Trying to stop time

Well ok maybe not stop time but make it show less would be nice and as I have started to think about turning 40 in a couple of years I have become a little more aware of my skin and trying to keep looking as smooth as possible. My family tend to fall into two ageing looks, wow she ia never …… and well lines show you have had a good life, I would rather be in the first camp I know its vain but well I am vain and accept it so my new thing is skincare I have always tried to look after my skin but this is more a what does my skin need and not what smells nice and has a pretty bottle sort of exercise.

First thing I found was that very few of the creams ect I had had any active ingredients in most just added water and smelt nice, I was on the hunt for a Retinol cream for night time only to diacover the cost if said creams was, well, a little high shall we say so when Paula’s Choice 1%retinol cream was on offer as part of a beauty box I decided it was the perfect time to try it without breaking the bank and making my husband question my salinity.

So they idea is not to use this every day at first until your skin is certain it likes it (a little worring but ok) so I added it to my favourite orange face spray and started using the Paula’s Choice a couple of times a week and this appears to be all my skin needs as if I use it a few days in a row my face is very very shiny.

I had read that it will help with plumping the skin and help the brown spot starting on my cheek, nothing has changed so that I can say wow this is amazing look at X, Y, Z but my face feels so much better and it maybe in my head but the brown spot looks like it has faded.

This is an expensive product and I can’t say I will definitely buy a second bottle but I can’t say I won’t either it really depends on if the product keeps making me feel better and if it lasts a reasonable amount of time.

So I will keep looking for new products and no doubt keep trying new things, I just can’t resist new and shiny products i really dont understand how people find one thing and stay with just that one maybe like when looking for my husband i just haven’t found the right partner yet.

If anyone has any recommendations please feel free to drop me a line I am always happy to hear frim you.

Happy Bank Holiday Monday


Beauty and the Beast box 

Latest in Beauty collection box

So after loving my first box from Latest in Beauty I ordered one of the collection box’s this is a first impression I will follow up once I have tried everything, now when it arrived in noticed that the lipstick was missing so emailed the company and I have to say I normally hate having to contact customer services but in this case so easy just one button and they got back to me in 24 hours with a new order number so I can track the replacement, truly fantastic customer services.

Back to the box it is beautiful the box looks like a book and sturdy enough to keep and use it don’t know what for but I will find something to do with it, I know that packaging should not be a big thing but I really love pretty packaging.

Inside the box the booklet with all the information on the products and some discount codes for the companies included and who does not love a discount.

The products inside are all based on roses and red from beauty nail polish to a custom mirror with a coupes of full size bits and good size same size it’s a lovely balance at first glance including;

Gatineau Paris exfoliating face wash

L’occitane rose hand cream

Oribe dry shampoo  (I have been wanting to try this thanks to Tati on Youtube)

Soigné nail Polish in red

Caudalie moisturising sorbet

Gold compact mirror 

and when it arrives a burt’s bee’s lipstick 

I am going to give them all a good go over the next week or so and will let you know how they turn out but I would definitely say it’s worth giving a go at £15 it’s a bargin.

Latest in Beauty box

Choice of boxes from £9 

I have a little bit of a beauty product obsession and love a suprise box but after reading so much about this one I had to give it a go, after picking your subscription level  (I went for 3 products at £9 though I had a discount code if I can find it in will add it later)

The idea of the box is that you get to pick what you would like to try from a selection of full size and sample size products the list is extensive and changes all the time in fact it was quite hard to pick there was so much well maybe not all 3 were hard to pick as the first one was a full size Paula’s Choice 1% retinol cream (retail price £53) So already an amazing saving add a nice set of Vintage Cosmetics tweezers  (normally about £8) and a MUA shadow pallet and I was done. The code I had added a sample face wash and a sponge as well as what I had picked so I was more than happy.

Delivery was a little slow taking about a week but worth it when it arrived beautifully packaged in pink paper and with a sweet little makeup bag always handy to have i was pleased to find that everything was full size and true to what I expected so all in all this is an amazing box and I will be getting many more in fact I went on and ordered a Collection box as well so look out for that update as well as an update on the products I got in this one.

My over all advice is try this one it’s a true win for any beauty bargin hunter’s.

Discount code BEBEAUTIFUL  (if it still works it’s 30% and two products) 

This is not sponsored and I have no affiliation with the company.

A glossy treat 

£10 (+p&p)

I decided that I would try a different monthly box as my last one was getting a little dull and the pink glossybox was just to tempting to pass up.

So the box arrived by royal mail in a black and white box that did not leave you guessing what was inside, the packaging is lovely all pink and black with a pretty ribbon and the products inside are a really good size and a mix of samples and full size products.

Full size;

Batliste heat protection and shine spray I did not know they did anything but amazing dry shampoo so was hopefull this would be good and I was not disappointed as it’s a full size it should last quite some time. 

Africa argon oil hand cream that smells amazing it kind of reminds me of something I used when my kids were babies but I just can’t put my finger on it, maybe not the best for day time but as a night hand cream it is lovely not too heavy on the oil.

Sleek lip crayon  I have reviewed this before in another colour so was more than happy to get another though I am not certain how much use it will get out of it as it’s a little orange for my normal look.

Sample size;

111 eye cream, I have no idea what this is like I expect it must be good as the full size is over £100! crazy money, but mine did not work glossy customer services was amazing I dropped them an email and they said they would get another out to be so I maybe able to update you on that as I am super curious with such a high price tag.

The black charcoal mask is nothing special normal messy to does its job.

Finally there was a glow cream I was a little confused by this as it says step 3 but it is not a highlight, it sorted of leaves a soft shine to the face but apart from that I can’t work out what it’s for, I ended up giving it to my teenage daughter and she likes it on its own no foundation ect but for me my Becca backligh works just so much better.

I would say this box is well worth a try with a reasonable price and good mix of products you can’t really go wrong.

Ready made bun mix!

So I was lucky enough to be sent a voucher by Bzz Agents to try the Stork ready made bun mix in original  (vanilla flavour) So this is not something I bought but I was very curious about it when asked if I would like to take part.

Stork is a name is am very familiar with it is what I always reach for when baking in fact I think everyone I know uses it so I know that there baking products are always good but I could not forget the horrible bund served at my cousins birthday parties as a kid her mum always made them from a ready mix and they were never good, in fact they were sadness in a bright wrapping that are still talked about. 

So after finally finding the mix in ASDA chilled section, I had been looking with baking at first, my 8 year old was very excited to get started and the instructions were easy, warm in water, squeeze and bake simple well it would have been if I had softened it enough but we got there with no mess no washing up and much to my son’s horror no bowl or spoon to lick and 30 mins later we had buns. A little odd shaped but buns all the same.

After they cooled down we tried them they are OK, better than normal ready mix definitely as good as home made well that is a no. It is a little dry and very light on the flavour but they will do for a quick bake and I will buy one to keep on hand for the times when I need buns for school but only get told at bedtime the night before. 

This will not replace your beloved homemade buns but if you don’t have time to bake or just don’t like baking they are perfect, or even better for keeping the kids occupied in the holidays when it will no doubt rain but you don’t want to clean the kitchen from top to bottom once they have finished and let’s face it decorating them eating them is always the best bit.

Retails for around £2.50 a pack and comes in 3 flavours.

Day 10 all day velvet 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 04 peach club matte finish  £8.99.

This is a super soft velvet lipstick that lasts so well once you have it on but getting it on and looking even is not a quick and easy task, the formula is patchy on one coat and needs to part dry before you can top it up I learnt that the hard way if you go in when it is still wet then the patches just get worse and the lipstick ends up super sticky and never dries fully. The problem with having to wait for it to dry is the time it takes to dry it feels like a normal lipstick for such a long time that the first time I tried this most of it was lost to a coffee cup before it dried.

Once you get the hang of the formula then it’s a lovely lipstick to wear, it feels like nothing on does not crack and stays put for hours and though eating and drinking it is not kiss proof and does leave some transfer, not the large red (well peach) rings you would get with a traditional lipstick on your cup but you will know which is your cup at a table.

This peach is a much lighter colour on than in the bottle so switching to check a colour before you pick one would definitely be advised I did not and must admit I was a little disappointed at first but I will go back and look for a better colour on my skin tone.

Day 9 no makeup day

Collection moisturising lip butter normally about  £2.99 

I have a few colours of this as I think they are perfect for days when you don’t want to have lots of makeup on but need a little something on the lips you know the days when all you feel like is a coat of mascara and lip gloss then out the door for me this is normally Monday morning when I just can’t get myself going enough in time for the school run and have nothing but housework waiting for me.

The Lip butter as very little colour but leaves a lovely soft shine with a hint of colour that lasts a good couple of hours if I am just running around and drinking coffee, it’s Monday morning after all so coffee is pretty much all that is keeping me going. I have tried so many glossy chunky pencil type lipsticks and enjoy quite a few but this one just keeps being the one I reach for its soft texture and sweet smelling mixed with just the right amount of colour that I have enough coverage for my lack of pigment mixed with a price point allowing me to not think twice about dropping it in my bag means it’s become a firm favourite and always on my vanity.

One small warning the top comes off easy if you don’t click it one fully and it’s awful to get off the inside of your bag and all its contents.

Day 8! Poundland 

Makeup gallery  Pout matters matt lip colour  from Poundland £1 each (no suprise there)

I have walked passed the makeup display at Poundland so many times but this time I stopped to look, I was surprised to find that they have lots of drugstore brands as well as Makeup gallery that is there own makeup and has just about everything but I was drawn to the lipsticks and liquid lipsticks I picked up the 3 liquid lipsticks that they had a pink, red and purple I expected very little from them and they don’t have a lot of product in but a nice suprise was that colour payout on the red and purple was quite strong the pink shows as more of a shine than anything else.

The colour was a little patchy but two coats and it was wearable, not perfect but for £1 not bad at all, as expected it is drying and transfers onto anything including my coffee cup and sons cheek in the playground (good way of making myself popular in a morning with him) and needed topping up though the day more like a regular lipstick than the matte ones I usually buy. 

I have used them a few times since and have to say that even though they are not the best quality or last as long as I would like for £1 it’s worth a go and if I see any other colours I will be trying them as well I may even try some of the other makeup. 

If you have tried Poundland makeup before let me know what I should try as I am now very curious.

Day 7, so slippy!!

Avon True colour nourishing lipstick in perfect pink, £8 each from your local rep or online via Avon shop.

I am going to start by saying that I have had the same Avon rep for 8 years and have had so many lovely lipsticks (and so much more) from them that when I ordered this is was so certain it would be good if got two colours and when it arrived in was very excited as the packaging is beautiful rose gold and black and the lipstick has a pretty swirl of colour change I think you can see it in the top pic but as I have lots they went into the collection and sat there for a week or so.

I put this on with the full explanation that I would drop it in my bag and go about the day, this unfortunately was not the case it was greasy and had hardly any colour at all when I did build it to a colour that was nice the consistency was like a thick gloss and felt like it was moving slowly off my lips I thought it maybe ok I blotted it but the tissue ended up sticking to my lips and leaving little bits of it behind, that is just not the best look for any day let alone when you have to go out.

All that said I don’t have any pictures of it on but it did take 4 coats to get the colour for the swatch 

This will give you an idea of what it is like, if you like a glossy lipstick with a very pale colour then you may love this but for me it just doesn’t work I did more colour and less tissue on my lips.

Fingers crossed for a better tomorrow 

Day 6, light as a feather 

Barrym Matte Me Up lip kit £6.99 from Boots 

This tiny little box holds an amazing suprise the lip pencil is nothing amazing a good basic pencil but the lipstick is a bit of a suprise, it’s so wet that I expected little to no colour and for it to run and be hard to work with but the colour payout is shockingly rich and it did not run but it is not easy to work with and you have been careful with it and you may need two coats with the stronger colours as the wet constancy means that you can’t get a thick coat of this colour and need to build it to what you want, in my case as rich as possible as I love the rich raspberry colour this was even if it was not quite what I expected from the packaging.

Whilst it was drying I was a little worried that it was starting to feel like a powder and was going to be a matter lipstick that you not only know you have on but becomes to uncomfortable that it’s just not worth keeping on but that is not the case it feels like nothing on the lips and does not feel like it is drying your lips out at all for the first few hours but after eating and drinking in it for 4 hours it started to dry out and feather around the inside of my lips, this was the only time it transferred onto anything.

It may not sound like 4 hours is a long time for this to last but I was impressed as in that time not only did I drink my normal ridiculous amount of coffee but had cinema smacks and pizza with my kids so to stand up to a kid friendly afternoon I am very impressed normally only my high end lipstick can get close to this in feel and lasting power, it’s outstanding or the price even with needing a little work to get it just right.