Monday, 30 April 2012

May Mission

 Can you believe it's May tomorrow? The months seem to be flying by. Hopefully we'll leave the April showers where they belong or I'm going to start building an ark! I thought I'd start the new month by having a cosmetics clear out. One of my worst habits is not fully using a product before I move on to the next. As soon as I've got a new product I just want to use it - I guess you could say I'm quite fickle! So, my May mission is to use up the dregs of these products. I'm hoping I'll rediscover some love for a few of them too. Wish me luck!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Collection 2000 Illuminating Touch Concealer

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat is a cult favourite - there's no denying it. It's the most popular luxury highlighter on the market and  a beauty editors favourite. It's best known for highlighting and eye brightening
and is great if you can afford its price tag! If you can't I have find a great purse friendly substitute courtesy of Collection 2000.

Collection 2000 Illuminating Touch Concealer comes in 3 different shades: glow, naked and natural. I bought it in "natural" as this seemed the best shade for my skintone. This concealer contains light diffusing particles which helps to soften lines and blemishes and add light. If you're looking for an undereye concealer this isn't the product for you. The secret to using it is to use it as a highlighter not concealer. When I first bought it, I used it as an under eye concealer and was massively dissapointed but now I know how to use it I'm addicted!

I apply it above my eyebrows, along my nose and in the creases of my nose, (if that makes sense!). I gently pat it in and then I'm ready to roll. It's also great to pop on the top of your cheekbones to give a little glow.
I find it fab at brightening at my face and its feel so light. I would definitely recommend it if your looking for a quick fix!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Volume and Lift Mascara

I have so much love for the Estee Lauder Double wear range that I really should be on commission! When I noticed the Double Wear Mascara I was ecstatic. I always get black marks under my eyes from mascara no matter what I use. Even putting powder under my eyes doesn't seem to stop the smudge. I was really hoping that trusty double wear would one day come to my rescue - and now it has!

The brush of this mascara is very thin, and is great at seperating the lashes but in terms of definition and volume I'd say it's nothing special. There's a lot of high street brands that do at a fraction of the cost. However when it comes to minimilising the smudge this mascara is second to none.

I wore this mascara to work one day, this is the ultimate test! After a 14 hour shift I always have unsightly mascara marks under my eyes but on the day I wore the double wear I had none. Amazing!! It's due to this staying power that I can't give up my Double wear addiction. To make the most of it, I normally curl my lashes and then apply whatever high street brand mascara I'm using at the time to my lashes. I then go over the top with the double wear mascara. This seems to work perfectly for me. It's all most like the double wear sets my mascara. I find that layering my mascara in this way gives me volume, lift and more importantly staying power.

The mascara is pretty pricey to use just to prevent smudging but it's the only thing I've found to work. If you're lucky enough not to suffer with smudging mascara, steer clear of this as that's about all its good at!

Have you got any tips to stop mascara smudging?

Make up brush cleaning

I've read a few blogs recently about how people clean make up brushes so I thought I'd let you in on my secret.
Cleaning make up brushes regularly is so important, not only does it improve the look of your make up but it also gets rid of any bacterial lurking in them. In an ideal world I'd clean my brushes properly everyday but lets face it that's NEVER going to happen.

Once a week I like to give my collection a proper wash using baby shampoo. I find this perfect for make up brushes as it's gentle but still gives them a good clean. It also makes them smell devine! After every use I also like to give them a little freshen up.

To do this I use diluted Milton sterilising fluid. You can pick this up from pretty much every supermarket. Milton is normally used for sterlising babies bottles but if it's good enough for baby, it's good enough for me! I use a spray bottle (like you get from Boots) add drop of milton and then top it up with water. When I've finished putting my make up on I quickly spritz my brushes and dab them dry. It takes a couple of minutes but is well worth it. I do dilute it quite a bit - I don't want it to be too harsh on the bristles  - but I find it really works and stops your brushes going cakey in between going washes.

