All things beauty, inside and out. Written by Mrs Byrom

Revlon Colorstay Lipstick - Finale

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!


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
xx



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


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
xx




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
xx


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
xx

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
xx

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

xx








Battle of the BB Creams | Review

Hi beauty babes, I'm late to the party on this one but I finally tried a BB cream, or rather two BB creams.  I've made a video review of what I think of them.  I'm wishing I'd tidied up my trainers before I took this picture - lol!  You can find all my other videos on the my YouTube page, there's a link at the top of the page.

Here it is then, what a face!






Maria xx

Bodywash Collection | April

Hey there beauty bloggers, hope you've have a wonderful Easter and have been enjoying the warmer weather, today was gorgeous (forecast downhill from tomorrow though).  We've been out and about with the kids the last couple of weeks, hence the reason this has taken literally days to write and post.  They are back at school and pre-school tomorrow so hopefully I can get back on my blogging schedule once I've got a bit of peace and quiet!

Anyway, the purpose of today's post is to review some bodywashes as I've been using some different ones this month from my stock, I seem to have loads but I also seem to get through them quite quickly (I don't use them sparingly so they don't last long).   I love a bargain too, the Palmolive Mediterranean Moments was only £1.00 as it was on special offer but I'd definitely pay full price as its so gorgeous.



Baylis & Harding Rose, Ylang Ylang and Patchouli Body Scrub
Now, when I bought this I didn't realise it was a body scrub, I thought it was a bodywash, this is what comes with being harrassed by three little boys when you're out shopping, thanks kids!  Anyway, as body scrubs go this is quite nice.  It's got quite a potent aromatherapy sort of smell to it which is down to the Ylang Ylang and Patchouli (I'm not sure about the smell to be honest) and the scrub itself is good.  I find that some body scrubs are a bit too harsh which is why I tend to steer away from them, but this isn't, it does gently scrub your skin but doesn't strip it.  I probably won't use it every day but will definitely keep it in the bathroom for "scrub" days!  

Soho Soap Vanilla Smoothie Bath & Shower Gel
This is yummy.  I love anything vanilla, cocoa butter or coconut so this is perfect for me.  I'm trying to remember where I bought this from, I think it was Sainsburys or Tescos, actually it was Tescos, they had quite a few to choose from but I went straight for the Vanilla.  This has got a lovely smell and is very moisturising, the other good thing about it is that I have also used it in the bath, as a bubble bath, and it made the bathroom, and me, smell really gorgeous.

Dirty Works All Of A Lather Bodywash
I got this for Christmas but have only just started to use it.  The label states "All of a Lather" and it really does, very creamy and luxurious and perfect after the gym, makes your skin feel lovely.  It reminds me very much of the Soap & Glory range, not just the pretty artwork on the  packaging but also the smell of the product.  I really like Soap & Glory and this is just as nice.  I know this range is available in Sainsburys and they've got quite a variety of products, I'm going to have a proper look next time I'm in there. 

Palmolive Mediterranean Moments Argan Oil Bodywash
This bodywash is a limited edition and as I said above, another of my supermarket beauty aisle buys!  This is particularly lovely because its got my favourite Argan Oil in it.  Palmolive is one of my favourite bath and shower brands, I've been in love with the Milk & Honey one for years and years (particularly love the bath cream) so I knew this wouldn't disappoint.  I'm definitely going to buy this again for as long as its around.

Thanks for reading.

Maria
xx



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