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The Ordinary Skincare – Favourites & Fails

The Ordinary Skincare – Favourites & Fails

I feel like I am a professional “The Ordinary Skincare” buyer now, having posted 5 videos on my You Tube channel! I think I have about 14 bottles of product, so I thought I’d round up my current favourites, and not so favourites. 


     Lactic acid 10% – my criteria for loving skincare is in some ways quite shallow – have a nice smell, make my skin feel really soft, and/or show that its working in some way. Oh and good ingredients of course. I didn’t like or dislike the celery smell of this product but strangely I’ve
come to enjoy it. It feel
s very smooth going on, doesn’t sting as I expected it would, and I can see my skin flaking a little which gives me the satisfaction that its doing something. Its not something I’m going to rush to repurchase when this bottle runs out in the not too distant future, but only because I’ve ordered some other exfoliants that I want to try (Azelaic acid & BHA Peel). 


Argan Oil – I’m going to talk smell again and to me this smelt a little of cow pat when I first used it. Charming! Thankfully husband doesn’t agree, but again I’ve come to love the smell of this. Ok that sounds tres weird but I should clarify that after a few applications there was barely any scent of Eau de cow poop. What I love about this is it doesn’t break me out as other oils have done (more on that in fails below), and it makes my skin feel super soft when I wake up. I’ve already repu
rchased this as I did go through the bottle pretty quickly, but won’t start using it till I’ve tried the Squalene and Rosehip Oils. 




Marula Oil – WAY too thick feeling for my liking. No scent whatsoever, but the worst part was waking up with a whitehead the morning after first using it. Just in case it was a coincidence, I stopped using it for 3 or 4 days, then tried again. Lo and behold, there was another whitehead the following morning, and I haven’t had a whitehead for years (ok, maybe 1 year, but you get me, it was definitely this oil). 





Vitamin C Suspension – I wanted to love this so much, but my skin is just way too irritated and it seems to get worse with every use. The website does say that some irritation can be expected, but the level of itch is too much for me to bear. I tried persisting, and I tried mixing it with Hyaluronic Acid as has been known to help, but I admit defeat and it is in my “Empties & Fails” basket ready to talk about next video. One of the reasons I especially wanted to love this product is as a suspension it has no PH, so can be more easily used with other products. Instead, I’ve ordered the 3 Vitamin C derivatives that The Ordinary do, and will see how I get on with them. 

What are your favourites and fails? 


Top 5 Essentials for Ageing Hooded Eyes

Top 5 Essentials for Ageing Hooded Eyes

I’ve wanted to do a video for some time now on my “Essentials for Ageing eyes” but just haven’t got round to it yet. I will do one for sure, but in the meantime I thought why not blog about it! As you may know, I had a botox disaster last year and what that meant was that my already hooded crepey eyes got even more hooded. Lovely .

The up side of that is I had to learn new techniques with eyeshadow, and even find new products to use in addition to the ones I already relied on. Here are my essentials!

RetinolRetinol is a product that generally isn’t well tolerated around the eyes and on the neck area, but I’m sure you have heard about the wonders of this ingredient. This one from La Roche Posay is specifically for the eyes and I’m on to my second tube. Retinol isn’t a product that you are going to see results with instantly, not even in months, but maybe 6 months to a years time. I’d highly recommend introducing this to your daily skincare regime, best used at night and I do use it on my eyelids as well as under and around my eyes with no adverse effects. Buy it here UK R Dermic Eyes and here USA R Dermic Eyes


When my hoods were at their worst, I couldn’t put top liner on and then continue with my makeup as the eyeliner would transfer to the skin of my crease and wreck the eyeshadow look. I  still have that problem a little now, but I have found that using a felt tip liner is much much better and doesn’t have so much transfer. It also dries faster so you are only waiting a moment or two – this one from Rimmel is a dupe of the Kat Von D tattoo liner and is wonderful. Buy it here UK Rimmel Precision Eyeliner and here USA Rimmel Precision Eyeliner




LY38A skinny but soft crease brush is essential. I have finally learnt to put my crease colour higher up and I love the result. If you have a small space between your brows and eyelid though, you don’t want to use one of the usual crease brushes, as a lot of the time they are too big and you will have too much shadow. This one by Louise Young isn’t cheap I admit, but its super soft, washes well (I’ve had it about 5 years) and is amazing at blending. Buy it here UK LY38B (not available in USA that I can see sadly).

2fYou know that I love shimmer as much as the next 20 twenty something girl, and that I am not listening to those that say we older ladies should only be wearing mattes. BUT. I do think that mattes help with the crepey look of the eyes quite honestly. For me there are two brands that somehow have magic qualities that just smooth out my eyes – Too Faced and Illamasqua. Love. If you are a lady of a certain age, you need some of these in your life – I’d highly recommend the Too Faced natural matte palette. Buy it here UK Too Faced Natural Matte Palette and here USA Too Faced Natural Matte Palette

Laura MI could probably make this list my top ten essentials, or fifteen even, but I’ll show the rest in the video. For now, my number 5 essential is a good mascara that is not too wet (so it doesn’t transfer) with a brush small enough to catch every single lash. For me there are two winners, the MAC Extended play gigablack lash and the Laura Mercier Long lash – the LM long lash is kinder to lashes to be honest, so I’d say that one is best to avoid the “crispy” feeling with the MAC one. It doesn’t claim to be waterproof but in the 5 plus years I’ve used it, it has never run, smudged or flaked, and it separates like a dream. Buy it here for UK Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara and here for USA Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara

What are your essentials?

