I did reviews of the two Sleek palettes they’ve recently released, All Night Long and A New Day, last week and at the same time I bought four of the six new lip products they released at the same time. These are the Lip VIPS, I’ve been calling them the VIP lips in previous posts but I think you could tell what I meant anyway.
The Lip VIP Lipsticks are sold as Semi-Matte Lipsticks and are available in a range of six colours, they have a small range of colour including a nude, two pink based colours, a coral based colour, a bright orange and a bright red. These cost £5.49 from Boots and Superdrug and are £5.50 on their own website but in the UK they’re also available in stores, though it may take some time for them to be available everywhere. I don’t normally buy lipsticks online, then again I don’t often buy lipsticks as I back out in stores and then wish I’d bought them later and I may have got a bit carried away with the new releases and wanted to see how these were. When I bought these they were in a two for £8 offer, though this seems to have finished at the moment.
The four colours that I chose were the more everyday colours, at least on the website. I will say that one thing about these that was slightly disappointing was the difference between the colours on the website and the actual product. Online two of the colours I bought, Backstage and Reserved, looked like fairly standard pinks, more muted than in real life. The Nude, Private Booth is pretty accurate and Guest List is fairly close, just a more orange tint than expected. I am glad that I didn’t buy the brightest, Flaunt it which is orange looking and Night Spot that looks like a classic red. I have tried all of the four I have to see how well they last so hopefully this review will be helpful if you’re interested in these.
I haven’t been posting much this week, I seem to be catching every bug that’s going round and have spent the past few days I’m bed sleeping most of the time.
I was hoping to have the review of the Sleek VIP lip lipsticks I bought, I have done the swatches and trying them out but migraines and computers don’t mix, hence this post being on my phone so I hope there aren’t many typos! As I didn’t get the post up I thought I’d do a mini post with a picture of the ones I have. So from left to right it’s Reserved (1001), Private Booth (1002), Backstage (1003) and Guest List (1006).
Today is sort of a second part of the new Sleek Makeup releases with the All Night Long palette, the darker of the two palettes released this time. I did a post yesterday for the A New Day palette which can be found here and I’m going to do a post on four of the new VIP lips on Friday. Both of the palettes released are fairly neutral, they each have some different colours like metallic look shades along with mattes, the Day themed palette has mainly lighter colours whereas this one has more of the darker colours in it and more shimmery shades.
As with all Sleek i-Divine palettes it has 12 eyeshadow shades, this palette has two mattes and ten shimmers though three appear almost metallic and two are less shimmery than the others. It costs £7.99 and can be found on the Sleek website, the Boots website (in a 2 for £10 offer) and the Superdrug website (in a buy one get one half price offer) but I’m not sure how many stores have them as I find often new Sleek palettes take a while and sort of trickle in to the stores near me.
I was making an order on the Boots website recently and thought I’d check out the Sleek Makeup section, there are a couple of the older palettes I’ve wanted when they’re on an offer so I tend to do that. When I did I saw that there were two new palettes and some new lip products, I bought both of the palettes and four of the new VIP lips colours. I’m going to review the A New Day palette today, the All Night Long palette tomorrow (click here for that post) and see if I can get my lips in good enough condition to do the lipsticks on Friday so check back if you want to read my reviews of them too.
The A New Day palette is a fairly neutral palate though it does have some brighter colours they’re within that neutral range and most of them are fairly light so great for a daytime look. As with all of the Sleek i-Diving palettes there are twelve eyeshadows in there, this one has six shimmers, five mattes and one that is somewhere in between, it’s slightly shimmery but not that much. The colours in this palette are more warm toned, I think there’s only one that I might class as a cooler toned colour but then I’m not that sure with it. This palette costs £7.99 and can be found on their own site, the Boots website (currently out of stock but in a 2 for £10) or the Superdrug websites (in a buy one get one half price offer at the moment).
A while ago I did some mascara reviews and this was meant to be in that original batch but I decided to actually use the ones I had opened before I started the next group. I used to love the Exceptional Definition Mascara from No7, for about a couple of years this was my go to mascara but I haven’t used it for a while so I was interested to see if it was as nice as I originally thought.
This mascara is available in two colours; black and black and brown, the one I have is in black but I have to say that I do really like the No7 black/brown colour as I got another type of mascara in that colour and it’s darker than I expected and a bit more subtle than the black so gives a more natural look. It costs £11.50 in the UK on the Boots website, I have seen it in videos for US hauls so it seems to be available in physical stores there too, I’m not sure when that started, maybe I’m late to see it.
