Shake it Baby!

I don’t recall where I first saw these intriguing new lip oils, but I do remember knowing that I had to have one.  Despite my best efforts, I am really not a lipstick fan.  I just can’t cope with the amount of effort that goes into finding a suitable shade, formula and finish. Not to mention all the lining, applying, checking and reapplying that goes on.  I will wear a nude lip occasionally, but that’s as far as it goes.  Lip oils, and tinted balms though? These I can get on board with.




lancome juicy shaker lip oil gloss freedom of peach mangoes wild
L-R: Lancôme Juicy Shakers Freedom of Peach; Mangoes Wild


There are fourteen shades of Juicy Shakers to choose from, and it – quite literally – took me three days to decide which one to buy.  I eventually opted for Freedom of Peach, and Mangoes Wild.   If you’re a regular reader, then you may know that I have been loving peach blushers recently, so Freedom of Peach seemed a no-brainer for me.  Mangoes wild is a sheer, pretty red.



lancome juicy shaker lip oil gloss freedom of peach mangoes wild



Being lip oils, the colours are sheer and subtle, and leave lips glossy but not sticky.  When left to their own devices, the liquid separates inside the tube, and they need to be given a good shake before applying.  The little sponge tip collects just enough product to cover the lips.  To get the best results, you then need to dab the applicator on the lips.  They can be built up to get a (slightly) more intense colour.  After the oil has soaked in/ been licked off, then the lips will be stained.  It probably goes without saying that – out of the two shades I own – Mangoes Wild leaves a more obvious stain behind.  Now, if you’re looking for anything more than a subtle wash of colour, then these won’t be for you, but on light make-up days, or when you just don’t fancy wearing ‘proper’ lipstick, they are perfect.



lancome juicy shaker lip oil gloss freedom of peach mangoes wild
L-R: Lancôme Juicy Shakers Freedom of Peach; Mangoes Wild


lancome juicy shaker lip oil gloss freedom of peach mangoes wild
L-R: Lancôme Juicy Shakers Freedom of Peach; Mangoes Wild




The scents are gorgeous and fruity, and are apparently individual to each Juicy Shaker.  I have extremely dry sensitive lips, and I am always nervous about trying any new lip products.  Even lip balms have been known to irritate, but I have absolutely no issue with the Juicy Shakers.  They do a fantastic job of leaving my lips feeling moisturised.


As much as I love the Lancôme Juicy Shakers, I can’t say that the formula is completely unique.  They are very similar to the YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oils, which I also love.  The packaging is very different though, and it is strangely satisfying to give the tube a good shake, and watch the colour transform from an oily mess to a smooth beautiful gloss.  Get yours for £18 here.


What do you think? Have you tried a Juicy Shaker yet, do you plan to?





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Sunday Scent #9 – Dolce & Gabbana L’Imperatrice

I absolutely adore this perfume. L’Imperatrice by D&G was the first fragrance that my husband bought me that I actually still like (sorry hubs). It was a birthday present a few years ago, and a total surprise. At the time it was new, and he told me that ‘the lady in the shop recommended it’. So, thank you lady in shop, for introducing me to this gorgeous scent.


D&G L'Imperatrice 3 Perfume Pour Femme Dolce and Gabbana


TOP NOTES: Pink Pepper, Kiwi, Rhubarb

MIDDLE NOTES: Jasmine, Cyclamen, Watermelon

BASE NOTES: Musk, Sandalwood, Lemon Tree


As you would expect from the notes, it starts as a fruity burst, followed closely by a waft of flowers. It dries down to a wonderfully feminine, musky warmth. Despite not being particularly feminine in nature, I do love to smell like a woman, and L’Imperatrice is as woman as they come. It is light and floaty, but somehow still close and warm. It lasts very well on my skin, and I can still smell it 12 hours later. It also has good staying power on clothing, without becoming distorted.


If I was forced to choose between my perfumes (who would make me do such a thing?!) then this would be in my top two. Along with this one, of course.


There are rumours that D&G have discontinued L’Imperatrice (or that they will be in the future) , but it is still available to buy for now. Hopefully that is just a nasty rumour, otherwise I would be forced to purchase several bottles to keep me going; I love it that much.



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Money Saving Make-Up

Does your make-up work hard enough for you? Does it save you money? Does it?

