Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix

I bought this on a whim and that's how I always make my make-up mistakes. And the worst thing is I was suckered in on something about which I should know better. One of my absolute top make-up peevs is when I ask someone what their favourite concealer is and they say, 'touche eclat'. Touche Elcat is not a concealer it's a cream highlighter which may be fine for those who really don't need a concealer or who have bags and not dark circles but it's going to add lift to anything that you want to cover. Basically the same can be said for Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix.

Veil Cosmetics Complexion Fix

Now, I do not have the right colour for me. I have N2 which, I'm assuming, stands for Neutral 2 and what I probably should have is P2, Pink 2 which will be better for dark circles. However this doesn't have enough ooomph for my redness either. First time I tried it I hated it. Didn't like the plasticy packaging and it was basically like smearing vaguely tinted nothing cream over my dark blue circles. Second time, I didn't hate it so much, it sort of served a purpose though not entirely the one I was after. And so it's continued. You can get ok coverage if you build this up but I sort of don't want a product I have to build up. Also it just doesn't last all day

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Instagram Q&A 1 - Part 2

OK part 2. I asked Instagram if they had any questions for me and I got loads of good ones. You can see part one here. I've listed the questions below and any products I've mentioned.

7. Jessie
Eco Tools blenders
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

8. Brooke
Hourglass Brow Arch
Soap & Glory Archery 2 in 1 
Maybelline Brow Drama 
Benefit Gimme Brow 

9. Occy

10. Claire
Origins Gin Zing Tinted Moisturiser
Maybelline Brow Drama
Clarins Instant Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Bourjois Smoky Stories
Louise Young Eye Trios

How to use an eye shadow palette 

11. Leila
I will answer this eventually I promise

12. Gina
Alcone Anti-Shine
Embryolisse Mattifying Moisturiser

13. Bex
I saw one of these in action the other day and thought this might help with blackheads though it's not cheap (if you wanted one then get in touch with me)
Pixi Glow Tonic

14. Izzy
Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser
Sam Farmer Face Wash
Green People Face Wash
I really like these face cloths
Olay Radient Glow Moisturiser
Sleek Makeup CC Cream

Some links are affiliate links which means I will get a small commission if you click through and buy from them. There is no extra cost to you and if you are not comfortable with that then do feel free to open a separate window and google the product for yourself.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Instagram Q&A 1 - Part 1

Wow this is much harder than I thought it would be. Editing it down was difficult and it made me realise that the problem with videos is - you miss things. Every time I watched it through to edit it I could see things I'd meant to mention and then didn't and that is, I guess, a good thing, because otherwise the video would be hours long but means I feel that my answers are, in some cases, lacking a bit. But it's my first Q&A and in the spirit of being easy on myself this year I'm going to say you can't get it perfect first time out! Any additional info I've listed below with the products mentioned.

Part 1 is questions 1-6 and part 2 will be 7-14

Thank you so much for everyone who sent in questions. I really enjoyed doing this. Please go to the video in YouTube or to the comments below to carry on the conversation.

1. Gemma (@the_organised_mum)
Mascara (Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara)

2. Becca Leggate
Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach
Clarins Instant Concealer 
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

3. PickleTricky
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
MAC Eye Kohl
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

4. Gina
House of Glam Dolls Glambase Wheel
Illamasqua Hollow
NYX Wonderstick
Blend, Blend, Blend!

5. Gina
Louise Young Powder Blushers (I particularly love Mae, Dolly, Maudie and Coop)
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush (Rose Glow and Cherub)
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush Samples

6. Helen
Spend on skin products - tinted moisturiser, foundation or skincare - a good tinted moisturiser with an SPF is great if you don't need/want too much coverage.
Save on mascaras unless you only wear mascara in which case you can spend a bit more but remember they are mostly the same formula in different packaging.
Don't spend too much on eye shadows - I like Bourjois Smoky Stories and Louise Young Eye Trios
Aim for mid-price and you should get good quality.
Always happy to advise!

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Top 5 Mascaras

Mascara's. It's an ongoing thing, the quest for the perfect mascara isn't it? And I sort of think that maybe that's the point of it. The journey rather than the discovery itself. I mean. I'm not going to stop trying new mascara's am I? It's all gone a bit existential.

I asked Instagram what they wanted and current mascara favourites was the answer. So here they are. All price ranges are covered and all of these I would buy again. Sadly none of these products are cruelty free. 4 out of the 5 are sold in China which means, there at least, by law their products will be tested on animals. Younique is cruelty free sort of, but they currently can't trace all their products back to definitely not being tested on animals though I think they are in the process of changing this.

