The Ordinary | High Coverage Foundation

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Good afternoon ladies & gents, it’s been quite a while since my last post. Life has been pretty hectic this last month or so and blogging has taken a back seat unfortunately but here we are with a new post. Heeeeeellllooo, how are you all!?

You will have probably heard of the brand The Abnormal Beauty Company/ DECIEM by now if you are active in the beauty world but just incase you have no idea what I’m talking about then they are a “humble and happy umbrella of good beauty brands” which owns and operates more than 10 different brands such as NIOD, Hylamide, The Chemistry Brand & The Ordinary.

A few of months ago I grabbed a couple of The Ordinary’s skincare items from Asos and I was over the moon with the results so when they announced that they were bringing a high coverage foundation out I HAD to own it!

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The foundation is available in 21 different shades which are then divided into four categories 1 for fair to lighter tones, 2 for medium tones and 3 for darker tones. To give even more variety there are then a second digit ranging from 0 to 3 which indicates the depth. Lastly the foundation has a letter which indicates shade for the undertone you need, P for pink, R for red, N for neutral and Y for yellow.

Hats off to them, I love how much variety there is for their foundation. It is literally super easy to choose your foundation and get it right.

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I headed over to Victoria Health to purchase my foundation, there was about a month  wait due to being in such high demand. I grabbed the shade 1.0N (£5.90) which is fair to light and neutral undertones.

The packaging is minimalistic but yet elegant, the foundation comes in a plastic frosted container again with simplistic design and a pump yay which makes dispensing mess free! The foundation is 30ml which is your standard size but the packaging makes it the perfect size for your handbag with the added benefit of a twist lock for added reassurance.

The Ordinary claim “when applied, the formulations blend in effortlessly with your natural tones and your skin glows. These foundations contain higher pigment levels than the Serum Foundations but still offer a smooth finish that avoids the heavy makeup look that can make skin appear more aged. The texture is that of a lightweight, non-oily cream.”

The picture below is of my skin before the foundation is applied. The current state of my skin is very poor with a bad outbreak on my cheeks and chin.  *sad face*.

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I applied The Ordinary’s High Spreadability Fluid Primer using a single pump of the foundation onto the back of my hand and proceeded to use the ‘Real Techniques Buffing Brush’ to apply it in a circular motion working outwards from the midpoint of my face.

The 1.0N shade is the PERFECT match for my skin as usually with other I have found that I have blend it further down my neck in order not to get a line of colour between the applied area and my regular skin. This foundation claims to be high coverage but once applied i’d say it’s around medium, there are still some red areas around my breakouts but nothing a little concealer won’t fix. This foundation blends really well into my skin and leaves a subtle glow which is much needed right now.

The downside I have found with this particular foundation is that it seems to layer up around my problem areas such as my chin and my nose resulting in a ‘cakey’ heavily applied look. This could be due to the current condition of my skin so I look forward to putting it through it’s paces once my skin is back up to scratch.

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Taking the previous points into account I am overly impressed with this range of shades and how perfect the colour matches my skin. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that has the struggles of finding a foundation to match their skin tone and with absolute steal of a price (£5.90) you have no reason not to go for it, after all it’s cheaper than most of the drug store brands!

Have you tried this foundation ? I would love to hear what you think below or maybe tweet me @beautyandlittle

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TK Maxx | Nanshy Brushes

Remember the days as a teenager applying Dream Matte Mouse with your fingers? *cringes*, i’m glad that those days are definitely long gone and I use makeup brushes to apply my foundation. I have never tried Nanshy brushes before but always heard great things about them so when I spotted them in Tk Maxx I didn’t give them a second thought, they were straight in my basket.

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I picked up the Nanshy Luxury Brush Set £19.99 which is supposed to be £36.95, the set contains 13 synthetic travel sized brushes. The set comes in a beautiful white case with a mixture of 4 face and 9 eye brushes which include powder/foundation brush, foundation brush, angled blush brush, powder brush, angled brow brush, liner brush, small shadow brush, crease brush, shadow brush, fluffy shadow blending brush, concealer brush, angled shadow brush and eyelash/eyebrow spoolie, an absolute bargain for £20!

