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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Latest loves: June.

luglio 04, 2016


Today I bring you my June favourites - it feels like forever since I've put together a post like this. Last month has been a good one beauty wise, so expect a great mix of first-time mentioned bits and lovely new discoveries, with amazing tools, skincare musts and a teeth grinding-pricey palette that is worth every penny.

I'll kick this off with skincare and a little confession: spf is a secret obsession of mine - I never leave the house without it, no matter the weather or the season, since my skin gets really sensitive in the sun and burns quite easily. The Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence spf50PA++++ (£11) is pretty much everything I've been looking for in a sunscreen: because it's a water-based product, it sinks in really quickly and doesn't leave a greasy residue on the skin. It also keeps my face hydrated all day and of course it works really well underneath makeup. A must-have for the warmer months
Another product that everyone should have in his cabinet and purse is the Bioderma Hydrabio Eau de Soin (£9), an anti UV mist with spf30PA++ that moisturizes, protects from sun damage and prevents skin aging. The mist is lightweight, super fine and can be used even on top of makeup as a finishing spray, and it's ideal to top up your sunscreen on the go during the day. Brilliant!

Moving onto tools, I've recently picked up a few new bits and bobs on Cult beauty and one of the items I was really excited to try is the Beautyblender Beauty Blusher (£14). Size wise, it sits right in the middle between the original sponge that sometimes can be too big for detailed work, and the Micro minis that for me are too small and awkward to hold. This grey egg is the perfect size to blend concealer and setting powder under the eyes in just a few bounces and it allows lots of control and precision when it comes to patting in blushes and highlighters. Love it!
The fabulous Surratt Relevee Lash Curler (£22) deserves a quick shout out as well. This dreamy tool ticks all the boxes: its rounded shape hugs my lash line perfectly reducing the risk of pinching to a minimum, it gives a really close curl crimping the lashes right at the roots without bending them to awkward angles, and opens really wide to catch every single hair. Plus, it's black with a fancy matte finish, and it doesn't get any prettier than this.

On to makeup at last, I'm big on bold lips right now and the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£19) in Damned has been getting a lot of love from me lately. Everything about this lip product, from the deep berry shade to the way it lasts through the day makes me happy. I have a few of these pencils and they're all amazing.
The gorgeous Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad Nude Dip (£64), which is basically the heart eyes emoji in palette form, is all I've been using on my eyes lately. The combination of creamy champagne, golden pink, grey mauve and chocolate brown might not be the most unique but is right up my street and absolutely perfect for both day and evening looks. All four shades are beautifully pigmented, blend and layer easily and give a fabulous expensive finish to the lids. I really can't fault this palette. It's pricey but so worth it!
Last on my list is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop (£32). Even on natural makeup days I can't say no to a good helping of highlighter and this Becca number looks ridiculously pretty on the skin, especially when paired with a quick sweep of bronzer. Forget the lit-from-within subtle glow, this highlighter surely makes an impact, and I'm obsessed!

What have you been loving lately?

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