I am 5 …………. 5 Years of Honest Beauty Blogging!

•October 13, 2017 • 13 Comments

Hi Everyone,

OMG! Is my blog really 5 years old now? Well, i got a notification off WordPress to say it is.Have things changedΒ 

Β Not that much. I still love Chanel, although i think its not quite got the hold on me as much as maybe 6-8 years ago or; i have so much makeup now that i could create any look i ever wanted without really buying anything new.

Do i still enjoy writing?

If i’m really honest, i don’t have a lot of time and i have a ton of products i still haven’t written about yet so, maybe its waning a tad. I do try to keep up and now i’m back from my hols, i’ll have another go at it.

Thing is, i never thought my blog would still be going after all this time so i’m really pleased it still is.

Have i learned anything this year?

Have I ?!! I think the ‘paid’ bloggers are becoming more transparent. Especially when they keep posting about the same products as each other at the same time. Hmmm !!

I am a bit miffed that there are very few bloggers in my age group. 40-50. The stats prove that this is the age group that spends the most on beauty products.

I love Ann-Marie’s blog, check it out. Ann-Marie writes some great posts which i can relate to.

I have little interest in high street beauty at all or anyone talking about anti-ageing products when they are many years away from needing them.

I only buy what i want to and i tend to watch vids from the little youtubers and read blogs from little bloggers like myself more and more because i believe in them. Not fairy lights in the background and fancy camera work from a whole production team.

What does the future hold?

More of the same. It is what it is. I don’t get paid to write posts and i don’t get sent any freebies. Yes, it would be nice; however, i would only write what i wanted to write. I need to keep my integrity so that you get thorough and honest reviews from me.

That is very important to me and in the five years, i have never been dishonest about any product i have reviewed so i’m chuffed with that and why should that change ?!

With that all said, thanks once again for popping by, following me and commenting and i do really appreciate it. It shows that i’m not writing to an empty space and people do appreciate me and thats what keeps me writing.

P.S Some pics from my amazing holiday touring the west coast of USA. Planning my next adventure!

Thanks guys and here’s to the next five years hopefully. πŸ˜‰



The Used and Abused Makeup Tag. Part 2……………….Eyes & Lips.

•August 20, 2017 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

As mentioned in part one of this two part instalment; here, I generally do not do tag posts as a rule unless they are worth doing and i like this one.

In part one i did my face products. In part two i will concentrate on eyes and lips. If i did this in one post it would have become quite lengthy and i know i don’t read posts that go on and on.

So with that said, lets get stuck in to my used and abused eye and lip products.



Chanel Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil, 30 Brun Naturel.

Its the only eyebrow pencil that actually matches my natural brow. I have re-purchased this 3 times and am half way through the third one now. It blends out lovely and stays once its set. Just lovely and not that expensive for Chanel either. Below left swatch; Chanel Brun Naturel and right is MAC Dirty Blonde.

MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme. Dirty Blonde.

I do like MAC’s Dirty Blond and have the brow gel in this, it is slightly lighter than my natural brow colour and i still also use this when i want a slightly lighter brow. Another lovely product that is quite effortless. Even though i have put a dent in this, it will probably still last me another year or so.


I love cream eyeshadows more and more as i’m getting older. They are very flattering to more maturing eyes. I also have a couple of my many powder eyeshadows that i am making a bit of a dent in to show you.

This is just a snap shot of my eyeshadows. I use many more.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow 97 New Moon.

I don’t care what anyone says, these two Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows i’m about to show you beat all of the new Ombre Premiere eyeshadows just released. They are so unique.

New moon is just a gorgeous brown/gold/pink eyeshadow that works well as a topper because of the high amount of glitter in this one. It is a very unique shade that is stunning in fact; Chanel released this one twice as LE because it was so popular. That has to be a first. Β Don’t get me wrong, i do like the new eyeshadows, they just aren’t unique or ground breaking in any way. Below swatches left; Illusion D’Ombre New Moon, Centre; Illusion D’Ombre Diapason, Right; Bobbi Brown Beach Bronze.Β 

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow, 92 Diapason.

