Spring Inspired Makeup Menu featuring MAX FACTOR…

Max Factor Spring Inspired Makeup

Although I don’t really consider myself to be a ‘pink’ girl, I always love wearing soft pastel toned make-up. Maybe it’s because I’m easily intimidated by super-bright tones, particularly being so pale! Therefore, it’s no huge shock that a Spring Make-up Menu was on the cards, considering that this time of year never fails to inspire me more than any other when it comes to pairing oh-so-pretty colour combinations. However, what’s even more exciting is that I’m rediscovering my love for one of the best known brands available from drug store counters worldwide… Max Factor.

Throughout my early twenties Max Factor was a staple for me – particularly in the foundation stakes. Clearly over the last few years I’ve been on a whirlwind romance with many other brands; but as a recent ‘me spree’ seemed to result in me investing in some new Max Factor goodies, I couldn’t resist sharing them with y’all in this Spring inspired make-up menu…

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Spring Makeup Face Products

Olay 2 in 1 Primer: My go to primer that helps prep my skin prior to whatever foundation I opt for. Never lets me down and helps to keep my make-up from drying out prematurely.

Max Factor Lasting Performance in Pastelle 02:  Having used (and loved) this foundation a number of years ago I’ve no idea why I changed – I’m assuming my colour was out of stock & I moved onto another brand. However after wearing this for an entire day it completely reignited strong memories as to how much I loved this foundation in the past. It completely lives up to its name as it still looked fresh come bedtime… and for those with pinky pale skin this is the ideal tone that doesn’t result in nasty oxidised tones!

L’Oreal Touche Magique: The product itself is great, no complaints about the formula (however) after shelling out almost £10 I was pretty disappointed at how many applications I got from it. Not recommended for everyday use or you’ll soon be spending a small fortune, instead save your pennies and opt for the MUA dupe – it’s every bit as brilliant but at a fraction of the price!

I ❤ Makeup Blushing Hearts in Bursting With Love: Although I’m going through a bit of a phase for cream blush (I usually do at the turn of spring) this is one little box of magic powder that will forever get my vote. A soft pink blush with a soft hint of sheen that gives the impression of a slightly dewy cheek, even though it’s totally powder based.

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Spring Makeup Eye Products

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Liner in Nude: Having appeared in many of my previous Make-up Menu’s, this soft nude liner is a champion at brightening up tired eyes and making the eye colour appear much more vibrant!

Seventeen Eye Shadow Trio in Enchanted Smoke: I ADORE this little trio from another one of my favourite drug store brands, the deep damson shade was the perfect tone for adding a little bit of definition to the outer corner of my eyes without going over board & it really complimented the Excess Shimmer cream shadow!

Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Pink Opal: I was expecting a much denser consistency than the soft mousse formula, however don’t be led to thinking that this light weight creamy shadow won’t pack a mighty punch. It stayed in place all day without any creasing or wearing, really impressed & will definitely be investing in a few more shades before long!

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eye Shadow in Pink Opal

Max Factor False Lash Effect in Black: Thanks to my blog buddy Anne over at Doves & Roses who highly recommended this mascara – she seems to know exactly what I love in a great lash formula. Not only does this mascara add length it separates your lashes leaving them looking fluttery, lengthened and separated without any huge clumps. Undoubtedly my go to mascara whatever the occasion!

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Max Factor Lipfinity

Max Factor Lipfinity in shade 60 Evermore Lush: This has been my first dip into Max Factors lippy line & I’m impressed. It’s comfortable to wear, long lasting & best of all the compact shape of the bullet is great for smaller lips!

Ps: Pop a little coating of Lip Cote over the top for an even longer lasting finish *Click Here* to check out my review on this nifty lip accessory!

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Spring Inspired Makeup

Considering the affordability of Max Factor it really does edge the boundaries of high end cosmetics, not only in longevity but in colour pay off too. After hours of wear (and I wasn’t going lightly on it either ladies) it really held up its end of the bargain as I found myself washing a completely dewy face of make-up come bedtime! Though I’m not at all surprised considering how much this range has impressed me in the past. More to the point, I was really impressed with the eye shadow as cream formulas quite often dry up and become flaky on my lids, this however stayed fresh the entire day. Worth the invest for sure gals, don’t forget to check out some of the other gorgeous colours in the range too!

