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Monday, 29 May 2017

New Season Sleek* | Distorted Dreams Collection


Sleek are a brand I've always loved; due to their affordability, accessibility and the on-point products they beast out every single season. Without fail. And I've been lucky enough to get my mitts on the products from their BRAND NEW COLLECTION : Distorted Dreams before they've even been released to the public [on the 31st May 2017]; which naturally I'm buzzing my tits off about.

I'm still legit made up to have these beaut products in my life and can't wait to share them with you.  Though I only mean share in a blogging sense sorry guys - these shimmery beauts are ALL MINE and I think I'd have to fight anyone who tried to remove them from my life.

Sleek Distorted Dreams 5 Shades Highlighting Palette

Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams

Sleek Distorted Dreams Highlighting Palette* | Sleek Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams in [from top to bottom]  Volcanic 1043*, Roman Copper 1044* & Rusted Rose 1042*

Distorted Dreams is a small yet perfect collection of metallic, shimmery products that'll ensure that you get your highlighter on FLEEK  this season - and a sparkly, on-point pout to match. The collection's Lip Creams defo remind me of the Jouer Lip Toppers; but in typical Sleek style - at a fraction of the price. Yaaaaas!

I'm a bit of an obsesso when it comes to packaging and minimal, clean cut branding - and I'm sure we can all agree that the Distorted Dreams collection has nailed this PERFECTLY. I've never seen a highlighting palette quite so beautiful; I legit gasped when I opened it up for the first time - and it's very unlike me to be lost for words. I'm like a gob on legs.


Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams


Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams

I'm pretty new to the highlighting game to be honest; it's a trend I've only recently started to embrace, as I've always worried that adding additional gleam to my face might make my skin look even oilier than it already is. But I've been enjoying highlighting my cheekbones recently and this beautiful 5 shade Distorted Dreams Highlighing Palette* - with its perfect mix of powders and creams - is an actual blogger's dream. Who wouldn't want to highlight the living hell out of their face with a product like this?!

Sleek Distorted Dreams 5 Shades Highlighting Palette

Sleek Distorted Dreams 5 Shades Highlighting Palette


Sleek Distorted Dreams 5 Shades Highlighting Palette

Everything about it is so perfectly designed and the pigmentation of the powders and creams inside is next level. True to their namesake, the packaging of this palette is incredibly sleek and looks really high end & luxurious. I'm all about them bargains and making the most of highstreet beauty dupes; so Sleek's high quality products and accessibility [to even proper paupers like me] is inspiring. You don't have to remortgage your house or spend a small fortune to get top quality, Instagrammable products guys - Sleek have totes got our [collective] backs.


Sleek Distorted Dreams 5 Shades Highlighting Palette

Sleek Distorted Dreams 5 Shades Highlighting Palette

Next up we have the new Distorted Dreams collection of Matte Me Lip Creams* - this time, released in insanely on-point metallics! If there's one vice I have when hoarding makeup, it's lipglosses and lipsticks - so I was legit made up to welcome these on-point beasts to the team.

I already own about 23 of the original Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams as I became somewhat obsessed with them [especially Birthday Suit] and bulk bought about a million of them so I never ran out haha - so to see new variants to a collection I swear by was possibly the most exciting thing to happen to me so far in 2017. Not even being dramatic.


Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams


Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams


Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams


Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams

Volcanic is a very wearable, metallic pinky-nude shade; which I've been wearing during the day with a dusky pink eye makeup look created using my BAE - the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. Roman Copper is all my rose-gold dreams in one liquid formula; which adds warmth to my complexion and will be perfect to wear on holiday. And Rusted Rose is a deep pinky-plum metallic that'll be PERFECT to wear out-out this season; for a sexy, vampy look.


Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams

A bit like Jouer, they also make the perfect lip toppers; adding a splash of on-point metallic gleam to your usual lippy. I can't wait to have a play about with these over the top of some of my staple lip colours -  recycling and refreshing an old look and popping a matte, up-to-date spin on it. 

Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams


Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams


Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams

Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams Swatches

I'm so impressed with Sleek's new Distorted Dreams collection and I can't wait to see more of what they've got in the pipeline for SS17. These products are great quality, affordable, on-point and look as amazing as they make you feel - so make sure you keep a beady eye peeled for them once they're released on the 31st May [in Boots and Superdrug.]

