Month: July 2014

Surf’s Up

It’s the stuff of wannabe beach babe dreams. Bumble and bumble were doing the whole Surf Spray ‘I don’t care’ holiday hair thing years before anyone else and that’s why they rule my roost when it comes to hair maintenance. The two in question are the Surf Foam Wash Shampoo and Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner.

Promising buoyant body and a seabreezy texture with help of sea fennel, kelp, minerals and sea botanicals to eek out your natural waves on a first wash basis I’m always impressed. The duo suds and soaks in the right balance of a matte look without leaving my hair too dry whilst imparting just the right amount of pieceyness.

Halfway there to beach babe hair in a bottle. Who needs a holiday?

 

Shampoo

A clean-rinsing formula wipes out impurities and makes way for buoyant body and soft, seabreezy texture.
Who: All hair types and textures, especially those looking for body, texture and enhanced natural waves.
When: Daily, followed by Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner

How: Work a dab into wet hair, lather well and rinse thoroughly. Follow with Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner.

Conditioner

This lightweight conditioning rinse imparts airy softness and texture.
Who: All hair types and textures, especially those looking for body, texture and enhanced natural wave.

When: Daily, following Surf Foam Wash Shampoo

How: After using Surf Foam Wash Shampoo, smooth through and leave in for a minute or two. Rinse thoroughly. For nice waves, style with Surf Spray and air dry (in the sun) or diffuse.

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What’s In My Travel Bag?

I’m itching with excitement whilst tapping out this post… I’m going on holiday soon! So what better time to introduce you to my in-flight travel essentials – a “What’s In My Travel Bag” if you will. I recon I have a few tips, tricks and must-packs to share. Be warned that I am the type of person who is convinced that their luggage is going to get lost so don’t judge the amount of stuff I pack!

The BagLulu Guinness Lulu Lips Purple 55cm 4 Wheel Case – This case is my favourite hand luggage option to date. It’s beautiful and lightweight and it adds instant glamour to any airport outfit.

The Beauty Bag – Check out my In-Flight Beauty Regime post to find out what beauty bits I like to pack in my carry-on case. Just remember the regulations limit you to 100ml bottles/tubs and you can only have 10 of those – a litre in total.

The Travel Pack – Please enter the granny in me. This is the ‘just in case’ pack that I always travel with. In here is: paracetamol, antihistamines, eyedrops, my contact lens kit, tissues, ear plugs and mints for pressure problems, sleep mask, hair ties, roll on mini deodorant, wipes, hair brush, mini toothbrush and toothpaste.

Sunglasses – For obvious reasons. To pop on when you reach the sunnier destination and to hide the dark circles caused by sleepless plane journeys.

Headphones – Frends Rose Gold Layla Headphones – For when I want to watch numerous episodes of The OC or Pretty Little Liars.

Purse – £ and € this time. But it’s dependent upon destination. Obvious things like my European Health Insurance Card and bank card get thrown in too.

Passport – For obvious reasons. Mine’s housed in the beautiful leather passport holder from & Other Stories.

Computer/iPad with Charger/Portable Charger – This time I think I’m going to take my iPad and leave my computer at home. It might be difficult… but sometimes it’s got to be down.

Phone

Socks – In case my feet get cold. Which they always do on flights!

Water – Hydration is key on flights… read more about this here.

Snacks – Clif Bars. Oh my word – these are good. The White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut ones are my favourite – and they’re just the right size to lug around with you.

Check back soon for more holiday related content…

What I Love This Week (10)

Another week, another WILTW post. Number 10 to be exact.

Here are a few things that I’ve been loving this week – add in the Bobbi Brown Surf and Sand Palette and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what this week has looked like…

& Other Stories Sale – I’ve been a bit crazy. But it’s the first experience I’ve had with purchasing from & Other Stories online! I love the Fold Over Cream Leather Pouch and matching Card Holder, this Peach Zip Detail Knitted Sweater, and the gorgeous V-Neck Back Top. Now these aren’t actually in the sale, but they’re definitely something I love this week – the elegant Black Ankle Sandals feature an ankle strap with two gilded snap buttons to close and matching mini-pins along the upper side of welt. Beautiful.

Amazon Books – I’ve recently gone wild for books… maybe it’s because my holiday is fast approaching and I’ve been replenishing my reading supplies but, Amazon really is a great place to buy books from! You can get brand new or used copies and all are great quality and cheap too. I’ve recently purchased: The Secret of Scent, #GIRLBOSS, Mad About The Boy and The Fault In Our Stars.