Do you ever justify a completely unnecessary sale purchase by working out how much money you have saved? Conveniently forgetting that if you didn’t buy it at all, it wouldn’t cost a penny.  I do this quite a lot.

Another fun way to deceive yourself, is to buy make-up that can be used in multiple ways.  It’s just good sense!  These are a few of my favourite multi-purpose make-up products.


make-up multi-purpose topshop shuffle the cards revlon highlighting palette paul and joe face and eye colour


highlighter topshop shuffle the cards chameleon glow eyeshadow


I am only going to mention powder products today; I am resisting the urge to include the Babylips Balm and Blush despite my love for it. The Topshop Chameleon Glow in Shuffle The Cards is an eyeshadow and highlighter in one.  It is the most gorgeous multi-coloured gold, with pink shimmery bits in.  Initially, I used it as a highlighter, but it is also gorgeous as an eyeshadow.  It is particularly spectacular layered over other shadows, to add dimension and an extra pop.  The Revlon Highlighting Palette in Rose Glow is another little gem that I originally bought as a highlighter.  It is more than that though.  A generous sweep over the whole face gives a pretty glow, for those days when you want to feel like a shimmery goddess.   It is also perfect for eyeshadow, and blusher.  A good all-rounder.  Excellent value for £9.99 – here. 


revlon highlighting highlighter make-up palette eyeshadow blusher blush shimmer brick bobbi brown


I have, of course,  saved the best ’til last.  The Paul and Joe Face and Eye Colour CS 094 has it all.  All the colours are gorgeous on the eye, if that’s what floats your boat.  The powders are soft and pigmented, and blend like a dream.  Personally, I do not contour, but I think the brown could be used for adding dimension to the face.  The darker pink is a perfect blusher, and the pale pink is a pretty highlighter. I tend to only use the turquoise as an eyeshadow.  I can’t say I have found a second use for that one. Yet.  If you travel a lot, I think this would make a handy addition to a scaled down make-up selection.  I also have to mention the packaging, which – at the risk of sounding like a giddy tween – is soooo cute.  It has flamingos on it.  And it’s gold.  And the powders have faces on! Get yours here.


paul and joe eyeshadow and face palette cd 094 spring 2015 ciollection famingos powder highlighter eyeshadow blusher


Of course if I were to try hard enough, I could probably use almost any make-up product for something other than the use it was intended for. But, really, where’s the fun in that? As satisfying as it is to use one palette all over my face, it is also exciting to have an extensive collection of daft and unnecessary make-up items.


What about you? Do you like a one size fits all approach to your make-up collection?


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Midweek Motivation

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.- Martin Luther King


Ok, so this is not strictly speaking motivation to get us through a bad week.  But sometimes these things just need saying don’t they? Occasionally, I think we get a little bit caught up in hating.  Some people seem to actively seek out things, and people, to hate.

Why though? Does it make us feel better to criticise others? Does it satisfy us to hate, lash out and correct people? To make them feel small? To put them down? Maybe for a moment, but not long term.  It’s human nature, I get that.  Life would be exceptionally boring if we all had the same thoughts and opinions.  If nobody disagreed, and we were all going in the same direction.  Can we live and let live? Accept the differences of others? Ignore the bad, and encourage the good?

Let’s all be kind today.  The End.

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Easy Squeezy Make-Up When Time is Short

Usually I am an all or nothing make-up wearer.  Because I don’t have the time for make-up every day, I like to do it properly when I do do it (doodoo. *chuckle*).  Sometimes though, for whatever reason, things just go awry.  Do you ever have days where you have approximately 20 seconds to get ready and out the door? I’m sure I’m not the only one.  Sunday was one of these days for me, and I thought I would share my tried and tested favourites for an easy make-up look.



clinique too faced cheek pop melon pop physicians formula maybeliine too faced chocolate bar make-up quick speedy fast mum mom mother


I don’t know about you, but when I have limited time, the last thing I want to be doing is fiddling around with new products that I have never tried before.  Routine and consistency is key in these emergency situations! These are my top picks for a quick and natural look, when I have under ten minutes to get my ready-to-be-seen-in-public face on.

I always start with a moisturising primer, like the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer.  While this primer doesn’t increase the lasting power of my base, it does add a much-needed hydrating layer to my dry skin.  It’s not the cheapest, but I would repurchase this over and over again.  I just love it, and a little goes a long way.  £27 – here. 


