Sleek Whimsical Wonderland Collection

21 June 2016



















Forever bringing out exciting new releases and consistently keeping up with current trends without compromising on quality, Sleek is a favourite brand of mine and one that I've been a fan of since my teens. One of their latest launches is their Whimsical Wonderland collection which is a really fun, vibrant selection of eye, lip and cheek products. I was lucky enough to attend the launch party at Lights Of Soho - vlog here - and adore the range!

Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in 'All The Fun Of The Fair' £8.99
These are some seriously pretty pastels! Trying this palette has definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone when it comes to eyeshadow and I've highly enjoyed switching out my usual champagne wash across the lid for a pop of colour. It's not something I'd personally use on an everyday basis (I'm much more inclined to reach for Storm 90% of the time) but there are some really lovely neutrals in here that I've been pairing with a hint of turquoise or lilac along my bottom lashline. If you're into experimenting with colour, you're a makeup artist or you're headed to a festival then I think you'd love this, as the shadows themselves are fantastic quality and it won't break the bank if you just fancy a play.

Sleek Lip VIP Lipstick in 'Hot Tottie', 'Big Shot' & 'Fancy Pants' £5.50
I've raved about the formulation of the Lip VIP's and the shade 'Private Booth' countless times before so you no doubt know that I'm a fan, and now there are three limited edition shades in the range. 'Hot Tottie' is the one that immediately caught my eye as it's a stunning punchy hot pink that'd look beyond amazing with a tan, so I'll definitely be packing it when I go on holiday! 'Big Shot' isn't for the fainthearted as its a bold, strong lilac that looks pretty scary in the tube but is surprisingly wearable when dabbed on - think MAC Lavender Whip with way more opaqueness - or heck, swipe it on straight from the bullet and feel fabulous! 'Fancy Pants' is such a cute shade, an intense coral orange with a healthy dose of nude and nectarine that'd look divine with peachy skin and a smattering of freckles.

Sleek Sweet Cheeks in 'Hullabaloo', 'Lickety Split' & 'Tomfoolery' £5.50
Hands down, these are my favourite products from the collection so it's no wonder that they've wiggled their way into my makeup bag! Vivid pops of bright but sheer colour (like jelly, almost!) in twist-up gel sticks, I knew from the moment I swatched these that they'd be winners and I wasn't disappointed. Although they look intimidatingly pigmented, they're really buildable so you can control the level of intensity and I love sweeping these onto the apples of my cheeks then patting in with my fingers or the Look Good Feel Better Multi-Tasking Brush. They're that 'bright but transparent' kind of formula that adds so much health to the face, and can be worn under foundation if you want more of a subtle hint of blush. Go for 'Hullabaloo' for a classic fuchsia pink, 'Lickety Split' if you want to enhance your tan and 'Tomfoolery' for a deep berry that'll look simply amazing paired with either a bright or a vampy lip.

Despite being a neutral girl, it's nice to have fun with your makeup and add some vibrancy and 'life' into your routine, which this range certainly does! Have a swatch next time you're passing a Sleek stand, and make sure you check out those Sweet Cheeks blushes as they're incredibly long-wearing and the colours are gorgeous, I'm in love and want everyone to try them before they're gone! Summer makeup just got pretty whimsical and pretty wonderful.

A Hoola Lotta Bronze With Benefit

20 June 2016

A new launch from Benefit = enough to put a spring in your step and a glide in your stride! It's always an exciting time when their latest products come out, and this time they've expanded on the success of their bestselling and award-winning Hoola Bronzing Powder. It might shock you to hear this, but I'd never actually tried any of their famous boxed blushes/bronzers before and this was my first, back in April 2016 would you believe - so it was a real treat to get my glow on with the original Hoola as well as the new additions.

Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder £23.50
As I mentioned I've never tried this product before but I've certainly heard a ton about it. It's as much of a 'blogger favourite' as it is an 'everyone favourite' it seems, and after giving it a whirl myself I can definitely see why it has a cult beauty product status and it's definitely a classic in my makeup bag already. The formulation is silky smooth and the shade is the perfect bronze, adding an incredible warmth to the skin and blending seamlessly over bare skin or liquid/powder foundation. It's one of those shades that seems to magically work well on so many different people, and as someone with fair skin I can definitely vouch for it being an incredibly natural colour that I can even use as a contour without it looking overly obvious. A new firm favourite!

