Beauty

At 40 we realise that we need to take care of our selves and our skin. We love our laughter lines but would like to keep them under wraps naturally for as long as possible!

We’ll  love trial most new cosmetics and products on the market, but be warned, we’re honest about the results.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty

I still remember receiving my very first make up palates from my Aunty Chris. I think I was 14 and I got three perfectly beautiful pallets from Marks & Spencer. They were mine all mine and I coveted them as though they were the crown jewels. If I look hard enough in my old bedroom which is back to being the storage room I’m sure I would find these empty golden gifts.

Receiving that makeup made me feel so grown up, no more stealing mams (that didn’t last long of course). Fast forward almost three decades and I still feel special when I get new makeup. So whilst mooching around in Marks & Spencer’s beauty hall, which is an absolute must I must say as there are so many testers but there aren’t any of those assistants to turn your huge effort that you went to this morning seemingly pale to insignificance with their perfectly applied makeup.

There are 36 brands in place at M&S and I selected one of them to try; Joan Collins an icon if ever there was one. Strangely the year I got my first makeup was the last year Dynasty was produced but Joan seems not to have aged and Alexis Colby, will forever be etched in my memory.

The range by Dame Joan Collins who is 83 is named Joan Collins Timeless Beauty. Oh lordy if I look like her at 63 I’d be very happy. I tried out the foundation, concealer and a lip and powder compact. The packaging screams Hollywood glamour but will the contents live up to the look?

Fade to perfect concealer; Currently I suffer from puffy dark eyes so it was good to read that this concealer is to aid the reduction of dark circles, soothe irritation and calm puffiness around the eyes. This indeed worked to a point but I by no means expect miracles. This concealer comes in three shades; fair, medium and dark and I tried out fair which worked for me. I use concealer before and after foundation so I do go through quite a lot so will need to consider a repeat purchase as it is £18.

First base foundation; I go between powder and cream foundation for day and night. Cream is most definitely my go to evening foundation. First Base is said to be youth promoting skincare and a foundation in one. The finish is lovely, quite natural and breathable but the tingle I get from what I presume is the hyaluronic acid is a little disconcerting. Despite the tingle first base has never left my skin reddened and the tingles do die down. This comes in eight shades and is £25 it would be difficult to choose between this and Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation.

I liked the coverage and the dewiness on my skin on my dry skin days though it did stick to the pores so more exfoliation needed for me.

Lipstick and powder compact duo; This is one of those products I like to flash as it looks so good. The opulent packaging is distinctive. Top tip: project it in your makeup bag as it does scratch easily.

I chose Katrina which is quite a deep brown shade. The lippy glides onto the lips and leave them instantly moisturised. I do wish I’d picked a lighter shade as this is one for an evening but the formula is so lovely I want to use it all of the time.

Katrina is combined with pressed powder and a mirror both of which have become a god send as recently the tip of my nose seems always to be red and the powder helps to combat it. I love the fact that you can marry any of the 16 shades of lipsticks with the compact. I think Marilyn will be my next choice and the lip stick retails at £18.

I’ve already chosen to try out Rosie for Autograph on my next Marks & Spencer visit. .

 

 

 

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty items were gifted for review purposes but all opinions are our own.

A plethora of eyebrow makeupIf someone took the time out to explain HD brows to me I still wouldn’t get them. There are going to be many girls who’ll look back at photos of their HD eyebrows in a few years time and ask why nobody stopped them.

Still, there’s nothing quite as ageing as narrow, patchy eyebrows that have suffered years of plucking. I can vividly remember advice from an old work colleague when I was in my 20’s and she was in her 40’s, imploring me not to over-pluck as “they just don’t grow back”.

My collection of eyebrow-enhancers seems to be growing at a fierce pace so I thought I’d share my positive and negatives for each product.

