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NEW Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Secrets Collection

Posted on September 25, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a few new launches from the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Secrets collection to share with you today – the cinematic Hollywood collection contains ten liquid matte lipsticks and two new contour and beauty light wands to make you look and feel like you’ve just stepped out of a Hollywood screen…

Starting with the brand new Hollywood Wands – the Hollywood Contour Wand and Hollywood Beauty Light Wand (£29.00 each) have been designed to contour and highlight your skin to perfection.

So firstly, as this is a ‘wand’ product, it means the product itself is contained in a tube, which you squeeze making it come out of the cushion head applicator at the top. There is also an ‘open’ and ‘close’ twist option at the tip, which is an excellent idea – imagine if you accidentally squeezed the tube, sat on it or stood on it (the type of thing I’d do!) the product would just squeeze straight out and it’d be wasted. The tip is designed so you can apply directly to the face – but you’ll still need a brush or beauty blender to blend the product out.

The Hollywood Contour Wand promises to give the perfect lightweight, blendable, buildable formula to create a well-contoured face. It’s available in two shades, Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. Being super pale I’ve gone for the Light to Medium option, hoping that it will suit my ghostly white skin tone and not be too dark. The formula is a lightweight cream that has just the right amount of pigmentation to give a natural look that isn’t too heavy.

The Hollywood Beauty Light Wand goes perfectly with the above contour wand. This is only available in one shade though, which is a light rose gold with a touch of silver, that promises to flatter all skin tones. The Hollywood Beauty Light Wand contains treated pearls to brighten and highlight, giving a luminous complexion with a soft-focused finish, and it also contains light reflecting particles for a natural glow. The formula is a thin fluid which leaves a beautiful sheen on the skin – you’ll find no shimmer or glitter here.

I’ve been trying out both wands recently and I’ve really been enjoying using them. The wand itself makes application quick and easy, and the shades I have a work perfectly well with my pale skin tone. The highlighter is my favourite though, I love how you can apply the product to give a very subtle natural look, or build it up to an intense ‘Glowing for the Gods’ highlight.

The above products are advised to be blended with the new Hollywood Complexion Brush (£30.00) – this is a 2-in-1 multi-purpose cruelty free contour brush made with advanced synthetic fibres, for effortlessly blending your makeup. As you can see it’s dual ended, with the large flat-top head brush allowing you to achieve a flawless base quickly & effortlessly – this is perfect for contour blending and softening any harsh lines, and the angled small head brush is made for precise contouring, as well as concealing under the eyes, around the nose or small curvatures of the face.

And lastly I have one of the new Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks (£24.00) – I feel like it’s taken a while for Charlotte Tilbury to get on the Liquid Lipstick bandwagon, but now that they have, these are definitely not lipsticks you’ll want to miss. There are ten wearable shades available, ranging from a light beige nude to a deep intense red…

I have Show Girl which is a gorgeous muted pinky red shade that’s perfect for Autumn. The formula as you can see is really quite thick and moussey, but it actually feels very lightweight on the lips, with a velvety matte finish. You can wear a single swipe for a soft matte look, or it can be built up easily for an intensely pigmented finish.

All the above products are available now at Charlotte Tilbury and Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Nip & Fab Launches New Makeup Line!

Posted on June 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago now I received a surprise package from the team behind Nip & Fab – and I was so excited to find it contained a selection of products from their brand new makeup line.

Nip & Fab have been making high quality, reasonably priced skincare products for many years now, so I think makeup is a great addition to their range, as well as being a natural progression for the brand. Let’s take a look at the products…

Ok so Nip & Fab have launched quite a large range of makeup products initially, which is great news. Starting with the Foundation (£12.95) – there are 10 shades available, which look to span a decent range of colours, and they’ve also included a pure white Foundation Light Mixer to lighten any foundation you may already have, and a dark brown Foundation Dark Mixer, to deepen your foundation should you want to.

I have the foundation in shade 25, which as you can see definitely isn’t the right shade for me, but it appears to give a nice natural / dewy finish with medium coverage.

I tried mixing it with some of the foundation lightener to get a better shade, and though the lightener worked well to change the colour, it still didn’t really work as the right colour for me. I already have a foundation that is slightly too dark for me (but otherwise the right tone) so I’m going to try the Light Mixer with that and see if I can get a spot on match.

