This eyeshadow palette review may be shorter than my normal ones, which might be a good thing! The Sleek Makeup i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Gleaming Gold was a limited edition palette and I’m pretty sure it was available exclusively in some of the 2017 Sleek Christmas gift sets, though I have seen it popping up on eBay so it may be available if you’re lucky on there.
There are twelve eyeshadows in this palette and it’s the standard Sleek Makeup layout with the twelve round pans and a large mirror. They’re all shimmer this time and a range of golden based colours, from an orangey copper to a light champagne colour. There isn’t an official price for this but, going by the cost of other Sleek palettes, I’d guess it’s around £8.99. Looking at this, as first impressions, it seemed like this is one of those palettes you use with another, as everything is shimmery and sparkly, I was expecting to use it now and then and dip into it for a gold colour to add to a look.
Last year Sleek Makeup celebrated their tenth birthday and released their Diamond Decade i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette with a mix of silvers, blacks and pinks. They say that the pink is their signature but, for me, when I think of the old Sleek palettes back when I first started buying them the matte black is the thing that stood out for me as being above the competition. It wasn’t always the best but I have a couple of the early palettes where the black is better than any others I’ve tried so I was happy to see a matte black included. You can find it on the Boots and Sleek websites for £8.99.
There are twelve eyeshadows in this and there’s a mix of finishes with two that I would call true matte, one that’s almost matte but has a duochrome hint to it and eight that are shimmers of various descriptions (though one is a matte base with glitter in really). The palette sort of has three sections of colour with four pinks, four silvers and four blacks, though one of the silvers is more gunmetal. It’s definitely an unusual mix of colours to me and not one I’d really go for normally.
This may sound like an odd thing to get excited about, but when I first saw this in the list of products in the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent Calendar I was really looking forward to trying it. I think that the Ameliorate brand in general is pretty new, it’s still in the new products section on the M&S website, so this Transforming Body Lotion is a relatively new product. It claims to help rough, very dry skin and was specifically formulated original for skin with keratosis pilaris (skin that looks like permanent goose bumps, which I have, though I’d recommend google for the science behind it) though I didn’t realise that until looking it up now. I was intrigued to see how this would work for me and, although I haven’t used it for the four weeks it recommends because I had the mini size, I can definitely see the difference when I stopped using it and wanted to get this post up as soon as possible really.
Their own website has a range of products, I think they all have the formula in that helps rough and dry skin. Marks and Spencer has the full range, including the exfoliator, body wash, hand cream and non scented version. I think I’m going to be getting the set they have to try the others before going for a full sized one. The Transforming Body Lotion itself is also available from Boots. They all cost the same, £22.50 for the 200ml tube, so it’s just personal choice as to who you choose to buy it from if you want to give it a go.
I love all the unicorn brushes around and have had my eye on the Unicorn Cosmetics unicorn brush set for months, but when I saw their Halloween edition Heat Sensitive and Spookalicious set was in the sale it’s even more me and I wanted it. It’s a limited edition set with five brushes (three face and two eye brushes), colour changing handles and a coffin shaped brush bag with unicorn studs on it. It’s also pretty much half price, £17.99 rather than £34.99, but being a limited edition it’s one of those sets you get now if you want it as when it’s gone it’s gone.
The fact that the set is half the size of the original unicorn brush sets definitely was a plus for me, I love the look of the full set but I’m not sure I’d need all ten different styles and I can always use eye brushes and your standard face brushes. The five brushes are; fluffy eye brush, precision blush brush, powder brush, foundation brush and an eyeshadow brush so you do have most of the basics covered there. They all have suitably spooky names to go with the orange and black colour scheme.
I don’t often review hair products, I tend to stick with ones I know and as my hair takes pretty much anything I throw at it it’s rare for a product to make a huge difference to it. However the Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil, which has been sat in my cupboard for ages after I first tried it and meant to go back to it but forgot about it, seems to have helped with certain hair problems I have now I’ve given it a proper try.
This bottle is from the Marks and Spencer’s Advent Calendar in 2016, that shows how long it’s been sat in the cupboard, and is a 30ml bottle which isn’t full sized. The full sized version is 48 ml and used to cost £12.50 in Marks and Spencer’s. I’ll leave that link in even though it says it’s out of stock in case it appears back again. Otherwise you can find it on amazon and eBay. I don’t normally post reviews of products that are discontinued but it’s still fairly easy to find and I can’t find anywhere that says it’s actually been completely discontinued, though I’m assuming it is as it says ‘no longer available’. It’s a pity but I wanted to share the review anyway as it’s helped my hair and it might be worth trying if you have similar problems.
