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REVIEW: Sleek Nude Collection

On Friday, I was delighted to receive my Sleek Nude Collection from new Irish company, Cloud10Beauty as I’d only placed my order the day before  – now that’s service for you!

I gave the Au Naturel i-Divine eye shadow palette and the pout polish a go over the weekend and was delighted with both.

The eyeshadow palette consists of 12 colours and a double ended sponge applicator – I’m not a fan of those applicators so usually throw them away as soon as I’ve opened a palette! The majority of the shades, 8 out of 12 are matt while the remaining 4 are shimmer. The shadows are powdery in their formula however, I did not find fallout a problem and the pigmentation is pretty good too. What I really like about this palette is that the softer colours are very suitable for day wear but this look can then easily be transformed into a smokey eye by adding another darker shade from the second row of the palette.

Top Row L-R: Nougat, Nubuck, Cappucino, Honeycomb, Toast, Taupe
Bottom Row L-R: Conker, Moss, Bark, Mineral Earth, Regal, Noir

As you can see, some of the shades are quite soft and sheer

Some have compared this palette to Urban Decay’s Naked palette and yes, most certainly there are similarities but Sleek Au Naturel i-Divine contains more soft, subtle matt shades and at a fraction of the price (€9.00), Sleek Au Naturel i-Divine is certainly a welcome addition to any makeup bag!

The other two items that make up this permanent collection are the Suede blush and Bare Minimum pout polish. I’ve yet to try out the blush but love the pout polish – it is quite sheer so gives a nice shine to bare lips and can also be used over lipstick as a gloss.

The Au Naturel i-Divine palette is currently sold out on Cloud10Beauty but should be back in stock by the end of the week, the pout polish and blusher are both in stock however.


QUICK POST: Sleek Nude Collection

This month Sleek launched it’s Nude Collection and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It consists of a palette of 12 nude eye shadows, a blush and a lip polish to compliment.

Yesterday morning I came across a new Irish site, Cloud10Beauty and was thrilled to discover that not only do they stock Sleek but they had the Nude Collection in stock. I bought all 3 items for €20 which was a saving of €3 on purchasing them individually. I arrived at work this morning to find my order waiting for me – amazing service, delivery less than 24 hours later for only €3 (delivery is free on orders over €50).
Cloud10Beauty also stock Sigma brushes, Seche Vite, Essie, OPI, REN, ProActiv and many other brands so check them out!
Looking forward to trying out the whole collection and will of course post some swatches along with my thoughts on the products.

NOTD: Catrice Sweets for My Sweet & Nails Inc Shelton Street

Another bargain I picked up last week was Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in shade 160 Sweets for my Sweet. After applying CND Stickey base coat, I added two coats of the nail lacquer and as you can see from the images below, it was still quite transparent:

So I persevered and added a third coat:

I’ve been wanting a try some bling on my nails so I decided to add a layer of Nails Inc Shelton Street, a glitter polish containing tiny particles of gold, silver and brown glitter. Topped off with my favourite quick drying top coat, Seche Vite and tada, here’s the result:

So what do you think?

REVIEW: Essence Ballerina Backstage Collection: Blush Souffle

Last week I was thrilled to find the Essence Ballerina Backstage Collection in a local pharmacy and even more thrilled to discover that that nothing was over €4.00. I mentioned that I picked up both a blush and eye souffle – I will post my thoughts on the eye souffle later in the week.
On Saturday, I was meeting my buddy Judith for lunch and a spot of window shopping so thought it was the perfect opportunity to give the collection a whirl.
The blush souffle is light and velvety in consistency and feels silky soft on the skin. As you can see from the swatch below, it is quite sheer – apologies for the quality of the image but as it is quite sheer, it is difficult to photograph. I first applied it using my fingers, it went only easily and blended well. I used a small stipling brush to apply it to my other cheek and it went on similarly so it is quite straightforward to apply and work with. I applied two layers to build up colour and the results were still very subtle so I reckon this would work well on fairer skin types too.

Blush Souffle on the right – no flash

Blush Souffle on the right – with flash

I usually like to set all cream blushes to help them last longer, so I set this with a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Semi Precious – Rose Quartz)

It lasted well for the day so is great value for money. Overall, I do like this product and will definitely use it a lot for daytime but I will have to add a little powder over it as it’s just a little too sheer for my NC30 skin.

HAUL: Essence & Catrice Photos

Following my post yesterday, as promised here are a few photos of the Essence & Catrice bits I picked up:

All half price items from €0.98 to €1.24

All my purchases

Swatches and reviews to follow!

QUICK POST: 50% Off Essence & Catrice

Just a quick post to say that two of my local pharmacies (well local to work that is) have discounts on many Essence and Catrice items.

I went into the first pharmacy in search of the Essence Ballerina Backstage Collection which I was delighted to find fully stocked – I may have picked up one or two items which I will post about later. However, I also spotted many items with 50% off including kohl eyeliner pencils reduced to €0.98, many nail varnishes also €0.98 and lipsticks at €1.24.

