Saturday, 22 April 2017

Bases for Spring

Somehow I never have enough foundation or bases. I have two new finds to report.

First up, Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.

I've wanted to try this for ages. People rave about it. Armani is not in every department shop I discovered as I hiked from Liberty all the way up to Selfridges trying to find it. Excellent shop assistants who gave me two generous samples because I wan't sure what colour I was. I used it all week (it was a big sample) and decided to buy it. I love this, it's very easy to blend and looks completely natural.

Then I decided I simply had to try the new BIY (Blend it Yourself) Pigment Drops from Clinique.

You mix this with your moisturiser, 1, 2 or 3 drops depending on how much coverage you want. I bought some at the airport earlier this week and used it in Dallas. It was hot in Dallas, I didn't want anything too heavy. I like this very much. It's perfect for days when you want a little coverage but not much (one drop). I've not tried three drops yet!

While I was at the Clinique counter, I picked up this Pep-Start moisturiser.

A trusted friend told me this made her look instantly younger. Obviously I had to check it out. It is great for summer as it mattifies and does somehow smooth your skin. It doesn't feel terribly moisturising to me. I put some on and then 10 mins later mixed it with the BIY and put another layer on. If you have less dry skin, you will love this.

Both of these are really good. I gave up on the Hourglass Foundation Stick. I simply found it too drying so I sold it. It goes to show I can't agree with Sali Hughes on everything.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Nail colour of the week

OPI Plugged in Plum. I always paint my nails on a Sunday evening to set me up for the week and I love this purple which reminds me of an 80s youth club disco and therefore is fabulous. I bought this for my hen night (don't ask me how I remember these things, I just do) and I don't wear it often as it's quite bright and I have to be in the mood. But's the sun was shining today and I decided I need a little disco in my life.

I was reading an article this week on how long one should keep make up. It said throw nail varnish out after 18 months. Wait, WHAT? That's insane.I can only assume it was sponsored by a nail varnish company. I got married nearly seven years ago and this baby is still as perfect as the day I bought it. I have nail varnish older than seven years and all is well. So that annoyed me and I ignored all the other 'advice' it gave too!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle Micellar Shampoo

I read about this in three separate places in the space of a week in which there was much raving, and I decided I needed to try it with the conditioner. It protects colour and is very gentle. You can Google micellar, I am not going to try and explain it.

Anyway, it's really good. Nice and foamy despite no sulphates and rinses out very easily. It leaves my hair very bouncy. Forgive the cliches but I can't think how else to describe it, bouncy and light. It's my new favourite hair product. I highly recommend it if you want hair with some ooof. Yeah, I am never going to become a hair journalist.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

New Spring make-up goodies

Today the sun was out and it was warm (ish). I went out without a coat. YES! Spring is in the air. I am still on my spending-ban but let me show you some of the lovely products I would totally consider if I could.

First up, YSL joy:

Lancome Blush and Highlighter cushion:

 Bobbi Brown Art Stick:

I don't know if this is new to Chanel but this nail colour is called Espadrilles.
It's enough to make you want to book a holiday and pack nothing but bikinis and nail polish!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Waitrose Ginger & Clementine Bath Foam

£1.50 in the Ocado order and you get masses of orangey bubbles. It's my bargain of the month. I add a few drops of essential oil and a more divine bubble bath you'd be hard to find. There are several other flavours too but I've not sampled them. Lime and Basil sounds good for Summer.

Note: I only ordered this when I had, literally run out of bubble bath. I am sort of sticking to my resolution.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Serum

Regular readers know I've yet to find my perfect serum and I have tried many. Yes, the Chanel one was perfect but too expensive.

Breaking news... I think I've found it. I bought this Clinique Turnaround Serum in New York in January and it's a winner. It sinks in, no greasiness but feels nourishing and it doesn't bobble when you apply make up. I have just ordered another bottle. It's £38 for 30ml. It's expensive but it's not Chanel-expensive. The problem with serums is I seem to race through them really quickly. This one lasted a month. £38 a month isn't cheap I know but I am getting bored with trying so many. This works and that's that. For now.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick

I think it's time to talk more about these because I love them. They are easy to work with and last all day long.

Back in December, I bought one in Goldstone and it's transformed my mornings. Really, it has. It's a shimmery nude that you can wear under any eye liner. I would show you the colour but the BB site is being weird. I pop it on and then add either one of my other sticks which I have in Bark and Shadow. Both of which are gorgeous. Smudge a bit with your finger. Done.

Add your mascara and you're good to go. Easy peasy. They are also great for travelling since you need no brushes to use them. I find myself yearning for more but we all know I am not buying any more make-up for a while so I am making do. Yes, first world problems, I am making do with my three sticks, five gel eyeliners and numerous other eye liners in my collection.

For days when I feel more patient, I use a gel eyeliner. I adore these as well. My newest favourite is Espresso Ink. It's not too dark and perfect for work.

You need the brush to go with and it's a bit more of an effort but it really does last until you take it off.

How I love Bobbi Brown. Heartbroken that she has sold the business but excited to see what she does next.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

M&S Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream

My resolution was going so well. I have been to Terminal 5 twice since I wrote it and bought nothing. I managed a trip to New York and stuck to it. What has broken me? Marks & Spencer, that's what!

I can hardly believe it either. India Knight wrote about how wondrous this night cream is. I resisted for three whole weeks (it was sold out, it was easy to resist) and then I thought, no, I have to try it.  Let me outline my defence: I had no other night creams, only night oils. A vital difference I think we can all agree? It's £22. It's not exactly breaking the bank now is it? I haven't broken my resolution anywhere else and I now consider myself back on the wagon.

Having got that out of the way, let's discuss this. It's a rich cream, feels lovely, sinks in well. It's good but I don't think it's ground breaking. It's very nice, it's an excellent price and I do love a rich cream. If your skin is on the oilier side, I don't think you'll get on with it. I am not sure I'd buy it again, it's not as good as my beloved L'Oreal cream. It's sold out again now but I've seen it in store.

Today I went to the Kings Road, mooched around Peter Jones beauty hall, visited Space NK and walked past MAC. I remained strong and resolute. I bought nothing. Not even the Diptique special edition candle which is oh so pretty. I am very proud of myself.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Nail colour of the week

We continue to enjoy the Christmas nail varnish gift bonanza with this perfect red. My sister bought me this and it's a total winner.

It is the red to end all reds. I have tried so many red nail colours and find myself sick of them after a day or two. But this is perfection. I find myself yearning for it when I have another colour on my nails. It's a perfect, shiny red. As always with YSL, it's a doddle to put on. If you only have one red nail varnish, then make it this one.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Let's talk about feet

As I explained yesterday, I visited Sephora on my New York trip. Not doing so is unthinkable. However, I am on a skincare ban. I had to be creative to not break it.

I suffer greatly from very dry feet. I have pedicures throughout winter because I can't bear for my feet to get flaky. Also, why not have pedicures in winter? It's grim enough without having pretty feet to look at in the bath.

As I browsed Sephora, I stumbled across these sock masks. Ooooh. $6 each ($5 on the site - shows how expensive NYC is!) and you pop them on your feet and relax for 20 mins. These are amazing, my feet were baby smooth afterwards. I immediately rushed back and bought five more of them. I used the almond one but I bought the lavender one as well.

I also bought this foot file. I have a big foot file but it's a pain to take when I travel. This is dinky sized, a bargain at $12 and it buffs beautifully. I used this before applying my sock masks.
I highly recommend the sock masks. I lay in my hotel room with these babies on my feet and it was deeply relaxing. You could go wild and put a sheet mask on at the same time and hope nobody walks in!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Beauty chores

I've just returned from NYC which was not the best visit to the US I've had. The shadow of Trump looms large and it rained solidly for two days. The pound is so weak that everything costs a fortune. I did visit trusty Sephora though and I didn't break my resolution because I purchased some tools which is allowed.

I bought this silicone brush cleanser. I've just cleaned my brushes and I have to tell you, this is brilliant. You add liquid soap and water and squish the brush on the pad and all the yuckiness comes out effortlessly. Squeaky clean! Love it. I use lots of make-up brushes and wash them weekly so this is a very handy gadget. There are plenty of similar products on Amazon. I highly recommend.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil

I am holding fast to my new year skincare resolution. That is, I am not buying any until I've finished two products. Last night I finished my Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial oil which is the elixir of youth.  It was with sadness I put the empty in the bin. I have two other face oils in my arsenal and so we move on to this Caudalie one.

