What’s In My Current Makeup Bag…………..Work Edition!

•April 12, 2015 • 8 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Having recently had a weeks holiday from work, i can write plenty of blog posts, which i normally never have time to do. This one is about beauty products in my makeup bag at work.

I have wanted to do this post for quite some time. The products mentioned are ones that i use on a daily basis in work. Obviously. i apply makeup in the morning before i venture out; however, i have to keep it looking fresh during the day.

Whats in my current makeup bag

Makeup bag from M&S with Twiggy on it.

This is what i either take with me or, i keep in my locker in work. Here goes:

Liptick of the Day.

Yes, i change my lipstick colour and usually my whole look on a daily basis and i always carry a couple of lipsticks with me and a lipgloss is also on hand. As those of you who follow me will know, i use Mainly Chanel Lippies followed by Dior. The colours i keep on hand are often neutrals.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder, 01 Multi-colour. 

A ‘must have’. It makes my skin look flawless, with a beautiful glowing, (not shiny) complexion. A phenomenon of a product. I will never be without this and i especially love this one because it has a peach blush to it. The other one pictured is in shade 30 for extra colour.

Chanel Les Beiges Number 30 and Kabuki BrushChanel Les Beiges Multi Colour Healthy Glow Powder

MAC Studio Finish Concealer, NW 20.

I love all MAC concealers, they work beautifully with my slightly oily/normal combo skin and do actually conceal. This one really stays put and blends fairly easily. MAC Matchmaster Concealer will work well with drier skin as it is much more creamier in formulation, i use this one too in 1.5.

YSL Touche Eclat Highlighting Eye Pen, 01.

Another beauty. This just peps up my tired eyes during the day by giving them light.

Chanel Lip Defining Pencil, 34 Natural.

It’s great to re-line and define the lips after lunch, when most of the lipstick has been removed by food. As i get older, my lips have less definition and this just keeps lips looking young and plumped. This colour is exactly the same colour as my lips and therefore; can be used with any shade of lipstick.Chanel Lip Defining Pencil Natural Swatch With Flash

Perfume of The Day.

I usually keep the freebie sample vials and use them for work. Ideal! I have Dior J’Adore at the moment.

I try to avoid strong perfumes because i understand my taste in perfume is not the same for everybody. I also spray it very lightly.

That’s my makeup bag i use in work. What essentials do you carry with you?

Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Chanel Les Beiges Summer 2015…………Healthy Glow All Summer Long!

•April 8, 2015 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Another up and coming release i’m actually getting excited about is the Chanel Les Beiges. Oh la la!

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I love Les Beiges healthy glow powder. It is an understated phenomenon, yes i used the P word that i cannot even say. That’s how good this super finely milled pressed powder is. No obvious shimmer or glitter and yet; your skin just awakens when it is applied.  It blurs fine lines, gives a beautiful flawless complexion without resorting to a ton of silicone. An elixir of youth and vitality, there i said it!

Usually, when a product is a great success, all the other’s follow and in this case, they have. Guerlain and Lancôme have just released their healthy glow powders and i’m pretty sure there are more on their way.

I want the new Les Beiges powder in number 25 and one of those cheeky little glow sticks too, from this collection.

If you haven’t got the Chanel Les Beiges kabuki brush, it’s available in this collection too. Full review here.

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Healthy Glow Multi Colour Mariniere SPF 15 Powder, Limited Edition

  • No.01
  • No.02

Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, Limited Edition

  • No.25

Healthy Glow Sheer Color Stick, Limited Edition

  • No.20
  • No.21
  • No.22

Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm, Limited Edition

  • No.10

Levres Scintillantes

  • No.204 Rose Tendre
  • No.206 Beige Star

Le Vernis

  • No.655 Beige Rose (LE Europe)
  • No.659 Beige Pur
  • No.661 Precious Beige
  • No.663 Lovely Beige

Photo courtesy of Martusiasworld

This collection is released in early June. Yes! My birthday month. I’m a happy bunny indeed. :-)

Take Care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Latest Haul…………Chanel, Dior, La Roche Posay, Bobbi Brown and Guerlain

•April 5, 2015 • 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to do a catch up on what i have bought over the past couple of weeks. There are so many new releases that i get sucked into and keeping up the writing is a challenge sometimes.

