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I love trying new make-up, but this week I want to share with you a beauty product that I’ve just re-stocked.  It’s a hard-working, effective foundation and I really love it.

 

Rimmel London’s Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Skin Brightening Foundation with Vitamin C and SPF 20 just ticks all the boxes for my tired skin and the price makes my purse happy too.

 

I don’t normally buy drug store foundations.  Indeed, I love Estee Lauder, Chanel and Marks & Spencer’s Autograph foundations, but I work from home mostly, so wearing expensive make-up that only SP and the postman sees, feels like a waste of money (sorry babe).

 

I started to look around for something under a tenner.  It had to have SPF cause those rays will catch you, even if you’re putting the washing out, and I wanted an element of glow added to my skin, some kind of illuminating power that could help me look alive.

 

Rimmel is a classic brand.  If it’s a good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for me and when I caught sight of its anti-fatigue qualities, I was intrigued.

 

 

What the brand says (taken from Boots website):

* Rimmel Wake Me Up, a foundation that instantly reawakens skin with a healthy, radiant glow and minimizes premature skin ageing

* Formula has a smooth, light texture that effortlessly glides onto your skin, leaving you with a lightweight foundation that feels barely there, yet gives you 100% poreless coverage and a flawless natural finish

* Instantly eliminates signs of tiredness and lifts skin from fatigue, while the use of peptides means elasticity is increased, so your skin recovers and bounces back more quickly

* Luminizing foundation contains radiance pearls, which illuminate your skin for a healthy, radiant glow that’ll get rid of any greyness in no time

* Silky smooth, light formula to feel as if you’re wearing nothing at all

* Contains radiance pearls to illuminate the skin and give you a healthy glow

 

What I say:

* It really does what it says on the tin and leaves me with illuminated skin

* It has a soft, creamy texture that I really like, but I don’t feel like I’m wearing lots of make-up

* The pump dispenses just the right amount of product

* SPF, SPF, SPF (my last drug store foundation from Bourjois didn’t have it and I had to give it up)

* I use a foundation brush to apply and the coverage is evenly applied

* Did I mention, it’s only £8.99 for a 30ml bottle

 

What others say (my mate Louise who asked me for a recommendation):

* Love how it dispenses from the pump – hate it when there is no pump and you have to use finger/back of hand

* Blends evenly over face

* Great range of colours

* Skin feels soft.  No caked/tight feeling that some foundation leaves you with

* Love that is has SPF

* Lasts all day and it is great value

 

Pretty good reviews eh!  If you’re in need of a little freshen up on the foundation front you might get on with this one.  Available in Boots, Super Drug and lots of other places for a under a tenner.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Gail xx

 

What’s a girl to do when she is desperate to freshen up her look, but either has no time to roam the shops or is light on spending money?  Head straight to the make-up counter, that’s what!  It’s how I came to up my pout action this winter.

 

The quickest, easiest way to make you feel a bit perkier, more confident and a whole heap better when you have zero time is to slather on a new lippy.  It can be a total game changer, not just to your face, but your whole appearance.

 

It started when I was working at an event one evening in Bath last Autumn.  Greeting guests I wanted to look smart, welcoming and professional, but I didn’t have lots of time, so I dressed in my usual ‘smart PR uniform’ and ran out the door.

 

Getting closer to the venue, I realised I had 10 mins spare, so I quickly nipped in to the nearest store that I knew had a MAC counter (luckily opposite where I was working) and caught the attention of the nearest assistant.

 

Here’s the tip if you’re going to make a purchase with confidence and not dally around, ask for help.  I briefed the assistant on the look I wanted to achieve (I want people to ‘see’ me) and voila, within three minutes I was wearing Tropic Tonic, a matte finish high power coral.

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Thrilled that I was finally out of nudes and not wearing Rimmel Heather on loop I ventured back to MAC, this time in Bristol, and asked the assistant to help me identify which shade of red would suit me.  We should always have at least one good red in our armoury, don’t you think?

 

I have a range of red lipsticks in my make-up kit, none of which I’m entirely confident with and I really wanted a look that had stand-out and add some brightness to the amount of dark winter colours I would be wearing.  Boom.  This is Mangrove, a bright, matte finish, red.

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Both colours get me through Christmas and now I’m on a roll, so I go through my make-up drawer and find that I’ve empty make-up containers of MAC cosmetics.  A quick look online confirms that MAC still run a fantastic recycling campaign – take six empties back and you can pick up a brand new lipstick for FREE.  Off I go to John Lewis at Cribbs Causeway on the lookout for a new pink.

 

Looking for a hot pink I’m disappointed when the assistant advises against anything that has a ‘blue’ tone (it won’t suit my skin tone, which needs more warmth), but once the assistant pops Twig on my lips I quickly change my mind.