Benefit Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush £17.50
This paired with the previous item are an absolute match made in bronzing heaven, let me tell you. At first I thought the size of the brush would be too big to add shape and guessed that it'd be better for all-over bronzing, but the bristles have been beautifully tapered to fit the contours of your face and it's a dream for blending Hoola into your cheekbones, temples and jawline. Although the blue is cute I can't help but wish that the tips of the bristles were white as it'd look so much better in flatlays, but hey - that's a very minor thing! What I love most about this is how quick and foolproof it is and it's my go-to brush for bronzer these days, which is saying something as I'm a Real Techniques girl usually! All it takes is a swirl in the pan and a sweep across my face and I know that everything will be blended and looking seamless, which is perfect for everyday fuss-free makeup.

Benefit Dew The Hoola Bronzer £22.50
Okay, now this is exciting - a liquid matte bronzer? That's definitely not something I've tried before so I was eager to test it out and see how it fared against the powder bronzers that I'm used to. Although I've found that you have to be careful around your hairline and make sure that you blend, blend, blend - I do really like it and think it's gorgeous for giving you that effortless, beachy glow that we all crave as the weather starts heating up. The tone is very similar to the original Hoola, albeit a little warmer on me personally, and seems to melt into skin which gives a lovely natural finish. As it takes slightly longer to apply it's not something I reach for on a daily basis, but I'll definitely be taking this on holiday with me as it never goes patchy in the heat and it's perfect for mixing into lighter foundations to deepen the shade. And can we acknowledge the cute gold bamboo packaging!

Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines All-Over Body Bronzer £19.50
Another newbie that I couldn't wait to try, my immediate thoughts about this were "I hope it's like a posher version of the Rimmel wash-off tan!" and after trialling, it kinda is. It has way more of a gel consistency and I have to sing its praises on how easy it is to apply. I think I've already used the word 'foolproof' in this post but I'm going to have to use it again - it's foolproof in the sense that even someone with as pasty limbs and who's as cack-handed when it comes to applying tan as me can get it right without a streak in sight. It does come with a little applicator in the lid which is a nice touch (Benefit are great at the little details) and means you get everything in one purchase, but I found it too small and fiddly - it's usually my legs that I want to tan and it's so much easier to use a tanning mitt instead. I've been going for two layers and can confirm that the colour is nice and buildable, although if you've got darker skin you might find that it's too light to really make a difference. For me this is one of those 'going out for dinner and I've decided to wear a dress at the last minute and I haven't fake tanned so let me slap a bit of this on'-type products, if you know what I mean! I'd recommend waiting a couple of minutes before getting dressed after using this as I did get some transfer onto a white top of mine, but I was applying the product to my chest whilst I was wearing the top so basically, that's my fault not Benefit's. 

The new Hoola range by Benefit gets a definite yes from me, as I don't think there's a dud product in the bunch and I'm really happy to say that I've found a couple of products that'll stay in my makeup bag (and on my face, consequently) for a very long time to come.

New Zoella Beauty Sweet Inspirations Giveaway

28 May 2016

There aren't many beauty launches that excite me as much as a new Zoella Beauty one, and as soon as I saw Zoë's video on the collection I knew we were in for a treat. My absolute favourite scents are sweet, creamy, musky, vanilla/almond-based ones, so I was pretty much clapping my hands in glee and couldn't wait to get my hands on the collection. I ordered from Feel Unique with next day delivery yesterday and the postie handed the parcel over to a very excited me at 11am this morning, so a big thumbs up for speedy delivery and another for the fact that I filmed an unboxing and first impressions video today!

You can watch it on my YouTube channel here and I hope you enjoy it - I show you all of the products except the Body Fondant which isn't available online yet, but it'll be going into larger Superdrug stores along with the rest of the Sweet Inspirations range on the 6th June so I'll pick one up then. If you'd like me to do a demo video showing you how all the products work, let me know!

A full review in blog post form will follow, but a few quick words on the collection - it's absolutely gorgeous. The scent is dreamy and totally my cup of tea - I'd even go as far to say it's my ideal fragrance! - the packaging is pastel perfection with an Art Deco twist and there are so many thoughtful details that make the range really special, I'm in love.