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Are you a fan of Max Factor? Have you tried any of their make-up range recently? What’s your favourite spring inspired choices for the new season? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do pop by to say a quick hello!

Cheerio chums…

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Spring Cleaning: Essential Spring Skin Care Kit…

Essential Spring Skin Care

There’s no one more happier than me to wave goodbye to the harsh winds of winter, to welcome the sunnier skies of a new season. Spring has always been one of my favourite times of the year, not only due to my love of soft pastel colours and cute garden flowers emerging; it also distinctively feels like a rebirth in many forms. The sparse winter landscape is changing into soft greens & everyone seems to be in a generally chirpier mood.

Of course this is usually the time when I start renewing my skin care regime; out with the old and in with the new! Okay, so I’m no Caroline Hirons when it comes to knowing the in’s and out’s of my lotions and potions, but I do enjoy sampling a variety of really affordable products – and of course making my selection of those that have made the final cut for my Essential Spring Skin Care Kit! Fancing finding out the stars of the show? Then get yourself comfy & let’s get started…

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Body - Spring Skin Care

Treacle Moon, Iced Strawberry Dream: This is one brand I literally can’t stop raving about. Ever since I picked up their Cinnamon shower gel back in November I’ve been hooked.. If you’re a lover of juicy strawberry scents then you’ll adore this yummy bath and shower gel. Not only does it leave your skin feeling and smelling delicious for hours after, your bathroom will smell every bit as delightful too!

Treacle Moon, The Raspberry Kiss: As most of you already know I’m not a huge fan of Shea Butter or Coconut scents – not because I’m adverse to the smell, but mainly because there are soooooo many products out there with that scent that I’ve pretty much sickened myself over the months. However this yummy raspberry scented body cream is beyond words. The smell lingers on your skin for ages and feels super nourishing and hydrating. *happy sigh*

*Click Here* to check out the Treacle Moon website so you can browse their amazing range of cruelty free goodies!

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Face - spring skin care

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: Is there anybody out there that hasn’t fallen head over heels for this incredible cleansing water? Few and far between if I’m placing any bets! In fact I’ve literally lost count of the amount of times I’ve raved about it; but then again it is SO worth the praise. Cotton pads and a few drops of this wonder water = VOILA! Fresh skin in an instant. A must have for any skin care kit!

Olay Sensitive Daily Facial In A Box: Consisting of 30 disposable facial cloths, this is great value for money if you’re a fan of cleansing with lathered up soap. These handy little cloth wipes have always managed to leave my skin feeling super clean & baby smooth without leaving it dry or tight. It’s also one of the few soapy cleansers that hasn’t aggravated my roaring red skin, plus it’s wonderful for minimising pores. Well worth the £4 investment for an entire month of hassle free cleansing wouldn’t you say? Most definitely a daily facial in a box!

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Tesco Spring Skin Care

Tesco Refreshing Toner, Night Cream and Cleanser & Eye Makeup Remover: Out of every range I’ve tried this year, this is by far the most surprising. Considering that branded supermarket skin care is often overlooked, compared to branded competition, I’m pretty sure that many are missing out on what this trio of goodies has to offer.

 Firstly, lets talk Toner… honestly, I’m not a fan of Toners per-say. Simply because they dry my skin out and leave it feeling in need of a damn good drink. However this particular toner was the first not to leave my skin looking red, patchy & slightly inflamed. Maybe it’s something to do with the cucumber extracts? I’m not entirely sure… but for a super market brand it feels, smells and performs just as great (if not better) than some of the bigger names for triple the price.

As for the night cream (to keep it short and sweet) it’s nourishing whilst not feeling greasy or overly oily. It smells incredible, is highly affordable & suitable for all skin types. Okay so the packaging isn’t smeared with scientific claims and unpronounceable ingredients, but considering it done a fabulous job of keeping my skin moisturised what’s not to like?

