Hi everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve done a beauty blog. I have got to tell you all though about my recent finds!!!!!
I’ve always been a big fan of Mac make up. I can’t always stand the hoards of tennagaers though when I’m trying to buy some! I prefer now to order my mac stuff online instead! I’d been doing some Instagram research on bronzers. There’s a few amazing make up artists I follow on there and one was raving about a bronzer by Mac. I had to have it!! I usually use benefit hoola bronzer but fancied a change. It’s called give me sun, that’s exactly what it does!!! My h2b came home and said, “wow you look brown!!” Love it when a product delivers on it’s promise. He thought I’d had a sun bed or fake tan on. New fav!!!!! I also got some new eyeshadows in a reddy colour. So gorgeous for a change, one is called coppering and the other cranberry. I’d also been on the hunt for the perfect contouring powder. I’ve used tons of different ones now, cream ones, eyeshadow colours, brozners etc etc…… I read that mac baby don’t go was a brilliant contour powder. It is!!!!! I love it!!! It’s more of an ash tone, so ideal to contour. Totally hooked!!! I also finally got my hand on the mac lipstick called velvet teddy. Thanks to Kylie Jenner this is usually sold out everywhere!! I managed to find mine on eBay. The lip liner whirl goes amazing with it!! You can over draw your lips to make them look bigger, just like Kylie (or have your lips done just like Kylie!)
My next find is a recent one, a new mascara by loreal called mega volume, miss magna. I’ve tried every mascara you can think of, so far this is one of the best and mega cheap!!! It does pack a lot of the mascara on to the brush, make sure you scrap some off. Two coats and my lashes looked so long!!!! Was really impressed.
I’ve also found this brand of fake tan. I’ve not used it yet but I’ve read raves reviews on it!! I’ll keep you posted, I got the scrub pre prep, moisturiser and the tan in dark. It’s by cocoa brown.
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to mac, NYX is really good!! I’m loving this lip liner in mauve and their matte nude lipstick. In usually wear red or a brighter pink but I really love this nude shade for a change. I’ve had a few compliments on it. More natural.
I needed some more make up storage. I’d spotted something on Instagram but when I googled it there were £100!! I found the same thing on eBay for just £14. Picture in the blog, it’s fab for nail varnishes, eyeshadows and lipsticks. It looks really cool too 🙂
I wanted to try a new under eye concealer too. I’ve got the mac one and a few others but my touché eclat had run out. I bought the new one by tropic. I never really know if I can see much difference with this sort of highlighting concealer but this one does seem to rally brighten up your under eye. I really like the brand, I’ve used their face cream and scrub before.
A few other things in the pics are just standard things I buy a lot.
Any questions just shout.
I’m currently trying to decide whether to have a make up artist for my wedding or just do my own!?! I know what products I love and I know how to make it look pretty decent, I’m worried I won’t get the right look if I use a mua, plus it saves money to spend on other things. We’ve already blown the budget!! I might pop to mac and book a bridal trail for recommendations on different colours. No doubt I’ll spend a fortune there anyway!!
Happy Fopping xx
So it’s nearly the end of 2014! Where’s the year gone? I’ve put a list together of all my favourite beauty buys this year. Any questions just ask.
So the first one is Kokoso coconut moisturiser. My cousins wife created this and sent me a freebie as I’m family 🙂 It’s designed for babies so,it’s 100% natural, but adults can use it too. The owner sent one to Katie price for her new baby, she adored it and also used it on herself! My favourite use for it is a pre tan moisturiser. Your tan goes on so smoothly. It smells amazing!! Gorgeous Xmas present if you’re stuck for ideas! Check out her fb page or website http://www.kokoso.co.uk
Sally Hanson spray on air brush legs. I’m adore this stuff!!! It covers any little bruises or blemishes and makes your legs look really smooth and tanned. Just make sure you spray it in a bathroom as it can be messy! I spray it on to a mitt then apply it.
Elemis skin care. I started using this recently and it’s gorgeous. I like the marine range the best so far. It smells lovely and makes your skin feel really soft. It’s very hydrating and has anti ageing qualities too. Ticks all my boxes!!
GHD air hair dryer. I had a small amount of great lengths hair extensions added to my hair, purely to thicken it up. The only downside was how long it then took to dry!!! So after reading loads of reviews I got this hair dryer. This is what it claims to do, “Get gorgeous hair in half the time* with the ghd air® professional hairdryer. Its powerful 2,100W professional-strength motor and patented removable air filter deliver high pressure air flow for super-fast drying, while advanced ionic technology reduces frizz and flyaways to give a smooth salon-style finish in half the time*. Variable power and temperature controls, plus the choice of two nozzles, allow you to tailor your blow-dry to your hair type, while a cool shot button helps lock your finished style in place with a blast of cold air. The ghd air® is also a breeze to use thanks to an ergonomic design that makes it comfortable to hold for both left and right-handed users, and a 3m long power cable that gives total flexibility as you style. The ghd air® is compatible with the ghd air® diffuser.” Did it disappoint, hell no!! My hair did dry so much quicker and it really does make it smoother. I got this hair dryer and the elemis cream from http://www.hairandbeautygallery.co.uk
While we’re on hair I had a set of ghds die on me so I got some Remington sleek and smooth hair straighteners from Argos, a friend recommended them for me. OMG they are amazing!! Now my hair is thicker these are perfect!! The plates are really wide and you can adjust the temperature setting which I love. I’d highly recommend these if you need a cheaper set, or a spare set. I still have my ghds because you can curl your hair with them too, but I use these for if I just want my hair straight.
