Saturday, 24 June 2017

Maybelline Lasting Drama Waterproof eyeliner

Two posts in one day - I spoil you! I have to tell you about this eyeliner. I bought it on a whim in a CVS in Boston last month and I think it's a winner.


I have it in Glossy Emerald and it's a divine colour. I have bad news, I don't think you can get this colour in the UK. In fact I am not entirely sure they sell this in the UK. The site is not very clear.

Anyway, it glides on and lasts for hours. I reckon it would last for days. It's quite disconcerting, it's not that easy to remove to be honest. But for a clear, non-smudgy line, it's one of the best eyeliners I've ever used. Tip, apply it and then leave your eyes closed until it sets (a few seconds maybe). Don't blink because then you get an attractive line on your upper lid. Maybe that's just me. I discovered this was the case after an evening out thinking I had smoking hot eyes. Yeah. No.

If you can find it in the UK, do let me know. If not, then I am sorry if I've created a burning desire in you that can't be sated.


Beauty Pie

Hello! I am back. Apologies for the lack of posts recently. I've been sunning myself in the Med (dealing with carry on luggage only - a beauty junkie's nightmare).

Today we are talking about Beauty Pie. A new venture by the woman who is behind Bliss. It's a new approach to shopping for beauty. You pay £10 a month and then you can shop for products at factory prices. For someone like me (i.e famously befuddled by numbers) I found it quite hard to properly get my head round so let me explain what I have bought and how much it cost me, all in.

50ml of this serum cost £7.79. It's really good. It has a great texture, it sinks in, it smells good. I am already a big fan. People, we may have solved my serum needs.

A primer. £3.18. I have not tested this enough to give you a thorough review. I have post holiday tan which means I am not wearing foundation. However, I will say it's very heavily scented and it would be better not being very heavily scented. However, at this price, who cares if it's not a hit?

A lip set for £7.78. This I am very impressed with. First up my lip pencil had snapped off. I called customer service and a new one was despatched that day. Excellent response and makes me like them more. I now have two (I sharpened the broken one) and that's a jolly good thing because this is a revelation in lip pencil technology.  Every lip pencil I've used has been drying and tugs the lips. This glides on. It's magnificent. I absolutely love it. The lipstick is also a treat, very moisturising. The lip gloss is also good although I find lip glosses a bit sticky as a rule. Did I need any of these? No. But I am very glad I have them and the colours are gorgeous and very flattering.

Five minute facial - £5.86. I returned from my week on a boat with skin that needed a little TLC.  I put this on and it made everything better. Stick it on, wait five minutes, rinse it off. Glowy skin is yours. It gets great reviews and I can see why.

Having paid my fee of £29, this haul came to £60.12. I consider this very good value. However, if I want to order more (and I will be ordering more serum, I can tell you that right now), then I have to pay more money because you can't buy at the factory prices for a one off fee. I can see why, you could pay £29 for a year and then buy a ton of stuff and how would they make a profit? That isn't made as clear as it could be. Read more here. They also wildly over estimate how much each product would cost and make a big deal of the factory price. For example, they claim the serum would be £85. Maybe and I know plenty of serums that cost that much however, I am not sure this would.

I will certainly be buying again from Beauty Pie, I am very impressed with what I have and the lip liner is a game changer.

By the way, I am not paid a penny from any company to blog about products. I buy everything myself and am not affiliated with anyone. I have a day job and this blog is a hobby and always has been.





Thursday, 11 May 2017

Mary Greenwell Lemon perfume

I trust we all know who Mary Greenwell is? Legendary make-up artist that's who. She launched a perfume or two a few years ago and I love her for not launching a make-up line. I am not sure we need another make-up line, I can barely keep up with it now. But perfume, well, now she's playing to my deepest weak spot.

I bought this from someone on the internet and so it cost me less than half the price of retail for a full bottle. I highly recommend this internet lark you know. It's incredible what you can find out there. Given that I didn't have to pay full price, I felt fully justified in buying this because its been MONTHS since I had a new perfume. The description spoke to me: a fresh citrus floral with a soft chypre dry down. Hello my friend!

