Holiday Time! Packing Frenzy!

Off on my hols in a couple of days… two weeks this time, which means a lot of considered packing! My first thoughts are what’s going in my make-up bag… so what have I got?! First and foremost it’s travel sizes wherever possible – hoping that the travel sizes are generous to enough to not consider taking two of everything or ditching them entirely for full sizes… Having recently become an Arbonne consultant, I was delighted to find a travel set of their RE9 skincare range, I was even more delighted when it arrived to see how much they managed to cram in to the cute little gold bag 🙂 It’s got pretty much everything: Smoothing Facial Cleanser 30ml Regenerating Toner 18ml Corrective Eye Creme 5ml Intensive Renewal Serum 8ml Restorative Day Creme SPF20 8ml Extra Moisture Restorative Day Creme SPF20 8ml Night Repair Creme 7ml Age-Defying Neck Cream 14ml Instant Lift Gel 8ml Nourishing Body Wash 60ml Firming Body Creme 58ml Pretty good, huh?!  This set was £37 with a £90 spend, so you do have to order a bit to get such a great set, but if you’re using Arbonne products already this is definitely a set to go for. So skincare and a bit of bodycare is sorted… make-up next! Still some Arbonne for Tinted Moisturiser, Concealer and Mineral Powder Foundation – great bases that all work together.  I will probably take my Makeup Primer too, but all these are full sizes, so that may have to stay behind (ok, it won’t, I’ll find space in a shoe or something!). Eyeshadow-wise it’ll be my Smashbox Smokebox...
Me Me Me FatCat Mascara

Me Me Me FatCat Mascara

Ohhhh, we really wanted to love this mascara because the packaging is so lovely, but alas, could it have been any worse?! We received a full size mascara in our February Glossybox, right on time for Valentine’s Day… A volumising mascara in shade ‘Ultra Black’ – and the shade is good, a good glossy black – but that’s where the good stopped for us sadly. The brush looked nice and plump, but it just didn’t seem to apply well, we all tried, but all made a mess!  And we couldn’t really see the volumising effect. Still, the colour was good, so off we went into town… Unfortunately a slightly drizzly day meant mascara was soon blotted around the eyes where it shouldn’t be… and a little emotional moment by one of the girls had trult streaky mascara streaks.  So, if there’s any hint of a watery eye or sky then forget FatCat… well, cats aren’t keen on water at the best of times 😉 All-in-all, a real disappointment. Full price is £7.99 – we think you’ll find better. Available from: Me Me Me Cosmetics Active Beauty Superdrug Pin...

Thursday’s Cosmetics

Just a casual day in the office… Smashbox Halo – their version of mineral/powder foundation.  I love the packaging which contains a sort of grater so powder doesn’t explode everywhere when you open it. Estee Lauder Disappear Concealer for my dark circles… an absolute must as it gives great coverage.  My husband actually introduced me to it and how to apply it – pat it on lightly with fingers for best results. Smashbox Bronzer… the label has worn away and there’s not a lot left, but I think it’s Fusion in ‘Sunset’ which is really nice for bronzing pale skin. Chanel Eyeshadow – the pink and the brown from the Quadra Eyeshadow ‘Influences’. Avon’s SuperShock Mascara in Plum… I wouldn’t say it’s a shock, but it’s definitely super.  It applies very nicely and doesn’t clog. Nars Lipstick in ‘Damage’ – perfect everyday shade 🙂 Pin...

Lancome Hypnose Custom-Wear Volume Mascara

Lancome mascaras have always been popular with us, but it is only recently that we’ve been buying them again. Hypnose is a volumising mascara, focussing on thickening the lashes without clumping – it does this very well indeed. We had some clumping, but not often and usually easy to remove with another sweep of the brush. Lasts all day without flaking or smudging and you can build up lashes in the evening without removing your mascara from the morning. Being able to layer it up is great – one coat for day volumises extremely well, another coat or two for evening looks quite dramatic! Available in Black, Brown and Blue. Waterproof version available in Black, Brown, Blue and Green. Available from: Beauty21 Beauty Counter Direct Boots FeelUnique Garden Pharmacy John Lewis (stores) Lancome Pin...