Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A winter skincare hero: Sanctuary Spa Wonder Oil Serum

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Sanctuary Spa Wonder Oil Serum £19.50 launched earlier this year promising to deliver a serious hit of moisture without the greasy, heavy feeling that oils are so often associated with. The bi-phase formula consists of moringa, jojoba & pomegranate oil along with red rice stem cells to rejuvenate and firm the skin - you just simply shake and apply. 

The first thing that struck me was just how lightweight the formula actually is - in fact, it almost feels like water when it comes into contact with the skin. Three droplets is enough to cover the face and the light lemongrass scent feels super calming in the evening but refreshing in the morning. Because yep, this product is so lightweight that I've even popped it on during the day before makeup - and that's saying something coming from an oily skinned gal like myself. As soon as you've applied skin feels super hydrated and looks so much more perky and radiant, creating a perfectly smooth base to apply makeup onto. 

So if you find your skin plays havoc with you come winter, I'm talking dry patches, flaking and dull looking skin, Sanctuary Spa Wonder Oil Serum may just be the product you've been looking for. The jury's still out on the long-term anti-ageing effects but in the meantime my skin is looking a lot more healthy and I don't feel like I need to wear as much makeup to hide my tired looking winter skin. 

Have you tried this yet? Do you have any other products from Sanctuary Spa that you'd recommend?

Monday, 10 November 2014

4 books to read this winter

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Daughter by Jane Shemilt
A mother's 15 year old daughter doesn't come home one night, sparking an investigation that chucks up shocking twist after shocking twist as the mum realises she doesn't know her daughter as well as she thinks she did. You seriously feel the helplessness, anguish, sorrow and fear as Jenny, the mum, searches for her daughter. So much so that several times I had to remind my self: this is just a book. The heart-breaking story will stick in your head well after you've finished it.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This is one of them books where you need to find somebody else who's read it straight after you've finished so that you can have The Debrief. It's probably got one of of the b-i-g-g-e-s-t twists ever and is so shocking at times that you'll need to take five minutes to compose yourself. At least I did. A must read.

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Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
The main character Hannah has a whirlwind romance with a guy she meets while working in New York. They get married and everything's going so well until she discovers the web of lies that he's been spinning since Day 1. It's seriously addictive and towards the end, when the whole plot really unravels and gets super juicy, I was even trying to read it as I walked home from the train station.

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The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey
I went into this book without having a clue on the actual plot-line, and I would recommend you to do the same because I think that actually adds to the whole impact of this story. It's a real thought-provoker, one that makes you wonder about humanity, the world and life in general. I would thoroughly recommend this to absolutely everyone. My favourite of the bunch.

Have you guys read any of these books? What did you think? At the moment I'm reading a Helena Rubinstein biography but would love to hear your recommendations on what to read next!



Wednesday, 5 November 2014

THE berry lip: MAC Living Legend - The Matte Lip Collection

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But it was the dark, vampy shade of the collection that I was really interested. Living Legend £15.50 is exactly the colour I've been looking for in my personal quest for THE berry lip - and it ticks all the boxes. Amazing pigmentation? Tick. Fabulous lasting power? Tick. Versatile enough to be worn in a handful of different ways? Tick, tick, tick! 


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In fact, that last point is what I love the most. Living Legend can be gently blotted on the lips like I've done in the last photo to reveal a more browny/mauve (office appropriate) berry, or layered on, full pelt, to reveal a super rich and delicious plum shade (2nd photo), perfect for autumnal nights out.

MAC's Matte formula isn't necessarily moisturising, but I don't find it drying either. Start the day with a touch of lip balm and apply again at lunchtime and you'll be absolutely fine.

What's your favourite dark lip for autumn/winter? Have you tried any of the lipsticks from MAC's The Matte Lip Collection?


Monday, 3 November 2014

Bespoke fragrance that's actually affordable: The Library of Fragrance

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The Library of Fragrance first hit my radar a few weeks ago when it seemed to be on the pages of every magazine I opened. The simplistic, clean looking bottles each house a singular scent, with the choice ranging from traditional Musk #7 and Patchouli (above) to super unusual Dirt, Play-Doh and Fiery Curry (really).

