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Review of the new Avon Lip Lacquer

Available as sample atm, but will be available to buy soon from Avon I tested the new Lip Lacquer which is a new long lasting liquid lip colour, available in shine finish or matte.

 It is described as never bleeds, never feathers and long lasting. So I decided to test it before I bought the full size!

Application was a bit fiddly from their sample pots, but it is lovely and smooth and has a fabulous shiny finish, it definitively didn’t bleed or feather. As far as long lasting goes check out my video here.

The colour definitely faded and the shiny was all gone, but there was still colour to my lips…even the next day (please excuse the no make up, bed hair look)!

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Jamberry nails: easier and quicker than varnish

As a busy mum I really don’t have time to faff around painting my nails and letting them dry and then 2 days later they are all chipped and look rubbish. That is until I discovered Jamberry Nail Wraps

These nail wraps use heat and pressure to apply long lasting, pretty nail colours which don’t take long to apply, are ready to go straight away (no drying time) and don’t chip or fade. They last about 2 weeks and look as good they day you put them on as the day you take them off. 

You can apply them using your hair dryer for the heat, but if you like the wraps and go on to use them more often I would really recommend buying their heater as it is so much better than a hair dryer. 

If your nails are fairly flat then they are pretty easy to apply, mine are really curled so are harder to apply which is why I use the baggy method to stick the sides down well.  I have done video to show you the baggy method, check it out here

I would really recommend giving jamberry nails a try, if you contact a sales rep then they are often happy to send you a sample to try. 

Check out Kerry’s Facebook page here for special offers and more info. 

*note, item was provided free for review, this has not effected my opinion and all words are my own. 

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My quick and easy make up routine #2

Epril recently posted her quick and simple make up routine so I thought I should post mine up too.

See my YouTube video here

The products used were:

  • Moringa Oil: I love Moringa Oil, check out its many benefits in my previous post. 
  • Mineral Powder: I don’t often use foundation of any kind, but if I do then I use Wikaniko Mineral Powder, which I’m not sure they make anymore, when I run out I will probably try the bare minerals powder.
  • Avon Eyeliner: now this I use everyday without fail! It is my go to make up, always worn no matter what! I use Avon Glimmerstick Eyeliner is Cosmic Brown.
  • Avon Mascara: I have tried many different mascaras, I find the 3D mascaras are too stringy it looks like spiders legs to me lol but I really like this Avon Super Extend Extreme mascara.
  • Revolution Highlighter: I love the Revolution Strobe highlighter, it adds a shimmer to your cheekbones and makes your skin look youthful.
  • Younique Lipgloss: I use a different lipstick everyday, one of my favourites is the Younique Lucrative lipgloss, I also adore the Younique lipstain. I’m sure you all know a Younique presentor!

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Quick and simple make up routine

Being a busy working mum, make up is not my priority hence I don’t use make up everyday. I don’t have the time to do so, but if I ever have a spare time, my make up routine is very quick and simple.

1. I use BB cream not foundation because BB cream is mostly all in one. I will tell you the difference between BB cream and foundation based from the Internet.

BB Cream
Depending on the company selling it, “BB” either stands for “blemish balm” or “beauty balm.” It actually does the job of several of your favorite products, including
Facial serum
Tinted moisturizer
What’s made BB creams so popular is their all-in-one approach. Each label has its own formula, but many are designed to do everything from healing acne to minimizing wrinkles and dark spots. As far as coverage goes, BB creams fall somewhere between tinted moisturizer and foundation.

BB creams are known for giving you a dewy, airbrushed look. They’re great for days when you want a little coverage but don’t want to look “made up” — when you’re visiting the beach, for instance. Just remember that SPF ratings are based on a generous application. If you’re applying BB cream sparingly, you’re not going to get the full protection, so you’ll want to wear sunscreen, too.

