Liz Earle Colour Cosmetics range-new additions

Having launched Liz Earle Colour cosmetics earlier this year ( check out my review if you need to refresh your memory or are new to this great make-up range: http://www.galinka.co.uk/blog/?p=4744 ), the brand doesn’t seem to rest on its laurels and just added a few products to its colour collection including Perfect Canvas Primer, Signature Foundation, as well as Perfect Finish Powder Foundation ( a very pleasantly surprising discovery for me ) and Natural Finish Loose Powder, Signature Eye colour (great shades & staying power), Eye pencil, Brow pencil, Signature lip colour (another firm favourite of mine) and Lip pencil, as well as make-up brushes. Let me run your through each product in a little bit more detail:

FACE

Perfect Canvas Primer (30 mls, £18.50): I find that wearing a primer under your foundation makes your make-up ‘go the distance’ for longer and your skin feel more nourished and dewy. You can also wear this product on its own ( after you have applied your usual serum and moisturizer ), on your day off and it will mattify your skin, while the light-diffusing particles will soften the appearance of fine lines and pores ( I did notice that sometimes I have a little bit of a powdery residue after applying it but it doesn’t affect the overall look of make-up ). The skin does feel soft to the touch and you will feel ‘pulled together’ even on a lazy day-‘a woman should always make an effort with how she looks’, was what I was taught by women in my family.

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Signature Foundation (nine shades, 25mls, £21) : this foundation is fairly lightweight but it gives more coverage than Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint ( one of my definite favorites among many similar products on the beauty market ), so if you want the foundation that will last throughout the day or you are attending an important function in the evening, then this is the one for you. You hardly feel or notice it after you apply it and I say that as a compliment. You can also add on a little bit if you feel that you need more coverage-you will still end up with a naturally radiant complexion. The foundation contains vitamin E, as well as spherical particles and coated pigments that add a glow to your skin.

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Perfect Finish Powder Foundation (seven shades, £21): this pretty compact, which contains the foundation, mirror and application sponge was a revelation for me. I actually don’t normally like powder foundations, as the ones I have tried in the past made my skin feel either chalky to the touch or too dry-well, this one is just wonderful. You can build it up to minimise the imperfections and achieve a matt, yet luminous finish. It just glides on with ease over your facial contours and makes you look very pretty indeed. The compact itself is both practical and pretty, so I really enjoyed getting it out and touching-up my make-up during the day ( it also nourishes the skin with Liz Earle’s own blend of vitamin E, borage & avocado ). A good tip comes from the little paper instructions enclosed in the packaging box-if you use a blusher on top of this product, make sure it’s a powder, and not a cream one, so you don’t end up having a ‘patchy’ look.

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Foundation brush (£18): I prefer to apply the foundation with my fingers but this brush feels very comfortable to use due to its rounded shape. The bristles feel very smooth when it glides over you facial contours or hard to reach area and the two-tone brush head is made from 100% man-made fibres.

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Natural Finish Loose Powder (three shades, £19.50): this powder comes with a screw-on lid-so no worries about spilling it all over your bag! It feels feather-light on application ( due to the powder’s multi-sized particles and four types of powder blended together) and makes your make-up look polished and shine-free.

EYES

Brow Pencil (two shades, £11): brow pencils are great if you want to add definition to your eyebrows or fill the brows in, if they aren’t bushy enough. Strong eyebrows frame a face and accentuate eyes. This pencil is water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry if you get caught in the rain-it will go the distance and won’t betray your confidence.

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Signature Eye Colour (20 shades, £13.50): first of all, I am very impressed that the eyeshadow compact has a mirror, which allows you to apply or adjust your eye make-up on the go, without having to do the guess work and end up with a questionable result. The shades themselves are quite versatile and can be used on its own or two or even three of them can be easily blended or layered together to achieve a more vibrant or dramatic look, accentuating your eyes, whatever the colour. The eyeshadows are also fairly light-weight, so your eyelid doesn’t feel weighted down or uncomfortable.

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Eye Pencil (three shades, £11): the pencil glides on very smoothly and is easy to blend into your eyelashes, for perfect accentuation of your eyes. It doesn’t smudge, contains sumac fruit wax and Vitamin E and it stays put until you are ready to cleanse it off. You can apply it and leave it as it is, for a strong definition or blend it in ever so slightly, for a much softer look-definitely an easy and enjoyable eye pencil to use.

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LIPS

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Gunapod+Baby/Toddler=restful nights for the family

One of the first things you realize when you have a new baby at home, is that you probably won’t be having restful night’s sleep for a while. Babies can confuse day and night, have tummy ache or teething pains or just wake up wanting to be fed or changed-and so a tired mother or father makes pilgrimages to the baby’s bed in order to tend to their little boy or girl.  And then the sun comes up, heralding the beginning of a new day, but instead of being happy, parents feel groggy and tired…..

From my own experience I know that sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference to the child’s sleeping patterns, but most of all, your baby needs to feel warm and cosy-that way you are more likely to get a few hours of uninterrupted blissful sleep at night. And that’s when, drum-roll, Gunapod, the wearable blanket/sleeping bag emerges into the limelight.

Gunapod was developed by three American mothers and born out of sheer frustration to find a comfortable and warm sleeping bag for the baby that was also safe and allowed the parent ease of access for nappy changes-and any experienced mother knows, the quicker you change the nappy, the more likely the baby to go back to sleep.

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Gunapod is not only very soft to the touch ( babies and toddles love the cosiness that it offers, and rest assured, so will you, when you little one is snuggling up to you, drinking his or her milk, while you read a bed-time story together) but most importantly it is very easy to zip and unzip in several directions, unlike the traditional sleeping bag. This zipper versatility allows you to control the warmth ( you can zip the baby in or allow the air to circulate for example, by leaving the bottom of the Gunapod to be open ). There are handy poppers at the shoulder level, as well as side-zippers and the one in the middle, making it absolutely genius in its simplicity and practicality!

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Gunapod comes in three sizes-( small, read more

Mademoiselle Julie at the Barbican theatre

Isn’t it wonderful to have friends who are very cultural and keep an eye on interesting developments in the arts domain? Last year I received a call from my girlfriend Louise, who wanted to know if we would be interested in joining her and her husband on a theatre date to see August Strindberg’s play ‘Mademoiselle Julie’ with Juliette Binoche at the Barbican Centre.  Without thinking twice I, of course, said yes and was very impressed with Louise’s organisational skills, as they play would be running for a week in September 2012-that’s what I call planning ahead .)

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The play is directed by Frederic Fisbachand is in French ( my husband wasn’t too impressed with me, as he doesn’t speak French, but there were subtitles ) and the costumes were designed by no other than the master himself

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