Valentines Day and two L'Oreal Reviews (including a NARS Dupe)

Thursday, 19 February 2015


Last weekend was Valentines Day....one of my FAVOURITE days of the year...when I'm in a relationship that is!

I don't think I've been single on Valentines Day for 7 years....7 YEARS!

What the hell.

Anyway, this Valentines Day I realised that it doesn't have to be depressing and a focus on the fact you're alone...

You're not alone! Especially if you have Galentines Day! For your Gals!






My flatmate and I booked a Spa Day at the W Hotel then made plans to go out to Bodos Schloss that night!

The perfect V Day!

The W Spa was really nice and we got a deal on lastminute. An hour long massage plus a glass of champagne and use of the facilities for £85.



It was worth it - it was the best massage I've ever had! I had a guy and he had such strong hands that it was just so good.

I like having a guy masseuse, they have stronger hands than most women which means they can do it harder - or maybe I'm just a perv!

Unfortunately he costs £90 a time usually so I don't think I will be going there for a monthly massage or anything...maybe for a special treat!

The facilities were really nice, modern gym (which we did an hour in), sauna and steam room and the whole place was really clean. The only thing was there were only three changing rooms/loos/showers so on a couple of occasions we had to wait.

Apart from that I would recommend.


After our spa times we headed off to meet Franny's parents for a drink....stopping in at Superdrug on the way...this is where this blog is going...

Unfortunately I cannot go into Superdrug or Boots without spending - I have a problem!

I needed to get a new Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in medium for everyday and wanted to try and find a concealer that matched up to my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer as I am running VERY low and don't want to pay £22 for a new one if I can help it!

I wandered about a bit and then got completely distracted.

I have heard a lot about the L'Oreal Infalliable Collection on youtube...but all those people are in America!

The only bit of the collection we've had in the UK is the foundation and I've been waiting for them to bring the primer, matte foundation and setting spray here for ages.

Why on earth do no drugstore brands in the UK sell setting spray. I have the Urban Decay one but it's expensive. I want a drugstore brandddd.

Anyway L'Oreal Infalliable!

Superdrug now sell the primer and the pro-matte foundation!

My Maybelline BB cream was forgotten and I beelined for the pro-matte foundation! I picked the colour Sand which literally matches my skin (untanned) perfectly! There was only one tube of it left so it was meant to beeee!


 


I stopped myself buying the primer as I have about 4 primers atm! But I did continue my search for the NARS Dupe.

I had my NARS concealer in custard with me so tested it on my hand against a few different ones.

The stand out was L'Oreal True Match in the colour 4 Natural Beige.



As you can see the NARS Concealer closest to my knuckle has a yellowy undertone, and so does the L'Oreal concealer.


In terms of colour they are pretty spot on.

The NARS concealer is slightly (very slightly) less wet I suppose is how I would describe it.
It is a bitter of a thicker consistency but I also think that is because I am literally scraping the bottle of my tube.

Although as you can see from the packaging, it looks as if there is still product in there. You just can't scoop it out with the applicater which is annoying.

Both products have a doe foot applicator and are therefore applied in the same way.



It covered and highlighted well and stayed on all evening even though I was dancing, so I would call it a success AND its only £6.99 compared to the NARS £22!

Plus as you can see...no flashback from the concealer or foundation!

I would highly recommend both of these products!
I love finding drugstore dupes!

Have you found any recently? Comment below and tell me it you have!

#smearforsmear

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

First things first, if you're a guy you probably don't want or need to read this...by all means read for interest but it is about lady thingssss - and not in a sexy way...

All of us girls know that when you get to the age of 25 you need to book your smear test...how many people actually do though?

There are some scary statistics floating around...

  • One in two people will now apparently have some form of cancer in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 3 women aged 25-29 do not book in for their smear test when they get their letter
  • Cervical cancer is the most common cancer for women under 35
  • 8 UK women are diagnosed everyday

And yet cervical cancer can be prevented. Abnormal cells which can be discovered via a smear test can be removed, preventing them becoming cancerous

I don't really understand why any women who reaches the age of 25... and every three years after wouldn't get a smear test.