Favourite Mascaras


Friday, 9 March 2018

How to Use and Eyeshadow Palette

I get asked this a lot. I think eye shadow palettes can be so daunting especially now there are so many to choose from so here's a look at how you can use them in a really straightforward way and a look at some of the ones I had to hand at the time of filming. If you want to go high end I love the Chanel quads - they are beautiful, I like Urban Decay palettes and Sleek Makeup are worth a look at too. But really, if you are new to this, go on a good wearable colour that you like and start from there.

Avon True Colour in Mocha Latte
Bourjois Smoky Stories in Over Rose
Bourjois Smoky Stories in Tomber des Nudes
Collection Smokey Eyes which is an old palette I like Eyes Uncovered which is current or the Work the Colour which looks similar to the Smokey Eyes palette
Collection Style Your Mood
Dior 5 Couleurs in 056 Bar
Hourglass Modernist Eye Shadow Palette in Infinity
L'Oreal Made for Me Naturals in Light Brunettes no longer available but the Colour Riche Quad is nice
Louise Young Essential Eye Palette
Louise Young Eye Trio in Festival
Louise Young Eye Trio in Studio 54
Maybelline Big Eyes in Luminous Brown
Urban Decay Naked
Urban Decay Naked Heat

Bourjois Smoky Stories
Hourglass Modernist Eye Shadow Palette
Louise Young Essential Eye Palette
Urban Decay Naked
Urban Decay Naked Heat

Some links are affiliate links which means I will get a small commission if you click through and buy from them. There is no extra cost to you and if you are not comfortable with that then do feel free to open a separate window and google the product for yourself


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

20 Under £20 - My Best Cheap Beauty Buys

I started this off to test myself. It started off easily and then got harder. I've kept it in the order in which these came to me. Which means sometimes you'll be able to see my train of thought. I tried to keep it varied. I could probably name twenty great black liners for under £20 but I've limited myself - you all know I love MAC Smoulder so I've tried where necessary to go for something less obvious. For certain others, like the product that is first on the list, there is no question that it deserves it's place here. It's unrivalled. I've been recommending it for a decade or so.

20 Products for £20

What are your favourites? Have I missed anything you think deserves a place? Let me know down in the comments.


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

In the Kit - Hygiene and Disposables

Cleanliness is next to godliness. In make-up hygiene is sacred and it's the most important thing for me whether I'm working on my own or in a team. It's very hard to marry hating plastic and wanting to keep everything as hygienic as possible in your kit as the best way to work is using disposables and the majority of disposables are made from plastic. There used to be somewhere, The Pro Makeup Shop, where you could get ethical disposables for your kit. It has sadly disappeared and I can't seem to track any down. This is terrible. You can get them from US site Qosmedix who do bamboo disposables.

Make-up kit hygiene essentials

Although it is hugely important to keep everything in your kit clean and ensure your clients are at no risk it's incredibly easy to do. We all know about cleaning brushes but you need to make sure everything else you carry with you is clean too. Dettol wipes are really useful to have on hand - so good to be able to have a wipe around before you set up. Below are some of the things I always have with me.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Interview Make-up

I don't go on interviews but I do have a make-up look that I'd pull out of the bag if I was going on one. It's one of my go-to looks for anytime I have to look smart, made-up but not over done. If you would rather then swap the black liner for brown or even just smudge the darkest brown shadow over the pen liner to soften it.

As always I've listed everything below; the products, including the dupes and other palettes you could use, my blog reviews and videos so you can see what I really think of some of the products I've used here.

Gwen Stefani Urban Decay palette (now discontinued) colours used: Skimp, Stark, Anaheim, Punk, Baby, Serious, Blackout
NYX HD Eye Base
Louise Young LY19 brush
Real Techniques Shading Brush 
H&M Bold Eyeliner
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Diffused Light
Maybelline Great Lash Big
Origins GinZing Tinted Moisturiser
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Rose Glow
MAC Eye Pencil in Smoulder
Louise Young LY13 brush
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Dior Baume Rouge in Lili
Hourglass Brow Arch
Urban Decay All Nighter
Revlon Fire and Ice

Similar palettes and dupes:
Urban Decay Naked
Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics
Louise Young Essential Eye Palette
Sleek Makeup i-Divine palette in Oh So Special
MAC Dazzlelight (Skimp dupe)
MAC Brule (Stark dupe)
MAC Wedge (Anaheim dupe)
MAC I'm Into It (Punk dupe)
MAC Patina (Baby dupe)
MAC Concrete (Serious dupe)

