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Sleek Makeup NEW Lip Shot Lip Glosses

Posted on October 24, 2018

Sleek are one of my all time favourite budget beauty brands, I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again, I can’t get enough of their True Colour Lipstick in Liquer! Anyway that’s not what I’m talking about today. I wanted to share some of their fantastic new releases with you – the gorgeous new Lip Shots…

Our highly pigmented intense impact and shine gloss. Non-sticky formula on your lips, developed to compliment all skin tones. It’s mega full-coverage and long-lasting. Get full pay off in one stroke.

The shades I have are as follows –

  • Corrupted – an intense true red
  • Do What I Want – a bright intense cool toned pink
  • Dressed To Kill – a mid plum purple
  • Ready Or Not – a deep plum with a hint of taupe
  • Behind Closed Doors – a muted pinky mauve
  • Plot Twist – a muted peachy pink
  • Get Free – a light bright peach
  • Don’t Ask – a nude light beige

You can see by the swatches that these glosses are amazingly well pigmented, and after trying them out I can tell you this is absolutely the case on the lips too. I’m honestly so impressed with these glosses, they give the most beautiful, opaque, true colour, with a shiny gloss finish.

Of course these are glosses, so I wouldn’t expect them to stay put for hours on end. They do last well – without any stickiness, and basically do exactly what you’d expect. These are exactly what I’d hoped they would be – another winner from Sleek Makeup!

Have you tried any products from Sleek Makeup? Let me know! xx

Sleek Cosmetics Lip Shots are £4.99 each and available now at Boots.

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Huda Beauty Latest Launches – Worth the Splurge?

Posted on October 23, 2018

I have a few of Huda’s latest launches to share with you today – let’s start by looking at the Rose Gold Remastered Palette!

I probably don’t have to explain that the Rose Gold Remastered Palette is a re-launch of Huda’s original Rose Gold Palette. My first thought would be why re-launch a product that isn’t actually that old? Well Huda explained that the original Rose Gold Palette was basically the best she could do at the time due to financial constraints, and now the company is doing well, she wanted to launch the palette again with both improved formulas and packaging.

The Rose Gold Remastered Palette promises redesigned shades with creamier, more intense pigmentation. It includes 18 luxurious, talc free eyeshadows in four key textures – 8 buttery mattes, 8 melted metal shadows, 1 wet & dry black shadow and 1 pressed pearls shadow. The outer packaging also showcases Huda’s own favourite look and includes a large mirror (which wasn’t included in the original palette)

I’ve included Huda’s own swatches as mine were unfortunately quite abysmal. So, all shades in this palette have been ‘remastered’ with some also being removed and completely changed. In terms of updates from the original palette, the mattes we’re definitely the best improvement to me, they’re much better in terms of pigmentation and they feel easier to work with too – I particularly love shades Doll Face and Demure. The Melted Metal shadows can now be applied with a brush too, yay! These were slightly problematic in the original palette as brush application literally did nothing, and not everyone likes applying makeup with their fingers. The new Melted Metals are also now wonderfully buttery smooth and give the most beautiful high shine finish. The one shade which I wasn’t wowed on though was Black Truffle. This is the only one which has been designed to be used both wet and dry (dry as an eyeshadow and wet as a liner) and I found this didn’t give a very intense black as an eyeliner unfortunately. The rest of the palette more than makes up for this though as I know wouldn’t use this as an eyeliner any way.

Overall, this is a gorgeous palette, but it’s definitely not a must have if you already have the original Rose Gold palette. The Remastered palette is a great upgrade, offering more intense pigmentation, and the shadows just overall feel improved compared to the original.

I also have the #FauxFilter Foundation – this is very much a full coverage foundation, available in 30 shades, promising a flawless long-lasting finish. Described as an ‘intelligent liquid’, this foundation contains hydrating Argan Oil and Centella Asiatica to help the formula blend seamlessly into the skin, giving a radiant matte powder finish that’s neither dry nor cakey.

Firstly, I picked Vanilla, which is completely the wrong shade (I always think I’m paler than I am) – so I decided to try the foundation out on a day where I didn’t have to go out and horrify the public. My mid-thirties skin isn’t always a fan of matte finish foundations, as they tend to leave my complexion looking a bit flat and feeling dry, which then requires more products to rectify. The FauxFilter Foundation promises a matte yet luminous finish (somehow!) so I was interested to see how it would work.

