When it comes to base makeup my requirements vary dependant on occasion, current skin condition, amount of fake tan I’m wearing and how much I can be bothered! If I’m having a particularly good skin day I love nothing more than reaching for a decent, light coverage foundation and more often than not a BB or CC Cream is my go to.
I’ve often been asked what I’m using on my skin when I’m wearing lighter products, a reassurance that less really can be more! Experimenting with different products can be a lengthy and costly affair, so I decided to compile a review of my favourite Creams, varying in budget, properties and finish for anyone who is wondering what to try…
I felt compelled to write a semi-serious post after the recent #Burberry scandal hit the headlines.. burning end of line fashion to ensure it doesn’t discount and fall into the hands of consumers not worthy of their brand. I was, perhaps naively, completely stunned that such a practice was common place – and across a shockingly widespread array of high end brands. But really a little research and reflection and I realise of course, fashion has never been ethical.
The premise pushed by the fashion industry that we must perpetually update our wardrobes with vast ranges of unnecessary wear, based upon seasonal rotation, is yet another effort contributing to a worldwide environmental downturn, of which the poorer classes are a casualty. Tinkering with environmentally friendly fabrics and recycling off-cuts are merely a useless distraction, pushed by designers to fool us into thinking we are helping the cause. However in reality we continue to skirt around the edges of a very real problem.
I love experimenting with new products – makeup, #tan, hair care, food! You name it, I’m always on the look out for a new favourite! Recently something caught my eye in … believe it or not … Poundland! Please stay with me…
On the shelf next to your typical less than exciting Poundland tanning range, I spotted the cheapest bottle of fake tan I have ever encountered. And, I have to be honest, it looked cheap. Obnoxious white plastic bottle, orange logo (not the most inviting colour for a tanning product) and a black crazy font boasting the name of the product; “Ibiza Honey”. Nothing about it was inviting actually. And the price tag of an unbelievably meagre 75p was a testament to how inevitably bad it was sure to be (?).
But, ever the curious cat, I grabbed a bottle. If nothing else I figured I’d have a tale to tell!
Before we get started on this one I feel it’s only fair to warn you that my freshly done #brows are not for the faint hearted. But that’s how I like them – full, sculpted and dark. Look away now if that’s not for you!
However this technique can easily be used to achieve a more subtle outcome by adjusting the tinting times and application method. So just experiment and learn by trial and error – just as I did.
I’ve tried many different brow techniques over the years (except microblading which interests me greatly!) and the outcome I get from my own method is definitely the one I prefer. I’ve used countless beauticians who’ve waxed, plucked, threaded and tortured me in all manner of fashions and also tried pretty much every tinting product going. While I’ve (almost) always been happy with the results, for me there’s just nothing like getting it just right yourself – preening and tweaking to your hearts content …
Even if you’re not following Slimming World, I’d wager you’ve heard of (and quite possible tried) the infamous chips that slimmers thank the heavens for every day! If not, you’re missing out!
As you probably know there is a huge array of foods on Slimming World you can enjoy completely freely to your hearts content; and one of these foods is the humble potato. This makes my heart incredibly content as I am a self-confessed carb fiend!!
I’ve tried lots of different methods to getting my chips just right and after years of practice I’m pleased to say I’ve found (I think) the perfect recipe!
For those of you following Slimming World I thought a semi-regular run down of my daily menu may be of interest. Not only a follower of the plan I’m also a Slimming World Consultant, so, as you can imagine, food is close to my heart – especially delicious food that slims you down!
Wednesday’s are a group day for me and I run two Slimming World sessions on the evening, so I always try to have a good lunch to keep me going and something planned for dinner when I get home late!
Here’s what I enjoyed today…
Essentially you can get fit anywhere, with very little equipment and without spending a bundle. And with the prevalence of Youtube fitness guru’s you can always find a free home workout to embark upon. That being said there are a few essentials (and non-essentials) that I love to have around to make my workout’s a bit more fun and user friendly!
While I’m definitely not frugal I do appreciate value for money and when I splash the cash I like to get a product/service that I feel was worth the spend! And I’m not into brand bashing – the whole anti-haul trend not withstanding – but given that I have forked out for products that haven’t lived up to their promise I do feel entitled to an opinion.
Please feel free to disagree and let me know your experiences with the following, but here is a run down (in no particular order) of products I’ve been disappointed with recently!