There is a bit of taboo around the subject because obviously its something to do with your "lady parts" and men probably don't like to think about it, plus I'm sure it makes some women uncomfortable.

To be honest I was raised in a medical family (doctor daddy and nurse mummy) so if I had a medical issue I would always go straight to the doctor, but as you can see from that programme Embarrassing Bodies lots of people have problems for years and never visit the doctor....

...and then when they finally do they air it on tv...doesn't make much sense to me!


#smearforsmear is another one of those social media things like the #nomakeupselfie for Cancer Research. I'm sure lots of people jump on the bandwagon just for the social media side, but if it is a raising awareness I see absolutely no harm in it. 

You basically take a picture of yourself with smeared lipstick, hastag smearforsmear and tag @jotrust to raise awareness for cervical cancer and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

I did my #smearforsmear picture on Friday after my test and have had 82 likes on it so far...I therefore hope that means that 82 people have stopped to think about Cervical Cancer when scrolling through their Instagram who maybe wouldn't have thought about it before.

Now to throw in a bit of a makeup post into this blog...I started with my new Chanel Pirate lipstick...preeeettttyyyy


And went for the smearrrr





Anyway smear tests! I thought I would do a bit of...not a review...definitely not a review...but a bit of info so that maybe even one girl will read this, read that it isn't so scary and book in to get one herself.

Then at least I've helped a tiny bit.

I didn't get a letter through the post telling me to go get a test because I'm accidentally registered at the wrong address...something which I've now sorted!

But I knew I needed to get one regardless of not getting a letter.

This does mean though that I have no idea what these letters say!

But either way, as soon as you get your letter or as soon as you are 25 call your Doctor and book in to get your test.

Don't put it off, don't think oh I'll do it next month. Just book it in and then you have to go.

I turned up at the Doctor's at ten to five on Friday and was called in to see the nurse at 5pm. 
She asked me a couple of questions:

  • Have you had a smear test before
  • Is there any possibility you could be pregnant
  • Are you taking any hormones at the moment - the pill or implant or anything


You are then taken behind a curtain to a surgical bed thingy and asked to remove your clothing from the waist down, lie on the bed and cover yourself with a big piece of that paper that they put on massage couches to keep it hygienic...you know the stuff I mean.

Then you are asked to put your feet together with your knees out like you are doing an inner thigh stretch. They literally then put some lube on a plastic thing to "open you up" (sorry can't think of a better way to say that!) and then insert a swab, scrape it around a bit and you're done.

It doesn't hurt at all. It is slightly uncomfortable because it feels like scraping but not painful. I wouldn't jump at the chance to do it again but if it prevents cancer then I would!

To be honest...this sounds awful - sorry mother...but I've had sex that was more painful than that!

Then you're literally done. I was finished in under 10 minutes.

You hear by post within about two weeks and there can be various results from normal to inadequate and abnormal.

Normal is what it sounds like, inadequate means the test didn't work and has to be redone and the abnormal can be varying levels from borderline abnormal to cancerous.

Now I haven't had my results yet and until just a second ago when I typed those lines I hadn't thought about the results really.

Just have to wait and see I guess...there is nothing I can do until then so no point worrying about it!

Oh also! I asked the nurse why in Wales the smear test age is 18 and here it is 25 and she said the reason we don't do it so young is the cells can appear abnormal when you are younger when really they aren't fully formed yet and therefore you can end up having more invasive tests etc which you don't need. She said it was a big debate about whether the odds of catching the abnormal cancerous cells young (which are much less common) overweights the risk of doing unnecessary tests and treatment.

Regardless of the age we do it, I just think we are so lucky to have the NHS that we should take advantage of it!

Also another tip. Book it in for when you aren't on your period. And if you don't know and are irregular just book it, then if that week you think you will be rearrange the smear test. You don't want to waste the nurses time by turning up and them saying they can't do it!


I hope this blog gave you a bit of information that might help. Sorry it was very word heavy when normally my blogs are more picture heavy...but what kind of pictures am I meant to use LOL!


How to: Contour and Highlight

Friday, 13 February 2015


Contouring and Highlighting has been in the spotlight a lot more over the past couple of years especially with Kim K and her fierce contour.

