Mac palette of dreams

I’ve always wanted to try Mac eyeshadows. Every time I’ve been in the area of a Mac counter I’ve had a cheeky swatch but never actually put my hand in my pocket to buy any. That all changed when for Christmas I had this little treat waiting for me (thanks v much parents). It’s the Amber Times Nine palette and *spoiler alert* I’m obsessed.

It’s the size of one of their usual quads but houses nine eyeshadows, all warm toned with a great mix of glitters, mattes and shimmers. I’ve been using it pretty much everyday since I’ve got it and it’s fast become one of my favourites. There’s a variety of daytime shades which are great for day to day and others which are ready for something a bit more jazzy. This will be a great palette to travel with, it has pretty much everything you need in it. Simple matte shades for when you just want to throw something on your face and also to use as crease shades on a more smokey option. A dark eyeshadow to use as a liner and two glitters that look great in the centre of the lid.

Here are some of my favourite shades. Georgia Peach may look like nothing in the palette but is a really good crease shade and is one to use when you want to put something on your lids with minimal effort. Cork is another cracking matte that’s versatile and works well in the crease. I’m a big lover of glitter so Creative Copper and Don’t Tell are both winners for me – Don’t Tell just edging it out a bit because this on it’s own all over the lid looks great and is a seriously way to make yourself put together on a dark winter morning.

Really want to get more Mac eyeshadows in the future – any shade recommendations?

Two month trial | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

Recently I’ve been getting more and more into skincare. During November and into December my face HATED me. It was red, angry and nothing I was doing was helping, so I thought it was time to bring in the reinforcements. Enter La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. I’d heard of this before, a few friends had used it in the past, but I didn’t know exactly what it was what it was meant to do. I’ve trialled it for two months (and finished my first tube) and here’s how I got on with it.

When I started to use it, I applied it after my eye cream and before my moisturiser day and night, like a serum. At first I think I applied way too much, to the point where I was making my skin really oily and worse than before. But over time I worked out how much to use for a thin layer to keep the oil at bay but not starve my skin of moisture. To be honest, during the first month I wasn’t convinced this product was for me. My skin wasn’t improving at all and I thought it may be making it a bit worse. So instead of using it twice a day I dropped it down to once in the morning, mixed with my Dr Botanicals serum in the evening. This was a game changer.

I’m not saying it worked some kind of miracle and overnight my skin was suddenly clear but over time I have seen improvement in the amount of breakouts I’ve had and the level of redness on my face.

Would I recommend this product? I seriously would but I’d also say patience is key. on the box it says you’ll start to notice some results but I’d say if your anything like me it’ll be a month before there’s any difference to your skin. Not a bad price at £12 a tube and although I used up this first one in two months, cutting back to only using it once a day my next one will last me four. I’ve already repurchased this along with a tinted version in the hope I can use it day to day instead of foundation- I’ll let you know how it goes.

What are your skincare saviours?

One year of Q&A a day

I’m back baby! Nearly three months of laptop problems and the festive season has led to things being a bit quiet over here but I’m back and ready for some new posts. I thought I’d start off my first post of the New Year with a look back on 2017 and what I’ve learnt doing Q&A a day. I got this the Christmas before last (2016) and I’m pretty impressed that I managed to stick it out for 12 months – I’m notorious for starting diaries in January and never getting past the 10th. I think the fact that there’re questions to answer makes it more interesting than a ‘traditional’ diary as it doesn’t matter if nothing has happened that day or not, there’s still something to write down. But if something exciting has happened I try and work it in.

So, what did I learn? Well, I discovered that I was quite negative in January – everything was an effort and reading some of my answers back it was just a bit like ‘pull yourself together’! Things seemed to be going great in the middle of the year around June or July time. Lots was going on, I went on holiday, went to Ascot and it was just a generally fun time and you can really tell I was upbeat most of the time. Other than that my mood was pretty average throughout the rest of the year and I found that writing something down every night was a good way to quick look back on the day but without being like ‘okay what happened step by step, minute by minute’.

As we’re a bit into the month already I’ve started answering the year two questions and seeing what I was writing last year. Safe to say the answers are pretty much identical (I mean it’s only been a year) and in some cases I’m writing the exact same thing without realising. I try not to look at last year’s answers before going into my current thoughts because I don’t want past me to influence present me.

I’m looking forward to continuing to write in this throughout 2018 and I’m really intrigued to see where I am in life when I finish the book in 2021!

Empties #1

This is my first ever empties post and I have to say it’s taken me longer than I thought it was going to to build up a little stash, but I’ve done it so let’s get started. I’ve been using the Lee Stafford shampoo and conditioners for about three years and my favourites have been from the big fat hair range. They’re around £8 each and do quite a good job of volumising the hair. I’ve been through a fair few bottles over the years but recently it’s not been quite doing it for me. My hair just doesn’t seem to be getting washed properly and it can feel very greasy. I think I may have to move on to bigger and better things. Next up is my beloved Seaweed Toner from The Body Shop. I don’t think I could live without this. It’s done wonders for my oily skin and it just seems to keep the grease at bay. I will forever repurchase this, probably for the rest of time. In 2009 I got this L’Oreal Golden Eyeshadow free in a set. I thought that it was going to be something that I was never going to use, but I think that the fact I’ve finished it proved me wrong. I used this as a highlight and it was really nice, shimmery not too glittery and a nice colour. I don’t think they sell this anymore so I’ll have to find another replacement, but I already have one in mind. My Vitamin E Night Cream from The Body Shop has done me well over this past year but our time has come to an end. I really liked the way that this moisturised my skin without making it oily and it was a good price considering it’s lasted me just under 12 months. At the minute I’m trying another night cream but if that doesn’t work out I’d definitely repurchase. This Coconut Body Butter from The Body Shop is just insane! Smells amazing, moisturises like no other and lasts not too badly either. Everyone knows how great these body butters are but the coconut one is thicker than some of the others which in my opinion makes it thicker as it gives your body a good moisturise. Love it!

Stay tuned next week to see what I’ve repurchased and what new stuff I’m trying out!