Redefining YOUR Beauty…


Sugar and Skull! My alternative Halloween look…

Hey Everyone!

Most of my friends and indeed family were pretty freaked out by my Geisha look. Got me thinking that Halloween looks do not have to be all blood and gore. My 10 year old son, who is Autistic does not seem to like the scary looks I practise at home. I also have a young niece and nephew who are not into zombies or vampires. Whilst I am Team Edward and a Twihard through and through I wanted to do something simple and pretty.

You may find this surprising but I do more complicated looks than this. I don’t have the confidence to share them yet but hope to soon. I appreciate all the kind words and comments and support you give with all that I post. Means more than I can say. Thank you! 

I know alot of my looks are simple and pretty and this has a slight twist. It has sparkle! Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition that is celebrated on the first two days of November. It is believed that Heaven’s gates open on the 1st for deceased little angels to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On the 2nd day it is the adults that are reunited. Homes are decorated with sugar skulls, flowers, candles, food and more. The living believe that their loved ones in Heaven will protect them and bring good luck. In the Catholic faith, All Souls or All Saints Day is celebrated on in most countries the same days. Skulls and figurines were made out of sugar and heavily decorated, hence the term sugar skull. They are bold bright colourful and BEAUTIFUL! This is the short version of the story!

Here is my simple and pink take on a sugar skull. I am not a fan or spiders so chose not to draw a web on my face- no need to encourage them. I also love the colour combination of pink and purple so opted for this to compliment my skin as opposed to white and black. If you would like tutorials on the looks I blog about let me know!

Sugar Skull- pink edition Skull and Sugar Sugar Skull

Whatever you decide to dress as for Halloween, have fun. More importantly have a safe and enjoyable one!

Next up on the blog!

Face of the Night…

Nail Spotlight…

Diwali Look…

I will also be uploading a new video to my YouTube Channel! Feel free to check out my last couple of videos!

Besos! xoxo


Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Swatches!

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When the clocks go back then I know it is time to get out my scarves and hats! I love the Fall and Winter season, turtlenecks and hot chocolate. Could have something to do with me being a Winter baby or that I tend to have more bad hair days with this weather! I digress…

My lipstick obsession has been renewed lately by some of Rimmel’s latest lippies! These super gorgeous lipsticks are exactly as the name suggests, moisturising! They literally glide on the lips and the colour payoff is divine. They are richly pigmented and bold and soft on the lips. A light sweet smell with a slight stain the longer you leave the darker colours on. I haven’t paired the lipsticks with a lipliner or gloss as they honestly do not need it. Picked them up at Superdrug here in the UK for about £6.45! There are more shades but these are 5 of my favourites.

We already know I am not that fashion conscious but I thought I would pair the lips with some of my New York hat collection! Brooklyn Salute!

1. Vintage Pink  | NYC Blue Hat from Matalan 

Vintage Pink  Vintage Pink in NYC

2. In Love With Ginger | Brooklyn Dodgers SnapBack from Lids (New York)

In love with Ginger In love with Ginger in Brooklyn

3. As You Want Victoria | Blue and White NYC from Primark 

As You Want Victoria As you want Victoria in NYC 89

4. Latino| Yankees Snap Back 

Latino Latino in NY

5. Dark Night Waterl-oops! | Brooklyn Beanie from Primark

Dark Night Waterl-oops! Dark Night in Brooklyn

Which is your favourite?


TBH! xoxo


Straight…no chaser! Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask!

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I let this review run on a little longer than the original 6 week deadline as I wanted to give it a real chance with my skin. For my intro to this product, click here.

Not sure if it is down to the fact that I have been wearing more make-up lately or just my new skin care regime but I have been noticing couple more blackheads. Skincare is super important to me and it trumps make-up every time. No matter how much make you put on it is important that your skin is not neglected. Whether you suffer with acne, blemishes, the odd breakout or more, you need to look out for your skin. I know you don’t feel as confident when your skin does not look it’s best. Ensuring that you have a regular routine for your skin type makes a huge difference. As well as treating any issues or concerns you may have. It is not enough to simply ignore the issue and use make-up as a solution! A house will not stand without a secure foundation! I know you get me! Here are some of my previous skin care posts.

Most of the blackheads I find like to hold court around my nose. I have learnt not to squeeze or pick at them as they like to retaliate and come back with their whole family! Disrespect! I have tried a couple of products and even some of the home remedies like ‘toothpaste’. I am pretty sure we have all tried toothpaste. In any case, this mask came highly recommended and I wanted to see if the hype was real!

What I love about Origins!

