Category Archives: Product Love
A few weeks ago I went to “stock up” my regular make-up bag. As in – the bits and pieces I use pretty much every day…..I tend to run out of things at a similar time.
I needed a new mascara (mine had got to the “dry and flaky” stage) a liquid liner, under-eye concealer and lipstick…..the total cost came to just under a hundred quid.
Yep, a HUNDRED POUNDS.
Admittedly all of the above are from what I would determine as “luxe” brands – most which I have been using for some time. However, is it me or all of a sudden do cosmetics in general seem to have hiked their prices just that little bit too um…high?
As a self-confessed make-up junkie and marketeers dream (It has special glow infusing caviar derived peptides?! I must purchase a giant jar NOW!) I don’t regard myself as particularly budget conscious when it comes to what I slather on my face (after all it is your…well, face.) But even I’m wondering what these products must actually do in order to justify a price tag equivalent to a mini break.
A good friend of mine recently purchased a fancy foundation, it looked beautiful on her skin (to be fair she is blessed with an epidermis that is both poreless and practically flawless in the first instance) and it was……£95.
Actual – in real life.
I’m surprised that I am so surprised by this. Why shouldn’t you spend as much on making your complexion 100% HD ready as you would on say, a half decent pair of peep toes?… View the full post.
Charlotte: It’s Spring people, and you know what that means right? a little bit of sunshine and those hemlines will be rising…. Which (unless you are one of those lucky types with a naturally dark complexion) means a pasty not-seen-daylight-in-months pair of pins. Now, I’m not about to give you a big old lecture on the risks associated with basking yourself in a bunch of UVA/UVB rays (because you already know how dangerous it is right?) but I thought we might have a wee discussion about the best alternative. Yes that’s right folks, a good old bottle of the fake stuff. Tan in a can as it were. And when I say discussion I mean we’ll talk about our experiences and what products we rate – then you gorgeous lot can share, ok?
After many many years spent as a dancer I am only too au fait with looking like I had a giant satsuma for a bonce (no really, massive moon head on small dancers body and you do kind of resemble a toothpick with an oversized tangerine on the end – Avon bronzing pearls in “tropical” circa 1997…avoid at all costs).
I do not in any way condone this look. It is not pretty and it is not clever (especially when combined with blue glittery eyeshadow and a bright neon catsuit but that is a different story entirely…) and in fact as a rule, nowadays I do not put any bronzing lotion potion anywhere near my face at all.… View the full post.
Charlotte: Perfume. I am rarely without a spritz. In fact if I forget to shower myself in a delicate waft of scent before leaving the house I almost feel a bit naked. My first “proper” fragrance (after a brief flirtation with the sickly synthetic Exclamation! by Coty) was Escape by Calvin Klein. At the tender age of fifteen I had the grand idea that by poncing around smelling like a a fruity sea breeze I would somehow ascertain a similar air of mystery as per Kate Moss in the beautifully shot Mario Sorrenti commercial (yes I realise that advert was technically for Mr Klein’s “Obsession” but you get my drift.)
I continued to wear Escape right up until I turned twenty. It became my scent. And I liked having a scent that was mine. Since then I have been pretty faithful to my perfumes – I seem to enjoy them for a good number of years before I feel the need for change, it then often takes some considerable time before I take the leap and find the “one” (or at least the next long-term one as it were). As a rule I now tend to favour musky orientals, often with notes of edible vanilla and notice-me Patchouli. I’m not a huge fan of anything overtly sweet and I sometimes prefer mans aftershave to the air-freshner esque flounce of feminine florals.
Having decided to just be a bit more adventurous in life generally I am currently experimenting with having three or four bottles on the go at once.… View the full post.
Charlotte: So you’ve thought about your bouquet and your barnet and your shoes….but what about your nails? a neat and un-fussy coat of pale pink? or maybe something a little more daring such as a deep sexy purple… or how about some kind of two-tone monochrome with glitter and rhinestones?? (Ahem – got a wee bit carried away there.)
I was always going to have a sophisticated french tip for W-day then last minute (and after seeing my sisters statement hot magenta) I decided to go for a bold bright coral. The shade in question was number 75 by Biosculpture, a gel like coating that lasts for ages without chipping or fading (mine usually last a good three weeks before I require infills) and I would highly recommend the treatment. Biosculpture manicures and pedicures are available at beauty salons around the UK and will see you right through Honeymoon – expect to pay between £30 and £35 for a full set.
If I was in the position of choosing now, and especially if I was having a winter affair, I would be opting for a pretty mid-tone grey (as I type I am currently sporting Biosculpture gel in number 115 – “Eclipse” and I LOVE it)… or maybe even a dark charcoal such as Jessica’s Fishnets and Fringe.
And for spring? a delicious duck egg blue such as Nail Inc’s nail polish in Haymarket.
Jenny: I was a bit lazy and didn’t give my nails much thought, I am lucky that one of my closest friends is a beauty therapist, and she decided to come round the night before our nuptials and pamper me to within an inch of my life.… View the full post.
Yup that’s us. With Vix and I discussing our love of lipstick at the school bus stop since the age of about eleven and Jenny being a talented make-up artist and all I am proud to announce that the girls of Rock My Wedding are officially bonefide beauty-product-geeks.
The other day we were discussing our all-time favourites and newest raves, both from a luxe and a “less” perspective, ie admittedly there are many fancy items we adore but equally there are quite a few bargain basement finds in the mix too. Vix will be sharing her must-haves in a future post but right now Jenny and I thought it would be fun to share*
Charlotte’s Luxe List
From left: Stila is back and it’s in Boots!! When I heard the news I nearly did a high five (as I said – geek)… I haven’t found a better powder/foundation for my skin than their illuminating compact in 30 watts. It does immense flawless-making things to your face.
Tom Ford is a beautiful man. And his lipsticks are just as lush. When you see the price you might want to die BUT…blush nude is the perfect go-to for that bardot-with-a-smokey-eye look. And they are so creamy they even smooth out your lips in some major plumping type manner. You can buy one in the recently repackaged slinky black case from Selfridges.