The Latest Haul

Here are my latest loves.

Guerlian La Petit Robe Noire, Eau Fraiche Eau de Toilette Perfume.                                                                                                                                             I absolutely love this perfume. It is beautiful. I cannot think of a more lovely, light weight, refreshing perfume for the coming Spring and Summer months.

I always wear more headier perfumes during the colder months and then as soon as the sun appears, out comes the citrusy, floral light weights that are just ideal.

Guerlain La Petit Robe Noire Eau Fraiche

This perfume consists of top notes of bergamot, mandarin, lemon and orange blossom; middle notes of freesia, Turkish and Bulgarian rose and jasmine and then base notes of, almond, pistachio, patchouli, Tonka bean and white musk.

The citrus scent comes through at the beginning and i can smell the bergamot and white musk. The patchouli, pistachio and floral remains at the end.

La Roche Posay, Serozinc.

I never knew what all the fuss was with this product because i thought it was just water. No it isn’t. It’s a great product to have in my locker at work as it controls oil and mattes down the face in one quick spray.

It contains zinc sulfate and sodium chloride. Especially for skin with blemishes, it tones and controls oil. It does what it says on the tin. I love using this as a quick mist half way through the day because it gets rid of any oil on the skin. This is going to be a must in the summer.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipsticks, 402 Adrienne and 424 Edith.Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 402 Adrienne

Fully reviewed here already; however i need to include them as they were part of my haul. Beautiful lipsticks.

Chanel Lip Defining Pencil, 93 Beige Innocent.Chanel Beige Innocent Lip Pencil Swatch

Also reviewed with the Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks above.

 

Bobbi Brown Correcting Concealer.

This is a concealer specifically designed for dark circles and dark spots. It has a pinky/orange base to counter the blue in dark circles under the eye and is super creamy, very easy to blend around the eye area without dragging and stays put.

Eye without correctorEye with Bobbi Brown corrector and YSL Touche EclatRight eye has the Corrector

Eye left without any product and right eye with BBC and YSL TÉ over it. Main pic shoes eye to left without and eye to right with product. 

I also use YSL Touche Éclat over the top just to brighten it off a bit. (A brightening concealer was recommended by my Bobbi Brown SA)  I have Bisque, which is the exact colour for my skin tone.

Dior Eyeliner Brush No 24.

Dior Eye Liner Brush Number 24

I bought this one for my mum. I own it already and my mum wanted it. It is so precise for lining and very easy because it has slightly tapered edges. A wonderful brush and one of Dior’s finest.

There you have it. I have more to add but i didn’t want to make this post so long, so i will include them products in my next haul post.

Take care and i will see you all soon, ;-)

March Favourites………..2 Years Running, My Skin Care and Running Gear!

•March 29, 2015 • 16 Comments

Hi Everyone,

A bit of a different favourites this month. I have just realized that i have been running now for 2 years and i still love it.

2 years ago i was very heavy and getting heavier. I was starting to gain more and more health problems related to my weight and something had to give. My knees, literally!

March Favourites 2015

I was quite depressed and hated looking in the mirror. One day, i decided life was far too short for feeling sorry for myself and it was time to change.

Changing required a whole new thought pattern as well as introducing an exercise routine into my life.

How I Started My Weight Loss

Me in March 2013Then(1)

Me in March againI started by doing a 20 minute power walk around my local park. This lead up to running half way around the park and now, i regularly jog 2.5/3 miles at least three time a week with sprints.

Although i am absolutely no fan of any diet and i don’t follow them in any way, i did start to think a bit more about what i was eating. It wasn’t like i ate unhealthy; however, i did pack it away.

The only significant change i did make was cutting cheese out almost completely. I was eating cheese and crackers at 12 am of a night, at my biggest. I do love cheese and i just eat small amounts every now and again and i will have the odd bit of cheese on toast at lunch time rather than at midnight. This helped significantly in my weight loss.

I would still like to lose another dress size, but i am in a good place within myself, so if i don’t, not a problem!

