Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Klorane Dry Shampoo

Klorane Natural Tint Dry Shampoo
I was sent this to try ages ago, I've been very slack about reviewing it but it's been just another of those products that has slipped rather seamlessly into my routine. Klorane Tinted Dry Shampoo with oat milk has given me a bit of a revelation - I think I've been expecting too much from dry shampoos. When I use one I want it to make my hair look and feel more clean but I've also been wanting it to give volume but without a horrible texture - the only one I've found to do this is the Percy & Reed No Fuss Fabulous Dry Shampoo though the ooomph it gives doesn't last all day.

I've been using this Klorane Dry Shampoo when I've pushed back washing my hair for whatever reason (usually baby brain) and I want my hair to look, feel and smell clean. I wash my hair every other day and quite often I think it could go longer but I get a horrible itchy scalp (I think from oil). This dry shampoo stops that feeling, absorbs the oil, gives the roots a bit of volumey texture again and smells really lovely. If I then want extra volume I use VO5 Plump it Up which is specifically for adding volume to dry hair (review to follow soon). Together these work well and on it's own the Klorane Dry Shampoo does everything I want most of the time. It also comes with a 'natural tint' so brow to dark hair doesn't run the risk of the white residue left by some dry shampoos.

Monday, 24 April 2017

April 2017 News

There are a lot of new releases at this time of year as brands gear up for the summer. I have been incredibly virtuous and not bought any, and very busy pre-holiday with small (slightly ill boys) and the continuation of the loft extension so I haven't been out swatching the new launches. Maybe I'll sneak out next week but for now here are my pics and also what's been going on elsewhere.

New Releases

Bobbi Brown's Beauty from the Inside Out: Makeup * Wellness * Confidence - after a rather sudden (for us) and surprising (for us) departure from Bobbi Brown (the brand), Bobbi Brown (the woman) has released a new book covering holistic, health and wellness practises to give your skin and body everything it needs to help you look (and feel) your best.  I may not love all Bobbi Brown (the brand) products but I trust the woman's ethics and knowledge so I can't wait to add this to my (terrifying) beauty book collection.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in Beauty GlowBobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact - Bobbi Brown bases are not for everyone but this looks to give a really beautiful sheer to medium, buildable coverage and with a great SPF 35. I'm always a bit dubious about cushion compacts and the hygeine implications but this looks very nice.

Charlotte Tilbury - ever up-to-date, Charlotte Tilbury has released a new #GloMo collection. I've always loved the look of the Instant Palettes (though I've heard mixed reviews from other make-up artists) the latest limited edition Instant Look in a Palette in Beauty Glow looks absolutely stunning though with rose gold and bronze colours that are really up my street. There is also an overnight Bronze and Glow mask to give you plumped flawless skin with a sunkissed glow. I would love to try these even though the # in the name makes me feel a bit sick.

Clarins Dare to Go Tropical Summer Collection - is now available. I haven't tried these yet but love the look of the Limited Edition Summer Bronzing and Blush Compact and the Instant Light Natural Lip Balm Perfector. Clarins always do great summery lip products so these may well be something that accidentally falls into my shopping basket when my husbands not looking. Also worth mentioning that if you are looking for a summer fragrance (or indeed are someone who needs a pick-me-up) the Eau Dynamisante from Clarins is my go to scent for summer.
Eco Tools Brushes
News and Events

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I went to a fantastic launch for Eco Tools - you can see my thoughts on it in this vlog. Such a well organised event, really aimed at helping people get to know the brand and the brushes. Which I'm now well into doing and already have some new favourites.

Sleek Make Up - Boots are offering a free Dip It Eyeliner when you spend £12 or more on Sleek Makeup products. I'm a huge fan of their eye palettes and contour kits and this liner looks great - I love a felt tip liner brush. This offer is open until 9th May.

Products I've Been Testing

Eco Tools - I've been loving trying out the Eco Tools brushes from the event goodie bag. I'm going to do a review of my favourites soon. I would say that if you are looking for high street/affordable brushes these are well worth checking out.

Ilia Illuminator - now I'm not big on highlighter at the moment, mostly because it's so popular and when something is popular it makes me want to do the opposite (imagine how much fun I was for my parents as a teenager). But these highlighter sticks are really subtle and beautiful and easy to apply - they look best blended out with fingers so it doesn't really get much easier than that. Lovely to add a bit of a glow at this time of year, these are another great recommendation from Beauty By Tahira who is a great person to go and check out if you are into ethical and green beauty. I've been trying Sway and Polka Dots and Moonbeams - desperate to get my hands on Cosmic Dancer.
Ilia Polka Dots and Moonbeams and Sway Illuminators
Coming Up

Next weekend is the UMA Expo which I am really looking forward to. It's the highlight of my make-up events each year and a great way to learn and top up your kit.

