May Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

I’m a bit late on May favourites as I visited my family in Latvia. So here it is and there will be more coming in the June one!


I finished my Urban Decay eye primer so I found the Bourjois Eye Primer 24 Hour in Boots and decided to try it.  Its good but it didn’t last 24 hours as claimed but lasted about 8 hours on me. Any eyeshadow product I used went well on top of it. It is a universal colour with a rather good wand applicator. It would be unfair to compare to the Urban Decay but as a budget option it’s rather good.

 The Body Shop Blending Brush is a really good 100% cruelty free brush. it’so soft and easy to use. The slightly domed top is the perfect size that makes it easy to blend into the eye socket. The wooden handle gives it a more luxurious feel and I will buy more of these brushes from Body Shop.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine ‘Red-Y Set, Go!’ is a beautiful sheer red-orange shade. It’s so nice on the lips and it lasts a long time and it looks so juicy on the lips! I can’t stop wearing it.

Max Factor ‘Star Dust Pink’ 615 is the opposite to the Rimmel. It’s a pinky-nude shade. I have been wearing this shade when I have gone for a darker eyeshadow look. I think this type of shade is perfect with a more dramatic eye look and it always looks great. It lasts well as it is a creamy texture.


L’Oreal Micellar Water is good at removing eye makeup.  I don’t use micellar water as a face cleanser, I only use them for the eyes and most importantly it doesn’t sting them It does the job and it’s also reasonably priced.

Balance Me Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser is a  proper creamy cleanser rather than a watery cleanser. It removes makeup well and doesn’t dry the skin out.The skin feels refreshed and smooth afterwards. It didn’t cause any breakouts and therefore quite gentle to the skin. The scent is pleasant too and I really love this.

Super Facialist By Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Brighten & Refine Facial Scrub does not have a great scent! This is a thick creamy consistency  but with a gritty feel to it as well. I wonder if it will be too strong for those who have sensitive skin. Saying all that, it does leave the skin smooth and bright. It’s an excellent choice if you need something instantly to brighten or freshen the skin.

I bought the ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil with a discount code back in March and I have been using every evening before I go to bed. It’s a purifying oil that boosts hydration and to balance excess oils. This oil is good for oily/combination and congested skin types. It has a nice herby scent and I think my skin looks better for using it. It absorbs easily into the skin and hasn’t caused any breakouts. I do love using facial oils, it gives time to work into the skin and there is nothing wrong with using oils in the skin.

I love my hand creams and I have throughly enjoyed Caudalie The Des Vignes Hand Cream. The scent is beautiful and you instantly feel the difference as you rub it into the hands and nails. I love it this hand cream a lot and its my bedtime routine favourite at the moment.

I have tried so many of the OGX range and I have never been disappointed with any of them. OGX Bamboo Fiber-Full Shampoo, Conditioner & Root Booster is another great additions to the range. It gives a lovely squeaky clean feel to the hair but at the same time it boosts volume and bounce to the hair. I attend  to try all the OGX ranges they do..










Latest in Beauty ‘The Red Skincare Edit Beauty Box’.

Hi Everybody,

I recently bought a very interesting beauty box from Latest in Beauty. It was a collaboration between Red magazine and Latest in Beauty. Red ‘s beauty director Annabel Meggeson compiled some of her favourite skincare products and produced this box. I was intrigued by the contents and had to buy it!

There are 11 products in the box and only one I have tried before. The Weleda Skin Food is beloved by me and my husband so we now one one in the travel size! Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm is famous for its naughty name but also it is known to be good for your lips.  I do love to try facial oils so I’m looking forward to trying Aromatherapy Associates Facial Oil. Institut Esthederm Eau Cellulaire Cellular Spray is a multi-purpose spray that you can use to tone the skin before applying skincare or to refresh your complexion through the day. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre is used by many make up artists in the industry, either to remove make up or as a moisturisier. Its best use is as a primer so I am looking forward to trying it.  I am already using the Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum and I am liking it so far. It is light weight serum that absorbs easily into the skin. Elemis Pr0-Collagen Cleansing Balm is the first step to cleanse the skin from make-up and is one of the best. Madara Time Miracle Total Renewal Night Cream is a Latvian product and I am proud that Madara are being recognized. I will review this as it is an interesting product. OM Skincare Cleanse & Glow Konjac Sponge was mentioned By Liz Eldridge in one of her blogs and I keep meaning to try one so this is an ideal opportunity! Sudocream Skin Care Cream is great for spots and breakouts and as I suffer from these, I’m looking forward to trying it to see if it works.  Sali Hughes mentioned the Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum in her April Video and I was bought to buy some when I saw these were in the box so that was all I needed to buy the box. I’ve started these already and I will test them a little longer..

This is a really great box with plenty of different products in them, some may become firm and everyday favourites..


Pure Aesthetic Clinic ‘Diamond Peel Dermabrasion’ Treatment.

Hi Everybody,

I was recently invited to try a skincare treatment by Pure Aesthetic Clinic of Eastbourne. The clinic provides skin, laser and cosmetic treatments in East Sussex. I was lucky enough to meet Dr J H Poul, who is the skincare expert at the clinic and has experience in  Derma fillers, Botox and other specialist treatments the clinic provides.

