Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Need a balm for Winter lips? Try AVON Anew Lip Plumping Conditioner

Brrr, it's chilly out there today!  It made me think about what I use on my face because the temperature has dropped so much in the last couple of days that I've really had to re-think my skincare routine and the cosmetic products I use on my face. 

Regular readers to this blog will know that I am a little bit of a lipstick addict (putting it mildly), I always have been and rarely go out with completely bare lips but in the Winter I think it's even more important to cover your lips with a lipstick, gloss or balm when you go outside.  The cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin and make your lips really sore (I can vouch for this I did one dog walk at the weekend without anything on my lips and I've been suffering ever since).  When you twin this with being run down or having a cold (your skin is the first thing to dry out as your body diverts water elsewhere) then basically things aren't looking very good.  Those of us that get the dreaded cold sores are also at risk of an outbreak when we are run down or out in very cold weather.
Avon ANEW Lip Plumping Conditioner

When I placed my last Avon order I thought I would get a couple of bits for myself, alongside a couple of nail polishes (Gel Shine is my favourite nail polish brand at the moment) and I thought I'd try a lipstick from the ANEW range.  I'm already a big fan of their skincare products (blog post coming soon on that) but I hadn't tried any make up. 

So this is what I got.


Avon ANEW Lip Plumping Lip Conditioner


£9.00 (this is down to £5.50 in some Campaigns, keep an eye out).

What's it got in it?

SPF15 with plumping retinol and collagen

What colours are there?

Berry Tint (reddish)
Honey Tint (brownish)
Rose Tint (pinkish)


I'll be honest, I've never been one for lip balms, mainly because I find they don't give a great deal of colour and they rub off easily which means you have to reapply every five seconds (well, that's an exaggeration but you know what I mean).  I'm very impressed with this though, it gave a really good colour, I used Berry Tint as I wanted a reddish colour for this time of year, if it had been Spring or Summer I probably would have bought Rose Tint instead.

Wearing Berry Tint

I wasn't sure of the price at first, personally I think £9.00 is a lot of money to part with if you're not sure of the product but then when you compare them to the likes of Revlon, Max Factor and Cover Girl etc, their lipsticks are a similar price so I can kind of reconcile that one and, having used this one I would purchase one in another colour, think I will get Rose Tint next. 

I have to say it did last quite a long while and, I'm pleased to report did not bleed into the little lines round my lips (something all ladies of a certain age will understand and be quite thankful for).  My lines aren't bad but they are there and there are some lipsticks that are a bit of a no-no now I'm getting older.  The retinol and collagen will have helped with the plumping out of the lines I think.  It's nice packaging too, quite sleek but feels substantial, I have been keeping mine in my coat pocket for top ups!

To check out all things Avon please go to the Avon Store you will find these in the lipstick and ANEW sections.

Love, Maria


Monday, 28 November 2016

Avon Gel Shine - Lavender Sky

I do love to review a nail polish and this has been one of my favourites throughout the Summer.  I started Avon in May and this was one of the first products I bought for myself.  I figured that if I was going to be recommending products to my customers then the least I could do was to try the products first. 

If you've read my other nail polish posts you'll know I hate chipping and that I've got weak nails.  I also like it to dry quickly.  Prior to this, the only "gel" effect I'd tried was Sally Hansen (which I still love) so I was hopeful that this would cut the mustard so to speak.

I was pleased that it did and I'm now on my second bottle!  Check out the photo below to see what it looks like on my nails.

Avon Gel Shine - Lavender Sky

Colour and Brush

I particularly like this colour because it's a little bit different from my usual pink nails but subtle and if it chips a little you don't notice it straight away though I must stay I find it very long lasting and that's without the special Avon gel shine top coat which is well worth the money because it does give the polish extra shine and increases the time between coats.  I also like the brush as it's not too big making it much easier to be precise particularly when painting the hand you don't write with!

The Gel Shine Range

The Gel Shine range has been one of Avon's best selling products this year, it has no less than 31 shades to choose from (it started with 24 and they added a few more throughout the year) and the price is a very reasonable £7.00 per bottle though it is regularly on half price (which is the best time to stock up and try new shades).  I can recommend the colours Parfait Pink, Barely There and Very Berry, these have been my staple shades this year, I've currently got Very Berry on my toes even though they're stuck under my socks and boots for the next six months!  I like that I can have nails that give a 'gel effect' without having to put them under a UV lamp, it's quick and easy which it's brilliant if you don't have much time.

