Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Sleek Blusher in Rose Gold

I have to admit, although I own a gazillion foundations and lipglosses and all sorts... surprisingly I only own 3 blushers - two of which are Dior and super long lasting, the other is a highly pigmented I bought from Boots from the 17 range.  It can be incredibly difficult buying a blusher when you have pale skin. It is so easy to get it wrong... too pink and you look like a childhood doll. Too brown and it looks muddy. Too orange and it looks like you've been experimenting with creosote.

When in London recently, I made it my mission to track down a Superdrug that sold sleek so I could buy my cousin the face contour kit for her birthday. My hometown of Grimsby, doesn't have a Debenhams, Lush, Zara, H&M and as for the Superdrug and Boots... the make-up is fairly limited. There's not a hope in hell of ever getting a Dainty Doll stand. Infact, I asked a sales assistant if they every planned to stock DD, and she hadn't even heard of the brand!

It sounds so insignificant, but in terms of make-up, my hometown is actually quite limited, when you compare it to larger Superdrugs in other towns and cities. It is this which made me jump at the chance of being in such a well varied Superdrug, to buy myself a new blusher. In case you were wondering, I went to the Marble Arch store close to the tube station.

I had a good look at all the shades of blusher Sleek sold, and there seemed to be something for every skin tone. However, there was something about the shade Rose Gold which screamed "I will sit on your pale skin beautifully and won't make you look like a clown!". It's a hard feeling to describe, but it doesn't come around often so I was hardly going to leave it sitting on the shelf, was I?!

The actual colour of Rose Gold differs heavily from the website image of it... it is actually much more subtle and in my opinion wearable than it comes across on the website. It's not just one colour though, it's about 3 - Pink, Peach and Gold... depending upon what light you view it in. It has a slight shimmer to it, but is acceptable and wearable for everyday. Don't worry, you won't look like a discoball... I wouldn't want to either!

As for application, you can be fairly generous without it being too much. I use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply it to the apples of my cheeks, and it seems to go on quite smoothly. I use the brush to real buff it out a little, as I don't like my blusher to be too concentrated on a tiny area.

The packaging is also super impressive given the price tag is £4.49, as it contains a really lovely and clear mirror when you open it. Possibly the only thing I would note on the downside is that it appears slightly smaller in real life than you would expect. Nevertheless given that's my only gripe I really can't fault it as a product. Definately a blusher for all you fellow palies' to try out.

*I realise the lighting makes me look tanned in the pic, but I promise I am not!

Make-up Worn in pic:

Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation - NC15
Sleek Blusher - Rose Gold
Collection 2000 pressed powder - 18 Ivory
Collection 2000 Glam Crystals eye liner - Hustle
Collection 2000 Concealer - 1 Fair
Boots 17 Lip Liner - Valentine
Estee Lauder lip Gloss - 06 Magnificent Mauve
MUA Liquid Eye Liner - Black
Avon supershock mascara
Glitter Lashes

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Crime to be pale?

Just two of the articles I have found today which are anti-pale skin. One suggesting you can't dance without a spray tan, the other saying you can't get a job without one, well more or less. Having pale skin is becoming increasingly a taboo subject amongst what is considered beautiful within society and the media. 

Nicky happens to have the same heritage of me - our skin comes from our Irish/Celtic backgrounds. I would be so appalled if someone ordered me or even suggested that I needed a spray tan to cover up my Irish skin. Ok so it's strictly come dancing - the home of sequins and glamour... and maybe he would look a little odd if he was the only person not a deep shade of creosote. Honestly though, what does that say to young kids watching who have pale skin, that's it's not attractive or beautiful?

Please, can someone also fill me in on why I might not be considered for a job, despite my qualifications or skills, simply because I am pale and not bronzed? Surely the fact I am more interested in turning up for the interview rather than lathering myself in tanning agent means I would be better for the job anyway? 

How about putting the money into boosting people's numeracy and literacy skills, and teaching them the vital skills many lack rather than critiquing the shade of their skin? Again, and I've said it before... you wouldn't dream of saying someone is too dark would you? This would undoubtedly lead to dismissals and even court proceedings (and rightly so, racism should never be tolerated). Why is it you're seemingly allowed to say someone is too pale then?