Wednesday, November 25, 2015

SLEEK | LE Nautical Collection + Look

Sleek Makeup Nautical Collection

As someone with a great fondness for British beauty blogs, one brand I've been leeming for years is SLEEK Makeup. Dubbed the gem of the high street by its cult followers, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that their online website ships internationally when I was sent a press parcel bearing the Royal Mail stamp. Though I received this in the fall, I thought it'd still be worthwhile to take you through their LE Nautical Collection* which is still up online and (for all my UK readers) is still available in select Boots and Superdrug locations.

 Sleek Makeup Nautical Collection

The collection focuses on vibrant tropical hues grounded by a few earthy neutrals and popped with shades of coral. This 3 piece collection contains ample options for a few variations of looks but is definitely a win with colour lovers.

Sleek Makeup Nautical Collection

Top (L-R) | Starboard, Voyage, Pacific, Caesium, Amphitrite, Sovereign
Bottom (L-R) | Ahoy!, Barque, Adrift, Seaweed, Navy Shower, Lagoon

Sleek Makeup Nautical Collection

CALM BEFORE THE STORM* | Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette contains 12 colours in a combination of metallic, matte and subdued shimmer finishes. Each pan is 2cm in diameter which is slightly larger than a nickle and the case lifts up to reveal a much needed full sized mirror inside. All the shades were silky to the touch and I was impressed by their true to pan colour payoff. I was especially by the few shades with a fine shimmer shot through a satin base (Voyage, Caesium, Navy Shower) as the shimmer translated very well onto the skin with out brushing off. 

While I didn't have an opportunity to test their wear in the summer heat, the shadows did last a good 5 hours solo. I noticed some slight fading later in the day but no major creasing issues at all.

INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Paraffinum Liquidum, Magnesium Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben MAY CONTAIN +/-; Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Red Iron Oxide(CI77491), Yellow Iron Oxide (CI77492), Black Iron Oxide (CI77499), D&C Red NO.7 Lake (CI15850), FD&C Blue NO.1 Lake (CI42090), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510), Ultramarine (CI77007).

Sleek Makeup Nautical Collection

SANTA MARINA* | Blush Palette

Let me start by saying that this is 20 grams of blush. TWENTY. There are 3 shades included which works out to make this 3 full sized blushers (of most brands) in one kit. On my skin tone I found the soft peach and orange coral to be most wearable while the wine shade is more suitable for darker complexions (or mixed lightly with the other shades for depth). The texture of the blush has the same silky smoothness and pigmentation is excellent. I'd go as far as to say this applies very comparable to the NARS powder blushers which I've praised for it's powderless invisible look on the skin. All colour, minimal chalkiness. Go light handed with this palette, this is some serious blush.

INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol / Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate / Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride MAY CONTAIN +/-; CI 77019 ( Mica )/ CI 77891 ( Titanium Dioxide ), CI 77492 ( Iron Oxide Yellow ), CI 19140:1 ( FD&C Yellow 5 Al. Lake ), CI 15850:2 ( D&C Red 6 Ba. Lake ), CI 77499 ( Iron Oxide Black ), CI 77491 ( Iron Oxide Red ).

Sleek Makeup Nautical Collection
L-R | Reddy to Sail*, Coral Dune, Phoenix Sand, Calypso Island* (Blush Trio)

REDDY TO SAIL* | Lipstick

Packaged in the tiniest twist up tube, this full sized lipstick is perfect for stashing in your purse. The product itself is not fragranced but does have a slight scent (of the ingredients) though nothing that lingers. Colour payoff is again great, with a silicone smooth application and the thinner consistency means it's less likely to slide around. It does accentuate dry lips slightly but doesn't enhance lip lines. However it wasn't moisturizing enough for long term wear.

INGREDIENTS: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Petrolatum, Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ozokerite, Synthetic Wax, Talc, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. Iron Oxides[+/-CI 15850, CI 15850:1, CI 77891]

Sleek Makeup Nautical Collection

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Note: Due to USA FDA regulations only select SLEEK products can be shipped to the USA. If you live in another country, try checking out in another currency for the full selection of products including this collection.

The final look I put together is a softer variation of this collection. I worked with a combination of Voyage, Ahoy!, Adrift and Starboard for the eyes and a subtle sweep of Pheonix Sand over the cheeks to keep the makeup neutral for my bright top. I'm looking forward to revisiting these products for a more intense variation on the Nautical Collection. I've worn the blush solo on a few occasions and its both long lasting and absolutely gorgeous even in fall weather.

