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

Fragrance Favourite - Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever

This is my most recently purchased perfume, bought for me by my husband when we were out one day and I happened to say I liked the fragrance.  Truth is, I was drawn to the bottle before I was drawn to the smell, that's the power of packaging.  I just think it's such a pretty bottle and can be displayed so beautifully on a dressing table.  The blue colour is also my favourite shade of blue, you can see where I'm going here!  Word of warning though, the bottle is quite heavy, don't pick it up by the top because the top comes off and the bottle goes hurtling toward the floor (and your toes), I've done this several times and it's only because it landed on carpet that I didn't lose the entire bottle.

The scent is floral, sharper than Poeme, and fresher and it is also very light, it's a summery smell though I've been wearing it since the Autumn.  I've just realised I've actually used up quite a lot, I must really slather it on, still perfume is made to be worn and enjoyed I guess. 

Pricewise this one is similar to Poeme, about £59.00 for 50ml.  I'm very keen to try the other Marc Jacobs fragrances, if anyone has tried them and can recommend I'd love to know what you think.


Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs

Fragrance Favourite - Poeme by Lancome

I first started wearing this in 1998, originally my sister wore it and I loved it so much that she got me some for Christmas and I've been hooked ever since.  

The scent is flowery but subtle, it doesn't get up your nose or stick in your throat, it's sort of a warm smell.  It's also beautifully long lasting.  I had a gift set once which alongside the perfume had a travel body cream and a shower gel and it was gorgeous, I didn't want to use it up.  It's a great one to layer, shower gel, cream and then perfume, the scent lasts all day.  The gift set is always on my birthday and Christmas lists!

It comes in two sizes 30ml and 50ml.  The larger bottle is around £59.00 from stores such as House of Fraser and John Lewis, however I am sure I have purchased it at a much reduced price from perfume or cosmetic websites.  

Poeme at John Lewis


Poeme by Lancome

Nivea Daily Essentials Eye Makeup Remover

I am so impressed with this eye make up remover.  Originally I bought it because I started wearing a waterproof eyeliner that did not come off with any of my usual nightly skincare products and it was starting to be a bit of a pain.  Then I spied this while out shopping and I thought I would try it because it is supposed to be for waterproof mascara.

I've had a variety of Nivea products over the years and I've always been happy with them.  One thing I like about Nivea is that despite having fairly dry skin I am able to use their products that say they are "for all skin types" because they seem to be very gentle.  Nivea do have a range for dry and sensitive skin which is also very good (it's completely fragrance free).

How to use

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 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 and all the mascara and eye make up is gone.  My eyes are quite sensitive these days so I have to be careful to get every last bit off.

I use this product every day, it's about £3.50 from Boots or Superdrug, or actually I've seen it in the supermarket as well.  It's super value too, as it lasts for ages.

Lipstick Love ... Max Factor Rosewood


This is one of my all time favourite lipsticks from Max Factor - Rosewood.

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.  

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! 


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Three sides of Rosewood


Me wearing Rosewood, it's natural but not nude

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)

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!




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.





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

W7 In the Buff eye colour palette

Ever 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).

Colours

There's 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.



How to Use

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.  It's 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. 

What a Result!

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?

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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