Product Reviews:
Gwen Stefani Urban Decay Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Origins GinZing Tinted Moisturiser
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara 
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

How to Use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
Origins GinZIng Tinted Moisturiser Quick Review
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara Quick Review
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara BIG Quick Review 
Daniel Sandler Watercolour blush quick review 

Some links are affiliate links which means I will get a small commission if you click through and buy from them. There is no extra cost to you and if you are not comfortable with that then do feel free to open a separate window and google the product for yourself

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Chapped Hands

If you follow me on Instagram (Hello!) you'll know that I am a bit of a hand washer in times of anxiety and at this time of year that can lead to chapped hands which is incredibly painful. When this happened recently nothing was helping and I ended up with only two out of ten knuckles left unsplit. My husband was away in Washington so there was no chance of palming off any of the nappy changes or dog feeding to him so I just kept on washing and wincing. It has also been really cold here so with central heating inside and then walking the kids to school, back home to get the dogs on leads and then back out with the dogs to the park meant that my hands were being really affected by the weather as well.

Chapped handI spoke to the pharmacist about it when I went to pick up a prescription and now I feel like I really have the chapped hand survival (and hopefully prevention) kit completely sussed out. There's a very bad picture, taken from an InstaStory of my chapped hand. Just so you can sort of get the idea, split knuckles and raw rash all over backs.

Interestingly the pharmacist was a bit reticent to recommend any particular cream apart from Epiderm which I had tried and which wasn't really doing much. She said that anything with urea in it may exacerbate the problem as I've had eczema before, and that I should avoid anything perfumed - you'd be surprised at how many hand creams that actually rules out. I ended up getting the Norwegian Formula Concentrated Unscented Handcream. I'd used their scented one before - not actually knowing it was scented, it's just the one I'd seen in the shops with the blue rather than red lid and label - and their body lotion is the only stuff that works on the dry skin on my legs. Neutrogena are my go-to for dry skin problems.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Say Yes

I've been a bit absent on here and the blog and that's because I've been off saying yes to things. This is not about me, it's about you. I hope this helps if you've been doing some of the things I have.

It's really hard to get everything I want to say into a video and this was in fact the second time round of filming. This is and isn't about mental health - it's about changing the way you think. I realised that I was getting furious with my husband trying to get him to make changes to make my life better and though he's lovely, I can't live like that.

Some things I forgot to mention. I'm unfollowing people who don't make me feel good on social media. 'Big' people. I'm doing as much non-money good stuff as possible; art, volunteering, reading.


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Ferulic Acid

The bigger the skincare industry becomes the more we are hearing about specific ingredients that are supposed to revolutionise our faces. But to those who don't have the time or the inclination to research everything themselves it can be daunting, overwhelming and off-putting to try and decipher
what you should be using and when. I'm here to help. I have a list of ingredients in my What's in Your Products page but will be posting a little bit more in-depth on the blog when I can. First up, Ferulic Acid.
Ferulic Acid


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

In the KIt - MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot

MAC Longwear Pro Paint PotsHaven't done one of these for a while but as the summer is starting to get booked up with weddings I've been thinking about what I need to get in my kit re-stock. MAC Paint Pots are not only a kit staple but something I use on nearly every single bride I do.

Pro Longwear Paint Pots are one of the products that MAC do incredibly well. Though I may try other cream shadow pots (and I do have other brands in my kit) and I often go on a shopping mission to find a particular colour for a specific bride I always, always have some of these in my kit (and in my personal make-up stash). If I'm travelling with a paired down kit there's three or four of these that are always with me.

Friday, 2 February 2018

The Body Shop Sumptous Camomile Cleansing Butter - Quick Review

A lot of you are using this and loving it but I always think it helps to see it in action if you are debating whether to make a purchase. I thought filming part of this on my phone was clever until I realised the quality just isn't that great but hopefully you can see that it gets all the make-up off - I wear a lot of black liner and mascara.

I will be rebuying this.

Read my full review here

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

School Run Make-up Essentials

Essential school run make-upOne thing I always want to be on all my platforms (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter - come say Hi) is real. Yes I could do Instamakeup and pout and paint my entire house in Farrow & Ball Drainpipe, there's nothing wrong with that and I'd probably have a hell of a lot more followers. But that's just not me. My house is not Instagramable, it has old features, vom-proof carpet and half-painted rooms (til we fix the plumbing) and though I do sometimes like to trowel it on, my make-up is mostly quick, easy and as flattering as possible with a minimum amount of products.

