2000 Calories without the Guilt

Maxfactor’s 2000 calorie mascara launched over two decades ago. It was the first mascara my mum bought me and I’ve been using it on and off for about 15 years. It’s very nostalgic for me to use it again and it shows how deep our relationship goes with certain brands. They become etched it our memories forever.

I was browsing the makeup counter the other day and there it was! All shiny and new. So I grabbed it and paid £6.99 for it. I even got a pound discount because of my Superdrug points. (Yeeeeesssssss!) I took it home, hastily unwrapped it and had a small panic when I saw the wand. It wasn’t quite the same. (Noooooooooooooooo!) The wand was now more curved, seemingly for a better root lift. I’m a big believer that the wand plays the most important role, even more so than the ingredients. It was then that I realised that I and bought the wrong one. I had in fact bought Maxfactor’s 2000 calorie volume and curl. A twist on their classic mascara. I decided to stop panicking. After all, there are bigger problems in the world and my cornish pasty in the microwave was nearly ready.

I applied a two of coats of mascara to each eye. Leaving at least 30 seconds between each coat before I applied another. Allowing the first coat to dry ever so slightly is a good way of getting sexy voluminous lashes. The verdict? All was right with the world. It’s still as great as it always was and I’m very glad it’s back in my makeup bag. Highly recommended.



You’re making me blush!

I’ve fallen in love. It doesn’t happen very often, it’s quite rare in fact, but when it happens it feels so damn good.

It’s a little bit like the feeling I get when I see a pot of Haagen Dazs cookies and cream ice cream with a spoon sitting next to it. There’s nothing quite like finding something that just fits, feels good and more importantly makes your skin look great.

This Becca beach cheek tint is 100% worth having in your makeup bag. It’s non greasy, non sticky, with a great pigment. This means I only have to use a tiny bead of product plus it blends extremely well. I’m not really sure why they called it a Beach Tint, perhaps because its water resistant too. It’s wearable all year round, comes in an array of colours and smells delicious. Presented in a little squeezy tube which will fit into any bag, it’s priced at £20.

You may worry you are not getting much for your money, but let me put your mind at rest….it will last FOREVER. Ok maybe not forever…I am just being a bit dramatic now. Honestly, its worth every penny and you can even use it on your lips! What more do you want?! Jeez! You lot are so demanding 🙂

Available from Space NK.


Travelling Light

Travelling around South East Asia means you need to travel light! Whilst having all of your beauty essentials of course 😜

As you can see in the photos below – here are a few of my travelling essentials. Sun protection is a must. We need it to help protect against skin cancer, pigmentation and premature ageing. You will still tan even if you use a high factor. I promise. Burning is not an option and no one wants to look like a dried prune by the age of 40. As I am fair skinned I have been wearing Avene factor 50 suncream mainly on my face. It’s pretty light on the skin and water resistant – however I would always reapply after a couple of dips in the pool/sea.

My next must is something a lot of us forget about and that’s sun protection for your hair. My hair has been treated and it can get very dry in the sun and repeated exposure to salt, chlorine and humidity. I have also been using the Phytoplage shampoo and hair oil for extra protection as well as Aussie Miracle Moist conditioner. The Phytoplage shampoo also doubles up as a body wash which is handy. These products keep my hair hydrated and stop it from breaking too much.

After a day at the beach there’s nothing better than scrubbing off the day with a light body scrub – this one from Diptyque smells gorgeous and isn’t scratchy or oily which I find irritating with some scrubs. To moisturise I have been using Clarins After sun to rehydrate my skin. For evening I’ll use something with a little more perfume, like this Diptyque body lotion to save me travelling with lots of different scents.There just isn’t enough room in my bag so anything that doubles up is perfect!!

For my face I have been using an Origins moisturiser from their ‘A Perfect World’ collection with an SPF of 25 (I would use factor 50 on the beach). This is an anti ageing moisturiser and it smells amazing. I always keep it in my handbag as constant exposure air con always makes my skin dry so I make sure I have it on hand! Origins Modern Friction is a great face scrub and again not to scratchy. It feels like exfoliating fibres. Be careful to rinse off well because it really stings if you get it in your eyes! 😲

Your world beauty blogger…FRAN 💋



Product love: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation

This Chanel foundation in my opinion is pretty great. A little goes a very long way and it provides great coverage. It blends easily and really lasts. It’s not cheap – costing around £36 for 30 ml so it really depends on your budget and the packaging is a little retro and cumbersome but sturdy nevertheless. Try and get a sample to test!

Tip: My skin is a little on the dry side so it’s important that I moisturise well before application. If you have more mature skin, try a serum as well for an extra moisture boost.