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My Makeup Bag Essentials

It’s taken me a while but I finally feel like I’ve got my makeup essentials tied down.

In the past, if you’d have asked me to pack my makeup for a weekend away, I’d have come armed with three different shadow palettes, about ten lipsticks and two foundations. These days, I’m way more streamlined and know exactly what I need to take me from day to night. Which is handy as I’m going away this weekend and can only take 10kg with me, meaning I need to cut as many corners as possible.

This trip I’ve reached for the only primer worth knowing about, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, which gives my skin an extra glow before applying a light covering of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. I love this foundation. It’s light enough to glide over the face easily but can be built up to cover any imperfections. It’s dreamy. At the moment I’m using a mix of Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer to cover my humungous eye bags and then Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage to hide the blemishes.

Now let’s talk brows. Until very recently I did nothing with my brows apart from pluck them. It took Soap & Glory’s Archery Pencil and a swipe of Maybelline Brow Drama in Transparent to make me realise that however subtle your application, it does make a big difference to face, allowing me to wear less on my eyes.

Speaking of eyes, it’d be rude if I didn’t pack my nearly-empty Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, Naked Palette and Naked 24/7 Glide on Double Ended Pencil in Darkside and Blackheart. To smudge it all together I’ve got two Real Techniques Shading Brushes. I always curl my lashes with my beloved Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers followed by two to three layers of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama Mascara. Eyes done.

To add some colour to my cheeks I pop a dab of Butter London’s Cheeky Cream Blush in Pistol Pink on and blend in with my fingers. No makeup bag would be complete without a bold red lip and my current favourite is Lancôme’s Rouge in Love Lipcolour in 170N. It’s bright, moisturising and long lasting. What more could you want?

All of this fits nicely into my beautiful new Biba makeup bag, which my godmother got me for my birthday. And that’s it. Everything I could possibly need for a weekend seeing the sites of Cork, eating my weight in delicious food, sampling Guinness and dancing up a storm at a charity gala with two ladies I haven’t seen in a long time.

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Berry Good Lips I Swear By

As soon as Autumn strikes I run straight for my ever-growing collection of berry lipsticks. During the summer months I tend to avoid wearing lippy as I always worry that I’ll sweat and then smudge it halfway across my face. I’m a messy creature by nature.

In Autumn, I love nothing more than applying a couple of coats of mascara, a dab of blush and then a slick of a deep berry lip. I’m on the pale side so a swipe of berry looks nice and dramatic against a bare face.

These are my berry essentials…

1. No7 Moisture Drench, Sugar Plum 75
2. Rimmel Moisture Renew, Amethyst Shimmer 260
3. Lancôme Rouge in Love, Rose Sulfureuse 379N
4. Lancôme L’Absolu Velours, Velours de Violine 493
5. Chanel, Rouge Coco, Rouge Orage 23
6. Chanel Rouge Coco, Venise 26

My two Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks are by far the most reliable. I’ve had them for a couple of years now and as well as being hydrating, they last for hours. If I’m in a rush, I can chuck either of these on and know they’ll keep me going.

The most dramatic of the bunch is Lancôme L’Absolu Velours in Velours de Violine, it’s a mix of deep berry and bright purple and when pressed into the lips looks incredible.

I’m always looking for more, so let me know what you’re wearing.

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Twist and Pout: My Lipstick Lineup

When it comes to lipstick, I become incredibly paranoid that I’ll have smudged it all around my face, get chunks on my teeth or even wipe it down my arm, the possibilities are endless when you’re naturally clumsy and messy in equal parts.

However, I have not let that stop me from building up a small but perfectly formed collection of essentials in my kit.

Theses trusty five are the lipsticks I lean towards when I need a pop of colour, an instant pick-me-up or just need a little smile to myself.

