Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette and Lipsticks – First Impressions and Swatches!

Hi my lovelies,

Today is the day I have waited for ever since its announcement: The new Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette is mine! I was buzzing with excitement the night before this went on sale, and ordered it along with two of the lipsticks as soon as it was released! As you all may know, Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite things ever in the entire world, so I knew this had to be mine!

This post is going to be my first impressions and thoughts on the palette and lipsticks, and swatches of all of the shades!

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The packaging is kaleidoscope inspired and super colourful which given the wacky and wonderful setting of the movie, I think it fits really well. There’s also a big theme of butterflies in this palette, as the caterpillar and metamorphosis is a big theme through the book and I hope the movie too!

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Review: Sleek Solstice Highlight Palette!

Hi my lovelies,

So I’m back with another beauty review and this time it’s Sleek Makeup’s Solstice Highlight palette! I bought this a while back, but I’ve been wanting to do a full review of it since I got it, so here we go! Spring has got me obsessed with highlighting and getting that glow everyone is looking for, so this palette has been one of my most used makeup items over the last couple of months!

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Sleek is a great, affordable brand in my opinion and this highlight palette has 4 different shades in there for just £10, so each colour costs just £2.50 – a bargain in my opinion!

Packaging

This palette comes in a really pretty gold mirrored compact (which was really difficult to photograph properly) with the Sleek logo prominent of the front. I think the gold makes this product look a lot more expensive than it is, and really reflects (ha!) the theme of the palette – Solstice A.K.A the sun! There’s a big mirror in the lid, which is always a plus. One thing I don’t really like though is because the packaging is mirrored, it’s prone to getting fingerprints all over it!

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Shades

In here are four shades, each one giving a completely different effect.

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New Beauty Alert! Benefit Dandelion Wishes Set – First Impressions and Review!

Hi my lovelies,

So If you saw my Beauty Blender post or my Instagram, you’ll know that I picked up this little Benefit set with my Birchbox points! This is the Benefit Dandelion Wishes set, and based around Benefit’s Dandelion powder, it gives a perfect pink look for spring and summer! Brand new for spring, I’m seriously happy I spent my points on this!

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Inside the box:

  • Dandelion Powder
  • Mini Powder Brush
  • Roller Lash Mascara
  • Dandelion Lip Gloss
  • High Beam Highlighter
  • Posie Balm Tinted Lip Balm
  • Tips and Tricks on how to use the products

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So as you can see, this is a cute little box, perfect to give things a try if you haven’t before. I’ve tried some Benefit products in the past (I love their They’re Real! Mascara) but I’ve never tried any of these before and I’ve heard good things, so this was the perfect chance to try them out! Sets are one of the things I think Benefit do really well, and they make for great gifts!

First Up: The Dandelion Powder!

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Review: Ciate X Olivia Palermo – Cheekbone Cheat Blush/Bronzer duo!

Hi my lovelies,

So I was in my local TK Maxx recently (again) and spied these little lovelies over in the makeup section. They had two different shades, and I picked this up in the shade Bluff Point. This is the lighter of the two shades, with a bronzer suited more to my paler skin, and a pink toned blush.

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I really liked the Ciate eyeliner I picked up previously, and their nail polishes are among my favourites, so when I saw that this was on sale at TK Maxx for only £5.99 (It has a £25 RRP), I had to try it out!

On with the review!

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Review: Clinique Chubby Stick Highlight! Get that glow!

Hi my lovelies,

So I promised when I bought this highlighter (around 4 weeks ago now, oops!) that I’d definitely do a review of it, so here we are! I bought one of the Clinique Chubby Stick highlighters when I was last in Manchester (see my Manchester haul here!), and I’ve now had the opportunity to fully test it out, so here are the results!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know by now that I’m a huuuuge fan of Clinique as a brand, both their skincare and makeup is generally really good, so I was pretty excited to try this! Getting that fresh faced, luminous glow is really in right now, and while I normally go for a powder highlighter, I needed to see what Clinique had to offer me and the sales girl said I should try this!
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Clinique’s Chubby Stick highlight is a cream based, pink toned highlighter stick. There’s only one shade at the moment, which is 01 Hefty Highlight, so hopefully they’ll bring out more. The packaging looks like Clinique’s other lip, eye and cheek chubby sticks, with silver accents and the colour of the product on the main part of the stick, which I really like. It means if you have multiple colours of the same item, they’re easy to separate!

Ease of use

In my opinion, it’s super easy to use as it’s in a flat (ish) ended stick form, you can literally just draw it on where you want the highlight, and then blend out as much as you want to. I like the fact that the product twists up from the bottom too, like Clinique’s other chubby stick products.

Blendability and Texture

I absolutely adore the way this blends out on my skin. You can put just a little on and it blends out so well, as it’s a cream highlighter, to get as much or as little glow as you want to have! Depending on how much product you apply, and how much you blend it out, you can get anything from a really gentle satin glow, to full on glowing goddess shimmer, which you might not be able to do with a powder highlighter. The texture is really creamy when applying, but be careful not to apply too much product, as it can feel a little chalky later on in the day if you have a lot on.

