Review : MAC Make Up Session



Make Over or should that be MAC Over?

For Christmas, my father in law bought me a voucher for a MAC session!

Oh how excited I was about all that lovely MAC make up!

Lets be honest now ladies, MUCA (My code for – make up counter assistants) do have a reputation of being snooty orange faced clowns right? Remember that Fast Show sketch? (YOUTUBE)… well this was playing heavily on my mind.

I have about 70% of MACs regular range of eyeshadows and pigments and a healthy dose of their lippies and gloss’s so I didn’t want the kind of make up lesson you’d give to a 15yr old with her first lippy, but I also didn’t want to be brushed aside and given the same look I could do every day.

Sunday 6th February at 11:00 – Judgement Day! Dun dun duuuun!

When I sat down with my MUCA, she was amazing. She told me she’s known as Pink Sarah and what an absolute doll she was! I wish I could have taken her home with me! She put me at ease instantly when I told her I didn’t want to look like a clown. We had a good laugh over my trepidation about the session and she did her best to put me at ease.

I explained to Sarah that I have very rosy cheeks and as such my main goal for the session was to finally find a properly matched foundation to give me maximum coverage without looking like a mask so that I could wear blushers!

Sarah ran through a few foundations and let me choose which one I felt most comfortable with (NW20) and I have to say I’m insanely impressed! I have not tried MAC foundations before, with having problem skin I avoid introducing new (and expensive) products which may cause flare ups but almost 2 weeks on of daily wear I have nothing to write home about.. Yes that’s right, ive worn it every day! The first time in about 4.5yr! It’s a BIG achievment for me and my stupid face!

Sarah asked me what kind of style of eyes I go for and after I explained my usual style and colour preference she asked if I was feeling brave enough for a bold purple ‘daytime’ look. Confident that she’d not make me look like Krusty the Klown I was game for her to go to town on my eyes!

WOWOWOW! < That’s all I can say! I associate bold purples with night times but Sarah worked her magic on me and I had a beautifully vivid smoked purple eye with bold tones running through. She was attentive to ask about my eyewear (I’m a speccy 4 eyes) and explained how to create a bold eye that was maximised by my frames. It was a revelation to me as I’m prone to applying my eyes as if I was wearing my contacts and then just shoving my glasses back on!

All in all I was very very happy wth my session and felt relieved I’d been brave and gone through it. I was grateful she didn’t try to teach me to suck eggs, but I did pick up a few tips I’d not thought about before that Ive used again since. She wasn’t pushy or forceful when it came to deciding which products I would like to buy (£98.50 of goodies for the record… ooopsie!)

Sarah was an absolute sweetheart and I have to say, after previous VERY frosty service from the MAC ladies she was perfect in every way. This was reaffirmed when on returning to MAC a week later to swap a dupe eyeshadow I’d bought after the session, she made a beeline to me and gave me the warmest greeting I think ive ever had and checked how I felt after id got home with the make up she applied. Such a lovely lady!

For all you North East ladies, I cannot recommend Sarah (Ask for Pink Sarah) in Fenwicks in Newcastle highly enough. She is amazing and a real credit to the brand, if this is the quality of representation they offer. The other girls on stand could take a leaf out of her book for customer service.

I was actually so impressed with Sarah I have wrote an email of commendation to both Fenwicks & MAC directly!!!

After a slight absence from MAC-love (due to shoddy service)…I’m back with a bang! Now where is that Chrome eyeshadow and Venetian lipglass!!

Review : Neutrogena Multi Defence daily moisturiser

As I’ve probably already mentioned, I have insanely sensitive skin and as a 
result I usually shy away from skin care unless I really need to – Naughty I know!

On a trip to Mecca (Boots) at New Year I spotted a promotion for the new daily moisturiser from Neutrogena. Being the frugal doogal that I am, I was only swayed to try it because it was on offer.

I haven’t been using it every day as I don’t want to overload my skin but so far, this ROCKS!

It does produce too much product when doing 1 full pump on the dispenser but it does sink in smoothly and quickly. I find half a pump does my face throat and down to my collar bone. It’s not a thick lotion so a little does go a long way.

This has not produced any allergic reaction or sensitivity at all which is an absolute god send for those days when my face feels like the Sahara Desert!

At this time of year my skin takes a battering from the wind, heating, make up overload etc so I’ve been trying to find a reliable moisutriser for a long time.

I would recommend this product heartily to anyone with sensitive skin. My skin style fluctuates from dry to combination and it is sitting well on all areas of my face. I can’t comment on how it performs for you oily skinned stunners.

The only down side is the weird cheap smell but this subsides very quickly once on the face.

This is my first foray in to Neutrogena and I am SO impressed. I will definitely re-purchase once I have completed this tube. I’m even trying to collect a little hoard of the free samples of the product doing the rounds in magazines at the minute as I want to take it on holiday without worrying about the hassle of those clear bags for hand luggage liquids!

I’m excited to try the rest of the offerings from Neutrogena.

Any recommendations?

Sleek i-Divine Primer Palette

I’m a huge fan of Sleek make up and was excited to spot their new palette go up for sale – the primer palette!

