Thursday, 10 December 2015

7-9 December | No7 Beauty Advent Calendar


Ho, ho, ho beauties!  I'm really loving the way No7 have managed to get a lovely mix of skincare and make up in their calendar this year.  While I know it's a great way for them to get little testers of their products out there in the public domain to get us testing them with the hope we'll go back and buy a bigger version, I do love having lots of little beauty goodies to try and so far I think it's a very well thought out calendar.  Below are photos and a little description of the last few days.


No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour

This is a gel finish nail varnish, the colour in the photo makes it look red/coral but actually it's red/pink, I have tested it with one coat and it's really nice, it'll be great to glam up for Christmas.


No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Day Hand Cream

Another one from the Protect and Perfect range, this time a Day Hand Cream, perfect handbag size!  It's SPF15 and five star UVA so suitable for both summer and winter.

No7 Skin Illuminator Radiance Boosting Beauty Fluid
I haven't tried this Skin Illuminator yet, but it looks similar to the Jelly Pong Pong highlighter I wrote a post about a little while back and which I loved, particularly in the summer. 
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Monday, 7 December 2015

4-6 December | No7 Beauty Advent Calendar

Happy Monday everybody!  Hope you had a good weekend.  Here are some photos of the last few days from the No7 Beauty Advent Calendar. 

No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator for Normal/Dry skin

This is No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator for normal/dry skin.  At the moment I'll try anything to get radiant skin, I feel that skin wise I am fighting a losing battle some days!  I don't use exfoliator often but I know I should because it does get rid of the dead skin cells and promotes new skin growth (the lady on the Benefit counter in John Lewis told me that when I was there the other week). 

No7 Shine and Tint in "Ballet" (pink)

This is the first make up product from the calendar, it's a No7 Shine & Tint lip gloss/gel.  It's a beautiful deep pink colour called Ballet.  I can't wait to try it and will report back once I have.  


No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow - usually part of the Forest Fruits Trio

Yesterday was another make up product, this time an eye shadow.  In my video that I put on the Beauty Aware Facebook page I said that I love No7 eye shadows because they last such a long time and they are so subtle, this is no exception.  It's part of the Stay Perfect range and can be found in the Forest Fruits Trio.  Super excited to use this, I might even see if I can do a Christmas smoky eye!
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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Lipstick Love ... Max Factor Rosewood


I haven't done a "Lipstick Love" post for a while so here's another one.  This time it's one of my all time favourites from Max Factor, "Rosewood". 

All About Rosewood

I've been wearing Rosewood for years and years, I can't even tell you how many I've used up because it's loads.  I'm partial to Max Factor lipsticks because you can pretty much guarantee that you get a quality product with a good colour that stays put.  Those of you who have read my lipstick posts before will know that longevity is my thing, it drives me nuts when I wear a lippy that doesn't last very long. 

Rosewood can best be described as a browny/pink colour which really suits me as I think the undertone must be the same as my natural lip colour (this is why I don't get on with nude lipsticks, they wash me out).  I like it because it goes with everything.  I wore it to my party the day after my wedding because I knew it would stay on and it goes with all my "faces" (my fancy face, my natural face, my school run face).  It's unobtrusive yet really pretty and this one is moisturising as well so it doesn't dry my lips out (another pet hate of mine). 

Recently, Max Factor had a bit of a lipstick overhaul and when I realised I dashed to Boots to check them out, thankfully they have kept Rosewood (and Raisin, another favourite of mine) but unfortunately my favourite red lippy got caught in the cull and was replaced by one called Ruby Tuesday which although gorgeous, is REALLY red so I have to tone it down by putting another one over the top.

I also love that it's inexpensive and I can buy it in Boots with my points! 

Here's the link to another post I wrote on Max Factor lipsticks last year, I'm a big fan of their Flipsticks!

Max Factor Flipsticks - Review of the Reds


Three sides of Rosewood


Me wearing Rosewood, it's natural but not nude
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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Anniversary Trip to London (and MAC and Chanel!)


Last weekend the husband and I went to London for the weekend, it was an anniversary trip present from my in law's they paid for a lovely hotel and we spent two days wandering around London. It's been a sort of tradition for us to take a trip just before Christmas because I like to see the lights on Oxford Street, years ago I used to go with my Dad and sisters and it just feels so lovely and Christmassy.

