Today I wanted to share my newest find for creating quick, great eyebrows! A bargain product found in the likes of Boots and even on supermarket shelves – the L’Oréal Brow Artist.
I picked this up while I was shopping for a few homeware bits and bobs in Sainsbury’s (we’ve just moved house) and you know me, I can’t resist a wander down any makeup aisle! After watching a Youtube video by Puffin’s Wife (where she recommended the L’Oréal Brow Artist) I thought it was worth a try.
This is a dual ended brow pencil, one side holds the pigment to create shape and fill in any sparse areas – flip over to the other side and there is a wax, which tames and lifts the brow hairs into place. There is also a nice little spoolie brush attached to the lid to comb through the product and create a softer, natural look.
When it comes to my eyebrows I am quite picky and I tend to stick with what I have already found to work well for me – for the past few years this has been a selection of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow products. Dipbrow Pomade is my all time favourite for my brows, I also use the clear Brow gel and alternate between Brow Powder Duo and the famous Brow Wiz.
The most obvious product to compare the L’Oréal Brow Artist against, is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. I can already tell you that with 100 percent certainty, I prefer L’Oréal’s £4.99 Brow Artist over the £15.50 Brow Wiz.
Something that has always appealed to me with the Anastasia Beverly Hills products, is the wide colour selection – the most believable range of Brow shades for all skin tones and hair colours – that’s why I keep the Pro Palette in my Freelance Kit, there really is something for everyone. On myself, I find I can easily go from the shade Chocolate, to medium brown with no problem. With the Brow Artist, I only had 3 shades to choose from, blonde, brunette and dark brunette. I was impressed with the shade I picked up – brunette – which is the perfect tone for me, not too warm or too ashy. The product in the Brow Artist is also much creamier, making it much easier to work with – it takes just a few seconds to create believable and natural looking brows. The ease of use of the Brow Artist is fantastic and I really like the wax end – it does its job well of keeping hold of the shape of my brows.
The amazing thing about the Brow Artist? It stays put ALL day – even on a really busy day on my combination skin! Definitely Mummy approved!
Today’s post is something I wrote back in January, this year (but never posted). It didn’t feel like the right time to do it, although writing everything down at the time definitely helped…
Hi everyone, I hope this post finds you all well today.
Quite a heavy and long post today, so just to warn you in advance, it won’t be for everyone…
I have been thinking a lot about how to go about writing this. I touched on something on my #waybackweek post, which has featured very heavily in my life and has essentially made me the person I am now.
Today I am talking about something that touches each and every one of us at some point or another – bereavement.
While having my shower today (where I do most of my thinking) I had so many words and feelings flying around my head I felt would be important for me to convey to you. So I jumped out of the shower and started making notes…
I should start by saying that I feel the subject of death is not discussed nearly enough in day to day life. My intention in this post, is to reach out to anyone who needs it, to say everything will be ok and that every challenge you are set in life is just that, you were made to feel, love, hurt and survive it all.
So here is some of my story – I was born a middle child, between my older Sister, Alexandra and my wee Sister, Kristina. My sisters and I grew up with very blessed childhoods, with a loving Mum and Dad and we were lucky enough to grow up with our wonderful Maternal Grandparents.
All was going pretty well for us as a family until September 2008, when our Mum was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer, uterine leiomyosarcoma. It was something none of us had ever heard of before (if you google it, it makes for very difficult reading) and to be honest, it was the first time cancer had really hit us as a family. We knew very early on that Mum’s type of cancer was incurable. She was immediately placed on an aggressive palliative chemotherapy regime, which I still feel to this day stole so much of the time she had left, away from us all. She became so ill and weak and spent so much of her time unable to do much, as she would be kept in hospital for days and sometimes weeks at a time, at the Beatson Oncology Unit in Glasgow.
We did have some nice days out here and there with Mum, which was totally down to her sheer strength and determination and I was fortunate enough to spend the October half term of 2009 with her, along with my boys at a holiday park. That would be the last time we would have any time like that together and I treasure the memories from that mini holiday away dearly.
As the cancer progressed Mum was admitted to Ward 18 Gynaecology at the then, Stirling Royal Infirmary, where she stayed as an inpatient for over 2 months. Ward 18 was where Mum felt most comfortable and settled, the nurses there were lovely and treated Mum so well, I know a few of them (Kirsty and Kerrie in particular) became very close to Mum during her time there and for us as her Daughters, that meant so much.
Mum was transferred to Strathcarron Hospice on Friday 19th March 2010, where she remained until she passed away, aged 53, on Easter Monday, 5th April 2010, surrounded by the ones she loved and lived for, her family. This was the first time I had ever experienced the real pain of my heart breaking. There is nothing like this pain, it is genuine, suffocating, screaming from the inside pain.