Well, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. This did not cling to any dry areas, it didn’t feel drying, and it didn’t make my face look older than my years! I liked the matte finish, it wasn’t too matte, it was nice, flawless, and as natural as I think you can get for a full coverage foundation. I wouldn’t say this gives any luminosity like the description says, and I will say this is a heavier feeling foundation – you can notice this is on the skin, which may be an issue or may not depending on personal preference. Overall I liked the finish, it was very full coverage, even with the smallest amount of product – this will literally cover everything. Personally, I’d probably save this foundation for ‘going out, out’ evening wear rather than every day use.

The Easy Bake Loose Powder is another new product, and came with plenty of controversy, but I’m not going to get into that now. This loose powder has been designed to create an airbrushed, long-lasting complexion whilst blurring the appearance of pores and fine lines, and holding makeup in place all day long.

Again, powders and baking can also be problematic for me. I have dry skin, and the fact that I’m the wrong side of 30 means I have to be careful with any sort of under eye coverage. The Easy Bake Loose Powder comes in a selection of shades for all skin tones (I have shade Pound Cake), and it has a super light and silky texture. I found that if I dusted it on lightly it worked really well setting my under eye concealer, it definitely kept my makeup in place and didn’t feel too drying. It’s also great for controlling shine on other areas of the face too.

And the Demi Matte Lipsticks – the perfect antidote to those that are very much over the super-matte lip trend, Huda’s new Demi Matte lipsticks promise the perfect combination of a comfortable, hydrating cream liquid lipstick with a non-moving, velvety, satin finish.

The idea of a Demi-matte liquid lipstick really appeals – something that stays put but doesn’t feel drying on the lips sounds like a Godsend. These liquid lipsticks include something called ‘Maxi-Lip™’ to stimulate collagen and hydrate, as well as hint of menthol, to give a temporary cooling effect and tingling sensation to leave lips looking visibly plumper.

The product itself has a thick, creamy formula, that gives a fully opaque finish in one swipe. I’d say the finish is shinier than what I’d expect from a Demi-matte – though if you choose to blot, this definitely mattifies the finish.

I have to say I’m in love with these lipsticks. I have shades Mogul, a light nude pink, Boy Collector an intense true red, and Day Slayer, a light nude beige. All three shades are very comfortable on the lips, and have an element of dry down that helps them stay put, but without drying the lips in any way.

(I just wanted to add a quick note here to let you know I’ll be reviewing the Precious Stones Palettes in a separate post – look out for this in the next few days!)

Overall, I’m really impressed with all the above products, and I’m really looking forward to the New Nude Palette next, it looks so pretty! Are you loving any Huda Beauty products right now? Let me know! xx

Huda Beauty products are available to buy from Feelunique now.

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Too Faced Melted Matte-tallic Liquid Lipsticks

Posted on October 11, 2018

Too Faced have so many new products launching right now, there’s the 20th Anniversary Collection, the Tutti Fruity Collection, and not forgetting the brand new Christmas gift sets! Today however, I have some of their latest lipsticks from the Melted range – the Melted Matte-tallics…

Drench lips in an uber – luxurious, velvety matte formula that coats lips in a unique, brushed metal matte finish. The formula remains lighweight and comfortable with up to 24 hours wear, without compromising on the dazzling dimensional matte effect.

The Melted Matte-tallic lipsticks come in 13 shades, and the ones I have above are as follows –

  • Faking It – a warm toned medium nude.
  • Breakup Makeup– a pretty nude pink.
  • Bitch, I’m Too Faced – an intense true red.
  • I Wanna Rock With You – a deep burgundy.
  • Scream My Name – an intense deep purple.
  • The Real Teal – a deep blue toned teal.
  • Magic Metal Transformer – different from the above lipsticks, the Transformer uses opalescent prismatic pearls to give the lips an iridescent finish. This has been made to use over liquid lipsticks, or on its own.

