What’s in my Makeup Bag? 

As a self labeled connoisseur of all things make-up related and a great big fat nosy Parker I am very interested in checking out the contents of other people’s makeup bags. You never know were you are going to come across the next holy grail product right? So when I saw Joanne Mallon author of Opposable Thumbs  looking to set up a blogger challenge doing just that I jumped at it.

My day-to-day make-up isn’t actually stored in a make-up bag. It sits in a set of acrylic organizers on my dressing table. Yes blogger cliché I know, but it works for me. I’m the type of person that likes to see everything sitting neatly in its place. There’s a reason why visual merchandising is one of my favourite tasks at work.

So enough waffle, what are my much loved day-to-day makeup items?

The Ordinary Full Coverage Foundation rrp £5.95. 

Cult Beauty seems to have the best availability across all shades at the moment.

This has been quite a hyped up product so of course I had to see what all the fuss was about. To be honest I had read some very mixed reviews. I wanted to try it out for myself though as it has such a budget price tag.

The negative reviews from other users complained about having problems with oxidising and caking, fortunately I have experienced neither.

I have the shade 1.1 Fair Neutral which is the perfect match for my skin tone during the current winter months. Crucially it doesn’t oxidize on me and stays the correct shade throughout the day.

It might be worth noting that I use a primer, topped with a light dusting of powder followed my a spritz of setting spray.

To apply I use my Real Techniques Miracle Sponge £4.49 currently on offer at Boots. I do have to go back in with my Real Techniques Expert face brush to buff around my nose otherwise it will shift. Using this method though It’s lasts well enough through an 8 hour shift at work so at this budget price this is my daily go to foundation.

Maybelline Age rewind Eye Concealer £8.99 (or 2 for £12) at Superdrug.

I have lost count of how many tubes of this concealer I have used. I love the application method, however I do admit the sponge can get messy. I love that the formula covers well, yet feels light and most importantly doesn’t settle into any of those tell-tale eye creases. Fellow 30 plus ladies will know exactly what I’m talking about.

Maybelline Brow define + fill duo rrp £6.99 best price £4.85 Feel Unique. 

This is such a handy product for those mornings when you are in a hurry. I’m that girl who will happily leave the house without foundation but just can’t be seen without groomed brows. It has a fine gel pencil for defining the brows at one end then a powder with a sponge applicator to fill the sparse areas.

This is actually a bit too dark for me so I won’t be repurchasing. Maybelline could do with bringing out a wider shade range as there are only four available.

E.L.F Expert liquid eyeliner £3 Superdrug. 

I have been using this product for years. It is really easy to use, stays in place all day and is ridiculously cheap. I’d be mad to buy another eyeliner.

NYX Proof it! waterproof mascara top coat £6.00

I get terrible hay fever during the summer months, during the winter the wind gives me watery eyes. You can imagine the mess my face can get in then. This top coat works with any mascara to make it waterproof meaning I can still experiment with different mascaras. It’s a must have for anyone who has similar issues.
Maybelline Color Tatoo’s £5.99 

I have an entire drawer in my set up dedicated to these. I use them either on their own for a super quick eye look or as a priming base.  I love them and will more than likely purchase again in the future.


MAC mineralize Skin finish in Stereo Rose

I went to great lengths to get my hands on this when it was released as a limited edition back in 2014. I had to take a trip to Selfridges in London to purchase it as this was the only place that had it left in stock. I have’nt linked it for that reason but felt it deserved a mention as it sits pride of place on my dressing table.

Originally I only used this when I was going out because I was worried about it running out. Daft I know! Common sense has since prevailed as I do not want it to expire before I have used it up. I am actually reaching for it most days now. I consider this to be a bit of a bronzing blush hybrid and is perfect for days I want some colour but am in a hurry.

Dior Addict Lacquer Stick in Palm Beach £26.50  John Lewis 

I treated myself to this when I got my promotion at work last year. (that and a BMW 5 series). It is has a gorgeous moisturising formula so I have been opting to wear this most days as it has been such a cold winter.

I have just been promoted again at work so I definitely deserve to purchase this in a different shade don’t I? 