- GIVEAWAY INFORMATION -

As the Tutti Fruity collection (with the exception of the Let's Spritz) is being replaced and it's one of my favourite summer scents - see my first impressions review video here -  I stocked up on the range and picked up a few extra products for this giveaway, as it won't be around for much longer, sob! I also bought multiple products from the new Sweet Inspirations collection as I know that (like me) you're like to be eager to get your hands on the items and give them a sniff!

The Rafflecopter form below is for the main prize, which is a selection of Sweet Inspirations and Tutti Fruity products. A winner will be chosen (at random by a computer) when the giveaway officially ends (18.06.16 at 12am) and I will contact them via email on the same day - please be wary of fake accounts, I will only email you from my megsaysemailme@gmail.com account. The giveaway is open internationally, and if you're under 16 years of age please ask a parent/guardian for permission before entering. Thank you lovelies, good luck!

- SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAYS -

As I know not everyone has a Twitter or Instagram account, I made sure that none of the mandatory requirements to enter to win the main prize included those. For the people who do, there will be two runner-up prizes which will end at the same time as the main prize:

1. Twitter giveaway (prize = selection of Tutti Fruity products) - follow the instructions on this tweet to enter

2. Instagram giveaway (prize = selection of Sweet Inspirations products) - follow the instructions on this Instagram post to enter

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Cohorted Beauty Box Giveaway

20 May 2016

I practically get excited when the postman rings the bell when he's delivering a replacement part for our lawnmower, so you can imagine my elation when he comes to the door with a beauty box in tow. I really love the idea of them - a round-up of carefully selected products from brands you adore and brands you may have never tried before, all prettily packaged and with a 'you know what, that's pretty darn good!' price tag. What's not to love?

I've teamed up with Cohorted to talk you through The Black Edition Beauty Box (£35) from April and May, as well as give you the chance to win a box for yourself as well as a full-size 100ml bottle of the Guerlain Eau De Shamilar Eau De Toilette perfume and three HJ Manicure Nail Polishes. All you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below and you'll be in the running!

The Black Edition Beauty Box (April)
An item that I truly love from this box and one that you'll no doubt be seeing on my channel in the near future in a favourites video is the MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in 'Kittenish' (£17.50), which adds the prettiest flush of moisturising pink colour and reminds me of my beloved Revlon ColorBurst Kissable Balm Stain in 'Honey'. If you're more a bright lip lover, the MDM Flow Lipstick in 'Panther' (£18) packs a seriously hot Barbie-like punch and I find the scent addictive! You all know I like my nails to feel as strong and healthy as possible, so the inclusion of the Gold Elements Nail Care Kit (£29.49) was a welcome addition and I've been using the cuticle oil religiously. Possibly one of the prettiest bath products I've ever seen, the Miss Patisserie Bath Melt (£3.99) definitely brings a whole lot of cute to this box and the milk, almond and honey scent is right up my street. Does anyone else remember the White Musk fragrance from The Body Shop? Well, they've added a modern twist with the White Musk Libertine Eau De Parfum (£24) which has been taking me back a decade with its sensual musky blend.

The Black Edition Beauty Box (May)
You know when you get a beauty box and you think 'this box is worth it simply for this one product?' I had the exact reaction when I opened the May edition and saw theBalm Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Palette (£30). With nine of the most gorgeous shades (I was literally ooh-ing and ahh-ing out loud) as well as a bronzer, two blushes, a highlighter (you all know how much I love Mary-Lou Manizer!) and two lipsticks. I can't deal. The box also contains another gem that I've fallen completely in love with, and that's the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick (£23) in 'Canvas'. A little on the drying side, but it does stay put for hours on end and the colour is a perfect Kylie J dark pink 90s nude. The HJ Manicure Nail Polish (£9.50) in 'Lavender' isn't quite my colour, but if you love purples or want to up the amp for spring I think this would look really pretty on fingers or toes. I find little perfume samples so useful for my handbag and so I was really happy to see the glamorous and beautiful scent Jimmy Choo Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum (£41) - especially as it's a teeny mini version of the actual perfume!

Wishing you all the best of luck with the giveaway! A winner will be chosen when the giveaway officially ends, and I will contact them via email on the same day - please be wary of fake accounts, I will only email you from my megsaysemailme@gmail.com account. The giveaway is open internationally, and if you're under 16 years of age please ask a parent/guardian for permission before entering. Thank you, lovelies!

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