I had a lot of plans in place on the run up to Valentines Day to do some gorgeous, romantic makeup looks and hair looks ready for the big day. As with all best laid plans, I got the flu and was bed bound for the best part of a week. One good thing to come from having the flu is having a more intensive skincare routine, which has given my skin a new lease of life and it is looking spot on and spot free. One of the projects that I had in planning was to do a Valentines Day inspired make up look using just one brand. Not one to let my plans go awry, I have put together a very simple makeup look that focuses on using Sleek Makeup. One of my all time favourite drugstore brands, Sleek Makeup have brought out so many incredible products over the years. The highlighting palettes are a firm favourite, as well as the Lip VIP lipsticks which Alice Spake swears that they are better than MAC lipsticks. Some of my favourite lines from the Sleek range include the powder blushes and of course, the gorgeous eye shadow palettes.
For this full face of Sleek, I have started off by prepping my skin with a light gel cream cleanser and water based moisturiser which I am going to talk more about later this week, before applying a liberal layer of the Hydrating Primer. I have used this little beauty in the past before and I love how it makes my skin feel. Although I will always use a moisturiser prior to makeup application, you really don’t need to with the hydration primer. It hydrates the skin enough to be worn alone, whilst smoothing out the base. The Sleek LifeProof Foundation was the base of choice, and whilst I have tried other Sleek foundations, this one is new to me. Using shade LP03, it does look a little orange in the bottle however it blended out into a really lovely, natural and even finish. What I do love about Sleek is the inclusivity when it comes to the shade range. From my knowledge, Sleek was originally brought out for WOC, so the shades are expansive whilst the pigmentation of the products is high. It’s an incredible achievement for a drugstore brand when many high any brands are unable to reach such heights. The foundation is oil free, blurs out my skin tone and leaves me looking shine free but without a matte finish. I’m very impressed so far.
Playing with the Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light brought back some memories for me. One of my very first products I bough from Sleek was the Sleek Face Form Contour Kit which I wore to the death. When contouring first came into fashion, there were only a few products that I remember using from drugstore brands before I spent a small fortune on Anastasia Beverly Hills. Sleek was one of those, and I also remember a three pan palette with some beaut blushers in there. Ah the memories. The Face Contour Kit is a handbag sized palette that holds a really good sized contour powder and a highlighting powder. Matte, silky and easy to blend, it doubles up as a great bronzer to warm up the skin. The highlighter is a warm champagne that gives a subtle glow to the skin. I added a touch of the Sleek Cream to Powder blush in Amaryllis to give a light flush of colour. I must say that I do tend to avoid cream blushers as I am slightly scared of them, but this one applies like a dream. A synthetic stippling brush helps with application and although it looks quite intense in the pan and on the arm swatch, it’s actually very natural however it can be built for a more vibrant finish.
For my eyes, I have used an old favourite from Sleek, the i-Divine A New Day palette. I absolutely love this palette of warm peaches, subtle golds and soft nudes. It’s the perfect day time palette with a never ending amount of combinations to create eye looks. For my eye look, I have gone with my classic day time eye, which focuses on the warmer transition shades, with a slight smoked out outer corner and just enough sparkle on the lid to make it fun and flirty. A slick of liner, and some lower lash line shading makes this eye look so wearable. Lashings of black mascara, and my Monroe Battington lashes create a flirty look.
One of the most raved about products from Sleek has to be the Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlighter Palette. A perfect quad of two baked powders and two cream powders in delicious metallic shades, I can see why it has reached such cult status. I went straight into the pinky gold baked powder to add sparkle to my eyelids, under the brow bone and of course to add highlight to my cheekbones. You can see from the swatches just how gorgeous these shades are. I think this is going to be my new day to day palette for the glow!
Finally, and to bring the whole look together, I used the Sleek Matte Me in Rioja Red. It’s more of a pink red rather than a true red shade, which on this occasion is absolutely perfect for the look. It just slightly tones it down and it’s not as garish as a red can sometimes look. It dries down so quickly, it’s smudgeproof and kiss-proof and my god, it does not move. I had to use an oil based remover as a wipe would not cut through. At the moment, my lips are still in the incredibly dry and cracked stage, and whilst a matte formula could be seen as being detrimental due to the lip underneath, I was surprised at just how well it performed on an uneven base.
I have really enjoyed revisiting some old favourites and trying some new items from a brand that I love. If you do like this post, and would like to see more in the future, let me know in the comments below.