After a chaotic February, i’ve been spending less and less time ‘online’ this month. Instead, i’ve been busying myself doing the house up, enjoying the sunny little window of spring we were treated to and spending time eating and drinking with my nearest and dearest. It’s felt really good too! My job demands a lot of my time to be spent online and so when I get home, plugging myself back in to mindlessly scroll Instagram and Twitter to see what everyone else has been up to has felt like the last thing i’ve wanted to do at the moment.
My ‘Watch Later’ list on Youtube has stacked up, my Pocket app is brimming with articles to read and my Instagram home feed hasn’t been refreshed in sooo long – I’m really at the point this month where i’m just not bothered what anyone else is doing. Who’d have thought ey?! Sometimes taking a break is good for the soul.
I guess what i’m about to write will only make sense to anyone who has watched Black Mirror but I was deeply, deeply disturbed (no… genuinely) by ‘National Anthem’ – Controversial, but I don’t think ‘San Junipero’ is as amazing as everyone makes out, the lead male actor, Alex Lawther in ‘Shut up and dance’ is bloody incredible and my stand out episodes are: ‘Be right back,’ ‘Black Museum’ ’15 Million Merits’ and ‘White Bear.’ If you’re (very) late to the party like me, start watching Black Mirror now, it’s genuinely terrifying how close to the bone it gets to our potential future.
All the glamorous things I will do when i’m a rich old lady – The illustrations are also fabulous
The soul was lost somewhere: Inside the demise of NME – How the music industry has changed
Why we still love Tracy Beaker – Because according to Jaqueline Wilson, she’s coming back, as an adult!
Happy Place with Fearne Cotton – stand out episode, Paloma Faith
Wobble with Lauren Mahon – What a woman! If you only listen to this ONE THING, Lauren beat breast cancer in her early 30s, this is her story.
I feel like Glossier got it so right with their Cloudpaint formula, but so wrong with the packaging. I have used the ‘Beam‘ cream blush every day since I bought it a few weeks ago because it just makes my skin look radiant and healthy. My only qualm? How the product is distributed through the tube, it is simply impossible to get the right amount! If anyone has any hacks for this, please let me know.
And because it is good enough to eat, I have also been crushin’ on the coconut Balm Dot Com. It smells like NICE biscuits and helps dry lips come back to life after the long, cold winter. I apply this stuff everywhere because it smells sooo good.
Also on the lip theme, I have yet to find a lipstick that hangs around all day and all night if you wanted it to. Step forward the new Bourjois Rouge Velvet Matte Lipsticks. I have the shade ’05 Brick-A-Brack’ and it is my go-to lip shade of the moment. You can see me wearing it in this Instagram pic if you want to see how it looks on. Designed to last 24 (not so sure about that) the formula can be a little drying so I make sure to prime my lips with the aforementioned Balm.Dot.Com. The pigmentation is excellent and the packaging is weirdly satisfying because it feels expensive (it isn’t!)
Step forward the beauty gadget that has revolutionised my world. Big statement. The ‘Finishing Touch Flawless’ tool from JML is a gold plated hair remover that gets rid of those fine facial hairs instantly and painlessly. Working in a similar way to dermaplaining the tool removes hair from the lips, chin, cheeks and downy hair aka ‘peach fuzz’. A small blade rotates under a surface plate which means when you gently apply the tool in circular motions those pesky hairs are no more. There’s a handy light too for those lurking hairs that like to go uncensored under your regular bathroom light. No nicks, no burns just nice smooth skin, without the unwanted hair! Naw, I love JML, they’re always inventing these nifty little gadgets.
Both brushes are great quality and you can tell when you look at / hold the brush via it’s weight and also (more importantly) when you apply product. My mineral foundation is now able to be buffed in flawlessly in a mess-free way. And whilst these brushes are working a treat, I must add that the powder puff brush bristles are made with natural animal hair. I have seen Younique representatives online state that no animals are harmed in the making of their brushes, but of course this is something to research yourself if you want to learn more, but I think it’s quite important to mention so you can make an informed decision about the product.
* Post contains gifted items from JML + Younique