Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Beautybay.com Website | Review

Hey beauty bloggers, today I'm going to be talking to you about a beauty website I'm really obsessed with at the moment, its called Beautybay.com.



I stumbled on this quite by accident when I was searching for my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, having seen the price in the shops I was convinced I could find it online for less money.  As it happens I love it so much I would have paid full price for it but hey ho, I didn't know that at the time.  Anyway, I found it on Beautybay.com, bought it (at a reduced price of £20) and have never looked back.  Just as an aside the Naked palettes are one of their best selling products, I've not decided on my next Urban Decay purchase yet but I'll go back to this website when I do!

Since I bought my Naked Basics from them, I've returned to the website to buy a few other things (including my Pixi by Petra Primer that I love and recently reviewed) and have been really pleased with them all, the delivery is quick and tracked free on orders over £40.  You can sign up for an account and they keep you posted with when your items have been dispatched so you know when they're on their way.  I also signed up for email notifications so I get all the emails that tell me when they are having a sale, they regularly have 20% off weekends which are definitely worth knowing about.

The site has sections on Hair, Face, Make-up, Nails, Bath and Body, Electrical, Accessories and a section for their own branded products, Beautybay The Collection.  I've recently bought a lovely eyeshadow palette from The Collection and I love it.

They do what I call "backdated" make up so if you're looking for an item from a collection for example  something from Urban Decay which you know was part of their Winter 2013 collection you can click on Winter 2013 under the Collections menu and see if its there.  They don't stock every single brand that's ever been invented but they really do have a massively impressive range including DuWop, Pixi by Petra, Urban Decay, Paul & Joe and others and some that I've never heard of, there's over 8000 products to browse through!  Its well worth a look in my opinion.

Has anyone else tried this site?  What did you think?

Maria
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Monday, 28 April 2014

Baby Shower!

This weekend I escaped, left the kids with hubby and drove down South to see my family, and to have a girls baby shower lunch with my sister Johanna who is having twins in the next few weeks.  It was so nice to see them and to catch up.  I do see them quite often but its easier to catch up when there's no kids around to distract you!  We had a lovely lunch (and a pudding to die for) and a great catch up.




Johanna got some lovely presents for the babies but also for herself as well.  In particular she got a really nice Sanctuary set with a body wash, body cream, body scrub and body spray. I was very interested in this because I'm a bit of a Sanctuary fan myself, she told me in no uncertain terms that I wasn't stealing it - lol!  I gave my new Smashbox highlighter its first outing that day, I was pleased with it and I'll be reviewing it soon, I'm still testing its staying power!




My youngest sister bought her this Calming Lavendar Shampoo and Bodywash as she'd used it on her baby (whose nearly 1 now), not only does it smell lovely it does calm babies down if they're having a bit of a strop!

You can buy the Earth Friendly range in Boots and online.  I like the lavender smell, I think its a bit like Marmite for some people, you either love it or hate it but I do like it, it reminds me of flowers in really beautifully coiffured gardens!




 
This is the aforementioned Sanctuary Bodywash Set, beautifully packaged as always, as you can see from the photo she's pretty pleased with her gift (probably thinking she needs to hide it from me so I don't take it home!)  Johanna's dress is from the ASOS maternity range, they do lovely clothes but also really reasonably priced, she looked great, not sure where the cardigan is from though, I forgot to ask her.  






So all in all a lovely weekend, hope yours was too!

Maria
xx




Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Battle of the BB Creams | Review

Hi beauty babes, I'm late to the party on this one but I finally tried a BB cream, or rather two BB creams.  I've made a video review of what I think of them.  I'm wishing I'd tidied up my trainers before I took this picture - lol!  You can find all my other videos on the my YouTube page, there's a link at the top of the page.

Here it is then, what a face!






Maria xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Bodywash Collection | April

Hey there beauty bloggers, hope you've have a wonderful Easter and have been enjoying the warmer weather, today was gorgeous (forecast downhill from tomorrow though).  We've been out and about with the kids the last couple of weeks, hence the reason this has taken literally days to write and post.  They are back at school and pre-school tomorrow so hopefully I can get back on my blogging schedule once I've got a bit of peace and quiet!

Anyway, the purpose of today's post is to review some bodywashes as I've been using some different ones this month from my stock, I seem to have loads but I also seem to get through them quite quickly (I don't use them sparingly so they don't last long).   I love a bargain too, the Palmolive Mediterranean Moments was only £1.00 as it was on special offer but I'd definitely pay full price as its so gorgeous.



