I love mascaras. Mascaras lift your eyes and makes them pop! I always feel that my eyes are naked without it as they can totally change your look.
I have had a stash of mascaras which I have used and finally I can write about them! Some good, some not so good.
Tanya Burr Cosmetic Selfie Lash has a rubber wand made of small rubber bristles. The brush is small and slightly rounded but flexible and is easy to work with. It elongates the lashes and you can build up the mascara for a more dramatic look. It lasted for quite a long time during the day and only at the end of the day did I notice some slight smudging. I did like it and very reasonably priced too.
No7 Extreme Length Waterproof Mascara is the only waterproof mascara I tried. The wand is a simple and straight lade from a rubber material and is quite spiky. It separates and elongates your lashes very nicely. It stayed quite well for the day and to remove it you need to use waterproof eye make up remover. A very good everyday mascara.
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Water resistant has a small, fat rubber wand with small bristles. It was not water resistant at all. It gives a natural wet look which I didn’t like and it gave me no volume or length. I was not very impressed with this mascara so a big let down.
Max Factor Dark Magic Instant Dramatic Volume Mascara has a strange wavy bristle wand. I presume it was designed to give the mascara more volume to your lashes. It did leave the lashes with a heavy, dramatic look. Obviously it didn’t separate the eyelashes. A downside for me was that it dried up in the tube quite quickly. It was an OK mascara but I won’t be buying it again.
YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils has a small, slightly rounded bristled wand. This gave a beautiful look to the lashes, volume and length were fantastic. It built up easily with the easy to use wand. It was effortless to get the ideal look for my eyes. The stand out mascara I used over the time.
The YSL was excellent and the best but then so it should be. The Tanya Burr and the No 7 for the tighter budget were very good too use and great everyday products.
Thankfully we are all different and every person has a different view on what the mascara should do for their eyes.
My sister knows me very well. We always talk about beauty, skincare and trying new products. I was very lucky to have been bought from her for my birthday a gift box of Rituals Ayurveda products so this was a lovely present to try something from their range that I have never used before.
The gift box had four products to try; A foaming shower gel, shower oil, body cream and a natural dry oil for body and hair.
The shower gel comes out clear but when you start washing yourself it becomes a thick foam. It has a lovely sweet scent of Indian rose and sweet almond. Your skin feels clean and beautifully scented.
The shower oil has the same gorgeous scent and when you apply it feels luxurious. The oil leaves the skin so smooth.
The body cream is quite interesting. It absorbs instantly into the skin and you don’t feel any greasiness or stickiness. The Indian rose and Himalayan honey scent is very strong so not everybody will like it but I do!
The natural dry oil has a slightly different scent as it has only the sweet almond oil and basil which is an unusual combination. I haven’t tried it on my hair as I have oils for that but on the body it felt gorgeous on my skin.It absorbed easily into my skin and my skin felt very smooth. My legs feel dry so this helped to hydrate them and my body. Like other oils you only need a tiny amount for your skin so very long lasting.
I have really enjoyed using this range. I have tried several other products from Rituals and I’ve never been disappointed by anything I’ve tried. They feel luxurious, excellent quality and a perfect gift for anyone.
I hope everyone had a happy St Valentine’s day and love is around everyday in your life. Of course you don’t want dry and chapped lips as you want to do lots of kissing but also for everyday life for hydrating your pout!
I have been using 3 new lip products lately and I have been loving them. The first one I have been using is the Nivea Watermelon Shine. I always keep this one in my jacket when I go out with my son. This is made with natural oils. This is in a stick format and it really smells of watermelon. It leaves the lips with a slight tint and I have found that it hydrates the lips and moisturizes them. The formula melts into your lips and it just works perfectly.
The second lip product is Rabot 1745 Peach Chocolat Lip Balm from Hotel Chocolat. Hotel Chocolat is a high-street chain of chocolate shops here in the UK. They also sell beauty products and I had to try one of their products. This come in a small, chunky bamboo pot. It is made with almond oil, cacao butter, beeswax and rosemary leaf extract. I leave this on my bedside table and use it before I gone to bed. This one does smell of peaches! It is very hydrating and the lips are nicely moisturized when I use this one. It is a clear balm so it leaves a subtle shine to the lips.
The last one is Lypsyl Luxurious Vanilla comes in a cute compact with a mirror! I have found this to be very handy. The balm is excellent. The lips are nourished and hydrated as it uses Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and shea butter. It is also SPF 15. You can really feel the difference. They have 2 more in the range so I will have to try them too!
