Thursday, 21 December 2017

5 Perfect Reds To Get You In A Festive Mood

red lipsticks, mac, colourpop, too faced, urban decay, loreal, christmas

Lack of confidence can be a such a stupid thing, but it seems I'm getting better at wearing Reds even if I do only limit these for this time of year. Plus they're great for bringing on a festive cheer even when I don't particularly feel like it. Reds wasn't a shade I would ever contemplate wearing thinking they age or clash with my my high coloured complexion. Thankfully that's now changed even if it is only for one season. So for my last post of the year, I share with you my favourite Christmas Reds.


Friday, 15 December 2017

Skincare Routine - What I Was Using Before The Weather Turned : AM

My Current AM Skincare Routine

It's not often that I get to share my current skin care routine on the blog, probably due to being such a perfectionist where my skin is never quite where I want it to be enough to shout it from the roof tops. But lately, I've noticed just how well  my skin has coped during this seasonal transition, with my base in particular going on rather lovely. I recently tried again a foundation that did not work for me during the Summer months, and that was the Coverage Foundation from The Ordinary; I hated that foundation with a passion as it just wouldn't apply properly and even though that's now changed, the full coverage element still adds years on me - no!

So what's changed? Whilst I'd like to think it's the daily use of a rosehip oil formulation that I've currently been using, it's probably a combination of everything along with a little bit of luck that's also helped.


Monday, 11 December 2017

Discovering Problem Solvers From Know Cosmetics*

know cosmetics, concealer, brow pencil, lipgloss, lipliner, makeup,review

know cosmetics review

Up until recently, Know Cosmetics was a brand I had never heard of and was shocked to learn that for the past year they were sold online at Superdrug (how the hell did I miss that?) However, those of you from across the pond may have stumbled upon this tiny range whilst browsing around beauty giant, Sephora. They carry a small line of products to help tackle daily make-up challenges, such as: dark circles, bleeding and feathering of lipstick, sparse brows and thin lips.

I couldn't wait to get stuck into trying the No Dark Shadows Concealer as I lived in hope it would replace my current holy grail Tarte Shape Tape concealer. If you live in the UK, you'll know all too well how expensive this is due to the inclusion of the sponge. 


Monday, 4 December 2017

Why I won't be left red faced this Winter - My 3 Winter Comfort Creams

eucerin face cream, swissforce pharma couperose cream, oilaitum face cream

There are times during the depths of Winter (normally around January) where I suffer a short period of extreme dryness and redness. The overindulgence of Christmas food and booze, combining with living on the coast during the coldest month of the year, and the need for the heating to be whacked up full blast probably doesn't help matters for triggering my skin going haywire. So, when these moments occur, I have on stand by what I call my comfort creams. Yes, these three clinical tubes may look like something out of a Pharmacy rather than from a department store or from some cult beauty site, they have been wonderful for calming down any irritation, dryness and redness whilst also providing that much-needed barrier. But what's also great about these is the texture is light enough to wear even under make-up.


Monday, 27 November 2017

Highlighter Comparisons: Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter & Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops

Makeup Revolution, Liquid Highlighter, Champagne, Cover FX, comparisons, makeup

Tis the season to wear highlighter and plenty of it! Love them or loathe them, the work's Christmas do will soon be upon us bringing you the perfect opportunity to shine your light! Liquid highlighters have been around for quite a number of years now (think Benefit's High Beam) but it's only up until recently that other brands have decided to intensify this trend and create their own set of bobby dazzlers, coming in with these hugely popular drop formulations which makes these incredibly versatile to use on their own or with base products. Different shades can also be layered to create your own signature look. They're an excellent alternative for dry or mature skins for providing a glow without highlighting everything else!


Friday, 24 November 2017

Rosehip PLUS: The Organic Skincare Brand you need to know about

Rosehip Plus Skincare Range and Review

I love discovering new brands, and up until recently, Rosehip PLUS was one I hadn't heard of. They are a brand from Australia (and a best seller one at that), who have produced a small line of skin care products that contain naturally sourced rosehip as well as other amazing ingredients. They are also Australian Certified Organic, PETA approved (cruelty-free) and vegan friendly. I was really excited when they contacted me to see if I would like to try their entire range.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

Grow Gorgeous Hair Care - First Impressions: Plus, Black Friday Offer!