Never have i ever used an eyeshadow more beautiful than this one. Chanel need to replicate it again. It is a stunning purple with teal and pink micro shimmer. Β A very flattering long wear eyeshadow that works well on its own and paired with brown and pink shades.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow, 16 Beach Bronze.

My all time favourite eyeshadow from BB. A lovely shade of deep brown with hints of golden micro shimmer that works with nearly every other eyeshadow i own and believe me, that is many. Very creamy, easy to blend and once set, doesn’t budge all day. I have seriously dented this one.

Onto my powder eyeshadows.

Chanel Les Ombres 4 Eyeshadow Palette. 16 Murano.

One of my favourite all time palettes in the baked formula from Chanel. I love teal and it works well with my blue/grey eyes.

It is a shade very rarely found in eyeshadow palettes although, Chanel have released an updated version of this in the Chanel Diaries Fall Collection 2017.Β The new formula is superior in the quads, very pigmented and Road Movie (with teals) is matte. Below left are Chanel quad swatches and right; Guerlain Copperfield swatch.

Guerlain Γ‰crin 1 Coleur Long Lasting Eyeshadow, Silky Powder, 05 Copperfield.

A gorgeous warm copper toned eyeshadow that again is really nice on blue, hazel and brown eyes. This formula is very nice on my crepey eyes too. Guerlain do great products and are such an underated company in some respects.


Dior Lash Maximizer 3D.

A base product that curls and separates eye lashes. I have been using and abusing this for the past couple of years now and i’m on my fourth tube.

Dior Extase Mascara.

I can’t tell you how many times i have purchased this mascara. I have been using it for close to a decade if not more. It makes my lashes long, thick and curl. No clumps and my all time favourite mascara. So you can imagine how i felt when Dior decided to discontinue it. Grrrrr!

Dior have replaced it with the Pump N’ Volume reviewed here. It is growing on me and i get a lot of nice comments when i use it. It is 4ml less product for a pound more in money though. Yes, i did notice Dior!


Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 987 Or Blanc.

I could name every single Chanel Stylo Yeux in this post but i better not, lol. This one is great and because it was LE, (no surprises there)! I bought two.

It works great at brightening the inner corner of the eye and in the waterline, to give the illusion of a larger eye. A wonderful white with golden shimmer.


Dior Addict Lacquer Stick Lipstick, 570 L.A. Pink.

Seriously! The most stunning everyday shade of dusky pink i have ever worn. This particular one is so comfortable and creamy on the lips with a high amount of pigmentation. I can’t stop wearing it. Its almost out and i’m about to buy my next one, just a couple of months after their release. Full review here.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Lipstick, 18 SΓ©duction.

This is my second one and luckily, i bought another because guess what? Its another one that Chanel have discontinued. How ridiculous!

Its a gorgeous glossy and high shine lipstick. Not a gloss to put over lipstick. It is very pigmented. In a shade of raspberry pink/red. Very wearable and lasts ages on the lips too. I will miss it.

Below swatches left; Dior Addict Lacquer L.A Pink; centre, Chanel Rouge Allure 18 SΓ©duction and right; Dior Ultra Gloss 643 Ever Dior.

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss, 643 Ever Dior.

My most favourite lip gloss shade. Β A lovely coral with golden shimmer. I love shimmery glosses in the summer because they look great when they catch the light. This formula isn’t sticky either. Cannot do without this one. Best get another becfore this is discontinued too.

That’s it. I think it was hard to whittle down the lips and eye products hence, why i did two posts. Which are your most used and abused products? Take care and i will see you all soon. πŸ˜‰

The Used and Abused Makeup Tag.Part 1………………The Face.

•August 13, 2017 • 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I’m not one for doing tags; however, i think this one is a tag that is worth doing.

I buy a lot of makeup but only re-purchase certain items time and time again and these are my most used and abused products that i love.

I suppose it is a bit like a favourites post so, lets get to it. There’s a fair few items to discuss.



