Friday, 2 September 2011

Skincare and Sleek haul

Stuff looks so different without flash, doesn't it?

I bought the Good Things cleanser recently but I was drawn to the skincare products from Sanctuary as they claim to deliver salon results. My skin has been a little tired recently so I thought I'd indulge in some lavish (lavish for me anyway) skin care from Boots. I bought the hot cloth cleanser for £9.99 and if it's good enough it will replace my Liz Earle Hot cloth cleanser which I love.  I also bought the deep cleansing facial cleanser and toner in the hopes they'll reduce the size of my pores (they were around £8.99 each).

There was also a 2 for £12 offer on Garnier products so I bought the tinted roll on for myself (and a day cream for my mum). I expected it to be like the Simple roll on which I liked for the cooling effect but did nothing at all. But I really prefer the Garnier roll on. It feels calming on puffy under eyes and it also has a concealer that is thin but has light coverage. The only thing I didn't like about it is the fact that there isn't a clear image of the shade colour on the packagaing. It is available in Light, Fair, Medium, and Medium-Medium  Dark. I got it in Fair though I have medium skin tone but it worked out well for me. So far I like it as a concealer but I can't honestly see it working to reduce dark circles in the long run.

I also got some eye drops because I go back to work next week and I can see the early mornings causing some more red eyed days. And the last thing I picked up from Boots is a Nivea hand cream (all natural!).

I also took my standard trip to Holland and Barratt and this time picked up their Rose Otto cleanser and toner though I won't be able to review them for a while since I'll be trying Sanctuary Spa stuff first.

And I looked into Superdrug to pick up some Pout Paints as they've been on my wish list for a while now. The Sleek Au Naturel collection also just launched so I had to buy their latest palette since I love neutral shadows. I've never bought a Sleek blush before but I liked the look of the limited edition blush so I bought that aswell. Although the collection just launched it is super popular and the shelves were practically empty when I went (I picked up the last blush available!).

I also picked up three of the Pout Paints (blue, hot pink and peach) thinking they were still on offer but I ended up paying full price for them (£4.99 each). Still, having used them I am very impressed! I'm going to buy the red shade also and then I'll do a more in depth review but so far so good.

The Au Naturel palette (£6.99 - the price has increased!) has received some mixed reviews so far as the shades aren't as pigmented as the usual Sleek shimmer shades. Still, for matte shadows I think the quality is very impressive. I'm not a fan of the crumbly and dusty nature of the colours in the palette itself but on the lid the shades are excellent. I've added arrows next to the shimmery shades - the rest are matte. This would make a great gift for a neutral matte shadow fan.
The blush (named Suede, £4.20) is a little corally looking.
w/ flash
w/o flash
I've only used it a couple of times but I can already see it becoming one of my staple favourites. It gave a very natural flush to my medium-fair skin tone, leaning not too pink but not too coral either. It may look a tad orange on very pale skin tones but for fair to medium I think this is lovely.

I've been very impressed with Sleek products recently. I hope, however, that their success doesn't cause them to keep increasing their prices - I love that they are so affordable, I'd prefer them to stay at high street prices.


  1. I know, I impulse bought all this stuff out of anger (after failing my driving test!) ^^


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