There is just something about No7 nail colour in Betty Blues that I love. Maybe it’s the depth of colour which makes me feel like I’m looking at stars far across the galaxy, or maybe it’s so dark it wants to be black but mysteriously stops short. I don’t know! You can see it on its own here. I think the red, purple and green tones in the Barry M Tinsel nail paint topcoat go well with this colour. Tinsel is not just for Christmas! What do you think?
I love my Barry M Nail Paint in Yellow Topaz so much I vowed to put it on everything. I haven’t quite done this but I am trying! Here is a combination I love; the bold Barry M Blood Orange Gelly Nail Paint with the Yellow Topaz glitter topcoat. I just think they go together so well. What do you think?
My very first Barry M polish was actually a gift. It is the 345 Neptune Sea magnetic polish. It’s a great colour but I’m not very good with all of these technologically advanced cosmetics so my magnetic effect went a bit wrong! Nevertheless, I really love the colour and I will try it again. Barry M still have some magnetic polishes and if you have any, please show me how it’s supposed to be done!
I purchased the next three together – the red Gelly and the gold topcoat with what I call the “tinsel polish”. I think I will now call it the disco polish! I really do like the Gelly and will review it soon, along with the others. I originally posted about them here.
I am really impressed with Barry M’s choice of colours and the Gelly so I will definitely buy more.
I simply HAD to buy the new Sleek Garden of Eden 447 i-Divine eyeshadow palette. It is an irresistibly pretty spring palette of mauve and green. I have a real weakness for Sleek palettes due to the quality and price. I haven’t bought a new palette for ages so it was about time I updated my collection.
Once in the Sleek area, I had to go and test everything! I also ended up buying blush in Flushed 935, justified by the fact I don’t have a red blusher. I also bought Blush by 3 Blush Palette in Lace 367 which has a coral theme. There is a dark peach matte blush, a shimmery golden pink and an almost neon orange-toned pink matte blusher. To me, this is a great spring into summer palette. We’ll have to see!
My first Revlon purchase was the 095 Facets of Fuchsia. I fell in love with the purple glitter in different sizes. I think this was a Christmas edition one year. Once I tried it, I was a little disappointed as the colour behind it was translucent purple and I wanted a deep, dark purple. Having said that, once you apply two or three layers, it looks great and is one of my favourite.
I then bought 620 Bewitching as I wanted deep red nails to go with medium-deep red lips and a navy blue dress.
Finally, I bought 185 Sweet Tart as I wanted to look ultra girly-Barbie was my inspiration! I wore this with a bright yellow dress (see my beauty blog post Outfits to Match the Face: December).
This might seem crazy but I buy Revlon because I like the shape of the bottle!
I bought this Sleek Lipstick Palette in Siren 859 palette as this was literally the only place I could find a (semi) suitable orange colour for the price I was willing to pay. You’ve seen me use this palette before in my Christmas Collection.
I think this palette is a good Valentine’s collection. The Sleek website even suggests this is the one if you have a hot date! The theme is orange, so all the lip colours have an orange tinge and it has a peach, a pink, and orange and a red. I’ve tested them all out here:
This one is not for me! It’s too pale for my skin tone. It is a very bright satin peach which I have to say, I struggled to apply. I needed to line the outline of my lips with a nude pencil so the colour had something to grip on to. I then applied one layer with my Ruby & Millie lip brush as the included brush is far too tiny for me, blotted, then applied another layer. It took ages! I will need to use this colour mixed with another, which I guess is the fun of palettes.
This is a matte colour which is ok for me. It acts like a stain rather than an opaque lip colour (which I would have preferred) but this way it is more wearable on a daily basis. I applied this with my Models Own lip brush, dabbing it on until I achieved the desired colour. I used this in my Chocolate, Orange, Cinnamon & Nutmeg and Chocolate Orange Lips looks.
Wow! This came out neon! A neon orange-pink! This is very bright but I love it – a real statement colour. I this this is really pretty and perfect for Valentine’s day. This is another satin colour and I applied this with my Ruby & Millie lip brush. This left my lips stained so be warned!
This is another statement colour. This is an orange-red gloss which simply screams “look at me”. Another great Valentine’s colour. I used this for my Sultry Siren Santa look. This was the easiest to apply, especially using the lip brush end of my Bella Pierre Dual brush.
For Valentine’s day I currently can’t choose my favourite. Maybe the pink?
The best thing about Sleek as a brand is the palettes. There’s so much choice in a little package at a really good price. Here, I can wear 3 out of 4 without mixing the colours which is pretty good! I’ve already got my eye on a few more palettes.
I went back to the Revlon stand in search of more Matte Balm and Lacquer Balm colours but I couldn’t find any I really wanted. Instead, I spotted this Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush and decided to try it, as I have a lack of deep colours like this.
It is a deep red-purple which looks purple on my hand but red on my lips. It stains the lips, moisturises with the balm and leaves a shine – not as shiny as the lacquer but more than a satin colour. The stain is great. When the shine wears off the colour remains on the lips, which to me, is important. The stain survived through my meal so I was quite pleased!
It has a mint scent which is not too strong so I can live with it. I found it difficult to apply and build colour. It does take some effort but once the stain is there, it stays.
I almost picked up a paler shade, but remained strong! I’m not sure how pale pink would stain on me. If you have tried Honey, please let me know how long it lasts!
After my disastrous experience with the MUA Luxe glitter palettes, plus the fact that Superdrug was out of stock of most MUA products for months, I didn’t think I’d try any more MUA. However, this time I was in luck.
There was some more stock than usual and I wanted to try a few other products – not all products in any range will be good, so I decided to give MUA another chance. Plus, lots of bloggers like MUA, especially the nail colours and matte lipsticks.
Pro-Base Fixing Mist as I don’t have a setting spray and for £4, I might as well try it. If Kiko was nearby I might have bought their version but there wasn’t!
Nail Polish in Pistachio Ice Cream, a pale mint green- very spring and very pretty. I simply couldn’t resist, especially for £1. Plus the tiny bottle is so cute!
Lipstick in Shade 13, a vibrant red. I wanted this since I saw Joanna Loves mention that one of the matte reds she uses is Shade 1. When I needed a matte red it was nowhere to be found so I bought MAC Ruby Woo instead. After looking online and testing in the shop, I decided that Shade 13 is the one for me. I guess you could call it a satin finish. Shade 13 was also unavailable for ages but I managed to get it today.
Liquid eyeliner in Shade 2, a metallic blue-turquoise. It’s pretty, and also £1, so no reason not to try it!
Liquid eyeliner in Shade 4, a metallic grey which can look silver or pewter. I just like grey eyeliner!
Bronzer in Shade 3. This one is completely matte. All my others are shimmery.