Bloggers #Christmasbeautybrawl16 Day 9

My penultimate post of this 10 day beauty brawl. Today’s topic is hand cream. As a nurse this has been a beauty staple throughout my career. Constant hand washing and use of alcohol hand rubs has seriously taken its toll at times – see my post about nails
Through use of all these harsh skin cleansing products I have also developed some severe skin sensitivities which took me nearly two years to correct with the use of topical steroids and dermatology input. Thankfully now that period in my life is over but my hands still dry out and become sore quickly. My favourite products have been from the Body Shop – Hemp hand cream and the now no longer available Hawthorn hand cream. Also Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour creams are fabulous.

For my review I’m trialling Endless Glove from Soap and Glory – I acquired this through a competition promotion run by Soap and Glory.  It is described as a 2-1 Moisture mask and hand cream. It can be used as a hand cream alone or massaged into your hands before bed and worn with or without cotton gloves for a deep treatment.

The product description is:
Soap And Glory ENDLESS GLOVE is a new 2-IN-1 MOISTURE MASK and LUXURY HAND CREAM that is so marvelous, it’s miraculous. Formulated with EIGHT-OIL AQUA WRAP, VITAFADE-BC, MACADAMIA & GRAPESEED OILS, POMEGRANATE & SHEA BUTTERS, it creates a deeply protective moisture barrier on the skin and works for 12 hours after you apply it. It’s a dry skin moisturiser for even the flakiest feelers leaving them smooth, luscious & velvety soft.

I have used it solely as a cream applying during the day when required or after having washed up!  My scores are:

Packaging: 80/100 It’s in the instantly recognisable pink packaging of Soap and Glory. It’s a nice size – I have the 50ml size which fits nicely in a handbag.

Price:  I’m unable to score it on price as mine was free and whilst researching this product it appears to be unavailable at the moment.

Product: 90/100  I liked this product – it applies well and soaks in quickly without being too greasy. My hands felt soft and smooth for a long time after application. It has a very pleasant, not overpowering, fragrance.

Thank you for dropping in to read this review. Please feel free to comment or contact me by email earlyretirementrocks@gmail.com I love to know you’re out there. And remember to hop over to Victoria’s blog before you go.

 

 

 

Bloggers – #christmasbeautybrawl16 Day 10

This is the final post in this collaboration – a big Thank You to Beth Mahoney  La Blog Beaute for providing me with the chance to take part.
To end this 10 day collaboration I’m finishing with a concealer.

I have chosen a budget brand Make Up Revolution Focus and Fix Liquid Concealer in 02 Fair I am rapidly becoming a fan of all of the Make Up Revolution products. I have usually used mid to high end priced concealers. Having worked lots of night shifts I can be prone to dark shadows due to lack of sleep rather than bags. Therefore I love a concealer.

This was a snip at £2 and did the job sufficiently. It hasn’t got the quality of the Mac concealer I was using prior to this but for the price it did a decent job.
Packaging:  75/100 Basic packaging, clear tube with gold detailing and black lid. But for the price its what yo.u’d expect.

Price:  95/100 At £2 it’s a steal!

Product: 90/100  At the price it was an adequate product that did a good job of hiding my dark shadows.It lacked the quality of high end products but at the end of the day I would use this again if my budget demanded. Hey! I might even use it anyway as I look to be more frugal in retirement.

Well as Bugs Bunny used to say at the end of Warner Brothers cartoons ‘That’s all Folks!” The final product in this 10 day series of reviews.

Thank you so much for visiting and reading my posts. Please comment below on today’s product or on the series as a whole. Alternatively email me earlyretirementrocks@gmail.com

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Before you go look at what Victoria has got to say in her final post

 

Bloggers #Christmasbeautybrawl16 Day 8

Thanks for coming back again today to see my next review. can’t believe we’re on Day 8 already – time flies when you’re having fun.
The product today is foundation. One of my must have beauty products. As I’ve matured obviously my skin texture and appearance has altered. No more breakouts but lots more ‘laughter lines’, sun damage and fine red veins. What I loo for now is medium coverage – if it’s too heavy it’s not a good look at my age. I also want a dewy finish to make my skin look fresh and radiant – but not too dewy so that it makes me look like I’m having a hot flush!

