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






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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


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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.

  1. It stays on.  I do love a lippy that doesn't need re-applying twenty times a day.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!





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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
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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




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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Take a look! Beauty Aware is on Instagram!

Did you know that Beauty Aware is on Instagram?  I'd love to have you follow, if you'd like to, please click the link below.

Beauty Aware Instagram Account

I've got it set as a private account but please send a request anyway as I always approve them. 

I'm also always looking for other beauty bloggers or beauty accounts to follow so please leave your links in the comments.





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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
My FOTD

No7 eyeshadow palette

Benefit and Smashbox Blushers

No7 lipgloss and Revlon concealer



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