Don't forget you can shop Avon nail polish online by clicking here and you can see all the other shades here too.

Or to see all the Avon products go to the Main Avon Page.


Gel Shine Range - photo taken from Avon brochure


Sunday, 20 November 2016

My Latest Beauty Haul (do not shop when you are fed up!)

The other day I went into Superdrug to get some headache tablets as having spent half the night up with my coughing 8 year old, my head was banging and I needed some assistance in making it stop.  So after my school run I took myself into town in the rain (which did not help my mood) and the plan was to pop into Superdrug, get the tablets, whizz into Sainsbury's to buy teabags, milk and bread and go home.

So that's what happened.  Well, almost. 

In fact what transpired was a 40 minute stroll round Superdrug after picking up said medication and I ended up buying so much that I had to buy a carrier bag (don't get me wrong I don't mind paying 5p) as it wouldn't fit in my handbag. 

Here's the haul.

Revlon HD Lip Color (Seduction)

I was so happy with the other colours I've purchased that I didn't have to argue with myself too much about getting another and I'm really pleased with this one too. I chose the colour Seduction as it's nude but not too nude, I like it because it doesn't wash me out like so many paler lip colours do.  It'll definitely be a Lipstick Love ... post in the future.

MUA Matte single eye shadow

I've only got a few things from MUA but everything I've got I really like, MUA is also great value, this single eye shadow was £1.00 and is a great base colour for neutral days.

V05 Frizz Free Cream and V05 Smoothly Does It Serum

Always in the market for products that claim to make my hair frizz free and smooth these were a bargain because it was on a 2 for £4.00 offer

Anelco Beer Shampoo and  Conditioner

This was an impulse buy, I used to use beer shampoo and conditioner sachets years and years ago and I wanted to see if this was the same.  I've yet to try it.

Pack of 2 printed emery boards

A girl can never have too many emery boards, especially someone with nails like mine that are constantly chipping and flaking. 

64 My Little Star Baby Wipes

These were on special offer.  I always carry baby wipes in my bag even though my kids are no longer babies as they are amazing for sticky fingers, mouths and you can even use them to catch a runny nose if you don't have a tissue. 

L'Oréal Color Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick (Rouge Gold)

Ooh, it's a long time since I bought a L'Oréal lipstick but I'm having a bit of a lipstick obsession at the moment.  I've currently got several Avon ones on the go (I will review them), I just felt like I needed some different colours.  This one is a gorgeous shade of red with a gold shimmer running through it.  It's not a bright red, more of a muted cheerful red so it's not too in your face.  I've only worn it once but thought it looked really nice.  And I've always loved the smell of L'Oréal lipsticks too.

I think the Panadol are self explanatory!

As I drove home I decided that I did feel less like a bear with a sore head and as not a single tablet had passed my lips at that time, I decided that it was the act of buying the haul that had improved my mood and my headache.  I think they call it Comfort Buying, it's in the same category as Comfort Eating but with less calories. 

It was only when I got home that I realised I'd forgotten to go to Sainsburys so I had to go back later in the day!

I'm not sure when my next haul will be.  Probably after Christmas as I really need to concentrate on Christmas shopping from now on, I haven't done any at all.  I wish I could be one of those organised people that has it done by the end of August or at the very latest, October, but I'm not.  I leave it until the last minute and then just do it all in one go. 

Maria xx


Saturday, 12 November 2016

What's in the November Glossybox?

Oh look, is it  November already? I managed to miss posting about the October Glossybox but I'm right here with the November one so let's have a looksee what's in it.  Actually, if there are any other Glossybox girls out there I'd love to know if you got anything different in your boxes and what you thought of it. 

111 Skin Bio Facial Treatment Mask

111 Skin Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask
I've only just ventured into the face mask thing, years ago they were all gloopy and sticky and they made my skin sore but I've recently used a couple that I really like so it'll be interesting to try this one.  It's a full size product from www.111skin.com you leave it on for 20 minutes or more to really let it sink into your skin.  I'll report back.  This product is worth £20 so you know, quite pricey for a face mask, I imagine it won't be on my shopping list anytime soon but lovely to try.

