Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette Swatches [Storm]

Continuing with my project to swatch all the Sleek eyeshadow palettes I own before I begin my depotting-slash-rehoming project. I'm going to be briefly reviewing the Sleek Storm palette, which is part of the Sleek permanent range (as far as I'm aware).

Similar to the Original palette [reviewed here], this is another palette where the shimmer shades have very good pigmentation, but the mattes are lacking.

Packaging is the most basic that basic can be, a plain black plastic packaging. The issue with this is that the opening 'clasp' is pretty difficult to use, and I've had my nailpolish chip when attempting to open it. A minor gripe, yes, but something to note. Still, it's pretty thin and slender, making it good to travel with.

The Storm palette has mostly neutrals, with a few gorgeous jewel tones added in. It also has a mix of mattes and shimmers. The shimmers are soft, and creamy - a little too soft, if you're not careful, you can end up with some fallout - but they're beautifully pigmented. The matte shades - three in number (top row - third from the left; bottom row - last two on the right) - are, frankly, quite terrible. Maybe it's because I'm used to better-performing mattes, but these are really underpigmented, slightly chalky, and difficult to pick up with a brush. They're not a completely lost cause, you can make them work, but it'll take a lot of building up and elbow grease. [I've had to do five swipes/passes of the mattes to get them to show up in the swatches below]

Personally, I love the shimmer shades. They're absolutely lovely on my tan/brown skin, and especially since they straddle that shimmer/metallic line. Best way to use the shimmer shades is either a finger, a sponge tip applicator, or a small, dense brush (I like the Real Techniques shadow brush - synthetic definitely seem to work better with this formula)

A good palette for those who're looking for some pretty neutrals and some deeper jewel tones. This palette will definitely work on deeper skins. It's worth trying it out, even if the mattes are a little lackluster.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette Swatches [Original]

I'm rather hesitant to come outright and say "I'm back!" but I'm definitely dipping my toes in here. Nothing like health issues to put your life into perspective, right?

When I first started buying makeup, I tended to focus on drugstore brands. Most of what I started learning with, I've long since thrown off (if it was a terrible product) or given away (if it was something good, but not to my taste). The one brand that's stuck around, despite my, ahem, more 'particular' tastes has been Sleek.

Their eyeshadow palettes are ones I actually find myself reaching for now and again (and I'm someone who has a lot of eyeshadow. It's kind of ridiculous, really). I've been wanting to depot all my Sleek palettes into a Z-palette, so I thought I'd use the opportunity to swatch them all.

I find that their shimmery/metallic formula is very creamy, and very pigmented. This, however, has the drawback of being slightly difficult to pick up with a brush. My Real Techniques brushes (synthetic) do a better job at picking up color than my Zoeva ones. If you really want maximum payoff, though, I think using a sponge-tip applicator or your finger would be best.

The mattes are less pigmented, and the slightest bit chalky. They can be built up, but they require a little more effort in blending out than the shimmers. They also tend to be more hit-and-miss than the shimmer/metallic formulas - the pigmentation and quality of the mattes in a palette can vary, while the shimmers tend to be fairly consistent.

The Original palette has 12 shadows ranging from neutrals to some jewel tones. However, most of them are shimmery/metallic in finish, and it's not possible to use this palette alone (you'll definitely need some matte shades for transition, blending and the crease). The only matte in the palette is the black, and it's not the best matte black I have, so I don't really use it much.

I like this palette for the range of shades it has - I definitely think the shades are very brown-girl friendly. For the price, I think it's a great option for those wanting to experiment with makeup.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Makeup Mini Reviews!

I'm finally feeling a whole lot better, and what better way to express it than to get back into blogging, right?

I haven't been able to do a whole lot of testing - primarily because I haven't really been wearing much makeup of late - but I thought I'd talk about some products that I've used and emptied out.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Update: Life-Related Stuff

Just wanted to give an update, in case anyone's wondering :)

I mentioned that I had a bunch of medical-related issues going on, and I was busy trying to deal with them.

Since then, I've undergone surgery - about a week ago, actually! - and I'm recovering. My doctor has been wonderful throughout, and tried to make it as minimally invasive as possible. I had a laparoscopic surgery, which allowed me to go home after the surgery and rest at home.

The bad news was the growth was bigger and more invasive than the scans showed, so I had to have an ovary and tube taken out. That has been a lot to deal with not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally.

I've been getting better slowly with the help of my absolutely wonderful hubby who's been taking care of me. I'm getting stronger day by day, and I'm looking forward to the day I feel healed enough to get back to makeup!

My doctor expects a full recovery, and hopefully this surgery will mean the end of all the health issues I've been struggling with for the past year.

Thank you for all your love and well wishes!

<3 Aditi

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Life-related Stuff

This has been something I've been meaning to write for some time now, but I just... never got around to it I guess?

I have been away from the blog for a while now, and it's not because I don't have the time... well, not exactly. I haven't really been up to writing about makeup, even though I've been playing around with it quite often. (if you follow me on Instagram you'll know this to be true).

If you follow me, you might remember I spoke about some health issues I had a few weeks ago. I even had a minor surgery which went well, and at the time I thought I was all set going forward.

