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I am going on holiday to Marrakech soon. It will be 7 days in the (here’s hoping for) scorching north African sun, and I am looking forward to getting my first sun tan in almost 18 months.
One thing I am determined to do is to minimise on my packing with make-up and beauty products for two main reasons: I will be flying by no-frills airline Easyjet who are notoriously difficult with luggage dimensons and weights (total size includes wheels and handles for crying out loud!). Also I want to leave enough room for any potential purchases I will find difficult to resist from the souqs.
I took a heaving bag of make-up on my last getaway and shamefully I didn’t even use two-thirds of the contents. What is it about going away that sends us into a panic that we might need several palettes and lipsticks? It’s a holiday, not a fashion shoot!
So here are the essentials I’ve whittled down to:
- Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara – my current favourite mascara (not photographed)
- Illamasqua’s Precision Liner in Abyss
- Illamasqua’s Skin Base (12)
- MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (NW35)
- L’Occitane’s Sublime Beauty Cream – BB Cream in Medium*
- GOSH BB Cream in Warm Beige
- Bourjois cream blusher in Sweet Cherry (04)*
- Nars cream blusher in Maui
- Avon Supershock Gel Liner in black
- Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Roomiest Rose and Mightiest Marschino*
- Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush (005)
- Smashbox Megatint in Punch*
- Bourjois 3D Effet lip glosses in Brun Exotic and Brun Rosé*
- Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Icon and Empress
- Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm* – doubles up as a primer
- Liz Earle Sheer Gold Shimmer
I have purposely avoided products which need brushes as well as powders, and subsequently I am leaving out the eyeshadows because frankly I can’t be bothered with all that faffing around.
Bourjois’s new collection of cream blushers are not until 15th May but you can read a review and see swatches by Leanne of Do Not Refreeze. Light and slim in packaging, these are perfect for travelling so I’m popping one in the bag.
I am also looking forward to putting L’Occitane’s new BB Cream through its paces and I will be posting a review on it.
All of these fit nicely in my relatively small Bourjois make-up bag*. Honestly my make-up bag before was hand bag size!
Is there anything else I should take? I know I’ve overdone it with the lipwear but the trouble is, I don’t know which ones I will wear (depending on how I feel at the time) so I’m taking a few. Madness. I would love to know if you try to downsize your make-up when you go away or if you take more than what I am packing.
On a separate note, if you’ve been to Marrakech, please let me know your recommendations about what hidden gems I should visit or try. One thing that is an absolute must is a hammam and massage and picking up some argan oil. Can’t wait!
A year (or nearly two in my case) feels like a long time but looking back, it’s gone quickly. Those who have been reading Just Nice Things for at least a couple of years will know the obstacle I had to face in 2011, leading me to stop blogging for a while. (Here’s a little reminder of that.)
I have openly talked about the drastic loss of hair I suffered as a side effect of taking harsh medication, and the sadness and distress it caused to see pretty much half my hair fall out. However, I knew it was just a temporary glitch and I was far more concerned with fighting my illness and recovering from that.
I stopped my treatment towards the end of March last year but I still had to be monitored with regular check-ups and tests, and that it takes up to a year for the drugs to leave the body. It’s also when the healing process began.
This February I was given the all clear and discharged. On Valentine’s Day funnily enough. And I couldn’t be happier. I’m back to my usual self and it’s as if the last 18 months never happened.
But back to the point of this post. This time last year, the above picture is how my hair looked – very thin and whispy. I barely recognise myself when a year prior to this, I looked completely different – I had a huge crop of hair!
Georgia had to cut my hair much shorter to regain its strength and to allow it to grow back healthy so it was like taking a step back to go forward. I wasn’t happy when I had been wanting to grow my hair longer but I agreed with Georgia that this was the way forward.
Yesterday I popped along to The Chapel and four hours later, I left looking like this:
Now I’ve had a little booster with some human hair extensions by Racoon but only in the sides as that’s where my hair is the weakest. I first tried them in the new year and decided I wanted to keep them (expertly done by Billie).
There is actually a logical explanation behind this and it’s not for vanity alone. Billie advised that by having some extensions added for fullness, they would also take the stress and pressure off my real hair at the sides from when I use straighteners. Think about it – when you run straighteners through your hair, you are pulling at it. My hair at the sides always seems to be particularly weak as a result of such actions.
After two months of wearing extensions, when they were removed we noticed a difference – the hair looked stronger. I have continuously used straighteners but running them over the extensions has meant they have guarded my real hair from damage.
