My Travel Makeup Bag: Short Summer Break

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I did a post like this a couple of years ago and have meant to do it since but they sort of fell below other posts and, since I’ve just come back from a couple of nights in Wales, I thought this was the perfect timing for an updated summer version. I really like reading these by other people, seeing what they choose to take and it gives me ideas in case I’ve forgotten something so I hope you guys like this post. It’s also interesting, to me anyway, when I was writing this to see how it compared to the same sort of things I was taking when I wrote the last one.

I have been known to take more than I need makeup wise, three palettes for two nights may be slightly over the top, so I tried to pack light and think I succeeded. As it’s summer time, or supposed to be, my makeup routine is quite different to a few months ago. The main difference is the foundation stage and this group of products has actually become my go to easy look for the past couple of weeks anyway so I guess it’s part my travel bag and part just my everyday look. I think I’ve actually reviewed most of these products so if I have I’ll try to link them.

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Summer Haul: Asda and Tesco


With the recent heat wave here in the UK I wanted to get a new bikini for in the paddling pool in the garden. My old one is still doing ok but it’s ten years old so it felt like time for a new one! I may have ended up getting more than originally planned when I actually wandered around Tesco and Asda, we went to both because the fridge broke down in Tesco and some of the groceries we actually went shopping for weren’t available.

I ended up with shampoo, conditioner, a mini perfume spray and a bag alongside the bikini and dress I set out to get. None of it was overly expensive, it came to around £70 altogether. It sometimes find that’s one of the problems with shopping for these things in supermarkets; things are such great value that my trolley ends up much fuller than planned!
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Review: Models Own Diamond Luxe Nail Varnishes

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This isn’t the post I had planned for today but as I went into Tesco and found these nail varnishes at such a great price I thought the sooner it’s out the better! At the moment the Tesco near me has quite a few beauty lines reduced, I’m guessing to clear. They’re in baskets so there’s a bit of digging around to find the right colour if you want lipstick of blush but it had brands I didn’t even know they sold, like Models Own and Sleek and covered nail varnishes, blush, eyeshadows, bronzers and mascaras. I don’t know if these are end of the line products but if you have a Tesco with a decent sized beauty section it might be worth going in over the next few days if you want some bargains. They were mainly Revlon, Models Own and Collection but there were others mixed in there. You do have to check anything that’s not got one of those tear seals as quite a few of the lip products were obviously tested but it was pretty much half price from the things I looked at.

Anyway, onto the actual products I’m talking about in the post. I think that the Diamond Luxe range may be an older one from Models Own, it’s not one I particularly noticed when it was launched but in person the colours are so pretty I had to stop myself from getting a couple more. They all appear to be a cream finish but they have tiny shimmer particles in, most of them gold but the turquoise colour I bought has turquoise shimmer in, the gold isn’t obvious at all on the nails even if you can see it in the bottle. The colours that I chose are Trillion Taupe, Pear Purple and Emerald Green.

These are originally £4.99, like all Models Own nail varnishes, but I bought them for £2.50 and they were all sealed and in good condition. They didn’t have the whole range and some of the colours they had aren’t available any more but the nude taupe colour is still on their website here at £4.99 if you like the colour and can’t get to a Tesco. I think the others I have and that were in store might be the more summer colours as there was a pale blue too, which I kind of wish I’d bought now.

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February Favourites: Makeup and Music

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Quite a few of my favourites this month are things I’ve used before but have started to use more again because of the change in my skin. I was taken off my medication and changed to a topical solution so it’s taking a while to settle down, if it does, and there’s a few products that give more coverage then I’ve used in the past. I am on the lookout for a good moisturiser with SPF my skin gets on with so of anyone has any suggestions, preferably SPF 20 or higher I’m going to be trying some in the near future.

I’ll put the few TV shows I’ve been loving as well, I seem to do this every month. I have seen the new X Files and I know its not far in but I do really like it, will be interesting to see where it goes. I watched quite a few if the old ones over the past ten years when they were on in the middle if the day and I didn’t have anything to do and I really liked then, I’m going to watch some of them again from the beginning I think. NCIS is always a favourite for me and I watch it with my parents, this season is still good though there have been some weaker episodes. It’s always a bit odd watching these so much later than in the USA, the Halloween episode was only a couple of weeks ago. We started watching this late as we recorded it on Sky+ which is why it’s in February rather than earlier. Also loved Vera and Midsomer Murders, a couple of good UK detective shows though Midsomer Murders must be running out of people to kill in those small villages!

