Tuesday, 30 September 2014

When I'm getting ready for night out (the Zoella Beauty launch in this case) I usually get out the big players and give my face a bit of extra special treatment. On this particular day I realised that I used a collection of really rather wonderful products, so let me give you a run through...

I've recently been testing out the new Burberry Fresh glow Fluid Foundation and I really like it. It's nothing new and exciting in terms of texture, but it applies just how I like it and sits on the skin without looking at all heavy. It's lightweight, slightly dewy and just gives an easy, everyday fresh look to the skin. 

To add to the dewiness of the foundation I put on a light dusting of Charlotte Tilbury's Film Star Bronze & Glow. The contour shade is dark enough to show up on the skin, but light enough that you can play around and blend it easily to achieve a natural shadow. The highlighter reminds me of the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder, soft and buttery and catches the light in all the right places. The packaging for this product is to die for, it feels like a collectable! 

For my eyes I went for a Tom Ford double whammy! The Tom Ford Cognac Sable eyeshadow quad is beautiful and filled with warm toned, rusty browns. It's very similar to Charlotte Tilbury's Dolce Vita (as she created this with Tom Ford) but I prefer the warmer tones in this one. Three rich, slightly shimmery shadows and one highly pigmented glitter that I like to lightly apply with my ring finger. To intensify the eye I also used my favourite eyeliner from Tom Ford, the Eye Defining Pen. I applied a slightly thicker line than I usually do and both the shadow and liner stayed intact all night. 

I love finding a beauty bargain, don't get me wrong... but really there's nothing better than a bit of luxury makeup to cheer you up. 
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Monday, 29 September 2014

I haven't yet found a makeup bag that makes it easy to travel with makeup brushes, so I usually try to stick to just taking the ones that are travel friendly. I have a small collection that are all under 15cm in length. My collection is still growing, but here's what I've got so far... 

Bobbi Brown //
Bobbi does some amazing brushes and some of them are really travel friendly without even meaning to be! The Full Coverage Face brush is tiny and compact. It's great for buffing in foundation whether it's liquid, cream or powder but can also be used for concealer. Alongside their new Long-Wear Gel Sparkle's Bobbi Brown also released a new dual-ended cream smudge/ultra fine eyeliner brush. It's double ended, one end to apply, the other to blend. It's great to use with cream products and is smaller than a pen so fits perfectly in a makeup bag. 

RMK // 
RMK brushes are not only super soft and high quality but most of them are pretty small too! They're the perfect size for makeup bags and you don't have to compromise on quality, which is something I often find with travel brushes. 

Smashbox //
This amazing double-ended, three-way brush came in my Smashbox Full Exposure palette. On one end is a blending brush a bit like the MAC 217 and on the other is a flat shadow brush that has natural hairs on one side and synthetic on the other. It's absolutely perfect for packing on shadow and blending it out and it's the only eyeshadow brush I'd need on a short trip! 

Kiko //
Kiko have a great little lip brush that looks absolutely tiny until you pull it out to reveal the lip brush inside. It's great if you like to wear matte lipstick as you can really define the edge before applying. This is a nice handbag staple too. 

Blink // 
Blink Brow Bar is my regular hang out for eyebrow threading but they also do some great tools and products! This handy little eyebrow spoolie is light in weight and very small. The spoolie itself is great because it's very firm and brushes through brows well, but it's the size that really wins me over. 

There seem to be more and more travel-friendly brushes popping up in stores, I know that Real Techniques have some too. Some what are some of your favourites? 
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

It's time for my monthly favourites video and seeing as the 'remixed' style went down so well last month I thought I'd do it again this time round! 

So as well as beauty I'm talking through my favourites from a range of categories; food, style, music, home, books and more. 

Enjoy & happy Sunday! 
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I'm always interested in trying new nail polish brands (as I'm sure you'll now by now) and Eve Snow is a particularly exciting one. Yvette Snowden started the brand with the aim to include 3 added benefits to her polishes. The polish includes 3 active ingredients; Gingko Biloba Leaf to strengthen the nails, Argan Oil to soften and smooth and Vitamin E to anti-age and protect from chipping and drying out. 

You can really feel these added benefits when applying the polish. It applies thick and glossy and only one coat is needed. 'Fiji' is one of their new A/W shades and I think it's a really nice in between shade if you like Navy but you also like brighter blues and greens. 

I found that if you don't take the polish right over the tip of the nail it can start to chip away quite easily but if you seal the tips with top coat it lasts much better. 

Eve Snow is available from Cult Beauty here
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Saturday, 27 September 2014

When I suddenly realised that the #ZoellaBeauty launch was a 'dress up' affair and I had nothing nice to wear, I thought I'd head to River Island for a quick browse. I'm trying to move out of my comfort zone a little bit, so I tried on this pleather skirt.... and I never do skirts. It's really high waisted but also doesn't come up too short (just above the knee). I wore it with a slightly cropped Topshop top and I really liked the look! It's a bit different for me, but still black and still quite casual when worn with flat boots. 

Seriously, can Lisa Eldridge ever do wrong?! The answer is no. This week she uploaded a 20 minute (!!!) video on how she does her own facial massage. It's no secret that nightly facial massages give you great skin in the long run, but we're all guilty of the "I just want to go to bed" attitude. Lisa talks through her routine and I really recommend watching it in the evening and following along yourself. It's incredibly relaxing and worth taking 20 minutes out of your hectic routine for. 

EATS // 
For the first time is forever I have no new restaurant recommendation and have eaten nothing new that I can rave about.... sad face. So I'm turning the tables and asking you guys for your recommendations or favourite eats of the week! Well? 
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