Finished Em Capiche! – June Empties

Finished Em Capiche! - June Empties

There seems to be a lot this month but that’s due to a few almost empties from May. I seem to be having a bit of a fail day at work, everything that could go wrong seemed too. Luckily for me nothings broken and programs can be fixed and tools reset. If only the brain could be turned off, restarted and the alarms go away that easily. Now that I have chance to breathe and collect my thoughts let’s get down to the empties.

Finished Em – Meh! Sums It Up

Loreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution 200 ml £4.99

It’s not so much indicative of this Micellar solution so much as having gone off all of them. Great for fixing make up mishaps but otherwise I just don’t trust them to truly get my skin clean. This one I’ve had a while, maybe that’s why it seems to react with my eyes, it didn’t when I first bought it. I just feel like I know I still have makeup and ickyness left on my skin. I want to be lazy but only if it still does the job. In the bin it finally goes, give me an oil cleanser any day.

Loreal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Conditioner 400 ml £3.99

I guess it helps when you buy a conditioner to properly read what it says on the bottle. I saw fragile hair but I think it means thin or limp hair. Not really meant for me then, bought when I ran out and couldn’t get to a better shop. It smells nice and didn’t leave residue which I find happens all too often so that’s a positive.

N07 Completly Quenched Moisturising Body Lotion 200 ml £10.50

This smells very much like every N07 product which isn’t a bad thing. This is moisturing and nice but too thick and takes too much effort to get it to soak in. I basically used this up as an after shower body lotion. Didn’t keep my skin hydrated for long enough, I do have very dry skin.

It’s A Mans World

From the mouth of the man of the house!

The Body Shop Kistna Hair & Body Wash 200 ml £6

Great as shampoo but if left on too long almost feels sticky. Not as great as the other Body Shop one named Arber but prefer if when I’m cleaning my beard. It doesn’t dry the hair out so it still feels clean but soft.

Botanics Men’s Face Scrub 120 ml £3.99

This is a complete bargain, this was much nicer that the King Of Shaves one I had that was too abrasive. This feels like it helped with my skin as well as my skin beneath my beard. It’s meant to soften stubble but didn’t do this as much as I’d liked. I have found a different one I like more though.

Empty To The Last Drop

 Ren Clear Calm 3 150 ml £18

This is for me what a luxury cleanser should feel like. This was a splurge for me when I go it and I enjoyed using it every time. This made mornings that little bit more bearable. There are very few clay based cleansers and this was just lovely I hold other cleansers up to this one. In the future I may repurchase but for me it’s a lot to spend on a cleanser.

Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist 200 ml £5.99

This is one of many travel bottles of this stuff I’ve bought and I’ll likely buy another if only for travel. I love the scent and it does keep my hair soft while using Ghd’s. I’d use this if I’m straightening after I’ve left my hair to naturally dry. I’ve found a good one from BlowPro to blow dry my hair with instead though. Have been using this for donkeys years.

BlowPro Damage Control Conditioning Mask £235 ml £9.99

I am in love with this hair mask. It’s not cheap and I probably used it too much to begin with as it’s a protein mask which builds the strength of the hair up. I could have made this a once a week treat and when I get chance to repurchase it I intend too. My hair is over dyed, dried, thick and a pain. This made it manageable where I could get a brush through it easily without bit knots the day after if I left it to dry. Smells similar to the Toni & Guy Nourish hair mask but works better for me.

The Body Shop Cranberry Body Polish 200 ml £10

I know you can’t get this anymore but it’s available in strawberry still. I prefer the strawberry but this was a nice Christmas edition. I seemed to forget about it not just this but all scrubs. Kinda went off them for a while, maybe laziness I’m not sure. These with the seeds in I do like to get a proper scrub going. I have psoriasis so this is great for those extra dry areas you want to itch but don’t want to do damage to. Great for before shaving but does leave the seeds in the bottom of the bath tub.






