Saturday, September 29, 2012

Super late SLEEK HAUL!

Hey guys!

So for my birthday, I had decided to get myself a few goodies from Sleek since they do have pretty reasonable international shipping and since I've seen these products (especially the palettes) used in endless blogs and Youtube videos. In total, I only spent about $50 which isn't horrible. That's including $10 international shipping, I'm pretty sure.

I decided my strategy with this palettes, instead of getting overwhelmed by all the gorgeous colors, would be to use one palette at a time, figuring out all the looks I could create with one before I moved on to the next one. 

Before I get to the palettes, I got the ever-so-famous blush in Rose Gold:

This blush is just so gorgeous. I know it is a dupe for Orgasm. Although I don't own Orgasm, I've seen swatches and it is pretty close. Not exact, but I don't need the real deal. 

I think this was only $6?

Oh So Special:

This was the first palette I decided to use, since I thought it would be my least favorite. I was poorly mistaken! So far, Oh So Special is my absolute favorite. I'm in love. 

You can find one look I've done here and another one here. I'm sure you'll be seeing even more looks coming with this palette.

Bad Girl:

As you can probably tell, these colors are more fit for a night out or going to parties, which is what I have primarily used it for. One night, I created a party look with the gorgeous deep greens, and another night I used the charcoal colors with the dark purple and black. 

If you like dark and pretty looks for partying or going out, this is the perfect palette! The colors are ridiculously pigmented!

Au Naturel:

This is the palette I decided I would use after the Oh So Special and I have created some gorgeous looks with this one, but I keep coming back to the Oh So Special. 

Regardless, this has some beautiful neutrals. 


I have only used this palette once so far, so I don't have much to say besides that I love the colors and can't wait to use them once I exhaust the other ones in the other palettes.

The colors are pigmented, shimmery, blend so beautifully. 

I think Sleek is one thing that the Brits have over the Americans. For those of you willing to pay $10 for shipping, I think investing in a few of these palettes is an extremely smart thing to do. I don't ever want to look back to the days before I had these. I don't ever want to be without these.

Since there are endless reviews with swatches of these palettes out there, I'm not including swatches or a review. They're perfect, amazing, wonderful palettes. Get them. 10/10.

HOWEVER, if you do want me to post swatches, by all means, tell me!! And looks you would like for me to share? Let me know!

I hope you all are having an amazing and relaxing weekend! Vive le week-end! ;)

Friday, September 28, 2012

August/September Favorites!

Hey guys!

August was another one of those months where the end of the month crept up on me, but I am including those favorites in this post as well.

So, in no particular order...

WetnWild Megalast nail polish in On a Trip
If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably already seen this picture. The color is gorgeous and the formula is perfection. The best part is that this nail polish is only $1.99. I want them all.

Sleek Oh So Special Palette
I got my shipment of Sleek palettes at the end of August (haul post coming, I promise!) and I can honestly say this was the best beauty investment I have ever made. With my Sleek palettes, I couldn't possibly want any more in life. 
This palette, though, in particular has become a staple. I wanted to focus on one palette at a time and figure out new looks but I'm still working on this one. The colors are pigmented, gorgeous, blend easily, and truly enhance my natural beauty. 

I could go on and on... This palette is my one true love.

Sephora Day to Night Wear Eyeliner in Black Flame
I bought this when I just so happened to be at Sephora picking up my birthday gift and saw this for only $2. It is soo amazing! I've never had an eyeliner show up so well on my water line! (I'm too cheap to get an Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner). You can barely tell there's shimmer in this, so it's just a great smooth & pigmented black eyeliner crayon (it's the twisty kind).

American Apparel nail laquer in Passport Blue
I bought this a couple years ago at an American Apparel in Orlando (although I do have one in my hometown). I haven't used it much, and recently I decided I was in the mood for a darker color. I love this so much! The formula is pretty good. Yes, I know my nails are chipped. I will fix them - I just wanted to show the color.

And yes, the color is almost exactly the color of a US passport! (Even more so in real life - the picture is skewed by the sunlight)

Liplicious Cupcakes lipgloss in Pink Chiffon
This is one of those LE lipglosses you can get around the holidays at Bath & Body Works. I got this probably a year or two ago. I have a huge collection of these glosses and this happened to be one of them. 

This is a gorgeous light pink shade with fine glitter. It smells great and just looks really lovely on. I put this in my little wristlet where I stash my university ID and room key, so it's handy to put on throughout the day. Added bonus: it's moisturizing and leaves my lips feeling like I had on chapstick!