Kale, Apple & Lime Juice – Apple and lime juices blended with apple, kale, and ginger purées and spinach-nettle extract… delicious. Ive been incorporating this into my morning smoothies and it adds a bit of tang which I really like, as well as a heap load of goodness. It’s not as gross as it looks… give it a try!

Summer Shopping – I’ve recently become infatuated with buying things for the summer – and even though I feel like the summer’s nearly over I love perusing the ‘new in’ sections and dreaming of a bottomless purse. One can dream…

My Last Day – Friday was my last day of work and before I head off on my holidays today, and although I’ve managed to maintain regular daily posting thus far, I recon things might start to slip whilst I’m away. Expect at least three posts a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and if I’m feeling particularly creative… maybe more. I’ve worked super hard since finishing Uni in the middle of May and have worked two jobs whilst keeping you lot updated with my day to day ramblings. But, today’s the day… have a great holiday to those of you who are going away too!

Holiday Beauty Look Book

Going on holiday is something I really look forward to – many people dread the idea of going barefaced pool side, but that’s not something that’s ever bothered me. In fact, it’s nice to be able to get up in the morning and not worry about putting your makeup on. But sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a bit, and especially when going on holiday with friends sometimes a bit of somethin’ somethin’ is needed to spruce things up a bit. So here’s a collaboration of 4 of my go-to looks that are holiday ready, and all the basics you’ll need to achieve them!

The Basics – On holiday, or in any sun exposure SPF is needed to protect the skin. Here’s a post dedicated to SPF’s just in case you missed it… my main favourites all get an airing, but my all time pick of the bunch… Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defence SPF 50.

Another holiday staple is lip balm – my favourite is the Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm SPF 30, with UV-blocking SPF 30, this is a ridiculously hydrating, creamy balm with no weird film or strange taste. Plus, the acai leaves a barely visible rose tint. And the best part? A shiny finish without a trace of stickiness.

I always look better when I’ve curled my eyelashes and brushed through my brows, and for those jobs I call on the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers and a spoolie. The Shu Uemura curler is considered the lash curler among top makeup artists, it grips firmly but squeezes gently to produce a lasting, natural-looking curl without breaking hairs.

Bare Faced = The Basics + Clear Brow Gel + Waterproof Mascara

This is perhaps the look I’ll be rocking the most often on my holiday this year. Only because I’m a water lover and find myself dipping in and out of the water, be it a pool or the sea, like a yo-yo. Because of that I call on my trusty DIOR Diorshow Iconic Extreme Waterproof Mascara in Chestnut. It’s so hard to find a good brown waterproof mascara, but I think I’ve finally done it – the compound at the heart of this waterproof formula brings weightlessness to the lashes thanks to its thickening, extra–hold latex polymers. It takes hold to another level and does a great job at staying put throughout the intense heat and pool dipping. Add in a slick of clear brow gel to set the eyebrows and you’re done, I like the one from Anastasia best as it offers the right amount of hold without making things go crispy.

Bold Lip = The Basics + Bare Faced + Bold Lipstick

This is one to crack out if you’re on holiday with the girls and want to feel fabulous. Nothing is better than a striking bold lip paired with toned down makeup – making it perfect for on holiday. You can make it matte or sheer, it works both ways. My personal favourites are NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square, NARS Satin Lipstick in Casablanca or Niagara. No surprises there!

Striking Eye = The Basics + Bare Faced + Waterproof Eyeliner

A good look to work when you’re sight seeing, or mooching around. This look is probably the least pool friendly, but sometimes we have to make sacrifices for beauty! For this holiday appropriate look I like to do a bold feline flick with a good waterproof brown eyeliner – a good one to try is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Dark Brown, the longevity is there, as well as the colour intensity – top marks!

Bronzed Goddess = The Basics + Bare Faced + Waterproof Bronzer + Waterproof Shaddow

When things start to get hot there’s nothing better than rocking the bronzed beach babe look. For that I suggest investing in a good waterproof bronzer like the Superficial Waterproof Bronzer from Hourglass – An extended-wear, waterproof bronzer that withstands high humidity and extreme moisture, it blends seamlessly onto skin to create a natural bronze colour. It’s oil-free and ridiculously long-wearing, Superficial is the go-to bronzer for swimming, outdoor activities, and the summer heat. I promise I don’t love it because it’s housed in the Hourglass signature 360° swivel compact!

