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Saturday, 15 May 2010

Mac Wondergrass eyeshadow

Just something I came accross.. If you happened to be interested in getting MAC's Wondergrass eyeshadow (Bright grass green shade)

I noticed that it is the exact same as the green in Sleek's Bohemian palette.




Swatches below, Mac on the left, Sleek on the right.



So save yourself some money and get a couple of other eyeshadows in the process!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Favourite Sleek palette

So some of you may be aware that I recently won a Sleek Facebook competition in which I won all of their I-Divine Palettes. All the past Limited edition ones and all the permanent ones. This was around the time that the Bohemian palette came out, which I also got. I quite enjoy that palette, my previous complaint with Sleek palette's was that they all seemed crazy shimmery and unusable for natural daytime looks. Although the most recent palette's are filled with many bright colours, Sleek have begun to vary up the finishes, giving mixtures which is a welcome change in my opinion.

But anyway, I wanted to share my favourite of all of the Sleek palette's I have, The 'Storm' palette. It's a netural lover's dream, filled with shimmery golds and browns and then some other more interesting deeper shades good for darkening up a look.

It's a great palette for transitioning everyday looks into night time looks and for the price, I don't think it can be beat (It's around £5 if bought in the UK)

So here is the palette...



And then some swatches...

Monday, 10 May 2010

No7 Till Splits

Every couple of months, No7 come out with these vouchers, you spend over €7.50 (£5) in Boots and you get a voucher for €7.50 off any No7/Ruby & Mille product. Over here, Ruby & Mille isn't in many Boots stores so I normally spend mine on No7 products.

Now No7 isn't a brand I'd ever really buy anything from for full price, in my opinion it's overpriced for what it is.

So here is what I've bought from the past couple of vouchers.



1) No7 Tinted Moisturiser in Fair. I wanted a tinted moisturiser so thought I'd use the opportunity while I had a voucher. This also has an SPF of 15 which is nice. It evens out the skintone and gives a nice fresh finish. It also has 40mls in it which is more than most foundations

2) No7 Radiance Boosting Hot Cloth Cleanser. This is my most recent purchase. I wanted to try this kind of thing out after hearing so much about the Liz Earle one but thought I'd try this as a cheaper alternative to see if I liked the concept. I do! It comes with a muslin cloth and works great at taking all your make up off and leaving your skin really smooth.

3) No7 Anti-Dark Spot Facial Sun Protection SPF 30. I wanted a facial sunscreen as I hate putting regular suncream on my face, it always feels really greasy and clogs up your face. So I got this, I haven't tried it yet so I'll reserve judgement until I come back from my holidays!

4) No7 Sultry Eyes palette, I actually got this free with the mascara that's shown, the extravagant lashes mascara (Which I dislike... strongly..). This eyeshadow palette was limited edition around christmas time and I wanted it. Purple is the one colour I'm likely to wear as an eyeshadow and this has some lovely shades (Swatched below)

5) No7 Eyeshadow in Mink. These eyeshadows come out at around €2.75 I think with the voucher which is great (Although the thought of paying almost €10 without the voucher is absurd!). They're smooth and quite pigmented so a nice adition. There's another pinkish gold colour I'd like to get at some stage!

6) No7 Eyeshadow in Truffle.


So L-R: Truffle, Mink, Sultry Eye palette.



There's one other item I forgot to include that I bought a couple of months ago, It's this No7 Spring Collection lipstick in Carnelian. Pretty peachy colour.



There it is, my cream blush collection. I've really become more into these of late. They're really fresh, leave your skin looking alive and dewy. I like them alot for summer. My collection ranges from high to low end, and here they are opened!



L-R: Illamasqua 'Dixie', Illamasqua 'Rude', Nars 'Penny Lane', Benefit 'Benetint', 2True lip & cheek stain


L-R: ELF Shimmering facial whip 'Pink Lemonade', ELF all over color stick 'Lilac Petal', ELF all over color stick 'Warm peach', Essence 'Snow Bunny', Maybelline dream mousse blush 'Peach Satin', Stila Convertible color 'Peony'.


L-R: NYX Rouge Cream blush 'Boho Chic', Topshop 'Flush', Topshop 'Neon Rose', Topshop 'Nutmeg'

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Topshop

I don't want to bore you with more Topshop makeup.. because it seems to everywhere at the moment. But I was in town so went in to have a look.

