Currently on my radar #3.

settembre 07, 2016


001 Truth is I'm never going to fully forgive Nars for discontinuing my favourite mascara, because I haven't been able to find a decent waterproof offering ever since. I really wanted to try the Too Faced Better than sex Waterproof (£19) - mostly because of the drop dead gorgeous packaging to be honest - but I've been reading so many conflicting reviews about it lately and I'm not really sure anymore. Do you have any recommendation?

002 A product that has been getting amazing reviews left and right is the Make Up For Ever Water Blend (£27) and you know how I am with new foundations. It's supposed to be a new and improved version of their old Face and Body offering, pretty much undetectable on the skin, with light to medium buildable coverage and a budge proof formula that stays in place for hours. Need to get my hands on this asap.

003 Another foundation, what a shocker! I've never been particularly fond of stick foundations but the new Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (£42) is very promising. I've seen dozen of YouTube videos and in every single one of those it looks incredible - flawless and with the coverage of a concealer but still natural and glowy on the skin. The price tag is maybe a bit excessive, but it's definitely something I'd like to try for the colder months.

004 Ever since I started following Nudestix on Instagram, I've become quite obsessed with their range and their effortless application techniques. The Intense Matte Lip+cheek Pencils (£24) sound like the ultimate fall must-have to me and an excellent way to dip my toe into the range. The shades are also quite lovely: Raven and Royal are great bold hues for the upcoming season, while Entice and Purity are great nudes for everyday wear. Decisions, decisions...  

005 Because I have zero self control when it comes to highlighters, I couldn't help but drool when I heard that Becca were launching yet another version of their famous illuminators. I already own enough highlighters to last me three lifetimes and then some, but I'm sure I can make room for at least one Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight (£24). Available in 3 gorgeous shades, they promise a soft, lit-from-within glow in just a few strokes. Nice!

What's on your wishlist at the moment?

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The Summer base.

agosto 29, 2016


Summer is that awkward season that seems to be designed to make the life of a beauty enthusiast that little harder - I love makeup, but some days simply opening my makeup drawer makes me break into a sweat and the idea of slapping foundation on it's utterly unbearable. For those days, whenever going bare-faced is not an option, I have a bundle of trusty numbers that allow me to look put together but not too made up, and most importantly will stay put despite the sweat and about a zillion sprays of refreshing mist.

MAC Face and Body Foundation (£22) is a classic choice for hot days and a base I can always rely on. Because my skin tends to do pretty well during the warmer months, coverage is not my priority. Instead I want my base to look even and polished but still fresh in a I'm wearing foundation but you can't really tell kind of way, and MAC's F&B is perfect for the job. I love the water-based liquid formula - it doesn't feel heavy and it's easy to bounce around with a beauty blender, and since it's virtually undetectable on the skin, the result is simply beautiful complexion.

For a touch of extra coverage, I've been reaching for the good old trusty MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (£18), which is a great all-over multitasking concealer. A little goes a very long way and takes care of all sorts of imperfections and under-eye shadows with ease. With a super long-lasting and crease-proof formula, look no further if you're after the ultimate heat proof coverup.

Blush is the essential step in my routine that keeps me looking healthy and glowy year-round and simply cannot be skipped. At the minute I'm completely obsessed with Nars Orgasm (£28) and simply can't get enough of this stuff. The pinky peach hue is uber flattering and the formula is one of the most long-wearing I've come across, as well as very pigmented and overall absolutely dreamy to work with. Also, the gold flecks give a beautiful warm glow to the cheeks and eliminate the need for an additional highlighter.

Last on my list is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (£22), perhaps the ultimate summer staple. This spray helps to lock everything in place and feels lovely and cooling on the skin. Plus, it keeps any unwanted shine at bay for hours and doesn't make my makeup feel heavy or look cakey. Win win!

Have you tried any of these products?

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Currently on my radar #2.

luglio 11, 2016


001 Lorac have gone and done it again with the absolutely dreamy Pro Palette 3 ($44). The handy palette houses 8 matte shades and 8 sparkly one-wash wonders with a lovely mix of neutral transition shades and perky mauve goodness. Lorac eyeshadows are truly top-notch - pigmented, buttery soft and easy to work with - and this palette looks perfect for creating a multitude of day-to-evening makeup looks, as well as transitioning into the colder months. Need.

002 Anything that promises to give the perfect glow to the skin is bound to make an appearance on this pages at some point and in my experience nobody does natural luminosity better than Hourglass. Available in 3 shades, the Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primers (£36) looks like a real must have: the oil-free formula promises to soften the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections, neutralize discoloration and deliver a boost of luminosity to dull complexion. I like.

003 L'Oreal had me at '24 hour glow'. That's it. Sold. If you've been around long enough, you know I just can't shut up about the Infallible 24h Mat Foundation (£8.99) and as expected the promise of a super long lasting yet hydrating and glowy variation had me weak at the knees in about two seconds straight. If it's half as good as the mat number, I need the Infallible Pro-Glow in my life yesterday.

004 Charlotte Tilbury and my wishlist have a very special relationship - every new release of hers goes straight into the to-buy list, no questions asked. And if said release is, let's say, a dozen gorgeous lip shades I'm ready to grab a hammer and smash my piggy bank. With 12 brand new shades plus 4 best sellers from the original collection in a rainbow of reds, violets and 90's nudes, there's really something for everyone in the Hot Lips (£23) range - and with 2£ per sale going to charity for good measure the temptation is too great. Forgive me, father...

005 Speaking of lipsticks, Mrs. Tilbury is not the only one that makes my heart sing. I first caught sight of the Burberry Full Kisses (£24) on the brand's youtube channel a few months back and I haven't stopped thinking about them since. It feels like these were made with me in mind: creamy and hydrating yet long lasting, fully opaque in just one swipe and with a great mix of nudes and bold shades to choose from - including swoon-worthy Military red and Oxblood. I'll take one in every shade, thank you very much.

What do have your eye on at the minute?

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