I was somewhat late to hop on this bandwagon but Deciem brand, The Ordinary quickly became one of my favourite brands. Their extensive skincare line at ridiculously affordable prices have gradually been reeling me in over the last year. On top of this I had also seen a lot online about both of the brand’s foundations so thought that it was my beauty blogger duty to make a purchase and road test them for you. I know, I’m far too kind to you all…
I’ll be honest, I hadn’t really tried out liquid eyeshadows before. I had been lusting after the Stila shadows for quite some time and had been toying with the idea of picking some up when these beauties from Phase Zero landed on the doorstep! Coincidence eh?
Love Me Beauty is a membership site which offers factory prices to members on a number of brands. It costs £5.00 per month and has a minimum contractual period of three months. However, you can still shop the site without a membership, you just won’t receive the massive discounts.
I couldn’t wait to get stuck into playing with these shadows and to create some different looks. I was kindly sent five shadows in total, three from the Coconut Range and two from the Metal Veil Range.
So what were my thoughts?
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that I was recently fortunate enough to have been invited along to a BareMinerals masterclass at Debenhams, Castlecourt.
The evening was so lovely with the wonderful team from the counter looking after us by plying us with plenty of prosecco, delicious cupcakes and yummy chocolates! The brand’s lovely representative Kerri, showcased a masterclass using many of the brand’s cult products. I particularly liked the fact that it was a really interactive demo and Kerri and the staff were excellent at answering any questions we had about the products. To be honest, I had never tried anything from BareMinerals even though I had coveted their products at the counter a tonne of times so I really enjoyed learning all about the brand and its ethos.
At the end of the evening we were very kindly provided with an extremely generous goodie bag and were told that we would be colour matched in order for us to try out the BarePro foundations for ourselves! I was SO excited!
Bridgin from the counter expertly matched me to the shade Sandalwood (which would be my ‘tan’ shade) and when it arrived in the post a few weeks later, I couldn’t hold my horses and had it on my face almost immediately!
Perhaps the most hyped concealer of the decade, Tarte’s Shape Tape had been popping up everywhere in the past year. I tried to get it when it first came out but it was seemingly always sold out for the first few months. I held off and I held off. Then, on Boxing Day last year, an email from Tarte popped up in my inbox offering free international delivery and a 20% off sale. It was time, I couldn’t resist.
So is it worth all of the hype? Is it really as amazing as seemingly everybody claimed?
Has Spring finally arrived? Dare I say that we may have seen the last of the snow for a while?
The new CND Vinylux weekly polish Spring colours have landed and boy they’re pretty.
The catwalks were full of pastel, sugar sweet colours for Spring/Summer, so CND’s latest collection is just perfect to stay on trend.
I have been having a bit of a Sleek ‘moment’ recently. I had wanted to feature a few more affordable make up products on the blog (since I’m a poor student again…) and Sleek are the perfect candidates for that! All of their products are super affordable and many of the products I had tried in the past were comparable to my high end products.
So did this latest batch live up to my expectations?
I have tested out a pea sized amount of the Sleek Mattifying Primer to my t-zone area where I would get the most shine throughout the day. The primer really smooths my skin in preparation for base and definitely helps keep shine at bay. Perfect for your holiday make up bag!
I have been suffering from a little redness around my nose area recently, so I thought it would be a good time to try out the Sleek Colour Correcting palette. I used a little of the green shade around this area to help disguise the redness before applying my base and I definitely think it made a difference! I’m going to experiment with the other correcting shades now!
Whilst I have both the Vitality and Life Proof Foundations, I tend to opt for the fuller coverage of the two and go with the Life Proof Foundation. Medium to full coverage, buildable and a nice radiant finish. This foundation blends well and lasts throughout the day (though I do need to powder mid afternoon). Hands up if you want a full review of both foundations?
When I first seen this blusher in Flamingo I did a double take. It was VERY bright. Like actual flamingo pink bright. I cautiously dipped my brush into the product and a lot came off onto my brush – so a word of warning: the blushes are highly pigmented and a light hand is needed. That being said, on application, the blush blends out easily and gives a lovely rosy pink flush.
Sleek are renowned for the highlighting palettes. Their Solstice palette has been a favourite of mine for some time as the pigment is fantastic quality and the price is amazing! The Cleopatra’s Kiss palette did not disappoint. I like to use a little of the golden cream highlight then layer that with a layer of one of the powder shades. The result is a blinding highlight that can probably be seen from space!
Sleek have always had really great reviews on their eye shadow palettes. I had tried a few in the past and I had always been impressed. For this post I was kindly sent one of the iDivine palettes in Modern Romance. The pigmentation of these palettes is amazing. The shadows are smooth and easy to work with and the staying power is fantastic. The Modern Romance palette has a beautiful mix of shades, on the more purple toned side of things and I have really enjoyed playing with this and using colours outside of my neutral comfort zone! The palettes are only £8.99 and I couldn’t recommend picking one up for yourself enough! Keep one in your drawer at work and you’re always ready to go!
To line the eyes I have tried out the Dip It Liquid Liner and let me tell you, it’s amazing. I didn’t think I could love any Liquid Liner as much as my KVD Tattoo Liner but this is comparable! It’s the blackest black shade, the tip is thin and sturdy making a precise line easy peasy and it DOESN’T BUDGE! Seriously I actually have trouble removing this at night! At £4.99, it’s a total bargain!
For brows I used one of Sleek’s Brow Kits. Each kit contains a handy wax, a powder, an angled brush for application and the cutest pair of tiny tweezers. Whilst I really like the concept, this product just didn’t work for me. The shade was too warm toned and I found the products more difficult to work with. That being said, I’m spoilt with my trust ABH Brow Wiz that makes brows a doddle. This sadly just wasn’t for me!
For lips I tried out some of Sleek’s cult Matte Me liquid lipsticks. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried these before! I love the shade Shabby Chic which is a stunning nude rosy pink. The formulation is creamy and easy to work with and the dry down isn’t too uncomfortable like other liquid lips can be. Wear time on me was around 4 hours which I think is reasonable. If you leave it much longer you get that strange wear off look that’s never good. Be warned!
So there you have it! A full face of Sleek and my first impressions! What do you like from Sleek? Would you like a full review on any of the products mentioned? Tell me in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
*This post contains gifted items. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, 100% my own*
When I first seen that this product was launching, I thought it was a new foundation and immediately wanted to try it out. So when I learnt that it was actually a priming filter style product, I wasn’t so sure. That resolve lasted approximately 6 days after release. I watched one of Charlotte Tilbury’s Insta Tutorials and that was enough, I needed it in my life and quickly. Why are they so good at creating hype around a product?! It’s very expensive for us who can’t resist!