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I love this pink and I can dial up or down the depth of shade it is by layering, blotting and re-layering it on my lips.  This brownish-pink lipstick has satin finish and is more creamy than the other two.

 

Three new looks and I feel really happy with them.  So much so that I am throwing out a number of lipsticks that I purchased a few years which don’t really do that much for me.  You know, the ones that you keep for when you get some colour?  I have a bunch of them!

 

One nude that is staying the course is Velvet Teddy (in Matte).  It is quite a rich deep-toned beige in the stick, but I was surprised how light it looked in this picture.

 

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A great everyday lipstick, Velvet Teddy is my kind of nude.  I would love to wear baby pinks and creams, but they absolutely drain my face, so I think sticking to brighter colours is the way forward for me, particularly as I’m getting older. I want colour to lift and brighten face that make me feel good, inside and out.

 

Perhaps try this trick next time you need a little lift.

 

Have a fun weekend.

 

Gail xx

 

Do you like to wear brighter lipsticks?  What brands do you love/hate?  Please share your thoughts below…

 

So this week has been no better than the last one.  I’m still in pain and a visit to the dentist on Monday confirmed I had dry socket, which, if you’ve ever had it, is worse than having the damn tooth out.   Ahhh.

Needless to say I’m pretty drugged up.  But not too poorly to tell you about a new foundation that I’ve discovered, which is really, really good.

Currently in between foundations (I’m waiting to get to duty free to buy Lift Lumiere, Chanel) I’ve been using up an old combi foundation/powder that I had lying around.  Big mistake, I don’t need any kind of powder these days as my skin is getting drier with age and the current cold weather and central heating conditions, takes every last drop of moisture out of my skin.  What I need is a product that has light-reflecting qualities and gives me a dewy complexion and healthy glow.  Off I went in search…

I have tried everyday brands from Boots and Superdrug before, but I really struggle to pick up decent foundations for mature skin.  I don’t know if they just don’t cater for older skin, or that they don’t do it that well, but I’m never truly satisfied.  So I was in M&S the Sunday before last, waiting for the tills to open (always go early on a Sunday during Christmas time as I hate the pushing and shoving) and thought I would loiter around the make-up section to see what I could find.

Lo and behold I came up trumps.  Diving into The Autograph collection I found they had a number of formulas including Fluid Touch Foundation, which has SPF 20 and comes in six shades.  A quick test in the mirror and I was instantly in love.

 

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It’s a long-lasting foundation and is super-lightweight, which means you can build up the coverage to your own specification. It’s radiance-boosting, which I love and need, and at just £15 it’s a gift!

Soft to the touch, it’s quite a silky, fluid product, but I don’t find it messy to put on as it comes with a dropper type top, allowing you to use as little or as much as you want.

 

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I love the flawless finish that it gives me and the pics I’ve included with this post are untouched.

Years ago I was part of the M&S PR team that launched the Autograph fashion range so I know it truly is a designer range.  I don’t know which make-up brand is behind this label, but a friend of mine pointed out that the cult beauty brand, BECCA, from Australia, has exactly the same packaging, so it might be them.  You never know.

If buying cruelty-free is something that’s important to you, you’ll be pleased to know that this foundation carries The Leaping Bunny logo, so no animal testing has taken place.

I love it. You might do too.  Or, if you know of other well-priced foundations that it’s worth taking a look at please share in the comments.

Have a great weekend!

 

Gail xx

I look dreadful without make-up.  I’m not one of those women who wears make-up at night or jumps out of bed before her husband wakes so that he never sees her without war paint, but I know I need it during the day and I’m happier, more confident when I have a little ‘slap’ on.

 

I’ve recently reverted to ‘carving out time’ to put it on, as I did in my youth.  In my thirties, there was no time, or maybe I thought I didn’t need as much time, and my face was done in minutes.  Now, as I get older, I’m building up the drugstore again and I’m starting to think I might end up like Barbara Cartland as my bathroom overflows with colourful goodies.

 

Hopefully SP will stick around and forewarn me of graffiti-style war paint wearing as I get older, but that’s down the line and my immediate problem lies in the holiday make-up bag, which is a bone of contention between us.  It all started when we couldn’t carry anything over 100ml in our hand luggage and I couldn’t hide ‘all that stuff’ in a tote.  I know it’s for a good reason, but now all my make-up is visible in the shared suitcase (obviously where I’m going wrong) and ‘make-up control’ guidelines dictate very serious restrictions. The trouble is SP considers said make-up kit a luxury, I consider it First Aid.

 

Without make-up my head looks like a spud and it’s particularly worse when I expose my skin to the sun.  I do not have summer-friendly skin.  I’m naturally pale and really have to stick at the sun worship to gain any colour, always being mindful of how long I’m out in it,  as I can scorch like a tomato on a grill.