I’m passing the baton on these these ladies. I’m sure they will be up for the challenge of sharing ‘What’s in their Makeup Bags’

Don’t forget to check out Joanne’s blog Opposable Thumbs

The 7 magical ingredients of Garnier Miracle Sleep Cream

I talked about Garnier Miracle sleep cream in a recent skincare favourites post. Before I wrote that post I was doing some research into the product’s ingredient list. I like to know what I’m putting on my skin, and to be be honest, who doesn’t?

Several of those Ingredients however I had never heard of let alone knew what they were doing for my skin. Are they even safe? I consider myself to be quite passionate about good skincare so its no surprise then this triggered a spontaneous research session. 

Now I understand why Garnier Miracle Sleep cream is so good! These 7 magic ingredients are why;

  • Lavender Essential Oil – Aside from smelling nice and  being relaxing, Lavender oil also has disinfect properties and can help with circulation. 
  • Extract of Albizia – This is a tropical plant extract. Usually this is taken as an oral supplement. Source (Organic facts.net) It has many benefits including helping to keep skin healthy. 
  • Andenosine – This is a type of Yeast. It actually can be found naturally in the body. Used in this way it can help to energise the skins surface and has anti-wrinkle properties. Source Paula’s Choice
  • Jojoba Oil – This can help to soften the skin whist also unclogging pores. 
  • Hyaluronic Acid – This is one of my favourite skincare ingredients. It has moisture binding capabilities so helps to improve the performance of the other ingredients on the skin. I swear by any product with this in. 
  • LHA – This is an abbreviation of beta-lipohydroxy acid and is similar to Salicylic Acid. As it has a PH of 5.5, similar to the skins natural PH level is it suitable for sensitive skin. Source laroche-posay . It has antibacterial properties, lifts dead skin cells and unclogs pores. 
  • Ruscus Extract – This is another plant extract that has calming and soothing benefits. Source Weleda.com

My skin has definitely benefited from this combination of ingredients. I would even go as far as claiming Garnier Miracle Sleep cream has achieved holy grail status with me. Priced at a very reasonable Rrp of £12.99 this is an all rounder skincare product that is worth investing in. 

3 Skincare favourites for use at Night-time 

Every now and then I like to give my skincare routine a little bit of a shake up. Before Christmas I felt my evening skincare routine was not as effective as it could be. My skin was tired and lack lustre.

Given I am such a skincare hoarder I had  a rummage through my stash. I found I already had quite a few unopened products, specifically created for use at night time, just waiting to be tried out. 

Now Ive had a good old play with most of them I thought It was time I shared my favourite discoveries;

AD skin synergy nourishing night treatment 

I received this 10ml sized bottle of facial oil in my tili beauty advent calendar. It’s a good thing as this isn’t a product that I would normally gravitate towards. It is a very luxurious feeling oil and my skin seems to love it.  I’ve been using this for two weeks now and my skin is feeling much softer and smoother. 

The facial oil contains both cold pressed organic rose hip seed oil and organic rose essential oil. Not only does it smell nice but it is good for anti-aging. 

The rose ingredients are ethically farmed and traded on the slopes of the Andes mountains in Chili. No parebens, artificial perfumes, pertrochemicals or phenoyethanol are used in the oil so It’s no surprise that it has won three awards from BeautyBible.com. 

The full size 50ml bottle is £38 with free delivery. 

Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream 

This purse friendly night Cream has been inspired by Asian skincare sleeping packs. It has a highly concerntrated formula of 7 key ingredients. When you feel it in the pot it has a unique tacky texture. I expected it to feel quite heavy on the skin. This is not the case though. It absorbs instantly so doesn’t feel heavy, greasy or sticky.  

I’ve almost finished an entire pot of this and am about to repurchase. My skin loves this stuff! It feels smoother and much plumper.

I actually could talk for ages about the ingredients in this cream however that would make this a very long post. 

My curiosity saw me doing a bit of research into  Some of those magical 7 are ingredients as I had never heard of several of them, and Im a bit of a skincare junkie. 

I’ve decided that this deserves its very own in depth blog post so that will follow soon. Watch this space! 

