So I’m back again with a quick review of the lovely Make up Geek Foiled Eyeshadows. I started buying these last year straight from America but you guys have it easy now as you can pick them up from Beauty Bay for I think about £8 and the regular shadows are around £5. To be honest, Marlena, the girl whose business it is does not charge a big shipping fee from the US so I personally think you’d save money from cutting out the middle man but that’s up to you.
I love these eyeshadows…every single one I have (not just the foiled) is super creamy and just such good quality. These have such a good pay off when you swatch them and there is no fall out, my only gripe is that when you swatch them they are to die for, spot on, however the colour on your eye looks better when you use your finger to apply and is less intense with a make up brush. I can’t figure out why this is and it is remedied by applying a squirt of fix plus to the tip of your brush but it shouldn’t need it.
I’ve left a picture below of the foiled swatches. I have 12 of the foiled ones and then a Z palette of regular ones to. The names of these from left to right are as follows: High Wire, Starry Eyed, In the Spotlight, Mesmerised, Showtime, Magic Act, Whimsical, Grandstand, Flame Thrower, Charmed, Jester and lastly Houdini.
They each hold 1.8g of eyeshadow in a magnetic pot which makes them easy to store. The Z Palettes are available at Amazon UK. I personally really thing you get a lot of ‘bang for your buck’ with these shadows and would highly recommend trying them.
So….I went shopping, had no money to spend realistically and ended up coming back with a mini Rimmel haul…..like you do! What possessed me to pick up these bits? I blame watching too many You Tube videos with Aisling aka Dramaticmac. She recently won a competition with Rimmel and has since been chatting about a lot of their products. In all fairness they do a Wake Me Up concealer which has become a ‘go-to’ ahead of Nars and Urban Decay for me. So I had already gone through the brain process that if the concealer is that good, I should try the foundation to match. So I got that last month.
This week they were on offer 3 for 2 at Boots. So I bought a red lip pencil for my Mac red lipstick. I got a replacement concealer for my other which is near the end in the colour True Ivory. I picked a Kate Moss lipstick in shade 38 which is a bit like a peach based nude, nice for the spring. I also picked up a blush in Santa Rose which seems to be a popular colour choice. Also a new Lasting finish primer, a BB cream and one of the new Trios which have a blusher, bronzer and highlighter in.
The idea in my head is if I can get a palette and mascara I will do a Rimmel full face blog with pictures! In the Trio I really like the colour of the blusher and the highlighter. The bronzer is slightly dark for general use and certainly to dark to contour with but as I have a little bit of tan from holiday, lucky me, its ok at the moment. I would like to get the lighter trio too but I was glad I’d picked the darker one for now as the rest were all lighter, so I think they will be easy enough to get hold of. I’ve included swatches of them in the pictures.
I thought the BB cream would be nice for the summer when you don’t have time to do a full face or need to put on a lot and the reviews were excellent, even for dry flaky skin, so I’ll keep you posted on that. The primer is not as creamy as the L’oreal Lumi Magique but has the same whiteness so it will be interesting to see if it gives the same level of dewiness to the skin.
To finish off my haul I bought the Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 palette which is the dupe for the UD Naked 3, but at £4 its a steal. I’ve held off getting it but just decided to bite the bullet as the feel of them is so creamy and the pay off seems to be really good. Two of them are possibly as good as my Urban Decay ones, when I get a moment I want to compare the feel and longevity of them.
So that’s my mini haul. Thanks for reading. What have you got from Rimmel that you suggest trying?
So, I’ve been remiss with my blog whilst on holiday, however, I’m back now just in time to give you a run down on my March favourites.
My first fav is my Too Faced bronzer. I treated myself to this at the beginning of the month and am in love with it. I picked the chocolate soleil which is a medium/deep matte colour. It’s the perfect shade for my skin and every time I open it I smell it, well, it just smells heavenly! So, if you haven’t got one or swatched one yet…go and try it.