Colour/Glow payoff

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This highlighter is really pretty and pink toned, which works really well for me, as I’m quite pale. When applied, it looks pretty and natural with the tiniest bit of glitter that really catches the light. I’m a bit disappointed with Clinique for only releasing one highlight colour and one contour colour, as they obviously aren’t going to suit all skin tones. That being said, if you do have a darker skin tone, you can blend this down into a really iridescent shimmer, with more of a natural glow than a pinky colour. For me though, it suits pretty well. I’m really happy with the buildability of this, as you can be really subtle or go all out with as much or as little product as you like.

Longevity

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These are a cream formula, so they’re built to last. My normal face makeup routine is Primer (if i can be bothered and/or have time) Foundation, Concealer, Setting Powder (if i’m out all day) blush and then i’ll highlight. I’m a little pale and my face is a tad round for contour, so I only do that on a special occasion. If I use my primer and setting powder, this lasts absolutely ages! I can go out in the morning, do a full day of work, and come home and still have that radiant glow from this highlighter! Using primer and some sort of setting agent helps a lot with longevity, but I tried this with just foundation and it still lasted a long time. Also, being a cream highlighter, there won’t be any fallout that you can sometimes get with powder formulations.

Value for money

The Chubby Stick highlight (and the contour) stick cost £19 each online or at any Clinique counter. For the money, you get such a lot of product that is definitely going to last you a long time, even if you use it on a regular basis. Because you only need to use a little and blend with your fingers to get a stunning natural glow, you’ll use less product, too!

What’s the verdict?

I really like this highlighter, the pink tone suits me as a colour and I love the formulation! I don’t think I’ve  loved a highlighter more than this one, although I’m still wanting to try the Becca shimmering skin perfector, and the TheBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer as they’ve had really good reviews!

Would I repurchase?

Yes, definitely. Although it may be a looooooong timer before I run out of this one!

Overall rating: 5/5 for the actual product, 1/5 for colour choices.

So that was my review of the Clinique Chubby Stick Highlight stick! Have any of you lovely people tried this and/or the contour stick? What did you think? Are there any other highlighters that you’d most definitely recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Interested in trying this? You can check it out on the Clinique website, or any department store with a Clinique counter. Go on, have a swatch, and see what you think of it, too!

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Review: MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer

Hi my lovelies!

So I’m quite into matte lips at the moment, and wanted to try a couple of different brands too see which formulations I prefer. So off to my local drugstore I went, and came away with a few different products to try!

One of the lip colours I picked up was from MUA (make up academy), and was part of their velvet lip lacquer range, which are essentially liquid lipsticks that apply like a gloss, then dry to a matte texture.

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Review – Clinique Sweet Pots!

Hey guys!

So if you’ve been following my blog for a bit, you’ll be aware that I freakin’ love Clinique products, and when they first announced these little beauties I just had to get one!

Clinique’s new Sweet Pots are a brand new, 2 in 1 lip scrub and balm, packaged in the most adorable little macaroon-like pot! They were exclusive to Debenhams, but are now available everywhere Clinique is sold! I spent ages going back and forth to Debenhams only to find the colour I wanted was sold out every time I went in! But last week, I finally got my hands on one!

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What’s in my makeup bag? (part two) – All about eyes!

It’s that time again! You guys wanted to see what’s in my makeup bag, but I use that much variety of makeup day-to-day that it wouldn’t all fit in one post without it being waaay too long and boring. So here’s part two – All about eyes!

Here’s part one if you haven’t read it – I’d recommend that one first!

Someone once said that your eyes are the windows to your soul, and I like my windows to have some snazzy embellishments!

First up: Eyeshadow palettes!

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Review: Real Techniques Bold Metals Essentials brushes!

Happy 2016 my lovelies! I hope you all had a fantastic new year!

January is a fresh start for some people, but for me , new year means new beauty products!

As a beauty addict, great brushes are a must have for me. I recently got the Real Techniques Bold metals essentials brushes, (for the fab price of £25 at Boots – get them quickly, they could be gone!). They come with an adorable little clutch (not pictured) and are part of Real Techniques new range of higher quality, more professional brushes (and come with a price tag to match!)

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The brushes included in the set are:

  • 103 angled powder brush (set exclusive)
  • 200 oval shadow brush
  • 300 tapered blush brush

The larger powder brush is quite a bit bigger than the brushes I normally use, but the bristles are super soft and it’s easy to use. It’s useful for powder, blush, and bronzer but I still find myself reaching for a smaller brush instead of this.

The blusher brush is just fab, perfect for precise application of blush and/or setting powder if you like a smaller brush for that. I absolutely adore the rose gold finish (I have to admit, that’s what attracted me to these brushes in the first place!)

The eyeshadow brush is quite large, again, larger than I am used to, but I do like the size. It’s perfect for sweeping shadow over the whole of your lids, or highlighting shadow across your brow bone. However, it is too large to use for precision and detail.

All the brushes are balanced, meaning they’re comfortable to hold despite them being really long handled. The bristles are lovely and soft, not scratchy at all against my skin, while still being sturdy enough for good application.

The clutch that comes with them is good for storage, but I probably can’t see myself using it as a handbag. It’ll come in handy when i’m travelling to carry around all of my brushes, though.

Overall, These are well worth the £25 i paid for the set, but I probably wouldn’t shell out the high prices for the brushes separately (the blush brush is £24 on its own!)

Let me know what you guys think of the brushes, if you’ve used them, or bought any of the other brushes in the range down in the comments! Any other makeup brushes you swear by? Let me know!

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