Thursday, 30 July 2015

May on Boots Botanics Facial Oil and Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream...and a GIVEAWAY!

photo of botanics facial oil and day creamA few weeks ago I posted about the Botanics Triple Hydrating Eye Serum. As I was so impressed with the product, I hunted out some other products from the range and decided to give those a go.

The two that I picked up were the Organic Facial Oil and the Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream, with SPF15. As I mentioned in my previous post, the Botanics bods work with Kew Gardens with a view to using plant extracts that are proven to work.

Carry on reading for my thoughts on the Facial Oil and Day Cream and details of an opportunity for you to win these products...

Monday, 27 July 2015

Mack's Monthly best bits - July

Mack's Monthly best bits (July)We are back rounding up of some of our 'best bits' from the month.... Just like a monthly favourites (which we love reading about!) but looking beyond make up and beauty products.  We'll look at our favourite days out, purchases, meals, movies....whatever made the month for us!  Some bits that are mentioned might feature in a more detailed post, but we thought it would be fun to have a quick round-up of our monthly highlights to look back on, and maybe inspire you for the month ahead....

Thursday, 23 July 2015

May's review of Trello.com - list making and organisation heaven?

photo of trello app screen shotWhilst I could quite happily live my life never downloading a game for my phone, show me an app or website that promises to revolutionise the art of list making, or get Mack and me hyper-organised on the blogging front, and I'm in (as long as it's free, that is...)!

I have tried a few recently, with pretty much no success, either because a particular app just isn't very user friendly (and therefore makes my life more complicated, which is exactly the opposite of what I need it for) or it doesn't offer my anything more than the notes section that comes preloaded with most phones.

One, however, has lasted a bit longer and that is Trello.com. I can't recall where I first saw this mentioned but it was definitely on a beauty/lifestyle blog and I'm definitely very grateful to have read it...if it was your blog, thank you!

Monday, 20 July 2015

Mack reviews Season 1 of The Affair (plus Season 2 trailer) starring Dominic West and Ruth Wilson

Mack reviews The AffairFor the last few months I have been hooked on season one of the American drama "The Affair" which stars the brilliant and talented Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Joshua Jackson.  I initially tuned in to the ten-episode long drama (which won a Golden Globe award for Best Television Drama) after seeing a brief trailer which promised to offer more than the obvious story line of an extra-marital affair.  It is an intriguing mix of passionate "Romeo and Juliet", provocative "Basic Instinct", a touch of "X-Files" mystery and the thriller-style of "True Detective".  A story of passion intermingled with tragedy, and cleverly told through the eyes of the two main characters, Noah and Alison, with the assistance of a sharp, sly yet deadpan detective who is determined to unravel the truth.  

Thursday, 16 July 2015

May's French Sephora beauty haul - skincare, sheet masks and eyes (inc mini review)

skin care products from sephora - haul and reviewIf you follow us on twitter (@mackandmay) you may have noticed that I was in France recently. Of course I had to stop in at least a couple of Sephora branches....

I set some serious ground rules and didn't allow myself to buy any high-end products, and also promised myself that I wouldn't buy any make up. I'll save those for another day!

I still had fun looking around and couldn't resist buying a few Sephora own brand bits to try out.

Here's what I ended up with:

Monday, 6 July 2015

Mack reviews Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing GelIt was by sheer chance that I found this product.  It was Bonus Time at Clinique in Boots and there I was deciding which third product I should buy in order to get a cute box of free goodies.  I had my Superbalanced foundation (which I have loved for many years) and a new lipstick from the Colour Surge Butter Shine Range (which I also adore), and for my third product, I wanted something to help keep oil and blemishes at bay.  The lovely assistant at Clinique recommended this purifying gel which contains salicylic acid and cost £20 for a 30ml bottle.