Next on to the Colour Correctors (£8.95). These come in a selection of four shades, to help correct any colour issues you may have –

  • Banana – This yellow toned corrector is great for concealing dark under eye circles and can be used to subtly highlight and brighten the high points of the face.
  • Lavender – This purple toned corrector eliminates any unwanted yellow undertones to the skin and works well under foundation to create a perfectly even-toned complexion.
  • Terracotta – The warm orange tone neutralises blue undertones and is ideal for concealing under eye circles and dark spots.
  • Peppermint – This green toned corrector neutralises redness on the skin and is ideal for covering blemishes and reducing irregular skin pigmentation.

For the lips, Nip & Fab have included Liquid Lipsticks (£7.95) and a small selection of Lip Liners (£5.95) in their launch. I have the full collection of Liquid Lipsticks which I thought would be worth swatching and sharing, as the colours look quite similar when placed together. The shades are all light to medium nudes including beige, pink and brown tones –

From left to right –

  • Cinnamon – a mid toffee brown nude.
  • Toffee – a mid caramel nude.
  • Biscuit – a warm brown caramel nude.
  • Marshmallow – a mid peach toned nude.
  • Pink Lemonade – a light pink toned nude.
  • Candy – a light beige pink nude.
  • Tart – a light cool toned nude.
  • Cool Nude – a light cool toned beige.

(Since trying these, Nip & Fab have also added three new slightly darker nude shades of Liquid Lipsticks to their site – Brownie, Spice and Brandy)

And here are the swatches – somehow I managed to misplace Cinnamon between photographing it and swatching, and I still haven’t found it. It’s literally just disappeared! So the above swatches start on the left with Toffee.

I have to say my favourite shades are Biscuit, Marshmallow and Pink Lemonade – these are all slightly pink or peach toned, and aren’t too light, which I think make them easier to wear. I’ve worn a couple of these and they dry down in decent time and last for hours before you need to re-apply.

Nip & Fab have also included a nice selection of palettes in their initial launch. There are eyeshadow palettes and contour palettes, and a single highlighter palette and blush palette. I have the Contour Palette in Dark and the Highlighter Palette.

The Highlighter Palette (£15.00) contains six large sized pans –

  • Selfie – a light cream coloured shimmer.
  • Champagne – a warm champagne shimmer.
  • Golden – a slightly yellow toned shimmer.
  • Sunbeam – a light golden bronze.
  • Rose Gold – a warm rose gold.
  • Sunkissed – a deep warm bronze.

The three lighter shades work best for me just because I’m super pale. I also love the darker shades used as eyeshadows.

And lastly I have the Contour Palette in Dark (£15.00). Again this contains six decent sized pans, this time they are all matte shades –

  • Tan – a light caramel brown.
  • Chestnut – a mid reddish brown.
  • Cocoa – a deep warm brown.
  • Sugar – a light peach.
  • Soft Honey – a light warm brown, slightly lighter than Tan.
  • Sunset – a bright terracotta orange.

These shades are all quite warm toned, and far too dark for my fair skin tone personally – but again I’ve used these a few times as eyeshadows and they work really well!

Nip & Fab’s range of makeup is available now at Nip+Fab.com

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Nude By Nature Highlight and Contour Collection

Posted on August 3, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Today I’d like to introduce the NEW Nude by Nature Contour & Highlight Collection; a set of must-have products to embrace and define your natural features…

Nude By Nature is Australia’s number one mineral make-up brand, promising ‘make-up that’s good for you’. Their latest products are formulated with powerful ingredients, such as native Australian Kakadu Plum, containing the world’s highest dose of Vitamin C, and Quandong and Cehami Extract, renowned for their renewing and hydrating effects.

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Let’s start by looking at the Perfecting Primer (£22.00) and Sheer Light Illuminator (£18.00). The Perfecting Primer is a really nice lightweight matte finish primer, which gives a great base for makeup, helping it to stay put all day. The Sheer Light Illuminator is a lovely light golden toned illuminator, which works well on it’s own, or mixed in with foundation to brighten the complexion and give a subtle glow.

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Next the Contour Palette (£25.00) – this palette contains three matte shades especially selected to contour and sculpt the face. The deepest shade is perfect for contouring and defining features, such as the cheekbones, jaw and nose, the middle shade is a fab matte bronzer with you can literally use anywhere you want to look bronzed and glowy, and the lightest shade is a matte highlight. The shades of all three products are really nice and will suit most fair to mid toned complexions.

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And the beautiful Highlight Palette (£25.00) – similar to the contour palette, this contains three shades of powder highlighter in generous sized pans. There’s a bronze shade to add warmth and definition to the complexion, a rose shade to add radiance, and a champagne to illuminate and highlight.

