Hope everybody had a wonderful St Valentine’s day and you were spoiled by your loved ones!
I do like BarryM nail vanishes, I always find them great value, a wonderful range of colours and very good quality. I decided to try from their Speedy Quick Dry range in the colour ‘Supersonic’. Its’ a bright royal blue with purple/pink shimmer.
I applied Mavala base coat and then I applied 2 coats of the colour. You do need to apply a minimum of 2 coats as the first coat is a little sheer but 2 coats is perfect. It dries very quickly and I then Sally Hansen top coat to finish it off.
It did a last a good week on me without major chipping. I was really impressed by the finish and the colour of it. The colour really stands out, it reminded me of the colour the character Sonic the Hedgehog was! Supersonic indeed!!
This is my third post on Mascaras which shows the importance of them to me! Every year there is always something new in Mascaras. A new brand, a new ‘improved’ version.
One thing I have learned about mascaras is that I never go by first impressions. I always give them a good trial to see if they work. One thing I dislike about certain blogs is that they try them once and say ‘it’s no good’, ‘it doesn’t do what they say’. You can’t do that. Mascaras need to be used for a good week before you can come up with a opinion.
These are the six I tried in 2017.
Maybelline ‘The Falsies Push up Drama Mascara’ has a rubbery brush with small bristles. It gave good depth and volume and opened the eyes OK. It was clumpy on the lashes so I did have to work quickly with it.
Max Factor ‘False Lash Epic’ Mascara has a very disappointing brush which I didn’t like at all. Plasticky and a prickly ball at the end. If you are not careful you could prick your eye out! It separated and elongated the lashes OK but I did find that at the end of the day, I had dark eyes underneath.
Revlon ‘Volume+Length Magnified’ Mascara has a bristle brush which was very good. The formula is thicker than the Maybelline or Max Factor mascaras. I did have a little smudge under the eyes but I really liked the volume and length from this mascara. This was my first Revlon mascara from the new range and I have to say I was quite impressed and I will have to look at the other mascaras from their range.
Beauty Pie ‘Uber Volume Boost’ Mascara has a small curved bristle brush. It gave good volume and length to the lashes. It grabbed the lashes well and only gave a slight smudge to the eyes at the end of the day. A good everyday budget option.
Beauty Pie ‘Uber Curl Drama’ Mascara has a small curved bristle brush. I found this to be a perfect size to use on the eyes. Not to big as some can be. It really settled the curl and lasted very well throughout the day. At the members prices I don’t think you can go wrong with either of the Beauty Pie mascaras.
Smashbox ‘Full Exposure’ Mascara has a large, almost too large, bristle brush. I wasn’t sure about this mascara. I used it for longer than normal and found you had to work carefully as you can easily smudge the upper lid! With technique it really gave depth and volume to the lashes. I have never tried Smashbox mascaras and this was a great one to start with.
New year and new mascaras started already!
I always love reading books, especially beauty related books! I haven’t posted any book reviews since April so I needed to post my thoughts on them! Here are two books I have read recently.
I was really excited when I saw Bobbi Brown’s new book, ‘Beauty From The Inside Out’ was coming out. I love her books, her knowledge and passion is infectious. Her new book reveals the secrets to radiant beauty . It doesn’t just cover makeup or skin but also food, exercise, confidence and your wellbeing. It’s more of a lifestyle guide with her thoughts on life but it also asks various experts on different subjects their views. Its about being beautiful and happy on the inside as well as the outside. It’s a well written, easy to understand read and I keep coming back to this for ideas and inspiration.
Dr Trevor Cates Clean Skin from Within presents guidelines and recipes to transform your skin from the inside out. First of all, she is a spa doctor that she writes about the difference between being a Spa Doctor and a Dermatologist!She explains the why of what’s happening to our skin and how we can change it by eating a balance diet. What you put into your gut can affect your skin. The book has two major chapters. The first part is about the approach to the skin and the second part is the two week plan. You do have to be willing and have a lot of determination and strength of character to do the program. This is a very interesting book with a different approach to your skin’s wellbeing. If you are concerned about your skin and are willing to do the program, I think this book is a great resource to learn from by a leading expert in the field.
