Current Favourites

I meant for this post to go live during the last week of August and as it was already half completed, I decided that I would post it anyway just not as an August favourites but as a current one.  August was the weirdest month for me so I don’t think I actually discovered much new stuff. I will also apologise for the lack of photos but you can see my post here which explains my mind-set at the moment.

Favourites 

Colgate Max White One Toothpaste

I am so fussy when it comes to toothpaste but I absolutely love this one.  There isn’t too much to say about it except that it foams in the mouth nicely (yes, that does sound weird) and my teeth feel so clean after using it. I am not sure on whether it actually does whiten your teeth but it is a good buy and only £4.00 although I am sure I got mine on offer. I think that this is a toothpaste which I will be purchasing again when this tube runs out.

Collection Invisible Powder

This makes my makeup look 100% times better. My skin looks matte and perfect when this is applied on top of foundation.  It is really light weight and you cannot actually tell that anything has been applied over makeup. I am really enjoying this at the moment and when I went away for the night at the weekend and forgot it, I felt so naked.  I wasn’t sure on this when I first ordered it but I am so glad that it is good.

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Rose Water Toner

I bought this as it jumped out at me in Superdrug and I love it.  I use it every night just before I get into bed to ensure that my face is clean and I wake up with super soft skin.  I can’t imagine this not being part of my skin care routine now. It smells so good too.

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Sudocream

I have always loved Sudocream but hadn’t had to use it for ages.  I did however, have a pretty bad breakout period at the beginning of August and this came in so handy.  I just covered the bad breakouts, woke up in the morning and my skin was almost clear (OK, maybe not, but not too bad).   I recommend always having a tub of this stuff handy.

Friction Free Razor 

I first saw this as one of those annoying adverts on Facebook tempting you to purchase stuff that you don’t really need but it did grab me.  So you pay £9.00 per month and they send you a razor and four blades each month.  The idea is that you can use each razor blade for a week and then simply swap it for a new one.  I am so lazy when it comes to shopping for razors so having this come straight to my door is super handy.  It also prevents your razors getting dirty as they are replaced.  You can cancel or pause the subscription at any time which is also good, in case you do forget to replace the blades each week and have to many.IMG_2827

13 Reasons Why

Ok, so I didn’t pick the best time in my life to watch one of the most depressing shows I have ever seen but I did enjoy it.  I won’t give too much away but it is worth a watch (not if you are in a really low place) but it does make you realise that the way you treat people can make such a difference to their life.  You never know what someone is going through so you shouldn’t judge them or be mean to them.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 

It has taken me a while to read this due to different factors but I finally finished it this week and I will do a whole book review soon, I promise.  I loved it… I feel that it was probably the best book I have ever read, the story was great and so well written.  It was my first Bronte and I have already ordered some more.  I always stock up on books so I need to get through the growing pile I have before reading the next one. I defiantly recommend this.

What are your current favourites?

Love, Minnie x 

 

 

 

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[First Impressions] L’Oreal Paris Miss Baby Roll Mascara

Hello!

It has been so long, I was loving blogging and then I went through some personal stuff which meant that I had to stop.  I have so many half-written posts that I will catch up on hopefully but I am now ready to fully get involved again.  At the weekend I purchase the L’Oreal Paris Miss Baby Roll Mascara, I have heard so many good reviews of it through people such as Soph Does Nails, I had to give it ago.


What it claims:

It’s time to say bye-bye to boring lashes and hello to new Miss Baby Roll Mascara, for mega volume, curl and all-day hold. Our mega curl roller brush curls lashes from the root, for an instant lash lift! The Quick Mega Volume formula volumises lashes and holds them in a curl all day.


It is only Monday but I wore it Saturday night when I went out with my family, Sunday for the whole day and I have it on this morning. It may be a bit early to see whether it reacts with my sensitive eyes but so far I have no issues.  The wand is different to what I’m use to but it is not hard to adjust accordingly.