The beauty of it all is that you can wear just one scent on its own or layer as many as you want to create your own bespoke, custom-blended fragrance. HOW COOL? Each singular scent is £15 a pop, so if you layer 2, or even 3, it still comes in a lot cheaper than your standard Debenhams-bought fragrance (and a helluva lot cheaper than mixing your own bespoke fragrance from scratch).

I wanted to go for a deep and heady autumnal fragrance, so chose some of the more intense scents to layer together. Clean Skin by itself is a very natural, light fragrance (perfect for daytime wear) whilst adding the Patchouli and Musk #7 amps the whole thing up a couple of notches. But beware, the latter two scents are seriously strong and not for the faint-hearted!

If you're after something a little more fruity, try Clean Skin and Peach, or add Fresh Ginger to the mix for something super zesty and awakening in the mornings. For those of us that are constantly searching for our very own signature scent, it may be time to stop searching and get mixing instead. Take a look at the website and let me know which scent you'd go for! These bottles look so pretty on my dressing table that I already want to try more.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Review: Guerlain Teracotta 4 Seasons Bronzer in Brunette

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guerlain-bronzer-brunette-4 Ask anyone in the beauty world who does the best bronzers and they'll always tell you: Guerlain. Their bronzer selection has it all - pretty-patterned pans, extravagant packaging and finely milled, luminous formulas.

The Teracotta 4 Seasons Bronzer in Brunette £47.00 is my pick of the bunch. It imitates the colour of a natural tan so well and really does add a sunkissed glow to the face. It's more "I've just come back from an exotic holiday" as opposed to "I'm wearing a crap load of bronzer." Amaze.

As well as its uses as a straight up bronzer, the four shades in the palette can be used individually to sculpt and contour the face or even as transition shades on a smokey eye. The colours are super matte, there's not even a speckle of glitter in the pan, but once on there's not chalkiness that you'd expect from such a matte formula. Skin just looks like it has a healthy, natural veil of colour.

 At nearly fifty pounds you'd expect this to be one hell of a bronzer. And ladies, it is. Have you ever tried any Guerlain bronzers? What's your favourite for a natural bronze look?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Getting into autumnal makeup

berry-lip-gold-eyes Autumnal makeup. It's not something I've ever been too keen on (give me a bronze eye and a peachy coral lip any day) but this year I've found myself more drawn to it. In fact, I'm so into it that I've already compiled a list of berry lipsticks as long as my arm that I'm planning on adding to my stash (first up is Charlotte Tilbury Glastonberry - too gorg!).

But at the moment I'm working with what I've got, and probably one of the nicest berry lip shades I have is the much loved Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Lipstick in 107 £5.49 - a red toned berry that's not too dark but still has a vampy edge to it. I paired this with a simple and understated gold eye using the NARS Isolde Duo £25.00 and a smidgen of chocolate liner (the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Dark Chocolate Matte £4.49) applied to the top lash line only with an angled brush. I finished with a couple of coats of the MUFE Smokey Lash Mascara and the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude £3.99 on the bottom waterline.

For the skin I used Sleek CC Cream in Medium £8.99, a buildable formula that's more akin to a medium coverage foundation once applied and finished it off with Rimmel Stay Matte Powder £4.99 and a dusting of bronzer, as well as some of MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light Boost £18.50 under the eyes to brighten everything up.

I think I'm fully converted to autumnal makeup and am dying to try out some more berry toned products. What are your fave products for creating an autumnal makeup look? Any berry toned lipstick recommendations I should check out?

Monday, 20 October 2014

The no frills body moisturiser

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Luxury, budget, fragrance-free, fragrance-full, lightweight, rich, butters and lotions - when it comes to body moisturisers the list of options is practically endless. Sometimes it can all get a bit too much and I find myself just wanting something that does the job, no frills attached. Even more so when it rolls round to the colder months and the skin on my limbs starts to look like sandpaper/corn flakes (aka dryer than dry).