Add in a bronzed eye look and you’re good to go! The new eyeshadow palette drop from Bobbi Brown is perfect for the job – the Surf and Sand Palette houses eight neutral shades that blend beautifully and mimic the shimmering texture of sandy beaches. It’s the perfect day-to-night palette with a range from soft nude to deep, rich browns. Perfect for any woman who wants a nude-meets-sultry eye that compliments sun-kissed skin (although the shadows in this palette look gorgeous year-round).

If you’re not up for rocking a shadow look then give the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil in Bronze a go. It’s a lovely golden bronze colour and compliments a tan perfectly.

What look will you be rocking poolside?

In-Flight Beauty Regime

In preparation for all of you lovely people jetting off on your holidays this summer, I thought I’d unveil my in-flight beauty regime. This is something that I look forward to when flying – think of it as a major pamper session if you will. This is all part of an attempt to not look like a human raisin when I arrive at my destination, and *touch wood* it’s worked for me so far!
Air travel is the enemy of personal beauty – it breaks me out, my hair looks flat, my skin is yellow-grey, my eyes are red, and I’m just generally a sight for sore eyes.

Though this time – like the last couple of years, I have a game plan. I will arrive looking better than usual, with silky hair, glowing skin, bright eyed, and bushy tailed! I accomplish this through a few essential beauty products and avoiding the number-one airplane beauty killer: dehydration.

My pre-flight hydration game includes rubbing almond oil on my skin, argan oil on my hair, and shea butter on my feet before leaving the house. I also drink a lot of water and green juice.

Cleanser Bioderma Crealine H2O

To kick things off I take off my makeup with Bioderma and cotton pads until my face is completely clean. This is usually fairly easy as I don’t tent to wear a load of make-up when flying anyway.

TonerCaudalie Beauty Elixir or Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist

Then I spritz a heft amount of a toning spray onto my hands and press into the face. Just to amp up the moisture and prepare the skin.

MaskSisley Express Flower Gel or Dermologica Skin Hydrating Mask

Then I like to apply a thin layer of a hydrating facial mask. This is something that I like to re-apply throughout the flight and really helps to maintain the moisture within the skin. These masks are great as they’re both clear, so you won’t attract too much attention from the people around you! They sink into the skin whilst forming a layer or matrix over the face that attracts moisture to it and soaks it up like a sponge. After a few hours of reapplication I take a cotton pad with a bit of bioderma on it and sweep it over the face to remove the remaining residue of the mask.

SerumLa Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+]

This is a great favourite of mine. I apply a thin layer as it keeps blemishes at bay and also works to hydrate the skin and prep for a moisturiser.

MoisturiserAlpha H Essential Hydration Cream, Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser, OSKIA Bedtime Beauty Boost (my favourite)

For this I use any of the samples I have lying around. I’m a bit of a moisturiser hussy. I haven’t found one that I’ve fallen head over heels for yet – but this is something I’m working on. On a flight I like to use something that’s light, nothing too heavy and oily as I don’t want to look like an oil slick upon arrival.

Eye CreamGarnier Caffine Eye Roll-on or Laura Mercier Repair Eye Serum

Again this is a case of ‘what samples do I have lying around’. But I am a particular fan of the Garnier Caffine Eye Roll-on – it hydrates, cools and refreshes tired eyes, which is exactly what you need on a flight. Cream/Serum wise I think that the Laura Mercier Repair Eye Serum is a good bet, is cooling and calming and it sinks in pretty quick too.

Spot CreamMurad Blemish Spot Treatment

This isn’t always thrown into the mix, but more often than not a big ugly spot will rear its head the day before I’m due to take to the sky. It’s just typical stress induced breakouts – but I take this time to reapply the spot treatments in an attempt to zap them when they first start to come up. This one from Murad is clear and doesn’t smell like TCP so it’s pretty undetectable!

Lip BalmElizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream or By Terry Baume De Rose

Either would do the trick. Something hydrating and nourishing for the lips is just what’s needed on a dry flight. Make sure you keep reapplying this stuff. It’s also great to rub onto your cuticles.

Hand CreamCaudalie Hand and Nail Cream or Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm

Speaking of hands – a good hand cream is essential to this in-flight beauty pamper session. Keep re-applying focusing on the backs of your hands, and even take it up your arms if you’re feeling super adventurous!

Hair CreamPhyto Phyto 9

This leave-in treatment for dehydrated hair is perfect for sealing in some moisture into your locks whilst on your flight. Infused with eight plant extracts and macadamia oil, this weightless cream instantly nourishes, smooths, and protects the hair whilst preventing frizz and split ends. Hair is left shiny and manageable.

