Blush alert Wicked Wednesday from blushing bride to smokin’siren at the flick of blush!
Rating ; Flush of youth vs brazen blush you’ve got it all here at the stroke of a brush. My hump day Top product (erm never really understood that term huh?!?) Or actually 10-for-1 product of the day is this colour-tastic handy palette of super-fine blush colours.
Inside scoop; Sexy, sultry, sober, blushing, bronzing, beautiful. That pretty much covers about just 50% of the looks you can get from this ONEpalette.
But this one vs. erm the ‘000’s of palettes out there – why? Ok honest confession cost, portability and range of cheek staining looks and bang on trend colours is why. I’m not overly for the ‘nude look’ l’m a little more of a statement girl when it comes to blusher so for me this is rainbow heaven. Feeling blue slap on some vamp pink, feeling Minxy go all oh-so-coy with the swipe of peach. Need a little “promise I’m so not actually hung over today boss” , slick on a hint of bronze.
Mask Off! To mask or not to mask discover the secrets to masking; brighter skin made easy.
Rating ; Peel & reveal to mask or not to mask : I say MASK. Basically that is mask-ing’s power for me; whips off the old and reveals the slightly-in-better shape not as tired looking skin. But beware the media hype on ‘double masking‘ : well done beauty product makers, smart move, coin a term and voila let’s just sell more product!. Today’s Hot Tip is just; mask, any mask really, but do mask n glow at least once a week if you can [ideally after a nifty exfoliate for extra mask-absorbing power].
Inside scoop; How revealing from a peeling!Ok so here’s the skinny…masking rocks, yup really works. There’s good, there’s great there’s oh-so-gloopy. So I’ll start with masking 101 & my current fav mask – range of masks in fact. Not double or triple-masking quite yet, let’s keep it simple for now! And for me doesn’t come more simple- yet effective than Body Shop’s latest a-z of masking made easy. Name your problem they’ll mask-it.
Tingling Tuesday Marvelous Moxie delivers kiss-able lips from sun up to sundown cheeky Minx!
Rating ; Marvelous Moxie (fab name isn’t it?) is a sumptuous scrumptious totally tingle-tastic tangy range of glide-on lip glosses (and more) from the clever folks @bareMinerals and for me their lip glosses steal the show.
I digress, so for lips it’s all about the day and the mood for me, I know people who have literally one colour, one brand, one shade, one texture, they wear day in day out, their ‘signature colour’… giant yawn no way. Not me! I’ve always liked variety (men, jewellery, lip gloss, or whatever!). So I tend to match the shade : to the day : to the mood : to the outfit to the texture ; or somewhere in between ; pretty much I experiment.
AGE ALERT ; gloss is NOT only for the super young super cool I’ve been wearing it for years and with the right application / right product it can even last all day.
Frizz-alert, Misty-Monday hair care dilemmas solved with this heavenly-scented super-serum.
Rating ; Hair-raisingly goodwell actually hair-smoothingly good to be precise. I’m doubtful I’ll find a reader here who HASN’T heard of Moroccanoil’s magic charms? But having just had my brother & his wife visit for the weekend I was reminded to write a quick post on it. Why? well as we wandered past a local hair salon out wafted that familiar & to me instantly recognisable scent. My brother said “wow what’s the amazing smell“, I knew in an instant it was my fav hair-saviour!
Inside scoop; Frizz-be-goneOk so today here where I live; it’s a misty-mizzly grey day. You know the glorious kind that basically RUINS your oh-so-carefully-straightened hair in a heart beat the second you walk out the door in morning. Taking you from Office-babe (well ok Office-acceptable-ish-just in my case) to arghhh quick immediately scrag back the hair it’s now going to have to be a ponytail day! Super-quick.Continue reading “Moroccanoil Monday ; No more frizz alert”
Luxe lashes in an instant with my Celebrity-secret mascara find TRY THIS you’ll love it
Rating ; Eyes-wide-open– we all need Luxe-lashes, especially on a Monday when even after 3 coffees you’re still not feeling it and only match sticks will do! So here’s a neat little speedy beauty insider secret product for you. This one falls into the “more than a little-odd at first but once you try it you’ll literally wonder how you ever managed without it” camp. Another one of my secret-finds, for eye-mazing lashes in an instant.
Inside scoop; Lash-tastic eye-mazing value – this lash ‘treatment’ probably does need its YouTube video demo [see here] to help explain its true lash-loving benefits. But in a nut shell it rolls like this : pop on a coat of your usual mascara, then quickly pop on a coat of these furry little fibres (stick with me here not as weird as it sounds), wait 30″ secs, pop on another coat of your usual mascara. Result BOOM Lash-a-liscious long lashes without the false glue faff.
Sunday beauty saviour in a flash ; scrub-a-dub-dub
Rating ; Scrubalicious sinfully-smoothing scrub. Sunday is all about the chill, or the catching up with jobs or family, or whatever goes. No matter what I’m up to though I also fit in a bath on a Sunday & a bit of extra beauty routine, so this skin-tingling scrub helps whip my skin into shape ready for the week ahead.
Scrub upsides oh where to stop, glam glow skin, smooth away the dead bits, fake tan skin ready, etc. Scrub downsides; depends on the brand they dry out quickly in tubs I find, flake off, feel oily, over harsh etc. So don’t be stuck between a rock or a hard skin place; try this scrub-a-licious skin smoothing product.