I have noticed that it really does give instant lash lift and creates so much volume.  My lashes are naturally long anyway so I am always on the hunt for volume mascara and this is great.  It is also a great price at £7.99 in Boots. The packaging is also super cute and looks great in my makeup collection.

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I am looking forward to trying this out more and writing a full review in due course.

Have you tried it yet?

Love, Minnie x

My favourite everyday makeup

Hello my loves, today I will be sharing my everyday makeup favourites.

I am a Solicitor and therefore, work Monday to Friday in an office environment except for the occasional trip to court or days when I work from home.  I have to wear makeup and keep it professional however, I don’t like appear being too done up.  I also wake up at 5:45 each morning and I am usually at my desk before 8am so I feel that I have suddenly got into a very rehearsed routine in respect of my every day makeup.

Base 

I am currently loving the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation, which I have done a couple of posts on specifically.  I have started using a lot less of this as my skin as started to clear up and I feel that it applies much better lighter.  I then use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer under my eyes and on my problem areas i.e. my chin where I do have the last remaining parts of my recent breakout. I then set my face with the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder which I have to say is probably my favourite product at the moment.

Bronzer & Highlight

I switch between a couple but for Bronzer I am currently loving the Collection Bronze Glow as this gives such a variety of shades which can be built up depending on what you have planned and is great for a subtle look while at work. I am still using the Collection Highlight in the Collection #facetheday palette which is so perfect for days in the office.

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Eyes

I only wear mascara to work and as I have long dark lashes anyway I am pretty lucky in this respect.  I am loving the Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara at the moment for work and it can be used as either one coat or two.  I can feel this starting to run out and although I plan on re-purchasing there are other drug store ones that I am also hoping to purchase and rotate into my routine in September/October.

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Lips 

I normally wear a Mac Lipstick to work and all my Mac Lipsticks are nude-ish shades which are perfect for every day.  My newest addition to the collect is Taupe which is a muted reddish-taupe brown which I feel can look too dark when applied heavily but is great when lightly applied and built up.  I think that this will be great for Autumn, which is fast approaching.

What are your favourite everyday makeup products?

Love, Minnie x

 

 

 

[Review] Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks

You may have seen that I picked these up in my Boots haul and as they were on offer I picked up the shades Moca and Pink Bliss.  The costs of the lipsticks are £5.99 each but the offer I used was buy one get the second half price.


What they claim:

Want the London look? Rimmel introduces Stay Matte Liquid  Lip Colour, a liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, velvety matte finish, and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.   

Boldness that stays on. Stay Matte delivers full coverage in one stroke that’s kiss-proof, touch-proof, and waterproof while also being unbelievably comfortable and lightweight. 

Rimmel London is an inner confidence that how we look is always cool, irreverent, never predictable and always evolving.


I personally feel that you need more than one coat to give a good coverage and I opt for two coats when I am using these.  They do last for ages and as a big coffee drinker when I have these on I do not notice any transfer on the coffee cup- which is great.  The first day I wore the Moca shade I think I had two coffee’s from Starbucks (oops!) and half a three course meal before the lipstick needed a slight touch up.  It had also been hours so it is long-lasting.

With all liquid lipstick, the long-lasting effect does mean that the formula is drying on the lips and this is no different.  Although, it is still comfortable to wear it is drying and I find myself applying a lip balm before and after wearing the lipstick.

The two colours I picked up are gorgeous, I am definitely more of a pinky nude and therefore, the Pink Bliss is the one I feel more comfortable wearing however, I love the Moca shade too and hopefully I will become more confident with this on.  There is a total of 14 shades to choose from so I will definitely be back in Boots to check out some of the others.  The shade ‘Plum This Show’ looks perfect for Autumn/ Winter and ‘Latte to Go’ seems slightly lighter than Moca so I may feel more comfortable with that one.

