Sleek MakeUp Limited Edition Rio Rio Palette-Picture Heavy Post.

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I’m not sure if this palette was designed to coincide with the world cup being held in Brasil this year, but in any case it was just in time for world cup and it encompasses everything vibrant that people think when they think of Brasil.

I wasn’t actually planning on getting this palette because just looking at it on the Sleek site, the colours reminded me a lot of the Del Mar palette. But, Sleek had a 20% off sale and since I have zero self control and was already planning on picking up some other stuff, I went ahead and got this as well. I figured, if the colours were very similar, I could always not use it and use it as a giveaway item.

Sorry guys, I really like this palette.

As per usual, we have the incredibly sleek, thin black palette, and inside twelve beautifully vibrant shades.

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Now, while these colours may seem similar to the Del Mar palette, they aren’t. For one thing, Del Mar was almost completely matte shades. These are primarily sheens, and most of them have some shift, although the camera can’t pick them up. One colour in particular (Ipanema) is my favourite of the bunch, and not just because it’s a mauvy pink. Below I have swatches and close ups of the palette with flash and without.

 

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As you can see, they look pretty much the same with or without the flash. Swatches below, but I seem to have mislabelled the swatches and deleted the originals so I couldn’t redo them. So the first set of swathes are actually the top row of the palette.

Top row

Tropics-Coral Orange (Sheen/Satin)

Night Fever-Hot Pink ( Matte)

Ipanema-Mauvy Pink (Sheen/Satin)

Caipirinha-Lime Green (Sheen/Satin)

Urca-Beigey Taupe (Sheen/Satin)

Leblon-Black (Matte)

 

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Bottom Row

Cachaca-Pure White (Sheen/Satin)

City Of God-Pure Yellow Gold (Sheen/Satin)

Copacabana-Taupey Beige (Matte)

Sao Conrado-Pink Coral (Sheen/Satin)

Bossa Nova- Lavendar (Sheen/Satin)

Leme-Peacock Blue (Sheen/Satin)

 

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Finally here is a look created using Urca on the lid, Ipanema in the crease and Leme on the lower lash line. Click on the pictures for larger views

 

Full Face

 

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Close Ups

 

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Final Thoughts.

 

As usual, Sleek eye palettes give great face. The colours are seriously vibrant and pigmented. Do you need this palette? Probably not, unless you’re me and feel the need to own absolutely everything that Sleek comes out with. Or, if you had passed on the Del Mar Palette or didn’t like it. I know a lot of people, like myself don’t always care for matte shades, so this is a really good alternative to the almost all matte Del Mar palette.

Not a purchase I regret at all, I’m probably get more use out of this than the Del Mar because I actually like these colours a lot more, particularly Ipanema, Urca and City of God. I’ve been waiting for a true, yellow gold, because it’s the only kind that my undertones don’t just swallow or overwhelm. And seriously, at $11.99 can you really go wrong? I don’t think so.

Revlon Colorburst Balm Lacquers

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Sorry for the hiatus ladies!

I’ve Just been having the worst month. First my ISP left me without internet for almost a week and a half. Then when I finally got my service back up and running, I wasn’t able to upload any of my pots cause WordPress  is pretty much the suck. So is Windows Live Writer for that matter. I’ve been unable to send any of my posts straight from windows live writer cause it won’t talk to WordPress, and when I tried to cut and paste them directly into the blog it just would not work and the alignment was just a nightmare. For short posts the Android app is ok, but for in-depth posting it doesn’t work all that great since I need a bigger screen to edit pictures and make sure that formatting is right. I’m testing out a few desktop editors at the moment, so if you see something wonky with the layout, pictures or what ever, please let me know.

Anywhoo, onto business. This is gonna be a pretty short post cause it’s ridiculously late and I’m sleeping with my eyes open, but…

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Quick Post. Sleek Makeup Sale!

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Just a quick heads up for anyone wanting to snatch up some Sleek items after all the blogging I’ve done on it this month. This weekend only they’re having a 30% off sale. If you stay under $50 before the discount, the shipping is less than $2.50. Or you can split the order and it’ll still be less than the flat $12.47 for anything over $50. The sale is on till Sunday at 11:59pm. Happy shopping!

Sleek Spring & Summer: Part Three; The Shadows.

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This portion of the review took longer than I anticipated for a few reasons. One, I was still on the fence about the Garden of Eden Palette, but I did go ahead and finally get it. Two, I couldn’t get any good shots, particularly of the Del Mar palette. Since it’s so vibrant, and I usually do my makeup before work and take the pictures then because I like using natural outdoor light as much as possible, it became almost impossible to find colours that would be acceptable to wear at work. Finally I just gave up and did the shots after work in my bathroom’s wonky lighting.

