Saturday, 12 March 2016

Unsung Heroes.


Hi all. I don't post very often but keep blogging when the mood takes me for kicks. I enjoy reading about beauty. I always keep up to date with the makeup artists and bloggers online so when I get inspired I blog. Therefore i think i get carried away by the new thing. The makeup story that inspires me at the time and I sort of forget about the constants. I forget about the products that I use most days and continue to repurchase and enjoy because they weren't wow or exciting or give me the heart eyed emoji when I first used them, instead they were like: "meh, whatever, they're essential, or a freebee, I'll see how they go." I don't initially jump for joy so don't run to the computer to blog but at the same time if they were crap or not for me, my skin type, scent preference... whatever!! I would have given them away by now. But they stay. So this post is about those products in your life that make life great by just being them. Here's whats up.

The Wella Shockwaves Ultra Strong Power hold hairspray is excellent. It's the best hairspray I have ever used and I have used it for years. And best part??? There is no lid. If I had a pound for every time I lost a lid I would have £9. So it's great. No lid no fuss. It holds your hair like it should. It's like Ronseal it does exactly what it says on the tin.

The V-cense revitalising night cream. Right ok, I have never bought this moisturiser but it comes free in magazine supplements, in the special REN bags M&S do twice a year and always seems to come free in everything so I continually have it in the cupboard and it just works. It's not sticky, or overly thick, its just a really nice, inoffensive night cream that works well over a variety of night treatments and serums. If you need a night cream but don't want to pay the earth or bite the bullet on some unknown cream that you might possibly hate then this is your guy. If I ever stop getting this as a freebee I might just go ahead and buy it myself, how about that?

Avene soothing eye contour cream. Ok this was a "meh I need an eye cream in my life but I don't want to pay the earth for it" product so I used it whatever. But I came to the realisation that this is the only eye cream ever, not to sting, burn or irritate my eyelids and eye area and since repurchasing it recently my dry, flakey eye lids have cleared up... it could be a coincident? I don't know but this is great for sensitive eyes. Zero irritation and no other eye cream (including the ones which boast for sensitive skin) has performed as well.

The Clairns Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate. This is gorgeous because it gives the aroma and feel and luxury of a beautiful bath oil but gives BUBBLES!!!! Pamper and silky bubbles is all you need for a bath time of dreams. This is another freebee product but one that I see myself purchasing for sure.

And finally the Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin perfecting Serum. My friend bought this when I bought the brightening and protecting cream. She said it made her face feel like sand paper so gave it me to try. I actually love it. It tightens my skin and I feel as if it is giving my skin a good dose of skin regenerating goodness rather than a wishy washy level of waste of time, which I feel lots of serums are to be honest. I like how this makes me feel like I am having a tiny face lift and has ignited my interest in sampling more of these regenerating types of serums. 

Friday, 11 March 2016

New and Exciting Things


I have two new and exciting products to share with you today and they are the very awesome Fleur de Force lashes by Eylure in the 3/4 lash called FLEUR LOVES (..FEW...) and the very amazingly smelling Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel.

First the lashes. Let me just say 3/4 lashes are amazing for the sole reason that they are so bloody easy to apply. Honestly why don't more brands sell these or do them in different styles? Honestly? Why? in the whole of Boots this was the only pair available and I don't think I could find any in Superdrug at all. I feel like these are the shorter (or 3/4 length) cousin of the Ardell demi Whispies, but perhaps with a bit more of a winged out kick.... so they're like the 3/4 length sister of Nicola from Gils aloud Eyelure lashes they used to make.. might still do.. who knows? Essentially They blend in with my natural lashes a treat and look great with a winged liner look, as I like to take the edges up further than my eye a little bit, creating more of an elongated cat eye effect. Again, I must emphasise the easiness of these to apply and the comfort. There's no chance of having nasty plastic strip poking into your eye because, guess what they stop 1/4 away from your inner eye. Ease, comfort and they look the business.. yes please. I love these. I will buy them again and tell all my friends that they need them in their life NOW! Go Fleur and her amazing idea to create a 3/4 lash. Proving once again why bloggers are awesome. They live in the real world and know what works. 3/4 lashes work. YES.