I’ve heard colleagues rave about Mac and thought I’d try some of their products. I chose Mac Mineralize Moisture SPF15 foundation in shade NW20.

I liked the product, it provided nice natural coverage with a soft dewy finish. I felt it was flattering for my skin and colouring and lasted nicely throughout the day. I will use this again. Foundation is a product that I don’t mind paying out for a high end brand.
Packaging: 65/100 There is nothing special about this packaging at all.The shiny black outer packaging is the best part of it but the bottle itself is just average. The pump dispenser works well and delivers the correct amount.

Price:  80/100 At £29 it’s OK for a high end foundation.

Product: 90/100 it applies nicely and provides a medium coverage finish that looks dewy and fresh. I think it’s good for the more mature skin. It’s a lovely gift for ypur mum or auntie – treat them for Christmas!

Thanks for popping in and reading once again. Tomorrow I’ll be reviewing a hand cream.

Before you go – hop over to Victoria’s blog to see her choice of foundation and read her review.

Please don’t hesitate to comment below I love to hear from you. Or contact me by email earlyretirementrocks@gmail.com

 

 

Blogger – #Christmasbeautybrawl16 – day 7

This is going so fast -and I’m enjoying it.
Today’s remit is a lipstick.

I’m going to put it out there –I have thin lips that lipstick does not stick to!

I have read all the literature, use primer, add a base, lip liner, apply, blot and apply again.  I’ve been there, seen it, done it and got the T Shirt! If you’ve got thin lips like mine nothing, and I mean nothing makes your lipstick stay on.

I chose the product I have after asking a beauty blogger what product was good for mature thin lips.

I was recommended this Georgio Armani Lip Maestro
Rich intense colour, amplified by light. Giorgio Armani introduces Lip Maestro: the next generation of lip colour. The first lip stain with an ultra comfortable velvet texture and a radiant finish. Intense, seductive, illuminating colour. Lips appear instantly plumped and radiant. The sensual, non-sticky texture offers high colour density for hours wear. Intensify your colour experience, available in a spectrum of twelve shades.

I tried this in shade 200 – Art Deco and I picked mine up in America my favourite store Sephora. The shade was probably a tad too dark for me but the colour did stay on probably longer than most products. I would use it again.

Packaging: 70/100 For such a high end product the packaging is pretty bland. There is a subtle Georgio Armani logo

Price:  80/100 This is a high end product and sells at around £27  I  think it’s expensive but it did last on me which is a bloomin miracle!

Product:  85/100 I liked this. I have tried hundreds of lip products hoping for a miracle. This does have a good applicator and applies well. Miracle of miracles it does last longer than other products. I would use this again in a slightly paler shade. I used a clear gloss over the top on occasions

Thank you for reading, why not hop over to Victoria’s blog to see what she reviewed.

Please feel free to comment or contact me via email earlyretirementrocks@gmail.com

Bloggers #ChristmasBeautybrawl day 4

I hope you are enjoying this beauty collaboration led by Beth of La Blog Beaute  If you wish to know more about it please read my introduction for full details of what it is and who’s involved.
So here we are at day 4 already. Today we are reviewing mascara. I love mascara. When I was younger people always commented on my long lashes. However, like most things in my middle age – ‘ things ain’t what they were!’ As well as my hair becoming thinner so have my eyelashes. I have had lash extensions applied for holidays etc however they are never a success – they drop off quickly. In fact on one holiday I came back looking like Malcom McDowell in a Clockwork Orange. (If you dont know who that is then click here ) If I apply false lashes I can look like a pantomime dame.Therefore I like to find a mascara that can enhance what I have.

I am reviewing a high end mascara Diorshow mascara by Christian Dior. I got this on offer when I was purchasing other products from Dior and I’m a sucker for an offer!

I always used to be an advocate for Lancome Defencils but in recent years I’ve found drugstore mascara’s from Maybelline and L’Oreal to be the best so I was happy to try another high end product.
It claims to be a Buildable professional volume mascara, lash extension effect.

