Monday, 6 July 2015

Summer Blush...


So today I wanted to introduce you to my favourite summer blushes. In Autumn and winter I tend to favour plum and berry shades but in the summer I'm definitely more of a peachy pink kinda girl

MAC Melba is the newest blush in my collection and it's very versatile in the way it can be built up into a bright orange or toned down into a lovely peachy shade. Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop is beautiful and I couldn't not talk about how pretty the cheek pops are, a blush in the shape of a flower, how much more summery can you get. I know it's called plum but it definitely translates into more of a pink on the cheeks. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion is more of a blush and highlight combo and probably my most reached for blush at the moment. It's great with any make up look whether it's natural or dramatic and I love it.

Now I couldn't do a summer blush post and not mention the Bourjois Cream Blush (in 01 Nude Velvet). This along with the Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in 004 Sunkissed Cherry are two of the best cream blush products out there and have amazing longevity, especially in the heat.

The Boots 17 Blush in Bramble Frost is the oldest in my collection and one of my absolute favourites. It is now discontinued (sorry) but I wanted to give it a mention as mine is still going strong! Thank goodness for anti-bacterial make up sprays. 

L-R Melba, Plum Pop, Dim Infusion, Nude Velvet, Sunkissed Cherry, Bramble Frost

So what are your favourite blushes to rock during the summer?

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Friday, 3 July 2015

Blogging over 30?...

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Yesterday Hayley, who runs the amazing London Beauty Queen, did a live periscope about beauty blogging over the age of 30 and why it's more important than ever... (the link is here if you fancy a watch - I would recommend it!)

As I listened to what she was saying I realized how I related to pretty much everything she mentioned. I don't really want to be sold an anti-ageing product by a 20 year old who has no lines or even first signs of ageing and cannot give me a full review of X and what results they got.

Now I'm not being dismissive of those blogs at all! I read tons of blogs written by people of all ages and I can honestly say I've never actually taken notice of the ages unless I'm after 'anti-ageing' specifically. 

I read a blog because i'm interested in the content, I just wouldn't necessarily go to those blogs for an 'anti-age specific' product review. I want to be able to go to someone similar to my age or older that has the same concerns as me and has tried and tested the products I am interested in so I don't end up wasting my hard earned money on something I am going to (potentially) be massively disappointed in.

Everyone has a right to review and talk about whatever they want, but surely when it comes to the 'older' woman searching for something that is going to improve the look of the lines around her eyes, for example, She wants to read something from someone 'older' who has actually 'seen' results right?

Another of the points mentioned is that most bloggers over 30 who have (or had) beauty blogs tend to turn their blogs into a mummy/parenting blog once they have children and there are so few 'beauty bloggers' over the age of 30 out there. 

I have to say I agree with this point as I have followed some 'beauty' bloggers who have then had children and their blogs change and the content no longer relates to me and what I am interested in. Don't get me wrong I'm not slating anyone or saying they shouldn't change what they talk about, it's just such a shame that there aren't more beauty/fashion specific bloggers out there representing those of us over the age of 30 when there's such a huge market for it.

During the broadcast Hayley said she wanted to compile a list of those of us over 30-40+ who are blogging about beauty/fashion specifically so we all know where to go. 

Something else we need to do is start encouraging older women to start reading blogs, they may not be 'into' social media so therefore may not know about blogs and how informative they can be. So if your mums, aunts or even nan's are interested in beauty let them know we exist and point them in the right direction.

I also wanted to give a mention to Catherine who runs Not Dressed as Lamb as she is in the process of arranging a 30-40+ blogger meet up in the UK this Autumn (no date yet) but you can sign up here to be notified and get an invite once the details are confirmed.

As a result of Hayley's periscope I wanted to share the details while it's still a 'hot' subject and for you to get on board! So if any of this post relates to you then please share the details far and wide and contact Hayley to give her your details.

Take Care,
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Summer-Proof Your Make Up...


So the summer is well and truly upon us here in the UK and although I'm most definitely not complaining! This heat does tend to play havoc with our make up.

Here a few of my tips to help keep your make up on your face and not melting into a pool of goop.

