Summer Face

Like most women I am always on the look out for good anti aging products & information on how to prevent early signs of aging. But as most of us know but forget that the best way of preventing wrinkles and the skin aging quicker is to stay out of the sun or to wear a high SPF. So over the past few days we have had some unseasonably glorious sunny days & that means for me its time to break out the SPF. My normal moisturiser has SPF 15 in, but on sunnier days that’s not enough so i go all out and reach for my trusty  No7 Anti-Dark Spot Facial Sun Protection SPF 50

I have been using this product on sunny days for little over a year. Its not too thick and it doesn’t really have a scent. Which i like. I am not a fan of putting scented products on my face. I have worn this product under my makeup and it wears really well. My makeup doesn’t break down. I have worn it under Mac, YSL founadions and No7 BB creams all of these have been fine with it.

Also i’ve got a really oily T Zone and to my surprise this sun lotion does not add any grease or oil. It absorbs well into the skin. I normally leave it about 5 – mins to settle before i add makeup and I don’t use another moisturiser with it only eye cream. And find this is plenty of moisture to my skin. I like to think i am really protecting my skin from the suns rays.  It also states that it has Five star UVA protection and to me that is what i am looking for. You also get 50ml for £11 and if you get it on 3 for 2 its always a bargain.

What do you use to protect your face from the suns harmful rays.

No7 Sun Protection
No7 Sun Protection


Maybelline – Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadows

I have been so excited for the release of these. They have been available in America for what seems like forever. I purchased 3  out of the 7 shades from Superdrug yesterday on their 3 for 2 offer. My Superdrug had a very limited stock of all colours, so they must be selling fast. What first struck me was the names are different to the Americans ones, instead of Tough as Taupe we have Permanent Taupe so that really threw me. Anyhow i purchased On and On Bronze 35, Permanent Taupe 40 and Eternal Gold 06.

I have watched alot of YouTube videos and read alot of blogs about these cream shadows. Mostly really positive reviews too. I own a Mac Paint Pot in Bare Study and LOVE LOVE LOVE it, i wear it alone for a more natural look or under my shadows for a primer / base. Its great and works fab. The price however is always an issue. With Mac products the price reflects the quality and my Paint Pot is no exception its well worth the £14 i paid. The Maybelline Shadows are almost a 3rd of the price at £4.99 so i hope they are as good.

When i heard that the Maybelline Color Tattoo Shadows were a somewhat dupe for Mac Paint Pots i wanted to try them. I paid £9.98 for my Maybelline Shadows (£4.99 on 3 for 2 at Superdrug). They are meant to be smudge proof & long wearing. So far i have only tried out the On and On Bronze with a little Mac Woodwinked over the top. I hardly used any product and the colour pay off is so GOOD! These are going to last a while (as long at they don’t dry out). So far, 5 hours after applying its not budged and my husband assures me its not creased. So that’s good news.

The Permanent Taupe is not a shimmer shadow & so would make a great base for a Smokey Eye, the other two colours i picked up do have shimmer in (i like a bit of shimmer).  So far i am super happy to have these in my collection and hope to pick up a few more shades next week. Although it seems that we are not getting the full range, America have 10 colours and i could only see 7 shades. I will keep my eyes peeled. Let me know how you’re finding these and how you wear them.


Heads Up

Models Own have released some new colours in their fab Beetlejuice nail polish range. There are 3 new colours for Spring/Summer 2012. Indian Ocean looks like the best one too me. Each polish is £5 each, that’s a really good price for a nail polish. Also Models Own have really good quality products so the price tag i feel is very good. These were released on the 19th March so i am off to my Boots to have a look (I say look but what i don’t tell my hubby is that I AM going to buy some).

Taking inspiration from the colours of a hot Summer haze these duo chrome polishes each contain four pearlescent colours and feature a high gleam finish.

The three new colours are …….Pictured below (top right)

Copper Pot – a deep olive tan
Tropical Sun – a glistening sunset of orange
Indian Ocean -a calming iridescent blue with soft pink undertones

Beetlejuice Nail Polish Collection

I have been lusting over these polishes for the longest time. Models Own are doing a great boxset deal on their website,  you’re getting all the new Beetlejuice colours plus Aqua Violet, Pinky Brown, 3 in 1 Base Coat + Top Coat and Gloss all for £20 that’s a saving of £10. Well worth a look!

Also whilst I’m in London in April I really want to visit the Models Own Bottleshop they are going to have some exclusive nail polishes & it looks fab.

Models Own Bottleshop

Whats on your face

My hubby asked me if i had my breakfast on my face, typical man. My response was no, but it smelt & looked like my breakfast. I had put on the Oatifix Fresh Face Mask from Lush. I have declared WAR on my face. I have been hunting out hydrating products & came across this face mask whilst in Lush. I have tried their Love Lettuce Mask a few times and really liked it, but noticed on the blurb the Oatifix one is aimed at dry skin.

I know i said in a previous post that my skin was really acting up and was over the top oily, i booked in for a Facial and the lady said that although i had a slightly oily T Zone my skin was in fact really dehydrated. So i have booked in for a Hydrating Facial next week. I will let you know how i find it. In the mean time i have been slapping on the night cream & thought it best to try and hydrate before i go back.

Lush say……

A mask for dry skin.

Bananas are a very rich oily fruit – so are perfect for a mask that is trying to get goodness into dry skin. Also in here is illipe butter to moisturise the skin and leave it supple.  

Oatmeal, ground almonds and kaolin bind the ingredients and act as a very gentle scrub to lift dead skin away and leave the face looking brighter. A soft fragrance based on vanilla absolute finishes off this nourishing mask.

Altogether, a gentle mask that is perfect to feed dry or sensitive skin.’

I agree. I found it to be quite thick to apply and hard to spread, i put a fair amount on and waited about 2 minutes until it had warmed up to my skin temp then i found it alot easier to apply evenly to my whole face. It smells exactly like breakfast porridge and made me quite hungry. The Oatifix Mask is one of Lush’s Fresh Face Masks and states on it that it needs to be kept in the fridge so that is where it lives. Very cold too.

The mask doesn’t harden or make your face feel tight. I left it on for a little over 10 mins then washed it off in the shower. I used the mask in the morning and noticed that after using it my skin was quite bright and felt smooth. I barely used any, so the 75g tub will do quite a few masks. I am looking forward to using it and seeing the results.Oh and its £5.75 for 75g that’s not a bad deal.

Oatifix Fresh Face Mask from Lush

What masks are you using and do you know of any good ones for re hydrating sad tired skin.