We left the boys with their grandparents and took the train from Wilmslow to Euston. It was lovely not to have to drive, I spend a lot of my time in the car ferrying people around so it was such a luxury to be just taken somewhere without having to think about it! Hubs had paid for First Class which is ouchy expensive but it was a treat for him too as he usually has to stand all the way from Crewe to Euston, it was nice for him to sit down! When we got there we took a taxi to the hotel (I complained that my bag was too heavy for me to haul on the underground, like a little princess primadonna)and went straight to our hotel, The Stafford in St James. I felt very underdressed when I walked in there, I wished my boots were a bit cleaner! We dropped our bags in the room and then went out to explore.

I'm a huge fan of Covent Garden, I just love it and at Christmas it's even better, the tree was gorgeous and the lights were all twinkly. I noticed the Chanel and MAC stores straight away and put it on my mental list to visit later. We walked and walked and ended up in Leicester Square, where on a whim we went to see the James Bond film Spectre. I loved it! Daniel Craig has been my second favourite Bond for a while but after seeing Spectre he leapfrogged over Sean Connery into first place. Sorry Sean, but it was bound to happen, you had a good run and Daniel is too good and too gorgeous to be stuck in second.

The next day was beautifully sunny, such a gorgeous sky, I was amazed. It's been dull in the North West for literally the whole of November and a bit of sun just makes me feel SO much better. I marched hubs around Westminster (Downing Street, Houses of Parliament etc) and made him buy me a Belgian hot chocolate from the Christmas Markets near the London Eye. Oh My God. It was the best hot chocolate I've ever had. I will never be able to have a Starbucks one again and feel content.

Later that afternoon it was make up time! I traded hubs some time in the rugby shop (zzzzz) and whizzed off to MAC and Chanel. Luckily I only had a debit card not a credit card otherwise I would have spent more. I bought quite a lot in MAC which I will review separately and a liquid foundation in Chanel which I haven't tried yet. Hubs came out of the rugby shop with three winter hats for the boys (which were too big!) and a PE bag for our middle child who regularly loses his trainers. PE kits are the bain of my life. He also bought himself two rugby shirts and a book. I felt less bad about all the MAC and Chanel after seeing all that!

Early the next day we popped to Hamleys which was god knows how many floors full of toys. We did get ideas for the boys but didn't buy anything. You could really spend A LOT of money in that shop. Santa's elves had clearly been doing their job because the choice was amazing and I was glad our kids weren't there else we'd never have got out of the shop! Later the primadonna reared her head again and we took a taxi to the station and caught our train home. I was so relaxed that I forgot the boys homework and their dinner money the next day, it's a miracle they got to school on time.


View of the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Carnaby Street, Covent Garden Christmas Tree and The Ritz decorations

View of Trafalgar Square - and the blue, blue sky!

Me and hubs outside The Stafford Hotel, St James


My feet were soooo aching!


MAC Carnaby Street (not the one I went in)

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Friday, 4 December 2015

1-3 December | No7 Beauty Advent Calendar

Nearly Christmas everybody!  Here are photos of the first three days of the No7 Beauty Advent Calendar.  I videoed a couple of days and put them on my Facebook page, I haven't done today as it's been a mad day but I'll try over the weekend and if not definitely on Monday.  I've been really pleased every day so far, particularly with the Airbrush Away Primer as I'm mad for primer these days, it's a big part of my Winter skin routine, I've had such a battle with my skin this week but I won't bore you with the details now.  I'm going away this weekend so I am going to take the Body Wash with me.

Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream

Beautiful Skin Blissful Body Wash

Instant Illusions Airbrush Away Primer

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Introducing The No7 Beauty Advent Calendar!



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"Ding Dong Merrily on High ..."

Beauty Advent Calendars have been out for a couple of years now but this is the first year I've bought one. It really was a tough choice between the No7 and the Benefit calendars but I opted for No7 as on the whole I use more of their products. I'm really impressed with the packaging, it's substantial and glamorous and Christmassy.