Maybelline Perfect Pastels eyeshadow quad in Velvet Crush
This is a quad I was given my bubbe. She never used it that much, but I've gotten some good use out of it! It looks great with my glasses because it really brings out the gorgeous brown in my eyes (rather than the poop brown haha). The colors are not the most pigmented and there is some fallout, but the colors blend beautifully and just look nice when I'm not in the mood to put too much effort into my makeup for the day.

Clinique Beyond Blusher in Peaches
This is just a gorgeous peachy blush I used a lot throughout August. It gives me a nice, natural glow.

ELF eyeshadow quad in Brownstone
These colors aren't shimmery, however they're not completely matte. I used these a lot throughout August. This palette is perfect for a classic and classy neutral eye, especially only at $1! 

Have you guys used any of these products? Loved them?

What are your favorites from the past two months? Let me know in the comments!

!שבת שלוֹס
(Shabbat shalom)

I hope you all have a wonderful, fun, and safe weekend! :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

"Autumn Again" inspired LOTD & OOTD

Hey guys! It's starting to get chilly out here in the Midwest and fall is definitely here!

Michelle Phan posted a new tutorial the other day called Autumn Again which you can view here. Mind you, I am not her biggest fan by any means. I just liked this look and thought that I could recreate it with the Sleek Oh So Special palette, which I have been loving lately.

I was able to take these pictures right before the sun went down, which means that I had had my makeup on for six hours at the time I took these pictures. Not bad!

I really really love this look and actually got compliments in one of my classes! This girl told me my makeup always looked so perfect and that she was jealous. It's the little things in life that count :) hahaha

Products Used:
Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation in Ivory
NYX Concealer in a Jar in Fair
Neutrogena Shine Control Translucent Powder
ELF Mineral eyeshadow primer
Sleek Oh So Special palette (Gift Basket on outer portion of lid and along lower lash line, Boxed in the crease and along the lower lash line, Organza in the inner portion of the lid and around the tear duct, Noir in the outer-v and crease, Bow as a highlight under the brow)
WetnWild Coloricon black eyeliner pencil
ELF liquid liner
Lorac Multiplex 3D Lashes mascara
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder
ELF Essentials Blush in Bronzed (actually a bronzer - used to contour)
L'Oréal True Match Super-Blendable blush in Innocent Flush (matte peach)
WetnWild Coloricon lipliner in Brandy Wine
WetnWild Megalast lipstick in Bare It All

Last but not least... my OOTD

It was actually the first time I've worn jeans this season!

I'm wearing:
Striped top from H&M (I actually bought this shirt back in May with intentions of wearing it once I got to college)
Skinny jeans from Forever 21
Ohm scarf from World Market
Mary Janes from Urban Outfitters

I hope you guys liked this post! Leave your comments below :)

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Guest Post: My Everyday Makeup Routine

Hey I’m Kirsty and I blog over at Prettylittlefashionista and today I’m going to share with you my everyday makeup routine. 

Obviously some days I will do things differently depending on what I’m doing and what the weather is like. Also I don’t use the same eyeshadow colours or lipsticks each day so that will change depending on what mood I’m in. I wear neutral eyeshadow colours most days but which palette and colours I use will change. 

These are the products I use most days. Some days instead of foundation I will use a BB cream or a tinted moisturiser if it is hotter. The Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation is my favourite drugstore foundation. It gives a great coverage and makes my skin look amazing. The concealer that goes with this is just as good as the foundation. It covers my under eye circles and makes me look more awake.  I use the MUA powder to set my foundation and make it last a bit longer. A new product I’ve discovered is the MUA mosaic blush in English Rose. Being pale I’ve always been a little scared of blushes as I didn’t think they would look right on my skin but this one just adds a light pink glow which I love.

I use the MUA eyebrow pencil in blonde to fill in my eyebrows and I then use the MUA clear mascara to set them. I find this combination works really well and both these products aren’t too expensive either.

So today I used the Beauty UK palette in Earth Child. I used the cream colour as a base. I then used the MUA trio in Pink Sorbet and used the lightest shade all over my lid to make a really shimmery eye. I used my ELF eyelash curlers to curl my lashes.  I used the extreme felt eyeliner to do a winged eyeliner look on my top lid and I used the kohl pencil to line my waterline. I then used the Clinique high impact mascara that I got free in Instyle magazine. 

I’ve really loved using the Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish and this is what I used on my lips today. It lasts quite a long time so I don’t need to worry about applying it during the day.

I use a variety of ELF brushes as they are really cheap and are pretty good brushes for the price.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! A big thank you to Kirsty for writing this guest post! 

If any of you are still interested in writing a guest post for me, please contact me at jessiefrancaise[at]gmail[dot]com and we can arrange something :)

I hope you all are doing well! More posts to come! In the meantime, join me on Twitter and Instagram @jessiefrancaise

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