After trying it I don’t think I’ll buy it again. It didn’t look better than the drug store ones I’ve been using. In fact my current mascara Rimmel Miss Hippy or L’Oreal Superstar are far better. My scores theefore are:

Packaging: 70/100 Nothing special – plain black with some silver embellishment. The best bit is the Dior logo.

Product: 80/100 – Good coverage, doesnt clump with a nice brush but nothing spectacular. I didn’t feel it delivered what it claimed.
Price: 60/100  – at £25 in my opinion it’s not worth that money.

So thats my review for today. Short and sweet! Thanks for reading, before you go why not look at Victoria’s blog Victorialifeoncamera to see what mascara she’s reviewed today. Also don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Day 5 when we’re reviewing a blusher.

I’d love to receive any comments here or by email earlyretirementrocks@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloggers #ChristmasBeautybrawl16 Day 2

I hope you are enjoying this beauty collaboration led by Beth of La Blog Beaute  If you wish to know more about it please read my introduction for full details of what it is and who’s involved.

Day 2 and the review for today is an eye shadow palette. In the collaboration we all have the same type of product to review each day but we choose exactly which one to review and none of us are aware of the products that are chosen by each other. This all makes it fun and I was so interested to read the reviews from yesterday. Such a diverse collection of products – I picked up a few recommendations for myself.

The eye shadow I’m choosing to review is Maybelline’s The Blushed Nudes eye palette

After taking early retirement last year and had so much fabulous free time on my hands I had a mad spending spree and treated myself to some fabulous beauty products, some I’m ashamed to say I’ve not even used. I bought quite a few varied palettes and this is one that remained unopened. This collaboration was a good reason to try it now.
The Blushed Nudes® Eye Shadow Palette features 12 expertly curated shades for custom eye makeup looks. I took a peak at the online information about the product and noted that it had tips on how to use and apply it.

I rarely leave the house without make up, unless I’m just popping to the shop quickly. I therefore have a well established routine for using and applying and followed the same steps with this product as I do with all others.

I used 2 of the shade on my eyes for a week. Initially I thought they may be too bright and sparkly for daytime wear, but found them the complete opposite. I thought they looked dull and uninspiring. I use another Maybelline product at the moment, the 24 hour Tattoo cream gel pots and I much prefer those to this palette.

Here is my complete review and scoring:

Packaging: 90/100 Nice size – some palettes are long and slim and difficult to pack in make up bags. This one is compact and a nice shade of nude pink with a soft metallic sheen. I think it was the look of the packaging that encouraged me to buy it.

Price: 75/100 – At around £9.99 I think it’s a little expensive for a product I wasn’t too keen on. I have used other cheaper ones from high street stores such as Next and Primark which I prefer.
Product: 75/100 – It looks lovely – with shimmery powders but I find they didn’t look the same once applied. The shadows are very close to each other with little dividing them and I found that some of the powders run into the ones next to them. I really wanted to like this more.

Thanks for popping in and reading my review today – whilst your here why not pop over to Victoria’s page to see her eye shadow palette review.
See you tomorrow and please feel free to comment or email me earlyretirementrocks@gmail.com

 

 

 

Bloggers #ChristmasBeautybrawl16- Day 1

So yesterday I introduced this to you  – what it is all about and who is involved.
Today then is Day 1 and I am reviewing a moisturiser.

I have chosen a budget product for this – Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream SPF15 from Aldi. Yes I can hear the laughter and the exclamations of Aldi!!!!

I have used their Lacura Q10 Restorative moisturisers for  mature skins a few years now. They are fabulous products for the price and at my age I’ve tried them all – expensive creams and old low budget favourites like Nivea , but these are definitely my favourites. good products.They have also received beauty industry awards.

Therefore as they have now introduced a new ‘higher end’ product – The Caviar Illumination Day Cream – It claims to have revolutionary ingredients

Revolutionary Ingredients

Snow Algae

All of Aldi’s Lacura® Caviar Illumination creams contain the revolutionary ingredient snow algae, which promotes collagen production in the skin. By using these products daily your skin will become more supple and smooth, creating a perfect base for any foundation or tinted moisturiser. Your make-up will sit flawlessly on top of a silky smooth base with the Caviar Illumination creams.

