This Week: Tea, Scones and Glamglow

Lunch with my lovely friend Nicola usually means two things: 1) there will be cake involved and 2) we're guaranteed to sit and talk about beauty products for a good three or four hours. Perfect recipe for an afternoon if you ask me. After making a date to visit our local Vintage Tea Room only to turn up and find it closed we headed for the fail safe Tenth Hole in Southsea which I've come to regard as an actual cake Heaven - they have everything.

Cheating The Marc Jacobs SS15 Look

I haven't been keeping up with LFW as throughly as I would have liked, although my Instagram feed is just about full to the brim with it I think I've pretty much got the highlights down. As much as I love the beauty and elegance of the clothes, it's the make up that I find myself most drawn to - ethereal dewy skin and bold lip looks always being a favourite, of course, but there was one look this year hailing from the Marc Jacobs SS15 show during New York Fashion Week that I found the most intriguing.

Get Ready With Me: Red Lips and Winged Liner

On a day to day basis I've been embracing a much more laid back approach to make up and generally keeping things quite simple, but when it comes to an evening look it's a completely different story and I'm happy to use a multitude of products to contour, bronze, highlight, brighten.. you name it!

What's In My Bag: Backpack Edition

What's In My Bag videos are without doubt my favourites to watch (call me nosey!) so when a new addition to my collection comes along I think it's only right that you should get to have a peak inside too! I've been eyeing up a leather look backpack after many a loving gaze through Pinterest at some serious effortlessly cool ladies sporting one, but considering I'm neither effortless nor cool I put it off for a long time until it came to planning for our recent trip to Belgium when I knew having both hands free would probably be a good idea.

The Dry Shampoo That Does It All

I often find myself trawling through the over-packed beauty aisles of my local TK Maxx trying to sniff out a bargain or two, but never have I grabbed something and rushed to the checkout as fast as when I spied this little brown can of Oscar Blandi Volumising Dry Shampoo sitting so innocently on the bottom shelf.

September 22, 2014

Current Style Favourites


Taking a step away front the normal beauty product chat, this week I thought I'd share some current favourites from my wardrobe. Now, I'm definitely not the most style orientated out there - I'll leave that to the fashion bloggers, but from time to time I do love a good Topshop raid, late night Asos order or a few hours immersed in the magical kingdom of Zara. I've kept it short and sweet with six of my fashion favourites, plus one as yet undecided upon purchase (let me know if it's a keeper!) and you'll probably notice quite the Autumnal theme running throughout, definitely my favourite season to dress for!



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September 21, 2014

This Week: Tea, Scones & Glamglow







Lunch with my lovely friend Nicola usually means two things: 1) there will be cake involved and 2) we're guaranteed to sit and talk about beauty products for a good three or four hours. Perfect recipe for an afternoon if you ask me. After making a date to visit our local Vintage Tea Room only to turn up and find it closed we headed for the fail safe Tenth Hole in Southsea which I've come to regard as an actual cake Heaven - they have everything. On this occasion though the Mars Bar Cheesecake wasn't on the cards and we went for the classic scones with jam and cream which were so tasty (and huge, might I add) we were full to the brim for the rest of the day.

I was also treated to a peek inside a rather tempting looking black and white bag (we all know what that means!) at the new Glam Glow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment which is still yet to reach our side of the pond - Nicola knows all the right people. I'm a big fan of the original Glamglow Youthmud mask which can always be relied on to save my skin from the brink when nothing else works and I have to say I'm rather intrigued by the latest addition to the Glamglow range. I see a Sephora order on the horizon!

The question of course though.. is it cream then jam, or jam then cream? I'm personally a fan of the cream then jam scenario - doesn't it just turn out prettier that way? This is definitely one I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on!


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September 19, 2014

Cheating The Marc Jacobs SS15 Look





I haven't been keeping up with LFW as throughly as I would have liked, although my Instagram feed is just about full to the brim with it I think I've pretty much got the highlights down. As much as I love the beauty and elegance of the clothes, it's the make up that I find myself most drawn to - ethereal dewy skin and bold lip looks always being a favourite, of course, but there was one look this year hailing from the Marc Jacobs SS15 show during New York Fashion Week that I found the most intriguing.

The models wore absolutely no make up, none at all, just a glow enhancing layer of moisturiser massaged into the skin by the NARS make up artists. Dark circles were fully embraced, shine encouraged and although they did admit to covering up a blemish or two the skin looked completely bare. A bold choice (especially when paired with the dark bobbed wigs to complete the look), but it just seemed to work.

Now I'm no model and certainly don't have the skin of one, so I started thinking about how I could cheat my way to a no make up look while still sneaking in a few necessary products. The key to this look turned out to be Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer, which when patted onto a good layer of moisturiser - I went for the Garnier Miracle Skin Cream to add a slight tint and a much needed boost of warmth to my pasty skin, tones down any redness, uneven patches and of course keeps the blemishes at bay.

As for embracing the dark circles, I'm still not quite there yet but did forgo the use of my beloved Bobbi Brown Corrector and stuck to just concealer. For the finishing touches I curled my lashes, added a lick of Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara whose large fibre brush makes light work of creating the whispy, barely there look when used sparingly and finally filled in any sparse areas of my brows with the thin nibbed Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil.

I did toy with the idea of leaving my lip completely bare, but decided to even them up slightly using Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat Pencil in Pink Venus, patted on top of my lips after a good application of Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm (see the full post on this little trick here).

Are you a fan of the barely there look?

Images 2 & 3 Via: NARS Cosmetics

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September 16, 2014

Get Ready With Me: Red Lips & Winged Liner


On a day to day basis I've been embracing a much more laid back approach to make up and generally keeping things quite simple, but when it comes to an evening look it's a completely different story and I'm happy to use a multitude of products to contour, bronze, highlight, brighten.. you name it! Therefore on the odd Saturday night that I can be found out on the town with a drink in hand and not in my pyjamas by 4pm waiting for a Chinese to be delivered, my make up game is definitely brought up a level. A classic red lip and winged liner is always my go to look and tonight I'm letting you get ready with me!




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September 04, 2014

What's In My Bag: Backpack Edition




What's In My Bag videos are without doubt my favourites to watch (call me nosey!) so when a new addition to my collection comes along I think it's only right that you should get to have a peak inside too! I've been eyeing up a leather look backpack after many a loving gaze through Pinterest at some serious effortlessly cool ladies sporting one, but considering I'm neither effortless nor cool I put it off for a long time until it came to planning for our recent trip to Belgium when I knew having both hands free would probably be a good idea. One rather lengthy Asos browse later I spied this little beauty from Warehouse and couldn't say no!

Seeing as this is a different sort of bag, I've thrown together a different sort of video for you detailing all the essentials I've been carrying around with me for the last few weeks. As for the abundance of lip products unknowingly stashed away at the bottom, all I can say is.. I'm sure we've all been there.




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