My Makeup Obsession

So today I want to tell you about my Makeup Obsession. No I don’t mean my makeup obsession – I don’t have one (although I do like makeup quite alot – I just don’t have an obsession in the true sense of the word.

You see what I’m talking about is my new Makeup Obsession palette. It’s just not the same as anyone else’s and that’s because you get to choose a palette – your choice of colour/finish and size – there are ten to choose from.


I chose the gold version which has room for 6 single colours of your choice. Ah the choice – it’s almost too much – and it’s not just eyeshadow there are also contour, highlight and blush shades to choose from. Even when you’ve done that you still need to decide how to position them in the palette so it’s going to be really unlikely that you’ll make  up the same palette as anyone you know. You can choose to have all your favourite shadows, blushers, highlights and contouring in the same palette so you have a complete look in a palette or have one palette for each product. The combinations are endless!


I really love this idea as although I have way too many palettes there are always a few shades in each that I never use. This way I love every single one and when I want to switch things up I can always buy more shades and swap them around – it’s so easy.


What’s also great is that Makeup Obsession is available at Boots – so as well as the products being so affordable – palettes start from £4, shadows are £2 and highlights, contours and blushers are £3  – but you get your Boots points too. It’s a win win situation!


I chose:

Top Row –  Left to right- Eyeshadow in Mink, HIghlight in Pearl, Blush in Golden Girl

Bottom Row – Left to Right – Eyeshadow in Ibiza, HIghlight in Moon, Strobe Balm in Radiance.

Oh and in case you wondering Make Up Obsession is the new brand from the TAM beauty stable that includes Makeup Revolution, Freedom and I Heart Makeup. So you know tht this is affordable beauty that you can trust. Here are a few more pics so you can really see how perfect this palette is! And it’s all mine!






And just in case you thought I was kidding about the choice of shades…….


What are you waiting for – start choosing now! And when you’ve got yours all set up share your photos with me and tell me what you think!


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Aesthetically pleasing!

I went to an event last week that’s really changed how I feel about micro needling. I’ve been offered the chance to have some aesthetic treatments before and after careful thought have decided that they weren’t for me. The reasoning behind it has been a mixture of not wanting to cause myself any pain and not wanting to have any downtime when I wouldn’t be able to go to work. (It’s the day job that pays the bill you see).

So when I was invited to the launch of the Sesderma Nanopore launch at Dr Giorgia Ratta’s clinic in London’s Harley Street I was about to say no. I had a picture in my mind of a treatment that leaves your skin raw/bleeding that causes your skin to peel really badly during recovery and I wondered why anyone would want to do that to themselves.

But when I realised that my friend Lewis-Duncan was closely involved and that he was set to be the face of the brand I wanted to support him and I figured that there wouldn’t be any harm in going along for a glass of fizz and to take a few photos.

Well about the photos –  this is the embarassing bit – I hardly took any and those I took were pretty rubbush. I put this down to the embarassment of arriving a bit late after the presentation had begun and being a bit intimidated by all the professional photographers there.

So I’ve no pics of the lovely blogger Laura (What Laura Loves) having the treatment – a Sesderma DNA Recovery Peel followed by a Nanopore Micro Needling Treatment. No pics of the lovely Dr. Giorgia Ratta and no photos of Sesderma products. What a loser!


This is the only photo I’ve got to prove that I was actually there – it was set up for the celebrity photographers hence the too bright flashes. This is of Lewis-Duncan Weedon centre and Miss Galaxy to the right of the photo. The lovely on the left was once a Miss Teen Galaxy and now a presenter and more and embarassingly  I can’t remember her name. (Will update when I’ve done my research!)

But the thing is, watching the treatment take place, seeing the reactions from Laura and seeing the immediate after effects of the treatment – stunningly glowing skin that had a slight flush as if she might have just come out of a warm bath or had maybe drunk one glass of wine too many – really changed my mind about micro-needling – well at least about this treatment with this equipment and by this doctor. There was no blood, no soreness and Laura described it as feeling more like a tickling sensation than any pain during the process.

This is what I’m talking about:

Nanopore promotes skin health through a non-invasive cosmetic treatment. The nanopore stylus is an electrical cosmetic device that induces and regenerates skin collagen to address wrinkles, photoaging, dilated pores, pigmentation and more.

The procedure has a double action – it increases dermal penetration by micro perforation (micro holes close in 10 minutes) and it repairs the skin by increasing production of collagen by means of natural skin repair mechanisms. The use of the stylus is combined with serums to lubricate the needles, to provide individual treatment, and to transport active ingredients to dermal and epidermal levels.

