May Likes and Dislikes

Evening all, I thought I would share my favourites and my not- so favourites from this current month.

LIKES

Having seen the Original Source online a few times (I think they also have a Pineapple and Orange scent too), these are pretty good on oomph and zany coolness! Think these currently retail for about £2.

Also a similar product, this is my 3rd one! The Imperial Leather “Unicorn” Foamburst. I’m a sucker for packaging, and with everything being Unicorns still I had to try this. Smells quite subtly of Marshmallows and isn’t sickly sweet. Again probably around the £3 retail mark.

Initially looking for a matte skincare primer, but of all the ones I was looking for nothing took my fancy. Turned around and saw the Nivea Daily Essentials Moisture Boost + Matte and I was a little sceptical, due to the fact it said it left a matte look to your skin but also because it was a moisturiser and could also be used as a primer. Boy this does the job. Honestly refreshingly nice on the face and even good to apply foundation on top off too. Just enough tack to stick! Hidden jem. This was a bargain at £2.

Last but not least the Charles Worthington Salon at Home Protective Detangle Mist. I don’t use conditioner in my hair, as it’s very fine and prone to becoming oily very quickly, but also I needed some help when I have washed my hair to keep it straight and tangle free. Saw this and it was a risk purchase. It smells fresh, isn’t heavy on the spray, it is just like a mist and doesn’t weight down my hair. Bordering more than I would want to spend £5- £6.

DISLIKES

Not sure where to start.

All of these products from this months use have all been awful and a waste of money.

Will just bullet point these to save on waffling!

  • Rimmel Fix & Perfect Makeup Primer- terrible packaging, awful product, makeup didn’t stay on more than maybe 4 hours at most.
  • OGX Brazilian Keratin Smooth Shampoo- apart from the nice pleasant chocolate scent this has, it clearly doesn’t work well with my thin, long hair, and leaves it feeling worse than when I went in to shower!
  • Revolution Concealer NEW- I had high hopes of these new concealers due to the high amount of promotion everywhere. The shade scales are pretty good and the colour matched me well. I was c1, but that’s where it ended. After a few hours of honest wear, you could clearly see this slide and move on my face. I would say AVOID!
  • Rimmel Match Perfect and Lasting Finish Foundation- both oxidise badly, terrible shade assumptions, and both do not last the stated times for wear. I love Rimmel makeup and use the mascaras constantly over other high street brands. Just foundations lately don’t seem to live up to the expectations.
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Makeup of the day – dewy skin

 

Fancied a change today, due to the weather being pretty darn miserable.

 

 

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Here is what I used to create this look!

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Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation in 100 Ivory

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette in Flawless 3 Resurrection in 5th shade along the bottom row

Urban Decay Perversion Eye Pen in Black

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara in Black

Urban Decay Brow Beater Brow Pencil in Dark

Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Palette in Solstice in Subsolar

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

My favourite lip products (NYX)

I swear, that literally this last year or so NYX Professional Makeup have exploded immensely with their makeup, even more so with their lip products.

I have never really been a fan of lip products, as the shape of my mouth isn’t really what I call ‘attractive’, so have always steered clear of anything dramatic or bright.

Then I saw these…

 

 

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l-r NYX Butter Gloss in Madeleine, Soft Matte Lip Cream in Rome and Abu Dhabi

 

 

They both go on really well, the colour pigment of the lip cream is amazing, and honestly lasts a fair few hours wear.

 

 

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Rome, Madeleine and Abu Dhabi

 

 

I picked mine up from my local Boots stores, but they sell online too and do not cost a lot, these were £5.50 and £6.00 each.

Have a great evening

C xx

 

http://www.boots.com/nyx-professional-makeup-butter-gloss-10207772

http://www.boots.com/nyx-professional-makeup-soft-matte-lip-cream-14g-10207816

 

 

As Frank Sinatra sang so famously… “That’s Life”

I do wonder sometimes, at what point in time will I ever feel complete or at least happy. It doesn’t seem complicated, aren’t we all entitled to be happy? But I for one thought that being happy came at a cost. To who’s expense exactly?

People say, “life is what you make it”, what’s that supposed to mean? I never once invisioned my life to be like it is right now.

Ok, I didn’t do particularly well at school with my education, but I did go on to do college and I did night school for 2 years, but where did it get me?

Im laying in bed again procrastinating about my life now as a 29 (going on 30), mum of 3, and I think. Is THIS it? Is this what my life has become?

I do think I’m jealous of how other people live their lives, the amount of friends they have, their social status etc, I always think to myself, why dont I have that too…

There isn’t really an answer to that question, as I guess other people may be thinking the exact same thing as me.

I have a loving, trusting, caring partner who supports and understands me and three handsome sons, and I ‘probably’ couldn’t ask for more than that.

I guess ‘that’s life’ really, isn’t it?

C xx

 

 

 

 

In a room full of people. No one can hear you scream.

Demons.

Demons of depression is like being in a pool full of water and drowning even though you know how to swim. No one understands.

