I’ve had my eye on some of the products from Candy Coat, a company who make gel nail varnishes and accessories and have just launched a beauty line, for a while. They have such a range of colours and finishes and the pastel colours in particular really caught my eye. They do kits which save money with the amount of nail varnishes in them and they include a base and top coat so you have everything (even the lamp if you pick that option) to start out and try the company. They also claim to last from three to ten weeks so I’m hoping these will last well and won’t peel off like some of the others I’ve tried.
As I got a bit overwhelmed with the different colours, there are so many to choose from, I decided to go for one of the kits. The Beginner Kit costs £60 for ten nail varnishes including the base and top coats and is a great value box to get started. I also picked one of the Hard Candy Builder Gels, these cost £15 so they’re more expensive but they can be used to extend your nails or build up your nails for added depth and nail art. I’ve always wanted to try one and as I was doing an order anyway I decided to get one to try.
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.
One of the newer eyeshadow palettes in the i-Divine range from Sleek is the Spirit Animal Eyeshadow Palette. It’s full of rich, earthy tones and a couple of bright blues thrown in there. Something about it reminds me a lot of those landscapes with red and ochre earth and mountains.
As with all Sleek palettes there are twelve pans in this with four mattes and eight shimmers, three of which I’d say are verging on a foil finish and the other five are almost semi matte themselves. They’re cruelty free mineral based eyeshadows and it costs £8.99.
Last year I bought the Ciate Twelve Days of Christmas style calendar which had a range of mini versions of their makeup products. Three of them were these Liquid Velvet matte liquid lipsticks in the colours Oh Honey!, Delight and Pin Up. All three of them are in the permanent line and the full sized 6ml tubes are £17 each.
I have tried so many different formulas of matte liquid lipsticks I should probably stop buying them but I do love the look and some of the ones I have are favourites that I always go to when it comes to lip colour. Plus these colours are definitely very me they were some of the ones that I wanted to try when I chose to buy the set.
I bought three Sleek Makeup eyeshadow palettes recently and have been playing around with them for the last month, this Dream a Little Dream i-Divine palette is one of them. It’s the most recent of the Limited Edition palettes though I’m not sure how limited it will be, some of the ‘limited edition’ ones are there from over a year ago whereas others disappear quickly so if you’re interested in this palette and you can get it then I’d suggest you do it as soon as you can in case it disappears.
As with all Sleek i-Divine palettes it has twelve mineral based eyeshadows in it and cost £8.99 on the Sleek website. I can’t find an official description on what the exact combination for this one is but I’d say all of them are a shimmer of some kind. Six of them I’d call standard shimmers, four obvious duochromes (one of these with glitter in a fairly matte base), a silver foil finish and one that’s a shimmer base with fairly bit glitter particles in it. The colours are so pretty and all cool toned pastels, mainly in the blues, silvers and purples with a green and two cool toned pinks mixed in there.
I’ve had my eye on the TheBalm nude series of eyeshadow palettes for a while but had so many neutral palettes I didn’t really need another. Then they came out with the Nude Beach (volume 3) Palette which is full of warmer colours with red and oranges thrown into the neutral mix and it stood out to me. I did get it with money off on HQ Hair but it’s normally £32 for the twelve eyeshadows.
The Nude Beach eyeshadow palette has a mix of finishes, with five mattes, six shimmers, though you could maybe call a couple of them foils, and one that’s more of a matte base with shimmer in it. There are definitely different formulas in this palette and there’s varying amount of pigmentation depending on the colour but there’s a good mix in there if this is the sort of colour palette you’re looking for.
I have to admit that I’ve not always been a fan of primers as an added step in my beauty routine. I’ve tended not to use one, though one of my favourite foundations is a mix of powder foundation and primer mixer, so when I got the Pür Correcting Illuminate and Glow Primer in the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar last year I didn’t have high expectations for it. I’ve heard of the brand, I think I may have tried something from them before, and it’s all been good so I did want to give this a proper go.
As it’s an illuminating primer it does have an aspect of shimmer to it, though I’m not sure exactly which of the Illuminate and glow primers it is, they have ones aimed at specific skin colour issues, I think it’s the summer one. It isn’t available in Marks and Spencer’s any more but I did find the full sized 30ml ones in Look Fantastic for £24 and Beauty Bay has the full sized tube for £22.50. There are also a lot of the mini sized 10 ml tubes, like the one I have, floating around on eBay if you want to find one to give it a go.they do also seem to come up as cheaper per ml so it may be worth having a look round on there.
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.
These are technically two different products but I thought, as they’re both Sleek Makeup liquid eyeliners, they do sort of go together. The first liquid eyeliner is the Sleek Makeup Dip It Eyeliner in Black and the second is the Sleek Makeup Glitter Eyeliner in Gold. I have to admit that I don’t use liquid eyeliner much, or at all really, but that’s partly because I’ve found it very hard to find one that has a brush or applicator that I really like alongside a good formula. I used to love an Avon one I had years ago but haven’t found one since.
Both eyeliners are liquid and have a brush in the lid and both hold 4ml of product. I can’t find the Gold Glitter Eyeliner anywhere at the moment, though the Steel version is £4.99 so I’m guessing that would have been the price for this one too. The Black Dip It Liquid Eyeliner is available in Boots and the Sleek website for £4.99. There are two versions on the Sleek website, I think this is the newer packaging and I don’t think the formula has changed from the rounder pots. Continue reading
I think that the Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlight Palette was probably the one that became the most popular, the one that seemed to be everywhere at some point and I feel so late getting this but, as I’m still new to using highlighting products, that’s today’s review. I already have the more dramatic Distorted Dreams palette from Sleek but got the Solstice one in a gift set from my parents for Christmas.
This palette has four different shades, one cream, one shimmer powder and two baked powders. They’re warm shades and definitely on the more subtle end of the highlight spectrum as they can blend out and give a sheen rather than full on glitter or colour. There’s 9g of product in the palette, though I’m not sure how it’s divided out for each pan, and costs £9.99 in Boots and Superdrug (though it’s half price there now) and £10 on the Sleek website.