They are all lovely products, reasonably priced and my lips are so kissable all year round!
Sarah Jessica Parker has a love affair: Its not shoes but fragrance. In her life and travels she has sought scents and smells, bringing home oils and perfumes that have inspired her to create her own scents.
“One of the first things I bought as a young adult who was earning my own money was a fragrance.”
This quote reminds me of what I first did when I came to Great Britain. With my first pay I went out and bought Nina Ricci ‘Ricci Ricci’. My love affair with perfume had started.
I bought Covet because I loved the TV advertisement. SJP sees a bottle of Covet perfume and kicks the window in with her Christian Louboutin heels and before she can pick the bottle up she is arrested by the police shouting ‘I had to have it! I love it.
Covet was brought out in 2007, 2 years after her first perfume, Lovely. The bottle is a heavy short square shape with a plastic flower top. I also like her initials SJP on the atomiser.
The first hit is the green and citrus with white flower giving a sharp and spicy scent and a hint of dark chocolate. It is slightly sweet but not overbearing. It is a quite complicated scent to appreciate as there is so many things going on with it. The dry down is a little more conventional as the amber and musk took over with the subtle warmth of wood in the background. I have found it lasts on me for a good few hours as per usual with my perfumes.
This is a soft, subtle, distinctive and grown up fragrance. It could almost be Parisian with a modern American twist to it.
It’s the season for dark, bold and glittery nails so Barry M have released a couple of new shades from their Molten Metal collection. I bought the Antique Gold shade which is a gorgeous rich red wine colour with golden shimmer. One thing I always like about Barry M is that the brushes in their nail products are fantastic. They are quite flat and wide so easy to use. The formulas are always great. They are quick to dry and they last on me for a week.
I applied base coat as always and I did my usual 2 coats of nail polish and then applied top coat. The colour is fantastic, the perfect autumnal/winter/festive colour in my view. The only slight downside is that it does take a little longer than usual to remove the polish because of the glitter. Barry M, please make a nail polish remover for your glitter nail polishes!
The Golden leaves season is here and the weather is unseasonal warm and just think its only 2 months till Christmas! So lots of lovely beauty and perfume gift sets to enjoy!
Strong eyebrows is still fashionable and going strong so the shops are filled with an array of eyebrow pencils, gels and waxes to fulfill the demand. So my interest was piqued by Maybelline’s Tattoo Brow. The concept is simple. You apply a layer of the gel to the brows, leave it for 20 minutes and then peel off and reveal your newly tinted eyebrows. There are 3 shades and bought the medium brown colour. I applied to my eyebrows with the easy to use wand and waited for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes I peeled off the gel ( my fingers did stain a little) and you can see immediately you have tinted eyebrows. They claim up to three days of holding the colour but on me the next day it faded and turned into a slightly orangey tint and unfortunately I don’t have images of it to show! Maybe it was just me but I have to say I did not have any allergic reaction, redness or swollen eyebrow area from the product.
In my view its great if you are going out and you want good eyebrows and smudge proof look for one day. But I think you need to refresh it and apply the process again. As a professional therapist I did eyebrow tint and you still cannot beat this if you want the perfect eyebrow look to last for a week. As it is its a great idea for a one day application so you don’t need to fill in your brows with powder or pencil as it’s enough on its own.
Top six are the eyeshadows followed by the blusher, bronzer & highlighter.
Its a been awhile since I bought any face palettes but a couple of weeks I took advantage of a Boots No7 offer. Buy 2 products and receive a face palette for free. How could I refuse!
The packaging is sleek and simple. A black case with the No7 logo on it. The palette itself contains 6 eye shadows, 1 blusher, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. There is a fair amount of products and a large mirror is a wonderful bonus. As a wearer of glasses I do appreciate a large mirror and the fact that the hinge goes completely flat makes it so much easier to go closer when you need it.
The eyeshadows are all very wearable with added shimmer to them and the colours are easy to blend. I did find that I had some slight fallout but the pigmentation is very good when building up the colour. I have been wearing the eyeshadows without using other eyeshadows. The Blusher is peachy coloured with a matte finish. The bronzer has a matte finish with no orange tones. Perfect for me! The highlighter is a champagne shade and is beautiful to use, it stayed on all day until I cleansed my face.
This is a versatile, pretty palette. It is perfect for everyday use or for travel if you need just one palette. I’m rarely disappointed by No7 products and it is a firm favourite already.