Smashbox Always Sharp & Studio Skin

Smashbox Studio Finish foundation and Always Sharp Eyeliner - products

When I’m shopping for makeup and I’m offered the chance to try out a new foundation I just can’t say no. I was on the look out for a new drugstore base at the time to replace my Mac Matchmaster as we just weren’t getting on. I have found a drugstore altenative since if you do fancy a good dupe click here. At the time I just wanted it to look natural but with a light to medium coverage. I also decided to treat myself to the Smashbox Always Sharp Liner, I’d seen it multiple times in store and went for it.

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Khol

I bought this at the start of April and the majority of the time it’s what I’ve picked up the most often. It’s in the shade Raven a blackest black that’s completely opaque with the idea in mind I’d get the most use out of it but I was pondering the shade Bare as a waterline colour. The piece that was unique was you don’t need a sharpener and you don’t waste the product.

Smashbox Always Sharp Eyeliner - collage

It’s a simple bit of design that I enjoyed using as it took the hassle out of it and meant I could easily have a sharp point as I needed it. Simple twist the lid back on and take it back off again. It wasn’t all plain sailing and the flicks below were possible but for me just took too long to perfect. I can fix it a little with a cotton bud but you have to be quick to do so, once it sets that’s it. If you do try it a tip is to avoid going too far into the inner corner of the eye as I still ended up with the dreaded black gunk sitting there at the end of the day. I find I get that with almost all eyeliner so not a shock but avoidable. I most often just lined the base of my eyelashes as it got easier the more I used it. You can wear this in the waterline as it’s waterproof, this didn’t last quite as long but did better than most. I was kinda surprised I used it all up in the space of about 10 weeks as it’s not the cheapest but I’m also chalking that up to a slow learning curve.

At £16 it’s not cheap but I think it’s innovative and I’d like to try out the other shades. If you’d like I’ve done these Fotd with Smahbox Always Sharp in them

Smashbox Always Sharp Eyeliner - collage eyes

Smashbox Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation

Smashbox Studio Finish foundation and Always Sharp Eyeliner

All I can say it I really like this foundation. For a dry skin kinda girl I am this is a keeper, the only problem is I like my foundations to be a very close shade match. I was told in store the shade sample I was given was the lightest. That being said I’ve looked online and they may have improved the shade range maybe by the looks of it even doubled it. I think the Boots I went in is a smaller store so might not stock every shade. Either way this a a beautiful foundation I would say this is a light coverage but you can get away with building it up if you can’t be bothered with concealer. I found this to smooth my skin out and made it feel silky and it really does last most of the day. This is the foundation that started me on the hunt for one that would go with my Benefit Porfessional primer as this one worked together there must be some more affordable ones around that wouldn’t roll.

Smashbox Studio Finish foundation and Always Sharp Eyeliner - close up

At £27 it’s on par with my Mac Matchmaster funnily enough both brands are owned by the same people. It’s worth it if you can get a shade to suit you but then again that’s why I prefer Mac so much. Hopefully the Smashbox brand will blossom and get a bigger range in. If you pass by ask for a sample it may suit you too.

May Makeup Must Haves

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I believe May has tested me more than any month gone by this year. It’s been rough to say the least due to my partner in crime being especially ill and having to be in hospital for the last 5 days. It’s being going on a long time but recently over this month it’s been hard on him. I never realised how much him just not being home would rock me. Luckily they have let him out today, along with what I can only describe as enough pain killers to knock an elephant out. He is fast asleep already next to me as I write and I’m glad he is because he’s not in pain when he does get chance to rest.

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May Makeup Must Haves

For this reason alone it meant having to get organised and wear make up that would live through a few tears and keep me going from dusk until dawn. My may makeup has consisted of these select items more often than not in combination with a few others. These were the shiny stars that kept my face on even when I couldn’t.

Revlon Colourstay Foundation – For Dry To Normal Skin – £12.49

This has quickly become my liquid foundation of choice. It’s light and you can easily blend it out it just brightens my skin and doesn’t dry it out. Enough coverage to still show skin and applied with fingers every time. No pump but this was quickly forgiven, on a few occasions I used this as concealer by building up just where needed for extra coverage.

