27 June 2018


I'd like to think that I have an efficient little system when it comes to the time between snoozing my alarm and heading out of the door. And when it comes to ensuring I look somewhat human, this is massively helped by a capsule collection of products that sit on my dressing table that are within easy reach and can be relied on to get the job done!

My current most reached for beauty products...

Glossier - Stretch Concealer

I've been using the Glossier Stretch Concealer for a couple of months now and it really is one of those products that gets better with each use. This super creamy concealer isn't cakey and adds a pop of radiance to an otherwise tired and sallow complexion. It enhances cheeks, brightens under the eyes and with a bit of layering, helps to make blemishes not nearly as noticeable. I use the shade 'Light' which suits my naturally paler complexion and acts as a beaming highlighter when I have a bit more of a tan.

Glossier - Boy Brow

My eyebrows are pretty au-natural atm, which is quite shocking given that for many, many years I was teased for having bushy brows, and then as these things always go, I was teased when I shaved them all off and started again! Girls, you just can't win with year 9 lads. Fast forward 10 years and every morning, I simply comb through my brows with the iconic, Glossier Boy Brow - this product always works better for me after it's been used a few times and the formula has had time to dry out a little. I use the shade 'brown' which is murky and ashy enough to give a groomed, glossy brow without looking OTT.

L'Oreal - Telescopic Mascara

It really is all in the wand. I've loved this particular mascara since I 'borrowed' it from my mum's makeup bag years ago. For people who want extra long, statement lashes without the spidery plumpness, the L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara is insanely good. I have the carbon black variant and it really is an intensely pigmented product so it does take a bit of work with a warm flannel to budget the formulation. If you're looking for that extra level of precision and length when it comes to your lashes, definitely give this a go. I also recommend this mascara for people like myself who prefer thin, plastic applicator wands instead of those insanely bristly numbers. For extra dramatic lashes, use both kinds of wand applicator.

Elizabeth Arden - 8 Hour Cream

The most multi-functional beauty product around. Man, I love this stuff! I don't know whether it's the endearing history, dual-purpose functionality, or the sweet lanolin scent but I baste myself in Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. It's the perfect lip primer for when you've been asleep, got yourself a nice dry mouth and then needed to apply a babein' bold lippy. It also works really nicely as a subtle highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, especially in the summer months. 

MAC - Girl About Town 

A lipstick that brings me sweet, sweet nostalgia! I bought my first tube of this punchy pink lippy when I visited London for the first time with my then boyfriend. In fact, there's a post all about that trip here if you're interested. Awh young love! But anyway, whenever I need a pick me up, I always call upon Girl About Town, it reminds me of being 18 and carefree! The formula is easy to wear, the pigmentation is intense and you're guarenteed to feel like a girl boss when you wear this!

Calvin Klein - Obsession

I talk about this a lot so I won't harp on. Signature scent. Is loud, punchy, the epitome of the 1980s, a decade I wish I was around to experience. It's Calvin Klein 'Obsession' and I am utterly obsessed.


19 June 2018

Trying Milk Makeup // Matcher Cleanser, Holographic Highlighter + Kush Mascara

Any beauty product that gets the thumbs up from Sali Hughes, is nearly always going to be a winner in my opinion. And it is because of Sali that I was introduced to Milk Makeup. I watched Sali's 'In the bathroom with Milk founder Zanna Roberts Rassi (who may I just add, has a really interesting accent that merges Mancunian with American) And having watched both episode 1 and episode 2,  I was totally sold on what the brand has to offer.

This cruelty-free, 100% vegan brand is paraben free, sulfate free and amongst other ingredients, mineral oil free. Milk offers a really nifty disclosure on what it means to be a 100% vegan brand which I definitely recommend you read over to really get to the heart of the Milk brand. And over the past couple of weeks, I've been trying out a few products from the Milk range which were very kindly gifted to me by my Aunt.

Milk Makeup - Matcha Cleanser
For anybody who travels frequently, the packaging of the Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser is ideal, all thanks to a push-up applicator and sturdy plastic casing. According to Milk, this cleanser survives airport security checks due to its carry on size and solidified formula. 

