Friday, 22 December 2017

Chatting about ... Eyelash Primers

Today I thought I'd chat about eyelash primers.  I first discovered eyelash primer when I got one as part of my August Glossybox subscription last year, it was from Manna Kadar.  Prior to that I'd not really heard of eyelash primer, though to be fair there does seem to be a primer for everything else so why not eyelashes too?

Manna Kadar Eyelash Primer

I'll admit, I was dubious as to whether eyelash primers were really necessary.  Sometimes I feel there are a lot of products on the market that perhaps we don't actually really need, but that's the beauty industry I guess.  It seemed to me that eyelash primer was just another thing to put on and remember and if you've not got much time in the mornings then it's a bit of a pain in the neck. 

That said, I was pleased with the Manna eyelash primer.  It lengthened my lashes and was the perfect undercoat for mascara, (reviewed last year in Why A Glossybox Subscription is a Good Idea)   I started to use it regularly though and I thought I would try another brand to see if it was the same.  On an online trip to www.beautybay.com I found one from blinc, a brand I'd heard of but never used.  Their lash primer was on sale so it seemed that it was meant to be.

Unfortunately the blinc primer was not as good as the Manna one, it was gloopy (see photo) and made my eyelashes feel heavy, and the brush was bigger and didn't suit my lashes, I didn't rate it at all.  I went back to the Manna one which by this time was nearly all gone as I'd used it so much.  I did debate whether to replace it, I even went onto the Manna website to check it out then decided that I would give it a miss.  I think eyelash primers are a good idea, I like the thought of them nourishing and strengthening my eyelashes and they do give a lengthening appearance once mascara is applied.

That said, I've decided they aren't on my list of "must have" products, not like say, a face primer would be and therefore it's better to save my money and buy a product that I really like and know I will use rather than have one that I don't use much and then have it go off. 

Any thoughts on eyelash primers?

Maria xx

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Here's the link to another Chatting About post ... Chatting about Eco Tools Make Up Brushes


Manna Kadar and blinc


Manna Kadar and blinc (quite gloopy)

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Happy Christmas and New Year

So it's the week before Christmas and we are now on the home stretch - I've just been informed by my youngest that it's '6 more days'.  We're still at school until Friday though, which is good as I am nowhere near ready for Christmas despite actually starting off quite well, I fell into a lull and now I'm running to catch up, typical.  I'm really hoping that Amazon Prime means 'Prime' - I need this stuff asap now!

My last blog post was the end of September which was absolutely ages ago and quite a lot has happened in that time.  Life-wise, I've been to New York for my 10 year anniversary, been to many, many school events, ferried children to and from places after school and on weekends, got a new car, had several family birthdays, had two colds (one ok, one bad), dosed up the entire family with various medicines when they got the dreaded cold, and been to see Bananarama at the Hammersmith Apollo.

I've got so many beauty things bubbling round in my head that I'm desperate to write about but I think it's safe to say that it's not going to happen before Christmas, therefore this will probably be my final post of 2017 (though I might do another, you never know) so Happy Christmas and best of everything for 2018.   I'll still be around on Instagram and FB though and over Christmas I'm going to plan my posts for next year, including some posts I'm going to write about make up when you're past 35, I've had to change my make up recently as it started not to suit me and it got me thinking about how skin changes as we age and how make up routines need to change with them.

I'm ending this post with a photo of my beautiful pup, his birthday is on Boxing Day he'll be 7.  

Peace and love to everyone who reads this.

Maria
xx

Boxing Day birthday dog


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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Looking for a concealer? These are my five current favourites


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I absolutely cannot live without concealer.  It's one of my 'essential' products.  Even on a rare no make up day I do sling a dot of concealer here and there to disguise blemishes that I want to forget are there so I don't shock myself when I glance in the mirror.  You know, like the odd spot, stuff like that.

When I was thinking about writing this post I thought about all the concealers I've ever used.  In my (much) younger days before I was a full on foundation person, I just used to use a little foundation as a concealer.  Gradually, I needed more and more concealer and I found the perfect one from Witch Hazel, it doubled as an antiseptic/healing stick as well as a cover up.  I used that literally for years and years until quite recently when I realised that they had discontinued my colour (pale) and gone over to just one colour which was just a shade too dark for my skin so I stopped using it and invested in a proper concealer, or two, or three ...

I find that not all concealers are the same and not all concealers are for the same place on your face.  That's why I seem to have so many now.  I've got different ones for spots, blemishes, non-spot blemishes, dark under-eye circles, dry skin patches and cold sores (yes I know you're not supposed to cover them up but I just can't NOT cover them up a bit).


So I am sharing my favourites.  Of course I'm always on the look out for the holy grail so no doubt there will be more to come but these few are the ones I'm using at the moment.



Hard Candy - Sheer Envy
Something I found in the States, I think you can get Hard Candy over here in the UK but it's not widely available.  This one is great for under eyes because the brush is very thin and the colour is almost an exact match for me (fluke!).  It lasts for ages, I never notice that it's come off during the day.

Avon Extra Lasting
Anything with the words Extra Lasting in the title has got to be a winner, right?  Right.  But not for under eyes, or at least not my eyes, far too heavy and matte.  Brilliant for spots and blemishes.  It doesn't budge and you can pop bit of powder over the top and there you go, spots all gone.  Avon do a few shades in this, I think this is the fairest one.