This next product someone at my hair dressers told me about. I wanted something that was like Moroccan oil but better! He told me about kerastase nectar or thermique. It’s amazing! You only need a tiny amount on wet hair but it makes your hair so soft and smooth, the added bonus is it decreases drying time and also has a built in heat protector!! Winner! No need for a separate heat defence spray! It’s lasted me ages!!!!!!
I’ve always worn black eyeliner but thought I’d give this a whirl for a change. Benefit eye bright pencil. The idea is the white colour soft kohl gives you a wider eye look. It’s so good and looks really natural. I only wear this now for my day time look. It isn’t cheap, but it’s not as harsh as just a regular white eyeliner.
My boyfriend bought me some joe Malone perfume. My ultimate fav is alien, but he wanted to buy me something different. I’ve got tom ford, chanel etc so he knows I like really strong distinctive perfumes. They’d just bought out their wood sage and sea salt range, it is stunning!!!!! I adore it!!! It last for ages and really stands out from other boring perfumes!! If you’ve never tried Joe Malone you’re missing out!
I read in a magazine about rose oil. Molly King raves about it, so I thought I’d give it a whirl, it’s so cheap too!! Verdict? It’s a fantastic product!!! Face oils worried me, I thought it would make my skin really oily. It didn’t at all!! The one I love is Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil. It’s even suitable for really sensitive skin. The creator has had over 15 years experience creating these products and it’s raved about in the beauty industry. At £14.99 its well worth giving it a go if you haven’t already!! I’ll use it forever!! I do get told I don’t look my age, so maybe this helps!!
I love a good eyeshadow pallet. You cannot beat urban decays naked palette. If you love a smokey eye, this is for you!! The nuder shades I wear in the day, the shimmery one I use on my brow bone and in the corners of my eye, then the darker colours in the crease on a night out.
I wanted to find a really good primer, a beautician I go to told me about mac prep and prime. She said it’s just as good as any more expensive high end primer. I love Mac make up so thought I’d try it. Again I will use this forever!! I didn’t think primers actually made much difference but they really do! It’s an ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. It calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. What I love is it also improves the look of your foundation or powder.
Talking of foundation. My favourite all time foundation is Estée Lauder double wear. It is a thick foundation but my god it does the trick!!! Never sleep in it though!! It’s a very long lasting foundation, the claim is 15 but I’d say it would probably stay on longer!! It’s got a high coverage and you can build it up gradually if you prefer. If you want a matte, air brush look I’d highly recommend this!!! Get your colour matched properly though as I’ve gone too dark before and it didn’t look as nice.
Concealers next! Don’t ever waste your money on expensive ones ever again!!! All you need is collection 2000 lasting perfection!! It’s won loads of beauty awards and any good make up artist will say they love it too!! It’s got a high pigmented and covers flaws, imperfections and blemishes for up to 16 hours. It’s water-resistent and transfer proof. Use it under your eyes or to conceal any imperfections. Spend the money you save or more make up 😉
Last but not least is my eyelash serum. I had a bad experience with some semi permanent lash extensions. They basically left me with no lashes!!! After a major freak out a gorgeous beauty and skin care specialist I know told me about this. Revitalash eye lash serum. I put it on every night and before I knew it my lashes were actually longer than before!!! The lady who told me about it uses it and I honestly thought her lashes were false, she actually now has to trim them! It isn’t cheap but it’s worth it!!
So there you go!! What’s your favourite product of 2014?? I’m up for finding more for 2015 🙂
Have a fab evening and Happy Fopping xxx
The answer is lots!!!!!! I used to be a lip gloss girl, juicy tubes were my favourite!! Now I prefer lipsticks, they just give a bolder colour and stay put longer!
Here’s a selection of what’s in my handbag right now, yes I really carry that many lipsticks around!!
L’oreal pink passion
Maybelline coral tonic
Mac pink nouveux
Maybelline shocking coral
Barry m 158
L’oreal crazy fuchsia & a swatch of the pink one on
Lipsticks do look different on different people, you need to go with what suits you. I love pinks and corals for day time, then at night the red comes out 🙂 I’ll post my favourite night time lippies soon.
Happy Fopping all xxx
So I realised I’m doing more of the food posts than beauty and fashion, I guess food is my first love!! No surprise there!!! Before I go on to make up etc I want to share some quick food talk. I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with new and old recipes this week. The first pic is last nights amazing dinner!!! I used to do this recipe years ago but then just forgot about it!
Spicy chicken & bacon pasta:- Here’s the how…
Fry off the chicken and bacon, all fat removed, I prefer smoked. Then add chopped onions, mushrooms and a red pepper.
Add garlic and passatta, then add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot!) Then stir in some cooked Wholemeal pasta. Serve with a large salad for your superfree and if you’d like to syn some cheese or have it as your HEA grate that on top. Amaze
Lunch today was a beautiful pizza topped omelette. You can choose whatever toppings you want but I had bacon, onions and tomatoes. Then sprinkled on oregano and basil and added half of my a choice of cheese. Fry the bottom in fry light and grill the top. Serve with a large salad. Yum!!!!
Working backwards, breakfast was lush!!! Snickers porridge, all for 1/2 syn. Use you HEB of oats and stir in a teaspoon of cocoa powder and add some peanut essence. I also have mine with added superfree fruit.
The other food pic is an aldi haul. These are my favourite syn free products. I adore aldi as it’s so cheap and they do some fab sw friendly stuff, however I really hate the pressure to not pack at the till and just fling your items in the trolley lol. Also remembering the flipping £1 for the trolley!! Annoying! However it’s worth it for these fab things. Frozen fruit is just brilliant!! If I ever run out of fresh I’ve got that as a back up. Or it’s great for taking to work as by lunch time it’s defrosted and stayed cool. The Greek yogurts are really nice too. Muller Greek are 1/2 syn and way more expensive. They do coconut and vanilla, lemon and strawberry. All lovely!!! Then finally my star buy!!! The salmon fillets, Thai and chilli and lime. Syn free and microwaveable. I thought they’d taste like fishy rubber, but no, they are gorgeous!!!! Done in 3 minutes then just whack it in to a stir fry, job done and quicker than a take away 😉
So enough about food, although I can talk all day about it!!!! The final pic is a mixture of trusty old favourite beauty products and new finds I’m in love with.
Bastie dry shampoo is a total life saver!!! If your hair ever needs a quick pick me up, or you need to cover your roots, a quick squirt of this and your sorted! I adore this one as it smells like a piña colada. The second hair product I love love love and couldn’t be without is Osis dust it powder. My gorgeous Swedish friends M and B introduced me to this years ago. I’ve been hooked ever since. I hate my hair flat, you know that straight stuck to your head Adams family look, so not me, I like big hair!!! However I’m too impatient to sit there back combing it for ages or blow drying it with a round brush blah blah blah. Tip some of this out on to your roots, mess it up a bit and boom big hair!!! I’ve tried every other single brand going and none come close to this. It does make your hair feel a bit tacky but it’s worth it. I get mine from amazon.
Then we’ve got the best mascara I’ve ever used. Loreal volume million lashes mascara. I really like Lancôme and Benefit mascaras but a few coats of this and you look like a cow, (that’s not a typo, cows have very long eyelashes!).
The next product is a new find and OMG IT IS THE BEST EYE LASH PRODUCT IVE EVER EVER USED!!!! I met this lady once and I thought she had semi permanent lashes on. I’d recently had them done and to my absolute horror they pulled out all of my eyelashes, I was literally left with about two single stumps on each eye!!!! She explained she used to sell this wonder product, (she’s a beautician) and raved about it. I went straight home and ordered it!! I used it every night and within a few weeks I had the longest lashes I’ve ever had!!!! I don’t even wear false lashes any more when I go out. So what’s this wonder miracle product?!? It’s called Revitalash, I got it from amazon. It’s not cheap, but trust me it’s sooooooooooooooo worth it!!!!!
Next are my two new perfume purchases from harrods in London. Cavern is a French brand of perfume and they had just bought this out. It’s stunning. A day perfume I’d say, it’s so fresh, I love it. The second one is Tom ford black orchid. This is a much stronger distinctive perfume, again I love it!!!!!
I also recently bought this naked eye palette. The colours are just fantastic!! If you like browns and nudes this is for you!!! I’ll use it forever!!!
With foundations I’m usually a mac girl or Estée Lauder. I use double wear but I do find it’s a tiny bit too thick. I bought this double wear light and it’s perfect!!!!!!!! I’m totally and utterly hooked!!! A lovely girl I met on holiday, J, works in a department store and she said she had tried every foundation going and this was her favourite. I can now see why and I agree!!! Scouse girls always know their make up!!!
Last but not least bronzers. I used to always use a Loreal one, but the case is rubbish and it always breaks in my handbag and gets make up everywhere!!! I tried this bourjois maxi one instead and it’s fab!!! It gives you a real beach summer glow. I also bought this benefit hoola bronzer and I really like this too!! It’s more expensive but it does come with a brush and a mirror inside. The brush does malt though, which is really annoying!!!! It’s more of matte bronzer if you prefer that look.
Right that’s me done for the night. Off to see what I can create for dinner!!! Happy Fopping xxxx