The Avene XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Cream (£16.50) definitely sits on the more plain side of things when it comes to body moisturisers but girl, it gets the job DONE. The consistency is somewhere in between a butter and a lotion, and as you rub it goes super white, but after a couple of seconds my skin has drunk it all up. Formulated to be used on atopic-prone (i.e. sensitive) and naturally dry skin, this moisturiser gives skin instant nourishment and leaves it feeling silky soft. It doesn't feel heavy or greasy on the skin either so once it's rubbed in you can barely feel it there at all. There is a very light fragrance to it as well which I've found I much prefer these days to overpoweringly scented body moisturisers.

I know body moisturisers aren't the most exciting thing to talk about, but I've honestly been so impressed with how this has helped my post-holiday, flakey skin that I felt compelled to share. If you're looking for a no-nonsense, simple body moisturiser that still feels quite luxurious - this one's your guy.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Current go-to makeup


I'm usually a creature of habit when it comes to eyeshadows - dark bronzes, maroon and chocolate shades have always been my colours of choice - but recently I've preferred going with a lighter eye that's much softer and easier to wear day or night. This look was used creating my LORAC Pro Palette but there are so many eyeshadows out there that will create a similar effect, it's basically some good quality matte browns paired with a light shimmering champagne.

I start with buffing the shades Taupe, Sable and Espresso from the LORAC Pro Palette through the crease and around the lower lash line before patting the shade Nude all over the lid and through the tear duct. I skip eyeliner and apply lashing of Make Up For Ever Smokey Lash Mascara instead, which is absolutely incredible stuff. It lasts so well, holds a curl till the cows come home but is still easy to remove at night. 

On the face I've been using the old favourite MAC Face and Body Foundation, a product I have fallen in love with all over again. The coverage is buildable yet natural looking and set with powder I can tease out pretty impressive wear time. I'm loving another old favourite in the shape of Clarins Rouge Prodige in Lilac Pink, which is exactly the shade the name would suggest. It looks absolutely bomb with a nude lipliner blended around the edges, I think in this photo I used MAC Nice 'n' Spicy Pro Longwear Lip Pencil and really worked it into the lips so that it was barely noticeable but still made my lips look fuller. 

Lastly - brows. I picked up a new pot of the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow this time in the shade Soft Brown and oh my word it is the most perfect brow shade EVER. My hair's a lot lighter these days and Soft Brown suits it perfectly, neither too warm or ashy, nor is it too light or dark. DipBrow is probably one of my favourite products of all time and I can't imagine ever doing my brows without it - bold statement, I know.

Which products are you reaching for at the moment? 


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

HOW TO: Braided boho ponytail


Tousled and relaxed 'dos like this simple ponytail have always been my absolute favourites - they're super easy to pull off and always look like you've put in lots more effort than you actually have. Here's a little step-by-step of this style I tried out on hols...

1. To start with, you want to give hair that separated, beachy texture and Fudge Sea Salt Spray (£11.25) is honestly the best product for the job. It adds definition but doesn't ever make hair feel greasy, crispy or overloaded with product.

2. Backcomb at the crown of the head and then roughly scrape back into a ponytail, securing with a hairband.

3. Take a strand half an inch thick, plait very tightly and then twist around the base of the ponytail. Pin this in really securely with a bobby pin.

4. Then (my favourite bit) pick another half an inch thick strand and plait very tightly. Once your at the end of the strand, heavily spray the bottom with a strong hold hair spray. This will seal the plait and keep it in without you having to secure it with a hair band. Repeat this three times plaiting random strands.

5. If you want you can lightly tong the rest of your ponytail to add a light wave and more texture.

The next day by the pool I kept the mini plaits in and swung my hair up into a top knot. You could just about see the plaits poking through which I love! The only nightmare about this style is that those plaits can quickly turn in to mini dreadlocks if you're not careful, so a good conditioner like the Charles Worthington Intense Rescue Melting Balm (£16.99) is an absolute must.

I know this ponytail is a tad summery for October, but an embellished or berry hued hair accessory is all you'd need to bring it in line with autumn. What's your favourite/go-to hair style at the moment?

Monday, 13 October 2014

Where have I been?!





I can't believe I've left it this long since I last blogged (6 weeks and 3 days to be exact) but sometimes life really does catch up on you and there just aren't enough hours in the day! In fact, I haven't even been able to find the time to read my favourite blogs, and that is saying something. Blogging alongside a full time job honestly takes serious dedication, organisation and preparation so major props to all the guys and girls out there who are making it look easy on that front. Me, on the other hand (*hands over eyes emoji*)... Not so easy!