Since Ned started school my complete inability to remove myself from my bed before 8am (I will grab whichever kid is screaming and retreat back under the duvet) has made me really focus in on what's important to get done in the 50 minutes I have to get everyone up and dressed and out the door*. Do I feel comfortable facing the school mums with no make-up on? No, I'd rather go in my pyjama's and, although I don't go in my pyjama's I do just shove on what I feel like wearing, what's close to hand, and what will fair well lying on the floor desperately re-building the bloody Lego Scooby Doo Mystery Machine while Jim shouts 'build it BUILD IT' or taking Jack to Monkey Music. Mostly this involves Hush joggers and a band t-shirt and I'm ok with that. If you are prone to The Misery you have to know when to give yourself a break and I'm ok with being the least fashionable person at drop-off - as long as I have some make-up on.

Friday, 26 January 2018

3 Ways to Use Cream Shadow Pencils

I use cream eye shadow sticks all the time. They are fast, simple and last all day. Here's three ways you can use them.

Most of these set pretty quickly so you have to be reasonably fast if you want to blend them out but one of the reasons I love these pencils is they last for ages, they don't dry out like cream shadow pots, you can just sharpen them and you are good to go.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil
Rimmel Scandal'Eyes
No7 Shade and Define
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour 
Rosie for Autograph Cream Eye Shadow Stick
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon

Eye Shadow Pencils Spend or Save
Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils
Rosie for Autograph Cream Shadow Sticks

Quick and Easy School Run make-up

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

I try to keep negative views to a minimum because what might not work for me may be great for someone else but I hate it when good brands do something mediocre. And the new Troublemaker mascara from Urban Decay is mediocre at best.

Troublemaker Mascara by Urban Decay

Regular readers know I was a reluctant convert to the Urban Decay Perversion mascara (which it turns out I reviewed nearly exactly a year ago). I frankly find the make-up business's desire to name products 'sexily' completely wrong and ridiculous - this is not Urban Decay specific, loads of other brands do it, NARS and Too Faced to name but two. I was quite keen to try the Troublemaker mascara despite it announcing itself 'sex proof' (why Urban Decay? Why?) but god is it a big fat disappointment.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Deep Cream

Some brands I avoid like the plague, not because I've tried them and they don't work for me (Zelens) but because they're expensive and I'm worried they will work. This careful plan came crashing when a friend bought me a ticket for a Caroline Hirons event at Space NK in Kensington where she would be talking about the brand. The talk was great as was the goody bag and in it was a little pot of the C + Collagen Deep Cream. I tried it and now I'm hooked.
Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen Deep Cream
Moisturisers. They're a tricky beast. How much actually goes in? Do they make any difference at all. A lot of the time they are a soothing barrier to the outside world, all well and good but not something you should spunk your skincare budget on (that would be the serum). This has weedled it's way into my affections not only for what it does but for what it doesn't do.

For me a morning moisturiser is far harder to get right than a night time one. If I turn tomato red in my bathroom at 10pm I don't mind. If I have a burning face at 8.45am, precisely the time I'm supposed to be leaving to take Ned to school, that is a bad start to the day. So I'm careful. I used to use my Medic8 C Tetra in the mornings to help post-nightime retinol usage but that's on it's last drops so I vary between the Superdrug Naturally Radiant moisturiser (yet to be reviewed on here) and my trusty Origins Make Difference + Cream which is especially lovely in this cold weather. No I sparingly put this on and love it and it was my most missed product during my week away in Birmingham (doing my Level 2 Award in Facial Skincare).

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing ButterThis was supposed to be a review of something else but I thought I wouldn't start 2018 on a bad review so instead I'm going to tell you about the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop. Ideally I wouldn't review any product with the word 'Sumptuous' in the title but needs must.

I received this as part of a goodie bag from a Body Shop event with Alessandra Steinherr about 7 months ago. I wouldn't have chosen it for myself, Camomile in any form (especially tea) does nothing for me and though I do love a balm cleanser, this sat unlooked at in my skincare stash for quite a while. In fact it was only when I had a post-baby sensitivity flair-up (again!) that I thought I would give this a go. And I'm glad I did.

I really like that it comes in a tin, slightly annoying to put the lid on if you've got the cleanser on your hands but yay for no plastic and doesn't take up a lot of room in your washbag if you are travelling. Not sure how well this would do if it got really hot though - could leak.
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