IMATS is in May and as it's the day I get back from holiday I'm not sure I will attend this year. I have to say that for me this has become a bit too much of a consumer show compared to the make-up artist event it used to be. Though this is great for the company and stands that feature there it's just a bit much for me - especially 8 months pregnant.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Face of the Day - 7th April 2017

It's rare for me to do the same make-up every day. However, for the past couple of weeks with illness, pregnancy, building works and various other things I kept reaching for the Louise Young eye trios as they are so quick to use and work so beautifully. So that's the main feature of this face of the day.

I had moisturised with my Clarins SPF50 Anti-Wrinkle cream beforehand - which I suspect may not be helping with my skin at the moment. However it works well under make-up if you give it time to settle in and sometimes I like a high SPF on my face. I also don't do anything to my brows in this because I filmed a brow video straight after which will be up in the next couple of weeks as part of a new series.

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Basic Brush kit blog post

Clarins SPF50 Anti-wrinkle cream
Louise Young Eye Trios (Festival and Studio 54)
NYX HD Eye Base
Louise Young LY19 brush 
Real Techniques Shading Brush
Crown Brush Crease Brush
L'Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim
MAC Smoulder Eye Kohl
Louise Young LY16 Brush
Elizabeth Arden Double Density Mascara
Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation and Concealer
Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Laura Mercier Camoflague Powder Brush
Eco Tools Micro Blending Brush 
Cover FX Translucent Powder 
Louise Young LY13 Brush
Ilia Multistick in Tenderly
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush and Mood Exposure
Ilia Illuminator in Sway
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light 
NYX Gloss in 22 Natural


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Bourjois Smoky Stories Eye Quads

Bourjois Smoky Stories Eye QuadsEye palettes are everywhere are the moment. You can buy any colour, any finish in any price bracket, one for every day of the week but realistically, unless you are a make-up artist, one good eye palette is going to last you 6 months to a year at least - there's almost too much choice. This, obviously, doesn't stop me from having loads but one that I've been using, loving and recommending for the last couple of months is the Bourjois Smoky Stories.

These eye quads come in lots of different colours but the two I picked to try on myself are Tomber des Nudes and Over Rose. The first is pretty nudes and pinks which is almost too pale for me but the second Over Rose is incredibly wearable, suits most people and is the one I've been recommending left right and centre.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara - Quick Review

I wish they'd call this 'lower lash' mascara. But they didn't. Either way it's a good mascara that does the job. Not as grungy as I like my lower lashes to look but excellent at being precise and does not budge. Excellent if you have sparse or short lashes too as the teeny tiny brush means you can get each individual lash.

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You can read my full review here
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Pixi Double Cleanse (with Caroline Hirons)

Pixi with Caroline Hirons Double CleanseI have been meaning to review this for a while but as you know I like to be thorough. I have to confess I assumed when I bought this that there would be no point reviewing it as it would just a flat out rave on how great a product this is. It is, but not without a few things worth commenting on.

As you may or may not know the Double Cleanse is a product developed with skincare queen Caroline Hirons, a woman who has worked in skincare for decades, knows what she's talking about and isn't afraid to voice her opinion. You know that if she has collaborated on and/or put her name to a product it's going to be good and it's going to do what it needs to do. And the double cleanse, does. But it's not a simple review. I've been using this about 5 times a week since February 2017 and I think I will probably be re-buying when it runs out. I'm about halfway through I think.

Monday, 10 April 2017

The Basic Brush Kit

Make-up brushes in potsI've been thinking about this post for a while but the problem is I love make-up brushes so it's really hard for me to not get carried away. What I thought would be useful was a list of all the brushes I would use to make up a basic, personal brush kit. Lots of brands do brush sets (Louise Young, Bobbi Brown and Real Techniques to name but three) but quite often if you are not a make-up artist or super into make-up you end up with a brush or two you don't really use (if this has happened to you let me know the brush and I'll tell you an alternative use for it!). 

Friday, 7 April 2017

When Launches Go Right - Eco Tools 2017

As the beauty industry has taken off launches are now happening all the time. It's always lovely to be invited and most of the time I don't review or mention them because, well how interesting is it to hear about an event that you didn't attend?