But I've missed the world of blogging a ridiculous amount, so I thought I'd try and get back in the swing of things by posting a few photos from our recent hols to Tunisia. Such a beautiful place! Look out for an onslaught of comments while I catch up on all of your posts ;).

xS

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Fashionology purchases

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fashionology-stud-earrings-haul I wanted to pick up some good quality, sterling silver staples and the first place that came to mind was Fashionology. I love every single thing that's sold on that site but managed to hone in on three very simple pieces that I could wear every day - a pair of dainty crystal studs and two above knuckle/midi rings. Unbelievably I have already lost both of the midi rings. Absolutely devastated. They were just a little too big for my fingers and fell off without me even noticing. They were lovely though... RIP. The earrings I've managed to keep a hold of, but I'm a little disappointed with how the crystals in the studs have lost their sparkle already. I bought them with the intentions of just never having to take them out as they're sterling silver, but I think wearing them in the shower was probably a bad move. Woops.

So a little bit of a fail here guys. Perhaps I should  stick to Topshop Freedom jewellery from now on after my terrible track record with the slightly more expensive kind.  I've actually ordered some super cheap earrings from eBay, so we'll see how those compare to these Fashionology studs. After years of being a gold girl I'm starting to totally prefer silver again, so let me know if you have any other favourites for sterling silver jewellery.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Glammin' my sister


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One of my favourite things in the entire world is giving people makeovers. So before my sister and I went out earlier this week, I quickly offered to do her makeup for her. It's safe to say I got a little bit carried away, and what started off as a subtle look turned into a full on glam.

Tara had recently picked up MAC Frost Eyeshadow in Sable (£12.00) so I added that into the mix and couldn't get over how beautiful it looked on! The Frost finish is actually really subtle and chic, not at all glittery and sparkly like I assumed it would be. I never go for this kind of look on myself (gold smokey eye 4 lyf) but I think I definitely will try something similar next time I go out. I've looked in my stash and Toasted from the Urban Decay Naked Palette (£38.00) looks very similar to Sable if you're after something that creates the same look. Here is the full list of products I used:

FACE
L'Oreal True Match Foundation in W4 (£9.99)
MUFE 5 Camouflage Concealer Palette #2 ($38.00)
Bobbi Brown Powder in Yellow (£24.50)
MAC Paintpot in Groundwork (£15.50)
Becca Loose Powder
Estee Lauder Medium Matte Bronzer  (£30.00)
Hourglass Blusher in Radiant Magenta (£28.00)
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight (£35.00)

EYES
Lorac Eye Shadow Primer
LORAC Pro Palette  (£49.99) Taupe and Sable in crease, Deep Purple on the outer-v (repeated on the lower lash line, Nude on the centre of the lid
MAC Frost Eyeshadow in Sable  (£12.00) on the inner third of the lid and tear duct
Topshop Black Eye Kohl (£6.00)
Illamasqua Gel Eyeliner in Infinity (£18.00)

BROWS
Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Chocolate (£15.00)
Rimmel Brow This Way in Medium Blonde (£3.99)

LIPS
MAC Prolongwear Lipliner in Nice 'n' Spicy (£15.00)
KIKO Ultra Glossy Lip Stylo in 802 Nude (£4.19)

P.S. My sister asks you all to ignore her rather unruly eyebrows as she's in the process of growing them out (after months of me trying to persuade her to leave her naturally amazing brows alone!) She's debating HD brows, has anyone tried it?



Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My Sunday night pamper

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I've found that working a five day week has really put some routine back into my previously student-esque lifestyle - particularly when it comes to my beauty routine. Come Sunday night, out come all of the more time consuming pampering products, and I shut myself in the bathroom for at least 90 minutes. Minimum. Here's my little routine that I've got going on at the moment.

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Starting with the locks, I apply the Charles Worthington Melting Rescue Balm (£16.99) on to dry hair concentrating only on the mid-lengths to ends. This is a solid oil that quickly breaks down into more of a liquid when rubbed between the palms, making for a seriously luxurious treatment, but you really don't want to apply it anywhere near the roots.

Then after thoroughly cleansing my face, I apply the Super Facialist by Una Brennan Pore Purifying Clay Mask (£8.99). This is the perfect budget face mask for anybody with combo or oily skin; it de-slicks and purifies without leaving skin feeling stripped or overly tight.

After 10 minutes I remove the face mask but I normally rinse the hair mask out after my bath.

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To help me get rid of left over fake tan, I always pop a few drops of oil into my bath. Oil and fake tan do not mix, so this little trick really helps to lift it away from the skin and prevents you from having to scrub away at your skin too much. I haven't really got a preference for this, but I am definitely on the look out for a dedicated bath oil. I am thinking the one from Elemis? If you guys have any recommendations I'd love to know :).

Then to really get rid of my fake tan I use a couple of scoops of the Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Scrub (£37.50 full size). A little bit of this scrub goes a long way, and whilst it is a little bit scratchy it never feels harsh on the skin. It also smells incredible. I pair this with an exfoliating glove or a kese as they call them in Turkey - this combo means old flakey fake tan doesn't stand a chance.

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The fake tan goes on as usual, at the moment I'm using St Tropez Dark Mousse £33.00 and loving it, it transforms into one of the nicest faux tans I've tried on my skin and I would definitely recommend it for any medium/olive skinned girls out there who want a truly deep tan.

On my skin I apply my usual eye cream, Avene Soothing eye Contour Cream (£9.50), followed by Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (£32.00). I never apply the Dark Mousse to my face because it will 100% break me out, but I do take 3-4 drops of Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster (£18.00) and mix it with my A-Derma Hydralba Light Hydrating Cream (£10.87) so that my face isn't so much of a stark, pale contrast to the rest of my body. And we're done!

Do you have a weekend routine of pampering and preening? Which products are your favourite to use?



Monday, 25 August 2014

Currently obsessing over.. Collection Lasting Gel Nail Colour in Daredevil

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After a summer of brights and pastels, I've been hankering for something a little deeper and darker on the nails. I know summer isn't technically over yet, but Collection's Lasting Gel Nail Colour in Daredevil (£3.19) is one of those timeless shades that looks great whatever the season. It's slightly more chocolatey toned than any other rouge noir shades I've tried and I absolutely love it. I can see myself wearing this a lot; definitely a nail-drobe staple for me.

Also, the formula of these Gel Nail Colours is incredible. The polish is runny but not too runny, opaque in two coats and seriously chip resistant. It's also just as glossy without a top coat as it is with one, which I love as it makes them perfect for when doing your nails is a total last minute thing. Almost Nude - a light beigey nude - is next on my list to try from this range.

Have you ever tried these Gel Nail Colours from Collection? Which shade is your fave?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Topshop Denim Shift Dress OOTD

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Big apology for the crappy photo today but I've been so busy at work lately that my evenings mainly pan out like this:

1. Come home and collapse on sofa.
2. Eat whatever food is within arms reach.
3. Fall asleep on the sofa with food still in hand.

I thought today I'd quickly share this Topshop Denim Shift Dress that I picked up in the sale for an amazing £15.00. It's a nice stiff denim so it keeps its a-line/shift shape really well, and I love the pockets on the front that keep it very relaxed and casual, even though it is quite short. If you undo the zip through the middle you can even wear it as a waistcoat/gilet type thing - gotta love a multi-tasker. I paired it with some suuuuper old raffia flatforms from River Island and a faux leather bag from ZARA. Also loving this with sliders and even my new Nikes.

While this exact dress has sold out, Topshop currently have a similar floral printed style here that I would totally buy if I didn't already have this one. Yes I know, I'm actually exercising some self control for once - who'd have thought it? What's been your favourite find in the summer sales?











Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The best £2.99 I've ever spent... Rimmel Brow This Way Review

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Here's a product that I was very excited to try. Rimmel Brow This Way (£3.99) - currently £2.99 at Boots - is the latest brow gel to find it's way into our drugstores, coming in four shades; Clear, Blonde, Medium Blonde and Dark Brown. It's supposed to define and perfect brows with a lightweight formula that lasts all day.

