Latest Haul…………Guerlain, Pixi, Bobbi Brown, Dior, Chanel and L’Oreal.

•December 4, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have been buying a few beauty essentials and the odd indulgence this past couple of months.

Here they are and why i repurchased or bought them to try out.

latest-haul

Guerlain Multi Perfection Concealer Hydrating and Blurring Effect. 04 Medium Cool.

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Guerlain recently released their new Lingerie de Peau foundation, which is much lighter in texture and lovely on the skin.

Along with the foundation, they also released the multi perfection concealer. It is beautifully creamy and works really well on dark circles as well as redness and small blemishes. It does soften and hydrate and blurs out fine lines too. A very nice concealer for the maturing skin.

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Above left; Without product and right with concealer under the eyes.

I also like the fact that it comes in a squeezy tube because this enables you to control the amount which is dispensed.

There is very little else to say about good concealers really.

Pixi Lower Lash Mascara.

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I bought this because i like the look of the brush and thought it would be quick to use with minimal smudging. It doesn’t smudge which is great news. It’s also waterproof. The bad news is, it takes an age to capture every lash.

In the morning, i have very little time to play with. (Who has!) This would eventually drive me mad and; it doesn’t give my lower lashes any real definition where other mascaras do.

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Above left without any product; right, with Pixi lower lash mascara on bottom lashes.

Having said all that, it is a nice mascara and at £11.00, i’m not going to moan too much. I won’t repurchase though.

Bobbi Brown Sequin Eyeshadow. Silvered Heather. (Wine & Chocolate Collection).

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I loved this eyeshadow as soon as i laid eyes on it. I like all the shades in this collection and they are selling out super fast.

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This one is a high sparkling silvered lilac shade. It works realy well pressed over the BB cool lilac and pink stone eyeshadows. The Silver Heather looks very similar to Silvered Lilac, (released a couple of years ago).

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Pictured above above left; BB Sparkle Eyeshadow, 26 Silver Lilac; centre, swatches of silver heather on left and silver lilac right. Pictured above right; left, BB long wear cream eyeshadow cool lilac with silver heather over the top; centre, silver heather and right; silver lilac swatches.

As you can see silver heather is a much warmer tone and great over laying the cool lilac.

Dior New Look Mascara. 090 Black.

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It never fails to impress. I have bought this mascara a number of times and hadn’t bought it in a while so, i repurchased.

It is fantastic at capturing every single lash quickly with it’s unique and small brush head. (Unlike the Pixi one).

I love the formula too. It isn’t wet or heavy; lifting and curling my eyelashes while keeps them there.

The only thing it doesn’t do it thicken and it can smudge a bit too.

Sadly, there is no waterproof version so, i use this as my first coat mascara underneath the Dior Extase, which gives great thick lashes everytime with no smudging. A perfect combo.

Chanel Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil. 30 Brun Naturel.

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Fall FOTD 1Another repurchase. I just love this eyebrow pencil. It really is perfect with my natural shade of colour. It gives great definition while remaining very natural in shade, avoiding that harsh almost ‘scouse brow’, which i hate. It also sets and stays in place because it’s not a chalk or a khol pencil.

Best brow pencil out there. I use the Dior chalk brow pencil when i want darker brows for a more dramatic look.

L’Oreal Techni. Art Volume Lift Root Lift Spray Mousse. Volume 3.

I never used to bother with hair mousses at all until my current hairdresser started using them on my hair.

I love this because it’s a mousse spray rather than a big fluffy mousse. This means you can direct it exactly where you want the volume.

It does work really well at lifting and holding the hair. I would say slightly less so than my Kérastase Densimorphose mousse; however, the prices are very different too. The latter is quite expensive and i don’t use that one for work.pixi-lower-lash-mascara-wand-and-cat

I got this at a great price on Amazon and you get loads of product too. Use sparingly because it can get sticky if you put too much on. A great find.

These are some of my recent beauty purchases worth giving a mention to. I hope this was helpful to you.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

My Latest Haul…………….Dior Holiday Splendor Collection 2016.

