Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation - Update

29 February 2012

I've just finished up the dregs of one of my favourite foundations, and thought I would give you all a little update on my feelings about it, nearly 7 months after my first review of it,

Lancome Teint Miracle foundation has been a firm favourite in my collection since last Summer. In Selfridges, I was matched with 010 which is a very light shade, perfect for my skin in the winter when I'm not as tanned. There isn't a bad thing I have to say about this foundation. I love the smell, the packaging, the formula, the staying power, everything. It really has got me through Autumn and Winter really well, and a little has gone a very long way, hence the bottle lasting me so long.

Since using this foundation, I think I have persuaded about 8 or 9 people to use it as well, and they have all been as pleased as I have been. My bottle and the box are now bruised and battered, as well as splattered with splodges of the foundation itself, but I feel it's only a sign of how much I have loved this product.

I don't really even need to ask 'will I rebuy this' because we know what the answer will be. It retails between £25-26, and price wouldn't matter even if it was more expensive. This foundation will continue to be in my collection for a very, very long time.

Do you have any foundations you really love and would rebuy at any price? Let me know your recommendations!

-Tamsin xxx

Life Update

27 February 2012

Hey everyone. Hope you've had a good start to the week! Sorry my posts have been far and few in the last couple of days. It has been pretty busy here and I haven't had a chance to sit down really! But now I do, so here's my little update :) The photo above was yesterday's to do list. I have the cutest every day calendar of Jack Russell's and how sweet is the pooch swimming under water!

001. I was going to leave my school this year and move to Plymouth to find another school to teach in, but I've decided to stay another year and I'm super happy with this choice! All my fellow house staff seem really glad I'm staying, and I really am happy too. I had a meeting this morning about it all, and I know I've made the right decision :)

002. My parents are moving house and everything has been confirmed today! At first I was really sad about leaving my home as it's amazing and I love it so much, but we've found this gorgeous little converted cottage which must be about 500 years old that looks onto a field, and I can tell that it's going to be a fabulous house for my family. It's always exciting decorating a new place and putting your spin on things, so I'm now going to be going through the Laura Ashley catalogue looking for some lovely new wallpaper for behind my bed!

003. My biggest news..Sailor and I are getting a dog! We're picking him up on Saturday :) He's a Jack Russell (what else?!) called Max and he's a rescue dog. He was unfortunately abandoned in Ireland by travellers they think, but he doesn't show any signs of being hurt or abused which is brilliant. He's only one so he's going to be a little terror, but I'm experienced with Jack Russell's as I've had them all my life, and so I cannot wait! I've spent some time with him at the adoption centre he's at, walking and playing with him so he gets to know me. I just can't wait for Saturday to arrive now! Expect a whole post on him on Sunday :)

So there's a little update! I hope you've all had some good news recently. If you have, let me know! I feel there's a positivity in the air at the moment and I'm really loving how so many people seem to be doing well, getting promotions, getting engaged or married etc. What a lovely month February has turned out to be :)

-Tamsin xxx

OPI and Leighton Denny Mixture

25 February 2012

Whilst watching Pearl Harbour last night for the bazillionth time (Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck..yes please) I decided to paint my nails with a base of Leighton Denny's 'All About Me' and OPI 'Excuse Moi'. 'All About Me' is the perfect milkshake pink colour and I love it as a colour on its own, but thought I'd use it as a base for this little mixture. I'm not a huge fan of the formula, but with 2 coats, it works quite well and is the most gorgeous colour. I then painted OPI's 'Excuse Moi' from The Muppets collection on top. I only did one coat so as not to go overly glittery, but I think it looks fab. I love how 'Excuse Moi' has different colour hexagonal shapes in it, and it truly looks gorgeous when it catches the light. I think I will be using the mixture of these shades again :)

-Tamsin xxx

OPI Last Friday Night

21 February 2012

Apologies about my horrible nails/cuticles at the moment - fake nail overload!

Out of all the four Katy Perry for OPI polishes that were out last year, Last Friday Night was one of my faves, along with Teenage Dream. If you don't like sheer polishes in which you can see you nails after a good few coats, then this isn't one you will like, but I absolutely love it. Photos never do this polish justice..ever. Some of my students call it my 'mermaid polish' as it does kinda resemble the iridescent colour you get on a mermaid's tail. I love the baby blue base and the hexagonal glitter, and it's one of those polishes that I find you can wear at any time of the year - it works over winter with the silvers and cold shades, but in the summer, it fits right in with the pops of colour. It also looks amzing over silvers or blue polishes, or with crackle on top. Absolute fave. 

