Sleek Pout Polish: Peach Perfection & Monte Carlo

I won a Sleek competition a while ago, and part of the prize was a Pout Polish in ‘Monte Carlo’ – a limited edition hot pinky purple which is part of the Mediterranean Collection. This was the first Pout Polish I’d owned and I really liked it, so much so that this weekend I bought another, ‘Peach Perfection’, which is a gorgeous peachy nude.

The Pout Polishes are £4.30 for 10g and are comparable to MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioners which are £11 for 15g. They have SPF15, so I shall definitely be using them during the day on holiday – as well as making your lips look gorgeous, they are really good for your lips as they contain Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Avocado Extract and Vitamins A, C and E.

Monte Carlo tastes a little like marshmallows, and in fact I’d say the colour is quite similar to Lancome’s Marshmallow Juicy Tube. A small amount can be put on for a wash of colour, or it can be built up for a bit more impact. Be careful it doesn’t end up on your teeth though!

Peach Perfection tastes just like sugar and I am totally in love with the colour. It’s gentle yet effective and doesn’t ‘white out’ the lips like a lot of nudes do. I can see myself using this a lot (excuse the funny camera angle!)

I think these are a fab addition to anyone’s make up collection, and I’m keen to check out more of the range. The only downside to them is that I notice a strange taste after a while of wearing them, but it’s bearable.

Sleek Pout Polishes are available from the Sleek website.

MAC Viva Glam Gaga II Lipstick

I purchased this online, without having seen it in real life. I’d decided I am a nudey and pinky kinda girl, and I loved the original Viva Glam Gaga so much that I would have faith in the new nude shade that had been brought out.

MAC give all proceeds of the Viva Glam sales to the AIDS foundation, which I love – there aren’t many companies that give the whole amount to charity. I love the packaging, I love that it’s a nude, but my loves don’t really continue much further. It’s described as a warm beige, but I found it a little too cool for my skintone – and although it didn’t blend in with my skin completely it made me feel a little ‘dead’ looking! I think it would be fine mixed with a little pink, but where’s the fun in that?! It’s Amplified in finish, it does feel nice on the lips, not at all drying, but I found it a bit too creamy for my liking. I think this might end up in a blogsale unfortunately.

 Have you tried it yet? What do you think?

It’s taught me a valuable lesson not to buy unless I’ve tried!

Nails of the Day – OPI Tickle My France-y

This is one of my all time favourite nail polishes. OPI came up trumps with this one – such a gorgeous colour which is classy, suitable for work and great as an every day shade, the formula is perfect on it – exactly right in two coats, super shiny and lasts for ages without a chip. Today Matthew, I am wearing TICKLE MY FRANCE-Y *round of applause*

Urban Decay ‘Naked’ Palette

My Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette arrived today – there is currently 10% off and free delivery at Debenhams.com so I took advantage. It was worth the wait – it’s absolutely gorgeous!

It comes in plastic packaging with a purple velvet style tray for the palette to sit in, and a 3.75ml bottle of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion – which you use on your eyelids to help your eyeshadow stay pigmented, stop it from creasing, and make it last longer.

The palette itself is dark chocolate brown with a velvet feel to it, and the logos splashed across it in metallic gold.

The palette contains 12 eyeshadows which are in the brown family. Some of them are existing shadows, some of them are new to the line, and have been introduced via this palette.

There is also a double-ended 24/7 glide on liner inside, one end brown the other is black. I have never ever felt a liner that goes on so smoothly, almost like it is really oily but without looking really shiny. ‘Glide on’ does exactly what it says on the tin!

I have swatched the colours on the back of my hand.

This morning I used Virgin all over my lid and crease, then Sin over my lid. I used Naked in the middle third of my eye, and Half Baked on the outer third and crease. I then lined my eyes using Zero, and finished off with Black Hypnose Mascara over Diorshow Maximize.

The colours are all really highly pigmented, smooth and good quality. My faves at the moment look like Virgin and Half Baked or Sidecar – I just love how they are SO golden, almost like gold leaf! This will be a really handy addition to the make up collection to take away, and all of the colours are really wearable for both day and night time looks.

Guerlain Ombre Perlees 409 Palette

Excuse the scrappy photos, I have used this before, if you hadn’t noticed!

This eyeshadow quad by Guerlain comes in a little velvet pouch within its box, adding to the feeling that you have bought a luxurious brand. The casing is silver with the logo to the front of the rounded square. Inside you are presented with four eyeshadows with a sunburst pattern imprinted into them. The two shadows on the left of the palette have a very pale shadow with a very slight shimmer in it built into them forming part of a floral design.

The palette has a mirrored lid and comes with two sponge applicator brushes. One standard eyeshadow type brush and the other is thinner for using as liner.

 The first two colours are really quite light and neutral. The first on the left is the one that is top left on the palette, then the one under it, then the top right and then bottom right. The brown that is swatched last has tiny specks of metallic shimmer in it, but nothing like what the Sleek palette was like. It’s still mainly a matte shade with a hint of iridescence.

Here I used the top left colour all over my whole lid up to underneath my eyebrow, and under the inner corners of my eye, then used the bottom left over the lid and the bottom right in the creases.

Other make up used:

  • Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation in Buff
  • MAC Select Cover-Up in NC20 on blemishes
  • Sephora Corrector Palette under eyes
  • Natural Collection SunTint Bronzing Powder in Golden Glow
  • MAC Stereo Rose MSF as blush
  • MAC Hang Loose Mineralize Blush on apples of cheeks
  • MAC Smoulder kohl under lower lashes
  • NARS Liquid eyeliner in Angel Heart on upper lid
  • Diorshow Maximiser lash serum
  • Lancome Hypnose Mascara (black)
  • MAC Underage Lipglass

 The eyeshadows have a velvety finish to them and glide on to the eye really well and comfortably – there’s no dragging, but I found due to these being quite light tones you do have to load the product onto the brush. Lasts well and wears well – big thumbs up from me.