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Sudocrem 2.0….

June 19, 2011

We all know about the blemish blitzting properties of Sudocrem, but it still feels a bit wrong putting nappy rash cream on your face.  Introducing Sudocrem Skin Care Cream…

In a handy tube this time instead of the tub, a little bit of this goes a very long way.  It’s got all the magic ingredients of the old stuff, plus two more spot busting lovelies…citric acid and BHA.  They’re advertising it as “Sudocrem…for grown ups” and say that;

‘It is ideal for problem-skin including spot prone, flaky or irritated areas and is great on dry patches such as elbows and knees.

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream can even be used after your skin’s exposure to the sun.’

Only £1.99/€2.99 in pharmacies nationwide.



June 14, 2011

Brows: Inglot Brow Powder #569

Base: ELF Eye Primer

Liner: Inglot Matte Gel #77

Eyeshadows: Face 2 Basics Palette

Mascara: Make Up Forever Smokey Lash

One step closer to the perfect nude…

June 13, 2011

Rimmel #700 Nude Delight

As far as colour and texture go, this lippie is WINNING…plus it only costs $5.47/£6.29/€7.25

More of a peachy nude than a lot of other nudes I’ve tried, which is what I think I like.  The concealer look really don’t do nothin’ for me and a lot of pink nudes have too much of a lilac undertone which washes me out.  Here’s a closer look with flash…

For now, this is my make up bag nude lipstick staple.  As ever though, I will keep searching.

Have you found your perfect nude?

Super Simple Face of the Day….

June 13, 2011

Face: Revlon Colorstay Foundation Warm Golden 310, Make Up Forever Lift Concealer #2, MUFE Super Matte Loose Powder, Inglot Eyeshadow #410 (as blush)

Brows: Inglot Brow Powder #569

Eyes: Inglot Matte Gel Eyeliner #77 Black, MUFE Smokey Lash Mascara

Lips: Inglot Slim Gel Lipstick #40

Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover…

May 10, 2011

I actually couldn’t remember what my natural hair colour was, I’ve been dying it “darkest brown” for years and the only indication that this nearly black shade wasn’t my natural colour were the slightly lighter roots.

I read a bit about Scott Cornwall’s Colour B4 product online which claims to be “the safest and most effective way to remove an undesirable hair colour”

How it works:

  • Colour B4 shrinks the artificial dye molecules in the hair, enabling you to simply wash them away.
  • What’s more Colour B4 does not touch your natural hair pigment so you are left with the colour which lay beneath your artificial shade
  • Colour B4 takes you back to your lightest shade.
  • It will return your hair to its natural colour if the artificial hair colour applied is darker than your natural level.
 I found it hard to believe that something that contains no bleach or ammonia would be able to remove years of product build up of such a dark shade.  Apart from one time, I only used “semi permanent” home dyes but I recently found out that most of these are not true semi permanent colours.  They must say ‘level one’ and not have two different bottles that you mix together before applying to your hair to not be permanent.  Anyway, I thought there was nothing to lose as this product seemed safe and has been getting rave reviews.  What’s more is it only cost €13.99 in Boots (€12.99 for the regular version, but I opted for extra strength).

Colour B4 - Extra Strength

I strongly recommend that you read the instructions entirely as they go into a lot of detail about how the product actually works and helps you to understand the importance of the rinsing stage and what to do after.

I applied Colour B4, wrapped my hair in clingfilm and a towel to aid the process and left on for sixty minutes.  Then I rinsed continuously for ten minutes with warm water, applied the buffer part C, left on for one minute then rinsed for a further ten.  I finished by applying the buffer again just as you would with normal shampoo, lathering then rinsing out.  This is a hell of a long time rinsing, but it’s really important you do this stage right.

I had read a lot of reports about how bad this stuff smells, but I honestly didn’t think it was any worse than normal hair dye!

I could immediately see that my hair was lighter, even when wet.  I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get a brush through it as I hadn’t used any conditioner and I thought that it might be a bit straw-like after all that rinsing but it was no different to normal, perhaps even a little softer.

Here are some before and after pics…

Before - With flash

After - With flash

Before - Without flash

After - Without flash

Not quite sure if these pics really do it justice, my hair is at least three shades lighter…this stuff really works, doesn’t damage your locks, is cheap and foolproof.  Oh and the weirdest part is when you wash it out you don’t actually see any colour go down the drain?!

Have you tired Colour B4? Or had a hair colour disaster you’d like to correct?

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre…

April 19, 2011

After admiring Jennifer Lopez’ beautifully soft shimmering eye make up at the American Idol audition stages, I went searching for a product to try and recreate her look and let me tell you it wasn’t as easy as it sounds.