De Bruyere Beauty Jumbo Eye Pencil - Bubble 07

De Bruyere Beaute Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bubble 07
A lot of my eye pencils are courtesy of Glossybox, there must be at least one every other month.  This would be a problem for some people but not for me because I love eye pencils and use them every day.  This one is a jumbo pencil (remind me to dig out the jumbo kohl pencil sharpener) which is great because you can easily put it all over the eyelid or just the lash line.  I've got a couple of jumbo pencils from Kiko Milano which I love, they are so easy to use.  Bubble 07 appears to be a deep green/grey colour so really Autumnal and should go with most looks.  This is a full size product RRP 15euros, for more information on the De Bruyere range www.debruyerebeaute.com/fr

Wilkinson Sword Raspberry Rain Razors

Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Raspberry Rain Disposable Razors
I have to admit I squealed with delight when I saw this, yes I know that sounds weird but I love it when I get a new razor to try because it saves me buying a new one!  All my recent razors have been courtesy of Glossybox (or Birchbox before I gave them up).  This one is disposable, you get three in a packet so I'm good for a little while now!  RRP for this product is £5.69 for packet of 3, website link is www.buy.wilkinson-sword.co.uk

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
What a great product to try, brilliant for me as I do have trouble sleeping (not falling asleep just staying asleep) so anything that helps me to sleep I'm willing to try.  This Works do some amazing products, I'm still in love with a leave in conditioner from one of last years' boxes.  This isn't a full size product but the RRP for the full size is £16.00 www.thisworks.com.

Ruby Professional Blending Brush

Ruby Professional Large Tapered Blending Brush
This has just fallen straight into my hands because I'm currently working on a blog post about make up brushes so I am pleased with this.  It's only in the last year or so that I've really sat up and taken much notice of make up brushes and how to use them.  This one is a blending brush and again, I have only recently worked out how to blend properly (courtesy of a YouTube video from make up artist Lisa Eldridge).  To check out the brush and the rest of the range go to www.shopruby.ie

A Chocolate

This is a chocolate called Raffaello.  I'm not a fan of receiving chocolates in beauty boxes, because I buy the box so I can try new beauty products not eat fancy chocolate.  I'm also not a fan of fancy chocolate, I prefer a Galaxy or a bar of Dairy Milk.  Sorry Glossybox, not happy.  Rant over!

Maria xx                                                             Related Post  What's in the September Glossybox

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

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

Want to read more?
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)


Monday, 7 November 2016

Thinking About ... Autumn

Autumn (my feet, my garden, boots from Marks & Spencer)

This is a bit of a lifestyle post, just some musings about Autumn really.  I'm not usually an Autumn person, I hate the dark nights and I'm not a fan of being cold either.  Other people like snuggling up in front of the fire and frosty mornings.  I would rather wear flip flops and have daylight until 9pm.
I should probably be a dormouse hibernating until Spring, that would suit me absolutely fine!

This year however, I've been really aware of the change in the seasons, I know that sound a bit naff but it's true.  I'm constantly trying to find ways of alleviating stress and I think it's important to step outside the moment sometimes and just be aware of your surroundings to clear your mind.  I've been so struck by how pretty Autumn is, the colours are really beautiful and I've tried to take photos of times when I've been aware of it.  It seemed to me that there are certain things that make me feel like it's Autumn regardless of the weather and the changing leaves so I have created a little Autumn moodboard (my first one - ever!).  Photos below, scroll down for the explanations.

Things that make me feel like it's Autumn

Top Row

Deeper lipstick colours
I do find that I change my lipsticks with the seasons, I wear a lot less pink and start to wear deeper colours that go with blacks and browns and deep greens. 

Snuggled up dog
This picture represents early mornings in the dark!  I took this one morning after I got out of the shower, my little Buddy was snuggled up in my bed.  He did not want to wake up and he did not want to go for a walk either.  He is basically laying exactly where I wish I was! 

Coat with a hood
I love this coat, I bought it last year, it's so snuggly and warm and I love the fact that it's got a hood and the furry bit round it.  Not only does it keep my ears warm it has been known to save my hair from 'damp frizz' on the school run in the mornings.  I need to dig this coat out again now it's getting much colder.