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The brushes have stunning white pearlescent handles which look elegant and instantly caught my eye. The set is smaller than their standard brushes but this makes perfect for when your travelling, the travel handy case and brushes are slightly bigger than purse size, they were absolutely perfect for when I recently visited London without taking up a lot of space *dances*.

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All of Nanshy’s brushes are PETA approved which means that they are cruelty free and vegan, always a plus in my book.

 With some makeup brushes from other brands they feel slightly rough and scratchy when applying your makeup but with this set there is absolutely no scratching what so ever, they feel SO soft against your skin, like feathers. The stippling brush is my absolute favourite, it allows you to create that flawless finish on your skin whether it be powder or liquid foundation, which to me is really important.

I would definitely recommend anyone grabbing one of these sets if you see them, I now need to get myself all of the brushes from Nanshy!

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Kat Von D | Beauty Haul & Giveaway

Since watching LA & Miami Ink I have forever been obsessed with Kat Von D, who isn’t?! So when I saw that she was bringing her own beauty range out I was so excited BUT there as a down side, I would have to order from America which comes with customs fees so when Debenhams announced last year that they would have Kat Von D’s range online exclusive to them my dreams had come true.

With my birthday approaching next weekend my husband said that he would get me a couple of bits from Kat Von D *dances* I was over the moon. Scrolling through Debenhams website again for the millionth time after previously eyeing up what I wanted I grabbed the Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette £37, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick £17 and Lock It Foundation £27.

Being pale is always a problem when your looking for foundations on the high street as most of them for me are warmer tones so they have an orange tone to them, I tend to have to lighten them or look for high end makeup brands. With that in mind I picked up the Lock It Tattoo foundation in the shade 41 neutral, which is her lightest shade and looked like the colour would match my skin tone online.

I was so excited to try this out as i’ve heard great things about it especially after reading Caitlin’s post ‘The Base That Will Not Budge’ over at Through The Mirror, Kat claims that “Lock-It’ foundation is the only long-wear liquid formula we can count on to create a perfect canvas. With one pump it will even out discolouration, stop shine and hide blemishes, offering amazing coverage that’s so long-wear you can go a full 24 hours without re-applying.” sounds like the perfect foundation right?!

I blended the foundation onto my skin using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and honestly it’s practically a shade from white, the foundation is incredibly pale and far too pale for me which NEVER happens! I looked drained and ghostly. Once fully blended into my skin after 1 pump the coverage was about medium I would say, even though it claims to be full coverage, I could still see redness from spots so a second coat might be better. The foundation sank into my pours clogging them rather than covering over them and didn’t really live up to my expectations, which I was gutted about, I don’t think it was the right foundation for me. On a positive note though I do absolutely love her packaging, the plastic container is a nice touch making it handbag friendly!

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Another absolutely beautifully packaged item from the Kat Von D beauty range I picked up was the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Exorcism which is a beautiful deep purple. I absolutely adore my dark lipsticks, it’s pretty much all I wear now a days, so this was definitely a must into my basket. The lipstick glides across my lips with a doe foot applicator without any pulling, the formula is really creamy drying matte in seconds! What I love most about this liquid lipstick is that it is SUPER pigmented, only one swipe is needed across your lips for an intense colour which last all day long without highlighting any dry patches. I definitely need to get my hands on more shades, especially the shade Woolfe.

Head to the end of the post to enter the giveaway to win your own Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in your choice of shade!

Lastly I picked up the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette which i’ve been lusting over forever and possibly the main reason for the order. The palette is a hard cardboard base as opposed to the usual hard plastic containers eyeshadows are usually in, I was quite worried as I thought it would get ruined but the case is super sturdy and has a magnetic lid protecting those beautiful eyeshadows.  The palette consists of twelve matte shades which include neutral, warm and cool shades split into three quads consisting of base, contour, define and highlight shades.

