• Review | Sleek iLust Limited Edition Palette Hidden Gems

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    I recently bought the Sleek iLust Limited edition hidden gems palette (no longer available) from Superdrug because I was intrigued to try eyeshadows from the brand.

    I haven’t tried them before (I know, what sort of beauty blogger am I?) but I have so many palettes it was nice to see something different on the stand.

    I thought with the glitter it looks like the Urban Decay moondust palette so I thought I would give every single shadow a try by putting it in my weekly basket.

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    Product Information

    (from the Sleek Website)

    Make your eyes gleam with gemstone sparkle, this stunning palette contains six intensely pigmented shades including ruby red, intense amethyst, shimmering sapphire and emerald green.

    Packaging

    Firstly, this is very different to the usual sleek packaging for palettes. The iDivine palettes are usually black with the round pan eyeshadows. This was slimmer, still black but with a holographic design on them, which I really like.

    The pans are bigger and square to their other palettes too which I love. It also comes with a double ended sponge applicator. I know lots of people despise these but I find them so useful for applying cream shadows to my eye – especially as a base.

    Texture

    When I first saw the shadows I was so excited by the glitter but as you can see from the two pictures above that quickly goes away after first use. Would have been nice to have it all the way through. They are pretty good shadows still and I enjoyed using them. They are not the softest shadows I have used but they also don’t have a tonne of fallout either. I think you just have to weigh up what you prefer.

    Pigmentation and shade

    Pigmentation is actually really good. I applied them all with my fingers as they are a one and done shadow in my opinion. Definitely a statement eye.

    To me, although they are bold colours they are wearable bolds for any person. I particularly liked the green (emerald) shade which was a nice wash of colour and had a real shine to it.

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    Results

    With all my eyeshadows I use primer so I think that is what keeps them on. These lasted the whole day each time I wore them, there wasn’t any creasing, but that could be the base again.

    Final thoughts

    I actually really like this little palette, even though I am slightly disappoint that the sparkle left with the first swatch.  I was hoping they would rival the moondust palette but I don’t think they are even comparable.

    Overall I do like it and I think I will keep it in my palette collection as it is different to lots of things I already own.

    What do you think of this palette? Did you get your hands on this?

     

    Review | Nars Sarah Moon Palette

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    I was so luck to get my hands on the Sarah Moon palette this from Space NK last month and I took it away with me when I was working away to really give it a go. This is an exclusive item to Space NK and is still available here.

    I have never used any of the dual intensity products from Nars, in fact I haven’t used any of the eye or face powders at all so this has been a great experience.

    Product information

    (from the Space NK website)

    A limited-edition collection designed to sharpen and soften. Deepen and diffuse. Evoke and provoke. Every look demands a second look.

    Palette contains:

    • Six Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows

    • Three Dual-Intensity Blushes. Limited edition shades.

    Packaging

    The packaging is what you would expect from Nars, sleek, sturdy and stylish. I love the print on the front which actually is quite trippy. If you look closely it’s slightly blurred but from a distance looks 3D. I love it.

    It has a magnetic closure which is really good and won’t open in you case if you take it away.

    The mirror is nice and large so is really handy when doing your makeup on the go.

    Eyeshadow

    I know I have a thousand neutral palettes but this is quite different to anything I own. We do have the neutral shades but I love the coolness of the shades, especially in the time when most palettes are leaning to the warm side.

    They are nicely pigmented without fall out and the shades are great for natural looks and smokey looks. I also use the face products for eyeshadow too but I will come to that.

    Face Products

    The standout is the blush and the highlight in this palette. I love them both so much – they are gorgeous on my skin and I think they would really suit most skin tones. The bronzer is warm but actually works as a neutral blush that warms the face if used on the cheekbones.

    The highlight is like a natural golden sheen rather than glitter which I have to say I prefer day to day.

    Longevity

    Both products last really well and the eyeshadows don’t crease. I haven’t tried them wet but I am looking forward to playing with it more in the future to intensify what it can do.

    Final thoughts

    I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this palette as much as I have and I can’t wait to play with it more. Especially as now I am going to be working in an office more and need more natural looks this will definitely be something I use more regularly.

    Have you tried this palette? What are your favourite Nars products?

    Review | Space NK Advent Calendar up to day 13

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    In my wildest dreams I never thought I would be getting such a luxury calendar for advent but I was really lucky to get my hands on one of these limited edition ones from Space NK. It has two drawers so I wanted to give you an in depth look of the top drawer which contained the first 13 days of advent surprises.

    There won’t be any reviews for now as I would like to use all the products before giving you my final thoughts.

    Day 1.

    £50 Space NK Voucher (redeemable up to the 24th December)

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    What a fantastic gift! £50 can get you such a decent item and with the £10 of N.Dulge points I have collected over the year I was able to purchase something I never would have purchased before. A set of mini Diptyque candles (rrp. £60).

