Sleek Pink Lemonade Blush Trio Review

Sleek Blush

I have heard much chatter about Sleek and particularly their blushes recently.  Blush is an beauty product I have not explored or experimented with that much over the years especially compared to my bulging collection of lip/eye products. This is something I want to change and I thought a Sleek Blush by 3 would be a good starting point.

Sleek Blush- Pink Lemonade

Pink Mint, Macaroon, Icing Sugar

After much deliberation at the Sleek stand, I went for the Pink Lemonade trio, with two  powder blushes and a cream. Love the name of each shade, together they are a wonderful fairground of pink yum. First up there is Icing Sugar, my favourite of the three with a  frosted golden coral pink. Macaroon is the cream blush shade in a classic medium pink. It blends well but be careful in application as it is very easy to apply too much on first application. (although fixing it was pretty easy). Finally, Pink Mint is a beautiful shimmery pink which I really like, but you will see from the swatches it might not be the best of itself against my pale pale skin. It seems to get bit lost against by Scottish whiteness but for work I like a subtle colour. I have layered this colour over the others for a nice effect- adds shimmer and warmth.

Sleek Blush Pink Lemonade Swatches

Package wise it is a nice size for a trio, very portable with a good size mirror which is handy if you are doing your make-up on the move. Overall, this is a great wee trio especially for the price!

What Blush would you recommend for me to try next?


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Pretty in Pink Lips


The summer sunshine (long may it last) has inspired me to break out the pink lipstick.  Pink is one of my favourite colours, bright vibrant pink the best of all. I love a pink lipcolour when wearing  my big sunglasses  as they give colour while my eye-make-up hidden away. If you are interested I did a post on my new (well newish now) Fendi sunglasses which I am completely in love with. The 5 product pictured are the Pinks I have been reaching for (apart from this week of course as I am on a limited Shop my Stash challenge)


In no particular order, I have Natural Collection Moisture Shine in Pink Orchid. If you aren’t sure about a bright pink lip this is a fab one to try as at around £2 you don’t risk much if you don’t love it/wear often.  It has a slight metallic undertone which I won’t usually go for but it works here.

An other favourite of mine is Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Sweetheart. This is the first of the crayon lipsticks I bought and I really like the easy application, especially in the heat . It also smells of lovely minty goodness, definitely the best scented lipstick in my collection.

My love of bold lips does get curbed on work days- not sure my workplace could handle it or maybe I just need a bit more confidence to pull it off. For work days I gravitate to my Chanel lipsticks which provide a softer pretty pink lip. I know I have said it before but I do love Chanel packaging, it so elegant. The two pictured are Aventure which offers high shine and Magnolia a  rosier colour.

Finally, the newest pink in my collection  is Sleek Gloss Me in Rose which provides a high shine pink with an almost rosegold shimmer undertone. Sleek is a new brand to me, I have heard lots about it and a recent offer in Boots finally got me to part with my cash. Impressed so far. Minor point but I really enjoy the square packaging, stops it rolling away- so simple yet so haandy when applying make-up on the move!

What is your favourite pink lip products?

Oh Happy Canada Day to any Canadians!

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Umbrella Monday Chats

Yellow Rose

Another week has past and main thing you might have noticed on UmbrellaMonday, is I started posting again!  I have missed it and glad to be back. I wish I could say I stopped as I was off on some great adventure- nothing quite as exciting as that in reality unfortunately, but we can pretend….I have been off taming lions in the Sahara and the wifi hub got eaten by a rather unruly cub. Despite a few scratches it was great : ) Lots of posts planned so hope you will stick around to read them.

It has been a quiet and lazy week generally. I’ve continued to be successful in avoiding the World Cup, helped greatly by the boyfriend heading off to Spain for a lads holiday, not many games left so should hopefully make it through without watching a match.

I had a lovely girly catch up on Sunday to celebrate a friend’s birthday, complete with Cava and a few Gins. We planned a few more nights out for July which could test the shopping ban as I really want a new dress to wear! Will try to be good and dig out something old. Shopping my stash in terms of beauty is going well, enjoying rediscovering old gems and sticking to my little box of picks mentioned earlier my earlier post.

I hit 100 followers on Twitter last night which I am very pleased with, if you are one of them thanks! If you aren’t I’d love you to join the gang @Umbrellamonday

Do you like my Yellow rose pictured above? Picked up a bunch last week, they are past their best but still beautiful in their old age.

I haven’t done a chatty type post like this before, let me know if you liked it/hated it or have any suggestions.

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Make-up Brush Roll


I had been looking for a pretty make-up brush roll for a while when I came across this one on Etsy a few months ago and wanted to share it with you. It is a simple design, flower patterned fabric, stitched to make slots for 11 brushes of difference sizes- this was an important factor as many of those I say didn’t my fav Powder Brush (review).

 Make up Brush roll

It rolls up nicely and secured by ribbon for travel/storage. It is big enough to hold the brushes I use most so it is used  for everyday brush storage in the house along with on the go. It just makes life easier to find/grab brushes as needed while keeping them tidy. It handy I stay at my boyfriends half the week so I can get grab it without having to think through what brushes I need to match the make-up I am taking.