Caviar

The Caviar Illumination collection contains 1 very special active ingredient, caviar. The benefits are countless. Its powerful anti-ageing ingredient helps moisturise your skin throughout the day, long after you have applied it in the morning. The Caviar Illumination Night Cream helps to promote skin restructuring, filling out and plumping any fine lines and leaving you with a youthful and radiant appearance by morning.

 

My normal Lacura Moisturiser is priced at £1.69 – this is a hefty £6.99! Although it was on offer for £4.99 when I purchased it. Still cheap for the claims it makes. I have been very disappointed in high end products in the past. This though is as fabulous as the rest of their products.

When applied it glides on like silk and has a delicate, pleasant fragrance. At first it felt greasy and I wasn’t sure it was for me. However, it was soon absorbed and my skin felt lovely and hydrated all day. It is perfect on its own for those no make up days and under make up.

My scores for this are:

Packaging: 100/100 – it comes boxed – a lovely silver box with purple lettering and the jar itself is the same. Looks very sleek and classy.

Price: 100/100 – obviously I’d love it at £1.69 but I still think it’s a wonderful cream for its price.

Product: 100/100 – I think you’ve got the message that I love this product! I think it delivers what it promises. It will be my go to moisturiser for the forseeable future. Well done Aldi

If you’re younger than me and not yet ready for this I suggest you treat your Mother’s or Aunties for Christmas – go on they deserve it!

Anyway thanks for reading and I’ll be back with another review tomorrow. For another review of another moisturiser please checkout what Victoria from Victorialifeoncamera has got to say today

 

 

September Beauty favourites – my recommendations for the over 50’s lady

This is my first post about beauty products. I know you’re saying – ‘Not another blogger talking about beauty products’ However most bloggers are still in the young and beautiful category. There aren’t too many who blog about age appropriate products for the more mature woman. Let’s face it (I think there’s a pun in there somewhere!), the vogue at the moment is sculpting, well you only have to look at Liz McDonald on Coronation Street to see that its not a good look for the over 50’s – Sorry Liz but that’s my honest opinion.

So I hope I can post about products that are helpful for the over 50’s of this world who still want to look their best without the use of surgical or aesthetic enhancements.

I will make my stand here about my thoughts on aesthetic procedures and enhancements before I proceed any further. I am not a fan and would not choose to go down that road, purely a personal choice. I have colleagues who work in the field and in fact I ma being encouraged to work in the field as I possess an Independent Nurse Prescribing  qualification.  Also many of my friends have undergone cosmetic procedures in one form or another. My opinion is that I don’t think many people are actually improved by procedures. I find it hard to think of a single celebrity who actually looks better or more youthful -they just look the same age but with cosmetic enhancements!

I am fortunate to be comfortable in my own skin and have the attitude that if you don’t like my wrinkles then tough! They are very much a part of me and who I am – I prefer to call them laughter lines. Plus I have been blessed (or not) with big boobs and I think they are a hindrance – they ruin the shape of many an outfit and dictate the type of clothes I can wear. I don’t think they are an asset at all.

Right, lest get to the subject in hand. Products I have bought in September that I like and recommend.

The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition Body Cream by Soap and Glory

Entering competitions is one of my hobbies and purchase of this product was necessary as entry to a competition. It was quite expensive but the prize was a diamond so I thought I’d give it a try. I never have a shower or bath without moisturising afterwards.

This is a lovely product -thick and luxurious with a pleasant fragrance. My skin felt silky after use. As the name implies there is a shimmer in the product – a subtle sheen that stays on the skin and lasts most of the day.

I would recommend this – as a mature lady my skin is now drier than before and needs a thicker product – this does the job and I will continue to use it. It isn’t the cheapest around though between £8 -£11. I won’t use it every day just when I’m going out and want to smell nice.

Lee Stafford Coco Loco CoConut MOusse

I have always had fine hair but it is even finer now with the joys of the menopause. I like to use a mousse that can add body as well as hold. I was attracted to this by its pink packaging, shallow I know!, plus I love anything with the scent of coconut.

