Skincare: Whenever I have my eyebrows waxed, my forehead erupts into a red, angry cystic landscape. I do not know why, as I apply aloe gel and cleanse immediately after. (Any tips VERY welcome) I have to suffer through for about a week before it clears up. One thing that really does help, and it will probably be no surprise is the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. Obviously, this is a miracle ointment that helps just about every skin complaint – but for these instances, it really does work.
Tan: I started going out clubbing at 16 and I would douse myself in a unforgivable amount of fake tan, usually St Moritz Dark Mousse. My fake tan obsession, borderline addiction got so bad around the age of 17 that my parents had to take a stand. Everything was covered, the towels, my bedding, the bathroom grout you name it! I discovered the infamous Rimmel ‘Sun Shimmer’ about 3 years to late when I was in my last years of uni. Why, oh why did I not discover it sooner? The Rimmel ‘Sun Shimmer’ Instant Tan in medium matte is honestly my favourite product for giving myself a sun-kissed glow without the orange commitment. These days, I rock my natural, pale skin but I always call upon the Instant Tan for when i’m going out.
Nails: Red nails – A classic! Whilst my nail polish drawer is bursting with lurid purple, glittering gold and azure blue shades, these days I find myself calling upon a ravishing red for my toes! My favourite red polish of choice for colour and longevity is from the Rimmel ‘Super Gel Beach Ready Nail Polish Collection.‘ The shade ‘Flamenco Beach‘ is a fire engine, true red and is my favourite. You can buy it for a couple of quid in Superdrug, give it a whirl.
Lips: It almost felt wrong to mention nude lips on my blog. As you know, i’m a bold lip advocate through and through and the nearly there nudes just feel…bland. In recent times, I have been reaching for ‘Velvet Teddy‘ from MAC. A browny, nude it suits for everyday in the office and pulls together a polished make-up look.
Eyes. It’s no secret that I love the Maybelline ‘Great Lash’ mascara I mentioned a little while ago that I discovered there is a Great Lash with a chunky brush named the ‘Big’ variant. This is the perfect ‘finishing’ mascara to really amp up those lashes.
Listening: I love radio 2. Yup I said it. Whether it’s Sara Coxs’ ‘half wower’ or the Simon Mayo show answering those questions you’ve always wanted to know the answer to – i love it. I have been working my through the ‘A long walk with Janice Long‘ episodes. Basically Janice takes a singer/musician on a walk around their home town to catch a glimpse of their musical influencers. My favourite has been the Alison Moyet of Yazoo and as I write this ‘Don’t Go’ is playing loud on the Sonos.
Reading: Shameless plug here, but I recently wrote an article entitled ‘the truth about brands, influencers and #sponsored content‘ – If you find the whole blogosphere/celebrity/social media landscape interesting, I think you’ll enjoy this one.
I also LOVED reading ‘Life lessons by Jacqueline Wilson‘ which appeared on Stylist online. As a Tween I LOVED devouring a JW book and would often by found arm wrestling other kids out of the ‘quiet corner’ so I could get get my hands on ‘Double Act’ or ‘Suitcase Kid’ (My favourite.)
Watching: Fleur De Force was one of the first Youtubers I ever watched, she’s been in my subscription list for around 7 years! And whilst I find her lifestyle totally unrelatable I am really addicted to her pregnancy videos. I feel like Fleur has become a lot more personable and her content has had a major refresh because of it. Do you watch Fleur?
In my spare time i’ve been LOVING watching old school Nigella Lawson cookery shows, my favourite being ‘Nigella Bites‘ which you can find in its entirety on Youtube. I am fascinated by Nigella’s personality/presenting style and isn’t she just BEA.UTIFUL?
I also have really enjoyed watching all of the documentaries about Princess Diana marking the 20 year anniversary of her death. (20 years exactly as this post goes live!) It was really interesting to see Princes’ William and Harry speaking candidly about their Mum, they didn’t have to . I am a bit of a Princess Diana-file I think she was a real game changer to pop culture and more importantly, the British monarchy. I’ve always looked closely into conspiracy theories about her so, so, so tragic death and I find it so hard to believe that a woman who walked over land mines and travelled nearly everyday of her life had the unfortunate side of circumstance aligning up for the worst on 31st August 1997. What do you think?