So add to all that the really professional care that you get from Dr. Ratta and her team and the stunning surroundings in Harley Street and you start to see what’s made me start to look at things differently. You can find out more about Dr Giorgia Ratta and the treatment here.

How do you feel about aesthetic treatments? Are you up for anything or a bit of a scaredy cat like me? I’d love to hear about your experiences.



Empties September 2016

There used to be a time when I published my empties posts right on time at the end of each month but these days I always seen to be playing catch up! Not too long a list this month but there’s some really good products on it!


Om Skincare No Lines Nourishing Cream

Love this No Lines Nourishing Cream by the lovely Dr.Om. You can read more about her and the range here. I’m cheating a bit by including this is in the empties list because I didn’t use it all up. I actually broke the pump and had to throw it out. Not sure if it was user error or a faulty product. Still this is a superb product which is a blend of hydrating hyaluronic acid and brown seaweed firms that tightens skin and reduces the appearance of crow’s feet and dark circles. I really loved it and found it light and non greasy. It’s exclusive to Space NK here £55.


Avene Cleansing Foam

This is one of a trio of cleansers from Avene that I love using as part of my daily cleansing routine both day and night. I’ve reviewed it here  as part of my Three Top Ways to Cleanse with Avene pos and it’s currently on offer here for £9.37.


L’Occitane Verbena Shower Gel

I don’t normally cover samples and trial sizes but when they’re from L’Occitane I just couldn’t resist! This light citrusy  shower gel just makes you feel so good and it’s suitable for sensitive skin too. It’s £15 here.


Omorovicza Gold Flash Firming Serum

You know sometimes it’s not only the efficacy of the product but also the look and feel and sheer indulgence that makes you feel that a product is just what you need. If you read my review here you’ll see that this is a serum that ticked all the boxes. It’s available here priced £135 – maybe one for your Christmas wishlist?


Sachajuan Colour Save Shampoo

I had my first proper introduction to the brand last month and haven’t stopped using it since! You can read about my experience with the Colour Save Shampoo as well as the other Sachajuan products I tried here. It’s available here priced £18.00.

And that’s it for another month – I’ve already started to build up empties for October too so keep a look out for the October post!

Are you a beauty blogger that struggles to use up products or do you have a few staples that you always finish? Do tell me what you’ve been using up lately.


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Brand Focus: Essence Cosmetics


I’ve been taking a look at Essence Cosmetics. I mentioned this to a colleague at work and she’d never heard of them but she had noticed my nail polish which she loved and said it reminded her of a favourite shade and look from a high end brand. That’s when I told her it cost £1.60!

It makes you think doesn’t it. Are we spending money on high end products unnecessarily? Maybe it’s the prestige of the brand, the advertising campaign or the packaging that drives us to select high end products.

Quality is something that really matters to essence. They don’t spend huge amounts on advertising (their brand ambassador is a cartoon character called Cosma). Instead they  invest developing products that you can trust. They don’t test on animals and they publish all their ingredients – they’ve even published their own negative list.

So I’ve tried out four products to see if they really stand up to scrutiny.

The Metals Eyeshadow in Frozen Toffee 


The Essence metals eyeshadow range has nine colours including extremely dark green, rose-gold and silver. This little beauty gives an intense metal effect and it’s just £2.00!

The Gel nail polish in Gossip Girl


This nail polish formula has  it all: it’s long-lasting, has an amazing shine and offers intense colour and perfect coverage. I’ve used this when I’m feeling lazy with no base coat or top coat and it covers in one layer! There’s a huge range of colours and they are only £1.60 each.

Essence Rock ‘N’ Doll Mascara


This is a perfectly adequate mascara. It’s got a slightly curved brush and is branded as a volume mascara. It didn’t blow me away but it did the job as well as any other high street brand and – you guessed it – it’s crazy cheap – £2.80!

Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in It’s A Statement


Chic packaging and a creamy intense coverage and a classy matt look – everything you need in a lipstick for just £2.30!

I’m honestly blown away by the range and quality of the brand that quietly sits in Wilkinson’s waiting for you to discover it!

All this got me thinking about the post I did on how much my face is worth. (You can read it here if you missed it). The cost added up to over £148 for a mix of high end and high streert products.

So I took at look at what it would cost if I chose equivalent products from Essence. Here’s my list – it adds up to less than £25. That’s £123 less – has to be worth a look doesn’t it?

Total £24.40

Thoughts? I’d love to read them.


