Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Mac Brush Cleanser

I was a brush cleaner virgin when I stepped into Mac one day to pick out a bottle, always attributing it to professionals who need to clean their brushes between clients. However, I was getting tired of doing my full on cleaning ritual every week with the soap and water shortening the life of my brushes. I needed something for those in between touch ups that wouldn't break the bank.

Mac brush cleanser comes in at £10 for 235ml of fluid, compared to the 120ml Bare Minerals Brush Shampoo and 100ml Bobbi Brown Cleanser, both also a tenner. It has a faint antibacterial smell and a click up spout for slow pouring. It is a fab spot cleaner for when you need to change shadow colours and have run out of clean brushes, but a bit of a pain when doing a sink and water wash as it contains no foaming agents and doesn't lather easily. My method is to dot some cleanser on a kitchen towel, wipe the brush onto it and rearrange bristles accordingly. No muss, no fuss and your brushes are ready to go instantly. I'm no expert in terms of brush cleaners, but am marvelling at the sheer ease of having this bottle to hand.

What do you use to clean your brushes?

Price: 4/5
Packaging: 3/5
Application: 3/5
Quality: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Next Home Haul

 Next were giving out £10 off vouchers in store last week, so that gave me the perfect excuse (like I needed one) to do a little online order and peruse their new Spring home collection. The voucher only requires a minimum spend of £15, plus I thought I'd be super savvy and save on postage by using click and collect (picture me cycling back from my nearest Next, two pillows balancing between the handle bars and two big bags hanging off the handles...idiot!)

I had to pick up this 'egg house' for the kitchen window sill, I love the quality of it and it was a pretty reasonable £10. You can pick up this 'kitchen essential' here.

Dale chose two faux silk cushions for the couch. They're really plump and fluffing needed! These were £10 each here.

I'm going a bit nautical mad in the kitchen, so this water jug takes pride of place in the cabinet now for £6.

These oven gloves match the other blue bits in the kitchen and has an adorable cutesy motif on each side. £8

I've been looking for a soap dispenser and fell in love with this shabby chic glass bottle for the bathroom at £8. You can buy separately in store or as a set here.

I also ordered four of these 'You, Me And The Sea' tumblers to match the jug, but they're not available to pick up until end of May...womp womp. 

The £10 off online offer is available until end of May, so be sure to drop in and ask nicely for one. Thanks for reading!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder

I first came across Vichy Dermablend Powder on A Model Recommends which never fails to point me in the direction of quality beauty products. For £14, it's a mid range price and has been given a good rep online so far. The powder is extremely fine and pure white (disappears on the skin) and contains a small sponge which I discarded after first use. My disappointment came when I opened the box and saw the plastic container. It is a screw top that feels a tad cheap, however as long as it does the job of holding the powder I suppose we can assume the goods are in the actual formula not packaging.

 The instructions indicate to apply over your Dermablend Concealer thickly with the provided sponge, leave for 2 minutes and sweep away with a brush. I tried this method, but found it worked just as good picking up a small amount and applying with circular motions with a big fluffy brush. I decided to road test it on my 14 hour shift at work with no touch ups to really put it to the test. By the fourth hour, I noticed my forehead developing that familiar slickness and worried I had splashed out on a dud product. However, by the end of my shift, my skin had produced no more oil whatsoever. Now that's a bloody good powder.

 As someone who generally prefers pressed powders, this is a bit of a hazard when applying in a rush, as fall out is inevitable no matter how steady handed you are. If you can look past this, you are onto a fabulous every day must have for normal to oily skin types and I will continue to purchase until I find something to beat it in terms of wear time. You can find a pot at Boots.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