Stay bright,

 Sleek Makeup Nautical Collection

Flash Reviews : These are my initial thoughts and/or first impressions on beauty samples that I have been trying out. I try to give you as much information as possible but this may not be as comprehensive as full fledged review. I hope these mini posts will give you some basic information and details on certain products you're interested in even if I haven't had the usual full experience with them yet. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Shu Uemura | F/W Haute Street + Look

Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Haute Street Makeup

One thing that makes Japan so interesting to me is its duality of traditional and modern aesthetics. When it comes to street style, few cities can compare to its unique display of personal style both in art and beauty. This winter Shu Uemura releases the second installment of the Brave Beauty Collection (Vol. 2) in collaboration with artist Ōyama Enrico Isamu Letter to create a new medium of expression for the modern woman. Haute Street.


Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Haute Street Makeup

When I first looked at the collection, it struck me as unusual for the season. The colours looked more like a Miami cocktail that what most would expect for fall and winter. Yet as I began shading the eyes with sky blue, the selection does read very street inspired. During the grey zone this time of the year, some lime green might be a great juxtaposition after all. I can see the collection being broken down into soft brights and intense brights to be worn depending on your personal preference.

Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Haute Street Makeup
Left - Right | Cool x Chic* & Warm x Vibrant*

For those who are looking for maximum flexibility these dual ended (crayon) pencils are a must have. Creamy enough for a smooth glide and enough pigmentation to go solo these are wonderfully creative and can be used as liner or shadows. I would even use them as a face stick if you're feeling wild.

Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Haute Street Makeup

Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Haute Street Makeup

Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Haute Street Makeup
Top - Bottom | Cool x Chic* & Warm x Vibrant*

Two 6 pan eyeshadows palettes containing translucent brights are also part of the collection.  Whilst not chalky, these satins and shimmers are softer in pigmentation and can be paired down for a more sleek urban look. I found all the colours to be true to pan and most blended very smoothly. With both palettes, you can read them as 3 x 3; that is there are 3 brights paired with 3 more neutral shadows.

Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Haute Street Makeup

Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Haute Street Makeup

On Haute Street, lips were certainly not shy. I adore it when Shu puts out brights because the texture is always beautiful and the shades vibrant but wearable. The Unlimited lipsticks come in dynamic colours with sheer high shine finishes and the lip gelatos are a full on lip paint without the goopy feeling.

Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Haute Street Makeup
Left - Right | Avenue Sunset Lipstick*, Neon City Lipstick*
Street Rose Lip Gelato*, Graffiti Orange Lip Gelato*

After a whole lotta contemplation, I couldn't decide on a singular shade and decided that since the were paints that I'd just mix them together. The result is a bright rose with a slightly moist finish and I added a pop of extra orange in the center lip. Shu has previously released a gelato tint in a wand format but that translates more as a satin mousse finish while these are thicker paints.

Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Haute Street Makeup


The finished look I created is high contrast but you can certainly swap out the lip gelato for a sheer lipstick if that feels more comfortable. The green and yellow work with each other harmoniously yet it's cut with a unexpected line of blue. I was indecisive about blush hence why it only ended up on one cheek (that's more of the gelato in case you wondered) but I'd probably recommend something more neutral if you plan on doing bright eyes and lips together.

Can you see this look worn with a cool graphic tee? Or maybe a sleek minimalist wardrobe with touches of corresponding bright accessories. I'm thinking Graffiti Orange will be excellent with my new moss green wool coat. More on that later...

Stay bold,

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New minimalist 2016 planner - The Setup

Fresh new paper makes me so happy and it's even better when bound up in a nice new planner. With so many things going on all at once, having place to sort out my day keeps me grounded. While I usually wait until December to purchase such things I was in desperate need of something to divide my personal, school and blog life but my previous option just didn't have the right layout. Well all I have to say is.... thank goodness for online shopping.


