Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Need a balm for Winter lips? Try AVON Anew Lip Plumping Conditioner

Brrr, it's chilly out there today!  It made me think about what I use on my face because the temperature has dropped so much in the last couple of days that I've really had to re-think my skincare routine and the cosmetic products I use on my face. 

Regular readers to this blog will know that I am a little bit of a lipstick addict (putting it mildly), I always have been and rarely go out with completely bare lips but in the Winter I think it's even more important to cover your lips with a lipstick, gloss or balm when you go outside.  The cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin and make your lips really sore (I can vouch for this I did one dog walk at the weekend without anything on my lips and I've been suffering ever since).  When you twin this with being run down or having a cold (your skin is the first thing to dry out as your body diverts water elsewhere) then basically things aren't looking very good.  Those of us that get the dreaded cold sores are also at risk of an outbreak when we are run down or out in very cold weather.

See below for the review (scroll right down for the photo!)


Avon ANEW Lip Plumping Lip Conditioner


£9.00 (this is down to £5.50 in some Campaigns, keep an eye out).

What's it got in it?

SPF15 with plumping retinol and collagen

What colours are there?

Berry Tint (reddish)
Honey Tint (brownish)
Rose Tint (pinkish)


I'll be honest, I've never been one for lip balms, mainly because I find they don't give a great deal of colour and they rub off easily which means you have to reapply every five seconds (well, that's an exaggeration but you know what I mean).  I'm very impressed with this though, it gave a really good colour, I used Berry Tint as I wanted a reddish colour for this time of year, if it had been Spring or Summer I probably would have bought Rose Tint instead.

** Edit January 2019 - I no longer sell Avon but I would definitely repurchase this product, it's been great, Winter and Summer and I always have one in my handbag as a back up lipstick.  Also, I did buy Rose Tint as I said above and it doesn't give nearly as much of a pink colour as I'd hoped, it's very pale so I'll stick to the Berry Tint.

I wasn't sure of the price at first, personally I think £9.00 is a lot of money to part with if you're not sure of the product but then when you compare them to the likes of Revlon, Max Factor and Cover Girl etc, their lipsticks are a similar price so I can kind of reconcile that one and, having used this one I would purchase one in another colour, think I will get Rose Tint next. 

I have to say it did last quite a long while and, I'm pleased to report did not bleed into the little lines round my lips (something all ladies of a certain age will understand and be quite thankful for).  My lines aren't bad but they are there and there are some lipsticks that are a bit of a no-no now I'm getting older.  The retinol and collagen will have helped with the plumping out of the lines I think.  It's nice packaging too, quite sleek but feels substantial, I have been keeping mine in my coat pocket for top ups!

Love, Maria


Monday, 28 November 2016

Avon Gel Shine - Lavender Sky

I do love to review a nail polish and this has been one of my favourites throughout the Summer.

If you've read my other nail polish posts you'll know I hate chipping and that I've got weak nails.  I also like it to dry quickly.  Prior to this, the only "gel" effect I'd tried was Sally Hansen (which I still love) so I was hopeful that this would cut the mustard so to speak.

I was pleased that it did and I'm now on my second bottle!  Check out the photo below to see what it looks like on my nails.

Colour and Brush

I particularly like this colour 'Lavender Sky' because it's a little bit different from my usual pink nails but subtle.  If it chips a little you don't notice it straight away.  I must say though, I find it very long lasting and that's without the special Avon gel shine top coat which is well worth the money because it does give the polish extra shine and increases the time between coats.  I also like the brush as it's not too big making it much easier to be precise particularly when painting the hand you don't write with!

The Gel Shine Range

The Gel Shine range has been one of Avon's best selling products this year, it has no less than 31 shades to choose from (it started with 24 and they added a few more throughout the year) and the price is a very reasonable £7.00 per bottle though it is regularly on half price (which is the best time to stock up and try new shades).  I can recommend the colours Parfait PinkBarely There and Very Berry, these have been my staple shades this year, I've currently got Very Berry on my toes even though they're stuck under my socks and boots for the next six months!  I like that I can have nails that give a 'gel effect' without having to put them under a UV lamp, it's quick and easy which it's brilliant if you don't have much time.

Avon Gel Shine - Lavender Sky


Sunday, 20 November 2016

My Latest Beauty Haul (do not shop when you are fed up!)

The other day I went into Superdrug to get some headache tablets as having spent half the night up with my coughing 8 year old, my head was banging and I needed some assistance in making it stop.  So after my school run I took myself into town in the rain (which did not help my mood) and the plan was to pop into Superdrug, get the tablets, whizz into Sainsbury's to buy teabags, milk and bread and go home.

So that's what happened.  Well, almost. 

In fact what transpired was a 40 minute stroll round Superdrug after picking up said medication and I ended up buying so much that I had to buy a carrier bag (don't get me wrong I don't mind paying 5p) as it wouldn't fit in my handbag. 

Here's the haul.

Revlon HD Lip Color (Seduction)

I was so happy with the other colours I've purchased that I didn't have to argue with myself too much about getting another and I'm really pleased with this one too. I chose the colour Seduction as it's nude but not too nude, I like it because it doesn't wash me out like so many paler lip colours do.  It'll definitely be a Lipstick Love ... post in the future.

MUA Matte single eye shadow

I've only got a few things from MUA but everything I've got I really like, MUA is also great value, this single eye shadow was £1.00 and is a great base colour for neutral days.

V05 Frizz Free Cream and V05 Smoothly Does It Serum

Always in the market for products that claim to make my hair frizz free and smooth these were a bargain because it was on a 2 for £4.00 offer

Anelco Beer Shampoo and  Conditioner

This was an impulse buy, I used to use beer shampoo and conditioner sachets years and years ago and I wanted to see if this was the same.  I've yet to try it.

Pack of 2 printed emery boards

A girl can never have too many emery boards, especially someone with nails like mine that are constantly chipping and flaking. 

64 My Little Star Baby Wipes

These were on special offer.  I always carry baby wipes in my bag even though my kids are no longer babies as they are amazing for sticky fingers, mouths and you can even use them to catch a runny nose if you don't have a tissue. 

L'Oréal Color Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick (Rouge Gold)

Ooh, it's a long time since I bought a L'Oréal lipstick but I'm having a bit of a lipstick obsession at the moment.  I've currently got several Avon ones on the go (I will review them), I just felt like I needed some different colours.  This one is a gorgeous shade of red with a gold shimmer running through it.  It's not a bright red, more of a muted cheerful red so it's not too in your face.  I've only worn it once but thought it looked really nice.  And I've always loved the smell of L'Oréal lipsticks too.

I think the Panadol are self explanatory!

As I drove home I decided that I did feel less like a bear with a sore head and as not a single tablet had passed my lips at that time, I decided that it was the act of buying the haul that had improved my mood and my headache.  I think they call it Comfort Buying, it's in the same category as Comfort Eating but with less calories. 

It was only when I got home that I realised I'd forgotten to go to Sainsburys so I had to go back later in the day!

I'm not sure when my next haul will be.  Probably after Christmas as I really need to concentrate on Christmas shopping from now on, I haven't done any at all.  I wish I could be one of those organised people that has it done by the end of August or at the very latest, October, but I'm not.  I leave it until the last minute and then just do it all in one go. 

Maria xx


Saturday, 12 November 2016

What's in the November Glossybox?

Oh look, is it  November already? I managed to miss posting about the October Glossybox but I'm right here with the November one so let's have a looksee what's in it.  Actually, if there are any other Glossybox girls out there I'd love to know if you got anything different in your boxes and what you thought of it. 

111 Skin Bio Facial Treatment Mask

111 Skin Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask
I've only just ventured into the face mask thing, years ago they were all gloopy and sticky and they made my skin sore but I've recently used a couple that I really like so it'll be interesting to try this one.  It's a full size product from www.111skin.com you leave it on for 20 minutes or more to really let it sink into your skin.  I'll report back.  This product is worth £20 so you know, quite pricey for a face mask, I imagine it won't be on my shopping list anytime soon but lovely to try.

De Bruyere Beauty Jumbo Eye Pencil - Bubble 07

De Bruyere Beaute Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bubble 07
A lot of my eye pencils are courtesy of Glossybox, there must be at least one every other month.  This would be a problem for some people but not for me because I love eye pencils and use them every day.  This one is a jumbo pencil (remind me to dig out the jumbo kohl pencil sharpener) which is great because you can easily put it all over the eyelid or just the lash line.  I've got a couple of jumbo pencils from Kiko Milano which I love, they are so easy to use.  Bubble 07 appears to be a deep green/grey colour so really Autumnal and should go with most looks.  This is a full size product RRP 15euros, for more information on the De Bruyere range www.debruyerebeaute.com/fr

Wilkinson Sword Raspberry Rain Razors

Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Raspberry Rain Disposable Razors
I have to admit I squealed with delight when I saw this, yes I know that sounds weird but I love it when I get a new razor to try because it saves me buying a new one!  All my recent razors have been courtesy of Glossybox (or Birchbox before I gave them up).  This one is disposable, you get three in a packet so I'm good for a little while now!  RRP for this product is £5.69 for packet of 3, website link is www.buy.wilkinson-sword.co.uk

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
What a great product to try, brilliant for me as I do have trouble sleeping (not falling asleep just staying asleep) so anything that helps me to sleep I'm willing to try.  This Works do some amazing products, I'm still in love with a leave in conditioner from one of last years' boxes.  This isn't a full size product but the RRP for the full size is £16.00 www.thisworks.com.

Ruby Professional Blending Brush

Ruby Professional Large Tapered Blending Brush
This has just fallen straight into my hands because I'm currently working on a blog post about make up brushes so I am pleased with this.  It's only in the last year or so that I've really sat up and taken much notice of make up brushes and how to use them.  This one is a blending brush and again, I have only recently worked out how to blend properly (courtesy of a YouTube video from make up artist Lisa Eldridge).  To check out the brush and the rest of the range go to www.shopruby.ie

A Chocolate

This is a chocolate called Raffaello.  I'm not a fan of receiving chocolates in beauty boxes, because I buy the box so I can try new beauty products not eat fancy chocolate.  I'm also not a fan of fancy chocolate, I prefer a Galaxy or a bar of Dairy Milk.  Sorry Glossybox, not happy.  Rant over!