I then trotted off to another pharmacy in the hope of finding the Catrice Papagena Collection and once again I struck gold and picked up a blush stick. Catrice also has quite a few items with 50% off including some nail varnishes for €1.40, lipglosses for the same, and a mascara for sensitive eyes at less than €3.00.

I’ll post some more details and images on my purchases soon.

I presume that these items are being discontinued so I hope we can expect many new and exciting items from both of these brands soon!

HAUL: Wet & Wild Clearance

One of my local pharmacies has had a stand of Wet & Wild cosmetics for a few years but now their distributor has discontinued the brand so the price of all items has been slashed, most below 50% off. Unfortunately, I came across the sale quite late (was too busy honeymooning) but did manage to snap up a few bargains – I have a little obsession with lipsticks and glosses so was chuffed to find quite a few to choose from.

Wet & Wild products are budget friendly anyway with most items under €5 but I nabbed 3 lipsticks and 2 glosses for just over €6.50 – amazing value! The Silk Finish lipstick was €1.13, the Mega Color lipsticks were €1.23 each while the Mega Plump glosses were €1.50 each.

The lipsticks are quite sheer but can be layered to build up more colour if desired. I’m not usually a fan of plumping lipglosses as I don’t like the tingling that’s associated with them, however, the Mega Plumps are ok – there is a slight hint of mint when first applied but thankfully no trout pout!

Have you come across any good bargains recently?

My Bad

I know, I know – I start a new blog and then I just disappear completely, sorry about that but I was busy getting married!

Those of you that follow me on Twitter will already know this but on Saturday, 16th July I had the best day of my life – yes, it was my wedding day! This was followed by 3 weeks travelling around Thailand on honeymoon – the most amazing country, cannot wait to go back.

So I apologise for my absence and hope to be back in action very soon 🙂

Online Product Search: Bare Escentuals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor

I was very excited indeed when I read about Bare Escentuals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor over on Beaut.ie and knew I had to have one or two shades when Aifs got her hands on Courage (a warm strawberry shade) and posted a photo on Twitter so I went on an online mission to find it!

I came across it first on Beauty Bay’s site for £12.29 with shipping costing £3.50 for the first item and 50p for each additional item.

Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor 4mlA few days later I got an email from Feel Unique offering 10% off all Bare Escentuals and immediately, I logged on to discover that all the Pretty Amazing shades were in stock so I popped two into my basket, namely Courage and Bravado for a total of £22.95 including free shipping. The normal price of these without the discount is £12.75 each.

So I thought I’d share my find with you and will let you know when they arrive!

Weekend of Madness: My Hen Party

Well, I survived – barely! I’ve finally recovered and thought I’d share some of the fun.

On the Friday afternoon, I headed off with my chief bridesmaid (who is also one of my sisters), best friend and Almost-Sister-in-Law for what would be an epic hen weekend. After a few initial detours, we made it to Kenmare in record time and hit the shops for some supplies – the usual kind of things really: bread, milk, Jack Daniels, cider!! Then we followed the directions to what would be our home for the weekend, Eclipse Activity, Adventure & Equestrian Centre which is located close to Blackwater Bridge, about 10 minutes outside the town of Kenmare.

The location is amazing, it’s surrounded by mountains and spectacular views of Kerry – we were impressed! We had rented two houses for the weekend and were delighted to find that they were tastefully decorated and included all modern conveniences.

Eclipse Centre Accommodation


The kitchen and dining area

  Once we’d had a look around, we cracked open the bubbly, soaked up the fantastic Kerry sunshine and waited for the other ladies to arrive. Thankfully, everyone found the place easily and we tucked into a fantastic dinner prepared by both of my sisters and of course, some more bubbly. We had decided to take it easy for the night as it had been a long week and we know what was in store for us the next day!

Well rested, we woke up to more sunshine and enjoyed a yummy breakfast while waiting for a few more ladies before meeting up with Athos, the owner of the centre. I had picked the activities at the time of booking but only the bridesmaids knew what they were so the rest of the ladies waited nervously to hear what I’d planned.

The day began we a short orienteering challenge to warm us up and then the fun really began! When I found the Eclipse Centre online, I knew that the assault course had to be tackled so that was our next challenge. It consisted of about 16 obstacles including hurdles, a tunnel, a high wall, tyre climbing, monkey bars and of course, a few muddy things! We had to work as a team to get everyone over all obstacles in a given time – we had built up a lot of credits through orienteering so if someone was unable to complete a part of the challenge that was ok too.

Once we’d attacked the assault course, it was time for lunch then down to the lake for some raft building – we were given two canoes, 3 timber floats, a pole, a paddle and lots of rope to make a raft which would carry us all around the island in the centre of the lake and back. After a few dodgy attempts, we finally secured the raft and set it in the water praying that it would float – it did! We all jumped on and with very wet bums, sailed triumphantly around the lake in a record time of 7 minutes.

We were well and truly exhausted at this stage so we set off back to the reception area where a nice bubbling jacuzzi, sauna and steam room awaited us. I was delighted that everyone really enjoyed the day and would highly recommend Athos and his staff at the Eclipse Centre.

Of course, the hen party didn’t end here, in fact it only began but that’s another story!