100% natural oils and organic ingredients are nurtured into every single product. Origins are committed to ‘protecting the planet and it’s resources’ and that for me speaks volumes in a single sentence. Many companies say they are natural or promise to kind to the skin but when you break down all the additives and parabens you clearly realise how unkind they are. Origins is not that company. With everything from their REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE program to their PLANT A TREE campaign it is not hard to see why they are a brand you can trust. The dilemma comes when trying to figure out what to try next! For more about Origins, check out their website.

As always with any of my reviews, opinions are that of my own and products have been purchased with my own money unless otherwise stated. That being said all reviews will be my honest opinions.

Beauty Holder Roundup!

Price: 4.5/5

I paid £22.00 for my charcoal mask. For the size (3.4 fl oz. / 100ml).  The only reason they lost a half point is for the simple fact that there is a smaller size at £10.00 which would have been great for me to trial the product. As far as skin care goes I think the price is reasonable for a high end skin care product.

Packaging: 5/5

This had to get top marks for a couple of reasons. One of the main ones I mentioned above. The recycling program that allows you to bring back any brands cosmetic jar, bottle, tube and the like (even ones that were previously unrecycleable) to Origins where they will recycle them for energy recovery. How awesome is that! It is things like this that have really made my heart happy. The mask is contained in a soft clear plastic tube that allows you to see the product. It has a simple white flip top cap. There will be very little wastage but with any kind of tube like this if you really want to get the last drop I am sure the old cut and scoop method will work well. It is within travel limitations so can stay in your pocketbook on the plane- hey… just putting it out there.

Product: 4/5

I am sure the saleswoman felt like it was the spanish inquisition when I started asking about this product. I may love beauty products but I don’t love wasting money. It was important that this product worked with my dry skin and not against it. That it was simple to use and so on. She was clear and honest. I remembered she explained that it has been known to cause a slight breakout as it clears the pores and gets out any dirt. Instructions are clear. Open pores, layer product and rinse off. One of the main ingredients as the bottle will list is Lecithin which dissolves impurities. If it dissolves them there should not be any breakouts, right?

Used it within days of purchasing and even did a mini video. It feels real cool when it goes on the face and dries within minutes. It dries tight. Very tight. Moving my face was a mission. I felt like if I sneezed my face would crack. It was that serious. When you get an instant reaction to a product like that for me, it means one of two things. It is working or there may be trouble ahead. Luckily iy was not the latter. I left it on for about 10 mins then rinsed off with warm water.

Did my blackheads vanish immediately? No! Did the go at all? I would say a couple but some of the ones I found more noticeable were still there. Within a couple of days I noticed a little spot come up. So the saleswoman was right. I was not impressed nonetheless. I mean I want products to protect me from blemishes not encourage them to come out and say hello. That is where I needed to change my thinking.

No matter how much I cleanse, tone and moisturise, it is that deep clean that really does get to the dirt you don’t see. This mask provides that. The blemish came and left and over the next couple of weeks, the blackheads moved out too. I have used it once a week and I do actually see a difference. It feels like my skin is brighter in places and those pesky blackheads are very few and far between.

On the down side, I have noticed that my skin is a little drier since using the mask. Although I was advised it is appropriate for all skin types I am reluctant to use it more than once a week and in fact may go as far as using it once a fortnight. That to be fair is my only gripe. People with dry skin don’t want anything to add to the dryness. The odd blemish/ spot I can deal with as it means my skin is getting clean deep down under. That really is not a bad thing.

It does not have an unpleasant odour and is a little tacky to the touch. When it dries you want to peel it off as it looks like that kind of mask but it isn’t and you will have a tough time treating it like one. It washes off easy with your hands or a wash cloth.

A little goes a long way and a thin layer does the trick. Just make sure those pores are wide open so that it can work its magic.

I am working on more for my skin such as my 30 day water challenge and more organic products. This mask with its White China Clay which ‘absorbs toxins’ is now going to be a part of my regime. It is a worthwhile investment if you have not thought about a deeper cleanse. When you next use a make-up wipe of face cloth for a surface cleanse, remember there is more under the surface that we don’t see!

Applying the mask Grey face dried


Origins Active Improvement Charcoal MaskThat cheeky blemish Plain Face

Ask me not why I was making that face! Oh dear!

Here is a pic of my skin with just my signature brows and lipstick on. No foundation, bb cream, tinted moisturiser- nothing! This is why I say it has brightened my skin. Iphone 4s pic in natural light. I was totally having a good brow day!

Brows and lips   lips and brows only

Hope you enjoyed this review. This was my first time trying Origins and now it looks like they have a new customer. Beauty with conscious appeals to me on all levels.

Coming soon, Rimmel Lipstick Review and Face of the Night look!


