Sleek Make Up Review

I’m sure you’re sensing a little theme here but many moons ago, I was fortunate to receive a PR package from the babes at Brand Nation. The envelope included two foundations, one liquid lipstick, one eyeshadow palette, one coloured eyeliner, one contour kit and one strobe highlighting dome. Sleek Make Up is one of the more underrated brands out there and I’m here to shout about them because they deserve more credit! I must admit, I’ve only ever used a small handful of their products before these were sent out to me. However, I am happy to report that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying using them and will be repurchasing a few when they run out!

Lets start in order of use, shall we?

Lifeproof Foundation – LP01 & LP02

This foundation is:

Sweat-Proof

Oil-Free

Buildable Coverage

Medium to Full Coverage

I received shades LP01 and LP02, the former being a perfect match for my pale yet pink complexion. First impressions left me feeling gobsmacked! I never bother with primer these days because I haven’t found one that doesn’t suck. Usually without a little primer I have to blot midway through my day… However, this foundation went an entire work day without showing signs of sweat and oil. I set it with a powder (as I always do) and didn’t give it another thought until taking it off that night. Incredible.

The Lifeproof foundation blended out really smooth and crease free. Its fairly light on the skin but is easy to build up coverage. It also dries down very matte so you need to be quick with your application. I used a damp (I hate the word moist) beauty blender to apply. By the time I was applying my powder it was almost entirely set.

Face Contour Kit – Light 884

I’m pretty sure this was hand crafted by the goddess Aphrodite. It is a perfect formula for contouring and highlighting. For those of you that don’t know already, I love a good nose and cheek contour. This product delivers!

I was sent the shade Light 884 which was a perfect coconut brown shade for contouring and a luminous peach/sheer highlight. The contour pan was exactly the right size (I say was because I have none left) for my little sculpting brushes. It sat lightly on my cheeks and nose and had maximum effectiveness. I actually started using the contour shade as a base for my blusher as I loved the tone of brown that much. As previously mentioned, I need my products to be matte and this did not budge from my face at all.

The highlight is equally as impressive, with a only slightly smaller pan size. I found the highlight a great contrasting tone to my foundation and skin tone. Its a very warm highlight with flecks of golden pink undertone. I’m not one of these girls that has a summer and winter look. I like to have a bronze glow all year round and this highlight captured that essence without any effort.

Both formulas are a powdery to begin with but turn into a smooth creamy texture as soon as they hit the skin. Be very sparing with both powders as the more you put on, the heavier they look.

i-Lust – Into The Night – Silver – Eyeshadow Palette

This six shade palette is perfect for any babe that loves a smokey eye (Eva, I’m looking at you!). There are three cream shades and three powder shades each with a white, grey and black pigment. The cream shades are very hard wearing and have a beautiful sheen to them. The powder shades are highly pigmented and look amazing when blended out.

Whilst the palette looks amazing and is small enough to pop in your overnight bag without compromise. It’s not a palette I would personally reach for very often as I don’t feel I suit darker eye shadows. However, If you can easily rock a metallic silver to black smokey eye then this Sleek Make Up palette is right up your street!

 

i-Art Precision Liquid Eye Colour – Futurism

My experience of eyeliner goes as follows:

Kohl Eyeliner Pencil – Black – Collection – £2.99

Liquid Eyeliner – Black – Maybelline – £5.99

Felt Tip Eyeliner – Black – Whatever Brand – £3-£10

You get the idea. Never in my life have I strayed far from the Black section of eyeliner colours. So, when this little pot of metallic blue eyeliner was sent my way, I was very cautious to try it. I’m a girl of habit and that habit is racoon eyes or GTFO. That being said, I needed to test it out for the purpose of this post and let me tell you I am shook. The consistancy is quite thick so I did wipe some product off the applicator brush before popping it on my eyelid. Dubious, I applied a thin streak on the inner top lid and it really dazzled! The mix of silver to blue in the line is perfect. I have blue eyes and this product really makes them standout. I will be adding this little beauty to my make up bag for a little extra somethin’ somethin’.

 

Strobe Dome Face Highlighter – Pink 1158

It is no secret that I love a good highlighter. My makeup bag is overflowing with various shimmery powders and creams. I think I actually own more highlighters than socks right now…

Sleek Make Up have made this the absolute PERFECT shape (Domed) for adding a dab to your nose and cheeks! The colour is incredible, it’s a very rosy pink and has a warm gold undertone (which is perfect for me). I do prefer a powder highlighter as I love having a matte finish to my face but this product really works well on my powder. With other cream products on a powder base, i find there is a lot of pull off. This product is fine for that, but I would recommend a dabbing motion instead of a wiping motion. Also, I learnt a little trick from Jeffree Star which is to warm the cream up on your hand then dab it with your fingers onto the area (thanks Jeffrey, you babe!). The formula is very light, none sticky and subtle but it can be built up quite easily.

I’ve been using this product for a good few months now and have loads left too, so a little really does go a long way. I would recommend this for a warm glow look. With spring on the way, I think this will be an amazing addition to your make up routine!