The only thing that I could draw strength from was the need to be there for my boys, Euan was 8 at the time and Steven was just 4, they needed me and if my Mum had taught me anything, she certainly taught me to protect, love and care. Mum kept so much of the pain and anguish of her illness from my Sisters and I, she was the true definition of a loving and protective Mother to the very end.
After losing my Mum there were so many grim days that looking back on now, seem to be just one continuous, long, blur. How I got through it? I really don’t know, I can only say that I have an amazingly supportive husband, wonderful children and a loving family behind me (as I write this I am hearing the song ‘Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher’ playing through my headphones).
Grief is all consuming, it takes you to the darkest places, but you know it is a necessary part of spiritual growth, it is something that builds strength in those who face it and go through it’s exhausting cycle. Each pass through the grief cycle is as individual as a fingerprint. There definitely is no time limit, but if you stick through it, having faith that each sorrow filled day you survive is only bringing you closer to more joyful days, filled with a true gratitude for your life – and all that you have had in it. Easy enough for me to say now I’ve came out the other side, you might be thinking? Well not quite…
I lost my Grandparents very quickly after losing my Mum, but having already been so devastated by the loss of my Mum, my heart really couldn’t hurt anymore. My Gran and Grandpa’s deaths were still very hard to go through, but losing them became an acceptable thing. This can only be down to the fact that I felt so cheated at losing my Mum when she was still so young and we still had so much to do together!
My Dad became Mum and Dad to us all in the very best way he could. He was there to welcome another 3 Grandchildren to the world, my nephew (Kristina’s first baby) Andrew, exactly 1 month after Mum’s passing, then her daughter Orla in December 2012 and then my own wee gift from heaven, Livia in March 2014. He was the doting Grandpa and loved nothing more than spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them all his wee ways. My Dad had lost a massive part of himself when my Mum died and time unfortunately did not make this any better for him.
On 1st October 2014 whilst at home in his kitchen, my Dad suffered a massive heart attack. This is a night that still haunts me and I still relive each moment of it. There are things that are set to try your soul and this was one of those times. To see our Dad being taken from us right before our eyes was more than we could bear. “This isn’t happening!” and telling myself “he won’t leave us” going through my head, as I watched on in horror as the paramedics tried to bring him back.
Dad was taken by ambulance to Forth Valley Royal Hospital, where we sat waiting in the family room, for what seemed like hours, when the door swung open and the Doctor walked in and sat down beside me. My knees began to knock together – I knew what was coming. If I am being honest, I knew as we chased down the road, behind the ambulance. I just didn’t want to actually hear it – ‘I’m very sorry your Dad has passed away’.
My heart was shattered once again but this was different, the element of shock involved created an illness within me. I had no appetite, my body could not get warm and I could not rest, at all. But I had to keep going, I was still breastfeeding Livia and even though every inch of me wanted to curl up and hide, I couldn’t. In my head I could hear my Dad giving me a row – he would be so annoyed if I just gave in, HE WOULDN’T – so I DIDN’T…
I got through it with the help of my family again, especially my Mother In-Law, Jean who was there to bring the light where it was needed. Loyal and loving as ever, she knew the torment of grief all too well after losing her son, Steven, aged just 17 and we had already gone through losing my Mum together.
You will note from above, the mention of my wonderful Mother In-Law (or Mum 2 as I affectionately call her). You might be starting to think I am writing a fictional story here with what is coming next, but no, if only that were the case.
Jean became ill just one month after we said goodbye to my Dad, around the same time, my Aunty Betsy (Dad’s Sister and our surrogate Granny) was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. So things not improving for our family just yet then.
Aunty Betsy carried on in her usual ‘just need to get on with it way’, she was the most remarkable woman I have ever known, strongwilled, with a heart of gold – bursting full of kindness and the wittiest sense of humour.
At the same time, Jean hadn’t been feeling well and had been attending her Doctor. Unbeknownst to us, She was very ill, but to begin with she didn’t want to worry us, she thought we’d had enough of that already.
On 16th December 2014 I happened to be out walking Livia in her pram when I decided to call into Jean’s. I was met at the door by my Brother In-Law William who I could see was really upset. He helped me in with Livia and I was sat down on the sofa next to Jean. “It’s not good news”, she said in her soft, kind voice. “It’s cancer of the pancreas”. My heart began to thud. I felt like it was going to explode, surely there was a mistake. I felt so lost and confused. Brian was away on business and I had to phone and tell him. Having to tell him over the phone when all I wanted to do was to hold and comfort him, was unbearable.
Jean’s journey can only be described as ‘Jean’s way’ in my opinion. She was an inspiration to us all, setting and writing down her goals for the limited time she knew she had left. Making each and every one of us know just how much she loved us and most impressively travelling to Lake Garda in Italy, with her partner Stuart which was another big tick off her list. We also had a very special family break away in a luxury lodge which she described to us all as being ‘so special’. She loved waking up each day of that week in February 2015 to the sound of all her Grandchildren laughing and playing as the adults got on with the big cooked breakfast. She painted her garden fence and shed, which was no mean feat – her garden is vast to say the least. She allowed me to do her ‘big housework’, but I would often arrive on a Sunday and she would be adamant that she was dusting the living room. No way was I going to argue with her, it would be pointless.