Looking at their website the colours look nice and vivid and the buzz on the blog-vine is that they are great!


I should have it in my grubby mitts by Monday (I hope!) so I will swatch it and review it then but I just couldnt contain my excitement either!

Apparently shops are selling out left right and centre but still plenty of stock HERE on Sleeks website


Ive also managed to track down the rare Graphite palette too, lets just hope they both arrive in 1 piece! wooo!




Holy Grail shoesies?

Ladies (and the odd gent)  I have found “the shoes” that make me want to sell my house just to live in them.

I have promised myself if I complete my challenge by 30, I’ll buy myself them… providing i’ve learnt how to walk in heels!

Lets coo over them together.


Behold – Christian Louboutin’s Lady Daf.

It’s love.

The pictures playing up but you get the idea. SWOON <3

Review : Boots Cold Cream

Baby it’s Cold (Cream) in here…..
 
Sorry for the picture, I had to borrow it from Google

This is probably quite late but I have been giving it a few weeks to settle in to my routine to see how I get on with it!

After doing a bit of blog-loving and googlizing (yes it’s a word, I say so!) for a new cleanser and moisturiser combo suitable for sensitive skin, I came across lots of reviews for Ponds Cold Cream used as a hot cloth cleanser.

Having super sensitive skin, when I get a flare up, I layer my face in Aqueous Cream or calamine so I was hoping it would have the same thick, cooling effect.

After a trip to Mecca (aka Boots) I settled upon their own brand Cold Cream as I thought it was less money to waste should it not be right for me. I dutifully trouped off to Asda living and bought a giant pack of baby muslins for £3 and cut them down to face size seeing as the Boots ones were so expensive.

I’d been reading up on what I needed to do so I gave it a whirl in the following order. By no means is this the definitive how-to but this is how I got my best results……..

1. Apply a layer of CC to your face avoiding your eyes. I use a thicker layer depending on how much make up im wearing or how dry my face is. It’s quite a prescriptive method so you can tailor it to suit your own skin


2. Leave the cream to sit on the face without rubbing in for long enough for the hot tap to get super hot. Soak the muslin cloth in the hot water and drape it over the face. Pat gently to make contact on cheeks and forehead. NOTE – please make sure the hot cloth isn’t too hot otherwise you’ll burn your pretty little face!

3. I usually sit on the side of the bath until the cloth no longer feels warm and then I used the cloth to wipe off all the CC residue still present on my face. While wiping, I do a light sweep over my eyes to remove make up and I haven’t had any stinging or redness from doing it and no trouble with contact lenses in.

4. I finish with a brisk splash of cold water which, despite probably not being true, feels like it tightens everything up on my face and makes me feel a bit cleaner… if that makes sense?!

The CC leaves a very fine film of moisture behind on the skin which you can feel gently sinking in to your skin for some time afterwards. If I’m feeling particularly dry and dehydrated I apply an extra moisturiser but most of the time find that the left over CC is more than enough to keep my skin feeling plump young and moisturised.

Why oh why didn’t someone tell me about this before! Damn you all!

I’ve been using the Boots Cold Cream since the beginning of the year and I have to say I havent had any face-wash related allergy flare ups or issues at all and as a result I’m not going to try to the Ponds cream. It’s practically twice the price and I find it hard to believe it’s twice as good as this bad boy!

To make it a fair review though, here’s the pros and cons!

Cons

1. The smell is overpoweringly flowery and has that “grandma” smell about it. It does subside very quickly but the strong smell in the jar might put others off

2. The jar is beautifully retro with a 1920s vibe (to me anyways) but it is a nightmare to scoop out the cream if you have to do more than 1 dip. It tips over very easily and with it having a flared fluted top, I suspect it will be hard to get the dregs out when its almost empty. My jar has rolled off my bathroom counter while trying to use it more times than I think I’ve dyed my hair (A LOT!)

3. Maybe Boots could stock good value muslins along side the cold cream on the display?

4. The product is not marketed and just lives on the bottom shelf in the beauty aisle. On quizzing my beauty obsessed friends none of them had heard of Boots own brand cold cream or even its uses.

 Pros

1. The price! What more do I need to say about this? It’s a super duper bargain and Boots have got this spot on.

2. Despite the con above about the packaging… the jar is beautifully styled and very retro. It looks like a little treasure next to the sink and doesn’t look budget at all. I was expecting a utilitarian tub similar to Aqueous cream

3. The moisturising effect from the CC can be felt several hours later unlike most moisturisers I’ve tried

4. This truly is a gem for us sensitive skinned ladies. I don’t know what it is about it but it seems to tone down some of the red on my cheeks and forehead I usually experience after cleansing my face.

All in all, this is an amazing product and I just wish I’d known about it sooner! It has turned in to my Holy Grail product. I have purchased the No7 hot cleanser to try once my CC has run out… but the question is…do I want to mess with perfection?!

Well done Boots… WELL DONE!

Products Mentioned – links

Boots Cold Cream – £2.42
Boots Muslin Squares – 6 for £7.14
Asda Muslin Squares – 3 for £3 – I got about 12 squares from each cloth!!!