I agree with other reviewers with the versatility of this foundation, although on it's own I absolutely love the finish, I've unsuccessfully not found my shade in the Nearly Naked range. I'm more of a Caramel 260, but find that mixing a tiny amount of Cappuccino 290 matches me even better but with the different undertones of both colours, I find that it looks a little awkward on me and I look washed out so I add in Maybelline Superstay 24hr in Caramel to achieve the perfect shade,it creates that perfect natural matte satin finish look to my skin that lasts pretty well throughout the day. I'm unsure if I would recommend this for oily skin types, I find that this foundation does tend to look quite oily after about 5 hours on my skin so blotting is always a must. This foundation would work best with probably normal/combination dry skin types due to that nature, the colours for darker complexions in the UK being only Nutmeg, Caramel and Cappuccino left me a little disappointed not to mention the fact it has no pump dispenser to control the amount I actually dispense but to me this is a great mixing foundation if I find something too matte. For that reason alone, I will repurchase.
This is a great lipstick, considering it is difficult finding such eccentric colours like this one in drugstores, I'm pretty impressed. The pigmentation of this won me over, however the slightly glossy finish of this does throw me off sometimes,I do prefer a matte finish but for the price I'm really not complaining. I was thinking of getting MAC Cyber or Smoked Purple but I think that saga shall come to rest as I now have this.
This lipstick is THE lipstick to have. Everyone needs to at least have experimented with the oh so famous Ruby Woo. It's a matte, medium blue toned red that compliments so many different complexions (MAC NW43). So many people complain about the drying formula which is very understandable but in MAC's defense, it does state on the packaging 'retro matte' and that does indicate what formula you're bound to work with. It's so important to prep yo' lips before wearing this though, it has such a tendency to cling on to the driest and flakiest parts of the lips... I even had friends with Ruby Woo on and was too afraid to mention the very obvious flaky particles on their lips *sigh* ^_^ But if you are willing to go through the hassle... it is 100% worth it, I'm in love with the matte finish, not to mention it lasts all day!
One of my fave inexpensive makeup products. I have this in the colour medium and this has been my go-to contour and highlight kit for over a year. The convenience and practicality of this is beyond amazing! I actually use the highlight to sometimes set my concealer lightly with a fan brush, it gives such a beautiful luminescence to the face not to mention the contour which doesn't look too harsh once applied on the skin. I highly recommend this, Sleek have nailed it.
Typically not a fan of Lustre finishes when MAC lipsticks are in the question, I thought I'd give in and give this a try anyway. See Sheer is an almost sheer medium coral. With my warm undertones, I find it almost looks too busy on my face once applied full on. Don't get me wrong, I do love a bold lip from bold fuschias like NARS Schiap to deep oxblood reds like Wet n Wild 918D Cherry Bomb however See Sheer at times looks awkward on me. Pretty shade nonetheless, however I find that this with some clear gloss or Vaseline Rosy Lips on top just works great and looks so much more appealing, it took me a while to figure it out but I got there. I wear this on a daily as it's easy and not fussy, but I could find other lipsticks that do the same job for a cheaper price tag.
Scrubs -Burt's Bees - Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub
FauxChic 3/18/2013 7:31:00 PM
This is a decent product. For the price really, I expected more. Upon realising this performs the same as the St Ives Apricot scrub, I was ultimately disappointed. This is a considerably gritty scrub in my opinion and also quite moisturising, I would actually suggest it to those who have dry/flaky skin and have a preference for natural/organic skincare. I wouldn't slam it and call it horrible but the smell along with the price tag and under performance didn't sit so well with me. I didn't really witness a noticeable difference in my skin also, I was expecting a little more radiance and evenness in my complexion, this unfortunately failed to be up to par.
Scrubs -Queen Helene - Mint Julep Natural Facial Scrub
FauxChic 3/18/2013 7:20:00 PM
For the price of this facial scrub, I'm really not complaining! The scrub is not so gritty but not too sparse - just the right amount which makes it not so abrasive when using. I find myself using this daily in the morning (which most people won't suggest doing) but I love the feeling of freshly exfoliated skin. You get a lot of product too, recently underwhelmed by the performance of Burts Bee's Peach and Willowbark scrub (St Ives Apricot scrub works just as well for less than half the price) I decided to try something new and this was really nice, the refreshing minty smell enticed me too. If you have really flaky skin, maybe this wouldn't be so ideal but it works great nonetheless!