November 2015 came like a tidal wave, it tore us all down in our tracks. Things had gotten bad very quickly with Aunty Betsy. Kristina and I took turns over the weekend of November 21st to stay overnight and look after Aunty Betsy so Uncle William could get some well needed rest. I had the Sunday night stay. It was hard, she was struggling, but there were still little moments where it was just me and Aunty Betsy as we had always been to one another. My night nursing efforts were rewarded in the fact Uncle William had caught up with some much needed rest.
I kissed my Aunty Betsy goodbye that Monday morning and that would be the last time I would see her. She slept her way to heaven early in the morning of Tuesday 24th November 2015.
That Tuesday evening I bathed Livia and got her in her pjs ready for bed. I felt like a robot, going through the motions, doing tasks that were necessary to complete the day. Something made me drive along with Livia, to visit Jean that night though. I arrived to find Jean feeling much weaker. We chatted in the kitchen as she and Livia passed pegs to one another. She wasn’t well at all. I knew in my heart that things were changing quickly, much too quickly. We exchanged hugs and kisses before we parted that night, as we always did, but there was more urgency and importance in this exchange. My heart sank as I closed the front door and buckled Livia into her carseat. I returned home emotionally exhausted, but unable to sleep that night.
The following day signalled the beginning of Jean’s journey from this life. Jean squeezed so much into those last 11 months, right till the end. Even then, she had things just the way she wanted it – to be at home in her own bed, with her loved ones beside her. Jean passed away very peacefully in the early hours of Sunday 29th November 2015.
So there it is, In just five years of my life, there has been so much loss, more than some people tackle in a lifetime. For many of you reading this I am sure its been all too much, death does not flow easily in conversation but the truth of it is, with the exception of birth, it is the only other experience you are guaranteed to have on this earth plane.
The grief that accompanies death is something I now see as a road that must be taken in moving forward. Not a nice road, its full of bumps and sometimes blocks get in the way, but eventually if you stick to it, it takes you where you need to be. I often hear the Elton John song play in my head (‘I’m Still Standing’), and well, I am. I am still standing but a lot differently, to carry the weight of these losses each day, but I’m STILL STANDING and I have an absolute appreciation of Life in all its forms, which is a true blessing. What is really important here is the fact I have been to the very depths of sadness and somehow got back up, I know we can all do this!
With a strong belief in the much debated afterlife, I have no doubt that my soul will carry on when I leave this world behind and reunite with all of my loved ones once again. ❤️
Thanks for reading. I hope this post has been a helpful insight into my experience with bereavement. I would love to hear about any of your experiences and to help in any way I can. What are your views on life after death?
The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not “get over” the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.
Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well. It’s been a wee while since I have posted so I thought it about time we caught up.
The great Scottish summer has came and gone in the blink of an eye. I was lucky enough to escape for two weeks of sunshine and fun with my little Sister, along with our husbands and kids to Ibiza. We had such an amazing time with lots of laughs and lovely memories made, I wish we could rewind and do it all again!
I also celebrated my 33rd birthday in Santa Eulalia, while we were away, which was just the best day.
After flying home from Ibiza, I was straight into my Makeup Artist duties the following morning, for a bridal party in Kippen. The opening of my current wedding season. I have been loving meeting so many lovely brides, wedding party members and guests alike this season! You have all been a real pleasure to work with. We are already midway through the busy bridal season and I still have so much to look forward to!
I also celebrated my 12th wedding anniversary on 7th August and it got me reminiscing with my own wedding photo album. It’s funny I got married relatively young at the age of 21 and I didn’t place all that much importance on the photos taken that day. After losing my Mum, Dad, Mother in-Law, my Grandparents and my Aunt, since that special day, the role of those photos, could never be more important and precious to me.
So we are more or less caught up again now! So I thought I would share a couple of my newest makeup and beauty purchases…
First up is the Nabla Cosmetics Mermaid Collection eyeshadow pans and palette. The palette is a more rectangular version of a small Z.Palette, capable of holding 6 Nabla eyeshadow pans. Each eyeshadow pan costs €7.90, so really affordable as well as amazing quality! The shades I selected to fill my palette (which was free when buying 6 pans) were:
•MadrePerla – Duochrome Mother of Pearl. Satin
•Sensuelle – Duochrome delicate pink with gold highlights. Celestial.
•Chemical Bond – Medium tone platinum on a slightly bronze base. Bright.
•Cleo – Sumptuous gold of a medium tonality on an ochre base. Bright.
•Calypso – Heliotrope purple with chrome-plated cold violet. Superbright.
•Selfish – Kaleidoscopic duochrome with a burnt teal base. Celestial.
