Just a quick one …..

Just a quick one today as I am still struck down with the mystery lurgy – I’d like to declare my love for Method Baby Squeaky Green  Body Lotion!

Originally designed as a green line of baby products I have fallen in love with their lotion. I keep a bottle of it in my desk drawer, one in the car and one by my bed for softening hands and elbows. It keeps my hands nourishes and soft without it feeling claggy or like an oil slick.

I picked my bottles up at Home Bargains, after a tip off, for 98p each and they are the cutest little bottles either, all round and pale. The smell is divine, it reminds me of Kellogs rice crispy squares – YUM. Its not an over powering smell but it does gently linger on the skin.

I can’t comment on the eco-merits of it being a green baby brand but it is amazing as a hand / body lotion! 1 pump dispenses enough to do hands, elbows and a light rub over the fore arms. I mostly just use it on my dry ‘workmans’ hands and wrists to keep my tattoo looking fresh and moisturised.

All in all, a top buy and I’d recommend it to anyone!

Sleek : 2 new palettes!

I’m struck down with sickness at the minute so i’m having to fight the urge to go to bed to write this for all my lovelies!

Both the limited edition Graphite palette and the Primer palette are now both in my possession (it’s love!) and i’m super impressed!

I don’t have the energy to do a full review on them yet as I haven’t tried them out for an EOTD or even swatched every shade but my god….. the pigmentation on the primer palette is beyond amazing! So dense and bright! 

These paints will be the perfect base for an EOTD or even as a beautifully blended shade of their own. I did a quick swatch of the black and blue (between sneezies) and they are so velvety soft, vivid with 1 swipe of a finger and easily blendable with a light finger.

My main delight so far is the PP came in a cardboard sleeve box rather than the usual rigid clear perspex, many times ive given myself a papercut style gash to the finger trying to rescue the palette… hello cardboard – please come again!!

Review : Naked Care Sensitive Shampoo & Naked Shine Hydrating Conditioner

Lets get NAKED!


Ok steady on now, I’m not going to expose my Thrupenny bits to the world, I’m talking about the Naked range of body and hair care.

I have been aware for a very long time that scents and SLS’s in shampoo are aggrevating my scalp making it sore and tight, even weeping and chemically burnt but let’s face it, I’m a sucker for a gimmick!

After some indepth research in to SLS free shampoos Naked kept cropping up at the top of the most wanted lists so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

After reading all the blurbs on the shampoos and conditioners I finally settled on Naked Care Sensitive Shampoo and  Naked Shine Hydrating Conditioner.

The shampoo has a beautiful scent which is almost orangey but it really reminds me of 4711 Cologne my grandad, who is no longer with us, used to wear. This shampoo was a winner before I’d even used it!

I was expecting the shampoo to quite weak and not deal with my greasy roots like most ‘gentle’ shampoos but boy was I wrong! This shampoo still gives me that squeaky clean feeling and the confidence that if my hair is full of spray and gels that it wil remove them straight away.

I need to be a lot lighter handed with this product as I am using more than I should be just to get a lather. I know that’s what SLSs are for so Im trying my best to reign that in – honest!

I cannot fault this shampoo in the slightest. A matching scented conditioner would be great as I find the beautiful smell is lost when I put the Naked conditioner on but its no biggy. In the 4 weeks ive been using the shampoo 3/4 times a week I haven’t experienced any negative scalp reactions what so ever so this is an absolute god send and I can’t recommend it highly enough! I haven’t once had to reach for my T-gel to sort out my ouchy scalp!

I am not quite so impressed with the conditioner. Personally speaking the ends of my hair are like straw, and as im trying to grow out 16yrs of peroxide and abuse I like a thick conditioner to nourish and help the ends fortify and become sleek. Now this conditioner leaves my roots to mids beautifully soft and silky and shiny, boy is my hair shiny… but the ends always feel lacking. It’s not the conditioners fault so I can’t mark it down for that.

I am very tempted to try one of the deeper conditioner pots and the serum before I move on to their showergels (im just about to run out of my current one!) but as my TINY local boots doesn’t stock the range it would be an online purchase direct from Naked.

I’m a bit wary of trying the other products without the all important smell test as I’m not keen on buying a product online and then find the smell is too over powering and sets my allergies off and then having wasted £5+ on a pot of hair gloop.

Has anyone tried the full Naked range? Any stand out products you can recommend me for damaged hair?

I’m dying to try the Coco de Mer body butter too!!

Why isnt it pay day yet, I want more Naked goodies in my life!

Recommendations – Intensive Foot Balm??

Let me set the scene… I wear ballet shoes 7 days a week, without socks or tight, and I walk really heavily on my heels.  As you can well imagine I have skin on my feet harder than trying to work out the VAT increase on the spot while sales shopping!

I have tried Flexitol before when it first came out but for the price, I didn’t rate the results.

I’m tempted to try Cold Cream and a pair of cotton socks over night to see if it softens up any…. But I hate wearing socks to bed – ARGH!

Can anyone recommend a nice thick nourishing product to cover my tootsies in to have them silky smooth again?

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!!