But every now and then a launch will be really well organised and set-up and the one I went to on 30th March in London for Eco Tools was just that. The event itself and the products we were given to try inspired to do this vlog when I got home.

Sorry for the breathlessness and the dark lighting. So nice to feel like a brand is genuinely interested in you finding out as much as possible and wanting you to fall in love with their products. It worked - I'm totally inspired, enthused and have started testing them already. Reviews to follow.

Thanks so much to Eco Tools and 3 Monkeys | Zeno for the invitation and for the fab time.

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You can check out the full range of Eco Tools brushes here -

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Mane 'n Tail Conditioner

Surely this should have an extra apostrophe? Mane 'n' Tail?

Anyway, I bought this on a whim in Liberty when I was having a lovely child-free day in Central London and forgot that I am on a total spending ban. It was only £7 which is pretty standard price for most high street conditioners so it wasn't like I was blowing the bank on hair products. That's also with the Liberty price upgrade - you can find it for more like £5. I also wanted to know if this was just a gimmick.

You see I used to have ponies when I was small. And indeed when I was less small I migrated to horses. And if I hadn't married a Londoner full of 'yes we'll move to the country' charmlies I would probably have one now. I love them. I love everything about them. Even tack cleaning and mucking out. I had fond memories of summers spent washing ponies tails in the sun and oiling hooves and I was hoping that the smell of this would trigger some sort of nasal nostalgia-fest.

Monday, 3 April 2017


When I first started wearing make-up concealers came in a lipstick-style bullet. Chalky in texture and very limited in colour they were ok for covering a spot if you had a whopper. They were pretty pigmented and unblendable.

Correctors, concealers and brushesNow a lot of clients I work with, especially those over 35, have not kept up to date with how concealers have evolved. Often using a heavier coverage foundation and skipping the concealer altogether which makes it hard to get a natural finish. I often get asked how to get dewy skin without losing coverage and I always recommend a lighter, dewier foundation and a good concealer. They've come on a long way since the 80s/90s bullet. Now you can get the coverage you need, where you need it whilst still keeping a light coverage everywhere else.


Friday, 31 March 2017

Pixi Correction Concentrate Quick Review

As you know the battle with the dark circles is constant and this is my latest favourite product to deal with them. Not unreasonably priced, great consistency and from a great cruelty free brand.

You can read my review of the Pixi Correction Concentrate here

Pixi Correction Concentrate

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash MascaraStill, bizarrely, one of the only 'bottom' lash mascara's on the market - there are a few with small brushes which would be suitable but not necessarily specific for this purpose

For years I've been using the Eyeko Fat Brush mascara on my lower lashes. It's smudge-proof and would bump just enough at the root of the lash onto the skin to mean that on most days I rarely had to use liner on the bottom lashes. But am I someone who will settle when they find a product that they like? No I'm not. If I was there would be no blog and probably a lot more money in my bank account. As Clinique Bottom Lash mascara is the the famed lower lash mascara it was the obvious one to try*.

Monday, 27 March 2017

March News

Photo from the Benefit UK website
So. I thought I'd start doing a sort of round-up post at the end of the month. I get a lot of emails from PR's about new trends and releases that, for whatever reason, never make it onto the blog but may be worth a mention here. There are also lots of new launches that I love the look of but, obviously can't buy everything. So they'll be listed here too. Let me know if it's useful/interesting.

New Releases

Benefit have released a new blusher, Gal'ifornia which looks beautiful and the Cheek Parade which is a lovely mix of some of their most famous bronzers and blushers and their new one Galifornia. This isn't cheap but all of these are wearable and would suit most skin types so if you are someone who loves a bit of blush this is a great treat. I know the Hula Light is a new shade but I'm not sure that both are necessary - my favourite (Sugarbomb) is not included.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Face of the Day - 11th March 2017

This is a really simple face of the day. I've tried to use affordable products and where I haven't I hopefully explain why not and offer a High St alternative. As always I've listed everything below and if I've mentioned other products I've listed them too.

I'm not entirely happy with lip here - it is very pale but the other Burt's Bees balm I had to hand (Hibiscus) was too dark - the one I was after has disappeared!

I should mention that when I say High St quite often I mean affordable. So for me the Lola eye base is an ok price considering how long it lasts but I'm not sure you'd necessarily call M&S High St.