I love all of these new eyeshadow shades they are buttery smooth to apply and blend out beautifully. My favourite from this collection has to be ‘Selfish’ though, due to its uniqueness. I haven’t seen an eyeshadow shade quite like this before, it really is stunning.
Next up I have the newest releases of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Palettes- Sweets, Sun Dipped and Moonchild I already had ‘That Glow’ and ‘Gleam’, which I love and use on my clients, so I was so desperate to get my hands on the new palettes!
As the ‘Sweets’ and ‘Moonchild’ kits are still exclusive to the USA, I had to purchase those directly from Anastasia Beverly Hills website, costing €40 each (minus shipping costs of €17.95) I had to smile and accept the shipping and customs charges which accompanied my order. When the DHL delivery guy arrived with my order, just under a week later my husband answered the door rather confused as to why the delivery wasn’t being handed over! £40.88 in double customs charges it took to pay him off in exchange for my palettes. Unfortunately, my order had been packaged in 2 separate boxes, hence paying customs charges twice over! I was a bit disheartened, but I have to say the customer services at Anastasia Beverly Hills did the right thing and after a few emails back and forth, the matter was resolved and I received a refund of the second customs charge.
I purchased my ‘Sun Dipped’ Glow Kit for £39 from Cult Beauty, with free delivery, so no problems there! Anyhoo! Here are the swatches of these gorgeous palettes I have for you:
These palettes are beyond anything I expected and are so versatile. I have been using Moonchild for both highlighting and eyeshadow, they just give an extra pop of colour and shine on the lids. Sweets is the perfect ‘girly’ highlight palette with gorgeous pink hues and is Lady Liv’s favourite! I love the way Sun Dipped compliments my tan and it’s one of those highlight palettes where I could pick any shade out and I can’t go wrong, it’s a new makeup staple! It would be impossible for me to pick a favourite shade or palette from these, I love them all so much and to say they are worth every penny is an understatement. If you get the chance grab yourself one, you won’t look back!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and thank you so much if you have taken the time to do so!
So, what’s happening? I laugh as i write this, as this is what I would always say to Kate, the District Nurse I used to work with. She would laugh at me saying that that’s what her sons say to her.
So there’s been a lack of blog posts from me in the past couple of weeks, but for really good reasons, I have been a very busy wee bee. I thought the best and easiest way to catch up is to share some photos.
So here goes:
1. Training and becoming a Temple Spa, Spa Lifestyle Consultant. This has been a big feature in my work life since May and I am now out there spreading the word on this amazing brand and teaching fun and informative skin therapy classes:
2. Making up lots of lovely ladies for their special occasions, here are some of them below:
3. On Wednesday 1st June I went to my very first Bruce Springsteen concert with my Husband, Brother In-Law William and his fiancée Samantha. We were blessed with beautiful sunshine and enjoyed some Cocktails with our friends before we headed for the concert at Hampden Park, Glasgow, it was such a perfect, happy day. Going to see Bruce Springsteen live was one of the best experiences of my life, his absolute love of music and what he does on stage shines from him, amazing!
4. My little sister, Kristina turned 30 in April this year and my gift to her was a spa day and stay over at Blythswood Square Hotel & Spa. We had a lovely time and enjoyed a few cocktails out and a really nice bite to eat at Slouch that night. 5. Something that I had been putting off doing but that I really wanted done, was a huge clear out of my personal makeup collection and a reorganisation of my dressing table. It literally took a whole day, doing it in between normal Mummy duties and housework but I got there. My aim is to keep everything in its place now. Wish me luck!
6. A whole new fitness regime is underway. I am heading off for a 2 week break to Ibiza this Summer and although I will wear my bikini whatever my body is like, I would rather be a bit more toned and honed for my holiday. Enter The Bodycoach (Joe Wickes) and his ‘Lean in 15’ meals and HIIT workouts.
I have also signed up to take part in the first ever Stirling Marathon next May, so I have been running more regularly on my treadmill but also have had my first few outdoor runs, after stopping outdoor running when I became pregnant with Livia (3 years ago). I have also been applying the most gorgeous grapefruit scented firming products to my body from Temple Spa, namely ‘Bosom Pal’ and ‘Go Figure’ and also using the ‘No Pain No Gain’ body massager.
7. New makeup purchases! I have invested in the best primer I have ever laid my hands on and is now taking pride of place in my makeup kit – It’s All a Blur. This matte finish primer eliminates fine lines, crows feet, open pores and dramatically improves deeper set wrinkles too (it’s really that good). It costs £30 but is worth every single penny The packaging is fantastic, it’s an airless pump which ensures you get every last drop of the product.
I also made a purchase from Beauty Bay and picked up the truly beautiful Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Modern Renaissance’ Palette. This palette is a definite must have. The shadows are a dream blend, just stunning!
So now we are caught up! How have you all been? I’d love to hear from you!