The second thing is my Clarins honey lip balm. The correct name for it is Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil…a mouthful! But for the regular people its very similar to a lip balm. I waited for this as they didn’t have it in stock at our local shop, problems of living in a small town! Anyway, when I got to the airport they did have it there and….bonus, it was tax free! (Only by £3 but not to be sniffed at, it was a glass of wine on holiday. I flipping love this stuff. I used it everyday.) My lips are really prone to drying out which is super annoying but this stuff is just awesome. It feels slightly tacky at first but then that feeling disappears and it stays on for a good while before having to reapply. It’s really hydrating. I have no chapped, flaky lips. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone that is always having problems with dry lips…it is the bomb in my humble opinion. They do it in a choice of honey or raspberry, which are both lovely.
I got a teeny tiny sample of the Frat Boy blusher by The Balm in my birchbox and it is pink, it’s pigmented so a little goes a long way but I also have used that more than I care to admit this month. Its a perfect pink for the Spring and I think I will be buying the full size version of this when I run out.
I also got some from acrylic drawers and a lipstick holder from Muji and Ebay as I was needing a little more storage. I wasn’t sure if they would just become dust collectors but I really like them. They are a super size to fit quite a bit in without taking over the room and they are sturdy. Also stackable so will keep my eyes out for more of their products in future.
That is it for now as I haven’t tried everything I actually bought. Have you got anything this month you fell in love with or really hated?
I can’t believe where this month is going. Is it just as I get older that time goes faster? Or are you feeling how are we in March already too?
One thing I told you guys I’d love to try but just don’t have the cash was the Artis brushes. However, I accidentally came across a similar shaped one on eBay for pennies. I think it was £2.75 which for that if I don’t like it can just chuck it in the bin. It’s really dense and small. It’s rather bizarre as expected but only tried it once so am holding judgement until I’ve used it a bit.
The other thing I have heard alot about is Vitamin C serum being super for your skin. I picked mine up from Amazon. It’s not as thick as I imagined it to be. But again I’ll try and include it in my skin care routine and see how it goes. If it does impressive things I shall let you know!
I also love the Rimmel wake me up concealer so have fancied trying a drug store foundation too for a while and when I saw this on offer in Asda for £5 i thought I’d give it a go. Have any of you got this? Infallible seems really popular but I’ve heard good things about Borjouis Healthy Serum too. I mean how many foundations does a girl actually need?? But in my defence they are my favourite beauty product at the moment. I also got a free 7 day trial of YSL foundation…not sure when that offer finishes but great way to try it.
I got a new Mac lippie Ruby Woo to add to my collection.
I picked up a bomber jacket from Boohoo. I thought it would be great to take on holiday as it’s alot lighter than my regular coat but still padded and has warmth to it. A steal at £20.00 with free delivery. And i picked up some black jeggings from M&S for £22.50 which I thought was really good value as the material is great but they have belt hoops and a button which make them feel more like jeans.
Bomber Jacket Boohoo
I also discovered Depop! Am I really late joining the bandwaggon on this? I managed to pick up a Coloured Raine matte lipstick in Marshmallow which reminds me of something. It’s got a grey undertone to it, I’m not sure what it will be like on and I got a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Very Victoria to try. That is one app I will have to be careful with..there you can actually get the Becca highlighter by Jacyln Hill but I am not spending anymore this month so maybe next.
Also, has anyone seen that my favorite make up brand Urban Decay have just released some highlighters, bronzers and new shades of foundation in the good ole USA. When are we getting it here??? They have one called sin which just looks so gorgeous and is a champagne colour. I’ve seen their pictures under Instagram if you were wondering.
Have you had any good finds or new bits this month?
Back againto do a promised quick review on this lovely box of Lippie Stix. I’m in the UK but managed to get a mini haul a while back from a ‘Go Send’ service I told you guys about on a separate blog.
