Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Recipe Rifle goes shopping: FACE

In the last two months of my pregnancy I went quite bonkers about stuff. No wait, not just stuff, but the right stuff, quality stuff. I think this is what some people refer to as "nesting", but my house was already totally nested-out, I didn't need any more muslin squares and a new baby bouncer had been purchased. So my mad, rolling, panting, grasping eye turned to dresses, bags, sandals, jewellery, skincare...

The moment I had Sam, at 4.45am on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May. I ceased to crave any of it. I'm really, really pleased that I have it all - (I don't think I bought a single new item of clothing after Kitty was born that wasn't just hateful, draggy Mum-Wear) - but I no longer just sit about wanting things. No more this "fiesta" shirt from Anthropologie will change my life, this bright green box bag from Zara will change my life.

It's nice. Peaceful. Like being unchained from a different lunatic.

It coincided, in some kind of cosmic dream, with a lot of companies wanting to send me things to write about.

I don't know why people want to send me things in the post to write about. All I ever talk about is how shit I am, how ugly fat and useless - this is hardly an "aspirational" blog, but nevertheless I have started to be offered some stupendously wicked stuff that I can't turn down.

Anyway it comes attached with a certain moral tricksiness - is it okay to accept things for free and then not write about them if they are no good? Or what about if you're a bit ambivalent about them but you say you like them because, fuck it, why not?

What I have decided to do - and I'm sure you are fascinated - is take everything, with egregious thankings, but only put things on here that I like, that I would spend my own money on. I also feature here some things that I have, actually, spent my own (or my husband's) money on, which I can recommend to you or warn you off accordingly.

We start today with the FACE - i.e. cosmetics and gadgets.

I say gadgetS, I really mean gadGET - the Clarisonic face thing, that my husband bought me for my birthday. I love it: get it. Like a massaging, rotating brush for your face. You only need to use it once a day, keep it in the shower, run it over your visage once you've massaged a bit of cleanser in. It's about 1m% less hassle than cleaning your teeth and it improves skin tone, clarity, colour, all that bullshit. DO IT. If my husband hadn't bought one for me, I would have spent my own money on it. Get the most basic model if money IS an object - you don't need anything more snazzy.

BOUGHT THIS WITH OWN MONEY


Next, please turn your attention to Benefit. They very kindly sent me all sorts of stuff, the best of which was this very pleasing crease-free eyeshadow in Bikini-Tini and, below, a lipgloss in Fauxmance.

The eyeshadow is the sort of thing that you can smear on with a finger in 2 seconds that helps you look less dead, without making you look a bit inappropriate and drag-queeny for a day of gooning around with a two year-old or lying prone under a 3 day-old. On my favourite TV series ever, Friday Night Lights, they coat the lids of their lady stars with something very similar and it looks terrific. It looks a bit orange in the picture below but it's not really, it's a sort of pale gold.

GOT SENT THIS FOR FREE

I don't, generally, like lipgloss because it's a it drying and your hair gets stuck in it. Plus my mouth is massive and I don't need to draw attention to it. This is moisturising with a nice sheen rather than sticky shine and my hair doesn't get stuck in it. The colour really suits ME, but I have got red hair and sort of weird bluey-yellow skin and purplish lips (think Eddie Redmayne) so maybe visit a counter before buying. Unless you are Eddie Redmayne, in which case, this is the colour for you.

GOT SENT THIS FOR FREE


I bought this Garnier BB cream in total despair when still pregnant and my face was simply some eyes and a nose painted on a balloon. Since having Sam, my face has changed beyond belief - I no longer face the morning with weird bloating and blotching, an oil-slicky sheen and terrifying blue-black circles under my eyes.

But when I DID have all that going on, this BB cream helped smooth things out and made me less suicidal. I never really understood BB "beauty balm" or CC "colour correcting" creams before, but they just sort of make you look better, in a way that foundation doesn't and can't. So, I like this as an entry-level BB cream, (I picked slightly the wrong colour, a bit too pale, but this is a constant hazard when you have red hair because your colouring is inconsistent to put it mildly), but I can see myself spending quite a lot on something highly recommended - the one I keep hearing good things about is by YSL - called something like All-In-One BB cream or something.

BOUGHT THIS WITH MY OWN MONEY


I hope you enjoyed that. I did. Next: Recipe Rifle goes shopping for CLOTHES.

21 comments:

  1. Congratulations on Sam's arrival.

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  2. Big congratulations on the birth of Sam.

    Also, good tip about the lip gloss, as someone who gets gloss rage when my hair gets mashed into it by an errant breeze, I'm always on the lookout for something non-sticky.

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  3. Congratulations!

    LOVE my Clarisonic so second this so much and I'll definitely keep my eye out for the Benefit when I'm next feeling flush.

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  4. Brilliant! Thank you. And congratulations on Sam, great name. Roll on clothes shopping with RR...

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  5. Congratulations again on the safe arrival of Sam. Good to hear you sounding in good spirits. Eagerly awaiting clothes shopping. Will footwear be covered? I only ever seem to wear ballet pumps or Converse. I do have a couple of prs of Louboutins for best but I wear those like twice a year.

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  6. Congratulations to you particularly, and the now enlarged Coren family in general, on the safe arrival of Sam. My daughter Harriet also clocked in at 4.45am. Which as A Godawful Hour for anything BUT the end of childbirth, in my book.

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  7. Someday when you're bored and have nothing else to write about, I wish you would do a review of Boots products that you like (if you even like them-I think you've mentioned at some point you used some of them). They've just become available in the US but I have to order them online--so hard to choose when you just have a picture. Congrats on the new baby!

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  8. I did like that. Thankyou.
    I get very tired of hearing bloggers harping on about how lovely stuff is because they are on some deal.

    Agree on the Clarisonic, absolutely love it.


    P.S If anyone wants to send me free stuff, I will gladly harp on about how lovely it is.

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  9. Huge congrats! - hope it all went well and you didn't do a Romola Garai x

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  10. Oh- congratulations on Sam! Beautiful name for a beautiful baby. And thanks for the heads up on the whizzing face brush- my skin during this pregnancy has reverted to its 14 yr old self. Which is not a good thing. Am currently desperate and will try anything.

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  11. Ahhh congratulations!!! Is Kitty impressed with Sam, or disdainful?
    xxx

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  12. Congratulations - pleased to hear you aren't pregnant any more. hope all is going well.

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  13. Congratulations! Lovely name.

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  14. Congratulations! Amazing you are back and blogging already, hurrah! Love the new focus on STUFF, keep it up please.

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  15. Elizabeth Medovnik15 May 2013 at 10:05

    Congratulations to you both! I love his name xx

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  16. Oooh, am also obsessed with my facebrush - but bought the £20 one from Boots, pretty sure it does the same job, and skin looks miles better.

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  17. Yay for safe arrival of Sam. Congratulations x.

    I too LOVE my Clarisonic. Took me ages to commit to buying due to the price but so glad I did as it's totally worth every penny. And I will certainly be checking out that eyeshadow.

    Love your blogs whether they're shopping or cooking based

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  18. Congratulations! Fabulous news about Sam and am pleased you are both doing so well. I love your attitude to the freebies. I adore BB cream (and I've got that one too) - its great when I can't be bothered to put on make-up but don't want to scare young children. I'm really intrigued by the Clarisonic, I've heard great things so now really debating buying one. And your recommendation means a lot (so please continue to only give reviews you mean!). But I wish I could stop wanting STUFF. It doesn't count as nesting if you're (a) not pregnant or (b) childless. No excuse. maybe I'm just trying to fill the void in my life.... (nah, unfortunately I fear I am just greedy and superficial)

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  19. Hooray! Congratulations on Sam and thank gawd you are back!

    Have the Garnier BB cream and love, love, love it. Let's see how it holds up in a hot Ohio summer...

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  20. Congrats on baby Sam!! Thought he must have put in an appearance as it had been quiet here.

    I have the clarisonic and love it too.

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  21. Congratulations on the birth of Sam, especially as he now shares my birthday (also Tony Blair's)

    Also anniversary of Sir Roger Banister running his 4 minute mile...

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