Today’s top product strikes that perfect balance of stays on enough to scrub-in- (vs. Rub or SCRATCH-in) doesn’t immediately slide off doesn’t leave skin red. Oh yes please we say.
Rating ; Whip-it, wipe it, wet it – Ok stay with me (wherever you are… and whatever you’re doing right now) tonight’s top (ok only) tip is a quick n easy skin-saving top tip: make sure you take it off (or at least some of it). I mean your make-up!
Inside scoop; Murder on the Dance floor ; maybe come midnight if you’re sporting Panda eyes. Happens to us all. So whether you’re watching Love Island or throwing shapes ten-cocktails in right now finding your next divine match; Saturday night’s only rule is TAKE IT OFF. That especially applies to your FACE!
So tonight it’s as simple as my golden rule; stuck to it for years no matter HOW good the night, HOW much wine I’ve had, at some point (no rules on when) I do take it off…not always all of it ;)! As much as I can. A wet wipe, a hot cloth, a quick dunk n splash but whatever you do whip of some of your make-up off, so that the morning after the night before is a little more bearable.
Since I was little my golden rule has served me well. Wedding, hen night, girl’s night, lad’s night, date night, no matter what once I’m home 9pm or 3am I whip it off….and if it’s good enough for Barry it’s good enough for me.
Rating ; Jo Malone Schmo-Malone – Okthat’s not fair I’m actually a massive fan have been for years, but it’s not really her any more is it ; spoiler alert. Still am sure I’ll probably be reaching for a trial of the new English Oak and Hazlenut ; like seriously who comes up with these blend names. I’m personally looking forward to Parmesan and Port fragrance! Sorry JO I love you really I do and have been a loyal trooper for years but my heart’s just not in it anymore, I DO like ‘real Jo’ as I like to call Jo Loves her latest range; but that’s a story for another day.
So maybe I should be clear I’m just a massive fragrance fan full stop. As my hair dresser says who comes to my house ‘everything just smells so nice Tam, I mean everything‘ (no not in a too cool for school, I’m wealthy & have a home hairdresser way (!); more in a she’s so lovely and so fab I can work whilst she does my hair in the evening as a single mum kind of way!!). I digress.
Inside scoop; Scent-sational & Des-lices-ious. So Friday’s splurge tactic post is a 2-4-1 £££’s alert review – I definitely don’t always go top of the range as you see. BUT when it comes to perfume and your own scent, nothing really beats a true off the beaten path slightly original find & sadly they do cost. I’ve 2 today oh how I love them both scent-sational and unique doesn’t begin to describe. I think they’ve been lurking in Selfridges beauty hall for a while now but actually I stumbled across them in Austria in a teeny little beauty shop in San Candido. So I was eeeek with the £ to Euro rate I got, but still bought both…Shh…thankfully I don’t have a husband for you to kindly not tell!
Ortigia start with the leopardpackaging : end on the scent. Little more to say, Heaven-scent from opening to spraying. ALL their range is unique, mildly addictive and memorable. They say : THE ESSENCE OF SICILIAN ORANGES. A DISTILLATE OF ORANGE FLOWERS, WITH A BASE OF NEROLI, PETITGRAIN AND WOOD. Mmmm-mmmm
Top tips beauty mist insider scoop Clarins hot product
Rating ; Mist-y-fy me;face mists.…for many but the true beauty addict, kind of falls into the huh, never heard of it, don’t need it, didn’t know I needed it; argh thanks for that now can’t live without it camp.
Inside scoop; Beauty Mists / Make-up fixing mists? Spray that again? Really. Come on, a mist on your face, another step in your routine, another thing to carry GRR. But hold the press a sec, yup sorry this one’s a winner and my new found handbag essential. Possibly been lurking in many celebs large Mulberry hold-alls forever. But re-born this Summer with lots of botanical goodies & now a must-have. Today’s choice of the hot but oh so cool mists for me is Clarins Beauty-fix mist ; plain english, plenty of water, some scrummy extras, no mist-yque!
BUT WHY you say why ANOTHER product, ok stay with me a sec…so you’re onto your 3rd 4th or heck who is counting any more Costa of the day, definitely your 80th email and probably your 6th meeting. Phone at the ready, you’re off to the next, an important one with the boss, quick look in the mirror and BOOM there it is, staring right back at you – your day is written all over your face and not in a great way. Slightly tired (make it very by 3pm in my case) slightly dry, slightly smudged, slightly frazzled, slightly let’s say rumpled.
Rating ; Gold rush ; looks lush; spree ANDsteal alert; 2 for 1 post. “Gold” a surprisingly wearable eye shadow shade to suit all, I’m a complete magpie so the more glittery the better. So don’t hold back from gold, red carpet alert no more, gold just became wear-able.
Inside scoop; Go for GOLD. BOTH of these on the shelf now – look-alikey – powders are ultra-light, crease-free and surprisingly suit ALL. Blend – shade – layer or swoosh, gold is summer’s hottest shade. Team it with a black cat-eye flick you’ll be party ready in a flash. For the less confident, gold is NOT colour to avoid it has a habit of reflecting back and enhancing any eye colour. If you go easy ‘am’ you can glam-up for evening and add a little depth ‘pm’ for a soft day-night eye-so-flattering look.