Tuesday, 27 September 2011

I blew out Nineteen Candles - Mac Birthday Haul.

If you have read my Urban Decay Book Of Shadows blog post, you would have noticed that it was my birthday at the beginning of the month and I had some lovely surprises. 
The day itself wasn't all that exciting (unfortunately I'd used all my holiday up so, for most of the day I was stuck working for 8 hours *boo*) and being a week day meant I couldn't really do much celebrating  at Night. I spent my evening devouring a huge Chinese that could quite possibly have fed the whole Chinese nation and relaxing with my amazing family and gorgeous boyfriend.
On the weekend I travelled down to Birmingham with my boyfriend and went to Cadbury World. This seemed to mark my last birthday of being a 'teen' before my twentieth birthday next year. I must have eaten my whole weight in melted chocolate!

After using these products for a couple of weeks now, I feel I can give you an honest review of each product.

From Left:
♥  MAC Mineralized Charged Water - Skin Hydrating Mist
RRP 14.50
"A refreshing, hydrating mist that replenishes skin and enhances makeup application and wear. Spray before makeup to create a dewy canvas. Re-apply as needed to replenish moisture or re-set makeup. Infused with green tea and citrus scents."

I have to admit the charge water does refresh my skin and I can definitely notice when I haven't used it. I will also use it if I was going on a night out or if I needed my make-up to stay on for a period of time as I find that it does set my make-up nicely. I have also noticed that it really helps take away the 'powdery' look away.

The product is strongly fragranced however and although I am a fan of strong citrus scents, It can be a bit over powering for some.
At nearly £15, this definitely is on the expensive side and something that I probably won't be using everyday and probably won't be repurchasing, but It's great to try something new.

♥  Mac Studio Moisture FIx
RRP - £20.00
"The no-grease, super-hydrating formula of Studio Moisture Fix with superlative protection from sun and environmental aggressions. Starts with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection of SPF 15 that goes on sheer. Mega-moisturising, rich, lightweight and fast-absorbing. Keeps skin plump and soft. Excellent prep for makeup. Releases moisture and emollients onto the skin continually/all day. Enhanced with mineral-enriched spring water, it's an instant spritz of moisture with the benefits of protection."

I have been wanting this product for ages, I had a sample a couple of months ago when I had my make-up done in store and I fell in love with it, but couldn't justify the amount.
It is definitely one of the best moisturisers I have used and although it looks as though you don't get much for your money, the product itself is very concentrated and a little really does go a long way. It takes literally two pumps to cover my face and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and gives my make-up a dewy finish.
I will definitely be repurchasing this.

♥  Mac Fix +
RRP - £7.00
"An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!"

In my opinion this bottle is exactly the same as that of the Charged Water for half the price, i use it after I have finished completely applying my make-up and literally before I go out. 

♥  Mac 217 - Blending Brush
RRP £16.00
"For shading or blending of colour or creamy products. This brush has fine, densely packed fibres that are arranged in an oval shape. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules."

♥  M
ac 239 - Eyeshadow Brush
RRP £19.00
"Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products. This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibres. It can be used to build intense colour on the eyelid. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules."

♥  Mac 213 - Fluff Brush
RRP £16.00
For application of eye shadow to the lid area. This brush has a thick bundle of fibres arranged in a rounded shape. M·A·C professional brushes are hand-sculpted and assembled using the finest quality materials. They feature birch, linden and ramin wood handles, nickel-plated brass ferrules.

♥ Minreralize Skin Finish - Soft and Gentle
RRP - £20.50
"A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, brows, anywhere on the body: provides an ultra-deluxe polish to the skin"
I absolutely love this highlighter! I have always used Benefit 'High Beam" to highlight my cheeks as I thought that only liquid highlighter could give me the dewy glow.
I'm so glad that i've tried soft and gentle as it's given me the same effect with subtle shimmer.

What have you been given recently?

Saturday, 24 September 2011

My Sleek Spurge!

I've heard so much about the 'Sleek' brand, but due to the fact that the only big Superdrug is in the city centre, it means that I can't access it very easily.
When I read all the reviews for the Nude collection, I simply had to drag myself out of bed on my one day off to hunt this palette down.
Upon arriving at my sleek destination it soon dawned on me that I might be buying slightly more than the initial 'Au Naturel' palette and a near 10 minutes later I walked out with this...

♥ Nude Collection - Au Naturel
RRP £6.49
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I Bought two as I've read on a few of reviews that this collection may be limited edition. 
The price is so affordable making each individual shadow just over 50p!
I love how versatile this palette is. I can't wait to try out the deep earth tone colours as well as the matt browns for a subtle yet sultry day time look.

♥  Nude Collection - Suede
RRP - £4.29
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I always find myself navigating to the pink colours when it comes to blushes so this was definitely a sponanous buy.
The colour is fantastic and is the perfect shade for contouring or adding a 'pop' of colour to a nude look.

♥  Nude Collection - Bare Minimum
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Now that the weather is getting colder, I can definitely see a change in the condition of my lips. I've always had a slight problem with chapped lips (I keep a tube of Carmex on me at all times!) I can't wait to try this out.

♥  Mineral Based Eyeshadow Palette - Storm
RRP £6.49
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I was really drawn to these colours, I love shimmery colours and this palette contains a great selection of choice for night time looks.

♥  Metallic Eyeshadow Duo - Molten Metal
Left - Pewter, Right - Gold Leaf
RRP - £7.00
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This is probably the item that I am least happy about, After dipping my finger into each eyeshadow I found that they were very pigmented but were extremely oily and could make my eyes look 'greasy', which is a shame because the colours are stunning and so wearable.

Overall, I was really pleased with my purchases. Sleek Make Up as a brand allows you to be adventurous and creative with colours and being so affordable and purse friendly you can do so without breaking the bank.

I will definitely be repurchasing!


Urban Decay VI Book of Shadows!

 It was my birthday at the beginning of the month, So I thought I would treat myself to something special and an Item that I haven't previously tried before.
After searching Youtube and Blogspot, I saw the Urban Decay book of shadows.
Priced at £46.00 (I bought this at the time that Debenhams had a 10% deal off make-up and fragrance so mine cost just over £42.) this is definitely the most I'd be willing to spend on a eye-shadow palette..
It comes with 16 colours, 10 of which are brand new and also features the following:

♥ Eyeshadow Primer Potion
♥ Travel Size Curling Mascara
♥ 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion (Black)
♥ Keychain Speaker for your smartphone/ipod
♥ USB cord/Phonecord

In addition to the above, this book of shadows features five "how to videos" for Urban Decays latest looks to try out via a smart phone.
Indeed, this is definitely the most high-tec make-up box I think I will ever have the fortune of owning, and quite frankly, I can't wait to try out the looks!

 I absolutely love the packaging, the choice of colour really creates a dramatic yet glamourous feel. I also love the way they have included 3-d butterflies and a decent mirror which makes this palette perfect for travelling. 10/10 for looks UD!

I love how the eyeshadow colours themselves are really wearable and being a neutral lover, I was pleased in seeing a huge range of choice to glam up everyday make up. There's also choice of greens, blues, greys and blacks which would be perfect for a smokey eye.

In fact the whole palette choice completely versatile for looks professional enough to wear during the day yet fun enough to wear at night.
(Possibly the only negative comment is that the large majority are shimmers and I would have liked to have seen more matt colours.)

This book of shadow is Limited edition, So if you're looking at treating yourself I would definitely recommend buying it.

Will you be trying it?

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