This is a quick post to show you what it looks like from the outside, my aim is to show you which products are behind the doors, I'm aiming for one post per day but I suspect shopping and nativity plays might get in the way so I might have to band a few days together, I'll see how it goes.

Only six more days and I can open the first door ... watch this space, I'm so excited!




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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Why A Glossybox Subscription is a Good Idea



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Every month for the past 18 months I've been getting a lovely little box of goodies from Glossybox.  At first I wasn't sure how it was going to go, you know, you read reviews and some people love them and others don't.  For me, Glossybox has worked out really well because I'm trying products and brands I probably wouldn't have bought before and what's more I'm actually using them rather than them sitting in a drawer doing nothing.  The box usually contains more full size products than not and on the odd occasion where something arrives that doesn't suit my colouring, like a very deep coloured blusher I've been able to give it away to friends or family I think would like it and would be able to use it.  You can also subscribe as a gift, so if you've got a family member or a friend who loves make up just as much as you do this could be a good gift (see what I did there, Christmas present idea!)

Today I thought I'd share with you some of my recent Glossybox favourites from the past few months.  I haven't done a review on a Glossybox 'box' for ages so I thought I'd mix them all together and pull out a few of the products I've been really impressed with.

Manna Kadar Lash Primer

So here we have the Manna Kadar Lash Primer which came in the August box.  Manna Kadar are a US cosmetics company that I'd never heard of before but after a bit of Google research found out that the company had been in production since January 2012 and is going strong, in fact Kim Kardashian champions their Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion, can't say fairer than that!  This lash primer is an odourless white cream, it surprised me as I assumed it would sink in but it doesn't, it colours your lashes white which looks a bit odd!  I use it as an eyelash primer prior to applying my mascara.  The cream dries on and separates and smoothes the eyelashes and helps make the lashes look longer, it also stopped my mascara from flaking during the day.  I'm really into priming everything at the moment so this was great for me.  If you want to find out more about Manna Kadar you can go to the website www.mannakadarcosmetics.com





So Susan Haute Light Highlighting Pencil

One from the October box, the girls at Glossy are big fans of So Susan so I've accumulated quite a few of their products over the last 18 months.  As a packaging person I usually drool over the packaging, never mind the product, this cute pencil crayon comes in a box and is a highlighter.  At first I wasn't sure which part of my face I was supposed to highlight but you can pretty much use it anywhere.  I use it mainly on my eyes to give a bit of highlight in the corners and on the brow bone and I have tried it in the inner rim of my eyes too (as suggested by Glossybox).  This was a full size product, costing £5.00 and the website is www.sosusan.com/en





Talika Photo-Hydra Day

Talika Photo-Hydra Day arrived in the October box and can best be described as a moisturiser/primer, the consistency is more primer than moisturiser and sinks right in leaving skin really smooth.  It's a great pre-make up primer, as I said before I'm all about the priming right now, so I'm using this a lot.  It is an extremely lovely product but if I'm being fair it does the same thing as the No7 Lift & Luminate Face Serum, there isn't really a lot of difference in the consistency or the outcome, both leave my skin smooth and prepared for moisturiser and make up. 




Jelly Pong Pong Play Paint

The Jelly Pong Pong Play Paint is one of their best selling products and is very versatile, you can use it on your lips and your cheeks but be warned, it's very highly pigmented so use sparingly, a little bit goes a long way!  When I tested it on my hand I used too much and it was pink for ages!  It does say on the tube that it is supposed to last 10 hours and I can verify that it does last a really long while. I use it alone or as an undercoat for another colour lipstick, it's also really good if you use it and put a gloss over the top.  When you put it on your cheeks it gives a healthy glow, a bit like a flush but again, use sparingly and put it on in good light.  This little tube costs £8.95 and can be bought from www.jellypongpong.com, their website is worth checking out, it's really cool.





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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation


I have to tell you about this because this is the first time I've been super impressed with a foundation since I wrote a post on No7 Lift & Luminate about two years ago. 

Recently I have had a bit of a make up overhaul, I've watched quite a few YouTube videos by the make up artist Lisa Eldridge (my new go-to make up person), in particular I've focussed on foundation and from her I've learned how to choose the right shade for my skin colour and how to apply.  I've even used a foundation brush! 