Neutral Shades: Laetus, Samael, Solas and Lucious

Cool Shades: Lazarus, Saleos, Shax and Liberatus

Warm Shades: Ludwin, Succubus, Sytry and Latinus

The palette comes with a little leaflet on how you could transfer your eyes through the art of contouring which I find super handy because i’m absolutely useless when it comes to using eyeshadows, so it’s a great palette for beginners.

Each of the twelve shades allow you to create both day and night looks in one palette *dances* with each blending beautifully with their buttery formula and super pigmented powder giving you those dramatic eyes you’ve been lusting over. I would definitely recommend this palette to all you beauty addicts, it’s a must have in my eyes.

As a huge thank you for reaching 1k followers over on my Twitter I am hosting a giveaway that you can enter below to win your own Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick of choice! 

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Entrants under 18 please seek permission from parents

Giveaway ends 25/05/2017 00:00, winner will be announced and have 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be picked. Item will be shipped once giveaway has ended & winner has picked shade.

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What’s on your Kat Von D wish list?

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Nip + Fab | New Beauty Range

If you have never heard of Nip + Fab before then they are a skincare company that are well known for their cutting edge ingredients in their skincare ranges, I personally have never tried their range before but have always read fantastic things about them. Nip + Fab have recently released their own make up range about a month ago which I was pretty excited about especially after seeing it all over their Instagram, at the moment you can only buy it off their website directly or Superdrug‘s website.

“Discover our range of makeup staples that will guarantee you #Nofilter status in no time. From easy-to-use contouring palettes to create those killer cheekbones, an eyeshadow palette for mesmerising eye definition through to flawless foundation shades that you can custom-make, heads will turn at your #Makeupgame.”

I headed over to Superdrug’s website and had a flick through what they had, they currently have 3 for 2 on their products so I literally wanted one of everything but I had to limit myself *sobs* so I grabbed their foundation in shade 10 (£12.95), concealer in shade 10 (£8.95) and powder blush set in blush 1 (£8.95).

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First up is the Nip + Fab foundation, not having the products in store makes it incredibly hard to buy without testing it out before hand *sad face*, I picked the foundation up in shade 10 which I believe shade 5 is the lightest, though on the website photos it looks like 10 is lighter than 5.. you see my problem here. The good thing about these Nip + Fab foundations is that they also do a lighter and darker foundations drops (£12.95) so you can just add a couple of drops in and make your own shade.. magic!

When I first applied this foundation I noticed that it has a warmer tone to it rather than the cooler tones I tend to go for but once applied it gave me that much needed vibrancy that my regular skin tone lacks. The foundation is medium coverage, it blends incredibly well and manages to cover over all my imperfections nicely without any need for a second coat leaving me with a flawless matte base.

The foundation is so lightweight I even forget i’m wearing any which is perfect for me because there is nothing worse than it sitting heavy on my face all day especially with summer coming up. I’ve found that at the end of the day i’m left without an oily t-zone and no need for a top up, a win win in my eyes! This has definitely got to be my new favourite foundation as of yet!

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I grabbed Nip + Fab’s concealer in the shade 10 but i’m in the same dilemma with that in terms of shade as again it is a warmer tone. The concealer is light weight and not heavy on the eyes but provides full coverage, it’s so great it even covers over my horrendous black eye bags.

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Lastly I grabbed Nip + Fab Blusher Palette in Blushed 1, which comes in four beautiful pink and coral shades, Flamingo, Cocktail, Whisper and Velvet. Each of the shades are buttery and beautifully pigmented leaving a soft and subtle glow to my pale skin, absolutely perfect for summer.

I would definitely recommend that you head over and treat yourself to some Nip + Fab bits, you won’t regret it!

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Poundland | Makeup Gallery

Poundland beauty products? that’s right, the Poundland have their own range of beauty products ‘Makeup Gallery’ as well as a couple of drugstore brands such as Rimmel for of course £1. I thought I would give them a chance and grabbed a couple of their eyeliners as I am always on the look out for a good liquid eyeliner, unfortunately most tend to leave me disappointed with the lasting power.

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Eyeliner is always a must in my makeup routine, I feel like my makeup doesn’t look right without a good old winged eyeliner so a trusty eyeliner is definitely a must. I grabbed the Glitter Chick Flick Eyeliner £1 and Pro Liquid Eyeliner in Space Grey £1, the packaging is so simple which is sometimes best in my opinion. The Pro Liquid Eyeliner is super pigmented with no need to go over it a second time and it has incredible lasting power, lasting over 12+ hours and smudge free which some drugstore eyeliners don’t even come close to that. Glitter Chick Flick Eyeliner is great to use on top of other liners adding that little bit of sparkle to your eyes. Both eyeliners come with little bristles as a brush rather than a solid/spongey tip if that makes any sense, I usually struggle with doing winged eyeliner no matter how much practice I have, you know the process once you start, then you keep adding extra lines and by the time you know it your winged eyeliner is up to your eyebrows! but these are a dream to do it with making so much easier to control.

Both have exceeded my standards as I wasn’t expecting much being £1 each but they are incredible and definitely deserve a spot in my makeup bag.

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Have you tried Poundland makeup? What do you think?

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Must Have | Sleek Makeup Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks

Since discovering matte lipsticks I am utterly obsessed, actually obsessed is an understatement, they are pretty much all I wear now. I managed to grab the Sleek Makeup ‘The Magic Word’ set (£5) at Christmas from Boots, it was a little cute set of 4 minis in the shades Birthday Suit, Velvet Slipper, Rioja Red And Old Hollywood but of course my impatience got the better of me and I used them all before blogging them *oops*.

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I was absolutely obsessed with Velvet Slipper so much that this is one of my most used of the set so I decided to take a stroll to Boots to grab the full sized version, I was a little gutted when I was looking for it all of them had been opened and used but I managed to spot one mixed in with others, it was fate. I grabbed Velvet Slipper along with Vinto Tinto (£4.99 each), Velvet slipper is a mauve kind of shade and Vinto Tinto is a deep berry purple which are both right up my street.

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Sleek claims there is only one coat needed, I’ve found that doing two coats works best for me as it sometimes can be uneven, the pigment of these are lovely and compliment my pale skin perfectly. The matte lipsticks come with a doe foot applicator gliding on with ease similar to using lipgloss but dries matte within seconds and is literally glued to your lips all day long so that definitely ticks long lasting off the list. The formula is super lightweight, comfortable and doesn’t highlight any dry patches on my lips leaving them looking super smooth. I literally cannot live without them, i’d own them all but I tend to stick to darker shades so i’d love to see some more from Sleek.

What’s your most favourite matte lipstick?

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Revlon ColourStay Foundation | A Must Have!

When it comes around to that time to buy foundation I always dread it because I struggle buying my shade, being pale most of the lightest shades from drugstores are ivory and tend to have a slight warmer tone to them which I need more of a cooler tone so I tend to go to the more higher end foundations, the only drugstore foundation that i’ve yet got on with is the Boujour Healthy Mix.

I have used Revlon’s Colour Stay foundation in the past, the version without a pump, but it really didn’t get on with my skin, I don’t know if it was a bad batch or something but I found it impossible to blend and it was so thick. A couple of weeks ago I was wandering round Boots swatching different foundations and came across ColourStay again, I tried the pump version and this seemed better suited for me.

Revlon’s ColourStay foundation (£12.99) has 35 different shades and all suitable for all skin types covering dry/normal and combination/oily.

“ColorStay™ Makeup now with a convenient pump applicator for mess free application. Flawless, matte coverage that lasts up to 24 hours.”


I picked up combination/oily in the shade ivory, as i’ve mentioned above ivory tends to be warmer, but this is definitely toned down, it is better suited for my skin without being ghostly white. The foundation is quite thin, which one pump does my whole face sometimes less than that, it is really lightweight and provides medium coverage which is easily buildable without getting that cakey look.

I tend to have quite a bit of redness and dark circles, this foundation works wonders to even out my skin tone leaving me with a fresh and matte looking base. I can honestly vouch for the foundation being long lasting, I can apply the foundation approximately 3pm and work a 12 1/2 hour night shift and it’s still perfect in the morning without looking oily making me look better than I feel.

This honestly is my new favourite and will always have a spot in my makeup bag.

What’s your favourite drugstore foundation?

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NYX | Soft Matte Lip Cream

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If your a regular reader then you will know that i’ve mentioned in previous posts that I have an obsession with lipsticks especially when it comes to those autumn shades and matte lipsticks *drools*, so of course I have many of the same shade or similar in different brands.. because you just have to own them all.

I headed to the NYX stand in Boots to take a nosey and of course you can’t go in Boots and leave with nothing especially the makeup stands and if your a beauty blogger. I saw their soft matte lip cream sets (£15) and grabbed set 6, in the set you get the shades Copenhagen, Vancouver and Havana. Copenhagen is a deep red shade, Vancouver is a burnt red shade and Havana a purple shade.

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The lipsticks come in an 8ml bottle which are super handy to cary around in your handbag without taking up too much space, I probably have about 10 different lipsticks in my bag, because I need them all, right?

Each of the shades live up to my expectations, they are soft, creamy, matte and super pigmented. All three shades glide across my lips evenly without pulling or picking up the dry patches with incredible lasting power even when it comes to eating and drinking which is something I always look for when buying a new lipstick. If these couldn’t get any better well, yeah they can.. they even smell of vanilla which reminds me of mini eggs and the smell of mac lipsticks, it is heavenly. I definitely have to grab more shades as i’m well and truly hooked, I need them all!

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Cohorted My Little Treat Boxing Day Edition 

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After being absolutely spoilt rotten at Christmas my husband surprised me with an extra present, I had been eyeing up Cohorted’s My Little Treat Boxing Day Edition box since I saw it on their website. I have subscribed to Cohorted before and received their February box so I know this would be amazing as the rest, their Boxing Day box costs £50 which includes a total of eight high end full sized products worth £168.

Whats in the box?

Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette, Cohorted Flat Eyeshadow Brush, Cohorted Domed Eyeshadow Brush, Cohorted Crease Blender Brush, MAC Upward Lash Mascara, Bobbi Brown Illuminating Blush Powder, Bella Pierre Mineral Lipstick  & Smith & Cult Nail Polish

This jam packed Boxing Day edition box included a nice range of different high beauty products which is always good to see and an absolute bargain for £50, you’ve pretty much made your money back from the Urban Decay palette & one Cohorted brush.

Included in the box was the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (£38.50), when it comes to the Naked palettes there is probably a handful of bloggers that do not own one of these beauties, I have been eyeing it up for quite a while now but like most things I never got round to buying it, so i’m so glad it was included in the box. Neutrals are probably my go to eyeshadows, they really compliment my blue eyes so they are definitely in for a treat with 12 gorgeous shades. 

Also in the box it includes three of Cohorted’s own makeup brushes (£12 each), i’ve seen a lot of these brushes storming the beauty world in the last few months so i’m excited to give them a whirl, I think they might take a bit of getting used to as they’re a different angle compared to your standard brushes.

Next up is Bobbi Brown Illuminating Blush Powder  – Maui (£28.50) which is a pink coral and honestly beyond stunning *drools* it gives me that gorgeous subtle rosy glow which instantly brightens up my face and leaves me looking slightly less vampy.

 What’s a beauty box without a mascara! I’m really excited to try the MAC Lash Mascara – Upward Black (£19) as it claims to be volumising, curling, clump free and lifting which is a big claim to make. 

Bella Pierre Mineral Lipstick – Envy (£15.99) was included in the box, In my opinion a girl can never own too many lipsticks, well that’s what I like to tell myself.  I swear I have so many different brands all in the same shade but of course I have to have them all.  The shade envy that was included isn’t really a shade that I would go for but it might look quite nice in the summer as it is a nude shade. 

Last but not least I’m a sucker for nail polish, I always feel naked without any on but then as soon as I wash up it just chips away leaving them looking ugly so I’m excited to try Smith & Cult Nail Polish – Regret The Moon (£19). It’s actually the first time I’ve heard of this brand but the shade is subtle and stunning perfect for any jobs that don’t really like you wearing obvious makeup & nail varnish.

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Sleek Makeup Box of Tricks Ultimate Makeup Haul

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My husband is always supportive with my blog and he kindly treated to the Sleek Makeup Box of Tricks  Ultimate Makeup Haul, Boots had an offer I really could not refuse with the set being £25 instead of £45 absolute bargain! I have only ever used a couple of Sleek’s products before but I have never been disappointed.

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The box contains 9 Sleek products with a mixture of face, eye and lip products.. what more could you need!?

Vintage Romance I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette, Face Contour Kit In Medium, Lip Vip Lipstick In Guest List, Twist Up Midnight, Eyebrow Stylist In Medium, Solstice Highlighting Palette, Matte Me In Shabby Chic, Full Fat Lash Mascara and Blush By 3 In Lace.

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Vintage Romance I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

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This palette contains 12 glam eye shadows which are perfect for any party look with a variety of cooler and warmer shades, my favourite has to be Lust in LA. Each eyeshadow is pigmented and easily blended bar a few which take a little more blending than others. The palette also contains a nice sized mirror which is brilliant for travelling or if your like me and your mirror is broke *sad face*.

Face Contour Kit – Medium

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I have never been interested or used a contour kit before but thought that I would give it a whirl seeing that it was in the pack. The kit comes in the shade medium with a powder and highlighter which is the perfect duo for those contour lovers. I’m unable to give a comment to this because like I say I’ve never contoured before, but the powder is really pigmented so I have made a few muddy mistakes *covers eyes* maybe with bit more of a lighter touch might help.

VIP Lipstick – Guest List 

Sleek’s VIP lipstick is a creamy highly pigmented vibrant red, which glides across your lips without pulling or picking up those pesky dry patches, it is really moisturising.

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Twist Up Eye Pencil – Midnight

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I tend to use liquid eyeliners and not to use pencil eyeliners because they always smudge but this is perfect for the bottom last line it’s creamy and easily blended leaving a perfect smokey look.

Eyebrow Stylist – Medium

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This eyebrow pen has two sides, one with a little spoolie and the other pencil which is the ultimate travel handy accessory, there’s no messing around with powders, brow gels and angled brushes it’s all in one. Perfect. The pencil comes in the shade medium which is a warm brown tone. I usually struggle with pencils due to my eyebrows being sparse and sometimes slightly out of shape, so I tend to go a bit crazy and over-do them compared to using an angled brush where I tend to get cleaner lines but this one is super simple to use and no hassle at all.

Solstice Highlighting Palete

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As well as contouring I have never really used highlighted before but this solstice highlighting palette is literally the bees knees! This palette includes two baked powders, one luxurious cream formula and one silky shimmer powder in the shades hemisphere, equinox, subsolar and ecliptic.

I kept getting paranoid about using it, I mean hemisphere is a purple shade, surely it would turn my cheeks purple? In fact it doesn’t, it is absolutely stunning and it gives my face that little bit of a subtle glow which is definitely needed sometimes due to having pale skin and tending to lean towards the more matte foundations.

Matte Me – Shabby Chic

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i’ve tried Sleek’s matte me liquid lipsticks before (post soon to follow) and I can say they are incredible, they glide on and don’t stick to the dry patches on my lips and last for hours on end. Honestly they are probably one of the best lipsticks i’ve ever used. Shabby Chic is a pinkish shade which i’m not too keen on, i’m not really a pink lipstick kind of person but more so deeper reds and purples but it’s still awesome regardless.

Full Fat Lash Mascara 

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I have the smallest lashes ever but Sleek’s full fat lash mascara’s bristles work wonders for separating and making my lashes look fuller without them clumping together.

Blush By 3 – Lace

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I am obsessed with using blush to give me that extra bit of colour, it works wonders especially this mini palette, it contains three gorgeous shades Crochet, Guipure and Chantilly.

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