Just a quick, non-beauty related post today, mostly to say that if you currently follow me and read my blog via Bloglovin, I’m about to ask them to take my blog down and deactivate my account, so please please try and find another blog reader to use! I have today stopped following ALL of the blogs I read via Bloglovin and moved them all over to Feedly. It’s early days for me using this as a blog reader, but so far I’m happy. It’s not as aesthetically pleasing as Bloglovin unfortunately, but unless something changes in the next 24/48 hours (when I plan to remove my blog from Bloglovin) then this move is necessary.
If you read and support blogs and bloggers, or if you are indeed a blogger yourself, I would urge you to do the same thing. Bloglovin have recently made changes that mean that you don’t have to leave their site in order to read posts. They’ve even included commenting as a feature. The problem with this, in basic terms, is that your favourite bloggers no longer get your traffic. By proxy this means their blog receives less views, and even worse, for bloggers who make a living from their blog, Bloglovin are potentially affecting their income.
And there are other issues as well, such as bloggers potentially being penalised by Google for duplicate content, or the moral issue of all our content being used without permission on another site. It’s complicated, but the general feeling is, its not okay.
As time passes you are likely to find several blogs you follow disappearing from Bloglovin, and I urge you to keep following us elsewhere and not to support such a sneaky move by Bloglovin.
It’s not okay, I won’t support it, many bloggers also won’t support it and I urge you do stop using it either for blog reading, or for your blog.
I’m going to leave it 24/48 hours to give you all a chance to read this post, and then I will be requesting my feed be removed from their site and deactivating my account. Unless by some miracle they remove this feature.
I do hope you choose to keep reading, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and as I say, you can add me to other blog reading sites. Please do!
When the actress of the moment, Emma Watson, proclaims DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection Mascara is her favourite mascara to wear on set, then I’m all ears. If there’s a mascara that won’t smudge, won’t run when my eyes water and stays put all day, then I want to try it out.
As you might imagine from this Japanese brand, the packaging is simple, the product looks simple but performance is excellent. I absolutely love the brush, I can’t bear mascaras with big brushes, this one is perfect and allows me to grab every individual lash with ease.
So what’s so amazing about this mascara? In essence, it’s a tubing mascara, one coat wraps each lash in a water resistant tube. It does not clump, flake or smudge and nor does it run. You won’t need fancy make up removers, this removes with ease with just warm water. I’ve tried, it comes off easily. Cold water won’t remove it, just warm, so you don’t need to worry about the rain. And most amazingly for me it doesn’t transfer at all to my upper eyelids. I not only have hooded eyes, but in addition they are starting to sag with age. Eye liners and mascaras always seem to transfer on me, but this doesn’t move a single bit. Amazing.
The finish might not be for those who want huge amounts of drama, but I find the finish is perfect for me. Every single lash is coated, black, and elongated, no clumping. I can add length easily by applying one or two coats as normal and then a final coat just to the tips (if needed!). As I’ve previously mentioned my left eyelashes are shorter and straighter than those on my right eye but its very easy to make them look equal with this mascara. I’m absolutely delighted with it.
In my personal opinion I much prefer this to the mascara I featured in my last post, with that one, as time goes on I’m more and more disappointed with my purchase. This however, is absolutely brilliant and I would go as far as to say one of the best I’ve ever tried. It’s easy to apply, doesn’t transfer, is easy to remove and gives me separated, natural looking lashes.
You can purchase the DHC Perfect pro Double Protection Mascara here for £15.90.
*product received free of charge for review purposes
I recently decided to treat myself to a new mascara, the one I had just really wasn’t cutting it anymore and after some research, chiefly the MrsGloss&TheGoss Facebook Page, I decided to plump for Benefit Roller Lash. I remember the hype when it was released, but I just haven’t needed a mascara for ages. I also found the price point of £20.50 a little off-putting, but I had a voucher code for Feel Unique and wanted another product so I took the plunge.
It’s a roller for lashes. The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls…while the instance curve setting formula holds for 12 hours.