So let me just start off by saying, this will probably be one of the best £2.99s you'll ever spend. Brow This Way tints brows with a decent amount of colour, sets the hairs in place whilst also adding a bit of thickness and texture to my otherwise very plain-Jane brows. Also, I've found the shade Medium Blonde to work a treat at lightening up my brows after all of my usual brow products have become a smidge too dark for me (hashtag dyed hair probs).

The only thing I wont agree with is the 'lasts all day' claim. Brow This Way is definitely not as prominent by the end of the day as it is straight after application, but because it's so small you can just take it with you in your handbag to touch up. But then again who really has time to touch up their eyebrows during a working day? It's not the biggest disappointment, but after being a devoted user of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel, which lasts all day and then some, it's a bit of a step down.

If you love brows and you're on a budget, Rimmel Brow This Way is definitely the way (geddit) to go. It works especially well when you're doing a super defined brow but it's also great to add a hint of shape when you're having a more low maintenance day (or if you're naturally blessed with some Cara brows). I'm wearing Medium Blonde, a slightly warm mid brown, in my last post here.

Which brow gel do you use? Will you be giving Brow This Way a try?

Monday, 18 August 2014

FOTN - LORAC Pro Palette Look #2

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I wasn't lying when I said the LORAC Pro Palette (£49.99) is probably one of my favourite purchases ever. I've already posted about it twice and I've brought it out to play on every occasion that even remotely called for a smokey eye. After cobbling together my usual gold smokey eyes (check out my last blog post here) I wanted to try something a little more grey/silvery, and this is the look I ended up with!

FACE
Bourjois Happy Light Foundation in 53 (£11.99)
MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Lightboost (£18.50)
CHANEL Les Beiges Powder in No.30 (£38.00)
Estee Lauder Matte Bronzer in Medium (£26.00)
MAC Satin Blusher in Supercontinental (£17.50)

EYES
LORAC Pro Palette (£49.99)shades Taupe, Sable and Espresso in the crease and along lower lash line, Pewter on the lid, Cream on the brow bone and Nude on the inner corner
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (£12.00)
Collection Lengthening Mascara (£3.99)

BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Chocolate (£15.00)
Rimmel Brow This Way in Medium Blonde (£3.99)

LIPS
Collection Cream Puff in Angel Delight (£2.99)

I felt like the finished look was quite 60's, if I had some nude eyeliner with me at the time (I was staying at the boyf's) I would have definitely added that into the waterline. By the way guys sorry for posting a FOTN post twice in a row (and also wearing the same outfit in both - that Topshop denim dress was money well spent), but it's been a busy weekend and these were the only photos I managed to take. I've got lots of posts written up though so hopefully I'll be able to snap some photos when I get home from work tonight!

What kind of smokey eye is your favourite, golden goddess-like or taupey silvers?


Friday, 15 August 2014

FOTN - gold smokey eye and brown nude lip (shock!)

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I couldn't wait to do my makeup last weekend because it meant I got to try out all of the new beauty bits that I'd picked up recently (haul here!). The star of the show was definitely the LORAC Pro Palette. I'm not going to lie I had a smug smirk on my face the entire time I was using it. Guys you need this palette! I also went for a 90's nude lip with MAC Satin Lipstick in Spirit, although I think next time it would look better with a fierce cat wing liner look. Here are the rest of the products I used...

FACE
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX10 (£38.00)
MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light Boost (£18.50)
CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in No.30 (£38.00)
Estee Lauder Matte Bronzer in Medium (£26.00)
Bourjois Pot de Rouge in Rose D'Jaspe (£6.99)

EYES
LORAC Pro Palette (£49.99) Taupe, Mauve, Espresso, Gold and It Bronze
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner (£12.00)
Collection Lengthening Mascara (£3.99)
MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy (£14.00)

LIPS
MAC Satin Lipstick in Spirit (£15.50)

Now I'm really trying to branch out with my makeup so I promise next time I will have a makeup look for you guys that doesn't look the same as all my others. I'm just a total gold-smokey-eye-girl at heart. With the LORAC Pro Palette, I'm going to try a more silvery/grey smokey eye next time - we'll see how that goes!