Despite having the largest concealer collection in the history of the world, I can count on one hand the few that I actually rate.  In times of need, my top pick is the Maybelline Fit Me concealer (I use no. 15, and I also have no. 10, which is actually darker than 15,weirdly).  It is an easy to use, affordable concealer.  It doesn’t cake, or settle into fine line, and it does an admirable job of covering dark circles and blemishes.  Not bad for £5.99 – here.


w7 bronzer bronze make-up highlighter busy mum mom mother face easy quick


I don’t bother setting with powder when I’m in a rush, because I can’t stand the disappointment quite frankly.  I always think it will be a good idea, then feel frustrated when it ages me by 30 years. Bronzer, highlighter and blusher go on to mostly naked skin.  I don’t know what it is about using a palette, rather than individual pans, it just feels as though it is saving time.  I’m pretty sure it makes no difference whatsoever, but whatever.  Recently, I have been loving this W7 Bronze and Glow duo.  The highlighter in particular is gorgeous.  The bronzer is very subtle (not a bad thing) and looks a little shimmery in the pan, but it isn’t glittery on the skin.  The best part? It is only £2.98 – here.


For blusher, I gravitate towards the Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop, when I am rushing. The colour is absolutely gorgeous (read about my love affair with peach blushers here) and because it is very subtle, it is perfect for a quick sweep on the cheeks. Any more colour, and it would be too scary to use in a hurry.



eyeshadow palette too faced chocolate bar quick easy make-up mom mum mother


My favourite palette of all time is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette.  It was my first high-end palette, so it has a special place in my collection anyway, but it’s not just that.  The colours are perfect for both natural, and more intense looks.  There is a good mix of matte and shimmer, and cool and warm toned shades.  The chocolate smell is divine, and makes it a pleasure to use.  When I am rushing, I definitely don’t overdo the eyeshadow, and I tend to stick to the warm browns in the Chocolate Bar, with a shimmer on the brow bone if I’m feeling fancy. If you don’t have one yet (er, why not?) get it here.

The Maybelline Big Eyes mascara is a well-loved member of my hoard.  It has two wands; a normal one, and a tiny one for the bottom lashes.  The formula is easy to work with, which makes it one of my favourites for slicking on in a rush.


Finally, lips.  I have a bit of a thing for tinted lip balms at the moment.  I love the ease of them, and the moisturising properties, when my lips are dry and cracked.  The Physicians Formula Super BB All-In-One Cheek and Lip Beauty Balm in Berry Pink is my current fave.  It is a pretty, pale pink and it is easy to pop on as I run out the door. No mirror required.  Physicians Formula is not easily available in the UK; I purchased this from Amazon (here).


blusher blush physicians formula make-up lip balm tint busy mom mum mother


I can slap all this on in around ten minutes, maybe even less if I am not interrupted (which is rare). It is quick, fresh and perfect make-up for busy mums, or just busy anyones.


What do you think? If you’re rushing, do you have favourites that you come back to?


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Midweek Motivation

inspirational quote teddy roosevelt believe you can


Have a great week!

Need more motivation? Check these posts out.


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The Most Flattering Blusher Colour?

Until very recently I was a pink blusher kind of gal.  The majority of my, albeit limited, collection are pale pinks.  As someone who blushes at the drop of a hat, I tend to avoid dark colours, to avoid looking like I am constantly embarrassed. I AM constantly embarrassed about one thing or another, but I don’t want to look like it if I can help it.  Recently, though I have ventured into the realm of peach blushers.  Peach is a universally flattering shade, it suits every skin tone, but I was always afraid of it for some unknown reason.


blusher Blush milani maybelline tony moly clinique peach flattering blush


milani baked blush luminoso clinique cheek pop melon pop maybelline baby lips innocent peach tony moly petite blusher delight petite coral

It all started with the new Maybelline Baby Lips Balm and Blush.  I chose the shade Innocent Peach, because I decided I wanted to look like an innocent peach.  Not really, but I thought it was the most different from all the other blushers that I own. I have waxed lyrical about this little ball of loveliness many times already (including on Instagram) but I can’t help it. I love it so much! The colour is so flattering, and I love the fact that it is creamy but not sticky.   And they are only £4.99 here.


