Good evening lovelies.
I apologise for not being around for the last week – I was initially detained by travelling up to Manchester for the 80th birthday of my lunatic, drunk Grandmother. When I got home 4 days later, there was a massive power cut, and therefore no internet. I really missed reading and commenting on all of your posts, so can’t wait to catch up with everybody!
Anyway, I’m not sure if you know this, but there was a big storm in the UK this weekend.
Well, in the South of the UK. And the East a bit.
While I spent most of its duration laughing gaily with my Mother as we pelted down an almost empty M6 (we were the only ones mad enough to ignore the apocalyptic weather reports and set off on the four hour journey home), I nevertheless spared a moment to contemplate the beauty hazards which a storm might present.
While I myself was driving along in a cosy car, merrily listening to Radio 2”s Popmaster Quiz (I have no shame) while my Mother occasionally dropped Skittles into my gaping mouth like an attentive mama bird drops regurgitated worm guts, I realised that not everybody in the country would wake up to find nothing wrong with the weather whatsoever. Some people would not be driving along in blazing sunshine and light drizzle, but might be commuting to work through an absolute bloody hurricane. You know, the kind that carries trees around. And stuff.
I had actually experienced strong winds and sideways rain during a misguided trip to Aldeburgh beach the week before. My boyfriend and I had just eaten a sarnie, and a salted caramel ice cream each, and decided to walk it off with a nice jaunt along the beach.
The walk was not nice. Or indeed particularly jaunty. I enjoyed it because I found it “bracing”, but on reflection it was pretty horrible. The wind was howling and made my ears so cold they hurt, and it was raining sideways. In my face. On further reflection, it really should have made my reflection horrible too. But to my surprise it did not – though my hair had acquired that charmingly authentic surf spray look thanks to the ravaging effects of the salty sea air, my face remained remarkably intact. Shock!
As a result, I figured I should do a beauty review of the products which miraculously survived the Great British Weather. Without running or reducing in any way. Though the test was accidental, the result was really impressive. I would have dived (dove?) face-first into the sea to test them still further, but the sea was rough, and had that greyish hue which says, in no uncertain terms, “it’s really bloody cold in here”, so I didn’t do that.
So in no particular order, here are the products which I was wearing, and which did not budge on that very wet and windy day:
1. Eyeko London ‘Line & Define’ Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in ‘Black’
I’m slightly ashamed / gleeful to admit that I only have this eyeliner because it came free with Glamour UK last month. As it was a magazine gift, I was rather cynical about the quality initially, but then the free gifts from Glamour magazine are always very good. I’ve prised samples of Percy & Reed No Oil Hair Oil, Benefit Bad Gal Eyeliner, and several Nails Inc nail polishes from their covers in the past, and they’ve always been fantastic and inspiring, so actually, I don’t see why this should be any different!
Anyway, the first thing I noticed about this liner was the “felt tip” style applicator. Sometimes I’ve come across these in high street brands and found that the felt pen section is a bit too flimsy, and therefore makes the liner difficult to apply. This wasn’t the case with the Eyeko though – the tip was strong and easy to manipulate, so I’d recommend it for people who are wary or new to using liquid eyeliner. I also really enjoyed how fine the tip was – I’ve never been able to create a truly fine line around my lashes before, especially not when using the eyeliner brush which you can buy to accompany Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner (the product I usually favour).
My only concern is how long this product will last. I’ve only used it for a couple of weeks but already I feel like I need to go over any lines I do twice, as if the felt tip is drying out slightly. I’m not sure if this is just me or not. But that’s how it feels.
Nevertheless, Eyeko’s claim of being smudgeproof is well founded. That day on the beach, it didn’t budge or run by even a millimetre, despite the lashings of rain which assaulted it. Equally, I’ve scratched my eye many times while wearing this liner, looked down at my fingers in horror, and then realised that the liner hasn’t moved at all. Impressive!
Verdict: Won’t budge, or smudge. 8/10.
2. Yves Saint Laurent ‘Volume Effet Faux Babydoll’ Mascara in ‘Noir’ (I assume)
I’ve been using this mascara for a while now and am a HUGE fan. My eyelashes are very pale, very fine, and very straight – this is the only mascara I’ve found which can curl, volumise, and separate my eyelashes in exactly the way I want. The “babydoll” effect really is a great way to describe it. Before, I’ve been subscribed to layering a volumising Clinique mascara with a separating, lengthening drugstore offering, but this mascara does every job I want in a single tube. It’s just a shame it doesn’t last longer.
In terms of the wind and the rain, I was also pleasantly surprised by this product. It doesn’t boast of any waterproof effects, and it does tend to rub off when I’m putting my contact lenses in, so I wasn’t expecting it to weather the storm too well. However, it coped with the rain valiantly, and even when I tentatively rubbed a couple of lashes between my fingertips just to check if they needed mopping, no smudging occurred. Happy day!
Verdict: 7/10. Favourite mascara ever, but would score more points if it survived contact lens application as well as rain.
Oh, and it would also score more points if it lasted longer and I didn’t have to keep buying more of it because I love it so much. Rude.
Also, YSL, please get a counter in Boots in Ipswich. I will buy everything.
3. Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Foundation
- Lovely foundation
- Medium-high coverage
- Glowy but not too dewy finish
- Goes on smoothly and doesn’t feel sticky on the face
- Doesn’t do that light-reflecting-particles thing which makes your face glare white in flash photography
- Blah blah blah favourite foundation of the moment blah blah
- Copes with British Weather
Verdict: 8/10. I love this foundation and it lived. The end.
Other Highly Commended Survivors: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Sleek Blusher in ‘Rose Gold’, Bourjois Ombre à Paupières Eyeshadow in ’05’, Rimmel ‘Wake Me Up’ Concealer.
If you live in a rural area and get a severe weather warning, use it as an excuse to buy a candle.
Clattering into the house with no power and no natural light sources at 7pm can be extremely hazardous, as I found when I scrambled in at 7pm on Monday. Luckily for me, the nice lady at the Jo Malone counter had given me free extra-long matches when I’d bought my new candle a couple of weeks previously, and I knew exactly where I’d left them. And the candle. Consequently, I had an easily accessible, non-electrical light source. You should get one too.
You don’t know how long the power’s going to go off for, so before the storm is scheduled to hit (and I mean a good day, not minutes. Safety first.) go out and buy yourself many shiny candles. Then you can light them when it all goes dark and wander around the house holding a candle. Heck, channel Jane Eyre, when she’s convinced that Grace Poole is the resident nutter at Thornfield, and goes off investigating, candle in hand. But don’t wear long, historically accurate skirts like Jane does, because you might set them on fire. As I nearly did with my highly flammable dressing gown.
Can’t wait to catch up with you all again – I’ve missed blogging!
Uncaptioned photos borrowed from Eyeko website, debenhams,com, and boots.com.