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Grow Gorgeous is a haircare brand that encourages growth, thicker and better conditioned hair. It's a brand I've always wanted to try but never got round to it despite their recent arrival in the larger Boots stores. The ex Deciem brand seems to have a bit of a cult following amongst bloggers. They all seem to love it! So, to say I'm really pleased to be given the opportunity to give my hair some much-needed tlc is an understatement.

I was never blessed with a thick mane of hair - you know, the type that you see in shampoo adverts. At best, it was fine but lots of it. Now it's at that menopausal stage where its thinner and looks very ageing (especially around the hairline). Plus I'm also noticing the speed in growth has slowed down a little, especially this year.


Monday, 20 November 2017

Speedy Product Empties: Skincare #5

You know the's time to delve into my skincare trash to see which products I've recently finished.


Monday, 13 November 2017

Product empties: Make-Up #3

It's empties time again. And for once, it makes a nice change to feature some make-up products this time round. Reaching the end of a makeup product is really satisfying for me, as it can only mean two things: they're either holy grails or I've found a new favourite! Whichever the one, it's still gives me a good excuse to but more makeup. Lol!


Friday, 10 November 2017

Zoeva En Taupe Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Zoeva, En Taupe Eyeshadow Palette, Review, Swatches, eyeshadow palette

It's quite shameful to say that despite being a palette addict, I'd still hadn't owned a single eyeshadow collection from blogger's fav, Zoeva. Surprisingly, En Taupe  was one I'd been eyeing up the most. For some strange reason, I found myself gravitating towards its rather unique, but very appealing Taupe-y theme.
Agreed - En Taupe won't be to everyone's cup of tea. Its cooler hue along with its soft and subtle approach probably wouldn't excite the masses like a warmer palette would do. But sometimes you just want something a little bit quieter and daytime-friendly for use during the Winter months. And I think it's safe to say, En Taupe will provide exactly that. 


Monday, 6 November 2017

Holiday Edition: Sugar Glow Highlighter Kit | Anastasia Beverly Hills

Sugar Glow Highlighter Kit Anastasia Beverly Hills

Sugar Glow Highlighter Kit Anastasia Beverly Hills

As part of the Holiday season (ahem...we call it Christmas over here!) Anastasia Beverly Hills has released another highlighting Glow Kit - Sugar this time, and this has my name written all over it! The shades featured in this limited edition are bang-on, and are far more flattering for my skin tone. I'm so glad I held out as these are bloody gorgeous! I've wanted to own a glow kit for such a long time, but unfortunately, with each released kit, I saw only two shades that I'd use out of the four. So, I didn't bother. However, it looked like my luck had changed when Anastasia decided to release this new kit. I thought I could use at least three! Then discovered all four - Sweet! 


Monday, 30 October 2017

Review : Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Marc Jacobs, Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, mascara, review

Influenster is a program anyone can participate in, where they send you products complimentary to review. Up until recently, it was only available in the US. So when I heard they had arrived over here, I decided to sign up even though I wasn't really expecting anything. Then out of the blue I received an email saying "You're in!" and that a sample was on it's way delivered in what's known as a Vox Box. I nearly fell off the chair when I discovered it was going to be something from Marc Jacobs!!! And a full sized one at that! So today, I'll be sharing my thoughts on a mascara I've been wearing all week - the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. 


Monday, 23 October 2017

Skin Care staples from The Ordinary, and why they have worked for me.

Skin Care Products and Serums From The Ordinary

 It's been almost a year since the first batch of these little pipette styled bottles arrived on my dressing table and revolutionised my skincare routine into something more of a pleasurable ritual rather than a basic chore; giving me results I didn't know could be possible when you consider the price. As much as I'd like to, I don't think I will ever be part of the Tata Harper's of the world (no hate) because it's way out of my price range - and that's just fine. Because what The Ordinary has done has given me a taster of things to come should I finally decide to dabble with the more complex formulas of its premier counterparts (this post isn't sponsored by the way).


Monday, 16 October 2017

Currently Loving Products #4 featuring ABH, The Ordinary, Hourglass and more...

It's been far too long since I've published one of these, as the Summer proved I was enjoying way too many products to be able to fit them all in a one post. Now Autumns here, and things have calmed down a little, here are my latest loves that have made an impact this season.  


