Things I Love Right now

It has been so long since I shared any favourite products that I decided I would put together a little post about my current can’t-be-withouts.

 

I haven’t really bought any new make-up over the last few months, and instead I have been concentrating on my skin.  The cold weather really makes my skin even more dry than usual (think tight, cracked and flakey. Nice).  So, top of my pamper list has been hydrating masks and rich moisturisers.

 

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After a long break (sorry Liz), I have returned to an old favourite of mine; Liz Earle skincare.  I first used the Liz Earle range about 10 years ago, and then allowed myself to be lured away by other brands.  I came back though, and that’s what counts, right?

I am particularly loving the Instant Boost Skin Tonic; a gorgeous floral scented, refreshing toner that is just what my skin needs first thing in the morning.  I have decanted some into a small spray bottle, and I love to spritz my skin with it after cleansing and before moisturising.  In the summer it is particularly divine as a refreshing boost throughout the day, but it’s lush in the winter too.

 

When I need a treat, I adore the When 10pm Bio-Cellulose Anti-Aging Sheet Mask. It never hurts to anti-age, and sheet masks are my favourite type of masks. This Anti-Aging mask makes my skin feel softer than soft, and super hydrated.  The results last for a few days too. When have a whole range of masks (here), and being priced at £7 they aren’t for everyday use (well, not for me anyway), however, they are fab for a weekly pamper session.

 

My collection of concealers is – quite honestly – disgraceful.  I am ashamed to admit that I have a whole drawer full. I have searched and searched (and searched) for a concealer that will cover my dark circles (impossible), not create lines under my eyes, and not leave me looking dry and cakey (achievable, but difficult).  The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser is really very good.  I have two shades, and this is the Brightening and Illuminating version. I had to buy it from Amazon.com, and it was shipped from America as far as I can remember.  I did find it in the UK now though, (here) albeit at an inflated price.  This particular shade is quite pink, and reminds me of the YSL Touche Eclat.  It doesn’t have the best coverage for people who resemble pandas (me), but it isn’t even remotely drying and it does brighten up the under eye area nicely.

I could write a book about my concealer struggle, but on days when I just want to look healthy, brighter and hydrated, then the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is perfect.

 

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Last up is an eyeshadow palette.  I was so excited about this palette when it launched last year. I ordered it as soon as it became available and couldn’t wait to try it out.  I hesitated about including it here, because it was limited edition.  But I love it so much that I just had to write about it.

I know packaging shouldn’t be a consideration when buying make-up, but I could not resist this beautiful box. The shadows are lovely too, with a good mix of shimmer, satin and matte shadows.  I particularly like Paradox for the eye lid.  It looks a bit daunting in the pan, but it is actually just orange enough, and is more subtle on the skin than it looks like it will be.  This palette is one of the items in my make-up collection that just makes me happy when I bring it out.  And that’s what make-up should be in my opinion; fun, and a distraction from the crazy people in the news every day.

 

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A Little Something to Celebrate the New Year

So, it’s the beginning of January, December’s credit card bill was absolutely terrifying, and January will involve meals of dry bread and water.  And what do the shops do? They decide that now would be a good time to reduce all stock by 99% and are practically begging us to spend more, more, more!! Now, if you are like me then you will go ‘sod the sales, I am going to find the ONE item that is still full price and buy THAT instead’. Yeah, good thinking.   So, seeing that Beauty Bay are now stocking Makeup Geek (Excuse me, but when did this happen, and why did no-one inform me?) I thought I would do a little non-sale shopping.

 

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Being a YouTube beauty tutorial addict, I have had it drummed in to my brain that Makeup Geek and Morphe eyeshadows are most excellent.  I admit, I am a sucker for eyeshadows, so it doesn’t take much persuasion for me to add more to my – slightly sickening – collection.

 

 

I decided on three ‘normal’ Makeup Geek eyeshadow pans (£4.95 each here); one Foiled Makeup Geek eyeshadow pan (£7.95 each here); and one Duo Chrome Makeup Geek eyeshadow pan (£4.95 each here).  The Morphe single eyeshadow selection is fairly limited (£1.95 each here), so I only purchased one.

 

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Z-Palette

To hold all these beautiful little pans, I have this smart Z Palette (£8.95 here).  This is the small size and will hold up to 9 pans of this size, it even comes with some magnetic stickers if you wanted to de-pot some existing blushers or eyeshadows.

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Other than swatching, I haven’t had a chance to play with the shadows properly, but I plan to in the coming days.  Going by the swatches, I doubt I will be disappointed, but come back soon for a full review.

Have you tried any Makeup Geek, or Morphe? Do you love them, or are they not worth the YouTube hype?

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W7 Eyeshadow Palettes : Review

 

W7 In the Buff, In the Night Eyeshadow Palette

W7 is a brand that I have not had much experience with, but I have seen other reviews of their products recently.  The general consensus seems to be that their range is good quality and affordable, so I thought I would check them out.  They started in 2002, and have apparently been building gradually over the last 13 years.  Prices are reasonable, although I found them to be not particularly consistent across online stockists.  For example, the two palettes I have range from around £4 on Amazon, to £9.99 on the W7 website (which you can’t purchase from, incidentally).