Lastly, the star of the show… Tesco Cleanser & Eye Makeup Remover. WOW wow wow wow. This performs like a dream for me. To be truthful it could easily be crowned as my best skincare buy of 2016 so far. YES it’s THAT good! It has been the ONLY cleanser that has been soothing beyond words, gentle on my eyes, doesn’t leave a frosted effect film that makes my sight all blurred for 20 minutes after use (unlike the Nivea Double Effect) and is outstanding at removing all traces of eye makeup… even my hefty layers of Urban Decay that is considerable long wearing. What a product! If you haven’t tried this you absolutely must.

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Spring skin care

Simple Soothing Eye Balm:  Eye Balms are relatively new to me, and I have to admit I’ve been loving this one so much that it has me hooked to explore more. After a long day in front of computers my eyes usually end up tired and puffy. This is the perfect addition to my skin care routine to help tame the tiredness and leave my eyes feeling totally soothed.

Oz Naturals Hyaluronic Acid  Serum: Bizarrely enough, I didn’t actually realise just how beneficial this formula was until I STOPPED using it. If you have skin that is in need of hydration & suffers from dry patches then I’d highly recommend you giving it a go. Read my full review on this product by *Clicking Here*

Pure Cucumber Eye Roll-On: Yet another nifty little tool for taming tired eyes. All I do is simply roll the ball just underneath my eyes for a cool & soothing sensation that brightens up tired eye areas. Bye Bye extra baggage!

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Spring Lip Care

W7 Lip Bomb: As much as I adore my beloved EOS balms, I can honestly say that this is thee most moisturising (and yum tasting) lip treat I could recommend – and believe me I’ve tried ALOT. It’s handy domed shape means your lips easily get a full coating in this nurturing formula that leaves your pout looking just as beautiful as it feels!

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub: Regardless of the season, Lush lip scrubs are always top of my favourites list when it comes to lip care. Not only is it incredibly tasty, it removes all that horrid build up of dry/dead skin, leaving your lips supple, soft and totally kissable!

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What’s your favourite Spring Skin Care recommendations? Do you have any essentials in your Spring Cleaning kit? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below, so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂

Wishing you all a fabulous Easter weekend!

Cheerio chums…

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Bring On Spring: The Nail Polish Edit…

Spring Nail Polishes

With the sunnier skies virtually upon us what better way to celebrate the arrival of spring by switching up nail colours? After spending (what felt like) a lifetime in winter woollies and deep berry shades, I’m now ready to unleash a wardrobe of pastels to paint what’s left of my nails after the harsh winter months.

Spring Nail Colours

So if you’re looking for some nail inspiration, why not take a peek at some of my favourite colours of the season. Shopping list at the ready gals…

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Rimmel Salon Pro in Peppermint

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish in Peppermint

Although I’m not normally spotted in green, this gorgeous minty polish from Rimmel London is a must. At only £4.49 it’s certainly an impressive dose of affordable coverage you can’t go wrong with.

Where to buy: http://www.boots.com/en/Rimmel-Salon-Pro-Nail-Polish_1314153/

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Rimmel London in Lovey Dovey

Rimmel Lovey Dovey Polish

Who doesn’t fall head over heels for a splash of cheery lavender? It’s bright, breezy and great to pair with almost any spring outfit. I’m in love! At £2.99 it’s certainly worth the investment for a great pocket friendly polish.

Where to buy: http://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Nails/Nail-Polish/Rimmel-Nail-Polish-60-Second-Lovey-Dovey-8ml/p/410533

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Barry M Nail Paint in Blueberry

Barry M Blueberry

Okay, so blue nails never do seemto compliment my pink skin tone, however when the tan is on and the sun is out it really does look fabulous! Such a fun & lively colour that reminds me of the bluest skies – ideal for these lighter days don’t you think? Available from Superdrug at only £3.99.