•November 20, 2016 • 5 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have been waiting in anticipation for Peter Philips take on the Dior Christmas collections and i’m not disappointed at all.

After the seriously disappointing Chanel Fall & Holiday collections 2016. Possibly, the worst holiday collection i have ever seen from Chanel. It’s great to see Dior got it right.

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Luckily, with my limited beauty spending this year, i am quite happy i saved my money and the Chanel Spring Coco Code 2017 collection is going to steal all my money because that is beautiful.

5 Coleurs Splendor Eyeshadow Palette, 066 Smoky Sequins.

Anyway, rant over. I managed to buy two pieces from the Dior collection and as per usual, i wanted more. I love both the quint eyeshadow palettes but opted for the Smoky Sequins palette because that would suit my blue/grey eyes a bit more.

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The five shades consist of a sparkling white to use as a highlighter; pale silvered gray can also be a highlighter; a lovely mid toned gray with a satin finish and a black that is the most matte of all these shades and is ideal in the crease and as an eyeliner. The centre shade is a beautiful light coppery brown that has a high satin finish. Great to add into the centre of the mobile lid or used as a transition shade.

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As per usual, deeply pigmented and do not crease. They also blend together very well. I really do love the holiday quints by Dior. Never fail to impress.

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Fusion Mono Long Wear Mirror Shine Eyeshadow, 751 Infinity.

You cannot go wrong with this bouncy textured mousse eyeshadow that goes on like a high sheen sparkling powder.

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I have most of the shades in my collection and they make great highlighters and transition shades. The neutral colours also suit every eye tone.

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This shade is a mid toned brown with a high sheen finish and it works very well with the smoky sequins quint. Again, i have never known these to crease but i do wear a primer on the eyes.

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This shade also has facettes of tiny green, golden and pink sparkles that twinkle off the light. Beautiful.

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I don’t understand any middle-aged woman who wants to wear all matte eyeshadows. There is nothing more ageing in my opinion. You always need that bit of satin/sparkle finish just to lighten up the eye area. The Fusion Mono eyeshadows can add that without being over kill.

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That was my picks of the Dior Holiday Splendor Collection for 2016. What; if any, where yours and why?the-cat

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour……………….150 Luxuriant.

•November 6, 2016 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have been a bit late with this post but i still want to review the latest lipstick from Chanel.

Rouge Allure Ink lip colours are the newest in the Chanel lipstick line up. They are matte and deeply pigmented and are following the latest trend of matte liquid lipsticks.

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Initial Thoughts.

I wanted the deeper pink shade that is 150 Luxuriant. It is a lovely, deep pink with a slight Fucshia/red edge to it, without being over bearing for day wear. Great with a minimal eye look.

The lipstick comes in a frosted glass bottle. Very simple and classy, as you would expect from Chanel.

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The applicator is tapered and very easy to use and control on the lips.

The lipstick is very silky to apply and packs an intense punch of colour that can be built up. When it ‘sets’ down, it leaves a matte slightly satin finish to the lips without looking very dry. Something Chanel does very well with all its matte lipsticks.  It also doesn’t feel sticky or show any dry patches on my lips either.

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How does it wear?

I loved the finish of the lipstick itself and it stays put for hours through drinking.

It never sets down completely, in some respects, this is a very good thing; however, i found this one didn’t work very well through eating. It just looked so patchy and not in a good way.

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When you eat through an ordinary lipstick, the lipstick will wear off from the inside of the lip outwards. This gives a line around the lip of colour where the lipstick and pencil still remain. With the Ink liquid, i had patches of colour all over the lips and it also went a tiny bit over my lip line too, which didn’t look very appealing.

The other thing is; do not apply a lip plumper under this colour because it will never set at all. You need to apply on to dry lips. It doesn’t feel drying in any way on the lips though.

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Overall Thoughts.

I love the application and the intensity of the lip colour. It feels great to apply and never leaves the lips feeling dry.

I just hate the way it wears off when eating food and i can’t see myself rushing out to buy another one unless, it comes in a fab colour i need.

The thing is; Chanel make a fantastic range of Rouge Allure Matte lipsticks. They wear beautifully and feels very velvety on the lips and wear off evenly.

