Just to let you all know, I’m recovering from foot surgery and will be back soon xIMG_20200113_163402_484IMG_20200113_111035

New season, new look.

Yes, I’ve had my hair cut!

After years of umming and aahing over whether to go shorter, I finally took the plunge and did it 🙂

I decided to leave my comfort zone for Spring and try out colours I wouldn’t normally go for. Green lipstick? Not just for Hallowe’en, you know. A combination of reddish pink, gold and copper eye shadows? There’s only one way to find out whether or not that will work.

Spring 1

Spring 2

I dusted off my long forgotten customised palette and rediscovered some depotted NYX eye shadows to play with.

On the inner lid I used Copper, followed by Blondie in the middle and Redhead on the outer lid. The browbone and crease shades in Ivory and Beige came courtesy of my Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood eye shadow palette. The cheek area was dusted with subtle shades from Charlotte Tilbury’s The Natural palette, and finally the lips were topped with Huda Beauty lip strobe in Saucey.


Spring tools of the trade

The tools of the trade



I came up with the second look with St. Patrick’s Day in mind. Here I used my new Lime Crime Venus XL II palette as follows:

Inner lid – Obscure

Outer lid – Ripe

Crease – Stella

The browbone was highlighted with Ulta eye shadow in Shell. For my cheeks I used Clinique’s Ginger Pop blush, and subtly highlighted my cheekbones with Jeffree Star’s Alien Ice from the Platinum Ice palette.

I used Sephora’s Lipstories lipstick in Cash Money on my lips: although the tube originally had a picture of dollars on it, I customised it to show British pound sterling as I live in the UK and not the US (hope that doesn’t offend anyone in today’s ridiculous PC climate!)

St Patricks Day Look One

St Patricks Day Look Two


Wishing you all a very Happy Easter, and thanks for reading x




Welcome to my Blog Sale; every item is genuine and purchased by me. All prices are in GBP and please note I ONLY POST WITHIN THE UK. No returns or refunds, and I accept Paypal payments only (no bank transfer) via Goods & Services.

All prices include postage.   MIMIMUM PURCHASE £5.

If you’d like to make a purchase, drop me a line at cookiemonster.ch21@gmail.com with your details and what you wish to buy, and I’ll send an invoice.

KAT VON D Chrysalis palette *SOLD*

kvd chrysalis collage





Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick palette (top) £20

Laura Mercier Artists Eye palette (bottom) *SOLD*

ct lm collage




CHANEL Candeur et Experience quad

chanel quad collage

No box, but comes with original applicators and velvet pouch. The red shade has a small mark from where I used it wet (see pictures for more details). £25




Contains the shades Exorcism, Sanctuary, Madrid and Hawkwind. All swatched once on back of hand. Selling all together *SOLD*

multi collage 1

Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora palette. All colours swatched. No box. *SOLD*

Primark Berry palette. One shade has a small chink. Lightly used. £5

H&M Aubergine Dream palette. Some colours swatched, some brand new. £10

H&M Smoky Essentials palette. Some colours swatched, some brand new. £10

Ulta single eye shadows in Rockstar & Nightsky £3 each or both for £5

Essence Hello Autumn eye shadow palette £3

TopShop lipstick in Culture (dark brown) 80% left. £3

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Caramel. Used a couple of times £3



multi collage 2

Jouer Skinny Dip palette *SOLD*

Huda Beauty Silver Fox liquid lipstick. New and sealed. £15

Kylie Holiday 2016 eye shadow palette *SOLD*

LORAC Multi Platinum palette. Boxed. £10


Thanks for looking x




Winter presents a real challenge; nobody looks good during the cold, grey months. Too much grub and booze over the festive season play havoc with not only the waistline but the complexion, and the dreaded lurgy rears its ugly head, making everyone feel sluggish and off-kilter.

No wonder we all look so washed out …

However, it’s not all bad news. Winter is the perfect time for experimenting with lots of shimmer and glitter, textures which may seem OTT at other times of the year. Bold and bright is the way forward, and nothing beats a gorgeous red lipstick for warmth and glamour.