So that brush, well although I know they are there, the hooks aren’t easy to spot. But what I do like about it is that it isn’t a huge brush, I don’t get on with big mascara brushes, so this one was easy enough to use without stabbing myself in the eye or covering my eyelid in mascara.
To describe my lashes, I have one side where my lashes are pretty good. A good length and just behave generally well and on my other eye the lashes are rubbish. In the outer corner they cross over each other and they are shorter and straighter than my other lashes. I try to even them out by curling only the dodgy side, and that works well, and I tend to put a third light coat on those lashes too, concentrating on the tips of my lashes to create a tiny bit of extra length. It works for me, but I should probably just get some lash extensions and stop all the faff at some point! Until then though, on the days when I can be bothered, that’s my routine, so I was hoping that Roller Lash would add some extra curl to that side.
So here it is on my lashes, top only for some reason (I think I forgot my bottom lashes that day!), and then I’ll talk about the pros and cons.
So there we have it, it’s a nice mascara, I like it and will definitely use it up. For me it’s a good every day mascara for sure, it’s just quite as impressive as I’d hoped it’d be, and perhaps it’s a victim of the hype. My expectations were perhaps unrealistic, considering this is a perfectly good mascara.
It ticks lots of boxes for me, and I’d definitely recommend it, just with the caveat that people should have realistic expectations. It isn’t the best mascara I’ve ever tried, it is however very good.
Mother’s Day is looming here in the UK and while I think about my lovely Mum lots, and my Mother in Law, I also think of myself. It’s not because I’m selfish, but rather that I’m required to put together a list for my husband of things I might like from the kids. I had some info through the other day from Institut Esthederm and I’ve got to say, a pamper package of their products sounds right up my street right now. Life is stressful and one thing I could really do with is a good pamper session.
Institut Esthederm products utilise Cellular Water, a key ingredient which optimises the cells’ energy environment and boosts activity. I’m not sure what that means really but I’m hazarding a guess that it basically means it optimises cell turnover which slows down as you age. Well since the ageing stick seems to have given me an almighty whack over the last year, I’m all for optimised energy environments!
If you, or your Mum are looking for a beautiful pamper package for Mother’s Day, give these products a whirl, I’m putting them on my list and crossing my fingers!
Eye Contour Lift Patches (10 x 3ml – £53). Ideal for those who are suffering with jet lag or stress, these promise to eradicate the effects of tiredness, revitalise the skin and plump and tone the eye area. Sign me up!
Intensive Hyaluronic Mask (75ml – £31.00).This mask smooths the skin and rehydrates. By now, there can’t be many beauty lovers who aren’t aware of the benefits of hyaluronic acid, but just in case, hyaluronic acid is a molecule that is naturally present in the skin and it is the skin’s water reserve. This mask rehydrates both the surface of the skin as well as the deeper layers.Find Institut Esthederm at Feel Unique and Look Fantastic.
Planning has been on my radar for ages and I did blog about my Journal a couple of years ago, but for some reason, it kind of fell by the wayside.
Just before Christmas the urge hit me for new stationery and stickers and after a bit of research I decided upon a MAMBI (Me & My Big Ideas) Happy Planner (classic size. I thought the layout looked like it’d suit me and I just love how customisable it is. Not only do MAMBI create lots of accessories for the Happy Planners, but so do lots of independent sellers too. There are a lot of different Happy Planners available but I settled on the Sugar & Type version for me and I purchased from Craftstars for about £28.
I think maybe, we’ll just show some pictures at this point!
The Monthly Layout:The Weekly Layout:Various Dividers:
At the end of each month is this lovely little back page:The attention to detail is brilliant and at the bottom of each page you’ll find a quote, a saying or a little illustration:
For the uninitiated, this a disc bound system, that means your pages slot onto the discs. It’s something to be aware of because it means you can only add compatible products to your Happy Planner. There is a Happy Planner Hole Punch but its very expensive and to be honest I’ve not needed it, but these are things to think about if going down the Planner route.
One of the very attractive features of the Happy Planner are the compatible accessories, from extension packs, to stickers, to pens, pencil cases, you name it, there’s so much available. I however just bought some spare note paper, a pack of pockets to stores stickers in, and then some expander rings, because once I’d added the card pockets, my Planner was stuffed, the expander rings give you much more space.
