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22 August 2014

Sleek Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & GIVEAWAY!

Sleek MakeUP Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & GIVEAWAY!
Sleek MakeUP Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & GIVEAWAY!

I really like Sleek MakeUP as a brand, and I'm yet to be disappointed by any of the products I've tried thus far. I particularly love the Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palettes, and I'm always excited by their new palette release. The newest Sleek release is the limited edition Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Palette £7.99* which is possibly my most favourite i-Divine Palette to date.. and is proving to be very popular as it's selling out very quickly. However fear not as you can still purchase the Sleek Arabian Nights Palette from the Vanity Palace website.. and I'm very excited as Vanity Palace have given me another palette to give to one of my lucky readers.

Sleek MakeUP Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & GIVEAWAY!
Sleek MakeUP Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & GIVEAWAY!

Just like all of the Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palettes, the Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Palette contains twelve shades in circular pans inside a sleek, black plastic palette with a sizeable mirror within the lid. Each of the twelve shades are individually named which I really like, and the palette contains a dual-ended sponge tip applicator too. The Arabian Nights palette is packed with seriously stunning jewel toned shades and fabulously fitting Arabian inspired names.

Sleek MakeUP Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & GIVEAWAY!

Scheherazade's Tale: a browny-pink shade with a shimmery finish, and a lovely smooth texture. I love using Scheherazade as an all over the lid shade as it compliments most of the coloured shades within the palette.

Gold Souk: is the biggest let down in the palette for me.. it has a very gritty texture which makes it quite difficult to apply, even when applied over a primer. I've found it best to apply Gold Souk with my fingertip and press it onto my lid, as it's so difficult to apply with a brush. Gold Souk is a gorgeous gold shade.. I just wish it had a nicer texture. I always find that there's one 'let down' shade within the i-Divine palettes, and they're usually a matte shade so I was surprised that this shimmery shade performed so poorly.

Aladdin's Lamp: is absolutely stunning. It is the exact shade of the Maybelline On and On Bronze Color Tattoo.. yet in powder eyeshadow form. It's a taupey brown shade with such a nice, creamy texture that looks pretty even when worn alone as it's such a multi-dimensional shade. Aladdin's Lamp is a great shade to also smudge along the lower lashline.

Sleek MakeUP Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & GIVEAWAY!

Sultan's Garden: In the palette, Sultan's Garden is a smokey khaki green shade however once applied to the skin without a primer, the green disappears and it becomes more of a graphite grey shade with micro silver sparkle. If I use Sultan's Garden layered over a primer, the khaki green translates a lot better.. so primer is definitely a must. Sultan's Garden has a grey matte base, but contains green shimmer particles and tiny silver sparkle/glitter - It really is a stunning shade.

Hocus Pocus: is a bold forest green shade which reminds me of Loaded from the Urban Decay Smoked Palette. It has a fantastic smooth and creamy texture and I love how it really makes my green eyes pop. I never expected the shade to translate so well from the palette to my eyelids. I did experience a little fall out when using Hocus Pocus so I'd recommend perhaps doing your eye makeup before your face makeup when using this shade in particular.

Simbad's Seas: One word - Wow. I cannot get over how beautiful this shade is.. it's definitely my favourite from the palette and I don't own another shade remotely like it. In the palette, Simbad's Seas is almost a jewel toned violet, however once applied to the lids, it becomes the most incredible, bold blue with a purple duo-chrome effect. The pigmentation is so intense.. all of these swatches are without a primer, so imagine how amazingly vivid Simbad's Seas is when applied over a primer?! 

Sleek MakeUP Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & GIVEAWAY!

Genie: a shimmery reddy brown with a slightly gritty texture. The gritty texture makes Genie quite hard to apply.. it works best when applied onto the whole lid with a flat eyeshadow brush instead of a blending brush. Genie is a pretty good dupe of MAC Twinks Eyeshadow too.

Black Magic: This is such a hard shadow to photograph.. it is black matte shadow containing navy blue shimmer particles, which performs better over a primer as the blue tends to disappear without a primer.

Stallion: a dark, rich burgundy with a matte finish. Stallion has impressive pigmentation for a matte shadow, and becomes more purple the more it's built up. Stallion works really well as a liner when used with a pencil brush, and has amazing staying power; staying in place for hours and hours.

