This foundation is quite creamy and provides a dewy finish. I actually quite liked the look it gave me but I have very oily skin and should stick to oil-free matt finish foundations. Suffice to say my skin broke out terribly two days after using this so it is banished to the bottom of my make-up basket! However if you have dry skin and don't necessarily require an oil-free foundation then it might work for you.
Gorgeous nude lip liner. Goes on smoothly, good pigmentation and goes with all nude and pale pink shades of lipsticks/glosses. I usually use this with MAC gloss in Florabundance with a smokey eye and it looks gorgeous. I also use it just smudged with some Vaseline Rose (tinted) for work sometimes when I am feeling lazy but still want some definition. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because as much as I adore MAC I have a feeling there are identical cheaper dupes out there.
Sleek released 3 new shimmery blushes a few weeks ago - Rose Gold, Sunrise and Pomegranate. I bought all of them because they are such pretty shades and are only £3.99 each. There has been a large amount of hype online (beauty blogs, youtube) about this Rose Gold shade, mostly because it seems to be a close dupe for the infamous Nars Orgasm. Now I don't have Orgasm so I can't compare so I'm just judging it on it's own qualities. It is a gorgeous shimmery peach colour and is highly pigmented - a little bit goes a looooong way! Same for all Sleek blushes actually, I only need the smallest amount whereas with other blushes I usually have to pack it on. I really like the plain matte black packaging too and it comes with a handy mirror. You also get a whopping 8g of product whereas MAC is 6g. The shade Pixie Pink is meant to be good, it reminds me of MAC's Pink Swoon so I will be purchasing that soon too.
MUA (Make-Up Academy) is the new budget range in Superdrugs where everything is just £1. Yes, that's right - 1 whole pound! I have only tried their eyeshadows (which are amazing - highly pigmented and blend really well, definitely recommend those) and lipsticks so can't comment on the entire range. But I'm here to talk about this lippie anyway which is really beautiful. The swatch online is not accurate, it looks like a bright double decker bus shade when it is in fact a dark, deep cherry red shade. I have been searching for a red this colour for so long! It reminds me of the colour Gwen Stefani uses regularly. It goes on very smoothly and surprisingly lasts for ages too. I thought because it was only £1 it would glide off whenever my lips touched a mug but it didn't. It is has a waxy kind of scent but I don't mind it. Absolute bargain and a beautiful shade - I plan on stocking up!
Lipstick -Boots - Natural Collection Moisture Shine - Cherry Red
shakerattlerock 10/10/2010 4:46:00 PM
I am a big fan of red lips and have about 15 red lippies in my collection. I like them bright and blue toned as I'm pale with dark hair. This lipstick is an absolute bargain at £1.99! The shade is a gorgeous true cherry red with blue tones and very pigmented for the price; I find that cheap red lipsticks tend to be quite orangey but this is a gorgeous shade. It is moisturising so feels lovely on your lips whilst having a nice shine and is also fragrance free. You will have to re-apply if you have a meal or drinks lots but I don't mind that. Like all Natural Collection products the packaging is white which isn't very attractive but for 2 quid I am not going to complain.
This is one of the worst foundations I have ever used - it's so bad that I am going to try and return it tomorrow, something I have never done with make-up! It's currently on offer in both Boots and Superdrug and I'd read some good reviews of it on various blogs so decided to give it a try for £7.99. I have very oily skin and this is meant to be good for matte coverage. I got it in the lightest shade they do (no. 51 Light Vanilla) and I am a NW15. The colour was fine. But this foundation was horrible - it has the texture and scent of a clay mask! Too thick and dried on the skin WAY too quickly. As soon as it hits your skin it dries which makes it impossible for you to blend. It just sat on my skin looking cakey. Seriously, imagine trying to blend a clay mask on your face - that is precisely what it is like. I've tried 3 ways: my usual foundation brush (MAC 187) which is a stifling brush to buff it into my skin - didn't work. A flat foundation brush (Ruby & Millie) - didn't work either. I also tried my fingers which didn't work either. I set it with powder as usual and it started to oxidise and go patchy after only an hour. Awful coverage, far too sheer for my liking, but that's probably because you just couldn't blend the stuff.
