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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

MONTHLY FAVOURITES: FEBRUARY 2017


Beauty products i've been loving in the month of February...

Hair: Continuing to treat my tresses well, I have been dabbling with more products from SHOW beauty, this time with the 'Sublime' Repair range which I will be talking about in more detail soon. The conditioner is an absolute stand out product from the range and has really transformed the dry ends of my hair. It not only smells delicious, but it also makes my hair super soft and silky. I have also been revisiting an old favourite, by way of the Garnier 'Ultimate Blends' strength restoring serum which I apply through the lengths of my hair, every night before bed. Not only does this keep it shiny and supple but also super manageable. 

Scent: Whilst I never stray from my classic favourites, when it comes to daytime scent I like to shake it up every now and again with something new. As Spring is on the horizon I have been wearing a lighter, fresher scent by way of the DKNY 'Be Delicious - Fresh Blossom' Eau so intense which is a gorgeous feminine scent with floral, woody and rose notes.



Eyes: I couldn't write a monthly favourites post without giving a nod towards the amazing Laura Mercier 'Kajal D'Orient' eyeliner in 'vino' I spoke it's smudgey, creamy formula earlier this month and whilst it is pretty spendy at £22, I absolutely love it. 

Lips: Since watching '50 Shades Darker' I have been super inspired by Ana's red, stained lips. Nothing too fancy just a pinched, red lip that looks super chic! To create the look i've been using the Soothe.Me red berry lip tint which stains the lips beautifully without too much effort. The formula is 100% natural too which is lovely and feels super comfortable on the lips. 



Life. TV. Music and more...

TV + Film As you can probably guess from my comment above I absolutely LOVED 50 Shades Darker, much more romantic, much less creepy and Ana's styling in it is gorgeous...Jamie Dornan is still an absolute dream and under the new directorship, the second film is royally much, much better than the first one.

I also saw T2 Trainspotting which was bloody amazing also, it really is the same...but different and the references to the original film are so cleverly done. The soundtrack is ace too, a must see even if you haven't seen the first one. It's seriously moving with a gritty tone and I hope it stands the test of time as well as the first film has.

I was also really gripped this month by 'The Moorside' which was a BBC drama featuring the fabulous Sheridan Smith re-creating the kidnap of Shannon Matthews in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. Whilst the Yorkshire accents were seriously questionable, the story and writing was very good, though I do agree that it was too soon ( just 9 years) since the incident happened and Shannon herself will be a young adult at 18 trying to pave her life, my question is if it was entirely ethical from that point of view? 

Lifestyle: I don't think i've ever worried as much as I do now i'm in my 20s! I really appreciated this article by Cosmopolitan on '11 things all 20 somethings need to stop worrying about' - most of it really resonates with me, especially the 'I don't own a house yet', 'I feel guilty for feeling sad without a proper reason' and 'i've barely seen any of the world.' 

I also loved Marisa Bate's article on The Pool which discussed loneliness and how it is interpreted. I particularly liked this quote: 

"Loneliness in the presence of others is not only near-impossible to see or articulate, but it can be sharper, more humiliating."

I have to say I was also wowed by Rosie Londoner's ' 24 hours in Paris' proposal blog post, yeah I admit i'm an absolute sucker for anything remotely romantic and a proposal in Paris? You had me at hello. 

Music: As a long time Erykah Badu appreciator, I loved BBC 6 musics '20 years of Baduizm' celebrating Erykah's style, music and influence. 

This months playlist features a lot of George Michael, i've been listening to his 'Ladies and Gentleman' album non stop in the car, best tracks? Of-course 'Fast Love' and 'Too Funky'. There's also a ton of pretty alternative stuff in there including 'Jessica' by Major Lazer and Ezra Koenig, as well as some awesome newer tracks from Lady Gaga including 'Hey Girl' which features Florence and the machine.


In-case you missed them this month...

Primark, TK + Maxx - homeware and style haul

23 of my favourite song lyrics of all time

These boots were made for sassin' - Topshop ankle boot haul

LVL Lashes + Brows at Woodlands Beauty Clinic

Review: SHOW beauty Lux volume shampoo and conditioner

Review: Laura Mercier 'Kajal D'Orient' eyeliner

My minimal bed to desk make-up routine
What have you been loving in the month of February?