Dressing table lighting mirror
It's always more problematic doing my makeup in the latter months of the year as the lighting is so bad, I've got this mirror that has a natural light ring round it which does really help me to put the right amount of blusher on.  It's also got a magnifying mirror on the other side should I wish to scare myself and look at myself close up that early in the morning.  It's from Boots, I think it's a No7 product.

Middle Row

Casual Skirts
I do wear skirts all year round (when I'm not in my 'Mummy' clothes) but these are my favourites for Autumn and Winter, they are little corduroy skirts from M&S, button front and look great with 40 or 60 denier black tights and boots and a plain jumper.  I have been known to wear leggings with them as well when the weather is too nippy for tights.  They are super comfortable and they come to just above the knee so not teeny tiny but comfortable and practical too.

Heated Rollers
I don't know why but the only time I use my heated rollers unless I'm going out is during the Autumn/Winter.  I think it's because my hair needs more help during these months and it probably spends less time in a ponytail or scraped back than it does in the summer when it's warmer.  I've had these for a couple of years, I wrote a post about them a while back, they're great.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
In the summer I tend to use more colour around my eyes, in the Autumn I go for more neutral colours, browns, golds and beige (I hate the word beige but you know the colour I'm talking about).  I've got several great natural palettes but I always go back to this one it's tried and tested and no matter how tired I am in the morning I know I'm always going to get a good result even if I'm applying it when I'm half asleep.  It's the only Naked palette I own though, I haven't got any of the others (yet). 

Halloween is a big deal in this house, firstly it's my Mum's birthday and the day after my youngest son's birthday and secondly the boys really love dressing up and going trick or treating.  Actually it's not proper trick or treating it's pre-arranged with family and friends we don't knock on random doors.  In recent years the boys have persuaded hubby and I to get into the spirit of things and dress up too.  Hubs is very good at costumes, I only have two that I switch between, one is a witch (complete with dress, wig and hat) and the other one is a cat which is basically wearing all black, black wig and drawing cat eyes and whiskers on my face.  The picture on the board is of two of the boys the year they were a Power Ranger and Mike The Knight.  It was taken a couple of years ago, they are much bigger now.

Bottom Row

Both of these pictures have been taken recently, the first was the first time it was frosty, I thought it was really pretty with the frost sitting on the leaves like that.   Then I checked out the car and realised the de-icer was required (not so happy about that).  The second picture is of a tree that I pass on my school run twice a day, in fact I pass it every day as it's just by the entrance to the road in which we live.  I should explain that I love trees, I don't know why.  This tree is huge, it's got amazing leaves and is a very good indicator of where we are in the year, I always know when it's Spring because it's one of the first ones to show signs of leaves and now, as you can see, they are turning deep green and gold before they fall.  This photo was taken a week or so ago.  As of today there are more leaves on the ground than on the tree, infact the path and part of the road is covered and the dog had a field day snuffling round in them on his walk this morning.

Happy Autumn everyone!

Maria xx


Saturday, 29 October 2016

FOTD on 29 October 2016

Here's another FOTD for you, I decided to ring the changes a bit today, I scrabbled around my make up drawer and decided to use an eyeshadow palette I haven't used for a long time, namely Urban Decay Naked Basics.  It's an old favourite of mine from about two years ago, you can see from the photo that it's very well used!  I'm also wearing my Revlon HD Ultra Matte Lip Color in Devotion, I've got three different colours of these now and I love them.  They are on my list of recent purchases to review in the near future!

Products used are listed below:

Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palette
Benefit Blusher - Hervana
Benefit Blusher - Dandelion
Hard Candy Sheer Envy Pamper Perfecting Primer
Revlon HD Ultra Matte Lip Color - Devotion
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara - Black
Kiko Milano Intense Colour eye pencil - No 11 (Blue/Green)
Revlon Concealer - Light Pale
No 7 Lift & Luminate Foundation (not pictured)

Maria xx
Link to FOTD 3 October blog post


Friday, 21 October 2016

Autograph Amazing Radiance Cream by Rosie Huntington-Whitely

For a while now I've been wanting to try the new Rosie Huntington-Whitely skincare and make up range for Autograph.  Rosie has been modelling for Marks and Spencer for quite some time and has had her lingerie collection in store for a while now and this year she has branched into skincare and make up.

Marks and Spencer beauty department has changed!