Where to buy: http://www.superdrug.com/Barry-M/Barry-M-Gelly-Nail-Paint-Blueberry/p/553270

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Rimmel 60 Second Super Shine by Rita Ora in Rain Rain Go Away

Rita Ora Rain Rain Go Away

Not quite sure I could aptly convey just how much I adore this polish in literally every sense. It’s chic, classy, yet sassy enough for spring & easily ‘dolled up’ with a gorgeous glittery top coat. At only £2.99 it’s worth the investment time & time again!

Where to buy: http://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Nails/Nail-Polish/Rimmel-60-Seconds-Super-Shine-By-Rita-Ora-Rain-Rain-Go-Away/p/411102

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Rimmel Glitter in Sparkle Everyday

Rimmel Sparkle Everyday

As you can tell, there’s a bit of a Rimmel theme running in todays feature, but to be fair they’re such great polishes for such minimal spend. Okay, so this glitter (like pretty much every other) is a tad exhausting to remove but just look how pretty it is. Worth the effort? I think so! Pick yours up from Superdrug for £3.99.

Where to buy: http://www.superdrug.com/Make-Up/Nails/Nail-Polish/Rimmel-Glitter-Nail-Polish-Sparkle-Every-Day/p/516928

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The Natural Collection in Shimmer Pink 

Natural Collection Shimmer Pink

What Spring nail polish catwalk collection would be complete without a baby pink to end the show? The staple of almost every Spring theme in one way or another. What I love about this polish is the micro glitter that runs through the entire formula, but doesn’t tend to effect removal too much at all. Such a beautiful soft shimmery pink – and for a mere £1.99 it’s the perfect pocket-money treat to brighten any tired looking post-winter nail 🙂

Where to buy: http://www.boots.com/en/Natural-Collection-Nail-Colour_24247/

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What’s your favourite Spring shade? Have you been switching to pastel nail colours recently, and if so have you any recommendations to share with us?  Whatever your thoughts, I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello 🙂

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Sassy Spring Essentials…

Step into Spring

Hey lovelies…

As my spring clear out is (almost) complete, what better way to celebrate than to dreamily ponder over what gorgeous goodies to restock my closet and beauty shelves with?! After spending a few hours mulling around the interweb I’ve found a few little items of inspiration that will undoubtedly get us in the mood to dust of the winter gloom and step boldly into a new season of vibrant colours. Are you sitting comfy? Then lets’ get started…

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Spring Essentials

1) ASOS Curve Swing Dress: After packing away those winter woollies this gorgeous Asos Swing Dress (available in sizes 18-28) is the perfect patterned addition to brighten up any wardrobe. I love these shorter dresses for us taller gals too as they make the perfect maxi style top with a sassy pair of skinny jeans or leggings!

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2) Marc Jacobs Daisy: No spring wishlist would be complete without a fresh waft of perfume that also happens to be contained in one of the prettiest daisy-clad bottles you’ll set your peepers upon. Marc Jacobs Daisy is the ideal spring scent that smells every bit as fresh and feminine as it looks.

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3)  Superdrug Colour Performance: New season, new hair! After surviving those harsh winter months, most follicles are screaming out for a little TLC. The Superdrug hair colour range is by far one of the best I’ve tried and tested (many times I should add *aah hem*) It’s undoubtedly one of the most vibrant finishes that holds it’s colour for such an impressive length of time. For the price it really is a bargain girls. Oh, and the freebie conditioner is phenomenal for taming even the frizziest of manes! You’re welcome 😉

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4) MUA Spring Break Palette: Having road-tested an entire batch of MUA products over the last few months I’m mightily impressed with this budget busting range of cosmetic goodies. How beautiful is this spring palette that’s simply bursting with super delicious pastille shades guaranteed to brighten up even the most lack-lustre of lids. For a mere £4.00 you just can’t go wrong!

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5) Marni Leather Boots: Okay I’ll admit ladies, they’re a little ‘unique’ compared to my normal choice of foot fashion, however I adore the quirky heel design and neutral colour that will look great with almost any spring outfit… and with 60% off they make a great new season investment!

