Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Lipstick Love ... Nuance Dusky Rose by Salma Hayek


Nuance by Salma Hayek

I hadn't heard of the Nuance brand before, sadly we don't have it here in the UK but the Nuance brand was created by the lovely Salma Hayek who has created a range of cosmetics exclusively for CVS Pharmacy.

So, this is Dusky Rose.  I love the packaging (I'm a self-confessed packaging magpie).  I think for what could be considered a budget range (I think the lipstick was under $10) it's 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.  My major lipstick bugbear is when they 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 sometimes and you can get a really gorgeous finish with this lipstick,  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 my lips and doesn't travel up or down your face!

Salma Hayek Nuance - Dusky Rose Lipstick


Close up (sort of)

Wearing Dusky Rose (ignore the messy dressing table please!)
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Monday, 4 November 2019

Pick me up for Autumn hair - Label M Protein Spray


I love writing about hair products, I'm always on the look out for a holy grail product if there is such a thing.

I think I've mentioned how much I like Label M products before and I've been a fan of their Curl Cream for a long time now but I have recently discovered their Protein Spray.  The one pictured below is just a little 50ml tester spray which I thought I'd try it before I bought a full sized one, I love tester products as it's a great way to find out if you like the product before you invest, it's particularly good for products that are a bit on the expensive side.

Does It Work?

Unsurprisingly, Label M Protein Spray didn't disappoint me, it smells gorgeous,  "a moisturising blend of jasmine, sweet pea, vanilla, wheat and soy" and is used on towel dried hair as a leave in conditioner.  My hair felt really shiny and strong (that must have been the protein!), I was particularly pleased with the shiny aspect as my hair generally doesn't have much of a shine to it no matter what I put on it! I've also used it as a pick me up on dry hair. 

The Label M Range

The Label M range is really quite extensive and was designed by Toni & Guy for their salons which is where my hairdresser recommended the curling cream, I have also used the curl spray but prefer the cream as it gives a more defined curl and I think it has a nicer scent.  Label M can be purchased from Toni & Guy salons but it is quite expensive, so I tend to find it online where you can get it a bit cheaper.  The 250ml bottle is better value but if you're travelling the 50ml is very handy as its easy to transport.  My regular leave in conditioner is from the Aussie range and I will continue to use that and probably use this a couple of times a week or when my hair needs a treat. 



Label M Protein Spray
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Saturday, 2 November 2019

EcoTools make up brushes


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These 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).  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).

Before I bought these 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.

These brushes are made of natural materials and are very soft and glide effortlessly across your eyes and face, the handles are made of bamboo so are very light.  The range of brushes is fairly extensive and extremely good value.

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.




ecotools make up brushes
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Monday, 28 October 2019

Easy and pretty eye shadow from Make Up Revolution


After reading good reviews for this Make Up Revolution palette on blogs and on the Superdrug website, I have to say that I am adding my thumbs up as well.  I was really struck with the size of it compared to the superb price.  I asked myself, is it really possible to get this many eyeshadows for under ten pounds AND for there to be so many rave reviews about them?

Turns out it is.

Redemption Pallete - Romantic Smoked

This Make Up Revolution palette has been on my eyelids for the past week and a half.  I haven't finished testing all the shades and playing about with it but what I have used I've been really pleased with (except for the purple colour on the right hand side which did not suit me at all, my colouring not a fault of the palette).  I'm rarely as super-pleased with a palette as I have been with this one.

What you get

There are 12 shades, half are frosted and half are matte so there's a lovely mix of shades and colours and they are easily mix and match-able, lots of day and night looks here and great colours for smoky eyes too.  I also used the black as a liner on the upper lid against my lashes and underneath, its not too porous so it doesn't give a harsh line it's more blended but you can build it up if you want.  These shadows are pretty long lasting too, particularly with a good eye primer which I always try to use now, it just smooths things out a bit and increases the longevity of the colour.

Basically, a good general palette that I think would pretty much suit most people and definitely worth the money.


Make Up Revolution - Romantic Smoked


My favourite is the lilac colour, fourth one from the right




* This post was originally posted 9/3/15
* This post was edited and refreshed 28/10/19

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascaras

It's safe to say that Max Factor 2000 Calorie in Black has been my staple mascara for about 20 years. It just works on me.  I like the brush, I like the consistency and I like the way I can wash it off without having to use endless amounts of eye make up remover.  I also like that it's a good price, 2000 Calorie is under £10.00.

So, before my recent holiday to Spain I bought two new 2000's, one was a waterproof mascara, as I envisaged swimming gracefully like a mermaid every day and the other was a curl mascara, I thought I'd try Black/Brown just for a change of colour.


1.  Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curl Addict

Great for curling lashes, I loved the black/brown colour too, it made a change from black.  I felt like my eyelashes really stood out even though they aren't particularly long and it didn't make my lashes feel thick or heavy, I'm not a fan of thick mascaras that weigh my lashes down.  I'd definitely buy this again and it was roughly the same price as the one I usually use.

2.  Max Factor 2000 Calorie

The one, the only, the original ... I have to say that because I've been wearing it for so long and therefore really the only review I can give it is a big old 10/10.  I just can't fault it.  I've tried others but I always go back to this one.  I like that the fibres on the brush are soft and natural, I don't like those sharp plastic pointy ones, they don't suit my lashes, I feel like they are scratching my eyelids (just me though I guess).  Obviously, I will buy this again, and again, and again.  It's got to be one of Max Factor's best selling products surely?  I might Google that and see what I can find out.


3.  Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Volume

I haven't bought a waterproof mascara for years because I find them a bit of a waste of money as I just don't use them enough before they dry out.  However, like I said before I'd decided that I was going to use it a lot because I was intending to spend a lot of time in the pool on holiday.  I wish I could say I was impressed with it but I'm not.  To be fair, it is waterproof, it didn't run and I was able to swim without it pouring down my face but I wasn't keen on the plasticky bristles on the brush and it did not give them any volume at all let alone 2000 calorie's worth.

If I'm honest though, I've never been impressed with any waterproof mascara, they've pretty much all been disappointing which is why I don't use them.  I will keep this because you never know when it will come in handy but I suspect it will dry out before I need to use it again.

Very happy with the others though!


Max Factor 2000 Calorie - my collection of mascaras

*This post was originally published on 23 August 2017, updated 20 June 2019

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