Monday, 31 March 2014

Pixi by Petra Flawless Beauty Primer | Review

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I have an on-off relationship with primer, I've tried a few, some I've liked, some I've bought again and some I would never buy again.  My latest primer tryout is the Flawless Beauty Primer from pixi by petra, I've had products from this brand before and really liked them, in particular a couple of good blushers that went on like a dream and actually stayed on all day.

I came across this primer when I was perusing my favourite website of the moment,, it was on sale and I was intrigued, it had really good reviews and in particular I liked it because its hypoallergenic, fragrance free and has got Vitamins A and E in it.  Also, all the other primers I've used have been clear, this one is slightly tinted.  I got No 1, Even Skin as I'm quite pale and I thought it wouldn't be too dark.

This primer is lovely.  It reminds me very much of one I had from Prescriptives (sadly now discontinued by Estee Lauder), the consistency is very light and not greasy, also unlike other primers it doesn't leave your skin feeling heavy and weighed down.  The tint is great, I do put foundation over the top but I think if I was on holiday I could get away with just having the primer on during the day, it does balance out an uneven skin tone.  It doesn't have an SPF and its not a concealer so that's still required but it went over the top of my concealer very nicely and my make up stayed on my face all day, no sliding off even at the gym!

This RRP's at around £20.00 but you can get it for less on the beauty Beauty Bay website.  I've photographed the blurb on the back of the box below, so you can see exactly what its got in it and what it does.

If anyone else has got a primer they love or recommend do let me know, I love hearing about what other people use.  Oh, and I've just remembered, I think you can get pixi by petra products in some of the larger Boots stores, I'm sure that's where I got my blushers from even though it was a while ago now.

Have a Happy Monday!


**update Jan 2018 - you can now buy this in Marks & Spencers online and in their beauty department in store.


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Pantene BB Cream For Hair | Review

Hey there beauty bloggers, hope this weekend is treating you well.  Today I'm reviewing a product I've been using for a little while now.  Its a BB cream for hair by Pantene Pro V which claims to be a 7 in 1 perfector, an anti-ageing beauty balm for hair which professes the following advantages:  strength, shine, smoothness, lightweight nourishment, hydration feeling, damage repair and resilient tips.

Pantene Pro-V BB Cream

I've been using Pantene shampoo for a while now and I really like it so I was a bit intrigued when I spied this BB cream for hair, as it's the first time I'd heard of a BB cream that wasn't for your face. As with all Pantene products its got Pro-V in it and the smell is very similar to the shampoo.  It's a pump action container, the instructions are that you need 1-2 pumps in your hair, I use three because my hair is quite long and curly so generally always needs more product than they say.  I put it on after my leave in conditioner but only from about halfway down my head and then comb through to the ends.

I really wasn't sure this was going to work as I couldn't quite believe that it really did do all 7 things that it claims to but certainly I can say that my hair felt smoother and it was quite shiny too and it is a very light product, I didn't feel that it was weighing my hair down at all.  I don't use it every day, I alternate it with couple of other products but I do use it when I use my curling barrel because it seems to stop the ends of my hair from drying out so much.

Apparently, you can use it on dry hair as well, I haven't tried this so I can't comment yet!

I am also using another Pantene product for the first time (its new) which is a Fibro-Reinforcing Spray (these labels make me laugh, who came up with that one?!), which is for stronger, fuller hair, I'm not sure I'm overkeen to be honest, it but I'll persevere and review separately when I've decided how I really feel about it!



Bodywash Collection | March

I seem to have quite a lot of bodywashes on the go at the moment, I hadn't really noticed it but my husband made a comment about there being five of mine and one of his in the bathroom so I checked, and its true, there is more of me in the shower than him!  He asked why I needed so many and I said that with bodywash it depends what mood I'm in, sometimes I'm in need of the luxurious Moulton Brown, other times I need the one for sensitive dry skin, it just depends.  Subsequently, it takes me for ever to get any empties which is why I never do regular empties posts, I just don't have enough empty stuff!

Anyway, I thought I'd give a quick run down of my bodywashes and let you know what I think of them, here goes:

1.  Aveeno Bodywash
This is a lovely product, its completely clear and doesn't smell of anything but its got all sorts of natural products in it and its excellent for dry and sensitive skin.  I've used it on the boys, one of my sons has eczema and this really helps.  They also do a fantastic handcream which is well worth a try (my sister-in-law recommended it and I haven't looked back).

2.  Fenjal Bodywash
I think I might be in a minority here but I love Fenjal products, the fragrance just lingers for ages.   This bodywash is no different you can smell it on your skin for a long time afterwards.  The bath oil is also very nice (but slippery!), although I'm not keen on the body moisturiser as it takes ages to sink in and I can't be bothered to wait for it.  I try to get Fenjal when its on special offer in Boots which it is quite often, then I stock up!

3.  Moulton Brown Gingerlily Bodywash
Ahh, Moulton Brown, how much do I love you?  A lot is the answer.  Gingerlily (or Heavenly Gingerlily as it used to be called) was the very first MB product I  had and I loved every last drop of it. I never buy it for myself but I always ask for it for Christmas and Birthdays and I've dropped strong hints about it being Mother's Day next week!  I got this one for Christmas and as you can see I've used about half of it.  I use this when I'm in a bad mood and when I'm showering after the gym (and sometimes I am in a bad mood after the gym it depends on how many stomach crunches I've been made to do!), it does always lift my mood and it does seem to get rid of the aches and pains (though its possible that's in my head, of course - lol).

4.  Argan 5 Super Creamy Bodywash
This is a relatively new find for me, I'm a little bit obsessed with Argan Oil products at the moment, in fact I'm in the process of doing a post on them, not sure if it'll be a blog or a video on YouTube I haven't decided yet, but suffice to say my latest addiction is for All Things Argan Oil.  Seriously, I see it then the next thing I know it's in the trolley/basket and that's it.  I don't even look at the price (though I should).  It was no different with this bodywash, I was in Waitrose, actually I only went in for a packet of blueberries and a litre of skimmed milk so heaven knows how I came out with this, but I did.  And, I am GLAD I did because its truly gorgeous and I love it.  The consistency is fairly thick but not splodgy (do you know what I mean?) and its brilliant for dry skin, it also smells lovely.  I think this one was nearly £8 but did see it the other day down to £5 as it was on special offer (another stock up!).  Anyway, highly recommended, and watch out for my review on the other Argan Oil products.

5.  Mandara Spa Honeymilk Dream Shower Cream
I own a lot of Mandara Spa products at the moment, I did quite well at Christmas!  Among other places you can buy Mandara Spa in Sainsburys, they do a wide range of products, body creams, washes, shower gels and those little travel size tubes as well which are great for taking away.  This particular one is the Honeymilk Dream, which is really beautiful, it feels very luxurious and it leaves your skin very soft and smells really pretty.  I bought my sister some for her birthday and she loves it too.  Sometimes you can get really good gift sets which are well worth the money as Mandara Spa is really good quality.

Overall, I think I prefer flowery bodywash scents to fruity ones, though anything with Mint and Tea Tree in it definitely wakes me up!

Do you have any favourites that you always go back to?



Friday, 14 March 2014

Max Factor Glossfinity Nails - Midnight Bronze

Today's post isn't very long but I felt the need to share with you my most recent nail varnish finding because I am SO pleased with it!

Max Factor Glossfinity

Last week I got this Max Factor Glossfinity nail polish in Boots, I was immediately drawn to the colour because I'd had a Revlon one a while back that was a very similar colour which ran out and has now been discontinued (story of my life).

The colour of this one is number 60 Midnight Bronze. 

Glossfinity in 'Midnight Bronze'


What I love about it is that its got a lovely shimmer to it, and also, get this, I put two coats on last Friday and its still going strong.  I've just remembered that I didn't put a base or a top coat on either so I think that's pretty impressive.  I've had a couple of little chips but that's it.  The bottle says "Glossy Nails for up to 7 Days" and actually that's true and in my experience that almost never happens so I'm really pleased.

There are 26 signature shades of Glossfinity and I will certainly be buying some more, I've got my eye on a really nice purple one!  I think they are really good value for £5.99.  Here's a link to the Max Factor site if you want a quick look at all the other colours.

Max Factor Glossfinity Nails

I didn't see all 26 colours in Boots but they definitely had a good range.

Love, Maria


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Sweaty Betty Gym Clothes

Hello beauty bloggers, this is my first post in a week, I've had yet another cold (boring, boring) and now I'm looking after my youngest whose managed to catch it too and is endlessly coughing.  Roll on Spring and the warmer weather, that's what I say!

Sweaty Betty Pilates Socks

Anyway, I've decided todays post is going to be about fitness clothing, ever since I started the gym in January I've been doing two sessions a week, plus my pilates lesson so I've needed a bigger turnaround of fitness clothes.  I love Sweaty Betty, their fitness clothes are fun, lovely colours and the fit is great.  I particularly like their tops because they are longer in the body which means they don't ride up (I hate that).  If you take a look at their store they've pretty much got something for every activity, from yoga and pilates to aerobics to running.  Gym clothes used to be so dull (black, navy blue etc) now they're much more fun and you kind of feel like you've dressed up to go and get sweaty!

I absolutely love these grey leggings with the little grey fitted skirt, my pilates teacher has them and she looks great.  The leggings I'm wearing for my class at the moment are from M&S (because I know they are long enough and won't shrink) but I really like those grey ones, I may have to invest!

I bought this vest top from Sweaty Betty online, there's a choice of several colours, I've got the powder blue, a black and a coral one, the material is very soft and I've been layering them on colder days then when I get too hot I can just take one off!  They are £20 each, and I have to say wash perfectly.  They also haven't shrunk in the wash!  I'm 5ft 9" and I got the Large (which is pretty much a size 14) and it fits really well.  I've done a little video showing what it looks like in real life, hope you like it.



Wednesday, 5 March 2014

The 2014 Oscars Red Carpet and Lupita Nyong'o

Morning beautiful people, I've been banging on about The Oscars for weeks as you know but to be honest I was a bit disappointed with the fashion on the red carpet this year.  I'd expected lots of "wow" outfits but really I felt that it was a bit sedate and all the dresses were very similar in style and colour (other than Jennifer Lawrence who went for red).  But one lady who stood out is having a great awards season (both awards and fashion wise) and that's Lupita Nyong'o.  This is the lady from the Steve McQueen film "12 Years A Slave" which won Best Picture and Lupita won Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Lupita Nyong'o - Oscars 2014

I just think she's got great taste, all her dresses stand out, I think because in this season of "beige nudes" (that's the official term, Grazia says so) Lupita struts her stuff down the red carpet wearing gorgeous head turning colours.  It's not that the beige nudes aren't pretty, they are, but they do sort of blend into the background. Below are Lupita's outfits from the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes and the green dress (right) is the the BAFTAS.  

Jennifer Lawrence wore elegant red (love her hair too!)

Jessica Biel, Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz and Angelina Jolie all chose neutral colours.  My favourite is Cate's dress.

Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Emma Watson chose slinky black and dark blue.  Favourite one for me is Sandra's dress, love the colour.

I think this must be my last awards season post for a while.  Need to work on my product reviews now!



Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Favourite Beauty Products | February

Hey beautiful people, its that time again, time to review the faves from the past month.  Last month I only wrote about one product, Pantene shampoo, this month I couldn't choose so I've decided to give three products the "February Favourites" award.

First up is my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.  This actually arrived in January (I bought it from Beauty Bay) but I decided I need it to use it quite a lot before I reviewed it because I wasn't sure how it was going to go, I don't usually wear nude or natural colours, I think this is the only palette I've got other than my Bobbi Brown that's all neutral.  Of course, there have been many reviews on the Naked Basics palette and pretty much all that I've seen or read have been positive so it was no surprise to me, and won't be to you, that I am SO happy with it!  I think this is the only set of eyeshadows I've got where I actually use all of them, usually I tend to favour two or three and that's it but with the Naked Basics I am using all of them and its great.  The only thing is that its pretty much all I've used for weeks and weeks, I can see myself getting stuck in an eyeshadow rut here, I need to shake it up a bit!  But anyway, yes, I agree with everybody else, its great, go buy it!  Oh and one other thing.  It has great staying power.  It doesn't squidge into the creases in my eyes and I can do a full sweaty workout at the gym and when I come out its still there (albeit I do not need blusher because my cheeks are fluorescent pink by that time - lol).

Urban Decay Naked Basics & Max Factor Eye Brightening Mascara

In Second place is a mascara.  I'm very loyal to the Max Factor brand when it comes to mascara because they  suit me so well.  I've been using their 2000 Calorie for years and years, I've tried others but nothing comes close, except for perhaps a Clinique one but that was a bit flaky so I ditched it and went back to the old faithful Factor.  This one is an Eye Brightening for Brown Eyes (they also do one for blue eyes and I think green too).  I really like this mascara, its a nice change from the 2000 Calorie but not so far removed that it feels like a different brand.  The colour is called Black Pearl, at at first glance it looks like a normal black but once its on your lashes it must have reflective pigments in it or something because it does really bring out the brown in my eyes.  Its about the same price as the 2000 Calorie mascara and I think I got it in the supermarket but I have since looked for it online and you can also get it on Amazon, though to be honest I would go back to the supermarket because the postal charge for the Amazon one was about the same price as the mascara, bit cheeky.

T.H.X rollers and clips

Rollers and curls!  And big hair!

Finally, I've been loving my heated rollers.  They are T.H.X ones (Total Hair Expert) I deliberately didn't buy very expensive ones incase they didn't work, so I got these in a sale just after Christmas, I think it was Tescos.  There's 12 rollers and you can heat 6 at a time and it came with loads of clips.  There's three sizes of roller - small, medium and large, so you can choose which ones you want on whatever part of your head.  What I like about them is that they heat up really quickly and it also came with a travel pouch too so you can take them away without them falling all over the place.  I'm not very good at rolling, but I've got messy hair anyway so really if I want a structured curl I use the curling wand.  The rollers are good because they give it a bit of bounce, but I do tend to end up with enormous hair for the first hour or so, it does look a bit better once its flopped a bit!

So there's my February favourites, I'm really enjoying reading all your February favourite posts. Wonder what we'll all be loving in March?


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