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


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Catwalk by Tigi Oatmeal and Honey Shampoo

I bought this great Oatmeal and Honey shampoo and conditioner set from the Professional Beauty Show North (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.

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.

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).

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.  

Want to buy some? Check out these links! - loads to choose from on ebay, take your pick!  Lots of sellers at different prices. - one of my favourite sites that always seems to have a fantastic sale on.

Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner

750ml bottles - lasts a while!

*This post was originally published on 17 October 2015 and updated 19 June 2019


Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Easy and Quick Body Moisturiser - Vaseline Spray & Go

*This post was originally published on 18 February 2014 and updated on 18 June 2019

I LOVE this moisturiser.  There, I've said it.  I confess that I am really lax with body moisturiser, to be honest I usually only bother in the summer when there's bits of me on show (lazy, lazy, lazy)!   I've been using this one for a while now and I'm SO impressed with it that I thought I'd share this short review with you.

Firstly, there is no lid as such, to open and close the bottle there is a click left to right mechanism, this is great for me as I am bad with lids, I never replace them and things always dry up.  Also, if you're carrying it in your gym bag or whatever there's no danger that it's going to pop open and expensively moisturise the inside of your bag and all your clothes ...

Secondly, the spray itself is very good.  It doesn't squirt too much or too little but just enough so that you can do a couple more sprays if you need it.  The smell is also lovely, the one in the picture is "Pure Oat Extract & Stratys" (what's a straty?) but I am also using the Cocoa Butter one (brown bottle) and that smells heavenly too.

The moisturiser itself sinks in straight away, it takes literally seconds so you can actually put your clothes on straight after, plus it doesn't make your hands sticky either.  I really wish Vaseline would do a gradual tanner in a spray like this, I'd definitely use it.

Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturiser


Saturday, 2 February 2019

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

Winter skin sucks.  Well, mine does.  It's dry, patchy, tired, pale, dehydrated, I could go on ... but I won't.  Thing is, that I think most people struggle with their skin in the Winter so it's not like I'm alone in this but I just find it a bit depressing at an already quite depressing time of the year.  You know, getting up in the dark and then putting make up on but looking in the mirror first thinking 'blimey this needs a lot of work this morning'.  Still, I like a challenge!

Anyway, I'm working my way through some skincare saviours that I've been using for a while.  They aren't completely getting rid of the dry skin problem but they are alleviating it a bit.  One of these products is Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm.

Take your make up off!

I love taking my make up off at the end of the day.  I would never go to bed with make up on no matter how tired I am, I can't sleep if I don't feel like my skin can breathe.  While I'm usually a face wash kind of girl (with a swipe of micellar water to get the last little bits of make up off) I do use a balm a couple of times a week because I find that it really softens the skin and gets rid of the all the grime.

Moringa Cleansing Balm - what to do

I've no idea why it's called this but it smells really nice.  You don't need much, there should be a little spatula thingy in the box.  So, this is what you do.

Rub the balm into your face (massage it rather than scrub!). It should dissolve the make up, I also use it round the eye area, I'm not sure if I should but it's great for getting mascara off and I haven't had any ill effects (though best not do this if you've got sensitive eyes or whatever, obviously).

Then, leave it a couple of minutes to sink in.  It'll feel a bit greasy but that's when it does its best work!  While it's sinking in get a face cloth and dampen it in warm water.  Then place the cloth on your face and gently wipe the balm off, the make up should come with it.  I have to rinse the cloth, squeeze it out and repeat a couple of times before its completely clean and then I take a separate cloth and wipe my eyes.

Take another face cloth and dab the face dry.  No rubbing as it drags the skin.

Ta-da.  Skin is left feeling clean and soft.  Here's a YouTube video from Emma Hardie so you can see what she does.  Click here!

Price and where to buy

Now, there's no doubt that this is a glorious product, high end and very useable, does what it says on the tin etc.  However, the price is high, I would say really, for most people because it's £47.00 for 100ml which is quite a small pot and about £67.00 for 200ml.  So it's not something you can bung in your basket without a thought, you know?  But then, I think there are these really nice treat products that you can save up for, or request for birthday presents or ask for a gift voucher so you can put it towards it.  So I think overall, whilst pricey I do think its worth it but it's on the list of things I ask for and save for rather than an everyday staple.

You can get it online but also in Marks and Spencer beauty department.

I'd love to know if anyone else has tried this and what they thought.


Thursday, 31 January 2019

Let's review ... January

Bye January, see ya!

God, I hate January.  I'm sorry but I do.  It's dark and cold and feels literally endless.  There's even the cheek that there's 31 days in it not 30 and we all know that makes ALL the difference, right? (Perhaps that's just me???).  Also, the snow.  I don't like snow.  Pretty but treacherous, that's how I feel about snow.

Anyway, I for one am glad that tomorrow is February but I thought I'd just do a little review of what's been going on in January, in a few bullet points just to pull it all together and make it feel like it wasn't just one long round of getting up in the cold and dark.

Things I've enjoyed ...

  • The taste of Chunky Chocolate Slim Fast shake with extra protein.
  • All the family birthdays we've had (3) in January.
  • Going on two dates with my husband and having an actual conversation and one of them did not involve the kids!
  • Getting back into exercise, walking more and keeping an eye on my fit bit.
  • Using my slow cooker.   I've had it ages and only just started to use it.  Wish I'd done it before - so easy and the kids love it!

Things I haven't enjoyed ...

  • The snow/rain/wind
  • Getting up in the dark
  • Saying "blow your nose" and "use a tissue" and "wash your hands I don't want your germs" to my kids for the entire month.  There has not been a single day where we have all been fully well.
  • Mopping the kitchen floor every five minutes because the dog is always out barking at rabbits and then comes back in and makes a lovely little paw print trail on my kitchen tiles!

Things I'm proud of ...

  • Writing my essay on child attachment for my OU course and submitting it before the deadline.
  • Ignoring the cupboard full of Christmas chocolate.
  • Seeing a really nice pair of sandals in Marks & Spencer and not buying them because I DON'T NEED THEM IN JANUARY!!!
  • My eldest son's first podcast.
  • Writing more than four blog posts in 31 days.  Given that I only wrote four in 365 days last year ... oops.

Things I bought ...

  • Several lip balms (including Nivea, Carmex and Burt's Bees - reviews to follow).
  • A nice green jumper from Long Tall Sally.
  • A pair of brown boots exactly the same as my black ones (to ring the changes a bit!)
  • Tax for the car.
  • Insurance for the car.
  • A replacement dishwasher for the one that went kaput before Christmas.

As I type, the temperature has dropped to minus 1, hopefully by the February review it will at least be attempting to warm up a bit!

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