There are three i constantly re-purchase and this is because they all produce different and great results.

I have blemished skin with uneven texture and colour so, i have to use a medium coverage foundation; however, i also need to not feel the foundation on my skin. That is a big no no for me. Below foundation swatches left to right; Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Middle; Dior Star Foundation and Right; Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet. Β 

Dior Star Foundation.

On my second bottle and i love that it gives a luminous finish while setting down. Ideal for winter months and for maturing skin as it does not dry the skin out and gives a lovely ‘lit from within’ finish. I use 020.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

Third bottle. Love the light weight satin finish. I cannot feel it at all on my skin. Best used in winter months. Two in twenty and one in 30 for summer.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet.

Gives a gorgeous luminous matte finish with medium/full coverage and yet; i cannot feel it sitting on my skin. Lasts really well and great for summer months. I use 20 and have bought two bottles. About to buy my third.


Guerlain Multi-Perfection Concealer (Hydrating and Blurring). Shade 04 Medium Cool.

I think this is the best ever concealer i have used under the eye area. It seriously doesn’t dry out the skin or highlight any lines. Just beautiful and i recommend it highly to anyone over 30. This is my first tube because they only released it last year but i have used it everyday for months and i am about to buy my second tube.

Dior Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer, 002 Beige.

This one is another that is fab and hydrating. It is a more full coverage concealer ideal for redness and blemishes. Again, i have put a good sized dent in this product but as with high end makeup, you do get a lot of use out of it before it’s finished.


EstΓ©e Lauder Pure Colour Illuminating Powder GelΓ©e, 01 Modern Mercury.

I use this constantly and it will probably last me forever, i think! It is a lovely, slightly strobe-like rose gold highlighter that is beautiful. So beautiful in fact that Victoria Beckham included it in her capsule collection for EL. If i had not previously owned it, i would have bought VB’s version because the packaging is so much better. EL never did do great packaging. Swatch below.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF15/PA++, No 25.

This one was a limited edition shade that suits my skin tone perfectly and i hit pan on it. Love the shade so much because it gives a very subtle healthy glow to the skin without it being an overt bronzer. Just lovely! I also like that it protects the skin from the sun and pollutants. Swatch below.

It really angers me that Chanel do these amazing limited edition products and do not use them again in other collections or make them permanent. I understand a company has to keep up with trends and keep it moving along but……….please!


Le Blush Crème De Chanel Cream Blush, 64 Inspiration.

There was a mad rush to the store when this cream blusher was released by Chanel. The shade i own, proved to be very popular so; to my dismay, they then decided to discontinue them to replace with the blusher stick.

Fair enough, they are much better in the stick form; however, they never replicated this shade, which is beautiful. I am so scared to keep using it because the stick ones are not nearly as pigmented or rich in shade.

As you can see, i have very much hit pan and i use sparingly these days.

Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect, 70 Tweed Brun RosΓ©.

Another discontinued product in the UK. Again, not sure why because i have put a serious dent in this one and can’t re-purchase unless i go overseas.

It is a beautiful rosy pink/brown shade that is so lovely in formula and as with all Chanel blushers, looks lovely on the skin. I still love the Joues Contraste blushers and own many, so i’m not going to weep over this one too much. Below left is the tweed blush, right swatches from left to right are; Le blush creme de Chanel; Les beiges healthy glow sheer blush stick no 21 and Duo Tweed effect Brun rosΓ©.

These are my face products that i put a dint in or re-purchase constantly and i love so much. They work with my mature skin and are very flattering on me. Stay posted for my used and abused eye and lip products.

Take care and i will see you all soon. πŸ˜‰

FOTD…………Inspiring and Hypnotic Metallics!

•August 9, 2017 • 6 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I haven’t done a FOTD for a long while. I guess i just never get around to doing them.

Recently, i bought new products from the Dior Metallics Fall Makeup Collection 2017 and was so impressed with the new eyeshadow quints that i had to show you how pigmented and beautiful they are.The colours are very intense and would make the best smokey eye ever.

