16-hour Bourjois Khol & Contour Eye Pencil?

Ok, so they claim it lasts for 16 hours straight… it doesn’t I’m afraid! I wear it on the waterline of my eye so that probably doesn’t help, but within a few hours (especially in summer) it transfers to my undereye and requires mopping up! But it does glide on easily with a strong solid colour, so with regular top ups, it looks pretty good! However, I wouldn’t try it on my upper lid as I expect it would transfer, but I reckon this would be great for a smoky eye if you smudge it for effect on purpose and at £5 it’s a bargain buy anyway!


Quest to find the best concealer

In the last 5 years or so, I seem to have developed clusters of hyper-pigmentation on my cheeks – I’m not talking about cute, tiny freckles here. Oh no… these are larger areas of darker skin and I hate them! I’m frequently told I have smudged make up on my face when, in actual fact, it’s these dark spots… I’ve actually been to a dermatologist already, but to cut a long story short, there’s no cream solution so I’ll have to have them lasered into oblivion. 

Until I pluck up the courage (and take out a new credit card) for such a procedure, I’m on the lookout for the best concealer. 

Cue Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer which I bought a few weeks ago after reading its constant rave reviews. Well, it doesn’t completely conceal my dark spots, however it is actually wonderful for under the eyes if you want light coverage that doesn’t feel thick and heavy on the skin. It definitely has some light-reflecting qualities and really brightens up the under eye area, without sinking into creases. The lip gloss style wand makes it super easy to apply as well. It’s not cheap at £23, but I reckon it’ll last ages! 

That’s my under eyes sorted, now back to hyper-pigmentation cover….

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes

I tried out Legendary Lashes (£25) last week and I have to say, my lashes literally multiplied and grew in all directions. I couldn’t believe it! Seriously impressive but I’ll be looking out for it in a waterproof version because it definitely smudges – I wore it for the day and ended up looking very panda-like!! Shame really, because it is great in every other way and like most of Charlotte Tilbury’s make up, it comes in beautiful gold packaging. So maybe good for a short evening event when you can get back to your make up remover pronto, no good if you’re planning on sleeping in it… not that I recommend that of course!! 

Best eye make up remover (according to Stylist) and its much cheaper alternative that’s just as good…

I’d firstly just like to point out that I LOVE Stylist magazine. I must confess that I get very excited leaving work on Tuesday evenings when I can pick it up at Holborn station… So last week I was even more excited because they’d included their “Best Beauty” awards booklet and I just couldn’t wait to get my mitts on the coveted products that the mag I trust claims are the best! Check out the front runners here

Then I saw this:

I was very pleased to see that Clarins picked up the prize for the best eye make up remover – I have known that for years! The oil and water combo is a must for most mascara removal sans panda effect and it smells really nice too. But what I only recently discovered, thanks to my mother no less, is that Nivea’s Daily Essentials Double Effect eye make up remover is just as good AND a fraction of the price at around £3.75 (and often cheaper on sale!)

You’re welcome 😘

Dry lips?

My lips are so often dry these days! I’m still searching for something to keep my lips hydrated all day long AND add some colour at the same time so I will keep you posted on that journey…  Until then, here’s what I’ve learned about dealing with dry lips:

1. Vaseline only provides short-lived relief and seems to leave my lips even drier! 

2. There’s a good reason that many state Elizabeth Arden Eight-hour Skin Protectant (the one in the tube at about £27, not in the lippy format) as their main go-to product. Yes, it smells a bit odd (herbally but not in the best way) but it really does hydrate the lips – I use it at night and can sometimes still feel it when I wake up in the morning. I find it a bit fiddly for daytime as you have to squeeze it out on to your finger first, but my friend Dina uses it in the day and it makes her lips look nice and shiny, so this gets a massive thumbs up from me. Also great for dry elbows/knees!

3. I stumbled across Dr PawPaw Multipurpose soothing balm in a wonderful beauty box that my friend Kaysheen got me from Look Fantastic to help me start blogging (thanks Kaysh!) and this really does moisturise lips, but does need regular re-application and is also a little fiddly (as above). The good thing is that it comes in various shades – mine is the Tinted Ultimate Red – but don’t be fooled, it’s not bright red at all, just the smallest hint of colour. Around £7 online and looks like Superdrug may be stockists.

4. I’m not usually a fan of No7 products, but their BB Lips is a really lovely lip product which works for moisturising and adding colour. It feels like you’re wearing a lip balm but it looks a little glossy, and the colours are great! I definitely recommend this, £9 from Boots.

I’ll let you know when I find the ultimate lip product that gives a great dose of moisture in the perfect shade with a little gloss-effect, lasts all day and doesn’t transfer onto my wine glass…!

Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lippy

I just bought this lippy in So Marylin, which is a gorgeous deep red and matches well with my olive-y skin tone. Perfect with minimal eye makeup, it actually does what it says on the tin: glides on and makes your lips feel super hydrated and look plumped up with great colour. It leaves a stain on your lips so the staying-power is brilliant – I hate to admit it, but it appears to be better than my all time fave MAC lipsticks… I may have to try some more shades out! Watch this space…

Nars ‘not so’ Audacious Mascara?

I just had to Google Audacious to make sure my understanding was correct… Bold, Daring, Fearless you say? I would say this mascara is none of those things, sadly.

I like to have thick luscious lashes and this absolutely did not deliver. Firstly, it smells a bit like glue, not in a strong way, but not so great either. It’s a bit runny in texture which is never going to help me achieve my thick lash effect and the worst thing about it, in my opinion, is the wand. The bristles are quite long, which makes getting to the root of your lash without stabbing yourself in the eye impossible. Cue tears and panda eyes to sort out before continuing application. It’s difficult to get to your bottom lashes with this wand too, so I ended up using a completely different mascara (le volume de Chanel aka Ye old faithful) to complete my look. Longer lashes? Tick. But they are not thick and plumped out and it took about 100 strokes to get anywhere near acceptable eyelashes. Unless you’re looking for a subtle lift and elongate on your lashes, I’d suggest saving yourself £21 and trying something else.