Until this time last year I hadn’t tried anything Smashbox, their Christmas gift sets are a great way to try things for yourself as the price is so good compared to their permanent range. The Covershot palettes are £24 normally, this set of three is £42, or £35.70 in the sale at the moment. In the Smashbox Shooting Star Gift Set is a limited edition eyeshadow palette called Supernova, Minimilast which is a permanent one, and a small face palette with a highlighter, blush and matte bronzer.
As with all Covershot palettes these are small, they’re a
great travel sized palette or to throw in your bag, so for the price they are
still expensive and it seems they can be a bit hit or miss when it comes to
pigmentation, I tend to do research before getting them but as this only has
one permanent product in there I risked it.
I’ve been working on decluttering for the past couple of
months, I’ve actually been pretty good and my cupboards look so much tidier. I’ve
been sorting out my makeup recently and realised how much of the stuff I was
keeping is just not me at all, or at least not any more. I’ve actually counted
up how many things are in this declutter post and there’s fifty three pieces of
makeup or accessories that are going! I didn’t realise I had that much!
I did start this off with a little review of each of them,
but when you have fifty three to get through it would be so long, so instead I’m
just going to link to any that I’ve already reviewed on here and say why I’m
getting rid of them. I have to say there are a few that I never thought I’d declutter
but they’re so old that if I did decide to reach for them I don’t think they’d
do me any good. I have a new rule; if it smells like wax crayons, get rid of
A recent look through my makeup after I had emptied everything out to redecorate my room showed me that I still had some of the things I’d bought years ago and have been sat in my drawers doing nothing. They’re the products that come out every declutter and I keep because they’re too nice to throw away and I don’t actually have anything like it but it’s useful, if that makes sense, so I thought I’d give this Blush by 3 Blush Palette from Sleek Makeup in Pink Lemonade a proper try and see whether it was as good as I thought.
I think the price may have increased since I bought it but it’s three blush palettes, two powder and one cream, in shades of pink. It costs £9.99 and is available from Superdrug, Boots and their own website. As I have pale skin it’s sometimes hard to find brushes that look good so when this first came out I wanted to give it a go as they seemed light enough and I have always been a fan of Sleek.
Sleek recently released a Limited Edition Whimsical Wonderland Collection which had an eyeshadow palette, three Lip VIP lipsticks and three gel blushes. I have done reviews of the lipsticks and the eyeshadow palette so today it’s the turn of the last of the products; the Sweet Cheeks gel blush. I think that this is a new product type, I can’t see any other blush sticks on the Sleek website.
These cost £5.49 on the Superdrug site (currently in a two for £10) or £5.50 on the Sleek website and come in three different colours; Tomfoolery (purple/dark pink), Hullaballoo (pink) and Lickety Split (coral) so there’s a range of colours available. I chose the colour Tomfoolery as I didn’t know what the formula would be like. They are meant to be fairly sheer, although they do look rather dramatic in the twist up container they do become sheer and blend out really well.
I’m pretty good when it comes to not buying too much makeup or body products, I might have quite a lot of loose pigments from Shiro Cosmetics and eyeshadows palettes but I’m going through my makeup collection every so often to make sure it doesn’t build up. I always make sure that all of my makeup will fit inside one drawer and all of my perfume and nail varnishes fit inside another. I know I have more than I need but I like collecting the makeup and I don’t go over the top with most things.
This week as I haven’t been feeling good I decided to get the couple of tray things I keep my makeup in and sort through them, does anyone else find that clearing things out and sorting through things makes you feel more refreshed? Other than a few things, which I will say as I go along, I am not actually throwing these things out, they’re going to be offered to people and some of them possibly put on eBay in a while when I’ve got some more things from my room when I sort it better.
I have recently ended up watching a lot of decluttering videos on YouTube as well so I think that inspired me a bit. Like with a lot of those YouTubers I watch most of these things I am getting rid of because I have dupes that I prefer or that I have simply not used them in so long or I like them but they aren’t me. I’ll stop giving an explanation and get on with it.
In the Boot sale I bought a No7 Beauty Organiser set and in it was this No7 Natural Blush in Soft Damson. I did a search in Boots and apparently it’s a Natural Blush Tint Powder rather than a normal blush. This Soft Damson appears to be the only colour available in it at the moment and it costs £8 on the Boots website.