Monday, 9 October 2017

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2 % Peeling Solution : The game changer in my skincare routine

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2 % Peeling Solution

I've been using Glycolic acids in the form of toners for quite sometime now, and have been left fairly impressed with the results they have given me. So when I heard about a higher strength formula from my favourite budget skincare brand The Ordinary, I became even more intrigued after hearing the amazing results people were receiving.


Friday, 6 October 2017

Currently trialling afforadable products for hair & skin

Skin & Hair Products from Nivea Q10 Vitamin C Range, Korres & Caolion

Being a beauty blogger means I'm often trying out new products as I'm always looking out for the next best thing. Today, I'm going to be sharing with you a mixture of great affordable skincare from the high street, and a hair product that I picked up from bargain store TK Maxx.


Monday, 2 October 2017

Autumn Eyeshadow Picks!

Eyeshadow Palettes that will provide Autumnal shades

Well it's that time again! New season meaning new colours to switch things up a little. Whilst I'm generally a wearer of all shades no matter what time of the year, they'll always be some that I'll gravitate towards more than others. These are some of my Autumnal picks that I'll be reaching for this season. A couple are some old favourites and some are fairly new.


Friday, 29 September 2017

Shadow Switch : What is it & do you need it?

Shadow Switch Makeup Brush Cleaner

Applying eyeshadow has never been quite the same since discovering Shadow Switch. We all have  brushes that we use more than others, which for some of us can often result in buying several of the same brush, just so there's always a clean one ready to go. But not everyone has the budget to buy a second or a third, nor have the patience to wait several hours for them to dry after we've washed them.

Those of you who may have heard of Vera Mona's Color Switch Sponge, you'll know it's a tool that allows you to switch eyeshadows without having to change brushes. Unfortunately, the price tag was a little off putting for just a sponge in a tin, (although I'm sure it's probably more than just that). So I began hunting around for a cheaper alternative. 

Intrigued? Then read on... 


Monday, 25 September 2017

Post Summer Glow with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer

As my regular readers will know, the bronzer and I go back a long way. For me, it's an essential everyday product for warming up my neutral hue so it prevents me from looking tired and ill. All through summer, I have been loving the finish, the colour, the glow, everything from the marvel that came in the Ambient Lighting Surreal Palette. But after experiencing the frustration of having to squish the brush together in order to apply from the tiny pan of the bronzer (which I think resulted in hitting pan far sooner than I'd planned), I decided it was time I bought the full size.


Monday, 18 September 2017

Primark PS Beauty! Is it any good?

Primark PS Beauty Review

Primark PS Beauty Review

It seems times are changing when it comes to make-up sold in fashion stores. What with Top Shop, H&M, Next, New Look and even M&S's Autograph range, all at some point producing some gems, it seems we've entered a new era when it comes make-up sold alongside your smalls, unlike in my younger days when they was deemed pretty rubbish and worse than drugstore. 

Lately, Primark has been another name that's cropped up a lot on the radar, as their range continues to grow and expand by the minute resulting with buyers bringing in a lot of hype. I became intrigued to see what all the fuss was about, and started to pick up some bits and pieces during the course of this year. I thought it would be a good idea to share these buys and translate my thoughts onto you good people....So, is Primark Beauty really all that? 


Friday, 15 September 2017

I Finally Gave In! Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette By Anastasia Beverly Hills: Review & Swatches

Anastalia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette Review

After deciding to pass on what now seems to have become "Subculture gate" (oh the dramas!) I finally bought the "the other Sister"Modern Renaissance by ABH. Ever since its release just a little over a year ago, I convinced myself time and time again that I didn't need this palette. Why? To be honest, I have no idea. Although I initially shared some feeling over the higher price tag which is far more expensive than her other releases. Even the promise of a major upgrade to a more pro-formulation had failed to entice me. I was quite happy with the shadows from her past releases which I didn't think were that bad. I have some very old palettes. "She Wears It Well" was one of them (for those of you who are really hard core fans!) and remembered really enjoying  that one.