Marks and Spencer have always had a beauty department but over the last couple of years it has really changed.  It used to be a few body creams and shower gels with the odd lipstick and eye shadow thrown in but they had a big refurbishment in 2014 and now the beauty department is somewhere I can get lost in for quite a long time, it's very nicely set out and has a nice mixture of brands from Stila, Ren and Cowshed to Pixi by Petra, Barry M and Bourjois.

Why did I buy it?

I knew when I went into the shop that I was going to get something from Miss Rosie H-W's range as I'd seen it advertised and had read about it but I just wasn't sure what I wanted.  The lipsticks were lovely colours but I wasn't in the market for another lipstick, then I checked out the blushers but again, they were pretty much what I already had at home.  So after much consideration I chose two products to purchase, the Amazing Radiance Cream and an eye shadow palette.  I have more than enough eye shadow palettes but they are my "thing" and I couldn't resist plus I knew I'd use it.

Autograph Amazing Radiance Cream

What does it do?

The 35ml Amazing Radiance Cream comes in a little bottle in a rose gold box.  I love rose gold, I know it's everywhere at the moment but I do love it.  The cream is a "brightening cream for instant radiance", sounds good, right?  An added plus is that it has a small amount of SPF in it (SPF 6) which is not a sunblock by any means but definitely worth having in a face cream. 

While this can be worn by itself or under a foundation I have actually only used it as a highlighter so far, on my cheeks and a little bit on my brows.  I can see why it is called a radiance cream because the shimmery pigments do perk up the skin considerably and I was pleased that it can be easily blended and that it sits well with blusher over the top, or over the top of blusher too.

Would I buy it again?

The only thing I'm not thrilled about is the price, this cream costs £18.  While it is lovely I'd have been happier paying around the £12 or £13 mark for it but I can see that there would have been marketing costs and the packaging is really pretty.  I'd have to think hard about replacing it as I do own other highlighters that do the same job for less money.

Here's the link to Rosie's Autograph range if you want to have a look.  By the way, I love the Rosie eye shadow palette and I'll review that soon.

Rosie for Autograph Make Up Range

Love, Maria


Friday, 7 October 2016

Lipstick Love ... No7 Classic Rose

We're going back a few years for this latest Lipstick Love, I think I bought it around 2008.  At the time I was going through a No7 phase, I was constantly in Boots trying and buying (I also had a thing for their eyeshadow palettes around that time).  I've just realised that if I bought it in 2008 it's 8 years old which means that I probably should have ditched it by now for hygiene reasons.  Oh well. 

No7 Classic Rose is one of my all time favourites. 

If the word "Rose" is in the name of the lipstick I'm drawn to it like a moth to a flame.  Something inside my head goes "ooh that might suit you" and that's because pretty much all Rose based lipsticks do suit me and I know they'll look nice. 

So why do I love this lipstick?  Here's why:

It stays on.  I do love a lippy that doesn't need re-applying twenty times a day.

Classic Rose is both a Winter and Summer colour which means I can wear it all year round.  Some of my other lipsticks, particularly the pinky based ones I only wear in the Summer as they don't look as good when my face is super pale.

The colour and non-drying consistency.  It's a matte lipstick (though not overly matte) which means that the colour is quite deep but it's subtle.

I always judge a lipstick by how I feel about replacing it when it runs out.  So would I replace No7 Classic Rose.  Yes, I definitely would!

Love, Maria


Thursday, 6 October 2016

What's in the September Glossybox?

Yes, I know it's October but I've only just got round to unearthing the September Glossybox from under a huge pile of post.   I kind of feel like September whizzed past and I don't really know where it went, does anyone else fee like that?

It's got to be said that I do actually love the boxes as much the products inside the boxes, I re-use them to store my make up (and my gym socks - don't ask) in.  September's came in a beautiful red box, that's because the contents of the box were chosen by Annabel Meggeson who is the Beauty Director of Red Magazine.

The contents of the box are:

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion
Revlon Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat
Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask
Rodial Smokey Eye Pen

I love trial sized mascara's as I always feel it's a risky business buying a brand new mascara because what if you use it once and hate it?  The trial ones are great, they're small enough to try, if you like it you can buy a full size one knowing that you're going to wear it.

Firming Body Emulsion - I giggled when I saw what this was called because emulsion to me is stuff you buy from B&Q and put on your walls not your body.  But anything that's got the word "firming" in it is definitely worth a try so I shall be enjoying testing this particular emulsion out.  Plus it's much less boring than the one from B&Q.