Let’s start off with;

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Japonesque Colour Radiance Primer

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My birthday was about a week ago, and I was elated to receive from my sister an Ulta gift card. Elated because during your birthday month, you get 2x the points. I also got from Ulta, a $10 off coupon to use on anything in the store (even prestige items!), and a CK One Colour Mascara (I’ve previously reviewed that mascara, it’s just meh). I also had a merchandise credit so I was stoked to get some new stuff. But have I mentioned that my Ulta is janky and always late? So they didn’t have the items that I went in for in stock as yet and you can’t use merchandise credits online so…

I was just browsing, I had already decided to get the new Benefit Push Up Liner (which is phenomenal by the way), and a couple of Butter London Lippys, when I happened to pass by the Japonesque section. I’d wanted to try the Liquid Light, so I tested them and settled on the one colour that I didn’t think I had in my arsenal as yet (because WOW!), and then I looked next to it and saw this absolutely beautiful shimmering liquid. I then noticed that it was a primer and almost walked away, because I don’t need another primer. But…but, because I’m a toddler and all you have to do is dangle something new and shiny in front of me, I decided to test it out. I was immediately sold. I put everything else back.

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Sleek Bare Skin Foundation.

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Remember how in the Sleek Spring & Summer Offerings post I said that I’d just that morning gotten an email about the launch of the new Bare Skin Foundation? Well I got it a few days later, and since I’ve been wearing it for a few days, I feel like I can give a pretty good review on it at this point.

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Glossybox June 2014. The Stars and Stripes Edition.

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This month’s Glossybox was super early! I’ve had mine about four days now. I got my ship notification days after I had the box in hand.

Since my birthday is today, I was gonna wait to open it, but you all know that I’m definitely not known for either my patience or self control.

This would have been an awesome birthday present to myself, but for me the products this month were just meh. Also, this is most likely going to be my final Glossybox unless something really spectacular comes along. Although I’ve tried repeatedly, I can never really stay away from GB for too long, a month at most usually. But my boxes from last month are just sitting there, and this one has joined them as well. So for now, I think it’s time for a break.

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Sleek Spring & Summer: Part Two; The Blushes & Bronze Block

The Blushes

 

I’ve never made any secret that I think that Sleek MakeUP blushes are far superior to any of the others that I own. For reference, I own upwards of 60 blushes (don’t even ask). I’m very particular about my blushes, cause simply put, I’m kind of addicted to them. Which is all kinds of irony considering I used to be one of those “black women don’t wear blush” types.

I’ve always preferred Sleek powder blushes because of my skin, because they’re ridiculously pigmented and because the have a wonderful line-up for dark skin. I have small acne scars and some genetic raised moles. They’re not anything that someone could look at my face, point at and say, there, but I notice them and that’s enough. Apply the wrong powder blush though and people will indeed be able to say, there. Most powder blushes sink into the acne scars and pores and broadcast them to world, I don’t have that issue with Sleek blushes.

That being said, I’m gonna have to start this off by saying these two Blush By 3 palettes that I got from the spring/summer collection are by far, the least impressive blushes that I own from Sleek, and I have all the Blush By 3 palettes (except for sugar) and two of the single blushes.

 
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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

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For a really long time now, I’ve been hearing people rave about the Ambient Lighting powders. I thought, ok, sounds good, but what exactly is the big deal? There are a lot of cosmetic companies that make the same claims as Hourglass does about their powders, and some of them actually deliver, for less. I was pretty meh about the whole thing, so I filed it away for further perusal.

Then, they went and came out with blushes and, as your friendly neighbourhood blush-a-holic (me) will tell you, it was a wrap. I still wasn’t all the way sold though. Enter Glossybox and Bergdorf’s. While searching the beauty section for something to blow my two $25 gift cards on, I stumbled onto the hourglass blushes and powders.

I wasn’t really interested in powders like I said, since I have so many that I barely use, I wasn’t about to pick up a new one. Anywhoo, I decided to get two blushes. But I had to go to Sephora’s website to read the description of each colour. For such a high end store, Bergdorf’s website is absolute shite. They have no descriptions or swatches, I suppose they want you to come in, but what if you live in another state? Completely unacceptable I think.

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Beautylish Giveaway!

Hey lovelies, this is a giveaway (of sorts).

Beautylish has offered me five $25 credits to hand out to some lucky ladies.

Now, because these are credits I won’t post a link, I’ll be sending the link to you via email. I’m choosing to do it this way because any random person wandering by the blog can just click on a link, and that hardly seems fair to the people that have been here reading, participating and/or commenting, because your clicks are the reason that Beautylish is even offering me the opportunity to do this.