Treated myself to this in their December sales and I can’t remember how much I paid but I do know it was cheap…similar to our Boots/Superdrug prices. Well worth the money! I got a box called Vixen which had 6 different ones to try and an additional one called ‘Lumiere’ which was Kathleen Lights lippy (You Tube).
They arrived in a gorgeous box with a mirror inside, I was super impressed with the packaging and it keeps them all together. See picture below…
They are held in really thin and tall casing in comparison to a standard lipstick but I like them. It’s actually really easy to hold them because of this. The formulas are all different, a bit like Mac lippies, there is matte, creme and pearlized. I took swatches of them all for you and the colour pigment pay off is good on every single one. There were a couple that dragged slightly, lumiere and ruffle, both mattes. One is so creamy it could possibly break if you wound it up to high, the pearlized one called 54.
The swatches from top to bottom are Lumiere, Last Call, 54, Ruffle, Jingle, Night Owl and lastly Plastics. They have a scent to them which is familiar but pleasant. I am super impressed with these. They all have staying power, I had to really use a lot of make up remover and rub my arm to get the swatches off. I’ve also worn two of them and nothing really stays on my lips to much but these did.
We need Colourpop to come to the UK! I would highly recommend trying them. Have you any of their other products are they as good?
Can I just say…I only have 5 😢. My #maclipstickgoal is considerably higher.
Out of the five I do own, the first one I got treated to I thought I would love but alas I don’t and that is snob. I do love the formula though, it is a satin, my only one and its creamy but stays on for a good while. It’s not entirely disagreeable so I don’t want to get rid of it but I find it too garishly pink for my taste, like a barbie pink almost 😑. It was a present so it is here to stay but little used.
Because of the ‘mistake’ with the first one I asked a friend to recommend the second. You may at this point be thinking just try them but where I live is nowhere near a Mac store….there is very little choice so it’s generally done online by recommendation. My second choice was the staple which has to be my favourite, Velvet Teddy. It’s a nude but leaning to the browner end. It is matte in formula so stays on and would compliment all skin tones I think.
The third one I searched in a Mac store in Bruges last year. It was my first time in one and I was blown away by the choice. I honestly felt a little overwhelmed so browsed around but felt it was hard to pick unless you had something in mind which I did not. I swatched High Tea and took note of the name and ordered it when I got home. Out of all of them it’s not easy to show on camera what it’s like. It’s a lustre, very sheen, light but catches the light. I like it as it’s almost like a balm and I love my balms! But you have to reapply it a lot as it slides off.
My fourth was found on You Tube, I watch this girl called Dramatic Mac, her real name is Aisling, and she has a very mellow Irish accent. She has a love of nude lipsticks and one of her favs is ‘Snowcap’ by NYX which I also love so this is one of her other favs. So it’s called Creme Cup. I really like it, it’s a cremesheen which is not unlike the lustre. It has pink tones rather than brown but not overbearing and feels soft on your lips.
And last my new purchase Ruby Woo. A classic, again under recommendation by another You Tuber. This one is a matte also and for this reason alone it will last longer than my others. It is a true deep red which for some reason I am drawn to more than pinks. Check out the swatches. It does however bleed a little so a lip pencil will help with this and of course with any matte lipstick try dry brushing your lips so any dead or flaking skin is removed.
My next purchase I think will be Viva Glam II which is another nude!! I do love my neutrals. Which have you got?
This blog is all about Birch Boxes. Some lovely lady told me about them on here the other week. I’d never known they were available in the UK. I’d heard of Glossy Box but to cut a long story short I got myself subscribed and I’m on my 2nd box already as I was fortunate to have a rather late delivery of February’s.
So I am loving these boxes. If you’re anything like me there is way to much choice at times and it can be fazing when it comes to picking up a new brand and paying full price for a large item you may not even like.
This month I got 6 items all catered to my age 😟 and what I had a preference for. Everyone’s I’ve seen is different.
