Smashbox Cover Shot: Smokey Eye Palette

Smashbox recently released a collection with Shay Mitchell that includes 7 eyeshadow palettes that look absolutely incredible. The collection includes a smokey palette, bold palette, softlight palette, golden hour palette, matte palette, metallic palette and ablaze palette. These palettes sell for £24 on the smashbox website and include 8 shades per palette and each palette holds 7.8g of products. Each palette is said to look unique and can create simple and bold looks. I purchased the smokey palette and now I’m here to you guys my honest review about whether it’s actually worth the money.

In the palette you have 2 large mates shades and 6 smaller shades, 5 of which are shimmery and 1 is matte. The shades included:

– Feature; A matte brown, useful for transition shade.

– Instinct; A matte cream to highlight the brown bone.

– Headline; A shimmery burgundy.

– Hell Ya; A shimmery brown.

– Rock Me; A shimmery grey/silver.

– STFU; A shimmery green.

– Slayer; A matte black.

– Big Night; A shimmery black.

I saw these palettes being used all over social media so I like many just had to try them for myself. Since trying it I realised that it’s actually not at all worth the hype that people have said. Smashbox is known for their highly reliable and good quality products and their successful base products. Having never tried any of their eyeshadows before I can say that I wasn’t at all impressed and I definitely have other palettes that I prefer more than this one.

For the price it’s definitely not worth it since the palette is so small. I paid £21 for my Morphe palette which has 35 eyeshadows, that are very easy to blend and work with. As nice of quality these eyeshadows are and the colour pay off is lovely but they definitely similar to ones that I own and I have other matte browns, creams and black that are identical if not more pigmented. I also feel that I wouldn’t ever use the green or burgundy that much unless for a bold look for nights out.

The eyeshadows aren’t anything special either, I have other eyeshadows that are just as nice to blend and work with. For me I’ll probably never purchase these palettes again but I know some people absolutely love them. They’re definitely a love or hate type of product and I neither love nor hate.

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My Favourite Festive lipsticks 

Christmas is near and I bloody love it. After all these long months of waiting I can finally show my Christmas spirit. My favourite thing about the festive period is the change in lipsticks, keeping up to date with the seasonal makeup trends is a must for me and a change in lip colour is simply an excuse to add more to my collection. The red lips blossoms throughout this time and I for one will never, ever complain about a red lip. I also love those purple toned reds and taupe shades, I find them so fun to wear and are so good to add some glam to a simple look. For me I have 5 top lip products that I’m loving during the festivities of 2016, in fact two of these have been a statement lipstick for me recently. I don’t know about you guys but I’m always looking for new lip products to add to my on-going collection, in the comments let me know what your favourite lip products are and what’s so special about them.

The Rimmel London, Long Lasting by Kate Lipsticks are my favourite in Superdrug and Boots. They’re so easy to apply and wear, they have the widest selection of colours and are such a creamy formula too. Absolutely brilliant and such a winner in my eyes. They are super inexpensive too which such a pro for all you guys on a budget! The shade 107 is my go to throughout the Autumn and Winter months and so many people rave about this shade and I’ve picked up so many over the years of 107. It’s a signature colour for the colder seasons and this shade especially matches all skin tones and looks so perfect on everybody. It’s so pigmented and creamy, I assumed because its a matte finished that it would be super drying but it definitely isn’t. The colour is so classy and elegant and I’ve never found a wine shade that is as lovely as the 107. It’s also really long lasting and I literally have no complaints with this shade. Throughout the Spring and Summer i’m almost always found wearing Rimmel by Kate Moss lipsticks in the shade 38. They’re available in Superdrug here, check them out for less than £6.

MUA are a growing brand and they’re not known for having the most excellent variety of products but I’ll say that their lip products are wonderful. They have such a wide selection of colours and they’re only £1! I know what you’re thinking, is the quality of the product £1 material? Well no, they aren’t. In fact I would compare them to the Rimmel lipsticks a whole bunch. They’re a creamy formula and are so pigmented, mine is the shade 13 and it’s a bright red. So perfect to match with a smokey eye. It’s not really a blue toned shade at all and I love to wear it for nights out mostly. Take look here. They’re an absolute dream to wear, however if it smudges it can make a bit of a mess. Other than that, I love this shade so much.

Mac Lipsticks are a definite must for any beauty bag, I personally think that everybody should have at least 1 Mac lipstick that is a go to product and they’ll love. For most, Velvet Teddy is their go to Mac Lipstick and I don’t blame them. It’s a natural but beautiful nude and It’s gorgeous to wear. However, for me it has always been Taupe. It was my first ever Mac lip and I will never be without it. It’s a matte finish and is basically a brown-nude shade. I match this with both a natural eye or glam eye. It my favourite lip and it’s also a statement for this time of year. I think it adds so much character to my make up and I personally prefer a Matte lip more than any other formula. It’s available for £15.50 here.

My final favourite lipstick is Lady Danger by Mac, it’s another of my go to lipsticks during the festive season. It’s a orange toned lip and is super bright, especially on my skin tone because I’m so fair. However, it still looks beautiful on darker skin tones too. It’s a matte finish and just like Taupe, it glides on perfectly and stays put for hours. Admittedly, I usually wear this lipstick during evening events because its just a slight bit too bright but I love it regardless. Check it out here.

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Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick Review 

The Sleek MakeUp line is definitely underrated, the majority of the products are of high quality and are beautiful to wear, especially the eyeshadows and the highlighter palette! I’ve not stopped raving about the highlighter palette in Solstice.

Another item by Sleek that I’ve fallen in love with is the Matte Me liquid lipstick in Birthday Suit. Having never tried any liquid lipsticks before I saw the Matte Me collection by Sleek in Birthday Suit and instantly fell in love with the colour. It’s a very natural, classic nude lip that sits beautifully and dry’s so quickly. It’s gorgeous, it doesn’t cake up or show any lines across my lips. It doesn’t make my lips dry at all and  the formula is so lightweight that I forget I’m wearing it. I’m not a huge lipstick wearer and I always focus more on my eyes when doing my makeup,  but these are just so comfortable to wear and this colour will match so well with a full glam eye. It’s simple but so much more than that, it’s fantastic and I can’t rave about it enough. It’s genuinely such a lovely lip to wear. It’s encouraged me to try some more liquid lipsticks and battle them out. Let me know your favourite liquid lipsticks and I’ll give them a go.

Overall the Sleek Makeup products have come along way over the years having introduced the highlighter palettes and the cream contour kits, they’ve even released their own brand of brushes and I’m eager to test them. My first ever purchase from the Sleek collection was the eye shadow palette in Au Natural and It was my go to palette from the ages of 14 – 16! Sleek products are sold in Boots, Superdrug and have their own website available for purchases. In fact, I recently come across the mix and match deal  in my local in Boots which is promoted each year in preparation for Christmas. I noticed that they had introduced a selection of Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks for £5 which includes 4 smaller versions of their full sized liquid lipsticks and Birthday Suit was in the collection. If you want to try some of the Liquid Lipsticks by Sleek but don’t want to spend a fortune in case you don’t like them or don’t get on with the formula, then I would definitely recommend this purchase for you. They are so affordable in this collection and considering they’re 4.99 each for a full sized purchase you’re totally saving so much money. Go along and check out your local boots or online, it’s in the 3 for 2 Christmas deal. They also have the highlight palette and Birthday Suit in a set for £10.

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