This week’s haul is all about my favourite beauty products. As January is not a great month for people’s pockets I’ve included some really amazing but affordable pieces. My favourite brand for great value products has to be Sleek with their array of beautiful palettes for highlighting, contouring and everything in between. I’ve also included Benefit’s Pore Professional Agent Zero Shine which I always have in my handbag for any shine that might appear throughout the day. It also blurs the appearance of pores. The Mac lipstick is the colour I’ve been rocking for most of Autumn/Winter now and will be for a month or two more. The Chanel perfume I’ve featured is Madimoselle Twist and Spray which is so handy to throw in your bag. It comes with two refills and is the perfect travel companion. The brushes are new to my make up bag and I have to admit I was a bit sceptical as to how good they would be at such low prices but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Golden Goddess by Cocoa Brown will forever be a beauty favourite of mine. I apply it to my decolletage before going out for a beautiful glow.
What are your beauty favourites?
Until next time,
List of beauty favourites:
- Sleek, Midas Touch Highlighting Palette (Limited Edition) €12.49
- Sleek, Face Form €13.49
- Sleek, The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition) €9.49
- Mac Creamsheen Lipstick, Hang Up €20
- Bobbi Brown Lipgloss, Nude €25
- Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Oil €11.95
- Benefit, Pore Professional Agent Zero Shine €33.50
- Chanel Mademoiselle Twist and Spray €113
- Kabuki Brush, Primark €2.50
- No.7 Contour and Highlight Brush, €16
I’m more than a little bit obsessed with Mac lipsticks. Like most girls I’ve got my favourite and although that changes regularly ‘Hang Up’has been a firm favourite of mine for a while now. The Bobbi Brown lipgloss is perfect for applying on top of ‘Hang Up’ and together they create quite a muted purple tone. Bobbi Brown lip glosses are one of the few lip glosses that stay put without drying out your lips and this particular colour is really nice on its own too, an all round winner.
I’ve used expensive contour and highlighting kits from Anastasia Beverly Hills and Charlotte Tilbury and while I rate both of these very highly I have to say I was really pleased with the quality of Sleek’s palettes.
The contour kit has three colours, one for contouring, one for highlighting and one for bronzing. I find the bronzer a bit dark for my fair skin but when I blend it in properly it still looks good, it just takes more blending than other products that I’ve used. This palette comes in other colours too so I might try the lighter colour next time. The highlighter in this palette is quite shimmery and is perfect for a night out.
I think the highlighting palette is my favourite of the three. When I first opened this palette I was really struck by how beautiful the colours were. The instructions show you how to use each of the four powders to create the perfect highlighted look. I don’t normally highlight my brow bone but following the Sleek guidelines I did and will definitely be focusing on this area a lot more from now on.
The eyeshadow palette is another really beautiful and pigmented palette from Sleek. I’ve been a Naked junkie for a few years now but when my wallet is feeling the stretch I tend to go for cheaper versions of the Naked palette. When I saw this one from Sleek I was really excited. I was wrong though, this is not a cheap copy of Naked, this is its own palette with colours that are actually quite different to all the Naked palettes. As the colours are quite pigmented and glittery I tend to keep this one for night time but I really love it.
I used the contour and highlight brush from No.7 for the initial application and the kabuki brush from Primark for blending. I would recommend both brushes. The No.7 brush is so handy as it is two brushes in one and saves space in your make bag. The kabuki brush is really soft but very effective for blending.