Personally as I’m pretty fair, I don’t think I’d get much use out of the bronze shade as a highlighter – but as an eyeshadow? YES! It’s a gorgeous warm orangey bronze and just looks fabulous with blue eyes!

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And lastly, as you can never have enough highlighters, for fans of a cream formula, Nude By Nature also have a trio of Touch of Glow Highlight Sticks (£18.00 each) – these highlighter sticks are super easy to use, you just twist up, apply, blend with fingers and Bob’s your uncle. They have a glide-on cream-to-powder formula which gives a beautiful light reflecting sheen which can easily be worn sheer for a hint of glow, or built up for more intense colour.

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If you’re a fan of contouring and highlighting, I’d definitely recommend you check out this collection!

Nude By Nature products are available now at ASOS.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New Releases from Rodial and Nip + Fab: Instaglam Compacts, Dragon’s Blood, & Bee Sting Pads!

Posted on July 11, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The beauty buffs among you will know that Rodial and Nip + Fab are sister companies, with Rodial being the high end (and more expensive) older sister, and Nip + Fab being the fun loving younger sibling with mass-market appeal. Both brands are fantastic in their own right, and I wanted to show you some of their latest releases today…

Rodial have recently added two new items to their makeup range – the Instaglam Contouring Powder in Dark and the Instaglam Banana Powder…

Starting with the Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder in Dark (£52.00) – I’m a massive fan of the original Instaglam Contouring Powder – you can see me wearing it here. It’s the perfect cool taupe contour shade for my fair complexion. Rodial are now offering the same fantastic product in a darker shade with reddish undertones, perfect for those with deeper complexions.

And they have also just launched their Instaglam Compact Deluxe Banana Powder (£52.00) – this multi-use powder is perfect to use as a matte highlighter, along with the Contouring Powder to enhance the shape of the face. The formula is wonderful for minimizing fine lines and imperfections for a shine-free complexion and a natural, flawless finish. The Banana Powder is also fantastic as a matte setting powder to help reduce oiliness, or perfect to use for ‘baking’ the face.

In skincare, I have their new SUPER ACIDS X-Treme Hangover Mask (£45.00 at ASOS) – this is a triple action clay mask designed to deeply cleanse, exfoliate and leave you with a radiant looking complexion. It contains Pronalen Fruit Acid to gently exfoliate and eliminate dead skin cells, Laracare helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and Biotilys Probiotic Technology to help mattify shine, improve hydration and boost radiance. This is the perfect ‘recovery’ clay face mask to revitalise tired looking skin and draw out impurities.

Now on to Nip + Fab, their Bee Sting Fix Toning Pads (£12.95 at ASOS)  really are amazing. Perfect for refreshing and cleansing, these pads contain Bee Venom which acts as a natural botox to increase blood circulation and plump the skin, whilst filling fine lines and wrinkles. Witch Hazel and Propolis repairs broken skin, tightens pores and deep cleanses the complexion of daily dirt, helping to boost skin clarity and the effectiveness of products to follow, and Allantoin provides a natural protectant for the skin and encourages cell generation.

The Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme (£14.95 at ASOS) contain Nip + Fab’s highest level of glycolic acid (5%) as well as salicylic acid, to exfoliate the skin, refine pores, brighten the complexion and de-congest the skin through the improvement of the skin’s natural exfoliation process. It also includes Lactic Acid to remove dead cells and toxins from the skin, and Hyaluronic Acid for improved hydration.

And lastly the Dragon’s Blood Fix Hyaluronic Shot (£24.95 at ASOS) – perfect for dry skin, this product is designed to intensely and deeply hydrate, leaving a soft, plump complexion. Dragons Blood is in fact a sap found in the Croton Lechleri tree in the Amazon, it works to protect and heal the skin from outside aggressions, preventing environmental damage and motivating skin cell regeneration, as well as inhibiting inflammation and reducing redness. The formula also contains Hyaluronic Acid to instantly plump the appearance of the complexion. I love that the Dragons Blood Hyaluronic Fix Shot can be used directly onto the skin, or mixed with other products for a double ‘shot’ of hydration and plumping action!

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I’d love to hear if you have any favourite products from either Rodial or Nip + Fab?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Makeup Revolution Ultra Professional Contour Palette

Posted on August 4, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I know it’s been a while, but one of my favourite budget brands is back on the blog today with one of their latest brand new products! Makeup Revolution have been pumping out products left right and centre for quite a while now, then more recently all of a sudden they went pretty quiet. So it was fantastic to have a brand new product land on my doorstep last week (and I’ve actually had another one arrive yesterday) so they’re definitely back in the game again!