Sleek Distorted Dreams Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams

Have you tried any of Sleek's products before? Which of the Distorted Dreams products are you most excited to try?

*This post contains items I was gifted, but all over-excitable opinions are very much my own.
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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Doing the Hoola


Hey gang. Apologies for the silence on the old blog recently - it's just given everything that's happened in the world this week and the tragedy at the MEN Arena, nothing that I've had to say has seemed relevant or important enough to publish online. I still feel a bit like this now - here's me showcasing a lovely new product I've got and this pure glamorous lifestyle [though this part is defo deception at it's finest, I'm currently over my overdraft and all I have to eat is Smart Price pasta] whilst other people have tragically lost their lives this week. You feel me?

But at the same time, we can't late hate and fear win; so for this reason, I'm going to get back into posting this week. I will never forget any of the attacks that have happened to innocent people all around the world and I'll always be here to offer support to anyone that needs it; following such evil events. But whilst doing this, I'll also be repping a glowing [albeit fake] bronzed look; thanks to my new favourite bronzer from Benefit. Which is what I want to ramble onto you guys about today.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

My friend and her gf recently moved halfway down the country; and when they were attempting to downsize ahead of the move, they passed on a huge bag of makeup they didn't want to me. Safe to say it was like blogger Christmas in my gaff that night. 

And in this plazzy bag of triumph was a little sample of Benefit's Hoola Bronzer which I instantly fell deeply in love with. I know why I haven't tried much Benefit before - and that's cos I'm poor and their prices defo don't sit within my budget - but this bronzer broke my poverty ban. It's so soft and blendable - and works fantastically well for contouring, too. So I hopped over to QVC [my new obsession] and ordered myself the full size pot.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Could I afford it? No. Can I afford to eat now? Also no. But it's so bloody good, it's almost worth the intense levels of poverty I'm living in. I have to admit, for the price of the product [£19 or something] I had hoped for a bigger pot. And the brush it comes with is [in my opinion] pretty sh*t. But it gives such a natural looking, soft and not at all orange finish that I can't really be mad about these two downsides.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Shit Brush

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Have you tried Benefit's Hoola Bronzer before? 
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Monday, 22 May 2017

#Psoriasis #Eczema & Dry Skin REJOICE! | Epaderm On-The-Go*


Although my face and general fod department is as oily as a deep fat fryer at Burger King, my body can be prone to dry skin. I've mentioned my own personal struggles with psoriasis in the past; after which I've been super keen to keep my skin nourished and hydrated, to avoid any relapses.

Until I suffered with psoriasis / eczema, I had no idea how difficult it is to deal with on a daily basis. My skin was SO itchy [man, it was bad] and I couldn't sleep for weeks. The scales of psoriasis would drive me mad and I struggled to find products over the counter in Boots to help me [at the time.] The itching creams and E45 emollients I tried seemed to do nothing. So speaking from experience when it comes to the perils of dry, irritated and painful skin; I can hand-on-heart say that Epaderm* is one of the most effective moisturisers I've used in terms of soothing and calming down dry skin.

Epaderm Cream 150ml Travel / On-The-Go Size Review

I've tried Epaderm before [you can read about my initial experience in this post] and felt it was one of the most beneficial deep-moisturising creams I'd ever tried. It's a lightweight formula that instantly cools and hydrates the skin; it's not oily or greasy at all. 

The only criticism I could find of my first experience with this brand was with the size of the bottle. Although the 500g bottle is fantastic value and, at the end of the day, never going to be a bad thing as it's just more of a product I love - its HUGE size and weight meant that it was difficult to travel with. And we all know that dry skin and other conditions don't just go away when you leave the house - if you have irritable skin, you will most likely need to use product on it a few times a day.

Epaderm Cream 150ml Travel / On-The-Go Size Review

Bearing this feedback in mind, the guys over at Epaderm have come up with these dinky, super handy 'On-The-Go' size bottles [150ml, rrp £6.99] which offer people living with dry skin conditions a convenient choice to pop in your holiday suitcase, handbag, gym bag etc. 

The bottles are no taller than an aerosol deodorant or body spray and come with a protective cap and nozzle cover to stop them leaking in transit. They're super handy and contain enough product to keep you going for a while; without weighing down your handbag or suitcase.

