My Hallowe’en effort!

This year we had a little party for my 3 nephews for Hallowe’en. My elder sister came down with her boys and we all went to my younger sister’s house, it was so much fun to have everyone together!

My youngest nephew, aged 3, (eventually) dressed up in a Dracula costume from Asda. It had a mask and was so cute!

My middle nephew, aged 9, dressed up as a Zombie Gavroche from Les Mis (he is obessed with that film!)!

My eldest nephew, aged 12, has never liked dressing up so he just wore his normal clothes :’-D

My sisters both dressed up as witches and both had neon and black stripey tights! Ha ha! My mum dressed up as a queen witch!

I bought a skeleton onesie from Primark and skeleton socks and gloves from Asda.

For my face I used a mix of Illamasqua Rich Foundation in 115 and Dainty Doll foundation in the lightest shade. For my eyes, nose and cheekbones I used Boots Natural Collection eyeshadow, which worked better than I expected! For my lips/tooth lines I used Barry M in black.




On my nails I used OPI crackle in black over the top of Sleek in meringue. Both of which I picked up at the pound shop!

We had a spooktacular time!





OOTD ~ Carry On Paddling! Pt 2


Hi Di Hi campers!
This is my second OOTD from my camping trip to Woolacombe ^_^

Here I am wearing the same Judy sunglasses by Collectif. I had a nightmare the other day that I’d broken them and was so upset! :’-(

On my lips I’m wearing Rimmel’s Apocalips Big Bang, it’s a perfect pillar box red that works so well when going for a retro or vintage style look.

The vest is from Sweaty Betty and the red polka dot bikini that I’m wearing underneath is from Freya – it’s about 6 years old! :-/

The beautiful shorts are by Tara Starlet. They are so comfortable and easy to wear ^_^ I managed to find these on Ebay for a snip; I don’t think I could have bought myself to wear them on the beach if I’d paid the full retail price o_O

I really love this picture, I feel like I achieved the look I was going for and for once I can agree that I look good! The Captain has been away working and when he got back he showed me his phone; he’s set this picture as his lock screen and his wallpaper ^_^ he doesn’t normally do things like that so it bought a big smile to my face {^_^}

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush Cherub


Sorry about the photo quality, should have taken it in daylight :-/

So, yesterday I tried out this blusher in Flush and loved it! Today I’ve applied the same base (Illamasqua Hydra Veil, Illamasqua Skin Base 2 & No 7 translucent loose powder), and applied Cherub to my apples with my fingers ^_^

I love Cherub just as much as I love Flush! Cherub is softer and more of an everyday colour compared to Flush, which is more striking. Today I felt delicate and feminine °^_^°

Flush is a definite pink, Cherub is a little warmer with slightly coral tones – not too much tho and not orange!

Here’s my face after another long day at work! Here I am wearing Pixi Tint in no 3 Craving Coral on my lips. My top is Primark and my head scarf is by Gobbolino 😀



Which of the blushers do you think suits me best? Hope you enjoyed reading ^_^ xxx

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Flush!


I’ve seen these blushers on YouTube, blogs, etc, for ages but I was worried about the liquid part. My only other experience with liquid blusher has been with Benefit’s Benetint and Posietint. Don’t get me wrong, I love them but I find that when I apply them it removes my foundation and concealer, so I can only use them when my skin is really clear.

That is not an issue with Watercolour Blush! I applied my Superfacialist Rose oil, Nivea Visage Q10 moisturiser, Mascara, Illamasqua Hydra Veil and Illamasqua Skin Base 2 as normal (a lot of products I know :-/). I then put a dot of the blusher on the back of my hand and applied with my fingers to the apples of my cheeks. It went on smoothly and didn’t remove or disturb my base makeup at all! It didn’t highlight or expose any blemishes or red spots either ^_^

I found that I was able to build up the colour to my liking and could also pat it down if I felt it was too strong. The edges of the blusher were so easy to blend in, I didn’t get a rim of foundation or a hard line!

Today I wore Flush, but I also bought Cherub, which I will try tomorrow! These blushers will definitely become a mainstay!
Here’s a couple of photos of me wearing it. Please excuse my face, my lips are sore and I’ve had a looong day at work. It does show how well it’s lasted though, I haven’t touched it up all day!



