The Key to Weight Loss is… Eating More? (For Body Building, Beauty, Food Bloggers & More) — The Millionaire’s Digest

•May 24, 2016 • 1 Comment

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Beauty Empties………….Dior, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Kerastase and More!

•May 22, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have managed to accumulate plenty of empties again. As much as it isn’t visually exciting looking at empty containers, it is a great way to fully review a product and if it actually does do its job, keeps well and is value for money; etc.

Empties

I have broke the products down into sections because there are so many this time.

HAIR CARE.

Hair Empties

Tigi Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Shampoo and Conditioners.

I really like the Tigi range of hair care products. These giant bottles are very cost effective and keep my hair lovely and soft.

I am never without these tweens and they last on average 4 months of daily use.

My hair is very brittle and damaged so, this particular combination restores shine and moisture to my hair. I have been using them for years now and don’t plan to change them anytime soon. They are more cost-effective than supermarket products too.

Kératase Resistance Serum Therapiste Dual Treatment Fiber Quality Renewal Care.

This is an amazing hair treatment serum. I will be honest, i am not a fan of the fragrance although it’s not bad by any means. It’s just not my favourite. It doesn’t remain on the hair but the treatment does. Leaving ends shiny and soft and i haven’t had to have as much cut off the ends of my hair since using it.

Charles Worthington Salon At Home. Brush Out Strong Hold Hairspray.

Love this. It gives a strong hold and brushes out immediately if you need it to. The fragrance is really nice too.

FACE, NAILS & BODY.

Empties Misc

Nuxe Micellar Water with Rose Petals.

One of my favourite micellar waters. It’s super gentle at removing makeup. I bought this giant one on offer. They are normally half this size and a bit expensive otherwise.

Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water.

Great for a simple, superficial cleanse. I use it after i have cleansed with lotion or face wash. Very cost effective and gentle and constantly re-purchased.

Cutex Strengthening Nail Polish Remover for Brittle Nails.

I have never really noticed if it does actually strengthen nails because i don’t wear nail polish enough to use this remover that regularly. It does the job well of removing nail polish at a low price though.

Chanel Chance Gentle Shower Foam.

I adore this so much and i am gutted that Chanel discontinued it. Typical Chanel!! Only a tiny amount was required to clean the whole body and it lasted me ages. It left my skin with a subtle fragrance of Chance perfume. Divine! Bring it back please!!!

FACE, LIPS & EYES.

Empties Face and Eyes

Estée Lauder Take it Away Makeup Remover Lotion.

Really liked this deluxe sample that came with purchase but i won’t be re-purchasing. There are so many out there doing the same job, much cheaper.

Chanel Lip Plumping Gloss.

I really liked this lip plumper. No sting and moisturized really well. I must admit, i have re-purchased the Dior Collagen Activ Lip Maximizer because it gives me that touch more, although it does sting. If you hate the sting, this is a great one though.

Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape & Fill Expert Serum.

I was so excited when this was launched last year, i believe. I thought this would be great for my ever maturing skin. Nope! It did nothing at all for me. Maybe i haven’t used enough of it, even though this was a fair size sample and it’s very expensive, for it not to work.

Estée Lauder Perfectionist PC & R Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum.

Now; on the other hand, this is one pretty amazing serum. Yes, it is silicon based, however, it works wonders. I put this on before my foundation. It really does smooth out fine lines and the skin and reduces pores too. A definite full size purchase coming. This little pot lasted me for a good six weeks too. A miracle worker!

Dior Extase Mascara.

I have saved the best for last. My most favourite mascara ever. I have a new one sitting in my drawer now. Great, long and thick, curled lashes that stay put. No clumping for me and no smudges either. Generous 10ml of product for a high end brand and I will re-purchase this until i drop off the planet.

There you have it. Sorry it’s so long but i had collected a fair amount of empties this time.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

Chanel Chance, Chance Eau Fraiche & Chance Eau Vive……….Take Your Chances!

•May 15, 2016 • 5 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe i haven’t got around to reviewing this perfume yet. I got eau Vive as a gift at Christmas and i asked for it because i just love the whole Chanel Chance collection. It had to be done.

I thought it was time to review all three fragrances i own starting with the original.

Chanel Chance Fragrance

Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum.

This is my all time favourite fragrance to date. I just love it and only wear it on special occasions. I refuse to wear it for work because i find it too special to abuse it in that way. It’s also a little heady for work as well. I like to treat this one as my special one.

Chance was created by Jacques Polge and launched 2002.