All good here, I have been super busy this past week or so, with wedding trial makeups, demonstrations at both a charity ladies lunch in Glasgow and a Personal Stylist Launch event in Killearn. I also managed some fun time with Livia and my niece Orla on Monday, when we attended the Bookbug Flagship Event, held at the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre. They enjoyed face painting, a mini beach, storytelling, toddler yoga, arts and crafts and bubble strings (the most amazing and huge bubbles I have ever seen!). It was such a fun day out!
Today I want to share with you my updated skincare routine. I’ve tried to simplify it as much as possible, but you might want to grab a cup of tea!
This routine has brought my skin back to life over the past month. I have switched all of my usual products, which were a mix and match from different brands, including Liz Earle, Sunday Riley, Estée Lauder, Pixi and Origins, replacing with a bespoke collection of products all from the luxe Cruelty Free brand Temple Spa.
For those of you who have not heard of Temple Spa before, it is a brand made in England, focused on well being and self pampering using natural ingredients, essential oils and botanical actives derived mostly from Southern Europe.
Temple Spa is exclusive to 23 Spas across the UK (none in Scotland yet though ☹️) although it can be found adorning the bathrooms of many luxury hotels here – including Le Monde in Edinburgh, The Three Chimneys and The Sonas Group Hotels in Skye and also the award winning Torridon in Achnasheen.
Temple Spa is available to buy in Harrods and through trained Temple Spa Lifestyle Consultants, who offer classes, teaching you how to give yourself a full facial in the comfort of your own home where you can also purchase the products from too. Who doesn’t want a bit of Harrods in their home?
The idea of Temple Spa was created in the Mediterranean, whilst Mark and Liz Warom, the owners and creators of the brand were living there. The ingredients used in the products are heavily influenced by the Mediterranean, a place where the ‘diet’ isn’t a diet and to ‘eat and run’ is unheard of – it’s a lifestyle – and one that is envied the world over, for being so healthy that residents there tend to enjoy a very lengthy lifespan and some of the lowest rates of heart disease and other chronic illnesses, in the world.
Sounds amazing so far doesn’t it? You can read lots more about Temple Spa and their range of products, on their website here and also on lots of other Blogger’s pages.
The jewel in the crown of Temple Spa must be the multi award-winning and highest selling item in Harrods Apothecary, the amazing Skin Truffle Cream.
To date, there has been no higher ranking anti-ageing skincare treatment to feature in the coveted Beauty Bible – a global bestseller originally launched in 1996, with follow ups including the Anti-ageing Beauty Bible, which is the seventh book in the series. These books are something every woman deserves to know about! Most of the content from the book is now available online, via their website. Here is some of what it has to say about Skin Truffle:
‘In 17 years of Beauty Bible testing, we’ve never had an all-round miracle treatment product that scored 9.31 marks out of 10, averaged across a panel of 10 testers – but Temple Spa Skin Truffle is it. Diamond powder, gold and silk clearly do illuminate the skin from first application, testers report; other key ingredients include black truffles, grapeseed champagne, purifying strawberries and lush cocoa butter, in a cashmere-soft formulation.’
Yes you did read that right, 17 years this product has sat as the King of skin in the Beauty Bible! The ingredients in the product do go a long way to explaining such a high mark – Diamond powder, gold, silk, black truffles, grapeseed champagne, strawberries and cocoa butter. This really feels like a big Angel’s kiss on your skin -heaven!
So that’s a bit of background on the brand and its status in the world of beauty. Now I would like to share my current everyday skincare routine:
First Cleanse – Garnier Micellar Water (400ml £4.99)
I recently switched from Boots Botanics cleansing wipes to this, as I find that just a little of this on an oval cotton pad, gently cleanses the surface of my face but also does a top job at removing my makeup.
This replaces Boots Botanics Cleansing Wipes (25 wipes £3.49)
Second Cleanse – Temple Spa Dual Act (150ml £19)
I then get down to proper skin cleaning using this gentle cleansing lotion along with a damp cloth. This is very similar to Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish except for the fact that it has a clever dual use, this can be used on Wet and dry skin, before removed with a damp cloth. It is a soothing facial cleansing lotion for combination skin, with tomato, wild yam, olive, apricot & vitamins A & E.
This has replaced Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish (200ml £26)
Toner – Temple Spa Toning Essence (200ml £16)
This is one of my favourites from Temple Spa. It smells so beautiful! I love the fact it comes as a spray, meaning less waste! A light spritz of this onto a cotton pad, ensures a thoroughly cleansed face. I also use this to refresh my makeup throughout the day, just as I have done in the past with MAC FIX +. This toner really is a multi-use wonder!
This replaces Pixi Glow Tonic (250ml £18) in my routine.
Serum – Temple Spa Be Strong (30ml £35)
A Strengthening treatment serum, with liquorice, apricot & sunflower oils, plus vitamins A, B, C & E. This is the most soothing serum I have ever used it really feels like a treat to apply it!
