Saturday, 9 August 2014

OMG I went to IKEA

I went to IKEA. Now this may not seem like much to you or you may realise that going to IKEA strikes fear in many a sane person but as someone who has chronic pain, mobility problems, and a 6 1/2 month old this takes on a new meaning. IKEA is my Mount Kilimanjaro, my Mount Everest, well okay maybe just the Munros. But you get what I’m saying, it requires a lot of will power, stamina and skill to do, plus lots of Swedish meatballs. 

The reason I went as with most things now was to buy my son some things. If you’re considering using a sleeping bag for your baby when they’re big enough I really recommend IKEA’s. They're much cheaper than some of the other well known brands and I reckon they're just as good. Our son sleeps really well in them and they keep him toasty warm. If you’re interested I bought these here and here, and I previously used this one. I also bought some lovely bibs, of which I’ll be buying more, and other assorted items. For myself I bought a cactus and sadly I wasn’t able to shop in the food market but there’s always next time. 

Do you love/hate IKEA?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Favourites: Bobbi Brown Lipsticks

(L-R: Jenna / Red Carpet / Pink Blossom / Razzberry)

Hello! I hope you're all thoroughly enjoying this lovely weather we're having. I'm continuing my favourites ( you can see my previous here) with some more Bobbi Brown products, the Creamy Matte Lip Color and Sheer Lip Color (which really isn't that very sheer). These lipsticks, for me, have some of the best formulas I've ever tried. The Creamy Matte lip colors are in fact not a contradiction, they are indeed creamy and matte (well almost). They go on easily and feel rich and comfortable on the lips. They eventually go kind of matte but never the matte of say MAC's mattes. If you have dry lips don't be put off by them, they're actually quite moisturising and not drying at all. But besides the impressive formula I really love the colours. Bobbi Brown is generally known for enhancing beauty through muted colours and tones but the lipsticks I have are bright although Razzberry is more subdued, Jenna and Red Carpet certainly aren't. Here's a photo off me wearing Jenna from a previous post.

Jenna doesn't really need much else with it, a nice bit if eyeliner and a light blush. For some reason this is one if my favourites to wear when I go see some Modern Art. Red Carpet is a proper old school glamour red, again not much else is needed with this apart from some eyeliner but I'm beginning to think this is more about my own preferences. I just don't think you need much eyeshadow when wearing bright, strong colours. Razzberry is the perfect winter shade, it's a beautiful berry colour with leanings towards mauve. 

In contrast Sheer Lip Color in Pink Blossom is the perfect Spring/Summer shade. It's a corally pink/red which I think would suit most skin tones. As previously noted I think these are a bit of a misnomer as I wouldn't say they're sheer at all. They definitely feel much lighter on the lips than the Creamy Mattes but I'd describe Pink Blossom as semi- opaque. All of the swatches are only swiped once so they're really quite pigmented. Which is good because Bobbi Brown lipsticks aren't the cheapest but they do last for ages, have a brilliant formula and are long wearing. (I will have cheaper favourite lipsticks coming up soon) 

Do you like Bobbi Brown's lipsticks ? What's your favourite lip product?

Debenhams currently have 25% off the Creamy Mattes, here.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Favourites: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Following on from Bobbi Brown's corrector is a concealer at the opposite end of the price range, it's the amazing Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. At only £4.19 it really is a bargain. As you can see from my photo this has been used a lot.

I don't use this product near the eye area as I find it too drying  and it settles into creases. But as a spot or redness concealer it's brilliant. Lasting Perfection is an opaque, full coverage concealer with a creamy consistency that sets relatively quickly, and lasts well throughout the day. This product gets a lot of stick for being cakey but if you build it up slowly and pat it out it conceals perfectly without caking. But if you have dry skin I'd make sure the area(s) you're concealing is well moisturised before application.

I use the lightest shade, fair, which rather handily matches my foundation. Unfortunately the colour selection isn't brilliant, there's only 4 shades send that's not nearly enough.

What do you think of this concealer? What's YOUR favourite concealer?