Firstly I must apologise as I just couldn’t get the photos of my swatches to do justice to the unusual metallic yet matte finish, so I’ve attached a stock photo of swatches which I think is pretty good. (Note the far right swatch is the teal shade with the Transformer on top)

The liquid formula is smooth and light, and feels comfortable to wear – it is slightly drying but I think that’s to be expected with most liquid lipsticks that fully dry down. Too Faced promise ’24-hour long-wearing color’ which I have no idea if it’s true or not. I’m not sure who could wear a lipstick for 24 hours straight! Anyway, the finish like I’ve already mentioned, is quite unusual. Too Faced describes it really well – ‘brushed metal’ is the term they use – metallic, yet matte. They kind of have a sheen, but no shine. It’s definitely something different! In terms of wear, they do last a long time, and are completely transfer proof when they dry down. I actually think these are pretty fun and different, and definitely worth checking out if you’re a Too Faced fan! My favourite shade is Breakup Makeup 🙂

Too Faced Melted Matte-tallic Liquid Lipsticks are available now at Debenhams and Too Faced.

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Hot New Brand Alert! MAKE Beauty now available at Feel Unique!

Posted on July 30, 2018

As soon as I saw MAKE Beauty had arrived on the Feel Unique site, I was intrigued to find out what they were about. The packaging reminded me of Topshop makeup (do you agree??) and the range just looked very modern, slick and of high quality. I’ve been trying out a few of their products this week…

Feelunique is launching New York beauty brand MAKE with two sensational exclusives! Socially minded, MAKE believe there are no beauty rules –it’s all about being confident in your own skin. Co –founded in 2013 by Ariana Mouyiaris, daughter of renowned makeup entrepreneur and philanthropist Nikos Mouyiaris, MAKE champions the modern woman. Introducing a line-up of 32 products, with two exclusives to Feelunique, the range offers minimal makeup must haves, multi-functional essentials and technology-driven skincare.

Firstly I have the Succulent Mist – this is a Feel Unique Exclusive, and I absolutely love it! This cooling mist is suitable for both face and body, and it’s designed to repair hot, sun parched or environmentally challenged skin. It contains cactus extract to help hydrate and refresh, and the aloe vera, prickly pear and hyaluronic acid work together to nourish and detoxify the skin from overexposure to pollutants and toxins, whilst reducing the appearance of redness. It has a wonderful instant cooling effect on the skin, and I’ve been using this daily since I’ve received it – it’s a lifesaver in this heatwave!

I also have the Moonlight Neck Repair – this is another Feelunique Exclusive. It’s a lightweight gel for the neck and décolleté to address technology-induced, premature wrinkling (basically from looking down at your phone so much!) It contains kigelia and acacia gum extract to help firm, lift and tighten the skin while providing potent anti-oxidant, anti-aging protection, and sodium hyaluronate which mimics the hyaluronic acid produced by the skin to give added volume and plumpness.

And the Marine Salve – this is easily one of my favourite products from the brand. It’s essentially a multifunctional topical balm that can be used anywhere on the body to relieve and calm unhappy skin. You can use it to treat chapped lips, dry, cracked and irritated skin, chafing, cuts, you name it! It also creates a moisturising barrier to help protect skin from dryness, wind and other external aggressors, whilst shielding against pollution, heavy metals and free radicals. This is a fantastic all-rounder that’s perfect for keeping in your handbag.

Next I have the Moonlight Moisturizing Primer – have you ever heard of a black primer? I definitely haven’t! Though the product is black in colour, it quickly transforms into a translucent gel when applied to the skin. This unique silicone-free hydrating gel cream glides on to the skin to moisturise, mattify and prep the skin whilst providing a protective shield against urban pollution. It’s a fantastic makeup primer, and now a staple in my makeup bag!

On to makeup now, the Skin Illuminator in shade Skir is just beautiful. Inspired by the Aurora Borealis (with shade names that reference Scandinavian terms for light: Skir, Llos and Nor) this highlighter contains light-diffusing pigments and gives a gorgeous white pearlescent glimmer to the skin. If you love striking highlighters this is definitely one for you!