Sleek MakeUP Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & GIVEAWAY!

Sorcerer: has a similar texture to Black Magic in that it has a black matte base, but contains purple shimmer particles instead of the blue particles in Black Magic.. and needs a primer base for the purple shimmer to translate onto the lid.

Valley of Diamonds: a dark matte plum shade which contains micro gold glitter particles. I expected Valley of Diamonds to have poor pigmentation, but it really surprised me. Valley of Diamonds looks really pretty when blended through the crease, although the gold glitter does tend to fall down onto my cheeks. 

1001 Nights: a satin black shade which isn't the most pigmented black shadow I've tried and does need to be built up or applied over a primer. 1001 Nights works well when used to set liquid or gel liner.. and can also be smudged along the lash lines too. I know some people were disappointed to see a black shade in this palette as Sleek tend to put a black shadow in every palette, but I love having a black shadow within a palette.


The Sleek Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Palette is such a stunning palette and I absolutely adore it. This is definitely my favourite Sleek palette.. the shades are all beautiful and perfect for creating smoky, intense eyeshadow looks. I love that the palette contains three neutral shades as it makes the palette much more versatile. The shades are all rich and perfect for a Arabian inspired palette, and as a whole are all easy to apply and blend. I think this palette would be ideal if you were tempted by the Urban Decay Smoked Palette, but didn't want to splash out £37 for it.. as quite a lot of the shades are very similar in this Sleek Arabian Nights Palette and it's only £7.99. I really can't rave about this palette enough, and I'm running out of adjectives.. I would really, really recommend snapping up this palette as it's just amazing.

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GIVEAWAY

The very lovely people over at Vanity Palace have given me another Sleek Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Palette to give away here on my blog, which is amazing. If you would like a chance to win this beautiful limited edition palette then please read the terms and conditions below and enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

Sleek Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows Eyeshadow Palette Review & GIVEAWAY!


Terms and Conditions

This giveaway is open internationally. There will be one lucky winner who will win the Sleek Arabian Nights Smoke & Shadows i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette, which is being generously provided by Vanity Palace. Entrants under 18 must seek parental permission before entering. The winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter, and all entries will be verified and moderated with any false, incorrect or duplicate entries being removed from the competition entirely. The winner will be announced within 48 hours of the competition closing, and will be emailed. The winner must reply to the email within 72 hours to claim the prize, or an alternative winner will be selected. The prize is being fulfilled by Vanity Palace. This is not a sponsored giveaway.


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21 August 2014

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream Review

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream Review
Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream Review
Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream Review
Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream Review


When it comes to eye cream, I find that it can be quite difficult to find the perfect eye cream formula. So many eye creams that I've tried cause my undereye concealer to crease within hours which I hate. The newest eye cream to my skincare regime is the Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream which is one of Benefit's bestselling products from their b.right Skincare range. It's Potent! claims to fade dark circles and help smooth fine lines for a brighter, younger-looking eyes. It supposedly contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity and firmness as well as botanical extracts to help protect the skin from free radical damage.Just like all of Benefit's products, It's Potent! is so beautifully packaged in a glass jar with a faux cork, plastic lid. It just looks so pretty on my dressing table, and a lot more luxurious than my other eye creams. 

The skin underneath my eyes are quite dry, so I prefer a more hydrating eye cream but very lightweight so it doesn't crease. Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream has the most perfect consistency.. it's extremely lightweight and silky and almost feels like a serum that absorbs into the skin but keeps my skin hydrated all day long. I apply the cream with my ring finger and tap it into the skin under and above my eyes. I love that I don't have to wait for the cream to fully absorb as it sinks into the skin so quickly. Once applied it feels so cooling and refreshing and really helps to make me feel awake in the mornings. 

I can't honestly say I've noticed an improvement with my dark circles since using the It's Potent! Eye Cream which is slightly disappointing.. however it's still such a lovely, gentle, lightweight yet hydrating eye cream nonetheless and you only need a tiny amount per application so this 14.2ml jar is going to last me for at least three months even with using it twice a day.