I'll be honest, I don't really know why I chose this one, I hadn't seen any reviews, nor any adverts on TV or even in magazines.  I just happened to be browsing the Maybelline products in Boots and came across it.  As it's a foundation fluid and the consistency is light I thought it would be a good one to try with my foundation brush and I was right.  There's a sort of little spatula attached to the top where you can put a bit on your hand then dip your brush in, or dab a bit here and there on your face (this is my preferred way as I find it blends easier if it's not been on my hand first). 



As I said the consistency is very light and once blended does give a flawless appearance, even on the worst skin days.  The key to it is to blend, blend, blend (I'm quoting Lisa Eldridge here) that way you can make sure that it's really sunk into your skin and if there's a bit that needs more coverage you can go over that area separately.  I'm using number 10, Ivory which is the lightest colour but there are six other shades to choose from, Nude, Sand, Fawn, Sun Beige, Cameo and Natural Beige. 

What I like about it is that even though it does smooth out my skin, it doesn't look cakey or unnatural and it doesn't feel thick, my skin can still breathe.  It reminds me very much of a foundation I used to wear a long time ago by Cover Girl, in the days when Cover Girl was still sold in shops in the UK but this is better, I guess foundations have come a long way since then!  I think I'll be using this for a while as it's definitely becoming a fast favourite and at £8.99 the price is really good too.

This is the link to Lisa's YouTube channel in case you want to check it out.  I subscribed, there's some great stuff on there and she produces new videos all the time.  www.youtube.com/lisaeldridge

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Friday, 30 October 2015

My W7 Eye Shadow Heaven



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I have called this post W7 Eye Shadow Heaven for a reason, it's because since I discovered the W7 palettes my eye make up has really been given a new lease of life.  My favourite at the moment is a W7  eye shadow collection called "In the Buff" and there's a few reasons it's become my best friend.

I bought it from Amazon a few months ago, I'd been searching for a good deal on a Naked Basics as mine was running out and I wanted to replace it.  When I read the reviews for this almost everyone said how good it was, how long it lasted on your eyelids and how they thought it was as good as everyone's favourite Urban Decay palette.  Given that there was a £30.00 price difference between the two I decided to try the W7 (incidentally it cost £6.00 - definitely worth a try).

There is a selection of really good colours and you get a double ended applicator as well but I've managed to lose that which is why I popped in a Real Techniques brush for the photo.  The colours are a mixture of matte and shimmery shades and a couple that can be used as highlighters or on their own for a more natural look.



I found the shadows easy to apply, no fall out off the brush but be careful with the black as it's very pigmented, I use it as a liner and the first time I did it the line was all over the place, and I couldn't wipe it off easily, better to start off with a little bit and build up which is what I do now.  The consistency is lovely and I haven't had any issues with the colours disappearing into my creases during the day, I do use a primer though as I find it gives a good base and tends to help all eye shadows to last longer.  I thought priming my eyelids was a faff at first, just one more thing to put on but it's well worth it and it only takes a couple of seconds. 

All in all this is a great palette for the price so bravo to W7 I say!  It's just one of many eye shadow palettes they have on offer, Amazon keep recommending the others to me since I bought this one so I imagine another one will be added to my collection fairly soon, probably in January when I am broke after Christmas but am desperate to buy something nice for myself to get me out of the post festivities slump!  I'm partial to a blusher or two and I keep seeing the pretty W7 blusher palettes everywhere and I've read a few blog reviews on them recently and they've all been positive.  Maybe I'll get a blush instead?

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Lipstick Love ... Barbara Daly Bloom



Time for another Lipstick Love ... or rather A Lipstick That I Love. 

This one is by the make up artist Barbara Daly and was purchased from the cosmetic range she created for Tescos.  It's called Bloom and is a lovely fresh pink colour.  I have to be careful with pink because not all pinks like me but this one is great because the colour veers towards a deeper pink rather than a pale one.  I usually reel it out in the Spring and Summer months mostly because it goes with the lighter colours that I tend to wear but it does also look good with black, which is a bonus because there are weeks when I wear nothing but black (I'm a lazy dresser). 

