My Thoughts On The New Revlon Mascaras
Revlon as a beauty brand has in recent years not been my first port of call when it came to buying new make up. It is a well establish brand but for me it was really for the middle aged woman. It recently came to my attention while filling in a questionnaire that I had jumped a whole age bracket! It was only then I realized that I am that middle aged woman now!! It stills shocks me on how quick age can just creep up on you and before you know it your stepping into a whole new age bracket on some questionnaire form!. Lately though Revlon has really up their game by having the likes of Michelle Keegan and Youtube sensation Tanya Burr endorse their products to appeal to a more younger audience. I decided to I picked up the new Revlon Mascaras. There are five in the new range. Only two of them really spoked to me and that was the Revlon Ultimate All in one Mascara and the Revlon Volume + Length Magnifide. I really like the packaging on these mascaras I think Revlon really hit the spot with this. Their colour coded which gives them inviduallity. The brushes are all different too which adds to what each mascara can do.
Revlon Ultimate All In One Mascara (The RED One)
The first mascara Revlon Ultimate All In One Mascara says 5 benefits volume,length,definition,lift and intense colour. Revlon Power Mini Brush
Unique mini oval shape designed to reach every lash, Hollow core designed to deposit formula for mega lash impact is what Revlon boasts in their campaign.
After using this mascara I can confirm for me the smaller brush does deposit a lot of product onto the lashes and reaches even the most tiniest ones. Great for doing the lower lashes. So for me that is good, my only gripe, which is a shame, is that the mascara flakes. By midday I had flecks of dried mascara on my face. The formula is still wet, its not dried at all, which that is what happens when your mascara dries out. I was so disappointed because in all other areas its a great mascara, but dried flecks of mascara on your face just is not cool. Saying all this I am still using it, but making sure I check my face regularly for rogue mascara flakes!.
Revlon Volume + Length Magnified (The BLUE One)
High shine black fiber formula provides amplified volume and length, Revlon Magnifying Lash Brush Square brush designed to anchor formula to lashes for intense volume+ length, so boasts this mascara.
My view is a little different though. I was very keen on this one as for me Length is everything in a mascara. Sadly this did not lengthen my lashes noticeably but it did add volume and made my lashes look FAT. This is the weird bit, it didn’t flake like the other mascara. Obviously a different formula to the other one. So to keep using these both I have taken to putting the All In One on first then giving a coat of the Volume+Length over the top hey presto ‘No Flakes’. What can I say, I do not like waste!
So, I really wanted to love these mascaras, as the most of Revlons products are brilliant but these sadly are just lacking for me. I hope you found this review useful. Have you tried these mascaras yet? Did you have the same problem as me? Please let me know in the comments below.
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This is a long over due review on my MAC Lipstick collection. My collection is not due to an addiction but to the need of choice in my make up kit. Lets be honest you never can have enough different shades of that Bridal Nude. Here are some of my favourite MAC Lipsticks.
My MAC Lipsticks
Mac Lipstick Please Me Matte is a muted rosey pink. This is a great spring colour. Its a nice creamy matte that is not too drying as some mattes can be. I like to team this colour with a purple/grey smokey eye.
Mac Lipstick Creme Cup Cremesheen is a light blue pink and looks fantastic with those of us with blue or green eyes. I like to line my lips with Mac spice lipliner and then pat this into the middle for that Kylie Jenner pout.
Mac Lipstick Blankety Amplified is a soft beige pink and is probably my favourite. This shade is a perfect Nude lip. I don’t know many people that don’t suit this lipstick. This is another Nude that would work with the whole Kyle Jenner craze thats going on at the moment.
Mac Lipstick Mehr Matte is a dirty blue pink. Teaming this lipstick with Mac Soar lip liner gives a great plummy tone to it. I wear this more in Autumn/Winter time as its a great seasonal transitional shade. The Matte in this is not too drying either which only adds to the appeal of this lipstick.
Patisserie Lustre is a sheer creamy neutral pink and is another favourite of mine. This is such a Bridal colour. Most brides have chosen this shade as it typically ties in with the whole natural, well polished and just a better version of yourself that all of us girls want to look like on our wedding day. Its very creamy and stays put on the lips for a normal amount of time.
Myth Satin is a light neutral nude and is a very popular shade, which is perfect to use to create the classic Kim Kardashian Nude Lip that people lust after. This is the lipstick for that job. Its also good at creating an ombre effect. I line my lips with a dark lip liner and fill in the corners then push this lip colour into the centre of the lips and blend the edges.
