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.

July and August Favourites

As last month's favourites video got lost somewhere in my to-do list (as so many things do) I've mashed together all my most loved beauty products not only from August but July as well, two for the price of one style. After spending more time away from home that actually in it recently the beauty pickings have been slim - aka whatever I can shove into an already overflowing suitcase and some hand luggage full of a questionable amount of lip products, so what you see here is the cream of the crop from the last two months!

This Week: In Bruges

Another week, another amazing city! I'm beginning to feel just slightly like a jet setter.. although eight hours on a coach and a rather woozy ferry ride didn't feel too luxurious at the time. A few little breaks that have been in the pipeline for a long time all seemed to have fallen within the same two months and honestly, I'm absolutely exhausted!

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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September 03, 2014

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.

As an avid maker of wishlists this has been on my 'if I ever get myself to a US Sephora' roster for a long time, being hailed as the perfect invisible dry shampoo for not only soaking up excess oils but adding just the right amount of texture and pieceiness for some serious beach babe hair - we all know it's the dream.

As far as oil control goes, it's a winner in my book. No matter how liberally I've sprayed there hasn't been a single white streak in sight, but unlike most other invisible dry shampoos I've trialled in the past this actually leaves my hair feeling light and fresh. I'm quite the good-smelling product enthusiast and was a little put off after hearing some compare it's scent to.. ahem, toilet cleaner, but I actually quite like the clean citrus fragrance. This won't quite leave you looking like an Olsen, but it gave my hair enough of a boost to forgo the usual backcomb at the roots and leave it feeling full and bouncy without any extra weight. Let't see how long it takes for me to put in a bulk order from across the pond!


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September 01, 2014

July & August Favourites


As last month's favourites video got lost somewhere in my to-do list (as so many things do) I've mashed together all my most loved beauty products not only from August but July as well, two for the price of one style. After spending more time away from home that actually in it recently the beauty pickings have been slim - aka whatever I can shove into an already overflowing suitcase and some hand luggage full of a questionable amount of lip products, so what you see here is the cream of the crop from the last two months!



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August 31, 2014

This Week: In Bruges








Another week, another amazing city! I'm beginning to feel just slightly like a jet setter.. although eight hours on a coach and a rather woozy ferry ride didn't feel too luxurious at the time. A few little breaks that have been in the pipeline for a long time all seemed to have fallen within the same two months and honestly, I'm absolutely exhausted! Last year Darren organised a trip for us to see the Belgium F1 Grand Prix, which I have a sneaking suspicion was more for his benefit than mine, not that I was complaining when Jenson Button drove past us in a convertible - hands up who loves the JB ladies! Not only did we get to spend a few fun (although rather soggy) days at the track, we also got to explore Belgium itself a little.

Bruges was our last stop and turned to be my favourite of them all, despite the gloomy weather following us there. A hundred chocolate shops dotted around some of the most beautiful architecture I've ever seen, with cobbled streets and horse drawn carriages around every corner, it was perfect! Of course we couldn't come to Belgium and not get a waffle so, drawn in like flies to it's beautiful lightbulb sign, we stopped off at Oyya. I went for the classic chocolate and strawberries and oh my, was it tasty - Darren had the same with extra Oreos on top!

After one last trip to the marzipan shop (who knew!?) to stock on that sugary goodness, we left with sad faces and full tummies. Until next time Bruges, you were lovely!


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