Eye MaskSilk Lavender Eye Mask

A must have for any flight! Sleeping is an easy pass-time.

When we’re about to land, or maybe 10 minutes before, I like to spruce up with a light amount of make-up to make myself look presentable when arriving at the other end – and for that I reach for…

ConcealerNARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla

Just to pop on any blemishes, under the eyes and around the nose area. This works really well lightly blended around any problematic areas as it is basically undetectable. It adds a nice radiant finish too!

Lip/Cheek Colour Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Balm in Rose

This adds a subtle hint of colour to the lips and cheeks to perk things up at bit. It’s fruity too, which is great if you’re feeling a bit groggy and tired.

MascaraAny small sample size mascara I have

Just to add a bit of definition and to make myself look more alive, a quick slick of mascara does the trick.

PerfumeDiptyque Philosykos Roll-On Perfume Oil

Just to freshen things back up again and to liven myself up.

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And there you have it… My in-flight beauty regime start to finish. Let me know if you have any product recommendations or steps I should add into my regime… Enjoy your holidays!

Holiday Wardrobe Staples

Ever wanted to know what someone’s holiday staples are? Well here are mine…

Lace ShortsH&M – £14.99 – These gorgeous lace shorts have an elasticated waist and are incredibly flattering. The natural white colour compliments a tan brilliantly and they go with almost anything!

Trailing Flower ShortsTopshop – £35 – These tangerine embroidered shorts are a perfect statement piece to add to your holiday wardrobe – much like the previous shorts, this colour compliments a tan and will look fabulous for any occasion.

MOTO Hallie Denim HotpantsTopshop – £30 – These have fast become a blogger staple. And let me tell you… they’re worth the hype! Super comfy and stretchy, great thrown on with anything, and best of all… no bum cheeks in sight!

Black Lattice Ring BikiniTopshop – £34 – The perfect bikini. The top is a beautiful design, with latticed sides which is really flattering… and best of all.. it doesn’t squeeze you in all the wrong places!

Ruche Stripe Bandeau BikiniTopshop – £32 – This navy and white stripe bandeau bikini is super flattering and chic. The pattern is effortless, whilst still looking polished. Perfect from poolside to beach!

Rafiela T Cardinal Red Foldover BikiniReiss – This bikini is gorgeous! Just look at the colour! It’s firecracker red and is gorgeous against a tan. A statement bikini is a real must have for any holiday, it adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to your poolside arsenal.

White Twisted Knot Front TunicTopshop – £30 – This lightweight twisted beach tunic is gorgeous and light, which is perfect for the hot weather. It offers the right amount of coverage for slipping on over a bikini to grab lunch, whilst still being sheer and flattering. A definite staple for any hot holiday destination.

Cut-out Crinkle Overlay SundressTopshop – £34 – Everyone needs a sun-dress when they’re on holiday, and this one is a perfect wardrobe staple that will look fabulous paired up with heeled sandals and a kimono or paired down with flats.

Cheesecloth NightshirtTopshop – £32 – Now, I don’t strictly use this as a nightshirt, because I think it’s far too nice! It’s 100% cotton, so it’s nice and airy for the humid summer nights abroad. It can be worn buttoned up as a dress, or undone as a kimono. I even think this would work as a beach cover up.

Maxi DressH&M – £12.99 – This dress is perfect for the summer – with a long jersey racer back maxi nothing can go wrong. You’ll never be caught out with the whole “what do I wear” scenario because this is great for any occasion! And it’s cheap too!

High Neck Animal CamiTopshop – £12 – This is my ‘dressy’ evening staple. A silky patterned cami that adds a bit of glamour to anything you pair with it. Perfecto! Just try the normal plain cami’s for an everyday outfit look!

Frill Hem SuntopTopshop – £26 – This is gorgeous! So flattering and dainty. It looks great paired with denim shorts or dressed up with a body con skirt.

Lulu Guinness Four-Wheeled Lips Suitcase 69cm – And of course you need something to pack everything into.. which is where this b-e-a-utiful case comes in. Don’t be fooled by the quirky exterior of this four-wheel case – it’s built to last. Designed with signature lip-shaped mouldings, this large case will not only glide through an airport with fashionable ease but will also survive the many trials of a luggage hold! This is the perfect choice for the travelling fashionista.

So… pack your bags! And don’t forget to let me know where you’re going…!