I am really loving Sleek products at the moment. I've got this lip gloss in the shade 'A Touch of Pink' which is a baby pink opaque gloss with no shimmer. It looks brighter in the tube and turns slightly more nude on my lips. I absolutely love it! The colour and consistency is great - pigmented, SUPER glossy and lasts for hours. It has the same lasting power and shine of MAC glosses in my opinion. The only thing I don't like is the fact that it tastes and smells really horrible! But maybe I got a bad one. Great value for money at only £3.49 each..I plan on getting Champagne (shimmery peachy nude) and In Your Dreams (nude brown) next.
This liner is great. Goes on very smoothly, no streaks, with a deep black colour. No smudging, no flaking. Some liquid liners tend to crack during the day or flake off but this stuff stays on until you decide to take it off! For £5.49 it is a bargain. I use this for dramatic cat eyes mainly but it can create a thin line for when you just want to add some depth to some eyeshadow.
Mascara -Christian Dior - Diorshow Black Out Mascara
shakerattlerock 10/4/2010 7:12:00 PM
By far the best mascara I have ever tried and I have tried many! This gives you very fake, slightly clumpy-in-a-good-way lashes. I am not a fan of natural looking mascara and Black Out lengthens, volumises and makes them the deepest black. I have very, very straight lashes which point downwards and have trouble with most mascaras - I am not satisfied by most I try. But this is amazing stuff. I really don't get the bad reviews as it's by far my favourite mascara but eh, different things work for different people! My only gripe is the price, it's very expensive and I go through mascara very quickly due to the amount of coats I wear, so I can't always afford to buy this.
I bought this soley based on the amazing reviews it has got on here and I am SO glad I did. I usually do a smokey eye with Print, Carbon and Copperplate but found Carbon a little hard to work with. Typographic blends like a dream. Sure, it's not jet black but it's still perfect for dark looks - you can keep adding more to get the depth you require. Pretty much everyone here has said they prefer it to Carbon and I have to agree! It is a gorgeous eyeshadow, highly recommended.
One of my favourite MAC eyeshadows. Smokey eyes are my usual look and I always end up reaching for this. I either pair it all over the lid with Carbon in the corner and crease or just by itself and blended out with Copperplate. It looks so gorgeous with nude lips. It blends well and is very pigmented.
Eyeliner -Collection 2000 - Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner
shakerattlerock 10/3/2010 6:51:00 PM
This is a decent liner, one that I seem to keep going back to. It is dirt cheap and goes on well, a nice deep black finish, and lasts long too. I alternate between this and Rimmel but my ultimate black eyeliner is MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. These felt tip liners are however easier/faster to apply and more convenient to carry around in your purse.
This seems to be quite popular but I didn't like this liner at all, it's probably the worst liquid eyeliner I have tried. The texture was awful, very thin and runny. I had to go over the same line about 5 times to get a decent jet black finish. The tip felt rough and it flaked everywhere. I used it a few times and actually threw it in the bin.
I have this in shade Cherry which is a very dark vampy wine shade, quite similar to MAC Dark Side. This is the darkest shade of lippie I own - I am more used to bright reds - but I wanted to try a dark lipstick to see whether it would suit me without breaking the bank (costs £3.69). I love it! The texture is great, it's highly pigmented and lasts a ages too. The swatches on their website aren't very accurate, it's much darker than it appears. I use Sleek's liner in Currant which matches it perfectly. I love this vampy shade and really want to try the shade Claret but it's never in stock. Nice sleek matte black packaging too. Big fan of Sleek products at the moment, check them out!
I am loving Sleek products at the moment! They are a brand in Superdrug and are great value for money - I love their lipsticks, lip glosses, eyeshadows, liners etc. Great stuff. Anyway, so this foundation is very good. I wasn't expecting anything amazing but I really was pleasantly surprised. I am a NW15 in MAC so got the lightest shade they do which is Shell. I liked the fact that the description on their website said that it offers full coverage and is oil free - two things which are vital to me in a foundation. I found that I didn't need to use much of this but had to be careful with the blending (think I will try a flat foundation brush next time instead of the sponge). The coverage was really decent for something which only cost £6.99, not as full as I would've liked but that's just my bad skin coming through really; if you had decent skin then this would look amazing I'm sure. My face also didn't look too shiny throughout the day which it usually does. I also really love the packaging - black and sturdy with a mirror, basically identical to MAC Studio Tech (same type of product too, a creme foundation). It also hasn't broke me out which creme foundations always do. Highly recommended!