I didn’t really do much sales shopping this year, well compared to normal anyway, but I saw that Unicorn Cosmetics were having a sale and couldn’t resist a peak at what they had on offer. They’re the original creators of the unicorn brushes that have been everywhere this past year and the makeup brushes are so pretty I did end up getting some. This first one is the Bubbles Fan Brush and is from the Mermaid brushes collection, which has four brushes with different colours and styles of mermaid tail one them. In the sale this costs £14.99, normally they’re £17.99. The mermaid brushes are all face brushes and they each have a flexible tail, it’s made from silicone which is easy to clean and feels slightly rubbery so has a great grip.
This may sound like an odd thing to say but, when I first started to use makeup (I was late compared to a lot of people) the fan makeup brushes always seemed to be one of those brushes you had to know what you were doing with. I’ve never had one and I realised that there are definitely gaps when it comes to my makeup brushes now that I’ve started to expand what I do with my makeup beyond basic eye looks and some liquid foundation. I guess I bought this one over the others as it is so different and I’ve recently started to try highlighting and it’s just so pretty.
I may have ended up spending more than I originally planned in the Lush Boxing Day Sale. I only went into be one day but I’d originally planned on getting the 12 Days of Christmas gift box and decided against it when I saw it. I ended up regretting that decision and as my mum.and sister were going in the next day asked them to get it so here’s everything that came in that gift set.
The Twelve Days of Christmas hat box is always one of the big ones from Lush, they bring out a version every year, as it has twelve of their Christmas products in it. I think it was £35 in the half price sale and was one that there were quite a few left of so there may be some in some of the lush stores. This year it has a wide range of different product types as well as scents so could be a good introduction to Lush if it’s in your budget.
As some of these things may be still available in your local Lush I thought I’d do a bit of a mini review of each of them in case you manage to find any to pick up. They also sometimes seem to pop up in the kitchen throughout the year do if there’s something you’re interested in it may return at some point. Don’t quote me on that, I don’t know what’s coming or how Lush decides what’s going up, it’s just going by past experience.
I think I’m going to be a bit late posting any sale hauls, the few other things I’ve bought haven’t arrived yet and I just haven’t done all that much sale shopping this year! I did, however, manage to get into my local Lush a couple of days after Boxing Day and it wasn’t too manic so I had a look round and bought a couple of gift sets and some other bits I was planning on getting. The reason this is part one of two is because my mum and sister went back and I asked them to get another gift box in the sale for me which has quite a bit more in it so this post would have been very long.
As some of these things may still be available in your local Lush I thought I’d do a mini, one or two line, review for each of the things in the sets as a first impressions. A few I’ve used before so I’ll either link to a review I’ve done or it’ll be more on experience than first impression as I’ve actually used them. Anyway, onto the haul and I hope you enjoy.
Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you’re having a good day and enjoying yourself whether you celebrate Christmas or not. As it’s the last day of the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent Calendar and the official first day of Christmas it’s the last day of Blogmas. Not that my Blogmas went as I was expecting, December has definitely been more hectic than I expected it to be so I didn’t do the same posts I was expecting. Today’s gift in the advent calendar is a makeup bag. It’s not one I can find on their website but as their makeup bags are £12 in general I’m going to stick with that as the value they’ve put in this one, not sure if it would be.
The first day of Christmas from my Twelve Days of Ciate London Calendar is a liquid lipstick. I love the look of this calendar in general and I’ve wanted to try the Ciate makeup after loving their nail varnishes for years so couldn’t resist it when it was on offer. The liquid lipstick is a Liquid Velvet Liquid Lipstick in the colour Oh Honey! The full sized version is £17 normally on their website (currently on sale for £13.60) and is part of the new nudes range. This mini size is 2ml to the 6.7ml of a standard one which means it has around £4 of product in it. These minis are always enough for me in liquid lipsticks anyway and I can see this one lasting well.
It’s the second to last day of the Marks and Spencer’s advent calendar, though I know a lot of advent calendars end today and they always did when I was growing up. When does advent actually end? I always thought the 24th but so many include the 25th now too. Anyway, today’s gift is the Pur Illuminate and Glow Primer, the second primer in three days so I kind of wish they’d spread the two out a bit more. It’s a corrective primer that has some shimmer in it to give a glowy look for a base. The full sized tube is 30ml and £24 so this 10ml tube contains £8 of product. It has a bit of a peachy bronze look to me and definitely has shimmer in so I’m not sure how much I’ll use it as primer.
The second thing from an advent calendar, well kind of, is the Forest Walk Wax Tart from the Scented Seasons Shop Twelve Scents of Christmas set I bought and have been picking them out at random as a kind of home done advent calendar. The set was £15 for twelve wax tarts or they can be bought individually for £1.25 each where you pick your scents.
I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already! We have some things we do on Christmas Eve every year, they’ve become traditions as well as some of them being practical. Things like getting food bits ready or watching certain movies, I love these things that become traditions and are different for each family and don’t necessarily have anything too Christmassy about them.