What kind of look would you create with the LORAC Pro Palette? Or what would you pair with a 90s nude lip shade?



Wednesday, 13 August 2014

French skincare for oily/blemish prone skin

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So, to give you a bit of background knowledge - my skin is oily/combo and very prone to the odd zit. Lately I've found that my breakouts are few and far between, but I still get a little oily throughout the day and have a lot of acne scars to deal with. So that's where these two products, from the French skincare gods Avene and A-Derma, come in.

Let's start with the Avene TriAcneal (£23.00), a combination of 3 active ingredients (efectiose, retinol and glycolic acid) that's designed to fade the look of imperfections, smooth the skin and and provide continuous moisture. I've not been using this very long but already I feel like my skin looks clearer and more even in skin tone, with some of the lighter pigmentation on my cheeks noticeably fading. I have a few acne scars on my chin that are pretty severe so it will be exciting to see how this works on those.

The second product is the A-Derma Hydralba Light Hydrating Cream (£13.50). This lightly scented moisturiser has a very thin consistency, meaning it absorbs instantly into the skin - perfect for us oily/combo skin types. A chickpea sized blob leaves my skin feels hydrated but with a matte-ish finish to it. I've also noticed that my makeup lasts a helluva lot longer when using this as my morning moisturiser. A total must have for oily/combo skins, trust me once you've given this a go you'll be hard pushed to try something else!

Have you tried either of these products? Are you a fan of French skincare brands?

Neon coral nails | Sephora Formula X Nail Polish in Power Source


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I'd fallen a little out of love with bright nail polishes - white, cream and nudes were quickly becoming all I wore on my nails - until Marco came back from Barcelona with the Sephora X Nail Polish in Power Source. It's an almost fluorescent coral with a strong pinky/watermelon undertone. I absolutely love it and have it on my fingers and toes right now.

As well as the on point shade, Sephora's formula also gets a major thumbs up from me. This shade is lovely and opaque in 2 coats, with a runny but not too runny formula that means it spreads over the nails super easily. But what about the lasting power I hear you say?? I managed to eke out 3/4 days before I had tip wear and then after that the chips started to worm their way in. Not bad at all, but definitely dupable at a cheaper price point. For example the Maybelline Forever Strong polishes are very similar, the shade Hot Salsa is a total dupe for Power Source.

Having said that, I'd still definitely pick up more shades from the range, the pastels in particular look so beautiful. Which shades would you recommend from the Formula X line?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The perf '90s nude lip with MAC Satin Lipstick in Spirit

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While the baby butterfly clips and peddlepushers are two 90s trends that should probably stay firmly in the 90s, I am welcoming the dark, brown/plum/nude lipsticks with open arms. They make your lips look fuller, your complexion healthier and teeth whiter - what's not to love here? One that I've picked up recently is MAC Satin Lipstick in Spirit (£15.50). Yes, MAC's prices have gone up yet again - seriously what is up with that - but this shade is worth it in my books.

The Satin formula, a new one for me and my MAC lipstick collection, is incredibly beautiful. It sits so nicely on the lips, doesn't settle in to flakes or look dry and feels very comfortable to wear. It's almost matte so has pretty steadfast lasting power, but you will need to reapply after eating/drinking. Spirit is such a beautiful shade; a dark brown that has a slight rosey-ness to it - making it infinitely wearable for so many skin tones. The pigmentation is absolutely spot on too, and if you fancy a less full on 90s vibe you could just dab this onto the lips for a more sheer wash of colour. 

My only niggle is that I have found this lipstick to be pretty drying. After a whole day's worth of wear you'll need a good slick of lip balm to sort things out - I'm going to try and apply lip balm regularly throughout the day on top of this shade to try and keep my lips in good condition. Also a slightly less justified concern is the lipstick's vanilla scent, which only makes me want to eat LOTS of cake every time I apply it. Seriously. But lack of willpower aside, this shade is fast becoming my everyday go to, and I'd definitely recommend you give it a swatch next time your in the MAC store. Oh, and if this MAC shade is a little out of budget for some of you, I have a pretty good dupe coming up soon! 

What's your favourite 90s trend? Are you a fan of this lipstick shade?