This serum replaces my daytime treatment – Hylamide SubQ anti-aging serum (30ml £30) and my night-time treatment – Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil (30ml £85)
Day Moisturiser -Temple Spa Be Still (50ml £34)
This is my day-time moisturiser which settles sensitive skin needing a little extra comfort. It contains apricot, cucumber, liquorice and vitamins A, E & C. This works so well alongside my serum, I have noticed my skin is much more hydrated and interestingly enough, the redness I have suffered from around my nose has improved dramatically, since I started using this combination of products.
This replaces Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme (30ml £44)
Night Moisturiser – Temple Spa Double Truffle – Limited Edition now sold out alternatives: (Skin Truffle 50ml £85) (Truffle Noir 50ml £85)
From my first use of skin truffle I was hooked and I know I won’t ever be without it now. This is luxury and it definitely feels that way on my skin, it does have a higher price tag but not only is it worth paying for, the pot will last me at least 6 months, I use a pea sized amount to cover and nourish my entire face. As I have the duo of Truffle Noir and Skin Truffle I like to alternate between the two. Truffle Noir seems to be going down quicker though, I maybe should ask my husband about the nice glow his skin has at the moment, hmmm…
This replaces Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins ( 50ml £35)
Eye Cream – Temple Spa Windows of the Soul (15ml £28)
As most of you know, I suffer badly with undereye bags and watery eyes. Although much improved, I still have the aforementioned issues but I really love using this product, it is velvety smooth and sinks in beautifully around the undereye area. I haven’t experienced any stinging with this (which some eye creams have caused in the past). It is a gentle eye treatment gel-balm, for all skin types including sensitive, with Echinacea, eyebright, milk thistle, edelweiss and cucumber.
This has replaced Sunday Riley Start Over (30ml £65) I can’t claim to have ever gotten along with that cream, it really stung on application making my eye watering situation much worse!
Neck Cream – Temple Spa Exalt Firming Neck Cream
This is a new step in my skincare routine, adding a neck cream in, an area I have previously neglected 😕. This is probably my favourite step in my skincare routine! I feel like the best behaved girl on the planet, carefully massaging this gorgeous pink Exalt cream into my neck every evening.
I have learnt to use the back of my hands in a rolling motion to apply the cream (as advised by Temple Spa) and the result? Avoiding chicken neck in the future and beautifully smooth hands. In the past two weeks I have had so many clients mention my nice smooth hands when I have been doing their makeup and I have to thank this little pink pot of goodness for that. Five stars from me!
I now use Quench, which is a mask aimed at dry, dehydrated skin which works perfectly to comfort my skin when it feels stressed out. It contains olive, avocado, red pepper, echinacea & vitamins. I am loving using so many natural ingredients in my routine and this mask leaves my skin so soft, my husband has even commented on it! This mask can also be left on overnight for an intensive boost of goodness.
Twice Weekly Exfoliating Scrub – Temple Spa The Power Breakfast (85g £25)
I exfoliate my skin twice a week and had been relying on Origins Modern Friction to take care of this for me. This was a decent scrub but sometimes the fine beads would sneak into my eyes causing some discomfort during exfoliation.
I now use The Power Breakfast by Temple Spa, which contains all natural honey, oats and fruit juices. I love the texture of this exfoliating scrub, it’s not ‘gritty’ and it can also double as a mask too. It smells so fresh and really wakes up my skin. I am really enjoying using this and actually look forward to the task of exfoliating my face now!
This replaces Origins Modern Friction (125ml £33)
So that was a bit of an epic skincare post but I do hope it helped some of you. If you have read up to this point, thank you so much for taking the time to do that ❤️.
I am so blown away with this new brand discovery that I am now signed up with the company to train as a consultant. As a makeup artist, I am always advising on skin problems and recommending products to help my clients with their skin woes. I am so happy that I am going to be helping others in establishing a good skincare routine, to bring their skin to the best health, which we all know is the number one important thing we can do to create the perfect canvas for makeup application.
Please leave a comment if you have any questions I would love to hear from you.
I hope you are all well and if you are fortunate enough to have sunshine where you are today, you are able to get out and enjoy it ☀️.
Today I am reviewing a foundation that has taken some time for me to buy into, actually well over a year of courage building! Another step forward in the foundation search for au natural makeup days, is Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation.
I first spotted the Perricone MD product section in Space NK Glasgow and was a little intrigued by the fuss free packaging and simplistic, but quirky naming of the products on display. I must have not been quite myself that day, as I didn’t probe any further, no swatching or sample requesting (I really must have been coming down with something!).
I did make a mental note of this new brand discovery and started my lengthy online research into the brand and in particular, the ‘No Foundation Foundation’
So a bit about the background of the Perricone MD brand. It was created by Dr Nicholas Perricone MD, FACN, a board certified clinical and research dermatologist. He is widely regarded as the Father of the Inflammation Theory of Aging and has written many books on the subject of skin aging. You can read much more about Dr Perricone and his extensive research, which I highly recommend you do, on their website Perricone MD (link).
