Beauty Hacks For Busy Mums

I love wearing make up.  I would also love not spending hours on a beauty regime, especially when I also have children to get ready, and really dislike being late!


I don’t have any beauty hacks to share-aside from not wearing any to save time!

Because I need help myself with this, I decided to ask a few of my lovely blogger friends, for their beauty related tips and tricks to make getting ready a little easier. Continue reading “Beauty Hacks For Busy Mums”

Shadow Switch-Dry Brush Cleaner Review

I was sent this AMAZING new product from Beauty Essentials.
It’s called a Dry Brush Cleaner-and I’d be lying if I said I had any idea what that was or how to use it, IMG_8440prior to getting it sent to me.

It turns out, it’s not only super easy to use, but it’s so absolutely amazingly brilliant I couldn’t wait to review it!

The product itself is a little tin, the size of your palm, and imbedded inside is a black sponge with the cleaning product within it.


To clean your brush, you simply pop the bristles into the sponge, inside the tin, swirl it around a little bit and it’s clean!


So, the idea of it, is the ability to use several shades of eye-shadow on the same brush!

To test it out, I used a black eye-shadow, then cleaned the brush and added a white shade. There was no dark colour in the light, and the brush didn’t feel any different, or look damaged or coated in a product as is often the way with brush cleaners.  I was able to use the next shade immediately after cleaning the first shade off of the brush.

It’s also super easy to clean your Shadow Switch-just use warm water and fragrance free soap, then leave until completely dry.

Personally, the fact I can use the amount of shades I use in one make up sitting, with only one brush, is a massive time-saver in my busy ol’ life!
And, at only £5.99, it’s also so affordable and worth every penny!

You can buy your own one here-go do it-go do it now!!!!!



Why don’t you like me?
Is this a question I should be asking at 29 years old?

Shouldn’t I have all the friends I need and no issues with people at my age?!
I spent my whole childhood being bullied. Being told what was wrong with me, how ugly I was, how badly I dressed, how bad my hair was. When I left school, I assumed I would be free to start a new me, a me who is accepted, liked and wanted.

It would appear, however, things are not that simple.

Instead of starting a new better me, I’m a new worse me.

I HATE myself. Genuinely, I cannot bear who I am now. 

I am more disliked by people than liked. I don’t know why. (I’d have a bloody good guess though!)

I change my hair, my make up, my clothes to attempt to fit in and look better. It doesn’t work. 

I have massive insecurities and issues that I can’t change, and instead of people just taking me for my personality and who I am, I have those things held against me.
I drag myself to places where I know there’ll be people who I know have had negative conversations about me, but because I don’t know how to change people’s ideas of me, I just go along, knowing what they think, which ends up serving to bring my mood even lower.

Do you know what makes these situations harder?

The fact that none of you know me.

Just in case you were reading this thinking you do know me, even my closest friends have very little idea of what I think or how I feel most of the time. 
Maybe you presume to know me because you’ve seen me twice a day for 20 minutes? Or because I see you once a year for special occasions? Maybe because I’m friends with someone you’re friends with, and you think because they bitch about me to you sometimes, that gives YOU the reason to dislike me by association?

Is it because I update my Facebook a lot, do you think you know me from that?

Or maybe it’s plainly because you’ve heard stuff about me, that you don’t care to be true or false, just that its detrimental to the idea of me, and therefore you MUST dislike me immensely.

I’ve been told so many times;

“Don’t worry about what others think of you.”

“Rise above it.”

“It says a lot more about them than it does you.”

I do worry. Day in day out. It consumes me. 

I can’t rise above it. I try. But I can’t. 

What does it say about them? To me it screams that they’ve made their minds up.  That I failed.
I’d love to end this blog with an inspiring message of “I won’t let you win”, or “I am who i am”. 
But I can’t. I just can’t. 

On days weeks when the dislike has been so constant and powerful, when the thoughts about others perceptions are so consuming and debilitating, I just can’t. 


Rimmel Match Perfection Fix & Perfect Primer

I am the first to admit, I NEVER use primer.  Which does mean, unfortunately, I can only review this product, not base it on any others I’ve tried. 

Rimmel describe this product as a primer that has a unique advanced formula which glides on smoothly, evening out skin, minimising pores, lasting all day. It says you can use it on its own or to even out complexion before using foundation.   It is also said to mattify skin and elimate shine.

I have far too many imperfections and blemishes to attempt the “use on its own” way.  So I used it to even out my complexion prior to using my foundation. 

I have to say I could immediately see the pores around my nose being reduced, and it evened out any areas foundation would usually cling to. 

It feels silky, not oily, and you don’t need a lot of it, making its price of £6.99, really good value for money. 

Rimmel have hit a winner with this product and I’m giving it a firm 10/10!

Soap & Glory™ Kick Ass™ Blur and Brighten Crayon

After many years of the same style and brand of concealer, I decided to try something different!

Soap and Glory’s description of this product is that it’s a multi action concealer, which blurs imperfections and banishes shadows leaving a long lasting, flawless finish.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure at first on whether this one would match up to my previous trusty-old concealers, when looking at the colour before I put it on my face it looked too light, and when applying it, it felt very greasy and like it would slide off.

However, once it was on, it somehow dries and covers all at once, without clumping up dry areas (something I have a major issue with-especially around my nose.)

It brightened the very dark circles underneath my eyes (2 children will do that to a woman), and covered with ease the mountain of face that has decided to set up camp on my cheek!

Overall I am really pleased with this product!  At £6 it is about 3 times the amount I’d usually pay for a concealer, but personally I think we’ll worth the money (plus Boots have a 3 for 2 offer on all Soap and Glory products at the moment).  Giving this one a firm 10/10!!

Maybelline BB Cream

Maybelline Fondation Dream Pure BB Cream (light). 

This is the first BB cream I’ve bought, after using a sample in a magazine, I loved how it felt on my skin. 

I suffer from the worst type of skin in my opinion, “combination”. This means I get an oily forehead, and chin, and my t-zone can range from oily some days, to ridiculously dry other days, especially around the sides of my nose.  Most foundations stick and clog up the dry skin making it look like I’ve caked make up on.

Maybelline describes this product as a foundation that’s makes skin appear smoother, more even and hydrated.   It is oil free (helping those of us with oily skin) and has an SPF 15 rating. 

Available in to shades-light or medium, I went for the light as most mediums tend to make me a tad orange! 

I found applying it with my fingers as opposed to a brush or sponge actually gave me better coverage, as I was able to spread it further and into areas sponges and brushes wouldn’t have as great an effect. 

The coverage is immediate. I don’t even have to wear concealer if I was only have small breakouts, (as it is I’m having the mother of all breakouts so concealer is very necessary), and it doesn’t feel, slippery, oily and like it won’t stay for the duration of the day, like some other foundations I’ve tried. 

I’m giving this product a 9.5 out of 10, reason for the missing .5 is because I don’t think it’ll last as long as other foundations I’ve used, and at £6.99 it could be an expensive habit!