What do Will Smith and Ashley Tisdale both have in common….

Ok, so the opening to this post is a little bit like ‘Whhhhhy is a Raven like a writing desk’, but I betcha can’t guess. They both have songs called ‘Switch’ and I couldn’t think of a better lead up to this post and with all the wonderful blogs out their, a gal has gotta try something to stand out.

Anywho, I stumbled across this little marvel when I was Amazon surfing. When I get bored I like to window shop, and the benefit to doing this on your phone/laptop/tech device is that you can do so in your pyjamas, heated lap yeti on full blast, cuppa in hand and know that you don’t have to face the outside world. Whats not to love, right? During a recent browsing I found the Shadow Switch by Beauty Essentials.

It is a dry brush cleaner which quite simply you use to clean your brush off after you have used it, so you don’t end up with a muddy mix of eye shadows on your freshly primed lids. Maybe it’s just me, but I just use my pyjamas to do this, which in fairness made a muddy mess of them. At only £5.99 I knew I had to have it and one prime delivery later it was in my grubby little mitts.

It is, very simply, a round tin with what I can only describe as an open cell foam inside. The instructions are quite specific in that you ‘glide your eye shadow brush around the black sponge in a clockwise motion to remove the colour’ and you can then use the same brush to dip into a new colour without any crossover. Side note, I am not sure what would happen if you went counterclockwise with your brush, the instructions leave this information out. Maybe if you risk it, a fairy loses her wings or something, so chance it at your own peril if you grab one of these pots.

The sponge, whist quite dense, is easy to remove and cleaning is simple with just water and fragrance free soap. I use my brush cleaner and have included the Shadow Switch into part of my make up brush cleaning routine, and it has done it no harm.

Whilst I wouldn’t go as far as to say that this little pot is a staple part of my makeup routine, it certainly has helped my application of shadows as they only blend when I want them too now, and has certainly saved my pyjamas from a grubby demise. For the small sum I paid I think it is worth it, but maybe you should be the judge of that. If you have a gazillion makeup brushes then you probably won’t need to add this to your collection, but who knows it might be the best thing since sliced bread for ya!

Until next time peeps,

XO’s

Amy

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Searching for the Holy Grail.

Searching for the Holy Grail.

*Cue Indiana Jones soundtrack here*

I think that finding the perfect concealer and foundation is like finding the Holy Grail. You spend your lifetime searching for it, leg it out of the shop (once you have paid of course!) like you are being chased by a gigantic ball of rock and then place the bottles on display on your make up table like they are something amazing to behold. You tell everyone and their dog about your find, and potentially may even buy back ups because, well just in case…. Right? No? Ok so only me then.

As I am getting…. Cough…. Older, I have noticed a number of things. Lines where lines never used to be, my skin plays me up a whole lot more and takes a whole lot more work now, and my make up just isn’t doing the job that it used to. It adds to the depressing feeling of being in the next age bracket up when you are filling in forms. I have always been a MAC Cosmetics girl, and I love and believe in their products so I know it must be me and not them so I have set myself a task….. to find the Holy Grail of concealers.

I started by addressing my problems:

1) Fine lines,

2) Dark circles which will not quit,

3) My face eating the product,

4) Powder, both loose and pressed, making me look like I have scales on my under eye.

Surely there must be a product or products out there for me, a 30 something, which could take these issues and eat them for breakfast. The intermerweb is brilliant for these things, but I wasn’t prepared to pay gazillions of pounds buying products for them to not work. So I donned my Indie hat, well my warm hoodie, and I set off into town to see what I could pick up.

We have a moderately sized Debenhams, so I thought that I would start there to pick up a few samples. The longer you hang about on my blog you will see I ADORE samples. I mean whats not to love. You get to try products, without having to pay, and might find something that you really can’t live without. Also, if you really love a product and you are going traveling, you don’t have to pack your full sized items or faff with small pots which you will always forget what is inside. Genius. I was surprised that certain brands would not allow you to take samples away. They immediately lost my business (Benefit I am looking at you). I know and appreciate that there are certain things you simply can’t take away, pressed powders for example, but for what I was after I didn’t feel it was too much of a tall order. Even stick concealers you can scrape some off and pot it up, lord knows this is what Dior did for me, yet other brands with similar products won’t do the same. If you pay a premium price, you expect a premium service, and that includes me being able to use these products in my own home, at my own convenience, even if it means making a small mess of your tester products (which is what they are there for anyway!!!).

