going to be to dark however I completely love it. It gives the cheeks a slightly bronzey gold glow which can be built up depending on what level of tan I am. I also threw in my Urban decay Beached bronzer in Bronze which is my current go too bronzer and my old trusty Barry M Contour kit.
 
 
Dixie, Luminoso, Mary-Lou, Gilded honey, Bronzed.
 


Eye wise I decided to take my finished Makeup geek palette as it has such a huge variation of shades so I knew I would have a shade for any occasion. I of course took my trust Urban decay Eye primer which if you are a regular reader you will know I love. It is the best thing to keep eyeshadow on my super oily lids. I also threw in the H&M Global fusion eye pot in Aubergine sheen which is a really pretty rusty brown colour which is perfect for just throwing on and it lasts incredibly even in the heat. Then for brows I took my three new Benefit brow products to give them a proper test. Ka brow is a pomade but it is a lot firmer than a lot of the pomades I have tried which does mean it takes some time to get used too however I do really like it. I also took the Precisely my brow pencil which is a super fine pencil which is fab for a more natural brow. Finally I took my old trusty Gimme brow this is actually my second tube of this as I just love it. 
Precisely my brow, Ka-brow, Aubergine sheen  


 
Finally we have lip products which I took a lot of. I'm not going to go super in detail with these as it will make the post a billion years long but for nude liquid lipsticks I took Dose of colours Bare with me which is a beautiful pale peachy nude and NYX Soft spoken which is a much darker browny nude. For glossy nudes I took NYX tiramisu and YSL Beige blouse, and then for liners I packed Charlotte tilbury Pillow talk and No7 Nude. For reds I packed a liner which was the Catrice Prince cherry liner and then I also packed Clinique Poppy pop which is a very orangey red and Mac Lady Danger. Finally for brights I threw in Barry M 151 which is a beautiful orange shade and Gosh Yours forever which is a super bright raspberry pink.  
 

Pilow talk, Nude, Prince cherry, Tiramisu, Bare with me, Yours forever, Beige blouse, Lady Danger, 151, Poppy pop, Soft spoken.

 
So that's it for today guys I hope you enjoyed this post! 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beauty ¦ NYX and KIKO haul


I've been wanting some more bits from NYX for a while now however I really wanted to go and have a good swatch, as we went to Manchester a couple of weeks ago I picked up some bits to try. It also turns out we now have a KIKO so I decided to pick up a couple of their products too! I'm going to be doing some super quick first impressions of these products today however expect full reviews in the future.
 
NYX Wonder pencil - Light - £4.00
 
This is a flesh toned pencil which can be used as a eye brightener, reverse lip liner and a pin point concealer. I have heard so much good stuff about this and I know so many people use it as a brightener for in the waterline. I've tried this a couple of times now and I have to say I'm impressed it brightens the eyes beautifully without looking too obvious.
 
NYX Intense butter gloss - Toasted Marshmallow - £5.50
 
I absolutely love the original butter glosses so this seemed like a no brainer, I actually saw Charlotte from Love from Charlotte using this in a vlog and completely fell in love with the shade. This feels a little heavier than the usual butter glosses however so far I really do like it and I can definitely see me buying all the shades!
 
NYX HD Concealer - Porcelain - £5.50
 
I am a fan of this one so far, it's quite high coverage without being thick and cakey meaning that it works perfectly for my dry skin. Thus far I've found it sits really beautifully on the skin and I have to say I am impressed especially considering how affordable it is.
 
NYX Liquid suede's - Vintage and Stone fox - £6.50 Each
 
I already have one of these in the shade Soft spoken and I absolutely love it so I decided to pick up some more autumnal shades. So far I've worn Vintage which I am so in love with and am pretty much going to wear all autumn/winter however I've not quite plucked up the courage to wear Stone fox anywhere other than my bedroom yet. That being said I am in love with the colour I just need to stop being a wimp.
 
NYX Hot singles eyeshadow - Electroshock - £3.50
 
This is the second of these shadows I have picked up as the quality is insane for the price. I've been looking to build up the colours in my collection for ages and when I saw this shade I knew I had to have it. The plan for this one is to use it under my water line to add a pop of colour when I'm wearing a fairly minimal makeup look. I love these a they are super pigmented and I cannot wait to get some use out of it.
 
L to R - Wonder pencil, Toasted marshmallow, HD concealer, Vintage, Stone fox, Electroshock, Golden peach, Hot orange, Brow pencil, 800, 37
NYX Prismatic eyeshadow - Golden peach - £5.50
 
This again was another YouTube recommendation, I hear Jamie from Jamie page beauty talk about these all the time and I really loved the look of them. Golden peach is a stunning orangey peach with lots of gold shimmer, I have used this a couple of times and it just looks stunning swept all over the lid but also with a very warm brown or orange in the crease as a base for a warm smokey eye.
 
NYX Primal colours eyeshadow - Hot orange - £5.50
 
If you are a regular you will be aware of my current addiction to orange eyeshadow and when I saw this one I just knew I had to have it. These primal colours shades are incredibly vibrant and I cannot wait to use this in the crease to add a pop of colour to a basic brown eye look.
 
NYX Micro brow pencil - Brunette - £7.00
 
I was actually quite shocked when I saw the price of this, however as I've heard so much stuff about it I thought I would give it a go anyway. It is a very fine pencil which reminds me a lot of the Smashbox Brow tech matte and the Benefit Precisely my brow pencil. I find that with this I have a lot of control and due to it not being overly pigmented it leaves me with a very natural brow.
 
KIKO Smart liner - 800 - £2.50
 
I'm not going to lie I was 100% drawn to this because it was gold. On swatching this feels super creamy and I have worn it in the waterline once and I love the effect, it adds a little extra than a basic  nude would however it still really opens up the eyes. Also for me I find it definitely helps to make my eyes pop.
 
KIKO  Long lasting eyeshadow stick - 37 - £6.90
 
These are so hyped I knew they were one of the first things I wanted to try. This shade is a stunning pinky lilac with tonnes of gold shimmer in it and I am so in love. So far I've worn this once and it looked so pretty and lasted all day with no primer which for my lids is a pretty impressive thing for it to manage.


I'd love to know what you think I should try from NYX and KIKO next! 

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