Monday, 11 September 2017

Capturing Ruth Mastenbroek's Latest Release - Firedance

Ruth Mastenbroek Firedance Fragrance
Photo above from Ruth Mastenbroek

Ruth Mastenbroek Firedance Fragrance

I've discovered some super fragrances during the course of this Summer, and have managed to gain some vials either through online or whilst shopping at the dept store. But it's always particularly lovely when you discover a niche brand as they tend to bring something a little different to the table. One that I've particularly enjoyed recently is Ruth Mastenbroek's Firedance.* 

Unless you're a real fragrance connoisseur or share a love of niche brands, Ruth Mastenbroek may not be a familiar name to you. However, after starting her long career in perfume as an assistant manager in London's prestigious department store Selfridges, she then became the nose behind the many scents created for big names such as Kenneth Turner, fashion brand Jigsaw and of course, not forgetting the highly successful Jo Malone Grapefruit, which was loved so much by Jennifer Lopez, she ordered 300 candles for her hotel room. Ruth is also a former president for the British Perfumers Society, and if that wasn't enough under her belt, she has now created her her own signature line. 


Friday, 8 September 2017

Nivea Launches #Loveitforlonger Campaign with Fashion Designer Matthew Williamson

Nivea Invisible Back & White Deoderant

Nivea have teamed up with renowned British Fashion Designer, Matthew Williamson, to launch their #loveitforlonger campaign to help extend the life of our clothes. Nivea felt it was a natural partnership as  Matthew is loved for creating timeless garments that can be worn time and time again.

For this limited edition, fans of Nivea's Invisible  Black & White deodorant will see a change to its original monochrome look to a Blue/Pink floral theme that features Matthew's stunning butterfly iconography (which I think looks absolutely beautiful!)


Friday, 11 August 2017

4 Bronzers That I Think Are Just Fab!

Bronzers from Too Faced, Benefit, Becca and Hourglass

Ever since from the age of 14, a bronzer has played a massive part in my makeup routine, with the Coty Sun Shimmer Bronzer (now Rimmel) being my very first purchase and was used throughout my teenage years.  Since then, I've  discovered many, many others including The Balm's Bahama Mama which made it's presence on the dressing table for the last couple of years (that's such a great bronzer!) However, looking back, you can bet your life some of those Bronzers had left me looking like I'd been tangoed! Haha! Luckily, we're now left with some fantastic choices which means I want to try more!


Monday, 7 August 2017

Where is Pore? Discovering Caolion Pore Tightening Day & Night Glowing Duo

Caolion Pore Tightening Day and Night Glowing Duo

My early years of dealing with oily/combination skin often resulted in comments stating that I should consider myself lucky and that wrinkles will came far later than our dry skinned sisters - which to a certain extent has rung true! But what they didn't tell me is that as my skin ages, the pores from those oily patches just get bigger and bigger, leaving me with that stretched, saggy, orange-peel-look due the skin's loss of firmness and structure.


Monday, 31 July 2017

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer: Is it Really The Bee's Knees?

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Once in while, a product comes a long that everyone loses their shit over (excuse my French!). This time, it's Tarte Shape Tape!  I haven't heard this much buzz over a concealer since Mac's Prolong Wear during the early years of YouTube (which use to be an old favourite of mine) along with the later release of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. According to the website from Tarte, a tube of Shape Tape is sold every 26 SECONDS!!! But like with a lot of these hyped up products, this soon went out of stock before I had the chance to say "dark circles!" Our only UK Tarte distributor is QVCUK.


Friday, 28 July 2017

Discovering Super Affordable Skincare From Balance Active Formula*

Anti-Ageing Formulas From Balance Active Formula Skincare

Anti-ageing products can be a challenging task choosing which ones are suitable for each specific skin type or problem. And it isn't cheap either! As some can be so expensive it's enough to give your bank balance a heart attack! Pretty packaging can have its virtue too, luring you in along with their fancy claims has often left me disappointed.  Balance Active Formula understands the needs of providing affordable skincare whilst on a budget, by ditching the fancy packaging and concentrating on the important part - the ingredients! The low cost brand has developed various award winning ranges formulated with clinically proven active ingredients to minimise the signs of ageing. And they're paraben free too! 


Monday, 24 July 2017

My Bullet-proof Summer Base For Special Occasions

My Bullet-Proof Summer Makeup

If you live in ole "Blighty" you'll know how unpredictable the weather can be at times, with the Summer season sharing no exception to the rule. It can be mild one minute, and absolutely boiling hot the next. So, I find I have to own several different foundations to adapt to the ever changing temperatures to avoid my makeup slipping off, and ensure my skin still feels comfortable during the process. 