First step is to use a primer! I would advise anyone to not skip this step, even if you don't normally wear a primer, you can always choose the placement and use it only where you really need it. I am loving the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro. For the eyes I love the Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, longest name ever but fab product!

I have an oily T-Zone which is only made worse by the heat so I always opt for an oil free base, I don't want anything too heavy and the Jouer Matte Moisture tint (SPF 15, Oil Free) is amazing! I use the shade Porcelain and I also love the Bourjois 123-Perfect CC cream in Ivory.

I know lots of people steer clear of powders but to help the longevity of your make up I would advise setting your base, even a really light dusting can make all the difference. I love the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus (old packaging pictured) and the Hourglass Ambient lighting powder in Diffused Light as both of these are so finely milled you won't even know they're there!

So you've put all that hard work into creating your flawless base and now for one last step to keep it there! I would recommend a setting spray. Any is fine but personally I would use one specifically designed for setting make up. The MAC Fix+ is very common, and whilst it's a great refreshing spray, I find it doesn't do much in the way of aiding the longevity of my make up. 

My 'Go-to' setting sprays are from Urban Decay and I switch between De-Slick and All Nighter, both definitely help keep my make up on longer as I do notice a difference when I don't use them. I keep one in my handbag at all times when I'm out and about! Not only to keep the protection topped up but they double up as a facial spritz to help cool you down too.

Finally I would recommend carrying around some Oil Blotting Sheets with you. You can pick these up from any pharmacy/drugstore and they're relatively cheap. The best ones, in my opinion, are the DHC Oil Blotting Papers as they actually absorb the oil with one press. I have used some others in the past that just seem to leave the sweat on the skin and not absorb it unless I used a few sheets. I wouldn't be without these in my stash now.

So that's it from me, what are your tips for keeping your make up in place this summer?

Take Care!
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Friday, 26 June 2015

Pureology

I recently shared a haircare empties post with you and said I wasn't really that faithful to haircare brands.

Whilst that is still the case I wanted to share my experience with Pureology products. A few months ago I started my hunt for the perfect shampoo and conditioner. I wanted sulfate free, colour care and something for oily roots and this shampoo from pureology seemed to be just the thing.



Now it's not cheap but when you're after something as specific as that, I was prepared to pay a bit more.

I opted for the Pure Volume Shampoo and the Super Smooth Conditioner and bought a small one of each and used them as sparingly as I could. The shampoo lathers up really well, considering it's sulfate free and I tend to do two shampoos. One to get rid of the initially build up and then a second to work into the roots and scalp for a deeper clean, the second wash always produces much more lather too so I find it easier to work with.



I am not one of those conditioner obsessed people who use a ton on their hair as I am really lucky and my hair is in great condition, also it is extremely fine and too much product just weighs it down. I tend to use about a 10p size splodge and work it through the ends of my hair, leave it for 5 minutes or so and then rinse clean with warm water.

I have to say I am extremely impressed with both the shampoo and conditioner but I would choose the shampoo as I can get cheaper conditioners that work just as well.

The shampoo leaves my hair feeling really clean but without that awful 'stripped' feeling. I can go 2 to 3 days without washing my hair which is a bonus as usually it's every other day, or every day if something special is happening, not that it does very often!

I have just repurchased the shampoo in a super size 1L bottle from feel unique for £25 which I think is amazing considering a small bottle is over £11. My only gripe is that it didn't come with the pump and because the bottle is so large, I would recommend one.

It does state on the web page it doesn't come with a pump, so my fault for missing it, however, I do think they should come as standard for that size bottle. I found the same size with a pump included from Look Fantastic for £30 but it's currently sold out.

Have you tried any Pureology products before and what are your thoughts?

Take Care,
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Empties #6

So I recently shared my body care and hair care 'empties' and thought i'd round it off with the Skincare i've recently used up.



Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is an amazing serum. I use it a few times a week as part of my night time routine and I always wake up with beautiful radiant skin in the mornings. If you want a full review let me know

Alpha H Liquid Gold is another product I use a few times a week and I love it. It's perfect for those lazy days when you just don't feel like doing your full in-depth routine. Full review is here if you fancy a read.

Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser is another cleanser I love. It's a cream formula and it works great as a morning cleanse to refresh your skin.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is hands down my most favourite cleanser, as you all know, so no need to ramble on about this any longer. I was actually without this for about 3 weeks as I didn't realise I hadn't got a back up! I'm so happy to finally have it back. I love it that much!

Pai Camelia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, this is a travel size I have used up as part of a 2 step cleanse. I have spoken about this so many times before and it's still a favourite of mine.

So that's it for my little series of 'Empties' posts. What have you used up recently?

Take Care!
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Monday, 22 June 2015

Do you Believe in Fate?...

A simple question, but one that tends to stir up a minefield of opinions.

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The simple answer for me is, Yes! Everything wonderful that's happened in my life I truly believe is down to fate, including meeting my husband.

We all know someone who swears they were in the right place at the right time but they never should have been there and they have a set of weird circumstances that led them to that moment, which is usually life changing!

And I'm sure we've all had that moment where we've asked ourselves 'What if' or 'Why' and then never having a clear understanding of how you got to the answer, I know I'm nodding my head as I write this...

I think I can safely say, it's great when 'fate' leads you to good things but what about when things go bad? Is it still wise to put your trust in fate (or the greater good, if you prefer to think of it that way) and truly believe it will all work out in the end?

More recently things in my world have taken a downward turn. Shit happens, I get it, but how can one bad thing cause so much doubt in something you previously had so much faith?

I know I'm an over-thinker, don't know why but I always have been and I have been wondering if what's happening really is happening for a better reason or if I'm just getting my own round of Karma for previous mistakes?

Could it be that the doubt is it just based on how big the changes are, or is it the same for all the little things too, even if you don't notice them at the time? I don't remember ever doubting myself, or my beliefs so much before...

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So I suppose what I'm asking is this: Does everything really happen for a reason or are these things just sent to test us and we, in fact, make our own destiny? I would love to hear your thoughts on this...

I just wanted to say this is a rather impromptu post and not much thought has gone into it and it might just be a bit too deep for a Monday evening, but I feel that getting it all out can only be a good thing right?

Thank you for reading my ramble, I hope it gives you something to think about...
Take care,
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Haircare Empties

So on Monday I shared my shower gel 'empties' with you and today it's the turn of my haircare 'empties'

I have never really been faithful to a haircare brand and over the years have tried my fair share of shampoos and conditioners. Today is just a select few that I have tried and it just so happens they all ran out around the same time...



Garnier Ultimate Blends Colour Illuminator Shampoo and Conditioner. as these are fairly new to the market I thought I'd give them a try and see how I got on. The shampoo is really creamy and actually very heavy on my fine fly away hair. It makes my roots oily much quicker so it's not something I would repurchase or recommend to anyone with hair similar to mine. Those with really dry hair this could be just the thing you're looking for.

Herbal Essences Ignite My Colour Shampoo and Conditioner both smell great and they do a great job but didn't wow me and the shampoo is not sulfate free, something I am now looking for in my shampoo. I definitely prefer the conditioner out of the two as its light and moisturising enough without weighing my hair down.



Organix Ever-Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo is something I bought after I had a Brazilian Blowdry as it's sulfate free and designed help keep hair straight and has added keratin (the product used in a brazilian blowdry). Again I found this to be really quite heavy and whilst it did the job my hair got greasy way too quickly so I don't think I will repurchase.

The A'kin Lemongrass Shampoo is the first sulfate free shampoo I bought and it did the opposite to the other shampoos I've talked about today and left my hair feeling stripped of all moisture so I felt I had to use more conditioner to compensate. I did use it up but treated it as a clarifying shampoo and used it about once a week.

Kerastase Cristalliste Lait Cristal Conditioner. I got this as a sample in a beauty box and really like it. It is a very lightweight conditioner so didn't leave my hair feeling weighed down which for me is very important. I would definitely repurchase this.

Have you tried any of these yet and what were your thoughts? Be good to know if your experiences were better than mine for other readers to see.

Take care!
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