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6 Things I’ve Loved This Month

This month I’ve been dreaming of sunnier times and reaching for creature comforts.

Ringing My Eyes in Kohl
I’ve been ringing my eyes with my trusty Bourjois Kohl and Contour in Gris Ingenueux a lot this month. I’ve had this pencil for yonks, probably longer than is healthy, and can always rely on it for an intense line. It glides on smoothly, smudges easily and stays put all day. Everything I ask for in a pencil. It’s a little short and stubby these days it’s been used that much.

Leopard Print
This leopard-print grey jumper has become a staple in my wardrobe. With the weather not quite warm enough for bare arms, I’ve been reaching for this and pairing it with jeans, skirts and layering it under dresses. I could never give up my animal print.

My Skin Mecca, La Roche Posay
I feel like I mention this in any skin-care related posts, but for me, the Effaclar Duo really is that good. I suffer from breakouts when that time of the month is nearing and this works to calm my skin and clear them faster than normal. I actually start to panic when I near the end of a tube.

Pastel Nails
I’m currently switching between Barry M Gelly in Prickly Pear and Rimmel 60 Seconds in Breakfast in Bed to get in to Spring. I’m now on the hunt for the best baby blue varnish so I can alternate nails with all the pastel shades.

Dry Shampoo for Second Day Hair
With my shorter do, it’s easier to leave washing it for a couple of days, meaning I’ve been reaching for the dry shampoo to freshen it up and help give it a bit of life. I’ve been using Colab’s Rio, which smells nice and doesn’t leave me frantically trying to rub in all the white powder like Batiste does.

Reading Up on Alexander McQueen
I’ve recently booked tickets to see the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A for May. In honour of that I’ve been swotting up on my McQueen facts with The Life and the Legacy so I can really appreciate the craftsmanship behind his designs when seeing them in person.

What’s been on your list this month?

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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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Bad to the Bronze

I have a slight obsession with bronze eyeshadows. So much so that I’m constantly on the look out for more. Let me walk you through my current favourites.

The Rimmel Scandaleyes pen shadow in Bad Gal Bronze is my most recent addition. After spotting it in Tesco for about £1, it would have been rude not to try it. It’s a creamy, deep, shimmery brown and quite dramatic. My only issue is that I had to build this up with at least three layers to get an even looking colour.

As for the Maybeline Colour Tattoo, I’ve just had to repurchase this as my last treasured pot has become so dry it comes out in clumps. This is by far my most used shadow. I find it perfect for adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to my eyes during the day while at work. It can then be used as a base for my Naked palette shadows or vamped up with a slick of liner. I swear by it and will try to convert anyone to it.

The Chilli Pepper palette is one that I had completely forgotten about in the back of one of my drawers. I will definitely be trying out the brown bronze with the lightest colour in the corner of my eye. I’ll have to report back on this one.

Let’s finish with the ultimate in shimmery, delicious, highly-pigmented bronze shades. My Naked palette. I’m currently switching between Sidecar, Half Baked and Smog, as these are definitely appropriate for party season. I honestly don’t know what I did before I owned this palette. And now I have the new one to play with!

Maybeline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo, 35 On and On Bronze
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick,  003 Bad Girl Bronze
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Chilli Pepper Palette

Got any recommendations? Share them below.

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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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Multicoloured Nails for Summer

When I was younger I used to enjoy painting each of my nails a different colour. I’m pleased to report that absolutely nothing has changed.

I picked up a gorgeous new Barry M Gelly varnish in a Prickly Pear and new instantly that I’d have to pair it with Rimmel’s Breakfast in Bed from Rita Ora’s 60 Second collection. I couldn’t stop there though. I added Rimmel’s Rose Libertine, Essie’s Bikini So Teeny and Butter London’s Cotton Buds to the mix.

And I bloody love it.

I’m still a big kid at heart.

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What’s Orange and Yellow with Polka Dots?

When the sun’s shining it immediately makes me want to paint my nails in the brightest colours I own. This weekend that just so happened to be orange and yellow. I couldn’t just pick one though, so decided to choose both. You might as well go the whole hog right.

Rimmel make some of my favourite nail colours in the best consistency, I find that I only need two coats. I added a couple of dots to the yellow nail using my Model’s Own white nail at pen and topped it all off with the Seche Vite top coat which is ruling it for me at the moment. Ta da.

Now, even when it’s raining I can just look at my nails for a pop of summer colour.

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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:

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

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

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

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

What beauty products are you currently lusting over?