Korean beauty products are known for their innovative formulas and ‘outside of the box’ approach to skincare. The Shake & Shot rubber firming mask from Dr.Jart+ is no exception to that rule.
At first glance the packaging is definitely quirky, if not a little bit creepy. It looks like a milkshake but with a weird purple baby on the lid. The fact that you have to mix and ‘shake’ up the mask to activate it also adds to the fun. This definitely ticks the box for gimmicky products.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from a rubber sheet mask. I did expect something that was malleable and with a slightly denser texture than a standard facemask. To begin with the mask was very creamy but then set to rubbery sheet mask over a period of 15 – 20 minutes. It was actually a bit more of a looser and runnier consistency than I was expecting before it began to set. I would definitely suggest taking the time to lie back and let it do its thing rather than it dripping everywhere.
I needed pictures for this post though so had to roll with it. Once the mask had set it peeled away very easily. It actually felt a bit like those little silicone under eye masks that you get.
The skincare benefits that this particular mask promise are:
Target the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Improve skin elasticity.
Leave skin looking heathier and firmer.
I wouldn’t say that there was a drastic visual difference in my skin after using this facemask. I did think that my skin felt nourished and a bit tighter but not in a dried out uncomfortable way, just firmer. Overall it was a pleasant experience. If you want to try this out for yourself it can be purchased from ASOS for £8. They also stock the shake & shot masks in three other varieties.
My favorite topic in History class was 100% The Roman Empire. To me the ancient Romans just seemed so innovative and clever, strong, feisty and even a little bit glamorous. A visit to Rome then has always been on the agenda.
Originally we were planning to arrange our own trip by booking elements separately, however that was proving complicated, so in the end we took the easy option and booked a package with Easy Jet. We flew into Fiumicino airport and took a pre-booked mini bus transfer to our hotel. At 10 in the evening this took us around 45 minutes.
We were staying in the very central location of the Trevi Palace Luxury Apartments, just a stones throw away from the always bustling Trevi Fountain. This recently restored mid 17th century palace is a welcome cool and calm retreat in what is noisy and crowded part of the city.
The comfortable air-conditioned rooms all have wooden beamed ceilings and views over the quirky rooftops and cobbled alleyways that lead up to the Trevi Fountain itself. The corridors retain their original stone stairwells and marble flooring, original iron fretwork can still be seen in the many little apertures dotted around the place. The breakfast room even features the original well sunk into the middle of its floor, now covered with a glass top that you can walk over, if you dare… Don’t expect access to an on site bar but there are plenty to choose from in the surrounding streets.
We had a lovely evening drinking prosecco and Aperol Spritz at the roof top terrace bar of the Relais Fontana Di Trevi Hotel. This is a perfect spot to take in the picturesque fountain away from the crowds.
Our first full day we spent visiting the Colosseum. We booked a tour through trip advisor that included exclusive entry through the gladiator entrance and access to the arena floor.
I definitely recommend doing this in advance as it can be a little bit chaotic around the colosseum ticket offices. It is also the only way you will be able to see the Colosseum from this view point.
The tour was very informative and our tour guide was particularly good with the Children.
On our second day we visited The Vatican museums. Like all the major landmarks in Rome this was very very busy. Having heard about the queues from other people this was another activity that I pre booked. I’m so glad I did as this as ‘skip the line tickets’ meant no queues and it made getting through the security checks and registration a breeze. I’m not sure of the reason for it but most places we visited in Rome required us registering the children before we could visit.
For me the Vatican museums were rather overwhelming. Before we had actually got anywhere near the Sistine Chapel we had seen so many dramatic ceilings, sculptures and works of art. It truly is a special place. Expect to spend a few hours wandering around.
I took a lot of photos, be warned. However I don’t actually have a picture of the Sistine Chapel itself as you are not allowed to take photos .
Being the Catholic girl that I am of course I was going to behave myself. Much to my delight and surprise my good behaviour was rewarded. A Priest came into the chapel, asked for quite, and then invited those that wished to join him in prayer to do so.
It was a very special moment for me and I’m not ashamed of saying I got a little bit emotional. Hands up if you have also cried tears of happiness in the Sistine Chapel!