My follow-up health checkup with my doctor unfortunately begged to differ. I was told that I have a growth near one of my ovaries - which is something no one wants to hear.

The good news is, it's not cancer.

Still, this has meant blood tests, doctors appointments, scans, and so on. I won't say that I was so busy I didn't have time for anything else, because that would be a lie, I was - am - so panicked and worried about what's going on inside my body that I don't quite feel like doing much else.

I haven't really been doing much else. I've been doing the things that I need to do, but this stress has me slipping into depression. I've always suffered from anxiety, and my current situation hasn't been doing it any favors.

I'm not sure how letting the world out there know about topics like this, and I've always shied away from talking about my anxiety because 1. how exactly does one bring it up in conversation, even with friends, and 2. I'm never sure how people will react.

So yes, I've been struggling a little bit lately. Strangely, putting on makeup has been the one thing that can bring me out of my funk a little on especially down days. It's like the act of doing something for myself makes me feel better.

Back to the main topic. I'm loathe to give up blogging completely, but for the time being I'll be changing my style of blogging. I'll probably be doing mini-reviews with fewer (if any) pictures, and more along the lines of a general chit-chat of sorts.

Thank you for reading this far!

<3 Aditi

Monday, January 18, 2016

L'Oreal Color Riche Mono Shadows Review - Pain Au Chocolat & Sunset Seine

It's a rare occasion when I read about a hyped up product, fall for the hype hook, line and sinker, and end up with decidedly meh feelings about it.

That was kind of a spoiler for this post, eh? Let me back up a little.

The L'Oreal Color Riche Mono eye shadows were first released in the U.K. last year, where everyone seemed to rave about them. Folks this side of the pond were gritting their teeth, anxiously waiting for the day these would drop here... okay, maybe not everybody, but I for one was certainly looking forward to giving these a try.

And so when they were released, I was all over them. I demonstrated remarkable restraint and picked up two shades that I knew I would get a lot of wear out of.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque Review

A friend once described Bourjois as the "poor man's Chanel". Now, I'm not sure if I can compare them to Chanel (because, well, I don't own any of their stuff) but what I can say is that the quality of Bourjois products is very, very good, especially for the price.

Now, the sad part is that Bourjois isn't readily available in the States, but you can get it online at Asos, and I believe the Walgreens website carries a few of their products as well. Or you could always latch on to someone in the UK and plead with them to send you stuff.

The Aqua Laques I have were a birthday gift from a lovely Reddit friend of mine (seriously, she's so sweet!). I've enjoyed all the Bourjois products I have and this is yet another one.

The packaging is similar to their Rouge Edition Velvets, albeit in a shiny finish. The plastic tube is sturdy and transparent, allowing you to see the product inside. The caps are also color-coordinated to the shade of the gloss. They're easy to toss into a handbag, and you don't have to worry about the caps coming loose and/or any product spills.

They come with a standard doefoot applicator. The applicator itself is a little on the hard side, and tends to not apply the product evenly (although the product is self-levelling, so you won't have to worry about patchiness). I find that it doesn't pick up enough product to cover the lips in a single pass; I have to build it up.

There are eight shades in the range. My gripe with the color range is that they all seem kind of similar, and if you have pigmented lips (which I do) they can also look similar.

The shades I have are:

Brun'croyable - this is a mid tone brown pink with a glossy finish. It is slightly deeper than the natural shade of my lips, and is a great everyday wear shade.

Viens si tu roses - this is a deep rosy pink shade with a glossy finish. It looks almost similar to Brun'croyable on me, except that this shade has more pink in it.

Fuchsia perche - this is a bright, deep hot pink-red shade with a glossy finish. It's very flattering on my skin tone, and brightens up my face. This shade is noticeably different from the other two.

Let's talk about the formula - the first few times I wore these, there was a nagging feeling at the back of my head, as though these were familiar... which they are. I find them similar to the Dior Fluid Sticks (which I personally did not like, and ended up giving the one I had away). These are what I wished the Dior ones were like - light on the lips, and not gloopy or sticky. I've seen them compared to the YSL Glossy Stains, but since I don't own any of the YSL ones I can't compare them.

These reflect their name - they feel like water on the lips, they're so light. They are also moisturising, and your lips will feel better after you wear these! They do not bleed or feather, so you don't have to pair them with a lip liner or a lip primer.

They have a very glossy finish, but it isn't like a lip gloss (which I really, really like). However, because they're so glossy and not very tacky at all, they don't last very long. I get about two hours wear (no eating or drinking) after which the glossy finish disappears. There is a stain left behind - however because my lips are so naturally pigmented, the stain left behind by Brun'croyable was undetectable, and Viens si tu roses left only a mild stain. Fuchsia perche stained well, and the stain lasted another  hours on me, which was impressive. They are not transfer-proof, which is to be expected.

Here's how they look on me:

I really like these! If you've been curious about the Dior Fluid Sticks or the YSL Glossy Stains but don't want to spend the money on them, the Bourjois Aqua Laques are a good alternative (at about half the price!). If you're not a huge fan of glosses, but want something that will give you a glossy finish, these are something you should check out.

BGMM Rating: Brun'croyable - B
                      Viens si tu roses - B+
                      Fuchsia perche - A-