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Hi-de-hi Campers! I’m taking part in a linky this week with the lovely Sinéad over at Bumbles of Rice, all about make-up and how to look human on just three hours sleep.

As any parent will know, when you’ve a mini human to look after, you sometimes get very little sleep, but always have to get up the next day and try to drag yourself around looking normal.

Enter make-up.

It doesn’t have to be a lot of make-up now, but I have to say when a certain SOMEONE’S back molars have had you up half the night squirting Nurofen into an unwilling mouth, a little foundation can go a long way.

I went through a phase after having The Beast where I wore no make-up at all and frankly, who can blame me, newborns are hard work. But then he got a little older and I started to miss dolling myself up and not having eyes that looked like piss holes in the snow, so I set about reinventing myself and dressing up every single day in a dress with heels and piles of make up. I blogged about it here, it was my Keeping up with The Selfridges Challenge and I absolutely LOVED it, I really did. It gave me a huge boost, but in the end it just wasn’t sustainable.

The constant hair and nails and tights and dresses and always having to have an ‘outfit’ to hand, plus lots and lots of makeup (including gel liner, eye liner, lip liner, bronzer, highlighter) just wasn’t me, I wasn’t able for it long term.

But, I like to look nice, so instead of dropping it entirely, I pared it back to a nice little routine, that makes me look less dead when I’m dragging myself around the playground.

Before

Before

After

After

I settled for jeans, ballet flats, a nice top and a statement necklace as a general ‘look’ that works for the playground, but is also smart enough if I’ve to go anywhere and meet real adults. I had hoped to be able to get away with wearing tracksuits for a long time but tracksuits just don’t suit me. I know plenty of women who look perfectly neat and put together and casual in tracksuits but for some reason I always look like I’ve escaped from somewhere when I wear one, so I nixxed that idea.

Then I went for a light foundation, bit of mascara, some blush and a lipgloss for my face. Obviously I don’t get to do this every day, sometimes I’m lucky to just get to wash my face, but I aim to stick on a bit of a face a few times a week.

So for your viewing pleasure, I made a little vlog (HARK AT ME USING THE JARGON LIKE THE YOUNG PEOPLE) about the products I use on my face. Stop laughing! It’s my first one. So ignore the fact that I spent most of it looking at my feet instead of at the camera and that I badly – BADLY – need to get my teeth cleaned. Enjoy!

Thanks to Sinéad for the linky, head on over to her now and read the other contributions which should be up in the coming week.


IT WAS my sister’s birthday this week so I headed into Boots to pick her up a present. Of course, I bought her a voucher in 16 seconds flat and then spent the rest of the time browsing for myself.

*sings* Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters. Hey, it was three for two, what was I supposed to do?

Anyway, I picked up three things that I had been lusting after since reading about them on the real beauty blogs, so in my defence some bigger girls told me to do it.

Seventeen Cheek Stamp

Seventeen Cheek Stamp

'Bashful'

‘Bashful’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First up is the Seventeen Cheek Stamp in ‘Bashful’ a gorgeous little blusher compact, kinda like an ink stamper, that comes with a dinky mirror in the lid which I had read about on Beaut.ie and Nurse Fancy Pants.

In real life there's a pretty shimmer off the blush

In real life there’s a pretty shimmer off the blush

Do remember to blend, or you'll end up looking like Bosco

Do remember to blend, or you’ll end up looking like Bosco

It leaves a lovely light flush

It leaves a lovely light flush

 

You stamp the blusher on to the apples of your cheeks and then blend with your fingertips. Bashful is a kind of a dusky rose pink with a subtle shimmer and it’s really beautiful on. I only put on a single light stamp and then blended it and it was just enough for a daytime flush. This is absolutely buildable for night time wear or if you wanted to make a feature out of your cheekbones.

Rockin' Curves Mascara

Rockin’ Curves Mascara

Next we have Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Rockin’ Curves mascara (Kerrriiiiist, the names they put on these yokes) which I had seen on So Sue Me.