My treatment was provided by Beatrice Andem, who is an aesthetic practitioner at the clinic and also a great friend! I have never had any treatment like this before so this was unknown territory for me and a little bit nerve-wrecking! There is so many new treatments to the skincare that it is a minefield of what treatments are suitable for you.

Reception /waiting room.


We decided go for the Diamond Peel Dermabrasion which is a non-surgical procedure that removes dead skin cells on the upper part surface of the skin. This is done by using a stainless steel head which contains miniature diamond grains which creates a light abrasion onto the skin. The head moves across the skin and a mild vacuum disposes of the old skin cells. This helps to stimulate skin renewal and collagen.

My no makeup skin before treatment. My skin looks awful!

I was advised not to wear make up and I was given a consulation before treatment to explain everything that would happen. One advantage of going to a clinic like this is that everything is explained in detail so you know exactly what you need to know about the treatment you will be receiving.

Beatrice cleansed my skin and used a peel before using the dermabrasion. Beatrice used Juliette Armand Effectox  skincare range on me before the dermabrasion procedure.

Beatrice using diamond peel dermabrasion on me!

The treatment lasted under an hour but it can be adapted to a person’s individual needs. The dermabrasion included forehead, cheek areas, nose, eye area, jawline,neck and decolletage. I thought it would hurt and I would feel some sensation. But it felt like somebody was hoovering my skin with a light vacuum cleaner! The only thing I did feel was a tingling sensation when the peel was put onto my face but that is completely normal.

After finishing the dermabrasion, a calming mask was applied as redness appeared on my skin. But after a procedure like this that is perfectly normal.

After dermabrasion, as you can see there is slight redness on the upper part of my face. Of course all skin can react differently to the treatment. So nothing to be scared about!

Calming mask applied to face after treatment.

After this treatment you do need to hydrate and protect the skin. Beatrice used a caviar cream and a hyaluronic serum to the face and SPF50. This is important to do to protect the skin as not to waste the treatment and its benefits!

My skin after treatment completed. As you can see my skin is less red, glows and radiates!

I did ask a few questions after treatment.

Q- How often do you recommend this treatment?

A – Every 2/3 weeks and 6-10 courses can be taken.

Q- What aftercare advice do you recommend after treatment?

A- SPF30 or 50. Good quality serum and to moisturise.

Q- What age group can have this treatment?

A- Over 18 but it depends on the skin of the person or the needs of that person

This was an amazing experience and I did feel the benefits of the treatment. My skin did feel dry for a few days but moisturizing is a must.  This kind of treatment is a perfect introduction to non-surgical skin care and the benefits are considerable as you can add this kind of treatment to your improve your skin appearance and condition.

The price is £60.00 for this treatment.

For my information, go to the website (details at the bottom) or contact: or 01323 487231 for further details.


Escada ‘Fiesta Carioca’ EDT!

Hi Everyone,

It’s been a while since I posted as I have been busy but now I’m back to writing about beauty and perfumes!

Escada Fiesta Carioca is the summer fragrance for 2017 and celebrates 25 years of summer editions from them. This new fragrance is designed as a’cocktail of passion’inspired by exotic fruit and flowers. The packaging is typical Escada for the summer editions: fun, colourful and joyful. You want to have a fiesta and a bit of boogie dance!

The scent is a sweet, fruity cocktail of raspberries and passion fruit. The floral heart is jasmine, violets and orange blossom and I can also feel the vanilla, cedar wood and a hint of musk which gives warmth to the fragrance. People do say it is doesn’t last but I think for summer you don’t want anything too heavy and I can still feel this on my clothes or scarf the next day.

I love the summer editions from Escada. They are fun, flirty and girly fragrances. It gives you the feeling of happiness when you go on holiday..

Looking forward to another 25 years of summer editions..


April Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

Time flies so quickly by doesn’t it? Here are my April favourites.


The Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream is a beautifully scented, milky cream. It is a gentle cleansing cream with camellia, macadamia and jojoba oils combined with extracts of oat kernels and wheatgerm. It is so nourishing and soft on the skin. I wish I had bought it before!

The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover is a perfect product to try if you have sensitive skin as it doesn’t irritate or sting the eye area. It  doesn’t have much of a scent and it is a gentle make up remover and I do like to remove my make up separately from cleansing the face.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Glow Scrub is made up of three types of clay: Kaolin, Montmorillonite and Ghassoul. The red algae is for brightening the skin. It is a very unusually scrub as your face turns a brick red colour when massaged into the skin. It is not a strong abrasive texture, more creamier but you do feel some grittiness. After rinsing you do feel and see the difference straight away. The skin looks brighter. I do like this.

Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm is a multi purpose cream so you can use this as a daily moisturizer or as a make up primer. I have used this as a primer and I did notice the difference when I didn’t apply it. My skin looked matte when I didn’t use it but when I applied it the skin glowed and looked juicy! The texture is unusual as it feels like a thick sticky texture but once rubbed into the skin it melts in to it. A lovely product to use.


