Monday, March 25, 2013

Product Review: Sleek Makeup Face Form & iDivine Eyeshadow Palette


I've been wanting the Face Form palette from Sleek Makeup for a while now, and last week I finally got around to ordering it, together with one of the eyeshadow palettes.

26 bucks (150 NOK) in total for both of the products and shipping - not bad!

The face form palette contains what you need 
to look somewhat decent:
a matte brown color for contouring, 
a light shimmery color for highlighting 
and a blush

Shade 'light'

Before ordering I was curious about how the Sleek Makeup Face Form palette would compare with the e.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder palette:

Both the blush from the e.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder palette and the blush from the Sleek Makeup Face Form palette in shade 'Light' has been compared to the iconic Nars' 'Orgasm' blush. I've never had my hands on it IRL, but seeing photos of swatches online, the blush from the e.l.f palette seemingly is the one most comparable.

The blush in the Face Form palette is a more coral with a gold shimmer (finely milled), while the one is in the e.l.f palette is more of a matte rosy color with gold shimmer (chunkier). I think the blush in the Face Form will work especially great in the spring/summer for creating a glowy, dewy look, because of it being almost like a coral blush and golden highlight in one.

Both the highlighting color and the contouring color in the Face Form palette are alright. Nothing to do a cart wheel over, but they will get the job done. 

These palettes are especially great for when you are one the run. Mind you, I never touch up my makeup blush/powder/eyeshadow-wise during the day; if your makeup is of good quality, you won't need to touch up!

But a palette like the Face Form from Sleek Makeup is great to have i.e. when you're going straight to work or class after the gym; then all you need to do a full face of makeup is 4 items: a BB cream (I highly recommend Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream for combination to oily skin), this palette for you contouring, blush and higlight, one good brush for application (like an angled contour brush) and mascara.

Sleek Makeup iDivine mineral based eyeshadow palette 
in the 'original' shade

All of the shadows in this palette are metallic, except for the matte black shade. Since Sleek Makeup is a UK brand, it's difficult for US consumers to get their hands on their products, mostly because of the shipping being so expensive. I got this palette mostly because I could. *Snigger* It was cheap.

The colors are nice, and the shadows are soft and seemingly pigmented. I don't expect them to stay vibrant all day, and they will probably need a solid base for them not to crease. Will give them a go, though!

Here I've used the second shade 
from the top right corner:


Edit: I'm pretty happy with it! It's been quite a few hours, and the color is still vibrant and there's no creasing.

Using Mac's Soft Ochre paint pot as primer


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Photoshoot with Wictoria & Birthday Celebration

Yesterday Wictoria wanted to get some shots of me, and I wanted to get some makeup shots.

I did a look inspired by this video by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge:


 I used a matte black shadow from Ben Nye as base, 
Copper Sparkle pigment from Mac on the lids, 
Old Gold pigment from Mac on the inner corners
and also the Graphite Glam from Isadora 
that I bought the other day!


Today Vidar and I went to his momma's house. First and foremost to celebrate her coming birthday, but most importantly: to collect our candy-filled easter eggs:

My third year getting my egg!


Vidar looks a lot like his momma:


I made a big Pavolva - a meringue-based cake:



 Boys (brothers) and their toys

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Product Review: Isadora Eyephoria Eyeshadows

This joint has seemingly turned into a makeup blog.

Yay or nay?

The other day these new eyeshadows from Isadora caught my attention at H&M.

After having poked my finger into a couple of the testers, I immediately knew I needed them for my stock.


When making blog posts like this, 
I wish I could edit the settings so that my mom can't see 'em 
- like you can when posting stuff on Facebook.

Next time I speak with her, 
I guarantee you she will say something about 
all of the makeup being madness.

And it totally is.

But it's so pretty and I need it!

Mom, check out Dulce Candy's makeup collection on youtube:

I ain't got a problem!  

Graphite Glam

Desert Pearl

Great for the inner corner of the eye

Oh, man. How it creased. 

After approximately five hours it had completely slid right off of my eyelids (right down to my upper lip, creating a mustache).

I was really disappointed with these. Ideally, I was hoping they would be comparable to the Mac's veluxe pearl shadows. 

In fact they are like the L'oreal Infallible shadows:


They are beautiful when you swatch it with your fingertip, and they come off as creamy and very pigmented.

However, when you go in with a brush, they are quite tricky to work with. They work alright as an inner corner highlight, but if you want a wash of color all over your lid, it will crease, even when using a good primer (I used Mac's Soft Ochre paint pot). In my case it totally melted and evaporated from my face - I haven't experienced creasing like this since the 90's!

Well, maybe I'm exaggerating. But I haven't experienced creasing like this since before I started using eye shadow primers.

I've had somewhat luck with the darker shadows from the L'oreal Infallible line before (Midnight Blue), but then I used Mac's Blackground as a base:

So when (if) using the Isadora Graphite Glam one again in the future, I would use it with a more sticky and dark base, like Blackground or on top of a dark eyeliner, or another dark shadow.

However, on its own, it's pretty crap.