I got the She’s in Fashion nail varnish from Leighton Denny in the recent Marks and Spencer’s summer beauty box. It’s a full sized version and in the standard square bottle with the silver and clear lid that makes it stand out as a Leighton Denny nail varnish to me. Unfortunately this isn’t available in any stores I can find but there are plenty on eBay here in the uk if you’re looking for one so I thought it’s still worth doing a review while it’s still online somewhere.
This is pretty much the perfect summer colour for me; somewhere around a magenta with a cooler base to it and not neon. Or that’s the colour it looks in the bottle, it’s one of those that is a slightly different colour when you actually apply it. It turns into more of a bright magenta pink, which is slightly disappointing to me but still a nice bright summer colour anyway.
I don’t think I’ve done a shoe review in ages, I’ve bought a few recently so might do a couple more posts like this, but these Cordelia low heels in Mink from Ruby Shoo are so pretty they deserved their own post. I have to admit I’ve never heard of Ruby Shoo before but they had such a pretty display when we went into the Oldrid’s section upstairs at Grantham Boundary Mills that I had to have a look and I’m glad I did. However, it does mean I now want quite a few more pairs from them and the matching handbags are so pretty too.
The Cordelia design shoes cost £55 and come in three colours; Mink (a light nude pink in a patent leather style), Fuchsia (a suede look bright pink) and Navy (suede look finish) with matching handbags for each. They each have a slight difference with the pattern on the trim but they each have the small, possibly mid height, heel, the bow on the front and the thin bar across the top. They give me a real retro feel and are so comfortable.
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.
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.
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.
I have to say I do love a good face mask. Recently I’ve mainly been buying sheet masks but there’s something oddly satisfying about peeling of a peeling sheet mask. One thing I’ve found is that they tend to be fun but a bit underwhelming when it comes to the long term positive effects on my skin. If I see a new one from a brand I love though I do tend to give in and try it.
This Soap and Glory What a Peeling De-Clog Mask costs £4 and you get two little pods of face mask. I think it’s intended for one use each but there’s too much for me to use in one go so I’ve used the one pot twice. It claims to de-clog pores and the other benefits are supposed to be: lifts away impurities and dirt, removes excess oil, purifies, smoothes and brightens which sounds like a lot from one mask. Having said that I gave it a go as my skin has recently been a bit congested and I’ve been getting mini breakouts so I thought I’d give it a challenge and see how it coped.
I feel like I bought the Lush Christmas products ages ago and I haven’t got round to trying half of them yet and they’re already going to be disappearing soon! If you’ve ever been into a Lush store around Christmas time you probably know about Snow Fairy. It’s a staple that comes back each year and, despite the name, doesn’t really have that much to do it’s Christmas scents to me. It seems to be one you either love or hate and it’s pretty much how I imagine the colour pink would smell if colours had a scent.
There’s a range of different products in the Snow Fairy scent range and this year they’ve brought out one of their new products, the jelly bombs, in the range. These are a new product this year and I’ve previously tried the Ectoplasm one from the Halloween range and I wasn’t sure how I felt about that one. Maybe it’s just me but there seems to be quite a difference between the two products to me and they’re supposed to be the same with a different scent. Has anyone else found that with the jelly bombs? They’re a fair sized bath product and, if you don’t mind missing out on the layers effect, they could easily do two baths. They cost £4.95 each but if you do manage to get two baths out of it it isn’t too bad price wise.
Having bought the second, apparently limited edition, version of the Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks Mini Set from TheBalm I thought it’d be interesting to compare it to the original mini set I bought a while ago. Although they should be pretty much the same there seems to be some differences, besides the colour of the lipstick, which may be due to the colours and formulation of each colour like you often find with products of different colour in the same range.
I have had the original set for a while, but I don’t think there has been much change over time with the formula. If you want to read the review posts for these you can find the original set, the one I’m calling Vol. 1, here and the newer set review can be found here. They have swatches and a bit more of a detailed description of each of the colours.
A while ago I bought the first set of Meet Matt(e) Hughes minis with 6 small versions of the The Balm matte liquid lipsticks. My review of them can be found here, that’s the permanent set that’s still available. This post is on the limited edition version, though when they call it that I’m not sure how limited it’ll be. I have noticed some differences between the formulas of these six and the originals, not just the colours.
This set has six minis, each has 1.2 ml and costs £25 on the Debenhams website. As the full sized ones (7.4 ml) cost £14 each these sets are a great way to test out the colours or formula as I don’t see myself using any of these minis up, though if you know the colour you want these may not be the best option as they cost more for the same amount of lipstick overall. The six colours included in this set are Faithful, Charismatic, Brilliant, Affectionate, Reliable and Romantic which include a good range of colours, though these go more towards the more neutral and muted tones compared to the originals. There are reds but they’re more cool tones and the neutrals have a slight brown tone to them.
I haven’t bought anything from the Nina Ultra Pro nail varnish line before, I’d seen them in Sally’s a couple of times but tended to stick to the brands I knew. However, the last time I went this was the only company that had the kind of colour I was looking for so I decided to give them a go and bought Orchid, a sort of darker version if the melenial pink that’s everywhere at the moment.
I can’t find this exact nail varnish on their website, maybe it was a limited edition or it’s just out of stock at the moment, but the rest of their standard nail varnish line is £4.88 a bottle online which is a pretty good price for a nice nail varnish that actually lasts so I thought I’d see if it could do as well as some of my current favourites.