Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Looking for a concealer? These are my five current favourites

I absolutely cannot live without concealer.  It's one of my 'essential' products.  Even on a rare no make up day I do sling a dot of concealer here and there to disguise blemishes that I want to forget are there so I don't shock myself when I glance in the mirror.  You know, like the odd spot, stuff like that.

When I was thinking about writing this post I thought about all the concealers I've ever used.  In my (much) younger days before I was a full on foundation person, I just used to use a little foundation as a concealer.  Gradually, I needed more and more concealer and I found the perfect one from Witch Hazel, it doubled as an antiseptic/healing stick as well as a cover up.  I used that literally for years and years until quite recently when I realised that they had discontinued my colour (pale) and gone over to just one colour which was just a shade too dark for my skin so I stopped using it and invested in a proper concealer, or two, or three ...

I find that not all concealers are the same and not all concealers are for the same place on your face.  That's why I seem to have so many now.  I've got different ones for spots, blemishes, non-spot blemishes, dark under-eye circles, dry skin patches and cold sores (yes I know you're not supposed to cover them up but I just can't NOT cover them up a bit).

So I am sharing my favourites.  Of course I'm always on the look out for the holy grail so no doubt there will be more to come but these few are the ones I'm using at the moment.

Hard Candy - Sheer Envy
Something I found in the States, I think you can get Hard Candy over here in the UK but it's not widely available.  This one is great for under eyes because the brush is very thin and the colour is almost an exact match for me (fluke!).  It lasts for ages, I never notice that it's come off during the day.

Avon Extra Lasting
Anything with the words Extra Lasting in the title has got to be a winner, right?  Right.  But not for under eyes, or at least not my eyes, far too heavy and matte.  Brilliant for spots and blemishes.  It doesn't budge and you can pop bit of powder over the top and there you go, spots all gone.  Avon do a few shades in this, I think this is the fairest one.

Physicians Formula - Youthful Wear Spotless
Spotless - that's what we all to want to be, right?  It took me a while to get to grips with this because this is actually a concealer in a roller ball pen style with liquid and I found it difficult to get the right amount on my face.  It's much better if there's a larger area to cover because you can sort of scribble it all over your face and make up sponge it from there.  Not great for individual spots but super for a larger area.  I think (not sure) it might also have something in it that helps spots to heal so win-win there.

I'm not sure what this one is called, I only know that it's from Neutrogena and I love it and I'll be upset when it runs out.  This, alongside my beloved Hard Candy is the one I wear under my eyes.  You literally cannot see it once it's blended in, it's amazing it looks so natural.  Neutrogena is kind to the skin as well so no allergy flare ups or anything.  I haven't tried using this on blemishes as I don't want to waste it on those when I need it for my eyes!  I bought this in the States as well, it's on my list to replace next time I go.

Physicians Formula Super CC
Another Physicians Formula (and yet another brand that you can't get in the UK - flipping heck sake!) the super CC concealer is a mixture of everything you need to sort your skin out, whether it's covering redness, or grey under eyes or whatever.  It's a brush and you twist the end of the pen to get the liquid to come through, it takes a while at first and then whooshes out all in one go.  It's great for precision 'painting' if you've got a very specific and small area to put it on and I have also used it for under eyes but it's slightly more matte than the Neutrogena and Hard Candy so better for blemishes I think.

Love, Maria


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Nivea Eye Daily Essentials Eye Make Up Remover

The other day I went to remove my eye make up with my usual micellar water and found that it wouldn't budge.  Well, the eye shadow did, the mascara didn't.  It took about five minutes for me to realise that I'd inadvertently put a waterproof Max Factor mascara on that morning, instead of my usual 2000 Calorie.   Durr.  This was annoying on two counts, one, because I thought I'd picked up a non waterproof one in the shop and clearly I hadn't and two, I was really tired and now I was going to have to faff about getting this off, for god's sake.

I tried unsuccessfully with two eye make up removers, a MAC and a Clarins, usually the Clarins is good unfortunately the Max Factor waterproof was too stubborn for it, either that or I'd layered it on too thick so it was going to take a chisel to get it off.  I was getting cross now.  Then I remembered my trusty Nivea.

Well, the thing is that I've been meaning to review this eye makeup remover for a while now, because I am seriously impressed with it.  Originally, I bought it because I started wearing a waterproof eyeliner that did not come off with any of my usual nightly skincare products, then I spied this which I thought would work because it is for waterproof mascara.

Bingo!  Nivea Daily Essentials Eye Make up Remover to the rescue!

Two quick wipes and the mascara started to move (I was relieved as my eyes were starting to feel sore).

This make up remover is hypoallergenic and has been tested by the eye doctors, thus is fine for people who wear contact lenses or who have sensitive eyes.  As you can see from the photo it is oil based so you need to give the bottle a good old shake before you use it to mix up the liquid.  Then just get one of those little make up remover pads, pour a little bit on there (a little bit goes a long way) and gently wipe over the eye lid and round the eye.  I am always amazed at how much make up comes off with one of these, even when I've cleansed already, this really does get rid of whatever's left.  It's really nice to go to bed knowing that my eyes are "clean".

I'm trying to remember how much I paid for this, I think it was £3.50 maybe £4.  Either way, it wasn't a lot and it's a very good product and definitely worth purchasing if you're a waterproof mascara or make up person, there's no faffing about and it doesn't make your eyes sore.