The real saving grace of this lip colour is, the pigment is nothing short of fantastic. It is lovely and even in application and i don’t regret buying this very flattering shade at all.chanel-rouge-allure-matte-liquid-ink-on-lips

Have you tried the Chanel Rouge Ink lip colour yet?

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

September Empties………….Dior, Chanel, Lancome, Nars; etc.

•October 9, 2016 • 4 Comments

Everyone,

Instead of doing another favourites, i  thought i would do an empties because, they are mounting up this month.

I am in the process of using up products rather than buying, yet more. My dressers have become overloaded to the point that i can’t find anything.

Here are my current empties.

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Chanel Le Volume Mascara,  Prune.

I do really like the effect of this mascara. This one is an aubergine shade, it’s warmth works well with blue eyes. This mascara gives long spidery lashes that i love and is quite dramatic in finish. It doesn’t beat my all time favourite which is, Dior Extase, but i still really love it and i like the shades Chanel produce as well.

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Chanel Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner, Ambre Doré.

I cannot tell you how much i love these stylo’s. They really are waterproof and stay put all day. I can’t get enough of the shade Ambre Dorè, a pale orange/bronze shade that works so well with blue eyes.Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 911 Ambre Dore Close Up

This one got constant use over the year and it has taken me a year to use it up. I love wearing it along my waterline and luckily, i repurchased another because this shade has been discontinued. Chanel Sable is out now and a very similar shade too, as is Ardent.

Lancome Definicils Mascara(2)Lancôme Definicils Mascara.

Another fabulous mascara that never do without. It gives long and separated lashes without any clumping at all. It never smudges either. A great mascara.

 

 

NARS Smudge Proof Eye Base.NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base

I repurchase every time i start a new one so that i’m never without it. This base is white in colour and evens out the eyelid colour to give a great base to add colour to.

It never lets my eyeshadows crease and intensifies the colours of the eyeshadows too, so you can apply a little less. It is the best product NARS do in my opinion.

COLAB Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo, London.

I do like this dry shampoo that Ruth Crilly ( A model recommends) has created. It really is invisible and does a nice job with a nice fragrance too. I purchase it every time its on offer at Super Drug.

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover, Bi-phase.

I used to use Lancôme bi-phase eye makeup remover and it is very good; however, its very pricey too and the Nivea one is just as effective for £2.00. I admit , it isn’t quite as good as the former but it still does the job and is a hell of a lot cheaper.

Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Water.Garnier Oil infused Micellar water

A very nice water that also adds a touch of moisture to the skin. I like micellar water as a gentle part of cleansing but it’s never my main cleanse. It is so cheap and effective though. A great buy.

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse.

This is the only bronzing product that never streaks on me and gives great colour and it doesn’t have a biscuit odour either. It blends in very easily and lasts a good 3-4 days, even with every day showering. Love it. A holy grail product for me.

Redken Diamond Shine Airy Mist.

A great light weight hair mist that gives great shine without making it lank in any way. It took a while to finish this as well. A great find.

Dior Bronze Self Tanning Gel Mist.

I do really like this one for a quick fix. It dries down super quick and has no odour to it.Gives a healthy warm glow to the skin that is very even. It is very expensive for the amount of product you get.

Tigi S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray.

I use this year upon year. Some say it makes the hair lank; however, it doesn’t if it’s used correctly.Garden Spider

It should be held at arms length so it disperses a very fine mist onto the hair. It really does smooth down the hair without any frizz when you apply your straighteners. Brilliant product i will keep re-purchasing.

Another month over. It’s also my fourth anniversary of blogging. How time flies! Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

Brows………The Fill Factor!

•September 25, 2016 • 5 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Over the past few years, there has been increasing importance placed on dressing the eyebrows. They do add to the overall finished look, frame the face and the majority of women i know, are very self conscious of their own.

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My eyebrow from The 1980’s to today.

In the 1980’s, brows were quite natural, no real plucking or shaping was required. Mine were quite thick, not as heavy as Madonna’s were but, as i was and still am a huge fan of Madonna, i loved my eyebrows being slightly wild and bushy.