This lipstick glides on and is not tacky or drying, moreover it is moisturising but not in a sticky balm kind of way and I love it because it fades rather than leaving a delightful outline round the lips.  Having said that, I've just remembered that I did buy another one in this Barbara Daly range called Spice, nice neutral pale brown but it literally lasted five minutes on my lips and then was gone, which I was disappointed about because I really wanted to love it as much as Bloom.  I don't know where it is now, probably at the bottom of a handbag like most of my other lipsticks!

I've actually got two of these in the same colour because I lost one (scatty) so I bought a replacement, then found the original in a handbag I hardly ever use.  It's actually good that I've got two because as far as I can see this range has been discontinued in favour of Barbara's newer range Bd Trade Secrets.  If you go online www.tesco.com and search 'beauty' you can check out all the colours and of course, they are also sold the beauty section of the larger Tesco stores.  There are a couple of colours that I think I might try and the price is good too at £5.99.   While I'm sorry I won't be able to replace this one I do have two so it will take me a while to use them up and I definitely will try the Bd Trade Secrets ones.

Time for a Bloom close up

The Barbara Daly Bloom lipstick ... and me

Yep, here we are again, me and the lippy.  Must have been a good photo day.  Nails are Rita Ora for Rimmel

Love, Maria
xxx
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Saturday, 17 October 2015

One from the Catwalk - Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo


When I was at the Professional Beauty Show North in September I bought this amazing Oatmeal and Honey shampoo and conditioner from the Catwalk by Tigi range (see photo, the containers are massive, 750ml each). It was a total bargain, £20.00 for both of them and I can honestly say since using this product my hair has had a new lease of life. 

Leave In Conditioner v. Wash Out?

For a very long time now I've been a fan of leave in conditioners, my faithful Aussie leave in conditioner is something I can't live without but recently my hair seemed to be really dry and I felt it needed a deeper daily conditioning treatment.  I've shied away from them because frankly, my mornings are so chaotic that I just don't have time but I've made myself get up and in the shower a few minutes earlier so I can spend more time on my hair.  I'm aware that now we're racing towards the Winter months it might need a bit more attention what with the weather and the central heating drying it out.

Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner
  
The Catwalk Range

I think the Catwalk range is amazing, I've long been a fan of Curls Rock, their curl cream.  There is a product for everyone covering all types of hair, the one I picked up is for dry hair.  The scent of Oatmeal and Honey is truly gorgeous, you do actually want to eat it (don't) and the entire bathroom smells super yummy afterwards.  The conditioner is really creamy and the pump function on the container means that I don't put too much on, mainly from midway down my hair to the ends and a brief wipe over my fringe.  Once the conditioner is on, the fragrance is sealed in for the rest of the day and I was pleased that it doesn't take long to rinse out (my main gripe with conditioners is usually that I can never be sure all the conditioner is completely gone).  Generally, my morning routine is that I get dressed and put my make up on whilst my hair is still in a towel so it is pretty much towel dried by the time I take it off to dry it off and style with the hairdryer.  It was absolute bliss to get the comb through it first time, no tangles and no frizz thank you very much.  I just run some Label M Curl Cream or Curls Rock near the ends and quickly blow it dry.  The curl and the softness seems to last all day, and even when I get caught in the rain and goes a bit bonkers it doesn't frizz up so clearly the deep conditioning treatment my hair is getting is really helping.

Want to buy some? Check out these links!

Given that I won't be able to go back to the show until next year to purchase more I decided to find out where else I could purchase from, I found them online in case you're interested in trying it.  All the sites below sell 300ml bottles as well.

www.feelunique.com/catwalk - these were quite pricey, over £20 for each bottle.

www.ebay.com - loads to choose from on ebay, take your pick!  Lots of sellers at different prices. 

www.allbeauty.com - one of my favourite sites that always seems to have a fantastic sale on, they are selling both shampoo and conditioner in a set for £19.99.

Maria xx


750ml bottles - lasts a while!
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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Lipstick Love ... Salma Hayek Nuance Dusky Rose


Today I thought I'd show you a lipstick that I got in the USA when I was on holiday earlier this year.  I love scouring the shops there to find things that you can't get over here and this didn't disappoint.  This lipstick is one of my favourites at the moment as it is a beautiful Autumnal brownish/pink colour that goes with the season and all my Autumn coloured clothes, it's called Dusky Rose.