    These are so luxurious and unbelievably expensive for what they are but they smell immense – I like every single one of them and I plane to use them very sparingly over the next 12 months.

    Day 2.

    111 Skin Space Anti-age day moisturiser

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    This moisturiser has been put together from a doctor based on Harley Street. It’s meant to be a futuristic anti-ageing moisturiser and both Claire and I used this once and both of us broke out the next day. That isn’t to say it was this product as we haven’t tried it again but it’s bizarre it happened to both of us.

    We both use quite light day moisturisers at the moment so it could be slightly too strong for our skin right now.

    Day 3.

    Smith and Cult Lip Lacquer in the Lovers

    This is possibly the teeniest sample of a lip product I have ever received which is a shame as I think this would have been much nicer if they had given a product which was half size rather than 3 applications and your done.

    The shade is a little warm but is quite sheer too so it’s something I will keep to the summer – it’s definitely not a Christmas shade.

    Day 4.

    Sunday Riley Luna sleeping Facial Oil

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    A very small sample once again but definitely enough to get a good two weeks application to try out. I am so excited about this one as I have heard great things about this product.

    I know this is not an inexpensive product so getting it at all has been lovely. In some ways I hope I don’t enjoy it too much as I won’t be able to purchase it in the future at this time.

    Day 5.

    Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformation Styling Cream

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    I have heard amazing things about Oribe but unfortunately my hair is not good with products that aren’t aimed at curly hair. this little beauty hasn’t gone to waste though as my wife has lovely straight hair and I have passed it on to her.

    Day 6.

    Radical Skincare Anti-ageing Moisturiser

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    I love the size of this – perfect for going away (if you saw my post here you’ll know I love this style of product to put in my overnight bag or holiday makeup case). I have tried this once so far and it’s lovely. I really really am impressed on the first try but I would like to continue trying it to see if it makes any differences to my skin.

    Day 7.

    Byredo Bal D’Afrique Perfume – handbag size

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    It’s so risky putting a scent in the calendar but for me this is gorgeous! I was pleasantly surprised. It smells sweet initially but has a really lovely depth to it. Perfect handbag size. If you don’t like it though it would also make a beautiful gift for someone. Especially as Byredo perfumes are £90 for 50mls normally! Definitely a little slice of luxury.

    Day 8.

    WEI Five Sacred Grains Rapid Glow Liquid Milk

     

    Yes this is a video but this is how I popped it on Instagram, which if you’re not following me please do as I just hit 3k followers!

    I have tried this once and I LOVE it so far – more of a review will come. As you can see I first thought it was a drink but realised quite quickly that it was a beauty milk. You use it after cleansing and before serum, moisturiser and facial oils.

    Day 9.

    Chantecaille Mascara

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    If you watch Tati on YouTube this was in one of her WTF videos and she loved it so I am so so excited to try this. I have a number of mascaras to get through before this though so I reckon I will be trying this in the summertime but as soon as I do there will be a review again.

    Day 10.

    Kat Burki Vitamin C Moisturiser

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    The only disappointing product in the box so far simply because of the way it arrived. It came in a 5ml pot unbranded and was dry as it hadn’t been screwed on properly. It was like it was scraped out of a bigger pot and given to a few different advent calendars.

    The good thing is after putting this on instagram I was contacted by their customer service and offered a better sample (at the time of posting this it hasn’t yet arrived as it was only recent but I will update in a review).

    Day 11.

    Lipstick Queen – Frog Prince Blush

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    A cult classic – this is a green cream blush which transforms to your skin tone. I believe the first product was the lipstick that changes to your lip colour so I am excited to give this a try. Again though a cream blush is a summer product for me so look out for that review in the spring/summer.

    Day 12.

    Nuxe Dry Body Oil

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    I have had countless samples of this product and truth be told I do use it. I actually rather like this product straight out of the shower and it’s great in the winter so happy to have this. This size will probably last my whole body 3 times, maybe 2.5.

    I think I will do a review on this as I have used it a number of times now and it’s ok.

    Day 13.

    Eve Lom Radiance Lift Cream

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    I only opened this today and I used it straight away.

    I am a huge fan of the cleansing balm (besides the scent, full review coming soon) so I was excited for this product.

    It’s a great deluxe sample size and the cream is gorgeous..I put it on straight away and it really is just so beautiful. I will definitely be using this once my Khiels ultra facial cream finishes.

    Final thoughts

    So far I have been really impressed with the selection, 11 out of 13 are new to me or I can use so I am really really excited to get the next drawer open.

    Have you had an advent calendar this year? What have been your favourites so far?

    Review | Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation – Fair Neutral

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    I’m not one to jump on a bandwagon but when QVC had a TSV (Today Special Value) of a set which included the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation that was a product that was being hyped by bloggers and vloggers everywhere, I knew I had to give it a try.