Another wonderful move i made was starting this blog. I love it so much. It’s my baby. I am trying to move forward with it a bit more each year.

I now have the confidence to show my face on my blog, which i think makes it that bit more personal. Baby steps!

I wasn’t going to show the before pictures; however, if it inspires others do get out and do something about their weight, then it’s worth me feeling embarrassed about putting them up for the world to see.

Now onto my favourites:

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L’Oreal Active Anti- Wrinkle Matte Fluid Protection SPF 50+

I use moisturizers and SPF’s when i’m running. It’s amazing when you build up a sweat, the blood rushes to the face and this makes it catch the sun far quicker than normal. A 25 minute run can result in a sun burned face on a mild day. Not good at all.

I use this SPF moisturizing cream when i’m running only. It’s a bit chalky otherwise, It’s great at protecting my face.

Adidas Boost 2 Trainers.Sorbithane heel pads in my runners

These trainers are fantastic. Comfortable, they fit like a glove to my feet. Very bouncy on the feet too. This has helped with my injury problems; in fact, i haven’t had any Tendinitis, (a runners worst nightmare) since owning these and yes! I will buy them again. They are expensive but if they keep you injury free, believe me, they are worth every single penny.

Adidas Running Clothing.Me getting ready for my morning run

The best out there. I wear Climaheat in the winter and Climacool in the summer. It really helps. I get stiff knees in cold weather and i find it difficult to run when it gets really warm during summer.

3kg Hand Weights

I do hand weights two – three times a week for ten minutes at a time. When i was a Pastry Chef, i had very toned arms due to lifting heavy trays in and out of ovens most of the day. Now; i have squidgy arms. I find the weights keep them a bit more toned.

Sorbothane heel pads (Pictured above inside my trainers)

When i developed Tendinitis last year, twice, i was out of action running for nearly 3 months. This is a long time and i put half a stone back on as a result. I was told by a fellow runner to buy these and i would never have it again. Well i never have, touch wood! I did also buy a much better pair of running shoes too. I think both factors have helped save me from injury.

M&S Extra High Impact Sports Bra.M&S Extra High Impact Bra

I love this bra for running in. It keeps me in place. If i ran marathons, i would probably buy a shock absorpber bra but at the moment, this one is doing just fine. http://www.marksandspencer.com/l/lingerie/bras/dd-bras/sports-bras

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Lastly, it’s all about finding the confidence to change your circumstances when things don’t work for you anymore, (and you can). This was one of the big reasons why i was overweight, because i didn’t want to change what i knew had to. It all fall’s into place when you listen to your intuition.ahhhh a well earned cuppa

Now, time for that 5K and then a cuppa. :-)

Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

 

Dior Summer Tie Dye Makeup Collection 2015…………Preview!

•March 25, 2015 • 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

As well as doing hauls, favourites and reviews of beauty products i buy, i also like to keep up with new collections due for release. I generally report on the ones i find the most exciting and yes, they usually involve Dior, Chanel and Guerlain. I don’t bother with MAC because they release a collection every week and i don’t have the time to keep up with all that.

I am loving this new collection coming from Dior and especially the blushers, which look fantastic. So here goes;

Diorskin Nude Tan Tie Dye, Limited Edition

  •  Pink Sunrise
  •  Coral Sunset

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Dior-Tie-Dye-Summer-2015-Collection-4

Diorskin Nude BB Cream 

  • 025

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Tie Dye 5 Couleurs Palette, Limited Edition

  • 746 Ambre Nuit
  • 556 Contraste Horizon

 

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Tie Dye Diorshow Khôl, Limited Edition

  • Pearly Turquoise
  • Pearly Board

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Diorshow Iconic Tie Dye Overcurl Waterproof, Limited Edition

  • 451 Bleached Turquoise

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Dior Addict Tie Dye Lipstick 

  • Red Bliss
  • Coral Trip
  • Hypnotic Plum
  • Cosmic Pink
  • Fuchsia Utopia
  • Nude Ever

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Dior Addict Tie Dye Fluid Stick 

  • 229 Beige Passion
  • 379 Tropiques
  • 449 Ciel Rose
  • 779 Plaisir

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Dior Addict Tie Dye Lip Maximizer

  • 006 Beige Sunrise

Dior Vernis

  • 319 Sunwashed/milky yellow
  • 239 Sunkissed/rosy nude
  • 464 Sundown/radiant hibiscus

Dior Tie Dye Top Coat

Dior-Tie-Dye-Summer-2015-Collection-11

The Mascara, kohl sticks, lip maximizer and BB cream have my name on them. I love the look of the lipsticks too. No surprises there eh!! What do you think of this collection?