The W7 In The Buff Eyeshadow Palette contains 12 nude shades; 3 mattes and 9 shimmer shades.  The colours are typical nude colours; golds, browns and taupes.  It also has a matte black, which is a useful addition to any palette.  The colours are reasonably pigmented, although not intense (which allows the colour to be built up) and blend well.  I also found that they lasted well on my eyes – although admittedly I don’t usually have an issue with creasing or shadows relocating elsewhere on my face.  When buying eyeshadow palettes – which I do frequently – my main concern is whether I can create a complete look from it. I don’t want to have to rummage around in my collection to find complimentary colours, or a transition shade.  So it is pleasing to me that the In the Buff palette contains both light and dark colours, in shimmers and mattes.

 

W7 In the Buff Eyeshadow Palette

 

W7 In the Buff Eyeshadow Palette

 

The W7 In the Night Palette, on the other hand, contains only one matte as far as I can see (it’s black).  The colours are fab though; if you like smoky purples, pinks and heather/greys.  And shimmer.  Again, the colours are fairly pigmented, and easy to blend.

Unusually for an eyeshadow palette, they also both contain a decent brush.  It is double ended however, and has one of those useless sponges on the other end (why do they even bother – I always put these straight in the bin).  They also both come in a tin, rather than a plastic palette, which makes them sturdy, yet lightweight.  They remind me of the tin pencil cases we used to have at school, except these don’t have tippex graffiti on them.

 

W7 In the Night Eyedhadow Palette

 

W7 In the Night Eyeshadow Palette

 

 

 

Having looked at the website (here) I can see that the range is impressive, but the buying options seem limited, as I mentioned earlier.  I haven’t personally seen anything by W7 in an actual shop (as opposed to a virtual shop – my favourite kind).  I bought these both from Amazon, and didn’t pay more than £5 for either, which I think is pretty good value.

 

Have you ever tried anything by W7? Is it stocked in a store near you?

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Glo & Ray – A Review

 

Now, I certainly don’t claim to know all the beauty brands, and I definitely – despite my best efforts – haven’t tried them all.  So, when I was recently introduced to Glo & Ray, I would liken the feeling to that of a child on Christmas Day.  New toys to play with! Glo & Ray are a UK based company, and are available to buy online They offer a good selection of products, from CC Creams and foundations, to eyeshadows, lipsticks and makeup remover.  Their prices are a little more towards high-end products, rather than high street.

 

Glo & Ray

 

The products themselves feel high-end though.  The packaging is sleek and smart, and reminds me of Nars, but without the dirt-grabbing rubberised finish.  The eyeshadow quad is heavy and solid, and the lipstick is – dare I say it – sophisticated (not that I know the first thing about being sophisticated, mind).

 

 

Glo & Ray Mariposa Quartet Eyeshadow Twilight Nude 403

The Mariposa Eyeshadow Quartet in Twilight Nude (£12.50) is a shimmery little quad, in lovely neutral colours.  The shadows themselves are soft and easy to blend.  As much as I love shimmer shades, I do need at least one matte that can be used as a transition shade, so I can’t do a complete eye look with this quartet. Of course, they can be used alone to create a more natural daytime look – which I have done with great success.  However, with the addition of a matte shade, and perhaps another colour entirely, is where they really can add depth and interest.

 

Glo & Ray Lasting Sky Breaker Silk Eyeliner Champagne Pink 302

The Sky Breaker Lasting Silky Eyeliner in Champagne Pink (£5.50) is a neutral, but far from boring, liner.  It could do with being a little softer and less glittery, in my opinion, but the colour is very pretty. If you like to just draw a line and leave it then this eyeliner would be perfect.  I prefer a more messy un-done look though, and like an eyeliner that is easy to smudge, which didn’t really work with this formula.  I have tried it as a base for eyeshadow and found it a little hard to blend, so it is probably best used in the traditional way.

 

Glow & Ray Creamy Matte Lip Colour Venus 610

In contrast to the relative hardness of the eyeliner, however, is the gorgeously soft La Amo Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Venus (£12.00).  Firstly, the colour is just the perfect nude; not too pink, not too brown.  If you have read any of my previous posts,  you will know that I struggle with lipsticks.  My lips can be dry and sensitive, and I have yet to find a formulation that ticks all the boxes.  This little guy comes pretty close though – it is creamy, long-wearing and comfortable on the lips.  It survived through my lunch, without being clingy and drying.  And did I mention the colour?!

 

Overall, I have been really impressed with the little corner of the Glo & Ray world that I have tried.  I would recommend that anyone wanting quality products (errr, isn’t that everyone?) that aren’t tested on animals, give the range a try.

 

What about you, have you tried anything Glo & Ray?  What did you think?

 

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