Baylis & Harding Rose, Ylang Ylang and Patchouli Body Scrub
Now, when I bought this I didn't realise it was a body scrub, I thought it was a bodywash, this is what comes with being harrassed by three little boys when you're out shopping, thanks kids!  Anyway, as body scrubs go this is quite nice.  It's got quite a potent aromatherapy sort of smell to it which is down to the Ylang Ylang and Patchouli (I'm not sure about the smell to be honest) and the scrub itself is good.  I find that some body scrubs are a bit too harsh which is why I tend to steer away from them, but this isn't, it does gently scrub your skin but doesn't strip it.  I probably won't use it every day but will definitely keep it in the bathroom for "scrub" days!  

Soho Soap Vanilla Smoothie Bath & Shower Gel
This is yummy.  I love anything vanilla, cocoa butter or coconut so this is perfect for me.  I'm trying to remember where I bought this from, I think it was Sainsburys or Tescos, actually it was Tescos, they had quite a few to choose from but I went straight for the Vanilla.  This has got a lovely smell and is very moisturising, the other good thing about it is that I have also used it in the bath, as a bubble bath, and it made the bathroom, and me, smell really gorgeous.

Dirty Works All Of A Lather Bodywash
I got this for Christmas but have only just started to use it.  The label states "All of a Lather" and it really does, very creamy and luxurious and perfect after the gym, makes your skin feel lovely.  It reminds me very much of the Soap & Glory range, not just the pretty artwork on the  packaging but also the smell of the product.  I really like Soap & Glory and this is just as nice.  I know this range is available in Sainsburys and they've got quite a variety of products, I'm going to have a proper look next time I'm in there. 

Palmolive Mediterranean Moments Argan Oil Bodywash
This bodywash is a limited edition and as I said above, another of my supermarket beauty aisle buys!  This is particularly lovely because its got my favourite Argan Oil in it.  Palmolive is one of my favourite bath and shower brands, I've been in love with the Milk & Honey one for years and years (particularly love the bath cream) so I knew this wouldn't disappoint.  I'm definitely going to buy this again for as long as its around.

Thanks for reading.

Maria
xx



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

My YouTube and Facebook

Hey beauty bloggers, hope you're all doing well.  Ok, so just recently I've been posting reviews and things to my YouTube channel as well as blogging.  I really wasn't sure about it for a while but then decided to just go for it.  I think I have a tendency to talk for too long (this is typical of me) so I need to make them shorter but practice makes perfect, right?  Please wander on over and have a look and subscribe if you like, I'm planning to do lots more, I'm still learning so it's not high tech or particularly posh but I hope to make it a friendly chatty place though sometimes I might be interrupted by the dog, you'll have to forgive him!  

I've also revived my Beauty Aware Facebook page which really did need some love, sometimes I prefer to post beauty stuff on there rather than on my Twitter page and it really needs some life and comments injected into it so please have a look there too.  If any of you have Facebook pages relating to your blog please let me know as I'd love to hop over and have a read and a like!  The links to my Facebook and YouTube are on my blog homepage.






I also just want to say thank you for all your comments on my blog posts, I do read and appreciate them all.

I'm using the Blogger app to write and publish this post, so I hope it works!

Maria
Xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Goodbye Winter Skin | Garnier Review

Hey there beauty bloggers, I've recently changed my skin care products from Nivea to Garnier, a brand I've not really used before.  Here's a video post of what I bought and how I feel about them!








Hope you've been having a good weekend in this beautiful sunshine.

Maria
xx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Favourite Beauty Products | March

Hey there beautiful people, I'm really late with the March favourites aren't I?  The boys are now off school and I've had visitors all week so I'm very behind with all my blogging and videos, but here's an attempt to rectify that situation!

March seemed to come and go so quickly I don't know why.  I did use lots of products and I bought lots as well but these are the ones that stood out for me and that I really feel are my favourites.

March Favourites


In Third Place ... is my Maybelline Color Show Nail Varnish in Urban Coral.  I've literally worn this for weeks.  Its such a gorgeous colour and seems to go with everything and is very hard wearing with only one or two coats.  The photo doesn't do the colour justice, it looks a bit orange, when it is, in fact, a very lovely coral colour.  I was so pleased with it that I got two others in the Color Show Range which I've yet to use but they were on an offer which was 2 for £5.99, too good to miss.  The only thing I would say is that I haven't used a base coat (because I'm lazy) and this varnish does have a tendency to stain your nails a bit, so its probably wise to use one, I'm going to next time.

