Saturday, 25 February 2017

Garnier Miicellar Cleansing Gel Wash

Hey guys hope all is well, this week has been manic with half term and even though I've been in work and the kids have been off this week seems to have been really long and exhausting,,,anyway towards  the end of the week my favourite cleanser ran out with no warning as you can't tell how much is left as the bottle is green and you can't see inside, so I was thinking what I do now so a quick run to Boots and a scan of all the shelves and I still couldn't decide.  Then I noticed  the Garnier section had a third off all products so it's a win win.  I bought the new Cleansing Gel Wash and a huge bottle of Micellar bottle which literally was massive but it has to be as my daughter pinches it all the time.

The Cleansing Gel wash is new to Garnier and is an all in one cleanser which soothes the skin and removes makeup even on the lips and eyes.  Normally my daughter uses face wipes which I don't like so I bought two bottles of the gel wash for me and her.  I like the fact that the bottle has a pump on it as it's nice and hygienic and not only that as my daughter suffers from bad skin at the moment it's ideal for keeping more bacteria away from the skin. There is a sensitive skin version which I bought the two of and a normal version.  This product is unscented but yet fresh and leaves your skin feeling clean and not stripped or dry which I hate and has been known with products before.  My skin is oily and my daughters is sensitive and acne prone, so the results for both of us were good as neither were left feeling harsh,
Also it's worth noting myself and my daughter are both makeup junkies addicts full on we love makeup girls which means we both love our false eyelashes full face of makeup including glitter which can be an absolute nightmare to get off plus not only that when either of us give our faces a good full on cleanse we think that our skin is clean and wake up to the dreaded panda eye look in the morning gulp it's so not a good look. However after using this gel wash it didn't a really good job of getting rid of makeup including stubborn tough to remove makeup,  Tel gel turns to a lather and you normally only need about two pumps to give your face a good cleanse.

I am normally a high end skincare girl and my daughter a face wipe girl, I've encouraged her to ditch the wipes which she has and uses this, and I am now a convert to this as it comes in at a fab price and does an amazing job.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

I'm all about the glitter and sparkle and to be honest the sparklier and glittery the better, so when Stila launched there new range of eyeshadows they were heavily featured on many a bloggers instagrams and they were literally raved about I did think are they as good as the hype.  My other also fear was would the glitter literally give you the dreadful fallout and I would be forever scrubbing away through the day and the night under my eye trying to get rid of it and the other worry being a person over 40 was the glitter going to be a terrible no no full stop well let's see.

So there it us I bought Kitten Karma which is described as jewels for the eyes a perfect mixture of pearl and glitter to adorn the eyes with incredible luster and shimmer. Also described as lightweight
water infused formular which glides on effortlessly, dries down smoothly locking in sparkle with
minimal fallout.
So with that in mind I put this on this morning before going to watch football with my son just the right place to have a full on glitter eye ha ha and here we are.

So you can see I have kept most of my other makeup a lot more flat as I don't want to take anything away from the glitter and literally placed it on too of my eyeshadow which today was Mac Cranberry and Mac Antiqued.  I applied it all over my lower lid with the applicator in the bottle.

I also all applied a little bit by my tear ducts just to create a bit more drama I actually thought oh god what if I'm glittering so much il get him the face with the ball.

And this is me after football so looking a bit more shinier as I have oily skin and it's all still intact despite being at football being subject to freezing temperatures and having some funny glances at football I have no fallout whatsoever.  Normally you can also put glitter on and it can feel quite weird and scratchy to apply I didn't experience any of that.  It does feel wet to go on your eyelid but druse super quick plus I didn't get any transfer onto my upper lid from blinking or anything. Do I love it oh my god yes I really do, do I want the other colours yes I do.

Also is it age appropriate well I'm over 40 and I have it on, I actually really like it and yes I would wear it out for a night out of course I would, and there may be some skeptics who don't think it's suitable for someone my age and that's ok but I happen to enjoy a bit of glitter and as long as that makes a person feel happy and that's fine to.

Laura x

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Valentines Gift Ideas and Valentines Day as A Kid

Hey guys freezing day today been to my little mans football now wrapped up in the warm thinking about ideas for Valentines Day, I was really kindly sent a gorgeous little charm from tresorparis which is a red pair of ballet pumps and really really cute, I'd be happy with that as a gift they also have little flip flops and a stunning red stiletto which are priced between £14-19 which I have to say is very reasonable I am definitely going to buy the stiletto to complete the look on my charm bracelet.
I actually think it's quite difficult for men to buy their wives or girlfriends presents for Valentines Day as typically some may steer towards the safe chocolates and flowers but more is expected nowadays so a little gift like this is thoughtful plus a keepsake.