How do you clean your make up brushes?

Nars Orgasm Blush

Blusher is probably one of my favourite make up pieces ever. I find that by changing your blush you can really transform your look. It can make you look girly, vampy, sun kissed whatever you fancy!
I'm normally a bit scared of pink blush. My worst fear is to have bright pink doll like cheeks. Think porcelain doll with big, round, pink circles on the cheeks!

When I saw Nars Orgasm blush in the packet the porcelain doll image shot in to my head. To look at the blush is pink and pigmented. Don't let this put you off though - it's a really yummy, girly colour!

As with all Nars products the packaging is black with white writing - tres chic! It has a mirror on the inside lid which is perfect for make up on the go.

The colour is what makes this really stand out though. It's made with transparent pigments, which give it a really sheer look. It's amazing at faking a natural, healthy glow. Although it's very pink to look at when you apply it gives a subtle hint of colour with a little glow. It's perfect for a girly, no make up look and gives you a natural flush. Imagine a just walked out of a spa flush.

I find this product lasts a long time too, I can apply it first thing in morning and by the afternoon I still look like I have a glow. If subtle and feminine are your thing, then you need this blush in your life!

Sunday stash.

Sorry for my lack of blogging over the past few days! The post nights hangover left me feeling so yucky. I've finally recovered so I thought I'd share with you my cheeky Space NK purchases!

Space NK (link) is one of those shops I can't help but go in. It has a fab selection of lotions and potions that I lust after everything in there! I have to have some really stern words with myself  to control myself!
I finally bought my NARS Bolero lip pencil which was on my April wish list.. I can not wait to try this! It's such a candy coloured girly lipstick.

My next treat was Elemental Herbology Body Suffle. I love body lotions so I couldn't resist.

Finally I bought Eve Lom Rescue Mask. This was featured on Space NK's best selling list so I wanted to see what all the hype was about.

Once I've tried all these products, reviews will be coming up so keep your eyes peeled!

Hope you've all had a fab weekend - I've got a full night of blogging and TV watching planned so be prepared for the Magpie takeover!

Friday, 27 April 2012

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

I am the worst sleeper EVER when I'm on nights. It's so annoying! Ask me to nap in the day when I haven't got work and I'm off like a light, but for some reason when I know I've got to be up I just can't nod offf. I normally get two to three hours before I'm wide awake. For a girl who needs atleast eight hours sleep to function this is not good! I've tried every remedy going to try and send me to the land of nod (I've even tried Horlicks) but nothing seemed to work - until now!


When I bought this pillow spray I was very dubious. I mean how can spraying something on your pillow help you sleep? I tried it not expecting much and wow! I slept for six hours straight - that's a world record for when I'm on nights!
The spray is "infused with essential oils of Lavender, vetivert and wild camomile to soothe the body and mind." and it sure does! It smells so relaxing that you can't help but driftt off. If you could imagine the perfect relaxation scent, this would be it!

Maybe it's all psychological. As in I just believe the spray will help me sleep, rather than the spray actually doing anything but whatever it is it works so I'm sticking with it! A good nights (or days!) sleep is the best beauty tip ever!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Santa, Easter Bunny, Lip Gloss Fairy??

One little thought to leave you with whilst I get a pre-work snooze - the lipgloss fairy. Is it possible to ever fully use a lipgloss or lipstick before losing it? I don't know about you but I lose so many lipsticks it's untrue! I don't think that's due to me being careless, I take care of all my products, but lipstick I just lose. Lipstick fairy I'm on to you!
Do you lose a lot of lipstick/lipgloss too?

All aboard the night train!