40 Beauty Questions

Do you have any freckles?
I think so! At least in Summer I do.
Do you use eye cream?
Nah. Would like to get a cooling eye cream at some point though.
Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Yeah. I have oily skin so spots are a given. The biggest disappointment is still getting spots as an adult, I wish someone had told me!
What foundation do you use?
Lush Colour Supplement or Rimmel Wake Me Up depending on my mood.
How about concealer?
Collection Lasting Perfection and Benefit Erase Paste.
Do you know your undertone colour?
Pink without a doubt!
What do you think of false eyelashes?
Yes for night, no for day. And as natural looking as possible.
Did you know that you're supposed to change your mascara every three months?
Yes. Do I do that? Not really.
What brand of mascara do you use?
Maybelline is probably the best for mascaras. I don't believe in buying high end mascaras.
Sephora or Mac?
They're not the same are they? Sephora is a department store with loads of brands and Mac is just one brand. Either way, probably Sephora for the variety.
Do you have a Mac Pro Card?
I would if there was a Mac in my town! *Shakes fist*
What make up tools do you use in application?
Real Techniques concealer brush, buffing brush, powder brush, blush brush and a couple Fearne Cotton eye brushes.
Do you use base/primer for eyes?
Everytime I use shadow. I have pretty oily lids!
For the face?
My La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo doubles as a primer.
What is your favourite eyeshadow?
Maui Wowie and Tease by Urban Decay.
Do you use pencil or liquid liner?
Liquid on a special occasion.
How often do you poke your eyes with an eye pencil?
Never. Mascara on the other hand...!
Do you use mineral make up?
No I never have. I would like to give it a try in Summer though.
What is your favourite lipstick?
Mac Please Me. Looks beautiful just dabbed on or fully applied.
How about lipgloss?
Ain't nobody got time for that!
What is your favourite blush to use?
HD Brows or my Barry M one that has literally lasted 4 years without hitting pan.
Do you buy make up on ebay?
Only rare products I can't find in store. I can't be bothered to wait for postage!
Do you like drugstore make up?
Absolutely. It's a real thrill when you discover a great product at a bargain price.
Do you go to CCO's? (Cosmetic company outlets)
I think we have one in Swindon that stocks Mac, Bobbi Brown, etc. It's all old stuff, but I once found a blush from the Marilyn Monroe collection at a discount which I was chuffed about.
Do you like colourful shades of make up?
Bold lips and neutral eyes!
Which celebrity always has great make up?
Does Charlotte Tilbury count? She looks like she glows from the inside out. Other than that, Beyonce. But only 2008 onwards.
If you could leave the house with just one make up product what would it be?
CC Cream.
Could you ever leave the house with no make up on?
Of course! I think it's a problem if you couldn't. Every girl should be able to say, 'this is my face, world!'
Do you think you look good without make up?
Yes and no. My skin is bad and my under eyes are terrible, but my eyebrows don't need filling in so I've got that going for me.
In your opinion, what is the BEST make up line?
Hard to say, but in terms of price to quality it would have to be Mac.
What do you think of make up?
Obviously a lot to spend an hour answering this tag! It's hard to replicate the feeling of lusting after a make up item and finally putting it in your shopping basket come payday. I feel empowered to say i've mastered contouring or I can pull off a certain look. Make up should be a fun expression, not a mask.

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Weighbridge Brewhouse

The Weighbridge Brewhouse has been described as the premier eating and drinking experience in Swindon. It serves posh English comfort food in non-pretentious portions, and the food is so rich you will struggle to finish your plate. The old brewery building was transformed into a modern dining experience for Swindonians in 2011, bringing their experience of running The Three Crowns in Brinkworth. Notable dishes include crocodile on coconut rice, new season pheasant with pan fried apricots and rabbit suet pudding.

The dinner menu ranges from £16 to £34 and all dishes are served with dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The lunch menu is incredible value at £12.50 a plate, although slightly less extensive than the evening list.

I went for the Homemade Pie Of The Day which happened to be chorizo, pork and turkey with a puff pastry. The sauce was lovely, and it proved to me that you can chuck any old meat in a pie and it will taste nice!

Lucy chose the 8oz steak with a £3 supplement, served with peppercorn sauce and cooked medium.

The staff were attentive and the food only took 15 minutes. The staff could have been a little happier, but everything was done efficiently and in a timely manner so no real complaints.

On the way to the ladies, you can peek into a room and see the brewing equipment. If beers are your thing, you can take a guided tour and sample the ale at the bar.

I've been to The Weighbridge three times now, and always have the best time and come out having eaten a little too much! On this occasion we were absolutely stuffed and couldn't manage a dessert let alone coffee, but on previous visits I've tried the sorbet, creme brulee and honeycomb cheesecake and all were stunning. You can peek at those dishes in this post.

If you are a resident or just passing the area, I highly recommend stopping in for a meal at lunchtime or dinner, just make sure you secure a table first!

Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Value: 4/5
Atmosphere: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Raspberry Nails

I'm a little crazy about this nail polish. It's very rare for me to buy a beauty product and still be repurchasing it three years later, which is very much the case with this shade! It's bright and vampy enough to keep me interested and goes on evenly like all Barry M formulas do. I very much recommend having this shade in your polish collection if you don't already.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Dogs And Robbers

"Draw me like one of your French girls!" 

This month has been all about settling into my new job, warding off a nasty cold and dog sitting a needy black lab. I've been given 49 hours at work meaning a sweet pay check next month-unfortunately this was the result of a robbery at work meaning we have to double man the shop at all times.

I resisted the urge to throw my scales through a window due to my frustration at not losing any weight despite eating modestly and cutting out meat. I've also lost my passion for cooking and blogging temporarily. (It's hard to blog about beauty and lifestyle when you haven't done anything and wear the same make up to work everyday) I've been scouring my favourite blogs for inspiration and that's just resulted in an even longer make up wish list! On the plus side, pay day's rolled around again and I'm itching to get to Boots for some beauty 'supplies' for my group holiday to Newquay. So excited!

Cheerie-bye for now, I will see you in a week hopefully with a bit of partying worked out of my system.

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