The packaging claims to give “big bouncy hair that feels naturally cushioned, NOT crunchy and leaves hair smelling Deliciously Cocunuty. Day and Night”

I’ve used it quite a lot, I can’t claim that it adds volume or bounce, there are other products that I prefer, however I love the smell -it’s delicious and for that reason I continue to use it, unless I need an extra boost for special occasions. Again this isn’t the cheapest around £6 for 200 ml.

L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique BB Cream


I was recommended this product to try. As well as mature skin I also have some sun damage with areas of darkened pigmentation plus some red veins. Nothing major or horrific but I like to wear a base to even out my skin tone.

I have tried other BB creams and liked them but you do have to colour match. The beauty of this one is that it comes out of the tube was a white cream but once it goes on to the skin it blends and compliments your own skin tone. Don’t ask me how it does it. I apply with my finger tips and a little goes a long way. With just a fine application it quickly evens out my skin colour. On very natural days I don’t have to use a foundation.

It’s a big hit with me and is inexpensive around £7. I would highly recommend this if you need this type of product.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid for Lips


I  have always had thin lips – lipsticks never stay on no matter what I try – liner, primer, concealer, foundation, plumping agents. You name it I’ve tried it. I have drawers full of lipsticks and  glosses, in fact I’m quite obsessed. I think that by buying more I can find a miraculous cure or something to change my anatomy. As I’ve already discussed – fillers and aesthetic enhancements are not my thing so I have to make the best of what I’ve got.

With that said I bought this product. It used to be said that Matte lipsticks are not good for mature ladies- very drying for the lips and can enhance the appearance of very fine lines. I tried it anyway and have to say I’ve been very impressed by it.

The features I love are that it looks good on, lasts without frequent application, does not feel drying at all for a matte lipstick. I can apply this and it lasts for a couple of hours, it does fade a little but I can still see evidence of colour – which is a miracle for me. I chose shade 05 Nude Flush. Don’t be fooled by its name its actually quite pigmented. It costs around  £6.99, but often stores have offers.

I hope you like my suggestions. If any of you over 50’s out there have recommendations I’m all ears – please don’t hesitate to contact me, or if you ahve similar suggestions let me know. Comment on my post or email me at: earlyretirementrocks@gmail.com

 

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

Nice nails at last – The Pleasure of Retirement – Learning to love your nails again

As a nurse for so many years the one thing I have longed for is beautifully polished and manicured nails.

Whenever I had a social gathering with my non nursing friends I had real nail (and hand) envy. There was no chapped, cracked skin and short peeling nails for them.  The antiseptic hand washes and in recent years alcohol hand rubs have always played havoc with me. I have had allergies and sensitivities to many of these. Handcream was my best friend but some of these were much better than others. When the skin on my hands was at it’s worst I used to dread introductions where a handshake was required – didn’t want my greeter to think that I was a slovenly piece who neglected myself or worked in a quarry!

Now I work reduced hours I have long enough periods away from work to enable me to have a gel polish applied. Absolute bliss!

Well – it should be but my polish always chips somewhere between day 4 and 7. It doesn’t matter which salon or nail technician I visit. Very frustrating. I’d be grateful if anyone had an answer to why this happens.

If I don’t have time between shifts to have a gel polish applied I like to have a home manicure. If I’m being honest I’m a little addicted to nail polishes – but I constantly buy similar shades by different manufacturers. When I’m working I always use OPI Nail Envy – since a colleague told me about this it is a beauty product I could not be without. My nails are so much stronger after using it. In a recent purchase from QVC I have been introduced to their latest Bubble Gum Nail Envy – a delightful soft shade of pink, great for mature nails that not always as white and bright as they used to be.  I also love their shade Is this Star Taken? This is on my toes at the moment. Whilst talking about nail polishes I must mention my absolute favourite manufacturer – that is Leighton Denny – his polishes are absolute liquid heaven – so smooth and glossy to use. His glitter polishes are beautiful and easier to remove than those by OPI.

As for hand creams – when my hands were sensitive to hospital products my go to repair product was Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour cream – never failed to heal. Currently now that my hands have desensitised I can use a variety of products – in fact every handbag and every drawer in my house contains a pot or tube. I feel I’ve finally entered the realms of womanhood – one that non  nurses maybe take for granted.

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