Honeylove Matte light beige toned with a hint of rose to it. A very pretty colour which looks great with sandy, blonde or copper gold colour hair, more for the warmer toned hair ladies. Its not my fav any more, because I change my hair colour like the wind and it doesn’t suit me at the moment. It also has seen better days as you can see in the picture as it has been ravaged by my two year old.
Rebel Satin is a cream plum and is a perfect shade for Autumn/Winter. I always break out this bad boy when this season comes around. I like to team this with Mac Nightmoth lip liner as they really compliment each other and give that Gothic Lip.
Ladybug Lustre is a yellow tomato colour. Its such a strong power colour and looks great with winged eye liner and contoured cheeks. Be careful though with this colour as it can on some people make your teeth look yellow due to the undertone in it, you have been warned!.
Peach Blossom Cremesheen is a frosted cool tone and looks lovely as a natural sheen to the lip giving a peachy, pinky tone to the lips.
So there you go my kit collection of some of my Mac Lipsticks. I haven’t included my palettes this time but if you want to see those also let me know in the comments below. What is your favourite shade or if you recommend any colours I should add to my kit I would love to hear from you.
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The Best Jeans Ever
It came to my attention recently that a pair of good black jeans is a staple in anyone’s wardrobe. My quest for the ideal black Jean was not going well is an understatement! Since having my children my body shape has changed considerably. With that in mind I have had to really think about what style I need to get. So here is my dilemma I have skinny legs, small hips but I have a jelly belly! I’m not ashamed to admit that my stomach could do with a little attention. I have had three children and three C-Sections in the last eight years. What can I say it’s a work in progress, but for now it’s with me and I have to take it into consideration when purchasing any of my clothes to make sure they work for me.
The Hunt For The Best Jeans Ever
Over the last few years I have bought three pairs of Black Jeans and each time they loose their shape or fade and they are always so long! Even when I have bought a 30 ins length they are still a good 3 ins too long. So after wasting all that money I decided enough is enough I will spend a little more and get something that will last. This is where I turn too a brand that I have been wearing for over 20 years. It is one of my favourite Jeans maker, Levis. Over the years Levi always seems to evolve and move with the fast pace of fashion and keep bringing great pieces over, and over again. I was visiting Manchester and decided today would be the day to take the plunge. Now by no stretch of the imagination this is not a eye watering sum of money, but for me to splurge any amount on myself when you have a family is hard to curb the ‘mum guilt’.
Found Best Jeans Ever
When I tried on the Jeans I knew that these were the one, Levis 711 Skinny Jeans. They are tight but comfy, stretchy but when you bend there are no imprints left in the knees. The material is soft and thick and very robust. They flatter and hold all day long. The science bit is the material contains 1% Elastane. Elastane is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. Elastane thus is a prerequisite for fashionable or functional apparel such as supportive underwear which is intended to cling to the body, while at the same time remaining comfortable. So we could say that these Jeans are like a Spandex for your bottom, thighs and legs!!. They truly are “The Best Jeans Ever”. If that wasn’t enough, Levi’s also offer a in house alterations service. So my jeans could be fitted to my ideal leg length.
Styling My Levi’s
I have styled my Levis four different ways to show how versatile these Jeans are, which in turn makes them such an essential item in your wardrobe. Let the styling BEGIN!
H&M Grey Hoody, Black Leather Jacket (oldie) and trusty old Converse.
Next White Shirt, Topshop Grey Skinny Rib, Black Carvela Court Shoes.
What do you think? Would you try any of these styles? Let me know, leave your comments below. I would be thrilled if you would follow me on my social media channels. Click on the links below.
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Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray
We decided in the salon that we would start the Hair Heroes Series by championing a product every eight weeks. We will show you how to use it, what is does, and why you need it in your life. The first product we have chosen is the Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray.
This Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray gives every girl or boy the ‘lift off’ your hair needs. When I hear the words ‘thickening’, I think I don’t need this, my hair is Thick enough, but lets be honest who ever didn’t want a little more va va vroom in their hair. There is nothing quite like creating hair envy when you enter the room and you have BIG, Voluminous hair. What’s great about this product is that its been designed to be used in any type of hair that wants this kind of oomph by spraying the product to different sections of the hair to give you different results.
To achieve a tousled, fuller look, spray in sections on damp hair where you want to achieve fullness and body, then blow-dry (with a hair-dryer with a nozzle on!) the roots until they are smooth. Then twirl sections around your finger to give a loose wave and movement to the hair. When my hair is dry, I put about a penny size piece of Bumble and bumble Contour Cream to smooth the ends and amplify the mid-length and ends. I love how big I can get my hair to be with this product. No more listless lank hair. Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray gives hair life and fullness and gives you your mojo back!.
