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Monday, 18 January 2021

Beauty Pie Plantastic Apricot Butter Cleansing Balm (with video)

 As cleansing beauty balms go, this is one of the best I've tried.  I've only had a Beauty Pie subscription for a few months but I've been super pleased with everything I've bought so far.  This product retails at £50 but for Beauty Pie members (who subscribe monthly) it costs just £13.93.  

If you want some information on Beauty Pie click the link and go to their website, it's all there and easy to read.

I like cleansing my face with a balm because it feels really clean afterwards and it gets all the make up off with one product rather than having to use a facewash, then a micellar water then a toner or whatever goes next.  So for me, it's quick and that's what I like because at the end of the day I just want to go to bed so I don't want too much fuss!

Ingredients include

  • Cold Pressed Rosehip Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Apricot Butter
All this will help to cleanse, nourish and purify your skin.

My tips on how to use - and a video!

I use cleansing cloth or a soft flannel (one per day) and rinse it in warm water and gently remove the balm and the make up from my face.  Sometimes, depending on whether I've got a lot of make up on it takes a bit longer to get it all off.  I also get my eye make up off with it, even mascara.  The key is not to 'scrub' as this pulls your skin but to dab firmly to get rid of the balm and make up residue.  If your mascara is very stubborn it might be an idea to get a cotton pad and some eye make up removed and just do a couple of wipe with that before you put the balm all over your face, it'll loosen the mascara and make it easier to wipe off.

Here's a video I made of me taking off make up with the balm, it was the first time I'd tried it so I wasn't sure how it was going to go.  




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Friday, 15 January 2021

Lisa Armstrong Collection for Avon

I need to talk about the new Lisa Armstrong for Avon range.

I've not ordered from Avon for ages, years in fact but recently a lovely school friend from back home has become a rep and you know you can order online on their shop page and then have it delivered direct to you?  Well I did that.  It arrived really quickly as well.

I could have bought more, obviously, but it was before Christmas so I thought I'd better start small with the first order.  So other than some Skin So Soft I ordered a couple of products from the Lisa Armstrong range.  Now Lisa (incase you don't know her) is famous in the UK for two things, first for being a top notch and highly rated make up artist who has worked on all sorts of TV and fashion shows (and the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing I believe, amongst other shows) but also because she used to be married to Ant McPartlin from Ant n' Dec and had the most awful time in the media when she was going through her divorce, bless her.



Light Up Concealer

So the first thing I went for is the Light Up Concealer because I did need a new concealer.  It's in pen form like Touch Eclat so easy to apply and I'd had something similar from Avon before so I thought it would be good.  The nice thing about this pen is that it does a lot of stuff, it conceals, it brightens, it's brilliant under eyes (because it's not heavy or thick) and you can also use it as an eye shadow primer.  So what's not to love?  It comes in several shades, I chose Shade 1 because I'm super pale and it's a good match.  So far I haven't used it as an eye shadow primer but it's worked beautifully for everything else.  Also it only costs £12 which is great for a really good concealer I think.

I only have one tiny complaint and that is that the brush is quite small and thin, I'd have preferred slightly thicker brush but it's minor and it won't stop me repurchasing.  Link to Light Up Concealer


All About The Base Priming Moisturiser

I bought this thinking it was a primer but really I do believe it's more of a moisturiser.  I guess the thought behind it was that it was a moisturiser that you could use as a primer too (voila - a 2 in 1) but I prefer mine separate really.  

So, while I am sure it does a brilliant job as a primer, I can't really vouch for that.  What I can vouch for however, is that it does work beautifully as a night cream.  I don't like night creams generally because they always seem to be quite heavy and don't sink in particularly well but this is really lovely.

It's made up of Vitamin C and Shea Butter and has a lovely scent.  I couldn't work out what it smelled like so I asked my kids and they came up with "summer candles" "lemon sherbet sweets" and "that mosquito spray we use" so I'm guessing it's tone is lemon πŸ˜† - to be fair when they pointed it out they were right, it does have a lemon smell to it but not sickly, just very refreshing and quite cooling on the skin too, I thought.

This retails at £15 for 25g,  a little bit goes a long way too so it should last a while.  Link to moisturiser.











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Tuesday, 12 January 2021

First 2021 post and Lockdown 3.0

My last post was written in the summer, sitting outside in the sunshine on our trip to Spain.  We were so lucky to be able to get away last year when so many others had their holidays cut short or cancelled.  We are fortunate enough to have a family home in a very remote part of Spain so we holed up there for two week and only went out (masked) to the Supermarket and the beach.  Actually I think we did go to Marbella to the socially distanced shopping centre too otherwise I wouldn't have been able to go to Sephora (which would have been a shame ;-))

When I got back school started again (yay) and I had an entire notebook full of blog post notes and a camera roll full of prettily posed pictures (of products, not me) and I was full of enthusiasm for the autumn and how much I was going to write.  And then I didn't.  And then all of a sudden it was Christmas and we could only see one other family on Christmas Day.  And I realised that all my beauty thoughts had just flown out of the window in about September and I'd been limping for months, mentally, through the autumn and the ever increasing daily bad news about the coronavirus.  And then I realised, like most of the nation, (or actually, the world) I was really quite depressed.

Here in the UK we are now in our third lockdown, and while I completely understand the whys and wherefores behind it I must admit that there is no way I thought it would be like this when I was merrily creating blog posts in the beautiful Spanish sunshine!   

The other day I was walking the dog, it was freezing but it was sunny.  So I took some pictures of a little field near to where I live that's filled with sheep and lambs in the spring and is really pretty.  And it sort of gave me hope, hope that spring is on the way and that with the mass rollout of the vaccines maybe we really are in our last little bit of this virus nightmare.  

I think will be ok.  So have dug out my blog notebooks and started writing (in-between logging children onto Zoom classes and being asked 7,000 questions a day about things I don't understand) and started writing again.  

New posts are on their way.  But for now it appears we are late for a Geography Zoom so I need to go and log in.  Fair play to the school - they are definitely on it!

(In the meantime please check out this photo I took of the pretty field soon to be filled with daffodils and lambs). 





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Monday, 17 August 2020

Sephora Haul beauty products from Sephora Marbella

I don't normally do haul posts because it's rare that I actually go out and buy a lot of make up/beauty products in one go.  However, I am here in Spain at the moment and there is a Sephora in Marbella so I decided to make the most of it, particularly at they do not have one in the UK!  It's a 50 minute drive from where we are to Marbella as we're out in the country so we made a day of it and took the kids out for lunch and they bought the latest X box game (hand on face emoji!!)



πŸ’™ I specifically went to get a couple of Milk products, also difficult to get in the UK and nobody is really shipping internationally at the moment so quite difficult to get your hands on.  I got two lipsticks and a lip cheek product.  I'd already got one of the lipsticks which is a balm really but it's so nice that I thought it was worth getting a second one and a different colour too.  I got Plushberry as the new colour and Bubble (which was the replacement).   The lip/cheek colour is actually a mini one, it's called Werk.  

πŸ’™ Next up is Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion.  Love this stuff.  It's anti-aging which I guess means smooths out lines etc and I can vouch that it does.  I'm a big believer in eye shadows primer for all sorts of reasons, not least because it really helps your product stay put all day!  The Urban Decay ones aren't heavy and they don't upset my eyes which are quite sensitive.  They also last quite a long time because a little bit goes a long way.

πŸ’™ I also got a Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil which apart from my Sephora one is the best pencil I've ever used on my brows.  It's extremely easy to use which is why I love it, it isn't too heavy so it's easy to get an even colour on both brows so they more or less match.  My brows are very low maintenance but they do need a bit of a fill in so this is perfect.

πŸ’™ It wouldn't be a shopping trip if I didn't get an eye shadow palette (or just a single!).  This time Sephora's own Eye Love palettes caught me out just before I got to the till.  They are very natural shades, perfect for every day but with one or two little sparkly numbers included to pazazz it up should you need to.  I opted for the Light Warm one first because that's my colouring but also got the Light Cool to try too, I think they will all look nice and perfect for everyday use because they are so subtle.  

πŸ’™ Lastly two eye pencils.  Also Sephora own brand.  Love these pencils, they are the best.  They stay on and don't drag your skin which is so important, particularly on older eyes where the skin is thinner.  This time I got Sephora Colorful contour eye pencil in Lavender Fields and another light gold colour only I can't find that pencil now!  I think it might be in the L'Occitane bag or my handbag, I will have to dig it out.  Hence only Lavender Fields is pictured.  They are waterproof so don't run and they are fine on my aforementioned sensitive eyes.  While I've been away I've been using one I got last time called Flirting Game (pictured) which is a sort of brown/shimmer.

Finally, the lovely assistant gave me a really nice free gift of a Flower By Kenzo eau de perfume milky soap.  It smells DIVINE!  

I've taken some photos of what I bought so you can see it in close up. πŸ’™ Oh, and there's a quick video of the goodies I made for my YouTube channel, click here to see it.












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Monday, 10 August 2020

Tarte - Rainforest of the Sea palette review and tips

I've got a couple of Tarte palettes, this one, prettily named "Rainforest of the Sea" and another called "In Bloom" which I'll do a post on another time.  I've been using this one a lot recently because it's very light and good for summer. 

Rainforest of the Sea feels like a very luxurious product, mainly because the compact is quite heavy and feels substantial.  It's also got a really pretty lid in mermaid colours, blue, turquoise and purple.  There's also a mirror which in my opinion is is invaluable.


Here are my thoughts on this sweet little palette ...

  1. For a base I use the pale colour Sand and put either Mermaid or Wave over the top.  You can see the names of the colours on the photo below. 
  2. Seashell is a lovely pinky/gold colour and is really pretty by itself or on top of a darker colour.
  3. Abyss and Reef are excellent for adding a bit of colour to the outer corners and for a top and bottom line as a liner.
  4. MY TIP πŸ’š The colours are quite pale so to build up colour you need to load the brush a bit.  I found there was very little fall out too and it did stay on my lids.
  5. The thing that drew me to this palette is that there are a mixture of darker and lighter shades, some with a little shimmer, some more matte.  
  6. You get a shimmer, not a full on massive, disco-glittery sparkle!
  7. MY TIP πŸ’š It's also a good beginner palette, nothing too heavy, variety of subtle colours but darker shades that can be built upon to create smoky looks or darker eyes if required.  
  8. MY TIP πŸ’š Good for older eyelids like mine (post 45) use an eye shadow primer to promote longevity and even out lid colour before putting a pale matte shade on then layering with a slightly darker colour in the corners/crease. 

As a brand, Tarte aren't readily available in the UK unless you go to the QVC website and even they only sell certain products.  I had to send away for it but the Tarte website is great and they seem to have loads of items on sale most of the time so it's worth a look. 


Tarte Rainforest of The Sea




Tarte Rainforest of The Sea





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