It's a Coffee Lady giveaway! How seasonal!
Just look what I've got for you!
More, you say? More! More! I'll give you more!
It doesn't even stop! No it doesn't!
I wear make-up practically every day - not loads, but enough to make me feel like I don't resemble the walking dead. I don't want to look younger, I don't want to hide away behind a mask - I just want to look a bit brighter, a bit less tired.
I'm not alone. According to a study commissioned by Sheer Cover® mineral make-up, polling over 1000 women, 32% of those asked said they would prefer to go to a Christmas party without their underwear, their winter coat and their friends rather than go without make-up.
I got the chance to try a set of Sheer Cover foundation this month, and I expected to be able to tell you how nice it was, and then move on. Make-up is make-up, yes? What's the difference?
What I didn't expect was to utterly love the stuff. All of a sudden, I looked like an advertisement for glowiness and health, even on the days I felt far from glowy or healthy. It didn't have that foundation 'look' - my skin just looked better. Much better.
I did worry that the effect wouldn't last long. I'm used to a liquid foundation - with mineral foundation you apply loose powder with a brush. I wasn't convinced it would make it through a day - but it did. To prove it, I walked through a snowstorm on the way back from work and it still stayed put. (I didn't deliberately walk through a snowstorm. But still, it was a pretty good test.)
I should have known. Last year after my 40th birthday I set up The Changing Room, a Flickr group where a few of us posted pictures of what we were wearing in order to get an honest opinion. The conversation there turned to make-up, and mineral make-up was praised by another member, who liked it for not being cakey. See - bloggers are always right.
I also tried Sheer Cover eye highlighters, which knocked the socks off anything I'd tried for a long while, giving a sparkly but subtle sheen. Mascara usually falls right off me - I have to buy the stuff that has to be sandblasted off - but this one lasted the day without the dreaded panda eyes. The concealer hid the dark circles under my eyes incredibly well.
So I emailed Sheer Cover and asked if I could share the joy. And they were more than generous - so one lucky winner will get these super things:
Eyeshadow Palette - Modern Classics
Eyeshadow Palette - Naturals
Lip Gloss Collection - Berry.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. (If you like, tell me what vital make-up discovery you can't do without.)
If you want an extra entry, link to the giveway on your blog, follow me on Twitter, or comment on this giveaway on my Facebook page.
Entries from the UK only please - the giveaway closes at 10pm on Wednesday December 15th.
Congratulations to the winner - Ticking Stripes!