April release in UK and Europe. Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

 

 

 

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipsticks 2015 & Pencil………………424 Edith; 402 Adrienne and 93 Beige Innocent.

•March 22, 2015 • 12 Comments

Hi Everyone,

When Chanel decided to re-formulate their Rouge Coco lipstick line, i was intrigued. The reason for this was, i loved the Rouge Coco formula anyway. Highly pigmented with real staying power. What wasn’t to love!

Chanel Edith Adrienne and Beige Innocent Pencil Rouge Coco 2015

All products do need to be updated though, even if it’s only new colours and Chanel have made some marked improvements.

The new rouge! 

The original formula could be quite drying on the lips and this is where Chanel have made some changes, along with updated colours and with some shades, not so frosty finishes. The new formula now contains mimosa, Jojoba and sunflower plant butters to give ultra hydration and a lip plumping effect.

Having tried out 5 samples of the new formula shades, i have now purchased two; 424 Edith. (one i haven’t previously tried out) this was my wonderful nan’s name; and 402 Adrienne, a lovely rosy beige nude shade. I also bought one of the four limited edition lip pencils as well; 93 Beige Innocent.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick, 424 Edith.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 424 EdithChanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 424 Edith Close upChanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 424 Edith Swatch in lower light

A lovely medium rosy pink shade, slightly blueish tone. I seem to gravitate towards these colours often and having my nan’s name, that sealed it further. This applies lovely and with great pigmentation, not unlike the original formula at all in that respect. The difference is that it does have quite a bit more slip. This shade in particular, does feel a little sticky on the lips. I also noticed that it transferred very easily to the cup of tea i was drinking while wearing it, although it is still very long wearing, (four hours, roughly).

So what’s good about it? It is a beautiful, very wearable colour for most people and i like the feeling the plant butters leaves on the lips. It is still a long wearing lipstick compared to many out there and i’m not disappointed that i bought it. I will probably buy more now that the formula is similar to Rouge Allure because i own a lot more of those shades.

I have shown comparisons below.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 424 Edith and ComparisonsChanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 424 Edith and Comparisons with Flash

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick, 402 Adrienne.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 402 AdrienneChanel Rouge Coco Shine 204 Adrienne Close UpChanel Rouge Coco Adrienne Swatch

I have already reviewed this one but would like to extend it by saying that this one seems to be super creamy compared to Edith and is not sticky on my lips. I guess the colours added must effect the formula slightly with each lipstick. I noticed this when i tried out Emilienne from the shade card. It was very pigmented but quite drying after a few hours wear. although this did offer the longest wear of them all.Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick Adrienne Swatch

Adrienne is a lovely rosy beige shade that wears well on my lips and doesn’t wash me out. It has proven to be one of the most popular shades so far in this collection and is going to be great for an everyday natural look or with a deep, smokey eye. It is a very versatile shade, a ‘must have’ for fair to medium toned skin.

Comparisons are below.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 402 Adrienne and ComparisonsChanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 402 Adrienne and Comparisons with Flash

Lip Defining Pencil, 93 Beige Innocent.

Chanel Lip Defining Pencil Beige InnocentChanel Lip Definer Pencil 93 Beige Innocent Close UpChanel Beige Innocent Lip Pencil Swatch

A rosy beige pencil with a creamy formula. You can apply this one all over the lip or just line the lip. It’s super creamy and doesn’t drag at all. Stays put once set, as usual. This shade works perfectly with Adrienne; however, you can’t go wrong with a natural pencil because it will work with every colour. All four lip pencils are limited edition.

