Barry M Does Pastels

I've been a big fan of the 'barely there' nail so far this year and haven't really been fussed with any new shades making their way into my collection unless hailing somewhere from the beige or neutral family. I've been enjoying the simple approach and a manicure that lasts twice as long - fellow lazy nail painters out there, aren't nudes just the best for disguising chips?

March Favourites

It's time for another round of beauty favourites and coming to you today are my pick of the best products from the month of March. See what made it into the edit from my latest Drugstore Haul, a blogger influenced Shampoo and Conditioner combo and few other new discoveries that have been repeatedly reached for over the last four weeks.

Tarte Comes to the UK

I've always been lured in by the idea of Tarte, after watching countless US beauty gurus rave about their products left right and centre and the wondrous words 'Amazonian Clay' being thrown around for years I've desperately wanted to get in on the action, however unless willing to part with a mighty expensive plane ticket over to America, there wasn't much hope at all.

Evening Skincare Routine

Last week I covered my Morning Routine and now it's time to take a look the the skincare I reach for most in the evening. From thorough make up removal to fresh skin inducing serums I think I've just about got all steps covered with products I know I can rely on and a routine that myself and my skin are very happy with.

MAC Soba Eyeshadow

I've been gradually edging my way back into the eyeliner crowd recently, being particularly partial to a slick of the Bourjois Liner Feutre in Noir Moka, a brown liquid as apposed to the usual black which defines well but with a softer edge. As with any liner though, when worn alone I still feel like something's missing. This is where MAC Soba comes in.

July 25, 2012

Evening Skincare


Botanics Prganic Facial Oil, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream, Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream

I'm not usually one to stick to a certain routine when it comes to skincare, but recently I've found myself reaching for the same products every night and I've really noticed a change in my skin from doing so.

After I've fully cleansed and removed my make up, I apply a few drops of Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair all over. This is a beautiful silky serum that's been a firm favourite of mine for years. It helps repair the skin from environmental damage before the effects become permanent while at the same time improving uneven skin tone and locking in moisture. I find that whenever I use this I always wake up with fresh, supple skin that feels healed, working especially well on any stubborn breakouts or blemishes.

Eye cream has become quite important to me ever since I stared noticing my concealer just wasn't sitting right. I get quite bad dehydration lines around my eyes which my concealer just loves to sink into and it ages me terribly, so I make sure I always use a rich cream in the evening to keep the moisture in. Benefit's It's Potent is one of the best I've found, and although it doesn't offer much in the way of anti-aging and other such wonderful things it's just a really great eye cream.

Despite having fairly oily skin I like to use quite a rich moisturiser at night. I find that if I use something more suited to an oily skin type it never feels like enough and I get a dry, tight feeling. I've been using the Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream for about a month now and have to say that it's the only moisturiser I've ever used that my skin doesn't drink up immediately. Not so great for the day as I imagine this would be a disaster under make up (for me at least!) but I like to feel that richness on my skin at night.

If I still feel like that's not enough however, I use a few drops of facial oil on top and massage it in to the moisturiser. I'm sure you've heard me rave about these far too many times but I really think oil products give the most amazing results. A current favourite is the new Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil which is enriched with nourishing rose hip. My skin never fails to feel plumper, energised and practically glowing when I use this in my routine.

What products do you use in the evening? I'd love to know what everyone's favourite night cream is too!

July 23, 2012

Things I Want This Week #09


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01. I must go through at least one denim jacket a year when summer comes around but I love the studded detail on this Topshop one.

02. Falling more and more in love with rose gold as the days go by, justification being I need things to go with my watch (which I really should show you properly. Would anyone like to see a post on that?). I may have already bought this.

03. Finally a decent dupe of the infamous American Apparel Disco Pants! After being indecisive for months and eventually forbidding myself to spend £70 on a pair of trousers I'm glad I waited as these look just as good to me.

04. I'm not a big lipstick wearer but there's always something about Topshop's colours that make me want to buy them all, this bright orange one called 'Firecracker' especially.

05. My make up just isn't staying where it should in this heat, so I asked you all on twitter a while back to recommend me a good primer and this one came out on top. I love Philosophy's products and am quite surprised I haven't bought this already. I'm sure it'll be going straight in the basket on my next trip to Boots.

July 22, 2012

This Week #25: Where Have You Been!?













Its been nearly a month since I last blogged and I feel so horrible about it. I think I've been suffering from a combination of working too much, lack of inspiration and laziness. For those of you who don't have instagram (although, is that anyone nowadays?) here's what I've been up to for the last four weeks. I had a birthday, Darren had a birthday, we've eaten too much, bought too much and I even dyed my hair. I hope I'm forgiven for my lack of posting and promise to be back soon!

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