Epaderm Cream 150ml Travel / On-The-Go Size Review

Epaderm boasts a formula which is pure, simple and effective. It's a  2-in-1 cream which can be used as a skin cleanser and an emollient. And in terms of skin hydration and smoothness, Epaderm is scientifically proven to outperform other leading brands. Recommended by doctors PLUS fragrance, colouring and SLS free; it's fantastic at managing and treating eczema or psoriasis.

I think it's really important to raise awareness of and talk about different skin conditions within the blogosphere; as when I was suffering from psoriasis I felt very isolated, like a weirdo and that I didn't have access to people who understood what I was talking about! But yet its a very, very common condition - even celebs like Kimmy K have it. And there's lots of products out there, just waiting to be discovered, that can help you. That's why I love working with HelloSkin so much and why I jumped at the chance to work with Epaderm on this post; to help keep the community informed and supported.

Epaderm Cream 150ml Travel / On-The-Go Size Review

If you're looking for a super hydrating moisturiser or a product to help calm your dry skin condition[s], Epaderm is a fantastic shout. Especially now you can pick it up in these all new on-the-go sized bottles - they're just so handy and a perfectly designed addition to the Epaderm Cream family.

Keep your eyes peeled for the new sized bottles at Boots and Superdrug; where their recommended retail price is £6.99. 

Do you suffer with dry skin, or any other skin conditions? Have you ever tried this product before, or have any tips on how to best use it?

*This post contains gifted items, but all opinions are my own
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Sunday, 21 May 2017

#WIN With Little Known Box | BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY


On this exact date last year, the VERY FIRST edition of Little Known Box was sent out into the big wide world. This day marks its anniversary - we've had 12 WHOLE MONTHS of unreal monthly edits, amazing products, beautiful packaging and some of the most well considered themes ever; and this makes me feel extremely lucky. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE KNOWN BOX - and here's to the next 12 months of triumph!


To celebrate this special day, I've got some AMAZING prizes in collaboration with Little Known Box to give away. One lucky winner will receive a THREE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION To Little Known Box and two of you will win a gift voucher [each] which you can use to buy ANY LKB box of your choice - be it one you've seen on my blog in the past and always fancied trying, the latest edit or perhaps one in a few months that catches your eye. Your prize, your decision. 

The giveaways [two giveaways, three prizes] are taking place on my Instagram and Twitter pages, so make sure you're following me and Little Known Box, complete the instructions on each post and cross your fingers to be in with a chance of winning!


These are very generous prizes from a company who are very close to my heart - and I hope whoever wins them will fall in love with LKB's ethos, products and vegan friendly brands as deeply as I have. Terms and conditions are listed below for each giveaway. 

Good luck! 

Twitter Giveaway - T&Cs
1. For a chance to win, entrants must follow myself and Little Known Box on Twitter and RT my pinned tweet. One entry per person and quote tweets will not be counted.
2. By completing the above, you are entering to win a 3 month Subscription to Little Known Box. No cash alternative is offered for this prize.
3. The lucky winner will be contacted by myself and given a code to use on LKB's website to redeem their prize.
4. The competition will run from 21st May - 31st May; ending at midnight.
5. All entrants must be over 16 or have your parents permission to enter the giveaway
6. No purchase necessary
7. UK residents only

Instagram Giveaway - T&Cs
1. For a chance to win, entrants must follow myself and Little Known Box on Instagram, like my competition photo and comment why you want to win. For a bonus entry, tag a friend. One entry per person.
2. By completing the above, you are entering to win one of two vouchers to redeem on the Little Known Box of your choice. No cash alternative is offered for this prize.
3. The lucky winner will be contacted by myself and given a code to use on LKB's website to redeem their prize.
4. The competition will run from 21st May - 31st May; ending at midnight.
5. All entrants must be over 16 or have your parents permission to enter the giveaway
6. No purchase necessary
7. UK residents only
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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Vegan, Cruelty Free & AFFORDABLE Professional Makeup Tools | Vigo Beauty*


Things I love:

1. Bargains
2. Fluffy pets
3. Makeup
4. Professional quality products, at prices that don't require me to remortgage the family home [cos as if I actually own any property of my own to gamble LOL #poor.]