Pros 

  • Affordable (cheap anyway and then can be found on offer too)
  • Accessible – in the drugstore and on Amazon
  • Long Lasting – perfect for coffee drinkers like myself
  • Doesn’t transfer
  • Comfortable to wear
  • available in a wide range of shades

Cons 

  • Drying on the lips
  • You do need more than one coat for full coverage

 

Overall I do like this lipstick as it is great for drinking coffee, is long lasting, looks good and is not too drying on the lips.  It also comes in a wide range of shades at a very affordable price.

What are your favourite liquid lipsticks?

Love, Minnie x

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[Review] Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation

You are probably sick of hearing my views on this foundation but following from my first impressions post, I am now sitting down to do a full review on the foundation.  I picked it up in the shade Ivory 115 at my local ASDA supermarket for £7.00.  I am aware that it is often cheaper elsewhere but this was easiest for me at the time.


What it claims:

Smooth and perfect the look of your complexion with Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless Foundation, a refining liquid foundation with natural, matt finish.

Ideal for normal to oily skin types, the makeup is infused with micro-powders to help control shine and blur pores; it glides effortlessly across skin, blending seamlessly to visibly minimise the appearance of pores and imperfections. Expect a more even toned, flawless complexion.


Since my first impressions I have started using an invisible setting powder by Collection and it actually has improved the foundation so much.  Although, I still find it very runny and can crease around the eyes, the powder does help set it in place throughout the day. The powder also helps provide that ‘flawless finish.’  I was actually shocked at how good my skin looked after one day of applying both.

The foundation does blend well and leave a more even flawless complexion generally, however, you do need a good setting powder to actually achieve this.  I tried this product when my skin wasn’t at its best and it does minimise the appearance of pores and imperfections.  It lasts all day without having to touch up at all however, you do need to build it up for a more fuller coverage.

I have continued to use this product since the end of my review week and my skin has improved in that time so I am finding the foundation better each day. I have also been applying with only a buffing brush and I have decided that this is the best method for me.  My skin is more normal than oily so I cannot comment on how it works on oily skin.

Pros 

  • It is very affordable
  • Accessible as can be bought in the drugstore and online etc.
  • It blends very well
  • Good range of shades to choose from
  • Leaves a flawless finish when used with a setting powder
  • Can be built up for fuller coverage
  • Perfect for work as it is natural finish
  • Clear packaging so you can see when running low

Cons

  • Can crease around the eyes
  • It is a very runny foundation
  • Must be used with a good setting powder
  • Needs to be built up for fuller coverage

 

Overall, I have started wearing this foundation for work and I do like it.   It gives enough coverage with a natural and flawless finish.  It has not reacted with my sensitive skin nor has it caused any breakouts.  The best thing about this foundation is the price, it is so affordable especially for the quality. I will be re-purchasing.

Love, Minnie x

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First Impressions Over a Week – Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation

I actually bought this foundation a week ago now, thank you for persuading me In Your Face by Maleeha.  I picked it up in Asda when I was doing my weekly shop and it cost £7.00 which is very affordable for foundation. I think that it is often on offer in other stores but this was just most convenient for me.  I picked it up in the shade Ivory which is a good match for my summer skin however, I have a feeling that it may be too dark in the winter months.  I thought I’d try it for the best part of a week and tell you my opinions as the week goes on.


Saturday

I didn’t want to apply much make up as I was not leaving the house so I applied one layer.  I first noticed that it went on the skin very well and blends evenly.  I think that it could be buildable and I will try this out during the week.  One layer definitely mattifies the skin and covers most of my sun spots! It is not full coverage with just one layer. I used it over just my usual SPF30 today.

This lasted all day!

Sunday

So, I wasn’t planning on wearing any makeup today but I ended up applying this foundation and a highlight stick that I am also trying out but unsure about at the moment! I applied a little more than yesterday, over my usual SPF but also the anti-aging cream that I use every other day. It really does have good buildable coverage. I tried applying with a cheap buffing brush but ended up swapping back to the beauty blender. It went on well and lasted all day without any touch up or powder.

I do want to invest in a good brush set soon so if any of you have any recommendations please let me know.