Eyes before, with no mascara

Eyes before, with no mascara

One coat

One coat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One coat

One coat

 

The thing about this mascara is the wand as it’s twisted to catch the tiny inner lashes as well as the longer outer ones. I was a bit confused though, not sure which way to hold it – the scoopy part facing up or facing down? Anyway, I gave both ways a go, but I probably should have watched a tutorial or summat.

Two coats

Two coats

Two coats

Two coats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mascara itself is a pretty dry formulation so it doesn’t clump at all and my lashes felt nice and feathery soft afterwards. It coated all my lashes and gave nice volume but it was quite subtle. I needed two coats to really look like I was wearing mascara. It’s nice ‘n’ all, but were my eyes scandalous? Hmmm, not really.

Rouge Edition Velvet

Rouge Edition Velvet

Finally then I picked up the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in ‘Frambourjoise’ a gorgeous red that just lovely and vibrant and I adore it. I had seen it over on Lovely Girlie Bits and knew I had to have it.

Lovely matte finish

Lovely matte finish

 

This goes on liquid like a lipgloss, but instantly turns to a matte lipstick on your lips. It’s so lovely and soft and velvety, it feels GORGEOUS on your lips. It sets pretty firmly and would certainly last for work or going for a drink. However, when I was testing it I put it on just before a big meal and by the end of the meal all trace of the lipstick was gone. Now, that could just be because I’m a horse and a sloppy eater, so don’t let that put you off.

Overall I’m pretty pleased with my purchases. Have you tried any of the above, or have I enticed you to try?

** Note: In all of these pictures, yes, I’m wearing a towel on my head, I had just washed my hair!


L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder

L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder

WHEN I saw L’Oreal’s Nude Magique BB Powder during a little chemist spree on my holidays last week I snapped it up.

Velvety skin? Matte coverage? No shine for eight hours and special skin beautifiers? Who wouldn’t want that? You madsers!

It comes in a little compact complete with a mirror and has a nice weighty feel to it. It only comes in two shades, Light and Medium so I went for Light as I’m quite pale.

The powder claims to be a ‘velvet skin beautifier’ that mimics the five dimensions of ‘velvety nude skin’ namely:

No shine

Smooth resurfaced finish

Undetectable coverage

Fresh Look

Eight hour matte complexion

'Light' colour. That's my fingernail mark in the powder from where I almost dropped it taking this picture

‘Light’ colour. That’s my fingernail mark in the powder from where I almost dropped it taking this picture

So, did it tick all of those boxes? Meh. Kind of.

I’ve been using it for a few days over a couple of different foundations and BB creams and basically it’s just a pressed powder.

It does feel velvety alright, in fact the first time I put it on, I had to reapply as I almost wiped it all off feeling my own face. So it ticks that box.

I found it really light so in order to eliminate shine, I had to pile it on, though it didn’t look powdery on my skin. It sinks into the skin so you can’t see it really, but it didn’t make my skin look any fresher really.

And I have to say it absolutely failed the eight hour matte claim. Within about an hour, maybe a bit longer I had a big Rudolph shiny nose on me.

Eight hours? Me hoop.

So yeah, it made my skin feel velvety and a bit smoother and set my foundation nicely and was a nice finish to my make-up but it really is just a pressed powder.

Oh, and with its claim of being a skin beautifyer, did it make me look more beautiful?

Me hoop!

Me hoop!

Puh-lease.


The handy little compact comes with a mirror

The handy little compact comes with a mirror

I PICKED up a new (to me) eyeshadow duo from the Lacura range in Aldi the other day for just €2.59, flinging it eagerly into the trolley cos it was my husband’s turn to pay for the shopping.

Oh come on!

Come on now! I can’t be the only one who does that, surely?

Throwing shampoo and cleanser and magazines and steak at will into the trolley when it’s his turn to pay and then insisting on a lentil rich spartan trolley with no luxuries when it’s my week?

Ah feck off.

