Laura Mercier Undercover Pot

What is it?

A concealer, corrector and setting powder all in one small pot.
The Review
Flip the top and you have the infamous ‘Secret Camouflage’ concealer and a thinner almost sticky peachy corrector for the eye area. Close this and twist the top off and you have a translucent powder underneath.
I have nothing bad to say about this product. It has a great coverage concealer for blemishes/discolouration/the usual imperfections that recquire a good concealer. The concealer covers everything really well and feels similar to MAC’s studio fix concealer pot. If you need to build it up you can, it doesn’t, however, look cakey and it blends really well.
The corrector is a pale peachy/salmon colour, ideal for covering dark circles. Just like the regular concealer in this pot, it covers brilliantly without looking cakey.
The powder is very finely milled and kept my oily t-zone at bay for a good 6 hours before I felt the need to top up a little.
This product has everything in one little pot! I travel a lot for work so this is ideal for me. Even if you don’t travel it’s a great size for your make-up bag/handbag and with 3 items in one it will save you space 🙂
Worth the Money?
Laura Mercier is obviously a high end brand loved by many of the beauty community and unfortunately the price does match the hype. This pot will set you back £29.00 but then you are getting 3 different products so at roughly £10 each for products that really work and are in a compact little kit I think it’s worth it.
The Undercover Pot by Laura Mercier can be found at most department stores, the official website and Space NK where I purchased mine. Feel free to shop around on places like Amazon for a better price but here’s the link for the product and Space NK:

L’oreal Triple Resist Range – Hair saviours!



What is it?

A range of hair products containing Arganine – an essential amino acid vital to the hair fibre.

L’oreal says: ” You put your hair through daily torture and sometimes it can lack essential nourishment. Weakened, your hair has a tendency to break and fall out. Introducing new Elvive Triple Resist range enriched in ARGININE + PROTEIN. The formula provides a triple action: reinforced, nourished from root to tip and stronger. ”

The range has a shampoo, conditioner, 60 second treatment masque and a ‘reinforcing treatment’ in the form of a root spray.



The Review:

I ran out of the shampoo and conditioner I was using and decided I would just buy the whole set of products from this range … I figure this was justifiable as to get the maximum benefits, like most brands say, you should probably use the whole set of products in conjunctions with each other… also J-Lo looking super hot in the ads was perhaps also a contributing factor …

Just as a side note, I am not particularly into super expensive shampoo and conditioners, I would prefer to spend more money on hair treatments and oils and tend to buy shampoo and conditioners that are readily available in Boots or Superdrug.


I’ve been using these lovelies for about 3 weeks now and I’m loving them!

The whole range smells yummy but it’s not overpowering. The shampoo lathers up nicely and feels like it gives my hair a really good clean without making it dry or weighing it down.

The conditioner left my hair ridiculously smooth, shiny and manageable, again, without weighing down my hair.

The 60 second treatment leaves my hair even shinier and lovely and smooth. It also made my ends look dramatically better and i love the fact that it’s such a quick treatment. For an extra treat I have wrapped my hair in clingfilm and left it on for half an hour a couple of times, also with great results.

The reinforcing treatment was a weird concept to me at first, you can use it on wet or dry hair and spritz it into your roots. You then massage it into your scalp and can use it up to 2 times a day. I have been using it on towel – dried hair and noticed that my hair has been feeling healthier, although I can’t say I’ve noticed anything  else.

I did read a few reviews on this range prior to purchase and a couple of people said that there was an issue of these products leaving residue, making their hair look dirty and one person who had used the root spray said it had made their scalp sore.

I have had none of these issues but would suggest making sure you wash out the conditioner and masque properly and go easy on the treatment spray!



Worth the Money?

I really like this range and will be repurchasing it. If you have fragile hair then this will be great for you and when the prices are so reasonable and the products readily available on the highstreet or supermarkets I don’t think you can really go wrong. They come if quite big sizes too so they are definitely gonna last fairly long time.

The shampoo and conditioner are £3.99 each, the masque is £4.99 and the reinforcing treament (root spray) is also around the £5 mark – I couldn’t find a definitive price for you! It is generally much cheaper to shop around a bit as different shops have different prices on these items.

