Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Sleek Contour Kit Light

I'm a bit of a make up novice, I love love love products and playing around with them but my knowledge of how to get the best from it is slightly limited. YouTube videos are my saviours for working out the best ways of applying and creating looks.

Contouring I'm sure is nothing new to most of you but if you're not sure what it is it's basically the "art of defining, highlighting and enhancing facial features", bronzing parts of your face with help to disguise certain area's and highlighter's will enhance. If like me you are not blessed with cheekbones then contouring really is a great method or trying to make it look as though you are. You can use a highlighter and bronzer to get the same kind of effect but I find these kits really useful to carry around. Sleek's Contour Kit in Light is nothing new but it's one that I've not been able to get my mitts on until now.

First of all, I don't understand why Sleek use the images they do on their packaging, I would love it so much more if this lady wasn't on it. Nothing against her mind, but I just find it all a bit 70's and slightly tacky. I absolutely love the logo on the palette and think this would make for a much sleeker outside box but hey ho.

One thing Sleek has done that fills me with joy is provide a little leaflet giving tips on how to use the kit to define your cheekbones and slim down your nose. They are so easy to follow and very handy if you don't 100% know what to do. A little YouTube search though is also very helpful.

The product itself is perfect for my skin tone right now (got a bit of a summer tan still looming from V fest) but I kinda feel that in the winter the bronzer will be maybe a bit too dark for my face. They could do with something perhaps a little bit lighter than the Light version. Having said that though I think both the bronzer and highlighter gel well together and really compliment each other, especially love that the bronzer is a matte finish with no glitter. The texture is smooth and very easy to work with, a little does go a long way though as it's highly pigmented!! The kit has finally given me cheekbones and housed all together in one little compact is definitely a bonus, I'm all for touching up on the go.

You can buy Sleek's Contour Kit's online from Sleek's website or from Superdrug stores for £6.50 each.

What do you guys think?


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

HD Brows Eye and Brow Palette

I've become a little obsessed with eyebrows, I am forever comparing one person's to the next looking at how people's are shaped and the difference it makes to someone's face. I think I have brow envy about 5/6 times a day. My brow's are nothing special, I don't love them but yet I don't hate them, I appreciate that my natural shape is good so therefore don't want to ruin that by changing them radically.

A month or so ago now I went and to a local salon to try out the HD Brows technique, if you haven't read my post on my experience then feel free to here, I think it's safe to say I wasn't that thrilled with it but I've always loved how everyone else's have turned out. I was contacted by a lovely lady who asked if I would like to try the new brow palette, I was really intrigued as to whether just by filling in my brows I could get the desired effect I was after.

The first point to make about this palette is that the colours can be used either to define your brows or as eye shadows, I love this. Because the colours are right up my street anyway the idea of carrying this around in my handbag (it's not very big/bulky) and it being multi tasking is a massive bonus. There is also an applicator and a mirror for on the go touch up's.

The palette comes in three colours, Bombshell (for blondes), Foxy (for brunettes) and Vamp (for dark hair), I've got Vamp as although I have brown hair it is currently very dark, teetering on black.

The Vamp palette contains four shades, a nude, a carbon shadow and two dark brown shadows. Nude is a great highlighter for under the brow bone and I've found the bottom left shade below is a great match for my hair. Now, I am by no mean's an expert. I have never filled my brows in before as I was always scared I would have brows that some how made me look like one of the Gallagher brothers but I was definitely intrigued by HD Brow's new eye and brow palette and gave it a whirl. I am so surprised at how easy this product is to use, my brows instantly look better filled in and my face has more definition to it, I also rubbed and rubbed my brows and the colour didn't budge, bonus! I absolutely love it, Vamp is perhaps a little too dark and Foxy may be better suited to my hair colour but considering how much I love this product I'll be purchasing Foxy and experimenting til I can get that perfect eyebrow shade. I never keep my hair one colour for long so having both will definitely suit me better.

Swatched as it appears above

I know the colours look a bit scary but it's very buildable, you can choose to have a gentle not so in your face brow or really go all out.

The HD Brows eye and brow palette is available to buy online from www.hd-brows.co.uk or over the phone on 0845 644 3994 (ext 32) and retails at £19.95.

What do you guys think? What are your favourite products for filling in and shaping your eyebrows?