Physicians Formula - Youthful Wear Spotless
Spotless - that's what we all to want to be, right?  It took me a while to get to grips with this because this is actually a concealer in a roller ball pen style with liquid and I found it difficult to get the right amount on my face.  It's much better if there's a larger area to cover because you can sort of scribble it all over your face and make up sponge it from there.  Not great for individual spots but super for a larger area.  I think (not sure) it might also have something in it that helps spots to heal so win-win there.

Neutrogena
I'm not sure what this one is called, I only know that it's from Neutrogena and I love it and I'll be upset when it runs out.  This, alongside my beloved Hard Candy is the one I wear under my eyes.  You literally cannot see it once it's blended in, it's amazing it looks so natural.  Neutrogena is kind to the skin as well so no allergy flare ups or anything.  I haven't tried using this on blemishes as I don't want to waste it on those when I need it for my eyes!  I bought this in the States as well, it's on my list to replace next time I go.

Physicians Formula Super CC
Another Physicians Formula (and yet another brand that you can't get in the UK - flipping heck sake!) the super CC concealer is a mixture of everything you need to sort your skin out, whether it's covering redness, or grey under eyes or whatever.  It's a brush and you twist the end of the pen to get the liquid to come through, it takes a while at first and then whooshes out all in one go.  It's great for precision 'painting' if you've got a very specific and small area to put it on and I have also used it for under eyes but it's slightly more matte than the Neutrogena and Hard Candy so better for blemishes I think.




Love, Maria
xx


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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Waterproof Mascara removal - try this Nivea Eye Make Up Remover


The other day I went to remove my eye make up with my usual micellar water and found that it wouldn't budge.  Well, the eye shadow did, the mascara didn't.  It took about five minutes for me to realise that I'd inadvertently put a waterproof Max Factor mascara on that morning, instead of my usual 2000 Calorie.   Durr.  This was annoying on two counts, one, because I thought I'd picked up a non waterproof one in the shop and clearly I hadn't and two, I was really tired and now I was going to have to faff about getting this off, for god's sake.

I tried unsuccessfully with two eye make up removers, a MAC and a Clarins, usually the Clarins is good unfortunately the Max Factor waterproof was too stubborn for it, either that or I'd layered it on too thick so it was going to take a chisel to get it off.  I was getting cross now.  Then I remembered my trusty Nivea.

Well, the thing is that I've been meaning to review this eye makeup remover for a while now, because I am seriously impressed with it.  Originally, I bought it because I started wearing a waterproof eyeliner that did not come off with any of my usual nightly skincare products, then I spied this which I thought would work because it is for waterproof mascara.

Bingo!  Nivea Daily Essentials Eye Make up Remover to the rescue!

Two quick wipes and the mascara started to move (I was relieved as my eyes were starting to feel sore).

This make up remover is hypoallergenic and has been tested by the eye doctors, thus is fine for people who wear contact lenses or who have sensitive eyes.  As you can see from the photo it is oil based so you need to give the bottle a good old shake before you use it to mix up the liquid.  Then just get one of those little make up remover pads, pour a little bit on there (a little bit goes a long way) and gently wipe over the eye lid and round the eye.  I am always amazed at how much make up comes off with one of these, even when I've cleansed already, this really does get rid of whatever's left.  It's really nice to go to bed knowing that my eyes are "clean". 

I'm trying to remember how much I paid for this, I think it was £3.50 maybe £4.  Either way, it wasn't a lot and it's a very good product and definitely worth purchasing if you're a waterproof mascara or make up person, there's no faffing about and it doesn't make your eyes sore.

Love, Maria
xx



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Friday, 22 September 2017

Theirry Mugler Angel (and a little bit about Aura)



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One thing I do every day, regardless of whether I am flopping round the house at home or going out, is put perfume on.  I love perfume.

My first perfume was Estee Lauder Youth Dew, wow that takes me back.  I got it for Christmas one year and I absolutely loved it.  Do Estee still sell this, I must find out.

Anyway, digressing as usual.  The one I'm on at the moment is Theirry Mugler Angel.  Now, Theirry has come out with LOTS of lovely fragrance over the years but Angel is my favourite so far, although I must admit that I've spied the new one called Aura (beautiful green bottle) and that's the first thing on my Christmas list.  Eeek, did I say the C word?  Forget I said that.  I don't really think about Christmas until the third week of November normally, it's just too stressful.

Theirry Mugler Aura - please Santa, can I can this for Christmas?

Theirry Mugler Angel - so pretty

Anyway, I asked for Angel for my birthday a couple of years ago and was lucky enough to receive not only the perfume but also a lovely Angel gift set which consisted of perfumed body oil spray, shower gel and hand cream too (the hand cream was great, even after I washed my hands I could still smell it).  Since then it's all been used up and I'm on my second bottle of Angel.  The dry oil body spray was gorgeous, particularly good for summer as it wasn't heavy and lasted well in the heat.

The scent itself is fairly sharp with what I would describe as fruit tones but there's also definitely vanilla in there somewhere which is probably why I liked it in the first place, I love anything vanilla flavoured or scented.  The bottle is lovely too and great to carry round in my handbag because it's not too bulky or heavy.

Actually, come to think of it, a lot of my perfumes are running low, it's probably time to re-stock.  I've got a lot of Avon ones I use for every day but I'm short on Tresor, Poeme and Chanel No5.  I've got an anniversary trip to New York in October, I can hear Duty Free calling, you know I love a bit of Duty Free!

Love, Maria
xx
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