Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream

I will be a better blogger next year, that's for sure. Life is hectic at the moment, we're trying to get ready for Christmas and we're decorating our living room! I completely know how to make life a little bit harder for myself :) I thought I'd try a blog post from my iPhone, fingers crossed this works.

Anyways, back to the topic. I bought this Night Cream not so long ago and wanted to give it a good try before I blog about it. I bought it from a store called 'Home Bargain' where you can buy a lot of branded products for super cheap. I think this was about £2.99 or somewhere about.

I have combination skin, and it's gone hey wire in the cold! I have a t zone which is prone to greasiness and dry cheeks. But my t zone can also be dry. What's that all about?! My skin definitely needs the extra moisture right now.

The cream is fairly thick, but absorbs lovely into my skin.

I found after using another night cream I had an awful break out and my skin was an oil slick the morning after, but not at all with this. In fact, it just seems nicer.

If you after a little bit of extra moisture through the night, definitely try this one out. It's rather cheap in Asda, I noticed, too.

Thanks for reading :) hope you like xxx

Monday, 5 December 2011

Releasing My Inner Magpie..

I'm not normally one for sparkles and sequins. But I couldn't help myself with this beauty.

It cost £29.99 and was from Zara. I completely love it! I used it for my works Christmas night out on Saturday.

Heres another photo with a flash, you can see the sparkliness of it.

I had every intention of doing a photo of my complete outfit, but I was in such a rush I had no time whatsoever. I just really had to share my bag, though.

Are you a sparkly kinda gal? ;)

Friday, 2 December 2011

FOTD, and My ELF 'Must Haves'

So, I'm struggling to get to grips with blogger! And I chose a busy time of year to start a blog! The build up to Christmas as a mum is madness.

A friend asked me what I would reccommend from ELF, and I use quite a few of their products on a day to day basis. These are my 'Go to' products:

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation
ELF Mineral Booster in Sheer
Collection 2000 Last Perfection Concealer
ELF Studio Blush in Candid Coral
ELF Cream Eyeliner in Gunmetal

I have only started using foundation very recently, I found myself really wacking on the concealer and thought it was high time I bought foundation! ELF is so cheap that I could try one and not be too bothered if it wasn't for me, this was £6.50 and I bought it on one of their 50% off events. I find I have to work fast with it, otherwise it's hard to blend in. I use a my fingers and then my ELF powder brush to blend and buff it. I'm not sure what colour I have, but I think I must go darker next time. That is the problem with buying online, I suppose, it's just guess work.

The ELF Mineral Booster seems to 'set' my base make up, and make it last longer. I also use my powder brush to apply this.

ELF studio blush in Candid Coral is my favourite blush. I find myself wearing this a lot. And I've hit the pan. *mental note made to buy another*

The Gunmetal cream eyeliner is a new one to my list. I'm such a eyeliner novice its untrue. However, this is SO easy to apply, the little brush it comes with helps with that. It lasts all day long.

A swatch

If I had one brush in my life it would be the ELF Studio Powder Brush, I love it. This is a must!

Here's an FOTD photo with all products together. My boys were creating bloody murder over Buzz Lightyear in the background, possibly thats why I'm frowning! ;)

I also used L'oreal 4D Lash Architect Mascara and coloured the gaps in my brows with my Primark Eyebrow kit. On my lips I have Carmex as they're so dry right now, I've noticed the cold is hitting me hard this year!

What are your 'go to' products?

Thanks for reading :) x

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Accessorize, Pillar Box, NOTD

I picked this up in Superdrug on 3 for 2 along with 2 other Accessorize polishes. They are priced at £4 each, so 3 for £8 is very reasonable. I also bought Blackberry and Truffle, which are gorgeous shades.

Pillar Box is such a nice red, it looks quite a deep red in the bottle, but fairly bright on the nail.

It is a bit fiddly to use due to the shape of the lid being large (does anybody else have this with these type of bottles?)

A close up, two coats with a coat of Seche Vite as top coat.

It lasted just over a day before it chipped. Which is about right for me, no brand I have tried have lasted any longer.  Being busy at home with the kids makes sure of this!

Have you tried any Accessorize polishes?


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Sanctuary Radiance Exfoliator

I really love this, I bought it a while ago with £5 off vouchers from Boots. So it cost me £5.20 rather than £10.20 for 100ml.

I probably use it a couple of times a week when my skin feels it needs a good scrub. I am prone to hormonal blemishes and my skin can look rather dull at times, and this will sort it out a treat.

The grains in this are quite coarse. So if you like your exfoliators gental, steer clear. I like my skin to feel it has had a good scrub after exfoliator and I find myself really going for it with gental types, only to be disappointed that my skin doesn't feel any different. 

Here is a pic of it on my hand, you can see the coarseness of it. It's made with 'Ultra fine apricot granules and grape seed granules'.

They say it 'Refines and evens skin tone for a lasting glow' I agree with this, after using my skin feels refreshed, and my make up looks better.

They say to use it 2-3 times a week, which I probably do use twice a week.

All in all, its something I'd recommend to friends and will deffinitely buy again. Unless something shiny and new catches my eye ;)

Thanks for reading. Hope you like xxx

Monday, 21 November 2011

Rimmel Professional Finish, Camoflage Chic

This isn't actually a NOTD post, as I'm not actually wearing this today. So that would be a fib ;) I bought this a couple of weeks ago. As Rimmel is so readily available anywhere and cheap, I thought this is the best one to start with.

Expect to see a lot of NOTD, as I probably buy a new one a week. I am completely in love with nail varnish. I probably bore my real life friends to death about nail varnish and different brands I have and want to try. Sorry if you read this, pals ;)

Anyway, Camoflage Chic caught my eye when I was having a little mooch whilst doing the food shop in Asda. I just can't help myself, I'm like a moth to a flame in the make up and beauty isle. I seem to have a little thing for green anything at the moment, and this jumped out at me.

To me, it's a pale khaki. Bear with me, I'll probably improve with descriptions. It applied an absolute dream, I love the Rimmel brushes.

I bought this from Asda for £4.58, its the same price in most places I looked.

And on my nails. Matches my coat perfectly ;)

 Hope you like my first proper post :) Thanks for reading xx

What to write about on your first post?

Hmmm... this is a hard one. So I thought I'd talk about me.

My name is Jo. I live with my other half, G and our two little boys. Owen & Louie. Owen is 6 and Louie is 22 months.  We also have a 3 year old dog (a staffie) called Rafa. I Did. Not. Name. Our. Dog. :)

I work part time as an administrator and this will be my space to induldge in all things I love. My loves in live (other than my gorgeous family, of course) are Nail Polish, Beauty bits and pieces, and Make up. Just spending in general, really ;) I am no fashionista, but I LOVE clothes and fashion.

Working part time and having two little ones means I am skint ;) so, theres going to be no high end purchases here, it'll all be budget items.

I'm a bit nervous... eeek....

Here's me and my monkeys on holiday this year.

So, lets she how this goes, eh?