After trying numerous loose pigments and fine glitters, myself and my make up artist friend @Ornagh9 came to the conclusion that it probably wasn’t a dry product that was used as everything we tried was either too gold or silver, or reflected green light.  We were searching for something much more subtle with a white base, when we stumbled across the Lorac stand in Ulta and one lone shimmer product…

Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre

 Priced at $16, Lorac say; “This long-lasting liquid shimmer can be applied over eyeshadow or worn alone on eyes and cheeks for luminous, prismaticm three-dimensional sparkle and shine”.

Simply shake to activate then use the dropper to dispense a tiny amount of liquid on the back of your hand or a palette then use your finger or a brush to pat this on your eyelids.

The best thing about this product? No fall down!! So quick and easy, you don’t need a primer, base or any kind of mixing medium…this adheres and dries immediately and is buildable, no mess.  I’d definitely repurchase this, BUT I doubt I’ll ever need to, a little goes a long long way.

Perfect for eyes, maybe a bit too shimmery for cheeks and I’m yet to try on the lips but I think a dab in the centre of the bottom lip would look amazing in photos.

Still trying to recreate the rest of JLo’s look…might be trying a while yet.

Searching for a long lasting pencil eyeliner…

April 19, 2011
I’ve been on what seems to be a never ending search for an eyeliner that will simply do what it says and live up to it’s claims.  I *need* an eyeliner that will stay on the waterline longer than ten minutes and preferably not the cream/gel variety as these tend to irritate my eyes and I’d rather do without the hassle of using a brush and cleaning it after each application.  So far I’ve tried Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero, Make Up For Ever Aqua Pencil in Mat Black 0L, MUFE Aqua Creamliner Matte Black 1, Inglot Matte Collection AMC Eyeliner Gel in 77, Covergirl Liquiline Blast in Blackfire and the Essence Black Mania Carbon Gloss Eye Pencil.  With the exception of the Essence one, these all claim to be waterproof.  On me, none of them stayed on the waterline.  The Inglot one was about the best but still wore away at the edges and irritated the hell out of my eyes, close second is the MUFE Creamliner but it still wasn’t enough to make me end my search and the pencils? Well, lets not even go there.
So here are two more to add to the list…

Lord & Berry Smudgeproof Waterproof Eyeliner

Shade 0703 Smudgeproof Black brown

To say I was excited to see this brand in Sally Salon Services the other day would be a bit of an understatement.  I’ve been dying to get my hands on this pencil for ages but unable to source it online without having to pay silly shipping charges (ASOS stock a few items, but not the whole range).  Oddly though, they don’t stock this pencil in the black shade (701 In the Black), which I would have thought would be one of their bestsellers.  So after a quick swatch, I decided the black/brown would do, it might even make a nice subtle change to create a softer look.  Disappointed is not the word…look how nice and dark and creamy it looks when drawn on my skin, pretty…..but on the waterline, a different story.  Firstly I had to trace back and forth about ten times to get any amount of colour pay off, which isn’t something I enjoy doing with such a delicate part of the eye and secondly it so isn’t waterproof.  Here’s how it looks on after about an hour’s wear…
…as you can see, pretty pathetic.  This pencil cost around €6 and while I definitely won’t be rocking it on the waterline, it’ll do for a nice regular eyeliner smudged out with a pencil brush for a soft smoky look.
The next one I tried is another I’d been impatiently waiting to get my mitts on, Avon SuperSHOCK Gel Eyeliner Pencil….I wanted the Luxe Lace version in Black, but instead when my order arrived it was a different one entirely (have a feeling they were trying to flog these ones first!).  Mine doesn’t say Luxe Lace and instead of a pure black shade it came in Black Shimmer…

Avon SuperSHOCK Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Shade Black Shimmer

Again, this swatched beautifully.  Creamy, intense and I could even handle the slight shimmer.  Until I tried it on the waterline that was.  Shimmer particles being that close to your eyeball (HATE that word) really isn’t such a good idea, I didn’t like the feel of this one on my eye although it did glide on seamlessly in one stroke.  Here’s what it looks like on…

…it’s definitely there, but not nearly good enough.  The blackness faded way too fast and was super slippy…creeping out towards the corners.  This cost around €9 and again would be fine for a smudged out smoke, but didn’t cut it as a “waterproof” liner.

So the question still remains, if I had the proper black shades in either of these pencils could one of them be a winner?  Hard to tell, but I’m so annoyed with them I don’t think I’ll be parting with any more of my hard earned cash to find out.

Am I missing a completely in your face obvious solution?  What liners have you tried?  Next on my list is the Sumita Beauty Eyeliner which Kim Kardashian’s make up artist @JoyceBonelli replied to me on twitter recommending.  If it’s good enough for Kimmy…..

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