30 June 2015

UK's Sleek i-Divine Palette in SUNSET

This is a product I've owned since January, but I haven't really talked about. I don't get to have Sleek products in Canada, so I order them on eBay. They're inexpensive (around $12CAD each), with great pigmentation and blendability. There are a lot of options for their palettes, in all sorts of colours and themes! I also own i-Candy and Vintage Romance.

The Sunset palettes is a range of "sky" colours, just like the name suggests - reds, oranges, yellows, blue, and pinks. There are a couple of shades I'm amazed with and it makes the palette worth it.

The swatches above are two swipes of a fingertip, without primer. 

The first is a bit chalky, like most black shades are. It could have been skipped, to be honest. A light purple would have fit well in this theme.

2 is a relaly pretty red that performs well.

Shades 3 and 8 are nearly identical, and I'm certain if this was a mistake in my palette or just how they're meant to be. 8 is slightly darker and more red than peach, but it's barely noticeable.

4, the orange, is a beauty. It's very pigmented, a near-neon colour, and looks really good with the blue shade, which is another of my favourites.

Shade 5 is a pretty generic yellow-gold. It's buttery-smooth, which is fitting for the colour!

7 is a little hard to describe, it's almost like a taupe and it's very shiny and easy to work with.

Shade 10 is the least pigmented and has a lot of extra fallout and glitter.

Shades 11 and 12 are really beautiful, a champagne and a pearly pink respectively.

I think there could have been more variety with the colour selection (2, 3, 8, 9, and 10 are all kind of in the same family and there isn't too much difference). I would have been happy with a white-based shade with golden shimmer, a couple of purples, and maybe a second shade of blue (to replace a couple of the red shades). Overall, though, I'm impressed.

Do you own anything from Sleek?

13 May 2015

Update - some bad news

I just graduated! I just moved! I just started a new job (albeit one that is unrelated to my education)! I just got robbed!

Wait, what?

Yeah, I messed up. I took photos for my SO's father's business a couple weekends ago, and left my camera bag in my truck overnight against my better judgment. I actually thought to myself, heh, should bring that in! I went for a run in the morning, and my truck door was open and the camera was gone. Luckily no windows were broken and nothing else of value was missing, but I'm really bummed and feel pretty violated that hundreds of photos of my friends and family were on there.

Until I can save up some money when I start working again next week, I am without a camera. And to be honest, it's pretty low on the list of priorities. I love blogging, but I'm so terribly inconsistent and now it's pointless without quality photographs. I will pick this up again in the near future!

Anyone ever had anything stolen before?

07 April 2015

Colourpop Lippie Stix!

I can't imagine how anyone decides what colours of lipsticks they will buy from Colourpop. There are so many, and they're so inexpensive, and I want them all. Please? 

I'm going to admit a terrible secret to you. I only went on Colourpop the first time because I wanted to try black lipstick without getting a nicer, more expensive brand. I had my eye on MUFE Rogue Artist Intense lipstick in shade 50, but I mean, how often will I wear it? How was I going to know I would like it? But for $5, I'd be stupid not to throw Bullchic into my virtual shopping cart. 

I feel like these four shades really capture what kind of lipsticks are in my collection. It's all weird purples and dark reds and MLBBs. I wanted to have a Colourpop version of my go-to shades: which is kind of dumb, I should be trying something new instead of hoarding the same, boring stuff. 

I really want more. I don't know how to stop myself. I'm going to need to be on a no-buy for a couple months because I'm graduating very soon, moving, and getting a big-girl job. Nooooooooooo.

Anyway, onto some swatches!

what the lipstick looks like. they have exact matches for lip liners, but I think the shape is really good for outling my lips and I use a brush to apply at the very edges, anyway 

I think I have worn this every day for the past month. perfect "every day," "worksafe" brown/pink
I think it's usually looks darker in person, it's harder to get a crisp edge
love it. and the name. ruffruff 
also very good. sorry my teeth are covered in lipstick at this point. this one is the most "sheer" and doesn't build up as easily

Creature seems to be the only one I have a hard time keeping moist and lip-skin-scab-free. On another day, I used NYX's Deep Purple liner with it and it looked pretty good. These are all matte shades, but Lumiere is really the only one that I feel dries to a true matte. The others seem to stay a bit satiny. I would usually try a bit harder to make my lines better if I was going out, and like I mentioned, I just use a lip brush (a BH cosmetics one from one of their brush sets). I didn't find them uncomfortable with application or wear, and they didn't stain my lips.

You really can't screw this up for $5.

Someday, I want to get Tootsie, Brills, Pony, Chi Chi, and Bunny!!!!