So the thing with Planner Addicts is that its not just about planning your life and running a diary, it’s a hobby in itself, and a big part of that is decorating your planner. While you can buy MAMBI branded stickers, they were a bit boring for my tastes and that’s when I discovered the Etsy world of Planner Stickers and accessories. It’s a slippery slope…Today Divider, Weekly Layout and Monthly Layout Stickers from Bits of Stationery:Cute Stickers from HappyCutieStudio: Halloween and Unicorn Kisses Weekly Stickers by EllenBeeMakes:Trust me when I tell you I bought and used many more than this, and without a doubt my two favourite Etsy Stores are Bits of Stationery and HappyCutieStudio, so do check them out.
Decorating your planner in this way isn’t cheap though and so I thought I’d have a go at creating my own. I was lucky and received a Silhouette Portrait for Christmas, this clever machine comes with software to design your stickers, then you print them out on sticker paper and the Silhouette cuts them out for you. I’ve not bought any stickers since I got it. It’s brilliant and probably deserves a blog post all of it’s own, but for now, here are some of the stickers I’ve made for myself.
This Ombre name sticker is on the front page of my Happy Planner and was the first sticker I made!
And then some weekly layouts:
And that is my Happy Planner. I can highly recommend it both as a means to organise your life but also as a hobby, regardless of whether or not I’ve designed the stickers, Sunday is always Planner Sticker Day, where I sit down decorate and fill in the next week, it cements my chores and appointments for the week ahead in my head, and is a calming activity to do, and designing my stickers is always fun!
It’s well documented on this blog that my skin is tricky to care for, but it seems pretty well controlled at the minute other than the occasional blemish and what seems to be the very sudden onset of ageing (it’s like I woke up one morning and was suddenly 10 years older), otherwise though, the dryness is mostly under control, blemishes are far less frequent and its not too bad, but it could be better. And that’s where Vichy Laboratoires Idealia Peeling comes in.
So what is it? Idealia Peeling is a water-light liquid applied to the skin at night, before your night cream that refines your pores, improves your skin texture and smooths fine lines in four weeks. The peeling action is gentle (4% Glycolic Acid and 5% Hepes), and promises an improvement to radiance, softness and brightness when used nightly for a month.
I’ve got all the blurb here but I’m not a big fan of typing out scientific facts I don’t really understand here, so lets stick to my opinions!
First up, application. Easy to apply, you just simply add to your cotton wool pad and apply to your clean skin, then apply your moisturiser and head to bed. I find I get a slight tingling when I apply but it’s comfortable. This isn’t an in depth review as I haven’t been using it long enough, but I wanted to give a heads up because for those of us with sensitive skin, this is brilliant. I’ve had no adverse effects so far, but when I wake in the morning my skin feels so smooth and soft. I’ve been using this for a few days now and I swear to god, I think my fine lines (not the deep ones – boo!) look a little less obvious. A little goes a really long way and I’m very optimistic that in a couple of weeks I’ll be glowing! I’m seriously impressed, as someone who breaks out at the drop of a product name, to use something as scary sounding as a peel and not have my skin freak out is a big deal!
You might be wondering what the record is in the background? Well that’s because Vichy have teamed up with DJ Becky Tong and as part of the new campaign Becky can be seen revealing her glowing skin from behind some of her top albums covers, and Skin by Flume is her favourite 🙂
Vichy Laboratoires Idealia Peeling is £30 for 100ml and is available from Boots nationwide as well as Boots.com
*products received free of charge for review purposes
I was excited to see bareMinerals launch a line of matte liquid lipsticks, not only do I really love a matte finish and a liquid lipstick but with such a good range of colours (10), I was optimistic I would find a nude that would suit me. I searched for swatches online and decided upon Swag.
The Gen Nude collection is quite large and also includes Gen Nude Buttercream Lipglosses as well as Gen Nude Under Over Lip Liners, but I actually opted for a bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in the shade “Thrilled”. I suspect, but don’t quote me on it, that these are being discontinued, but they are currently still available on lots of sites. I opted for this as I was able to find decent swatches whereas with the new Gen Nude lip liners, I couldn’t be sure what I was buying would match my Matte Liquid Lipcolour.