Beauty Tool Kit – The Nails

For tidying up my talons my tools are very basic, items were either found at Boots or John Lewis/Fenwick beauty department. There are a wide number of tools out on the market, and there are certainly more experienced nail experts who know more about tools – my picks are based on my personal preference and requirements, I’m sure there are things I’m missing, but right now… this kit is good for me.

A Nail Clipper – It’s a boring tool, but a necessary one. There’s not much I can say about these, apart from… use carefully, and don’t nip your skin.

A Crystal Nail File – if you’re one who hates the feeling of filing nails, you need to check out Crystal Nail Files, a multitude of brands have these such as OPI and Leighton Denny. These have a unique fine-grade glass surface that is great for sensitive or thinner nails. It works by gently smoothing the nails edges – it also has a tapered precision tip to clean beneath the nail *it’s got to be done*.

Tweezerman Pushy Cuticle Pusher – a smaller tool for cuticles; I prefer smaller shapes, although some prefer ones with larger curved tips to match the natural shape of the nails, this one is sturdy and effective for me. For any kind of cuticle removal or care, I recommend you proceed with extra caution. Don’t push too hard and be extra gentle with the cuticles – this is where I recommend you observe a professional before hacking at your own.

Cuticle Nippers – another basic purchase, I’ve had two from Boots, both have lasted over 5 years, just make sure you clean them regularly with warm water and soap (any will do). I wouldn’t recommend using cuticle clippers regularly, I use them to clip hang nails or only use if the cuticles have been softened and properly prepped *please proceed with caution*.

Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover – When the going gets tough, reach for this fast-acting exfoliating treatment. It gently loosens and removes dry, dead skin around the cuticle to maintain healthy nails. When applied liberally and used with a cuticle pusher to push the skin back this works wonders. Follow with cuticle oil to feed those cuticles back to perfection.

Hand Cream – Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, I absolutely love this hand cream, so much so that my hands have slurped their way through a whole tube and are onto their second, which is unheard of for such a product category in my stash. Citrusy, non-greasy and good enough for hands, cuticles, feet, elbows and the rest. Rub over palms and cuticles to get those hands looking ship-shape.

So the third instalment of the Toolbox Edit is done and dusted. Keep your eyes peeled for a hair care related run-down.

Beauty Tool Kit – The Brushes

With regards to makeup brushes, my daily edit is quite extensive. I use as many different brushes as humanly possible for the simple reason that I don’t like cross-contamination – there’s nothing worse than going to apply some powder to your base to find that the brush is loaded with highlighter and you now resemble a nativity angel. But although I still keep a specific brush resigned for each product – I’m streamlining, and for that I’m looking at a basic kit of a powder, blush, foundation, concealer and bronzing brush.

I’ve learned throughout the years that there is a plethora of brushes with different materials, shapes, lengths and densities to help you apply your makeup better. For me, trial and error is key – you’ve got to figure out what suits your application style and desired finish best. Personally I’m a major fan of the Real Techniques brushes, but I’ll save those for another day!

Powder – For this job I look for dense but soft brushes that will pick up product well and apply it evenly over the face. A more fluffy brush will give a sheerer application. I like larger ones that will cover your entire face with a few brush strokes – mainly because I’m part of the shiny face club, and that’s got to be curbed with some powder here and there. I don’t want a cakey application so I still opt for lighter brushes when available but for everyday, Real Techniques Powder Brush, I’m looking at you.

Foundation – I’m a strong follower of the Louise Young LY34 – this is a thick, densely packed brush that is great for liquid foundations. It imparts a sheer coverage at first, but can also be used to build up a more full coverage look.

Blush – Many cheek brushes are fit for both cream and powder jobs. Although I’ve already mentioned my distain for product cross contamination, I do occasionally use the same brush to sweep on my NARS Multiple Stick and it does the trick. For this job I look for a fluffy but small brush that will impart a sheer wash of colour rather than a war stripe, and will also do a precise job of positioning the flush in the correct place *Top Tip: Never apply blush from your pupils inwards, always out*.

Concealer – I look to small, flat, usually eyeshadow brushes to do the trick. This is for the application of a potted cream product like the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer or the MAC Studio Finish Concealer – then for blending I look to a smaller fluffier brush like the Real Techniques Contour Brush from their Core Collection.

Storage – For face brush storage, although I love Muji Acrylic Holders they are notoriously tricky to get hold of as they’re often sold out online. So I’ve taken to using any pretty pots and holders I can get my hands on… or even recycled candles from Diptyque. I also found clear jars from TK Maxx to be good for shorter brushes, tools or pencils. I’m currently using a large candle holder from IKEA.