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Friday, 24 February 2017

BEAUTY: MY MINIMAL BED TO DESK MAKE-UP ROUTINE


The older i've gotten, the more low key my everyday make-up routine has become and I have to admit, that is a good thing. These days I can put all of my products and brushes in my make-up bag and have everything I need for a full face of make-up for a day or night look. It's 

B A S E

I am currently coveting the Illamasqua 'Skin Base Foundation' which I have previously talked about here. It's extremely lightweight with good build-able coverage. It goes without saying that my concealer choice is the iconic 'Lasting Perfection' from Collection - brilliant at covering a multitude of sins.

I have also been using sticks and crayons for speed, my current blush and highlighter of choice are from the Collection 'Speedy' range and are applied and blended in seconds using my beauty blender. If I want my blush even more intense I will use the Bourjois 'Little Round Pot Blush' in 16 Rose Coupe De Foudre. For bronzer, I have been using another stick product by the way of the MUA 'Bronzed Shimmer Stick' which I know will be amazing for the summertime when my skin has a sunkissed glow. 

As my brows are looking (for once) pretty sassy right now all thanks to The Woodlands Beauty Clinic I have simply been lightly powdering them with the Rimmel 'Brow this way' duo in dark brown and setting them with the Essentials 'Make me brow' dark brown gel. I will set my base with the George (at ASDA) 'Silk Finish Pressed Powder' in the translucent variant which I can highly recommended to try at just a few quid.


E Y E S

On my eyes, a quick wash of colour will do - I am still very fond of my custom MAC duo 'Mythology' and 'Texture' combined with with my new squeeze, the Laura Mercier 'Kajal D'Orient' liner amazing at creating a smudgey, bedroom black liner. Again, as i've recently had LVL Lashes, my need fore mascara is minimal and a quick swipe of the Clinique 'High Impact' mascara on my bottom lashes is all that is required. 

L I P S

And for lips, a quick glossing of the MUA 'Sweet Sheen Balm' in the coral or red shades is all that's needed to complete my look. They're ridiculously comfortable and super long wearing. 


What are your everyday make-up essentials?

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

BEAUTY: LAURA MERCIER 'KAJAL D'ORIENT' EYELINER





I think eyes are the most beautiful and interesting feature on everyone - I love the different tones and colours in each and every iris and the way that no two eyes are ever the same. As a woman I am extremely lucky that I can regularly experiment with make-up to enhance the shape and colour of my eyes without stigma or judgement passed. If I was about to be marooned on a desert island, my luxury item along with some sunscreen (alabaster skin problems) would have to be eyeliner, just to keep me feeling like myself. It's just one of those beauty products I feel passionate about. 


When it comes to spending money on make-up, i'll spend it on eye make-up and I recently had a serious splurge. Not so long ago, I was on the train down to the big smoke and my train buddy Danielle pulled out a super interesting eyeliner from her make-up bag that applied a gorgeous, creamy and super pigmented line to her eyes, she told me it was the Laura Mercier 'Kajal D'Orient Eyeliner'. I was sold immediately all thanks to that seriously smokey and sassy application that could be done, even on a wobbly train!

At £22 this beauty a'int cheap but doesn't it look pretty? I bought mine from the Laura Mercier counter at the Harvey Nichols beauty bazaar and whilst the customer service was pretty terrible it hasn't deterred me from loving this product. 
The paraban free kajal liner is extremely creamy and comes in 3 variants black, aubergine and graphite grey. I tried them all and realised that the 'vino' purple shade had a little something extra to it when applied. It's hard to pick up the purple pigmentation but I was instantly drawn to it over the black. 

The liner moulds itself use by use into a point so there's no need for sharpening and whilst it may be more of an efficient tight/water liner, you can achieve a sassy flick with it too. In terms of longevity it sticks around all day though it is particularly smudgy and creasing is a thing if you don't lightly powder over any lid liner you've done.


In my opinion you can achieve the same look with a much cheaper liner however, in terms of a treaty high-end make-up spend it is definitely worth it.

What is your favourite Laura Mercier product?

Have you ever tried the Kajal D'Orient' eyeliner?
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