Sizzling Saturday ; Meets Sad Sunday

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.

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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.

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Fragrant Friday ; Scent-sational

Rating ; Jo Malone Schmo-Malone  – Ok that’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

 

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All that glitters; gold rush

Rating ; Gold rush ; looks lush; spree AND steal 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.

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L’OREAL’S : https://www.amazon.co.uk/LOreal-Paris-Color-Riche-Eyeshadow/dp/B00M0F752O

CHANEL’S : https://www.chanel.com/en_GB/fragrance-beauty/makeup/p/eyes/eyeshadows/ombre-premiere-longwear-powder-eyeshadow-p176010.html#skuid-0176034

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Ace the base ; Beauty & the Base

Rating ; Full cover or take cover; reveal or conceal; good questions, just like building a house, it’s nothing without the foundations! Ace-ing your base is beauty 101 when it comes to helping your look last from sun-up to sundowner & this all-rounder nails it.

Inside scoop; Go large, go 3 in 4, heck why not 5 in 1. Foundations new best friend this season is Clinique’s all round 5 in 1 skin-ssential “beyond perfecting” foundation. So many shades to choose from, and so many ways to wear it. It covers/ conceals/ reveals/ shades/ blends and lasts all day ; tick tick TICK.

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Ok the wand takes a bit of getting used to and you might think it wastes product, but it’s like a paintbrush for precision perfecting & seems to last ages.  Top tip : start with a layer of primer which helps it glide on in an instant and sets to a perfect finish, then dust of powder, you’re good to go.

Foundations is a bit like dating I find, you’ve got to try a few types before you settle on one you like…so there’s no one size fits all here & I confess like guys really, I’ve rather a history with foundations (!), but if I was playing Millionaire Matchmaker I’d place a bet you won’t be disappointed on the first date here.

http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1599/34817/makeup/foundations/beyond-perfectingtm-foundation-and-concealer

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Matte-er-of lips ; the naked truth

Rating ; Matte-er of fact anyone can wear Matte; so let’s talk High Street vs. High Chic.  I put New Look vs. VB’s Matte-tastic shades to the test and guess what : the High Street has it every time on this one.

Inside scoop; Matte Matters. Lips hottest trend this season is Matte. From beige-to-nude to darkest Venom Berry it’s the must-try lipstick texture.  Long-lasting, day-night wear it’s a great option for non-transfer glamour & really easy to wear. I put Victoria Beckham for Estee Lauder’s [on left] & New Look’s latest matte blends [on right] into the ring – POWthe High Street took it. Erm by about £28 too!

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Matte shades are everywhere this season, in fact they’ve been around for a while but have undergone a bit of a lip-volution this year.  Previously crease-making, clumpy, fairly heavy textures, have been replaced by feather like, feels like air textures in every shade you can think of. The barely there / pink : beige are the best to start out with, as the newer heavy colours can look a little harsh on anything but the youngest.

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Fake it ’til you make it

Rating ; Orange-you-glad we met; orange mitts, patchy bits, get glow-ver it. This is my tan-tastic top self-tanning product for a gentle tan without the tango look!

Inside scoop; no potato alert!  Ever noticed how most self-tan products leave a slightly odd sweet/potato-smell behind on the skin.  Over the years I think I’ve oddly grown to like it.  Well no more, now you can tan-over a new leaf with this no-orange, gently-developing self-tanner.

Vita liberata self tanhands This super-light cream-gel, absorbs in an instant & has it all for me.  Develops gently during the day, absorbs in an instant and you can get dressed in quick-time. My top tip for all-over even application is to rub a bit of baby oil / dry oil after you’ve applied it on elbows, knees and inside of your arms to help avoid any tell-tale streak lines.

https://www.vitaliberata.co.uk/shop/self-tan/fabulous-self-tanning-tinted-lotion-medium

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Fe-Line-Fabulous

Rating ; PURR-FECT cat eyes in a stroke; I know a product is good when somehow I’ve got 4 of them on the go at home, or maybe more like 7.  AND it costs way less than £10.

Inside scoop; There are ALOT of liquid eyeliner/penliners out there.  Some good, some not so good, some doomed to give you Gene Simmons from KISS eyes [not always a great look!].  This precision tip, no run, last-for-ages low-cost brush pen will give you cat-like eyes in an instant for a purr-fect finish every time.