For me, the most versatile product in my collection is the Jeffree Star Platinum Ice Skin Frost Palette. Use it on eyes, cupid’s bow or cheeks for a fantastic, unearthly glow.

winter collage look 1

In the top right pic above I’ve used Glacier along the cheekbone, sweeping across with a dampened brush for extra ‘clout’. In keeping with the glitter/shimmer/winter theme, I’ve applied an ombre manicure in the top left photo using a combination of gel nail polish and Model’s Own Northern Lights traditional nail polish. This technique is also a good way of hiding unsightly chips for those times when you’re too busy to do a start-from-scratch manicure at any given time. The picture on the bottom right shows my cupid’s bow highlighted with Ice Cold from the Platinum Ice palette (bottom left).


Products used in Look One:

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation in Cool Ivory

Ulta Eye Shadow Primer

KvD Lock It Powder Foundation in Light 42

MUA Custom Colour Foundation Mixer

MeMeMe Loose Powder in Translucent

Face Stockholm single eye shadows in Morkbrun and Nastan Svart

Jeffree Star Pink Chill from the Platinum Ice palette

ColourPop single eye shadow in Porter

Essence Arctic Lights blush in Snow Queen

Ulta eye shadow single in Shell

Inglot lipstick no 866

Technic pencil eyeliner

Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara

winter collage 2


Some products are used for different purposes than their original intentions eg The KvD Lock It Powder Foundation perfectly covers up two prominent pink patches on my face, and I find the MUA Foundation Mixer makes a great under eye concealer. My eyebrows are defined with Face Stockholm’s Morkbrun eye shadow, and I use their Nastan Svart eye shadow over pencil eyeliner for added definition and to patch up any ‘gaps’.

These are my staples and I use them with all my looks.


look 1 tools




Products used in Look 2:

Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation in Cool Ivory

Ulta eye shadow primer

KvD Lock It Powder Foundation in Light 42

MUA Custom Colour Foundation Mixer

MeMeMe Loose Powder in Translucent

Face Stockholm single eye shadows in Morkbrun and Nastan Svart

ColourPop single eye shadow in Rex

Technic pencil eyeliner

Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara

Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Berries On Ice

Jeffree Star Ice Cold from Platinum Ice palette

Polar, Fjord and Finland eye shadows from Cargo Northern Lights palette

Charlotte Tilbury blush in First Love

look 2 tools

winter collage 3



Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year to you all x

Wishing everyone at WordPress a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019 xx

Happy New Year

A couple of months ago we bought a house a hundred miles from where we’d been renting for the past few years. The tenancy had almost expired, so we thought we’d use our former residence as a base to visit our daughter during the Holidays; it was either that or Chou’s cramped, cold caravan.

Fortunately our landlady allowed us back for a week. Since our initial departure she’d decorated the entire house in pure white – including the doors. Kat thought the place resembled an asylum, whereas I thought it was more akin to being in Heaven (*cue angelic choir upon opening the door*).


So there we were, all three of us, plus our dog and cat, in an empty house with no internet, tv, or anything comfortable to sit on. I’d brought along our portable black Christmas tree and Kung Fu Hamster (remember those?) to add a little festive cheer, as well as a supply of treats.


Kat was working Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, so there wasn’t much for Phil and myself to do during the day. The evenings were spent in our former local; it was nice catching up with old friends and hearing all the latest gossip. We also had internet access there so we didn’t feel so cut off from the world. Some people hadn’t even realised we’d moved ….


Christmas dinner was Tesco’s Finest Beef Casserole With Dumplings for Kat and myself, whilst Phil had a Quorn steak pie. We had a single pan to boil everything in, including water for hot drinks, and we used paper plates and plastic cutlery for convenience. When Kat finally had a day off, we went into town to enjoy ourselves. I’d never seen such an almighty throng of people hitting the shops before – there were queues everywhere. I spent a small fortune in LUSH, but it was worth every penny. Kat bought herself a beautiful jewellery box with Christmas money/vouchers she’d received, and then we indulged ourselves at Hotel Chocolat whilst browsing our purchases.


By the time our visit had ended we were thoroughly sick of sleeping on air beds which creaked, crunched and made all sorts of weird noises with every movement, listening to Pink on repeat on our portable cd player, and clock watching as the long, tedious days turned into long, tedious nights.

Looks like next year it will be Chou’s cramped, cold caravan after all.


If, like me, you missed out on the pre-Christmas sales, don’t be tempted to cut corners and buy cheap on certain auction sites, hoping that ‘just maybe’ you’ll strike it lucky and get a bargain.