And lastly I have a couple of lipsticks, in both available formulas – Silk Cream and Matte. The Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy (a mid pink) doubles as a protective moisturising treatment with antioxidant vitamins, rosehip, soybean and safflower oils. Taffy is a lovely nude pink that feels smooth and hydrating on the lips and is perfect for every day wear. And the Matte Lipstick in Scarlet (a bright red) is an intensely-pigmented matte lipstick with a velvet finish. The super long-wearing formula contains sunflower seed oil to glide and blend effortlessly onto the lips, and vitamin A to condition and hydrate. I adore this shade! Again it feels wonderfully comfortable on the lips and the matte finish is also long lasting too. These both get a thumbs up from me!

I’m honestly really impressed with this range, and so glad Feel Unique kindly gave me the opportunity to discover some new beauty favourites! I love the Succulent Mist, Marine Salve, Skin Illuminator and Lipsticks especially. I’d love to hear if you’ve discovered any new brands lately?

MAKE Beauty products are available now at Feel Unique.

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Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Collection

Posted on July 27, 2018

The latest collection from Smashbox is one of the most beautiful cosmetic collections I’ve seen so far this year. In collaboration with instagram star Vlada Haggerty (who’s also Smashbox’s Lip-Editor-in-Chief) the Petal Metal range combines high-shine metallic finishes with gorgeous rose gold hues.

The 16 piece curated collection features Vlada’s signature shade of rose gold. Inspired by her lip drip art (check out her amazing work at @vladamua) this magnetic makeup collection features Vlada-approved statement-makers for the face, eyes, lip and body.

“The beauty of this collection is that the shades don’t compete or create a dull, monochromatic effect. Instead, they complement every skin tone and together build beautiful layers of pink that add warmth, radiance and a bouquet of boldness to your look!” – Vlada Haggerty.

Firstly, I have the Petal Metal Shimmer Spray – this is an all-over, lightweight illuminating spray that mists on multi-dimensional pearls, leaving skin hydrated and radiant with a dewy glow. Each spritz captures and reflects light, making skin appear smoother and more luminous. You can use it on your face before applying makeup or on your body to make your skin look beautifully radiant. I tried my best to get a decent photo swatch, but the sparkles were so super fine they didn’t show up in my photos. This product really does give the most lovely dewy glisten to the skin – if you like a glowing, luminous complexion you should definitely give this a go.

I also have one of the Always On Petal Metal Liquid Lipsticks – there are three shades available, and I have XO, Vlada, which is a metallic rose gold. This liquid lipstick promises 8 hours of wear, and is packed with jojoba, apricot and sunflower oils to deliver a light, metallic matte sheen. The finish really is the perfect combination of metallic and matte, and one swipe gives amazing full opacity. I didn’t try this for the full 8 hours I must admit, but it did last a good few hours without wearing off at all.

And lastly the beautiful Petal Metal Powder Highlighter – again this is available in three shades, and I have Prismatic Pearl, which is a gorgeous iridescent rose gold.

The formula is a luxurious gel-powder with a super soft and silky feel. Prismatic Pearl is such an unusual shade too, it’s an intense pink, but has a bright gold with and almost green tinged irisdescent shine – you really have to try it yourself to see what I mean! If you love striking coloured highlighters like I do, this is a must have for your makeup collection!

Swatches above – Powder Highlighter in Prismatic Pearl (left), Liquid Lipstick in XO, Vlada (right).

The high-shine rose gold chrome packaging is just gorgeous, and I’m completely in love with the Powder Highlighter – the iridescent pink shade is just so striking and beautiful. I think I’ll also get great use out of the shimmer Spray too. This is such a gorgeous collection all round, and I definitely recommend you check out the products and try them if you can. What do you think of this collection? Let me know!

The Petal Metal Collection is available now at Smashbox and Boots.

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MAC Limited Edition Look in a Box: Endless Sunshine

Posted on July 26, 2018

Hello again! I hope you’re enjoying this heatwave? (I’m not, I’m hiding indoors with my fan!) Today I have one of the fab new ‘Look in a Box’ sets from MAC to share with you. As it says on the box, the Look in a Box sets contain everything you need to create a specific look. There are currently four ‘full face’ sets available, which include all the colour makeup you need. The one I have is called Endless Sunshine…

A lip and eye kit featuring beautiful bronzed shades, including Eyeshadows in Take Tan and To The Beach, Lipstick in Chili, Powder Blush in Endless Sunshine, Technakol liner in Photogravure, and In Extreme Dimension Lash.