Our next day was a very chilled one. We had been for dinner the night before at Il Chianti which is a very authentic local traditional restaurant in the trevi fountain areas. We then went for supposedly a quick night cap. Well… said nightcap turned into a bit of a late night. We had got talking to a couple of girls from Texas and before we knew it a good couple of hours of sipping wine and good conversation had passed.
Er…When in Rome?
On our last day we visited the Villa Borghese Gardens for a wander in the shaded avenues and to take advantage of the view point over Piazza del Popolo. Here you can see most of Rome including a particularly good view of The Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica.
Within the park you can also hire out Segways for €10 if you fancy a bit of outdoor fun, as well as bikes and pedal carts. The Kids had great fun wizzing around.
Of course we had to do a little bit of shopping, I wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity to visit a Sephora or come home without an Italian leather handbag.
Via Del Corso leads directly off of piazza del popolo. It has many well known brands as well as some reasonably priced independent shops.
This is also a good opportunity to visit The Spanish Steps as they are just off of the road that runs adjacent.
FYI Sephora is directly across from the Spanish Steps if your interested.
Rome was a crazy whirlwind of sightseeing, fresh pasta and gelato, so much gelato. A relaxing trip it is not. Would I go back? Definitely!
I am a bit of a self confessed skincare junkie and just love trying out the latest new ingredients. Of course then, when I was offered the chance to try out eviternity’s Vitamin C Super serum, I jumped at the chance.
So you’re probably thinking Vitamin C in skincare is nothing new. The Vitamin C in this serum though is sourced from the Australian fruit Kakadu Plum. This little super fruit contains 100 times more vitamin C than Oranges, so it’s powerful stuff.
The serum promises to reduces the signs of aging, improve radiance and act as a natural antioxidant. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid, one of my favourite skincare ingredients, making it very hydrating.
I have been using the serum for a couple of weeks now and very pleased with it so far. The serum has a cloudy appearance and is not too tacky or sticky. It has a very light citrus scent that is nice and refreshing. The packaging is a brown class bottle with a handy dropper that helps to control the amount you use. Based on my use so far I would say a 30ml will last me approximately two months. With and RRP of £14.99 that makes this a great value product.
My skin is definitely looking brighter and feels very healthy at the moment. I have also noticed that I have managed to avoid the usual pre menstrual breakouts this month. For me that is a big deal. I feel it is to early to comment on the anti-aging benefits after two weeks but to be honest I don’t really have what I would consider to be wrinkles, just a few fine lines next to my eyes, not bad too bad for my 36 years.
Overall I am really pleased with this serum. I usually try to list any cons I find in product reviews but can’t actually think of any for this serum.
If you like the sound of the eviternity super serum it is available either directly from their website or from Amazon. I also have a bottle to giveaway to one lucky reader.
Entry is via Rafflecopter and closes on 16th July. One winner will be picked at random.
Mention the brand Barry M Cosmetics to me and I immediately think of nail polish and glittery dazzle dust pots. In my teens and early twenties this was one of my go to brands. I have to confess though as I have got older, and my tastes have changed, I felt like I had outgrown the brand.
A couple of weeks ago though, I was contacted by Barry M and offered the opportunity to try a selection of their products. Barry M are wanting more Mum’s to rediscover how the Brand is not just about glitter but fits quite nicely into everyday beauty routines.
Having had a couple of weeks to play with the products I am pleased to say that I have discovered some great make-up basics that I am reaching for on a daily basis.
All Night Long Foundation Stick £6.99
This is the first time I have used a foundation that is in stick form. I am enjoying the fact that it is mess free and very quick and easy to use. Perfect for busy mornings then! I just swipe the stick across my face and using my real Techniques buffing brush I blend it out.
I was sent the shade cashew, which is a bit on the dark side for me. I can get away with it though as long as I’m careful about how much I use.
As claimed this definitely is a medium coverage foundation. It evens out my skin tone and helps to improves the overall appearance of my skin without looking unnatural. I do have to use a small amount of concealer to neutralise the redness around my nose or to cover any major outbreaks, but then that is often the same with most foundations I have tried.
The picture below show before and after application. I haven’t used any concealer.
The foundation lasts well at work, any colour fade is even and I don’t experience any shiny or cakey patches. Do bear in mind that I use a water based primer as well as a setting spray.