Maria xx                                                             Related Post  What's in the September Glossybox

Monday, 7 November 2016

Thinking About ... Autumn

Autumn (my feet, my garden, boots from Marks & Spencer)

This is a bit of a lifestyle post, just some musings about Autumn really.  I'm not usually an Autumn person, I hate the dark nights and I'm not a fan of being cold either.  Other people like snuggling up in front of the fire and frosty mornings.  I would rather wear flip flops and have daylight until 9pm.
I should probably be a dormouse hibernating until Spring, that would suit me absolutely fine!

This year however, I've been really aware of the change in the seasons, I know that sound a bit naff but it's true.  I'm constantly trying to find ways of alleviating stress and I think it's important to step outside the moment sometimes and just be aware of your surroundings to clear your mind.  I've been so struck by how pretty Autumn is, the colours are really beautiful and I've tried to take photos of times when I've been aware of it.  It seemed to me that there are certain things that make me feel like it's Autumn regardless of the weather and the changing leaves so I have created a little Autumn moodboard (my first one - ever!).  Photos below, scroll down for the explanations.

Things that make me feel like it's Autumn

Top Row

Deeper lipstick colours
I do find that I change my lipsticks with the seasons, I wear a lot less pink and start to wear deeper colours that go with blacks and browns and deep greens. 

Snuggled up dog
This picture represents early mornings in the dark!  I took this one morning after I got out of the shower, my little Buddy was snuggled up in my bed.  He did not want to wake up and he did not want to go for a walk either.  He is basically laying exactly where I wish I was! 

Coat with a hood
I love this coat, I bought it last year, it's so snuggly and warm and I love the fact that it's got a hood and the furry bit round it.  Not only does it keep my ears warm it has been known to save my hair from 'damp frizz' on the school run in the mornings.  I need to dig this coat out again now it's getting much colder.

Dressing table lighting mirror
It's always more problematic doing my makeup in the latter months of the year as the lighting is so bad, I've got this mirror that has a natural light ring round it which does really help me to put the right amount of blusher on.  It's also got a magnifying mirror on the other side should I wish to scare myself and look at myself close up that early in the morning.  It's from Boots, I think it's a No7 product.

Middle Row

Casual Skirts
I do wear skirts all year round (when I'm not in my 'Mummy' clothes) but these are my favourites for Autumn and Winter, they are little corduroy skirts from M&S, button front and look great with 40 or 60 denier black tights and boots and a plain jumper.  I have been known to wear leggings with them as well when the weather is too nippy for tights.  They are super comfortable and they come to just above the knee so not teeny tiny but comfortable and practical too.

Heated Rollers
I don't know why but the only time I use my heated rollers unless I'm going out is during the Autumn/Winter.  I think it's because my hair needs more help during these months and it probably spends less time in a ponytail or scraped back than it does in the summer when it's warmer.  I've had these for a couple of years, I wrote a post about them a while back, they're great.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
In the summer I tend to use more colour around my eyes, in the Autumn I go for more neutral colours, browns, golds and beige (I hate the word beige but you know the colour I'm talking about).  I've got several great natural palettes but I always go back to this one it's tried and tested and no matter how tired I am in the morning I know I'm always going to get a good result even if I'm applying it when I'm half asleep.  It's the only Naked palette I own though, I haven't got any of the others (yet). 

Halloween is a big deal in this house, firstly it's my Mum's birthday and the day after my youngest son's birthday and secondly the boys really love dressing up and going trick or treating.  Actually it's not proper trick or treating it's pre-arranged with family and friends we don't knock on random doors.  In recent years the boys have persuaded hubby and I to get into the spirit of things and dress up too.  Hubs is very good at costumes, I only have two that I switch between, one is a witch (complete with dress, wig and hat) and the other one is a cat which is basically wearing all black, black wig and drawing cat eyes and whiskers on my face.  The picture on the board is of two of the boys the year they were a Power Ranger and Mike The Knight.  It was taken a couple of years ago, they are much bigger now.

Bottom Row

Both of these pictures have been taken recently, the first was the first time it was frosty, I thought it was really pretty with the frost sitting on the leaves like that.   Then I checked out the car and realised the de-icer was required (not so happy about that).  The second picture is of a tree that I pass on my school run twice a day, in fact I pass it every day as it's just by the entrance to the road in which we live.  I should explain that I love trees, I don't know why.  This tree is huge, it's got amazing leaves and is a very good indicator of where we are in the year, I always know when it's Spring because it's one of the first ones to show signs of leaves and now, as you can see, they are turning deep green and gold before they fall.  This photo was taken a week or so ago.  As of today there are more leaves on the ground than on the tree, infact the path and part of the road is covered and the dog had a field day snuffling round in them on his walk this morning.

Happy Autumn everyone!

Maria xx

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