Sleek Pomegranate Powder Blush Review & Swatches

This is my first blush from Sleek. It’s a vivid berry colour that’s perfect for Autumn/Winter. It does have some fine gold shimmer however it’s barely noticeable and certainly doesn’t highlight pores.

Inside the sturdy packaging is a whopping 8g of powder blush. It’s silky and long-lasting. You wouldn’t have guessed this was a drugstore blush that cost £4.49! Sleek blushes are well known for being highly pigmented and I can’t disagree. I apply lightly, and then blend blend blend. If I feel I need a little more colour, I’ll dab it on tentatively, building the colour up. This blush is not for the heavy-handed!

Would look great on all skintones. Definately worth checking out the rest of their blushes.


MAC Hue Lipstick Review & Swatches

(I’m wearing Bourjois Healthy Mix, MAC The Perfect Cheek blush, and MAC Hue)

MAC Hue is probably one of the most talked about lippies ever. It’s a pale, nude pink that leans towards the warmer side. The glaze formula means it has a creamy finish and subtle sheen. A decent amount of coverage, you’ll either love it or hate it. Although it’s definately worth a swatch if you’re passing a MAC counter.

Worn best with either a smokey eye, or natural daytime look, Hue can be built up if you need a pinkier lip. One downside is the buttery, creamy Glaze formula – they tend to wear off quicker than other MAC formulas, however if you’re a fan it’s not going to be a major problem.

I’m not entirely convinced that this shade suits me. It’s too “nudey” and barely noticeable. It doesn’t really look like I’m wearing any lipstick. Maybe I’m just so used to seeing brighter colours on my lips.

Clearasil DailyClear Vitamins & Extracts Wash and Mask Review

It’s been a long time since I bought a drugstore face wash – they never did much in my teens, and I moved swiftly on to more expensive brands once I became a student with a loan to spend. I still have adult acne, which has improved so much over the past 3 months thanks to my pill poppin’. But before I started doing that, I used this product from Clearasil.

It can be bought from pretty much anywhere that sells skincare, your local Supermarket should have some in stock. Or Boots. Or Superdrug. Costing at just under a fiver, this really could have turned out to be an amazing bargain according to all the rave reviews I’ve been reading across the blogosphere.

Described as a gentle cream face wash, it can be used everyday or as a 3 minute face mask. I’ve tried both, and would probably only recommend using it as a face wash. It works quite well at cleaning the skin, removing grime and makeup, but it sometimes left my skin feeling too dry and a little tight.

As a mask, it’s way too harsh for my skin. It left my skin very blotchy and angry looking afterwards with the same dryness and tight feeling that I’d get after using it as a face wash. I’ve tried leaving it on for longer (a big no no!) and for the suggested 3 minutes, with little difference. The worst bit was the cystic, painful acne that started to appear around my chin jawline that I had never experienced before.

I only use it now and again these days. I pretty much stopped using it after the cystic acne appeared. If I do use this product, I only use the smallest amount and as a face wash only. I wanted so bad to like this Clearasil product, but I’d rather spend an extra couple of quid and get something that doesn’t make my skin feel so dry, red and tight after using it. Maybe it works better with oilier skin.

Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine Review

Korres products are rather difficult to get hold of where I live (in a rather wet South Wales) so imagine my surprise when my local Waitrose extended it’s selection of Korres products, mainly shower gels, to include the Lip Butters. Yay!

Korres is a Greek skincare brand that offers natural skin and hair products. The lip butters are formulated without parabens, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemical, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan. And definately no petroleum jelly in sight. The carboard box packaging is gorgeous which features some really cool designs.

Available in a wide variety of scents and colours, you’ll be sure to find one that suits you. If you’re unsure of which colour to chose, I’d definately recommend Guava, or like me, Jasmine. Both offer a very neutral, almost clear gloss over the lips. Jasmine just has the tiniest hint of pink, which proved to be a nightmare to photograph which is why there aren’t any swatches.

The product itself is buttery and soft – there’s no need to warm it with a finger before applying. Despite being a nude-pink in colour, Jasmine applies pretty much clear, very much like a gloss. It’s super hydrating and moisturising, and feels lovely on the lips. It even smells amazing, almost like cookies.

I will definately try and pick up some of the more deeper shades to add a little pop of colour to my lips.

Freederm Treatment Gel Review

So a little while back I lost my little bottle of Origin’s Super Spot Remover, and I felt largely gutted and then rushed to buy another product without doing any research. I found Freederm at my local Tesco, and popped it into my basket not really expecting much as I haven’t had much luck with spot treatments that can be bought inexpesively at a local supermarket.

I have since discovered another product that has helped my adult acne, allowing for just one or two small spots to appear weekly, if at all. This is nothing short of a miracle for me, but more on that product later….

For those odd small spots that appear, Freederm has been my go-to spot treatment, even after I found my little bottle of Origin’s spot remover. The product itself is really travel friendly, the small tube is sturdy and survives living in my handbag quite well.

I use Freederm mainly in the evenings, although the instuctions that came with the product suggest morning and night for it to be most effective. This works well for a couple of days, but then it starts to make my skin dry and patchy so it’s best left to once a day. For me, Freederm really helps make my pimples surface – the following morning it will have a whitehead and helps it fade faster. Cystic acne takes a bit longer to heal, but this product still works.

For £4.40 from my local Tesco, I’m impressed. Definately a money saver.

MAC Legendary Powder Blush Review & Swatches

I’ve already swatched and reviewed MAC The Perfect Cheek which was the first blush I picked up from the recent Marilyn Monroe collection, and now I have Legendary to show you.

Described as a “pale, soft coral” I couldn’t agree more. The Satin finish means there’s a slight sheen, a glow, but no shimmer or frostiness. Overall a very lovely and natural finish. It feels so effortless to apply – it required very little blending and looked great on my pale-ish skin. I would imagine that once again this shade would need building up on darker skintones.

For me Legendary is the “grown-up” coral blush I’ve been looking for. Lots of corals are bright, or shimmery and work beautifully during the Summer months, but this one is glowy and works nicely in the colder months without looking like I’m trying too hard.

China Glaze Some Like It Haute Swatches & Review

I’ve been feeling Marilyn obsessed recently this week, not just with MAC’s latest collection, but with her style and image. This lead to me doing a manicure using one of the polishes from China Glazes Winter 2011 collection called Eye Candy – set of six “3D” glitters that should be opaque enough to wear on their own rather than layering.

Above is 3 coats of Some Like it Haute (you see, Marilyn obsessed….) Ilove this polish. It’s more black-blue than a true deep black glitter. It has superfine glitter, and large round holographic glitter in the mix. Two topcoats later and it looks like fireworks on my nails.