The first thing I got and I love is ‘This works’ Pillow spray. Can I just say I would NEVER buy something like this, it wouldn’t even cross my mind but I love it! I even went on to see how much they were, not only for me but it would make such a nice gift. It smells of Lavender (soothing) primarily with Camomile (relaxing) and Vetivert. You just shake it and spray on your pillow and I really think it works. Super little product.
Second, I got an anti-aging serum (definitely needed *cough cough*). This is made by Crea-m which I’ve never heard of…I’m unsure about this one. You apply after cleansing but before moisturizing. It has a pleasant smell slightly vanilla to me, sweet. It’s a gel format and takes a few moments to dry. Whilst wet it has a sticky feeling. My skin did appear plumper in the morning but I am using tretinoin (well trying) and that could of given me the plumper look. I’m going to persevere but the jury’s out on this.
My next product was a full size Colour Enhancing Lip Balm. Made by Arrow…again a new one on me but I am a lip balm kind of girl. I’m slowly changing but because I suffer from chapped lips and have a habit of occasionally biting them I’m always wearing balm. I really like this balm as it changes colour to your PH meaning everybodys is different. It has a slightly minty smell to it. Considering the full price is £11 and the whole box is £10 its a bargin.
This other full size product is a brow gel. I know eyeko do a really good one. I have two brow gels myself Milani and L’oreal but I got the darker in L’oreal and although it sets better than Milani it has fibres in it which as the day progresses can seem more and more noticable. Because of this I was very happy to try something else. This has a small wand/spooly on it which I like. It dosen’t get bitty and the gel holds unruly brows well in place. I like it.
My last beauty sample was the Beauty Protector Beauty Cream Body Lotion. It has a lovely sweet scent and is nourishing, however, because it’s a little size I have used it as a hand cream. My hands get dry, especially in the Winter due to central heating, having my hands in water and I have had better creams. It isn’t very hydrating as within 15 minutes of putting it on I feel like I need to reapply, but maybe I’m being unfair in my assessment of this as it isn’t advertised as a ‘hand cream’ alone. On the plus side its got very pretty packaging. Aside from that I would not look to repurchase this.
So that’s my full box. I’m not reviewing Februarys but I was really pleased with that one too. I would highly recommend getting one if you haven’t tried it. The bonus is you can cancel if you don’t feel you’re getting anything that is really for you.
Are you ready to be persuaded to treat yourself and have a lovely day out somewhere you haven’t been before? Perhaps after this you will.
I have to admit it is a rare occurrence to be able to say goodbye to children and responsibility for a day and indulge myself in some personal shopping and major perusal of everything and anything I fancy, without that ‘Can we go home now?’ and ‘I’m bored’. If any of you have children you’ll know exactly where I’m coming from!
I of course had the regular request before I left early in the morning (funnily enough the only morning my daughters woke up without any windows being thrown open or lights turned on, the only day where I didn’t particularly care about them being up), so the request, sorry I digress, was ‘bring me something back’. I love having daughters but I think it must be across the board that when a mum leaves home for the day she still has to show how much she is thinking of her kids by bringing something back!
So I was up bright and early, so early I saw the sunrise which if you know me…well, let’s just say it never happens. Got some great priced train tickets through the thetrainline.com which when booked in advance only cost £20.00 return. Hit the tracks with a cappuccino in hand and a very good friend and we were off. The journey was comfortable, fast and had lovely views…definitely a thumbs up for the Virgin trains. Well done Richard.
The last time I visited Edinburgh was as a rather naive teenager and I have vague memories of eating mussels and drinking flaming zambucas. No memories whatsoever of the architecture, monuments, shops ect…so I approached with a sense of excitement.
We arrived at 10.20am and promptly disembarked into a large train station, (this had twenty platforms which when you come from little old Kendal with two, it’s pretty impressive) and made our way up to the main street. I’ll stand corrected on this but I think its called Edinburghs Golden Mile to the right and behind stands the very impressive Arthurs Seat and to the left Edinburgh castle. I’m not to interested in architecture however I am a sucker for natural surrounding, landscapes and views, so I had a thought at how much I’d like to revisit and climb up Arthurs Seat.