The 1990’s came with quite heavily plucked, pencil thin brows. I tried this out once and it looked too weird on me and thankfully, i never did it again.

Early noughties brought the ‘Scouse Brow’. This was a heavy brow that was penciled in to full opaqueness and then heavily defined around the edges. This made the brow the real focal point of the face and for a time, it was very popular. Brows were normally coloured darker than the natural hair colour and i never took to it at all. It was far too unnatural.

Now, we have been brought back to having a natural brow again; however this time, softly defined around the edges. They have a more coiffed finish.

Waxing and threading are very popular to give highly defined brows, as are 3D brows.

For those who have over plucked in the past and have very little eyebrows left, there is tattooing and Microblading.

I am lucky because. i never over plucked other than that one time and phew! My eyebrows grew back.

My current brow routine.

Shaping

Eyebrow without productI currently pluck my own brows. Previously, i had them threaded but noticed that they were struggling to grow back. This was a no no for me although, they looked incredibly defined.

I only ever pluck underneath the brow and never above. They don’t really grow above the brow anyway.

I use a set of tweezers and take the few strays out carefully. I normally do this once to twice weekly and this keeps them defined and in good shape underneath.

Pictured above right is my brow without product.

Products  I use to fill in my brows.

Chanel Sculpting Brow Pencil. 30 Brun Natural.

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A natural mid toned brown pencil and not in any way ashy in colour. Works a treat and sets down without budging.

MAC Eyebrow Gel. Dirty Blonde.

A warm ash brown shade. I like applying this when i want a slightly lighter brow and i use an eyebrow brush to apply it with. Sets down and doesn’t budge.

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Dior Brow Chalk. 002 Soft Brown.  (New)

A slightly waxy kohl product which comes in an odd choice of shape. I love this mid toned brown with a tiny touch of ash to it. It’s great to apply with a brow brush for precision and by itself for a carefree, no fuss look. It doesn’t set but doesn’t wear off either.

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Avon Ideal Flawless CC Concealer stick Softening yellow. (New)

A slightly waxy pencil. It is supposed to be a correcting concealer but it is fantastic to use as a highlighting pencil as well. I use it under my brow bone to brighten up the area.

Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel.

A wonder product that has fast become a ‘Holy Grail’. It sets and keeps them brows in place all day. It also doesn’t flake into white bits either as the day goes on.

Body Shop Brow and Lash Comb Duo.

Any will do really. Used to blend products through brows.

Lancôme Eyeshadow Brush.

To blend highlighter underneath the brow bone.

Today’s look, i have used the Chanel pencil for this post.

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1. Brush through brows. 2. Pencil at the base of the brows in a neat line to give precision and then, start to do short sweeps with the pencil upwards and out along the rest of the brow. 3.Brush the pencil through the brow to blend out.

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4. wipe away any excess product that has brushed past the brow point. 5. Apply highlighter under brow bone to aid definition and brighten up the area underneath the brow. 6. highlighter under brow bone ready to be blended out.

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7. Brush highlighter under brow to blend out. 8. Add brow gel  and brush through the brows to set the brow as you want them and; finally. 9. The finished brow look.

A video showing the technique i adopt.

A website i recently viewed, Into The Gloss, has an article explaining ‘How To Fill in Your Eyebrows’, if you want to watch a video on how this is achieved. They adopt similar techniques i use for my brows.

Final Thoughts.

Eyebrows are no longer the after thought to any beauty routine. In fact, they are currently big business.

If you are lucky enough to have amazing brows to begin with, little needs to be done other than a comb through and maybe a touch of coloured eyebrow gel.

If you’re like me; in the middle throws of life, then your eyebrows may start to be thinning out a touch. Filling in becomes a big part of the beauty routine and the right shade of brow product for your skin and brow tone, is very important.

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Above left without product and right; with. 

Microblading can also help with the thickening up of brows but again, be very careful that the right shade is used. It isn’t a cheap or permanent procedure either.

Threading helps with stray hairs and gives precise, very nicely shaped brows; however, it can further enhance thinning and patchiness to the brows, as it did with me.

The best method for me; at the moment is manual shading in. At least if i make a mistake, i can rub it all back off and start again. You can play around with different looks to your brows and it all comes off at the end of the day.Gorgeous Fluffy

I hope this was an interesting read and your thoughts would be great thanks.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

 

The Forgettables and Unforgettables …………In My Beauty Collection.

•September 17, 2016 • 8 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I was inspired to do this post by a recent Youtube vid i saw, which was a tag about 10 forgettable products.

Forgettable and Unforgettable Beauty Products

I got to thinking about products i just don’t reach for but probably thought i would love when i bought them; and then, i also have beauty products which i thought i might not use much but i reach for on a daily basis and can’t be without.

I will alternate with a forgettable product and an unforgettable product.

MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil, Orpheus. (FORGETTABLE)

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A black pencil with golden micro shimmer. When i swatched this on the back of my hand i thought i would never put it down. I’ve used it twice. It just doesn’t work at all on my eyes. Nothing wrong with the pencil itself. It’s just a weird combination of black and gold that doesn’t work for me.

Dior Brow Chalk, Soft Brown. (UNFORGETTABLE)

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Reviewed here. When i bought this, the SA assured me that this set down once applied and stayed the whole day. Well, she lied! It doesn’t set down at all and once i realized this, i thought i would hate it. What was the point of owning a brow product that wore off as the day went on?Dior Brow Chalk on Eyebrows

Thankfully, it doesn’t wear off at all and gives a lovely natural finish to the brows like a traditional kohl pencil does with extra staying power. I use it everyday without fail.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo. 00 Light Blondes. (FORGETTABLE)

When Chanel released their Les Beiges Healthy Glow powder compact, it was an outstanding success and everyone jumped on board and released their versions of this product. Guerlain offered us the above.

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I love Guerlain Terracotta bronzing powders, they are amazing in quality so; therefore, i believed i would also love this too.

Here’s the problem. It doesn’t give me that healthy glow or any blurring effect Les Beiges does. It’s more like a setting powder than anything else. The colour range is very sketchy. Light blondes is too pale for my skin and the next shade up is too orange. I have very rarely used this, opting for Les Beiges more.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder. (UNFORGETTABLE)

When Chanel released the short vid online showing Gisele Bündchen using this powder ‘on the go’, i thought it was a bit of a gimmick.

I bought it anyway, thinking i could use it as a setting powder if it wasn’t much good.

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How wrong i was! It gives the most amazing blurring effect with that ‘healthy glow from within’ everyone talks about. I could never be without this product in my collection. If i could only buy one beauty product, this would be it. After mascara of course.

NARS Blusher, Sin. (FORGETTABLE)

Yes, sadly NARS. When i first started blogging nearly 4 years ago, NARS blushers were the most raved about beauty product on blogs and Youtube. I bought into the hype and thought Sin was a beautiful shade and it is.

The thing is, where so many other blushers i own are multi tonal or have extra dimensions to them, NARS Sin doesn’t. It just looks a little flat on my skin. Highly pigmented yes; however, it reminds me of makeup products from the 1980’s! Basic! I really thought i would wear this one a lot.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Face, Body and Hair. (UNFORGETTABLE)

I have mentioned this product in my favourites a few times. It is a beautifully scented and natural product.

When i first bought it, i thought the oil wouldn’t dry down and it would feel greasy on the skin. It doesn’t and it dries down so you forget about it, if it didn’t have that subtle scent it has.Nuxe Body Oils

It is completely non-greasy and works really well through the ends of the hair, wet or dry.

I use it after my shower at the gym and i will never stop buying this one. I have tried a few others but they never completely dry down.

Final Thoughts.
Fluffs de bunniesI could have given a list of many more products in the forgettable and unforgettable categories but this post would have gone on for some time. I may do another one again soon.

The forgettable products are by no means bad. They just never lived up to my expectations. It doesn’t mean they won’t for anyone else.Spider close up

The unforgettable products actually exceeded my expectations and that’s a great buzz when you buy a beauty product and it just never ceases to wow. It’s always money well spent.