Nice gold/neutral colour on the left with the olive green on the right

Nice gold/neutral colour on the left with the olive green on the right

Anyway, the point is, I bought a new eyeshadow and it’s pretty good! It comes in a sealed packet so you can’t see the colours beforehand there’s just a little mark on the box telling you what’s in there so it’s a bit of a gamble.

But this time it paid off as I got the goldy/olive green palette and it’s really nice. It’s shimmery without being glittery and they’re nice soft colours.

Used the gold colour as a brow highlighter and the olive on my lids

Used the gold colour as a brow highlighter and the olive on my lids

Nice and light for daytime

Nice and light for daytime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I only put on a light coating as it was daytime but they’re pretty well pigmented so you could certainly build up the colour for a more night time feel. There wasn’t any dropdown when I brushed on the shadow and several hours later it hasn’t budged and still looks pretty fresh.

Overall I was mighty impressed and would certainly recommend to a friend.

Have you used any of the Lacura make-up range? What did you think?


Lacura CC Cream

Lacura CC Cream

I HAD a brief but satisfying splurge in Aldi the other day where I picked up their Lacura CC [Colour Correction] Cream. It says it offers good coverage and has anti-aging benefits and not being in the first flush of youth any longer, I thought I’d have me some of that. At €7.99 it’s dearer than rival Lidl’s CC Cream, which is only €2.99 but it’s still not too spendy.

Shuffling through the boxes on the shelf looking for the lightest tone, I noticed that actually it only comes in one shade, with the box declaring that it suits ‘All Skin Tones’.

Immediately the ‘One Size Fits None’ klaxon started bleating in my head. You know how it is, you try on a fairly innocuous looking cardigan that promises to fit everyone from an ‘8 to an 18’ only to discover that in fact it fits everyone from an 8 to an 8. One size fits all garments are an abomination, and I was fairly sure it’d be impossible to find one make-up product that would suit all skin tones, but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Suits all skin tones, me hoop!

Suits all skin tones, me hoop!

Swatching it on my hand I actually let out a little gasp. Oh it’s dark, reader. It’s very very dark. Gingerly I put it on my face and blended with my fingertips. At first it was kinda like when you put on fake tan before you start rubbing – a big splodge of brown? But as I blended, it settled down a little and sank more into my skin so I didn’t look like a toffee apple. Well, not TOO much like a toffee apple.

The before shot. Me sans make-up, just with moisturiser on.

The before shot. Me sans make-up, just with moisturiser on.

 

After: Just with the CC cream on

After: Just with the CC cream on

 

Side view - face a more orange tone than neck.

Side view – face a more orange tone than neck.

I added some concealer and powder and some blusher and it calmed down a little more again. Unfortunately it was still too dark, I could tell I had make-up on and my face was a different colour to my neck. It’s a pity because it has good coverage and leaves a nice sheen on the skin, but it really was too dark for my milk blue Irish complexion. The pictures aren’t great now that I look at them, the light was good and kinda over exposed the images, but trust me it’s a couple of shades too dark.

After I added some concealer, powder, blusher and lipgloss

After I added some concealer, powder, blusher and lipgloss

 

All is not lost though, I liked the coverage so I’ll hang on to it and mix a drop into my moisturiser or even in with my lightest foundation, so I’ll get my €7.99 worth.

The jury’s out on this one. If you normally use a foundation that’s a shade or two up from the lightest shade then this might very well be for you, but if you’re very pale, fuggetaboudit.

Have you tried this CC cream yet? What did you think?


SO now. I promised you a post about all the products I bought yesterday and here it is. Be warned, the selfie quotient is high, so you’re not to judge me, ok? It’s the only way I can show you the products, it’s not because I’m vain. *adjusts industrial sized back light*

First night using the hot cloth cleanser. Duck face klaxon!

First night using the hot cloth cleanser. Duck face klaxon!