Before I knew where I was we were off to Harvey Nicks…my good friend has visited before and was completely compos mentis on her last visit, which I fully appreciated. I love the backdrop in Edinburgh from the main street but as you walk away and look further down the road you also can see the sea which is a fab view too and great that both are within reach in such small vicinity.
A lovely gentleman held the door open for us and we entered a veritable paradise to me, the beauty department. Providing there are no snobby assistants they are a pleasure to look around. They had a Mac Counter, Benefit, Space NK, Nars, Tom Ford, A Nail Bar (yes there are some ladies who drink champagne and have there nails done at 10.30ish in the morning!), Elemis and so on. I swatched some Mac lipsticks and breathed in deeply without glancing at Tom Ford. Think I’d have to be pulling in a little more money for that..or when the kids leave home, haha. Over to Benefit, I did tell you I was after trying their Hoola Bronzer and had been also told to try ‘They’re real’ mascara. So I found a box where I can try a few of their products before buying full size products.
This is a nifty little kit. I think it was £28.50 but I had saved in order to splash the cash so in it I got five bits to try. The Hoola bronzer in miniature, an all over the face bronzer in liquid formula, but a little goes a long way. It’s quite sheer but lovely for holiday which I will be going on soon. A red Benebalm which is like a pigmented lipbalm, again great for holiday with a tan. You only need a little to bring out the colour but will help prevent drying lips. A small mascara, which I have not tried before and a neutral lip gloss.
We then proceeded to walk down George Street which runs parallel to the Main Street. There are so many lovely shops that we popped in and out of, Jo Malone, The White Company, another Space NK, Kiehls, Anthroplogie, Paper Chase. By this time we had many scents we were covered in and hands covered with creams and swatches. We decided to stop and have a leisurely lunch at the first suitable place we saw, which happened to be Tigerlily.
I’ve included pictures here. Inside I loved it,where we sat was a very pretty area in creams and limes with a long bar (always a necessity when without children although not best midday is my personal assesment) where they sold every whisky, wine and cocktail I’ve heard of. The surrounding areas were a homey design but extravagant at the same time, plush booths with velvet material, plenty of beautiful glass lighting. The kind of seats you would of fought to get in as a child…that’s what they reminded me of anyway.
Tigerlily looking from bar into where we sat for lunch
Bar at Tigerlily
Down George Street
I felt a ninny taking pictures in such an establishment so I took them from the internet. We opted for a delicious salad, roasted butternut & beets with blue cheese, herb cous cous and toasted walnuts. Quite frankly I loved this place and would be certainly persuaded to visit again and stay. It’s very central, clean, lovely staff and food and by the looks of it on the internet, beautiful bedrooms too. Definitely one for an anniversary list or just for a romantic getaway. After a small glass of wine and a pint of water to wash it down I was in my happy place, very chilled and de-stressed.
From here we went literally round the corner onto the main street to all the major retailers and with the full merriment of someone who had drunk daytime wine I went and spent some money. We were in and out clothes shops and Lush, which I love the smell of now thanks to being educated by my oldest daughter, whom I’m sure would bypass everything else and live in that shop. I picked her up a golden egg and am still unsure whether that is a good idea due to the amount of glitter I managed to get on myself in the process. Glitter and baths? We shall see.
I picked up some shoes, a skirt, jumpers (yes still feeling the desperate need to huddle in a jumper…bring on the sun!) and boots. Very happy with my bargains, we finished around Jenners, which to anyone English is House of Fraser. A beautiful old building..
And another beauty department, yeah me. So I picked up a free 7 day trial foundation from YSL here which is from their Touche Eclat range. Yes, I did eventually make a decision on that eye palette too and guess which I picked?! Urban Decays Smoky palette. I’m in love with it. I have a thing about grey eyeshadow at the moment and that’s what turned my head with the Nars palette but when I saw the smoky one there is at least three that are grey or pass for grey. And as always the quality is creamy not powdery but just glides on. Major treat of the day so I now have two.