In Second Place ... is my new best friend, Nivea In-Shower Moisturiser.  This is absolutely gorgeous stuff.  I've said before that I'm lazy with body moisturiser which is why I was so thrilled with the Vaseline Spray on moisturisers but this is better again, because you put it on in the shower after your normal bodywash, rinse it off and then you're done, that's it.  Its definitely made a difference to my arms and legs, actually my legs in particular because they've been hidden under jeans or leggings all winter (out of sight out of mind, though I do shave them regularly - lol) but they were pasty and a bit dry.  Not any longer, still a bit pale but lovely and soft - hooray!  I am going through this moisturiser like nobody's business as I'm using it every day, but at the moment I notice that in most supermarkets and also Boots they've got it on offer with some money off so worth stocking up as its definitely going to be one of my shower staples now.

Finally, in First Place ... is the product that saved me this month, Garnier Roll-On for Eyes.  I've noticed this product in the shops before but I've never got any until now, partly because of the whole "under eye area is very delicate" thing and I did wonder if I should be rolling caffeine onto it!  However, I was very tired this month, getting over being poorly myself and various poorly children and not much sleep and I was looking really tired and no amount of Touche Eclat was helping!  I don't care about getting lines but I don't like looking tired.  So anyway, I spied this in the supermarket and thought I'd give it a go.  I am glad I did.  Its fab.  Its got caffeine and antioxidant grape extract in it and, as the box states, is "Anti Bags and Anti Dark Circles".  It worked for me, my eyes weren't dark but I did have some rather sizeable bags which needed to be sorted out.  Its in a really handy pen type container with a roller ball end.  The roller ball has a massage action which reportedly encourages drainage, it does seem to work so I suspect the mixture of the caffeine and the grape extract and the rolling does help the puffiness to reduce.  I wasn't sure whether to put it on before or after my make up and I've tried both and it works the same regardless so I keep one in my handbag as well incase I need a little top up during the day.  I should say that you only get 15ml which I guess really isn't very much and its about £10 which actually did sting a bit but it was worth it,  I don't use it every day, only when I feel I need a bit of help.  I also bought a Garnier under eye concealer at the same time but I haven't used that yet, that's for a future review.

So there we are, my top three products for March.  As well as being behind in my own blogging, I'm behind in reading everyone elses as well so I'm looking forward to catching up with all your March faves and other posts very soon.

Maria
xx

Friday, 4 April 2014

Argan Oil Product Review | Video!

My love for anything Argan Oil has forced me to post a video on my YouTube channel because there was just far too much to write about it!

Maria
xx






Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Max Factor Flipsticks | Review of the Reds

Hey there beautiful people, I'm really excited about this lipstick, not least because I've been lamenting for ages about the fact that my best ever lipstick (Max Factor No 804) has been discontinued by Max Factor and I have been struggling to find a replacement for it.

I did a lot of research and eventually went onto the Max Factor UK Facebook page (not sure why I didn't try there first but never mind) and interestingly someone had posted a question about my fave lippy and asked what they recommended as a replacement for it.  Max Factor replied that it might be worth trying the Max Factor Flipstick Colour Effect in Salsa Red.  They are a relatively new product, by that I mean you can still get them in the shops, you don't have to go online to get them.  They are a bit more expensive in the shops though, you can get them cheaper online.



Flipsticks are essentially double ended lipstick, can't get simpler than that.  I'm always dubious about these though because I nearly always find that I prefer one colour to the other and it seems such a waste to end up with a whole lipstick that hardly ever gets worn.  However, these colours have been chosen to compliment each other, you can wear them together, or alone, the light over the dark colour or vice versa.  I got two Flipsticks, the recommended one Salsa Red and another one called Gipsy Red.


There is a difference, Salsa is more coral/red, Gipsy is more orange/red.  Out of the two the one I prefer most is the Salsa Red, I put the dark colour on first then the light over the top as this is a better match for the colour that I was trying to replace but I have been wearing the Gipsy Red (perhaps a bit orange for me might be better as a summer colour) and I do really like it.  The staying power is pretty good, they don't wipe off immediately and they also don't dry your lips out either which is great.





The only downside is that because they are double ended they are a much thinner lipstick than normal and therefore I have to be careful not to wind it up too much as I'm afraid it will break, and also of course, I'm not sure it'll last quite as long but when they run out I'll definitely be replacing them so I guess that says it all!  I think they're about £8.99 in the shops, I got mine for less than that on Amazon but was careful to choose a supplier that did free postage!

There are other colours in the Flipstick Colour Effect range but I chose these two as I thought they would suit me most.  I'm a big fan of Max Factor lipsticks and these have definitely not let me down!

Maria
xx