Make up brush roll

Also handy, you can wash it if it gets a bit make-up grubby My only small criticism would be I wish  the slots for the bigger brush were on the opposite side from the ribbon ties (so they are in the middle when rolled) as I think it would roll up neat/prettier, with of big brush bristles popping out.

How do you all store your most used makeup brushes?

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Shopping my Stash


Hello old friend, its been awhile hasn’t it! I’ve still be servicing my beauty addiction and have lots of things to lovely things to share with you. Life just got busy, its still busy but I miss my little blog so putting it higher up the list again, lots of posts planned, hope you stick around to read them,

Keep me busy this month are a few exciting things including attending the Commonwealth Games and a girlie holiday to Denmark. As both of these require quite a few pennies, I am on a spending ban when it comes to make-up. As part of this I am ‘shopping my stash’ this month, digging out old favs and recently bought gems. I have decided to pull out a few items which will be the only make-up I use for the week (or two) and then swap/restock from my collection. I am hoping this will also help me use up a few things as the old make-up collection is getting a little out of hand.  An old glossybox is handy storage  for this weeks items.

For my face, I have Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and a pretty battered looking Collection Concealer  both which I had a while and are close to being finished- really keen to use them up to make room for new things. Also Benefits Porefessional and Rimmel Stay Matte made the box, I have talked about before- reliable staples.


Blusher, I added my recently bought Sleek palette in the lovely name ‘Pink Lemonade’ which has 3 fab options which I haven’t tested properly yet- excited for that. Also a MUA pink blush, don’t really need it as well but its small so handy for carrying. Of course needed a Bronzer, so my pale pale skin looks like it has experience abit of summer- using a BodyShop one.


For eyes, I went pretty simple in my choices as I don’t wear alot of make-up to work. A good rummage in my stash I pulled out a wee Bobbie Brown Quad which I used to love but has been overshadowed (teehee) by shiny new things. Also grabbed  Rimmel Scandaleyes in Rich Russet as is quick to apply, great for early mornings. Decided need a  bit of colour,so I don’t get bored- No7 Matte Maroon is a great purple colour which adds an extra dimension to a smoky eye. Limited myself to one mascara- BadGal Lash which I love and really needs to be used up as had this bottle opened a while.

Lips was the hardest one to shop my stash for and I originally had heaps of options. Forced myself to pick just two for this week: Revlon, Lip Butter in Macroon and a Chanel Lip gloss (181). I really like Chanel’s packaging always so elegant.

I have actually really enjoyed just having my wee box to pick from in the mornings before works, less decisions to be made. Might starting missing the options come Saturday night.

Dubai Sephora Make-up Haul #2

Sephora Haul

I shared the first part of my Sephora Haul from my Dubai holiday in a post early this week and showed you all the Marc Jacobs items I picked up. Here is part two  of the Make-up Haul and  the other bits I picked up- I went a bit crazy I know, think I need to ban myself from any more purchases for a while!

Sephora and Bare Minerals Eye Shadow Palette

First up, I picked up the, Bare Minerals READY Eyeshadow quad: The A List.  I was drawn to this as I love the Bare Minerals Mineral foundation and have not tried the READY shadows before. I also dont don’t have many purple/pink shades so is a bit different for me.

Next, I picked up from Sephora’s on range, Spring in Soho Eye, Cheek and Lip Palette. It has a lovely contract of soft pastels and nudes in a travel friendly container. It has 8 eye shades with 4 lip colours and  a blush tucked in a drawer under the eyeshadows. It looked like a good one to shove in the work make-up bag for use before Friday drinks as it is lovely and compact.

OPI Liquid Sand Nail Polish

So, OPI nail polishes were much cheaper than elsewhere so I was instantly drawn to their stand. I hadn’t tried the Liquid Sand polishes before  but picked up Tiffany Case a wonderful bright blue glitter – everyone should own it! .I loved it so much when I picked up more from the range the next day. Alcatraz Rocks, Get your Number and Stay the Night were lucky enough to be picked.  Also picked up Purple with a Purpose from the standard range.

Sephora Bronzer and Make-up Brushes

Also bought from a shimmer bronzer in Sunkissed bronze from the Sephora range. I have fair skin and this seems to suit me well, bit of colour and a touch of shimmer.

Finally, I picked up 3 new brushes as my collection needed some additions. Got a Concealer brush, a rounded crease brush and a lip brush.


Not from Sephora but also purchased in Dubai- this time at the airport. Mac Lustre Lipstick in See Sheer and Revlon, Just Bitten Kissable in Sweetheart Valentine.

As I mentioned before I had a great trip and thoroughly enjoyed my shop in Sephora cant wait to use everything!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is this next Sunday and I thought I would share a few gift ideas with you. We don’t usually go to crazy on gifts in my family, my mum usually just asks that we all have lunch together.  I do try and get her something though, as brothers can be a hopeless with gift buying so if I don’t- no one else will.

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