This product comes in a 250ml bottle for £22.00 or Travel size 50ml for £9.50. What ever your budget there is something that could fit for you. If you haven’t tried this product yet, I would highly recommend it, you wont be disappointed. Let me know if you have tried the range and what you think in the comments below. I would be thrilled if you would follow me on my social media channels. Click on the links below.
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I think every man and his dog has one of these in their make up arsenal, what am I talking about, Yes Micellar Cleansing water. Back in the day it was something that only make-up artists would use the pricey Micellar Cleansing Water– Bioderma. Then the drugstore brought it to everyone. To be fair why should make-up artists have all the tricks. Far better to share the know how and for all to benefit. I have been giving the 3 main drugstore alternatives a fair go and it surprised me how they all have a slight difference, let me elaborate.
Nivea Sensitive 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing water
I picked this one up when it was on offer at the local supermarket as it is more pricey than the other Micellar Cleansing Water. It worked really well at removing make-up and water-proof eye make-up as well. This product in my opinion is perfect if you have a delicate skin as it is such a gentle formula. It contains 200ml and the packaging is inoffensive. It really is the formula that sets it apart with Dexpanthenol ( relieves dry skin) and grape seed oil (controls moisture in the skin) included really boosts it power in being gentle on the skin.
Simple has always been a great range that is really kind to the skin. Its effects are very similar to the Nivea Micellar Cleansing Water apart from, it took a couple of goes to remove water-proof eye make-up. It contains 200ml as well, but I just felt the Nivea Micellar Cleansing Water just had that little extra edge.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I reviewed this when it first came out back in April last year and had it in My favourites in July as well. So to say This is my FAVOURITE is an under statement. It removes make-up, Waterproof Eye Make-up, and does what it says on the bottle. It’s a whopping 400ml in this bottle, that’s 200 uses at least. Great value for money! So for price point it blows the other two out of the water. There is a draw back, and I only noticed this because of using the other two. It is a little drying, in the way that your face can start to feel a little tight if you are not swift about slapping on the moisturiser, but for me that is my only quarrel that I have with it. For me The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is the best on the market.
So there you are, my favourite Micellar Cleansing Water. Have you tried any of the Micellar Cleansing Waters that are on the market at the moment? I would love to hear from you. I would be thrilled if you would follow on my social media channels. Click on the links below.
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January Sales Picks
I have finally got round to writing about My January Sales Picks. If you play your cards right and do your homework before you go shopping in the sales, you are guaranteed to get in and get out in one piece! I have been formulating a capsule wardrobe for a while, so I have a list of items of clothes that I would like to add and these two were way up the top of my list.
My first January Sales Picks is this gorgeous Faux Fur Gilet from George @ Asda (similar). It was in the sale and when I tried it on it felt RIGHT. I was looking for a Gilet to wear for those occasions when a big old thick coat would just hinder you. For example clothes shopping, I don’t know whether it is an unspoken rule that retailers have (it certainly wasn’t back in my day ) to have the changing rooms at a tropical mid 90deg! I regularly get hot and irritable when this happens and I think it just ruins the experience, especially if it’s valuable baby free time. So the Gilet is perfect for this as you can pop it on and still have the warmth but it’s light enough, and with it being sleeveless they act like air vents allowing air to flow freely. Great little piece that will take you through to Spring.
I teamed this outfit with a Navy Fedora from H&M (similar) , black skinny jeans from Primark, Bardot Boots from Topshop and a navy polar neck from Zara. Oh yeah and The Rucksack. This is my second January Sale Pick. This is such a different direction for me but it makes you feel alive if you try something that scares you each day. O.k maybe that saying wasn’t applying to bags, but to get the idea. This bag made me feel like I was a teenager again. When I bought the ‘baby home’ my husband and I had a full blown discussion on how we would have held the bag back in the day. One strap over one shoulder, holding by the top handle and my favourite towards the end of my time at High School, both straps on both shoulders! This bag made so much sense to me now as I had been using a more constructed bag of late, but couldn’t fit hardly anything in it. I have also got rid of the baby’s bag a few months ago and replaced it with a Peppa Pig, which the bubs loves, but I am not down with carrying a dressed pig about!. So I thought a Rucksack would give me enough space to fit my stuff and his juice cup nappy and wipes. This Rucksack is from Marks and Spencer their Autograph range which comes out with a few simple, well made staple pieces, and this is one of them. Real leather and has gold hardware, simple but effective. Sadly they have sold out but I have put a similar one here.
The Fleck Marl Joggers
My final January Sales Picks is these ‘smart’ Joggers. I have been looking for these for about 9 months now, when I found this pair which took me by surprise where I found them. They are from Marks and Spencer Lounge wear! Yes they are Pyjamas!! They are a Fleck Grey Marl with a black waist band and black ankle cuffs. They are so comfy, obviously! but throw a pair of heels and a suit jacket and you are good for work. Put them with hi tops and a leather jacket as (seen above) or even a pair of shoe boots would work well too. I love these because they are so versatile. These are also out of stock but I found a great alternative here.
These were my January sales picks. What did you pick up in the sales? Any great bargains? I would love to hear from you. Please leave your comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
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Hello and welcome back to my blog. I am pumped after having some well needed time off! That’s what I should be saying but I didn’t as we were frantically decorating and re-modernizing our New Hair Salon! It’s been an exciting couple of weeks but exhausting, I am now looking forward to getting back to some normality and do what I enjoy doing, chatting to you guys! I thought I would kick off January with what Beauty products have stayed in my Make-up bag and that I use regularly. So lets get on with it.
My Beauty Staples
My first Beauty staple is My Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette. I reviewed this back in May and I have used it everyday. I love the pigmentation of all the colours. I use the three lighter shades to set my highlighting and then contour with all three of the darker shades. It really is a super palette and well worth the price tag. It is a firm favourite for me and will be staying in my Make-up bag for Now!.
My second Beauty staple is my Loreal Infalliable foundation. I reviewed this back in July and have used it continuously since. I know there has been mixed reviews on this product and at times I did find it a little drying as it is a matt foundation, but I overcame this by putting a little highlighter cream or couple drops of facial oil, just to give the product a little workability. I feel this foundation gives such a nice cover for the price point and it has a nice feel to it, definitely worth a try.
My Third Beauty Staple is Maybelline Brow drama. I bought this back in June and I instantly found it to be a gem of a eyebrow product. It has been a firm favourite in my make up bag, and has taken a fair beating as you can see from the packaging! The colour is spot on. Normally the colours for blondes can be on the warm side, but most people are on the cooler side. I need not of fretted as this one has a great cool tone and works well in not only taming the brows but also giving them a little definition.
My Fourth Beauty Staple is another Maybelline product and that is the Master Precise liquid eyeliner. It took me weeks to get hold of this product as it was always sold out at my local Boots and Superdrug. Then a trip to Manchester City Centre and I was able to get my hands on this fantastic liner, I actually bought two so as not to run out anytime soon. The nib is super fine so you can easily achieve your winged liner. Also the durability and inkness is really good quality for the price point. If you are in the market for a liner, give this one ago.
My Fifth Beauty Staple is MAC Paint Pot in the shade Painterly. I use this everyday to prime my eyelids to help make them ready for shadow. I have quite blue veined and oily eyelids, so I really need a base to hide all this. This product has no problem doing this and leaves a smooth blank canvas for me to work on. It is a little pricey and I believe that Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo has something similar so that might be worth a try. With that all being said I still think it is well worth the money as I have had mine for at least 18 months and it is still going strong.
My Sixth and Seventh Beauty Staple is Illamasqua Pencil in Vow and Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. I will talk about the Illamasqua Eye Colouring Pencil in Vow. I use this pencil to line inside my water line when it is red from lack of sleep (joys of having three children). Its durability is brilliant and I love the creamy, pinky tone it has as it really makes your eyes look natural. I also use this to go under my brows to frame or carve them out and it gives them a well needed structure. The Real Techniques Miracle Sponge is a stonking good dupe for the Beauty Blender. Mine is a little battered as you can see from the picture, as my two year old son thought it was a teething toy!. The material is obviously a little different but it really holds its own for only £6.99. If you want to get back into sponges (which I recommend you do) then give this one ago first to see how you like the finish it gives.
My Eighth and Ninth Beauty Staple is Real Techniques Setting Brush and Bold Metal Range 100. The setting brush is just the right size to set your under eye make up or to place highlighter on the cheek bones. For me I have to have this with me for touching up on the go. The Bold Metals brush is a luxurious treat. It’s a soft, plumped brush that is weighted to give you more control over the brush. I use this to buff my foundation in and to add blusher or bronzer. Gorgeous brush.
So there are my Beauty Staples for 2015. These items are firmly in my make-up bag and I just think they all have so many uses.
What has been your beauty favourites for 2015? Are there any you think I should try? I would love to know, please leave your comments below. Also don’t forget to keep up with all my goings on, on all my social media.
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