Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Sleek Glory Palette

Sleek's Glory Palette is a 12 color eyeshadow palette with some really bright colors in it. This palette came out some time ago for the London 2012 Olympics. All of the colors have names and seemed to be themed on the London Underground with names like Victoria, Bakerloo and Piccadilly. I like how the colors actually match the tube, like blue for Victoria and yellow for Circle.

Top - Tube, Overground, Bakerloo, Jubilee, Platform, Northern
Bottom - District, Hammersmith And City, Piccadilly, Circle, Victoria, Central

All of the colors seem to have good pigment and blend together nicely. I used the palest colors in this palette - Tube and Overground as highlighters and bases. I preferred Underground as a base for the other colors and Tube as a highlighter under the brows. I also used Platform as a base color for darker colors. Even though District is green in the palette, it showed up more of a blue in the photo for some reason. For someone who loves color, this palette is great as you can create loads of different looks. Once the colors were on they stayed on all day and didn't crease or fade.

Victoria, Piccadilly, Circle

Central, District, Hammersmith And City


Platform, Jubilee, Northern

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Models Own Goose Nail Polish

I really like speckled nail polishes and tried one from Model's Own before. I did like the nail polish overall so I decided to try their yellow speckled one called Goose.

These colors can go on a bit thick so to stop this just brush off the excess color back onto the side of the bottle. I could have just given my nails one coat with this, but decided to give them two. They took two minutes to dry and stayed on for days without chipping. I really like the speckled nails as they remind me of mini eggs. Models Own do a whole range of speckled nails in different colors.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

ELF Nail Polishes - Skinny Jeans, Passion Pink, Bubble Gum Pink and Golden Goddess

The other week in ELF I got these four nail polishes. They were all gift with purchase. I didn't get them all at once, just on separate times I went in there and spent a certain amount. I got Skinny Jeans (blue), Passion Pink (pink with gold pearl), Bubble Gum Pink (pink) and Golden Goddess (gold glitter). All are full sized nail polishes and have a brush that allows for easy application.

Skinny Jeans, Passion Pink, Bubble Gum Pink, Golden Goddess

All are full on nail polishes apart from Golden Goddess which is more of a glitter effect color. To get this to show up best, I wore it on top of Skinny Jeans. With these sorts of colors it's best to use them on top of another one to get it to show up. If I had worn it as a color on it's own I probably would have had to give my nails 4 or 5 coats of it. 

All of the other colors went on my nails really easily and were so opaque I only needed to apply them once. They can go on a bit thick, so try and give your nails a nice thin coat. Drying time was around two minutes and they stayed on my nails for quite some time. There was no chipping either.

Skinny Jeans

Passion Pink

Bubble Gum Pink

Golden Goddess

Sunday, 5 April 2015

ELF Gotta Glow Blush

Gotta Glow is a blusher from ELF's studio range of blushers. It's more of a highlighting blush and gives a yellow toned golden glow. The packaging is just like ELF's studio blushers and reminds me a lot of NARS packaging. Talking about NARS, this blusher looks a lot like their Albatross highlighter. I don't have Albatross so I can't compare it.

There is plenty of pigment in this blusher, although the texture is quite powdery/chalky. Apart from the texture it does give a nice golden glow. I applied this on my cheeks and under my brows. Once it was on it didn't fade and didn't need reapplying, it stayed on all day. The texture was the only thing that could have been better, otherwise for £3.95 its not a bad highlighter to have.

ELF Breezy Blue Pigment Eyeshadow

I've always found ELF's pigment eyeshadows to be quite good. The color has always been really intense and the pigment amazing. Breezy Blue is described as a jewel tone navy blue satin shimmer. As this is a pigment it can be quite messy because it is a loose pigment. To use I get a small amount and put it in the lid, that way it stops me dropping the actual pigment on the floor and causing a mess. It does come with an applicator, although I never used it, always prefer my brushes.

The color payoff with this pigment is fab and the color payoff amazing. A small amount goes a long way with this color, it didn't take me long to get it intense. It didn't have a dry texture either on the eyes and built up nicely. I'm guessing this color could be blended with other colors, although I wore it on its own. Once it was on it stayed on all day and didn't crease or fade. I love blue eyeshadows and loved how intense this color was. 

