Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
I am on a night shift tonight, so tomorrow I will be very tired but will try my best to fight through it for the kids:) At least I'm not working on Christmas Day this year. I'm not sure when I'll get back to my blog so I hope you get everything you want and have a lovely day, whatever you are doing.
Thanks to everyone who reads, comments on and follows my blog. You make me so happy:) Here's to more followers in the new year:)
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Check out what Wikipedia has to say about her here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Breedlove
A truly inspirational woman:)
Sunday, 20 December 2009
The fact that I regularly lie in it too long in the mornings and have no time for make up!!
Fresh, clean hair.
Smooth, moisturised skin on my body.
Actually applying the moisturiser!!
Note the fact that all these love/hates focus on my lazy side lol:)
Thursday, 17 December 2009
This is another book I borrowed from the library. For me it's case of try before you buy. In this instance I am going to buy this book for myself. It's a truly great book with lots of beautiful pictures and lots of step by step make up looks.
I am a sucker for beautiful pictures in make up books and this book certainly delivers that. Aucoin makes up many many people in this book, most of whom are famous and there are also some unknown but extremely beautiful faces in there too. His mother also features in this book.
There are many every day looks and smoky eye looks but there are also very different make up looks such as Cleopatra, Mary Queen of Scots, Madame Butterfly and Elizabeth I.
Whether you are new to make up or a seasoned user you will love this book. It's well laid out, full of colour and easy to follow.
Aucoin makes up many different types of people in this book, from young to not so young and covering many different skin tones. There really is something for everyone in this book.
One of my favourite pictures is of 3 very beautiful women, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jody Foster and Meg Ryan all wearing the same make up. This was done for Vanity Fair and it's interesting to see how they all look with the same make up.
This book gets a huge thumbs up from me:)
Friday, 11 December 2009
Well it's actually the look of Monday night but lets not split hairs. I have been feeling a bit under the weather since then and that's why this is only going up now.
Monday night was our work's Christmas night out (well one of them anyway) and we went to a chinese for a meal and a few drinks. A lovely night was had by all. The food was delicious and so were the beers:)
Here's the breakdown of my outfit:
Top - Next
Skirt - Next
Tights - Next
Belt - Next
I felt very comfortable in this outfit. The boots are quite flat so my feet thanked me for that:)
Sunday, 6 December 2009
The Body Shop are offering up to an amazing 30% off purchases, with their exclusive vouchers which can be found here:
This is a great offer and a great time to treat yourself or your family and friends:)
When they hinder my ability to use things in little pots eg lip balm and moisturiser.
Clean make up brushes
Cleaning them grrrrrr.
My make up collection.
The amount of money I have spent on it lol.
When the wind blows my hair into it lol:)
These are just a few. I have lots more to share in a future post. So what are your love/hate relationships with make up and beauty products? Or anything else you may have a love/hate relationship with xx
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
It's peeing down outside and it's so cold here I decided to treat my toes to a little something. These caught my eye this morning in Marks and Spencer. I hate when my feet are cold and I thought these would be excellent at keeping my little tootsies warm. I was absolutely right of course;) My toes are loving me now. These slippers feel like heaven when you put them on. They are extremely comfortable and so cosy.
These cost me £12. I love Marks and Spencer!!
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
I thought I'd do a post on they types of product that annoy me. Not because they are rubbish (that is a whole other story) but just because they have something about them that annoys me. Probably irrationally but anyway:)
The first type of product that makes it's way into my most annoying list is little pots of stuff. Especially lip balm. I love these products but they really annoy me when my nails become too long to dip into the pot. I hate it when my nail becomes clogged up with the product and I also hate how the product looks when I use my nail the other way round (told you it was irrational didn't I lol).
Next up is oil and water products that have to be shaken before use. The reason they annoy me is that I don't really see the point. The product usually has began to separate again before I am finished which means I have to shake again. I am also convinced that the water part gets used up quicker than the oil part because it's at the top of the bottle (yes another irrational reason lol).
