Aimee Horton



Somehow last week I lost my eyeliner.

I’m not sure what happened, one morning I popped it on, and my eyes were no longer looked sunken and tired, I was ready to fight another day.  The next morning, after a particularly trying night with The Chunky Monkey, I went to do the same, it wasn’t there. I rifled through my survival box, I rummaged under the bed, and emptied the shelves in the bathroom.

My Benefit BADgal was gone.

My Favourite Eyeliner in the world. (Image courtesy of

My Favourite Eyeliner in the world.
(Image courtesy of

In a hurry I ran to my back up make up basket – we all have one of those right? With products we’ve bought, not liked, but not wanted to throw away “just incase”?



I found this Clarins eyeliner.  One I’ve bought a couple of times, but never liked.

Not this actual one. But the style.


I’m not the only one to be disappointed with Clarins eyeliners am I?

About eight years ago I was a Clarins lover, every make-up and skin product I had was Clarins, but even back then the eyeliner just didn’t seem “right”.  Fast forward to now, and I’ve remembered why I tossed the one I bought last year – out of nostalgia – into the basket of doom.  It’s flakey, whenever I sharpen it I seem to almost get splinter in my eye, it doesn’t seem to stay on and it just feels hard and stabby. NOT what’s good for an eyeliner!

It’s been a particularly hectic week, so I’ve not had chance to get into town to replace my BADgal, my Clarins was just making my eyes red and sore, and resorting to black eye shadow just isn’t smart when you have to apply make up with somebody pulling you by your belt loop to re-build a track they have taken apart for the sole purpose of having you rebuild it.

So when I was in Sainsbogs I ran to their make up aisle in desperation .  The selection was poor, all skinny little things that are hard and pointy.  Then I found this, and I have a new love…BADGirl without the price tag.


Maybelline Smokey

Maybelline Smoky

Maybelline Master Smoky.  It’s soft, it’s chunky, and I quite like the little smudgy bit on the end, it means that it actually ends up looking more natural as my makeup doesn’t look as intense, but don’t worry, it’s not boring and “natural” all the time, last night I may have been a tad grumpy, so decided to pick myself up, and while I my fantabulous dinner was cooking away on the hob (to be blogged another day when I’m not chasing my tail), I may have nipped upstairs and given myself a little bit of smokey eye. It worked SO SO well.  I would have showed you, but well, I’m never going to get that close up on a photo.

What about you? What’s your favourite eyeliner?

Barefaced Cheek.


Whilst I wont leave the house without make up EVER, one of my favourite essentials is my stain.  Sometimes, no matter how tired you look, how red your nose is, how fed up you are, a bit of colour in your cheeks and a little light on the cheek bones (I DO HAVE SOME SOMEWHERE) makes all the difference.

It seems that some of my favourite celebrities have been following my lead *ahem* and going with the pink natural looking cheek with a bit of a highlighter to accentuate the cheekbones.

Whether it’s Kate, Cheryl, Michelle, Emma, JLO, Kimbers, Elle, they all have a healthy glow about them, and YES, whilst I’m sure a lot of it is down to their hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of beauty products, you can’t help but feel that they are displaying the look of somebody who has been for a long country walk in the autumn leaves before heading into the local pub for Sunday lunch.

In a vain attempt to replicate that look, without having to go out and do the walking thing, I’ve tried a few stains currently out there…



…after all, you may need one for the make up bag, the make up in your bedroom, one to keep in your coat pocket, one to keep in the car.  What?  I’m not the only person who does that am I?

Everybody who’s anybody knows about Benetint.  A great stain which can be quite bold on your cheeks (and lips), but can also be a bit more delicate.  I love the texture, although if I use my fingers to rub it in, I can sometimes look like I’ve committed a crime.

For me, Posietint is probably my favourite.  I love the gel texture of it, and it seems to last a lot longer because of it.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a girlie girl, but it’s a softer edge to it, and I think gives me a naturally rosie glow.

When my friend told me that Poundland stocked Chit Chat cheek tint, I popped in for a look.  Cheek tint modelled on Benetint – for a £1?  PERFECT.  Apart from when the bottle broke in half when I was doing the lid up, the actual stain isn’t too bad.  It’s not as strong as benetint from what I can tell, but that’s not necessarily bad.  It’s a good emergency back up when you run out of posietint.

I got given a couple of tubes of the Body Shop cheek stain.  It’s good, probably a thicker consistancy then the Poundland version, but oh my god, the application is a NIGHTMARE.  Putting it on over the top of foundation as I do every morning means that the lipgloss style applicator gets clogged up with the foundation on my cheek, and I get the impression I’m not rubbing it into my cheeks, just back and forth across.  In fact, it’s probably my least favourite.

Right now, I’m going to go and reapply a touch of colour to my naked tired cheeks and go and collect the children, pretending to be the vibrant, competent yummy mummy that I’m not.