Thursday, 10 December 2015

7-9 December | No7 Beauty Advent Calendar


Ho, ho, ho beauties!  I'm really loving the way No7 have managed to get a lovely mix of skincare and make up in their calendar this year.  While I know it's a great way for them to get little testers of their products out there in the public domain to get us testing them with the hope we'll go back and buy a bigger version, I do love having lots of little beauty goodies to try and so far I think it's a very well thought out calendar.  Below are photos and a little description of the last few days.


No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour

This is a gel finish nail varnish, the colour in the photo makes it look red/coral but actually it's red/pink, I have tested it with one coat and it's really nice, it'll be great to glam up for Christmas.


No7 Protect and Perfect Intense Day Hand Cream

Another one from the Protect and Perfect range, this time a Day Hand Cream, perfect handbag size!  It's SPF15 and five star UVA so suitable for both summer and winter.

No7 Skin Illuminator Radiance Boosting Beauty Fluid
I haven't tried this Skin Illuminator yet, but it looks similar to the Jelly Pong Pong highlighter I wrote a post about a little while back and which I loved, particularly in the summer. 
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Monday, 7 December 2015

4-6 December | No7 Beauty Advent Calendar

Happy Monday everybody!  Hope you had a good weekend.  Here are some photos of the last few days from the No7 Beauty Advent Calendar. 

No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator for Normal/Dry skin

This is No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator for normal/dry skin.  At the moment I'll try anything to get radiant skin, I feel that skin wise I am fighting a losing battle some days!  I don't use exfoliator often but I know I should because it does get rid of the dead skin cells and promotes new skin growth (the lady on the Benefit counter in John Lewis told me that when I was there the other week). 

No7 Shine and Tint in "Ballet" (pink)

This is the first make up product from the calendar, it's a No7 Shine & Tint lip gloss/gel.  It's a beautiful deep pink colour called Ballet.  I can't wait to try it and will report back once I have.  


No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow - usually part of the Forest Fruits Trio

Yesterday was another make up product, this time an eye shadow.  In my video that I put on the Beauty Aware Facebook page I said that I love No7 eye shadows because they last such a long time and they are so subtle, this is no exception.  It's part of the Stay Perfect range and can be found in the Forest Fruits Trio.  Super excited to use this, I might even see if I can do a Christmas smoky eye!
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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Lipstick Love ... Max Factor Rosewood


I haven't done a "Lipstick Love" post for a while so here's another one.  This time it's one of my all time favourites from Max Factor, "Rosewood". 

All About Rosewood

I've been wearing Rosewood for years and years, I can't even tell you how many I've used up because it's loads.  I'm partial to Max Factor lipsticks because you can pretty much guarantee that you get a quality product with a good colour that stays put.  Those of you who have read my lipstick posts before will know that longevity is my thing, it drives me nuts when I wear a lippy that doesn't last very long. 

Rosewood can best be described as a browny/pink colour which really suits me as I think the undertone must be the same as my natural lip colour (this is why I don't get on with nude lipsticks, they wash me out).  I like it because it goes with everything.  I wore it to my party the day after my wedding because I knew it would stay on and it goes with all my "faces" (my fancy face, my natural face, my school run face).  It's unobtrusive yet really pretty and this one is moisturising as well so it doesn't dry my lips out (another pet hate of mine). 

Recently, Max Factor had a bit of a lipstick overhaul and when I realised I dashed to Boots to check them out, thankfully they have kept Rosewood (and Raisin, another favourite of mine) but unfortunately my favourite red lippy got caught in the cull and was replaced by one called Ruby Tuesday which although gorgeous, is REALLY red so I have to tone it down by putting another one over the top.

I also love that it's inexpensive and I can buy it in Boots with my points! 

Here's the link to another post I wrote on Max Factor lipsticks last year, I'm a big fan of their Flipsticks!