The Endless Sunshine Look in a Box includes some gorgeous bronze and nude shades, as well as a head-turning bright red lipstick. Here’s what’s inside –

  • Eye Shadow in Take Tan: a gold with copper (frost finish)
  • Eye Shadow in To The Beach: a deep brown with gold sparkle (veluxe pearl finish)
  • Lipstick in Chili: a brownish orange-red (matte finish)
  • Powder Blush in Endless Sunshine: a warm taupe (matte finish)
  • Technakohl Liner in Photograveure: a soft black with brown undertones.
  • Extreme In Extreme Dimension Mascara in Black.

I’ve added up the cost of these products individually, and they come to exactly £100. This Set is only £49.50, so you’re really getting a fantastic deal!

The MAC Endless Sunshine Look In A Box Set is £49.50 and available now at MAC and ASOS.

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Guerlain Terracotta Summer Escape 2018 & Aqua Allegoria Passiflora Fragrance

Posted on July 13, 2018

I always get excited about Guerlain’s new collections – Guerlain is one of my all-time favourite brands, and their products are always so beautiful! I have a couple of makeup items from their latest Terracotta collection, as well as a brand new fragrance to share with you today…

Looking to get away from it all? Longing for summer? The Terracotta Summer Escape collection from Guerlain takes you on a journey… Set off straight away for three paradise islands, in the footsteps of sun-loving globetrotters keen to escape the everyday… Adventurous, romantic or sparkling, they have just one wish: to reveal the intensity of their tan, highlight their skin’s vibrant glow and wear the most beautiful colours. We follow their lead!

Firstly, the brand new Terracotta Cushion, this is described as a fresh and sun-kissed fluid foundation that looks to create a flawless tan and skin glowing with vitality – and it also includes added SPF20. I have shade Moyen (medium) and there’s also a lighter shade available (Naturel). I have to say even though this is a little on the dark side for me, it really does give a beautifully flawless, yet natural and luminous finish to the skin. The foundation itself is very lightweight feeling and can be easily built up with the applicator sponge included to give more coverage if needed. I honestly love this product and absolutely need to get the lighter version asap! This really is healthy glow makeup at its best!

And I also have the stunning Terracotta Route des Îles Collector’s Powder. You know when you have a product that’s so pretty that you don’t want to use it and ‘ruin’ it? I’m having this problem right now!

This gorgeous tan enhancing bronzer has a real nautical feel to it – it’s housed in a luxurious (environmentally sound) mahogany wood compact inspired by yacht decks, and the powder itself is embossed with a striking compass motif. It offers two tones of bronzer to warm and brighten the complexion, and the powder itself is a combination of the best-selling Terracotta shade 03 – the finish is subtly iridescent, radiant and yet incredibly natural, and the centre of the powder is a gorgeous apricot shade which can be swirled in with the bronzer or used on its own as a blush. This is just such a stunning product, it’s definitely a must-have for fans of the brand.

And on to fragrance now, I also have one of the latest additions to the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Fresh Fragrances Collection, Passiflora EDT

The Aqua Allegoria collection reinvents the simplicity of botanical accords as crystal clear as water, gathered from all the gardens of the world. The result is a delicious wave of fresh fragrances, tender shades and cheerful moods. Eaux de Toilette that combine the freshness of a Cologne with the lingering trail of a Guerlain perfume, majestically showcasing Calabrian bergamot, an essential ingredient in any Aqua Allegoria fragrance.

Aqua Allegoria Passiflora EDT is a beautiful summer scent, described as a fruity-citrus fragrance with solar facets, it’s inspired by the desire to escape to a faraway garden in tropical lands. Passiflora EDT is a wonderfully fresh and enticing, yet energising scent, opening with top notes of bergamot mingled with drips of tangy passion fruit and energising lemon. Sun-drenched and glittering, the heart of mandarin juice, juicy grapefruit and the crystal-clear waters of a sparkling lagoon lead to a sunny aroma of sensual ylang-ylang at the base, together creating a must-try stunning summertime scent.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Passion Fruit, Lemon
  • Heart Notes: Mandarin Juice, Aquatic Note, Grapefruit
  • Base Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom

All the above products are available now at Debenhams.

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