Friday, 15 June 2012

Review: Laura Geller Spackle

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I hope you are all well! This is just a quick one from me, I realised I haven’t properly reviewed much in ages and my daily work makeup routine has changed a bit since my previous Weekly Wear post – I really should pull my finger out and update it! I am hoping to be done with some of the items I’m using soon, wearing the same concealers and eyeshadow for nearly 4 months is doing my head in!!

Anyway, in that post I was using Benefit’s That Gal primer which I only ended up using for a few days due to a crop of spots appearing. They may or may not have been down to that but when I stopped using it they went so who knows! Around that time I had ordered a Laura Geller set from QVC which came with a huge 59ml bottle of the range’s primer – Spackle.

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They say “Oil-free primer prepares skin for makeup application by smoothing and perfecting the texture of your skin. Helps makeup last longer and keep colors true”

I whole-heartedly agree with this statement. I apply a tiny blob to my face once my moisturiser has sunk in and leave it for a few minutes before starting my makeup. It does make my skin smooth and velvety without feeling at all heavy which is an issue I had with GOSH’s Velvet Touch primer. My makeup just glides over it! It makes no claims regarding pore minimising but I do find that mine are slightly filled in with this alone and once my makeup is on they are hardly visible.

I find it hard to comment on the issue of the wear of my makeup because of my workplace. I work in a heavily air-conditioned environment where I am running around like a blue assed fly all day. Sweaty face (sorry but it’s true!) plus blasting air con = a messed up complexion. It does extend the wear of my makeup in comparison to makeup without primer but it still fades and is a little patchy by the time I get home. However, I feel it is unfair to use these as negative points because the best primer in the world would struggle in my workplace!

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It’s in a tube so it’s easy to control how much comes out – handy because that blob above is enough for my whole face!

A little goes a long way with this stuff making it’s already pretty good value price on QVC of £24.52 for 120g even better. My tube is 56g and it’s lasted months already.

I really like this primer – my skin feels amazing, it’s oil-free, doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and my makeup goes on like a dream. If I didn’t have loads of primers to use after I finish this one (which will already take me aggges) I would repurchase straight away for sure. I definitely will in the future.
Have you tried any Laura Geller products? Or do you have any other primer recs?

Just one more thing…
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A lazy girls dream dinner – yes it’s sauce in a packet which made me feel a little bit dirty (the boy and I make our own pasta sauces regularly but haven’t ever braved curry!) but it was a quid from Asda and aside from being a little hotter than I expected Butter Chicken to be it was really good! NOM!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Things I Can’t Live Without: Vier

Oh ladies. Another day another dollar I know but this week is wearing me out! Thank goodness I’m on normal day shifts or I would be dead on my feet! I hope your week is a little less taxing.

It’s times like these, where work is knackering me out, I’m trying to watch The Killing and my bra is injuring my armpit, that I wish to tell you about my all time top fave face cream.

I’m a bit of a cheeky monkey in that you can’t actually buy this in the UK as far as I know, it has been discontinued. When my previous jar ran out I did a few extensive internet searches that brought up a few potential sources but I got my second jar while in France on holiday last summer. It was easily obtainable there – I got it in Carrefour in Calais for around €27 – so if it tickles your fancy and your off abroad this year keep an eye out.

Enough preamble – meet Nuxe’s Creme Etincelante

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For my €27 I received 50ml of product in a sturdy glass jar – I know jars aren’t everybody’s thing but this is a nice one and the lid is heavy plastic. Packaging wise this is a thumbs up from me.

I don’t have the box for this anymore so some details may be a bit sketchy but this product calls itself a ‘radiance resurfacing cream’ and it contains fruit acids that gently exfoliate your skin. I use this exclusively as a night cream as if you try and put anything over the top it ‘pills’ like jumpers do if you know what I mean…and because of the fruit acids I wear a moisturiser or something with SPF in it the following day.

The morning after using this my skin is brighter and more even in tone – great for me because I am prone to redness on my nose and cheeks. My skin is always soft but hydrated and feels smooth. It may sound like a bit of a full on rave but I love this cream! When I ran out of my last jar I was devastated and trawled the internet looking for a replacement that wouldn’t cost me one hundred billion dollars. I was so glad when this was among the other Nuxe goodies in Carrefour!

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You can kind of see the texture here, it’s not the thickest night cream I have and it glides on easily – sinking in quickly but not so quick I can’t give my Chevy a quick massage at the same time.

The amount above would cover most of my face, I might use a tiny bit more. You don’t need a lot though – I’ve used this at least three times a week since the end of August and I have about a quarter of a jar left – hopefully enough to last me until my planned-but-not-yet-confirmed Eurotrip in September!

That’s all from me tonight ladies, I am going to take off this bra and give The Killing (the Danish first series, I love it!) my full attention. You know you are ready for maxing and relaxing when your bra-less and in your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pyjamas.