Here is what I learned about the No Foundation Foundation, before I had even purchased it:
The Science –
From Perricone MD Website:
No Foundation Foundation harnesses the scientific benefits of ALPHA LIPOIC ACID, which help to minimize pores and wrinkles.
• Restore skin’s inner radiance and color of youth.
• Minimize wrinkles and pores, correct undertones and protect with a broad spectrum, mineral based SPF 30.
• A dewy, glowing finish.
The foundation comes in just 2 shades,01 Light and 02 Medium. I have to admit this scared me a little, how on earth could such a small shade range work across the board, for so many skin and under tones? But it does!
So a lot of big claims, all with a £45 price tag, but is it worth that price tag?
I want to just say right now that even with this luxury price tag, this foundation is worth every single hard earned penny! I had never imagined my skin could ever look as natural with foundation, be protected with a good SPF (30) and still be hidden of all my imperfections and skin discolouration. This little bottle is just like magic! I can see why there is such a hype around it and I am totally buying into the hype, it is so worthy of it.
(TIP: ordering directly from Perricone MD works out £3 cheaper than Space NK)
So here are some photos of me wearing the foundation:
And a snap of me in full makeup, with a good layer of the foundation…
As you can see in comparison between the two photos, the foundation is certainly buildable, but it still remains light feeling on the skin which is a big plus, in my book. The wear time has been excellent too, once it’s on, it’s on for the duration of the day (providing you set it with a dusting of powder, of course). I don’t find the need to touch up with additional powder or blotting through the day, it never, ever feels greasy on the skin. Instead, it imparts a beautiful dewy glow on the skin, which just looks so perfectly youthful.
With such a good experience with my first trial from the Perricone MD product line, I am really confident and excited to try out much more from the brand, the No Bronzer Bronzer may just be my next target!
Have you tried anything from Perricone MD? Please leave a comment below if you have!
Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed and got something out of this review.
Today’s post comes with a big thank you to the wonderful abisblogx who kindly nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.
This is the first time my blog has been nominated for anything like this and it was such a lovely surprise! I hope this post helps you to find out a little more about me…
The rules are –
1. Thank the person that nominated you
2. Answer the questions from the person that nominated you
3. Nominate some other bloggers for this award
4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated
5.Notify the bloggers you have nominated
The questions that abisblogx asked were:
1. Coffee or tea?
2. Favourite Foundation
3. Where do you get your blog posts inspiration from?
4. Do you have any beauty hacks?
5. What’s your favourite makeup brand?
6. What’s your favourite non makeup brand?
7. Where’s your favourite place in the world?
8. What do you hope to achieve from your blog?
9. Favourite series?
10. Favourite singer?
11. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
So here we go with my answers to the questions put to me:
1. Coffee all the way – Strong, splash of milk and no sugar and at least 5 cups per day! In Scotland we have a saying, ‘Irn Bru gets you through!’ As much as I love a cold glass of Irn Bru, nothing quite gets me through the day like coffee does!
2. I have a split decision with this one! I love Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation and it is fast becoming my go to foundation for the most natural looking base possible. I have only been using it one month though and I am still in love with my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (I use this in my makeup kit too).
3. Most of my inspired thoughts and ideas come to me when I am in the shower. I find its when my mind is most quiet from external influences. I mainly attribute my post inspirations to my three children, Euan (the teenager), Steven (the middle child) and Livia (currently going through the terrible two’s), along with my Husband, Brian. I am blessed to have a happy wee family to share in lots of laughter and fun in our home. I also have a natural draw towards beautiful things and a need to make things look pretty and this is where my blog posts tend to take shape from.
4. A beauty hack for those of you, like myself, who suffer from watery eyes. The amount of times I have finished doing my makeup, only to find that ten minutes later my left eye is watering like the Niagra Falls, so frustrating! Anyway, I have found that placing a small amount of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) to the outer corner of my eye, works well to prevent the watering to extend out of my eye. (Can you tell I did nothing but watch Rocky films as a child.)
5. For my favourite makeup brand, I think I am going to have to go with Too Faced Cosmetics. I really do love their gorgeous packaging and use so many of their products, from their Hangover Primer to their awesome ‘Better than Sex’ mascara. The fact that they are a cruelty free brand has such an appeal to me too.
6. My favourite non makeup brand comes in the form of jewellery and is the ‘Nomination’ brand. I currently have three Nomination bracelets on the go…
Each charm on my bracelets represents a little bit of my life, with each being very special to me.
7. Of all the places I have travelled and been to in the world, including Hong Kong, Italy, France and most Spanish Islands, my favourite place in the world is my nursing chair, where I spent many days and nights feeding Livia. This is a place that brought me such comfort during the hardest times. I lost my Dad when Livia was 6 months old, after losing my Mum 4 years before, and those quiet times I spent with Livia in that chair in the wee small hours, when the rest of the world was still, meant so much to me.