The Ultra Contour Palette is Makeup Revolution’s complete contouring and highlighting palette solution. It includes eight brand new shades promising perfect contouring and sculpting, whilst including two gorgeous baked highlighters for illumination.

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Instantly, this palette reminds me of the Blush Contour Palette in Golden Sugar – which obviously has more blush shades, but the very left top and bottom highlighters appear to be the same ones in the Ultra Contour Palette. I’ve checked the description and it definitely says ‘8 new shades’ in the Ultra Contour Palette though… hmmm!

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Ok so let’s take a look at the palette. It includes eight pans, four of which are lighter, highlight shades, three are darker, contour shades, and there’s one shade that’s a bit of an anomaly – is it a contour? Is it a highlighter? A bronzer?? From the swatches that you’ll see below, I think this could either be used as a light bronzer, or a highlighter depending on your skin tone.

The first two highlighter shades are a pale peachy pink, and a pale muted yellow, and both have a matte finish. The next pan is a very similar pale pink to the first, but this one also gives a lovely soft luminous sheen, and lastly the baked highlight on the top far right, this is a beautiful silver colour with gold veins running through.

The bottom row contains three matte contour shades, the first and the third shade are very similar, and the second shade is slightly lighter – which is perfect for me! The last pan is another gorgeous luminous shade, this is just the right shade for a flush of colour on my pale skin 🙂

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I just wanted to include a close up of the far right two pans, because they’re so pretty! Above is the silver highlight and below is the luminous bronzer / highlight.

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And let’s take a look at some swatches!

Because I’m super pale, unfortunately you can’t see the first two highlighter shades too well on my arm. Personally, I prefer the last two, luminous highlighter shades just because they actually show up on my skin! The first two matte shades could still work really well on darker skin tones if you’re looking to highlight without shimmer.

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And here are the contour shades. I found the second shade best for me when it comes to contouring as this was slightly lighter and cooler than the other two matte shades and definitely suited me more. I think the darker shades could work really well on the right skin tones, whereas others may find them to be a bit too reddy. Overall though, this is a fantastic little palette, all the shades are finely milled and have an almost buttery soft texture that is lovely to work with and apply, plus it’s a complete bargain at only £8.00!

The Ultra Contour Palette is available now at Superdrug.

I’d love to hear what your favourite contour products are? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Valentine’s Date Look with Rodial

Posted on February 17, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Last week the lovely people at Rodial kindly sent me a beautiful package of makeup, so I could put together a Valentine’s look! I was so excited as I’d heard about Rodial’s new makeup range but hadn’t had a chance to try anything yet! Rodial’s cosmetic range is described as ‘a tightly edited selection of makeup products designed to sculpt and define the face’ and the products do just that. The look I’ve put together is just a really natural, pretty and easy to wear, and I have to say I’m beyond impressed with everything I’ve used so far…

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Hylauronic Cheek Sculpt in Rush.

At first I thought this was a liquid contouring product – the word sculpt in the product name threw me! This is actually a gel blush, in a fantastic little pump bottle. I was quite surprised at how bright the shade was when I first saw it, but even though the colour looked super bright, it actually comes out very sheer, and creates more of a tint when applied – so if you’re looking for a more intense colour blush, this is not for you. This Cheek Sculpt gives a lovely light flush of colour while Hyaluronic acid works to plump the skin.

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Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder.

This has to be my favourite product out of them all. The Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder is the perfect muted grey toned brown shade to sculpt and contour the face. I used it under my cheekbones, along my jaw line (it definitely works well here to create a more defined jaw) I also used it slightly down the sides of my nose and at the base of my chin. This powder is just spot on, from the shade to the formula, you can easily build up the depth of colour as required, and it even suits super pale complexions like mine.

Instaglam Retouch.

This is a lightweight eye perfecting and brightening concealer with hyaluronic acid to plump out appearance of fine lines and smooth the delicate skin area around the eyes, for instantly wide-awake, younger looking eyes. The handy pen-style applicator makes touch-ups throughout the day easy. I applied under my eyes using the pen and patted out the product with my fingers.

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Eye Sculpt.

This is a lovely little pot of cream eyeshadow, which actually has a rather nice mousse like texture. On first inspection the colour looked pretty dark, but it’s actually a really versatile formula that allows you to build the colour up as dark as you like. I applied it to my lids with my fingers and worked into the crease with the Eye Smudge brush. Eye Sculpt is also recommended for use on the eyebrows, or also for contouring the face, so this is a fantastic multi use product!

