Monthly Archives: November 2011

A blog about makeup and stuff


Hello chums. How are you? I am pootling along, in a pre-Christmas, post-baby autopilot kind of haze.

Have I told you all about my fab new makeup discovery?

(probably, I have banged on about it rather a lot in real life, sorry about that)


It’s called Bare Minerals. It’s wonderful. It’s cheap (ish), it’s easy and it WORKS.

A poster called JodieHarsh on MN first brought my attention to it (me and about a million other Mumsnetters, it now has rather a cult following).

She claimed it was the devil’s own work and she now had the dewy freshed skin of a teenager (not in a serial killer way though).

Lured in by the promise of clearer skin and a million compliments a day, I ordered a starter kit (Forty of your English pounds from

I haven’t looked back since. You can keep your creams and lotions and potions, I am a proper Bare Minerals convert. I’m quite evangelical about it. It is seriously the cat’s pyjamas. Let me tell you all about it.

The starter kit comes with two shades of foundation, in mine was Light and Fairly Light. Confusingly, Fairly Light is lighter than Light, and is the one for me. You also get three brushes, a Bisque (concealer), Warmth (sort a glowy, tanny, blusher-y one) and a Mineral Veil (which is the finishing powder).

You MUST moisturise first, I’ve found, or it shows up all your flakey bits.

There’s a bit of a knack to it, as it’s a mineral powder. So you put the primer on first (a teeny tiny bit all over) and then (this is important) you SWIRL, TAP and BUFF the powder on. So you tip a tiny wee small bit of powder into the lid, swirl your magic special brush (the biggest one) in it, tap off the excess and buff it all over your face.

It’s important to use much less than you think you should, and layer it up that way (otherwise you end up with cakey old-lady skin).

After maybe three layers of this, my freckly, patchy, spotty fizzog has become a smooth and natural looking blank canvas. It’s brilliant.

So then you can use a bit of Bisque (with the flat concealer brush) on the old eye bags, patches and spots. I also use it as an eyeshadow base.

Then I use a miniscule amount of Warmth with the medium brush as a blusher.

For me, that’s pretty much it. I finish off with a swirl of the Mineral Veil and add mascara and lip gloss and I’m done. But they also do magical eyeshadows and, well, everything really.

I cannot stress enough how fabbo my skin looks in this stuff. It feels like you’re not wearing any makeup, it doesn’t make my skin break out (like liquid foundations do) and  once you’ve got the knack it is a piece of cake to apply, I can do it in five minutes.

I’m now wearing makeup most days, which I never bothered with before, and because you use such small amounts I expect the kit I’ve bought to last for ages, seriously months and months.

I realise I’ve now set myself up for all of you who know me in Real Life to go, hmm, she doesn’t look any better than usual at all, mad deluded cowbag. But even if it’s in my head, I don’t care. it FEELS awesome and my reflection looks bright and dewy instead of weathered and tired.

Go and buy it now. All of you. You really must.



Decorating and other stuff


Hello all my lovelies.

Well, we’ve had a busy old time here lately. In amongst the child wrangling I have been revamping the house a bit, sort of nesting I suppose.

Here are the before shots. It’s messy, cluttered, homely I suppose, but a bit blah.

I have been mithering for a new sofa for ages, pretty much since we moved in. My Ikea Klippan has served us well for the last five and a half years but it is too small, and it has a loose cover that needs to be adjusted Every Single Time someone sits on it. Drives me bananas. So I have asked Father Christmas for a new sofa, and  my lovely husband Father Christmas has said I can order  one. So I have.

It’s this one: It’s HUUUUUGE and squishy and comfy and is arriving just in time for my birthday a few days before Christmas.

So now I’m all fired up with the home improvements bug, I have decided to finally do something about my horrible cupboards. Built by the previous owners, they are a triumph of will over lack of skill. They are made of cardboard (or possibly plywood), with perspex frosted panels and some well dodgy lattice bits. The doors don’t shut properly and they are a sort of dirty pine colour. But they are jolly useful for storage. Oh and the floor doesn’t go under them, so ripping them out would mean replacing the flooring (£££ that we just don’t have at the moment).

I have been toying with the idea of painting them white for a while now. As my sister said, ‘at least they can’t look any worse…’. So that’s what I’ve done:

So far so good, Except now the chimney breast looks really bare and pale. But not for long…








And now I’ve got the purple vibe going, I decide to extend it into the dining room:

And there you have it guys and gals. My 60 Minute Makeover stylee Living Room Rejuvenation project. Love it.

<sits back and waits for new sofa and curtains to arrive>

I’m doing the kitchen next.