You decide…….

 

This month’s Glossybox and Birchbox have arrived.  I am trying to decide which box is the best and cancel the other, because two would be greedy, right?   I am still not sure which one will be my favourite, and am slightly worried that I will continue to subscribe to both, and have even been looking at what other similar boxes are out there.  Oh dear!

Anyway, they have been duly opened and photographed for your information, and I have given everything a go.

GLOSSYBOX

NEXT MAKE ME BEAUTIFUL EYE BLUE QUAD

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Although this colour palette does not suit my colouring, it is a beautiful quad of deep blues and silver greys.  Heavily pigmented, with a subtle shimmer, these would look gorgeous on someone with blue eyes.  I go for a more nude to brown palette, but maybe I’ll get a little adventurous and try these colours on a night out. The price is £7.50 which I think is good value.

LEIGHTON DENNY EXPERT NAILS MIRACLE MIST

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If you are like me, and are too impatient to let your nails dry completely, then the idea of spraying on Leighton Denny’s Miracle Mist should fill you with joy.  Unfortunately, when I tried it, it did not deliver.  I followed the instructions, but my nails still smudged, quite badly.  I will give it another go and see if I get a better result.  It is quite pricey aswell at £12.

STUDIO TEN BROW LIFT PERFECTING LINER

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This double-ended eyebrow pencil and highlighter are ok.  They are long lasting which I liked, although I found the highlighter a bit hard.  I liked the shade of brown, which I felt was suitable for most people.  But at £22 I don’t think I will be buying this product again.

THE BODY SHOP OIL OF LIFE INTENSELY REVITALISING FACIAL OIL

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This oil I already have – and I am already a convert.  It is a beautiful oil that is very light and you only need the smallest amount.  Love the feel.  Love the scent. Love the way it makes my skin look.  Thumbs up from me.  Full size bottle is £28 but this will last ages as you only need the tiniest amount .

STYLONDON TEMPORARY ‘HENNA’ TATOO

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I admit it. I haven’t actually tried this yet.  Not sure that tats are my thing, but this seems like a fun kind of thing for the summer.  I’m off to the south of France soon, so maybe I’ll give it a go.  A white tattoo might look quite good on tanned skin(even if it’s a bit wrinkly!!)  Not bad at £5.99.

BIRCHBOX

BENEFIT COSMETICS DEW THE HOOLA

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This is Benefit’s liquid version of their bestselling Hoola bronzer (which I love).  I usually use a powder bronzer but I have given this a go, and was surprised that I liked it so much.  It was easy to apply and it blended in well.  I will definitely be using this again.  It costs £22.50 for the full size.

CYNTHIA ROWLEY BEAUTY EYELINER IN BLACK

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An eyeliner pencil that is smudge-proof and highly pigmented. Always happy to try a new eyeliner, and this one ticks all the boxes.  Good value at £11.00.

BALANCE ME TINTED WONDER EYE CREAM

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This eye cream is a concealer and brightener but is also hydrating, plumping and firming. The shade is a little dark for me at the moment, but with a bit of sun, I think it would be fine. It costs £20 and at that price I probably won’t be buying this, but I will use up this one.

PARLOR BY JEFF CHASTAIN DETANGLING LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

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This leave-in conditioner is great.  Just spray on and comb through.  It detangles the hair and leaves it soft and shiny.  Smells good too.  Price £17.

KUESHI FOOT CARE CREAM

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This foot cream is very moisturising , easily absorbed and not at all sticky. It contins lots of lovely oils and Royal Jelly.  One thing though, it does smell strongly of tea tree, which is fine if you like it.  Costs £12.

 

 

Well that’s that.  Do any of you subscribe to Glossybox or Birchbox or do you subscribe to any other similar boxes – I would love to hear what you think of them.

 

 

 

 

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March Favourites…..

This month I could have doubled the amount of favourites as I seem to have loads of products that I am loving at the moment.  I’ve picked out mainly make-up, but my very favourite thing is my new phone case from Wrappz.

LANCÔME HYPNOSE MASCARA

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For some unknown reason I have never used any make-up from Lancôme.  Having seen several beauty bloggers recommend this mascara, I thought I would give it a try.  I have to say it has been a pleasant surprise.  I really like the brush (I am not a fan of the weird and wonderful brushes that are out there) and it applies very smoothly and is not clumpy.  I think I am a convert.  It is high end and costs £23.50, but is a lovely mascara.

MORE BROWS BY MODELCO

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I have always used a light brown powder eyeshadow to fill in my brows, but this month’s Birchbox contained More Brow. It is brilliant.  I love it.  I will definitely be ordering this again.  It is a brow thickening gel that is quick drying and is so natural looking.  I would definitely recommend this for anyone who loves their brows.  Costs about £13.00.