I have swatched some comparisons with other natural shades below.

Chanel Lip Defining Pencil Beige Innocent and Comparisons

Final Thoughts

I do see a marked improvement in the lipstick formula. It does give a buttery smooth texture to the lips while still remaining highly pigmented. There is a very good colour spectrum in 5 base shades from oranges to purples and nudes. Gone are the frosty finishes which have become quite dated, to be replaced with very strong vibrant colours.

I personally haven’t noticed any lip plumping; however, they are very impressive and yes, still the best out there, ha! ha! You knew i was going to say that!Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 424 Edith Swatch Have you tried out the new formula Chanel Rouge Coco Lipsticks yet? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

The ‘InStyle’ Magazine Best Beauty Buys For 2015…………..My Thoughts!

•March 18, 2015 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

InStyle Magazine has released it’s best in Beauty for 2015 in association with John Lewis. I am always interested in their picks each year and i wanted to share with you what i own from their choices. I also want to point out that i don’t always agree with their choices either; however, they are mostly great.

InStyle Best Buys for 2015

Here are the products i own from their list of 104; their thoughts on it and mine.

Best Eye Makeup Remover; Lancôme Bi-Facil .

‘Non-greasy and feels fresh as water’.  I agree although i don’t think it feels like water. It does remove eye makeup without any issues and in speedy time though.

Best Eye De-Puffer. Origins No Puffery Roll On for Eyes.Origins no puffery

‘Deflates puffy bags’. I have the gel version, which i like but i wouldn’t re-purchase. It felt a bit sticky on my eyes and slices of cucumber works faster, feels much more refreshing and is much cheaper.

Best Cream/ Gel Blusher. Chanel Le Blush Crème.

Le Blush Creme De Chanel 64 Inpiration‘The oil free formula means it stays put’.  I totally agree. I wish there were more shades available. It stays put all day and is completely grease free with a gorgeous matte finish.

Best Under Eye Concealer, YSL Touche Éclat.

‘It’s the perfect mix of colour, texture and design’. I do love this one and it lasts such a long time too. Guerlian Precious Lights is another great one.

Best Eyelash Curler. Shu Uemura.

‘The Rolls Royce of eyelash curlers and worth every penny’. I also totally agree. Fabulous!

Best Self Tan for Body. St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse.

Quick to develop and easy to apply’. It is wonderful, never streaks and i won’t use any other one on my body. Leaves a gorgeous natural finish and without the biscuity odour.

Best Nail Polish Range. Essie.Essie For the Twill of It

They’ve made more iconic shades than any one else’. I do love the shades they create. ‘For The Twill of It’, is one of my all time favourites and i get a lot of comments on it because it is a gorgeous purple/green duo chrome. Very unique!

Best Dry Shampoo. Batiste.

‘The light texture is great for adding volume or to give an instant refresh’. Agreed on both counts and fairly inexpensive.

Best Heat Protector, Kérastase Nectar Thermique.

‘This product leaves hair soft and shiny’. I love this. I won it in a competition on Facebook and i will be repurchasing it forever! It just makes my hair lovely and smooth’s down the hair cuticle. I really notice when i don’t apply it and that’s a good enough reason to buy it again.

Other Wins. 

Kérastase won a few other categories; however, i don’t currently have the products to show. Very worthy winners though.

MAC won a number of categories but i don’t agree that they produce the best eyeshadows. I find a few of them incredibly grainy, but that’s just me.  I do love their eye pencils and they won that category too.

Chanel Vitalumiere won best liquid foundation. I use the Vitalumiere Aqua for my oily T-zone.

Some of the skin care products were very high end and out of my budget and i thought Nuxe, Vichy and REN deserved to be on the list for their cost effective, anti-ageing products that actually work and La Roche Posay for problem skin, should have made the list as well. I don’t think John Lewis sell these products, so maybe that’s why they are not on the list but JL need to start selling them

Have you seen the top 104 products for 2015 by InStyle Magazine? What are your thoughts?

Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Disclaimer.

The quotations above marked in green italics are direct quotes taken from contributions to InStyle magazine by various beauty professionals. 

 
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