blusher blush peach tony moly flattering


I recently bought a few Korean sheet masks on Ebay, and at the same time I chose a pretty Tony Moly blusher.  The Petite Blusher Delight in Petite Coral is so pretty.  It came with a little puff, and the packaging is very pleasing to me.  Yes, I’m one of THOSE people who gets just as excited by the outside of the product as I do by what’s inside.  Again, this peach pretty was very affordable; less than £4 in fact, and with free shipping (here)


milani baked blush blusher peach luminoso


As an avid watcher of YouTube beauty videos, I have heard the words ‘Milani’ and ‘Luminoso’ on several (hundred) occasions.  It seems to be one of those much-loved products, that everyone owns.  It is also one of those rare beasts that actually lives up to the hype.  Luminoso Baked Blush by Milani, is a more orangey peach.  That’s not a bad thing though; it’s a glorious golden orange that gives a flattering glow.  The formula is soft and it blends perfectly.  Get yours here.


Finally, the newest addition to my peach blusher collection; the Clinique Cheek Pop in Melon Pop.  I have been lusting after Cheek Pops for a while.  They are a little more on the expensive end of the spectrum, so it’s taken me a while to pluck up the courage.  I’m glad I did though, Melon Pop is a gorgeously subtle peach that adds just enough colour to the cheeks.  Of course, the fact that this blusher is shaped like a flower does not influence my opinion whatsoever.  £17 – here


clinique cheek pop blusher melon pop blush


Now that we are coming in to spring (apparently…) I know I will be getting a lot of use out of these peach blushers.  Peach is such a flattering colour, and it makes a very welcome change from the myriad of pink shades that seem to be the norm.


What do you think?  Do you like peachy blushers, or do you stick to pinks or berry colours?


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Sunday Scent #8 – Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet

Good morning lovelies! It’s Mother’s Day today in the UK, and I have chosen a suitably girly fragrance to douse myself in.

In all honesty, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is not my normal sort of scent. I usually go for much warmer, creamier fragrances that stay close to the skin throughout the day. Blooming Bouquet is more of a cool scent, that starts off pleasantly light and floral.


Dior Miss Dior Blloming Bouquet Perfume Scent Fragrance



TOP NOTES: Sicilian Mandarin

MIDDLE NOTES: Pink Peony, Damask Rose, Apricot, Peach.



For me, initially, the dominant notes are the Pink Peony and Damask Rose. I can’t say that I detect much in the way of fruit at first spray; or when it dries down. As the day goes on I can definitely smell a light muskiness, and I think that is why I like it so much. For much of my teenage years, (until I discovered Clinique Happy) White Musk from The Body Shop was my scent of choice.  The perfumes are not really similar, but there is a little something in Blooming Bouquet that takes me back to my White Musk years.


Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is probably more suited to spring and summer, when the days are warm and you don’t need, or want,  your perfume to be. It is light and inoffensive.  I wouldn’t describe it as unique, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is one of my most reached for perfumes.





You might also like the other posts in my Sunday Scents series here

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New From Bourjois: City Radiance / Radiance Reveal

A few weeks ago, on a rare shopping trip, I picked up a couple of new releases from Bourjois.  The City Radiance Foundation, and the Radiance Reveal Concealer.  It’s taken me a little while to get my thoughts together, but I thought I would check back in and let you know how I got on with both products.


Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer Foundation New City Radiance


The Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer got my hopes up,  I’ll be honest.  I genuinely have about 30 concealers.  If you aren’t familiar with me and my ‘issues’ then I will fill you in.  I have super dark under-eye circles.  A mixture of not looking after myself properly, not having slept solidly for about 11 years (kids),  and genetics.  I am fairly sure that they have become worse over the last couple of years, probably due to ageing (although – strangely – this also coincides with the birth of my youngest, who was definitely sent to test me). Therefore, I am constantly searching for a concealer that will work on these panda eyes. To add to the torture of dark circles that can break through every concealer ever made, the skin under my eyes is as dry as, well, a very dry thing.  So, anyway, back to the Radiance Reveal concealer.  It seems – on first application – to be a creamy hydrating concealer.  It applies beautifully, and blends out nicely without dragging the skin.  The coverage is light to medium (no good for me, but that’s not the fault of the concealer), but the creases! Oh, the creases.  Even after setting with powder, I was left with skin like an elephants knee under my eyes.  I don’t think Radiance Reveal is a complete waste of time, it may well work for more oily skin types, and it does cover redness well.  It just isn’t a match for my darkness, sadly.