TBH! xoxo




Lips for any Season or Reason…

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If you follow make-up trends then it is likely that you will be rocking deep dark plum/ purple lips this Fall. I am not one to follow trends and so here are 3 of my favourite lip colours for you to wear in the Fall or any other season you so choose! We are starting out simple as I will be doing a video on my Top 10 lip products before the end of the year. I have left out my all time favourite ‘Girl About Town’ by Mac as I wear it in practically every picture!

I have not used any liners and applied straight from the tube as they are my personal ones. Where I have used gloss it is indicated below.

1. Plumful -MAC

A gorgeous rose pink/ lilac colour! It goes on pretty sheer but is buildable and I have pigmented lips to begin with. You can line your lips with a deep plum colour for a beautiful contrast.

Plumful Swatch Plumful on lips

2. Sugar Plum Fairy- WetnWild

Rich deep plum! Great colour payoff as soon as you put it on.

Sugar Plum Fairy Swatch SPF on me

3. Riri Woo- MAC

Matte retro red. When I wear it is seems to have more of an orangey red undertone. Gloss is Plush Red by NYX (third pic only).

Riri Woo Swatch Riri Woo Matt Riri Woo with Gloss

I have chosen these colours not only because they are great on all skintones but also because they can be paired with simple or dramatic looks easily! I get quite a few comments that red lips are hard to wear on darker skin tones especially. Reds with a bluish undertone are great for black women. You can also play around with lip liners to add another layer to your look! More tips coming up in my Top 10 lip products video out soon!

Coming up next on the blog! Origins Charcoal Mask Review!



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I’m getting Married in the Morning…

Well, not exactly. I am hoping for a ‘Twilight’ wedding to be honest but that is another subject! My weekends have been busy recently,  attending events around the world of beauty and make-up. Whilst I am not the social butterfly I used to be, it is my duty to bring you some of my exciting and interesting finds at these places. Yep! You guessed it! This is another haul post!

A couple of my friends and I went to The National Wedding Show in Earl’s Court about 2 weekends ago. There were gorgeous dresses and cake tasters and so much more but you know I went straight for the beauty / cosmetic exhibitors. There were only a few and here is what I picked up. Click on the company names to go directly to their website for more info.

Helen E Cosmetics (4 items for £10)

These pencils are super creamy and so very pigmented. The challenge was what colours to choose.

Eyeliner Pencil (sponge tip on one end)! Top to Bottom Aqua/ Midnight/ Moss/ Black

Helen E cosmetics

Swatches backwards as above left to right!


I was at the same show with my Sister, Mom and Niece at least 3 years ago and we picked up some K Co makeup. I loved that it was a simple product (you can see a pattern here) that gave the face an even glow. Needless to say although used sparingly, I hit pan and was glad to get some more.

The offer this time was a Natural Glow compact, mascara, duo fiber brush, and lipstick for £25. Products are not tested on animals and are paraben free.

IMG_5272 burnt red swatch


There was one more item I picked up. That deserves it own review and no… it is not a wedding dress! See you in my next post!


TBH! xoxo


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Mini Avon Haul…

Hey everyone!

Quick haul post on some Avon goodies I picked up recently. Yes! I said Avon! I don’t know what it is that makes people shun away from Avon as serious beauty and make-up experts as the company has been around for longer than I can remember. When I mention it to people they seem to put it in the same breathe as ‘Tupperware’. If you don’t know what that is you may be too young to be reading this blog.

All I can say is that Avon is in my opinion a force to be reckoned with in this ever competitive world of beauty. Quality products that you can afford make them one of the most trusted brands around having outlasted many others. There is something a little quaint about having a Avon representative come with a catalogue of the latest products and specials. No! It is no longer just for your Mother or Aunt, it is for everyone. For more on Avon, click here.

I am a huge fan of their lip products and mascaras but have yet to try foundations and so I got a couple to test out. Below are details of the items I purchased along with some swatches!


Ideal Flawless- Invisible coverage foundation in Nutmeg (l) and Sable (r)

Foundation with pump swatches


Super Extend Liquid Eye Liner in Teal and Brown



Avon Colour Trend Mascara in Cobalt

Mascara Swatch

Prepare to Party Bag:

SuperShock Mascara in Black / Glimmerstick eyeliner in Blackest Black/ Ultra Colour Lipstick in Red 2000/ True Colour eyeshadow duo in Healthy Glow/ Cosmetic Bag

Prepare to Party Bag Red 2000 Eyeshadow

The prepare to party bag was £10 and is a really cute gift idea. Foundations were £7 each. The eyeliners I think were about £4 on special offer.

Excited to do a look with them soon!

Do you shop Avon? Tell me about it. If not, tell me too. I wanna hear what you think about it all.


TBH! xoxo