Monday, 22 August 2011

Holy Grail foundation, I'm not switching!!

For years I have been searching for a foundation that I don't want to part with.  The thing that I find most important is the colour match, I don't want to look like an Orange but yet I am pale enough without going for that Casper look.
When I first started to wear make up I had to skip foundation because no company had a shade pale enough for my skin and I wasn't in to the tide mark look. Luckily times and shades have moved on.
I still have to go to the higher end of the market though to find my HG foundation. A few posts ago I wrote about my love for Bare mineral foundation and this still stands but sometimes I want to wear a liquid  for the moisturising and luminescent veil of colour you get.

Well I have found it! Yes it is expensive BUT it's the perfect match, you can create the coverage you need and it's just so luxurious.
£33 at House of Fraser

The shade is Soft Ivory

The foundation is available in 9 shades and I think for the first time I was not the palest shade that they do. The Make up Artist recommended this and she could not of done better.
The foundation has light defusing properties that have been added to almost air brush your skin.
I take this round my eyes as a brightener and base.
It feels light as a feather and lasts all day with out slippage or shine.

This was my first Laura Mercier purchase but it won't be my last. I am building a wedding make up box and this is going in it. I am never going to be without this! 

If you are looking for

Buildable coverage
A light feel on the skin
staying power and a luminous finish

I would recommend this without a second thought. Yes it's at the higher end but you need so little it will last ages. Amazing!!!

Laura Mercier available at

House of Fraser
Space NK

The Laura site is a US site and this is why I have not linked it
Silk Crème foundation was purchased by myself  

Friday, 19 August 2011

Bobbi Brown Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope that you have some great plans for the weekend, if you are working and I have just put my foot in it I think you deserve to treat yourself when your shift is over!

Not too long ago I blogged about my new found love for Bobbi Brown and today I am just going to keep heaping it on ya.
After not wearing make up for a bit, this morning I decided to add a bit of colour to my face. Now as I was staying at home I didn't want to go all out but just wanted a nice fresh look that hopefully H2B would notice when he gets home from work.
As I wanted to go understated yet fresh I knew that Bobbi was where to go, and this is what I came up with.

It's so difficult taking photo's of yourself but what can I do? lol

Now I kinda like this look the only thing I think I got wrong was putting a finishing powder over the top because as you can see mega shine on the forehead.
My base was a new Liz Earle product but I am going to post about that at another time.
The rest of the look was made up of 4 Bobbi Brown products.
I love a product that can multi task and I have found it in my most lusted after shimmer brick. I have Pink Quartz. I used a Long wear cream shadow in Sand Dollar as my eye base and then I layered up using the shimmer brick. It is made up of shades of pink and bronze which when swept over the lid gave a lovely yet subtle bronzed sheen, perfect for a natural look.

Then came the blush. Another product that people go crazy for is Pot Rouge and i have the pale pink.
I added this on to the apples of my cheeks for a nice flush and I could not resist doubling up on this too and used this on my lips. You can dab it on to create a almost matte finish or use it over balm for a slightly glossier touch.
Finished of with 1 coat of  Extreme Party mascara in Black and I was done.

I was happy with this for a easy day look and this of course has only deepened my love for
Bobbi Brown.

Products used

The shimmer brick in Pink Quartz  £30.50 purchased myself
The Pot rouge In Pale pink £17  press sample
Long Wear cream shadow in Sand Dollar  £16.50  Press sample
Mascara , part of a set when I bought a metallic shadow and gel liner
full size is available for £18

Bobbi's Uk web site

Thursday, 11 August 2011

A bit of a get to know me

I saw this little 'Get to know me' thingymebob online and thought that I would Give it 5 minutes of my time.

Things you cannot leave the house without?

Painkillers, Phone and hand cream

Favorite Brand of makeup?

Bobbi Brown for Eye make up and lip sticks and Laura Mercier for foundation ( pricey I know but so worth it! )

Favourite Flower?

Sweet Pea's and cream or red roses

Favourite clothing store?

I don't have a favourite store at the moment but normally find what I need in Next or Tesco

Favorite Perfume?

I have so many, infact too many to list. To name a few, Stella Sheer, CK Euphoria and Alien

Heels or flats?

I wish I could wear heels but can only walk with any dignity in flats 

Favourite colours?

Dark Red and Cerise 

Do you drink energy drinks?

No although I do have a really bad addiction to Coca Cola

Do you drink juice?

I like Apple but use dilute in water as hate the taste of plain water
Do you like swimming?

I like swimming but not been in so long. I am a better swimmer on my back than front

Do you eat fries with a fork?

Depends what meal include them
Favourite moisturiser?

Hmmmmm can't really pin just one down for either face or body

Do you want to get married later on in life?

Yes, Date booked for next year 

Do you get mad easily?

I get mad but tend to keep it all deep inside and then get angry at myself, wish I could be more out spoken

Do you bite your nails?

No, but have a bad habit of biting the skin round the sides

Have you ever had a near death experience?

No, Thank goodness

Do you drink coffee?

I like coffee but don't really go for hot drinks

If you fancy filling this in just copy and paste or if you want to add more questions just leave a comment.

Glad you know me a bit better

Sam x

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

A supermarket sweep

When doing our food shopping My H2B steers me away from the body wash and cosmetic's aisle like there has been a chemical spill! He knows once I get past the opening shelves I am a lost cause for quite a while, you see even if it's just boring old body washes I will still peruse each bottle and come away with a few.
Well the last time we hit Asda I managed to escape lol Reading some of the beauty bloggs in cyber space I had heard mixed reviews on Asda's own make up range attached to the clothes line George.

I only picked up the lip gloss this time because 1, It was only £2 and 2, If you are unsure about a brand start at the basics.

I went safe and chose the shade 'Idol' It looks like a gloss with quite a lot of pigment but actually it goes on quite clear with a very very slight tint. I didn't include a swatch because you can't actually see anything.
It feels more like a balm than a gloss which I guess is good as there is non of the stickiness.
£2 is a fair price for this gloss but then again I wouldn't pay any more. At a pinch it's worth a place in your bag even if it's a last resort lip balm.

Sam x

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

A bit of a change

I have never thought of myself as some one who had a interest in fashion, bags or any thing but cosmetics so when I have been searching for some new blog reading material I have always skipped past any blog that was not cosmetic specific. I now know this to be a big mistake now whether it is a mistake for the better or may be not so much this is to be seen and I will find out in the months to come.

Now as for me and fashion I have always stuck to my old favourites and the only thing that I have really got away from is wearing constant black. Always sticking firmly to my 'I am a cosmetic girl' mantra has given me the excuse to muddle on in my comfy ways. Not now, not since finding this blog
 Buy now blog later. The writer is Laura and her blog has become a addiction and one that I have already given in to.
A few posts back she was showing off her latest acquired bag and for the first time I thought ' I have to have this' and have it I did. Luckily for me the Focco bag that I fell in love with was from Ebay and not a Berkin bag or another outrageously priced trend.

I never go for bags that just go over the crook of your arm but I guess I am changing my whole view on things and changing my style too.

It's a lovely Tote bag that holds more than I could carry and the good news is that it comes in 2 other colours. I have my sights firmly set on the grey one.
It cost me a total of £33.98 and i think it's worth every penny.
All I need to do now is start filling my wardrobe with outfits to carry it off with lol

If you have fallen in love with this bag like I did you can find the link below.

I know that I have been slack lately in my blogging but I promise I have got loads of things to share with you over the coming weeks, hopefully including some new clothes. So please stick with me your support means the world!!

Sam x

Focco bag link