MAC Eye Brows in Lingering


What is it?

A very thin twist up eye brow crayon (no sharpening needed) in a medium brown ash colour.

The Review:

I honestly have no idea why I haven’t done a blog post on this product before. I use this every day and have done for several years now. It’s a very thin brow crayon (I say crayon as you don’t sharpen it so I guess it’s not a pencil? ).

It’s perfect from getting a really precise brow or for creating those realistic fine ‘hair’ strokes for a naturally full brow.

This product comes in a wide range of colours and is my all time favourite brow product, I would be lost without it.

The only complaint I have is that you can’t tell when it’s going to run out so it’s wise to have 2 at a time (they last quite a while anyway) so that you don’t suddenly run out completely. There is no clear part or indication of how much of the product you’ve used.

Worth the Money?

Yes, absolutely. This product comes in several shades including ideal colours for blondes and those with auburn hair as well as several browns. For £12.50 this is worth every single penny to me, nothing works as well as this and the shade range is really good.

This product is available from department stores and MAC :

Clinique Super City Block




What is it?

An oil-free sunblock for the face that protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays as well as damaging free radicals. SPF40.


The Review:

This product, as with all Clinique products is allergy tested and fragrance free. This goes on nicely and doesn’t make my skin shiny at all. The high SPF means its great all year round, especially in the height of summer, but remember lovelies! Winter sun can be just as damaging to your skin!

This product is great for the beach or for every day wear with no make up but I found that when I used it under my foundation I didn’t like the finish as much. My foundation didn’t blend as well and was rather difficult to work with which was not appreciated! I use the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation or the Lancome Teint Miracle and it didn’t work brilliantly for me under either. That’s not to say that it won’t under other foundations but be aware it may change the finish for you like it did with me.

Now, when I say it didn’t work brilliantly under my foundation, I’m not saying it looked bad because it absolutely didn’t. I just didn’t like the fact that it changed the way my foundation felt and looked, it was different than it normally feels and to me, I choose a foundation for the finish and how it looks on my skin. To put something on underneath it to find my normal make up was different over the top was just a little disappointing.

Normally I expect a primer (which is what it says it can be used as on the tube) to make my make up go on different but obviously in a smoother, very positive way. The change this made to my foundation was not positive as it was harder to work with.


Worth the Money?

This retails at £15.50 for 40ml of product which is a fair amount for the price you are paying (bearing in mind this a high end skincare and cosmetics brand).

If you burn in the sun or have oily skin this is ideal as its protects the skin fully and is non-greasey. Great all year round and will go under make up, although it may change the finish.

For the price and the size of the tube it’s a great product if you’re concerned about sun damage or all the pollution from city living.

This is available from department stores, online stores and from the official clinique website:

PS. Other online stores do stock this product so shop around for a better deal or if you have a beauty card with Debenhams you may as well get it in there to get some beauty points!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

What is it?

A top selling mascara that promises to lengthen, curl, volumise, lift AND separate.

The Review

I am a complete ‘drugstore’ mascara kind of girl and never ever felt the need to fork out on high end mascaras. There are some brilliant cheaper ones out there particularly from Maybelline and L’oreal.

I decided to try this one only because of the hype surrounding it and the fact that my boyfriend convinced me to treat myself!

All I can say is WOW. I am so glad I bought this mascara.
The claims made by Benefit were big ones and this mascara had a lot to live up to but in my eyes (see what I did there…) it certainly did just that.

The brush is an absolute delight to use and separates lashes perfectly with hardly a clump in sight and there’s the added bonus on the spikey end to get even the tiniest corner lashes.

When I’m wearing this my lashes look amazing and I always get compliments. I also love the fact that unlike other mascaras that give a good dark look, this doesn’t clump and look really spidery and fake.

The formula is long lasting, gorgeously deep, stays on all day and doesn’t smudge – perfection!

The only thing I will say about this product is that it stays so well that it is more difficult than most other mascaras (even waterproof ones) to take off.

However, if you have an issue with finding most mascaras smudge on you then this could be a good one, and of course knowing that its going to stay looking fresh all day is no bad thing!

Worth the Money?

This is a pricey product – it’s £18.50 for a tube and to me it’s worth it as I have a good set of dark lashes but they’re fairly straight and I would like them to be longer. If your lashes are a key feature or something you feel is lacking then this is perfect. This will certainly be a repurchase for me!

This product is available from Benefit free standing stores, counters at some department stores such as Debenhams and of course, the official online website.

The Body Shop – Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion

What is it?

A light moisturiser infused with tea oil to hydrate the skin whilst helping to control and prevent blemishes.

Worth the Money?

I got on with this moisturiser very well and am actually on my second tube.

Now, this has in no way replaced my Liz Earle oily/combination skin moisturiser as I use this at night time as its richer. This moisturiser has become my favourite to use under make up, or even just as my morning moisturiser if I’m not wearing any.

Everyone knows a good base makes a difference to how make up will sit on your face and for me, although I don’t suffer with full on acne and generally have pretty good skin, I am prone to small breakouts in my T-zone where I get oily.

I expect that this is also due to the line of work I’m in as if I’m shooting you can guarantee I will have heavy make up on and we all know that constantly wearing a lot of make up can have a negative effect on the skin.

This moisturiser isn’t particularly thick or particularly runny, although a little goes surprisingly far. The smell is somewhere inbetween tea tree and fresh grass but I don’t feel it’s overpowering and it certainly didn’t put me off. Let’s face it, if you’ve purchased a product with tea tree in it then it’s going to smell like it!

This moisturiser is ideally suited to normal, combination or oily skin as it has mattifying properties and is therefore not suitable for dry skin.

It applies smoothly and evenly and feels lovely and fresh on the skin leaving me sufficiently moisturised but not greasy or shiny – ideal for going under make up, especially if you’re prone to getting oily throughout the day.

As for the ‘clearing’ bit, this is by no means a miracle product but I have seen a noticeable improvement in my skin and in the number of breakouts I suffer so for me this is something I will continue to repurchase.

If you have similar skin to mine and just need something for oil control and a bit of preventative action then this is great and will help, if you have more problematic skin then The Body Shop do a whole Tea Tree range of products that I have heard great things about. Tea tree has always been known for its positive effects on problematic skin and I have personally always found that things that work on spots for me always contain it in some form.

Where can I get it?

This product is available from The Body Shop and online stores and retails for £7 for 50ml or £3 for 15ml:

Accessorize 3D Glitter Polish


What are they?

These are glitter nail polishes that come in a good range of colours. They contained small, finely milled glitter and some larger glitter in a different colour.

The Review

The colour I have is called Dream and is a gorgeous bright medium blue with bigger chunks of purple glitter. After 2 coats the colour was even and solid, after 3 it looked amazing!

Now three coats may seem like a lot but I did 3 thin coats and the joy of this polish is that it dries VERY quickly. A good even coverage can easily be achieved with just 2.

My gorgeous blue glitter mani lasted me a whole week without chipping (I used Sally Hansen’s Double Duty Strengthening Base and Top coat) which I thought was brilliant.

Here’s what it looks like on my nails :


Worth the Money?

All polishes by Accessorize are £4 each which I feel is a real bargain! These are definitely a good purchase if you love the glitter polishes by OPI and alike but refuse to pay the price tag of around the £10 mark for a single polish.

A wide variety of colours are available and the price is great for the quality of the product.

These are available from Accessorize shops and online.