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Make Up Academy Heaven and Earth Palette

I made a comment a few weeks ago on Twitter when I picked this palette up and said that it was 'easily on par' with Urban Decay's Naked Palette, I take back that statement, MUA's is so much better.
Don't get me wrong, I will always love UD's Naked Palette but for the cost of MUA's palette and the quality of the pigments I don't really see how I could justify £30 odd quid on something that MUA can achieve (and a bit more) at £4 a go.

Left Side

Right Side

The colours are beautiful, really strong and shimmery. There honestly isn't one shade I don't love, I also like that none of the shades are that dark therefore you can go quite light and natural or build them up for a smokier eye, they also compliment each other beautifully. I really am impressed with the product, I had never tried MUA before as they aren't layed out in an obvious way in store but I'm so glad I did.

Right Side

Left Side

Yes, the packaging may be simple but if like me you carry a mirror around with you anyway then does it really matter? The point is that the product is fantastic, the pigments strong and with a little primer the colours stayed on all day. I really can't fault this product. I'll be going back and picking up more palette's as there are some others which look just as gorgeous.

MUA's Heaven and Earth palette can be bought from Superdrug online or in store for £4.


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

E.L.F Mod Mauve Nail Polish

I won't lie, I didn't have high hopes for E.L.F's nail polish. Perhaps I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to things like this but I assume something that costs £1.50 isn't going to be that great. I love that I've been proved wrong.

Mod Mauve is absolutely gorgeous. Granted it's not a colour I would automatically be drawn to had I seen it on the shelf in Boots but it really works. It's also a lot more sophisticated than most colours I'd splash on my nails but I quite like it for this reason alone. It's definitely met with more approval at work.
Mod Mauve is a dark redy pink shade. It goes on really well and after two coats completely covers the nail, you can get a much lighter shade with one coat but I really wanted to build it up. What I will say is that you really need to give this varnish a chance to dry, I indented my second finger because I made the mistake of thinking all was ok and running round like a headless chicken, as a result I bashed my nails and dented the polish. On another side note I also find these varnish's chip less without a top coat too, it lasted around 5 days before I needed to take it off (a lot better than it's more expensive cousins in my collection).

I am continuously amazed and impressed with E.L.F Cosmetics. I've got another post coming up with some other bits and bobs I bought when it was 50% off, I really can't wait to share as there are some other gems!

You can buy Mod Mauve polish from E.L.F's website here for £1.50!


Friday, 12 August 2011

Sleek Oh So Special Palette

This is my first new post on My Face But Better. I decided to change my blog name/url from Ramblings of a Rascal as I wasn't 100% happy about it and I wanted to be, so ta da 'My Face But Better' is born. The name has more of a beauty focus and I put a lot of thought into it. I guess when I first set up Ramblings of a Rascal I didn't quite take into consideration the real importance of getting the name right.

Anywho onto the make-up goodness that you're all here for.

I present to you Sleek's Oh So Special palette. This is by no means a new addition to the shelves but my local Superdrug has only just stacked it's shelf's with Sleek's offerings so it's new to me.

Oh So Special is made up of 12 different complimenting shades ranging in colours and textures, there really is something for everyone. For those of you who hate matte colours there's a few shimmers added in and vice versa. As much as I love palette's full of shimmer I know it's not to everyone's taste. The colour's range from white, neutral pinks through to your darker browns, blacks and greys. The palette is really versatile in that you can use it during the day for a soft make-up look and then vamp it up in the evening. The added bonus is that it's also small enough to carry in your handbag with a pretty big mirror and applicator, all of which are great for changing or adding to the look during the day.

Top Left to Right: Bow, Organza, Ribbon
Bottom Left to Right: Pamper, Gateau, The Mail

Top Left to Right: Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate
Bottom Left to Right: Boxed, Wrapped Up, Noir

Some of the colours really don't do it for me on application, I find a couple of the matte shades just a bit 'blah' but that's down to personal preference. I'm also often put off by matte black eye-shadows such as the Noir shade in this palette, I'm never really quite sure how to work it (queue looking like I've been thumped in the face), I'm a bit of a novice. Having said that though the other colours more than make up for that, Organza, Glitz and Celebrate are my fave's and are absolutely gorgeous (yes I know, shimmer, shimmer and more shimmer). I've been using most of this palette over the past week or so (alternating with MUA's Heaven and Earth - post coming soon) and loved it, also dared to give the coral Ribbon a go, a colour I would never have been drawn to!

