Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday Video - Quick Review of Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze and Glow

I love this so much I could run off with it...

Available online from Charlotte Tilbury or in Selfridges for those in the UK

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream

I'm very fussy about hand cream. Partly because I have severe hand vanity and I'm sure that any day now I will wake up with the hands of an 80 year gardener and partly because I have such dry skin it's very difficult to find anything that actually works for me. I have incredibly dry skin and I'm constantly washing and drying them, either through make-up work, feeding my son or cooking. I use rubber gloves when I do the washing up but I can't wear them all the time and I refuse to be one of those people that goes to bed in gloves. So I need something that is going to be non-greasy, quickly absorbed and actually make a difference to my wizened old paws.

Reve de Miel Hand Cream by Nuxe does just that and thank god Nuxe is now quite readily available in the UK - Space NK and Marks and Spencers stock it to name but two places. It's £10.50 which is quite reasonable for a good handcream (75mls of it) smells great and has some lovely things in it. Coconut, avocado, sweet almond and sunflower seed oils not only give moisture to the skin but ensure the cream is absorbed and the moisture locked in with a not greasy finish. Now I love the smell of this but it is quite strong, you know when you've got it on so I'd definitely give it a whiff before you buy it if you are worried.

A little goes a long way, a pea sized amount should give you good coverage so this should last you a while (depending on how many times a day you use it. And if you like this try the Rêve de Miel lip balm, it is divine and a must have for those who are after a moisturing balm that is more matte.

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Friday, 20 June 2014

Friday Video - Quick Review Bioderma Sensibo H2O Miceller Solution

I love this for my professional work and for those days when I need to bring out the big guns to remove my eye make-up but I wouldn't use it every day anymore as it irritates my skin (I used it every day for about four years... ). There are other cheaper options out there which I'm going to try out but this is a great product

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Millie Mackinstosh for Nip + Fab

As I've got older (8 years older since starting this blog!) I've tried to get more positive. I keep negative reviews to a minimum and no longer feel the need to rant about celebrities in quite the same way. Well all that's on hold for the moment. This isn't a rant but I'm just a bit surprised and disapproving of the announcement that Millie Mackinstosh is the new face of Nip + Fab.

I love the Nip + Fab products I've tried and when I get asked to recommend anything that's remotely firming or toning I always suggest trying the Nip + Fab products because I think they are the only ones that remotely work and they are not that ridiculously priced. Indeed they are creation of Maria Hatzistefanis (who also created Rodial) as the premium skincare range that everyone can use. More expensive than a lot of things but still in Boots and at manageable prices.

So I think having someone who has some quite extreme views about weight, dieting and body image is a bit of a disappointment for a brand I felt were really doing something different. Make-up and beauty is a popular topic for teens and any in the know or who have heard of Rodial will know that Nip + Fab is from the same stable and frankly if I had a teenage daughter I would be doing everything in my power to explain to her why she should not want to be like Millie Mackintosh. I don't watch Made in Chelsea, I'm sure she's a very nice person (I love Prof. Green so I trust his taste in women) but thigh-gaps, Instagram pictures to show weight-loss and this aspiration to be as thin as possible terrifies me.

Yes, yes I know she works out and eats healthily but the continuing pictures of her weight-loss progress. Admirable in one who started off with a lot of weight to lose, anxious-making when the before pics start to look nicer than the after. 

Also surely MM has no need for the body products, there's no flesh left on her?

Friday, 6 June 2014

Friday Video - Quick Review of Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Mascara

I love this mascara. One coat is enough for the daytime, it's incredibly easy to apply and doesn't make your lashes brittle. Love the shape and size of the brush. Available on the Yves Rocher website

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Bronze Buffer

I think even if you are passionate about something there are always certain aspects of it that you are not into. I'm passionate about make-up and beauty but I'm just not into tanning. I do use fake tan but the only one I have ever found that I like is St Tropez Gradual Tan Mousse and I don't buy anything else, I've tried others, don't like 'em, stick with what works. This lack of interest also means that I'm not that good at applying it. Sometimes it looks great, sometimes it's a bit patchy and sometimes I have the dreaded orange bits on my feet (only when I want to wear revealing shoes though obvs).

I know I'm not the only one by any stretch of the imagination, my sister phoned me a couple of weeks ago for advice on a fake tan disaster (used a spray two nights before a wedding, looked like a tiger) and I wish I'd had the Bronze Buffer to lend her. I really can't see why everyone who ever uses fake tan doesn't have this - you never have to worry about streaks or orange patches ever again.

This little star shaped buffer when wet removes streaks, patches, tones down colour, removes build up, fits between fingers and toes and when it's dry removes deodorant from clothes. I wasn't that optimistic as I gazed down at my orange feet, I assumed I'd have to scrub loads or it would in-fact remove all the fake tan scrub by scrub but a tiny bit of light rubbing and everything was evened out and looking incredibly natural.

It's £10 for two sponges from Beauty Mart (one for home, one for in your washbag) and it will take away all fake tan anxiety.

Hurrah for the Bronze Buffer - if you use fake tan then get this.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Friday Video - May Favourites

Here are my May favourites including a few of the Kiko products I bought in Sicily. These are the ones that I like, the rest I really don't like so I'm going to review them separately. I'm sure it's just a matter of taste but would be interested to know what you think if you've tried any of their products.

I may not love all the Kiko products but I do love all the Daniel Sandler products I've tried (especially the Invisible Blotting Powder and the Blending Brush) so worth checking out his whole shop. All links are below and I would love it if you would subscribe to my channel on YouTube

Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp mascara in Black
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush
Kiko Rock Attraction Blush in Sound Coral
Kiko Colour Shock Long Lasting Eye Cream in Snappy Brass
Kiko Face Skin Glow
Inositol Vegetal (not the actual one I have but similar)

Friday, 23 May 2014

Kiko Colour Shock Long Lasting Cream Eyeshadow

Keeeeko? Kiiiiko? I don't know. But however you say it Kiko is a cosmetics brand that seems to be increasingly popular among consumers, make-up artists and bloggers and not only is it reasonably easy to get hold if it's affordable too.

I have to admit that when I have gone into their Westfield store I have felt pretty uninspired but then it's hard to be inspired by much in Westfield when most of the time it's heaving with people and shops feel the need to play really loud music (I'm such a mum). But on a recent trip to Sicily it was the only make-up shop I could find in Taormina so in I went and came out with a whole bagful of stuff (obviously).

Like many make-up brands they seem to have their staples that they sell all year round and more seasonal products. I, rather foolishly, went all seasonal because I was a time limit before my husband had a melt-down and I do like what I've got but it's not blowing my tiny mind! It was a bit like something from Supermarket Sweep (yes you do remember it).

One thing I do really like is the Colour Shock Long Lasting Cream Eyeshadow which comes in 10 colurs and I got in 104 Snappy Brass because it was so beautiful and I thought it would get the most use. It's £5.50 on their website at the moment which is an incredible price for any good quality eye product and this is good. It's really easy to apply, has a lovely texture and finish and one pot will probably last a long time. I've had it a couple of weeks now and it's still as smooth and moussey as when I first got it - it hasn't dried out at all. My only fault with it, and it's minor, is that it is incredibly sparkley, much more than it looks like in the pot and more than I would usually choose to wear. I'm getting used to it though and it's lovely to quickly apply to change your make-up from day to night.

Kiko do some lovely bright colours in this so if you fancy getting on the blue/aqua liner trend that's big this summer but don't have a huge budget then this would be worth a try as it's incredibly versatile, liner or shadow I'm finding it hard to fault.

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