Posts Tagged ‘make up’

I read this on Sleeping Bootay’s blog and thought it was fun. If you do it too leave a comment with a link to yours!

1) What product makes you feel a million dollars?

Bobbi Brown corrector and concealer, without a doubt. These are two little pots of magic which make my dark circles practically disappear and therefore make me look normal and not quite as zombie-like as I am in my natural state. I discovered them in 2008 and since then have not bought another concealer; I doubt I will ever defect from these!

2) What’s your skin care secret/a passed down tip?

My Mum always told me to use gentle products as she and I both have sensitive skin. I partly credit that little nugget of advice, received as a teenager, with my good skin now; I never used the super strong products aimed at teenage skin when I started playing about with make up/skin care and I think it made a big difference in keeping my skin clear rather than reacting to harsh products. Liz Earle products are the best for my skin and so gentle.


I wish I had also listened to my mum when she told me not to pluck my eyebrows though!

3) What’s your hair care secret?

Buy a Babyliss Big Hair. It has totally transformed my frizzy, messy barnet into wavy, shiny, normal person’s hair. (No BB concealer+no BBH=living dead.)


4) What’s your biggest diet rule?

Don’t ‘diet’ unless it’s absolutely necessary. Eat healthily by all means but don’t actually ‘go on a diet’ when you’re a size 10, 15 years old and annoyed you can’t borrow your friend’s size 8 jeans. You will start a lifelong yo-yo habit that will wreak havoc on your metabolism and result in you weighing a stone more at 30 than is healthy. Seriously. Unless you are actually overweight according to your doctor and given a plan to follow by him/her it is not necessary. Just eat a balanced diet with plenty of protein, fruit, veg, carbs, a bit of fat and play some netball or hockey or something!

5) Any workout tips?

The 30 Day Shred is amazing! It’s usually on Amazon for about a fiver.

6) What’s your perfume secret weapon?

Chanel No 19 Poudre is my latest obsession, though I tend to have about 20 perfumes on the go at once.


7) Which item of clothing always turns heads?

Erm, I have no idea whether they turn heads but my Gap high waisted skinny jeans make me feel good so hopefully they look good too!

8) What’s your most treasured piece of jewellery?

My engagement and wedding rings. The wedding ring was made to fit around the diamond in my engagement ring so they sit perfectly together. I love them. My husband picked the engagement ring and got it absolutely right-a simple but stunning solitaire. I could get very soppy here so I’ll stop!


9) Who’s your style crush?

This is a hard one…there’s lots of people I think dress amazingly (though they don’t necessarily influence how I dress myself). Tilda Swinton, Monica Belluci, Kate Moss, Rachel Weisz…I also love Naomi from 90210 which is a bit embarrassing!


10) Tell us something we don’t know about you.

There is something of the primary school geek about me and I still love all the things I did then-knitting, writing stories, reading poetry, dressing up etc…


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Today a friend and I went to Leeds to go to Harvey Nichols and do an almighty make up shop. And it was. ALMIGHTY.





The eyeshadows pic is a bit misleading as it’s actually only the 6 in the palette by themselves plus Carbon (the matte black) that are new, but I thought they looked so pretty all together I couldn’t resist taking the photo like that.

Harvey Nicks had a deal on where if you spent over £110 you got a free goody bag and the lovely ladies at MAC gave me two of them as I spent such a hideous amount of money. There’s some great stuff in there. From left to right-Butter London nail varnish, Chloe perfume, Bare Minerals lip gloss, Trish McEvoy eye base, YSL Shocking mascara, Laura Mercier radiance primer, Shu Uemera skin purifier, Bliss body butter (love this), Lancôme Visionnaire, Espa moisturiser, Clarins HydraQuench serum, Elemis hand and nail cream and Eve Lom cleanser and muslins. Phew! The samples are all pretty generous sizes too, particularly the Bliss body butter and the Clarins serum, and the nail varnishes are full size which is brilliant as I love Butter London.

From MAC I got 6 Select Cover concealers, Groundwork paint pot, 7 eyeshadows (although annoyingly one of the ones I asked for, Omega, wasn’t in there as the SA accidentally gave me a different one), a 217 brush, Subculture lipliner, medium dark Mineralise Skin Finish Natural and 6 pigments (smaller, stackable ones which are very handy). Then in Illamasqua they had a brilliant sale so I got the cream eyeshadows for £5 each! Plus the sealing gel and Liquid Metal in Surge which is amazing stuff and I can’t wait to use. In Armani I got the Luminous Silk foundation to replace my trusty Bobbi Brown which has sadly gone off-which I guess shows how rarely I wear it! The SA also gave me a tester of serum and mascara to add to my goodies stash which was lovely. I also got a couple of bags from Muji (which is closing in Leeds sadly) which will come in very handy.