However, when it's really hot, the last I want to do is plaster myself in makeup. But unfortunately, there are times when that's just not possible - especially when you have a wedding or party to go to where the requirement of makeup needs to be a tad more full-on than normal.


Monday, 17 July 2017

Cleansers on Rotation

          6 great wash-off cleansers

During my time beavering away in this far corner of the internet, I seem to have grown much affection for the humble cleanser  - wash-off cleansers that is! And have accumulated quite a few since discovering the importance for double-cleansing for the removal of SPF that are featured in many products these days and also makeup which have become far more long-wearing than they used to be. I love having them in a row so I can pick and choose which one I'm going to use for the evening or for that quick freshen-up in the mornings. These ones I'll be sharing with you today are the ones I gravitate towards the most for the removal of make-up or for assisting for that double-cleanse experience.


Monday, 10 July 2017

Sukin Revitalising Facial Scrub

Sukin was a brand I hadn't taken much notice of despite seeing the odd item pop up in TK Maxx stores. But it wasn't until they began cropping up all over Instagram and then soon after their release in Boots that I became intrigued and decided to try one their products.

Brought to us from down under, Sukin has fast become Australia's No1 organic natural skin care brand after identifying there was a gap in the market for high efficiently and environmentally sustainable products that needn't cost the earth; - covering hair, face and body that can be enjoyed by all regardless of age. These products contain only naturally derived ingredients, so there are no nasties, no parabens and no suphates. They are also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. Their main website contains  the listings and details of all the ingredients that are featured in their products. I have enclosed a link should you wish to find out more. 


Monday, 3 July 2017

Latest Drugstore Buys : Lips

Call the Shots, Fiery Fuchsia and Bear Hug

"Brights don't suit me!" would be a cry regularly heard from yours truly whenever I hit the makeup counter, leaving every assistant opened mouthed and looking perplexed! "REALLY? But you're dark!" they'd all reply! Often referring to the dark hair and also the olive toned complexion they seem to see which I don't. So after hearing the same response for the umpteenth time (this time from a consultant from Clarins) I decided to bite the bullet whilst it's Summer and play around with some brights; which to be honest, I was getting quite bored of nudes anyway! (who'd have thought?)


Friday, 30 June 2017

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation | Does it Live Up To The Hype?

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation Review

Never before have I witness such a long waiting list for a makeup item such as this one! It seems everyone and their nan has been eagerly waiting with anticipation since the launch of these Serum and Coverage foundations from The Ordinary. It's been crazy!

You may remember me already receiving and loving the Serum foundation - review here if you want to find out more - which I originally ordered the same time as the Coverage foundation way back in the beginning of May. Well the Coverage foundation has finally arrived, and I've been trialling it for a couple of weeks now. It's time to share my thoughts. (Spoiler alert!) One thing I will say is this foundation really had me scratching at the head!


Monday, 26 June 2017

Skincare Empties #4 : Quick Reviews Featuring The Ordinary, Garnier, TonyMoly, Origins and More...

Despite enjoy reading everybody else's,  I hate writing empties posts! Fortunately, I see how the positives can out-way the negatives when it comes to putting these together. However, for me, the negatives are the photos - MY PHOTOS! As they always tend to look like garbage due to the overcrowdedness of all those products; the packets and cut-opened tubes - not exactly atheistically pleasing, is it? Writing about them becomes that bit more hard work as well  because the moment's gone and you want to talk about something shiny and new instead!

But despite these thoughts, empties posts are surprisingly popular amongst enthusiasts because it brings confidence and reassurance to the reader knowing they've used an entire product and gives  a much more thorough insight as to what you might expect! Plus, there could be other things that may have gone missed or has changed since that first initial review. 

And there is a lot to get through! So, these are going to be very speedy! Are we ready?...


Friday, 23 June 2017

Protect Kids from top to toe this summer with Nivea & Eucerin Sun Care*.

KIds Sun Care from Nivea & Eucerin 

Kids and sun cream...if they had their way, the two shall never meet! Having children myself, I know all too well the importance of keeping our little ones safe whilst in the sun. But unfortunately, kids just don't see it that way, and the battles with my two were never in short supply because they hated the thick, greasy and icky feeling that many sun creams provide; and who can blame them as some are indeed horrible! However, since discovering these from the drugstore favourites, I've been able to finally say goodbye to those daily battles and keep my kids protected from top to toe with a little help from Nivea & Eucerin.