Max Factor Velvet Matte Lipstick in the colour ‘Nude 05’ is a nude light brown colour. I’m not a great fan of matte lipsticks that much as I do prefer glossy, juicy lipsticks. Occasionally it is nice to have a matte texture lipstick and this one is a good one. It applies easily and it didn’t dry my lips. Stayed on my lips for a good time.

Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara has one problem. The stupid round ball at the end is too big and ruins the application of the mascara ny smudging the mascara onto the eyelids. Saying that when applied to the lashes it does elongate and separate them nicely. A good budget mascara.

I have used 3  new make up brushes.  The Barry M eyeshadow brush is a rounded ended brush which applies very nicely the eye shadows over the lids and socket. It is a soft easy to use brush for the eyes. I can’t find anymore of the brushes from Barry M, where have they gone? When I visited the Professional Beauty show, I bought 2 brushes from Crown to try. The C138 Round Crease Brush which fits perfectly into the crease of the eye socket and is a perfect brush for shadowing.  The C511 Blending Brush is a perfect copy of the MAC 217 brush. The difference is that the Mac has slightly softer bristles. Both do a great job for blending eyeshadows. The Crown is a much more reasonable price compared to the MAC and who will notice the difference when the make up is applied!




Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Kit ‘ The Femme-Fatale’.

Hi Everybody,

Every girl should try red lips. Its sexy, passionate and a classic look.

The limited edition Kevyn Aucoin Expert Lip Kit ‘Femme-Fatale was created to make ‘wow factor ‘lips with three easy to use products to create the classic red lip look.


The three products are the Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in ‘Cerise’, the Expert Lip Colour in ‘Carliana’ and the Lip Gloss in ‘Pasiflora’. The lip pencil is a red raspberry colour, the lipstick is a blue toned red and the lip gloss is a very sheer colour to give a real gloss finish.  From these three colours you can create a matte lip or a gloss look.  Within the box you have a step-by-step guide or you can create your own look. All three products are good but I have tried using the lip gloss on its own and it was too sheer and only gave a glossy look to your lip so no real colour was seen.

I love red lip and this kit is a handy with easy to use products to re-create that look.




Beauty Pie!

Hi Everybody,

A lot of talk was generated about Beauty Pie when it was launched earlier this year. Could a company rely on its products to be as good as the big names of the make up industry for a fraction of the price and without the label? We all love the prestige and the status of labels but could it alter our way of buying? I am not a big fan of buying make up online as I love to visit shops and testing them there and then!

Beauty Pie is about offering ‘factory prices’ for make up at a fraction of the mark up price. To benefit from the ‘factory prices’ you need to join from £10 per month or you can buy at the full price. You can shop for up to £100 worth of makeup and skincare each month, up to your yearly limit. The value of the products you can buy every month is called your shopping allowance.

After much choosing and debating I finally purchased several items. The packaging is simple.  Black plastic but the quality is adequate as you would find with any products in Boots. But it is not about packaging but how good are the products?

From top: lipstick, blush, eyebrow pencil & highlighter

I bought Smart Powder Blush in ‘Daydreamer’ which is a peachy pink tone with slight shimmer. It lasted all day and is a beautiful colour. There is a good amount of blush and I love the fact it had a mirror and the whole thing is nicely compact.

Triple Beauty Liquid Luminizer in ‘Golden Swirl’ is a beautiful golden highlighter and you can use it to multi task as well as you can use it as an eye shadow. I find it lasted very well and I like that it is a subtle colour without the chunky glitter. I was really impressed by this.

 The Super Brow Precision Pencil ‘Perfect Brown’ was a risky buy as I wasn’t sure if the colour would match. Other pencils I have tried gave a crumbly effect which I found annoying. This however looked great and the colour was a perfect match. The point is so tiny you can fill all the gaps and draw the line more precisely. On the end there is a tiny brush to brush the eyebrows which is very handy.

Lipsticks are so tricky to buy online because the colour isn’t exactly the same as when viewed on the internet. Futurelipstick satin lipstick in the colour ‘Puff of Pink’ is a bit darker as shown on the website. It did last all day even when I had lunch, I barely had to retouch it. It didn’t dry my lips or left any white residue on them and  it didn’t even crumble either. There is a little less product compared to some of my other lipsticks..

Uber Volume Boost Mascara in ‘Jet Black’  has a lovely small curved bristle brush which is good to use and is a good size. Other mascaras I have used  is that when you open a fresh mascara I have found it to be wet and doesn’t do what it should straight away! This one was good to use from the first application. It grabs the eye lashes easily and lengthens and separates them well with a slight volume but you have to build it up to get the volume. So far it hasn’t smudged the eyes when used throughout the day but I still need to give it a longer test to be sure.

My thoughts on Beauty Pie? So far I have been happy with the products and have been impressed by the quality of them. I will be happy to experiment more with other products from Beauty Pie and I am looking forward to trying more make up and the new skincare range. So far so good, Beauty Pie…