What do you think? Have you tried any Daniel Sandler products?
^_^ xxx

Úna Brennan Superfacialist range ~ Boots

I’ve been suffering with slightly dry skin, and playing about with Illamasqua foundations which show up the slightest dry areas ~ even ones you couldn’t see before. So I wanted to buy something a little more moisturising than my usual Nivea Visage Q10 Anti-Wrinkle cream (which I love). I stumbled across reviews raving about Úna Brennan’s Superfacialist range in Boots and so I thought this might be a good place to start. The range contains natural ingredients, scientific ingredients and beautiful aromas and aimed at being suitable for every type of skin.

The Superfacialist range comes in 3 types: Tea Flower deep cleanses, balances and mattifies; Rose for cleansing, calming and hydration, suitable for even the most sensitive skin; and Neroli for plumping, anti-ageing and firming. These descriptions were taken from Úna’s site, which I found hard to locate.  You can find it here: Superfacialist by Úna Brennan  There’s a great write up about Úna and her experience and expertise as a facialist and skincare expert, on her website.

Boots had a 3 for 2 offer so I googled around and decided on getting the Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask, Rose Intense Moisture Mask and Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil. I am impressed with all 3, read on for more…

Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask: I had previously only bought those sachets of, 1 time only use, face masks for about 99p and so I was a bit scared to pay such a lot more money for a tube of mask. Especially when I didn’t know if I would be allergic to it. However, I needn’t have worried ^_^ The directions say “Once or twice weekly, apply a generous and even layer to thoroughly cleansed face and neck. Leave on for 5 minutes to maximise the hydrating benefits. Rinse with warm water, or soft flannel dampened with warm water and gently pat skin dry.”  On my first application a small amount of water came out of the tube before any mask, but that is to be expected I guess. I then started applying it to my face. It wasn’t the easiest mask I’ve ever applied. I found that it was quite patchy and hard to get enough coverage – if I went over a patch to fill it in it rubbed away some of what I had managed to get on there. I was a little disappointed but it wasn’t bad enough for me to think it wouldn’t have any effect or not use it again. The tube says to leave it on for 5-10 minutes, but I left it on much longer because I started playing a game on my phone and forgot! Ha ha! When the mask has dried there are small white dots in some places – I like to think that this is gunk removed from my pores… I don’t think it actually is. After my first use I washed it off with warm water and it didn’t look like there was that much difference to my skin, although it did feel smoother.

It was after the second application that things improved! I applied it as before, but this time the application was smooth and went on evenly. I again left it on for ages. When I washed it off and patted my face dry I could see pores that had been opened up & cleaned and blocked pores that were still blocked but I could see that the gunk inside had been bought to the surface. Ok, I admit I did squeeze a couple of them. My face feels fresher and less clogged up, I do have a few bumps but I’m riding it out because I really feel like this mask is working and gradually clearing my blocked pores!!! I have pretty sensitive skin but I haven’t suffered any reaction to this mask and will continue to use it! So far I’ve been using it 2-3 times a week but once my pores are a bit a clearer I’ll probably cut down to once, maybe twice a week.

One tip I have is that I had had a blind spot on my cheek near to my chin for about a month; it would occasionally be very sore but would never erupt into a pus-y spot. I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to get rid of it. In steps Tea Flower Mask to the rescue!!! I didn’t bother taking my making up off as it was still early and I had only just got back from work, I applied a small amount of the mask directly onto the spot and left it there all evening. When I went to bed to bed I gently washed it off and applied more and left that on overnight. The next morning I could see that the gunk had hardened and was right at the surface of the spot ~ so I squeezed the Mother o_O Oh it felt satisfying! Wahaha! Since then the spot has healed and only left a slight red mark, which is to be expected. I also did this with a spot above my eyebrow and got the same results.  £8.99 for 125ml.


Wahahaha! – Tea Flower face mask – 1st application


Heh heh heh! Here you can see it has applied more evenly.

Heh heh heh!
Here you can see it has applied more evenly.

Rose Intense Moisture Mask: I’ve never bought or used a hydrating face mask before so I was unsure of what to expect, I just hoped that it would help stop my face being so dry. The directions say “Once or twice weekly, apply a generous and even layer to thoroughly cleansed face and neck. Leave on for 5 minutes to maximise the hydrating benefits. Rinse with warm water, or soft flannel dampened with warm water and gently pat skin dry.” I use this mask straight after using the Tea Flower one. As with the Tea Flower mask there was a small amount of water that came out when I first squeezed the tube, and again application was a little patchy. I’ve noticed on some reviews that some people are complaining that this mask has tiny grains in but isn’t described as exfoliating. I barely notice these little dots, they don’t scrape, irritate or feel like they’re exfoliating, to me it feels like it could just as well be harder lumps of thicker moisturiser. They certainly didn’t cause me an issue. I left the mask on for ages and then gently massaged warm water onto my face, rubbing the mask in as I washed it off. My face felt more moisturised than it would normally after I’d used a clay mask, but not enough for me to skip moisturising etc. Overall, I don’t mind this product but it hasn’t given me such great results that I’ll definitely repurchase. I’ll wait until I’ve finished the tube to completely make up my mind. Again, I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t have an allergic reaction to this mask! £8.99 for 125ml.

