Monday, December 5, 2011

The Lust List: 12/5/11

The Lust List = Things that I desperately wish to add to my collection!


MUFE Mat Velvet+ - I need another full coverage matte foundation like I need a hole in the head, but I really want to try this one. I definitely have to wait until I pare down my foundation stash though.

Biore Facial Milk SPF 50 - This is supposed to be very drying as a primer so I'm definitely going to get it before the warm weather arrives again!

Clarisonic - I've been thinking about getting one of these for a while and I think I might make it my Christmas present for 2012.

 Curlformers- This is a brand new lemming; they seem to produce the same spiral curls as sponge rolls but those always get caught in my hair.

Chanel Dragon- I openly confess that I only want this one because it's being discontinued and so many people seem to love it, but I'm going to pass. Hopefully I won't regret it later.

 MAC Russian Red- Another red lippie that I'm trying to hold off on. When I need to back2mac this one will definitely be coming home with me.


NARS Sheer Glow OR Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation- I need to fill the light-to-medium coverage gap in my foundation stash, but I cannot decide which to try. Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it in-store before my fabulous $20 coupon expires so I'm reading a million different reviews and trying to make a decision. This will probably be my last purchase before I begin my low-buy 2012!

What products are you lusting lately?

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sleek MakeUp Haul, Review & Swatches!

Be jealous, all of you non-Europeans, I was finally able to get my hands on some Sleek Makeup products!  *squeal*

Okay, so it's not actually that hard to acquire Sleek since they do ship international, but the $10 shipping is a bit of a turnoff if there isn't a sale. Fortunately I was online when they were having a flash 20% off sale and decided to order a few things.
I had a few problems with the website, every time I would go through the checkout it would dump my cart. It was a huge PITA and finally I sent an email over to customer service and they put in my order for me. Apparently website problems are a common occurrence each time they have a sale but I can't say enough good things about their CS.
I also have a fabulously awesome friend who was willing to pick up a few things that were sold out online and send them to me. <3

First up are the blushes!

L to R: Suede, Life's a Peach, Pomegranate, Rose Gold

 The love for Sleek blushes is pretty apparent over on my favorite makeup board and since I have a new-found love for blush I was pretty stoked to try these out. I've always had blush issues with my oily cheeks; finding a blush to last more than 3 or 4 hours is a hard job so I end up tossing them or giving them away. I will NOT be getting rid of any of these, I want more!


Life's A Peach


Rose Gold

  • Suede: A warm light brown matte blush, this is my new favorite contour color. It makes a great natural color for the cheeks as well.
  • Life's A Peach: The color is in the name of this one, a matte peach blush that looks scarier in the pan than on your cheeks.
  • Pomegranate: A very pigmented berry toned shimmer blush. I am loving the color on this one
  • Rose Gold: This is a shimmery pinkish-coral blush which many say is a dupe NARS Orgasm. (Post comparing the two to come.)

L to R: Suede, Life's A Peach, Pomegranate, Rose Gold

All of these shades last 7-8 hours on my cheeks, with the exception of Rose Gold which only lasts for about 5. (Disclaimer: Shimmery blushes never seem to last as long on me, so it's not unexpected.)
My ONLY problem with these blushes is the packaging. I love the simple black rectangular design but the clasps are a little hard to open. I'm always messing up my polish when I open them. :( I believe a de-potting is in their future.

Now on to the eyeshadow palettes!
All eyeshadow swatches are two swipes over Urban Decay's Primer Potion.

The Au Naturel Palette is part of the Nude Collection and has 12 mainly cool-toned shadows. This palette has a variety of both matte and shimmery shades. The bottom row on this palette is full of wonderfully pigmented shadows but the top row has colors that are really meant for transitioning or a very natural look to the lid.

Sleek Au Naturel Palette

Sleek Au Naturel Swatches

I've used my au naturel palette several times and I really like it. I have a love of neutral palettes and this one is no exception.

Can  you tell what her favorite face for photos is? I swear, I do NOT put her up to it.

Next up is the Me, Myself and Eye Palette which Sleek made in collaboration with PPQ, a Bristish fashion store. This palette is packed with great pigmented colors and fabulous names like Barry White, Lilac Allen and Salt 'n Peppermint.
I did a FOTD with this a couple days ago and I couldn't be more pleased with the results.You can check it out here.
Sleek Me, Myself and Eye
Sleek Me, Myself and Eye Swatches

The Oh So Special Palette makes me smile when I look at it because the colors are so pretty and feminine. It contains pinks, plums and neutrals- a must in every girls collection! My picture does quite capture how pretty this is in the pan but I assure you that it is.
I've not used this palette yet other than for swatching but if I needed to carry a palette with me for a day-to-night look, I would definitely choose this one.

Sleek Oh So Special Palette

Sleek Oh So Special Swatches

The Acid Palette. The name of this one really says it all. WOW. It's wild and bright and certainly takes some balls to walk out of the house with any of these shades on. Every shadow in this palette is seriously pigmented with the exception of the matte white shade.
One of these poor shadows had a bumpy ride in transit so I had to preform emergency surgery to save it. No worries, the procedure was a success!
According to US FDA regulations, this palette cannot be sold in the US so if you want one, you need to know somebody who will pick it up in-store.

Sleek Acid Palette

Sleek Acid Swatches

I couldn't help but dive right in to this palette because the colors scream, "PLAY WITH ME!!" I wasn't at home with my brushes so I had to use the sponge applicator for both of these looks. It made me appreciate my brushes even more, haha!

You can find Sleek Makeup products on their website and they are sold at Superdrug stores in the UK.
If you have any questions about particular shades please leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.

Do you own any Sleek products? Which are your favorites?

Sleek Me, Myself and Eye FOTD

Here's a quick FOTD from this week using one of my new Sleek palettes, the Me, Myself and Eye palette.

For swatches, please see here.

Product breakdown:

Monistat Chafing Powder Gel
Revlon Photoready Foundation in Ivory
Benefit erase paste
Estee Lauder powder blush in Plum

Kate Mascara Base
Maybelline Colossal mascara
UD 24/7 liner in flipside-bottom lashes
MAC fluidline in blacktrack
Sleek Me Myself and Eye Palette:
Barry White- Tearduct & brow bone highlight
Fade to Grey- Inner third of lid
Salt N Peppermint- outside two-thirds of lid
Blue Monday- outside corner of eye

Waiting to pick Adam up from school
Revlon Fabulous Fig- blotted and topped with Revlon Pink in the Afternoon

Sorry for the pic overload, I was feeling photogenic on this day. Or vain. Same thing.