Monday, April 21, 2014

Virtue to Vice

Wet n Wild - Pride Palette
I had been wanting to try out some of the eyeshadows by Wet n Wild for a while, and by while I mean a few years. But there were always other things to buy and get that I always seemed to put them to the side. Until last Christmas that is! I got this palette as a gift from my boyfriend and I was so excited. One of the eyeshadows had chipped off and gone all over the place, but I did manage to clear that up so no biggie. The chipped off part actually looks like a heart!
So I had first tried this palette at the end of March, mainly because I was a bit scared to be disappointed by this palette. I wasn't expected to like it very much at all as I've always been mainly disappointed with blue eyeshadows. I did not expect this palette to be as pigmented as it was. I expected average pigmentation, but extremely pigmented. The proof is all in the pictures.
The shades on the left side of the palette are matte, whilst the shades on the right side of the palette are shimmery colours. I actually found the matte colours a tad bit chalky. Each eyeshadow colour also seemed to give me quite a bit of fall out, so definitely not applying this before concealer or foundation.
I have also been after dark blue eyeshadows that are very pigmented for a long time, and I found them. I did swatch the blue eyeshadows on my eyes to see if the pigmentation would transfer as well as they did on my hands, and they did.
Putting in short of whether or not you should buy this: Yes
Pigmentation: 5/5 - It is very pigmented for what it costs and for what it is.
Texture - 3/5 - It is a bit chalky for eyeshadow, but nothing you can't live with.
A good look with this would be to apply the dark blue matte eyeshadow on the outer 2/3 of your lid. Then take a blending brush and pick up the matte green eyeshadow mixed with a little bit the dark matte blue eyeshadow and apply it in your crease and above your crease. Pick up the matte white shade and blend the other edges. I think that would be an amazing look!
Let me know what Wet n Wild palettes/eyeshadows/any product whatsoever I should buy. I would really like to have more Wet n Wild products because for the three products that I have tried, I am ridiculously impressed!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Raspberry, strawberry, lemon and lime

Revlon - Raspberry Pie
I have been wanting to try out the Revlon Lip Butters for ages, but to spend 12.50 euros on a drugstore lipstick was just not going to happen. At least, not with my own money it wasn't. So when I ventured into a stop that accepted smart cards (smart cards are student cards which have a certain amount of money on them) to buy 2 lipsticks and I saw that they had the Revlon Lip Butters, I couldn't resist buying it. The store didn't actually have the lipsticks that I wanted, but hey I came out with a Revlon Lip Butter!
The one that I got is Raspberry Pie which is a blue toned darkish pink. Think of a raspberry but more on the pink side, and you've got the colour for this lip butter! They weren't too off with the naming of this colour in my opinion.
So Revlon Lip butters were all over the blogosphere about 2 years ago if I'm not mistaken, but I just got on the bandwagon myself with the best colour ever. So the colour that you get in the bullet, is the exact colour that you get on your lips which is what should happen with every lipstick. It is extremely pigmented, and with one swipe you get quite a good amount of colour. I apply this 'twice' on my lips so as to cover any areas which I have missed. Texture wise, it is extremely moisturizing and that's when I got the reason why it's called a lip butter. The texture is like that of a lip balm, except better. It is as smooth as butter. Yes. Now another good thing about this lip butter is the smell. It smells like moist cookies.
This lasted on my lips between 4-5 hours with drinking and eating. After 4-5 hours I was left with a mild stain left on my lips and the outline was still quite pigmented. If you don't eat or drink with this on, I think it would last a lot longer. Towards the end of those 4-5 hours, my lips still felt incredibly moisturized. I think this is one of those lip colours that would look good with ANY skintone, regardless of whether you are pale, tanned or just dark skinned. It just looks good.
Application wise, it was a little hard to apply because of the shape of the bullet. You can't just apply it like a normal lipstick, you've got to apply it a lot more carefully in order to get it on the right parts of your lips.. not going on the outside as well. So that's the only downside for me.
I still wouldn't pay 12.50 for this but only because I know it's cheaper online, or outside of Malta. Malta stores tend to price drugstore items at high end prices. Which sucks.
Would I recommend this to anyone? Heck yes. This is amazing. It is amazing quality, extremely nice colour, great pigmentation, and it just lasts quite long. It feels like your lips have been polished with the most amazing varnish ever. Revlon Lip Butters, you are a win in my book!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Bad Romance

(Top row, l-r: A Vow in Venice, Marry in Monte Carlo, Honeymoon in Hollywood)
(Bottom row, l-r: Pretty in Paris, Meet in Madrid, Court in Cannes)
(top row, l-r: Bliss in Barcelona, Forever in Florence, Love in London)
(bottom row, l-r: Lust in LA, Romance in Rome, Propose in Prague)
When we were in the UK, on our last day we stepped into a Superdrug. I had been wanting to go to Superdrug mainly to find the Collection 2000 concealer everyone is talking about. I have rather dark under eye circles and barely any concealers are able to conceal them fully without being cakey. But the Collection 2000 concealer felt dry on swatching, and I just thought.. no, I'm not buying this. So I turned around to browse the shop a bit more, and lo and behold: A Sleek Stand. The Sleek stand was so messy and dirty, I was tempted to just not look around at all. But, I saw this palette. And it was called the Vintage Romance palette so I ended up buying it. The packaging was actually taped shut so I thought, this should be okay then. It was.
I was actually panicking that I bought the wrong palette, so I walked back in the store to check that it was the correct one and it was. I honestly fell in love with the colours in this palette. My favourite colours in general are blues and purples. And I can never, ever have too many purple eyeshadows. I didn't just want this palette, I needed it!
I also really like how the palette eyeshadow names tell a sort of love story. It's quite different from most palettes, so I was a bit won over by that. But, a palette can't be a good palette unless its eyeshadows are good. They were. All colours were quite pigmented. Not all of them transferred that well onto my hand, but I ended up trying a variety of the colours on my lids, and they transferred extremely well onto my lids. Which was a bit surprising because I thought there would more of a chance that the colour would transfer well on my hand, and not so well on my eyes, but it happened to be vice versa.
Another surprising thing about one of the eyeshadows in this palette is not what it seems. Forever in Florence is not a brownish shade but another purple shade! In the last picture, the 2nd eyeshadow from the top row is Forever in Florence. It looks so different!!
I loved the eyeshadows. They are pigmented, the colour transfers really well on the eye. The packaging is really nice and sturdy. The palette also has a mirror that's really handy. It also has a double ended sponge applicator that I doubt I'll ever use.
I would probably buy another palette by Sleek. It's a really nice brand from what I've seen and it's well worth the money. I think this palette cost 8 pounds, which is really not expensive for 12 eyeshadows!