Sleek have once again outdone themselves with this one, I love the fact that they have a wide array of shades in their blushes. I would best describe Sunrise as a bronzey copper terracotta brown with shimmer, very pretty. As this is quite pigmented, I do have to use quite a light hand or it can look a bit too over the top but I love it. I love to also use this as a bronzer to add warmth to my face, great multipurpose blush!
Sleek have definitely nailed it with this BB cream, a total newbie to the tinted moisturiser/BB cream phenomenon and with the introduction to BB creams to the western market, I thought it was about time to delve into purchasing the Sleek one upon hearing relatively great reviews. I have the shade medium and I'm around an NW40/43 in MAC, I do have a yellow undertone but find using bases with a more pink undertone compliment me better and the Sleek one doesn't really have that on me and it's a bit dark but that's not a big deal. It has a thick formula and for a BB cream, I must say does give great medium-full coverage and offers a natural dewy finish which I enjoy on myself. The longevity however is not the best, I get oily especially on my t-zone after only a few hours, so some blotting papers and my trusty MAC Studio Fix are always a necessity to have nearby. It also works as a great primer for my matte foundations (recently came to the conclusion that I dislike matte bases) and gives a natural satin finish to them. With the limited shades for BB creams for darker complexions, I do say that most people should give this a try, for £8.99 it's great. Only a few other brands like GOSH and Smashbox offer deeper toned BB creams so for the quality, I am very impressed.
I actually love the colour of Lucky Lucky Lavender but the formulation failed to be up to par. Application was really streaky and took me up to SIX coats to reach opacity. Disappointing as I'm more of an Essie girl but thought to use OPI for a change but sadly, this didn't deliver at all. Nice pinky purple shade however, 'lavender' is a bit misleading but pretty nonetheless.
I enjoy using this mascara, after putting Avon mascaras to the backburner, I thought it may be ideal to reunite with them after terrible experiences with recent purchases at the drugstore. As far as holding a curl, I'm still unsure if it actually does that giving that it's the selling point of this mascara, I also tend to have a bit of a clumpy application with this mascara but I do get some length (not amazing) and volume which is what I need as I have such short and stumpy eye lashes, I wouldn't recommend it to everyone but I find that it does work for me, two thumbs up!
Concealers -Unlisted Brand - L.A. Girl Pro conceal HD concealer
FauxChic 1/20/2013 5:43:00 PM
This concealer ticks every box that I look for, it provides decent coverage, lasting power is excellent, super inexpensive and has a wide variation of colours which is amazing. Looking at many raved reviews about this concealer on YouTube, I had to jump on the bandwagon. Unfortunately, living in the UK hasn't given me easy access to purchase this however I bought two colours Cool Tan and Fawn on Beautyjoint.com, and couldn't be any happier. I'd say Cool Tan is like an NC42/NW35 and Fawn around an NC45 shade. As Fawn is relatively a similar tone to my skin, I don't use this to highlight my face, more so to conceal blemishes. I use Cool Tan as a highlight and it stays put all day, for a mere $2.50, I really can't complain however at times the concealer does tend to separate, sometimes I squeeze some product to find some water on the brush applicator - no bueno, but once again - an amazing find, very similar to MAC Pro Longwear which I still lovee but just way cheaper, I do recommend!
Lipstick -Wet 'n' Wild - Megalast Matte 916D Ravin' Raisin
FauxChic 1/13/2013 9:11:00 AM
I enjoy using this, on me it's a medium purple with mauve undertones which I find quite different and unique especially on my nc45/nc50 complexion. While it's not the most flattering on all complexions, I do think it's worth a look. I usually pair this with a clean winged liner, contoured face and this gives an edgy pop of colour.
Lipstick -Wet 'n' Wild - Mega Last in Cherry Bomb 918D
FauxChic 1/13/2013 8:59:00 AM
This lipstick is amazing, fantastic pigmentation, decent longevity and super cheap! I'm constantly wearing this, it's a very deep oxblood colour with an almost matte finish, do recommend!
I'm in love with this lipglass. It's definitely unique in my collection I must say. It's like a peachy pink with pearl, very hard to actually describe. The pigmentation of this is crazy, sometimes I forget and apply too much! No regrets with this purchase, however one con is the sticky texture of this which is quite common with MAC Lipglasses, but this for sure is one of my favourites nonetheless.