The SA in Illamasqua was a beautiful transsexual-I’d have killed for her bone structure! She looked amazing. Apparently she was stopped on the street and asked whether she wanted to work for them-I wish someone would do that to me! (Someone has told me since reading this that she was Drew from the Channel 4 program ‘My Transsexual Summer’ so now I feel a bit like I’ve met a celebrity, even though I’ve never seen the program so obviously didn’t recognise her.)

So anyway, please pray to the beauty gods that I start to make some money out of make up soon…and in the meantime I will definitely NOT be buying any more make up. For at least a year. Or at least a month…

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I just bought a couple of the new YSL Glossy Stains and had to post immediately as they are marvellous! I got 7, which is a lovely, soft, muted coral and 9, a fabulous true red.

They’re in a category of their own really as they’re lipstick, gloss and stain all at once. You could argue that MaxFactor Lipfinity is the same concept but I’d disagree, mainly because I think Lipfinity are horribly uncomfortable on the lips, very drying, and don’t stain so much as gradually flake off in the middle. The YSL offering also doesn’t have a separate gloss stick; the gloss is in the product itself.

They go on beautifully and do feel a bit sticky but in a far less obtrusive way than a traditional gloss such as a Lancome Juicy Tube. You can build up the layers depending on the desired intensity and the glossy result lasts for a good few hours. I put this on at 4.30pm and it’s now 6.45pm:



(Excuse the shoddy pictures.) You can see the colour and gloss are still in full swing after over two hours, a cup of tea and a lot of talking. (Everybody who knows me knows I do talk a lot!) In order to get the same effect after eating you would need to reapply, however, the genius is that these stain your lips evenly and thoroughly, so when it does wear off you still have a considerable whack of colour. I reckon they’re absolutely perfect for brides as a result.

There are about 20 colours, from the very dark to the very light and they’re selling out pretty fast from what I can see. At over £20 a pop they’re not cheap but I can see them becoming my go to lipstick for long lasting colour. I already want a couple more…

UPDATE: I’ve now eaten supper, it’s 9.30pm and I’ve still got perfectly applied lipstick! I’m quite amazed. The gloss effect has worn off to some extent but all the colour is still there. I’m definitely getting more of these.

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Boots (and Superdrug I think) have the Kate Moss for Rimmel collection at £1 off at the moment so I thought I’d take the opportunity to stock up on some colours that I wouldn’t normally wear but which will be useful for my kit, either as stand alone colours or for mixing. Swatched above (in pretty rubbish light but the colours came out true I think) are 02, 04, 05 and 12. They’re very creamy and moisturising on and the pigment is super rich so they look exactly the same on lips as they do in the bullet. Staying power is also excellent though lip liner and a touch up would be necessary if you were planning on eating lunch. Overall I’m really very impressed-given that I ordinarily buy Chanel or Bobbi Brown lipsticks these are marvellous value for money. (I didn’t buy 01 which is a true red as it looks very similar to Bobbi Brown Red which I already have and love, but it looks like a good dupe.) The packaging isn’t exciting and looks fairly cheap but given that these went straight into a palette I don’t particularly care. I haven’t bought Rimmel lipsticks since I was a teenager but I’ll definitely be going back for more of these!

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Kit building.

As part of my recent make up course I was given a set of make up brushes – they’re pretty good quality (Royal & Langnickel), though obviously not the best, and it got me thinking about the necessity of having a proper kit if I’m going to do make up for other people, and particularly if I’m going to charge them for it!  I have a disgusting amount of make up but of course it was all bought because it suits me, and when I was shopping for each item I wasn’t considering using it on people of different skin colours, or different ages, or with different hair colours etc.  My first thought, on realising this, was a gleeful ‘I’m going to have to go shopping!’, swiftly followed by a more sobering ‘and that’s going to be bloody expensive’.

Plenty of the stuff I’ve got will be fine to use on other people, once it’s been made hygienic of course.  The first step to that was to buy a good brush cleanser, so off I toddled to MAC for theirs, which is excellent stuff.  It’s not too expensive at just over a tenner a bottle (less with a pro discount) and, although I’m sure MAC would rather that you didn’t, you can dilute it half and half with water and get the same results.

MAC Brush Cleanser

You just put some on a bit of tissue or kitchen roll, swirl your brushes around in it and voila, perfectly clean brushes!  Next I need to find something I can spray on powder products to make sure they’re clean between uses, as although I like to think I have peachy clean skin, I’m sure a client wouldn’t want my dead skin cells being transferred onto her face.  Mascara is fine because I have gazillions of disposable wands, and creme products are also fine because I can use a spatula and/or transfer them to palettes.

And for all my palette-y type needs, I’ve discovered this wonderful website:

Oh my goodness is there a lot to play with there…if I’m not careful I shall bankrupt myself before I’ve even started!

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OK, so normally my inner neat freak is hidden so far inside me that she barely gets a look in around the house, but today she got to come out and have a play with my make up.  I’ve used Muji boxes and normal make up bags for a while now but things were getting a bit mucky and, much to DH’s chagrin, taking over the bedroom.  So Little Miss Organised went to Lakeland and bought some little clippy boxes that are designed for spices or something, and voila…

I can’t tell you how satisfying it was to get everything nicely organised like this!