Nuance by Salma Hayek

I hadn't heard of the Nuance brand before, sadly we don't have it here in the UK but this lipstick is by the actress Salma Hayek and having done a bit of research when I got home I can tell you that she has created a range of cosmetics exclusively for CVS Pharmacy.  I only bought the lipstick but to be fair I could have quite happily tried her entire range, there's so much to choose from and skin care too.  I love the packaging (I'm a self-confessed packaging magpie, ooh pretty, must have it, that's me).  But seriously, for what I guess could be considered a budget range (I think the lipstick was under $10) I think it looks quite fancy and the lipstick itself has a nice feel to it and doesn't come off after the first five minutes which is a plus for me, if you've read any of my other lippy reviews you'll know that my bugbear is those lipsticks that disappear off your face after the first cup of tea and you're reapplying all day long - tiresome.   I've recently gone back to using a lip brush (thank you Real Techniques) and you can get a really gorgeous finish with this lipstick (needs blotting though, on me anyway).  I'm also of an age where those little lines are starting to appear round my mouth, maybe I scowl a lot (early forties - pah!) so I am conscious of wearing lipsticks that don't "bleed" into the lines and I am happy to say that this one is a delight to wear the lipstick stays on the lips and doesn't travel up or down your face.  Thank you Salma.

I'd be really interested to hear if anyone has tried anything else in the Salma Hayek range?  I'll definitely be trying more of her cosmetics next time I'm in the US.

Salma Hayek Nuance - Dusky Rose Lipstick


Close up (sort of)

Wearing Dusky Rose (ignore the messy dressing table please!)
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Curly Hair & Bendy Rollers

As someone with curly hair you'd think that I wouldn't have to buy products to make it curly wouldn't you?  No, if I want a more structured curl rather than my own windswept mass I have to use rollers, or a curling wand.  I'm OK with the curling wand but I find bendy rollers much easier and less time consuming.  I buy my bendy rollers from Sainsburys or Superdrug, they are really not expensive and a great way to get a bouncy curl.  You get about 8 or so in a packet and they last quite a while (but don't let the dog get hold of them though, I made this mistake once, he enjoyed chewing them but they weren't exactly useable afterwards!)

Putting The Rollers In

I'm sure there is a scientific way of actually putting these rollers in and I should probably see if I can find someone on YouTube to teach me, but I do it in a kind of haphazard way and it seems to work for my hair. I blow dry it first and put some curl cream in it, or a little bit of beach wave spray before I put the rollers in.  It helps my hair if it's slightly damp and I leave them in for fifteen minutes or so.  





Result!

The result is a nice structured curl rather than my usual bed-hair-even-when-its-just-been-washed type style.   What I like about these curlers is that a) they don't snag my hair, or get tangled in it and b) they aren't hot so I don't burn my fingers which does happen sometimes with my heated rollers and c) I can pop them in really quickly so if I'm in a rush and having one of those mornings where I really need to multi task a lot its perfect, I can whip them out just before I leave the house, grabbing the kids, school bags and PE kits at the same time.  I go through phases with rollers, I won't use them for months then I'll use them all the time.  It's nice to have a choice of heated or these bendy ones and the curling wand too (though I burn myself a LOT with that I must admit).

The bendy rollers I use are from Sainsburys for £3.00 and there are 8 in a packet.  You can also get them from Tescos and Superdrug.  Leo Bancroft the celebrity hair stylist also does some for Sainsbury's they are black and a little bit thicker so the curls are a bit wider (which is nice if you want a change).

Maria xx


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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Chatting about ... EcoTools make up brushes


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The EcoTool brushes are a recent addition to my make up brush collection (which has grown considerably since I realised I hadn't bought any new ones for years).  They are made by EcoTools and the ones pictured are a mixture of the Fresh & Flawless Complexion Brush Set (£11.99 for a set of 5 brushes) and the EcoTools Duo Eye Enhancing Set blending and shading brushes (£6.99 for two brushes, double ended).

