Wednesday, 9 February 2011


This is a post of everything-in-one-place, because this is the way I feel like doing things today. It is a bite-sized morsel of 5 different things that are interesting or note-worthy, listed in bulletin-style for your easy enjoyment ♥

1. Sleek Molten Metal vs. Illamasqua Liquid Metals: The Face-Off.
When Sleek ripped off (and that's not something we can negate) Illamasqua's Liquid Metals recently with their own creation Molten Metal (not exactly an inspired name), I couldn't help but draw comparisons between the two. The first thing which struck me: Sleek's prices are getting higher and higher; this little slip of a thing set me back £6.99. I'd usually balk at that kind of pricing if I hadn't been so curious.

It seems that both brands do not seem to have reached any consensus over just what the colour pewter actually is, though, with Sleek's copycat version being a pale-ish gold rather than the actual more silvered-just-a-hint-of-gold colour of Illamasqua's Surge. That's not to say Sleek's offering hasn't done well; it's just the shade choices aren't as good as the actual product. Where Illamasqua fails and Sleek wins, then, is in the wear and pigment saturation. The Sleek Molten Metal are much more pigmented and rich, although fade really quickly despite their initial payoff. Interestingly, they crease much, much less than the Illamasqua Liquid Metals. That's not to say they won't crease, but you'll get more than half an hour's wear with the Sleek incarnation. 1-0 to Sleek.

2. Sighting confirmed: Kryolan Anti-Shine Powder.

Whilst innocently rootling about on the internet, our intrepid reporter found evidence of Kryolan's Anti-Shine Powder suddenly on the rise in the availability stakes. Dauphines of Bristol have always stocked it, but it has recently been seen on Cocktail Cosmetics too (no link, as they're currently overhauling their site til the end of the week). AWESOME, no more trips to Charles Fox in Covent Garden for me!

3. ZOMG Smells!

I'll admit that the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab site leaves me scratching my head and irritated beyond belief. You want to buy a sample? That's fine, but these collections on this here list are the ones you can't buy samples from, never mind that the list hasn't been adequately updated in any recent period of time. SERIOUSLY. I cannot stand their website. I have always been intrigued by their products, but they seem to have too many limitations, rules and irritations which count on familiarity to their product as a recurring customer. As a newbie, you're on your own. Is it just me?!

I found a link to this awesome perfume oil site, but I can't remember where from; all I know is that I clicked on it. And then I ordered 11 perfume oil samples, just like that? See, BPAL? That could've been your business. Anyway, I'm excited to get my new shinies from ZOMG Smells! and I'll let you know how I feel about them. Seriously, who doesn't love a shop who names a perfume 'Brontosaurus Loves Triceratops'?! Haus of Gloi, you're next in line.

4. New FACE atelier and Embryolisse shiny things!

OH EM GEE you're going to love the new FACE atelier pretty things I have to review soon - they are the Ultra Sheer highlighters, which are like a more sophisticated and infinitely more beautiful and effortless BeneFit High Beam. They give this beautiful, subtle glow when used over the cheekbones, mix perfectly with foundation for a lovely subtly dewy look and, most importantly, are foolproof and don't make me look greasy. From Embryolisse, I have a veritable gamut of things still to review, but the newest of these is the Lait-Crème Scintillant - basically a beautifully shimmering lotion which catches the light on your skin. They've made me come over all 'the precioussss'.

5. Blog sale!

It's coming - perhaps tomorrow! The list isn't final yet, but there's going to be a few MSFs, a Liberty of London product or two, some limited edition things in general and some other such paraphernalia.

I leave you with a picture from my weekend - a pretty, colourful box of macarons direct from Brussels:

(they look prettier than they taste, it has to be said. Though the pink one was the nicest - but the pink version of any kind of sweet food usually is...)


  1. I am intrigued by the Sleek molten metals since you mention they last better than Illamasqua. I have solstice and never really wear it because it can be such a pain. :/ I haven't seen Sleek around here in the US but maybe I can check it out online :)
    Very excited to see your post/video on FACE atelier products!! Highlighters are my favoritee :)


  2. Ooh waiting for the Face atelier reviews :) I love their foundation! I hope I can catch your blog sale in time.

  3. I looove the colors of the Illamasqua Liquid Metals! But cannot wear it if my life depended on it. It doesn't even last 30 minutes on me, more like 30 seconds. *sigh*

    Those macarons are making me sooo hungry!

  4. I'm a bit of a BPAL fan but I'm over them lately - you're right about their convoluted rules and website. There are way too many scents, way too many collections - it's all so confusing and annoying. And their shipping is ridiculous. The last couple of times I've bought anything it's taken two months to get to me. TWO MONTHS.

    I tend to stick with Etsy shops now - there are lots that are just as good as BPAL, cheaper and with faster shipping. And with most of them you can get samples of everything - including the Limited Editions.

  5. @Emilie The Illamasqua ones are a massive disappointment and really hard to wear, I completely agree! I'm really impressed with these Sleek ones, but the colours are not right, sadly :) I'm looking forward to posting about FACE atelier too! I'm so into the line right now :)

    @Get Gawjus! I'll hopefully get one up during the week - I've actually misplaced one of the bloody samples so now I need to go ask/beg/pay for another one to review. I think I must have dropped it somewhere :( xx

  6. @Magui I agree - they're so disappointing! Maybe for lip colours and highlighters they'd be better but I bought them to wear on my eyes so finding out they're barely functional is a huge disappointment :(

    @Dee I totally agree! I cannot stand their website at all, there's just too much going on with too many can'ts and it's aaaargh. I'm just getting into this oil perfume thing so I don't know if I'll be combing Etsy for oil scents yet or not... But I can't wait to get my first order, and place an order with Haus of Gloi :D


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