Tesco kindly sent me a £25 gift card to spend on beauty products. My local Tesco is quite a big shop & they stock brands like Nip & Fab, Sleek, L’Oreal, Max Factor and more. If you’re lucky enough to live close to one of the Tesco’s that has a Beauty World then you will find a huge selection of affordable & luxury brands including favourites like, Korres, Dr Lewinn’s, SteamCream and L’Occitane. So Tesco are making these Beauty World Shops a real destination for beauty addicts.
Barbara Daly – This brand has recently had a revamp & they have re launched back into Tesco with a great collection of makeup. I was drawn to this lovely nude pink nail polish & think it will look beautiful on both my fingers & toes this Winter.
Rimmel Match Perfection in Soft Beige – Took me ages to decide on a shade but I picked soft beige in the end & that seems to be a good match. I have only ever tried one other Rimmel Foundation, the Wake Me Up Foundation and I like that so thought I would try the Match Perfection. I don’t know anything about it & purchased it on a whim but after using it a couple of times, I like the medium coverage & it gives me a nice almost satin finish. So far so good.
Sleek au naturel Palette- This is my first ever Sleek eyeshadow palette, I own many a blush but have never treated myself to one of their palettes. I just had to have the au naturel palette as I’m addicted to neutral eyeshadow and its beautiful. It has 12 shadows, a mixture of 8 mattes and 4 shimmers.
L’Oreal Super LinerUltra Precision in Black - Liquid liner is my go to liner, I love how easy it is to apply & L’Oreal make my favourite liquid liners. I have had many over the years. This gold packaging sucked me right in & I popped it in my basket. It has a long fine nib that is flexible and easy to control so if you want to achieve a fine precise line you can & also if you want to build it up & have bolder liner look you’re able to achieve both. Love how long wearing this liner is and also how intense and black it stays throughout the day. LOVE it.
The last product I purchased was a Freeman Anti Stress Dead Sea Minerals Face Mask – this is for my Sunday evening pamper session. I’m hoping it will help unclog my pores and leave me with radiant skin. This is a brand I have never tried before so I will let you know how I get on with it.
*I bought these products with a Voucher sent to me by Tesco.
I was lucky enough to win 3 Barry M Stain Paints* on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and I have been wearing all 3 shades so much. I have tried Barry M nail polishes, blushers and eyesadows but never their lip products. I’m really impressed by these new Stain Paints and really hope they add a few more shades to the line, because at the moment there are only 3 colours.
The first thing that stands out is the shiny silver and black packaging, it really catches your eye. It’s a little different to the typical lipstick packaging and I really like it.
As I said BarryM have only released three shades so far & they’re
Infinite Pink – A very pretty fushia pink
Eternal Coral – A lovely red coral
Absolute Burgandy – A deep wine toned red
All three shades are really nice to apply, they glided on with ease and felt quite creamy on my lips. I wouldn’t say they dried to a matte finish as they have a slight shine to them. The formula didn’t feel drying at all and all three shades are very bold. So if you like to wear more subtle lip colours these won’t be for you or you might want to blot the colour so it’s not so intense. These offer you the pigment of a lipstick with the staying power of a lip stain. BarryM have done very well with these, I like all the colours but if I had to pick one favourite it would be Eternal Coral – for me this is the easiest colour to wear.
All three shades are very bold so these have been pushing me to be more adventurous with my lip colour. They pack a punch & I was surprised how little the colour dulled throughout the day. Even after eating and drinking the product was still bold on my lips and the colour wasn’t patchy or uneven. I would say these lasted a good 3 hours but after that they needed a touch up which on me is great as lip colours tend to fade & rub off so easily on my lips.
These Stain Paints are purse friendly but don’t compromise on quality. If you have a BarryM stand near you go and swatch these, they’re all beautiful.
Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.
The big inner city Primark in Liverpool has quite a large selection of makeup from the brand P.S Love and so I thought I would buy a few products and see how they perform. The products I bought ranged in price from £1 to £2.50, so very reasonable in price. I haven’t heard or read much about this line so I bought a selection of products & colours.
P.S Matte Long Last Lipstick £1.50 is really pretty & I would say its a pinky nude colour. It applies nicely to the lips & doesn’t feel too dry, It wears quite a long time, but it does wear off evenly after about 2-3 hours & I don’t mind having to reapply. Im sure if unlike me you don’t have the terrible habit of biting your lips this will last considerably longer on you. It does feel a little dry on my lips but I have been told that most matte formulas are a little drying, but it’s nothing that would stop me wearing it. This is the first matte lip product I have tried and I do like it, Im going to pop back in to Primark and get a few more shades. I’m very impressed with the colour & how nice this looks on my lips, it is an easy shade to wear & a perfect daytime colour. I also love the packaging, it looks much more expensive than it was. Also you can see the shade at the bottom & that is very true to the colour it swatches.
P.S Love Lip Gloss Crayon £1.50 – I’m a chubby lip crayon addict & I thought this nude shade would be a safe bet. Again it’s really nicely packaged and is a twist up so no sharpening needed. I would say its a caramel nude, its quite a glossy finish and applied nicely & evenly to my lips. The colour pay off is OK and it looks nice & natural on the lips. I have been wearing this over some lipsticks too and that works well. On its own its nice for adding a little colour to the lips, I wouldn’t say this lasts a great amount of time but these lip crayons are really easy & effortless to reapply. I would be interested to see if there are other shades & how pigmented they are. This smells really nice too and not minty like a lot of the other brands. This has been in my handbag for the past week & I’ve been really enjoying wearing it.
P.S Love Eyeliner & Pencil Sharpener 2 Pack £1.oo – I couldn’t resist these colours & have been loving experimenting with brighter colourful eyeliner. You get 2 eyeliners & a clear plastic pencil sharpener in a pack for £1, thats a complete bargain. The two colours in this pack are a teal blue & a baby blue, so very pretty. These are creamy and apply so easily, no pulling at all they just glide on & add a pop of colour. They are very pigmented and that vibrant colour lasts all day. I’m very impressed with these and think they’re great value for money. Perfect if you don’t want to spend a fortune on a bright colour you might not reach for that often.
P.S Love Felt Eyeliner £1.50 – I Bought this in Black as I love to wear liquid liner & these felt pen style ones are my go to option. However this was the one product that brought my haul back down to earth as I found it to be watery & hard to apply. The pigmentation was poor and it sunk in to all the lines on my eyelid. I would give this a miss, even for £1.50 save your money.
P.S Love 8 Shade Day Palette £2.50 – This is a really well packaged palette with a big mirror inside, and eight eyeshadows of which 2 are matte and the rest are variations of shimmer / metallic. These are a little hit & miss some of the colours are really pretty but have a lot of fall out whilst other are very chalky and have no colour pay off. As a rule I would say the top row with the slightly more shimmery colours are better quality and wear OK.
If you have time to work with these, wear a primer and build up the colour you can achieve some pretty looks & for £2.50 this very well packaged palette is great for makeup newbies or people like me that are unable to walk past a palette that contains neutral colours.
There is another version of this palette with 8 Night Shades, which I’ve heard is even better and I am tempted to pop back to get that & see how it compares.
Swatches of the bottom row – only one swipe & with no primer
Swatches of the top row – one swipe & with no primer.
P.S Love Nail Polish £1.00 – These have a real Butter London feel to the bottles & my word this pink shade is vibrant. It is a true hot pink neon & dries to a semi matte finish, two coats will give you an opaque colour. I am so impressed with the consistency of this polish & I had it on my nails for 3 days without chipping, I took it off to apply a different colour but It looked great & was very bright. The only downside to this polish is the smell, its very very strong, not once its on your nails but whilst you’re applying it. So if you get a headache from the smell of nail varnish this is a very very strong one.
I was very impressed with all but one of the products I bought, I thought all the products had pretty packaging and it felt and looked more expensive than it was.
The selection in Primark is quite good & if you can get to one that is selling the makeup then pick up a few products – but not the Felt Pen Eyeliner. None of the products have colour names which is a pain, but thats quite common with more budget brands.
Let me know if you have tried anything from the Primark P.S Love makeup range & if there is anything you would recommend I try.
This Christmas was the first time in 13 years that my hubby & I didn’t have to drive the 600 mile round trip to visit both our families. As they all came to us. This had its own stresses but we managed it. It was lovely having most of our families in the same room since our wedding. My hubby made a lovely Christmas dinner and we ate and relaxed all day. It seems like so long ago now but I thought I would show you the Beauty items I received from my hubby and family. I was gifted so many nice things.
I am excited to try my Stila Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Set – I have wanted some of these for so long. I have such watery eyes & need my eyeliner to be heavy-duty. Currently has a 3rd off in Boots. £16 is a bargain for 5 eyeliners.
SpaceNK Laughter Perfume, I used to wear this all the time 5 years ago & for some reason I stopped. My lovely mum bought this mini bottle for me & I am over joyed to have it in my life again. It smells amazing.
Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia – The hubby snuck this one under the tree. Even after we said we weren’t doing gifts this year. Its my signature scent and I can’t be without a bottle.
Mac MSF Soft and Gentle. This has been on my wish list for the longest time and I never got round to purchasing it. So was over the moon to find it under the tree.
I hope you all had a relaxing and family filled Christmas. Some of you may know that this past year has been the hardest in my 34 years. My dad is still recovering from a Stroke he had last Christmas. It’s so hard to see someone you love be so ill and dependant on other people. My dad was in the Armed Forces for 26 years and was so independent and loved to work. Everything changed a year ago. He is no longer able to work and had to learn to walk and talk again. The mental side of stroke is something that gets eclipsed by the physical. The cognitive things are the hardest and take the longest to learn again. He is improving with each day but I find it so hard to see him so changed. I’m hoping for a more positive 2013. I have made some positive changes in my life in terms of diet and taking on less stress I am really going to try to stick to that.