Monday

The first proper day of try this as it is the first day I am leaving the house.  I wanted to layer it up a bit more and I realised how runny it actually is, especially compared to the Clinque Even Better Foundation that I have been wearing recently.  The second coat (not all over, just under the eyes and around problem areas) blended evenly with the first layer and it made my skin look even but not so mattified.

It was almost lunch time by the time I noticed that the product creased around my eye lids.  I have a feeling that this could be because I put too much of the product on at once and it is ‘runnier’ that what I am use to.  It did however, last all day and I didn’t seem to have any problems after lunch time.

Tuesday 

I decided that I would layer it up slower today.  Smaller amounts on my face to build up gradually.  This took longer and I actually left the house later but it was worth it.  The makeup looked so much better on my skin first thing this morning.   It was still dewy rather than mattifying and although I left drying time, it doesn’t seem to work that well with a cream highlight so I think I will stick to the power ones.  (I checked the cream highlighter at the end of the day and it was still just sat on my foundation – it didn’t blend well at all.)

I also have more breakouts today but this may be due to the TOM rather than the makeup as I am also retaining so much water this week.

I checked my face throughout the day and have not noticed the same creasing that I had yesterday.  Therefore, maybe my method worked.

Note to self today – pick up a powder at the weekend to try with this.

Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Today I decided to apply the foundation with a Real Techniques brush rather than a beauty blender and I have to say I think I prefered it.   It seemed to actually become part of my skin rather than looking ‘oily’ on top.  I used one layer all over and then the second was just buffed into the areas that need it i.e. my chin at the moment has so many breakouts, I am hoping that they are hormonal. 

I did not use the cream highlighter today but instead opted for the L’Oreal True Match Highlighter and specifically the white colour.  I only used a little bit on my brush to ensure that this is still subtle enough for work.  It seemed to blend a lot better than the cream highlighter and left my skin mattified again. I will write a full review on these highlighters shortly.

I had to pick Mike up from the airport late tonight and I accidentally fell asleep around 8pm, with my make up on.  I was horrified but I didn’t have time to take it off and reapply before I left the house so I simple touched up the problem areas i.e. my hopefully hormonal breakouts.  The foundation seemed to stay on my face pretty well even during the nap. I didn’t wake up with any further breakouts which is my worry when I fall asleep in makeup.

Thursday 

I can’t believe that this is my last day before the post goes live, this week has gone so quick. Unfortunately, I did not take many photos as the week went on due to a busy schedule but I will post the ones I have.

I am so tired today that I don’t think anything could make my face look good.  I applied the foundation with a brush and then a beauty blender and this worked well.  I used a different bronzer today and a powder highlight which both worked well with the foundation.

Overall, I am happy with this foundation as it is good medium coverage and feels very lightweight on the skin.  My full review should be up next week. 

Love, Minnie x

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The Perfect Nude – Clinque Creamy Nude

I really like wearing Nude Lipsticks and I have already posted about my favourite Mac Lipstick – Mehr, which is a pinky nude.   I first discovered the Clinque Creamy Nude about a year ago when it was included as a free sample in my Clinque order.  I soon started wearing this shade almost on a daily basis and when the sample runs out I will be purchasing the full size!

It is part of the Clinque Long Last Lipstick which is a sheer lipstick.  Clinque claims that it is the ‘the longest-wearing creamy-matte formula, keeps its just applied look for hours and hours.  Won’t feather, creep, stain or dry out.’  It is available direct from Clinque or other stores that stock Clinque and the full size version costs £19.50, which is actually fairly expensive compared to other lipsticks including Mac.  I have other full size lipsticks in this range and it comes in a lovely silver packaging.

This lipstick does last on the lips for hours however, with everything it does need a touch up as the day goes on.  That said, it does touch up well and it does blend in.   The shade of this lipstick suits my skin tone very well and I feel comfortable wearing it.  It doesn’t dry your lips out at too, in fact, it is incredibly creamy for a matte lipstick.

What is your favourite nude lipstick?

Love, Minnie x

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