Current Beauty Favourites

SAMSUNG CSCLooking at these photos it could be the middle of May, with birds tweeting outside my window and a gentle breeze blowing through my open window. Alas, they were taken on a rare sunny January morning – but we can pretend, can’t we? Anyway, the Christmas stocking is a wonderful thing because it’s the perfect destination for beauty-sized presents that you don’t want to spend the money on yourself but need oh so badly, which is precisely where I got 3/4 of the products featured here from. Continue reading

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Birthday round-up

SAMSUNG CSCI don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22… Yes, the blessed and (somewhat) carefree age of 21 has been and gone as it was my 22nd birthday on Wednesday! The last year has taken me to Paris, skiing in Alpe d’huez, on an impromptu holiday to Italy, to Lake Como on my first family holiday in years, and most importantly it saw me graduate from Bristol university. Needless to say it has been a busy year! But now I’m 22, which I think makes me officially an adult (boo). Continue reading

Current beauty favourites

SAMSUNG CSCI shared some of my current beauty favourites back in September (here), and since it’s a few months down the line and I’ve made plenty new purchases I thought I’d share my new favourites with you! Recently I’ve been exploring autumnal makeup, so there’s a bit of a theme running through the products I’m mentioning today. Continue reading

February beauty favourites

Beauty products skin care make-upI’m no beauty expert, but being a 21 year old female who is still emerging from an acne-fuelled adolescence I have tried my hand at a fair few products, both skincare and make-up related. Like most people, I go through phases of loving certain things and using them in excess before they become ineffective, or the new make-up trend comes along. Even so, I thought I would share with you all my current favourites, and what has been getting me and my skin through this unrelenting winter!

La Roche-Posay toner spray Clinique cleansing maskLa Roche-Posay toner

Safe to say I was slightly baffled when I visited Row in Paris recently (see my blog post here) only to learn her new habit of spraying herself in the face twice a day. I eventually found out it was with good cause, as the La Roche-Posay toning spray is raved about amongst beauty bloggers and critics. For me, it has dried my skin out enough to lower my spot count but not leaving it either looking or feeling dry, perfect! At 7 euros a bottle (or thereabouts) it’s worth the investment if you find yourself in France.

Clinique clay mask

It’s a crying shame how long I owned this cleansing mask before I realised its true potential. Intended as a full face mask to balance oil in the skin, it also doubles up as an extremely effective local treatment for spots. Pop it onto the inflamed area before bed, and in the morning it’ll be on its way out. It’s become a regular and ineliminable part of my nightly skincare regime!

Benefit Brow Zings Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria lipstickCharlotte Tilbury Very Victoria lipstickCharlotte Tilbury lipstick

I’m not accustomed to wearing too much lippy, either in the daytime or for formal occasions. But my attitudes are shifting thanks to Very Victoria, a shade as sophisticated as the icon it was named after. It’s a shade or two darker than my natural lip colour so it’s the right shade to lure me into the colourful world of lip products, and it definitely is working for me.

Benefit eyebrow kit

Who knew how important eyebrows are for structuring your face? Very, apparently! I’ve never turned back since first trying this Benefit Brow Zings kit, ideal for make up novices like myself. Even with eyebrows as blonde as as mine, the wax and the powder combo is a light enough shade and also very easy to apply, both for shaping and filling in my brows. I’ve found myself using it more than my mascara recently, and that truly is saying something!

Have you used any of these products before? I’d love to know what you think of them!

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Birthday list

What's on my birthday list
Top: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for M&S | SamsungCharlotte Tilbury | Lulu Guinness

Bottom: Thomas Sabo | Charlotte Tilbury | Urban Decay

Autumn has gone by in a haze of orange, green and brown hues, and it’s that time of year where the ominous w-word comes to the fore… I am, of course, talking about winter. But along with the temperamental rain showers and the dry skin comes my birthday! It’s the big 21 in a week’s time so here are just a few of the things I would love to unwrap in 7 days time.

Clearly I’m looking to majorly boost my make-up collection, hence the double-appearance of Charlotte Tilbury and (what I hear is) the must-have Urban Decay Naked palette! I’ve chosen to go for 3 because I love the rosy tones, and I think they suit my fair complexion the best.

There’s a distinct lack of clothes, I know, but I always think they’re quite impersonal presents and so tricky to get right when buying for someone else. But there is a dressing gown! Anyone who has lived with me knows that I have an unhealthily close relationship with my dressing gown, but the Rosie Huntington-Whiteley edition is just to die for! It’s a definite must for me, and it will probably become my most-worn item this winter…

It’s quite obvious that my photography apparatus is my treasures iPhone, but now that I’ve established myself as a blogger the time has come to invest in my own camera! At first I was tentative about how much I would us it, but in the last week alone I’ve cursed myself for not having invested sooner, so I know that it will be taken with me everywhere I go and will definitely up my photo game.

And, finally, Lulu has stolen my heart with this gorgeous Edie satchel. In my head, I can picture it as becoming my go-to evening bag, the perfect balance between a clutch and a more practical satchel. If this isn’t a birthday present, then it will definitely be my new year’s resolution!

Only 7 days to go…

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