Overall I am more than happy with this foundation and will continue to reach for it on a daily basis.
Flawless Light Reflecting Concealer £4.49
Again Barry M have got it right with the packaging for this product. This concealer has a handy built in brush making it quick and easy to apply.
The concealer contains cucumber and aloe extract so it feels refreshing under the eyes. It’s not too thick and heavy meaning that it doesn’t settle into any lines around the eye area.
I always use a setting spray with my makeup as I find it not only helps my foundation last longer but also improves the appearance of my makeup overall. At this budget price point Barry M’s offering is a option for everyday use. It definitely keeps me looking matte and shine free without that tacky feeling you can get in some setting sprays.
Lash Vegas 2 Black Mascara £4.99
If you like feathery separated lashes then this mascara is perfect for you. It has a long thin spiral shaped brush that grips and separates the lashes.
I do find I have to try not to blink until it dries as it is quite a wet formula. Once it’s dry though it stays put. I am a hay-fever suffer so this is no mean feat where I’m concerned.
I love the packaging for this mascara it looks and feels very sleek. It feels quite weighty in the hand giving the impression of a more luxurious product.
That’s Swell Plumping Lipgloss £4.99
This might look like just a clear lipgloss but I have absolutely fallen in love with it. The gloss has a minty bubblegum taste to it that feels soft and plumping on the lips. It is very comfortable to wear, unlike other plumping glosses I have tried.
I reach for it so regularly that it now lives in my work bag as it’s great for a quick fuss free freshen up.
Overall I have enjoyed using all of these products. Barry M is a great place to look for those necessary everyday basics. If you want a bit of glitter in your life too then they’ve got you covered.
To see the full range from Barry M check out their website here.
I am bit of a sucker for a good old subscription box. That’s why when I found out about Reading In Heels I immediately signed myself up. If you love reading and are open to reading something that you haven’t picked yourself, then this box is for you.
Each month you receive a book plus some extra luxury treats. This month the treats seemed to be themed around products designed to help you relax and get a good nights sleep. I’ve had a lot on my plate at work at the moment so this is something I really appreciated.
Included was a relaxing tealight sample from hopping hare candles. This has a gorgeous lavender scent with top notes of ylangylang. Full size candles range from £10-£38 and you can also pick up the tealight samples for just £1 from their website.
Next we have sleepy head beauty balm from Made by Coopers Apothecary . This 10g mini tin retails for £5 and you can get a larger 60g tin for £15. It has a Lavender and Frankincense scent. The top notes are much warmer than the candle.
Included also are two t2tea sleep tight Teabags, £7.50 for 25 and 2 pieces of Chins Kitchen Rose and Cardamom Nankhatai, £6.50 box. These are little fragrant Indian shortbreads. They were nice but not something I would rush out to buy myself.
This months book is Bad Romance by Emily Hill. The book is a selection of short stories that are darkly funny. I often have found myself literally sniggering as I read this book. Each story takes a fairly ordinary situation and then adds an unexpected twist. Often the heroines behave in way that society norms could consider to be fairly outrageous, they do so with a charming defiance.
I’ve found this perfect for keeping in my bag when I have a spare 5-10 minutes and feel the urge to indulge in a spot of reading. Life is often far to busy and fast paced and I sometimes just am looking for a spot of instant gratification. I don’t have to worry about getting to ‘the good bits’ and then having to stop reading.
A subscription costs £12.40 including P&P. This also includes access to the Reading In Heels digital book club, a place where you can leave reviews and discuss the book with other members.
As you can see it is well packaged so you items arrive safely.
Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of Reading in Heels. I am looking forward to seeing what next month brings.
I love Colourpop Supershock Shadows. The crème-powder formula is super pigmented and has just the right level of micro glitter. Whenever I wear it I get compliments and am regularly asked what eyeshadow it is I am wearing. At just $5 they are a bit of a steal. Here is my predicament though. I live in the UK so suddenly they are not so cheap and accessible. If I want free shipping, I have to spend $50, and don’t get me started on those bloomin import taxes. That will be why I own just two then!
What If I told you that I’ve found a dupe for Colorpops Supershock shadows that is very accessible to us UK based fans? Well Love Me Beauty have only gone and done it with their latest Phase Zero product launch, Metal Foil Eyeshadows.