Love, Maria


Friday, 22 September 2017

Theirry Mugler Angel

One thing I do every day, regardless of whether I am flopping round the house at home or going out, is put perfume on.  I love perfume.

My first perfume was Estee Lauder Youth Dew, wow that takes me back.  I got it for Christmas one year and I absolutely loved it.  Do Estee still sell this, I must find out.

Anyway, digressing as usual.  The one I'm on at the moment is Theirry Mugler Angel.  Now, Theirry has come out with LOTS of lovely fragrance over the years but Angel is my favourite so far, although I must admit that I've spied the new one called Aura (beautiful green bottle) and that's the first thing on my Christmas list.  Eeek, did I say the C word?  Forget I said that.  I don't really think about Christmas until the third week of November normally, it's just too stressful.

Theirry Mugler Angel - so pretty

Anyway, I asked for Angel for my birthday a couple of years ago and was lucky enough to receive not only the perfume but also a lovely Angel gift set which consisted of perfumed body oil spray, shower gel and hand cream too (the hand cream was great, even after I washed my hands I could still smell it).  Since then it's all been used up and I'm on my second bottle of Angel.  The dry oil body spray was gorgeous, particularly good for summer as it wasn't heavy and lasted well in the heat.

The scent itself is fairly sharp with what I would describe as fruit tones but there's also definitely vanilla in there somewhere which is probably why I liked it in the first place, I love anything vanilla flavoured or scented.  The bottle is lovely too and great to carry round in my handbag because it's not too bulky or heavy.

Actually, come to think of it, a lot of my perfumes are running low, it's probably time to re-stock.  I've got a lot of Avon ones I use for every day but I'm short on Tresor, Poeme and Chanel No5.  I've got an anniversary trip to New York in October, I can hear Duty Free calling, you know I love a bit of Duty Free!

Love, Maria

Thursday, 21 September 2017

September Glossybox - first look and impressions

I think it's fair to say I'm waaaay behind in my Glossybox posts and that's because I'm waaaay behind in actually opening the Glossyboxes.  I've said before that this year has been mad and that's why they've taken a back seat (along with quite a lot of housework and other non essential jobs).

Anyway, September's here and I'm rectifying my sloppiness with Glossybox right now!

This is the September 2017 Glossybox in all its glory.

I love the perfectly pink box (my favourites are the themed boxes, sometimes I like the box more than the stuff inside it but maybe that's just me and my packaging obsession).

Inside the perfectly pink box is:

September 2017 - contents of The Glossybox

So, first impressions, what do I think?

Skinfix Hand Repair Cream
My first thought about this was "oh no, not another hand cream" because I'm really bad at putting it on and therefore I have absolutely loads lying about the place.  But when I looked further I could see that it was a fragrance free hand repair cream which treats and manages eczema, dermatitis and dry skin conditions.  That's when I started to get a little excited because my hands are terribly sore in the Winter and two of my three sons also really suffer, I think they don't dry their hands properly at school then go out into the playground without gloves and their hands end up all sore and cracked.  I'm really hoping this can help.  It's got shea butter, vitamin e and almond oil in it so it sounds quite promising I think.

Taylor's 32 Natural Whitening Toothpaste
I've never had a toothpaste in one of these boxes before, not that I can remember so this is quite a departure from the usual things that go in the boxes.  It's Classic Mint flavour, definitely going to try this.

Pixi by Petra Brow Tamer
Anything from Pixi by Petra is a welcome addition to my make up collection, this is a fun brow tamer.  Glossybox are really good at giving us all the brow products, the powders, the pencils, the pens so this looks great although I wouldn't say I've got wild eyebrows but they could do with a little coiffuring!

Siligel Blender
I was really pleased when I saw this,  I've recently stopped using my foundation brushes and started using those little make up sponges.  So far I've only used the cheap small ones from Superdrug or Tesco which are working perfectly fine, and better at blending than my brushes but this is pretty impressive looking so I'll definitely use it.

Monuskin Firming Figi Facial Oil
I'm always slightly wary of face products because I've got quite sensitive skin but given that this product is for dry/sensitive skin I'm assuming that it'll be OK.  It doesn't say on the bottle to put it on morning or night so I might just try it at night so it's got time to sink in and do its work!

Kinder Bueno Chocolate Bar
Ah, chocolate.  Enough said!

Watch this space for the results!

Love, Maria


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Avon Mark Gel Shine Nails - Nutty Berry

Quick Saturday post about nails, I'm a bit obsessed with writing about nail polish at the moment.

Today I changed my nail polish, I've been wearing Rita Ora Rimmel in a sort of pinky colour all week but it's finally chipping so I decided to change it.  As we are into Autumn I've been delving into my berry and brown shades and I found this one, its Avon Mark Gel Shine and it's called Nutty Berry.

So, on my nails are two coats (and a Sally Hansen strengthening undercoat which can also be used as a top coat - bonus) and then the clear Avon Gel Shine on top.  My top coat needs changing though as it's nearly used up and is a bit gloopy so I need to order a new one next time.

I'm not usually a brown nail polish kind of person, I'll be honest, I'm into pinks and nudes and pale colours, sometimes red.  While I love the colour of this one I'm not sure it looks that good on my hands, I think they are too pale and the brown isn't warm enough, does that make sense?

In terms of the colour, Nutty Berry is recommended but I'm not sure it suits me particularly.  If you want to read a review on the Dazzle Pink colour from the same brand, click here.

Avon Mark Gel Shine Nutty Berry

Beautiful shade of Autumn brown - Nutty Berry

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