Monday, 23 November 2015

Sleek Midas Touch Highlighting Palette

Sleek Makeup has launched a new 24K Gold Collection with a few products, one of which is the Midas Touch Highlighting Palette. This is a pretty cool toned palette but don't be put off by the blue and silver options. These are highlighters, not eye shadows, so colour pigmentation was never intended to be their strong point! The shades you see on the palette appear more as undertones when blended into the skin. 

I was hesitant in buying a Sleek highlighter,as often cheaper highlighters can be just chunky glitter that will never look natural on the skin.But I was very surprised by the quality of this product! This is sold as both a face and body highlighter, with 3 baked powders and one cream formula (the silver shade). The colours from top left going clockwise are Solitaire, Tanzanite, Cubic Zirconia and Rhinestone. Tanzanite and Cubic Zirconia could easily be worn during the day, but personally I think the other two are more suited to night time looks. Rhinestone would be a good shade to apply on your cupids bow as the blue undertone would give the appearance of whiter teeth.

Hope this review was helpful. Let me know if any of you have tried this product and what you think of it! xx

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Brush Cleaning on a Budget

Cleaning makeup brushes is a task that everyone avoids, but at the end of the day it is so important that we make ourselves do it. Think of it this way, you wouldn't pour out some foundation, leave it out for weeks and then apply it to your face? Would you? ...Na. So the best thing to do is make it part of your weekly routine. Maybe every Friday night?Or every second Saturday. It really only takes 15-20 mins..... but I guess that depends on how many brushes you have too.

 Cleaning makeup brushes is a simple task
and does not require a lot of equipment. You could spend a fortune on brush cleaning solutions and fancy gloves, but there are always cheaper alternatives available. I bought a rubber oven glove in Penneys/Primark for €2. It has ridges on it, and so works the same as other cleansing gloves. Baby shampoo is the best and most affordable option as a cleanser. It breaks down the makeup, but does not contain the harmful chemicals that could damage your brushes.

After your brushes are rinsed with clean water and towel dried, it's a good idea to comb through the hairs to remove any tangles or loose hairs. You can reshape the hairs by hand, however it is better if you can get your hands on some kind of brush holder with elasticated bands to hold the hairs in place. This is one that I got as part of some cheap makeup kit years ago. But, I'm sure if you were creative enough, you could make one of these with some elastic and a board. A potential blog post for a later date maybe..?

Hope these tips were helpful!
Jenny xx