Let me walk you through the lineup, L-R:

Chanel Rouge Coco, Venise 26
Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani, 401
Rimmel Moisture Renew, Amethyst Shimmer 260
Louise Grey for Topshop, Legend
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine, Adventure 57

The first high-end lipstick I bought myself was from the glossy Chanel counter. I was drawn in by the sheer extravagance of it all. I remember swatching a few of the brightest reds they had from the Rouge Coco collection and immediately falling for Rouge Orage, no 23, which for me is the perfect balance between bright red and deep plum. I fell hook, line and sinker and became obsessed with the velvety feel and the pigmentation of the colour. I couldn’t stop at one, next up came Venise, shown above. This is a gorgeous deep red with a hint of plum. It looks slightly gothic against my pale skin and works best when I wear little eye makeup. What can I say, I’m a sucker for Chanel. Which is why, when I needed a pretty, shimmery pink, I went straight to them and grabbed Rouge Coco Shine in Adventure.

As for the others, they all work for different occasions. I find the Giorgio Armani Ferarri red goes with everything and can really transform my complexion, ramping it up a notch. Let’s face it, who doesn’t like a bold lip?

The purple-toned Rimmel lippy was purchased for my besties wedding last March as I fancied something a little different and, as for the blindingly-bright pink, well, I couldn’t say no. FYI, I’ve just found it in the sale for £1. You’d be silly to miss out. Get it here.

While we’re here I feel I should confess to my new lip addiction. Rimmel’s Colour Rush lip crayons.

They’re so good, I’ve gone and bought three of them…. So far. There’s no stopping me at the moment. You can tell from the way the crayon’s worn down on the two at either end just how often I’ve been using them.

From L-R; 600 On Fire, 120 All You Need is Pink and 220 Rumour Has it.

I would say they’re so easy to use I can apply them without a mirror but to be honest, I’m just not that steady handed, especially on the train in the mornings.

What’s your go-to lippy colour?

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My Month in Pictures: More Friends, More Weddings and Even More Selfies

May was a good month. It saw another wedding, a dramatic increase in blogging activity, exciting use of my Urban Decay palette and new Chanel foundation, loads of #tbt snaps and of course, obligatory selfies.

Take a look…

#tbt Harry Potter, Florence, Ozzy Osbourne and Twiggy. Standard.
#tbt Madonna, a Ghost Buster and Wonder Woman.
Another #tbt to the night Al and I got together, despite his hair do.
Looking after a very drunken boyfriend at our friend’s engagement party.

 Our new snazzy wine glass chandelier at work.
Pizza socks, just because.

 Wearing all dem prints.
Little red dress, blue checks and cream crochet.

Another wedding, another outfit, another picture.
Wedding selfie with the boyf.
Absolutely loving my new Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.
Al modelling the latest Fiorelli fluffy number to join my collection.
Just another wedding selfie with the bestie.
Chocolate-box browns that I now can’t live without.
Midi dress, bare legs, sparkly socks and boots.
Sparkly tips for summer.
Inspirational quote from the bestie, helping get the blog back on track.
Dreaming of being back in Ibiza for a bit of sun.

Got sent this new book and instantly fell in love with it.
Swinging the lace midi skirt with a hint of pink.
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Kristen Stewart Made Bejewelled Joggers Sexy

A little while ago I wrote a post asking if joggers could ever be sexy, after seeing Karl Lagerfeld include them in his Chanel Fall 14 collection.

I was firm believer of no, although a few of my friends tried to argue their point that in actual fact, joggers could be sexy. I still didn’t believe them until I saw this image of Kristen Stewart at the Cannes Film Festival, totally working this bejewelled tracksuit from Chanel’s Spring 14 Couture show.

I know they look slightly like pajamas and that she’s wearing them with matching sparkly trainers but just look at the attitude oozing from her face.

I’m sold.

Sign me up for a pair Mr Lagerfeld.

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Makeup Essentials: Perfecting the Cat-Eye Flick

Before I fell head-over-heels for my Urban Decay Naked Palette I was having a love affair with a black liquid liner from Maybelline. I’d been loving perfecting the cat-eye flick for both day and night looks and finally mastered it. And then I went on a slightly boozy night out and lost my beloved liner pen.