These products can be purchased from Boots, Superdrug, larger chain supermarkets and the L’oreal Paris website:



Favourite Natural lip combo


So, I have been on the hunt for a relatively cheap nude/natural lipstick for every day that will go with anything. As you all know i’m sure, it can be rather tricky to find one that fits that description that doesn’t make you look a bit dead. Finally, however, I have found it!

Trusty L’Oreal released a range of Color Riche lipsticks for individual hair colours, this lovely nudey/natural/soft pink shade just so happens to be meant for blondes (which i am not) but who cares! It’s the perfect nude, natural every day colour that many of us have been searching for so I thought I would share it with you all 🙂

As a bonus, you’ll be delighted to know I also found a lip liner pencil that is also nearly an exact match colour wise to go with it yay!

Here are some piccies and the colour names/numbers and prices for you :




L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in shade: 235 Natural Blondes Nude

£8.19 from Boots, also available at Superdrug and larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.




Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in shade: 132 Sweet Pink

£3.99 from Boots, also available at Superdrug and larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.

Brow Basics


The Basics; Do’s and Don’ts


DO invest in a good set of tweezers.

There are some great tweezers on the market and many different shapes to choose from. I personally favour the standard slanted shape and the ones from Tweezerman are my absolute favourite, there’s even a free sharpening service when they start to get blunt which is a big bonus. They come in several different colours and patterns and even come in mini size in a handy little tube!

DON’T pluck more hairs than necessary.

Very thin eyebrows look unnatural and affect the whole look of your face. They are also difficult to grow back so be very careful when shaping them for the first time.

DO go with the natural shape of your brows.

This is the shape that your brows appear overall. The natural shape your brows will most likely suit your face the best. The idea of grooming your brows is to enhance the shape in order to flatter and frame your face. A great example of this is to look at Anne Hathaway, she has a fairly rounded shape as opposed to a high arch.

DON’T use a magnifying mirror.

This is a bit of weird one and probably partly down to personal preference but I would suggest that unless you really struggle to see, that you don’t use a magnifying mirror, especially the ones that you can get now that show up EVERYTHING. A standard mirror in a well lit room should be enough. The risk with using a magnifying mirror is that you can overpluck your brows easily. Chances are, if you need a magnifying mirror to see the hairs, you won’t see them with the naked eye.



Shaping your Brows

Absolute basics

The overall natural shape of your eyebrows is most likely to suit your face so use the natural shape as a guide.

As a general rule the diagram at the start of this post is also a good guide to finding a nice shape.

Take a pencil in line with outside of your nose straight up, this shows roughly where your brows should start (line A). Line B is again lined up with the outside of your nose but this time runs in line with the outer edge of your pupil, this is where most people should have the highest point of the brow – the arch. Finally line C takes the line from the outside of your nose to the outer corner of your eye where it is a good place for your eyebrows to finish.


Your individual shape

Generally your brows should start in line with the outside of your nose, if your eyebrows start too far apart it makes your nose look wider, on the other hand, too close together and you can look very odd and a bit cross!

Now, as I said at the start, the diagram shown is a rough GUIDE. If you have a natural rounded brow shape then go with it, if you have fairly straight brows then go for a slightly straighter shape.

The same one brow shape that we see most often is the standard fairly high arch, however, this shape won’t necessarily suite everyone.


Anne Hathaway as seen here is a great example of going with her natural curve. She has a slight arch that curves upwards and outwards as this is what her natural brow wants to do. Her brows are not the typical highly defined arch we see a lot but all the same, enhance her features and suit her face.

Jennifer Conolly is another celebrity that has gone with her natural brow shape. Her brows are thicker and more straight but do still have a slight arch and finish in line with the outer corner of her eye so as not to have a brow that’s too short.

Both of these celebrities are brilliant examples of how to define and enhance your individual shape. The start and end points of their brows are pretty much the same but the curve and thickness of their brows are taylored to their own natural overall shape. This is the key to perfectly groomed brows, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got!


