23 November 2014

New team member...

Having recently joined the Paul & Joe family, over the Christmas season.  I was pleasantly surprised to receive a lovely bundle of goodies.  

After being talked through both the Make-up and Skincare by the lovely Jo.  I was then given a selection to trial out on my own time.  What really drew me to these products was not only the lovely packaging, which really does catch any ladies eye.   Anyone would be proud to whip a lippy out their bag, if it looked like this.   The beautiful bottles and elegant compacts, echo a Parisian, boudoir style.  Taking you back to a time when dressing tables, were an important household feature for any woman. 

skincare, glosses, lipsticks and liner galore!

The other attraction was the smell of these products, I love a scented product especially make-up.  Nothing too potent that can be quite overwhelming but a gentle scent, anything but that synthetic smell some products leave behind.  Paul & Joe maintains a subtle Orange flower scent through the line.  Gone is the hype of rose water, which can sometimes muster up sickly turkish delight memories.  Bring on the Orange flower, with its subtle not too sweet, not to bitter notes.  Not only the scent, but the fact other components, such as Jojoba oil, Mallow, Vitamin C and White lily are just some of the key ingredients making these super, at soothing, protecting and renewing the skin.  Originating from Japan, their general mantra behind these products, is to keep skin hydrated.  From your cleansing ritual, primer, through to your make-up application and there after.

I have been using the skincare ever since first laying my hands on it, and it has been dreamy.  I am cleansed and silky smooth, gone was any remnants of liner/mascara and I smelt damn good, even if i do say so myself.  Not usually one for a lotion and cotton pad cleanse, but this could possibly convert me.  Topped off with a few drops of the treatment oil, I am a sucker for a face oil, especially as a night time moisturiser.

I remember this make-up from years ago, as I always wanted their funky patterned make-up bags.  Back then their range had a basic selection of products.  Now! How things have changed.  There are a vast selection of products to suit a range of skin concerns.   Whether your skin is dry/ combination or oily you will find coverage to suit it.  Even the primers can be worn under makeup or alone as a tinted moisturiser.

Make-up product musts: Would be their protecting primer and blusher number 04 Cinema, I am a big fan of a rosy cheek blush and Cinema does just that.  Another fabulous product is their waterproof liner, which was still on my hand after testing a day later.  There is a huge selection to choose from and whatever your focus area base, eyes, lips and even nails.  I can imagine you will definitely find something to suit.


18 November 2014

Vintage inspiration….

Time 4 Tea anyone? @time_4_tea are presenting a vintage fair this coming Saturday.  Get your tea dresses on and roll up those victory rolls.  Because this is the perfect place to be mooching around and all for a good cause.

So, if you are having trouble getting motivated for christmas and you need a few quirky buys, or you just fancy treating yourself and embracing a bit of vintage.  Why not pop down?

Time 4 Tea has done an amazing job and covered all bases.  There will be afternoon tea, dancing and even the chance to be transformed in to a vintage beauty with Make-overs by none other than me.   Lashes, lips and liner await you and plenty more. 

Check out what Time 4 Tea do with a peek at their sight.


11 November 2014

Remembrance reds!

With it being such an important time, having just had Remembrance Sunday.  I made sure I got my visit in to see the popular, Tower of London Poppies.  I timed it perfectly last week, with Remembrance Sunday fast approaching and the fact they are due to take the amazing sheet of red down shortly.

Having seen fellow face bookers upload poppy pics galore, I was keen to have seen them for myself.  Having made it, I was welcomed by not only an overwhelming sight of red poppies, but an overwhelming amount of visitors.

Clearly a popular attraction amongst the public, the poppies have held quite a sentimental place in all visitors hearts.  With them marking the 100th anniversary, since the outbreak of the events of the First World war.   I have visited the Somme, which marks events that took place in France, during the First World war, now acting as a physical memorial spot that can be visited allowing people to show their respects.  Now, the Tower of London with its' flourishing bright red creation, acts as the same purpose allowing visitors near and far to pay their respects, to those that were lost.

To mark the occasion I have picked a few appropriate reds, to arm your cosmetic cupboard with.

Topshops Lipstick, with its' smooth matte finish in Rio Rio, is bright with a orangey undertones making it an ideal bright red lipstick for those of us with a medium/dark complexion.
Prefer a stain?  YSL is the answer.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in Rouge Gouache, stays put for hours, acts like a gloss, however works as a stain. This more berry colour might be better suited to a paler complexion, however comes in a variety of shades.

A staple in most Make-up artists kits, this is an appropriately named red.  Danger by Mac, is dangerously bright and poppy in colour, with a matte finish it is enough to take any day outfit to night.

  Pillar Box red is a rich, classy red.  Brighten that LBD with a flash of this on the hands.

War paint by Topshop holds coral hues, making it perfect as a fun daytime red.

Whatever your red, remember anyone can wear a red lip, it is just about finding the balance of whether you suit a more orangey red tone or a deep, richer red.  Experiment and have a play around until you get it just right.
Purchase that poppy and match it with your pout.