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Essentials for Halloween, Christmas and beyond

To be honest I haven’t really accepted that summer is done – even though I got caught in a thunderstorm today and had to put on a fleece while watching TV to save putting on the heating. Still Christmas events have been going on in the blogging world since July and eventually I had to give in and take a look at what’s on offer for autumn and winter. I went to a Superdrug event recently and they definitely have it all going on! Here are a few – well more than a few of my favourites for Halloween, Christmas and beyond that won’t break the bank.



Super Black Swan Make-up Kit and Ghost Whitener for Halloween!


This is one of the new palettes for Halloween from Make Up Revolution it’s The Dead Are Alive with 13 shimmer shades and 3 matte.


Miss Sporty nail polishes in  Halloween shades are £1.99 here.



I find buying gifts so difficult. I always like to choose things that I like myself and then I don’t want to give them away! I think this might happen with these gorgeous sets from Make Up Revolution including this Iconic Nudes Brush Set now £20 here.


And I just can’t believe the value of this 144 shadow palette now just £10 here!


If you’re a fan of top of the pile bloggers then you’ll find plenty of gifts for Tanya Burr and Zoella lovers. Above is the Beautifully Defined palette which is £10 here.


Here’s a selection from the Zoella lifestyle range that’s been in the news recently.


And of course there are crackers with beauty treats inside £10 here.

Anytime at all!

I find the thing is that once you start to shop in Superdrug you start to see all the new products that you just have to have. As I walked around the event I found a few more must haves that will be amazing all year round as gifts just for me!


I spied the Make Up Revolution Banana Powder! Not up on line yet ….. be patient!


Gorgeous baked highlighters and strobe and perfect lipsticks from you guessed it – Make Up Revolution


Always in slick black it’s the GOSH lipstick line up! These beauties are £6.99 each.



Finally on my list of must haves it’s the Freedom Pro Artist Palette that you fill with your own choice of pans. Palettes are just £5, Blushes £3 and Eyeshadows £2! Love love love!

So I’ve got to thinking – that Halloween and Christmas are just excuses to shop but with so much choice at such great prices I don’t think we need to make excuses – we should just go for it!

I’ll try and update as and when things appear on line but do give me a shout if you need help finding some of these and I’ll do what I can to help – don’t want you to miss out!


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A taste of London Fashion Week with Weleda

I know you’re all used to me writing about beauty products and over time people have been more accepting of someone like me being a beauty blogger but I think that we all know that I could never ever be a fashion blogger. Not the right age or shape and I definitely don’t have the right bank balance to be able to do fashion but you know it’s really nice to dip my toe in the water now and then when beauty and fashion worlds collide. That’s why I was so happy that during London Fashion Week I was invited to celebrate 90 years of Weleda Skin Food!




Fashion Students from Northampton University were invited to create fashion items that represented Weleda Skin Food. Awards were presented to the winners (who had created innovative fashion items including footwear) by fashion legend Caryn Franklin in the glamourous surroundings of One Belgravia.


chandelier 1 belgravia.jpg

But the star of the show , launched in 1926, was Weleda Superfood. The formula remains unchanged – it’s a nourishing cream that deeply moisturises to treat dry skin and it’s packed with plant extracts and essential oils.

It’s made with organic sunflower seed oil and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and rosemary extract to moisturise, sooth and calm. It contains refreshing essential oils including sweet orange and lavandulae. It’s loved by make up artists, models and celebrities (think Victoria Beckham and Adele!) and is a fashion week staple.


Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*. * from natural essential oils.

It costs: £9.95 here.

Did you get involved in London Fashion Week?


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Vincent Longo is in the UK!



This week I was at MMCL’s studio for a bloggers event to welcome Vincent Longo’s COO Linda Treska and their global director of artistry Dominique Samuel in the week that they brought the brand back to the UK.



The Brand



Over 20 years Vincent Longo has used innovative technology and luxurious high performance formulas and achieved cult status. Vincent Longo is the beauty and fashion insider’s brand of choice and this year was the artistry brand behind the House of Mea show at London Fashion Week.

The range successfully combines up to the minute trends with easy to use products that work for everyone and are long lasting.The capsule collection launching this month contains six key products.

The Products


Talented and engaging, Dominique captivated the audience as he demonstrated each of the products. Passionate about his work and a master of his craft he used the Vincent Longo products as though he was delicately creating a work of art applying colours variously with sponges and his fingers until his work was complete. He introduced us to the products and instilled in us a confidence that we could achieve the looks we wanted using them.



Water Canvas Base


This is a primer, although it isn’t like any other I’ve tried. It goes on like a serum – making the skin silky and smooth ready to receive colour products and make them last. There’s no silicon or parabens in this so it’s light weight. It’s formulated with micro waters and infused with seaweed extract, bistoria and liquorice root. It’s £33.50 here.

Water Canvas Creme to Powder Foundation


This is a cream to powder foundation but not what I’d expected. I applied it with a damp sponge and found that it was barely perceptable on the skin. It didn’t look as though there was any coverage but it made my skin look great. It’s oil, fragrance and paraben free with micro water and seaweed extract to protect, nourish and lock in moisture and to diminish the look of fine lines and smooth skin. It comes in 10 shades from Porcelain to Sienna (pictured is Bisque) It’s £43.50 here.

Water Canvas Blush


Again a cream to powder finish this glides on smoothly and sheerly – it gives a watercolour look – for a long-lasting flush. As with the other products it contains micro-water and seaweed extract and it’s enriched with Vitamin E  and antioxidants. It comes in 4 shades (pictures is Swan Lake) and it’s £3.50 here.

Pearl X Eyeshadow


This is a multi-textured eye shadow with shimmer and matte in different shades in the same pan. Each shadow is unique. You can swirl around the brush to get an overall shade or pick out individual colours for your look. Using my Gypsy Rose shadow (pictured) I picked out golden shades for the lid and then used darker berry shades for the crease for a summer to autumn day time look. It’s enriched with vitamin E for hydration and comes in 5 shades. They cost £19.00 here.

Lip & Cheek Gel Stain


I really thought that I wasn’t going to like this. It looks like a dark red lip gloss in the tube and I couldn’t see how it would work for me. But it’s a totally different product in use. It’s a sheer wash of colour that stays put. I loved that it made my lips look perfected but not as though I was wearing a lip product. Almost like the old tip of biting your lips to make them look flushed – my lips but better. The applicator was great to get precise coverage. It’s hypoallergenic, oil, paraben and gluten free and comes it 3 shades (pictured is Baby Boo). It costs £18.50 here.

Creme Gel Eyeliner

This is the one product that I didn’t get to bring home but I did try it on the night. It’s a luxurious yet lightweight intensely pigmented highlighter infused with subtle pearl lights. It’s gluten and paraben free and water resistant. It also doubles as a long wear shadow and comes in six shades and is £19.00 here.

I think that this is a brand you’ll be hearing a lot more about this season and into 2017.



B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Spritz


Isn’t it lovely when you have no expectations of a product and then it turns out to be an abslolute gem? This time I’m talking about the B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz which arrived with the enthusiasm and marketing usually reserved for high end products and that’s what triggered my interest.

You’ve heard me tell you about other products from the range in the past here and so you may wonder why I wasn’t expecting this spritz to be anything but remarkable. There is so much to like about the brand – as well as being affordable – this is only £7.99 – it’s cruelty free and vegan.

I suppose the main reason was that the B. skincare range comes in 4 phases which cover skincare from 20s to 50+. I trialled this without realising that this isn’t designed for my skin age but I think that my experience shows that you should be led by how your skin feels and reacts and not by a label on a product.


So – it’s designed for 20s and 30s and they say you should use B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz to rapidly replenish the skin and lock in moisture for 12 hours without clogging pores. A skincare essential, ideal for use while travelling or to refresh makeup and hydrate tired skin for a smoother look.

Now I can’t see anything there that wouldn’t work for my 50+ skin and particularly on a hot day like today when I need moisture to be locked in but need something light and refreshing too – it feels perfect. I’m guessing that the B skincare for my age range is richer and tackles deeper lines and dehydration but that’s for another day and another review. I’d say that this spritz would be a great daily and travel essential for any age or skin type.

It promises:

  • 12hr hydration
  • Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise deep down
  • Boost skin’s radiance
  • Promotes a more healthy glow with regular use
  • Soothes and relaxes
  • Perfect pick me up for tired, fatigued skin


What’s not to love?


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How much is my face worth?

In all the time I’ve been blogging I’ve never got round to the “How much is my face worth?” post – there just doesn’t seem to have been time. Now when it’s much too hot to be out shopping and I’ve got a few hours to myself it feels like the perfect time to sit down and consider this theme. I’m only covering make-up and not skin care or brushes and I haven’t deliberately chosen high end or high street brands – just the things I reach for on a normal day that suit my mood. I’ve noted the RRP for each product – some products may be on offer and a number of them were gifted to me so that’s why I’ve talked about worth rather than cost.