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Sleek I Quad - Midnight Blues

Sleek's I Quads are a mini palette with three eyeshadows and a cream eyeliner. I always like Sleek makeup so decided to try these quads. Midnight Blues is a limited edition palette in blue shades. It features 2 eyeshadows and a cream/gel eyeliner. None of the eyeshadows are matte, and all have shimmer in them. The darkest blue is more of a glittery shimmer. The colors all have names in this palette - Dream A Little, Deep Sky, Smoke Lightening and High Octave.

Dream A Little, Deep Sky, Smoke Lightening, High Octave

All of the colors are lovely and dramatic and if you love your blues then this palette is definitely for you. I wore all three eyeshadows together and wore the eyeliner with them. I blended Dream A Little and Big Sky into each other while wearing Smoke Lightening on the lower lash line. All of the eyeshadows had plenty of pigment and gave crease free intense color. While Deep Sky and Smoke Lightening are shimmery, Dream A Little is more glittery. The texture of this one was a bit dry, but wasn't too much it was hard to work with. The other eyeshadows had really nice soft textures to them.

High Octave is the eyeliner, and is a deep blue color. It has a creamy texture to it. I always prefer cream/gel liners to liquid ones as I always find they are easier to use. I did have to apply this twice to get the color to show. Once it was on it was on and didn't need reapplying.

I really like these quads from Sleek as the pigments are fab and you can create a really nice look.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

Girl Meets Pearl from Benefit has been around for some time now and is described a "liquid pearl for the face." It's basically soft gold pink liquid luminizer that can be worn under or over foundation, or on it's own. It comes in packaging similar to That Gal. The packaging is a lovely metallic pink color and has the most amazing scent to it. It smells a bit like raspberry to me, which is probably because raspberry is one of the ingredients in it. To open, you twist the bottom and product comes out the top. When I first used it I did have to twist quite a bit to get the color going, but once it's finally open product comes out with just one twist.

I wore this in two different ways. First way was after I had put my primer on, I got a foundation brush and applied this all over to my face. I didn't have to use a lot to cover my whole face, a small amount goes a long way. I then applied my foundation on top and then powdered. By applying it like this, you get a nice glow, even under foundation and powder. I loved how Girl Meets Pearl made my skin look, it looked even better in the sunlight.

The other way I applied was over foundation and powder and put a very small amount to any areas I wanted to glow. As this is a liquid product it is best to only use a very small amount. On top of powder, liquids/creams can go quite patchy so using a small amount helps to stop makeup going like that. I quite liked wearing it this way too, it gave my cheeks a nice glow.

Once it was on, it stayed on and kept my skin glowing all day long. It didn't dry my skin out either.

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick

Miley Cyrus is the face of this year's Viva Glam campaign for MAC. Viva Glam Miley is a hot pink lipstick with an amplified creme texture. As this is Viva Glam, the packaging is the regular black with red. Miley's signature is stamped into the tube.

I really like this shade of pink. Bright pinks are one of my favorite lipstick colors, so I had to have this for my collection. As it is amplified creme, it goes on really nice and creamy, with plenty of pigment. It didn't take me long to get intense color. It wasn't drying either on the lips and even though it wasn't a matte it stayed on my lips for ages, I didn't really have to reapply through the day either. Viva Glam usually bring out 2 lipsticks a year so I'm wondering what color Miley Cyrus 2 will be.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 1 Lipstick

Last year MAC chose Rihanna to be the face of Viva Glam. I was a bit slow getting the Rihanna lipsticks and last week was able to buy the Viva Glam Rihanna 1 lipstick. Rihanna 2 was sold out. Rihanna 1 is a blue red lipstick with a frost finish. It comes in limited edition red packaging with Rihanna's signature stamped on the tube.

This is a really nice lipstick that has plenty of pigment in it. It has a frost finish, so has a bit of shimmer in it. The color built up nicely and in no time I was able to get full opaque color. I quite liked the frost effect too, most of my red lipsticks are either matte or cream, but don't actually have a shimmer in them. Although it wasn't a matte, it did have really good staying power and I didn't really have to reapply the color to my lips. Once it was on it stayed on.