New make-up I've been using (the Balm, Estée Lauder, EX1, Dior)

the balm nudetude pallette

I have been using a lot of new make-up recently, so I thought I'd share some thoughts in one cheeky review post. The Balm Nudetude eyeshadow palette (£26.50) is a super cute palette that I got in a goody bag. I'd never actually used any The Balm products so I was keen to try it out. My first piece of advice is to chuck the brush away. I find this sadly the case for most cosmetics, apart from the Urban Decay Naked palette, which has an ace brush. Anyhoo, I've been wearing these eyeshadows for a couple of weeks now, and they are definitely fine. Perhaps not amazing, but fine, and I'll wear them until they run out for sure. This seems to be a fun substitute for the Naked Palette, and if you don't want to stretch the extra for that one, this is a great alternative. All very wearable shades.

put a lid on it the balm

More than anything though, the eye primer that came with the palette is bleedin' genius. I usually use a a concealer or a mac paint pot, but this primer is a clear gel. I didn't trust it at first, as you can't see it, like with a concealer or traditional lid primer. However, I've had zero smudging each and every day, and it allows me to have a less caked on look. Brilliant. Not sure how it works but it does. 

doublewear estee lauder review

For a while time now I've been using Dior's primer for my face, and it made me want to explore higher end foundations too. I'd been using the L'Oreal Infallible range, and finally tried Estee Lauder Double Wear.  I asked for their lightest shade. I had been concerned that the SPF was only 10, but the Dior primer has SPF 20 so that's ok.

At first the coverage wasn't as heavy as I'd expected but then I reminded myself that you can't judge an unfinished face. So on with blush and powder, and boom; much better. I've worn it everyday for a couple of weeks now. It certainly holds a bit better than the Loreal, it doesn't become quite as powdering/settled after a day's wear. I'm pretty happy with it, and would be curious to try a high end powder next. I'm still using my Loreal Infallible one.

ex1 blusher review

I hadn't heard of EX1 before, but I found this cheeky fella at the bottom of a goody bag, so I'm been trying him out too. They cost £9.50 and whats really interesting about it is that it says its 100% oil and fragrance free, and non pore-clogging. It's hard to isolate a cause, as I've changed a few things face-wise, but the rosacea/rash that is ALWAYS on my right cheek has been pretty settled recently. Perhaps......perhaps.....this blusher has helped with that. Wouldn't that be interesting. As an extra bonus the pigmentation is awesome. I'd like to try another shade!

Date night with Ryan Gosling

nice guys movie premiere

I very rarely go to the cinema. For two rather odd reasons. Firstly I just don't really enjoy the genre of film. This was even used as a reason to stop dating me, my lack of understanding of film references seem to drive people nuts. I just don't, and I'm ok with that. We don't all need to like the same things. Secondly, my back is shaped differently, and I find sitting pretty uncomfortable. Back at school I had physio and had to use a special cushion. As an adult I use a kneeling chair at work.

RYAN GOSLING

However, I'm a fan of seizing opportunities, so when I was offered tickets to the Leicester Square premiere of The Nice Guys (Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe) I of course said yes!

reeree rockette 2016 may

Turns out when you go to a premiere, you walk down the same carpet as the celebs. I was in luck, and walked literally next to Ryan Gosling, which was exciting despite having never seen a movie of his. I just know he's famous and there's just something interesting about fame.

odeon leceister square

There was a pretty cool organ player that raised up from under the stage, and sank back down before the start of the movie. No trailers at all, just an introduction from the actors/directors (see first pic).

We sat in the middle, 3rd row from the front, which definitely felt awesome. It made the struggles to sit worth it (my back hurt and B is too tall to be comfortable). It was a one-off experience and I've definitely had more dull Thursday evenings! 

Exante Diet - A food replacement system?

exante diet review

Crash diets. I'm not sure I could imagine writing a more contentious review. But I'm up for the challenge. Exante Diet is a meal replacement system, based on a very low calorie diet. They offer a 600 calorie a day diet, a 700-1000 calorie a day diet, and and a 1200 a day diet. I would never have considered looking at a calorie restricted diet, as it doesn't fit in with how I feel about healthy eating. But I was offered the chance to try some for a review, so I said, sure, I'd love to explore the concept further.

exante review

They sent some food for me and B, my boyfriend, to try, and as we sometimes meet for lunch on a work day, we decided to tuck right in for an Exante lunch. I went for a curried sweet potato soup. I glanced at the ingredients, and was pleasantly surprised. We hadn't expected them to be so recognisable. They are all food

exante calorie diet review

The foods all seem to be enriched with protein, and I was pleased when I compared the nutritional values of Exante soups with regular soups. They could be an interesting food option for people looking to introduce extra protein into their diet. The soup was nice, not at all like 'diet food'. Thick and tasty.

cookie diet bar review

The Cookies and Cream Bar was like a dense, yummy protein bar. If you were attempting a low calorie diet, this could in theory be a whole meal for you. It could also just be a protein boost while working out. We enjoyed splitting it as a dessert. 

I am not one to advocate a 600 calorie diet, however these food options are an interesting option as an add in. They're nutritionally rich, heavy in protein and seem to based in real food. They're really reasonably priced, and I can imagine some of their ready meals or soups being a useful quick lunch for a busy person. We have been surprised so far at the quality of the food, and by the high level of protein. We'd definitely eat more of it, and will keep trying some more of the food sent to review.

Decorating my camera case with temporary tattoos

decorate camera case

I very rarely attempt any craft activities. We can't all be good at everything, and I have fully accepted that my skill sets don't include making actual objects from other actual objects. However I stumbled upon this tutorial from Old Fashioned Susie and I figured that even I couldn't fail too hard when you simply apply faux tattoos to a case...

fake leather camera case

The first issue I hadn't considered was that my case is dark brown. But after ordering some temporary tattoos on ebay, I had committed to the plan.

temporary tattoos camera case

So the tattoos are pretty subtle due to the colour of the case. They also don't sit as flat as the ones in the original tutorial.

So not quite a fail, it definitely looks a tad better than at the start, but it's not quite a win either.

New prescription sunglasses from #Firmoo

firmoo sunglasses

We've had a brief taste of sunshine (it is still only May!) and what other excuse do you need to make sure your sunglasses collection is up to scratch?

I'm a glasses wearer, and I enjoy wearing glasses. This is why I own so many pairs; they're the ultimate accessory, and it baffles me that more people don't own multiple pairs. We wouldn't wear just one pair of shoes, or carry just one bag would we?

Firmoo sent me these prescription glasses to review, and I of course leapt at the chance to expand my collection. I now have about 5 pairs of prescription sunglasses; a mixture of vintage and high-street.

reeree firmoo

When you need glasses like me, sunshine can prove troublesome. Wearing contact lenses can be annoying in the bright light or hayfever season. Sunglasses with your prescription in are a life saver!

It does mean, when you see me on the tube train, and I'm in my sunglasses, it isn't because I think I'm a cool cat, it's because I need my glasses to see, and it's not worth the faff of finding my regular glasses in my bag.

Sun Awareness Week - Have you checked your moisturiser's spf?

I learned something recently that I hadn't really considered before. When we use a face moisturiser or foundation with spf, we may well not be protected in the way we think.

We need protection from both UVA and UVB, as they both cause different problems to our skin. UVA tends to be responsible for wrinkles and photo-ageing (sun spots etc) while UVB is largely responsible for sun burn. They both contribute to skin cancers.

Its common that our added spf only cover one of these, not both, although they do exist. Definitely worth a check though, as no one enjoys the damaging effects of the sun. I'm off to investigate my makeup bag and see if I need to make any replacements. I'd been smugly proud of my use of a moisturiser with spf along with my primer with an spf, but now I'm not so sure!

My relationship with running is complicated

ree running 2016

I have such a complicated relationship with running. In many ways I hate doing it, it can be uncomfortable, and sore. It can be pretty boring too. However it keeps calling me back.

It's not as though I feel running changes my body in the way that strength training does, so it isn't the physical rewards that motivate me to get my trainers back on. It's much more of an internal itch (ooh er!). Somehow my mind likes it, and even begins to crave it.

It's a little period of time which is just about me, being outside. Running is hard mentally, and sticking to it, and breaking through can, for a brief moment, feel rewarding. There is something about running in the sunshine that pleases my soul. And we need to do things that please our soul.

The first 3 minutes or so are always the worst. But remember, keeping going means getting to that sweet spot, where your body has given in to the uncomfortableness of cardio work. You find a weird zone, where one foot after another, one foot after another, you manage to just keep going. That's all running is; learning to just keep going.