Anyway I digress, I picked up a number of products from Debs. Concealer, correction sticks, foundations… Oh my! (I really should keep my movie references to one movie per blog right). I also picked up a few high street concealers from my local Boots. My aim is to test them out over the coming weeks and let you know how I get on.

My ‘hit’ list, so far, is:

Dior – Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder and Fix It Colour 2-in-1 Prime & Colour Correct

Clarins – Instant Concealer

Bare Minerals – Mineral Vale Powder

YSL – Touche Eclat 01 and Setting Powder

Clinique – Super Primer Discolouration, All about the Eyes Concealer, Super Balance Foundation, Beyond Perfect Foundation and Loose Powder Invisable Blend.

Setee Lauder – Double Wear Foundation

NYX – Dark Circles Concealer and HD Concealer

Maybelline – The Eraser Eyeshadow

LA Pro Girl Concealer

What do you use? If you have any suggestions for me let me know and I shall add them to my ‘Hit’ List.

So, until next time my lovelies,

XO’s

Amy

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Best make up remover I have ever tried.

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You will never see me without a full face of make up. Not because I feel I NEED to wear make up, but because I love to play with it and experiment with colours. I have never been artistic, but I am creative, and I see make up as a creative outlet which if you get wrong, washes off at the end of the day. No harm, no foul….. right? I love to paint my face with an array of wonderful eyeshadows, blushes and highlighters. I adore learning new techniques, absorbing everything that the world of make up can throw at me. If only I had a bigger budget, then my make up collection would be far better than it is now, although I am sure my other half would argue that it is big enough already.

One thing that comes with wearing a full face, or make up of any kind, is the removal of it. In the world of waterproof this that and the other, there are a fair number of lotions and potions that profess to remove the gunk and make your face glow. Lord knows my dressing table is as full of bottles as it is with lipsticks. I was getting frustrated with the daily slog of removal, of products just not doing what they claimed they would, and quite frankly bored of the same old stuff. I was certainly finding that the skin around my eyes was taking a battering as I was scrubbing at them trying to get the layers of mascara from my lashes.

That is, until I found Clinque Take the Day off balm. Ohmygeeze, I mean seriously, this stuff is amazing. It is very rare that I am raving after one use of a product, but seriously if you buy nothing else in 2017 (and I include food and bills in this!!!) then you NEEEEED to get one of these pots of magic. You will thank me, I promise you. This little pot of magic looks like a solid, but once you scoop out a small amount and rub it between your hands, it turns into an oil like consistency. Simply rub your hands over your face, focusing on the areas where you have more stubborn make up (for example, your eyes or lips if you have a liquid lip on). Your make up will simply melt away. I wash my face with a damp washcloth, and carry on with my routine. It has reduced the amount of time I spend removing my face, without compromising on the actual cleaning of it, and the way it feels the following morning is as soft as my most amazing heated lap yeti (ahhh I bet I caught your eye. I will explain all in another post soon I promise)

 

It comes in at £22.00 on Clinque’s site direct, but with 125ml of product it will last you a long while making the cost not so steep. It’s light weight, non drying or greasy and doesn’t clog your pores, which is also a bonus. It really is suitable for all skin types, which means you won’t hit any restrictions if you want to pick up this bad boy. Side note, not all counters stock this product so I had to get mine from the webpage, but it allowed me to pick up a few additional extra freebies in the form of a Take the Day off Make up liquid remover, Liquid Facial Soap and a Moisture Surge moisturiser, which I have yet to dig into as they are perfect travel size and as I am going to be going away in April I thought I best try and keep them for then.

Until next time party people,

XO’s

Amy

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