So the greys are Slanted and Dagger but also Password comes out like a smoky grey. Too much choice but no regrets at all. Also I got the chocolate soleil bronzer from Too Faced and the Mascara from them, ‘Better than Sex’…I doubt it but lets give it a go. I’m refraining from opening it at the moment as my Rollerlash is so good and the mascaras only have a limited shelf life anyway, but when I do I will let you know what I think.
All spent up now with burning feet, that are not used to a full day shopping we headed for Jamies Restaurant for our dinner. It is situated on George Street but in a very old building at the back so not the easiest place to find. The inside is very flamboyant, decadent huge lights hanging, deep burgundy velvet couches, hanging meats off the bar. It was a beautiful setting but it lacked an atmosphere. It may of been the time of day we went as we had reserved it for 5.15pm but still no one came whilst we were there. To be honest, I wasn’t that impressed overall with the whole dinner. The cocktail was delicious. The meal was not for me. I had a spinach and basil in Buckwheat pancakes with Smoked Mozzarella. I am not fussy at all, I can virtually count on one hand the things I really do not like but I was disappointed. The pudding however was rather moreish. A sticky pavlova with blackberries and apple compote.
Stairway down into Jamies
Looking down the stairs into Jamies
Opulence at Jamies
On a very full tummy we wobbled back to the train station to find it already waiting to take us home. Time to say goodbye to this lovely city. I will return but perhaps for a more educational purpose as there is a lot I would like to see. But had a marvelous day and felt very spoilt on my way home as I contemplated once again living in the real world for at least two and a half weeks, because then I go on holiday. Something else to look forward too.
We’ve all got one…mines probably as long as my arm, well, longer. My makeup wish list. Generally I have to say high end because if its drugstore I am fortunate enough to be able to afford it.
One thing that fascinates me at the moment is the brushes the You Tubers are using for their make up.. Artis. If anyone reads this and would care for me to review them I would perhaps acquiesce. I actually wonder if any brush is worth that much money but I’m still intrigued by them. Has anyone got any? You can pick up a set from Net-a-Porter for £284. Not bad eh? Think it may be on my wish list for a long time!
Another thing is the Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Skin Perfector. I was within a whisker of getting this the other week as a lovely lady whom I knew was visiting NYC and said she would pick me one up. Alas, they were out of stock. The lady actually told her they didnt do them anymore!! Yeah like Becca would miss out on that little goldmine. However what I did get was lovely, she brought me back the ABH Glow Kit in Gleam. I really do like it and they are very large pans too so should last a long time.
Next is a real quandary for me…I’m off to Edinburgh on Thursday to have a little spend and I’m in love with the Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette. I haven’t seen it in real life or swatched it obviously but I love UD so I’m pretty sure I will like this, but at £38 I can only afford one palette and also am loving the Gwen Stefani one and the Nars L’Amour Toujours but that is a stonking £55! Im hoping if I see them that will decide for me as I may physically be drawn to one more than another #thirdworldproblems. I know, please don’t judge me.
Yes, you’ve got it, also this Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette. I heard that possibly they may be stocking them in Boots but I really hope its right as I’d definitely get this. When I bought the foundation from her I got stung by customs so I thought I’ll hang fire on this until someone goes to America again.
I’m also in need of a new bronzer so would like to try the Hoola by Benefit but still want to compare it to a Mac or Too Faced one and I really fancy trying the ‘Better than Sex’ mascara. I love the Benefit Rollerlash that is my everyday mascara but alot are raving about the other one.
Also if I could pick up a couple of lipsticks, perhaps the Amazing Grace by Charlotte Tilbury or Hug Me or Honey Love by Mac. Reading this back my friend really is going to be dragged around the Makeup counters lol! I’ll do a mini-haul for my next blog and try and get some pictures.