Max Factor Flipsticks - Review of the Reds


Three sides of Rosewood


Me wearing Rosewood, it's natural but not nude
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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Anniversary Trip to London (and MAC and Chanel!)


Last weekend the husband and I went to London for the weekend, it was an anniversary trip present from my in law's they paid for a lovely hotel and we spent two days wandering around London. It's been a sort of tradition for us to take a trip just before Christmas because I like to see the lights on Oxford Street, years ago I used to go with my Dad and sisters and it just feels so lovely and Christmassy.

We left the boys with their grandparents and took the train from Wilmslow to Euston. It was lovely not to have to drive, I spend a lot of my time in the car ferrying people around so it was such a luxury to be just taken somewhere without having to think about it! Hubs had paid for First Class which is ouchy expensive but it was a treat for him too as he usually has to stand all the way from Crewe to Euston, it was nice for him to sit down! When we got there we took a taxi to the hotel (I complained that my bag was too heavy for me to haul on the underground, like a little princess primadonna)and went straight to our hotel, The Stafford in St James. I felt very underdressed when I walked in there, I wished my boots were a bit cleaner! We dropped our bags in the room and then went out to explore.

I'm a huge fan of Covent Garden, I just love it and at Christmas it's even better, the tree was gorgeous and the lights were all twinkly. I noticed the Chanel and MAC stores straight away and put it on my mental list to visit later. We walked and walked and ended up in Leicester Square, where on a whim we went to see the James Bond film Spectre. I loved it! Daniel Craig has been my second favourite Bond for a while but after seeing Spectre he leapfrogged over Sean Connery into first place. Sorry Sean, but it was bound to happen, you had a good run and Daniel is too good and too gorgeous to be stuck in second.

The next day was beautifully sunny, such a gorgeous sky, I was amazed. It's been dull in the North West for literally the whole of November and a bit of sun just makes me feel SO much better. I marched hubs around Westminster (Downing Street, Houses of Parliament etc) and made him buy me a Belgian hot chocolate from the Christmas Markets near the London Eye. Oh My God. It was the best hot chocolate I've ever had. I will never be able to have a Starbucks one again and feel content.

Later that afternoon it was make up time! I traded hubs some time in the rugby shop (zzzzz) and whizzed off to MAC and Chanel. Luckily I only had a debit card not a credit card otherwise I would have spent more. I bought quite a lot in MAC which I will review separately and a liquid foundation in Chanel which I haven't tried yet. Hubs came out of the rugby shop with three winter hats for the boys (which were too big!) and a PE bag for our middle child who regularly loses his trainers. PE kits are the bain of my life. He also bought himself two rugby shirts and a book. I felt less bad about all the MAC and Chanel after seeing all that!

Early the next day we popped to Hamleys which was god knows how many floors full of toys. We did get ideas for the boys but didn't buy anything. You could really spend A LOT of money in that shop. Santa's elves had clearly been doing their job because the choice was amazing and I was glad our kids weren't there else we'd never have got out of the shop! Later the primadonna reared her head again and we took a taxi to the station and caught our train home. I was so relaxed that I forgot the boys homework and their dinner money the next day, it's a miracle they got to school on time.


View of the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Carnaby Street, Covent Garden Christmas Tree and The Ritz decorations

View of Trafalgar Square - and the blue, blue sky!

Me and hubs outside The Stafford Hotel, St James


My feet were soooo aching!


MAC Carnaby Street (not the one I went in)

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Friday, 4 December 2015

1-3 December | No7 Beauty Advent Calendar

Nearly Christmas everybody!  Here are photos of the first three days of the No7 Beauty Advent Calendar.  I videoed a couple of days and put them on my Facebook page, I haven't done today as it's been a mad day but I'll try over the weekend and if not definitely on Monday.  I've been really pleased every day so far, particularly with the Airbrush Away Primer as I'm mad for primer these days, it's a big part of my Winter skin routine, I've had such a battle with my skin this week but I won't bore you with the details now.  I'm going away this weekend so I am going to take the Body Wash with me.

Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream

Beautiful Skin Blissful Body Wash

Instant Illusions Airbrush Away Primer

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Introducing The No7 Beauty Advent Calendar!



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"Ding Dong Merrily on High ..."

Beauty Advent Calendars have been out for a couple of years now but this is the first year I've bought one. It really was a tough choice between the No7 and the Benefit calendars but I opted for No7 as on the whole I use more of their products. I'm really impressed with the packaging, it's substantial and glamorous and Christmassy.




This is a quick post to show you what it looks like from the outside, my aim is to show you which products are behind the doors, I'm aiming for one post per day but I suspect shopping and nativity plays might get in the way so I might have to band a few days together, I'll see how it goes.

Only six more days and I can open the first door ... watch this space, I'm so excited!




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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Why A Glossybox Subscription is a Good Idea



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Every month for the past 18 months I've been getting a lovely little box of goodies from Glossybox.  At first I wasn't sure how it was going to go, you know, you read reviews and some people love them and others don't.  For me, Glossybox has worked out really well because I'm trying products and brands I probably wouldn't have bought before and what's more I'm actually using them rather than them sitting in a drawer doing nothing.  The box usually contains more full size products than not and on the odd occasion where something arrives that doesn't suit my colouring, like a very deep coloured blusher I've been able to give it away to friends or family I think would like it and would be able to use it.  You can also subscribe as a gift, so if you've got a family member or a friend who loves make up just as much as you do this could be a good gift (see what I did there, Christmas present idea!)

Today I thought I'd share with you some of my recent Glossybox favourites from the past few months.  I haven't done a review on a Glossybox 'box' for ages so I thought I'd mix them all together and pull out a few of the products I've been really impressed with.

Manna Kadar Lash Primer

So here we have the Manna Kadar Lash Primer which came in the August box.  Manna Kadar are a US cosmetics company that I'd never heard of before but after a bit of Google research found out that the company had been in production since January 2012 and is going strong, in fact Kim Kardashian champions their Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion, can't say fairer than that!  This lash primer is an odourless white cream, it surprised me as I assumed it would sink in but it doesn't, it colours your lashes white which looks a bit odd!  I use it as an eyelash primer prior to applying my mascara.  The cream dries on and separates and smoothes the eyelashes and helps make the lashes look longer, it also stopped my mascara from flaking during the day.  I'm really into priming everything at the moment so this was great for me.  If you want to find out more about Manna Kadar you can go to the website www.mannakadarcosmetics.com





So Susan Haute Light Highlighting Pencil

One from the October box, the girls at Glossy are big fans of So Susan so I've accumulated quite a few of their products over the last 18 months.  As a packaging person I usually drool over the packaging, never mind the product, this cute pencil crayon comes in a box and is a highlighter.  At first I wasn't sure which part of my face I was supposed to highlight but you can pretty much use it anywhere.  I use it mainly on my eyes to give a bit of highlight in the corners and on the brow bone and I have tried it in the inner rim of my eyes too (as suggested by Glossybox).  This was a full size product, costing £5.00 and the website is www.sosusan.com/en





Talika Photo-Hydra Day

Talika Photo-Hydra Day arrived in the October box and can best be described as a moisturiser/primer, the consistency is more primer than moisturiser and sinks right in leaving skin really smooth.  It's a great pre-make up primer, as I said before I'm all about the priming right now, so I'm using this a lot.  It is an extremely lovely product but if I'm being fair it does the same thing as the No7 Lift & Luminate Face Serum, there isn't really a lot of difference in the consistency or the outcome, both leave my skin smooth and prepared for moisturiser and make up. 




