Saturday, 30 April 2016

Pregnancy Update - 31 Weeks

Sleepsuit John Lewis | Drawer dividers Ikea

Hi beauties! Long time, no blog, I KNOW! I've been finding it really difficult to find the time and energy lately. You what they say, life happens and there's a whole lotta life happening right now. I'm in my final trimester - shit's getting very real. Things were going really well. I was almost feeling guilty when people asked if i had morning sickness, swollen ankles, mood swings? Nope, nope and nope! Then, the fainting started! Apparently it's common side effect of pregnancy? It's pretty scary at the time and I feel completely wiped out but the important thing is the baby is absolutely fine! Still no cravings (except oranges). I was really looking forward to sending baby daddy to McDonalds at 2am for a box of gherkins. Maybe i still will as punishment for the lack of foot rubs - "I'll rub your feet every day when you're pregnant" lasted about two weeks!

Oh and I finally understand NESTING. I've watched on in the past as pregnant friends become possessed by the need to nest and thought - what are you flapping about! The baby doesn't care if the skirting boards have been painted! Then it happened to me. I'm part Kim and Aggie and part Drill Sergeant. I need it doing and I need it doing NOW! Every cupboard has to be cleared, every drawer emptied. If it's not nail down, it's going to the charity shop. NOTHING'S SAFE! Even my makeup has taken the hit - I'm all about downsizing now.

Aside from the fainting and the nesting monster, things are great and I'm feeling truly blessed. I wanted to thank you all for your support and reassure you in no way have i gone off blogging. I've got so many exciting things to blog about - I met Charlotte Tilbury last week, I've discovered a load of new skin saviours and I have a new makeup storage solution! As soon as I get my mojo back I'll tell you all about it.

Claire x


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Lash Domination from an Unlikely Source!

If you like your brushes big and your lashes bigger – this could be the mascara for you. 

It’s all about the base over at bareMinerals HQ, but who knew they could be a contender in the mascara stakes. Lash Domination Volumising Mascara offers a staggering 10 benefits (count them) Volumises, Lengthens, Thickens, Separates, Lifts, All-day wear, Mineral fortified, Smudge-resistant, Resists clumps. It has one of the most unique wants out there with the ProTwist180™ is spiralled 180 degrees to curve around each lash and coat ALL angles with intense black colour. Plus, it’s powered by nourishing minerals and quinoa protein – why the hell not!

So the brush is a hell of a size! Great if you like a quick sweep n go, or you have wide eyes. For me it took a little getting used to – I gravitate towards the smaller, more precise tools. But get used to it I have and now we’re flying. Don’t be intimidated by the twist style brush, it’s actually really easy to use. Despite its size, it’s not messy or clumpy in the least. It coats lashes evenly with exceptional separation, fanning and a good dose of curve. The first coat is pretty natural, the second, is when you really see the domination in action! You can easily build up to the length and volume your heart desires and at absolutely no point do things get clumpy. The results are pretty impressive – supped up volume, length, curl, jet black colour, long-lasting, no clumping and no smudging. A great all-rounder! Check out the before and after...

Lash Domination Volumising Mascara rrp £18/$19 bareMinerals | Feel Unique | Sephora 


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Hair Saviour Right Here!

L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo £2.59 Boots

They’ve only gone and done it again. I didn’t think the hair gods, aka L’Oreal could improve on Fibrology, but then came Extraordinary Clay

I’ll cut to the quick – this shampoo has transformed my hair. It's taken me from an every other dayer to a twice a weeker – hair washes that is. Being able to go three days is rare, unless I’m hiding in the house, or under a hat. The first time I used this I got 4 whole days out of it! A couple of weeks in, I’m comfortably getting 3-4 days before the grease slick slides in.

The shampoo itself smells gorgeous. It works up a reassuringly thick and rich lather and rinses clean with no residue. My hair is fine, a little flat and prone to greasy roots. Elvive Extraordinary Clay definitely zaps the greasy roots but without making my locks frizzy or dry and most importantly for me, still gives my hair a good lift and leaves it feeling thicker and stronger. L'Oreal have basically served up my hair wish list on a pretty mint green platter. Big love for the mint green bottle by the way and the fact that it matches my favourite nail shade Essie Mint Candy Apple gives it extra kudos.