It was nice, but still more expensive than most drugstore products. So all I got was three of the cream blushes which to me are the stand out product. The eyeshadow pen thing was nice but it's the kind of thing I'd never use. The highlighter was a bit golden and so my ELF bronzer in Luminance would do the same thing for much cheaper.

Dessert lipstick looked nice, but I have Peachstock and it was a similar brown toned peachy nude. Brighton Rock looked quite fun, a bright pink, but it was out of stock, I may go back, I may not. I think it was around €9 which is still pricey enough (Although yay for Topshop not having a scabby exchange rate! They're £8 in the uk!). The maybelline ones are €10 and Barry M ones are cheaper and i'm sure you could find a similar bright pink!

So here's my stuffs, I'm not gonna swatch them because I'm going to do a post on cream blushes.



So I got Nutmeg, Neon Rose and Flush, and that is all :)

Saturday, 8 May 2010

HqHair order

My HQHair order arrived today. I've heard alot of people having problems with them, but My order took just under a week to arrive (including bank holiday and volcanic ash disturbances!)

So when I got an email saying there was a 15% off coupon for the bank holiday weekend I had to take advantage. I'd wanted some Nars stuff and some Bare Essentials.



First off the Nars stuff, I got Sheer glow, in Deauville. I've heard this is a good match for NW20. I'm excited to try this as I'm sure you've heard the good reports all over the blogosphere!

UPDATE: I tried it today and it's amazing! I know I can't rave after just one application.. but seriously, you need the tinyest amount, applys beautifully (with a Sigma 109) and leaves a really nice finish that didn't require much concealer, I'd say medium coverage but feels light on the skin.. With my order I got a loyalty coupon for 15% off my next order and I think I'll definitly be buying a back up of this along with a couple more blushes and possibly laguna. Any other reccommendations??

I then got two blushes, one cream, one powder. Penny lane and then Amour.



Top to Bottom: Penny Lane, Amour


Penny Lane is a pretty light pink cream blush, Amour is a beautiful Coral/Pink Matte colour, It's matte but with a sheen, no shimmer in sight. It's incredibly pigmented and smooth, and I'm sure it won't be my last Nars Blush. Although I'd heard Deep Throat was a lovely blush, I have Coralista, and some others that look similar so I wanted to try others before it.

Then the Bare Essentials kit. I'd tried a tester of it and really enjoyed it's effect. You can buy this kit in Ireland for €65 but i'd seen it online for around £45 which is obviously way cheaper, so when I could get 15% I was sold!

I got the light kit which inclused, one fairly light foundation, one light foundation, mineral veil, Warmth bronzer, Bisque concealer, Two face brushes and one concealer brush.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Collection purchases

So yesterday, the Mac Pret-a-Papier and To the beach collections came out. So I went over on my way to work to check them out. There were a couple things I wanted to pick up that were quite unusual and not like anything in the permanent line so that's exactly what I did!

One thing I didn't pick up that I was planning to was the cream bronzer from the to the beach collection. I was underwhelmed, it was not very pigmented, kind of greasy and just full of gold shimmer therefore not suitable for a contour. So I skipped that, the highlighting powder also felt really chalky and powdery so I didn't go for it, although I see it's already sold out online, I just wasn't sold!

But here's what I got,




L-R: Dressmaker lipstick (Lustre), Thrills Lipstick (Frost), Lazy Day lipstick (Lustre), Coral Crepe Paintpot.

I love these lipsticks, they're all so different. I wasn't planning on getting Thrills because it looked so red, but in person it's gorgous, it's really different, and has so much gold running through it, it's a beautiful rosey copper colour. The paintpot is beautiful, it's much more pigmented than some of the other paintpots I have.


L-R: Cut to fit eyeshadow, Tissueweight eyeshadow, Instant Chic blush, Hipness blush.

I'd heard Cut to fit was like Twinks, but no, it's not! If anything, it's more like Antiqued but I think a bit more red, It's really pigmented and really smooth. Tissueweight to me looks like a shimmery version of Brule, it's really pretty. Instant Chic is a great every day look, it's a beautiful corally colour and I really like it. Hipness is a repromote from the Fafi collection, It's more satin than shimmer and really beautiful. I also love the packaging of the blushes.

I loved the to the beach eyeshadow packaging but don't think I'd wear the colours. The lightest matte shade (can't remember the name) wasn't pigmented, the other colour, maybe Firecracker(?) was really pretty, veluxe pearl and really smooth but it was a bit pink and I'm not sure I'd wear it.

Overall quite good collections I think,

Did you pick anything up?