Natural Materials

The brushes are made of natural materials and they are very soft and glide effortlessly across your eyes and face, the handles are made of bamboo so are very light.  I bought these in Superdrug and must admit to taking ages to choose as there were several options, the range is fairly extensive and they are extremely good value as they are lovely brushes and well priced.  I've just checked the Superdrug.com website and they are all on there if you want to go and have a look.

Before I bought these (and my Real Techniques which I will do a post on soon) I'd been using a mixture of Laura Mercier, MAC and Bobbi Brown brushes as well as a Ruby & Millie brush which just goes to show how long I've had them as Ruby & Millie are not in business as a brand any more (more's the pity).  I don't think I realised before the importance of having good brushes, and clean brushes as well, they really do make a difference to the application of make up and the overall
finished look.

Great for Travel

I took the Fresh & Flawless Complexion Brush Set on holiday (hence the photo of them on the sunbed) as they were in a very handy case that I just put in my bag.  When I got home they went straight in my brush pot alongside my new Real Techniques brushes (another brand I'm currently obsessed with!).   I washed them gently in Baby Shampoo and flat dried them over a towel on the radiator overnight and they were good as new in the morning.

Maria xx


ecotools make up brushes
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Hello and Eleven Things About Me



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This is just a quick post to say hello and thank you to everyone who has followed my blog recently, I'm aware it's a while since I've done a hello this is who I am kind of post so I thought I'd introduce myself again.  So, here are eleven things that might help you to get to know me a bit better.

I'm 43 which makes me the same age as Cameron Diaz, Sophia Vergara, Jennifer Garner and Gwynneth Paltrow.  Unfortunately that's where the similarity ends, my bank balance is way down compared to theirs!

I love the colour yellow, doesn't matter how bright it is, it makes me feel happy.

My favourite bag brand is Radley. 

I recently got a Fitbit and am now slightly obsessed with how many steps I am walking per day.

I've used Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara since it came out in 1998.  I've yet to find another mascara that suits my lashes as well as this one does, though I've moved from black/brown to just black now.

I'm a Summer person, I like the light.  Winter makes me grumpy.

At the moment I am a stay at home Mama but am going to work part time when my littlest boy starts Year One.  Can't decide what to do though, research is required.

I'm not a sports fan but I love the gym and pilates which I've done for five years. 

I still can't get my head round contouring.  I've tried, I just can't do it!

I've just paid £130 for three pairs of school shoes for my kids.  (Lies down in a darkened room to recover).  They've all got skinny ankles and high arches so I like to have them fitted properly. 

I don't like coffee, I'm a tea girl, there's something really comforting about a nice brew.

So there you are, a few things about me, thanks for following and speak to you soon.

xx


Me on the Disney bus with two of my three boys

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Hawaiian Tropic SPF 15 with added Tan

At last a sun cream with a tanning tint included, thank you Hawaiian Tropic!  I spied this in Boots and bought it out of curiosity, because even if the golden tint hadn't been all that good I wouldn't have cared, because I love the smell of Hawaiian Tropic.  Happily I was impressed with the tanning results too. 

For a start it sinks in almost straight away and dries quickly and unlike some others I've tried isn't slimy, it's a spray which I prefer as it's more accurate and there is less waste.  I used this mostly on my legs and was really pleased with the results.  As a red head my skin is very pale and I found this product made them look sun kissed and healthy for my colouring rather than too dark or orange as some of them tend to do on me.  I mentioned in the title that it's SPF 15 this means it can't be classed as a sunblock so please don't use this instead of a higher factor cream if that's what you need on holiday.  I found this perfect for me in the UK but on holiday I just put my usual SPF 30 or the kids factor 50 over the top and voila, no burning. 

It isn't a gradual tanner, it's a put on then wash off one so if that's what you're after you're better going for the usual Dove, Garnier, Johnsons etc, however if you're looking for a really nice "day" tan with the added bonus of an SPF then this ones for you.  The price is £14.99 which is quite a lot, having said that the price is in line with that of your usual sun creams so I guess it's fair enough.  As I said before I bought this in Boots but I know you can get it in Superdrug and I've seen it online as well, more recently on www.thesuncareshop.com and it was on sale there too (bargain). 

Let me know if you've tried this and what you think.

Happy Holidays!

Maria xx




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