The are even more variations in foundation than in BB creams. In general, while most foundations contain sunscreen, they don’t actually improve your skin the way BB creams do. On the other hand, they provide better coverage. If you want to conceal blemishes and blotchiness or add a little color — or if you just prefer a matte finish — you’ll probably want to stick with foundation. Just remember that you’ll still need to use moisturizer and sunscreen.

2. I use any baby or face powder. Loose powder is great on the go. It keeps you fresh and you can apply anytime you want.

3. Blusher, nowadays blusher can be multipurpose. I use it for my cheek and as eyeshadow just for a bit of glow look.

4. I personally recommend 3D mascara when it comes to lengthening of your lashes. I also like to curl my eyelashes before and after applying mascara. It does open my eyes more and make them look bigger.

5. Any lipstick or lipgloss would do just to put a bit of colour.

So that’s it’s, quick and simple make up routine. No fuss and not complicated. If you are like me who want everything quick and easy then this is for you. I don’t want to put too much stuff on my face. I just want to freshen up my look whenever I have time, otherwise I still prefer natural look.

Remember ” Beauty is in the eye of beholder ”

Here is an example of my quick and easy make up routine.

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Summer make up, do’s and don’ts #ExpertsInBeauty

I love a bit of make up and summer is a really tough time for wearing make up; you don’t want lots on or it gets sweaty and looks awful but you still want some or you get the “are you ok? You look sick” comments lol

Here is my lowdown on summer beauty style:

Nails; I adore nail art! I have a nail artist friend who does mine so if you are brave enough ask your professional nail artist about Ellisons for glitter, beads, crystals etc. I love a fairly neutral background colour or French manicure style tips with some fancy nail art patterns on them.

Eyes; keep it minimal, but with a splash of colour. Check out my previous post about bold coloured eyeliner and give it a try or use some brilliant coloured eyeshadow. Liquid flicking eyeliner is a no-no for the summer, it runs too easily in the heat and I always fore-go the mascara unless it’s evening.

Lips; summer is normally the time for nude neutral lip colours, a bit of gloss for example, but I love a bold red! My favourite is the younique lipstain (no I’m not a seller), you don’t have to reapply at all during the day so is really convenient, at the moment I am living in “saucy” but I also own “shy” and “sleek”.
How does your make up look change in summer compared to winter? Let’s talk make up!

*collaborative post

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Nay Nay’s Facemask Party, Worthing 

I try to come up with some fun days out over the children’s holidays, so when an advert for a children’s facemask party popped up on Facebook I decided that would be a fantastic day out for me and Bethany. 

It was over at Nay Nay’s Beauty Boutique in Worthing (West Sussex), which is the salon I use regularly for my beauty treatments (Karen is amazing!). It cost £15 for the two of us, for an hours party, which seemed like a good deal to me. Bethany’s best friend Sophie and her Mum also joined us. 

We started off, following the instructions of the wonderful Karen:

By making a facemask per person, we used items which you will all find in your kitchen: oats, honey, yogurt and cocoa powder. 

Karen did tell us what benefits each of the ingredients had for our skin, but I didn’t write them down, sorry! 
We then, of course smothered the weird mixture on our faces, and applied cucumber for refreshing our eyes too. 

The face masks were then removed (which took ages because I put it on too thick) and we were allowed to try the Stardust and Glitter Lips which consists of applying a glue to the face/lips and sticking the glitter to it (it’s all hypoallergenic of course). The girls of course loved the glitter:

It was really nice to spend some mummy and daughter time (without the boys), I do find that, as the oldest, bethany often gets left out so it was nice to give her some one-on-one attention. 

Although this was a special party which Nay Nay’s was holding for the holidays, they do offer similar parties for children’s birthdays. Karen tells me the party is similar, if the child is older (teenager aged) they apply age appropriate make up for the birthday girl and focus on avoiding teen make up pit falls and promoting positive self image andenhancing their looks rather than smothering on loads of make up to make themselves look older than they are. 

I will probably be booking bethany and her friends in for a party this year. 