I have pictured the Boots Botanics Eye Make Up Remover because I thought it was worthy of a mention here. Despite the fact that this product annoys me it does do a brilliant job at removing all my eye make up and it's cheap. I will repurchase it and learn to live with my little annoyances:)
What type of products annoy you?
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
I saw this make up bag in Next last week and couldn't resist it. I thought it was really cute and of course I had to have it. I do need another make up bag though, honestly (crosses fingers behind back). It was only £4.50 and I thought it would be ideal for storing my every day make up. I always think this is a great idea and soon after the bag becomes so full that it necessitates me buying another one, or at least having a good clear out and deciding what I actually need in my every day make up bag.
What things do you find hard to resist?
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Here is what I bought:
All are old favourites of mine- Banana shampoo and conditioner, Green Apple Bath and Shower Gel and I also got 2 samples. One of which I asked for which was the Cucumber Cleanser and the assistant gave my daughter her own sample of Satsuma Body Lotion which I have never tried before but it smells devine! For anyone who doesn't know the Body Shop will give you a sample of any product you ask for. They have little sample pots which they will fill up for you. An awesome way of trying out their stuff before buying as I find their stuff can be quite expensive. So definitely worth remembering if you want to try something:)
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Everybody loves a freebie and this offer is brilliant because you don't have to spend much to get it!! Bonus for me is that I use Bodyform anyway so I can stock up on these and they will be used.
Bodyform are giving away a Jemma Kidd Make Up School Lipgloss worth £10 with promotional packs of Bodyform. I got mine in Tesco where they are currently on offer 2 for £2. They normally retail for £1.30 per pack so this is a good deal anyway without the lipgloss. Add the lipgloss in and it's an awesome deal:)
There are 2 shades to collect so I got both of them. The lipglosses are limited edition and are both really wearable pink shades. Check out what it says on the Bodyform website here
I have never tried any Jemma Kidd products. It's not easily accessable to me and I think it's quite expensive. These lipglosses are quite small and I don't think I'd spend £10 on one of these. However I am open minded and who knows these lip glosses could lead me on to a Jemma Kidd addiction:)
Have you any Jemma Kidd recomendations for me?
Saturday, 17 October 2009
For me it's laziness most times. Yes I am the one who will take the extra 10 minutes in bed and skip makeup some days:) I regularly do the morning school run sans makeup. Wait a minute who am I trying to kid? I ALWAYS do the morning school run sans makeup. Heck sometimes I even do the home time school run without it lol!! I figure there isn't much point in rushing to look good for the morning school run. I like to come home and apply my make up somewhat more leisurely:) I have even been known to take the kids to school with my pj top still on under my coat but shhh don't tell anyone;0
I must add that I do always wear makeup to work but on occasions when the extra 10 minutes in bed becomes 20 minutes I have been known to take my make up with me and apply it at work:)
So do you prefer to never leave the house without your makeup on or do you love your bed just a little too much? Fess up here:)
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
Yesterday I got my highlights done again. I was badly in need of this. I normally go a bit darker for winter but this time I have gone quite a bit darker than normal. I'm loving it so far!! I love how straight the hairdresser can blow dry it:) I can never get it looking this good without my trusty GHDs lol. Next task is to tint my eyebrows a bit darker as I think it will look good with my new darker hair:)
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Here is my first LOTD with my recent purchases from Next. I went out last night to see a friend who moved to Australia 21 months ago and is home for a wee break at the minute.
I am wearing
Over the knee boots-Primark (a complete bargain at £14.68!!)
Make up consists of:
Estee Lauder Double wear light foundation
Rimmel pressed powder
Illamasqua Nymph Blusher
Mac Amber Lights
Mac Antiqued in the crease and under lower lashes
Mac Vanilla under brows and in inner corner
The Body SHop eyeliner (the new bronze one)
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Black
By Terry Baume de Rose
Mac Myth on top
I had been wearing this make up all day and just added some oomph to be eyes prior to going out. I had a nice night and it was lovely to see my friend again:)
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
So what beauty tips do you have to save on wastage?