The French fashion house which fosters casual, boho and rock styles with typical French elegance, presented their new his & hers perfumes in September 2016.
The female bottle is white and the male version is black. I like the bottle design, simple frosted design with one side is chopped like a piece of ice. When put together the two bottles merge into one. I like that.
The female scent for a mass-market perfume. It is a musky, woody feminine fragrance with combined with a cloud of sweetness. The opening is clean and fresh with the pink peppercorns and jasmine. The dry down is creamy vanilla, chestnut with a touch of powder. Added to this is the Sandalwood which gives it depth. longevity is excellent. you only need a little spray as it could be a little heady for some people. I can still smell it on my clothes the following day.
The male version is smoky, woody and with the grapefruit, a subtle citrus scent. I also feel the spiciness of black pepper and the sweetness of vanilla which is there but not overbearing. Longevity is also excellent.I can still smell it on my husband’s neck hours afterwards. This is a sexy scent for a man and I love it when my husband wears it. Its HIS scent I think!
Happy New Year to everybody. Thank you to everybody who is supporting and reading my blog, it means a lot to me and I look forward to writing more in 2018 even though I might be distracted this year.
I bought the Stila ‘Written in the Stars’ liquid eyeshadow set when I saw them in Marks & Spencer’s and I had to have the kit. The colours were beautiful, wearable and glittery. Perfect for me!
They are glitter liquid eyeshadows which make them easy to apply, quick drying and mess free! To top it all, they are nicely pigmented. There are three mini colours; Diamond Dust is a silver colour with multi-coloured flecks of iridescent sparkle and glitter. Kitten Karma is a rose/copper colour with flecks of silver and copper. Smoky Storm is a medium brown colour with gold and silver glitter flecks.
I did blend ‘Diamond Dust‘ over my eyelids and used ‘Smoky Storm‘ on the corners and then blended together and it looked fantastic. I had no drop out and they stayed on all day with no issues. No creasing over the eyelids either and that is important for me when using eye shadows. The only thing to remember is that it will take a little longer to remove after the day but who cares when the effect is so stunning on the eyes!
I love this set. The colours are so wearable and I will use them continuously over the year everyday and for special occasions.
Christmas is coming, are we all ready for the festive time? Presents bought?
I have recently been wearing a new Nails Inc nail polish, Superfood Boost with Sweet Almond oil & Matcha. The new range consists of four shades: Cornwall Gardens, Gloucester Crescent,King William Walk and the one I am reviewing, Mayfair Market. The shade is formulated with a sweet almond oil base and enriched with Matcha powder which gives a powerful antioxidant. This moisture booster is good for nail health and protection. This came in the beauty box I purchased and ‘Mayfair Market’ is a rich, gorgeous copper colour.
When Nails Inc updated the ranges they also improved the brushes. The brush is excellent: a doddle to apply the nail colour with the brush. The colour is so pigmented, you only need to apply one layer of polish. I, of course, applied my usually two coats to give it an even more stronger, dramatic look.
It did last a good week with no noticeable chipping or fading of the colour. It’s hard to say if the antioxidant ingredients worked so I really need to wear it often, possibly for a month, to see if does improve my nails.
Nails Inc always come up with something different and this new range with the added nail protection looks like a winner to me.
From left: Honey Sheen, Sheer Rose and Sparkling Quartz.
I saw this cute little Christmas set in Marks & Spencers recently and I had to try it. I’ve tried make up before but never tried lip products from them.
This set is for women who want a plumper look to the lips but don’t want a dramatic look. It is a glossy lip plumper which you can wear on its own or over your lipstick. There is three colours in the set, all of which are subtle, soft shades. ‘Sparkling Quartz’ which is a sheer, iridescent, clear, sparkling shade. ‘Honey Sheen’ is a golden nude shade. ‘Sheer Rose’ is a dusty shade of brown. There is a peppermint tingling effect when you apply them on the lips. It gives a cool freshness to the lips but it does disappear over the day. They do look nice on the lips when applied over the lipstick. It does give a plumpness to the lips. On its own and you want a minimal make up look, the lips don’t feel naked and they do look fuller. Also my lips didn’t feel irritated or dry afterwards which is also a bonus.
For £12.50 the set is good value and 3 nice,easy to wear shades that should be good for all women.