It is the headiest of all Chance fragrances and quite complex in ingredients. The pink pepper comes through without making me sneeze. I love patchouli in all perfumes and its a base ingredient in most of the perfumes i own.

Top notes include; Iris, pink pepper, patchouli and hyancinth; Middle notes of, Jasmine, vanilla and; base notes of white musk and vetiver.

It is long lasting and very heady. A small amount goes a long way.

Chanel Chance Eau Vive and Eau Fraiche

Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche Eau de toilette.

My second perfume in this range is Eau Fraiche, which was created by Jacques Polge and released in 2007 although, i never saw it until 2010.

This one is ideal for summer time. It is a heady, woody concoction of Chance fragrance with lemon notes. I don’t wear this in winter because it’s quite fresh and citrusy.

Top notes include; Lemon and cedar; middle notes of, pink pepper, water hyacinth and jasmine and; base notes of, teak wood, iris, amber, white musk, patchouli and vetiver.

Again, very complex in character and ultra long wearing. It also stays true in nature to the original perfume itself.

Finally;

Chanel Chance Eau Vive, Eau de Toilette.

Created by Olivier Polge, (Jacques son). This is very removed from the Chance perfume itself. A sort of departure really.

Chanel Chance Eau Vive Eau de Toillette

I do like this very much for work and day wear in general. It just doesn’t have the intensity of the original or the Eau Fraiche. It also struggles to last long on the skin. A common occurrence with the latest release of perfumes by some high end brands.

Top notes include; Blood orange, grapefruit; middle notes of; jasmine and white musk and; base notes of cedar, iris and vetiver.

I do still prefer the light fragrance of this citrus fruit version compared to Chance Eau Tendre, which is quite sickly sweet with the grapefruit and quince mix. Eau Vive is a much more wearable version for me.

I think Eau Vive lacks its headiness due to leaving out the patchouli. A mistake in my opinion. This removes the intensity and gives way to a sweeter mix. The white musk is still quite strong though.Chanel Chance Perfume Collection

Have you tried any of these perfumes? Which is your favourite and why?

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

Five That Thrive…………………Winning Concealers!

•May 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hi Everyone.

Time to do a little series of posts i have been thinking about for some time. I did a similar series with lipsticks and seasons a couple of years ago and now want to concentrate on other beauty items i own and love.

Concealers are absolutely essential in my beauty routine and i own a few which fulfill different purposes. One concealer isn’t enough because i use different shades and textures for each area of my face.

Five that Thrive Concealers

Over the years, i have bought many duds and if they are bad, they are pointless. I now own a few which give fantastic results. Here are my five that thrive.

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, 02 Fair. (Under Eye darkness, Redness and Highlighting)

Eye(1)Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher 2 fair under eye

Two years ago, i would never have bought a single product from CT. Even now, it’s hit and miss with a few of her products. You have to know which to buy and this concealer is a hit.

It is her version of YSL’s Touche Éclat only, it’s even better. It gives a bit more coverage and is less liquid than the latter. It also doesn’t disappear once applied, allowing dark circles to return. It is quite brightening too. I really love it.

Bobbi Brown Corrector, Bisque (Under Eyes for neutralizing darkness).

Eye(1)Bobbi Brown Corrector Concealer Bisque Under eye

Another fantastic product for conquering eye darkness. This one has been matched to my skin tone and it does completely neutralize dark circles. It doesn’t lighten or brighten so you still need to add a brightening eye concealer over it; however it lasts and a little bit goes a long way because it is quite thick and a touch waxy. I usually place the CT Retoucher over this one.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, 01 Fair (Brightening areas of the face).

Eye(1)Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer fair Under eye

AMAZING! It really is just that. Staying power with brightness. I use this under my eye, sides of nose, down centre of nose and above the cupids bow. A wonderful concealer and probably the best i have ever bought. Thick and opaque, you literally need one dot to do the underneath of one eye. If you want to use it for blemishes, then just buy a shade to match skin tone. I use one shade lighter for under my eye for extra brightness after a long night.

Diorskin Nude, Skin Hydrating Concealer, 002 Beige (Blemishes).

Lovely and creamy and very opaque. It doesn’t dry and go patchy over the blemish, which you have to be aware of with some cheaper options. Once set with powder, it pretty much stays put and doesn’t wear off . A very nice formula. Pictured below, i have just placed the concealer directly over the blemish. I would normally have foundation on and blend it in well.  

BlemishDior Moisuturizing Concealer 002 fair over blemish

MAC Match Master Concealer 1.5 (Blemishes and Redness).

MAC Matchmaster Concealer Close UpA great concealer to pop in your handbag for use on blemishes or redness throughout the day. It is a stick form, so little mess in the makeup bag or on your hands.MAC Match Master Concealer 1.5 Swatch

It is also very opaque and easy to blend out. Not one of the best i own but the best for convenience. It is a creamy formula and this stick has lasted a long time. MAC concealers do last really well.

There you have it. Five of my current that give great results. What are your favourite concealers and why?

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

April Favourites……….Fools Gold!

•May 1, 2016 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

The weather is starting to warm up and i have been getting my spring colours out to brighten up my face a bit. I have also been using some very old products from years ago and they are going just as strong.

April Favourites

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel 4 Facettes Bronzing Powder.

Talking of golden oldies, this is quite old (2009). This was the first bronzing powder i ever owned and it’s still fantastic and pigmented. If you were ever wondering why i rave about Chanel makeup so much, this is the reason. An eight year old bronzing powder with a generous 14g of product that still feels velvety smooth. It is a lovely shade that looks natural and not orange. It’s been warming up my complexion for Spring.

Chanel Tan De Chanel Four Facettes Bronzing PowderChanel Tan de Chanel Four Facettes Bronzing Powder Swatch

Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Water.

Garnier Oil infused Micellar waterI happen to like the cost-effective Garnier Micellar Water for a quick once over cleanse after washing my face. It’s easy, great for any skin type and lasts ages. When they released the oil infused one, i had to have it.

Yet again, thoroughly impressed. This one not only cleanses, it also leaves the skin supple and soft. I don’t suffer from dry skin but those that do are going to love this water. A winner for the high street.

Dior Addict Fluid Shadow, 655 Univers.

Dior Liquid Eyeshadow 655 Univers wandI haven’t heard that much about these eyeshadows/liners since their release. I really enjoy this one because its so easy to work with and quick.Dior Addict Fluid Eyeshadow 655 Univers Blended Out(1)

A silvery cool taupe that i use all over the lid and it sets down without moving or creasing the whole day. Doesn’t fade either. I did want to buy more of these but i find some of the shades a bit too much. Love this one though.

Chanel Fresh Effect Stylo Eyeshadow, 147 Caroube.Chanel Inspired Look

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow 147 CaroubeLove these sticks from Chanel. Reviews here and here. Caroube is a warm, deep brown shade with micro-shimmer. Fantastic for a crease shade and a even though they set quickly, you still get time to blend them out. This shade will work with any shade you use and suit every eye colour. Very universal.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow, 16 Bronze Sugar.

Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow 34 Bronze SugarOne of my favourite eyeshadows since i bought this pot approx. 4 years ago and it’s still going strong. Its a lovely warm, deep bronze shade and works well with copper tones to enhance blue eyes. A no fuss eyeshadow again; sets and stays put. I like the no fuss options.

Dior Fusion Mono Long Wear Mirror Shine Eyeshadow, 631 Blazing.

This is a lovely beige golden shade that works well with all the other eyeshadows i have just mentioned. Its a great base or highlighter and can be worn on the top of the cheekbones also.Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow 631 Blazing Swatched in sunlight

I have always liked these pot type eyeshadows and the Dior ones have a lovely feel to them and subtle shades that are not too shimmery. Full review here.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 911 Ambre Doré.

Anyone who reads my blog will know, i love these eyeliners so much. No other company can produce such a lovely variety of interesting colours that work well on anybodies eye shades and in the waterline, tight line or for lining around the whole eye.

Most who do make more interesting shades, make them with the kohl formula that can’t be worn on the waterline or for tight lining either.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Ambre DoreChanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 911 Ambre Dore Close upChanel Stylo Yeux 911 Ambre Dore Swatch

Ambre Doré is a gorgeous light warm amber shade that will work very well on blue, brown and hazel eye colours. I have been wearing this one a lot lately and i’m so glad i bought a back up of this because, i am almost out of my first one and this was a limited edition shade.

I wish Chanel wouldn’t do that!

That’s it for my April favourites. Hope you like them. Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

Chanel Rouge Coco Swatches…..Rouge Coco Lipstick 462 Romy, Stylos 206 Histoire; 214 Message & Rouge Coco Shine 91 Boheme.

•April 24, 2016 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I thought i would take this opportunity to do a few swatches of the new Rouge Coco Stylos because i got a sample card. What my thoughts are on each of the shades and formulas of the lipsticks themselves.