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Eyeliner made easy

Eyeliner is my make up staple.  I find any day I don’t have time to pop make up on before the school run people will comment how sickly I look, honestly it is just eyeliner which makes all the difference!

Here we have the just out of bed pyjama look and the eyeliner on ready to go look (no other make up involved). 

I don’t believe in spending loads on make up, I have a few items which I find work really well for me and I stick to them. My eyeliner of choice is the Avon Glimmersticks, if you time it right then you can get it on offer (the best I’ve seen is £1.75 each!) and I stock up when it is. On a normal day I use the cosmic brown colour:

It glides on really smoothly and you can blend it slightly for a smoother finish. It isn’t the best for flicks but, as you can see, you can do slight flicks with it. For a more bold look I use the Avon Gel Eyeliner in black, it is a much stronger colour but is a thicker pencil and you really can flick well with it. 

I also have the Avon Big Colour pencils, which are more eyeshadow than eyeliner, but if you put it on carefully then it can be used like an eyeliner:

You definitely won’t be able to produce a flick with these, but it is a fun look for spring and really draws attention to your eyes. 

One thing you may not have heard before is how white eyeliner makes your eyes look much bigger. I use this Rimmel Eyeliner which glides on well and looks lovely:

Which is your favourite look? The brown, the white or the colour?!

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Younique beauty bash | join me to my online beauty party. 

I love younique products please see my review on their 3D fiber lashes mascara 

As you can see, I have fallen Inlove with their 3D fiber lashes mascara that I would like to share with you how great they are. 

This is why I’m so excited to be hosting Virtual beauty bash 
Come and join me to my Younique Virtual Party! This means that this party is done 100% online! No need to leave your house – let’s shop and party “virtually!” So feel free to browse the wonderful Younique cosmetics and remember that when you make a purchase it is helping me reach my party goals! Party on!

You can also join me on Facebook On march 2 at 8:00pm on my Online Beauty Bash

All you need to do is log on facebook, get comfortable in your PJ’S and join in with me and Dee for some tips, trucks, demos and games! I hope to see you all there. 

❤ thank you ❤

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What’s your beauty routine?! #mybeautyroutine

I have decided to start a series of posts about different people’s beauty routine. Please get in contact if you would like to be involved or feel free to use the #mybeautyroutine hashtag on your own posts.

I will kick it off by sharing my routine, which is little more than using soap!!

Shampoo and conditioner I have very fussy hair and use faith in nature, which is SLS free, for more info on SLS and why I avoid it see my previous blog here. I have also been trying to find a natural deodorant (and antiperspirant) which actually works, but haven’t had much luck so far!

I use garnier micellar cleansing water as a make up remover and Avon nutrieffects face scrub in the shower and apply fractionated coconut oil after a shower (Premium Nature Fractionated Coconut Oil, Skin Moisturizer, Natural Carrier Oil, Therapeutic, Odorless, 16 Oz Clear
). I also use garnier roll-on eyes for helping get rid of the mummy bags under my eyes.

Make up wise is use very little! I use Avon eye liner every day and switch about on my lipsticks. My favourite lipsticks are younique lip stain in shy and their lipstick in loaded and Avon lipstick in smooth plum. But my favourite by far in younique in shy, it lasts all day without need to reapply.

That’s actually all I use, leave me a comment and let me know what you use weekly/daily or what your “can’t live without” beauty item is.

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Beauty | Make up mannequin challenge 

Did you say make up mannequin challenge? Oh well, I have the perfect throwback. Striking a pose putting make up on while staying still just to get that perfect shot 😜

This was a few years ago before the mannequin challenge became on trend. Me and my friends were striking a pose doing our make up so we have to be like a mannequin for a seconds just to get that perfect shot. I thought this was funny and a perfect throwback. #mannequinchallenge #throwback #strikingapose

And this one, was more like a stolen shot style.
What about you? Do you have any mannequin challenge moment or pictures of staying still or stolen shot? We would love to see it as well so feel free to share with us. ❤️ thank you ❤️