Let me know you affordable/High St foundation favourites and if you haven't already then subscribe to my channel and come and say hi on social media where I'm @corinnaharrod.

Lola Eye Base
Bourjois Smokey Stories in Over Rose
Louise Young LY19 Brush
Real Techniques Brushes
MAC Smoulder Eye Pencil
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara
Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara
Chanel Vitalumier Aqua
Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach
Maybelline Better Skin Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Ilia Multistick in Tenderly
Louise Young Blusher in Maudie
Sleek Make-up Luminous Powder
Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm
L'Oreal Infallible Lip liner in 701

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Pixi Correction Concentrate

I've tried a lot of under eye correctors. A lot. Luckily for me, correctors, concealers, brighteners, are all kinds of popular at the moment so they are a lot easier to to get hold of than they once were. But, although they may be easier to get hold of they are often not great for the job they were created for. The colour range is much, much better and now all skin tones are catered for but the textures often leave a lot to be desired. Chalky, thick and hard to blend - the last thing you want for an under-eye product is something that is going to sit in your wrinkles.

Friday, 17 March 2017

This Works In Transit Camera Close-up - Quick Review

As you can probably tell I'm a bit undecided on this product. It has made the dramatic difference to my skin that I was hoping for but it's a really good all-rounder moisturiser and works well under make-up.Would I re-buy? Maybe

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You can read my full review here

You can get This Works In Transit Camera Close-up from:

Feel Unique
Look Fantastic
This Works 
Space NK 

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner

As much as I love wearing a bright lipstick, most days I want something that is going to be minimal effort, maximum comfort and will pull the rest of my make-up together without me having to think about it. A tinted lip conditioner is just the thing for this and the one from Ilia is my current favourite. And for so many reasons.

Firstly, and without wanting to go into too much detail as I want to do a whole piece on the Ilia as a brand separately, it's so nice to find a cruelty free, ethical, green brand that makes good products. The packaging is lovely, doesn't feel cheap and is in fact very similar to another high end brand, but it uses recycled aluminium. And the products that I've tried are genuinely great to the extent that I'd recommend the brand to anyone even the products I haven't tried out yet. But more on those to follow over the next couple of months. I believe that the tinted lip conditioners were the first product launched by Ilia so it feels right that  these my first product review from the brand.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Narcissus Bunch from Blue Bowl God, gift idea posts are so tricky. The PR emails start coming in before Christmas and to come up with suggestions that are going to be right for everyone is an impossibility. I know Mother's Day like Valentine's Day, Father's Day and any other day may not be everyone's cup of tea.

But some people like it and struggle with what to do so here are my suggestions. As always I've decided to basically go with things that I would like, or that my mum would like, and hope that there is something here that either fits the bill or inspires you.

Some links are to specific websites that you should definitely have a proper look at... Blue Bowl being one of them. I just picked some of my favourite things but you'll no doubt find the perfect present somewhere on there.


Friday, 10 March 2017

Face of the Day - 9th March 2017

I love wearing a bright lip in the spring and recently found one of my all time favourites, Dangerous Retro Matte from MAC. This will be too dry for some but I love the fact that this is a very wearable colour that lasts all day - I only reapplied it once and that was with eating a millionaire's shortbread, having a coffee and eating lunch!

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I've linked to all the products used below (some are affiliate links so if you don't feel comfortable using them then do google the products yourself). Below that are links to any full reviews, from me, of products featured.

Products Shown:
This Works In Transit Camera Close-up
Lola Eye Base
Louise Young Essential Eye Palette
Louise Young LY19 Brush
Soap & Glory Supercat Fat Eyeliner 
Lancome Artliner
Benefit Rollerlash mascara
Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara
Clarins Instant Concealer
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush (Rose Glow)
Daniel Sandler Waterbrush
Maybelline Brow Drama (in Dark Blonde)
Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner (in discontinued Passionate)
MAC Retro Matte lipstick in Dangerous
Real Techniques Brushes
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (which was a limited edition - you can buy the powders separately. I used Dim Light and Diffused Light Ambient Lighting Powders and Iridescent light highlighter).

Product Reviews:
My current morning skincare routine
Soap & Glory Supercat Fat Eyeliner
Lancome Artliner
MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks 
Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Soap & Glory Supercat Fat Eyeliner

When I review something and say it's a great product (like Perversion from Urban Decay) but I don't really know why I don't like it I always feel wishy-washy. Like I should make a decision either way - I should love a good product and not like ones that are a bit rubbish. Well the Supercat Fat Eyeliner from Soap & Glory is deeply flawed but for some reason I keep using, and liking it. Bear with me.