I just thought I’d share another of my loves and something I wish I could imbibe more of
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Cold on a hot summers day = perfection

Sunday, 10 June 2012

A Glittery Pretty NOTD

Happy Sunday birdies! I hope you are having a good weekend and aren’t full of work dread (sorry if I reminded you!). Today for me is full of my gorgeous niece and brunch with hopefully a sprinkling of F1, football and a whole lot of maxing relaxing. Fingers crossed anyways!

Seeing as I am buying nail varnishes like they are going out of fashion, which I am pretty sure they aren’t, I figured I had better show you what I am actually wearing on my nails at this moment in time.

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Apologies for the crazy FLASH picture, it best showed the glitter. These are Kendall On The Katwalk and Wear Something Spar-Kylie from the Nicole By OPI Kardashian Kolor (cringe! I hate writing colour both with a k and without a u!) collection. I’m not a great lover of the Kardashian’s as a rule but that wasn’t going to prevent me from purchasing these beauties!

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My nails are so hideous at the moment I really hesitated about posting these pictures. However I’ve not posted for a few weeks and surely one of the only things that can brighten up manky nails is a shedload of glitter?!
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You can see Kendall On The Katwalk has both turquoise and a royal blue-ish glitter in a blue base whereas Wear Something Spar-Kylie has pretty much just rose glitter in a rosy base. Both are awesomely pretty though, if it hadn’t of started to chip soon after these pics I would have put on some matte top coat. I’m sure I’ll be trying that sometime soon!

I am also pretty pleased with the nail varnish on my toes at the moment! I love turquoises on toes for summer and this combo is really cute! No fear, no shots of my horrendous feet will ever grace the pages of this blog so unshield your eyes! I painted what I’m wearing on three of my fingers, meaning my little finger is awkwardly cropped out…
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This is two coats of China Glaze’s For Audrey with two coats of Models Own Ibiza Mix. I only got Ibiza Mix a few days ago but it’s a fave already! I was going to pass on it but when I spotted it in a lesser-frequented (by me) branch of Boots I caved and I’m so glad I did!

What do you think of these pretties? Is glitter your thing? At 24, worryingly soon to be 25, I sometimes feel it isn’t that age-appropriate but on the other hand, you only live once!

The Nicole By OPI polishes are available from asos (where I got mine) and Lena White
Models Own polishes are available from Boots (where I got mine) and the Models Own site.

Just one last thing…
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Fake tan mishap, looks SO much worse in real life! What a dick!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Just Keep Haulin’, Haulin’, Haulin’

Wow after a crazy time away I am back, I’ve been working crazy shifts and simply haven’t had time. When I get worn out and overworked I do what any sane lady does. I haul some.

PLEASE bear in mind I’ve bought all this over the last month or so and have been really good with my purchasing for the last few months…not that it really excuses much…
First up the polishes
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Glittery pretties – L-R – Bourjois 1 Seconde 14, Nicole by OPI Kendall On The Catwalk and Wear Something Spar-Kylie, Models Own Ibiza Mix, Topshop Razzmatazz
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Non-glittery pretties – L-R – Look Beauty Flamingo, Models Own Aqua Violet, Models Own Nail Art Pen White
Considering I can’t wear polish at work you’d think I’d slow down with the purchasing. Most of these are crossed off the wishlist though if that makes any difference!

I also stopped by my local CCO store and got some MAC goodies
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Again these are off the wishlist, plus I haven’t been in the CCO in ages and it actually had some good bits. L-R – Lipsticks in Hue and Innocence Beware, Mineralize Skin Finish in Lightscapade

And I was checking out Feel Unique and I think it was the first time ever that I had ££ and that the two items I wanted were in stock
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L-R – Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation in 01 Ultra Light, Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Cream in Rose Gold, free gift was Jemma Kidd Shadow Liner in Smoke.

Last but not least, some Superdrug/Boots/Topshop/Lush bizzles
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L-R Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub, Neutrogena Hand Cream, Look Beauty eyeshadow in Cami, 17 Peep Show mascara, 17 Lasting Fix lipstick in Dreamy, Revlon Grow Luscious mascara, Topshop Lips in Whimsical, Topshop Lip Stick in Powder Room, Carmex Cherry in a tube!

Hope you haven’t nodded off! Here’s a few swatches in case your interested…
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Lip swatches - L-R MAC Innocence Beware, Hue, 17 Dreamy, Topshop Whimsical, Powder Room

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L-R MAC Lightscapade, Jemma Kidd 01 Ultra Light, Rose Gold

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L-R Jemma Kidd Smoke liner alone, shadow alone, shadow over liner, Look Beauty Cami

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I understand that 99% of my final notes are about food but I found these in the tiny American food store near me. They sell them in a pub I frequent back home but this was a big ol’ bag and they are spicy as hell! If you see them and don’t mind a bit of spice give them a bash! I’m defo going back for more!

If you made it this far, well done! What do you think to my new goodies? Do you want to see anything in more detail?! Let me know!