Lastly this next product is something I keep on hand for skincare emergencies. Fortunately I don’t have to use it very often, maybe once a month If I get hormonal breakouts. 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Lotion is very effective at calming down pesky raised spots. When needed I will apply this before bed and by morning, though not completely vanished, the appearance of those raised spots is much improved. 

Often I find spot treatments can dry my skin out but this doesn’t do that. It is also suitable for most skin types as it has worked well for both my teenagers that have quite greasy skin. 


The rrp of this is £10 although The Bodyshop always have some kind of promotion running. Currently it is 30% off full price items if you use the code 14673. 

It is definitely worth using products specifically designed for use at night. The body recovers from tiredness best when it is  sleeping at night so the same should apply to your approach to skincare. 

I can testify that my skin is looking so much better since I’ve introduced these three products to my bedtime routine. 

Moral of the story…don’t hoard that night time skincare…use it! 

September Favourites – snail gel, city love and superheroes!

Its that time again, another month has passed, so it’s time for a round up of  the things I have been loving in September. 

Setember has been a busy one with back to school and the re starting of all those kids clubs. It also has meant more time for me for things like heading to the gym and out for the odd lunch. This is how I stay sane! 

Not that I wish time to pass quickly but I am excited for what October has to offer. I have a couple of blog related Events coming up, my next module for Uni starts oh and did I mention the Husband and I are off to Las Vegas. Yes I did about a thousand times as I’m freeking excited! 

Any way babble over, what have I been loving this month? 

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The stand out skincare product for me this month has to be Dr Organics Snail Gel £19.99

  

Yes I know it sounds grim, but this stuff is amazing. I use if as an extra step before my usual moisturiser. The difference in my skin since I have started using it is enough to put this up there in holy grail status. 

I have mentioned here on the blog several times my struggle with spotty skin and the scaring it leaves behind. I still get the odd pimple, yes I can call them pimples now rather than mountains, but they clear up more quickly. Oh and that scaring, has greatly reduced. 

I feel for the first time in a long time that I have skin confidence and can leave the house with a naked face. Yes this definately deserves a Holy Grail status!  

These sparkling bath tablets from Kneipp also deserve a special mention. If you like a bath bomb then these are an alternative worth trying out. The smell of this arnica variety is fab and is great for soothing tired aching muscles. For a full review check out the this previous post here

 

Places 

We visited Edinburgh to see the FooFighters and to celebrate my Husbands birthday early in September. I feel I left a little bit of my heart in that city, it is beautiful, rich in history and home to some fab people. I’ve made a promise to myself that I will return there one day as there is so much to see in the city.  

I took loads of pictures that you can see in this post here, but here’s one for now. 

 
T.V 

I say T.V very loosely. I tend to rely on streaming a lot of what I watch now. Yes I’m one of those that will box set marathon something untill I’ve finished it. 

My top picks for September are;

DC’s Arrow, big words as I’m usually a Marvel girl, and Orange is The new Black. 

 This may have just been an excuse to include this pic, man older Oliver Queen is hot! 

Image courtesy of DC Comics

So that’s what I have been loving in September. 

Before I sign off I just want to say a big hello to my new followers, be it WordPress, Bloglovin, Twitter or my Facebook page, your support is appriciated. 

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August Favourites

I haven’t actually done a favourites post in a long time, I think maybe June or even May was the last time. I’m on the ball this month though so let’s get started on sharing the things I have been loving in August.

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I am constantly battling with rubbish skin that’s prone to spots and of course that other holy grail the key to anti-ageing. These two products from The Bodyshop’s Teatree range have been helping with the skin clearing aspect of my skincare needs. 

I have been using the Tea Tree skin clearing toner £5 in both the morning and the evening after I have cleansed. It had really helped without drying out my skin. 

The second product I use in the evening before applying my serum and moisturiser. This is the Tea Tree Night clearing Lotion £10. A little pricey but it works. I always keep my eye out for when the Bodyshop has offers on, so I can make a saving. 

In fact I have just ordered both of these products from my friend who is a Body Shop party rep as it is 50% off for the duration of the bank holiday. So if you know someone that is a rep nows the time to order. 

  
Moving on to Make-up, this next product I love love love! This is the Bell Cosmetics BB Mouse Make-up. I have a full review which you can check out in the post here.

