It’s unusual for me doing two reviews in a row from the same company but I’ve been trying out the Smashbox Cover Shot Eyeshadow Palette in Ablaze and I wanted to share what I thought as I’m really enjoying it. I recently got a set from Boots that had this in but this costs £24 individually and contains eight eyeshadows. In the Ablaze palette these are all reds and oranges with a couple of more everyday colours mixed in to make it more usable on its own.
It’s on the small side for a palette, it fits perfectly in the palm of my hand, which makes it great for travel, and I’ve always found the lenticular print on the front of the Cover Shots nice looking. I think I’ve just loved this style of graphic since I was little. It has two larger pans, one matte and one shimmer, and six smaller pans, two matte and four shimmer though one of the shimmers is more a matte base with shimmer in it, and they’re definitely all warm colours.
I recently got a bottle of the Cinders Shower Gel from the Lush limited edition Christmas range. It’s a more creamy formula that’s supposed to be moisturising and skin softening with maple syrup in it and the scent is described as Brazilian orange oil, ginger, nutmeg and allspice powders. This sounded like a great mix to me with a hint of the spices I like in winter products.
As with their other shower gels this is available in three sizes; 110g (£5.50), 260g (£10.95) and 520g (£18.25). It’s a self preserving formula, which I have found tends to make them good ones to keep if you like the scent. I was half expecting this to be like the shower creams that Lush released, which were a nice thick consistency to start with but turned to water after two uses, so had to give them a proper try and use them a lot to see how well they kept. So far it’s been good but it’s only been a month so I can’t comment on the long term stashability of them yet.
After the Lush haul post on Wednesday I couldn’t wait to try something Halloween, it is the perfect season for baths after all. So I gave the Eyeball Bath Bomb (£4.95) a go and I think I may have to stock up on a couple of these before they disappear even though I promised myself October was a no buy month.
This is definitely suitably spooky looking for a Halloween product, especially when it’s floating around staring up at you in the tub, and I was interested to see how this one smelled when it hit the water. In my last post I sad it smelled like a combination of citrus, snow fairy and dream cream but I have a feeling that may have been because of what else was in the box with it as I didn’t get that at all in the water.
The second in the week of Sleek Makeup reviews is the Colour Corrector Palette. This is a small palette containing six different colours of cream formula colour correctors, each is 0.4g. These include green, lilac, blue, rose, yellow and orange which are each aimed at a different skin pigmentation problem. It costs £7.99 on the Boots and Superdrug websites, though I can’t find it on the Sleek Makeup website so I think it may not be available for much longer.
I haven’t really tried proper colour correctors, at least not the range of colours in this, so it was interesting to see how these worked for me. I would say that I have dark circles and red patches on my skin so the green and yellow are most definitely ones I’d be trying, but seeing all the videos and pictures of colour correction were interesting to try.
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 thought I’d change the name of these, I don’t know why but I kind of prefer calling it blogmas than advent. I’ve wanted to start to include more blog like posts so this seemed like a good time to start it. Today was mainly spent recovering from the weekend and then waiting in hospital for an appointment so sorry this post is a bit later than I meant to!
I think today’s gift in the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar is one f the ones that I was most looking forward to trying. It’s the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade Perla which is a pale or mid tone pinky nude, one of those my lips but better kind of colours for me. This year I’ve discovered liquid lipsticks after finding some that actually work for me and don’t leave my lips dry so I’m always up for trying a new company’s version of it. This is a travel size, the full size costs £16 and holds 3ml compared to this 1.5ml so it’s probably £8 worth in here but these travel size ones always last me ages, I am yet to actually finish a travel sized liquid lipstick.
It’s the second of the wax tarts today from the 12 Scents of Christmas set of wax tarts from Scented Seasons Shop on Etsy. It’s a set of their twelve Christmas scents in wax tarts, I’m just picking them out at random from the box, the box costs £15 for the 12. Today’s random pick is the Christmas Time wax tart and the first with bits in. I haven’t put it to melt yet, my wax tart burner is currently behind a pile of decorations in boxes so it’ll have to wait, but it’s a very strong Christmassy scent so I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not sure if I’ll leave the bits to float around in it or get them out, I’ll see. The throw from the last wax tart was great, it even went outside the fairly large room it was burning in, and this is a stronger scent when cold so I’m hoping it does as well too.
Four sleeps till Christmas and I’m not finished with present buying, this is definitely cutting it fine and the advent calendars are looking empty. I have to say that I am loving the snowballs in the Lindt advent calendar. They’re one of the Lindt products I haven’t tried before this and I love the mix of white and milk chocolate and how it’s all melty. They’ll probably be on my list of chocolates to get in the future at Christmas.
The other advent calendars today gave me a bright pink nail varnish in the Ciate Mini Mani Month and it’s called Cupcake Queen which is probably one of the most appropriate names from the calendar, to me anyway. The Marks and Spencer beauty advent calendar has a Pür Correcting Primer for normal skin which will be interesting to try and it’s a great travel size if I like it. The Yankee Candle is another Spiced Orange, one of the scents that has grown on me after the initial disappointment of it not being as orange as I expected the scent to be.
Today was mince pie baking, something that always makes the house smell of Christmas, at least to me, so it really feels like the lead up to Christmas now. I know mince pies are a fairly stereotypically British Christmas thing but do people in other countries eat them too? Or does your country have something that’s ‘unusual’ as a food for around the holiday season? It’s something I’ve wondered as I only really see the German foods in local supermarkets and some Italian maybe but I have no idea if they’re Christmas food or just something we have at Christmas as something different and I see the more American foods in to shows and movies but I don’t know much about anywhere else.
I’ve mentioned before about my love for purple, especially when it comes to nail varnish, so today’s Ciate Mini Mani Month nail varnish in Chain Reaction is definitely a good one for me being a metallic shimmery royal purple. The Marks and Spencer present is one I’ve had before a couple of times, I think once in a beauty box and the other in last year’s calendar and it’s the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer which seems a staple in beauty subscription boxes. The Yankee Candle today is Spiced Orange, probably the least Christmassy of the scents to me so these are actually mainly being kept until after Christmas as I have more tea lights than I need in the run up to it.
Day six has the first real makeup thing from the Marks and Spencer advent calendar with the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in black. I don’t use eyeliner much, I’m not very good at it, but it’s something I want to get better at so maybe this one will help, I haven’t tried many felt tip ones. The Ciate Mini Mani Month has Lucky 7 which is another Gelology one. The Yankee Candle tea light is the final scent, Cosy By the Fire, which means from now on they’re duplicates. I am definitely doing a proper full review on the Eyeko eyeliner, I haven’t tried it before and it’s always interesting to see how well eyeliners last.
It’s the first day of December and that means advent calendar time! I may have ended up with four when I saw a Lindt one on offer and couldn’t resist the chocolatey goodness. With these advent calendar posts I do mini reviews or first impressions for the things I get in the calendars on that day. I will be doing more in depth reviews on some of them in the future when I’ve had a chance to try them some more.
The first day of advent has the Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream in the Marks and Spencer calendar, a Ciate mini Geology nail varnish in Goal Digger from the Ciate Mini Mani Month and a tea light in Spiced Orange from my Yankee Candle one. At least I think it’s Spiced Orange, there are two red ones and nothing on the door to say which it is. I do have a scratch and sniff type card with the other one on it and this doesn’t smell like that. If I’m wrong I’ll come back and edit it when I find out.