The mascara claims to have a triple effect brush that gives volume and definition to your lashes, they do seem to be the go to descriptions and things that mascara can do for your lashes so I don’t really trust these things. The first time I got this was from one of those sets you get from No7 when you spend X amount and I’ve had a few from those kinds of sets so if you want to try this it might be worth seeing if it’s available in that kind of offer.
Well, maybe it’s not possible to have too many books, I guess I should say I have too many books I haven’t actually read yet. And my collection seems to just keep growing. I thought maybe one way of limiting myself would be to take photos and list all of the books I own that I haven’t read that I want to in 2016. I will also have this list printed out so I can actually cross them off as I read them but I don’t have the commitment to find this post every time and edit it to ross them out so this list will have to do.
I have a bad feeling that if I continue my plan of a book a week (which failed this week as I had things to do on the weekend that took all my energy so I’m drained at the moment) then I will still have some of these left over at the end of the year. I haven’t actually counted or listed the books yet as I write this so we’ll see.
I don’t know what it is recently, maybe I’m feeling a bit better in general or it’s that whole start new goals and get healthier with my eating and not have loads of rubbishy snack food that’s made me want to start making more food again. I’ve always liked cooking, not really baking on my own unless it’s carrot cake or cookies (mainly because they’re my favourite cakey things to eat and that I can actually make well without messing up something), but more savoury things and actual meals.
Recently, probably the last five or so years, I have become more interested in finding new recipes, I haven’t made many but I like looking for them anyway and finding out about food from other countries and traditional food for different regions. I think this is probably 50% because of ME, not being able to do any actual travelling to these countries, and 50% my age as I’m getting older and probably people get more interested in these things in general in their 20s than they would be in their teens. I know I’m generalising but I’ve tended to think of cooking as something that’s a grown up thing to do, maybe that’s just me.
This is a product I got in my Marks and Spencer advent calendar and did a mini review thing in the post then but I love this so much and how much it has helped my dry skin in the winter weather that I felt it deserved its own proper review. I have used this product in the past, I think it was a few years ago now, and although I liked it then I didn’t repurchase it, I can’t remember why but I think it was just the sheer amount of hand products I had at the time and this kind of got lost in them. This time it hasn’t, despite me having eight different hand creams and a few cuticle oils or balms.
This Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is from Burt’s Bees and comes in a small tin which is great for travel as I’ve not had a problem with it coming off when I don’t want it to. It’s lemon scented, as the name suggests, and the 15g tin costs around the £6 mark, it seems to vary from site to site so it’s worth looking around when you buy. On the Burt’s Bees website it’s £6.49, the Boots website has it at £5.99 and the Marks and Spencer site sells it for £6 but I’ve seen these in a lot of other places including smaller local stores so it’s definitely worth looking in physical stores especially ones that sell little gifts and candles.
I did the first part of this review last Monday about the light and the extras you get in the Red Carpet Manicure new set, the Red Carpet Ready Starter Kit, so if you want to read about them you can find it here. I was definitely impressed and happy with that part of the set and that was the main reason for getting it for me so these nail varnishes were just a bonus I was hoping I’d like.
These two nail varnishes came in the set from QVC though if you buy the set now on the RCM site only Headliner, the red crème, is included, Walk of Fame, the more golden shimmer, isn’t an option though I think it’s available separately, I can’t find it at the moment on there but there are similar ones. The idea of this range is to have all of the steps in a gel manicure in their old version, the base, colour and top coat, in one product so you have two layers of this and you’re good to go. I really like this idea and was hoping it would work, though I did see a lot of review on the QVC site at the time saying this new version was rubbish and that they preferred the old one. I still hoped I’d like it, maybe my nails would work when there’s hadn’t, so I gave it a go with both colours. If you just want to see what I think of the set overall the scroll to the bottom.
I bought a Lush lip tint a while ago, one of the new formula ones, and planned on doing a comparison with the original tin versions but forgot that I had the Celebrate tin still which is, I think, the closest colour wise in the original range to the Sunkissed lip tint I got.
I think that the originals cost £5 or £6 in the tin version and the Celebrate version was a limited edition for a few years at Christmas time. Sunkissed is in the permanent line and can be found online here, it costs £5.94 for the 4g twist up stick. The most obvious difference between the two is the fact that the old versions are in the tin and the new ones are in a twist up tube but I thought I’d compare the other things about these two as well as a review of the Sunkissed lip tint.