Hey lovelies, I just want to say a quick thank you for supporting my blog. I've been doing it for 2 weeks now and I love it! It makes me wonder what I did before blogging - I must have watched a lot of TV! I'm on nights for a few days now so my blog might go a bit quiet. I'm going to try my hardest to blog once a day but tiredness may take over! I promise I'll be back with vengeance on Saturday! I thought I'd leave you all with a cheeky picture - I was very naughty and had a bit of a spending spree in Space NK (sorry bank balance) I'll reveal what I bought on Saturday. Hope you all love it as much as I do! Xx


My daily skin care routine - make up removal

Whether you wear make up every day or just every now and again, if you put in on you've got to take it off! If I'm on a very lazy day I'll just baby wipes to take my make up off but I do like to it properly when I can. As a wear Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation I need a make remover that isn't scared of a challenge!
I've been using these products for ages and I only stumbled across them by chance but I swear they are sent from above!

I don't know how many of you have heard of the Matis range but I will use nothing else on skin. You know when you've been using something for so long that your scared to change? That's how I feel about these products. They seem to suit my skin. I'm worried that if I change my routine my skin will have a major strop and breakout so I'm staying put - if it's not broken, don't fix it.

I buy my Matis products from Feel Unique as I find it's the cheapest. They don't always have them in stock though, so occasionally I do have to shop around.

Cleanser and toner wise I user Reponse Jeunesse Essential Cleansing Emulsion and Essential Lotion. Reponse Jeunesse is their anit-aging range, I'm 24 so don't really need anti-aging but in my eyes prevention is better than cure! These products are so lovely to use. To remove make up you massage the emulsion on to your face until it goes creamy and then wipe it off by popping some lotion on a cotton pad. You keep going until the pad comes away clear with no traces of make up. This step can take AGES!! If I'm feeling impatient I use water to wash my make up and emulsion off then tone with the lotion. The company recommend not using water but when I'm rushing to get ready impatience gets the better of me!
I find that theses products really do remove every trace of make up but in a gentle way. I hate it when my skin feels really sensitive after removing make up but I find these products quite moisturising. My skin is combination and they seem to really suit it. I wouldn't use anything else!

To remove eye make up I either use Simple eye make-up remover or Clarins Gentle Eye Make-up Remover Lotion. Whatever I use it has to be gentle. The corners of my eyes are terrible for drying out if I use anything harsh. I find Simple eye make up remover removes my mascara better than the Clarins. I don't use waterproof mascara but I do layer it on and I find that when I use Simple I spend less time removing it. In all honesty I only ended up with the Clarins as there was a 3 for 2 offer on but once I've used it up I'll be going back to Simple.

And that's pretty much how I take my make up off  - I moisturise afterwards but thats a whole other story! I'll save it for a rainy day!

How do you remove your make up?

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Do I or don't I??

I've read so many reviews singing the praises of sounds pretty exciting too. The thought of recieving 5 beauty products a month and  a beauty magazine makes me want to pop with excitement! I think it as I've not chosen the products and I LOVE suprises! It would be like a monthly present to myself. Is it worth it though?

What are your thoughts on the JolieBox? Yay or nay?

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

I've had this foundation for a while now, I was spured on to buy it after trying a sample of it I had it a magazine. I loved the name of it, jeez after nights my skin constantly needs a wake up.

According to Rimmel, the foundation will give you a "100% pore-less and  flawless complexion"
 - it'll have to work pretty hard to achieve that with me! They also say that a peptide formulation helps increase your skin’s elasticity and a vitamin moisturising complex leaves you looking healthy and fresh. They also claim that it will eliminate visible signs of tiredness so skin looks rejuvenated and minimises signs of premature ageing. Some pretty sweeping claims there!

I think this foundation comes in five different shades, (that's all I've seen anyway). I bought shade 200, soft beige. The packaging is good, it comes in a glass bottle with an orange lid (my fave colour at the moment!) and is convex shaped so its really nice to hold. Rimmel is embossed down the sound of the bottle and it comes with a pump to get it out.

I found the colour a perfect a match for my skin once I'd buffed it in a bit, and the application was really easy.

It went on really smoothly and felt light on my skin - I needed a few layers to get the coverage I like but it didn't feel cakey or make me look like I'd applied it with a trowel!

It has a satin finish, and I think that's how it makes your skin look more awake. I didn't find it gave a 100% flawless finish but then again I expect a lot from foundation. It did however make me look more awake but I like said that could be due to the satin finish.

Rimmel claim the foundation can last up to 10 hours, I found it lasted about 6 hours on my before I noticed it going patchy. I guess thats quite good really, other foundations don't last 10 minutes on my skin! All in all this foundation is good. I wouldn't use it on bad skin days or days when I'm going to out for hours but as a popping to the shops foundation it's perfect.

How have you found this foundation?

Image Overhaul.

How rubbish is the weather today?? I don't think it's stopped raining where I am. My garden is so water logged that I caught six birds using it like a bird bath! I have some serious drainage issues! How better to spend a rainy day then curled up with a cuppa  and bit of a celeb gossip, updating your blog. My blog is now 10 days old so I thought I'd give it an image overhaul. I didn't realise how tricky customising it is! I know what I want, so I guess I'm going to have be brave! Bare me with whilst it's work in progress :) xx

Todays make up.

I love it when other bloggers do a todays make up post, I guess it's as I'm nosey and love to see products in action! My daily make up changes quite a bit, I tend to swap and change lipstick and blusher but keep the same (ish) base. So here's how I've done my make up today! It's very natural, kind of a, "I'm not wearing make up" look. My day today is mainly catching up on jobs so I didn't want to look too heavily done up. I just want to apologise for my hair in these photos - I'd just got caught in the heaviest rain ever, without an umbrella, so I had to do a mad dash for cover  - hence the rat tail look!

I've decided to break down the make up in to satges - I'm actually shocked at how much I used to get a natural look - damn my awful skin!

To give a nice base to my make up and give a bit of glow I used Barbara Daly Face Lift. This one of my favourite products at the min and you can read my full review of it here.

As always I used my trusty Estee Lauder Double Wear in shade 3N1. I really don't know what I did before I discovered this foundation. I love how well it covers my imperfectionsa and it lasts for hours! I applied the foundation with my MAC stippling brush.

I used Benefit booing concealer in shade number 2 under my eyes and anywhere I needed a bit of extra coverage. This is an industrial strength concealer and great for disgusing those dark circles.

Setting Powder
To hold my base in place I used Mineral Veil from Bare Minerals, I reviewed it here. I love how light this powder is!

I applied Nars laguna bronzer over my cheeks and forehead, basically anywhere the sun normally hits your face.

As well as applying bronzer I love to contour! I basically shade the area under my cheek bones with Benefit Dallas. It gives the impression of great cheek bones - well, I think so anyway!

I applied Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle over my cheeks and up to the corners of my eyes (you can read my review here) then I used my Real Technique Blush Brush and applied Nars Oragasm blush over the apples of my cheek.

I used the Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes kit to give my eyes a natural smokey look. This kit is great if you're in a rush as it has all you need for highlighting and contouring your eyes. Mascara wise, I used Maybelline Colossal in blackest black on both my top and bottom lashes.

I applied a coat of my fave nude lipstick, Dior Indecise (I love nude lips!) and I was ready to roll!

I will do reviews on all the products above, I guess you could say that they're my staple make up pieces!

What do you think of todays look? How much make up do you need to achieve a natural look?

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator

I've got a bit of a confession to make, although a No7 exfoliator is on my April wish list I actually already own the Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator - naughty I know but i just love trying things out! I was super keen to get this product as I felt like my skin needed a good scrub. You all know how problematic my skin is so I figured that this product might give it a bit of a deep clean! The product claims to work on fine lines, even out skin tone and leave skin softer, silky to touch and more refined. You're only supposed to use it once or twice a week - hence why I want another exfoliator to fill the gap!