Some friends have told me they aren’t keen on extensions as they ruin real hair. Not if they are applied correctly. These were attached by glue about an inch from the roots, so the new hair has room to grow and become strong and the extensions are completely separate from inflicting any potential damage. I also didn’t experience any hair loss, no headaches and after a day, I forgot they were there.
Although the extensions have been matched perfectly with my real hair, the only giveaway is they are longer in length (so I’ve cheated a bit!) but could you tell if I hadn’t made the revelation?
My real hair has been growing back quickly too; the back alone is sprouting new, healthy hair which I am so chuffed about. I try to use castor oil whenever I can as that stops hair breaking and promotes growth but my use of it is now pretty sporadic. My health bouncing back is most likely the main source of it all.
The extensions are something I don’t intend to keep forever, but they are very addictive and has made managing my hair so much easier. The important thing here is they are doing something positive to my real hair so it feels like a treatment at the same time (albeit an expensive one!)
It is a welcome change to find a salon which is concerned about progressing forward with the needs you may have, and the girls at The Chapel have done exactly this for the last two years with me. They’ve already got ideas in their heads about what they’re going to do to my hair in the summer and for Christmas and do you know what? I can’t wait.
If you’re wondering what products I used here, they are: Illamasqua Skin Base in number 12, NARS blusher in Taj Mahal (face), Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in On And On Bronze, Urban Decay’s Smoked palette, Bourjois’s Eyeshadow pot in number 16, Maybelline’s Rocket Volum’ Express mascara (eyes), and MAC’s Chilli lipstick with Illamasqua’s lip gloss in Drag.
If lipsticks were edible, I’d devour this lot. Well we do consume a fair amount off our lips and Rouge Edition from Bourjois is nothing but deliciously enticing.
You may well have seen fellow bloggers’ posts on Bourjois’s new spectrum shades of lippies. Well it’s my turn to give my verdict on them.
There are 18 eye-catching colours to choose from with some wild shades for statement looks and each one is enriched with ingredients to keep lips hydrated and smooth.
The range is divided into three on trend families – Preppy, Color Block and Night Out, and I had my pick of a dozen.
Preppy is a mix of light, nude shades – a safe selection if you’re shy of drawing attention to your pout. Below are two shades from it (Rose Tweed and Brun Bohème), the latter which is a firm favourite. I love the partnership of dusky pink with brown, and it compliments my skin tone for daytime wear.
Color Block needs no introduction. Fuchsia Graffiti is a killer colour with just the right level of brightness in this depressingly dull weather we are having, and Rouge Buzz is a fiery hot red-orange. The other shades I tried were less flattering on me, and felt more like tinted lip balms. Furthermore, Orange Buzz is frosted, a finishing I am not overly keen on but may fair better on lighter skin tones.
Finally the colours I chose from Night Out are all winners. Rouge Jet Set is a true classic red with slight blue tones (I was asked if it was Chanel by someone at work – that’s how good this one looks), Pretty Prune is an elegant plum shade and Violine Strass is a slightly blackened deep plum. All three are rich in colour and look divine.
The clear winners in my books are the shades that are highly vibrant and pigmented, which equates to 8 out of the 12 lippies I tried. I’m all over the femme fatale shades: Rouge Jet Set, Rouge Buzz and Pretty Prune but I am also fond of Violine Strass, Fuchsia Graffiti, Brun Cosmopolitain and Brun Bohème.
All in all, Bourjois’s collection is rather slick, chic and exciting while delivering at affordable prices. I guess this is why I consider it to be one of my most loved brands.
The French fancy that is Bourjois has a cute new collection for winter 2013, the brilliantly titled Aristo Clash collection – so called because it knocks elegance together with a spot of eccentricity. It’s a mix of purple and grey and in Bourjois style, is nothing short of being chic. From it I thought I’d share the nail swatches with you.
Two new nail shades make welcome additions to the So Lacque Ultra Shine family (£5.99) – Fashion gris-gris, a pale ‘grurple’ creme, and Purple Fiction, a rich purple creme. Both are lusciously thick and easy to apply.
There is also a new Intense Little Round Pot in Gris Violacé (£6.99), a lilac shade with silvery glitter, and a new Contour Clubbing Waterproof pencil in Purple Night (£4.99), a fierce purple for a bold look.
Bourjois remains one of my favourite brands because they’re bang on trend with exciting colours and products, they always venture that one step further than other high street brands and they are fiercely loyal to remaining affordable.
What grabs your attention?
The Aristo Clash collection hits the shops in the UK in February and in March in Ireland. For more on Bourjois, visit www.bourjois.co.uk.