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
I got my hair cut on Thurs and this is the result. Ok it's basically the same cut I always get but the hairdresser dried it to the wrong side. I was going to stop her but then I thought what the heck. It's nice to try something slightly different. I have to say I do like it but it took a wee while to get used to having more hair over the left side of my face rather than the right. I will probably go back to the normal parting once I have washed it. I am such a creature of habit lol:)
I am also wearing my quick make up face. This consists of me hurriedly applying the following:
Avon Magix as a base
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation (my new fave)
Estee Lauder cream blusher
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Wet 'n Wild Mega Glow on my cheeks
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Eyeshadow Base
Mac Paint Pot in Rubenesque over the lid with the Rimmel powder on top to set
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Black
Nars Sheer Lipstick in Venice
What is your failsafe quick makeup?
Sunday, 13 September 2009
First up we have this denim skirt. I have been after a denim skirt for a long time and all the ones I have seen have been just a tad too short for a lady of my age:( So when I saw this yesterday it was love at first sight. It is a good "sensible" length, coming to just above my knees. I will be wearing it with black opaque tights. It is part of the new Indigo range and I have to say there are quite a few items from this range that I have my eye on but I must be good and resist lol.
Next are these boots. These are also love at first sight. These boots are totally me. I'm sure I will get lots of wear out of them either with leggings or the skirt.
Saturday, 12 September 2009
What Clinique say:
"Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
All Skin TypesNew and improved formula offers longer hydration for up to 12 hours. With new micor-molecules Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief allows quicker and more efficient moisturisation.
Gives an immediate moisture boost and plumps up skin's resistance to fine, dry lines. Moisturises and soothes dry skin; intensifies benefit of moisturiser. Instantly refreshes skin; leaves it feeling smoother and softer. Calms skin. Comfortable and versatile for all skins; lightweight; absorbs quickly. Helps protect against environmental irritants.Use after 3-Step Skin Care (and following your favourite Clinique booster lubricant) for an immediate moisture boost. Can be applied daily. Pat all over face. Apply throughout the day as needed, even over makeup. Use as refreshing, moisture-intensive 5-minute mask."
I have been loving this stuff as a night time treatment. I use my regular cleanser, toner and moisturiser and leave the moisturiser to sink in for about 5 minutes. Then I apply the Clinique Moisture Surge. It is like a gel and it applys really nicely and sinks into the skin well. It's marketed as "thirst relief" and it really is just like giving your skin a drink. It feels instantly hydrated and soft. I have used this in the past but I think that Clinique have improved the formulation.
It is pricey though at £30 for 50ml but it will last a long time as a little goes a long way (depending on how you use it of course). I think it is worth the price tag and have already purchased a jar in preparation for my sample running out.
I think I want to try Youth Surge next. I'm hoping for a free sample in a future Bonus Time:)
Have you tried this or any other of the Clinique skin care products? What are your thoughts?
Monday, 7 September 2009
What Boots say:
"17 High Gloss Nail Polish is a high shine, colour intense polish for maximum impact in a variety of shades."
This stuff is amazing, especially for the price and it comes in such a wide variety of colours there must be one to suit every person and every mood.
It costs £2.91 and quite often Boots have offers or free gifts on the No17 range. Currently it is a free bronzing kit when you spend £5.
I wore this for 5 days (yes 5 days!!) before a chip appeared. It was the tiniest chip I have ever seen and it probably wouldn't have mattered on a less colourful nail polish but on this gorgeous red it was glaringly obvious. I have never had this long out of a nail polish before although I am quite hard on my nails. This time I "looked after" them mostly by not washing any dishes. This would be my biggest downfall and the reason my nail polish tends to not last too long.
This is definitely well worth checking out and would be a great colour for a Christmas party:) A little early I know but anyway...
Have you tried any of the No17 nail polishes? What is your favourite colour?
Friday, 28 August 2009
So here it is, my very own library:)
This is half of it and I have the same amount of shelves again. It's fantastic and I love it!!
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Here is a picture of the black eyeliner. Sorry the quality of the pic is pants but it is so hard to photograph a pencil lol!! I need a much better camera for that (dream on).
The eyeliner itself is amazing. I have used it on several occasions and am very impressed with it. It applies very easily after I have warmed it up on the back of my hand and it has staying power in the waterline!! I find it difficult to get a pencil to stay on my waterline but this baby is up to the job:)
The best feature of this pencil is that when you open it for the first time you will find that it is not sharpened to a sharp point iykwim. It appears to have been sharpened to a fine point and then the point has been chopped off. I think this idea is genious!! I hate new pencils that are so pointy you have to blunt them down a little or risk injuring your eye!! Top marks to whoever thought of that:)
These retail at £7.30 which is quite a good price for a great quality eyeliner. However if you're quick you can still get them free with In Style magazine. It costs £3.30 and you get 2 eye pencils. A complete steal:) In fact I'm now contemplating rushing out and getting the other colours myself before it's too late lol!!
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
We recently revisited the scene of the "crime" on our way to our holiday destination this year:) Here I am with my kids:)
Sunday, 16 August 2009
‘FEELS LIKE SUMMER’ BEAUTY AND HEALTH CARE CAMPAIGN AT SUPERDRUG
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1000s giveaways from Touchnote (ends 18th Sept)
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Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Sunday, 9 August 2009
So recently I have been putting this to the test. I still remove all my make up when I'm going to bed at night but I have been sleeping in my mineral makeup after nightshifts - oooh the shame.
I have to say that I have had no adverse reactions to this. My skin is neither better nor worse for this practice. My pillows are still clean and my makeup is still on my face when I get up. It's not exactly as perfect as it was when it was applied but it is definitely still there and the proof is in the cotton pads I use to cleanse my face.
Have any of you tried this? Do you like mineral makeup in general?
Monday, 3 August 2009
I am wearing this in my latest YouTube video. I love the colours she picked for me. They are fab:)
Friday, 31 July 2009
I have looked at these many times in The Body Shop and always passed on them. For one they are very expensive (£15.65) and for two the word "shimmer" kind of put me off. I'm a bit old really for too much shimmer but actually these aren't as shimmery as they sound iykwim. I would say they are on a par with Mac's frost finishes.
These are the shimmer cubes I was sent - Shimmer Cubes Palette 06 and each individual cube has a name. Starting from the top left we have 01 Honeycomb, 02 Dark Chocolate, 03 Marshmallow and 04 Choc Chip. My favourite from this palette is 01 Honeycomb and that is what I have on in my FOTD pic. It really goes well with my blue eyes and helps them stand out.
I have applied it on top of my HG eyeshadow base - Estee Lauder Doublewear Stay in Place Eyeshadow Base. These pics were taken towards the end of the day and the eyeshadow is still fresh looking.
What The Body Shop says about these
"This product contains:Marula Oil - Is a very effective moisturiser that also helps to condition the skin over time. Also provides essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier, thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness. Provides women in areas often struck by famine and droughts with the rare opportunity of regular work and income.
Marula oil comes from the marula tree, native to Southern Africa. The oil is rich in oleic acid, essential to the maintenance of healthy-looking skin. The Body Shop trades with the Eudafano Womens Cooperative in northern Namibia, which helps women in rural communities who have very few opportunities to earn money. The trade with our company has helped more than 750 women and their families to benefit from this traditional, yet underutilized natural resource."
The fact that these help women have regular work and income would make me consider buying these again.
At £15.65 I originally thought these were expensive but when you think that that is actually less than £4 per shadow then it actually is good value for money. Much cheaper than a Mac eyeshadow and I have bought plenty of them lol.
These shadows can also be used wet which makes them very versatile as more dramatic looks can be achieved this way.
Overall I would recommend these eyeshadows to anyone. They apply very easily and blend well. I am in love with mine at the minute:) Have you tried Shimmer Cubes? What do you think of them?