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...)