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The second make-up item is the Romantic Smoked pallete from Make-up revolution. I love the range of mauve shades, particularly the mattes. Priced at only £4 as well it’s a bit of a steal. If you want to sea this swatched then check out theirs post here

Lastly in beauty are these nail art polishes from L.A.Colors. They make nail art so easy even for someone with a wobbly hand like me. I managed this design all by myself using these. Processed with Moldiv

The easiest place to pick these up is from EBay as they are a US brand. 

T.V

I have just finished watching the entire Sons of Anarchy. I’m sad to see the end of that show, I loved it. I have to say the last series though was rather depressingly brutal. I’m nit sure if I would have ended it the way they did either. If you’ve seen it you know what I’m talking about but I won’t ruin it for those that haven’t. 

My next Netflix addiction is turning out to be Orange Is The New Black. I’m only on episode 4 of season one but I marathoned that in one sitting, good going! 

So that’s a round up of my current favourites. What have you been loving through out August? 

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May favourites!!

So I’m a wee bit late with this one, I think I need to get my act together. Life has been very busy lately and June seems to have crept up on me. Not that you would know it was June, it’s blowing a gale and pouring it down with rain right now. (Oh hang that’s normal in the UK!)  

 Any way ramble over, let’s get in with sharing my May favourites. 

Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual Tanner £5.99 

  

I love this stuff so much, I have raved about this many times over the pass month, on many a form of social media or just to anyone that will listen. Hence It couldn’t be left out of this favourites post. 

If you want to see a full review then check out this previous post here.

H20+ Spa Sea Salt skin smoother £20.

  As I’ve been using tanning products a lot lately it makes sense that I’ve been reaching for a body scrub regularly.  

This one I absolutely love, it has the right balance between scrubbiness and moisturising. 

I’m not going to lie, £20 is a bit steep for a bodyscrub. I didn’t actually pay that for it as It was part of an offer when they stocked it in Marks & Spencer. I can only find it on Amazon now though. I would actually repurchase this though and pay the full £20. Crazy I know, but it’s that good. 

The Bodyshop Banana conditioner £4.50

  This stuff smells AMAZING!! It also leaves my hair feeling super soft and tangle free. As you can see I’m running out of this now BOO! 

I will be purchasing this again in the future, I just need to use up some of my stash first. 

T.V 

Programmes I’m loving right now are Game of Thones and the ITV drama Home fires. 

Image source: ITV.com

Not so loving though the fact that I am up to date on both of these, so have to go all old school and wait patiently for next weeks episodes. 

Last nights Game of Thrones was pretty epic, next Monday seems such a long way away, the suspense is killing me.

Random Stuff

Instagram 

Oh Instagram I love you! Yup it’s becoming a bit of an addiction, whether it’s looking at other peoples pretty pics or adding my own. If you interested in taking a peek at my page my user name is KATY_STANDEN. 

Let’s get crafting knitting and Crochet Magazine £8.99 monthly. 

  If you are into knitting or crochet this magazine is pretty darn good. It comes with loads of patterns and the kit so you can make them. 

I’m a fidget bum, so rather than be playing with my phone in the evening, I do a bit of knitting. My husband much prefers this to me having my nose constantly in twitter.

I love this magazine so much I’m actually counting down the days till I can buy the next issue. (tiny bit geeky, ha ha) It’s 19th June FYI, just incase. 

 So that’s my round up of my favourite things in May. 

What so you think of my current favourites? 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

April Favourites – Rimmel, Mac and an amazing Aldi skincare find!

Well would you believe it we are another month down. Time really does go fast, when you are enjoying life. April saw some amazing weather, meaning tweaks to the make-up and suddenly realising the reality of needing to get a bit more summer ready. Yup those pasty pins made an early surprise appearance, queue frantic leg shaving, oh the joys of being a girl!

April favourites include some staples that I have been reaching for and consider to be daily essentials.  

 

First up is an amazing beauty find, from Aldi of all places. This is Lacura Aqua-Complete multi intensive serum H2o. Priced at £3.49 not only is this stuff ridiculously cheap but it works.  