The product comes in a white tube with an instrutions leaflet - don't let this put you off though, its so simple to use. It has small grains so it really feels like you're giving your skin a makeover! You apply to clean, moist skin, massage a thin layer in for no longer than 2 minutes, rinse off and hey presto, baby soft skin! My biggest worry was that this product would leave my skin red and inflammed, so I used it in the evening just in case. I needn't have worried though, my face was fine afterwards  - I did apply a ton of moisturiser though!

I've used this product for nearly a month now and I have noticed a diffence in my skin, not only does it look smoother but my breakouts have reduced - apart from once a month, but at that time my whole body is a law unto itself!

Cost wise I guess it's not too bad, it's about £11 but you only use a small amount once or twice a week. I've not even made a dent in mine and quite often you can get a £5 off voucher. I know this is a bit of a sweeping statement but I think this is possibly the best exfoliator I've used. Go No7!!

What's your favourite exfoliator?

Real Techniques Blush Brush

The blog world has erupted with love for real techniques make up brushes. These brushes are available from boots and luckily enough my local store sells them - woohoo! I'm desperate to try one of their stipling brushes but I've just bought one from Mac so my sensible head told me to step away and buy a blusher brush. I've had the same blush brush for years, it was losing so many bristles that  I looked like I'd been malting eyelashes. I think a new purchase was well overdue!

                                                               Real Techniques Blush Brush 

In terms of make up brushes these aren't too expensive, but the quality is fab. It has lovely soft bristles, which haven't showed any signs of malting and gives a lovely flawless finish to your blush. I swirl it in blush, tap of the excess and sweep away! My old blush brush was so scratchy - this is like a walk in the park! The only downside is now I want the whole collection!

Burt's Bees' Radiance Body Lotion

How lovely those are evenings when you get home, have a relaxing bath, read a magazine, pop a face mask on and then go bed lathered in moisturiser. It's one of the best ways to relax for me and one of the cheapest! My latest purchase on the route to relaxation is Burt's Bees' Radiance Body Lotion. I'm always looking for ways to make my skin glow so this sounded perfect!

This product is 98.2% natural and is formulated with royal jelly. It conatins 134 nutrients, including amino acids and vitamins A,B and C. It also conatins Mica, which is a light reflecting mineral and sunflower oil. Talk about being jam packed with goodness, it sounds like a detox in a bottle! Unfortunately this come cheap, it's £9.99 for 175ml.

I was looking really looking forward to trying this out, I get unbelievably excited when I've got a new product to try out! The lotion is quite light and easily absorbed. It has a subtle scent of honey and feels really luxiourous when you apply it - maybe thats as I knew how much it cost!. The best thing about this lotion though is the shimmer! It left my skin with a really nice sparkle! It wasn't too over the top, (I'm not a fan of looking like I've had a glitter bomb thrown at me) it just gave a nice shine when the lights hit it. I've tried to photograph it to show you all what I mean.

You can't see it properly on the picture but trust me, it looks fab!
My skin felt well moisturised after using it, not greasy but like it had a good drink! I dont think this mosturiser is for every day use but it would be perfect for the summer to rescue those legs!

Supermarket Stash - Barbara Daly Face Lift

Here's my second review after my Barbara Daly splurge in tesco 's and it' all about the make up primer Face Lift.

How good is the name of this product?? I'm not naive enough to think it actually gives you a face lift but we can hope! This product can be used under make up or alone to make skin look fresh, luminous and bright and is also SPF 10. I love products with added SPF, it takes the effort out of applying sun cream to your face and is so anti-ageing its unbelievable!

This product comes in a gloss pot with a white lid and contains 30ml, I can't remember how it much cost but it was less than £10. The smell from this cream is lovely! It  just smells fresh and cooling - don't ask me how but it does! It's peach in colour and has a lovely thick texture. I applied it in the same way I apply my Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and kind of press it in to my skin. Wowzers!! This is good!

Readers of my blog will know how lack lustre my skin is but seriously this product did just what beauty Flash Balm does and nearly at a third of the cost. I'm hooked!

Body Brushing.