I've recently discovered a brand which incorporates & values all the above factors [and more] in the same way that I do. I frigging love it when you stumble across a company whose core values pure match your own. This brand is one that I have totes added to my love list, has a truly babein' team and are definitely one to watch - Vigo Beauty

Vigo Beauty sell a range of super affordable, high quality, professional beauty tools which are all 100% cruelty free & vegan friendly - and since discovering their collection a few weeks ago, I've fallen for them. HARD. Their products are insanely good and the fact that buying them helps support such brilliant brand values is just the icing on the cake for me.

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

They aim to provide high quality cosmetics and accessories which are novel in design and available at a reasonable price; all based on being vegan friendly [they do not use any animal products in their beauty range] and ethical. 

The full range is synthetic, animal friendly and cruelty free; providing the highest quality cosmetics without compromising their beliefs. Vigo Beauty also strive to ensure that their products retail at affordable prices, so that everyone can benefit from their collection and so that they can support foundations & charities to improve the health and beauty of the world around us. Which is just bloody lovely, isn't it?

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few beaut items from the collection recently [to test out for myself and obsessively post about on Instagram] - which you can read about below.

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review


Available on Amazon too [Classic Magenta | Professional Black | Twilight Purple | Blush Pink]

Vigo Beauty's Luxury Blending Sponge is a premium, unique and SUPER soft latex free beauty sponge - with an edge [literally!] Its innovative design gives you a smoother, more consistent standard in blending and reduces makeup waste. Its unique shape increases its surface coverage and boasts a flat angled edge for finer detailing; giving you great coverage when compared to other cosmetic sponges on the market.

The Luxury Blending Sponge expands over 30% when wet; which works to ensure you get maximum coverage and prime application performance. Used damp the material allows for uniform blending and streak-free application. It can be used with foundation, creams, concealers, highlighters, blushes, moisturisers, serums and powders - whatever works best for you.

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

I cannot recommend this sponge blender enough, to be honest. It's SO soft and the best shape for getting right into those awkward areas on the face [such as around the eyes and nose] - strong statement, but I'd say this is probably the best sponge blender I've ever used. 

It's firm, distributes product unbelievably well and is just SO soft and squishable. From the moment this little beaut landed in my life, my blending game changed forever.

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty Luxury SilkySponge £6.99-£9.99 each*
Choose from: Crystal Clear | Turquoise | Royal Violet | Vibrant Pink

Available on Amazon too: Crystal Clear | Turquoise | Royal Violet | Vibrant Pink
Great value multi-packs also available via Amazon SilkySponge [Double Pack] £11.99 | SilkySponge Multi Pack [All four colours for £20 with free delivery]

The SilkySponge is a unique tear-drop shaped silicone applicator; which is non-porous and has a smooth surface which allows make up to be applied with maximum surface coverage. I love that it comes in different colours - each of which are so eye-catching and Instagrammable.

These blenders give you a flawless, professional finish with minimal makeup waste. They actually reduce the amount of product that you need to use, as they don't absorb any of it; instead treating your skin to the full package. And they're so simple to use and maintain - simply wipe your SilkySponge clean with a wipe or a little water. 

Another nice feature when it comes to Vigo Beauty's silicone sponges is that they're ever so lightly fragranced; ensuring that they don't whiff of nasty solvents, like some of the other options on the market do.

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

I am so impressed with these blenders. They're a little firmer than others I've tried in the past, which means that they really [and I mean REALLY] glide product along the skin; making a little go the longest way

See if you guess which is which in the two swatches below - both using the exact same product, the exact same amount; yet one was swatched using this pink silicone blender and the other was swatched by a makeup blender I bought on the high street a few months ago. It's pretty clear which one's the winner!

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

Vigo Beauty London Luxury Blender and Silky Sponge Review

I'm absolutely in love with Vigo Beauty's products and can't wait to see the brand grow and the new products they have in the pipeline. Have you tried anything from their collection yet? Cos if you're a fan of beauty blenders or silicone applicators, they definitely need to be on your radar!

If you fancy a little shopping spree on the Vigo Beauty website, don't forget to pop in code LOVELAUGHSLIPSTICK10% at the checkout to get 10% off the price of your entire order. Thank me later - I accept donations in the form of cheese, bourbon biscuits, coffee and cold hard cash.

Do you prefer brushes, blenders or siliblenders to apply your makeup? How do you achieve a flawless base?
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*This post contains items I was gifted for the purpose of review, but all images and opinions are legit my own
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