Freshly Baked Fake Tan Mousse – Baby Powder Scent! Review

Freshly Baked Fake Tan Mousse – Baby Powder Scent! Review

Baby PowderI couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that there was a fake tan with such yummy scents, AND it included my favourite scent which is baby powder, AND is was a reasonable price! I paid £12.99 from Beauty Bay – buy it here Freshly Baked Fake Tan Mousse

The other scents it comes in are – Vanilla, Coconut, Amaretto, Watermelon, and Black Cherry. Makes my mouth water!

So, is it any good? Well, so far its not bad. It certainly does smell like baby powder on application, and there is no fake tan smell on development. I’ve only used it on my arms, and I did also try it on my face.

No streaking and I’d say the colour is about medium. The only thing I’d say is I don’t think its great on the face – it didn’t provide much moisture and it looked kind of odd the following day. I can’t describe it and it might just be because I used the wrong foundation colour but, face = no, body = yes. Next step is to try it on my feet and legs, but I’m waiting for the other tan I’m testing to wear off (Madame La La Tan). So far, this is a winner but the feet will tell me what I need to know as not many look smooth there.

I think this is a really great idea though, especially for those that don’t like the fake tan smell. Oh, I also bought one called Skinny Tan from super drug – clearly I’m in a tanning mood :0)

Garnier Moisture Bomb Review – Night Gel Cream & Day Lotion

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I’m always on the hunt for drugstore skincare, but I’m usually disappointed to find it  has alcohol or fragrances added and therefore isn’t good for the skin.

On my wishlist for a night cream would be a gel-cream that smelt wonderful and that was in a pump bottle. This achieves 2 out of 3 of those and the ingredients are to my liking :0)

This is £7.99 for 50ml, and aside from it being in a jar, its my dream product thus far. It smells amazing, like a sort of fresh laundry combined with aqua type smell. Its creamy and smooth yet really lightweight, and it hydrates wonderfully. If I don’t use a moisturiser with enough hydration, my face almost instantly feels tight and uncomfortable.

Does it have anti ageing qualities I hear you ask? No, but I’m not a great believer in moisturisers for anti ageing – for me that it about using a sunscreen in the day, and using a combination of retinol and acids at other times, and some Vitamin C wouldn’t go amiss too. All of those can be used under this gel cream. Buy it here – Moisture Bomb Night Gel Cream

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The second product in the line is the day cream, which although I love, I also find it puzzling. It has an SPF of 10. Ten?! What use is ten to anyone?! That aside, its a beautiful lotion – the same good ingredients, the same lovely scent, feels very nice and lightweight yet moisturising and is a great makeup base. This one is also £7.99. I’ll use this up but probably only for evenings when I’m leaving the house (rare lol) due to the lack of SPF.

Buy it here – Moisture Bomb Day Lotion

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation

BourjoisIf you have dry skin, I think you will LOVE this foundation, especially if you enjoy a luminous finish. Alas I have oily skin and I don’t think this is a perfect match, but I do think its a beautiful foundation all the same. I’m so in love with the look of it on my skin that I’ve worn it 3 days in a row despite it making me shiny and oily within a few hours!

This is £9.99 in boots and comes in 6 different colours and has an SPF of 30 which is pretty impressive. Its a mineral sunscreen which is preferable for a lot of people, but it does have silicones in it which will bother some of you.

It applies beautifully and feels very lightweight on the skin. It offers a light to medium coverage with a beautiful dewy finish and also claims to have some special technology to protect from the environment. Buy It Here

If you are oily like me, you may enjoy the Bourjois CC cream – great coverage and lasting power.

Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme Anti Ageing Mask Review

Estee MaskIf your skin is in need of some TLC, I would highly recommend treating yourself to this little gem. I have already recorded a video review for my You Tube channel, which wasn’t a planned review at all – I bought and reviewed the Estee Lauder Fix & Shape serum and got a sample of this mask. I tried it and fell in love instantly.

My skin is currently combo – oily but dehydrated and a bit dull. I put the mask on and left it for 10 mins. It smell divine, but thankfully the fragrance is low on the ingredient list and will only bother those with extremely sensitive skin. It was actually a pleasant surprise to see how good the ingredients were in this – honestly I expected to find alcohol in the mix but nope, no sign of it, just lovely anti ageing and soothing moisturising goodness.

I tissued off most of it and smoothed in what was left and couldn’t believe how wonderful my skin looked in the mirror. I would normally avoid things that are glowy or dewy, but that’s exactly how my skin looked. Luminous and I liked it. I felt it gave me a very slight rosy cheek but not in an irritated way, more in a fresh way if that makes sense. It made me feel confident enough to pop to the local shopping centre with not a scrap of makeup on, only the after effects of this!