I’m not sure how WW is going this week.  I’ve kept to the plan pretty strictly – almost unintentionally really, I’ve barely used any weekly points – but I don’t feel like I’m going to have a loss on Tuesday, I don’t know why.  I just feel like I’m hitting a bit of a plateau.  I think also I’m not feeling great today because we had a picnic-finishing-what’s-in-the-fridge lunch and didn’t have any vegetables in the house (! shocking I know) so I had a bit of smoked salmon, a smoked mackerel fillet and some low fat prawn cocktail.  Not exactly a very good meal, though each bit of it was delicious!  No veg and no carbs.  Probably no wonder I feel sluggish.  Ugh.  I have been to the shop since and brought food for a proper meal for supper, you will be glad to know!

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One of the hard things about being a fatty is that clothes can make you feel pretty crap about yourself.  The ones you have don’t fit, the ones you try on in shops seem designed to humiliate you by getting stuck over your head, the ones other people wear are always more beautiful and only ever going to fit a size 8…

I’ve spent the past 10 years or so amassing a collection of shoes that will always fit and a make up box to rival Lisa Eldrige’s.  (I expect.  I haven’t seen her make up kit.)  Make up has always made me happy.  When my bingo wings are grossing me out I can put on a gorgeous lipstick or smoky eye and feel instantly better.  My make up tends to always be a bit more dramatic than most people’s, mainly because I’d usually rather people look at my face than my body.

Lots of magazines do top 50 or top 100 lists of beauty products, often yearly, and I love browsing them for ideas – and to compile wishlists of course!  So here’s my own Best Buys for putting your face on.


I don’t tend to wear foundation (thank God my skin is ok – out of skin, body and hair it’s nice to have one that’s fairly consistently good!) but can’t live without concealer, specifically under-eye concealer.  There was a good 5 year period where I didn’t leave the house without it.  I’m not that vain anymore (and lets face it, with DD around I’m lucky if I brush my teeth in the morning) but I do love Bobbi Brown for all her concealing products.  Her corrector covers my (horrendous) dark circles brilliantly, and then concealer over the top to match my skin tone and a bit of powder means I’m set for the day.

Bobbi Brown Corrector

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit


The beauty of eye shadows and liners is of course that you can wear whatever colour you like, and different people suit different things.  So this is really more about quality than colour, and I do believe that you get what you pay for when it comes to most make up.  In my opinion, the best mascaras out there are by Dior and YSL, and no matter how many people have told me Maybelline’s are brilliant, I’ve tried them, and they don’t compare.  These are the two I rate:

Diorshow for brilliant volume, colour and no clumps

YSL Faux Cils for superb length and definition

For the best range of powder eye colours I always look to MAC and for neutrals to Bobbi Brown (again – I love her).  MAC do great empty palettes that you can fill with your choices from hundreds of colours.

MAC powder eye shadow

Bobbi Brown always has wonderful palettes that are expensive but worth it, in particular the special editions.

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette

Personally I wouldn’t be fussed by the blues but the quality is always fabulous and I have 3 of the past palettes.  I looooove them.

For cream eye shadow again, I always go to Bobbi Brown or, more recently, Chanel.  Bobbi Brown’s long wear cream shadows and liners are brilliant and really do stay all day, or all night if you opt for the gorgeous metallic shades.  They blend very easily with a finger or brush and are very good value for money as they last forever.  The brushes are also very good and the liner brush is a must-have for me.

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner - better than in its many imitators

Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombre cream shadows are things of beauty and I have them all.  I’m not embarassed either.  They’re worth every bloody penny.  They blend, they go on sheer, they build up easily, they work as liners, they stay all day, the colours are perfect, they’re am-aaaaa-zing.  With a long aaaa.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre

For liners, not much beats the Bobbi Brown one above, but Urban Decay are fantastic for their pencil liners.  They’re really soft and blend beautifully and the colours are lovely too.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil


Gloss, matte, stain – all personal choice.  I usually like a fairly sheer lipstick like Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine, or a Smashbox gloss – I don’t know why Smashbox aren’t more popular in this country because they’re brilliant, professional products.  I tend to do dramatic eyes, hence the more low-key lips, but if I do want a strong lip I’ll go for a strong red from Chanel Allure.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine (Boy is the BEST nude/pink shade out there)

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss - gazillions of colours in a comfortable, non-sticky formulation

So there you have it.  I have about 40 lip colours and a good 100 eye shadows so this was a hard list to make, but now that DD is around I need to start using my collection up rather than consistently adding to it…DH may be happy about this!

I find make up shopping a bit like browsing in a sweet shop, so I guess there’s a good reason I love it so much.  It’s a wonder all overweight people aren’t make up obsessives!

(Oh, and 1lb off this week despite the coven’s visit – woo!)

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