The products

Foundation: La Roche Posay Effaclar BB Blur Shade Fair/Light £16.00

Bronzer: Hoola from the Benefit Cheekathon palette £ 44.50

Highlighter: Freedom Pro Highlight in Ambient £3.00

Brows: Sleek Makeup Brow Stylist in Light £6.49

Lids: Urban Decay Anti-Ageing Primer Potion £18.00

Eye Shadow: Make Up Revolution Fortune Favours the Brave palette £9.99

Lip liner: Nyx Mechanical Lip Pencil in Natural £5.50

Lipstick: Burberry Kisses in Nude Pink £25.00

Total worth: £148.48

Here’s a snap of how it looks when it’s on – you may not think it’s worth the best part of £150 to look like this – but I can tell you that I planned to post a before picture too and am just not confident enough – so I guess what I’m saying is that if £150 is the price of confidence then I’m up for that!

Have a great week everyone!


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My autumn fragrance collection – new additions

It’s about this time of year that I like to swap around the fragrances  I have on display. I put away the overtly summery scents and bring out the autumn/winter stash. What’s exciting this time around is that I’ve got two new fabulous scents to add to the collection that I want to share with you.

You might remember that in previous fragrance posts I noticed themes emerging – last spring it was tea and rose that stood out as the key elements I spotted. The rose theme has definitely continued through into the Autumn/Winter launches but I’ve also spotted the patchouli theme coming through really strongly.

Now being a teen in the seventies means that I have very fond memories of wearing (drenching myself in) patchouli oil to try and be one of the cool kids – I was never one of the cool kids! So I had a mix of fond memories and apprehension when I went about exploring what the contemporary fragrances that incorporated parchouli would be like.

So to refresh my autumn collection (which I’ve listed in full at the end of this post for the curious amongst you) I selected the Van Cleef and Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Midnight Patchoiuli and the Etro Patchouly EDP.

Etro Patchouly EDP


Patchouly is one of the first fragrances created by Etro. It’s an oriental woody fragrance that’s designed for men and women. Its key notes are lemon, patchouli, sandalwood, amber and musk. They’ve created a new limited edition bottle out in time for Christmas that launches 3 October nationwide with imagery inspired by nature – the lava of a volcano. Here’s a sneak peek at how it looks.


Etro have some wonderful descriptive words, ( a poem perhaps? ) that describes the concept and experience of the fragrance:


[ Fragrant fire ]

Glowing embers after the blaze.
Resin and rose, a powerful blend.
The smoking nostril of a bull,
adorned with flowers like an Indian painting.
Night at the far ends of the day,
lava lapping the volcano’s rim.

I think that the imagery is really exciting and it will make a great Christmas gift I’m sure although secretly I’m in love with the elegance and femininity of the  original bottle with the silver cap. I’ve been wearing the fragrance quite a bit even though the weather is still summery and I’ve found it to be lighter and more floral than I’d expected from the written description. I definitely think it’s a great transitional fragrance.

Van Cleef and Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Moonlight Patchouli

This Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Patchouli is a class act. It’s an object of desire right from first glimpse. Stark black against white sets the tone for a fragrance reminiscent of a dark woodland that’s lit up with a silver flash of moonlight symbolised by the silver tag.

It’s described as a floral leathery chypre, a patchouli that caresses the skin like a wood in the moonlight. Soft tones reveal a delicate floral note that combines rose and iris. Precious notes of a warm sued accord, imbued with leather and fruity accents.

For me this is definitely not for summer or for daytime. It’s rich and heady and intriguing. It’s available now nationwide. I’d say that it’s suitable for men and women so treat yourself or add it to your wish list and promise to share if you can bear it.

And here’s the promised list of my autumn fragrance collection with links to previous reviews where available, prices and where to buy:

  • Agent Provocateur Fatale Intense Buy £30.60 Review
  • Alaia Paris Buy from £43.00 Review
  • Cartier La Panthère Buy from £53.00 Review 
  • Dior Addict Buy from £49.50
  • Etro Patchouli Buy from £68.40
  • Hugo Boss the Scent Buy  from £44.00
  • Illuminum London Tom Wolfe 234 Buy £80 Review
  • Narciso Rodrigeuz For Her Buy from £51.00 Review
  • Marc Jacobs Decadence Buy £45.00
  • Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent Buy  from £65.00 Review
  • Terry de Gunzberg Rose Infernale Buy £127.00 Review
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Rubie Buy for £30.60 Review
  • Vand Cleef & Arpels First Buy £59.00 (original) Review (Edition Or)
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Patchouli Buy £113.40
  • Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Buy from £57.00 Review 

Have a fragrant autumn!


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