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6) Benefit CORALista Coral Blush: I’ve yet to meet a beauty addict yet who isn’t a fan of Benefit’s mighty range of captivating cosmetics. I’ve noticed so many rave reviews about this beautiful blush set that it’s edged its way straight to the top of my spring wishlist! Check it out ladies – it even comes with it’s own cute little blush brush ❤

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7) Dior Addict Lip lipgloss: I’ve had my eye on this little tube of lip-candy for a while now. Not only is the packaging a visual treat but the product itself is available in a huge range of delicious colours that’s guaranteed to perk up any pout.

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8) Michael Kors (Brooke) Leather Shoulder Tote: You all know how much of a handbag addict I am, of course after stumbling upon this stunning tote from one of my favourite handbag designers, I simply had to sneak it onto the Wishlist. At £310 it’s a little on the pricey side but worth every penny for a high quality bag that’s sure to drop a few jaws in the process (mine included) I’m in love!

So there you have it beauty buddies, my Step into Spring wishlist. What’s top of your seasonal must haves? Are you all set to wave goodbye to your winter thermals?

As always thanks for reading… don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below 🙂

Cheerio chums,

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Sunday Shenanigans…

Sunday Shenanigans

Hey Beauty Buddies…

Yaaaay for a brand new month! I always get excited for March arriving as sunny spring is just peeking round the corner… time to clear out the closet and relish in a whole new season of adventures.

 How was your weekend? Did I miss anything? We had one of the quietest 48 hours in a loooong time. Forget a pj day, it was more like a full weekend of lounging around doing absolutely nothing apart from recharging our batteries… I even managed to close the laptop for (most) of the duration too – I know, shocking right?!

However come Sunday morning I woke with a huge urge to spring out of bed and fill my lungs with some fresh salty sea air by taking a lovely dander along our local beach. Considering the sun was streaming in through the cracks of the blinds it would’ve been a shame not to take advantage of such a gorgeous morning – anything to get out in a bit of much needed sunshine.

Tottering down the stairs semi-ready for my seaside dander, Steve was busy working away in the kitchen… he’d gotten up early to prepare a yummy Sunday lunch and had the entire house cleaned from one end to the other. Seeing as I usually tackle most of the cooking it was such a welcomed break and a great feeling having absolutely nothing to do… so Ems’ and I grabbed our coats and headed out for a bit of fresh air whilst Steve stayed at home sipping his coffee and pre-booking the all important Ireland v England rugby game (that would undoubtedly exercise my vocal chords)

Anyways, I thought it would be fun to take a few piccies of our little Sunday shenanigans to share with you guys…

 

Sunday Dinner

Yep, photographic evidence that a huge Sunday lunch was all prepared by my very own head-chef. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy eating it… what a lucky lady 🙂

Spring Flowers

On our way out the front door I noticed (for the 1st time I must add) my little spring flowers have made an appearance meaning it’s ‘almost’ time to shed the winter woollies *happy dance*

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So we made the 45 second walk to the breezy shores (yes we live that close!) and I have to say that although my teeny little spring flowers are in full bloom I’ll not be hanging up my chunky knits just yet… it was SO cold but worth the teeth chattering!

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Searching for little weird shaped pebbles (preferably heart ones) to add to Emma’s collection of seaside memorabilia she has stored in various places, including a little pile by the front door and a jar full of shells in the bathroom. Love seaside life ❤

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Time for a dander along the shoreline… so good for clearing your thoughts and unbelievably therapeutic. Any time I feel my anxiety playing up a walk along the beach always helps calms me down. Everyone needs a bitta beach in their lives 😉

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I don’t care what anyone says, no matter what age you are you can’t resist playing catch with the waves… even if it means squelching home in soggy gym shoes! Thankfully I have a 9 year old daughter I can excuse my childish Tom foolery on *rolls eyes*

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Tide well on it’s way out, getting windy and cold…

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A windswept Em’s

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Homeward bound for some tea & warmth by the fire.

Did you do anything exciting this weekend, or like us did you spend it chillaxing? As always thanks so much for reading, do say a quick hello in the comments below, you know how much I enjoy a little chatter! Happy March y’all 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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