This is perfect for me as I'm really into my top coats at the moment.  I've been using an Avon one and one I got from the Professional Beauty Show by Sparitual.  Anything that prolongs the longevity of a nail polish is fine by me as I can't stand my nails being chipped. 

I've no idea what this is except it's a face mask, an actual mask for your face.  I'll report back.

You can never have too many eye pencils in my opinion, I've got loads.  Black is always welcome as it's versatile and I've tested this on my hand and the tip is really soft so will be good for a smoky eye but also for lining the upper lash line which I like to do sometimes as it finishes off an eye look perfectly and as I don't wear false lashes (I've never got on with them) it helps my mascara define the eye area.  I did a bit of research on Rodial as I hadn't heard much about them, their site looks really good!  www.rodial.co.uk. And this pen is a full size pen and is worth £17.00!  I'd better not lose it.

Related post What's in the June Glossybox

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Make Up of The Day (5 October 2016)

I'm really loving doing the FOTD's this week!  Although there's no photo of my actual face today as I got distracted by the kids and forgot to do one.  So it's more of a make up of the day rather than face I guess.   I decided to wear my Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude foundation as I didn't sleep well and needed the extra coverage this morning.  I love it because it glides on so beautifully with a brush and stays put all day.

The Laura Mercier pencil was one I got in a set last Christmas, they are mini pencils in five different colours (the colours are blue, purple, black, brown and sage).  Laura Mercier pencils are lovely as they are very soft and don't drag at your eyes which is important but they are also easily "smudgeable" which is great for a smoky eye look!  The Sleek palette is one of three that I own, I particularly like this one because it is very natural and all the colours are useable.  Plus it's mineral based.  Combined with the Kiko eye base it does stay put all day too - bonus.

The MUA Shimmer Highlight has been a favourite of mine since the Springtime.  At the time I was watching loads of YouTube videos on how to contour and but I never actually managed to make it look right so I gave up but I was learning loads about highlighting at the same time so I bought this MUA highlighter and have never looked back, I love it.  I get loads of comments on it as it's subtle but so pretty.  It's also extremely good value, about £3.00 I think.  Definitely one I'll replace when it's finished.

Products used are listed below:

Sleek i-Divine eyeshadow palette (601- Au Naturel)
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara (Black)
Avon ANEW Vitale Primer
Kiko Milano Eye Base
MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlight (Pink Shimmer)
Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick (095 - Finale)
Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation
Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye Pencil (Sage)
Smashbox Soft Lights Blusher (Prism)

Review on Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation
Review on Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick


Monday, 3 October 2016

FOTD on 3 October 2016

Not much writing in today's post, just a few photos, I thought I'd do a Face of The Day or FOTD.

Products I used today are pictured and listed below.  It's an interesting mix of some of my beloved favourites like the 2000 Calorie mascara and newer purchases like the ANEW Vitale primer and the Cover Girl Simply Ageless foundation which I'm smitten with.

No7 Mini Eye Palette (Shades taken from popular No7 colours)
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara (Black)
Kiko Milano Eye Base
Avon ANEW Vitale Primer
Cover Girl Simply Ageless 3in1 Foundation (210 Classic Ivory)
Smashbox Soft Lights Blusher (Prism)
Benefit Hervana Blusher
No7 Shine & Tint Lipgloss (Ballet)
Revlon Concealer (Light Pale)

FOTD products 3 October 2016

No7 eyeshadow palette

Benefit and Smashbox Blushers

No7 lipgloss and Revlon concealer


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Another Pink Nail Polish! Collection Field Day 'Peony'

So here's another one to add to the pink nail polish collection, this one is called Peony and it's from Collection (they used to be called Collection 2000).  I got it in a Glossybox earlier on this year and I've only just used it.  I wasn't sure of the colour at first, this isn't the sort of pink I'm drawn to, if it were a lipstick I'd reject it because it would be the wrong shade if you know what I mean?  It's not bright pink, it's not pale pink its 'in-between' pink and it's not always 'me'.  But, it was in the box so you know, I thought I'd try it. 

Pink, Pink, Pink!

