I think makeup palettes are essential at Christmas, they are perfect to give as gifts, to help you product your Christmas look and the more inexpensive ones are fabulous stocking fillers!

Umberto Giannini Painted Lady
This is palette is nice because it has a variety of colours and includes both eyeshadows and lip glosses. I also think the slightly grungy but still glamours image on the from is stunning!
£10 from Boots

 Strictly Latin Look Book
Surprisingly this is one of my favourite palettes, the colours are very wintry but still extremely wearable and it comes with eyeshadows, blushers and lipglosses. Its a perfect product to carry around in your purse and is great for someone less experienced in makeup as it comes with a step by step guide.
£10 from Boots

 Studio Look Book Mini Smokey Eyes
If you love smokey eyes then you’ll love this palette! It has four baked eyeshadows perfect to create a dramatic eye and includes a glitter eyeliner perfect for any party. Don’t forget an extra coat of mascara for extra drama. Also I have a great tip coming up about glitter eyeliners and party eyes so keep an eye out!
£6.99 from Superdrugs

Urban Decay Naked Palette
If you are looking to give a eyeshadow palette to one of your friends or sister then the Urban Decay Palette is essential as it has 12 basic eyeshadows every girl needs and they are all top quality! If they are slightly more daring try one of the other Urban Decay Palettes such as the Book Of Shadows.
£31.50 from most department stores.

Front Cover Air Kiss
If you are looking for an alternative to eyeshadow palettes this AirKiss palette by Front Cover has all the lipstick you would need as well as a step by step guide on how to apply them. I have written a review including swatches so click here for more information.
£20 from Boots

Cheaper Palettes make fabulous stocking fillers

MUA 
At just £4 for 12 colours this are a bargain and they are really well pigmented, there are also 6 palettes to chose from. They also now sell Pro Palettes for £8 and they contain 24 shades!
£4 from Superdrugs and online.

Sleek
I love Sleek Palettes as they are just such great value for money, there is also so many to chose there is sure to be one to suit everyone!
£6.49 from Superdrugs

FashionistA
If you are feeling slightly more creative why not have a go at building your own quad with FashionistA. You can chose whether you want the red or black palette and then fill it with four colours of your choice, you can even mix blushers and eyeshadows in the same palette.
£12 from Superdrug

Have you bought any palettes as gifts?

Sabrina X
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 Later this month Sleek Makeup is releasing their Berry Collection which for the first time (I think) it comes boxed up and would make a perfect Christmas present.

 In the set comes three products an eye kohl in Mossberry, Lipstick in Cranberry and blush in Fenerry. All the products are matte and are also full sizes. I have been trying out the products over the last couple of days to see what I think I love the colours as they are perfect for autumn and winter!

 The blush is matte as I mentioned above and quite nice however I’m not really sure if it works for me. I think if you have darker skins this would be perfect but if you are paler apply it with a very light hand and it does add a very natural flush.

 The eye kohl is my least favourite product in the range and I almost feel like Sleek didn’t quite think it through enough. The kohl is hard and difficult to use but my biggest problem is that it is too red for the eye area! It leaves my eyes looking sore and bruised instead they should have gone for a more plum colour in my opinion.

 The product I was most excited about was undoubtedly the lipstick! I have been looking for a dark lipstick for a while and am still looking. I love the colour of this lipstick and I even like the finish but for me it it simply too drying and you can see all the dry patches on my lips, which is not attractive!

I really wanted to love this collection but it fell a little short. I loved the box idea especially as it is coming up to Christmas but very few people I know are daring enough to wear such dark colour. Also the products weren’t quite as great as I had hoped. This is probably my least positive Sleek review but it may simply have been because I wanted to much from the collection.

I really hope that they do bring out some more boxed collections! They are a great price though at just £9.99 from Superdrugs, available next week.

What do you think of the collection?
Whats your favourite Berry coloured lipstick?

Sabrina X
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I have been blogging quite a bit about SleekMakeup but after the event they held a few weeks back I now have quite a few products and always get such a great response when I talk about any of their products.

Today I will be talking about their blush which retail for just £4.30 on their website for 8g, which is great value for money especially as many of them are very pigmented. The packaging is really nice and classic with a useful sized mirror on the inside.

I currently have 11 different shades ranging from pastel pinks and corals to bright reds and deep pinks.

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Coral
This actually isn’t really a Coral blusher at all instead it is more of a browned orange and is completely matte.
Life’s a Peach
Gorgous pastel matte Peach and love the name, one of the more sheer blushers
Sahara
Completely Matte orangey brown, this one is the one which scares me the most!
Pomegranate
Metalic berry colour it is very pretty, smooth and pigmented.
Flushed
Plum toned matte colour, perfect for darker skin tones.
Rose Gold
Often compared to Nars Orgasm blush it is a peachy pink with a golden sheen.
Flamingo
This is the one I reach for the most, easy to wear bright pink. Very pigmented and would look good on almost all skin tone.
Sunrise
At first I was so scared of this colour but in fact I love it! It is a pink with red/brown undertones with a golden sheen.
Pixie Pink
Bubblegum Pink with no shimmer, perfct everyday colour if applied with light hand.
Scandalous
Extrememly pigmented red blush (dupe for Nars Exihbit A, apparently) Doesn’t work with my pale skin.
Pao Tan
Very Orange peach

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Sorry I am not too good a decribing colours but I hope it helped. I would say there is something in this range for every skintone and at just £4.30 you can afford to experiment.

Apply the blushers with a light hand as many are very pigmented, it is much easier to build them up lightly then to blend them away.
Some of the colours are limited edition but are all online on the Sleek website apart from Life’s a Peach.
SleekMakeup is also available from Superdrugs and Online.

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