Glamstick in Wet.

Again, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the Glamstick, but it turns out to be a lovely tinted lip butter. It’s enriched with vitamin E and cocoa butter to offer instant hydration, with a tinted formula to give lips a beautiful hint of colour. The Glamstick left my lips super moisturised –  which they really need at the moment, and offered a hint of colour which helps to brighten the complexion.

The Eye Smudge Brush.

I love trying out new makeup brushes, and this Eye Smudge Brush is definitely a winner! This brush has an elongated oval shape, and the hairs are densely packed yet soft enough, so they’re perfect for picking up pigments, adding an eye base colour, and blending shadows out. This is an excellent multi-use brush.

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So there we have it! I love that Rodial are going for a very natural look and finish with their product range, everything is designed to enhance, rather than cover what you already have. There are no outlandish, garish colours or finishes here, and everything is easy to use and easy to wear. The Insta  and Sculpt product names imply a flawless, photo finish – and these products really don’t disappoint. The Contouring powder, Glamstick and Smudge Brush have all become makeup bag staples for me, and I’m really looking forward to trying some more out from the range!

All products are available at Rodial.

(FYI I also used Makeup Forever HD Foundation, Collection Lip Liner, Bourjois Mega Liner, MAC Pigment in Jardin Aires and Benefit Roller Lash in my look)

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review. 

Sleek Makeup & Simple Skincare Guide To Glowing Skin!

Posted on September 3, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Well, I was rather a happy chappy the other day when Mr Postman delivered a large and unexpected parcel. Inside was the most amazing package of Simple Skincare and Sleek Makeup products! Talk about Christmas coming early! WOW! Simple and Sleek MakeUp have teamed up to bring you a fabulous guide to glowing skin – they are offering an in-store beauty experience in selected Superdrug stores where you can have the opportunity to speak to expert beauty advisors who will take you on a journey to discover the right Simple Skincare routine for healthy, happy skin, and also how to perfect Sleek’s fabulous ‘no makeup’ look.

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I’ve always been a fan of Simple, and they were actually the first skincare brand I ever used due to my sensitive skin 🙂 Here’s a quick rundown of their super easy skincare regime…

1. Cleanse with Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion or Simple Kind To Skin Wipes. Apply the lotion with cotton pads and gently cleanse with upward and outward movements.

2. Polish with Simple Soothing Toner. Use toner after cleansing, it’s ingredients act as a protein shake for your skin so that it can retrieve it’s natural glow.

3. Prep with Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser. Then Moisturise to protect and sweet almond essence enhance your skins natural glow.

(I thought I’d just mention that Superdrug have some great offers on Simple Skincare at the moment so make sure you take a look!)

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And here are all the amazing Sleek products that complement the skin routine, to create Sleek Makeup’s ‘no makeup’ look…

Bare Skin Foundation, £8.99

Included in the kit was a foundation in Bamboo. I also have Barley which is the lighter colour here and it’s actually the spot on colour match for my skin tone, but I found that mixing a tiny bit of Bamboo in really warms the colour up. Below I’ve started with Barley on the left side of my hand and gradually blended it into Bamboo so you can see what they look like mixed together.

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Brow Kit, £8.49

Sleek have also included a fab little brow kit in fair, which is perfect for lighter toned girls. It includes a cream and a powder, two brushes and a tiny pair of tweezers.

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i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Naturel, £7.99

The Au Naturel i-Divine palette has jumped straight to the top of my must-have makeup list, this is now a staple in my makeup bag! It has all the shades you need for a natural day look, as well as a darker evening look, in a mixture of matte and shimmer finishes.

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Face Form in Light, £9.99

I’m also in love with this Face Form in Light. This palette is all you need for contouring, highlighting and blush, all in one handy compact. The blush shade is so pretty too!

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True Colour Lipstick in Liqueur, £4.99

And lastly True Colour Lipstick in Liqueur, which is the perfect every day nude pink, it’s a ‘like my lips bit better’ shade. The formula is creamy and long lasting, and this is definitely another daily makeup bag addition for me.

I have to say I really am so impressed with all of these products, I love that all of the products used in Sleek’s ‘no makeup’ look come in a massive variety of shades to suit all skin tones, and the products I have can be adapted to however you like to suit your own preferences. I’ll be putting a look together shortly using all of these products!

I’d love to hear if you’ve used any Sleek Makeup? I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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