    I will do a review of the whole set overall but I wanted to bring you my review of this after having used it quite a lot over the past month.

    I decided to try the shade in Fair Neutral as I was worried about the other shades being too dark and I don’t mind buying lighter in order to warm up a little I just can’t make it lighter if I get it too dark.

    Claims

    (from the QVC website)

    This lightweight liquid foundation is designed to give full coverage while hydrating your skin, to leave your complexion looking radiant and flawless. With an innovative pipette dispenser this innovative fluid foundation by Tarte is your ticket to a smooth and luminous complexion.

    Packaging

    This comes in a glass bottle with a gorgeous ombre gold to purple lid which you push at the top to take product in to the pipette dispenser.

    At first I wasn’t keen on the packaging and the pipette just fits in to the bottle meaning it can get messy but if you’re careful it really doesn’t matter. Personally I would have preferred a pump but it’s ok.

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    Application

    The product comes with a brush, which is gorgeous but does not work for me with this foundation. It seems to make the product streaky and drying. When I used this first of all as suggested I really thought I would end up selling the foundation.

    I did however, decide to try with a damp beauty blender and using this method has made it ten times better for me. I use two to three drops, depending on how much coverage I want, and dab on the face and blend in with the beauty blender.

    Texture

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    I love really liquidy formulas so this was right up my alley. It’s a very thin watery foundation and dependent on how much you use, gives you a lovely lightweight feel to application.

    If you’re like me and pump on to the back of your hand you have to work quick as it will drip down your hand. If you have tried the Urban Decay Naked Foundation it is a similar consistency.

    Scent

    This doesn’t have a fragrance which I prefer in my base products.

    Results

    Using the beauty blender means this gives a mega flawless light finish. It’s a buildable foundation so layering can give you full coverage if needed. I have to say I don’t need to have full coverage all the time so it just leaves my face looking even and dewy.

    Weirdly there is still a matte sort of finish to it but not so it shows up dry patches (can a foundation be dewy and matte??) on my skin so this is like the perfect look for me.

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    Final thoughts

    I think I may have found my holy grail foundation. I have a few foundations on the go at the moment and I have to admit this has really really impressed me especially as on first try I was ready to pass it on to someone else.

    If you have any foundations you don’t like with a brush I urge you to try a beauty blender or real techniques blending sponge dampened just to see if that helps as with this foundation not only did it impress me so much it has hit holy grail status.

    Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

    Beauty Essentials with Chemist.co.uk

    I have never ordered any of my beauty essentials on an online chemist before…I normally buy from the supermarket or from Boots / Superdrug but when I was contacted by Chemist.co.uk I was so excited to be able to get all I need at the click of a button which was affordable and targeted at the essential needs I had.

    They offered me the opportunity to order a few bits with a voucher and I was happy to give it a try.

    This is what the website looks like this:

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    I like the layout of the website – makes it easy to search what I am looking for by choosing from the tabs along the top but also has a clear search bar if you need to find something instantly.

    I got the following items:

    Body Puffs

    We go through these so much…mainly as my hair gets caught in them and ruins them…it’s a curly thing.

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    Razors and blades

    Blade Refills are usually so expensive but they were quite inexpensive on this site. We have a gillette each so share blades but also need disposables for trips away.

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    Toothbrushes

    We needed new toothbrushes and these were really inexpensive and so far these have been an absolute winner for us – so much so we’re trying to get some more

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    Johnson Cotton Buds

    These are some of the best cotton buds. We use them for so much. For me it’s mainly cleaning up eyeliner mistakes or smudging nail polish.

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    Buscopan

    It was so good to see these on offer and I always need to have these on me. I get terrible IBS when stressed and although I can keep the attack at bay at home when I am not at home it really helps me to avoid bad attack.

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    Face cleansing products

    Simple cleansing wipes were on such a special offer that I couldn’t not get them. I love the Johnson’s one but I can’t find it at a cheap price but my second favourite is the Simple wipes.

    I have been dying to try the St Ives scrub too so was pleased to see this at an affordable price so had to get my hands on this. A review will come soon I am sure.

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    Lip balm and hand cream

    It’s the time of year that we all tend to suffer with dryness. The Dr Paw Paw acts as a multipurpose balm which I love and it’s such a large tube. I also really was happy to see the overnight handream from E45 as this is the time of year my wrist usually flares up.

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    Hair bands

    I always need them, I can buy a thousand in one month and still have a grubby one from years ago left in my box. WHERE DO THEY GO?

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    and finally, a beauty product caught my eye

    The LA Girl Concealer in Toast

    I thought this would be a great time to try the darker concealer as a cream contour.

    It is slightly warmer but I would still like to try it and they had it at the best price I have ever seen it.

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    I received my order within 48 hours of submitting the order and it was packaged really well.

    I would definitely recommend using this website if you are searching for your beauty / care essentials!

    Have you ever used an online chemist before? Have you used chemist.co.uk before?

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