My original post with the swatches are here.

They are an absolute dream to apply and seriously great quality. I have always loved the Dior quints anyway; however, the High Fidelity Quints are even more creamy in texture and highly pigmented.

Here is my look. Hope you like it as much as i do.


EstΓ©e Lauder Idealist Por Minimizing Skin Renfinisher.

Guerlain Skin Perfecting Corrector Concealer, 04 Medium Cool.

Dior Star Foundation, Brightening Weightless Perfection, 020 Light Beige.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, No 25. (LE)

Guerlain MΓ©tΓ©orites Illuminating Pressed Powder, 10 Nacre Des Mers (Disc.)

Chanel Cream Blusher, 64 Inspiration (Disc.)

Guerlain MΓ©tΓ©orites Illuminating Iridescent Powder, Cruel Gardenia (LE)


Chanel Sculpting Brow Pencil, 30 Brun Naturel.

NARS Smudgeproof Eye Base.

Chanel Ombre PremiΓ©re Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow, 802 Undertone. (NEW) Base.

Dior 5 Coleurs High Fidelity Eyeshadow Palette, 677 Hypnotize. (NEW)

  • 1 was used in the inner corner of the eye and under brow bone.
  • 2 was used across mobile lid.
  • 3 was used in centre of the lid.
  • 4 was used in the socket and outer v.
  • 5 was used as an eyeliner under the eye.

Dior Metalizer Eyes & Lips Shadow. Long Wear Metal Effect. 528 Platine Fusion.(NEW)

I used this on the top centre of eye by the base of lashes and under the eye near inner corner.

Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer, 66 Brun CuivrΓ©. (Disc.)

Chanel Le Crayon KhΓ΄l Intense Eye Pencil, 69 Clair.


Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Precision Lip Definer, 05 Mordoré-Nude. (Disc.)

Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Lipstick, 47 Escapade/Desert Rose. (Disc.)

I have done a separate photo of the lipstick below. It is very much like the Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle. A nude pink shade that is ‘your lips but better’. Β 

There you have it. Above, was the first time i used the eyeshadow palette and did this look very quickly, early morning for work. Below right; the second day, i applied more of the two paler colours to lighten up my eye better for day wear.

I was running pretty late on both days, (nothing new there) and never had time to really play with the new metalizer cream eyeshadow. I am going to have a play when i’m off work later this week.

Take care and i will see you all soon πŸ˜‰

Dior Haul…………………..The Metallics Autumn/Fall Makeup Collection 2017.

•July 29, 2017 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Oh! I do love the Dior Fall collections. They never fail to impress and i struggled with this one because i literally did want most of it.

Alas! Dior don’t send me products to review so, i will have to limit to what i can afford.

The ones i didn’t buy and are worth looking at are; all the nail polishes. They are gorgeous and Dior nail polishes are long lasting. The brow gel looks fab but i have just bought the Chanel version and will wait for this to be used up before i go for the Dior one and; the double ended cream blush/highlighter, which should be great for travel and are quite pigmented.

What i bought.

5 Coleurs and Effects Eyeshadow Palette, 677 Hypnotize.

The one thing i do love besides the new creamier formula in these eyeshadows is, the different texures within all 5 shades. This makes them great for creating a multitude of different looks.

These are matte, satin, metallic, shimmer and transparent glitter. Swatches above from left to right show the metalizer in Platine Fusion featured below.

Left is the metallic silver/lilac pinkish colour. A very unusual shade. Next to that is the pale beige gold glitter. This will be great for a topper over other eyeshadows. After that is the deep golden/copper brown colour; a satin finish and deeply pigmented. Then comes the first of the two deeper brown shades. This one has golden glitter in it and is almost black in colour; It has quite a cool tone and will make a great eyeliner. Finally; the second of the two deeper colours is a warm dark brown matte. Very velvety smooth in texture and will make the ideal socket shade.

All the eyeshadows are pigmented and very easy to blend out. I think this is the best formula yet from Dior although, all the palettes i own are great and i have never had any problem with them.