I love a felt-tip liner and nowadays there's lots to choose from. They seem to be something that high street brands do quite well. This one has an incredible shaped tip - rounded on one edge and flat on the other - so you can be as thick or precisely thin as you like. This makes it really easy to use and the angle of it makes a flick in a matter of seconds. Seriously, seconds. It's great.

Monday, 6 March 2017


God, I fell out of love with blogging in a big way at the end of last year. It's been coming for a while and came to head in October(ish) when writing any blog post became a real struggle. I've never written about it for fear of sounding resentful or hard done by but then thought maybe you are feeling the same way?

BloggingEleven years ago I was 22, just out of uni, working in publishing, living with my bestie and obsessed with make-up, beauty, skincare and writing. Clever bestie suggested I started a blog, they were reasonably new and exciting and a great way for wannabe writers to... well write. So I set up Little Miss B and write I did. I ranted and raved and enthused and eventually built up relationships with PRs and added a few affiliate accounts. Then mid-20s hit and I was having fun and blogging took a back seat and during that time beauty blogging really took off - completely unnoticed by me. Instagram happened, brands became more blogger savvy - no more having to sound apologetic on the phone there were actual 'portals' for bloggers and I blissfully missed it. By the time I got my teeth back into it I had a lot to learn.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Morning Skincare Routine - March 2017

As you can probably tell I am in the middle of a horrendous cold while filming this. It makes me a bit vague. This is my morning skincare routine - basic, gentle products that will soften the skin, prep it for the day and not irritate. Everything is listed below.

If you haven't already then please subscribe and I'd love to hear if any of you have an alternative to the sadly discontinued Body Shop cleanser. All my full reviews of the products are below and links to buy the products are below that.

My reviews:
The Body Shop Nutriganics cleanser -
This Works Gentle Skin Cleanser -
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser -
Pixi Glow Tonic -
Face Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads -
Origins Gin Zing Eye Cream -
Origins Spot Remover -
This Works In Transit Camera Close Up -
Origins Make a Difference plus -

The Products:
The Body Shop Nutriganics Cleanser
This Works Clean Skin Gentle Cleanser -
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser -
Pixi Glow Tonic -
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance pads -
Medik8 C Tetra -
Origins Gin Zing Eye Cream -
Origins Spot remover -
This Works In Transit Camera Close-up -
Embryolisse Lait Cream concentre -
Origins Make a Difference + -

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Lush Ultrabland Cleanser

Always on the quest for my next favourite cleanser that won't irritate my skin I requested, and received, the Ultrabland Cleanser from Lush in my stocking. One of the appealing things about this product is it comes in four sizes the smallest being 45g (£7.95) so you can try it before you commit to buying a larger size.
Ultrabland Cleanser from Lush

What I was looking for was a good, reliable cleanser for when my skin was really acting up - something to take it back to basics, without spending a fortune. The nice, soothing cleanser to remove your make-up after a day of testing products. This was recommended to me and it does just what I want it too.

I generally use it at the end of the day on those days when I need something kind and gentle on my skin. It's great as a first cleanse if you want to add a more beneficial cleanser after or as an only cleanse if that's your jam. If my skins needing TLC this will often be what I cleanse with as soon as I can at the end of the day before doing a second cleanse later on in the evening. If you are someone who wants one product for AM and PM this would be a good one to try.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

February 2017 Empties

This empties video seems to have winged around pretty quickly but this could be to do with the fact that we are having the bathroom redone and I have no idea where I am going to store everything so I'm frantically trying to use stuff up. It's not going to work. Send help

Cowshed Grumpy Cow Shampoo
Le Petite Marseilles Hand Soap
L'Oreal TechniArt Volume Architect
Liz Earl SuperSkin Concentrate - this has now been split into day and night versions with more active ingredients. I'm not sure which one is most similar to this. You can see them both here
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Daniel Sandler Intense Volume Pro Mascara
Eyeko Fat Brush mascara


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Lancome Artliner

Lancome Black ArtlinerI try and be organised and do have a sort-of system to make sure that new products are photographed, tested and reviewed in a certain order. I'm pretty good at it by now and it's rare that things fall through the net, but some do and when this happens it always ends up being a great product. I think that's because they just get so easily absorbed into my make-up routine that it doesn't cross my mind that they couldn't have been on the blog.