Everyone says “you look to nice today, with your hair and makeup on” blah blah blah, and all your want to do is scream at them and tell them that your blind at the fact that all I want to do is rip your head off and scream at you.

Ignorance ISN’T bliss.

This isn’t a phase…

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First Impressions / Baby ‘haul’

So I haven’t done a blog in a week, due to many reasons, of which I will not bore you about…

But there was infact time to do some spontaneous online shopping!

I will just dive straight in.. here goes!

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Since receiving them on Monday just gone, I have had the time to test the all out. Some more frequently than others.

L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover / Infallible 24hr Matte / Mattifying Base

I have long been an avid fan of L’Oréal makeup products ever since the ‘original’ True Match foundation came out many years ago.. and I have to say their foundations in general do not falter.

At the moment, since giving birth to my baby not long ago, my skin has become more shiner, so the need for a makeup that will stay put all day is ever needed.

I find that the 24hr Matte is true to my fair skin tone ( I am PALE), it does the trick, by not moving about, staying matte, and not looking at all ‘cakey’.

Turn to the NEW Total Cover and this is whole different ball game… O boy.

This claims to cover all kinds of skin issues, be it, blemishes, redness and tattoo’s without the heavy feeling.

If I am honest, it is okay, yes I am currently on day 3 of trying this foundation, and again using my blender or sponge to apply it. Good colour match too, so no tide lines around the jaw area.

It also certainly looks to stay put significantly longer than that of the 24hr Matte.

This is my 2nd attempt (I accidently threw the first one out) and trying the Mattifying Base out. You get a decent sized tube for your buck so a little goes a long way.

For years I have been faithful to the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer, which I love, so again, giving this one for a spin has been interesting. It is easy and simple to apply, over the bridge of my nose and forehead, it seems to keep my pores hidden away as if by magic, so for me this wins hands down!

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Maybelline The Eraser Eye Concealer

For months and months now, this concealer has been stalking my Instagram, Blogger and YouTube feed, and it came to the point, where I knew I had to try this.

Like many others, the one thing that bothered me, and potentially put me off, was the sponge applicator of which the concealer comes through at the top.

I cannot be sure if I am so excited by this, as I find the colour is a bit ‘off’ for me. Considering this is in the shade Light, it is much darker than my current favourite ( Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer).

Plus the price for the amount your getting is much more dearer, compared to the Collection brand.

I will have to see how this one pans out for me over the next few weeks…

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Batiste Dry Shampoo (Limited Edition ‘Naughty’)

LOVE LOVE LOVE Batiste.

Since falling pregnant last year and then having my son, my hair has become ever more limp, and voluminous, which for me, isn’t a great look. Especially when you have  washed it within 2-3 hours, and then its looking gross again. Boo.

I do tend to find though, that it is incredibly chalky and does leave your hair with a grey tinge… So a little goes a long way… But never the less, it does what it says on the can. Cannot falter!

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Lee Stafford Hair Growth Shampoo

So like I’ve mentioned above, my hair is limp, lifeless and not very voluminous. Plus whilst pregnant, I started to loose clumps of hair, which is petrifying.

This is quite pricey for the amount you get, but you do not need very much and the instructions recommend you pre wash your hair first, so its super wet, which makes this easier to lather.

Only time will tell if this is any good for me and my hair.

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NYX Flawless Finish Blending Sponge

I have a few of these infamous sponges, so when I saw that NYX had brought one out too, I had to try it out.

Quite a small sponge compared to the other ones out there, but still good.

Shaped like a tear- drop with a round bottom, and on one side its a flat edge.

So far it does what its meant to do.

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L’Oréal Le Blush in 120 Sandalwood Pink

Another blush to add to my collection. This one is also one of my favourites. I am not a fan of shimmery blushes, so these from L’Oréal always seem to tick the boxes.

Subtle shades of pink and muted browns complete the range, and comes complete with a compact mirror and mini brush- perfect if your on the go!

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RECIPE: Millionaire Shortbread

So after a while of pushing this back, I finally decided to make these Millionaire Shortbreads.

 

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What you will need:

A traybake style tin, like a brownie tin

Greaseproof paper

  • 185g unsalted butter (shortbread)
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 250g plain flour
  • 185g unsalted butter (caramel)
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 300g sweetened condensed milk
  • 150g milk chocolate ( I used Green & Blacks)

 

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Method:

Line your tin with the greaseproof paper and preheat your oven to 180c

Put your butter, sugar and flour either in a bowl and mix or into a mixer/ food processor and beat until you have dough. It will take longer by hand!

Turn out into your tin and press in and then bake for 25 minutes until just golden.

Whilst this is happening you can start on your caramel.

Add your sugar, butter and golden syrup into a pan and leave to melt, once this is done and the sugar has dissolved turn up the heat and boil the mixture. BE VERY VERY CAREFUL THIS WILL BE HOT!!

Once the shortbread has cooked, remove from oven, and the your can add your caramel.

Leave to completely set for about an hour

Melt your chocolate and then again add on top of the caramel- again leave to set completely. You could even chill it to speed the process!

Then slice as you wish and enjoy!

mummy3sons xx