So what else could be nice as a valentines day gift well again it depends on budget but other ideas are perfume which is always nice,  a nice purse or scarf and my personal favourite very cliche but I love Lindt chocolates and they come in strawberry flavour which is literally amazing.  I like makeup as well and you can see from my photo I like a red lip sometimes to and my favourite Chanel red lipstick has had a battering and is nearly all gone.

So there really are so many cute little thoughtful gifts that you can get.  Ok embarrassing I know but when I was a child at school I used to get so excited for valentines day as I thought it was amazing and I used to every year run to the door to see if I would get any cards through the post but I never did, then I used to have a little butterfly in my stomach going to school praying I would get a card but I never ever ever did.  I was always so disappointed but looking back now I can clearly understand why I didn't, I had a boys crop for hair and terrible acne, and all the pretty girls and popular girls used to leave school practically needing a suitcase for all there balloons and gifts.  Good job later on I learnt how to deal with my hair and skin.  Nowadays I make sure I buy cards for my children as I know what it's like to feel left out and I love seeing there faces when they get a card, they make out that they don't like it and get all embarrassed but I know and can tell they secretly love it.

Happy valentines day all

Laura. X

*pr sent for consideration for review

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Three of my top thickening texture products for hair

Hey guys hope your well, my little man is off on a school trip to London tommorow so I've sat by him on his bed as he has to be up really early and like me he's no fan of early mornings.  So I thought I would tell you some products I've been loving lately for hair when you need some volume and texture, if your a thick haired gal or guy you might still love these for texture but if your a fine flyaway type like me these may be perfect for you.  So if you read my blog regularly you may know I have had hair extensions for a while but I took them out myself to rest my natural hair.  I had a good cut on my real hair which I love so now it's just down to me and the products eek.

First I've been loving Kerastase Spray a Porter described basically as a sea salt spray yet this is not a typical salt spray where you could be left with that sticky gluey feeling in your hair.  This actually gives the texture you need and want but still allows your hair to move as it's not all clumped together, the formular is lightweight and also is combined with a heat protector so your getting the benefits of protection from your hairdryer and styling tools plus you get the finish you want.  To use I wash and condition my hair as usual and towel dry I lightly spritz the spray through my hair I then rough dry my hair with the drier and then I usually pull through some curls with either my straighteners or a curling wand. I like this as it offers the heat protection plus the wavy tousled effect on my hair that I
am currently wearing, for me this was a winner as sprays like this can often leave my hair feeling
horrible and really weighing my fine hair down but this didn't and it didn't make my roots feel greasy
either.  I'm sure if your lucky to have more fuller hair this won't need to help with volume but can
give you that beachy look.

Secondly another product I've been using is from Wella called Sugar Lift* now I happen to like this line and I love the classic sleek packaging! now again for fine flat hair this will and can be your new best friend it's currently mine if it's not been placed in hiding away from my daughters thieving hands with her lovely long full hair she tells me she likes the smell grrrr,  so again if I'm changing up my products I will wash and towel dry my hair and use this before styling along with a heat protector. 
After my hair has dried I also use a bit at the root just for some extra sneaky volume and I feel like my full haired friends all bouncy for the day.  My daughter was right it does absolutely smell nice I cannot think of any negatives to say about this, it really is a must for creating lift and helps with texturised styles.

And lastly this one is from Aveda called Volumizing Tonic it actually looks and reminds me of something from the Pharmacy but don't be fooled, this little gem is typically Aveda in terms of plant extracts and is amazing for that fine fly away hair we are taking about.  Wash your hair and apply to the roots, only the roots and if your using a damage repair or heat protector use that at the ends and not where you have applied this. This is not a thickening treatment though I believe you can buy one from Aveda but this is the volume one and you certainly get volume, in truth for the first hour of going out I feel like my hair is huge and everyone is staring at it, but in reality of course it's not and it's not huge, it's just nicely volumised and bouncy which are two things I'm not used to with my hair.

So if your thinking of adding some sass and volume and or looking for a texure used look hopefully these reviews will help you to be able to make the most from your style.

