Monday 30 January 2017

2017 Wishlist

Ilia Stick highlighter
For a couple of years I'd start compile a new year list of products I wanted to try that year. I haven't done it for a while but whilst doing a bit of blog planning I started a shopping list of all the products I wanted to try (I buy 90% of the stuff used/reviewed on this site) and thought it may be time to reinstate the list. Most of these products are newish but all are released - it goes without saying I love trying out new products but the majority of these are products that have been around for a bit that I just haven't got my mits on yet.

Once I decided to do this list (it's separate from the massive one I have on my phone should I ever been let loose on a make-up store minus children but with loads of money!) I tried to make it as varied as possible. There are loads of lip colours I'd love to try (MAC's Chateau M for one) but I tried to make myself choose something from each category - lips, base, skincare etc. It would be incredibly easy to just sit on websites and make a never ending list of products I'm desperate to try (I have a spreadsheet..) but there was something quite nice about having to be strict with myself. What do I really want to try? So here's the list...

Friday 27 January 2017

Subtle Blue Liner Video

At the end of 2015 Urban Decay released the Gwen Stefani palette which I loved from the get go but has been one of the most requested how-to videos I've had. A lot of you have bought this but find you are using the same colours over and over so I've come up with a few looks using some of the more unusual colours in the palette.

If you don't have this palette but have a tricky blue that you want to use then go for it! All products used are listed below

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Make A Difference +
By Terry Touche Veloutee concealer
Gwen Stefani Urban Decay Palette
Louise Young LY19 brush
Real Techniques Starter Set
MAC Eye Kohl Smoulder
Urban Decay Peversion Mascara
Dr Hauschka Tinted Day Cream
Estee Lauder EE Cream
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Cover FX Loose Powder
Laura Mercier Camouflage Powder Brush
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Rose Glow
Daniel Sandler Waterbrush
Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown
Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Diffused Light
Eyeko Fat Brush Mascara

Wednesday 25 January 2017

This Works Clean Skin Gentle Cleanser

This Works Gentle Cleanser I've been using this every morning for a couple of months. I'm still using Coconoil in the evening to remove my make-up but as I use retinol at night I wanted a gentle, non-greasy, quick cleanser to use in the morning. This Works Clean Skin Gentle Cleanser... well it pretty much has it all covered in the name so I thought it was worth giving it a go.

It's pretty much just what I was needing though it's one of the least exciting cleansers I've used - that's no necessarily a bad thing. Two pumps into my hands, rubbed onto my face and rinsed off with a warm flannel and that's it. My skin is always completely cleaned and although there is occasional redness it does not sting or stay red and my skin does that for everything at the moment but it's rare for it to not burn - and it doesn't burn when I use this.

While it's not deeply moisturising it's in no way drying, as a lot of cream cleansers can be, and you don't get any tightness after using. All of this makes it a very nice morning cleanse - it's not adding too much to your face pre-make-up though some may want something a bit more moisturing - i.e. those people who love a balm/oil cleanser.

Friday 20 January 2017

L'Oreal Superdust - Quick Review

The first quick review of 2017. It may not be glamorous but this product is a lifesaver if you don't have much time to spend on your hair.


Wednesday 18 January 2017

Louise Young Blushers

Louise Young Cosmetics Powder and Cream blushers How the Louise Young blushers can have been such an integral part of both my pro and personal kits and evaded a proper review I don't know. I think maybe its because I just can't do them justice. They were one of the most popular prizes from my big giveaway last year and, for me a real insight into Louise's fantastic eye for colour.

While I was working for Louise last year I mentioned how much I loved Mae, the brightest pink, it's almost neon, but how I could never wear it. Nonsense, she declared, grabbed a brush and put some on and it's now one of my most used colours. These colours really are universal it just depends on what you want from your blusher. Using them has completely revolutionised the way I use blusher and even think about colours.


Monday 16 January 2017

Red Lipstick

Wearable red lipstick
Lady Danger, Fire & Ice, Berry, Raven
Red lipstick is such a classic look that most make-up wearers have at least tried it even if they don't already own a few. In fact a lot of people I speak to have tried a red lip and felt that they couldn't pull it off. I can really understand this - a red lip is a bold statement, you need to feel confident to carry it off and even though it's a classic look it can be hard to wear. You need the right red which in this day and age is hard to find just for the sheer amount of choice.

What I personally love about a red lip is when it isn't a statement but just a chic everyday look - Monica in friends often wears a red lip but she's never a character I think of as being particularly make-up based. Get the rest of the make-up understated, team it with the right red and it can look incredible.

Friday 13 January 2017

Happy New Year - Friday Video

I go into more detail about my waffley new year thoughts on the other blog here.

I would like to thank everyone who took part in the giveaways last year, it was hectic but fun. Let me know how you are getting on with your products if you won.

My new website is live at


Wednesday 11 January 2017

Urban Decay Peversion Mascara

I've been putting off reviewing this because even though I can't find anything specifically I don't like about this mascara it just doesn't wow me. And yet when I think about all the different things I usually judge a mascara on - brush type and size, blackness and consistency of product - this has a lot of great things about it. Maybe it's the name?
Urban Decay mascara

The consistency of this mascara I'd say is about as close to perfect as you can get. It's nicely fluid, not too much, there are no leaks or blobs, but enough that you get a great coating. That being said it takes a few goes to get perfect coverage, but so it is with all mascaras. It is completely non-clumpy, to a noticable extent. Not a clump insight. You will need to give it time to dry and you will need a good remover to get this off - it's not waterproof but it's made to stay on all day. Which it does.

Thursday 5 January 2017

December Giveaway Winner

The winner of the December Giveaway is Katy Bednarz - send me over your address and I'll post these out to you asap.

Thank you so, so much to everyone who took part in all 12 giveaways last year. I still can't believe the blog is 10! Thanks for your support over the years and let me know what you would like to see on here in 2017.

If you haven't already then you can subscribe to my YouTube channel here. You can also sign up to get a monthly round-up of everything from the blog, for those of you who don't get the chance (or have the inclination to browse blogs daily). There should be a pop-up that appears that you can put your details into. They haven't started yet and I won't spam you I promise!

I hope all of you have a fantastic 2017.
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