As I've probably said before I've got a really large collection of pink nail polishes, I'm just drawn to them, I don't know why.  This one definitely needs two coats as one coat is almost see through and was a little bit patchy, I maybe didn't shake the bottle before I applied it, I don't know.  Two coats was much better, and I put a glossy top coat over it as well to stop chipping and to give extra shine.  It lasted longer than I thought it would considering the first coat was really thin so I was pleased.  I'm still not sure about the colour, I might have to wear it a few more times before I love it as much as some of the others I own.  What do you think?  Do you like the colour?

Incidentally, there are three colours in the Field Day Collection, Heather, Peony and Peach Blossom and cost £1.99, I think this is a really great price for a basic polish that you can wear every day.

If you like reading about nail polishes click on the related posts below.

Love, Maria

Related Posts

Why I love Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
Barry M Nail Varnish and a MAC Lipstick
Max Factor Glossfinity Nails | Review


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Summer Tan - what I used to fake it this Summer!

This is a short and sweet post to show you which products I used to feel less pale on holiday (even though I've been back for just over a month).  We had an amazing week in Southern Spain but it was super hot so the Factor 50 came out and I hid under a big hat in the shade.  I managed to fake a tanned glow by using a combination of the three products below and I was really pleased with the results which I thought I'd review below incase anyone's having a late summer holiday or whizzing off somewhere gorgeous in October half term.  Sadly, for me, these products have been wiped at the nozzle and put away in a dark place until the sun (and my legs) come out again next Spring.  Bye legs, bye tanning products, hello leggings and tights!

Hawaiian Tropic Touch of Color with Factor 15
I first used the Hawaiian Tropic a year ago and I reviewed it then.  I still love it.  I'm on my second bottle now, click here to read the full review.  I'm completely addicted to the smell, it smells like holidays, I love it.  The one in the photo is one I purchased in Florida earlier this year, my original one was from Boots in the UK.

Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer
If I'm honest I bought this quite a long time ago, used it once then it went back in the cupboard.  I found it when I was sorting out and decided to use it.  It was only after I'd sprayed it on my legs that I had the sudden thought that there might be a best before date on it and it might have gone off but by that time it was too late, whatever would be, would be.  Luckily for me it hadn't gone off and there were no orange after effects.  As I'm really quite pale I only needed two applications for it to change the colour on my legs, and even though I took it away with me I didn't use it as I topped up with the other products.  I'll probably buy another one next year.  It was easy to apply and it even though I'm usually terrible at applying fake tan this was easy and I didn't miss any bits.

Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived Body Lotion with Tanning
Check this out!  Dove have come a long way in the last ten years, remember the original Dove tanning lotion that smelled like biscuits even after it was long dried (it wasn't only Dove, the Johnson & Johnson one was bad too).  Well, this is nothing like that one.  It feels more like a luxury body lotion than anything else and sinks in straight away.  To be honest I'd use it as a body lotion anyway, regardless of the tanning element, it really did make my skin feel lovely and soft.  I found that the moisturising element was really long lasting and it didn't smell at all bad. 


Monday, 1 August 2016

Review on Amie Deep Cleansing Face Mask

Hello beauties, it's been a while but I thought I'd write this post on a product that I'm really loving at the moment, it's the Amie Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask.  To be honest, I'm not usually one for face masks, in the old days I found them a bit slimy and they used to really dry out my skin, or worse, make it all red and sore so I hardly ever used them.  I'll admit they've come a long way since then, there's a mask for everything, dry, oil, sensitive and even ageing skin.

Who is Amie?

The Amie range was created by Fiona Parkhouse for her then teenage daughter Samantha, who was experiencing what we all do at that age, breakouts as well as sensitive skin.  Fiona used to work for Estee Lauder so she knows a thing or two about skincare.  Amie was on the market predominantly as a teenage skincare range but clearly everyone is able to use it (I'm testimony to this in my forties!).  Amie is made up of purely natural products therefore there isn't anything in it that will irritate your skin.  Anyway, the reason I'm talking about this one from Amie is because I was really surprised at how good it was.  The Spring Clean Deep Cleansing Mask is designed to sink deep into your pores to get rid of oiliness and blemishes.  I was doubtful about the blemish thing at first but actually all my blemishes looked much better after I washed off the mask, I think the peppermint soothes the skin and also tightens pores.