I can’t compare shades but the formula is bang on. They have managed to capture the unique bouncy texture that Supershock shadows are known for. They perform in almost exactly the same way, dare I say but actually find them a smidge easier to blend (the colourpop shadow is the first swatch in the picture below).
I am wearing the middle shade Goth Girl in the picture below.
Individually the shadows are priced at just £4.75 to LMB members. If you buy a bundle they are even cheaper. Shipping is £3.95 regardless of the size of your order.
If you are already a Love Me Beauty member and haven’t tried these out yet do it, you won’t be disappointed. If you aren’t now is a good time to check the website out. They are currently offering 90 days free membership trial. Also if you use my referral code KATY6849 you can get £5 off your first order*.
I am in love with yet another Phase Zero product and will definitely be grabbing these in a couple of other shades.
It’s not often I instantly fall in love with a product. These liquid eyeshadows from Phase Zero however have really impressed me.
I have the shades Fancy which is yellow gold, and Regal which is a warm red toned burgundy.
The formula is highly pigmented and feels nice and creamy.
It has a small doe foot applicator making it easy to work with. I find I can be quite precise with the areas that I am wanting to apply product. I then like to use a blending brush to soften the edges.
Once the formula dries it doesn’t budge. This is great for lasting power but just remember you do need to work quickly if you do want to blend it out.
I find this is a great product to use when I’m in a hurry. I love how the look below came out. It is something I would wear for an evening out and only took me little over a minute.
This look was created using regal over the lid and a gold pressed eyeshadow dabbed into the centre.
Priced at just £4 to Love Me Beauty members these are a great little addition to my makeup collection.
If you wanted try these out for yourself I have a £5 off first order referral code KATY6849 (I would receive a £5 LMB voucher as well).
It’s been a little while since I have had time to write. Lots has been happening in my life, I thought then It would be a good idea to share some of the highlights with you in one post. So here goes….
I Ran My First 10k
On the 9th of May I achieved a huge personal goal. Along with my sister Michelle, AKA marathon runner, and Husband Chris who completes triathlons, I ran my first 10k.
We took part in a runthrough chase the sun event at The Olympic Park in Stratford.
I am so proud of myself especially as I had to push through the last km. My calf’s were starting to feel like I had weights attached to them, yup it hurt!
My Fourteen Year Old Son is Taller than Me!
The difference In these two photographs is crazy. Since the second picture was taken he has grown even taller.
This dawned on me the other day. Harrison has always been cheeky, however on this occasion he was being a bit too cheeky. I was telling him off and he was looking down at me! What!!!
No wonder he has been eating me out of house and home.
I Finally Finished ‘Me After You’
This was such a great book. It is the sequel to JoJo Moyes bestseller ‘Me before You’. Set a couple of months on, after Will takes his own life, the book tackles grief and whether you are able to move on. It has a somewhat humerous approach whilst managing not to make light of the subject matter.
At times I did want to give the main character Louise a good old shake, other times I just wanted to hug her.
I have beenchanneling my inner Marie Kondo
My head is in that place where I’m feeling it’s time to get my home and life organised.
I have been having a good old clear out and a reorganise of my storage. I just want everything organised so that I can eventually be more productive with my time. The sight of all these neatly folded tops makes me so happy.
Infinity War Was AMAZING!!
Okay so technically this was released in April, but it was May before we went to see it.
It was such a good film. It’s not often the outcome of a film leaves you speechless. I left the cinema thinking ‘I don’t know how I feel about that!’
To be honest I’m still reeling at what happened and cannot wait into the second part next year.
This is hands down my favourite Marvel film so far!
So that’s at little update of what’s been happening In my life recently.
I recently was given the opportunity to try out a new purse friendly haircare range that is now available in Tesco stores. The range is developed using natural and organic ingredients and is also cruelty free. It includes a selection of shampoos, conditioners and hair masks all of which are priced at just £2.50.
5 different formulations are available, each developed to meet specific haircare needs. I opted to try out the Lavish avocado and honey repairing formula. It sounded exactly like what my hair was in need of.