I personally love contouring and highlighting. I do it everyday and my face feels a bit flat without it, I just can't handle a face which is all one colour it doesn't look right!


My friend Fran came over to mine the other week and I showed her the ways of contouring and highlighting. She is a tad more tanned than me though so my concealer didn't quite match! She therefore went out the following week to buy products that did match.

I sent her a how-to in email form but we thought it might be easier to do pictures to follow and product recommendations in a full on blog.

Below is how I personally contour and highlight. If it is a normal day I will skip the cream contour and just do powder, but the below is for a full on night out look.

Apologies for the number of selfies that are about to follow.

Here is a before and after. 
With no face makeup and then with my makeup complete

So you can see the difference contouring and highlighting makes!

Apologies that the lighting is a bit different it was night time!

So I started with no makeup on my face. Just my eye makeup.

Sometimes I do my eye makeup first if I am doing a smokey eye as it means if you get any eyeshadow fall out on your cheeks you can wipe it off with a makeup wipe and not wipe off your foundation.
Same if you want to clean up the edge and have more of a defined wing of eyeshadow.


I started with correcting my dark under eyes....not that they look very dark in the above #nomakeup pic... but hey!


I use the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque followed by the Concealer in Sand.


The corrector has a pinky undertone which cancels out the bluey purple under your eyes. If you think about it blue is opposite orangey red on the colour wheel so reddy tones cancel out bluey tones.

Then the concealer brings it back to your natural skin tone.

I just use my ring finger to press some of these cream products under my eyes. I only use a little.

The Bobbi Brown Concealer also comes with a Pale Yellow setting powder for your concealer but I didn't use that on this occasion.

It is really good though and is a good thing to get if you don't want to get a whole contour/highlight palette.

Next time for foundation
I used the L'Oreal Infalliable 24H foundation.

In the colour Golden Beige 

Actually since this makeup look I have found a new L'Oreal foundation in a new colour and I prefer it but I will do a separate blog on that...

To do my foundation I put one pump onto a flat surface. I use the lid of my Soleil Tan De Chanel...as it makes me feel fancy! 


You can see I use it everyday because it is grubby!


If you use something flat you waste less foundation than you would if you put it on the back of your hand as some product will absorb into your hand. Plus if you forget to wash your hands after you can end up with a foundation smear on your outfit!

So here is my face with the corrector, concealer and foundation...


Time for cream contouring and highlighting...

I use the NARS Creamy Concealer in Custard and the Maybelline FIT me conclear in 30.



The Maybelline Concealer is just a concealer for someone who is a lot darker than me!
And the NARS one is a yellowy tone to brighten.

Since doing this makeup look I have found a dupe for the NARS concealer so I will blog about that soon - there are quite a few good concealers from the drugstore though including the FIT me concealers and the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. So you don't need to spend the big bucks on NARS.

I always start with the highlight as I want to use the lightest colour on my sponge first. If you use the darker colour you might end up spreading it into the highlighted areas when you blend them.

Here are the areas where I highlight...

Sorry you can't see that well, but my NARS concealer was running very low! Hence I found a dupe!

You basically do it:
Middle of the forehead
Down the centre of your nose
Under your eyes in a triangle shape
On the top of your lip
In the middle of your chin

Think of your highlight as all the spots you want to bring forward. So if you want your forehead to look smaller you put light in the middle and dark round the edge.

If you want your nose to be thinner or straighter you put highlight down the centre in a straight line and make the sides of your nose darker

If you want your lips to look fuller you put highlight on the cupids bow and then contour under your bottom lip.

Blend all this out with a beauty blender, brush or even just your fingers - just make sure they are clean, we don't want spots from bacteria on your fingers!

Time to contour - the fun bit!

This concealer is really creamy and easy to blend. The only problem is they don't have a great shade selection at most Boots and Superdrugs. They have 6 shades but most shops seem to only stock 3.
This colour 30 is the darkest.


I put it around the edge of my forehead, as my forehead is pretty large and I like to make it look as small as I can!
Plus under my cheekbones, under my jaw, under my bottom lip and down each side of my nose.

When starting off I would apply one section at a time and blend or it might start drying if you aren't quick enough and then its harder to blend!