I bought it a while ago and didn't reach for it much because the smell is an acquired taste. Normally I am a big fan of all Caudalie products and the scent but this is not a smell I can get on board with and when it's all over your face, you become very aware of it. No matter. This is why I made this resolution, to plough through the backlog.

I just had a long bath and have put this on. It has the same texture of my beloved Clarins oil and I am determined to use it. It works and it cost me £29. It must be used! I will use this up and then I have half a bottle of the Clarins oil and then I can buy a new oil. And I will buy Clarins which is my desert island night oil. OK, now I sound like a nutter. Who has a desert island night oil?! I do!

I love the Sarah Chapman one but it's much more expensive. Clarins is 30ml for £33 and Sarah Chapman is 15ml for £46! I have had two bottles of the Sarah Chapman and both were presents. I can't justify that cost.

I am also near the end of my L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Cream and that means two empties! Hooray. I will buy more of this and the good news is it costs £9.99. I absolutely love it and have raced through my jar so I have no guilt about buying more of it. It's rare to find a face cream I like so much for under a tenner. I am over the moon.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Nail colour of the week

One of my Christmas presents - OPI, 'Liv' in the Gray from the Kerry Washington collection. I love grey in all aspects of my life. My husband despairs that our house is going to become grey, grey and more grey and I try to convince him that various Farrow & Ball colours aren't grey really but I know I am kidding myself. It's such a good neutral, goes with everything and it's classy.

I have several grey nail varnishes in my collection but somehow there is always room for one more. I love this, it is a steely mid-grey that reminds me of prisons. I know how to sell a colour, don't I? It's chic and easy to wear.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Nail colour of the week

Happy new year! May 2017 be less devastating than 2016 for us all. Say safe celebrities (well, some of you, I'm not concerned about the Kardashians to be honest).

I've started the year having a clear out and that included revisiting my nail varnish collection. I received five nail varnishes for Christmas. Yes, FIVE! Four were Opi and one was my beloved YSL (thanks sis). More on them all over the coming weeks but today I am sporting one of them, Opi Black Cherry Chutney. It is beautiful, a very deep, blackish purple with loads of shine. I adore it.

Anyway, after almost 20 years of having my nail varnish in a beaten up old toolbox (that sounds cooler than it is, it's plastic and a bit nasty), I have moved them all to a bigger box and well, I have a lot. I have the sort of collection you might see in a professional nail salon. I have more than 20. I have more than 30. I haven't actually counted them but I have at least 30 by Opi alone. Let's not put a number on how many I have, we're all friends here. How did this happen? I'll tell you how. It happened by a mixture of obsession (I cannot sleep until I have Madam President), a love of pretty nails and the belief that a tenner on a bottle of nail varnish is a cheap pick-me-up.

I am not ashamed. There are worst obsessions out there and it's harmless but I have made a pledge to stop for a while and to use what I have. If I can't find the colour I want from my collection then I have a serious issue.

In a similar vein I have also decided to not buy any more skincare or make-up for a while. For at least January and February. I have a lot of make-up for someone who doesn't actually wear a lot of it. I bought a little bit before Christmas (ahem - Bobbi Brown called to me and online shopping is SO EASY!) I have plenty. No more for now. Skincare - no more is to be purchased until I have finished at least two full-size pots/tubes of something. No more shower gel until I am down to my last bottle in my stash (this may take a while). I am going to sell/give away/throw away what I don't use and use up my endless little bottles and sachets of samples. No more perfume until the summer. I actually finished three bottles of perfume in the last six weeks but I will not be buying more for a while. We're not even going to discuss how many bottles of perfume I have.

No more scented candles. I have an embarrassing stash of Diptique candles but I can never resist a bargain (the Christmas ones were in the SpaceNK sale but you had to move fast and I did) and if I get a £5 code off SpaceNK, I always buy a candle. No more until I am burning my last ones.

It's time to relieve my shelves from the weight of my stash, use and enjoy what I have and save some money for the new bathroom. Oh my god, when I get a new bathroom, I am hitting SpaceNK in a big way.

I shall still be blogging of course. I need to tell you all about my Bobbi purchases, my four other new nail varnishes and how I get on with all the stuff in my stash that I've not told you about yet. Fear not, I shall be here so please keep the comments coming. Don't be shy!


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