-Tamsin xxx

Make Up Store - Trip

20 February 2012

Ok I promise you that this is my last instalment of my latest Make Up Store obsession. This lipstick is called Trip and it's from their sheer range. If you love a moisturising, peachy nude that isn't overly matte, then this is the perfect lipstick for you. At £12.50, it is that little bit cheaper than MAC - result. Make Up Store's lipsticks are so long lasting..I don't have to reapply this lipstick for a good couple of hours, even with drinking etc. 

Apologies that the above photo isn't as good as usual. I'm not even going to bother whinging about the lighting..we've all been there, done that and got the t-shirt by now ladies!

For those who are sad they can't get their hands on Make Up Store products as their current stores are only in London, get excited because I was informed yesterday that they will be opening their online store in the next few months..hurrah!

-Tamsin xxx

Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer

19 February 2012

I've been after a new primer for ages. I find them incredibly hard to work with at times - greasy, silicony, and just a tool to clog up your skin. However, when you find the right one, they do work very, very well. This Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer was on special offer in Superdrug last week so I thought I'd give it a go.

What the bottle says: It's a perfect base for all makeup. It fills in fine lines and deep pores in the skin, creating a uniform, matt and silky soft surface, enabling the easy and smooth application of foundation. The primer can be used after daily moisturising or on clean skin. The formula is perfume and preservative free.

Now when I pulled this out to try last week, Abby literally went 'Omg don't do it' or something similar along those lines. She said that when she'd used it about 3 years ago, it felt like rubbing heavy silicone into your pores. Both of us decided that in 3 years a lot could have changed, so when I swatched it and it didn't feel heavy at all, we both thought it may have improved. Now I always use a primer after moisturiser and I use it quite sparingly. I have dry skin and I don't get many spots, but I'm always very wary of primers changing this. It felt light on my skin and breathable. However, it did feel quite oily on my hands after and I did have to wash them quite thoroughly to get the residue off. In the last couple of days that I've used it, it has kept my foundation in place but I'm not sure how much longer than it would last without it. Velvet touch skin, yes. That much is true. 

For £10.99 I think this is an ok price. It's a big bottle and will last me ages, as a little goes a long way with this product. One pump is usually enough for my face. However, I won't use it everyday. There are some days when I think that you don't need primer, and our skin has enough issues dealing with foundation, let alone primer.

I'd probably buy again if it was on special offer, like this time.

-Tamsin xxx

Michael Kors Makeup Bag

17 February 2012

If you're anything like me and you can't stand having a lipstick rolling around the bottom of your bag, then you will be a fan of having a smaller makeup bag for your main bag to keep your wayward lippies/glosses/foundation under control! I bought a new bag last week which I am totally in love with, and thought that a new makeup bag would go nicely too. Enter my new Michael Kors makeup bag. It's a perfect size to fit in the makeup you need for that day, and will slot into any bag nicely, as it's not overly big. I'm in love with it!

Do you have a smaller makeup bag for your main handbag?

-Tamsin xxx

BC Bonacure Colour Freeze collection from Schwarzkopf

15 February 2012

Yesterday, I was thrilled to have been invited to have a treatment or colour at the Schwarzkopf Academy to experience yesterday's launch of Schwarzkopf's new BC Bonacure Colour Freeze collection. I had the gorgeous Anita Cox McMillan styling my hair and explaining to me the new products. Now, as a girl who has been having her hair salon dyed since she was 12, I'm always trying to prolong the colour, beat the dryness and split ends etc, so this collection sounded wonderful when I was talked through it. I was greeted with cupcakes from Hummingbird Bakery, fruit, sandwiches, heart balloons (going all out for Valentines Day!) and some lovely champagne, and we decided I'd have a t-section roots highlights treatment and use the new products.

In the collection we have (which are all in the photo above):

*Colour Shine Shampoo (£9.75)
Sulphate-Free Shampoo (£9.75)
Colour Freeze Silver Shampoo (£9.75)
Colour Freeze Conditioner (£10.95)
*Spray Leave In Conditioner (£10.95)
*Colour Freeze Treatment (£12.35)
*Thermo Protect Cream (£12.35)
*Coloured Ends Balm (£12.35
Post-Colour Shine Service (available in salons only)

The products that Anita used on me are the ones with the stars. All of these items are heavily fragranced. Someone even commented on the tube how nice smelling my hair was! It's very salon-smelling, sweetly perfumed, but I love my hair to smell divine so this works for me. Even this morning as I'm writing this I keep catching the smell of my hair and it's as strong as it was yesterday! Anita decided to use the 'Colour Freeze Treatment' on my hair instead of the conditioner. This treatment could be compared to any leave in treatment, but it works on a completely different level. You can use this treatment for a 10minute quick bath time luxury, or even 30 minutes, but Anita recommended leaving the treatment in overnight, sleeping with your head on a towel, and washing it out the next morning (in which you'd then do your usual shampooing/conditioning routine.) After having this on my head for 10 minutes, I could totally feel a difference in my hair. It was softer, smoother and felt like it had been moisturised from tip to root. 