This is expensive – £45, although I only paid £40.50 in Debenhams for some reason, but its a multi use product in my opinion. I’m using it as a night cream in a very light layer and its also lovely as that – you wake up with baby bum soft skin!

Stila Liquid Lipstick Set – Eternal Love – Review

StilaIf you like a bold lip, particularly red, and you like liquid lipsticks, this kit is a must for your collection. It is BEAUTIFUL! I love all 3 colours and I honestly think any makeup lover would too.

I bought mine in Marks & Spencer. I actually did go to look at the Stila liquid lipsticks with the aim of buying a full size one at £11 but didn’t like any of the colours –  I wanted a nudey pink colour. This set has 2 colours that aren’t for sale as full sizes, or at least weren’t in M&S.

Not all liquid lipsticks are made equal. I know I’m the odd one out, but I didn’t enjoy the feel of the Anastasia one in Hollywood  hence why it went in my blog sale. It didn’t look even on my lips and made my lips feel weird. These are lovely – not quite as long stay as my beloved Kat Von D one, but almost. It lasted all day and wore off ok and only a tiny bit patchy – in fact the part it went patchy on was where I had my lip filler injected so I think it was more to do with my lip that the lipstick!

This would make a great christmas present for a girlfriend – I say that because its something she is unlikely to have unless you know that she lives near a huge M&S that sells Stila. It doesn’t seem to be for sale anywhere else or online.

Becca Afterglow Palette Review


BeccaThis is the most extravagant purchase in a while, but I am totally in love with it already. I wanted to try some of the Becca blushes, but I don’t have any counters near me where I could swatch the colours. I bought “Gypsy” but honestly it was just too light for me.

I also purchased one of the shimmering skin perfectors in Opal, but it was too dark for me. I could tell that I liked the quality of both the highlighters and the blushes, so when this little gem appeared in a you tube video, I knew I had to try and get it.

I bought mine from Rose’s beauty store, and it only arrived yesterday but I adore it already. It has 3 highlighters in it, Opal, Rose Gold, and Topaz. Topaz would work more as a bronzer on me, and even Rose gold is a little dark, but they would both make beautiful eyeshadows and I will try them as such. The blushes are wild honey and flower child. Flower child I put on today and it is a beautiful soft coral. Wild honey looks kind of blah in the palette but every review I’ve seen says exactly that but how lovely it is on the cheeks, so we’ll see. I also used Moonstone on my cheeks and its not quite as shimmery as I expected, but in a good way.

I’d definitely recommend this as either a christmas gift or as a self gift!

Beauty Splurges

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 11.26.19I’m here to confess – I splurged big time. I’m definitely one of those people – on a diet? I eat more. Money worries? I spend it. It started with the Sephora Haul – I watched Emily Noel talking about the Viseart Palettes and I’ve wanted one for some time, so its almost the only thing I’ve purchased from Sephora due to its high price. You can see I added it an eyeliner thats supposed to be good for the waterline, and the Sephoras own night creams. The excuse I gave myself for the eyeshadows are that they look unique. Whether they are or not is another question of course.

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Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 11.28.22Then onto space NK – again its all Emily Noel’s fault as the By Terry Hyaluronic powder appealed to me and once on Space NK I remembered the By Terry Baume de rose that I’ve always wanted to try. After I’d put in this order, I banned myself from the PC lol, in case I spent anything more!

Not much of a review today I’m afraid, but if you would like a review of any of these items, you’ll see them in my next “Haul & Review”and I’ve got everything crossed that they are worth the money!

Nabla Cosmetics Eyeshadows

NablaSo I was watching Jamie Genevieve on You Tube, and she mentioned a fabulous eyeliner that she has bought from Nabla Cosmetics. I had never heard of them but my ears pricked up when she mentioned that the eyeliner was smooth, intense, and lasted well in the waterline. She also mentioned that the eyeshadows were lovely but she didn’t show anyway.

Off I went to place an order for the eyeliner, but I succumbed to the pretty eyeshadow colours and ordered 9! I actually filmed an unboxing with swatches which should be up soon on You Tube.

I used the eyeliner yesterday and for me it doesn’t work, it didn’t last even 10 minutes before it had disappeared from my waterline and instead gathered in the inner corner and smudged underneath. The eyeshadows however are a whole other story – I love them! I have used 7 out of the 9 over 2 days/looks, including the mattes and shimmers and they are all well pigmented, soft & buttery, easy to apply and blend. I highly recommend them!

The shipping was free for me, maybe because I spent 70 euros, but the package arrived in 2 days which is pretty darn impressive considering they were coming from Italy. I did consider Morphe shadows, but I don’t like that they are numbered instead of given names. Perhaps a rubbish reason for not buying them but hey ho.

Oh, as well as free shipping, I got a free mini z palette that hold 6 of the shadows. The shadows are 7,90 (£5.80) in their own compact or 6,50 (£4.80) as refills (which is how I bought them). Check them out here – Nabla Cosmetics