 Used after cleansing, and before your usual moisturiser, this serum helps to seal in moisture. This is thanks to that special ingredient Hyaluranic Acid.  Since using this I’ve noticed my complection is smoother, clearer and plumper. I highly recommend it. 

Next up is a product that I use every time I give myself a manicure.

    Rimmel London’s Nail Nurse Perfectionail is a brilliant base coat that helps to get rid of ridges and basically provide a lovely smooth surface ready for whichever polish I’m using. It’s great value for money costing only £4.49, which compared to other similar more expensive products is awesome. It does the job just as well. 

My next item is the Real Techniques Expert Face brush £8.99 


I had been using my beauty blender religiously, but for some reason it isn’t working with my current foundation and BB cream combo so well. This brush though seems to be doing the trick just nicely, blending out those dredded tide marks flawlessly. 

Like all my other Real Techniques brushes it washes beautifully, with no shedding, and still feels as soft as the day I bought it. 

My last item is, one that I went on a huge mission last year to find when it came out as a limited edition around my birthday. I think I managed to track one down to Selfridges in the end. 

This is Mac’s mineralize skinfinish in stereo rose. Sadly this isn’t available on the website anymore so I can’t provide a link, boo! 

Just look at it, how frigging stunnin. that marble is. 

  
I was keeping this as my ‘best’ bronzer, but now it’s warming up I’ve found myself reaching for it on a more daily basis.  I’m wearing it in the picture below, I just find it warms up my complection beautifully. I want to try soft and gentle now as well, we shall see?

 

So there’s my April Favourites, have you tried any of these products? 

I hope your April was a good as mine. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂


January favourites

Can you believe it? We are at the end of January, and 2015 is well and truly underway. It’s that time then to share the items that I have currently been loving throughout January. So what are they then?

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•Percy & Reed Wonder balm.

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This stuff is amazing, I use it on both myself and my daughter, who has very thick curly and hard to manage hair.
How I use this Is by applying a small amount of product to towel dried hair before blow drying. We are left with smooth frizz free hair, and believe me this is some feat when it comes to my daughters hair. A blow dry will last a good couple of days. What’s even more impressive is that I don’t feel the need to use straighteners on a daily basis, which is much better for the health of my hair. This truly lives up to its name and is most definitely a wonder balm. This is quite pricey at £18, if you look though sites like Look fantastic often have offer codes which will make it a bit more friendly on your pocket.

• Ole Henriksen pure truth youth activating oil.

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I cannot begin to express how much I love this product, my skin just loves it and looks bright and glowing.
Sorry, slight over use of the word Love there, that’s just how I feel. The only downside for me is the price point attached to this product. The cheapest I have found it for online is £36.50 from strawberry net.com. I was fortunate to find my 15ml size in a christmas gift set, which made it more affordable. I would however pay full price for this as I like it that much.

If you are looking for something that will help with first signs of ageing I would recommend this as it works. I get a very visible line down the middle of my forehead from too much squinting. (I really should wear my glasses more – yuck!) This minimises the appearance of that line.

Fashion-

Studded biker boots

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I have raved so much about these boots in previous blog posts Here so I won’t bore you with a lengthy description. They deserved an inclusion in my monthly favourites though, I just leave it with I LOVE THESE BOOTS!!!

Music-

Sam Smith – In the lonely hour

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I’m a little bit late to the Sam Smith party, his album I received as a christmas gift. This has been my most played album through out January, and probably will be well into february. I have this playing when I’m cleaning the Kitchen, and tend to sing along, like no ones watching, cringe!

TV –

True Detective

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True Detective is a dark crime drama. It is so well done, you have to watch carefully though to follow the story, as it jumps between the present and flashbacks. It can be disturbingly graphic at times, and doesn’t pull any punches. This is not one for watching whilst undertaking other tasks or you will miss critical parts of the story.

If you are into gritty crime dramas then you may find this worth a look.
Mathew McConaughey is almost unrecognisable in his roll as Rusty, he proves that he is a stellar actor and not just cast to please the ladies. We are still watching the first season so no spoilers please.

What have you been loving throughout January, I love this type of post so please leave a link so I can check yours out.

Bye for now, Katy 🙂