Jelly Pong Pong Play Paint

The Jelly Pong Pong Play Paint is one of their best selling products and is very versatile, you can use it on your lips and your cheeks but be warned, it's very highly pigmented so use sparingly, a little bit goes a long way!  When I tested it on my hand I used too much and it was pink for ages!  It does say on the tube that it is supposed to last 10 hours and I can verify that it does last a really long while. I use it alone or as an undercoat for another colour lipstick, it's also really good if you use it and put a gloss over the top.  When you put it on your cheeks it gives a healthy glow, a bit like a flush but again, use sparingly and put it on in good light.  This little tube costs £8.95 and can be bought from www.jellypongpong.com, their website is worth checking out, it's really cool.





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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation


I have to tell you about this because this is the first time I've been super impressed with a foundation since I wrote a post on No7 Lift & Luminate about two years ago. 

Recently I have had a bit of a make up overhaul, I've watched quite a few YouTube videos by the make up artist Lisa Eldridge (my new go-to make up person), in particular I've focussed on foundation and from her I've learned how to choose the right shade for my skin colour and how to apply.  I've even used a foundation brush! 

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude

I'll be honest, I don't really know why I chose this one, I hadn't seen any reviews, nor any adverts on TV or even in magazines.  I just happened to be browsing the Maybelline products in Boots and came across it.  As it's a foundation fluid and the consistency is light I thought it would be a good one to try with my foundation brush and I was right.  There's a sort of little spatula attached to the top where you can put a bit on your hand then dip your brush in, or dab a bit here and there on your face (this is my preferred way as I find it blends easier if it's not been on my hand first). 



As I said the consistency is very light and once blended does give a flawless appearance, even on the worst skin days.  The key to it is to blend, blend, blend (I'm quoting Lisa Eldridge here) that way you can make sure that it's really sunk into your skin and if there's a bit that needs more coverage you can go over that area separately.  I'm using number 10, Ivory which is the lightest colour but there are six other shades to choose from, Nude, Sand, Fawn, Sun Beige, Cameo and Natural Beige

Result?

What I like about it is that even though it does smooth out my skin, it doesn't look cakey or unnatural and it doesn't feel thick, my skin can still breathe.  It reminds me very much of a foundation I used to wear a long time ago by Cover Girl, in the days when Cover Girl was still sold in shops in the UK but this is better, I guess foundations have come a long way since then!  I think I'll be using this for a while as it's definitely becoming a fast favourite and at £8.99 the price is really good too.

This is the link to Lisa's YouTube channel in case you want to check it out.  I subscribed, there's some great stuff on there and she produces new videos all the time.  www.youtube.com/lisaeldridge

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Friday, 30 October 2015

W7 In the Buff eye colour palette



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Since I discovered the W7 palettes my eye make up has really been given a new lease of life.  My favourite at the moment is a W7  eye shadow collection called "In the Buff" and there's a few reasons it's become my best friend.

I bought it from Amazon a few months ago, I'd been searching for a good deal on a Naked Basics as mine was running out and I wanted to replace it.  When I read the reviews for this almost everyone said how good it was, how long it lasted on your eyelids and how they thought it was as good as everyone's favourite Urban Decay palette.  Given that there was a £30.00 price difference between the two I decided to try the W7 (incidentally it cost £6.00 - definitely worth a try).

There is a selection of really good colours and you get a double ended applicator as well but I've managed to lose that which is why I popped in a Real Techniques brush for the photo.  The colours are a mixture of matte and shimmery shades and a couple that can be used as highlighters or on their own for a more natural look.



I found the shadows easy to apply, no fall out off the brush but be careful with the black as it's very pigmented, I use it as a liner and the first time I did it the line was all over the place, and I couldn't wipe it off easily, better to start off with a little bit and build up which is what I do now.  The consistency is lovely and I haven't had any issues with the colours disappearing into my creases during the day, I do use a primer though as I find it gives a good base and tends to help all eye shadows to last longer.  I thought priming my eyelids was a faff at first, just one more thing to put on but it's well worth it and it only takes a couple of seconds. 

All in all this is a great palette for the price so bravo to W7 I say!  It's just one of many eye shadow palettes they have on offer, Amazon keep recommending the others to me since I bought this one so I imagine another one will be added to my collection fairly soon, probably in January when I am broke after Christmas but am desperate to buy something nice for myself to get me out of the post festivities slump!  I'm partial to a blusher or two and I keep seeing the pretty W7 blusher palettes everywhere and I've read a few blog reviews on them recently and they've all been positive.  Maybe I'll get a blush instead?

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Lipstick Love ... Barbara Daly Bloom



Time for another Lipstick Love ... or rather A Lipstick That I Love. 

This one is by the make up artist Barbara Daly and was purchased from the cosmetic range she created for Tescos.  It's called Bloom and is a lovely fresh pink colour.  I have to be careful with pink because not all pinks like me but this one is great because the colour veers towards a deeper pink rather than a pale one.  I usually reel it out in the Spring and Summer months mostly because it goes with the lighter colours that I tend to wear but it does also look good with black, which is a bonus because there are weeks when I wear nothing but black (I'm a lazy dresser). 

This lipstick glides on and is not tacky or drying, moreover it is moisturising but not in a sticky balm kind of way and I love it because it fades rather than leaving a delightful outline round the lips.  Having said that, I've just remembered that I did buy another one in this Barbara Daly range called Spice, nice neutral pale brown but it literally lasted five minutes on my lips and then was gone, which I was disappointed about because I really wanted to love it as much as Bloom.  I don't know where it is now, probably at the bottom of a handbag like most of my other lipsticks!

I've actually got two of these in the same colour because I lost one (scatty) so I bought a replacement, then found the original in a handbag I hardly ever use.  It's actually good that I've got two because as far as I can see this range has been discontinued in favour of Barbara's newer range Bd Trade Secrets.  If you go online www.tesco.com and search 'beauty' you can check out all the colours and of course, they are also sold the beauty section of the larger Tesco stores.  There are a couple of colours that I think I might try and the price is good too at £5.99.   While I'm sorry I won't be able to replace this one I do have two so it will take me a while to use them up and I definitely will try the Bd Trade Secrets ones.

Time for a Bloom close up

The Barbara Daly Bloom lipstick ... and me

Yep, here we are again, me and the lippy.  Must have been a good photo day.  Nails are Rita Ora for Rimmel

Love, Maria
xxx
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Curly Hair & Bendy Rollers

As someone with curly hair you'd think that I wouldn't have to buy products to make it curly wouldn't you?  No, if I want a more structured curl rather than my own windswept mass I have to use rollers, or a curling wand.  I'm OK with the curling wand but I find bendy rollers much easier and less time consuming.  I buy my bendy rollers from Sainsburys or Superdrug, they are really not expensive and a great way to get a bouncy curl.  You get about 8 or so in a packet and they last quite a while (but don't let the dog get hold of them though, I made this mistake once, he enjoyed chewing them but they weren't exactly useable afterwards!)

Putting The Rollers In

I'm sure there is a scientific way of actually putting these rollers in and I should probably see if I can find someone on YouTube to teach me, but I do it in a kind of haphazard way and it seems to work for my hair. I blow dry it first and put some curl cream in it, or a little bit of beach wave spray before I put the rollers in.  It helps my hair if it's slightly damp and I leave them in for fifteen minutes or so.  





Result!

The result is a nice structured curl rather than my usual bed-hair-even-when-its-just-been-washed type style.   What I like about these curlers is 

a) they don't snag my hair, or get tangled in it
b) they aren't hot so I don't burn my fingers which does happen sometimes with my heated rollers 
c) I can pop them in really quickly so if I'm in a rush and having one of those mornings where I really need to multi task a lot its perfect, I can whip them out just before I leave the house, grabbing the kids, school bags and PE kits at the same time.  

I go through phases with rollers, I won't use them for months then I'll use them all the time.  It's nice to have a choice of heated or these bendy ones and the curling wand too (though I burn myself a LOT with that I must admit).

The bendy rollers I use are from Sainsburys for £3.00 and there are 8 in a packet.  You can also get them from Tescos and Superdrug.  Leo Bancroft the celebrity hair stylist also does some for Sainsbury's they are black and a little bit thicker so the curls are a bit wider (which is nice if you want a change).

As they are basically a bit of sponge with a wire in the middle they do tend to poke through after a while and then you have to chuck them away but they are easily replaceable and I don't mind as they are inexpensive.  I've also taken them on holiday and used them on damp hair and let it dry.  They aren't heavy or cumbersome so good for travel.

Win win!
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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Hawaiian Tropic SPF 15 with added Tan

At last a sun cream with a tanning tint included, thank you Hawaiian Tropic!  I spied this in Boots and bought it out of curiosity, because even if the golden tint hadn't been all that good I wouldn't have cared, because I love the smell of Hawaiian Tropic.  Happily I was impressed with the tanning results too. 

For a start it sinks in almost straight away and dries quickly and unlike some others I've tried isn't slimy, it's a spray which I prefer as it's more accurate and there is less waste.  I used this mostly on my legs and was really pleased with the results.  As a red head my skin is very pale and I found this product made them look sun kissed and healthy for my colouring rather than too dark or orange as some of them tend to do on me.  I mentioned in the title that it's SPF 15 this means it can't be classed as a sunblock so please don't use this instead of a higher factor cream if that's what you need on holiday.  I found this perfect for me in the UK but on holiday I just put my usual SPF 30 or the kids factor 50 over the top and voila, no burning. 

It isn't a gradual tanner, it's a put on then wash off one so if that's what you're after you're better going for the usual Dove, Garnier, Johnsons etc, however if you're looking for a really nice "day" tan with the added bonus of an SPF then this ones for you.  The price is £14.99 which is quite a lot, having said that the price is in line with that of your usual sun creams so I guess it's fair enough.  As I said before I bought this in Boots but I know you can get it in Superdrug and I've seen it online as well, more recently on www.thesuncareshop.com and it was on sale there too (bargain). 

Let me know if you've tried this and what you think.

Happy Holidays!

Maria xx




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Monday, 15 June 2015

Noxzema Classic Clean Deep Cleansing Cream



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Whilst on holiday in the US recently and having a lovely browse at the beauty products in a CVS pharmacy, I happened upon one of my most favourite products ever.  It's called Noxzema.  I was first introduced to Noxzema in 1995 when my sister spent three months studying in Canada and she bought some and decided I would like it too so she brought some back for me.  While it's not something that's in the shops here in the UK you can get it from Amazon, so it's worth a search there if you want to try it, or put a order in with the next nice friend who's taking a trip across the Atlantic (I've done this before ...).  I'm currently using two other cleansers/face washes at the moment (Nivea and a really nice cleansing foam from Tesco which I will definitely review) and this is now on my bathroom shelf too.  I don't use the same ones every day as my skin tends to change regularly so I just pick the one I think will suit it best at the time!  I tend to use Noxzema in the mornings on a make up free face before I get in the shower, it really helps wake me up!

Noxzema is a face cleanser that goes really deep into the pores so you do feel like ALL the dirt and make up is completely gone though be careful round the eye area as it'll sting if you scrub too hard at your mascara, it's perhaps best to take off eye make up with remover as we all know the eye area is delicate and worth preserving (I'm over 40, let me tell you, it's worth trying to preserve!).  It's quite a funny texture, it has a sort of solid cream consistency but when you rub it into your face it sinks straight in, then you have to rinse it off which leaves your face feeling tingly fresh, it's also got an added moisturiser which is good if your skin can be a bit dry. The scent I can only describe as slightly medicated, to me it smells a bit like it's got tea tree oil in it though I don't know if it has, like everything it won't be everybody's cup of tea but I like it and don't find it offensive.  I got a huge tub for $5.99 and the prices on Amazon are just as impressive, about £3.00 (not sure if that includes postage or not). 

Has anyone else tried this? What do you think of it?


Noxzema Classic Clean Deep Cleansing Cream


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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Rimmel nail polish - Sweet Retreat



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Sharing this with you quickly as it's my absolute favourite nail varnish of the moment.  I'm a fan of Rimmel as they are really good value and there's always a huge range of colours.

I picked up this Rita Ora for Rimmel nail varnish when I was out shopping the other day, this post is about the pink one, I also tried a blue one which looks gorgeous in the bottle, alas did not suit me at all though it was a beautiful colour, my pale hands couldn't carry off that shade. 

The reason I am wearing this one all the time at the moment is partly due the colour, it's a nice fresh Spring pink called Sweet Retreat which seems to go with everything and also it's a base coat, polish and a top coat all in one so this means that chipping is reduced.  When I've been in a hurry I've just popped one coat on and it's been really good for a day or so but obviously two coats is better.  It doesn't dry very quickly so you do need to remember to leave it to dry properly, it's not a 60 second drier.  One of the best things about this product is that when you take it off you don't need to scrub away at your nails in order to get it to come off, it slides off really easily with polish remover which is great if you're in a hurry.

I'm on the look out for another couple of these as I'm going on holiday soon and they would be perfect to pack and take along.

I'd love to know if you've tried any of the Rita Ora nail varnishes and what you thought of them.

Maria
xx

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Some Love Me Beauty Box Items ... Reviewed!

Does anyone get the Love Me Beauty beauty boxes?  This is a Love Me Beauty box that I received a while ago, I think before Christmas, frankly the run up to Christmas was completely mad for me so it's unsurprising that this didn't get discovered until January. Anyway, it's taken me a little while to try these products but I'm finally in a position to tell you what I think of them!

The products in the box are:

Percy & Reed Hair Shine & Fragrance Spray
Oriflame "Seeing is Believing" Eye Cream
Malin & Goetz Mojito Lip Balm
S5 Moisturising Cream for Dry Skin

Percy & Reed Hair Shine & Fragrance Spray

I've only recently tried Hair Fragrance because Federico Mahora sell it and I am a distributor for their gorgeous products.  Before then if I wanted my hair to smell nice post wash, I'd just squirt a little bit of perfume on it.  However specially made hair fragrance is much more than that, these products have got lots of lovely things in them to make your hair shine and feel gorgeous.  This Percy & Reed one has got a gorgeous smell, takes away frizz and gives a great shine.  You aren't supposed to touch your hair until 30 seconds after you've sprayed, that gives the fragrance time to settle and the oil to dry on your hair. 

Oriflame "Seeing is Believing" Eye Cream

Ah, Oriflame, how I love you.  I very nearly worked for them but FM suited me better.  I have quite a few Oriflame products and I love them all and this didn't disappoint although to be fair this is the first Oriflame skin care product I've tried, everything else has been make up.  I'm sure I am at the age where I'm supposed to be whacking on eye cream every night but I don't, I tend to forget (I'll probably regret it 20 years from now) I find a lot of them very heavy and I wake up with sore eyes which makes me look worse.  This is a bit different because this cream is applied in the morning to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.  As with most eye creams you only need to apply a small amount using your ring finger.  After about 30 seconds of application you can feel a cool, tingly sensation underneath your eyes and it does feel like the skin is tightening and my eyes felt better and less puffy.  I don't use it every day, only when my eyes need a bit of help so it should last a while.  I would definitely buy this product from Oriflame though, when this one runs out.  Good choice Love Me Beauty!


Malin & Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

I think I've said before I don't have a particular passion for Lip Balm products, mainly because they are usually clear and I like colour on my lips as they are very pale.  My favourites usually are the Maybelline Babylips and the Burts Bees one that I reviewed a little while back.  However, if your lips are dry and sore this is a particularly good product because when I used it, literally overnight my lips felt so much better.  It is quite a thick and slidy balm which is why I probably would only use it at night so that it can soak right in whilst I'm asleep.  I wouldn't use this every day, I'd use the Maybelline one for everyday and keep this one for when my lips need a proper boost!

S5 Moisturising Cream for Dry Skin

This is a cute little handy handbag size moisturising cream from S5.  I have fairly dry skin and as this product is for dry skin I was interested to see what this was like.  I have to say I felt a bit non-plussed about this product.  It was a perfectly nice cream, not thick, sinks in very well but it didn't make my skin feel particularly nourished or very well moisturised.  I tried it a few times and each time I didn't feel like it was a good enough base for me to apply my make up, it didn't hydrate my skin enough, it still felt a bit tight so this isn't a product I would be purchasing to be honest.  Perhaps I need one for very dry skin (or mature!).

My favourite product out of them all is the Oriflame eye cream, I definitely got more out of this one than the others and I would purchase it again. 

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow



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Hi beauties, just had to show you this product and do a quick review, this is such a pretty product, I got it in a Glossybox (I subscribed to Glossybox last June, love them).   It took me a while to get round to using this, I think because it's a highlighter and I got it in the winter and I tend not to highlight too much in the winter, I'm too pale but the other week the sun came out and I thought, why not!  Since then I've used it pretty much every day and I'll be taking it on holiday in a few weeks as well.

The official title of this little cutie is  Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow (Illuminating Gel).  You don't need very much, a little goes a long way.  I use it as a highlighter on my cheek bones after I've put on my blusher, it seems to help the blusher to last a little bit longer which is great.  It's got a very light feel to it, I think because it's oil free, and it's very easily blendable, I used my ring finger but if you prefer a brush that would work as well.  What I liked about it most is that it doesn't show up any imperfections, in fact just the opposite, it seems to give the skin a lovely smooth appearance, what's not to love about that?

Once this runs out I would definitely buy it, that's the beauty of beauty boxes, you can test and see which products you like and write them down on a wish list if you like them!  I've been on the Jelly Pong Pong website and I think I could probably spend quite a lot of money there. 

This lovely highlighter can be bought from jellypongpong.com and is £10.00.  Well worth it.

Maria xx

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Zoella Beauty



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I couldn't resist these lovely Zoella products from the Superdrug online website the other day.  As you all know, Zoella released this range in late 2014 and as usual I am late to the party but better late than never, right?  My 13 year old cousin is a big fan of Ms Sugg and we chat a lot about her, I live in a house of males (three little boys, a dog and a husband) so I love it when she comes over and we can chat about YouTube, make up and girly stuff!

I'm really impressed with these products, it would have been so easy for Zoe to just fling something together really quickly but it seems to me that she's thought out this range.  She's gone down the bath/body product, fragrance and the accessory path rather than make up and she's only released a few products, not loads so there's a quality feel to her range.  It's very reasonably priced and you can buy it from Superdrug, a shop we all know and love.   I will say that I wasn't overkeen on the Blissful Mistful perfume at first, I think I may have sprayed a bit too much but it's lovely when it wears on and is a great fresh daytime fragrance and one to have in your handbag.  The Soak Opera bath and shower creme is gorgeous, has a luxurious feel to it and seemed to last a long time, I used mine mainly in the shower but you do get a good bubble bath out of it too, I also think Soak Opera is a cute name.  There's also a choice of three make up bags (though I guess you don't have to put make up in them), I chose Just Say Yes because I think that's quite a good thing to remember!  I'm not using it as an every day make up bag but I have stored all my favourite everyday lipsticks in there.

While I haven't read her book yet, I would consider purchasing more of Zoe's beauty products, but I do think they are aimed more at her young YouTube fans rather than middle aged women like me.  That's fine though, we all have our niche and good for her, I say. I'm sure Zoe has got more up her sleeve and will do really well as she's very likeable and people love her.  As long as she keeps her prices quite low these products will fly off the shelves. 


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