8. I started my blog in the hope of reaching out to as many of you as possible, with honest and comprehensive reviews of products. Nothing makes me more happy and contented than helping people and I want to help you spend your time and money wisely when heading off on beauty product pursuits.
9. Favourite series – I actually have two and they couldn’t be more different! I love Call the Midwife and The Walking Dead.
10. My favourite singer of all time is Freddie Mercury. The distinctive, flamboyant voice of this legend is unmistakable. I grew up listening to it and it still sends chills down my spine.
11. My biggest pet peeve in Life, is NEGATIVITY. I cannot stand to be around it, have you ever noticed how drained you feel if you have had the misfortune of spending time with someone moaning about nothing or ripping someone else’s character to shreds? AVOID, AVOID, AVOID and if you can, get rid of this influence in your life.
My nominations for the sunshine blogger award are:
I hope you have had a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend, doing what you love, with those you love most.
Today I wanted to do a quick shout out for some bargain beauty finds I stumbled upon in Primark.
To cut right to it, of the two products shown above, my top recommendation here is the dual ended eyeshadow and concealer brush.
The black and rose gold accented brush looks the part and unbelievably costs just £1!
Usage wise, it is fantastic for depositing eyeshadow pigment to the lids and also for carving out a cut crease eyeshadow look. The bristles on each end of the brush are lovely and stiff, with one end a bit smaller for more detailed eyeshadow work (creating a cut crease, smoking out the bottom lash line etc.).
The larger end I would not use for concealer work on the delicate undereye (the bristles are just too stiff), it is perfect for packing on colour to the lids though, so top marks for that.
You will also notice in the picture, I also picked up a 2 pack of blender type sponges, which I imagine are Primark’s budget version of the cult favourite Beauty Blender sponge. At £2 they are reasonable enough for sponge application of foundation, however I do not feel these are anything like the quality of my coveted Beauty Blender sponge. Unlike the Beauty Blender, the Primark sponges do not expand in water. Below I have shown a ‘before water’ and ‘after water’ of the sponge…
As you can see there is no difference in size and I can report that the texture of the sponge remained the same, it did not soften. The result being a less than flawless application of my beloved Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation, which I used to test drive the sponge.
So price wise these are ok foundation sponges, but just be warned they do not work in the same marvellous way that the original Beauty Blender sponge does.
I hope this quick review has been helpful. Please leave a comment below if you have any questions on these products.
I am excited to share my thoughts with you all, on one of the most hyped and coveted eyeshadow palette releases of 2016, so far.
The Eyeshadow palette created by Manny MUA with Makeup Geek Cosmetics, has now joined the ranks in my makeup collection and I have to say, straight off the bat, I already adore this palette!
I originally missed out on the first release of the Manny MUA Collaboration with Makeup Geek, but signed up to ‘pre-order’ directly from the Makeup Geek Website. This involved paying the $45 for the palette up front and waiting….waiting…then waiting some more!
It was only when we were going through our mail on our return from our holiday, i came across the dreaded Customs and Duties Fees Request. So there it was, my poor wee palette locked up in Royal Mail jail, waiting on me to bail it out for a grand total of £14.39, which I did the following morning. So the extra fee was a bit of a pain but it didn’t take away from any of my joy of finally receiving the palette!
The palette was personally created by YouTube beautyvlogger sensation Manny Gutierrez (Manny MUA). The idea behind the palette, was to combine a range of shades to suit makeup addicts of all ages, skin tones and types.
The palette contains 9 eyeshadow pans, made up of 5 custom shades designed by Manny and 4 of his favourite permanent Makeup Geek Shades:
• Artemis – Iridescent cream shimmer.
• Beaches & Cream – Matte peachy nude (PERMANENT)
• Luna- Rich cocoa brown with a bronze shimmer.
• Frappe – Velvety mocha with cream undertones and a matte finish. (PERMANENT)
• Sora – Dark beige with slight chocolate undertones and a supremely subtle shimmer.
• Cosmopolitan – Foiled copper with dusty mocha undertones. (PERMANENT)
• Aphrodite – Dark brown with plumundertones and a matte finish.
• Mars – Sumptuous red velvet hue with a matte finish.
• Insomnia – Dark coffee with a forest green shimmer. (PERMANENT)
The eyeshadows are housed in a beautiful sleek black and rose gold accented ‘flip lid’ palette. I personally like this type of packaging, it’s easy to travel with and work with.
So far, I have created both day and night time looks with ease, using this palette. The texture of the shadows is buttery smooth, making application and blending a breeze. The pigmentation of each shade is truly fantastic, one light swipe delivers the colour exactly as it appears in the palette.
Here is an amped up daytime look I created using Beaches and Cream, Artemis, Frappe, Mars, Insomnia and Aphrodite:
Have any of you been lucky enough to snap up this palette? I would love to see the looks you have created too.