I recently received this poor imitation of ABH Sultry palette. As you can see from the pics, half the lettering from the shade names is missing, there’s no info (including serial number) on the box or back of palette, and the little black ‘tongue’ found on genuine ABH palettes underneath the brush is nowhere to be seen.

abh 1

abh 4

abh 5

I’m currently trying to get my money back – okay, so it only cost a tenner, but it’s still money wasted, buying something not fit for purpose. Recently ABH had this on sale  on their website for £30 but it sold out before I could buy it. Then, when it was restocked, it was priced at the usual £46, a hefty sum for someone like myself.

I’m just thankful this item wasn’t intended as a gift.


Wishing you all a happy and fake-free Christmas x


UPDATE 29th December:

I came across another eBay member selling Sultry palettes, who claimed to have proof of purchase. When I asked for photographic evidence, they refused.

There’s something very comforting about swapping jeans and t shirts for faux fur gilets and warm leggings as the nights draw in. I also like turning out my makeup drawer and rediscovering all those lush shades which had been gathering dust during the warmer months. Out come the greens, purples and berry shades, crying out to be paired with rich golds, russets and browns, a kaleidoscope of autumnal heaven to complement my favourite season.

Going totally baseless is no longer an option as the last of summer’s tan fades away, revealing uneven skin tone, blotches, and other imperfections. Those dark under eye circles become more noticeable, too. It’s time to cover up!

Here are two looks I’ve created, with the products used for each one:

Autumn 2

Autumn 1

Autumn Look One (above):

KvD Lock It Powder Foundation in Light 44

GOSH BB cream in 01 Sand

Skin Food Banana Concealer Stick in No.1

Face Stockholm single eye shadow in Morkbrun

Face Stockholm single eye shadow in Nastan Svart

Clinique Blush in 01 Ginger Pop

Tarte Clay Play face shaping palette (Desert, Sand & Dunes shades were used from this)

Cargo eyeliner pencil in Black

Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara in Black

NYX Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry



Autumn 4

Autumn 3

Autumn 5

Autumn Look Two (above):

KvD Lock It Powder Foundation in Light 44

GOSH BB Cream in 01 Sand

Skin Food Banana Concealer stick in No 1

Ulta Nude Matte Eye Shadow Primer

Urban Decay Lounge eyeshadow (the green monochrome one) from Afterdark palette

Middle eye shadow, top row of GOSH 004 To Be Cool In Copenhagen palette

Middle eye shadow, second row of GOSH 004 To Be Cool In Copenhagen palette

Face Stockholm single eye shadow in Nastan Svart

Cargo eyeliner pencil in Black

Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara in Black

Clinique Blush in 01 Ginger Pop

KvD Studded Kiss lipstick in Naz Fur Atoo



Thanks for reading x

Ever wondered how you’d look with a completely different hairdo, but don’t want to risk making an expensive mistake?

Thank goodness for hairstyle changing apps, then. My own hair is very fine and thin, so there’s very little I can actually do. My oblong face shape also limits me in my options, so I’m well and truly stuffed.

However, I had fun trying out different hairstyles without the commitment …

The Doing The Kelly Osbourne look

Top: As I normally look

Bottom: Doing the Kelly Osbourne, perhaps?


The Alison Hannigan look.jpg

Hmmm … a touch of Alison Hannigan maybe? If only I could really grow my hair this long *sigh*



The Awful Pixie Cut look

‘The best of the lot’ observed my daughter upon viewing the pics. Er, Kat – this one’s truly awful! Okay, it may complement my face shape, but I don’t fancy looking like a Christmas elf, thank you! Besides, short hair isn’t something I feel particularly comfortable with.



The Janet Street Porter look

Now, I personally like this one – the style, that is. The length’s perfect, as is the full on fringe. The colour, however, needs changing – after all, who wants to look like a geriatric Janet Street Porter? Not me.



The Sultry Redhead look

Ah, the geeky senior schoolgirl look. Still, it’s better than my real school photos where I had a stupid, Terry Wogan- style haircut, complete with side parting so far down it almost touched the top of my ear. I still cringe when I think about those days.


Hope you all enjoyed taking the piss 🙂

Caroline x

I came across this article on the BBC news website, and it definitely struck a chord. Although my spending on beauty products and stash is nowhere near what this lady’s is, I’m more determined than ever to curb my purchasing pangs.

Here’s the link: