Friday, 23 May 2014

Beauty Aware Weekly Round Up #3

Happy Friday beauty bloggers!  I've been really happy this week and I'm sure its had something to do with the weather, I really like this warm, settled late Spring weather, everybody seems so much happier and relaxed and I love not having to bother with a coat!  Of course, its now raining as I type this - typical.

Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion


What I've been Wearing

I've been a bit obsessed with gradual self tanning lotions this week.  Now that the sun is out my legs have made an appearance to the world  and boy, did they need some help colour-wise!  I'm testing three tanners as I'm going to review them in a blog post in the next week or so.  So far I've pretty much discounted one of them but the other two I like, just not sure which I like best yet, one of the ones I'm testing is pictured above, Garnier Summer Body.  I got this for £5 in Superdrug, so far so good (its definitely fast absorbing) but I will review in a separate post.

Local Summer Fair - Monsoon Dress (2013)

We went to the local village fair on Saturday, it was a lovely day and I wore a dress!  Yes, an actual dress.  My legs finally saw the light of day, they are still getting over the shock - lol.  The one in the photo is my absolute favourite summer dress, I got it in the Monsoon sale last summer and I've worn it loads and loads of times, I love it because it washes so easily, dries and doesn't need ironing (I loathe ironing).  I entered our dog in the dog show and he didn't win a single rosette!  I was officially offended for both of us!  I thought he would at least win "Most Alluring Eyes".  The dog didn't mind at all, he was too hot and bothered to care, bless him.


What I've been Reading

No poorly children this week so I've had a little bit more "me" time.   Other than the magazines, which are pretty much all about the Beyonce and JayZ thing with her sister Solange (I've still not really worked out what happened in that lift) I've also started to read through my 1001 Beauty Miracles book.  I've had this book for ages, its one of those ones you can dip in and out of because its full of tips in short paragraphs so easy to read (and remember!).  There's some great beauty tips in there, and a few easy face masks (mashed banana etc) which actually I think I'll try.  I also had to re-read the end of the Harry Potter "Goblet of Fire" book because my 9 year old is reading it at the moment and he keeps asking me questions about it and I can't blinking remember the story!


This weeks' reading!


What I've been watching

Well, I am hooked on the Tina/Peter and Maria/Tyrone story line in Coronation Street (apologies to anyone who doesn't watch Corrie), I've watched Coronation Street on and off for years but I'm on a roll with it again much to my husbands amusement.  As I said to him, I've got a vested interest, we live only a few miles from where its filmed plus I keep bumping into the actors/actresses in the local Sainsburys (when they're out of character).  Just so you know, TV doesn't put 10lb on you any more, they look exactly the same as they do on TV!

I was really pleased when the new series of The Big Bang Theory came on E4, I love this programme its just so, so funny.  My favourite character is Sheldon but I love Raj as well.  

I think I must be the only person in the world not to have seen the first series of 24 (I must have been living on another planet) but I'm watching this new one because hubs is watching it.  To be honest I'm not sure what's going on but I'm enjoying it anyway, its very fast moving and its got some great actors in it.      


This weeks' websites / offers

Sweaty Betty
www.sweatybetty.com
There's 20% off online and in store at the moment, I shall be taking advantage of this as I love their fitness clothes, particularly their vests for yoga and pilates.

The Fragrance Shop
www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Some good bargains this week, there's a save £7 on big brands (Diesel, Armani, Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss, Gucci) and you get a free gift with some of these products too.

allbeauty.com
www.allbeauty.com
There are special offers on perfume, fake tan, beauty tools and some skincare products until midnight on 26th May, there are some serious offers here, up to 50%, worth a look to see if your favourite is on sale.  There's also a sale on Decleor products up to 75% off RRP.


ESPA
www.espaskincare.com
There's free UK delivery on orders over £40 and 2 samples with every order (you get to choose!)

Sanctuary
www.sanctuary.com
Some nice offers on handcare duos and free delivery when you spend over £25.



Hope you all have a good bank holiday weekend (here in the UK), see you next week.

Maria
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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Shopping Haul | Video Review


Happy Thursday everybody!  The other day I took advantage of the fact that I was by myself in the house (well, apart from the dog who refused to get off the sofa which is why he's there with me in the video!) and made a little film about my latest shopping haul(s), its all products I was going to review for the blog but it would just have been a lot of really short posts so I thought I'd put it all together.  Its a bit of an eclectic mix but that just reflects me - a bit all over the place!

Maria
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Revlon Colorstay Lipstick - Finale

Happy Wednesday Beauty Bloggers, hope this week is going well for you.  I've got a lipstick review for you today.  I've probably mentioned before that I've got a bit of a thing about long lasting lipsticks, I don't really mind re-applying my lippie during the day but I'd rather not have to bother so whenever I find one that claims to last a while I always try it.

My latest purchase is this one, Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede, No 095, in Finale.



I think it's quite a strong colour, it looks very pillarbox red, but when its on (and eventually when it fades a bit) it tones down to a reddish/dark pink.  Sorry, I'm not explaining myself very clearly here but I think you might be able to see what I mean from the photo!

I was pleased that it lasted too, through cups of tea and lunch and actually pretty much all day.  I found that when it faded it did fade from the middle of my lips first, thus leaving what could have ended up as a rim which I hate but I think I probably need to be a bit more careful in my initial application of it, its a strong colour and probably could have done with maybe a lip primer, blotting and re-applying when I put it on first thing.  I wore it to a wedding the other week and was really pleased with it, it only needed a small touch up after the wedding breakfast and actually I could have got away without it.  The other thing I like is that being such a strong colour its also very season friendly, it goes with the spring and summer wardrobes really well and I think it would pretty much suit most skin tones.

Here's the link to the Revlon website showing the lipstick and other colours you can get in the same range Revlon ColorStay Lipsticks.  Interestingly, you can see from the Revlon website that Finale (which is the colour I'm wearing) looks very pink in the picture when in actual fact its quite red.  Just goes to show that what you see on screen isn't always what you get!

I've got a couple of other lipstick reviews in the pipeline and I'll be back in the next couple of days with this weeks' round up.

Maria
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Sunday, 18 May 2014

April Empties | Video Review




Hey there, hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend, I can't believe its been so gorgeous outside.

Now, I know its the middle of May so I apologise for being late posting this April Empties, this month I made a short video about them, they are pretty much all shower products, including:





Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser
Sainsbury's Apple Shampoo
Pantene for Sleek Hair
Palmolive Argan Oil Bodywash
Pantene BB Cream for Hair (I'm now on my second bottle of this!)




I seem to rattle on about mascara for the last minute or so, not sure why, sorry about that!

Anyway, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Maria
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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Bayliss and Harding Soap | Review

Now, I don't usually rave about soap, because, you know, soap is soap right?  But I felt I just had to share this one with you.  It's by Bayliss and Harding and its a Limited Edition.  We go through a lot of liquid soap in our house as there's a lot of us and I'm a bit obsessive about hand washing.  I usually buy what's cheapest (i.e. about £2) but I do go for moisturising hand soaps particularly as two of my boys are prone to eczema and harsher soap makes their hands very sore.

This one jumped out at me in the supermarket (the soap/shower gel aisle is my favourite) because its pink (that doesn't show very well in the photo - sorry) and it smells like Strawberries and Cream and who wouldn't love that?  Also, you get a LOT of soap for £2 which I think is a really good price.  This soap is very moisturising and the smell lingers too.

Bayliss and Harding do a range of soaps, body creams and shower and bath products, if you look carefully at the packaging its got a touch of the Moulton Brown look about it, the pump action top and the shape of the bottle.  Its a pity this is a Limited Edition because I really like it, I'm going to see if there are any others next time I go shopping.

Love, Maria
xxx

Bayliss and Harding Strawberries and Cream Hand Wash


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Friday, 9 May 2014

Beauty Aware Weekly Round Up #1


Hi there beauty bloggers, welcome to the Beauty Aware Weekly Round Up (I'm sorry, I couldn't think of a more exciting post title) which consists of all sorts of stuff that I want to tell you, but doesn't warrant a post all by itself, I've done little headings so it breaks it down a bit.  I don't think the headings will be the same each week, I'll see how it goes, its a work in progress but I thought it would be good for me to do something other than reviews.  I've also recently tried to plan some sort of a blogging schedule because I've realised that I'm a bit erratic and I want to get into a routine.  Well, that's the plan anyway!    









I'm happy because ...

Advantage Card
My replacement Boots Advantage Card arrived!  I lost mine in January so I've missed many points (which is just so annoying), I'm really glad to have it back.  

Hair
I had "the bits of my hair that aren't red" tinted on Thursday at my local Toni & Guy Salon.  To be fair, I've got very few grey hairs and nobody else notices them but me but they make me feel old.  So they had to go!  I feel better now.  Its the first time I've had this done, I think I might be able to cover it up myself a bit cheaper though, I'm investigating an organic and mineral hair colour by Daniel Field which I might use in the future.

Gym
I managed to lift 7.5kg weights at the gym for the second week in a row.  My arms were absolutely pathetic (and a bit wobbly) when I started with this trainer, so I'm really quite proud that I can do this now.  It's a pity I practically pass out every time I go on the rowing machine but hey ho, I'll get there!


I'm reading ...

The Anti Ageing Beauty Bible
I was very excited when I got this book (pressie from husband at my request) as I'd read lots of great reviews on it and I really wanted to have a look.  So far it's fantastic, loads of amazing tips that I will most definitely be taking notice of.  

Women's Health Magazine
This is my replacement for Zest Magazine which sadly ceased publication back in January, I've been reading it since it first came out years and years ago so it was a bit sad when they stopped producing it.  However, I have to say I am loving Women's Health magazine, the format is really good.  I was a bit worried it would be like the Men's Health version which seems to be all about getting enormous muscles and how to use the right chat up lines with women in nightclubs, but it's not, its a sensible, fun health and fitness magazine for women, loads of good exercise tips and some great beauty articles too.  

I'm wearing ...

Max Factor Rosewood Lipstick
Its always in my make up bag and I've been using it for years but recently have tried different coloured lipsticks, mainly Coral ones for some reason.  This one never fails for me though, it goes with everything and is really long lasting.

Theirry Mugler "Angel" Perfume
I had this for my birthday last year, I love this smell, it reminds me of the summer.  


Website offers this week ...

This is just a bit of a heads up on few offers from emails that I've been sent this week, I'm subscribed to all sorts of beauty and fashion websites so a lot of my emails are from them, I love making use of some of the discount codes, I do love a bargain! 


lookfantastic.com - Various deals including 3 for 2 on L'Oreal Professional
Mix and Match Shampoos, Conditioners and Hair Treatments.

marksandspencer.com - Up to 50% off selected items in the online sale.

Beautybay.com - 20% off Mychelle Dermateuticals Serious Hyluronic Firming Serum.

HQHair.com - Midweek treats, save 15% when you spend £50, enter code HQHAIR50


So that's the end of my first round up, see you next week!  Have a good weekend.


Maria
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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Favourite Beauty Products | April

Hey beautiful people, Summer's well on its way we're in May now, which means ... ta da ... this post is about my Favourite Beauty Products from April.  Its a bit of an eclectic mix this month (check out the Sudocrem!) but these are the ones I've been reaching for continually.  So, without further ado and to stop me rambling, here goes.





Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream
I used Sudocrem A LOT last month!  In fact for pretty much everything.  I've always used it for the kids but never for myself but this month I've used it for eczema, dry skin and spots!  Its really good stuff and I don't know why I haven't used it before.  For dry skin and spots I used it at night so then I didn't have to put make up over it and it had all night to sink in, it leaves a bit of an unattractive white residue so its not really something you can put on before you go out but its definitely a good product.  Plus you can buy it in the Supermarket in the baby section, you don't have to go anywhere special for it!


Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Colour
This is a lovely neutral nail colour, it says it lasts for 7 days, I put on two coats and I have to say I didn't find it lasted that long without chipping but I am, as I've said before, very heavy handed and therefore this wasn't a surprise to me.  What I did love about it is the shine, some nail varnishes start off shiny and then end up dull after a day or so, this doesn't.  With two coats this is still shining away after a few days, its really lovely.  Its also really quick drying, particularly after the first coat which is great if you do them just before bed or, like I did the other day, quickly flicked some on before I went out!


Revlon Blush Highlighter - 020 Rose Glow
This was an impulse buy I must admit, I spied it in Superdrug and it had 50% off.  This is a lovely highlighter, I've been using it over a Revlon cream blusher I've been wearing to give it a bit of a shimmer.  I've also used it on its own and it looks really pretty, its quite long lasting as well, I do like a product that lasts more than five minutes!  I think its as good as my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (Rose Shimmer) which has been a real favourite of mine for a few years now.


MAC Lipstick - Vegas Volt
I wrote a review on this lipstick way back at the beginning of the year, I used it then and decided it was more of a Spring colour so it went back in the make up bag but I got it out the other day (the sun was shining, I felt summery) and it did look better on me than it did back in the depths of Winter, that's for sure!  Its a very creamy lipstick, it feels very luxurious as anyone who has ever used MAC will already know.  Its definitely going to be a staple in my Summer make up bag now.


So that's the April Faves done, it won't be five minutes until I'm thinking what May might be.  Looking forward to reading everyone elses Favourites posts.

Maria
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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The 20 Questions Tag

Hey there beauty bloggers, I spied this tag whilst reading The Beautifully Disasterous blog and thought I would give it a whirl, it looked fun.  Here goes!



1.  Are you named after anyone?

Nope, my mum just liked the name Maria.

2.  When was the last time you cried?

God, I cry all the time.  At everything, happy and sad.  The last time was about two weeks ago, I can't remember about what, probably a TV programme.

3.  Do you have kids?

Yes, I've got three boys, aged 9, 6 and 4.  They are very noisy!

4.  If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Yes I think so.  I'm very loyal and I'm always there for my friends.

5.  Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Yes.  And I shouldn't!

6.  Will you ever bungee jump?

Absolutely, categorically NO!  I'm terrified of heights, roller coasters and anything like that.  So no to bungee jumping, it makes me feel faint thinking about it.

7.  What's your favourite cereal?

At the moment I am partial to Sainsburys Balance with Berries (i.e. supermarket Special K).

8.  What's the first thing you notice about people?

Smiles, I like smiley people.

9.  What's your eye colour?

My eyes are brown.  Everyone else in our house has blue eyes except the dog.  Just me and the dog with the brown eyes!

10.  Scary movie or happy endings?

Definitely happy endings.  I don't watch scary movies, my imagination runs riot!

11.  Favourite smells?

Ooh, baby powder, Poeme perfume, bacon sandwiches, and the way new cars smell inside.

12.  Summer or Winter?

Summer - I'm a summer baby, I love the sunshine and the heat and the daylight.  I'm a much more relaxed person in the summer.

13.  Computer or TV?

TV, although I do spend quite a lot of time on the computer these days.  

14.  What's the furthest you've ever been from home?

I think it's got to be Japan, I went there about 10 years ago.

15.  Do you have any special talents?

Not really, I can tap dance although I haven't done it for years.

16.  Where were you born?

I was born in Milton Keynes.

17.  What are your hobbies?

Pilates, blogging and going to the gym.  I don't have time for anything else on top of my Mummy duties!

18.  Do you have pets?

Yes, we live with a lively three year old blonde Cockerpoo, he's beautiful.

19.  Favourite movie?

Apollo 13, no question.  Space and Tom Hanks in one movie!

20.  Do you have any siblings?

Yes, I have two younger sisters, no brothers.

I really enjoyed that!  I'm tagging EVERYBODY!

Maria
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Friday, 2 May 2014

Sanctuary Spa 4 Day Moisture Body Oil Spray | Review

Yum, yum, yum, what can I say about this product.  Oh yes, its yummy.  I absolutely love Sanctuary Spa products, love, love, love them.  So when I  spotted this in Boots the other day, it went straight in the basket.  Unfortunately because I was distracted I came out of the shop without the thing I went in for but hey ho, don't need an excuse to go back to Boots do I, ha ha.

Anyway, its really odd that I'm on such a moisturising kick at the moment with all the body moisturisers I've been using, because honestly I usually cannot be bothered with it (too lazy) but this lovely body oil spray is just scrummy and so quick to use.  Its got the classic Sanctuary fragrance to it which is like a perfume that lingers gently for most of the day.  The reason for the "4 day" label is that it is supposed to soften your skin for up to 4 days I'm not sure if it lasted 4 days but it definitely lasted a couple for sure.  This is lovely product that I've been using every day and my skin (I use it predominantly on my arms at the moment as my legs are still covered by my jeans - lol) is very soft and I would definitely buy it again, its £7.00.  You have to shake it first to mix the oil before you spray otherwise you don't get the full effect of the product.

I also spied some Sanctuary Spa travel sized products when I was in Boots and as I'm on the lookout for nice ones for my holiday I think I might go back and get them too.

Is anyone else a fan of Sanctuary Spa?

Have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend!  I hear we might be OK weather wise in the UK at least until Monday (fingers crossed).

Maria
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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Beautybay.com Eyeshadow Palette | Review


Hey there beautiful people, todays post is on my most favourite eyeshadow palette of the moment, purchased from Beautybay.com.  I love the range colours, they completely suit me because they aren't too "in your face" as it were and beautifully blendable (is blendable a word?  I think not, never mind).  Anyway, enough rambling.  Please check out the short video below to see a full review and the colours in "real life".

Maria

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