Mac Select Cover-Up Concealer – £15

On the days I did use concealer this became a new friend all over again. I think in colder times this becomes harder to work with. Yes we’ve had rain but on the warm days and when I’ve allowed my fingers to warm the product up this blends out. It becomes a much creamier consistently and works well. (Review)

Smashbox Always Sharp Eyeliner – £16

This is a little bit of a love hate product. It’s tricky and it takes work with a bit of trial and error but once you get there it stays there. I love that I don’t need to remember a sharpener (just don’t lose the lid!). I’ve easily tested this out on the waterproof side of things and it really does what it says on the tin. I have to remove this with an oil based cleanser otherwise it would still be there now.

 Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume – £10.99

Mascaras really are hit and miss for me but this one just seems to speed the process up. It doesn’t clump and the wand separates my lashes leaving the blackest black coat. It does fleck of a little under the eyes but only a bit not enough to bother me after a long day. It has that perfect in between wet and dry feel to it from day one.

Nyc Applicious Glossy Balm – £2.49

I bought this I tried it once and forgot about it as it was just another lip balm. Come to my may make up and I’m all over it. I must have missed how much of a difference in colour this adds to your lips. I have red apple and this is like lipstick for people who hate lipstick. It won’t last indefinitely but then again you won’t need a mirror to re apply it either. Lovely and hydrating it’s made me want to try out the Nyc brand again.








Patience Is A Virtue #fotd

Patience Is A Virtue? For me this means very little but when it comes to makeup practice really does make perfect. Continue reading “Patience Is A Virtue #fotd”

Always Sharp Smashbox 1st Feeling

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Could this weather just make up it’s mind, I left the house it’s rainy and by the time I’m back the sun blazes through the dark cloud. How do you pick an outfit for this kind of day? I wanted to do something a bit different an show you how my makeup looked at the end of the day and what lasted. Also how the new Smashbox Always Sharp eyeliner I recently picked up stood up to a full days wear. It was applied about 11am and taken off at about 8pm. Don’t you just love the amount of daylight we are getting I know I am.

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The closest to cute I will ever get, feeling the whimsy of Easter!

In the spirit of full disclossure I’m not exactly great at eyeliner. This is the first time I’ve got past the front door with winged eyeliner. Please don’t judge but this took me about 30 minutes to do my make up and 20 of those were doing the eyeliner! But this look is all about the eyeliner. When I picked up the Smashbox Always Sharp Eyeliner it was for that reason always sharp and in theory it works. The end gets blunt you pop the lid back on twist it shut then take it back off again and it’s sharp again. In this way this is beauty magic as it doesn’t waste any and no need for an extra sharper.

Applying Smashbox Always Sharp

I found the easiest way was to pull my lid outwards to get a smooth surface to apply. It wasn’t perfect but it was reasonably easy. Getting the wings even and adjusting for a non symmetrical face that’s where it became a pain. In the end I cheated I applied the angled lined up the kinda smushed it above this and filled in . Next I took my trust cotton bud and micellar water and used this to clean the line up. Because it’s waterproof you can kinda nudge it into place a little as well as sweep off the excess. I did end up doing this multiple times I’m a perfectionist till I get board then go with what’s close enough.

Always Sharp Smashbox 1st Feeling eyes - Dupes Are A Girls Best Friend - collage

These were also taken after the 9 hours it had been on. About 95% was still there pretty much how I had left it. The other 5% was where a bit had ended up on the lower waterline which I’m considering picking up the nude version to go there. The other bit was it had fuzzed on the inner of the eye but I think I applied it a bit too far in as this happens with other eyeliners just usually worse. Do I love it I’m not sure but will I work at it? Yes I will as it was £16 and I’m hoping with time my skills will improve. Any ideas or tips let me know.

As for the rest of my make up I only apply the Studio Skin foundation lightly as it goes well with the Benefit Porefessional primer it’s just a tad took dark to be worn anything more than a light coverage. The blusher had long gone by then and I never got round to reapplying the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine which lasted about 5 – 6 hours but I don’t mind that so much as it’s a nude shade to begin with so the wear wasn’t as obvious.

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Everything I Applied