 

In order to qualify there are some rules.

1. You have to be a new Beautylish member. The credits can not be used with a preexisting account. This means you have to sign up for a new account.

2. To be able to use the credit, you have to have a total purchase in your cart of at least $100. Is this a lot, maybe, but don’t forget that you can always use the pay later with Affirm option and have 45 days to save up and pay it off. Also, you don’t have to use it right away, the credit will stay in your account for about 30 days.

3. Finally, leave a comment below. Anything will do. Have you ever heard of Beautylish? Wanted to shop Beautylish? What do you plan on getting? Or you can just tell me how awesome I am.

When you’ve done all this, send me the email address that you plan to use to create your Beautylish account, using the contact me link on the blog. The first five people that inbox me, and follow all directives, will be emailed the link to create an account and redeem the credit.

Please do not leave your email address in the comments section!

If you’ve never heard of Beautylish, you can check out some of my posts on Beautylish purchases here, here, here, here and here. Yup, there are a lot of posts, I shop Beautylish regularly because they’re awesome and have two day shipping.

 

A List of Brands Offered By Beautylish

Too Faced
Eve Lom
Lit
Sugarpill
Anna Sui
Kevyn Aucoin
Korres
Inglot
Beauty Blender
The Brush Guard
Evian
St Tropez
Billy B Brushes
RCMA Makeup
Wayne Goss
Cover FX
Benjabelle
Armour Lip gloss
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Cult Nails
Bliss
Beauty So Clean
Dita vin Teese
Glam Glow
Indie Lee
Ilia
Embyolisse
RGB
Paw Palette
Ellis Faas
Parian Spirit
Lucas Papaw Remedies
StrangeBeautiful
Rms Beauty

That’s all she wrote dolls!

Sleek MakeUp Spring & Summer: Part 1;The Bases.

The Bases

To start off my Sleek Spring and Summer reviews, I’m starting with all the bases I got. This year, Sleek debuted three new ones. Loose Translucent Powder, Professional Finishing Powder (although, I’m almost certain this is the One Powder repackaged, but don’t quote me), a CC Cream, and as I was writing this post I got another email about yet a new foundation, the Bare Skin Foundation. Is there any doubt that I’ll be picking that one up as well?

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Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette. Review & Swatches. The Quick & Dirty Post.

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I have such a backlog of posts at the moment (which is why this is coming to you courtesy of WordPress for Android, proudly sponsored by crazy downtime at Starbucks), but I wanted to do a really quick first impressions post on Coastal Scents new neutral palette cause I’ve noticed that the Quickpost I did a few days ago is getting a lot of hits. So I just wanted to put some pics out there so people can see the colours and textures.

I’ll come back later with a more in depth review and also a comparison with the N3 palette.

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Korres Chara Crimson Cheek Butter & St. Tropez Illuminator.

So…Beautylish is gonna make me go broke, but in this case I got stuff with a credit so that’s good at least right? Right? No new money spent!

Before I ever used the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve, I was completely in awe of Korres for both skincare and makeup. One of the great things about Korres is that it’s a Greek brand, that means, lots of deep yellow undertones in their foundations and powders. Also, more colours specifically suited to those with yellow undertones. In fact, you’d be pretty hard pressed to find any of Korres’ foundations with a pink or even a neutral undertone.

As for their skincare products, completely natural, non comedogenic ingredients. All very safe for the sensitive skinned girl. My go to for years had been their Greek Yoghurt Moisturiser, until they stopped making it and I’ve been on a merry go round trying to find something until I came across the Fresh moisturiser. I ran out of the Fresh recently and since I had some credit at Beautylish, I decided to load up on some Korres stuff. The formulation of the moisturiser cream has changed for some reason, it’s now extremely runny and holding the container askance will cause the whole thing to just drain right out. It also now makes my skin extremely oily. So back to my Fresh it is. Or I’ve recently been scoping out Mario Badescu, after using a sample of their drying cream that I got from Ulta, I’m very interested. The Fresh is $42, I love it to death, but if I can find an equally good replacement for much less, then yeah, I’m going for it.

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Sleek Makeup; Spring and Summer Offerings

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I’ve been doing Sleek hauls on the DL for more than a year now. I haven’t posted any of them cause it’s usually so much stuff,  that I get all overwhelmed and stuff. But I promise I will work my way through them. Eventually. That photo above is of the last big Sleek haul that I did, I took photos but never wrote the post cause like I said, I may have gotten a wee bit overwhelmed. But, looking at the photos, I may just decide to break it up in sections and add them to the summer stuff I got as an addendum, or just do a Sleek series. We’ll see.

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