Care and Cleaning – Now you’ve got two options here. How long have you got on the clock? In a rush then indulge in a quick spot clean, but if you’re down for a deep clean then get out the liquid soap and give them a good scrub. My favourite spot cleaner is The Pro Makeup Shop Hygiene Collection Makeup Brush Cleanser, it’s got the perfect spritzer on top so coats the brush (one spray for a little brush, two or three for bigger powder ones) and then you just swirl the hairs onto an old flannel or piece of kitchen roll and ta-dah – two minutes later and your brushes are dry and ready for action. For a wash under the tap, I use Dr Bronners 8-in-1 Magic Soap. All you need is a pea size blobbed into the palm of your hand massaged into the ends of a wet brush and rinsed out – you’ll be horrified at the colour of the water that appears. Dry off and place balanced over the edge of a table for an overnight dry-off.

So there’s your basic brush run-down… maybe I’ll do a spin-off for the eyeshadow offerings some time soon!

Beauty Tool Kit – Beauty Staples

Today I thought I’d give you a run down of my all time favourites. Not just monthly, or yearly, but all time staples that I always have hanging around my stash.

Most of these products are makeup related, mostly because I’m having a bit of a skincare revolution at the moment, and I’m not too particular about my body or hair products.

But there is one exception to the makeup-heavy trend is the Aesop Parsley Seed Deep Cleansing Mask. I’m on my second tube and it always manages to clear out my complexion, reducing blemishes and leaving things looking fresh. Slather on, either with fingers or an old foundation brush (which is what I like to use) and leave for the allocated time. This helps to remove any grime, oil or makeup that’s hanging around and gives the pores a good clear-out making the next step more effective. Dampen a muslin cloth then remove.

After skincare is the base makeup. Sometimes, I feel bad throwing on makeup right after my skin has been cleaned, but the Dr. Jart+ Waterfuse BB Cream makes it more bearable. This is one of four BB formulas from Dr Jart+ and their offering for oily skinned gals which contains a double trouble hit of skincare and coverage. Oil-free with SPF, containing Aloe Leaf Juice to prevent moisture loss and anti-redness ingredients – all with a hint of tint. It cancels redness to an “Is it there?” degree and manages to look natural all day long. Can you tell the love is real?

Perhaps my favorite part about the Dr. Jart BB Cream, though, is that it supplies coverage where you want it, but barely any in the places where it’s not needed. To perfect the skin even more, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer gets cracked out, I use the shade Vanilla. The mousse-like texture smooths over everything and gives heavy-duty coverage. Again, “Is it there?”.

Luckily for me something that I fail to struggle with is getting a tan. But my face and body have different colour schemes which can look kinda weird sometimes… Nevertheless, the NARS Laguna Bronzer is perhaps the most stunning product ever as it eeks both sculpt and a healthy dose of color onto my face without looking orange or making it look like I had a complexion transplant.

Despite being a self confessed beauty junkie, I have a fettish for looking like I’m not wearing makeup, so for me, natural is the way to go. For this I smudge some of the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Brown Perfection right in between my lashes to oomph up the volume and open up my peepers. The soft formula means I won’t loose lashes, and the brown shade is perfectly natural looking.

I’m having an epiphany: these products are so fantastic, in theory I should never need to try anything else. Pah!

What I Love This Week (9)

Heeled Strappy Sandals from Blanco – These are absolute beauties. Incredibly comfortable and cheap too at £20! Perfect with any outfit and a complete love.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 04 Petal Shimmer – A softly textured lip gel with a deliciously sweet scent. Lips are left looking soft, smooth, shiny and plump. Sheer, but has enough colour to wear alone or to complement your favourite lip shade. Love. Love. Love.

Dogeared Balance Large Curved Bar Gold Dipped Necklace – A happy life is not built upon the goal of perfection, but balance. This necklace was a gift rom the boy for my birthday and I haven’t taken it off since. Nearly a month down the line and it’s still hanging daintily around my neck.

Orange Is The New Black – The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend. This series is utterly gripping. I’ve got 2 episodes left of season 2, and I don’t know what I’m going to do until the next season airs!

This GORGEOUS Clutch Bag – I don’t know where this is from, or how much it is. But i NEED it. Any info, please advise… please!

Anna from ViviaanaDoesMakeup – Serious. Brow. Envy. Currently sporting wolverine-esque slug brows in an attempt to grow them out so I can wax them this this.

 

Same time next week?