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Saturday, November 30, 2013

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sleek matte me in petal & roja red

sleek matte me in petal review swatch photo
sleek matte me in petal review swatch photo
sleek matte me in petal review swatch photo
sleek matte me in petalreview swatch photo
sleek matte me in petal: £4.99
SLEEK MATTE ME IN roja red: £4.99

The Sleek Matte Me are marketed as a smooth matte lip cream which are opaque in one swipe. I bought this on a whim as I’d not seen any liquid lipstick type items on the UK Highstreet and thought that I might be able to recommend it as an affordable alternative. My local Boots as just started stocking Sleek Makeup, so they didn't have a wide selection of shades to choose from. In the end, I settled on a classic Lily shade called Petal and a new Lily shade in Roja Red. In the packaging Petal looks like a pretty peppy neutral pink, swatched on the back of my hand it looked just as lovely. While Roja Red looks like a neutral mid tone cherry red.

Unfortunately for Sleek Matte Me in Petal doesn’t pack the pigmented punch I hoped. While I admit I do have considerably pigmented lips, which of course might be why the shade doesn’t work that well on me. I had to layer fit up to get it looking opaque. If I'd applied just one coat it didn't look even at all. As I layered it it got even more patchy and drying.  Roja Red was one swipe opaque though which was impressive. The Sleek Matte Me's come in a few other shades which from swatches I've seen on blogs look very pigmented, so I found it odd Petal was so off the mark.

Colours aside, the formula I have a real issue with. I found it tricky to apply it in a way which gave even coat on the lips. Once it started to look opaque, I felt like it just sat on top of my lips in a uneven streaky coat. It enhanced every single imperfection including drying my lips out completely. After one use, it felt I could have used a whole pot of lip balm, and they still wouldn't feel normal. I do know that with other liquid lipsticks I've tried they so have a sort of powdery or lacquer feeling on the lips but nothing like these. The best way I could describe this is that it felt as if I'd covered my lips in eyeshadow, Like a dry chalky coat.

I truly wanted to like this, I adore both the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (particularly Bellissima) and the Hourglass Rouge Opaques (namely Rivera), but To be honest, I’ll stick with the more expensive versions for now. It’s a real shame as I love Sleek and I loved the idea behind this product. I'd been crossing my fingers for an affordable highstreet dupe to recommend to you guys. But it's just a horrible product. I don't often do negative reviews as you guys probably know. When I do it's when I think a product doesn't live up to blogger hype, it's own hype or completely misses the mark. This is 100% one of those products. Im really suprised to see so many positive reviews of these after trying this! Drying, Chalky, Emphasises the lines and cracks, Hard to apply, Uneven… nah. Pass.

It's annoying as they look so darn pretty in the swatches so Im gonna presume people who don't read my review will like them! But I really don't like them at all. They just aren't worth it!
Have you tried these?

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Friday, November 29, 2013

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the body shop advent calendar 2013

the body shop advent calendar 2013 review swatch photo
the body shop advent calendar 2013 review swatch photo

the body shop advent CALENDAR: £55*

This actually just arrived via UPS, but I really want to get it up and posted about before the advent period actually starts. Beauty Advent calendars seem to have had a bit of a boost over the past year or two with tons and tons of brands offering up their version of the beauty Christmas countdown. The only beauty advent calendar I’ve tried is the Ciate one last year but other than that I’ve never indulged.

However this Body Shop Advent Calendar for 2013 contains 24 of the best selling items in miniature size from the brand and has total worth of £80 but retails for £55. Everything from body lotions, shower gels to masks, sprays to lip balms. It has a little bit of everything I love the idea as it's a great way to try so many different favorite Body Shop products for a cut down price tag as well as being able to open each door every day. I can’t see this online (The Body Shop just had a bit pre Xmas discount sale), none the less you might still be able to pick it up in store still! I'm super excited to see what's behind all the door's as I'm really trying to avoid spoilers. While it might not taste as delicious as a chocolate advent calendar it sure smells good!
Do you have a beauty advent calendar this year?

breakout busting trio

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origins out of trouble mask
clarins gentle exfoliating lotion*
la roche posay effaclar duo

So if you've seen any of my GRWM videos recently you might have spotted (puny) that I've been sporting a rather nasty crop of angry red friends recently. I usually only breakout on my chin during that time of the month. But for reasons still unknown to me,  I've had congested skin all over my cheeks, forehead and lower jaw. I've gone over a few theories on what may have caused my skin to breakout so badly ranging from a silicone intolerance, an essential oils reaction to poor diet and even considered it could be my kitten making my skin react. 

While I still haven't gotten down to the bottom of the breakout, this while spotty episode this has been really getting me down. I try not to let my skin woes get the better of me because it could be a whole lot worse than it is. Yet this is probably one of my worst skincare periods of my life, the breakout has been sore, cystic, angry looking and feels like it's been going on for at least two months now. As soon as one crop heals another angry bump pops up. While I've never claimed to have perfect skin, I have the odd spot like everyone else. Good coverage foundation helps me cope! But it's easy to feel insecure when you're surrounded by beautiful bloggers (and celebs) with perfect skin all the time. While my skin is still on the mend, here are three products I religiously use whenever my skin is a bit dodgy.

First up is the Origins Out of Trouble Mask. This mask is sulfur, zinc oxide and camphor based, but it also contains salicylic acid. Salicylic Acid is one of my skin's favourite ingredients when it comes to calming spots, reducing redness and size. I found the camphor smell put me off initially, but I've grown to like it. I think it's very medicinal scent which reminds me a bit of toothpaste or hostpials. The mask feels like it's working and drying out the skin in just 10 minutes. I use the mask an all over face mask as well as a targeted spot treatment. To do this I use a clean cotton bud and dab product on angry looking areas and leave it overnight. A few of these overnight applications on the most stubborn of spots will make a huge difference. This works a brilliantly on those painful under the skin bumps too.

When you're skins broken out it's important to exfoliate, but traditional exfoliators might be a little harsh on the skin so opt for a chemical one. While the name sounds scary, they work at gently breaking the dead skin cells away and regenerating new ones without being abrasive. I personally really like the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner as it's really gentle on the skin and suitable for everyday use. I do like Alpha H Liquid Gold but it's way too potent for more than 2-3 times a week for me. All I do sweep a cotton pad soaked in the toner all over before applying any creams or night treatments. It feels a bit tingly at first, although I like to think that's the product actually working!

Finally, this is a no brainer if you've read my blog for the last couple of months and that's the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. The ultimate in skincare item for my breakout prone skin. It unclogs pores, mattify the skin, keeps oiliness at bay and helps even out the overall appearance of my skin. I literally have never used anything I like as much as this when my skin is bad. I stopped using it for the longest time, which I should really give myself a slap on the wrist for. I actually forgot all about this product so when I decided to repurchase and add it back into my routine, my skin has improved tenfold. I don't typically elevate items to the holy grail status, but this is definitely one of my all time favourite skincare products and if I could use one for the rest of my life it would be this. My skin just simply adores it.

Like I said while my breakout hasn't gone it has got a lot better since I started getting strict with my spot fighting skincare routine. I've also really cut back on dairy as I've been so slack at monitoring it as I know that another of the main reasons my skin breaks out. I also think my skin is so sensitive so many things break it out that Im very wary of trying new products. I think from now on when it comes to skincare and bases Im going to stick to what I know works for me!
What are your favourite breakout products? 

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

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urban decay naked palette comparisons (1, 2 & 3)

Naked 1, naked 2, naked 3 comparisons review swatch photo
Naked 1, naked 2, naked 3 comparisons  review swatch photo
Naked 1, naked 2, naked 3 comparisons  review swatch photo

Urban Decay Naked1 Palette, URban Decay Naked2 Palette, Urban Decay Naked3*

A lot of people have been asking me do a comparison of the three Urban Decay Naked Palettes so here are some photos comparing the shades in Naked 1, Naked 2 & Naked 3. I'm not going to go to deep into swatch comparisons as Temptalia has that covered already. But I have to admit that Naked 3 is very different to the preceding palettes. All 12 shadows from Naked 3 are exclusive to the palette and none of the shades are TOO similar to the other shades in the Naked Palettes.

I feel the rosy tones of Naked 3 are really flattering on my skin tone and they suit my colouring much better than the other two palettes. While Naked 3 is warm the only shades that worked well on me were Half Baked and Smog, the rest of the shades were too light or looked unflattering.  I've hardly had any use out of Naked 2 as it's far too cool for my complexion and most of the colours looked very grey on me. I had promised myself I wouldn't buy it as I knew it wasnt going to work for me but thats the madness of a beauty blogger! While Naked and Naked2 didn't work for me, this might not be the case for your skin tone... I might do a post on which ones I recommend for different skintones/eye colours!

The main differences between the palettes is that Naked 1 is more warm toned, Naked 2 is very cool toned and Naked 3 have a warm pinkish tone. I find it much warmer than the earlier palettes and all the shades are very different. Although admittedly some shades are noticeably similar from palette to palette. For example, Mugshot is a bit darker than Toasted (Naked 1) and darker than YDK (Naked 2) but very similar in tone. Strange is more matte than the other lighter shades from the other two Naked Palettes but most similar to Virgin (Naked 1) in colour but not in finish. The only shade I felt that wasnt similar at all to other shades in existing palettes is Buzz as it's pinker and more shimmery than any of the other two.

While to the untrained eye there might be that much difference between the shades, There is only so many variations of neutral browns, golds and taupes you can pick from. I think Naked 3 is very different from the other two palttes in terms of shade range and colours. I think this is the perfect palette to  sits within the Naked family. Alone it's a really strong palette but it's sort of the missing link between the other two Urban Decay Naked Palettes.
See my original Naked 3 Review for close up photos & more information

urban decay naked 3 palette (with swatches)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

urban decay naked 3 uk review swatch photo
urban decay naked 3 uk review swatch photo
urban decay naked 3 uk review swatch photo
urban decay naked 3 uk review swatch photo
urban decay naked 3 uk review swatch photo
urban decay naked 3 uk review swatch photo
urban decay naked 3 uk review swatch photo

urban decay naked 3 uk review swatch photo
Strange - pale neutral pink matte-satin
Dust - pale metallic pink shimmer with irridescent micro glitter
Burnout - light pinky-peach satin
Limit - light dusty rose matte
Buzz - metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter
Trick - light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle
urban decay naked 3 uk review swatch photo
Nooner - medium pinky-brown matte
Liar - medium metallic mauve shimmer
Factory- Pinky Brown Satin
Mugshot - metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift
Darkside - deep taupe-mauve satin
Blackheart - smoky black matte satin with rosy red micro sparkle

urban decay naked 3 uk review swatch photo

urban decay naked 3 palette : £37*

Neutral lovers rejoice! Urban Decay sure kept this one under there hat didn't they! It seems to have completely come out of nowhere over the last few weeks, and the Internet has been abuzz with the news of the latest addition to the Urban Decay Naked franchise. These babies originally caused a frenzy in the beauty world. I don't think you could call yourself a beauty addict without at least thinking about getting a Naked Palette. So here's the low down on the newest Naked3 Palette.

The brand new Naked3 palette contains 12 brand new Urban Decay shades which currently are only available in the palette. The palette boasts a variety of finishes from matte, satin and shimmer. 3 matte/satins and 9 shimmers. Shade ranges go from the palest pink to a deep black with rose flecks. I can guarantee there is a shade in here that is going to stand out the most to you. There are shades that are suitable for every day and then also shades to smoke up looks and make them perfect for a night out. The eyeshadows that are highly pigmented, soft, blend-able, and easy to use. They are all wearable shades that can produce so many different looks. The rose gold case is really good quality and feels really solid in your hands. I much prefer that they packaging the later Naked Palettes are presented in. They are metal pencil case style tins rather than the cardboard box the original came in. I also really love the brush they include. The brush is also rather good, it reminds me a little of the Real Techniques style brushes. Also, each Naked palette comes with a weeks worth of the famous Urban Decay Primer Potion in 4 different finishes: Original, Sin, Eden and a new anti ageing one.

My favourite shades from the palette are Nooner, Trick and Burnout. I think Darkside is the unique one from the bunch as I've never seen a mauvey taupe brown like it. My least favourite was Strange as it just didn't show up on my skin at all, but as a highlight this would work really well. I literally cannot wait to get creating looks with this palette as it really is something special.

If you're anything like me colouring wise Naked1 and Naked2 might not have worked that well for you. I can count the times I've used the Naked 2 Palette (too cool toned) on my hand! But the new rose inspired Naked 3 Palette is perfect. I love rosy tones, and they really compliment my warm toned skin and green blue eyes. I can see myself wearing all the colours included in this palette which is very rare for such a large selection of shades. I also really like wearing rose golds and pinks on my eyes as I think they just work really well on me. It's one of those products that you probably don't need, but it's going to be terribly hard to not be tempted into getting it.

All Urban Decay have blown it out the water with this one, I think this will almost certainly sell out when it launches on December 16th. It's super hard to get in the US at the moment so if that's anything to go by snap it up as soon as you can. Stockists include Debenhams, House of Fraser, Beauty Bay, HQ Hair and Look Fantastic.
See my next post for comparisons of all the Naked Palettes...

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grow gorgeous hair growth serum

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grow gorgeous hair growth serum : £29.99*

Grow Gorgeous hair growth serum is a soon to be launched haircare product which claims to "boost hair density by 13% in 4 months, leaving you with 13,000 more hairs on average". The idea of getting fuller, longer hair really excites me. While my hair is long it doesn't really grow past a certain length and it's very fine. I'd love to have swooshy hair that's all big and bouncy rather than long and lank. Also I often wonder why I'm not bald yet because I shed so much hair every time I brush my hair!

The super girly packaging is quite misleading because there is a lot of science that's been backed up behind it's pretty little outer packaging. It basically works by waking up "tired" hair folicales at the root with a concentrated growth formula. It's a mix of Bio-Active Pea Sprout, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Chinese Skullcap, Soy Sprout and Wheat Sprout. Not that I really know how all these things are, but all this science-y stuff  gets me all I'm intrigued. Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 increases collagen production in the scalp, helping the hair anchor to the scalp which results in longer, fuller hair. Hyaluronic Acid is the delivery system for the Grow Gorgeous Serum as it helps to penetrate the the hair follicle. The product also claims to moisturise the hair and scalp, reduce hair loss and improve the overall health of your hair from the root down.

All these science-y products that are coming onto the market have really been intriguing me recently. It claims to start working in just 8 days, so I'm going to give this a whirl for a bit and report back. Which reminds me I need to do an update on The Fountain products I've been religiously taking for the last few months! 
Do you like the sound of this?

urban decay naked 3 uk launch date

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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urban decay naked 3 palette* (launches in the UK 16th December)

I've literally just got back from the launch event of the majorly anticipated Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I just HAD to whip out my camera to take a snap of the beautiful thing. While I was underwhelmed by the last two palettes and I can count the times I've used both of those palettes on one hand, The Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette is something else. Unlike Naked 1 & Naked 2 this palette is perfect for my skin tone, really rosy and warm toned shades. Plus they will all really compliment my eye colour. The stunning eye palette consists of 12 beautiful rose inspired neutral shades in shimmers, satins and mattes. In my experience all Urban Decay shadows are highly pigmented, smooth and apply well to the lids. The whole palette she-bang will be reviewed, compared and swatched for you guys tomorrow but I just HAD to wet your whistle a bit with the official UK launch date of the Naked 3 Palette and a cheeky snap. HOW BEAUTIFUL is it! While it's almost gaurentteed to cause a storm in the beauty world, much like it's predecessors. For me personally this blows the other two out the water. A beauty thing to get exciting about for sure!

Stockists include: Debenhams, House of Fraser, Beauty Bay, Hair HQ & Look Fantastic
Urban Decay Naked 3 launches on December 16th UK wide

straight & super sleek with TRESemmé pro shine

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super sleek with tresemme pro shine review swatch photo
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As Zoe is moving this week, I was given the last minute task of interpretation Tamera's glossy bob from this week's X Factor. Obviously I don't have a bob, and I'm not cutting my hair for anyone right now. So I decided to use hair super slick glossy hair as inspiration for a very un-me look. I'm pretty much know for my messy bedhead, and I haven't actually straightened my hair since I was about 19.  The first photo is my hair when it's normal, just blow dried and not styled at all. While pretty straight it's super puffy and frizzy. Here's how I tamed my mane into lovely sleek do. The first photo is my hair when it's normal, just blow dried and not styled at all. While pretty straight it's super puffy and frizzy. Here's how I tamed my mane into lovely sleek do. o while it's pretty easy to do, its something pretty alien to a sleek, straight hair phobe like myself! Using Jamie Steven's X Factor hair tips & TRESemmé Pro Shine I was able to create a similar look to Tamera's.

Step One: First I started off by brushing my hair through to make sure it was tangle free and ready to smooth. I coated the hair in a generous spritz the TRESemmé Pro Shine Heat Styling Primer to help prevent heat damage. My hair is quite damaged to begin with (years of abuse!) so this is good to stop it from getting even more dry!

Step Two: Section the hair off into a top and bottom section. I just ran my fingers around my crown and secured it up with a clip.

Step Three: Take either a rotating hot brush or a round barrelled brush and a blow dryer and start smoothing out the hair. I found this it the perfect base for straightening on top of because it's already nice and sleek to begin with.

Step Four: Using straighteners smooth out the hair to a poker straight look, you could flick the ends out here but I decided to leave them as they were as I felt they suited me better. If I had a little bob like Tamera's I'd definitely flick it under more but when your hair is long it can look a little dated all flicked up.

Step Five: Finish the hair off with a good spritz of the TRESemmé Pro Shine Oil Spritz. This is one of my favourite finishing products at the moment as it gives such a lovely glossy look without feeling greasy or slick.

Tresemme are the digital hair partners for the Xfactor and products are available in Tesco

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drugstore beauty haul

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Have you done any Drugstore Haulin' recently?


Monday, November 25, 2013

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