Nivea brings the fun back into  application with their kid-friendly  roll-on  and trigger spray  application to make life that bit easier for everyone; along with their non-sticky, fast absorbing but  deeply moisturising formulas that's specially formulated for children's delicate skin. These contain highly effective UVA/UVB filters for immediate protection and is also water resistant which makes them perfect for fun in the water!


Monday, 12 June 2017

3 Brilliant Eyeshadow Brushes That Make a Difference!


If someone were to ask me what are the most popular eyeshadow brushes that makeup users apply,  I'd have to say it'd probably be a flat shader, a fluffy crease brush and an angled liner. And let's face it - having these has you pretty much covered when it comes to creating any eye look. But there are others that I've discovered that I'd now be totally lost if I didn't have. Today, I'm sharing you 3 of my most favourite brushes for those specific jobs when a crease or a flat shader just won't do! I agree these may not be the most prettiest brushes to look at as you can see they've been very well loved! I find these to be brilliant for either multi-tasking or for taking a specific job to the next level.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Bh Cosmetics | Carli Bybel 14 Colour Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette : Review & Swatches

Carli Bybel 14 Colour Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette 

Two palettes in one week! Well, I thought seeing as I'm a palette freak! I'd get one more in before taking a little blog break! I have another affordable palette to show you. This time involving a collaboration between  Bh Cosmetics and US YouTuber Carli Bybel.

If you've not heard of Carli Bybel then where have you been? She is a beauty vlogger who regularly shares makeup skills on her YouTube channel and also runs a successful beauty blog called the beautybybel. In 2016, she collaborated with US budget brand, Bh Cosmetics to create this stunning limited edition palette - Carli Bybel 14 Colour Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette containing a very flattering mixture of universal shades, ranging from Golds, Bronzes, to Dusty Roses and Plums.


Monday, 5 June 2017

Tanya Burr My Escape Eye Palette | Review & Swatches

Tanya Burr My Escape Eyeshadow Palette 

To kick off the Summer season, YouTube vlogger Tanya Burr has released a new collection to her makeup range called Neutral Ambience. The Summer release sees two new eyeshadow palettes: a khaki based quad called My Escape, and an inspired Rose Gold sunset called My Paradise. The collection also features two new lip shades: Bear Hug - a Peachy Nude (I'm debating on that one) and Sunday Walk - a Rose Pink.

I admit, other than watch the odd makeup tutorial, I'm not really a follower of Tanya Burr (it's mainly the young that follow her) but I do follow her Sisters in-law, Pixiwoo - and it wasn't until I watched one half of the duo (Sam) create a khaki themed look using the My Escape eye palette, was then  inspired to make a purchase. Performance wise, I wasn't sure what to expect as I've heard a lot of mixed reviews with regards to her products. But considering it only cost £ 5.99, I wasn't that worried.


Friday, 2 June 2017

Hourglass | Ambient Lighting Edit Palette - Surreal Light : Review and Swatches

The Ambient Lighting Edit Palette in Surreal Light is probably the most expensive makeup product I own, and one that had my husband witness me lose all sense over when I politely asked for his assistance in purchasing this (in other words, his wallet!) last Christmas (yes, that long ago!) For as long as I can remember, I'd read nothing but people raving about Hourglass. So when they released this limited edition, I thought it'd be a great way to try a variety of different products and see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately, unlike other fans of Hourglass, for me, my love affair with this palette proved no easy ride due to the timing of this rather warmed toned, summer-esque compact was released (in the middle of British Winter); and other than the odd outing, it had pretty much been sitting left redundant in my drawer - until recently.


Monday, 29 May 2017

Currently Loving #3 : Includes Too Faced, Becca, The Ordinary & More!

As I've explained before, for me, the change in season gives me the perfect opportunity to switch things around and use products that have either been left collecting dust or an excuse to buy new ones! I tend to not do monthly faves as I prefer to do a more of a currently loving type of post, which I'm beginning to see a pattern here by publishing every 2-3 months. Here's what I've been loving in the lead up to Summer! 


Friday, 26 May 2017

Latest in Skincare: featuring Bravura, Dior and more!

Skincrae Products From Bravura, Nivea, Dior & Judith Willams

When it comes to skincare, I'm not one to have oodles of products piled high like I do with my makeup. I don't always have the budget to try them willy, nilly in-order to find that miracle product, and even if I did, I think I'd still be quite happy to carry on using a product until I've reached the end of its life before picking up another one.