Chanel Rouge Coco Sample Card(1)

Rouge Coco Lipstick, 462 Romy.

Rouge Coco Lipstick 462 Romy SwatchA very warm fuchsia pink. It sadly, highlights the yellow on my teeth and is a bit too pink for my skin tone. Another great one for those who love rich warm pink shades. I have quite a bit of yellow in my skin tone and this just clashes with it. Very Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick 462 Romy and Rouge Allure93 Exalteepigmented and feels a touch drying on the lips. The thing is; its a compromise with lipsticks really. Pigmented shades that lasts for hours on the lips are generally, a touch drying. This shade has a satin finish.

Pictured right you can see the difference between a warm fuchsia and a cool one.

Rouge Coco Stylo, 206 Histoire.

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo 206 Histoire SwatchA very warm red shade with a nice amount of pink undertone. Very wearable. Lovely for a statement lip and suits my skin tone very well. A dream to apply and although they begin to wear off a within a couple of hours, they do leave a stain on the lips. Very nice! I love the fact that they contain oil as well. It gives a lovely slip; yet, the pigmentation is outstanding.

Rouge Coco Stylo, 214 Message.

Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Swatch 214 MessageAn absolute dream to apply. Feel beautiful and soft and watery yet; exceptionally pigmented. I can’t wait to buy a couple of these. They are lovely. Give a rich, glossy deeply pigmented finish to the lips. No lack of colour with these at all.

Message is a reddish brown shade. It suits my skin tone very well and is my favourite of all these i have tested. I have yet to check out the other shades, so i will hang fire on buying this one just yet.

Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick, 91 Bohéme.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipshine 91 Boheme swatchA really lovely formula. Balm-like and very pigmented pink shade. If you like warm deep pinks, this is for you. Great staying power for a Rouge Coco Shine lipstick.

 

Final Thoughts.

I love the formula of the new Rouge Coco Stylos. They feel watery and very moisturizing on the lips. Jojoba, coconut oil, beeswax and silk powder are some of the ingredients added to the formula and leave a lovely glossy, deeply pigmented finish.

It’s interesting the difference between the Rouge Coco Shines and the Rouge Coco Stylos. I don’t believe i will ever move away from the lip shine because of it’s care free, no mirror required, effortless finish; however, i love the way the Rouge Coco Stylo feels on the lips. The deep colour and gloss will make this a great evening wear lipstick as well.

The only thing to be aware of with the stylo’s is, once they are wound up, they cannot be wound back down. It only takes a minute amount of product for the lips so, use sparingly or you may lose a lot of product.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shade Card

My Beautiful FluffyThe Rouge Coco lipsticks feel a touch more drying on the lips; however, have the biggest staying power of all Chanel lip formulas. I have no issues with these at all and some of them i will add a gloss over the top to give a more interesting finish again.

In a nut shell, i love Coco.
Me April 2016

 Pictured right, i am wearing Rouge Coco Stylo, 206 Histoire.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

 

FOTD……………..Smokey Topaz and Sexy Purple. What a Saga!

•April 17, 2016 • 5 Comments

Hi .Everyone,

Time for another FOTD. I enjoy trying out different combo’s of makeup to create a different look. Some work, some don’t; however, this one i like for a cool Spring day.

FOTD Smokey Topaz and Sexy Purple

FACE.

Dior Star Foundation, 020 Light Beige.

Diorskin Nude Hydrating Concealer, 002 Beige.

Diorskin Nude Tan Healthy Glow Enhancing Powder, 002 Sunlight.

Guerlain Parure De Nuit Pressed Powder & Blush.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick, Nº 21.

Guerlain Météorites Cruel Gardenia Illuminating Powder.

FOTD Bobbi Brown and Dior

EYES.

Dior Maximizer Lash Serum.

Lancôme Definicils Mascara, Black.

NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Single Eyeshadow, 90 Convoitise.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow & Liner, Smokey Topaz.

Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow, 176 Lilas MItzah.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner, 102 Béryl.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner, 997 Orchidée.

Avon Big & Daring Glimmerstick Kohl Eyeliner, Smoked Taupe.

Chanel brow Sculpting Pencil, 30 Brun Natural.

Mandy March 2016

LIPS.

Dior Lip Pencil 263 Nude Rose.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick, Saga.

Smokey Topaz and Purple Lilas Mitzvah

NAILS.

Essie Nail Polish, Sexy Divide.

Butter London P.D.Quick Top Coat.

There you have it. A cool Spring day look with a hint of purple warmth and salmon pink. Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

 
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