I’d like to be all dramatic here and tell you it was the end of my world, but I did find the pen fairly scratchy on my eye so I wasn’t heartbroken. This was the perfect excuse I needed to purchase a new one. I did a bit of research, mainly in the form of watching EssieButton’s winged liner tutorial, where Estée raved about her Stila waterproof liner. I knew I had to have it and I haven’t looked back since.

In fact I’ve been mixing my two favourites, the liner and the palette of my dreams, to create as many different looks as possible. The look above was for an engagement party this weekend. I wanted something subtle but shimmery.

I blended Sin a beautiful light simmering pink, over my lid and then swirled Toasted, a slightly burnished darker pink, into the outer corner and the socket. I used the Stila liner to draw the a fairly thin line from the very inner corner to the end of my lash line. To create the perfect wing I draw a thin line up, following the curve from the bottom lashes and then fill in a little triangle to draw the two together. This pen is magic. It’s so slick and gives the right amount of liner. It makes wings really bloody easy.


The ultimate test for this liner is whether it’d last when I laugh, because when I really laugh, I cry big fat tears. I’m pleased to say it doesn’t budge one little bit. It’s the actual shiz.

Next I’m thinking of trying a super smokey dark eye. Will report back on how it goes.

Shop the Look:

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation 20 Beige
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Priming Potion Original
Urban Decay Naked Palette 
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black
L’oreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess

Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush 600 On Fire

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The Day I Fell in Love with the Urban Decay Naked Palette

I’ve never ventured in to a ‘what’s on my face’ post before but I’ve recently bought my first Urban Decay Naked palette and I’m now all over this shiz.

I’ve been majorly crushing on this palette for a very long time and after a little work bonus, I decided to go for it. I haven’t looked back since. Instead I now spend the majority of my time just staring at the beautiful mix of shades. There’s the perfect mix of matte and shimmer in delicious chocolate-box browns. It’s literally so beautiful I want to eat it.

Day-to-day I tend to stick to one of two styles, either a slick of black winged liner or a swirl of shimmery Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On-and-On Bronze and little brown liner under the eyes. Both are easy for work and take less than 10 minutes but for a wedding I wanted to go one step further. I busted out the palette and went for a smokey brown eye and coral lip to match this outfit.

I’ve also treated myself to Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua foundation which is pretty much dream skin in a bottle. It’s sheer enough to not look too heavy but light enough to glide over any imperfections.

As for the palette of wonder, I started by applying Virgin all over the lid, followed by Sidecar, which is my perfect light brown shimmer shade. To vamp it up I blended Dark Horse into the outer corner and crease. I then lined both the top and bottom lashes in an old Boujois brown kohl. I feel like brown combos work best in brightening and really drawing attention to my blue eyes.

To finish the look I used my new Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush crayon in On Fire, the perfect coral to match my dress. Ta da!

Shop the Look:

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation 20 Beige
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer Cool Medium 2

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Priming Potion Original
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Boujois Kohl and Contour Brun Design
L’oreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess

Butter London Blush Pistol Pink
Revlon Photoready Skinlights 200 Pink Rose
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
Urban Decay Setting Spray

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lip Liner Universal Transparent
Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush 600 On Fire

What beauty products are you currently lusting over?

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Will joggers ever be sexy?

Do you remember when none other than Mr Karl Lagerfeld blasted anyone for daring to be seen out in a pair of trackies?

No? Let me remind you of his exact words.

And then let me present to you an image from his latest Chanel fall 14 collection.

Your eyes are not deceiving you. That is in fact Cara Delevingne walking the Chanel supermarket runway in a pair of joggers with the man himself by her side.

Obviously these are not your normal joggers. Oh no. They’re slim fit, pastel pink, covered in holes and highly likely to be extortionately priced.

This begs the question, will joggers every be sexy? Will they ever be mainstream? Are we all going to ditch our skinny jeans for them?

I think not, unless I’m alone in the comfort of my own home and am wearing my rather fetching holey leggings, but each to their own and all that.

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