The planner craze is hot right now and you may have seen some of the more popular options like the Moleskin, Kikki K and the Erin Condrin. I went for a Korean brand because I love the smart yet simple aesthetic and it's understated luxury all for less money than most of the western options. Essentially here's what won me over with this Indigo Story planner.
  • It's the perfect notebook size: while the ring binders are easily customization I didn't like that it made things quite bulky. Most other bound options were only for pocket sized which is much too small to write comfortably.
  • It's organized vertically: this seems rather trivial but my last planner had a strange left - right layout that didn't feel natural and I always wrote my dates in the wrong place.
  • Each day has 3 sections: and that's really important because I need one for my daily school schedule, one for life things and one for blog planning. I also have them separated by colour but the divided section makes looking things up a breeze!
  • The paper is beautiful: I mean really, if I am going to be using a planner every single day then I want smooth gorgeous paper to write on. I'd say this is a medium weight paper (heavy ink pens will bleed/cause shadowing a little on the other side) but its fitting for a planner as not to make it too heavy.
  • It has nothing more: which could just be a sign of me growing old(er) but the fact that it has just everything but nothing else makes me incredibly pleased. I pack enough in my purse as it is and this minimalist design is both stylish yet space saving.
Little accessories are also really helpful in personalizing a planner and to add extra functionality. The monthly tabs are something I had from last year that I really enjoyed. If you're a planner enthusiast, let me know your favourites!

Stay organized,

Monday, November 9, 2015

Daily Beauty: Lipstick Rules with Estee Lauder (Video)

I'm so thrilled to finally reveal a new video series that's been in the works for months. If you've been watching me over on Youtube, I mentioned that I was eager to be able to share some of the wonderful learning experiences that came my way as a beauty blogger. Sure I could transcribe it in a post or video but what better way than to hear it straight from the source. Essentially I wanted this to be a useful and approachable way to everyday beauty and not just the flashy things you see on Instagram.

Daily Beauty is a series where your beauty questions are answered by practicing industry professionals. In our first episode, we talk Lipstick Rules with Estee Lauder's Educational Executive Jason Hadikin.

  • ESTEE LAUDER | Double Wear Lip Liner "Pink"
  • ESTEE LAUDER | Colour Envy Matte Lipstick "Unattainable"

If you have a beauty question you want added to my list, leave me a comment or join the conversation at #bunniemua on social media. See you there!

Stay beautiful,

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

PIXI does skincare - the glow getters

Pixi Skincare

Some really exciting news has come around the past month and it's all about that glow. British beauty brand Pixi (yes of the Glow Tonic fame) has recently expanded their skincare range. Nicknamed as Skintreats, the selection includes products like the Nourishing Sleeping Mask, Hydrating Milky Mist and H2O Skindrink all made to keep you glowing even during the winter months. 

I have in my hot little hands...
  • Nourishing Cleansing Balm* | £18.00
  • Pixi Glow Tonic* (travel size shown) | £18.00 (full size)
  • Glowtion Day Dew* | £24.00
  • Rose Oil Blend* | £26.00

The majority of the full offering appears to be curated for normal to dry skin types but a few items like the Glow Tonic, Cleansing Mud and the Glow Peel Pads sound more universal. Better yet, PIXI's UK website ships internationally so those of us in Canada can finally get some closure after Target took PIXI away with them when they left. Have you tried any PIXI products?

Happy browsing,

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

3 Things: Weekday luxuries

Calgon Scrub EOS Shave Cream

Weekdays have been busy lately to say the least and if I'm lucky I can find an extra 10 minutes to do something for myself before lugging said tired self into bed only to start all over again at 5:45 am the next day. These three little luxuries have been keeping me company...

EOS | Shave Cream*
Some of the creamiest whip I've ever used and it's housed in a plastic pump dispenser. Who else finds their regular aerosols stop pumping 3/4 through? I really adore the ergonomically designed rubber coated bottle which is easy and fumble free in the shower plus my skin is soft and softly scented. Because the consistency is very thick, I find it better when used over very wet skin (rather than damp) as it spreads easier and won't clog your razor.

CALGON | 2-in-1 Sugar Scrub Daily Wash*
Tell me I'm not the only one who own little collectibles of mini Calgon body sprays when I was a teenager long before I was allowed real perfume. This double duty body scrub and wash is quick to use on busy days and I've been enjoying it for a little chest and leg scrub in particular. The sugar particles hang around long enough to get the job done and I found the scent just right for a relaxing aromatic experience without covering everything in the bathroom for hours. And if you're worried about the ginger, don't be... it's super mild and smells more of a tropical mix.

MERCHANT & MILLS | Sewing Book
For the past few years I've grown a great liking to a more rustic aesthetic (not too far out country though because I've gotta make sure the mail man can still get there). This Merchant and Mills sewing guide I've dug up from the depth of the library shelves has been my bedside read and I'm smitten with their approach to simple luxuries like linen, canvas and wool. The book starts with a few chapters on basic tools and then leads you through your first techniques with easy but beautifully rustic projects for practice. And if you're a fan of photography, the visuals in here are lovely as well.

Happy Wednesday,