And another thing... that smelt so good, that when on a recent spa trip my friend bought this on the spot, and she don't do that unless its special. Trust me this smells like a fruit punch, Caribbean holiday dream. This scent is strong but if the scent is good then I love it. The same friend gave me this sample from a magazine and YES it's love. Papaya and Pineapple heaven.... Ok so I guess your wondering what the product actually is? well its a chemical exfoliator or exfoliating face mask. You leave it on for 10-15 minutes and wash it off, leaving smooth skin that smells awesome. You can tell it's an exfoliator because it tingles, in a way only those acidy exfoliating products tingle. It's probably a 2 on the irritation scale so I deal with it and because it's tingly I think to myself "yassss its working miracles and stuff." It's a gorgeous whipped creamy product too that feels gorgeous when you put it on the skin. No tackiness or sticky, gunky mess, it's more like a moisturiser texture and most importantly it leaves my skin smooth and happy and decongested and life seems that little bit more bearable.

Ok a bit of a weird, wandering review but rave reviews they are. These are definitely new and exciting products to me. I love them. I'll definitely buy the full size of the elemis enzyme peel and it will take restraint not to go cray cray when Boots have their 3 for 2 offers on their nails and lashes. Please look them up, check them out and buy them. They're great. xoxox

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Maby I don't like foundation


My relationship with foundation is a tumultuous one. It started with the discovery of skanky orange liquid foundations of no brands when I was 13. I didn't wear them, instead opted for concealer and mattifying powder in my teens (namely Rimmel all clear powder) which I remember went hard and shiny with my skanky oily sponge... Mmm.  Anyway my first foundation love came in the form of Maybelline dream matte mouse. This stuff was revolutionary and on offer so I picked it up and used up 2 or 3 pots worth. After a flakey nasty foundation let down in the name of a no7 oil control one I discovered the beauty Hall in Boots and picked up the Clinique gentle light makeup foundation which changed my life. In retrospect it was glittery (mm yes I know. You saw it in the pot but I don't remember it transferring to the face) and was too dark. But at the time I rocked it. I stuck with Clinique foundation for a while and fell out of live with the Superbalance one. It would cake between my eyebrows. Back in the day foundations always seemed to do that!! Was it the foundation? My application skills lacking? or my skincare prep was crap? I suspect it was an accumulation of all three.

What I have found over the years that I have been blogging and loving foundation is A. I have become a little obsessional about foundation.i think we all do. B. I hardly ever wore it. C. Never finished one and D. Fall out of love with them. I loved Nars Sheer glow, then hated it, and praised the foundation gods for Illamasqua skin Base. It was the best thing since sliced bread as fares I was concerned but eventually was disappointed by how it's glow transfered as shiny, was too pale and made me look sickly and after not even looking at it for 10 months I got rid. I just don't wear it often enough and I suspect the sell by date should be adhered to. I find after 48 months my skin falls out of love or the foundation has gone bad.

I currently have four foundations in my stash at present. First the Laura Mercier oil free tinted moisturiser for a day time makeup and the Estee Lauder double wear for night. Why do I keep these?!! Well the LM is my favourite "low coverage" foundation. For me it blends seamlessly without caking or looking odd. 99% of the time I don't wear foundation at all so when i do I want it purely for a boost or because I had extra time in the morning to get ready. I don't want to look "made up". And the double wear is just a really great foundation for night time. It gives enough coverage that I don't need to conceal with it moat the time.for me it works really well for makeup on the night out and crazily enough never cakes, never slides off or look shiny by the end of the night.happy. I also have Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and Charlotte Tilbury light wonder who are literally on their last legs after being less than satisfactory the last few times of wearing them.

So there you have it. My current issue is that I have a wedding that I need to make myself up for! And I'm currently agonising over what I should do. My gut feeling all along has been to pick up the MUFE HD foundation but Im seriously considering just wearing the double wear. I am going to do a makeup test on Saturday and see where I need to go with it. I'm also in twelve minds about concealer too. I'm loving my Revlon liquid concealer but I don't think it has the power or longevity to cover a crazy breakout. It could happen and I need to be prepared. Top of the list of the Kevyn Auction sensual skin enhancer, Mac studio finish 6 pan pallet or the MUFE HD and or high coverage liquid concealers. Hash tag head spin. This is definitely to be continued... See you later, thankyou for stopping by.