    1. Clear mascara. If you have enough eyebrow to shape, clear mascara is enough to keep them groomed all day. This Rimmel tube is available everywhere and is inexpensive, easy to use and effective. My most used eyebrow product.
    2. Eyebrow pencil. Cheap and easy to use. Fills in the spaces. The original eyebrow makeup. I find it a bit of a struggle getting the colour and tone to match and it does wear off (on me?) more quickly but I’ll admit to having eyebrow pencils in most of my bags for the ultimate quick touch up. Remember your sharpener.
    3. Kiko Eyebrow coloured mascara. Easy to use (short outward strokes) fills the gaps and shapes your brow at the same time. I’ve bought two separate shades but one is too red and the other not-quite-right. And I’ve been a little over zealous on a couple of occasions and needed some swift action with a cotton bud to sort out the mess!
    4. Benefit brows. Certainly the most expensive of the products in the image. But is has lasted an absolute age (the packing is completely different now). With a separate powder and wax, 2 little brushes and tweezers in a mirrored case this product is the closest in match to my eyebrow colour, and really does fill and shape. The wax is used after the powder to help it stay put. If you’re investing in something like this, visit the counter first and get someone to show you how.
    5. Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Colour. This is my new favourite. I was tempted to try it because it’s ‘waterproof’ and lasts ‘all day.’ As it’s a brush tip, the end result is natural and not overdone. I find it really easy to use and it does last without the need for top ups.

Stila waterproof brow colour

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Wow. These 3D Moodstruck Fibre Lashes from House of Exquisiteness at Younique are frankly amazing. Check out the before and after results below. There’s no doubt that they make a statement!

Fibre on the brush I’ve never used any fibre lash product so had no idea what to expect. The first stage is to use the transplanting gel as you would do a normal mascara and then quickly, whilst its wet, use the 3D fibres over the top so they stick and then seal the look with a final application of the gel.

I was pretty fascinated with the fibres when I pull the wand out of the tube, it’s nothing like a traditional mascara. It took me a little bit of practice to make sure that the fibres were in the right place (I ended up using a cotton bud) and then I sealed them on.

I found the finishing effect really outstanding. Long and thick lashes. Lashes where there were none before! I could even tell the difference when I popped my glasses on.

The products are packed with vitamins and other extracts ‘known to provide antioxidant benefits’ which you can find out more about on the website.

As with all mascaras (maybe just on me?) I found that by the end of the evening (a full day later) I did notice that there were a few stray fibres underneath my eyes. This could just be because it was the first time I’d used the product.

3D Moodstruck lashes are now at the very top of my favourite beauty products, probably not for every day use but definitely nights out, special occasions and on days when I need to feel extra fierce!

Before and after 3D moodstruck fibre lashes

Want some? The 3D Moodstruck Fibres lashes set is $29 and you can order yours from the lovely Michelle at the House of Exquisiteness.

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kiehls ultra facial creamI love Kiehl’s.

Before Christmas I bought a jar of off-the-shelf moisturiser from the supermarket. I’m over 40 and using moisturiser is now an essential. I’d run out of Kiehl’s and it was on my Christmas list.

The product in question smelled like 4 week old potpourri and was pink (I’m 41 I do not need pink moisturiser). So I returned to the said shop and bought another jar from a different brand. Which saw a repeat of the same situation. (What is it with pink, stinky moisturiser that costs nearly a tenner a jar?).
On my third attempt I bought some, non-pink, non-stinky, moisturiser for sensitive skin. But it’s thin, not at all creamy and I’m now using it for my feet.

Total spend waste = £28

Back to my love for Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. It does not smell. It it not pink. You need use only a little on your face. It feels luxurious. If I use it on an evening, my skin looks lovely in the morning. It is more expensive (£24 for a 50ml pot) that the other three put together but lasts for ages.

I love all the freebies you get when you buy. I love the brightly coloured packaging.

But most of all I love that is really does what it’s supposed to, which is moisturise my skin. This little lot will last until my birthday in April, where upon I’ll encourage my nearest and dearest to buy some for me to get me through the summer.

And in the meantime, I’m off to try the Grapefruit body scrub as it sounds delightful.

You’ll have gathered that this is not a sponsored post!

Nic x

Make Up Galle

Let’s not beat around the beauty bush. This Make Up Gallery range is cheap.

Each item was £1. It has to be, it’s from Poundland.

The reason I bought it was to try a blue eyeliner without wasting a lot of money on something I didn’t know if I’d have the confidence to wear. And, because I wanted a matt bronzer.

So I bought it, played with it, love it.

The bronzer is a little talc-tastic, I can definitely feel it if I’ve used too much. But the shade is lovely, it evens out my skin and doesn’t make me look like a glitter ball (I’ve found the highlighters actually make my laughter lines more noticeable) so it’s perfect for day use. The blusher is a coral shade, not my norm, but it stays put and is lovely on my summer skin tone.

Nic blue eyeliner

Nic x