Laura x

*was gifted as part of the looks for the Golden Globes by Wella 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Why I changed my blog name

Ok so a few have asked ok your still blogging but why have you changed the name from Liberty Loves Makeup to Alexa's Attic.  So Liberty is my daughters name so I felt that it was a fitting tribute to her that I named my blog after her plus the makeup side comes from my obvious love of makeup.  My only gripe in the name was if I was writing about skincare or hair it didn't reflect well in the title. I felt that this restricted a bit what I talked about and I didn't want to just be stuck talking about those things.  I do love them but want to be able to chat about allsorts.

So where did Alexa's Attic come from actually it was really easy and simple choice Alexa being my middle name and the Attic because I thought, in an attic you store all sorts of things and sometimes popping up in a attic it can be a bit like a treasure trove, so this was a good fit for me as I will be able to talk and chat about everything and won't feel that I am restricted to just certain things.  Don't get me wrong makeup skincare and hair are still going to feature really highly on the blog but there will be holiday stuff travel kids and all sorts so I hope that you will like it and follow my journeys with me.

Thanks for reading my post

Laura x

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Armani Power Fabric Foundation First Impression

Hi guys Hope you are all well,   I haven't bought a new foundation for ages I have had about 6 different bottles on the go with tiny bits left as sometimes you can't see how much is left in them and I've been rotating them but I actually thought enough is enough I need to get ordering a foundation.  I was going to stick to my old faithful ones that I normally get but I had watched a youtube video from Lydia Millen and she was using the Armani Power Fabric foundation and I liked the look of it and description. 

So it came yesterday in lovely black packaging typically chic Armani, and the foundation itself is described as Long wear high cover foundation with an SPF of 25 which is amazing to protect your face from the damaging effects of the sun.  Described as lightweight a second skin finish but with full coverage.  There are 20 shades to suit all skin tones and the formula is adapted to deliver optimal coverage without cracking or dulling.  So is this true and how did it perform for me.

The shade I chose was number 4, I was a bit nervous as it's by no means a cheap foundation and I wasn't  going In to a store to get colour matched.  So I was thinking oh no what if it's too pale for me or what if it's too dark and I look like a Terry's chocolate orange and then what if it oxides in the day you know the usual worries so with all this  playing on mind I put it to the test this morning. Up early any blurry eyed for work here we go.

So here's my tired puffy 6am face which I prepped with a sweep of micellar water and my Kiehls moisturiser for my base, I put one pump of foundation on the back of my hand and then started to apply onto my face.  Application was fine you don't get a lot of stretch with the foundation due to the matte finish but I was ok with this considering I had just stuck to the one pump.  Easy to blend into my face and I was thrilled to see the colour match in my opinion was good for me.  My skin is oily to combination just for reference.  After I had applied the foundation there was a few minor areas that needed a bit more work but I could do this with concealer which was just by my nose. 

Sorry about the lighting but it's not great at 6am plus I can't focus myself that early ha ha, but you can hopefully tell that the foundation has covered the redness in my natural skin and I think it gives a very good natural but effective look to the skin

And this is me en route to work this is just before 8am and I think that colour match wise this is good plus I think that the look is nice and natural,  I love the feeling of this foundation as it truly feels light and airy and my skin didn't feel cakey or heavy but actually light and fresh.  Now as it's matte your face can actually look quite flat so I have applied a small amount of my bronzer which today I used Bobbi Brown and I had my trusted Becca Highlighter on.  I feel this just gives the skin the glow I want, but if you don't like a glow you don't need to do this.  If your a fan of a glow you may favour Armani Luminous Silk, but in my opinion I much prefer this one, it does remind me of another of my favourites Double Wear but to me this is far better.

And here we are at 4pm I have no shine really on my forehead and I hadn't powdered either, the only powder i did was set under my eyes to prevent creasing which I used my Laura Mercier Loose powder.  
So overall verdict is if you like a medium to high coverage foundation that feels light and airy with no glow then this is great for you.  If you prefer a more glowy complexion then Nars Sheer Glow may be more your bag or Armani Lumious Silk.  I happen to love this I didn't have any cakey flaky patches on my face.  And it did last me all day.  The only off putting factor is the price a jaw dropping £36 but we are talking Armani here plus as I only used a little bit it's sure to last me a while.

Hope you liked this post 

Laura xx