CIATE LONDON WITH OLIVIA PALERMO EYELINER PENCIL

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This is a highly pigmented eyeliner in the colour Fig, which is a beautiful aubergine colour.  It is a kohl type eyeliner that has a built-in angled brush to smudge the liner for a smokey look. Quite expensive for an eyeliner at £15, but it applies really well and is now a definite favourite.  I need to try the black!

LIPFINITY  BY MAX FACTOR

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This is a long lasting lipstick by Max Factor.  The shade is Evermore Lush.  I love this as it feels very moisturising on the lips and is not drying at all.  The colour is perfect for me, although I’m not sure it lasts for eight hours as it claims.  It does lasts for a couple of hours definitely.  It costs about £8.99.

PURE NATURAL BEAUTY INSTANT RADIANCE HOT CLOTH CLEANSER

imageI am now on my second bottle of this cleanser.  If you like to use a cream cleanser then I would highly recommend this one.  It uses 95% natural ingredients and essential oils.

Remove cleanser with a hot flannel.  Gorgeous.  Costs £10.00 from Marks and Spencer.

WRAPPZ

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Wrappz do custom made phone cases.  I ordered mine to tie in with my social media pages and my blog page.  Very easy to do, just download your image and they do the rest.  Mine arrived within two days.  Fantastic service, and I’m very pleased with the result.  Costs £17.45 including postage and packing.

I hope this has been informative.  Let me know if you have used any of my favourites and what you thought of them.

Spotlight on Highlighters ….


Highlighters are the magic wands that will make your face glow and light up.  There are a vast range on the market and come in powder and cream forms.
Here, I review some highlighters from my make-up drawer.

SOAP AND GLORY – GLOW ALL OUT 

This is one of my all time favourite highlighters. It features Lightscramble luminous pigment pearls which gives this a peachy, shimmery finish.  Apply with a brush onto the cheekbones or all over the face for a beautiful glowy sheen.


BENEFIT – WATT’S UP!

This is a beautiful creamy highlighter that comes in a stick form.  It has a sponge applicator on one end, but I don’t use this as it tends to pull at the skin, so I just use my finger or blend it in with a  brush or Real Techniques beauty blender.  It is a creamy champagne colour that sets to a powder finish.


ELIZABETH ARDEN – SHIMMER POWDER – NUDE SHIMMER

I actually got this as a Christmas gift last year, and it may have been a special edition.  They do have similar products available in their range.  This comes with a sponge applicator, but I tend to use a fine fan powder brush to apply.  It is a very fine champagne powder that sits beautifully on the skin.  Apply across cheekbone, down the centre of the nose and on the cuspids bow for an illuminating look.


REVOLUTION – BAKED HIGHLIGHTER IN PINK LIGHTS, GOLDEN LIGHTS AND HIDDEN LIGHTS

At Christmas I was given the Revolution Advent Calendar and it included these three highlighters.  At first glance they seemed to be a little over the top in respect of shimmer and colour.  However, once I tried them I was pleasantly surprised by how lovely they were.  They are highly pigmented and sheer, they glide onto the skin and are easily blended.  These are definitely worth a try, as they are such a reasonable price.

Miscellar Water:  Skin’s lifesaver?…

 

img_0151What is Micellar Water?  It takes its name from “micelles” which are tiny oil molecules that have been suspended in water.  They work by attracting dirt and make-up and dissolving them.  Soaking a cotton pad with micellar water and placing over the eyes, holding gently for a few seconds and then wiping away to remove eye make-up. Micellar water can also be used to remove foundation and cleanse the skin. One of the benefits is that there is no need to rinse it off.

The first product I tried was Christian Dior’s Instant Cleansing Water with Pure Lily Extract.  (200ml £26.oo).  I found this to be excellent in removing make-up and left my skin feeling clean and soothed. In fact, I was so impressed by how this helped my skin that it has totally converted me to using micellar water to remove my make-up.  I use it in the mornings to cleanse my skin and in the evening to remove eye make-up.

Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Water (200ml £4.49). This product is also enriched with minerals and multi-vitamins and is good for sensitive skin.  It leaves the skin feeling hydrated but was not quite as good at removing eye make-up.

Garnier Micellar Water (400ml £4.99)  Garnier have several Micellar waters for different skin types.  I have tried the ones for Combination and Sensitive Skins and the For Even Sensitive Skin.  Both are very effective in removing eye make-up and leaving the skin feeling hydrated and calm.