It's a very heavy bottle because the lid weighs a ton. Well, not literally but it's really heavy. Not sure why and I guess it's to feel luxurious but I find it ever so slightly annoying. However, this perfume is a dream. It's absolutely gorgeous. It feels refreshing and zesty as you spray and then settles into a much more interesting scent. How I adore a chypre scent. I knew I'd like this because I love Mitsouko and it's not a million miles from that.

I am in love and I like that it's not a typical scent which everyone will wear. I have a huge bottle so I fully expect to wear it on rotation for the summer and beyond.


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Nail colour of the week

I am loving this colour: Meet My Decorator. It's from the OPI Breakfast at Tiffany's collection. I know I said I wasn't buying any more nail varnish but come on, I lasted until April. That's a good effort. I bought this at Dallas airport just because.

It's a perfect bright (but not neon) orange and just the colour for Spring.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Bases for Spring

Somehow I never have enough foundation or bases. I have two new finds to report.

First up, Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

I've wanted to try this for ages. People rave about it. Armani is not in every department shop I discovered as I hiked from Liberty all the way up to Selfridges trying to find it. Excellent shop assistants who gave me two generous samples because I wan't sure what colour I was. I used it all week (it was a big sample) and decided to buy it. I love this, it's very easy to blend and looks completely natural.

Then I decided I simply had to try the new BIY (Blend it Yourself) Pigment Drops from Clinique.


You mix this with your moisturiser, 1, 2 or 3 drops depending on how much coverage you want. I bought some at the airport earlier this week and used it in Dallas. It was hot in Dallas, I didn't want anything too heavy. I like this very much. It's perfect for days when you want a little coverage but not much (one drop). I've not tried three drops yet!

While I was at the Clinique counter, I picked up this Pep-Start moisturiser.



A trusted friend told me this made her look instantly younger. Obviously I had to check it out. It is great for summer as it mattifies and does somehow smooth your skin. It doesn't feel terribly moisturising to me. I put some on and then 10 mins later mixed it with the BIY and put another layer on. If you have less dry skin, you will love this.

Both of these are really good. I gave up on the Hourglass Foundation Stick. I simply found it too drying so I sold it. It goes to show I can't agree with Sali Hughes on everything.







Sunday, 26 March 2017

Nail colour of the week


OPI Plugged in Plum. I always paint my nails on a Sunday evening to set me up for the week and I love this purple which reminds me of an 80s youth club disco and therefore is fabulous. I bought this for my hen night (don't ask me how I remember these things, I just do) and I don't wear it often as it's quite bright and I have to be in the mood. But's the sun was shining today and I decided I need a little disco in my life.

I was reading an article this week on how long one should keep make up. It said throw nail varnish out after 18 months. Wait, WHAT? That's insane.I can only assume it was sponsored by a nail varnish company. I got married nearly seven years ago and this baby is still as perfect as the day I bought it. I have nail varnish older than seven years and all is well. So that annoyed me and I ignored all the other 'advice' it gave too!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle Micellar Shampoo

I read about this in three separate places in the space of a week in which there was much raving, and I decided I needed to try it with the conditioner. It protects colour and is very gentle. You can Google micellar, I am not going to try and explain it.

Anyway, it's really good. Nice and foamy despite no sulphates and rinses out very easily. It leaves my hair very bouncy. Forgive the cliches but I can't think how else to describe it, bouncy and light. It's my new favourite hair product. I highly recommend it if you want hair with some ooof. Yeah, I am never going to become a hair journalist.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

New Spring make-up goodies

Today the sun was out and it was warm (ish). I went out without a coat. YES! Spring is in the air. I am still on my spending-ban but let me show you some of the lovely products I would totally consider if I could.

First up, YSL joy:

Lancome Blush and Highlighter cushion:

 Bobbi Brown Art Stick:


I don't know if this is new to Chanel but this nail colour is called Espadrilles.
It's enough to make you want to book a holiday and pack nothing but bikinis and nail polish!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Waitrose Ginger & Clementine Bath Foam


£1.50 in the Ocado order and you get masses of orangey bubbles. It's my bargain of the month. I add a few drops of essential oil and a more divine bubble bath you'd be hard to find. There are several other flavours too but I've not sampled them. Lime and Basil sounds good for Summer.

Note: I only ordered this when I had, literally run out of bubble bath. I am sort of sticking to my resolution.

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