Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Monday Morning Make Up

Berry Lips (Grazia)
This week its half term so I've been doing quite a lot of magazine catching up whilst the boys are off school. They've been whizzing about here there and everywhere and I've been catching up with Grazia, New Woman, Good Housekeeping and more.  I've just realised we are now almost at the end of October, which means ... its nearly winter!  And, there are "however many" weeks/days until Christmas so my children tell me (but I'm ignoring it until I have to deal with it).  So, as I looked at my dressing table on Monday morning, in its usual higgledy piggledy state I thought I'd better make an effort with my make up, Monday morning was what I call a "pyjama day" where you want to stay in your PJ's all day and not go out, it was raining and very dark, so dark in fact, that I had to put my little make up light on and made a mental note not to overdo the blusher for fear of ending up a bit too pink when I went outside!  This has happened to me before and I end up furiously scrubbing it off my face guided by the rear view mirror in the car!

Dainty Doll Blush by Nicola Roberts
I chose an autumnal eye colour, Astor Gold and brown/black mascara and a black/brown liner.  I put my faithful Dainty Doll by Nicola Roberts blush on (which is like a little bit of springtime on your face) and then had to ponder, which lipstick?  Lipstick was definitely required, face too pale and tired to leave the house without it, but which one?  The magazines I've been reading have been raving about winter berry colours, which I've been excited about for weeks because I love those deep colours but my favourite Olay one was discontinued years ago and I've failed every time I've tried to replace it.  After much rummaging in various make up bags I found a Rimmel London long lasting lipstick, called Drop of Sherry so I popped that one on.  With this lipstick, as well as being a lovely rich colour it is also long lasting and moisturising and tastes a bit like almonds.  I'm not really sure why it was squirreled away in an old make up bag but I am glad I found it, it'll be at the easily available on my messy dressing table for the rest of the winter.
Drop of Sherry by Rimmel

I've realised you can't go wrong with Rimmel London, the range, the colours, the cost, its pretty fantastic actually.  Plus, they always have fabulous adverts and very well known models wearing the brand, if its good enough for Kate Moss then its good enough for me!  I "liked" their facebook page the other day and even their posts that come through on my newsfeed are entertaining.  



Anyway, I've been wearing Drop of Sherry every day since Monday but I am going to try some of the other berry colours that Grazia magazine and others are recommending.  So watch this space for another berry review.

Gold, by Astor

Lovely red nails (Revlon advert)
 
 









Thursday, 17 October 2013

Introduction to Beauty Aware

First blog ... what to say?  Well, I have recently started a business selling new cosmetics online and have a website www.beauty-aware.co.uk and I also sell on the auction site eBid (which is a bit like eBay but cheaper for sellers and less red tape!)  

I also have three little boys, a husband and a dog so I work from home and somehow cram it in amongst the school runs and all the other things I have to do, but I love it.  I have always loved beauty products and make up and even moreso now that I am in a house full of males (even the dog is a boy), the guys are great but they really aren't interested in talking about blusher or the latest lippie from Rimmel, its more Lego, Power Rangers or Peppa Pig for the kids and rugby for my husband.  They can't see why I get excited about blusher (bought a Dainty Doll blusher the other day, like a little piece of springtime on your cheeks) luckily I have two sisters who are equally as happy as me to talk about cosmetics for hours on end, they are also my testers for my online store items, so they are getting quite a few freebies at the moment, happy girls!




My beautiful boy, Boo

I've been thinking a lot about how make up makes me feel recently, because I've been poorly with an ear infection and felt awful and spent days being pale and washed out because I couldn't be bothered to put my face on.  Tonight it was parents evening so I put my five minute face on (concealer, moisturising foundation, mascara, blusher, lipstick) and even though I still felt pretty rough, I did feel as if I could take on the world, or, in this case, the Year 1 and Year 4 teachers.  When I got home I realised that my pale cheeks were showing through the blusher and my mascara could have done with another coat but it didn't matter, at the point where I needed to feel confident it worked, met teachers, got my point across, stood my ground, the end.  Now, I'm about to take it all off, get in my pj's and read Grazia, quite apart from the article on Angelina Jolie and her wedding there's a lot about winter make up, apparently berry brights are in, which I'm thrilled about, I love those colours.


So for now its goodnight from me, and goodnight from Boo who is asleep on the sofa, better move him to his basket!