It find the section under your cheekbones just feel your face. You can feel where the bone is, contour just beneath it. Or you can do the sucky in fish face but I think just feeling it is the best way.

Blend all of this blending outwards. Make sure to go into your hair line not just stop right at the edge or you will have a line and it will be obvious!

With your cheekbones blend towards your ear and up rather than towards your mouth and down towards your jaw.

For your jaw blend it down into your neck this helps your jaw look sharper.

For the nose I use my fingers to blend it down the sides of my nose then just go over it with my beauty blender to smooth it out.

Here it is all blended. 

As you can see cream contouring is quite subtle. You don't want to look like you have a stripey face. Even though you are wearing a lot of makeup you don't want it to look like you are!

You could stop here...but as its a night out I go for cream and powder. Day to day though I would recommend just doing one. I prefer powder so do that but whichever you prefer.

Here is my Anastasia contour kit.

So to set my concealer under my eyes I use the middle yellow shade. Alternatively you could use the Bobbi Brown pale yellow powder. I am yet to find a drugstore yellow powder, but you could just use a regular powder. Rimmel Stay Matte is good.

Either way it is important to use a powder and I recommend putting it on straight after you have done your concealer you don't want it to crease at all.

I use the bottom lightest shade to set the concealer down my nose, forehead and chin.

To contour I use the middle brown shade which is the most cool shade. To contour you want to use a matte bronzer not one with shimmer!

It should look like a shadow rather than like a streak of reddy bronze tan.

If you don't have the contour kit I would recommend Hoola by Benefit or Sculpt by Mac.
Any bronzer which isn't too red and is matte.

To apply I use a small clinique powder brush.
I do have the MAC contour brush but actually a fluffy brush makes it easier to blend I think.

Then I push my mouth over to one side...which looks a bit odd... and apply under my cheek bone. Kind of like we are setting the cream contour we already applied.


As I said, blend this back and up rather than down and towards your mouth...and blend it well! You don't want streaks of brown.



Don't blend this down to your jaw either. The patch of skin just before your jaw should just be foundation coloured...if that makes sense.

Next I use the bottom bronzer and the middle one (so all but the reddest of browns) to go round the edge of my forehead and under my jaw. Basically wherever we cream contoured. But I don't on my nose as it can look a little muddy!

Finally for a bit of shimmery highlight I use the top light colour which has a bit of shimmer in it on my cheekbones and down the centre of my nose. It isn't the best shimmery highlight though so often I add on another. My holy grail one is the Estee Lauder Heatwave which was limited edition but apparently they are bringing it back!

And you're done!



I hope that was helpful. I tried to fit in as much info as I could!

Tag me in your pics if you try out my way of doing things!
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Review: Benefit - Push Up Liner

Friday, 13 February 2015


The Benefit Push Up Liner promises great things....it is the first ever gel liner pen and is meant to be super long lasting, waterproof and generally awesome.





I hate to say this...but I hate it!


My friend Fran bought this when we were at the Benefit Pop Up at Frozen at Hampton Court


http://lifewithoutafunsponge.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/frozen-luna-cinema-at-hampton-court.html


She really didn't get on with it so she handed it on to me to have a go with.


I know that's not hygienic blablablaaaa. But acutallllly one benefit of this eyeliner is the gel comes out in a pen type form, so it is really hygienic, just give it a wipe between each person. Very good for make up artists in that respect!





Now in terms of staying power this eyeliner delivers!

I drew it on my hand to test it out and see how it worked and I literally struggled soooo bad to get it off!






It looked very promising...matte, very black and can be drawn in a variety of thicknesses.

But when it comes to using it on your eyes it is just so hard to do!

You basically wind up the bottom and the gel starts coming out of the tip of the pen


I tried my hardest... but look how wonky this is!


I mean that looks bad...


BAD!


I then tried to thicken it up to make it neater...


Which kind of worked but then it was way too thick!

This gets a serious thumbs down from me!


I didn't even bother doing the other eye!


On the plus side it was really hard to get off...so if you can master how to use this pen system then your eyeliner will stay on all day

For me though this was a negative as I was stuck with this wing on my eye!

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