Saturday, 22 June 2013

SLEEK Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette! Swatches & Review!

Hello there!!!!

Today I want to talk to you about a product that I bought last week, the Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush palette. I had seen several people raving about it and since I did not have a powder highlighter and a nice bronzer I decided to give it a try.

I got the palette in the shade Light. It comes with a matte bronzer, a shimmery highlight powder and the Rose Gold blush, which can be bought individually too and I had my eye on for some time. Medium and Dark palettes have another bronzer instead of this blush but they are much too dark for me. 

The packaging is simple yet quite appealing. However I would not have it in a makeup bag because it feels like it can get dirty easily. If you do not care about that though, it is a very practical product to have with you when you travel because you get three different things in it without taking up too much space. The big mirror on the inside is also very helpful if you are touching up your makeup on the go.

Moving on to the three colours inside it.
The bronzer is a light to medium matte brown and it is incredibly pigmented. It matches my skin tone perfectly so it looks like a natural shadow instead of a mud stain (yes that has happened to me before). I would say that it is worth the full price of the palette on its own. What is more, it applies like a dream both with a small contour brush for a nice structured contoured look and with a big fluffy face brush if you want to add some colour all over your face to look a bit more tanned. I would give it a 10/10!
The highlighter is a beautiful shimmery champagne colour, which is very close to my natural skin colour. This unfortunately makes it a bit hard to show up and it is barely visible on me when I use a fluffy brush to put it on. Instead I will either use a buffing brush or apply it with my fingers in the areas I want it to be and then blend it out where it is necessary. One thing I tried and it worked quite well is to use it instead of eyeshadow on days when I stay at home and I only put some foundation, mascara and lip balm on. It will make my eye area brighter and my eyes pop much more. I will give it a 7/10 just because I have to work a bit more than I would like to to get the best result.
The blush, which everyone says is a dupe for NARS Orgasm, looks really beautiful in the pan. However, I need to be careful when I apply it because it is quite orange and if I put too much it can clash with my skin tone, which tends to be more neutral to yellow. I think this as a blush looks much better on darker skin tones, an Indian friend of mine has it and it looks amazing on her skin because the simmer comes through and glows, whereas on me it is the base colour of the blush that draws all the attention. As a result, I need to be patient and build it up slowly for the best result. I would give it 8/10 just because I can not help comparing it to Sleek's blush in Pomegranate, which is one of my favourite blushes and I think is much better for me than this. 

Anyway, here are some heavy swatches on my skin in cloudy daylight (above) and direct sunlight (below). Imagine them much more sheer when you use a brush on your face though. Overall I am quite satisfied with the palette I would definitely recommend it. It is a very good product for just under 10 pounds and you are going to get a lot of use out of it.

Let me know what you think about this product and what kind of skin tones you would think it would work well with.

Love you!

Friday, 14 June 2013

MODELS' OWN Scented Polishes 2013! Swatches and Review!

Hello there!!!

I hope you are having a lovely day. A couple of weeks ago I showed you in a video that I bought these two nail polishes and I promised to do a review here to let you know exactly what I thought about them. So let's get to it!

The shades I picked up are Grape Juice and Banana Split. In the bottle they both look beautiful and quite bright for pastels. Since I had never tried the Models' Own brand before I did not know what to expect but I knew that a lot of people like their polishes. There are a few points I would like to take you through though because they are more or less the standards for judging any nail polish.

The first thing I noticed was that the brush tends to apply a very thick coat of polish, which makes it harder to smooth it out on the entire nail and can create unevenness in the opacity of the polish. The normal solution to that is a second coat, which is what I did, but I found out that if again another thick coat is put the same problem can remain and you may end up with really thick opaque parts and very thin streaky ones on the same nail. I would advise making the first coat as thin as possible and the second one a little bit thicker and fully opaque and then waiting until they are completely dry. If you still are not completely satisfied with the result use a good top coat. It will make a huge difference, and I really mean a huge one.

I was able to wear both of these colours for five days without having any serious chipping. I would say they stay on quite well once they are dry so you do not have to worry too much about them, which is something I really like in a polish.

Since these products are marketed as scented polishes I expected them to smell quite nice. Especially since I have tried the Revlon scented polishes in the past I thought they would be similar to them. However, the scent is barely there, if there at all. The wet nail polish in the bottle has a normal nail polish scent with a tiny hint of something else but as soon as it is on the nails and especially after using a top coat everything disappears. Comparing with the Revlon ones that you can still smell them a couple of days later, even with the top coat on, I would say these polishes fail on the scented aspect completely.

My final judgement of these two polishes is that I like them. I did not care about the scent anyway, what I was going for was a couple of beautiful pastel colours and I really like how these two look on my nails. The only thing that slightly put me off, is that I need to work with them to get an even application, but the Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat saved those two polishes and made it possible to get a beautiful result so I will definitely keep using them throughout summer. Between the two, Grape Juice is my favourite because I love purple and it is slightly easier to apply because it is a bit darker than the yellow one.

Please let me know if you have tried any polishes from this line and if you had the same problem with the application. I hope you found this review useful. See you next time!

Love you!

Monday, 10 June 2013

PRIMARK OOTD: Summer Mermaid!

Hey there!

I do not know if you noticed but there was sun outside last week! So I decided to go out for a walk in the park and my friend, Maria, offered to take some pictures of my outfit for the blog (no friends were harmed in the making of this blog post). 

I know the cut of the skirt is not a mermaid style but the whole outfit reminds me of mermaids because of the colour. It is a nice change from the traditional ombre look that you see everywhere, which goes from top to bottom, and the pleats make it move a lot more and create an effect of the different blue hues chasing each other in the light, like I imagine they would reflect on the scales of a mermaid's tail.

Top - Primark
Skirt - Primark
Shoes - Primark
Bag - Primark
Headband - Primark
Earrings - H&M
Glasses - Accessorize

A note on the shoes: they are quite comfortable and easy to walk but I found two problems with them. The bow is screwed on the shoe and if it keeps twisting it can be unscrewed so I'd suggest unscrewing it at home, putting some superglue and screwing it again. Also, the bottom part of the screw can dig into your skin so you can either add a plaster every time you wear them or put a piece of fabric to cover the screw for good (ideally after the superglue so the bows won't come off). The second issue is that the plastic between the toes can cause blisters after wearing them daily for about a week, so keep that in mind too.

I must say I really love this outfit because it is bright and happy and it is a nice change from the dark colours I would wear in winter. I should also probably warn you that it does attract looks and comments in the street so be prepared for that.

And just because I did not want to carry a neutral bag, I decided to go with a bright pink one instead! What can I say, I love my colours! This bag can fit my DSLR camera, my wallet, notebook, pen, makeup etc... I like being prepared for things (add an axe for potential zombie apocalypse). 

Anyway, I must go now. I hope you enjoyed this post and you will be brave enough to wear bold colours! London needs more colourful people to balance out the suits! Again a big thanks to Maria for taking the pictures! See you next time!

Love you!