The last product I tried was Boot’s Botanics Hydration Burst 3-in-1 Micellar Cleanser (250ml £4.99). This contains active plant extract Clary Sage which is rich in flavonoids that hydrate the skin.  This was excellent at removing eye make-up.

I would have to say that all of the products I tested really do a great job at removing make-up and cleansing the face.  Since using Micellar water I have had almost no breakouts and my skins texture has also improved.

 

Mother’s Day….

20141225_113641-1Today in England it is Mother’s Day, or more correctly, Mothering Sunday.  This is a day that we reflect upon our own mothers and also on being a mother.

I am very fortunate in having  a very wonderful mother who has always been a very loving and supportive parent (along with my dad), and has always put the happiness of her children and grandchildren before herself.  So, as a parent, I have a great deal to live up to.

For me, motherhood came at 32 with the very much longed for arrival of my eldest daughter, Elizabeth (Lizi).  I had previously had three miscarriages and was in dread of never having any children. Another miscarriage and two years later, my son Andrew arrived, followed by a fifth miscarriage and then last, but most definitely not least, my daughter Harriet.

All my kids have now left home, and I am very proud of every one of them.

 

February Favourites….

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I thought I would do a “my favourite things” blog every month, so here are my favourite things for February.

KATIE LOXTON “WONDERFUL” CANDLE

After buying way too many candles over the Christmas season, my New Years resolution was to cut down on the candle buying.  Fail!  I came across this Katie Loxton candle and it smells as its name suggests, wonderful.

A vibrant mix of pomegranate and sweet apple scents that is very uplifting and luxurious.  It cost £19.99 but if you are in to candles, then I would definitely recommend it.
SMASHBOX LIMITLESS EYE LINER

Hmm, me and eyeliners!  I admit I do struggle with some eyeliners and have tried many and varied.  I have to say that this one from Smashbox is brilliant.  Very easy to apply and is long wearing.  Well pigmented and can be smudged to make a more smokey eye look.  It contains Vitamin E and Jojoba oil and costs £15.00.

SMASHBOX X-RATED MASCARA

I got this mascara in rich black – why would anyone want any other colour?  I liked the wand which is a tradional shape with three rows of bristles that help to extend the lashes.  It has a long wearing formula and claims to be smudge and flake free.  For me, a mascara is totally about the wand, and this one suits me very well.  I did have to apply a few coats to get the effect I wanted, but it doesn’t clump so this mascara has the thumbs up from me. Costs £15.00.
BOURJOIS SO LAQUE ULTRA SHINE NAIL POLISH IN ROUGE ESCARPIN (24)

This nail polish claims to last for up to seven days which is a big ask on my nails, as they are constantly abused by housework and the lack of rubber gloves!  The brush is thin and precise and the finish is just lovely and shiny.  I have too many red nail polishes, but this is a really good shade and I am sure will become my “go to” polish.  Really good price too at £5.99.
BENEFTIT THEY’RE REAL TINTED EYELASH PRIMER

This is a brilliant primer.  It can be used as a primer or as a stand alone mascara for a natural look.  It contains ProVitamin B5 for condition the lashes and is water resistant.  The brush is easy to use and it defines and primes the lashes prior to mascara.  Fairly pricey at £16.65, but if you are into mascara then definitely give this a try.
Please comment below if you think a monthly favourites blog would be a good idea.

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What’s that smell ?…

For a while now, I have been thinking about changing the type of deodorant/antiperspirant I use.

I have always been in favour of the spray on deodorant, but have becoming increasingly aware of possible health problems that might be associated with some of the ingredients in these types of products.

I have decided to give up using anti-perspirants as these prevent the sweat from leaving the body in a natural way by blocking the pores with various chemicals.

So I decided to try out a few that are free from Aluminium compounds and parabens.

Bionsen has quite a selection of products to choose from, including a spray.

Bionsen Mineral Protective deodorant for sensitive skin is alcohol, parabens and aluminium free. I liked this product and is great for anyone that likes a spray.

I tried two other Bionsen roll-on deodorants – one for sensitive skin and the original.  Both were alcohol, parabens and aluminium free.  Both, I liked and seemed to be effective.

Pitrok is a crystal roll-on deodorant which is free from aluminium, parabens, propylene glycol or silicone.  It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and it is not tested on animals. This was my least favourite as it was the least effective.

Tisserand Rose Blend contains organic and ethically harvested essential oils and plant extracts, including rose, geranium and lemon leaf oils.  It is free from parabens, aluminium and synthetic fragrances.  Not tested on animals.  This one was definitely my favourite and has a lovely scent.  In fact, I’m on my second bottle.

To maximise deodorants effectiveness, always apply to clean skin.