Friday, 28 August 2015

Nudestix Magnestic Eye Colour - Quick Review - Friday Video

I really love these pencils (as you'll know if you've read my review). Here's them in action...

 Nudestix are available in the UK from Space NK and Cult Beauty and in the US from Nudestix

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Soap and Glory The Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser

I was a bit unmoved by this when I was first using it. It had a lot of things that were good about it but it didn't set my world on fire. That is until 90% of my skincare products started to set my face fire post the birth of second baby. All my trusted products suddenly turned me to a burning tomato. I'm hoping this is temporary until my hormones sort themselves out but until then how was I supposed to clean my face? Well I went to go old Clarins - the saviour of many an allergic reaction or sentive bout. £25 later and I was burning again. Not as bad but still definitely burning. Then I realised - there was one cleanser that wasn't having this disastrous affect on my skin and that was The Ultimelt from Soap and Glory. I used it again. No burning. No redness. No dispair.

So why didn't I originally rave about this?

Well, it's just not very exciting. It doesn't smell of much, it looks a bit like toothpaste and though it feels ok when you rub it into your skin and it gets all your make-up off it's not show stopping when you try as many products out as I do. And that's where I was wrong. WRONG. These are actually reasons why this is a great problem. Available on the high street (Boots), reasonably priced (£10) with nothing fancy schmancy in it this cleanser is not only a great alternative to the higher priced balm/cream cleansers that we always rave about but is great for those who suffer with sensitivity.

Rub onto your face for two mins - you can scrub it over your eye lids to get rid of mascara (I don't wear contacts so I don't know how it is with those) - and then remove with a warm flannel. There is a cloth enclosed in the pack (making the price even more reasonable) but I prefer to use a flannel. Removes make-up well, if you wear a lot of eye make-up then you may want to use a micellar water or eye make-up remover first. But it should do the trick on it's own. I would say that after a week of using this and Bioderma as my only cleansers my skin is definitely not as smooth and glowy as usual. But it's not a seering red mess either.

What you need to know - The Ultimelt Deep Purifying Cleanser
  • £10
  • 100ml
  • Comes with it's own cloth
  • Contains Sweet almond oil, cocoa seed butter oil, clary sage oil and Pro Vitamin B5
  • Paraban free
  • Available in the UK from Boots

Monday, 10 August 2015

Professor Scrubbington

This is going to be one of those weird cross-over posts that works on both blogs (if you didn't know I have another blog here) so that's where it's going... on both blogs.

I was very kindly sent some gorgeous Professor Scrubbington products to try out. They arrived just before Jim and therefore sat, neglected on the side in my kitchen in their gorgeous suitcase packaging until finally I actually listened when Ned said he wanted to take it downstairs (where his bedroom and bathroom are) and they made their way to the bathroom. We've been using them (for Ned, not Jim, he's too little) ever since and I LOVE them.

Like many parents I am a slave to Johnson's Bedtime Bath because we will do anything that implies it may help our child sleep. Jim is too tiny to be having actual bubbles in his bath but I use the Johnson's Bedtime Body Wash but Ned, well Ned is a good sleeper (so far) and not that keen on bubbles or having his hair washed, so he was good and ready to try something new.

Professor Scrubbington's Emporioum of Clean is aimed at 'young people who want to take charge of their own ablutions', from the age of 3 up. To that end they are completely child-user-friendly, foams that don't slip off the hand, containers that are squeezable with one hand and the packaging and design is very cool. I also really love the smell, much more 'grown-up' than I was expecting and have been really impressed with the products I've tried. Ned is too, he really likes that they aren't for babies (he's quite superior now he's a big brother) the design and the name. One thing I would say is that initially it's quite hard to work out how to open them but once you do it's actually very clever and will stop the entire product being squirted out by little hands while your back is turned.

So my top picks from the Professor Scrubbington range are...

Scrubbington's Magically Foaming Face and Handwash - £5 for 150ml we have this in the bathroom next to the kitchen for post-loo handwashing and when we need a good sleuce down after supper. Ned really loves that he can pump the soap out himself and stops the shouting about me scrubbing pesto off his face - he can do it himself.