I’m not entirely convinced by the appeal of Clay for the hair. If it says volume, thickening, fattening or plumping, I’m like a moth to a flame, but this I probably would never have even picked this up, so thank gawd I came across a sample in a magazine! I still love Fibrology and I’ll reach for it whenever my hair needs some va-va-voom volume, but for now, Extraordinary Clay is my daily go-to! And the fact that it's just £2, is the icing on the (mint green) cake!

Have you tried it yet?


Friday, 8 April 2016

Bargain Beauty: NYX HD Concealer Wand

First of all, super, super, SUPER happy to finally have NYX on this side of the pond – it’s been a long time coming!

I’ve heard great things about NYX HD Concealer Wand, some even say it’s a dupe for Urban Decay’s much raved about Naked concealer, so for a mere fiver I had to investigate.

Marketed as a “lightweight medium to heavy coverage cover-up for imperfections and under eye circles”, it’s a damn good all-rounder! Spots, dark circles, discolourations – it’s got them covered! The concentrated emollient-rich formula goes on smoothly, it’s pretty thick, but not too thick that you can’t easily spread it around and in blends seamlessly into the skin… with a little help from some warm fingers. It dries quickly and sets to a natural demi-matte/matte finish. As far as under eye concealers go, it could be a bit on the thick side for me. Not thick like stiff compact concealers (Laura Mercier Secret Camo for example) but not as lightweight and creamy as I like on that delicate area. That said, it never looks cakey and it totally slays the blue tones under my eyes.

The range of shades isn’t expansive but I found a decent match with CW4 beige. It’s pretty neutral – not overly pink or yellow toned. If I was to compare it to MAC, I’d say it’s somewhere between a 25 and 30. They also do a green, lavender and yellow shades for correcting.  

So, is it a dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked Concealer? It comes close, although I’d say Urban’s is a little more light weight. It’s also pretty similar to the iconic Collection concealer – another damn good bargain beauty.

Pros – Price, coverage, long lasting
Cons – Can be drying, depending on your skin type

Overall NYX HD Concealer Wand £5.99 Boots does a bloody good job of hiding the bits you don’t want people to see. 


Friday, 1 April 2016

Looking for a Flawless Base? Try this!

They don’t call it make up artistry for nothing! Application is a skill and to truly nail it, an artist needs the best tools. There’s absolutely no denying a good brush can completely transform how you foundation performs. My latest love nails the tricky hard to reach in seconds and achieves a flawless, even base.

Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush £17 is a super densely packed, flat topped, angled kabuki brush made from super soft synthetic fibres. It’s designed for cream and liquid foundation application, and thanks to the angled design, also doubles up as an expert contouring brush.

It has a large surface area that works the whole face in seconds. The flat area covers the flat panes of the face effortlessly, whilst the curved, slanted edges fit the hard to reach fiddly areas around the nose and under the eyes seamlessly. It completely saves me from having to go back in with a smaller brush. The bristles are very soft, very smooth and a pleasure to sweep around my face. I’ve been using it with liquid foundations – Chanel Vitalumiere and bareMienrals bareSkin. I find the best way is to stipple the product using the flat area around the face where I need the most coverage, then using circular/sweeping movements, blend the product out. I’ll then tilt it round to the angled edges to navigate around the nose area, around the brows and to get right up under my eye area. This brush helps to achieve a fuller coverage without looking cakey and a leaves behind nothing but a flawless, airbrushed finish. 

The F88 aint “thirsty” either. It’s always a worry with densely packed kabuki brushes that they’ll drink up most of the product, but this one doesn’t. It’s something to do with special Sigmax fibres that don’t absorb the product. This is my first Sigma brush – I’ve admired them from afar for years but availability in the UK has been patchy. The quality really shines though – from the softness of the bristles, the comfort of the handle, even the embossed logo on the neck. They’re far from the priciest brushes around – nowhere near the dizzy heights of Charlotte Tilbury or Tom Ford, but they perform like one. 

Seriously flawless, super fast! Have you tried Sigma brushes? 

Sigma Brushes available from Amazon | Cult Beauty | HQ Hair 

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