Top Left to Right: Bow, Organza, Ribbon
Bottom Left to Right: Pamper, Gateau, The Mail

Top Left to Right: Gift Basket, Glitz, Celebrate
Bottom Left to Right: Boxed, Wrapped Up, Noir

What do you guys think? I like it but I don't Love it. I think I'll check out a few more of Sleek's palette's as when the shades are good, they're really good.

Sleek's Oh So Special palette can be bought online from http://www.sleekmakeup.com/ or from Superdrug store's for £6.49.


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Sleek Make Up Pout Paints

Hello, Hola, Bonjour.

How blooming lovely is this weather at the moment? I've been dashing back from work and lounging around in the evening sun, Harry Potter book in hand, it's bliss. Hope you're all making the most of it.

I went on a bit of a make-up spree last weekend (payday wahey!) and picked up some bits and pieces. The lady in Superdrug looked at me really weirdly as I went from stand to stand swatching products with my bestie watching me slightly impatiently whilst I oooo and ahhhhed and commented on everything (bless her for putting up with me).

I noticed that hidden away at the back of my local Superdrug was a brand spanking new Sleek make-up stand, which unfortunately didn't have the contour kit I was after but did have the new Pout Paints that seem to be causing quite a hype.

Left to Right: Pinkini, Minx, Peechy Keen, Peek-a-bloo

I love the idea of these, if you haven't read about them already they are a collection of 11 little tubes of highly pigmented lip stains which can be used on their own or mixed together to create your own little lip colours. The idea is that you use the white coloured paint to cool colours down and the blue paint to warm things up. It's advisable you use a lip brush to put these on as they are quite thick, gooey and fiddly, a little really does go a long way so be careful how much you dollop out! I went against instructions and tried to use my finger and looked a little like Crusty the Clown after application, not quite the look I was going for.

I picked up Minx which is a neutralised pink shade, Peachy Keen a corally peach, Pinkini a really bright in your face pink and Peek-a-bloo the blue colour (to warm up the colours when experimenting, not quite daring enough to wear this bad boy on it's own).

Left to Right: Pinkini, Minx, Peechy Keen, Peek-a-Bloo

I don't know if it's my imagination but they taste slightly apricoty to me, a bit sweet tasting so if this isn't your thing then beware. But I quite like it. Remember though these aren't for eating and are quite thick so licking your lips probably isn't advised. All that said I really like them, the idea of creating your own shades is right up my street as I find it hard to find colours that suit me well so now I can experiment. On their own though each colour is really wearable (with the slight exception of Peek-a-bloo) so even if you aren't feeling that adventurous with creating new shades these will suit you.

Here are some I created earlier (goggles and white lab coat are optional). I haven't quite got the hang of mixing them yet, I added a bit too much blue to the first shade! The lighter of the two pink shades was Minx and Peachykeen mixed together and I love this combination, also adding a tiny bit of blue to Pinkini made the shade a little warmer and much more wearable without altering the brightness. Love love love them. I've since made some other random concoctions which I'm very happy with.

You can find these little tubes in Superdrug at £4.99 each or online from Sleek's website http://www.sleekmakeup.com/. What do you think?


Sunday, 31 July 2011

E.L.F Haul

I certainly made the most of the 50% off everything code for E.L.F last week, purchasing the below products. I'll be posting up reviews/thoughts about each item over the next few weeks. First impressions are good, though I'm a bit dubious about the polish's, they don't really look like my kind of shades after all but we'll see.

The below items (I also bought two eye-shadow brushes which aren't pictured) only came to a total of £22, I'm forever amazed by how much you can get for your pound with E.L.F. If you missed out on the 50% off code don't worry, it's worth noting that E.L.F notoriously have great discounts running very frequently so I'm sure it won't be long before another code pops up.

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I did a bit of retail shopping yesterday then went out with some girly friends for cocktails at a place called Gunwharf Quays, was lovely! Going to spend the rest of today painting my nails and reading Harry Potter - I don't know why but I've never read the books even though I love the films. As a result at the ripe age of 24 (and a few years late!) I am now reading them all and loving them.