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Flirty-flicky-fabulous eyes come no easier than this brush like pen.  Key is a light touch and a feather like tip.  This one by the clever folks @ soapnglory is my Number 1 for eyes in an instant.  Lifts / opens / widens and adds a touch on black flirt in a brush.  It seems to last for ages, dries quick-fast & never runs.

http://www.soapandglory.com/supercat

Comes in black, black oh yes and black. 2 pen sizes, but I recommend standard.  You can layer it up or dress it down, for me it’s an everyday staple, above my Monday morning look today, but for others maybe worth saving for the weekend and you can practise.

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FLASH Flash 100% yard dash; Saturday night fixer

Rating ; DANCE FLOOR READY IN A FLASH; spree ££’s spoiler alert, not a cheapy, but a once-foundy-can’t-live-withouty! Plus last-y-all-nighty, what’s not to love.

Inside scoop; Ok sure the name is possibly a bit of an over promise, but anything with a name like that is worth a shot I reckon. In fact that’s exactly what it is; a quick-fix-in-a-flash-shot of firmness. You’ll be party-ready in a flash, but for a bit of cash.

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Most of us have tried the mother of all beauty flash balms by Clarins, still a hot fav in my cabinet, so let’s call this one by Ren it’s slightly younger, slightly cooler sister.  Gel formula, one small drop off the syringe (yup bit odd that) & trust me your make-up sets faster than the office gluttons descending on the free birthday cake. Me above (+ yesterday’s strobing powder) ready for a night out.

https://www.renskincare.com/uk/face/by-range/keep-young-and-beautiful/keep-young-and-beautiful-instant-firming-beauty-shot.html

It’s feather like formula somehow – don’t please ask me how – sets your make up & foundation with a non-drying, but not greasy feel which somehow also gives a lift…can’t explain better than that, but I feel refreshed & a teeny-bit-younger.  p.s title of this blog will mean something if you’ve seen Zootropolis ; else yup bit weird!

#bots #saturdaynightfever #beautyflash #partyready #girlsnightout #worththemoney

TGIF; time to chill grab some arom-a-goodness

Rating ; AROMA-A-OH-MY GOODNESS; bliss-out & grab some Friday-feeling with 1 quick spritz

Inside scoop; a quiet little bottom-shelf product just waiting to be discovered. 1 spray of this essential oil mist turns any room into a zen-like chamber of chill-ness!  I kid you not, lurking right there on the bottom shelf in Boots vitamin area [of all places] amongst other places is a rescue-remedy for almost all emergency calm moments.

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Room sprays / ambience sprays / room mist / linen mist home fragrancing is as common these days as cheap body mist on a Barbie doll (not sure where I got that one!) but – key is what’s in it-what it does-how it is-how it makes you feel.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Puressentiel-Rest-Relax-Air-Spray/dp/B002WZO0ZW/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1502463081&sr=8-1&keywords=rest+and+relax+air+spray

https://www.puressentiel.com/uk/en/products/rest-relax/rest-relax-air-spray-75ml

This pocket-size spray packs a perfumed-punch full of essential oils & is my go-to rescue remedy come pillow spray, come smellyarmpitonthetube person deflector [we’ve all been there right], come night-time mood relaxer.  Lasts forever, and 100% natural origin.  So if you need a Friday feeling in a flash, look no further. P.s spritz it in the corner of your bedroom it even keeps spiders at bay but don’t quote me on that one

#bots #fridayfeeling #zen #blissout #aromatheraphy #chillout #puressential #pillowmist #sleepaids

Glam-glowgetter strobe-on: how illuminating!

Rating ; SELFIE-TASTIC ; get glowing in one brush, stroke pricey-but worth it

Inside scoop; again another TK Maxx beauty-steal (I love a good forage there) for me here but I’d also buy this one full price.  Many of these available everywhere from loose powders to set. But – strobing – who knew?? 10 years off at a stroke, last night’s night out erased, selfie-ready in an instant.

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Ok strobing, you younger beauty bloggers are all over this I’m sure along with the selfie-generation and credit to you why did you keep it so quiet.  It beats a camera filter anyday. So appreciate I’m late to the party here but I’m all over it now & mildly addicted.

http://www.bellapierre.com/uk/strobing-kit.html

4 teeny tits pots for £50 I hear you say ; fair point ; BUT I reckon they’ll last a year plus, pocket-size glow (ignore the brush looks like a garden rake!) mix with your own blusher & you’ve day-to-night glow on the go.

#strobing #allabouttheglow # youglowgirl #highlighters #howilluminating #bellapierre #changeyourlife #makeup #beautysteal #beautysecrets #TKmaxxbargain #10yearsyounger #bots