Matte Me Metallic – Matte Lip Cream – Anodized Ruby 1167

The amount of compliments I received when wearing this liquid lipstick is insane! It was my go to over the Christmas period and actually kickstarted my red lipstick obsession (thank you, Sleek Make Up). The consistency is quite thin but very creamy. I always find that thinner formulas are better when you’re using a liquid lipstick. You can over-line your lips a hell of a lot easier without mistakes (guilty)! This product dries almost instantly too!

The shade is breathtaking! Its a deep ruby with gold metallic undertones. If I want to add some sparkle to my day to day, this is the lipstick I go too! Another amazing bonus is that it is almost transfer proof, which is good because I often get red all over me from other lipsticks. I’m a messy person, I can’t change that haha! This lipstick is definitely being added to the re-buy list once it’s run out!

Final Thoughts?

If you’re like me and you want to test the waters of a brand before diving headfirst into all of their products then I would highly recommend the Matte Me Metallic Lip Cream Range and the Face Contour Kit. However, all these products are amazing and have a great price point so none of these products will disappoint if you pop them in your shopping basket.

Have you tried any other products by Sleek Make Up? Let me know as I would love to add a few more items by this brand to my make up bag!

VickiAmaya

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Repairing my Bleach Damaged Hair

Okay, Five easy peasy steps to fix up your Damaged Hair.

My hair is turning twenty eight in a few days and what better way can I celebrate that by detailing how I transformed it back to its former (thicker, shinier and less shit) glory. I have been a shampoo and conditioner shuffler for a very long time! I tend to buy the moisturising or the damage repair types. All of which have done very little to actually repair my damaged hair. They would make it smell great and feel silky, but a day later it would be frizzy, dry at the ends and greasy at the root. A thing of real nightmares.

So, I went on a hunt to try and find out EXACTLY what my damaged hair needed. I do want it to survive another year of colourants and heat styling. I came across this blog post that detailed how to find out what your hair is lacking. After testing, I found that my beloved locks were deficient of Keratin. I set about trying to find a budget friendly concoction that contained such a beautiful protein. This proved a struggle and I had almost given up. That was until about two weeks ago, when I stumbled upon a magic formula that has been developed by actual unicorns! My hair has not been so strong, shiny and smooth in YEARS. 

I owe it all to these two little pots of goodness: the BlondMe Keratin Bonding Mask and the BlondMe Keratin Bonding Potion.

Seriously, I used to wake up and my hair would be matted together at the ends (True signs of damaged hair!). When I washed it previously, if I skipped conditioned I could not get a brush through it. It was horrendous.

Okay, Give me the Method, Vicki!

Step 1 – Wash your hair. I’ve been using baby shampoo on mine since I bought the unicorn potion so you can try that if you like.

Step 2 – Towel dry the shit out of it. Or, just dab at it lightly either will do.

Step 3 – Apply the first of your magic elixir (Bonding Potion). Start at the root and pull it right the way to your ends. I used quite a lot on my hair as I wanted to feel the full effect straight away. If you’re like me and you need almost instant effectiveness, then pump the nozzle about five/six times.

Step 4 – Scoop a generous dollop of the Bonding Mask into your hands and work it through from root to ends. Then, leave it to work its tomfoolery for around five minutes.

Step 5 – Rinse off until the water runs clear and voila! You can now resume your normal hair routine with the knowledge that when dry, your hair is going to look and feel amazing.

Bonus Step – I had a little sample pack of the Garnier Ultimate Blends – The Sleek Restorer Mask, from a magazine and as an extra special treat for my hair I put a tiny amount in my ends before drying and again after the smooth out the frizzy bits.

And… How is it now?

I’ve used this treatment (as above) three times now and the difference to my hair is phenominal. It’s so good that I’m not even conditioning it in-between uses anymore. I’m finding less hair breakage when brushing too and it has a lot more volume and shine.

I hope this post is beneficial to all of you damaged hair lovelies out there. As much as I want this process to work for you, please check the above blog post to find out exactly what your own hair needs.

 

VickiAmaya

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How I made my hair silver

Hey Lovelies,

How are you?

Recently I’ve received so many sweet compliments about my silver/grey hair and a lot of questions about the products I use and how I maintain it!

… so today I thought I would make an official post for you all explaining just that.

Before we get going i’d just like to point out that i’m not a hair professional; this is literally what I put together after a little online research and few trips to beauty stores – oh, and a huge thank you to Colour Freedom for the result.

You should ideally aim to have moderately healthy hair when you start this whole process. Yes, it will work either way, but the benefit from taking a few weeks or months to really prep your hair condition will make a huge difference in your result.

Step One. GET YOURSELF BLONDE

I was fortunate that my hair was a fairly natural ash blonde at the start of this process. I hadn’t dyed it in around six months and 70% of my hair colour was totally natural and grown straight from the root. I had previously bleached my hair a few years before but I really didn’t want to go down the powder bleach and mixing bowl route again. To get around it, I hunted for a lightening dye which would also bleach the hair. I found this lightener bleach by Garnier and it worked miracles.

My hair DID go the bright yellow you’ll see on the box, but for all of you hair colour veterans out there, you know this is to be expected. If you’re new to this/are coming from a dark natural hair colour, don’t freak out, it’s all part of the process.

No special treatment here during the application either – just use it like any other hair dye.

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