I look so sad!

I look so sad!

Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil: I love this oil!!!! I have never used a facial oil before and I was a bit scared because my T-Zone and sides of my cheeks (the sides closest to my nose get dry), can be oily. The directions say “For best results, use Rose Facial Oil as a pre-cleanse treatment using the Double Cleansing Method. Pour a generous amount of oil into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together to warm the oil then slowly massage in circular movements onto face, neck and décolleté to let the oil dissolve impurities and open pores. Take time to enjoy the delicate Rose scent then wipe clean with a soft flannel dampened with hot water before cleansing skin as usual. If used as a leave-on treatment to boost skin suppleness and moisture levels, we recommend using after thorough cleansing and prior to moisturising. Pour a small amount into the palm of your hand, rub hands together to warm the oil then slowly apply over face and neck. If your skin is very sensitive, skin patch test 24 hours before use.”

I use this oil in between cleansing and moisturising and it has made such a difference to my skin. The oil is fairly quickly absorbed and leaves my skin looking glowy and dewy, but not greasy – that is when I have applied foundation, powder etc. If I’m having a no make-up day and just apply moisturiser after then my face does feel and look a bit greasy, and it tickles. The Rose Hydrating oil has stopped my skin feeling and looking stretched and irritated and it has stopped my foundation sitting in the pores of my cheeks, which was driving me crazy! I will definitely be re-purchasing this facial oil, especially as it feel so gentle on my skin.  The only negative I have about this oil is that the pump is hard to control and dispenses a bit more that I’d like in one go and it shoots over my hands – that maybe because it’s designed to be pumped into your palm, whereas I pump it onto my fingers… £14.99 for 30ml, a bit pricey but so worth it ~ especially when there’s 3 for 2 offers!

Rose Oil

I have found that using the combination of all 3 three products has really improved my skin and has even made the application of the Illamasqua Cream Foundation easier and look amazing! I will do a new post on that soon!

I bought my items from Boots, which as far as I’m aware, the range is exclusive to:  Superfacialist at Boots.

Review: Illamasqua Cream Foundation CF 115

Sadly I’ve been hugely disappointed by the Illamasqua Cream Foundation (shade/colour: CF 115). I was so excited when I ordered this product, I had hoped it would give a full coverage, porcelain doll effect. Luckily I purchased it for £10 in the sale, but I am still considering returning it (or attempting to, need to read up on their sale returns policy!).


I’ve just visited the Illamasqua site to check their description and it now says that it’s been discontinued (in this shade at least). In my opinion this can only be a good thing because I’ve found it completely unworkable, maybe others have too… I’d love to hear your experiences, especially if you’ve managed to make it look good!

Here’s what Illamasqua say about it:
Create a base that brings out the bold in you. Illamasqua Cream Foundation provides medium-full coverage and works with your skin to cover and enhance. It blends easily, allowing you to vary coverage as much or as little as you need, effortlessly balancing uneven skin tone and giving you the control to create a flawless finish. Comes in a mirror compact for touch-ups on the go.”

I have found that it does not blend easily, to the contrary in fact. I’ve tried blending it with the sponge, both wet and dry, with a brush and with my fingers. Nothing stopped streaking or caking, although after application with the sponge, blending with my fingers produced the best results.


Scary! With flash


Without flash



After cleansing & moisturising, I’ve used it with and without my Stila Colour Correcting Primer and it wasn’t any better either way. It sits in my pores, cakes and dries out. From a distance it looks lovely, but as soon as anyone gets within a foot and a half it’s obviously not good. The photos don’t do any justice to just how bad this looks close up!!!

It maybe excellent for stage makeup, as the finish is not so important because it’s being viewed from a distance. But for everyday day wear I have to give this a massive thumbs down. 😦


Lovely from a distance!



I’m wearing the cream foundation with:
Benefit Bad Gal mascara
Stila Colour Correcting Primer
Benefit Erase Paste
Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow
Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Promise
No.7 Perfect Light loose powder in Translucent
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow pencil in 002 hazel
Rimmel Scandaleyes kohl in 005 nude
Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake