Concealing the Truth

Hi All!

Today I want to talk about concealers- comparing a high end brand to a low end.

On Sunday (July 7th) it was one of the hottest days in the UK so far this year,  with temperatures in London reaching about 29 degrees. With it being so hot, what better time than to try out some concealers that claim to be long wearing! 

When working at Debenhams last year, I purchased some Esteé Lauder double wear foundation and at the time there was a free gift of a double wear concealer. For those of you who aren’t familar with Esteé  Lauder’s double wear range, the claim is that the foundation will give you a flawless look all day, lasting for 15 hours and the concealer claims the same. The Double Wear Concealer retails for £21 for a 7ml bottle. The sample I have is in shade Light Medium which is a little darker than I would usually purchase but I think it blends well and doesn’t look out of place.

In the other corner is the Lasting Perfection Concealer from Collection (who used to be called Collection 2000 back in the day). I bought this concealer on a recommendation from my friend Hannah as she said it was amazing, and because in Superdrug it retails for £4.19. I bought the concealer in fair, the lightest shade available. The Collection concealer claims to cover flaws, blemishes and so on for up to 16 hours. 

I used both concealers as I usually would, but used the Esteé Lauder concealer under my right eye and the Collection one under my left. I prep my skin using an Esteé Lauder moisturiser and a MAC Primer. Then I use a foundation over the whole of my face apart from around the delicate eye area, then use concealer and finish with a powder.

Here are a couple of pictures of the coverage both concealers give when they are fresh on.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Esteé Lauder Double Wear Concealer

I found that both concealers apply easily with the doe applicator provided by each. The Collection concealer felt slightly thicker on application but both give a nice, even coverage of the eye area.

I wore both these concealers for about 11 hours, so not to the maximum that they claim. Unfortunately in the evening I was unable to get a good photograph of how they had both faired through the long, hot day but I will summarise here.

To be honest, I found that there was very little difference in how both of them lasted. Both concealers had creased a tiny bit by the end of the day but nothing that a quick touch up couldn’t have fixed. I am impressed that both of them lasted that long due to the heat that day and the moisture heat produces! 

In a nutshell, the Esteé Lauder concealer does offer a slightly better coverage, especially of dark circles,  but the difference is so slight that it is not enough to warrant the price being 4 times more than the Collection one. 

Thank you for reading and enjoy the sunshine!!

Stay Safe and Wonderful! 

Lexy x

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Pretty in Piercings: Beautifully Different

Hi all!

Another blog post for you today but I don’t want to talk about beauty in the traditional sense of make up and skin care. I want to discuss the other beauty love of my life- Body piercings.

My love affair with them started when I was quite young. I was 8 when I first got my ears pierced (in a hairdressers- eek!) and since then I have had a total of 40 piercings. 

My first seven piercings were in my ears and all done in ways I’m not proud of, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend, by piercings guns in various jewellers. When I was younger I assumed this was the way it was always done, it was how my mum had her ears piercings and since it was so common I also assumed it was the best way to be pierced. I now know a lot more about piercings and know this is not the case.

My first forray in to the field of “proper” piercings was when I was 17. I was into my punk rock, studs and other things and a friend of a friend had a tongue piercing. I was immediately smitten and I decided I needed one in my life. Being a fairly sensible 17 year old I used the internet to do some research about what I was letting myself in for and I stumbled across the BME (Body Modification Ezine) website. 

The BME website is something I recommend anyone who is interested in a piercing (or tattoo or other modifcation) should look at. It’s a great place to see pictures, read experiences of others so you get some ideas of what to expect and to get in touch with both artists and those with mods. If you are a mod virgin it gives you great tips for what to look for in a studio and artist and recommendations. 

The website helped me know what to look for in a good studio and because I knew what to expect (at least a bit) it made my first experience much more pleasant and less scary.

Since then I have had nearly all of my piercings done by one studio in Brighton, East Sussex called Punktured. I always go back because I know that I will be getting piercings but people who know what they are doing, are fully qualified, love what they do and genuinely care about their customers. I recommend them to anyone. Even if you live a distance away (I am now based an hour and a half away from them) it is certainly worth the journey. 

My Piercing Journey in Pictures

Today I am down to only 27 piercings, the ones in my ears and my nostril. Sadly, in the current employment market, I need to be as employable as possible and it seems that people still judge employability on your looks to an extent so I have toned down the piercings.

I still maintain that the number of piercings or tattoos someone has is no reflection on how good or poor they will be at a certain job. 

I’d certainly like to get some more piercings (and tattoos eventually) because I think they are beautiful. I think they can really accentuate a piece of your body and you can adorn yourself with shiny things.

I’d love to know what you guys think about piercings and modifications. Do you have some? Love them? Hate them? Have you been treated differently because of your mods? Would you like some piercings and need some advice? 

Leave me a comment and share your thoughts or questions and I will do my best to reply or help!

Stay Safe and Wonderful! 


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Do Not Settle for Shampoo… Demand Real… Oh

Hi again guys!

Yesterday I posted about trying out imPRESS press on manicure and I said that my next blog post would be about Shampoos and Conditioners.

Over the years I have put my hair through a lot of abuse, it’s been a lot of colours and styles and it gets heat treated on a nearly daily basis so I am always on the look out for products that will help keep my hair looking healthy.

A Selection of my Hair Styles

My hair is currently in the style directly above- an A-line bob with blonde highlights throughout and due to the bleaching my hair is starting to dry out and the ends are looking a bit worse for wear. 

For many years, I have used the Red L’Oreal Colour Protect Shampoo and Conditioner. It always left my hair feeling silky and smelling lovely, but with bleaching my hair more and more I decided that I needed some shampoo that is more conditioning.

I had previously used L’Oreal’s Re-Nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner with Royal Jelly  and found that it smelt gorgeous and left my hair feeling very smooth, silky and with few fly aways. On the downside, due to it being highly nutritious, I found that it was making my hair extra greasy in a shorter period of time than usual. I like to wash my hair every other day, using dry shampoo on a “non wash day” and I am a bit of a perfectionist about having hair that looks greasy so this shampoo just didn’t really work for me. 

When shopping in ASDA the other day, and knowing that I was soon to run out of my traditional “Red L’Oreal”, I decided to have a browse at the shampoos available. 

I perused the John Frieda Sheer Blonde range as I had sent off for a sample of the new Everlasting Blonde Shampoo and Condition but given that it retails (in ASDA at least) 
for £4 per bottle and I could get two bottles of L’Oreal for the same price I decided to hold fire on the Sheer Blond until I had tested it. (When I next get my hair coloured, I will start using the Everlasting Blonde and I will let you know how I feel about it and whether it does help preserve my fresh colour!)

Eventually I decided to try L’Oreal’s Nourish and Shimmer Shampoo and Conditioner designed for highlighted hair. The bottle says that it contains Royal Jelly and lighteners that nourish the hair and make the highlights appear brighter and shinier. 

When I first used the shampoo and conditioner together I really wasn’t expecting much. I was expecting my hair to look sleek but ultimately become greasy quickly and that the highlights would look the same as they did before.

I was very pleasantly surprised! My hair does feel more nourished than it did when I was using the standard colour protect shampoo and some of my damaged ends look a little less straw like. My hair smells amazing, I can assume that it’s the Royal Jelly as this shampoo smells like the Re-Nutition shampoo that also contains Royal Jelly and I actually do think that my highlights look brighter than they did before. 

For the price, I really do like this shampoo and conditioner for my highlighted hair. L’Oreal is often on offer in ASDA which makes it more appealing. When I have used the Sheer Blonde I can say whether I think you are better off spending a little bit more or whether the L’Oreal is the better option for blondes.

Are there any Shampoos and Conditioners I should be trying for my slightly knackered, bleached hair?

Thank you for reading!

Stay Safe and Wonderful!


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imPRESS: Press on Manicure- Impressive?

Hi All!

Sorry again for another massive delay between blog posts, there’s been a lot going on here with job hunting (I have a job now- yay!), my other half having a proficiency test and celebrating my 2 year anniversary with him. 

Anyway, on to what this post is really about- the imPRESS press on manicure. 
I like fake nails. I think they look pretty but I am usually too cheap to keep up with having them done professionally so I have often done my own. I’d seen the imPRESS nails in the press (no pun intended) and in the shops so decided to give them a go. 

I’ve happily used traditional “DIY” fake nail kits at home, using the glue and a steady hand to achieve pretty nails but as the imPRESS ones are advertised as easy to put on and remove I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give them a go.

I got the traditional french manicure style nails that were the short length. I bought mine from Asda for £7.99 but they are available in Boots and Superdrug for a similar price and with the added bonus of getting your more points on your reward cards. 

General Comments about the imPRESS Press on Manicure
I like the packaging for these nails. Having everything in a small, nail polish sized container means that they are perfect for putting into a handbag or travel case so you can take them away with you should you so desire. They even come with a mini nail file that is attached to the instructions and all in the little container. Very nifty. 

The finish of the nails was good quality. There were no chips in the french tip or bumps or rough edges of the nails themselves. 

The imPRESS nails come in 12 sizes and state that most women will be able to get a perfect fit for both hands out of the sizes available. Usually with DIY fake nails I have no issue with size (apart from with my odd index fingers) but with the imPRESS ones I found that they just didn’t go big enough for my thumbs! I don’t think I have particularly fat thumbs as my thumb ring is actually a size smaller than my fingers. Sadly, this left a slightly unsightly gap down the side of both my thumbs and I felt like it affected the strength of the bond between nail and fake nail.

Thumb nail from the side

Thumb nail from Above

Application and Removal

These nails are advertised as easy to put on and easy to remove without damaging your natural nail. 

I would agree that the application was simple: once I had picked out the best sizes for my nails it was simply a case of pulling off the plastic and pressing the false nail firmly onto my own. As I wasn’t using a liquid glue, there was no sticky mess, no glue on the nails, and no visible bubbles underneath the false nail. Once the nails were on they felt secure, I didn’t experience any pinging which I usually do with DIY fake nails. 

As I said previously, imPRESS nails say that you can just pull them off to remove them and they will not damage your natural nails. I have a habit of getting fed up with fake nails and just pulling them off, not doing it properly, and ultimately weakening my natural nails. However, when removing the imPRESS nails although I did have to get under them with tweezers just to get leverage, they came off easily with no damage to my natural nails. Exactly as advertised! 

Overall Thoughts

I actually really liked these nails (I didn’t wear them for a week to test the longevity claims fully) as they looked nice and were very simple to apply and remove. My only real issue with them is the fact that the thumb nail sizes were not big enough for me personally and they are a little bit on the expensive size. They do, however, do a lovely range of really nice patterns and designs and I would certainly consider using them again for a night out or an event. 

Here’s a couple of photos of my hands with nails so you can see the full effect!

(Please excuse the laptop and nail paraphernalia in the background!) 

Thanks for reading!

Next time I want to discuss shampoo and conditioner!!

Stay Safe and Wonderful!


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Mini Bargain Haul from Superdrug Review!

Hey again everyone!

After my last blog post, I asked some of my friends on Facebook if there was anything they would particularly like to see and the overwhelming response was more “bargain” reviews and recommendations. 

As someone who has been recently made unemployed and is trying to spend as little as possible, I understand the desire to find good products that don’t break the bank. I do maintain that the MAC Prep + Prime Primer is worth the £22.50 price tag but mostly for that high SPF value. 

Anyway, I had to go to town the other day to the dreaded Job Centre and with summer threatening to hit any time soon, I decided I would grab some anti allergy tablets in preparation for the onslaught of pollen. I opted to go to Superdrug as that was the closest and usually the cheapest. 

For a while I had been debating with trying a felt tip style liquid eyeliner so I thought that I would look in Superdrug for a cheap one, along with my hayfever tablets, to try out. As soon as I walked in I saw that they had a 3 for 2 offer on ALL cosmetics and I was suckered in. 

For less than £13 (including the hayfever tablets) here is what I got:
MUA Extreme Felt Eyeliner in Black, Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Mascara in Black and Maybelline Colour Show Polka Dots Nail Polish in Speckled Pink. 

The Reviews

Maybelline Colour Show Polka Dots Nail Polish in Speckled Pink

When I first put this nail polish on I was immediately concerned because it appeared to be really quite thin. I couldn’t see it providing a good finish in only two coats. I was happily wrong. After applying two coats, I had a good coverage and a very funky, speckled pattern on my nails. It lasted fairly well (the usual couple of days that I manage to maintain painted nails) but when it came to removing the polish it was a little bit of a nightmare! Due to the fact the polish has the circular black and white dots of glitter in it, when trying to remove it with cotton wool I found that the pink colour came away but the wool attached itself to the dots which remained firmly on my nails. With a gentle bit of persuasion with a scratchy nail, I managed to remove all the dots and return to my natural nails.
Overall I was actually really impressed with this polish and would definitely recommend it for the price of £2.99!
Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Mascara in Black
I’d been talking to my friend about this mascara, interested to give it a go after seeing the adverts saying it was a new formula with less wax and that was a mousse, so when I saw in Superdrug I had to try it. 
It gave me good separation of the lashes and decent length although the length wasn’t as good as I have had from some of the more premium brands I have used (Estee Lauder and Clinique freebies). The formula was less flaky than some cheaper mascaras I have used in the past, and as a contact lens wearer I found that my eyes were not irritated. 
Would I buy it again? Certainly. I think it’s a good, all round, every day mascara although it isn’t waterproof and for £6.99 (I think!) it’s definitely a good price point. 

MUA Extreme Felt Liner in Black

This eyeliner was my free item and at full price it would have set me back a whopping £2! As someone who is only really used to using the slim brush liquid eyeliners, I wanted a cheap felt tip one just to see if I could get used to using it without spending a lot of money that could go to waste. 
When I first tried this eyeliner I was not impressed. I couldn’t get to grips with the brush (as I suspected) and the eyeliner was very thin and pale when on the eye. However, after using it a couple more times, I have discovered that I can use the brush and the secret to a decent black was just to layer the product. 
For a £2 (or in this case free) eyeliner I’m not going to complain. It’s actually quite nice to have a liner that isn’t immediately a harsh black for using with yellows and more neutral/natural looks.  I would certainly recommend this for someone who is just getting started with liquid eyeliners as the brush tip gives you more control and it’s not a waste of money if you just don’t like it in the end!!

Thank you for reading! I apologise for the dodgy iPhone photography! 
I hope you all have a great weekend.

See you soon!
Lexy x

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Primed and Ready to Rock!

Hello guys and gals!

As I said in my last blog post, I’m unemployed and having troubles with the Job Centre and this had lead to some financial difficulties and cut backs.

However, when the sun showed its face in a major way last week I knew it was time for “money well spent” purchase.

I have exceptionally fair skin. I just need to stand under a hot lamp and I get sunburn. I’m not sure from whom I have inherited this fairness from given that both of my parents go brown as soon as they look at the sun, not a lobster in sight! 

So because of this I decided I need some really good sun protection for my face but something that would also benefit my make up instead of making my face greasy and slippery.

I decided that what I was looking for was a primer with SPF in it. I found MAC’s prep + Prime SPF 50 on their website but at £22.50 and being jobless I thought this was a little too expensive. I set about looking for a high street dupe that offered the same sun protection. Alas, this was not to be and my skin took precedence over my purse and I purchased the Prep + Prime. 

Was it worth the fairly high price tag?

In my opinion, yes. 

I used it when the sun was at it strongest and not even a hint of sun burn was to be found and the big bonus was that it really did keep my make up in place!

I find it quite common that even with long lasting foundations that they come away around my nose and cheeks due to how dry my skin is, but using the Prep + Prime really helped stop this and made my make up flawless all day.

The MAC Prep+Prime has a lovely formula, it goes on smoothly, has an extremely gentle fragrance and a little goes a long way. If you are looking for a primer that has a high SPF I would DEFINITELY recommend this product!

Stay Safe and Wonderful!

Lexy x

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Keeping you up to date!

Hey everyone!

It’s been a little while since I last blogged so I thought I would do a quick over view on what’s been going on and just touch base.

As I mentioned before, I recently lost my job so I’ve spent a lot of my time recently trying to sort out finding a new job and also trying to sort out getting some money to keep myself going until that happens. This means I have been a bit lax in a) being able to actually really buy any make up bits due to budgetary constraints and b) my time has been taken up with filling in COUNTLESS forms!

Along with this one of my best friends in the world is going to Australia to travel for a year or two at the end of May so I have been trying to spend as much time as her as I can before she leaves.

What I’m trying to say is I do apologise for being an absent blogger and I hope that you all forgive me and keep checking back with me! 

All that being said, I HAVE purchased a few items recently, mostly bargain things but one splurge purchase that I will be reviewing very soon. I’m giving said item a good trial run today to see how it fairs and so I can fully report back.

I hope you all have a great week and I will catch up with you all soon!!