Awful photo of me..but this is the lovely Anita Cox McMillan

When brushing through my hair after the wash, Anita used the Leave In Conditioner - it's a gorgeous bright pink formula which you shake, spray and brush through, like most leave in conditioners. Again, it was super fragranced (which I love) but my tangles were gone with one comb through. It seemed to beat my Aussie Leave In Conditioner hands down on that one! Anita ran through a little bit of the Thermo Protect Cream, as we were blow-drying my hair, and after my hair was dried, used a little of the Coloured Ends Balm to help seal my hair, give a little bit of texture to the ends, and also prevent split ends.

So what makes these products so fantastic? Schwarzkopf have used a new formula in which Amino Cell Rebuild Technology helps to optimise colour protection, and the Ionic Shine Booster Complex which contains glossing oil gives your hair the shine you want for it. As I've listed above, the products aren't even that expensive, and for salon treatments, I think this is brilliant. My item of the day was definitely either the Spray Leave In Conditioner, or the Colour Freeze Treatment.

If you'd like to purchase any of these items, Hair Supermarket, Look Fantastic and Feel Unique are now stockists. I think I'm going to be a regular buyer of some of these items, especially the Treatment and the Leave In Conditioner. Many thanks to Anita Cox McMillan for being such a fab stylist..I recommend her to you all if you're in London!

-Tamsin xxx

Make Up Store - Cotton Candy

12 February 2012

Make Up Store is one of my favourite make-up brands by a long way, and I really don't think it gets enough recognition for its branding and quality products. I was excited to show Abby their store on Carnaby Street as she had never been to Make Up Store before or owned any of their products. One of the products I picked up when I was in there was an eyeshadow called Cotton Candy.

It's a gorgeous pearly pink shade, with a little shimmer. I'm always after makeup that I can wear at work, and this would suit perfectly as it's not at all over the top, yet will give a little highlight to the eyelids. As it's so pearly, it would also work well as a highligher under the brow bones possibly, as the pigmentation of the pink isn't as pink as it looks in the pan.

The microshadows are £11 and I highly recommend you check them out if you're a newbie to Make Up Store. Have a lovely relaxing Sunday.

-Tamsin xxx

Real Techniques Core Collection

9 February 2012

I actually did a dance in Boots when I saw these today. I'm a massive fan of the Pixiwoo ladies Sam and Nic, and when Sam first announced her brush collections, I knew I needed to get my hands on some. They're now available in Boots and I decided to pick up the Core Collection for £20.99.

In it, you get (in order as seen above):

Buffing Brush: ideal for coverage application of powder and mineral foundation.

Pointed Foundation Brush: use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage.

Detailer Brush: 'precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long-lasting shape and definition.

Contour Brush: delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish.

You also get the case with works as a carrier or a stand so you can have them propped up on your dressing table.

I am so thrilled to have these in my possession. From first inspection, these seem like really high quality brushes and are super soft. The next brush I'm hoping to get is the Stippling Brush that I've heard so many good things about, but for now, I'm excited to give these a try! If you've tried the Real Techniques brushes, let me know your thoughts!

-Tamsin xxx

MAC Lustering

8 February 2012

MAC Lustering is one of those lipsticks I return to when I want a pop of colour in my make-up that day, without going too over the top. Even though Lustering is of a lustre formula, it doesn't have the sheerness that a lot of the lustre formula lipsticks do. I love the fullness it gives, and I think it's slightly blue toned which is fab for making the teeth look whiter. If you're after a hot pink lippy that can be more of a glossy lustre, or built up to be a statement, then maybe MAC Lustering is for you. I've had it in my collection for absolutely ages and you can see how much I've used it! Definitely one of my faves.

-Tamsin xxx

Storage: more eBay picks

7 February 2012

I came across these two fab acrylic organisers earlier on. They're both from British sellers and are super cheap! These are both perfect for the people who like to keep all their makeup tidy and organised in drawers, but want to have their current 'everyday' makeup ready on their dressing tables in the morning before work or school. The corner organiser is perfect for a minimalist who uses just a couple of key items. I love the slanted look too. And of course the bigger organiser is one we all know and love, but at a really great price. 

£9.69 - free p&p
£14.95 - free p&p

Hope this helped in any way with your storage ideas :) Many people have commented saying that they like my eBay storage posts. If you would like me to search for anything, please do ask and I will try my best.

-Tamsin xxx

Tigi Rockaholic Livin' The Dream Daily Conditioner + Energy

Another hair review for you today! I bought the Tigi Rockaholic Livin' The Dream Daily Conditioner + Energy (what a mouthful!) over Christmas for a massive bargain in TK Maxx. The Tigi hair products are always listed under my faves, and when I saw this £5 cheaper than the usual rpr, I snapped it up.

Packaging wise, the bright orange definitely gives an 'energy' type feel to the product before you've even used it. Colours aside, the bottle is easy to use with the usual heads you get on hair products. Because the head was at the bottom of the bottle, it meant there was always product ready to be manic shaking the bottle in the shower to get product!

The formula is a whitish yellow colour, and is quite stiff. You feel like you're getting a conditioner which means business when you squeeze this onto your hands, as it gives the impression of being quite solid. I felt like I had to use a fair bit of product when using this to get good coverage over the bottom half of my hair, but despite this it has lasted me over a month and a half which isn't too bad.

When using the word 'energy' for this conditioner, I think they mean that to the ingredients used, such as green tea, goji berries and multi-minerals. My hair didn't suddenly feel full of 'swish' and like it could 'take over the world' type energy...more that it smelt nice and felt a little nourished. It promised to repair and rehydrate, and I felt it definitely stopped my hair from getting dry.

Personally, I wouldn't use this conditioner every day, even though it calls it a 'daily conditioner'. It smells great and seemed to work relatively well, but I think I would rather use this once or twice a week for the rehydration and use something else as a daily conditioner. I would buy this product again if I saw it going for cheap in TK Maxx again or something..I don't think I'd pay the full £9.95 for it straight out. However, it was a good conditioner and if you see it going for a bargain, I'd recommend you give it a go.

-Tamsin xxx

Denise McAdam Platinum Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

6 February 2012

I bought this shampoo and conditioner way back last October or November in a deal at Tesco. After doing some research on Denise McAdam, I had massively high hopes for both products. Denise McAdam was the first UK celebrity hair dresser and is known for doing the hair of The Queen and many other royals, as well as The Saturdays, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and JLS.

Packaging wise, I am never a lover of the type of bottle heads on these ones. I find that you can never get enough of the product out and the hole in which the product comes out of is just too small. I also found that the sticker that went around the body of the bottle peeled away really quickly. Something I did like was the different colours in the head of the bottle. The shampoo had a purple head and the conditioner was grey, so you could tell the difference.

Application wise, I really didn't like these formulas. I found the shampoo incredibly difficult to work with. I couldn't get a lather up at all and felt like it wasn't doing anything to my hair whatsoever. Yes my hair was clean after washing out, but it didn't have that lovely smelling, luxurious feeling I like to have when I shampoo my hair. I'm one of those people who loves to get a lather so massive you look like you have a white microphone top on their head, and this just didn't seem to do it. The formula was clear, and although it had a scent in the bottle, it didn't seem to have a scent once it was on your hair.

The conditioner I preferred to the shampoo, but not by much. Partly because of the bottle head, I felt like I could never get the right amount of conditioner I needed. I really find that conditioner is important to my hair routine because of the amount my hair is dyed, and I could never seem to get the nourishing treatment that I wanted from it. The formula was a yellowish opaque, and again, had a smell in the bottle but didn't seem to hold any scent once on your head.

On being a shampoo and conditioner for platinum blonde and 'enhancing' it, I could honestly see no change. It left my hair clean, if not a bit dry, and that was about it. There was no swishing your hair 12 hours later and still being able to smell the gorgeous fruitiness or scents that you can get with some other items, and I did feel very let down.

This is just my review of these items..everyone's hair is very different and these items may work for you! Denise McAdam seems to have a large of products, so maybe one of her shampoos or conditioners could be the winning solution for your hair. It just wasn't for me. I won't be buying this again and think I will stick to my John Freida Go Blonder shampoo and conditioners in the future for blonde enhancement.

-Tamsin xxx