Upon trying this cleanser for the first time, I was really impressed by how refreshing it is when the buttery formula begins to melt into the skin - It really feels like a splash of cool water. I use the Matcha cleanser every other night as it is, in my mind, more of an exfoliating product as it contains loads of microbeads which you can see in the pic above. It's a lovely, no fuss, easy product that doesn't dry your skin out whilst removing makeup effectively. I roll it straight onto my face before buffing with my 'toothbrush' cleansing brush. 

Milk Makeup - Holographic Stick in 'Stardust'
For a dreamy, ethereal glow the Milk Makeup Holographic Sticks are divine. I have the shade 'Stardust' which is a baby pink shade with a cool, blue undertone. Containing meteorite powder?! coconut oil and mango butter, this super silky formula glides onto the skin beautifully. I like to apply it both underneath and on top of my base makeup for a glow that really is, out of this world! I will admit, this one is not for the faint-hearted and it offers highlight voltage at 180% but it's worth playing with to see how you can get the formulation to work for you.

Milk Makeup - Kush High Volume Mascara

And now for probably the best mascara, I've tried in a long, long time! - The Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara! I have the travel mini and wow this stuff is good! The fibres in this mascara feature conditioning hemp-derived CBD-infused cannabis oil and the tapered, bushy brush coats and lifts each lash from root to tip...without those sneaky globs. Quite frankly, it is amazing and is so dependable when you want full throttle lashes. 10/10!


6 June 2018


This might be a slightly disjointed way to begin a makeup review but heck, I'm going to start here. I'm from a small family, really small. There aren't many of us and we're all spread out far and wide. I always joke that if I were to get married, my side of the venue would have no more than 8 people there max. When I was younger I always yearned to be apart of one of those big families where you're best mates with your cousins and you have an army of siblings. Maybe a large Walton-esc family will be a new legacy I'll try to initiate if I someday start my own family. And whilst it has been difficult having one portion of my small family based over on the East coast of America, when I do see them, we always have the best time. 

I saw my Aunt and my cousin a few weeks ago, they came to visit me here in Liverpool and we discussed at length the uncanny parallels between my 'borrowed' city, Liverpool and their city, Boston. My Aunt, who also shares an appreciation of makeup and beauty rituals, very kindly brought me over a few US drugstore makeup products to try, a few of which you'll see today and some in next week's post. 

First impressions of the found baked illuminating blush...

So let's start with found. Inspired by natural ingredients from around the world, found products are formulated with natural botanicals and good-for-you-ingredients that are never tested on animals *yay.* I love what this brand is about, I love their packaging and their classic, simple branding.

Their pricepoint (in dollars) sits around the L'Oreal, Revlon mark - a mid-weight drugstore product in terms of price. I have been trying out the Baked Illuminating Blush with Rosehip Oil which retails at Walmart for $8.80 (about £6 in GBP.)

This is an illuminating blush that gives you a seriously healthy glow all thanks to a mineralised mix of pretty pink and subtle gold pigments. This is perfect for summertime when you want that 'Just stepped off the beach' glow without looking like Aunt Sally. I have the shade '70 Pink Glow' and it works really well when I'm wearing a slightly more tan foundation, and when I'm paler. There is a subtle shimmer to the formulation, but nothing too Edward Cullen-esc, don't worry. Do I recommend it? 110%!

First impressions of the Milani 'Stellar Lights' Palette...

If Angels could sing RN! The Milani Stellar Lights palette in the 'Rose Gold' variant is a palette that really packs a punch! Just look at that glow! If you're looking for buttery soft highlighters that are boosted by fabulous pigmentation, then you HAVE to get your hands on these highlighter shades. 

Another cruelty-free brand, I have seen Milani absolutely killing it with some of their eye palettes in particular. Retailing at $13.00 or just under a tenner in GBP, you get 3 large pans of micro-milled product. Perfect for creating a number of warmer looks, I have been alternating between the peachy shade and the frosty white shade. Shade number 3, which is redder in tone looks really gorgeous on the eyelids if you're a pale gal with light eyes like myself. First impressions? Milani are bang on the money with this beauty!


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