I just wanted to quickly mention to you all about body brushing. I swear by body brushing! It leaves your skin so soft and is great for boosting circulation and banishing cellulite. Everyday whilst I'm waiting for the shower to warm up I brush my body all over with Botanics Detox Brush.

I use frim long strokes in an upwards direction and pay special attention to my thighs and bottom. It takes about 5 minutes to do and it really does improve the appearance of your skin. It is a bit comfortable but not painful - definitely worth it. You can go to spa's and have it done but it's so simple to do at home. It might sound like a bit of a faff but once you've bought the brush you're ready to go. I paid £5 for my brush and have had it over a year - no other anti cellulite treatment is that cheap! Get brushing!

Nars Larger Than Life Norma Lipgloss.

I think red lips look fab on everyone but me! I love the studio 54 type look with red lips and black eyeliner - very Marilyn Monroe. It's one of those looks I've never been able to pull off, I've blamed my blue eyes. I think they clash with the red and its a bit too much. Crazy I know as plenty of people with blue eyes can look amazing with red lips. Maybe I used that as excuse not to leave my nude lips rut  - who knows! Anyway enough was enough, I decided it was high time to confront my fear and popped into Nars for some red lips tips.


I bought a red  gloss to ease me in to the trend, I thought the colour might be less in your face in than lipstick - perfect for a red-aphobics like me. The shade I bought is called "Norma" - Nars always have really catchy names so I'm not sure where Norma came from! It's a gloss and its a really deep red, like chilli red. It hasn't got an orange/pink undertone like some reds, its pure red...eek! Like all Nars products the packaging is simple and chic, a straight tube with a black lid.
 The gloss is really good, it's not sticky like some can be and gives a really intense colour. It has a little brush attached to the lid so you can apply it really close to your lip line without going over - I hate it when lipstick/lipgloss bleeds! I didn't find it drying on my lips at all and it has a lovely shine to it. I also love the colour of this gloss and I found it didn't come off too much when drinking etc. but it is pricey! At the end of the day its a little tube of gloss and it cost £19 -  I guess that's what you pay for buying premuim brands.

As much as I love this colour, I'm still convinced red lips are me  -I'm going to persevere with it, maybe I just need to get over the shock!

How do you find red lipstick?

Monday, 23 April 2012

Supermarket Stash - Barbara Daly Moisture Foundation

It's no secret that I love going to supermarkets - it sounds really geeky I know but I think they're perfect for stocking up on beauty essentials  - cotton pads, body moisturiser things like that. I also can't help but get drawn to the make up! I love trying new products so, to cheer up my latest jaunt round Tesco I decided to pick up a few Barbara Daly things to try.

I've never used any Barbara Daly products before but the packaging is a hit with me. It's simple and looks quite chic and there's quite often a 3 for 2 offer on - bonus! The products I chose to try out were Moisture Foundation in almond and Facelift. I've read a few good reviews about the Moisture Foundation so I thought it was high time I tried it out. As for the Facelift, it just caught me eye. It's a make up primer to make skin look fresh, luminous and bright - we might have a purse friendly Beauty Balm rival on our hands here!

This review is all about the foundation,  however I'm also blogging about Facelift - watch this space!!

As you know I'm strictly an Estee Lauder/Bare Minerals girl when it comes to foundation and I like a meduim coverage. On a scale of 1 to 10 of coverage I like about an 8! I'm so fussy!
The foundation cost about £7 for 29ml and it comes in a glass bottle with a black lid. Attatched to the lid there's like a little spatula to get the foundation out of the bottle. This is great for not wasting any - I always tip out so much when I just tip on to my hand.

I applied it with my stippling brush and used my normal primer underneath. I found the colour a great match but the coverage wasn't for me. It was just too sheer. On my scale I'd say it gave me about 4/10 coverage. I'm sure this is great for some people but I personally need something with a bit more oomph to hide my big pores and imperfections. It did leave a lovely dewwy finish but it also left may skin way too exposed for my liking!

How have you found Barbara Daly products?