So it was with the Lancome Art Liner which I have been using on and off for years and which I see has never been reviewed here. This liner has become one of my go to products, I bought it, tried it and it did exactly what it needed to. So it has been cruelly neglected.

In some ways it's hard to fault this liner. Lovely and black and though not a matte finish it's not particularly shiny either. It's incredibly long-lasting and wears well. It's not difficult to remove either despite its good colour payoff. If you are a someone who regularly does a flick liner this is a great one to try. it will stay put and the lovely tip makes it really easy to use. Once you get the hang of it then this is a really quick way to get a precise line.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Make-up Shopping Guide

Make-up shopping bagsIt has been a long time since I've felt so cross about something that it's compelled me to write about it. How times have changed from when this was Little Miss B 10 years ago and basically built from rants. But I keep hearing from people who have had horrible experiences getting in-store make overs so here's my guide to make-up shopping. I'm also setting up a whole page on Where to Shop which you can find here - it's a work in progress so bear with me. 

Before I start I would like to state that I do not work in retail (I have done) and have a great respect for those that do. It is a demanding job where you are on your feet all day and dealing with members of the public who can be difficult.  That being said, as with any job, you will get people who are terrible and for something as personal as make-up this can have repercussions. One of my friends had an awful experience recently* - badly done make-up, terrible, rude service and being forced to purchase products she now hates the sight of (and is returning next week - hurrah).

Probably my favourite bit from Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes is the 'Managing Counter Staff' chapter. If you have this book read this section every time before you go make-up shopping. Every time. Despite the existence of this comprehensive guide I'm writing my own - partly spurred on by my rage at my friend R having such a horrible experience on her birthday.I'm hearing about it to often and it really is unnecessary. Shopping for make-up should be fun. Always

Friday, 17 February 2017

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Quick Review

You can read my full review of this in the link below. This is a great mascara, I just can't put my finger on why I don't love it.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
You can read my full review here

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Amelia Moss Oils

Amelia Moss Pure Rosehip Oil Confession time. I got sent these absolutely ages ago and, as with everything, they made my face turn red and I thought with my skin reacting as it was, it would be unfair to review them. However, I became so frustrated with how my skincare had deteriorated and the redness still not improving that I thought I was going to carry on using things that, on paper, should be helping.

Rosehip Oil is proven to reduce the appearance of redness, wrinkles and scarring and I've been using this in the evenings three or four times a week to massage my face and it has been lovely. I've used it before but only on my bumps when pregnant. My face is definitely smoother and I am less red after using it so hopefully my skin is getting used to it. I can see a noticable improvement in the way my skin looks - much less dull.

There are two sizes of Rosehip Oil available - 30ml for £20 and 60ml for £35. They are in dark dropper bottles so though light exposure won't be too bad the product will be exposed to oxygen when the bottle is opened. I'm not scientific enough to know the exact effect this will have on the oil. It is sustainably grown for Amelia Moss in Chile and cold-pressed ensuring high-quality.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Pretty Iconic; A Personal Look at the Beauty Products that Changed the World

Sali Hughes' first book Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion (you can read my review here) was a no-brainer purchase for me. Writing down my knowledge on beauty and make-up was why I started this blog and Pretty Honest is basically every thing you need to know whether you wear make-up every day or not (thanks a lot Hughes). But half this blog is product reviews - some which we won't remember in a years time and some that are real icons and nostalgia triggers and that's the genius idea behind Pretty Iconic: A Personal Look at the Beauty Products that Changed the World.

And yes I know. A book of reviews doesn't sound that great, which is why I didn't feel the need to rush out and buy this. But then I got my hands on a copy at a friends house and I absolutely loved it. Let me clarify, I feel like my knowledge of make-up and skincare products is pretty comprehensive especially 1980s and '90s when there wasn't the sheer glut of products that we have now. But why this book works is that for those of us who wore Lulu in their teens, who know that bloody YSL Touche Eclat is not a concealer and spend their working life listening to people saying 'I can't wear red lipstick. Ruby Woo looked awful on me' Sali's writing on these products is so spot on that I actually shouted 'yes' as some bits of it. And for those who don't know so much it's all you do need to know - it's historical, cultural, and for a lot of us incredibly nostalgic. My mother wears two of the scents mentioned (Rive Gauche and Chanel No 5) neither of which I can carry off (though god knows I've tried) and both which immediately take me back to watching her get ready to go out, the fascination at this ritual mixed with the dread of the babysitter still palpable.
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