When I compared the liner and Lipcolour in swatches, they didn’t seem like a good enough match but actually on my lips they work perfectly together, and the Thrilled lip liner actually works with quite a lot of my existing products. Otherwise though, I don’t find it remarkable, in fact it feels a little draggy when I apply it, but it does do the job and I’m using it almost daily. The twist up mechanism is good, but I do feel like I am flying through the product and maybe a pencil would have been better value for money in the long run.
Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in Thrilled Left and Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag, Right:
Swag is the most perfect lipstick I’ve ever owned. Honestly I’m not exaggerating! Firstly, I adore the colour, it is my perfect everyday shade and the formula is amazing. It goes on smoothly and feels creamy on application, but it dries quickly and it does so without sucking the moisture out of my lips. This is important because I can be a bit prone to dry lips in the first place, but this doesn’t make it worse in anyway, once it’s dried I cannot feel it on my lips at all. I also find the wear time on this is amazing, if I apply at 8am it will still be visible at tea time, with the only exception to this being if I’ve eaten something greasy. Otherwise, while it does fade, it fades evenly and very slowly. I will definitely need more of these in my life.
I bought both of these products from Escentual, with my own money, because at the time of purchasing, and at the time of writing, the products are on offer. The Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolors are £14.45 (RRP £17) and the Marvelous Moxie Lip Liner is £11.05 (RRP £13).
People who have been with me since this blog started will know that my skin has been an ongoing battle for a long time. Plagued with dryness and spots, as well as natural ageing and reactive skin, has meant finding suitable skincare has been not easy. Products designed for spots tend to aggravate my dryness while products for dry skin nearly always break me out. It’s frustrating! There have been several rave reviews of brands/products over the years all of which still stand, but for some reason I tend to find that after a while (often months) everything goes back to normal (bad). I have no idea why that is, but it means the search is only ever over temporarily.
That’s why I am blogging today with some hesitance! But I’m here to share my love for the Body Shop Vitamin E Range. The Vitamin E range is extensive and I certainly don’t have all the products in the line, but I’ve added the products I am using, one at a time, slowly so I can see what suits me and what doesn’t.
The Vitamin E range can help to protect against pollution and is great for premature ageing. What I really love about it is that it seems to be deeply moisturising, without being too rich for my skin. Quick reviews of all the items I have, below
Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash (£7.50 – 125ml) – This is brilliant stuff. I heard that foaming cleansers dry out your skin but I don’t think this one does. A little goes a long way and has no issues at all removing my make up. It’s lightly foaming, feels rich and creamy and doesn’t leave my face feeling tight and dry. Win!
Vitamin E Hydrating Toner (£7.50 – 250ml) – Alcohol free toner that leaves my skin feeling ready to go! Has a slightly thicker than water texture, as if it’s a gel maybe. I apply this twice a day religiously. Lovely stuff and a brilliant price. Actually the whole range is!
Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion (£10 – 160ml) – This was my latest purchase and I wasn’t sure what it was for and I’m still not. I love it anyway because it just slots into my routine. Again this is not watery, like a traditional toner, it’s slightly thicker than the Hydrating Toner and I’d describe it as a serum/gel. You add a couple of drops to your hand and pat into your skin after toner, before moisturiser. It absorb very quickly, leaving no residue on the skin and I think just adds another layer of moisture and protection against free radicals.
Vitamin E Intense Moisture Serum (£14 – 30ml) – It’s been a long time since I’ve used a serum. I found nearly everything I tried in the past caused me to break out, either too rich or too packed full of silicones. This one is so light in texture, it leaves my skin feeling amazing after application and isn’t at all greasy.
Vitamin E Overnight Serum in Oil (£16 – 28ml) – This is the product I was most nervous about using, my spot prone skin doesn’t get on well with oils, but I’m pleased to say I’ve had no problems with this at all! I use four drops massaged into my skin every night before bed and wake up to soft moisturised skin.
Vitamin E Moisture Cream (£13 – 50ml) – Out of all the products I have, this is the one I think of as my hero product. I use it daily, morning and evening, after all the other products and I think it works like a charm, Containing not only vitamin E but also hyaluronic acid this is the product that I really think stamps out my dryness. If feels so moisturising, but not at all rich, it is light and smooths in easily and quickly without leaving residue on my face. All the other products help my skin be plumper, and less dry, this is the one that the keeps it this way
Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream (£14 – 50ml) – This is the one product that doesn’t suit me too well. I kind of knew it wouldn’t be great for me when I bought it, but I was optimistic given my successes with the rest of the range. It is just too rich for me, and applying all over my face definitely results in me waking up with blemishes, on my chin especially. I have however found it especially useful when my skin is really suffering. Like my nose was after a recent cold. I used this every night afterwards on my nose which was dry and red from constant nose blowing, and this really soothed and helped.
Vitamin E Refreshing Eyes Cube (£9.50 – 4g) – The name of this one annoys me because it’s not a cube! I know it’s supposed to be a play on Ice Cube, but still! Leaving that aside, eye cream is another product I’ve avoided for a while after two huge break outs under my eyes from creams that were too rich. Annoying because I know the skin around my eyes looks and feels so much better and less wrinkly when I use it. This one is fab! A twist up stick of cooling cream, although I’d describe it more as a balm, it glides on and cools. I use it morning and night and have had no issues so far. It’s worth mentioning that this has a tiny amount of sparkle, I find it very hard to spot, so you don’t need to worry about glittery eyes, but it’s worth knowing it’s there! My under eyes definitely feel plumper and smoother.
Finally, and not pictured is the Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist (£10 for 100ml). I don’t use this Face Mist as part of my skincare routine but instead keep it with my make up and use it as a finishing spray to set everything in place. I’m sure it’ll come into its own in Summer too!
I read over on British Beauty Blogger that The Body Shop may be up for sale… this will just be terrible new for my face!
Anyway, I wholeheartedly recommend this range, so do head over to The Body Shop website and check it out!
*All Products purchased by me and opinions unbiased!
Since I started this incarnation of my blog, I made it clear it was never going to be just about beauty. While beauty has remained its primary focus and will continue to be so, I’ve also shared personal stories about my children, book reviews, my crochet hobby, posts about my vaping habit as well as the rare and occasional political post.
I was all set to post about The Body Shop Vitamin E range today, and I still will this week, but today, I just can’t. Having sat here for the last hour, in front of my computer in tears, with the deep sense of worry I’ve felt since the US elections, and with a feeling of foreboding about the political climate of the world in the last few years, I cannot at least post something about what is going on.
Before I start though, I have to say this: I’ve heard that there are some on social media, and in blogging circles who are taking it upon themselves to berate anyone who ISN’T using their voice as a blogger to condemn what is happening in the world right now. I have to say that I feel this is completely and utterly unacceptable. We cannot dwell on the horrors all the time, it is not good for our mental health and well being. It is okay to step back, and spend some time reading about lipsticks or whatever it takes to restore happiness. If we are not happy and well balanced, we may not have the strength to be useful to anyone at all!
With that in mind, to turn away completely, to not think on these issues, whatever your view point… well here’s some tweets from people I admire:
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.” – Elie Wiesel
— michael sheen (@michaelsheen) 29 January 2017
Remember sitting in history, thinking “If I was alive then, I would’ve…”
You’re alive now. Whatever you’re doing is what you would’ve done.
— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) 28 January 2017
I’m not the best person with words, nor can I sit here and say I understand everything well enough to talk about things with any authority, but what I can say is that all of this, this fascism, this right wing hatred, has been brewing so long, the public have been drip fed fear and hatred through the media, and through organisations such as Britain First and it’s been going on a long time. I don’t entirely blame people, fear is a big thing to manage, and there are people who still don’t understand or accept media bias, who hear about terrorist attacks and and top of the drip feeding of fear and hatred they read or hear in the media, they become fearful and hateful themselves.
But let history teach us, this is where it starts, this where as a planet, we decide whether to hate, or whether to love, whether to fact check or whether to believe lies without question, whether we keep fearing or we take a stand and unite. This is the moment. This is where it happens. This is where you decide how history views you.
And while we’ve got Trump doing what Trump is doing, with our Prime Minister refusing to speak out, rather, holding his hand for photo shoots, what has shocked me the most in recent years, is the tide has turned so much so that where once racists and hate filled people kept their horrible little thoughts in their horrible heads or talked only to their friends about their shared horrible little thoughts, we now live in a climate where it’s not shameful to spout hatefulness. Any news article that mentions refugees or immigrants, any news article that talks about Trump, will be littered with comments from supporters of hatred, not under aliases, but out and proud to hate. Shouting loudly about how right it is that Trump should do what it is he’s doing and when is our PM going to do the same. And this has been going on a long time.
Just this weekend on my local newspapers Facebook Page, there was a “story” about and I quote “the Trump Mulim Ban”… here are a selection of the comments…
” If they are coming to Europe then its for economic reasons, free hand-outs, money, housing, furnishings, and old & young people who have beautiful eyes who they want to F & rape”
“Sort out this country first …Bide worrying about someone else’s”
“I think people should stick to there own countrys..look after their own first ..full stop!!!!!”
“No he aint we should do the same”
“No not at all,keep them all out .Top guy Mr Trump”
“I didn’t realise I lived amongst so many pathetic snowflakes, get a grip Trump is the President and is going to be a great one too…. I’m guessing the same people that signed this petition are the same idiotic dead beats who want another referendum, very sad individuals you are!”
Glossing over the apparent shared lack of good grammar, that’s just a small snippet, and its the same every damn time. I’ve picked out the least offensive because I don’t want that sort of hate on my blog really, but that’s the stuff that really concerns me. How normalised this hatred has become.
Anyone who cares, demonstrates, protests, comments on memes or Facebook posts, retweets, anything anti trump, or shows any concern at all for the welfare of other human beings outside of our own small circle is shouted down as a liberal lefty (as an insult of course!), the great unwashed, special snowflake…well if caring makes me any of those things then I guess I’ll just have to take that on the chin because I won’t be changing any time soon.
But to circle back to the start of my post, it wasn’t just badness that made me weep this morning, it was seeing so many people standing up and taking action, videos of the protests in the US, marches and rallies being arrange across the UK today. It’s all good stuff.
Amazing, emotional scenes here at Dulles as some passengers finally unite with crying relatives surrounded by protestors welcoming them. pic.twitter.com/h8sW3LR75N
— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) 29 January 2017
For a long time apathy has been an issue, but perhaps now, perhaps now the political climate is so extreme, perhaps now, people will find their voices and use them because we must speak out where we see great wrong, I would just argue that people should NOT feel compelled to do so on their beauty/mummy/pet blogs, but do contact MP’s, join any of the many protests today, do whatever, but speak out.
PS: As an aside, but still on topic, I’d recommend EVERYONE read this book https://www.amazon.com/Wave-Laurel-Leaf-contemporary-fiction/dp/0440993717
Heads up for this beautiful brand, Kind Natured.
If you’re looking for body care products that are absolutely premium but at affordable prices, then look no further. The Kind Natured range seems fairly extensive, with lots of products to choose from, from hair care, kids products, bath products as well as hand and body care. The brand prides itself on being 97% natural and free from Sulphates, Parabens and Petrochemicals.
The products I’ve tried work exceedingly well, the Foaming Sugar Scrub in particular is wonderful and the Body Lotion, but what I feel makes them so premium are the beautiful scents from the products I tried, the ones containing Monoi are amazing, such long lasting exotic scents. Truly beautiful! If I’ve not sold you on the range already, then try the prices, not one of their products retails for over £5.99.
Using Kind Natured products, at least these ones I’ve tried, feels like being in on a secret, a really good beauty secret. Fantastic effective products with beautiful long lasting scents that don’t cost the earth.
If you only buy one product though, my top pick is the Moisturising Coconut & Monoi Foaming Sugar Scrub, it’s absolutely dreamy.
The whole range is available on Boots.com, go check it out!
*Products received free of charge for review purposes but all views are my own