The formula promises to soften and restore dry feeling hair. Protein rich Avocado Oil contributes to stronger and healthier hair growth whilst Honey helps to restore shine and control frizz. It claims to do all this whist still being free from silicones and parabens. As it also has no synthetic colours, dyes, fragrances or GM ingredients it is certified by the soil association and Cosmos Natural.
So is it any good?
I found the packaging to be fairly basic. This doesn’t surprise me considering the low price point. It does have the benefit of a pump on the shampoo and conditioner bottles which I found really practical.
None of the products are very scented but you can smell a slight hint of honey. I found the shampoo lathered well which is surprising considering it claims to have no SLS or SLES (that’s sulphates). A quick check of the ingredient list though and I can see why it lathers well for a ‘Natural’ Shampoo. It contains Sodium Coco-Sulfate which is usually derived from coconut oil. This is where the lather comes from and probably why it states on the bottle that it is 98% of natural origin. Fortunately my scalp doesn’t feel irritated by this.
After using all three products together my hair feels soft and smooth without that weighted down feeling. That feeling has lasted between washes. It is worth noting that I usually wash my hair every 3rd day. My hair has continued to look shiny throughout that time period as well. I don’t feel it looks any greasier that it would normally do.
Overall I think this is a good option for someone that is looking for ‘as natural as possible’ ingredients on a budget. As it is stocked in Tesco it is easily obtainable, though you can also purchase the products directly from the organic shop website. Here you will also find the full range of bath and body products available including bath foams, salts, scrubs, body conditioner and much more. I know I’m interested in trying out more from the brand. They have a candy floss body scrub!
There is also the opportunity to enter a competition to win a holiday for two in in the Carribean.
Hands up if you find it a bit of a chore buying new jeans.
I went for years wondering why my jeans never looked quite right. I was guilty of buying my jeans a size to large and wondering why they would suddenly go all baggy. I’d be constantly having to pull them up and never felt quite put together.
I can’t quite remember who set me right. I may have been watching a style segment on This Morning, it might have been Lorraine? The point is I had a light bulb moment and I haven’t got it wrong since.
I work in fashion retail and so many times I see ladies making the same mistakes that I used to. That is why I’ve decided to share some tips so that you don’t make those same mistakes.
This first point is crucial and really is a game changer.
A good fitting jean shouldn’t be easy to put on.
They may even take a bit of wiggling to get into. That perfect fitting jean should feel snug yet comfortable. I’m not talking so tight you can’t eat or move in them but remember that denim stretches with wear. Your jeans will loosen and not feel so tight after a couple of wears. If your jeans don’t feel snug when you buy them they are too big.
Think about fabric. How is the denim itself constructed? You will get a better fit with jeans that have multi directional stretch. A weightier denim is also more flattering as it will minimise the appearance of any lumps, bumps and VPL’s.
NEXT figure jeans are a firm favourite with me as the denim is very stretchy yet feels thick and holds its shape well. They are a great price at £35 as well. Ever the budget fashion fan I do tend to regularly trawl the clearance section of their website in the hope of finding them on sale.
Know your waist measurement. A lot of jean brands are sized this way rather than by dress size. This will save you a lot of time and confusion when looking for your size.
Consider footwear are you intending to wear heels or flats? Take your shoes along along with you to try on. How many times have you got home with what you thought was the right length only to find you were wrong? It’s annoying isn’t it. That boot leg that is actually too short does not want to work well with your heels!
Experiment with the cut.
Let’s face it not all of us are shaped the same. I have chubby knees that twist skinny jeans the wrong way. Yes it’s a thing!
If like me your not comfortable in skinny jeans but really want a sleek silhouette consider a straight leg jean.
If you tend to be a bit hip and thigh heavy try a girlfriend fit jean as it can be much more flattering. The fit is not as casual and loose as the boyfriend fit and still looks smart. It just gives extra room for those curvier hips and thighs.
This Jean is perfect to me as it is also high waisted so great if you are worried about your tummy. A high rise waist will give you some extra control. Fellow Mummy’s will know exactly what I’m talking about.
That higher waistband will also guarantee avoiding any unplanned flashing of your underwear!
Lastly don’t be afraid to roll up your jeans. Ankle grazers are super flattering and instantly make a simple jeans and t-shirt combo look that bit more stylish.