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Advent day 13

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Today I got a ‘reflect and perfect’ compact mirror from Tesco. I can’t find this on their website but I would guess it’d cost maybe £3 if they have it in store. It’s smaller than the other two compacts I have and is a good size for a pocket or the small compartments you often get in handbags.

It has two mirrors, according to the information on the back one is a normal mirror and the other has magnifications x 3 though I can’t work out which is which. I’m not sure why this is, normally there is an obvious difference to me. Even holding it so the two are flat my face looks the same in both halves. One is circular and the other square and both are very clear.

The hinge is fairly stiff though this helps with keeping it up by itself if you did want to put it on a surface to use and can lean quite a long way back, somewhere around 135 degrees without it falling over so half way between 90 and 180 degrees. It’s made of a black plastic and looks like it should be resistant to knocks and easily wiped clean. The finish is nice, it appears to be matte and smooth but has a texture in the finish somehow that gives it a bit of sheen and not a plain smooth surface when it hits the light in different ways. The clip clasp holds it shut very well though this does mean you have to use both hands to open it rather than flipping it open like with some.

Overall I think this is a nice product, if it costs around £3 or less then it’d be worth it but if it’s more I’d say probably not. I might see if the magnification is a mistake on mine or if it’s the packaging though if it’s not sold in stores I’m not sure what they could do about it. Even with this problem it’s a nice mirror, I might take it with me when I travel as it’s good for places where there isn’t a mirror or the mirror isn’t in a convenient place for putting on your makeup.

Advent day 9

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Today’s product is one made exclusively for Tesco, the Pro Formula ‘purifying thermal face mask’ in a 15ml sachet. I’ve already tried and loved their BB cream so looking forward to using this later in the week. One of the main reasons I love their products is that they do not react with my skin which is often sensitive to face skin care products and also they’re animal friendly.

When I opened the packet the first thing I noticed was the colour, I’m not sure why but I was expecting it to be green or a darker colour at least but it’s a pale pink. Please excuse my red hand in the photos, it happens a lot in the winter though the iPad camera has emphasised it, the face mask is true to colour in the photos. It’s the consistency of a thick cream and seems to apply very easily and fairly evenly over my skin. It also smells really nice, it’s a light scent that reminds me of cucumber based face products I’ve used in the past and for some reason there’s a hint of something that reminds me of feet hair removal cream. I don’t know what it is but it’s a nice fresh, almost floral scent to me and one I definitely won’t mind having on my face for 5 minutes.

I haven’t actually used the product on my face but have tried it on the back of my hand. I’m not sure if I didn’t put it on thickly enough or if I’m just not sensitive to it but I couldn’t actually feel the heating action it says I should feel on the back of the sachet. It did start to dry after a while but still remained slightly tacky rather than going solid like some face masks do. I did see a visible difference in the patch after I used it though I couldn’t get a good photograph, the skin appeared more matte and smoother, filling out the pattern on my skin on the back of my hand. I’ll wait and see how well it works on my face when I try it but it did surprise me to see such a result on my hand so I’m hoping it’ll be similar on my face.

It suggests that you use this product twice a week though I think the sachet probably only contains enough for one use, I’m hoping to get two out of it but I won’t spread it on thinner just to achieve this if it means the product won’t work. So far the signs seem positive and it’s a nice product to get in the advent calendar. If it works on my face and I can find a larger size pack I might buy a replacement as their prices are always pretty good with other products I’ve seen. I’m hoping the reason they’re just doing sachets at the moment is it’s a new product or they’re selling bigger packs in store, I don’t think I’d buy a lot of sachets to use it on a regular basis.

This only appears to be available in the 15ml sachet size on the Tesco website, I’ll have to have a look for it in other sizes in store next time I go into one that stocks this range. They cost £1 each and can be found here.