Last night I had a go at the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and Madre de Dios I only loved it. One pump is enough to do your whole face and it smells nice and eucalyptus-y and creamy going on. (Smells a bit like Deep Heat if I’m honest, but not in a bad way!) But this product really comes into its own with the second stage of cleansing – polishing (or wiping to us mere mortals) with the lovely muslin cloth. It. Feels. GORGEOUS. And disturbingly satisfying to see all the make-up and dirt of the day on the cloth. It’s a really refreshing way to clean your face, I felt squeaky clean afterwards. In fact I don’t think my face has been that clean since my mother launched herself at me with a tissue and her spit before my Communion in 1986. My skin felt really soft and smooth afterwards. The girl in the shop said I’d see results in three days so I’ll have to see about that, in fact, I’ll probably give it a good three weeks before I come to any conclusions. But on first try, I liked it. I’ll post again in a few weeks with an update.

The 'Before' frizz and kinks, look at the back there.

The ‘Before’ frizz and kinks, look at the back there.

Hair after being blowdried

Hair after being blowdried

 

 

 

Hair after being washed and conditioned, also with added Smoothing Balm

Hair after being washed and conditioned, also with added Smoothing Balm

 

And so to hair. Ah, lads, it’s the bane of my life. Seriously, it’s so thick and unruly and PILES of it fell out after I had the baby, so I have regrowth both at the nape of my neck and along my centre parting, so it’s just an all round disaster area. It doesn’t grow down, it grows out. No brush can tame it. I have to spend HOURS getting it to look anyway normal, so when I saw the Trevor Sorbie ‘Straight’ range I thought I’d give it a bash. The shampoo and conditioner smell nice and rinsed out easily enough and after washing my hair certainly felt a little smoother and ‘flatter’ almost, though it still had kinks and waves in it. I applied some of the Smoothing Balm to towel dried hair and then blow dried it. Again, while my hair still had kinks and waves in it after blow drying, they weren’t as bad as normal, the product did seem to help tame it a little.

Hair after straightening

Hair after straightening

Lastly then I used the Protect and Shine spray on sections of dry hair before I used my straighteners and this seemed to REALLY help smooth it out, straightening was less of a struggle than before, I didn’t have to keep running the flat irons over the same piece of hair over and over. I’m quite pleased with the result. My hair feels smooth and soft, it’s less frizzy and straightening it was easier than usual. So, while I’ll never have a Jennifer Aniston poker straight mane of hair, I’m happy enough that mine won’t scare small children anymore.

 

Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation in Calico

Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation in Calico

Side view, doesn't cake around the nose

Side view, doesn’t cake around the nose

Foundation with concealer and powder

Foundation with concealer and powder

 

After I did my hair, I lugged my case of make-up on to the bed and set about painting myself. I moisturised with my usual Oil of Olay day cream and then put on the No 7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation mixed with a small blob of the Skin Illuminator from the free gift. It’s quite liquid and oily so a little goes a long way but it feels really light going on and blends in really easily. I liked how it evened out my skin and gave me a light coverage but it didn’t look like I was wearing thick make-up. I like to be able to see a person’s skin through their make-up, I don’t like it totally covered up. I threw on a bit of concealer and loose powder then to set it and added a sweep of Stila cream blush onto the apple of my cheeks. I used the Stay Perfect eyeshadow that I got in the free gift as well as the mascara and both were fine, though nothing out of the ordinary. However I absolutely love love LOVED the High Shine Lip Crayon. It’s like a lovely lipstick mixed with a gloss and feels like silk going on to your lips and it’s such a lovely shade too.

Finished face, love the lip crayon.

Finished face, love the lip crayon

So overall I’m pretty pleased with my purchases and would recommend to a friend. It remains to be seen whether any of them are going to change my life, but sure, we’ll wait in hope.

I’ll tell you something though, this beautifying oneself and using products takes feckin’ ages. I was hours at it today. HOURS. It’s nice to look nice ‘n’ all but it’s hard work. I’m usually a ‘get up, throw water at myself, briefly wipe my face, run a brush through my hair and go’ kinda gal, so all the styling and blending – oh so much blending – was an eye opener.

Anyway, tell me, have I inspired you to go out and buy any of these products at all at all?