23 February 2018


For the last couple of weeks i've been burning the candle at both ends. Between moving into our new house, birthday's, seeing friends and spending time with family - i've been barely keeping on top of eating right, working out and getting an early night. Oops. 

The stresses that come with a house move caused me to break my new years resolution before it had even really got going and that was 'stop biting my nails' (For the 18th time in my 24 years on earth!) Along with bitten nails (stubs) and a perma top-knot that lets face it, didn't get washed as much as it should as I unpacked the 123rd box of the weekend and assembled the 17th piece of furniture - I wasn't looking so fab, in-fact on one of the moving days, i'm pretty sure Adam said I 'looked like a hot mess' - He's since gone on to say that he meant 'we'.

Beauty for when you feel grubby...

There are a few failsafe beauty rituals and products that are guaranteed to make me look and feel sassy again. And when the final box was unpacked and the contents of which were put in their respective places, I had a long, hot bath and reached for the following products...

1. Skincare 

 It probably bares no surprise that some Glossier products made the cut here. I used the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack almost every night for my facial fix of vitamins, fruits and leafy greens. The mask is super comfortable to wear without drying too hard and helps drawn out impurities that are lurking beneath the skins surface. I also basted myself in the Glossier Priming Moisturiser - the mix of Hyaluronic acid and soothing tea and honey really helped my dehydrated, battered skin. And finally, what is life without a slick of Balm Dot Com? The cold February weather calls for some serious lip hydration.

2. Nails 

I've already mentioned that my finger nails have seen better days but a touch of the classic shade of nude pink that is 'Ballet Slippers' by Essie. Whilst it won't save my hands from looking horrendous, it at least makes them look a little more polished. On my toes, more often than not you'll find me sporting a pillar box red pedicure. My favourite red is 'Flamenco Red' from Rimmel and is part of their super gel line - it lasts an eternity without chipping and makes me feel cheery when I see it poking out of the bubbles in my bath.

3. Red Lipstick 

Yeah, I know...You're probably sick of hearing about it, but it really is true when I say nothing makes me feel more peppy than a touch of red lipstick. I am currently sporting 'Rouge Verite' from And Other Stories, a deep burgundy red that instantly takes my mood from flat to fab. Other favourites include 'Red Square' from NARS and 'Ruby Woo' from MAC.

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20 February 2018


Red lipstick is loud, it's elegant and it absolutely means business. Red lipstick matters. Why? Because it can transform any outfit and any mood with the slightest slick of the bullet. For me, the right red lipstick makes my skin look brighter and my teeth whiter, it makes me feel confident and put together. Whenever I wear red lipstick, I feel as though I look like me. 

Red lipstick is sexy and provides a warning to lovers that they should absolutely approach with caution. Earlier in the month I mused over nude lips and despite dedicating the post to the carefree, easy neutral shades that I enjoy wearing, I made it undeniably clear that red lipstick was and is my first love in the business of cosmetics. Were I to be ever asked onto Desert Island Discs, alongside an LP of 'Supersonic' by Oasis, my luxury item would be red lipstick. (For anyone interested my book choice would be Shantaram).

Whilst my red lipstick collection boasts many formulas and finishes in hues of everything from very vermillion to coral, there is one particular lipstick formula that I call upon time and time again when I need my lips to feel comfortable but also look polished and...red.

 Velvet Matte Lip Pencils 

I have two velvet matte lip pencils in my collection. The first being my day time favourite, 'Red Square' - I wrote about it here. Red Square is a true red, an orange based red that sits for hours on the lips without feeling dry or uncomfortably 'bobbly'.  

When the sun goes down, I tend to opt for a deeper shade of red, you could argue this one is more purple toned of which I agree. 'Endangered Red' is a shade that I discovered on a makeup tutorial uploaded by the beautiful Violette_FR. And whilst I don't have the same skin tone or hair colour as Violette, I knew that Endangered Red would look just as good against my pale skin, especially with a kohl liner smudged under the eye.


12 February 2018


I've always struggled to find nude lipstick shades that really do something for me. I naturally have very pale, sun sensitive skin with a blue undertone and naturally pink lips. The typical English rose.

 Because of this, I am a rouge lipped maven at heart and i'll always pick a red over a nude however, there's something about the carefree ease of wearing a nude lipstick that I throughly enjoy. Low maintenance and easy - like getting ready for the evening following a day at the beach when your hair is tousled and your skin has a radiant glow. 

I remember when 'concealer lips' were a thing. In years 8/9 of high school, I almost always covered my lips in the palest ivory shade of 'Dream Matte Mousse' from Maybelline (which I thought looked the biz). Especially when teamed with spidery, crusty eyelashes and my Bench jacket - thumb holes includes.

Finally, after many years of experimenting with makeup - I have at long last found my tone in nude lipstick - with much trial and error I might add. My first ever high-end lipstick ever purchase was 'Angel' by MAC, simply because it was rumoured to be one of Kim KW's favourites! It truly did nothing for me, far too baby pink in tone and if anything, it only exacerbated my natural flush. I still have it now. It lives on in my makeup collection as a warning incase I forget what i've learned and decide to dabble with bubblegum pink lips again.

My nude lipstick tone is one with a coral/orangey or brown undertone

I have a few nude lipsticks in rotation that hit this brief. The one I reach for almost daily is 'Cake' from Glossier. This much hyped sheer matte lipstick is ideal for working a dialled down look. No makeup, makeup if you like. Perfect for giving your lips a bit of something without committing to colour. My favourite nude lipstick is 'Stoned Rose' by Charlotte Tilbury. - This is a full bodied coral/brown lipstick that is so comfortable to wear and stays put all day long.

Other favourites include: 'Triumph' from Makeup Revolution's Renaissance line and the classic 'Velvet Teddy' from MAC. This one isn't the most comfortable to wear, due to its matte formula, but it looks great and particularly sexy with a grey smokey eye!

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