Scrubbington's Magically Foaming Hair and Body Wash - £5 for 150ml. Great for super-quick baths or as an all-in-one to have in the wash bag.
Scrubbington's Magically Foaming Shampoo - £5 for 150ml. If you child is a fan of bubbles in their bath then this is a great shampoo to use instead of the hair and body wash above. Smells great and leaves the hair clean and shiny.

These are incredibly reasonably priced so I really urge you to try them out - you can see them in action in my video coming soon

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat

Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk
This has to be one of the most talked about lip products in the last five years, and with good reason, it's quite possible that once you've used a Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat pencil you'll never go back. If you like a hard, defined line around your lips then this is probably not for you but if you like something more subtle, need to expand or reshape your lips or if you have a spectacular pout already that just needs light definition then this could be the pencil for you. I absolutely love it and I'm not alone - the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk is one of her bestselling products.

Pillow Talk is the first Lip Cheat I owned, Santa delivered it in my stocking last year and it's pretty much been the only liner I've used since, that is until I bought Crazy in Love a couple of months ago. When pregnant I usually steer clear from bright lipsticks as they attract the gaze to my bloated puffy face - Crazy in Love however, blends beautifully with Lost Cherry Matte Revolution lipstick which, for me, is the perfect summer pinky, red and the one 'colour' I wore while pregnant and this Lip Cheat would look lovely on darker skin tones worn all over the lip.

Pillow Talk close Up
There is no feathering, they have a velvety texture and are pretty long lasting (5-6 hours if you are good). Use all over the lips as a base to enhance your lipstick colour and increase its longevity. 

I'm a complete convert to these pencils - if you've been thinking about trying them out then they come highly recommended from me.

What You Need to Know - Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat

Monday, 27 July 2015

In the Kit - The Bits 'n' Bobs Bag

Every make-up artist has one (or their assistant does!), a bag of non-make-up things you might need, or someone else might need or that's just plain weird, but useful. I was doing an inventory of mine the other day (so there are a few things missing from the picture that need replacing in my bag) and thought it may be worth a little blog post.

The bag I use is a see-through make-up bag, probably this one from PAM or similar. I can see everything in there which makes finding things quick and easy and although it looks really full this really doesn't add that much extra weight to my bag and it comes in really useful. As a make-up artist you not only get to spend time with people but often you are needed to be on stand-by making you the perfect person to solve any little problems, like microphones slipping, feet hurting or armpits smelling!

So what's in it?
  • A plastic mixing palette - for, well, mixing (something like this)
  • Small scissors - for cutting out labels, trimming false lashes, opening stuff
  • A mini nail kit
  • Blister plasters - really useful for weddings
  • Micropore Tape - can be used as tit tape, to hold microphones in place or as an eye make-up guide (Boots do one... of course)
  • Headband - to keep hair out of the face
  • Disposable chopsticks - weird I know but actually very useful
  • Shadow Shields
  • Dry Shampoo - Batiste or Percy & Reed
  • Deoderant - spray not roll on, no one wants to share a roll on
  • Tic Tacs
  • Spray bottle full of IPA - for brush and kit cleaning
  • Hair Spray - Elnett obvs
  • Metal spatula - for mixing (something like this)
  • Brush guards
  • Gaviscon - nothing worse than indegestion
  • Shine absorbing blot sheets
  • Sugar free polos
  • Snack bar (Jordans honey and almond preferably)
  • Pritt Stick
  • Glass ramekin - for cleaning brushes or mixing
  • Orange stipple sponge - great for 'doing' sweat
  • Hand cream 
  • Green nail varnish - to mark my stuff
  • Small tester of perfume - Chanel Chance at the moment. Should be one with a spray so it doesn't leak. Brides quite often forget perfume!
  • Tissues
  • Nail file
  • Hair tie
  • Tampons
  • Lighter
  • Vaseline
  • Hair pins
  • Nude nail varnish (not pictured but something like Madmoiselle by Essie)

Monday, 20 July 2015


I have lots of blog posts... in my head. But not the time or the mental ability to actually get them written down because of this...

But they are coming I promise... thank you so so much for being patient

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