Organic Peppermint, White clay and Lime Butter

It's pH balanced and paraben free and comprises organic peppermint (that's the bit I think helps the blemishes), white clay and lime butter.  It smells lovely.  I always do it before I go to bed, leave it on for 10 minutes, wash it off then go to sleep, then my skin has all night to breathe.  I use it about once a week but you can use it twice without it drying out your skin.  I was pleased to see that it washed off really easily, you just splash water on your face and it dissolves.  I find it leaves my skin really soft and feeling clean, like every last trace of dirt has just gone.  I'm pleased that I found this because it was an impulse buy (like most things I try!) and it's worked out really well, I would definitely buy it again.  It's relatively fuss free and that's how I like my skincare.

Now for the information bit.  It's £5.95 and you can find it it in Waitrose and in Boots too.  I've just remembered that I bought the Amie face wash at the same time so I need to go and try that now.  I think £5.95 is probably quite a good price for a face mask given that it is 100ml and does last for quite a long time, personally I don't use very much but obviously that's my preference.

So in conclusion ... Amie, designed for teenagers but can also be used by forty year old women.


Amie Deep Cleansing Mask

Make up free and all face masked up!


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Why I Love Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

In February this year I reviewed the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail polish in Shock Wave, I think I raved about it and here I am four months later raving about it again, except in a different colour.

If you want pretty, pretty, pretty pink nails that are unobtrusive and long lasting you could go worse than to try Sally Hansen Miracle Gel.  If I'm honest I bought this one because of the colour, not because it was by Sally Hansen but as usual with Sally Hansen products, you get all the good stuff on your nails as well as a great colour.

I bought it earlier on this year, before I started Avon and I've worn it literally at least once a week since then.  I've never had gel nails (i.e. not done by a nail technician) but my mother in law has her's done and they always look gorgeous.  This appealed to me because I thought that it would be a great colour with a gel type finish, and I was right.

As you'll know with all my nail varnish reviews one of the things I need is longevity and by that I mean something that doesn't chip as soon as you start to load the dishwasher.  I also love pink, most of my polish collection is pink, it seems to suit me and if it's pale it's pretty but not in your face.  This ticks both of those boxes.  I also love that as with all Sally products it's full of all the right ingredients for your nails, by that I mean that there's strengthening agent and something else in it to stop them from flaking, I have terrible flaky nails so this is great for me.  If I'm in a hurry I just do one quick coat, the coverage is good so it looks like you've got a couple of coats on there, but obviously if you want a deeper colour or for it to last a bit longer then double up on the coats.

I've recommended this to all my family and friends (before and after I became an Avon rep) because I really do rate it.  It's £9.99 in Boots and there are a LOT of colours to choose from.

Read my other Sally Hansen polish review below:

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nails - Shock Wave Review

And my other nail polish reviews:

Rita Ora Rimmel

Max Factor Glossfinity

Rimmel Pro Nails


Saturday, 18 June 2016

Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo - Rose Gold

As you will know from my other posts, I'm a huge fan of Pixi by Petra, even moreso now that I can easily get hold of it at my local M&S beauty department.  I'm currently reviewing my blusher collection as I seem to only have a couple that I use on a regular basis but one is sometimes too pink, it depends how pale I am that day (or how I've done my make up!).  What I wanted was a blush that gives a nice glow on days where I need something subtle but isn't too shimmery. 

I have to say that the thing that drew me to this blush was the fact that it came beautifully packaged in a box with it's own little kabuki brush.  I never normally use these brushes but frankly this one is just cute and is so soft it just glides across your face.  I also like the fact that it's a "half and half" one half blush colour the other a highlighter.  I chose Rose Gold as that's the one that I thought would suit my skin best but there are other colours as well.

It's such a lovely product, the effect is really pretty, particularly when twinned with the Amazing Radiance Cream from Rosie Huntingdon-Whitely (I keep meaning to review this!).  There is a shimmer in beauty blush product but not too much and you can easily build it up to the colour you want.  I also found that it stayed on which I was super happy about because I find that I nearly always have to top up my blusher during the day (I probably need a fixing spray - mental note next time I go shopping).

Photo 1 - Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo and Kabuki Brush
Photo 2 - Me wearing the blush, unfortunately I had a cold when this was taken hence the red nose!
Photo 3 - Me wearing the blush, this time without the cold and with lipstick.  More emphasis on the rose than the gold here.