Have you had any forgettable and unforgettable’s? Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

August Favourites. Beauty and………………The Little Beasts!

•September 11, 2016 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I was going to do a July favourites; however, it just got too late in the month to publish it so; August has arrived and i don’t want to miss this one.

I have been getting more and more into photography this past two months and macro photography in particular.

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I don’t own a macro lens at the moment, but i think my kit lens is doing a fair job while i’m still learning.

Spiders are my choice of subject and that’s because currently, there are many of them in my back garden.

They are the Cross spider or; Araneus Diadematus, and are common in the UK between June and November.

Spider in Web

There are about 7 currently making massive circular webs and what is really unnerving is, when i get up close to them, they raise their two front legs at me as if to say, back off or else! Lol! (Yes, they do bite as well).

August Favourites 2016

Previously, i mentioned to you that my favourites wouldn’t strictly be about beauty; however, here are some that i have been loving this past month.

Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum in Oil, Night.

Sadly, Biotherm (owned by L’Oreal) didn’t really take off in the UK and they pulled out of the market as a result.

This is a high end priced brand that produced natural products that were nice quality. This oil in serum in particular. It’s as good as the Estée Lauder Night Repair serum because it softens skin overnight and plumps out any fine lines. There is no fragrance present either.

The good news is that the products can still be purchased on the allbeauty.com website.

I am using up products that i have on my dresser that are half full as a cost cutting measure and i forgot how good this product is.

NUXE Nuxellence Jeunesse Youth & Radiance Revealing Care Moisturiser.

I had tried previous samples of this product and bought it as a result. It’s brand new and i love the packaging. It’s a twist up to open and  down to close, which protects the moisturiser from air thus, stops the denaturing of anti-oxidants.

Nuxe Nuxellence Jeunesse PackagingNuxe Packaging

It’s a simple, light weight moisturiser which is good under makeup. It doesn’t have an SPF but the foundation i wear does.

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant.

This is a fantastic product for cleansing and reducing pore size. It really works too.

I found out about this product from a Lisa Eldridge video. She said it is gentle and effective to use on models, who change makeup constantly for photo shoots and of course, she’s right. It is super gentle.

The active ingredients are; lactic and Salicylic acid, along with, fruit and plant acids. This tube has lasted me ages and i will be repurchasing.

It is probably the most effective cleanser in the hydroxy acid category i have used for pore reduction other than Glamglow Tinglexfoliate treatment mask.

Estée Lauder Highlighting Powder Gelée, 01 Modern Mercury.

I love this rose gold highlighter and have used it this past month while it’s still sunny outside.

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It’s very subtle on my skin tone and is more prominent with a tan or on darker skin tones. If you missed out on this, not to worry; Victoria Beckham has included it in her collection for EL this Fall. It’s in much nicer black and gold packaging too.

These gelée powders are also widely used in Tom Ford’s ranges, (also owned by EL), so it will be easy to pick up if you can’t get it in VB’s collection.

Dior Mono Wet & Dry Eyeshadow, 658 Cosmopolite.

This is one of the best single eyeshadows i have ever owned by any brand. It just packs a punch. I haven’t even had to use it wet at all.

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It’s a high silver shiny mid toned brown and great for the mobile lid. It works with most other colours i use because it’s quite neutral. A lovely creamy consistency for a powder that blends out very well and it hasn’t creased on me either. I do use an eye primer though.

This one has had a lot of use with different shades over the past month to create different makeup looks.

Dior Addict Hydrating Gel Core Lipstick, Sophisticated.

A lovely mauve/brown tone which packs a shine; ideal for Autumn/Fall.

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I love this gel core formula very hydrating and gives the illusion of a slightly plumped effect to the lips. A bit like a lip gloss.

I have been playing around with this one the last months. Trying it out with different makeup looks. It’s a contradictory shade because it leans both cool and warm at the same time on my lips. I shall be testing this one out more before i decide which eye look it really goes with.

There you have it. My August favourites. I have just bought some extension tubes for my camera, (picture on my instagram account) so i can get even closer to the spiders before they die off for the winter.  Oooh! I feel itchy ha!

Take care and i will see you all soon😉