How to

If you’re shaping your brows for the first time then I suggest plucking a couple of hairs at a time and viewing the overall efffect on your face after each little session. Plucking just a couple each time and reviewing the progress from a little further back in the mirror will ensure you don’t overpluck.

Remember! You want your eyebrows to be even on both sides so I would pluck a couple of hairs from one side and then do the same on the other, making them the same as you go along until you find your perfect shape.


If you’re nervous then you could always go to a salon to get your initial shape.

If you do decide to do this, make sure you go to a reputable one or get recommendations, it’s also handy to have a look at the brows of the technician who will be doing the shape for you as this may show their personal preference for thickness and shape. Chances are, if they have thicker brows or a very high arch, this is what they think looks good on most people.

Just to be safe, I would steer clear if they have very thin, short brows!

Always be very clear with the shape and thickness you are looking for, explaining that you want something that goes with your natural shape and suits your face. I would also ask for a mirror so you can keep an eye on their progress. This may sound a bit OTT but once you’ve overplucked it is unlikely your brows will grow back as they naturally are so it’s best to be cautious!


I hope this was helpful for you, if you’d like to see a brow tutorial via video, products and tools for shaping and filling in then please like this post and comment below with anything else you’d like to see or questions you may have. Happy shaping!!

Favourite Perfumes


Just thought I would do a post on my favourite perfumes. These are the ones that I wear a lot and always come back to. I’m not usually a really floral perfume kind of girl as I tend to prefer softer musky scents.



Elie Saab, Le Parfum:

This is the first ever perfume from Lebanese designer Elie Saab, a sweet but spicy floral mix that focuses on both jasmine and orange blossom but surprises with a warm patchouli and honey base.



Viktor and Rolf, Flowerbomb:

This yummy scent has top notes of green tea and bergamot, middle notes of jasmine, african orange flower, freesia, rose and orchid, and base notes of musk and patchouli. It’s not one of those sickly sweet fragrances, it’s a rich, expensive sweetness complimented by the musk.
Calvin Klein, Eternity Summer:

When I first tried this perfume I immediately picked up on the orange blossom first and then the musk, it’s a warm, feminine fragrance and lovely and light – as the name says, it really is perfect for summer.

If you like the original ‘Eternity’ then this is the perfect scent for a little something different, its more fruity and floral and the balance between the two is perfect. I have never been a fan of overly floral scents and like the fact that this one has just a hint. I’m completely in love with it!



The Body Shop, White Musk:

White Musk is a comfortable and velvety female fragrance. It opens with notes of ylang-ylang, galbanum and basil, followed by jasmine, rose, musk and lily,and finally settling with a base of musk along with jasmine, rose, iris, amber, patchouli, vetiver, peach, oakmoss and vanilla. It’s a beautiful, soft, musky, feminine scent.



The Body Shop, White Musk Libertine:

This has a turkish delight kind of scent with a lovely waft of orchid. It’s a fairly sweet but not sickly, slightly floral, musky fragrance that’s more girly than the original.

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these yummy fragrances I suggest you take a look on amazon as there are usually some amazing deals!

Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Smokey Eyes Mascara

What is it?

A new mascara by Maybelline based on the original Volume Express Colossal but with the addition of black matte eyeshadow to the formula to give a smokey look.


The Review

The brush is really big but surprisingly easy to use and control – it grabs all of the lashes including the ones right in the corners. I have to say, I don’t quite understand the addition of the eyeshadow to the formula, to me it doesn’t necessarily look more smokey but does make the lashes noticeably more matte.
I love Maybelline mascaras in general and the original Volume Express is a staple in my make up bag. I can’t really see a smokey effect personally but there is definitely something a bit different about it, to me it seems to give the lashes a really volumising feathery effect.
Worth the Money?
I love this mascara, it’s long wearing, doesn’t flake on me and gives the lashes lots of volume and some added length. I often feel like the more high street or ‘drugstore’ brands’ offering of mascaras are way better value for money and at £7.99 for a tube this one is no different.
This mascara is available from Boots, Superdrug, larger chain supermarkets with a make up section and as always, the official Maybelline website: