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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Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny ; Squeaky-Cleany

Rating ; You’d be balm-y not to try this, and no apologies this won’t be my only or last balm-rave, nor cleansing post. Butter, balm, melt in your palm, this dinky pot packs a cleansing punch & will have you squeaky clean faster than a jet powered rubber duck.

Inside scoop;  Butter, melty, softy-gently oh-so-effective I switched to cleansing balms/butters some time ago and am mildly obsessed.  Especially kind to sensitive and/or more mature skin they whip off make-up in a flash without the rash! Super-soft melting buttery balm this Body Shop Cleansing Butter was recommended by a friend to me and I’ve never looked book.  I wear alot of make-up, ok really alot, so if it whips off mine, trust me it works.

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I confess I’m balmy about beauty balms I launched one of the first ‘rescue balm’s’ nearly 10 years ago  & now there’s a billion balms for all occasions.  Be warned some as you’d think can be a little over greasy, more like vaseline than balm and definitely don’t always do what they say on the tin. However Cleansing is a balm-match made in heaven as it gets in deep, lifts off make-up and impurities, but you can still freshen after with a toner. They call it sumptuous, I call this one plain effective and no-nonsense.

Body Shop’s wonderous Camomile Cleansing Butter

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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.

New Look’s Matte tastic lipstick

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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!

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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

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