 

I wear high factor protection on my face the whole time I’m away and then add a swish of MAC Bronzer to give my face a sun-kissed look of an evening.  These items are non-negotiable, but with make-up space at a premium I need to limit myself with the rest of the ‘equipment’ and not take the complete drugstore, which is how I found myself fine-tuning my kit to the items below for my last holiday.

 

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Wearing high factor protection is great for your skin, but try standing next to a bronzed beauty in the Med, it ain’t so hot.  So I always take foundation and powder away with me.   This time I wanted to find a 2-in-1 product that also didn’t break the bank.  Chatting to beauty bloggers on Twitter and doing some digging around I found a 4-in1 product, True Match Genius by L’Oreal.

 

A primer, concealer, foundation and powder in one compact, it comes with a built-in mirror and application sponge.  It’s creamy to touch, but transforms to a matt texture with a satin finish once on the skin.  It offers medium coverage and because it comes in a small case I could take it with me everywhere and touch up should my skin get ‘flushed’.  I really liked the result, but I think I’m going to go a shade darker this next holiday to give me a little more colour.

 

I was also advised to try eyeshadow sticks or crayons, which meant I didn’t have to take any brushes with me – hoorah – see saving space comes naturally to me!  I found these by Max Factor.  They aren’t new in the world of beauty, but certainly a fresh idea to me.  These are 2-in-1 Gel Shadow Liners.  They offer a high pigmentation and I bought a light brown/gold colour for day wear and a metallic grey for an evening.  In truth they are quite chunky sticks so I didn’t wear them as a liner and drew over the whole eyelid, but that suited my needs.  I think you’d need a pretty steady hand to just use them as a liner.  I loved the colours and coverage though.

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There are some nights of course when you want to add more sparkle to your look and for that I bought Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner that I kept reading about all last year.  I bought Midnight Cowboy which offers a wash of gold glitter that can be delicately worn on the outer rim of your eye, or hell-for-leather over the whole eyelid.  It depends on what you’re looking for and whether you’re going to an Abba tribute gig or not, but I found a tiny amount really makes your eyes pop in a pretty way.  I wore mine with Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara (not pictured), which is my currant fave.

 

Lastly, I had a sample (must have been from a magazine) of Benefit’s Hoola Lip Gloss.  It does say Ultra Plush on the packaging, but I did find it really quite heavy to wear and it took a little getting used to.  It’s pretty much nude on the lip, but does offer some shimmer.  I’m not convinced that it did much for me, I’m too pale and need colour, so I will be reverting back to a pink gloss for the next holiday.  But if you go a gorgeous nut brown (please don’t stand near me) then this could be a gloss for you.

 

And that was it, my holiday ‘look’ with just a few products.  I literally got a gold star from SP.

 

Don’t worry, I got my own back. I more than made up for it with shoes!!!

 

Have a nice weekend.

 

Gail x

 

 

Happy Friday All!

 

You know, the longer I write this blog, the more I find all I need to learn on the net.  This last week, my ‘research’ has led me to finding a new product that I’m so in love with I really want to share it with you.

 

My under eye area is the living museum of my life – all the bad things that I’ve done, like smoking and drinking are on display here.  I no longer smoke (thank heaven), but a glass of the good stuff will always be a treat.   (Though I’ve cut it down to only allowing myself a drink two nights a week.  What a BORE).

 

The surrounding area of my eyes have been where the first, second and third signs of ageing have shown over the years and I’m always to trying to cover it up.  We all do, right?  Under-eye/black circle miracle cover is a constant search for me and I’ve spent lots (at the MAC counter and others) trying to find a good enough cover.  To be honest some of these do work, but as soon as I step outside my eyes water like an old Labrador and I’m back to square one.  By the time I get to where I’m going it’s pretty much washed away and I look knackered.

 

So I was delighted to watch a video by Pixiwoo about drug store concealers and learn that a cheaper option had promise.  Maybelline Instant Anti-Ageing Eye Eraser comes with its own built-in applicator and the girls (who are successful make-up artists) said it offered good coverage.  I grabbed my coat and headed to Superdrug.

 

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Put simply, it’s my new bestie and I love it. It really does conceal.  I used a brush to help blend it in (well actually I bought a new brush from Real Techniques while I was in the store!) which really helped me not ‘overdo’ it.  And, what is more appealing to me, is that because it has its own applicator I can stick it in my handbag and touch up throughout the darn day if needs be.

 

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If you’re interested (and I know a few people have said they’d like me to look into this area of ageing assault) it comes in two colours, Nude and Light, and I bought the latter because I’m very fair.  It costs £7.99 in Superdrug, so it doesn’t break the bank either and obviously you can pick it up in other stores.

 

Eureka!  I’ve had a breakthrough.  Now, about those crow’s feet…..

 

Til next week.

 

Gail xxx