bourjois radiance reveal concealer light


One of my favourite foundations is from Bourjois (this one), and I was expecting more from the City Radiance Foundation.  Especially as it is described as a hydrating foundation.  Apparently, it has ‘an anti-pollution screen that reduces the presence of carbon particles on the skin, resulting in a fresh and luminous complexion’.  Firstly, the coverage is not what I would expect from a foundation, it is more of a BB cream in terms of flaw hiding properties.  It is very thin, and I could barely see it on my skin.  Except for the areas of my face that are dry.  There, the foundation clung on for dear life.  Suffice to say, this is not attractive, and not what I look for in a base.  Perhaps it would work better when mixed with a moisturiser – although this would hardly increase the coverage.  I will not be beaten though, and will probably try again in the summer, when my skin is less dry.




So, while I can’t recommend either the Radiance Reveal Concealer, or the City Radiance Foundation for dry skin, it’s possible that they could work better on a different skin type.  I think the concealer could be great for someone with less of a problem with dark circles (and with normal skin under the eyes).  The foundation? I don’t know.  If you are looking for light coverage, and don’t have dry areas, then it could well work for you.  The SPF 30 is a plus, but I think I will stick to my BB cream for now.






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Why is it so Hard to Find a Good Mascara?

Mascara is one of my favourite things to buy.  I regularly get seduced by the pretty packaging, and the claims that my lashes will suddenly become long and full and fantabulous. I imagine that I will be talking to my 1 year old, I will blink and she will be wafted across the room by the force of the breeze created. So why doesn’t his happen?! Huh? Am I asking too much?

Anyway, I bought three mascaras in the last couple of months (yes, I have a problem, what of it?).  They are all high street, rather than high end, but do any of them perform what they claim? Let’s take a look.





The Maybelline Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara is a new offering from Maybelline.  It claims to give a false lash effect, with the ‘cup-shaped’ bristles.  These special bristles are designed to collect plenty of product, and then push up the lashes while also fanning them out.  I’ll be honest, I don’t hate this mascara, it does a reasonably good job of giving volume.  It didn’t lift my lashes though, and the brush is pretty evil.  The bristles are so pointy, I had to take a deep breath before I could bring myself to go anywhere near my eyeball with it.  The mascara itself is wetter than I would like, which unfortunately makes it too heavy to push the eyelashes up.  It’s also a bit clumpy; I know for some this would be a deal breaker.


revlon mascara lengthen black volume eyelashes


Revlon have a whole range of boring looking mascaras,  all offering some variation of length and/or volume.  After standing in front of the Revlon stand in Superdrug for approximately 2 hours, I went for the Super Length MascaraFirstly; The. Wand. Is. Huge.  It is massive, and bristly, and pokey.  I simply cannot apply this mascara without it getting in places it’s definitely not supposed to go.  I can’t pretend to be some sort of mascara applying pro, but to get it in your eyebrows is a bit ridiculous.  I could put up with that if it actually made a difference to my lashes, but it just doesn’t. After applying three layers, I do end up with slightly longer eyelashes.  The effect is nowhere near as dramatic as I would expect though.  I really cannot recommend this mascara.


Maybelline mascara lashes push up black lengthen


The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara has been knocking around for ages, but it’s taken me a little while to try it out.  Of all my affordable mascaras, this is probably in my top three.  The wand is curved, which allows for a closer than usual application. This is useful for getting in nice and tight to the base of the lashes, and means you can really get some uplift.  As is common with Maybelline mascaras, the formula is a bit on the wet end of the spectrum.  It isn’t the worst I’ve ever used, but I prefer mascaras to be a little more dry, so that the layers can be built up without weighing down the lashes too much.


My mascara collection is growing steadily, and the majority are high street brands.  As much as I hate to admit it, my top two are high end.  It’s a tie between YSL and Nars, currently.  I balk at spending more than a tenner on a mascara, but with the amount that I own there is absolutely no logic to this method.  I think my plan for the future will be to be less impulsive and save up for a high end mascara that actually exceeds my expectations (if there is such a thing *sobs*)


Can you recommend any mascaras that thicken and lengthen?  Please let me know below!




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