Metalizer Eyes & Lip Creme Shadow, 528 Platine Fusion.Β 

These are lovely and very metallic. Very much like the Dior fluid eyeshadows i own as well, from a previous Metallic collection. They set down fast and stay put and all the shades are very useable.

The reason i bought Platine Fusion is because it is the most universal shade. It could also be used over lipstick or on the top of lip bow as a highlighter as well as a highlighter for the cheekbones. Very versatile and it’s a lovely metallic beige colour.

I think i could use this with any eye colour i own. They are a real winner because you can squeeze a tiny amount out onto the back of the hand or straight onto a brush and apply. They do set very quickly.

Rouge Dior Couture Lipstick, 996 Eccentric

What a beautiful lipstick. It is a taupe/brown with a rose undertone. Very unusual and i thought i didn’t own any lipsticks that even comes close to this. Hmm! I do in fact.

My Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 45 CaractΓ©re is very close although, i love the creamy formula of the Dior Rouge Couture lipsticks that bit more and they are very long wearing too.

This is my favourite lipstick in the whole collection for Fall/Autumn wear. It is quite a dark shade on my lip but i do love to mix things up with my makeup looks.

Below, i swatched other colours that were similar to this shade.

Left is great copper, which is a more golden brown tone. Next to that is Rouge Dior 996 Eccentric. Following on from that is Chanel 33 Fabulous; which is a nude brown colour and doesn’t have that subtle rose tone. As mentioned above; CaractΓ©re is almost identical but just a tad deeper in brown tone. Ambigue loses the rose undertone but has a mauve shade instead. (This is one of my favourite Autumn shades of all time). Next to that is Silhouette by Chanel; this one is a lovely warm nude tone and finally; Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Escapade, is a lovely nude pink that is ‘your lips but better’, which lacks the brown tone to really compare to Eccentric.

As per usual, i want more. I will probably buy more too but for now, these are my favourites from the whole collection. Have you seen and tried any yet?

P.S It’s National Lipstick today. No better time to review a lovely new lipstick.

Take care and i will see you all soon. πŸ˜‰



5 of My Sunday Best……………. Dior, Ambre Solaire, Guerlain, Estee Lauder. Summer Skin Savers!

•July 16, 2017 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Five on the sunday best table today are some great products i have been using in the hotter weeks. They serve their purpose very well and are worth the money. My ultimate summer savers.

Dior Nude Air Loose Powder, 012 Rose/Pink.

A beautiful, very finely milled pink powder that is great for completely mattifying the skin.

I use it on my t-zone and its great for in the summer to stop the foundation from wearing off so quickly. The nude air loose powder is also great at creating a barrier to stop harmful polutants sitting on the skin. Review here.

It’s also invisible on the skin too. Pictured below heavily swatched.Β 

Ambre Solaire Sensitive High Protection Face Mist Factor 50.

A great product that doesn’t affect the makeup on my face, if i want to top up my SPF. I wouldn’t use this completely by itself; however, i will use it as well as a cream or fluid based SPF as a base product. Ideal for on the go in the handbag.

Spray from a few inches away from face and it leaves no visible white marks. Very convenient for the handbag in the summer.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion radiant makeup Stick.

I keep this in work in my ‘work makeup bag’. It’s fantastic as a quick and easy top up down the t-zone when my foundation wears off during the day.

Very light weight; i don’t feel it on my skin and it dries down matte. I really love it and will re-purchase. Check out Review here.

The cushion stick is lovely and covers any redness or blemishes really effectively, as well as staying put once applied.

Guerlain Terracotta Four Seasons Bronzing Powder with pure gold, 01 Blondes.

Guerlain knock it out of the park with bronzing powders. They just get it so right.

I have used this for two years now and still haven’t hit pan yet. It offers a gorgeous, very natural finish without the orange tango effect. Great when your skin gets a hint of colour; it gives a very healthy sunkissed glow.