I’m not sure if it’s a new product but the fact there’s only one colour makes me think it might be as it’s something that could come in a range of colours. I haven’t found much about it on blogs so I thought I’d do a review. I have had a bit of a play around with it but there aren’t many ways of using it as it’s a pretty subtle colour.
I recently made an order on Debenhams, mainly buying clothes from the sale but I saw this In the Balm of Your Hand Palette from theBalm and bought is. I was planning on buying two of theBalm blushes I’ve seen review of, one of them being something from the InStain’ range (I hadn’t decided which) and another being Cabana Boy as it’s so pretty and both of those are in this palette. This palette costs £34 on the Debenhams site which was the same price as the two products (at least where I found them online) and you get quite a few others so I thought it was worth getting. I am also a bit of a sucker for theBalm palettes, I seem to be getting a bit of a collection of them now.
Since looking this palette up on review site it seems like it was a Christmas release from theBalm along with a palette of the three Lumanizer sisters which I was almost tempted by too. This palette is a compilation of the best bits from some of their best selling palettes or products, with the sub-title of Greatest Hits Vol. 1 it makes me think they’ll be doing more in the future, which I will probably end up getting as this palette is really nice and it has a good range of products in one place, a sort of all over face palette.
Included in the palette are four eyeshadows, one luminiser, a cheek/lip stain and a lip stick in 7g pans and three blushes and a bronzer in 12g pans. There is a range of shimmer and matte in both the blush and eyeshadows colours. I do have a duplicate of at least one of the products, the Balm Jovi eyeshadow in Lead Zeppelin and I think I have the Mary Lou-Manizer in the same palette under a different name as well. I also found that the rest lip product is very close to the ones in my other two theBalm palettes, I’ve done a comparison of these as well.
This is one of the products I got for Christmas in the free gift that No7 were doing when you spend a certain amount and it’s not a colour that seems to be available on the website at the moment but I’ve not seen much about the No7 Cream Blushes on blogs so I thought I’d do a review as I think the formula is the same as the ones I’ve tested in stores. The colour I have is Pink Blush and is a fairly neutral dusty rose colour to me, maybe towards coral as it’s not pink based. This a 5.5g product and I think it’s full size, at full size these cost £9.95 in the other colours in Boots.
I have seen a few colours available in stores, I think it’s the same as the ones on the website at the moment, and I’d say that this colour isn’t too far off the Mango Sorbet one if you want to find one that’s a similar colour. I don’t actually know the name of this one, I’m guessing it’s called Pink Blush as that’s what it had on the box the set came in but it’s nowhere on the product so that may not be the official name. I have, however, found it on eBay listed under that name so that may be your best bet if you want this exact product.
I made a few orders in the Boxing Day sales, though only my Paperchase one was actually on Boxing Day and that’s one of the ones that hasn’t got here yet. The two I’m posting about today are the things I bought online from Boots and from. Holland and Barrett. One of the Boots things was a Star Buy, the Champney’s hand spa manicure set was £28 instead of £65 which seemed a good offer and the No7 Beauty Organiser was half price and actually ended up cheaper than the four brushes I wanted to get from them which were all in the set so that was a nice surprise. Holland and Barrett had their normal buy one get one for 1p sale that seems to be on half of the year but they had Dr Organics sets in there including the Snail Gel one which has intrigued me for a while, I chose the Rose set as well as it had a face mask and scrub in it, plus it was one of the only other things in the offer I wanted and at 1p it’s not bad.
I got this recently from ShopBXB and I was so excited about it that it jumped the queue of palettes I’ve got to review and I had a play around with it today. I hope the photos are ok, I did a big batch of photos for posts because we had half decent light outside today and that hasn’t really happened for the past month with the British autumn.
The Balm Jovi palette by theBalm has been out for a while and I have wanted it since I saw a review on YouTube but it was always either not available in the UK or out of stock and I’ve only seen it in stock recently and then it was £37 I think. This was £25 in the sale (now £28 here) so I had to get it. It’s a face palette and it has twelve eyshadows/liners in a mix of mattes, shimmers, metallics and one I would consider a glitter. It also has a highlighter, blush and two cream products that can be lip or cheek tints. The ingredients for the eyeshadows are the same as for the highlighter and blush so I think they could be used for eyeshadows if you like the colours for that.