Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Riri Hearts Mac | Riri Woo & Riri Boy

First let me apologise for the severe delay of this post. These lipsticks have now sold out!
I'm sure you have all read the reviews on these lipsticks already but now the hype has died down I thought I would put my two cents too, and by doing so, hopefully get you all excited for the next upcoming launch which is set to be available online and in stores this Autumn.

This collection is possibly the most anticipated release this year and the second part of four installments  by the global superstar, the summer online-only collection release was definitely anticipated by many... Me included.

Initially I had my eyes set on owning Haux but only having my iPhone on 3G whilst hiding my phone under my desk at work, it was fair to say that the odds were stacked against me and sure enough it soon sold out. (In a record 10 minutes no less).
I finally grabbed "Riri Boy' and 'Riri Woo' into my virtual shopping bag and sat in the queue for 20 minutes waiting to complete my payment. 

The lipsticks don't come in any special packaging but Rihanna's autograph is sketched into the side. I think they're saving the special packaging for the Christmas collection.
Riri Woo was inspired by the ever so famous 'Ruby Woo' which features in the permanent collection. Many describe Riri woo as being just a shade darker but as I don't own it, I can't comment. Rumours have it that this will be available in all four releases so if you've been unable to purchase it you still have another two chances!
.Riri Woo was love at first sight, it's universally suited to any skin tone and goes great with most make up looks. The best way I have found to wear this lipstick is by applying a thin layer of chapstick beforehand. I would also recommend you to make sure your lips are free of any dryness which will help to avoid settling into dry lines. An added tip is to use a lipliner to minimise the amount of feathering and bleeding from the lipstick - Rumour has it that the third installment of Riri hearts Mac (set for release some time in October) is to contain a red lip liner.

Riri Boy was advertised as a vivid lavender on the website, I would personally say it was more of a mid-tone mauve. Not a usual choice for me and although the shade is far more wearable then its description on site, I'm not intially sure on the amount of times it will get used.
Overall I'm happy with my purchases, I'm still reeling that I wasn't able to get my hands on Haux but I'm hoping this will be repeated in the other collections.

Did you buy anything from the Mac collection? Are you excited for the next launch?


Sunday, 18 August 2013

Sleek Candy Collection | Sweet Cheeks Blush By 3

Whenever I'm in need of something new for a pop of colour to my cheeks, there is only one brand I turn to, Sleek.
When I saw that they were planning to release this collection, I new that I simply had to have it, anything that has the word 'candy' in really is a no-brainer and the name alone had me sold. (Bonus points for good marketing there Sleek..)
This blush palette is one of three items available in the collection (the other two being an eyeshadow palette and a bright bubblegum pink paint pout) and is definitely my favourite.
The palette is in keeping with the traditional 'Sleek' packaging with the only variation being the words 'Sweet cheeks' embossed on the bottom right hand corner of the lid and the exterior cardboard case that houses the palette comes with a limited edition white 'Candy collection' logo. Personally I'm an absolute lover of packaging and would have loved something different, I wasn't expecting anything in the league of MAC limited editions, but would definitely welcome a slight variation. 
The palette itself does what it says on the tin - Sleek. The matte black casing makes it feel very luxurious looking too. It's the first Blush By 3 from Sleek that I own and I'm really very impressed. To start, I really do like that there really isn't any excess space in terms of its layout. It fits comfortably in the palm of your hand whilst having the added bonus of a mirror that runs the length of the inside lid. 
The compliments don't just stop at the aesthetics, never one to judge on looks alone. It's the product alone that really makes it a Summer must have.
The choice of colours are actually really good, normally in trios there is usually a colour that will go untouched, but I can actually see myself using all of these.
(From top to bottom) Candy Floss  a pinky-red with a shimmer finish. Dolly Mix is actually really wearable, it looks like lilac in pan but once swatched its a beautiful baby pink with a slight hint of lilac - very pretty. The last is Cupcake and the creme blush,its a gorgeous hot pink. The pigmentation is seriously one of the best that I have come across, you seriously need to lightly touch the pan for a flush of colour (the swatches below are with one swipe of product) The texture is perfect, and you'll all be pleased to know that you won't have to worry about the fall out from the powder blushes getting stuck in the creme blush as there is hardly any fall out.
The real winner is the formulation (particularly of the creme blusher), it stays on ALL day & when I swatched the blusher on the back of my hands it survived a whole Sunday Lunch washing up session in soapy water!
This palette is limited edition so I would urge you all to pop over to your Superdrug pretty soonish to avoid disappointment.
Sleek are also available HERE and with 10% off online, there has never been a better time to buy for guilt free shopping (we all know it doesn't count if it's on sale)! 

Will you be buying it?


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