Very long wearing; a couple of swipes with a large fluffy brush is enough for the whole face; hence, why i have kept it for so long. No chunky shimmers or fakeness about the colour at all and it isn’t shimmery either. Pure gold standard in bronzers, throw the rest in the bin. Review here.

EstΓ©e Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF30. (NEW)

Two years ago, i tried the original double wear foundation and absolutely hated it. It nestled into all my fine lines, which just deepened them and made them look more prominent and it was tight on my skin. Yuck! I was put off.

Two months ago, i tried the EL Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick foundation and fell in love. It is ideal for work and travel and leaves a lovely finish on the skin. See above!

Last week, the lovely SA on the EL counter gave me a sample of this latest double wear foundation and i have been wearing it everyday to test it out.

I AM IN LOVE!Β Not only does the SPF sell it to me, it is a beautiful light weight liquid that blends well intoΒ the skin and dries down to a healthy dewy finish. I do put powder down the centre point of my face and that’s it. No touch ups at all during the day because it simply doesn’t wear off.

It is very buildable, breathable and i found that only a few dabs on the skin was enough. I blended it out with a Real Techniques buffing brush and it didn’t rest in my lines. I would actually say that this foundation is great for mature skin like mine.

It gives a very smooth, light reflecting finish. Not ‘strobe-like’ but more healthy looking. Pictured left, shows the illuminating and smoothing effect on the back of my hand.

I only put one coat on; however that’s all i needed and i do have red, blotchy and blemished skin. I did put extra concealer on the spots but the foundation covered the rest without any issues.

Above left; I just have mascara and the foundation on the skin. Above right; My finished look.

I am always on the look out for new foundations to try and love my Chanel and Dior makeups. It’s just that. i go through so much foundation because i wear it every day, almost. It’s great to see what else is out there and yet, i can still remain loyal to my favourite brands because i use so much.

Thats it. What are your summer loves? Β Take care and i will see you soon. πŸ˜‰

Dior and Chanel Lips & Nails…………………..Magenta Makes Me Feel Sassy!

•July 2, 2017 • 6 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I had a little Birthday bash with some of the girls from work a few weeks ago and i needed to buy a couple of new items to go with my new dress. (Any excuse really)!

The dress is navy with a floral pattern that includes the colours of magenta and various shades of blue. I love it!

I decided to make everything magenta to add a contrast to the dress and blue shoes i also bought; my clutch included. My lip colour and nail polish has to be magenta too.

Dior Lacquer Stick Lipstick, 882 Sassy.

When i first saw this on the counter, i wasn’t overawed with the shade. I do love the formula of the Lacquer sticks. They are seriously creamy and super pigmented. A dream of a lipstick.

I already own L.A.Pink, which is a dusky pink mauve shade. I’ve worn it so much, i am nearly half way through the tube aready.

When the SA from Dior tried Sassy out on me, it made my blue eyes stand right out. It is a very wearable pink with both warmth and a touch of blueness to it as well. It is perfect for the clutch and nail colour i also bought.

The lacquer sticks do remain on the lips for many hours, so very little touch ups are required. I have other shades in mind for my next purchase and Club is a beautiful shade too.

Picture above left comparisons to Sassy; Dior Lacquer Stick 882 Sassy, a neutral toned magenta. Dior Addict 976 Be Dior, a warm pink fuchsia; Chanel Rouge Allure 93 ExaltΓ©e, a very cool toned fuchsia pink and finally; Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 150 Luxuriant is a warm berry pink shade.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour, 643 DΓ©sirio.

I believe this one is still made using the older formula and not the new gel one. The shade was the only one perfect to match both my clutch and lipstick choices so i went with it.

There’s not a lot i can say about this other than it is a typical Chanel nail polish. They always come in stunning and very unique shades and i don’t really care what anyone says, they are still the best in shade and application even though the older formula does chip a bit.

This is a gorgeous, opaque magenta with a good amount of shine to it.

It lasts much longer with the Dior Gel Coat on top too. I’m not worrying too much about it πŸ˜‰

That’s all my recent purchases for now.Β 

Take care and i will see you all soon. Β πŸ˜‰