I'd recently come to the end of my humongous pot (150m!!!) of Rich Rose Face Cream by Judith Williams (which isn't as rich as it sounds, but in a good way) and thought now Summer is upon us, I need to start wearing something that bit more lightweight to beat the heat!


Monday, 22 May 2017

Two Mascaras, Two Reviews! : L'Oréal Telescopic Mascara & Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara

If you been following me for a while, you will know I've become totally obsessed with the L'Oréal False Lash Sculpt mascara. This isn't the first one I've loved from the brand, Miss Manga used to be another favourite. I've tried a fair few in my time, and I think out of all of the drugstore brands, L'Oreal comes top for being pretty consistent in the volume and length department (just don't bother with the Million Volume in the waterproof version).

So, when they introduced their latest edition, Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara, I decided to buy it because of the similarities in the design of the tube to the Miss Manga. Apart from Black, they also feature some really fun shades that I think are well fitting for the Summer months: Indigo, Lilac and Teal. I finished up opting for the Black waterproof version (BORING!). Although now Summers fast approaching, I might just go back and grab the Indigo to jazz things up a bit. Or shall I go for the Lilac? Hmm!...decisions, decisions!

I took advantage of the 3 for 2 offer that was on at Superdrug, which gave me the opportunity to pick up another False Lash Sculpt and to try their Telescopic one too.


Friday, 19 May 2017

Keep Smiling With Janina Ultra White!* #NATIONALSMILEMONTH

Janina Ultra White Toothpaste National Smile Month 

The smile from my children brings instant happiness - always! But that's not forgetting to ensure they practice good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. So,with that in mind, I thought it was really important to feature this excellent cause - National Smile Month - which is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health. Between the 15th May - 15th June, we are encouraged to become more aware of oral health issues such a mouth cancer as well as improve the general health of our teeth. Important cause don't you think?


Monday, 15 May 2017

Rediscovering Metallics : Which One Wore Best?

Metallic Liquid Lipsticks : Which One Is Best?  

The metallic lip trend has been back with us for a quite a while now. A trend that I embraced with open arms way back in the late eighties (really showing my age now) sharing fond memories of the pink-y bronzed lipstick from Lancome that I repurchased about 3 times, before it was finally discontinued (I was hooked!) Whilst I don't remember that metallic effect being quite as full-on as we've seen of late, I've always had a bit of a soft spot for that reflective pout; as my one minute warm, the other minute cool undertone proved, and still is, quite difficult when it comes to choosing shades. So, for a very long time and pretty much up until the introduction of the nudes, that pearlescent glow, preferably from a Bronze or Gold, was always a staple in my lip wardrobe to provide that extra plumpness!

Unfortunately, with the looming celebration of entering the mid-forties, left me unsure as to whether I could still pull this off.  But the shades I'll be sharing with you today proved too gorgeous to just walk away, and ended up with 3; one from Makeup Revolution; one from ColourPop and the other from Gerard Cosmetics.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Make-up Tip: 6 Ways to Prevent Your Mascara From Clumping!

How To Prevent Your Mascara From Clumping

One of the bugbears of applying mascara is that it doesn't take much for your lashes to end up in a clumpy mess. When this happens, we often feel it's a sign that the formula has dried-out and it's time to replace it with a new one. But as you and I know, this isn't always the case is it? So, what do we do? We often blame the formula, don't we?! Although some just suck no matter what you do! Now before we begin, I just want to add that I don't consider myself an expert when it comes to applying mascaras (no way!) But what I do have is a few little tricks that I've picked up over the years that have worked for me in preventing gloopy lashes. Have you tried any of these? 


Monday, 8 May 2017

The Ordinary Colours Foundation Review: The Product That Caused Its Website To Crash!

The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation 

For the poor guys at Deciem, Victoria Health or anywhere else that sells this foundation, it must feel like Black Friday all over again, except it's every single day and 10 times worse!!! After reading that they had received orders for over 250,000 units in its first week, I was really unsure as to whether to publish this post as the last thing I wanted was to increase the demand - Oops! But considering YouTuber Wayne Goss has already revealed his thoughts to his millions of subscribers, I soon realised I'm just a small fish swimming in a very large ocean.

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